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Tripura High Court rejects bail plea of CPI(M) leader in PWD scam case

first_imgThe Tripura High Court on Thursday rejected the bail application of former Minister and CPI(M) leader Badal Choudhury, indicted in the alleged ₹640-crore Public Works Department scam of 2008. Lawyers representing the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly insisted on bail citing Mr. Choudhury’s fragile health. After the bail plea was rejected, counsel indicated their decision to move the Supreme Court. Mr. Choudhury was admitted to the ICU of the government GBP Hospital after he complained of chest pain in the custody of West Agartala police on Wednesday.He was locked up at the police station barely for 30 minutes after the police took his custody upon his discharge from the private hospital where he took admission a week ago ending his disappearance amid intensive police search.Street protestsThe CPI(M) has been organising street protests for the past two days protesting the alleged forceful removal of Mr. Choudhury from the private hospital. The party alleged that police officials misbehaved with its leader at the police station.Former Member of Parliament, the 69-year-old CPI(M) veteran was made prime accused in the case filed by the Vigilance Department. The investigation was later handed over to the Crime Branch.Sources said senior police officials were consulting doctors at the GBP Hospital on taking back Mr. Choudhury in their custody.Remains elusiveMeanwhile, former Chief Secretary Y.P. Singh, who was the Principal Secretary incharge of PWD in 2008, remained elusive despite searches by a team of the Crime Branch at New Delhi and Gurugram. Another accused, former PWD Chief Engineer Sunil Bhowmik, was arrested and remanded in custody.last_img read more

Joshua open to MMA crossover fight

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Britain’s Anthony Joshua (C) walks away after knocking down Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko in the eleventh round to win their IBF, IBO and WBA, world Heavyweight title fight at Wembley Stadium in north west London on April 29, 2017.Britain’s Anthony Joshua defeated veteran Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in a world heavyweight title fight epic in front of 90,000 people at Wembley on Saturday, taking victory on an 11th round stoppage. / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALLWorld heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has revealed he would be willing to take on a mixed martial arts fighter at some point in the future.The relative merits of the two sports are up for debate as Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar Conor McGregor prepares to make his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “But when it comes to pure aggression and fighting rules, I can definitely fight, so I don’t mind that.“It wouldn’t be a problem. If you look at most boxers who’ve crossed over to MMA, they get beaten on the ground.“James Toney, Roy Jones, they were phenomenal boxers, but they just couldn’t compete in the cage because of the ‘ground and pound’ game.”Joshua, who will not be ringside on Saturday, believes Mayweather will “probably” win by a “landslide”.Joshua, 27, is awaiting confirmation of his next title defence against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, which is expected to take place either in Las Vegas in November or in Cardiff in October.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor’s total lack of boxing experience has proved a bone of contention for many in the build-up to the fight, but Joshua said he would enjoy taking on an MMA fighter, albeit with conditions.“I like fighting. I’d do whatever,” the IBF and WBA heavyweight champion told Britain’s Press Association in comments published on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’d probably get beaten. The only thing that they can’t do is submissions, but they can kick, elbow, bite — whatever they want. Just no submissions.“I can’t beat a guy (via submission). That takes a lot of time to learn the skills and submissions, which I don’t have the time for. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Muslim-majority Arab countries join yoga day celebrations

first_imgBy Youssra El-SharkawyCairo/Dubai, Jun 22 (PTI) Muslim-majority countries Egypt and the UAE joined the world in celebrating the third International Yoga Day with a large number of people performing yogic asanas which have gained popularity in the two Arab countries over the years.In Egypt, the most populous Arab country, a large number of people gathered before Iftar at the Baron Palace, a distinctive historic Indian-inspired mansion in Heliopolis, to practice yoga with professional trainers.In his speech during the celebration, Indias Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya thanked the local authorities and Ministry of Antiquities for their support in organising the event.He said Indian Embassy chose this year to hold the event at the Baron Palace as it is the only building in Egypt with architecture which is similar to Indian temples.”We have been changing the venues of the celebrations for the past years. The first time was at the India House (in Zamalek), last year it was at Al-Azhar Park and this year we thought to bring it to India,” the ambassador said.He said the celebration was held later in the day and not early in the morning due to the holy month of Ramazan. Muslims observe fast during the day time in Ramazan.Besides Cairo, the Indian Embassy is organising another IDY celebrations at the beachfront of Sheraton Montazah Hotel, Alexandria and at Nadi Moini, Gama al-Adima, Ismailia.Although yoga is part of India?s intangible cultural heritage, it has emerged as a global brand and is now being practiced internationally, including in Arab countries.advertisementDuring the past few years, schools and centres that teach yoga in Egypt have increased to about 50, the Indian envoy said.Yoga is one of the major classes offered by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture in Cairo and it is attended by a large number of people from different governorates in Egypt.”I have been practicing yoga for years and I am so happy that there is a yoga championship in Egypt,” said 27-year-old yoga trainer Amina Ihab, who participated in the yoga championship last month and received the first award in the category of above 18 years old.”I think that now Egyptians became more understandable for yoga, which is the science of the right living. It changes the body shape and benefit the soul,” she added.Another winner of the championship, Egyptian-Lebanese Dani Koury, said the reason behind the increasing number of women yoga practitioners – which exceeds men in Egypt – may be due to wrong promotions by some centres or schools.”Yoga is for all people and all ages. However, some people have commercially promoted yoga as a light sport for women, which made men more shy of doing a sport which is being described as for women. But yoga has different positions some of them are tough and it suits all people,” said Khoury, who is preparing himself to be a yoga instructor.Ibrahim Mamoud, 23, said that for him yoga is a very important healing process.”It is not just for flexibility in your body or your soul, it is healing. It is very important as it keeps you healthy and young and makes you believe in yourself and that everything is possible,” said Mahmoud, who has been practicing yoga for the last two years.One year ago, Amany Yasser, 40, with her three daughters and mother went as a family to MACIC to learn yoga.”Yoga is very interesting. We travelled different places across Egypt to practice it as part of the centres events,” said Yasser, who is the winner of the First Award of the below 50 category.Yassers five-year-old daughter Laila Nader Abdel Rahman is the youngest yoga practitioner at the MACIC while her mother Laila Mahmoud Helmi, 72, is the oldest.Helmi, who won the First Award of the yoga championship of the above 50 category, said she found that yoga improves body flexibility, self-confidence and character.In the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, over 4,000 people participated in a yoga session where various yoga associations exhibited their different styles.The highlight of the programme was the ushering of the main event with Laughter Yoga which injected a good deal of happiness among the Emiratis dignitaries, diplomats and nationals of several countries. A 25-minutes film on Yoga Harmony with Nature was also screened.Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri thanked Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development and Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, for gracing the International Day of Yoga celebrations in the month of Ramazan.advertisement”Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being,” Sheikh Nahayan said in his speech.He also noted that India and the UAE have enjoyed a long and fulfilling relationship.”We are all thankful for the opportunity presented by this celebration for promoting the friendship and understanding that exists between our two countries,” he said.Sheikha Lubna highlighted yogas importance as a force promoting tolerance, acceptance, and peace in the world.She hoped International Day of Yoga will bring inner and outer peace, and lead the way toward more tolerant societies.She drew a parallel between the holy month of Ramazan, efforts of her Ministry of Tolerance and the message of harmony and peace conveyed by International Day of Yoga. 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Wriddhiman 3.0 ready to ‘shoulder’ responsibility as India A take on West Indies A

first_imgWriddhiman Saha will begin his reintegration after a major shoulder injury with his first first-class game in 18 months when India A take on West Indies A in an unofficial Test starting on Wednesday.Wriddhiman and Hanuma Vihari the two-Test specialists who have been included in the A squad to prepare for the two-Test series starting late August.Wriddhiman, who is only three months shy of his 35th birthday, is returning after a career-threatening injury that many believe has been completely mismanaged at the National Cricket Academy.It will not be out of place to label his comeback ‘Wriddhiman 3.0’ with the keeper-batsman beginning everything from the scratch, something that is not easy in the mid-30s.Having stayed under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shadow for the better part, Wriddhiman was finding his mojo in an injury-ridden career but the injury during the last IPL was a massive blow.With Rishabh Pant proving his credentials with centuries in England and Australia, it’s again that phase in his career where he could be seen wearing the orange or green bib and rushing with the towel and energy drink during breaks.The teammate that he is, Wriddhiman will do it without batting an eyelid but the question that crops up is what exactly will be left for him post-West Indies tour when India play twin series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.People in the know of things are still at their wit’s end as to how the same kind of injury (a form of shoulder dislocation) that had KL Rahul back in action in two months, saw the Bengal stumper out for more than a year till the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.advertisement”KS Bharath just about missed out on an India team berth. For the first time in 18 months, Wriddhiman will be keeping for a day or maybe 120 overs if required. Then he will have to bat. The NCA had initially messed up his rehab and it required surgery. It needs to be seen how it holds up,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments at the NCA told PTI on condition of anonymity.For Vihari, good innings will keep Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri interested for the one middle-order slot even though vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is the favourite to take up the No 5 spot for now.The two openers, Priyank Panchal of Gujarat and Abhimanyu Easwaran of Bengal, will like to continue their good work and keep Rahul on toes, especially after two below-par tours of England and Australia.Bharath is expected to get a chance in the third Test and a good knock can make him the second keeper at home as the Andhra player is considered to be good keeping up to the spinners.India A squad for 1st and 2nd multi-day matches against West Indies A: Shreyas Iyer (C), PK Panchal, AR Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Shivam Dube, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), K Gowtham, S Nadeem, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan.Also Read | Jason Roy set to make Test debut after World Cup 2019 heroicsAlso Read | Felt embarrassed and humiliated at Manchester airport: Wasim AkramAlso See:last_img read more

Rashford extends amazing debut record with goal

first_imgManchester United Rashford extends incredible debut record with Champions League strike Last updated 2 years ago 04:33 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League It took the United striker a mere seven minutes to break his duck, having previously scored on his England, Premier League and Europa League bows Manchester United star Marcus Rashford kept up his impeccable debut record with a goal in his first Champions League match against Basel on Tuesday. The 19-year-old striker has made a habit of netting in his maiden appearances. Rashford 11/10 to score v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His Premier League, Europa League, League Cup and England bows were all marked with goals, and Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford was no exception. 1 – Marcus Rashford has scored on his PL, Europa League, Champions League & EFL Cup debut for @ManUtd , as well as his England debut. Star. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 12 de septiembre de 2017 With United cruising two goals to the good against the Swiss side, Rashford swooped to put the clash beyond any doubt and make it 3-0 to Jose Mourinho’s men.It took him just seven minutes to beat the Basel defence after coming on as a late replacement for Juan Mata in the 77th minute.In putting Basel to the sword, Rashford also followed in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney in scoring in a Champions League fixture as a teenager. 4 – Marcus Rashford is the 4th English teenager to score a #UCL goal for @ManUtd after David Beckham, Wayne Rooney & Phil Jones. Fresh. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 12 de septiembre de 2017 Only Rooney, David Beckham and Phil Jones had made the scoresheet for United before their 20th birthday, and now the young striker joins the club. The sky really seems the limit for this wonderkid, vindicating Mourinho’s decision to bring him off the bench in his first Champions League outing as United boss.last_img read more

Report: Ireland 2 Moldova 0

first_imgRepublic of Ireland 2 Moldova 0: Murphy’s double sets up Wales showdown in Cardiff Rob Lancaster 04:36 10/7/17 DarylMurphy - cropped Getty Images Republic of Ireland will now face Wales in a huge showdown after easing past Moldova in Dublin. Daryl Murphy scored twice as the Republic of Ireland kept alive their hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Moldova on Friday.Having scored just once in his previous 28 appearances, Murphy trebled his international tally at the Aviva Stadium, including breaking the deadlock inside two minutes.After volleying the hosts ahead from close range, the striker added a second with a clever header to help Ireland record their first competitive win since a 1-0 triumph in Austria last November. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Moldova were reduced to 10 men when Alexandru Gatcan was shown a straight red card for barging into Harry Arter, with three points that mean Martin O’Neill’s side remain in the hunt for a top-two finish in Group D secured.Only a win will do when they visit second-place Wales on Monday, while leaders Serbia complete their campaign by hosting Georgia on the same date.4 – Ireland have scored four goals in the opening five minutes of games in 2018 WC qualifying; the most of any European side. Sharp.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 6, 2017The final margin of victory would have been greater had Shane Long taken any of the three glorious chances that came his way.There were no such issues for Murphy, who – in the absence of Jonathan Walters – made the most of the opportunity to start by scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes.Reacting quickly to a flick-on from a long throw on the left, the Nottingham Forest forward beat his defender on the stretch to provide the finishing touch.Murphy’s second was an even better finish, though. Despite moving away from goal, he adjusted his body to meet Stephen Ward’s deep cross with a looping header that had enough height to clear goalkeeper Ilie Cebanu and dip into the far corner of the net.Moldova’s best opportunity in the opening half saw a speculative volley by Sergiu Platica force Darren Randolph to acrobatically tip over the bar.Ireland struggled for fluency in a tepid second half, although they never appeared in any danger of allowing the underdogs to bite back.After twice fluffing his lines before the break, Long appeared set to score when Callum O’Dowda’s shot was deflected into his path. However, with most of the goal to aim at, the forward stabbed the loose ball agonisingly wide of the target, much to his obvious frustration.Moldova barely offered much of a fight until it came to stoppage time, Gatcan shown a straight red after colliding with Arter.While the substitute certainly felt the contact, Ireland escaped a potential knockout blow to their hopes of making it to Russia. read morelast_img read more

K-Line Lets America Ports In on Container Terminal Action

first_imgITS, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of “K” Line, has operated container terminals in Long Beach and Tacoma for more than 40 years.ITS was the pioneer in providing on-dock double stack rail service to its customers, which enable them to have direct delivery across North America, especially to inland delivery points in the mid-west.According to K Line, the partnership with Ports America, which operates terminals throughout the U.S., “will further enhance “K” Line’s terminals with high operating standards, improved efficiency, quality service and cost competitiveness.”This will enable ITS to handle ultra-large containerships and continuously support “K” Line’s transpacific service.Ports America provides stevedoring services to “K” Line in Oakland for containerships and in Jacksonville, Newark, Brunswick and Charleston for car carriers.“With this transfer of a partial stake in ITS to Ports America, ITS will be well positioned to meet its core objectives and to ensure a successful strategic partnership between “K” Line and Ports America,” said K Line.Press Release; July 31, 2014 zoom KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA, LTD. (K Line) has agreed on a transfer of a partial stake in International Transportation Service, Inc. (ITS) to Ports America.last_img read more

Atlantic Canada Career Week Encourages Students to Create Your Own Future

first_img Specific activities can be introduced within existing curriculum. For instance, an activity for Grades 3 to 5 includes using random consumer products to talk about the four Ps of marketing: product, price, promotion and placement. “The future starts now. It will be these young minds that create the jobs of the future,” said entrepreneur Colin Gillis, principal with Smarter Spaces. “This is the spirit required for us to succeed in Atlantic Canada, whether you run your own business or work for someone else.” Atlantic Canada Career Week was launched by the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training to increase collaboration on career development. This resource can be downloaded at develop an entrepreneurial spirit provide insight into the attributes of enterprising individuals support innovation, creativity and risk-taking as social entrepreneurs highlight problem-solving in addition to generating ideas for future business ventures consider the contribution and value of entrepreneurship. Students are learning to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit as part of Atlantic Canada Career Week from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4. The week supports career awareness for students from Grade Primary to 12 and for post-secondary students. “It is important for our province’s future that students are empowered to develop their entrepreneurial spirit and mindset,” said Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Karen Casey. Resources include online lesson plans adapted to grade levels that can be accessed by teachers throughout Nova Scotia, as well as Atlantic Canada, for use as part of the regular curriculum. Nova Scotia’s contribution includes developing resources focused on The Entrepreneur in Me. “What this means for young people is more career options,” said Cal Gosse, chair of the Business Education Council. “An entrepreneurial spirit is not limited to start ups, it also involves creative thinking, risk-taking and problem-solving to move things along. You need this mindset in both the public and the private sector and large and small organizations.” Lessons will engage students and their teachers and help: last_img read more

South Bengal to experience light to moderate rain in next 24 hours

first_imgKolkata: Light to moderate rainfall that hit several parts of South Bengal on Friday brought temporary relief to the people from the sweltering heat.According to the prediction of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, more rain is expected in various South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours. The coastal districts may receive heavy rainfall until Saturday, the prediction said. A weather official added that there may be heavy showers accompanied with lightning in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, West Midnapore and East Midnapore districts in the next 24 hours. Districts including Burdwan, Birbhum, Nadia, Murshidabad, Bankura, Purulia and Kolkata will receive moderate rainfall. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe weather office has issued an alert to the fishermen in the coastal districts asking them not to venture into the sea for the next couple of days as it may remain turbulent following the formation of a low-pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal. Those fishermen who had earlier ventured into the sea have been asked to return to shore due to bad weather conditions. The city also received light to moderate rainfall on Friday morning. Kolkata mostly remained cloudy from the morning and the humidity level also dropped by few notches providing some relief to the city dwellers from the persistent discomfort. Rain, however, did not last for long. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe weather office said that the city and the adjoining areas may also receive some more rainfall in the next 24 hours pushing down the mercury a bit. In the evening hours, there was light drizzle. It may be mentioned here that a deficit in rainfall has been recorded in entire South Bengal in June and the current month which is worrying the farmers. They are looking for some more Monsoon showers during the rest of the month so that they can recover the damage caused by the scarcity in rainfall.last_img read more

Nova Scotias new cyberbullying legislation too cautious expert says

first_imgHALIFAX – A new Nova Scotia law replacing anti-cyberbullying legislation struck down in the courts two years ago is moving forward unchanged, against the advice of legal experts who say it will be costly and difficult for victims to use.The governing Liberals pushed the proposed Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act through the law amendments committee Monday, despite previous assurances they would take their time and likely wouldn’t pass the bill until the spring.Wayne MacKay, a Dalhousie University law professor who was the only person to appear before the committee on Monday, told reporters he was disappointed the bill was being sent back to the legislature without changes.“I think there were and are some relatively friendly and simple amendments that could further promote the stated purposed of the act,” he said.The Liberals voted down Progressive Conservative amendments and an NDP motion to send the bill back to the Justice Department for more deliberation.In an interview, Justice Minister Mark Furey said the government had received “great feedback” despite the limited attendance at law amendments. Furey said he wants to consider what he has heard, including amendments advanced by the opposition.“If there is an opportunity with the support of the opposition and the majority of those who have spoken — without creating unintended consequences — there could be an opportunity to pass the bill this fall,” he said.Furey also said he’s open to holding off on passage of the bill because he wants to make sure the government “gets it right.”“Our objective is to make this a strong bill that will withstand any future constitutional challenge.”The previous law was passed in 2013 as part of the response to the death of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons, a Halifax-area girl who was bullied and died following a suicide attempt.When the legislation was presented earlier this month, Furey said it would cover cases involving cyberbullying and the distribution of images without consent. The bill redefines cyberbullying as an electronic action that is “maliciously intended to cause harm’” or as an action carried out in a reckless manner “with regard to the risk of harm.’”MacKay told the committee the bill is “too cautious” on the role of the province’s CyberSCAN unit.Created by the old law, the unit could act on behalf of victims by pursuing their cases in court. But MacKay said the new law would “neuter” the unit and give it simply an advisory function that would leave many victims unprotected and unable to navigate the court system or bear the costs involved.MacKay, who chaired the province’s task force on cyberbullying, speculated the “omission” was made to avoid a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, something he said isn’t necessary as the law is written.“I don’t think there is sufficient power left in the agency (CyberSCAN) and that’s particularly important in terms of access to justice, he said. “It’s about $300 or $400 just in filing fees just to initiate an action.”MacKay suggested reinstating an investigative or initiation role for the unit.Furey said access to justice is always a concern, but there are also concerns about CyberSCAN potentially overstepping its authority. He said the unit had been most successful in carrying out its restorative justice function under the old law — something that wouldn’t change with the new.“They did over 800 investigations,” said Furey. “Only 10 of those went to court.”In a written submission, lawyer David Fraser, who successfully argued the court case against the previous law, said he expects it would cost $10,000 for him to represent an applicant under the new process.Fraser called that “daunting,” and said there should be a less formal approach, such as a peace bond, that allows victims to go to court.Forcing a victim of cyberbullying to start a conventional lawsuit will represent a “huge barrier to access to justice,” he said.“What’s equally daunting is the prospect of a traumatized cyberbullying victim having to find, understand and precisely follow the Civil Procedure Rules,” said Fraser. “That greatly troubles me and I think should trouble you.”last_img read more

Clark Kent shows up for House duty as Trudeau shows off latest

first_imgOTTAWA – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s Justin Trudeau.The prime minister is disguised as Clark Kent as his Halloween alter ego for 2017.On his way to question period today, Trudeau descended the stairs sporting slicked-down hair and a blue suit with a bright red tie, surprising the assembled staff and journalists who were waiting for him.As he got to the bottom of the stairs, he opened his shirt to expose the Superman costume hidden underneath, quipping in both official languages that it was a big shock to see the prime minister dressed as a journalist, but “you know, gotta do it.”Trudeau has a history of having fun with Halloween, choosing Han Solo of “Star Wars” fame for his first year in office.Last year he went as a pilot from the French children’s book “Le Petit Prince,” while his youngest son, Hadrien, went as the title character.Trudeau wasn’t the only MP in the House getting into the Halloween spirit.Liberal backbencher Robert-Falcon Ouellette sported a blood-spattered white suit during question period, a costume he described as a “Bloody Harry” outfit.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version included an incorrect quote from Trudeau.last_img read more

The North Matters touring Northeastern BC in support of natural resources

first_img“We need to do something to get the Minister of Finances’, Bill Morneau’s attention on these steel tariffs because these tariffs are killing us… In the meantime, we need to get this project going to create opportunities for everyone, from the upstream to the downstream, so we can make this project happen from Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and down to Kitimat. A lot of opportunities are at stake here. We ended up getting 1,500 letters personally signed by people in the community. We put them into a Xerox box and I just mailed them to Bill Morneau’s office.”According to Johnston, his group is taking a proactive and positive approach when it comes to educating people on the need for natural resources and is currently working to build a network with communities to further gain support.In helping with educating and gaining support, the group will be presenting Independent Investigative Researcher Vivian Krause in Taylor on June 14.More information can be found on The North Matters’ Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A grassroots natural resource support group, The North Matters, is currently touring Northeastern B.C.Group Founder, David Johnston, says the group formed a year-and-a-half-ago and aims to work hard to help end the divisiveness that communities are facing over natural resource developments.Johnston says he, along with many supporters, are looking to get Bill Morneau’s, the Minister of Finances’, attention in removing steel tariffs in order to get the LNG project underway as soon as possible. Johnston has sent a petition of letters to the Minister in order to apply pressure to the situation.last_img read more

Individual shot dead in Galle by gunmen on motorcycle

An individual was shot dead in Galle by gunmen on a motorcycle today, the police media unit said.The police said the victim was a 42 year old man and that he was shot dead in Dikkumbara in Galle. Investigations are underway.

Scientist examines what fuels the climate change skeptics

Last weekend, the strongest hurricane ever recorded slammed the coast of Mexico. So far in 2015, seven out of nine months have broken global heat records. Ancient glaciers are vanishing in the Rockies. Most of California hasn’t had rain in years.Even as the list of serious climate change impacts keeps growing, scientists still encounter people who refuse to consider that it is at least partly caused by human emission of greenhouse gases.Brock University biologist and psychologist Gary Pickering set out to gauge skepticism among English Canadians when it comes to climate change. His pilot study, “Head in the (oil) sand? Climate skepticism in Canada”, was published this month in the Journal of Environmental and Social Sciences.Pickering, a member of Brock University’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, conducted an online survey in which 229 Canadian households agreed or disagreed with a range of statements on whether or not climate change is real, if it is related to human activity, if reports about it are exaggerated and if people feel a personal obligation to do something about it.To sense any patterns in these beliefs, he asked respondents to identify the federal political party they are most likely to support as well as their household income level, number of children living at home, age, location and type of community lived in, among other demographics.While most people agreed climate change is a problem, more than half felt it was “just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s temperatures.” More than one-third agreed that “the media is often too alarmist about issues like climate change,” and more than one-third said they thought “many leading experts still question if human activity is contributing to climate change.”Pickering said a person’s environmental values and political affiliation are up to 10 times more likely than income level, age, education or climate change knowledge to influence their level of skepticism. For instance, the study found skepticism was very strong among males in western Canada who identified as Conservative Party supporters. He said it is not surprising that political leanings are a strong indicator of climate change skepticism, given that government intervention in free markets to protect the environment “conflicts with conservative values”.“Similarly, individuals with free-market ideology are more likely to believe that ‘the market’ will solve all problems, including environmental, and thus are more skeptical about climate change,” he said.His report notes that while the oil sands industry is Canada’s largest and fastest-growing greenhouse gas-emitting sector, it is also a pillar of Canada’s economy, expected to generate $172 billion in wages and salaries between 2012 and 2035.Pickering says his study’s findings can be used to shape climate change communications.“Climate messaging for the more skeptical Canadians group may be more effective if framed around other issues, such as energy independence and security.“For the less skeptical, communication campaigns may be best advised to avoid sensationalism or alarmist approaches, as many Canadians already attribute the media with such hyperbole on climate change, and alarmist communication may lead to less public engagement and lower motivation for mitigation.“Skepticism and uncertainty represent potentially powerful psychological barriers to individuals taking meaningful action on climate mitigation and adaptation,” the study concludes.BackgroundCanada’s environmental record has been steadily decreasing in recent years. Pickering’s research notes that Canada ranked 30th out of 30 in climate change mitigation for both G8 and OECD member countries in 2014.The Climate Change Performance Index – a measurement supposed to enhance transparency in international climate politics ( – states in its 2014 report that, “As in the previous year, Canada still shows no intention of moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialised countries.” ( read more

Year after tsunami conditions remain critical in many areas UN agency warns

With the first anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami fast approaching, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that many areas on the west coast of Aceh, Indonesia, the worst affected region, were still in a critical condition.“Half a million people in Indonesia are still living in temporary shelter. Entire communities were destroyed,” FAO’s post-tsunami operations coordinator Alex Jones said, noting that there was a danger that international attention and donor support would come to an end before the recovery was complete. “Sustainable recovery requires a five to 10 year effort.”One of the lessons learned from the disaster, which killed over 230,000 people and displaced some 1.5 million more in 12 countries, is the need for establishing a contingency emergency fund, for which Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed between $500 million and $1 billion, in order to accelerate relief.“The donor response to the tsunami disaster was huge, but there were still delays in getting help to the people who needed it most,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said. “What the world needs is a standby global disaster fund that would make immediate intervention possible.”Mr. Jones stressed that while preparedness for such a disaster is virtually impossible, there has to be a faster response. “For this to happen, funds need to be available within 30 days of the disaster, not six months, as is usually the case,” he said. “So there is a need for the creation of a well-financed global emergency fund so that aid agencies have sufficient resources to begin work immediately in the wake of disasters like this.”FAO has been active in all the affected countries, playing a lead role in advising governments on rehabilitation in fisheries and agriculture as well as helping repair and replace lost and damaged boats and equipment and restoring damaged farmland.“Our biggest challenge is the scale of the reconstruction effort. Millions of people were affected,” Mr. Jones said. “It was an unprecedented level of destruction. In Indonesia and Sri Lanka, around 100 miles of coastline were destroyed – not just a couple of areas or towns.”Summing up the relief effort one year on, he added: “The overall message is a positive one. A large amount of attention, funding and adequate human resources to address the needs of these countries has resulted in exceptional performance to date.” read more

McDonalds US store count to shrink this year possibly for 1st time

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2015 1:04 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2015 at 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The burger chain that put “supersize” into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald’s says its number of restaurants in the U.S. is shrinking.McDonald’s plans to close more restaurants in the U.S. than it opens this year, according to the world’s biggest hamburger chain. That hasn’t happened since at least 1970, according to an Associated Press review of McDonald’s regulatory filings.Becca Hary, a McDonald’s spokeswoman, declined to provide a specific figure but said the reduction would be “minimal” compared with its total of about 14,300 U.S. locations.Still, the contraction is symbolic of troubles under the Golden Arches and how it’s trying to regroup.The company enjoyed rapid expansion for much of its history by offering consistent food at affordable prices. It even thrived during the recession, when its Dollar Menu drew in people trying to save money and new products like McCafe coffee drove up sales.But since then, chains like Chipotle that market themselves as serving better food and ingredients have chipped away at McDonald’s dominance. A new breed of “better burger” chains such as Five Guys Burgers and Fries is taking away customers, too.McDonald’s past success led to “a natural overconfidence,” said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group.“McDonald’s is such an internally focused organization, it’s a situation where you don’t have a fresh perspective coming in,” Gordon said.McDonald’s executives have also conceded that an overly complicated menu led to inaccurate orders and longer wait times, and that they failed to keep pace with changing tastes.CUTTING THE FATIn April, McDonald’s said it would close about 700 underperforming locations around the world this year, including in the U.S. CEO Steve Easterbrook, who stepped into the role on March 1, also later laid out plans to restructure the company to remove layers of bureaucracy and move more nimbly.In any given year, some underperforming McDonald’s restaurants will close. But previously, the number of closings has been outweighed by new restaurants that open.The U.S. store closings will be a mix of franchised and company-owned locations, Hary said. She noted that the closings are part of a strategic review intended to set the stage for the future growth. The company did not provide a list of locations expected to close.McDonald’s Corp. has not reported an annual reduction in U.S. locations since at least 1970, according to archived filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For 1969, McDonald’s did not include a U.S. store count in its annual report.The company declined to comment on the last time it reduced its U.S. store base. But given the rapid expansion that characterized its early years, it’s likely McDonald’s hadn’t pulled back since Ray Kroc founded the company in 1955.SATURATION POINT OR ROOM TO RUN?Closing weak stores isn’t unusual for companies trying to turn around their fortunes. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shuttered hundreds of U.S. cafes after returning to head the company in 2008. Since then, the coffee chain has enjoyed healthy sales growth and expanded its footprint.Mike Donahue, who served as McDonald’s chief communications officer before leaving in 2006, said McDonald’s hasn’t necessarily reached its limit in the U.S.“The only thing that stops growth is relevancy to the customer,” said Donahue, who has since co-founded Lyfe Kitchen, a chain that positions itself as serving more wholesome food.Even though it’s closing locations, McDonald’s easily remains the country’s biggest hamburger chain. It still has more than twice as many restaurants as No. 2 Burger King, according to the industry tracker Technomic.Among all fast-food chains, Subway has the most locations in the country with about 27,000 stores, though they do far less business than the typical McDonald’s.And McDonald’s is still growing globally. It plans to add about 300 restaurants to its worldwide total of more than 36,000.Donahue said that people were saying decades ago that McDonald’s had reached its saturation point in the U.S. But within the company, he said there was always confidence that there was room to expand.Even when McDonald’s closed underperforming stores in the past, he said it would open new restaurants in better locations. The closings this year appear to be a way to strengthen its base of stores, he said.“What they’re doing is pruning the tree,” he said.___Follow Candice Choi at McDonald’s US store count to shrink this year, possibly for 1st time read more

Brock recognizes profs for outstanding teaching at Convocation

First-rate teaching and mentoring that goes above and beyond the norm is the cornerstone of Brock’s reputation for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. As such, at this year’s Spring Convocation taking place from June 5 to 9, the University will pay tribute to six faculty members for their exceptional contributions to teaching.“The recipients of these awards for teaching excellence provide our students with a top-notch education experience,” says Murray Knuttila, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. “The quality of teaching, supportive learning environment and classroom innovation that these outstanding faculty provide for our students helps to foster a culture of pervasive research and creative activity at our University.”The Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching is awarded to individuals chosen by selection committees of Faculty members, staff and students from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences, Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Science and Social Sciences. Nominees must have a reputation for superior teaching and be recognized for this quality by students and colleagues.This year’s recipients are:Professor Kevin KeeDepartment of History and Centre for Digital Humanities, Faculty of HumanitiesKevin KeeProfessor Kevin Kee is a Canada Research Chair of Digital Humanities with expertise in the use of the new digital technologies in the study and teaching of history.He is the editor of the forthcoming text Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology and has published many scholarly articles, delivered conference papers, garnered grants and organized conferences, all focusing on the teaching of history through interactive new media, from websites to iPhone apps.Professor Kee has been instrumental in developing Brock’s Interactive Arts and Science program and MA in History. He has designed courses in history and new digital media and serious gaming, and he uses his interactive media technological and theoretical expertise in the teaching as well as design of his courses.Professor Kee’s teaching is noted not only for his enthusiasm, creativity and commitment, but also for his use of educational principles to create a class environment in which students use interactive media to form community, become engaged in the transfer of knowledge and take responsibility for their learning.Professor Kee believes in the power of hands-on application to support and enhance learning. He aims to make of his classes communities of practitioners who work with peers from different discipline backgrounds to bring history to life.Professor Kee also helped to conceive and launch nGen (Niagara Interactive Media Generator), where a number of his former students work and have launched their careers. He also created the Ontario Augmented Reality Network and helped create the History Education Network.Professor Greg FinnDepartment of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Science:Greg FinnProfessor Greg Finn joined Brock’s Department of Geological Sciences (now Earth Sciences) in 1985 and over the years has established himself as both an outstanding teacher and well-respected administrator.Although Professor Finn has held various administrative positions at Brock, including Department Chair, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, and, since 2007, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic, he has always maintained a strong teaching presence in Earth Sciences.He is a popular and well-respected instructor of optical mineralogy and igneous and metamorphic petrology. His students consistently acknowledge the effort he puts into his courses in order to ensure that difficult concepts are presented with precision and clarity.Students have commented, “Professor Finn was my favourite teacher this semester. He’s obviously spent the time and energy to make this course enjoyable and understandable,” and “I found that I was looking forward to the class because the lecture was engrossing and very informative. The fact that this important course was superbly designed and instructed was awesome.”Professor Finn is also provincially and nationally respected for his efforts relating to education, pedagogy and outreach. He is involved with the Science Teachers Association of Ontario, the Geological Association of Canada, the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario, and Geoscientists Canada.A long-time colleague notes, “Greg is an outstanding classroom teacher and through his work with a number of external organizations I believe that he has become one of the most prominent and influential people in Earth Science education in Canada.”Darlene Ciuffetelli ParkerDepartment of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education:Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker An administrator, literacy consultant and elementary teacher in Toronto for more than 15 years, Professor Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker brought her knowledge, experience and unique research to the Faculty of Education in 2005.Professor Ciuffetelli Parker excels in gaining insight on life and narrative in the fields of teacher education, marginalized communities, and diversity and literacy education through the use of narrative inquiry methodology.She believes that curriculum is made alongside the students she teaches and the communities she interacts with. Curriculum, in this perspective, is made through the intertwining of her life course of action with students’, colleagues’ and communities’ life courses of action.Recently, Professor Ciuffetelli Parker analyzed the effect of poverty on students and families as well as Ontario educators who work in school communities affected by poverty. The results of this research include several presentations and publications locally, nationally and internationally, with a research report, policy brief and a co-authored book: Poverty and Schools in Ontario: How Seven Elementary Schools are Working to Improve Education.However, it is not just her research that has made her a deserving recipient of this award. Her work and dedication in the classroom has proved just as significant.One of her students notes, “Dr. Ciuffetelli Parker’s passion and love of teaching is contagious in the classroom and her desire to motivate every student is most rewarding.” Another says, “Dr. Ciuffetelli Parker is the kind of professor who touches the lives of every student she teaches … [she] truly inspired me.”Professor Robert DimandDepartment of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences:Robert (Bob) Dimand Professor Robert (Bob) Dimand is known for making a difference. He will walk out of his office at midnight after working on a research paper and “eagerly” answer questions from students concerning their test scheduled for the next day. Through astute mentoring he has significantly shaped the future of many of his students during their time at Brock.Students speak about Professor Dimand as being an inspirational mentor and having “that rare personality that is able to inspire and enlighten.” In the context of large classes, he is always available, is keen to answer questions and makes economics “interesting, challenging and entertaining.”In smaller graduate courses, Professor Dimand’s own engagement in the discipline motivates students and as they say “the most amazing part is that Bob always feels his audience and knows the precise timing of when to do what and how to grasp highly volatile students’ attention.”Professor Dimand gives his students the gift of confidence and with this confidence students embrace learning and become able to present strong arguments to others.One of his students, who went on to complete a doctoral degree at Yale aptly commented that by Professor Dimand’s “ability to engage the class in economic questions, to excite students and to teach us how to think about problems makes him one of the best educations that I have ever come across.”Professor Erin SharpeDepartment of Recreation and Leisure Studies, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences:Erin SharpeProfessor Erin Sharpe’s impact in areas of innovation and leadership in teaching and learning is evident both within the classroom and beyond.Professor Sharpe believes “community” is both a place and a process, and she creates opportunities and activities that move students out of the classroom and into settings and contexts that allow them the opportunity to engage in community life.Professor Sharpe’s students have engaged in numerous service learning projects at more than 15 sites across Niagara.In 2011, she initiated a course called CAMP L.E.A.D. (Learning through Experience and Adventure). The course invited students to create a five-day March Break life-skills camp for 25 local youths. In collaboration with RAFT (Resource Association for Teens) and the United Way, CAMP L.E.A.D. provided programming to youth in areas such as assertiveness, empathy, and social and interpersonal skills.Professor Sharpe also initiated and led her department’s first international field course. She established a partnership with the University Superior Cultura Fisica “Manuel Fajardo” in Havana, and since 2010, has led two field courses to Cuba. This initiative provides students with the opportunity to learn about the culture of a different country and become more informed about themselves as global citizens.Professor Sharpe has received two “Best Practices Teaching Awards” (2005, 2006) from the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at Brock. She has contributed significantly in the areas of undergraduate and graduate student supervision, and her teaching scholarship includes international service learning and the use of web-based learning in the classroom.Michael J. ArmstrongDepartment of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, Faculty of Business:Professor Michael J. Armstrong is a recognized expert in operations management who has had his research published in a number of refereed journals and has been a frequent commentator on quality-related issues. He has been quoted in media across Canada including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post.Professor Armstrong’s expertise in quality and process improvement is evident in his teaching. He focuses on the needs of his students by continuously improving course content and delivery, taking a quality control approach to ensuring he achieves those goals.One of his challenges is to present course material in a way that is relevant to all of his students. To do this, he views his students as clients and asks himself what he can do to help them meet their needs for intellectual growth and future employability.Once a course design is created that targets the needs of his students, he works on improving it, regularly adjusting content and delivery based on experience, student comments and advances in the field.Since joining Brock in 2008, Professor Armstrong’s classes have been gaining in popularity with a 25 per cent increase in enrollment. His spirit of continuous improvement includes the use of high-tech tools and low-tech activities to supplement the regular lectures with experiential learning. His students appreciate his efforts and consistently give him high marks for his teaching performance.Professor Armstrong’s students are the beneficiary of his dedication to his field and the application of his knowledge to his teaching techniques. read more

Growing up in Ireland Latest study findings show huge impact of recession

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF families experiencing difficulties making ends meet increased hugely in the period after the start of the downturn, according to the latest data from the Growing up in Ireland study.New research relating to 11,000 children and their parents has been published today.It shows that in late 2008/early 2009, 44 per cent of the families interviewed considered that they were having financial difficulties. When they were re-interviewed just over two years later, that figure had risen to 61 per cent. The first interviews were conducted when the children were nine months old — the second batch around the children’s third birthdays.Almost two-thirds of the families said that the recession had had a big effect on their lives since their first interview — as a result of reductions in wages and cuts in working hours and social welfare payments.32 per cent of that group said this had meant having to cut back on basics, while 14 per cent said they had fallen behind on utility bills and 9 per cent said they were falling behind on their rent or mortgage.A total of 19,500 children are taking part in the Growing up in Ireland study. The other group of children (8,500 in total) were recruited into the research at the age of nine. It’s funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and the  findings are used for policy development.Social advantage gapIn terms of children’s socio-economic development, the research released shows that children being brought up by parents who were experiencing some form of stress were more likely to display behavioural difficulties; it also found a link between those problems and changes in parents’ stress levels in the years between the first and second interviews.Boys were more likely to be “in the problematic range of socio-emotional behaviour” as were children from more socially disadvantaged groups. Meanwhile, girls performed better on tests of cognitive ability than boys at the age of three.The study also found that social gradients were becoming clear by the time a child reached their third birthday.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the latest findings provided “a rich description of the family, childcare and financial circumstances in which the youngest members of our society live”.She added:What this report also highlights is that even by 3 years, there is evidence of an emerging gap in child outcomes relating to levels of social advantage”.The full details of the study can be found at the Growing Up in Ireland website.Read: What’s it like being a child in Ireland today? > Revealed: The life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland >last_img read more

COD Black Ops suffering from lag and performance issues

first_imgCall of Duty: Black Ops has had a huge launch and met with critical acclaim, but all is not well with the game. It turns out that players are seeing lag and some other serious problems, including very high CPU loads which prevent the game from playing properly on PCs.From the start I’ll say this: I put in about two hours on the PC version last night and had no problems. The single player worked great and while the multiplayer had some lag and rather high pings, it wasn’t enough to prevent me from playing. Reports around the web are prevalent enough that it’s clear problems exist, even if I can’t personally speak to them.AdChoices广告Kotaku discovered a forum response from a Treyarch employee staying that “the PC server browser was crushing the back-end”. We also have confirmation that the issue(s) is/are known and they are being addressed.So if you are having problems, don’t worry, you’re not the only one.We’re seeing performance fixes pop up around the web but if there are problems with the multiplayer backend those won’t help. At the very least maybe these will help people get through the single player campaign. Some of the fixes seem a bit dubious though, so read up before you start hacking away.The Steam forums are generally the best place to turn when this happens, and this time is no different. There are a number of threads up on the problems, with the summary being that there are a number of glitches with the PC version and people aren’t too happy. That said, this is a huge release so even if bugs are only affecting a small percentage of users the outcry will seem widespread.As it happens so often, users might just have to wait a few days for a patch to be released and things to finally work properly. It might not seem like a big deal to you, but if you took the time to pre-order and then pre-load what will probably be the biggest FPS game of the year, it could come as a serious disappointment.last_img read more

Theres no tragedy for me US actress Selma Blair opens up about

first_img Feb 28th 2019, 10:27 AM Source: Megyn Kelly/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘There’s no tragedy for me’: US actress Selma Blair opens up about MS The Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions star (46), was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August 2018. Wow – such admiration for Selma Blair and her grace in sharing this challenge publicly. In what can be such a shallow industry that prizes the wrong things, she shows us all what real beauty is.— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) February 27, 2019 Share216 Tweet Email2 The resilience, the strength and the power of this. ❤️Standing up and refusing to fade away even in the midst of a flare up – bringing so much light and awareness to MS. @SelmaBlair is an Icon.— Dan (@Captain__DMan) February 27, 2019 Source: Good Morning America/Twitter 40,027 Views Blair said she was worried about whether anyone would hire her. However, she said those who got in contact with her included Amy Schumer, whose father also has MS. She told Vanity Fair that she was surprised her honesty about her disease struck a chord with strangers.“I’m pretty much a nobody in Hollywood. But when I read comments on Instagram from people who were suffering, whether it was from MS, or anything, I think, holy shit, there’s a need to honesty about being disabled from someone recognisable,” she said.Blair has received an outpouring of positive feedback from social media users this week.  Source: Fªunª/Twitter Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 10:27 AM By Hayley Halpin Short URL 8 Comments .@SelmaBlair on her MS diagnosis, “I was a little scared of talking.”— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 26, 2019 Blair told Vanity Fair she will continue to share her story because “there’s no tragedy for me”. “I’m happy and if I can help anyone be more comfortable in their skin, it’s more than I’ve ever done before,” she said. She also plans to keep acting in the future. “I don’t know if I believed in myself or had the ambition before my diagnosis. And oddly now I do, and I don’t know if it’s too late.”With reporting by © – AFP 2019  Selma Blair attending the Vanity Fair Oscar Party Source: Ian West via PA ImagesUS ACTRESS SELMA Blair has opened up about her life with multiple sclerosis. The Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions star (46), was diagnosed with the chronic central nervous system disease – which causes symptoms including fatigue, pain and coordination problems – in August after suffering symptoms “for years”.“I really feel like people with disabilities are invisible to a lot of people,” Blair said in a new interview with Vanity Fair. Blair first revealed her diagnosis in an Instagram post last October. However, after appearing with a cane at an Oscars party on Sunday, she has this week spoken to Good Morning America and Vanity Fair about her experience. “It wasn’t about announcing a dramatic diagnosis. I had no idea, for some reason, that news outlets would be it up or anything,” she said.  Source: Dan/Twitterlast_img read more