TRAI Channel Selector app: How to find best DTH plan, calculate how much TV bill you will pay after Feb 1

first_imgIt’s been a while since TRAI drafted and directed the DTH service providers and cable operators to implement the new regulations. The new regulations have been devised to ensure that all stakeholders in the DTH, as well as cable TV ecosystem, get have a fair share of power as well as earnings. The immediate benefit of the new regulations is that viewers get more power in choosing what they watch and what they pay for.Since the deadline for phasing out the existing regulations is till January 31, 2019, TRAI has been trying its best to make sure the new regulations are understood and implemented efficiently by viewers, service providers and broadcasters. The new regulations have already made broadcasters list prices for all their individual channels on a la carte basis. Price for the channel bouquets is also mentioned under TRAI’s direction.On the consumer side, TRAI maintained the new regulations will benefit with overall lower pricing, especially when they opt for the a la carte based packs. However, there was no clarity as to how it would benefit the consumers. TRAI, therefore, came up with a new tool that could estimate an approximate total bill that one would incur after February 1, 2019. The tool is called Channel Selector App and is available for free for anyone to use on the Internet. The tool can help consumers get a rough estimation of the bill if they opt to go for the a la carte option.So, can you estimate the exact TV bill that you might incur after February 1 with the Channel Selector app? Do note that the Channel Selector App provides a rough estimate of the bill based on the highest possible prices for the Network Capacity Fee. Also, your DTH or cable operator may offer certain bouquets or channel packs for slightly lower prices. The base pack may also be offered for prices lower than Rs 130. Therefore, you won’t get the accurate numbers that your DTH or cable operator will provide you from the next month.advertisement However, based on the numbers that TRAI is using for Channel Selector app, it’s possible to get a rough estimation of your TV bill if you opt for the a la carte system. Based on the app, we have come up with possible prices in bills that you might incur as a TV viewer.Base packYou will have to pay Rs 130 as the Network Capacity Fee for the base pack that contains up to 100 channels. Additionally, a sum of 18 per cent GST will apply to the overall pack. Every paid channel added to the base pack will add the price to the total sum. All the 25 Doordarshan channels will also be available as standard in the base pack.For the freeloadersIf you want to watch only Free-To-Air (FTA) channels, then you won’t have to pay any additional price for each channel. You will only need to pay the Network Capacity Fee of Rs 130 and the 18 per cent GST amount, which in this case amounts to a total of Rs 154. You can add up to 100 FTA channels.For the sports fanaticIf you choose all SD sports channels only in the a la carte model, then the maximum amount you will have to pay is Rs 331, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.If you opt for all 10 HD sports channels in India, then the maximum amount that you will have to pay is Rs 349, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For those who swear by Hindi daily soaps If you only choose all the 15 SD Hindi General Entertainment Channels (GEC), all you will have to pay is Rs 493, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST. For 8 HD Hindi channels, you will have to pay Rs 313.If you go for all five English GEC channels, then the amount will sum up to Rs 203, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST. For the 7 HD channels, the amount will go up to Rs 241.If you go for all English and Hindi SD GEC channels, then the total amount will be Rs 347, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST. For HD versions of the same, you will have to shell out Rs 401.If you only want music channelsIf you choose all English and Hindi music channels listed on TRAI’s website, then you will incur a total amount of Rs 160, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD versions of the same, you will have to shell out Rs 165, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.advertisementWhat if movie channels are all that matter to youFor all 15 Hindi SD movie channels, you will have to pay Rs 240, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD versions, the price goes up to Rs 258, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For all English SD movie channels, the total price comes to Rs 236, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD iterations of the same, you will have to pay Rs 338, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the Lifestyle freaksFor all three English and Hindi SD lifestyle channels registered in the app, the total price will come to Rs 160. For the HD versions of the same, it will cost Rs 166.News buffs, here’s how much it will cost you For all 24 Hindi SD news channels, you will have to pay Rs 231, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For all 10 English SD news channels, the total price comes to Rs 187, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the 3 HD iterations of English and Hindi news channels, you will have to pay Rs 174, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.Kids packIf you want to purchase all English and Hindi cartoon channels for kids, then you will have to approximately pay a sum of Rs 206.There’re only three HD kids channel on offer, which will cost you Rs 179.Education/Infotainment channelsFor all 15 Hindi and English SD educational channels, you will have to pay Rs 181, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the HD versions, the price goes up to Rs 220, including the Network Capacity Fee and the GST.For the family man who wants a selected choice of all genresIf you are purchasing a family pack plan including various sports, kids, GEC, music and movies channels via the a la carte option, you might incur a higher bill. For example, an average selection of 30 pay channels and 37 free channels including a decent choice of sports, entertainment, movies, lifestyle, infotainment and news channels amounts to approximately Rs 325.On the other hand, when we went through the broadcaster’s channel bouquets, we ended up getting 57 pay channels and 25 free channels, with a combination of interesting channel mix. The price for all this? Just Rs 295, which is cheaper compared to the choice made by the a la carte option. Therefore, if you are looking to cut costs from your TV bills, the bouquet packs from broadcasters might be the best way to do so.Note:The prices indicated here are based on what TRAI has fed to its Channel Selector app. It is as accurate as TRAI data on DTH plans. Also, it is indicative. The packs we have discussed above are based on some assumptions, such as what channels you will watch. There are hundreds of channels and essentially there are hundreds and thousands of possible combinations. So for example, the TV bill for your sports pack may differ from the one we have given here. Treat the packs discussed here as sort of ballpark estimates.advertisementALSO READ | TRAI new DTH rules to apply from Feb 1: How it will change your TV viewing experienceALSO READ | TRAI ‘s new Channel Selector application will help you calculate TV bills after January 31 ALSO READ | New DTH rules: TRAI says if faulty TV connection not fixed in 72 hours, you don’t have to paylast_img read more

Super Singer fame Poovaiyaar joins Thalapathy 63 as actor and singer

first_imgAfter the resounding success of Sarkar, Thalapathy Vijay has moved on to his next flick, which is tentatively titled Thalapathy 63. This film marks the third collaboration of director Atlee and Vijay, after Theri and Mersal.Now, there seems to be a new addition to the cast of Thalapathy 63. Poovaiyar, a famous gaana (a popular type of folk music in Tamil Nadu) singer and a participant in the reality show Super Singer has been roped in to play a key role in the film. In addition to that, Poovaiyar will also be singing a song in the film.Thalapathy 63 has music composed by Oscar winner AR Rahman. Little Poovaiyar has got a golden opportunity to mark his debut in playback singing with a song composed by Rahman.Recently, he had composed an introduction song for Vijay, which is sung by Bamba Bakya. Last week, the makers shot the introduction song, with hundreds of kids taking part in the shoot.AR Rahman, in a recent interview, hinted that the film is a sports-based film along the lines of Lagaan and Pele. He said, “I have done films like this (Thalapathy 63) in Hollywood, but haven’t done one in South India. Director Atlee has seen films like Pele and Lagaan. He is a passionate person and his sensibility in music is good. He has listened to all my soundtracks and would ask for a particular type of music in his film.”Speculation is rife that Vijay plays the role of a football coach named Michael in this flick, produced by AGS Entertainments.advertisementThalapathy 63 also has Nayanthara, Yogi Babu, Vivek, Daniel Balaji and Anandraj in supporting roles.ALSO READ | Vijay waves at fans from Thalapathy 63 shoot, crowd goes crazy. Watch videoALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is a breathtaking bride in new photos from Hindu wedding with Nick JonasALSO WATCH: 2.0 mania takes over India with Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar film releaselast_img read more

Wenger taught me nothing – Adams

first_imgArsenal Wenger taught me nothing, says Arsenal great Adams Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 18:24 7/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) WengerAdams - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth Premier League The club legend says that the Frenchman did have his strengths, but improving players was not one of those Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams claims he learnt nothing under Arsene Wenger as the Gunners boss looks to turn around a poor start to the season.Arsenal were beaten 4-0 at Liverpool before the international break, then sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the Reds, and discontent appears to be growing again at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal 7/2 to be top London club Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Wenger signed a new contract in the close-season but Adams – who was at Arsenal when the Frenchman arrived in 1996 and won the Premier League two years later – has suggested the 67-year-old has little to offer when it comes to improving players.”For preparation and recovery he was better than anyone,” Adams told the Islington Gazette. “As a psychologist – regarding his interaction with his group of players – he was fantastic, second to none.”But did he teach me anything? No. Did he teach me how to defend? No. He didn’t teach Nigel Winterburn, Lee Dixon, he didn’t teach Steve Bould or Dave Seaman.”Ex-Arsenal stars – including Ian Wright – have also been critical of midfielder Mesut Ozil, causing Wenger to respond that those same players had their own flaws.”I always had problems to understand what is a legend and what is not a legend,” he told a pre-match news conference ahead of facing Bournemouth. “All the players we speak about today had their weak behaviours as well. Nobody was perfect. “We have to take a distance with that as well and focus on our performance. We have to not be caught in animosity and we are grateful for what the players have done for the club.”What matters is always the players on the pitch who can defend the pride of the club.”last_img read more

Rooney reunion in MLS excites Cole

first_imgTransfers Rooney reunion in MLS excites Cole as D.C. United move draws ever closer Sacha Pisani 15:10 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) WayneRooney-cropped Getty Images Transfers DC United Everton Premier League MLS The former Chelsea and Arsenal full-back, who now plays for the LA Galaxy, is relishing a potential reunion with an ex-England colleague in America LA Galaxy captain Ashley Cole is excited by the prospect of playing against former England team-mate Wayne Rooney in MLS.Everton veteran Rooney, 32, is believed to be closing in on a move to D.C. United after being pictured in Washington on Wednesday.Rooney – Manchester United and England’s all-time leading goalscorer – has reportedly been offered a deal until the end of the 2020 season in the United States. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Cole played alongside Rooney at international level and against the former United skipper during his time with Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League, and the Galaxy full-back is relishing a reunion.”I think it’s good,” Cole – who plays alongside former United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Los Angeles – told reporters on Wednesday. “I think it shows the improvement of the league.”He’s a little bit older, but to attract these kind of players is great for the league. … I’m excited if he does come to play against him again.””It’s always different to the Premier League,” added Cole. “We’re getting older when we leave [England for MLS], so he’s not going to be the 18-year-old Wayne Rooney. But I think he’s still got enough quality for this league.”Cole continued: “When you look at the calibre of [big-name] players that have come, most of them have won [championships and cups] and understand that mentality of winning.”That never goes away. Not just me, but you see other players want to come and want to work for their team.”Rooney scored 10 goals in 31 Premier League appearances as Everton finished eighth.Cole’s Galaxy are seventh in the MLS Western Conference, while DC United are bottom in the Eastern Conference with two wins in nine games.last_img read more

Wittmore Goes West

first_imgIf you’re a West Coast fan of Wittmore, the fashion retailer best known for its curated assortment of hard-to-find, lifestyle brands, you’re in luck. Wittmore has officially opened a permanent retail brick-and-mortar space on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. We say permanent, because the company operated a pop-up from June to August just west of its current location, near iconic neighborhood amenities such as Toast Restaurant and Gogosha Optique. This space, however, features an oversized, abstract Wittmore graphic along one wall, custom-fitted warehouse lights and a cement gray floor for a cool, modernist sensibility—all the better to showcase the goods, as founder Paul Witt would have it, whose assortment for fall includes great items by Ian Velardi, Gant Rugger, Sandqvist Bags, Isaora, Mollusk Surf, Cardigan, Il Bussetto, General Knot & Co., Armor Lux, Oliver Spencer and many others.Says Witt: “The majority of my customers are still discovering their own style and like to learn about something new when they shop the site or visit with me in the new store. I’ve seen a lot repeat customers, which proves the merchandise mix is relatable and fun.” 8236 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. (323) 782-9791. A Closer Look at the Inspiration Behind Backcountry’s In-House Apparel Editors’ Recommendations How to Get Out of a Rip Current 4 Tiny Houses You Can Buy on Amazon center_img The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game 1. Wittmore 2. Wittmore 8 of the Coolest Indie Bookstores in the United Stateslast_img read more

A Visit to a Maasai Village in Africa (Photos)

first_img Editors’ Recommendations As you wind down through the hills from Sanctuary Olonana towards the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Africa, you will catch a glimpse of all kinds of wildlife. Zebra, giraffes, impala, and baboons, sure, but you’ll also see cattle. And accompanying the cattle are men wrapped in bright red blankets and holding staffs. These are the Maasai.The Maasai are a semi-nomadic, indigenous African community that spans from Northern Tanzania to Kenya. To them, cattle is everything. A gift from the god, Enkai, cattle is used in everything from their diet, which is made up of milk, curdled milk, and blood (they rarely eat beef), to their housing (enkaji), which is a mix of grass, mud, and dung. A man’s worthiness for marriage —  the Maasai are polygamous — is determined largely by the number of cattle that he owns.At no time do the Maasai leave the cattle unattended in the pasture. Men always wear red because they believe the bright color will frighten off the lions that prey on animals in the area. From the time they can walk, the Maasai men monitor their herd. At puberty, boys undergo a series of tests to become Maasai warriors.Because of the Maasai tribe’s proximity to some of Africa’s most visited game parks (Maasai Mara, Serengeti, and Tarangire), they are also one of the most well-known African natives. Unlike many other, far more private indigenous groups, the Maasai are also known to welcome visitors to their villages to learn about their customs and way of life. Travel companies like Abercrombie and Kent and Sanctuary Retreats work with the Maasai to invite travelers to participate in ritual dances and shop at the markets where the tribe’s women sell locally made beaded jewelry and wood carvings made by the men while tending cattle.When visiting the Maasai, respect is the name of the game. Let them take the lead when it comes to interactions and you’ll be sure to learn and enjoy all the time you spend with these happy and resourceful people.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai villages, called bomas, are circular in structure with a handful mud homes on the perimeter. The center is kept empty and livestock is brought in at night in order to protect the cattle from lions and thieves. The fence itself is constructed of thorned acacia branches and each gate into the village represents a family.Matt Payne/The ManualTo the Maasai, nothing is more important than cattle. Most affairs and conflicts are resolved using cattle as trade and a man’s number of wives is determined by the number of cattle that he owns. Often 10 cattle equal one wife.Matt Payne/The ManualThe Massai homeland between Kenya and Tanzania.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai warriors participate in an adumu, or as it is known by western visitors, the Maasai jumping dance. The men get into a circle and begin a call-and-answer chant. Each male enters the circle where he jumps as high as he can. The higher he can jump, the more attractive that he is to the opposite sex.Matt Payne/The ManualOften, tourists visiting Maasai villages are encouraged to participate in the adumu.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai begin looking after livestock when they are toddlers.Matt Payne/The ManualWhen a Maasai boy reaches the age of five, his lower front two teeth are removed. If the child gets lockjaw, an antidote can be administered through the gap.Matt Payne/The ManualA curious Maasai boy peaks around a corner.Matt Payne/The ManualWhen guests visit a Maasai village, among other activities, the Maasai warriors demonstrate how they make fire.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai elders are responsible for all tribal politics and ceremonies.Matt Payne/The ManualMassai children sit with their grandmother.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai homes are loaf-shaped, typically made up of two rooms and built by the women of the village our of soil, grass, and twigs. The roof consists of grass and cow dung, which is said to absorb moisture. Fires burn inside the homes and the smoke escapes from a small hole on a wall near the entrance.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai are a largely semi-nomadic community and this goes into consideration when building their homes. Despite the Maasai being one of the tallest groups of people in the world, the ceilings are often too low for the man to stand.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai women not only build homes and take care of the Maasai children, they milk cows, walk sometimes miles to and from the watering hole, and gather firewood daily.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai women make traditional beaded jewelry worn by tribe members and sold to tourists visiting the village.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai women are promised in marriage long before they reach childbearing age. Shortly before a Maasai woman is married, her head is shaved.Matt Payne/The ManualFemale circumcision has been a part of Maasai culture for centuries. While the Maasai remain steadfast to the traditions of old, this ritual is thankfully fading away. It is now illegal in Kenya to perform such procedures and, through education, more and more families are eliminating the antiquated and cruel process.Matt Payne/The ManualAccording to Maasai Girls Education Fund, a generation ago, only 20 percent of Maasai women attended any kind of schooling. That number is up to 48 percent, but 10 ten percent go on to secondary school.Matt Payne/The ManualMaasai school historically has taken place under a tree. Thanks to donations from Abercrombie and Kent Philanthropy (AKP), the travel company’s nonprofit arm, a school has been built for local Maasai children so that they may have a brighter future while still keeping their culture intact.Matt Payne/The ManualThe Enkereri School structure began in the year 2005 with one iron sheet structure and 30 kids but in 2015 they started getting permanent structures and school enrolment of kids started increasing. Abercrombie and Kent Philanthropy helped by building the first formal school building, followed by an additional classroom and the administration block, kitchen and dining hall. The school moved from being just a “village school” to achieving formal registration by Government, which also saw them receive a full-time certified principal and additional Government teachers.Matt Payne/The ManualThe school now has eight permanent structures. Enrollment has also risen from 30 kids to 265. Enkereri has become a point of village pride.Matt Payne/The ManualIn 2018, 265 kids attend the school daily, covering a distance of 10 kilometers (over 6 miles) to and from their homes.Matt Payne/The ManualAbout 100 kids sleep at school due to long distance and to get a conducive learning environment. It is customary in Kenya for the seventh- and eighth-grade students, in particular, to sleep at the school to best prepare for national exams.Matt Payne/The ManualStudents learn about conservation efforts through social studies and visits to the neighboring Maasai Mara National Reserve. AKP has conducted annual “rhino watch” excursions into the Reserve. A&K guides provide the children both an exposure to the Reserve and wildlife, as well as an introduction to guiding.Matt Payne/The ManualStudents are most excited to learn about the environment and geography. AKP introduced “eReaders” (like Amazon Kindles), which work primarily like a lending library. The most popular books are about Kenyan history and former U.S president Barack Obama. A student at The Enkereri School. 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffalast_img read more

Farmers to Grow Medicinal Plants on Mined-out Lands

first_img The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) has entered into an agreement with Timeless Herbal Care, an international nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, for the growing of medicinal plants on mined-out bauxite lands. The Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) has entered into an agreement with Timeless Herbal Care, an international nutraceutical and pharmaceutical company, for the growing of medicinal plants on mined-out bauxite lands.Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Tuesday (September 5), the JBI will provide technical training for farmers in the growing of the crops.The farmers will sell the yield at market value to Timeless Herbal Care, which will extract the medicinal contents for the various markets that they serve.The plants to be cultivated are guinea hen weed, moringa, black castor bean, and medical cannabis.At the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Transport and Mining’s Maxfield Avenue offices, portfolio Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, welcomed the partnership, which, he said, will offer major economic benefits for the farmers.He noted that the crops targeted under the initiative are in high demand world-wide because the “nutraceutical value is immense”.“We must now move with urgency to capitalise on what is truly ours,” he said.Minister Henry noted that the farmers will be taught new skills, so that they can produce the plants to internationally accepted standards.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who attended the signing ceremony, said that the project will create a new source of revenue and jobs from the growing, reaping, and export of nutraceuticals.She said that there are buyers in Canada who are waiting for products from Timeless Herbal Care.Meanwhile, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Courtney Betty, said the initiative is about working with communities, establishing international partnerships and “developing Jamaica’s natural plants, which are so valuable”. The farmers will sell the yield at market value to Timeless Herbal Care, which will extract the medicinal contents for the various markets that they serve. Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, who attended the signing ceremony, said that the project will create a new source of revenue and jobs from the growing, reaping, and export of nutraceuticals.last_img read more

ECSA: Shipping Is EU’s Cash Cow

first_imgzoom The overall contribution of the European shipping industry to the European Union’s GDP in 2013 is estimated to have been EUR 147 billion (USD 163.7bn), according to the recently updated Oxford Economics study, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) reports.Moreover, for every EUR 1 million the European shipping industry contributes to GDP itself, it creates another EUR 1.6 million elsewhere in the European economy, according to the results of the study revealed during European Shipping Week.In terms of employment, the industry provided jobs to an estimated 2.2 million people both on board vessels and ashore in the wider maritime cluster. The industry recorded a direct employment growth of 25% between 2004 and 2013.”Europe controls the world’s largest and most innovative fleet of ships,” said Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General. ”This very important fact is often overlooked despite the fact that it plays a key role in the economic impact of our industry on the European economy.”The study also shows that the ultimate ownership or control of 40% of the world’s gross tonnage lies in an EU country. Between the start of 2005 and the start of 2014, the EU controlled fleet expanded by more than 74% in tonnage, and by 72% in terms of deadweight tonnage.last_img read more

Security Council condemns reprehensible terrorist attacks in Mumbai

“The members of the Security Council expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of India,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press last night. The attacks, which have now stretched into their third day, targeted two major hotel complexes and several other locations in India’s largest city, leaving at least 140 people dead and more than 300 wounded. Rescue operations are still ongoing to try to free the remaining hostages.Council members “underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice” and urged all States to cooperate with the Indian authorities in this regard. “All acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation,” the Council reiterated in its statement. The Mumbai attacks are just the latest in a series of acts of terrorism to strike the South Asian nation over the course of the past year. The north-eastern state of Assam and the cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Delhi have all fallen victim to the scourge. 28 November 2008The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that started on 26 November, which included the taking of hostages and caused numerous deaths and injuries in India’s financial capital. read more

First batch of gorillas reach nature reserve in DR Congo after UN

29 April 2010United Nations peacekeepers in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have airlifted four endangered gorillas to a safer habitat to keep them from being illegally trafficked or eaten before they are released back into the wild. “The hope is that the gorillas will bond into a unit strong enough to survive and multiply in the wild,” the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said today in a press release.Three young females (Mapendo, Amani and Ndjingala) and a male named Kighoma – all eastern lowland gorillas – flew by helicopter for 50 minutes on Tuesday with veterinarians and other caregivers from Goma to a village near the heavily forested Tanya Nature Reserve in north Kivu province.The decision to move the gorillas by air was made after scientists said ground transportation would be too difficult and traumatic.The four gorillas, victims of illegal trafficking in wildlife and bushmeat, will be joined in early June by six adolescent orphans flown by MONUC from Rwanda.The requests for the transports were made by the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, which along with other conservation supporters has established the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center (GRACE) in the village of Kasugho, the gorillas’ temporary new home before they are released into the wild.Gorillas may disappear from large parts of the Greater Congo Basin by the mid-2020s unless urgent action is taken to safeguard habitats and counter poaching, according to a report released last month by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL.The Last Stand of the Gorilla – Environmental Crime and Conflict in the Congo Basin blamed violence between militias in the eastern part of the DRC involved in lucrative illegal natural resource trade for accelerating the possible demise of the gorillas.“Caring for the Earth we all share is not just the job of governments. It requires us to reach across boundaries and do things we would not normally expect to do,” Alan Doss, head of MONUC, had said about his decision to approve air transport for the gorillas. read more

Half of Canadians failing to pay down debt poll finds

Half of Canadians with debt say their debt level is the same or higher than it was a year ago, according to a new poll.The survey for CIBC which revealed that 71% of Canadians carry some for of debt, showed that 21% say their debts have increased in the last 12 months; another 28% say their debt level has stayed the same, despite a prior CIBC poll where respondents indicated that debt repayment was a priority in 2013.The number one reason cited for not paying down debt was not having the money to do so (29%).“I think that has to do with the low interest rates that we have right now. The temptation to borrow is so easy to get the bigger house, to get the bigger mortgage or just to borrow from their lines of credit,” said Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning with CIBC.“Debt that improves your financial situation over the long term is a good thing. For example, if you borrow money for education, hopefully that education will last you your whole life and may ultimately get you towards [greater] financial earning power. Similarly, if you are buying a home, hopefully over time the value of the home will appreciate. Bad debt is consumer debt — if you borrow money to buy a depreciating vehicle or you’re borrowing money to go on a vacation.”The average consumer debt (excluding mortgage) according to TransUnion’s quarterly analysis of Canadian credit trends is $26,935.Mr. Golombek advises that people have a plan to tackle their debt. “People need to have a plan to pay down that debt. People should be getting advice from a financial advisor or an expert to have a real concrete goal as to when that debt is going to be paid off,” he said. “The worse thing is you’re in debt and you see no way out because your current budget doesn’t include anything other than the minimum payments on the credit card. Those situations can become catastrophic.”• Email: mleong@nationalpost.com | Twitter: lisleong read more

Court digest Jail time for fall crime spree

An Oakwood Avenue man who repeatedly broke laws throughout last fall and into January was given escalating jail time for his crimes when the charges were dealt with in Simcoe’s Ontario Court recently.Jason Robert Harrington, 35, pleaded guilty to charges from eight different dates, starting with committing mischief last September and threatening death or bodily harm and causing a disturbance in October. For those, he received a suspended sentence.At the end of October, Harrington drove while disqualified, breaking his bail conditions by confronting two women he was supposed to avoid. He pleaded guilty to those charges, received five months of time already served and another two-and-a-half months of jail and a five-year driving prohibition.Ten days later he didn’t show up for a court appearance and three weeks later, he breached his bail conditions again.On New Year’s Day he was charged with committing mischief, but that charge, like 10 others, was dropped.On Jan. 29 Harrington assaulted a woman, damaged her glasses, cellphone and the walls of her home, all while not residing at the Norfolk Street South address he was supposed to be in.Justin Gethin Edward levied another four-and-a-half months of jail time for those offences, giving Harrington a global sentence of more than a year, leaving him with eight months to serve.Harrington must not own or use weapons for 10 years.Man sent inappropriate photo to girlA Simcoe man who sent pictures of his penis to an underage girl was sent to weekend jail after pleading guilty recently in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.Lawren Kadey, 21, was charged with making sexual material available to a child for actions he took in June 2017.A police investigation also found Kadey had child pornography — digital images of a young female —  in his possession.Justice Aubrey Hilliard ordered that Kadey spend 90 days in weekend jail, submit a DNA sample for the national offenders databank and go on the sexual offenders registry for 10 years.The judge also ordered that Kadey get counselling from someone who specializes in sexual deviancy for sexually offending behaviour and not discontinue that treatment without the consent of his probation officer.Back to jail for breaking court ordersA Cherry Street man who continued to break court orders was sent to jail after his angry outbursts got him arrested earlier this year.Michael Allan Whittaker, 30, was convicted last year of breaching several probation orders by not reporting to his probation officer, failing to show up to therapy programs and assaulting a person.In February and March, he was charged with breaking probation orders and conditions of his release.When he appeared before Justice Aubrey Hilliard, Whittaker pleaded guilty to the charges and was credited with already serving three months of jail. But Hilliard sent him back to jail for a further five months.Whittaker is under orders to stay away from a Montclair Crescent home, avoid contact with his victim and take some anger management programs.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Syria UNOPCW mission expects intensified efforts as chemical weapons deadline slips

In New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric confirmed the Joint Mission’s concerns about the missed deadline and told reporters that it expects immediate action to initiate the high pace and scale of operations for the removal of all chemical weapons materials as safely as possible by 27 April. “Missing the 27 April timeline could have serious impact on the completion of the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons programme by 30 June,” said the spokesperson.“It is up to the Member States to discuss the progress of the operation, based on factual input from the Joint Mission. The Mission says that the current pace is of serious concern.”The removal of the most critical material for destruction began in early January, in line with an agreement brokered by Russia and the United States under which Syria renounced its chemical weapons material and joined the 1992 Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons. read more

Ban condemns Sudans decision to expel UN officials urges immediate reversal

Ordered to leave the country are UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Ali Al-Za’tari, and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director Yvonne Helle. In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said the sanctioning of UN personnel sent to Sudan to carry out their duties in accordance with the UN Charter is unacceptable. The Secretary-General called on the Government of Sudan to reverse its decision immediately and urged it to cooperate fully with all UN entities currently present in the country.Sudan’s decision to expel UN personnel comes amid a worsening security climate and dire humanitarian crisis in the Sudanese region, with ramped-up hostilities between Government forces and armed movements. Briefing the UN Security Council on the situation earlier this month, Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), had urged Council Members to rethink their approach to the crisis in Darfur and fully pursue those individuals deemed responsible for atrocities. ICC Judges had already concluded that certain individuals in Sudan must be brought to the Court to answer charges, including Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, for whom a warrant of arrest had been issued, Ms. Bensouda stressed as she briefed the Council on 12 December 2014.However, until the Council applied “a dramatic shift” to its approach to arresting Darfur suspects, it would be increasingly difficult for her and the ICC to continue doing their work.“Given this Council’s lack of foresight on what should happen in Darfur, I am left with no choice but to hibernate investigative activities in Darfur as I shift resources to other urgent cases, especially those in which trial is approaching. It should thus be clear to this Council that unless there is a change of attitude and approach to Darfur in the near future, there shall continue to be little or nothing to report to you for the foreseeable future.”The ICC Prosecutor added, not only was the situation in Darfur deteriorating, but the brutality with which crimes are being committed there has become “more pronounced.” In particular, she warned that women and girls were continuing to bear the “brunt of sustained attacks.”According to UN estimates, the number of people displaced by conflict has increased to more than 430,000 since the beginning of the year, with close to 300,000 remaining displaced in addition to the more than two million long-term internally displaced persons, or IDPs. read more

FIFA Gate implicates Bahamian Banker

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Also from the region: A CIBC First Caribbean banking executive in The Bahamas is alleged to have hopped onto a plane to go and collect a cheque, reportedly for a quarter of a million dollars as an alleged bribe… more harrowing reports coming in the aftermath of arrests in the FIFA Gate scandal. This one is reported in the Bahamas Tribune newspaper. Related Items:bahamas tribune, CIBC First Caribbean bank, fifa gate scandal Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp CIBC First Caribbean Bake Sale for the Curelast_img read more

Kayak Adventure turns deadly for American man

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Kayakadventureturnsdeadly, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – An American visitor today died after complaining of a headache when the kayak he and his wife was on flipped over in the waters of Thompson Cove in Provo.   Police reported that the man was pronounced dead at 1:03pm.  Magnetic Media had been contacted by family friends of the man out of California, asking if there was any news of  his death.Police responded to our query and confirmed that “He and his wife was out on a kayak in the area of Thompson Cove.   The Kayak flipped over and when he got back on he complained of headache and later lost conscious.”It was also said an autopsy will be carried out to determined the exact cause of death.#MagneticMediaNews#Kayakadventureturnsdeadlylast_img read more

Helado Negro Announces New Album Tour With Beirut

first_img Twitter News Email Facebook Helado Negro Announces New Album, Tour With Beirut center_img Helado Negro Announces New Album, Tour helado-negro-announces-new-album-tour-beirut The musician and producer will bring his Latin-inspired electro/experimental music on a world tour with indie group Beirut, in support of his upcoming sixth studio album, ‘This Is How You Smile’Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 14, 2018 – 2:49 pm “Young, Latin And Proud” producer and singer, Helado Negro will soon be bringing his dose of electro-infused, Latin-inspired music to a city near you. He recently dropped a lead single, “Please Won’t Please,” shared a release date for his upcoming album and announced a 2019 tour with Beirut.  The Miami-born, New York-based musician, born Roberto Carlos Lange, will tour as direct support of indie rock/folk group Beirut in North America and Europe in the winter and spring as well as play additional select headline shows. The tour will bring music from his sixth studio album This Is How You Smile, out on March 8, to fans all over the world.Known as the creator of Latin pride anthems like “It’s My Brown Skin,” his latest album continues to explore his identity more introspectively, looking at both the past and the present. While his last album, 2016’s Private Energy, was Lange’s self-love response to the social and political experiences faced by people of color in the last years, his forthcoming album This Is How You Smile gets more personal with music inspired by his upbringing. One song, “Seen My Aura,” tells the story of his hot pavement walk alongside his brother to the community pool. Other subjects he explores include his relationship with his father, childhood relationships and love. In his words, the album is “a person approaching you, slowly, for 40 minutes.” “Please Won’t Please” is the world’s first taste of Lange’s newest material and the album’s opening song; the only one on the album that tackles a collective experience. Like many of his songs, “Please Won’t Please” poetically tackles heavy, socio-political realities faced by immigrants and people of color. The song is reminiscent of Private Energy and highlights the sacrifices people of color make just to exist in a world that oppresses them, but also their unwavering ability to keep going. “History shows that brown won’t go, brown just glows/And we’ll light ourselves on fire, just to see if anyone believes,” he sings.A portion of the proceeds of his album will go to United We Dream, an immigrant rights organization. More info on his tour dates here.Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce TourRead morelast_img read more

Insta360s new Titan is a basketballsized eightlens VR camera

first_img Post a comment Cameras CES 2019 Share your voice The Insta360’s Titan costs $15,000. Insta360 If you’re a professional videographer looking for the best VR camera on the market, Insta360’s massive Titan could be just the thing. Sporting eight Micro Four Thirds sensors capable of taking up to 11K video resolution at 30 frames per second, the Titan is about the size of a basketball, and probably has the largest sensors of a VR camera in the market right now. Insta360 announced it Monday at CES 2019 in Las Vegas. Besides shooting video at 11K, the Titan can handle 10K resolution in 3D, or 11K 360-degree photos in both normal and 3D types. You can record 8K resolution in 60 fps and 5.3K at 120 fps. The Titan can also shoot 10-bit HDR video. Other features include Insta360’s software features, such as FlowState Stabilization, which lets you create stabilized videos without the need for gimbals. It will also have Farsight, a live monitoring system that lets you use a tablet or phone to preview the shoot. The Titan will likely ship in April, with Insta360 planning to do a pilot program with select filmmakers before that happens. It will cost a whopping $15,000, which converts to about £11,800 or AU$21,0000. Quick specs Camera: 8 Micro Four Thirds sensors Photos: 11K resolution, 3D and mono Video: 11K at 30 fps, 10K in 3D, 8K at 60 fps and 5.3K at 120 fps Price: $15,000 CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. center_img 0 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags 85 Photoslast_img read more

Stubborn Turnbull seeks second leadership vote

first_imgAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during a media conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 23 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAustralian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull stubbornly clung to power on Thursday as senior ministers deserted him, saying he would hold a second leadership vote on Friday only if he received a letter signed by the majority of the ruling Liberal party.Turnbull narrowly won a leadership vote on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second ballot.Key Turnbull supporter finance minister Mathias Cormann said Turnbull no longer had majority party support and that Dutton was now the best person to lead the conservative government to the next election, due by May 2019.Several ministers have tendered their resignation. The leadership crisis saw the government adjourn parliament on Thursday until September.Turnbull said if he received a letter requesting a fresh vote with the signatures of 43 Liberal Party lawmakers, he would call a party meeting for midday Friday (0200 GMT). If a leadership spill motion was then passed, he would not stand in the vote.Australian media reported on Thursday that Treasurer Scott Morrison would be a surprise challenger for the top job.Morrison has been a Turnbull supporter, but has reportedly long held ambitions on the prime ministership.Whoever emerges as Australia’s next prime minister, they will become the country’s sixth prime minister in less than a decade. None of those, which includes two stints for Labor leader Kevin Rudd, have served a full term in office.”Australians will be rightly appalled by what they are witnessing in their parliament,” Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.The political revolving door has angered and frustrated voters and the business sector.The political uncertainty clouded the outlook for investors who punished the Australian dollar, sending it 0.9 percent lower to $0.7283. The Aussie was the worst performing major currency on Thursday.Australian shares slipped 0.2 percent.”For everybody in the country what is happening in Canberra is disappointing and frustrating. Business likes certainty and confidence in what happens in the future. Anytime we see uncertainty like what is happening in Canberra it is not helpful,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce.Liberal SplitTurnbull said the leadership crisis was an “internal insurgency” to move the Liberal party to the far right.”A minority in the party room, supported by others outside the parliament, has sought to bully, intimidate others into making this change of leadership,” he said.”It’s been described by many people…as a form of madness.Turnbull sort to raise doubts over Dutton’s ability to continue sitting in parliament, with reports he has financial interests in daycare centres which receive government funding.Australia’s constitution bans lawmakers from receiving commonwealth money.Turnbull said he asked Australia’s most senior legal officer to provide advice on Dutton’s eligibility on Friday morning.”I cannot underline too much how important it is that anyone who seeks to be prime minister of Australia is eligible to be a member of parliament,” said Turnbull.Adding pressure on rebel lawmakers, Turnbull said he would resign from parliament if he loses the leadership, threatening the government’s one-seat majority.Turnbull came to power in a party-room coup in September 2015. A social liberal and multi-millionaire former merchant banker, Turnbull has struggled to appeal to conservative voters and only narrowly won an election in 2016.The ruling Liberal-National coalition government has consistently trailed the opposition Labor party in opinion polls, but Turnbull has remained the voters’ preferred prime minister over Labor leader Bill Shorten.Shorten said the “cannibalistic behaviour” over the Liberal leadership was eating the government alive. “Australia no longer has a functioning government,” he told parliament.last_img read more