Sania thanks fans for their support after US Open win

first_imgTop-seeded Sania Mirza and Bruno Soares.Newly crowned US Open mixed doubles champion Sania Mirza thanked her fans and supporters after winning her third Grand Slam title.Sania, with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares, defeated American-Mexican pairing of Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez 6-1, 2-6, 11-9 to win the title in New York on Friday.”Champions of US open with @BrunoSoares82 thank u all sooo sooo much for the support and love. US open champions with @brunosoares82,” tweeted Sania, attaching a photograph of the top seeds lifting and kissing the trophy at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.Her tweets got multiple ‘favourites’, ‘retweets’ and ‘replies’.The Indian tennis star had also won the 2009 Australian Open and 2012 French Open mixed doubles titles with Mahesh Bhupathi.last_img read more

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Bengal poll effect? TMC tears into Cong on Agusta case in Rajya Sabha

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress swung a surprise in Rajya Sabha on Monday when its MPs Derek O’ Brien and Sukhendu Shekhar Ray led the charge against Congress on the Agusta Westland Issue instead of the usual suspects – BJP or Subaramanium Swamy. While the party had been silent in the first, TMC went into hyperdrive on Monday demanding an immediate response from the treasury benches.Though the treasury benches were silent, their delight at the discomfiture of the Congress was clearly visible.Sukhendu Shekhar Ray demanded instant response from Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to all the allegations being levelled. The animosity between the Congress and the Trinamool was quite evident in Ray’s discussion. He had also been given a notice in the House about a discussion. Despite that he continued his verbal assault, prompting the Rajya Sabha chairman to ask him to leave the House under rule 255.This breaking of ranks with the opposition by TMC had the treasury benches smiling even though they were also under the fire from Mamata’s party. But the real target was the Congress. Interestingly, while the Congress was keen to raise the issue of the Gujarat State Petrochemical Corporation, the TMC was not on board.According to senior Congress leaders, the heat and dust of West Bengal elections is finding its way into the Rajya Sabha. Rahul Gandhi praising the Left apart, sharing the stage with former Chief Minister Budhadeb Bhattacharya and Congress fielding fiery neta Deepa Dasmunshi against Mamata Banerjee has not gone down too well with the TMC.advertisementThe Congress feels that post Sharada and Narada scams, there has been some sort of match fixing between the BJP and Trinamool Congress.Congress had been proud of cobbling up a unified opposition in the Upper House. With the numbers it had successfully managed to veto important legislations of the BJP. But now, with this latest assault by TMC, the opposition unity looks under serious threat.Also read:Italian court rules out scam in Agusta deal Working on legalising defence agents, middlemen: Parrikarlast_img read more

Can Virat Kohli’s India emulate Don Bradman’s Australia?

first_imgVirat Kohli and his Indian team came back strongly in the third Test after going 0-2 down in the five-match Test series against England at Trent Bridge.After thumping England by 203 runs in Nottingham, India will now hope to do something that has not been done in the last 82 years in cricket. That is — come back and win the next two Test matches at The Rose Bowl and the final Test at The Oval to overturn a 2-0 deficit and win the five-match series 3-2. No team since Australia in 1936-37 has come back from a 0-2 deficit to win a Test series.The only time this happened was in 1936-37, when Don Bradman’s Australia overturned a 2-0 deficit against England in the Ashes and won the five-match series 3-2.But, coach Ravi Shastri doesn’t want to pay heed to such talks.”1936-37? I wasn’t even born, man! Why are you reminding me of 36-37?,” said Shastri in Nottingham on Wednesday after India’s emphatic win opened up the possibility of another remarkable comeback.Also read – Trent Bridge Test victory could not have come at a better time: Virat Kohli”One match at a time, we live in the present, okay? One game at a time. We move to Southampton and start afresh. Take a fresh guard. 2018. India thrashed England by 203 runs in the third Test at Edgbaston (Reuters Photo)However, despite Shastri’s words, the possibility will bring up the question time and again. Also the fact that India’s captain marvel Kohli is playing as well as Australia’s captain Bradman did back in 1936, it cannot be ruled out.advertisementAfter going 0-2 down, Bradman came back with a captain’s knock and smashed 270 at Melbourne to set up a massive 365-run win for Australia and gave the Australians hope of a comeback.Also read – Kohli’s hard work is paying off, he’s doing wonders in England: HarbhajanIn the next two matches, Australia beat England by 148 runs at Adelaide and then went onto complete their remarkable comeback at Melbourne, where Bradman’s Australia smashed England by an innings and 200 runs to clinch the series.Bradman starred with the bat with a 212 at Adelaide and 169 in Melbourne, thus, setting the foundations for a sensational series victory.Fast forward to 2018, Kohli has been sensational with the bat. His 200 runs in the third Test is the second time he has scored a double century of runs in a match in the series, following his fighting effort at Edgbaston in the first Test. As most of the Indian batsmen struggled, the captain has shown how it is done with the bat.Also read – Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat KohliVirat Kohli, in the course of three Tests in England this year, has buried the ghost of 2014 when he scored only 134 runs from five Tests. Four years ago, he was all at sea against the English attack and failed miserably.This year, Kohli is king. He has led India from the front and has been steadfast in his determination to make India a good travelling side. While his other batting colleagues struggled around him, he stood strong at Edgbaston before leading from the front once again at Trent Bridge.Also read – Kohli’s India can be the best travelling side in the world: Ravi ShastriShastri is mighty impressed with Kohli’s work ethics.”His work ethic is second to none. I haven’t seen any cricketer — I’ll put Tendulkar in that bracket — when it comes to preparation, in the way he visualises situations, the way he goes about planning what he plans to do,” Shastri said.”I promise you, Virat will forget these two innings now and take guard again as if he hadn’t scored a run in the series.”Also read – Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul scripts India’s 7th Test victory in EnglandIf the rest of the batting line-up support Kohli like they did at Trent Bridge and India’s pacers continue to scare England’s batsmen, there is every chance India can create history and emulate Bradman’s Australia. England are on the backfoot and they will be worried about their batting.Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings have been poor at the top while Joe Root has not done much after his first innings half-century in the first Test. Jonny Bairstow is injured and there is no way of knowing yet if he will play in the fourth Test. Jos Buttler scored a gritty hundred but the lack of runs from the top order will give the England management a few sleepless nights. On the other hand, India are looking solid. Their batsmen are back in form and the pacers are looking fierce.Watch – India will win series vs England: Sunil GavaskaradvertisementCAN KOHLI GO PAST DRAVID AND GAVASKAR? Virat Kohli has scored 440 runs from six innings so far in the Test series (Reuters Photo)Also read – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainWith scores of 97 and 103 at Trent Bridge, Kohli has taken his series tally to 440. He has scored two hundreds and now sits at the top of the ICC Test rankings for batsmen.Kohli, who will be pivotal to India’s chances of overturning the 2-1 deficit, can also break the great Sunil Gavaskar’s record for most runs in a series. Gavaskar had smashed 774 runs from four matches against West Indies in 1970-71 and Kohli needs 335 more runs to go past Gavaskar’s tally.Also read – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesNot only that, Kohli, who has scored more Test runs (726) than anyone in 2018 and needs six more runs to top 6,000 in Tests. If he manages to do so in the first innings, he will reach the landmark in his 119th innings — one less than Sachin Tendulkar, who took 120.He could also go on to overhaul Rahul Dravid’s tally of 602 runs, the most by an Indian in a series in England.Also read – Virat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victimsBut, the man, whose captaincy has come under some criticism, looks to be unmoved by anything right now. He believes that India can do the unthinkable.”We definitely believe we can if we play cricket like this,” said Kohli after his team’s win at Nottingham.last_img read more

Swapna Barman’s mother victim of chain snatching incident in Jalpaiguri

first_imgAsian Games gold medallist Swapna Barman’s mother was attacked by chain snatchers as she was riding pillion on a two-wheeler in Jalpaiguri district, the police said on Sunday.According to the police, the incident occurred Saturday evening at Noapara locality in Sadar block of Jalpaiguri district, when she was going to visit an ailing relative.Two men came on a motorbike from behind and one of them snatched the chain when her two-wheeler was slowing down at the side of the road.The gold chain was gifted to her mother Basana Barman by Swapna Barman seven months ago.After Basana Barman lodged a complaint, Jalpaiguri Superintendent of Police Amitabha Maiti visited her house, though no one has been arrested yet. People questioned my abilities before Asian Games 2018: SwapnaSwapna became the first Indian to win a Heptathlon gold at the Asian Games and now her story of struggle and perseverance is known around the world.Swapna on Friday had urged the West Bengal government to help her get a house in Kolkata near her training base. This after the lane leading up to her house got a makeover.Swapna seeks government help to get a house near training baseBarman, who became the first Indian athlete to clinch heptathlon gold at Asian Games in Indonesia, has been promised Rs 10 lakh and a government job from the state government.The prize money had come in for a lot of criticism with Haryana offering Rs 3 crore to each of their gold medalists while neighbouring Odisha also announced Rs 3 crore for sprinter Dutee Chand, who won two silver medals.advertisementSwapna’s Asian Games 2018 gold treads a new path for homecomingHowever, Barman refused to comment on the reward announced by the government.”I have no comments. I have heard that the government has promised jobs to me and my brother. I have got a lot of offers and I am yet to decide,” Barman told reporters on the sidelines of her felicitation function at the SAI complex.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Eat This: Zingerman’s Bacon of the Month Club

first_imgIf The Manual post on Theresa Gilliam and E. Jane Armstrong ‘s book Bacon 24/7 is any indication, you guys love your bacon, and who wouldn’t? It’s crispy, greasy, and so delicious. Now if you want to mix it up a little, there’s a subscription service that’s just for you. Zingerman’s has a Bacon of the Month Club and for just $400, you get a different variety of bacon shipped to your door. Here’s what you’ll get:Month 1: Nueske’s Applewood SmokedMonth 2: Arkansas PepperedMonth 3: Hickory Smoked DurocMonth 4: Jowl and SteakMonth 5: Broadbent Kentucky BaconMonth 6: Cherry SmokedMonth 7: Spencer’s Irish StyleMonth 8: Long PepperMonth 9: Hungarian Double SmokedMonth 10: Newsom’s Dry CuredMonth 11: Benton’s Dry CuredMonth 12: Juniper SmokedWho wouldn’t love a bacon tour around the world. Savor each flavor and enjoy it with eggs for breakfast, for a light night snack, or even infuse some bourbon with it! Better yet, go for a bloody mary with a slab of bacon in it to flavor it up. Buy it for a present for your father or one of your friends, or if you really love bacon, treat yourself to something nice! If you’re wondering just how amazing the Bacon of the Month Club is, all your favorite celebrity chefs have nothing but glowing things to say about it. Featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate!. Mario Batali said it was “amazing artisan bacon,” while Bobby Flay called it a “fantastic gift!” How cold you go wrong with that?For more information, visit zingermans.com. 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas Talking American Brandy with Washington’s Mastrogiannis Distillery The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

We Made Some High Quality Whiskey Gifs, Because The Internet Didn’t Have Enough

first_img How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Whiskey is awesome, so we made some high-quality gifs of it. We seriously had no other reason for doing this. It just seemed like something that needed to be done.“Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whisky, and a dog to eat the rare steak.” — Johnny Carson“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.” — W.C. Fields“There is no such thing as a bad whisky. Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.” — William Faulkner“Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough.” — Mark Twain The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Whiskey vs Whisky: Is There Really a Difference? last_img read more

$25.7 Million Set Aside for Climate Change Adaptation Project

first_imgThe Government of Jamaica is to spend some $25.7 million to conclude work on the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction project this fiscal year.The sum, which is contained in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, will go towards conducting project evaluation; convening project steering committee meetings; and to complete and close the project.Being implemented by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) through funding from the European Union (EU), the Government of Jamaica and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the objective of the programme is to increase resilience and reduce risks associated with natural hazards, thereby contributing to sustainable development in Jamaica.This will be done by rehabilitating and improving the management of selected watersheds to reduce downstream run-off and associated pollution and health risks; restoring and protecting the coastal ecosystem to enhance natural buffers and increasing resilience; integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation into relevant national policies and plans; enhancing institutional capacity; and facilitating awareness building among Jamaica’s population to better adapt to climate change.Achievements as at February 2013 include the procurement of equipment and signing of Project Cooperation Agreement between the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and UNEP, while the executing agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU); budgets and detailed work plans were developed; and projects steering committee meetings were convened.The project, which started in April 2010, is scheduled to be completed by December 2013.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

KMC set to prepare Gwalior Ghat for tarpan immersion by Sept 10

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has set September 10 as the deadline to make Gwalior Ghat ready for tarpan on the days of Mahalaya and immersion of Durga idols.While inspecting the ghat beside river Ganga on Saturday, the civic body found that the Defence authorities had demolished a portion of the construction work which was undertaken by Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) for beautifying the ghat, creating uncertainty regarding immersions. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMember, Mayor in-Council (Parks & Gardens) Debashis Kumar, who also looks after the maintenance of the ghats, held an emergency meeting with all stakeholders to clear the logjam that may have been caused because of such an untoward situation. “The meeting has been fruitful. We will take all measures to ensure that the ghat is ready for tarpan followed by immersions, before September 10. A committee has also been formed with all stakeholders to implement long-term plan of beautifying the ghat,” Kumar said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe meeting was attended by senior officials of KoPT, Defence, Railways and experts in structural engineering. The Gwalior Ghat, popularly known as Judges Ghat, witnesses the highest number of Durga idol immersions in the city and lakhs of people assemble there for Mahalaya’s tarpan ritual. The committee for the long-term measures related to beautification of the ghat will have special Municipal Commissioner, KMC, Tapas Chowdhury as chairman, Director General of Civil, Parks & Gardens and Drainage department of the civic body and one representative from all other concerned agencies. KMC has also proposed a straight pathway for smoother immersion that should be explored by the committee. At present, the organisers have to follow a somewhat circuitous path to reach Gwalior Ghat for immersion. According to sources, the private agency that was deployed by KoPT for the beautification, had started work without the nod of KMC or the Defence authorities. The KoPT had claimed that they were informed by the agency that permission for the work had been taken before its commencement.last_img read more

100 days of govt just a trailer full movie yet to come

first_imgRanchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the 100 days of his government’s work was just a trailer and the entire film is yet to come. “The 100 days work of the government is just a trailer and the movie is yet to come. Those who were thinking that they are above the law are seeking bail now. I am working on what I had promised. I had promised a Kamdaar (working) and Damdaar (effective) government,” said Modi while launching three national level schemes here on Thursday. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He said “In 100 days, Muslim women have been given their right and triple talaq law has been implemented. The anti terror law has been made more stringent, the work for development of Jammu and Kashmir has been initiated. Those who were plundering people have been sent to the right place (Jail). And what we had promised to farmers is being delivered”. Modi on Thursday launched a pension scheme for farmers, small traders and 462 Eklavya Model residential schools for tribal students. He inaugurated the riverine multi-modal terminal in Sahebganj district and the new assembly building at Ranchi. He also laid the foundation stone of the new secretariat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi termed the recently concluded Monsoon session of Parliament as historic for which he thanked the Members of Parliament (MPs) and political parties. He said that important bills were passed during the session. “Jharkhand has become the launching pad for national level schemes. In September last year, the world’s biggest health scheme Ayushman Bharat was launched from the same Prabhat Tara ground. Today three national level schemes have been launched. This will give a new identity to Jharkhand”, said Modi. “The Sahebganj multi-modal terminal will give new opportunities to Jharkhand. It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from the local mines in Rajmahal area to various thermal power plants. This is part of the Haldia-Varanasi waterway project. It will also provide a market for the products of Jharkhand in other parts of the country”. “Our government’s mission is to make the life of people including tribals easier. We have launched schemes like Ayushman Bharat, PM Jeevan Jyoti Yojna, Jan Dhan account which could not have been thought of five years ago.” He also appealed to the people of Jharkhand to actively participate in ending the menace of single-use plastic. “Collect single-use plastic at one place and make the country free from this menace on the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi,” said Modi. Jharkhand assembly elections will be held by the end of the year.last_img read more

No armchair quarterbacks Lethbridge police chief wants context of racist video

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, – A southern Alberta police chief is urging people not to leap to conclusions about how officers handled a racist confrontation at a local Denny’s last month.“It’s very easy to armchair quarterback three weeks later when we have the videos out there and people wading in,” Lethbridge police Chief Rob Davis said Thursday. “But based on what we have, I’m confident that our officers acted appropriately.”Monir Omerzai and three friends were at the restaurant in April waiting for their food when a woman in the next booth got into a heated exchange with them. Omerzai, who came to Canada from Afghanistan 13 years ago, filmed the woman yelling the group to go back to their country.He posted the video on Facebook on Tuesday and it has since been viewed more than a million times.Davis said police got a call around 12:50 a.m. about a fight at the restaurant, a common occurrence for a Saturday night. He said management wanted both groups to leave and officers were there to keep the peace.Omerzai’s group was out by 1 a.m. and the woman, identified as Kelly Pocha of Cranbrook, B.C., left five minutes later with her husband.“The context is incredibly important when you look at the small time frame, the information we had and the ultimate goal being to take care of the disturbance so they could have a peaceful operation in the restaurant.”Davis said police need to fully investigate before knowing if charges will be laid or what they might be. Two of the four men in Omerzai’s group have been interviewed, but police have not yet reached out to Pocha, he said.“Social media in itself is not evidence. It’s commentary, it’s opinion, but it is not evidence,” Davis said. “We are in the facts and evidence business and we can never … bring in rumour and speculation and (give) it the weight of evidence.”The founder of a campaign which encourages people to confront bigotry head-on said videos like the one Omerzai posted make it harder to deny how big an issue racism remains in Canada.“It puts it in people’s face a little bit more, which is an important thing,” Jesse Lipscombe, an actor and producer, said Thursday.Lipscombe started the #makeitawkward campaign in 2016 after a man in a car hurled a racial slur at him while he was filming a public service announcement in downtown Edmonton. Lipscombe posted a video to social media of him confronting the people in the car and urged others not to be bystanders when they witness discrimination.He said he was disappointed and frustrated — but not surprised —when he saw the video of the Denny’s fight.“I’m trying really hard to not be desensitized to seeing these things on a daily basis,” Lipscombe said.Video of such interactions helps counter those who deny that racism is alive and well in Canada, he said. But Lipscombe noted that even with video of what happened at Denny’s, some have questioned whether Omerzai and his friends did something to trigger the verbal attack.Alfred Hermida, director of the University of British Columbia’s journalism school, said the social media landscape is driven by emotions rather than nuanced thought about complicated topics.The most powerful emotions tend to be anger and disgust. Both are prevalent among the thousands of comments on the Denny’s video.“We’ve never had this ability to broadcast to the world in an instant and to rush to judgment in an instant,” said Hermida, author of “Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why it Matters.”Pocha has been publicly shamed and lost her job at a car dealership, but Hermida questioned whether the broader context is being lost.“What does this tell us about Canadian society? Are there larger issues at play here? And are there small, subtle acts of racism or sexism that happen every day that we don’t tackle because we focus on this one incident and blame it on one person?”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Data reveal First Nations in BC three times more likely to fatally

first_imgVANCOUVER – First Nations in British Columbia are three time more likely to die of illicit drug overdoses but data released Thursday are a year old and don’t cover the period when deaths increased substantially provincewide.Preliminary findings reveal 60 First Nations people fatally overdosed between January 2015 to July 2016 though the death toll is believed to be higher because the numbers exclude people who did not register as status Indians or those who are Inuit and Metis.Dr. Shannon McDonald, deputy chief medical officer of the First Nations Health Authority, said First Nations make up 3.4 per cent of B.C.’s population but 10 per cent of the province’s overdose deaths.“We recognize the root cause of where we are today, and that root cause rests in colonization, displacement, connection that has been broken,” McDonald told a news conference. “That disconnection from culture, family and community is extremely important.”First Nations people were also five times more likely than their non-First Nations counterparts to overdose during that time period, McDonald said.She said the limited information, which has been compiled since June 2016, will help identify emerging trends to support communities, including those in rural and remote areas that lack reliable 911 access and basic health services.“We’ve had some challenges in getting First Nations-specific data,” she said, adding information that’s forwarded to the health authority from various sources including the BC Coroners Service is taken back to communities affected by the crisis before it’s released publicly.“We’re the only ones in Canada who have something called the First Nations Client File,” she said about a combination of health data from various sources including Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and vital statistics from the province.McDonald said information-sharing agreements that include the provincial coroner have allowed the data to be made publicly available and work is underway to provide it sooner through an increase in resources.She said the health authority has trained people to use the overdose-reversing drug naloxone in over 110 First Nations communities and about 70 health centres are registered to provide kits and training to members.Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said about 1,700 people have died of overdoses provincewide since the beginning of 2016 and that the BC Coroners Service is working to increase resources to meet demands in First Nations communities and elsewhere.“We’ve been slammed, frankly, by the number of deaths,” Lapointe said. The province declared a public health emergency in April last year when the death toll started to climb.McDonald said about 71 per cent of all fatal opioid overdoses have involved men but the crisis has affected First Nations men and women almost equally, with deaths among 52 per cent of men and 48 per cent of women.She doesn’t know why there’s a gender difference among First Nations but said the women experience more trauma.“We know that there are unspeakable experiences that young girls, young women, are having, that in poverty and with trauma they end up in lifestyles that put them at significant risk,” she said.“We’re talking about a pain problem, and people are taking care of the pain in the way that they think is best at the time.”Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy said First Nations’ perspectives must be central to the government’s response to the overdose crisis.“That means incorporating First Nations perspectives on health and wellness and healing. That begins with families, that begins with individuals, that begins with community,” she said.Darcy, who was appointed to the new ministry when the NDP was sworn in last month, said she has been to various parts of the Vancouver area to learn about the opioid overdose crisis from people who are directly affected and that she hopes to also visit First Nations communities.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Zachary Levi Signs Headsets For Charity Auction

first_imgBid on a set of the new Turtle Beach Marvel headsets with “Fandrel” plates signed by Zachary Levi!The new Marvel SEVEN blends quality, comfort, control and versatility and features premium finishes. It can be used for gaming as well as watching movies, listening to music, chat and voice calls.Proceeds will benefit Operation Smile.These headsets come with a set of custom “Fandral” speaker plates autographed by Zachary Levi, star of THOR: THE DARK WORLD and will NEVER be available for purchase. There are ONLY 4 sets in existence, so be sure to bid on this exclusive offer! Letter of Authenticity included.Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity that heals children’s smiles, forever changing their lives. As an international charity for children, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on all of the faces we help. Every child — no matter where they are born — has the right to smile. The right to receive proper medical care. The right to a better and healthier future. Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children’s smiles and transform lives across the globe.The auction ends on November 18 and can be accessed via eBay.last_img read more

Cree elder weird phenomena are a global warning

first_imgAPTN National NewsWill the world end on December 21st, 2012?It’s a common question, sparked by the calendars of the Maya people. At the height of their civilization, they created great calendars that plotted out the days and years centuries in advance… but then stopped, at a date that corresponds to December 21st, 2012 on the Gregorian calendar.Many explain the mystery by saying that the Maya knew the world would end on that date.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler takes a look at recent omen-like phenomena, and speaks with a Cree elder on what could happen this December.last_img

Developmentally challenged boy thrown into Winnipeg dumpster

first_imgAPTN National NewsA father says his son with special needs is traumatized after being thrown into a dumpster bin.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

Guns clothing and a historical lock of hair in St Boniface museum

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG — A 19th-century lock of hair from one of Canada’s most controversial figures, which sits next to a pistol, is undoubtedly the most startling artifact in the St. Boniface Museum in Winnipeg.The hair was taken from Louis Riel’s beard, shortly after he was convicted of treason and hanged, and now has a place of prominence in a museum that takes visitors back in time to the days of fur traders, missionaries and the development of the Prairies.“After he was executed, there was what was called a coroner’s jury, which was a group of people who met with the coroner to confirm that it was Louis Riel, he was dead, and that he died in a humane way,” Aidan Prenovault, one of the museum’s interpreters, explains.“When all that was confirmed and the coroner signed off declaring his death, (jurors) would take souvenirs from his body _ locks of his hair, they cut off his suspenders, they took the moccasins from his feet … so they could say, ‘Yeah, I was involved in executing Louis Riel.”’The pistol that sits next to the lock of hair is said to have been purchased by Riel in Montana in 1883. Moccasins, a trunk and other goods that belonged to Riel are also on display. He is buried in a cemetery a two-minute walk away.The museum, across the Red River from downtown Winnipeg, celebrates French-Canadian and Metis contributions to the development of the West, starting at a time when there was little relief from the harsh Prairie weather.The building itself was built in the 1840s for a group of Grey Nuns who were brought in to the burgeoning Red River Colony to help with religious guidance, education and health care. The oak log structure is the oldest remaining building in what is now Winnipeg and served as a convent, school, asylum and the first hospital in Western Canada.The nuns moved in about three years before the building was finished, and had little protection against the bone-chilling winters.“Only one of the walls was up, and they were using bison hides for the rest of the walls until the building was completed,” Prenovault says.The museum has an altar, statues and other religious items from that time, all contained in a chapel.Other displays focus on specific eras of the West.One section of the museum shows a model of a canoe and explains the life of fur traders who battled raging rivers and extreme weather as the Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company wrestled for economic supremacy in the West.The section that includes the story of Riel celebrates the Red River Rebellion, which led to a provisional government in 1869 and the entry of Manitoba into Confederation the following year. The section explains Riel’s efforts to set up a government that would respect the rights of French- and English-speaking inhabitants, and the fighting that occurred before and after.After Confederation, life became more settled. St. Boniface was incorporated as a town in 1883, then a city 25 years later (it would eventually be absorbed into Winnipeg). The museum shows the growing urbanization of the area.One display shows two rooms of a typical home in the 1920s, as the inhabitants enjoy semi-modern conveniences. Gabrielle Roy, the francophone author of “The Tin Flute” who gained fame after moving to Quebec, was born, raised and taught school in St. Boniface. A quilt made by her mother is on display at the museum.Winnipeg would lose ground to faster-growing western cities as the 20th century progressed and trade routes that didn’t involve the Red or Assiniboine rivers developed. The museum, Prenovault says, takes visitors back to an era when the area was ground zero for commerce, religion and education beyond Ontario.“Winnipeg _ the Red River settlement _ was a hub.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNICEF partners with the Government of Malawi to test first humanitarian drone

“Malawi has over the past years faced serious droughts and flooding,” stated Malawi’s Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappie Mhango. “The launch of the UAS testing corridor is particularly important to support transportation and data collection where land transport infrastructure is either not feasible or difficult during emergencies.” The corridor will be the first one in Africa, and the first one to be used globally for humanitarian and development purposes, the agency reports. It will become fully operational by April 2017, while its distance is expected to be no longer than 40 kilometres. The Humanitarian UAS Testing Corridor will undergo testing in three areas: imagery – generating and analyzing aerial images for development and during humanitarian crises, including for situation monitoring in floods and earthquakes, connectivity – exploring the possibility for UAS to extend Wi-Fi or cellphone signals across difficult terrain, particularly in emergency settings, and transport – delivery of small low weight supplies such as emergency medical supplies, vaccines and samples for laboratory diagnosis, including for HIV testing. “The establishment of the testing corridor means there is now a place where we can explore the potential of UAS in the development and humanitarian space,” said Cynthia McCaffrey, Director of UNICEF’s Office of Innovation, highlighting that the programme help the agency adapt to rapid developments in UAS technology and potentially integrate UAS into our work for children. UNICEF is working with governments and private sector partners on incorporating the system in low income countries. Current focus is on open source and user-centred design. The agency has already had a pilot test run in March 2016, using UAS for the transportation of dried blood samples for early infant diagnosis of HIV. According to UNICEF, the system proved to be efficient and valuable. In the following months, the Malawi Government and UNICEF will finalize the details and identify potential UAS operators that can function in the case of disasters in the region and put in place stand-by agreements to ensure a rapid emergency response. read more

Activist tells of legal woes at Thinking About Animals

Lisa Warden speaks at Pond Inlet.Lisa Warden has turned into a problem that won’t go away for municipal officials in the Indian city of Ahmedabad.Warden, a Canadian animal activist, was horrified when she saw street dogs there being caught with metal tongs and dumped at a landfill on the outskirts of the city. It led her on a charge that has gained her media attention, award nominations and a $2-million defamation suit slapped on her by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.Warden discussed her experiences at Thinking About Animals, a conference held at Pond Inlet on March 31 and April 1. About 300 academics and activists have gathered to discuss subjects such as veganism, factory farming and animals in literature.John SorensonWarden moved to Ahmedabad in 2009 and discovered the city is home to about 230,000 street dogs. Street dogs are often vaccinated and neutered, but are also routinely rounded up with tongs so brutal about 20 per cent of dogs subjected to them have to be euthanized, she told the audience Thursday.Warden met with municipal officials and proposed a five-year population control plan, which seemed like it would move forward, she said. Then she heard that tongs were still being used. Ahmedabad is bidding for a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve designation. Warden said she threatened to go to UNESCO with news about the treatment of street dogs, and in a media event, the municipality agreed not to use tongs anymore and voluntarily handed them over.The result has been a wave of legal action against Warden. The city says she stole the tongs and misled the public, leading to charges that include theft and extortion. It has even blamed her for dog bites.Warden was just one of dozens of presenters at the conference. Today’s presentations include Animal Celebrity and Animal Life: Lessons from the Circus Elephant in History, Canadian Food Policies and Pet Food. (full schedule of events)John Sorenson, Brock professor of Sociology and critical animal studies expert, is pleased with the conference so far.“The mood is upbeat,” he said. “Everyone is encouraged by the sense of community and the growing interest in critical animal studies.” read more

Emmywinning TV producer offers students simple advice collaborate

Legendary television producer Ralph Mellanby spoke about his career to a Sport and Media class (Dept. Communications, Popular Culture and Film).His stories were plentiful.But as legendary television producer Ralph Mellanby regaled a second-year Media and Sport class with tales about producing that cornerstone of Canadian TV, Hockey Night in Canada, hiring Don Cherry to keep viewers interested between game periods, getting set lighting advice from film icon Norman Jewison, his advice to students was singular.Collaborate.“We’re in the business of interpersonal skills and collaboration,” said Mellanby, who visited the class Thursday. “The other guy is the guy who teaches you. The other gal is the gal who teaches you what you don’t know. You come out of college and think you know it all. You don’t.”Josh Reid, a third-year sport managment student, snaps a picture of Ralph Mellanby’s Emmy after the producer spoke to Reid’s class Thursday.Mellanby credits teamwork – and several lucky breaks – for his 55 years in television production, starting as a prop boy at a local TV station in Windsor. Among his long list of achievements, Mellanby rose the ranks of executive producer for the Canadian broadcast of 15 Olympic games. He won five Emmy awards for his work.Many people helped him along in his career, he said.“That person sitting next to you is as big as any producer walking in. You need to work together, not stab each other in the back,” Mellanby said. “When you see great shows… that’s not a big producer. That’s the cameraman… the whole crew.”As quick as he is to credit others with his success, Mellanby was lightening fast in his quips about hiring one of the loudest and most controversial personalities in Canada’s broadcast history.“Don’t blame me,” he said when students learned he hired Don Cherry to fill Hockey Night in Canada intermissions with Coach’s Corner.“He’s been on 33 years. I thought he wouldn’t be on 33 minutes,” Mellanby said.Mellanby said Cherry’s brash ways got him banned from CBC buildings and his colleagues threatened to quit if the outspoken Cherry wasn’t spiked first. But Mellanby fought to keep him on air. Viewers, love him or hate him, never missed him and sponsors lapped up his ability to keep people glued to the tube, he said.“I never muzzled him. I checked him a lot,” he said. “He wouldn’t do with me the things he does now.”Mellanby also told students they are entering an industry with great opportunity, noting he’s currently working on an online-only show, a medium that didn’t exist for much of his career.“If you really want a career in TV, radio or journalism… you’ll get it,” he said. “You’ve got to love the business.” read more

Series of events will explore mindfulness interventions for autism intellectual disabilities

Brock University will welcome a world-renowned behaviour analyst next month to discuss the benefits of mindfulness techniques for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and their caregivers.Nirbhay Singh, an acclaimed expert on mindfulness-based practices, will present during a series of events April 25 and 26.Maurice Feldman, Chair of Brock’s Department of Applied Disability Studies, credits Singh with bringing mindfulness into the field of ASD and ID.“Until his work, we hadn’t really considered eastern approaches to supporting people with ID or mental illness,” says Feldman.Brock University will welcome renowned behaviour analyst and mindfulness expert Nirbhay Singh for a series of events April 25 and 26.During his time in Niagara, Singh will deliver two free presentations on Brock’s main campus as well as a workshop in the community that is geared toward professionals in related fields.An afternoon colloquium on Thursday, April 25 will focus on recent research that, Singh says, hints at exciting new developments for children’s mental health. While the free event is primarily geared toward Brock students and faculty, all are welcome to attend.The colloquium will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in WH209.Singh’s research “demonstrates the effectiveness of mindfulness and combining mindfulness with positive behaviour support approaches, which is what we do in applied behaviour analysis,” Feldman says.“He’s evaluating an integration of positive behaviour support with mindfulness techniques and shows the combination works better than either approach alone.”Also on April 25, this time from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in TH242, community members are invited to a free educational presentation geared toward caregivers, front-line workers, families and parents of individuals with ASD or ID.“Dr. Singh has conducted research that shows mindfulness practices can benefit both individuals with intellectual disabilities, ASD and their caregivers,” says Feldman.The evening presentation will begin with remarks by Edmonton-Wetaskiwin MP Mike Lake, whose son has autism.Singh’s visit will wrap-up with a full-day workshop at the Holiday Inn in St. Catharines on Friday, April 26. The workshop is designed “to train practitioners in mindfulness strategies for use with children, youth and adults and with their caregivers,” says Feldman.He notes that Singh has made “major contributions, in addition to his more recent work on mindfulness.”A clinical professor of psychiatry and health behaviour at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, Singh is the editor of three international Journals (Mindfulness, Journal of Child and Family Studies, and Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders) and a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He is the developer of Mindfulness-Based Positive Behaviour Support as well as multiple informal mindfulness practices for the self-management of challenging behaviours, including aggression, disruptive and destructive behaviour. In addition to mindfulness-based interventions, his research interests include assistive technology for people with severe or profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, and others with neurogenerative diseases.Singh’s presentations are sponsored by the Department of Applied Disability Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Brock University.Behaviour analysts who attend the events can apply for continuing education credits.Mindfulness event detailsThursday, April 25Kicking Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs Up a Notch: Can We Produce Multi-generational Effects from Positive Interventions?Held from 3 to 4 p.m. in WH209 at Brock University.The event is free. All are welcome to attend.Helping Caregivers to Use Mindfulness-Based Practices for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Intellectual DisabilitiesHeld from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in TH242 at Brock University.The event is free. All are welcome to attend. RSVP is requested.Friday, April 26Mindfulness-Based Practices for Children, Youth and Adults with ASD and/or ID and Their Caregivers: An Interactive WorkshopHeld from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites Parkway Conference Centre, 327 Ontario St., St. Catharines.Cost to attend is $200. Registration is required.More information on the events is available on the Applied Disability Studies website. read more