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Google and Intel Announce New Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Google and Intel Announce New Hybrid Cloud Solutions

first_imgFulfilling the promise made earlier this year as part of a larger strategic collaboration, Intel and Google released the new Intel® Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos optimized for 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.Hybrid cloud is an essential part of most modern business infrastructure as organizations balance performance, TCO, legacy applications, security and compliance. Hybrid cloud remains the deployment of choice for enterprises with over 80% of organizations reporting that they currently have plans in place for deployment.“Multicloud and hybrid approaches are the reality for many customers today and with Anthos, we’re committed to providing customers with the best platform on which to run their workloads,” said Kevin Ichhpurani, Corporate Vice President, Global Ecosystem at Google Cloud “Our partnership with Intel gives customers trusted, validated solutions on Anthos as they move to a hybrid environment.”Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos will soon be available from Lenovo, Quanta Cloud Technology, SHI, and World Wide Technology.Simplified Deployment and ManagementIntel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos can simplify an organization’s move to a hybrid or multi-cloud solution by offering pre-tested, validated solutions that use existing VMware vSphere and VMware vSAN environment.Anthos is comprised of a Google Cloud-managed software stack powered by industry-leading application-modernization technologies. The reference design is optimized for Intel architecture, and helps transform IT operations and more easily build applications on premises and in the cloud. Anthos works with new or existing VMware environments, simplifying deployment and management, along with streamlining installs and upgrades validated by Google Cloud.Organizations looking to benefit from Kubernetes and cloud technology will benefit from a pre-verified solution that includes Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) On-Prem on VMware vSphere using the VMware ESXi. By utilizing the VMware vSAN hyperconverged infrastructure, enterprises can lower their TCO, compared to converged solutions.Hyperconverged InfrastructureSales of hyperconverged systems grew 57.2% year over year in 2018, according to IDC, and remain the primary driver of market growth. VMware vSAN offers organizations high availability, improved security and performance, and it seamlessly integrates with VMware vSphere as a native hyperconverged infrastructure solution for business-critical apps, consolidated virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs), mixed-workload infrastructures, and more.The solutions can also support remote storage as an alternative to a hyperconverged infrastructure deployment. And for easier management, Google Cloud Console gives you a single pane of glass view for managing clusters across on-premises and cloud environments.Strategic CollaborationGoogle Cloud and Intel have a long-standing strategic partnership. Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos is the culmination of a years-long collaboration. Google Cloud was first to offer Intel® Optane™ DC persistent memory to its customers last October and announced three new virtual machine (VM) instances based on the 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors earlier this year.Advanced Intel TechnologiesIntel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos eliminate costly downtimes and upgrades by using the latest advancements in Intel technologies to provide faster VM reboots, persistent memory, and predictable performance. Enterprises can now create and manage modern hybrid applications one time using Kubernetes optimized for Intel architecture and run them anywhere—whether across public clouds or on-premises.Intel Select Solutions for Google Cloud’s Anthos include two configurations: a Base configuration that specifies the minimum required performance and capabilities and a Plus configuration to achieve higher performance. Customers can upgrade or expand on either of these configurations for additional capacity or performance.For more information, listen to Google’s Paul Mason on a recent episode of Intel’s Chip Chat podcast. To begin preparation for your organization’s cloud environment, contact your Intel or Google account representative and learn more at intel.com/cloud.last_img read more

City updates

City updates

first_imgWhat’s new in the big cities.LondonExhibition: Head to London’s National Gallery (Trafalgar Square; Tel: 020 7747 2885) to see the largest ever exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s surviving paintings. The display concentrates on da Vinci’s career as a court painter in Milan. Till February 5.Restaurant revamp: Celebrating its 50th year, a new-look Rib Room Bar & Restaurant (Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place; Tel: 020 7858 7250) is back with a pricey menu where modern British dishes sit alongside classic chophouse fare. The wine list comes on iPads, and there’s a comfy bar with snacks and a big focus on cocktails. Theatre: Celebrated comedy film The Ladykillers has been adapted into a hilarious and thrilling new play, which opens at Gielgud Theatre (Shaftesbury Avenue; Tel: 020 7907 7071) on November 26. Till February 12.Dance: Watch dancers from Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance group, take the stage at Sadler’s Wells (Rosebery Avenue; Tel: 0844 412 4300). Their new act is called White, divided into three parts, each presenting a different type of white. From: November 9 to 12.New yorkParade: Witness New York City’s holiday season officially kick off at 85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24. It begins at on 77th Street and Central Park West. Expect thousands of soaring balloons, colourful floats and of course the Santa Claus. Route map on www.macys.com/parade New menu: Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin (155 W 51st Street; 212 554 1515), the Top Rated restaurant in the Zagat 2012 New York City Restaurants Survey, has added a new lounge area where you can enjoy a more casual a la carte selection for lunch. And by more casual, we mean you don’t have to have a reservation and gents don’t have to wear jackets.Ballet: The New York City Ballet production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker features marching toy soldiers, a gigantic Christmas tree, crystalline snowflakes and some of the most glorious dancing. From November 25 to December 31; tickets start at US$ 29 (www.nycballet.com).Train show: Watch more than 100 model trains zip through more than 100 replicas of NYC landmarks–Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium and Washington Bridge–at the New York Botanical Garden (Bronx; tel: 718 817 8700) The set is made from natural supplies such as orange slices, cinnamon sticks, bark and pinecones. From November 19 to January 16.ParisChinese restaurant: Feast on the flavours of Canton at the newly-opened Shang Palace at Shangri-La Hotel (10 avenue d’Iena; Tel: 01 5367 1992). The menu has dishes with interesting names like Buddha Jumping Over the Wall and Beggar’s Chicken. The decor is all feng shui.Sandwich bar: Called The Club (rue Surcouf; tel: 01 4550 3154), this new Left Bank venture owes its name to the nine different ways it makes the club sandwich. From king crab to foie gras, roast beef to vegetables, all nine sandwiches come with delicious fillings. The drinks menu has fresh detox juices (carrot and ginger, for example) and the absolute must-have is the cheesecake. Nightclub: The newest nightclub in town is David Lynch’s Silencio (142 rue Montmartre). And it’s not just a nightclub; Silencio hosts live gigs, DJs and other performances; there are films, old and new, in the 24-seat theatre, plus food tastings and a concierge service.Exhibition: Beauty, Morals and Voluptuousness in the England of Oscar Wilde–this exhibition at Musee D’orsay (1 rue de Legion d’Honneur) brings to Paris the works of Oscar Wilde, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and Aubrey Beardsley. Till January 15.KolkataSpa: Sohum Spa, a chain of wellness spas based in Mumbai, opened its doors to Calcutta at Kenilworth Hotel (Little Russell Street; Tel: 2282 3939). The three-room spa set-up is relaxing in dark wood and white. There are more than 30 therapies on the menu. The Sohum Signature Massage integrates a sports massage with Thai acu-pressure techniques.Vegetarian hotel: Bang in the middle of one of the city’s busiest stretches stands a swanky new hotel, Casa Fortuna (234/1, AJC Bose Road; Tel: 4021 8000), which is also Kolkata’s first vegetarian boutique property. Casa Kitchen, the multi-cuisine bar-restaurant, serves a variety of cuisine ranging from kebabs, Chinese and Continental.Store opening: The swanky 600 sq ft Tommy Hilfiger store at Forum Courtyard (Elgin Road) is done up with traditional maple wood panelling, Ithaca-striped wallpaper and peppy blue tones. The fall-winter collection, currently on display, finds its inspiration from the neighbourhoods and towns of New York. Restaurant: More news for vegetarians. Cream Centre, another Mumbai’s chain, has upped shutters in Kolkata. The 3,500 sq ft restaurant (1 Allenby Road, the lane opposite Forum on Elgin Road) is divided into three sections, with open seating dominating the centre and booth-like alcoves on one side, built to fit in with the thick pillars of the old building.MumbaiWellness: Leading French beauty brand, L’occitane en Provence, opened its first Mumbai store at The Palladium Mall (Phoenix Mills Compound, Lower Parel). The store is spread over 400 sq ft. Restaurant: Just the name Oye Kake (13, Cawasji Patel Street, near Yazdani Bakery, Fort; tel: 2287 1882) tells you which part of India is on the menu of this new colourful restaurant. But there’s no Butter Chicken from Punjab, this place proudly proclaims its pure-veg status. So forget the chicken leg and go for the simple yet delicious Sarson da Saag and Makki di Roti.Airport shop: The Eternal Gandhi souvenir shop is located inside the departure lounge of the international airport, and stocks around 50 Bapu-inspired products. The list is exhaustive. There’s ceramic Gandhi statues, wristwatches, T-shirts, mugs, statues of the iconic three monkeys, khadi shirts, bookmarks, magnets, notepads, calendars, paperweights, key chains and pens. Home store: Newcomer Shaastra (Waterfield Road, Bandra West; tel: 2643 2303) has railway clocks, wind up telephones and antique locks among other standard knick-knacks and accessories.Gwalior with Ayaan Ali KhanThe city: Though I have visited many ‘happening’ cities, the place I like returning to is Gwalior, where my forefathers settled in after they migrated from Central Asia. It is indeed the music capital of India. It was home to Tansen. You must visit the Tansen Tomb in Gwalior. Our ancestral home has been converted into a museum called Sarod Ghar. So anyone with a love for music and history would have a great time visiting the museum. Favourite hotel: For the stay, I recommend the fabulous Usha Kiran Palace in Gwalior. Originally a part of the Gwalior Palace that belongs to the Scindia’s, it is now one of India’s best hotels. From the food to the architecture, it is an absolute winner. It also offers great views of the city from its pavilions. So even if you are not staying at the hotel, do spend an evening at Usha Kiran Palace and enjoy the panoramic views. The mood: Gwalior also has an interesting city centre. It has malls, restaurants and cafes, all things modern… Yet there is an old-world charm because the city is very proud of its past.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar gets honorary life membership of SCG

Sachin Tendulkar gets honorary life membership of SCG

first_imgIconic Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday became the first overseas player to be presented with the honorary life membership of the Sydney Cricket Ground here.Presenting the award, New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell said, “Sachin is one of the greatest cricketers ever and it’s only appropriate we honour him with life membership of one of the world’s greatest cricket grounds.Praising Tendulkar for his sportsmanship and deference for the history of the game, O’Farrell remarked, “The batting legend has said the SCG is his favourite ground outside of India and it’s no wonder when you look at his record at this ground.””Sachin has provided crowds with wonderful memories at the SCG. He averages an amazing 157 in Tests; headed by his magnificent double century in 2004 Test. Always a crowd favourite, Sachin has often received support akin to Australian legends of the game. “Many in the crowd today will be willing him towards his much-vaunted 100th hundred. Regardless of how many runs today, I’m certain the Sydney crowd will pay appropriate tribute to this legend of the game in which is almost certain to be his last match at the SCG,” he added.SCG Trust chairman Rodney Cavalier said the honorary membership was in recognition of Tendulkar’s immense contribution to cricket at the SCG.”The Trust does not award honorary membership lightly. Sachin is the first overseas player in any sport and only the second cricketer to be handed the honour,” said Cavalier.”Cricket fans have been treated to many splendid innings by Sachin at the SCG, including his innings of 241 in 2004 where he shared a magnificent stand of 353 with VVS Laxman.advertisement”Sachin has conducted himself with grace and dignity throughout his career. I’m sure all members and cricket fans would welcome him back to the SCG at any time.”At this ground, Tendulkar has scored 785 runs from five Tests at an average of 157.00 while in one-day internationals, he has made 301 from seven matches at 60.20.last_img read more

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first_imgGovernment should not ostracise writers, others: ZubinNew Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Backing writers and others over the issue of “growing climate of intolerance” in the country, music maestro Zubin Mehta today said government should not ostracise them as doing so would amount to “cultural dictatorship”.”Our writers, our filmmakers do have a chance of speaking their minds. We should not ostracise them. Otherwise, we will become a dictatorship, a cultural dictatorship and that is inadmissible,” he said after the launch of a paperback edition of his 2008 autobiography “The Score of My Life”, published by Roli Books.The 79-year-old Mumbai-born conductor batted for complete freedom of expression for the writers and filmmakers saying it should be there in the worlds largest democracy.”If they write their opinion, they should not be ostracised by the government. There should be complete freedom of expression. We are the largest democracy in the world,” he said.He also hoped that the government “invites them for discussions and speaks to them”.Talking about the over 150 million Muslims in India, Mehta said, “Muslims should not be left alone. When mosques are destroyed and churches are burnt, government should speak in a strong voice.”He also favoured more cultural and sporting ties with Pakistan while regretting the cancellation of ghazal singer Ghulam Alis concert in Mumbai after protests by Shiv Sena.Batting for resumption of cricket between India and Pakistan, he wondered why cricketers from that country cant play in IPL.”Keeping Pakistan cricketers out is shameful,” he said, adding “I root for Pakistan when they play against anyone except India.”advertisementAsked if he was dismayed by the Mumbai incident, he said, “Absolutely. That is the same as Kashmiri separatists not wanting us to play. What is the difference?”The virtuoso had in 2013 conducted a landmark concert by the Bavarian state orchestra hosted by the German embassy in Srinagars Shalimar Gardens.The event was met with opposition by separatists and civil society, which claimed it as an attempt to present a picture of peace in Kashmir.Mehta said he would love to perform in Kashmir again. PTI SKC/ZMN ZMNlast_img read more

Odisha gears up to host mega hockey events

Odisha gears up to host mega hockey events

first_imgBhubaneswar, Sep 4 (PTI) The Odisha government has decided to start making arrangements for the Mens Hockey World League this year and the Hockey World Cup 2018 to be held in the state.Odisha Chief Secretary A P Padhi, after presiding over a meeting here today, said all arrangements will be made for the grand success of both the events in the state capital.This will be done to make Bhubaneswar a top sports destination in the country, he said.State government officials and Hockey India CEO Elena Norman also attended the meeting.While the Mens Hockey World League is scheduled to be organised here from December 1 to December 10 this year, the Hockey World Cup event would be held in November-December next year.Padhi said the state will make more arrangements than it did for the Asian Athletics Championships since hockey fans from across the globe are expected to visit here.He also said more foreign tourists are expected to arrive in the state since the hockey events would be held during the peak tourist season.”The hockey practice ground in Kalinga Stadium will be converted into a another stadium for the World Cup matches,” Padhi said, adding more guest houses will be built since more than 30,000 spectators and tourists are expected to visit Bhubaneswar during the mega events.Odisha sports and youth service secretary Vishal Dev said, India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Netherlands and Spain will participate in the Hockey World League. PTI AAM SBN NSDlast_img read more

Sports Highlights

Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1700 hours EXPECTED STORIES: *Report of Second T20 International between Afghanistan and Bangladesh. *Report of Intercontinental Cup match between New Zealand and Chinese Taipei. *French Open. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-FOOT-CONSTANTINEWe’ve done enough to merit good turnout, should not beg: ConstantineMumbai, Jun 5 (PTI) Coach Stephen Constantine says the Indian football team has done enough in the last few years to merit a decent crowd turnout, and begging for support was one thing it did not deserve. SPO-GOLF-SHUBHANKAR Gritty Shubhankar qualifies for US Open Columbus (US), Jun 5 (PTI) Shubhankar Sharma’s magnificent year continued as the Indian grabbed a spot in next week’s US Open Golf Championships with a solid display of 69-68 in the qualifiers here. SPO-BAD-SAINA-SINDHU Rivals Sindhu, Saina train at separate academies ahead of hectic schedule New Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) Fierce rivals on court, badminton stars Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu are training at separate academies of national coach Pullela Gopichand ever since their epic Commonwealth Games summit clash in Gold Coast, eager to ensure that neither of them gets a whiff of the other’s strategies and improvisations. SPO-CHESS-IND Winless Anand to play Vachier-Lagrave in round 7 of Altibox chess Stavanger (Norway), Jun 5 (PTI) Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand would be desperate to secure his first victory when he meets Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France after the second and final rest day of the Altibox Norwway chess tournament here. SPO-ZADRAN Blasts keep happening, we need to focus on cricket: Shapooradvertisement By Bharat Sharma Dehradun, Jun 5 (PTI) The bullets and blasts narrative that is associated with sportspersons from war-ravaged countries doesn’t sit well with Afghanistan speedster Shapoor Zadran, who wants the stereotypical perception to change. SPO-FOOT-KIDS-F4F Surya, Rudresh hope to make most of F4F trip to Moscow New Delhi, Jun 5 (PTI) Playing in the FIFA World Cup remains a distant dream but in Surya Varikuti and Rudresh Gaudnour, India will have at least a representative each on the field and off it, in the upcoming football extravaganza in Russia. SPO-UTT Holders Falcons TTC to take on Maharashtra United in UTT season opener Mumbai, Jun 5 (PTI) India’s 2018 Commonwealth Games heroes and top paddlers from around the world will be showcasing their skills in the second edition of Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) that gets underway in Pune from June 14. PTI APAAPAlast_img read more

6 exciting and well paying careers for people with Maths phobia

6 exciting and well paying careers for people with Maths phobia

first_imgNumbers are your biggest enemy; calculation your biggest nightmare; numericals your biggest weakness and passing in Mathematics examination your biggest challenge.Yes, you are suffering from ‘Number phobia’ or ‘Maths Phobia’! There are many students who score really well in all the theoretical subjects, but just because of Maths being their weak point, their percentage gets affected a lot.There are times when you are scoring above 90s in almost all the subjects, but your low score in Maths, spoil your entire performance. Well, practice does makes one perfect, but few of us still do not get the knack of it ever after hours of solving sample papers and mock tests.This becomes a big obstacle when the question of pursuing careers like that of Chartered Accountancy (C.A), Research Analyst, Engineer, Accountant and the like arises, as these professions require you to be pretty good with the numbers.But you still can have a chill pill as there are various distinct career streams which you can pursue, that would provide you with great growth opportunities as well as good salary.We bring before you 6 such careers, which might interest you and relieve you of the thought, that you cannot have a bright career, if you’re weak in Maths.1. Public Relations (PR) ExecutiveIf you possess both good writing skills and communication skills, Public Relations is the right stream for you. You need to have a good convincing skills so as to convince clients and need to leave your shy nature, if any, at home.advertisementAs a Public relations specialist, you will have to write press releases, draft speeches, attend media rounds, coordinate interviews and represent your organization in front of the clients.2. Foreign Language TeacherDemand of foreign language teacher, is very much on rise and if you have a keen interest in studying and teaching some new language, this might be a good option for you.You need to possess a professional degree or diploma in the language of your choice to become a foreign language teacher. Languages like French, Spanish, German, Mandarin etc are very much in demand and most of the schools and colleges have a vacancy of a good teacher who could teach the same.3. Social WorkerIf you understand the problems and ongoing issues affecting the society and are aware about the areas on which work needs to be done for the betterment of the society, then becoming a social worker is the right thing to do.This profession requires you have compassion and the heart to do something for people who are suffering. You can get associated with NHOs and foundations or start up your own and help out the needy. More than a stable salary, this profession provides an inner satisfaction.4. LawyerYou know how to keep your opinion forward and prove your point. You want to raise a voice against injustice done towards someone or something, then the profession of Lawyer provides you a platform for the same.One of the most sought after professions in India, it requires one to possess serious advocacy skills and use the same for the genuine benefit of the society. It is a very high paying profession but loads of patience, hard work and dedication is required.5. WriterIf you like to play with words and like to pen down your thoughts, getting into the writing profession might definitely be your cup of tea. To become a writer, firstly you need to be an avid reader. Reading enhances your intellectual skills as well as thought process.Most importantly, you have to be passionate about what you write as writing is one profession in which you can excel only if you have keen interest. There is no space for boredom in it. A lots of careful pondering has to be done before you finally decide to jot down something, because public will be reading the same.6. ActorGone are the days when only looks were your ticket to enter the acting profession. True that you need to have a good personality to charm the audience, but more than that good and influential acting skills are something which are mandatory to make your mark.A career in acting is one such stream, in which you do not require to possess any professional academic degree, leave apart being good in Maths. All the more, if you’re a hit, the salary offered in this profession is great!last_img read more

Mexico drawn into Group F with Germany

Mexico drawn into Group F with Germany

first_imgMexico Mexico drawn into World Cup Group F with Germany, Sweden and South Korea Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 23:45 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Joachim Low Juan Carlos Osorio Germany Mexico Mexico World Cup El Tri will have a Confederations Cup rematch with the defending champion, playing in Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg Mexico will face the defending World Cup champion Germany after being drawn into Group F at Friday’s World Cup draw.The two teams met in Russia in the summer of 2017, with Germany thrashing El Tri in the Confederations Cup semifinal on the way to the title. The rematch between those teams will take place June 17 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, with El Tri then playing against South Korea on June 23 in Rostov-on-Don and closing out the group against Sweden June 27 at Yekaterinburg’s Central Stadium.Mexico’s first order of business will be to get out of the group. One more victory after advancing would be historic for Mexico, which has never made it to the quarterfinals at a World Cup that it wasn’t hosting. With El Tri’s streak at Round of 16 eliminations at six tournaments in a row, the potential Round of 16 matchups also are significant. Brazil and Switzerland are the two favorites to emerge from Group E.Con todo y por todo… Looking forward to it…   pic.twitter.com/xHqZvro0Dj — Chicharito Hernandez (@CH14_) December 1, 2017 Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio is expected to call in an experienced team that returns many players from the 2014 World Cup roster but also features emerging stars like PSV winger Hirving Lozano and Club America defender-midfielder Edson Alvarez. While Lozano’s excellent form in his first season with a European team is making him a star, veterans like forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and midfielder Andres Guardado also will be critical for Mexico’s chances of getting to the fifth game that the team’s fans will use as a benchmark of success. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Group FOsorio is notorious for the amount of preparation he puts into planning for matches, rotating his starting lineup based on each individual team Mexico is facing.”It doesn’t depend on us. We have to prepare for whoever comes up. What is true is that there are ideas of play that we adapt to better,” Osorio told  FIFA.com  before the draw. “We’d like opponents who like to develop play, who bet on possession. Surely we’ll have at least one opponent like that. After that there are those who have a more physical style or a more direct style and we’ll have to adapt to them as well.”He now can begin to analyze how he’ll set up his team in the group stage and, Mexico fans hope, look at the teams that could await El Tri should it once again find itself in the Round of 16.last_img read more

Sania Mirza takes a Twitter break after being trolled for Pakistan’s loss vs India

Sania Mirza takes a Twitter break after being trolled for Pakistan’s loss vs India

first_imgSania Mirza takes a Twitter break after being trolled for Pakistan’s loss vs IndiaIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza has decided to take a break from Twitter after trolls dragged her into the noise surrounding the Pakistan team’s dismal performance against India during their World Cup 2019 match in Manchesteradvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 09:34 IST Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza in a file image (Twitter: @MirzaSania)HIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Pakistan by 89 runs on SundayTwitter trolls blamed Sania Mirza for the defeatIn response, Sania has decided to take a break from TwitterAfter India beat Pakistan in their World Cup 2019 encounter in Manchester on Sunday, there was a wave of memes and witty jokes on the Pakistan team on various social media platforms. Soon as videos and pictures appeared showing Pakistan players going for burgers on the eve of the match, Tweeple didn’t waste any time in bashing the Pakistan team for overlooking fitness standards.Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, also present at the outing with husband and Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik, was also trolled heavily on social media with some needlessly pulling her into the storm that accompanied Pakistan’s 7th successive defeat against India in World Cups.Mirza, though wasn’t going to take the online hate in her stride and in her latest Twitter post, slammed her trolls by writing: ‘Twitter cracks me up ?? and some ppl for sure .. you guys really need other mediums of taking your frustrations out ..peace out guys ??? it’s break time’.Twitter cracks me up and some ppl for sure .. you guys really need other mediums of taking your frustrations out ..peace out guys it’s break timeSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019This is not the first time Sania has been dragged into a controversy related to the Pakistan team. Before the India vs Pakistan game, Mirza had slammed cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border’.”Cringeworthy ads on both sides of the border?? seriously guys, you don’t need to hype up’ or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! it has ENOUGH attention already! It’s only cricket for God sake, and if you think it’s anymore than that then get a grip or get a life!! (sic),” Sania Mirza tweeted.advertisementCringeworthy ads on both sides of the border seriously guys, you don’t need to hype up’ or market the match anymore specially with rubbish! it has ENOUGH attention already!It’s only cricket for God sake, and if you think it’s anymore than that then get a grip or get a life !!Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 12, 2019Sania also went on to say that there is no need to hype the clash which is already seeking a lot of attention.Also Read | World Cup 2019: I won’t be going back home alone – Sarfaraz Ahmed warns Pakistan teammatesAlso Read | They are allowed to have burgers: Harbhajan Singh defends Sarfaraz Ahmed after social media trollsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow Shoaib MalikFollow World Cup 2019 Nextlast_img read more

Summer Starts at Your Local Public Library

Summer Starts at Your Local Public Library

first_imgNova Scotia public libraries will keep children, teens and families learning, reading and engaged over the summer with everything from gaming to Lego robotics, craft programs, outdoor activities, engineering challenges, reptile exhibits, cooking, contests, prizes and more. The TD Summer Reading Club was launched on June 16 and includes several kick-off parties in local libraries until the end of the month. The bilingual program for children celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories. In addition to this, there is the Nova Scotia Public Libraries Summer Tour program which includes 75 shows and workshops scheduled from June to August. This year’s tour features: The programs run until the end of August. Last summer, more than 14,000 children and teens across Nova Scotia registered in library summer reading clubs and read more than 100,000 books. About 42,000 children and teens participated in 2,100 library summer programs and activities, organized in public libraries. More information about summer programs and reading club activities are available at local public libraries or online at http://publiclibraries.ns.ca . Children can track their reading throughout the summer, participate in programs at the library and visit http://www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca to create an online notebook and read ebooks. Adventures in Moon Land, with actor Rhys Bevan-John Mi’kmaw dancer and singer Trevor Gould Classical Munchkins, presented by Symphony Nova Scotia storyteller Shauntay Grant drawing workshops, with artist Emma FitzGerald science and robotic workshops with SuperNOVAlast_img read more

Gold imports up 154 to 1316 bn during AprilJuly of current fiscal

Gold imports up 154 to 1316 bn during AprilJuly of current fiscal

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s gold imports which have a bearing on the current account deficit (CAD), increased by 15.4 per cent to $13.16 billion (about Rs 92,000 crore) during April-July period of the current fiscal, according to commerce ministry data. Imports of the yellow metal stood at $11.41 billion (about Rs 80,000 crore) in the same period of 2018-19. CAD, which is the difference between the inflow and outflow of foreign exchange, increased to $57.2 billion or 2.1 per cent of GDP in 2018-19 as against 1.8 per cent in the previous year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt stood at $48.7 billion in 2017-18. Since January this year, gold imports have recorded a double-digit growth except in February when it dipped by about 11 per cent. India is the largest importer of gold, which mainly caters to the demand of the jewellery industry. In volume terms, the country imports 800-900 tonnes of gold annually. To mitigate the negative impact of gold imports on trade deficit and CAD, the government increased the import duty on gold to 12.5 per cent from 10 per cent in this year’s budget. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to industry experts, there are apprehensions that sectoral players may shift their manufacturing bases to neighbouring countries due to high import duty on gold in India. The Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) had expressed disappointment over the hike in import duty. Gems and jewellery exports declined 5.32 per cent to $30.96 billion in 2018-19. The country’s gold imports dipped about 3 per cent in value terms to $32.8 billion during 2018-19.last_img read more

Man who forged signature of 40 MPs arrested from Varanasi by Delhi

Man who forged signature of 40 MPs arrested from Varanasi by Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police arrested a fraudster from Varanasi.Police said that the accused had filed nomination for Vice Presidential Election-2012 by using fake letterheads bearing signatures of 40 MPs of Andhra Pradesh, purportedly proposers and supporters of his candidature. Police identified the accused as Narendra Nath Dubey Adig, a resident of Varanasi Cantt in Uttar Pradesh. He is a lawyer by profession. Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary said that one of the MPs from Andhra Pradesh made a complaint against Narendra Nath Dubey Adig. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe complainant stated that he never supported the candidature of the accused. “During the course of the investigation, complainant reiterated his allegations and termed his as well as signatures of other MPs appearing on the nomination form as forged,” said Delhi Police. Later other MPs had also denied having supported Dubey. The specimen signatures of the complainant were obtained and were confirmed forged by FSL. Police further added that during the course of the investigation, some other MPs whose signatures were forged on the nomination form for the candidature of Vice President Election-2012 of accused Narendra Nath Dubey Adig, were also examined, who also denied to have ever met or knew the accused. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”All efforts were made to arrest Narendra Nath Dubey Adig, but he regularly managed to evade his arrest and later he was declared Proclaimed Offender in 2016 by the court of Ld CMM,” police said. The EOW team formed under supervision of Varsha Sharma, DCP (EOW) led by ACP Kapil Parashar finally nabbed accused from Varanasi. He was practising lawyer there. He was produced in the court of Ld CJM Varanasi, who directed to produce the accused in Delhi Court on or before August 22. Dubey is on transit remand. Uttar Pradesh Police (Varanasi) commendably cooperated to effect the arrest. “Alleged Advocate Narendra Nath Dubey Adig is on transit remand. Uttar Pradesh Police (Varanasi) commendably cooperated to effect the arrest,” police said. A senior police officer said thataccused Narendra Nath Dubey Adig had also contested the Lok Sabha Election 2014 as the candidate of Jan Shakti Ekta Party from Varanasi.last_img read more

Ontario First Nation and province to remove caribou from wolfinfested island

Ontario First Nation and province to remove caribou from wolfinfested island

first_imgMembers of an Ontario First Nation say they plan to continue the relocation of an endangered herd of caribou off a remote island where they’re being slaughtered by wolves.The Michipicoten First Nation is working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to move up to nine caribou from Michipicoten Island in Lake Superior to Caribou Island, near the U.S. border, by helicopter as soon as the weather permits.The latest effort comes after the province relocated nine caribou in mid-January to a different location — the Slate Islands.The caribou population on Michipicoten Island had been decimated by wolves that made their way there several years ago using an ice bridge. The ministry feared the entire herd would be wiped out if they didn’t intervene with the move to the nearby Slate Islands.Leo Lepiano, the land resources manager for Michipicoten First Nation, said his community has been pushing the government to create a “backup” population out of fears the caribou on the Slate Islands would also be at risk since there had been at least one wolf on the islands as recently 2016.“We just hope there is enough time to capture the caribou before the wolves get all of them,” Lepiano said.Right now, the weather — snow, wind and low-hanging clouds — is presenting a major obstacle to the relocation effort.Lepiano said crews went out on Tuesday afternoon, during a few hours of clear weather, and only spotted a handful of caribou in an area where the helicopter was unable to land.They also found three caribou in another area, but couldn’t drive the animals out into the open where a crew member in the helicopter could fire a net to trap them, Lepiano said.The caribou population on Michipicoten was considered a conservation success story after the caribou herd grew from eight animals — brought to Michipicoten Island in 1982 — to near 700 before the wolves arrived in either late 2013 or early 2014.Four wolves made the trek across an ice bridge that formed that winter. They have since bred, growing the pack that has been systematically hunting down the caribou. The ministry said the Michipicoten population has dropped to about 100 animals as of last year, mostly due to wolf predation.But the Michipicoten First Nation has suggested the number of caribou had actually dropped to about 30 around mid-January.Caribou Island is owned by an American foundation that has given its permission for the planned relocation. The island sits in the middle of Lake Superior, far from any shore, and is free from predators such as wolves.“It’s so remote that it’s impossible for wolves to get there,” Lepiano said.Jolanta Kowalski, a spokeswoman with the ministry, said the second relocation was the First Nation’s idea, one that she called “prudent.”“It’s another spot where a population could take hold,” Kowalski said.last_img read more

Lady Antebellum Golden Record Release Show To Benefit Charity

Lady Antebellum Golden Record Release Show To Benefit Charity

first_imgLady Antebellum has announced their “GOLDEN” record release show at the McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More, in New York City on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, presented by Citi.The celebration will feature an intimate performance by the multi-platinum award-winning trio. The performance will benefit Musicians on Call, who brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. That evening, a donation will be made to Musicians On Call on behalf of LadyAID, Lady Antebellum’s foundation formed to raise awareness and generate support for the plight of children locally, nationally, and globally who cannot otherwise help themselves. While in New York City, members of Lady Antebellum will also visit the pediatric unit of a local New York City Hospital.“Musicians On Call is thrilled to have Lady Antebellum support our mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients by going to a New York pediatric facility and entertaining the children there,” said Dr. Leslie Faerstein, Executive Director of Musicians On Call. “We have been honored to have Lady A’s support in the past and are so grateful to them for what they are doing in conjunction with their CD release.”Since its 2006 inception, Lady A had risen quickly to become Country Music’s most influential current group. The group won the “Vocal Group of the Year” honor from both the CMA and from the ACM’s three times in a row and sold 11 million albums worldwide. Nine of the band’s singles went Gold, with four surpassing the Platinum mark. “Need You Now” went on to sell over seven million downloads and claimed five of the trio’s seven career GRAMMY wins, including the all-genre “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.”last_img read more

PETA Gives The Walking Dead Innovation In Television Award

PETA Gives The Walking Dead Innovation In Television Award

first_imgWhen The Walking Dead Season 7 trailer hit San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, fans were blown away by Shiva the tiger — who, showrunners were quick to point out, was created through animatronics and computer-generated imagery.“There’s no real tiger at all, it’s all magic,” series creator Robert Kirkman told fans.The move — which comes as CBS is under fire for using numerous wild animals, including a tiger and a polar bear, in its series Zoo—has netted The Walking Dead an Innovation in Television Award from PETA.“By choosing the excitement of cutting-edge technology instead of captive animals, The Walking Dead has won the respect of everyone who objects to condemning wild animals to live chained and in cages as well as making them perform under the threat of a whip,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA will press all television networks to follow AMC’s compassionate lead.”More than 60,000 people have written to CBS to demand that Zoo stop using wild animals. Last season, Zoo used big cats, a bear, wolves, and two baboons, among many other animals. CBS dropped plans to use infamous trainer Michael Hackenberger only after PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — alerted producers that he had been caught on camera mercilessly whipping a tiger. Hackenberger has since been charged with five counts of cruelty to animals.For more information, please visit PETA’s website AnimalsInFilmAndTV.com.last_img read more

Canadian oil and natural gas industry supports a new federal task force

Canadian oil and natural gas industry supports a new federal task force

first_imgIn an article shared by CAPP, The Canadian Press alleges United States-based organizations such as the Tides Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to affect the outcome of the 2015 election. (Other media reports allege donations have been in the millions). As well, other activist groups have taken credit for influencing the 2017 British Columbia provincial election.CAPP commends the Government of Canada for standing up to foreign-funded activists on behalf of Canadians to put a stop to interference in political processes. Sharing the objective of foreign interference is the same, to put Canada’s political, social, and economic future at risk, along with the livelihoods of everyday Canadians.Further that CAPP expresses that Canadians have the right to choose without foreign influence and every dollar, groups funnel through Canadian activist groups, is a dollar aimed at diminishing Canada’s reputation as a global leader and an attempt to manipulate Canadian voters. CALGARY, AB – A new federal task force aimed at combatting foreign interference in Canadian elections is encouraging to The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).CAPP formally extended its support to the creation of the Security and Intelligence Threats to Elections Task Force (Task Force), whose mandate it is to investigate foreign-funded activists’ influence on Canada’s electoral processes, in a letter submitted to the Government of Canada. The Task Force will address threats to our democratic process and research misleading campaigns that could put Canadians’ futures at risk.According to CAPP several foreign-funded anti-industry groups have claimed to influence Canadian elections, both federally and provincially.last_img read more

Ottawa delays decision on Petronas takeover of Progress

Ottawa delays decision on Petronas takeover of Progress

CALGARY — Ottawa is extending a review of the proposed takeover of Progress Energy Resources Corp. by Malaysia’s Petronas.The Canadian company says the government and Petronas have agreed to extend the review under the Investment Canada Act to Oct. 19.The deal faces the key “net benefit” test under the act.Petronas has agreed to pay $6 billion for Calgary-based Progress — its partner in B.C. shale natural gas development.The deal is expected to close about three days after the government approves the transaction.The Investment Canada review comes as Ottawa is also examining a Chinese company’s $15.1-billion offer for Calgary-based Nexen Inc.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the Nexen deal “raises a range of difficult policy questions, difficult and forward-looking issues.”Harper made his remarks shortly after the NDP formally declared its opposition to the Nexen takeover, even though as the official Opposition it doesn’t have the power to block the transaction.“We’ve certainly seen the opinion polls moving over the last month . . . showing more and more opposition by Canadians to this takeover,” said Peter Julian, the NDP natural resources critic.The current review period for China National Offshore Oil Co.’s proposal to buy Nexen ends Oct. 12 but can be extended by up to a month.In 2010, the Conservative government blocked a hostile takeover offer for Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan by BHP Billiton after opposition from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.The potash deal was the second foreign takeover blocked by Conservatives.U.S. defence contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc. was prevented in 2008 from buying the space technology business of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. read more

TSX tumbles dragged down by energy stocks loonie nudges closer to 80

TSX tumbles dragged down by energy stocks loonie nudges closer to 80

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market’s main index closed lower, driven down by energy stocks as crude oil futures declined.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 81.51 points at 15,183.13, with the energy sector losing 1.4 per cent and consumer discretionary stocks falling 0.97 per cent.The telecom sector was up 0.44 per cent, while gold companies inched 0.13 per cent higher on a rise in bullion prices.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 31.71 points at 21,580.07, the S&P 500 index declined 0.91 points at 2,472.54 and the Nasdaq composite index fell 2.25 points at 6,387.75.Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia Wealth Management, said the drop in U.S. stocks came in spite of strong economic data earlier this week.“It’s an interesting decline because if you look at the economic fundamentals coming out of the States this week, they generally were positive or better than expected — retail sales, housing starts,” said Pyle.“It’s a week where the fundamental picture actually looks a little brighter.”Investors may be running out of steam due to the political tumult in Washington, he added.“The premise going into this year with a Republican White House and Republican Congress was that things would happen fairly quickly — from health-care reform to, more importantly, fiscal reform, tax reform,” said Pyle.“That’s not happening, so that’s why we’re starting to see investors getting a little disappointed and losing patience.”The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.69 cents US, up 0.23 of a cent.The September crude contract was down $1.15 at US$45.77 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was down 7.3 cents at US$2.97 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $9.40 at US$1,254.90 an ounce and the September copper contract was up nearly one cent at US$2.72 a pound.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

Spain faces weeks or months of uncertainty over who will govern country

Spain faces weeks or months of uncertainty over who will govern country

A worker removes a campaign poster for the national elections depicting Spain’s acting Prime Minister and Popular Party candidate Mariano Rajoy, in Madrid, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. Spanish political parties Monday faced what are likely to be tough negotiations to form a government after the country rejected the dominating two-party scene of recent decades and elected a fragmented Parliament. The ruling conservative Popular party came first with 123 seats in Sunday’s election but fell far short of a 176 majority needed to govern alone and way below the 186 seats it won in 2011. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) MADRID – Spain entered a governing void Monday, facing weeks or months of uncertainty over what political party or parties will lead the country following a national election that fragmented the status quo. The result was so blurred that a German government spokeswoman said it was impossible to determine who deserved congratulations.Although the ruling right-of-centre Popular Party won the most votes, it failed to retain its parliamentary majority and will try to cobble together a coalition or minority government.But that’s unlikely, analysts say, because the party wouldn’t get enough seats in the lower house of parliament even by allying itself with the new business-friendly Ciudadanos party that came in fourth place and is seen as the most likely ideological partner.The ambiguous outcome pushed Spain’s benchmark stock index down 3.6 per cent in Madrid as investors fretted over the possibility of a governing alliance between the Socialist Party and the country’s new far-left Podemos party, led by pony-tailed political science professor Pablo Iglesias.That sort of combination could lead to a government that would try to roll back highly unpopular austerity measures imposed over the last four years by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.He vowed after the vote to try to form a government, but gave few details on how he would do so after winning just 123 seats in the 350-member lower house of parliament.Rajoy tweeted he would try to “form a stable government in the general interest of all Spaniards.” He then told reporters Monday night he would initiate talks soon to do so, without naming which parties he would seek support from.German government spokeswoman Cristiane Wirtz told reporters Monday that Spaniards deserve congratulations for voter participation of 73.2 per cent, up from the 68.9 per cent turnout in 2011 that gave Rajoy a 189-seat parliamentary majority.“But otherwise, I don’t yet see so clearly who one can congratulate in this situation,” Wirtz said, adding that no one from Germany’s government had contacted Spanish officials about the formation of a new government.If forced from power, Rajoy and the Popular Party would become the third European victims this year of a voter backlash against austerity — following elections in Greece and Portugal seen as ballot box rebellions against unpopular tax hikes and spending cuts invoked during the eurozone’s debt crisis.In past Spanish elections, the Popular Party and the main opposition Socialists were the established powerhouses and only needed support from tiny parties to get a majority in parliament when they didn’t win one from voters.But Podemos came in a strong third place and Ciudadanos took fourth in their first election fielding national candidates.The Socialists and Podemos on Monday ruled out voting in favour of Rajoy. Ciudadanos, which has repeatedly said it will never vote for Rajoy, said that at most it would abstain so the Popular Party could try to form a minority government — given that it was the most voted.“Even if a stable coalition partnership emerges, the negotiations are unlikely to be swift, which implies that both consumers and businesses face a prolonged period of uncertainty,” RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.That could hurt business investment “precisely at a time when the Spanish economy is becoming increasingly reliant on domestic demand to fuel the recovery,” RBC added.Spaniards who cast ballots for Podemos and Ciudadanos said they weren’t worried at all about the uncertainty their country could go through — or the prospect of another national election in the spring if no parties manage to cobble together a viable coalition or minority government that would rely on other parties to support it in passing legislation.Instead, the voters who picked the upstart parties were elated at making history by upending the traditional two-party system. They blame the Socialists for plunging Spain into an extended economic crisis that began in 2008, and the Popular Party for an economic recovery accompanied by an unemployment rate of 21 per cent and more than double that for workers under age 25.Diplomat Ainara Gomez said the new panorama with four political parties forced into negotiations to find a way that Spain can be governed “will open a new scenario that is expected in all real democracies.”“Now it’s up to the agreements between them so they can form a new government,” she said. “We have to wait. Nothing is clear.”Former bank employee Eugenio Garcia said the Popular Party and the Socialists are to blame for “disappointment among the people.”“I’m happy with the situation and it forces the parties to negotiate to make a pact and discuss their politics, and I think this is a good thing,” he said.But school teacher Maribel Martinez, who voted for the Popular Party, was petrified that Spain could descend into political chaos with no stable government for months or an administration run by left-of-centre and left-wing parties bent on reversing what Rajoy spent four years accomplishing.“My worst fear is a union of all of the leftists,” she said. “I don’t think that these kind of alliances would be looked on well from abroad because they would be economically disastrous for the country.”For now, Rajoy stays on as the caretaker prime minister until parliament convenes on Jan. 13 and King Felipe VI proposes a candidate for prime minister, which could be Rajoy or the leader of another party.Felipe must consider which party has a real possibility of winning a parliamentary confidence vote and forming a stable government, and will presumably find that out during talks with the parties.It would be unprecedented but not be illegal or unconstitutional for an alliance of the second- and third-placed parties to get the nod. That has often happened in Spanish regional and local elections, but never following a general election.In a first confidence vote, the candidate must get more than 50 per cent of the full 350 votes in order to form a government.If he falls short, he must get more votes for him than against him in a second ballot 48 hours later. That’s a lower bar which allows parties to abstain, letting a rival into power in return for concessions.If there is still deadlock after two months, the monarch calls a new election — probably in April or May.___Associated Press writers Ciaran Giles and Ana Martinez contributed to this report. by Alan Clendenning And Cristina Fuentes-Cantillana, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2015 6:40 am MDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spain faces weeks or months of uncertainty over who will govern country after splintered vote read more

Pop superstar Katy Perry lends voice to UNICEF to improve lives of

Pop superstar Katy Perry lends voice to UNICEF to improve lives of

“Katy Perry is already a champion for children, and we look forward to hearing her ‘roar’ on behalf of UNICEF,” Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a news release, referring to her recent hit song.As a Goodwill Ambassador, Ms. Perry will work to engage young people in speaking out about the issues they believe are most important in their own lives and enlisting them more directly in coming up with solutions to those challenges. The 29-year-old singer will focus her outreach especially on children and adolescents who are most vulnerable, including those living in severe poverty, affected by violence, abuse, and neglect, and in emergency and conflict situations.“I believe young people have the power to change their own lives, with our help,” she said. “I am honoured to join UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador, and committed to doing everything I can to help children and adolescents who come from such different backgrounds but want the same thing: a brighter future.”Earlier this year, Ms. Perry visited Madagascar as part of a UNICEF mission to draw attention to the situation of children in one of the poorest countries in the world.In October, she joined in UNICEF’s celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child, lending her hit song “Roar” to the soundtrack of a new public service announcement to inspire girls and help them become tomorrow’s champions.Most recently, she has called on her massive social media following to support UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for children, including those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines in early November.Ms. Perry joins an impressive roster of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors that includes David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Angélique Kidjo and Leo Messi, among others. read more