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first_imgOn Wednesday, Save the Children held A Night of Reggae at the Roundhouse in London sponsored by RB.Attended by over 500 guests including Helena Bonham Carter, Sir Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Livia Firth, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Dominic West, Jon Snow, Ali Bastian, Alexander Armstrong and Helen Fielding, the event raised over £1.4 million pounds for the charity through ticket sales and auction items.Made up of cornerstone artists of the influential genre of reggae, the phenomenal bill included performances and collaborations from Ernest Ranglin whose guitar playing defined the genre, the incredible Jimmy Cliff who remains an unmistakeable music figure, legendary rhythm section Sly and Robbie, Suggs lead singer of ska band Madness, lead singer and founding member of UB40 Ali Campbell, and the Queen of Reggae, Dawn Penn, most known for her hit single No, No, No.Dawn Penn and Ali Campbell joined forces to sing ‘I Got You Babe’ – a truly unique collaboration with Sly & Robbie on drums and bass respectively.Suggs and Sly & Robbie performed ‘Cecilia’ for the first time since they produced it back in the 1980s, and were joined on stage by the father of Reggae, Ernest Ranglin as well as the other artists to perform the hit track by Madness ‘It Must Be Love’.As well as joining their peers on stage, these established legends also performed with new kids on the block Max Stone and Elli Ingram who have just recently been signed by Island Records.In addition, Henry Wyndham, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, conducted a live auction. A Marc Quinn painting proved to be the most popular lot with the successful bid reaching £150,000, attracting the highest figure of the evening for Save the Children. A silent auction also ran throughout the evening with luxury experiences and items up for grabs including a private dinner for 12 with Harry Redknapp, a magnificent 12ft by 12ft portrait of Bob Marley by Alex Young of Heavy Artillery Crew and a holiday for four at the Golden Eye Resort in Jamaica.Hosted by Sir Alan Parker, Chairman of Save the Children and actress Helena Bonham Carter, and sponsored by the charity’s longstanding partner RB, this special evening raised significant funds which will help the international charity Save the Children give every child around the world the chance to fulfil their potential.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter The comedy stars Dylan Taylor (“Defying Gravity”) as a cranky ne’er-do-well living in Sudbury, Ont., in the house of his mother, Maria (played by Jennifer Dale). On his 30th birthday, his mother tells him some big news: he is the second coming of Jesus Christ. “I told her just to hit me as hard as you can,” says Taylor, who boxes on the side. “By the second and third take she was just smacking the daylights out of me. She said there was something satisfying in that.” That faith paid off when Bell Media stepped in and bought the series for CraveTV. His was a virgin birth, she insists. Local parish priest Father Luke (Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall) says amen to that. Best friend Vince (Ryan McDonald) is skeptical but goes along with it; Sal’s girlfriend (Kaniehtiio Horn) isn’t so sure. “There were several points where we wondered if ‘Sal’ would see the light of day,” says Taylor. “In true form, we just kept the faith.” Advertisement The series was created by Andrew De Angelis, who has written for “Orphan Black” and “Mr. D,” and produced by New Metric Media, the folks behind recent Canadian Screen Award best TV comedy winner “Letterkenny.” It was shot in Sudbury in the summer of 2015 and was supposed to premiere early the next year on Super Channel. Taylor almost missed out on “Sal” when his ex-agent didn’t submit him for the role. The 35-year-old had more of a drama background with “Copper” and “Covert Affairs” on his resume; he was just seen on CBC’s Mennonite drug drama “Pure.” A casting agent thought he was perfect for Sal and sent him a script. He went into the audition with low expectations and just had fun with it. If he could perform miracles in real life, Taylor says he knows what he would do first. — Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. “All of us were trying to play humour from a real place,” he says. “The writing is what’s funny; the performances don’t have to be funny, they just have to be real.” “It’s certainly one of the most outlandish concepts I’ve ever come across, and a totally unexpected role for me.” Dale agrees the priests and nuns back at her west-end Toronto Catholic high school might have found “Sal” extremely irreverent.center_img Taylor also really enjoyed working opposite comedy veteran Thompson. Facebook Login/Register With: The sister of younger sibling Cynthia, Dale’s credits include mainly dramas, including Atom Egoyan’s “The Adjuster.” Real but colourful. Taylor says his Sudbury slacker is part a “Goodfellas” character, part Sam Malone from “Cheers.” “I told two of the people in my life who are closest to me in the world that I was auditioning to play the part of a somewhat mature virgin,” she says, “and they said, ‘Oh, honey, you’re never going to get cast in that role.’” “End world hunger,” he says, “and then I’d pants Donald Trump.” Taylor says his co-star “was a gamer” and really got into her role, especially in a scene that called for her to give him a good slap in the face. Taylor’s casting was the first miracle. Next was Dale, who wasn’t sure she was virgin-mother material. That’s when things went all to hell. Super Channel went into bankruptcy protection, forcing “What Would Sal Do?” onto the shelf. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The series begins streaming Friday on CraveTV. “What Would Sal Do?” didn’t exactly begin with a divine intervention. In some ways, it’s a miracle Canadians will soon be able to see it. Advertisementlast_img read more

Rabat – The Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) conducted the study using data collected by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and published in Statistics Netherlands’ Annual Report on Integration 2018. The study also includes Dutch people of Turkish background.The study compares “first generation” Dutch people of Moroccan descent born in the 1980 to the “second generation” immigrants born in the 1990.One contrast between the two generations is that men and women in the older generation got married at a younger age, generally in their early 20s, whereas those born 10 years later are less likely to marry as young. Read Also: Report: 40% of Moroccans Want to Leave the Country, Mostly WomenThe same applies for Turkish-Dutch people, as 31 percent of the first generation were married at 21. Among men and women of Turkish descent born in 1990, only 9 percent consider marrying young.The report noted a decline from 39 to 30 percent in the rate of Moroccans who married young.“Among 26-year-olds as well, the share of married people is still relatively low in the younger birth cohorts. A decline is seen among the Turkish second generation (from 55 to 38 percent) as well as the Moroccan second generation (from 39 to 30 percent),” stated CBS.Children are a “no” for the 1990 generationUnlike their parents, Dutch-Moroccan young adults are less and less inclined towards marrying and having children at a young age. The same applies to their Dutch-Turkish peers.The report stated: “The share of 21-year-old mothers with native Dutch, Turkish or Moroccan background is significantly smaller among the cohort born in 1990 compared to those born in 1980.”Only 5 percent of Moroccan and Turkish women born in 1990 were already mothers at 21.Among Moroccan women born in 1980, 12 percent were married and had children at 21 while 16 percent of their Turkish peers had children at the same age.Second-generation Dutch people of Moroccan descent are more likely to marry someone from their same age group and from the Netherlands.The report notes that among second-generation Dutch-Moroccans married at 26, fewer had married Moroccans. The share of younger Dutch-Moroccans who married someone from Morocco declined from 70  to 29 percent compared to first-generation immigrants. read more

February’s deadly earthquake in Chile provided an opportunity to forge a better country, the country’s President Sebastian Piñera told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today.The 8.8-magnitude quake claimed the lives of more than 500 people and injured nearly two million others, he said.“Entire cities and villages were demolished,” Mr. Piñera said. “Hundreds of hospitals, clinics, bridges, ports, airports and public buildings became unusable.”One in three of Chile’s children and young people – numbering some 1.25 million – could not start the school year because their schools had been destroyed or damaged.Losses from the earthquake totalling $30 billion, equivalent to 18 per cent of Chile’s gross domestic product (GDP) and representing the country’s largest-ever property loss.“But from the ruins rose a people with qualities of solidarity, brotherhood, unity and heroism,” the President said.Just 45 days after the quake, all children were back in school, while in 60 days, access to health services in affected zones had been returned.Three months following the disaster, more emergency housing than had ever been erected in Chile’s history had been built, while by the four-month mark, the economy was growing once again.“Of course, the work of reconstruction is only just beginning and will require an effort that will take us years to complete,” Mr. Piñera acknowledged. The nation will not rest until each house, school, hospital and road are repaired, he said, “because for a country like Chile, forged by adversity, rigour and hard work, any crisis, however painful, represents an opportunity: the opportunity to build a better country.”This generation of Chileans, the leader said, is poised to make the nation poverty-free and “with the opportunities for material and spiritual development for all its sons, such as has never been seen in our Latin America.” 23 September 2010February’s deadly earthquake in Chile provided an opportunity to forge a better country, the country’s President Sebastian Piñera told the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today. read more

A drug trafficking investigation in West Lincoln has led to the seizure of more than $21,000 worth of illicit drugs.Members of the Niagara Regional Police Service Opioid Enforcement Unit concluded the investigation early Tuesday and seized fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine.They also found $260 in cash, cell phones and a digital scale.Sebastian Blaszyk, 42, was arrested and charged with five counts of possession of a scheduled I substance for the purpose of trafficking, three counts of fail to comply with recognizance, and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000.Blaszyk has been held in custody. read more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the start yesterday of the South Sudan political talks between the Government and the opposition, and stressed the need for the parties to adhere to the ceasefire signed last month. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870,000 others have fled their homes, 145,000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75,000 to United Nations bases within the country, since fighting broke out on 15 December between the forces of President Salva Kiir and former deputy president Riek Machar.The political talks between the Government of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in opposition, are taking place in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the auspices of the East African regional body known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). “The Secretary-General reiterates the importance of national political dialogue, with the participation of all South Sudanese political and civil society representatives, including all senior SPLM detainees,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.The spokesperson added that the Secretary-General notes with deep concern the reports of ongoing fighting and skirmishes in parts of Unity and Upper Nile states and that he reiterates the need for the parties to fully implement the Agreements on Cessation of Hostilities and on the Status of Detainees signed on 23 January.“The Secretary-General also calls on all parties to respect the lifesaving work and ensure unhindered freedom of movement of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and of all humanitarian workers,” said the statement.In addition, Mr. Ban condemned the use in the South Sudan conflict of cluster bombs, remnants of which were found last week by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), on the Juba-Bor road in Jonglei state.UNMAS has deployed a clearance team specialized in unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Bor to support the Mission’s role in facilitating access. The team, which arrived on 5 February, was requested to ensure that compounds and buildings used by international stakeholders are free from explosive remnants of war and small arms ammunition removed.The Mission added in an update today that four UNMAS teams are traveling to Bentiu by road to clear unexploded remnants of war in the capital as well as other areas in northern Unity state. The teams have different capacities, to clear UXOs, landmines, survey roads and provide risk education to affected population. read more

The figures, produced by Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy and included in the latest UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Situation Report on Ukraine, released yesterday, also shows that three quarters of internally displaced persons are registered in the five eastern regions, or oblasts, of Ukraine.In addition, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that almost 778,000 more people have fled from Ukraine to neighbouring countries, mainly to Russia.UN agencies and humanitarian partners warn that access to food has greatly decreased since last October, especially for people living in non-government controlled areas. Rapidly increasing food prices and decreased food consumption and diet quality have significantly impacted the lives of displaced families in the country’s eastern provinces.Aid agencies are also concerned about restricted access to social services such as pension and salaries in conflict-affected areas. A UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) mission to Donetsk province found that some school teachers had not been paid for three months.Humanitarian assistance continues to be provided to people affected by the conflict, including primary healthcare, household items and cash grants but OCHA warns that funding for the humanitarian operation remains low, with the appeal for $316 million only 18 per cent funded. read more

first_imgBen Thomas, Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools, insisted that George would be treated like any other pupil, saying his first half days would give the Duke “just enough time to get home and recover, have a cup of coffee” after the school run before returning to pick him up. Prince George is greeted by head teacher Helen Haslem Prince William on his 18th birthday at Eton  Credit:PA The Prince, who turned four in July and will be one of the youngest in his year, spent the morning settling in with new friends before returning to Kensington Palace to report back to his mother and two-year-old sister.The Prince arrived at Thomas’ Battersea shortly before 8.50am, travelling in a child seat in the back of the family Range Rover in his blue shirt, red and navy jumper and smart shorts. The four-year-old is joining one of three reception classes at private, co-educational day school Thomas’s Battersea. If he stays at the selective establishment until the end of Year 8 when he turns 13, the total cost will be £172,116.Fees at the school cost from £17,604 a year, and increase to £19,884 a year for those in Year 3 and above.Headmaster Simon O’Malley says on the school’s website: “We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world.” Prince George looks a little nervousCredit: Richard Pohle/The Times Holding his father’s hand for reassurance, he glanced up only once as he walked across the car park, with the Duke appearing to give him a cheery pep talk along the way.Showing diplomatic skills already practiced in his overseas Royal tours, the Prince took the outstretched hand of Helen Haslem, head of Thomas’ lower school, and shook it politely. With the help of his new teacher, the Prince then made his way into school to find his coat peg and seat with his four-year-old classmates. The children are described as enjoying school life and following the establishment’s most important rule: “Be kind.”The 2014 inspection also states: “Pupils are adamant that there is no bullying at the school.”It says the children have an excellent understanding of cyber and prejudice-based bullying, and have their own anti-bullying committee, which trains older pupils to help younger pupils in need of peer support.This will be important to the Duke of Cambridge who is a vocal campaigner against bullying, and has set up an industry-wide taskforce to tackle cyberbullying. Ms Haslem and the Duke of Cambridge escort the prince across the playground 10 things you didn’t know about Prince George’s new schoolFees at Thomas’s Battersea cost £17,604 a year and increase in Year 3. If George stays at the selective establishment throughout, until the end of Year 8 when he turns 13, the total cost will be £172,116.The school’s most important rule is “Be kind”. It expects its pupils “not just to tolerate but to celebrate difference, including faith, beliefs and culture”.The school also teaches leadership. “We aim to equip our pupils to lead by example; to be prepared to stand out from the crowd; to be the first to respond to someone in need; to stand up for what they believe to be right; to risk making an unpopular decision, if they believe it to be for the greater good,” it says.It has also reportedly discouraged pupils from having best friends, in order to stop others from having their feelings hurt.George will enjoy small class sizes of about 20 pupils. The average class size for primary schools in England is around 27 children.The Prince will be learning ballet – along with French, art, drama, ICT and music, as well as the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.Uniform is compulsory, including smart, pulled-up socks and navy bermuda shorts.George must have a red art smock, which costs from £30, a swim hat and a PE kit.Parents are advised to register their child soon after birth to be in with a chance of going to the oversubscribed school. Wannabe reception pupils are given an entrance assessment before being offered a place.The school dinners are often organic. Previous menu choices range from freshly baked courgette, halloumi and beetroot layer slice, to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified pangasius, leek and spring onion risotto, and oven baked beef meatballs with cannellini beans in a tomato and basil sauce with grated organic cheese and fresh crudities and steamed 50/50 brown and white rice.A new chapter for the CambridgesGeorge’s first day at school will also mark a new chapter for the Cambridges as they are now mainly based in their Kensington Palace apartment rather than their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall. William went on to board at Eton College, as did Prince Harry, for five years and it offered him a sanctuary when his parents were in the middle of an acrimonious divorce and provided stability in the difficult years that followed his mother’s death. Thomas’s Battersea teaches 560 boys and girls aged from four to 13, and is divided into a lower, middle and upper school.Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers.Around 6.5 per cent of the UK’s school children are educated in private schools, according to the Independent Schools Council, and George’s parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are continuing a royal tradition by opting for an independent institution rather than a state school.The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry went to Wetherby School in London, then Ludgrove School in Berkshire and on to board at Eton College. Prince William on his 18th birthday in Eton  . What does Ofsted say about it?Thomas’s Battersea is rated as outstanding by Ofsted, with pupils cited as making rapid progress in their learning. Show more Her prep school was St Andrew’s School in Pangbourne, Berkshire, where she returned for a visit in 2012 shortly before the announcement she was pregnant.She joined the public school, where fees are up to £4,980 per term, in 1986 when her family returned to the UK after spending two-and-a-half years in Jordan where she attended a nursery school.She stayed until she was 13 and was predominantly a day girl but in her later years also boarded for part of the week. Reception classes have a form tutor and a teaching assistant – and the head of lower school Helen Haslem will meet George and his parents at the school gates on his first day.Do they have good school dinners?Of course. School dinners boast an impressive range of wholesome options – and the catering team make sure the offerings feature organic meat, vegetables and dairy whenever possible.Past menu choices range from freshly prepared authentic lamb ragout with garlic and fresh herbs, served with organic grated cheese, baton carrots and cucumber, and steamed fibre-rich whole-wheat twisty pasta, to Mediterranean 50/50 couscous and quinoa, and baked smoked mackerel on a bed of puy lentils. Fees at Thomas’s Battersea school cost from £17,604 a yearCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Asked about Prince George looking anxious at the school gate, he told ITV News: “Poor old thing. He’s been left there to have to get on with it, when the parents go away. That’s the problem. It’s good for you in the end, I suppose. It’s character building, I suppose.”When asked if he gave the four-year-old any advice, he said: “Of course not, he wouldn’t take it from me, I don’t think, at that age.“No, but I shall be interested to hear how he got on. At that age you don’t worry quite so much about going to school as you do when you get a bit older. It’s that business of meeting new people and wondering, you know.” The Duke is a full-time working royal after leaving his job, at the end of July, as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance.The expectation is he will now carry out more royal duties in support of the Queen and his own charity work and causes.What were his parents’ school days like?The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be particularly conscious of making sure their son Prince George enjoys his school days.As a 14-year-old, Kate withdrew from independent girls’ school Downe House in Cold Ash, Berkshire, after just two terms when she was reportedly bullied.She started afresh at Marlborough College, a £36,525 a year co-educational boarding school in Wiltshire, where she went on to blossom, captaining the hockey team and doing well in her exams.The Duchess is patron of school-based counselling charity Place2Be, and, with William, attended a child mental health conference to learn about issues surrounding the transition years between primary and secondary education.The couple also selected anti-bullying charity Beatbullying as one of the recipients of their wedding gift donations.William’s first experience of school was Mrs Mynor’s Nursery School in west London which he joined aged three.From the age of four the Duke went to Wetherby School, also in west London, before spending five years at Ludgrove School in Berkshire. He said: “There won’t be any special treatment at all. In fact what his parents would like for him, as any parent would like for their child, is they have a wonderful, fulfilling and private childhood in a place which is secure.”The school’s reception year, he said, would be “incredibly exciting” for the Prince but focused on him feeling safe, secure, and mastering the basics such as carrying his school lunch on a tray independently. The Duke later said Prince George had a “good day”, adding: “It was really nice actually. It’s a nice school.”Speaking at an afternoon event for the England Under 20 football team, he told head coach Paul Simpson: “It went well. There was one other parent who had more of an issue with their children – so I was quite pleased I wasn’t the one.”The Prince of Wales also sympathised with his grandson, describing the experience as “character building”. According to the Good Schools Guide, it is “a big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy. That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get.”The assessment added: “Plenty of opportunities for pupils to excel but withdrawn types might find it all somewhat overwhelming.”Around 19 different languages are spoken in pupils’ homes, and it is described as having great facilities from science labs to two art studios and two pottery rooms with their own kiln.George will enjoy small class sizes of around 20 pupils. The average class size for primary schools in England is 27.1 pupils, according to government figures. His housemaster Dr Andrew Gailey was an important source of support. Dr Gailey’s role earned him an invite to the royal wedding in 2011 and the title of Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).It was Dr Gailey who was cited as influencing William’s university choice, having studied at St Andrews himself.Publicity surrounding Kate’s time at Marlborough College has benefited the school, which was recently able to open up a Marlborough College in Malaysia. The school also implements a strict control on the use of salt and sugar. Desserts have included an oven-baked oatmeal and raisin cookie served with a banana milkshake, and steamed jam and coconut sponge with organic custard.What about the uniform?The Prince’s smart, new uniform – which must be bought from John Lewis – includes a £25 navy v neck pullover with red trim and an embroidered red unicorn school logo on the chest, navy bermuda-style school shorts with smart front pleats and belt loop detail, and long red socks with navy stripe detail on the turn-over. Fees at Thomas's Battersea school cost from £17,604 a year Prince George is greeted by head teacher Helen HaslemCredit:/ AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICHARD POHLERICHARD POHLE/AFP/Getty Images/AFP Mr Thomas said: “We want him to have the confidence to be himself with all his quirks and idiosyncrasies and characteristics.”   The Duke stayed with his son for around 40 minutes before leaving in the care of his new teacher.A Royal source said of the Duchess, who is suffering hyperemesis gravidarum: “She would have done anything to be here. It’s a big day in her son’s life but she really has been very sick.”Thomas’s Battersea is a family-run establishment situated in an old grammar school in a well-to-do area of London, nicknamed Nappy Valley because of the large number of affluent young families that live there.He will be in a class of up to 22 children, and as a July baby be one of the youngest. In comparison, research released by Nationwide Current Accounts has shown parents in the UK spend an average of around £141 per child on back-to-school uniform and sports kit after the summer break, not including items such as stationery, books, lunch boxes and technology.Thomas’s Battersea follows the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum which focuses on: personal, social and emotional development; communication and language, physical development; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.Who is the headmaster?Like George, headmaster Mr O’Malley starts at the school in September.An Aberdeen University graduate, he has taught in Kenya and previously was headmaster of Wellesley House School in Kent, a post he held for 11 years.The Good Schools Guide praised Mr O’Malley, describing him as “ambitious and enthusiastic; generated an energy and buzz about his previous school. Much-liked and respected by parents”. His black school shoes must be polishable and laceless. Other items George will be taking with him are a red art smock, which costs from £30, a sports kit including a swim hat, and a pair of black ballet shoes.George’s compulsory winter and summer uniform, plus sports and ballet kit, will have cost William and Kate more than £365, not including extras such as a winter hat and scarf. Prince George looks a little nervous Kate Middleton pictured in 1988 when she attended St Andrew’s Prep School Ms Haslem and the Duke of Cambridge escort the prince across the playgroundCredit: REUTERS/Richard Pohle/Pool Kate Middleton pictured in 1988 when she attended St Andrew's Prep School With his brand new shoes and jumper big enough to grow into, a shy Prince George embarked on his first day of school today, clutching his father’s hand while his mother was laid up with illness.The Duchess of Cambridge missed the milestone moment in her eldest son’s life after being struck down by severe morning sickness in the early stages of her third pregnancy.Instead, the Duke did the honours, encouraging his apprehensive son and carrying a school bag labelled “George Cambridge” across the playground and into the reception class. What kind of school is Prince George going to?Prince George of Cambridge’s new school costs more than £17,000 a year, serves freshly prepared organic meals for lunch and aims to ensure the young future king becomes a “conscientious and caring citizen of the world”. The Duke, introducing himself too, told her that Prince George had been excitedly pointing out the other children in their school uniform on the way in. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

A leading university has become embroiled in a major research scandal, after an inquiry found that scientific papers were doctored over an eleven year period. A panel of experts was set up to investigate the claims and their findings were set out in a report earlier this year. However, the report has not been made… UCL launched a formal investigation after a whistleblower made allegations of research fraud in dozens papers published by scientists at the Institute. Professor David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck and one of the country’s top geneticists, is accused of “recklessness” by allowing research fraud to take place under his watch at University College London’s (UCL) Institute of Child Health. read more

first_imgThe approval by Xstrata independent directors of the revised $33 billion takeover bid from Glencore last week, not only sees the formation of the world’s third-largest mining business in terms of market capitalisation, it also sees the creation of an entity that will hold an impressive 11% share of annual global mined zinc production. Information from IntierraRMG shows that while some attention is focused on the new company’s oil trading strength and dominant position in coal and copper, it is in zinc that the combined organisation really pushes size and scale boundaries. When the takeover deal receives final approval, Glencore-Xstrata will be the world’s largest zinc miner, one of the largest smelters, and also the leading trader of zinc. Peter Rossdeutscher, Managing Director for IntierraRMG stated; “When the dust settles, Glencore-Xstrata will own more ships than the British Royal Navy and trade 3% of the world’s oil, but it is the data surrounding zinc that best illustrates the trading power of the new entity.”On top of the double-digit share of annual global mined zinc production, Glencore-Xstrata will also hold 5% of global contained zinc reserves (proven and probable), and control 8% of global refined zinc production.Rossdeutscher added; “For industry watchers, the value of mined zinc production is itself impressive, however the combination of a very strong mining company with the world’s largest commodity trader, which already has its own production facilities and off-take agreements, is what is really striking.”Last month, Glencore raised its offer to 3.05 new shares for every Xstrata share it does not already hold (up from 2.8). Its conditions for the higher price included naming its CEO, and leading shareholder, Ivan Glasenberg, as Chief Executive of the enlarged company, with the departure of Xstrata’s CEO, Mick Davis, after six months.last_img read more

Carlos Ruesgajanko bozovicSporting Lisbon ← Previous Story Orlen Wisla Plock sign Lovro Mihic Next Story → Over 25.000 votes for ADRIATIC World Young Female Player 2015/2016 Despite the fact that Sporting Lisbon finished season at fourth place, Portuguese team has a big plans for the future. According to Handball-Planet.com sources, the experienced 31 years-old Spanish playmaker, Carlos Ruesga, with numerous titles and TOP results with FC Barcelona Lassa, MVM Veszprem, Portland San Antonio and BM Ademar Leon, will join ambitious project in Portugal.The “green-white” family would be stronger also for the 24 years-old Slovenian line-player Igor Zabic, but also powerful Austrian shooter, who had fantastic season at RK Metalurg and Persian Gulf, Janko Bozovic. read more

first_imgTHOUSANDS OF OBSOLETE regulations and laws are to be cut from the Irish statute book as part of major overhaul.It’s part of an ongoing programme to cut the dead wood from Irish law and ensure the stock of legislation is simplified.Amongst the passages destined for the chop is a 1764 proclamation “seeking the apprehension of a Kilkenny-based gang known as the ‘White Boys’”.The group were convicted of “committing ‘the most violent outrages” only to be freed by an angry mob “while en route to the county gaol”.Also in the firing line for officials is an order from King George III proclaiming that “‘a general fast and humiliation’ be observed throughout Great Britain and Ireland to celebrate the coming of the Union in 1801, so that his subjects may avoid ‘[God’s] wrath and indignation’ for their sins”.Announced by Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin today, the overhaul aims to build on the improved clarity brought by the Statute Law Revision Acts of 2007 and 2012 which reviewed all primary legislation enacted prior to independence and repealed sections which were spent or obsolete.The ongoing simplification process has been praised by independent observers like the OECD.Read: A pint in the Stag’s Head listed in top 50 ‘must eat experiences’ >Read: Samsung to launch smartphone with curved display >last_img read more

first_imgSubscribe and watch Geek.com’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3 PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV! Purchase Mega Man X Legacy CollectionLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Capcom has done much to win over fans in the past couple of years. From new titles like Resident Evil 7, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Monster Hunter: World, and all of the classic anthologies, the legendary developer is on a roll. To that end, it’s fitting that the company is finally resurrecting its former mascot, Mega Man, with a brand-new game. Mega Man 11 is a return to form for the long-running series. Not only does it honor the past, but it also lays down a solid foundation for the future. Mega Man 11 is the best video game comeback story of 2018.Mega Man 11 contains everything the series is known for. This means intricately designed stages which test one’s platforming and shooting skills, challenging robot masters to defeat, and unique weapons obtained from the masters. The overall package has a decidedly modern look, but has the core mechanics fans have come to love. Like I said in my preview, Mega Man 11 is the Mega Man sequel we deserve.As with the past ten installments, the story of Mega Man 11 centers on the Blue Bomber stopping the evil machinations of Dr. Wily. The not-so-good doctor has once again reprogrammed otherwise peaceful robots into killer machines and sets them loose to wreak havoc on the world. The big difference this time is that each robot master uses the doctor’s experimental Double Gear system, which makes them faster and stronger. In order to stop these enhanced androids, Mega Man must also utilize this unstable system to augment his own abilities.While simplistic, I enjoyed the slightly greater emphasis on story. We actually get to see Dr. Wily and Dr. Light during their college days as they debate the merits of the Double Gear system. The game also contains a number of short cutscenes that help move the story along. If you wish, you can skip all these and commence with the shooting and the jumping, but I appreciate that Mega Man 11 has more story than usual.Mega Man games are notorious for their extreme levels of difficulty and Mega Man 11 is no exception. Normal and Superhero difficulties will test all of your shooting and platforming skills. Despite the challenge, the game isn’t unfair. After playing through each level enough times, you’ll learn how to avoid environmental hazards and enemy attacks. This isn’t to say you won’t experience your fair share of unexpected deaths. You’re going to die, a lot. But with enough time and patience, players will find the best way to reach the bosses relatively unscathed.Newcomers or those who haven’t played Mega Man in years can choose between Beginner and Casual difficulties. Beginner is tailor-made for folks who aren’t too familiar with platforming games. Enemies die quicker and it is impossible to die from falling into a bottomless pit or landing on spikes. There’s a little bit of challenge, but nothing overwhelming. This mode is for those who just want to have fun. Casual difficulty ramps things up. Enemies don’t die as quickly, pits and spikes kill instantly, and lives are finite. Despite bearing the “casual” moniker, this difficulty still demands a high degree of skill. If you want to make things even easier, you can purchase power-ups like extra lives and E-tanks from the in-game store with bolts found in each level.Mega Man 11‘s boss battles retain the rock/paper/scissors system the series is known for. Each robot master is weak to a specific weapon from another robot master. Figuring out which weapons work best against the bosses is half the fun of playing Mega Man. Though bosses have specific weapon weaknesses, players can defeat all of them with the standard Buster Cannon. This isn’t easy, since Mega Man’s trusty weapon does minimal damage to most bosses, but it is possible. Boss battles are truly epic, and go through several phases. Just when you’re used to its pattern, the boss will switch things up mid-battle. Some of these fights can get a bit tedious (and cheap), but for the most part, boss battles are a highlight.The Double Gear system alters the way the actual game functions. Players can ignore it if they want, but Double Gear is a welcome addition to the series. This mechanic lets Mega Man temporarily slow time down or enhance the power of his attacks. The system complements the core gameplay nicely and gives users more options during tricky platforming sections and enemy encounters. When close to death, Mega Man can initiate the Double Gear Technique which simultaneously boosts his firepower and slows down time for a short while. However, doing this leaves him weak afterward. The Double Gear system is a natural addition to Mega Man’s arsenal and one players will appreciate having.Outside of the core game, there’s a selection of challenges for players to complete in Extras. These range from completing stages as quickly as possible, using a minimal amount of jumps and buster shots, collecting items, a boss rush mode, and more. You can see how well you’ve done compared to others in the leaderboard. The Gallery shows you all of the enemies and bosses. Each has a brief bio, and bosses have audio samples to listen to. There isn’t a whole lot regarding extras, but the challenges alone should add additional hours of playtime.The last two Mega Man games returned to the 8-bit graphics and sounds of the NES era. For Mega Man 11, the developers went with a modern-day visual and audio presentation. At the same time, they didn’t want to veer too far from what players are used to. To that effect, the game employs a 2.5D art style. Levels and characters are polygonal, but the gameplay is 2D. Despite the enhanced graphics, it still very much looks like a Mega Man game should. The added lighting and environmental effects serve to enhance the relatively simple art style. Besides Mega Man 7 and Mega Man 8, this is the best-looking title the series has ever produced.The Mega Man franchise has some of the most memorable video game musical tracks ever produced. The soundtracks of Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3, in particular, are modern day classics. Unfortunately, the themes in Mega Man 11 won’t exactly set ears on fire. It’s not that the themes are subpar. They do a respectable job of giving each level a specific tone and feel. Sadly, they are rather forgettable, even after repeated listens.Speaking about audio, Mega Man 11 features full English and Japanese voice-overs. If you still have nightmares from Mega Man 8 and the later Mega Man X games, rest assured that the English voice work here isn’t cringe-inducing. Some dialogue does border on the corny side though, especially the pun-tastic lines from the robot masters. Most of the time, the voice work is top notch. I’m sure some may not want any kind of voice work in Mega Man, but I think it makes the characters feel more believable and endearing.While I enjoyed the imaginative level design, I wasn’t a fan of how long they take to complete. These are easily the longest levels in Mega Man history. Just when you think you’re near the end, you realize you’re not even halfway finished. If you’re playing on Normal or Superhero, checkpoints are few and far between. Levels do not feel as long after subsequent playthroughs, though. You’ll learn how to navigate each in the quickest, most optimal way possible. But the fact remains that playing levels for the first time can feel like a gauntlet of never-ending challenges. It’s possible some players will love the extended levels. They definitely help expand the game time. If you’re like me, you’ll wish for the brevity of the classic levels.Mega Man is one of the most important characters in video game history and it’s great to see him return in such a fantastic new game. As the success of the Mega Man Legacy Collections has shown, the world isn’t tired of the loveable blue android. Hopefully, we’ll get new games on a regular basis from now on. Mega Man 11 is 2018’s greatest video game comeback story. 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Denis Suarez to stay at Barcelona

first_imgA source close to Denis Suarez has announced that he will not be leaving Barcelona, despite a lack of game time this seasonThe 24-year-old midfielder has made just the one appearance this season for Barcelona in a Copa del Rey clash with third division side Cultural Leonesa.Due to this, Suarez has been linked with January moves to Arsenal and Chelsea.The Spaniard had hoped to establish himself at Camp Nou this season following Andres Iniesta’s departure.But an untimely injury in Barcelona’s pre-season US tour forced him to be sidelined for the start of the club’s campaign.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.While Suarez has since recovered, manager Ernesto Valverde has kept him on the fringes.Although an insider close to the player told ESPN that Suarez intends to stay in Catalonia and fight for his place in the team.The source also confirmed a “some European clubs” have enquired over Suarez.The Spaniard has managed six goals and 10 assists in 64 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona.last_img read more

first_imgThe parks and recreation department offers a full range of summer activities,including Kids First Summer Playgrounds and Westside Youth Day Camp. To register children, call 360-487-7100 or visit: http://www.cityofvancouver.us/parks-recreation/recreation/kids/camps.htmVancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department is again sponsoring the Summer Food Service Program for Children, which provides free meals to children throughout the summer.Meals will be offered at no charge to children younger than 19 years old at various locations. The program was established to ensure that during school vacation periods, children could continue to receive the same quality meals provided during the school year. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The city offers this program in partnership with the Vancouver School District, Evergreen School District, Vancouver Housing Authority, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Turning Point Church.Summer meal locations and times are subject to change. For additional information, call 360-487-7060. Summer playgroundsThe parks department’s Kids First Summer Playgrounds program offers lunch Mondays through Fridays from June 28 to Aug. 13 (except July 5) at the following times and locations:last_img read more

Telangana CM KCR offers prayers to Lord Athi Varadar

first_imgKancheepuram (TN): Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday visited the ancient Devaraja Swamy temple here and offered prayers to Lord Athi Varadar. Rao was received by the district Collector P Ponnaiah and led into the temple amid security. The chief minister offered prayers by sitting in front of the deity. He was then briefed on the history of the temple and Lord Athi Varadar (Lord Vishnu) by priests and he was offered a garland and ‘prasad.’ Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us YSRCP MLA of Nagari in Andhra Pradesh Roja also worshipped at the shrine, alongside the Chief Minister. The Lord Athi Varadar festival is on here since July 1 and it is slated to culminate on August 16. The deity made of fig wood is taken out of the temple tank once in 40 years and kept for worship by devotees.last_img read more

first_imgA disgruntled public utility employee opened fire on co-workers at city offices in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Friday afternoon, killing 12 people and wounding several others before he was fatally shot by police, authorities said.Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera said the mass shooting in the coastal resort city began as the gunman entered the public works and utility building at the city municipal centre and “immediately and indiscriminately fired upon all the victims”.The chief later said that the suspect engaged in a “long-term gun battle” with law enforcement officers as police confronted him inside the building. One police officer was wounded in the shootout, but his bullet-proof vest saved his life, Cervera said.The police chief said the suspect was armed with a .45-caliber handgun equipped with a “sound suppressor” device and was reloading his weapon with extended ammunition magazines as he moved through the building. Authorities said the gunman ultimately was shot by police and was pronounced dead at a hospital.Cervera said the suspect was a longtime public utility employee and described him as “disgruntled,” but declined to say more about what may have precipitated the attack.The shooting was believed to be the deadliest act of workplace gun violence in the United States since February, when a factory worker shot five colleagues to death in Aurora, Illinois, just after he was let go from his job.(Apart from the headline, the story has not been edited and is published from a syndicated feed) https://data1.ibtimes.co.in/en/full/715513/virginia-beach-shooting-12-killed-multiple-injured-after-gunman-opens-fire-govt-building.jpgVirginia Beach shooting: 12 killed, multiple injured after gunman opens fire at govt buildingIBTimes INcenter_img Authorities said the gunman ultimately was shot by police and was pronounced dead at a hospital.Reuterslast_img read more

Newly formed Rangpur Gazipur Metro Police get chiefs

first_img.The home ministry has appointed two senior police officers as the chiefs of newly formed Rangpur Metropolitan Police (RMP) and Gazipur Metropolitan Police (GMP), reports UNB.Additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police YM Belalur Rahman has been made commissioner of GMP while deputy inspector general of police headquarters Md Abdul Alim Mahmud made commissioner of RMP, said a home ministry release by Dhananjay Kumar Das, deputy secretary of public security division of the ministry on Wednesday.last_img read more

Armed man holds hostages in Paris

first_imgParis fire brigade firefighters walk with fire hose near the site where an armed man is taking hostages and negotiations with him are underway on 12 June, 2018 in central Paris. Photo: AFPDozens of police officers converged on a street in central Paris on Tuesday after an armed man took hostages, police sources said.The man was “armed and holding at least two people,” a source told AFP, adding that “the situation is quite confused”, but did not appear to be terrorism-related.”Based on our initial investigations it could be a mentally unstable person whose motivations are still unclear,” another source said.A spokesman for France’s BRI intervention brigade said negotiations with the man were underway.The standoff began around 4:00 pm (1400 GMT), with BFM television reporting that the man had entered the offices of a start-up company on the Rue des Petites Ecuries, a gritty area of the bustling 10th arrondissement.At least one man was lightly injured while fighting with the hostage-taker and escaping before the BRI officers arrived on the scene, a police source said.Crowds of bystanders were held back by a security perimeter at the site, where police and rescue workers were massed, deploying at least one remote-controlled robot on tracks toward the building where the armed man had barricaded himself.France has been on high alert after a series of jihadist attacks in the past three years, most recently a Saturday night knife attack in Paris last month in which one person was killed.last_img read more

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