Indian-American Jailed For Duping 300 Chinese Investors

first_imgAn Indian-American hotel developer has been sentenced to three years of imprisonment by a US court for defrauding around 300 Chinese nationals who invested in his failed USD 900 million project. Related Itemslast_img

Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait announces retirement

first_img COMMENT SHARE Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Monday due to persistent elbow injuries.Tait, who had retired from first-class cricket in 2009 and one-day internationals in 2011, continued to play as a Twenty20 specialist, with his last match coming for the Hobart Hurricanes against the Sydney Thunder in the 2016-17 Big Bash League.“I honestly wanted to play a couple more years, whether it was over in the UK or here,” the 34-year-old Tait told“The elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff now, it’s done and dusted. “I suppose when you’re not contributing on the field as much as you’d like to, it’s time to finish up.”Tait was instrumental in Australia’s 2007 World Cup triumph in West Indies, where he was the joint-second highest wicket-taker with 23 dismissals in the tournament.“In his prime, Shaun was the world’s fastest bowler. It was incredibly exciting to watch him full flight bursting through the defences of the game’s best batsmen,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said in a statement.Tait represented Australia in three tests, 35 ODIs and 21 T20s and made his last international appearance against India in the shortest format at Sydney last year. Tait had retired from first-class cricket in 2009 and one-day internationals in 2011. Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTScenter_img Australia’s fast bowler Shaun Tait. File Photo – Reuters March 27, 2017 cricket × Australia’s fast bowler Shaun Tait. File Photo – Reuterslast_img read more

Happy New Year 2019! From politics to sports, here’s what you should mark on your calendar

first_imgWhether you’re a sports junkie or a stargazer, a movie buff or a maven of politics, 2019 won’t disappoint. You already know a general election is due by May and that Virat Kohli’s men head to the UK for a Cricket World Cup starting that same month — but there’s more in store, believe us.The action begins early — on New Year’s Day, in fact. That’s when Nasa’s New Horizons probe will fly past an object called Ultima Thule, the farthest ever object explored by a spacecraft. Astronomy lovers will be kept busy the whole year: there are eclipses galore, including two that will be visible in India. The ones that you can’t see from here, unfortunately, include a total lunar eclipse on January 21 and a total solar eclipse on July 2-3.Also Read | Controversies that shook India in 2018Don’t forget Chandrayaan-2, our second mission to the Moon, which is planned for early 2019.The mysteries of space aren’t for you, you say? Well, how about the magic of the silver screen? Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is all set to hit theatres on January 25. February? Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. March? Akshay Kumar’s Kesari. And so on.No need to panic, Kollywood fans: we didn’t forget. You can celebrate Pongal by watching Rajinikanth’s Petta.Now, speaking of Tamil Nadu’s “Thalaiva”, when will we learn more about his political plans? We can’t be sure. But we can tell you this — the months leading up the Lok Sabha polls will be jam-packed with action. And besides the national contest, assembly elections are due in states like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand. Could India’s political map lose even more of its saffron hue by the end of the year?advertisementOh, fun fact: India’s voters won’t be the only ones heading to the polls this year. General elections are due in Afghanistan, Indonesia and South Africa, among other nations.Is that a look of boredom we spy? Ah, politics not your cup of tea? No worries. Check out the sporting calendar: The Ashes, World Cups in multiple sports (including cricket, women’s football and rugby) and the IPL. Not to mention that India could pull off an unprecented series win in Australia in the Test that begins on January 3.There’s only one thing left to say: Happy New Year!Also Read | 2018 polls: Curtain raiser to the 2019 final?Also Read | 2018: A year of landmark judgmentslast_img read more

Michael Cheika does it his way but Wallabies results spoke loud and clear

first_imgBowing to the inevitable, Michael Cheika left before being asked to leave. His announcement that he would not seek re-appointment as Wallabies coach pre-empted Rugby Australia’s almost certain intention not to renew his contract.It followed the day after an exchange between Cheika and a journalist, who had the temerity to question him about his future in the media conference after the Wallabies’ record 40-16 loss to England in the World Cup quarter-final at Oita Stadium. Share on Twitter Read more Cheika was given every opportunity to implement his ball-in-hand strategy to the Wallabies. It may have worked for him at Leinster and the NSW Waratahs, but it did not work at Test level – not with the playing group he had at his disposal.It was time for Cheika to go. He did not need anyone to tell him. The results had already spoken loud and clear. It was a “cruel, cruel world”, Cheika said after being asked the question so soon after the game. The journalist, of course, was just doing his job. Cheika himself had stated publicly some time ago that he would step down as Wallabies coach if Australia did not win the World Cup. It was a fair question.Cheika has fronted hundreds, if not thousands, of media conferences in his career. He must have known what was coming, but he deflected it, preferring to announce his departure on his own terms.In his final act Cheika, as always, did it his way, which is his strength and his weakness as a coach.How could Rugby Australia re-appoint Cheika? Not after the Wallabies’ thumping loss to England; not after four years of disappointment, which included Australia’s worst season since 1958 when they won just four of 13 Tests in 2018; not after producing a 42% winning record against tier one nations.Cheika had to guide the Wallabies to World Cup victory in Japan to keep his job and that was always an unlikely proposition, although not beyond possibility. He had, after all, taken Australia from sixth in the world to the World Cup final in 2015, losing to the All Blacks.The difference back then was that he inherited a dispirited team at the end of 2014 and lifted them to unexpected heights. The last four years have been his own handiwork and he has taken the team back to where he first found them.No one really expected the inconsistent Wallabies to win this World Cup as their hopes have been undermined by questionable selections and strategy. Before the tournament Cheika stated he would adopt a horses-for-courses selection policy and suggested he would flip his halves combinations, which he did.After the Wallabies’ unconvincing win against Fiji in their opening game of the tournament it was obvious that Nic White and Matt Toomua were the squad’s best halves combination. Not world class, but the best they had. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share via Email Read more Michael Cheika lifts lid on Rugby Australia after quitting as head coach Share on WhatsApp Rugby World Cup Share on Messenger Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Facebookcenter_img Australia rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby union Topics Reuse this content Support The Guardian Will Genia was past his best, Bernard Foley was out of form and Christian Lealiifano struggled with the physicality of World Cup rugby. Yet, Genia and Foley started in the 29-25 loss to Wales in their key pool game, while Genia and Lealiifano started in the defeat by England.Perhaps it would not have mattered who started in the quarter-final, for the Wallabies entered the sudden-death game with a flawed game-plan which revolved around keeping the ball in hand no matter what. That played into England’s hands.Cheika lamented the fact some of England’s tries were scored off intercepts, as if that were some kind of bad luck, but intercepts happen because of poor skill execution or panicky play, both characteristics of this team. The writing was on the wall for Cheika even before the full-time siren sounded in the quarter-final.There has already been speculation that Rugby Australia is in talks with New Zealander Dave Rennie as a replacement. Whoever takes over, the Wallabies need a coach who aims to play total rugby. Not ball-in-hand rugby, not percentage rugby, not tactical kicking rugby, but total rugby.Rugby is a multi-faced game and a good team has to be across all aspects of play. A team can place an emphasis on a particular area to suit their personnel, but a certain part of the game cannot be ignored just because of a lack of interest.The Wallabies displayed a lot of attacking firepower at this World Cup, but Cheika’s eschewing of tactical kicking made them predictable and limited their options. It proved costly.A lot has been made of the so-called Australian way of playing. Australians prefer to play attacking rugby, but there is more than one way to attack, including attacking kicking.When the Queensland Reds won the Super Rugby title in 2011 they kicked the ball more than any other team. And New Zealander Robbie Deans kept the Wallabies at No 2 in the world for about five years by playing a Crusaders style of game. 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The History of Proraso: How a Small Italian Company Became Your Favorite Grooming Brand

first_img Editors’ Recommendations For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club It seems like men today have forgotten, or never learned, how to enjoy their morning routine. Guys look for more blades to achieve a cleaner shave in as little time as possible. But what about the good ol’ days when men went to their barber to get a hot shave because they enjoyed it? Maybe instead of a shave, they went in to get a little TLC for their beard or mustache? Men’s appreciation for grooming may have dwindled in the mainstream, but for some, it’s always been a way of life.The BeginningFounded in 1908 by Ludovico Martelli in Italy, Proraso has as rich a history as it has a shaving soap. Today, it is a fourth-generation family-owned business, and the oldest and longest-running Italian brand of shave products. It’s interesting to know that the beginning of one of the best grooming companies began in distribution of foreign perfumery products. Due to that success, Ludovico gained access to a widespread network of manufacturers and distributors across all regions of Italy.Image Courtesy of ProrasoAs the business grew, a dream of Ludovico’s would soon come true: to produce his own products. Ludovico’s son, Piero Martelli, took control of the company beginning in the 1930s and the Martellis’ first original brand, Frabelia Beauty Cream, was launched. Frabelia soon became a well-rounded and well-liked skincare assortment. However, the natural shift from fragrance to grooming came quickly when Piero invented a fresh, fragranced cream to prepare skin for shaving. It was named Proraso — or “pro shave” — and thus began an Italian self-care empire.The GrowthOnce this cream — later coined a “Miracle Cream” — was perfected, Martelli family employees visited barbershops all over Italy to introduce this new, innovative product. It’s no surprise that barbers and their customers fell in love with Proraso. Initially, the product was created solely for the use by professionals, but in time, Proraso managed to win a place in the hearts of Italian men.FLORENCE, ITALY – JUNE 16: A barber shaves a visitor in the Proraso Barber Shop realized by Patricia Urquiola during the Pitti Uomo 88 at Fortezza da Basso on June 16, 2015 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Laura Lezza/Getty Images)“We have been working with barbers for 70 years now, so we consider the barbershops to be our training ground and starting point. We propose, we listen, we discuss with the barbers what’s best and what can help them best do their job, and always exceed their and their clients’ expectations,” Stefania Martelli, head of marketing and great-granddaughter of Proraso’s founder, Ludovico, tells The Manual.By 1948, Proraso was an officially registered brand; in the 1950s, Ludovico launched his next product, a shave soap in a tube (one of our favorite shaving creams today), followed by shaving foam, and soap in a bowl. These would go on to become the concept of a complete line for wet shaving, which is still the mission of the brand today.Image Courtesy of Proraso“For me, shaving is a very intimate time that every man has the opportunity to devote to himself,” Stefania tells us. “In my personal life, it is linked with a very sensitive memory … I watched my father shaving while the radio was announcing the daily news, and the bathroom was full of the eucalyptus scent. The white foamy cheeks, the funny faces to help the razor cut more closely, and the precise gesture of the hand. Those minutes were a daily ritual before jumping into the day, and have always stayed with me.”In 1968, at the age of 24, the grandson of the founder, also named Ludovico Martelli, succeeded his father Piero in guiding the company. In the following years, he both grew and consolidated the products created by first Ludovico. The purchasing habits of Italians changed during the shift to large scale distribution. The products of massive, multinational companies made their way onto the shelves, but due to the loyalty of Proraso’s customers, the brand was able to successfully compete with the new powerhouses at retail.The ExpansionIn 1990, Proraso moved it’s headquarters to Fiesole, a suburb outside Florence, to meet the growing demand. Ludovico expanded production of the company, as well as third-party brands. Distribution of those brands, in addition to production, began in 1994, with Kaloderma, Testanera-Gliss, Erbaviva, Palette, Taft, and, most familiar to us here in the states, Marvis. The company has also been distributing Just for Men since 2001.In 2012, the Proraso packaging got a modern overhaul that still emphasized tradition and professional quality. The most recent campaign debuted in 2013 and highlighted testimonies of elite barbers who work with Proraso products in some of the most famous barbershops in the world.These were crucial years in the company’s growth in terms of turnover and production capacity. Natural ingredients and recipes were tested, technical expertise was refined, and new consumers were approached. The variety of products and brands all share a focus on heritage, quality, functionality, and, most importantly, the relationship of trust with the customer.The Brand TodayProraso is the second leading brand in the pre-shave market and the first in classic shaving products; the Refreshing Shave Foam is the best-selling in Italy. The company is currently led by grandson Ludovico, and his daughters Laura and Stefania.“We have been making shaving products for 70 years and we know what is essential to a perfect shave,” Stefania elaborates. “To deliver this quality, we always practice exactly what we preach as key to a perfect shave — we select only the highest quality ingredients and we take our time. Through the years we have perfected a production method that involves five to 10 days of resting for the soap to become rich, dense, and incredibly durable when using. That is how we keep our great value for the money.”The Martelli family is working hard to allow men all around the world to embrace luxury from head-to-toe in an affordable and enjoyable way. Although Proraso is available from the biggest retailers to the smallest barber shops, the Martelli family has a special relationship with one store in particular: C.O. Bigelow in New York’s Greenwich Village. Not only does the retail division carry the full assortment of Proraso and other brands, it’s wholesale division, Bigelow Trading, is the exclusive distributor in the U.S.“Proraso is an amazing brand and we are committed to telling this incredible story. As a the third generation owner of family business steeped in heritage, we are extremely proud to be the exclusive distributor of [Proraso] in America,” says Ian Ginsberg, president and owner of C.O. Bigelow. “Our families share the same passion and values, and we are honored that Dr. Martelli and his daughters have given us the privilege of representing their great company.”The CollectionGreenProraso’s first line, this renewed formula stands out for the quality of its ingredients. Refreshing and invigorating, it’s suitable for all beard and skin types. With the pleasant aroma of menthol and eucalyptus, it’s no wonder this collection is the brands number one seller. The shaving cream is one of our all time favorites.Get It WhiteThis collection is perfect for sensitive and easily irritated skin. With extracts of green tea and oatmeal, and a delicate fragrance of lime and apple, it helps prevent redness and leaves the skin soft and moisturized.BlueProtecting and moisturizing, the Blue line is dedicated to those who demand a close and comfortable shave. With aloe vera and vitamin E, this modern and spicy fragrance of amber and musk picks up where Green left off, providing a great shave for just about everyone, but with a deeper, warmer aroma. We especially love the aftershave balm.Get ItRedExfoliating and nourishing, this collection is ideal for thicker, coarser beards. Shea butter softens and prepares course beards for shaving, leaving an intense but not obtrusive fragrance of sandalwood behind.Single BladeThe newest from the brand, Single Blade introduces new masculine fragrances like Wood and Spice, Cypress and Vetyver, and Azur Lime in new formulations of aftershaves, beard washes, balms, oils, mustache waxes, and colognes that are a perfect way to complete a Proraso shave, or integrate the brand into a non-shaving routine. Proraso is top contender on our list of best beard oils and lends itself to a hot beard oil treatment.Get ItMarvisTake what you know about toothpastes and forget it. These strong, minty wonders combine tastes that take the mundane, yet necessary, act of brushing your teeth to the next sensory level. Add to that their super luxe and delicious Wonders of the World collection, and you have toothpaste that is always sophisticated in flavor, yet simple in ingredients.TenaxThe Italians have a great reputation when it comes to hair, but don’t confuse that with high maintenance. The most recent addition to the Martelli family portfolio features a simple, yet satisfying shampoo and a few staple hair products that handle just about any styling need.Get ItNote: We’re going on the record here and saying this article comes from a genuine appreciation for Proraso and the brands owned by the company. We received no cash for this piece — Scout’s honor. You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life last_img read more

Cyberbullying Investigation Unit Begins Helping Youth Families

first_imgYouth and family members can now call the country’s first cyberbullying investigative unit for help. The unit’s investigators started today, Sept. 30, and will begin taking calls and investigating complaints immediately. Nova Scotians can call 424-6990 in Halifax Regional Municipality or toll-free at 855-702-8324 to talk to an investigator. A new website, , will have information to help people determine if they are being cyberbullied and outline available options. “Creating this unit was part of the province’s response to the tragic death of a young Nova Scotian,” said Judith Ferguson, deputy minister of Justice. “This unit, and the other steps we’re taking, including advocating for changes to the Criminal Code, will make a difference for others who are being cyberbullied. Now they have somewhere to turn for help.” Five investigators will look into all cyberbullying complaints, helping victims resolve situations through informal, or legal means. The goal is to try to resolve complaints by helping the cyberbully understand the impact and consequences of their behaviour. Investigators can also apply for a cyberbullying prevention order, where the court could order a person to stop cyber communication, or confiscate the technology used for cyberbullying. And finally, a case could be referred to police, if criminal charges appear warranted. Chris Abraham, a Grade 12 student at Halifax West and student advisor to the Halifax Regional School Board said he hopes his fellow students take advantage of the CyberSCAN unit. “I think CyberSCAN is a great idea. I think it will help people feel safer.” The CyberSCAN unit is governed by the Cyber-safety Act, passed in the spring to ensure all Nova Scotians have a place to turn when they experience, or are aware of, cyberbullying. For more information about the act, visit .last_img read more

Biographical sketches of 2 Canadians missing in China

first_imgBEIJING — Two Canadian citizens have been reported missing in China over recent days amid a dispute over Canada’s detention of a Chinese business executive wanted in the U.S. on bank fraud charges. China has yet to provide any information or even formally acknowledge their detentions.Below are profiles of the two men, one a diplomat on hiatus working for an international think-tank , the other an entrepreneur and business consultant dealing with North Korea.___MICHAEL KOVRIGA Toronto native and resident of Hong Kong, Kovrig had most recently worked as a senior adviser for northeast Asia at the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think-tank on global affairs.A Chinese speaker, Kovrig went on leave without pay to take up his position nearly two years ago and no longer holds a diplomatic passport — along with the immunity that bestows. Prior to that, he worked as a Canadian diplomat in various portfolios, including in the consulate general in Hong Kong, where he helped arrange a visit by Prime Minister Dustin Trudeau in 2016.As first secretary and vice consul at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing from 2014 to 2016, Kovrig travelled around China conducting field research on politics and government policies and meeting with contacts, including political dissidents. Such work is common among diplomats and foreign journalists in China, but is viewed with deep suspicion by China’s ruling Communist Party, raising the possibility Kovrig could be charged with espionage.Kovrig, believed to be in his late 40s, was a frequent commentator on China affairs for the foreign media, including The Associated Press.Kovrig was very capable and a “very smart guy,” who was extremely knowledgeable about China, a former Canadian ambassador to China, David Mulroney, told the Toronto Star.Kovrig also worked for the United Nations Development Program after graduating from the University of Toronto and Columbia University.___MICHAEL SPAVORChina-based Spavor is known for his contacts with high-ranking North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, with whom he has been photographed shaking hands and laughing.He was also key to bringing NBA player Dennis Rodman to North Korea in 2013 in what was considered a significant, if somewhat quirky, breakthrough in the outside world’s contact with the young head of the hard-line communist regime.In 2015, Spavor founded Paektu Cultural Exchange, a non-governmental organization that works to facilitate sports, cultural, tourism and business exchanges with North Korea. Its mission statement says it aims to “promote greater peace, friendship and understanding.”The exchange is one of a small group of organizations promoting interactions with North Korea in a manner that has sometimes brought controversy for its unwillingness to criticize the regime’s human rights abuses. Its Facebook page advertises a five-day trip to North Korea over the New Year, including a visit to the Demilitarized Zone and a hot springs resort.A fluent Korean speaker with 16 years of experience working and studying in East Asia, Spavor graduated from university in his hometown of Calgary and also studied North Korean affairs at South Korea’s Kangwon National University, according to his Facebook page.Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Katy Perry And Staples Make Roar Happen In Boston

first_imgStaples and global pop music superstar Katy Perry continue to “Make Roar Happen” in the Greater Boston area today by announcing 106 local classroom projects have been funded as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to fully funded the balance of every project that was on in the Boston Metro, Cambridge and Metrowest communities today. This $80,698 donation helped 83 teachers fulfill classroom needs and helped 8,958 students in the Boston community. For example, Mr. Chen at Josiah Quincy Upper School will receive laptops his students will use for a financial literacy course; and Ms. Robb at Jeremiah Burke High School will receive physics kits and motion sensors to design roller coasters that model energy and motion.“I’m glad to partner with Staples on my Prismatic World Tour to raise awareness and funds for, and to remind my fans that a small gesture can have a huge impact on the very basic materials classrooms need for teachers to help students reach their full potential,” said Katy Perry.Staples and Katy Perry teamed up to Make Roar Happen and support teachers. Through the “Make Roar Happen” program, Katy Perry will help Staples raise awareness of how to help teachers with a $1 donation either in store or on As part of the program, Staples, the presenting sponsor of the North American leg of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour, donated $1 million to, a charity which has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students. $80,698 of that donation went to Boston Metro, Cambridge and Metrowest classrooms today.“We are so thrilled to have Katy Perry supporting ‘Make Roar Happen’ and look forward to working together with to ensure teachers have the supplies they need,” said Alison Corcoran, senior vice president, North American stores and online marketing, Staples. “Our recent survey found almost three-quarters of parents with teens agree that teachers in their communities inspire their students so it’s imperative we support these everyday heroes.”Additionally, the survey revealed that 76% of parents of teen students believe that a lack of school supplies is a significant challenge for schools today. Most teachers spend an average of $408.71 of their own money each year to provide supplies and materials for their classrooms. Customers are invited to help ‘Make Roar Happen’ for local teachers by donating $1 to at nearby Staples stores or online at The proceeds will benefit teachers in the supporters’ communities and will help fund local classroom projects listed on“The tremendous support Staples and Katy Perry have provided to through ‘Make Roar Happen’ has made a great difference in classrooms across the country,” said Charles Best, Founder and CEO, “We understand the financial hardships teachers in the Boston area face when it comes to providing their classroom with the right resources. Thanks to Staples and Katy Perry, local teachers are able to get what they need and ‘Make Roar Happen’ in the classroom.”Win A Trip to Meet Katy Perry
Fans have a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to meet Katy Perry and attend her concert on Sept. 19 at the Staples Center by entering the ‘Make Roar Happen’ Video Sweepstakes. Everyone is invited to create videos ‘Roaring’ about their educational goals, inspirational teachers or how education has positively affected their lives. To enter, upload your ‘Roar’ video at Entries must be submitted before 11:59 PM ET on Sept. 3, and participants must be 18 years or older. Participants are encouraged to share their videos on their social channels using the hashtag #MakeRoarHappen. See official rules at Tickets to see Katy Perry The Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples
Customers who spend $10 or more at any Staples store will receive a unique code(s) based on the total amount spent. Code(s) will be provided on their store receipt to enter online at for a chance to win two tickets to a concert in the U.S. portion of the Katy Perry Prismatic World Tour Presented by Staples. To win tickets, participants must enter the code on their purchase receipt from June 1 to Sept. 25 at read more

Hot topics with Jeanne Beker

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement When you think of TV personalities involved in the Canadian fashion scene, Jeanne Beker is probably one of the first names that pop into your head.The 64-year-old broadcasting icon, who hosted Fashion Television on City (a.k.a. Citytv) from 1985 to 2012, was recently honoured for her achievements with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.Aside from Beker, this year’s group of inductees also includes director Deepa Mehta, actor Jason Priestley, musician Corey Hart, Toronto Maple Leafs legend Darryl Sittler and deceased actor Al Waxman. In addition to her work on Fashion Television, Beker has also released fashion lines, written newspaper columns and hosted segments on CTV News, Canada AM and The Marilyn Denis Show. In 2013, she was designated a member of the Order of Canada.If you’re interested in seeing the tributes to Beker and the other inductees, you can watch a broadcast of the gala on Monday night (Dec. 19), which airs on Global at 9 p.m. EST/PST. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Inside the Collapse of the Mark Steyn Show

first_imgHis employees tell a different story: They say Steyn ran the show into the ground. He generally wouldn’t even speak to crew members, they claim, and when he did, he verbally abused them. In one case Steyn referred to members of the northern Vermont-based crew, a former employee claimed under oath, as “a bunch of meth-heads.” A Steyn spokesperson denied he made that comment.Steyn had crew members run personal errands, they say, spent CRTV funds on lavish meals and expensive personal purchases, and boasted of the large settlement he planned to extract from the company. Steyn was there, he said, to protect their interests, claims he reiterated on his website: “I didn’t feel the cameramen and production assistants and musicians and audio engineers should have to suffer because I was stupid enough to get into bed with CRTV.” Twitter “It’s bullshit, frankly,” said Mike Young, formerly the show’s site supervisor. “They all hate him.” Advertisement Late last month the Canadian author sued conservative media startup CRTV for breach of contract following the network’s abrupt cancellation of The Mark Steyn Show after just two months on the air. Steyn demanded the court issue a restraining order keeping his show running while it adjudicated his breach-of-contract allegations, saying his “employees will suffer irreparable harm because they will lose their health insurance coverage as a result of [CRTV’s] actions,” in the judge’s summation. Facebook His staff didn’t buy it. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: When conservative commentator Mark Steyn sued the company that canceled his new online TV talk show last month, he said he was doing it for his employees. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Number of hungry people worldwide nears 1 billion mark UN agency reports

The total number of hungry people has risen to 963 million this year, up from 923 million last year, and FAO cautioned in the latest edition of its global hunger report that this number could rise further as a result of the ongoing financial and economic crisis.“For millions of people in developing countries, eating the minimum amount of food every day to live an active and healthy life is a distant dream,” said Hafez Ghanem, FAO Assistant-Director General. “The structural problems of hunger, like the lack of access to land, credit and employment, combined with high food prices, remain a dire reality.”He noted that while food prices have fallen since earlier this year, the food crisis persists in many countries.Although the price of major cereals has dropped by more than 50 per cent from their 2008 highs, they still remain high compared to previous years, the report, entitled “The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2008,” said.FAO’s Food Price Index is still nearly 30 per cent higher as of October 2008 than it was two years before.Meanwhile, the prices of seeds, fertilizers and other inputs have more than doubled since 2006, leaving poor farmers unable to produce food.“If lower prices and the credit crunch associated with the economic crisis force farmers to plant less food, another round of dramatic food prices could be unleashed next year,” Mr. Ghanem said, calling for a funding boost of at least $30 billion annually to help stave off more hunger and help farmers in developing countries.The new report said that the vast majority of the world’s hungry – over 900 million – live in developing nations, with over two-thirds in seven countries: India, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan and Ethiopia.Mr. Ghanem said that the food crisis has “mainly affected the poorest, landless and households run by women,” adding that that an “enormous and resolute global effort” is necessary to reach the target of cutting the number of hungry people in the world down to 500 million by 2015. 9 December 2008With 40 million people being pushed into hunger this year mostly due to soaring food prices, the number of undernourished people worldwide is approaching the 1 billion mark, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today. read more

UNP defends 20th constitutional amendment

The purpose of keeping the proportion at 5:4 for FPTP and PR was to ensure that the minorities were given adequate representation. (Out of 225, 125 MPs will have to get elected under the FPTP and 100 under PR.) The ruling United National Party (UNP) has strongly defended the scheme of electoral reforms approved by the Cabinet a few days ago as part of the 20th constitutional amendment.Answering questions on the scheme, Kabir Hashim, UNP general secretary and Minister for Highways and Investment Promotion, told The Hindu that if the proportion of seats under the First Past The Post (FPTP) and proportional representation (PR) had to be changed in favour of FPTP, this would only reduce the opportunities for minorities to get accommodated under PR. Asked why his party was against increasing the size of Parliament from 225 to 255, the UNP leader said any hike would only mean a “drain on the resources of the country which we want to cut down”. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader and Urban Development Minister Rauf Hakeem said his party is for the introduction of “double ballot paper system” as part of the Amendment which will be “more democratic.” One ballot will be for parties and another for candidates. read more

The global state of mass mining

first_imgHeld in Canada’s globally important nickel centre of Sudbury, Ontario, this year’s MassMin event has grown again since the last get together in Lulea, Sweden in 2008; reflecting the ongoing development of major new block cave projects by Rio Tinto, Newcrest, Codelco, Freeport and others. In the opening session, attended by IM, Allan Moss, Rio Tinto’s General Manager Underground Technology Centre, had some interesting points to make about the long term success of today’s planned “supercaves”, which will involve a step change in approach and scale.The industry is looking at tonnages of up to 160,000 t/d, in the case of the Grasberg Block Cave (GBC) in which Rio Tinto is a joint venture partner with Freeport; and at lift heights increasing from 100-200 m up to 500 m or even 800 m. These tonnages, even compared to the highest tonnages mined in caves today such as DOZ at 80,000 t/d, are enormous and will involve the management of thousands of drawpoints. By 2022, about 40-50% of Rio Tinto’s production will be underground, a huge change for a company known more for open pit iron ore, coal and copper mining. Oyu Tolgoi is set to handle 90,000 t/d and Resolution 110,000 t/d, in addition to GBC. As a company, Rio Tinto estimates it will need 10 new production shafts, 12,000 drawpoints and over 500 mobile units; a massive undertaking and investment.To efficiently mine caves on this scale, Moss argues that a new approach to measurement and calibration of cave models is needed. A better understanding of the caves is crucial to avoid unwanted surprises such as clay migrating to drawpoints or major surface collapses related to caving, as well as unexpected behaviour in the block in terms of fragmentation. But planning in caving on this scale and timeframe is difficult: there are less than 15 active block caves in the world, with a lot of anecdotal knowledge rather than real data. Time is a big factor with these new supercaves. Support/installation can be as much as 50% of development time, and 30% of construction time. For example, the GBC access tunnel work started 2004, but the mine not going into production till 2022 – as such staff that started the project will likely have retired by the time it is producing with the resultant loss of experience. If the industry is going to achieve the holy grail of an “ore factory” through supercaves, it has got to achieve a better reliability of grades coming out of the cave, and caving models should be better able to adapt to ongoing measurements, not just relying on a reactive approach. Block cave predictive plans and designs often do not agree with what is seen underground – as an example rilling (lateral movement) has been seen to be much more common than thought. The industry needs to constantly measure and refine process based on measurements. As Moss states, “what you don’t measure, you can’t manage.” The mine has to collect data underground that gives models and modellers the data they need to calibrate their models and make progress from the lessons learned. And it is important to remember that the people who design the mines are not the same people that operate them.It is a paradigm shift from the world of open pit mining. Blocks of ore in a cave move and fragment, whereas in a pit they stay put. The block of ore also may not follow the most direct route to drawpoints. In a pit it is a straight fixed geometry exercise, but in a cave it is anything but. It is crucial to accurately describe the rock mass in the cave but this is easier said than done when you are having to characterise huge areas of rock, where different sets of joints and veinlet structures all have an effect on caving behaviour. Proper measurement will help to reduce dilution and increase recoery while reducing drawpoint damage. Moss concluded: Performance forecasts have largely been based on sets of rules and empiricisms established through trial and error at previous operations….substantial effort is required to obtain the data that describes cave performance before modelling techniques can be further advanced. This entails a return to quality measurements of key performance data such as cave back propagation, fragmentation size, material movement in the draw column, draw control and drawpoint availability. Such data must be fully integrated with operational information, and to be effective as a proactive cave management tool, it must be available in real time and well communicated to all the stakeholders.”last_img read more

Gilmore Samesex marriage referendum will be held before the end of the

first_imgADDRESSING THE LABOUR Youth Conference in Limerick yesterday, Eamon Gilmore said that a referendum on same sex marriage would be held “in the lifetime of this government”.A spokesperson for the Labour Party confirmed that Gilmore had indicated that he hoped to hold the referendum on same sex marriage in 2014, but that it could possibly be in the spring of 2015.Constitutional ConventionIn April, following the recommendation of the Constitutional Convention to accept same sex marriage, Gilmore stated that it is “not the role of the State to pass judgement on who a person falls in love with, or who they want to spend their life with”.The Tánaiste has always had a strong opinion on same sex marriage.Back in 2012, when he said he was including it as an item for the Constitutional Convention to consider he said he believed in gay marriage, stating, “the right of gay couples to marry is, quite simply, the civil rights issue of this generation and, in my opinion, its time has come”.In the summer, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he considering staying neutral in a referendum on same-sex marriage, which could be an attempt to avoid any more defections from Fine Gael TDs.Read: Dublin business owner in storm over gay cake-topper row>Read: Thousands turn out at marriage equality march in Dublin>last_img read more

Nokia à la recherche de son prototype

first_imgNokia à la recherche de son prototypeFinlande – Nokia a fait appel aux autorités russes pour récupérer un prototype de son mobile N8 que détient un blogueur.Au nom de la propriété intellectuelle, selon le fabricant, Nokia réclame la restitution de son smartphone N8 que possède un blogueur, Eldar Murtazin. Ce dernier a publié un article très négatif sur le futur produit du fabricant finlandais, mais Nokia se défend d’agir ainsi en réponse à cette critique de son nouveau smartphone.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Suite à la non-réponse du blogueur à la demande de Nokia, la firme a sollicité les autorités russes pour le récupérer. “Il y a plusieurs semaines, nous avons demandé formellement qu’on nous rende ce téléphone, mais nous n’avons reçu aucune réponse. Nous avons donc contacté les autorités russes pour qu’elles nous aident à récupérer ce qui nous appartient”, a expliqué l’entreprise.Sur Twitter, Eldar Murtazin affirme n’avoir reçu aucun courrier de la part du plaignant. Cette mauvaise publicité est malvenue pour le géant finlandais qui veut faire du N8, un smartphone haut-de-gamme, concurrent à l’iPhone 4.Le 9 juillet 2010 à 12:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rotary Club in Providenciales donates two pumps

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:DDME, rotary club of Providenciales, virginia clerveaux TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readiness Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppRotary Club in Providenciales donating two pumps and all the fittings to EMS to help in the aftermath of TS Cristobal which dumped a foot of rain on the country and flooded homes, bushes, businesses, yards and roadways in the northern TC Islands of North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Providenciales; that was last Sunday and Monday. Rotarians stepping up big time… purchasing the pumps at a cost of $5000 from Construction Equipment Services which can service the 4” pumps. Accepting for TCIG was Director of DDME Dr Virginia Clerveaux and Deputy Director of EMS, Gavin Thomas. President Bloneva Green Williams said the Rotary Club of Providenciales is always ready to answer the call of community need and was happy to be able to assist. While government roadways are now cleared in Provo… there are still private property owners who may need help; you are asked to contact the DDME. Vector control measures, according to Director Clerveaux are still on going. TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially openedlast_img read more

Woman bids for PLP Leadership HannaMartin steps up for the job

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 30, 2017 – Nassau – If she wins, Glenys Hanna Martin would be the first female elected party leader in the country and the first for the Progressive Liberal Party which has a strong heritage of raising up indomitable women. Hanna-Martin about 24 hours ago in a spirited press conference held in the Englerston constituency announced that she will indeed challenge current interim leader, Philip Brave Davis and any others for leadership of the PLP. Hanna Martin is the four-time Member of Parliament for Englerston in Nassau, which is one of the four constituencies which was retained by the PLP in the May 2017 General Elections.Hanna-Martin is already an historical figure within her party, having served as the first woman National Chairman. In her announcement, the mother and grandmother spoke of the distinctions of The Bahamas and Bahamians and reflected on the iconic political movements she witnessed in a front row seat; she said it is time for The Bahamas to move from this place of challenge to a place of harmony.Hanna-Martin set her sights on becoming a change agent for the education system, saying a #PLP under her watch would invest more concretely in the human capital of The Bahamas.Throwing their support behind Hanna-Martin were former ministers and women politicians, Melanie Griffin and Hope Strachan, who agree that Glenys is more than the next leader of the PLP, but the next Prime Minister of The Bahamas.Other areas focused on by #GlenysHannaMartin were health, transformation of inner city communities, substandard housing and scarcity of food. Hanna-Martin said she also plans to modernize the PLP, making Bahamian people the subject and not the object. Over 10,000 people watched the announcement on Facebook.#MagneticMediaNews Grand Bahamian among those on PLP Constitutional Committee, new leader readying for 2022 Elections Related Items:#GlenysHannaMartin, #magneticmedianews, plp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas: Hanna-Martin dismisses PLPs unready for woman leader, calls for party reform Bahamas: Brave wins, Cooper wins, Mitchell wins, Lynes wins for new PLP leadershiplast_img read more

South Coast Railway gets new head

first_imgVisakhapatnam: R Dhananjayulu assumed charge as Officer on Special Duty of South Coast Railway on Monday. He replaced S S Srinivas, who has been appointed as Divisional Railway Manager, Guntur. Previously, Dhananjayulu (1988-batch) was an officer at Indian Railway Traffic Service and joined Indian Railways in 1989 and worked in various capacities in operations, commercial, safety and general administration departments in Hubli, Hyderabad and Vijayawada Divisions and also in the Headquarters Offices of South Central Railway. He worked as a Divisional Railway Manager in Vijayawada Division. Prior to his appointment, he was a Chief Transportation Planning Manager at SCR. He also worked on deputation with Container Corporation of India. As part of his official duties, he visited several places, including Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Singapore.last_img read more

IOC Raises Petrol Diesel Prices

first_imgAs a consequence of recent volatility of international crude oil prices, state-run Indian Oil Corp Sunday hiked rates of transport fuels effective from midnight.Accordingly, the price of petrol will increase by 82 paise per litre, while that of diesel will go up by 61 paise per litre from Monday, reports IANS.”There has been a steep increase in international prices of both petrol and diesel and the rupee-dollar exchange rate has also depreciated slightly since the last price revision,” IOC said in a statement here.”Increase in retail selling price of petrol by Rs.0.82/litre at Delhi (including state levies) with corresponding increase in other states.”Increase in retail selling price of diesel by Rs.0.61/litre at Delhi (including state levies) with corresponding increase in other states,” it added.Fuel prices were last revised Feb 3 when petrol was made cheaper by Rs.2.42 per litre and diesel price was also lowered by Rs 2.25 per litre.The Indian basket of crude oil recently re-crossed $50 a barrel level and traded Thursday at $55.19 after having plunged to near six-year lows of $43 last month.This is the first upward revision in the price of petrol since August 2014, and also the first in case of diesel since it became market-priced from October last.last_img read more