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46 killed as bus falls into river in Shimla

first_imgAt least 46 people were killed when a Uttarakhand based private bus fell into the Tons river in Boldhar, about 15 km from Nerwa sub division of Chopal in Shimla district on Wednesday.The bus was coming to Tyuni in Chopal from Vikasnagar in Uttarakhand.There was just one survivor, the conductor of the bus who had jumped midway and saved his life.Most of the passengers belonged to Chopal tehsil of Himachal Pradesh. About 44 bodies have been fished out by the evening while the Police fear some bodies might have been washed away.Rescue teams, including doctors, paramedics, police and fire brigade staff were sent from Nerwa and Chopal. Rescue teams and disaster management personnel also came from Uttarakhand.Himachal Transport Minister G.S. Bali announced a financial assistance of Rs. 50,000 each to the family of the deceased. He also ordered to constitute a committee headed by Regional Transport Officer, Shimla, to ascertain the cause of the accident. The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days. Bad roads and careless driving are believed to be the main cause in majority of bus accidents in the hills.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh also visited the accident site and assured all help to the victims and their families. He announced an immediate relief of Rs. one lakh to the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat expressed grief over the accident. State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who had left for Delhi to attend his case of money laundering before the ED officials has also sent his condolences.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoling the loss of lives, announced announced ex gratia of Rs two lakhs for the next of kin of those killed, and Rs 50,000 for seriously injured.last_img read more

December 3, 2019 0

NERIST students not happy with director’s appointment

first_imgThe appointment of a regular director by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development after four years has not gone down well with the students of the North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) in Arunachal Pradesh.The NERIST students have been on strike since February 27 demanding a regular director for the institute.A notification from the HRD Ministry’s Higher Education department on Monday said that Hardeo Singh Yadav has been appointed the director on a contract of five years.“We are very disappointed with the HRD Ministry for the appointment of Dr. Yadav. The Ministry clearly ignored our demand of appointing a director from outside Arunachal Pradesh,” NERIST Students’ Union president Banta Natung told The Hindu from Nirjuli, near Itanagar.Dr. Yadav is the senior-most professor of chemistry department in NERIST, a deemed university. He had served as the institute’s director in-charge from April 19, 2016, to March 26 last year, before being removed by the HRD Ministry. The State’s Rajiv Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor Tamo Mibang has been in charge since then.“We have not called off our agitation,” Mr. Natung said.The 34-year-old NERIST has not had a director since October 2014, forcing some engineering students to drop out and leaving many research scholars in the lurch.The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), expressing solidarity with some 1,800 agitating students, had on Monday called for a shutdown of higher education institutions across the State to exert pressure on the government. The AAPSU had also come down heavily on Kiren Rijiju, the local MP, for not doing enough for the institution that accommodates students from all eight north-eastern States as well as elsewhere in the country.Mr. Rijiju had in October last year promised to push the HRD Ministry for appointment of a regular director within a month.State Congress MP Ninong Ering had also written to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, urging him to “bring back education to life on the campus”.last_img read more

December 3, 2019 0

Round 1: Horn pushes the offense

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas pulls off 7th round TKO win over Kinoshita, retains title Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pacquiao encourages Horn to hit and the Aussie connects with an overhead right.Horn’s mouthpiece falls to the ring, stopping the fight momentarily.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPacquiao connects on a two-hand combo after Horn lunges. What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jeff Horn of Australia, left, and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, right, lands a left to during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APJeff Horn is the first one to put on his offensive game plan as Manny Pacquiao calculates how he will close the distance against the taller Australian.Horn manages to pin Pacquiao on the ropes and throws several body punches but the Filipino laughs it off.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

November 28, 2019 0

Sharapova Fails Aussie Drug Test

first_imgMaria Sharapova’s tennis career and Olympic hopes are in jeopardy, and she claims it’s all because she failed to click on a link in an email that would have told her to stop taking meldonium.The five-time major champion says she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for the little-known drug, which became a banned substance under the WADA code this year. The former world No. 1 took full responsibility for her mistake when she made the announcement at a news conference Monday in Los Angeles.Sharapova could face a lengthy ban from the International Tennis Federation, possibly ending her season and preventing her from competing for Russia at the Rio Olympics.“I know that with this, I face consequences,” Sharapova said. “I don’t want to end my career this way, and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game.”The 28-year-old Sharapova received notice last week that she tested positive for meldonium, a blood flow-promoting drug she has been taking for 10 years for numerous health issues. Meldonium was banned because it aids oxygen uptake and endurance, and several athletes across international sports have already been caught using it.Sharapova and all players were notified of the changes in the WADA banned substances list in December. Sharapova claimed she simply missed the change, neglecting to click on the link.“I take great responsibility and professionalism in my job, and I made a huge mistake,” Sharapova said. “I let my fans down. I let the sport down that I’ve been playing since the age of 4, that I love so deeply.”Meldonium, also known as mildronate, is a Latvian-manufactured drug popular for fighting heart disease in former Soviet Union countries. Meldonium treats ischemia, or lack of blood flow, but can be taken in large doses as a performance-enhancer.Sharapova said she began taking meldonium for “several health issues I had back in 2006,” including a magnesium deficiency, regular influenza, “irregular” heart test results and early indications of diabetes, of which she has a family history.Sharapova’s penalties could range from a multiyear ban to a minimal sanction with no suspension if officials believe she made an honest mistake. WADA President Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that any athlete found guilty of using meldonium would normally face a one-year suspension.The ITF’s anti-doping program announced in a statement that Sharapova will be provisionally suspended starting this weekend while her case is examined. WADA spokesman Ben Nichols said the organization won’t comment until the ITF makes a decision.Sharapova and her attorney, John J. Haggerty, declined to say where Sharapova was put on the drug or where she gets it now, citing the ongoing process with the ITF. Meldonium is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.“I understand the drug is sold particularly in Eastern Europe,” Reedie told the AP in a telephone interview. “You can almost get it over the counter. For stronger versions, you might need a prescription. There has been a whole rash of these cases since the 1st of January when it appeared on the banned list. This might not be happening if athletes would be taking more care of the things that are on the list.”Reedie said meldonium can be “very strong medicine.”Although she has lived in the U.S. since childhood, Sharapova won a silver medal and served as Russia’s flag-bearer at the London Olympics four years ago.“I think it’s all nonsense,” Shamil Tarpshchev, the president of the Russian Tennis Federation, told the state Tass agency. “Athletes take what they’re given by physiotherapists and doctors. I think that Sharapova will play at the Olympics anyway. But we have to see how events develop.”Two Ukrainian biathletes and Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov have tested positive for meldonium since it was banned. Earlier Monday, Russia’s Ekaterina Bobrova, a European champion ice dancer, told local media she had tested positive for meldonium.Sharapova said she took the test shortly before she lost to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Jan. 26. Sharapova hasn’t played since then while recovering from a forearm injury, and she had already dropped out of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which begins this week.“She is very organized and she takes her career very seriously,” Haggerty told the AP. “When she first started to take this back in 2006, she made sure it was approved, that it wasn’t on the banned list, and checked in future years. Because she had taken it for so many years, and it was OK year after year, it just got off the radar.“When she got the letter, she was shocked, completely stunned. She takes great pride in her integrity and how she approaches the game, and she immediately wanted to come forward and take responsibility.”Sharapova is one of the greatest players of her generation, with 35 career singles titles and over $36 million in career earnings. She is currently No. 7 in the WTA rankings after playing just three tournaments and the Fed Cup final in the last eight months since Wimbledon due to injuries.Sharapova is thought to be the world’s highest-paid female athlete due to endorsement deals and her extensive business ventures, including a high-profile candy line, Sugarpova. Forbes estimated her earnings at $29.5 million for 2015.“I am very saddened to hear this news about Maria,” WTA CEO Steve Simon said in a statement. “Maria is a leader and I have always known her to be a woman of great integrity. Nevertheless, as Maria acknowledged, it is every player’s responsibility to know what they put in their body and to know if it is permissible.”Sharapova became a 17-year-old Wimbledon champion in 2004. She ascended to No. 1 in 2005, won the U.S. Open in 2006 and added the Australian Open in 2008 before completing the career Grand Slam with French Open titles in 2012 and 2014.But Sharapova has struggled with injuries throughout her career, repeatedly forcing her to take extended breaks from competition. She had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff, forcing her to change her serving motion, and has struggled with hamstring injuries.Sharapova was born in Russia before moving to Florida. She lives primarily in Los Angeles now.The star had a moment of levity when she acknowledged the incorrect assumptions about the reason she had called a news conference.“If I was going to announce my retirement, it wouldn’t be in a downtown Los Angeles hotel with this fairly ugly carpet,” she said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

Being Tough on Football Cost Bob Costas Super Bowl Gig

first_imgAcclaimed Greek-American sports broadcaster Bob Costas, a son of Commack, N.Y and Queens, said his criticism of football’s dangers led to him being pulled from pregame broadcasting the 2018 Super Bowl because it irked the game’s hierarchy.Costas, 66, told ESPN he was given the boot because he had several months earlier told a symposium in Maryland that football, with a proven history of concussions, “destroys people’s brains,” although he said, “Not everyone, but a substantial number,” which didn’t satisfy the National Football League. “That’s the fundamental fact of football, and that to me is the biggest story in American sports,” he said.Before the game he told Sports Business Daily the choice for him not to cover NBC’s show was “mutually agreeable,” adding: “Not only do I not have a problem with it, I am actually happy about it.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

Microchip: PIC and AVR MCUs increase system performance in closed-loop control applications

first_imgMicrochip announces the introduction of new PIC18 Q10 and ATtiny1607 families of 8-bit microcontrollers, featuring multiple intelligent Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs) that simplify development and enable a quick response time to system events. Advancements in the architecture of PIC and AVR MCUs have optimised these devices for implementing closed-loop control, enabling systems to offload the Central Processing Unit to manage more tasks and save power.A key advantage of the PIC18 Q10 and ATtiny1607 MCUs are the CIPs that independently manage tasks and reduce the amount of processing required from the CPU. System designers can also save time and simplify design efforts with the hardware-based CIPs, which significantly reduce the amount of software that needs to be written and validated. Both families have features for functional safety and operate up to 5V, increasing noise immunity and providing compatibility with the majority of analogue output and digital sensors.Offered in a compact 3 x 3 mm 20-pin QFN package, the new ATtiny1607 family is optimised for space-constrained closed-loop control systems such as hand-held power tools and remote controls. In addition to the integrated high-speed ADC that provides faster conversion of analogue signals resulting in deterministic system response, the devices provide improved oscillator accuracy, allowing designers to reduce external components and save costs.Among the CIPs in the PIC18 Q10 family are the Complementary Waveform Generator (CWG), which simplifies complex switching designs, and an integrated Analogue-to-Digital Converter with Computation (ADC2) that performs advanced calculations and filtering of data in hardware without any intervention from the core. CIPs such as these allow the CPU to execute more complex tasks, such as HMI controls, and remain in a low-power mode to conserve power until processing is required.All PIC18 Q10 products are supported by MPLAB Code Configurator (MCC), a free software plug-in that provides a graphical interface to easily configure peripherals and functions. MCC is incorporated into Microchip’s downloadable MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment and the cloud-based MPLAB Xpress IDE which eliminates the need to download software. The Curiosity High Pin Count (HPC) development board (DM164136), a fully-integrated, feature-rich rapid prototyping board, can also be used to start development with these MCUs.Rapid prototyping with the ATtiny1607 family is supported by the ATmega4809 Xplained Pro (ATmega4809-XPRO) evaluation kit. The USB-powered kit features touch buttons, LEDs and extension headers for quick setup as well as an on-board programmer/debugger that seamlessly integrates with the Atmel Studio 7 Integrated Development Environment and Atmel START, a free online tool to configure peripherals and software that accelerates development.The PIC18 Q10 and ATtiny1607 are available for sampling and in volume production.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous VadaTech: NVMe HBA AMC modules with dual/quad M.2 SSD’sNext PICMG announces agreement with DMTF to collaborate on Industrial IoTlast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0


first_imgDr. Paul Gausman will remain as the Superintendent of the Sioux City Public School District for the foreseeable future.Gausman was one of three finalists to become the next superintendent of the Omaha Public School District, but he and the remaining finalist have withdrawn their names from consideration.In a story first reported by the Omaha Word Herald, Dr. Gausman and the other finalist, Khalid Mumin, the superintendent of Reading Pennsylvania School District, issued a joint statement Saturday night to announce their decision to withdraw from consideration.In that statement, the two men stated “It is evident that neither of us have engendered  support with the Omaha Public Schools Board of Education”.Gausman has been the Sioux City Superintendent since 2008.The third finalist for the Omaha position, the assistant superintendent in Lincoln, dropped out a couple of days earlier.last_img read more

November 16, 2019 0

Mane: More to come from Liverpool

first_imgSadio Mane hinted at a Liverpool stay as he vowed to deliver more trophies for the club after winning the Champions League.A Mohamed Salah penalty and Divock Origi strike saw Liverpool overcome Tottenham 2-0 in the decider in Madrid on Saturday.After helping the Premier League giants win a sixth European Cup/Champions League crown, Mane – who has been linked with Real Madrid – said the squad would push on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We have more things to come,” he said, via the club’s website.”We will do everything to win [more] trophies with this squad.”The star attacker added: “We are very proud and very happy to win this trophy. The dream has come true.”I could not have anything better.”Mane produced a good display in the final, but Liverpool needed some fine stops from goalkeeper Alisson to secure their win.CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE. #SixTimes — Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 1, 2019 The Senegal international believes Brazil shot-stopper Alisson deserves to be recognised as the world’s best.”I can’t describe how good Alisson was – I saw him make incredible saves for us,” Mane said.”We are very happy to have him in our squad. He makes us even better. For me he is the best in the world.”Liverpool’s sixth crown has them double the next best total for any English side, and they became the first side since 2010 to win a Champions League final while having less of the ball than their opponent.  But the Reds are still searching for a Premier League title having come up just short in the chase this season, finishing a single point behind Manchester City.  Mane will once again be expected to carry a heavy load for the club next season, with he and team-mate Mohamed Salah having both ended up on 22 goals in the league, tied with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the joint-leaders. The two have formed one of the most formidable strike partnerships in world football over the last two seasons and, having both scored in Champions League finals, are now two of the five players African players to have scored in the European showpiece, following Rabah Madjer, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba.   Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

October 26, 2019 0

Nick Saban Was Asked How To Avoid Ohio State Situation At Alabama

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, Ohio State suspended head coach Urban Meyer for the first three games of the college football season. The university’s decision came on the heels of a 12-hour meeting to discuss the findings of an investigation into Meyer’s handling of assault allegations against a former assistant coach.In the wake of the investigation’s findings, Meyer will miss the first three games of the season against Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.On Thursday afternoon, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was what safeguards Alabama has in place to avoid a situation like Ohio State. Here’s what Saban had to say.“I think our administration does a great job. We have a meeting with compliance every week. We have a reporting protocol,” Saban said.Nick Saban asked what safeguards Alabama has to prevent a situation like Ohio State: “I think our administration does a great job. We have a meeting with compliance every week. We have a reporting protocol.”— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) August 23, 2018Meanwhile, Saban and the Crimson Tide are gearing up for a non-conference battle against Louisville to open the season. Saban has yet to name a starting quarterback, but many around the program expect to see Tua Tagovailoa under center.That game is scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff on ABC.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 0

NBC To Support Charity With Red Nose Day Special

first_imgSave the Children has been chosen by NBC and the “Red Nose Day” organization to be one of 12 poverty-fighting non-profits that will benefit from its three-hour comedy television event in May.NBC will televise its “Red Nose Day” special on Thursday, May 21, from 8 to 11 p.m., in front of a live audience. Stand-up acts, sketch comedy, parodies and music performances from A-list artists will all be part of the telecast.“Red Nose Day has become a British institution, and we are excited that Save the Children is a non-profit partner of the first U.S. version,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “This will be a great chance to share a laugh and further support around our efforts to ensure all kids have a healthy start in life, an education and protection from harm.”The money raised during Red Nose Day will be used to fund programs that address the immediate needs of children and young people living in poverty in the U.S. and internationally in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The funds will be split between domestic and international poverty issues. In addition to Save the Children, the other pre-selected charity partners are: Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; The Global Fund; Lift; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; and United Way.“It is a distinct honor to have our Red Nose Day efforts aimed toward assisting these exceptionally worthwhile charities,” said Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Late Night Programing, NBC Entertainment. “Our goal is to create an extraordinary broadcast that is entertaining while inspiring a level of goodwill and giving that will dramatically change the lives of those with the most immediate need.”In the U.K., Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe. With superstar presenters and comedians, original sketch comedy, hilarious film parodies, one-off sitcom reunions and amazing musical performances, it’s no wonder that this program has been one of the BBC’s highest-rated Friday night shows for many years. Best of all, it’s raised more than $1 billion in donations so far for organizations addressing poverty, and shows no signs of slowing down.Said actress Sienna Miller, who co-starred in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both recently nominated for best picture Oscars: “Red Nose Day is almost like a national holiday in the U.K. It’s a day of real excitement as everyone looks forward to it and the entire country gets involved in some way. I’m thrilled it’s coming to the U.S.!”Created by writer-director Richard Curtis in 1985 (“Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” “About Time”), the idea of Red Nose Day was built upon the foundation that mass media and celebrities can help raise money and awareness of poverty to save and change millions of lives.“For many years I’ve dreamt of bringing Red Nose Day to the U.S., and I’m so excited that we’ve teamed up with NBC, who will do such a brilliant job on this,” Curtis said. “Experience has taught me how extraordinarily compassionate and generous Americans can be, and I’ve lived my life in awe of American comedy talent. So putting those two things together will, I hope, create an amazing event that will make a massive difference to the lives of millions of children and their families in the U.S. and in the poorest countries around the world.”Curtis will serve as an executive producer for the NBC telecast (a Universal Television production), along with Hamish Hamilton and Ian Stewart of Done + Dusted Productions. Henrietta Conrad and Lily Sobhani will also executive produce. Hamilton is set to direct.Funny Or Die, the award-winning top destination for comedy on the web, and producer of high-quality content across numerous platforms, will partner with NBC to create original content for the special.Guest stars will be announced at a later date.last_img read more

October 16, 2019 0

Toronto International Film Festival 2017 introduces Canadas newest Rising Stars

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto.  The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation is the Presenting Partner for TIFF Rising Stars. TIFF Rising Stars is supported by IWC Schaffhausen and Telefilm Canada.TIFF Industry is generously supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Telefilm Canada.L’Oréal Paris is proud to be the TIFF Rising Stars Hair and Makeup Sponsor.TIFF’s Industry initiatives are supported by the Share Her Journey campaign.Media Partners of the Toronto International Film Festival are The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. Login/Register With:center_img TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® is proud to introduce its participants for this year’s TIFF Rising Stars programme: Daniel Doheny, Mary Galloway, Théodore Pellerin and Ellen Wong. In its seventh year, the annual professional development programme highlights a unique selection of Canada’s most charismatic up-and-coming actors through a variety of dynamic events and industry meetings during the Festival.“This diverse group of actors embodies the extraordinary charisma, motivation and dedication our emerging Canadian talent has to offer,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “We are honoured to be able to provide these artists with the opportunity to showcase their talent to world through our Rising Stars programme.”Three of the Rising Stars will also be attending the premieres of their films at this year’s Festival. Doheny stars in Public Schooled with Judy Greer and Russell Peters, a high-school comedy about a genius home-school student who enrolls in public school to chase after his dream girl. In the family drama Never Steady, Never Still, Galloway and Pellerin star alongside Shirley Henderson, Nicholas Campbell and 2016 TIFF Rising Star Jared Abrahamson. Directed by Kathleen Hepburn, the story follows Judy, who must fight to remain independent when her husband suffers a sudden heart attack — despite her advanced Parkinson’s disease. The TIFF Rising Stars will participate in specialized programming and events organized by TIFF’s Industry team, including seminars with casting directors, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, media training, and a series of unique networking opportunities.Daniel DohenyDaniel Doheny is a Jessie Award–winning actor and writer from Vancouver. He co-created and starred in a sketch comedy series for CBC television called HumanTown (2016) and has been a player in Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival four summers in a row. His film credits include Public Schooled, which will be screening at this year’s Festival, and Alex Strangelove, an upcoming Netflix film. Doheny is a graduate of Studio 58.Mary GallowayMary Galloway is a Canadian writer, producer, director and actor currently living in LA. Her company Bright Shadow Productions’ first short, Ariel Unraveling (2016), was awarded BravoFACT and CreativeBC funding. In September 2016, Galloway made her directorial debut with the upcoming Unintentional Mother, the only Canadian film to be awarded the Kevin Spacey Foundation’s Artists of Choice Award. Recently, Women In Film + Television Vancouver honoured Galloway with the Newcomer Award, while the Whistler Film Festival presented her with the Talent to Watch Award. She will also appear in Kathleen Hepburn’sNever Steady, Never Still, premiering at TIFF this year. Théodore PellerinThéodore Pellerin is an actor from Montreal. After being directed by André Turpin (Endorphine, 2015), Philippe Lesage (Les Demons, 2015), and Xavier Dolan (Juste la fin du monde, 2016), the young actor appeared on stage for the first time in in LAB87’s production of Yen (2015), written by Anna Jordan. In 2016, Pellerin starred in five feature films in both French and English, including Sophie Dupuis’s Chien de garde (2016), Jason Stone’s First Light (2017), and Never Steady, Never Still, premiering at TIFF this year. Ellen WongEllen Wong was born and raised in Toronto to Chinese-Cambodian refugee parents. After a global casting search, she landed her breakout role as Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010). Since then, Wong has been cast in numerous films and TV shows, including her starring role as Jill Chen in CW’s The Carrie Diaries (2013–2014), a prequel to Sex and the City (1998–2004). She recently recurred on Syfy’s Dark Matter (2015– present) and will appear in the upcoming series Condor. Currently, Wong is starring as Jenny Chey (aka Fortune Cookie) on Netflix’s hit show GLOW (2017– present).The 2017 Canadian Rising Stars were selected with the help of an all-female jury that included filmmakers Deepa Mehta and Patricia Rozema, film critic Johanna Schneller, actor and programme aluma Cara Gee, TIFF Industry Programming Manager Lynne Crocker and Associate Director of Talent at the Canadian Film Centre, Larissa Giroux.Alumni of the TIFF Rising Stars programme include Sarah Gadon (Maps to the Stars,Dracula Untold, Enemy, Belle), Tatiana Maslany (Stronger, The Other Half, Two Lovers and a Bear, Orphan Black), Stephan James (Race, Selma), Connor Jessup (American Crime, Closet Monster), Sophie Nélisse (Mean Dreams, The Book Thief, Monsieur Lazhar), and Shannon Kook (Dark Places, The Conjuring).Festival ticket packages start at $105. Purchase packages online at, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 13 while quantities last. TIFF prefers Visa. Social TIFFTIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution programme Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

October 15, 2019 0

Aid shortfalls could deprive 32 million African children of an education –

7 July 2010The United Nations agency tasked with promoting universal education today warned that a lack of adequate funding is undermining efforts by African countries to have an estimated 32 million children who are currently out of school back into classrooms. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sounded the alarm as leaders from across Africa prepare to attend the World Cup education summit on Sunday, the day of the final football match, in Pretoria, South Africa.The education summit, convened by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, marks a culmination in efforts led by the 1Goal campaign and football’s world governing body, FIFA, to push Africa’s education crisis higher up on the global agenda. The crisis is holding back economic growth, poverty reduction and progress in areas such as public health, according to UNESCO.“Education is Africa’s most powerful antidote to poverty,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “Leaders must seize this occasion to put their full support behind providing Africa’s children with a quality education,” she said.The summit in South Africa takes place against a backdrop of worrying trends in international aid for education.According to an analysis of the latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) aid data by UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report, aid levels to basic education in sub-Saharan Africa have dropped from $1.72 billion in 2007 to $1.65 billion in 2008. Taking into account the increased enrolment in primary schools, aid per pupil has dropped by 7 per cent.UNESCO warns that current aid levels are incompatible with a pledge made by donors a decade ago at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal.The pledge included a commitment to ensure that no government committed to achieving education for all by 2015 would be allowed to fail for want of finance.UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report puts the cost of delivering on the commitment at around $11 billion annually for low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, well above the $2 billion spent in 2008.“Donors have to come up with new finance,” says the Global Monitoring Report’s Director, Kevin Watkins. “They need to act fast. We are now just one primary school generation away from a broken promise to Africa’s children,” he added.Despite the size of the education funding deficit, many countries have achieved dramatic advances in education since 2000, according to UNESCO.In Benin, Ethiopia and Tanzania, for example, there have been major increases in primary school enrolment and school construction. In the space of one primary school generation, Senegal has achieved an equal number of girls and boys in school.While progress is mainly due to strong political commitment and prioritization of education in national budgets, aid has played an important role in supporting these success stories, enabling governments to cut school fees, build classrooms, and train teachers.Despite the progress, sub-Saharan Africa faces some stark challenges. On current trends, there will still be 23 million children out of school by 2015. Just over one adult in three cannot read or write, and Africa has some of the world’s deepest inequalities based on factors such as gender, language and location.“Governments across the region need to do more to tackle these disparities – but increased aid is also vital,” said Mr. Watkins. “The report estimates that the region also needs to recruit an additional 1.2 million teachers,” he added.The education challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa are similar to those facing all poor countries around the world and increases in aid for basic education are urgently needed.However, in 2008 global aid spending on basic education remained unchanged at $4.7 billion. Only $2 billion of this aid went to the poorest countries compared to the $16 billion in aid required annually for those countries to meet their basic education goals by 2015.“The World Cup is an illustration of Africa’s energy, spirit and hope,” said Ms. Bokova. “Let us also ensure that it has a tangible, lasting legacy for its children,” she said. read more

October 11, 2019 0

UN dismisses two Bosnian Serb police officers including one linked to war

Milojko Kovacevic, sector leader in the Visegrad police, had his provisional authorization to exercise police powers removed after it was determined that he had participated in a brutal campaign by paramilitary troops to destroy villages, kill hundreds of non-Serb civilians and arrest and detain non-Serb civilians in various facilities following the establishment of the “Serbian Municipality of Visegrad.”“Specifically, [Mr. Kovacevic] was identified as having been involved in burning houses and killings in several villages in the surroundings of Visegrad,” according to a statement released by UNMIBH in Sarajevo. He was also found to have served as the leader of an operation in June 1992, “in which civilians from the village of Veletovo were rounded up with the supposed intention of being transported to [the former Yugoslav Republic of] Macedonia. Seven of these detainees were later found in a mass grave located at Ivo Polje.”Bosnian authorities have begun a criminal investigation into Mr. Kovacevic’s wartime conduct, and have received approval to criminally prosecute him, the statement said.Meanwhile, Jovan Cokorilo, Chief of the Trebinje Public Security Centre at the time, was found responsible for the failure of the Trebinje Police to respond appropriately to violence directed against those attending a ceremony last May at a mosque in the town, UNMIBH said.In other news, a former Bosnian Serb army captain wanted for genocide, Momir Nikolic, was transferred today to the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague following his arrest by the international security force on Monday in Repovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.According to the indictment, Mr. Nikolic was involved in the 1995 shelling of the Srebrenica enclave and attack against Dutch-manned UN observation posts located there, as the Assistant Commander (Chief) for Security and Intelligence of the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS) Bratunac Brigade, which directly participated in the actual capture of the safe haven.The indictment alleges that Mr. Nikolic, together with other VRS and Ministry of the Interior officers and units, was a member of and knowingly participated in a joint criminal enterprise to forcibly transfer the women and children from the Srebrenica enclave to Kladanj on 12 and 13 July 1995 and to capture, detain, summarily execute by firing squad, bury and rebury thousands of Bosnian Muslims men and boys aged 16 to 60 from the Srebrenica enclave.Mr. Nikolic is scheduled to make his initial appearance before the court on 3 April. read more

October 6, 2019 0

In step forward Kosovo Government takes over minority transportation from UN

Patricia Waring of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the province’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Qemajl Ahmeti, today signed an agreement governing the transfer of UNMIK’s competency to provide humanitarian transportation for the minorities in Kosovo to the Ministry.Ms. Waring voiced confidence that the Kosovo Government “will fulfil all its political, administrative and financial commitments to ensure the freedom of movement to all of Kosovo’s communities.”She added that the transfer would not change or disrupt existing services.Since 2001 UNMIK has been operating the “Freedom of Movement Train” from Leposavic to Skopje and a humanitarian bus service for minority communities throughout Kosovo. For the past four months, representatives from Kosovo, the UN and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have been working to ensure the freedom of movement for all of Kosovo’s communities including their direct participation in any decision to change humanitarian transportation services. Ms. Waring stressed that in signing the agreement, the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo are fulfilling one of the priorities for implementing the so-called Standards, a set of eight targets that include building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system. The Standards framework is considered key to achieving progress on the issue of the status of the ethnically divided Serbian province. read more

October 6, 2019 0

Football Ohio State to wear allblack uniforms against Nebraska

Ohio State revealed its jerseys for the game on Nov. 3 against Nebraska. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Football (Twitter)No. 11 Ohio State will be switching from its traditional scarlet and grey for its matchup against Nebraska on Nov. 3.The Buckeyes will be wearing all-black uniforms, for a blackout game against the Cornhuskers, with the time set for a 12 p.m. start. XI.III.XVIII #GoBucks #WinTheMoment— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) October 26, 2018The jerseys are similar to the ones that the team wore against Penn State in 2015, and feature red numbers, as well as more cleats from Los Angeles Lakers small forward LeBron James. read more

September 28, 2019 0

Allinone miners lamp at AIMEX and cordless lamps for underground

first_imgR.F.G Sales and Spares will put the spotlight on its All-in-One cap lamp for use in hard-rock mines on Stand R165 during AIMEX, September 6-9. On Stand H1185, Kinyun Australia will feature a series of cordless miners’ cap lamps for various applications. On the market for just over two years, the all-in-one cap lamp is being used at hard-rock mines around Australia and overseas with a new coal mine version in development. R.F.G. says the cap lamp features a lithium polymer battery, weighs only 190 g and suits all standard miners’ helmets.“By eliminating the cumbersome and bulky battery pack and the cable that always gets caught, we are freeing up the movements of miners everywhere,” R.F.G. spokesman Daniel Quaile said.The cap lamp produces bright and clear white light on both its main and backup lights and has more than 12 hours worth of main beam duration and 30-plus hours of back-up light, he said.Available with single-point, 10-point and 50-point charging racks, the cap lamp is also compatible with many of the charging systems on the market.More than 10 models of Kinyun Australia’s cordless miners’ cap lamps are available, all with LEDs, rechargeable lithium batteries and an IP67 rugged and fully sealed unit, and offering 14-hour operation.Kinyun representative Henry Gong said the lamps were ANZEx and IECEx certified intrinsically safe by TestSafe Australia in Group I for underground coal mines and Group II for the petrochemical industry and metalliferous mines.Cordless cap lamps could significantly improve the safety and health of workers, help increase productivity, simplify cap lamp management and reduce lamp room costs, Gong said. “Kinyun has led the transition fromtraditional cap lamps to cordless cap lamps. Since releasing the first version in 2006, Kinyun Australia has established itself as the largest Australian cordless cap lamp company and supplied our products to many countries and regions, including New Zealand, Southeast Asia and Africa that recognise ANZEx or IECEx certification,” Gong said.Kinyun cap lamps, which fit any Australian miner’s helmet, can be charged with the company’s charging banks in 53, 35 and 8 units.Available accessories include a car charger, cap strap, magnetic bracket clamp, handle and pocket bracket, tripod bracket, bar bracket and a lanyard.Kinyun Australia also manufactures or supplies uncertified industrial LED products such as LED safety vests, torches and industrial headlights.last_img read more

September 24, 2019 0

Les aliments bio ne seraient pas plus bénéfiques que les autres

first_imgLes aliments “bio” ne seraient pas plus bénéfiques que les autresFrance – Les chercheurs de l’Institut national de la recherche agronomique (Inra) ont publié un rapport dans lequel ils mettent en évidence le peu de différences observées entre les produits issus de l’agriculture biologique (AB) et ceux issus de l’agriculture conventionnelle (AC). Les résultats publiés dans Les Cahiers de nutrition et de diététique montrent que “les faibles différences observées entre aliments AB et AC n’ont aucune répercussion significative sur la nutrition et la santé”.Aucune différence marquante n’a été relevée pour les glucides, les minéraux et les oligo-éléments dans les aliments analysés, et l’affirmation faisant cas de teneurs plus élevées en magnésium dans certains légumes n’a pas été confirmée. Les chercheurs ont également constaté que les céréales AB étaient plus pauvres en protéines, tandis que certains légumes AC étaient parfois plus riches en nitrates. Pour les légumes et les fruits, les études les plus nombreuses et les différences les plus significatives concernent la vitamine C et les autres phyto-microconstituants antioxydants. Des teneurs plus élevées en vitamine C et en polyphénols, mais des teneurs plus faibles en caroténoïdes, ont souvent été observées en agriculture biologique, sans effet démontré sur le statut antioxydant sanguin.Le but de cette revue était d’actualiser le rapport publié en 2003 par l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments (Afssa) sur l’évaluation nutritionnelle et sanitaire des aliments issus de l’agriculture biologique. Celui-ci concluait lui-aussi que les différences de composition chimique avec les aliments issus de l’agriculture conventionnelle étaient faibles et sans signification dans le cadre d’un régime alimentaire global. Le 21 mai 2010 à 16:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 0

10 Essential Fantastic Four Comics To Revisit Thanks to DisneyFox Merger

first_imgUnthinkableThere is no Fantastic Four without Dr. Doom. The metal-masked monarch of Latveria has been the team’s most fearsome foe since Reed Richards met him in college, and his eternal quest for domination and revenge has hatched some truly awful schemes. The ultimate Doom story came courtesy of Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo, where he uses the Richards’ daughter Valeria as the key to a mystical plot that sees the Four tormented in Hell and Reed forced to learn how to contend with the supernatural to defeat him.Terror In A Tiny TownAfter the property foundered a bit in the 1970s, writer-artist John Byrne took over and brought the Four back to basics in a way that hit a nerve with fans. Byrne started off with snappy single-issue stories that captured the team at their best, and then started weaving them together to create some very memorable moments. His “Terror In A Tiny Town,” where Dr. Doom and the Puppet Master transfer the foursome’s consciousness into tiny duplicates in an artificial world, is a prototypical FF adventure that still holds up. Disney buying Fox is a massive deal in the entertainment world, and it’s going to have aftershocks in just about every sector of the business. But for us, there’s just one thing that’s important: the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be whole once more.You see, Fox licensed the rights to chunks of the Marvel universe – most notably the X-Men and related characters, but also the Fantastic Four, the cornerstone on which almost all of Marvel was built. Without Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny, there was a gaping hole in the center of the MCU. And Fox’s attempts to exploit the property were – and let’s be charitable here – massive stinking turds. They just didn’t capture what makes these comics so special to the geek heart.So to celebrate the FF getting on the good foot, we put together this list of Fantastic Four storylines and eras that are essential to understanding why this team is so important. These are damn fine reading.AdChoices广告The Galactus SagaYou can’t go wrong reading any of the classic Stan Lee / Jack Kirby Fantastic Fours. Those two men single-handedly defined what superhero comics would be in the 1960s with a mix of high adventure, human drama, and internecine conflict. The run starts out a little clumsy, but once you get to the introduction of the Silver Surfer in #48 they’re firing on all cylinders. The coming of Galactus, the devourer of worlds, would kick the Four into the full-on cosmic era, where they contended with foes from beyond the scope of human imagination and defeated them with science, ingenuity and sometimes a punch in the face. These are essential comics for any true fan. FFThe Fantastic Four is Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny, right? What if… it wasn’t? In this brief series from Matt Fraction and Mike Allred, the original four go on a space journey that’s supposed to only last three minutes, leaving ringers Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa and Miss Thing in charge. What’s interesting about these comics is how the familiar comforts of the Fantastic Four – the family dynamic, the science, the plots – assemble themselves around four very different personalities. The climax features one of the best standoffs with Dr. Doom ever, as Ant-Man travels to Latveria to get revenge for his dead daughter Cassie.Buy it at Amazon.comPlanetaryThis is cheating, obviously, but one of the best Fantastic Four stories ever written in comics didn’t star the Fantastic Four at all – and wasn’t even published by Marvel. In Warren Ellis and John Cassaday’s Planetary, a team of archaeologists exploring the hidden history of the universe come into conflict with “The Four,” a quartet of astronauts who went on a voyage to another dimension and came back horribly changed. We’ve seen a fair number of Evil Reed stories over the FF’s history, but with the gloves off Ellis created a truly scary take on the concept. Into The Time StreamWalt Simonson is one of those creators who put his indelible stamp on everything he touches. He’s best known at Marvel for his tenure on The Mighty Thor, but his run on Fantastic Four delivered some solid stuff. Probably the best yarn he spun saw the team use Dr. Doom’s time machine to jaunt to the future, just as Galactus arrives to menace the planet again in the present. Big ideas, super science and punching out dinosaurs – this one has everything we want in a FF tale. The Inhumans SagaRight before they introduced Galactus, Lee and Kirby casually dropped the existence of a whole civilization of superpowered humanoids living apart from society – the Inhumans. Some of the greatest Kirby visual and character designs are here, including Black Bolt the mute ruler, Karnak the flaw-visualizing martial arts master and Lockjaw the giant teleporting bulldog. It’s high adventure and high-concept sci-fi in the mighty Marvel manner and it’s way better than the TV show. Unstable MoleculesWhat made the Fantastic Four so successful when it launched is that it was grounded in the reality of the 60s, as America raced Russia into space and women’s lib put the fairer sex on the front lines. Four-issue miniseries Unstable Molecules, by writer James Sturm and artist Guy Davis, took an alternate universe look at the titular quartet, imagining them as real people who could have inspired Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. It’s a mature, intelligent examination of the social realities that were transmogrified into fantastic adventures and very worth a read. 1234Grant Morrison didn’t pen the FF too often, but his four-issue Marvel Knights miniseries offers a fine capsule of what makes the team great. When Reed disappears during an experiment, the other members of the team have to contend with bad memories, old flames and Doctor Doom. It all comes together at the end in a reality-bending climax that taps into the potent mythology the series has built up while delivering new spins on the concept. Great art by Jae Lee is just the icing on the cake. The Council Of ReedsJonathan Hickman’s run is far and away the defining modern take on the Fantastic Four, a massive clockwork device that spans history, alternate dimensions and all of time and space to give the team increasingly dangerous threats to surmount. It’s sort of impossible to split off just one part of it, but one of the defining moments comes early on when Reed gets snatched through a portal and meets a confluence of alternate-dimension versions of himself who have bonded together to fix the problems of creation. All is not as it seems, of course, and things just get wild from there. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

September 20, 2019 0