She’s been splashed across the cover of Newsweek as “The Perfect Face.” An intriguing blend of ethnicities, hers is the face of a global world, where cultural and geographical boundaries are blurred. Indeed, this is the face – and body – that’s launched scores of fashion shows and products, and been splashed across the pages of magazines from Vogue to GQ. She’s also listed in Maxim’s top 100 models of the world. Meet Saira Mohan – 5 feet 10.5 inches tall, an enticing blend of French-Irish-Canadian and Punjabi blood – and drop dead gorgeous. An Elite model since she was just 13 years old, Saira has made millions – a day’s shoot can net her anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000. She’s modeled for all the major couture houses from Chanel to Valentino.But aren’t supermodels supposed to be glamorous clotheshorses with few gray cells? Well, surprise, surprise. Saira Mohan is not only a stunner, she has a brain, a beautiful mind and a warm heart, not to mention a very spiritual soul. She paints, is an avid photographer, manages stocks and is pursuing a degree in entrepreneurship in business.She’s very happily married to Christopher Cooper, who heads an investment firm, and from their experiences she’s written How to Seduce (and Marry) the Woman of my Dreams, an e-book about relationships that has sold well and garnered her a fan following. In fact she regularly answers and solves problems posed by young people on her website, www.saira.com.Saira, who has homes in Los Angeles and Chicago, really lives on an airplane. She manages to juxtapose her many roles and into the crazy mix of photo shoots and airplane rides, she’s added the role of new mother. Her son Roman is 14 months old and the center of her universe. At 27, she’s got larger plans for the rest of her life for she’s a homegrown philosopher who believes in making the most of one’s time on earth by touching other people’s lives in special ways.Read on to see what makes Saira Mohan tick, as she talks with Little India about the real life of a supermodel.Your list of clients reads like a who’s who – Calvin Klein, Emmanuel Ungaro, Victoria’s Secret, Mercedes 500SL, L’Oreal, Oil of Olay, Neiman Marcus, to name just a few. What’s the secret? After 15 years in the business it’s pretty much everyone that’s been written about, or you’ve seen advertised I’ve worked for at one point or another in my career. The fashion world, like any job when you’re in it and it’s your world; it really is such a small world. The people that have lasted through the years and been around for a while, they all know each other. You tend to hire the people you enjoy and I’ve luckily been very likeable, I guess, to work with in the past. Which is why my career has lasted so long, where people just like to rehire me because they know we’ll laugh and have a good time and it won’t be too stressful and we’ll make the best of it.Are there any fun figures that I could give to make everyone’s eyes pop out. The kind of money you might have got for one shoot?I don’t specifically go into things like that – it’s in the millions. This industry pays very well for a short span of time. Usually careers don’t last any longer than five or six years, depending on how well you do. And in that short amount of time they give it all they can and then on to the next so hopefully that girl is saving her money. You can make anywhere from five grand a day, to 20 grand a day to $100,000 a day. It really depends upon a lot of variables, whether it’s a global campaign, whether it’s a television commercial. There are many things that go into deciding what a girl is going to be paid. After 15 years I’ve definitely had all of the prices thrown my way and continue to do so.Do you see a lot of South Asian girls opting for modeling? I don’t – and I’ll tell you why. I think most traditional parents won’t be supportive of their daughter showing so much skin, running down a beach, looking sexy, wild when she could be in school, doing something with her brain. There’s room for South Asian girls, if they want to be part of it. I think everyone should pursue their dreams, but within realistic terms of course. I think measurements and height and your body type – you really need to fit the criteria otherwise you’ll be wasting your life and wasting your time – and time is the most valuable thing. It’s the most valuable gift, you just never get it back ever. So it’s very good to be smart about and realistic about what you can do.Can it be a problem to look too ethnic?It’s only in the past 3-5 years people have started to ask me what my ethnicity is. Before they didn’t care, they don’t have time for that. They want you to be accessible and marketable to the majority of the world. I can look Spanish, I can look Italian, I can look South American – and that’s all they care about. If they can sell to a mass demographic, it means more money for them.If you look too ethnic, it can either work very well for you and it can become a trend. But trends die quickly; so it can be a help or a hindrance. It’s really all about timing. I think it’s a very good time for South Asian models right now.In India modeling seems to have become big business now. Everyone’s figured out there’s a lot of money in India. It’s such a young nation and all of the youngsters are very well educated and now it’s like there’s a whole new people to market to so all the fashion houses want to go to India. It’s like a brand new territory to conquer.Have you done modeling assignments in India?I have and will continue to do so. I’m on my way to South Africa to shoot an endorsement for Titan watches, an India-based company. I’m the first NRI, if you will, they are using for their campaign and that is so exciting. I’ve also done a campaign for the Indian designer Payal Singhal and I’ve worked with other Indian designers. I really enjoy working in India.You are into art, photography and writing. How do you fit all these into your life?I have such a long life. I’ve been a collector all my life – of writings, of thoughts, of paintings, and both my husband and I are very cerebral and talk a lot about how we can share with the world the things that have helped us with our problems in life. We are all human at the end of the day and we all have the same emotions. We come from the same place, regardless of culture, religion, color, skin, whatever. So those are the things I focus on and those are the things I like to build upon. I travel a lot so I have a lot of time to kill on airplanes, so I end up reading and writing quite a bit. When you were growing up, were there many South Asians around. Did you ever agonize about your religious or cultural identity?You know what, I never did. My father, who’s Hindu, had a temple in the hall closet of our home and he would pray religiously twice a day. My mother’s Christian and I was brought up with the best of both. It was open for me to question and wonder and they answered my questions. I attended Sunday school and also listened to my father pray. I’ve taken the best of both cultures and really created a whole new one; it’s like an innovative culture!What do you mean by that? Now there are so many intercultural marriages taking place that one wonders how does one take two religions and two cultures and weave something out of it?Well, it is difficult. I don’t have a specific religion. I always call myself universal. I’m very spiritual, I have my own personal rituals that work for me and that I believe in and they don’t necessarily fall under a specific religion that we’ve known in the past, you know. It’s really opened my mind to every kind of religion out there and inspired me to learn about what religion really is.Do you feel that children inherit something special by belonging to two cultures or is there a sense of not truly belonging anywhere?If you’re brought up with love in your family, you actually have a sense of belonging and you belong to more of the world rather than less. So there really isn’t an issue with belonging at all; it really opens doors that wouldn’t otherwise be open.I believe you’re planning to write another book – is it about fashion? After 15 years in the modeling world I’m looking forward to closing this chapter and moving on to more humanitarian work and working more closely with India and the youth, and sharing my experiences with them. The book will be more about advice to my son, to other mothers, and with photographs and art to go with it.What are the humanitarian projects that you are going to be active in?I’m actually looking into being a UN ambassador to India. I’ve been asked by the head of the World Economic Forum to come on board for one of the projects they are putting together and I’m really looking forward to it and hoping this comes through. Water and education and women’s rights are the major topics of India that are all very important to me. I have an absolute passion to get involved. Related Items
Spring at last! Seniors have agonized over essay topics, ranted about the Collegeboard, visited the Common Application website far too many times, and finally made it through college applications. As I sent off my last Admissions Office-destined envelope, hindsight (and a dose of should have, could have, would haves) hit me straight on. Here is my Top Ten List of Things I Wish I Had Known About College Admissions.Keep a list of every book that you read: Some college applications will ask you for a list of books that you’ve read in the last 12 months, while others ask you to write about characters in literature that intrigued you or made you think. I somehow imagined that I would be able to remember all the books I read over the past four years. Learn from my mistake!Community Service: Service is a chance for you to give back to the community, helps you grow as a person, and keep things in perspective. If you need a more direct incentive, 90 hours of service are necessary to enter the National Honor Society (quiet a few of my fellow seniors this year didn’t qualify solely because of this requirement). Many upperclassmen regret not doing more community service early on in high school. Key tips: Choose one major community service project or club and stick with it throughout high school. If you don’t have time … make it! Log your service hours in a notebook (or on an online site like https://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov ), getting phone numbers and signatures of adult supervisors whenever you can (this is also required for National Honor Society and can be helpful in applying for scholarships). If you log at least 100 community service hours, you’ll also be eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award — another excellent opportunity.Quality Not Quantity: Choose two or three clubs or activities and put in time and effort into them. Ninth grade is a great chance to try out many different clubs, but once you’re in tenth grade, don’t fall into the trap of trying to attend every club under the sun. This will sap you of energy and make you less eligible for leadership positions in the long run. The opposite extreme can be just as bad. Categorizing yourself as the “non-involved” type could come back to haunt you when you have to fill up nearly a half page on your favorite club on the common application. Lately, the school newspaper, Model UN, student government, debate, and community service clubs have been favorites with colleges and universities, since they show a student has leadership potential. Getting involved in a unique sport or instrument can help you stand out among other students. Instead of just tennis or track, try crew or fencing. And rather than signing up for piano or violin lessons, try the harp or sitar. I have a close friend who attributes his admission to Yale to his playing the bagpipes!College nights and college info sessions can be distractions: Talking with students at colleges (alumni from your school for starters) and doing research on the school’s website can be a lot more useful than info-nights. If you do choose to go to a local college night, make a list of schools to look into with your guidance counselor beforehand. But, if you already have a definite list of schools that you are set on applying to, college night can just be an intimidating and awkward use of time, where you sign up for mailing lists you could have signed up for online. Sign-up early on; after you read mailings, you’ll be more prepared to ask questions on college visits or even at your interview. However, at many town or high-school college nights, Ivy League schools send alumni instead of actual admissions representatives. I was pretty shocked to see my next door neighbor instead of an admissions official at the Stanford University table. So if you are hoping to make an impression on admissions, college night is probably not the place to do it.Visits: Visit schools in the spring of junior year. If you go earlier, you’ll quickly forget what the school was like. During summer, classes won’t be in session, so you won’t get a true flavor of the campus. And senior year fall is already filled with so much that you won’t want to pack in college visits. After the visit, write a quick index card (some of my friends used a postcard from the college) of your most memorable experiences and things you liked and disliked. This will come in useful when you are writing “Why (fill in college name here)” application essays on what inspired you to apply. The cards are also lifesavers when you are deciding between which schools to apply or to attend. Be careful of overnight visits. These are best saved for when you make the key decision on the early decision school you decide to apply to, or when you have already gotten into schools and are trying to select the one to attend. If you overnight in other situations, you risk getting your hopes up even higher if you absolutely love your visit.Beware of false lures: While being in the “Who’s Who” book may be a bit of an ego boost, it’s not really worth it (read: it’s a money-making scheme). The college admissions process is difficult and plenty of people try to take advantage of your confusion. Trust a girl who has sat through one too many slide shows with “college-admission professionals” trying to push their product. The best advisor in this process is often a trusted teacher, an experienced guidance counselor, or your high school’s college or career center staff.Instead of camp, consider getting a summer job: College applications have an entire section asking you about your employment during high school and the rule of thumb is to leave as few boxes on the application blank as possible. And yet, students are increasingly spending their summers on extremely expensive summer adventure or college-prep camps. Pre-college camps, specifically, are often a major waste of money. Parents, students spend almost no time in class at these camps! And students, while it is nice to dream, going to a college’s camp often does not give you an edge in getting into the school! A summer job can teach you so much and earn you income (instead of dishing out a six-figure camp fee!). Also, a summer job can provide you with much more of a self-esteem boost, build up your street-smarts skills and show colleges your responsibility.Essays: Start off with making a list of qualities about yourself that you would like to show colleges and then think of examples and experiences that would back up these qualities. This approach will make sure that you cover your major traits and that your college essay is meaningful. Check for spelling errors many (many) times, and with the help of others, especially when you are submitting online. I definitely lost sleep over my misspelling “awarness”!The Interview: Plan out the key attributes about yourself that you were not able to communicate in your application. Also, have a couple of questions ready to ask your interviewer (eg. What was their personal experience like at the college? What surprised them most about the college?) A “Thank you” note to your interviewer sent within a day or so of your interview is definitely recommended. The note leaves a nice impression of you as they sit down to write their recommendation, which the admissions committee will read in evaluating your application.Passion: All this said, the best advice I have to offer is to avoid thinking too much about what might look good on your college application and just to be passionate about what you do! Related Items
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Kolkata: I-League side Real Kashmir on Thursday headed to Mumbai for a two-week-long pre-season after bowing out of the Durand Cup football tournament in the semifinals here.”The team has left for Mumbai for two-week pre-season training. We have not yet decided about our plan after the pre-season,” team co-owner Sandeep Chattoo told PTI. The first week will be devoted to fitness and tactical training, after which they will play a few friendly matches.Having played without any preparation because of the situation back home, Real Kashmir went down to Mohun Bagan 1-3 in the extra time to make a semifinal exit in the Durand Cup on Wednesday.This was Real Kashmir’s first loss at the Saltlake Stadium, where they had beaten Mohun Bagan 2-1 en route to finishing third in their debut I-League last season last year.”It’s been a very, very difficult journey. We trained twice in three months. We came here expecting to play three (league) games. We played one extra game (by reaching the semifinals),” head coach David Robertson told reporters at the post-match news conference.”I can’t fault anything with my team. We have got a team of winners. We look forward to our preseason in Mumbai now. We are a team of professional football players. They have been fantastic and played with heart and desire. It’s a huge asset for this team,” the Scot said.”We go to Mumbai for two weeks because we have not had pre-season. We went there last season as well. We will do the same again. It’s been lucky for us. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. durand cupMohun Baganmumbaipre season First Published: August 22, 2019, 8:47 PM IST
Ahead of the much-anticipated tour of England, Chahal revealed to NDTV that he has two more variations in his bag which he plans on to use against the spin vulnerable English batting line-up.Chahal also added that the strategies on how to use these variations has already been discussed with Virat Kohli. Chahal said:“I have invented a couple of variations. I will use them against them. I have two deliveries in my arsenal. Kohli knows about it”.“Virat bhai and I have discussed the plans. We have a decent plan against England. I will execute them”.Chahal also went on to reminisce his best bowling performance which came when England last toured India. He said:“It was a memorable spell for me. I still recall it and watch the videos. It is not easy to take wickets in T20Is. I am not nervous. I am excited. I have already played….I mean outplayed them in the past”. Advertisement Read Also:Cricket: ICC include three greats of the game into the Hall Of Fame Cricket – India v Australia – First One Day International Match – Chennai, India – September 17, 2017 – Yuzvendra Chahal and team’s captain Virat Kohli of India celebrate the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell of Australia. REUTERS/Adnan AbidiAdvertisementImage Courtesy: Indian ExpressIndia’s premier wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been on the rise as of late. The spinner rose through the ranks from his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore and managed to impress skipper Virat Kohli in the process.
South Africa have the depth to manage Steyn, Amla absence vs India: MaharajAhead of the 3-Test series, starting October 2, South Africa’s premier spinner Keshav Maharaj said the fresh-look touring side will look to challenge the in-form Indian team. advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 1, 2019UPDATED: October 1, 2019 10:35 IST Dale Steyn retired from Tests to prolong his limited-overs career earlier this year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa take on India in the 1st Test from October 2South Africa will be without their stalwarts, including Steyn and AmlaMaharaj said South Africa will not back down but play with fresh energySouth Africa left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj has said the freshness in the visiting team’s squad is not going to be a disadvantage but a chance to play a fresh, positive brand of cricket.South Africa are gearing up for a 3-Test series against India from October 2 without some of their biggest names that have dominated the headlines in the last decade. While AB de Villiers called it quits last year, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn also retired in the lead up to the upcoming Test series.Without the big names, South Africa will start as underdogs against Virat Kohli’s men who are bidding to win their 11th successive home series.However, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj talks up the talent in the side and says South Africa are certainly arrived to compete and not going to back down.”They (Amla and Steyn) are two greats of the game. I think in terms of the depth in our squad, we do have players who will fulfill the role,” Keshav Maharaj said.”I think Temba Bavuma has taken the responsibility with that and has shown that in the practice game. Obviously, Lungi has come through as a world class bowler along with Vernon (Philander) and KG (Rabada),” Maharaj added.”So as much as it would be a big loss in terms of the records that they possessed to the party, we do have season campaigners in domestic cricket and have fairly enough international experience to fill in those boots.”New faces bring new energy: MaharajadvertisementNotably, South Africa were beaten 3-0 in a 4-match Test series the last time they toured India. The touring side were exposed against Indian spinners who rain riot, shooting out the Proteas for low scores throughout the series.It will be difficult for South Africa once again but the performances of some of their young talents, including Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada will give a lot of confidence to captain Faf du Plessis.Notably, Markram has been in fine form, hitting hundreds for South Africa A and South Africa (against Board President’s XI). The visitors will also take confidence from the way they came back from behind to square the T20I series last month.”People talk about freshness and if you look at our squad, it’s a helluva lot of new faces from the last time and that could work in our favour in terms of the brand of cricket we could play and the positivity,” Maharaj said.”Yes, it may not go our way but we here to compete. We’re not going to lie down and back down with the sort of our woes from the last tour. Like I said, with new faces it brings along new energy.”And who knows? It could be our time over the next three Tests matches to sort of shock some people.”South Africa and India will play the first Test of the 3-match series in Visakhapatnam from October 2.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah to consult 3 doctors in UK for lower back stress fracture injuryAlso Read | Big Bash League: Brisbane Heat sign AB de Villiers Also See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Keshav MaharajFollow Dale SteynFollow Hashim AmlaFollow AB de Villiers Next
The Voluntary Planning Task Force on Heritage will hold public meetings across the province. The following meetings will take place in Cape Breton from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7Cheticamp — Centre Acadien, 35 Baron Rd. Wednesday, Nov. 9Membertou — Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St. (off Alexandra Street in Sydney) Tuesday, Nov. 15Baddeck — Alexander Graham Bell Museum, 559 Chebucto St. Wednesday, Nov. 16Port Hawkesbury — Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves St. Simultaneous interpretation services will be available at the meeting in Cheticamp. For more information on the public meetings, visit the Voluntary Planning website at www.gov.ns.ca/vp . A discussion paper is also available on the website. -30-
Media reports state that at least 58 people died when armed and security forces began firing to disperse the demonstrators.Mr. Ban is “shocked by the loss of life, the high number of people injured and the destruction of property as a result of the excessive use of force,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson, adding that he sends his condolences to the families of the victims.The Secretary-General urged authorities in Guinea and the security forces “to exercise maximum restraint and to uphold the rule of law, including respect for basic human rights.”The statement added that Mr. Ban urged all sides in the impoverished West African country to “commit to a peaceful, consensual transitional process” through the early holding of credible, transparent elections.“To this end, the Secretary-General calls upon the National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD) to respect its earlier commitments not to participate in the elections. He calls on all Guinean stakeholders to cooperate fully with the International Contact Group on Guinea.” 28 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has deplored the “excessive use of force” after dozens of protesters in Guinea were killed today when security forces opened fire on an opposition rally in the capital, Conakry.
VANCOUVER — New York-based Blackstone Property Partners has signed a deal to acquire Vancouver’s Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust in a deal valued at $3.8 billion including debt.Under the agreement, Blackstone will pay $8.10 per unit in cash for Pure (TSX:AAR.UN).The units closed at $6.72 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday.Pure says the deal has the unanimous support of a special committee, as well as the trust’s full board of trustees.The deal requires approval by a two-thirds majority vote by unitholders as well as court and regulatory approvals.Pure owns and operates a portfolio of industrial properties in markets across Canada and in the United States.
OSMO Fitness, the fitness center, said it respected the different viewpoints of the general public and regreted any offence that was generated in response to the subject advertisement and had decided to withdraw all communications relating to the advertisement in question. (Colombo Gazette) “Ha ha look at this! #SriLanka women’s rights movement has put this up on that space! Glad I was able to help,” Deputy Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva tweeted with an image of the banner. A banner against sexism has been placed at the site in Rajagiriya where a hoarding created a lot of controversy.The banner reading “No more space for sexism” has been put up following the removal of the offensive advertisement. Harsha de Silva had instructed the Colombo Municipal Council to remove the offensive hoarding.The fitness center behind the hoarding in Rajagiriya later said that the hoarding was to promote an obesity-free Sri Lanka. The previous advertisement, giving publicity to a popular gymnasium and fitness centre, had an image of a barrel and text next to it saying “This is no shape for a woman” giving the impression women should not look like a barrel.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah believes they have the quality to win both the Premier League and Champions League this season.Klopp’s men stuttered last season on the League front in their run to the final of the competition in the previous campaign, thereby settling for a fourth spot in the English top flight.However, Salah is confident about Liverpool’s ability to handle both European and domestic commitments over the next few months.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“Last season we knocked out Manchester City, then Roma, who had just beaten Barca in the quarter-finals. Each time, they were incredible games,” he told France Football ahead of his side’s Group C opener against Paris Saint-Germain.“We played against teams challenging for the title, and we still managed to reach the final, so of course we can do it again. I’m sure of it. We can even win both, the Champions League and the Premier League. I don’t want us to put pressure on ourselves, but yes, everything is possible.“It’s a good draw with some good teams. PSG have some very good individuals and a great team. I’m looking forward to playing them. I’m looking forward to a very enjoyable and intense encounter.”
The Juventus Colombian forward has confirmed his knee surgery has gone as planned and is now recovering to return to football soonJuventus Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado has come out from knee surgery with success.The South American announced on Instagram he was happy after his surgery.“Thank God the surgery went well now I will work for making a good recovery and come back stronger,” Cuadrado wrote on Instagram as quoted by Calcio Mercato.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I am convinced that if we love God all things go well.”““Today, the player was subjected to arthroscopic treatment of the left knee for the lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilage fracture, a perfectly successful operation, and today Juan Cuadrado has undergone arthroscopic treatment on his left knee – a lesion of the external meniscus and the cartilaginous fracture reported in the trauma suffered during the Champions League match played in Bern,” said the club’s press department.“The intervention, carried out in Barcelona by Dr. Cugat, assisted by Juventus health officer Dr. Claudio Rigo, is perfectly successful.”
DANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people were rushed to the hospital after a wrong-way crash in Dania Beach.The southbound lanes of U.S. 1 were temporarily closed from the 17th Street Causeway to Griffin Road after someone caused a wrong-way crash just after 4 a.m., Wednesday.Three people were injured in the crash. The extent of their injuries remains unknown.The Broward Sheriff’s Office is now investigating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Defense spending on contracts and payroll accounted for 8.5 percent of Virginia’s gross domestic product, making it the top ranked state by that metric in fiscal 2016. Virginia was followed by Hawaii (7.6 percent), Alaska (5.5 percent), Maryland (5.2 percent) and Alabama (5.2 percent) in the ranking of states by defense spending as a portion of their economies. On average, defense spending accounted for 2.2 percent of all states’ GDP in FY 2016. Virginia also ranked highly in absolute terms for attracting defense dollars, coming in second, with $42.7 billion, behind California, at $48.8 billion; Texas came in third for total defense spending with $33.3 billion.Almost 60 percent of total defense spending, $378.5 billion, went to 10 states.Those rankings are included in the latest analysis of defense spending by state prepared by the Office of Economic Adjustment. By highlighting states’ reliance on military installations and contractors, the report can be used “to assess potential exposure to fluctuations in defense spending and to target assistance to create more resilient communities and companies,” according to its executive summary. The listing for each state shows the top defense contractors and ranks the top 10 counties by contract spending, personnel spending, and number of active-duty and civilian personnel.Two states, California and Connecticut, account for half of the top 10 counties for attracting defense contract spending:Fairfax County, Va. — $9.9 billionSan Diego County, Calif. — $8.4 billionLos Angeles County, Calif. — $6.2 billionMadison County, Ala. — $5.4 billionSanta Clara County, Calif. — $5.3 billionLouis County, Mo. — $5.2 billionKing County, Wash. — $5.1 billionNew London County, Conn. — $4.8 billionFairfield County, Conn. — $4.4 billionOrange County, Fla. — $4.0 billion Photo by Steve Earley
Foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali briefs newsmen about prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming tour of India, at the foreign ministry on Wednesday. Photo: PIDForeign minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Wednesday indicated that there is no progress in the Teesta water-sharing deal.He said the purpose of prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India’s Bengal state is something different.”You’ll come to know about it in due time,” he told reporters when asked about Teesta deal progress.He, however, said there will be a meeting between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the visit.The foreign minister was briefing reporters at the foreign ministry on the the prime minister’s visit.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam and foreign secretary M Shabidul Haque were present.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina would leave Dhaka for Kolkata on Friday to attend Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony as the guest of honour and receive Doctor of Literature degree at Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol.She will also inaugurate Bangladesh Bhaban jointly with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at Visva Bharati and hold a meeting with him there.A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday morning for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport, Kolkata.Sheikh Hasina will then depart for Visva Bharati, Santiniketan by a helicopter.Vice chancellor of Visva Bharati Sabuj Koli Sen will receive the prime minister at Santiniketan.Narendra Modi will receive Sheikh Hasina at Rabindra Bhaban. She will then place flowers at Rabindra chair.She will depart for convocation venue at Amrakanon and attend Visva Bharati Convocation Ceremony.Hasina will take part in the convocation procession and oath ceremony.Both the prime ministers will deliver their speeches at the function.After the convocation ceremony, the Bangladesh prime minister and her Indian counterpart will jointly unveil the plaque of Bangladesh Bhaban.Tagore’s song ‘Anandaloke Mongolaloke will be played at the ceremony. The vice chancellor of Visva Bharati will deliver the welcome speech.After the inaugural function, Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi will sit in the meeting over lunch. After the meeting, she will depart Santiniketan for Kolkata by a helicopter.On her return to Kolkata, prime minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Jorasanko Thakur Bari. Later, local chamber leaders will meet her.On 26 May, the prime minister will go to Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol to receive the Doctor of Literature degree.The KNU Vice Chancellor will deliver the welcome address.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will then deliver her speech.Chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banarjee will deliver her speech as the guest-in-chief at the convocation.After the programme, the prime minister will return to Kolkata. She will then visit Netaji Museum (Netaji Bhawan) and place wreaths on the bed of Netaji and sign the visitor’s book.
Share Scott Dalton, courtesy Tenaris 1,200 construction workers are building the Tenaris steel pipe factory in Bay CityU.S. employers went on a hiring binge in February, adding 313,000 jobs, the most in any month since July 2016, and drawing hundreds of thousands of people into the job market.The Labor Department said wage gains, meanwhile, fell from January to 2.6 percent year-over-year. Strong hourly wage growth had spooked markets last month because it raised the specter of inflation. But January’s figure was revised one-tenth of a point lower to 2.8 percent.The influx of new workers kept the unemployment rate unchanged at 4.1 percent.The surge of job gains may reflect, in part, confidence among some businesses that the Trump administration’s tax cuts will accelerate growth. Consumers are also benefiting from higher after-tax income, which grew last month at the fastest pace in a year, aided by the tax cuts.In the meantime, economists are calculating how the Trump administration’s decision Friday to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum might affect the job market. The Trade Partnership, a consulting firm, estimates that the tariffs will eliminate roughly 145,000 jobs.Steel and aluminum producers would hire more people. But the gains would be more than offset, the firm calculates, by sharp losses among companies that use the metals, such as automakers, packaged food companies and those that make industrial machinery.During 2017, the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, surged 19 percent, partly on anticipation of corporate and individual tax cuts. Yet barely a month after the tax cuts became law, investors shifted their focus to the potential consequences: Faster growth that might intensify inflation and lead the Fed to accelerate its rate hikes.There have been some signs that price pressures are picking up. But overall, inflation remains in check. The inflation gauge that the Fed tends to monitor most closely shows an increase of just 1.7 percent from a year earlier, below the central bank’s 2 percent target level.Most economists expect growth to pick up in the coming months and to accelerate inflation slightly by year’s end. They have forecast that the economy will expand at just a 2 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter before topping 3 percent in the next two quarters.For now, consumers have pulled back somewhat on spending despite income gains, thereby setting the stage for potentially stronger spending gains in coming months. After-tax incomes in January — which include benefit payments from the government and business income as well as wages — climbed by the most in a year. They were boosted, in part, by the Trump administration’s tax cuts and company bonuses that were paid out in response to corporate tax cuts.And manufacturers expanded at the fastest pace in nearly 14 years in February, according to a survey of purchasing managers.The housing market, too, remains generally solid, with demand for homes strong in much of the country, though rising mortgage rates may begin to slow sales.
Diamond Harbour: Bodies of two of the 19 missing fishermen were found in the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday by rescuers, while one of the three capsized trawlers was also spotted, officials said.The Coast Guard, along with the police and a fishermen’s association, is conducting search and rescue operations to find out the fishermen who had gone missing on Monday afternoon.A Coast Guard official, who did not wish to be quoted, said efforts were on to retrieve the two bodies from the sea. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThree trawlers capsized in the rough seas around 4 pm on July 16 and 47 fishermen fell into the water, officials said adding that 28 of them were rescued by other trawlers.The trawlers had overturned in the Bay of Bengal, off Frazerganj in the Sundarban area of south Bengal.”Indian Coast Guard Dornier aircraft from Kolkata, a hovercraft from Frazergunj and Coast Guard Ship Sujoy inspite of inclement weather and rough seas carried out extensive search for missing fishermen off Sagar island,” a Coast Guard statement said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Today morning, one of the missing boats was sighted about 30 miles south off Dalhousie island. No survivor was found,” it said adding that search is being continued.Secretary West Bengal United Fishermen Association Bijan Maity had earlier saidsix to seven trawlers carrying men from Namkhana and Kakdwip areas of South 24 Parganas district, set sail around 10 am on Monday as there was “no MeT department warnings on radio”.The MeT office website, however, showed that West Bengal fishermen were advised against venturing into the sea on Monday.Although many trawlers returned to safety, three boats — FB Malleshwar, FB Joykishan and FB Maa Shibani — capsized in the sea.Ten fishermen of FB Joykishan and six of FB Malleshwar, and three more of some other trawlers have gone missing, Maity said.All the 17 fishermen of Maa Shibani, six of Joykishan and five of Malleshwar have been rescued, he said.
After working with her in 2008 film Race, actor Saif Ali Khan has teamed up with Katrina Kaif for upcoming political thriller Phantom. He says not much has changed about her, especially her commitment to work. Asked about Katrina’s performance in the film, Saif said, “It was very good. We are working together after Race (2008). She is still the same… very passionate about her work and committed.” “In the film she is performing some daring stunts and she really worked hard for them. I am happy that she chose Phantom,” he added. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film is about the post 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and global terrorism. It will release on August 28.
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