A Family Remembers

first_imgFor family members, the pain of Sunil Dutt’s death is softened by the treasured memories they can still cherish. Sunil Dutt with daughter Priya Dutt Says nephew Kamal Dutt, a Chicago businessman, with whom Sunil Dutt was especially close: ” I had spoken to uncle two-three days earlier and he sounded exhausted having come back from a political rally in Kanpur, in the sweltering heat of May. But then that was how he was. If you were to ask him to fly across the seven seas, for just a day for a noble cause, he would come without any consideration for his personal well being, and his loyalty to Congress was unquestionable even though we all feel he never got his due.”For Kamal, who lost his father at a relatively young age, Sunil Dutt became a key figure in his life from the 1980s. “The family was very close, but then we migrated to the U.S. in the 70s, and uncle remained busy with his film career in Bombay. Nargis aunty and he were the magic couple. Their aura was dazzling. It was only in the 80s after Nargis aunty was diagnosed with cancer and was treated in New York that uncle started coming regularly to the U.S. and we bonded. We spoke every week no matter where he was.”Kamal’s most precious memories are waking up at 6 a.m. and jogging with Sunil Dutt in Central Park and sharing thoughts on everything, except films.“Uncle was an avid photographer and he loved to cook. Many times he would ask my wife Priya, to chop stuff, and then he would cook some wonderful dishes and ask me to invite friends over. He loved to sit in our backyard, sip red wine that he had developed a penchant for in recent years, after having quit smoking and alcohol after Nargis aunty’s death. He would reminisce or just chill out. He was also a man who never asked for favors from any one-ever, while he did so much for others. In fact he single-handedly helped the careers of so many actors, from Amitabh Bachchan to Vinod Khanna, to Ranjit, Johnny Lever and so many others, by launching some of them and giving a fresh shot of blood to the careers of others. In fact if I ever wanted to see a film shooting I would never ask uncle. I didn’t want to put him in a situation where he had to ask someone for a favor.”  Sunil Dutt with Satya DuttKamal’s mother Satya Dutt recalls that she first met Sunil Dutt as a tall and handsome 20-year-old when she married his cousin. “He was very affectionate and respectful. He looked up to my late husband, and both Nargis and he were two of the humblest people you would meet.”Satya Dutt says Sunil Dutt loved to write. “He would often run over and say Bhabhiji listen to what I just wrote and recite it with great passion. His mother was an amazing woman, a saint and all accepting. I used to tease her after Sunil married Nargis, whom she accepted lovingly, about how she a pure vegetarian had to eat on a table where non vegetarian dishes were served. She laughed and said that she closed her eyes when she ate! What she didn’t see didn’t hurt her. Sunil worshipped his mother. Nargis turned out to be everything he thought she would be, a respectful daughter in law, a wonderful mother and the perfect partner for him. She did spoil Sunju and would go to Sanawar and fight with the teachers if they complained against him. Her death devastated the whole family. But Sunil accepted this tragedy by becoming both mother and father for his children. He started taking better care of his health and became softer and mellower.”Priya, Sunil Dutt’s youngest daughter, echoes the sentiment. “Dad was perceived as this disciplinarian. He was actually a total softie inside and that façade of being strict just remained until mom was alive. When she passed away, he became both father and mother for us, and never let us feel the vacuum that comes with the loss of a mother.”Priya says her parents had a wonderful relationship. “They were close, but they also gave each other plenty of space to grow individually as people. There was tremendous respect for each other. In fact when I got married, dad told me, never lose your individuality and your identity and always respect each other. Dad was a great supporter of women empowerment and always there to support that in whatever way he could. “Satya Dutt says the Congress Party Sunil Dutt and she fell in love with when Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and other stalwarts were at the helm, lost its authenticity in her eyes, but Sunil Dutt remained loyal to it till the end. Sunil Dutt with Kamal Dutt The disgust in Kamal’s voice is palpable when he complains, “The Congress used uncle whenever they needed help. They knew he was their lucky mascot and yet he was bypassed for key posts in spite of winning five straight elections…. I don’t think the Congress Party ever gave him his due, but what devastated him was when Sunjay was framed and no one helped him. But he would say ‘I believe that when you marry, you remain with that person through good and bad, and till the end. I feel the same way about the Congress Party. I won’t leave even when I feel they have mistreated me.’ Even when every one let him down he defended them. He was going to be bypassed again until Sonia Gandhi for whom he had a soft corner intervened and he became the Sports Minister.”Priya Dutt says she had incessant arguments with her father over the fact that his loyalty was not being appreciated, and why was he breaking his back over people who didn’t really care. “Dad said to me, ‘I believe in the ideology of the party more than the people, many of whom will come and go. But if all of us give up and not try to make a difference then what is the point of having any kind of value system.’ Dad was one of those few people who delivered what he promised during the campaign. He braved terrorism and death threats, undertook the padyatra across Punjab though he kept teasing me that I was accompanying him only to skip my college exams! I did go back and take them!“Dad could be stubborn and he was a man of such strong values and convictions, he refused to budge no matter what happened. He knew all he had to do was to give in a little and many of his problems would be solved but he refused.”Both Priya and Kamal say the one key lesson they learnt from Sunil Dutt was to have the courage of conviction and do the right thing without worrying about other people’s opinion.“I think my dad inspired all three of us to be better human beings. His approval meant a lot. He touched the heart of everyone he met even once,” says Priya. “At the funeral we had so many people come up to us and say your father did this for us, he did that for us.”Adds Kamal, “I’m told that since Pundit Nehru, Bombay never saw the kind of turnout that it did when uncle passed away. People were seen sobbing by themselves watching the funeral on television. Big corporate houses put up huge billboards honoring him and his memory. Politicians come and go, but Dutt Sahib left a huge legacy of not just his philanthropic work, he tied people across the world in an invisible bond of love.”Kamal concludes, “Not a day goes by when his voice, his memories don’t haunt me. I miss him so much, but I know he had no regrets in life. He never complained about the tragedies he faced, but always reveled in the grace and the many gifts God had blessed him with. He worked with Sunjay in Munna Bhai MBBS. In fact he was to shoot for a sequel. His daughter Anju’s two girls were his life, and he was so proud of his kids, although I think the world was his extended family. Anyone who met him came away feeling they had known him forever.”Priya Dutt, who has been asked to take over her father¹s works, says, “feel so privileged that I got to spend so much time with him and learn somuch, but I also tell people I cannot take over from where he left, nor canI step into his shoes, because he taught me to walk in my own, to be my ownperson. All I can do is try my best to uphold his principles and the valueshe taught me, and walk the path he paved for me.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

Charge of the youth brigade: Average age in new Cabinet drops from 62 to 58.6 years

first_imgThe message is loud and clear from the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government -it’s time for younger leaders to lead from the front.Inducting 17 new faces in the biggestever Cabinet rejig on Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has shuffled as many as 22 ministries to make way for Congress’s young guns to the centre stage of governance.Barring a few leaders, most of the inductees are between the age group of 47 and 60 and the average age of the 76-member council of ministers has come down from 62 years to 58.6 years.Union Minister Salman Khurshid with Jitin Prasada, Manish Tewari and Jyotiraditya Scindia during the swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.The youngest ministers in the current team are Sachin Pilot and Milind Deora, both 35 years, while at 80, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh remains the senior-most of the lot.The government’s confidence in its young Turks can be understood from the fact that all key economic and energy portfolios have been awarded to leaders under the age of 45. While Jyotiraditya Scindia (41) has been promoted as minister of state (MoS) (independent charge) for power, Sachin Pilot has been appointed MoS (independent) corporate affairs. Both the ministers are close to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who has chosen not to be a part of the Cabinet while pulling the strings from behind the screen.Other leaders from Rahul’s camp are Adhir Chowdhury (56) MoS railways and Deepa Dasmunshi (52) MoS urban development, Jitendra Singh (41) MoS (independent charge) youth affairs and sports, Manish Tewari (46) MoS (independent) information and broadcasting ministry.Delhi MP Ajay Maken (48), who was holding the independent charge of sports, has been elevated to Cabinet rank and made the new housing and urban poverty alleviation minister.Union Minister Salman Khurshid shakes hands with Jyotiraditya Scindia during the swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday.The exit of senior leaders S. M. Krishna (80) and Ambika Soni (70) has also brought the average age down by a few notches. But the government has tried to maintain a healthy balance of energy and experience by appointing old party hand Pawan Bansal (64) as the railways minister.Bansal, who has been shifted from parliamentary affairs ministry, is considered clean and efficient. He is also pro-reform and has good synergy with the PM, the Congress president and Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia.Key portfoliosAs for the key portfolios of finance and commerce and industry ministry, P. Chidambaram (67) and Anand Sharma (59) have been retained in their positions to push forward the investment and reforms policies of the government and turn them into the engine of job growth in the country.Urban development minister Kamal Nath (66) has been given the additional charge of parliamentary affairs. The UPA does not have enough numbers in Parliament to pass key Bills and a resourceful minister like Nath, who has a wide network across partylines, is expected to manage the floor coordination.”The Prime Minister has brought younger people into positions of responsibility. The reshuffle is a good mix of younger people, experience and talent,”Kamal Nath said.Apart from promoting younger leaders, the reshuffle also underscores the Congress’s electoral calculations in crucial states such as Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls in 2014. As many as five MPs from Andhra have been inducted in the Cabinet. Sources said West Bengal PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya and former minister Manas Bhunia were also in the reckoning, but Rahul vetoed them on the ground that they were not aggressive enough to take on the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee.Manish Tewari’s debut in the Cabinet also marks the beginning of a strategy leading up to the 2014 elections to sell the government’s achievements by packaging it well through articulation and implementation on the ground.”The message is clear from the reshuffle -it is continuity with renewal. Performance is the key criteria but certainly we are looking at the elections 2014 and we would work to highlight the achie-vements of the government,” Tewari said.The reshuffle is also sending out a political message to the party’s detractors that it does not care about the corruption charges levelled against it. Coal minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, though linked to coal block allocation scam, has not been dropped while law minister Salman Khurshid, who faced allegations of financial bungling over an NGO run by his wife, has been promoted as the external affairs minister.Sources said Rahul is also behind the induction of Shashi Tharoor, Arunachal MP Ninong Ering, Kodikunnel Suresh, a Dalit face from Kerala, into the Cabinet.Impromptu chatRahul, who arrived at the Rashtrapati Bhavan along with his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, was seen congratulating the young ministers. When mediapersons asked him when is he taking up a bigger role in the government, the MP smiled and said:”I am already plunged in.You were writing that I am becoming a minister.”When reporters told him that the reshuffle had his imprint, Rahul, who was chatting with Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, RPN Singh, Jitendra Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia, quipped:”I am talking with my’imprints’.”Asked about the non-induction of Rahul in the Cabinet, the Prime Minister said:”I wanted him in government, but he has preoccupations.”He has to strengthen the party.”Speaking to reporters, Manmohan said he is expecting his new team to remain in office until the next elections. For the ministers who were dropped from the Cabinet, the Prime Minister said their services were required in the party.Those dropped from the Cabinet include former tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay, whose name figured in the coal scam for his official position allegedly being misused to favour his brother.Sahay’s friendship with Baba Ramdev has also not helped him. ‘The Prime Minister has brought younger people into positions of responsibility. The reshuffle is a good mix of younger people, experience and talent’.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Dame time: Lillard’s 3 at buzzer ousts Thunder, sends Blazers to 2nd round

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after making the game-winning shot at the buzzer against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 118-115. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Oregon — After Damian Lillard hit his walk-off 3-pointer to send the Trail Blazers along in the playoffs, he waved goodbye to the Thunder bench.“That was the last word,” he afterward. “That was having the last word.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists for his 10th career playoff triple-double and his second of the series. Paul George added 36 points.”Sometimes it’s your turn to go through something, and when you keep fighting, and keep working through it, and stay together… there’s a reward waiting for you.”@Dame_Lillard x #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/3gT0TeJGlg— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019“Very, very disappointing. It’s as simple as that,” George said. “We let this one slip away but it is what it is.”Lillard had 34 points in the first half alone — more than Westbrook and George had combined (32) for the Thunder — but the Blazers had just a 61-60 edge going into the second half.The Thunder led 90-88 going into the final quarter. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to extend the lead while Lillard took a break on the bench.Oklahoma City went up 105-90 with 7:45 left on Dennis Schroder’s pullup jumper as Portland struggled.Lillard’s 3-pointer pulled the Blazers within 108-103, but Westbrook answered with his own 3. CJ McCollum’s bank shot cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 113-109 with 1:39 left. Maurice Harkless added free throws to get the Blazers within two.McCollum tied it with a jumper with just under a minute left, but George scored on the other end. Lillard’s layup re-tied it then Westbrook missed a layup with 18.3 seconds left to set up Lillard’s epic buzzer beater. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Finals slot in sight Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Lillard finished with a franchise playoff-record 50 points and Portland eliminated Oklahoma City from the postseason in five games with a 118-115 victory on Tuesday night.Damian Lillard (50 PTS) buries the three for the #TissotBuzzerBeater and the @trailblazers advance to the Western Conference Semifinals with the 118-115 Game 5 victory! #ThisIsYourTime #RipCity#NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/cVqLJkHLR4FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— NBA (@NBA) April 24, 2019 Lillard’s long 30-foot 3-pointer pulled Portland within 43-39. George collected his third foul midway through the quarter after scoring 17 points.Another Lillard 3 closed the gap to 52-50 and the Blazers pulled in front 56-55 with 1:42 to go in the half on Seth Curry’s 3-pointer. The Blazers led 61-60 at the break, led by Lillard with 34 points.Kanter, who became Portland’s starter when Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg late in the season, was clearly having trouble with his left shoulder. He came down hard on it late in the half and cried out in pain but he started the second half.Kanter said afterward the original injury happened in the opening quarter and may be a separation. “We’ll see what happens,” he said, his shoulder wrapped.TIP-INSThunder: OKC coach Billy Donovan knew before the game what the Thunder were up against: “You throw everything you have into this game. It’s a matter of a collectively going out there to play to the best of their ability.” … The Tunder swept the Blazers in four games during the regular season.Trail Blazers: Lillard has had 30-plus points 13 times in the postseason. His effort on Tuesday night surpasses his previous playoff high of 40 set against the Warriors in 2016. … Klay Thompson has the playoff record with 11 3-pointers in a game for the Warriors — also against the Thunder — in 2016. … Portland has won 11 straight at home in the regular season and playoffs. …MORAL SUPPORT: The crowd roared in the final minutes when Nurkic was shown on the video scoreboard, cheering from the Blazers’ bench. It was the first time Nurkic had joined the team in the playoffs.“You guys know it, you felt it in the building when they showed him on the big screen,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “The fact that he showed up — no one knew he was going to show up. I honestly think we fed off that. There was a little good karma when he did show up.” With the game tied, Lillard dribbled just inside of halfcourt near the Blazers logo and then pulled up and hit the game-winner at the buzzer from 37-feet. After his wave, Lillard was mobbed by his teammates and the crowd chanted “MVP! MVP!”Lillard finished 10 3-pointers, second-most ever in an NBA playoff game.“All of those things that we did to give ourselves a chance to win were huge,” Lillard said. “And my part in it, I think, was probably my most important performance.”Portland advances to the Western Conference semifinals to face the winner of the series between the Nuggets and San Antonio. Denver won 108-90 earlier in the night to take a 3-2 lead in that series.It was the 12th straight road playoff loss for the Thunder, who have been eliminated in the opening round for three straight seasons.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “I don’t care what anybody says that’s a bad shot,” George said about Lillard’s 3. “But he made it and that story will be told, but it was a bad shot. You live with it.”McCollum finished with 17 for the Blazers and Enes Kanter had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Dame. Called. Game. 👋 pic.twitter.com/8Z0skeDbZE— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) April 24, 2019The Blazers stole one in Oklahoma City, winning 111-98 on Sunday. Westbrook went cold, finishing was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points. He missed his final 10 shots. Lillard finished with 24, including 15 in the third quarter.Portland was swept in the first round of the playoffs for the past two seasons, last year by New Orleans and the previous year by Golden State.The Blazers last trip to the Western Conference semifinals came in 2016, when they beat the Clippers in the opening round before falling to the Warriors in five games.The Thunder also got knocked out in the opening round for the past two seasons. In 2016, a year after missing the playoffs entirely, they went to the conference finals but lost to Golden State.The Thunder went up 22-12 early, and George made his first six shots from the floor. Oklahoma City held a 37-29 lead at the end of the first quarter, but Lillard led all players with 19 points. McCollum got into foul trouble and headed for the bench. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 Playoffs Semi-final 2 HIGHLIGHTS, Bengal Warriors vs U Mumba in Ahmedabad: Bengal Beat Mumbai 37-35

first_imgThe final of Pro Kabaddi League 2019 will take place in Ahmedabad on Sunday and both teams will be looking to make it to the last hurdle. While Bengal have had a stupendous run to the semi-final overall, U Mumba are high on confidence having won their last five matches and can be an extremely tricky customer.Bengal Warriors have won 14 of their matches while they have lost only five and have drawn three. Their captain and raider Maninder Singh has been their best performer even as this Bengal side is an excellent raiding unit. They will need to be at their best once more against the renowned defence of U Mumba.U Mumba have won 13 matches, lost eight and drawn two. Their defence of Fazel Atrachali and Sandeep Narwal is a handful for any team and the two will look to handle the top raiding unit of Bengal Warriors.last_img read more

Panathinaikos Beats Atromitos, 2-0

first_imgWith a 2-0 win over Atromitos and and a 0-0 draw between PAOK and Asteras Tripolis, Panathinaikos has opened a four-point lead in the Super League play-off mini league.PAOK finds itself slipping further back in second with Panathiniakos starting to pull away although the two will go head-to-head twice next week.Marcus Berg scored twice to give the leading Greens the win over the Peristeri team. Berg got his first on a pass from Sotiris Ninis in the 62nd minute and added another five minutes later to seal it, heading in a shot from Charis Mavrias.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stillwater, Boone-Style

first_imgBasically the entire operation (both the stadium money and the life insurance policies[2. Again, go read the article to know what I’m talking about]) hinged on Boone being able to house a 20% ROI every year. There was no diversification, there was no contingency plan. I’m not an economist but that seems absurd.If it wasn’t clear before that Mike Holder is a pawn in somebody else’s game[3. And it very very very much was clear] it is now. “Heads will roll.”I’m not a big “taking out life insurance policies on people is creepy!” guy but I will say when you’re dealing with that many millions, it seems like the line between “betting on life expectancy tables” and “wow, this person really needs to die” is a lot blurrier than it should be.I don’t know all the dynamics in the hierarchy of leadership in Stillwater, but it would take a pretty strong argument for somebody to talk me out of thinking Burns is the only person there that will go toe-to-toe with Boone-daddy.Again, none of this is new[5. And in terms of bigger pictures, these details are probably not tremendously consequential, though a lot of questions can and should probably be asked about the long-term viability and ethicalness of an 84-year old oil man essentially steering a transformative athletic program…] but as an OSU fan it’s worth knowing every side to the story, grisly as they might be.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe way we got here, the price that has been paid, well it’s not as pretty or as square as we might like it to be[1. Or as many of the Twitter feeds emanating from the OSU athletic department would have you believe.].There was an article in the Wall Street Journal over the weekend about Boone and about Stillwater and about the $275 million that was lost and about the $33 million that was lost after that. It’s all pretty grotesque, yet as you’re reading it, you kind of, I don’t know….maybe it’s just because we’ve lived this story…you understand it.I can’t link to the story because you’d have to pay for it, but if you Google “Boone WSJ” it’s the first thing that pops up and for some reason it’s free that way. You should read it, the details are recycled from various corners of the internet but the author does a pretty good job of piecing everything together.Here were the main points I took away…last_img read more

MEPs Reject to Monitor NOx Emissions from Shipping

first_imgtransportenvironment, April 16, 2014 zoom Today MEPs voted to reject a proposal to monitor nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from shipping, which is set to overtake all land-based sources by 2020.Transport & Environment says EU governments must not waste this unique opportunity to monitor two of the most harmful air pollutants, NOx and sulphur (SOx), as part of the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of shipping emissions proposal.Air pollution from international shipping, of which SOx and NOx emissions are a big part, accounts for about 50,000 premature deaths per year in Europe. MEPs today rejected the Environment Committee’s amendment to add NOx to the MRV requirement to report CO2.The Environment Committee had already excluded sulphur reporting, a move which flies in the face of tough new SOx regulations that enter force in 2015. In addition, MEPs also rejected the chance to monitor ship efficiency, which is a key enabler to improve the sector’s environmental performance.Aoife O’Leary, T&E policy officer for shipping, said: “Inexplicably Liberal MEPs rejected their own policy recommendations to include NOx and joined others in seriously undermining emissions monitoring. Given that NOx from shipping in Europe is set to exceed all land-based sources by 2020, it is a serious setback to the health and environment of Europeans.”The vote follows EU states succumbing to pressure from Russia and others at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to delay the start of NOx emissions control areas, which require an 80% cut in NOx from new ships sailing in specially designated zones.Aoife O’Leary added: “Shipping emissions monitoring is a clever and cost-effective way to report all air pollutants, including SOx and NOx, at once. But the Parliament’s decision is short sighted, and member states must now ensure that Europe includes these emissions if its monitoring proposal is to be worth while.”last_img read more

Canada Games The Experience of a Lifetime

first_imgTeam Nova Scotia athletes won 46 medals, set new records, achieved personal bests and had the experience of a lifetime at the 2005 Canada Games in Regina, Sask. The team finished the two weeks of competition Saturday, Aug. 20, in sixth place. Medals were won in athletics, canoe/kayak, women’s basketball, rowing, rugby, sailing and swimming. Canoe/kayak was Nova Scotia’s powerhouse in the first week with 28 medals. Athletics led the second week with eight medals — three more than ever before. “We had a great two weeks in Regina, both in terms of our athletic performance and the personal experiences for our team members,” said chef de mission Russell MacDonald. “We offer our thanks to the Games’ organizers and all the volunteers for giving our athletes an experience they’ll remember forever.” Team Nova Scotia athletes are supported by 45 coaches, 23 managers, two boatmen and 18 mission staff. Four young artists participated in the National Artists Program at the Games, bringing the team’s total to 422 Nova Scotians. Team Nova Scotia is funded by Nova Scotia Health Promotion. Sponsors include the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Avis, McDonald’s, ATV and the Chronicle Herald.last_img read more

Andy Serkis Gives Voice To Lonely Suffering Chimp

first_imgIt’s not Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong: it’s a new PETA US video, narrated by Andy Serkis, that shares the story of Louie, a chimpanzee who has apparently lived in isolation from his species at a roadside zoo in the US state of Michigan for six years – nearly all his life.Video: Caged Most of His Life-Louie the Chimpanzee Needs Your Help“Male chimpanzees like me usually stay with their families their entire lives, but I never even got to know mine”, says Serkis, as Louie, in the video. “Share my story, and tell the DeYoung Family Zoo to release me to an accredited sanctuary where I’ll finally be able to meet other chimpanzees and live the way I was meant to live. And please don’t support businesses that keep animals like me behind bars.”In an exclusive interview with PETA US, Serkis also reveals what made him take on the role of Louie: “I’ve obviously over the years become very connected to stories and the lives of the great apes in our world, and this story really blew my mind”, he says. “The fact [is] that here we have a chimpanzee shipped to a small family zoo, where he’s now kept in a cage, completely isolated, unable to socialize, living a very lonely and miserable existence, and it just broke my heart. It’s the same as treating a human being the same way – it really is.”Earlier this month, PETA US sent an official notice to the DeYoung Family Zoo – where Louie and a second chimpanzee, Tommy, are apparently being kept in isolation – warning the facility of its intent to sue under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which requires plaintiffs to inform potential defendants at least 60 days prior to legal action. In its letter, the group contends that denying highly social primates the opportunity to lead active, stimulating lives and engage in species-specific behaviour – as well as allowing visitors to yell and gawk at Louie – all constitute violations of the ESA, which makes it unlawful for chimpanzees to be harmed or harassed.PETA US – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – has offered to arrange for the transfer of both chimpanzees to an accredited sanctuary at no cost to the DeYoung Family Zoo.last_img read more

BMO fined 125M euros by Irelands central bank for breaching licence conditions

TORONTO — The Bank of Montreal’s Irish subsidiary has been fined 1.25 million euros by Ireland’s central bank for breaching a condition of its banking licence.The central bank says the Bank of Montreal Ireland plc. failed to establish and maintain processes and controls to ensure the submission of certain reports regarding operational risk.It said BMO has admitted the breaches in full.BMO was not immediately available for comment.The central bank says the appropriate fine amounted to 1.78 million euros but this was reduced by 30 per cent, as per its procedures for early settlements.It added that this was the Canadian lender’s second reprimand and fine for deficiencies in regulatory reporting. Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO)The Canadian Press read more

Malaysian tiger girl wins UNletter writing competition to save the planet

28 August 2007Assuming the mind of a tiger cub, a young Malaysian girl has won a United Nations letter-writing competition, beating out over 3 million other youngsters from around the world who were asked to put themselves in the position of a wild animal whose habitat is threatened by environmental or climate change. “I want to congratulate you all. Many of you have good education and live in your so-called world of modernization. Does this mean that humans are civilized?” 14-year-old Sze Ee Lee wrote, taking on the role of the cub living in the endangered rainforest. “Yet, why do humans still need to invade our jungle besides hunting us like in those primitive days? Dear people of the World, don’t burn our homes and occupy the area, our natural habitat. We have no other place to go.” It is the first time that Malaysia has won the international competition sponsored by the UN Universal Postal Union (UPU) since it began in 1972. “We are helpless. We depend on you – the People of the World to save us,” the letter concludes, winning unanimous praise from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) jury. “With her sensitivity and imagination, the young Malaysian successfully conveyed the urgency of the situation and sent us a message: we must unite to save our planet,” the jury said. For next year’s 37th competition, the UPU is inviting youngsters to write a letter explaining why the world needs more tolerance, a particularly relevant theme in an age of globalization, migration and other trends bringing ever more people from different cultures into contact with each other. “Creating a world in which all people live in harmony is a noble goal to which each of us can aspire,” the UPU said. Predating the UN by seven decades, the UPU was founded in 1874, the second-oldest international organization after the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It is the primary forum for cooperation between postal services, setting the rules for international mail exchanges among its 190 members. read more

Ban urges corporations to enhance partnership with UN for social development

23 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon tonight urged corporate executives to strengthen their engagement with the United Nations in its efforts to help countries achieve the internationally-agreed social development and poverty alleviation goals before their target date of 2015. “Let us recognize that investments in the MDGs [Millennium Development Goals] are investments in sustainable economic growth. Business will flourish only if people do,” Mr. Ban said as he welcomed heads of corporations and government officials gathered in New York for a summit of the Global Compact, a UN initiative that seeks to foster socially responsible business practices.Mr. Ban said the UN, governments and businesses should agree on what he called a “Development Compact,” in which companies work even more actively with the UN to scale up measures and projects that improve people’s lives.“This is a moment of transition and uncertainty. The private sector knows this as well as anyone. Your businesses are on the front lines. From Wall Street to Main Street, from boardroom tables to kitchen tables, from national capitals to capital markets, people look for sustainable growth and sustainable development.“With your engagement, with your recommitment here at this summit, we can build a new era of sustainability,” the Secretary-General added.The number of companies participating in the Global Compact has risen from 40 initially to more than 8,000, Mr. Ban observed, saying that it was an indication that more business leaders accepted the idea that principles and profits complement each other. However, the vast majority of companies around the world had not committed themselves to the tenets of corporate responsibility, he stressed.“The global economy raises further concerns. Many countries have shown great resilience and remain engines of tremendous dynamism. Yet there is also great pain. People everywhere are losing jobs and livelihoods. None of us can say whether we are fully on the road to recovery or still in the eye of the storm. Meanwhile, new threats loom… climate change, conflict over increasingly scarce resources, environmental catastrophe.“We will take stock of where we stand and chart a way forward, building on what works, challenging ourselves to do more, wanting global integration work for business and people alike,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General will chair the two-day summit, which gets under way on Thursday, to discuss how to build a new era of sustainability – a time when environmental, social and governance issues will be deeply integrated into business based on both material and ethical rationales.More than 1,000 corporate chief executives, government ministers, heads of civil society and the UN are attending the gathering. read more

Google Street View Goes Where Cars Cant

first_imgIn its attempt to map the world up close and personal, Google has been pedaling its Trike all around the world, taking Street View to places it has never been before. It recently added images of these previously reachable places to Street View in Google Maps.Introduced in 2009, the Trike is a modified bicycle outfitted with Street View equipment that someone literally needs to pedal around, up, and down paths and sidewalks. With the Trike, Google is able to collect imagery from places its Google car can’t go, such as Champs-Elysées in Paris and Times Square in New York City. If you’re jealous of the images from the gardens at the San Diego Art Institute and other locations that were previously off limits to the Google Street View cams, don’t be. Goggle offers a solution on its blog: If you are the owner of a private property and would to make your location available for users to explore in Street View, you can invite the world to explore your property through its partner program. So you’ll be able to get your own little garden on the map. Check out a video of the Trike in action after the jump.last_img read more

I felt like I had a mountain to climb How these young

first_img Nov 27th 2016, 9:00 PM 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share418 Tweet Email3 Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 9:00 PM By Sean Murraycenter_img “I felt like I had a mountain to climb”: How these young Dubliners got back to work The Career LEAP initiative sees young people receive training and work placements to boost their career prospects. A NEW EDUCATIONAL programme designed to equip young, unemployed people in Dublin’s north inner city with the skills they need to get ahead in the workplace has seen its first participants succeed in finding work. Source: Maura HickeyA programme which is unique internationally according to researchers, Career LEAP managed to bring together businesses and community groups to recognise the value that these young people could bring to the workplace.Designed for young people who may have been left behind by formal education or personal circumstance, participants on the programme have excelled in recent months.Leon Fay, aged 19 from Dublin 1, had completed his Leaving Certificate and attended a PLC course in 2014 but did not complete it. Apart from some voluntary experience at his local youth club he had never worked prior to taking part in Career LEAP.“It was really hard,” he told TheJournal.ie. “I was applying for jobs and being told I needed so many years experience. I was sceptical at first about this course, but it’s made a massive difference.”Specifically looking at young people in Dublin’s north inner city, Career LEAP aims to take a collaborative approach in helping those into the world of work who had experienced difficulties finding a job. Leon Fay receiving his certificate of completion of the Career LEAP programme. Source: Maura HickeyLeon was lucky to get involved at all, having only completed his application and sending it on the final day for submissions. “I’m very glad I did it,” he said.He successfully completed the training and completed his three weeks work placement with Arnotts. He praised the interactive elements of the course, and said he really benefited from the approach to learning that was completely different from secondary school.He said: “I felt like I had a mountain to climb, but it’s given me such a confidence boost. I’ve learned so much from it.”While Leon had his eye on working in retail, he said that the course was beneficial to all involved, no matter their career prospects.Leon received excellent feedback from his workplace supervisor and was offered a full-time contract with Arnotts, which he accepted.“I really can’t emphasis enough how great it was,” he added. “It was a massive success for me, and for others.”Carlos Donovan, aged 23, is also from Dublin 1. He’d been unemployed since 2015, and was unable to find work until he enrolled on Career LEAP.“It was a different type of course,” the told TheJournal.ie. “It was all about how you prep yourself for work. It was fantastic.” Carlos Donovan receiving his certificate of completion Source: Maura HickeyThrough the course, Carlos was able to develop crucial skills, particularly in networking, that he used to get a job with EIR after completing the programme.He said: https://jrnl.ie/3099953 17,473 Views It really gave me confidence. Everybody who did it is flying now.It was a course where hard work was rewarded, according to Carlos. He explained that it equipped him with the mindset that he is now able for the world of work and hopes to continue using what he’s learned to excel.“I would definitely recommend other people to do it. It’s really helped me.”Years of workCareer LEAP was put together by Professor Carmel O’Sullivan, head of the school of education at Trinity College Dublin, and a resident of Dublin’s north inner city.She was conducting research into how businesses interact with communities in the area and, through her research, decided to design a programme based on what she had learned and see how beneficial it could be to young people in the area.“Just getting a job doesn’t sustain young people,” she explains. “We know that traditional communities can be alienated and left behind. We needed to develop these young people to create their own career identity.”The result was a thoroughly researched, strongly evidence-based programme, that trained both the young people on essential work skills and equipped businesses with a different mindset on how approach young people from different backgrounds.“The results surprised us in their impact. These young people were able to think critically and creatively to workplace situations that they may not have been able to before.”The pilot of this programme was successful, and further interventions are planned. “We’re going to incorporate what we’ve learned into a full study,” O’Sullivan said.We recognise that people need different forms of education, and hope to refine and get it absolutely right next time.The initiative has been popular in the local area, with many more eager to take part.“I live here and I love my community. I meet some of the young people here and they’re saying to me “What’s this LEAP thing?”. I’d love to do it. I’ve been hearing that feedback.”CeremonyThe eleven young people who completed Career Leap were awarded with certificates of participation by Minister Paschal Donohoe at the launch of the programme in Trinity Chapel last Wednesday.The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform commended those who had taken part and said the initiative “provides a valuable route for young adults into the rewarding and fulfilling world of employment and/or education.”He added that, in recent months, “the government has put a major initiative in place to further support the development and regeneration of this area”, and that Career Leap has built on that. Minister Donohoe meeting participants from the programme Source: Maura HickeyDirector of Swan Youth Service, Mairéad Mahon, added that the programme “will greatly enhance their progression routes and their employability prospects”.Mutual BenefitsBusinesses that took part in the scheme hailed the “very strong impact” on their own workforce, for those who engaged with the young people while on placement.The head of human resources at Bank of Ireland, Julie Sharp, said taking part was positive for both the bank and its workers, contributed to team-building and boosting motivation. “It was very rewarding for colleagues,” she added.The Career LEAP programme was developed by Professor O’Sullivan, in conjunction with Swan Youth Service, East Wall Youth, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), along with 18 prominent businesses in the area. Community group representatives alongside participants Source: Maura HickeyCommunity groups were quick to praise Career Leap as a shining example of businesses coming together with community organisations and youth services in a way that was beneficial to all involved.The chief executive of the BITCI, Tina Roche, said that, through programmes like this, “we can build stronger more inclusive societies which is good for both society and business.”A&L Goodbody expressed similar sentiments. Corporate responsibility manager, Sinéad Smith, commented: “We are also very keen to support the collaborative nature of the project which will measure the impact of what organisations can achieve together.”With the positive results reported so far, Trinity College has said that many more are looking to sign up for another Career Leap course, which it’s hoped will run in 2017.Read: Decision time: How to decide on the career that’s (hopefully) right for youRead: Losing a job is the single most negative event a person can experiencelast_img read more

Losing the war of the rhododendrons HealyRae says invasive weed in Killarney

first_img Monday 4 Mar 2019, 6:10 AM By Christina Finn Mar 4th 2019, 6:10 AM Share10 Tweet Email1 ‘Losing the war of the rhododendrons’: Healy-Rae says invasive weed in Killarney is getting worse Last year Healy-Rae said the army should be sent to Killarney National Park. 12 months on, he says the situation is getting worse. 35,854 Views Short URLcenter_img We all know Killarney is the tourist capital of the world. There is no place better than Killarney, or its National Park. We should be proud of it. The government is not doing enough to maintain it. Millions being spent on national park But the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht takes a different view to that of Healy Rae, saying it has “invested heavily” and is committed to tackling the spread of invasive species in Killarney National Park, most particularly Rhododendron ponticum.A statement to TheJournal.ie said that dealing with the plant is “difficult, costly, and labour intensive”, adding that the management of the dynamic and aggressive Rhododendron ponticum is “a long-standing on-going programme in the National Park”.They said there a robust management programme by experienced National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).Since 2011, the department said it has invested over €700,000 to tackle rhododendron clearance in Killarney National Park.In 2017, the Department spent over €2 million in Killarney National Park, which included monies spent on Killarney House.This figure includes a spend of some €228,355.30 on the eradication of Rhododendron in Killarney National Park, it added, stating that it represents a large proportion of the department’s overall budget for National Parks and Reserve. In 2018, the department spent €223,972.84 on eradication within Killarney National Park.Staff dedicated to the plant eradication An updated Strategic Rhododendron Management Plan has been finalised and the department said it has suitably qualified vendors to carry out works over a four-year period. The department said it employs a number of specialist staff for the park, and this includes one person who is specifically dedicated full-time to its Rhododendron problem. The statement added that “new invasive alien species legislation” is at an advanced draft stage in the department. This new law will update and strengthen current restrictions around invasive alien species and will also deal with outstanding issues concerning trade in invasive alien species, said the department spokesperson.This new legislation will bring into force a number of important national measures on foot of the introduction of EU regulations, which deals with invasive alien species across the union, and will provide officials with clear functions and powers in tackling such invasive plants, particularly where these species may have an adverse effect on National Parks and protected sites. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeTHIS LAST YEAR, Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae raised concerns about the rhododendron problem in Killarney National Park. Killarney National Park is being neglected because not enough resources are put into the maintenance and care of it, the Kerry TD claimed at the time. He told the Dáil that the rhododendrons are “taking over completely”, despite efforts to cut them back. “The rhododendron situation has gotten so bad in Killarney National Park, minister, that nothing short of calling in the army would put it right,” he claimedRhododendron ponticum was introduced to Ireland as a form of hunting cover in the late 19th century. It thrives in the temperate, humid climate and poses a significant threat to Irish woodlands by starving native flora of light and food and preventing regrowth.It has firmly taken root in the national park and efforts to manage it have been ongoing for more than 30 years.In a bid to get a hold on the situation, volunteers from the Men’s Sheds from around Ireland descended on the park in 2018 to help tackle the rampant rhododendrons. It was the second year Men’s Sheds members from 23 sheds across Ireland had to travel to Kerry to help combat the pernicious plant. One year on…One year on since Healy Rae raised the issue in the Dáil, is it any better? No, according to the Kerry TD. “In fact, it is getting worse by the week,” he told TheJournal.ie. “Despite the best efforts from the Men’s Shed’s volunteers last year, the situation with the weed is getting worse. It is widespread in the park, and it is doing untold damage. He said nothing is happening to deal with the problem, stating that while employees of the park are doing their best to get a handle on it, a lot more dedicated staff are needed in the park, “or else we will lose the war of the rhododendrons”.Healy Rae said:  https://jrnl.ie/4519655 49 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

10000 raised for family in need

first_imgA fundraiser held for the grieving family of Athanasia Mazarakidou, held this week in Melbourne, raised $10,000. The family, who are new migrants from Greece, lost Athanasia a day before Easter. She was only 34, and leaves behind her young daughters Kalliope and Theodora. Since her tragic passing, the Greek community have banded together to help support the young family in need.The fundraiser, organised by Philhellene restaurateur’s John and Susie Rerakis, was held at St Dimitrios church hall due to overwhelming support from the community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sondage les Français très favorables à leuthanasie

first_imgSondage : les Français très favorables à l’euthanasieUn sondage publié en intégralité dans Sud Ouest Dimanche indique que 94% des Français sont favorables à une loi autorisant l’euthanasie. Selon le sondage Ifop, paru samedi et réalisé les 21 et 22 octobre derniers, les Français approuvent ainsi quasi unanimement une législation qui permettrait l’euthanasie. Une adhésion qui augmente nettement par rapport à 2001 (+6 points).Parmi eux, 36% considèrent que cette loi devrait s’appliquer “à toutes les personnes atteintes de maladies insupportables et incurables”.Le sondage montre que la préférence religieuse des personnes interrogées est un facteur de différenciation. Parmi celles qui se déclarent “sans religion”, 97% sont favorables à une loi sur l’euthanasie. Le refus de cette mesure culmine en revanche parmi les musulmans. Il y a aussi davantage d’opposition chez les catholiques pratiquants.Chez les jeunes (18 à 24 ans), l’opposition à l’euthanasie est aussi marquée : 11% sont défavorables à une loi qui l’autoriserait.Hier, le président de l’Association pour le droit à mourir dans la dignité (ADMD), Jean-Luc Romero, a réclamé dans un communiqué “l’ouverture d’un débat parlementaire” sur l’euthanasie.L’Assemblée avait rejeté en novembre 2009 une proposition de loi du PS. En juin dernier, les sénateurs ont annoncé leur intention de déposer à leur tour une proposition de loi sur la légalisation de l’euthanasie à l’automne. Le 1 novembre 2010 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sony Releases a Surprise Ghostbusters VR Game

first_imgStay on target It’s very rare to see a company release a game without any sort of promotion. Usually, a title’s existence and release date are known months ahead of time. Surprise releases just don’t happen that often. That’s why it’s surprising that Sony has today released a brand-new Ghostbusters PlayStation VR game on the PlayStation Store.The game is called Ghostbusters is Hiring: Firehouse. It is the first entry in a planned series of Ghostbusters games for PlayStation VR. The game takes place in the same Ghostbusters universe from the eponymous 2016 reboot movie. It is being produced by Sony Pictures Virtual Reality with creative input by series producer, Ivan Reitman. As you may already know, Reitman directed the very first Ghostbusters film back in 1984.Players take on the role of a newly-minted Ghostbuster. They will be guided by a ghost called Mooglie, who is voice by Patton Oswalt. Users will get to walk around the Ghostbusters firehouse and try to capture a ghost. Before doing that, they’ll have to assemble a proton pack and ghost trap in order to get the job done. The game promises to have a ton of hidden goodies, so exploration is encouraged. One of the surprises includes the iconic Slimer, who is hanging out inside of a hotdog cart (obviously).Ghostbusters is Hiring: Firehouse is available now for $6.99 on the PlayStation Store. It is also available on the Google Play and iOS App Stores. There’s no date set for the second episode, but the developer said it should be released soon. $7 for a ten-minute experience seems a bit pricey. But if the game contains as many secrets as the product description says, then it may be worth it. At the very least, PlayStation VR users will finally have an excuse to dust off their VR headsets to play this game. Toy Tuesday: The Best Playmobil SetsToy Tuesday: The Coolest Car Toys last_img read more

Gattuso says Milan is aiming higher

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club is currently in fourth place in the standings and might be able to get to third in the next weeksItalian Lega Serie A team AC Milan is currently in fourth place in the table.And for manager Gennaro Gattuso, the aim is high, but they got to focus game by game.“Are we pushing for third place? I’m not sure, it seems that more than a year has passed since we’ve been here,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“If there have been improvements it’s because we need to stay on this path forward, with the desire to grow and improve. I’ve noticed this in many players, I want to see that desire, this venom.”“The pitch will tell us if we can play with everything the same, tomorrow we’ll have a difficult challenge,” he explained.“We must pay attention, I think that we’re on the right road mentally and as a group. It’s normal to have to grow a lot, but we have leadership who wants to do the important things.”“If we put everything together and stay on the same path forward, great things could happen,” he added.last_img read more