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NDFB(S) militants killed in encounter

first_imgPolice on Thursday killed two NDFB (S) militants and seized large quantity of arms and ammunition from their possession following an encounter in Chirang district.“The encounter took place at Simlaguri under Amguri police station. The slain militants have been identified as Lukus Narzary and David Islary and both of them were trained in Myanmar,” Bodoland Territory Administrative Districts (BTAD) IGP Anurag Agarwal said.“An INSAS rifle, a pistol, a hand grenade and bullets were seized from them,” the officer said. PTIlast_img

To Discover Gravitational Waves, Someone’s Got to Keep the Antarctic Telescope Cold

first_imgWhen researchers announced last week that they had detected gravitational waves from an instant after the big bang, team members doffed their hats to electrical engineer Steffen Richter, who has wintered at the South Pole for the past 3 years to help operate the telescope that made it all possible, known as BICEP. Richter, 42, has spent several additional winters at the South Pole starting in 1997, when he first traveled there to work on another instrument, AMANDA, which laid the groundwork for the IceCube neutrino detection experiment. He shared his experience working at the bottom of the world in a conversation with ScienceInsider. His remarks have been edited for brevity and clarity.Q: What do you remember of your first trip to the South Pole?S.R.: It was very exciting. We had a really small crew over the winter—just 28 people. I remember getting all these medical tests before I could begin working. Being there is the closest thing there is to being an astronaut.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Q: What is it like to live there over the winter? S.R.: You have about 4 months of darkness. We all live at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. When you look out the window, you can see the geographic South Pole. It’s like a college dorm, a long hallway with shared bathrooms.Q: What’s involved in taking care of the BICEP telescope?S.R.: I go out to the telescope every day, and I check out the telescope, make sure it’s running OK. Every few days, we have to fill it with liquid helium to keep it cold. We transfer liquid helium from a storage facility, put it on a snowmobile with a crane, and drive it out to the telescope, which is three-quarters of a mile away from the base. While I’m working on the crane to pour the helium, my partner drives the snowmobile in circles. We don’t want the engine to stop. Vehicles don’t like the cold at all.Q: It’s already freezing there. How cold does the telescope have to be to detect cosmic microwaves? S.R.: The telescope is cooled to 4 kelvin. The detectors operate at a quarter of a degree above zero. At that temperature, it takes very little energy to excite the detectors. If you jump up and down next to the telescope, that’s enough energy that you will see a signal.Q: Have you jumped up and down next to the telescope?S.R.: Yes. I do that to make people aware that they shouldn’t be slamming car doors or anything when they are nearby. You can of course subtract this type of noise from the signal, but still.Q: How do you stay sane?S.R.: I work out a lot. I run on the treadmill, I do a lot of rowing on the rowing machine. I listen to music. We have a huge movie library. There are parties. People organize art shows.By August, most people at the station are pretty worn out. They are emotionally and physically drained. The whole energy level of the station goes down. And then, as soon as you see first light of spring, people run outside into the sun.Q: What do you like about your job?S.R.: It’s an adventure, and it suits my personality. I go outside every day, even when it’s dark. You can really enjoy the stars. It’s amazing how much you can see because there is no light pollution. You see a beautiful aurora. I enjoy the spectacular show that’s on every single day. What’s the point of being at the South Pole if you’re simply going to sit in an office?last_img read more

Raptors ground Hawks

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kyle Lowry had 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as the Raptors snapped a two-game skid. Seven players finished in double figures for the Raptors.Dennis Schroder scored 14 points and Taurean Prince and Marco Belinelli each had 10 for the Hawks. Atlanta was coming off Friday’s rally to beat New York, but it had nothing left after leading by one point late in the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutToronto scored 39 points in the second and faced no danger of another third-quarter meltdown that proved costly this week at New York and Indiana. The lead surged to 36 by the 9-minute mark of the third on Serge Ibaka’s short jumper, and the Raptors went up a game-high 45 in the fourth.Toronto’s bench outscored the Hawks’ reserves 43-14 by halftime as Powell, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam each scored in double figures (Powell 13 and Siakam 13, Poeltl 12.) Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa There were plenty of second-quarter highlights for Toronto but one of the best came in the final minute, when Lowry ripped the ball from John Collins and passed upcourt to DeRozan at the 3-point line. DeRozan immediately did a tip-pass for an alley-oop that Siakam slammed down for a 67-39 lead.The victory set the Raptors up for what could be an easy next three weeks as they play just one opponent that’s currently over .500.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan’s streak of 113 consecutive games in double digits, one shy of Lowry’s franchise-best mark, was snapped. … In Friday’s loss at Indiana, Lowry became the first Toronto player to have consecutive games in leading the team in points, rebounds and assists. … F C.J. Miles missed his second straight game to stay home for his daughter’s birth.Hawks: C Miles Plumlee, acquired in the offseason trade that shipped Dwight Howard to Charlotte, finally made his Atlanta debut late in the fourth and went scoreless with no rebounds in nine minutes. The Hawks would like to get something more from Plumlee, who’s in the second season of a four-year, $52 million contract, but has been sidelined recently with a strained quadriceps.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 UP NEXTRaptors: Host Charlotte on Wednesday.Hawks: Host Cleveland on Thursday. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Atlanta Hawks forward DeAndre’ Bembry (95) and Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) vie for the ball during the first half of a NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)ATLANTA — Norman Powell scored 17 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 16 and the Toronto Raptors blew out the Atlanta Hawks 112-78 on Saturday night.Toronto dominated the game so completely that it needed just 28 minutes from DeMar DeRozan, one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers. DeRozan handed out a game-high eight assists and finished with just two points on 1-for-5 shooting before sitting out the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT McCollum fuels Blazers rally past Wizards Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Thanks for pushing us for better CWG preparations: CM to media

first_imgThe media on Friday got a “thank you” from Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for keeping her government on its toes by criticising the preparations for the Commonwealth Games and thus “pushing it” to make the event a success.”I would thank media for pushing us to deliver. When the push came, we got encouragement to redouble our efforts,” Dikshit said addressing a function here.The Chief Minister, admitting some delays in some of the projects, however said the city will host the best-ever Commonwealth Games in history.”Two-three months back, people thought we will not be able to complete the projects and the event will not be successful. Today, I can confidently say that it will be the best in the history,” Dikshit said.Blaming the “unprecedented rains” for the delays, she said all the infrastructure projects will be completed well ahead of the commencement of the event on October 3.”Nobody had imagined that we will have such unprecedented rains this year,” she said.”Delhi will wear a different image after 10-12 days as all the projects will be completed,” she said also complimenting her Cabinet colleagues and top officials for their “hard work”.The Chief Minister rejected criticism about sub-standard quality of work and said highest standard of quality has been maintained in all the projects.PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chouhan said the Barapullah Nallah elevated road, linking Games Village with Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, will be inaugurated on September 19.Addressing the gathering, he said neither Lord Indra, the god of rains nor Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar, a bitter critic of the Games, will succeed in not making the event a success.advertisementlast_img read more

GALLERY: 2019 PBA Press Corps Awards Night

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pinned tweet: Non-inclusion in PBA All-Rookie team fires up Kiefer Ravena Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The PBA Press Corps, which is celebrating its 30th founding anniversary, recognized the PBA’s finest in its annual awards night held for the 25th time Monday night at Novotel Araneta Center.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNo. 1 overall draft pick CJ Perez with ESPN’s Jan Ballesteros. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA D-League MVP Gab Banal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVic Manuel, June Mar Fajardo and Paul Lee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNorthPort guard Stanley Pringle. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJeron Teng, Jason Perkins, Paul Zamar and Robbie Herndon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris TIu, Chris Ross, Michael DiGregorio and Joe DeVance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA executives on stage. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Tiu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJP Erram. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVic Manuel along with Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Tiu and Joe Devance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLifetime achievement award goes to WIlfred Uytengsu of Alaska. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska executive Wilfred Uytengsu. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSMC’s AlFrancis Chua. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA coach of the year Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSMC executives and coach of the year Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPBA Press Corps awardees. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMembers of PBA press corps with distinguished guests. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View commentslast_img read more

Lawyers Collective will not be dictated by funders,govt:Grover

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 10 (PTI) A week after the Home Ministry suspended the FCRA registration of Lawyers Collective, its founding member Anand Grover today said the NGO will not be dictated by the funders or the government and they will continue to work with more determination.The advocacy NGO further claimed that the action was malafide and an act of vindictiveness on the part of the government as both founding members, Grover and Indira Jaising, have represented several persons in cases against the government and the functionaries, including BJP chief Amit Shah, protesting his discharge in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh murder case.”The allegation against Jaising was based on the footing that she was a government servant who was prohibited from receiving foreign contribution (FC) under the FCRA. However, she was a public servant and not a government servant, on whom there was no bar to receive FC.”Has she received foreign contribution? No. Lawyers Collective has received the money. Can she receive money from Lawyers Collective? She can as renumeration for the work she does. She is a senior counsel and she is actually doing work for Lawyers Collective,” Grover said.”Is it in conflict of interest with the government? No, first it takes the permission. Secondly, it is doing exactly what the government wants us to do, work on womens rights. How is it against national interest ? But sorry you are doing things which we dont like. Therefore…(referring to the show cause notice),” he said.As far as donations are concerned, he claimed that 80 per cent is foreign funding on an average and 20 per cent is local (Indian).advertisementAsserting that they they have no ill-feeling against the government, he said, “We will not stop working on the issues and we will now work with even more determination because we believe in what we are doing. We are not dictated by the funders or the government.”He said detailed reply will be given to the ministry within the 30 days period and that they will challenge the action.”We dont know what will happen. But we are not going to take this lying down,” Grover said.Lawyers Collective also issued a statement in which it condemned the alleged attempt of the government to “victimise” the organisation and said all foreign contributions were spent for the purposes received and accounted for. PTI PLB AAR RG AARlast_img read more

Alderweireld scouting mission? Mourinho watches Belgium win

first_imgJose Mourinho was among those in attendance as Belgium took on Iceland in the UEFA Nations League, sparking reports that Manchester United may still be keen on Toby Alderweireld.With domestic football having shut down during the international break, the man in charge at United has taken the decision to head out of Old Trafford, seemingly on a scouting mission.His first port of call was Brussels, with the Portuguese heading to the King Baudouin Stadium on Thursday evening. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho was not there to watch two of his own players, however, with Belgian duo Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini both unavailable for selection.The former is currently nursing a calf injury which is preventing him from being risked while the latter was left out of Robert Martinez’s latest squad amid issues regarding his fitness.Who, then, was Mourinho keen to take a look at?Tottenham defender Alderweireld would be the most obvious choice, given the long-running rumours regarding a possible move to Manchester for the 29-year-old.“José, what brings you to misty Belgium?”- “The weather.” 🌫65 minuten. Langer keek #Mourinho niet naar #BELIJS . @VTMNIEUWS — Jarno Bertho (@JarnoBertho) November 15, 2018 He was said to be a top target for United over the summer, as Mourinho sought to bring another proven centre-half onto his books.The Red Devils were to be left empty-handed, however, as the deadline passed with no deals done, but further moves are expected to be made in January.Interest could be rekindled in Alderweireld, as he is yet to commit to a new contract with Spurs .His performance against Iceland should have helped to keep him in Mourinho’s thoughts, despite the Portuguese leaving after 65 minutes, as he helped to secure a comfortable clean sheet.Belgium ran out 2-0 winners on the night , with Michy Batshuayi bagging a brace.The Chelsea striker, who is currently on loan at Valencia, took full advantage of Lukaku’s absence to stake a claim for a more regular starting berth.Martinez’s side have another Nations League clash with Switzerland to come on Sunday, but it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will decide to take in more international football before attention switches back to Premier League matters for United and a home date with Crystal Palace on November 24.last_img read more

Ohio State Releases Video Of Urban Meyer Teaching A Class

first_img “I can tell you out of my experience why teams don’t win championships,” Meyer said. “It’s not because of talent and it’s not because they didn’t recruit well. You’ll hear all kind of excuses, but it’s because of a lack of leadership.”Video of Meyer teaching his course was shared on social media.Check it out:“Leaders create culture. Culture drives behavior. Behavior produces results.”Excited to have @CoachUrbanMeyer teach our athletes how to Lead Like a Buckeye TONIGHT!#GoBucks | #BuckeyesLead— The Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute (@EDSLInstitute) September 4, 2019In his seven season as the coach of the Buckeyes, Meyer owned an 83-9 record which included a national title.Ohio State remains in good hands on the gridiron with Ryan Day as the head coach. His team looked pretty sharp in its season opener against Florida Atlantic. A closeup of Urban Meyer during an Ohio State football game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during a play in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is usually preparing his team for an important matchup around this time of the year. Since he’s retired from coaching, the former leader of the Ohio State football program is now getting used to his new role with the university.With his coaching career in the rearview mirror, Meyer is serving as a professor for Ohio State.The fall semester is beginning for schools all across the country. Meyer will co-teach a character and leadership course at Ohio State over the next few months.On Wednesday, Meyer spoke to his students about the importance of leadership.last_img read more

List before CJI the plea for live telecast or recording of Ayodhya

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday said a plea seeking live telecast or recording of the ongoing proceedings in the Ayodhya land dispute case be listed before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is presiding over a 5-judge Constitution bench hearing the matter. The petition, filed by former RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya, came up for hearing before a bench comprising justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant. Senior advocate Vikas Singh, representing Govindacharya, said if live telecast of Ayodhya case proceedings was not possible then at least audio recording or transcription of hearing should be done. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He referred to the apex court’s last year’s verdict allowing live-streaming of court proceedings of cases of constitutional and national importance to buttress his arguments. “At the same time, it (last year verdict) also says that exclude sensitive matters,” the bench told Singh. Singh argued that Ayodhya case was sensitive and of importance. “We are open court but not for outsiders. We are open court for litigants only,” he said, adding, “It cannot be said that this (Ayodhya) is not a matter of national or constitutional importance.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, the bench said the matter has to be heard by a bench headed by the CJI. Govindacharya, in his plea, has referred to the September 26, 2018 verdict of the apex court which had allowed live-streaming of court proceedings of cases of constitutional and national importance, saying this openness was like “sunlight” which is the “best disinfectant”. The plea has said the top court was hearing the Ayodhya matter even on miscellaneous days — Fridays and Mondays — which shows that it was dealing with the matter extraordinarily and therefore, audio-recording could be “started immediately”.last_img read more

MDA Show Of Strength Telethon Raises Millions For Charity

first_imgThe MDA Show Of Strength Telethon raised over $52 million on Sunday.Bret Michaels took his support behind-the-scenes at the 2014 MDA Show of Strength Telethon“It’s inspiring to see so many celebrities, musical artists and athletes join forces to help in our fight against muscle disease,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “We owe them our profound thanks, as we do our national and local sponsor partners, who care so deeply about the children and adults MDA serves. Of course, the encouraging progress we’re seeing in our quest for treatments and cures would not be possible without these sponsors’ as well as America’s generous support.”Highlights of the annual telethon included 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin, Wis., opening the show alongside Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz. Wentz joined Reagan, 9, on the telethon stage after the band’s performance of their new single “Young Volcanoes,” at the top of the 2014 telethon.Grammy-winner and reality star LeAnn Rimes closed the show with her single “Give,” honoring MDA’s 60-year partnership with the International Association of Fire Fighters.Additional performances during the nationally broadcast show included: American Authors singing their hit single “Best Day of My Life”; R&B artist Aloe Blacc performing “The Man”; platinum-selling artist Jason Derulo performing his new Gold single “Trumbets” from his album “Talk Dirty”; pop rock sensation R5 singing “(I Can’t) Forget About You”; Grammy-winning trio Rascal Flatts performing “My Wish”; country singer-songwriter Sara Evans performing her hit “A Little Bit Stronger”; folk and rock singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson performing his new single “Kinks Shirt”; and rock and reality star Bret Michaels performing the American classic “Sweet Home Alabama.”Introductions and appeals came from: Laila Ali; Tom Bergeron; ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser; Jann Carl; Charles Esten; Terry Fator; Kevin Frazier; Josh Groban; Ludacris; Susan Lucci; Ke$ha; Alyssa Milano; Nancy O’Dell; Victor Ortiz; Brad Paisley; Chris Powell; Jordin Sparks; and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.While the telethon has consistently enjoyed robust support from some of the biggest celebrities in show business, MDA says the real stars on the broadcast are the individuals and families served by MDA, including five families who shared their stories and gave the public a glimpse of what it means to live with a muscle disease during the 2014 broadcast.Bret Michaels took his support backstage during the show taping at the Hollywood Palladium to meet with families served by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which included an exclusive interview with blue carpet correspondent, and MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, 9-year old Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin, Wis.The charismatic third-grader left a big impression on Michaels, who was moved to pledge a $10,000 donation to Reagan on the blue carpet to help support MDA’s mission to save and improve lives of children and adults affected by muscle disease.Michaels, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, also let Reagan charm her way into nabbing a chance-of-a-lifetime motorcycle ride on one of his Harley-Davidson bikes at a later date. Click here to see the adorable blue carpet interview with Reagan and Bret.“I was really excited when I got asked to participate in the telethon this year because I truly believe in the lifesaving work that MDA does to help kids affected by muscle disease,” Michaels said. “I knew it was going to be a really special experience, but nothing prepared me for the moment I met Reagan. She reminded me of my youngest daughter and my heart melted as soon as she asked me to take her on a motorcycle ride. I would do anything to help these kids who fight courageously every day. I promised her a motorcycle ride and I can’t wait to make good on that promise.”As part of her role as MDA’s National Goodwill Ambassador, Reagan travels throughout the country (along with parents, Jenny and Joe) speaking to groups about MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of families like hers affected by muscle disease. Reagan has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement.Michaels’ relationship with MDA began last spring when he performed at the 27th annual Ride for Life in Bethlehem, Pa. and met with 14-year-old MDA Ambassador Bryson Foster. Bryson got the chance to interview the rock icon during a special meet-n-greet, which inspired Michaels to invite Bryson onstage for a special finale performance of classic hit “Nothin’ but a Good Time” later that evening.Michaels also made good on the #ALSIceBucketChallenge when Bryson, among many others, called out the rocker to take the challenge, which has raised millions for ALS research. Michaels took his challenge in a big way, from his record-breaking concert in Connecticut earlier this month. MDA has been fighting ALS for more than 60 years. The organization invests millions in research and services tied to ALS each year. See Bret’s Ice Bucket Challenge here.last_img read more

Twenty years later Canadian actor Victor Garber reflects on Titanic

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitter The first time Canadian actor Victor Garber met director James Cameron on the set of Titanic, the Canuck filmmaker lived up to his reputation for being intensely committed to the job.“When I got there, they put me through hair and makeup and I got into costume and was taken to a tank where James Cameron was in one of those underwater suits with a snorkel,” Garber, who played shipbuilder Thomas Andrews in the blockbuster film, recalled in a recent telephone interview.“I just saw this huge tank and all these people in it and it was just crazy,” he said of the epic set in Mexico. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement “The set was otherworldly. It was like being in, well, it was literally another world.”As Cineplex Entertainment gets set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the romance disaster – with screenings on Feb. 5 and Feb. 15 to launch its Classic Film Series – Garber still marvels at the experience.“It’s one of the things I’m recognized most for wherever I go,” said the London, Ont., native, whose credits also include the TV series Alias and The Flash, and the films Godspell and Argo.“For me, it’s amazing. I sort of have to pinch myself when I think about being involved with that movie because it was such a cult and huge success. That story is something that grabs, especially young kids.”And yet, Garber said he and his castmates – from Leonardo DiCaprio to Kate Winslet and Billy Zane – didn’t fully realize just how epic the film would be.last_img read more

Federal court hears First Nations child welfare case

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Canadian Human Rights case against the federal government will be heard in court this week.A First Nations child welfare complaint will go under a judicial review in Ottawa. The hearings begin Monday and will run to Wednesday.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

ICC gives green light for probe into Kenyas postelection violence

31 March 2010The International Criminal Court (ICC) today granted the prosecutor’s request to investigate crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Kenya in post-election ethnic violence two years ago, when some 1,000 people were killed and 300,000 others forced to flee their homes. The International Criminal Court (ICC) today granted the prosecutor’s request to investigate crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Kenya in post-election ethnic violence two years ago, when some 1,000 people were killed and 300,000 others forced to flee their homes.Last November, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo sought authorization to open an investigation into the violence after the disputed December 2007 polls in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is now Prime Minister. Earlier this month in a sealed list to the ICC he named 20 people he says were most responsible.“The information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed on Kenyan territory,” the ICC’s Pre-Trial Chamber II found in a majority decision of two to one issued in The Hague, where the court is based. “The majority moreover found that all criteria for the exercise of the Court’s jurisdiction were satisfied, to the standard of proof applicable at this stage.”Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, dissenting, held that the crimes in Kenya do not qualify as crimes against humanity under the jurisdictional ambit of the Rome Statute, which established the court, and which Kenya ratified in 2005.He concluded that there was no reasonable basis to believe that the crimes in Kenya were committed in an attack against a civilian population pursuant to or in furtherance of a policy stemming from a State or an organization, which he said was required by Article 7 of the Statute.The majority decision by Judges Ekaterina Trendafilova and Cuno Tarfusser cited the low threshold applicable at this stage of the proceedings. When he sought the authorization, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said Mr. Kibaki and Mr. Odinga, who agreed to serve in a power-sharing administration following the violence, had promised to cooperate with any investigation. “There is a reasonable basis to believe that the attacks against Kenyan civilians during the post-election violence constitute crimes against humanity under the ICC’s jurisdiction,” he said then. read more

Its a wrap for video rental store

From a business perspective, Mike and Miranda Auld stood toe to toe with motion picture monsters and never backed down.Owners of the last store dedicated primarily to video rental in Norfolk County, the Aulds recently announced that Super A Video located next to The Brick on Sydenham St. in Simcoe will close at the end of February.Other retailers may still offer video rentals as a small part of their business, but video rental was king for Super A.The store was originally opened in 1992 and was a place Mike Auld came to know quite well.“I used to work for (previous owner) Charanjit Virk when it first opened up, it was in the Simcoe Town Centre then,” he recalled during a telephone interview.The store closed briefly after moving across town, but Virk contacted Auld over 10 years ago asking if he was interested in reviving Super A. Mike and Miranda did just that in 2008.Super A may be on the way out, but it didn’t suffer the same fate as chains like Blockbuster though. Most video stores were killed off when Canadians began utilizing Netflix and other online subscription services to watch movies and shows, but business has remained steady at Super A.“I’m sure it affected us, but it wasn’t the thing that caused us to close,” Auld said.Auld suffered a stroke in 2017 and spent six months rehabbing in Brantford General Hospital.“It’s been hard to come back from that,” he admitted. “I’ve been trying to do therapy to be able to walk again and use my arm.”So what exactly kept Super A thriving at a time when most stores dedicated to movie and video rentals were going the way of the dodo bird? Well, customer service for one. Auld addresses folks by their first name. They also offer over 25,000 titles, including recent hits like A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, Christopher Robin and Deadpool 2.“I have a really, really large selection of what we call catalogue titles – all the big movies from the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s,” said Auld.When asked what he’ll remember most about his time owning Super A, Auld doesn’t hesitate.“Oh it’s definitely the customers,” he said. “I’m going to miss my regular customers, I’ve got one standing in front of me right now waiting for this week’s shipment to come in.”As of right now, the store is selling all its movies/shows and will continue to do so until the end of the read more

UN refugee agency deeply concerned for indigenous community in Colombia

Although expressing fear about security at home, the Embera people said lack of their traditional foodstuffs and inadequate health services in the receiving communities compelled them to go back – despite the fact that authorities provided basic emergency assistance. They are among millions of people who have been displaced over the past 15 years by Colombia’s long-running civil war. “Precarious security conditions in the region of return are cause for deep concern because the irregular armed groups whose clashes caused the Embera to flee in the first place remain in the area,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.“UNHCR has urged the Colombian authorities to give the utmost attention to the security of these Embera communities and has asked them to ensure the provision of promised aid, including building materials, seeds and boat repairs,” she added.UNHCR staff continues to monitor these groups, travelling to villages by boat on the Atrato River, she said.The agency has recently expressed serious concern over the impact of the war on indigenous communities. Thousands of indigenous people have been displaced and some of their leaders have been murdered or have disappeared. Earlier this month, UNHCR began a social project with local spiritual leaders to try to halt a spate of suicides among the young who were losing the will to live because of the war.Indigenous organizations say all of Colombia’s more than 80 indigenous groups are now at risk because of the conflict. Elders are particularly concerned that indigenous youth are vulnerable to recruitment by the country’s irregular armed groups. read more

EU slashes economic forecasts for due to weakness in France and Germany

BRUSSELS – The European Union cut its already low economic growth forecasts further on Tuesday, indicating the recovery will remain sluggish amid problems for the bigger countries, particularly France and Germany.The official forecast for growth this year in the 18-country eurozone was cut to 0.8 per cent from a prediction of 1.2 per cent made in the spring. Indicating little good was expected next year too, it reduced the 2015 prediction from 1.7 per cent to 1.1 per cent.“The situation in the euro area remains extremely fragile,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Unemployment in the currency union was forecast to decrease at a painfully slow rate — after 11.6 per cent this year, it is expected to dip to 11.3 per cent next year and 10.8 per cent in 2016.The broader 28-nation EU, which includes non-euro members like Britain and Sweden, was expected to grow 1.3 per cent this year from a previous 1.6 per cent forecast.To help speed up the recovery, EU Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said the bloc should focus on spending on special projects, for which the EU Commission has a 300 billion euro ($375 billion) plan.He said the plan would be presented to the EU parliament before the end of the year. “There is a real sense of urgency.”The economic weakness stems in particular from a poor performance in Europe’s larger countries, with the exceptions of Spain and Britain.GERMANYThe EU Commission sees growth this year “coming to a stop in Germany after a very strong first quarter.”That is expected to be only temporary, however, with Europe’s largest economy forecast to grow again next year “with the support of a robust labour market, favourable financing conditions and improving external demand.” Unemployment is expected to be 5.1 per cent in 2014.Some say Germany should spend more to boost growth because it has the public finances to do so.Merkel acknowledged the need for more investment, but stressed that her government doesn’t believe it should be done “on credit” and defended her drive for budget discipline. “Public investment and private investment must go hand in hand,” she said.FRANCEFrance, Europe’s second biggest economy, has been under pressure for years to improve its performance but the EU said that growth is forecast to remain low in 2014 and 2015. Unemployment is seen increasing to 10.4 per cent this year.“Short-term indicators do not suggest that a firm recovery is imminent,” the EU report said.France has run into trouble with the EU over its high deficit. It should not expect quick turnaround. The EU predicts France’s budget deficit will continue to rise, hitting 4.7 per cent of GDP in 2016, to become the biggest in the eurozone.Finance Minister Michel Sapin said France must work together with its EU partners “to answer together a crucial question: how to regain, as quickly as possible, more growth and jobs.”BRITAINSo often an outsider in EU matters, Britain will be happy to keep to that role with better economic forecasts than most other countries.Its growth is forecast at 3.1 per cent this year and predicted to accelerate. Unemployment is set to stay on a downward trend, moving from 6.2 per cent this year to 5.5 per cent in 2016.CRISIS COUNTRIESMany of the countries that were hit hardest by the financial crisis, mostly in southern Europe, had mostly improved forecasts.Spain should see growth accelerate to 1.7 per cent next year, but joblessness would remain sky high at 24.8 per cent this year before dropping slightly. Greece is expected to return to growth with a 0.6 per cent expansion this year and 3.7 per cent in 2016, compared with a drop of 8.9 per cent in 2011.Ireland, which needed an international bailout ion 2010, is now set to become the fastest growing economy in the EU, with growth slated at 4.6 per cent this year.___Associated Press writers Geir Moulson in Berlin and Greg Keller in Paris contributed to this report.___Raf Casert can be followed on Twitter at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2014 3:39 am MDT EU slashes economic forecasts for due to weakness in France and Germany read more

Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining

The reserve was created in 1984 by the then-military government(BBC) Brazil’s government has abolished a vast national reserve in the Amazon to open up the area to mining.The area, covering 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles), straddles the northern states of Amapa and Para, and is thought to be rich in gold, and other minerals.The government said nine conservation and indigenous land areas within it would continue to be legally protected.But activists have voiced concern that these areas could be badly compromised.A decree from President Michel Temer abolished a protected area known as the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca).Its size is larger than Denmark and about 30% of it will be open to mining.The mining and energy ministry says protected forest areas and indigenous reserves will not be affected.“The objective of the measure is to attract new investments, generating wealth for the country and employment and income for society, always based on the precepts of sustainability,” the ministry said in a statement. But opposition Senator Randolfe Rodrigues denounced the move as “the biggest attack on the Amazon of the last 50 years”, O Globo newspaper reported (in Portuguese).Maurício Voivodic, head of the conservation body WWF in Brazil, warned last month that mining in the area would lead to “demographic explosion, deforestation, the destruction of water resources, the loss of biodiversity and the creation of land conflict”.According to the WWF report, the main area of interest for copper and gold exploration is in one of the protected areas, the Biological Reserve of Maicuru.There is also said to be gold in the Para State forest, which lies within the area.The WWF says there is potential for conflict too in two indigenous reserves that are home to various ethnic communities living in relative isolation.WWF’s report said that a “gold rush in the region could create irreversible damage to these cultures”.“If the government insisted on opening up these areas for mining without discussing environmental safeguards it will have to deal with an international outcry.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazil revokes decree opening Amazon reserve to miningSeptember 26, 2017In “Regional”Indigenous people’s rights will be respected as development advances- Minister PersaudJuly 14, 2013In “Local News”Each region in Guyana should have protected areas – GrangerAugust 15, 2016In “latest news” read more

Breast screening info day a success

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 80 women packed the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture to attend an information day on breast cancer.Delivered entirely in Greece, the forum was designed especially for those affected by breast cancer from Greek-speaking backgrounds and included expert presentations by one Australia’s leading oncologists, Sydney based Professor John Boyages and Greek speaking social worker Voula Kallianis from Melbourne’s St Vincent’s Hospital. While the program informed many women of new medical breakthroughs and up-to-date information, there was a focus on addressing some of the common emotional, social and physical issues associated with a breast cancer diagnosis.Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) cultural diversity manager Mikayla Rose said women from culturally diverse backgrounds were missing out on vital information because of a lack of language specific resources.“Culturally and linguistically diverse communities have previously not been able to access information about breast cancer treatment and care in their own language,” she says.“We’re thrilled to have been able to provide these women and their families with vital information and support.”The event also provided an opportunity for attendees to meet and share with other Greek-speaking women who had been through a similar experience.Breast cancer survivor Marie Pandeloglou said she relished the opportunity to connect with other Greek speaking women who had also been through a breast cancer diagnosis.“It really made me feel like I was not alone in my breast cancer journey,” she said.For more information about BCNA’s cultural and linguistically diverse program visit read more

Le plus grand bateau solaire du monde en escale à Nouméa

first_imgLe plus grand bateau solaire du monde en escale à NouméaLe Tûranor Planetsolar est le plus grand bateau solaire au monde. Il s’était lancé pour un tour du monde le 27 septembre 2010 et, à mi-parcours, il fait escale à Nouméa, en Nouvelle-Calédonie.Le plus grand bateau solaire du mode en est à la moitié de son tour du monde. Le Suisse Raphaël Domjan, qui est le concepteur du projet explique avoir “à peu près 15.000 milles (30.000 kilomètres), depuis notre départ de Monaco le 27 septembre 2010, uniquement grâce à l’énergie solaire. Ce projet vise à démontrer qu’on peut préserver la planète, sans bouleverser nos façons de vivre. Le soleil nous apporte chaque jour mille trillions de kilowatt/heure et on dispose de la technologie”, ajoute-t-il.À lire aussiUn astronaute filme un sublime lever de soleil depuis l’espaceActuellement en escale à Nouméa, le Tûranor Planetsolar est arrivé hier soir des îles Tonga et repartira le 17 mai vers Brisbane, en Australie. France24 rappelle que ce catamaran, construit en Allemagne, fait 30 mètres de long sur 15 de large et est recouvert par 540 mètres carrés de panneaux solaires. Grâce à eux, le bateau peut atteindre la vitesse de pointe de neuf nœuds et celle de cinq nœuds en vitesse de croisière.L’ingénieur suisse espère, grâce à ce tour du monde, “donner une impulsion aux hommes politiques et aux industriels pour leur montrer la voie et amener un message positif”. L’arrivée du Tûranor est prévue en avril 2012 à Monaco.Le 12 mai 2011 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more