Go BehindTheScenes With Ben Affleck For Earth Day

first_imgThe Climate Reality Project, the leading international organization dedicated to mobilizing action on climate change, and Charitybuzz, the global leader in online charity auctions, today announced the launch of the two-week Climate Reality auction.This auction will run from April 22 – May 6 at www.Charitybuzz.com/ClimateRealityProject.The auction, which begins on Earth Day, will raise funds for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps educational and grassroots-organizing program, with 2013 trainings in Istanbul, Turkey; Chicago, Illinois, and Rio de Janerio, Brazil. The Climate Reality Leadership Corps is currently made up of 4000 Climate Leaders from 58 countries who educate their communities about climate change impacts and solutions.Items featured in the Climate Reality auction include the following:• Meet Ben Affleck with a day-long set visit on his next film • Meet country music superstar and American Idol judge Keith Urban with VIP tickets to an upcoming concert• Tickets to the Vera Wang Fashion Show During New York Fashion Week • A Versace gown worn by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron• Meet Chelsea Handler with VIP tickets to Chelsea Lately • Tickets for 2 to the Galapagos Islands on a Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic vessel• An autographed guitar from Maroon 5• Tickets to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and Awards Party• Premium tickets to see Celine Dion at a Las Vegas concert • Tickets to the critically acclaimed play “The Weir” in London and a private meet and greet with lead actor Brian Cox• Meet Jackson Browne with VIP tickets to his upcoming tour• Autographed copy of Betty White’s newest book and autographed picture• VIP tickets to “Dancing with the Stars”• Ultimate Disneyland Family VIP Package“We are incredibly grateful to these friends who are generously contributing their unique talents to support the Climate Reality Leadership Corps program, which is changing the cultural conversation about climate change and driving for solutions,” said Climate Reality CEO Maggie L. Fox.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks surge on trade talks jobs report

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are jumping at the open on Wall Street Friday as investors welcome news of trade talks between the U.S. and China and a big gain in jobs in the U.S.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 308 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 22,994. The S&P 500 gained 34 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 2,482.The Nasdaq rose 96 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 6,559.The U.S. government said employers added 312,000 jobs last month. The strong showing could allay concerns about an economic slowdown in the U.S. Those concerns, along with a weak revenue forecast from Apple, contributed to steep losses in stocks Thursday.Most overseas markets rose after China’s Commerce Ministry said trade talks between the U.S. and China will be held Monday and Tuesday in Beijing.Bond prices dropped as investors turned back to riskier investments. The yield on the 10-year Treasury surged to 2.64 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

All necessary security measures will be in place for voters poll personnel

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission said on Monday that there will be deployment of armed forces at all the booths and adequate security measures would be taken for the voters and voting personnel in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab said on Monday that they are concerned over the security issues of polling personnel. In some places, the polling personnel have threatened to boycott the polls if adequate security measures are not taken. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMeanwhile, the office of the District Election Officer in North Kolkata launched the e-portal Pollstar, where the voters and voting personnel would be given information related to the poll procedure. Voters will be trained through 7 modules which have been uploaded in the portal. It may be mentioned here that a number of polling personnel in North Bengal have recently written to the CEO, seeking immediate deployment of Central Forces in all the polling stations. They have also threatened to pull out from their election duties, unless adequate forces are deployed to man all the polling stations of these districts. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhile answering the questions of media, Aftab said armed police personnel from both the Centre and the state police force will be deployed at the polling stations. Senior officials of the CEO’s office assured all the election employees that all preemptive measures would be taken to conduct free and fair elections. Sources in the CEO’s office said that the commission is thinking of deploying 35 to 45 companies of Central Force in the state. At present, 36 companies of Central Forces are available for the polls in the two districts of Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Around 10 companies of Central Forces would be brought to Jharkhand. Meanwhile, the state government has released 29 companies of Central Forces which were deployed in Jangalmahal. Out of the 29 companies, 11 will be deployed in Alipurduar and 18 in Cooch Behar, sources in the CEO’s office said. 9,000 state armed police personnel will be deployed in the 3,844 polling booths, of which 2,010 are in Cooch Behar and 1,834 in Alipurduar. The decision about force deployment was finalised following a meeting between CEO Ariz Aftab and ADG (law and order) Siddh Nath Gupta recently.last_img read more

Morocco UN Ban Kimoon Regrets Misunderstanding Caused by Use of Occupation

New York – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, has finally given in to the pressure place on him by the Security Council following the diplomatic row he caused when he described Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara as “occupation.”After several intense meetings in which the UN chief hoped to get the backing of the Security Council in his personal feud with Morocco, Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson has issued a statement on Monday in which he “regret the misunderstanding” the UN chief has caused when he described Morocco as a country that “occupies” the territory.“We regret the misunderstandings and consequences that this personal expression of solicitude provoked, especially since the main purpose of the Secretary General’s trip was to focus on the need for a mutually acceptable way forward that would, among other things, end the tribulation of the refugees,” Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief’s personal told the press on Monday. Dujaricc pointed out that Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” was not intentional, adding that he used it only one single time after he was “moved and saddened” by the conditions in which the Saharawis in the Tindouf camps have been living for decades.“it is useful to understand the circumstances of the Secretary-General’s use of the word ‘occupation.’ He used it one single time in response to a press question, noting that he had been moved and saddened to see the harsh conditions in which men, women and children have been living for decades. His use of this word was not planned or deliberate. It was a spontaneous personal reaction,” he noted.Diplomatic “Victory” for Morocco A group of UN experts who have been following the tension between Morocco and Ban Ki-moon told Morocco World News that Ban Ki-moon has been probably pressed by one or more members of the Security Council to present an implicit apology to Morocco.“Ban Ki-moon has been pressed to do so. He would not have done it on his own without the pressure of the Council,” a UN expert told MWN by phone.“Pressure probably came from one or more of the powers that expressed support for Morocco in the Security Council,” he added. read more

Conditions still critical for typhoon victims in Philippines says UN

25 November 2009Nearly a month after back-to-back typhoons submerged villages across the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people displaced or still living in flooded areas are in need of safe water, sanitation facilities and hygiene items, the United Nations humanitarian wing said today. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), some 46,000 homes were completely destroyed and 261,000 partially damaged after Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoons Parma and Mirinae swept through the country, bringing with them the heaviest torrential rains in 40 years and landslides that cut off contact with villages. OCHA said today that the humanitarian situation is still critical for people who were displaced by the typhoons and those living in submerged homes or areas inaccessible by landslides. As of 16 November, nearly 79,000 families, or more than 382,000 individuals, were still living in flooded areas in 871 villages.Emergency response projects are winding down and recovery programmes are taking over. The most recent figures from OCHA’s Financial Tracking Service show that the Revised Philippines Flash Appeal 2009 of nearly $144 million is 22 per cent funded at almost $31 million.This month, the World Food Programme (WFP) plans to distribute rice and high-energy biscuits in six regions. Preparations are also underway for WFP’s supplementary feeding programme. Starting in January, some 50,000 children between 6 and 24 months will receive a monthly take-home ration of fortified blended food, sugar and oil.Meanwhile, WFP is due to release its Emergency Food Security Assessment later this month. Various UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) participated in the assessment which was concluded on 20 November. The preliminary results have been incorporated into the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment, an effort led by the World Bank to determine the extent of damage and loss, as well as identify measures for recovery and reconstruction. read more

JSA to meet on Saturday to discuss concerns on judge

The Judicial Service Association (JSA) is to meet on Saturday to discuss concerns over the appointment of Ramanathan Kannan as a High Court judge.The JSA said that the Judicial Services Commission had found that the appointment of Kannan was illegal. However the JSA says President Maithripala Sirisena has failed to reverse the appointment of the High Court judge.The JSA says it will now meet on Saturday to discuss the next course of action. (Colombo Gazette)

UN ramps up assistance for Philippines flood victims

The UN has already made emergency cash grants available for the purchase of relief supplies and will determine whether to launch an appeal for the stricken country next week.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) is concentrating its efforts on search and rescue operations. The agency also plans to examine water source contamination levels and structural damage to health institutions.For now, the Philippines needs inflatable boats to reach the affected persons, clean water, medicine, body bags and shelter, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Secretary-General Kofi Annan today sent his condolences to the families of the deceased and to all those affected by the catastrophe.In a statement issued by his spokesman he said he was “profoundly saddened” by the large-scale loss of life and destruction. read more

Commentary Wrestling more than just a complex sport

I love sports. Prior to this semester, whenever I said that, I actually meant that I loved baseball, basketball and football. Growing up, all I ever played or watched on TV were those three. I tended to cast all the “lesser” sports like hockey and soccer aside. They bored me. But that’s only because I never gave them a chance. I never understood them. Like the majority of sports enthusiasts, I followed the most popular ones, indulging anything and everything I could about them. I understood their ins and outs. The more knowledgeable I became, the more I enjoyed the sport. So it’s by no coincidence that my favorite sport happens to be baseball because I comprehend it the best. When I decided that I wanted to be a sports journalist late in my freshman year, I had dreams of one day writing about the “big three” athletic events. Never did I envision reporting on a sport I hadn’t the slightest clue about. I just had the gut feeling that I’d hate it. Who likes to write about things they have no interest in? Certainly not this guy. That’s when it happened. At the beginning of this semester, I walked into the Lantern class as a sports reporter for the first time. I was psyched. I had the pre-conceived notion that I was going to be writing about Ohio State football, basketball and baseball (I did end up covering two out of the three, however. Not bad). But when I saw which beat I was assigned to, my heart sank. Wrestling? Other than the fact that it involved two guys rolling around on a mat, I knew next to nothing about the sport. I was having a mini panic attack. How was I going to write about something that I knew as much about as knitting a sweater? My first story was due in a couple of days and I honestly didn’t know how I was going to do it. Fortunately, I had confidence in my ability to learn enough about wrestling in a short period of time to be able to write a passable story. I literally Google-searched “wrestling for dummies” to soak up as much information as I could. How embarrassing. I read about the fundamentals, from the different positions to all the different types of moves a wrestler could make to gain points. I read about how the scoring works, that every move had a consequence, awarding points to either the wrestler who committed the move or to his opponent. I had heard the terms before, but I never knew what they actually meant until now. This was a complex sport. The first story I was assigned was about reigning 133-pound NCCA champion Logan Stieber’s injury update. I thought to myself, “My first time doing some actual sports reporting and I get to interview a national champion? This might actually be pretty cool after all.” When I walked into the Steelwood Athletic Training Facility for the first time to conduct interviews with the OSU wrestling team, I really didn’t know what to expect. I arrived at the tail end of the team’s practice and the wrestlers were paired off, grappling with one another. The way they countered each other’s moves and maneuvered to gain a better position, it was almost like an art. It was entrancing. After practice, coach Tom Ryan, Stieber, redshirt sophomore Josh Demas and freshman Mark Martin all talked to me and to my surprise, were all down-to-earth guys. They gained a lot of respect with me for that. As my visits to Steelwood increased and as I acquired more insight on the sport through research and observation, my appreciation for wrestling began to build. But it wasn’t until I attended the home meet against Penn State back on Feb. 10 that I gained a true appreciation for the sport. More than 6,000 screaming fans created an atmosphere in St. John Arena that I could only compare to a big-time basketball or football game. It was so intense. I never would have guessed that a sport such as wrestling could be so exciting. After back-to-back pins by Stieber and his younger brother, Hunter, in the second and third bouts of the meet, the crowd erupted in applause. Then I thought to myself, wait, this is wrestling. I like basketball this time of year. I’m not supposed to like this, right? Wrong. Although the Buckeyes ended up losing the match, 29-18, I could see how much hard work these guys put in it. They battled the entire match and that really resonated with me. I never expected to like wrestling, but boy, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to cover it. As the cliché phrase states, “You’ll never know if you like something until you try it.” Well, I tried it, and I liked it. So now, when I say I love sports, wrestling belongs on that short list right next to baseball, basketball and football. read more

Former science teacher becomes first woman to complete all UKs Marilyn hills

first_imgMs Hatfield walked her first Marilyn in 1972 A map showing the location of 'Marilyn' hills across the UK Ms Hatfield walked her first Marilyn in 1972 Ms Hatfield, 58, who worked as a science teacher for many years before moving into medical sales, said she was “absolutely over the moon” to have finished the challenge. Ms Hatfield estimates she has climbed about 243,000m to achieve her goal – the equivalent of climbing Everest from sea level 28 times – covering about 5,370km as well.She said: “The list is great because it covers the whole of the UK, with hills of all sizes, and a huge range of character. It’s a massive list too, but not so big as to be unachievable.”The term Marilyn is a play on Munro – the name for mountains in Scotland that are at least 3,000ft (914.4m) high. A map showing the location of ‘Marilyn’ hills across the UKCredit:Wikimedia There are 1,556 Marilyns across the UK, though most of them are in Scotland  A science teacher gave up her job to become the first woman to conquer all of the UK’s 1,556 ‘Marilyns’ – hills with a drop of at least 150m on all sides.Jenny Hatfield, from Cumbria, completed her final Marilyn on Sunday, ascending the 632m Cruinn a’Bheinn, near Ben Lomond, in Scotland.She reached the summit with her partner, Rick Salter, who becomes the ninth man to complete the list, and the couple celebrated with a glass of champagne. The list is great because it covers the whole of the UK, with hills of all sizes, and a huge range of characterJenny Hatfield There are 1,556 Marilyns across the UK, though most of them are in Scotland  She told BBC Radio: “It just feels amazing to have that huge list of hills complete.“In the last year, myself and my partner Rick Salter have actually managed to climb 500 of them, so that’s been a huge ongoing every day commitment.”Ms Hatfield walked her first Marilyn, the 950m Helvellyn, in the Lake District, in 1972 while on a youth hostelling trip with her sister. But it wasn’t until 15 years ago that she bought the book The Relative Hills of Britain by hillwalker Alan Dawson, which lists the 1,556 Marilyns across the UK.Over the last ten years, Jenny has climbed many of the Marilyns with her partner Rick, saying the pursuit became a “common interest” for the pair.But she says it was only in October last year, when she climbed the St Kilda sea stacks, Stac Lee and Stan an Armin, that she first saw the opportunity to become the first woman to complete the list. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Millennials have finally worked out how to use social media to be

first_img“So a lot of apps that older millennials are using now are really geared towards embedding that within your social life.”Older millennials are also the last generation to remember a time before the internet – so might place a higher value on face-to-face interaction, she added. “At this age they’re investing in relationships and in identity-building activities and experiences which allow you to explore what’s out in the world and try new things,” she said. Younger millennials were spending less time on average “actively” socialising, than they were in 2000, suggesting that they were spending more time at home on activities such as computer games. Despite its name, social media may be making us less sociable. But one age group is bucking the trend. Older millennials are the only group who have successfully harnessed online apps and platforms – and are spending more time actively socialising than they were before, experts say. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the amount of time spent eating out, going to the theatre and cinema and playing sport by those aged 26 to 36 has risen from 35.5 per cent to 36.5 per cent from 2000 to 2015 – the only age group where the figure has risen. Among 46 to 55 year-olds the number has fallen from 32.6 per cent in 2000 to 30.3 per cent in 2015, and the overall time spent socialising among all age groups has fallen to six hours a week, a 12.7 per cent fall since 2000. “It’s possible that with increased device use, people are becoming less likely to go out of their way to meet up and socialise,” the ONS said. “Easy internet access enables people to talk to friends via social media apps, but they’re still doing so alone.”The figures show that those in their late twenties and early thirties are now spending the most time actively socialising, having overtaken those aged 18 to 25 in the time since 2000.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Dr Rebecca Graber, a senior lecturer in psychology at Brighton University, said that the group were more successful at using apps which encouraged social interaction. “The figures are compared to 2000, and back then device usage was much more one-way and now it’s much more interactive,” she said “Not only that but apps are designed to get you socialising in some way – so whether that’s meeting up over Tinder or fitness apps that encourage you to keep track of your accomplishments with other people or meet up with people for park run, that kind of thing. last_img read more

Modern diets could be killing us suggests major study on ultraprocessed foods

But the new study is the first major investigation linking high consumption of processed foods to higher overall mortality rates. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The study of 45,000 middle-aged people found that every 10 per cent increase in intake of “ultra-processed food” was linked to a 14 per cent increased risk of death within the next eight years. Previous research has linked consumption of foods like white bread, ready meals, sausages, sugary cereals, fizzy drinks to a higher risk of high blood pressure and cancer. Eating white bread and ready meals could be killing us, according to the first major study linking “ultra-processed” food with early death. The study, led by Paris-Sorbonne University, tracked the diets and… read more

What we know about Thor Ragnarok so far and one big guess

first_imgConstruction of #TonyStark #Quinjet that #Hulk used at end of #avengersageofultron. Onset of #ThorRagnarok. pic.twitter.com/3lqLoaTDbu— b1gr1g (@Bigr1g) August 6, 2016Just what Hela’s big plan is, if Loki is involved and what Thor and Hulk can possibly do to stop it is still up in the air…….but if I had to make an educated guess…I’d say that Thor: Ragnarok will be the movie that has the last of Marvel’s Infinity Stones, the Macguffin’s that are tying together all the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. Right now, the location of the Time Stone and the Soul Stone are still a mystery and James Gunn has said Thanos and Infinity Stones aren’t his problem in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.When we last saw Thor, he was leaving Earth to find out more details about the Infinity Stones vision he had in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Assuming he still keeps a modicum of focus, Thor would still try to be tracking down the Stones. The three he wouldn’t know about are the Power Gem (from Guardians of the Galaxy, because the Nova Corps have it), the Time Gem, and the Soul Gem – he’s seen the other three in action.For reasons we can detail later, let’s assume that Doctor Strange will reveal a magical object that has power over time. There’s a shot in the most recent trailer that isn’t a kaleidoscope effect like everything else, and it might be the first of many hints that the Time Stone is in Doctor Strange. That would explain why Thor and Loki would have to go to Strange, who might or might not be aware of what he has.At some point in space he could be told about the Power Stone, but the only absent Stone is the Soul Stone. If we’re talking about the redemption of dead and debased gods, could we be talking about souls in Thor: Ragnarok? Hela would certainly covet a Stone that would give her power to claim souls, so that fits. And there’s the crazy “T-H-A-N-O-S” acrostic theory…In this theory, the first letter of the identity of each of the Stones combine to spell Thanos, the villain of Avengers: Infinity War. The Tesseract from Avengers, the Aether from Thor: The Dark World, a necklace from Doctor Strange, the orb from Guardians of the Galaxy, and Loki’s scepter from Avengers: Age of Ultron. That means we’re only missing the H for the missing Stone, which some have guessed is Heimdell.Heimdall in Thor: the Dark WorldIf the Latino Review rumor is true, maybe Hela doesn’t slay Heimdall just to be mean to Thor, maybe she has to kill him to gain possession of the Soul Stone. There’s a bit more that backs this up. In Guardians of the Galaxy, we briefly glimpsed the Infinity Stones and their respective colors:The unidentified Stones are the green one in the lower right and the orange one in the lower left. Look at the orange one, then look back at the photo of Heimdall from Thor: The Dark World. Is the watcher’s bizarre eye color a hint that he has or is an Infinity Stone? It may not be that far fetched if the “What happened to your eyes” from Thor’s Age of Ultron vision turns out to be literal and not a creepy metaphor.That would wrap everything up in a nice little package. At the end of Thor: The Dark World, it was unclear what had happened to Odin, but Loki (Tom Hiddleston) had taken his place on the throne of Asgard in the final shots of the movie. Back in January, we heard this from our inside sources:Whatever did happen, Odin has fled Asgard for Midgard, where he wanders the Earth as one of those crazy-looking “the end is nigh” street-corner hobos, warning of the impending apocalypse (American for Ragnarok). That report lines up with what we see in this set photo, combined with photos we saw earlier this week with Loki and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in street clothes wandering fake New York. Jeff Goldblum’s comic book character The Grandmaster, is fond of playing games with lesser beings, occasionally making The Avengers fight each other. It’s possible that Goldblum is taking the place of the king of Sakaar from the Planet Hulk comics and will force Hulk and Thor to fight each other or escape.Through unofficial channels, it looks like we were right about most everything in the Hulk report, right down to the Gladiator planet being where his Quinjet crash lands after Avengers: Age of Ultron. A sharp-eyed spy caught the Quinjet being built in Australia to be used for filming. Just sellin papers with my mate @twhiddleston #PartTimeJob #ThorRagnarok @TaikaWaititi pic.twitter.com/QdxgPRFQiw— Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) August 22, 2016Among the photos from earlier is this one of Thor holding a card that reads “177A Bleeker St,” the NYC address of one Stephen Strange.Also back in January, before the official announcement that tacked on Tessa Thompson (Creed, Selma, Dear White People) as Valkyrie, Karl Urban (Star Trek: Beyond, Dredd) as Skurge the Executioner, and Jeff Goldblum as a cosmic Elder called The Grandmaster, we were able to independently confirm that Cate Blanchett was Hela.In addition, we received some story details that have not yet been officially confirmed. While Thor and Loki are on a road trip to Midgard, Hela’s plans for Asgard take hold. According to our sources, when Thor confronts Hela, things do not go well. Not only does she banish Thor from Asgard, but she destroys Mjolnir.Presumably this is what starts Thor’s journey through space to reclaim Asgard and his birthright, and possibly to rescue some people. According to a rumor published at Latino Review, Hela will also kill Idris Elba’s Heimdall before banishing Thor. Not to worry, as the concept of Ragnarok is based around the debasement and death of the gods only for them to eventually be reborn.The report also said that Heimdall would return in a battle royale at the climax of the film, when certain creatures (people?) will be brought forth from the afterlife. Thessa Thompson being cast as Valkyrie, a character tasked with bringing the souls of warriors to Valhalla, suggests that the opposite of Hela and her Hel could also be in play.After Thor’s banishment, he eventually ends up teaming up with the Hulk. Mark Ruffalo’s involvement in the third Thor movie was known early on, but just how he’d play into the story wasn’t hinted at through official channels until this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Lucky for us, we were able to report the answer last January as well:Just when it looks like Thor is about to put a stop to it, he gets banished — but not to any old planet. He ends up on a gladiatorial planet where his head is shaved and he’s forced to fight for his life…Thor runs through all of his alien opponents in gladiatorial combat, even without his trademark hammer. Finally, Thor has to face the current champion of the arena, and wouldn’t you know who that ends up being? The Hulk. At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel showed off concept art of a Thor with his head shaved and animatics of the Hulk fighting aliens in Hall H. On the convention floor, they unveiled what they called “Gladiator Hulk” armor, giving more weight to our mere rumors of last winter.center_img Production is underway on Thor: Ragnarok down in Australia where the production is substituting Brisbane for New York City. Director Tiki Waititi is taking on the third of the Thor movies and yet another cog in the massive machine that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With some set photos leaking out from Brisbane confirming things we’d previously reported about Thor’s third outing, it seemed like a good time to re-cap just what it is we know and what we’re pretty sure we know about the final film in the Thor solo trilogy.The newest addition to set photos from Thor: Ragnarok reveals Sir Anthony Hopkins goofing around while dressed like…well, like he’s seen better days. <>last_img read more

Primaryschoolers yanked for bullying investigation launched

first_img Ministry of Education Announces Registration 2016-2017 for Public Schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands Five Cays ‘bullying’ video goes viral, MP on the case Ministry of Education & Digicel team up for Learning Hub Related Items:bullying, ministry of education, primary school Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Apr 2015 – A shocking case of bullying is now being investigated by the Ministry of Education and the students involved have been pulled from the primary school in question. Video has been in circulation and has now made local TV news. The boys from one of the Provo-based public primary schools appear to capture themselves roughing up another boy, using foul language and completely enjoying repeatedly hitting the student. In the face, in the back, in the head, hits to the intimidated boy’s abdomen, lots of jeering and cheering and at one point the lead antagonist seems to spit on the bullying victim. The Ministry is discouraging spread of this video, but up to news production time well over 1,100 had viewed the news report by SunTV. I quote from a press release issued last night: “We are asking the public, that in the interest of the welfare and protection of the child who was bullied and parents, that we respect their rights and cease and desist from the circulation of this horrid video.” The authorities have already been called in this case.last_img read more

FUTURE LEADERS OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS URGED TO APPLY FOR

first_imgBe a Citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and return there for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Have completed an undergraduate degree Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed this year’s opportunity for Turks and Caicos Islanders to apply for scholarships, and said “I am delighted that during my three year term TCI has succeeded for the first time in winning Chevening scholarships. It is difficult to exaggerate the competitive nature of these awards, as I have seen for myself in other countries I have worked like India and the Philippines, where hundreds apply annually. Be able to meet the Chevening minimum English Language Requirement Be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university Have at least two years work experiencecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 13, 2016 –  Talented professionals and public servants from the Turks and Caicos Islands are able to apply for a fully funded one year Masters Degree, under the UK’s Flagship scholar programme supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations. The Chevening Scholarship Programme is a global scholarship programme aimed at future leaders.TCI has been successful in having two persons awarded with this Scholarship in the past two years, Mrs Kenisha Bacchus, who currently works as a Legal Consul for the TCI Financial Services Commission(awarded in 2014) and Miss Myrlchina Lewis, who is currently in the UK finishing up her studies(awarded in 2015).The Scholarship is awarded to outstanding individuals with leadership potential, and those that are willing to contribute positively to the development of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  Awards are typically for a one year Masters Degree, in any area subject at any of the UK Leading Universities. “It is to the great credit of TCI’s winners Kenisha and Myrlchina that they received these prestigious scholarships. I’m sure that they will use their experience for the benefit of the TCI organisations they have returned/will return to, and I hope that everyone in TCI will be proud of their achievements”. Chevening Scholarship offers a monthly stipend, travel to and from your country, a thesis or dissertation grant and tuition fees.Applicants should read the online guidance and be able to demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of closing dates and priority subject’s areas are available atwww.chevening.org/applyFor more Information Contact the Chevening Officer- Mr Neville MisickEmail: Neville.misick@fco.gov.ukTelephone: +1649 -916-2308/9Applications open 8th August 2016 – 08th November 2016 Related Items:professionals and future leaders urged to apply for available scholarship, requirements to be eligible for the Chevening scholarship, TC Islander, The Chevening Scholarship Programme IN ORDER TO SUMBIT AN ELIGIBLE CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS MUST:last_img read more

Protesters call for end to US deportation of Haitians

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Community leaders held a rally in outside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office in Northwest Miami-Dade, Friday afternoon, calling on the U.S. government to permanently reverse its deportation policy for Haitian refugees.The Department of Homeland Security passed a new policy change in September to deport many Haitian refugees back to Haiti.The policy has been put on hold due to Hurricane Matthew’s impact on the island, but Haitian Women of Miami and others South Florida leaders want the administration of President Barack Obama to permanently reverse the policy. They called on the department to release those who are being detained here and grant them temporary protection status.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For October 11 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, October 11, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Rain, mainly after 2pm. Areas of fog before 10am. High near 71. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.At Wilmington Public Schools: Wilmington Middle School is hosting its Third Annual WMS Has Talent from 7pm to 8:30pm in the school’s auditorium. Tickets cost $5. The show will feature vocal & instrumental performances from students, plus a circus act.In The Community: The Wilmington Community Chorus rehearses every Thursday, from 7pm to 9pm, at St. Elizabeth’s (4 Forest Street). New members welcome. No tryout required. Learn more HERE.In The Community: WCTV is holding a meet-up from 6pm to 7pm at the studios for those interested in volunteering to help film Wilmington High sports. Learn more HERE.Municipal Meeting: The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm in the Town Museum. Read the agenda HERE. Note that this meeting was originally scheduled for Tuesday night.At The Library: Thursday Baby Times at 9:30am. Time for Twos at 10:30am. Tech Buddies Drop-In at 6:30pm. Boston’s North End: An Italian American Story at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Game Day at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. Homestead Seminar at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Police attempt to bar politicians from meeting at Rabs house

first_imgASM Abdur RabThe police allegedly attempted to bar a group of politicians from holding an “informal meeting” at Uttara residence of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab on Thursday evening.A group of politicians including former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna arrived at Rab’s residence after 7:00pm to hold an “informal meeting”.Immediately, a police team rushed to the scene shortly and asked the politicians to leave the house saying, meeting can’t be hold without permission, but Abdur Rab argued that it was a “social gathering”. At one stage police stepped out of the house to let them hold the “informal meeting”, but took position in front of the house.Apart from Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Mahmudur Rahman Manna, the “informal gathering” was attended, among others, by Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique, Sujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumder, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) president Khalequzzaman, Gana Forum leaders Subrata Chowdhury and SM Akram, and Revolutionary Workers Party chief Saiful Haque.Badiul Alam Majumdar said, “It was a post-Eid reunion. Many of the participants used to do politics at the same time and none of them belong to anti-liberation camp. There is nothing to say if somebody smells conspiracy in such a social gathering.”Witnesses said the guests stayed at the house for about four hours.When contacted, Nagarik Oikya convener Manna said, “The police have threatened us sand said no discussion will be held. The discussion was, however, held later.”In response to a question, Manna said they have long been trying to forge a unity beyond the two big political parties and alliances for long. “Those who support our initiative attended the meeting.”Kader Siddique, however, left the meeting shortly after the police interception.Speaking to newsmen outside the Rab’s house, Badruddoza Chowdhury said, “I’ve come here to attend a tea party. There has been an effort to threaten us. It seems the government got frightened.”Asked about the incident, police deputy commissioner Bidhan Tripura said he knows nothing about the meeting.Uttara police station officer-in-charge Hossain Khan said members of a police patrol team went there for the sake of security. “Political leaders were holding a closed door meeting at the house.”Later, police, journalists, and detectives gathered in front of the house, he added.last_img read more

Cargo sinks in Rupsha river

first_imgA cargo vessel carrying 1035 metric tonnes of clinker sank in the middle of the Rupsha river in Khulna on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.Officer-in-charge of Rupsha police station Rafiqul Islam said water started to enter cargo vessel – MV-BB 134 in the middle of the river when crack developed at its bottom around 2:30pm.The vessel sank within an hour, he added.No casualty was reported.last_img

CHEW ON THIS AND THAT

first_imgWant something new to chew on?  Approximately 10 Baltimore County Farmers and Producers will offer high quality fresh local produce, meats, flowers, herbs, baked goods, milk, ice cream, pet treats and more at the 6th Annual Baltimore County Farmers Market at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The event will happen every Wednesday, June 3 – Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m at Maryland State Fairgrounds Main Gate 2200 York Road, Timonium, Md.  21093. Contact Edie M. Bernier at 410-252-0200, x225 for more information.last_img read more

Hybrid Solar Cells Generate Energy From Sunlight And Raindrops

first_imgStay on target The dilemma is in the name: Solar cells have a dramatically reduced effect on rainy days.Researchers have been developing devices that generate energy in wet conditions. But most rely on pseudocapacitors and triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs), which result in a bulky, complicated-to-manufacture device.So, scientists at Soochow University in China are working on a simpler, more efficient way to harvest energy.By attaching two polymer layers to a solar photovoltaic (PV) cell, they were able to produce a static electricity charge from the friction of water falling and rolling off.“Due to our unique device design, it becomes a lightweight device,” study co-author Baoquan Sun told The Guardian.One polymer acts as a mutual electrode for the TENG and solar cell, while the other textured layer increases TENG performance. Plus, the transparent sheets allow the solar cell to continue generating energy from sunlight.“Our device can always generate electricity in any daytime weather,” according to Sun, whose team’s work was published in the journal ACS Nano. “In addition, this device even provides electricity at night if there is rain.”Sun & Co. expect to produce a prototype in three to five years.Moving forward, the researchers are exploring ways to integrate this technology into mobile and flexible devices, like electronic clothes.“However,” Sun added, “the output power efficiency needs to be further improved before practical application.”This idea is “interesting,” Varun Sivaram, author of a new book on solar power, said in a statement to The Guardian.“There’s a lot of nice engineering,” the fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations continued.But not everyone is on the side of solar: Imperial College London professor Keith Barnham believes “wind power is clearly the most effective and complementary power source to PV.”“And it works equally well in the rain,” he said, as reported by The Guardian.Other scientists in China have already used TENGs on solar cells to harvest power from the wind. The country’s climate, dominated by dry seasons and wet monsoons, varies from region to region. Hyundai Launches First Car With a Solar RoofFor $170,000 You Can Buy Your Very Own Solar Car center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more