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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 (https://germanwatch.org/en/7677) – 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.” (https://germanwatch.org/en/download/8599.pdf). 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 www.twitter.com/candicechoi 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. https://t.co/GIvRuwPjtU— 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. pic.twitter.com/tTVxskuwJk— Dan (@Captain__DMan) February 27, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4517089 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.” https://t.co/W1vUNMab63 pic.twitter.com/XvWdGO30Ow— 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

ASA Soybean Leadership College Adds Carolyn ONeil to Star Packed Lineup

first_imgCarolyn O’NeilThe 2015 ASA Soybean Leadership College (SLC) recently added noted nutrition expert, award winning food journalist and television personality Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD to its star packed line up of speakers for Jan. 6 – 8, 2015 in St. Louis, Mo.O’Neil’s presentation “Can You Hear Me Now?” will focus on how to effectively and accurately communicate with consumers about food and nutrition. O’Neil is a registered dietician, an award winning author and journalist who has reported on food and travel at CNN for nearly 20 years.O’Neil joins other keynote speakers Jack Bobo, U.S. Department of State, Senior Advisor for Biotechnology in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs and Dr. Matt Roberts. In the presentation, “Can Agriculture Save the Planet before it Destroys It?,” Bobo will examine the global trends in food and agriculture and the role of effective communication in ensuring the voice of farmers and students contribute to the food policy, technology and innovation dialogue. Roberts will address the current supply and demand situation for grains and oilseeds in the United States and world and what it means for prices and how growers can best take advantage of these trends in their own marketing decisions.The Soybean Leadership College is open to ASA, USB, USSEC, state association and QSSB leaders and staff, soybean producers wanting to assume a leadership position on a state or national level, and college students seeking to further develop their organizational leadership skills. For more information about the 2015 Soybean Leadership College click https://soygrowers.com/learn/soybean-leadership-college/ .The 2015 Soybean Leadership College is sponsored by the following organizations:United Soybean BoardArkansas Soybean Promotion BoardIllinois Soybean BoardIndiana Soybean AllianceIowa Soybean AssociationKansas Soybean CommissionKentucky Soybean BoardMaryland Soybean BoardMichigan Soybean Promotion CommitteeMinnesota Soybean Research and Promotion CouncilNebraska Soybean BoardNew York Corn and Soybean AssociationNorth Carolina Soybean Producers AssociationNorth Dakota Soybean CouncilOhio Soybean CouncilSouth Dakota Soybean CouncilTennessee Soybean Promotion BoardVirginia Soybean Boardlast_img read more

Quiet lonely Eid for Farooq and Omar Abdullah Mehbooba Mufti
Quiet lonely Eid for Farooq and Omar Abdullah Mehbooba Mufti

first_imgSrinagar: It was a quiet, lonely Eid for former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Monday, quite unlike previous years when their homes were full of celebratory crowds of supporters, friends and family members, officials said. The three leaders were detained after the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and proposed that the state be bifurcated into the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. On Monday, a week after the government’s announcement, their homes in the city’s posh Gupkar Road were deserted with only a security vehicle stationed outside. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us While National Conference president Farooq Abdullah is under house arrest at his residence, his son and party vice president Omar Abdullah is at the Hari Nivas Palace. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba is at the Cheshma Shahi Hut here, officials said. Several political leaders, who were picked up on August 5, offered prayers at the Centaur Hotel here, the officials said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The government provided them with a ‘Maulvi’, they added. Elsewhere in the Valley, too, Eid-al-Adha celebrations were muted with an unprecedented security cover and curfew-like restrictions. All modes of communication, including the internet and phones, have been snapped. Eid prayers were limited to neighbourhood mosques in Kashmir. Security forces fanned out across towns and villages, restricting the movement of people and prohibiting congregations in large grounds.last_img read more

US Muslim lawmakers barred by Israel AIPAC Democrats object
US Muslim lawmakers barred by Israel AIPAC Democrats object

first_imgTel Aviv: Israel’s decision to bar two Muslim members of the US Congress drew strikingly sharp criticism from several allies to the Jewish state, including top Democratic lawmakers, presidential hopefuls and influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, widely supported by Democrats and Republicans alike in Washington, led a collection of pro-Israel groups in denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s block of the anti-Trump lawmakers’ visit, a move encouraged by President Donald Trump himself. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us While the group’s members “disagree” with support by House Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for a boycott on Israel, AIPAC said “we also believe every member of Congress should be able to visit and experience our democratic ally Israel firsthand.” More than 70 House and Senate Democrats publicly denounced Israel’s rejection, while Republican lawmakers were largely silent following the announcement. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a staunch Israel ally on Capitol Hill, called the decision “a sign of weakness (that) will only hurt the US-Israeli relationship and support for Israel in America.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi herself has clashed with Omar and Tlaib, who have been accused of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements. But Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, called the travel ban “beneath the dignity of the great State of Israel.” Advertise With Us Israel scrapped the visit shortly after Trump weighed in via Twitter to say it would be showing “great weakness” if the Jewish state allowed the lawmakers in, leading to suspicion that Netanyahu acted only after receiving ally Trump’s imprimatur. That notion was reinforced by Israel’s ex-ambassador to Washington Danny Ayalon, who tweeted that his government had “rightfully decided to accept that recommendation” from Trump. Omar, a Somali refugee, and Tlaib, born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrants, have faced censure from colleagues in Congress. The House of Representatives voted to condemn anti-Semitism in March, after a series of Omar remarks that were criticized as offensive to Israel and Jews. But colleagues rushed to their defense on Thursday, angrily opposing the Israeli ban that Omar herself described as “chilling.” Several lawmakers expressed alarm at Trump’s deviation from traditional diplomatic protocol, saying his interference will only drive a wedge between the longstanding allies and undermine the bipartisan basis for congressional support. “The Trump Administration made a mistake in urging Israel to prevent them from entering the country,” said Senator Susan Collins, one of the only Republican lawmakers to openly break with Trump over the incident. Several Democratic presidential candidates piled on, including frontrunner Joe Biden, attacking Netanyahu’s decision and Trump’s public meddling in a sovereign nation’s affairs. Trump himself insisted it was Israel’s call. “What they’ve said is disgraceful, so I can’t imagine why Israel would let them in,” Trump told reporters of the lawmakers. “But if they want to let them in, they can.” While most Republicans laid low, some support for Netanyahu’s move, and Trump’s intervention, trickled out. Congressman Mo Brooks tweeted that Omar and Tlaib “hate, want to hurt, maybe even destroy” the Jewish state. “Israel bars enemies from entering Israel,” the Alabama Republican added.last_img read more

Stray dog menace at Shivaji Nagar
Stray dog menace at Shivaji Nagar

first_imgSecunderabad: Locals of Shivaji Nagar are facing a serious problem for the last few days because of the increasing number of stray dogs in their locality. Harish, a commuter, said, “We have complained about this issue to the authorities concerned, but no action has been taken yet. Day-by-day, the number of stray dogs is increasing and, especially, during night time we are getting scared to come out from houses.”last_img

2 students go missing as a boat sinks in Padma river
2 students go missing as a boat sinks in Padma river

first_imgTwo students went missing as a boat sank in the Padma River at Thanpur Kheyaghat in Bagha upazila on Friday.The deceased were identified as Sabuj Ali, 18, a class XI student of Durudia College and son of Mantu of Sultanpur village and Manirul 14, a class X student of Thanpur High School and son of Chander Ali of Chandur area of the upazila.Local people said a boat carrying 45-50 passengers capsized in the middle of the river around 6:30 am.All but the two boys managed to swim ashore.The victims met the tragic accident while going to Kheyaghat area for harvesting jute.On information, the divers from Lalpur Fire Service Station went to the spot for carrying out salvage operation.last_img read more

12 policemen safe in service despite selling 1m yaba pills
12 policemen safe in service despite selling 1m yaba pills

first_imgYaba. File PhotoDespite being found guilty of selling about one million yaba pills, recovered in an anti-drug drive, to drug traders, 12 policemen including an SP and two ASPs remain secure in their positions, found a  Prothom Alo investigation.The police headquaters’ inquiry committee submitted a final report stating the officers were guilty. Eleven of of the accused police officers are serving in Cox’s Bazar and one in Chattogram.Those accused of selling yaba are the inspector Monirul Islam and Sukendra Chandra Sarkar of Cox’s Bazar DB police, sub-inspector Kamal Hossain, Masud Rana and Jabed Alam,  ASI Masud Mia, constable Mobarak Hossain, Rubel and Kefayet Ullah.Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent AKM Iqbal Hossain, Ukhia circle additional police superintendent Chailau Marma and additional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar Sadar Afruzul Haque were also accused in the report.The police superintendent has been accused for embezzlement of money from yaba sales. The other two officials were charged with not investigating the case properly and for neglecting their duties.Several police officers on condition of anonymity told Prothom Alo that a team of Cox’s Bazar DB police recovered the huge number of yaba pills from Teknaf on 27 October night in 2017.“The accused are supposed to be dismissed right after such allegations and criminal cases should be filed against them,” they added.Sub-inspector Bashir Ahmed over phone and police inspector Sukendra Chandra Sarkar in person informed police superintendent AKM Iqbal Hossain that around 730,000 pieces of yaba had been recovered at the time.Another SI of DB police Jabed Alam, however, mentioned while filing case in Teknaf police station that only 10,000 pieces yaba were recovered.The investigation, later, found that the officers actually recovered one million pills of which they sold 990,000 pills to drug dealers.  The incident came to light due to the dispute between two police officials, said an official unwilling to disclose his identity.SI Bashir Ahmed filed a complaint with the police headquarters saying one of the accused officers came to his house in Dhaka to offer a bribe to keep silent on the matter. The incident was even published in a daily newspaper at the time.Another team of police found evidence behind the allegations of offering the bribe.Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent AKM Iqbal Hossain told Prothom Alo, “The incident cannot be discussed as it is under investigation by the headquarters. However, as the police super, I can say that I am not involved in any wrongdoing.”Another accused additional police superintendent Chaylau Marma said,”I have not shown any negligence of duty.”The most serious allegation has been brought against the then inspector of DB police Monirul Islam. Monirul is now in charge of the sea beach police outpost.The investigation says, Monirul Islam knew that 990,000 yaba pills were sold. Not only did he seize a refrigerator with 500 yaba earlier and sold it, he is also allegedly using a microbus that he seized as evidence for another case.It is said in the investigation that Monirul sent SI Masud Rana to offer the bribe to Bashir Ahmed.SI Monirul said, “All these happened due to the dispute between two inspectors. One of them betrayed another..”Deputy inspector general (administration) Habibur Rahman told Prothom Alo that he received a copy of the investigation report.“The process of filing charges is underway,” said Habibur Rahman.Asked about what kind of action can be taken against police officers on such allegations, former inspector general of police Nur Mohammad said “The accused must first be dismissed. Action can then be taken according to the investigation report.”last_img read more

Twitter Echoes Baltimore Community Following DOJ Report
Twitter Echoes Baltimore Community Following DOJ Report

first_imgSocial media users went haywire after a recent Department of Justice report revealed evidence of racism and injustice within Baltimore’s police force. On Aug. 10, the phrases “Baltimore Police Department,” “Justice Department” and the hashtag #DOJReport were all trending on Twitter following the release of the shocking report.Kwame Rose“The DOJ report adds very little new information. For the most part it just confirms on paper what we’ve all been saying,” tweeted Baltimore activist Kwame Rose.The 163-page document detailed racial and gender discrimination, excessive force, and injustice. The investigation for this report was sparked by the death of Freddie Gray, a Black man who died from spinal injuries while in police custody last April. His death ignited riots in Baltimore and protests against police brutality across the country.Sherrilyn Ifill“300,000 stops in 5 years. But only 3.7% of stops result in citation or arrest. Worse than I thought. #DOJReport #Baltimore,” Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund wrote on Twitter.“It’s so much easier to focus on the frustrated reaction & call them ‘thugs’ than confront the abuse of power in plain sight. #Baltimore,” Ifill added.DeRay McKessonBaltimore activist DeRay McKesson also weighed in on the report. “The DOJ’s latest report re: the @BaltimorePolice is important, as it clearly outlines the scope & intensity of the civil rights violations,” tweeted McKesson. “Following the report, we will begin to press for a clear consent decree that will outline the required next steps for the @BaltimorePolice.”Johnetta ElzieBlack Lives Matter leader and civil rights activist Johnetta Elzie retweeted several of the most shocking quotes from the report. She also responded to a video of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake saying that the results of the report are hard to hear. Elzie tweeted: “@MayorSRB hasn’t been actively listening for quite some time.”Laura CoatesSome felt that the police needed to take more responsibility for the accounts in the report. CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Laura Coates tweeted, “Anyone else tired of the preface, ‘this is not an indictment on all police officers’? #Baltimore #DOJReport #DOJOnBPD.”Samuel SinyangweActivist Samuel Sinyangwe also wanted to hold police accountable for the documents findings. He tweeted, “Why do they close failing schools but not failing police departments?” While some were shocked by the results, for many the report just verified their pre-existing beliefs about police interactions with African Americans. “Biased zero tolerance policing is not a myth. It’s the everyday reality that Black people live every day,” tweeted Rose.Many users across the Web shared the sentiment. One user tweeted, “#DOJReport confirms what many have stated for years. Racial profiling.  Excessive force. Civil rights violations. Round and round it goes….”Still, some are hoping that this report will lead to improvements in the police force.  One user wrote: “DOJ Investigation into @BaltimorePolice is scathing! I hope it changes things! We need police to do their jobs not harass etc!”last_img read more

Congress Is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright Guest Column
Congress Is Poised to Modernize Music Copyright Guest Column

first_imgThe Music Modernization Act, which combines key provisions of what were four separate legislative initiatives into a single bill that will update how music rates are set and how songwriters and artists are paid, was passed unanimously by a House Judiciary Committee earlier this month. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives. Variety has published guest posts both approving and criticizing the act. Here, Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Doug Collins (R-Ga.) present their perspective. Last week, we were happy to join House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) in introducing an historic bill for the music industry, the Music Modernization Act of 2018 (MMA), which passed unanimously out of the Judiciary Committee 32-0. As co-chairs of the Creative Rights Caucus, we have supported music creators since we came to Congress, and we’re gratified to see the MMA modernize music licensing law in a single bipartisan package that addresses a spectrum of issues currently undermining artistic innovation. The simple theme of these reforms is fairness: Songwriters deserve the opportunity to obtain fair rates for the use of their musical works, and music providers should be able to compensate creators with transparency in a way that makes sense for the 21st century.Beyond the provisions of the original Music Modernization Act, this week’s package settles once and for all the debate over whether creators should be compensated for use of work created before 1972. Artists like Smokey Robinson, Booker T. Jones and Emmylou Harris deserve to be compensated for use of their work as much as Outkast and Shawn Mendes do. The pre-1972 qualification reflects a distinction without a difference, one that the MMA resolves by incorporating the CLASSICS Act offered by our colleagues Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).Finally, the MMA recognizes for the first time in law that studio producers play a key role in translating sheet music and live talent into sound recordings. From the days of 78 rpm recordings to the digital audio that flows from our smart phones, studio producers have helped lay down the tracks that we love. These professional catalysts are often compensated for use of their work today through private agreements, and the MMA includes language from the AMP Act to recognize this practice and extend it to all producers.Together, all of these provisions of the MMA modernize licensing on behalf of music creators and the people who love their work. The package has received wide bipartisan support from our colleagues — including a unanimous vote of support from the House Judiciary Committee this week — and enjoy overwhelming consensus among music publishers, songwriters, artists, labels, producers and digital music services.Support continues to flow from the Recording Academy, the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Content Creators Coalition, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Songwriters of North America (SONA) and the Digital Media Association (DiMA), which represents Amazon, Apple, Pandora and Spotify, among others, and the Internet Association. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 This week, as music creators travel to Washington for Grammys on the Hill, we are honored to receive the Recording Academy’s award for our work fighting for creators. And while “we thank the Academy” for that award, we want to use this opportunity to highlight the songwriters, artists and producers who have motivated a “coalition of unusual suspects” —as Rep. Jefferies terms us — to collaborate on a bill that brings fairness and transparency into an overregulated industry. With these creators in mind, we urge our colleagues to support the speedy passage of this bipartisan bill that protects music — which continues to be one of America’s greatest innovations and exports — for this generation and the ones to come.center_img Popular on Variety Despite the fact that the music industry has already progressed deep into the digital age with streaming and downloads becoming the norm, it’s still bound by laws enacted before streaming even existed. Some of these laws make it impossible for stakeholders to respond to technological advancements and others thwart free-market forces. Yet asking songwriters to keep the market supplied with new anthems while the government holds payments for those songs below market value is like asking them to keep an anvil afloat in the ocean.To address these problems, the MMA includes several key provisions.The Music Modernization Act, which we introduced with our colleague Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) last December, accounts for the bulk of the language in the new MMA package and levels the playing field for songwriters while increasing operational efficiencies for digital music providers like Spotify and Amazon Music.Both of these goals are achieved in part through a new mechanical licensing collective governed by publishers and songwriters. The database would match songwriters to their songs, making it easier for creators to identify the use of their work and for music providers to fully compensate those creators and avoid copyright infringement.The bill also modernizes how compensation for mechanical licenses (which include digital streaming) is determined. Since 1909 — before music sound recordings even existed — Section 115 of the Copyright Act has regulated musical compositions. At present, the government determines the statutory rates for musical works through the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), using a policy-based standard to set rates that don’t reflect market value for those works. To bring American values to bear on an American marketplace, the MMA establishes a willing buyer/willing seller standard for mechanical licenses.The process for determining performance royalty rates is similarly outmoded, and the MMA injects more fairness into that system by widening and randomizing the pool of federal judges who set performance royalties for the two largest performance rights organizations, ASCAP and BMI. These organizations represent songwriters in their quest for timely, appropriate compensation when their works are publicly performed. The legislation additionally reforms a provision of the Copyright Act that forbids the federal rate courts overseeing the consent decrees that govern ASCAP and BMI from factoring in sound recording royalty rates as a relevant benchmark. The federal government has had its thumb on these scales for too long, and that ultimately hurts producers or consumers.last_img read more

Nanoscale Coaxial Cables for Solar Energy Harvesting
Nanoscale Coaxial Cables for Solar Energy Harvesting

first_imgOne overarching problem is that current semiconducting materials with the potential for use in renewable energy devices lack one key characteristic. When electrons in these materials are excited by light and jump to higher energy levels (leaving vacancies, known as “holes,” in the lower levels), both the electrons and the holes typically move around in the same region. Thus, they tend to recombine. This is desirable for certain applications, such as light-emitting devices, where electron-hole recombination produces light, but is not ideal for renewable energy devices. A better scenario is the separation of the excited electrons from the holes such that, in the case of solar cells, for example, the electrons can be drawn off and used for electricity.“Our nanowires were designed to provide this feature, along with a superior electrical conductivity,” said NREL materials scientist Yong Zhang, the study’s corresponding researcher, to PhysOrg.com. “Both of these properties are critical in order for renewable energy devices to reach their ultimate efficiency limits.”Conventional coaxial cables consist of a central copper wire symmetrically surrounded by a braided copper conductor, with an insulating spacer material between the two. The braid serves as a return route for electrons that have already passed down the core wire; it can equally be viewed as a channel for holes moving in the opposite direction. The insulator separates the charge passing through the wire and braid.Mimicking this structure, the group designed a nanoscale version consisting of a central wire, the “core,” surrounded by a shell (the shell is not cylindrical like conventional cables, but rather is hexagonal). The researchers used two semiconducting materials: gallium nitride (GaN) and gallium phosphide (GaP). They made two samples, one with a GaN core and GaP shell, and another with a GaP core and GaN shell. Both wires are approximately four nanometers in diameter (according to Zhang, this particular size was chosen by considering the computational effort needed to analyze the wires’ properties, because larger wires, while easier to make, require considerably more computing power and time to model. Similar success, he says, could be achieved with nanowires up to 10-15 nanometers in diameter). In neither sample is an insulating spacer required. This phenomenon is the result of the specific semiconducting behaviors of GaN and GaP. Scientists have designed a new type of nanowire – a tiny coaxial cable – that could vastly improve a few key renewable energy technologies, particularly solar cells, and could even impact other cutting-edge, developing technologies, such as quantum computing and nanoelectronics. Figure 1: A cross-section of a conventional coaxial cable Citation: Nanoscale ‘Coaxial Cables’ for Solar Energy Harvesting (2007, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-04-nanoscale-coaxial-cables-solar-energy.html The nanowire, developed by researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, may solve several problems currently associated with renewable energy applications. Explore furthercenter_img Figure 2: A cross-section of the nanoscale coaxial cable, in which nitrogen, phosphorus, and gallium atoms are shown in blue, yellow, and magenta, respectively. White spheres represent hydrogen atoms, which help render the surface of the wire chemically non-reactive. Can Switzerland succeed without fossil fuels? GaN and GaP, like all semiconductors, are classified by “band gap” – how much energy is required for electrons in the material to jump from the top of the “valence band,” a range of energies for which they don’t participate in conduction, to the bottom of the “conduction band,” a range for which they do participate. When GaN and GaP are combined into a wire, the structure as a whole assumes its own band gap, which is very different from that of either component but much more appropriate for solar energy applications. Besides providing efficient charge separation, the design may be able to remedy several shortcomings of solar-energy applications. For example, they could help widen the coverage of the solar spectrum and minimize energy loss associated with electron-hole recombination.“We can tailor the properties of these cables to address the specific problems associated with each application,” said Zhang. “Beyond renewable energy applications, they could have exciting uses ranging from quantum computing to nanoelectronics.”This research is described in detail in the April 5, 2007, online edition of Nano Letters.Citation: Yong Zhang, Lin-Wang Wang, and Angelo Mascarenhas, “’Quantum Coaxial Cables’ for Solar Energy Harvesting.” Nano Lett. ASAP Article, DOI: 10.1021/nl070066tCopyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Offering gift options for Diwali
Offering gift options for Diwali

first_imgHappiness and love are the two things we seek for Diwali, one of the most celebrated festivals across India. This time of the year invokes the feeling of togetherness, joy, divinity and brings with it a beautiful package of moments to be cherished hereafter.While you take care of the festive season’s to-do list, JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity rounds up some of the most delectable gift items and packages them with love and the promise of a wonderful year ahead. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStylishly designed and elegantly put together, Diwali gift hampers from JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity include toothsome goodies, enriching delights, aromatic champagne, macaroons and a token of love as cookies and dry fruits to awe your friends, family, colleagues, and delight the recipients at your thoughtful generosity. With twelve carefully curated boxes, each of them specially designed to suit the gifting need of every luxury connoisseur, the customization starts from 1000/- onwards and the standard gift boxes start from INR 1500 with exotic Indian sweets, chocolate truffles, and fruit cake, while the luxury options go up to over 2 lakhs and include some of the choicest luxury gifts. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity lends its signature style combining elegance with luxury, to make your Diwali a joyous, prosperous occasion and a beautiful memory that will linger for many years to come… The gifting options include JW classic – exotic Indian sweets, chocolate truffles, dry fruits cake and spiced cashew nuts savoury, everything just in Rs 1500; JW Premium which has exotic Indian sweets and chocolate truffles in Rs 2500; JW Premier having exotic Indian sweets, chocolate truffles, dry fruits cake, spiced cashew nuts savoury, assorted cookies and Ganesha idol, all in just INR 3000. More than you can think of, Marriott is offering options like JW Treat; JW Deluxe; JW Mini Treasure; JW gifts; JW bundle of joy; wooden box; luxury box and treasure box, which ranges up to Rs 25000.last_img read more

Family blames Ford for former Ladysmith residents death as car bursts into
Family blames Ford for former Ladysmith residents death as car bursts into

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite As it is, more and more Ford Kugas have caught fire and social media are mocking the Ford brand. There are indications from the public that this David and Goliath battle will portray the Ford brand in dimmer light not only because of the fault in the Kuga brand, but more so for the manner in which Ford has dealt with the Jimmy family.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!SaveSave Video footage of 33-year-old Reshall Jimmy’s Ford Kuga burning emerged last week for the first time and aroused intense debate and anger in Ladysmith, because Reshall was born at Ladysmith Provincial Hospital and grew up in Drividian Road.Car-maker Ford had to be threatened with an ultimatum to make it take action: “Either you sort out your combusting Kuga SUVs or we will”. The ultimatum, given by the National Consumer Commission about two weeks ago, led to Ford announcing last week the recall of 4556 Ford Kuga 1.6 vehicles made between 2012 and 2014.He was the third of four children born to Polly and Laldew (Ronnie) Jimmy. He attended Aloe Park Primary and thereafter Ladysmith Secondary School. Upon completing matric, he joined his family, who relocated to Mid Rand in Gauteng.Reshall Jimmy in a photograph taken shortly before his death.He immediately carved a niche in the IT industry and received numerous commendations.He established an online marketing company, Native VNL, and received an international award from Google. Reshall was unmarried. His former schoolmates and teachers are still reeling from the news of his tragic death and there is growing anger at Ford for failing to admit that the fire was caused by a defective system in the Kuga.Harrowing cell-phone footage, which was taken by passersby, was filmed after his vehicle, a 2014 1.6l EcoBoost Kuga, was already burning on the night of December 15, 2015. It made a mockery of Ford’s initial assertion that the fire started at the rear of the Kuga. Jimmy died in the blaze.The only way the family of 33-year-old Reshall Jimmy could identify his body after he died trapped inside his burning 2014 Ford Kuga SUV was through a DNA sample from his older brother Kaveen. According to the postmortem report, Reshall’s body was severely charred.He burnt to death while on holiday in the wilderness in the Western Cape, in December 2015, apparently after an electrical fault behind the dashboard on the front passenger side of his vehicle set his car alight.Two forensic reports – one done by police and the other by an independent forensic inspector – point to an electrical fault as the fire’s cause.It’s been over a year since Reshall’s tragic death, but still the family does not have closure, despite Ford having conducted numerous inspections of the vehicle at a police impound in Oudtshoorn.According to the Jimmy family’s lawyer, Rod Montano, Ford would not commit to handing over the latest forensic report. The report is needed for the inquest into Jimmy’s death to proceed.The family is now preparing for a class action suit against Ford, with several other dissatisfied Kuga drivers. Despite Ford announcing a safety recall of the Kuga 1.6l, the siblings of Jimmy Reshall want the company to take responsibility for their brother’s death.Representatives of one of the world’s largest car manufacturers preferred to try and point evidence in any direction but themselves. “One would expect that any big international brand, like Ford, would contact the family and not only offer their condolences but share with us their plan on investigating the matter,” said Kaveen.Reshall’s younger sister Renisha said the safety recall of the vehicle simply isn’t enough. Reshall’s father passed away in the 60s and his mother, who brought the children up despite numerous trials, is battling to come to terms with this loss.The family is yearning for closure on the tragic death of Reshall and the longer Ford takes to duck and dive, the longer it will take for this tragedy to be laid to rest.last_img read more