Last week marked the start of the fifth-annual Global Moms Relay, an annual campaign co-created by Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation to improve the health and wellbeing of families worldwide.The campaign is designed to raise awareness of critical issues facing families, children and infants, while providing an opportunity to make a difference just by sharing content.Global Moms Relay asks 25 community leaders, experts and everyday parents to answer one question: “What do you wish were true for every family, everywhere?” The responses will be featured on GlobalMomsRelay.org, ending on June 16. Each time the response is shared on social media, Johnson & Johnson will donate $1, up to $500,000, to its philanthropic partners dedicated to solving challenges facing moms worldwide, including Girl Up, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the United Nations Population Fund, Shot@Life and Nothing But Nets.The Global Moms Relay kicked off with a one-day summit called Moms + SocialGood at the AXA Event and Production Center in New York City. This yearly event unites advocates and everyday moms and dads to discuss the challenges facing families, ways to create change and the role social media plays in improving the quality of life for children across the globe.Conversations featuring experts and influential speakers such as Zoe Saldana, Rachel Zoe, Laura Dern, Juju Chang, Elizabeth Cousens, Anthony Lake, Carolyn Miles, Kimberly Chandler, Dr. Alaa Murabit and many more, provided insight and guidance on how everyone can turn small actions into successful solutions for creating a better world and a brighter future.Over the last five years, the Global Moms Relay has raised funds for hundreds of thousands of vaccines; ensured access to education for thousands of girls around the world; provided thousands of mothers and families with pre-pregnancy and early childhood health information directly through mobile phones; reduced household air pollution in hundreds of homes by supplying access to clean cookstoves; provided thousands of bed nets to protect families against malaria; and helped save thousands of premature babies. In this fifth year, the Relay will also provide training to health workers, along with supplies and support to reach thousands of the world’s most vulnerable women during pregnancy and early motherhood.This builds on the longstanding relationship between Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation who have worked together to create change across the globe since 2004. Global Moms Relay and Moms + SocialGood are among the most powerful initiatives developed through the partnership, and are being supported this year by BabyCenter, Global Citizen, Fatherly and Charity Miles.Everyone is encouraged to participate through social media sharing and buzz generation using the hashtag #GlobalMomsRelay and #JNJ. Sharing and engagements directly result in charitable donations, giving everyone the opportunity to change lives and support families lives one social media post at a time.
Trevor Connie is the Season 4 Winner of CTVs MASTERCHEF CANADATrevor Connie is the Season 4 Winner of CTVs MASTERCHEF CANADA
With the clock continuously counting down, the home cooks moved on to prepare their entrees. Trevor presented the judges with a braised lamb shank and lamb tongue with celeriac puree and seasonal vegetables, while Thea prepared braised pork belly and pork cheek tamale with pineapple mole sauce The judges declared that Trevor’s flavours and plating were almost perfect and felt that Thea’s dish showcased her command of bold flavours, but found the tamale ball to be slightly raw in the middle. In the final round of the showdown, Thea and Trevor prepared and presented their complex desserts. Thea created a stunning café de olla-inspired offering with orange cake, sponge toffee, and cinnamon ice cream, while Trevor served up a unique and whimsical take on a fallen ice cream cone with mint chocolate gelato and a crème fraiche whip. The judges found Trevor’s desert playful and full of flavour, while Thea’s creation was beautifully plated and full of bold flavours. Following a difficult deliberation, judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile revealed that Trevor would receive the title of Canada’s next MasterChef.Season 4 of MASTERCHEF CANADA is the #1 Canadian program this spring with total viewers and all key adult demos. Averaging 1.3 million total viewers weekly, MASTERCHEF CANADA ranks in the Top 10 most-watched programs this spring with all key adult demos and consistently wins its Thursdays at 9 p.m. timeslot.Viewers can relive all the culinary action from the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen with Season 4 episodes available on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app. Season 4 will also be available on CraveTV with episodes streaming beginning Friday, June 2. The Season 4 finale will encore Saturday, June 3 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two; Sunday, June 4 at 1 p.m. ET on CTV and 7 p.m. ET on Gusto (check local listings).Viewers can watch Trevor Connie live on YOUR MORNING (Weekdays at 6 a.m. ET on CTV in Ontario, Québec, and Eastern Canada), CTV MORNING LIVE EDMONTON (Weekdays at5:30 a.m. MT on CTV Edmonton) CP24 BREAKFAST (Weekdays at 5:30 a.m. ET), CTV News Channel (8:45 a.m. ET/PT), and THE SOCIAL (Weekdays at 1 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) on Friday, June 2, and ETALK (Weekdays at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV) on Monday, June 5 as he discusses his experience on MASTERCHEF CANADA.The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Vice-President and Creative Director Cathie James is the show runner and executive producer; Marike Emery is the Series Producer; President of Proper Television, Guy O’Sullivan, is the executive producer. For Bell Media, Danielle Pearson is Manager, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming; Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:#MasterChefCanada@CTV_Television@MasterChefCDAMichael Bonacini – @MichaelBonaciniAlvin Leung – @TheDemonChefClaudio Aprile – @ClaudioAprileTrevor Connie – @ConnieTrevorFacebook:facebook.com/ctvfacebook.com/MasterChefCDAInstagram:@MasterChefCDAClaudio Aprile – @claudioaprile1Trevor Connie – @TrevorConnieAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 15 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO, June 2, 2017 – Following an intense 12-episode culinary battle that began with a box of rice and 24 ambitious home cooks, it was revealed tonight by judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile that plumber/gas fitter Trevor Connie (@ConnieTrevor) from Edmonton, Alberta., is the winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 4. Cooking his way through a demanding, uninterrupted three-hour, three course culinary showdown, Trevor was awarded the much sought-after title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 grand prize over runner up Thea VanHerwaarden (@Thea_van1), a broker from Vancouver, B.C.“This experience has changed my life is so many ways and for that I am incredibly grateful,” said Trevor Connie. “I’m so honoured to have earned the title of Canada’s MasterChef. This journey has been truly humbling, and has given me the confidence and vision to pursue my food dream. I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to meet and learn from so many talented people, from my fellow home cooks, the judges, and everyone I’ve encountered during this adventure; and to my amazing family and friends who have cheered me on along the way.”On the Season 4 finale, the final two home cooks faced off in the most spectacular culinary showdown in MASTERCHEF CANADA history. With only three uninterrupted hours, Trevor and Thea had to prepare a three-course, restaurant quality meal that demonstrated their talent and growth throughout the competition. Starting with one hour to complete the appetizer course, Trevor created an octopus and chips appetizer with a deconstructed lemon tartar sauce, while Thea presented Mexican street corn panna cotta, with zucchini blossoms and jalapeno-lime puree. Judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile enjoyed the flavours and presentation of Trevor’s dish and thought the octopus was cooked to perfection and felt Thea’s dish perfectly captured Latin American cuisine. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:
Super Channel commissions second season of PURE from Two East Productions andSuper Channel commissions second season of PURE from Two East Productions and
Advertisement Super Channel commissions second season of PURE from Two East Productions and Cineflix (CNW Group/Super Channel) EDMONTON, April 5, 2018 – Super Channel is pleased to announce that it has commissioned a second season of PURE, the critically acclaimed, Canadian Screen Award nominated series from Two East Productions and Cineflix.The six-part Super Channel Original Production will tell the continuing story of Noah and Anna Funk, Mennonites trying to protect their family and preserve their faith while battling drug trafficking within their community. The second season is scheduled to begin production in Nova Scotia later this spring and anticipated to premiere on Super Channel in early 2019.“We are thrilled to be working with Michael Amo and the team at Two East and Cineflix to bring PURE back for Canadian fans of the series,” said Melissa Kajpust, Vice President, Programming for Super Channel. “We jumped at the chance to bring this compelling drama set in a unique world to a pay-tv audience. There is so much more to the story to be told and we are excited the creators will have the creative freedom to take the story in new directions.” Twitter Showrunner Michael Amo said: “As a storyteller, I couldn’t ask for better creative partners or more compelling characters. Noah’s path will lead him to redemption or perdition, while Anna, exiled by her community, will be forced to outsmart the new cartel kingpin all by herself. It’s going to be a fun ride.”“We could not be more pleased and thankful to work with Super Channel to bring audiences a second season of PUREin which Michael is taking Anna and Noah on an even more conflicted and perilous journey,” added Cineflix Media President, Peter Emerson.PURE takes us deep inside a closed, secretive subculture through the eyes of a conflicted, good-hearted Mennonite couple trying to protect their family and preserve their faith. Inspired by actual events, PURE is the journey of Noah and Anna Funk, determined to rid their community of the scourge of drugs and its nefarious ties to a transborder smuggling alliance with ruthless Mexican cocaine cartels. But just when they believe the danger is behind them, they are pulled back into a world of violence, greed, and betrayal.Returning cast for season two include Ryan Robbins (Arrow, The Killing) as Noah Funk and Alex Paxton-Beesley(Cardinal, Copper) as Anna Funk.Produced by Two East Productions and Cineflix (Pure East 2) Inc. in association with Super Channel, WGN America, Hulu and the CBC, PURE is created and written by Michael Amo (The Listener) with Ken Girotti (Orphan Black, Vikings) as the series Director. Amo and Girotti serve as executive producers for the second season, along with Brett Burlock, Peter Emerson and David MacLeod (Call Me Fitz, Haven). Cineflix Rights has the exclusive worldwide distribution rights to PURE.About Super ChannelSuper Channel is a national premium pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand.Super Channel’s mission is to entertain and engage Canadian audiences by providing a unique and exclusive entertainment experience. With a core foundation of integrity and accountability, we dedicate ourselves to implementing innovative programming strategies and unparalleled team work that provides viewers with exceptional value and variety.Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company.Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable, Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron, Westman Communications and other regional providers.Connect with Super Channel:www.superchannel.caSuper Channel on FacebookSuper Channel on TwitterSuper Channel on InstagramAbout CineflixCineflix creates, produces, and distributes popular factual and scripted content for the global market with operations in Montreal, Toronto, New York, London and Dublin. Producing approximately 200 hours of network-defining programming per year across a wide range of genres, and with a growing catalogue of 4,600 hours, Cineflix is behind some of TV’s most highly-rated brands. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:
Mike Hawes SMMT chief executive said: This announcement is great news for the UK automotive sector and, especially, the Luton plant.The UK continues to be a centre of excellence for vehicle production thanks to our engineering expertise, high levels of productivity and a collaborative relationship with government which has enabled us to build a robust industrial strategy and a sector deal.We will continue to work with policy makers to ensure the UK remains as competitive as possible now and in the future so we can continue to build on our long heritage in vehicle manufacturing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
A bottle of wine a week could increase womens cancer risk asA bottle of wine a week could increase womens cancer risk as
Drinking a bottle of wine increases women’s cancer risk as much as smoking 10 cigarettes, research suggests.The British study says that for men, drinking a bottle of wine a week increases the absolute lifetime risk of cancer equivalent to smoking five cigarettes weekly.This is due to the risk of cancer in parts of the body such as the bowel, liver and oesophagus.For women, it has a similar impact to 10 cigarettes a week, mostly due to an increased risk of breast cancer caused by alcohol, researchers from the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Bangor University and University of Southampton found.The team estimated that if 1,000 non-smoking men and 1,000 non-smoking women each drank one bottle of wine per week across their lifetime, around 10 men and 14 women would develop cancer as a result.And if 1,000 men and 1,000 women drank three bottles of wine per week throughout their lives, around 19 men and 36 women could develop cancer as a result, the study in BMC Public Health found. 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. The researchers said the cancer risks from alcohol were not widely understood, and they hoped the comparisons would help people to make “more informed” lifestyle choices.
Revealed The scandal of everyday food items being sold in excessive wastefulRevealed The scandal of everyday food items being sold in excessive wasteful
A sharing bag of Tyrrells crisps measures nearly 30cm long but the crisps inside stack up to just over 10cm. A similar sized bag of Tesco Finest Sea Salt and Cider Vinegar… Retailers are selling popular products with roomy wrapping which is often difficult to recycle. Many of the worst offenders identified by this newspaper are supermarket own-brand items. An Aldi Salmon Fillet measuring under 5cm across is sold in non-recyclable packaging 17cm wide, while a bag of Milky Way Magic Stars measures 17cm high and the stars inside reach around 5cm. Everyday food items are being sold in “excessive” oversized plastic packaging up to twice the size of the contents, a Telegraph investigation has found.
Crime violence nearing crisis levels in Caribbean Latin America – IDBCrime violence nearing crisis levels in Caribbean Latin America – IDB
… says crime exacting steep social, public and private costs for region A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates the direct annual cost of crime and violence in Latin America and the Caribbean at $261 billion or 3.55 percent of GDP – roughly what the region invests on infrastructure and double the average cost for developed countries.IDB’s study, The Costs of Crime and Violence: New Evidence, New Revelations in Latin America and the Caribbean, compared the cost of crime for 17 countries in the region, benchmarking them against 6 developed countries and found that “crime and violence are at near crisis levels in Latin America and the Caribbean. The region accounts for 9% of the world’s population but contributes nearly one-third of its homicide victims, making it the most violent region outside of war zones. Six out of ten robberies in the region involve violence and 90% of murders go unresolved. Its prisons are the most overcrowded in the world.”The IDB noted that while there has been positive developments for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in terms of economic growth comparative to developed countries, crime in the region has increased.According to the IDB “in the face of high crime rates, the costs of crime can be sizable: individuals change their behavior to avoid (or engage in) criminal activity, households and businesses spend to protect themselves from crime, firms reduce their levels of investment and incur productivity losses, and governments shift the allocation of resources to tackle the associated problems.”The executive summary of the IDB study revealed that “crime costs LAC countries, on average, between 2.41 percent and 3.55 percent of their GDPs. This is equal to an amount for LAC between US$115 billion and US$170 billion (at 2014 exchange rates) or between US$175 billion and US$261 billion (adjusted for purchasing power parity). The size of crime-related costs in LAC is similar to what those countries spend on infrastructure and is roughly equal to the share of the region’s income that goes to the poorest 30 percent of the population. These cost estimations provide a clear picture of the impact of crime and violence in LAC and should foster improvements in public policies that can ultimately reduce them.”The study also notes that countries that spend more on prisons do not necessarily reap the benefits of less violence. “The Bahamas and El Salvador, for instance, spend large sums (in terms of GDP) on their penitentiary systems but suffer from high crime rates. Argentina and Uruguay, on the other hand, have much lower incarceration costs and lower crime rates.”IDB also found that high levels of incarceration rates were also exacting an economic toll on the region, more so Latin America. “For the 2010-2014 period, the region spent $6.5 billion per year to maintain and build prisons. On top of this, imprisoned individuals forgo an additional $7.3 billion annually in income. The two numbers together amount to 0.39 percent of GDP, more than the conditional cash transfers for the region’s poor.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedReport reveals widespread waste, inefficiencies in C’bean gov’t spendingSeptember 24, 2018In “Regional”IDB says C’bean urgently needs ‘quality leap’ from declining export competitivenessNovember 15, 2018In “Business”Latin America, Caribbean most violent region for women says UNNovember 24, 2017In “Regional”
Industryled consortium launched for the development of advanced environmental sensorsIndustryled consortium launched for the development of advanced environmental sensors
The Canada Mining Innovation Council’s (CMIC) Environment group has launched an industry-led consortium for the development of advanced environmental sensors. The consortium will invest in technology companies developing next-generation technology platforms for remote, real-time water quality monitoring. This will enable real-time, data-driven decision making for environmental management, and will contribute to the broader digital transformation of the mining business.Commenting on the achievement, Dr. Michel Julien, VP Environment at Agnico Eagle and Chair of the CMIC Environment Group said, “Innovation is essential for driving continual improvement in environmental performance. Investing in advanced technology platforms will help transform environmental management and improve the overall sustainability of the mining business.”
You’re probably familiar with the iconic “bullet time” shots from The Matrix movies. What you may not know is that the filmmakers produced most of those shots with a circular rig of dozens of cameras. It was an ingeniously straightforward solution, and it’s a piece of movie magic that can be reproduced and even improved on.Artist Richard Kendall was able to spend a little time with a 96-camera bullet time rig in China, and the results are amazing. Unlike the sequences done for The Matrix, Kendall used the cameras to take very long exposures that bring lights to life.Each camera was used to take a 30 second exposure, which allowed the subjects to paint an image in mid air with lights. Most shots in the video have the subject seemingly frozen with colors and contrails exploding around them. The camera seems to pan around the light show so you can see it from all angles, but really that’s just the compilation of single frames from 96 different cameras.The rig used here is set up in a half circle, but full circle setups can be used as well. To make fluid video from these single frames, you need to make the final frame rate something approaching that of regular films. Kendall’s videos are run at 25fps, which looks reasonably smooth.According to Kendall, all the shots in the video are provided unedited. The shots that were assembled from the set are faithfully reproduced here. You probably don’t have 96 digital cameras around to pull this off, but it’s more in reach than a lot of movie magic.via Vimeo
DARPA shows off cheap robot hand capable of delicate maneuversDARPA shows off cheap robot hand capable of delicate maneuvers
While we, as a technologically modern species, don’t quite have robot butlers yet, we have been developing sophisticated robot parts that could one day combine to form a very efficient robotic maid — or robotic soldier set on killing all humans. Whichever. A predominant bottleneck to the development of sophisticated robotic parts, though, is — like with most things — money. Now, DARPA is showing off a robotic hand that is advanced enough to perform very delicate, precise maneuvers, and costs less than 16 times the price of previous models.DARPA funded innovative robotics developers to create a low-cost robotic hand that would replace the stiff, claw-like hand we usually see on robots. The new hand had to incorporate three or four fingers, as well as have a usable palm.The results of the project, as seen above, are cheap, resilient robot hands capable of performing very delicate, precise tasks, like picking up a flat driver’s license from a flat surface. One impressive task that stands out, though, is a three-fingered robot hand (complete with palm) picking up a door key and then using it to unlock a standard door. Perhaps frighteningly, the robot hand then opens the door after rattling the knob a bit like in a horror movie.The new robotic hands were developed for just $3,000 apiece in batches of 1,000 units, a drastic difference between the old price for similar units, which was around $50,000.Yes, robots are capable of unlocking your bedroom door at night and paying you a visit. However, DARPA would have you believe that the technology will be used to perform dangerous tasks in order to lessen the threat to real, live humans. So, maybe that will help you sleep at night.
262 miles later You started something played the long game and you262 miles later You started something played the long game and you
26.2 miles later: ‘You started something, played the long game and you finished it. Job done.’ “And after 4 hours, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds, I’m a finisher” – Sarah Geraghty reflects on the relief, disbelief and quiet pride of taking on the Dublin City Marathon. Sarah Geraghty Share417 Tweet Email2 Nov 1st 2016, 11:01 PM 747 Views Short URL LAST WEEK, WRITER Sarah Geraghty shared why she signed up to the SSE Dublin City Marathon for the first time. Here’s how Sunday unfolded… The day before the marathon, picking my cousin up at the airport, a week-long cloud of doubt had lifted. I was excited, giddy, on a ‘let’s do this’ buzz.Is that how you’re supposed to feel? I had no idea.The giddiness wavered at the RDS where we collected our registration packs. A fake finish line was set up. Giddy people were having their photos taken at it.“Why would you tempt fate like that? Will we get a photo at it? Oh god no, stop.”Seventeen hours to go, said the countdown clock.Back home, I gave my left calf a lash with one of those rollers for some reason.At 9.15pm, my sister hits pause on the TV and says, “Right, bedtime, girls.”The most pertinent advice for this stage came from the free magazine in our registration pack:You may have trouble sleeping the night before. Don’t worry…if you’ve done the training you’ll go the distance with or without sleep.I wake up at 5am, lie awake for 45 minutes and get up. Back on the excited buzz.My dad appears, on it with the porridge and coffee. By 7.30am, cousin and I are already 20 minutes behind schedule – having photos taken outside with our marathon numbers.It’s the autumn morning of dreams as my mum drives us into Dublin, passing the motivational signs around Bushy Park. We are raring to go.In town and a tide of marathoners, our people, is surging towards Fitzwilliam Square.“Niall, d’ya want a banana?”Never had a banana before a run before, I won’t have one now.”Dead right. Never try anything for the first time on the day itself, they say. Like, forget your earphones. Sarah, Niall and cousin Dorothy on the start line. Source: InstagramWe run into a hotel, smothered in a glorious changing-room scent of Deep Heat, to use the bathroom and the vibes are electric and happy.“Any tips?” I ask a woman doing her make-up beside me in the mirror (my take: wear makeup if you want to. There’s no shame. And you’ll be having your photo taken all day.)Take it really, really slow at the start. Have fun, you’ll love it.After handing your bag of stuff over a fence to the first of many kind, smiling Dublin Marathon volunteers, one last selfie, a few stretches and you’ve crossed the start-line.You’re doing this.Onto Leeson Street, cut through Camden Street, up the hill at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and down onto the quays.It’s not even 10am and the pavements are alive with smiling, cheering, waving, high-fiving supporters. And you’re only hitting your first mile.At times, a team sportAt Stoneybatter, Niall announces we did the first stretch in 10 minutes. Fears about rocketing off too fast are put to rest. We relax and fall into a comfortable pace.He goes ahead – no hard feelings – and I spot some of my best friends, huddled together, holding up posters, shouting our names.‘Is it going to be this emotional for another 24.2 miles?,’ I wonder.Coming through the Phoenix Park, the replacement earphones are malfunctioning. The band and the crowds along Chesterfield Avenue are more uplifting than the laboriously assembled playlist.For the first and last time, I take out my phone (catch sight of a message, “By the time you read this, you’ll have run a marathon. Isn’t that cool?” So cool, if this all works out) and issue a plea: “If anyone sees me, can I get some earphones?”The network of communications between our cheer-squad is tight. Inside the gates at Castleknock, a friend throws a pair my way, with a hug and push. Source: Lynne AndrewsAt 10 miles, my cousin and I are still up for a giggle or, “look at the deer” or “ah Jesus, that’s lovely” as a dad hands over gels to his son.Seasoned marathoners who advise against music may have a point.On to Chapelizod and then the South Circular (11 miles), there are unexpected sightings of loved ones and with a rush of excitement every time, I leg it over for hugs.At 12 miles (Dolphin’s Barn), my body is telling me to conserve the energy levels and tone down the love buzz.It’s a new phase when the people lining the route mean even more. At 14 miles, my cousin and I part ways.With no team-mate, a smile or a thumbs up or “you’re doing great, love” from a stranger is a mighty push forward.Families clapping outside their houses, holding out bags of jellies, bowls of oranges and sliced up bananas, little ones lining up with their hands out for high fives, gardaí clapping us along.Staggering acts of kindness, raising a smile, sometimes even a laugh. Home-made posters: “Go Mammy, if you could look after us three you can do this”; “Remember, you paid to do this”; “No more training runs after today”.The way is now sticky underfoot, like a nightclub at 2am, from frantic draughts of energy gels.At 17 miles, we’re at Bushy Park. I deny the existence of The Wall. On the other hand, I have no idea what time it is, or how long this is taking me. My hips are grinding into their joints.I remember the person who told me, “Your legs will never give up on you.” I’m pretty sure my legs are about to do just that. If I stop running, jogging, or whatever I’m doing with my body at that point, I will never start again. And that would make for a truly miserable hobble to the finish.Just when this internal struggle begins – ‘Would it matter if I stopped? Who’d even know? Sure wouldn’t everyone say you’re great anyway?’ – another great roar comes up from the crowd. And you’re back.Past waving flags in Milltown – Munster, Leinster, Mayo (for Sam, of course) – and you’re pushing yourself up that Everest of a hill.At 21 miles. I’m counting on my fingers now. Five to go.Grand. Totally do-able. Just tell your legs – your hips – that.Rounding onto Clonskeagh Road, two more friends are there, reminding all around of the nearby finish line. The husband-and-wife team who saw me flying it way back at 10 miles are with me again, following the route on their Dublin Bikes.She runs alongside me as we approach Roebuck, spurring me on, making me laugh until energy levels start flashing red again, warning me to cop on. Sarah with one member of the cheerleading squad. Source: Tom LyonsA man sucking energy gels wants to small talk. Takes all sorts.“You’re nearly there,” goes a communal roar at the UCD flyover – never more needed.At RTÉ, the Stoneybatter cheer-squad is back in full force, joined by more friends and family. Less refined now, they’re screaming, running alongside with water, saying how they’ve tracked you the whole way around, knew you’d be here at this time.“Look how far you’ve come, just keep going!” Along Merrion Road, through Ballsbridge, the crowds explode. I don’t know how you’d get this far without them.For the first time ever during a run of any length, I start to feel dangerously queasy.“For the love of God, don’t get sick here,” I plead with myself.Another friend appears. This one on the bridge at Northumberland Road:Come ON Sarah, I’ll run you to the finish line.But we’re closing in on 26 miles and my body is resisting a heroic sprint finish.On Mount Street, the street widens, the running crowd has thinned out and there’s a clear run at that line. Carried the last few metres by the faces and cheers of loved ones on either side.And after 4 hours, 14 minutes, and 18 seconds, I’m a finisher.The crowds are behind you now. It’s just you in this quiet space. But it’s not an anti-climax, more a quiet, dazed moment of relief, disbelief and pride. A still moment to savour.You started something, played the long game, and you finished it. Job done.T-shirt and medal in hand, I hobble around Merrion Square through the barriers before braving the crush in Meeting Area 1. And there’s Dad. Sarah with her dad, Pat, at the finish line Source: Mary Kate GeraghtyA couple of days on, I feel like I have a small-to-medium sized hangover. The stairs are my nemesis.“Well, what’s the next project?”“Let’s give it a week, Dad”.Sarah Geraghty is a writer, a Kildare woman, a dog-owner, a daughter and, since Sunday, a marathon runner. You can find her on Twitter @SarahCGeraghtyMore: ‘I’ve been imagining my dad at the finish line, ready to swaddle me in a tricolour’Read: This has to be the best sign spotted at the Dublin marathon 17 Comments Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 11:01 PM By Sarah Geraghty http://jrnl.ie/3057990 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
No religious influence Harris defends new maternity hospital ownership in face ofNo religious influence Harris defends new maternity hospital ownership in face of
113 Comments Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Apr 18th 2017, 8:53 PM By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3346045 ‘No religious influence’: Harris defends new maternity hospital ownership in face of criticism The Master of the new National Maternity Hospital said the facility will “revolutionise healthcare”. Source: Simon Harris TD/Twitter Share Tweet Email Just to be clear, under new structures for maternity hospital, the Minister/State has greater role through golden share and required consent— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 18, 2017 22,569 Views Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has said that the new National Maternity Hospital will have “clinical and operational independence”, without “religious, ethnic or other influence”.Severe criticism was levelled at the involvement of the Sisters of Charity in the new hospital, as the group has failed to deliver its full share to the redress for institutional abuse survivors.The Department of Health confirmed that St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, of which the Sisters of Charity is a major shareholder, owned the land that the site of the hospital would occupy, but Simon Harris has sought to play down the religious group’s involvement.In a statement, the Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Rhona Mahony, also sought to reassure of the independent nature of the new hospital facility.“Golden share”In a series of tweets, Harris affirmed that the “new maternity hospital will have full clinical, operational and budgetary independence, free of any religious or ethnic influence”.He also said that the independence of the hospital is “copperfastened by reserved powers and golden share held by Minister for Health of day”. He added:Just to be clear, under new structures for maternity hospital, the Minister/State has greater role through golden share and required consent. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Harris also echoed the statement from the Department which emphasised that the “identity and ethos” of the hospital would be retained under a new governance structure.“Revolutionise healthcare”Master of the hospital Dr Rhona Mahony issued a statement this evening addressing the controversy around the hospital.The Master is a term from the 19th century when the Rotunda, the Coombe, and Holles Street hospitals were each given the power to appoint one head each to take control of all aspects of the hospital’s clinical and administrative areas.Mahony said: “The new National Maternity Hospital to be built on the St Vincent’s Healthcare campus will be dedicated solely to providing maternity care for women and infants.It will be operated by a new company with an independent board and will be clinically and operationally entirely independent in line with national maternity policy.She added that the current maternity hospital at Holles Street was “not fit for purpose” and that the co-location of the new maternity hospital with an adult tertiary hospital “will revolutionise healthcare in Ireland for women and infants”.Sisters of CharityThe Religious Sisters of Charity Ireland are one of the organisations included in the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (known as the Ryan Commission), which unveiled a vast amount of systematic institutional abuse going back decades.The group was included in a 2002 Indemnity Agreement which offered €128 million towards addressing the historical abuse.Following the publication of the Ryan Report in 2009, the religious congregation offered €5 million extra for the redress costs for survivors, which have been put at €1.52 billion.According to a report last month by Comptroller & Auditor General, the group still owes €3 million of this.The group also said in 2013 that they would not be contributing to a state redress scheme for survivors of Magdalene Laundries.In a statement this evening from the group Magdalene Survivors Together, its members expressed “deep anger and absolute shock” with the Sisters of Charity owning the land of the maternity hospital.Its chairperson Steven O’Riordan said: “It would seem bizarre after everything that has happened that this religious order would be given such a power. The state in my view simply wants to shift the responsibility of care to anyone but themselves.”Read: Religious order that owes millions to abuse survivors given ownership of new maternity hospitalRead: Religious groups still owe €1.3 billion for institutional child abuse Short URL Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 8:53 PM
Golfe du Mexique la marée noire permet de mieux comprendre la pollutionGolfe du Mexique la marée noire permet de mieux comprendre la pollution
Golfe du Mexique : la marée noire permet de mieux comprendre la pollution de l’airLa marée noire engendrée en avril dernier par l’explosion et le naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon, la pire jamais connue dans l’histoire des Etats-Unis, a constitué une importante base de recherche pour les scientifiques étudiant la pollution de l’air et la façon dont elle se forme.Dans une étude publiée par le magazine Science et rapportée par le site Actualités news environnement, des chercheurs de l’Administration Nationale Océanique et Atmosphérique des Etats-Unis (NOAA) expliquent avoir pu approfondir leurs recherches sur la formation de la pollution de l’air en étudiant celle qui fut engendrée par la marée noire du golfe du Mexique.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueL’explosion de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon a en effet provoqué un nuage de pollution, les produits chimiques les plus légers contenus dans le pétrole s’étant évaporés en seulement quelques heures. Mais les chercheurs ont également observé que les éléments les plus lourds, s’ils se sont évaporés bien plus tard, se sont plus largement propagés, contribuant de façon importante à la concentration de particules fines dans l’air. “Nous avons pu confirmer une théorie selon laquelle une grande partie de la pollution de l’air est formée par des éléments chimiques que peu de scientifiques mesurent, et que nous n’imaginions pas être suffisamment nombreux pour être dangereux”, explique Joost de Gouw, l’un des principaux auteurs de l’étude. En juin dernier, alors que du pétrole fuyait encore dans le golfe du Mexique, les scientifiques de la NOAA ont survolé la zone à bord d’un avion équipé d’instruments permettant de mesurer les différentes particules contribuant à la pollution de l’air, et notamment les aérosols organiques. Ceux-ci représentent près de la moitié des particules polluant l’atmosphère des villes américaines. Mais à ce jour, les chercheurs n’ont identifié l’origine que d’une petite partie de ces aérosols qui en trop grande concentration, peuvent engendrer de l’asthme, des maladies cardiovasculaires et parfois, des décès prématurés. Afin de mieux comprendre la façon dont se forment ces aérosols organiques, le NOAA s’est basée sur des modèles informatiques pour étudier le poids des particules de pétrole engendrées par la marée noire, ainsi que le temps mis par chaque type de particule pour s’évaporer et atteindre l’atmosphère. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont découvert que les éléments les plus lourds étaient en grande partie l’origine de la pollution atmosphérique.Le 19 mars 2011 à 18:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Jack Wilshere is hoping that his summer move to West Ham United will aid him in his chances to resurrect his international career with EnglandThe midfielder opted to end his nearly 17-year association with Arsenal last month to join West Ham United on a free transfer following unsuccessful talks with new boss Unai Emery.Wilshere has endured many injury problems over the past few years and has seen his once-promising career decline rapidly from being one of Europe’s brightest young talents, that had even caught the eye of Lionel Messi once, to a mere shadow of his former self.The 26-year-old failed to make England’s World Cup squad this summer and has not actually played at international level since 2016.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But, despite receiving offers from abroad, Wilshere is determined to remain in the Premier League in order to return to the England squad one day.“That’s a big reason why I stayed in the Premier League. I’ve always said before, I love playing for my country, I’m proud to do it and it’s been a while since I’ve done it,” said Wilshere, according to Sky Sports.Wilshere may be in line to make his debut for West Ham in their third pre-season friendly against Preston North End on Saturday.
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Wijnaldum reveals how Klopp got Liverpool back on trackWijnaldum reveals how Klopp got Liverpool back on track
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum revealed how manager Jurgen Klopp helped them bounce back from back-to-back defeats.After starting their opening 21 games unbeaten in this season’s Premier League, Liverpool were handed a first defeat in their first game of 2019 at Manchester City on January 3.The Reds’ morale was handed another blow just four days later when they went crashing out in the third round of the FA Cup to Wolves.But Liverpool have since responded strongly to those setbacks with wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace to help maintain their four-point lead over City at the top of the Premier League.Now Wijnaldum has revealed exactly how Klopp got through to the squad following their disappointing results at the beginning of the new year.“You always learn from a defeat, even more than when you win games because when you win, you don’t see everything you did wrong,” said Wijnaldum on the club website.“When you lose games you analyse them more than when you win. Of course, we learned. Every team learns when they lose a game.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“What I learned the most was that we still need to keep the confidence; in Jurgen, we have a manager who can help us with that.“That’s what he said after the games against City and Wolves – that we must keep the confidence and maybe even work harder than before.“He gave us the feeling that we had to deal with it and work even harder to make it better.”Wijnaldum, who missed the last game against Palace, has made 27 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions this season.The Netherlands international will be aiming to make his return to the team ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League game against Leicester City at Anfield.The match between Liverpool and Leicester will begin at 21:00 (CET).
Army Corps shrinks review for Columbia River coal projectArmy Corps shrinks review for Columbia River coal project
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the area it will consider in its endangered species review for the Morrow Pacific coal export terminal proposed on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.Instead of considering the project’s impacts to threatened salmon and steelhead along 276 miles of the Columbia River channel, the agency will limit its assessment to less than one mile around the project’s proposed dock at the Port of Morrow in Boardman, Ore.Coal export opponents say the limited review overlooks many of the impacts the project could have on fish, and they’re worried that the Corps will also choose to ignore the project’s broader environmental impacts.The Morrow Pacific project would transport coal by rail from Montana and Wyoming to Boardman in eastern Oregon. From there, it would be loaded onto covered barges and shipped down the Columbia River to the Port of St. Helens. There, it would be transferred to ocean-going vessels headed to Asia.Players: Ambre Energy North America & Pacific TransloadingFull capacity: To be reached by 2016Export plans: 8.8 million short tons/yearTrains: 22 trains/week (11 full and 11 empty)Trains cars: 1,459/weekBarges: 12 tows/weekVessels: 128/yearWhat’s next: The Oregon Department of State Lands is set to decide in the fall on a dredging permit at the Port of Morrow. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is processing three permits: a water pollution, an air quality and a construction stormwater permit. The Oregon Department of Lands and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are processing another permit jointly.
CES 2019 17inch Asus ROG Mothership is a powerful detachable gaming laptopCES 2019 17inch Asus ROG Mothership is a powerful detachable gaming laptop
See It CES Products Asus Bluetooth Intel Microsoft Nvidia Preview • Microsoft Surface Headphones: Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Bose-buster noise-canceling headphones See it $349 Comments See It Amazon 5 You can detach and fold the relatively comfy keyboard, which connects via Wi-Fi or wire rather than high-latency Bluetooth. Folding it saves desk space and gives you more placement flexibility. Asus says it designed it that way because people frequently attach a separate keyboard to their laptops. But a custom-chosen third-party keyboard is usually preferable if you have the option, anywayThe display can sit at three different angles with its Surface-like kickstand. It does the Surface one better, though, automatically kicking out when you, um — dare I say, detach the saucer section? — and touch down on the desk.It also incorporates advanced connectivity — 802.11ax Wi-Fi (aka Wi-Fi 6) and 2.5G Ethernet — as well as a three NVMe SSD RAID 0 array for top-speed file operations. The screen is the 144Hz 1080p model that’s become popular.Whether or not you think the design is a little too radical or impractical, it’s nice to see some real rethinking of the traditional laptop design, especially since thermals are getting pushed to the max when cutting-edge hardware’s inside. CES 2019 CES 2019 Must-See Laptops Gaming Desktops Mentioned Above Microsoft Surface Headphones Asus lands a giant gaming Mothership in the middle of… Best Buy Abt Electronics See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 60 Photos $243 2:04 $240 Asus ROG Mothership and Zephyrus gaming laptops make an impact at CES 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Of course, Asus is rolling out updates to many of its ROG laptop lines, most notably to add the mobile RTX graphics, faster memory and so on. That includes the new 17-inch model of in the Zephyrus Max-Q slim laptop line, the Zephyrus S GX701, and an even thinner version of its 15-inch model, the Zephyrus S GX531.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice Microsoft Surface Headphones Tags $349 News • Microsoft Surface Headphones are $100 off Review • Surface Headphones review: Microsoft’s first noise-canceling headphones are almost great Sarah Tew/CNET If you can’t take the heat, get out of the clamshell.That was part of the motivation behind Asus dramatically reimagining the design for its luggable 17-inch gaming laptop it revealed at CES 2019. The ROG Mothership (GZ700), in order to pack in the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU, an overclocked Intel Core i9-8950HK and more. The Mothership takes some design cues from detachables like the Microsoft Surface, here standing tall so that it has airflow all around. In theory, the positioning also decreases the amount of particulates that can enter the system. But at 10.4 pounds (4.7kg) — we weighed it to check — the Mothership is designed to travel and then park itself for a while, like its namesake. The term “desktop replacement” has fallen out of favor, but that’s what it is.
Raashi Khanna looks gorgeous and sexy in her latest photographs on InstagramRaashi Khanna looks gorgeous and sexy in her latest photographs on Instagram
Raashi Khanna from latest photo shootTwitterActress Raashi Khanna’s latest photographs from a photo shoot are amazing and she looks gorgeous in all of them. From plump to slim, this Delhi beauty underwent an impressive body transformation and looks stunning now.She has been sharing her latest photographs on her Instagram account, and her fans are going gaga over those pictures. She posted a red side cut dress and a white revealing outfit, in which she looks stunning. Her expressions and irresistible curves are something which will make boys go weak in their knees.Raashi began her career in the film industry with Avasarala Srinivas’ Oohalu Gusagusalade in 2014 and has impressed Telugu audience by playing the role of Sai Sirisha Prabhavathi. Later, with a handful of films in her kitty, the damsel became one of the most sought after actress in the industry and went on to make films in Tamil and Malayalam movie industries.The actress was a victim of body shaming for being fat and many of netizens have called her unfit to be in this. She did not take any of the trolls and never bothered to reply to any of them. She stood strong with her chin up, always.After sweating for hours and hours in the gym, the shredded pounds of weight and became very slim. It is also said that the actress lost a lot of offers as the directors wanted her to get slim in a short span of time. Twitter TwitterRaashi was recently seen in Ayogya, the Tamil remake of Telugu blockbuster film Temper. She is currently shooting for Venky Mama opposite Naga Chaitanya and is hands full with Tamil films opposite Siddharth and Vijay Sethupathi. As per the latest reports, she has been roped in to play the leading lady in Sai Dharam Tej’s next film which is going to be directed by Maruthi.
UN expert calls for investigating decades of crimes in MyanmarUN expert calls for investigating decades of crimes in Myanmar
Lee noted that it has been more than 10 months since the start of the violence that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee Myanmar, and that since that time, she has consistently reported that credible evidence exists of violations of human rights including widespread and systematic attacks by security forces against the Rohingya community, that possibly amounted to crimes against humanity.The Special Rapporteur has also been reporting on possible war crimes and crimes against humanity by security forces in the other border areas of Myanmar, including Kachin and Shan States, where ethnic populations have endured protracted conflicts since shortly after Myanmar gained independence in 1948.Successive Special Rapporteurs have documented innumerable allegations of human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law committed by the security forces since 1992.Despite the calls, early warnings and efforts made by mandate holders, violence, persecution, discrimination, domination and hatred against ethnic and religious minority communities continue across the country.Lee expressed deep concern about the apparent inability of the UN Security Council to unite to refer the situation to the ICC, and urged the Human Rights Council, as a matter of urgency, to back her proposal to establish an international accountability mechanism.The mechanism should have three components, she said.First, to interview victims, investigate violations and abuses, document allegations of human rights violations and abuses, and consolidate the investigations undertaken by other mechanisms and United Nations bodies, including the Fact Finding Mission.Second, the mechanism should have legal and judicial experts, who would examine patterns and trends of human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Myanmar.It would establish elements, modes and liabilities of the crimes committed and also determine participation and responsibility of individual perpetrators, store evidence and information, and build cases consistent to international criminal law standards that can be used by future prosecutorial and judicial mechanisms.Third, the mechanism would develop a framework for victim support in their pursuance of justice, reconciliation and reintegration to ensure that justice in the name of victims not operate in vacuum.”Far too many crimes have been committed, and have been documented and reported with scant consequences faced by those who perpetrated them,” Lee said.”On ensuring accountability for gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law in Myanmar, we must admit that so far the United Nations and international community have failed – once again.” Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. ReutersThe UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee has urged the Human Rights Council to support efforts to investigate and prosecute at the International Criminal Court those responsible for alleged crimes that have occurred for decades across the country, reports UNB.”I firmly believe that accountability for the crimes committed is the only way to end the cycles of violence faced by the people of Myanmar,” Lee told the Council in Geneva on Wednesday.She strongly recommended the persons allegedly responsible for the violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law be investigated and prosecuted by the ICC or a credible mechanism.”To prepare for such credible investigation and prosecution, and in order to finally put an end to decades of such crimes and to take effective measures to bring justice, I recommend that the council establish an accountability mechanism under the auspices of the United Nations without delay,” Lee said.Lee welcomed the recent request for a ruling on jurisdiction under Article 19(3) of the Rome Statute over the alleged forced deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh by the ICC prosecutor, according to a statement UNB received from Geneva.However, that request was limited to one crime among the widespread and flagrant violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that have occurred for decades across Myanmar, and were continuing, she said.It was now imperative to consider a credible international accountability mechanism, Lee told the council, going beyond recommendations she made in March for a UN investigation to gather information in Cox’s Bazar.”In view of the scale and gravity of the allegations of human rights violations and abuses and violations of international humanitarian law across the country, the structure should also prepare cases and look to advance justice and rights of the victims,” she said.”Power should not be absolute. Power should be accountable.”