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Spotted First Look at NCLs LeonardoClass Ships

first_imgMiami-based Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) showed first images of its new Leonardo-Class ships at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami on March 15. In February this year, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings signed a deal with Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri for the construction of four new cruise ships, with an option for two additional vessels, for its NCL brand.The company’s four next generation ships are scheduled for delivery in 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.The two optional cruise ships would be handed over to their owner in 2026 and 2027.Each of the four 140,000 gross ton ships will be able to accommodate approximately 3,300 guests.The new class of ships will build upon the cruise line’s most recent Breakaway-Plus Class ships. A priority of the prototype design is energy efficiency, with the aim of optimizing fuel consumption and reducing the impact on the environment, according to NCL.last_img read more

Al Gore To Host Google Conversation On Climate Crisis

first_imgParticipant Media, Paramount Home Media Distribution and Google announced today that former Vice President Al Gore, chairman of The Climate Reality Project, and Participant Media Chairman and Founder Jeff Skoll will host a Google+ Conversation on the climate crisis to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth.In a brief YouTube video released today, Vice President Gore invited people to join the Science on G+ Community and share ideas to mitigate climate change. Over the next week Gore and Skoll will engage with Google+ users on the topic and ultimately will select the five most insightful Community members to join them in a live Google+ Hangout on Air on June 11th at 2PM EDT / 11AM PDT.To celebrate the film’s seventh anniversary, An Inconvenient Truth is also now available for 99 cents on Google Play, allowing a new generation of digital viewers to join the global dialogue. Participant’s digital network, TakePart.com, will also run a special five-part editorial series on climate change that will dive deeper into the issue and its evolution beginning June 10 at takepart.com/an-inconvenient-truth. As part of the series, TakePart has also teamed with The Climate Reality Project to recommend ten climate crisis actions people can take.This Google+ Hangout on Air is the former Vice President’s first and kicks off Google+ Conversations, a new series on Google+ where everyday users have the opportunity to engage global experts in discussions on the issues that matter to them.last_img read more

Temple Of The Dog Tour Tickets Benefit Charity

first_imgTemple of the Dog — the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) — has reunited and will tour for the first time ever since forming in 1990.The band will play five cities, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, in November.A special ticket pre-sale for fans signed up to the Ten Club, Soundgarden, and Chris Cornell email lists begins immediately and runs through July 27th. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 29th, at 12:00 PM local time. $1.50 from each ticket sold will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and an additional $1.50 will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.The tour marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Temple of the Dog’s first and only album, a self-titled set that was released by A&M Records on April 16th, 1991. “We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do … play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago,” Cornell says of the 2016 tour.On September 30th UMe will release a special Temple of the Dog 25th anniversary reissue collection of their landmark album, newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien. The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD. Physical pre-orders are available today along with a detailed list of the contents of each configuration HERE.Temple of the Dog came together from the ashes of Mother Love Bone following the death from a drug overdose of its frontman Andrew Wood, Cornell’s close friend and roommate. Cornell wrote future TOTD songs “Say Hello 2 Heaven” and “Reach Down” to help process his grief, “but the songs didn’t have any destination,” he says. “I was compelled to write them and there they were – written in a vacuum as a tribute to Andy. My thought was that maybe I could record these songs with the remaining members of Mother Love Bone and that maybe we could release them as a tribute.”Mother Love Bone’s Gossard and Ament began playing with McCready, and they brought in Soundgarden’s Cameron to drum on demos. Because this was a collaboration, and a tribute, there was no commercial expectation for the Temple of the Dog album. It would be, Gossard would later observe, “the easiest and most beautiful record that we’ve ever been involved with.” Adds Cornell: “Temple was about making an album simply for the joy of doing it. We weren’t concerned what anyone outside of our group of friends would think of it. It was the first and maybe only stress-free album that we all made.”Gossard, Ament, and McCready were also simultaneously forming a new band, which more than six months later would be known as Pearl Jam. A singer from San Diego named Eddie Vedder, who was vying to lead the project, came into the studio to sing background vocals on three of the Temple songs. When Cornell thought another song, “Hunger Strike,” needed a duet, Vedder was enlisted. “Hunger Strike” became a hit single, peaking at No. 4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.Temple of the Dog performed live only a handful of times, most notably in Seattle, in November and December of 1990. Those shows have become some of the most legendary Seattle concerts of all-time. Their 2016 shows mark the first time the band has ever toured. (Cornell joined Pearl Jam in 2014 at the Bridge School show and for two nights at PJ20 in Alpine Valley, WI, and the Temple line-up played “Reach Down” and “Call Me a Dog” at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in January 2015.)“This is something no one has ever seen,” Cornell says of the official reunion. “We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.”Temple of the Dog’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:11/04 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
11/07 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
11/11 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 Los Angeles, CA The Forum 
11/20 Seattle, WA Paramount Theaterlast_img read more

Inside the NBA Shaqtin A Fool Vol 3 Episode

Shaquille O’Neal and “Inside the NBA” are back with a new season of “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Take a look at this week’s nominees in the first episode of the what has to be the funniest NBA show on TV.In its debut episode, “Shaqtin’ A Fool” regulars Kendrick Perkins and JaVale Magee make an early appearance. Perkins does what he does best, and on a fast break attempts to lob an alley-oop pass to a teammate, but throws the ball out of bounds.  Magee, who some believe is trying to get on  “Shaqtin’ A Fool,”  somehow ends up on a player’s back during a fastbreak.Two rookies made their “Shaqtin’ A Fool” debut, who probably won’t be segment regulars like Magee and Perkins.Later, a cameraman made it on the list because he tries to play it cool after his leg falls asleep resulting in a funky two set dance.Watch the video above and vote for your nominee for the Best Foolish Moment here. read more

Jackie Robinson YMCA hosts Annual RBI Program for kids

first_imgJackie Robinson YMCA hosts Annual RBI Program for kids Elizabeth Alvarez, Elizabeth Alvarez Updated: 2:33 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Children in southeast San Diego are participating in a special baseball program at the Jackie Robinson YMCA this summer.It’s called RBI and it stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. Elizabeth Alvarez was live at the Jackie Robinson YMCA to check it out.“RBI brings kids together in a non-competitive environment to teach them the fundamentals of the game, and as they get better, they progressed to whatever level they want” said Michael Brunker, Executive Director of Jackie Robinson Family YMCA.These kids are learning “How to catch a ball, how to bat” says Caesar, who’s going into 5th grade.It’s a free program sponsored by Major League Baseball. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are also learning much more then just the fundamentals.“I’m learning teamwork and learning how to speak up,” said Nuri Gargonnu who enrolls in the program every summer.On top of that, the program brings families together.“My husband and I both have businesses. He works full-time. You’re tired and everything, but the beauty of being here for your kids is seeing the fruits of your labor, just being right there for them,” said Makena Gargonnu who’s the mother of Nuri and another boy enrolled.“We encourage the families of…children in our program to become a member and with that membership you can use that entire facility,” said Brunker.The executive director added that, right now, the RBI program is only in the summer. But stay tuned! The YMCA wants to try and continue this free baseball program into the fall. August 13, 2018 Posted: August 13, 2018last_img read more

OBITUARY Linda M Baillargeon Grover 66

first_imgHAVERHILL MA — Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover, 66, of Haverhill, passed away peacefully Friday, June 14, 2019 at Nevins Nursing & Rehab Center in Methuen, MA. She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Robert E. Grover.Linda was born in Lawrence, MA, August 27, 1952 the daughter of the late Jean and Esther (Robichaud) Baillargeon. She was raised in Methuen and attended Methuen schools. Linda later moved to Haverhill where she made her home for several years. She was employed for 25 years as an accountant for AGFA Corporation in Wilmington, MA. Linda was a longtime member of The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. She enjoyed listening to books on tape and cherishing her time with her children and grandchildren.Linda is survived by two children, Jamie J. Spates and Samantha A. Cole. She also leaves behind two grandchildren, Riley and Alicia, two brothers, Raymond Baillargeon and Ronald Baillargeon and three sisters, Jean Bohondoney, Carol O’Brien and Ann Nault. She will also be dearly remembered by several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was pre-deceased by her son Frank Spates and brother, Richard Baillargeon.Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours, Tuesday, June 25, 2019 from 4-6 PM at The Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave. Haverhill, MA 01830. A private graveside service will be held at Walnut Cemetery in Haverhill. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests donations in Linda’s memory be made to The Wounded Warriors Project by visiting http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org. For directions or online condolences, please visit www.Grondin-Carnevale.com.Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover(NOTE: The above obituary is from the Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of June 16, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Verda J. Murray, 90In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth J. “Betty” (Kilpatrick) Valente, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Budget 2015 Full Year Tax Collections Likely to Fall Short of Estimates

first_imgDirect tax collections during April to November 2014 grew 5.67% to ₹3.29 lakh crore over the same period a year ago. ReutersIndirect tax collection stood at ₹3.28 lakh crore for the April to November 2014, up 7.1% compared to the same period a year ago.Cumulative tax collection stood at ₹6.58 lakh crore for the April to November 2014 period.For fiscal 2015, the government’s budgeted revenues are₹13.6 lakh crore, mandating direct taxes to grow by 16% to ₹7.36 lakh crore and indirect taxes by 20% to ₹6.24 lakh crore, reports Livemint.Tax collection for the year has continued to remain tepid, with the Ministry of Finance asking the tax department to step up tax collections in the remaining three months of the fiscal.At the current rate, the government is unlikely to meet its fiscal deficit target of 4.1% of the GDP.Tax mobilization is a reliable indicator of economic growth in GDP terms, and factors affecting it.last_img read more

India urges Iran to release sailors from detained MT Riah tanker

first_img Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated Indian officials met the 18 crew Indian crew members in Iranian seized ship, Stena Impero on Thursday.V. Muraleedharan/TwitterThe Indian authorities have sought the release of the remaining three crew members on board the MT Riah ship on Saturday. Iranian officials had earlier released 9 out the 12 Indians.The UAE-owned tanker was detained by the Iranian authorities for allegedly smuggling Iranian fuel out of the country in the first week of July.”Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar.”Our mission in Iran has requested the concerned Iranian authorities for the release of remaining crew members,” he added.Information on why the remaining three detained crew members were not reported at the time of filing this report.Iran had granted consular access to 18 Indians stranded on another ship, the British-flagged Stena Impero, that was seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.All of them are fine, the Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Thursday, adding India will continue to take necessary steps to ensure their early release and repatriation.British officials have detained Iranian tanker Grace 1, carrying 24 Indians in Gibraltar earlier this month for allegedly carrying oil to Syria, violating European Union sanctions. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:35Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Tensions in the Persian Gulf increased after relations between Iran and western powers deteriorated following US imposition of sanctions on countries participating in oil and other products trade with Iran.Both the US and Iran have shown aggressive military stance triggering analysts to fear a military confrontation between the two countries in the strategic Strait of Hormuz channel.Around 45 Indian crew members from three vessels — MT Riah, Stena Impero and Grace 1 — have been detained by the UK and Iran authorities over alleged violations of international maritime security regulations over the past month.last_img read more

US warns of action after Syria chemical attack

first_imgA man breathes through an oxygen mask, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib. Reuters file photoThe United States and Russia were on a collision course over Syria on Wednesday after a horrific chemical attack so shocked President Donald Trump that Washington threatened unilateral US action.At least 86 people were killed early on Tuesday in rebel-held Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria and dozens more were being treated after they were found convulsing and foaming at the mouth.After previous major chemical attacks in Syria in 2013, Trump strongly urged then-president Barack Obama not to order military intervention against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.And he came to office promising both to improve ties with Assad’s ally President Vladimir Putin of Russia and to focus US efforts in Syria solely on the defeat of the Islamic State group.But on Wednesday—as footage emerged of Syrian children choking to death in agony—he declared that his view of the conflict had been changed by an attack that “cannot be tolerated.”“It crossed a lot of lines for me,” Trump told reporters at a joint White House news conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah, alluding to Obama’s failure to enforce his own 2013 “red line.”“When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, little babies… that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line, many, many lines,” he warned.“I will tell you, it’s already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much… You’re now talking about a whole different level.”Trump did not go into detail about what any US response to the atrocity would be—and he has previously opposed deeper US military involvement in Syria’s civil war.Rethink supportThe US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, warned of unilateral action and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Russia to rethink its support for Assad.“There is no doubt in our mind that the Syrian regime under the leadership of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for this horrific attack,” Tillerson told reporters.“And we think it is time for the Russians to really think carefully about their continuing support for the Assad regime.”Tillerson is due in Moscow next week for talks that will now be clouded by the Khan Sheikhun controversy.At the United Nations, Haley was equally forthright.“When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own action,” she said.The warning came during an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council called by France and Britain after the attack.Haley, lashing out at Russia for failing to rein in its ally Syria, showed photographs of lifeless children choked in the attack.“How many more children have to die before Russia cares?” she demanded. “If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it.”‘Categorically unacceptable’Britain, France and the United States have presented a draft resolution demanding a full investigation of the attack.Russia—along with Iran—is Syria’s main diplomatic and military partner. And Moscow, true to form, said the draft text was “categorically unacceptable.”Failure to agree on a compromise text could prompt Russia to use its veto to block the draft resolution. Moscow has used its veto seven times to shield Syria from UN action.The Western-backed draft text backs a probe by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and demands Syria provide information on its operations.Russia’s deputy ambassador Vladimir Safronkov told the UN council that the proposed resolution was hastily prepared and unnecessary, but voiced support for an inquiry.“The main task now is to have an objective inquiry into what happened,” he said.Russia turned up at negotiations with a rival draft resolution that made no reference to specific demands that Damascus cooperate with an inquiry, diplomats said.Negotiations were continuing on the draft text and diplomats said there would not be a vote before Thursday at the earliest.“We are talking about war crimes here, war crimes on a large scale, war crimes with chemical weapons,” said French Ambassador Francois Delattre.The British ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, told reporters he hoped council members would agree on a draft resolution by Thursday, but vowed to press for a vote regardless.Moscow, which launched a military intervention in 2015 in support of Assad’s forces, defended the government against accusations of responsibility for the attack.It claimed the deaths were caused when a Syrian strike hit a “terrorist warehouse” for bombs containing “toxic substances” and pledged to maintain its military support for Assad.Western experts have dismissed this claim as implausible, given the scale and nature of the casualties.And a senior State Department official said: “Anyone with common sense and the ability to look at pictures knows that what the Russians are saying about the depot is not true.”‘A gas so lethal’Doctors said victims showed symptoms consistent with the use of a nerve agent such as sarin—suspected to have been used by government forces in deadly attacks outside Damascus in 2013.US officials have not said what kind of agent they think was used, but Trump said it was “a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was.”If confirmed, the attack would be among the worst incidents of chemical weapons use in Syria’s civil war, which has killed over 320,000 people since it began in March 2011.Syria officially relinquished its chemical arsenal and signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2013 to avert military action after it was accused of an attack outside Damascus that killed hundreds.But there have been repeated allegations of chemical weapons use since.last_img read more

Trump storms out of shutdown talks with Democrats

first_imgUS president Donald Trump (2nd L) speaks to members of the media as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) and vice president Mike Pence (R) listen at the US Capitol after the weekly Republican Senate policy luncheon 9 January 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump stormed out of talks with Democratic congressional leaders on Wednesday over funding for a border wall with Mexico and reopening the government, complaining the meeting at the White House was “a total waste of time.”On the 19th day of a partial government shutdown caused by the dispute over the wall, a short meeting that included Trump, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer ended in acrimony with no sign of a resolution.”Just left a meeting with Chuck and Nancy, a total waste of time,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?” Trump wrote. “Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!”Exasperated Democrats called Trump’s behavior a “temper tantrum” and said the meeting broke down when they refused to commit to funding his proposed southern border wall. Trump’s desire for a wall between the United States and Mexico was a central theme of his 2016 presidential campaign.”It was a petulant president of the United States,” Pelosi told reporters when she returned to the Capitol. “A person who would say: ‘I’ll keep government shut down for weeks, months or years unless I get my way.’ That’s just not the way democracy works, and so it’s very sad.”Schumer said Trump had had “a temper tantrum.” The lawmaker told reporters: “That is sad and unfortunate. We want to come to an agreement. We believe in border security. We have different views.”The breakdown in talks could strengthen the possibility that Trump will declare a national emergency to build a wall on the southern border if no deal with Congress can be reached on his request for $5.7 billion for the project.Earlier on Wednesday, Trump said he had the authority to declare a national emergency that would let him pay for the wall with military funds. Vice president Mike Pence told reporters Trump was still considering that option.Asked what Trump had gained by walking out, Pence said: “I think the president made his position very clear today: that there will be no deal without a wall.”Shortly after the White House meeting broke up, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies that have been closed since 22 December, without money for the wall.But there was no indication that the Senate, controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans, would allow a vote on the bill.Democrats are eager to force Republicans to choose between funding the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service – at a time when it should be gearing up to issue tax refunds to millions of Americans – and voting to keep it partially shuttered.In a countermove, the Trump administration said that even without a new shot of funding, the IRS would somehow make sure those refund checks get sent.The National Treasury Employees Union filed suit on Wednesday challenging the administration’s authority to force federal employees to work without pay.Trump attended a lunch meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday and emerged to declare unwavering support for the tough stance he has taken on funds for the wall.Asked if he got the impression in the meeting that the shutdown would end soon, Republican Senator Tim Scott said: “I did not. I think we’re going to be here a while.”Democratic TacticsPelosi plans more votes this week that one by one would provide money to operate departments ranging from Homeland Security and Justice to State, Agriculture, Commerce and Labor.Able to get the bills through the House because of the Democratic majority, Pelosi is hoping some Senate Republicans back her up and abandon Trump’s wall gambit.The political maneuvering comes amid a rising public backlash over the suspension of government activities that has resulted in the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers.Other “essential” employees are being required to report to work, but without pay for the time being.On Thursday, Trump travels to the border to highlight what he calls an immigration “crisis.” He delivered his first prime-time television address from the Oval Office on Tuesday to make his case for the border wall.The funding fight stems from Congress’ inability to complete work by a deadline last September on funding all government agencies. It did, however, appropriate money for about 75 per cent of the government on time – mainly military and health-related programs.US airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay have warned that security and safety could be compromised if the shutdown continues, but the Trump administration said staffing was adequate and travelers had not faced unusual delays.Union officials said some TSA officers had already quit because of the shutdown and many were considering quitting.Ratings agency Fitch warned that it could cut the US triple-A sovereign debt credit rating later this year if the shutdown proves prolonged and Congress fails to raise the legal limit on the national debt in a timely manner.last_img read more

Russian President Putin Announces ReElection Bid

first_imgTwitter User @thehill Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his intention Wednesday to seek re-election next year, a vote he appears certain to win and that would set him up to become the nation’s longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.Putin chose to make the long-expected announcement at the GAZ automobile factory in Nizhny Novgorod, where he found an enthusiastic audience in the plant’s blue-collar workers.“I couldn’t find a better place and moment for that,” he said to massive applause. “Thank you for your support. I will run for president.”Putin has been in power in Russia since 2000. He served two presidential terms in 2000-2008, then shifted into the prime minister’s seat because of term limits, but continued calling the shots while his ally, Dmitry Medvedev, served as placeholder president.Medvedev had the presidential term extended to six years and then stepped down to let Putin reclaim the presidency in 2012. If Putin serves another six-year term that would run through 2024, he would reach the milestone for longest tenure as leader since Stalin.While few doubted that Putin would run in the March 18 election, a delay in announcing his bid was seen as part of the Kremlin’s political maneuvering.“It was necessary to ensure electoral mobilization,” Dmitry Orlov, a political consultant close to the Kremlin, said in televised remarks.The Kremlin has been worried about growing voter apathy, and the uncertainty about Putin’s plans seemed intended to encourage public interest in the race.Putin’s approval ratings top 80 percent, making him certain to win an easy first-round victory. Blue-collar workers and state employees form the core of his support base.“Thank you for your work, for your attitude to your jobs, your factory, your city and your country!” Putin told factory workers. “I’m sure that together we will succeed.”The GAZ factory is one of the country’s most emblematic industrial giants. It was built during the Soviet industrialization drive in 1932 and has churned out millions of vehicles, from vans and military trucks to Volga sedans and luxury cars for the Soviet elite.For months, Putin fended off questions about his plans, fueling speculation about possible motives behind the delay in declaring his candidacy. Some thought Putin would step down and name a preferred successor.Earlier Wednesday, Putin was asked about his intentions at a meeting with young volunteers in Moscow. He said he would decide shortly if he would seek another six-year term.A stream of fawning comments from officials and lawmakers quickly followed his announcement.“The decision gives us the feeling of certainty about tomorrow,” said Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of the lower house of parliament. “The decision was expected … but we were already getting worried.”Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament, said Putin’s announcement helped end “anxiety and tensions in the society.”The upper house is expected to give the formal start to the election campaign later this month.Veterans of past campaigns — Communist chief Gennady Zyuganov, ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and liberal leader Grigory Yavlinsky — all have declared their intention to run. They will likely be joined by Ksenia Sobchak, a star TV host who is the daughter of late former St. Petersburg Mayor Anatoly Sobchak, who was Putin’s boss in the 1990s.The most visible Putin foe, Alexei Navalny, also wants to run, even though a conviction he calls politically motivated bars him from joining the campaign. He has organized a grassroots campaign and staged rallies across Russia to raise pressure on the Kremlin to let him register for the race. Sharelast_img read more

WATCH Trump Pushes Back Against Criticism Of Family Separation

first_img Share President Donald Trump is highlighting the plight of Americans whose loved ones were killed by people who entered the country illegally.Trump on Friday hit back against the storm of criticism that has enveloped the White House over the forced separation of children from their migrant parents after illegal border crossings.The president blasted media coverage of the images of children separated from their parents at the southern border.Trump said “you hear the other side, you never hear this side.”The president focused on families whose loved ones have been killed, not temporarily separated, saying “the word you have to think about is ‘permanently.’”His appearance came hours after he suggested that some of the current tales of separation were “phony stories.”last_img read more

From the coast of Italy

first_imgWould it not be nice to have an authentic slice of Italy in your mundane life in the Capital? Sorrento, the award-winning Italian restaurant at Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, is offering its patrons an authentic Italian experience titled ‘Barefoot in the Sand’, a handcrafted menu of the signature dishes of Michelin Star Chef Riccardo Sculli. Having long been captivated and driven by the flavours of the pristine waters and the sandy beaches of the Ionian coast, the richly evocative menu enthrals for style, taste and the very quality of the raw materials itself. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA special a-la-carte menu has been curated for lunch, featuring some of Chef Riccardo’s signature dishes such as – Carpaccio di Aragosta e verdure (Lobster carpaccio with seasonal salad and tomato gelè) and Risotto allo zafferano con mud granchio e ribes rosso (Saffron risotto, mud crab and red currants). For dinner, a special degustation menu has been designed by Chef Riccardo, starring culinary masterpieces such as Costoletta di agnello con carciofi e liquirizia (Rack of lamb with artichokes and liquorice) and Pollo ruspante con peperoni e arancia (Free-range chicken with peppers and orange). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKeeping in line with the traditions and rich culinary heritage of Calabria, some of Sorrento’s best wine selection have been paired with the stunning menu which is on till today.Chef Riccardo Sculli has especially flown down to curate this experience for the culinary enthusiasts of Delhi. He is the first chef from the Reggio Calabria province to have received a Michelin star, and is currently the head chef at Ristorante Gamberro Rosso, Marina di Gioiosa Jonica RC, Italy. Chef Riccardo is on a perpetual quest to keep educating himself about the extensive gastronomic legacy of Calabria, and to pay homage to this legacy through meticulously prepared and skillfully presented dishes.last_img read more