Sonakshi Sinha’s totally killing it in the accessories department

first_imgActress Sonakshi Sinha is clearly winning it in the style department of late. Seen flaunting some glamazing accessories on Instagram, we pick five of our favourites from the Akira star’s wardrobe.The metallic beltIt cinches your waist, provides definition and looks oh so chic! What more could you ask for? A jewel encrusted version for a night out maybe?The layered necklaceWe started out by looking at the piece of beauty that is the simple, layered piece of jewellery adorning Sonakshi’s neck. Our traitorous eyes then travelled down and saw the statement cuff the actress sported. There’s a sneaky tip girls, when it comes to rocking two big pieces. That’s some way to jazz up your LBD.  The EarcuffThe one trend that fails to die when it comes to ear accessories, let Sona’s earcuff inspire you to try the hottest bauble that’s been around since the past two summers.The long necklaceWith the illusion of length this piece provides, it’s a must have for every girl’s wardrobe. You can easily layer the necklace with pieces of different lengths or let a statement piece do all the talking.advertisementThe cool kicksYou may not be lucky like Sona to be spoilt by brands with gazillion choices but it’s no illusion that every female needs a pair of sturdy shoes in her wardrobe, be it to make a quick run to the market or to try the athleisure trend. Your feet need some timeout, so invest in a pair of comfortable shoes.last_img read more

Youwecan Ventures looks to back healthcare, education startups

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 13 (PTI) Cricketer Yuvraj Singhs investment initiative Youwecan Ventures is looking to back startups in healthcare services, education and sports talent scouting even as it gears up to leverage on celebrity fan following on social media for digital marketing.The venture, which has earmarked Rs 30-50 crore corpus for investments in three years, is also considering backing entrepreneurs in fashion space. “We are looking to invest in healthcare services, education and sports talent scouting from grassroots level. Yuvraj himself is very keen on these sectors,” Youwecan Ventures Founder and Chief Investment Officer Nishant Singhal told PTI. Besides, he said the venture is also keeping a keen eye on the fashion vertical, which has a lot of potential. When asked about funds that could be deployed, he said: “We do not have specific targets. We are early stage investors and since we started, we have made 12 investments and deployed about USD 1.5 million.” Each investments is about Rs 30-50 lakh, he added. Commenting on the companys latest initiative, Yral in partnership with AdLift, a digital marketing firm, Singhal said: “We are a significant minority stake holder in the venture. This will help brands reach customers by engaging with celebrities in the digital space.” Bullish on its potential, he added: “The total reach of the top 50 celebrities is close to 100 million which is 33 per cent of Indias internet population. Digital marketing spends are estimated to reach USD 2 billion by 2019 and if only 5 per cent is led by celebrities we estimate the market size to be USD 100 million.” AdLift CEO & Co-Founder Prashant Puri said Yral will help brands to connect with celebrities directly to leverage on their immense fan following bypassing multiple agencies. He said Yral will deliver the right audience and scalable reach to its advertisers by leveraging modern social media platforms of celebrities. Youwecan Ventures has so far invested in startups, including healthians.com, sportybeans.com, Cartisan, JetSetGo, Vyomo and Moovo. PTI RKL MR ABMadvertisementlast_img read more

Chris Carson Scores First NFL Touchdown as a Seattle Seahawk

first_imgChris Carson has been turning heads in Seattle since the 7th-round pick showed up in training camp. He beat out a handful of established backs for the starting role in Week 1 and has done nothing but improve each week since.On Sunday, in the Seahawks’ 33-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Carson scored his first career touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Russell Wilson.Let’s see that again from the rookie, @chriscarson29 ?#SEAvsTEN pic.twitter.com/9aUq21kaJU— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 24, 2017In his first two games, Carson racked up 132 yards on the ground, averaging 5.1 yards per carry and hauled in two catches for 17 yards. On Sunday, he rushed for 34 more yards and two catches including that TD.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Robertson denies he told Tierney to quit amid Arsenal links

first_imgLiverpool defender Andrew Robertson has dismissed claims he urged Scotland team-mate Kieran Tierney to quit Celtic for the sake of his career.Bhoys left-back Tierney has reportedly already been the subject of one failed £15 million ($19m) bid from Arsenal after helping Celtic complete an historic triple treble last season.Transfer consultant Ian McGarry claimed Tierney’s chat with Scotland colleague Robertson has convinced the 22-year-old he should pursue a move south of the border.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, he said: “The second thing that has changed for Kieran Tierney is speaking to his international team-mate Andy Robertson. Lot of rubbish  https://t.co/TYlzTNyA7o — Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) June 24, 2019  “Having won the Champions League at the end of last season, he’s told Tierney ‘look, don’t default your career for the sake of staying at the club you support’.”But Scotland skipper Robertson took to social media on Monday to distance himself from McGarry’s suggestion, quote tweeting an article about the subject with the post “lot of rubbish”. Celtic are reluctant to lose Tierney and the player still has four years remaining on his existing deal with the Scottish giants.Arsenal, though, are unlikely to be deterred as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his squad for next season after missing out on the Champions League.Tierney has played in a number of positions for Celtic, featuring at centre-back, centre-midfield and left-wing in addition to his most-natural left-back role. As well as reports linking him to north London, there have been some rumours of a reunion with Brendan Rodgers at Leicester as the former Hoops boss looks to put his own mark on the Fox’s squad. Robertson was released by Celtic at U15 level and but moved to fellow Glasgow club Queens Park where he went on to make his professional debut.The defender then blossomed after a move to Dundee United, and got a move south of the border to Hull City in 2014.After three season with the Tigers, Robertson moved to Anfield and has now emerged as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, helping Liverpool secure the strongest defensive record in the top flight last season as they finished runners-up to Manchester City.last_img read more

A Star SEC Quarterback Has Been Suspended For Week 1

first_imgA pylon at Mississippi State with teams lined up in the background.STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 21: The Mississippi State Bulldogs move down the field against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half of an NCAA football game at Davis Wade Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)One of the top quarterbacks in the country has been suspended for his team’s Week 1 game. The news of the suspension is fairly shocking.Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead announced this afternoon that his team’s starting QB, Nick Fitzgerald, will not be playing this weekend.Fitzgerald is one of the top quarterbacks in the country, coming off a really impressive 2017 season.He’s being suspended along with a couple of other players.Joe Moorhead announces Nick Fitzgerald has been suspended for the season opener against Stephen F. Austin— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) August 27, 2018Fitzgerald, a senior, has more than 4,000 career passing yards and 39 touchdowns. He’s rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns.His absence Week 1 likely won’t have much of an effect on Mississippi State’s chances, as the Bulldogs are taking on Stephen F. Austin.However, if Fitzgerald were to miss an extended period of time, that would be significant. Mississippi State is set to take on Kansas State in Manhattan Week 2. SEC play starts on Sept. 22.last_img read more

Iowa Player Makes Big Position Change

first_imgiowa players line up to run onto the field against nebraskaLINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: Players for the Iowa Hawkeyes line up to take the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Tyler Linderbaum joined the Iowa football program as a defensive tackle.Now, he may be the Hawkeyes’ center of the future.During preparation for Iowa’s Outback Bowl game against Mississippi State, Linderbaum made the move over to the other side of the line.By all accounts, it has taken quite well.The freshman was a three-star member of the Hawkeyes’ 2018 recruiting class, coming out of Solon High School in Iowa.247Sports‘ composite rankings had him at No. 409 overall in the class. He was ranked as the No. 28 defensive tackle in the country, and No. 2 recruit in Iowa.Tyler Linderbaum’s redshirt is intact, which means he could be a four-year starter at center for Iowa football.Offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz is pretty giddy about the results thus far, after some of the team’s bowl practices. From The Gazette:“I kind of felt like Jimmy Johnson on that,” Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz said Thursday. “I don’t know what they got back, but we got Linderbaum and that was pretty good.”That’s a reference to the trade former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson engineered with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings got running back Herschel Walker. The Cowboys got the building blocks to 1990s-era dominance.“I feel like he’s got some of the intangibles and on top some of the physical attributes that guys that have played well for us in the past at that position have had and he’s picked it up pretty quickly,” Ferentz said. “That’s a good start and we’re pretty excited about that.”Bowl games themselves are nice, especially those with large payouts. They’re also great experiences for players after a long season.Some coaches may argue that the 15 extra practices they give a team are the biggest benefit, though. Iowa is definitely making the most of its 15 practices this year.[The Gazette]last_img read more

Norsepower Secures Millions for Rotor Sail Solution

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Norsepower Finnish auxiliary wind propulsion systems’ provider Norsepower has secured a EUR 8 million (USD 8.8 million) investment that would support the expansion of the company’s Rotor Sail technology.The investment round was led by OGCI Climate Investments, along with current investors.As explained, the investment enables Norsepower to scale up production at its manufacturing facilities as part of a next phase of commercialization triggered by demand for its renewable wind energy propulsion systems.The increased take-up comes at a time when the international shipping industry looks to offset expensive fuel costs – that are likely to increase following the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap – and prepare for IMO GHG emissions targets in 2030 and 2050.“We are very excited to be partnering with OGCI Climate Investments on this initiative, which will leverage the expertise and capabilities of both organisations to scale our Rotor Sail Solution,” Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower, commented.“Importantly, this partnership will also allow Norsepower to deliver cleaner solutions for the oil tanker market as it strives to increase sustainability and decarbonise in its role as a critical vehicle for the world economy.”“Improving energy efficiency is fundamental to reducing carbon emissions. Norsepower’s Rotor Sail technology is an … immediately available solution that improves vessel efficiency, reducing fuel consumption. We look forward to working with Norsepower to deliver real impact to the shipping sector’s CO2 emissions,” Pratima Rangarajan, CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, said.The solution, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships without off-hire costs, is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically – optimising crew time and resource.To date, Norsepower’s Rotor Sails have been installed onboard three vessels, including Bore’s M/S Estraden, a 9,700 dwt RoRo carrier, Viking Line’s M/S Viking Grace, an LNG–fueled cruise ferry, and Maersk Tanker’s 110,000 dwt Maersk Pelican. Norsepower has also started the installation of a Rotor Sail to a hybrid ferry owned by Danish shipping company Scandlines.Since its establishment in November 2012, Norsepower has raised more than USD 24 million of funding. In addition to OGCI Climate Investments, European venture capital funds and private investors, Norsepower has been funded by the European Commission and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.Related:DNV GL Certifies Norsepower’s Auxiliary Wind Propulsion SolutionVideo: World’s 1st Ferry Fitted with Wind-Powered Rotor Saillast_img read more

ICC launches criiio campaign on eve of World Cup

first_imgDubai: The ICC Wednesday launched the criiio campaign on the eve of the men’s World Cup, bringing together 460 million people playing cricket globally to celebrate the magnificent diversity of cricket. The ICC asked the fans to join the social cricket tribe by sharing pictures and videos of where and how they play cricket across the world using the newly launched #criiio and visiting criiio.com. This builds on the success of the recent user-generated social media initiative #WorldWideWickets and is the first of a series of programs that will be launched by the ICC over the next 12 months. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “On the eve of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup which brings together the best ten teams and players in the world, we want to celebrate the nearly half a billion fans playing social cricket around the world,” said ICC Chief Executive, Manu Sawhney. “Criiio is a celebration of everyone playing cricket their way and world cricket wants to invite them into the criiio tribe. Cricket is for everyone, it is inexpensive, engaging, simple and fun, and we want to share all the different ways that the game is being played.” Around the world hundreds of millions of fans are playing cricket the way they like to on the beach, in a carpark or gully or their backyard. Criiio is a celebration of all the brilliant and unique ways people play the game which can be played anywhere, by anyone and at any time. The ICC World Cup begins Thursday with a clash between South Africa and England.last_img read more

Conservative leadership contenders make pitches for votes and for the party

first_imgTORONTO – The last time Conservative party faithful gathered en masse in Toronto it was to hear from former leader and prime minister Stephen Harper.On Friday, they met in the same location, this time to hear from the 13 people vying to replace him.Though voting has been underway for weeks and most ballots had already been cast — the winner will be announced Saturday night — some candidates still used their speeches Friday to make last-minute plays for votes.“The key question for this leadership campaign has been which of us can take the very best of those conservative policies that we all believe in and articulate them in a way that resonates with broader Canadians,” said Andrew Scheer, a Saskatchewan MP who is among the front-runners.“I reject the idea that in order to beat the Liberals we need to be more like them.”Another front runner, Maxime Bernier, said not much at all, letting a video of his supporters do most of the talking as they spoke about why they back his campaign and its central focus on removing government involvement in business.Others fine-tuned their messages; Michael Chong dropped all references to his plan for a price on carbon from his final speech, focusing instead on his economic promises.Lisa Raitt said what she wanted to ask for wasn’t votes, but party unity.“When we focus on providing an effective alternative to the Liberals, we govern,” she said.“When we focus on providing effective alternatives to each other, the Liberals get a free ride.”Attacks on the Liberals were a clear theme to all the speeches, starting with none other than the event’s master of ceremonies, Caroline Mulroney.The daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney was once rumoured to be seeking leadership herself.“Who would want to run for the dad’s old job?” she quipped, a dig at Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose father Pierre was also prime minister.Whomever does win the leadership is expected to sit down with caucus as soon as Monday morning to rally the troops and begin the long road to the 2019 election.The Conservatives saw themselves reduced to 99 seats in 2015 and all but shut out of urban Canada.Among their heaviest losses were in the Toronto-area, and it was there in the waning days of the last campaign the Tories held an event in the same Toronto Congress Centre they gathered in Friday.The hosts? The Ford brothers — Rob, the controversial mayor of the city and his brother Doug, who used their considerable electoral clout to rally the party for the final Ontario campaign spot of 2015.But that the notoriously tough-on-crime Harper would allow his campaign to be linked with the Fords, given Rob’s drug-using past, was seen by many at the time as an ill-conceived and last-ditch attempt to save Toronto seats.Harper would go on to lose the election, and resign as leader, just days later. He was the party’s first chief, elected easily in the 2004 leadership race, but chose not to attend the weekend event, though his son Ben was present.Many candidates have stood by Harper during this leadership race, taking issue not with him but with the party’s style in 2015.Erin O’Toole said what Conservatives need now isn’t a fixer, but a champion.“We need a strong and forward-thinking leader who respects our grassroots and builds a strong team that includes all voices in all parts of the country,” he said.Still, the populist passion the Ford brothers brought to bear that night in 2015 hasn’t dissipated entirely.Candidate Kellie Leitch was one of several contenders for leadership who campaigned using similar populist themes; indeed, for a time her campaign manager was the same person who helped Rob Ford secure his mayoral victory.For Leitch, the fact she could garner so much support for her platform positions on screening newcomers for Canadian values and a stricter immigration policy is proof Canadians want to be having those conversations.“Millions of Canadians say they are proud of their nation and they are proud of their values and they want them protected, she said in her speech.“But time and time again the elites have rejected that message — they have said to speak of values is to be intolerant.”Just over 259,000 people bought party memberships in order to be eligible to vote in the race. Polls will close at 4 p.m. E.T. on Saturday and the first results are expected shortly before six.last_img read more

WFF17 – INTERVIEW WITH KRIS BOOTH – DIRECTOR OF ORDINARY DAYS

first_img Login/Register With: DIRECTOR’S BIO: Kris Booth’s many short films have screened in film festivals all over the world (including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Sprockets (TIFFkids), Giffoni, Iran International, Montreal) winning numerous awards. His award winning feature, “At Home By Myself… With You” (2009) screened in festivals across Canada, and took Kris to Cannes as one of Telefilm’s selections for the 2010 Marché du Film. The film is distributed by Mongrel Media. Since 2011 Kris has been keeping busy working in television.FILM: Ordinary DaysDIRECTED BY: Kris Booth, Jordan Canning, Renuka Jeyapalan WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?I’m fascinated how we communicate with people and how we base our actions on that communication… or miscommunication. How that interaction with people changes us and sets us on a path that hopefully shows us who we really are, or can be.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?Letting go of my expectations of how I believed the film was going to be made. Learning to let go, and go with the flow.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESThe fact that there are 3 directors with 3 POV’s. also, the Thriller aspect, what happened to Cara.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?Jaws.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?Surfing? That sounds good.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Forgive yourself everyday and continue dreamingWHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?Jaws, Empire Strikes back and Raiders of the lost arc.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Point of ViewIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?Transformers, and I would add Heart, Character, and make it a metaphor for peace in the middle east.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)My mom, she is the strongest person I knowMy wife, she is the smartest and most loving person I knowMy Brother, he taught me that the more you pull yourself up the stronger you become.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 2, 2017, 9:30 PM – MYACGET YOUR TICKETS AT: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/film/ordinary-days/SYNOPSIS: Cara Cook is a bright, athletic, college student who disappears without a trace. Five days play out three times from a trio of perspectives; her spiraling parents, the troubled detective assigned to her case and finally, Cara herself.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Relay Station, SeedaylightProducers: Glenn Cockburn, Brian Robertson, Ramona Barckert, Bryce MitchellCast: Jacqueline Byers, Michael Xavier, Torri Higginson, Richard Clarkin, Joris JarskyCinematographer: Michael McLaughlinEditing: Aren HansenScreenplay: Ramona Barckert. Ordinary Days Jacqueline Byers Michael Xavier Joris Jarsky Torri Higginson Richard Clarkin Mena Massoud Kimberly Laferriere GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

13 Scary Canadian Films

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Lobby Card for Shivers scanned from an original set in the Northernstars Collection. Toronto, ON – Canadian horror movies rarely make it onto the curriculum for Canadian cinema studies, but nevertheless they occupy an important place in the canon. From The Mask, released in 1961, to the Resident Evil franchise, Canadian horror movies have broken new ground and box office records. The Mask was the first Canadian feature to be successfully released in the U.S.; Resident Evil: Afterlife became the highest-grossing Canadian movie worldwide. And while Canadian horror might be the orphan child of academia, it lives and thrives online and elsewhere. There are film festivals like Toronto After Dark and Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival and many others that include the latest Canadian films from the dark side, as well as multiple websites dedicated to the genre and its fan base appears alive and well, at least in cyberspace.I have chosen a sampling of 13 vintage and recent Canadian films for your Halloween viewing pleasure, from Bob Clark’s perennial favourite, Black Christmas, which some consider the first “slasher” film, to David Cronenberg’s early works, which earned him the reputation as the “Baron of Blood,” to offbeat zombie films Fido and Pontypool, to werewolves Poster scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.(My own personal favourite, David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, is the director’s masterful re-imaging of the 1958 original. Although it was shot in Toronto with Cronenberg’s regular creative team, it was financed by American producer/comedian Mel Brooks and does not qualify as a Canadian film.) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Black Christmas (1974) with Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea and Margot Kidder. As the holiday season approaches, one by one the residents of a sorority house are brutally slain by a heavy-breathing maniac armed with plastic wrap and some serious childhood traumas. The film acts as a somewhat less-than-graphic precursor to the impending run of slasher films in the later 1970s and 1980s (such as Friday the 13th and Halloween), offering a preview of conventions such as the prowling, subjective camera, menacing phone call from inside the house, the slaughter of sexy but dumb young women and the uncertain death of the killer. Black Christmas is a rarity among Canadian films. It was remade in 2006. In that version, the backstory of the killer is fleshed out with scenes of incest, cannibalism and butchery, which provide the only really interesting drama in this otherwise predictable chopping shop of a movie. Andrea Martin, who appeared as one of the sorority sisters in the original, is recast as the housemother, a part that went to Olivia Hussey in the original. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Morocco participates in workshop on fight against transnational threats in Sahel

Dakar – A workshop on “the fight against transnational threats in the Sahel” kicked off Monday in Dakar with the participation of a number of experts and specialists from several international and regional organizations as well as several countries including Morocco.Initiated by the African Centre for Strategic Studies (ACSS), the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, the Senegalese government, this five-day seminar will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss different strategic approaches to fight transnational threats in the region.This meeting, which is also supported by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM ) and the Center for Strategic Studies of the Middle East and the South Asia, also seeks to examine the nature, scope and implications of transnational threats, and to identify and assess the strengths and weaknesses of national, regional and international initiatives on the matter. Speaking at the opening session of the workshop, to resume behind closed doors, Senegalese Interior Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo, said the challenges in the Sahel region pose a real danger and a threat to international peace and security.“The Sahel is still witnessing multifaceted crises which makes it a breeding ground for criminal networks of all kinds, often maintained by terrorist organizations,” he recalled, noting that such a situation makes the countries of the region increasingly vulnerable to insecurity, resulting from various transnational illicit trafficking, mainly of people, drugs and weapons. read more

Security Council concerned over precarious progress made in West Africa

10 July 2009The Security Council today voiced its concern over the fragile democratic and economic progress achieved in West Africa, which continues to face grave challenges ranging from coups d’état to organized crime. The 15-member body said in a press statement that it welcomes positive steps made towards post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding, but said that “the resurgence of unconstitutional changes of government” and “undemocratic seizures of power” are very worrying.Briefing the Council earlier this week, Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, pointed out that all recent unconstitutional changes on the continent – with the exception of Madagascar – have occurred in West African nations such as Mauritania and Niger.In its statement today, the Council reiterated the “importance of expeditiously restoring constitutional order including through open and transparent elections.”Illicit drug trafficking and other criminal activities also threaten peace and stability in the region, with the value of trafficked goods in some cases exceeding the gross domestic product (GDP) of West African nations, which are among the world’s poorest. For example, the income derived from illegally selling oil or trafficking cocaine, worth $1 billion annually each, rivals the GDP of Cape Verde and Sierra Leone, according to a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).An “approach of shared responsibility” is crucial to addressing the problem, the Council said, welcoming efforts undertaken by West African nations, especially the regional action plan of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).It also welcomed this week’s launch of a new initiative, which seeks to address West Africa’s porous borders, weak governance and corruption, which have been allowed traffickers to operate in a climate of impunity.Called the West Africa Coast Initiative, it is a partnership among UNODC, the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), along with the ECOWAS and Interpol.Today’s statement also voiced concern over the impact of the global economic downturn on West Africa, given that the region is already tackling obstacles such as food insecurity, climate change and youth unemployment.“The Council encourages continued engagement of financial institutions and development partners to mitigate the adverse effects of the decline in economic growth and other destabilizing factors in West Africa,” it added.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) nations this morning in L’Aquila, Italy, that Africa’s relative isolation from capital markets has not shielded it from the effects of the global recession, cautioning that development progress on the continent is in jeopardy.Africa’s chances of meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, are in peril, he said, adding that “the economic and financial crisis has set us back several years.” read more

New guidelines to measure health published by UN agency

In a statement issued in Geneva, WHO said 191 countries had accepted The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – or ICF — as the international standard to describe and measure health and disability. Using the ICF framework, the UN agency estimates that as much as 500 million healthy life years are lost each year due to disability associated with health conditions. “This is more than half the years that are lost annually due to premature death,” the statement said. While traditional health indicators are based on the death rates of populations, the ICF shifts focus to “life” – how people live with their health conditions and how these can be improved to achieve a productive, fulfilling life. It has implications for medical practice, for law and social policy to improve access and treatment, and for the protection of the rights of individuals and groups. “ICF changes our understanding of disability, which is presented not as a problem of a minority group, nor just of people with a visible impairment or in a wheelchair,” the statement said, noting that the Classification provided a mechanism to document the impact of the social and physical environment on a person’s functioning. For example, when a person with a serious disability finds it difficult to work in a particular building because it does not provide ramps or elevators, the ICF identifies the needed focus of an intervention, i.e. that the building should include those facilities and not that the person be forced out of the job because of an inability to work. The new publication puts all disease and health conditions on an equal footing, irrespective of their cause, taking into account that a person may not be able to attend work because of a cold or angina, but also because of depression. “This neutral approach puts mental disorders on a par with physical illness and has contributed to the recognition and documentation of the world-wide burden of depressive disorders, which is currently the leading cause, worldwide, of life years lost due to disability,” WHO said. The ICF is the result of a seven-year effort involving 65 countries and rigorous scientific studies to ensure that it is applicable across cultures, age groups and genders. read more

Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Bermans wife

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 2:36 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cafe no longer being probed in death of Chris Berman’s wife HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut officials say they have closed an investigation of a restaurant after finding no violations in connection with a car crash that killed the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman.The state Liquor Control Division investigated whether 67-year-old Katherine Berman was served alcohol at the Good News Cafe in Woodbury before the May 9 crash. Officials announced Thursday that no violations were found.Restaurant owner Carole Peck said the cafe was closed on the day of the accident.State police and liquor control officials are still investigating the crash.Katherine Berman, of Cheshire, was killed when her vehicle hit the rear of an SUV and flipped over in Woodbury. The 87-year-old SUV driver also died.The results of toxicology tests on Katherine Berman have not been released. read more

Big changes to Big Ten divisions

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines, two of college football’s fiercest rivals, could meet one another in the Big Ten Football Championship Game at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season. That will no longer be a possibility in 2014, when OSU and Michigan will be realigned to the same division of the Big Ten, according to a report from ESPN. ESPN reported that the conference plans to vote this week to approve a new divisional alignment when the conference expands to 14 teams from 12 in 2014, along with new division names and an expansion of the conference schedule. Under the reported alignment, the often-criticized Legends and Leaders division names will be replaced by geographic designations East and West. OSU and Michigan will both be placed in the East division along with Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana and the conference’s two new additions, Maryland and Rutgers. The West division will consist of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin, according to the report. Brett McMurphy, one of the reporters who broke the story for ESPN, told The Lantern in an email that “it’s not surprising” the conference plans to change the names of its divisions because of negative feedback to those names. “(With) the fact you could split the league in half geographically, it was a fairly easy decision,” McMurphy said. “I think it’s a great long-term decision to split the divisions into East and West.” McMurphy said he does not believe rivalries or competitive balance played a role in the restructuring of the Big Ten but was simply based upon geography. “Some would argue that East is much stronger than West (in college football), but in all conferences one division is usually stronger than the other,” McMurphy said. During a February interview with The Lantern, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said there was a “real lean toward geography” in realigning the conference for 14 teams but added that both he and Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon thought it would be “beneficial to the conference” to have both teams in the same division. The Big Ten did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. OSU football historian Jack Park said in February he thought it would be a positive for the Big Ten to have OSU and Michigan in the same division. “I really think it would be good to do that,” Park said. “I think you’re going to have enough balance with the other good teams that wouldn’t be a problem, although maybe some of the other teams that are in that particular division wouldn’t like that (playing in the same division as both OSU and Michigan).” Not all fans are in favor of OSU and Michigan being on the same side of the conference. “If we (OSU) had a chance to be in a (Big Ten) championship game against them, that would be probably the ultimate game,” said Alex Davidson, a second-year in agricultural engineering. ESPN also reports that the Big Ten plans to expand its conference football game schedule to nine games from eight, which would allow each team to play all six teams in its division plus three from the opposite division each year. Smith said in February that the conference was considering expansion to either a nine- or 10-game conference schedule, but a nine-game schedule was more realistic for the purposes of scheduling stronger non-conference opponents. “We have to have seven home games for our local budget, so there’s a management issue there if you go to 10,” Smith said. “Nine gives us that flexibility to do that, and schedule up, which is what we were doing. Under the proposed schedule expansion, Big Ten teams would alternate between playing five conference games at home and four conference games on the road, and five on the road and four at home, each year. By limiting the schedule expansion to only nine games, Big Ten teams can still schedule a non-conference game on the road in years when they have five conference games and still have seven home games. read more

Death row inmate Smallie and coaccused Catty on trial for businessmans

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Smallie”, Nero appear in High Court for businessman’s murder chargeOctober 18, 2017In “Court”Murder accused “Smallie”, Nero to know fate soonFebruary 19, 2019In “Court”Murder accused “Catty” and “Smallie” to know fate soonFebruary 4, 2019In “Court” After nearly 12 years of being behind bars amid trial delays, death row inmate Mark Royden Williams, called “Smallie” along with Sherwin Nero, also known as “Catty” appeared again at the High Court today (Thursday) where a jury was finally empaneled to hear the case regarding the murder of businessman Kumar Singh, called “Mango Man”.Reports were on that fateful night, four gunmen invaded Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara home during which the businessman was shot and killed.It was in July 2008 that the two suspects were initially charged for the crime. Heavy security was once again visible at court during this week’s hearings.As they denied the killing, a 12-member jury was empaneled before Justice James Bovell-Drakes who will preside over the matter.Attorneys Nigel Hughes and Ashley Henry are representing the defendants who had argued that their matter had not been heard in reasonable time as the Constitution mandates.Williams had escaped prison in July 2017 after being sentenced to death in February for the 2008 Bartica massacre. read more

Man arrested in connection with Robert McCartney murder

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have arrested a man in connection with the murder of Robert McCartney in 2005.PSNI detectives arrested the 51-year-old in Jonesborough in Armagh this morning and searched a property in the area.The man has been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.Robert McCartney was beaten and stabbed to death in Belfast in January 2005 after an altercation in a pub in the city.After his death his family went public with their fears that republican paramilitaries were intimidating witnesses and pressuring them not to give evidence about the murder amid claims that the IRA had been involved in his killing.The IRA denied that any involvement in the killing but expelled three of its members shortly afterwards.McCartney’s sisters campaigned for witnesses to speak out and for the truth to come out about the death of their brother. The case put pressure on Sinn Féin at the time as allegations surfaced that the party were involved in obstructing efforts to bring the killers to justice.last_img read more

Turtle Underpass Saves Dozens of Lives Each Year

first_img Why did the turtle cross the road?If it lives near Stevens Point, Wis., it probably didn’t.A Testudine tunnel under Highway 66 offers safe passage for the shelled animals navigating between a local wetlands area and pond.The joint project—by the state departments of Transportation and Natural Resources, as well as the nearby University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus—was installed in 2016.Three years later, the unique underpass has saved the lives of dozens—maybe even hundreds—of turtles. It’s also made the busy thoroughfare safer for human drivers, too.Trafficked by logging trucks, commuters, and family cars, the 55-mph roadway was once a hotpot for turtle mortality, according to Wisconsin Public Radio. A busy intersection next to a hydroelectric dam was a particularly grim spot.A logging truck passes over the turtle underpass on Highway 66 in Wisconsin (via Rob Mentzer/WPR)“There are a lot of (traffic) conflicts without turtles being added to the mix,” biologist Pete Zani told WPR. “Now you add a 30-pound snapping turtle sitting in the middle of the roadway, not budging, and you have a problem.”A herpetologist and professor at UW-Stevens Point, Zani worked with biologists to help design the tunnel—plus a study that would track terrapin fatalities on the road.As of April, only 40 turtles have been killed on the road since 2016.“We went from a really high number,” Zani said, citing 66 turtle deaths in 2015 alone, “to something that in some years is barely reaching double digits.”An initial snag in the design meant the reptiles didn’t recognize the tunnel as a risk-free alternative to getting their kicks on Route 66; all they saw was a dark, uninviting hole.Fencing and a tunnel under Highway 66 in Wisconsin help turtles cross the road safely (via Rob Mentzer/WPR)So Zani added shiny aluminum flashing (often used for weatherproofing) at each entrance, as well as above-tunnel grates to provide extra sunlight.It worked: Turtles have been traveling under the road ever since.Unfortunately, word doesn’t seem to have spread about the crawl space. While some 30 percent of snapping turtles and 20 percent of painted turtles successfully made it through, those numbers haven’t changed year over year.“It doesn’t look like the turtles are learning the tunnel is the way to go,” Zani explained. “They either get it or they don’t.”Or maybe they’re just put off by the other critters frequenting the path, which reportedly also attracts rodents, house cats, mink, skunks, raccoons, and other animals.More on Geek.com:Sea Turtle With Spear Through Head Found in Florida National ParkOfficer Snaps Selfie With Turtle ‘Detained’ For Holding Up TrafficVeterinarians Build LEGO Wheelchair for Turtle Missing Both Back Legs Stay on target Officer Snaps Selfie With Turtle ‘Detained’ for Holding Up Traffic Veterinarians Build Lego Wheelchair for Turtle Missing Both Back Legs last_img read more

Payet hailed Griezmanns impact

first_imgMarseille and Atletico Madrid are about to face in the Europa League final and Dimitri Payet praised his national team teammate Antoine Griezmann as he is the key man for the Spanish side.Griezmann has scored 27 goals this season so far and he helped his team to climb to the second place in the domestic league and to reach the Europa League final – and Payet knows that his team will have to stop him somehow.The former West Ham player spoke about Griezmann’s qualities as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“Grizou is their mister plus. He scores goals and creates them.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“He’s capable of making the difference at any given moment and we’ll have to keep an eye on him the way you would on your milk if you were boiling it.”“They have the experience but we’ve studied our opponents and we’ll know how to take them on.”“We might not be able to play beautiful football throughout but the main thing is to score one more goal than them.”last_img read more