Jamaican reggae superstar, Jamar Mc Naughton, more popularly known as “Chronixx”, arrived in Guyana one day ahead of the GTT’s Smile Guyana Concert billed for the Guyana National Stadium this evening.A section of the GWLT on FridayThe reggae artiste, upon arrival, visited several radio stations in promotion of the show and received the most hospitable welcome. This was no different when he turned up at the University of Guyana to have an interactive session with students there.Screams and shouts for the artiste were thunderous in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre (GWLT) as the reggae singer made his way to the stage in the presence of heavy security.The initiative was planned by the telephone company, which saw over 800 students purchasing tickets for the show at discounted prices. The monies from the sale will go towards the Guyana Artists in Residence programme (AIR).However, at the educational institution on Friday, the artiste reminisced on his life growing up and the about turn it took. He started his career with huge challenges but added that with the inspiration he received from God, he was able to stay on the right path and face those hurdles.The Jamaican artiste interacting with the student of UG on FridayHe explained that while growing up, he learnt to share from the little resources that were available at the time. Further, he started that as an artiste, he performs out of love for mankind and trust in God at the same time.Chronixx went on to say that when he started his musical career, he dreamt big and never thought that he would have been one of the most loved reggae artistes.“I was born in a musical environment… I found that a lot of people were giving their opinions… for me I have learnt to overcome the fear of not having people approval and that was the first step of me releasing the music I really love.”He added that an artiste should not do something that he or she does not love. He noted that the youths of the world must find a way to rise above the opinion of the people. The Jamaican artiste encouraged the youths to stay positive and focused but more so live their dreams.Chronixx will headline the GTT’s Smile Guyana Concert this evening and he promises patrons a grand time. Also sharing the stage will be the Heatwaves Band and Guyana’s own Alabama. The most exciting part of the evening, however, is expected to be that time when the telephone giant gives away $1 million to one lucky patron.Two persons have already walked away with $1 million each, with a third was expected to be named in Linden last evening. Tickets for the GTT’s Smile Guyana Concert will be available at the venue at a cost of $3500 each for the general admission, $10,000 for stage front and $15,000 for the VVIP experience.
Barcelona says Lionel Messi has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Spanish club through 2021.The 30-year-old Messi’s former contract was set to finish in the summer of 2018.The club says that the new contract includes a buyout clause of 700 million euros (835 million dollars).Lionel Messi had earlier received his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday for leading all of Europe’s leagues in scoring last season.He made his debut 4,788 days ago.He has played 602 games.He has scored 523 goals.He has won 30 trophies.The story continues.#Messi2021 pic.twitter.com/XPdIhvaqgI- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2017?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? #Messi2021 pic.twitter.com/iNwsdulZGS- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 25, 2017It was the fourth time the Barcelona forward has received the honor, drawing him even with Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo as the award record-holders.Messi scored 37 in the Spanish league, beating out Dutch striker Bas Dost, who netted 34 for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese league.The 30-year-old Messi also led Europe’s league in scoring in 2009-10 (34), 2022-12 (50 goals) and 2012-13 (46 goals).
LNG supplier Titan LNG has christened its bunker barge FlexFueler001 in the Netherlands. The christening ceremony took place at the Port of Amsterdam on June 26, marking the official commencement of inland waterway LNG bunkering in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.Last Wednesday the official christening of @TitanLNG‘s Flexfueler001 took place in the port of Amsterdam. This event marks the official commencement of safe, efficient and cost-effective inland waterway LNG bunkering in the ARA-region: https://t.co/zwv11a51t0 #cleanshipping #lng pic.twitter.com/BnIwt3ufVP— Port of Amsterdam (@PortofAmsterdam) June 28, 2019Commenting on the occasion, Niels den Nijs, CEO of Titan LNG, said: “We’d like to thank Kooiman Marine Group, Cryovat, and MSN for making the project a reality… We thank Beequip, AKEF, and the Province of North Holland for helping to finance the project. Finally, we appreciate the Port of Amsterdam for enabling the realisation of the “home location” of the FlexFueler001 and their support along the way.” “LNG is the cool clean fuel available now at economical prices that future proofs all vessels that run on this environmentally friendlier fuel. Titan is … proud to build an ecosystem together with our partners. We will continue to follow our mission of making LNG easily accessible for all our customers,” he added.“We are very excited about the FlexFueler, which makes it possible to bunker LNG by barge around our port. It is the first dedicated LNG Bunker barge in Europe and it helps us to realize our ambition to become one of the most clean and sustainable ports in the world,” Femke Brenninkmeijer, director Energy, Cargo & Offshore Port of Amsterdam, said.The christening came two weeks after the new barge performed its first official bunkering in the Port of Rotterdam.At the moment, the FlexFueler001 is operated by Amulet Marine Services. It serves vessels ranging from tankers, containerships to RoRos. The operations are becoming increasingly efficient, both in the Port of Amsterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, and in the near future in Antwerp as well, according to Titan LNG.The FlexFueler001 is the first in a series of three vessels. FlexFueler002 is currently under construction and is planned to be completed by mid-2020. It will be deployed in the Port of Antwerp.In addition, the third vessel will be announced in the coming months, as informed by the company.
(Non-essential workers are leaving oil camps north of Fort McMurray while others are staying to fight fires. Photo Courtesy: John Marasse)The Canadian PressFort McMurray, ALTA. — A precautionary evacuation is clearing out employees at work camps north of Fort McMurray due to the threat of a quickly spreading wildfire.Non-essential personnel are leaving while others are staying to conduct work on the plant and engage in firefighting.There are about 4,000 workers at 12 camps in the area, including many at Suncor and Syncrude.Officials say another 500 to 600 people in four small camps along Aostra Road are under a mandatory evacuation.Scott Long of the Alberta Management Agency says there is no panic and the evacuations are being done in an orderly manner.Officials say thick smoke is also posing a hazard.The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo says the fire is moving 30 to 40 metres per minute and is expected to burn six kilometres in two hours.“This controlled, precautionary evacuation is an example why it is note safe to be in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at this time,” the municipality said late Monday afternoon in a news release.Syncrude Canada tweeted that buses are transporting workers to a safe location as part of its emergency plan.Sneh Seetal, a spokesman for Suncor Energy, called it a “precautionary measure.”“The facilities are not at risk,” she said. “However, we felt it was important to take these steps in the interest of putting people first.”Eric Kraus, a spokesman for Clean Harbours, which runs the Ruth Lake camp, also called the move “precautionary.”“The fire we believe is about 35 kilometres away,” he said. “There is a significant amount of smoke.”The entire population of Fort McMurray, more than 80,000 residents, are now entering their third week away from home. Many of the work camps were used to house evacuated residents who fled north when fire broke through into the city the afternoon of May 3.Those residents were taken to points south, including Edmonton and Calgary, several days ago and workers were moved back in to begin ramping up oilsands production again.About 2,400 structures were destroyed in Fort McMurray, but essential infrastructure, including the hospital, water treatment plant and the airport, remain intact.Crews continued to battle hot spots on the edge of the city Monday while the first still raged out of control deeper in the forest. Hot, dry conditions were not helping firefighters.Earlier Monday, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was dangerously poor.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the air quality health index is normally one to 10, with 10 being the worst, but the reading this morning was at 38.Notley said the conditions were hampering efforts to get residents back to their homes.“Alberta Health Services has recommended that members of the public who had been previously arranging to return to the area under various requests not return until those conditions improve,” Notley said. “This is something that could potentially delay recovery work and a return to the community.”Karen Grimsrud, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said they expect the air quality readings to remain in the extreme range for the next couple of days.She said workers in the area should be wearing respirators.
Singing, songwriting, beatboxing, live looping, and producing sounds with an array of gadgets on stage, this one woman army does it all by herself. Blending classical Indian, folk and western contemporary styles, Vasudha Sharma enlivens her audience through her music. Being out on a solo journey is a conscious decision? No, I am not trying to do it individually. I do collaborate and jam with other musicians at times. It’s just that I like to make my basic compositions and then get others on board. I like to control the inception phase. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Your music carries Indian folk and western sensibilities at the same time, how did this come about?I made a great leap that way. When I was four, my summer vacations were spent learning braj music in Mathura. I had no inkling of even Bollywood music back then. After I joined Hindu college for my graduation, I was introduced to Alanis Morissette. That’s when I started imbibing her style of music; you know the way youngsters do. That was my transition from Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixbraj rasiya to western.And which way did you decide to go from that juncture?I was really confused as I knew very little about western music. Then I got this scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston,USA. That’s when I decided to delve into western theory of music. Now, I can fuse both the styles together.Coming back to India, you dabbled in Bollywood as the music director of ‘Sharukh Bola Khubsoorat Hai Tu’. (Cuts in) I used to frequently visit Prithvi theatre for plays. One day I saw Makrand Deshpande in a café. I casually went up and told him that I was a singer songwriter and would like to make music for theatre. A year later or so, this offer came along.Bollywood, indie music or both, which way do you plan to steer ahead?Being your own master is another kind of high. I love the space I am in. I am producing my own album Attuned Spirits, for which I had recorded some songs in Boston. Jaagi Jaagi Raina, one of the singles from the album is already out in the market. I am enjoying the way things are panning out for me.
A section of public sector bank employees unions on Wednesday met Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha to press for early wage revision. A meeting comes two day after the unions deferred their four-day strike that was to begin on Wednesday as Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) assured that wage issue will be resolved by the first week of February.National Organisation of Bank Workers and National Organisation of Bank Officers, under the leadership of Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), met Sinha and submitted the memorandum on the demands of the bank employees, said a statement by the unions. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashIn a representation to Sinha, it said honest negotiations which could break any stalemate. There was a rise of 17.5 per cent (Rs 4,816.00 crore) on total establishment expenses during the last 9th Bi-partite settlement.”We request you to kindly intervene and advise IBA to keep above at least the level of last wage revision. If our demand of 19.5 per cent on pay slip component is considered, it may cost (Rs 6,143 crore). So far IBA has offered only Rs 3,937 crore and gap is Rs 2,206 crore,” it said. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsBanking Service Recruitment Board (BSRB) should be reconstituted and all the recruitments in banks must be channelised through BSRB and state or region wise. Working of the IBPS is neither satisfactory nor transparent, it suggested.Besides, minimum qulification for the post of clerk should be 12th pass instead of graduation. This will bring down the rate of exodus and after 5-6 years of service and banks can get trained and loyal officers, it recommended.
Experimenting in the field of art, The Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) recently organised a mesmerising program in its auditorium where two senior artists from two different genres of Indian classical music tradition performed.Enlightening the evening in the capital were well-known flute player of the North Indian Music tradition (Hindustani style) Pandit Ronu Mazumdar and Saraswati Veena Maestro Jayenti Kumaresh, who performed a ‘jugalbandi’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDoing justice to the theme of the event, the artists who mastered in two different styles of music were seen engaged in absolute chemistry together. Jugalbandi which was based on the ragas from the 13th-14th century – the time when there were no such things like the Carnatic and Hindustani style in India but only the Indian classical music existedThe evening started with the North-South Ragas in which Pandit Ronu Majumdar played ‘puri’ and ‘Sohini’ Raga on his flute while Jayanti Kumaresh chanted the song of Saraswati Veena on the string of Saraswati Veena – which was composed in metaphor rhythm. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAfter this, both of them performed Karharprariya, Kaphi , Alap, Joda, Jhala, Ragas, which were composed in aadi taal and teen taal.Jayanti Kumarasad performed aadi taal on the Veena and Ronu Majumdar presented teen taal on the flute. The program concluded with “Sri Ram Chandra Kripalu Bhajaman” Bhajan. In this Jugal Bandi the performance of Arjun Kumar, well-known tabla player and Abhijeet Banerjee on Mridangam were also appreciated.This unique event witnessed the presence of many scholars of Indian music including the famous dancer, Dr Sonal Mansingh, Dr Sachchidand Joshi, Member Secretary of Indira Gandhi National Art Center and others.
Kolkata: Most of the toppers in the Madhyamik Examination expressed their desire to become doctors in order to serve people in the rural areas, while some others wanted to pursue research on various fields.Sougata Das of Mahammadpur Deshpran Vidyapith in East Midnapore, who topped the examination this year 99.98 percent marks, shared his happiness soon after the result was published. “I want to become a doctor. I thought that I would score good marks, but I never thought that I would come first in the Madhyamik Examination. It’s a great feeling. I want to serve the people after becoming a doctor,” Sougata said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShreyashi Paul of Falakata Girls’ High School in Alipurduar, who ranked second with 691 marks, was also amazed to see her name flashing on the television screens. She wants to become a doctor as well. “It is a great feeling for me. I was quite determined that I would score high marks but the idea of securing second position was far from my mind. My parents and elder sister have always supported and guided me. I will be pursuing science stream and want to be a doctor. I want to serve the poor people. There was no specific time for my studies. I used to study whenever I had time on my hands,” Shreyashi said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDebasmita Saha of Ila Devi Girls’ High School, who also secured the second position, said: “I am excited to see the result. I never thought that I would rank second. I had obtained 665 marks in my test examination. The number has gone up in the Madhyamik examination. I would give the credit to my parents and teachers. I used to study for 9-10 hours on an average basis. Listening to music, drawing and watching TV were my pastime habits. I want to become a doctor.” Camelia Roy of Raiganj Girls’ High School scored 689 and jointly stood third with two others. She said that she wants to pursue science and do research work in future. Bratin Mondal, who also stood third, is a student of Santipur Municipal High School. He said: “I did not indulge in mobile phone too much as it diverts the attention of students. I use mobile for getting information. I preferred not to indulge in social media. One should do creative things. I want to do research on physics. Both of my parents are physics teachers.”
Tags: Airports, Amadeus MADRID — Authorities say passengers at airports around the world have suffered some delays because of a problem with check-in systems.The Spain-based company Amadeus, which provides software to airports, airlines and the tourism industry, confirmed Thursday that a network issue caused disruption to some of its systems and services.It said its technical teams identified the cause of the problem and services were gradually being restored.It would not say how many airlines or airports were affected.London’s Heathrow airport said a small number of airlines were experiencing intermittent issues with their check-in systems at airports around the world. It said there might be delays but that passengers would be able to check in. Share Software glitch causes check in delays at airports worldwide Source: The Associated Press Thursday, September 28, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>