790 films from across the world to compete at MIFF

first_imgThe 15th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) will begin on January 28 at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai. The week-long festival of documentaries, short fiction and animation films from across the world will conclude on February 3.Films from 32 countriesThe oldest and largest film festival for non-feature films in South Asia, MIFF began in 1990 and is organised by the Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B). The festival directorate has received a record 790 entries, with 194 entries from 32 countries in the international competition and 596 entries in the national competition. Prize money doubledThe prize money has been doubled for the Golden Conch Award for the best documentary in the international competition to ₹10 lakh. FICCI is planning a business platform to help documentary film makers find funding and screening venues. The proposal is in initial stages.The V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award for promotion of documentary movement in India will be conferred upon an eminent documentary film maker chosen by an independent jury. The award money has also been doubled from to ₹10 lakh. Altogether, cash awards of ₹58 lakh will be given away during MIFF 2018. People’s festivalThe delegate fee has been kept at a modest ₹100, and there will be no entry fee for students, a press release by the Press Information Bureau said on Sunday.last_img read more

CM orders review of Yash Bharti Awards instituted by Mulayam

first_imgLucknow, Apr 21 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a thorough review of the prestigious Yash Bharti Awards started by Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1994, saying that giving them away to undeserving persons lowers the prestige of such an honour.The Chief Minister during a presentation of the Culture Department late last night directed officials to thoroughly review the criteria and norms for these awards. Necessary action would be taken after the review, an official spokesman today quoted the CM as saying.Adityanath has been reviewing the schemes of the previous Akhilesh Yadav government including the Samajwadi Pension Yojana, Gomti river front project, Smartphone Yojana and cycle track project.The Chief Minister during the presentation noted that while giving away an award, its prestige should also be kept in mind as honouring undeserving persons lowers the dignity of the award.Mulayam, who was then the chief minister, had instituted the Yash Bharti Award, which is the highest award of the Uttar Pradesh government.It is given to personalities for making notable contribution to the fields of literature, social work, medicine, film, science, journalism, handicrafts, culture, education, music, drama, sports, industry and astrology.Besides a commendation letter, shawl and Rs 11 lakh, it carries a pension Rs 50,000 per month on demand.After it was discontinued by the Mayawati government, the Akhilesh Yadav government restarted it in 2015 but there were allegations that the prize money of Rs 11 lakh and Rs 50,000 monthly pension was being handed out arbitrarily.Notable recipients of the Yash Bharti awards are Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.advertisementDuring the presentation last night, Adityanath also stressed on the review of the Maitreya project in Kushinagar district as farmers whose land has been acquired for it have lodged a protest.The Maitreya project envisages erecting statues of Maitreya Buddha and as per initial plans a 152-metre (500 ft) statue was to be built in either Kushinagar or Bodh Gaya.These plans have since changed and the Maitreya Project now intends to construct relatively modest statues in both towns.The project was initiated by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, an organisation within the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.Adityanath also directed officials to explore the possibility of starting branches of Lucknow-based Bhatkhande Music Institute in other districts and linking the pension scheme for old and poor artistes to the central scheme to increase its amount, the spokesman added. PTI SAB SMI GVSlast_img read more

With “Tears of Joy,” Wilson Thanks Giants

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — David Wilson said he had “tears of joy’ as he thanked the Giants on Aug. 6, two days after doctors told the third-year running back that he could no longer play football.When the 23-year old Wilson, who was waived-injured by the Giants on Aug. 5, spoke of his teammates, he paused twice and brushed away tears with the pocket handkerchief from his blue pinstriped suit.“You have great players, some of them probably will end up in the Hall of Fame, and they support you,” Wilson said. “That’s such a great feeling.”Coach Tom Coughlin, hugged Wilson and gave him a long embrace as the two passed in front of each other before practice.“It’s always tough when you have one of your players come to the end, no matter however it comes, it’s never pleasant,” Coughlin said. “It’s very disappointing and upsetting. You have to prepare yourself for the next challenge, the next adventure. I think David’s ready for that.”Wilson made sure that everyone knew that he wasn’t sad about his forced retirement.“These are tears of joy,” Wilson said. “Don’t think I’m sad. There’s no need to dwell on the negative, because if you do, then you feel sorry for yourself and you’re not living. I’m still healthy. I’ll still be able to do the things that I could always do, except play football.”Wilson, the Giants’ first-round selection of the 2012 draft out of Virginia Tech, had a solid rookie season. He led the NFL in kickoff return yardage, earning 1,533 yards, setting a Giants record. He also rushed for 358 yards and scored four touchdowns.Wilson’s 1,925 all-purpose yards were the sixth-highest in team history and the best for a Giants rookie. He had 327 all-purpose yards in a game against the New Orleans Saints, going for 227 yards on kickoff returns and adding 100 yards rushing.Wilson played in only five games last season before suffering the serious neck injury last October. An MRI showed that Wilson had spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal cord. Wilson had only 146 yards on 44 carries and one touchdown before the injury.Wilson underwent spinal fusion surgery to repair vertebrae and a herniated disc in his neck in January.He had received clearance to return to football activities at the start of training camp two weeks ago. But on Aug. 5, Wilson caught a pass during a drill, put his head down and ran into the back of an offensive lineman. That hit caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.“It was a scary feeling,” Wilson said. “I can’t hide that fact. But at the same time, I felt perfectly fine and was totally optimistic. I hoped and prayed that I would be cleared. When I say I was really positive, that’s what I was. I expected to come back.”But Giants team doctors and the spinal specialist that operated on Wilson in January both agreed that it would be best for Wilson to step away from the game.“The doctors dealt with this injury before and I’m comfortable with their answer,” Wilson said. “They told me that I would live a healthy life. I have a long life to live. I’m only 23 years old. I’ve been blessed. I lived my dream by playing in the NFL. I was drafted in the first round. I have guys here who support me in whatever I do.”Wilson said that he had no immediate plans for his future. He might consider broadcasting or coaching. “All of these things came to mind,” Wilson said. “I have to see what I do next and see what happens.”His teammates expressed their feelings about Wilson’s unexpected retirement.“He was the heart and soul of this team, a great energy guy,” Pro Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz said. “It’s unfortunate that this happened. He’s still a part of this family and I wish him the best. It’s really sad and something I can relate to. No one really can. It definitely shows how fortunate and lucky the rest of us are. He had the opportunity to play taken from him. It puts everything in perspective and really took me back and got me thinking.”(JIM HAGUE)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Parasoft partners with Infosys

first_img Continue Reading Previous Bulgin: rugged optical fiber connectors and IoT technology for harsh environmentsNext Imagination and GLOBALFOUNDRIES collaborate on RF solutions for IoT Parasoft announced a strategic partnership with Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, and next-generation services. The partnership enables Infosys’ clients to achieve reduced time-to-market by leveraging Parasoft’s comprehensive automated software testing tool suite, ensuring quality at each stage of the SDLC. Parasoft focuses on helping organization scale their test automation practice, including tools for static analysis and unit testing for Java, C/C++, and .NET development, security testing, API testing, and service virtualization.In today’s competitive landscape, companies face immense pressure to deliver high-quality software quickly, and at a lower cost. This partnership will bring together Parasoft’s technologies with Infosys’ resources, helping customers successful face today’s most strategic development initiatives ─ such as agile, continuous testing, DevOps, microservices and security.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

India vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari hits maiden Test century at Sabina Park

first_imgIndia vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari hits maiden Test century at Sabina ParkAfter having missed out in the last match, India No. 6 Hanuma Vihari finally scored that elusive maiden Test hundred on Day 2 of the 2nd Test vs West Indies at Sabina Park, putting his side into a commanding position.advertisement Ajay Tiwari KingstonAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 01:16 IST Vihari celebrates after scoring his maiden Test ton (Courtesy @BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHanuma Vihari scored his 1st Test century off 200 balls on SaturdayVihari’s hundred put India into the driving seat in the ongoing 2nd Test vs West IndiesVihari found an able partner in Ishant Sharma after Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja departed earlyIndian middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari, who is currently playing only his 5th Test match, scored a fighting maiden century against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston on Saturday. By doing so, he became the 2nd Indian to score a century after Ajinkya Rahane during the ongoing 2-Test series. Vihari had missed the mark by just 7 runs in the last Test in Antigua.Vihari, in combination with Rishabh Pant, resumed the Indian innings at 264/5 but the latter was castled by West Indies captain Jason Holder off the very 1st ball of Day 2. However, having scored 42 runs already, Vihari looked unfazed by his partner’s dismissal and continued to punish the poor deliveries while showing the necessary restraint against the 2nd new ball.With Ravindra Jadeja, Vihari took India across the 300-run mark but just as the left-hander was looking settled, the former threw it away with an ugly slog off Rahkheem Cornwall, gifting the debutant his 2nd Test wicket.Players with at least a Test 100 for each side168 – Eng137 – Aus85 – India (Hanuma Vihari today!)84 – WI76 – NZ70 – SAf68 – Pak38 – SL23 – Zim21 – Ban1 – Ire0 – Afg/World XI#IndvWI #IndvsWI #WIvInd#WorldTestChampionshipMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 31, 2019However, Vihari found an able partner in fast bowler Ishant Sharma as the duo took India to Lunch without any further blows. Like Vihari, Ishant also crossed his highest Test score (31*) from 9 years ago which he scored against Sri Lanka at Galle.In the meantime, Vihari hit 15 fours on his way to the century off 200 balls and ensured India maintained their upper hand over the hosts. He was lucky to survive a loud LBW appeal off Holder after he was given out only for the DRS to reveal that the ball would have sailed over the stumps. Vihari made most of the reprieve and went on to consolidate his position as a genuine No. 6 for India. Vihari and Sharma also brought up the 50-run partnership for the 8th wicket.advertisementBefore his latest knock, Vihari had hit 18 First-class centuries and averaged close to 60. He also has a triple century to his name (302*) which he hit for Andhra against Odisha in during the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. He was picked ahead of ODI opener Rohit Sharma for both the Tests in West Indies.It remains to be seen what kind of total India end up in their 1st innings as the pitch seems to have lost its zing from the 1st day and has just become a bit more comfortable for batting.Also Read | Virat Kohli joins elite list with 9,000 international runs outside AsiaAlso Read | Didn’t expect Dhoni to be picked for SA T20s as Pant rightly deserves more chances: Sourav GangulyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Hanuma VihariFollow West Indies vs India Nextlast_img read more

Chapelton Hospital Being Upgraded

first_img Work is expected to begin this week on Phase One of the $120-million project at the Chapelton Community Hospital in Clarendon. The work will involve renovating and upgrading the facility and the building of a new ward. Construction is expected to last for 10 months. Work is expected to begin this week on Phase One of the $120-million project at the Chapelton Community Hospital in Clarendon.The work will involve renovating and upgrading the facility and the building of a new ward. Construction is expected to last for 10 months.Funds for the construction have been donated by the United States-based Push Start Foundation, through its head, Clarendon-born businesswoman, Beverley Nichols.Speaking at a meeting with stakeholders at the hospital recently, Member of Parliament for the area and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Pearnel Charles, called on the contractor and his team to ensure that the hospital premises are protected for the duration of the works.“I am also suggesting that you meet with the security teams to ensure that everyone is on the same page where protecting the site and workers is concerned,” Mr. Charles said.Services at the hospital have been transferred to the Summerfield Community Centre, also in Clarendon, effective Monday, April 1, 2019.The pharmacy services will be provided on a drop-off and pick-up basis for patients seen at the health centre. Prescriptions will be collected from patients on Mondays and Wednesdays and delivered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Residents can also access services at the Lionel Town and May Pen Hospitals and other health facilities in the parish. Funds for the construction have been donated by the United States-based Push Start Foundation, through its head, Clarendon-born businesswoman, Beverley Nichols. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Stars Complete Hell And High Water Charity Challenge

first_imgDara O’Briain, Melanie C, Jack Dee, Chelsee Healey, Phillips Idowu and Greg James have completed the biggest challenge of their lives, The BT Red Nose Challenge: Hell and High Water – a five day ordeal which saw them travel under their own steam down Africa’s mighty Zambezi river to raise as much cash as possible for Red Nose Day.The challenge was sponsored by BT, a long term supporter of Comic Relief challenges since 2009.The triumphant team finished at exactly 3.18pm this afternoon – but it wasn’t easy. After clambering down a 200ft gorge using a ladder locally known as ‘The Steps of Doom’, the six intrepid amateurs spent the morning clinging on for dear life as they battled the most fierce rapids of the week – even the support crew’s raft flipped over and chucked them into the deep!Greg James said: “The rapids are really frightening, especially if you’re a novice! You can’t just sit back, you have to keep paddling otherwise you’ll just float off and go miles away. We’re in a big raft today and it keeps bouncing around, people are popping out of it like popcorn! I bounced into the air earlier and was only saved by Phillips grabbing me with his massive athletic claw! We’re going through rapids called ‘The Terminator’ and ‘The Gnashing Jaws of Death’; they’re just horrible names. I wish we could so through something called ‘small mound’ or ‘babbling brook’ instead.”Exhausted, aching, blistered and bruised after travelling over 111km under their own steam, battling raging rapids, manic mosquitos and sweltering sun, the team are now celebrating and reflecting on their success.Greg said: “Let me sum up how I’m feeling in one phrase – I’m over it. Big time. I’m over the water, the rapids, the hippos, the boats, the tents, the camping, the sand, the itchy bits, the mosquitos, the blisters, the sunburn, the smell – it’s been really tough. But we’re here, we’ve been doing this challenge and we all look like idiots, but the point is to raise a lot of money for the people we’ve been meeting out here. And I know it sounds really cheesy, but I totally get it – I get Comic Relief properly now. I’ve always watched it on telly, but I’ve seen it now first-hand. It’s really touching, really lovely.”Over the past five days, the celebrity challengers have pushed themselves to the limit, taking on rapids officially known as ‘Gnashing Jaws of Death’, ‘The Washing Machine’ and ‘Oblivion’.Along the way they encountered some of the world’s most dangerous and frightening creatures, like crocodiles, lethal snakes and one of the most deadly – hippos! By night there was none of the five star luxury they’re used to, as they camped on treacherous cliff tops and damp, soggy riverbanks. And as if that wasn’t enough, they had to suffer nasty blisters, intense aching limbs and sweltering 30-degree heat, as they spent each day covering up to 29km on the river.The team put themselves through hell and high water in the hope of raising £1 million to help children in Zambia go to school. This could pay for life-changing education for thousands of vulnerable girls, for whom it means an escape from poverty and safety from child marriage and pregnancy. Any extra money raised will help those living unimaginably tough lives across the UK and the rest of Africa.BT is giving £30,000 a day to support the Hell and High Water team as part of the £500,000 it has committed to raise in support of The BT Red Nose Challenges – a duo of celebrity challenges sponsored by BT for Red Nose Day 2013.Find out more here.last_img read more

Versace goes punk wild with homey looks

first_imgMILAN – Donatella Versace is embracing her own inner Versace. After coming off a triumphant outing at the Golden Globes, she helped launch Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next winter on Saturday on a high note.Versace dressed three women for last Sunday’s awards show: Angelina Jolie, Saoirse Ronan, winner for best actress in a comedy, and star of the evening Oprah Winfrey, who wore a shape-hugging number to deliver her celebrated lifetime achievement award speech.Versace has been riding a wave of appreciation since her September tribute show to her slain brother, fashion house founder Gianni Versace, reunited supermodels from the 1990s while highlighting some of the new generation’s top talent.“It is appreciation for Gianni, but maybe also a little for me,” she said backstage before her show in Milan.Here are some highlights from the first day of Milan Fashion Week, which also included fall-winter menswear shows by Emporio Armani, newcomer Isabel Benenato, Marni and Dolce & Gabbana:____VERSACE GOES HOMEThis is about as homey as it gets in the take-it-or-leave it ethos of Versace.Donatella Versace is urging aficionados to “to embrace your inner Versace” with winter menswear looks that take cues from the brand’s home collection.During her Milan Fashion Week show, pillow plaids became suit jackets worn over archival prints in seafoam green, hot pink and yellow. The effect was punk.Crushed velvet upholstery prints in deep hues of golden, purple and red were cut into wild mid-length coats worn over a silken print shirt and a neckerchief. Burned umber puffer jackets recalled a comforter.“These are very Versace elements, refreshed in a street key,” Versace said.The designer punctuated the show with 11 looks for women to demonstrate, she said, “that our two souls communicate with one another.” They included tassel accents on a low-back mini-dress.Versace wasn’t afraid to take things down a notch with camel overcoats. A women’s version included colorful side panels that matched a headscarf and leggings.Men’s trousers were kept short to show off Versace’s new tennis shoe, which features the form of a chain moulded into the sole and the words “Love is blind.”____DOLCE & GABBANA’S KING OF ANGELSIt was a bling call at Dolce & Gabbana.The designing duo of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana constructed a Baroque Sicilian church façade as the background for their “King of Angels” collection. The show opened with a tableau of young stars in formalwear, including elaborately embroidered military-style jackets and floral suits, walking beneath a pair of cherubs.The colorful knitwear that featured cherubic putti in oval frames looked inspired by church ceilings, and angelic visages also graced motorcycle jackets.Dolce & Gabbana, as usual, offered a range of looks — with suits styled formally, layered with furry jackets and coming pajama-inspired with robe overcoats. The designers employed light-heartedness and humour with heart-shaped backpacks, as well as one that looked like a golden puppet peeking over the wearer’s shoulder.The designers also emblazoned slogans such as “Time of Change” and “Love is Love” across beanies, waistbands and backsides. Nothing on the runway made the slogans’ meanings explicit, although both could be interpreted as calls for new attitudes.Colombian singer Maluma closed out the show in a glittering silver suit to match his stage presence.___UNEXPECTED DOLCE&GABBANADancers busted a move in Dolce&Gabbana active-wear at an exclusive late-night “unexpected show” for a smaller fashion crowd. While activewear has long been part of the designers’ repertoire, they are putting new emphasis on the hot category.Their Millennial models showed off the collection, ranging from baseball shirts emblazoned with “King of My Life,” to soft bear-head hoodies, eliciting cheers and cat-calls from admiring on-lookers.____EMPORIO ARMANI’SArching zippers, tufts of fur and smooth velvet gave zest to Emporio Armani’s youthful tailoring for next winter and fall.While silhouettes mostly were relaxed, the palette was dark, albeit geared toward the fun end of deep with black, navy and slate giving way to mauve, other blues and shades tinged with purple.Floral patterns and hypnotic repeating graphics complemented the flowing silhouette of open jackets and easy trousers. Swirls of colour also burst forth on alpaca knitwear in soothing blues and icy greens.Designer Giorgio Armani has forsworn using real animal fur in all his lines, winning praise from animal rights activists. The fur accents on the boots and detachable dyed collars therefore were surely faux. A series of furry black coats were rendered from curly-haired sheepskin, according to the press release, and there were only pony-effect goatskin jackets.Zippers were deployed with frivolity across knitwear, inviting the playful to detach, or along sleeves, giving a cape-like feel when opened. Trousers were tapered, most elaborately so with a button cuff. Pants were mostly relaxed for daytime leisure and evening events, but tight for the sleek business suits worn tieless.Velvet worked for day or evening, as casual wear in bomber jackets or elegant suits. Gloves were the accessories of the choice, but the 83-year-old Armani is not abiding the smartphone-driven trend of returning to the fingerless gloves of the 1980s. All of the designer’s gloves were perfectly winter-proof.____MOSCHINO GOES UNDERCOVEROnly Jeremy Scott would send the fashion crowd running around Milan with a videocassette tape in their bags. That was the invitation to the evening Moschino show.Scott’s collection challenged the gender conventions by being up front about sexual predilections. The suggestion is that the videotape contained something X-rated, if anyone could find a VCR to play it.The mixed men’s and woman’s collection started with some deconstructed pinstripe suits, held suggestively together by suspenders or garters, but quickly devolved into an S&M, role play exploration, complete with a chauffeur in a silken white cape shirt followed by a madam in a black latex body suit. The music climaxes.Beyond the runway props and edgy fashion statements, Scott also included pretty sheer dresses and skirts, as well as suits that suggest nothing more than business. That is if you leave home the leather props.But even then, Scott pushed the envelope. Turn your head and look at the back of the suit, and there might be a trailing evening dress, or a panel made from a beaded women’s dress: A cross-dresser’s coming out fashion statement.His final look: a Siamese twin tuxedo jacket joining androgynous models at the tails.—–NO FURAnimal rights activists made their presence known during Milan Fashion Week, with several dozen attempting to block access to the Marni preview.The show went on, running late as the fashion world is wont with or without protests. One fur-wearing fashionista endured a shower of verbal abuse as he ducked into the show at the last minute, but no violence was reported.Animal rights activists have claimed victories recently, with Armani and Gucci being among the latest to commit to not using animal furs in future collections. Brands like Marni, which was born out of a family fur business, have a tougher line to tread.Still, the runway show by Francesco Risso, in his second year, included only one obvious animal skin reference, and that was a shearling coat.___MARNI’S TRAVEL JOURNALEntering the Marni showroom is to enter designer Francesco Risso’s world, immediately.Rather than conventional seating, he offered objects to sit upon. A child’s stuffed giraffe. A hose-less vacuum cleaner. Stacks of disused videocassettes. Sacks of flour, whole wheat.These are the details that fill Risso’s travel journal. And the traveller’s wardrobe embrace a naive, awe-struck sense of the world, with oversized jackets and trousers hand-painted with arm chairs, monkeys or musical instruments. Suits, puffer coats, nylon jumpsuits and anoraks round out the collection. Overcoats, in salmon pink, or blue, look slept in. Blankets do the same tricks. Men, spanning generations, not just youthful, wear talisman around their necks: a string of found trinkets, or a plasticized bear.The rule, Risso said back stage, “is that there are no rules.”____ISABEL BENENATO’S ZENIsabel Benenato held her hands to her mouth in disbelief after her Milan runway debut. Her two young daughters, one clutching two stuffed rabbits, ran to hug her.Benenato, 38, has nurtured her nine-year-old brand in the Tuscan city of Lucca, far from the Milan fashion epicenter — and won the notice of the Italian Fashion Chamber, which invited her to Milan Fashion Week.The brand’s philosophy revolves around natural materials, she said backstage.The preview menswear and womenswear collection was inspired by planets, and was fittingly elemental. The looks were layered, say, a jacket over a tunic and trousers, all loose, well-proportioned and easy to wear. Or a crisp, long white shirt over trousers. A long dress wraps and drapes.“There is this sense of being wrapped. Of silence. Of relaxing,” Benenato said.last_img read more

Final report of EU on polls next week

The European Union Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka will present its final report on the Parliamentary Elections held in August, on Saturday October 17, the EU said. .  Following an invitation from the Commissioner of Elections, the European Union Election Observation Mission was established on 15 July and was made up of 85 observers deployed in all 22 electoral districts. (Colombo Gazette) The report will be presented by Cristian Preda, Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Sri Lanka and Member of European Parliament. read more

And the Brock Family contest winner is…

Three generations of Brock women: (left to right) Kate Dirks (MA ’12), Linda Dirks (BA ’84), Patricia Waters (BA ’88) with the graduation sash and photo of Lou Cahill (LLD ’91), and James Waters (BA ’77)In late summer 2011, Brock Alumni Relations ran an online contest to get to know Brock families. We encouraged grads to explain their family tree for a chance to win a prize package and family portrait on campus.The draw for Brock’s Family contest occurred in December 2011, and the Cahill/Dirks/Waters family won with five family members with Brock degrees, spanning more than 30 years. The Cahill family, native to St. Catharines, has had connections to Brock since the beginning.Three generations of Brock alumnae came to get their family photo taken on campus in early January, and to tell us about their Brock connection. Patricia Waters (BA ’88), daughter of Lou Cahill (LLD ’91) came with her daughter, Linda Dirks (BA ’84), and granddaughter Kate Dirks, a current Master of Education student at Brock. In a unique photo opportunity, Kate draped her great-grandfather’s honorary doctorate robe over her arm while her mother and grandmother held pictures of the late James Waters (BA ’78) and Lou Cahill.All three women said their connection to Brock has been continuous and “comfortable.” James Waters was the first to attend Brock in the ‘70s, studying ‘Cultures and Civilizations.’ Linda, daughter of James and Patricia, remembers coming to Brock in the ‘70s to watch the Hamilton Tiger Cats practise on campus in the off-season. She later earned a degree in education in 1984. Patricia came to Brock later on in her life, after her husband had attended, her children had grown up, and Linda had graduated. In 1988, Patricia received her BA in Visual Art after taking courses part time for years.Lou Cahill is a well-known name in St. Catharines and in the public relations community throughout Canada. He was a pioneer in the public relations industry, founding Canada’s longest-operating PR firm, OEB International. He was also a passionate supporter of everything Niagara for more than 75 years. In 1991, Cahill was presented with an honorary doctorate from Brock.The Alumni Relations Family Contest winners truly represented a multi-generational group of graduates with a family tradition of learning from the institution. Patricia Waters has visited the Special Collections library at Brock every week for more than 13 years to work on the archives for the Canadian Federation of University of Women, of which the St. Catharines chapter is the oldest in Canada. Linda attends Centre for the Arts performances, and Kate studies and acts as coxie for the men’s rowing team.Congratulations to Brock’s Family Contest winners. We received 19 submissions, learned about more than 74 new relationships, and are bound to hear about more stories. Do you have a Brock family with more than three graduates? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter! read more

WHS New charter for persons with disabilities endorsed at UN humanitarian summit

“The intersection between humanitarian crises and persons with disabilities is very strong,” Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, told the UN News Centre on the margins of a special session at the Summit on ensuring disability-inclusive humanitarian action. “Persons with disabilities are always left behind and the humanitarian response is very complicated because there is no planning to address their needs. We see that constantly – in armed conflict situations, and natural disasters,” she explained. The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action urges government representatives as well as leaders of non-governmental organizations and funding bodies to ensure that their future humanitarian actions will be inclusive of people with disabilities, based on five principals:non-discrimination and recognition of the diversity of people with disabilities;involvement of people with disabilities in developing humanitarian programs;ensuring services and humanitarian assistance are equally available for and accessible to all people with disabilities;implementation of inclusive global policies; andcooperation and coordination among humanitarian actors to improve inclusion of people with disabilities.For more detailed information on the Charter, including a list of endorsing countries, please follow this link: www.humanitariandisabilitycharter.org. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) greets participants at a Special Session at the World Humanitarian Summit on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities into Humanitarian Action. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › “For me, it was absolutely critical that I was [at the special session], because it reminded me of my responsibility as a citizen, and also as the Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to really put people with disabilities much closer to the center of everything we do. We must leave no one behind, and we must be inclusive,” said UN Special Advisor David Nabarro. He noted that the endorsement of the charter shows there is “real commitment” to working to ensure that people with disabilities are much closer to the center of humanitarian action. This message was echoed by Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), where many people have been injured due to conflict. “When I met young children in Syria who recently had lost limbs because of a car bomb attack, I realized, when I look at them and talk to them, that we need to do much more,” he said. “So [the charter] is an incentive to improve programmes, to include people with disabilities into the planning processes, as part of consultations in far more systematic way.” Speaking with the UN News Centre through an interpreter, Colin Allen, who will be the next chair of the International Disability Alliance (IDA), highlighted that the charter will help address the specific needs of many people, such as those who are deaf, blind, or both. “My role [at the session] was to make sure humanitarian actors have systems in place that are accessible, so that in the event of any natural disaster or crisis, they are able to facilitate access for people with disabilities,” he said, stressing the need to be prepared well in advance for this kind of assistance, such as having people who know sign language. He also shared this message about what has been achieved for people with disabilities at the World Humanitarian Summit. Colin Allen, President of the World Federation of the Deaf. Credit: UN News Centre read more

Support Mali reconciliation efforts in whatever way possible urges UN expert

The move follows warnings from the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, that central areas of Mali, especially around Mopti, are seeing an increased level of violence, including the killing and maiming of children.More than 150 children have been killed in Mali so far this year, with 75 injured due to violent attacks, and the number of child soldiers in armed groups has doubled compared to the same period in 2018. This underlined the “disproportionate impact that intercommunal violence has had on children, with a dramatic increase in the number killed so far in 2019”, said Mr. Tine.In his statement, Mr. Tine also referred to the June attacks in the central Mali village of Sobane-Da in June, which led to the deaths of 35 people. He said that the recent report on the killings, from the UN Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, also emphasised the “needless death, destruction and displacement of civilians caused by such incidents”.The reconciliation process, which has involved traditional and religious leaders, civil society members and the local authorities, was described as “an encouraging development”, which should contribute to “ending impunity and promoting justice and reconciliation”. Mr. Tine noted Prime Minister Boubou Cissé’s recent visits to the affected region which, he said, have provided a boost to the initiatives.The Malian Government has been seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012 that fractured the country, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical extremists.The Independent Expert stressed that the use of arms was not the way to resolve the Malian crisis. “Progress can be made only by protecting human rights alongside development, together with efforts to obtain peace and security,” he said. read more

Jack Millers life will be celebrated Thursday

Jack Miller left an indelible mark on Brock University. His life and legacy will be celebrated Thursday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at Pond Inlet.Miller served Brock for nearly 50 years in many capacities from scholar and teacher to planner. His input helped shape the University as we know it. There is not a project built during Miller’s time that doesn’t have his fingerprints on it.Miller served under every president in the University’s history. Having arrived in 1966, just 24 months after Brock opened, Miller — an inorganic chemist who held dual PhDs — began as an assistant professor in Chemistry.Over the decades, his combination of research knowledge, planning skills and organizational vision would take him beyond the lab, especially as the University’s growth created the need for someone to maximize effective use of teaching and research space created by new buildings and expansion projects.In 2004 he became Special Advisor on Buildings and Space, and was still performing that role on a part-time basis when he died in April.His lasting legacy won’t be forgotten.Complimentary parking will be available in Lot A. read more

Andrew Neil attacks BBC over Leftwing bias in comedy shows

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. Andrew Neil, the BBC political presenter often accused of right wing bias, has complained that the corporation’s comedy output is too left wing.Neil singled out The Mash Report, BBC Two’s satirical late night show, as “self satisfied, self adulatory, unchallenged Left-wing propaganda. It’s hardly balance. Could never happen on a politics show. Except this has become a politics show.”The Now Show on Radio 4 is “contrived ideological commentary” and Have I Got News For You “is on its last legs”, Neil said.”When it comes to so called comedy the BBC has long given up on balance, on radio and TV. Nobody seems to care. And I don’t want Right-wing comedy, whatever that is. I’d just like comedy. Which is in really short supply. On TV and radio,” he tweeted.He dismissed The Mash Report as a “pathetic imitation” of The Daily Show in the US, hosted by Jon Stewart, who “was Left-wing but also intelligent”.Neil said he has signed up to BBC Sounds, the corporation’s rebranded audio service offering access to radio comedies, but uses it to listen to old episodes of The Goon Show and Round The Horne.The presenter’s thoughts on BBC comedy came in a flurry of late night tweets in which he also referred to Carole Cadwalladr, the journalist who exposed the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, as the “mad cat woman” “Karol Kodswallop”. He later deleted it, and a BBC spokesman said Neil had recognised it was “inappropriate”.In his social media spree, Neil also described Channel 4 News as “the broadcasting arm of the Guardian” and railed against Bobby Gillespie, the Primal Scream singer who appeared in a recent edition of Neil’s show, This Week.Gillespie was shown staring stony-faced as Neil, former Tory minister Michael Portillo and Labour MP Caroline Flint performed a comedy dance routine at the end of the show. The footage went viral, and Gillespie later called Neil “arrogant, rude and smug”.In his tweets, Neil said: “I hope we show it again so somebody can tell who the miserable Jock is and what he’s ever done. Other than scowl and spout Corbynista propaganda from his fancy Islington pad.”The BBC has previously defended Neil against accusations of political bias, saying he is “an excellent interviewer who is bound by exactly the same rules of on-air impartiality as every other BBC journalist”.Neil, 69, is regarded by some as the perfect host for Question Time, but the job is expected to go to a younger woman.He stepped down as host of the Sunday Politics last year, replaced by Sarah Smith. read more

Marko Vujin about TOP 8 My wish is Szeged – It will

The TOP scorer in THW Kiel victory over SG Flensburg in their second leg at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16, Marko Vujin, has a wish for the upcoming matches in TOP 8 phase. The 31 years-old Serbian right back wants to feel atmosphere of Szeged’s sports hall once again, the place where he had a lot of great battle during his time in Veszprem:– I have played nine years in Hungary, so my wish is Szeged. However, all the possible rivals are ok for me except PSG Handball. I would like to avoid them – said Vujin. ← Previous Story Eight best teams in Europe are ready to fight for VELUX EHF F4! Next Story → EHF Cup TOP 6 draw: Germans looking for three places in “Max Schmelling Arena” Marko Vujin read more

Latest Deal over CR Sets up Next Shutdown

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Congress is no closer to a deal on topline spending levels for fiscal 2018 following Monday’s resolution of the three-day government shutdown and is likely headed to another showdown over funding the government in a little more than two weeks. It still is not clear whether the Senate Democrats would be willing to force a second shutdown, but as long as the party continues to link the fate of “dreamers” to FY 2018 appropriations, the prospect remains. “I think the caps issue and the DACA [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program] issue are two pretty important unresolved issues that we have to get fixed. I suspect those will ride together,” said Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.).Lawmakers likely will need to pass a fifth continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded when the newest stopgap runs out on Feb. 8, and they may be stuck with a CR for the remainder of the year or a mix of individual spending bills for some titles and full-year stopgap for the rest, reports CQ.last_img read more

OBITUARY Phyllis M Jensen 86

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Phyllis M. Jensen, 86, of Wilmington, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 29. She was the wife of C. James Jensen.Born and raised in Woburn, she was the daughter of the late Oscar, and the late Rose Lundberg. Phyllis was a graduate of Woburn High School. She worked for many years at the former Woburn National Bank, retiring as an Assistant Vice President in 1999.Phyllis was a longtime active and faithful member of the North Congregational Church in North Woburn. She served the church in many capacities, most recently as Deacon and as Treasurer of the Deacons Fund.Phyllis was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star in both the local and state levels. She was a five-time Past Worthy Matron of the Aletheon Chapter #154 OES in Woburn, and had served as the chapter Secretary for over 10 years. She was also an Honorary Member of the Melrose Chapter #14, and a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Phyllis served as the state Deputy Grand Matron of the Massachusetts Grand Chapter in 1999; she was a Grand Representative for the Grand Chapter from 2002-2004; and was also the Grand Chapter Fraternal Correspondent in 2010.In addition to her husband Jim, Phyllis is survived by one daughter, Wanda Callahan and her husband Thomas of Andover, one son, Alan Jensen and his wife Nancy of Port Charlotte, Florida; five grandchildren, Steven, Christopher, and Ryan Jensen, Aislinn Brandt, and Eamon Callahan; and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Doris Leland and her husband Lester of Hyde Park, NY.A funeral service will be held at the North Congregational Church, 896 Main St., North Woburn on Sunday afternoon, February 3 at 2:00 pm. An Eastern Star service will be held prior to the funeral at 1:45 pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phyllis’ memory may be made to the Mission of Deeds, 6 Chapin Ave., Reading, MA 01867. Arrangements by the Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.Phyllis M. Jensen(NOTE: The above obituary is from Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Tabor) Ulrickson, 78In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Muse) Hailey, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Low oil prices could threaten transAlaska pipeline

first_imgA high-ranking federal Energy Information Administration official has said lower production levels could threaten the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, and that oil prices may not rise above $100 a barrel until 2030 or later.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that EIA administrator Adam Sieminski said Thursday at the Alaska Oil and Gas Associations annual luncheon that geopolitical tension could drive prices up much sooner than 2030.He said the agency is concerned that engineering complications could jeopardize the oil pipeline if the flow falls below 300,000 barrels a day, potentially resulting in an unexpected shutdown.The pipeline is designed to move 2 million barrels of oil daily. Today production is about 525,000 barrels daily.Oil prices are currently around $60 a barrel, leaving the state with a $3.5 billion deficit.last_img read more

Payal Tadvi case 3 accused Mumbai doctors arrested by police

first_imgKavita KrishnanThe senior doctors in abetting the suicide of Mumbai doctor Payal Tadvi have been arrested by the state police, according to latest reports.Earlier, protests organised by the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi and other Dalit tribal organisations were held today outside the BYL Nair Hospital over the suicide case of 26-year-old Payal Tadvi. She was allegedly driven to suicide by casteist remarks hurled at her by some senior doctors at the state-run hospital, in Mumbai.Payal committed suicide on May 22, according to her mother and husband who joined the protest the senior doctors tortured her due to which she committed suicide and they demand strictest actions against the accused.Dr Salman, husband of Payal said, ” We want government intervention and the police are doing nothing at this moment. It may be possible that they murdered her.”Payal, who was a Post Graduate (PG) second-year resident doctor pursuing gyaenocology in BYL Nair Hospital was found hanging in her room on May 22. On that day she had called her mother and told her that she could not bear any more torture. She was tortured by three senior doctors Hema Ahuja, Ankita Khandelwal and Bhakti Mehare of the gynaecology unit for a very long time as she belonged from an ST( Scheduled Tribe) caste family.They used to harass her by hurling casteist remarks at her as she got admission due to her reservation. They used to tell her that she will not be allowed to enter the operation theatre as she belongs to the lower caste. The seniors even took this to an extreme level by wiping their feet on her bed as they told her that she deserves that.The hospital authorities has suspended the doctors and the three of them have been booked under The SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, by the Agripada police. A 21 member anti-ragging committee is also investigating the incident.Her family alleged that she has been harassed for a long time, a year back she even informed her husband who initially did not react to it but later approacher her unit head to transfer her and she got transferred. But when she entered the second year she was again sent to that unit and finally committed suicide due to the torture.The Maharashtra State Commission for Women has issued a notice to the hospital demanding a reply regarding the action taken for this heinous crime.A senior official of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) as quoted by PTI said, ” We have proper evidence that the three senior doctors made casteist remarks at her. We will cooperate with the police in the investigation process.”Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav condemned the incident and said that it is a murder of the protection given to scheduled tribes by the constitution.last_img read more

Woah The cost of Tamannaah Bhatias new Mumbai flat will shock you

first_imgTamannaah Bhatia.PR HandoutIt is not uncommon for our Bollywood celebs to splurge on expensive bags, cars, outfits and properties. Several celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone have invested bombs on properties. And the latest to join the list is actress Tamannaah Bhatia.Tamannaah has apparently shelled out a humongous amount for buying a new home in Mumbai. As per a report in DNA, Ms Bhatia has bought a Rs 80,778 per sqft flat in Versova. And not just that, the actress has even paid Rs 99.60 lakh for the registration of the flat.While the entire nation has a huge crush on Tamannaah Bhatia, it’s Hrithik Roshan who makes Tamannah go weak in the knees. When Tamannaah recently appeared on Famously Filmfare, she spoke about her admiration towards Hrithik being a huge fan of him and why she doesn’t kiss any actor on-screen. “I don’t kiss on-screen basically. So that’s actually a part of my contract. But I keep joking with my friends, with Hrtihik Roshan, yay! I would,” Tamannaah said.She further said, “I am a huge Hrithik Roshan fan. I recently bumped into him and I was so stupid. I was like ‘Hi, I am a big fan and so nice to meet you’ and then I was like okay I didn’t know what else to say. And then he walked a little and looked back. He was like, ‘You want a picture?’ and I was like ‘Yes! I want a picture.” I felt like a 16-year-old when I met him for the first time.”Tamannaah would next be seen in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and if the reports are to be believed, she would be doning some of the most expensive costumes in the film. “Tamannaah was excited when the script was narrated to her and also that is it is a big film. Her role will be very intense as a patriot who goes very far for the sake of the country and its freedom,” said the source to International Business Times.last_img read more