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first_imgThe best way to learn from famous filmmakers is to listen to them – DVD commentaries are your film school on demand.DVD filmmaker commentaries offer you an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best filmmakers who have ever lived, and even ones who are now dead, about the art and craft of great filmmaking. Personally I’m a big fan of DVD extras (here’s my best suggestions for film editors) and thanks to dedicated curators like Filmschool Thru Commentaries and Film School Reject’s Commentary-Commentary you can digest all the best filmmaking wisdom a filmmaker may have poured forth across all their DVD commentaries in one or two succinct video lessons. Here’s a quick round up of some of the best.Filmschool The Paul Thomas Anderson WayIf Paul Thomas Anderson is telling the truth then checking out these two videos might save you two decades of filmschool education as you listen in to what director John Sturges has to say about great filmmaking: If you’re one for learning about the references that Paul Thomas Anderson (and other directors like Stanley Kubrick) riff off-of then check out this great video from PTA on Max Ophuls – master of the tracking shot.Action Film MasterclassesIf you’re a fan of Jan De Bont, John McTiernan or Kathryn Bigelow’s many fantastic action movies then these are the commentaries for you:33 Things We Learned from the Hurt Locker Commentary – #8Bigelow used the Phantom camera to give “a sense of the roiling mass of air preceding any kind of detonation and hence the rocks lifting off the ground.” She says the camera can shoot ten to twenty thousand frames per second and “kind of unpack those events in a sort of granular way.” She’s such a nerd. Saving The Best Till Last – SchwarzeneggerIf you’ve not seen this compilation of the best of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s DVD commentary for Total Recall then you’re in for a treat. Not so much filmmaking wisdom, more filmmaking say-what-you-see. Funny stuff!last_img read more


first_imgA day after opposition parties hinted that the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) could be part of the larger front to take on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena alliance in the Assembly polls, MNS chief Raj Thackeray reportedly held a meeting with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Tuesday evening.The meeting, which took place at Mr. Pawar’s residence, lasted for about 45 minutes. Earlier on Tuesday Opposition parties had agreed to keep the Congree-NCP on track for the Assembly polls, despite the drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls. The opposition leaders had said that while there was no discussion on making MNS a part of the opposition front, it did not write-off the possibility. The meeting between Mr. Thackeray and Mr. Pawar is an indication that the MNS could be part of the opposition alliance and contest Assembly polls. However, MNS and NCP leaders said they did not have any idea on the discussion between two leaders. “If the meeting has taken place, then it is between the two top leaders of the each party and we have no details,” said NCP’s national spokesperson Nawab Malik. Both leaders had several meeting prior to Lok Sabha polls. The MNS did not contest the Lok Sabha polls, but Mr. Thackeray campaigned against the BJP, holding several rallies which drew crowds.However, the saffron alliance won 41 of the 48 seats in the State. The Congress and NCP could win only five seats together. The poll result was also seen as a failure of Mr. Thackeray as it was claimed that he failed to convert his party’s votes in favour of the opposition.last_img read more


first_imgTwo-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Stanley Cup: Bounce here, bounce there and Blues, Bruins now tied 2-2 THE LAST TIME: The United States won the last World Cup in 2015. Carli Lloyd scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to help give the Americans a 5-2 victory over Japan for their third overall World Cup title, most for any nation since the tournament was introduced in 1991. England was a surprising third-place finisher in Canada.VAR: In March, FIFA approved the use of video review for the World Cup in France. The Video Assistant Referee system, or VAR, was used at the men’s World Cup in Russia last year.PRIZE MONEY: The prize money for the World Cup will be $30 million, of which $4 million will go to the federation of the champion. While the total is double the prize money for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, it is a fraction of the $400 million in prize money for last year’s men’s World Cup, of which $38 million went to champion France. FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, says prize money for the 2022 men’s World Cup will be $440 million.TICKET FIASCO: Some fans who ordered tickets to World Cup matches were surprised last month when they discovered their seats were not together. The issue was especially problematic for families bringing young children. After an outcry on social media, FIFA said it would work with the local organizing committee to resolve the issues.Some fans recently reported tickets that had been delivered electronically were no longer available, with the message: “FIFA and the LOC are currently working on improving the seating arrangements for certain orders for a limited number of matches. If your order is affected, please expect to receive a dedicated communication shortly.”TOO MANY TOURNAMENTS: FIFA has also been criticized for scheduling the World Cup final on the same day as the Copa America final in Rio and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago. U.S. coach Jill Ellis pointedly said: “In my own personal opinion, playing three big matches in one day isn’t supporting the women’s game. So, there you go.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Twenty-eight members of the current player pool filed the lawsuit on March 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, alleging “institutionalized gender discrimination” that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men’s national team.Because the lawsuit is still in the early stages, it’s likely no significant movement will be made until the team returns home.Megan Rapinoe was asked whether the pay issue puts more pressure on the team — which will already be facing a strong field looking to topple the three-time World Cup winners.“I think that the huge media splash of the lawsuit is behind us and we’re obviously focused on the World Cup,” Rapinoe said. “But also it’s like this is our life, and there are a lot of things that we have to grapple and deal with: Family, friends, partners, media, pressures, games, World Cup, travel. So it’s just kind of just one more thing. This team always has a lot of media attention, and we’ve always had a lot of things on our plate so it’s not like it’s anything new, or all of a sudden we’re getting all the more attention. It’s sort of the same for us.”The 24-team tournament will be played at nine stadiums across France over the course of the next month, with the final set for July 7 in Lyon.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP FILE – In this July 5, 2015, file photo, United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after the U.S. beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia. The U.S. national team, ranked No. 1 globally, will try to defend its title in soccer’s premier tournament, which kicks off on June 7. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)The world’s best player won’t be at the Women’s World Cup but the world’s best team will be, with both sides taking a stand for equality.The U.S. national team, ranked No. 1 globally, will try to defend its title in soccer’s premier tournament, which kicks off Friday in Paris. While the Americans make their way around France for the monthlong event, back at home they’re all part of a lawsuit that accuses U.S. Soccer of gender discrimination.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meanwhile, Ada Hegerberg, the first female Ballon d’Or winner for the world’s top player, won’t be accompanying Norway’s national team. She stepped away in 2017 because of what she perceives to be a general disregard for women’s soccer by the country’s federation. The crux of her frustration is the uneven pace of progress and strategy in the women’s game.Hegerberg, 23, is at the top of her game. She had a hat trick for Lyon in its 4-1 win over Barcelona in the recent Women’s Champions League final. In domestic games, she has 211 goals in 208 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We are happy for this debate to raise attention and respect for women’s soccer in the world, and I do view it as a big change-maker.” said Lise Klaveness, sporting director for the Norwegian Football Federation, “But I just wish she was in our team.”The U.S. team hopes to collectively be a difference-maker, too.last_img read more


first_imgThe Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jalpaiguri has released an employment notification inviting interested and eligible candidates to apply for the positions of teaching and non-teaching staff. Vacancy details:Name of the posts: PGT (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, commerce, Economics, English, Hindi),TGT (Hindi, English, Maths, Science, Social Science, Sanskrit) Computer instructorVocational teachers (Music & Dance Coach, Sports & Games Coach, Yoga Teacher, Art & Craft Teacher)PRTDoctor (Part Time)/ NurseEducational counsellorEligibility criteria:Educational qualification: The interested candidates should possess Master’s degree with 50 percent marks in aggregate in concern subject with B.Ed for post number 1, and graduation with 50 percent marks in aggregate in concern subject for post number 2. Please see the notification in the official website for post wise details. Age limit: The upper age limit of the candidates must not exceed 65 years. Selection procedure: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in interview.How to apply: The candidates can send their application in prescribed format along with bio-data mentioning contact number and residential address clearly (with one copy of recent colour passport size photograph) and self-attested photo copy of all certificates and testimonials in an envelope that should be labelled as “Post applied for” by hand or by registered post to ‘Kendriya Vidyalaya Sevoke Road, PO-Salugara, Dist- Jalpaiguri, West Bengal – 734008’ on or before February 19.  Important dates: The last date for the receipt of application is February 19.Date of interview: February 23 and 24Venue: Kendriya Vidyalaya Sevoke Road, Salugara.Click here to get the latest government jobs in India.advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgVirat Kohli, eight years after his debut, is already challenging batting greats Despite spending just eight years in international cricket, Virat Kohli is already giving several batting greats a run for their records.Faf du Plessis disputes ball-tampering verdict, denies cheatingDu Plessis pleaded not guilty but was found to have altered the condition of the ball using an artificial substance and was fined 100 percent of his second Test match fee.BCCI furious after ICC penalises women’s team for not playing PakistanThere are possibilities that Dhoni and Co. might not play Champions Trophy in protest against the women cricketers being made “soft targets” in the name of rules and regulations.Ricky Ponting interested in Australia’s chairman of selectors roleRicky Ponting has emerged as a possible candidate to replace Rod Marsh, who quit as chairman of selectors following Australia’s string of heavy ODI and Test defeats to South Africa.Dortmund break Champions League record, Real and Leicester advance to last 16Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warsaw 8-4 victory to break the record for goals scored in a Champions League match, overtaking Monaco’s thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna 8-3 in 2003.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover today reduced prices of its entire vehicle range in India on an average by 7 per cent to pass on benefit of reduced tax incidence under GST.The company said it is fully geared up for the new tax regime and its vehicles will be available under the new prices with immediate effect from any of its 25 retail outlets across India.”On an average, on the basis of ex-showroom Delhi prices, the reduction in the prices of our vehicles across the range will be around 7 per cent,” Jaguar Land Rover India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri told PTI.The Jaguar portfolio in India includes XE with a starting price of Rs 34.64 lakh, XF starting at Rs 44.89 lakh, F-PACE Rs 67.37 lakh onward and XJ with a starting point of Rs 97.39 lakh (ex?showroom prices across India).On the other hand, the Land Rover range includes the Discovery Sport starting at Rs 40.04 lakh, Range Rover Evoque at Rs 42.37 lakh upward, Range Rover Sport beginning at Rs 89.44 lakh and Range Rover with a starting price point of Rs 1.59 crore (ex-showroom in India).Under the new GST, large luxury cars and SUVs with engine capacity of over 1,500 cc are slated to attract a 15 per cent cess over and above peak rate of 28 per cent, thereby bringing down the overall tax incidence compared to around 50 per cent under the previous taxation system.Asked about the companys preparedness of the new system, Suri said: “We are absolutely ready. We have been working on this for the last 8-9 months to be ready. Although we had to modify some of the earlier plans closer to GST implementation, even our partners and supply chain is ready.”advertisementHe said that with the GST regime kicking in, the company expects reduction in transportation time for its vehicles from the companys Pune facility to different parts of the country. PTI RKL ARDlast_img read more


first_imgInterface Concept announced that the ComEth4510a, a 6U OpenVPX Gigabit & 10/40 Gigabit L3+ Ethernet switch and IP Router, has been successfully integrated by Thales in radar applications. The ComEth4510a Ethernet switch provides a wide selection of 10/40 GbE interfaces together with high-speed switching capability (up to 664Gb/s) that significantly increase networking performances, required in defense and industrial application systems.Each control and data plane is endowed with two independent switching matrices. The ComEth4510a switch features highly flexible L2/L3 forwarding, classification and policy engine. IC’s Switchware dedicated management software not only provides many features such as IPV6 support, RIPng, OSPF v3… but offers an easy-to-use graphical interface making high network management simple.IC develops both hardware and middleware with “open” functions providing real benefits to customers in terms of product customization and technical support reactivity and reliability. IC’s highly skilled engineering team is deeply involved in supporting and accompanying customers during their systems integration and deployment phases.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous TI: connecting building, factory and grid via Thread, Zigbee, Bluetooth 5 and Sub-1 GHzNext Tackling IoT system interoperabilitylast_img read more


first_imgThe Indian women’s badminton team is out of the medal race in the 2018 Asian Games as they lost 1-3 to Japan in the Women’s Team quarterfinal event in Jakarta on Monday.An inconsistent Saina Nehwal saved four match points before losing to Nozomi Okuhara after PV Sindhu’s gritty win over world number one Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, as India crashed out.It was always going to be a close affair between Sindhu and Yamaguchi but the Indian prevailed in the tight opening singles 21-18 21-19.Asian Games 2018 Day 2 Live UpdatesSindhu, who took 41 minutes to put India ahead, had also beaten Yamaguchi at the recent World Championship on the way to the final.N Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sunil struggled to contain unforced errors and lost tamely 15-21 6-21 to Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, allowing the Japanese to make it 1-1.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGEIn the crucial second women’s singles, Saina made a dramatic comeback and saved four match points in the second game, but eventually lost 11-21 25-23 16-21 after battling for one hour and 11 minutes.Saina initially struggled to contain her unforced errors while Okuhara was disciplined. The Indian hit almost everything either over the line or on to the net but still made a stunning comeback.She, though, could not take advantage of the momentum and lost five points in a row from 16-16 in the decider to lose the match to Okuhara, who felt the heat towards the end but was helped by the Indian’s inconsistency.advertisementIn the must-win fourth rubber, Sindhu and Ashwini Ponappa lost 13-21 12-21 to Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, who were solid with their defense.KABADDI WOMEN’S TEAM VICTORYThe Indian women’s kabaddi team registered their second win at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games as they defeated Thailand 33-23 here on Monday.Led by raider Payel Chaudhari, the Indian eves rode on their attack to lead the first half 12-10.They also dominated the second half as their raiders were successful in breaking the opponent’s weak defence and the team finished the game 33-23.India had earlier crushed Japan 43-12 in their campaign opener on Sunday.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) has downgraded its forecast of consolidated financial results for fiscal year ending March 2016 announced in January amid worsening conditions in the industry.The company said it expects to log JPY 50bn loss (USD 445 million) considerably pushed down from JPY 5 bn profit announced in January.“Due to the losses arisen from implementation of business structural reform in dry bulk business, plus additional loss on valuation of investment securities, and so on, we made large downward revision in net income attributable to owners of parent for the full year from the previous forecast, which amounts to roughly 50 billion yen loss as aforementioned,” the company added.Image Courtesy: K LineAccording to K Line, the downward decision was prompted by the more “sluggish market than expected in dry bulk business, and also no progress in freight rate restoration in containership business.”The downturn in the market is ascribed to the slowdown in the Chinese economy and deterioration of emerging economies with fall in resource prices, along with the expanded imbalance between supply and demand in shipping capacity.As a result the company has embarked on a business structural reform in dry bulk business and a fundamental review of the management’s plans.” In response to our business environment facing such structural changes, we determined to perform business structural reform to accelerate the rationalization of “K” Line Group’s fleet sizes, mainly small and medium-size vessels to reduce the exposure to risks from market conditions. We estimate roughly 50 billion yen of losses for this purpose, consisting of additional disposal of some of our own fleet, early termination of charter agreements, impairment loss of some of our dry bulk vessels, and so on,” the company said.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement It’s been a big year for Amanda Parris. Her second season as host of CBC TV’s Exhibitionists started October 9, she debuted her R&B-focused CBC Radio 2 show Marvin’s Room, which returns on Friday (November 4), and she co-hosted this year’s Polaris Prize gala. Parris is also the co-founder of Lost Lyrics, an alternative education organization. She talks to NOW about exploring Canada through the lens of some of our most daring artists, the powerful history of R&B and what keeps her inspired.You’ve just started your second season on Exhibitionists. What does the TV show explore?If I may be so bold, I have to say that Exhibitionists is unlike any other show currently on Canadian television. We travel the country and introduce viewers to artists in every medium: poets, filmmakers, dancers, sculptors, photographers, you name it. We’re interested in people who are pushing the limits, diverse creators who are not afraid to be innovative and disruptive. And what’s the inspiration behind Marvin’s Room?Two things: It’s the name of a recording studio created by the late great soul singer Marvin Gaye. It’s also a salute to the Drake song of the same name (which Drake recorded at Marvin’s Room). It’s a nod to the great soul sounds of the past but is also creating space for the R&B of tomorrow. Each week I introduce listeners to the songs with stories that hopefully heighten their interest in the music. Motown is golden for that – there’s a treasure trove of stories. It’s so much fun to create a space each week for nostalgia as well as discovery. I see Marvin’s Room as a space to bridge generation gaps and also just remind people of what an amazing genre R&B is. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Facebook Login/Register With: The Junos will open with a performance from electronic group A Tribe Called Red, before other big acts such as Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan and Shawn Mendes take the stage. Advertisement OTTAWA — The curtain rises tonight on the Juno Awards show — and the annual celebration of standout Canadian music promises to offer at least a few surprises. The Junos air on CTV and will stream online at CTV.ca.BY DAVID FRIEND – CANADIAN PRESS Co-hosts Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters will set the tone for show, which will be broadcast live from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Among the highlights, Feist is slated to pay tribute to the late Leonard Cohen with an arrangement of one of his classic songs. And Juno organizers are also keeping the lid on a mystery guest who will close the show. Twitter Awards will be handed out in categories that include album, group and breakthrough artist of the year. Viewers will also have their say with the Juno Fan Choice award.last_img read more


first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsA Liberal MP says an NDP idea to add a reference to Indigenous treaties to the oath MPs swear before taking office is “kinda cute.”Liberal MP Hedy Fry said the idea, proposed by NDP Cree MP Romeo Saganash, wouldn’t accomplish much if implemented.“I don’t know that it has any clout to it,” said Fry. “It’s going to be the governments that are going to have to honour and respect that, but it’s kinda cute.”The text of the oath is contained in schedule 5 of the Constitution and every elected MP must take the oath before sitting and voting in the House of Commons.Earlier this week, four NDP MPs recognized the treaties signed between Indigenous Peoples and the Crown during their swearing-in ceremonies.The MPs Pierre Nantel, Georgina Jolibois and Niki Ashton chose to follow Romeo Saganash’s historic lead in recognizing the treaties during their swearing-in.It’s a move that the new Minister of Veterans Affairs Kent Hehr supports.“I like the way they’re going and I like the way they’re thinking, I think we have to take that into a whole government approach,” he said.Conservative MP Tony Clement wasn’t so supportive.When asked what he thought about the change, he said, “I’ve already taken my oath, the oath is sovereign.”Saganash says he doesn’t believe it necessarily requires a constitutional change to amend the text. He says it remains unclear whether the change could be done through federal legislation, or if it would require the re-opening of the Constitution.afrancis@aptn.ca@APTNAFrancislast_img read more


29 May 2009The United Nations health agency today called on governments to require that all tobacco packages include pictures to warn consumers of the ill effects of tobacco use, which kills more than five million people every year. The call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO) comes ahead of World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May, which this year focuses on decreasing tobacco use – the leading preventable cause of death – by increasing public awareness of its dangers. Studies reveal that even among people who believe tobacco is harmful, few understand its specific health risks, WHO noted in a news release. Despite this, health warnings on tobacco packages in most countries do not provide information to warn consumers of the risks. WHO added that effective health warnings, especially those that include pictures, have been proven to motivate users to quit and to reduce the appeal of tobacco for those who are not yet addicted. “Health warnings on tobacco packages are a simple, cheap and effective strategy that can vastly reduce tobacco use and save lives,” said WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Ala Alwan.“But they only work if they communicate the risk. Warnings that include images of the harm that tobacco causes are particularly effective at communicating risk and motivating behavioural changes, such as quitting or reducing tobacco consumption.”Studies carried out on the use of warnings employing both pictures and text in Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand reveal “remarkably consistent” findings on their positive impact.But, according to WHO, only 10 per cent of the world’s people live in countries that require warnings with pictures on tobacco packages.“In order to survive, the tobacco industry needs to divert attention from the deadly effects of its products,” said Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative. “It uses multi-million dollar promotional campaigns, including carefully crafted package designs, to ensnare new users and keep them from quitting.”“Health warnings on tobacco packages can be a powerful tool to illuminate the stark reality of tobacco use,” Dr. Bettcher added. read more


“As a woman and a mother, I have a direct experience with what parenthood is about and I appreciate how precious every child is to their parent,” Ms. Lennox said in an interview with the UN News Centre.“That is something that is sacred and if we as mothers are not given the tools to survive and cope, educate and nourish, and protect our own children, there’s something really wrong.”About 16 million women over the age of 15 are living with HIV worldwide and in sub-Saharan Africa, women make up almost two-thirds of people living with HIV, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In many parts of the world, women have a higher risk of HIV than men.Ms. Lennox, who was appointed as an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS in June, is no stranger to social activism, having worked with organizations such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and Greenpeace.But it was a trip to South Africa in 2003 as one of the artists invited to perform at the launch of the 46664 Foundation – Nelson Mandela’s global HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention campaign – that led her to get involved more deeply with the issue.It was during that trip and subsequent visits to South Africa that Ms. Lennox learned more about the toll of HIV and AIDS on the country, which Mr. Mandela described to her as a ‘genocide,’ and visited clinics and orphanages to see the impact of the pandemic first hand. “When I left South Africa after those experiences that I’d had, I just understood that this was something that I had to speak up about,” she said. “It was just something that affected me deeply.”According to UNAIDS, South Africa has the world’s largest population of people living with HIV. An estimated 5.7 million people in the country are living with the virus, of whom approximately 3.2 million are women and 280,000 are children up to the age of 14.The more Ms. Lennox learned about the issue, the more she felt the need to do more “hands on” work. In October 2007, she launched her own “SING” campaign, working to raise awareness and support for women and children affected by the AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa. She is also a member of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which is a grassroots campaign based in South Africa that works for the rights of people with HIV and AIDS. In addition, she was recently appointed an envoy for HIV and AIDS in her native Scotland. In her new role with UNAIDS Ms. Lennox will highlight issues such as gender inequality, violence against women and stigmatization, as well as the need to empower women and girls so that they can better protect themselves against HIV and AIDS. Last month she joined UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé in Washington for the Women Deliver 2010 conference, at which they called for greater investment in women to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 5 on improving maternal health. They also repeated the call for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. More than 90 per cent of infant and young child infections occur through mother-to-child transmission, either during pregnancy, labour and delivery, or breastfeeding. Without intervention, about one in three children born to mothers living with HIV will become infected, according to UNAIDS.Later this month, Ms. Lennox will join her UN partners at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policymakers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.Ms. Lennox stressed that leadership is crucial to overcoming the obstacles to preventing HIV and AIDS, and to effectively addressing the pandemic.“I think when you have leadership that is prepared to tackle the issues, to work with civil society, to work with government and to work with the system… then you have a chance.”She noted in particular that if South Africa can make headway in addressing HIV and AIDS, it could serve as “a beacon of hope” for the entire continent. 1 July 2010As lead singer of the band Eurythmics and a solo artist, Annie Lennox is known around the world for a successful music career that spans over three decades. In her new role as a celebrity advocate for the United Nations, she is giving voice to millions of women and girls suffering with HIV and AIDS, an issue close to the heart of this mother of two daughters. read more


Margot Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, said that such judgments not only infringe on the freedom of speech and of the media but also stifle survivors of sexual violence from speaking publicly about the crimes committed against them. “Regardless of the facts of the case, Sudanese journalists have a right to report on rape and other forms of sexual violence,” she said in a statement. “Rapists – not reporters – must face criminal charges in the Sudan,” she added. “Only by addressing sexual violence openly can we have any chance of breaking what has been called history’s greatest silence and, ultimately, rooting it out.” Last week a court in Khartoum sentenced Amal Habani, a journalist from the independent daily Al-Jarida who was covering the case of alleged rape of an activist by security forces following an anti-Government protest earlier this year. The court reportedly sentenced her to pay 2,000 Sudanese pounds ($600) or go to jail for one month, and she chose to go to jail. Her sentence is the second ruling since prosecutors launched charges of defamation against several Sudanese journalists for writing about the alleged rape. Another female reporter at the daily, Fatima Ghazali, was given the same sentence earlier this month. She was imprisoned for one month after refusing to pay the fine, according to media reports. 3 August 2011A senior United Nations official today voiced her concern after a Sudanese court jailed a journalist for covering the case of an alleged rape of an activist by security forces, stressing that it is the perpetrators that must face criminal charges, not those reporting on such crimes. read more


A rift has emerged in the newly formed shadow cabinet of the joint opposition with opposition Parliamentarian Lohan Ratwatte saying he will not be part of the shadow cabinet.Ratwatte was among the 50 member joint opposition shadow cabinet named yesterday, headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Ratwatte however said today that he was not informed of being included in a shadow cabinet and he wanted his name removed. (Colombo Gazette)


The secrets of a teenager’s First World War diary were finally unlocked after his family’s internet appeal to decode the Pitman shorthand.As a teenage boy, growing up in Hull in 1915, a 15-year-old Stanley Hooker used shorthand to document his thoughts and movements in a small pocket diary.However Mr Hooker, who lived in Barmston Street, Hull, was killed aged 18 on November 6th, 1918, having enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers.  For over 100 years the diary has remained in the family but was never read, due to the fact no one in his family read shorthand.It was earlier this month when Mr Hooker’s great-great-niece, Amy Abethell, 38, found the diary at her father’s home in Hull that she turned to Twitter for help in order to make sense of the written symbols. In one diary post the author wrote about a job rejection he received for a shorthand typist role at a bank, suggesting why he had chosen to learn the skill, which was typically used by secretaries and journalists.  Other diary entries included the everyday mundanities of life. “Another alright day. My cold is not better. Mrs Henderson didn’t come as it was raining,” one read.He also wrote about friends visiting and the state of a cold he was suffering. Amy Abethell took to twitter for help in deciphering her great-great-uncle’s shorthand Credit:WESSEX NEWS AGENCY However Ms Baird, a former shorthand teacher, observed Mr Hooker’s style had been “challenging”.“It doesn’t look like there’s anything secretive in his writing which is quite common but some parts are difficult to read,” she said.Ms Baird has since been sent some more pages of the diary to decipher and aims to transcribe one to two entries a day.She said: “Stanley’s shorthand is particularly challenging. He was only about 15 when he wrote it so I suspect he was learning at the time.”Ms Abethell added that decoding the diary had been like seeing him “coming to life over 100 years later” Calling short hand writers. This is my great great uncles diary. He died 6/11/1918. Any ideas as to what it says? pic.twitter.com/L3uFEOF499— Amy Abethell (@AmyAbethell) February 9, 2019 Ms Abethell, from Nottingham, wrote: “Calling shorthand writers. This is my great great uncle’s diary. He died on 6/11/1918. Any ideas as to what it says? There’s quite a few pages in the book.”After much excitement on Twitter she cautioned that it “might be just a shopping list”.Fortunately 64-year-old pitman expert Kathryn Baird, of Warmington, Northamptonshire, was able to decipher the code for Ms Abethell, which revealed diary entries about having a cold and doing some shopping. 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. Amy Abethell took to twitter for help in deciphering her great-great-uncle's shorthand  read more


first_img Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 3:50 PM Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOSexton converted for a 14-10 lead before Earls departed with that injury as Best was applauded off, and Ireland were very much in the mood now.Dave Kilcoyne, on for Cian Healy at half-time, led the Irish scrum to a huge penalty near the halfway line and they went back into the Welsh 22 for another extended period of aggressive pressure that concluded with lock Ryan battering over to score in the right-hand five-metre channel.With Schmidt having emptied his bench and The Fields ringing out around the Aviva, Ireland just failed to put the cherry on top in the closing minutes against 14 Welshmen – Adam Beard having been binned – but this was a pleasing afternoon nonetheless.Ireland scorers:Tries: Rob Kearney, Tadhg Furlong, James RyanConversions: Johnny Sexton [2 from 3]Wales scorers:Tries: Hadleigh ParkesConversions: Leigh Halfpenny [1 from 1]Penalties: Leigh Halfpenny [1 from 2]IRELAND: Rob Kearney; Jordan Larmour, Robbie Henshaw, Bundee Aki, Keith Earls (Garry Ringrose ’53); Johnny Sexton (Jack Carty ’64), Conor Murray (Luke McGrath ’72); Cian Healy (HIA – Dave Kilcoyne ‘HT), Rory Best (captain) (Sean Cronin ’53), Tadhg Furlong (Andrew Porter ’57); James Ryan, Jean Kleyn (Iain Henderson ’53); CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier (Rhys Ruddock ’59), Jack Conan.WALES: Leigh Halfpenny (Liam Williams ’66); George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Rhys Patchell (Dan Biggar ’23), Tomos Williams (Gareth Davies ’70); Wyn Jones (Nicky Smith ’60), Elliot Dee (Ken Owens ’60), Tomas Francis (Dillon Lewis ’60); Jake Ball (Adam Beard ’75 – yellow card ’78), Alun Wyn Jones (captain); Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty (Josh Navidi ’60).Referee: Mathieu Raynal [France].  https://the42.ie/4799855 Ireland head to Japan on top of the world after convincing win over Wales Joe Schmidt and Rory Best signed off at the Aviva Stadium with an encouraging victory. 61,179 Views Short URL Sep 7th 2019, 3:50 PM Share85 Tweet Email3 107 Comments Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Ireland 19Wales 10Murray Kinsella reports from the Aviva Stadium AN IDEAL PARTING gift in many ways.Ireland reminded themselves and their supporters of their quality in their final World Cup warm-up before flying to Japan by scoring three tries in a convincing victory over Warren Gatland’s Wales, moving into number one in World Rugby’s rankings for the first time ever as a result.The victory also meant that head coach Joe Schmidt and captain Rory Best tasted success in what was their final game at the Aviva Stadium before moving on post-World Cup.  Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBest received a huge standing ovation as he was replaced in the 53rd minute of this impressive Ireland win, one that suggests that what happened at Twickenham three weeks ago was a genuine blip in the midst of a heavy pre-season.Energetic and focused here in Dublin, Schmidt’s men delivered an outstanding defensive performance and clinically took their chances in the Wales 22. This was much more like the Ireland of 2018 and their head coach will hope it’s a sign of even better to come in their World Cup opener against Scotland on 22 September.It wasn’t perfect against the Welsh, and a second-half injury to Keith Earls is worrying for Ireland. The Munster man was making his first appearance of the season but had to limp off, rejecting a lift on the stretcher. Cian Healy – just back from an ankle issue – was also forced off at half-time, seemingly due to a head injury.More positively, Johnny Sexton enjoyed a positive 64-minute outing in the number 10 shirt as he made his return, while Robbie Henshaw was superb at outside centre in his opening run-out of the season.Indeed, Henshaw’s powerful midfield partnership with Bundee Aki was among the highlights of the Irish performance, while the likes of Josh van der Flier, and try-scoring pair James Ryan – who was man of the match – and Tadhg Furlong impressed in the forward pack.Ireland’s lineout had two early failings but, with Ryan calling, recovered to deliver some clean possession, as the scrum also provided a clean platform at important times in the contest.Rob Kearney was the other Irish try-scorer in an assured showing at 15, while the bench impact from the likes of Dave Kilcoyne and Rhys Ruddock was punchy. All in all, this was thoroughly encouraging from Ireland’s point of view. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOWales had a fine opportunity to open the scoring in the second minute, after Jean Kleyn edged offside, but fullback Leigh Halfpenny was wide with what looked to be a straightforward chance off the tee. After Sexton shook off his rust by kicking the 22m restart out on the full, Ireland’s defence came to the fore, featuring some superb backfield coverage by Rob Kearney, a big strip from the freakish James Ryan and several excellent reads by Robbie Henshaw.Cian Healy and Kleyn contributed an important choke tackle turnover too, but there were early lineout struggles for Ireland as the Welsh picked off captain Best’s first two throws out of touch – though he pounced for a breakdown turnover penalty after the second.Ireland finally got their hands on the ball and sparked into life in an attacking sense as the game entered the second quarter, the sharp Aki making a half-break and offload to Henshaw before right wing Jordan Larmour progressed into the 22 and Wales were pinged for offside.Ireland went into the right corner and though their maul was repelled, the likes of Tadg Furlong and Josh van der Flier carrying hard before Stander went right over the top of Wales out-half Rhys Patchell, providing quick ball for Sexton to send Kearney bursting outside Jon Davies and through Halfpenny for a clinical score.Sexton converted for a 7-0 lead and with Patchell forced off with a head injury sustained as Stander trampled over him, Gatland had to send Dan Biggar onto the pitch far earlier than planned. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOSchmidt would have been disappointed with how Ireland attempted to consolidate their lead, as a tackle in the air from Larmour allowed Halfpenny to reduce the deficit and then Biggar very nearly scored from an intercept. The Welshman picked off Sexton’s pass on an Ireland lineout attack and nearly sprinted home from the halfway line, only for the hard-working Henshaw to wonderfully track back and tackle him, with Kearney sliding in to prevent Biggar from grounding as he rolled over the tryline. It was a stunning defensive save, but Ireland couldn’t stop the Welsh from the ensuing five-metre scrum, as Hadleigh Parkes picked a superb line off scrum-half Tomos Williams to bust in between Aki and Henshaw for a try that Halfpenny converted. Schmidt’s men had one final attacking possession just before the break but after a van der Flier linebreak, they clocked up a total of 17 unproductive phases that saw Sexton smashed by Jake Ball just after passing, then choke tackled to end the half.Trailing 10-7, Ireland had the brighter start to the second half and some hungry work from Larmour gave them a prime attacking platform in the Welsh 22, as he chased a Sexton bomb and then won a turnover penalty at the subsequent breakdown. James Ryan was held up as Ireland then hammered carries at the Welsh tryline, but they eventually smashed over from the five-metre scrum as surges from Henshaw and Ryan were followed by Furlong thundering through Wales scrum-half Williams for the try.  By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgWhat delights dad on Father’s Day? It used to be the gift of a necktie or hankie, so we’re told. And maybe a round of golf plus a beer. While there’s nothing wrong with any of that — to each dad his own, of course — here we are in the enlightened 21st century, we hope, when the real diversity of American dads has grown far past stereotypes.(Show of hands, dads yearning for Father’s Day ties? Necktie dads? Anyone?)You don’t have to go far to find all sorts of fun for Clark County dads this Father’s Day weekend. Sports and beer dads are covered as always, no problem. But so are arts-and-culture dads, sepia-toned history dads, train dads, doggy dads — and even those green, outdoorsy, make-the-world-a-better-place dads. No matter what type of dad you’ve got, there’s a local way to delight him this weekend.• Bike dad: This just in — Bike Clark County, the Vancouver nonprofit agency and shop that takes road safety seriously, has a fun side too. BCC just launched a bike rental program that aims to send you rolling around town at the affordable rate of $20 for half a day or $35 for a whole day (plus a hefty but refundable deposit). Bike Clark County’s “Community Hub” shop is at 1604 Main St. Call 360-450-7145. • Art dad: June 17 is Dad’s Day at the Gorge’s grandest, unlikeliest fine arts outpost, the Maryhill Museum of Art. Take a scenic 100-mile drive to visit chess sets from around the globe, American and European paintings, sculptures by Monet, Native American arts and crafts and a photographic history of the Columbia River Highway. On June 17 all dads get free museum admission and a free beer or other beverage with lunch at the museum cafe at 35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale. Visit www.maryhillmuseum.org.• Theater dad: Magenta Theater’s latest cultural comedy, a French farce of the swinging 1960s that’s been adapted into English, opens tonight. In “Boeing Boeing,” a Parisian playboy tries juggling Italian, German and American fiancées — three beautiful, smart airline hostesses with frequent stopovers at his apartment. What could possibly go wrong? Tickets are $22 at the theater door at 1108 Main St., Vancouver. The Magenta box office is at 360-635-4358; visit www.magentatheater.com. “Boeing Boeing” ends its run on June 30.last_img read more


first_imgWilfried Zaha has rejected Crystal Palace’s latest contract offer, opening the door for another club to swoop in and snag the highly-rated winger.According to Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace offered to increase Wilfried Zaha’s current weekly wage from €115.000 to €140.000 in an effort to keep their star man. It seems like a decent offer, but it was one that Zaha rejected in an attempt to force a move to a Champions League club.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino has been a long-time admirer of the 25-year-old and will look to pounce on the occasion. Palace rates Zaha at €85 million, similar to the price Leicester City tagged on Riyad Mahrez. However, the Algerian is set to join Manchester City for around €68 million and The Spurs are hoping to sign Zaha on a cut-price deal worth around €56 million.Crystal Palace will not let go off its prized asset easily. Zaha signed a new contract last May which would keep him at Selhurst Park until 2022. The Eagles will do anything to keep him. Chelsea are also interested in the in-demand forward, as they are also in the market for a winger.last_img read more