Exclusive Clay Aiken Talks Disabilities New Horizons And National Inclusion Project

first_imgClay Aiken will be honored at this weekend’s New Horizons Havana Nights Gala in Burbank, and talked with Look To The Stars about what the cause means to him.Congratulations on receiving the Celebrity Advocate Award from New Horizons! How will this honor continue to propel your advocacy for people with developmental disabilities?The Advocate Award highlights to an expanded audience the work that we have been doing at the National Inclusion Project. The inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all activities is the right thing to do and I appreciate their recognition of my involvement and the success we are achieving.You are a staunch supporter of people with developmental disabilities, you are also the founder of the National Inclusion Project. How was your passion for this cause born? During high school and college years I had the opportunity to work with summer camp programs at my local YMCA. As I worked with kids and could see the fun that they had and the friendships formed I noticed that we had a special camp for individuals with disabilities. I challenged this separation and asked why not include everyone together? The simple answer at the time was that we did not know how and that it would not work. I found the answers unacceptable and knew at that time I wanted to make a difference and include all kids. This experience was a key factor in my decision to major in special education.The National Inclusion Project’s initiative “Let’s All Play” is widely used across the nation. Congratulations on that! What makes this research based initiative unique? How is it changing lives and the perceptions of individuals with developmental disabilities?The uniqueness comes in the fact that we establish true partnership with organizations around the country. We don’t just write a check and we don’t just do a one-time training. We work closely with community organizations to give them the best possible resources so that they can successfully include individuals into their fantastic programs.We start with the mindset and beliefs that everyone can make a friend, everyone can participate, and everyone can be successful and then we equip professionals with best practices that make the implementation of those beliefs possible.The results have been overwhelmingly positive as entire organizations have seen their cultures change toward inclusion.You were once a special education teacher and you served on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. What are some legislative changes you’d like to see involving children and adults who have developmental disabilities?
ADA is celebrating 25 years this year. While being a landmark in legislation and setting the stage for some progress over the last several decades in this area, I think most understand that legislation can only go so far because you can’t force heart or culture change simply through a new law. I believe that we need to continue to educate leaders, teachers, parents, everyone about different abilities and how inclusion benefits society. Our “Let’s ALL Play” model has been implemented in over 120 programs across the country since 2008 and we see kids of all abilities participating and making friends.Viewers are starting to see an increase in the amount of people with developmental disabilities in television commercials, sitcoms, and on the big screens. What are your thoughts on this increased inclusion?It is overdue – all elements of media should reflect society and respect the value of individuals.What more can be done to decrease the gap between these individuals and the world?As society we owe everyone the opportunity to be included in life’s activities. Getting people off the sidelines, playing together, working together, we learn about differences and likeness. Participating together we will remove stigmas and friendships will be formed benefitting all for a lifetime. Together we are better!What should your fans and people in general understand about people with developmental disabilities?Take the opportunity to get to know someone with different abilities, your personal experience will be speak for itself. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to become friends and be a beacon for others.What keeps you motivated to be an avid supporter of not only people with developmental disabilities, but such a wide range of humanitarian causes?One of the most rewarding aspects of what we have been able to do at the National Inclusion Project is to open doors, to help provide opportunities for people of all abilities to be included. These experiences and the positive impact inspires myself and our entire team to work harder and try to do more.What advice do you have for your fans who want to support people with developmental disabilities or your fans who wish to become advocates/humanitarians?Many of my fans are already supporters and to them I extend my sincere appreciation. However, I would like to see all of the fans and their friends become supporters and advocates for inclusion. The National Inclusion Project’s mission is so much bigger and more important than just me and our team. We have made great strides but have only scratched the surface.To find out more about the New Horizons 2015 Gala, click hereCopyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Glenn Freys Charity Legacy

first_imgGlenn Frey – founding member of the Eagles – will be sorely missed in the worlds of music and philanthropy.The music of the Eagles is many things to many people, reminding some of their youth, and others of the canyons and deserts that make up the wild, untouched areas of America. And at the heart of it all was Glenn.“I’ve been helping kids — at-risk kids — for a long time,” he told The Desert Sun in 2010. “Thirty years. It seems like now times are even more troubled for young people.”The rock legend first became active in children’s charities in the 1990s, when he started hosting inner-city kids in Colorado each summer.Since then, Glenn was involved in a number of charity initiatives. He acted as honorary chairman for grand auctions for the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley, and in 2010 headlined Celebrity Fight Night XVI. He also supported events to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.With the Eagles, Glenn supported a massive number of charities, and did everything from signing guitars for charities such as the Alzheimer’s Association to playing gigs for conservation initiatives like the Walden Woods Project.He was quick with a joke and didn’t suffer fools, but it was always the kids in need that drove him to give back.Thanks Glenn. There’s a hole in the world tonight.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Cong BJP acting against SPBSP alliance Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP chief Mayawati Thursday accused the BJP and Congress of having a tacit understanding and unitedly working against the SP-BSP alliance. Congressmen think it is not a problem if BJP candidates win elections but SP-BSP alliance candidates should not win polls, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged. “Like BJP, Congress has started talking absurd about the SP-BSP alliance. It is clear that both (Cong and BJP) have a tacit understanding and are contesting against our alliance unitedly,” Mayawati said here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Addressing an election rally in Barabanki on Wednesday, Congress President Rahul Gandi had alleged that control of Mayawati and Akhilesh was in hands of PM Narendra Modi. “In the past five years, did the SP or BSP take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi directly? Did you hear any statement from Mayawati or Mulayam Singh Yadav? See, I am not scared of Narendra Modi. I don’t care. If someone is scared, it is Narendra Modi. But the controller of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav is in the hands of Narendra Modi,” Rahul had said.last_img read more

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Global fiscal stimulus funds could jumpstart world economy – UN report

The estimated $750 million – or some 1 per cent of current global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – could spur significant returns, including stimulating innovation and job growth, slashing greenhouse gas emissions and making strides towards curbing poverty. The 154-page “Global Green New Deal” report – written in consultation with experts from over two dozen UN and external organizations, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank – was released today as more than 100 Environment Ministers have converged in Nairobi, Kenya, for UNEP’s four-day Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, which began today. “Spent wisely and creatively [the stimulus funds] offer the chance to deal with the today”s immediate crises and begin focusing and framing a response to those on the horizon from future food shortages, natural resource scarcity, energy security and climate change,” said the agency’s Executive Director Achim Steiner. The new publication “represents an opportunity to accelerate towards innovation-led, low carbon, low waste Green Economy societies with decent employment prospects for many more millions of people,” he added. The Republic of Korea is putting nearly $40 billion – or 3 per cent of its GDP – towards its Green New Deal, which could generate almost 1 million new jobs, the report said. For its part, China is expected to spend close to $600 billion on a fiscal stimulus package, of which it will dedicate $140 billion – just under 2 per cent of its GDP – for green investments, adding to its $17 billion renewable energy sector which already employs some 1 million people. The United States will direct almost 1 per cent of its stimulus funds towards environmental restoration, making federal office buildings more energy-efficient, creating a smart power grid and other green measures. Also issued today at the Nairobi gathering was the UNEP Year Book 2009, which stresses the critical need for switching to a low-carbon green economy, spotlighting worrying trends, such as over 2 billion tonnes being generated worldwide annually and the number of cars on the road forecasted to double to 1.3 billion by 2050. But the Year Book also pointed out green progress being made, including the projected 30-40 per cent drop in emissions in the construction industry. 16 February 2009Investing one-third of the roughly $2.5 trillion planned stimulus funds in “greening” the global economy will give a large boost to efforts to lift the world out of recession, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released today. read more

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Marking World Habitat Day UN officials call for recharged urban planning

5 October 2009Mounting urban challenges – including climate change and unplanned development – highlight the need for revitalized and planning to meet the needs of city dwellers, top United Nations officials said today, marking World Habitat Day. Mounting urban challenges – including climate change and unplanned development – highlight the need for revitalized and planning to meet the needs of city dwellers, top United Nations officials said today, marking World Habitat Day.“Evidence from around the world suggests that governments at all levels are largely failing to address these challenges,” with hundreds of millions of city residents becoming ever more vulnerable to rising sea leaves and other climate-related hazards, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on his message for the Day.In both developing and developed countries, upmarket suburban areas and gated communities have increased in number while there has also been a simultaneous increase in slums, which he characterized as a “troubling trend.” This, the Secretary-General emphasized, has resulted in a growing divide between technologically advanced, well-serviced business sectors and areas experiencing declining industrial output.“Better, more equitable urban planning is essential,” he said. “New ideas from smart cities around the world are pointing the way toward sustainable urbanization.”Urban planning is central to achieving this goal, “but planning will work only where there is good urban governance and where the urban poor are brought into the decisions that affect their lives,” Mr. Ban stressed.For her part, Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), said that urban planning systems in many parts of the world have not adapted to the changing reality.“Indeed, they are often contributors to urban problems rather than tools for human and environmental improvement,” she said in a statement for the Day, whose theme this year is “Planning our Urban Future.”The blame for urban problems, however, cannot be placed solely on planners, likening that to “turning back the clock and going back in history to a time when no one could have foreseen the problems we now face,” Ms. Tibaijuka said.The private sector and individual citizens who often do not prioritize the public good in their actions, powerful economic interest, inadequate training and other factors have created conditions in which urban planning has not been successful.“In trying to correct these deficiencies, planning has opened itself to public participation and preference and to taking a more realistic view of the limits possible, while factoring in the resources likely to be available for implementation,” the UN-HABITAT head noted.A UN independent expert today said planning “with and for the poor” is crucial in the fight against climate change.“Disasters caused by extreme weather are not simply a result of natural events, but reflect also a failure of urban planning and development policies,” said Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, noting that some 1 billion people worldwide live in overcrowded conditions or in slums and other informal urban settlements, many of which are in areas prone to flooding or landslides.Cities without the necessary infrastructure, she pointed out, are more susceptible to climate-related disasters.“Land and housing for the poor should be placed in the center of urban planning in order to ensure the sustainability of cities,” Ms. Rolnik underscored. “Concerned communities need to be consulted and be allowed to participate in the decision-making process.”World Habitat Day will be celebrated around the globe with events such as a football match in Cameroon and a photo exhibition in Chile. read more

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UNICEF chief calls for urgent protection of children in Yemen

“The children of Yemen should be busy going back to school at this time of year. Instead, they face armed men rather than teachers, bullets instead of books,” UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement. “In this deepening humanitarian crisis, UNICEF calls for the urgent protection of women and children and a return to normal life so children can at least attend school in peace,” he added.According to the agency, at least 94 children have been killed and 240 wounded by gunshots or shelling since the clashes between security forces and protesters seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh began earlier this year. At least two were killed just this week.Mr. Lake urged all parties to do their utmost to spare civilians, especially women and children. “The crisis in Yemen has the biggest impact on the most vulnerable, children, many of whom need assistance now and require help in the longer term if they are to recover.”Malnutrition rates were “alarmingly high” in the country even before the current violence broke out, he noted, and its impact on the poorest people has only been compounded by rising food prices and collapsing basic health services. Of 3.6 million children under five years of age in Yemen, at least 43 per cent are underweight and 58 per cent are stunted.“The deadly combination of widespread poverty and malnutrition, especially among children, is sweeping the country. Child malnutrition rates are already well above emergency levels in parts of the country and are as bad as malnutrition rates in some of the worst countries in the world, which receive more international media attention,” said Mr. Lake.“The country is sinking deeper into a humanitarian crisis,” he added. “The people of Yemen need our attention and help now. There is not a moment to lose.”The clashes in Yemen are part of a wider wave of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa that has already toppled regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called numerous times on the Government and opposition groups in Yemen to engage with his special adviser, Jamal Benomar, to peacefully resolve the ongoing crisis in the country. 5 October 2011The head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for the urgent protection of children in Yemen who are being caught in the crossfire of the civil unrest that began earlier this year. read more

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UNbacked accord on hazardous chemicals considers adding all forms of asbestos

In 2001, the Interim Chemical Review Committee (ICRC) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade recommended that the five remaining forms of asbestos – amosite, actinolite, anthophyllite, tremolite and chrysotile – be added to the interim PIC list. One – crocidolite – is already listed.The weeklong tenth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee beginning in Geneva today will consider whether to accept the recommendation.The Convention was agreed to in 1998 under the auspices of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help governments, particularly in the developing world, prevent chemicals accidents and pollution. When it enters into force next year, governments will need to formally transfer asbestos and all other recent additions from the interim and voluntary PIC list to the Convention’s legally binding list.The attractions of asbestos include its high tensile strength, fibrous nature, resistance to heat, and inert chemistry, and it was once widely used as insulation for houses and specialized equipment but was eliminated in many countries when it was found that its tiny fibres were being inhaled into the lungs of workers and residents and caused cancer, other illnesses and death. It is still used in seals, gaskets, joints, brakes, armaments and other applications, although cost-effective substitutes are increasingly available for most applications.The meeting will also consider the pesticide DNOC, which is highly toxic to humans and poses a high risk to other organisms. Once widely used, DNOC and its salts (such as the ammonium salt, potassium salt and sodium salt) have been targeted for inclusion in the PIC procedure.The third group of substances under consideration are pesticides that are severely hazardous under conditions of use in developing countries, including dustable powder formulations that contain a mixture of pesticides: benomyl at or above 7 per cent, carbofuran at or above 10 per cent and thiram at or above 15 per cent. These formulations were found to cause severe problems in peanut cultivation in Senegal, including five deaths. read more

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Annan congratulates antilandmine activists but warns of continuing danger

In a message delivered by Agnes Marcaillou of the Department of Disarmament Affairs to a meeting in Croatia of parties to the Convention on the prohibition of anti-personnel mines and on their destruction, Mr. Annan said: “After meetings in Africa, Central America and Asia, this week’s meeting in a mine-affected country located in the heart of Europe underscores the magnitude of the problem.”Since the Convention came into force in March 1999, remarkable progress has been achieved, with 147 countries having ratified or adhered to the Convention and most of the States Parties having met their obligation to destroy mine stockpiles, he noted. “Production, sale and transfer of anti-personnel mines have almost stopped. Large mined areas have been cleared. Victims are receiving more and better assistance, rehabilitation and reintegration. A system has been put into practice for assisting the Parties in fulfilling treaty obligations,” he told the sixth meeting of representatives of parties to the Convention.The Convention has given rise to unique cooperation among the States Parties, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and civil society as a whole. “Rarely have we witnessed the international community so willing to speak with one voice. Rarely have we seen an international partnership so determined to bring an end to human suffering,” Mr. Annan said. “Yet anti-personnel mines continue to kill, maim and threaten the lives of civilians and the long-lasting humanitarian impact of these inhuman weapons continues to deny communities the opportunity to rebuild long after the end of the conflicts,” he added.He called on parties to the Convention to fulfil all of their obligations, including completing the destruction of stockpiles of anti-personnel landmines, clearing mined areas within the deadlines and assisting affected States and victims in need. read more

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Beef recall plant to be taken over by subsidiary of Brazilian company

Beef recall plant to be taken over by subsidiary of Brazilian company Weeks of worry and uncertainty in a southern Alberta community turned in a single moment to a wave of optimism with word that a U.S. company is taking over the plant at the heart of the recent beef recall.JBS USA, a subsidiary of Brazilian-based JBS S.A., surprised almost everyone Wednesday with a late afternoon news release announcing it had assumed management of XL Foods in Brooks, Alta.From its headquarters in Greeley, Colo., JBS also said its agreement with XL provides it with an exclusive option to buy the Canadian and U.S. operations of the company.“We know full well the commitment it takes to manage world-class operations that produce safe and nutritious products for consumers around the world,” said Bill Rupp, president and chief operating officer of JBS USA.“We believe our experienced team will prove an invaluable asset in the management of XL Lakeside and we look forward to exploring our options to purchase XL assets in the near future.”Brian Nilsson, co-CEO of XL Foods, issued only a brief news release.“This action is another positive step to relicensing the XL Lakeside beef plant in Brooks, Alta.,” he said. “We welcome the assistance of JBS and their resources.”JBS calls its Brazilian-based parent company the world’s largest animal protein processor; the American subsidiary has operations in both the U.S. and Australia.It was an unexpected development in a dramatic saga that began last month when the Brooks plant — one of Canada’s largest beef processors — was closed over E. coli contamination.Earlier Wednesday, Brooks Mayor Martin Shields said the community has been in turmoil over the troubles at XL Foods. By suppertime, he was elated.“That’s positive news,” he said, adding it was already spreading throughout the community. “This means the plant is going to be back in operation.”Shields said he had not been personally contact by JBS officials, but would welcome their arrival.“They really are big,” he said. “Obviously they’re coming in to manage a plant with the option to purchase and what you would hope is they actually do purchase it, that it just isn’t a drive-by happening.”The 2,200 people who work at XL were laid off last week. About 800 were recalled temporarily Tuesday to finish processing beef carcasses as part of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency assessment of the plant.It had been a frustration for the United Food and Commercial Workers, the union that represents the workers.Local 401 president Doug O’Halloran was tempered in his enthusiasm for the JBS announcement, but said it was good news.“We’ve been calling for new management or new ownership since this took place and on first blush we certainly see this as a positive move.”The plant is still not out of the woods. The CFIA is expected to complete a report and make a recommendation to the federal government about the plant before the beginning of next week.The CFIA said its review in the coming days will include how well XL Foods is handling E. coli controls, meat hygiene, sampling techniques and overall sanitation.The federal agency does not spell out what those next steps could be or how soon the plant might be able to resume slaughtering cattle or sending beef products to market.Cameron Bruett, JBS’s head of corporate communications, did not want to comment on any interactions the company might have had with the government agency.But he said the takeover will be swift.“Immediately we’ll be sending teams up to Canada … to see how to proceed with that one facility,” he said. “We’re well aware of the present situation.”He said discussions between the two companies began in the last month, though he didn’t want to say who approached who first.“We think XL is an excellent company with an excellent operation,” he said.“Unfortunately, in this business at times food safety issues can arise. We think we’re well positioned to assist in those matters.”He said JBS is approaching the Lakeside plant with a positive attitude.“Our intent is to keep the plant running and utilize the available workforce, but of course we’re going to have to review the labour situation there,” he said. “Hopefully it will be a seamless transition — that is our goal.”On Tuesday night, the food agency announced yet another recall of beef from the plant, this time involving brands sold under different product names in British Columbia and Alberta.The recall of more than 1,800 products now involves 33 retail chains across Canada. A list of retailers can be found at: www.inspection.gc.ca/food/consumer-centre/food-safety-investigations/xl-foods/recalled-products/eng/1347948154750/1347948313776.The meat packer, the second-largest in Canada, has not been allowed to export beef products into the United States since Sept. 13.Fifteen people in four provinces have become ill from a strain of E. coli linked to the XL plant.Some people have filed lawsuits against the company, including 15-year-old Cody Farmer of Nanaimo, B.C. In his statement of claim Farmer said that he required surgery after he was exposed to E. coli.Erin Thornton of Vancouver has filed a statement of claim proposing a class-action lawsuit for people who fell ill from E. coli and those who had to throw out recalled beef. Other lawsuits have been filed in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec.Statements of claim contain allegations that have not been proven in court.JBS USA employs more than 60,000 employees in the U.S. It processes, prepares, packages and delivers fresh, further processed and value-added beef and pork products for sale to customers in more than 60 countries on five continents.It is also a majority shareholder of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., the second largest poultry company in the U.S.“Upon exercising the exclusive option to purchase the above assets, JBS USA agrees to pay USD $50 million in cash and USD $50 million in JBS S.A. shares,” said the company’s news release.“Under no scenario will JBS USA assume any of XL Foods’ debt or liabilities.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mary Jo Laforest, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2012 9:50 pm MDT read more

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Woman feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire turns up alive in

first_imgMs Ahmed’s mother, who asked not to be named, said: “In her last call to us she said, ‘I can’t come down any more. I can’t get down. I’m in God’s hands now. Pray for me. Goodbye.’ We all cried.”“He [the firefighter] is a hero. He saved her life, it’s that simple. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have got out.” 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. A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute’s silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell TowerCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire But it emerged yesterday the cleaner was found unconscious on the 18th floor by a fire crew who got her to safety outside.Ms Ahmed has been in hospital since the fire eight days ago surrounded by her family, who had no idea of the appeals being made for her. A woman feared dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster after she made a heartbreaking call to her mother to say goodbye has turned up alive in hospital.Fadumo Ahmed’s picture was on posters put up on the streets around the site of the blaze as friends desperately searched for information but heard nothing.Ms Ahmed, 32, lived on the 19th floor of the block and shared a heartbreaking call as the fire closed in, telling her mother: “I can’t get out. Goodbye.” A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Towercenter_img People pass posters showing images of missing people, in Kensington, west London “We are just so happy she is okay. When we saw how bad the fire was and knew she was inside, it was terrible. We didn’t think anyone else could get out of there alive.” Ms Ahmed is now recovering from the effects of smoke inhalation. People pass posters showing images of missing people, in Kensington, west LondonCredit:PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Hambro companies buy more Russian skills

first_imgAricom, the Anglo-Russian developer of mineral resources, has agreed to acquire a 68.49% holding in OJSC Giproruda for a cash consideration of some $8 million, conditional on Russian Anti-Monopoly approval. Based in St Petersburg, and employing 148 people, Giproruda is one of Russia’s most respected mining design institutes specialising in the analysis and design of mining projects. Giproruda has unique experience in the design of pits and mines in extreme mining, geological and climatic conditions. Other areas of expertise include the development of efficient mining technologies, project repair base layout, design and transportation services, the repair of technical equipment, storage facilities and the design of administrative and domestic facilities.Peter Hambro’s mining companies, of which Aricom is one, appear to be forward looking in an approach to the skills shortage that involves locking in the expertise of companies like Giproruda. Late last year, Peter Hambro Mining (PHM) acquired an 80% equity holding in the Irkutskiy Institute for Scientific Research of Precious and Rare Metals and Diamonds (Irgiredmet), one of the best known Russian laboratory research and scientific consulting companies. The Irgiredmet laboratories provide a range of services in the testing, developing and optimizing of gold, precious metals and diamond projects. At that time, PHM intended to extend the offer to the holders of the remaining 20% of Irgiredmet’s equity on the same terms, implying a total acquisition value of $50million. It was eexpected that the acquisition of the remaining 20% would be completed in early 2007.These acquistions are also focussed on the needs of the Hambro companies. Iron ore is a key area of specialisation for Giproruda. This will be of specific benefit in the analysis and design of a number of Aricom’s future and existing development projects. Giproruda will continue its work programme for other customers but will be given an opportunity to focus attention on Aricom’s portfolio of projects.Giproruda believes it currently has about a market share of the project design services market in the Russian mining sphere. As well as development plans to grow its operations within the CIS, Giproruda is advancing its international programme with contracts signed on a number of projects as well as an application for ISO 9000 status. Jay Hambro, Chief Executive of Aricom, commented: “Aricom’s project portfolio now contains a sizeable amount of reserves and resources which are all located within 500 miles [800 km] from the Russian-Chinese border. We are an existing client of Giproruda and their position, as a leader in Russian mine design and development, will significantly enhance the Group’s ability to exploit the massive potential inherent in our assets. With Kuranakh nearing production, Aricom’s next task is to bring on stream two very large iron ore projects – with Giproruda’s wealth of experience in iron ore, I believe there will be significant benefits in them becoming part of our Group.”Aricom plc is a leading developer of Russian metal and mining assets, focusing on iron ore and ilmenite production and delivery. The Company was established in September 2003 to develop projects, situated in the northwest of the Amur Region, in Russia’s Far East. These projects are set to service the Chinese and Russian commodity market. Aricom currently operates three projects in the Amur region and the adjoining Jewish Autonomous Region, which will be the subject of International Mining’s September issue Operations Focus. Aricom’’s Kuranakh, K&S and Bolshoi Seym projects have combined estimated reserves and resources of over 1,000 Mt of iron ore and ilmenite ore. The location of the deposits offer a significant logistical advantage being close to the Trans-Siberian-Express and the Baikal-Amur Magistral railways. In 2005, 700 Mt of iron ore were shipped globally, of that 300 Mt (43%) was shipped to China. In June 2006, Aricom announced a Memorandum of Understanding with China’s largest nonferrous metal company Aluminium Corp China (Chinalco), to co-operate in the design and development of a titanium sponge production plant in China. Giproruda Institute is the oldest leading design institute in Russia, working in the complex mining enterprise design sphere dealing with open-pit and underground excavation. Giproruda has built and reconstructed around 200 enterprises in Russia, Kazakhstan and Transcaucasia. The institute has designed enterprises, which now work in China, India, Iran, Egypt, Bulgaria, the Balkans and other countries. For the calendar year ended 31 December 2006, Giproruda had revenue of $6.8 million, operating profit of $1.4 million, profit after tax of $1.5 million and net assets of $3.3 million – all of these figures are as yet unaudited.last_img read more

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De leau liquide découverte sur Mars

first_imgDe l’eau liquide découverte sur Mars ?Pour la première fois, depuis des années d’exploration, les scientifiques américains de la NASA pourraient avoir découvert des preuves de la présence d’eau liquide sur Mars. La trouvaille provient de la sonde spatiale MRO qui gravite autour de la planète depuis 2006.C’est une découverte totalement inédite que les scientifiques attendaient depuis longtemps. Jeudi, la NASA a annoncé que la sonde spatiale américaine MRO avait peut-être identifié des preuves de l’existence d’eau liquide sur Mars. C’est au cours des saisons chaudes, printemps et été martien, que la trouvaille, publiée jeudi dans la revue Science, a été faite. La sonde a observé que des traces sombres ressemblant à des doigts étaient apparues au printemps dernier et qu’elles s’étaient étendues sur certaines des pentes martiennes durant tout l’été, avant de disparaitre en hiver puis d’apparaitre à nouveau le printemps suivant. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”La meilleure explication pour ces observations est la présence d’un écoulement d’eau salée” a expliqué Alfred McEwen de l’Université d’Arizona, principal auteur du rapport publié. Si quelques aspects des observations intriguent encore les scientifiques, l’hypothèse d’un flot d’eau salée reste selon eux, la théorie qui correspond le mieux aux caractéristiques de ces traces sombres. La salinité abaisse la température de gel de l’eau. Et les sites qui présentent des écoulements actifs deviennent suffisamment chauds, même dans les surfaces peu profondes, pour maintenir de l’eau liquide qui est aussi salée que l’est celle des océans terrestres. En revanche, si l’eau n’était pas salée, elle gèlerait aux températures observées.  De la vie sur Mars ? Pour l’instant, les scientifiques ne sont pas arrivés à trouver cet eau. “Cela reste encore un mystère, mais il est possible de le résoudre avec davantage d’observations et des expériences en laboratoire” a indiqué le Pr McEwen cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. En attendant, c’est tout de même la première fois que les scientifiques sont aussi près de découvrir des traces d’eau liquide sur la Planète rouge. Jusqu’ici, ils n’étaient parvenus à détecter que de l’eau gelée. “Le programme d’exploration de Mars de la NASA continue de nous rapprocher peu à peu de la possibilité de déterminer si la Planète rouge peut abriter certaines formes de vie” a précisé Charles Bolden, responsable de la NASA, lors d’une conférence télévisée, avant d’ajouter “et cela nous réaffirme que Mars représente une future destination importante pour l’exploration humaine”. Le 5 août 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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200 college students to participate in Bahamas summer job programme

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppHundreds of college students were urged to ‘dream big’ by Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson, on Friday — the eve of starting their four-week summer job programme sponsored by the government.“I am so pleased that the Government of The Bahamas has seen fit to continue with this summer job programme which gives an opportunity to so many young people.”He urged the 200 students to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them and noted that an additional 500 young people will employed in the second phase of the programme.Thanking all of the private sector companies in Freeport who are participating in the programme and will take approximately 80 percent of the students who have all been interviewed and screened, he said: “You really ought to take advantage of this opportunity that you have. It is a privilege that you have because I have to tell you, there were many, many students who applied and not all those students who applied were given spots.”“Dream big and don’t let anybody discourage your dream,” he told them.  Giving pointers, the Minister added, arrive early and leave late, ask questions, ask how you can help, dress appropriately, and be thankful and grateful for the opportunity.In closing he said the government is spending a lot of money to give them the opportunity to work, and he knows all the students will make them proud.The students were given their job assignment packages to report to work Monday, July 3, 2017.#MagneticMediaNews#PressRelease Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI REPRESENTED BY EIGHT ATHLETES AT NACAC GAMES IN TRINIDAD TCI NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCES 2017 INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PressReleaselast_img read more

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Moto G7 and LG G8 get the smartphone wars going The 359

first_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Moto G7 and LG G8 get the smartphone wars going (The… 7 Tags Your browser does not support the audio element. Angela Lang/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $210 at Best Buy $520 at HP Share your voice $299 at Amazon Phones Drones $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Post a comment $6 at Tidal $999 See It Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Comments See it See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Amazon Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay The Cheapskate $155 at Google Express $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read DJI Osmo Action preview Rylo Share your voice Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Earnings Drones LG Motorola Twitter,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Read Google Home Hub review Boost Mobile CNET On this podcast, we talk about: A look at the new Moto G7 phone lineup… …and the new LG G8 ThinQ phone.Home security drones.Twitter’s quarterly earnings showing some improvement. 4:41 $999 Chris Monroe/CNET The Daily Charge Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Moto G7 and LG G8 get the smartphone wars going (The 3:59, Ep. 517) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 0 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Now playing: Watch this: Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Amazonlast_img read more

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Women of Marvel Straight talk from reallife superheroes behind the blockbusters

first_imgThe movie also gave us fierce, sexy female warriors called the Dora Milaje, with shaved heads and combat boots instead of high heels. And then there’s Leticia Wright’s Shuri, a princess who happens to be the smartest scientist in the universe. “It’s a commitment of what’s to come,” Alonso says while dealing with Los Angeles traffic on her morning commute to work. “We are determined to have more female directors, more heads of department that are female and more balance in our characters so that everyone can be represented.” Marvel has shown that its commitment is real. In addition to Black Panther and Captain Marvel, the upcoming Black Widow solo outing sees Scarlett Johansson return as Natasha Romanoff, under the direction of Cate Shortland, best known for helming the post-WWII drama Lore. But can changing how blockbusters are made and presented really affect how we see ourselves? annabodenoncaptainmarvelAnna Boden on the set of Captain Marvel. “Women supporting women is really important,” she says.  Marvel Maybe, as long as the studio behind that storytelling has the reach to influence opinion and makes this a priority. Sarah Coyne, an associate professor in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, thinks Marvel, part of the Walt Disney Company, could be that studio. “They do have a lot of power and they do have a lot of reach and they do have a responsibility to tell all sorts of different stories,” says Coyne, who explores how film and social media influence behavior and body image. “I would love for them to be able to show women and men being strong in all sorts of ways.” Now playing: Watch this: Women of Marvel Captain Marvel Black Panther Marvel How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order Now playing: Watch this: To make a lasting difference, though, Captain Marvel needed to rely on more than a kickass female lead and a story shaped by a female director’s perspective. DC Entertainment already checked off those boxes with the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman. The movie was so well-received that kids in theaters across the country lined up to have their pictures taken with a life-size cutout of the Amazon princess. Marvel knows it needs to match, or even exceed, that impact. It’s one reason the studio hired 14 women, from different races and backgrounds, to oversee departments for award-winning blockbuster Black Panther, the first film in the MCU to feature an African superhero. Just because you have one triumph doesn’t mean you’re done.  Victoria Alonso, Marvel executive VP of production Powerful women of the Marvel universe More Marvel women 18:39 Six high-level executives and creative professionals at Marvel — all women — spoke to us about their challenges. They agree the culture in Hollywood is finally shifting, but all say progress is slow. “When people awake to the beauty of collaborating with a range of viewpoints, perspectives, backgrounds, strengths and weaknesses, we realize we are all better off for it,” says Sarah Finn, head of the Sarah Finn Company, casting director for every Marvel movie in the MCU, except The Incredible Hulk. “I think there’s a greater openness now than there has ever been.” Responsibility Captain Marvel co-director Boden and her partner, Ryan Fleck, have been writing, directing and producing movies together since 2003. Their character-driven films include Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling as a middle-school teacher; It’s Kind of a Funny Story, featuring Viola Davis and Zoe Kravitz; and Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds. Captain Marvel is the pair’s most expensive project to date, with an estimated budget of $152 million. While that puts the film in the bottom-half of production budgets at Marvel (Black Panther in comparison, cost $200 million), it does raise the stakes for Boden as Marvel’s first woman director. The more diverse we can be in front and behind the camera, the more diverse and unique our stories.  Trinh Tran, Marvel executive producer  26 Photos Celebrating the badass women of Marvel, on and off screen Danai Gurira: An action hero in her own right Meet the costume wiz who made Black Panther look fierce Share your voice Why we love the women of Marvel 18 “We’re mothers; we’re girlfriends; we’re CEOs; we’re the bookkeepers of the family,” Carter says. “We do so much. To paint us in one light — in making us a sexy superhero image — is just a disservice to womankind.” So OK, then. Judianna Makovsky says that superhero costumes at Marvel are already changing to reflect the times.”We want the women to look wonderful and be very female, but we also want them to be more realistic,” says Makovsky, costume designer for Avengers: Infinity War. “We want them to be tough women, smart women, intelligent women. We’ve tried to get away from that traditional, bras and catsuits [uniform].” For the record, Captain Marvel’s outfit is a full-length gold, red and blue jumpsuit. Slowly, slowly Still, slow and steady change may ultimately win the race for women gaining greater recognition and responsibility in Hollywood. Spring 2019 Magazine CoverSee more great stories from CNET Magazine. Mark Mann Among the changes needed to diversify the industry in the #OscarsSoWhite era, Carter and others say, are apprenticeships for training a wide range of up-and-comers. “People are always complaining, ‘Why aren’t there more women getting Oscars or getting the jobs?’ We have to get them trained first,” Makovsky says. “The Oscars can only judge what’s out there.” It helps that Wonder Woman did so well two years ago. And that Black Panther racked up $1.35 billion in worldwide ticket sales, $700 million in the US alone. That’s made it the highest-grossing film by an African-American director, highest-grossing film with a predominantly black cast and the biggest moneymaker in the US in the 11-year-long MCU franchise. Just as important, today’s younger generation is already responding to the studio’s diverse lineup of role models. It wasn’t just Alonso’s daughter who wanted to emulate a female superhero. Boden’s young son did too, dressing up as Captain Marvel last Halloween. “That was an awesome moment for me,” the Captain Marvel co-director tells us. “Of course, it matters because she’s a woman, but it also doesn’t matter. My little boy looks up to her.” Alonso wants to keep the momentum going.”Just because you have one triumph doesn’t mean you’re done,” she says. “It’s every day, every movie, every team. The idea is to try to have 50 percent male, 50 percent female.” That would be progress everyone can see. A version of this story appears in the spring 2019 edition of CNET Magazine. Click here for more magazine stories. Comments Tags “I do feel a responsibility that is a little bit bigger on this movie just because there’s such a bigger audience for it,” she told us in November. “But we’ve been just really trying to delve into the character like we would with every film.” Boden says her sense of responsibility goes beyond making a film that’s both good and profitable. She also thinks it’s important to help other women in Hollywood, with its “us versus them mentality.” “Women supporting women is really important,” she says. “I have been thinking about [this] while making a movie about a very powerful female character. “Ten years ago, I just wanted to be seen as a director. Now I look around, and I see so many women doing amazing things in this industry. It’s been amazing for movies, as more voices have been stronger and prouder and more present.” trinh-tranTrinh Tran, a Marvel executive producer, guides films from inception through development up to release.   Marvel Trinh Tran is one of those strong and present voices. An executive producer, she’s in near-constant collaboration with writers, directors and postproduction crews as she guides Marvel films from inception through development up to release. And Tran uses her voice to make sure other women are heard, both onscreen and behind the lens. “The more diverse we can be in front and behind the camera, the more diverse and unique our stories,” Tran tells us. “I’m always looking for moments to make our female heroes shine. But it can’t be one-sided. We’re seeing a lot more female directors and [women] behind the camera. That’s really going to help our storytelling.” Not there yet Ruth E. Carter doesn’t think Hollywood is changing anywhere near fast enough. “It’s always small changes,” the Oscar-winning costume designer says of the industry she’s worked in for more than 30 years. “You can take three steps forward and two steps back. … I had to really struggle, and crawl, and fight my way to be here and to be celebrated.” Carter, who won an Oscar for her dazzling Afrofuturist costumes for Black Panther, says Hollywood still puts up barriers that make it hard for women and people of color to break in. “There’s lots of times when I’m in a gathering, I don’t see a lot of diversity but I see a lot of people who are asking the question, How do I get in? How do I start? women-of-the-marvel-universe-promo-art-with-logoClick for more on the women who make Marvel run. “The exposure is not there for them, and that I find to be a problem,” she says. Carter has become one of Hollywood’s top costume designers by thinking creatively about what the costumes say about the characters, the context and the location of the story. The designs reflect character psyche, and perhaps subconsciously Carter’s too. Consider her thought process for Black Panther, which features strong female characters. Danai Gurira, the cover star of the spring issue of CNET Magazine, plays Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje. Angela Bassett plays Queen Ramonda, and Lupita Nyong’o gives us Nakia, who seems to have little interest in marrying the prince and enjoying a life of leisure. She’d rather fight injustice around the world. 3:04 TV and Movies Victoria Alonso knows firsthand what progress looks like. Last Halloween, her 8-year-old daughter dressed up as the Wasp, a female superhero who was featured in last summer’s blockbuster Ant-Man and The Wasp. That’s notable because there haven’t been a whole lot of women superheroes at the movies — until recently. DC Comics’ Wonder Woman paved the way in 2017, earning more than $821 million in theaters. As executive vice president of production, Alonso, along with a growing crew of female directors, production designers, costume designers and cinematographers, is working to diversify the role models we see on screen. Their goal: to inspire kids of all genders to think differently about what a superhero looks like. “I think children should have a choice,” says Alonso, who’s been at Marvel Studios since 2006. “Sometimes we are lucky enough to be the ones to create the choices for them.” Victoria Alonso and Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3. Marvel We’re seeing more of the choices she’s created now that Marvel — one of Hollywood’s most influential film studios — has released Captain Marvel, the 21st film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first in the franchise to feature a woman as the solo lead. Oscar winner Brie Larson plays Carol Danvers, a former US Air Force fighter pilot with superhuman abilities. The movie is co-directed and co-written by a woman, Anna Boden, and it features music written by the first female composer of a superhero film’s soundtrack, Pinar Toprak. “Just seeing a character who says how she feels and says what’s on her mind and doesn’t let people stand in her way is incredibly empowering,” Larson told Entertainment Weekly in September. last_img read more

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first_imgDharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas flagged off the IndianOil sponsored Spirit of Freedom- adventure for social outreach, motorbike expedition of Pathfinders to Ladakh today in the presence of B Ashok, Chairman, Indian Oil Corporation Limited.Addressing the Pathfinders group and the gathering at the flag off ceremony of the bikers rally, Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS (Incharge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas urged the audience to observe a minute’s silence to pay homage to the people who lost their lives in the recent floods in Jammu & Kashmir. The people living in mountainous regions face many hardships and each day is a test of survival for them. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ongoing natural disaster in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) is a cause of concern and the government is taking all possible measures to provide relief to the victims. He also mentioned that the challenge today is to manage mountain regions in a sustainable manner so as to avoid degradation and subsequent increase in poverty and hunger in these regions.The minister said that IndianOil is currently supporting and making all possible arrangements to ensure the supply of petroleum products in the flood affected areas of J&K. Pradhan informed the gathering that the Prime Minister has announced a relief fund of Rupees One Thousand Crore for the flood victims of J&K and the utilization of the fund is being monitored on daily basis. He also said that the Prime Minister has advised every  ministry to extend support to the flood victims of J&K and render all possible support to bring life back on track in the affected areas. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhile addressing the audience, B Ashok, Chairman, IndianOil lauded the efforts of the Pathfinders which promises to make a difference to the people living in remote Himalayan region. Talking about the crisis in J&K, Ashok mentioned that IndianOil has also ensured supply of petroleum products like petrol, diesel, cooking gas etc. in the region.This year the expedition would visit Chushul, a valley in Ladakh as well as Turtuk village which is at the extreme corner of the Indian border whose accessibility is a challenge. A troop of 7 bikes with 15 members would roughly cover 3500 Kms in a span of 15 days in the trans Himalayan region of India. The expedition aims to spread awareness about environment degradation in the Himalayas among the school children in the remote villages of Ladakh as well as to reach out to the underprivileged in these inaccessible and hilly areas.last_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD August 6, 2012 — MIM Software Inc. introduces ART Assist, an automated processing and reporting tool designed to automatically quantify changes to a patient over the course of radiation delivery.Previously, the process for determining when and whether to adapt a patient’s plan was limited by the time required to generate relevant quantitative information based on daily imaging. Now, changes in critical structures and dose constraints can be tracked over the course of treatment, compared to the original plan, and plotted in automatically generated reports. ART Assist makes true dose-guided adaptive radiation therapy possible.For more information: www.mimsoftware.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content Technology | August 06, 2012 MIM Software Introduces ART Assist for Automated Processing and Reporting News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more last_img read more

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Georgian tycoon turned opposition leader fined

first_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Men’s health affects baby’s health too New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – A court in the Georgian capital has ordered a billionaire businessman who formed an opposition party to pay $91 million in fines in a ruling that the tycoon’s lawyers called political.The Tbilisi City Court ruled late Monday that Bidzina Ivanishvili, Georgia’s richest man and leading philanthropist, violated the law by handing out free satellite dishes and offering a fleet of cars owned by his companies to his Georgian Dreams political party. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Ivanishvili’s lawyer Eka Beselia said the court’s decision was politically motivated.Ivanishvili made his entry into politics in October, announcing that he was forming a political party with the aim of winning the parliamentary vote set for the fall and assuming the post of prime minister in a challenge to President Mikhail Saakashvili.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizonalast_img read more

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Paphos student scores top marks in Pancyprian exams

first_imgCHRYSTALLENI Tryfonos, a student at the Agios Neophytos lyceum in Paphos, scored top marks of 20 out of 20 in the Pancyprian exams, while across the island 40 percent of those who sat for the exams hoping to win a place at university or college were successful, Minister of Education Costas Kadis said on Friday.In all, 8,137 high school students sat for the exams, with 5,592 aiming for enrolment at a university. The rest needed to pass to secure their graduation diploma, or ‘apolyterion’.Chrystalleni Tryfonos from Paphos scored a perfect 20/20 pass grade in the Pancyprian exams“Despite the hard work I’ve been doing during this year, I did not expect to win first place. I feel happy, satisfied and proud, and I am now looking forward to the future,” said Chrystalleni, who has won a place to study English at the University of Cyprus.In second place was Kyriakos Costa from the Pancyprian gymnasium in Nicosia, who scored 19.96 and will study classics and philosophy at the University of Cyprus.Zina Charalambous from Apostolos Markos high school in Nicosia was third with a score of 19.83 and will study medicine at the University of Cyprus.“Some 2,224 positions will be offered, according to the preferences of the candidates, at the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol (Tepak), the Higher Hotel Institute and the military academies of Greece,” Kadis told reporters at a press conference.Pupils who have passed the Pancyprian exams can also study at universities and technological institutes in Greece.Kadis said there had been fluctuations across the various courses and that averages had increased by a small margin.Students taking the exams in their current form are aiming to graduate from public secondary education, higher education in Cyprus and Greece, or do both. Kadis said the ministry is working on simplifying the system.“The ministry of education, recognising this weakness, has made improvements by separating the Pancyprian examinations into graduate and access examinations, and proceeded to the introduction of other innovations,” Kadis noted.Cyprus also has many international private schools where children can do IGCSEs, A Levels and the International Baccalaureate to enter any one of the private universities on the island, while the state University of Cyprus now also accept a number of students based on their A level exams.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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