10 months agoPortimonense president Sampaio waiting on offers for Man Utd, Southampton target Nakajima

first_imgPortimonense president Sampaio waiting on offers for Man Utd, Southampton target Nakajimaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePortimonense president Rodiney Sampaio insists they’re still waiting on offers for Shoya Nakajima.The Japan international has been watched by Manchester United and Southampton, while he also attracted an enquiry from Leicester City.However, speaking with O Jogo, Sampaio says “no concrete offers” have arrived for the midfielder.Nakajima has returned to Portugal after being injured while with Japan at the Asian Cup.Sampaio added: “It is annoying for the player and the club, but Nakajima is calm and now there is little to do but to recover.”Very quickly, he will be back on the pitch and in our team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

More Fun Than a Mob of ‘Roos: Four Pillars Gin Comes Stateside

first_img Editors’ Recommendations We’re not going to say that Four Pillars Gin is the best thing to come to America from Australia since Steve Irwin, but we’re also not not going to say it.Established in 2013 in the Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia, Four Pillars was founded by Cameron Mackenzie, a former Olympic runner, with the intention to bring craft distilling and craft cocktails in Australia to new levels. Mackenzie and his two partners Stuart Gregor, Matt Jones—who have over fifty years combined experience in the wine and spirits industries—have been doing a damn good job so far, winning multiple medals for their flagship gins. Now, though, they’re stepping up to the international stage, unveiling their flagship expressions, Rare Dry and their Navy Strength, in markets in New York and California.(The name, for those wondering, comes from the distillery’s philosophy—to create a gin based on four principles: magnificent stills, the best water in the world, exquisitely sourced botanicals and good old-fashioned love.)Rare Dry (41.8% ABV), the first gin created by Four Pillars is juniper-forward, but also includes indigenous Australian ingredients such as Tasmanian Pepperberry and Lemon Myrtle. The addition of large amounts of orange, too, help Rare Dry stand out from other dry gins on the market. For those of you still on the fence, Rare Dry was awarded a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2014, and backed that up with another double gold medal at the same competition this year. This is something that no other gin has ever done.Navy Strength (58.8% ABV) is the second gin to be released stateside and continues the tradition of other “navy-strength” spirits. Navy Strength gin as a whole is a tradition that dates back to the 1800s Royal Navy, when gin barrels were often stored next to gunpowder kegs on ships during long sea voyages. If the gin was diluted and it happened to spill on the gunpowder, the powder wouldn’t light. The Royal Navy realized that gin about a certain alcohol (57%) would still light. Hence the big, bold gins we know today as Navy Strength. The gin itself has a different profile than Rare Dry, with Australian Finger Limes being subbed in for the oranges. Ginger and turmeric also make an appearance in Navy Strength.These gins, basically, will have you screaming “Crikey” in no time.Rare Dry sells for $38 and Navy Strength sells for $48. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Explore On- and Off-Road With Garmin’s All-Terrain Overlander GPS The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night The Best Products to Combat Swamp Crotch and Sweaty Ballslast_img read more

Pema Khandu sworn in as Arunachal Pradesh CM

first_imgItanagar: Pema Khandu was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh here. Governor B.D. Mishra administered the oath of office and secrecy to Khandu and 11 others as Ministers. Former Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein was sworn in as the Deputy again. The Governor also administered the oath to Wanki Lowang, Honchun Ngandam, Kamlung Mossang, Alo Libang, Bamang Felix, Er. Tumke Bagra, Mama Natung, Er. Tage Taki, Er. Taba Tedir and Nakap Nalo. Chief Ministers Sarbananda Sonowal of Assam, Biplab Kumar Deb of Tripura, N. Biren Singh of Manipur, Neiphiu Rio of Nagaland, Conrad Sangma of Meghalaya as well as others were present on the occasion.last_img

FA May Sanction Morinho for sexist and abusive language towards Eva

Rabat – Chelsea manager Jose Morinho may be facing a five-match touchline ban from Football Association (FA) for using abusive and sexist language towards team doctor Eva Carniero,  according to media reports.A report by The Independent said the FA is investigating a complaint that the Chelsea manager used abusive and sexist language during their season opener at Stamford Bridge.Carneiro was insulted by Jose Mourinho following the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Swansea on the opening day of the season last August. Morinho was unhappy when Carneiro rushed onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard during injury time of the clash, leaving the team with 10 men. In a video footage released by Sky Sports, Morniho is seen visibly angry while pronouncing ‘filho da puta’ in Portuguese, which translates as son of a b***h). According to the Independent, FA is studying video evidence of abusive language made to Carneiro during the incident.The Independent’s Sam Wallace has reported that the Chelsea boss “could face a five-match touchline ban if found guilty” following the complaint, believed to have been made by a member of the public in the last few days.The British outlet has quoted a statement from the FA in which the governing body said: “The FA has received an enquiry relating to an alleged incident during the Premier League fixture between Swansea v Chelsea on 8 August, and will make no further comment at this time.” read more

Civilians paying price of efforts to thwart DR Congo armed groups UN

Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (known as MONUC), said in a briefing to Council members that there is growing concern about the humanitarian impact of the efforts to disband the armed groups.“We take these concerns very seriously and have addressed them with the Government at various levels,” he said, citing the deployment of more MONUC resources and personnel to the affected provinces, such as North Kivu, continuing efforts to combat sexual and gender-based violence, and increased pressure on the Government to take action against undisciplined soldiers.“MONUC has established 35 military bases in North Kivu, many of which are in very remote areas, where operations against the FDLR [the Forces Démocratiques de Liberation du Rwanda, one of the rebel groups] are ongoing. These bases have allowed for close monitoring of the operations and rapid intervention in a number of instances.”But he warned that the Mission’s resources are being stretched thin as it waits for reinforcements to arrive following the Security Council’s recent authorization of additional troops to deal with the strife in the DRC’s east.In an op-ed article published in The Washington Times today, Mr. Doss urged the Government to do its utmost to ensure discipline and end impunity within the ranks of its forces, which are known as the FARDC.“People have to trust in those sent to protect them, and the army needs local cooperation to root out the FDLR,” he wrote. But he added that that discipline will not improve unless pay and living conditions are enhanced for Congolese soldiers.“This means barracks, sufficient food and wages paid in full and on time. Military families need shelter and protection as well… Donor partners must dig deeper to help the Congo deal with this crisis and fund the reforms that can help the army gain the confidence of the people.”Mr. Doss told the Council that he welcomed this week’s announcement by the FARDC of a zero tolerance policy towards the perpetrators of criminal acts within its ranks.He also called for more determined action against FDLR leaders in exile, who have been able to operate from abroad and maintain contacts with their commanders on the ground.Later, in a press statement, the Council expressed grave concern about the ongoing human rights violations against civilians, particularly the widespread sexual violence and the recruitment and use of child soldiers by rebels groups and some elements of the FARDC.Council members also encouraged MONUC to continue to monitor the performance and conduct of the army units involved in joint operations against armed groups. 10 July 2009Civilians are bearing the brunt of attempts to dismantle armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the rebels carrying out vicious reprisals and some Government soldiers committing serious human rights abuses, the senior United Nations official to the country told the Security Council today. read more

Police use tear gas and water cannons on antiSAITM protest

Pictures by Lalith Perera Despite the tear gas and water cannons being used on the students the students kept returning to the Colpetty junction and the protest continued till late into the evening. The Police used tear gas and water cannons on a protest by university students staged in Colombo today against the SAITM institute in Malabe.The protesters were prevented from moving forward at the Colpetty junction by riot squads who fired tear gas and water cannons. The Inter University Students’ Federation said that they will continue to protest till free education is secured in Sri Lanka. The protest led to roads in the area being closed and the public being greatly inconvenienced.Several people working in the area were unable to go home after work as the roads were closed as a result of the protest. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Rare turtles smuggled via Sri Lanka to Hong Kong and Singapore

The communiqué sent by Interpol environmental security program states, “We would like to congratulate India on the arrest of Manivannan Murugesan. Manivannan Murugesan is suspected to be a big turtle smuggler. He has been under review for a few years…” STF will now write to the Interpol to get a red corner notice issued against the Murgesan, accused of being the kingpin of India’s illegal turtle trade market so that he could be prosecuted in Thailand where he is wanted in alleged wildlife crimes, said STF officials. Rare turtles are being smuggled out of India to Hong Kong and Singapore through two routes including one via Sri Lanka, investigations have revealed.Interpol (International Criminal Police Organization) has sent intelligence inputs to wildlife officials in Madhya Pradesh regarding the alleged wildlife crimes of Manivannam Murgesan, accused of being an international turtle smuggler who was arrested by MP’s special task force (STF) wildlife crimes from Chennai earlier this month, The Hindustan Times quoted senior STF officials as saying. Confirming the development, Ritesh Sirothia in-charge STF (wildlife crime) said after they arrested Murgesan from Chennai and brought him to MP, they wrote to Interpol, urging it to provide details about his wildlife crimes in other countries.“We didn’t want that he should get a bail and abscond like has happened in some earlier cases with us. So to make our case more strong before the judge, we wrote to Interpol about our big catch and asked them to provide us details about his crimes in other countries. They not only provided us with the details of his crimes, they also lauded us for the big catch, who operates in many countries”, he said. In October 2016, Interpol’s environment crime wing had issued a red corner notice against international wildlife smuggler Jaiy Tamang alias Passang Limi, who hails from Tibet, following a request by MP’s wildlife department in a case pertaining to smuggling of pangolin and tiger bones. STF had arrested the 42-year-old Jaiy Tamang from Delhi in October 2015, but he absconded after securing bail in MP later. STF officials said as he operates in the entire South Asia, especially Nepal, Tibet, China, Myanmar, they were not sure about his whereabouts now.The ongoing investigation by STF has unveiled a pan-India poaching and trafficking network that smuggles rare turtles out of the country to Hong Kong and Singapore through two routes-one via Madras-Sri Lanka and other through Kolkata-Bangladesh route.Sirothia said Murgesan was a Singapore based businessman and had illegal trade links in Thailand, Malaysia, Macau, Hong Kong, China and Madagascar besides Singapore. On February 1, four-member STF team led by Ritesh Sirothia had brought Murgesan to MP after arresting him in Chennai and presented him before the Special Court at Sagar. According to STF officials, Murgesan was wanted by STF, Wildlife Crime Control Bureau and Uttar Pradesh STF for a long time. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UNsponsored conference seeks to tackle Iraqs unemployment crisis

The two-day meeting in Amman, Jordan, organized by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in response to a call by the Iraqi Government, brought together more than 60 representatives of government, employers and workers in Iraq, as well as representatives of local authorities, civil society, UN agencies, the World Bank and international donors.Given Iraq’s precarious employment situation with around 2 million unemployed, the participants issued a Declaration and a Plan of Action declaring that addressing the problem “could certainly make an independent contribution to peace and stability in Iraq.”The Action Plan, with its immediate, medium and long-term objectives, set three major action programs, including “maximizing the employment impact of reconstruction efforts, and strengthening the institutional capacities of the concerned government agencies and the social partners.”The Amman Declaration called for a “commitment of resources by donors to strengthen labour market institutions to provide employment services which facilitate job creation and lead to an equitable and efficient labour market.”In closing remarks ILO Regional Director for Arab States Taleb Rifai reiterated the agency’s commitment to support key ministries and social partners in Iraq in integrating employment in economic and social decision-making.He called on other UN specialized agencies and the international donor community to join the ILO in a more coordinated and concerted endeavor to tackle Iraq’s massive unemployment and address related issues. read more

Afghanistan UNAfghan monitors call for tighter security ahead of elections

“Despite the fact that extremists have failed to derail the election process or to pressure candidates to withdraw, the possibility exists that the threat of violent attacks will have an impact on the campaign process and on Election Day, potentially disenfranchising large parts of the Pashtun population,” says a joint report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). The Pashtuns live mainly in southern Afghanistan. UNAMA and the AIHRC are verifying the exercise of political rights in Afghanistan to ensure free and fair elections on 18 September. That ballot, which will wrap up the war-torn country’s political transition, is on track with 5,800 registered candidates and about 1.5 million newly registered voters. “The overall impact was positive, particularly for women in conservative regions,” says the report, which adds that the range of candidates does not support the view that the elections will be dominated by commanders and armed elements.At the same time, verification team also indicated shortcomings in the environment and “worrying trends.” The escalation of violent attacks against candidates, election staff, civic educators and community leaders is particularly alarming and poses the greatest threat to the election process, with the east, southeast and south being the areas of greatest concern, says the report. “Concerted action will need to be taken by national and international security forces to respond to the security threats,” the report says, adding: “While the establishment of the National Joint Election Operation Center is encouraging, much more will have to be done to ensure that the police, national army and international security forces work closely to address the security challenges ahead.” The report also says that efforts should also be undertaken by Afghan officials at the central and local level to create “security zones” in vulnerable areas to ensure that candidates can carry out campaign activities without fear of violent attacks. And while the Ministry of Interior’s orders instructing the chiefs of police to undertake measures to protect female candidates and voters is welcome, more specific measures must be adopted by authorities at the central and local level. read more

On Nelson Mandela Day UN urges action that inspires change for a

Jerry Matthews Matjila, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the UN, addresses the General Assembly’s informal meeting in observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine ‹ › Mr. Eliasson said that the UN joined the Mandela Foundation in inviting people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes today to community service activity, because at the heart of the Day is volunteer work for people and the planet. “There is so much we can do. Tutor a child. Feed the hungry. Clean up a site or care for your environment. Volunteer to serve at a hospital or community centre. Help a refugee family. Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place. Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something,” he said, noting that the theme of this year’s Day – Take action! Inspire change – is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world. “This is the best tribute we can give to an extraordinary man who, with his steadfast belief in justice and equality, showed how one person can make a difference,” the Deputy Secretary-General said. “Let us all continue being inspired by Nelson Mandela’s lifelong example and his call to never cease working to build a better world for all,” he added. In other remarks today, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft noted that the Day represents an opportunity for the Assembly to celebrate and promote the values and extraordinary vision of one of the greatest men in modern history. “President Mandela’s contribution to humanity extends across the three pillars of the UN and both the Nelson Mandela Prize and the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners – also known as Nelson Mandela Rules – are a testament to his global impact,” Mr. Lykketoft said. “But an even greater testament to Mandela’s influence, would be for all world leaders to follow his example,” he said, encouraging Member States to write a new chapter of history by dedicating their time and talent to improving the lives of billions of people everywhere. The keynote address at the UN’s festivities in New York were given by Mr. Wonder, who began with a moment of silence for those who lost their lives as a result of gun violence and terrorism.Keynote speech by Stevie Wonder, singer and UN Messenger of Peace, at the Informal Meeting of the General Assembly on the occasion of the Annual Observance of the Nelson Mandela International Day. Credit: UNTV The UN Messenger of Peace said he was overwhelmed with joy to be part of the festivities for Mr. Mandela, whose struggle for democracy, human rights and social justice was only possible because he conducted himself with the highest standard of courage, integrity and grace. Mr. Mandela “set forth a model of behaviour and sense of being, that is so very desperately needed today. He has given the world a road map to follow in order to advance peace and social justice more effectively. We must follow it,” Mr. Wonder said. The singer and song writer also pledged to continue his longstanding work and advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities. He renewed an appeal that opportunity should be equally made available for all, calling on countries to strengthen efforts to promote access to technology and create adequate public infrastructure and transportation services, in order to have a more inclusive, accessible society for all. “Be not afraid! Be the bridge! Not the wall to peace and understanding. Be the man or woman that Nelson Mandala would be proud to call his brother or sister in the struggle for peace and love,” Mr. Wonder said. Mr. Wonder finished his address with a new song he wrote a couple of weeks ago, asking “where is our song of love, not a song for you and me but a song for humanity.” In honour of Mr. Mandela, a clothing donation public service activity was held at the Secretariat Circle at UN Headquarters – one of several events today around the world in which the UN took part. As the world marks Nelson Mandela International Day, United Nations officials and UN Peace Ambassador Stevie Wonder today paid tribute to the South African activist and peacemaker’s tireless efforts to end intolerance and injustice, calling on the international community to follow his guiding example in efforts to build a better world for all. “Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a meeting of the General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York to mark the Day, which is observed annually on 18 July. “Today, we remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity,” he added, delivering the message on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who is currently in South Africa for the International AIDS Conference and will be marking the Day in Durban. The Deputy Secretary-General emphasized that as the UN sets out to implement the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States should seek to continue building on Mr. Mandela’s legacy of selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose. “Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa. His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but all people around the world, giving them hope to fulfil their dreams and aspirations,” the Deputy Secretary-General said, adding that “Nelson Mandela continues to show us the way.” Singer, song writer and UN Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder, at the General’s Assembly’s informal meeting in observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine A wide view of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber as Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson (shown on screen) addresses the General Assembly’s informal meeting in observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Mogens Lykketoft (right), President of the seventieth session of the General Assembly, with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, at the General’s Assembly’s informal meeting inobservance of Nelson Mandela International Day. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine read more

UNESCO gives sustainable development a boost designates 24 new biosphere reserves

UNESCO/A. YakovlevBig Stone River, Mountainous Urals Biosphere Reserve, Russian Federation. These natural resources allow for activities compatible with sustainable development and protecting ancestral traditions.According to UNESCO, biosphere reserves in Germany and Italy, have been extended with name changes, while five in Australia, one in the Netherlands and another in the United States, have been withdrawn from the Network at the countries’ request.Every year the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, adds new sites. Thanks to the new designations, a host of precious areas representing multiple different terrains — along with ecosystems that encompass marine, swamp, forest peat and freshwater environments — are now being conserved. The reserves are particularly important for biodiversity hotspots with vulnerable ecosystems, such as coral reefs, dunes, sea marshes, mangroves and forests.While the Republic of Moldova and Mozambique have received biosphere reserves for the very first time, other countries with newly designated sites are Burkina Faso, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — commonly known as North Korea; Ecuador; and India.These sites are laboratories of harmonious interaction between people and nature, allowing for advances in the sciences and in traditional knowledge — UNESCO chief Audrey AzoulayThree new sites lie within Indonesia, with two in Italy and Kazakhstan; and Iran, Madagascar, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea (South Korea), Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Republic of Tanzania are also represented.Moldova’s newly designated Lower Prut biosphere reserve covers a mosaic of water, meadow and forest ecosystems. Agriculture there provides 90 per cent of inhabitants’ income.Located in the north of Mozambique, the newly designated Quirimbas consists of 11 islands that support 3,000 floral species, of which 1,000 are endemic; 23 species of reptiles; 447 species of birds; 46 species of terrestrial mammals, including four of the “big five” — elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard — together with eight species of marine mammals, including whales and dolphins.Ecosystems not only support a number of globally significant activities, including fishing, agriculture, animal breeding and tourism, but also provide habitats for migratory birds, rare animals and endangered species. “Conserving the biodiversity and the management of natural resources in these ecosystems is a prerequisite for sustainable development,” declared UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.Among other things, biosphere reserves reconcile the conservation of biodiversity and human activity through the use of sustainable natural resources.“These sites are laboratories of harmonious interaction between people and nature, allowing for advances in the sciences and in traditional knowledge,” continued Ms. Azoulay. “They facilitate the sharing of knowledge, promote the interaction between science and society and help bring concrete improvements to the lives of local populations.” UNESCO/Guoyong DongMount Huangshan Biosphere Reserve, China. read more

Brock grad shoots featurelength horror film

Lani Akande (BA ’12) had 11 days to bring his vision to life.The clock began ticking as soon as the Brock Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF) graduate yelled ‘action!’ with his crew working quickly to tell the story of The Guest at Ol’ Copey’s.Principal photography on the independent horror movie — Akande’s first feature-length film — was wrapped in time for him to begin the third year of his PhD in cinema studies at York University.The film tells the story of a Canadian university professor who, enticed by money, delves into selling African artifacts. She quickly finds out that “some artifacts are not meant to be sold,” Akande said.The Guest at Ol’ Copey’s is expected to hit the festival circuit in 2018.“It was a lot of work and took a lot of sacrifice from everyone involved. It was a great experience, but it was long, too,” Akande said.The shoot was not always easy. Issues related to locations and last-minute casting changes popped up, with very little time available for problem-solving.A supportive cast and crew helped Akande keep everything moving forward.Akande is no stranger to setbacks. After coming up with the movie’s concept in 2014, he had planned to film in Nigeria and secured a small crew to assist. “When I decided to shoot it in Canada, I had to completely rewrite the script and give up the former crew,” Akande said. “Only two crew members remained to work on the film: Anele Onwuka, the cinematographer, and Pat McIlroy, working on visual effects.”McIlroy, also a graduate of CPCF (BA ’06, MA ’08), met Akande back in 2010 while working as a teaching assistant, which he did in addition to day job as a professional visual effects artist.When Akande sought him out to work on The Guest at Ol’ Copey’s five years later, McIlroy was happy to come on board.CPCF Chair Christie Milliken said she’s always excited to hear about projects former students are taking on.“But when alumni from our department reconnect and work together in the industry like this, it’s gratifying in a different way. Both Lani and Pat were particularly strong students in our Film Studies program and, beyond that, had a real love for the art and craft of filmmaking.”Akande credits his work at Brock with shaping his path toward both filmmaking and graduate studies. “It was at Brock University I decided I wanted to pursue film practice as much as I pursued film theory and history, and develop my interest in the application of film theory to film practice,” he said.“That’s what I’ve been pursuing ever since.” read more

Humans to be geneticallymodified in Europe for the first time this year

first_imgThe biotech company Crispr Therapeutics is hoping to cure the disease beta thalassaemia, a devastating blood disorder which reduces the production of haemoglobin, the protein which carries oxygen to cells. It will be the first human… Without sufficient oxygen, sufferers can be left with bone deformities, severe anaemia, slow growth, fatigue and shortness of breath. Europe will see its first genetically engineered patients using a groundbreaking gene-splicing therapy this year after regulators approved trials. The disease is caused by a genetic mutation in the HBB gene, but scientists are confident that they can alter the body’s code to fix the problem and restore healthy levels of haemoglobin.last_img

Burns survivor turned model calls on beauty industry to widen its appeal

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. Catrin wants more beauty firms to feature people with visible differences in its campaignsCredit:Paul Grover for the Telegraph Avon is the very first brand to sign up to Changing Faces’ #PledgeToBeSeen, calling on fashion and beauty brands to feature people with visible differences in its campaigns.Research from Avon found that 80 percent of women say they feel too much pressure to be ‘perfect’, with 60 per cent feeling pressured to meet a certain beauty standard.According to the study, 40 percent of women said they find it hard to relate to the women they see in the media, which prompted the beauty products firm to feature a more diverse range of women in its own campaigns.The firm also announced Stand4her, a global initiative to tackle some of the barriers preventing women from achieving their full potential. The initiative aims to improve the lives of 100 million women each year.Following the 2013 coach crash doctors gave Ms Pugh a one in 1,000 chance of survival, but after 200 operations and three months in a medically induced coma she defied expectations and began to rebuild her life.Now she says she wants to be a role model for people who have suffered similar ordeals.Ms Pugh said: “When I was receiving treatments for my burns I would read magazines to pass the time and I never saw anyone who looked like me – so to be a part of a mainstream beauty campaign is so important.“Hopefully these campaigns will open people’s eyes to the need for more diversity in the fashion and beauty industry and the impact this can have on people’s confidence and self-esteem.”She added: “I hope to inspire others to embrace their appearance, no matter what they look like. I want people to feel confident and use clothes and beauty to express who they are rather than hide away.”At least 1.3 million children, young people and adults in the UK are estimated to havesignificant disfigurements, including 569,000 with facial disfigurements – around one in 111 in the population.Becky Hewitt, chief executive of Changing Faces, said: “As a charity that supports people with visible differences, we want to see brands, publications and designers working with real people of all appearances so that beauty and fashion is accessible to all.She added: “We are thrilled that our ambassador, Catrin, is one of the faces of Avon’s new campaign, proving that people who look different have a right to be seen and heard, especially in an industry which has historically excluded them.” A burns survivor who was scarred for life in a horrific coach crash has called for the beauty industry to do more to appeal to women suffering from facial disfigurements.Catrin Pugh, who suffered 96 per cent burns in the accident six years ago, said beauty and make up firms were failing to provide women like her with suitable role models.The 25-year-old from Wrexham, north Wales, who was left with only the soles of her feet unburned after her coach crashed and burst into flames in the French Alps, has been chosen as one of the faces of Avon’s Perfect Nudes collection of lip shades, becoming the beauty giant’s first ever model with a visible difference.But speaking about the launch of the collection on Friday she said the industry as a whole needs to do more for women like her.Ms Pugh, who is also ambassador for the Changing Faces charity for people with facial disfigurements, told The Telegraph: “I want to see more beauty and fashion brands following Avon’s example and featuring people with visible differences in their campaigns.“This is so important because everyone wants to be valued and included and seeing people who look like you in mainstream brand campaigns and adverts can really make a difference. I hope many more companies will sign Changing Faces’ pledge.” Catrin wants more beauty firms to feature people with visible differences in its campaigns read more

Burton Therell be no delay restoring Jobseeker payments for seasonal workers

first_imgSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton is seeking to reassure people taking up seasonal work for Christmas that their Jobseeker payments will be reinstated immediately after their employment ends.The Minister has urged anyone on either Jobseeker Benefit or Jobseeker Allowance who receives an offer of seasonal work to contact their local social welfare or Intreo centre and provide them with details of the employment on offer. They should also make contact once that work ends.Burton said that if someone was taking up work or a training course lasting “up to eight weeks” that the Department would “temporarily suspend their claim so that it can be reinstated without delay when the work or training finishes”.She has also urged employers seeking seasonal workers to contact social welfare offices for help finding suitable short-term workers.“Employers will receive a quality service from the Department including the referral of skilled people and information on a range of incentives to assist employers in growing their businesses, such as the JobsPlus scheme,” the Minister said in a statement.Launched earlier this year, JobsPlus is a scheme whereby companies receive an incentive to recruit people who are long-term unemployed.Read: 175 seasonal jobs up for grabs at Argos this ChristmasRead: Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus schemelast_img read more

Largest volcanic eruption in 50 years happening right now in Japan

first_imgAny kind of eruption is something everyone wants to see happen, unless it stops your plane from flying. But on January 26, the largest volcanic eruption in 50 years happened in Japan.Mount Kirishima on the island of Kyushu blew its top. The violent eruption created a massive ash cloud, pyroclastic flows (fast moving, extremely hot gas flow), and large lava fragments (volcanic bombs) that flew a mile up in the air.Although the eruption started on the 26th, it is still ongoing with a webcam setup and updating once every 60 seconds. It still looks incredibly active, beautiful, and quite deadly all at the same time. Play it safe and watch the video feeds rather than attempting to visit in person.Read more at Our Amazing Planetlast_img

Legislators hope to fix uncertainty plaguing school budgets this session

first_imgRep. Paul Seaton said he hopes the Legislature will pass House Bill 287 to avoid budget uncertainty for Alaska school districts. (KTOO photo)This session, some state legislators hope to put an end to the uncertainty school districts across the state face when it comes to their budgets.Listen nowHouse Bill 287 and Senate Bill 131 both address K-12 school funding, but in different ways.HB 287 would split next school year’s education budget off from the state’s main budget. It calls for about $1.3 billion from state savings.SB 131 isn’t itself a budget bill, but a process bill. It would require the Legislature to pass a separate public education budget by April 1 each year.Kodiak Republican Sen. Gary Stevens is sponsoring SB 131, and Homer Republican Rep. Paul Seaton is sponsoring HB 287. Seaton said they spoke with each other about their bills, but they didn’t plan them together.“So he asked me whether that would interfere and I said, ‘No, that would be good because that’s looking at the long term,’” Seaton said. “In other words talking about future legislatures and what they will do, and this bill is looking at doing an appropriation to accomplish the goal this year while we have control of the budget.”Wasilla Republican Rep. Cathy Tilton is critical of that approach. She said on Thursday that prioritizing education over everything else in the overall budget doesn’t seem fair.“I think that education is a very important issue in our state, but I also think that crime has risen and public safety is also a very important issue in our state,” Tilton said. “So if you start to look at the different agencies, and we do go to the constitution, see what’s constitutionally mandated but public safety is also constitutionally mandated. So where do we decide who’s the winners, who’s the losers? Whose budget gets funded first?”For several years when there was plenty of money in the general fund, the Legislature planned education funding several years in advance.At the end of last school year, hundreds of pink slips went out to untenured teachers across the state. Weeks later, they were hired back when the Legislature finally resolved the budget.Even though Juneau Superintendent Mark Miller knew he was taking a risk, he decided to put his hopes in the Legislature flat-funding education, rather than lay off teachers.Miller said he does not want to have to make that choice again.“Anything we can do to help stabilize funding for education, so that we have an idea when we budget of how much money we’re going to be able to spend, is encouraging,” Miller said.The House may vote on HB 287 Wednesday when it goes to the floor for a third reading. SB 131 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee.KTOO and Alaska Public Media reporter Andrew Kitchenman contributed to this report.last_img read more

Nizamabad Rajiv Gandhi brought IT revolution in country

first_imgNizamabad: Former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi brought in the computer revolution in the country, said Congress Nizamabad city secretary Ramarthi Gopikrishna. Congress leaders paid tributes to Rajiv Gandhi statue at Kotagalli in Nizamabad on Tuesday on his 75th birth anniversary. Gopikrishna reminded that polio drops vaccination is continuing across the country because of Rajiv Gandhi only, who strengthened the Panchayati Raj system.Congress youth secretary Bobbili Ramakrishna, Vipul Goud, Sagar, Preetam Anil, Nawaz, Chintu and others participated and cleansed Rajiv Gandhi statue with milk.last_img

Pakistan to deploy army over Islamabad unrest

first_imgPakistani residents walk past burning prison vans torched by protesters from the Tehreek-i-Labaik Yah Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) religious group during clashes with police in Rawalpindi on Saturday. Photo: AFPPakistan’s government called on the powerful military to deploy in the capital Islamabad Saturday after deadly unrest broke out when police moved to dislodge an Islamist protest that has paralysed the city for weeks.At least six people were killed and some 190 injured—around 137 of whom were security personnel—in fierce clashes as police tried to disperse the demonstration earlier Saturday.Security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets and demonstrators blocked roads and burned police vehicles around the site of the sit-in. As the violence intensified, protests sprouted in the major cities of Lahore and Karachi, as well as smaller towns across the country.“According to figures we have, at least six people were killed in violence today,” Deeba Shahnaz, a spokeswoman for the Provincial Rescue department, told AFP. A security official also confirmed the death toll.Authorities had been attempting to clear a relatively small protest by the little-known hardline group Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) that has blocked a main highway into Islamabad since November 6, causing hours-long traffic snarls and enraging citizens.It was not clear how many protesters remained in the streets of the capital late Saturday.There had been roughly 2,000 as the operation began, but AFP reporters said dozens more were arriving throughout the day. Many were galvanised by posts on social media, despite apparent efforts to block sites including Twitter.Police and paramilitary forces retreated following the clashes, with the Islamabad Capital Territory authorities making the request for the army to step in soon after.An interior ministry order said the federal government had authorised the deployment of “sufficient troops” to “control law and order” in the city until further notice.There was no immediate comment from military officials and no sign of troops in the streets late Saturday.The demonstrations have threatened the beleaguered Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) government ahead of a general election due to be held next year.The PML-N is already reeling from a Supreme Court decision to oust former prime minister Nawaz Sharif over graft allegations in the summer, while finance minister Ishaq Dar—also embroiled in a corruption scandal—has taken indefinite medical leave.Sharif had repeatedly clashed with the military, which has ruled Pakistan for half of its 70-year history.Analysts and critics accused the government of bungling its response to the protests, with authorities hesitating for days over fears of violence as the city’s commuters seethed in the traffic choked streets.During the unrest Pakistan’s media regulator barred local TV channels from broadcasting live images.Twitter said it was “monitoring” reports of the government blocking the site, adding “We… hope service will be fully restored soon”.Alarmed residentsThe TLYRAP are demanding that Pakistan’s law minister Zahid Hamid resign over a hastily-abandoned amendment to the oath that election candidates must swear.Demonstrators have linked it to blasphemy—a highly contentious issue in Muslim Pakistan—and claim the oath was softened to enable the participation of Ahmadis, a long-persecuted Islamic minority sect.Earlier, police in Karachi said some 200 protesters had blockaded a major road in the southern port, with at least 27 injured—including 22 people with gunshot wounds—brought to hospital, according to doctors.Markets and shops were shuttered in the megacity, Pakistan’s commercial hub, as alarmed residents stayed inside, while hardline clerics urged more people to take to the streets.An AFP journalist in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, said a main artery road was closed by police due to protests. Smaller rallies were reported in other towns across the country.Earlier in the day Pakistan’s powerful military chief phoned the prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to urge the situation be handled “peacefully”.General Qamar Javed Bajwa called for both sides to avoid violence “as it is not in national interest”, army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said on Twitter.‘Explosive’ situationThe protesters come from the Barelvi sect of Islam that has strong ties to Sufism, a mystical branch of the religion that is seen as moderate.However the execution in 2016 of Barelvi follower Mumtaz Qadri—who assassinated liberal Punjab governor Salman Taseer over his stance on the country’s blasphemy laws—led members of the group to take a more hardline stance against any moves to reform the legislation.“These people already had a grudge against the government and the government just provided them the opportunity to vent out their anger,” said political analyst Hasan Askari.But weeks of inaction from authorities sparked the wrath of Pakistan’s judiciary, with the Supreme Court issuing a blistering statement earlier in the week and the Islamabad High Court threatening to hold government officials in contempt.Analysts said the government had allowed a minor issue to grow into a headline-grabbing and potentially dangerous situation.Even before Saturday’s clashes the sit-in had cost the life of an eight-year-old child whose ambulance could not reach a hospital in time due to the blocked roads.“Politically driven procrastination has its own costs and this is what the government is paying,” analyst Imtiaz Gul told AFP, adding that the situation was “explosive”.last_img read more

Carnival releases itinerary details for revamped Carnival Radiance

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — The inaugural schedule for the newly transformed Carnival Radiance will include nine to 13-day European voyages, the line’s first to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, VA, four- to nine-day sailings to the Caribbean and Canada & New England from New York, and a winter season of voyages to the Caribbean and Cuba from Port Canaveral.Last month Carnival announced that it was turning its Carnival Victory vessel into the upgraded Carnival Radiance, set to sail in 2020.Carnival has also revealed details of Carnival Sunrise’s 2020 schedule, including an expanded series of New York to Cuba cruises, as well as four- to nine-day voyages to the Caribbean from New York and Norfolk.Following a US$200 million dry dock that will take place in Cadiz, Spain, Carnival Radiance will debut April 29, 2020, with a 10-day Med sailing from Barcelona followed by nine-and 12-day departures visiting top destinations throughout the region, including Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.The ship will then embark on a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York June 11-24, 2020, positioning the vessel for its inaugural season in the Big Apple.Once in New York, Carnival Radiance will offer a series of four- and six-day Bermuda cruises as well as a four-day cruise to Saint John, NB, eight-day eastern Caribbean voyages and the line’s first Cuba cruises from New York – nine-day sailings that include a full-day and overnight stay in Havana and two Bahamian ports of call.  The New York program will conclude with a series of Canada/New England voyages featuring stops in Boston, Portland, Saint John and Halifax.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe ship will also offer four five- to seven-day voyages from Norfolk in October and November 2020, including the line’s first Cuba cruises from that port.  There will also be a five-day Bahamas cruise and a six-day cruise visiting three of the country’s most popular destinations, including Half Moon Cay.Following the cruises from the Northeast, Carnival Radiance will reposition to Port Canaveral to operate a winter schedule of six- to eight-day voyages to the Caribbean and Cuba beginning Nov. 8, 2020.  The program includes six-day voyages featuring a day-long visit and overnight call in Havana and two Bahamian ports; a six-day sailing to Grand Turk, Amber Cove in the D.R. and Nassau; and seven-and eight-day Caribbean voyages visiting Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts and Grand Turk.Meanwhile Carnival Sunrise will offer a series of ‘long weekend’ getaways to Bermuda as well as longer length Caribbean voyages and cruises to Cuba from the Big Apple beginning May 21, 2020.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthCarnival Sunrise will also sail from Norfolk in May 2020, offering a pair of five-day cruises to Nassau and Freeport, along with a three-port, six-day voyage featuring Half Moon Cay, Nassau and Freeport.The dry docks for both Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance will add a long list of new dining, beverage and entertainment choices, most of which are already featured on Carnival’s revamped ships. Venues include Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, classic American steakhouse Fahrenheit 555, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub.   Carnival Radiance will also feature Big Chicken, a seagoing version of a landside restaurant operated by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.A new WaterWorks aqua park featuring the new AquaTunnel slide as well as a SportSquare open-air recreation complex with a suspended ropes course will be added. All staterooms will be renovated as well. Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Radiance Carnival releases itinerary details for revamped Carnival Radiancelast_img read more