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Amy Schumer Performs At North Shore Animal League America Celebrity Gala

first_imgNorth Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, held its annual Celebrity Gala on Friday, November 20th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.Howard Stern, Amy Schumer and Beth Stern at the North Shore Animal League America 2015 GalaThe evening included a wonderful group of attendees from all sectors of New York’s animal-loving community. Comedian Lisa Lampanelli served as host for the evening, and Emmy-award winner Amy Schumer took the stage for a special performance. Singers Wilson Phillips completed the evening with a mini concert.Among the “bold face names” to stride the red carpet, Celebrity Cook, TV Host and Published Author, Rachael Ray; Raquel Castro of “Empire;” David Castro of “Shadow Hunters;” New York Yankees play-by-play TV announcer and ESPN radio host Michael Kay; Michael’s wife, broadcast journalist Jodi Applegate; Director, Producer, ABC Channel’s “All My Children” Star, Ricky Goldin; President & CEO of The Hallmark Channel, Bill Abbott; Published Author and TV Personality, Carole Radziwill; President and CEO of Forbes Family Trust, LLC, Keith Bloomfield; Professional Equestrian and philanthropist, Georgina Bloomberg; WPIX-11 weather anchor Linda Church; TV producer, entertainer and comedian, Brian Balthazar; WPIX Evening News Anchor Tamsen Fadal; and well-known actress Floriana Lima to name a few.Four compassionate students from across the country were honored with Animal League America’s Crystal Collar Award, presented by Animal League America Volunteer, Foster Parent and National Spokesperson, Beth Stern, for their outstanding work saving the lives of animals through their involvement in the Mutt-i-gree’s Movement. In one case the Ambassadors work is credited with bringing a kill shelter down to a virtually no-kill shelter. In addition all the Ambassadors are actively involved in NSAL’s mission to rescue, nurture, adopt and educate as they spread message of the importance of rescue and adoption to their peers and their communities. All of these outstanding students have been involved with the Mutt-i-gree’s Curriculum and are shining examples for the future of animal welfare. The honorees were:Ragan Fletcher of Bixby, Oklahoma
Layne Meek of Ashland, Kentucky
Gracie Kate Lee of Clinton, Arkansas
Madalyn Pennington of Bee Branch, ArkansasAmong the other highlights of the evening was a video montage of the more than 200 kittens and cats Beth and Howard Stern have fostered over the years as well as a Reflections video focusing on some of the important work done by Animal League America over the past 12 months.The Gala supports North Shore Animal League America’s ever-expanding no-kill mission with all proceeds from the event dedicated to Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center. This 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will enable Animal League America to rescue many more animals by adding a second floor to the existing shelter that will host a cage-free, natural living environment for felines. In addition, this expansion to the shelter will open up space on the first floor to increase the number of dogs we take in and enrich their lives. Overall, this project will enable them to provide the best quality of life for all the animals in their care while they await adoption into loving homes.last_img read more

Stars Sign Letter Urging Leaders To Tackle Poverty By Addressing Gender Inequality

first_imgSir Elton John was one of the more than 70 celebrities who urged world leaders to tackle poverty by addressing gender inequality, adding his name to an open letter to government today to mark International Women’s Day earlier this month.The letter calls for more funding to help girls and women fight HIV and malnutrition ahead of two summits – Nutrition For Growth and Global Fund – this year.Among the other celebrities to sign the letter were Oprah, Emma Watson, Hozier, Bono, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Zuckerberg, Meryl Streep, Mary J. Blige, Muhammad Ali, Padma Lakshmi, Patricia Arquette, Robert Redford, Tina Fey and many more.The group said figures suggesting girls account for three-quarters of new HIV infections and 40% of women in Africa suffer anaemia were an “outrage”.Sir Elton, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, said the numbers of young girls affected was “heartbreaking”.“Three out of every four adolescents in Africa who contract HIV are girls, and on average, young women who contract HIV will do so five to seven years earlier than men. It’s heartbreaking. Stopping the spread of HIV will mean doing more to protect girls and young women. The Global Fund is doing powerful work helping treat and prevent AIDS and deserves expanded support from world leaders. We have the chance to stop HIV/AIDS in our lifetime, and we need to raise our voices now to make sure it happens.” said Elton.To read the letter and find out more, click here.last_img read more

Amal Clooney to attend Torontos Luminato festival

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement This year’s festival will also see Maria Alyokhina, a political activist and member of punk group Pussy Riot, join the Belarus Free Theatre for “Burning Doors.”The stage show is drawn from the stories of Alyokhina, Russian performance artist Petr Pavlensky, and incarcerated Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.A total of 29 events are in the festival, which runs June 6-24.Other festival highlights include a reimagining of “Swan Lake” by Irish choreographer and director Michael Keegan-Dolan.“Instruments of Happiness” is a two-part free event that will kick off with hundreds of young ukulele players from Melanie Doane’s Uschool performing George Harrison hits.The second part will see 100 electric guitarists performing in “While 100 Guitars Gently Weep, Concerto for George” from Montreal-based composer/guitarist Tim Brady, to celebrate Harrison’s 75th birthday.“Bug” is a solo-performance piece by writer and actor Yolanda Bonnell about a young Indigenous girl caught in a “cycle of abuse and addiction.”Indie rocker Stephin Merritt will lead his band the Magnetic Fields through the two-night, auto-biographical multimedia performance “50 Song Memoir.”And Scott Silven’s “At the Illusionist’s Table” will include fine dining and whisky tasting alongside illusion, mentalism and storytelling at Toronto’s historic Casa Loma.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Facebook Amal Clooney arrives at Chatham House in London, Wednesday March 29, 2017, to give a speech on war crimes in Syria and Iraq. Renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is slated to attend Toronto’s Luminato arts festival in June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lauren Hurley, PA via APcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Renowned international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is slated to attend Toronto’s Luminato arts festival in June.Organizers say she’ll take part in an onstage conversation with her father-in-law, American journalist Nick Clooney, who is screen star George Clooney’s dad.The chat will happen at Roy Thomson Hall on June 22. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Fear the Walking Dead actor Justin Rain returns to his Prince Albert

first_imgLarissa Burnouf APTN News If you watch the popular TV show Fear the Walking Dead, you’ll know him as the character Crazy Dog.He’s also recognizable on many popular television shows and even on the big screen and like many of us, Cree actor Justin Rain returns home for the holidays – but not only to visit family and friends.This holiday season, Rain spent several days visiting a handful of remote First Nations communities in his home Province of Saskatchewan.This trip is not a new one for Rain, he makes it a point to return to Northern Saskatchewan annually.He speaks openly to First Nations youth about the darker times in his life – nearly dying from drugs and alcohol at a young age.“I overdosed in my senior year of high school three times and since then I’ve been clean and sober,” said Rain.“I’ve been clean and sober for about 17 years now and I enjoy going to communities and sharing my story of inspiration about why I don’t drink or use drugs.”He believes that talking openly about his own journey can be used to help others facing similar issues including suicide.“I’ve lost friends to suicide,” he said. “On a few occasions, I seriously considered taking my own life. And I think it’s important for us, people in my position, to visit and share our own personal insights and what we’ve discovered along the way to make it through.”Rain said the only way to move through life on a positive path is through creative expression, which can include everything from dancing, painting, singing, writing, or even acting.“I truly believe that every single one of us is an artist in some way, shape or form. And if we stop creating, we will inevitably start destroying in other ways, [through] various addictions and abuses” he said.Rain said when people abuse substances, they suppress who they are and where they come from and it’s a vicious cycle that nearly killed him.He says being creative and artistic in many ways has continued to lead him down a good path in life and taken his career to new heights.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img read more

Somalia UN voices concern for safety of thousands displaced by fresh clashes

17 February 2012The United Nations refugee agency today voiced fears for the safety of thousands of people who have fled fresh violence near the Somali capital, Mogadishu, and urged all armed groups to ensure the safety of civilians. In the last two weeks, over 7,200 Somalis have been forced to flee the Afgooye corridor, a 40-kilometre stretch of road just north-west of Mogadishu that is home to almost 410,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in sprawling settlements and makeshift camps, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).More than 5,200 of the 7,200 people who have fled did so in the past three days following new clashes that erupted on Tuesday.“UNHCR fears for the safety of the displaced and we urge all armed groups and forces to make the protection of civilians a priority,” an agency spokesperson, Melissa Fleming, told reporters in Geneva.A majority of the newly displaced are people who have been displaced previously and were living in the Afgooye corridor to escape insecurity in Mogadishu and elsewhere in Somalia. Most of them are now heading towards Mogadishu.“UNHCR, together with other agencies, will be urgently scaling up assistance to provide shelter, food and water,” said Ms. Fleming.Some 1.3 million people are internally displaced within Somalia, while more than 968,000 Somalis live as refugees in neighbouring countries, primarily in Kenya (520,000), Yemen (203,000) and Ethiopia (186,000). Somalia remains “one of the worst and most alarming” humanitarian crises that UNHCR faces, generating the largest number of refugees and displaced in the world after Afghanistan and Iraq, Ms. Fleming noted. read more

FEATURE The UN body with its finger on the pulse of sustainable

They were seeking answers to the questions raised by this global economic catastrophe in the United Nations, asking Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon what insights he and the Organization could offer on the impact of the crisis in the many countries where the UN operates.The speed with which the global economy had been swallowed by the crisis exposed the gaps in governments’ knowledge and understanding of their peoples and revealed the absence of up-to-the-minute, accurate data about who was being affected and to what degree. All they had were three- to five-year-old household surveys, censuses and other national statistical collections, which could only provide limited guidance on how to respond to the suddenly devastated global economic landscape.After consulting with UN agencies, Mr. Ban was forced to come to a similar conclusion. The UN had nothing on the scale necessary to close the information gap and to equip governments with data that was updating fast enough to inform effective responses to the sorts of situations they were facing on the ground.What emerged was UN Global Pulse, a body within the Secretary-General’s office dedicated to tracking development progress and emerging vulnerabilities in real-time by tapping into Big Data – the enormous volumes of records that are automatically created by people’s every interaction with the digital world. Robert Kirkpatrick, the Director of UN Global Pulse, says Big Data is aptly named, as the volumes are mind-bogglingly huge and continue growing exponentially.“The amount of information being produced is more than doubling every year,” he says. “In 2014 alone, there was more data produced than in all of history combined.”The vast majority of that data is held by private sector firms, like telecommunications providers, banks and credit card issuers, and social media companies. Participants at a “hackathon” hosted by Pulse Lab Jakarta work on apps to improve public services. Photo Credit: Pulse Lab JakartaOnce a methodology is in place for estimating an aspect of development through application of Big Data, the Lab can then turn that methodology into an application that can be used by the UN agency on a daily or a weekly basis to better understand how, where and why their development programmes are making a difference or to understand how quickly a population is recovering from a natural disaster.“The data sources that are useful for development fall into two broad categories: what people say and what they do,” says Mr. Kirkpatrick. “How people spend money on global air-time products predicts how much they’re spending on food and predicts their overall level of poverty. How people move about a city, which you can see through mobile phone networks, predicts how they’re being displaced by a natural disaster. How people tweet the price of food predicts the actual food prices.”When talking about “what people say,” Mr. Kirkpatrick is referring to information readily available online in digital form publicly – for example on Twitter or Facebook. That information can be analyzed readily to understand what people think and what they feel and how that is changing over time. The information on “what people do” meanwhile is much less subjective than the information found on social media and is in fact extremely precise because it is produced as a by-product of people’s use of digital services. Some of the results of such studies can be incredibly revealing. In one project, Global Pulse partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) in central Africa. Global Pulse was given access to tens of millions of anonymous telephone records which revealed how people spend money on air-time purchases in the country. The air-time spending patterns were compared to 7,000 WFP household surveys, which measured their consumption of food and placed them in the multidimensional poverty index. Members of the Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development meet in New York in September 2014. The Group was established to provide recommendations on how to close data gaps and to strengthen national statistical capacities. UN Photo/Kim Haughton “What we found was astounding,” says Mr. Kirkpatrick. “How people spend money on mobile airtime is an incredibly powerful predictor of their poverty level. WFP does these kinds of surveys every two, three, four years. A mobile network – just as a by-product of providing services to these populations – is producing every second the means to generate an updated understanding of their economic well-being.” The information gathered from air-time purchase data, because it correlates so closely with information known from surveys and the poverty index provides what Mr. Kirkpatrick calls a “proxy measure” for poverty. The close correlation between the information in the various sources provides the government, the UN and development partners with a real-time technique for tracking poverty.“That, we believe, has profound implications,” says Mr. Kirkpatrick. “This type of information can be used for policy planning. Unexplained drops in spending patterns on air-time indicate that people also don’t have enough money for food and medicines and education. That means that we now have an early warning system that can be used for much more precise and rapid targeting of response.”The UN is in a neutral space between governments, communities and the private sector and we’re able to use our labs as a safe space for innovation.Transforming Big Data into a genuine public good first and foremost requires ensuring a “do no harm approach” – privacy must be protected at every step. To that end, the Global Pulse initiative has a strong focus on data privacy and protection, and works only with data-sets containing no personally identifiable information, per its Data Privacy Principles. Global Pulse also advocates for richer public dialogue and discourse about data privacy in the context of sustainable development, through conducting research on the topic, assembling a global Data Privacy Advisory Group and convening public events. While some companies remain hesitant about sharing the their data – mainly because of concerns over giving away competitive advantage or because of fears about invasion of privacy – there are also difficulties associated with bringing together practitioners from diverse and otherwise unconnected fields to work on Global Pulse’s projects.“One of the main challenges that this whole area faces is getting everyone together to do the work,” he says. “Getting together the data science expertise and the development expertise. These communities have not historically been connected to each other and that’s one of the main functions of our Pulse Labs.”He says Global Pulse has been working with the private sector on an idea called ‘Data Philanthropy,’ whereby their data can be safely and responsibly used in the cause of sustainable development. As a UN body, Global Pulse has found it has some unique advantages in that realm. “The UN is in a neutral space between governments, communities and the private sector and we’re able to use our labs as a safe space for innovation,” he says. “I think that’s a really important role for Global Pulse – creating that sandbox where they try new things and learn very quickly what avenues we should be following.”Attention on the field is certainly growing, particularly in light of the Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group’s report on the data revolution for sustainable development, called ‘A World That Counts.’ Within the private and public sectors, as well as in civil society, there is now tremendous interest in how new technologies and approaches can transform development and humanitarian operations and ensure the inclusion of all in development processes.“Big Data is a new digital natural resource and it has tremendous potential to be used to achieve sustainable development and to measure progress,” says Mr. Kirkpatrick. “Data is now an exciting topic in a way that it wasn’t before. And we are very keen to build on that momentum.”@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 550px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -110px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 3.6em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#FFFFFF; position: relative; top: 100px; text-align:center; text-shadow: 5px 5px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.8);}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse, talks to the UN News Centre about harnessing the power of Big Data. Credit: United NationsEvery time a credit card is swiped, data is created. Every time a mobile phone call is made, a text sent or airtime added, data is created. Every time a status is posted, a ‘check-in’ made or someone’s post ‘liked,’ data is created. The firms then gather this ‘data exhaust’ and analyze the information contained within to support business decision-making.“Information out there is being used to commercial advantage by these companies,” says Mr. Kirkpatrick. “So they can identify new customers; so they can identify new market trends. They can monitor their own operations in real-time. What hasn’t been done with this data, systematically, to date, is learning how to use it as a public good.”As well as equipping governments and the UN to respond better to economic disasters like the 2008-9 meltdown, the designation of Global Pulse also contained within it recognition of the fact that achieving the new development agenda would require 21st Century techniques and approaches.“Everyone has recognized that to achieve sustainable development, we’re going to need to move beyond traditional approaches of using surveys once or twice a year to monitor what’s happening in communities where development work is underway,” says Mr. Kirkpatrick. “What we see now is that the bulk of the information out there that is relevant to global development is actually being produced by the beneficiaries themselves, not being collected by national statistics offices. So the opportunity here is to use this kind of information both to measure sustainable development in ways not done before but also to achieve it.”Global Pulse is one of the world’s most innovative responses to the challenge, seeking to harness the power of Big Data to provide immediate and constantly updated insights on issues such as health, education, employment and food security, to support global development and humanitarian action.In pursuit of that, Global Pulse has established a network of ‘Innovation Labs’ in New York, Kampala and Jakarta, which seek to partner with UN agencies and governments and to experiment with new sources of Big Data to find out how they can be used to close information gaps – either by providing totally new insights or producing information that is already known but in a faster or cheaper way.Typically, a UN agency will tell the nearest Pulse Lab what problem they are trying to solve and what type of information they need to be able to do so. Global Pulse then brings to bear its network of partners in the private sector and academia, who offer the data and human expertise needed to complete the work. read more

Wellness Day well received

Acrylic painting, guided meditation and floral arranging sound like the makings of a relaxing vacation.Instead, they were activities that made up a few of the more than 20 workshops employees participated in last week as part of Brock’s Wellness Day.More than 480 employees registered for the annual event, with workshops such as outlet mall shopping, chocolate decorating, progressive euchre tournament, escape room games and a Rodman Hall garden tour filled to capacity.The day kicked off at 7:30 a.m. with a complimentary breakfast in Market Hall followed by opening remarks in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Boomer the Badger and Librarian Ian Gordon got energy levels rising by leading the large crowd in a sing-along to the Neil Diamond classic Sweet Caroline.“The enthusiasm in the audience was so great to see,” said Kathryn Walker, Manager, Health Management and Wellness. “People were on their feet, clapping their hands and singing at the top of their lungs. It was a great way to begin the day.”Karen McAllister-Kenny, Director of Youth Programs, was awarded the second annual Health, Safety and Wellness Champion award and Rachael Bujtas, Administrative Assistant with Recreation and Leisure Studies, won the Green Shield Canada bike raffle.The opening plenary speaker, Roxanne Derhodge, shared her experiences with being authentic and emphasized being good to others, connecting with family and stopping to think about how we feel internally.She encouraged employees to picture five images in their minds that make them happy, find photos of them and store them in a file on their computer desktop. When feeling out of sorts, employees can reference the images to help change their mood.Before heading off to their respective workshops, employees picked up a reusable Wellness Day bag and purchased tickets for the annual Penny Sale, which boasted more than 60 prizes and raised $3,165 this year for a non-endowed student award supporting wellness.“Wellness Day would not be possible without the continued support of our sponsors,” said Walker.“Most people are familiar with our Penny Sale contributors and that Green Shield Canada annually donates a bike we raffle off. They may not know that Deloitte and the Ontario Teachers’ Insurance Plan both donated $1,000 as gold level sponsors and Scotiabank donated $250 as a bronze sponsor.”Wellness Day participants were emailed a link to an online survey last week and are encouraged to fill it out.“This was the first year we hosted the majority of workshops off campus, offered breakfast instead of lunch and eliminated a closing plenary,” said Walker. “The feedback we receive from the surveys will help guide planning for next year — our 20th annual Wellness Day.” read more

No 19 Ohio State rallies in 2nd half beats Illinois 7767

CHICAGO — Keyshawn Woods scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, Kaleb Wesson added 13 and No. 19 Ohio State rallied in the second half for a 77-67 victory over Illinois on Wednesday night.Musa Jallow had 11 points and nine rebounds as Ohio State (8-1) improved to 2-0 in the Big Ten.Trent Frazier and Kipper Nichols scored 18 apiece as Illinois (2-7, 0-2) dropped its third straight.The Buckeyes were 12 of 21 (57.1 per cent) in the second half to flip the game. The Illini went 9 for 33 (27.3 per cent) after halftime.Illinois has lost 12 in a row against ranked teams. The school’s last victory over a Top 25 opponent was 68-66 over No. 20 Iowa in the second round of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament.The game was played at the United Center, where the Illini entered with a 37-15 record.Ohio State had a 30-22 lead with just under six minutes remaining in the first half before the Illini closed with a 16-4 run for a 38-34 halftime lead.The frustration for Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann boiled over midway through the spurt when he picked up a technical foul for protesting a no-call at the Ohio State basket.Aaron Jordan made one of the two technical free throws to give Illinois a 31-30 lead with 2:48 left.Both teams shot 40 per cent from the field in the first half, but the difference was Illinois going 15 for 19 at the free throw line, compared to 7 of 12 for Ohio State.The Illini maintained a slim lead for the first several minutes of the second half, but the Buckeyes went back on top, 52-51, on a scoop shot by Duane Washington Jr. with 13:26 to play.That basket was part of a 15-2 run as Ohio State turned a 51-48 deficit into a 63-53 lead with nine minutes to go.BIG PICTUREOhio State: After playing three games in eight days — including a loss to Syracuse in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge — the Buckeyes get nine days off before returning to the court.Illinois: The Illini’s two wins are against Evansville and Mississippi Valley State. They don’t have any glaring losses and have played tough against good teams, but a win against a major program is sorely needed.UP NEXTOhio State: Hosts Bucknell on Dec. 15.Illinois: Hosts UNLV on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: and Jackson, The Associated Press read more

Mexico earthquake Death toll rises to 90

(BBC) At least 90 people have died in Thursday’s 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, officials have confirmed.A government spokesman said 71 people had been killed in the south-west state of Oaxaca alone.Hundreds of families have reportedly been camping in the streets, afraid of the dangers of aftershocks. The Mexican Seismological Service said 721 had been recorded since the initial tremor.The earthquake was the strongest the country has seen in a century.Most of the confirmed deaths are concentrated in Oaxaca (BBC image)On Friday, the country’s east coast was also hit by tropical storm Katia.Two people died in mudslides after heavy rain fall. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMexico: Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200September 20, 2017In “World”Ecuador earthquake: Deaths rise to 235April 17, 2016In “World”Hundreds dead in huge Nepal earthquakeApril 25, 2015In “World” read more

Sammy denies giving CWI president Cameron the snub

Did Darren Sammy snub Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron at the post-match presentation ceremony at Gaddafi Stadium on Friday?Darren Sammy soaks up victory adulation from the Lahore crowd (AFP photo)Sammy was a member of the World XI that played three T20s in Lahore this week, and on Friday his side lost the final game, and with it the series. Cameron was in Lahore to discuss a potential tour to Pakistan by West Indies in November.After the game, the World-XI players lined up to receive medals from Cameron, who was part of the awards ceremony. Hashim Amla was first in line, followed by Tamim Iqbal, Paul Collingwood, David Miller and then Sammy. As Tamim received his medal, Sammy turned away before jogging off. That sequence of events could clearly be seen on broadcast footage.Was it a snub? Not according to Sammy, who famously took a very public pop at his board in the immediate aftermath of winning the World T20 in 2016, which ultimately led to his removal from the T20 captaincy just four months later. That was part of a bitter contractual dispute between players and the board that only now seems to be coming to an end.In July, the CWI offered “temporary amnesty” to players who earlier did not fit the selection criteria to make themselves available for ODIs. Consequently Chris Gayle is part of the West Indies limited-overs squad for the England series, which begins with the lone Twenty20 in Durham on Saturday. But Sammy, whose last match for the West Indies was the World Twenty20 final last April, has been ignored by the selectors.Soon after the last game in Lahore, Sammy said to ESPNcricinfo that he hadn’t walked away from Cameron but had instead rushed off back to the dressing room for a toilet break. It is, he added, what he also did during the PSL final, where he had led Peshawar Zalmi to the title at the same venue.Two voices from inside the World-XI dressing room, however, say that a snub is precisely what it was. Sammy, they say, does not want to have anything to do with Cameron. Interestingly, Samuel Badree, Sammy’s one-time West Indies team-mate, and a member of the World XI did accept his medal from Cameron, even though he has also in the past expressed strong reservations about Cameron. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSammy slams Cameron’s stewardship, urges support for SkerrittMarch 22, 2019In “latest news”WICB to probe Sammy’s ‘inappropriate’ commentsApril 5, 2016In “latest news”Richard Pybus set to become West Indies’ head coachJanuary 1, 2019In “latest news” read more

EuroChem now one of only three global NPK players with Usolskiy potash

first_imgEuroChem is now one of only three companies worldwide producing all three key fertiliser products of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. In mining terms it mines phosphate at the Kovdor open pit mine on the Kola peninsula in Russia and at the Phosphorit mining operation in Kingisepp, also in Russia; while there is a development project in the Zhambyl region of Kazakhstan.For potash (potassium ore) the company now has access to over 10 billion tonnes of potash reserves in two key deposits in Russia and is conducting geological work on other deposits to which it has secured mining rights. Once on stream, the two ongoing potash projects will have over 8.3 Mt KCI (5 Mt K2O) of capacity. EuroChem is constructing mining and processing facilities at two locations in Russia; at the Gremyachinskoe deposit (EuroChem-VolgaKaliy, Volgograd region) and at the Verkhnekamskoe deposit (EuroChem Usolskiy, Perm region).IM visited Usolskiy and saw one of the Kopeysk Ural-20R potash mining combines in action – by the end of this year there will be 14 of them running, each capable of 60,000 t/mth at full production. Once fully operational, Usolskiy’s Phase 1 will have a total annual production capacity of 2.3 Mt of MOP.last_img read more

Kukucka at Kadetten until 2015

Peter Kukucka has agreed to sign a new contract with Kadetten Schaffhausen, that will keep him at the club until the summer 2015. The 29-year old came to Schaffhausen in 2009 from Nordhorn, and has since been instrumental to the club’s successes, among which two Championship titles, and one Swiss Cup title and one SuperCup title. Kadetten also had noteworthy successes in the EHF Champions League. Both sides were delighted with the contract renewal. ← Previous Story Montpellier wins French Cup! Next Story → Bosna has financial problems – Three players left Sarajevo read more

New music festival in Dublin planned for this June Bank Holiday

first_img Mar 23rd 2019, 9:30 AM By Sean Murray New music festival in Dublin planned for this June Bank Holiday Promoters MCD hope to make Dun Laoghaire Pier the home for gigs over three days this June bank holiday. Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 9:30 AM 53,023 Views Layout of the area where the gigs would go.PLANS ARE UNDER way for a three-day music festival over the June Bank Holiday weekend in Dun Laoghaire after a planning application was filed last month.Promoters MCD filed the application on 28 February with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.The application is for a series of concerts to be held on Friday 31 May, Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June at Dun Laoghaire Pier.The events would be ticketed with a maximum anticipated attendance of 8,000 people on each night.The tickets would be sold on the basis that under-16s attending the event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.Each day the concert would open at 4pm, with a curfew of 11pm – with the exception of the 10.45pm curfew on Sunday.Temporary bars would be installed with a licence to serve alcohol, and marquees would be constructed for the event.  Source: Google MapsIn a letter, the commercial executive of Dun Laoghaire Harbour confirmed its consent for MCD to stage an outdoor musical event on the dates in question.As part of its application, MCD also wrote to the council to say there has been “no substantial or habitual breaches of a licence, or the conditions of a licence granted by any local authority” under relevant laws in the past 24 months for any concerts or event promoted by the company.From the date the planning application was lodged, interested parties had until 21 March to submit any observations or objections to the plan.  Dun Laoghaire Source: Shutterstock/Glenn BoyceThis proposed music festival will be followed in Dun Laoghaire by the Beatyard Festival, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday. Acts confirmed for this festival include Groove Armada, Chvrches and Jungle.Also taking place this June Bank Holiday weekend is the Forbidden Fruit Festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Now in its 8th year, the headliners for this year’s edition are Elbow, Skepta and Mura has approached MCD for comment, but there is no indication yet as to which acts are lined up for the gigs in Dun Laoghaire.  Share440 Tweet Email3 22 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ceballos I have nothing to reproach Zidane for

first_imgReal Madrid’s midfielder Dani Ceballos has admitted that he had no complaints regarding Zinedine Zidane’s treatment of him even as Real Madrid’s winning start to the LaLiga Santander season was dominated by his obviously great performance.Ceballos who is on the fringes of the Los Blancos team in his debut season in the Spanish capital hopes to be afforded many more chances to prove himself under Julen Lopetegui.“I have no complaints about Zidane, he made me more mature,” he explained in his post-match interview.The former Porto coach is renowned for his ability at working with young players after his spells with the Spanish youth teams, and getting the best out of Ceballosis one of his biggest tasks.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It was difficult after a whole year of hardly playing to gain confidence,” he admitted via Marca.“I have this chance based on my hard work.“I’m very happy and I couldn’t be prouder.”last_img read more

Even Messi would struggle in United Scholes

first_imgThe former footballer believes the English Premier League team makes world-class players suffer when they come to the clubManchester United is currently living its worst start in an English Premier League season.The Red Devils are currently in the eighth position with 13 points from 8 matches.And for former footballer Paul Scholes, there’s something in the club that turns off world-class talent.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I look at the current squad and I don’t think there’s a lack of quality there,” Scholes told ESPN.“I do think they miss a couple of real class players that other top teams seem to have.”“I’m thinking of a De Bruyne, Hazard or David Silva, a link player between the midfield and the forwards,” he added.“But it feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.”last_img read more

Lawmakers hear Alaska LNG faces significant economic headwinds

first_imgMembers of the Senate Resources Committee heard testimony from representatives of ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips. Image courtesy of 360 North.Download AudioAs if lawmakers don’t have enough on their plates trying to close a $3.5 billion budget hole, this week brought a reminder that the state is also trying to advance a natural gas mega — make that giga — project.That would be Alaska LNG, the effort to build a pipeline from the North Slope to Cook Inlet.With natural gas prices following oil in an extended plunge, lawmakers heard that the project faces “significant economic headwinds.”Meanwhile, tension between the Walker administration and the state’s three oil company partners once again spilled into the open.Lawmakers heard a series of updates on the Alaska LNG project this week. The upside? Technical progress is on time and on budget, according to project manager Steve Butt.The downside? Just about everything else.Representatives from ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips, the state’s three partners, testified Wednesday.In his opening statement, Leo Ehrhard, Vice President for Commercial Assets at ConocoPhillips, said his company is “committed” to Alaska LNG.“But we have to be realistic about the project in this current price environment,” he said. “And we have to be realistic about the challenges that sit in front of us.”Those include oil prices at their lowest levels in over a decade, gas prices at their lowest levels in a decade and a half, and more LNG on the market than buyers can absorb. Prices will rise, Ehrhard said, but nobody knows when.Meanwhile, for the project to move forward, the companies must complete a series of agreements among themselves — and with the state.In a letter sent to the companies in mid-January, Gov. Bill Walker insisted those agreements must be submitted to the legislature by the end of the current session.That seems unlikely, Ehrhard said.“The governor has identified a list of agreements he would like to see completed before the special session,” he said. “This will be a very difficult task to accomplish.”Representatives from ExxonMobil and BP echoed that point.If that’s not ominous enough, Ehrhard went on to explain what would happen should ConocoPhillips decide to pull out.“Should we find an impasse to these agreements, ConocoPhillips will not stand in the way of the project, and will make our gas available to the state.”If that sounds like Conoco has one foot out the door, a spokesperson reiterated Friday that the company is “committed.”But key deadlines are looming. The three companies are seeking what they call “fiscal certainty” — meaning, they want to lock in tax rates on the project to avoid the decades of litigation that followed the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.That would likely require a constitutional amendment, which in turn requires a vote this November. If the partners miss the deadline for this year’s general election ballot, the next chance is 2018.Walker says he can’t support an amendment unless the other contracts are signed — including agreements on the governance structure for the project, how the state would access its share of the gas, and, stickiest of all, an agreement among the producers themselves about how to supply the project.In fact, the governor wrote, if the partners can’t agree, he will have “no other choice but to consider other options for commercializing Alaska’s gas.”Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Walker was  vague about what exactly that might mean.“Really, it’s just a matter of, I wanted to be clear what my expectations are,” he said.Meanwhile, Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) asked the question on many Alaskans’ minds.“How likely is this project to happen at this point, would you say?” he asked.“I’m hesitant to put a number on it, since I’ve been working on this since 1992,” replied ExxonMobil’s  Bill McMahon.But McMahon ticked off a series of factors in the project’s favor, including the fact that all three leaseholders and the state are working together — and he noted that by the end of this year, the project will have gone further than any previous effort.In the end, he said, he’s bullish on Alaska gas.last_img read more

Rajamoulis RRR Pune schedule called off after Ram Charan suffers ankle injury

first_imgBeing a die hard fan of NTR,Ninna aa leaked video choosi chaala ananda paddanu. Eeroju RC ki injury avvadam chala badha ga undhi. Get well soon RC. Eesari india okate kaadu,world mottam Mana cinema gurinchi matladali. NTR-RC brother bond ❤️ SS Rajamouli with Junior NTR and Ram Charan at RRR movie opening ceremonyTwitterThe makers of SS Rajamouli’s RRR have called off its Pune schedule after mega power star Ram Charan suffered an ankle injury. They will resume the schedule after three weeks.The makers of RRR took to the Twitter page of the movie to announce this news. They tweeted, “We regret to mention that #RamCharan confronted a minor ankle injury while working out at the gym, yesterday. The pune schedule has been called off. Back to action in 3 weeks! #RRR.”The huge success of Baahubali film series has raised a lot of hype and curiosity about RRR. The makers of the movie are aware this excitement will lead to the leaking of its details. Hence, they have kept everything under wraps and taken utmost care in safeguarding anything related to film being leaked online. But to their disappointment, a video taken from its sets was leaked on social media on Tuesday. Junior NTR and Ram Charan at RRR press meetScreenshot of YouTube videoIn the video, Ram Charan is seen coming on a scooter, while Junior NTR gets down from his caravan. The young tiger takes over the driver seat and Ram Charan sits sit in the back seat. The camaraderie between the two had stunned the fans of the mega and Nandamuri families. A Cherry fan shared the video and wrote, “Looking like Blood brothers #RamCharan and @tarak9999 #RRR”Many of these are disappointed to hear the news about Ram Charan suffering injury just a day after enjoying the video of his bonding with Junior NTR. In reply to RRR makers post, some fans speedy recovery to the mega power star. They also express their sadness over this news.Khaja mohiddin‏ @skmn08 Akhil Tarak‏ @AkhilTarak99center_img Get well soon …#Charan Take Care annaya @tarak9999 Ninna aa video lo mi bonding chusi chala dhisti tagilinattu undi..Take care..Looking like Blood brothers #RamCharan and @tarak9999 ?? #RRR— ??? ??????™ ? (@RamCharan4Life) April 2, 2019last_img read more

Hasina says democracy development to go together

first_imgGerman ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz called on prime minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Tuesday — Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday told the German ambassador that democracy and development will go together in Bangladesh.“Our aim is to ensure development of the country from the grassroots level,” she said while the German ambassador to Bangladesh, Peter Fahrenholtz called on her at her official residence, Ganobhaban in the city.The prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters that the prime minister, during the call on, highlighted her government’s social safety net (SSN) programs for different marginalised groups of the people.“The government will strengthen the SSN programs further in future,” he quoted the premier as saying.The press secretary said the prime minister and the German envoy also talked about the cooperation in communication sector. The prime minister said her government has given utmost importance to rail sector and it is developing waterways and roads too.Inviting the German investors in Bangladesh, the prime minister said her government is ready to allocate lands for German investors in the special economic zones.Japan, China, South Korea and other counties have already been allocated lands to set up industries, she told the envoy.The ambassador handed over a message of German chancellor Angela Merkel to the prime minister where she wished every success in the new term in her office.“I wish your country every success as it continues on its path of economic and social development,” the message read.The German chancellor said Germany is pleased to continue to stand at Bangladesh’s side in a spirit of partnership.The envoy said that he read the election manifesto of Awami League. His country will continue supports to implement the manifesto, he added.He mentioned that two German delegations, one comprised with German parliament members and another led by German Parliament Vice President, will visit Bangladesh soon.Peter Fahrenholtz said that Bangladesh has tremendous potentials and there are many sectors for enhancing cooperation between the two countries.He praised the success of Bangladesh in containing terrorism and hailed the quick steps of the government during the Holley Artisan terror attack.The ambassador said that many German companies are interested to invest in Bangladesh. He assured the Prime Minister about the training of Bangladeshi professionals in Germany.While discussing about the Rohingya issue, Peter Fahrenholtz said that he visited the Rohingya camps for three days and talked to the cross section of people there.The prime minister’s principal secretary Nojibur Rahman, principal coordinator on SDG affairs Abul Kalam Azad and military secretary Mia Md Jainul Abedin were present.last_img read more

Eros Now OTT Service Secures China Deal With Wasu Media

first_imgThe company recently announced that Eros Now had 18.8 million paying subscribers. Eros shares, which are listed in New York in ADR form, climbed 6.5% following the announcement of the deal on Monday.“China is a great market for Bollywood content and our partnership with WASU Media and uCast ties in with our ethos of connecting with Bollywood fans across the world,” said Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital.“Wasu Media’s partnership with Eros and uCast significantly promotes the development of Indian film and television in China, delivering more Bollywood content to Chinese audiences,” said Lu DanQiang, GM of Wasu New Media Operations. Popular on Variety Leading Indian film distributor Eros International has secured a deal for its video streaming service Eros Now in China. Several Indian films, including Eros “Andhadhun,” have recently performed strongly in Chinese movie theaters, sparking growing audience interest in Bollywood and Indian regional cinema.The deal with state-backed Wasu Media enables Wasu to provide Bollywood content as a SVOD service to Chinese viewers. The company reaches 125 million users via its cable TV, OTT, IPTV distribution network in more than 100 cities in China.While Bollywood movies have been licensed to Chinese distributors on a case by case basis — and Eros previously announced a 100-title content supply deal with iQIYI — Eros is the first Indian company to secure such a large partnership deal in China. Other international video streaming groups, including Netflix and Amazon Prime are also not operational in the tightly-controlled Chinese market.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

A safe Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on an airplane

first_imgNot too long ago I wrote a post here at about how you could identify a Galaxy Note 7 that wasn’t going to burst into flames. I think maybe we need to put a big asterisk next to that post now.Why? Because apparently the “safe” Galaxy Note 7s that Samsung has been handing out to get the known defective Notes off the street… well, they might not actually be any safer than the ones that burned a car to a crisp or set a garage on fire.Earlier today, a Southwest Airlines flight that was due to depart for Baltimore was evacuated. The reason: a passenger’s Galaxy Note 7 became incredibly hot and started belching out greenish-gray smoke. Brian Green, who owned the Note 7 that grounded the plane, confirmed that it was most definitely a replacement device.Green also offered up photographic proof: a picture of the box that his new Note 7 came in when he made the exchange at an AT&T store. Right there on the label next to the model number SM-N930A is a small black box. That box was one of the ways Samsung told us we could reassure ourselves that we weren’t in possession of a pocket-sized incendiary device.The label on Green’s Note 7 box had a black square, and Samsung said that mark = a safe deviceThe other was a green on-screen battery icon, which Green also stated he had definitely seen on the phone.So what’s going on here? Does Samsung not actually know which Galaxy Note 7s are safe? Are there really any that are safe? They just had a report of one catching fire in China — after previously announcing that all Note 7s sold in China were fine because they were a different production run.Now that a replacement Note 7 has gone up in smoke, you really have to wonder. Maybe the investigation will reveal a different cause for the failure in Green’s phone, but it’s hard to give Samsung the benefit of the doubt at this point.Image courtesy Mike Mozart/Flickrlast_img read more