Goel, Sisodia clash over house tax waiver

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 17 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel today sought to blunt the AAPs attack over a tax waiver for his haveli in old Delhi, saying heritage properties are given such incentives across the world.Goels remarks came on a day Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia made a fresh attempt to corner BJP on the issue against the backdrop of AAPs poll promise to waive house tax for the residents of the national capital.In a video message, Sisodia wondered when Goel was a “beneficiary” of a property tax waiver given by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, why a similar benefit should not be extended to the public.”It is a haveli, in the heritage list of the Delhi government. The Heritage Conservation Committee which includes the additional secretary of Urban Development, officials from MCD, DDA, NDMC and experts cleared the proposal for its restoration,” Goel said.The BJP leader told PTI that worldover heritage properties are given incentives including tax benefits and that the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC), chaired by Sisodia, had passed a resolution in favour of similar steps.Sisodia also accused the BJP leaders in the civic bodies of having “pocketed” earnings made from advertisement and parking revenues.Goel bought the 150-200 years old Haveli Dharampura in the Walled City from its owner 11 years ago and effected restoration.The AAP had earlier alleged that the North MCD had changed norms to forgo house tax for Goels property last year. PTI SBR TIRlast_img read more

James Sues Fox Sports Over Firing

first_imgDALLAS — Former college football television analyst Craig James on Aug. 3 filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate.The former running back for Southern Methodist University and the New England Patriots is seeking at least $100,000 in damages.Fox hired him in August 2013 — months after he lost the Texas Senate primary to Ted Cruz — only to fire him days later.James filed his suit in Dallas County, where he is seeking a jury trial to hear claims against the network that include breach of contract and violations of state law.Fox Sports didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the lawsuit, and a Dallas attorney for the network did not immediately return a call for comment.James was a longtime color commentator for ESPN who quit to run for the Senate in 2012. During the campaign, James said he opposed gay marriage and that gay people would one day “have to answer to the Lord for their actions.”Last year, James filed a complaint with the Texas Workforce Commission over his firing. Fox later issued a statement saying James was hired by regional executives and was not “properly vetted.”James has alleged that a national Fox Sports spokesman told The Dallas Morning News that James was terminated from Fox Sports Southwest for religious beliefs against same-sex marriage.James is being represented in his lawsuit by the Texas-based Liberty Institute.Hiram Sasser, Deputy Chief Counsel with the conservative advocacy group, said that when Fox fired James, the network publicly stated that his view on marriage was a reason.Sasser said that James was fired after Sports Illustrated magazine contacted Fox about the hiring in light of James’ comment during a primary debate that he opposed gay marriage.“It’s pretty rare that a company engages in religious discrimination in the firing of an employee and then issues a statement confirming that’s the reason,” Sasser said.In its statement last year, Fox called James “a polarizing figure in the college sports community” and said “the decision not to use him in our college football coverage was based on the perception that he abused a previous on-air position to further a personal agenda.”(DAVID WARREN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is all

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 16, 2019 09:46 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSThe design of the Red Magic is kinda exciting — it looks cool and different.Despite sporting a Snapdragon 835 chip, the Red Magic deals with all games without shedding sweat.With a big 3800mAh battery, the Red Magic can easily last for an entire day.Last year, the mobile industry took mobile gamers seriously after popular online multiplayer games such as PUBG MOBILE and Fortnite proved to be extremely successful. Asus came up with ROG Phone, a smartphone dedicated for mobile gaming with a tweaked Snapdragon 845 chipset. Soon after, many brands from China came up with dedicated gaming smartphones. Xiaomi came up with the BlackShark and Poco brands for catering to two distinct groups of consumers. Nubia also came launched the Red Magic and followed it up later in 2018 with the Red Magic Mars.In India, Nubia wanted to a re-entry that would be noticed. So, instead of coming up with a sub-Rs 20,000 smartphone, the company chose the gaming segment as its priority and launched the Red Magic. Priced at Rs 29,999 with the variant that has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, it undercuts the fan-favourite OnePlus 6T by a huge margin. However, when you look at its specifications, especially the older Snapdragon 835 chipset, it does struggle to appeal when you consider that Xiaomi sells the Poco F1 for at less.So, does the Red Magic make sense at a time when the world is gearing up for the ultra-powerful next-generation Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones? It’s surely fast and runs the games well. But yet, I have to say no. And that’s a pity because I do find that the Red Magic pretty good in some areas and would have liked to recommend it. So, why I can’t? Read on.Nubia Red Magic design: You can’t ignore itAt a time when all smartphone manufacturers are adopting the fragile glass as the primary material for building the bulk of a phone, the Nubia Red Magic is a step in the opposite direction. The Red Magic is a metal unibody phone, and this means I can use the phone without snapping bulky and ugly case on it. Wonderful! Metal is also more durable against damage and ages better than any glass smartphones because it hides scratches and wear-and-tear better.advertisement However, unlike most other metal-body phones, the Red Magic goes for an unconventional design, a design that no other manufacturer would have dared in today’s highly competitive market. The side-effect of this is the hint of impracticality. You can’t use the Red Magic while it is placed flat on a table without wobbling it every time you tap on it. Just look at the rear of the Red Magic.But that aside, look at the phone’s unique pyramid-like shape with a central ridge that features a massive RGB LED light. It delights the gamer in me. It is enough to get me excited about a smartphone. Why don’t other companies put big RGB lights at the back of their phones?And if this wasn’t enough, Nubia went on four red-coloured accents for the heat vents and the speaker, which is undeniably cool. Even the camera is housed in a trapezoidal module surrounded by red accents. The fingerprint sensor matches the rest of the theme. The subtle Red Magic branding and the Nubia logo towards the bottom complete this extremely excitable rear panel.Sadly, when you look at the front, after all that excitement that rear of the phone delivered, you feel bored. The front is dominated by a large 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. This translates to bigger bezels on the top and bottom. There’s no hint of a gaming phone here — no red accents, no graphics, no RGB lighting — nothing! The side features the usual array of buttons and a OnePlus-style slider. However, the slider is only used in enabling or disabling of the GameBoost mode. More on that later.In short, the design of the Red Magic is kinda exciting. The front could have been better, but otherwise, the phone looks cool and different.Nubia Red Magic display: Nothing to see hereOne of the most important criteria that a gaming smartphone needs to hit right is the display. After all, a display is the only way powerful specifications can show their efforts. Since the Red Magic was conceived in early 2018, It comes with an 18:9 display with a thick forehead and chin. In my opinion, this design is better than a notched implementation. But this is where my good impressions end. A 6-inch IPS LCD display with full HD+ picture resolution isn’t bad by any means. However, the panel’s colour rendition is simply average. The LCD panel produces dull colours with average contrasts. Sunlight legibility is decent while viewing angles are reasonably wide. I have seen better LCD displays at this price point or even in phones that are priced way cheaper than this one. Nubia lost an opportunity here.advertisementNubia Red Magic performance: Goliath to DavidsWhen the Red Magic was launched, I was wondering whether a gaming smartphone would keep up with the modern slew of Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones with its old Snapdragon 835. With my doubts intact, when I started reviewing the phone, I loaded up the Red Magic with most of the high-resolution graphics-intensive games such as PUBG MOBILE, Fortnite, Asphalt 9, Freefire, F1 Mobile Racing and Need for Speed: No Limits. And sure enough, as I expected, the Red Magic deal with them all magically.The RGB light is enough to get me excited about a smartphone. Why don’t other companies put big RGB lights at the back of their phones?The Snapdragon 835, despite being so yesterday in the eyes of geeks and gamers, still holds itself well in managing whatever the latest gaming titles can throw at it. PUBG Mobile came at a time when the Snapdragon 835 was in its heyday, hence it ran on the highest graphics settings. Asphalt 9, being a slightly modern title, compromised the frame rates while Fortnite chose to stay comfortable in medium settings. Gameplay was smooth most of the time, thanks to the overclocked 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB RAM.There is one more factor that helps with the surprisingly smooth performance, stock Android interface. Yes, instead of loading their custom Red Magic interface, Nubia knew enthusiasts in India value stock Android over everything else. Therefore, they took the AOSP launcher and added their performance modifications to it. With probably lesser load from the operating system, the phone could dedicate entire resources to what’s on priority. Nubia also made several under-the-hood optimisations to make sure the software supports the hardware when consistent peak performance is required. I played PUBG MOBILE and F1 Mobile Racing for close to two hours and never throughout the session I saw the phone panting for breath. The heat was kept under control — thanks to the air cooling. The GameBoost mode claims to kill background processes and boost performance. However, what I liked is that the Gameboost slider also puts the phone in Do Not Disturb mode. This disables all notifications, which improves concentration. The Gameboost mode also activates the RGB light show on the rear. There are four lighting patterns to choose from. While playing, the light show keeps going on. This gives a very gaming-laptop-like vibe.The audio performance is reasonably good. The single loudspeaker at the back is very loud and manages to cover a wider range of frequencies, with distortion happening only on the loudest volume levels. Audio through the 3.5mm headphone jack was impressive.Sadly, the same cannot be said when I wasn’t gaming. Optimising a stock Android interface for gaming is good, but tuning it for basic smartphone usage is also necessary. It is 2019 and the Red Magic is running on Android Oreo 8.1. What irks, even more, is that the security patch if from August 2018. Therefore, in terms of security, you are left vulnerable.advertisement The operating system also lacks proper optimisation and comes with a lot of bugs. There were occasions that I had to resort to rebooting the phone at least three times a day. The sound profile would weirdly go into DND mode, even when I have selected the Ring mode. The interface is also unpolished, especially with an unbalanced grid on the home screen.The biggest issue I have with the software part is that it’s very boring for a gaming smartphone. I understand that stock Android boosts performance, but I would have preferred a customised interface with exciting wallpapers, themes and sounds — something similar to OnePlus Oxygen OS. The dull interface doesn’t differentiate it from any other budget smartphone with a stock Android Oreo interface. Maybe an Android Pie update could sort things in the future, but I don’t see a promised update in the foreseeable future considering the security patch is still stuck 6 months ago.Nubia Red Magic camera: Neither bad nor excellentThe Red Magic sports a 24-megapixel rear camera with an F1.7 lens and phase-detect autofocus. Unlike the trend of putting dual cameras, there’s only a single sensor at work for the rear. With slight AI enhancements at work, the camera shoots some decent looking photos. In the daylight, the Red Magic’s camera is up there with other phones in its price segment. Images contain bright and vivid colours while contrasts are impressive in daylight scenarios.In low light ambience, the camera starts losing details because of aggressive noise suppression. Exposure management also falls drastically. Pictures clicked at night barely show anything in them. Video recording is capped to 2160p@30fps. The quality is rather average and with lack of any stabilisation, it leaves a lot to be desired.IMAGE SAMPLESThe 8-megapixel front camera is average at its best. The colours are fairly good but the images aren’t sharp. The selfie camera is good enough for video calls — not useful for anything more than that.Nubia Red Magic battery: You will drain out before it doesA gaming smartphone needs a big battery to keep up with the demands of power users. With a 3800mAh battery, the Red Magic can easily last for an entire day, considering close to two hours of gaming, frequent music streaming, texting, video streaming and occasional selfie sessions.Optimising a stock Android interface for gaming is good, but tuning it for basic smartphone usage is also necessary.On the days when I wasn’t gaming, the Red Magic stood at 50 per cent of stamina before I retired for the day. There’s an equivalent of Quick Charge 3 fast charging mode available (Nubia doesn’t mention Qualcomm’s branding anywhere) that tops up the battery from 50 per cent to 100 per cent within an hour. When the battery falls under 10 per cent, it can reach 60 per cent under 40 minutes.Should you buy the Nubia Red Magic?If your inner 9-year-old prefers to flaunt a flashy device with RGB lighting and exciting design for no reason other than putting a smile on your face, the Red Magic is easily the best for you.It’s the most exciting looking smartphone I have seen in recent times. If the design isn’t your sole reason to spend money on this one, the raw performance is what deserves your money. Even with an older Snapdragon 835 chipset, the gaming optimisations make sure you will be good to go for at least another two years before you are in dire need of an upgrade. That said, the Red Magic has its own set of flaws that can’t be overlooked. The display is average, the camera performance is sub-par and the gaming-focussed design is impractical to live with on a daily basis. The biggest issue though is the unpolished, unsecured and bug-riddled software that makes this otherwise great phone unusable at times.The elephant in the room is also the price of Rs 29,999. At this price, you can get Asus ZenFone 5Z with a Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Xiaomi offers the Poco F1 with the same hardware like the Asus but with added liquid cooling, a bigger battery and more practical kevlar body. We have seen these phones perform at the very threshold of what’s possible in the world of mobile gaming on Android.Therefore, it becomes difficult to recommend the Nubia Red Magic over the others. Maybe the Red Magic Mars with a Snapdragon 845 and capacitive touch triggers should have been the phone Nubia should have brought to India at this stage. Nonetheless, It’s a good start for Nubia and I expect them to compete with the established ones more aggressively.ALSO READ | Asus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptopALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 5Z review: The OnePlus 6 killer?ALSO READ | Xiaomi Poco F1 review: New flagship killer in townNubia Red Magic review7.5/10ProsImpressive designGaming performanceBig batteryConsDull displayOutdated softwareAverage cameraGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow GamingFollow SmartphoneFollow android Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is allWith great build quality and fast performance in running games like PUBG Mobile, the Red Magic shows Nubia’s prowess. But with older specifications and an unpolished software, it is hard to recommend this otherwise good smartphone.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

MPC Container Ships Buys SubPanamax Vessel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MPC Container Ships Norwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships is continuing its fleet expansion with the purchase of one more secondhand boxship.The company has inked an agreement to acquire SITC Makassar, a 2,496 TEU vessel built in Germany in 2006.As informed, the ship will be acquired for USD 9.9 million, including initial working capital.The vessel, to be named AS Patricia, will be taken over by MPC Container Ships’ 50/50 joint venture in the course of April 2018.SITC Makassar is currently owned by China’s SITC which bought the Sub-Panamax containership from Germany’s Projex Schiff in 2017, VesselsValue’s data shows.last_img read more

Ralliement de motivation des bénévoles à la GrandPlace des célébrations

first_img Douze jours seulement avant la cérémonie d’ouverture, les bénévoles des Jeux du Canada sont prêts à accueillir le pays entier. Les esprits étaient enflammés à la Grand-Place des célébrations à Grand Parade aujourd’hui, le 29 janvier, lors du ralliement de motivation des bénévoles des Jeux du Canada, au cours duquel une foule importante composée de bénévoles et de leurs familles s’est rassemblée pour se préparer pour les Jeux. « Le temps offert par nos bénévoles, ainsi que l’engagement et l’énergie de ceux-ci sont remarquables », a dit le président des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax, Jean-Paul Deveau. « La journée d’aujourd’hui avait comme but de les motiver à accueillir le pays. » Plus de 5 000 bénévoles de tous âges, de toutes origines et aux multiples aptitudes travailleront chacun au moins 24 heures pendant les Jeux. Plus de la moitié d’entre eux ont donné leur nom à Events Nova Scotia pour que l’organisme communique avec eux pour d’autres occasions de bénévolat. « L’expérience précieuse que ces bénévoles acquerront pendant les Jeux nous aidera à accueillir d’autres événements de grande envergure à Halifax et en Nouvelle-Écosse », a dit le MAL Leonard Preya, au nom du premier ministre Darrell Dexter. « Je souhaite remercier tous les bénévoles qui s’impliquent et nous aident à faire des Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax un énorme succès. » « Les bénévoles jouent un rôle essentiel dans cet événement passionnant que sont les Jeux de 2011 », a dit le maire Peter Kelly. « Sans leur implication, les Jeux du Canada de 2011 à Halifax n’auraient pas été possibles. » Le groupe Gypsophilia, originaire d’Halifax, a diverti les bénévoles. Kimiki Zakreski, planchiste olympique et bénévole des Jeux, était sur place pour inspirer la foule. Les Jeux d’hiver du Canada de 2011 seront l’événement multisports le plus important jamais tenu à Halifax et les premiers Jeux d’hiver du Canada pour la ville. À L’AVANCE : Ne doit pas être utilisé avant 13 h le samedi 29 janvier. Veuillez vous abstenir d’en faire une utilisation prématurée.last_img read more

Science Citys time machine to be replaced by new version

first_imgKolkata: ‘Time machine’ one of the prime attractions in the Science City that has been closed for maintenance since April 2018 will be soon replaced with a newer version. The authorities of Science City will now install two capsule simulators with enhanced viewing experience having 3D effect. The newer version is expected to be unveiled in December .”The earlier version was projection based but now it will be an LED screen and when you will sit with polarised glass on, the emersive feeling combined with the rolling and pitching effect experienced by you will make you feel an integral part of the entire film that is being screened infront of you,” said Subhabrata Chaudhuri, director of Science City, Kolkata. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThere will be a sitting capacity of 15 persons in each of the simulator which means 200 people can witness the film screened through the time machine in an hour. 44 lakhs visitors which accounts for 14.2 percent of the total visitors in the Science City have enjoyed the earlier version of the Time Machine clearly indicating its huge popularity. “We have been carrying out maintenance of the old version on our own since 2000 as the manufacturing company suddenly refused to do servicing of the machine three years after its installation in 1997. We realised that it was becoming a risky affair maintaining the machine on our own. So we decided to close it down and switch over to a much more advanced version – the Doron precision system based at New York ,” Chaudhuri said. Each of the two simulators is priced at Rs 2.8 crore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAn inspection team from Science City will visit New York in mid August and will take lessons on maintenance and other nitty gritty about the operation of the machine. It is expected to shift from its manufacturing base by mid September and is expected to reach the city in six weeks . “We will be holding test run for nearly two months before unveiling it for visitors preferably by December,” he added. The Science City hadlaunched the first of its kind 3D Space Theatre in January this year. The authorities hope to end the year offering another gift for Kolkatans.last_img read more

Sehwag believes Bumrah Co make India world beaters

first_imgNew Delhi:The Indian bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah has had world cricket sit up and take note and another example was dished out by the pacer and gang at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday when they decimated West Indies for 100 in their second innings after plundering 343/7 declared, to set the hosts a target of 419. It was once again the clinical show of the bowlers that stood out on a wicket that didnt really have any demons in it. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Speaking to IANS, former India opener Virender Sehwag said that it is the consistent show of the bowlers in recent times that has made the Indian outfit world beaters and the No.1 ranked Test team. “It is not that we didn’t have quality bowlers before. In my time we had the likes of Javagal Srinath, Ashish (Nehra) and Zaheer Khan and its great to see the way Jasprit Bhumrah, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the likes of Umesh (Yadav) — he has been around for a long time — have performed. It is good to see the way these bowlers are bowling — and ensures we are a formidable line-up,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Interestingly, while India decimated West Indies in Antigua on Sunday, Ben Stokes played a blinder in Leeds to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the Ashes for England. While he was one of the most destructive openers of his time, Sehwag has always had a special place in his heart for Test cricket and he believes that such performances are definitely brilliant advertisements for Test cricket and the World Test Championship that started with the 2019 Ashes. “The championship has come at the right time is what I feel. When there are such exciting matches (Ashes) it will be great to have the Test Championships. This will be great for the playing nations and for the format… more exciting and more competitive,” he pointed. At a time when the injury to Steve Smith has had the world talking about protection and how the ICC might wish to look at ways to ensure the safety of players, Sehwag feels that the bowlers also deserve to get some leeway as the rules have already handed batsmen quite an advantage as pacers can bowl only two bouncers in an over in the long format. “I never used the chest pad in my life… So I don’t think I need to use neck pads. Batsmen have the bat in hand, helmet on head, what more do you need? Let’s give something to the bowlers,” he said. The batsman, who was once in the news for his alleged differences with regular skipper M.S. Dhoni, feels that the current stories around Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are figment of imagination of the media. “I think these are all media created. They bat together and chit chat when they are at the crease; they also talk to each other when they are fielding in the slips… so I don’t see any enmity or fight there. Its all created by you guys,” he signed off.last_img read more

Stars Enjoy A Night At Sardis For Alzheimers Association

first_imgThe Alzheimer’s Association held its annual star-studded A Night At Sardi’s event – hosted by Mad Men’s Ben Feldman and Suit’s Sarah Rafferty – in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, March 26.“A Night at Sardi’s” is an annual celebrity musical revue and awards dinner to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. More than 1,000 prominent entertainment industry leaders and celebrities gather to recognize advances in the fight against Alzheimer’s — and rally around the growing movement to end the disease.Among the honorees this year were the cast of The Big Bang Theory – Mayim Bialik, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cucoco – who were awarded the Abe Burrows Entertainment Award for extraordinary commitment to the mission of the Alzheimer’s Association. The award was presented by Bob Newhart.Also honored was country singer Glen Campbell. The Campbell family has demonstrated immense courage with their public disclosure of Glen’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. They have become champions for the cause, carrying a message across the country while on tour, and testifying before congress in Washington D.C. about the need for Alzheimer’s to be a priority and the critical need for more research and resources. To recognize this incredible personal strength and the influence the family continues to have on so many across the nation, the Alzheimer’s Association is naming this inaugural award at Sardi’s for Glen and his family. The Glen Campbell Courage Award will recognize them, and future recipients, for promoting greater understanding and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, dispelling public misperceptions and moving people to take action.Among the performers for the night was John Stamos, who sang a duet with Robert Morse from their musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.To date, “A Night at Sardi’s” has raised more than $23 million to address this rapidly growing health crisis. The Alzheimer’s Association funds cutting-edge research, raises awareness and helps to address the needs of Americans living with the disease and their caregivers.last_img read more

Justin Timberlake Helps Make Wish Come True

first_imgFor Louisiana teen Emily Sanchez, 2014 has been the best year of her life so far. First, she finally got her new heart, Emily had been waiting over a year on the transplant list as a result of her life-threatening condition; and second, her wish to meet Justin Timberlake was recently granted by Kids Wish Network.In 2010, Emily began suffering from heart palpitations. Doctors conducted an echocardiogram and stress test on the 8th grade student; the results were devastating, Emily couldn’t walk for more than two minutes without stressing her heart. An angiogram confirmed she had congenital heart disease and a heart malformation. Over the next few years she had a defibrillator implanted, and in late 2012, was told she was in heart failure.Emily was immediately placed on the heart transplant list, but to make matters worse, Emily has a rare blood type that makes finding a suitable match even harder. The teen waited over a year for a new heart, and fortunately, one was matched in early 2014.One thing that always kept Emily smiling throughout her waiting game was listening to music from teen heartthrob Justin Timberlake. All her waiting paid off as Emily received her new heart and recently got to meet the superstar thanks to children’s charity Kids Wish Network.Emily got to rock out at Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience” in New Orleans where she met the star before the concert. Her wish included a mother/daughter day before with lunch at Bravo! Cucina Italiana and a shopping excursion curtsey of Lakeside Shopping Center. Emily and her family dined at Palace Café before the amazing concert.“Thank you Kids Wish Network for granting this wish for my Emily,” writes her mother Jennifer. “It was truly a dream come true, she had a wonderful time.”“Thank you all so much!” adds Emily. “It was amazing.”Emily is currently in good health after her heart transplant. She is looking forward to experiencing everything she missed out on while her heart was failing.Kids Wish Network is a Florida-based charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations.last_img read more

James Corden To Host Ad Councils 63rd Annual Public Service Award Dinner

first_imgThe Ad Council, the largest producer of public service advertisements (PSAs) in the U.S., announced today that James Corden will host its 63rd Annual Pubic Service Award Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on November 16, 2016.Attended by more than 1,400 prominent executives from the media, advertising, and corporate communities, the Annual Dinner recognizes the industries and individuals who support the Ad Council and its public service campaigns. This year’s event will honor Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems, for his philanthropic work and public service contributions through the Adobe Foundation. It will be chaired by Margo Georgiadis, President of Google, Inc. and Chair of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors.Since James Corden took over as host of THE LATE LATE SHOW on March 23, 2015, the show has earned four Emmy Award nominations, set YouTube records and achieved its highest ratings, with any host, since the show’s inception in 1995. Corden is a Tony Award-winning Broadway performer and starred opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt in the Golden Globe nominated feature film “Into the Woods.” He recently hosted THE 70th ANNUAL TONY AWARDS, which had its highest viewership in 15 years. Over the course of his career, Corden has been awarded the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Comedy Writer of the Year, the South Bank Show Award for Comedy, the TRIC Award for Best Comedy and the National Television Award for Best Comedy.“James Corden is a show-stopping performer, and we could not be more thrilled to bring his remarkable charisma and talent to this year’s Annual Public Service Award Dinner,” said Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, Ad Council. “With James’ warmth and wit at the helm, we’re sure to have an incredible night celebrating social good.”Previous hosts of the Ad Council dinner include Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien and Seth Meyers. Rachel Platten gave a special surprise performance at last year’s dinner, performing her hit singles “Fight Song” and “Stand By You.”The Ad Council has held the Annual Dinner, honoring corporate leaders for their contributions to public service, since 1953. The Public Service Award Dinner is the organization’s largest fundraising event. Last year’s benefit raised a record-breaking $4.1 million to support the Ad Council’s programs.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Saudi Scholar Claims that ISIS is Backed by Western Intelligence

Rabat – Saudi Shura council member Dr. Aissa Al-Ghaith has said that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), recently named Islamic State (IS) is backed by international intelligence agencies, likening the terror organization to a sacrifice sheep which is being fattened in preparation for slaughter.In an interview with Television channel Rotana Khalijia, Al-Ghaith who is a member of the consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, an advisory body whose 150 members are appointed by the Saudi Monarch, accused the intelligence agencies of key regional players, including Iran and Iraq in addition to the American intelligence of funding and arming ISIS.Al-Ghaith said that the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from Mosul and other areas leaving their arms and military equipment in the process was a tactical maneuver by the Iraqi Army to allow ISIS extremists to seize the weapons. He further claimed that the Islamic State haven’t targeted neither Iran nor Israel, which, according to him, indicates the terrorist group’s allegiance to them. The Shura council member pointed out that the so-called Jihad ISIS are talking about is nothing but a fake Jihad which is being employed by a group of extremists and outsiders who did not support Islam for the last thirty years.He added that these practices are only giving colonial powers argument to go back to the region. read more

Mandate of UNbacked group supporting Myanmar cyclone recovery extended

The mandate of the Tripartite Core Group (TCG) – which consists of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Government of Myanmar and the UN – has been extended until next July to allow it to continue its efforts in supporting Myanmar in its recovery.The TCG developed the three-year Post-Nargis Response and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP), which was launched last month and provides a blueprint for the reconstruction of communities devastated by Cyclone Nargis.The medium-term recovery needs identified in the PONREPP amount to $691 million over the next three years and called for the extension of the TCG as a basis for providing continued funding.“The results on the ground which have been achieved during the past ten months since Nargis struck prove that the assistance is reaching the people and that the joint humanitarian response at large has been successful,” said Bishow Parajuli, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, said today. “At the same time, challenges remain and the affected population will need continued support as outlined in the three-year recovery plan. With the extension of the TCG, the UN in Myanmar appeals to the international donor community to continue supporting the affected people,” he added. 4 March 2009The United Nations-backed group assisting the reconstruction of Myanmar after it was devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which left around 140,000 dead or missing and uprooted 800,000 from their homes, has been given another year in its role facilitating the recovery work in the South Asian country. read more

Government and diaspora hold talks in UK

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said the Government also welcomes some of the meaningful and constructive comments in favour of reconciliation that have been made in recent times by some of the diaspora members and groups. The Government was to have talks with the Tamil Diaspora in London over the weekend in an attempt to take the post war reconciliation process forward.Sources said that a Government Minister, who was visiting London, was to meet leading Diaspora groups while a Parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance was also to attend. Meanwhile, in response to a question posed by The Sunday Leader via email on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said the Government welcomes the meaningful participation of all diaspora groups and persons of Sri Lankan origin of all communities who live overseas to contribute to the reconciliation process as well as other processes that are underway in Sri Lanka. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a leading Tamil Diaspora group based in UK, had recently told The Sunday Leader it was willing to talk with anyone to address issues faced by the Tamils.“There are many Sri Lankans who live overseas from different communities who are extremely talented and skilled. People in Sri Lanka can most certainly benefit from their expertise and their knowledge in diverse fields – arts & culture, business, investment, education, science, research, sports, etc.  Their participation would enrich the lives of people in Sri Lanka. Their ideas are valued and welcome,” Colonne told The Sunday Leader. She also said that Sri Lanka appreciates all efforts taken by the international community, not only South Africa, but all other countries and parties, in discussing issues with the diaspora.South Africa had recently met the Global Tamil Forum for talks in London on the Sri Lankan issue as part of the role it plays in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process.“There is no official mediation role that has been accorded to the Government of South Africa. As you are aware, the President of South Africa appointed the Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa as his Special Envoy for Sri Lanka. This was at the request of the former President of Sri Lanka. Therefore, Mr Ramaphosa continues this task and we appreciate his efforts aimed at harnessing the tremendous capacity and goodwill that exists among the diaspora communities of Sri Lankan origin in the world, in contributing meaningfully and constructively to their country of origin, Sri Lanka, in a unitary framework, safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. read more

Senate GOP readies revamp of DoddFrank rules on mortgages too big to

WASHINGTON – The top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee unveiled legislation Tuesday that would ease regulatory requirements on mid-size banks and give lenders the option for greater freedom from mortgage lending rules.The legislation by Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby would be the most ambitious rewrite of rules governing the financial services sector since Democrats passed the groundbreaking Dodd-Frank law when controlling Congress in 2010.The bill would lift the asset threshold for banks considered “too big to fail” from $50 billion to $500 billion, giving regulators flexibility to exempt them from tougher capital requirements and stricter oversight. It would also give mortgage lenders flexibility to avoid lending standards put in place after the 2008 financial crisis — so long as they hold onto riskier loans rather than selling them.The bill would also give lawmakers greater oversight powers over the Federal Reserve and force changes to the way it produces a key report on its monetary policy moves, while requiring it to be submitted to Congress each quarter instead of twice a year.The measure, labeled a “discussion draft” that’s open to revision before a Banking Committee vote next week, faces a long road before becoming law. It avoids some of the biggest issues involving the 2010 law, such as trading in complex instruments known as derivatives and the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but still goes too far for Democratic defenders of Dodd-Frank, named after former Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the top Democrat on the Banking panel, called Shelby’s bill “a sprawling industry wish list of Dodd-Frank rollbacks” and said that regulatory relief should be limited to credit unions and smaller community banks.The Dodd-Frank law arose from the rubble of the financial crisis of 2008, sparked largely by the housing bubble and lax mortgage lending standards. Shelby’s measure would award banks a “safe harbour” from federal mortgage underwriting standards to allow them to issue more loans to borrowers who may not be able to prove their ability to repay the loan.The measure also would give banks with assets of more than $50 billion a chance at avoiding the strict capital standards and tighter supervision of Dodd-Frank that are aimed at preventing the collapse of institutions so big that their failure could bring down the economy. The new cap for such institutions would be $500 billion; regulators would decide whether smaller ones should meet the tougher standards.As for the Fed, the measure would award authorship of its monetary policy report to the larger Federal Open Market Committee instead of the seven-member board of governors. It also demands more details about how the Fed determines policy and would allow board members to hire their own staff, which is aimed at giving them more independence from the Fed chair, who has a very strong hand in shaping policy. by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2015 11:44 am MDT Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 2:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Senate GOP readies revamp of Dodd-Frank rules on mortgages, ‘too big to fail’ banks read more

New highrise opening downtown

by audreywhelan Posted Jun 20, 2016 7:11 am MDT New high-rise opening downtown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An artist’s rendering of the high-rise. (Courtesy: Calgary City Centre) A big office tower officially opens Monday in downtown Calgary.The 36 storey high-rise has 853,000 square feet of space and Cadillac Fairview says it’s already 92-per cent leased.The event at the building called Calgary City Centre starts at 3 p.m.The tower is located at 250 2 Street SW. read more

Celebration of Nations showcases Brocks cultural diversity

Brock University’s cultural diversity will once again be showcased during the Celebration of Nations, which is scheduled for March 6.Brock University’s cultural diversity will once again be showcased during the Celebration of Nations.The annual event, which is scheduled for March 6, highlights international students’ rich traditions and cultures in a market-like atmosphere.“We would like to encourage students from all countries to come represent your culture, history, people, music, costume, food – all the beautiful things of your homeland,” said Arthur Chen, manager of International Student Services.There will be table exhibits with colourful displays, food and music performances.There will be a display board and a table for each country, and International Student Services will cover some of the cost for display materials and can also help with display board design.Interested students are asked to submit a participation form. More information can be found online.The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pond Inlet.Brock has over 1900 international students from over 85 countries. read more

Football Ohio State looks to make it six straight wins against rival

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) pushes past Michigan defenders during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win on Nov. 26. Credit: Lantern File Photo“The Game” returns Saturday.Having already punched its ticket to the Big Ten Championship game, No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will travel north to take on its rival, No. 24 Michigan (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten), to finish the regular season. The two teams will clash for the first time since the first-ever overtime game between the rivals last season in which Ohio State won 30-27 on a walk-off touchdown in double-overtime by H-back Curtis Samuel. Ohio State offense vs. Michigan defenseOne of the top offenses in the country will square off against one of the top defenses in the nation Saturday, with Ohio State’s potent offense (third in the nation in scoring) and Michigan’s stout defense (11th in the nation in fewest points allowed) pinned against one another. The heart and soul of the Wolverines’ defense this season has been its ability to stifle opposing aerial attacks. Michigan’s top-ranked pass defense has allowed 144.4 yards per game and the third-fewest yards per attempt at 5.7. Only once this season has Michigan allowed more than 200 passing yards and it has yet to allow multiple passing touchdowns in a single game.That passing defense has been carried by the performance of two of its starting safeties, Khaleke Hudson and Tyree Kinnel. The pairing are No. 2 and 3 in total tackles on the team, respectively, and both have a pair of interceptions so far this season. Hudson also has forced two fumbles while Kinnel returned an interception for a touchdown. This secondary will be tested Saturday, however, against the top passing offense it will face all season. Before Ohio State, only Penn State cracked the top 25 in passing yards per game at No. 24, and Ohio State sits firmly six places ahead of them at No. 18. The Penn State offense put up 282 passing yards and a touchdown against Michigan’s defense.Michigan’s front seven, led by Butkus semifinalist linebacker Devin Bush, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and defensive end Rashan Gary, will apply pressure to the offensive line and quarterback J.T. Barrett. The Wolverines are tied for seventh in sacks per game with 3.27, and Bush, Hurst and Hudson all have more than five sacks. However, Ohio State’s offense has gone away from the passing game lately, posting its two fewest pass attempts over the past two games. That is why so much of this game will come down to Michigan’s ability to stop the run. The Wolverines have been one of the top teams in the nation at stopping the run, allowing the 15th-fewest yards per game (116.8) and 17th-fewest yards per carry (3.41). However, that rush defense has been either boom or bust for the Wolverines this season. It has often been suffocating, allowing just 11 yards on 27 attempts to Florida and less than 100 yards in five other games. At times, it also has been exposed. Michigan has allowed more than 150 yards on the ground five times, including a 224-yard, five-touchdown outburst from Penn State, led by its star running back Saquon Barkley. That has been a trend for the Wolverines this season. They have have allowed an average of 3.13 yards per carry to unranked opponents, but 4.9 yards per carry to ranked opponents. And against the Buckeyes, they will be tasked with trying to stop the second-best rushing offense they have faced all season. Ohio State has the 12th-most rushing yards per game and is tied for seventh-most yards per carry. The Buckeyes also are an offense that is clicking as of late, having put up its two highest rushing totals of the season at 335 and 325 yards against Michigan State and Illinois, respectively. Ohio State defense vs. Michigan offenseThe flip side of the matchup does not appear to be quite the same battle. Michigan’s offense has struggled this season, posting only the 101st-most yards per game at 360.4 and is tied for the 82nd-most points per game at 26.3. Ohio State’s defense, on the other hand, has done its part to keep opposing offenses at bay, allowing the 22nd-fewest points (19.8) and eighth-fewest yards per game (291.5).If the Wolverines are to find any success, it will have to come on the ground. Their rushing offense ranks 35th in the nation in yards per game at 194.2 and has the 52nd-most yards per carry at 4.64. The bulk of that production has come from junior running back Karan Higdon, who has rushed for 874 yards on 136 carries and 10 touchdowns. Michigan also will  lean on running backs Chris Evans and Ty Isaac,who have both rushed for more than 500 yards and have combined for eight touchdowns. Unlike Michigan, Ohio State has been consistent in stopping the run this season. The Buckeyes have only allowed more than 150 rushing yards three times and have held teams to under 100 six times this season. Even matched up against ranked opponents like Penn State, Michigan State and Oklahoma, Ohio State has only allowed 2.4 yards per carry. Where Ohio State struggles most defensively also happens to be where Michigan struggles the most offensively. Ohio State has looked incapable of defending against the pass at times, even if the 15th-fewest passing yards per game appear to tell a different story. But the Wolverines also have struggled to pass with any consistency. They have only three games with more than 200 passing yards, and they have just eight touchdowns to seven interceptions.The biggest question mark for the team will come down to the man under center since Brandon Peters had to enter concussion protocol after taking a hit against Wisconsin. Peters had shined in his five games played, throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. And with last season’s starter Wilton Speight still questionable for the game, Michigan might have to turn to John O’Korn, who has a 53.2 percent completion rating and one touchdown pass to five interceptions.The latest edition of the rivalry does not appear destined for a shootout. Michigan’s offense does not appear to have the firepower to rack up gaudy point totals, but its defense could provide Ohio State with one of the Buckeyes’ toughest challenges of the season.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 28-20Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 34-21 read more

Man accused of murdering Helen Bailey spoke of her in the past

first_imgHelen Bailey was found dead in the grounds of her sprawling £1.5m Hertfordshire property three months after going missing Giving a description of Ms Bailey to the call operator, the father-of-two said: “She’s a children’s author and she writes books, she’s very good.”She lost her husband just over five years ago, that’s how I met her because I lost my partner. We met in a bereavement group.”Mr Stewart said Ms Bailey was not involved in or had been subjected to crime.Describing her to the call handler, Mr Stewart said she is “slim, with long off the shoulder black, going grey hair and 5ft 10 but that is probably a guess”. Helen Bailey was found in a septic tank inside an old-fashioned well beneath her garage’s concrete floorCredit:Hertfordshire Constabulary/PA Helen Bailey at home in Royston, Hertfordshire, with her dachshund Boris Helen Bailey at home in Royston, Hertfordshire, with her dachshund BorisCredit:Hertfordshire Police/PA Helen Bailey's body was discovered in a septic tank beneath the garage Helen Bailey was found dead in the grounds of her sprawling £1.5m Hertfordshire property three months after going missingCredit:JOHN McLELLAN The man accused of murdering his  fiancée  Helen Bailey, the  children’s author,  spoke of her in the past tense during a call to police before correcting himself, a court heard.Ian Stewart, 56, told a call handler he had no idea where his partner was when he called 999 on April 15 last year to report her missing.The writer was found three months later in a septic tank beneath the garage of the couple’s home in Royston, Hertfordshire, alongside the body of her dachshund Boris.Stewart is accused of drugging and killing Ms Bailey to get his hands on her £4million fortune promised to him in her will. Helen Bailey with her partner Ian Stewart Helen Bailey with her partner Ian Stewart, who is accused of her murder At St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, the 999 call in which he reported her missing to the police was played to the jury.In it,  Stewart said: “She [Helen] had talked about wanting space because things just haven’t been going well for her recently, or for us.”We were planning to get married, well, we are planning to get married and the venue went wrong.”He told police he had “literally checked everywhere” in their “large” house to try and find his fiancée, the court heard.  He said he had no idea where his partner was when he called 999 on April 15 last year to report her missing. However, Miss McGarry said they found it “weird” that neither Mr Stewart or Ms Bailey had told them they were engaged.She said: “Ian would often come and talk to me, ask me how I was and what I’d been up to that day.”At some point Oliver had seen one of Helen’s blog posts and she had mentioned something along the lines that they were engaged. Oliver found it quite weird that he hadn’t been told this.”Mr Stewart denies the murder of Ms Bailey, one count of fraud, preventing lawful burial and three counts of perverting the course of justice.The trial, which is expected to last up to seven weeks and is being overseen by Judge Andrew Bright, continues.center_img In the call, Mr Stewart said: “My partner has been missing since Monday and hasn’t contacted anyone. I decided I should report it.”She’s self-employed but she works from home. She left a note saying she needed space and time alone, and that she was going to Broadstairs. She said please don’t contact her in any way.”It’s a little cottage we’ve got down there. Neighbours and I have been down there and she’s not there.”Her phone is dead, it just doesn’t ring. It goes straight to answer machine. Someone’s been to the house yeah, her brother went.”It didn’t look like anyone’s been in there. She’s left her car here. She did take her dog with her, a dachshund.”During the call, Mr Stewart could be heard putting the operator on hold as he checked Ms Bailey’s date of birth, before giving his own details. Helen Bailey’s body was discovered in a septic tank beneath the garageCredit:Hertfordshire Constabulary/PA We have got quite a large house, but I have literally checked everywhereIan Stewart in 999 call Artist's sketch of Ian Stewart in the dock at St Albans Crown Court  Artist’s sketch of Ian Stewart in the dock at St Albans Crown Court Credit:Elizabeth Cook/PA After Mrs Bailey’s disappearance was reported on April 15 last year, Miss McGarry described Mr Stewart as seeming “sad” that Helen was missing.She told the jury: “I thought deep down Helen had gone away to get some space, or had gone away completely and was hidden away from everyone so that no one could find her. Or potentially I thought she may have committed suicide.”When I saw [Mr Stewart] he looked sad, quite stressed, very tired, but he was still very friendly and came and said hi to me.”Oliver told me that his dad was even struggling to reach up into the cupboards and get food out after his operation.”When I saw him, he wasn’t doing a lot of physical activity due to his health problems.” When asked Ms Bailey’s eye colour, he said: “Oh my God how do you forget these things? It’s terrible. I don’t know.”He said Ms Bailey would typically wear jeans and a shirt before giving the call operator her phone number.The jury also heard Mr Stewart described as “such a lovely man” by his son Oliver’s girlfriend, Alexandra McGarry.Giving evidence, Miss McGarry told the court: “[He] is a very nice man, kind and patient. It seemed he would do anything for anyone.”I got the impression he loved Helen very much and they seemed very happy with each other.”Helen and Ian weren’t touchy-feely, but everything seemed fine and they would do things together. Ian is such a lovely man.” Helen Bailey cesspit He went on to tell the operator: “The last time I saw Helen was on Monday afternoon (April 11) at 2.45pm. She said nothing unusual before I went out.”I got home just before 5pm and that’s when I saw the note on her desk. It was a shock, she has talked about it but it is still a shock. She’s never done anything like this before.”She has been very anxious and very worried about lots of things, she is a worrier.”Mr Stewart was asked if Ms Bailey would be thinking about suicide, to which he replied “no”.The call operator said it might be a silly question, but asked if Ms Bailey could be at home.”We have got quite a large house, but I have literally checked everywhere,” Stewart replied. 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

Asbestos in my moustache poisoned my wife says car factory worker suing

Lydia Carey was diagnosed in October 2017 with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer notorious for the agony suffered by its victims, and was just 60 when she died on November 27 He worked alongside men removing or applying asbestos lagging to pipes, and he recalled seeing workers mixing asbestos powder to paste.At times he had to “walk through, kneel or lie on asbestos dust and debris on the floor to carry out his work”, the barrister claimed.“He swept asbestos dust and debris from the floor using a dustpan and brush”.Mr Carey claims Vauxhall neglected to warn him of the dangers linked to asbestos and should have provided him with protective equipment.And Mrs Carey’s indirect exposure to dust and fibres over a three-year window between 1976 and 1979 was enough for asbestos to do its deadly work, argued Mr Swoboda.But Vauxhall’s QC, Paul Bleasdale, suggested other sources for Mrs Carey’s fatal illness.Even if Mr Carey was exposed to asbestos when working for Vauxhall, it would have been “very occasional if not minimal”, he argued. The car firm denies that Mr Carey was exposed to hazardous amounts of asbestos whilst working for Vauxhall or that he would have “disturbed asbestos in the fabric of the building”. Lydia Carey was diagnosed in October 2017 with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer notorious for the agony suffered by its victims, and was just 60 when she died on November 27 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. A car factory worker who says he unwittingly poisoned his wife with asbestos dust trapped in his moustache and clothing is suing his former employer for £1m over her death.Lydia Carey’s husband, John, 60, says that, from the day they met in 1976, she breathed in asbestos fibres trapped on his work overall, hair, moustache and sideburns.He escaped unharmed, but Lydia died, aged 60, on November 27 this year from asbestos-linked lung cancer, the High Court heard.Asbestos fibres were transmitted from husband to wife during the habitual rituals of daily life, said Mr Carey’s barrister, John-Paul Swoboda.“All through the period she and John Carey would hug and kiss upon seeing one another,” he told Judge Karen Walden-Smith.“As well as the asbestos on his clothes, Mr Carey had a full head of hair, a moustache and sideburns in which asbestos dust would be trapped until liberated by movement from – say – a hug,” he added.Mr Carey, from Toddington, Bedfordshire, is now claiming damages from Vauxhall Motors, at whose Luton and Dunstable sites he worked between 1973 and 1979. Mr Swoboda told the court fibres lay dormant in Lydia Carey’s body for 40 years before she developed lung cancer.She was diagnosed in October 2017 with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer notorious for the agony suffered by its victims, and was just 60 when she died on November 27.Vauxhall says all asbestos-related work at the plants was done by specialist external contractors and it operated an overalls washing scheme for its employees.But, Mr Swoboda said the company had charged extra for the laundry service, and insisted that Mr Carey worked in close proximity to asbestos dust.The couple wed in 1978, the court heard, and Mrs Carey regularly washed her husband’s work overalls, he told the judge.His work clothes were at times “black with dust”, he added, which even penetrated into the turnups of his trousers.“Once married, Mr Carey would change from his work clothes when he came home so as not to make the house dirty,” said Mr Swoboda.“Mrs Carey would knock and brush the dust off his work clothes, and she remembered washing his blue overalls.”Much of Mr Carey’s work was carried on at Vauxhall’s Dunstable plant, and Mr Swoboda claimed the factory was polluted by “huge quantities of asbestos”. read more

Public masturbation is now legal in Sweden

first_imgUpdate 19/9/2013, 16.26: This story has been updated with a more correct translation of Vrethammer’s statement.A COURT IN Sweden has found a man who masturbated in public not guilty of criminal charges, as he was not pleasuring himself at anyone in particular.The ruling comes after a 65-year-old man took off his shorts and began masturbating on a beach in Stockholm.He was charged with sexual assault, but found innocent last week as his act was not “targeted”, The Local reports.Public prosecutor Olof Vrethammer said he agreed with the Södertörn District Court’s ruling. He said: For this to be a criminal offence it’s required that the sexual molestation was directed towards one or more people. I think the court’s judgement is reasonable.Asked whether masturbation was OK as long as nobody was targeted, Vrethammer said the ruling was valid only “for this individual case”, adding that masturbation could still “possibly be considered disorderly behaviour”.h/t André Liljegren and Patricia Bondesson-KavanaghStop! 50 Cent has some advice about masturbation>PIC: Why you don’t give your CV to your friends>last_img read more