No one to cheer the cyclists in fort Delhi

first_imgThis was one event for which spectators didn’t have to bother about tickets.This was one event for which spectators didn’t have to bother about tickets. But they were shut out by the police over hair-trigger security concerns. No wonder an eerily quiet Delhi resembled a ghost town during Sunday’s Commonwealth Games cycling road races.As TV cameras atop two choppers captured cyclists zipping through the heart of the Capital against the majestic backdrop of Connaught Place, India Gate and Parliament House, the missing crowds in this teeming city of 18 million struck a jarring note.”The crowd was very bare apart from armed guards everywhere,” said English cyclist Katie Conclough.”It was a shame to have had this big event and not have many people out there to watch it,” she added.There was no official bar on spectators but access to the venue was virtually denied after the police blocked roads, diverted traffic and closed down some underground stations.Access to Delhi’s central districts was cut off, a virtual siege laid to CP. As the cyclists rode up and down Rajpath from India Gate towards Parliament House, the wide lawns on either side lay empty, contrasting with a normal Sunday when the place jostles with tourists and picnickers.In fact, areas such as Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Barakhamba Road, CP’s Outer and Inner Circle, and Parliament Street looked curfewbound.A Delhi Police constable, deployed outside the Statesman House, said: “Our duty hours here were very stiff. I have been awake since 1.30 am. This assignment was even tougher than that in a court of law.” The gun-toting policemen, manning steel barricades along the 13.7-km circuit, may have kept the crowds away, but a simian showed up and so did a stray dog.advertisementThe few spectators who turned up were not allowed to move from even one block to another and were confined to a small space outside Statesman House. ” The authorities should have made proper arrangements for the spectators.We were made to stand in the sun and there was no facility for even drinking water. But we enjoyed the event,” observed Arjun Singh, who came all the way from Ghaziabad.There were some, however, who had no complaints. Harpreet Kaur, who had come to CP from Punjabi Bagh for shopping, said: “We did not know CP would be sealed. But we were very happy to witness such a grand show. My kids enjoyed the cycling.”The small crowd reserved the loudest cheers for the Indian cyclists even though they were lagging in the race which was won by the Australians.The police said securing a road event in a city like Delhi was very challenging. “It was an outdoor event so security was required at designated places,” Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said.”We haven’t received any complaint,” he added.Bizarrely, the CWG organisers insisted that a large number of spectators were present. “There was no shortage of crowds,” Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said.- With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

WBO review backs up Jeff Horn’s win over Manny Pacquiao

first_imgThe World Boxing Organisation (WBO) has concluded that judges were correct to name Australia’s Jeff Horn the winner in his bout against Manny Pacquiao last week after the controversial points decision in Brisbane sparked calls for a review.Horn took the Filipino great’s welterweight world title after judges scored the bout 117-111, 115-113 and 115-113 in the 29-year-old’s favour but many observers questioned the outcome, saying the officials had made a “hometown decision”.The WBO agreed to review the decision and on Tuesday released its results, which backed up Horn as the victor.”The Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao bout results were controversial, causing disputes amongst fans. For this reason, transparency is so important,” the WBO said in a statement.”Based on this, five anonymous, competent judges from different countries were asked to watch the bout without sound.”To determine the winner of each round, three out of the five officials have to be in agreement.”From the results, it can be established that Pacquiao won five rounds while Horn won seven rounds.”While there has been talk that 38-year-old Pacquiao may retire, a rematch was written into the contract for the initial fight and the pair are expected to face each other again later this year.Former schoolteacher Horn, who improved his record to 17-0-1 after the win over the eight-division world champion, said he felt vindicated after the WBO’s statement.”It gives me evidence behind me that I can just use now,” he told reporters at Brisbane Airport on Tuesday. “Instead of saying I think I won the fight, now a heap of other people – professionally – think I won the fight.”advertisementHorn will be attending the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday.last_img read more

Arsenal directors refute £40m budget claims

first_imgArsenal’s managing director Vinai Venkatesham has refuted claims that the club only have £40 million ($50m) to spend this summer, while head of football Raul Sanllehi is expecting further movement before the window slams shut.It had been suggested that Gunners boss Unai Emery would have to work on another limited budget as those in north London endeavour to force their way back into contention for Champions League qualification.Venkatesham is, however, adamant that no cap has been put on spending, with deals having already been tied up for William Saliba and Dani Ceballos and there the promise of more to come. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He told fans at the annual supporters’ club Q&A: “I don’t recognise this £40m figure, I have read it a lot. That doesn’t come from us, that doesn’t come from the club. The numbers never come from us.“We never ever, ever, ever talk about how much money we have to spend because that’s the least helpful thing you can do. Raul’s job is hard enough, if you go into a negotiation and everyone knows how much money you’ve got, it doesn’t really help.“It is true that our funds are more limited after three years in the Europa League, but the budget isn’t £40m. We have the budget to make a difference but this is a particularly tough window and we’re in the middle of it. I sense and understand the frustration, but there is a huge amount of misinformation out there in the market.“I read and am sent articles about players we’re supposed to have missed out on and they’re players we’ve never even talked about. I get why sometimes it’s hard for fans to understand what we’re doing, but I’d say that’s because about 85% of what you read just isn’t true.”Nicolas Pepe Lille ArsenalArsenal continue to be linked with the likes of Celtic defender Kieran Tierney and Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, with Sanllehi conceding that talks with targets are ongoing.He said when asked if a centre-half would be acquired for this season, with Saliba set to spend the 2019-20 campaign back on loan at St Etienne: “I cannot say a name because I wouldn’t be doing my job.“If I say a name, I walk out the door tonight and he’s £10m more expensive. The transfer window is a moving target, I have been doing this for 16 years now and I know that some windows are harder than others. This is a particularly hard window. When I talk with other clubs, this is a common knowledge.“There is a bit of stagnation in the market and you don’t see the number of signings you normally see just yet. I don’t know exactly how things will turn out, but I can assure you we are working every hour of every day. I think it’s a bit like school, where you evaluate your grade at the end of the school year and not in the middle.“What is most important is to talk with the coach, about how he is feeling about the team, what system he wants to play. He knows more than anyone, more than me, about what he wants. We’re going to do our best and we will keep working, but I will not mention any names.“Edu joined us recently and is doing great work, but he is not going to be responsible for this window, I want to make this very clear. His real job is going to start in September and he will start planning and working with scouts then. Having said that, he is helping us now, but it would be unfair to say this window is him.”last_img read more

Military Strength on Display in Mobay

first_imgMeanwhile, Montego Bay Mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, said the march past comes at a very critical time, given the current States of Public Emergency (SOEs) in St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland.He noted that the Second Battalion’s show of strength sends a strong signal that the Unit is “prepared for anything within St. James”.“They can suppress any criminal activities in St. James, and this should be a reassuring moment for the citizens of this parish to say, ‘we have the support of the military’,” said Mayor Davis.Drummers of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, participate in a March Past on St. James Street in Montego Bay on May 15. Hundreds of soldiers attached to the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, displayed their full military might in a Battalion March Past in downtown Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday, May 15. The event was staged to reassure the citizens of the Second City of the Jamaica Defence Force’s strong presence in western Jamaica. It also doubled as a celebration of the Unit’s 40th anniversary since its inception in 1979. Story Highlights “We [also] have the support of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, because they also will be showing their own strength in short order. So, this to me and the citizens, is a very welcome sight to show Jamaica and to show St. James that they [should] have no fear, because the military and the police are here,” he added. “It’s just a show of strength and show of numbers to reassure the citizens that the army is here,” Sergeant Jason Lampart told JIS News. Hundreds of soldiers attached to the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, displayed their full military might in a Battalion March Past in downtown Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday, May 15.The event was staged to reassure the citizens of the Second City of the Jamaica Defence Force’s strong presence in western Jamaica. It also doubled as a celebration of the Unit’s 40th anniversary since its inception in 1979.“It’s just a show of strength and show of numbers to reassure the citizens that the army is here,” Sergeant Jason Lampart told JIS News.Members of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, take part in a March Past on St. James Street in Montego Bay on May 15.last_img read more

Man electrocuted another injured as Tazia hits live wires in Sambhal

first_imgSambhal (UP): One person was electrocuted and other injured on Tuesday morning when a ‘tazia’ in a Muharram procession came in contact with live wires in Akbarpur village here, police said. The incident took place in Bahjoi area when Safleen (40) and others were taking out ‘tazia’, police said. While Safleen died due to electrocution, another man was injured and has been rushed to the hospital where his condition was stated to be stable, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Tazia is a replica of the tomb of Hazrat Imam Hussain Ali, the martyred grandson of Prophet Muhammad, that is taken out by Muslim devotees in processions during Muharram. The Shia Muslim community mourns Ali’s martyrdom in the Karbala battle by hitting themselves with sharp objects and carrying out ‘tazia’ processions. Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The battle of Karbala, in which Ali and 72 others had attained martyrdom – is said to have been taken place in the 7th century.last_img read more

Former Hab Tomas Plekanec files lawsuit to recover unpaid loan for movie

first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — Former Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec has filed a court action in an effort to recover $200,000 he provided to help finance a movie starring his wife.Court documents filed last week say “The Perfect Kiss”, with an estimated budget of $1.7 million, was released in the United States last March and in Canada and his native Czech Republic last November.The movie, which was filmed in the Montreal suburb of Laval, is a romantic comedy starring Lucie Vondrackova as a single 30-year-old woman who pretends to be married with children to escape the unwanted attention of her overbearing parents.According to court documents, Plekanec advanced the $200,000 in December 2016 and sought to get the loan repaid last August, the same month Czech media reported the couple had separated.But the two numbered Montreal companies that made the movie advised Plekanec’s lawyers that they did not owe him any money. They said their obligations were transferred to a third party, with Plekanec’s consent.The former Hab claims he never agreed to the transfer and is seeking repayment, plus interest and legal fees.last_img read more

Assembly of First Nations granted intervenor status on BC Trans Mountain case

first_imgAPTN NewsAfter remaining relatively silent on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) announced Friday that is has been granted intervenor status in the B.C. government’s court of appeal case on the project.“The AFN has a long history of participating in judicial proceedings where our peoples, their rights and traditional territories are concerned,” said newly re-elected National Chief Perry Bellegarde in a statement. “Any decision in this reference case could have far-reaching impacts for First Nations across the country and the AFN is uniquely positioned to provide a national perspective on these potential impacts.“It is essential we be there and it’s positive that the court recognizes our unique role.”In April, the B.C. government asked the court to rule on whether it has the authority to regulate, and place restrictions on companies that transport bitumen through the province. The province has draft legislation written and is waiting on a ruling from the court.According to the release, the lobby group received intervenor status in June but the issue of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was never raised on the assembly floor by chiefs or the AFN.The project was also never part of the resolutions chiefs voted on at the annual general assembly despite the fact that B.C. is the epicentre of opposition against the project – and a growing anti-pipeline camp being situated in nearby Burnaby.Bellegarde did comment on the fight over the pipeline extension to APTN’s Todd Lamirande.“The whole pipeline dialogue and discussion is very divisive.  Premiers are fighting each other.  Canadians disagree with it.  There’s all sides, even with Chiefs.  So you got to go to the rights and title holders.  And that’s where that decision rests.  It doesn’t rest with any council, the youth council, women’s council.  Go to the rights and title holders and that’s where the decision should be made.”A scan of news releases from the AFN shows that in May, Bellegarde released a neutral statement on the pipeline expansion project saying both sides need to be listened to.“First Nations have different positions on this project but they all agree and insist that their rights be respected, upheld and honoured by the Crown, and that includes the right to free, prior and informed consent,” Bellegarde said in a statement in May.The AFN did not say why it took until August to send a release on intervenor status in the case at the time of read more

Global vanilla prices squeeze margins for ice cream cupcake makers

first_imgTORONTO – Prepare to shell out a little more for the sweet treats of spring and summer as a global surge in the price of vanilla makes its impact at some small-batch ice cream shops and neighbourhood bakeries.The cost of the foodie staple has been on the rise for years, but is now starting to really be felt on retail shelves and mom-and-pop eateries that pride themselves on natural ingredients, say observers.That includes Toronto cupcake master Verge Manuel, who says the hike is exacerbating various financial pressures on his two gourmet shops, called Dlish.“There are certain forces that we have no control over which is the pricing of certain ingredients that we have to obviously pass along at some point because you can’t absorb it anymore,” says Manuel, whose brand revolves around the use of real Madagascar vanilla.“One of the rising costs is vanilla, absolutely.”When Dlish started seven years ago, Manuel says vanilla prices generally increased 10 per cent a year. But two years ago it doubled for him, and last year it went up five-fold.Vanilla prices are the highest they’ve ever been, says David van der Walde, director of Montreal-based vanilla importing company Aust & Hachmann Canada.He says the wholesale price now runs as high as C$850 per kilogram for premium beans — a 10 per cent increase from last year, which was 30 per cent more than the year before that.Five years ago, you could get vanilla for as little as US$20 per kilogram, adds van der Walde, calling that price “excruciatingly low.”It rose quickly as consumers began demanding natural ingredients in everything from chocolates to cakes to yogurt.So big food companies responded, with Hershey’s among the power players that announced a switch to real vanilla in 2015 for their chocolate bars.Meanwhile, increased demand coincided with shrinking supplies, says van der Walde, noting that less-established plantations outside of Madagascar gave up on the labour-intensive crop because prices were low.“And then the price starts to go up again,” he says.Things only got worse in March 2017 when a cyclone hit Madagascar, the world’s leading producer of vanilla, destroying a good portion of their output for 2018.Ever since then, ice cream maker Cyril Chalykoff says he can barely secure enough of the richly flavoured beans to keep production going.“We’re getting to the point now where it’s getting very, very, short supply,” says Chalykoff, president of London Ice Cream based in London, Ont.“We’re just scrambling. We’re scrambling.”Vanilla is pretty much synonymous with ice cream, he adds, scoffing at the possibility of dropping the flavour from his menu.“That’s like saying to a Canadian, ‘You can’t have coffee anymore.’”For now, he’s absorbing the cost, but with margins shrinking, he admits he’s weighed the pros and cons of charging more.“It’s unfortunate because a lot of people don’t really recognize the difference between one vanilla to the next, and you really get lumped in with (other) vanilla ice cream,” he says.“If we go up in our pricing a little bit then some customers won’t appreciate that, won’t understand it.”Even the big companies feel the impact, such as Nestle Canada and its naturally flavoured Real Dairy brand.Catherine O’Brien, senior vice president of corporate affairs, says in an emailed statement there are no plans to raise ice cream prices, but they are “continually managing ingredient and commodity costs across all of our product portfolios.”Smaller players are undoubtedly struggling, van der Walde says.“We sell vanilla beans directly to small ice cream shops here in Montreal who use them and they’re freaking out over the prices,” he said.Michelle Chow, president of the Vanilla Food Company, says she hears the same concerns from her ice cream clients, who tell her they expect to raise prices to keep pace.Chow’s online store sells to home bakers and commercial kitchens, with varied vanilla clients including soap makers, tea sellers and breweries.She says many have had to switch from whole beans or ground powder to more affordable options, such as extract or vanilla paste. But those, too, have gone up in price.“We kind of just changed a little of our focus to chocolate-supplying versus the vanilla so that our company can sustain as well,” says Chow, based in Markham, Ont.Chow admits she even finds herself rationing the product at home when she bakes with her kids.“Before it was more like, ‘Oh, a splash of this,’” she chuckles. “Now it’s like ‘No, no, no!’ You measure it to a T.”Chalykoff says his worst-case scenario would be to use vanillin, a common flavouring alternative that comes in natural and synthetic versions.“Our main vanilla supplier, what they’re offering now is a blend; they’re cutting it with a vanillin-type thing, which is a compromise,” he says.“We’re not at that point, yet. I’ll pay whatever I’ve got to pay but if it’s not available, it’s not available and what can you do, right?”Van der Walde says supply is actually on the upswing, and that prices are plateauing. But not all suppliers stock up if they know clients will balk at the price.As for this year’s Madagascar harvest, he says that runs May to August, but the beans — which are actually the fruit of an orchid — are harvested green, and need six months to prepare for export.That means a fresh influx isn’t expected before fall, with the best beans not expected until November or December, says van der Walde.The market is driven by big industrial buyers like the flavour company McCormick — not loyal customers of gourmet shops or grocery stores, he adds.“They buy 80 per cent of the vanilla out there, so they’re the ones that determine how high the market can go,” says van der Walde.“As long as they’re willing to pay US$550 or US$600 per kilogram, the market is happy to oblige them.”last_img read more

At Singapore summit Ranil says Sri Lanka will exploit strategic location

Sri Lanka’s long-term objective envisages exploiting its strategic location in the Indian Ocean to ensure its economic development in a region which will be pivotal for global economic growth, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.Speaking at the 6th World Cities Summit, CleanEnviro Summit and International Water Week in Singapore, the Prime Minister said that the key thrust of the Sri Lanka initiative will be the Western Megapolis and the two connecting corridor which will cover 9 million people. The Southern corridor will include 3 large eco friendly Tourist Resorts of over 500 acres each in addition to a fully restored Galle Heritage Fort.  Surbana Jurong is also planning the development of Hambantota.He also said that Sri Lanka needs to politically and financially revitalize and empower local governments.  The biggest issue in the management of mega-cities is that they involve many levels of Government and Local Authorities.“Political power in many of our countries were distributed between the Central Government, the Provinces and the Local Authorities in the last century when concepts such as mega-cities and global connectivity had not even been thought of. Given that we will now have to exercise these powers for completely different objectives in a completely different environment, it is inevitable then that we must reconsider the structure of our local governments,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) The Prime Minister said that the new landfill adjacent to the Colombo Port is planned as an offshore Financial Centre. He said four Special Economic Zones will provide the infrastructure for industry. “We envision the Western Province of Sri Lanka, which includes Colombo and the capital Sri Jayewardenepura as a Megapolis of interconnected metropolitan areas.  This would include a light railway system with elevated railways, elevated highways, a multi-modal transport hub, the development of old waterways, and 3 LNG plants.  It will encompass a Logistics City, a Forest City, and an Aero City.   We will aim for maximum livability by implementing sewerage and solid waste projects, an Eco Zone, and Riverine Buffer Zone Development.  Plans for the megapolis were prepared by Surbana Jurong and the Ministry of Megapolis are in the initial stages of implementation,” he said.He said Sri Lanka will also develop two Urban Corridors; one along the 134 km-long Central Expressway leading to Kandy, and the other along the 241 km-long Southern Highway via Galle, leading to the newly built Hambantota port and Mattala airport. He said the mega infrastructure includes the development of the ports of Colombo and Hambantota in the South. read more

Zach Braff launches Kickstarter campaign to fund his first film since Garden

by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2013 8:00 am MDT Zach Braff launches Kickstarter campaign to fund his first film since ‘Garden State’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Since directing “Garden State,” Zach Braff has continually prepared music in an iTunes playlist titled, “For Next Movie.” Nine years and hundreds of saved songs later, Braff hopes he’s finally making his follow-up to “Garden State” — if his fans can help.On Wednesday, in the wake of the enormously successful “Veronica Mars” Kickstarter campaign, the “Scrubs” star launched a crowd-funding campaign to make his next movie. For the next 30 days, he’ll try to raise $2 million on Kickstarter for “Wish I Was Here,” a film he co-wrote with his brother Adam.Braff’s movie is the most notable film project since Rob Thomas sent shock waves through Hollywood by turning to fans to resurrect his long-cancelled, cultishly adored private eye TV series. While Kickstarter has for years been a helpful source of financing for small independent films, “Veronica Mars” showed it could also be a galvanizing platform for bigger names, greater sums and larger scale movies. With 91,585 backers, “Veronica Mars” pulled in $5.7 million.“I, like most of Hollywood, stared at the screen with my jaw dropped open, going: ‘Oh my God, it does work,’” Braff said in an interview Tuesday ahead the campaign launch.That it has come to this for Braff to get a chance to direct again is surprising. “Garden State,” an indie rock-infused story of wayward 20-something life in New Jersey, was a modest hit and tapped a generational nerve. It earned $35.8 million worldwide (more than 10 times its production budget), won a Grammy for best compilation soundtrack and memorably featured Natalie Portman offering her headphones with the promise that a Shins song will “change your life.”But even after “Garden State,” Braff’s efforts to direct a screenplay of his own in between “Scrubs” seasons never got off the ground. He says finding financing has been the impediment.He was able find an investor for “Wish I Was Here,” but not on the terms he seeks. The financier willing to bankroll the film (Braff declines to name the company) wouldn’t give Braff final cut or allow him total casting control. Ultimately, Braff is appealing to Kickstarter users for artistic freedom.“As we were negotiating the deal, this ‘Veronica Mars’ story broke about what Rob Thomas had accomplished,” says Braff. “That’s when my producers and I decided to stop talking about trying to wrap our heads around this deal, which didn’t seem very fair to us, and decide whether or not we were going to roll the dice and go for this.”In a video on his Kickstarter page, Braff pledges this approach enables him to produce “the truest representation of what I have in my brain.” He calls the film “a continuation of the tone” of “Garden State,” in which he stars as a struggling actor whose financial trouble leads him to home school his two children.Braff, 38, isn’t new to crowd funding. He has contributed to other projects on Kickstarter and has gotten involved with the micro-loan non-profit he considers his Kickstarter campaign a gamble since he won’t be treading on a familiar property like “Veronica Mars.” Thomas, in the midst of his Kickstarter run in March, told The Associated Press he was skeptical of the model working right now for all $3-$5 million movies.“When there is a brand name product that people have responded to and want to see there’s already a built-in following for it, people can be very successful,” Thomas said.But Braff hopes his name is a draw. It does, after all, count for a lot to fans of “Garden State,” his nine seasons starring on the hospital sitcom “Scrubs” and his million-plus Twitter followers.“I have no idea if it will work,” says Braff. “I’m saying to my fan base: Hey, if you like the things I’ve done before, here’s a bunch of information about the next thing I want to do and I’d love you to be a part of it.”Braff hopes to begin production in Los Angeles this August and have the film finished in time to submit it to the Sundance Film Festival. Finding domestic distribution at the festival would follow the path of “Garden State,” which Fox Searchlight picked up at Sundance. Braff says he’s putting his own money into the film as well, and has interested additional investors if he’s able to raise money through Kickstarter.The levels of backing range from $10 for a continually updated production diary and a digital copy of the screenplay up to $10,000 for a role with a line of dialogue.Some have derided Kickstarter as “panhandling.” Others disputed the “Veronica Mars” enthusiasm by noting the Warner Bros. series was a corporate-owned project. Contributors pay for particular rewards, but they don’t share in the profits. Kickstarter, which declined an interview request for this story, takes a 5 per cent fee of collected funds. Processing fees of 3 per cent to 5 per cent go to Amazon Payments or other processors.But finding financing for independent films, never a cake walk, has been particularly difficult in recent years as studios have cut back on riskier projects. And after years of struggling in the Hollywood system to follow up “Garden State,” Braff is eager to return to the director’s chair.“I love it more than anything,” he says. “Making ‘Garden State’ was the most fun experience of my life.”___Online: AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: read more

Film TV and digital productions contributed 2B to Torontos economy in 2016

by Peter Cameron, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2017 10:07 am MDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An assistant director stands by as a stunt car drives down Yonge Street, during the shooting of the movie “Suicide Squad,” in Toronto on May 26, 2015. Film, television and digital productions contributed more than $2 billion to Toronto’s economy in 2016, Mayor John Tory said Monday as he promised to streamline regulations, helping the city compete with other global destinations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Film, TV and digital productions contributed $2B to Toronto’s economy in 2016 TORONTO – Film, television and digital productions contributed more than $2 billion to Toronto’s economy in 2016, Mayor John Tory said Monday as he promised to streamline regulations, helping the city compete with other global destinations.Calling the industry a “key economic driver” for the city, Tory said that 2016 topped the previous high of $1.5 billion in 2015.Tory said $800 million of last year’s total came from Los Angeles-based productions, adding that Toronto will have to fight to keep the business.The mayor said he met with the studios to thank them for their business and to find out what would help them return to Toronto.“They told me that we had to continue to invest in facilities,” he said.Vancouver has a full-time person promoting the city in Los Angeles, Tory said, adding that Toronto’s other competition includes Atlanta, New York and London.“We have every reason to be proud and aggressive,” he said. “We are competitive with them in every respect in the film and television and digital production industry, but we’ve got to go down and make sure we sell our story and not be complacent or shy as Canadians often are.”And he said tax credits are an “important part of the package” that keeps productions coming to the city.“Atlanta, New York, California itself, they have them, and so it’s really just us being competitive,” Tory said.In an effort to bring more work to Toronto, Tory said the city is moving to streamline processes for production companies and work with residents in neighbourhoods impacted by filming.“As our film industry keeps growing every year we are going to create more jobs and more economic success,” he said, noting that the academy award-winning film “Suicide Squad” employed more than 4,700 people while it was being filmed in Toronto in 2015.He also said that the TV series “Suits,” now in its seventh season, provides the equivalent of 2,300 full-time jobs.“These are good jobs, they’re skilled jobs, they’re solid jobs, for set designers, editors, directors, hair stylists, makeup specialists, special effects, catering, sound, lighting, actors,” Tory said.Combining the $2.01 billion with figures from broadcasters and interactive digital media — such as video games — resulted in a total investment figure of $3.26 billion for all of Toronto’s film, television and digital media production last year, the city said in a release.Foreign and domestic TV series remained the dominant investment type in Toronto, as 115 productions brought in $908 million in 2016, the city said.Foreign major production investment in film and television grew to $794 million, a 49-per-cent increase from 2015, while investment in animation and visual effects grew to $403 million, a 179-per-cent increase from the previous year, city figures showed.Investment by broadcasters was down about $69 million in 2016 at $211 million, while interactive digital media rose to $1.05 billion, from $1 billion a year earlier.Commercials production spending was up 10 per cent last year to $380 million.“This is a key economic driver for Toronto, and it enhances our reputation as a home to creative industries,” Tory said. read more

Security Council extends African Union mission in Somalia

Under a unanimously adopted resolution, which maintains AMISOM’s troop deployment “up to a maximum level of 22,126,” the Council sets out further strategic objectives for the mission regarding facilitating the Somali political process at all levels, as well as enabling stabilization efforts, reconciliation and peacebuilding in the Horn of Africa country by providing security for the Somali people. The text also says the AU-led mission would enable the gradual handing over of security responsibilities from AMISOM to the Somali security forces contingent on abilities of the Somali security forces.Among the ‘essential tasks’ authorized by the Council, AMISOM is to engage with communities in the country’s recovered areas and promoting understanding between AMISOM and local populations, to allow for longer term stabilisation by the UN Country Team and other actors. A related ‘priority task’ would be to secure key supply routes, including to areas recovered from Al-Shabaab, in particular those essential to improving the humanitarian situation, and those critical for AMISOM’s logistical support.The text goes on to underline the importance of AMISOM forces carrying out their mandate in full compliance with their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law, and cooperating with the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) in implementing the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy on UN support to Non-UN Security Forces (HRDDP).It also calls on the African Union to investigate and report allegations of violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, as well as continuing to ensure the highest standards of transparency, and conduct and discipline. read more

Presidents Holiday Celebration set for Monday

Faculty and staff are invited to the President’s Annual Holiday Celebration being held at Pond Inlet Monday, Dec. 12.The gathering starts at 2 p.m. with coffee, tea and holiday desserts, and will be followed by a ceremony to recognize long-standing Brock employees. There will also be presentations for the President’s Distinguished Staff Service awards and the Human Resources Distinguished Award for Leadership.

Brocks new Global Scholars Office unique to Canada

In an effort to further enhance vital international connections, Brock has become Canada’s first university to launch a Global Scholars Office (GSO) aimed at facilitating and supporting academic exchange and collaboration.The unique centralized service assists international scholars and professors with the logistics of visiting the institution, while also aiding Brock academics with collaborative opportunities overseas.Building on the success and benefits of the well-established visiting scholar program, the University is investing greater resources and support to launch the new office — a one-stop shop to provide supports and promote opportunities for both inbound and outbound academics looking to participate in international research and teaching experiences.Academics are assisted from pre-departure with required documentation, accommodations and, in the case of outbound participants, making connections with partnering institutions. Support is offered with library and computer access, health insurance and other logistics.Many institutions in Canada require professors to make these connections and arrangements on their own without any formal assistance.In a time of economic restraint, introduction of the GSO affirms Brock’s continued commitment to enhancing internationalization.The new office is intended to help create a positive experience from start to finish for all international scholars working with Brock, said Jamie Mandigo, the University’s Vice-Provost for Enrolment Management and International.The hope, he said, is that it will lead to additional collaboration opportunities with institutions around the globe.“The more welcome scholars feel here, the more likely they are to return, to do more research and collaborate with our faculty and grad students,” he said. “They’re also more likely to recommend Brock as a destination for others back in their home country.”To ensure scholars feel like part of the Brock community during their stay, a reception is held each term to introduce them to other scholars, faculty, staff and administration.The next We Welcome the World reception is scheduled for May 9.Visiting scholars are also encouraged to share their research with the Brock community through a speaker series created to highlight their contributions to various fields of study.Those global connections provide valuable insight into innovative research happening around the world, while also highlighting the work taking place at Brock, Mandigo said.“Members or our own community are our best recruiters because they can share first-hand knowledge of the great things we’re doing,” he said. “We want to show the world why it’s an advantage to come to Brock.”It was Atsushi Lino’s interaction with the Global Scholars Office that helped to solidify Brock as the institution of choice for his visit from Japan’s Hosei University.The GSO quickly responded to his query about visiting the Department of Applied Linguistics, helped to expedite the process and created an immediate rapport, he said.Upon his arrival, office staff helped Lino address challenges he encountered.The support provided a sense of security during his time in Canada, he said.It was Brock’s commitment to internationalization that inspired formal visiting scholar services many years ago, said Sheila Young, the University’s Associate Director of International Supports.“We already knew that many faculty engaged in scholarly collaboration with colleagues all over the world, and putting formal programs into place to help support this important activity served to strengthen it,” she said.The Global Scholars Office aims to further enhance that success and make more inbound and outbound opportunities available.Professor Lucie Thibault, in Brock’s Department of Sport Management, was recently helped by the GSO in planning a visit to Hochschule Koblenz University of Applied Sciences in Germany.During her three-month stay, Thibault will be interacting with international exchange and graduate students, as well as teaching two courses.“From a research and teaching perspective, it’s an invaluable exchange of ideas and knowledge,” she said, while crediting the GSO for helping to bring the trip to fruition.The office is yet another asset Brock faculty can promote while working abroad, she added.Scholar Jae Kyung Yang from Gyeongsang National University in South Korea completed an academic exchange at Brock University with assistance from Brock’s Global Scholars Office. read more

Gias journey of healing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Gia Pyrlis made a somewhat dramatic career change ten years ago, from teacher to health professional.Her business, Gia Pyrlis: therapist for your health and wellbeing, began after Pyrlis was diagnosed with cancer in 1996.“After that I decided to go on a journey to find out things about myself and it lead me to this path,” she says. “I work with people who are overcoming illness in general, I’m very compassionate towards loved ones and people experiencing cancer”.As part of practice Body Edge in Adelaide’s Henley Beach Road, Mile End, which includes a podiatrist and two physiotherapists, Pyrlis works as a counsellor, bodyworker, and a health educator.Starting off as a massage therapist, Pyrlis studied a Masters in Social Science before she started counselling. Having just being accepted to study naturopathy through a Bachelor of Health Science, Pyrlis will extend her business to cover nutritional requirements.“In the last few years I’ve been really interested in nutritional and environmental medicine,” Pyrlis says. “I see a huge connection between body, mind and what we put in our mouths. For example, I have clients that come in with constant headaches, muscle spasms, insomnia, agitation, anxiety and I now know that their body is lacking in magnesium,” she says. “I want to help my clients to eat better and take appropriate supplements because, living in the city, it doesn’t matter how well you eat, you will be affected by the environment and pollution. The closer to the beach you are, the healthier you would be because of the iodine and the salt water.”Many health problems are a result of increased time spent indoors, working in offices, which can lead to vitamin D deficiency, Pyrlis says.“Depletion of iodine and vitamin D puts people at high risk of autoimmune disease and cancers”.Pyrlis’ bodyworks includes therapeutic remedial massage.“I work with people who have got pains, aches and I’m really good with the back and shoulders, headaches; I relieve people’s headaches really quickly”.Pyrlis also incorporates energy work into her profession, which she says is now becoming scientifically proven to help particularly those with cancer and the elderly. “I use therapeutic touch therapy so people don’t have to have their clothing off, it’s just relaxing them and fanning out their energy fields,” she says. “It gets congested if we’re always thinking then we’re not balanced on our feet, so I have a technique where I can bring them to a grounded space.”Exercise is another major part of maintaining good health, Pyrlis says.“The majority of my clients are between 30 and 70 years old and the majority come for back, headaches and stress. There’s a huge amount of stress,” she says. High expectations continue to increase stress levels, Pyrlis said.“We need to go back to basics, go back to simpler living; the simpler we live our lives the healthier we can be. If we slow down we can grow our own vegies, have organic stuff, go to an exercise class, meditate, but if we rush all the time we skip breakfast which will impact on our body and our mind. If we work long hours we’re not going to have enough sleep, so we’ll probably have insomnia. It all links.”last_img read more

La NASA lancera le 13 juin son télescope à rayon X spatial

first_imgLa NASA lancera le 13 juin son télescope à rayon X spatialLe 13 juin prochain, la NASA devrait lancer un télescope à rayon X capable de scruter l’univers, et notamment les trous noirs, avec une résolution sans précédent. Le télescope qui permettra cet exploit est baptisé NuSTAR.La NASA a indiqué hier être prête à mettre en service son télescope NuSTAR à rayons X. Le 13 juin, celui-ci devrait être lancé dans l’espace et sera capable de scruter l’univers avec une résolution inégalée. Même les trous noirs pourront être observés, ce qui permettra de mieux comprendre l’évolution du cosmos. En effet, NuSTAR pourra capter les rayons X même à travers la poussière et le gaz qui obstruent l’observation des galaxies, des trous noirs et des étoiles à neutrons situés au centre de la Voie Lactée.”NuSTAR [pour Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array] va nous aider à comprendre comment notre univers a évolué depuis le stade du Big Bang pour devenir aussi complexe aujourd’hui”, a déclaré lors d’une conférence de presse Paul Hertz, directeur de la division d’astrophysique au siège de la NASA. “Nous verrons les objets célestes les plus chauds, les plus denses et ceux chargés du plus d’énergie d’une façon fondamentalement nouvelle”, a précisé la principale responsable scientifique de NuSTAR, Fiona Harrison, de l’Institut de Technologie de Californie. “NuSTAR sera le premier télescope spatial capable de créer des images cosmiques à partir de rayons X à haute énergie, du même type que celles utilisées par la médecine pour voir notre squelette ou pour scanner les bagages dans les aéroports”, indiquent les astrophysiciens qui soulignent que ce télescope spatial produira des images d’une résolution 10 fois plus grande que celles obtenues avec les télescopes actuels. Il sera même plus de cent fois plus sensible que ses prédécesseurs fonctionnant dans cette même partie du spectre électromagnétique.Un recensement des étoiles effondrées et des trous noirsÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASi la NASA a déjà reporté en mars la date initiale du lancement du nouveau télescope, cette fois-ci, la date du 13 juin qui a été arrêtée devrait être la bonne. Le NuSTAR sera mis sur orbite par une fusée Pegasus, larguée en plein vol d’un Lockeed L-1011, un tri-réacteur baptisé Stargazer. Après décollage, celui-ci larguera la fusée à environ 15H30 GMT. Le lanceur allumera alors ses moteurs et transportera NuSTAR sur orbite terrestre basse, a précisé la NASA.Une fois en place, la première phase de deux ans de la mission de NuSTAR consistera à cartographier différentes régions du ciel entourant le centre de la Voie Lactée pour procéder à un recensement des étoiles effondrées et des trous noirs de différentes tailles. Le nouveau télescope à rayons X explorera également l’univers profond au-delà de la Voie Lactée, ce qui permettra de mieux comprendre les jets de particules émis par les galaxies les plus extrêmes comme Centaurus A, où se trouvent des trous noirs super massifs.Le 2 juin 2012 à 11:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Applicants Sought for ASADuPont Young Leader Program

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) and Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont Business, are seeking applicants for the 2013 Young Leader Program. The Young Leader Program is recognized throughout agriculture for its longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating the producer-leaders who are shaping the U.S. soybean industry. 2013 marks the 29th year of the program.”The Young Leader Program is an exceptional leadership training program,” said ASA President Steve Wellman. “The knowledge gained from this program can be put to use immediately–not only in business, but personally as well. Soybean producers who are looking to take on future leadership roles at the state and/or national level should pursue this training as the first step on their journey.”The 2013 class of Young Leaders and their spouses will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience Nov. 27-30, 2012 at Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and Feb. 26-March 2, 2013 in Kissimmee, Fla., coinciding with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show.This program offers the opportunity for participants to enhance their leadership skills, as well as meet and learn from other young leaders from around the country.Applications will be accepted starting June 1. Interested applicants should apply online at Additionally, all ASA members will receive an application brochure in their June ASA Today member newsletter.Applications will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2012. ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and Pioneer will work together to identify the top producers to represent their state as part of this program. One couple or individual per state will be chosen to participate.For questions or to obtain a hard copy application, please contact Michelle Siegel, ASA Leadership & Corporate Program Manager at 314-754-1328 or read more

VIDEO Watch Wilmingtons Spectacular Fireworks Display

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover Monday night’s Fun on the Fourth activities.Watch Opening Ceremony remarks from Fourth of July Committee Chair Scott Garrant, concert from the Reading Community Concert Band (sponsored by Analog Devices), and highlights of the Spectacular Fireworks display. (Fast forward to the last 5 minutes for the fireworks.)—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—The Wilmington Police Department’s Facebook page live-streamed the entire fireworks display, which can be seen below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: What To Expect At This Year’s Fun On The Fourth (VIDEO)In “Videos”VIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”VIDEO: Wilmington Fun On The Fourth HighlightsIn “Videos”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday August 26 2015

first_imgWith VA problems clear, Sullivan summons officials for solutionsZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageSenator Dan Sullivan held a field hearing in Eagle River yesterday focused on healthcare for veterans in Alaska. It was an effort, he told the modest crowd, to bring D.C. to Alaska.GOP candidate Rand Paul drums up support in AlaskaRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksRepublican presidential candidate Rand Paul spoke in Anchorage and Fairbanks Tuesday, kicking off a swing through western states for the Kentucky conservative.YWCA races to close the gender pay gap in AlaskaAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe YWCA Alaska is one year into their initiative to eliminate the gender pay gap in the state by 2025.Final Sitka landslide victim recoveredRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaSearch crews have recovered the final victim of the August 18 Sitka landslide. The body of 62-year-old William Stortz was found Tuesday afternoonSpeaking at Assembly, officials say: ‘Thank you, Sitka’Rachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaAt the first meeting of the Sitka Assembly since last week’s landslides, city officials spoke emotionally about the loss of three local men — and said they had been overwhelmed by the response of city staff, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.Bethel preschool re-opens after a monumental cleanup effortBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelThe Bethel M.E. preschool is 95 percent back to normal after a week of cleaning up after vandals ransacked the school, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.Juneau protest looks to give BC mines a classic Alaska ‘boot’Lisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauXtratuf boots are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska and often associated with fishing. On Wednesday, about a hundred pairs of the brown rubber boots along with photos of Alaskans were on the steps of the Capitol building to protest mines in British Columbia.Hoonah hyrdo project cuts energy bills for local businessesElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s newest hydro power project has been generating electricity since the beginning of August, but it only recently had its ribbon cutting ceremony. The city of Hoonah is cutting diesel consumption by about a third which could help the local economy.Voices From Nome’s Dream TheaterKristin Leffler, KNOM – NomeBack in 1944, an Alaska Native 15-year-old girl named Alberta Schenck stood up against the segregated seating policy at Nome’s Dream Theater. Her case, paired with Elizabeth Peratrovich’s, was instrumental in the passing of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act in Alaska. That was 10 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, and nearly 20 years before the Civil Rights Act passed. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more

Reason why Salman Khan refused to buy Shah Rukh Khans Mannat

first_imgSalman Khan, Shah Rukh KhanReutersWhile Shah Rukh Khan is the proud owner of his famous house Mannat, it was Salman Khan who reportedly was first offered to buy the lavish bungalow.According to reports, before SRK buying Mannat, it was first offered to Salman, but he refused to purchase it. As reported, Salman in an interview had said that he was asked to buy the luxury house but eventually he did not as his father, Salim Khan did not approve.The superstar had said that his father did not want such a big house, and hence, he rejected the proposal. Later, Shah Rukh bought the famous house. In the same interview, Salman reportedly expressed his desire to ask SRK how he utilises such a huge bungalow. Salman resides in Galaxy Apartment with his family.Recently, there were reports claiming that Salman and Aamir Khan had been making frequent visits at Shah Rukh’s abode. Their repeated meetings at his houses had given rise to speculations of a big collaboration. However, till now no such announcement has been made.Meanwhile, Salman has been busy with promotions of his upcoming film Bharat that also features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie is one of the biggest releases of this year, and is expected to create havoc at the box office. It is slated to hit the screens on June 5.On the other side, Shah Rukh after the debacle of Zero has taken a break from acting. He is yet to make any announcement regarding their future projects.last_img read more