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“Inequalities on today’s levels are unjust… and they also impede human progress,” said Administrator Helen Clark on the launch of the agency’s new report, Humanity Divided: Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries, which reveals that income inequality increased by 11 per cent in those countries over the two decades between 1990 and 2010. Among its striking statistics, the report notes that a significant majority of households in developing countries – more than 75 per cent of the world population – are living today in societies where income is more unequally distributed than it was in the 1990s. Moreover, the richest one per cent of the world population owns about 40 per cent of the world’s assets, while the bottom half owns no more than one per cent. If left unchecked, this deep disparity can undermine the very foundations of development, economic progress and social and domestic peace. Miss Clark adds in her foreword to the report that signals of the sharp differences in wealth, education, and other material resources influence the way people view themselves and others, “and can make equal participation of citizens in political and public life almost impossible.”But high and persistent inequality goes beyond income, says UNDP, explaining in the report that, among other concerns, while women are participating more in the work force, they remain disproportionately represented in vulnerable employment and underrepresented among political decision-makers, while continuing to earn significantly less than men.Equally distressing is that evidence from developing countries shows that children in the lowest wealth quintiles were up to three times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children born in the highest wealth quintiles in some regions.“Social protection has been extended, yet persons with disabilities are up to five times more likely than average to incur catastrophic health expenditures,” adds the report. Even as redistribution remains very important to inequality reduction, the report calls for a shift towards a more inclusive pattern of growth, one that raises the incomes of poor and low-income households faster than average in order to sustainably reduce inequality, key to the post-2015 development agenda.UNDP highlights that in an unprecedented global conversation facilitated by the UN that has involved almost 2 million people across the globe, people are demanding a say in the decisions that affect their lives. People are indignant at the injustice they feel because of growing inequalities and insecurities that exist particularly for poorer and marginalized people.Miss Clark explains that the report is intended to help development actors, citizens, and policy-makers contribute to global dialogues and initiate conversations in their own countries about the causes and extent of inequalities, their impact, and the ways in which they can be reduced. “It is only through the action and voices of many that we will be able to curb one of the greatest moral and practical challenges of our times: the quest for equality, shared prosperity, and human well-being,” she declares. read more

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Fortunately podcast hosts Jane Garvey and Fi GloverCredit:BBC Suzy Klein at New Broadcasting House The BBC is among numerous arts organisations attempted to make its classical output accessible for the young, with a series of initiatives including Ten Pieces for children, podcasts, and Radio 3’s youngest presenter, 20-year-old Jess Gillam.Asked how to help people to love and understand classical music, Klein said there are still too many fans who acted like “gatekeepers” to make newcomers feel unwelcome.“I have a real beef with this,” she said. “It annoys me that people think they don’t like classical music. “It took me years and years of trying stuff out. “It’s absolute rubbish. It’s just great stuff and there’s a reason it’s been around for hundreds of years, and it’s because it’s brilliant.”The broadcaster also spoke about the growing popularity of Radio 3, asked whether it should consider airing an hour of “classical bangers” each morning for an easy introduction to the genre.“I think it you listen to Radio 3 you’ll find that’s what we’re doing,” she said.“Not only that, but we’ve poached a significant number of listeners from the Today programme who are sick of people barking at each other.”The full interview can be heard on Fortunately…with Fi and Jane, out now. Fortunately podcast hosts Jane Garvey and Fi Glover “It’s a bit like wine bores or anybody who’s in a sort of little group. There’s a whole load of people who love classical music who think it’s for them, who are real gatekeepers and I get annoyed by that. Young people will learn to love classical music “in their own sweet time”, a BBC Radio 3 presenter has said, as she critisises the “constant” obsession with youth.Suzy Klein, who presents the Essential Classics morning show, said she gets “vaguely annoyed” at the focus on luring young people to the genre, saying it is “fine” for people to enjoy different things at different stages of life.Interviewed on BBC podcast Fortunately, she said: “I think people come to it in their own sweet time.“I get vaguely annoyed about this constant focus with everything being about youth.“I think there are things you do at different stages of your life, and for a lot of people classical music is later in their life. And I think that’s fine.” Suzy Klein at New Broadcasting HouseCredit:Martin Pope read more

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first_imgHalo‘s an obvious choice for a cinematic adaptation, with its epic, space operatic storyline, but it’s been in development hell for years. Although Microsoft and Bungie have gone to the table time and time again to bring the Halo universe to the big screen, the studios have always backed out of those talks, even when filmmakers as influential as Peter Jackson have been putting their weight behind the project.What’s the story? Microsoft’s director of development for the Halo franchise Frank O’Connor sat down at a panel last week at the Future of Television East conference, and asked why a Halo movie had yet to be greenlit, explained the problem in simple terms everyone could understand.“It was the lawyers, … When they went behind closed doors with the contracts, things fell apart,” Connor said, before explaining that because Microsoft owned all of the rights to the Halo franchise, “the movie company couldn’t make any money beyond the movie.”In other words, even if the Halo movie was successful, they wouldn’t make money on action figures or Happy Meals or t-shirts.Connor went on to say that Microsoft still really wants to see a Halo movie, or even a network show, and that to get it done, maybe they’ll even fund it themselves.“There will be a Halo movie. We don’t need a movie. But we’d like a movie. We’d like the moms of gamers to see the movies because they would love our characters. Maybe we’ll even fund it ourselves.””Let’s hope that happens in our — or at least the Xbox 360’s — lifetime.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

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first_img Dec 1st 2016, 8:45 PM Share690 Tweet Email2 38 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3111749 1,670 Views I remember at the time that the media reported it in a poor and biased way by emphasising that cannabis was going to be available on prescription to MS sufferers in Ireland. It would not surprise me if those reports had a negative effect on it being signed off for use. Source: Shutterstock/Swapan PhotographyFionnuala ThorntonMy diagnosis of MS didn’t come swiftly. It took almost seven years from early onset and so I was forced to endure the unknowing, disbelieving and sometimes condescending attitudes of physicians born in a pre-MRI world, prior to my final diagnosis.Needless to say, the impact on my life over the 30 years since has been shattering. It’s left me in a wheelchair and powerless to help myself.Nothing was as devastating, however, as the onset of muscle spasm three years ago, upending a life already consumed by disability and pain. Spasm locked my body with cement-like stiffness.My legs lost the strength to remain standing safely on any surface, affecting my ability to shower, dress, leave the house, or get into my car.Consequently, antispasmodics and botox injections were prescribed in an attempt to lessen the severity of the spasm, but to no avail. The effect was to further weaken already weakened limbs.Benefits of hemp oil supplementEnter hemp oil, which before long loosened and relaxed my body, lessening the spasm, giving me an opportunity once again to regain a little control over my life.It’s magic. I now swim three times a week and can take steps in the water: forward, sideways, backwards, hold my balance. I’m correcting my posture and gait. The spinoff effects are also dramatic. My mood and concentration have also benefitted from that innocuous, natural “Godly” oil.Why are we limited to prescribed manmade chemicals when the elixir is at hand? Thousands of people could benefit from this wonderful method of controlling spasm. There is a cost factor, however. Hemp oil is quite expensive to buy on a regular basis, which is why we should now consider Sativex.Sativex is a drug containing cannabinoids, the same properties that are found in hemp oil. It is available as a treatment for spasm in Britain and Europe, and it was expected that Ireland would follow suit. Unfortunately for us, the HSE and the makers of Sativex have been unable to agree a price for the product to date.We need to set this wrong to right and do all in our power to make sure that Sativex is a given to all who need it.Debate Room: Should we legalise medicinal cannabis?>‘It’s time we got on with it’: Support for medicinal cannabis bill could mean it’s a runner> Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Short URLcenter_img Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 8:45 PM By Fionnuala O’Leary & Anna O’Connor Medicinal cannabis: ‘It’s magic. I now swim three times a week and can take steps in the water’ This evening the Dáil is debating the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio IF LEGALISED IRISH patients would be able to obtain a legally protected, secure supply of medicinal cannabis.MS Ireland, the national organisation supporting people with multiple sclerosis, is welcoming the move. Ava Battles, CEO of MS Ireland says,“Ongoing research into the benefits of medicinal cannabis and cannabis-based medication extract has shown the efficacy of such treatments to reduce spasticity, pain, sleep disturbances and other symptoms associated with MS. MS Ireland believes people should have access to all and any appropriate and licensed treatments.”We speak to two people living with MS about the virtues of the cannabis-derived medicine: Sativex.Anna O’ConnorMS causes spasticity in my legs when I go to bed. This makes falling asleep very difficult.I understand that Sativex might help these muscles relax and alleviate the pain which would allow me to get a peaceful night’s sleep.During the daytime, spasticity in my right hand makes using any tools eg knife and fork, scissors etc, almost impossible, particularly in a social situation. This can influence what I eat in the company of others thus inhibiting my social life.I have been prescribed and taken Lyrica in the past but discontinued taking it as it didn’t work very well for me and also left my brain “fuzzy” the following day.Spasticity in my leg and hand also prevents me from working because I worked as a restorative architectural artist which requires meticulous use of my limbs. Obviously, climbing ladders/scaffolding is no longer a possibility.I believe Sativex sometimes helps with bladder problems in MS. This would be a huge benefit as a constant problem if I go anywhere is looking for the loo.British patients have accessFrom what I have read and heard from users of Sativex in the UK, it helps considerably with sleep and relaxing muscles during the day. It is difficult to understand why it is not available in Ireland when patients in the UK and Northern Ireland can get it if it helps them.Sativex was supposed to have been signed off on about two years ago, but that never happened. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgLes fauves du Kenya pourraient disparaître d’ici 2060Kenya – Les grands prédateurs carnivores du Kenya pourraient disparaître d’ici cinquante ans, si aucune mesure n’est prise pour les protéger. Noah Wekesa, ministre kényan de la Forêt et de la Faune, est inquiet.Il y a cinquante ans, le Kenya comptait 30.000 lions, 10.000 léopards, 10.000 guépards, 20.000 lycaons et 50.000 hyènes, a indiqué Noah Wekesa. Aujourd’hui, les experts estiment que seuls 2.000 lions, entre 800 et 1.160 guépards et 800 lycaons subsistent dans le pays. “Si nous ne faisons rien et regardons à nouveau ces chiffres dans 50 ans, nous n’aurons alors plus de faune au Kenya” a prévenu le ministre kényan de la Forêt et de la Faune.Cette diminution alarmante des populations de fauves s’explique par la perte de leurs territoires, gagnés peu à peu par l’Homme. Une situation aggravée par une succession de saisons des pluies manquées. Noah Wekesa a annoncé une série de mesures visant à enrayer la raréfaction des animaux carnivores du Kenya. Le Service kényan de la faune (KWS) entend ainsi mettre en place des zones de conservation sur des terrains privés ou appartenant à des communautés tout en s’assurant que les populations locales puissent tirer un bénéfice de la conservation des fauves. Les stratégies du KWS “visent à assurer la coexistence des grands carnivores avec les populations et leur bétail” explique Charles Musyoki, scientifique du service de la faune.En 1988, le Kenya comptait 22 millions d’habitants. Aujourd’hui ce chiffre à doublé, et il pourrait encore être multiplié par deux d’ici 2050, poussant les populations à coloniser toujours plus d’espaces autrefois considérés comme stériles.Le 19 février 2010 à 18:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgBilan mitigé pour la loi Chatel sur la téléphonie mobileFrance – L’Arcep, autorité de régulation des télécommunications dans l’Hexagone, a remis un rapport au Parlement afin de faire part de ses observations concernant la loi Chatel sur les tarifs et services de la téléphonie mobile. Le bilan semble très mitigé.Voilà deux ans que la loi Chatel tente de fluidifier le marché de la téléphonie fixe et mobile, tout en assurant aux clients une plus grande liberté de choix et de prix. Pour autant, la loi ne semble pas satisfaire tout le monde et encore moins l’Arcep, qui vient de remettre au Parlement un rapport de cinquante pages sur la loi.À lire aussiUn Samsung Galaxy SIII compatible avec la 4G en novembre ?L’autorité de régulation constate ainsi que si les offres sur douze mois sont bien présentes chez les opérateurs de téléphonie mobile, ces derniers ne communiquent que trop peu sur elles, préférant mettre en avant les engagements de 24 mois, ce qui se traduit par des écarts de prix trop importants entre les deux durées d’engagement. De plus, bien que la loi Chatel a souhaité clarifier et simplifier les procédures de désengagement des opérateurs, les formules sans engagement ne connaissent pas un franc succès. Enfin, l’Arcep préconise que les opérateurs de téléphonie indiquent clairement les frais de résiliation sur les factures mensuelles, ainsi que les codes de déverrouillage du terminal après six mois d’utilisation. Le 2 août 2010 à 17:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgLa tombe de trois reines de l’empire Wari découverte au PérouBien que le site soit connu des pillards, une équipe a pu mettre au jour la première tombe intacte connue de tout l’empire Wari. Cette civilisation précolombienne du Pérou livre ainsi peu à peu ses secrets. De nombreux artéfacts en or ont été découverts. Il s’est joué une véritable course contre la montre dans le nord du Pérou. Les archéologues craignaient que, dès qu’ils rendraient publique la nouvelle de leur trouvaille, le site serait la proie des pilleurs. Pourtant il a bien fallu qu’ils annoncent, lors d’une conférence de presse le 27 juin, la découverte de la première tombe impériale Wari intacte connue. La civilisation Wari a fondé le premier empire précolombien entre 700 et 1000 de notre ère.Vieux de 1200 ans, le “temple des morts” abrite un véritable trésor d’or et d’argent et les dépouilles de trois reines Wari ainsi que soixante autres individus, probablement sacrifiés. L’équipe a d’abord découvert une sorte de massue en bois plantée dans la maçonnerie en pierre. “Il s’agissait d’un marqueur de tombe, a expliqué au National Geographic Milosz Giersz qui dirige les fouilles. Nous avons alors su que nous avions trouvé l’entrée du mausolée principal.”Caché par 30 tonnes de gravatsTrès mal connu par rapport à son cousin Inca, l’empire Wari intrigue les archéologues qui s‘y intéressent de plus en plus. Comme le souligne le National Geographic, sa capitale Hauri possédait environ 40 000 habitants à son apogée, contre 25 000 à Paris à la même époque.Ce nouveau site, El Castillo de Huarmey, va aider les chercheurs à mieux connaitre cette civilisation. Les pilleurs arpentaient pourtant le site depuis des années, mais l’entrée du mausolée était scellée par pas moins de 30 tonnes de gravats. Cela n’a pas suffi à entamer la détermination des archéologues qui ont obtenu de premiers indices sur la présence d’une structure souterraine grâce à des photographies aériennes.Des outils en orUne fois les pierres dégagées, ils ont découvert les soixante corps, conservés assis et enroulé dans du tissu. Dans trois petites pièces attenantes ils ont pu trouver les reines et leurs trésors. Il y avait en particulier des outils à tisser en or, des céramiques décorées, des récipients à feuilles de coca…Ce site a permis de comprendre à quel point les Wari étaient richement implantés dans la partie nord du Pérou. Cette zone délimite la frontière avec leurs anciens rivaux de la culture Moche, dont ils ont peut-être entrainé la chute. Le 29 juin 2013 à 21:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imghttp://www.clark.wa.gov/planning/aging/taskforce.htmlIf Clark County can help its ever-growing elderly population stay healthy over the coming decades, it can pay off for everybody in the community.That was one of the messages Thursday afternoon from Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of public health at the University of Washington.Frumkin discussed creating healthier communities during a workshop held by the county’s Aging Readiness Task Force. The task force was appointed to assess the county’s capacity to serve a growing number of older people. “I’m interested in helping people stay as self-sufficient as they can,” said Vancouver resident Erica Kelley, one of 25 members. “I enjoy good health myself, so I’m one of the fortunate people. I can pay it back a bit.”Clark County is doing a good job of getting ahead of that curve, Frumkin said just before his presentation in the Vancouver Barracks Red Cross Building.“This is innovative,” he said.Very few areas are applying the concept of preparedness, usually the realm of emergency response, to long-term population trends such as graying populations, Frumkin said.last_img read more

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first_img Post a comment 2:04 Share your voice Disney and Panasonic talked up a new Mickey Mouse-themed ride at Disney World. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Mickey Mouse turned 90 years old in November, but the classic cartoon character has never had a theme park ride devoted to him in the empire he spawned. Until now. Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s Runaway Railway will debut at the Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, this fall. The entertainment giant is partnering with Panasonic for the projection technology that’ll power the attraction. The two companies talked up the new attraction Monday at CES, the world’s largest technology show, during a Panasonic press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. “For the first time, our guests will be able to step into Mickey Mouse’s wacky and unpredictable animated world,” Tom LaDuke, a technical director for Walt Disney Imagineering, said on stage. 0 CES 2019 13 Photos Tags Watch LG’s rollable OLED TV in action at CES 2019 The big booths of CES 2018 Disney Amazon Panasonic Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. TVs The attraction, first announced last year at Disney’s D23 Expo Japan, will use tech from Panasonic for visual effects. The two companies have collaborated before, including on an Avatar-themed ride at Disney World.”They really help us transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real world experience,” LaDuke said of the partnership with Panasonic. In the US, Panasonic’s brand has fallen out of the limelight since it discontinued making plasma TVs in 2013, but the company is still a CES mainstay. Last year, Panasonic announced a range of new products, including OLED TVs, 4K Blu-ray players with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration, and two models in its Technics turntable line: the SP-10R and SL-1000R. Now Panasonic is focused more on providing technology on the back end for other companies, including Disney.During the keynote on Monday, Panasonic also made several other announcements:A partnership with Harley Davidson on a new electric motorcycle called LiveWire. The bike is cellular-connected, and owners can check things like maintenance and battery status from an app. The LiveWire will cost $29,800 and is available for preorder today.A smart home platform in Japan called HomeX, meant to control all the connected devices in your house. A new Technics turntable called the SL-1200 MK7 Direct Drive, with new play functions, including reverse playback.In photography, a Lumix S full-frame mirrorless camera. One new features is a high-resolution mode for shooting expansive landscapes and getting detail shots.   last_img read more

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first_imgHyderabad: Intensifying their protest against the State government’s plan of building a new Secretariat and Assembly, the opposition parties on Thursday organised a dharna and tried to take out a rally to Secretriat which was foiled by the police. Police took the agitating leaders into preventive custody and released all of them after few hours. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Earlier, politicians and activists held a protest meeting at Dharna Chowk, Indira Park. Addressing the meeting, TJS chief Prof Kodandaram emphasized on upping the ante on this issue by involving people from all sections. Public money should be spent on the needs of people and not for luxurious purposes, he said. Senior BJP leader D K Aruna lashed out at CM K Chandrashekar Rao for his unilateral decision to demolish Secretariat buildings. She warned that opposition parties would not relent until the government withdraws its plans which would only lead to waste of public money. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us T TDP president L Ramana felt that demolishing structurally strong buildings to construct new ones was nothing but waste of public money. He felt there was some conspiracy going on to demolish heritage structures in the name of new constructions. Another senior leader Ravula Chandrashekar Reddy said that the government was not in a position to answer questions raised by the High Court on this issue. Advertise With Us BJP senior leader Chintala Ramachandra Reddy warned the government that opposition’s fight was not yet over, but it’s just the beginning. Former MP Konda Vishweshwar Reddy asked the government to come clean on new Secretariat plans and explain on whose insistence they took the decision. TPCC spokesperson Addanki ­Dayakar lamented that there was no chance to hold even democratic protests in the new Telangana State, because of autocratic rule of the TRS government. G Vivek, who conducted the protest felt that KCR’s plan was to print his name on all things in Telangana and hence he was taking such decisions without involving anyone. He informed that the Union Home Minister was made aware of this issue and was asked to intervene as the rights of Secretariat and Assembly buildings are with the Governor under Section 8. After the dharna, leaders tried to hold a march from Indira Park to Secretariat but police prevented them. Vivek, Ramachandra Reddy and 30 others were shifted to Musheerabad police station. TJS chief Prof Kodandaram, vice president P L Vishweshwar Rao and 25 others were shifted to Narayanguda police station.last_img read more

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first_imgAgartala: The leaders of the National Federation of New States (NFNS), which is spear-heading the movement for creation of small states, said here on Thursday that bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh – for better governance had encouraged them. They also pointed to a rally planned at Khumulwng, 25 km north of Agartala, on Friday in support of the statehood demand by the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), an NFNS constituent and a junior partner of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led (BJP) government in Tripura. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us The IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for creation of a separate state by upgrading the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), which has jurisdiction over two-thirds of Tripura’s 10,491 sq km area, home to over 12,16,000 people. Senior leaders, like Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and NFNS General Secretary Manish Tamang would address the rally at the TTAADC headquarters at Khumulwng, said IPFT spokesman and Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us “The central government’s recent decision to bifurcate J&K into two UTs has encouraged the NFNS member parties to intensify the movement for separate states,” said Debbarma. Friday’s rally had assumed great significance in view of the J&K’s bifurcation, he added. According to Tamang, Working President of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, it’s high time the central government start creating smaller states of Bodoland, Gorkhaland, Tipraland, the autonomous state of Karbi-Anglong, and Vidarbha for better distribution of resources, opportunities and governance. Advertise With Us The central government on August 5 abrogated the Article 370 of the Constitution revoking special status for J&K and bifurcated the state into two UTs. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had agreed to our request for a meeting with the IPFT delegation on our statehood demand on Thursday in New Delhi. “We have requested the PMO to give us a fresh date as we are busy with the Fridaya’s rally,” Debbarma said. An IPFT delegation, led by party chief and Revenue Minister Narendra Chandra Debbarma and General Secretary and Tribal Welfare Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia, had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) and PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) Minister Jitendra Singh and Forest and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi last month and discussed various issues, including statehood. Meanwhile, the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) has announced a rally at the TTAADC headquarters on Saturday in support of their demands, including introduction of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state. In October 2018, the INPT had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking introduction of NRC in Tripura. INPT General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma said after the petition, the apex court issued notices to the central and state governments. But they were yet to file their replies, he added.last_img read more

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first_imgIn 225 BC, Philo of Byzantium made a list of things to see in the Ancient World which became known as “The Seven Wonders of the World.” As time went on many of the places on the list were destroyed by man or nature, with only the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt remaining. In 2001, Bernard Weber created the “New 7 Wonders Foundation,” based in Zurich, Switzerland and set-up an online voting campaign for the people of the world to vote for their choice of locations. Announcing the results in 2007, according to the New7Wonders website, over one hundred million voters made their voices heard and through several voting stages elected the following locations as the New Seven Wonders of the World.The Statue of Christ the RedeemerThis statue is at the peak of Corcovado Mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The statue stands ninety-eight feet tall on a twenty-six-foot tall pedestal and the outstretched arms of Christ measure ninety-two feet wide.Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – November, 3rd 2003: Christ the Redeemer statue located at the top of Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro. In 2007 it was elected one of the new seven wonders of the world.It was designed by sculptor Paul Landowski, built by engineers Heitor da Silva Costa and Albert Caquot, with the face created by Gheorghe Leonida.Its building took place between 1922 and 1931, and the statue was dedicated on October 12, 1931.The Great Wall of ChinaThe wall extends for 13,196 miles across the country of China. It was built over the time span of seven Chinese dynasties from about 221 BC to 1644 AD.It passes through the provinces of Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Beijing, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Gansu, and Qinghai.The Great Wall of China.The wall was built with different methods and materials during each leg of construction. Some sections still exist, others have been rebuilt, and some have disappeared. The wall was built for protection against invaders and incorporated natural defenses such as rivers, cliffs, and ravines.The Temple of KukulcanLocated on the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, The Temple of Kukulcan is also called El Castillo and Chichén Itzá Structure 5B18.Chichén Itzá was an important cultural center of the pre-Columbian Mayan society from around 750 AD to 1200 AD.Mayan pyramid Chichen-Itza with Sacred Snake of Maya in the foreground. One of New7Wonders of the World. UNECSO World Heritage Site.The Temple of Kukulcan is a terraced pyramid with narrow steps that run up every wall at a forty-five-degree angle.The northeast side has heads of serpents affixed near the bottom step. The pyramid is seventy-nine feet tall including the temple on the top.North-west view of El Castillo (Temple of Kukulkan), Yucatán, Mexico.On both the spring and autumnal equinox, a shadow running down the northeast side gives the illusion that the serpent is slithering down to the earth. The phenomenon has become a biannual gathering for visitors from around the world.PetraThe date of origin for the city of Petra, near Jebel al-Madhbah in southern Jordan, is unknown, but New7Wonders tells us it could have been built about 312 BC by the Arab Nabataeans.The Urn Tomb at Petra at Sunset.It was discovered in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who found much of the city carved into the rose-colored rock of the desert.View of the Royal Tombs in Petra, Jordan. Photo by Carlalexanderlukas CC BY-SA 3.0It had one of the most advanced water delivery systems of the ancient world. The site is an ongoing archeological site but is open to the public.The Taj MahalIn Agra, India, the Taj Mahal was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan of the Mughal dynasty in 1632 as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth.The Taj Mahal.The marble structure, inlaid with precious gems, was completed in 1653 and encompasses forty-two acres with a guest house, formal gardens, reflecting pool, and a mosque.When the Emperor died in 1666, he was buried next to his wife.Machu PicchuHigh angle view of the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu as seen from the approach along the Inca trail. Mount Huayna Picchu is in the background.Located high in the Peruvian mountains, Machu Picchu was built by the Incas in the 15th century. It is made up of over two hundred homes, storage buildings, temples, and a palace.It was discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham of Yale University.The Ancient City of Machu Picchu in Peru.According to the National Geographic Society, Luis Lumbreras, the former director of Peru’s National Institute of Culture, believes it was a religious center and may have been a type of retreat. Others believe it was an estate for the Incan Emperor Pachacuti.Machu Picchu, Peru. UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World.How and why the ancient city was built is still unknown as there are no historical records that mention Machu Picchu.The ColosseumThe largest amphitheater ever constructed, the Colosseum in Rome, Italy was built in 72 AD over the top of the destroyed gardens and drained lake that were part of Emperor Nero’s Golden Palace. It held between fifty and eighty thousand spectators.The beautiful Colosseum in Rome.Originally named Amphitheatrum Flavium after the Flavius ruling dynasty, the popular name “Colosseum” was taken from the ninety-eight-foot tall bronze statue Nero had built to honor himself, The Colossus of Nero. All that remains is the base of the statue.Front view of Colosseum of Rome at night with the milky way above. Italy.The Colosseum was used for various events such as gladiator matches, plays, and reenactments of battles. Vandalism and earthquakes caused damage that can still be seen at one of Rome’s most visited attractions.What’s Next? The New7Wonders Foundation is a privately funded organization, and, after the original voting, also sponsored votes for seven wonders of nature and seven wonder(ful) cities. Will there be a new 7 Wonders? We wonder.last_img read more

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first_imgDarío Flota Ocampo, director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo With the goal of counteracting the situation, Flota Ocampo said that next week, they will be visiting several points of the North American territory to hold meetings with representatives of the main airlines where they will explain the reality of Quintana Roo, as well as seek to generate new agreements in tourism. “We have detected two publishing groups in the United States, owners of different newspapers that sequentially publish negative news about Quintana Roo that correspond to political pressure groups linked to the Republican Party in their expressions against Mexico, publishing news that is not correct in their information,” he explained. Flota Ocampo says that some political sectors of the United States seek to damage the image of Mexico using media and handle a double discourse when referring to the country before cameras, showing their non-existent support in some issues, mainly to commercial exchange. Earlier this month, a new US travel report out of Arlington, Virginia published by Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) says that according to travel analysis, Cancun remains the first choice for American travelers for the fourth year in a row.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Head of the Tourism Promotion Council for Quintana Roo, Darío Flota Ocampo, says that there are editorial groups in the United States and Britain setting out to intentionally taint the image of the state as part of a campaign created against Mexico.center_img He says these publications are setting out to focus on the state when they have more serious problems in Florida due to the arrival of the seaweed there. Flota Ocampo explained that the intention of this sector of the United States is to hit one of the most important axes of the Mexican economy such as tourism, which represents approximately 10 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country, but represents 50 percent for Quintana Roo. He says that the campaigns are likely due to political pressures, adding that there have been several editorial pieces released by British media and US media that are meant to damage the state’s tourist image, publishing erroneous information about Cancun regarding an alleged wave of uncontrollable violence in addition to exaggerated claims that the beaches are empty due to sargassum. Cancun, Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The director of the Tourism Promotion Council of Quintana Roo says that there are groups who have set out to intentionally affect the image of the state. last_img read more

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first_img Philips and Microsoft have partnered to develop an augmented reality system to help imporve workflow and procedural navigation in the cath lab. Physicians wearing visors can view and interact with true 3-D holograms above the patient on the table and manipulate the image with voice and hand motion commands to avoid breaking the sterile field.  News | December 07, 2012 Move Better, See Better and Work Better with Toshiba’s Workrite Cardiovascular X-ray Technology Infinix-i cardiovascular X-ray systems improve clinician experience and patient care FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiation Dose Management | May 23, 2019 ControlRad Announces FDA Clearance and Launch of ControlRad Trace ControlRad Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted 510(k) clearance for its ControlRad… read more 360 Photos | Angiography | May 17, 2019 360 View Inside a Cath/EP Lab at Baylor Heart Hospital This is a view inside one of the 11 cath labs at … read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more News | Advanced Visualization | February 25, 2019 Philips and Microsoft Showcase Augmented Reality for Image-Guided Minimally Invasive Therapies Philips will unveil a new mixed reality concept developed together with Microsoft that the company says is designed for… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. Cury, M.D., FSCCT, will… read more Technology | Radiation Dose Management | April 04, 2019 Omega Medical Imaging Launches AI-enabled FluoroShield for Radiation Reduction The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Omega Medical Imaging 510(k) clearance to offer their artificial… read more Related Content News | Computed Tomography (CT) | March 04, 2019 Aidoc Announces CE Mark for AI-based Pulmonary Embolism Workflow Tool Artificial intelligence (AI) radiology solution provider Aidoc announced the commercial release of its CE-marked… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Angiography | March 01, 2019 iSchemaView Launches RAPID Angio iSchemaView announced the release of RAPID Angio, a complete neuroimaging solution for the angiography suite that… read more December 7, 2012 — Featuring hovercraft-like C-arm movement and the unique Access Halo, the WorkRite technology on Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc.’s Infinix-i cardiovascular X-ray systems makes interventional procedures easier for clinicians and improves patient care.The Infinix-i five-axis system’s WorkRite technology feature is designed to ensure the interventionalist is in an optimal ergonomic orientation during any procedure. This helps prevent fatigue and injury that can occur when ergonomics are compromised. WorkRite enables proper ergonomics and improved patient access, enhancing speed and precision for a safer, more efficient work environment.“At our practice we do everything from peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines to transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) procedures and the Infinix-i’s system mechanics and image quality greatly improve the ability to conduct exams accurately and efficiently,” said. Paul Kamin, interventional radiologist, California Hospital Medical Center. “The system can easily cover from fingertip to fingertip and head to toe, providing us with the images required for neuro and vascular procedures.”“Developed using direct input from customers, Toshiba’s Infinix-i systems enable clinicians to do what they do best – diagnose and treat patients,” said Stephen Bumb, director, X-ray Vascular Business Unit, Toshiba. “The systems are designed for the future of interventional procedures, allowing clinicians ideal access to the patient and equipment while treating any part of the human anatomy.”For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com. Technology | Mobile C-Arms | February 18, 2019 Philips Launches Zenition Mobile C-arm Platform Philips announced the launch of Philips Zenition, its new mobile C-arm imaging platform. Mobile C-arms are X-ray… read morelast_img read more

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first_imgHawaii Volcanoes National Park: The park is currently open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. This includes Jaggar Museum (open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with the outdoor overlook open until 10:00 p.m.), Kilauea Visitor Center (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), and other areas listed at https://www.nps-gov/havo. Residents and visitors can still view the lava activity and glow from Halemaumau Crater. Air Quality: Air quality on the island of Hawaii remains largely unchanged with this situation. However, air quality near where the lava is flowing can be hazardous (SO2-sulfur dioxide), and officials are continuing to monitor air quality. To view SO2 conditions in real-time across the state, go to http://www.hiso2index.info/. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> The latest volcano update from the Island of Hawaii’s Visitors Bureau Share Accommodations and Activities: All accommodations, activities and attractions on the island are also operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the lava activity.center_img Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Posted by Accessibility in East Hawaii: All residents of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions are required to evacuate. Pohoiki Road is closed from the intersection at Highway 132 down to Highway 137 to allow evacuation efforts of residents in Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions to proceed whenever possible. Temporary flight restrictions are in place for most of lower Puna; drones will be confiscated in this area. Lava Tree State Monument and Mackenzie State Recreation Area are closed until further notice. As a safety precaution, the County of Hawaii has closed the Kalapana Viewing Area until further notice as well. PUNA, HAWAII – As lava continues to pour into the streets of a remote area on Hawaii’s Big Island, the Island of Hawaii’s Visitors Bureau has released an update, assuring travellers that “there is absolutely no reason at this time to change or alter their leisure or business plans.”According to Ross Birch, executive director of the Bureau, all of the Hawaiian Islands are unaffected by Kilauea volcano except a remote are on the island of Hawaii’s east side. Out of the island’s 4,028 square miles, only less than a 10-square-mile area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions in Puna are affected.Here’s what travellers need to know:Air Access: All flights into Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole – KOA (west) and Hilo International Airport – ITO (east) are operating normally. Eruption Location: The volcanic activity and where lava has flowed is limited to an isolated area in lower Puna on the island’s east side. This is more than 100 miles away from the western Kohala and Kona Coasts, where the island’s major tourist accommodations and resorts are located. This is the area furthest from the current activity. In addition, Hilo town is approximately 20 miles away and unaffected by the volcano.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamTravellers planning a trip to the island of Hawaii can contact the Hawaii Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GOHAWAII for more information. For other updates, go to http://hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/.last_img read more

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first_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top Stories Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths _ ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SYRIZA RADICAL LEFT COALITIONAt 37, the civil engineer and former student activist is Greece’s youngest party head, and his party came second in the election. Riding a wave of anger at the country’s harsh austerity program, Tsipras led Syriza to an unprecedented second place in last month’s polls as well. A mainstay of the anti-austerity movement, Tsipras had alarmed many in Greece and abroad by saying he wants to scrap Greece’s bailout deals, nationalize banks, restore drastically reduced pensions and salaries, and cancel plans to sack 150,000 civil servants. Nevertheless, he backs Greece’s cherished position in the European Union and the eurozone, and maintains that the country can stay within both groups even if it reneges on its austerity commitments. Syriza is a grouping of politicians from 12 disparate entities, and some have suggested that they would not be averse to Greece adopting the drachma. Under Tsipras, the party alienated many Greeks by backing protesters during extensive riots in 2008 that followed the fatal police shooting of an Athens teenager._ EVANGELOS VENIZELOS, PASOKThe 55-year-old professor of constitutional law served for nine months as the debt-crippled nation’s finance minister, successfully negotiating a second international bailout and the biggest debt relief deal in history. PASOK paid heavily for the crippling austerity program that allowed Greece’s two bailouts but was not accompanied by convincing structural reforms. The party that won a landslide victory in 2009 performed poorly on May 6, and again trailed in Sunday’s vote. As Socialist leader, Venizelos had pledged to shield Greeks from new across-the-board income cuts, while respecting the country’s bailout commitments. He wants a three-year deadline extension in Greece’s austerity program, and had promised to overhaul the country’s inefficient tax system. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) – Election returns showed that seven parties entered Greece’s Parliament in Sunday’s vote. Here are the main party leaders:_ ANTONIS SAMARAS, NEW DEMOCRACYThe party of the U.S.-educated economist won an inconclusive victory on May 6 and came in first in Sunday’s vote, setting the stage for coalition talks aimed at forming a government. Samaras had presented the vote as a stark choice between staying in the euro and reverting to the country’s old drachma currency, which he had claimed would happen if his main opponents, the Syriza radical left coalition, won. Last month, New Democracy did not win enough seats in Parliament to govern alone, and was unable to throw together a coalition. Samaras, 61, broadly upholds Greece’s bailout commitments but wants them diluted through a two-year extension, until 2016. He has pledged to cut tax rates and boost the income of low-earning pensioners, large families, farmers, police and fighter pilots. He wants to “retake” Greek cities from illegal migrants and scrap laws granting citizenship to second-generation immigrants. A rapid-rising conservative star in the late 1980s, Samaras briefly served as finance minister and as foreign minister when Greece’s name dispute with Macedonia broke out in 1991. Following a decade in the political wilderness, Samaras was readmitted to New Democracy and became its leader after its dismal showing in the 2009 election. How men can have a healthy 2019center_img _ FOTIS KOUVELIS _ DEMOCRATIC LEFTHe heads the mildest of the three main left-wing parties that ran for election and is seen as a potential kingmaker in any coalition government. After the May 6 election, Kouvelis insisted that he would not join in any coalition that excluded Syriza _ his former party _ despite being reportedly offered the position of prime minister. He has since said he will do whatever is needed to help form a government. Kouvelis served as justice minister for three months in 1989. The 63-year-old lawyer split from Syriza in 2010 to form a more clearly pro-European party that unhesitatingly backs Greece’s EU and eurozone membership._ ALEKA PAPARIGA, GREEK COMMUNIST PARTYThe 67-year-old head of the hardline Communist party had ruled out cooperation with any other party, wants Greece to leave the EU and eurozone and unilaterally write off all its debts. Formed in 1918, the party is Greece’s oldest. Papariga became the first woman to lead a Greek party in 1991.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) _ PANOS KAMMENOS, INDEPENDENT GREEKSThe 47-year-old economist formed this nationalist party with other lawmakers ejected from New Democracy. His speeches were peppered with rightist rhetoric and conspiracy theories, accusing “Masonic lodges” of trying to “obliterate” Greece and castigating pro-bailout politicians as traitors. The party had proposed building a full-scale recreation of ancient Olympia, birthplace of the ancient games, next to the archaeological site and reviving the ancient Olympics _ nude wrestling and chariot races included _ but only for Greeks. While rejecting Greece’s bailout agreements, Kammenos’ party says it is pro-European._ NIKOLAOS MICHALOLIAKOS _ GOLDEN DAWNGolden Dawn is an extreme rightist party. Its favored “Blood and Honor” chant is the Hitler Youth’s motto, its emblems eerily resemble Nazi insignia and its officials have praised Adolf Hitler. But the group led by Nikolaos Michaloliakos, 55, rejects the neo-Nazi label _ a party official has sued the Mayor of Thessaloniki over that _ stressing its nationalist credentials. The party stormed into Parliament for the first time last month amid a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment. Golden Dawn supporters have been repeatedly accused of violent attacks on immigrants. The party gained additional notoriety this month when its official spokesman repeatedly slapped a female Communist official twice his age during a live TV debate, hid for two days to escape arrest and then sued his victim for alleged verbal provocation. Golden Dawn is anti-bailout. It wants to “liberate and incorporate with the motherland” parts of neighboring Albania and limit voting and land ownership rights to “those who are Greek by birth and conscience.” Sponsored Stories 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Mali’s justice minister says the government has released 23 prisoners of war affiliated with a movement of separatist Tuareg rebels who announced last week they were pulling out of a peace accord.Mohamed Ali Bathily on Wednesday described the move as a “sign of appeasement” directed toward rebels from the National Movement for the Liberation of the Azawad.The NMLA was among the rebel groups that took control of northern Mali following a March 2012 military coup. 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories The subsequent rise of extremist Islamic groups in the region prompted the French to launch a military intervention in January.The June peace accord paved the way for July presidential elections. But the NMLA announced last month it was pulling out because the new government had failed to honor its commitments.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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first_img by Colin Perkel and Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2018 11:21 am PDT Last Updated Jan 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Theatre star Albert Schultz loses gig amid sex-assault claims from 4 actresses TORONTO – A prominent figure in the Canadian theatre world has been forced to step down from the well-known company he co-founded amid separate lawsuits from four actresses who allege he exposed himself, groped them, and otherwise sexually humiliated them.The lawsuits naming Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company and its founding artistic director Albert Schultz were filed this week by Patricia Fagan, Hannah Miller, Kristin Booth and Diana Bentley, who have all agreed to be named publicly.Schultz said he would defend himself “vehemently.”In her claim in Ontario Superior Court, Miller says Schultz, 54, harassed and sexually assaulted her when she was a performer with Soulpepper and as a member of Soulpepper’s academy.Miller is seeking $650,000 in general and punitive damages for “sexual battery, the intentional infliction of mental suffering (and) harassment of a sexual nature,” according to her claim, which has yet to be tested in court. The claim also seeks $800,000 from Soulpepper.“Albert is a serial sexual predator who … had well developed methods for targeting actresses and luring them into situations that he considered optimal for harassing and assaulting them,” Miller states in her claim.Similarly, Fagan alleges in her lawsuit that Schultz assaulted her during a rehearsal of “Twelfth Night” in 2000, when he tried to show an actor what he wanted by “pushing his penis against her buttocks.”The women’s lawyer, Alexi Wood, said in a statement that Soulpepper did nothing to protect the actresses from Schultz, who is also an accomplished stage and screen actor.“Mr. Schultz abused his power for years,” Wood said. “My clients fully intend to hold him and Soulpepper Theatre Company accountable. Their brave lawsuit is the first step towards righting this incredible wrong.”The allegations have not been proven in court.However, Soulpepper’s board of directors said it had immediately begun investigating, and had instructed Schultz to step down from all his Soulpepper responsibilities pending its outcome.Schultz’s wife and company executive director, Leslie Lester, volunteered to step down in the interim, the board said in a statement late Wednesday.“Soulpepper’s priority is to create a workplace where all its employees feel safe,” the board said. “Soulpepper has recently commissioned and received a report from an independent workplace policy expert, which affirms the appropriateness of Soulpepper’s standards and processes.”Given the litigation, the theatre company said it would have no further comment.In his own statement, Schultz said he was taking a “leave of absence” pending the investigation outcome.“These claims make serious allegations against me which I do not take lightly,” Schultz said. “I intend to vehemently defend myself.”The lawsuits come as the entertainment industry grapples with growing allegations of sexual harassment and assault, a wave sparked by accusations that emerged against Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein in the fall.Soulpepper bills itself as Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company and Schultz has played a key role in its repertoire. The company also provides training for aspiring actors and theatre artists.Schultz is also an executive producer on the hit CBC television series “Kim’s Convenience,” which is independently produced for the public broadcaster by Vancouver-based Thunderbird Productions.“In light of the serious allegations made public today, we expect Thunderbird will take the necessary actions to ensure a safe and respectful workplace and we have conveyed that to them,” said Emma Bedard, a spokeswoman for CBC.In a statement, Thunderbird said it had a “strict no tolerance policy” against harassment and that Schultz had no role in day-to-day production of the series.“We are saddened to hear about the allegations and have the utmost respect for the complainants and due process,” Thunderbird said.In her claim, Booth says Schultz questioned her about her sex life and fiance and suggested they get a hotel room together. On another occasion, she says he pressed his “erect penis against her body” while hugging her.“These unwanted advances made Kristin feel embarrassed, ashamed and utterly bewildered by Albert’s audacity,” her claim states.The latest allegations against Schultz and Soulpepper come after the theatre company revealed in October that it had severed ties with longtime guest artist Laszlo Marton, who it said had engaged in sexual harassment.According to Fagan’s claim, Schultz invited her to a dinner in honour of Marton after the company had severed ties with him. She declined.Fagan also claims that in 2005, Schultz pulled down his pants and “showed her his penis,” leaving her humiliated. She says she told the play’s director what had happened.“The director made no further inquiry and took no action, reinforcing the message that Albert’s abusive behaviour was acceptable and condoned by all at Soulpepper,” Fagan states.As the founding artistic director of Soulpepper in 1998, Schultz has been widely recognized for his work, including being honoured with an Order of Canada in 2013 and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2014.His many credits include a starring role in the comic trilogy “The Norman Conquests.”“Thinking about the collective and creating opportunities for others as much as for yourself is, I think, much more rewarding in the long run,” he once said.His Order of Canada investment acknowledges his creative spirit and contributions to Soulpepper and his “commitment to training generations of theatre artists.”Schultz established a partnership with George Brown College to set up the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. His other acting credits include a role on an earlier hit TV series, “Street Legal.” More recently, he appeared on the miniseries “Alias Grace.”Born in Port Hope, Ont., Schultz was drawn to acting by his mother’s community theatre work. He attended York University’s theatre program and then the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 16, 2018 3:48 am PDT Last Updated Sep 16, 2018 at 4:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email London Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham brings it home FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 file photo, Victoria Beckham attends the UEFA Champions League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco. Beckham has brought her fashion brand home to London Fashion Week for the first time to mark a decade in the business, it was reported on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File) center_img LONDON – Victoria Beckham has brought her fashion brand home to London Fashion Week for the first time to mark a decade in the business.The former Spice Girl celebrated the brand she built up with a glamorous catwalk show early Sunday in an elegant gallery next door to her store in London’s tony Mayfair district.The collection features some of her signature looks and greatest hits, including masculine tailoring, wide leg and slim flare trousers, and fluid, minimal backless gowns.After the show Beckham kissed and hugged her husband, retired soccer star David Beckham, and her children, who sat among the guests, and gave them a thumbs up.last_img read more

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