Local Filmmakers Selected for First Feature Project

first_imgLocal producer Richard MacQueen and writer/director Michael Ray Fox are closer to creating their first feature film after being selected as the recipients of the First Feature Project. The project, a collaboration between Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm Canada, funds a producer, director, writer team to make their first feature film. Mr. MacQueen and his team will receive $110,000 in production financing from the Canada Feature Film Fund and Film Nova Scotia Funding. “Michael and I are honored to receive this award to produce the film Roaming,” said Mr. MacQueen. “I believe this award is a great way for emerging writers and producers to bridge the often overwhelming gap into the feature film arena. I would really like to thank the staff at Film Nova Scotia and Telefilm for this opportunity.” The announcement was made Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Atlantic Film Festival Awards reception. Roaming follows the story of William Borchert, a reclusive, partially autistic young man who hasn’t left his house in four years. After finishing university through correspondence and deciding to move out, he runs into his old high school friend Olivia. The rekindling of their friendship helps William learn to deal with his condition, his past and a hopeful future. Applications for the inaugural project were evaluated by a jury with representatives from Film Nova Scotia, Telefilm Canada and the Toronto International Film Festival. “This project allows us to cultivate and encourage the talent in Nova Scotia,” said Film Nova Scotia president and CEO Ann MacKenzie. “Working together allows us to leverage our resources and respond to a need in Nova Scotia’s film industry,” said Telefilm Canada regional director Gord Whittaker. Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund’s programs. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.last_img read more

India remained developing nation as we lack entrepreneurship mindset Sisodia

first_imgNEW DELHI: For years India remained a developing nation but could not become a developed country because the country did not have the mindset of entrepreneurship, described Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Thursday. “In my childhood I learned that there are three types of nations, developed, developing and underdeveloped. My teachers told me that India is a developing country but in a few years it will become a developed country. Today, teachers teach the same. India remained a developing country because we lack entrepreneurship mindset,” he said. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkIn an interaction with the teachers about the newly launched Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum, the Deputy CM who also holds the portfolio of the Education Minister, explained the need of this curriculum and how this is different from CBSE’s entrepreneurship skill curriculum. “In this curriculum, we do not want to give the training of marketing or how to make a good business model and other skills. Our goal is to make the mindset of students to be an entrepreneur. We want that a student should have the confidence that if or she does not get a job then he or she would have started their own business,” said the Education Minister. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsHe also explained that such an important mindset could not be made in in the college or university, school life is the ideal for that. “I believe that change the perception of life and to make a strong mindset, class 9-12 is the best time, therefore, we are giving the training of entrepreneurship mindset in these classes,” said Deputy CM Sisodia. Explaining how this mindset will change the life of these students and the nation, the education minister discussed the issue of unemployment. “India has become an economy of job seekers and salary based people. The best brains which are produced by India are serving the other countries and bringing home just the salary. The entrepreneurship mindset will make people work independently and make them self-sufficient. This will bring down and finish the unemployment problem,” he said. The framework of entrepreneurship curriculum was approved by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) in its governing council meeting chaired by the Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia. The entrepreneurship curriculum will be based on activity and there would be no evaluation, examination and books for the curriculum. It will be based on syllabus and learning sessions. The entrepreneurship curriculum will be taught from classes 9 to 12 to equip the students to face in a better way the challenges of life after education.last_img read more

March Of Dimes To Honor Jennifer Hudson At Celebration Of Babies

first_imgMarch Of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, is pleased to announce the 2016 honorees for the sixth annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon, taking place December 9th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.The 2016 honorees include Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Jody Gerson and Mary Kerr, M.D. for their various contributions to the cause. Celebration of Babies is co-chaired by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, and his wife Joi, along with producer Wyck Godfrey.March of Dimes Celebration of Babies will bring together celebrities and prominent individuals in the entertainment community who care about the health of moms and babies. For the first time in eight years, the rate of premature birth in the U.S. has increased, driven by worsening rates among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas, across the country. The preterm birth rate among Black women is 48% higher than all other women. In addition to the unfair toll on mothers and babies, preterm birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in avoidable medical and societal costs in the United States. Prematurity affects 15,000,000 babies each year globally and nearly one million of them die before their first birthday. March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, with a mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.Grammy and Academy-Award winner Jennifer Hudson will receive the 2016 March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award, which recognizes her commitment to help families and give all babies the healthiest start in life. From humble beginnings, Hudson rocketed to worldwide acclaim with her acting and music recording career. Her memorable roles have garnered her numerous honors and awards over the years, including Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Awards. Hudson has also made a global impact through her extensive philanthropic work, championing children, women’s issues and poverty around the world.“It’s such an honor to be recognized with the March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award,” said Hudson. “I’ve been privileged to have gone through a healthy pregnancy with my son, but I know it’s not like that for everyone. Having healthy and happy babies is every mother’s wish. But in the United States, premature birth is the number one cause of death of babies. I’m proud to support March of Dimes in their ongoing commitment to healthy pregnancies and families, striving for a world where every baby has a fair chance.”Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group, will be honored by March of Dimes as the 2016 Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother.“I am delighted to be honored as the March of Dimes Inspiring Woman of the Year and represent working parents everywhere,” said Gerson. “March of Dimes continues to make a huge impact in communities across the world to prevent birth defects and fight premature births, and as a mother of three children, I am an advocate of their invaluable work.”Dr. Mary Kerr, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, will be honored with the 2016 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award, for her dedication and special interest in caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies. She has been honored as one of the top Obstetrician and Gynecologists in America and is a faculty member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Los Angeles Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, the American Women’s Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Kerr is also a national honoree for United Cerebral Palsy for her work with embryonic stem cell collection and Special Needs Network LA, which provides needs for low-income families of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.“I am thrilled to be receiving the March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award,” said Kerr. “I witness the reality of preterm births and infant mortality every day in my practice, and have seen an increase in late preterm births, especially among Black and Hispanic women. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, chronic lung disease, blindness and hearing loss. March of Dimes leads the charge with ground-breaking transdisciplinary research centers as well as promoting and educating medical professionals and the public about the best practices for a healthy pregnancy. I am an avid supporter of their continued campaign to raise awareness and fight prematurity.”President of Universal Pictures Jimmy Horowitz and producer Wyck Godfrey serve as Celebration of Babies event chairs, alongside their wives.“Honoring Jennifer and Jody this year is a dream come true for everyone involved with the Celebration of Babies and I’m confident March of Dimes can count on another year of generosity from Hollywood at the luncheon,” said Horowitz. “As parents of a premature baby, Joi and I know the importance of building a world of healthier moms and babies, and are proud to be longtime supporters.”Godfrey added, “I’m proud that our industry has been so quick to get involved in this important cause and I want to thank this year’s honorees and March of Dimes for their tireless efforts that make this special event possible.”Returning again this year, Nick Cannon will serve as master of ceremonies for the exclusive luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Event co-chairs include: Shelli and Irving Azoff, Catherine and Marty Bowen, Kate and Paul Brooks, Sir Lucian Grainge and Lady Caroline Grainge, Paula Kaplan and Billy Goldberg, Lisa Kasteler, Chris Meledandri, Graehme Morphy, Ronald O. Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman, Daniel Seah, Damien Smith, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.Host committee members include: Michele Anthony, Steve Barnett, Steve Berman, Lauren and Jason Blum, Liza Chasin and Matthew Velkes, Marc Cimino, Jeff Frasco, Alex and Brad Fuller, Risa Gertner, Jeff Harleston, LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, John Janick, John Josephson, Michelle Jubelirer, Alicia Keys, Ashley and David Kramer, David Lande, Avery Lipman, Monte Lipman, Richard Lovett, Elizabeth Matthews, Boyd Muir, Deborah Newmyer, Mike O’Neill, Gavin Polone, Terry Press, Anna Rawson and Ted Chervin, Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon, Jackie and Adam Sandler, Erika Rose Santoro, Will Tanous, Talin and Scott Tenley, and Carrie and Bill Zotti.Past honorees include 2015 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jessica Alba; and 2015 Inspiring Woman of the Year Bela Bajaria, President of Universal Television. New in 2015 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award Michele Hakakha, M.D.; 2014 Grace Kelly Award recipient Elizabeth Banks; 2014 Inspiring Woman of the Year Elizabeth Gabler, President FOX 2000; 2013 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jennifer Lopez; 2013 Inspiring Woman of the Year, Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks; 2012 Grace Kelly Award recipient Reese Witherspoon; 2012 Inspiring Woman of the Year Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon Group; 2011 Grace Kelly Award recipient Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures; and Stork Club Ambassador Molly Sims.Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon is the top fundraising special event for March of Dimes and raised a record $1,453,000 in 2015. Since the inaugural event in 2011, Celebration of Babies has helped raise awareness of March of Dimes and the preterm birth health crisis while raising nearly $5,700,000 to help give every baby a fighting chance.last_img read more

Will misconduct scandals make men wary of women at work

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Some women, and men, worry the same climate that’s emboldening women to speak up about sexual misconduct could backfire by making some men wary of female colleagues.Forget private meetings and get-to-know-you dinners. Beware of banter. Think twice before a high-ranking man mentors a young female staffer.“I have already heard the rumblings of a backlash: ‘This is why you shouldn’t hire women,’” Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a recent post .“So much good is happening to fix workplaces right now. Let’s make sure it does not have the unintended consequence of holding women back,” said Sandberg, author of the working women’s manifesto “Lean In.”Ana Quincoces, a Miami-based attorney and entrepreneur who owns her own food line, says her business and its success involves working mostly with men, and sales and other activities are often concluded over lunch or drinks. Those opportunities, she says, are dwindling, because many of the men she knows through her business “are terrified.”“There’s a feeling of this wall that wasn’t there that is suddenly up because they don’t know what’s appropriate anymore — it’s disconcerting,” Quincoces said. “I feel that they’re more careful, more formal in their relationships with co-workers. And I can’t say I blame them, because what’s happened is pervasive. Every day there’s a new accusation.”She said many of the men she knows are now avoiding one-on-one social occasions that were normal in the past.“This is going to trickle down into all industries. … It’s going to become the new normal,” Quincoces said. “It’s a good thing because women are not afraid anymore, but on the other side, it’s a slippery slope.”Americans were already edgy about male-female encounters at work: A New York Times/Morning Consult poll of 5,300 men and women last spring found almost two-thirds thought workers should be extra careful around opposite-sex colleagues, and around a quarter thought private work meetings between men and women were inappropriate.But in a season of outcry over sexual misconduct, some men are suddenly wondering whether they can compliment a female colleague or ask about her weekend. Even a now-former female adviser to the head of Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party suggested on Facebook that men would stop talking to women altogether because of what she portrayed as overblown sexual misconduct claims.Certain managers are considering whether to make sure they’re never alone with a staffer, despite the complications of adding a third person in situations like performance reviews, says Philippe Weiss, who runs the Chicago-based consultancy Seyfarth Shaw at Work.Philadelphia employment lawyer Jonathan Segal says some men are declaring they’ll just shut people out of their offices, rather than risk exchanges that could be misconstrued.“The avoidance issue is my biggest concern, because the marginalization of women in the business world is at least as big a problem as harassment,” Segal says. A recent report involving 222 North American companies found the percentage of women drops from 47 per cent at the entry level to 20 per cent in the C suite.Vice-President Mike Pence has long said he doesn’t have one-on-one meals with any woman except his wife and wants her by his side anywhere alcohol is served, as part of the couple’s commitment to prioritizing their marriage. The guidelines have “been a blessing to us,” the Republican told Christian Broadcasting Network News in an interview this month.Employment attorneys caution that it can be problematic to curb interactions with workers because of their gender, if the practice curtails their professional opportunities. W. Brad Johnson, a co-author of a book encouraging male mentors for women, says limiting contact sends a troubling message.“If I were unwilling to have an individual conversation with you because of your gender, I’m communicating ‘you’re unreliable; you’re a risk,’” says Johnson, a U.S. Naval Academy psychology professor.Jessica Proud, a communications professional and Republican political consultant in New York City, said it would be wrong if this national “day of reckoning” over sexual misconduct resulted in some men deciding not to hire, mentor or work with women. She recalled a campaign she worked on where she was told she couldn’t travel with the candidate because of how it might look.“I’m a professional, he’s a professional. Why should my career experience be limited?” she said. “That’s just as insulting in a lot of ways.”___Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik in New York, David Klepper in Albany, N.Y. and Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.last_img read more

Lawsuits ramp up pressure on family that owns opioid company

first_imgThe legal pressure on the family behind the painkiller OxyContin intensified this week and is likely to grow.The Sackler family came under scrutiny when a legal filing in Massachusetts detailed how family members and other Purdue Pharma executives sought to push prescriptions for the drug and downplay its addiction risks.A lawyer who has sued the family on behalf of New York’s Suffolk County says he expects similar claims against family members to be added to hundreds of lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for an opioid crisis.Documents used in the claims could also be used in more than 1,000 suits against the drug industry that have been consolidated under a federal judge.Purdue has blasted the accusations as an attempt to vilify the company.Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Only 13 out of the total 173 candidates fighting LS polls in

first_imgNew Delhi: Only 13 out of the total 173 candidates fighting the Lok Sabha election in Delhi are women, putting their share among the total number of contestants at a dismal seven per cent. Each of the major political parties – Congress, BJP and Aam Aadmi Party – has fielded only one woman candidate in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. In 2014, 150 candidates contested the Lok Sabha polls from the national capital, of which 13 were women. Also Read – Court grants Rs 35L to doctor who suffered disability of legs in road accident Of the 13, only one — Meenakshi Lekhi of the BJP — got elected. In 2009, out of 160 candidates, 18 women contested and only one got elected. The Congress has fielded its veteran leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the BJP and the AAP have named lawyer-politician Lekhi and Atishi Marlena respectively in the contest. Nominations of 173 candidates have been found valid for the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. As many as 349 candidates filed nominations from April 16 till Tuesday, the last date to file the nomination papers. Also Read – BJP plans blitzkrieg of rallies in Gurugram and Faridabad In Delhi, there are over 1.43 crore voters, and of these, 64 lakh are eligible women voters while there are 72 lakh male voters. Besides, there are 669 voters who belong to the third gender. Three-time chief minister Dikshit will contest from North-East seat against state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and AAP’s Dilip Pandey while BJP’s incumbent Lekhi will face Congress’ Ajay Maken and Aam Aadmi Party’s Brijesh Goyal in the New Delhi parliamentary constituency. The AAP has pitted Marlena against cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and former Delhi minister and senior Congress leader Arvinder on the east Delhi seat. There are ten women candidates who are fighting elections either as an independent or on behalf of little known parties. Deepti Chopra from Prism Party, Richa Katiyar Kanaujia from Right to Recall Party and Suman Devi from Bharat Lok Sewak party are in the fray for the electoral battle from Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency. There is only woman candidate — Dikshit — from North-East constituency. From East Delhi seat, Atishi Marlena, Deepti Nadella from Pyramid Party of India and Neeru Mongia of Prism Party are fighting elections. Priyanka, an independent candidate, and BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi are in the fray for the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. Aditi is contesting elections from North-West Delhi seat as an independent while Poonam has filed her nomination on behalf of People’s Party of India from West Delhi. South Delhi Lok Sabha constituency has two women candidates — Suman Yadav from Jai Maha Bharath Party and Sumedha Bodh from Jan Samman Party — who will be taking on Congress’ Vijender Singh, BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri and AAP’s Raghav Chadha.last_img read more

VIDEO A Teacher in Besieged Aleppo Says His Final Good Byes

Casablanca — In a heartbreaking and harrowing video, a Syrian teacher in besieged Aleppo says his final good byes as Assad’s forces close in on the city. In the AJ+ video above, Professor Abdulkafi Alhamdo tells viewers:“Assad’s militias are maybe 300 meters away no place now to go. It’s the last days. Really, I hope you can do something for Aleppo people. for my daughter. For the other children. I hope you can do something to stop the expected massacres Don’t believe anymore in the United Nations. Don’t believe anymore in the international community. Don’t think that they are not satisfied with what’s going on. They are satisfied that we are being killed. Russia doesn’t want us to go out alive. They want us dead. Assad is the same. Exactly yesterday there were many celebration on the other part of Aleppo. They were celebrating on our bodies. It’s OK, this is life. But at least we know that we were free people. We wanted freedom. We didn’t want anything else but freedom. I hope you can remember us. I don’t know. Thank you very much.”Syrians across besieged Aleppo are saying their last good byes via social media. Another social media user, Lina Shamy, tweeted out her plea:To everyone who can hear me!#SaveAleppo#SaveHumanity pic.twitter.com/cbExEMKqEY— Lina shamy (@Linashamy) December 12, 2016In the video, she says:“To everyone who can hear me: we are here exposed to a genocide in the besieged city of Aleppo. This may be my last video. More than 50,000 of civilians who rebelled against dictator Al Assad are threatened with field executions or dying under bombing. According to activists, more than 180 people have been field executed in the areas that regime have recently took control on by Assad gangs and militias that control them. The civilians are stuck in a very small area that doesn’t exceed 2 square kilometers with no safe zone, no life. Every bomb is a new massacre. Save Aleppo. Save humanity.” read more

CPP Investment Board to buy Houston office REIT for 12 billion

TORONTO — Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced a deal Friday to buy a Houston-based real estate investment trust for US$1.2 billion.Under the agreement, shareholders of Parkway Inc. will receive a total of US$23.05 per share, including a $4 special dividend to be paid before the deal closes.Parkway owns a portfolio of 19 office buildings in Houston.PSP Investments seeking Asia base but London remains key hub despite Brexit fears: CEOCPPIB says Parkway fits well with its long-term real estate strategy and gives it additional scale in the Texas city.The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, subject to approval from Parkway’s shareholders.Private equity firm TPG Capital and its affiliates, which own 9.8 per cent of Parkway’s common stock, have agreed to support the deal.09:35ET 30-06-17 read more

Resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC passed without a vote

The resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was passed without a vote in Geneva today.The resolution ‘A/HRC/34/L.1’ was passed with 36 additional co-sponsors. The draft text states: Titled “Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” the resolution gives Sri Lanka two years to show more progress on implementing the 2015 resolution on Sri Lanka. The resolution was submitted by the United States with Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland the main sponsors and Sri Lanka a co-sponsor. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, speaking on behalf of Sri Lanka said that his Government deeply appreciated the understanding shown by all, and support for Sri Lanka’s processes for promoting reconciliation, justice, and human rights, towards enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans.“On January 8th 2015, we made a promise to our people that we will engage and work with all stakeholders including our friends and partners, to uphold human rights, establish rule of law, end impunity, strengthen democracy and good governance, and create the stability and peace required in our country for the prosperity of all our people. We thank the international community for their continued support in this journey. We thank them for placing their faith in our government, and our people, and for walking with us at our side, as we strive to establish ‘Sri Lankan Government-led processes’ with international assistance, engagement and support for the benefit of all our citizens, without discrimination,” he said.The Deputy Foreign Minister said that Sri Lanka looks to the continued support of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and his Office. Welcomes the positive engagement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the High Commissioner and the Office of the High Commissioner since October 2015, as well as the relevant special procedure mandate holders, and encourages the continuation of that engagement in the promotion and protection of human rightsand truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka; (updated OP2 from HRC/30/1) Reaffirming the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, (PP1 HRC/30/1) Guided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights and other relevant instruments, (PP2 HRC/30/1) Reaffirming Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, (NEW)  Requeststhe Office of the High Commissioner and relevant special procedure mandate holders, in consultation with and with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka, to strengthen their advice and technical assistance on the promotion and protection of human rights and truth, justice, reconciliation and accountability in Sri Lanka; (updated OP19 from HRC/30/1) Recalling Human Rights Council resolutions 19/2 of 22 March 2012, 22/1 of 21 March 2013, 25/1 of 27 March 2014, (PP3 HRC/30/1) Reaffirming that it is the responsibility of each State to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population, (PP5 HRC/30/1)Reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, (PP4 HRC 30/1) Welcoming the visits to Sri Lanka from 6 to9 February 2016 by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and from 31 August to2 September2016 by the United Nations Secretary-General,(NEW) Welcoming also the visit from 9 to 18 November 2015 by the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances, the visit from 26 January to 2 February 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, the joint visit from 29 April to 9 May 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers and the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the visit from 10 to 20 October 2016 by the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, (NEW) Welcoming the steps taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to implement Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 of 1 October 2015,and recognizing in this context, the need for further significant progress,Takes Note with Appreciation the comprehensive report presented by the United Nations High Commissioner to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-fourth session, as requested by the Human Rights Council in its resolution 30/1, and requests the Government of Sri Lanka to fully implement themeasures identified in Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 that are outstanding; (updated OP1 from HRC/30/1) The United States thanked Sri Lanka, the fellow core group members, the United Kingdom, Macedonia, and Montenegro, and all other member states and stakeholders for their cooperative engagement on the resolution.“This resolution reflects our continued strong commitment to peace, justice, and reconciliation for all the people of Sri Lanka. It recognizes both the important steps that Sri Lanka has taken toward protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, and also the need for full implementation of remaining steps to ensure the consolidation of these protections,” the US delegation in Geneva said. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner to continue to assess progress on the implementation of its recommendations and other relevant processes related to reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, and to present a written update to the Human Rights Council at its thirty-seventh session, and a comprehensive report followed by discussion on the implementation of resolution 30/1 at its fortieth session.(updated OP18 from HRC/30/1)(Colombo Gazette) read more

Fennelly Report finds almost total ignorance at higher garda ranks of secret

first_img Martin Callinan was garda commissioner when the recordings came to light and current Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan was one of his deputies. 15,879 Views Fennelly Report finds ‘almost total ignorance’ at higher garda ranks of secret recordings The full report has just been published and is 742 pages long. The report has, however, been critical of how fears about the system expressed during installation were not acted upon.“The failure to draw up any formal set of rules or protocols governing the operation andmanagement of the DAT recording system is surprising and unfortunate,” the report found.This commission was established just over three years ago to examine the taping of phone calls at garda stations.Although the practice of recording was known, the systematic nature of it was not.It came about during the discovery process for Ian Bailey’s case against the State over his arrest for the Sophie Toscan Du Plantier murder.Read: Another garda report is dropping today. This is what you need to know > Image: Eamonn Farrell By Rónán Duffy Martin Callinan was garda commissioner when the recordings came to light and current Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan was one of his deputies. Image: Eamonn Farrell Source: MerrionStreet.ie/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 6th 2017, 5:09 PM http://jrnl.ie/3327445 THE LONG-AWAITED report of the Fennelly Commission has been published this afternoon.The commission has found that there was “no widespread or systematic” misuse of information from non-emergency calls recorded at garda stations.The report finds, however, that it is not possible to say that the information was “never used improperly or unlawfully”.“The mere existence of the recordings means that potential abuse could not be ruled out,” the report says.It goes on to say find that: “a significant proportion of the garda membership, particularly in the higher ranks, appears to have been unaware that recordings of non-999 calls existed.”It further states that there was “almost total ignorance at the highest levels of the force” that the main garda phone line at stations outside of Dublin were being recorded.“The commission regards this as one of the most surprising findings made in this report,” it states.The commission’s report on the recordings details the period from  1 January 1980 and 27 November 2013. Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 5:09 PM Share223 Tweet Email1 48 Comments Short URL Statement on Publication of the Final Report of the Fennelly Commission of Investigation https://t.co/d7rTClXVeH— MerrionStreet.ie (@merrionstreet) April 6, 2017last_img read more

Une nouvelle agriculture en projet à michemin entre la bio et la

first_imgUne nouvelle agriculture en projet, à mi-chemin entre la bio et la conventionnelleSelon une étude menée par des chercheurs canadiens et américains, l’association de techniques agricoles d’une part conventionnelle et d’autre part biologique, permettrait de cultiver de manière éco-responsable sans toutefois sacrifier ses rendements. L’agriculture biologique respecte l’environnement, celle plus conventionnelle apporte de bons rendements… Pourquoi ne pas allier les deux? Des chercheurs de l’université McGill à Montréal et de l’université du Minnesota sont partis de ce raisonnement pour mettre en place des techniques agricoles à la fois éco-responsables et efficaces. Leur étude, publiée dans la revue Nature indique que les rendements de l’agriculture biologique sont en moyenne 25% inférieurs à ceux de l’agriculture classique.Toutefois, dans de bonnes conditions, cette moyenne s’abaisse jusqu’à 13% particulièrement dans le cas de culture de fruits, légumes ou oléagineux.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Cela suggère que les systèmes d’agriculture biologique d’aujourd’hui peuvent presque rivaliser dans certains cas avec les rendements de l’agriculture conventionnelle, avec des types de produits, des conditions de croissance et des pratiques de gestion particuliers” explique l’étude. Selon l’analyse menée par les chercheurs, “une sécurité alimentaire durable” nécessite l’utilisation de “différentes techniques -conventionnelle, organique, voire hybride- pour produire plus de nourriture à des prix accessibles, assurer le revenu des agriculteurs et réduire les coûts environnementaux”. Par ailleurs, la mise en place de ce type de culture nécessite une considération individuelle pour chaque types de produits.Jonathan Foley, membre de l’équipe de recherche conclut à l’AFP :  “On peut vraiment créer un système alimentaire durable, en combinant les pratiques bio et conventionnelle afin de maximiser la production alimentaire en réduisant l’impact environnemental”.Le 26 avril 2012 à 16:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Solaire mass hits record highs but low VIP hold limits Bloomberry 3Q18

first_img RelatedPosts Solaire’s VIP hold rate was just 1.9% for the period, down from 2.83% last year, with Bloomberry stating that VIP revenue on a normalized basis would have risen by 50.8%. Notably, total visitation for the third quarter of 2018 was just under 1.64 million, up by 11.7% year-on-year.In Korea, Bloomberry saw a 28.1% increase in GGR to Php193.5 million, stating, “The significant increase in gross gaming revenue was attributed to the increased level of play in the VIP segment as a result of the highly competitive marketing programs of Jeju Sun.”That improvement was offset however by soaring interest expense due to the syndicated loan facility Bloomberry obtained earlier in the year to help fund the purchase from PAGCOR of the land parcels upon which Solaire sits. Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Bloomberry Resorts saw its net income fall 38.8% to Php1.13 billion in the three months to 30 September 2018, with the company’s bottom line hit hard by high interest expenses and a run of bad luck in the VIP segment at its flagship Philippines integrated resort Solaire.Solaire booked a slight 1.9% increase in gaming revenue in 3Q18 to Php11.71 billion, due primarily to a 37.8% improvement in mass revenue to Php4.14 billion. Slot revenue was also on the up by 15.7% to Php3.60 billion with both mass table drop and slots coin-in recording all-time quarterly highs. But VIP revenue plummeted by 26% despite volume increasing from Php190 billion in 3Q17 to Php208.50 billion this time around.last_img read more

VintageBreakscom Will Be 1 Of The Vendors At Wilmington Card Show In November

first_imgSOMERSET, N.J. — When a 1955 Bowman Mickey Mantle baseball card was pulled from its 63-year-old pack, there was pandemonium on the stage. That’s because it was the biggest hit to date for a young company, VintageBreaks.com. It also occurred on the biggest stage in the collecting world: the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland on August 3.The pristine card of the New York Yankees great, graded a PSA 9, has an estimate value of $50,000. It’s an iconic piece of American history that belongs to Baltimore collector Chris Rothe. Since the Mantle card was revealed, there has been a lot of buzz and a great deal of show and tell. VintageBreaks.com co-owner and Just Collect, Inc., President Leighton Sheldon is holding onto the card and traveling to different card shows around the country. One of VintageBreaks.com’s next big stops is the 32n d annual Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club (GCSCC) Sports Card & Memorabilia Show at the Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington on November 2-November 4.Sheldon is hoping the Mantle card is a big draw in the Boston area like it has been in other cities around the United States.“Folks will get a chance to see and take photographs of the famous card,” said Sheldon.Along with witnessing first-hand the beautiful mint Mantle, anyone who stops by the VintageBreaks.com booth will be in store for some exciting offers. Kids and first-time customers will have the shot to be included in free vintage pack openings.VintageBreaks.com will also be running plenty of “breaks” during the GCSCC Sports Card & Memorabilia Show, similar to how the Mantle card was pulled. VintageBreaks.com will feature packs/boxes that might have rookie cards of Tom Brady and Mookie Betts. “Break” has become one of the hottest words in sports card collecting. The word conjures up plenty of excitement. For those unfamiliar with the term, a break is when collectors pay a buy-in fee to be included when a specific pack, box or case of cards is opened. The 20-card cello pack that housed the Mantle card was a $500 per slot buy-in. Interested suitors are able to get into significantly less expensive breaks. For single pack breaks, collectors are randomly pre-assigned a number prior to a break and whichever card is revealed that’s what the person will get. During a box or case break, specific teams are assigned and customers get cards of any players that are pulled from that team.VintageBreaks.com is leading the way in the industry with its innovative method of breaking cards. Most companies that hold breaks are opening modern-day packs. VintageBreaks.com — which has its central office with its sister company, Just Collect, Inc., less than one mile from the Rutgers University campus — has immensely popular in just over one year. It has over 1,000 customers, with many in the Boston area, and reaches 18 countries worldwide. VintageBreaks.com runs breaks four days a week: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST, as well as Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST.1955 Bowman Mickey Mantle card(NOTE: The above press release is from VintageBreaks.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDavid Ortiz, Pedro Martinez & More Coming To Wilmington For Sports Collectors ConventionIn “Sports”Boston Sports Stars Coming To Wilmington For Sports Card & Memorabilia ShowIn “Sports”Bergeron, Krug, Neely, Bourque & More Coming To Wilmington For Sports Collectors ConventionIn “Business”last_img read more

WOW Releases Entertainment Schedule NonProfit Partners For This Weekends Festival Of Trees

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — We’re One Wilmington’s 8th Annual Festival of Trees is this weekend! WOW hopes you can join them on Saturday, December 1st from 9am-9pm and Sunday, December 2nd from 9am to 3pm at Villanova Hall, 126 Middlesex Avenue in Wilmington. Admission is free for this family-friendly event and raffle tickets will be available for $10 per sheet of 25. Try your chance at winning one of the over 100 trees, baskets and wreaths!Donations get more creative every year… some highlights you can expect to see include the “Sweet Treat Tree,” “Merry Grinchmas,” the “Cookie Tree” and a tree by the Sole Sisters Running Club worth more than $1,000!Entertainment ScheduleYou are sure to love this year’s line-up of holiday music performances! Come on down, grab a treat at our bake sale and enjoy the sounds of the season from Wilmington’s very talented singers and musicians.Saturday, December 1, 201810:15-10:45 am The North Atlantic Theatre present Nutcracker Sweets11:15-11:45 am Jennifer Perkins, Strings11:50 am – 12:50 pm Strings Attached – WHS1-1:30 pm Strings Attached – WMS1:45-2:15 pm Soundscape, WHS Acapella2:30-3 pm John Loretz & Anne Sandstrom3:15-3:45 pm Alison Bolanos & Audrey Laconte, clarinet duo4-5pm Larry Gilbert, acoustic guitar6-7pm Tom Colantuoni with special guest Alanah Colantuoni7:15-8 pm Paula and Steve LowellSunday, December 2, 20189:45 am Laine Stockman , pianist11am-12 pm Elisabeth Hayduk, violinist12:30-1 pm Wilmingtones – WMS Acapella1:15-2:15 pm Ben Packer, Piano, WHS*Note: All performance times are to be confirmed. Visit http://onewilmington.org/events/festival-of-trees/non-profit-fundraising-tables/ forup-to-the-minute performance times.Non-Profit Fundraising TablesWe are delighted that several community groups will be on hand at the Festival selling items for their winter fundraisers including:Saturday, December 1, 20189am-3pm Sole Sisters Running Club: 5K Winter SOLEstice race registrations9am-3pm Wilmington High School Basketball Club: Poinsettias and 50/50raffle tickets9am-3pm Wilmington High School Student Council: Wildcat magnets9am-3pm Wilmington Community Fund: Wilmington ornaments3-9pm Wilmington CATS: Product TBD3-9pm Shawsheen/West PAC: Wildcat apparel3-9pm Wilmington Community Fund: Wilmington ornamentsSunday, December 2, 20189am-3pm Wilmington Youth Soccer: Winter hats and backpacks9am-3pm Wilmington Pop Warner: Ornaments9am-3pm Parish of the Transfiguration Youth Group: Advent calendars9am-3pm Wilmington Community Fund: Wilmington ornamentsProceeds from this event will be used to purchase holiday gifts for local families in need and to help fund WOW’s other good will initiatives throughout the year.Please visit our website http://www.onewilmington.org for additional event details.(NOTE: The above press release is from We’re One Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWOW Releases Entertainment Schedule & Non-Profit Partners For This Weekend’s Festival Of TreesIn “Community”We’re One Wilmington’s 5th Annual Festival of Trees Set For December 5-6In “Community”WOW Releases Entertainment Schedule & Non-Profit Partners For This Weekend’s Festival Of TreesIn “Community”last_img read more

Philips Hues new Bluetooth light bulbs dont need a hub anymore

first_img • 36 Photos See All Smart Home Light Bulbs Signify also says that pairing the Bluetooth bulbs with Alexa will be especially easy if you purchase them on Amazon from the same account that’s tied to your Echo speakers. Just screw the bulbs in and turn them on and Alexa should automatically detect them. Otherwise, you’ll need to ask her to “discover new devices,” which takes about a minute. A pretty trivial convenience, all things considered, but still a noteworthy one at a time when smart lights are scrambling to play as nicely as possible with the most popular voice assistants.The Philips Hue team tells me that other Bluetooth Hue bulbs are in the works for later in 2019 and in 2020. That lines up with reports of new, vintage-style Philips Hue filament LEDs and an updated version of the portable Philips Hue Go fixture rumored to be in the works for this fall. The Hue team still isn’t confirming any of that, but IFA, the European tech expo where Signify typically likes to debut new products, is about two months away — I imagine we’ll know a lot more soon. Comments 6 Share your voice The newest Philips Hue LED can connect with your phone or with your Alexa and Google Assistant devices via Bluetooth, no Hue Bridge needed. Chris Monroe/CNET Chalk one up for the rumor mill: Bluetooth Philips Hue bulbs are officially a thing — and they’re available wherever Hue products are sold starting today.For years, Philips Hue’s smart lights have used the Zigbee wireless protocol to communicate with each other, and with the Hue Bridge that controls them and acts like a Zigbee translator for your router. Earlier this month, rumors began to swirl that Philips Hue parent company Signify was working on new Hue bulbs that added Bluetooth support — bulbs like those would let you skip the Hue Bridge altogether and pair directly with your phone, instead. Those rumors now appear to have been confirmed.”With our Philips Hue Bluetooth smart lighting, we’re making it easy to experiment and have fun with light at home,” says Jasper Vervoort, Business Leader, Home Systems & Luminaires for Signify’s Philips Hue team. “All it requires is the smartphone you already have.”Signify is starting with its three main smart lights in both a traditional A-shaped design and as BR30-shaped floodlights — a total of six new Bluetooth Hue bulbs. Prices are the same regardless of which shape you need. Standard, plain white bulbs cost $15 each, “White Ambiance” bulbs that let you adjust the white light color temperature cost $25 each and the fully color-changing versions cost $50 each. Those are the same prices as the old versions that only included Zigbee radios, so you aren’t paying any extra for the addition of Bluetooth. Philips Hue, Lifx, GE, Ring and more: Lots of new smart lights coming in 2019 Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house reading • Philips Hue’s new Bluetooth light bulbs mean you don’t need a hub CNET Smart Home Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Notably, this is the first time that Signify has offered a floodlight version of the standard, $15 Hue White LED. That bulb is already one of our favorite values among A-shaped smart lights, so the new $15 floodlight version should make for a welcome (and overdue) addition to the lineup. Previously, your cheapest Philips Hue floodlight option was the White Ambiance BR30 LED, which sells in a 2-pack for $45. The new Bluetooth versions will continue to sell in that same, $45 2-pack, as well.Read more: The best color-changing smart lights that cost less than Philips HueThe addition of Bluetooth does, in fact, mean that you can control these bulbs from your phone right of the box, no Hue Bridge needed — but you won’t control them using the usual Hue app. Instead, you’ll use a new, stripped-down, Bluetooth-specific Hue app. It allows for basic control of the lights, like turning things on and off, adjusting color and brightness and saving and triggering scenes. You’ll still need the Hue Bridge and the original, full-featured Hue app if you want to try out advanced features or connect with Apple HomeKit. Ry Crist/CNET The new app doesn’t support higher-end features such as Hue Entertainment lighting zones that sync with your TV, Google Assistant wake-up fades or the ability to control the lights via IFTTT or with Siri commands via Apple HomeKit. If you want to try any of that, you’ll need to pick up a Hue Bridge.”We’re confident that once you start, you’ll want to keep exploring what else Hue can do,” Vervoort says.Adding the Hue Bridge will also allow users to control the bulbs from beyond the limitations of Bluetooth range (roughly 30 feet or so). The Hue Bridge isn’t your only option, though. Signify says that the new Bluetooth Hue bulbs can all pair directly with Google Home smart speakers and with the Google Nest Hub, and also with select Amazon Alexa devices — specifically the third-gen Echo Dot, the second-gen Echo Show and the first- and second-gen Echo Plus. Direct connect support will come to other Echo devices later on down the line, Signify adds. Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart outdoor lighting: Ring vs. Philips Hue 2:38 Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Bluetooth Google Philips ZigBee Tags CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more)last_img read more

Red Flag Military Exercises Begin at Eielson

first_imgEielson Air Force Base in Alaska’s interior has kicked off its third series of Red Flag exercises of the year.The exercises taking place at the 65,000-square-mile Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex began Friday.The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that air operations will be conducted until Aug. 22 out of Eielson, as well as Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.The exercises will include drills from U.S. and allied pilots, air crews and support personnel.The entire Yukon Training Area will be closed through Aug. 23 because of the training events. People with regular access through military lands must use an alternate route to leased or private properties.last_img

KMC on cleanliness drive mulls weekly muckout of localities

first_imgKarimnagar: Karimnagar Municipal Corporation Commissioner G Venugopal Reddy on Saturday participated in the sanitation drive held in the Market Water Tank area. DE, AE, municipal labourers, Engineering and Environment officials also took part in the sanitation drive and removed scrap, weeds, trash and other useless items near the water tank and cleaned the surroundings. The potholes problem was solved by filling with the mud. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us On the occasion, the Commissioner requested the people to take care and pay attention to their health by maintaining surroundings including residences, office buildings, schools, colleges and other areas clean so that diseases do not spread. Special precautions should be taken to prevent diseases. He also asked people to have active participation in the Swachh Bharat initiative by the government and keep surroundings clean. He said that the municipal corporation is planning a weekly cleanup of the surrounding areas consisting water tanks, offices and water treatment plants through Swachh Bharat programme. In addition, saplings were also being planted in such areas, he said.last_img read more

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to lend helping hand to

first_imgHyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) plans to prepare the profiles of the women members of the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Greater Hyderabad. Stating that that there are around 45,000 SHGs in city, the corporation sees the necessity of preparing family profiles of women members of SHGs, which will help them develop economically and socially. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us The GHMC officials will gather details about SHG member’s health, education, employment and family details within a month. “SHG women members are taking participation in all the initiatives taken up by the GHMC in city limits. Around 8,000 women members of SHGs were inactive and we should make them re-active,” said GHMC Commissioner Dana Kishore. The officials are also gearing up to resolve the grievances received from the presidents of slum level federation and SHGs on 040-21111111 on issues relating to their respective colonies. The community organizers have been advised to disseminate information about the free delivery of about 140 types of various medicines and regarding medical checkup camps in the city for underprivileged people.last_img read more

Exclusive Nandish Sandhu on Vikas Bahls metoo controversy Everyone was shocked

first_imgThough Super 30 is now been hailed as one of the finest films of the year, one can’t overlook the fair-share of controversies the film went through before its release. International Business Times, India, got in touch with actor Nandish Sandhu, who plays the role of Anand Kumar’s brother Pranav Kumar, in the film.Nandish, who is elated with the response the film has received, feels it’s the final product that is speaking for itself. Nandish believes that even though they had very little time for the promotions and the film received backlash over Hrithik’s ‘accent’ and ‘tan’, people understood the authenticity with which Hrithik played the role.The actor, who has been a well-known face in the television industry, feels it’s just the start for him on the big screen. He is in the process of finalising a few other projects too.Talking about the time when Vikas Bahl’s name cropped up in the #metoo movement, Nandish said, “When the metoo controversy happened, everybody was a little surprised and a little shocked as no one had a clear picture. No one was sure about what had happened and what’s going on. There were all sorts of stories coming from different publications, different people with different versions.””A lot of chaos was there but, it didn’t affect the shoot or the creativity. On the set, the atmosphere remained the same. We were all delved into our own characters. But, yes, there was a lot of confusion about what is right and what is wrong. We were all a bit tensed about whether the controversy would affect the film, what is going to be the future of the project etc. But on the sets, we didn’t come with the baggage as it would all distract us from giving our best. It was a very professional team and we all made sure that this episode doesn’t distract us from what we had set out to deliver. And that’s why the Super 30 magic has been possible,” he added. When we asked Nandish about Hrithik’s decision to stand against Vikas Bahl and asking the producers to take a firm decision, Nandish said, “The stand that Hrithik sir took was absolutely correct and the requirement of the time. I completely stand by that. Postponing the release was the correct thing to do. He has been in the industry for so long, he is the hero of the film, people look upto him. So he had to take a fair stand and it all happened for the good. We got a little more time to work on the film and in the end, the film is doing well and that’s what matters. Our end product is good.”Nandish has also played an important role in Family of Thakurganj, starring Mahie Gill and Jimmy Sheirgill. He is looking forward to more projects in the Hindi film industry and web-shows.last_img read more

Power Rangers actor facing Samurai sword murder charge

first_imgRicardo Medina Jr., best known for playing the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Wild Force and Deker on Power Rangers Samurai, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his roommate.Medina, 37, was arrested in Feb. 2015 for allegedly stabbing his roommate, Joshua Sutter, to death with a Samurai sword at a home in Green Valley, Calif. While he was originally not charged pending further investigation, he was arrested again one year later.If convicted, Medina could face a possible life sentence with a chance of parole after 26 years.According to Medina, the murder was in self-defense. He claimed that he and a female friend had locked themselves in a bedroom after a fight with Sutter, in which he said Sutter disrespected his girlfriend. When Sutter opened the door, Medina allegedly stabbed him in the stomach multiple times.Medina was the one that called 911 and remained at the scene, where he was arrested.Sutter’s family told TMZ that Medina was probably charged after a year because the self-defense story didn’t hold up in the face of evidence. That evidence showed there was a lot of blood outside of the bedroom that Medina claimed he went into to escape.last_img read more