Indian teams advance in Archery World Championships

first_imgIndia’s men’s and women’ s archery recurve teams finished 15th and 10th after the qualification rounds of the World Archery Championships.The men’s team of Jayanta Talukdar (628), Rahul Banerjee (641) and Mangal Singh Champia (636) cored a total of 1905 to make it to the knock out round here on Monday.The women’s team trio of Deepika Kumari (657), Laxmirani Majhi (629) and Rimil Buriuly (621) got a combined total of 1907 after 216 arrows.In the individual competition, former world No.1 Deepika finished eighth.The men’s compound team of Abhishek Verma (697), Rajat Chauhan (678) and Kawal Preet Singh (675) finished third in the qualification round. They shot a total of 2050.The women’s compound team of Purvasha Shende (678), V. Jyothi Surekha (663) and P. Lily Chanu (663) claimed sixth spot in the qualification round. They earned a total of 2004.last_img read more

Spinner Harbhajan Singh to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend Geeta Basra

first_imgSpinner Harbhajan Singh is set to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend and actor Geeta Basra on October 29 near Jalandhar in Punjab. Sources told Mail Today that the family has booked Hotel Club Cabana on Phagwara Road, located about 20 km away from the spinner’s hometown Jalandhar.Geeta’s family members will fly from London to India to solemnise the wedding, which will be a five-day event, including all ceremonies. The reception is set to take place in New Delhi on November 1.The sangeet ceremony is set to be the main attraction of the wedding with Harbhajan, also known as Bhajji, hiring a choreographer to train his family members and close friends Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli, sources said. Bhajji, who has participated in dance reality shows earlier, is also expected to dance at the wedding.While the bride will wear a ghagra, Bhajji will don a sherwani designed by Raghavendra Rathore, family sources said. The bride’s ghagras have been designed by two fashion designers.The couple’s wedding card, which went viral on social media, has their initials in golden ink. Guests are also being sent an admit card, which is reserved for a select few, and is mandatory to enter the venue. South Africa’ cricket team is also expected to attend the reception ceremony in New Delhi.Geeta and Bhajji have never accepted their relationship publicly but have been spotted together on several occasions. Geeta was seen cheering the spinner in Mumbai during the Indian Premier League 8 last month.last_img read more

KL-HOMELESS

first_imgKer to avail Rs 4000 cr loan from HUDCO for flagship housing schemeThiruvananthapuram, May 16 (PTI) The Kerala government today decided to avail a loan of Rs 4,000 crore for implementing its ambitious housing scheme- LIFE Mission, aimed at providing shelter to over five lakh homeless in the state.The Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment (LIFE) Mission, a programme announced by the LDF government after it came to power two years ago, envisages a comprehensive housing scheme for the landless and homeless in Kerala. A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here, gave sanction to avail the loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd, an official release said.The Rs 4,000 crore loan would be taken through the Kerala Urban Development Finance Corporation Ltd, it said. The cabinet decision comes in the wake of criticism from some quarters that the much-hyped housing scheme was going at a slow pace.The opposition Congress-led UDF had also alleged that there was confusion and technical complexities in identifying beneficiaries under the programme.However, Vijayan had recently informed the state assembly that a state-wide survey, conducted as part of the Mission, had identified 5.13 lakh persons as homeless in the state and finalised the list of beneficiaries.The target of the mission is to provide safe housing to over five lakh homeless in the state within five years.They would be provided with modern housing complexes with provision for pursuing their livelihood, skill development and provision for financial services inclusion, among others,official sources said.advertisementMarginalised sections like coastal population, plantation workers and those who stay in temporary shelters in government lands would be given priority, they added.In another major decision, the cabinet also gave sanction to amend the Kerala State Sports Act (2000) to fix the tenure of sports council president and vice president not more than 10 years. PTI LGK UD BN BN BNlast_img read more

Like a stag do on a trolley dash at Sergio Georgini’s

first_imgCITY SLICKERS (PART XXXVIII)It’s been two seasons since Pep Guardiola arrived in Manchester with a penchant for dressing his entire squad and staff in exactly the same clothes as him, thus making their arrival at grounds look like a stag do on a trolley dash at Sergio Georgini’s. In fact, he’s got so far under David Silva’s skin that the midfielder has taken a razor to his head and had a bit of a go at a beard, in what appears to be an attempt at getting himself work as a Pep lookalike at Fake Faces, “the UK’s leading lookalikes agency” (instant quotes available, though it may have been a while since ‘David Beckham’ or ‘Juan Seba Verón’ had many enquiries).But we digress. On his arrival, Guardiola set about trying to build the perfect Premier League squad, signing Claudio Bravo as a deliberate error so as not to anger the footballing gods. It seems to be working. During the 7-2 dismantling of Stoke, Kevin De Bruyne carved out enough time and space to attach a Groucho Marx-esque ‘tache, eyebrows and cigar to the ball so as to more effectively disguise his pass to Leroy Sané. Meanwhile, Kyle Walker, a £53m wing-back who can’t cross, has found the perfect striker to work with, what with Jesus’s aversion to them. In fact, City are ticking along so nicely that their Big Cup opponents on Tuesday night, the unbeaten Serie A-topping Napoli, have seemingly thrown in the towel. Share on WhatsApp QUOTE OF THE DAY“For the love of me, I couldn’t work Roberto Mancini out. We heard that when he was sacked by Inter in 2008, the entire squad had a massive night out to celebrate. By the time I left Manchester City in July 2011, I was ready to throw a party myself. Roberto Mancini saw the world differently to Shay Given, that’s for sure. He fell out with everyone. And when I say everyone, I mean everyone. The players, the back-up staff, the physios, the kitman, the press officers, the canteen workers, the car park lads, the lot. He probably even swung a punch or two at his own reflection for looking at him funny” – Shay Given goes full third-person in his autobiography, Any Given Saturday, while detailing his love for his former boss.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“This video from Chelsea on everything you need to know about Crystal Palace looks so much better in hindsight. What is it that comes before a fall again? Smugness and complacency, presumably” – Noble Francis.“How did The Fiver miss this? According to NBC Sports in the USA! USA!! USA!!!, Swansea have a new defender. I can’t quite place him but he looks somewhat familiar” – Gareth Rogers. Coming soon. Photograph: James Drew Turner Share on Messenger Read more Pinterest “In Europe, we should only worry about getting to the next stage, not about winning every match,” parped their owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, calling Guardiola a “wily old fox”, then telling his manager to rest Napoli’s best players because they’ve got Inter at the weekend. “For us,” he added of the City match, “it could also be a game that’s almost impossible to win, but we’ll wait for them in Naples …” That’s the spirit Aurelio!So for Pep, it appears to be going rather well: his side are on fire, and the opposition have given up. There’s just one thing that he appears not to have factored in. This is Manchester City, a club perpetually aiming a gun at their own foot, to which they’ve attached a banana skin and left hovering over an upturned rake, which they’ve lain across an open manhole cover. He might be able to get Brian Kidd to dress up like a dad at a disco, but it remains to be seen whether he’s got the chops for that kind of voodoo.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Tom Bryant for hot MBM coverage of Leicester City 0-0 West Brom from 8pm BST, which follows coverage of the FA Cup first-round draw at 7.15pm.FOOTBALL WEEKLY LIVEIt’s back, baby. Get your tickets now for our show on 14 December in London. And in the meantime, you can listen to the latest pod too. Share on Facebook Twitter Football Ten talking points from the Premier League weekend, including Ailsa from Home and Away heaping praise on a Belgian.Serie A was gripping this week – and Napoli kept their 100% record intact, cheers Paolo Bandini. Yeah, but Bundesliga had its best match of the season, hands down, so stick Dortmund 2-3 Leipzig in your pipe and smoke it, whoops Andy Brassell.But hang on, Real Betis 3-6 Valencia was “blessed madness”, reports Sid Lowe, inviting you to read his hot take on the wildest La Liga game in some time.Meanwhile, in Ligue Urrrrnnn, Claudio Ranieri is tinkering his way towards Big Vase with Nantes, write Adam White and Eric Devin. Nick Ames tracked Tammy Abraham’s every move during Swansea’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield and came to the conclusion that his ageless quality showed Chelsea what they are missing.The Nuge’s needle helped Derby skewer Nottingham Forest, writes Nick Miller. Good interview with MK Dons’ George Williams, this.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!‘I JUST WANTED TO TELL THE TRUTH AND BE LISTENED TO’ The Fiver Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Onwards to Hampden. Oh. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images Raheem Sterling: I didn’t think for one minute about joining Arsenal PO’JT. Photograph: Public domain Topics Reuse this content Pinterest Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Gareth Rogers.NOTIFICATIONS AND QUERIESBig Web App has launched its new and improved Premier League notifications. Get more details and sign up here.NEWS, BITS AND BOBSFA chairman Greg Clarke’s position is likely to come under severe scrutiny after new revelations about his handling of the alleged-racism scandal and cover-up that has led to his organisation being summoned to a parliamentary inquiry to explain the Mark Sampson affair.In what was a definite coincidence, just a day after José Mourinho was quoted praising PSG to the high heavens, the word is the Manchester United manager wants a big whopping rise for winning Milk Cup and Big Vase last season. Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits he used to think Harry Kane was a bit bobbins but not any more. “He is a complete player. He did not seem to be one, but in the end, he is!” he shrieked. France and Poland will be among the top seeds when the World Cup draw takes place next month but 2010 world champions, Spain, will be in pot two alongside hopeless footballing outposts like England. And third-tier German team Carl Zeiss Jena have released a statement in support of Hansa Rostock fans, who may be penalised by authorities for hurling fish at their supporters (a gift, apparently) after making the 450km journey to play their landlocked rivals. “Nobody got hurt, and that surely wasn’t the intention after all. Let’s not get carried away even though throwing dead animals isn’t all that tasty.” THE RECAPSign up and receive the best of Big Website’s coverage, every Friday, it says here. Seems to be a curious lack of mentions for The Fiver …STILL WANT MORE?Holland are doomed by their total obsession with the past, reckons Priya Ramesh. Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Pinterest Facebook Share via Email features Facebook Twitter last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Is Taking Time Out Of His Weekend Of Coaching And Fishing To Troll Michigan Fans

first_imgezekiel elliott runs the ball during the sugar bowl win over alabamaNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Update: Ohio State fans, I am sorry to report that Ezekiel Elliott is no longer undefeated.Zeke-0 . . . Sea Sickness-98473626256— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Earlier: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is having himself a full weekend. He and Braxton Miller coached at an all-star camp in South Carolina, he caught a small shark during a fishing trip, and he took some time out of his day to troll Michigan fans on Twitter.Looks about right pic.twitter.com/BswrgQ9p84— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015Of course, he got some responses from Wolverine fans, but he dealt with those pretty effectively as well.It have a national championship ring and two pair of gold pants ? https://t.co/3mG9P2Nsf9— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) May 16, 2015So, by my count, Elliott is up 3-0 on sharks (he has since tweeted about a few more catches during his fishing trip), 2-0 against Michigan on the field, and at least 1-0 against fans on Twitter? There are far too many scores to keep up with here.last_img read more

KingstOOn Gets Underway with Major Local and Int’l Animators

first_imgScores of creative industry players, policy makers, and students, as well as representatives of top international animation educational institutions and companies, turned out today (June 20) to participate in the much-anticipated two-day animation conference and film festival, KingstOOn.The conference and film festival, being held at the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus, is designed to serve as a catalyst to the various efforts to develop the animation industry, and attract investors.Speaking at the opening session, Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said Jamaica will be seeking to establish partnerships with Sheridan College’s Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Canada and Columbus College of Art and Design in the United States, for the development of a local animation industry.He explained that KingstOOn aims to provide young Jamaicans with an opportunity to explore the animation industry as a quality professional development career.  Targeted are youths enrolled in colleges that have visual arts programmes, as well as high schools.“In addition, KingstOOn also wants to engage young people, who may be out of school, but willing to participate in relevant skills development progammes, especially in inner city areas,” he stated.The Investment Minister said the event is providing a platform for discussing and taking action to move animation operations to a highly organised and well structured industry.“This means opportunities for talent development, for all types of professional development, and opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation. I’m convinced that KingstOOn will demonstrate the vast potential of our youth to participate in the global digital marketplace,” he stated.Meanwhile, World Bank Director for Latin America, Ede Jorge Ijjazs Vasquez, noted that worldwide, animation is a $100 billion industry, and there is potential for some 5,000 jobs in the region.“Many of the jobs that Jamaica can have in the future, particularly jobs for young people, have to be in areas that may not be seen as traditional. In the 21st century, these are industries with tremendous growth, industries that can be translated and transplanted everywhere around the world, through communications,” he stated.Mr. Vasquez noted that countries such as India and Korea, which have provided outsourcing services for large studios such as Disney and Nickelodeon, can chart the way for Jamaica, as it goes forward in building its own animation industry.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Montreal-based Toon Boom Animation, Joan Vogelesang, told the gathering that with the industry taking off in parts of Africa and India, the goal is to create a Caribbean cluster.She said the industry is financially rewarding. “If you go to a place like India where there was no industry 10 years ago, today the people in the animation industry earn more than electrical industry do – so it is also an industry which is well paying. The day of the starving artist is over,” she stated.Organised by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, the Canadian High Commission, and JAMPRO, KingstOOn seeks to chart the way forward for the country to develop a world class animation industry that will allow it to take advantage of the associated economic and social benefits.The conference and film exhibition aims to: raise awareness among key stakeholders, entrepreneurs and creators about the emerging opportunities in Jamaica; give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists; identify key challenges in the industry, and examine feasible solutions, which will allow Jamaica to be a part of the global network for outsourcing and creative content.Among the sponsors are Flow, Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), and the Gleaner group. Collaborating partners include the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTech), and the Edna Manley College.Today’s opening day included a lively panel discussion with participation from State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, local television production representatives, and players in the international animation arena, such as Ron Saks of Columbus College of Art and Design.The discussions highlighted and examined the contributions to be made by government, the education and private sectors in the development of the animation industry, as well as the plans that are being put in place to ensure that Jamaica benefits from the dynamic and growing global sector.The forum also explored the issue of the digital divide; the business of animation as it relates to production, distribution, and exploitation of intellectual property; developing a career as an animator; and the challenges facing local animators and production companies.CONTACT: ALPHEA SAUNDERSlast_img read more

Amended Road Traffic Act to Cover Areas to Reduce Crashes

first_img Statistics cited by Dr .Wheatley, based on those published by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), revealed that since the start of the year, 149 persons have been killed in traffic crashes. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says certain areas to be covered in the amended Road Traffic Act will aid in the reduction of fatalities on the nation’s roads. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says certain areas to be covered in the amended Road Traffic Act will aid in the reduction of fatalities on the nation’s roads.These include establishment of the Island Traffic Authority and its functions, the road code, classification of vehicles; revocation of certificates of fitness; refusal of the learner’s permit or driver’s licence; and offences related to the licensing of a driver.“That is why we are vigorously pursuing the passage of the amended Road Traffic Act. The Government continues to take seriously its responsibility in creating safer roads, particularly for children and other vulnerable road users,” the Minister said.Dr. Wheatley was speaking at the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) Annual Launch of Road Safety Month, at the Molynes Road Texaco Station in St. Andrew, on June 7.The Minister called for more Jamaicans to exercise caution on the roadways.“I am urging motorists to desist from speeding, to wear seat belts, practise defensive driving and to avoid the use of cell phones while driving,” he said.The call was also extended to motorcyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution when using the roadways and to wear brightly coloured clothing where necessary, in order to increase visibility.Statistics cited by Dr .Wheatley, based on those published by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), revealed that since the start of the year, 149 persons have been killed in traffic crashes.The figure represents a 21 per cent decline over the similar period for 2016 when 170 deaths were recorded.Meanwhile, Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, said the aim of the Government is to make it “safe and enjoyable” to travel on the roads.He noted that the increasing number of people killed on the roads between the ages of 19 and 35 is “unacceptable” and it is important to pursue a decline in road fatalities.Mr. Henry pointed out that fourth- and fifth-form students from the Denbigh High School in Clarendon will be trained in the analysis of the vehicle black box.The black box or event data recorders (EDRs) are not only unique to airplanes, but can also be found in most motor vehicles.They record not only times when an airbag has been deployed, but include information on vehicle speed, throttle position, whether the brakes were applied, if seatbelts were worn, engine speed and steering angles.For his part, JGRA President, Phillip Chong, said that road safety has been a fixture of the organisation since 1990. These include establishment of the Island Traffic Authority and its functions, the road code, classification of vehicles; revocation of certificates of fitness; refusal of the learner’s permit or driver’s licence; and offences related to the licensing of a driver. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Capt. Daley Receives Badge of Honour for Dedicated Service to Boys’ Brigade

first_img For Outstanding, Faithful and Dedicated Service to the Boys’ Brigade in Jamaica, Captain Easton Michael Daley was awarded the Badge of Honour at the National Honours and Awards ceremony, held at King’s House on National Heroes Day (October 16). Story Highlights “It’s good to be honoured by your country. I give God the glory,” says Captain Daley to JIS News. The Captain believes the key to the success of the Brigade is discipline. This has enabled the production of numerous professionals, including at least 10 police officers, six soldiers and several pastors in the last seven years. For Outstanding, Faithful and Dedicated Service to the Boys’ Brigade in Jamaica, Captain Easton Michael Daley was awarded the Badge of Honour at the National Honours and Awards ceremony, held at King’s House on National Heroes Day (October 16).Captain Daley received the insignia in his capacity as Programme Director/Training Officer, with more than 1,300 boys under his overall supervision.Even though he has obtained a number of other awards, Captain Daley rates this one as the best, to date.“It’s good to be honoured by your country. I give God the glory,” says Captain Daley to JIS News.The Brigade celebrated the achievement in the hall on Camp Road shortly after the national ceremony. They had a ‘surprise’ dinner, talent show, and the boys gave speeches about his work.“I knew they were planning something, as they kept coming up with all kinds of excuses to get me out of the office,” Captain Daley says.The refreshment was delicious and the entertainment wonderful, but the encouraging words from the boys had the greatest impact on the Captain.“It brought tears to my eyes when they spoke of the ways in which they had benefited from the Brigade. I didn’t realise how grateful they were. It gave me the energy to find an extra gear to do more,” Captain Daley says.The journey to this prestigious honour began when Captain Daley joined the Boys’ Brigade in 1972. His rise through the ranks was meteoric.“I became known for breaking all the records. In less than one year, I was a Lance Corporal and within eight years, I was Lieutenant; and by age 20, I was acting Captain. At 25, I was the youngest person to sit on the National Executive. It was unusual for someone to become Captain before 30,” he says.Captain Daley explains that serving the Brigade is his passion, so it does not feel like work.When asked about the reason for his good rapport with the boys, the Captain points out that to work with the youth, you need to understand them. “You have to listen to them, and try to get to know their world,” he says.His philosophy is that the boys should strive to be more advanced than him and others they admire. Hence, whenever they express a desire to be like him, he takes it to another level by telling them, “you need to be better than me and other icons”.The Captain believes the key to the success of the Brigade is discipline. This has enabled the production of numerous professionals, including at least 10 police officers, six soldiers and several pastors in the last seven years.“The work of the Brigade has taken me to all 14 parishes and overseas. I have represented the Brigade in the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. The latter has offered me a salary, house and car more than once, but I don’t believe in leaving the boys of Jamaica. My first responsibility is to the youth of my country,” he underscores.Captain Daley plans to continue serving the Brigade. This is quite understandable, given his motto: ‘Sure and Steadfast to Help Our Youth’.last_img read more

Canadas ambassador to US tries to head off concerns about oil output

first_imgWASHINGTON — Canada’s ambassador to the United States says he has done some pre-emptive diplomacy with the Trump administration on Alberta’s plans to force output cuts on its oil industry.David MacNaughton says no one in the U.S. government has raised Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s move with him.Still, MacNaughton says he has reached out to his counterpart Kelly Craft to emphasize the cuts are only temporary and that Canada does not feel they violate existing free-trade rules.Notley has ordered a mandatory 8.7 per cent cut in oil production to reduce a glut of Alberta oil that is forcing steep price discounts.MacNaughton notes the production cuts are not universally loved within the industry and some unhappy players are likely in the ear of the U.S. administration.He says he wants to make sure Craft is informed on the issue.“It’s always better to make sure the facts are on the table,” MacNaughton said Tuesday.  “She was very receptive. I was at her Christmas party on Sunday night so we had a good chance to chat about it.”The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which would triple capacity to the B.C. coast, is now in legal limbo despite being approved two years ago as Ottawa revisits the impacts on First Nations and B.C.’s marine environment.MacNaughton says he also noted for Craft that getting the Keystone XL pipeline finally approved through the U.S. would also help with Alberta’s problems. That project, too, has been tied up in the courts.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CANADA MEDIA FUND AND SHAW ROCKET FUND ANNOUNCE 33M IN FUNDING TO

first_imgTotal$2,200,000$1,100,000 Ara’s ImaginariumOxus Films$233,333$116,667 Facebook The selected projects will provide entertainment, education, and new experiences for kids. They are original, animated series, in their first season, which meet the CMF’s definition of Children and Youth programming, created initially for digital distribution–including subscription video-on-demand services–on a platform that is meaningfully available to Canadian audiences.The CMF-SRF Kids Digital Animated Series Program encourages the production of innovative content in today’s media landscape. It gives priority to series that focus on creativity and originality, demonstrate an understanding of the audience through discoverability, have the potential to evolve into a subsequent season or a longer format, and that use technology to increase animation quality. Advertisement Login/Register With: Galapagos XBig Bad Boo Productions$300,000$150,000 Twitter Advertisement CHAOSCarpe Diem Film and TV$333,333$166,667 PROJECT NAMECOMPANYCMFSRF About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content for all audiovisual platforms. In addition, it guides Canadian content towards a competitive global digital environment by supporting industry innovation, rewarding success, promoting diversity of voices, and encouraging access to content through public- and private-sector partnerships. The CMF receives funding from the Government of Canada and from cable, satellite and IP service distributors across the country. Please visit cmf-fmc.ca.About Shaw Rocket FundThe Shaw Rocket Fund (SRF) is a vital partner of the Canadian children’s media sector in offering children robust world-leading content on all platforms. The Rocket Fund invests in and supports Canadian-made media that reflects Canadian values and diversity, and most of all respects and speaks to children, while positively showcasing Canadian leadership on the world stage. By working with producers, regulators, and government, the Shaw Rocket Fund aims to make quality content for kids a global priority.  Since its inception, the Shaw Rocket Fund has invested over $220 million in 865 Canadian media content for children, family, and youth audiences worldwide.  Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications and Shaw Direct. Li’l SantaDi-O-Matic$350,000$175,000 Piper’s Pony TalesEpic Story Media$350,000$175,000 Toronto, June 10, 2019 — The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Shaw Rocket Fund (SRF) announced today that seven kids’ projects will receive $3.3M in funding as part of their partnership program to fund the production of Canadian digital-first animated series for children and youth. The CMF and the SRF were impressed by the quality of applications received for this new program and are eager to see the selected projects come to fruition. DouniaTobo$283,333$141,667 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jeremy Fisher Junior Presents Jeremy and TunebugVérité Films$350,000$175,000 Advertisementlast_img read more

Study Reveals Zara Owner Exploits Moroccan Labor

Rabat – Billionaire Zara founder Amancio Ortega has been accused of exploiting workers in Morocco.In 2017, Zara workers in Istanbul entered a store to attach notes to the clothes, saying, “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.” This year, an NGO discovered that the Spanish business owner reportedly pays the seamstresses who make the garments as little as €178 a month for up to 65 hours a week.A Spanish NGO called Clean Clothes Campaign investigated the living conditions and wages that Ortega’s textile workers endure.  His company, Inditex, covers many popular brand names including Massimo Dutti, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, and Zara. Spain has been a solid partner for Moroccan clothing exports since 2006 and 10% of all Inditex clothes are made in Morocco. Once a shop hand for a local shirtmaker himself, Amancio Ortega now has a net worth of approximately 60.3 billion dollars.The NGO author Albert Sale said the retailer “operates in the Moroccan market taking advantage of production costs clearly lower than those of the European Union and geographical proximity.”Younger workers work without contracts and receive 0.36 cents per hour.The report revealed that the harsh conditions Moroccan garment workers face include excessive hours of work with low wages and physical abuse.The report said: “These companies have in their hands the ability, both to generate situations of labor exploitation, and to avoid them.”A  worker gave his testimony for the study: “When auditors appear by surprise, supervisors hide minor workers on the roof or in empty clothing boxes.”In light of the abuse that has been recently reported, it seems to be contradictory that Ortega once uttered the esteemed quote:  “The successful combination of intense expansion and renewed business efficiency has only been possible through the immense effort of our team at all levels of the organization.”El Corte Ingles and Mango were also called out for using exploitative Moroccan based suppliers. read more

Panellists quit corporate responsibility panel citing erosion of trust

OTTAWA — Citing an erosion of trust, civil society and labour representatives have resigned from a panel set up to advise the federal government on ensuring Canadian firms operating abroad are accountable for how they conduct themselves.The 14 members withdrew from the “multi-stakeholder advisory body on responsible business conduct” Thursday, complaining that a newly created adviser on corporate accountability lacks the teeth to ensure companies conducting business outside Canada do so in a responsible manner.The government announced in January 2018 the creation of a Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise (CORE), saying the office would be given the tools to conduct credible, independent investigations.The ombudsperson’s powers were to include the ability to summon witnesses and compel documents.But civil-society leaders say the appointment in April of this year of a special adviser to the international trade minister instead, without giving that adviser proper investigative powers, backtracked on the pledge.And because of that, organizations operating under the umbrella Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability said they lost faith in the ability of the advisory body to function as originally envisioned.Amnesty International Canada secretary general Alex Neve said he was pleased to be vice-chair of the advisory body when it was established.“It was because of assurances that the CORE would have independence and real investigatory powers that we stood alongside the government in January 2018 and we promoted the announcement both nationally and internationally,” Neve said.“The government of Canada’s decision to backtrack on those promises … has led me to lose confidence. I will no longer be able to continue in this role.”Emily Dwyer with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability also questioned how civil-society groups can be assured that actions will be taken in changing laws and policies when the government appears to have bowed to industry pressure.“Without independence and investigatory powers, the CORE amounts to nothing more than a broken promise,” she said.A spokesman for International Trade Diversification Minister Jim Carr expressed regret over the departures from the panel but said the government is making progress in promoting responsible business conduct and is looking forward to the ombudsperson’s office being up and running by fall.“We’re grateful for the time and service of these members in advising the minister and in helping to lay the groundwork for the Canadian Ombudsperson on Responsible Enterprise,” said an email from Michael Jones, Carr’s director of communications.“We’re disappointed in their decision to leave the advisory body,” said the statement.“While consensus on these issues remains elusive, dialogue between civil society and industry is critical to progress and walking away from that dialogue is a step backwards and regrettable.”The mining sector has been a particular target of groups demanding greater oversight of activities of Canadian companies operating abroad.Indigenous groups in South America and Africa have complained in recent years of violence and human-rights abuses connected to resource projects carried out by Canadian-controlled companies, which sparked calls for greater accountability.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press read more

Sun Life Financial reports secondquarter profit up from year ago

Sun Life Financial reports second-quarter profit up from year ago AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX:SLF) said Wednesday it earned $399 million in its latest quarter, up from a year ago, helped by strong sales, rising interest rates and favourable credit experience.The insurer said the profit amounted to 65 cents per share in its latest quarter, up from $90 million or 15 cents per share a year ago.Sun Life president and chief executive Dean Connor said the company had a very strong quarter.“Wealth sales and insurance sales each recorded increases of 32 per cent and assets under management grew almost $58 billion to over $590 billion,” Connor said in a statement.“We also benefited from favourable market conditions.”Adjusted revenue was $5.5 billion compared with $4.8 billion in the second quarter of 2012 helped by higher net premium revenue, increased fee income and higher investment income.The results followed the sale of the company’s U.S. annuity business last week to Delaware Life Holdings.Excluding that business, Sun Life reported an operating profit from continuing operations of $431 million or 71 cents per share compared with $250 million or 42 cents per share in the second quarter of 2012.In an update to its outlook following the sale, Sun Life said it expects annual operating net income of $1.85 billion by the end of 2015 compared with $2 billion before the sale of the U.S. annuity business.“The recent completion of the sale of our U.S. annuity business is a transformational transaction, which significantly reduces Sun Life Financial’s risk profile and earnings volatility,” Connor said.“Our U.S. operations are now focused on our successful employee benefits business and our voluntary benefits business, which have achieved substantial growth during the past two years.”In Canada, the company earned an operating profit of $210 million in the second quarter, compared with $186 million in the second quarter of 2012.Meanwhile, the insurer’s U.S. operations earned an operating profit of $143 million including the annuity business compared with a loss of $147 million a year ago. Operating profit at its continuing operations totalled $115 million, up from $8 million.MFS Investment Management earned an operating profit of $104 million, up from $68 million. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 6:05 pm MDT read more

Essequibo resident killed in accident

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTruck driver slapped with causing death chargeFebruary 10, 2017In “Court”Herstelling man crushed to deathJune 25, 2017In “Crime”Wanted man escapes police custody with cuffs on after being caughtApril 19, 2017In “Crime”,A pedestrian was killed on Monday night after he was run over by a car, which was driven by a 21-year-old man from Johanna Cecelia village, on the Essequibo Coast. The accident occurred on the Adventure Public Road at around 19:30hrs.Dead: Ashuk DassThe pedestrian, who has been identified as Ashuk Dass, 56, of Adventure village, was reportedly last seen imbibing on Monday evening. The driver of motor car, PVV 4390, was proceeding East around the northern side of the Adventure access road and was about to take a left turn when he allegedly ran over the pedestrian.After the impact, the man reportedly came out of the vehicle and saw Dass lying motionless on the road. He immediately rendered assistance and took him to the Suddie Public Hospital. However, Dass was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.According to eyewitnesses who converged on the scene, they saw the man lying on the road and it appeared as though he sustained severe injuries to his face. Villagers also reported that they had seen Dass in the area earlier in the evening, watching a game of cricket.According to the dead man’s sister, Nirupa Dass, she last saw her brother on Monday evening. She explained that the man lives alone and that she would usually cook for him.The deceased, a father of one, has been separated from his wife for some time and was said to be in the habit of drinking alcohol and was always roaming the area. His body was taken to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The car involved in the accident which killed DassSeventeen-year-old Iftikar Ishmael, a mechanic from Lot 36 Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, also lost his life in an accident on Sunday, which occurred on the Airy Hall Public Road. That accident involved a motor lorry, GNN 6695, owned and driven by 30-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52 Zorg, Essequibo Coast. Mohabeer is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.Ishmael was the eldest child for his parents. His body is also at the Suddie mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. A pedestrian was killed on Monday night after he was run over by a car, which was driven by a 21-year-old man from Johanna Cecelia village, on the Essequibo Coast. The accident occurred on the Adventure Public Road at around 19:30hrs.Dead: Ashuk DassThe pedestrian, who has been identified as Ashuk Dass, 56, of Adventure village, was reportedly last seen imbibing on Monday evening. The driver of motor car, PVV 4390, was proceeding East around the northern side of the Adventure access road and was about to take a left turn when he allegedly ran over the pedestrian.After the impact, the man reportedly came out of the vehicle and saw Dass lying motionless on the road. He immediately rendered assistance and took him to the Suddie Public Hospital. However, Dass was pronounced dead on arrival by doctors.According to eyewitnesses who converged on the scene, they saw the man lying on the road and it appeared as though he sustained severe injuries to his face. Villagers also reported that they had seen Dass in the area earlier in the evening, watching a game of cricket.According to the dead man’s sister, Nirupa Dass, she last saw her brother on Monday evening. She explained that the man lives alone and that she would usually cook for him.The deceased, a father of one, has been separated from his wife for some time and was said to be in the habit of drinking alcohol and was always roaming the area. His body was taken to the Suddie mortuary where it awaits a post-mortem examination.The car involved in the accident which killed DassSeventeen-year-old Iftikar Ishmael, a mechanic from Lot 36 Vilvoorden, Essequibo Coast, also lost his life in an accident on Sunday, which occurred on the Airy Hall Public Road. That accident involved a motor lorry, GNN 6695, owned and driven by 30-year-old Balwant Mohabeer, a truck driver of Lot 52 Zorg, Essequibo Coast. Mohabeer is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.Ishmael was the eldest child for his parents. His body is also at the Suddie mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. read more

FIFA boosts World Cup prize money to US400M

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup 2019 winners to get US $4 millionMay 17, 2019In “latest news”Windies Women to play for increased prize moneyJune 20, 2017In “latest news”NCN has sole broadcast rights of FIFA World Cup 2014May 24, 2014In “Sports” KOLKATA, India (AFP) — The 32 national teams competing at the 2018 World Cup will share US$400 million (344 million euros) in prize money, a 12 per cent increase from the 2014 tournament, FIFA said Friday.The purse at the previous edition in Brazil was US$358 million — US$35 million of which was awarded to champions Germany, with runners-up Argentina pocketing US$25 million.By contrast, countries who failed to advance beyond the group stage received US$8 million.At a meeting of the FIFA council in Kolkata, world football’s governing body also approved a decision to enhance the bidding regulations for the 2026 World Cup and appointed members of the bid evaluation task force.Dates for several upcoming FIFA tournaments, including next year’s Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, were also confirmed.The 2018 Club World Cup will run from December 12 to 22, while the Women’s World Cup in 2019 is scheduled to start on June 7 with the final to take place on July 7. read more

Bloody Alem Toskić signs for RK Gorenje Velenje

Fans of two teams won’t be happy with the following information. One of the best RK Vardar Skopje players in season so far and RK Celje Pivovarna Laško member between 2007 and 2013, Alem Toskić (33) signed contract with Slovenian vice-champions RK Gorenje Velenje. Ambitious team from small city of Velenje wants to keep level and try to get back to the VELUX EHF Champions League soon, where they have played at TOP 16 twice.Toskić’s decision was based on his private reasons, as his family lives in Celje, 20 km far away from Velenje.Ex-Serbian NT line-player signed two years contract with possibilty of extension for one more.Day after announcing his departure from Skopje next summer, Toskić lost with Vardar in Kolding 33:31 and suffered bleeding injury… Alem ToskicRK Gorenje ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatić receives WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 trophy! Next Story → EHF Cup 2015/2016: Sporting CP, Alingsas, Haslum and Bregenz end European season read more

Facebook unveils Home A new approach to Android

first_imgFacebook’s approach to the mobile race is going to be a little different from everyone else’s. Instead of making their own operating system, Facebook has announced a new platform that fits on top of Android and allows users to approach their on-the-go social experience in a whole new way.The idea of a Facebook Phone has been rumored for years, but something about it has never really made sense. Facebook attracts millions of users a day, but their platform can be contained in a single app on any smartphone. And even if you used Facebook all the time, it is unreasonable to assume you’d want a phone that did nothing but what you can do on their website. Basically: there’s a huge amount of things our smartphones can do, so even if Facebook is the most commonly used app — as Mark Zuckerberg suggests — why limit things? Instead of a whole new operating system, Zuckerberg and crew wants Facebook to be able to create a “new category of experience” that heavily ties in the Facebook ecosystem.Through a series of apps Facebook is calling “Home” you can completely re-skin your Android phone to tie in the Facebook experience. This includes a new lockscreen, homescreen, and interaction method. The new lockscreen integrates the Facebook feed directly, so full frame images cycle through with status updates. There’s a gentle animation with your Facebook icon in the center to let you know it’s your phone. This feed continues when your phone is unlocked, showing you a constant stream from your Facebook. You can comment and like posts in line as they happen, with simple gestures and zero navigation anywhere.When you want to navigate, you drag your Facebook icon around and reveal your basic options. Here you can see your app drawer and a quick jump back to the last app you are on, as well as your messenger. When you launch an app, the experience will be mostly the same as it is on any other Android phone. Nothing about the underlying system has been taken away in terms of apps that you’re going to run outside of Facebook, including the notification drawer. If you’re a fan of Android 4.2 lockscreen widgets or desktop widgets, that experience is pretty much gone in this format.Messaging is a big part of the new Facebook platform, and it is handled in a pretty clever way. The messaging platform, chat heads, functions as a layer on top of everything. When you have an active conversation, that person’s avatar sits in a bubble on top of everything that you can move wherever you like. When you go to message someone, the conversation floats over the thing you were doing without affecting that app at all. This system works for SMS, group messaging, and one on one Facebook chat as well.Facebook Home is going to be available on a select number of handsets, with plans to expand rapidly. The entire Facebook Home project plans to update rapidly, with monthly dates set for new features, fixes, and supported phones. Tablet support is planned for the future, but there’s no timetable for when this experience will be coming to tablets. Facebook as a software download will be available on April 12th, but if you’d rather have your own Facebook Phone, HTC and AT&T have what you need.The HTC First, not to be confused with the HTC One, will be coming to AT&T exclusively later this month. This phone is the first to include Facebook Home by default, and will be available for $99 on a new two year agreement. Compared to some of the phones on their way to the world in the next few weeks, the First is nothing to write home about hardware wise. It’s going to be available in four colors and appeals directly to the younger Facebook audience.The phone itself is a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus with 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera, and 1.6MP front-facing camera. The 4.3-inch 720p display alone makes the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One well worth the $100 bump in price by comparison, and both of those phones will support Facebook Home.HTC won’t be alone for long, if Facebook has it their way. The Facebook Home Program, which was announced during the launch event, is specifically geared towards bringing other hardware manufacturers and carriers on board. If the First is even remotely successful, expect to see a growing trend in Android phones that come with Facebook Home by default. Overall, the presentation was impressive. If you’re really into Facebook, there’s some great reasons to download Facebook Home. If Facebook is just something you do casually, chances are this isn’t for you. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Facebook HomeFacebook HomeMark ZuckerbergFacebook Home App DrawerFacebook Home LockscreenFacebook NotificationsFacebook Home LauncherFacebook Home TabletsFacebook Home Update ScheduleFacebook Home Launch PhonesHTC FirstHTC First ColorsPeter Chou HTC Firstlast_img read more

Israël découverte dun fragment de code de loi vieux de 3700 ans

first_imgIsraël : découverte d’un fragment de code de loi vieux de 3.700 ansIsraël – Lundi 26 juillet, des archéologues israéliens ont annoncé avoir découvert un fragment d’un code de loi vieux de quelque 3.700 ans. Ce fragment est semblable au code d’Hammourabi, l’un des plus anciens textes de loi connu à ce jour .C’est la première fois qu’un tel fragment est retrouvé en Terre Sainte, et même hors de la Mésopotamie, a souligné auprès de l’AFP le responsable des fouilles, l’archéologue Amnon Ben-Tor de l’université hébraïque de Jérusalem. À lire aussiUne momie égyptienne vieille de 5500 ans renverse nos croyances sur l’embaumementDécouvert sur le site de la ville cananéenne de Hazor, au nord du lac de Tibériade, le fragment fait d’argile est très petit : 2 centimètres sur 1,5. Le texte est “en écriture cunéiforme akkadienne, sur quatre lignes très serrées des deux côtés de la tablette” explique l’archéologue.Hazor fut l’une des principales cités du Croissant Fertile à l’âge de bronze. Le fragment pourrait appartenir au code d’Hammourabi, l’un des plus anciens textes de loi, et le premier quasiment complet, qui fut écrit vers 1.750 avant J.-C. D’après le professeur Wayne Horowitz, chargé du décryptage, le texte découvert fait référence aux règles concernant les rapports entre maîtres et esclaves. “Ces lignes qui ont d’évidence un contenu légal confirment le lien entre le royaume de Hazor et les royaumes de la Syrie du nord” précise-t-il.Texte babylonien non religieux mais d’inspiration divine, le code d’Hammourabi est actuellement exposé au Louvre à Paris. Une copie est également exposée au musée archéologique de Téhéran.Le 31 juillet 2010 à 13:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Un iPhone 5 pour juin prochain

first_imgUn iPhone 5 pour juin prochain ?Apple nous faisait miroiter la sortie du nouvel iPhone et c’est finalement le 4S qui était sortit en octobre dernier. Une nouvelle rumeur court comme quoi la firme préparerait alors le vrai numéro 5.Cette rumeur vient tout droit de Chine et du principal fabricant travaillant pour Apple, Foxconn. C’est lors d’un entretien à la TV japonaise que le DRH a annoncé le futur recrutement de 18.000 personnes, rien que ça…Et pour quoi faire ?Et bien tout simplement pour lancer la fabrication du prochain iPhone. Il semblerait même que, selon la source (lien non disponible), cette sortie se fasse en juin 2012 !Info ou intox? Tous les modèles d’iPhone, mis à part le 4S ont été lancé en juin, ce qui donnerait un peu plus de poids à cette rumeur. Mais il est certain que cette fuite, si elle était vraie, ne dois pas être du goût de la marque à la pomme.Le 3 avril 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Kit Harington Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan join Marvels Eternals

first_imgKit Harington is joining the MCU, as Dane Whitman in The Eternals. Getty Images Kit Harington, Gemma Chan and Barry Keoghan will join Eternals, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s cosmic Phase 4 adventure, Disney confirmed during its biannual D23 expo Saturday. Game of Thrones actor Harington will play non-Eternal Dane Whitman, Chernobyl’s Barry Keoghan will be Druig, and Crazy Rich Asians star Chan is portraying Sersi.The movie, scheduled to come out Nov. 6, 2020, will reunite Harington with Richard Madden; the pair played cousins Jon Snow and Robb Stark in Game of Thrones. Chan previously dipped into the MCU as Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel, but Sersi is a separate character.Much of the cast took to the stage during the D23 panel, and stood below concept art showing their characters in costume. 0 TV and Movies The movie was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con last month, where Madden, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry and Lauren Ridloff were revealed as its stars.Originally published Aug. 24, 11:06 a.m. PT.Update, 11:51 a.m.: Adds more detail. Share your voicecenter_img The cast of Marvel Studios’ Eternals have arrived on stage at #D23Expo. See the film in theaters November 6, 2020. pic.twitter.com/AltxcOvGXU— Disney (@Disney) August 24, 2019 Post a comment Tagslast_img read more