Lucy Watson Choose Comfort Without Cruelty

first_imgIn a steamy new PETA campaign, the glamorous Lucy Watson appears wrapped in nothing but a fluffy feather-free duvet next to the words “Choose Comfort Without Cruelty”.Lucy Watson: Choose Comfort Without CrueltyCredit/Copyright: Ruth RoseIn a cheekier version of the ad, the Made in Chelsea actor wears lavender lingerie and sits confidently in bed next to the words “Feather Bedding? Go Pluck Yourself”.In an exclusive video interview with PETA, Watson explains why her bed and wardrobe are now down-free: “[The feathers] are plucked continuously and forcefully from the birds, and sometimes, they die just from the shock”. The socialite says feather-free bedding is just as sumptuous. “It’s cruelty free, allergy-free and most of the time, it’s less expensive”, she says. “Next time you’re out buying duvets or pillows, if it says ‘down’ on the label, leave it on the shelf.”As seen in PETA US’ video exposé of the down industry, birds used for down are tightly restrained as feathers are violently torn from their bodies, often resulting in gaping wounds. The down industry also helps support producers of foie gras – which is made by forcing tubes down the throats of geese and ducks and pumping grain into their stomachs until their livers become enlarged and diseased – as the feathers of many of the birds on foie gras farms are sold for down.This is Watson’s third time teaming up with PETA. She has previously posed for the group’s iconic “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign and posed for an ad encouraging her fans to “have a heart – try vegetarian”.last_img read more

Pence says US committed to IndoPacific not seeking control

first_imgSINGAPORE — U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence says America has a steadfast and enduring commitment to the Indo-Pacific region but wants co-operation, not control.Pence, who is standing in for President Donald Trump, told a summit of Southeast Asian leaders Thursday in Singapore that “empire and aggression have no place” in the region. The comment appeared to allude to growing Chinese sway in the region and its vast claims in the South China Sea.Pence said, “Like you, we seek an Indo-Pacific in which all nations, large and small, can prosper and thrive – secure in our sovereignty, confident in our values, and growing stronger together.”The meetings of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Nations focus on enhanced trade and security in a region of more than 630 million people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

36 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

first_imgKABUL – Afghan Interior Ministry says 15 militants have been seized in operations in several provinces of Afghanistan.At least 36 Taliban militants were killed and 18 others were wounded in joint operations led by Afghan and NATO forces across the country on Monday.Afghan Interior Ministry said 15 militants were seized in operations conducted in Helmand, Paktiya, Wardak, Kandahar, Baghlan and Kunar provinces of Afghanistan.One person was killed in a bomb attack when a bomb placed in a car detonated in the Afghan capital, Kabul.Another bomb attack, in southern Afghanistan killed one person from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan.last_img read more

Brookfield Business Partners and Macquarie sell Quadrant Energy for 28 billion

TORONTO — Brookfield Business Partners and Macquarie Capital have signed a deal to sell Australian oil and gas company Quadrant Energy to Santos Limited for $2.8 billion (US$2.15 billion).The agreement also includes a contingent payment in connection with the recent significant Dorado-1 oil discovery and a royalty over all other future hydrocarbons produced in Quadrant’s Bedout Basin tenements.Brookfield Infrastructure says more deals ahead after $4.3-billion Enercare purchaseEnbridge sells assets worth $4.3 billion to Brookfield consortium in bid to reduce $61-billion debt pileThe sale is subject to certain consents and approvals including from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.Quadrant is focused on the Exmouth and Carnarvon Basins off the coast of Western Australia.Brookfield Business Partners and its institutional partners hold a 48.3 per cent stake in Quadrant, while Macquarie Capital and its partners hold a 21.8 per cent.Wesfarmers and AMB Holdings each hold a 13.2 per cent stake and Quadrant management holds 3.4 per cent. read more

Norfolk to appoint interim CAO

An announcement is pending regarding the appointment of an interim CAO in Norfolk County.Norfolk council approved the appointment following a closed-door meeting last week. The person filling the position will “be later publicly announced by Mayor (Kristal) Chopp” a resolution passed at the end of the in-camera session says.Norfolk has been without a top bureaucrat since former Chief Administrative Officer David Cribbs abruptly resigned in mid-January.Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus got the ball rolling on a replacement two weeks ago when he tried to table a motion calling for a process to hire a replacement.Columbus acted after reading the minutes from recent meetings of Norfolk’s senior management team. In the minutes, county general managers say the absence of a full-time CAO is creating workload issues. Norfolk council deferred the matter to the March 26 meeting.Since Cribbs’ departure, Norfolk’s senior managers have taken turns discharging the CAO’s responsibilities. Columbus wanted the county’s general managers to share their experiences in recent weeks, which they did at last week’s council meeting.“The current rotating CAO is less than ideal,” Marlene Miranda, acting CAO and Haldimand and Norfolk’s general manager of health and social services, said.“Currently, we’re working on a consensus model. But there can be six different opinions around the table and a CAO would help making final decisions.”Pam Duesling, general manager of development and cultural services, said delays with the approval of policy and procedures is straining planning staff.Public works general manager Chris Baird said there is a key position in his department that he hasn’t been able to fill.As well, the late approval of the 2019 capital budget means there may not be enough time left in this year’s construction schedule to slot projects requiring paving. Hot asphalt is normally applied during warm weather.“We feel the pressure, absolutely,” Baird said.For his part, Bill Cridland, general manager of community services, said the backlog of unresolved issues is snowballing with each passing month.Columbus was asked last Wednesday when the new CAO would be in place. He referred the question to Chopp, who said an announcement is read more

Ontario proposes banning real estate agents from representing seller and buyer

A sold sign is shown in front of west-end Toronto homes, Sunday, May 14, 2017. Ontario is proposing banning the practice of double ending, in which a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller in a transaction. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy TORONTO – Ontario is proposing banning the practice of double ending, in which a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller in a transaction.The province’s Liberal government announced a 16-point housing plan earlier this year, with centrepiece planks of a 15 per cent foreign buyer tax and expanded rent controls.Another plank was reviewing the rules for real estate agents to ensure consumers are fairly represented. The government has now published several proposals for changes to real estate agent rules and penalties, and is seeking public consultation on them.One of the proposals is to ban — with some limited exceptions — agents from representing both the buyer and seller or more than one potential buyer in a trade.“The seller will want the highest possible price and most favourable terms they can get, and the buyer will want to pay the lowest price or negotiate the most favourable terms possible,” a government discussion paper says.“These competing interests may make it challenging for registrants involved in these types of transactions to meet their obligations to their clients or to be able to advocate effectively on behalf of either party.”The Ontario Real Estate Association welcomed the review since the governing legislation dates back to 2002, said CEO Tim Hudak.“The world of real estate has changed tremendously in the last 15 years — much higher home prices, more sophisticated consumers, greater technology,” he said.Consumers have raised concerns that the financial incentives in double-ended deals might lead to agents engaging in unethical behaviour, the government says in its paper.“This divided loyalty and the associated risks may leave some consumers vulnerable even when written consent is obtained and the necessary disclosures…have been made.”Currently, double ending is allowed if all of the clients the agent is representing give their consent to the arrangement in writing.Under the government’s proposed changes, different agents from the same brokerage could represent the buyer and the seller in a transaction. The “limited exceptions” to the double-ending ban would be if there is a private arrangement between family members or in a small market where there are very few agents.Consumer Services Minister Tracy MacCharles says the government wants to make sure that Ontario homebuyers are protected and not being harmed by unethical real estate practices.“The practice of multiple representation or ‘double ending’ puts would-be homeowners at risk of unethical behaviour,” MacCharles said Wednesday.Ontario says its proposed new model is similar to how British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia and Manitoba approach multiple representation in real estate deals. It is looking to those jurisdictions to learn best practices.OREA would also like to see the government address several other areas, Hudak said, including so-called escalation clauses, which say a buyer will top the highest competing offer, up to a certain amount. More common in the U.S., they have recently been popping up in Ontario, Hudak said.“An unethical person could immediately cause you to go to the highest price you’re willing to pay,” Hudak said. “In order for a clause to work you’d have to find out what other people are bidding and that currently breaks the code of ethics to protect consumers’ privacy.”Specialty licences for realtors should also be considered, Hudak said. That way, if an agent claims they are an expert in commercial or condo or cottage properties, they should be able to obtain a designation to back that up, he said.Realtors have also been pushing for the ability to form personal corporations. There is already a bill before the legislature that would allow this that has passed second reading.The government is also considering increasing the maximum fine for salespeople and brokers who violate a code of ethics from $25,000 to $50,000 and $100,000 for brokerages.A second and broader phase of reviewing Ontario real estate rules will start in the spring of 2018. Ontario proposes banning real estate agents from representing seller and buyer by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN reports subdued AsiaPacific growth in 2013 as region faces developed world

The report, the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013: Forward-looking macroeconomic policies for inclusive and sustainable development, argues that macroeconomic policies can play a vital role in reorienting the region towards a more inclusive and sustainable growth path – a high priority of its post-2015 development agenda. The Survey cautioned, however, that “much lower growth compared to recent years could become a new normal for many regional economies if present economic trends were to continue,” and this could cause an estimated economic output loss of about $1.3 trillion by the end of 2017.According to the report, the flagship publication of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the growth rate of the region’s developing economies is projected to rise to 6 per cent in 2013 from 5.6 per cent last year, but compared to 7 per cent in 2011.“The global economic conditions remain challenging for the region. Since the beginning of 2013, we have witnessed some measurable improvement in global financial markets, however we have not seen robust improvement in the real economy,” Pingfan Hong, Chief of the Global Economic Monitoring Unit at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), told journalists in New York. The survey estimated that since the onset of the global financial crises in 2008, GDP for the region had lost about 3 per cent if compared with the trend growth of the region before the crises, a loss of roughly $870 billion in output.“The 2013 Survey reminds us that this is no time for complacency, as the need for a more inclusive and sustainable pattern of economic and social development continues to be critical,” UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Noeleen Heyzer, said in her preface to the Survey.China is estimated to record a moderate increase in growth from 7.8 per cent in 2012 to 8 per cent this year, while India is projected to recover somewhat from last year’s low of 5 per cent to 6.4 per cent in 2013. According to other figures in the Survey, oil and gas exporting North and Central Asia will continue to benefit from high global energy prices, maintaining steady growth. In South and South-West Asia, the economies of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are projected to grow 6 per cent or more in 2013.The export-led economies in East and North-East Asia as well as South-East Asia are expected to gain from “improved, although still tepid, global trade.”In Indonesia, ESCAP noted that domestic demand will drive the economy to a growth rate of 6.6 per cent. Strong private consumption will support growth in the Philippines at 6.2 per cent and 5.3 per cent in Thailand, while Viet Nam’s economy is expected to pick up in the second half of 2013 to 5.5 per cent.Meanwhile, growth is expected to decelerate in Pacific island developing economies in 2013 due to a sharp, energy sector-led slowdown in Papua New Guinea, the largest Pacific island economy.The Survey also argues that long-term structural issues, such as rising inequality, energy and infrastructure shortages are compounding the regional slowdown and the “structural solution to invigorating the domestic drivers of growth…will lie in making the development process more inclusive and sustainable”.According to figures cited, it will cause many of the countries surveyed 5 to 8 per cent of GDP to finance the social protection and sustainable development policies supported, such as creating job guarantee programmes and universal pension schemes. Among measures to support inclusive development, the Survey argues for a minimum wage policy. It estimates that the recent minimum wage hikes in Thailand could increase job growth by up to 0.6 per cent and real GDP growth by 0.7 per cent by 2015.While in China, efforts to reduce reliance on exports and boost domestic consumption-driven demand by promoting inclusive and sustainable growth will spur domestic growth and benefit intraregional trade. ESCAP estimates the new policies would generate an additional $13 billion worth of exports by other Asia-Pacific countries to China during 2013-2015 and cause regional export growth to pick up by up to 0.5 percentage points above the level it would otherwise have been. “The good news is that Asia and the Pacific has already started to rethink and reinvent itself. These efforts should be supported, enhanced and propagated throughout all countries in the region,” Ms. Heyzer said. read more

Indonesian major general appointed force commander of UN Western Sahara Mission

“Major General Mulyono brings to his new position a vast national and international military experience, including command and staff experience,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Mr. Mulyono is currently Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff in charge of Peacekeeping Operations and previously served as Senior Staff Officer for Training and Exercises and Commander of the Indonesian Defence Forces Peacekeeping Centre.He joined the Indonesian army in 1984, commanding an infantry company and an infantry battalion before becoming an Associate Professor at the Army Command General and Staff College.Mr. Mulyono will succeed Major General Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh, whose tour of duty ended on 23 July. “The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Hafiz for his exemplary service and contribution to the work of MINURSO since July 2011,” the statement read.Established in 1991, MINURSO is tasked with monitoring the ceasefire in Western Sahara and organizing a referendum on self-determination for the people of the territory.The UN has been involved in efforts to find a settlement in Western Sahara since 1976, when fighting broke out between Morocco and the Frente Polisario after the Spanish colonial administration of the territory ended. read more

INTERVIEW Cuts cannot go too far says UN Peacekeeping chief as risks

UNMISS\Nektarios MarkogiannisEthiopian peacekeepers deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) escort a group of women outside a UN-run site and create a safe perimeter within which they can search for firewood without being at risk of attack, 28 March 2017. But peacekeeping has a price. So, we cannot go too far in reducing our resources; we have to have adequate resources for the implementation of our mandate, particularly as we are doing all these efforts to adjust to these difficult security conditions that we’re facing today.UN News: Some critics do still argue that peacekeeping doesn’t represent good value for money, despite the $600 million or so cuts. Is there fat still left that you see that can be trimmed from the budget?Jean-Pierre Lacroix: Well, first of all, I think the fact that we’ve been able to close successfully some of our missions recently, I think, is proof that peacekeeping can achieve good results. And that was the case for the Ivory Coast, that was the case for Liberia, after a number of other countries that were, I think, successfully helped by peacekeeping.The other thing is that we are protecting hundreds of thousands of civilians in our missions, particularly in our missions in Africa. I don’t know if that can be quantified or equated to whatever amount of financial resources are dedicated to that, but the reality is plain that we are saving lives, and many, many lives. So, if you look at peacekeeping from the point of view of achievement, I think we can be proud of that.But at the same time, ultimately, the success comes where we can leave and after having achieved a durable political solution. That doesn’t depend only on peacekeeping, it also depends on the collective ability to achieve those political solutions.UN News: There’s been a huge effort made to address the sexual abuse and exploitation by troops and others serving in UN missions of people who we are supposed to be protecting. Why are fresh reports still surfacing? And can the UN really stamp it out if, ultimately, it’s down to the troop-contributing countries to discipline their personnel back home?We also need to do more in addressing the needs of victims [of sexual exploitation and abuse]Jean-Pierre Lacroix: I think we’re in a better place when it comes to fighting sexual exploitation and abuse [SEA], but there’s still much more to do.We’re in a better place because the awareness that we have to relentlessly fight SEA: it’s much greater; also, because the reactivity of Member States, particularly troop- and police-contributing countries: it is much greater than it used to be.Whenever we have allegations, they come to us quickly. They send investigative teams much more quickly than they used to. And we’ve seen already quite severe sanction decided against those found guilty of sexual exploitation and abuse.But at the same time, we need to do more.First of all, we need to make sure that every allegation will be brought to our knowledge so that we can act upon them.And I think that we also need to do more in addressing the needs of victims. We have a victims-centred approach. We have victim advocates in our biggest missions, who are basically tasked with supporting victims and helping them.And we also need to make sure that this greater reactivity of troop- and police-contributing countries will be sustained, and even enhanced. So, there is progress, it’s unquestionable; but at the same time, we need to do much more. Acknowledging the dual challenges of budget cuts and an increasingly dangerous field environment, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told UN News the recently launched Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative seeks to spell out new peacekeeping challenges for Member States, and galvanize their support.Launched by Secretary-General António Guterres in March, the A4P initiative calls on Member States, host countries, troop- and police-contributing countries, and other contributors, to renew collective engagement to achieve peacekeeping excellence.The initiative was based on Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, as well as reports, including a recent high-level review led by retired peacekeeper Lieutenant General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz of Brazil, on reducing peacekeeping casualties.The Cruz report, requested by the Secretary-General and released in January, revealed that fatalities among peacekeepers due to violent acts had spiked, with 2013-2017 being the deadliest five-year period in UN peacekeeping history.Peacekeeping has a price […] we cannot go too far in reducing our resources“We have to make sure that we are prepared for these more dangerous environments,” Mr. Lacroix said, citing the need for improved training and adequate equipment. However, he added that the focus should remain on key priorities. “We have to focus on protection of civilians,” he said, as well as on finding durable, political solutions.On the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as corruption, Mr. Lacroix said, “We need to make sure that every allegation will be brought to our knowledge so that we can act upon them,” highlighting also the importance of greater, faster response from troop-contributing countries. “We also need to do more in addressing the needs of victims” of sexual exploitation and abuse, he added.Mr. Lacroix also emphasized the need for engagement by regional and subregional organizations, saying, “We have to be realistic. Peacekeeping is one tool; it’s among many others.” However, he pointed out that such engagement must be supported, saying that he advocates the bolstering of African Union peace operations.At the end of June, Mr. Lacroix set out on a visit to major troop-contributing countries in South Asia. He began with Bangladesh, the second-largest troop- and police-contributing country, then headed to Nepal, who currently deploys 5,000 troops. He also visited India, which has contributed the largest total troops in peacekeeping history, as well as Pakistan, the fifth largest contributor of uniformed personnel.While in South Asia, Mr. Lacroix met with ministers and heads of government to express gratitude for their countries’ continuing support. UN Photo/Pascual GorrizThe United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) conducted its first all-female foot patrol in Rmeish with participation by peacekeepers from six countries – Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Malaysia and the Netherlands, 13 December 2017. UN News: It seems that peacekeeping is more dangerous now than ever before with the spike in deaths in recent months of peacekeepers. What’s the UN doing to address the safety and security of ‘blue helmets’ around the world?Jean-Pierre Lacroix: Yes, you’re right, peacekeeping has become much more dangerous. Last year, we had the highest number of fatalities in peacekeeping over two decades. So, what are we trying to do to address that?First of all, we have to make sure that we are prepared for these more dangerous environments. What it means is that we have to improve the training of our uniformed colleagues — police and military. We have to make sure that they have the right equipment. We have to make sure that they are well commanded, and that there is accountability for leadership at every level. So, that’s one thing. And all these are included in the action plan that we started implementing in our missions. But I think it’s equally important to make sure that our mandate should be focused on the key priorities because, with these more dangerous environments, we cannot do everything. We have to focus on protection of civilians, we have to focus on promoting and helping (find a) durable, political solution. So, these are equally important.This is why the Secretary-General has launched the Action for Peacekeeping initiative (A4P), which is about explaining to our Member States what these new challenges are, and how we’re trying to address them, but also trying to mobilize them to help us.UN News: The UN peacekeeping budget is being cut by millions of dollars this year. Can you continue to do an effective job, on behalf of the vulnerable civilians around the world that we serve, with substantially less money?Jean-Pierre Lacroix: Well, first of all, I think it’s important to underline that some of the missions have been terminated, and others are being downsized. And this is not because funds are being reduced, that’s because these missions have implemented their mandates, or the conditions on the ground have changed. And, therefore, we can address these missions — their mandate and their format.But I think it’s also important to continuously try to be more cost-effective. This is something that our Member States expect from us, and I think it’s legitimate. And also, it enables us to be more effective. At the same time, I think we have to be realistic. Peacekeeping is one tool; it’s among many others. It is not suitable for any type of situation. When we talk about peace enforcement, when we talk about counter-terrorism, then it is not for peacekeeping. There has to be other ways of addressing these types of situations.This is why we strongly support regional and subregional organizations engaging in peace operations. But they have to be supported. This is why we have advocated stronger support for AU, African Union, peace operations.UN News: So, greater collective effort still needed?Jean-Pierre Lacroix: Absolutely. UN News: Authorities in some of the countries where missions are based have been accused of corruption and mismanagement in their dealings with missions. Is this just an endemic problem, or is there more that can be done to stop it and how can the UN stop money getting into the wrong hands, in effect?Jean-Pierre Lacroix: Well, I think it’s important to make sure that, first of all, any kind of misconduct will be again brought to our knowledge so that we can act on these.And I was mentioning SEA: in the case of SEA, anyone can report anonymously on a delegation and bring it to our knowledge. I think we have to make sure that it will be the case for any type of misconduct.Now, another thing is about procurement and making sure that, in our procurement activities, we don’t inadvertently channel resources to the wrong hands. It’s difficult, but at the same time, it’s an important responsibility.UN News: So, overall, are you confident that this will be a year in which peacekeeping thrives?Jean-Pierre Lacroix: Well, I think peacekeeping is — and, I think, is understood — as a very important tool to help promote peace and stability. UN Photo/Albert González FarranUkrainian Aviation Unit personnel deployed to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) load a helicopter into a cargo plane at Roberts International Airport in Harbel, Liberia, 13 February 2018. UNMIL successfully concluded on 30 March 2018. read more

Brock employee hits 250km mark in marathon Bruce Trail run for Cystic

Each day, Emily Allan wakes up in a new town along the Bruce Trail with one goal in mind: to cover more ground, and raise more money for Cystic Fibrosis.The cross-country coach and employee in Brock University’s Faculty of Applied Health Sciences has now run more than 250 kilometres during End to End CF, an expedition covering the entire 895-kilometre Bruce Trail that aims to raise both funds and awareness.Cystic Fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian kids and young adults. Allan is doing the run in memory of her cousin Sarah Bloomfield, who died of the disease at age 23.On Thursday, while Emily was running a challenging 44-kilometre leg near Owen Sound, her fundraising total passed the $20,000 mark — more than twice her original goal of $8,950, or $10 per Bruce Trail kilometre.“It’s amazing. It makes me truly feel like everyone is supporting me,” Allan said. “The whole reason for this run was to raise funds and awareness and hearing that we had crossed that milestone means so much to me.”Allan plans to run about 42 kilometres — the distance of a full marathon — every day, aiming to finish on Canada Day at the Bruce Trail’s southern terminus at Queenston Heights.End to End CF has been supported by Brock University, Outdoors Oriented, the Fonthill and District Kinsmen Club, Rankin Construction and Niagara Battery and Tire, as well as many campgrounds along the route who have allowed Allan to stay for free.For more information or to make a donation, visit www.endtoendcf.caBY THE NUMBERS (as of Thursday, June 15)250 … distance, in kilometres Allan has covered46.3 … longest distance covered in one day36.75 … number of hours Allan has been running6 … number of consecutive days run2 … number of rattlesnakes Allan has encountered on the trails$20,105 … amount raised as of June 16 read more

South Africa Rugby World Cup winner Drotske shot in robbery

PRETORIA, South Africa — The South African rugby union says 1995 World Cup winner Naka Drotske has been shot in a robbery and taken to a hospital in critical condition.SA Rugby says Drotske and another former Springboks player, Os du Randt, were victims of the robbery at a house near the capital Pretoria on Thursday night.News24 says Drotske was shot three times after armed men broke into his brother’s house in the Roodeplaat Dam area north of Pretoria. News24 says Drotske was shot at least once in the chest. A later report said the 47-year-old Drotske was stabilized in the hospital intensive care unit but still needed surgery. Du Randt was unharmed.Drotske and du Randt were part of South Africa’s ’95 World Cup-winning squad. Du Randt won the World Cup a second time with the Springboks in 2007.Drotske played 26 tests for the Springboks from 1993-99. He coached the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs, his former provincial team, from 2007-15.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

Certains oiseaux fossiles étaientils dotés dune double paire dailes

first_imgCertains oiseaux fossiles étaient-ils dotés d’une double paire d’ailes ?Dans une nouvelle étude publiée dans Science, des chercheurs chinois décrivent 11 spécimens d’oiseaux fossiles découverts dans le nord-ouest de leur pays. Mais ceux-ci présentent une particularité : leurs pattes arrière sont dotées de plumes suggérant un possible rôle dans le vol, complémentaire de celui des ailes ‘normales’.Si plusieurs spécimens d’oiseaux fossiles ont été découverts au cours des années précédentes, on est encore loin de tout connaitre au sujet de ces animaux antiques. Et une nouvelle trouvaille réalisée par des chercheurs chinois vient tout juste de le confirmer à nouveau. Sur un site de la province du Liaoning (nord-ouest de la Chine) bien connu pour avoir remarquablement conservé de nombreux fossiles datant d’une période située à cheval sur le Jurassique et le Crétacé (-150 à -125 Ma), ils ont mis au jour 11 spécimens tout à fait remarquables.Etudiés par l’équipe du paléontologue Xing Xu, ces oiseaux du Mésozoïque montrent des pattes arrières garnies de plumes relativement développées, suggérant que ces spécimens n’étaient pas dotés d’une seule paire d’ailes comme les autres mais bien de deux paires. “Nous savions que des dinosaures volants comme le microraptor avaient quatre ailes. La présence de plumes sur les pattes arrière d’oiseaux primitifs est en revanche une vraie nouveauté même si ce n’est pas une complète surprise”, explique Pascal Godefroit, de l’Institut royal belge des sciences naturelles.Si le terme de “biplan” (ce type d’avions anciens aux 2 paires d’ailes superposées) ne semble pas coller exactement à la silhouette que devaient avoir ces oiseaux, l’anatomie de ces ailes poussent les scientifiques chinois à envisager un mode de vol utilisant les membres postérieurs en complément du battement des véritables ailes. Plus précisément, Xing Xu estime que ces ‘ailes’ postérieures auraient pu aider les volatiles à stabiliser leur vol. Néanmoins, cette thèse ne peut pour l’heure être étayée par des éléments de biomécanique.  Des “ailes” d’ornement ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?C’est pourquoi d’autres chercheurs – non directement impliqués dans l’étude – suggèrent plutôt un rôle ornemental pour cette ‘voilure’ postérieure supplémentaire, peut-être utilisée lors des parades nuptiales, par exemple. Certains paléontologues supposent en outre qu’elle aurait pu être un attribut plus encombrant qu’utile durant le vol, pour ces oiseaux aujourd’hui disparus. Toutefois, de l’avis général, cette découverte confirme l’étroite parenté entre dinosaures, oiseaux primitifs et oiseaux actuels.”Cela renforce l’idée actuelle qu’il y a un véritable continuum évolutif entre les petit dinosaures carnivores et les oiseaux. Il devient d’ailleurs de plus en plus difficile d’établir une distinction claire entre dinosaures et oiseaux”, ajoute Pascal Godefroit cité par leédits photo : Science/AAAS) Le 15 mars 2013 à 14:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Go Back to the Future With DeLorean Flying Car

first_img Watch: Plane Lands on Highway, Gets ‘Pulled Over’ in WashingtonWatch: Wild Turbulence Throws Flight Attendant Into Cabin Ceiling Stay on target Roads? Where DeLorean Aerospace is going, it doesn’t need roads.The manufacturer is building a two-seat vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) personal air transport vehicle.Founded in 2012 by Paul DeLorean, nephew of DMC-12 creator John DeLorean, the firm has its sights set on a real-life flying car—not so dissimilar to the fictionalized one that made the late DeLorean famous.Modified into a homespun time machine in the Back to the Future film franchise, the gull-wing-door DMC-12 sports car was the only model DeLorean Motor Company ever produced.About 9,000 vehicles were made in the early ’80s, before production halted in 1983; some 6,500 DeLorean Motor cars are estimated to still exist today.DR-7 flying car—small enough to fit into a home garage or parking space (via DeLorean Aerospace)The family tradition continues with what Paul DeLorean calls the DR-7: Built with a monocoque composite body, high-efficiency wing design, and tandem seating configuration.“Like an F1 race car—for the sky,” according to the company website.Details are scant: The barely there pages cover DeLorean Aerospace’s mission (“bring the freedom and exhilaration of personal air transportation to the masses”) and vision (“practical and accessible air mobility”).A short paragraph describes a zero-emission modern electric power system paired with a lightweight-yet-stable platform. And another touches on “unique technologies” for improved safety and functionality.“With an industry-first centerline twin vectoring propulsion system, stall-resistant canard wing, and multiple patent-pending features, our aircraft is intrinsically safer,” the site said, boasting “an incredibly low drag coefficient.”Bird’s-eye view of DR-7 flying car (via DeLorean Aerospace)Standing at 19.5 feet long—small enough to fit into a “typical” home garage or parking space—with a wingspan of 18.5 feet (7.5 feet when folded), the hybrid car-plane features a rechargeable electric power system for traveling up to 120 miles, and boasts a top speed of 240 mph.There is no word on when DeLorean Aerospace expects to launch its flying car, or how much it will cost. One thing is for sure, however: Paul DeLorean is praying his Jetsons-style innovation outlives the brief novelty of his uncle.Still a sci-fi fantasy, flying cars may one day escape movie screens and book pages to make the real-life daily commute more efficient. Early this year, Uber reportedly hired a veteran NASA engineer with VTOL experience, and Orbit City began sales of its Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport flying cars/driving planes.Toyota, meanwhile, is eyeing an Olympic Games first: Using the (currently incomplete) aerial SkyDrive vehicle to light the 2020 Olympic torch.DeLorean Aerospace won’t be intimidated, though.“The DR-7 stands alone from the competition not only by its performance envelope, but also with its low mechanical complexity,” according to a company press release, which tipped possible fleet applications “such as urban air taxis.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

GEEK PICK My Friend Eevee Pokemon Animated Plush

first_imgStay on target Pokemon has always been weird about how big these monsters are actually supposed to be. But if you assume a “real” Eevee is about the size and temperament of a puppy, then this plush is made to scale. It’s got the same big eyes, bushy tail, and “scarf” of outer, lighter fur that’s all very pleasing to hold and touch. In Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee your personal Eevee rides on your head instead of being trapped in a Poke Ball. And you could easily act that out with this plush.On the bottom there’s also a flap hiding a battery compartment as this Eevee has some extra tricks up its sleeves. Squeezing the beast causes its ears to twitch in the most adorable ways. And as is the Pokemon trademark, Eevee will also begin crying out its own name like an infant daring you not to love it.It’s hard for any Pokemon to overcome the sheer gravitational pull of Pikachu. But I know lots of folks who think that primadonna rat is played out and are planning on buying Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee instead this holiday to stay cool. If that’s you complete your Eevee aesthetic with My Friend Eevee Pokemon Animated Plush.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Pikachu is and will forever be the face of Pokemon. Whenever you see that adorable little yellow electric mouse you can’t help but think of the franchise. Even folks who couldn’t tell Abomasnow from Zygarde can look at that rat and be like “it’s the game from Japan about catching monsters.”But now The Pokemon Company has also began to push Eevee, the normal-type dog thing capable of all sorts of varied elemental evolutions, as a sort of sidekick mascot alongside Pikachu. Why only merchandise one cute creature when you could sell two? The biggest proof of this plan is the choice of mascots for the upcoming Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee for Nintendo Switch this November. But if you want to get in on Eevee love before it’s cool why not check out this My Friend Eevee Animated Plush ($30).center_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Marco Silva not worried by £50m Richarlison fee

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has squashed suggestions that the club overpaid for Richarlison this summer.The Brazilian winger was Marco Silva’s first signing as Everton manager after he joined from Watford last month in a transfer deal that could rise to the tune of £50m.Everton were criticised for paying such a hefty sum for a player shy in front of goal. Richarlison has not scored since November, but Marco Silva used Jordan Pickford as an example.The goalkeeper joined the club for £30m last summer and did so well to become England’s number one at the World Cup. He used Jordan Pickford as an evidence that such risky and expensive deals can prove to be value for money in the long run.“I can speak to you about what happened one year ago when we took Jordan Pickford and everyone was talking about it at that moment,” Marco Silva told reporters.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Now no-one is talking about his value. The value the club paid to take him here is normal in football. The market now is really difficult.”“If the player will perform well and do the best to achieve our goals at the end no one will speak about the price.”Richarlison is likely to make his Everton debut for Everton against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening.last_img read more

Turquoise Morning returns to local TV

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 24, 2016 – Turquoise Morning, our TV show resumes on Monday on both PTV8 and 4News and we are totally thrilled at what you will see of our Caribbean region.It’s fun, it’s funny, you will see things you have never seen before and possibly we can take you visually to where you have never been before… we are back on local TV with the show that celebrates the people, the places and the plans of the Caribbean..Watch it Mondays thru Fridays on 4News at 7am or PTV Mondays & Thursdays at 7am…we’re on Flow too, look for One Caribbean Television or online anytime when you subscribe to Magnetic Media TV our YouTube channel.  #turquoisemorningshow  #thecaribbean  #haitirelief  #bahamashurricanerelief   Turks and Caicos online video newscasts; watch now or later Editorial: Listen to your Mama Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#deandreahamilton, #funmorningshow, #turquoisemorning Recommended for you Don’t blame Magnetic Media, the public has a right to know – we are doing our joblast_img read more

Miami Beach to periodically close parts of Ocean Drive during spring break

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. #Traffic: Ocean Dr. is closed 7 Street to 11 Street as we transition beachgoers from the sand to Ocean Drive for cleanup crews.— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) March 10, 2017Additional rules have also been implemented during “high impact periods.” These are periods when “large crowds and activities, by permitted or unpermitted use, may pose a threat of damage or destruction to city property.”Among these rules are: MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach officials said they will temporarily close parts of Ocean Drive during busy spring periods, as they see fit, in order to clear the area so crews can clean up the beach.Officials said, when the need arises, parts or all of Ocean Drive will close so beach goers can make their way off the beach and into the streets and crews can begin cleaning the shore.One such instance was seen Friday.last_img read more

Killing by Hercules a panacea for rape

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationBullet-ridden bodies of accused rapists have been found at different spots across the country and these killings, according to the police, are commonly attributed to ‘Hercules’.A note reading “a rapist deserves this fate” is found hanging around the neck of each dead man. This is a new trend after suspects in various crimes as well as political activists were murdered extrajudicially in the recent past.Every time through such ‘discretionary’ killing, a section of people, especially victims of certain crimes, breathed sighs of relief when the principle of the rule of law was flouted.However, rights activists, lawyers and even some in the law enforcement agreed that rapists must be brought to justice.And shooting dead the persons accused of rape is in no way acceptable in a civilised society, they insisted.Eminent jurist Shadeen Malik expressed his views that the rule of law would be irrelevant in the country if such unlawful killings continue.”The rapists have to be brought to book if we want them to fear punishment,” the Supreme Court lawyer told Prothom Alo.He pointed out that those who are involved in killing the accused rapists, do not admit to the murder by ‘Greek god Hercules’.A man was found shot dead near an abandoned brickfield in Rajapur of Jhalakati on Friday. The police identified the deceased as Rakib Molla, 20, the prime accused in the gang-rape of a 13-year-old madrasa student of Bhandaria in Pirojpur.The police claimed they found a note hanging around Rakib’s neck that read, “I’m Rakib who raped the madrasa student in Bhandaria of Pirojpur. The rapist deserves this fate. Rapists be aware…Hercules.”Three of such incidents have been detected so far after the first case in Savar in 18 January, in which the body of one Ripon contained a note: “I am the prime accused in a rape case.”When asked, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) deputy commissioner Farida Yeasmin termed such incidents of killing of rape accused as mysterious, and said the rape suspects will have to be tried. “Such killings are not acceptable.”Apart from the three mysterious death incidents of rape suspects, one more accused in a rape case was killed in what the law enforcement authorities called crossfire.Prothom Alo analysed some 5,000 rape-related cases that were lodged between 2002 and 2016 and dealt with by five tribunals for prevention of women repression in Dhaka district.Punishments were given in only three per cent of the settled cases, the newspaper found.Bangladesh Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanam expressed concern at the recovery of bullet-hit bodies along with notes.”We can’t accept it. We want punishment of the rapists,” she told Prothom Alo.She wondered why the rapists would show such ‘magnanimity’ by admitting to the crime in a note issued before his death which is not normal either.Emphasising that nobody should take the law in his or her own hands, former adviser to the caretaker government, Rasheda K Chowdhury observed that the police personnel could unearth who are actually carrying out such killings if they want.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla online, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Dance Extravaganza

first_imgRani Khanam and Aamad Dance Centre will be performing live and mesmerizing the audience with her graceful eye and facial expressions and heart throbbing classical – Sufi moves at the ‘Old Fort Dance Festival’. With a total of 6 presentations choreographed by Rani Khanam, dancers Akansha Gairola, Neha Chouhan, Jaya Bhatt, Ridhima Bagga, Komal Khushwani, Ridhima Singh, Soumya Singh, Nisha Kesari, Shikha Sharma, Shubhangi Derhgawen, Falgun Saini, Soumya Kohli, Shubhangi Anand, Shubhangi Goyal and Tanya Aggarwal will be performing. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRani Khanam is one of the astute interpreters of Gharana of Kathak today. She has earned great prestige for her dexterity, subtle footwork and rhythmic patterns. She is a highly respected Kathak dancer and choreographer today and also performs choreography based on Islamic verses and Sufiana Qalam. Rani Khanam is an empaneled artist in “outstanding category” of the Indian Council for Culture Relations and “Top graded” artiste at the Delhi Doordarshan. She engages in the widest range of dance related activities performing, teaching, organising the dance festival and also speaking to new young audiences. She is the Director of Aamad – Kathak dance center in Delhi, A respected Guru, Rani Khanam has cultivated and groomed some of the finest Kathak dancers in India and abroad. For the past two decades, Rani Khanam has performed regularly at reputed international festivals. The presentations include Yamuna Namah, Andaz-e-Raqs, Ashatapadi, Sargam, Basant-Hori and Nritya Gati.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive‘Yamuna Namah’ is based on ‘Yamunastakam’ written by Mahaprabhuji. Yamunaji blessed her devotees with eight fold powers, is capable of giving fulfillment of all the desires of the devotee in enjoying God’s love. Hindus worship the Yamuna and believe that the great river Yamuna originates from the Yamunotri in Himalayas and flows thousands of kilometers to finally merge at Triveni Sangam, Allahabad. ‘Andaz-e-Raqs’ is a stylized dance that visualises sound and extends its aural dimensions into physical space, it highlights the contribution of Persian culture to Kathak dance. The graceful elegance of the Persian court lies in the use of breath, eyes, torso, neck and wrists, gradually leading to stylized walks and manipulation of the veil and voluminous, swirling skirt. ‘Ashatapadi’ is focused on the fascinating aspects of Lucknow style of Kathak dance ie an intrinsic part of geometry in Kathak dance. ‘Sargam’ refers to singing the notes instead of the words of a composition, with use of various ornamentations such as meend, gamak, kan and khatka, as part of a khyal performance. In this version, performed to the midnight raga (musical mode) of Raag Bageshwari in 10 beats taal Jhaptaal, abstract syllables are swiftly sung while the dancers brings out the essence of the melody and rhythm through complex footwork, intricate geometric shapes, and rapid turns.‘Basant Hori’ is a composition of Hazrat Amir Khusrau the revered Sufi Mystic and poet of India is based on raag Basant Bahar and composed in taal Teentaal and it captures the essence of Sufi philosophy, where the Nayika (Heroine)/ bhakta (Devotee). The item incorporates the dancer with the essence of the melody and rhythm of nritta (pure dance) and nritya (expressive) aspect of Kathak dance.‘Nritya’ combines dancing and action while interpreting the story. Known for its intricate compositions, rapid chakkars (pirouettes), complex Tatkar and Ladi (footwork) and stylized facial expressions, the Lucknow gharana of Kathak expounds on bhava or moods and emotions with graceful movement and delicate placing of hands. The choreography is influenced by the Awadh royalty. ‘Nritya Gati’ also conveys a sense of pure joy of movement and rhythm, a mood is conveyed through technical aspects of Kathak dance.When: November 6Where: Purana Qila Timings: 7 PMlast_img read more

Karismas new incentive is good for GREWPS

first_img Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Karisma’s new incentive is good for GREWPS << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ new promotion for groups – or rather, ‘GREWPS’ (groups, reunions, events, weddings, play, social) – offers one free room for every six paid plus a US$250 resort credit, for a limited time. “Creating custom events for groups is an integral part of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ success and we’re excited to introduce new incentives for the deserving partners focused on this important segment,” said Faith Wishnie, Executive Director of Wedding Services, Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “We are increasingly focused on introducing our Gourmet Inclusive Experience to groups of every size from weddings and family reunions to corporate retreats, large and small. Following the recent launch of new tools and programs, it’s a terrific next step to now reward agents and meeting planners who are making Karisma’s properties top destinations for groups and meetings alike.”Once the six rooms of weeklong travel are confirmed, the extra room and resort credit can be carried over for additional client use or personal redeeming for a Karisma Hotels & Resorts experience, including wine, spa, candlelit dinners and private events. More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThe promotion is valid for bookings until Aug. 31, 2016 for travel Jan. 3, 2017 – Dec. 22, 2017. The GREWPS promotion can be combined with several additional savings incentives including up to $1,000 in client savings, the Pick Your Perks program, complimentary private banquet events, complimentary wedding packages and a maximum of 21% commission per booking.The GREWPS promotion arrives on the heels of Karisma’s recently introduced tools affording customers, meeting planners and travel agents a variety of effective ways to optimize the vacations booking process including MICE fact sheets, digital banquet kits and customized themed events. The MICE fact sheets offer overviews on each property and specific details on every aspect of the resort. The digital banquet kits allow for meeting planners to present a variety of up to 39 customizable preset menus allowing guests to easily select or create their own delectable menu for their desired banquet or party. Additionally, the themed events tool can be used for groups to create a variety of experiences ranging from True Mexico: A Team Building Experience, featuring team-building excursions into the natural beauty of Mexico, to Gourmet Inclusive Fiesta Nights, including themed party packages ranging from Circus Royale to Route 66 that are focused on an evening of fun, covering all the details from DJs to décor.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureDetails on Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ newest promotions for groups are available at The new MICE fact sheets, banquet kit, details on the themed events and meeting planning tools can be viewed, printed, saved and shared at Travelweek Group Share Posted bylast_img read more