Little Stars Show Courage Against Cancer

first_imgThe Only Way is Essex’s Lydia Bright and her mum Debbie Douglas were amongst the celebrity guests attending the Little Star Awards party held by Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx on Saturday, 26th May, at London Zoo.The Little Star Awards celebrate the courage of all children who have been diagnosed with cancer.Konnie Huq at the 2012 Little Star AwardsOther celebrities helping the children enjoy the party included singer Lemar, actor and TV presenter Joe Swash, TV presenters and former Blue Peter hosts Konnie Huq and Zoe Salmon, ex-EastEnders star Cheryl Fergison and Joelle Moses from BBC’s The Voice.Lemar at the LIttle Stars event 2012Lydia Bright said:“I feel really privileged to be supporting Cancer Research UK’s Little Star Awards and attending this great party this year. These amazing kids are so inspirational in the way that they have coped with their cancer diagnosis and all their gruelling treatment.“I think that these awards are a fantastic way to recognise the remarkable bravery of the children who have been through so much at such a young age. Anything that helps the children and their families at this difficult time gets my full support, and it’s an honour to be involved with such a wonderful campaign.”Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas at 2012 Little Star AwardsFor more information visit CancerResearchUK.orgJoe Swash and Cheryl Fergison at 2012 Little Star Awardslast_img read more

Conservative MPs want PCO officials to testify on MMIW inquiry

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Conservative MPs on the Indigenous Affairs committee want to call officials with the Privy Council Office (PCO) to answer questions on their role providing technical and administrative support to the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.The Conservative MPs on the committee plan to table a motion next week calling for PCO officials to testify.Conservative MP Arnold Viersen said last week’s testimony from inquiry commissioners required further clarification from PCO officials.“The commissioners indicated frustrations in the technical functions of the commission,” said Viersen, who is a member of the committee. “I hope we can get an understanding of how PCO manages these national commissions.”The motion to call PCO officials before the committee is likely to be supported by the lone NDP MP member on the committee, Romeo Saganash.The Liberals hold the majority of votes on the committee which was on the road this week gathering testimony on modern treaties and specific claims. The committee was in Belleville, Ont., on Friday and meets against on Tuesday.APTN contacted the office of MP Yvon Jones, parliamentary secretary for Crown-Indigenous relations, but she was not available for comment.APTN also contacted the office of MP Don Rusnack, parliamentary secretary for Indigenous services, but he could not be reached for comment.Jones and Rusnack sit on the committee as non-voting members, but set the tone on the government’s side of the committee table.The four inquiry commissioners— Chief Commissioner Marion Buller, Michele Audette, Qajaq Robinson and Brian Eyolfson – appeared before the committee last week amid widespread concern internal disorganization and tensions threaten to comprise the work inquiry. The inquiry has faced a number of high profile resignations, including that of commissioner Marilyn Poitras.The commissioners presented a picture of an inquiry that is restricted by federal government structures while trying to confront a deeply complex and sensitive subject with roots stretching back hundreds of years.The inquiry, which held hearings in Smithers, B.C., this week, depends on the support of a secretariat within the PCO, which is essentially the prime minister’s department and the central nervous system of the federal bureaucracy.The PCO also charges the inquiry for work it has done. The PCO wouldn’t reveal how much is has billed the inquiry to date, but the figure is expected to be at least $2 million.“The Privy Council Office’s (PCO) mandate is to provide commissions of inquiry with financial and administrative support,” said PCO spokesperson Stephan Shank. “All of the commission’s expenses, including support at PCO, will appear under the PCO’s accounts, which will be tabled in the fall.”Shank said the PCO assigned officials beginning in September 2016 to work full-time at the inquiry. Shank said additional staff are also providing support on finance, procurement and human resources to the inquiry as part of their regular work load.Under questioning, Audette said the inquiry still does not have all its computers on the same network and that its IT system is a patchwork from three different departments.The federal Indigenous Affairs department — which is being split into two entities — is currently providing the inquiry with IT support.Audette said in an interview with APTN that inquiry staff and commissioners have at times resorted to using their own phones and computers to do the work of the inquiry.It’s unclear how federal privacy and access to information laws apply to the work of the inquiry conducted on private devices.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

UN hails Europes retention of poliofree status as tremendous news

25 August 2011Europe will retain its status as a polio-free region after Member States took satisfactory steps to combat an imported outbreak of the debilitating and sometimes fatal disease last year, in what the United Nations health agency hailed as “tremendous news.” The 53-nation region, which for the purposes of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) includes ex-Soviet nations in Central Asia, with a combined population of some 900 million people, was officially certified as polio-free in 2002 after there had been no indigenous cases for more than three years.But last year the infection was imported by a traveller or travellers from northern India into Tajikistan, from where it spread to some 475 patients, killing 30 of them, in Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.At a meeting yesterday in Copenhagen, Denmark, the European Regional Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication (RCC), an independent panel of international public health experts, noted that transmission had been interrupted and no new cases had been reported since September 2010 because countries had taken effective action. Hence there was no need to re-certify all 53 Member States.“The RCC decision is tremendous news for the region and a credit to all the Member States and partners that individually, collectively and promptly combated the first and largest outbreak of poliomyelitis the Region has seen since it was declared polio-free in 2002,” WHO Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab said.“I am also very pleased that the hard work and personal commitments of the presidents, prime ministers and health ministers have produced this success, which shows the importance and value of political commitment and joint action.” The RCC concluded that countries had provided sufficient evidence addressing immunization coverage and on the sensitivity of their polio surveillance systems, including establishing sustainable transport of specimens.“The RCC’s assessment is extremely important,” WHO Assistant Director-General for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration Bruce Aylward said. “At the same time, we are seeing critical progress in India, the source of last year’s importations into the European Region, and where we have not seen a case in more than six months.“Taken together, these two developments constitute strong evidence that polio eradication can be achieved rapidly, with sufficient financing and political will.”Since the launch in 1988 of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), spearheaded by WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Rotary International and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of polio has been reduced by more than 99 per cent.At the time, more than 350 000 children were paralyzed every year in more than 125 endemic countries. So far in 2011, 325 cases have been reported worldwide. Only four countries remain endemic: Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. read more

Ohio State football eligible to win Leaders Division trophy despite postseason ban

Ohio State’s football team will be playing for a championship this year after all. Sort of. Despite NCAA sanctions that have barred the program from playing in the Big Ten Championship game and a postseason bowl, the Buckeyes are eligible to win the Leaders Division title and the trophy that comes with it. Big Ten Conference Scott Chipman confirmed that, “the team (or teams) that finish in first place in the Leaders Division will be considered the Leaders Division Champion and would receive a trophy.” Consequently, in a situation where OSU wins their division championship, the conference would officially recognize and reward the Buckeyes for such a feat. OSU, however, is still ineligible to actually play in the Big Ten Championship – even if they were to capture the Leaders Division crown. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said the development was news to him during a Wednesday press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “Yeah, I don’t even – that’s the first I’ve heard something like that,” Meyer said. While Meyer, who won his debut at OSU against Miami (Ohio), 56-10, last Saturday, said there would be little talk of the matter inside the Buckeyes’ locker room, he did say it could serve potentially as motivation for the team later. “I think somewhere at the point in November or something, yeah, I think that’ll be interesting,” the first-year coach said. OSU is scheduled to play Central Florida Saturday at noon in Ohio Stadium. read more

Scottish Government publishes draft referendum bill that could lead to breakup of

first_img“Protecting Scotland’s interests is the most important job of this Government. We must have every option available to do this and it is for that reason we are now publishing the draft referendum bill for consultation.”As in 2014, the proposed franchise for the referendum will match that for Scottish Parliament elections.”That will mean that two important groups of people would have a voice that was denied to them in the recent referendum on EU membership: 16 and 17-year-olds and citizens of EU countries who have made Scotland their home.”The paper states that the government was elected with a mandate that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there was sustained evidence that independence had become the preferred option of a majority of voters, or if there was a material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will. Nicola Sturgeon It proposes the same franchise as in 2014, which would see EU citizens living in Scotland and 16 and 17-year-olds able to vote.It also states that an order similar to that drawn up by Westminster and the Scottish Parliament that allowed the 2014 vote take place “would be sought and agreed” – confirming a new vote needs the UK Government’s co-operation.The consultation includes proposals for the rules governing the referendum campaign, the conduct of the poll and the counting of votes. The public consultation will last until January 11 next year.In the foreword to the document, Ms Sturgeon said the UK Government’s recent statements on its approach to leaving the EU had raised serious concerns for her government.She added: “We face unacceptable risks to our democratic, economic and social interests and to the right of the Scottish Parliament to have its say. David Cameron and Alex Salmond The Scottish Government has been accused of “economic vandalism” after publishing a draft independence referendum bill that could pave the way for a snap poll on breaking-up Britain before Brexit.The document, published online with a consultation paper, suggests asking voters the same question they answered in 2014 – Should Scotland be an independent country?It does not mean a new vote will happen, but Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly warned another referendum is “highly likely” following the EU vote, and insists separation must be an option open for Scotland if it cannot stay in the single market. Downing Street dismissed the need for a re-run, with a Number 10 spokesman saying: “The Prime Minister and the Government does not believe there is a mandate for one.”He added: “There was one only two years ago. There was an extremely high turnout and there was a resounding result in favour of Scotland remaining in the UK.” The spokesman also pointed out that “both sides agreed to abide by that referendum”. 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. David Cameron and Alex Salmond meeting in 2012 to sign agreement on previous referendumCredit:EPA Scotland voted by 62 per cent to 38 per cent to remain in the EU in June, with Ms Sturgeon immediately instructing Scottish government officials to start drawing up plans for a fresh vote on independence.However, opinion polls suggest there has not been a major surge in support for separation and several senior figures in the SNP have counselled the First Minister against rushing into a new poll.Meanwhile, in the next few weeks she plans to bring forward proposals that she says could allow Scotland to remain in the Union while also staying in the single market , even if the rest of the UK leaves it.Ms Sturgeon is due to meet Theresa May in London on Monday. Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, said the bill was economic vandalism, adding: “Our economy is in trouble following David Cameron’s reckless Brexit gamble, and the very last thing we need is more uncertainty for employers.“This publication confirms that the SNP’s top priority is to divide our country. My message to the First Minister is this: we are divided enough, do not divide us again.“Instead of seeking fresh divisions, the SNP should be prioritising our public services such as education and healthcare. This is a referendum that Scotland does not need or want. Nicola Sturgeon should keep the promise she made that the 2014 referendum was a once-in-a-generation vote.”The new document sets out plans for a second poll to be decided by a simple majority, as was the case in 2014 when Scotland voted 55 per cent to 45 per cent to remain in the UK. Nicola Sturgeon takes to the stage at the recent SNP conferenceCredit:Reuterslast_img read more

Boart Longyear launches TruShot™ digital downhole survey technology

first_imgWith the objective to provide mining clients with beneficial, high-quality geological data, Boart Longyear is introducing TruShot™ downhole survey technology as an addition to its growing instrumentation offerings. “TruShot technology is a new magnetic downhole survey tool optimised for field deployment in mineral exploration activities,” said Mike Ravella, Director of Boart Longyear’s Geological Data Services. “Drillers are using TruShot to capture high-quality, three-dimensional hole path data that is helping our clients to accurately target mineral resources.”Downhole instrumentation tools have been evolving since the early 1900s. Such tools are sent down boreholes in the earth to provide information to geologists searching for ore bodies. Although the plan is that boreholes follow a straight path below the surface, varying rock properties will cause a drill bit to shift and change direction as it penetrates the underground layers to retrieve core samples.TruShot technology is used to precisely determine the azimuth and dip measurement of the borehole to understand exactly where the hole is located and from where the core is retrieved. From this information, quick and accurate decisions can be made on the eventual locations of the most productive future mineral extraction activities.“Operators are finding out how easy the TruShot tools are to use,” said Ravella. “They are robust, reliable, and provide immediate access to accurate survey results.” The company recently introduced TruCore™ core orientation tools and TruScan™ core scanning technology. TruScan provides geologists with non-destructive, accurate, high-density elemental concentration data for same-day continuous analysis of drill core.TruShot is now available in the Asia Pacific region and is already being used by drilling companies in Australia with great results. The company plans to roll out the TruShot tool globally through the remainder of 2018.last_img read more

SEHA SSL Round 2 Easy wins for Zagreb Vardar and Meshkov

rk zagrebSEHA SOUTH STREAM LEAGUE ← Previous Story BUDAPEST OR LJUBLJANA? Who will be Women’s EHF CL F4 host? Next Story → Women’s EHF CL Qual: FTC or Erd, Vardar VS Fleury, Baia Mare against Holstebro Three matches of the SEHA South Stream League 2013/2014 were played on Saturday. Three favorites celebrated easy victories:C.O Zagreb – Borac Banja Luka 44:20(Horvat, Sebetic and Kaleb 6, Ivic 21 saves – Jankovic 5)Vardar – Partizan 33:26 (15:10)(Dujshebaev 6 and Brumen 6 – Radovanovic 5)Vojvodina – Meshkov Brest 24:31 (9:15)(Barisic and Marjanac 5 – Ivan Karacic 11/11)

La consommation record de poissons inquiète la FAO

first_imgLa consommation record de poissons inquiète la FAOL’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) a publié hier un inquiétant rapport quant à la consommation de poisson de la planète, qui a atteint un record en 2010. Les experts se disent préoccupés face à l’urgence d’une reconstitution des réserves halieutiques.En 2010, la place du poisson dans l’alimentation mondiale a atteint une moyenne record de près de 17 kilogrammes par habitant. Selon le rapport de la FAO, cité par Sciences et Avenir, le poisson assurait l’année dernière 15% des besoins moyens en protéines animales de plus de 3 milliards de personnes. Une augmentation qui “s’explique principalement par le développement de l’aquaculture qui est appelée à dépasser les pêches de capture comme source de nourriture”, notent les experts. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Parallèlement, l’organisation souligne “qu’aucune amélioration n’a été observée dans la situation des stocks halieutiques mondiaux”, la part de ces ressources surexploitées, épuisées ou en phase de reconstitution étant passée à 32% en 2010. La FAO se dit extrêmement préoccupée par cette situation, et appelle à une restauration “d’urgence” des stocks halieutiques. Les auteurs du rapport prônent une “intensification des efforts visant à resserrer les contrôles dans le secteur”, et notamment des mesures visant à lutter contre le commerce des poissons pêchés de façon illégale. L’organisation des Nations Unies propose par ailleurs la création d’un registre mondial des bateaux de pêche, attribuant à chacun d’entre eux, et ce à vie, un “numéro d’identification unique”. Une mesure qui permettrait de faciliter la lutte de la police maritime contre la pêche illégale.Toutefois, souligne la FAO, pêche et aquaculture font à ce jour vivre 540 millions de personnes, soit 8% de la population mondiale. “La planète n’a jamais consommé autant de poisson et le secteur assure, de façon directe et indirecte, un nombre d’emplois sans précédent”, notent les experts. Ils préconisent alors “une gestion durable des ressources aquatiques”, qui permettrait à la fois de préserver les stocks et de maintenir la contribution substantielle du secteur à la sécurité alimentaire mondiale.Le 1 février 2011 à 15:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Deaf ex-inmate files complaint against jail

first_imgA deaf former jail inmate has filed a federal complaint against Clark County alleging his rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act and the United States Code.Eric Jacob Studer, 42, is seeking $200,000 in damages, as well as injunctive relief to force the Clark County Jail to fully accommodate inmates who are deaf or hearing impaired.The complaint and demand for a jury trial was filed Dec. 2 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by Roggendorf Law of Lake Oswego, Ore., and Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala of Tacoma.The complaint alleges that the jail discriminated against Studer, who is fluent in American Sign Language, and all inmates who are deaf.Studer contends that the county knew he was deaf prior to December 2013 based on his several prior incarcerations; yet, jail staff still failed to accommodate him.Clark County Jail Chief Ric Bishop said Wednesday that he cannot comment on the specifics of the case.“However, the Clark County Jail works diligently to accommodate inmates with disabilities and recently adopted new procedures relating to the accommodations of hearing impaired inmates,” he said.last_img read more

Hudson proud of the Terriers despite defeat

first_imgHuddersfield interim boss Mark Hudson expressed his delight at his players display despite seeing them lose 3-0 to Manchester City.Hudson enjoyed his first taste of Premier League management after he was drafted in from the U23 side to manage the bottom-placed team.City breezed past the Terriers 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Super Sunday, closing the gap to league leaders Liverpool back to four points.“I asked them to take on board something in a week and show what they’re about and they did,” Hudson told Sky Sports.“We tried to cause them problems but the deflected goal put us on the back foot a little bit.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“I felt we were growing into the game at that point, the shape was good. It was a tough early part to the week but we’ve been focused for the last few days and you saw that today.“It’s been a busy week – the boss came in to say goodbye on Monday. It was tough, emotional as he created so many relationships within the club. Everyone stuck together to try and lift the mood and the players really enjoyed this week.“I’ve said thank you to them for everything they’ve given me this week. It’s something I can be proud of and we’ll see where we go.”Another barren run in front of goal means the Terriers have only managed to score 13 times this season.last_img read more

Environmental hazards remain after Joplin tornado

first_imgJOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — As residents confront a gigantic cleanup following the tornado that savaged Joplin, experts say environmental dangers could lurk amid the mountains of debris in the southwestern Missouri city and even in the water and air.Damage from tornadoes, like floods and hurricanes, often goes beyond what is readily visible. Liquid fuels and chemicals can leak from ruptured containers and contaminate groundwater. Ruined buildings may contain asbestos. Fires can generate smoke containing soot, dioxins and other pollutants. Household, industrial and medical wastes are strewn about.In the initial hours after the May 22 twister, the odor of gasoline was evident around several flattened service stations. A large fire burned for hours near the devastated St. John’s Regional Medical Center. Heavy rains caused flash flooding, possibly fouling local waterways.Yet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency teams sent to inspect the damage turned up no serious pollution issues in the first week, although the search was continuing, spokesman Chris Whitley said.“Until the systematic assessment of the tornado’s impact area is complete, it is not possible to fairly evaluate levels of risk or priorities for environmental response,” he said in an email.last_img read more

Collision on Seoul subway line injures 172

first_imgSEOUL — A collision on Seoul’s busiest subway line left 172 people injured, with passengers forced to evacuate along train tracks. There were no fatalities.An eastbound train collided with a stationary train in Sangwangsimni station in central Seoul, South Korea, officials from the subway operator and fire service said in a briefing at the station. There were no fatalities and all injuries are classified as minor following the collision, which didn’t cause a fire, the officials said.The incident comes as criticism mounts over the government’s handling of Korea’s worst maritime disaster in four decades, with newspapers pointing to a lax safety culture and unenforced regulations on the nation’s transport networks. President Park Geun Hye pledged to establish a new department under the prime minister’s office to handle disasters following the Sewol ferry sinking on April 16, which left more than 300 people dead or missing.“I don’t know what’s going on with this country,” said Lee Young Sook, in her 60s, who was forced to travel by bus to Sindang, one station before the site of Friday’s collision, because train services were disrupted. “It’s unbelievable that this has happened so soon after the sinking.”The train collision happened at about 3:32 p.m., Seoul Metro official Jeong Soo Young told reporters at the scene. The operator is still investigating and the incident may have been caused by a red stop light coming on too late, Jeong said, citing the driver of the moving train.last_img read more

2 hospitalized after motorcyclist hits pedestrian at Margate intersection

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – A motorcyclist struck a person who was crossing the street in Margate, sending both of them to the hospital.Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash at the intersection of Atlantic Boulevard and Banks Road, at around 5 p.m., Sunday.Paramedics rushed the pedestrian to Broward Health North as a trauma alert. The biker was taken to Northwest Medical Center for further evaluation.The crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Teachers finally go on fast unto death

first_imgTeachers and employees of the non-MPO educational institutes observe hunger strike in front of the National Press Club on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloFrustrated by the delay in formal announcement from the government, teachers and employees of non-government educational institutions on Monday began a fast unto death programme in front of the National Press Club.The teachers and employees of the institutions that are yet to be brought under the governments payroll, demand inclusion of all their institutes into the government’s monthly pay order (MPO).Members of the Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions started the hunger strike at 10:00am.Leaders of the platform said they will continue the fast unto death, unless their institutions are registered on the government’s MPO list.The teachers and employees have already been staging a nonstop demonstration since 10 June this year.On 23 June, they observed a token hunger strike and threatened to begin a fast unto death from 25 June if the demand is not met by 24 June.They have in the meantime submitted separate memorandums to the president, the speaker and deputy speaker placing their demands.On 21 June, amid the nonstop demonstration, the education ministry formed two committees to settle the matter of MPO for non-government educational institutes.There are 5,242 approved non-MPO institutions with around 80,000 employees. Some 1,624 institutions were included in the MPO list in 2010.No institute has been included into MPO list since 2010.last_img read more

BGB chief terms deaths in Thakurgaon firing unwanted

first_imgDirector general (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Md Shafeenul Islam. Photo: Collected.Director general (DG) of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Md Shafeenul Islam on Monday said the killings of three people in firing by the paramilitary force members at Bahrampur in Haripur upazila were ‘unwanted’, reports UNB.He came up with the remark while speaking at a press conference at Thakurgaon Circuit House in the afternoon.The BGB chief also said all, including his force members and locals, will have to remain alert to avert the recurrence of such incident in the future.The BGB has formed a high-level five-member committee, headed by its additional director general Sazzad Hossain, to look into the incident and the committee has been asked to submit its report as soon as possible, he said, adding that further actions will be taken after receiving the report.Shafeenul Islam also talked to three local UP members and six residents but refrained from visiting the place of occurrence.Senior BGB officials Khandaker Farid Hasan and Matiur Rahman, BGB Thakurgaon sector commander Shamsul Arefin, commanding officer of Thakurgaon-50 BGB Battalion Tuhin Mohammad Masud, Thakurgaon deputy commissioner AKM Quamruzzaman Selim and superintendent of police Mohammad Moniruzzaman were present at the press conference.On 12 February, three people were killed and at least 16 others injured after BGB members opened fire during a clash with villagers at Bahrampur village in Haripur upazila.last_img read more

UPDATE Matt Lauer Is Fired At NBC Accused Of Crude Misconduct

first_img9:25 a.m.Matt Lauer’s abrupt dismissal was announced in an internal memo issued Wednesday morning by NBC News head Andrew Lack disclosing a complaint from a colleague that details inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by the “Today” show anchor.Lack says the decision was reached to fire Lauer as a result of the complaint.Lack says it was the first complaint about Lauer’s behavior during more than 20 years at NBC News, but there is reason to believe the reported incident may not be the only one.Lauer’s firing comes a week after CBS News fired morning anchor Charlie Rose amid reports of sexual misconduct.___8:30 a.m.Matt Lauer’s former “Today” show colleagues were emotional on-air while dealing with the aftermath of his firing by NBC for what it termed “inappropriate sexual behavior.”Co-host Savannah Guthrie fought back tears while calling Lauer “my friend and my partner.” She added that she was “heartbroken” for her unnamed colleague who the network said reported Lauer’s behavior Monday night. Hoda Kotb, who replaced Lauer in the anchor chair for the morning, added that she loved Lauer “as a friend and as a colleague” and said it was “hard to reconcile what we are hearing with the man who we know.”Weatherman Al Roker was also visibly upset on-air, saying he was “still trying to process the news” while giving his report.___7:40 a.m.President Donald Trump is responding to the termination of “Today” show host Matt Lauer, saying executives at NBC and Comcast should be “fired for putting out so much Fake News.”On Twitter Wednesday, Trump says “Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.’ But when will the top executives at NBC & Comcast be fired for putting out so much Fake News.”Trump then cited the NBC News chairman adding: “Check out Andy Lack’s past!” It was not immediately clear what that comment referred to.NBC announced Wednesday that it had terminated Lauer for inappropriate behavior at workplace. Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday’s “Today” show.___7:25 a.m.NBC News says longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer has been fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday’s “Today” show.Guthrie read a statement from NBC News chairman Andy Lack, stating that the company has received a detailed complaint from a colleague Monday night “about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace” by Lauer. Lack’s statement said the company found that after a serious review of the complaint it represented “a clear violation” of the company’s standards, and Lauer was terminated as a result.Lack added in his statement that it was the first complaint about Lauer in more than 20 years at NBC, but “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”The move comes a week after CBS News fired morning anchor Charlie Rose amid reports of sexual misconduct. Photo via Twitter @cmanduleyNBC News announced Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, that Lauer was fired for “inappropriate sexual behavior.”THE LATEST on NBC News’ firing of longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior” (all times local):5:45 p.m.“Today” show host Matt Lauer was fired for what NBC on Wednesday called “inappropriate sexual behavior” with a colleague and was promptly confronted with a published report accusing him of crude and habitual misconduct with other women around the office.With his easygoing charm, Lauer has long been a lucrative and highly visible part of NBC News and one of the highest-paid figures in the industry, and his downfall shook the network and stunned many of the roughly 4 million viewers who start their day with him.He is easily one of the biggest names brought down in recent weeks by the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through Hollywood, the media and politics.Network news chief Andrew Lack said in a memo to the staff that NBC received a complaint about Lauer’s behavior on Monday and determined he violated company standards. NBC said the misconduct started when Lauer and a network employee were at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued beyond that assignment.Lack said it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his 20 years at NBC, but “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.”It was left to Lauer’s shaken “Today” colleagues, Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, to break the news to viewers at the top of Wednesday morning’s show.Hours after the firing, the trade publication Variety posted what it said was a two-month investigation that included dozens of interviews with current and former staffers who asked to remain anonymous.Among other things, Variety reported allegations that Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy with an explicit note about how he wanted to use it on her; that he exposed himself to another female co-worker; that he would question female producers about their sex lives; and that he would talk about which co-hosts he would like to sleep with.Messages to Lauer and his agent were not immediately returned, and NBC would not say whether he denied or admitted to any wrongdoing. He is married with three children.Lauer becomes the second morning host in a week to lose his job over sexual misconduct allegations. CBS fired Charlie Rose after several women who worked for him complained about his behavior.___1:45 p.m.Natalie Morales says was shocked when she woke up Wednesday to learn that her former “Today” show co-anchor Matt Lauer had been fired.She says the “Today” show has been her family for 16 years and learning about the allegations against Lauer is very difficult. Morales made her comments while hosting “Access Hollywood.”Morales said she has already addressed rumors that an affair between her and Lauer led to her departure from “Today.” She called them hurtful to her and her family and said they should not be the story at the moment. Instead, she said the focus should be on the unnamed woman whose accusation led to his dismissal.NBC said the misconduct started when Lauer and the employee were stationed at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and continued beyond that assignment. It has not said whether Lauer admitted or denied any wrongdoing.___1:30 p.m.Deborah Norville says she was “stunned” to hear of the firing of “Today” show host Matt Lauer for alleged sexual misconduct. And the longtime “Inside Edition” anchor says it’s upsetting to see yet another fellow journalist brought down by scandal.But Norville, herself a past “Today” host before Lauer joined the broadcast, notes that no profession is immune to sexual harassment, as recent events are demonstrating.She expresses hope that other women who’ve been harmed will see NBC’s swift action as confirmation that credible accounts of such misconduct will be heeded.___12:15 p.m.The lawyer for Matt Lauer’s accuser is praising NBC for acting “quickly and responsibly” to fire the “Today” show host for alleged sexual abuse.Ari Wilkenfeld says in a statement that representatives from NBC’s Human Resources Department met with him and his unnamed client Monday night for her account of “egregious acts of sexual harassment and misconduct” by Lauer.By Wednesday morning, NBC had investigated and removed Lauer.Wilkenfeld says he is impressed by NBC’s response, but he’s “awed” by the courage his client displayed in voicing her grievance while asking nothing more than for NBC to correct it.___11:40 a.m.Willie Geist has commended the NBC employee who stepped forward to allege “inappropriate sexual behavior” by Matt Lauer.Geist, a co-anchor at MSNBC and anchor of Sunday “Today,” says on MSNBC that bringing up the allegations to NBC managers “took some real courage.” He called Lauer “the most powerful person at NBC News.”NBC says it fired Lauer Wednesday after a review of the complaint, saying it represented “a clear violation” of the company’s standards.Geist says he didn’t know any details.He says he “loves” Matt and considers him a friend, but “I don’t want to lose sight of a person who took a pretty big leap and stepped out on a ledge to take on someone of Matt’s stature.”___10:15 a.m.Megyn Kelly says Matt Lauer is a friend, but her concern is for any woman he may have sexually abused.Opening her hour of NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday, Kelly spoke of the startling dismissal of Lauer, a fellow “Today” anchor, for allegedly harassing an NBC News colleague.Kelly replayed the pained announcement by “Today” hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb from two hours earlier. But she says what is missed is the pain on the faces of those with the courage to report their harassment. She says it’s a “terrifying thing to do.”She says it’s a sign of progress that more and more women are speaking up. Recalling her own harassment that led to her departure from Fox News Channel earlier this year, Kelly says she learned that “a news organization is bigger than any one person.”___ Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017center_img Sharelast_img read more

Final Fantasy XVs Noctis Gets Lost and Finds Himself in Tekken 7

first_img Tekken 7 is no stranger to having guest characters. Fighters like Street Fighter‘s Akuma and Fatal Fury‘s Geese Howard make sense considering both are from other fighting game franchises. The upcoming guest fighter is a bit of a headscratcher, however. Bandai Namco has announced Final Fantasy XV‘s prince Noctis Lucis Caelum will soon join Tekken 7‘s already robust roster.The announcement happened during this weekend’s Tekken World Finals. The trailer starts with Noctis receiving a phone call from Tekken‘s Lars and then talking to his FFXV companions outside of Hammerhead Garage. We then see Noctis facing off against a few of Tekken 7‘s fighters. The fights seem incredibly lopsided since Noctis uses a weapon in battle. Since this is Tekken, Noctis even squares off against the bear, Kuma. The trailer ends with Noctis and Lars fishing. Because, why not?Noctis’ addition is certainly a surprising one. This is how the crowd at the Tekken World Finals reacted to the news, via CEOGaming’s Alex Jebailey.AdChoices广告Crowd reaction to the Noctis reveal in Tekken 7. That totally came out of left field. pic.twitter.com/KxFAaUy2GG— Alex Jebailey (@CEOJebailey) November 13, 2017Despite being somewhat overpowered, Noctis looks like a nice fit for Tekken 7. I never imagined FFXV‘s goth prince in a fighting game, but after seeing the trailer, it feels natural. Based on the trailer, it seems Hammerhead Garage is Noctis’ stage. The background music heard in the trailer is FFXV‘s battle theme. It’s quite possible this is the stage’s music. Overall, this is a nice treat for both Tekken and Final Fantasy fans. It wouldn’t surprise me to see more characters from Square-Enix’s beloved franchise pop up in future Tekken games.There is no firm release date for Noctis’ Tekken 7 debut, but it’s set for Spring 2018. We’ll keep you posted once Bandai Namco locks an actual release date down. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Watch These Fighting Games at EVO 2019The Walking Dead’s Negan is a Playable Character in Tekken 7 Season 2 last_img read more

Talent against all odds

first_imgArtists who have overcome grave odds in their lives and have learnt to express their innermost selves on canvas through Art will showcase their efforts in Different Strokes, art show on display for a fortnight at Beanstalk in Galaxy Hotel on April 1. The six participating artists are – Neelesh Ganesh, Neha Verma, Parveenjit Kainth, Sheela Sharma, Varsha Mane Kharatmal, Vivek Kumar.Neelesh is autistic with high functioning disorder known as Asperger Syndrome. He is currently pursuing drawing and painting through private institutions at present and has finished diploma in fine arts from National Institute of Fine arts. Neha cannot hear or speak, but her work says it all. Her works portrays different prospective of a women life. She has done BVA from Lucknow University and currently pursuing MVA in fine arts portrait from Lucknow University. Parveenjit is suffering from polio, but this hasn’t stopped him from moving his life. He has always been interested in ar. Taken art as a profession Parveenjit is lecturer of fine arts at College for Girls, Ludhiana. His works are bright and colorful depicting the bright side of life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sheela Sharma who was born in Gorakhpur (U.P.) met with a train accident at the tender age of only four years and lost both of her arms in the mishap. Sheela proved to be an excellent student and developed the faculty of holding articles with her mouth and feet which, in normal circumstances, would have found their place between her thumb and finger. She use to make geometrical diagrams, biological drawings of frogs, birds etc besides preparing her own practical file. Varsha, 33, is a trained artist, and has held art shows across India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe’s also hearing impaired. Varsha’s happy, beaming smile bespeaks her bubbling enthusiasm and exuberance for life. But that isn’t all that makes Varsha special. A painter of extraordinary sensitivity and skill, Varsha was born deaf. Her art speaks for her, expressing all that she cannot say in words. Vivek has done MFA in Sculpture from Banaras Hindu University. He cannot speak and hear. He has received many awards in the field of Art. He has also been awarded by National Scholarship from Government of India, Ministry Of Cultural.last_img read more

Judicial Investigation Police director to retire next month

first_imgNo related posts. Jorge Rojas announced Monday he would step down as director of the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) on July 1. The announcement was made during a meeting with Supreme Court judges.Rojas has worked at the OIJ for 38 years, after beginning his career as an OIJ agent in 1974. As an investigator, he worked in the Robbery Division and Traffic Section and was head of Criminal Investigation Department. He also served as director of the OIJ branch in the province of Alajuela.In 1997, Rojas was appointed vice-director of the OIJ, and later became director in November 2001. During Monday’s court session, judges thanked Rojas for “all the work that has allowed judicial police to accomplish great things.”Rojas said he “hopes his replacement will not be named as a result of political decisions,” and that the person should remain free of influence by drug traffickers. Facebook Commentslast_img read more