Bill to amend POCSO Act with death penalty for child rape introduced

first_imgNew Delhi: A Bill entailing amendments to the POCSO Act by including death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children, besides providing stringent punishments for other crimes against minors, was introduced in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.Moving the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said: “The amendments I move today are ensuring that those who rape our children, especially cases of gang rape, will be met by death”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The proposed changes in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act also provide for fines and imprisonment to curb child pornography. The minister observed that many cases have come to light which show how children have become more vulnerable with evolving technology and therefore, one of the biggest amendments to the Bill is the definition of child pornography. “Today, through this amendment we seek to define child pornography but we don’t limit it only to videos. The amendment through definition of child pornography expands it to visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor or a child which will include photographs, video, digital or photo generated images,” Irani said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KElaborating on the provisions of the Bill, she said, it proposes that under Section 15, a fine of Rs 5,000 is introduced on the first occasion with regards to punishment for storage of pornographic material involving a child. On the second occasion, a fine of Rs 10,000 is proposed for not reporting child pornographic material with an intention to share/transmit it, which can be extended to imprisonment if such material is transmitted, displayed, distributed or propagated, the minister informed. “If such material is used for commercial purposes, then this amendment proposes to extend a minimum punishment by imprisonment for not less than 3 years which may extend to 5 years with fine or with both,” Irani said. She highlighted that the amendments brought for the consideration of the House for the first time also elaborately seeks to penalise and punish those who persuade, induce, entice or coerce a child to be administered by a chemical substance so that the child attains early sexual maturity. Irani said the amendment with regards to injection of hormones and chemical substances was also necessitated by the fact that some cases came to light related to implanting of birth control into the upper arm of children. Depraved cases of the extent to which a human being can go to exploit a child have necessitated these amendments, she said. “Today the amendments proposed under POCSO make this particular (Bill), and in consonance with the Criminal Law Amendment 2018, make this very case for penal action for those who commit a rape (of) a child under the age of 18 to be punished for 20 years which may extend to imprisonment for life,” Irani said. The minister said she speaks for 39 per cent of India’s population with provisional data of the census saying that 47 crore of our citizens are aged upto 18 years. The minister expressed hope that the guidance emanating from a productive discussion in the House on the proposed amendments strengthen the government’s resolve to provide more legal and administrative protection to the country’s children, “who are not vote banks but the foundation of a New India”.last_img read more

Two students arrested following threats to Vancouver Island schools

first_imgCOMOX, B.C. – Police say two students have been arrested following threats that forced the closure of three schools on Vancouver Island.Three high schools in the Comox Valley School District did not open Thursday following notification from police that one of the schools was not safe.RCMP say in a news release that police investigated and two students were arrested for uttering threats before being released to their parents.No details have been released about the students’ identities.Const. Rob Gardner says the force takes all threats seriously, and investigations take time to ensure the safety of everyone involved.All three of the schools were open again on Friday.last_img read more

Quebec Human Rights commission says majority of hate attacks go unreported

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s human rights commission says the vast majority of xenophobic and Islamophobic hatred in the province goes unreported to competent authorities.The organization has released the results of a two-year study that recommends the provincial government recognize the phenomenon and prioritize measures aimed at combating it.The commission’s president says in 78 per cent of the cases it examined, the person experiencing the discrimination didn’t report the matter to authorities despite the fact it constitutes a serious form of prejudice.Participants cited a number of reasons for not reporting, including distrust in institutions, minimization of the acts, lack of awareness of the available remedies or concerns of racial profiling by police.The study looked at 86 people who reported experiencing xenophobic or Islamophobic hate in various regions of Quebec.It was commissioned by the previous Liberal government under its anti-radicalization measures.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Women in Entertainment Announces 4th Annual Summit

first_imgWomen In Entertainment (WIE) announced today that it will host its fourth annual summit in Los Angeles, on October 11, 2018, at the iconic Skirball Cultural Center.Over the course of the day, WIE will once again gather some of the most creative game-changing minds in television, film, and sports for a series of powerful keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions, and inspirational fireside chats. Founded by two innovative leaders in the entertainment and marketing worlds Gretchen McCourt and Renee Rossi (Relativity Ventures), WIE is designed to address a range of pivotal and timely issues that affect women. Topics to include: the rise of women’s leadership, addressing our evolving world in the wake of the Me Too movement, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of extraordinary women creatives.This year DreamWorks Animation Television will present the “She-Ra: Evolution of a Warrior Princess” panel at WIE ahead of it’s highly anticipated Netflix Original Series release November 16th. This fascinating panel will feature a number of the incredible team behind the re-imagining of this beloved animated heroine including: executive producer Noelle Stevenson, directors Jen Bennett & Kiki Monrique, art director Liz Kresin and story editor Josie Campbell.“Our goal for the summit is to continually open conversations and in turn, open more doors for women in the entertainment world,” said Renee Rossi, co-founder of Women in Entertainment. “The women featured this year are dynamic visionaries and we are thrilled to have them share their knowledge with our audience.”WIE 2018 speakers include: Geena Davis, Actor, Producer and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Raelle Tucker, an executive producer on Netflix’s “Jessica Jones,” and HBO’s “True Blood”; Kristin Campo of Chernin Entertainment; Veronica Gentilli of entertainment One; Julie McNamara of CBS; Susan Cartsonis of Resonate Entertainment; Tina Exarhos of NowThis; Natascha French of VNTANA; Bernadette McCabe of MoviePass; Claudine Cazian Britz of Instagram; Anna Holmes, the founder of Jezebel; Winnie Kemp of Super Deluxe; Michelle Kantor of Cinefemme and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Deadra Bastarache of Anomaly Factor; Rachel Rusch of Bad Robot; Julie Candalaria of All About the 360, Inc.; Noelle Stevenson, executive producer, Jen Bennett and Kiki Monrique, directors , Liz Kresin, art director, and Josie Campbell, story editor of DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power among others still to be announced.This years summit will once again conclude the day with groundbreaking female led cinema with a screening of Lisa D’Apolito’s captivating and moving documentary “Love, Gilda” followed by a panel discussion for the WIE attendees. In limited release now through Magnolia Pictures, this fascinating documentary chronicles the life of beloved comedian, actress and “Saturday Night Live” icon, Gilda Radner, through diaries, audiotapes, videotapes and testimonies from her friends and colleagues offering insight into the life and career.This years WIE sponsors include: Dreamworks Animation Television, MoviePass, Starz, and CBS.This yearly event gathers women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry, here in Los Angeles. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Eventbrite Link here. More information can be found at www.womeninentertainment.com.last_img read more

BJP made someone who used word Hindu terror minister: Digvijay

first_imgBhopal: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh claimed Saturday that the BJP made the person who used the term “Hindu terror” in official parlance a Union minister. He was apparently referring to R K Singh, a Union home secretary during the UPA regime who later joined the BJP and became minister. The BJP has often targeted Digvijay Singh for `tarnishing the Hindu community’ by using the term Hindu or saffron terror. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday defended the BJP’s decision to field Pragya Singh Thakur, Malegaon blast accused, from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, saying it was a symbolic answer to all those who falsely bracketed the rich Hindu civilisation as “terrorist”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Modi was apparently referring to Digvijay, who is the Congress’ candidate from Bhopal. “I think they do not have the knowledge of Hindu civilisation. The person who, as home secretary, issued a statement with the word Hindu terror was given Lok Sabha ticket by the BJP and was made a Union minister,” Singh told reporters here. “Will (BJP chief) Amit Shah speak about it?” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister asked. Amid the political row over the term Hindu terrorism, the Congress had pointed earlier that it was used by Union minister R K Singh when he was home secretary. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Digvijay also said the word Hindutva did not exist for him. “Why do you use the word Hindutva? The word does not exist in my dictionary,” he said. The Congress leader refused to comment on the Election Commission’s notice to Thakur over her remark that former Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare died in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack because she had cursed the police officer for torturing her during the blast probe. “Ask the EC. Why are you asking me? I don’t want to get into it,” the Congress leader said. Asked if he was now in “silent mode”, Singh, known for kicking off controversy with his provocative statements, replied amid laughter, “Have I taken a contract to create news?” Interestingly, Singh, whose outlandish theories about the Mumbai attack and the Batla House encounter have incurred him the wrath of the right wing, has desisted from making any comment on Thakur’s comment on Karkare.last_img

Dubai Story of Man Not Allowing Lifeguards to Save His Daughter…

Rabat – After making headlines worldwide, the news of an Asian father who let his daughter die rather than be touched by strange rescuers turned out to be a 19 year old story.On Monday, Agence France Press ran a story claiming that “police in Dubai arrested an Asian man who prevented a team of lifeguards from rescuing his drowning daughter, telling them if they touched his daughter it would ‘dishonor her’.”Reputed international websites including The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Metro and even Sky News jumped on the story and reported it as a recent event. In fact, the story is 19 year old news, as it happened in 1996. A curious reader followed up and told The Guardian that lifeguards had been asked to recount the strangest things that had happened to them.“They mentioned this case of the Asian man who prevented his daughter’s rescue, but here’s the catch – it was from 1996.” read more

Sixth annual Brock Cares Day of Service scheduled for Sept 20

The sixth annual Brock Cares Day of Service is scheduled for Sept. 20. Hosted by Student Life and Community Experience, faculty and staff are invited to join hundreds of students who will register for the opportunity to show that Brock cares by volunteering and giving back to the Niagara community.Additionally, anyone who is part of, or has ties with any community agency or organization that has a project happening or would benefit from having a group of volunteers for a few hours is asked to contact organizers.Contributing agencies from the September 2013 event included Lincoln County Humane Society, United Way, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Niagara Wine Festival, Canadian Blood Services and many more. Community organizations have come forward with both indoor and outdoor projects including tasks such as serving food and refreshments, painting, gardening, administrative tasks, marketing and event assistance.Invitations to Brock Cares Day of Service 2014 can be filled out online. For more information, contact Taylor. read more

Economic and Social Council acts on wide range of human rights texts

Acting on a range of measures recommended by the top United Nations human rights body, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has approved guidelines on victims’ rights to a remedy and reparation for gross human rights violations, as well as the creation of a working group to probe the use of mercenaries to derail human rights.Taking up recommendations forwarded by the recent session of the UN’s Geneva-based Commission on Human Rights, on matters ranging from human rights assistance to Somalia, to elimination of violence against women and the rights of minorities, the 54-member ECOSOC acted yesterday on some 43 texts.The text on guidelines for remedy and reparation for victims of gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law – adopted by a vote of 43 in favour and none against, with 5 abstentions – contained an annex outlining non-binding “victim-centred” principles that could be useful for States in providing equal and effective access to justice, adequate and prompt reparation for harm and access to relevant information, among other things.Approved by a vote of 29 in favour to 18 against, the text on the use of mercenaries to violate human rights and impede the right to self-determination endorsed the Commission’s decision to end the mandate of its Special Rapporteur dealing with the issue and to instead establish a panel made up of five independent experts representing each of the UN regional groups, to study the subject for a period of three years.Among country-specific decisions, texts were adopted relating to Myanmar, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Belarus, Sudan, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Nepal, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Afghanistan and Haiti.Some speakers expressed concern at the continuing practice of adopting such texts, which they said sought to exert political pressure on developing countries through confrontation and humiliation. It was recommended that the international community promote human rights through dialogue with the concerned parties instead. read more

Scotiabank to pay 300M for 51 stake in Cencosuds Chilean credit card

Scotiabank to pay $300M for 51% stake in Cencosud’s Chilean credit card business by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2014 4:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) says it will acquire a 51 per cent interest in the credit card and consumer loans business of Cencosud SA, the largest retailer in Chile, in a deal valued at $300 million.The transaction includes a 15-year partnership between Scotiabank and Cencosud.The financial services arm of Cencosud will continue to operate as a standalone business, with oversight from a board of directors representing the two partner companies.The transaction will make Scotiabank the third-largest credit card supplier in Chile, one of the countries that it has identified as an area of growth.Scotiabank chief executive Brian Porter told shareholders in April that the bank wants to sharpen its focus in Peru, Colombia, Mexico and Chile.Cencosud is a retail conglomerate operating in five countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia and its financial service arm currently has 2.5 million credit cards with more than US$1.2 billion in Chile.“Scotiabank is excited about this acquisition because it will strengthen our credit card offerings for our customers and attract new customers to the bank,” said Wendy Hannam, Scotiabank’s executive vice-president for Latin America. read more

UAB Shows Us How To Revive A College Football Program

Just six months after UAB President Ray Watts made what he termed an agonizing decision to shut down the school’s football program because of its pending financial insolvency, he announced Monday that Blazer football is back. Sometime in the next couple of years — once UAB has re-recruited its players, reassembled its coaching staff and regained admission to the Football Bowl Subdivision — Birmingham will once again have a (relatively) big-time college football program.A whole lot changed in the interim, including the data being used to back up the decisions. In his announcement of the reversal, Watts cited an influx of outside financial pledges to the football team as the key reason a program is once again viable. Some observers, including Paul Finebaum, a popular sports-talk-radio host in the South, point to the fervent outpouring of support for the team after its demise. (Online, the #freeuab movement has been particularly impressive and has often been coupled with the #fireraywatts hashtag.) Local politicians have also been pressuring Watts into reinstatement, perhaps because much of the pressure behind the decision to shut down the program seems to have come from Tuscaloosa, where the University of Alabama football program has often been hostile toward UAB’s. But the biggest change seems to be which model of Blazer football’s financial future Watts and UAB are choosing to trust.Over the past year, entities within UAB have commissioned three separate forecasts from three consulting groups to analyze the financial prospects of its athletic department with and without football. Universities often lean on projections from outside consultants when making major decisions, but these projections are controlled by the formulas the consultants use — formulas that aren’t always statistically rigorous. In this case, despite having access to much of the same data, the reports contain completely different projections about the program’s impact on the university. One says it will cost the university millions of dollars a year. Another says the program will roughly break even. And another — the one UAB tried to cancel midway through — says football will be a huge financial boon. Small differences the consultants made in the assumptions behind the models created huge effects in the data sets. As a result, their recommendations were completely different.When Watts announced the death of the program in December, he cited a report from CarrSports Consulting projecting that if the athletic department kept football, it would lose more than $5 million a year and would need to spend an additional $20 million to improve facilities. CarrSports got those numbers by pairing generous calculations for the cost of fielding what it termed a competitive Conference USA team with modest increases in ticket sales, donations and student fees. “When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable,” Watts wrote at the time.Pushback in the wake of the decision, combined with complaints over the discovery that some may have been planning for the cancellation before the review even started, led UAB’s Athletic Assessment Task Force to commission another study. This time the consultants were College Sports Solutions (CSS). CSS said that although an athletic department with a football team would lose roughly $3 million a year compared with a department without football, mainly because of financial aid for players, almost all of that would be made up by increased enrollment, donations and other revenue resulting from the national prominence a football team brings. The study concluded that either resurrecting the program or leaving it for dead were “viable options”; Watts leaned on this report when announcing football’s return.There was another study, too, that fell between CSS’s and CarrSports’s. The task force had originally engaged a firm called OSKR to lead the review before the administration vetoed its hiring in March. Allen Bolton, UAB vice president of financial affairs and administration, said he was worried that the OSKR team had already made up its mind that UAB should keep the sport, explaining that “due to their very own comments this firm does not meet the critical threshold for many of providing a fresh, new, unbiased analysis.” OSKR finished its review anyway and found that keeping football would add an additional $2 million a year to the university’s coffers once benefits from donations and exposure were accounted for. OSKR’s projections are the most optimistic, and they seem to be the most rigorous. They model not only expected changes in the athletic budget over time, but also the impact of the team on the university’s media coverage, out-of-state enrollment and conference affiliation.Two major factors caused the $7 million swing in annual projections that led to the disparate recommendations: First are projections on how fast football-related revenue will grow. CarrSports projects that with football, the athletic department’s revenue will grow a measly $300,000 or so a year, while OSKR and CSS both project more than $1 million each year in added revenues. The larger forecast makes sense considering that Conference USA’s TV deal with Fox Sports alone is worth more than $1 million a year to each team.Second are assumptions about expenses. Both the CarrSports and CSS reports treat athletic scholarships as, basically, gifts that cost the university about $4 million to give each year. In his Tumblr, OSKR consultant Andy Schwarz argues that this is willful manipulation because the actual expense to the school to feed, educate and house its players is much, much lower than the projected $52,000 each scholarship “costs.” In addition, he notes that the program attracts full-tuition-paying walk-ons who are transferring out now that the program has been shuttered. By OSKR’s math, scholarships cost the university only about a million dollars a year.Once you add in the reports’ different assumptions about football’s impact on student enrollment and alumni donations and the need to upgrade facilities to be competitive, you’re left with the final mess, in which UAB’s president can totally reverse course — and still have a model that backs him up. read more

Kobe May Go Down As the NBAs Last True Gunslinger

Bryant, the son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, modeled his game after Michael Jordan and came closer to replicating His Airness’s silky offensive style than anyone we’ve seen. He finished his 20-year career with more points than MJ and stood apart by managing to hit impossible shots from all over the floor, despite having defenses draped over him.What Michael was to Kobe, Kobe became to the next generation of players. One possible sign: The number of guys wearing No. 8, which Bryant wore for the first 10 years of his NBA career, has more than tripled — from seven in 1995-96, the year before Bryant’s rookie season, to 231This list shows 25 players, but two were cut before they actually played a game for the team they entered the preseason with. this season. (In the second half of this career, Bryant wore No. 24, which was more popular than No. 8 before Bryant donned it. Bryant’s adoption of it doesn’t seem to have had much influence leaguewide.)But even though younger NBA players adopted Bryant’s number, few players have adopted his style of play — a ball-dominant one that involved taking tough contested shots inside the arc — as some offenses around the league have become more free-flowing and hyper-efficient.The current players who draw perhaps the most frequent comparisons to Kobe, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan (both of whom are from the L.A. area and played there collegiately), each count Bryant as a mentor of sorts and possess a handful of the same skills and flaws that he had.In Westbrook’s case, he’s so talented that he sometimes can dominate the ball too much — even when he has another superstar, or two, on the court with him. And much like Bryant did, DeRozan makes a living from midrange, a shot that goes against the grain of today’s league, where most star wing players have developed a respectable shot from 3-point range.Translation: On any given night, both guys are capable of shooting it less efficiently than other stars because they’re taking far tougher shots than just about everyone else. (DeRozan, in particular, has the highest degree of shot difficulty in the NBA among those who’ve taken at least 200 attempts, according to data from Second Spectrum, which uses high-level tracking equipment in NBA arenas to compile data.) That willingness to launch (miss) scores of contested shots is vintage Kobe.“I don’t care about that crap, and I’m sure he doesn’t either,” said then-Lakers coach Byron Scott after Bryant broke a record for the most missed shot attempts in NBA history. “I don’t mean to cut you off, but to me, it speaks of his aggressiveness and longevity.” It also speaks to his being wired far differently than many other players, who refuse to take shots that have little chance of going down for fear of hurting their field-goal percentages, which factor into future contracts and potential earnings.During the 2015-16 campaign, his farewell season, Bryant attempted more fadeaway jumpers than any guard in the league despite missing 16 games that year. And during the final three-season span of his career, Bryant ranked dead-last among 357 players2Those who attempted at least 500 shots total from the 2013-14 season through the end of the 2015-16 season. in Second Spectrum’s Quantified Shot Quality metric, which estimates the odds of a shot going in by tracking shot and defender distance. Put another way, this means he took the hardest collection of the shots in the NBA in that window. (He also shot worse than expected on those attempts.)It’s worth mentioning a couple of things here. First, it’s not really fair to focus more on Bryant’s misses3Especially late in his career, when he was clearly diminished and arguably the worst volume shooter in the league. than his makes — he was an absolutely devastating scorer in his prime — and defensive accomplishments. Secondly, even his missed shots often turned out to be a good thing. Kirk Goldsberry, then of Grantland, created the “Kobe Assist,” a metric that highlighted how Bryant’s shot attempts attracted so much defensive attention that they opened up easy putback opportunities for his teammates.There’s no telling how much more productive Bryant could have been in this era, one in which coaches, teams and even the league itself are more aggressive about resting their players in hopes of safeguarding them from injury. Bryant, of course, famously pushed himself to play through pain, especially during the final days of the 2012-13 season, in which he tore his Achilles tendon while playing enormous minutes during a playoff push.Both the increased focus on efficiency and the new-age strategy of holding players out for rest make it less likely that we’ll see another star with such a devil-may-care attitude on scoring and health. On some level, that’s what made Bryant’s finale — in which he scored 60 points on 50 shots, both NBA records for a player’s last game — so fitting. Having the courage to fire up tough shots from all over the floor, and worrying about the statistical consequences later, if at all, doesn’t happen much anymore. In fact, it’s an attitude that might’ve gone extinct with Bryant’s exit from the league.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Related: The Lab Retiring a number is the ultimate recognition of a former player’s contribution and legacy to a franchise. But for Kobe Bryant, one number apparently doesn’t do his years with the Los Angeles Lakers justice: Tonight, he’ll become the first player in NBA history to have two different numbers lifted to the rafters by the same team. It’s a fitting honor for a man who played more than 1,300 games, scored more than 33,500 points and won five titles for Los Angeles — yet couldn’t settle on one number to wear.But if there’s one thing we end up remembering the Laker legend for, it should be that he went out as arguably the NBA’s last true gunslinger. The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out read more

Stars come together to record Grenfell Tower charity single

first_imgLeona Lewis leaves the studio in west LondonCredit:PA Pop stars including Rita Ora, James Blunt and Leona Lewis have spent the weekend recording a charity single to raise money for the Grenfell Tower victims.The cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water is expected to be released this week and is tipped to raise several million pounds.It was the brainchild of Simon Cowell, 57, who took action after watching harrowing news coverage of the blaze. He said many artists had asked to take part. “It’s really inspiring to see people come together,” she said, “It gives you hope in humanity.”As for the song, she added: “It sounds beautiful.”Ora, 26, grew up in west London and said she used to play in the streets around Grenfell Tower. She was among those who visited the scene to help distribute supplies to residents left homeless by the fire last week. Gareth Malone arrives at a studio to help with the recording of the charity single Credit:PA Other singers who have agreed to take part in the project are said to include Paloma Faith, Emeli Sande Craig David and members of One Direction.The singers have been recording the single at the Sarm Music Village in west London, just a few minutes’ walk from the blackened tower. Gareth Malone arrives at a studio to help with the recording of the charity single  Emeli Sande arrives at a studio to help with the recording of the charity singleCredit:PAcenter_img After recording her part, Sande said it was a “real pleasure” to sing on the track. Emeli Sande arrives at a studio to help with the recording of the charity single Chorister Gareth Malone has put together an ensemble of 300 people, made up of local choirs and local people.He said: “I just think we need something really positive at the moment.”Singing absolutely cannot fix anything, a record cannot fix anything, but we might be able to raise some money, we might be able to touch a few hearts.”To be frank I don’t care what it sounds like, it’s just about doing something good.” Leona Lewis leaves the studio in west London 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

Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley announces birth of first child with actor Jason Statham

first_imgModel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has welcomed her first child with actor Jason Statham.The British star announced the news by posting a picture of her new-born son – named Jack Oscar Statham – grabbing her finger on Instagram. They announced they were expecting their first child together in February this year, as the model posted a snap of herself showing off her baby bump while on a beach.At the time, she wrote: “Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love Rosie x.”Huntington-Whiteley’s estimated earnings for last year were believed to be nine million US dollars (£6.9 million).She has previously modelled for lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret, and she has her own underwear range, Rosie For Autograph, with Marks and Spencer.Away from the runway, Huntington-Whiteley has appeared in films including Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Mad Max: Fury Road.Statham is best known for his typical hard-man roles in various Guy Ritchie films, including Snatch and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. Along with the image, Huntington-Whiteley wrote: “Our little man arrived!”Jack Oscar Statham 8.8lbs on Saturday June 24th.”The 30-year-old catwalk star and actress included an angel and a heart emoji with her sweet message.The Plymouth-born model has been in a relationship with Statham, 49, since 2010, and the pair confirmed their engagement in early 2016. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows off her bump to model Alessandra AmbrosioCredit:Kevin Mazur/VF17/WireImagecenter_img Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows off her bump to model Alessandra Ambrosio 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

Terminal cancer patient runs marathon and wins while pushing his daughter in

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKLXEAPjwAwYouTube Credit: TheJulieann4441THE STORY OF Iram Leon, a 32-year-old marathon lover with terminal brain cancer, has gone global.Two years on from his diagnosis, Leon ran the Gusher Marathon in Beaumont, Texas, last Saturday and won — even though he pushed his six-year-old daughter in her buggy for the entire 26.2 miles of the race.“Here sore, reflecting and grateful, I still can’t believe that I won a marathon,” Leon wrote on his blog after finishing in an official time of 3:07:35.9. “Well, I came in second behind Kiana.” The Wall Street Journal’s splash on Leon’s win (source)The remarkable father-daughter team faced a challenge just to get to the start line. Because buggies are officially banned from marathon routes, their application was turned down four different times before the Gusher race organisers accepted the entry, the Huffington Post reports.“This is supposed to eat away at my memory in the end,” Leon told the Beaumont Enterprise, “but I hope this memory is one of the last things to go and one she never loses.”To commemorate their win, Kiana drew this picture:(Facebook)Read more of Iram Leon’s blog here >VIDEO: ‘The Greatest’ — RTÉ tribute to Brian O’Driscoll feels a lot like a goodbyelast_img read more

Irish government joins Europe in criticising Israels new settlement law

first_img Image: Empics Entertainment 88 Comments Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 9:48 PM Irish government joins Europe in criticising Israel’s new settlement law The EU’s foreign policy chief says it “crosses a new and dangerous threshold by legalising under Israeli law the seizure of Palestinian property rights”. 10,102 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha http://jrnl.ie/3228179 Anti-Israeli demonstrators outside Downing Street, London. It is a deepening of the settlements and a flagrant violation of international law.center_img Share812 Tweet Email2 “I am calling on the Israeli government to recognise the damaging consequences of this course of action and to take a clear decision not to implement the new law.”‘A new and dangerous threshold’“The European Union condemns the recent adoption of the ‘Regularisation Law’”, foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said, arguing it “crosses a new and dangerous threshold by legalising under Israeli law the seizure of Palestinian property rights”.The 28-nation EU “urges the Israeli leadership to refrain from implementing the law and to avoid measures that further raise tensions and endanger the prospects for a peaceful solution to the conflict”, she said in a statement.International criticism to the new law has mounted swiftly, with UN chief Antonio Guterres saying it is “contravention of international law”, but the United States (an ally of Israel) has been notably silent.Flanagan said Ireland remains steadfast in its support for a comprehensive two-state solution which protects the future of both the territories.With reporting from – © AFP, 2017Read: John Kerry tells Israel it ‘can either be Jewish or democratic – it cannot be bothRead: Halligan to tell Israelis to treat Palestinian people ‘in a more humane way’ Anti-Israeli demonstrators outside Downing Street, London. Image: Empics Entertainment Feb 7th 2017, 9:48 PM THE GOVERNMENT HAS strongly criticised a decision by Israel to approve legislation that will allow further Israeli settlements on Palestinian soil – threatening to inflame relations between the two territories.The Israeli law passed yesterday allows for the appropriation of private Palestinian land for Jewish settler outposts, meaning legalisation for dozens of wildcat outposts and thousands of settler homes.Settlements in both the West Bank and east Jerusalem are viewed as illegal under international law and major stumbling blocks to peace as they are built on land the Palestinians want for their own state.Commenting on the decision today, the Minister for Foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan said that he was ”deeply disappointed” by the decision of Israeli legislators.“This represents a further serious setback for the Middle East Peace Process. It has been widely criticised both internationally and by many in Israel. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Evidence Greek police supporting Golden Dawn

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Recent opinion polls in Greece has found that support for the far right party, Golden Dawn, is much higher in the police force than in the general public. Recent violent events has seen police ignore severe acts of violence and even partake in it. Golden Dawn MP, Ilias Panagiotaros told the BBC “we have more than 50 per cent of police staff that are following us – maybe more – every day it is growing”. Last week the same man led a demonstration that closed down a performance of the Terence McNally play Corpus Christi. He was filmed shouting racist and homophobic insults at the director, all while rocks were flying into the open air theatre. The police stood by, acting oblivious. In a separate incident, footage shows Golden Dawn MP Christos Pappas “de-arrest” a demonstrator, pulling him from a police detention coach, as the police do nothing. Though Golden Dawn members have attacked migrants frequently, in the past month the far-right party has stepped up its presence on the streets. Alarm is spreading among sections of society not previously affected by the party’s actions. During a motorbike protest last week, a clash with Golden Dawn occurred. A unit of the motorbike-mounted police called Delta Force arrested 15 demonstrators, stripping them naked in the prison cells and using Tasers, stress positions, humiliation techniques and beatings. “The Delta police arrived and spoke about Golden Dawn as if they were their siblings, including the officer in charge. They praised Hitler, saying he was better than Stalin,” a detainee said. Lt Col Christos Manouras, the spokesman for the Athens police told the BBC: “I am categorical that in this incident none of these things happened in the headquarters building of the Attica police. Greek police respect human rights – and this is a non-story.” Police inaction is now fuelling Golden Dawn supporters’ violent attacks, as they no longer fear prosecution. Theodora Oikonomides, a journalist at the alternative radio network RadioBubble, who has covered the rise of Golden Dawn, voices a fear common to many: “Golden Dawn’s favourite themes, such as xenophobia, homophobia and anti-Semitism have now become part of Greek public discourse, whether at the political or at the social level. “By failing to take action against Golden Dawn while nodding and winking to its electorate at every opportunity, the Greek politicians – who are now in power with the support of European partners – have opened a Pandora’s box that will not close any time soon.” Golden Dawn has gone from eight local offices at election time to 60 nationwide. It is polling consistently as the third most popular party at 12 per cent. Source: BBClast_img read more

Hundreds peruse toys other collectibles at toy show and sale

first_imgFrom vintage toy trains to recently released video games, toy lovers made use of a vast selection Sunday in Vancouver.Vintage toys, pop culture items, dolls, trains and records were within grasp at the Vancouver Toy Junkies Vintage Toy Show and Sale at Warehouse ’23, 100 Columbia St., Suite 102. More than 140 vendors participated, said Mike McLaugherty, the show’s organizer.“For me, it’s all about bringing the community together,” McLaugherty said.In one room sat collectors of decades-old toys. Terry Parker, 69, of Portland, offered an array of Matchbox and windup cars, Tonkas and even a tricycle from the 1930s with a horse-shaped seat.“That’s kind of an unusual piece,” Parker said of the tricycle, which bobs up and down when ridden to mimic a horse ride. “That’s why I bought it.”The piece is worth about $380, Parker said. But the potential cash haul was not the highest priority for him.“Let’s put it this way: it’s a hobby that pays for itself. People say, ‘Do you sell this stuff?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, but I buy it for me first,” Parker said. “The really fun part about doing this is the hunt to find this stuff.”Parker has been collecting for more than 40 years. While he considers himself ahead of the “Star Wars generation,” all collectors feel a similar itch, he said.last_img read more

Benitez cancels holiday for transfer

first_imgNewcastle coach Rafael Benitez has ruled out a holiday to push through Newcastle transfers, however, he desires to see more signs before agreeing to a new deal, according to Mirror Football.The Newcastle manager has sacrificed his holiday, instead opting to stay in England to push through a number of transfer deals.Benitez has put talks over extending his contract as current boss of Newcastle on hold till owner Mike Ashley shows signs of investing heavily in the playing squad this summer.The gaffer achieved the impossible of leading the toon to a 10th place finish last season after his side were tipped as relegation candidates due to a lack of investment in players.Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…He was hailed as a miracle worker by the fans of Newcastle but the former Liverpool boss knows things might have ended differently.The club have completed the signing of Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague as well as the signing of South Korean captain, Ki-Sung Yeung but Benitez knows more signings will be required if the toon army are to do well this coming season.Newcastle might end up losing Mikel Merino after Real Sociedad activated his release clause, Benitez is a keen admirer of the midfielder and would hate for the midfielder to leave.The pursuit of French man Alassane Plea continues with Rafa keen on bringing the 20-goal Nice striker to St. James Park.last_img read more

Wine Country fires devastate Beckstoffer still shows for CFWF in Turks and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – November 1, 2017 – Celebrated Wine maker, Tuck Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Wines is pushing past the devastation brought to his home and business in California after the raging fires there which actually killed 35 people in wine country USA.Making his third trip to the Turks and Caicos for the Caribbean Food and Wine Festival, Beckstoffer will tonight at the Wine Cellar be a part of the wine welcome event where he is usually the life of the party.  The Wine Cellar expects Tuck to be no different despite his own personal heartbreak over the fire effects on his home.In fact, Tuck Beckstoffer, in reports we have found on line is not only a vintner, which I learned is a wine maker and wine merchant but Beckstoffer is also a fire fighter and a philanthropist.  The Mercury News reported that Tuck was fighting off the Atlas Fire at Soda Canyon, that he was shocked at what he found including dead animals in the road, cars melted into puddles due to the intense heat of the flames, giant oak trees downed by the winds,snapped in half and damage to some of his properties.Another inferno, the Nun’s fire was threatening his other properties too and yet, the publication reported on October 12 that:  “Even as his wineries remain at risk, Beckstoffer has begun giving back to his devastated community, including donating this weekend’s tasting room proceeds to relief efforts, and putting on a big barbecue Thursday for firefighters.”The Turks and Caicos is happy to have Tuck returning for the 2017 installment of the #CaribbeanFoodandWineFestival, along with Neil Collins from Lone Madrone of Paso Robles and Greg Stach of Landmark Vineyards.  #CFWF2017 officially kicks off tomorrow with the welcome dinner at Grace Bay Club. Celebrated & Celebrity Chefs in for 2017 TCI Caribbean Food & Wine Festival Turks and Caicos 2017CFWF sold out, again! Related Items:#CFWF2017, #napavalleyfires, #thewinecellartci, #tuckbeckstoffer, #winecountryfires Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Culinary student selected for CFWF 2017 Recommended for youlast_img read more

IGT second quarter revenue down slightly on US and international decline

first_imgGlobal gaming giant International Game Technology (IGT) saw its net revenue fall slightly in 2Q18, down 1% to US$1.2 billion on the back of declines in the North American and International markets.The results were negatively impacted by the sale of social casino business Double Down and new revenue recognition standards, with North American revenue down 18% to US$254 million. It included a fall in gaming service revenue from US$208 million in 2Q17 to US$169 million, while product sales fell 17% year-on-year to US$85 million. RelatedPosts Caesars slips back into loss in 2Q19 but US properties showing growth ahead of Eldorado merger Load More Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes International revenue declined 6% to US$199 million with gaming service revenue in the segment falling from US$43 million to US$34 million and product sales down 10% to US$67 million.Conversely, IGT’s North American lottery business grew 5% to US$309 million on the back of product sales more than doubling, while Italy rose 9% to US$441 million.Group-wide Adjusted EBITDA increased 4% to US$442 million with Adjusted operating income remaining flat at US$264 million.IGT CEO Marco Sala praised the expansion of the company’s global lottery business.“The North America Lottery and Italy segments each exceeded our expectations in the period,” he said. “The North America Gaming installed base grew sequentially, and we have a compelling roster of new, for-sale video reel games coming to market in the second half. The strong start to the year gives us confidence we can achieve our 2018 strategic and financial goals.”Chief Financial Officer Alberto Fornaro added, “With better-than-expected Adjusted EBITDA growth of 10% in the first half, we are raising our full-year outlook for the underlying business.“As a result, we are able to absorb the negative impact of foreign currency translation and maintain the Adjusted EBITDA range of US$1.7 billion to US$1.78 billion for 2018.”last_img read more