Hina bags one of a kind IndoHollywood film

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Hina Khan, who made her debut at Cannes Film Festival this year, has taken her next step in the international market by signing an Indo-Hollywood film, which is based on H G Wells’ novel ‘The Country of the Blind’. The film titled Country of Blind is being directed by Rahat Kazmi and will be shot in the Himalayas. It is a story set in the 1800s about the inhabitants of a valley who have no vision yet are living a fulfilled life without any attachment to the outside world. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHina will be seen playing the character of a blind woman who belongs to the valley. “Country of Blind was the first script that Rahat had narrated to me, even before Lines. And I knew I had to do this one,” Hina said. The film is being co-produced by Rahat Kazmi Films and Tariq Khan Productions along with Hiro’s Faar Better Films and Turn Key Films (US). Hina had attended the Cannes fest in May this year for the first look launch event of her film Lines. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”Country of Blind was signed on before Cannes happened, but yes we definitely got international producers on board after my Cannes appearance,” said the ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’ actor. “Everything in this film is one of a kind. It’s always better to lead by example rather than follow.” It is being shot in English and Hindi. “Each language, each culture, each dialect has its own nuances.” Much before entering the film world, Hina was known to the Indian audience as Akshara from ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’. She then shed her “good bahu” image by participating in the reality show.last_img read more

Indspire program receives 1M donation and hopes to expand student program across

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsA $1-million donation from the Pathy Family Foundation of Montreal, Que. to Indspire will help the program expand across the country.Teach for Tomorrow: Build from Within – Ozhitoon Onji Peenjiiee works in partnership with the Winnipeg School Division and the faculty of education at the University of Winnipeg.Roberta Jamieson, president and ceo of Indspire says the program is about identifying young First Nations, Inuit, and Metis students in high school and building on their interest in becoming educators.“The partnerships work together to support these students to get them from high school, through university, and through to getting a job and serving our students.”Indspire is a national Indigenous charity organization that invests in the education of Indigenous people.“We provide different training programs, scholarships, and bursaries,” says Jamieson.Even though Indspire supports many students in the field of education, Jamieson says there needs to be more.“Honestly, our communities need many more of our own people at the front of the classroom.”After receiving the donation from the foundation, Jamieson says things are moving in the right direction for the program.“I’m thrilled to share the Pathy Family Foundation has committed $1 million to Indspire to support Teaching for Tomorrow – that will take us towards growing the program across the country,” says Jamieson.(Indspire President and CEO Roberta Jamieson. Photo: Ashley Brandson/APTN)In February, 27 Winnipeg high school students started working to earn an Education Assistant diploma.“I want to be a role model for the future generation,” says grade 12 student Jody Ross.It’s been five months since the students started the program, and Indspire, school, and university officials want to check in with some of them to see how they’re enjoying the program.“It gets tough sometimes, especially when you have a high school exam and a university test at the same time, so you really learn how to manage your time,” says Ross.She says she’s grateful for this kick start in her career and getting to meet instructors and other Indigenous students with the same goals really motivates her.For future students who want who would like to participate in the program, Ross says don’t give up.“It does get hard at times, but stay positive.  You’re doing something important for yourself and the future generation.”The students will graduate from the Teach for Tomorrow program in January 2020, with credits that go towards their university degree in education.abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

Former Canada Post CEO Moya Greene replaces Paul Tellier on Rio Tinto

first_imgLONDON, England – Global miner Rio Tinto Ltd., which owns large aluminum smelters in Canada, has appointed former Canada Post chief executive Moya Greene to its board.Greene, who currently heads Britain’s Royal Mail Group, will replace veteran Canadian business leader Paul Tellier.The former head of CN Rail and Bombardier Inc. plans to step down in May after 11 years.“With Paul stepping down, Moya will ensure that the board maintains a strong Canadian voice, reflecting the importance of Canada to Rio Tinto,” stated Rio chairman Jan du Plessis.Like Tellier, Greene held several senior leadership roles in the private sector after a career in the Canadian civil service.Companies in this story: (LON:RIO, TSX:CNR, TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

RCMP continue to investigate disappearance of Grande Prairie man

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP say they are continuing to investigate the disappearance of 33-year-old Patrick Decque.According to RCMP, they believe that the circumstances surrounding Decque’s disappearance are suspicious and that he may have been the victim of foul play.Police say Decque was last seen on May 23 in the Pinnacle Ridge neighbourhood of Grande Prairie. Decque is described as:CaucasianBlack hairBrown eyes6’0” / 230 lbsLast seen wearing a grey suitAnyone with information regarding Decque’s disappearance is being asked to contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Actor advocate George Clooney named UN Messenger of Peace

18 January 2008United States actor, filmmaker and human rights advocate George Clooney has been designated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, to raise awareness of the world body’s peacekeeping efforts. United States actor, filmmaker and human rights advocate George Clooney has been designated by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, to raise awareness of the world body’s peacekeeping efforts. Mr. Clooney, who will join eight other internationally renowned individuals as Messengers to advocate on behalf of the UN and focus global attention on its efforts to improve the lives of billions of people, has been recognized for his work to focus public attention on crucial international political and social issues.“You have seen first-hand the pain experienced by the victims of war and made it your personal mission to help end violence and human suffering,” Mr. Ban said, lauding Mr. Clooney’s “dedication to raising awareness and mobilizing action on Darfur.” Mr. Clooney has been active in his endeavors to bring an end to the emergency in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and another 2.2 million forced to flee their homes since fighting began in 2003 between Government forces and rebel groups. A joint UN-African Union hybrid peacekeeping force was recently deployed in a bid to stem the violence in the region. “I am deeply honoured to receive this appointment,” Mr. Clooney said. “I look forward to working with the United Nations in order to build public support for its critically important work in some of the most difficult, dangerous and dire places in the world.” In 2006, he visited Darfur with his father, and has also visited China and Egypt. That same year, along with Messenger of Peace, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, Mr. Clooney spoke to Security Council members at an “Arria formula” meeting, whereby non-governmental actors can address the Council outside official sessions. Mr. Clooney served as executive producer and narrator of a documentary last year entitled “Sand and Sorrow,” which follows activists as they stop in refugee camps along Sudan’s border with Chad and interviews experts on the crisis. In April 2007, “Not on Our Watch,” a non-profit organization in which influential people in the arts highlight mass atrocities worldwide, was co-founded by Mr. Clooney and several other US film industry leaders. He will receive his designation and meet with countries contributing to UN peacekeeping efforts at the Organization’s Headquarters in New York on 31 January. Current Messengers of Peace and their areas of focus are Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan (Millennium Development Goals and hunger); conductor Daniel Barenboim (peace and tolerance); author Paulo Coelho (intercultural dialogue); actor Michael Douglas (disarmament and peace and security); primatologist Jane Goodall (the environment); violinist Midori Goto (Millennium Development Goals and youth); cellist Yo-Yo Ma (youth); and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (human rights and the Holocaust). read more

An explainer on US export duty petitions affecting Canada

MONTREAL — The U.S. Department of Commerce is adding nearly 80 per cent in preliminary anti-dumping duties on exports of Bombardier’s CSeries commercial jet. The Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer’s (TSX:BBD.B) 100- to 150-seat plane faces a total tariff of almost 300 per cent when combined with last week’s almost 220 per cent countervailing duties.Here’s what you need to know about U.S. export duties:Q: What is the difference between countervailing and anti-dumping duties?A: Countervailing duties are applied when the Department of Commerce determines that foreign governments unfairly subsidized the named producers and exporters. Anti-dumping duties are added if the department subsequently determines that the exported product is being sold in the United States at a price that is below that producer’s sales price in its home market or at a price that is lower than the cost of production.Q: When are duties paid?A: Duties are paid when the product is exported into the United States. For Bombardier CSeries aircraft, that would only come when the first deliveries to Delta Air Lines are made next year. Canadian softwood lumber producers have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in export deposits related to preliminary duty orders.Q: What is the process to have duties applied?A: The U.S. International Trade Commission responds to a petition by making a preliminary decision that there is a reasonable indication that the American industry is materially injured by the imported products. Following investigations, the Department of Commerce announces preliminary countervailing and anti-dumping duties. Several months later they make final determinations about the duties. The USITC then decides if the industry was harmed. If so, the Secretary of Commerce issues duty orders which are enforced by the U.S. Customs Service.Q: Can the decisions be appealed?A: U.S. International Trade Commission decisions can be appealed to the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York City. In cases involving Canada and/or Mexico, the appeal can be made to a binational panel under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The case can also be taken to the World Trade Organization.Q: Where do cases against Canada stand?Bombardier CSeries: The Department of Commerce on Friday announced preliminary anti-dumping duties, following the imposition of nearly 220 per cent preliminary countervailing duties. Final determination on both are expected Dec. 18. The final USITC determination is scheduled for Feb. 1, with an order being issued Feb. 8.Softwood Lumber: Canadian softwood lumber producers were assessed 6.87 per cent in preliminary anti-dumping tariffs and a 19.88 rate for preliminary countervailing duties, which ended in early September. Five producers were singled out for their own duties. The Department of Commerce is slated to announce final duty determinations on Nov. 14. The USITC is scheduled to release its final determination on Dec. 21.Uncoated groundwood paper: A Washington State paper company launched a petition in August against uncoated groundwood paper from Canada. The USITC issued its decision Sept. 22 that there was a reasonable indication of material injury from the imported products. A preliminary CVD decision is expected around Nov. 2, followed by a preliminary anti-dumping decision around Jan. 16. read more

AG orders CID to file case on Duminda

Presidential Advisor Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in the shooting incident in October 2011 and Silva was seen as one of the main suspects in the murder. The Attorney General (AG) has instructed the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to file a case against MP Duminda Silva over the killing of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.According to the instructions issued by the AG, the CID has also been told to file cases against 12 others in relation to the case. However the MP had reportedly told the CID when he was questioned in hospital in Singapore last year that he could not recollect the incident. Silva had sustained serious head injuries after he was believed to have been shot by a bodyguard of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra soon after Premachandra was shot.Premachandra’s daughter Hirunika Premachandra has been seeking justice in court over her father’s killing and has been calling for the arrest of MP Silva. (Colombo Gazette) read more

TN government decides to recommend release of Gandhi killers

The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday decided to recommend to Governor Banwarilal Purohit the release of seven convicts serving life term for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said, according to the IANS news service.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami. Jayakumar told reporters that the decision was taken after the Supreme Court asked Purohit to consider the mercy petition of A.G. Perarivalan, serving life term for the 1991 assassination of Gandhi, for release under Article 161 of the Constitution. The other six are V. Sriharan alais Murugan, T. Suthendraraja alais Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini Sriharan, wife of Sriharan alias Murugan. They include both Indians and Sri Lankans.All seven have been in prison since 1991, the year a woman Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew up Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai. Jayakumar said though the apex court had given its order in the petition filed by Perarivalan, the state government had decided to recommend to the Governor his release as well as six other convicts as they had also sent their mercy petitions. Jayakumar said the Supreme Court was the highest court and the cabinet decision was taken based on the basis of its decision.He said the Governor had to agree with the cabinet decision.The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was blamed for the assassination of Gandhi. The Sri Lankan military crushed the Tamil Tigers in 2009. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Concerns raised over safety of Parliament after arrest of suspects

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that all steps have been taken to ensure tight security in Parliament.He said that Parliament is also carefully checked before sessions begin. (Colombo Gazette) Opposition Parliamentarian Rohitha Abeygunawardena said that since one suspect was working for the Road Development Authority in the Parliament premises there are fears bombs may have been planted on the road. Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa said that if Parliament is attacked he hopes the attack takes place when the Prime Minister is in Parliament. Concerns were raised today over the safety of Parliament following the arrest of two suspects believed to have been linked to the Easter Sunday attacks.Joint Opposition Parliamentarian Dinesh Gunawardena told Parliament that there was a concern over the safety of Parliament, especially after a second suspect was arrested. read more

Zynga stock sinks analyst calls guidance reduction surprising as business falters

Zynga stock sinks, analyst calls guidance reduction ‘surprising’ as business falters by News Staff Posted Oct 5, 2012 12:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Troubled Zynga’s stock is trading near its lowest level ever Friday after the online game maker behind “FarmVille” forecast a third quarter loss amid weak demand.It’s also taking a hefty charge related to its March acquisition of mobile game company OMGPop.Zynga Inc. said late Thursday that it expects to post a loss for the third quarter, largely because of the $85 million to $95 million charge on the OMGPop purchase.It bought the company behind “Draw Something” for $183 million.Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says Zynga’s transition from Web-based Facebook games to mobile is “more painful than expected.”Zynga’s stock is down 19.3 per cent at $2.27 in late morning trading. It hit an all-time low of $2.21 earlier. The San Francisco company went public Dec. 16. read more

UN and partners urge resolution to crisis after Somali legislators approve motion

In a joint press statement, the UN, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the European Union (EU), the United States and the United Kingdom said, “while we fully respect the right of the Federal Parliament to hold institutions to account and to fulfil its constitutional duties, the submission of any such motion requires a high standard of transparency and integrity in the process and will consume extremely valuable time, not least in the absence of essential legal bodies.” The organizations also recalled that Somalia and all Member States are bound by UN Security Council Resolution 2232, which set out the expectations of the international community on the security and political progress needed in Somalia, and the need for an electoral process in 2016 without extension of either the legislative or executive branch. While recognizing the progress in recent years that Somalia has made, especially on federalism, and also recognising the important and courageous contribution made by the federal parliament, often at great human cost, the statement continued, the envoys said the remain concerned about progress on the legislative agenda and the need to pass key legislation including laws on elections, citizenship, political parties’ and the constitutional court.“Emerging institutions are still fragile. They require a period of stability and continuity to allow Somalia to benefit from the New Deal Somali Compact and to prepare for a peaceful and legitimate transfer of public office in 2016,” says the statement. In 2014 international partners consistently advocated for political stability and continuity; respect for institutional roles defined within the constitution and strong measures to tackle corruption; and improve public financial management, including in the security and defence sector. In 2015 this remained the organizations’ firm call. “We are determined to assist the Somali people in preparing for an electoral process in 2016 that will not be dominated by any single institution or stakeholder. The exact choice of electoral process, will be made by Somalis following a national consultative process, in which the executive, legislative, regional administrations as well as civil society across the country will participate. We note that both the Executive and Members of Parliament have endorsed the proposed Action Plan for the national consultative process,” said the statement. The international organizations believed the Somali people be given the opportunity in 2016 to hold their government and elected representatives to account through an inclusive and transparent electoral process. Calling on Somali federal institutions to maintain their unity and cohesion during this challenging period, the envoys urged a focus on priorities Somalis have set for themselves: preparation of the electoral process in 2016; formation of federal member states and the constitutional review process, which are vital for stabilisation, governance and State-building; and: fight against Al Shabaab, which is at a crucial juncture, thanks to the support and sacrifice of Somali national security forces, the African Union and partners. read more

Replacing Evan Turner Buckeyes look toward life after NBAbound guard

When next season begins, the Ohio State men’s basketball team will return with four of its five starters from the 2009-2010 campaign. But the one missing, Evan Turner, left a gaping hole in the Buckeyes’ roster when he declared for the NBA Draft last week. Turner led OSU in points, rebounds and assists this season and, after winning the Wooden Award Saturday night, will carry six national player of the year awards with him to June’s draft. But when OSU tips off its 2010-2011 season, none of that will matter, and the team must find a way to fill his shoes. “Obviously losing him is going to change a lot for our team because he did so much on the court for us,” guard Jon Diebler said. “We know we have a lot to work on, as a team and individually, but even with Evan leaving, we’re still very confident with who we have coming back and who’s coming in.” Fortunately for the Buckeyes, as Diebler mentioned, they will welcome arguably the nation’s best recruiting class to Columbus next season. Highlighted by Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, the six incoming recruits could go a long way to replacing Turner. However, with Turner gone, and with seniors P.J. Hill and Jeremie Simmons also leaving the program, there will be no returning point guard. One of the incoming freshmen, Aaron Craft, plays the point, but is probably the fourth or fifth-most heralded newcomer in the class. Diebler, who was coached in middle school by Craft’s father, said that while Craft might not be as talented as some other future Buckeyes, he can certainly hold his own.   “He’s a tough kid, just like all the kids coming in,” Diebler said. “He knows a lot about the game and his IQ is really high, and that’s something you can’t teach.” Regardless, it seems unlikely that Craft will be able to step right in and run the OSU offense as a freshman. That leaves the likely possibility of one of the current Buckeyes making a position switch. Just as Turner did a season ago, somebody will have to quickly adapt to a new position. Diebler and forward David Lighty seem to be the most obvious candidates. Lighty proved to be one of the few Buckeyes that can consistently beat people off the dribble and create his own shot, which would make the position switch somewhat seamless. Diebler played point guard almost exclusively in high school, and although his role has been much different in college to this point, he said he wouldn’t be opposed to returning to his roots. “I wouldn’t mind it,” Diebler said. “I just want to do whatever helps us win. It’s going to be my last year and Dave’s last year and I know we’re all going to work on our ball handling.” For Lighty, despite losing Turner and no matter who ends up playing point guard, the expectations are still high. “We never lower our standards here just because he’s leaving,” Lighty said. “I believe with him, obviously we’d be that much better, but without I believe we still have a great team.” read more

Urban Meyer Nick Saban matchup brings memories of past meetings between Ohio

Left: Coach Urban Meyer hoists the Amos Alonzo Stagg Big Ten Championship trophy after the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis. OSU won, 59-0.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorRight: Alabama coach Nick Saban hoists the trophy following a 42-14 win against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 7, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla.Credit: Courtesy of TNSPaul “Bear” Bryant and Wayne Woodrow “Woody” Hayes.The first time the Ohio State Buckeyes and Alabama Crimson Tide took the field against each other, the two legendary coaches squared off in a battle for the — wait for it — Sugar Bowl championship in New Orleans.Now, almost 37 years to the date, two more legendary football coaches will roam the sidelines in the 2015 installment of the Sugar Bowl.While they don’t have nicknames like “Woody” or “Bear,” OSU’s Urban Meyer and Alabama’s Nick Saban know each other all too well. They’ve squared off three times as members of the Southeastern Conference when Meyer was at the University of Florida and are set to meet again in a College Football Playoff semi-final game in the first season of the new system.Saban said during a Sunday conference call that returning to the Sugar Bowl for a second year in a row is a “great opportunity,” especially against the Buckeyes.“(It’s) a real honor for our team to be able to come back to the Sugar Bowl, to be a part of the first-ever playoff system playing against an outstanding, very traditional, a great traditioned program like Ohio State, with a great coach like Urban Meyer,” Saban said.Meyer, who is 1-2 against Saban head-to-head, said he can remember his lone win against Saban.“The 2008 game was just one of the great games in college football history, in my opinion,” Meyer said Sunday. “Where evenly matched teams were going back and forth, back and forth. And obviously we got, scored right at the end to take a two-score lead.”Meyer’s Florida Gators defeated Saban’s Crimson Tide, 31-20, in that game to earn a spot in the 2009 BCS National Championship, which they won over the Oklahoma Sooners.Combined, the two coaches have recorded six national titles, a far cry from the combined 11 that Hayes and Bryant combined for in their coaching careers.Adding to the intrigue is the fact that both Saban and Meyer were not only OSU assistants in the 1980s, but also both played their college football in Ohio with Saban at Kent State and Meyer at Cincinnati.Meyer, who was a graduate assistant at OSU from 1986-87, coached his first game against the Crimson Tide, a 16-10 loss.Just six years prior, Saban was on the same Buckeye staff as a defensive backs coach under then-head coach and Meyer mentor Earle Bruce.During a fundraiser in Mason, Ohio, back in April, Saban spoke about one particular coach who made an impact on him when he was an up-and-coming football coach.In Saban’s second year at OSU, the unranked Buckeyes entered a game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., as significant underdogs with the Wolverines ranked No. 7 in the nation.Saban said Hayes, less than three years removed from his final game at OSU, came back for the first time to address the team.“He came to Senior Tackle and he talked to the team and he says, ‘You can have no great victories in life unless you can overcome adversity. The War in the Pacific was the greatest military victory of all time because of Pearl Harbor, and the adversity we had to overcome because of that,’” Saban told Cleveland.com. “We won the game, 14-9, you can look it up, and they didn’t score a touchdown.”Now, all these years later, the Buckeyes are once again facing adversity.During a 42-28 victory over Michigan, redshirt-freshman quarterback and then-Heisman hopeful J.T. Barrett fractured his ankle, forcing the Buckeyes to go to their third-string quarterback, redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones.A day later, OSU learned that missing teammate Kosta Karageorge had been found dead off-campus from what police said was a potentially self-inflicted gunshot wound.Despite all of that, OSU was able to dismantle the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2014 Big Ten Championship Game, 59-0, catapulting the Buckeyes into the first-ever College Football Playoff.Through the crazy ride that has been the 2014 season, senior cornerback Doran Grant said Sunday that the strides the Buckeyes have made are because of this year’s challenges.“Handling the adversity, just coming together as a group. I feel the same way because I think we improved a lot because of how close we became over every week,” Grant said. “Overcome the obstacles, adversity, and we just remained together. And I think that’s a big part of our improvement.”Grant will now be faced with a challenge of his own, as he will likely be matched up with Heisman finalist and junior Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.Cooper ranks second in the nation in receiving yards with 1,656 to go along with 14 touchdowns. His 115 receptions equal exactly half of Alabama starting senior quarterback Blake Sims’ completions.Grant said while he isn’t sure what the game plan is for the Crimson Tide just yet, he knows what to expect from Cooper.“I know he’s a great receiver. A very polished receiver. He has big play ability. Looking forward to the matchup, honestly,” Grant said. “Not sure how we’re gonna handle everything, but looking forward to going against a great team period.”While Grant isn’t looking at film on Cooper just yet, Meyer did say he might look at some film from some of his previous matchups against Saban.“We’ll probably look at the last two. Or maybe we will.  Because our offense has adapted and changed somewhat, but I think I always like to go back and see because a lot of times there’s some fundamentals or coverage concepts or front concepts that we’ll look at,” Meyer said. “That will be mostly on that side of the ball that I’ll check out a little bit what they did in the past. But that’s about it.”While Meyer has beaten Saban before, the Buckeyes currently hold a 0-3 record against the Crimson Tide all time, something OSU will look to improve upon as it is set to take on Alabama on New Year’s Day in the Allstate Sugar Bowl for a chance to play for a national championship at 8:30 p.m. read more

GB Larsson named Handball Athlete of the Year

STEVEN Larsson has been named as the British Olympic Association’s Handball Athlete of the Year after a string of impressive performances for the GB men’s handball team.The Yorkshire-born right back, 30, was picked out for his powerful defensive displays as well as his free-scoring ways which helped the team notch up several international victories and is expected to play a big part in the team for the London Olympics next year.“It’s a big honour to be selected as the Handball Athlete of the Year, and I’m proud to achieve such a reward for my home country,” he said.“Things have been going really well for me as an athlete but more importantly for the British team as a whole. Let’s hope we can keep on going forward and improving as a team in the last few months that are remaining until London 2012!”Larsson will be part of the GB team which embarks on a lengthy tour over the next few weeks, taking in training camps and matches in Latvia and Serbia, as well as playing Austria at home and away.The home leg is at 2pm on January 8 at Crystal Palace.photo: Marek Biernacki ← Previous Story Over 1000 votes for the World’s Best Female Player 2011 – Allison Pineau leads Next Story → Nikolaj Jakobsen is leaving BSV Silkeborg read more

Former addict from Dublin spending three days underground in a grave to

first_img Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 10:24 PM By Cianan Brennan Mar 2nd 2017, 10:24 PM 20 Comments Former addict from Dublin spending three days underground in a grave to raise addiction awareness John Edwards has been sober from both drug and alcohol addiction for 27 years. Short URL 20,361 Views http://jrnl.ie/3267928 Share111 Tweet Email1 Source: Facebook/John Edwards Walking FreeA 61-YEAR-OLD Dublin man is spending three days underground – in a grave – to raise awareness of addiction issues in Belfast.John Edwards, himself a former addict, says he is performing the underground vigil at Willowfield church in the east of the city because “too many of my friends have ended up in an early grave”.He says that he has been inspired to carry out his unusual statement as more than 20 of his friends have died either from addiction or suicide.He is hoping to, in his own words, “bring words of life from beyond the grave”.“It is time for the common man to do radical types of outrage to reach to the type of people who are broken who are broken in flats and communities like this one,” he said prior to entering the grave for the first time yesterday afternoon. Source: Facebook/John Edwards Walking Free“Many of us in Ireland are fed up in religion, but that does not mean we have given up in God,” he added.Edwards is not just spending the 72 hours in the grave however – he’s also been interred in a (slightly larger than regulation) coffin.He has been sober from both drug and alcohol addiction for over 20 years.While in the grave Edwards is speaking to his audience almost constantly via live feeds on his Facebook page, otherwise known as ‘gravechat’.It is not the first time he has spent three days in a coffin – he performed the same feat in his adopted town of Halifax in the UK last July.Read: ‘People told me I was mad when I bought Swindon and it’s the same with Waterford’Read: €12.8 million Lotto jackpot claimed by syndicate in Dublin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Macau visitation soars in August

first_img Load More JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner The number of people visiting Macau grew 18.7% year-on-year and 12.2% sequentially in August to 3,403,503, according to information released this week by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).The significant uptick included a 16.3% increase in overnight visitors to 1,800,246 and 21.6% rise in same-day visitors to 1,603,257, although the average length of stay of visitors dropped by 0.1 days year-on-year to 1.2 days. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Visitors from mainland China increased by 25.3% year-on-year to 2,527,309 in August, with those travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme rising by 31.0% to 1,313,144. Mainland visitors came primarily from Guangdong Province (1,092,209) and Hunan Province (128,301).The number of visitors from Hong Kong (556,372) and Taiwan (94,123) increased 5.0% and 1.7% respectively year-on-year with those from Korea (66,052) falling by 12.6%.The majority of the growth came via land, up 24.2% to 2,053,251 including a 23.4% increase through the border gate to 1,743,729. Visitor arrivals by sea rose 8.6% year-on-year to 1,049,062 while those by air grew 22.1% to 301,190.August’s numbers mean the total number of visitors for the first eight months of 2018 are up 8.9% year-on-year to 23,251,990, led by a 14.2% increase in visitors from China to 16,400,886.Overnight visitation is up 8.4% for the year to 12,204,221 and same-day visitation by 9.4% to 11,047,769. Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launchlast_img read more

KPBSD Homeless Population Continues To Rise

first_imgWhat can the Students in Transition Program provide?Immediate School EnrollmentFree school meal benefitsTransportation to and from schoolSchool SuppliesAssistance in obtaining birth certificatesReferrals to local social service agencies and public programsAn advocate to help the student and/or family find additional resources in the community KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “Most of them couch surf, or they will talk to a friend or go to house and will end up staying for  3-4 days and then go somewhere else. There are also a fair amount of kids and families that live in their cars. Some of our local businesses will find those cars parked there until about 5am.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has reported an increase in students who lack a permanent, stable, and adequate place to sleep at night. These students range from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade and are in every community within the school district. This can include students who are living in a shelter, hotel, tent, camper or car, students that are “doubled-up” with extended family members of friends because of financial difficulty, students who are couch-surfing, and those in “substandard” housing. KPBSD currently has over 200 students enrolled in the ‘Students in Transition Program for Homeless Children and Youth‘ program. Each year the program typically services over 250 students.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday July 13 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowOfficer-involved shooting leaves 1 dead in East AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchoragePolice say a man advanced on officers with a weapon before they opened fire behind a Home Depot.Young seeks to amend Obama’s Alaska resource agendaLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe House of Representatives on Tuesday was working on the spending bill that funds the Interior Department. It typically has a lot of relevance for Alaska, so we’ve called our Washington correspondent Liz Ruskin to tell us about it.Fate of PFD could be decided in joint House-Senate meetingAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe fate of the $1 thousand dollar Permanent Fund Dividend cut could be decided on Friday.Walker gives ‘unprecedented’ address on local budgeting woesZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWalker’s vetoes on the operating budget have carved at $17 million dollar hole in the Anchorage’s revenues, with the bulk of that drop hitting the school district.Walker’s veto saves $2 million for pre-K educationHannah Colton, KDLG – Dillingham$600,000 is on the table to help start new pre-kindergarten programs across the state — unless the legislature decides otherwise.Possible boarding school may be great opportunity, but stirs bad memories for one familyAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellWrangell’s School Board, Borough Assembly and tribal government have all shown support for building a 400-bed boarding school on the former Wrangell Institute property in Southeast Alaska. For one family, the project is stirring up bad memories of the Institute, an earlier boarding school with a history of abusing students.Former Justice Fabe reflects on her time on the Alaska Supreme CourtLori Townsend, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAfter nearly 30 years on the bench, former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe has retired. She was the first woman to serve on and lead the state’s high court. Fabe spoke with APRN’s Lori Townsend earlier this summer and reflected on the changes she’s seen since she first became a judge in 1988.After decades of research, Steller sea lion decline still puzzles scientistsZoe Sobel, KUCB – UnalaskaEvery summer, biologists visit Alaska to count Steller sea lions. The western stock of the population has been in decline for nearly 40 years — hitting a low in 2002. The count helps determine whether sea lions stay on the endangered species list, which puts costly restrictions on the commercial fishing fleet.last_img read more

Saraswati Puja celebrated with festivity religious fervour

first_imgDevotees observe Saraswati Puja in the city on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloSaraswati Puja, worshiping the goddess of knowledge, wisdom and culture and one of the main religious festivals of the Hindu community, was celebrated across the country on Sunday amid much enthusiasm, festivity and religious fervor, reports UNB.The Puja is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Magh, as Goddess Saraswati was born on this day.The day is called ‘Vasant Panchami’.As Saraswati is considered as the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge, Hindu devotees, especially students, celebrate the Puja in different educational institutions and temples.In the capital, Saraswati puja was arranged at different places, including Jagannath Hall on the Dhaka University campus and Ramkrishna Mission.Home minster Asaduzzaman Khan visited Puja mandaps at Rajdhani High School and Bangladesh Kirishibid Institute at Khamarbai in the city.Speaking on the occasion, Asaduzzaman Khan said that the people of Bangladesh believe in non-communal spirit and celebrate all festivals of the people of all religions.”Hindu, Buddhist, Christians and Muslim people of Bangladesh believes in separate religions but they all are Bangali and Bangali people celebrate all festivals with pleasure”, he said.Meanwhile, like previous years, Jagannath University central Puja Udjapan Committee organised Saraswati Puja on the campus.A total of 37 Puja Mandaps were decorated on the campus this year.Dhaka University vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman visited different Puja Mandaps on the campus and exchanged greetings with teachers and students.Besides, in the capital, Saraswati puja was also arranged at different places, including Siddheswari temple, Shakhari Bazar, Tanti Bazar, Banani, Dhaka College, Eden Girls College, Buet, Ramna Kali Mandir.last_img read more

Bodies of 46 victims handed over to families

first_imgRelatives are seen carrying bodies of victims of Chawakbazar fire in Dhaka on Friday. Photo: Abdus SalamBodies of 46 victims of the devastating Chawkbazar fire were handed over to their families on Friday, reports UNB.Forty-five bodies were handed over by 10:00am from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). Family members received the mortal remains of another victim around 1:00pm, said DMCH camp in-charge inspector Bachchu Miah.Dozens of people were killed and injured in a fire that broke out at a chemical warehouse and spread to adjacent buildings in Chawkbazar on Wednesday night. Government officials said 67 bodies had been recovered from the site.Additional superintendent of police (CID media) Sharmin Jahan said they started matching DNA sample of relatives with victims, who were beyond recognition, after 11:00am.DMCH officials said DNA samples had been collected from relatives of 17 victims until 6:30pm. The Criminal Investigation Department is waiting to collect DNA samples from relatives of five other victims.DMCH forensic department head professor Sohel Mahmud on Thursday said they had collected DNA samples of victims whose bodies were beyond recognition.last_img read more