The production and distribution of beer in Bengal is back on track after a gap of three months owing to a hike in excise duty. The State government issued a communiqué to this effect saying that beer will be back on the shelves of liquor stores with all the key breweries in the state upping production. “In order to cater to the demand of beer in the summer season, all the three breweries are now functioning in three shifts, optimizing their production capacity,” the release noted. The problem of non-availability of beer started following a sharp hike in excise duty. Following the hike, beer producers stopped production and the much desired summer drink disappeared from the market. According to the communiqué, United Breweries and Carlsberg India “now produce 30,000 cases per day”, while Celebrity Brewery is producing about 12,000 cases, thus going full capacity, the communiqué noted.“We have fixed the price in such a way that it is less than what it is in other States – like Maharastra – where the prices are around Rs.155. Here it will be around Rs.140. The producers are satisfied with the settlement and have gone to production,” a senior State Government official said. In the main retail outlet in the city’s central area in Esplanade, the price of a 650ml bottle of Tuborg has gone up from Rs.110 to Rs.145. Beer contributes around 10% of the total excise revenue collected in the State, and 95% of the beer consumed in the State is of “strong” variety with 8% alcohol content, official estimates noted.But in many of the retail outlets, and the pubs or bars in the city, beer is yet to arrive. The reason, according to Smarajit Mitra, Chairman, Banking and Finance, of the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is that the prices are up in bars or clubs by a whopping 50%.“The [liquor] license fee has gone up from Rs.50,000 to Rs.5 lakh per year. In addition to the 30% to 35% direct increase, the cost has to be apportioned through sales pushing the charges up above 50% amount,” said Mr Mitra. The State Government official said that if the clubs file an official complaint to reduce the license “it could be considered.” Mr Mitra, however, said that the hike may “encourage illegal entry of beer” from other States to West Bengal.The other problem is logistical. The supply chain of liquor in the State has also been altered causing distribution to take a hit. Previously, liquor was sent to a “super distributor” by the suppliers who own breweries and distilleries in the State. Following a recent order by the State government, alcoholic beverages are now moved from the site of production to warehouses of the State Beverages Corporation, thereby creating logistical clogs. Government officials, however, denied the allegations. “Retailers book the consignment on the net and the warehouse delivers within a reasonable time frame even with a lag-time margin. There is no logistical issue,” the official said. Both sides, however, agreed that there won’t be any shortage of the drink as the season kicks off.
THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS—After decades of searching, NASA scientists have detected the veil of dust kicked up by tiny meteoroid impacts on the moon. The Apollo astronauts and many spacecraft had tried to detect sunlight reflected from the dust and failed. So, instead, the scientists of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft used an onboard instrument that detects micrometer-size dust particles when they hit the instrument at several thousand kilometers per hour and vaporize. Orbiting the moon as low as a few tens of kilometers above the surface, LADEE detected a dust impact every minute or two on average except when a meteoroid shower hitting the moon kicked up many more times the debris. Researchers should be able to use these LADEE observations to see whether the impact debris blown off the moons of Pluto will present a hazard to the New Horizons spacecraft when it flies by the ice dwarf planet in July of next year.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
But the Philippines is still in the running of duplicating its best finish here if it wins against either Vientin Bank of Vietnam or Taiwan Power of Chinese Taipei on Wednesday in the battle for seventh place.Six-foot-5 Jaja Santiago once again served as heart and soul of the Philippine club, scoring 14 points, all on cross court attacks that sowed fear on Iran’s defenders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRachel Daquis, the 29-year-old team captain, contributed 10 markers as she made her off-speed attacks count against the Iranians who are used to high-speed game.Head coach Francis Vicente said the team played with big fighting heart but it still “obviously in need of more experiences playing in this level.” LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cool Hand Lue: Cavs coach keeps NBA champs calm amid chaos BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Rebisco PSL Manila Spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL Manila threw in a strong performance but still came up short at crunch time to bow to Sarmayeh Bank of Iran, 25-23, 25-17, 29-27, Tuesday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.The Filipinos stormed to 23-22 lead in the first set and then to two set points in the third frame but on both occasions blew the opportunities to take their fifth defeat in as many matches here.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aby Marano tried to fuel the Filipinos with her sliding attacks, making nine points, while Kim Fajardo made four points aside from issuing 57 excellent sets.Sarmayeh was led by national player Esfehani Maedeh Borhani who accounted for 17 points, while Kolaei Mahdien Khaje added 13 markers.The match was tight in all three sets especially in the third where the Philippines went up from 12-16 to 19-17 as the Filipinos net defense held up and forced Iran to commit a string of errors.Santiago put Rebisco at set point, 24-23, but committed an error next and saw Mahsa Saberi scoring an ace for 25-24.Santiago and Daquis tried to make one final stand, putting the Filipinos 27-26 only to lose the next three points through receiving errors.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP
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A good news for all Michael Schumacher fans. The Formula One legend is responding to the treatment at Lausanne rehab clinic and there are chances that he might return home soon, Swiss media reported.Doctors attending Schumacher say that there has been a lot of improvement in his health.According to report published in Croatian media, Schumacher’s family is in talks with the neurosurgeons who are planning to get a microchip implanted into his brain.The microchip will help him to walk and talk again after his extended period in a coma.Corinna, wife of Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher too on July 8 said that her husband’s health is making slow but good progress.The former seven-times F1 world champion is currently being treated in a rehab clinic near his family home in Lausanne in Switzerland after leaving Grenoble hospital in France where he had been hospitalised for months after a fatal skiing accident last December which left him comatose.
Samantha Akkineni is on cloud nine. All her releases this year – Rangasthalam, Mahanati, Irumbu Thirai, Seema Raja and U-Turn – have taken the box office by storm.Things are going swimmingly on the personal front, as well. She has taken a much-deserved break from her hectic schedule and is currently spending quality time with her husband Naga Chaitanya in Ibiza.Samantha has been giving fans sneak-peeks of her Spanish getaway on her Instagram account. In one of the pictures shared by her on the photoblogging site, she looks jaw-droppingly gorgeous in a red floral co-ord crop top and shorts set.Although the actress received many compliments for her stunning snap, there was also some negativity directed at her. A section of netizens trolled her for sporting beachwear and claimed that she was shaming the Akkineni family by dressing in such a manner.However, Samantha could not care less about her detractors. Haters gonna hate, right? She took to her Instagram story to give a savage response to the trolls.”For all those of you who thought you had a say in how I should live my life after marriage,” she wrote, followed by a picture of a middle finger. She then signed off with a “thank you”.On the work front, Samantha will be seen next in Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s Super Deluxe.ALSO SEE | Samantha kisses Naga Chaitanya in unmissable new photoALSO WATCH | I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijay, Samantha, Nayantara
Graham Carroll, a sim-driver who competes in races from the rig set up in his bedroom. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Share on Messenger 12:07 Twitter When the telemetry data from those laps came back McLaren’s analysts reckoned the best of the drivers were racing at a similar sort of level to someone who had spent a couple of years in F3. Which isn’t a surprise, because the winner, Igor Fraga, was a karting champion who had a class win in Formula 3 Brazil in 2017. This year, Payne says: “Igor will potentially have opportunities in a real car at McLaren.” Fraga is one of a generation of drivers who are adept at both forms of the sport.Payne admits you cannot learn everything about real racing from a computer screen. The physical sensations, the fatigue, and the feel of the thing, the way it flows through your body, for instance, or, more than either of those, the fear. There is no jeopardy in computer racing where you can always hit the reset button and start again. “Jenson Button once said that the fear factor is the biggest difference,” Payne says. “But when we put these guys in the cars they aren’t showing any fear because they know what they are doing. They’ve done thousands of laps on these tracks. I think they should be scared, we all think they should be scared, but they have such confidence in their ability.” Impressive as Bonito’s victories were last Saturday, the RoC is still a world away from competing in F1. Not everyone is convinced real racing and virtual racing will ever entirely converge. But McLaren are. They say they are democratising the sport, and sim racing is surely a cheaper, and more readily accessible, way in to it than karting. “We think the future of esports is as big and bright as we want to make it,” Payne says. He points out that McLaren’s CEO Zak Brown recently said that he thinks in the next decade there will be an F1 champion who has come from a gaming background as opposed to a karting background. The line between what’s real and what’s virtual, Payne says, is getting blurrier by the day. Pinterest Share on Twitter Van Buren’s backstory is a little different to Bonito’s though. Van Buren used to kart race when he was a kid. He was the Dutch national champion in 2003 but he stopped when he was 16 because he couldn’t afford to keep it up. Bonito, on the other hand, really has done most of his racing on a computer, at a wooden table, with a regular old chair. He got behind the wheel of a real racing car for the first time in 2018 at last year’s RoC. “I’m not going to lie, at first jumping into the car was a bit terrifying,” Bonito said back then. “But it went better than I thought.” No joke. That same week he got within 0.4sec of beating Petter Solberg, the two-time world rallycross champion.Last week McLaren held their shadow project grand finals, a competition to find the world’s best sim racers. They had more than 500,000 entrants. The final seven came to the UK to compete across a week of trials. On the Tuesday McLaren let them each loose in a 570S GT4 for 150 laps around the Top Gear test track in Dunsfold. “You do cross your fingers as they drive off,” Payne says, “but we didn’t have so much as a spin, really, and it was a bit greasy in the morning too.” One of the competitors, Ebrahim Almubarak, had never even driven a real sports car before. In his online profile he admitted he does not have a favourite driver because he has never actually watched any races, “but on social media in recent years I have been hearing a lot about Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel”. Support The Guardian comment … we have a small favour to ask. 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These guys know the tracks and they know the cars, they know the braking points, the gear changes, the apex points. They’ve spent as much time training how to race these cars in the virtual world as anybody else has in the real world. And that’s why they are taking names at RoC.” esports Topics Motor sport Sim racing, robots and holograms: how technology is changing sport – video Share on Facebook Hashtag United, Wimbly Womblys and the virtual gamers striking it rich Last Saturday afternoon a 23-year-old Italian called Enzo Bonito won a car race at the Foro Sol in Mexico City, and when he did it, motorsport shifted, just a little bit, towards a strange new future. Bonito was competing in the Race of Champions (RoC), racing head-to-head in a heat against Lucas di Grassi, a 34-year-old who won the Formula E championship just a couple of seasons back. And then, just to prove it wasn’t a fluke, Bonito did it again the next day. This time he beat the 2012 Indycar champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay. The thing is, Bonito is a sim racer. He learned everything he knows from playing computer games.“It wasn’t much of a surprise for me at all, if I’m honest,” says Ben Payne, who is the director of esports at McLaren. “But I know it raises eyebrows for a lot of other people.” McLaren are investing a lot of time, effort and money in esports. Bonito is part of their team, along with Rudy van Buren, who won three races at last year’s RoC, in Riyadh. Van Buren was working as a kitchen salesman when he won McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer competition, which earned him a year-long job as their simulator driver. Later this year, Payne says, Van Buren will probably make the switch from being a virtual racing driver to a real racing driver. Formula One Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Facebook Reuse this content
One hundred and fifty-two Justices of the Peace (JP) across six parishes have received training in mediation techniques since the start of the year.The parishes are St. Catherine, Kingston, St. Andrew, Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth.The training, which got under way in February, is in keeping with the justice reform agenda of the Ministry of Justice, aimed at reducing the backlog of cases in the courts and improving peace building at the community level. The Ministry is targeting the training of 500 JPs as mediators under the initiative.Chief Executive Officer for the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF), which is facilitating the sessions, Jennifer McDonald, told the JPs that they are being trained to “try and resolve issues so that persons will not resort to violence, so that other areas of the society can function”.“The role that you play is not just with the justice system… but has much wider implications in the society at large,” she pointed out.Mrs. McDonald was addressing the most recent session held on September 1 at the St. Elizabeth Technical High School where 13 JPs were trained.JP Valarie Slew-Forsyth lauded the efforts of the Ministry and urged that the training be extended to ministers of religion. “We are leaving here this evening feeling empowered and really excited about going into our communities to try to maintain and encourage peace among the citizens,” she added.The training includes a period of practicum where the JPs will observe mediation and be allowed to conduct sessions under supervision. They will then be assessed to determine their competency for certification.Thereafter, a list will be sent to the Chief Justice to be gazetted, authorising the JPs to mediate cases that are referred from the parish courts.The DRF is a private voluntary organization that encourages the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques through the use of restorative justice practices to promote peace and resolve conflicts without the use of violence.
Story Highlights Addressing farmers in Douglas Castle, St. Ann, on September 19, the Minister said that RADA will assist farmers with land preparation. In another two weeks, the Government will be launching a revolving loan scheme for farmers across the island for selected crops. In another two weeks, the Government will be launching a revolving loan scheme for farmers across the island for selected crops.Under the arrangement, registered farmers with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), will access the support through their local farm organisations, which will oversee the repayment of the loans.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said the initiative has support from several private-sector partners, and funds will only be loaned for crops that have available markets.Addressing farmers in Douglas Castle, St. Ann, on September 19, the Minister said that RADA will assist farmers with land preparation.The function. dubbed ‘Salute to Farmers’, was organised by St. Jago Farm and Hardware Supplies (SJFHS) to honour farmers for exemplary service in agriculture.Mr. Hutchinson said markets are “guaranteed” for the crops that will be grown under the programme.Some 96 farmers in the area received agricultural inputs from SJFHS, including a spraying machine.Meanwhile, Executive member of the Douglas Castle Production and Marketing Organisation, Bishop Paul Black, said recently they implemented a revolving loan programme with a 98 per cent success rate.He called on potential beneficiaries of the new scheme to be honest, so that the system works for the farmers.Several farmers welcomed the help that they received from SJFHS, as it will help to boost production, given the loss from the recent floods.For his part, Managing Director of SJFHS, O’Brien Johnson, said his company will be taking the programme to St. Thomas and St. Elizabeth.He argued that farming needs all the support it can possible get, and the farmers should use the items wisely.“This is intended to motivate them, and for them to recognise that they are doing something good,” Mr. Johnson said. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said the initiative has support from several private-sector partners, and funds will only be loaned for crops that have available markets.
Internationally acclaimed chefs Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca, from Spain, were appointed last week as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors to work closely with the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F).Jordi Roca, Josep Roca, UNDP Associate Administrator Tegegnework Gettu, and Joan RocaCredit/Copyright: Freya Morales / UNDPThe Roca brothers will generate support for the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by world leaders to achieve a future by 2030 where hunger, unemployment, inequality, and climate change are a thing of the past.The only siblings to be jointly appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors and the first to specifically focus on the SDGs, the brothers will lend their voice and expertise to advocate for enhanced food security and access to nutritious food. They will also advise on improving food industry and agricultural practices to protect the environment and create jobs.“We are honoured to work with UNDP and the Sustainable Development Fund to advance the vision of a future where everyone has access to healthy foods,” said Josep Roca. “The mandate of the new Sustainable Development Goals is clear. Creating prosperity means securing a food chain that is environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically inclusive.”Owners of the critically acclaimed El Celler de Can Roca restaurant in Girona, Spain — twice named the world’s best restaurant by Restaurant Magazine — the brothers are known for emphasizing the importance of growing and producing food locally and in an environmentally conscious way, using traditional ingredients and practices, and ensuring that everyone has access to healthy nutrients. As Goodwill Ambassadors, the brothers will advocate for better nutrition and food security to promote sustainable development and how food choices, or lack of choices, impact health and the environment.“The Roca brothers are the first UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors to be appointed following the launch of the new 2030 sustainable development agenda, which will guide our work towards eliminating hunger, unemployment, inequality and climate change,” said UNDP Associate Administrator Tegegnework Gettu. “The brothers will lend their vision, creativity and expertise to support our longstanding mission to end poverty and protect our planet.”Food is a central component of the 2030 agenda for sustainable developmentIn addition to raising awareness of key global issues, the Rocas will also advocate for improved practices in the production, distribution and consumption of food, advising on sustainable techniques to reduce food waste through affordable preparation and conservation, support local food sourcing and minimize environmental damage.“While working on sustainability issues is an arena that is not always immediately associated with great chefs or leaders in the culinary field, the Roca brothers will be important drivers of change in the food security arena. They will also help support our efforts to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how food can help enhance innovation and economic growth,” said Paloma Duran, Director of the SDG Fund.The Roca’s social and environmental commitmentFar from their famed kitchen nestled in the hills of Spain, the Roca brothers are dedicated to building awareness of the critical issues linked to food security and nutrition and will play a critical role in promoting the use of local and sustainable food products.“We believe that there is a critical need for the world to focus on food, health and environment. Food security and access to nutritious food intersects with other key areas like climate change, agricultural production and labor. Food security means more than expanding harvests or yields – but also providing a chance for communities to gain new insight into how to protect their local crops and culinary traditions, all of which impact other areas,” said Joan Roca. “We as chefs can work with a new generation of partners to get our message across and provide knowledge that can be useful for larger communities. In terms of advocating for food greater food security and fighting malnutrition-this is also our responsibility.”As part of their first foray into working with the United Nations, the three brothers have committed to establishing a stronger understanding of issues to help farm communities boost productivity. In rural areas, especially in many developing countries, the role of smallholder farmers is critical for not only growing the local economy and providing the bulk of employment opportunities but also for bearing the greatest hunger burden. The Roca brothers, are eager to bring smallholder farmers into the dialogue and show how sourcing local ingredients and other innovative practices can boost harvests and improve livelihoods.The Roca brothers will support the SDG Fund in establishing a network of training centers — which will pilot in Africa — in an effort to increase sustainability, reduce waste and improve market conditions for farmers and small businesses, as well as create new jobs, promote gender equality and provide skills training.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Mike Holmes has elevated the format and standards of home improvement programming,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President, Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “We are so proud of the dynamic original content we have collaborated on with Mike over the past 15 years and know that this momentum will continue to influence and inspire viewers across the country with Season 2.”Mike’s commitment to building standards, the promotion of skilled trades, and his adamant belief in making it right has led him to build an iconic empire and achieve impressive accolades from the Gemini Viewer Choice Award for “Favourite TV Personality” to the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. In 2012, Forbes Magazine anointed Mike the third most “Trusted Celebrity” and he was named among the Top 5 “Most Trusted Canadians” by Readers Digest for five years running. Most recently, he was named “Best TV Personality” by the Toronto Sun Readers’ Choice Awards in 2017. Mike is also a best-selling author, continues to give advice at speaking engagements across North America, and gives back through his Make it Right foundation.To celebrate the partnership milestone, HGTV Canada’s social and digital platforms will publish a variety of anniversary-themed content, including fun videos of Mike and Mike Jr. competing in skill testing 15-second and 15-minute challenges. Additional photo galleries and articles on everything from special family moments to Holmes’ approved renovation advice and tips will roll out in the coming weeks. Viewers can catch up on Holmes + Holmes Season 1 now on HGTV.ca. Season 2 will be available on HGTV.ca and On Demand with participating service providers after each episode airs.Holmes + Holmes is produced by Make It Right Productions in association with Corus Entertainment’s HGTV Canada. Series sponsor Wayfair.ca provides furnishings featured throughout the season’s three properties.*Source: Numeris PPM Data. Aug 30/04 – July 22/18 – confirmed data. Total Canada, CumRch (000). Ind.2+, HGTV.**Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL16 (Aug 29/16 – Jan 1/17) – confirmed data, 3+ airings. Total Canada/AMA(000). Mon-Su 2a-2a. CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, excludes sports. A25-54, W25-54.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @CorusPR, @HGTV Canada, @Make_It_RightFacebook: facebook.com/HGTV.ca, facebook.com/Make.It.Right.MikeInstagram: @hgtvcanada, @make_it_right#HolmesandHolmesHGTV Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About The Holmes GroupThe Holmes Group is an international brand with operations in independent media production, new-home building and home inspection, residential construction and renovation, as well as product development. The Holmes Group is responsible for developing and managing all HOLMES branded entities, including Make It Right Productions Inc., Make It Right Releasing, HOLMES Communities, HOLMES Approved Homes, MIKE HOLMES Inspections, Make It Right Construction, HOLMES Approved Products, HOLMES Workwear and The Holmes Foundation.In anticipation of the Holmes + Holmes Season 2 premiere, Mike Holmes and Mike Holmes Jr. will be available for interview opportunities upon request. TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2018 – Reaching more than 21 million Canadian viewers* and earning his place as one of Canada’s most trusted contractors, HGTV Canada celebrates 15 years of Mike Holmes programming with the return of Holmes + Holmes on Sunday, October 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Ranked as a Top 20 Canadian entertainment specialty series in its first season,** Season 2 of Holmes + Holmes continues Mike’s construction journey with his son Mike Holmes Jr., as they venture into business together and take on their biggest challenge yet: buying, renovating, and selling three houses for profit.“I’m so grateful that homeowners and viewers have welcomed me into their homes for over 15 years,” said Holmes. “At a young age my dad always told me that if you’re going to do something, do it right the first time and I’m proud that HGTV Canada has helped me to spread that message to homeowners. I’m excited to Make it Right™ for the next 15 years with my son and family by my side.”Since his first television series on HGTV Canada in 2003, Mike has led nine Canadian-original series and specials, including fan-favourite series Holmes on Homes, which had a seven season run, Best of Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection, Holmes Makes It Right, and Holmes + Holmes. He has also appeared in HGTV Canada’s Home To Win and Sarah Off The Grid, along with special events including Holmes In New Orleans, Mike Holmes Ultimate Garage, Lien On Me, and Holmes: Behind the Overalls. In every series, Mike lends his eye for detail and expert advice to guide homebuyers, homeowners, friends, and family into doing it right the first time. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2012 6:55 am MDT Oil prices march upward for a second day on Spain budget, hope for China stimulus BANGKOK – Hopes that the global economy might see some improvement after Spain announced far-reaching steps to fix its ailing economy helped keep oil prices on the upswing for a second day.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 61 cents at US$92.46 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.87 to finish at US$91.85 a barrel on the Nymex on Thursday.Brent crude gained $1.28 to US$113.29 on the ICE Futures Exchange in London.“Risk appetite improved yesterday on the Spanish budget,” analysts at Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong said in a market commentary. “With the Spanish budget paving the way for an official bailout request … renewed concern about the Eurozone crisis has eased.”After three straight days of declines, oil posted gains in Asia on Thursday, helped by expectations the People’s Bank of China will soon take more steps to stimulate the world’s No. 2 economy. Spain later announced severe budget cuts intended to convince the world that it can meet deficit-reduction targets.Still, oil analyst Stephen Schork said he expects “high volatility” as oil contracts for October expire.In other Nymex trading, heating oil rose 2.1 cents to US$3.172 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline gained 1.2 cents to US$3.156 a gallon and natural gas rose 0.1 cent to $3.306 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)
The Canadian Press Teenage stars Alphonso Davies and Jordyn Huitema have already made their soccer mark for Canada.Now it seems they are making news off the pitch.Social media postings by the 18-year-old Davies and 17-year-old Huitema show them arm-in-arm — complete with rose emoji — and also in costume for Halloween with Huitema dressed like a member of the “Orange is the New Black” cast.“Happiest of birthdays to my partner in crime,” wrote Huitema, adding key and heart emojis.Davies turned 18 on Nov. 2.Both have been playing in Vancouver — Davies with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Huitema with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite REX team — although Davies has since moved to Germany’s Bayern Munich.Asked if they are an item, Huitema paused Friday before replying “We’re close.”“That’s about all I can give,” she added.Huitema, a native of Chilliwack, B.C., is currently in Uruguay where she is captaining Canada at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.Huitema has six goals in 15 appearances with the senior women’s side. Davies has three goals in nine starts for the Canadian men’s team.
Every four years a sporting event comes around that unites the world for a month of fun, friends and football – or as its known in the U.S., soccer. The World Cup, coming again in 2014, is one of the most well-viewed sporting events in the world. With 32 countries worldwide taking part, it brings people together in a way no event besides the Olympics truly does. Even in the United States, a country where soccer generally takes a backseat to football, basketball and baseball, the World Cup is an event that draws many sports fans and patriots. But with an aging group of stars and a tight race in World Cup Qualifying, the status of United States soccer fandom could potentially hang in the balance this summer. Without a Confederations Cup spot this summer to help boost its reputation, like in 2009 when the United States upset Spain, 2-0, qualifying remains the only outlet for U.S. national team fans to cheer on their team. Sitting in third on goal differential in Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying’s final round after three matches, the U.S. team’s qualification chances could be on the line when Mexico comes to Columbus on Sept. 10. But much more than that, soccer’s growth over the past few years could also be at risk in this qualification cycle. This is a country of short attention spans, and if a sport isn’t keeping its attention, it will move on. If the men’s national team fails to make it to Brazil in 2014 then it might be in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, the U.S. has reached an unprecedented level of success, making it to six straight World Cups, dating back to 1990, but the team is a state of flux. Although stars like Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are still with the team, many players are getting older and might be participating in one of their last World Cup cycles. Without an attention-grabbing team, or even star, the U.S. could find itself in a precarious position of slipping into obscurity. Fortunately for the U.S., this is all just speculation. It is too early in the final round of qualifying to start talking about what will happen if the goal of a World Cup isn’t achieved. But once September rolls around, who knows? A win against Mexico could mean everything to the team. Will there always be a small group of loyal U.S. soccer fans? Of course, but for a sport that has been trying to break into the mainstream in this country for years, it is incredibly important not to slip up at one of its most vital moments. The U.S. is set to continue its qualifying push on a road game against Jamaica on June 7.
A keeper killed in a “freak accident” after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in has been described as the “shining light” of the zoo where she worked.Rosa King, who has been named as the Hamerton Zoo Park keeper who died on Monday, was a “lovely lady” who was “absolutely passionate” about the animals in her care, a friend said.Garry Chisholm, 59, a wildlife photographer in his spare time who knew Ms King through visiting the attraction in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, said the zoo revolved around the keeper. Rosa King with the tigers at Hamerton Zoo ParkCredit:SWNS Mr Chisholm, from Irchester, Northamptonshire, said “Rosa wasn’t just a keeper at Hamerton Zoo – she was Hamerton Zoo.”She was the absolute central point of it, the focal point of it. She was the shining light of it. It revolved around her.” The statement gave no more details, but said said at no point had any of the animals escaped and the public had not been in danger.Pete Davis, who had been visiting the 25-acre zoo with his family, said he had seen a young female keeper run into a tiger enclosure to help a colleague who was shouting. Soon after she entered, Mr Davis said he heard screams. Police at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire after the death of a keeperCredit:Bav Media/Terry Harris Police were called at 11.15am on Monday to reports of a serious incident at the zoo.A Magpas air ambulance was on the scene 20 minutes later and visitors were evacuated from the attraction just before midday on Monday.Witnesses recalled hearing screams and keepers desperately trying to distract tigers with pieces of meat as Bank Holiday visitors were evacuated from the zoo. “At this point we understood by the reactions of the staff that something was going on inside the enclosure. We could see staff members on the other side of the fence with pieces of meat trying to get whatever s attention . It was heart-breaking seeing them trying to help.”Witnesses posted pictures online of the emergency services at the scene.Jessica Russell tweeted: “I shouldn’t leave the house … Try to go to Hamerton zoo and all hell breaks loose. Evacuated and air ambulance/police/ambulances.” In a Facebook post she said she had been taking photographs of tigers when keepers ran up to a neighbouring enclosure.She wrote: “We didn’t know what was happening but they looked worried. I carried on walking down the hill towards the next enclosure when someone shouted run.“A group of us ran into the keepers’ rooms for about 10 minutes until a keeper said we could leave . He told the Press Association: “We had been in the zoo since about 10.30am and heard/seen nothing until asked to leave about 11.45am.”Staff were very calm and professional. All visitors around us were leaving in a very calm manner – no running, shouting or anything similar.”The Hamerton Zoo Park hit the headlines nearly a decade ago after a cheetah escaped from its enclosure.Toby Taylor, then nine, encountered the escaped animal in his back garden. Toby, who lived with his family near Hamerton Zoo at the time, immediately ran indoors when he saw the animal.The three-year-old cheetah, thought to have escaped through a faulty electric fence, was collected by its keepers, accompanied by the police a short time later. Mr Davis, 55, said: “There’s no doubting it was a girl’s scream and something terrible had happened. It sounds like a tiger turned on her.”Another keeper then ran out and ordered visitors to run.He said: “It was a case of total panic. There were keepers rushing about throwing about buckets of meat to try and get the tigers under control.”They ushered us away to another building where they made us stay for around ten minutes but you could see the keepers with their heads in their hands.”People were really scared, they asked us to leave straight after that and closed the park.” Cambridgeshire Constabulary said the tiger involved was believed to be fine, as Twitter users expressed fears over what would happen to the animal.Witness Jeff Knott, 32, from Cambridgeshire, said staff had been “a real credit” to the zoo during the evacuation. I shouldn’t leave the house… Try to go to @HamertonZoo and all hell breaks loose. Evacuated and air ambulance/police/ambulances. pic.twitter.com/Kgusnwqm0f— Jessica Russell (@jesscakatie) May 29, 2017 Another witness Kevin Fernandez earlier wrote on Facebook: “Never run so fast in my life… they closed the zoo ambulance turned up I think someone got bitten.”The zoo near Sawtry, Cambs, has tigers, cheetahs and a number of other wild cats, including lynxes, servals and oncillas. The zoo also has wolves. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Members of staff at Hamerton Zoo in Cambridgeshire leave after a keeper died in a tiger incidentCredit:Terry Harris/Bav Media Another witness, Victoria Northover Holmes, said on Facebook that she had had been visiting when staff told her to run. She said she fled thinking a tiger was on the loose, but believed “something has gone wrong with a keeper and a tiger”. A statement from the zoo released on Monday evening said staff were too upset to talk because “one of our colleagues was killed in a freak accident”.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR At the outset of her panel’s budget hearing Tuesday, Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), chair of the Senate Armed Services’ Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, removed all doubt as to where she stands on the Obama administration’s request to hold a new BRAC round in 2019.“I continue to oppose another BRAC round for many reasons,” said Ayotte before she reiterated many of arguments she has cited in the past, including the higher-than-promised implementation cost of the last round.“I do not want to give the department the open-ended authority to pursue another BRAC round that will potentially incur significant upfront costs when we do not have the room in our budget in the next few years to afford many fundamental readiness investments that are right before us,” she said.Ayotte also focused on the impact of the Budget Control Act, which has forced the military to shed some of its force structure over the past several years to meet strict spending caps.“In short, there is a significant and dangerous gap between the military we have and the military we need. Therefore I don’t believe at this point it makes sense to authorize a round of base closures when many of us are hopeful that regardless of the outcome of this coming election, that the next administration will align its proposed defense budget and the size of our military to the growing threats we face and will need many of the bases that DOD may currently want to close,” she said.And if it wasn’t already clear, Ayotte stated she would not be including the authority to conduct a BRAC round in her subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill.Tim Kaine (D-Va.), the panel’s ranking member, similarly said he opposed approving a new round of base closures, but acknowledged the need for a mechanism to allow DOD to right-size its infrastructure in light of estimates that its excess capacity stands at about 20 percent. Kaine’s opposition was based on the BRAC process, however, which forces every defense community to invest resources in protecting its bases even if they aren’t in any real jeopardy.“So what BRAC becomes is just this massive lobbyist and lawyer effort that is largely unnecessary,” he said.Kaine described an approach, as he has in the past, which bypasses a BRAC commission and simply allows Congress to evaluate the department’s recommendations for closure and realignment.“I’d love to move to a situation where we rationalize our infrastructure investments, even including closures, with the basic recommendations that are based on the expertise within DOD and then allowing Congress to do what we do,” he said. “I think that would be a much better way to look at the rationalization of infrastructure.”Beyond the opening statements of Ayotte and Kaine, the administration’s BRAC request hardly came up during the sparsely attended hearing — other than during the opening statements of the top installation officials for DOD and the services. Three of the four witnesses made a strong case for lawmakers to approve the Pentagon’s request to conduct a BRAC round.The witnesses’ written testimony and a webcast of the hearing are available on the committee website.
BSE closes points 78.64 down on Jan 71.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 78.64 down on Jan 71.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 78.64 points down to stand at 26,908.82. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 25.25 points down to stand at 8,102.10. BEL and JUBILANT LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.38% and 11.11% along with SUZLON and UBL with an increase of 9.20% and 8.35% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.95% and 4.67% along with IRB and GREAT EASTERN SHIPPING CO.LTD. with a decrease of 4.39% and 4.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 0.86 points at 18,546.79 while the banking sector is down 84.32 points at 21,031.53 and the reality sector is down 4.09 points at 1,513.72. The Indian currency is down 0.37% at Rs 63.33 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 7 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 78.64 points down to stand at 26,908.82. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 25.25 points down to stand at 8,102.10. BEL and JUBILANT LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.38% and 11.11% along with SUZLON and UBL with an increase of 9.20% and 8.35% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include PMCFIN and RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. with a decrease of 4.95% and 4.67% along with IRB and GREAT EASTERN SHIPPING CO.LTD. with a decrease of 4.39% and 4.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 0.86 points at 18,546.79 while the banking sector is down 84.32 points at 21,031.53 and the reality sector is down 4.09 points at 1,513.72. The Indian currency is down 0.37% at Rs 63.33 per dollar.
NEW DELHI: With BJP’s sterling show in Bengal, it was widely speculated that it would get at least a cabinet berth in Modi’s new cabinet. However, it ended up with two ministers of state. Babul Supriyo, the singer- turned politician who fended off actress Moon Moon Sen in Asansol returns as a minister of state. Debasree Chaudhuri the BJP MP from Raiganj was also inducted as an MoS in the Modi cabinet. This is being viewed by political analysts as a royal snub to the BJP party cadre in Bengal. The BJP increased its tally in Bengal from two in 2014 to an impressive 18 seats this time around.
MIAMI – Football’s North American regional governing body is reviewing its referees department in the wake ofcontroversial calls and a major blunder in the just-concluded Gold Cup won by Mexico.The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) said Thursday that acting president Alfredo Hawit is personally overseeing the review.U.S. referee Mark Geiger faced stinging criticism from Panama players and officials over a series of game-changing calls during a 2-1 semi-final loss to Mexico.“Mr Geiger … accepted that officiating errors had been made during Wednesday’s match and that these impacted the outcome of the game,” Hawit said last week. “We at CONCACAF regret these circumstances but accept that such human errors are part of the game.”The Geiger controversy came after an earlier controversy in Mexico’s quarter-final with Costa Rica, when El Tri were awarded a dubious penalty deep into injury time after 120 minutes which settled the match.See: Costa Rica football federation requests overhaul of CONCACAF officiatingHawit’s evaluation, approved last week by CONCACAF’s executive committee at a meeting at the Gold Cup final in Philadelphia, includes a look at referee standards across the region, assessing the process of assigning referees to specific matches.“The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle,” Hawit said in a statement. “This review will allow the Confederation to take the next step towards improving refereeing across the region.”Mexico defeated Jamaica 3-1 in last Sunday’s final but Mexican coach Miguel Herrera was fired by his federation two days later after allegedly attacking a journalist at the Philadelphia airport the day after the final. Facebook Comments Related posts:FEDEFUTBOL official: FIFA scandal won’t affect Costa Rica’s upcoming matches FIFA arrests transform Blatter heir into face of football scandal Another Gold Cup scandal: ‘CONCACAF es una vergüenza’ FIFA: Sponsor pressure mounts ahead of World Cup draw
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Norman also said that he would continue bringing his gun to future constituent meetings, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP),贵族宝贝Collins, Rhaegar Targaryen + Lyanna Stark = Jon Snow The season six finale along with a HBO infographic all but confirmed this to be true However it still has not been explicitly stated Luckily the show seems to be moving toward revealing the full story surrounding Jon’s birth with a throwaway line in Sunday’s episode serving as a thinly veiled reference to the fact that he is actually a trueborn Targaryen The final scene of “Eastwatch” saw Jon and six companions set out into the wilds beyond the Wall But before we find out how the King in the North fares in his quest to capture a wight let’s recap what we know about his true heritage and how that may change things going forward HBO Who is Jon Snow Jon has come a long way from the brooding teen we met in the Game of Thrones pilot After leaving Winterfell where he was long mistreated by Catelyn Stark for being her husband Ned’s bastard he spent the show’s first five seasons rising through the ranks of the Night’s Watch eventually becoming Lord Commander However following his murder at the hands of his sworn brothers and subsequent resurrection Jon left his post at Castle Black to retake Winterfell from the Boltons He was named King in the North in the season six finale and has since been on a mission to convince the people of Westeros that their true enemy is not each other but rather the army of the dead Who is Jon Snow’s mother Jon along with nearly everyone else in Westeros believes he is the illegitimate son of Ned Stark and a lowborn woman But thanks to flashback scenes in which Bran Stark witnessed Ned’s final conversation with Lyanna following his and Howland Reed’s defeat of Arthur Dayne and the Targaryen kingsguard at the Tower of Joy viewers know this isn’t the case Jon is actually the child of Ned’s younger sister Lyanna who made her brother promise to conceal Jon’s identity out of fear that Robert Baratheon her former fiancé would kill Jon if he found out the truth See how the Stark and Targaryen family trees connect Photo Illustration by James Kim for TIME; HBO Who is Jon Snow’s father Although Thrones has yet to definitively acknowledge the identity of Jon’s father HBO released an infographic following the Tower of Joy reveal that seemed to confirm he is the child of Rhaegar Targaryen Rhaegar was the eldest son of the Mad King who had two children with his wife Elia Martell (the older sister of Oberyn) He was killed during Robert’s Rebellion by Robert Baratheon for allegedly kidnapping and raping Lyanna who had been betrothed to Robert However some fans have long suspected that the two were actually in love and ran away to be together In the books multiple characters Jorah Mormont Jaime Lannister and even Ned have positive opinions of Rhaegar and hint that he did not take Lyanna against her will The show has also slipped in some clues to this point Oberyn Martell When Oberyn arrived in King’s Landing to attend Joffrey Baratheon’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell he had a conversation with Tyrion Lannister in which they discussed Rhaegar’s marriage to Elia “The last time I was in the capital was many years ago another wedding My sister Elia and Rhaegar Targaryen the Last Dragon” he said My sister loved him she bore his children swaddled them fed them at her own breast Elia wouldn’t let the wet nurse touch them And beautiful noble Rhaegar Targaryen left her for another woman” His last comment seems to suggest that Rhaegar left Elia to build a relationship with Lyanna not take her hostage Barristan Selmy “Rhaegar never liked killing he loved singing” Ser Barristan once told Daenerys Targaryen Barristan was not only extremely close to Rhaegar but had a reputation as one of the most honorable men in the Seven Kingdoms It seems likely that he wouldn’t have continued to speak highly of Rhaegar unless the rumors Robert spread were not true Arthur Dayne Ser Arthur was the best swordsman in Aerys II “The Mad King” Tagaryen’s kingsguard However instead of sending him into battle during Robert’s Rebellion Rhaegar stationed him at the Tower of Joy to protect Lyanna This implies that Rhaegar loved Lyanna and was willing to do anything to keep their unborn child safe Helen Sloan—HBO This Means Jon Snow is a Targaryen With Rhaegar as a father Jon would be the only half Stark half Targaryen in existence But does any of this matter if he’s still technically a bastard As it so happens that may not be the case While reading one of Sam’s Citadel books aloud in “Eastwatch” Gilly noted that a High Septon Maynard had issued an annulment for a “Prince Ragger” an apparent mispronunciation of Rhaegar and remarried him to someone else at the same time in a secret ceremony in Dorne If this person was Lyanna it would make Jon a trueborn Targaryen and give him an even greater claim to the Iron Throne than Daenerys MORE: To stay up to date on everything Game of Thrones follow our all-encompassing Facebook page and sign up for our exclusive newsletter Are Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen related Thrones may be setting up a romance between Jon and Daenerys but if Jon really is the blood of the dragon the two are pretty closely related Rhaegar was Dany’s older brother which would make her Jon’s aunt However the Targaryens have a long history of incest having spent over 300 years wedding brothers to sisters to keep their bloodline pure With that being said a union between aunt and nephew seems within the realm of possibility Who knows about Jon Snow’s parents Thanks to his ability to see the past Bran Stark is the only character at this point who seems to be aware of the truth of Jon’s heritage However considering the fact that Howland Reed was the only survivor of the showdown at the Tower of Joy other than Ned Stark he may also be in the know Unfortunately a present-day version of Howland has never appeared on the show and in the books he hasn’t left Greywater Watch a moving castle that can’t be reached by raven since Robert’s Rebellion The sixth episode of Game of Thrones‘ seventh season airs Aug 20 at 9 pm on HBO Write to Megan McCluskey at meganmccluskey@timeinccomAugust 31 is the 20th anniversary of the stunning tragic death of Princess Diana in Paris France when Dianas chauffeured Mercedes hit a pillar inside an underpass just after midnight killing her her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and her driver Henri Paul As the news quickly circulated theories about the causes of the crash also spread with some veering into conspiracy Did the ruthless paparazzi in hot pursuit of the car cause the driver to panic Had the royal family murdered her to avert an embarrassing marriage Twenty years later these conspiracy theories still persist Ive taught classes and researched the nature of conspiracy theories for over a decade and Im especially interested in the role of logic in these conspiracies how its used to warp and 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