View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines PLAY LIST 02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We’re looking at those players who we believe will fit right into our system, aside from their talent. That’s always what we’re looking for, the best talent available who fits our system,” he said.“Hopefully, we can get the ones which interested us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Slotted at ninth in the first round, Star is bound to miss the highly touted neophytes like Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng.But Victolero isn’t fretting over his late pick, with a handful of players already earning the attention of the Hotshots’ coaching staff in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There’s a lot who impressed us. You can really see who will be selected early, so it now boils down on who will be left for us in the bottom of the first round,” he said.Victolero has yet to decide on Star’s potential first round selection, but the soft-spoken mentor said that the priority for his team is to pick someone who can blend seamlessly to his system, the same way Jio Jalalon did in this past season. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Star coach Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUpon seeing the field in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Star coach Chito Victolero is confident that the Hotshots can secure a solid contributor from the rookies in this year’s proceedings.“The talent pool is good, so I think we can sign a solid rookie,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa captain Grealish: Mings and El Ghazi okay nowby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa captain Jack Grealish says the row between Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi is over.When Mings and El Ghazi squared up to each other during Monday’s 0-0 draw with West Ham, the 24-year-old skipper took responsibility.Grealish told The Sun: “It happens sometimes in games. Emotions are running high. It probably wasn’t what we wanted.“We came in at half-time and we all spoke. Even JT had a little word and just said, ‘Look, nothing’s personal’.“Then I said, ‘You two can shout at each other now but before we go out there in the second half, you two are shaking hands and we’re going out together’.“The manager spoke about the first half, then everything calmed down. Before they went out for the second half, they shook hands.“I think that’s why the manager probably give me the captain’s role, because I’m not afraid to say stuff.“I’m not the oldest but because I’ve been at Villa my whole life and have the captain’s armband now, a few of the lads do tend to listen.”
Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Dr. Christine Hendricks, says there are a range of social services available for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and is appealing for such persons to register with the entity to access those benefits.The JCPD identifies and maintains a confidential register of PWDs in Jamaica. Registration helps to make planning for and mobilising PWDs more efficient.A 2011 population census conducted by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) identified over 500,000 persons with various disabilities.However, Dr. Hendricks told JIS News that only about 33,000 persons have registered with the JCPD to date. She said it is important that the others come forward.“It is critical that all policymakers, programme planners and service providers think about how to actively plan with and for persons with disabilities to ensure that these 500,000 are considered, planned for, protected and made resilient,” she noted.“If persons with disabilities are excluded from critical aspects of Jamaica’s developmental planning and implementation, the vision of a developed Jamaica will remain a distant dream,” the Executive Director noted further.PWDs registered with the Council are provided with a Certificate of Registration, which will enable them to access benefits such as economic empowerment grants to start income-generating projects.Presently, individuals can access up to $150,000, while groups of persons working together can receive up to $400,000 for their projects.PWDs can also get help in acquiring assistive aids and devices that can help them to function better in society.Other benefits include therapy sessions, concessionary bus fares with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and income tax exemptions in specific cases.The Council also facilitates persons with disabilities who meet the required criteria to access the five per cent allocation of housing solutions from the National Housing Trust (NHT).The JCPD provides each client with assessment and independent-living skills. The entity champions the rights of PWDs as advisors to Government and the private sector, as well as the disabilities sector partners, about various issues, particularly in relation to the Disabilities Act.The Act makes provisions to safeguard and enhance the welfare of persons with disabilities across Jamaica.For more information on the services of the JCPD, visit: www.jcpdja.com. or call 968-8373, 968-0623 or 926-9374-6. Story Highlights However, Dr. Hendricks told JIS News that only about 33,000 persons have registered with the JCPD to date. She said it is important that the others come forward. The JCPD identifies and maintains a confidential register of PWDs in Jamaica. Registration helps to make planning for and mobilising PWDs more efficient. Executive Director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD), Dr. Christine Hendricks, says there are a range of social services available for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and is appealing for such persons to register with the entity to access those benefits.
VANCOUVER – The final results of British Columbia’s election are still not in, but experts already see scenarios for an unstable provincial government that is unlikely to last a full four-year term.Voters in B.C. elected their first minority government in 65 years on Tuesday, awarding the Liberals 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens three.Hamish Telford, a political scientist at the University of the Fraser Valley, said even if the Liberals take control by picking up an extra seat once absentee ballots are tallied, that would still leave the party with a razor-thin majority at 44 seats in the 87-seat legislature.As the government, the Liberals would have to appoint a Speaker to preside over the legislature, which would thin their ranks, Telford said in an interview on Tuesday night.And presuming the seat count remains unchanged, collaboration between the NDP and the Greens would give them 44 seats. They would also have to choose a Speaker, he added.“All the different scenarios play out in a hung parliament,” he said, using a term to describe a situation where no single party or group of parties controls the majority of legislative or parliamentary seats.“It’s a very unstable outcome, really.”B.C. has only had three minority governments in its history, the most recent being in 1952.Norman Ruff, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Victoria, said Wednesday it’s more likely the Liberals or the NDP would enter some kind of deal with the Greens in exchange for their support in propping up the government.“The prospects of a four-year term aren’t that great. If we are talking about an accord, it might be signed for a two-year period,” he added.“The more likely hookup is the Liberal-Green one, just simply because of the extra two-seat cushion it would give.”Ruff said the loss of a legislature member to take the role of Speaker wasn’t as much of a concern, because of the informal but strictly followed rule that Speakers always side with the government in the event of a tie. The greater concern is needing to have virtually everyone present at all times, regardless of illness, emergency or travelling for work, he said.“Members get caught in the Interior and don’t get into the house for a vote,” Ruff said, using an example. “Accidents happen.”It could take several weeks before the final seat count is confirmed once absentee votes are counted and any judicial recounts are conducted.Many ridings were close races, none more so than Courtenay-Comox on Vancouver Island, where the NDP candidate beat the Liberal by nine votes.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto, March 12, 2019 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that this year’s Doc Soup season comes to a close with the Canadian premiere of New Homeland (D: Barbara Kopple | 93 min | 2018 | USA), an intimate look into the experiences of building a new home after fleeing the traumas of war. Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, New Homeland, produced in collaboration with NowThis, will screen at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at 6:45 p.m., and an additional screening on Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 p.m. Director Barbara Kopple will participate in a post-screening Q&A at all screening events.Every summer since 1914, Camp Pathfinder, a summer camp located on a small island in the wilderness of Canada’s Algonquin Park, invites boys and young men from across Canada and the United States to spend a few weeks in the backcountry. Disturbed by the global refugee crisis but also inspired by Canada’s growing intake of asylum seekers, the camp’s director decided to invite a group of displaced boys from Syria and Iraq to spend a summer at the camp. In this sweetly observed film, watch as five brave young refugee boys learn to camp, hike, canoe and fish as they trek through the Canadian wilderness, familiarizing themselves with their new homeland while rediscovering what it’s like to be a carefree child. With the horrors of war always with them, New Homeland is a touching story of resilience and courage that reveals the challenges these boys face trying when trying to fit in with a new way of life, while preserving their cultural identity and connection to their homeland.Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance. Twitter Advertisement The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto and Calgary. Hot Docs also presents Bell Media Hot Docs Showcase events in Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg..Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 26th annual edition from April 25-May 5, 2019. An outstanding selection of over 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop.About NowThis: NowThis is the # 1 mobile news publisher in the world with a singular mission: making news engaging and relevant for young adults by humanizing our complicated world, giving insightful context from a youth perspective and revolutionizing how news is consumed today. Launched in 2012, NowThis’ entertaining, inspiring and informative videos created for a mobile generation receive 2.5 billion monthly views. NowThis has 13 content verticals, including: News, Politics, Entertainment, Future, Her, Money, Sports, Food and more. In December 2016, NowThis joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo and Seeker to form Group Nine Media. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
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Rabat – Casa Aménagement, the local development firm that handles the Casablanca-Settat region, has announced plans to renovate the city’s historic central market. The aim of the renovation, is to turn the market into a gourmet food hub. The renovated market is set to meet international standards to maximize its potential as a tourist attraction. The project has an expected budget of MAD 15 million, with eight million coming from the Ministry of the Interior, and a further MAD 7 million coming from the Casablanca-Settat regional council. The plan is still currently in the conception stage, as Casa Aménagement has just launched a call for bids in order to find a consulting firm that will assess the premises and determine specific project guidelines. The Art Déco style Central Market, designed by french architect Pierre Bousquet, has been an important city landmark for both locals and tourists since its construction a century ago in 1919. The building has, however, been neglected for a major part of its history; Renovations were undertaken for the first time in 2005 and then for a second in 2012. The Market, nonetheless, still bears structural damage which the planned renovation aims to address. Previously, Casa Aménagement has worked on renovating the Ain Diab waterfront and the Arab League Park. It is now completing construction on the Casablanca Grand Theatre, set to finish in September, and wrapping up renovations on the Mohammed V sports complex, to be completed in August.
25 June 2010As the people of the small African nation of Burundi get set to cast their votes in Monday’s presidential election, an independent United Nations expert today warned of potential violence and human rights violations, citing a number of recent worrisome developments. Akich Okola noted increasing reports of rights violations and security concerns since his last visit to the country during local elections last month. These included arbitrary arrests, detention and harassment of opposition politicians and their supporters, as well as grenade attacks resulting in the loss of life and destruction of property. “I am concerned that this situation may lead to further violence and human rights violations,” Mr. Okola, the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Burundi, warned in a news release issued in Geneva.Burundi was torn by ethnic conflict between majority Hutus and minority Tutsi, much like its northern neighbour Rwanda, site of the 1994 genocide, for decades after it became independent from Belgium in 1962.More than 3.5 million people are registered to vote in the country’s elections, the second since the Arusha Peace Accords of 2000 that ended the civil war. Mr. Okola, who reports in an independent and unpaid capacity to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, also voiced regret that political parties decided to boycott presidential and other elections in protest against perceived irregularities during the local elections.According to media reports, after the ruling National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) won last month’s polls, opposition parties grouped under the umbrella Alliance of Democrats for Change accused their rivals of electoral fraud, and said they would not participate in the presidential election, leaving incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza as the only candidate.The Independent Expert appealed to political parties to continue participating in the electoral process, particularly the legislative elections slated for 23 July. “Boycotting them will impede the democratic process which was launched with the successful elections of 2005 and may increase the risk of violence and insecurity in the country,” he stressed.During his visit to Burundi earlier this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed how important it is that the remainder of the electoral cycle be as inclusive as possible, so that the Burundians conclude this critical phase of peace consolidation smoothly. “I can assure you that the Secretary-General is continuing to follow developments closely, through his Executive Representative on the ground, Charles Petrie, who is working very closely with the African Union (AU), as well as regional partners and all stakeholders in Burundi,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York.The Security Council too has spoken out on the situation in Burundi, urging political parties there to participate fully in the elections, while commending the progress made in the peace process so far.“The members of the Council call upon all the political stakeholders of Burundi to participate fully in the electoral process, in particular the legislative and senatorial elections scheduled for 23 and 28 July 2010, to respect the result of the polls and to work to ensure the proper conduct of the presidential election scheduled for 28 June 2010,” the 15-member body said in a press statement issued earlier this week.
The delegation will visit Colombo as well as western, north-central, northern, eastern, southern and central provinces, where they will meet Government officials, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders. A three-member delegation from the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention will carry out an official visit to Sri Lanka from 4 to 15 December 2017 to assess the country’s situation regarding the deprivation of liberty.José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Leigh Toomey and Elina Steinerte will visit a variety of places where people are held, including prisons, police stations and institutions for juveniles, migrants and people with psychosocial disabilities, to gather first-hand information which will form part of their overall assessment. The experts will share their preliminary observations at a press conference on 15 December 2017 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). The Working Group will present its final report on the visit to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2018. (Colombo Gazette)
The public viewing gallery has been closed for the Parliament sessions today, officials said.The move comes after individuals at the gallery hooted at the Parliamentarians during the tensed session on Friday.
He highlighted the international turmoil blighting the world, listing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, instability in Libya and Yemen, and the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria and Iraq among the main situations damaging prospects for long-term peace and stability.“I have repeatedly condemned the repugnant and cowardly behaviour of those committing atrocious acts against innocent civilians,” said Mr. Ban. “At the same time, I have insisted on the need to strictly respect human rights. Any rights abuses committed in the name of counter-terror are morally wrong and strategically counterproductive.”Radicalization would be best addressed if leaders tackled marginalization and exclusion, and listened to their people’s voices when speaking up about emergencies but also more general issues, like the need for greater transparency, accountability and democracy. “Leaders who place themselves above the law and their people put their own governments at risk of collapse,” he warned. “True stability demands trusted institutions that deliver for people equally.”Public institutions serving the common good are vital to efficient governance and also to improving equity, justice and stability, and he welcomed initiatives aimed at cutting red tape, lowering costs and fighting fraud.The Secretary-General said he insisted on transparency and accountability at the UN, with the aim of creating a more modern, dynamic and responsive organisation that earned even better public trust. He disclosed his financial assets and asked all senior officials across the UN to be just as open.As the UN marked its 70th year, he underlined the need for the Organization to better serve Governments and people, and to enable the world to take transformative steps towards a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful world.He pointed to ongoing work to review peace operations and peacebuilding, and internal reforms for better approaches to human resources, technology and management, all of which would serve the overarching goal of enabling the UN to help better implement the sustainable development goals.Listing the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July, the special summit on sustainable development in New York in September, and the climate change conference in Paris in December, he underlined their significance and the opportunity they offered Governments to make ambitious plans for a more sustainable future.“We are the first generation that can end poverty and maybe the last that can avert the worst impacts of climate change,” he said. “The success of these plans will depend on accountable and transparent governments that engage people in decisions affecting them.”States would have more opportunity than ever to cooperate with civil society groups in policy-making and should also involve more citizens in co-designing solutions to development challenge. “This new epoch calls for a new governance model – one that is ready for the future, accountable, transparent, inclusive and participatory,” he urged. “Our discussions at this Government Summit can help realize that vision and usher in a life of dignity for all.”
Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (5-1-0) will look for their fifth consecutive shutout against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-4-1) when the teams face off in Piscataway, New Jersey, Sunday at 1 p.m. The Buckeyes are one shutout away from tying the program record of five consecutive shutouts set by the 2007 team, which finished as the runner-up in the College Cup.Ohio State is off to its best start to a season in 12 years and senior defender Kevin Blackwood has not been surprised by the team’s early success.“It’s based on what we did in the summer, I came here earlier before I transferred and a lot of the guys were talking about going and doing actual work on their own, getting that head start before the season actually started,” Blackwood said. “Basically, I think it’s hard work and dedication. The comradery of the team has been phenomenal and that’s one of the reasons for the start so far.” The Buckeyes are coming off a commanding 3-0 win against Penn State at Jesse Memorial Stadium Tuesday, while the Scarlet Knights are coming off a 3-0 loss against No. 3 Maryland. All four Rutgers losses have come at the hands of top-15 opponents. Senior defender Hunter Robertson said despite the four losses on Rutgers’ record, the Buckeyes will still need to treat Rutgers as they would any other tough opponent as Rutgers’ only losses have come against some stiff competition.“It’s a Big Ten game we really want to get three points from them, but we know that those four losses were against some really good teams — Indiana, Maryland, Wake Forest, North Carolina,” Robertson said. “They didn’t get the best results against them, but they’re going to be battle tested and we know if we want to win we have to come in and play really hard and be really efficient to score goals.”The Buckeyes will look to contain one of Rutgers’ top weapons, redshirt senior forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker, who leads the team with five points (two goals, one assist). Robertson said that with the talent Rutgers has on the offensive side of the ball, the Buckeyes will need to deploy a more defensive approach to the game.“We are playing with two midfielders holding back, more than usual,” Robertson said. “Usually, we have two of them on attack, but they have a pretty special attacking mid and a fast forward, so we’re trying to keep someone on this attacking mid at all times, so when they try to play the long ball we have someone to cover because the kid’s really fast.”The team is looking ahead for the chance to win its sixth game and is beginning to focus on what they must do to come away with the victory.“We just have to be locked in, ready to go, we cannot take them lightly,” Blackwood said. “I know this is the Big Ten, every team we play from now on is going to be really good. Match their intensity, work hard for 90 minutes, and be tuned in.”
“The black pudding was the best thing to hit the button with because it was the right shape. I used it like the police use battering rams to break door locks in, that’s what I did with the black pudding.”It was solid, pointed and I could get plenty of weight behind it. I’m lucky really – we sell about two or three each week and that was the last one in there.” A butcher who got stuck in a freezer owes his life to black pudding after he used a block of the blood sausage “like a battering ram” to free himself.Chris McCabe, 70, said he thought he was going to die when he got locked inside his own walk-in freezer, which stores meat at temperatures of -20C.With time running out in the freezer, which it is believed could lead to the death of someone trapped inside within 30 minutes, he grabbed the only tool he could find.He battered the lock with the frozen stick of black pudding, with it eventually giving way and Mr McCabe walked free.Mr McCabe, a father of four from Totnes, Devon, said: “Black pudding saved my life, without a doubt. No one could hear me banging because it is outside, round the back of the shop. Chris McCabe inside his shop in Totnes, DevonCredit:SWNS Mr McCabe wielded the 3lb 6oz (1.5kg) stick of black pudding and hit the door-release button before managing to free himself on the third attempt.He added: “I had rushed in. I was in a hurry as usual and I heard the door shut behind me. I thought that was OK, because I could kick the safety button from inside.”I’ve been shut in before and I used the button to get out then, but this time it was frozen solid. I removed all the metal racking around it and I looked around for some thing to hit it with and I came on the idea of using a black pudding stick.”They weigh 1.5kg and they are a big long stick that you can just about get your hand around. I managed to get in a position to bash the button a few times until the ice broke and the door opened.” I managed to get in a position to bash the button a few times until the ice brokebutcher Chris McCabe McCabe said wind blew the door shut behind him and he discovered the inner door release button had frozen solid.He looked around for something to save him, but could not find anything to de-ice the emergency release: the lamb was too big and the beef did not afford enough grip. Mr McCabe said he had all but given up hope when he spotted the last black pudding.The pudding, supplied by Royal butcher HM Sheridan of Ballater, was the perfect size, weight and diameter, he said. 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. Mr McCabe said that meat is frozen solid in the freezer in just half an hour, and although he was only stuck for a few minutes, he believes he would have died within 30 minutes.He sells black pudding from his shop for £7.95 per kg, describing it as the “perfect accompaniment for a fried breakfast”. The walk-in freezer is at the back of C M McCabe Butchers in Totnes. There is no passing footfall around the freezer and no one to hear any cries for help. Chris McCabe had all but given up hope of being freed when he spotted the last black pudding, which he sells for £7.99 per kiloCredit:SWNS
Over a fifth (22 per cent) of graduates are unemployed six months after they complete their degrees “As employers, we all have a responsibility to increase equality of opportunity and working with higher education providers we must redouble your efforts to improve equality and diversity in recruitment.”She said that many students, especially those who don’t have “the right networks” fail to secure work placements and or holiday internships while they are studying. “This means they are more likely to face a cycle of internships – too often unpaid – after they graduate before they are able to get lasting graduate employment,” she said.Earlier this year a report found that students applying for summer internships are being asked whether their parents went to university. Almost half (45 per cent) of the country’s largest graduate recruiters, including top banking, accountancy, law, retail and engineering firms, now ask university students about their socio-economic status.This is a three-fold increase from 2012, when just 13 per cent of graduate recruiters asked such questions, according to a report published in July by the Institute of Student Employers. Students need to work during their summer holidays if they want to get a job when they graduate, the head of the university regulator has said.Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Office for Students (OFS), said that undergraduates need to make the most of their long holidays by undertaking work placements or internships.This will improve their employability and increase the likelihood of securing a “rewarding” job once they graduate.Ms Dandridge urged the country’s leading graduate recruiters to “redouble” efforts to boost “equality and diversity” of their intakes.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Addressing delegates at the National Graduate Recruitment Conference in London, including Goldman Sachs, J. P. Morgan and GlaxoSmithKline, she said: “Many employers are now offering degree apprenticeships and this is important and welcome.“But we also need more work placement opportunities, and more employers and universities and other higher education providers to work together to offer suitable placements to undergraduates.” Over a fifth (22 per cent) of graduates are unemployed six months after they complete their degrees, according to data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency. Even at three and a half years, 15 per cent of graduates are not employed in highly skilled jobs.Ms Dandridge went on: “Research shows that graduates need to take up every opportunity available to them during their time at university to help to improve their employability and to get a rewarding job. 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.
From Pride and Prejudice to War and Peace, Andrew Davies is Britain’s pre-eminent adapter of classic novels for the small screen. But it turns out those screens can be a little too small for his liking.Davies has warned that viewers are missing out on what makes period dramas so great by watching them on smartphones, with the lavish detail being lost.“I think I’d like to ban that,” Davies said at the launch of his latest adaptation, Sanditon, based on Jane Austen’s unfinished novel. 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. Executive Producer Andrew Davies has adapted War and Peace and Pride and Prejudice for the small screenCredit:Isabel Infantes/PA Davies’ new adaptation will air this autumnCredit:Simon Ridgway/ITV/PA BARB, the body that measures programme ratings, now takes non-television set viewing into consideration. Recent figures showed that seven per cent of people who watched BBC One’s Bodyguard did so on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC. The figure for Love Island was around 25 per cent, with one in 10 watching on a smartphone.Davies does not recommend binge-watching period dramas either, preferring his shows to go out in weekly episodes. Sanditon will air on Sunday nights in the 9pm slot this autumn.“Everybody has the opportunity to just schedule their viewing whenever they want to. But I do like to go out at 9 o’clock on a Sunday night, ideally. And once a week, so that people can talk about it in between and they’re not going to binge it in one go. Because it’s bad for you. You get indigestion. You need to savour it,” he said.However, he is happy for scenes from his dramas to go viral on social media. After a Sanditon cast member explained what a “meme” is – an image from television or film, modified and shared online – Davies said: “Oh, I don’t mind it being meme-ified.“When we were doing War and Peace they were saying ‘Phwoar and Peace’. ‘War and Penis’ was my favourite. So I like all that stuff. But I wouldn’t like it if that was all they knew of the show.”Davies is now working on a BBC production of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy, and is adapting John Updike’s Rabbit novels.Sanditon is his fifth Austen drama, and he was attracted by how different it is to her previous work. “It’s about sex and money an desire, and not jus social comedy, which is what has always been done before.“I guess it offered me the opportunity to pursue this with perhaps a bit more freedom than I felt I could allow myself in Pride and Prejudice,” he said. “I mean, all this fabulous scenery, and the costumes and interior sets are just so wonderful in this show. I’d just like to make it illegal to watch it on phones.”For his new ITV drama, the Regency seaside town of Sanditon has been created using a combination of real locations, including Clevedon, near Bristol, and computer-generated imagery.The show’s production designer, Grant Montgomery, has filled interior scenes with tiny details that will be all but impossible to spot on a tiny mobile phone screen. “I was always putting in references to other Jane Austen novels. There are loads of little Easter eggs [in-jokes and hidden references] in there if you are really looking,” Montgomery said.
In-flight WiFi is nothing new to most people, but you might not have used it on an international flight before. Trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights don’t have access to land-based radio towers so getting a signal to them isn’t as easy as it is on domestic flights. Even so, Virgina Atlantic’s Airbus A330 jets will offer in-flight internet on the New York to London route soon. This will be followed up by WiFi service on 17 planes and more than 10 routes by 2013.The internet service will be provided by AeroMobile, whose majority stakeholder is Panasonic Avionics Corporation as of March 2012. While the plane is in the air, and cruising above 6000 meters, Aeromobile gets internet access by using a satellite connection which transmits to a picocell that is installed on the plane. From there a signal is able to be sent out to the GSM devices on-board and communications can be made. While connected, Aeromobile appears to be a normal mobile carrier through which users can send texts, make calls, or access the internet. It doesn’t work quite like GoGo, but it gets the job done (and it’s more seamless in some ways).To allow all this to happen Aeromobile uses Inmarsat’s L-Band satellite service, which is pretty standard for in-flight WiFi when ground towers are not accessible.While it’s great to see, Virgin Atlantic is not at all the first company to offer a service like this. British America already has WiFi on their London to NYC route and provides like OnAir offer GSM services on many different flights (and have for some time).via Telegraph and NextWeb
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 81 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3055926 Subscribe for more videos Share1242 Tweet Email1 By Sinead O’Carroll Short URL Nov 1st 2016, 6:10 AM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube CONVERSATIONS AROUND CONSENT often centre on when ‘no means no’ or that the absence of a no doesn’t mean yes.As simple a concept as that seems, the mere idea of university classes on consent cause controversy – and have done so on this island.Following the publication of her book Asking for It just over a year ago, author Louise O’Neill has continued to explore the issue.“When I first had the idea for Asking for It… I started writing it in January 2014. I didn’t set out to start a conversation around consent,” she told TheJournal.ie in an interview this week.I had read about cases in the US – the Steubenville case and the Maryville case. And then a few things happened at home – the Magaluf girl and Slane girl. I was really interested in exploring Irish attitudes to both sexuality and sexual violence.“I began to realise that consent and issues around consent… is where the battleground really lay. This is where the conversation needed to take place around and where education needed to happen.”But, as O’Neill learned through conversations with parents, teenagers, sexual violence victims, lawyers and other experts for both her book and upcoming documentary of the same name, Irish people are not good at talking about sex.Ireland has “gone from the Virgin Mary to hyper-sexualised instead of being just sexual”, she explains.“My fear is around this idea that we don’t want our girls to be promiscuous so they need to guard their virginity. By pretending they aren’t sexual beings, we are teaching them that they need to behave that they are reluctant and the guy needs to persuade them.Again, that is such a dangerous thing to bring into a sexual relationship – particularly at a young age, that idea of persuasion, that is where the crux of consent lies.“It hasn’t been said that it’s ok for them to be sexual beings, to explore their sexuality, to say, ‘Actually, I really enjoy this… can you do this? Can you not do this?’“They are sort of taught to be a little bit more passive for fear they may come off as seeming promiscuous.” Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube“I think it’s interesting when people have this idea that talking during sex or checking in with the other person to see if they’re ok, that that is ruining the mood… because really good sex is about communication. It’s about saying, ‘This is what I don’t want, but also, this is what I do want.’“That’s a problem on both sides… I think that young women, particularly in Ireland, have not been taught how to say no – but they haven’t been taught how to say yes either.”The ‘murky area’ of consent is the subject of tonight’s RTE2 programme, where O’Neill speaks to rape survivors, legal experts and others about how Ireland treats victims of sexual violence.In a particularly stark scene, O’Neill has an almost-visceral reaction to being brought into a courtroom to see what a rape victim would face during a trial.“Even thinking about it now, still makes me feel a little bit sick,” she told TheJournal.ie.“… How traumatising would that be? The person who has inflicted the most horrifying experience of your entire life upon you and you have to just walk pass them.“It just made me feel so nauseated and claustrophobic… I don’t know, I just feel like so much has to change.”She speaks more about the experience in this short clip: Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeO’Neill understands many women’s reticence to report incidents of sexual violence given Ireland’s low prosecution rates and society’s reaction to some cases.“We are very loathe to use the word rape. And I think that’s interesting … there is a burden of shame with it which is so wrong.“I think there is a feeling around women that they don’t want to use it, because if they use that word, you nearly become it. It’s a label that’s put on you that you feel like you’ll never be able to get rid of.”However, she believes it is important for women to report rape and sexual assault to ensure the system becomes better at dealing with it.The problem is – someone reporting now, will have a very different experience to someone who was reporting even five or 10 years ago – it’s still not a very sympathetic environment for a victim.“You know when you look at the statistics and you realise how unlikely it is that you’ll ever get to court, not to mention getting a conviction… I think it just puts up barriers straight away.“For a lot of women, they’re like, ‘Why would I bother?’“On the one hand, I’m like, ‘No you need to report. We need to report’. But on the other hand I can totally understand why people wouldn’t want to. That’s a real failing, I think, at a legal level.”Louise O’Neill’s documentary Asking for It will air tonight on RTÉ2 at 9.30pm. Opinion: ‘I’ll lend Enda one of my DVDs so he can see what’s out there in the world of porn’Tinder shminder: Millennials are actually having less sex than at any point since the 1930s 61,588 Views Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 6:10 AM ‘We need to teach women in Ireland how to say yes to sex’ Author Louise O’Neill talks to TheJournal.ie ahead of the airing of her new documentary Asking for It tonight.
12 Comments By Michelle Hennessy 12,783 Views Sat 10:31 AM A group of 17 bikers left Dublin on Thursday and at the border were joined by 26 bikes from Blood Bikes North. The PSNI escorted them to the Enniskillen newborn intensive care unit (NICU) in Fermanagh. “It’s the first time we’re doing a cross border initiative and helping out Enniskillen NICU and the Human Milk Bank, who supply life supporting breast milk all across Ireland and Northern Ireland,” Brennan said. Staff at Holles St hospital in Dublin accepting the donated equipment. Source: Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland via Facebook“Some off our members have been touched by a premature birth or know someone who has. Our secretary and her husband have seven premature babies and she was nominated Mother of the Year 2015 with the Maternity and Infant Awards. She joined us in 2015 and has been the engine behind the charity, and through her hard work and effort we gained charitable status in 2017. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Group of bikers ride across Ireland donating equipment to neonatal units The group has raised €55,000 to purchase equipment to donate and to sponsor a new room at Ronald McDonald House in Dublin. Share56 Tweet Email A GROUP OF bikers have been traveling across the country over the last two days delivering medical equipment they raised money for to neonatal units.Bikers Ride Out for Prems, which is made up of members of a motorbike club called Blue Daos LEMC and some volunteers, was established in 2014.The charity raises funds all year for its ‘Ride Out’ to deliver equipment to as many neonatal units as the budget allows. This year the bikers worked with the Ronald McDonald House charity, which provides accommodation to the families of children who are in hospital. The Miles for Smiles fundraiser raised €55,000 in total to purchase equipment for 14 neonatal units across the country and to sponsor a room in Ronald McDonald House in Dublin. Sean Brennan of Bikers Ride Out For Prems told TheJournal.ie they are donating hospital grade breast pumps, bottle warmers, breast feeding chairs, a light source unit used to illuminate the chest of newborns so their lungs can be checked, a vein finder, a photo-therapy unit and resuscitation dolls for training. The group is more than halfway through the Ride Out now and will finish up at Ronald McDonald House in Dublin tomorrow afternoon. “When you have a baby in NICU it affects a whole family and a wider community so when this touches your life and you see first hand how a NICU can save a life, you want to do everything in your power to pay it forward be it volunteering or donating,” Brennan said.“The effects of a premature baby does not always end once you leave the unit, some premature babies have illness’s and disorders that affect some or all off their lives and the next stage is a children’s hospital like Crumlin, or Temple Street and that is why we jumped at the opportunity to help the Ronald McDonald House Charity and to do Route 66 for Temple Street.” Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 10:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/4804763 Short URL
Ours bruns : la Bulgarie autorise l’abattage de 17 plantigrades en 2011Interdite depuis des années, la chasse à l’ours brun vient d’être à nouveau ouverte par le gouvernement bulgare. Le 27 janvier, celui-ci a en effet décidé d’autoriser l’abattage de 17 plantigrades, dont l’espèce en danger est protégée.Cette décision a été permise par un amendement de la loi interdisant la chasse de l’ours brun en Bulgarie. Adopté en octobre dernier, après qu’un homme a été mutilé par un ours, il impose des autorisations exceptionnelles. Chaque année, le gouvernement devra ainsi décider d’un quota de chasse supérieur à 3% et inférieur à 8% de la population de plantigrades du pays, qui après les pays scandinaves et la Roumanie, est l’Etat européen abritant le plus d’ours bruns.À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoqueAinsi en 2011, 17 ours seront abattus en Bulgarie, dans les chaînes Rhodopes et les Balkans notamment, rapporte Romandie.com. Une décision très controversée face à la diminution de la population d’ours dans le pays. En 2010 en effet, 550 environ y ont été recensés, quand la population de plantigrades était auparavant estimée entre 600 et 800 individus.Le ministre de l’Environnement bulgare, Rouslan Serbezov, justifie uniquement cette décision par “la nécessité de respecter la loi”, contre laquelle s’insurgent écologistes et défenseurs des animaux.Le 5 février 2011 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrin
Grève de la faim pour la fermeture de la centrale de FessenheimHier, des militants écologistes ont entamé une grève de la faim pour obtenir la fermeture définitive de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim, située dans le Haut-Rhin.C’est une grève de la faim tournante qu’ont entamé hier à Colmar des militants écologistes. Pendant au moins 366 jours, ceux-ci ont décidé de cesser de manger à tour de rôle alors que certains comptent “ne boire que de l’eau et de la tisane” pendant trois semaines. Les manifestants réclament ainsi la fermeture définitive de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim et souhaitent que la France sorte du nucléaire d’ici à dix ans comme ils l’ont indiqué lors d’une conférence de presse. Depuis l’accident de la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, les manifestations se multiplient autour de la centrale de Fessenheim. En effet, il s’agit de la plus vieille des centrales française, construite sur le même modèle que celle de Fukushima : Fessenheim “est construite en zone sismique et en contrebas du Grand Canal du Rhin, si bien qu’il y a un risque d’inondation” a indiqué Jean-Pierre Frick, viticulteur alsacien. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéDe son côté, dans une interview publiée hier dans le Figaro, le PDG d’EDF, Henri Proglio, indiquait que l’ensemble des centrales nucléaires françaises étaient, selon lui, en “excellent état” précisant que celle de Fessenheim avait “été modernisée en permanence”. Toutefois, hier l’Autorité de sécurité nucléaire (ASN) débutait la visite du deuxième réacteur de la centrale. Ce contrôle doit conclure à l’autorisation ou à l’interdiction de la reprise de l’exploitation de la centrale pour dix ans supplémentaires.Parallèlement, la communauté urbaine de Strasbourg avait décidé, la semaine dernière, de demander l’arrêt de la centrale, contrairement au conseil général du Haut-Rhin qui préférait attendre les résultats de l’audit qui a été annoncé sur l’ensemble des installations nucléaires françaises. L’élue d’Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV), Eva Joly, a quant à elle souhaité qu’un audit indépendant réalisé par un autre pays de l’Union européenne soit lui aussi mis en place.Le 19 avril 2011 à 12:49 • Maxime Lambert