first_imgOn Earth Day, April 22, Earth Day Network and March for Science will together host the March for Science Earth Day 2017 on the National Mall in Washington, DC.Starting at 8am ET, scientists, guest speakers, musical performers and others will come for a rally, teach-ins, and special programming. Together at 2pm, these concerned citizens will march to the Capitol to defend the vital role science plays in our world.“It is no coincidence that Earth Day, April 22, marks the March for Science and the first anniversary of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Since its inception, Earth Day has served as a day of action and mobilization. Without science, there would be no Earth Day, which is why Earth Day Network is partnering with March for Science for the Earth Day March for Science Rally and Teach-Ins on the National Mall.”“We’re excited for this event that brings together people from all walks of life to stand up for science together,” said Valorie Aquino, co-chair of the March for Science. “Through my work as a scientific researcher, I see how sound science and the relationship of science’s services to society are at risk. Science can improve and save lives, and that’s why scientists, doctors, mothers and fathers, teachers, students, and concerned folks around the globe feel compelled to act on April 22. So much is at stake.”Featured Guests Will Include: • Questlove (co-host) – Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, multiple Grammy winner and member of The Roots – Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. • Derek Muller (co-host)– Australian-Canadian science communicator, filmmaker and television presenter best known for creating the YouTube channel Veritasium • Jon Batiste and Stay Human (house band leader) – Batiste is music director and bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert • James Balog – Founder, Extreme Ice Survey and Earth Vision Institute • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha — A pediatrician and public health advocate in Flint, Michigan, whose findings about lead exposure in Flint’s children help expose the crisis there • Bill Nye – CEO of The Planetary Society, a partner organization of the march, and science educator • Cara Santa Maria – Award-winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer and podcaster (who will interview attendees on-site for live integration into the show) • Megan Smith – First female U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President under Barack Obama; previously a vice president at Google, Smith is also an award-winning entrepreneur and engineer • Lydia Villa-Komaroff – Co-founder of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), a march partner, and biologist who made critical contributions to producing insulin from bacteriaLeadership from the groups co-organizing the event, Earth Day Network and March For Science are available for interviews. For more information including updates on speakers, performers, and special guests, please visit and, and follow the hashtags #marchforscience and #EarthDay2017.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Just weeks after Greyhound Canada asked for permission to cut a number of bus routes in British Columbia, more information is emerging about requested cuts to service throughout the province.Documents on the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board website show Greyhound has applied to eliminate a total of nine routes, including Prince Rupert to Prince George and Dawson Creek to the Yukon boundary.Additional routes that Greyhound hopes to abandon include one from the University Endowment Lands in Vancouver to Whistler, and Victoria to Vancouver.Peter Hamel, Western Canada regional vice-president for Greyhound Canada, says in a statement that the company will be meeting with northern B.C. mayors at their request in October to provide details on the proposed changes.Hamel said mayors were notified Sept. 13 and notice of the changes is also being posted at the local agencies so that the public can submit questions.A Greyhound spokeswoman says the changes require regulatory approval, nothing is confirmed until this occurs and there will be no changes to routes in 2017.The company has also applied to scale back the frequency of 10 routes including those linking Vancouver to Pemberton, Kelowna, Osoyoos, Prince George and the Alberta boundary.Several other routes through the southern Interior and Similkameen are also slated for service reductions, with Greyhound applying to trim twice-daily service between Kamloops and Kelowna, via Vernon, to twice a week.In August, Greyhound defended its application to stop service along Highway 16, the so-called Highway of Tears, citing high costs and low ridership, but Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta says Greyhound, not small communities, is responsible for the service reductions.“Slowly I am seeing a deterioration of service to rural communities through no fault of our own but through questionable management decisions on the part of Greyhound,” Ranta says.If the cuts and reductions are approved by the Passenger Transportation Board, Cache Creek would see a drop in service when Greyhound’s run from Vancouver to Prince George is scaled back.Greyhound has said it is continuing its discussions with provincial and federal officials regarding options for transportation in rural areas.Officials with the Passenger Transportation Board could hold public consultations as part of the decision process on Greyhound’s application and its website shows the board will accept written comments about the application until Oct. 13. (The Canadian Press, CKIZ, CHNL)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the company applied to cut even more routes.last_img read more

2 March 2009The United Nations human rights chief today once again urged all Member States to put aside their differences and work towards ensuring a successful outcome to next month’s conference on intolerance, racial hatred and discrimination, noting these are problems that affect all countries. The conference, to be held from 20 to 24 April in Geneva, will assess progress since the landmark 2001 World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in Durban, South Africa.“A persuasive outcome of the review conference and beyond hinges upon the genuine commitment of all States to seek consensus,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council as it began its 10th session in Geneva.“Narrow, parochial interests and reflexive partisanship must be cast aside in the interest of a greater common good,” she added.Ms. Pillay underscored that a failure to seek consensus and ensure a successful outcome may reverberate negatively on the full spectrum of human rights work and mechanisms for years to come. “We need to prevent the acrimony of the past from encumbering the fight against intolerance which is – and I am sure we all agree – both of urgent concern and in the best interest of everyone.” The United States, along with Israel, had withdrawn from the 2001 conference citing concerns the forum was being used by some to push an anti-Israel agenda. Recently, the US decided to participate in the preparatory talks for next month’s conference, while Israel indicated last November that it does not plan to take part in the April review.The High Commissioner said she is aware that the legacy of the 2001 Durban summit has been “tainted by the anti-Semitic behaviour of some NGOs” at the sidelines of that conference. “And now the review conference has also been the target of a disparaging media and lobbying campaign on the part of those who fear a repetition of anti-Semitic outbursts. This is unwarranted,” she emphasized.Ms. Pillay, who is Secretary-General of the upcoming conference, said she has countered such distortions in order to set the record straight, and will continue to highlight the fact that the declaration and programme of action resulting from Durban transcended divisive and intolerant approaches. They also offer the most comprehensive framework and platform to combat intolerance and racism in their many forms anywhere and everywhere, she added. A working group made up of UN Member States has begun negotiations in Geneva on a draft outcome document for next month’s meeting. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2012 5:10 pm MDT Research in Motion stock falls again on the TSX after big drop Monday TORONTO – Shares of Research In Motion Ltd. were under pressure again Tuesday, giving up two per cent of their value just days before the troubled BlackBerry maker provides a business update to investors.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, RIM (TSX:RIM) closed down 19 cents at $9.17 after having gone as low $9.09 after the open — levels not seen since 2003 after adjusting for stock splits.The losses, however, were not as dramatic as Monday when shares plunged 76 cents, or 7.5 per cent, to close at $9.36 following a downgrade by investment firm Morgan Stanley, which called the company “essentially broken.”The Waterloo, Ont., smartphone pioneer was briefly the most valuable company on the Toronto exchange in 2008 when its stock was trading at more than $148.The drop in share value this week also comes after RIM dismissed a Sunday Times newspaper report that suggested the company was considering selling its handset manufacturing unit or a stake in the whole company.Speculation that RIM may be sold or broken up increased earlier this year after the company hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. and RBC Capital Markets to help evaluate its strategic options.RIM is scheduled to report its latest quarterly earnings results after markets close on Thursday and provide a business update to investors.The average analyst estimate is for a profit of a penny per share and $3.13 billion in revenue, according to those surveyed by Thomson Reuters.On Monday, Morgan Stanley said that while the troubles at RIM are well known, the investment firm believes estimates for the company need to come down even further over the next six months.RIM began cutting jobs last week as part of a plan to find $1 billion in savings by the end of its 2013 financial year.The company has been working to turn around operations after watching its market share eroded by Apple’s iPhone and smartphones running Google’s Android operating system.It hopes the debut of its BlackBerry 10 operating system and a new line of BlackBerry smartphones later this year will help keep its subscribers from defecting to other devices, particularly in the United States.RIM also launched its BlackBerry Jam tour earlier this year in an attempt to woo software developers into making applications for the company’s devices.However, speculation has been growing that RIM’s efforts are too little too late, and that the BlackBerry maker could ultimately be sold off.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: an earlier version said the TSX stock price was below $9 read more

first_img 16 Comments By Aoife Barry Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM What’s it rated? RottenTomatoes: 6.9/10IMDB: 6.6/10Which one would you go see first? What’s it rated? None of them (891) RottenTomatoes: 6.5/10IMDB: 6.2/10Get Out Mar 16th 2017, 8:30 PM Short URL Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowEveryone’s been talking about this film written and directed by Jordan Peele. It stars Daniel Kaluuya as a young man who takes a trip to visit his white girlfriend’s family – and realises that things are just a little bit weird there. But are they deadly?What the critics say“Coming as it does from an expert parodist, the film is often funnier around its edges than most full-blown comedies are at center, even as Peele largely resists playing his scenario—a kind of town-with-a-secret spin on Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner—strictly for laughs.” – AV Club“Blending race-savvy satire with horror to especially potent effect, this bombshell social critique from first-time director Jordan Peele proves positively fearless — which is not at all the same thing as scareless.” – Variety Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you.center_img RottenTomatoes: 8.3/10IMDB: 8.3/10Personal Shopper Source: Movieclips Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowKristen Stewart plays a young woman – and personal shopper – whose brother dies in Paris. So she stays in his apartment, waiting for a sign from him.What the critics say“Assayas’s great new film is by turns sinister, jarringly mundane, and entirely inimitable, as it explores the peculiar sorrow of losing a loved one while avoiding the obvious routes such a tale would usually take.” – The Atlantic“If you have a penchant for mood pieces that flirt with genre but are too pretentious to deliver the full climactic payload, Personal Shopper is for you.” – Vulture PLANNING ON HEADING out to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Beauty and the Beast Source: Disney Movie Trailers/YouTubeWhat we knowThis live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is totally faithful to the original animation – but brings its own spark to the table. One for all the family. Starring Emma Watson as the feisty Belle.What the critics say“Following the blueprint laid out for it by its predecessor faithfully but not slavishly, it hits all the big notes, while adding a few new melodies of its own.” – Empire“The new “Beauty and the Beast” is a touching, eminently watchable, at times slightly awkward experience that justifies its existence yet never totally convinces you it’s a movie the world was waiting for.” – Variety 16,062 Views Poll Results: Beauty and the Beast (1415) Beauty and the BeastGet OutPersonal ShopperNone of themVote Get Out (1273) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article What’s it rated? Share Tweet Email1 Personal Shopper (109)last_img read more

first_imgPromises were made by prominent members of the Greek Australian community to work together with Greece at the launch of The Hellenic Initiative Australia in Sydney last week.One hundred and fifty invitees from across the states and territories of Australia, a cross section of the who is who in many ways of the Greek Australian community, business people, entrepreneurs, bankers, lawyers, doctors, together with philhellenes of non-Greek background, launched the newest chapter in the history of The Hellenic Initiative (THI). This global U.S. based non-profit, secular institution, launched in Athens in 2012, is made up of members of the Greek diaspora and philhellenes committed to helping Greece through focused programs of crisis relief, entrepreneurship and economic development.The event was held at the Hellenic Club of Sydney’s new Alpha Restaurant. Master of Ceremonies was Helen Kapalos of the Seven Network’s Sunday Night program, and THI Chairman Andrew N. Liveris was the keynote speaker. The organizing committee included Nick Mitaros, Nick Pappas, George Giovas, Greg Gav and Penny Maragiannis. Joining the event from the US were THI Executive Committee member Dean Dakolias and supporters John and Mae Calamos.Mr Liveris, in his introductory speech stated that Greece can meet successfully all of its challenges today. This effort he said, is attempting to tap the Greek diaspora in order to make as big a difference as possible as quickly as possible. “If not us, who? If not now, when?”, he repeated the belief that drove the foundation members of The Hellenic Initiative, while calling the Greek Australian community to join the global effort to help Greece .The Initiative is built to last he said, the effort is focused on Greece in 2050, its programs are independent from the Greek government, the church or any other Greek Institution and we treat all of our specific actions like targeted investments.THI, as repeated by Mr Liveris, is committed to protect essential relief services under siege in Greece, is working to foster a new culture of entrepreneurship and is attempting to empower the Greek people in order to make the economy of the country more competitive in areas such as tourism and hospitality, food export, energy and information technology.Deputy Foreign Minister of Greece Kyriakos Gerontopoulos, addressing the Australian launch of The Hellenic Initiative highlighted the fact that Greece is leaving its crisis behind, having achieved in 2013 a primary budget surplus, and expecting economic growth in 2014. He also stated that the structural reforms of the Greek government have improved the prospects of investment and growth and stressed his belief that the Greek communities in Australia and in the United States will support in every possible way the efforts of Greece to recover.George Giovas, a Managing Director of Axius Partners, a firm that provides Fund Management and Capital Solutions and a member of the event organizing committee, said that last week’s event was the beginning of a discussion about how Greece got to where it is today and what must change to live up to its potential. “We started a conversation about how we as Greek Australians can promote recovery and renewal in Greece, and we invited feedback, new ideas and constructive criticism. At the end of the day we are looking for partners who will step up and build something with us. And so far the response has been outstanding”, he stated.Mr Giovas said that the aim of THI in Australia is to have a nationwide presence, and highlighted another dimension of the organisation. “The Initiative is first and foremost about helping Greece, but it is also about us, it is about our culture and identity, it is about our children, about maintain our community in Australia, by working Oloi Mazi-All Together,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgMore than 100 firefighters are battling a wildfire south of Kalskag that started Sunday from lightening. It has grown to 14,200 acres. Four water-scooping aircrafts are attacking the flanks of the fire as crews work to build a perimeter. They’ve put in a water pump near an area of heavy timber.Download Audio:More than 100 firefighters are battling a blaze south of Kalskag. Image from Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.Tim Mowry is Public Information Officer for the Alaska Division of Forestry. He says there are no structures at risk now.“We’re trying to keep the fire on the refuge so it doesn’t spread to native lands and native allotments,” said Mowry.The fire is about three and half miles from the nearest point of the Kuskokwim River, and is burning in tundra grass and black spruce. Fire officials have enacted a temporary flight restriction to keep planes out of the area. While the fire grew quickly this week, Mowry says the weather improved.“We got a little bit of precipitation, and even hail, on the western flank, and the winds have died down a little bit,” said Mowry.He says the fire was not as active Thursday as it was earlier in the week.Northeast of Tuluksak, a fire in the Bogus Creek area has grown to more than 8-thousand acres. No staff is on that fire, but aircraft are dropping water. Statewide, 31,000 acres have burned this year.last_img read more

first_img“And that’s when we discovered that it had been climbed in 1969 and given the name Gorgon Spire,” McGee said. He was part of last summer’s expedition up a 7,057-foot craggy peak that’s about 35 miles north of downtown Juneau. But it’s still a world away in the remote Juneau Icefield, a network of glaciers and crevices between Upper Lynn Canal and the Canadian border. But this peak wasn’t one of them. The researchers then filed a state geographic name application to make it official on maps. “Typically when somebody climbs a peak for the first time, they get sort of the privilege of naming the peak,” said Jerry McGee, a faculty member with the Juneau Icefield Research Program, a research group that’s studied the area’s glaciers since the 1940s. Kake’s tribal government seeks to change it back to its traditional name: Skanax Bay. The water body was named for a 19th century U.S. warship that bombarded Tlingit villages in a series of reprisals in the so-called Kake War. Comments on the Gorgon Spire application can be submitted to the Alaska Historical Commission through June 30. A Juneau Icefield Research Program expedition ascended the remote mountain on July 29, 2018 to survey the summit position and elevation with GPS. (Photo courtesy of JIRP) “There’s quite a few unnamed peaks in all the mountain ranges of Alaska,” said State Historian Jo Antonson, who handles naming applications. Further digging revealed that The American Alpine Journal had carried a short item in 1970 detailing an expedition by some of the early members of the icefield research program. “We came up with our own name for it which was ‘Sun Storm Peak,’” McGee said.center_img As that name was never officially recognized, it had been virtually forgotten nearly 50 years later. But McGee says one of the original members of that expedition related the name’s origins to his team. The application is one of two name applications in Southeast Alaska that the commission is reviewing. It’s also considering a request to change the name of Saginaw Bay near Kake. An unnamed peak in the Juneau Icefield may get a cool-sounding name dreamt up a half-century ago — but then nearly forgotten. Only then, Antonson says, will it be forwarded to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names for consideration. “It’s actually their action that makes the name official for federal maps,” she noted. “The federal government makes most of the maps that are used for the USGS. ” Climbing a mountain for the first time often brings more than just bragging rights. “They climbed the south face of it, which is a steep rocky, exposed ridge and they thought it was pretty scary — dreadful,” McGee said. “So they came up with the name Gorgon — that’s derived from the Greek word gorgos — which means grim or dreadful.“ The Sun Storm Peak idea was scrapped. An application for Gorgon Spire was filed in its place. The state’s Historical Commission is now canvassing local governments, Alaska Native tribes and the general public to seek comment through the end of June. “There’s a lot in a name of a place,” Antonson said.last_img read more

first_imgBollywood starsInstagram fan clubUttar Pradesh is emerging as the new Bollywood destination as A-listers have opted to shoot their films in the state and filmmakers are also busy exploring virgin locations. Officials say that the film-friendly policies and favourable conditions have envinced interest in shooting in the state.Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is already shooting in the state capital for his upcoming movie, “Gulabo Sitabo”. Popular films like “Raid”, “Bareilly ki Barfi”, “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” and “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” were also shot in Uttar Pradesh.The much-loved films like “Mukti Bhawan”, “Masaan”, “Ranjhana”, “Laga Chunri Mein Daag” and “Bunty Aur Babli” were shot in Varanasi. Karan Johar”s much-awaited film “Brahmastra” is also being shot in Varanasi.According to Principal Secretary Information and Tourism, Avanish Awasthi, Uttar Pradesh provides most favourable conditions and resources for film production.”We offer subsidy if the film fulfils the set criteria and we make sure that the film units get all security and assistance. We have got approval for 21 films by the Script Examination Committee which means there will be more shooting in Uttar Pradesh in the coming months,” he said.The state government has also formed a committee in every district called the ”Film Facilitation Committee” which can be contacted at the time of any problem or any inconvenience. If the problem is not resolved then film producers-directors can contact ”Film-Bandhu” division for any assistance.Lucknow, in particular, has been a favourite for film makers. The state capital has plenty of ”havelis” and palatial bungalows that add to the charm of storytelling on screen and the new memorials and parks that have come up are also an attraction for film makers.In several cases, the owners of these locations have not charged a penny for shooting. The only ”charge” is a photograph with the stars or an invitation to a meal.Earlier, Akshay Kumar had shot extensively in Lucknow for “Jolly LLB 2”. “Lucknow Central”, “Ishaqzaade” and “Dawat-e-Ishq” were set in the backdrop of Lucknow. John Abraham”s upcoming “Batla House” is another Lucknow based film. The critically acclaimed movie “Mulk” was also shot in the city of Nawabs.D.K. Singh, who works as a Liaison Officer cum arranger for film units, said: “The government has come up with film-friendly policies and even the bureaucracy is going easy with permissions. Residents no longer go berserk on seeing film stars and there is a definite ease in crowd management. The atmosphere in general is more relaxed and film makers get a good mix of urban as well as rural location in and around Lucknow. Besides, there are innumerable hotels in the state capital that suit every budget.”The biggest factor which is drawing filmmakers to the state is that in recent years, there has been no major law and order problem related to film and its subject.Earlier, shooting of films like “Gadar- Ek Prem Katha” was temporarily stalled because some Muslim clerics objected to some of the names mentioned in the film.The unit of Deepa Mehta”s “Water” had to leave Varanasi without shooting even a single frame because the residents objected to the subject of widow remarriage.last_img read more

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comDistrict of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the city’s celebration of Women’s History Month by honoring an elite group of distinguished ladies who’ve made a significant impact on the community.The Women of Excellence Awards celebrated the many significant contributions of women in the D.C. area and highlighted the specific contributions of this year’s honorees at Eastern Market.  After a year of unprecedented success for women in politics in some of the country’s major metro cities, the first woman to serve a second term mayor in the history of the nation’s capital, recognized gains in the world of politics that can be seen in the number of freshmen members of the new Congress while charting a course for true gender equality in the District.The D.C. Women of Excellence Awards were held at The North Hall at Eastern Market on March 5. The recipients of The Washington Rising Stars Award are (S3 Trio), Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner and Bria Snell- the only-all Black female team in the history of NASA’s national high school competition. (Photo by Rob Roberts)“We still have a lot of work to do to change the trajectory for women,” Bowser said. “Together we will continue to do the work on issues that are critical to us.”Since Bowser’s first term as mayor, 28 women have earned the Women of Excellence honor, and the event has become an annual source of pride for those who work tirelessly each year to stage the event. For the fifth consecutive year the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Policy and Initiatives (MOWPI) used the public forum opportunity to highlight their accomplishments to the greater community and to engage with the larger community of women who live in the District.Mayor Bowser continues using her office to help prepare and develop more professional women that will be able to compete in the increasingly more competitive workforce.  During March MOWPI is not only celebrating the accomplishments of professional women in business, it hopes to cultivate more chances for them to break glass ceilings that hover lucrative job opportunities. Two salary negotiation workshops on March 7 and 21 are designed to teach them how to help position themselves for professional advancement and earn better salaries by learning how to negotiate.Bowser acknowledged the women of the District are making 92 cents on the dollar compared to men doing the same jobs.  However, those figures are lower for African-American and Hispanic women and she hopes these are steps that will increase the pool of candidates who are ready to compete, perform and be compensated the same as their male counterparts.This year’s honorees have impacted D.C. through their work in sports, media and community service.Former Washington Post reporter Dorothy Butler Gilliam started her career at The Post in October 1961 as a reporter on the city desk and was the first African-American female reporter to be hired by the newspaper. Gilliam also created the Young Journalists Development Program, which was designed to bring more young people into the journalism world in 1997, earning her the Trailblazer Award.Washington Mystic guard and Wizards assistant coach Kristi Toliver earned the first Female Groundbreaker Award. She made history becoming the first female coach in the Wizards’ 58 seasons and became the first active WNBA player to serve as an NBA assistant coach.Keely O’Brien was named the youngest female director of D.C.’s long-running tennis tournament, the Citi Open in 2017 and was given the Under 40 Award.Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner and Bria Snell, better known as S3 Trio, are 12th graders at Banneker High School who developed a method to purify lead-contaminated water in school drinking fountains earned the Rising Star Award.The Leader in Maternal Health Award went to Aza Nedhari the founder and executive director of Mamatoto Village, a nonprofit organization that trains and provides perinatal community health workers for some of Washington, D.C.’s most high risk mothers.The Social Justice Award went to Marcia Greenberger who is the founder and co-president emerita of the National Women’s Law Center.last_img read more

first_imgA devoted actor can go to any length to get into the skin of the character and look the part. It is not new to see Aamir Khan packing on the pounds to fit into the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal, he had transformed into different characters several times before. The shift from his cute looks to the tough eight-pack-abs in Ghajini was quite appealing for his fans. Similarly Shah Rukh Khan developed the famous six-pack-abs for his movie Om Shanti Om. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Hollywood has seen some of the most drastic and shocking changes with Christian Bale being top on the list! His appearance in various movies had been different from his other movies. His outstanding performance in The Machinist not only won him accolades but also gave him a hard time to regain his health back. He had lost 63 pounds to play the titular character of the film and said that he lived on a diet of supplements to keep him alive as he starved and worked out too much to bring himself down to only 122 pounds! Charlize Theron, famous for her performance in The Italian Job had gained 30 pounds and shaved off her eyebrows for Monster and received the Academy Awards for best actress for the same,which is  quite worth it! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe famous Tom Hanks had also shed 50 pounds for the iconic role in Castaway. Even the production of the film was stopped so that Hanks could diet and grow a terribly long beard to look authentic. And the best part is that Hanks was then rewarded with his fifth Oscar nomination. Tom Hanks had won his first Oscar for the role of an AIDS patient in Philadelphia where he also had to shed about 30 pounds. Black Swan’s Nina played by Natalie Portman was not only a challenging role to portray psychologically but also physically. Portman had to lose 20 pounds to look credible as a ballet dancer in the psychological thriller.  “Losing weight in a very short period of time affects a person’s body in terms of the bone density and the heart gradually. It is not always clear which part of the body or which aspect of health will be affected. Weight loss can be done in a healthy manner which requires minimum three months by cutting down carbohydrates and fat”, said Dr Kavita Khanna, a Delhi based nutritionist.Some other examples of dedicated Hollywood actors include Mila Kunis who also like Natalie Portman lost 20 pounds for her role in ‘Black Swan’.Our very own Bollywood industry is not lagging far behind, it is not just Aamir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan who had experimented with their physique but also actors like Vidya Balan, who had gained 12 kilograms for her film The Dirty Picture, Kareena Kapoor’s size zero figure in Tashan and very recently Randeep Hooda for his upcoming movie Sarbjit.Bhumi Pednekar, who had been a model had gained an excessive amount of weight to star in Dum Laga ke Haisha! as an overweight housewife. Randeep Hooda had lost 18 kilograms in only 28 days under the supervision of a doctor and had grown a heavy beard for his role in Sarbjit, his secret was to survive only on water and coffee by cutting down on his meals.“A sudden change in weight is never a good step for the body, until done under expert guidance it affects  health in the long run and makes one develop weakness,” said Dr Putul Basak. Jared Leto’s drastic weight gain landed him with gout, for which he had been on wheel chair a few times! In most cases the transformations where supervised by dietitians and doctors. Fans who have been swept away by the drastic changes of these actors may note that losing or gaining weight is not an easy process but rather a very planned and meticulously carried out process which requires both supervision and dedication.last_img read more

first_imgIn recent years, hackers have breached companies like Dropbox and LinkedIn by stealing 71 million and 117 million passwords, respectively. This month, Troy Hunt, security researcher identified the first portion of the data dump, named Collection #1, which has a set of breached databases. He represented 773 million unique usernames and passwords. Other researchers have now obtained and analyzed an additional vast database called Collections #2–5. It has 845 gigabytes of stolen data and 25 billion records in all. German news site Heise reported that Collection of 2.2 billion unique usernames and associated passwords has been distributed on hacker forums and torrents. According to the researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute, 611 million credentials in Collections #2–5 weren’t included in the Collection #1 database. Chris Rouland, a cybersecurity researcher and founder of the IoT security firm, who also pulled Collections #1–5 from torrented files, said, “This is the biggest collection of breaches we’ve ever seen.” According to Rouland, as the collection has already been circulated amongst hackers, the tracker file which he downloaded was being seeded by more than 130 people who possessed the data dump. It has also been downloaded more than 1,000 times. In a statement to WIRED, Rouland said, “It’s an unprecedented amount of information and credentials that will eventually get out into the public domain.” According to WIRED, most of the stolen data appears to come from previous thefts, like the breaches of LinkedIn, Yahoo, and Dropbox. WIRED has examined a sample of the data and further confirmed that the credentials are valid, but mostly represent passwords from the previous years’ data leaks. This collection could be used as a powerful tool for unskilled hackers as they can try a technique called credential stuffing. With this technique, users can try previously leaked usernames and passwords on any website with the hope that people have reused passwords. Rouland said, “For the internet as a whole, this is still very impactful.” Who knows if we are targeted too? What should one do? Users can check for their usernames in the breach using Hasso Plattner Institute’s tool. This identity leak checker asks for users’ email address then uses that email ID to generate a list of information including users’ name, IP address, and password, if applicable. It tells the users if a password has been matched to their email address. It can also tell how recent that password actually is. One should change passwords for any breached sites it flags. It is advisable to not reuse passwords, and use a password manager. A password manager can automatically generate unique, secure passwords for the services a user uses. Users should turn on the two-factor authentication wherever possible. Though the two-factor authentication isn’t foolproof, it provides a layer of security. Troy Hunt’s service HaveIBeenPwned helps in checking if the passwords have been compromised, though it doesn’t yet include Collections #2-5. Read Next Internal memo reveals NASA suffered a data breach compromising employees social security numbers Former Senior VP’s take on the Mariott data breach; NYT reports suspects Chinese hacking ties Equifax data breach could have been “entirely preventable”, says House oversight and government reform committee staff reportlast_img read more

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Transat, Toronto, Toronto Pearson Airport, Transat Share Counters 501–508 are dedicated to priority services for Club Class, Option Plus and Eco MaxCounters 509–521 are the main check-in for Economy Class, including dedicated counters for family servicesCounters 521–534 will be used by Air Transat during peak periods (and shared with other carriers) Travelweek Group Posted by New check-in location at Pearson Airport for Air Transat TORONTO — Air Transat has a new home at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.The move takes effect today, June 4. Air Transat says it is working closely with GTAA during the transition in order to optimize the check-in process.Though still at Terminal 3, Transat’s new check-in counters are now at the end of the departure area.“This new location will enhance our passengers’ experience,” says Transat.The change comes with an increased number of full-service and self-service kiosks (44 in total), two self‑service baggage drop-off areas and an easy access to the international security checkpoint, notes the airline.Transat has sent out a map of the new location, with the check-in counters are divided as follows: Monday, June 4, 2018 last_img read more

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News 20Jan Rep. Hughes resolution on veterans health care approved by state House LANSING – A resolution authored by Rep. Holly Hughes, R-Montague, which addresses red tape hampering military veterans’ health care options was approved by the state House today.House Concurrent Resolution 7 encourages the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the U.S. Congress to create a pilot program in Michigan that would institute a Veterans Choice Card system similar to a traditional health care program for all Michigan veterans.The resolution is in response to problems that arose after the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act was passed by U.S. Congress in 2014. The act allowed that any veteran who lives more than 40 miles from a Veterans Affairs clinic can obtain care – paid for by the V.A. – at a local medical facility. However, if a veteran lives within 40 miles of a clinic but needs specialist care not available at the clinic, then the veteran could not access the program.“While the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was a good start, more needs to be done to address the health and well-being of our veterans,” said Rep. Hughes. “I hope our leaders at the federal level will take this idea to heart, as our veterans deserve better than to be told to drive hundreds of miles for care when they can get the same or better care at a private provider. There should be no red tape when it comes to health care for our veterans.”Dave Eling, director of the Muskegon County Department of Veterans Affairs, testified in support of the resolution before the House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.“This choice has huge ramifications to our veterans when they don’t have a choice,” said Eling. “This resolution will hopefully encourage the federal government to allow Michigan to be a trial state to give veterans a choice where they receive they receive their health care.”HCR 7 was approved by the state House initially in 2015, then accepted by the Senate with minor revisions on Jan. 14. With the House’s approval today, copies of the resolution will be sent to President Barack Obama, U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.#####last_img read more

first_img Categories: Hughes News,News 08Feb Rep. Hughes encourages Muskegon County to enjoy Free Fishing Weekend Rep. Holly Hughes is calling on Muskegon County residents to safely enjoy the state’s Free Fishing Weekend on Feb. 13-14.“Whether it’s Muskegon Lake, Mona Lake or any other of the small lakes within our county, there are plenty of opportunities to safely enjoy the outdoors during Free Fishing Weekend,” said Rep. Hughes. “I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to go ice fishing or visit any state-managed park to enjoy many family-friendly activities free of charge.”The event is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A listing of Free Fishing Weekend activities is online at Hughes also emphasizes caution during the weekend, especially on ice surfaces that can be affected by the current mild winter. Potential anglers are asked to speak with area guides or outdoor businesses for information on ice conditions as well as taking care when observing large cracks or fissures on the ice, never going out on the ice alone and informing a friend or family member where you will be.The summer Free Fishing Weekend is currently scheduled for June 11-12.last_img read more

first_img State Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township today encouraged residents of Midland and Isabella counties to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend on June 10 and 11.The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites residents and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license during the weekend, giving parents and grandparents an opportunity to introduce youngsters to a new and fun summer activity.“As a fisherman myself, I enjoy the many rivers, streams and lakes in Mid-Michigan, not to mention the excellent fishing opportunities in the entire Great Lakes Bay Region,” Rep. Hauck said. “Free Fishing Weekend is a chance to take advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds our great state.”Fishing license fees will be waived for two days, although all fishing regulations will still apply.For more information about Free Fishing Weekend, visit, or contact Rep. Hauck by calling 517-373-1789 or via email at 02Jun Rep. Hauck encourages residents to take advantage of Free Fishing Weekend Categories: Hauck Newslast_img read more

first_img Bipartisan solution would expose potential conflicts of interestState Rep. Steve Marino today announced a bipartisan plan to increase the transparency and accountability of elected state officials in Michigan.Marino, of Harrison Township, said the plan will expose potential conflicts of interest by requiring candidates for and officeholders of the legislative, executive and judicial branches to fill out a financial disclosure form.“Requiring financial transparency from elected officials will expose potential conflicts of interest and deter corruption,” Marino said. “The public deserves access to this information so they can hold public officeholders accountable.”Michigan is one of just two states without a law requiring elected officials or candidates to disclose their personal finances.Marino said the eight-bill solution announced today would require elected officials and candidates for state-level offices to disclose sources of income; stocks, investments and real estate assets owned; business associations above certain thresholds; and any relatives registered as lobbyists. The same information would be required for the filer’s spouse and any dependent children.“This plan provides all of the necessary financial information,” Marino said. “Citizens will be able to read the form and easily see where the people they elect have financial interests and potential conflicts.”If enacted, the disclosure rules would apply to candidates and legislators in the state House and Senate, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, circuit court judges, court of appeals judges, state board of education members and elected state university board members.### Categories: Marino News 16May Rep. Marino plan requires financial transparency from elected officialslast_img read more

first_imgShare18Tweet11ShareEmail29 Shares“Rent strike in Sunset Park,” Michael FleshmanJune 11, 2018; Next CityRachel Kaufman’s article “Rent Strikes Heating up Nationwide, Say Tenant Organizers” starts with an appropriate note of nostalgia. The trend that Kaufman identifies is based on stories in the Washington Post and the Toronto Star, but any quick perusal of the internet could find dozens of other examples of tenants taking direct action against gentrification by withholding their rents.The very term “rent strike” rings a 1960s chime, but rent strikes actually go back to at least the turn of the last century when Progressive Era unrest in East Coast cities precipitated rent-withholding campaigns, most notably in New York City. In the absence of any local government regulations of rents or housing conditions, renters emulated their labor union cousins and challenged landlords to accept financial losses from unpaid rents and the cost of eviction or capitulate to tenant demands. Back then, the issue wasn’t gentrification of tenement slums; it was simple affordability.Three features make rent strikes an attractive tactic to renters and organizers.Low cost. Simply not paying the rent doesn’t require a lawyer or organizer.Fairness and equity. Tenants perceive a natural balance in the exchange of rent for services. That common sense equity is an easy proposition to “sell” to the general publicHigh engagement and solidarity. Mass participation provides some “safety in numbers” and some opportunities for everyone to make a contribution. The social roots of rent strikes are critical to success.Advocates are often warier of rent strikes as a be-all, end-all tactic. For many activists, rent strikes are the “casework” of social change. The Star quotes City Councilor Gord Perks as saying that “rent strikes are a temporary solution.” According to Councilor Perks, “It’s good that this particular group of tenants and the previous group of tenants who participated in a rent strike have been able to win some concessions…[B]ut I believe we need a larger structural solution because I can tell you for every one person who’s succeeded in avoiding an above-guideline rent increase, I’m hearing from 10 who haven’t.”Advocates and organizers agree that keeping a grassroots movement together is a lot of work. There are too many ways for free riders to join the effort and for “turncoats” to undermine the resolve of the rent strikers. In many case, laws enacted to protect tenants’ rights have made old fashioned rent withholding much more complex. Organizers, lawyers and bookkeepers may be required to keep the effort on track…more like a corporation than a mass action.Last year, NPQ profiled the emergence of the “Renter Nation” movement in connection with eviction reform. “Renter Nation” arises from the post-Recession reality of a growing number of households across the country choosing rental housing instead of homeownership. Two types of renter networks capture this movement. The Homes for All (HFA) campaign provides online training, mutual support, and technical assistance to local organizations around the country. The Nation recently invited readers to “Meet the Rising New Housing Movement That Wants to Create Homes for All.” On a smaller geographic scale, Los Angeles’ Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) provides professional organizing services to local rent-strikers and acts as a lobby voice at local and state government levels. For both CES and HFA, rent strikes are the entry level for tenant activists to grow into broader civic involvement. At the same time, both networks are supported by grassroots involvement rather than top-down professional advocates.Networks that encompass a range of policy interests or span a range of localities around the country can overcome the limitations of the traditional site- and issue-specific rent strike.Recent legislative setbacks like the defeat of just cause protections for California renter households or the reversal of the Seattle head tax show that the Finance, Investor, Real Estate, Developer (FIRED) lobby is pushing back against elected officials who are pledged to support their voting constituents. In both cases, money appears to have tipped the balance against voter interests. Still, the fact that the FIRED lobby has to play defense in multiple cities suggests that the Renter Nation is coming of age. While tenant politics must evolve new strategies (e.g., citizen initiatives and electoral politics), grassroots tenants engagement in the form of a rent strike can provide the fuel needed to build a national movement.—Spencer WellsShare18Tweet11ShareEmail29 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThe BBC has launched live and on-demand broadcasts of Euro 2012 football on mobile phones in time for England’s match against Sweden today.Viewers can now watch all Euro 2012 matches broadcast by the BBC live and on-demand via iPhones, iPod touches with iOS version 5.0 and above and on the iPad and on Android devices with OS 2.2 or above. Games will be available via 3G or via WiFi.The BBC has also redesigned its sport homepage for mobile devices to showcase the video and also to align the mobile portal with the new-look BBC Sport website launched in February.The BBC has developed its new services for mobile using its new ‘responsive design’ approach, which adapts what’s on screen to the mobile device’s screen size and capability.The BBC said it would now offer other sports events, including Wimbledon and the Olympics, on mobile as well.“Audience research shows that users are increasingly looking to the web on the go, getting the content they want when, and where, they want it,” said Lucie Mclean, senior product manager in BBC Future Media in a blog posting. “Huge numbers of people already enjoy live and demand video on their desktop, at home or office, and text and data services on their mobile. By offering video across mobile devices we aim to give sport fans the complete picture wherever they are.”last_img read more