first_imgFounder and president of Just for Laughs accepts the prestigious Icon Award at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on March 12, 2017. | Peter Power / THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement MONTREAL — Quebec’s top court will allow Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon to appeal a decision that authorized a class-action lawsuit brought against him by several women for alleged harassment and sexual assault.Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Mark Schrager ruled Wednesday that three of his colleagues will hear Rozon’s legal challenge on a priority basis.The 63-year-old impresario is being sued for $10 million by a group of women known as Les Courageuses (The Courageous Ones), who allege he abused at least 20 women between 1982 and 2016. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The allegations against Rozon have yet to be tested in court and he has not been charged criminally.“We are very happy and we will surely have a very important (legal) debate when the case will be heard,” said Raymond Doray, one of Rozon’s lawyers.In their motion seeking leave to appeal, his lawyers argued that Quebec Superior Court Justice Donald Bisson, who authorized the class-action last May, erred in doing so because class-actions are only permitted under specific conditions.His defence team argued that for a collective action to be permitted, the reason for the action must be the same for all alleged victims.They argued that wasn’t the case here and that a proof of the absence of consent will have to be established for each individual allegation.Robert Kugler, the women’s lawyer, argued his clients were all allegedly assaulted or sexually harassed under the same modus operandi by someone who abused his power.Kugler also noted not all the victims are known and others could be added as the case plays out.Rozon stepped down as president of Just For Laughs last year and an investor group bought the company in the spring.He wasn’t present in court on Wednesday. Advertisement Aside from actress Patricia Tulasne, the lead plaintiff in the case, the women’s identities have not been made public.last_img read more

UNbacked forum urges comprehensive strategy to fight sexual exploitation of children

28 November 2008A United Nations-backed forum to combat the sexual exploitation of children today called for a comprehensive strategy comprising laws, policies, regulations and services across all social sectors as well as a shift in social attitudes and practices, such as child marriage. “There is no single intervention that protects children from sexual exploitation,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Nils Kastberg said at the end of World Congress III Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Rio de Janeiro. “Building and strengthening child protection systems is critical and requires action from all actors to provide children with the protection they deserve.”Representatives of 137 governments, meeting with children, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private sector companies, conceded that ending the scourge is a long and difficult battle, but the Congress organizers said countries are in a better position now to win the fight as a result of days of work in developing a blueprint for action.The Rio Declaration and Action Plan to Prevent and Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents calls on governments to enact laws that protect all children in their jurisdiction, including undocumented migrants or those who have been trafficked so that every child is provided protection under the law. Governments are also asked to pass laws that do not criminalize children for crimes they have committed as a result of their sexual exploitation.On prevention, the Rio Action Plan stresses the need for a comprehensive strategy and the involvement of all social sectors, especially social welfare, education, health, security and justice, to support prevention and respond to risks. Unlike previous World Congresses, where the recommendations of young participants were prepared separately, in Rio de Janeiro the young people participated fully in the drafting of the action plan.Studies indicate an increase in the sexual exploitation of the young and UNICEF noted that predators continue to use new tools to target children, including cyberspace and new generation mobile phone technologies, with adults preying on children in chat rooms and using the Internet to post or download pornography. The gathering was co-sponsored by UNICEF, the Brazilian Government, ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), a global non-profit network of organizations and individuals set up in 1991, and the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Seven years after the last World Congress in Yokohama, Japan, which focused exclusively on commercial sexual exploitation of children, the current Congress also discussed strategies for combating non-commercial forms of child sexual exploitation, including the sexual exploitation of children in their homes, by religious leaders, teachers, peacekeepers and armed groups in war zones.The First World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children took place in Stockholm in 1996, resulting in the ‘Stockholm Declaration and Agenda for Action,’ which was adopted by 122 countries. This committed countries to develop strategies and plans of action with agreed-upon guidelines and 161 countries have now signed on. read more

Brock team raises 1000 for Terry Fox Foundation

More than two dozen Brock faculty, staff, students and their family members took part in the St. Catharines Terry Fox Run Sunday.The group, many clad in Brock colours and foam Badger claws, completed the 5 km run held in Port Dalhousie along with hundreds of others who took part in the annual fundraising event for the Terry Fox Foundation.“This was the first year we had an official team at the run, so to have as many people as we did was fantastic,” said Dan Dakin, who captained the Brock Team. “Now that the Terry Fox Run is part of the Homecoming schedule, we’ll keep growing our presence there every year.”The team raised $1,000 for the Foundation through online and day-of donations.Among those running Sunday was post-doctoral fellow Mukund Ghavre, who addressed the crowd before the start to talk about the research currently taking place at Brock that is funded through the Terry Fox Foundation.Ghavre is part of a Brock team working with Vancouver-based Zymeworks to create a more effective way to deliver chemotherapy to cancer patients.If you missed the run, you can still donate to the Terry Fox Run through the Brock team here and if you’re interested in joining the Brock team at the 2017 Terry Fox Run, contact Dan Dakin at ddakin@brocku.ca. read more

Reacting to anthrax reports UN health agency urges continued vigilance

“Local and national public health systems are gearing up to respond to outbreaks of infectious disease, whether deliberate or naturally occurring,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. She said three lessons should be drawn from recent events. “First, public health systems have responded promptly to the suspicion of deliberate infections; second, these systems must continue to be vigilant, and third, an informed and responsible public is a critical part of the response.”The agency, which is monitoring the situation and providing updated guidance at regular intervals, today released new guidelines on responses to suspected anthrax infections.Asked about reported anthrax infections in countries other than the US, WHO spokesman Ian Simpson told the UN News Service that there had been some rumours as well as a verified incident. “One case has been confirmed in Kenya, they’ve done a good job of finding it and they are well-equipped to handle it.” He added that the disease had come “from a letter sent to a Kenyan that has been tested positive for anthrax.”Anthrax is completely curable following a correct and rapid diagnosis, according to WHO. Although anthrax is an extremely serious condition, its most dangerous form – inhalation or pulmonary anthrax – can only be caught by direct exposure to spores suspended in the air. Inhalation anthrax does not spread from person to person.Explaining how citizens in all countries should respond to the deliberate use of anthrax, WHO’s Executive Director for Communicable Diseases, Dr. David Heymann, said anyone who feels ill should seek medical advice. “Unless they have been directly exposed to anthrax spores, they cannot have anthrax and should not be concerned,” he emphasized.”Anyone who receives or sees a suspicious letter or package should report it to the police or other local authorities in the normal way,” added Dr. Heymann. “Police and health authorities are equipped to test and react to any suspicious package and whatever it might contain.”WHO also emphasized that people should not attempt to use antibiotics to treat or protect themselves without first seeking medical advice. The agency warned that misuse could lead to harm or drug resistance. read more

UNAIDS urges end to genderbased violence in effort to reduce risk of

Recent research has established a clear association between intimate partner violence and HIV, with women experiencing such violence facing a 50 per cent increased risk of acquiring the virus, according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).“Every hour 50 young women become newly infected with HIV,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said in a message ahead of Monday’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “Women and girls have the right to live free of violence and inequities and to protect themselves against HIV,” he said.About one in three women globally experience physical and/or sexual violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said.Around 150 million girls under the age of 18 have experienced some form of sexual violence, according to agency, with many never disclosing their traumatic experience. Responding to gender-based violence and HIV is “a matter of shared global responsibility for social justice,” UNAIDS said in its news release.In the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, UN Member States pledged to eliminate gender inequalities, gender-based abuse and violence, and to protect women from the risk of HIV infection.Yet gender-based violence is a pervasive reality across the globe, noted UNAIDS. It affects women and men around the world. In particular, women who inject drugs, female sex workers and transgender people are most affected. read more

Investment pushes April CV registrations up 114 per cent

April saw an 11.4 per cent growth in registrations on the same month in 2002. This robust result follows a 25 per cent surge in March and confirms the trend over six months. For the six months to April 2003, UK CV registrations were 10.4 per cent up on the same period in last year and 13.5 per cent up for the three months to April.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 28,368 registrations, the second highest total on record after 1989Strong 11.4 per cent growth rate this April sustains recent robust growthSince 1999 April typically accounted for 7.5 to 8.5 per cent of yearly totalCV registrations at 119,343 for four months to April, up 13.1 per centLight CVs up 11.8 per cent at April, 13.9 per cent for the first four monthsTrucks up 9.4 per cent at April, 9.3 per cent for the first four monthsBuses & coaches 14.4 and 12.1 per cent up for month & first four months ‘This continuing investment in new vans and trucks is a very positive sign of confidence in general domestic demand.’ said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Sustained investment in commercial vehicles and growth in road transport is a clear sign of a healthy economy. Businesses see the sound commercial sense behind continued investment in new trucks and vans. This is a welcome sign of real and practical confidence in the domestic economy and a strong contrast to business investment gloom in some other areas.’ read more

We XRayed Some MLB Baseballs Heres What We Found

So far, these investigations have primarily looked at the exterior of the baseball.Broadly, MLB baseballs — which are produced by Rawlings in Costa Rica — are made of three components: an exterior shell of cowhide, a winding of several layers of yarn, and a core of rubber-coated cork, also known as a “pill.”To analyze possible changes to the inside of the ball, particularly the core, “ESPN Sport Science” purchased one new ball from Rawlings and seven game-used baseballs from eBay, confirming their authenticity through MLB’s authenticator program.2Contractors working for MLB affix a tamper-resistant hologram sticker to balls that they personally witness being used in the game. The sticker includes a serial number that can be entered into the MLB authenticator program to confirm that the ball is real and to find out which game it was used in.The eight baseballs we tested were split into two groups: an “old group” of four balls used in games played between August 2014 and May 2015, and a “new group” of three balls used in games played between August 2016 and July 2017, plus the brand-new ball. The aim was to see if the internal composition of the baseballs had changed in ways that would affect the ball’s performance.3This sample is admittedly small, but according to the Kent State scientists we worked with, it’s sufficient to determine statistical significance in the two groups.The balls were first analyzed by Dr. Meng Law, Dr. Jay Acharya and Darryl Hwang at the Keck School of Medicine at USC using a computerized tomography, or CT, scan. This test is typically used to look inside a human head or body, but in this case, it allowed Dr. Law’s team to examine the interior of the baseballs without cracking them open and destroying them.Initial CT imaging showed that baseballs in the same group had a negligible variation in internal properties.When comparing the new and old groups, however, there was a clear difference in the density of the core.In an MLB baseball, the core consists of four parts: a cork pellet at the center, surrounded by a layer of black rubber held together by a rubber ring where the halves meet, all of which is then molded together in a layer of pink rubber.Dr. Law’s team isolated the density difference to the outer (pink) layer of the core, which was, on average, about 40 percent less dense in the new group of balls.While other parts of the ball showed slight differences in density and volume, none were as noteworthy as the changes to the core. On 6,105 occasions last season, a major leaguer walked to the plate and hammered a baseball over the outfield wall. The 2017 season broke the home run record that was set in 2000 — the peak of the steroid era — when players hit 5,693 homers, and it built upon the remarkable 5,610 that were hit in 2016. It was a stunning display of power that played out in every MLB park almost every night. And with spring training underway in Florida and Arizona, MLB’s power surge is showing no sign of letting up.But while we now know what caused the spike in home runs at the turn of the century — even if we didn’t at the time — the reason for the most recent flurry of long balls remains an unsolved mystery. Any number of factors might have contributed to the home run surge, including bigger, stronger players or a new emphasis on hitting fly balls. But none of those possibilities looms larger than the ball itself.MLB and its commissioner, Rob Manfred, have repeatedly denied rumors that the ball has been altered in any way — or “juiced” — to generate more homers. But a large and growing body of research shows that, beginning in the middle of the 2015 season, the MLB baseball began to fly further. And new research commissioned by “ESPN Sport Science,” a show that breaks down the science of sports,1ESPN owns FiveThirtyEight. suggests that MLB baseballs used after the 2015 All-Star Game were subtly but consistently different than older baseballs. The research, performed by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and Kent State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, reveals changes in the density and chemical composition of the baseball’s core — and provides our first glimpse inside the newer baseballs.Looking inside the balls and testing their chemical composition revealed that the cores of recent balls were somewhat less dense than the cores of balls used before the 2015 All-Star Game. The newer cores weigh about a half a gram less than the older ones, which might be enough to cause baseballs hit on a typical home run trajectory to fly about 6 inches farther. That alone is hardly enough to explain the home run surge of recent seasons, but when combined with previous research finding that baseballs began to change in other small ways starting around the same time, it suggests that a number of minor differences may have combined to contribute to the remarkable upswing in home run power we’ve witnessed since 2015.Asked about these findings, MLB noted that it had commissioned a group of scientists and statisticians to investigate any changes to the ball, and that the committee would issue a report on its research soon. According to Alan Nathan, one of the physicists on the commission, the task force found that all the characteristics that MLB regularly measures, including the weight, circumference, seam height and bounciness of the ball, were within ranges that meant variations in the baseballs were unlikely to significantly affect home run rates. MLB declined to provide the data supporting these assertions.Independent investigations by FiveThirtyEight, publications like The Ringer, and Nathan himself have shown differences in the characteristics of the ball and the way it performs. Research has shown that balls used in games after the 2015 All-Star Game were bouncier and less air resistant compared with baseballs from the 2014 season, when players hit a relatively modest 4,186 homers, the fewest since 1995. (Nathan noted that MLB does not regularly measure air resistance.) Taken together, these changes would result in a ball that would come off the bat at a higher speed and carry farther. While investigations have been able to show that the baseball behaves differently in recent years, no one had looked inside the ball to see if there was evidence of changes to the way the baseball is constructed. It’s not just that the inside of the ball looks different — the chemical composition of the cores appears to have changed as well. After being tested at the Keck School, the same set of balls were sent to Kent State University. There, researchers at Soumitra Basu’s lab in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department cut open the balls to examine the cores using a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). This test essentially cooks a material to see which parts parts of it vaporize at which temperatures. Using that information, researchers can create a molecular profile of a given material.This test showed that the pink layer of the core in baseballs from the new group was, on average, composed of about 7 percent more polymer than the same area in baseballs from the old group. Additionally, an analysis with a scanning electron microscope showed that the same layer in the new balls contained, on average, 10 percent less silicon, relative to the amount of other ingredients in the pill. According to the Kent State researchers, these chemical changes produced a more porous, less dense layer of rubber — which explains the results seen in the CT scan at the Keck School.It may not seem obvious, but these slight changes in the chemical composition of the core could have an impact on how the balls played once they were sewn up and shipped to major league teams. Less dense cores could mean lighter baseballs. The cores of the new balls weighed, on average, about 0.5 grams less than the cores from the old group. This difference was statistically significant, which means it’s highly unlikely that it was due to sampling error. The overall weight of the balls also dropped by an average of about a 0.5 grams between groups, but, unlike with the cores, this difference was not statistically significant.4The ball as a whole weighs much more than the core alone, and there was more variation in the weight of the full baseballs than in the weight of the cores, both of which meant that the bar for statistically significant variations in weight was higher for the whole baseball than for just the core.Half a gram isn’t much — it’s only about the weight of a paperclip. A tiny change like this might add only about 6 inches to flight of a baseball hit on a typical home run trajectory, according to Nathan’s calculations. But the timing of these changes to the weight and density of the core coincides with a much larger boost to the bounciness of the baseball. According to a previous analysis performed by The Ringer, that increase in bounciness alone would add around 0.6 mph to the speed of the ball as it leaves the bat and add roughly 3 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball — enough to make the difference between the warning track and the stands.On top of the fact that the balls became bouncier as the core itself changed, previous research at FiveThirtyEight showed that they also became less air resistant. The decrease in drag is probably a result of a smaller, slicker baseball with lower seams. The change in air resistance could add an additional 5 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball. Combine all these factors together — a lighter, more compact baseball with tighter seams and more bounce — and the ball could fly as much as 8.6 feet farther. According to Nathan’s calculations, this would lead to a more than 25 percent increase in the number of home runs. Asked whether these changes in combination could have significantly affected the home run rate, MLB declined to comment.In actuality, home runs spiked by about 46 percent between 2014 and 2017, which means that the changes to the ball could account for more than half of the increase. The remainder could be reasonably chalked up to a philosophical shift among MLB hitters, who are likely swinging upward to maximize the number of balls they hit in the air and are not shy about the increase in strikeouts that may come with that approach.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has repeatedly denied that the baseball is juiced. On numerous occasions, he has said league testing found that baseballs continue to fall within the range that MLB designates as acceptable, and he recently said that MLB testing showed the balls to be fundamentally the same. But even if the baseballs still meet the league’s manufacturing guidelines, their performance could change enough to double (or, theoretically, halve) the number of home runs hit in a year.In fact, in January of 2015, Rawlings filed a patent application for a manufacturing process that would allow it to produce softballs and non-MLB baseballs5The patent applies to balls with foam cores, which might be used in softball or youth-league baseball, for example, but does not apply to the type of baseballs used in MLB, with layers of yarn around a cork-and-rubber core. that were as bouncy as possible while still falling within the manufacturing specifications set by the league. This type of ball is constructed quite differently from MLB baseballs, so there’s no indication that this patent means Rawlings is deliberately manipulating major league baseballs in this way, but it demonstrates that it’s at least theoretically possible for balls to be “fundamentally the same” while also performing differently than they have in the past.Kathy Smith-Stephens, senior director of quality and compliance at Rawlings, said that no change had been made to the baseballs but that “natural variation” occurs in the manufacturing process. She noted that they “continuously tweak” — though later in the interview she asked that we say “continuously refine” — the manufacturing process in an effort to reduce variations, but said that Rawlings’ internal testing had shown no difference in the ball’s weight or bounciness.Evidence that the baseball is at least partially responsible for the last few years’ spike in the home run rate mounted throughout the summer of 2017 and reached a peak during October’s World Series. In those seven games, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers smashed 24 homers, including eight in one game. In the wake of this power display, Manfred asked all 30 teams to start storing baseballs in a climate-controlled room and commissioned a task force of scientists and statisticians to investigate whether the ball was juiced in 2017. Our own research, combined with controlled tests from three separate academic laboratories, strongly suggests that the physical properties of the ball have changed. Taken together, all these studies give us a lot of evidence to suggest that today’s baseballs differ in meaningful ways from those of a few years ago. In other words, there are many questions for Manfred’s committee to address.Special thanks to Sean O’Rourke, Dr. Cynthia Bir and Nathan Beals for additional research assistance. read more

Woman who died after her body shielded young niece in Manchester attack

first_img“I’ll remember you spilling drinks down your top at the house warming party and ending up in just a vest. I’ll remember you making paper games with Phoebe and ‘eating is cheating’.”We never did manage a night out on the town together but one day we will meet again and you’ll have many a story to tell me over a few drinks. For now sleep tight beautiful princess you’ll always be a hero.”Tributes have been flowing as details of the victims began emerging.The attack on Monday was the worst terrorist attack since 52 innocent people were killed in the July 7 bombings in London in 2005.The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the barbaric attack, which was carried out by Salman Abedi.Abedi is believed to have been born in Manchester and of Libyan descent. So sorry to report we’ve had to update our front page following confirmation of Kelly’s death. RIP #manchesterattack pic.twitter.com/MzMC8MiSAr— The Star, Sheffield (@SheffieldStar) May 23, 2017 “When the bomb has gone off the impact has broken Claire’s jaw and broken Hollie’s legs.”They are both currently in hospital having nuts and bolts removed from all places.”Claire is having a bolt removed from her face and poor Hollie is having bolts removed all the way up her legs.”After the impact Claire had gone to Hollie but when she looked up she couldn’t find Kelly. They lost her in all the commotion.”Chantelle Garrity, a friend of Ms Brewster, wrote on Facebook: “R.I.P my dear friend Kelly! I love you more than words can describe. I won’t be the same person without you!” “Well it has happened to us. What do you say to that?”I’m worried it will be Sheffield next. I’m. It not going to go to any big crowded places.”Speaking of Kelly being murdered in a despicable act of terrorism, Mr Winslow said: “Words cannot describe how it makes you feel, it’s surreal.”How a man can say that he has done this for Muslims. He is not a Muslim. He is evil. “I’m still trying to get my head round Kelly being swept up in this. It doesn’t feel real.” Kelly Brewster She had been reported missing after the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday night. Her partner, Ian Winslow, later wrote on Facebook: “Not sure how this works but it isn’t good news. Kelly Brewster wasn’t one of the unidentified hospital patients. She has sadly passed away in the terror attack yesterday.”Kelly really was the happiest she has ever been and we had so many things planned together. My daughter Phoebe will be absolutely devastated like we all are.”Her local paper, the Sheffield Star, praised her for her bravery on the front page of the newspaper after confirming her death. It said that she will be remembered by her community for her selfless act. Ms Brewster had been attending the Ariana Grande concert with her sister Claire and her niece Hollie Booth when the home-made device packed with nuts and bolts exploded in the venue’s foyer as thousands of young people were leaving.Hollie has two broken legs and Claire has a broken jaw, Hollie’s grandmother Tracy Booth wrote on Facebook.Paul Dryhurst, Kelly Brewster’s uncle, spoke of her bravery. He told ITV: “Kelly has shielded Hollie and Claire from the damage.”The three were walking out in single file, with Claire in front, Hollie behind her, and Kelly behind her. He said: “Ian told me that they had just put a deposit down on a house and were trying for a baby.”We will miss her so much. “Ian has a seven-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Phoebe, and she and Kelly were very close, like sisters. Another friend, Payton Williams, wrote: “Heaven has gained another angel Kelly you were a hero right down to your last moments. I will always remember our dinners out in champs and you giving me to confidence to travel with contiki alone. I will always remember giving you a lift home when mum worked her late shifts because I didn’t want you to have to catch the bus. A woman from Sheffield’s family have confirmed she is one of the victims of the Manchester terror attack after her body reportedly “shielded” her niece from the blast. She leaves behind a young daughter, Phoebe.It has now been confirmed by those close to her that she was trying for a baby before the incident.Ms Brewster, 32, a civil servant,had just put a deposit down on a new home with her boyfriend Ian Winslow and was planning to start a family with him when she was killed.Ian’s father John Winslow, 62, revealed the tragic circumstances surrounding her death.Speaking at his home in Sheffield, his eyes red and swollen opened the door to his home in Sheffield, said: “We are all devastated at what had happened. Ian is devastated.”Kelly is such a lovely, lovely girl. They were a lovely couple.”He told how they had been together three years and were just planning their future together. Kelly BrewsterCredit:Kelly Brewster/Facebook “Ian will have to break the news to her when he comes home tomorrow.”He is still in Manchester at the moment. They are waiting to officially identify her body today.”He said last night that they were waiting on the identity of a critical person in hospital and if that woman wasn’t Kelly then they knew she was dead.”And of course it wasn’t.”The grandma of 11-year-old Hollie Booth broke down in tears as she thanked her aunt Kelly for saving her life. Tracy Booth said: “I’m devastated about Kelly’s death. She was a hero. I would not have my granddaughter if it was not for her. “It is such a shame to lose Kelly because I would have liked to have thanked her. “But if she had lived I would have been unable to repay her for what she has done. “I will be indebted to her for the rest of my life.”Hollie’s uncle Shane Booth also broke down in tears as he said: “My niece, I love her. “And we’ve lost Kelly. It awful. I can’t understand it all. I am now scared to go anywhere. “They say that you should get on with your life, that it probably wouldn’t happen to you.  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.last_img read more

OK Tedi mine engineering contract for Kramer Ausenco

first_imgAustralia-based EPCM major, Ausenco Ltd, has announced that its 50%-owned subsidiary Kramer Ausenco has been awarded a A$4 million per year  “program management engineering alliance” contract at gold and copper mine OK Tedi in Papua New Guinea (PNG).The alliance will involve Kramer Ausenco working directly with OK Tedi’s on-site engineering and other staff and will include works on the processing plant, the mine itself as well as other aspects such as the power and infrastructure systems at the operation, which is in PNG’s Western Province.The contract will run until the planned mine closure in 2013 and also covers follow-up work to complete mine closure commitments. Some of this will include Mine Life Extension planning which could extend the mine life by another seven years to 2022. OK Tedi’s own official summary of this work states: “The management is in the process of undertaking a feasibility study to extend mine life as an alternative to closure. OTML management considers this to be a genuine opportunity to extend mine life by another seven years from 2014 to 2022 by a combination of two underground mines and one open pit operation.”Ausenco referred to its other recent successes in PNG, including the award of an on-site operational training and maintenance support contract at the Hidden Valley mine in PNG for the 50:50 Harmony/Newcrest owned Morobe Mining Joint Venture.last_img read more

Saving the hearts of all

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new drug – developed by Professor Arthur Christopoulos and his team of researchers – has the potential to stop heart attacks in their tracks, without any harmful side effects. “We’ve synthesised a new class of drug molecule, a new type of molecule that targets a very important protein in the heart,” explains Professor Christopoulos. As it currently stands, activation of this protein can protect the heart from the damage of a heart attack, but the problem is that at the same time you are activating this protein to prevent a heart attack, you also stand a chance of slowing the heart down, or even stopping it – two damaging side effects.“If you look at the protein as an on/off switch, all the drugs that act on the main side of the protein either switch it on of the protein they either switch it on or off, you are switching it on you are switching on everything – the good and bad effects,” Professor Christopoulos tells Neos Kosmos.“But we found another site right next to it which is like a dimmer switch, so if you can imagine you have the on / off button but a dimmer switch as well so you can start any activity you want while avoiding the activity you don’t want.”Through combining two molecules, the research team at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences were able to have one molecule activate the site like an on / off switch, and the other to act as a dimmer switch to prevent the bad side effects. Proteins in the body are involved with lots of conditions such as diabetes, obesity, schizophrenia – so this process has the potential of being a universal medical breakthrough. Not just that, this drug could restore a better quality of life for heart attack sufferers. “One third of all people who survive a heart attack they then go on to develop heart failure for the rest of their lives, and end up on a cocktail of drugs,” says Professor Christopoulos “So if we could minimise the damage straight after a heart attack we might not even progress to heart failure and that’s really promising.” Even though the medical world is excited by the potential application of this medical breakthrough, the application is still a while off as it’s in such an early stage of discovery. The research findings of Professor Christopoulos team were published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS) and have made headlines worldwide. And the news hasn’t stopped the professor’s parents Chris and Voula spreading the word of their lifesaving son. “I had my mother cry yesterday when she saw me on Channel Nine – they had friends and neighbours over their house watching the news,” says Professor Christopoulos. This discovery is potentially lifesaving, making his long-term goal of leaving a legacy, a high probability.“It makes all those years worthwhile,” he says of endless nights of research and development.“You get into science because you are driven – and have no choice. And I tell people invariably that the troughs are more common than the peaks but when you see something like this, it’s a whole new way of making the body work – it’s pretty cool.”last_img read more

Streaming Radio App Stitcher Begins Ad Sales Buildout

first_imgPodcasting and audio programs were adopted by many media companies as another way to engage audiences, expand brand channels and, in some cases, drive new revenues. Some are still at it. Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal and Slate are among the top shows on Stitcher.The rise of the mobile platform has caused a resurgence in podcasting popularity, says Shanok.  It has also driven renewed interest from advertisers. Stitcher touts a professional, highly educated, higher income listening audience. Shanok says he’s exploring more “native” opportunities (translation: longer-form audio ads) in addition to Stitcher’s standard, but highly targeted ad placement capabilities. Stitcher has also added to its roster of automobile integrations, including partnerships with BMW, Mazda, Ford, GM and Mini. Stitcher, the streaming radio and podcast platform, says it crossed the 12 million mobile app download mark and has doubled its on-demand content to more than 20,000 programs. CEO and co-founder Noah Shanok says the company, which has gone through three institutional rounds of financing since its launch in 2008, has up to now been focused on growing content and audience, but is now building out its direct sales capabilities. Revenue, says Shanok, has grown 75 percent year over year. He declined to be more specific, but says that Stitcher has tripled the number of content partners that are on its revenue sharing program and payouts have doubled in the last year. last_img read more

Gully Boy actor Vivek Garg bags a role opposite Aamir Khan in

first_imgVivek GargPR HandoutIt is a dream come true moment for TV actor Vivek Garg, when he was roped-in for Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s next film Laal Singh Chadda, which is directed by Advait Chandan of Secret Superstar fame.Vivek Garg is a young chap who hails from a small place in Haryana. Ever since the 19-year-old actor has landed in Mumbai he always wanted to work with bigwigs and Aamir Khan has remained his first choice.Aamir Khan, who has been on a break after his last film Thugs of Hindostan, finally announced his next venture on the eve of his 54th birthday. His next film Lal Singh Chaddha will be produced under his banner Aamir Khan Productions in association with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.While hunting for some bright actors, the casting director found Vivek Garg promising for one of the roles in Lal Singh Chaddha. This eventually helped the actor to bag the role in the film. After all, Vivek is young, energetic and talented that has impressed the makers of the Aamir Khan Productions’ film.All thanks to the previous roles Vivek Garg has done in a few Bollywood working with top stars like Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy and Varun Dhawan in ABCD 2. Besides, he has also worked with small screen doing a couple of TV shows including Fun Se Fantasy and MTV Love School Season 4.Besides being the part of a few TV shows and reality programs on the small screen, Vivek Garg is also a digital marketer who has worked with many brands and companies of entertainment and other domains. He has promoted many Bollywood movies and songs on the World Wide Web and social media. But he is an actor by heart and wants to tread this path for long till he accomplishes big in the field of acting.Now, with being the part of Lal Singh Chaddha, he has managed to get another key feather in his cap. The film is expected to hit the screens next year in 2020, and it will be directed by Advait Chandan the Secret Superstar fame filmmaker. The film happens to be a remake of the 1994 film Forrest Gump. For him, this is just the start of his glorious beginning in B Town, he has to go a long way.last_img read more

Son of Slain Police Officer Fatally Shot in NW Baltimore

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The son of a Baltimore police officer killed in 2007 was fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore.The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2odsRSg ) that 22-year-old Trayvon Chesley was shot in the head behind an apartment complex at about 11 p.m. on Friday. It was the third shooting in the area in a single day.Chesley has been identified as the son of detective Troy Lamont Chesley Sr., who was killed while off duty in a shooting in 2007.So far this year, there have been 90 homicides in Baltimore.last_img

Dragon Ball FighterZ Story Trailer Debuts New Character Android 21

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. No, Solid Snake Isn’t Coming to ‘Tekken’Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019 Like most modern fighting games, Dragon Ball FighterZ will have a full story mode. Instead of rehashing the same old Dragon Ball Z story, this is something new. The star of DBF‘s story is apparently Android 21 — who was first introduced in this month’s V-Jump magazine. The story trailer does little to explain the new character or what the hell is happening… but it sure looks nice!Besides the new Android character, the trailer also shows old Dragon Ball favorites, Tienshinhan and Yamcha. Tien rocks his Dragon Ball Super outfit and his signature third eye. He can unleash attacks like Tri-Beam and Dodon Ray. His little buddy Chiaotzu can enter the fight and assist. Yamcha is for players who like to fight up close. He can use his Wolf Fang Fist attack, and of course, the Kamehameha.Bandai Namco created Android 21 with supervision from Dragon Ball creator, Akira Toriyama. According to Kotaku, Bandai Namco told Toriyama the game’s story and the type of character Android 21 was. Toriyama then took these ideas and used them to design the new character. Android 21 is supposedly as intelligent as her creator, Dr. Gero, and is responsible for bringing back Android 16. Dragon Ball FighterZ producer Tomoko Hiroki expressed her wish for Android 21 to one day appear in the Dragon Ball manga.Due to her shapely physique, Dragon Ball fans quickly became enamored with Android 21. Shortly after her announcement, pieces of fan art popped up all over the internet. Seeing the fan reaction, Bandai Namco decided to have fun with fans with the below tweet. The responses to it are priceless.With the introduction of Android 21 in the story of DRAGON BALL FighterZ, the plot certainly THICKENS! #DragonBallFighterZ pic.twitter.com/qRj11Q79Av— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) September 21, 2017Dragon Ball FighterZ is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One early next year. Make sure to check out my latest hands-on impressions of the game. Spoiler alert, I really really like it!center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

94yrold Veteran Turns Condemned Village into a Multicolor Wonderland

first_imgTaiwan is known for many astonishing things. Besides being home to the one-time world’s tallest building Taipei 101, which is on the radar of firework lovers every December 31st, Taiwan is famous for delicious street food, night markets, the unique pearl milk tea, amazing mountains and flower farms. Newly added to the list of amazing places to visit is the Rainbow Village, and its story is remarkable.Rainbow Grand Pastroy House. Photo by Steven R. Barringer CC BY-SA 4.0Surrounded by high-rising skyscrapers and buildings in a 2.8 million residents city of Taichung, Rainbow Village is a colorful oasis in the concrete jungle.The village was previously known as one of many “veteran villages” that the government erected between the 1940s and 1950s for Taiwanese veterans returning from mainland China.Rainbow Village House. Photo by Katja1031 CC BY-SA 4.0These villages were cheaply built and were intended as temporary settlements for to the Kuomintang soldiers.This specific village was home to 1,200 people, but like many of the veteran villages it started to gradually die out. As residents moved away the investors started to buy the land piece by piece.Taichung, Taiwan – April 5, 2015. The colorful drawing on the walls and floor in rainbow military community or village in Taichung.In last 20 years, the majority of these settlements disappeared completely because the government was selling off the land to investors to provide more quality housing for a bigger amount of people.Nowadays, the Rainbow Village only has 11 houses left and a small number of people still living there. Among them is 94-year-old Huang Yung-Fu, a veteran of the Chinese Civil War.Taichung, Taiwan – April 30, 2018. The Rainbow Village street art.The settlement was recently under threat of being demolished, however, this amazing and creative man saved his peaceful home and the rest of the residents are very grateful for it.It all began when Yung-Fu started to paint the interior of his home with colorful birds. Upon seeing how it turned out, he took his art outside.Taichung, Taiwan – April 30, 2018. The Rainbow Village street art.He would wake up every morning at 3 o’clock, take his painting supplies and go outside to paint the houses and the alleys. His art started on the walls, but it soon spilled to windowsills and sidewalks — Huang was unstoppable.He has painted different motifs, such as animals, dolls, manga characters and airplanes, but all in different vibrant colors. The whole place now looks uniquely magical and surrealistic.April 30, 2018. The Rainbow Village in Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan.A few years ago, students of Ling Tung University discovered these amazing pieces of art. Gradually, the village started to attract attention both from people living in Taichung and from tourists coming from abroad.The fact that the village started to become a tourist attraction and the protest of the locals supported by all the people enamored by Yung-Fu’s art deterred the Taiwanese government from demolishing it.April 30, 2018. The Rainbow Village in Nantun District, Taichung, Taiwan.Yung-Fu was thrilled that his art was being praised and that he could save his and homes of his neighbours, but he said that he would continue to do it even when he was 100-years-old and nobody even knew of his art.Interestingly, he was never an artist, nor did he try any artistic medium, except for his father teaching him how to draw when he was a young child.Taichung, Taiwan – Oct 27, 2018: The Rainbow grandpa, Huang Yung-Fu, is painting the street in Rainbow Village.Nowadays the Rainbow Village and its creator, often referred to Rainbow Grandpa, is on the map of almost every tourist coming to visit Taiwan.Once there you would need only 10 to 15 minutes to walk through it and see all the amazing painting around. The encroaching high, modern buildings are proof of the threat the village was under.Read another story from us: 91-yr-old Street Artist Grandma Has Turned Her Village into a Stunning Art GalleryThe entrance to this magical place is free. As of recently there is a small souvenir shop selling unique handmade goods based on the Rainbow Grandpa’s artwork and run by his grandson.last_img read more

Related LinksLarry Fitzgerald tackles Kurt Warner

first_imgRelated LinksLarry Fitzgerald tackles Kurt Warner during live shotKurt Warner chimes in on the Arizona Cardinals QB situationQB Kurt Warner was ‘serious’ about an NFL return in 2018He has served as a panelist on NFL GameDay Morning and on NFL Total Access, both shows are on the NFL Network.Last season, Warner also served as the color commentator on Westwood One’s coverage of Monday Night Football and for the Super Bowl. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner was nominated for an Emmy award as an Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst.Warner was nominated alongside some heavy hitters in the sports industry including Charles Barkley, Kirk Herbstreit, Alex Rodriguez and Michael Strahan.Congrats @kurt13warner who today was nominated for a Sports Emmy in the category of Outstanding Sports Personality/Studio Analyst.Would be first Emmy winner who was also a 2-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, @ProFootballHOF enshrinee & Arena Football Hall of Famer pic.twitter.com/wVkFDoHnTu— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) April 3, 2019 He joined the NFL Network in 2010 following his retirement from the game. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 8 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img (Photo by Eddie Poe/Cronkite News) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKlast_img read more

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first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Reese Witherspoon confirms there will be a “Legally Blonde 3.”The actress on Thursday posted a video on Instagram of her floating in a pool wearing a pink bikini. The caption read: “It’s true…# LegallyBlonde3.”Witherspoon starred as Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy, in which the fashion merchandising student enrolls in Harvard Law School to try to win back her ex-boyfriend.The movie led to the 2003 sequel “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” by The Associated Press Posted Jun 7, 2018 6:32 am PDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this March 13, 2018, file photo, Actress Reese Witherspoon poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ in London. Witherspoon confirms there will be a “Legally Blonde 3.” The actress on Thursday, June 7, 2018, posted a video on Instagram of her floating in a pool wearing a pink bikini. The caption read: “It’s true…(hash) LegallyBlonde3.” (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File) center_img Reese Witherspoon confirms ‘Legally Blonde 3’last_img read more

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