Ayodhya case Let the first court remain the first court of country

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday got irked when one of the advocates interjected during the hearing in the politically sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case of Ayodhya. “Do not turn this first court of the country to any other thing. Let it remain the first court of the country,” a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said when a lawyer tried to say something out of the turn. The observation came when the bench was asking senior advocate Sushil Jain, representing Nirmohi Akhara, to refer to evidence to substantiate the claim of possession over the disputed site.last_img read more

Connie Britton Named As United Nations Development Programme Ambassador

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appointed American actress Connie Britton as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, with a special focus on poverty eradication and women’s empowerment.Video: Connie Britton Appointed as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador“We are thrilled to have Connie Britton join UNDP’s efforts to fight poverty worldwide,” said UNDP Director for External Relations Michael O’Neill. “Connie is passionately committed to humanitarian causes and she will be a great partner for UNDP, helping us raise awareness of development issues amongst the American and global public.”Britton has been an outstanding supporter of poverty alleviation efforts and women’s rights for years, supporting several charitable causes. In her new role as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, she will use her popularity to raise awareness about UNDP’s worldwide efforts to empower people and fight exclusion.“In my own travels, I’ve seen many places where people are living in extreme poverty. It’s unacceptable that, in 2014, one billion people live in such conditions, and a full sixty percent of the chronically hungry in the world are women,” said Britton. “I look forward to working with UNDP to help change this and improve the lives of vulnerable people worldwide.”The four-time Emmy-nominated actress is currently starring in the ABC series “Nashville”, which also garnered her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Television Drama Series. Best-known for her role as Tami Taylor in “Friday Night Lights”, she also recently starred as Vivien Harmon on “American Horror Story.” She will appear later this year in the comedy feature “This Is Where I Leave You.”She is joining a roster of nine other UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors: five footballers, Ronaldo de Lima, Zinedine Zidane, Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and the world’s number one female football player, Marta Vieira da Silva; tennis player Maria Sharapova; Spanish performer Antonio Banderas; Japanese actress Misako Konno; and HRH Haakon Crown Prince of Norway.last_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Raises Over 62 Million Annual Academy Awards Viewing

first_imgThe 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised over $6.2 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS.Elton John, actor Charlie Sheen and host Dave Furnish attend the 24th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFThe gala, which took place on Sunday, February 28, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was generously sponsored by BVLGARI, M∙A∙C Cosmetics, and Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.David Furnish, Boy George, Elton John and Caitlyn JennerCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFAttendees included Elton John and David Furnish, Andie MacDowell, Andreja Pejic, Andrew Rannells, Anthony Anderson, Ashlee Simpson, Ashley Greene, Ashley Tisdale, Beck, Bellamy Young, Boy George, Brandy, Brittany Snow, Caitlyn Jenner, Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Cara Santana, Carson Kressley, Charlie Sheen, Charlotte McKinney, Cheyenne Jackson, Chris Hardwick, Dave Grohl, Dave Navarro, Dita Von Teese, Duff McKagan, Emily Ratajkowski, Eric McCormack, Erika Christensen, Evan Ross, Gordon Ramsay, Hailey Baldwin, Harry Shum, Jr., Heidi Klum, Hilary Swank, Ian Somerhalder, Jacob Tremblay, Jamie Kennedy, Jeffrey Tambor, Jesse Metcalfe, Karrueche Tran, Katrina Bowden, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Rowland, La La Anthony, Lana Del Rey, Lea Michele, Lydia Hearst, Maggie Grace, Mariah Carey, Martha Hunt, Mary J. Blige, Matt Sorum, Matthew Morrison, Melanie Griffith, Mena Suvari, Nikki Reed, Robert Kraft, Russell Simmons, Sarah Hyland, Serayah, Sheryl Crow, Sofia Milos, Steve Nash, Steven Tyler, Tamera Mowry, Tim Allen, Tommy Hilfiger, Tracee Ellis Ross, Trey Parker, Verdine White, Vicky Jeudy, Vince Vaughn, Willa Holland, Zac Posen, and Zooey Deschanel, among others.Guests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 88th Academy Awards telecast. For a fourth consecutive year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars, prepared an exquisite five-course meal for guests.The dinner was followed by a lively auction conducted by Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 and featured a Mariah Robertson artwork, a stunning BVLGARI Serpenti 18 kt white gold full pavé diamond necklace, a five-day vacation at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian retreat, four unique crystal sculptures from the Elton John Music Is Love for Lalique collection, tickets to the exclusive Vanity Fair Oscar Party later that evening, and a surprise auction lot donated by Lady Gaga – the “other halves” of the mismatched patriotic Gucci shoes she wore to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.Following the auction, Elton John and his band took the stage for a memorable performance of some of his greatest hits, including several numbers from Elton’s new album Wonderful Crazy Night, co-produced by Elton and the legendary T-Bone Burnett with lyrics by Bernie Taupin.Audi, BBVA Compass, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul partnered with EJAF as the evening’s Co-Sponsors, and Ron Burkle, DDG Foundation, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, The Hollywood Reporter and Motsepe Foundation were Associate Sponsors. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.In his remarks, EJAF Founder Elton John thanked his guests for enthusiastically participating in an audience participation feature, which enabled guests to make gifts to the Foundation on the spot using their cell phones. Throughout the evening, a video message from EJAF supporter Samuel L. Jackson as well as live messages from EJAF friends Matthew Morrison, Jeffrey Tambor, Cheyenne Jackson, and Lea Michele encouraged guests to text in pledges to support the Foundation’s urgent mission.“By supporting our work, you are standing up against the issues that drive the AIDS epidemic. You are speaking out against racism, helping to end poverty and homelessness, and rejecting homophobia,” said Elton. “You are advocating an end to mass incarceration and supporting universal access to drug rehabilitation and healthcare for all. Fighting AIDS means fighting the things that divide us. Ending AIDS means ending these injustices. By being here tonight, you are saying NO to stigma, NO to the status quo, and YES to a more just and equal society and the end of AIDS.”The EJAF is deeply grateful for the wonderful volunteer leadership of their Event chairs Tim and Jane Allen, Beck, Boy George, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, John Demsey, Zooey Deschanel, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Roland Emmerich, Stéphane Gerschel, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Debbie Harry, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Samuel L. Jackson, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Heidi Klum, Ryan Kwanten, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Adam Press, Andrew Rannells, Smokey and Frances Robinson, Zoe Saldana, Steve Sims, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Jeffrey Tambor, Steven Tyler, Denzel and Pauletta Washington, and Allison Williams.last_img read more

Helping independent theatre help itself in Toronto

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: What needs changing? “Independent theatre is where the new energy comes in and where things are tested out,” says Charlton, “but it’s the most precarious area of the sector. People come in, but they can’t sustain their practice.” RISER and Generator have “looked at what’s needed and have provided it.”READ MORE Clockwise from left, Andrea Scott, Rose Hopkins, Kevin Matthew Wong, Katie Leamen, Sherri Helwig, Sehar Bhojani, Sabrina A. Bandali, Taliesin McEnaney and Troy De Four play “Producer’s Pursuit” in 2016, a Trivial Pursuit-style game, as part of the artist producer training program. (GENERATOR) The other, Generator, is an organization helping indie companies and artists through producer training, shared office space and resources, mentorship and workshops.The goal of the report, says Margo Charlton, research and impact manager of the Toronto Arts Council and Foundation, is to offer positive models for “sectoral change” in the performing arts. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment How about a good news story for a change?That’s the spirit behind a new report commissioned by the Toronto Arts and Metcalf foundations about two successful initiatives in the city’s independent theatre sector that share a spirit of innovation and generosity.One, the RISER Project, supports indie companies and artists by redirecting resources from more established organizations. Its founder, Why Not Theatre’s artistic director Ravi Jain, rather gleefully calls RISER “Robin Hooding.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

BJP to suffer huge seat loss: Mamata

first_imgDum Dum/Haroa/Hasnabad: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday claimed that the BJP will witness a drastic reduction in seat count in Uttar Pradesh and draw a blank in seven other states in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. This is the reason that the party, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are losing confidence and eyeing Bengal to garner votes.Banerjee also urged the administration and the Election Commission of India to check the vehicles of all political leaders, including herself and the Prime Minister’s, as BJP leaders are allegedly carrying cash for distribution among the voters. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”I will request the district administration and the Election Commission to check the vehicles of all leaders including myself as BJP is trying to buy the voters. They should also check Modi’s vehicle. And, I want to know why the Election Commission’s surveillance camera does not cover Modi when he gets down from the helicopter. Once some black suitcases were spotted after he got down from the chopper. Since then, nothing has been reported on the matter,” she said while addressing a meeting in Hasnabad. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenWithout naming Bharati Ghosh, the BJP candidate from Ghatal from whose possession Rs 1.13 lakh was recovered on Thursday night, she said: “Look at their leader from whose possession money was found.” It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress supporters gheraoed the car of the state BJP president Dilip Ghosh in Egra under Midnapore Lok Sabha seat on Saturday as they suspected him of carrying cash. Banerjee alleged that BJP leaders from other states are staying in hotels and guest houses in Kolkata with money and they are trying to woo the voters. “Leaders from Assam and Tripura are sitting with money which they plan to distribute among the voters. They should realise that they can’t win elections by paying money to the voters.” Banerjee held a section of the electronic media responsible for circulating distorted news. “In many states in the country, no Panchayat elections are held. In Bengal, there might have been some problem in some areas. But the local television channels portray those incidents in such a manner as if there is real trouble going on in the state. BJP has sent those ‘chosen’ clippings to the ECI as a result of which elections are being held in seven phases in Bengal,” she said. “In Uttar Pradesh, how many people had been killed by the gaurakshaks? In Gujarat, how many people have been lynched. In how many phases are the elections being held there,” she asked. The TMC chief also said that BJP has “hatred” for Bengal but now their leaders have come to ask for votes. “We wanted to change the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla and the proposal was unanimously passed in the Assembly. But for the past three years, BJP is sitting on the matter. Because of the Centre’s delay, we could not start our mining activities in Birbhum.” In Dum Dum, which was stated to be a CPI(M) stronghold, she said: “CPI(M) had unleashed a ‘Reign of Terror’ in the state. Several of our party workers had been brutally killed by them in different areas. I have not forgotten those days. They have beaten me up also. Because of the good wishes of so many people, I am still alive.” Rooting for Saugata Roy as “one of the finest Parliamentarians”, she said he raises all important issues against the Modi government in Parliament religiously. Banerjee urged the people to vote for the veteran party leader from Dum Dum. In Hasnabad, she urged the people to vote for actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan.last_img read more

Brock mourns longtime History Professor Carl Wolff

The Brock community was saddened to learn of the death of Carl Wolff, one of the earliest members of the University’s History Department.Wolff died Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the age of 81.A native of Arnprior, Ont., Wolff graduated from Carleton University in 1958 with a degree in History before later completing an MA at Harvard.Former Brock President Terry White, left, presented Carl Wolff with a watch in recognition of 25 years of service in 1990.In 1965, he began an impressive teaching career at Brock that spanned more than three decades. Wolff was first appointed Assistant Professor in the University’s History Department before advancing to Associate Professor. He served as the Department’s Chair on two occasions, from 1976-79 and in 1991, and retired in January 2002.Liz Hay (BA ’93), who is now Academic Advisor in the Faculty of Humanities, fondly remembers being a student in Wolff’s class in the mid-1980s.“We affectionately referred to him as the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, for his habit of glancing at his watch and saying, ‘Oh dear, oh dear, I’m late,’” said Hay. “He was a lovely man, and I’ll miss him.”In addition to his academic duties, teaching courses in British and European History, Wolff was also known for his love of music. Having received his ARTC (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) in piano performance and teaching, he served as the Master of Convocation of Music at Brock Convocation ceremonies, was a member of the Brock Fine Arts Committee and was commissioned early on in his tenure to acquire a harpsichord and grand piano for the Thistle Theatre.Wolff’s love of music also carried over to volunteer work with many local organizations, including the Niagara Symphony, St. Catharines Community Concerts and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.  An accomplished traveller, Wolff continued to enjoy his annual trips to Portugal before returning to live in Arnprior in his later years.    A private service took place on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the Albert Street Cemetery in Arnprior.In lieu of flowers, donations in Wolff’s memory can be made to the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation. read more

Kristaps Porzingis Is A Freak — And Potentially A Superstar

8Tobias Harris33Tracy McGrady 9Yi Jianlian34Serge Ibaka 22Tyson Chandler47Shaquille O’Neal 4Kevin Love29Derrick Williams 16Michael Beasley41Jared Sullinger 3Derrick Favors28Al Jefferson 15Kwame Brown40Marvin Williams 5Anthony Randolph30Tim Thomas The New York Knicks’ future once looked very dismal indeed. It looked that way for a very long time, for a great many reasons — but that was before the arrival of the Great Latvian Hope. Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 rookie whose selection was resoundingly booed at this summer’s draft, has instead very quickly become the most popular athlete at Madison Square Garden1Sorry, Carmelo Anthony and Henrik Lundqvist. after barely more than a month on the job.Porzingis detonated onto the NBA landscape with a series of putback dunks in his first handful of games; more importantly for Knicks fans, he’s since maintained a level of play that’s ranged between solid and spectacular. On the season, Porzingis is averaging 17.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per 36 minutes and draining threes at a rate that would make fellow Giant Baltic Person Arvydas Sabonis proud.2Porzingis has made the typically painful adjustment to NBA 3-point range rapidly, raising his percentage to 35.4 after early season struggles. No player in NBA history, in fact, has possessed quite this combination of youth, height, quickness and outside shooting skills. Porzingis’s play has been so strong and so dazzling that he’s that rare rookie on whom airy basketball aesthetes and turgid statistical fundamentalists can agree: This kid is the real deal.The Porzingis projectionSo what does his future hold? We have a (probabilistic) basketball-shaped crystal ball called CARMELO,3No relation to Carmelo Anthony, although we took some inspiration from him. our NBA projection system. Before the season began, we ran CARMELO projections for more than 500 players; this included rookie projections for players such as Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 overall pick and Porzingis’s opponent Wednesday night, based on their college statistics. But we didn’t run one for Porzingis or other international draft picks who didn’t play NCAA ball. Let’s fix that!Below, you’ll see a CARMELO projection for Porzingis based on his first 25 NBA games. It makes one heroic assumption: extrapolating out that 25-game performance to a full 82-game season. In other words, it assumes not only that what Knicks fans have seen from Porzingis so far is about what they’ll get from the rest of the year, but also that he’ll stay healthy. The diversity of Porzingis’s scoring portfolio is also an encouraging sign for his development. Although he converts his shots at just average rates from virtually every spot he shoots from, the fact that he can do that as a 20-year-old 7-foot-plusser is remarkable. While the league is full of bigs who can shoot the ball, it’s rare for a rookie to enter the league as such a competent shooter. Shooting was the Achilles heel of young bigs like Anthony Davis and Blake Griffin, who have since developed range out to the 3-point line.The good news extends to the defensive side of the ball as well; Porzingis is already an effective rim protector. Considering that many were worried that he was “soft” entering the league, these numbers, perhaps more than his offensive ones, should put the doubters to bed. He blocks multiple shots per game, opponents shoot just 47 percent near the basket when he is present, and he is a big part of why the Knicks are among the most efficient rim-protecting teams in the NBA right now. The Knicks!Then again: The Knicks! A franchise whose glory days are more than 40 years behind it, and which has squandered more than a few good opportunities in the past. What could go wrong this time around?A strictly limited run?The one looming issue could be Porzingis’s durability. Among his top 50 comparables, about 20 percent7Excluding very recent comparables who haven’t had time to complete six full seasons. played fewer than 1,000 minutes (or were out of the league entirely) by their sixth NBA season. Usually, this is a sign of a serious injury. Furthermore, among his comparables, there was an inverse correlation between height and durability: The tallest players on Porzingis’s list were more injury-prone.That’s a potential problem because Porzingis isn’t just tall but gigantic: one of only 25 players ever to play in the NBA at 7-foot-3 or taller. That produces some cool factoids — among players 7-foot-3 or taller, Porzingis has already drained the fourth-most 3-pointers in league history (behind Sabonis, Manute Bol and Zydrunas Ilgauskas) — along with some worrying trends. For instance: no player 7-foot-3 or taller has ever made it to his 1,000th NBA game. (Mark Eaton, with 875 career games, came closest.)Is there really such a thing as being too tall for the NBA, as Phil Jackson asserted when he drafted Porzingis? Well … maybe. The chart below tracks the height distribution of NBA players since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976, weighted by minutes played, and compares it against a normal distribution. 7Spencer Hawes32Rashard Lewis 19Anthony Davis44Thaddeus Young 2Joe Smith27Cliff Robinson 1Brook Lopez26Ryan Anderson 18Shareef Abdur-Rahim43Chris Webber If those assumptions hold, the Knicks have a hell of a prospect on their hands. The NBA is a tough league for rookies, so merely staying in a team’s rotation at age 20 is often a sign of a bright future. So far, however, Porzingis has not just been a rotation player but an above-average one4According to the blend of Box Plus/Minus and Real Plus-Minus that we use as part of CARMELO — usually a sign of superstar potential. In fact, Porzingis’s long-term upside score, based on his wins above replacement projection from 2016-17 through 2021-22, is 36.3. That’s very good; at the start of this season, it would have made Porzingis the 17th-most-valuable franchise player in the league, in the same vicinity as Giannis Antetokounmpo, John Wall and Jimmy Butler.But Porzingis’s projection also involves tremendous uncertainty. In 2018-19, for example, his 90th percentile projection5According to CARMELO, Porzingis has a 10 percent chance of achieving a WAR at or above his 90th percentile projection. is 13.3 WAR, good enough to put him on the fringes of the MVP discussion. Meanwhile, his 10th percentile projection is just 0.0 WAR (exactly replacement level), or roughly the same range as Quincy Acy. The error bars around CARMELO’s forecasts for young players are often wide, but these are especially so.OK, but is he Dirk?What gives? Part of it is the problem we alluded to before. CARMELO works by identifying comparable players, and Porzingis is a hard guy for which to find historical precedents. Only one player, Brook Lopez, achieves a similarity score of 50 or higher with Porzingis6A score of 50 is the point at which we consider a player to be “extremely similar.” — and if we’re being frank, the Lopez-Porzingis connection doesn’t have the “eye test” appeal that CARMELO comparisons often do.But faced with unusual players like Porzingis, CARMELO has to make some sacrifices. In the case of Lopez, it ignores the fact that Lopez almost never shoots from behind the arc (although he does have a decent midrange game). In the case of Kevin Love, Porzingis’s No. 4 comparable, it finds another big man with a good outside shot and strong rebounding numbers — but ignores that Love is shaped much differently than Porzingis, 5 inches shorter but quite a bit bulkier, especially in his youth. And since CARMELO relies on metrics that utilize box score stats, it can be difficult to translate calling-card traits like “quick feet in defensive transition” to on-the-stat-sheet comps, which in turn means the model may promote the formal similarity of Porzingis’s defensive numbers to those of Shawn Kemp, when he’s closer to Andrei Kirilenko stylistically.You can get a fuller sense for the range of possibilities when sorting through Porzingis’s top 50 CARMELO comparables, a list that includes everyone from Shaquille O’Neal to Darko Milicic. There’s also a cameo appearance from Porzingis’s idol, Dirk Nowitzki, who checks in at No. 17. Why doesn’t he rank higher? Because, as Nowitzki correctly points out, Porzingis has been considerably better so far at age 20 than Nowitzki was at the same age. CARMELO “thinks” the Porzingis-Nowitzki comparison is unflattering — to Porzingis.The 50 NBA players most comparable to Porzingis RANKPLAYERRANKPLAYER 14Lamar Odom39Antoine Walker 11Rudy Gay36Darius Miles But Porzingis’s offensive approach does bear some resemblance to today’s Dirk Nowitzki. Porzingis is frequently compared to Jahlil Okafor and Towns, and that’s unsurprising considering that they play the same position and were all drafted so high. However, Porzingis is the only one in that trio who, like Nowitzki, has 21st-century range. In fact, his basic spatial shooting distribution closely mirrors that of the NBA itself as about a quarter of his shots come from downtown, a third come in the midrange and the rest come near the basket. 13DeMarcus Cousins38Andrei Kirilenko 6Amar’e Stoudemire31Jonas Valanciunas 10Shawn Kemp35Zaza Pachulia 24Luol Deng49Nene 21Kevin Garnett46Eddy Curry 17Dirk Nowitzki42Harrison Barnes 12Elton Brand37Greg Monroe 25Enes Kanter50Al-Farouq Aminu 20Josh Smith45Paul George 23Chris Bosh48Darko Milicic There are some interesting discrepancies: the most conspicuous is that there are far fewer players listed at exactly 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 than you’d expect from a normal distribution. That could reflect the fact that such players are “tweeners” — too small to play forward, but not necessarily fleet or agile enough to play guard — or that their heights are exaggerated upward to avoid the tweener label. Charles Barkley, officially listed at 6-foot-6, was probably more like 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 instead, for example.There is also a comparative absence of players listed at 7-foot-1 or taller. Based on the normal distribution, you’d expect about 6 percent of NBA minutes to be played by these supergiant players; instead, about 3 percent of them have been. There are lots of plausible explanations for this — for instance, there may be diminishing returns to height beyond about 7 feet, and some very tall players may actually round their heights down instead of up. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the most durable players in league history, was listed at 7-foot-2, and opponents swore up and down that even that number was missing an inch or two. Still, looking at the broader trends, perhaps there is some reason to be concerned about players carrying such large frames.But having “some reason to be concerned” is unavoidable in neurotic New York — and a heck of a lot better than the state of absolute despair that preceded it. And the upside is having a player who, like Anthony Davis, has a chance to redefine his position. Porzingis! is the most exciting show to hit the Knicks since Linsanity.Read more:CARMELO NBA Player Projections2015-16 NBA Predictions read more

Faux leather promoted by ethical designers like Stella McCartney is polluting the

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. In response to the problem of micropollution, campaigners have asked consumers to buy better-quality clothing for long-term use, rather than taking part in the “fast fashion” trend.Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner, Emma Priestland said: “It’s been estimated that clothes washing causes 1,600 tonnes of plastic micropollution to be washed into UK rivers and oceans every year.“With so many people realising the harm that both leather and plastic can have on our planet, maybe the leather-look has finally had its day?“And of course we can all help by choosing good quality clothing that we wear for years – not just months.”A Stella McCartney spokesperson said: “While we use polyurethane and polyester as an alternative to leather in our products at Stella McCartney, research to date shows that the primary issues for concern to the ocean is from microfiber shedding which cause pollution (including ocean waste).  But microfibre shedding mostly occurs during the machine washing of garments – none of the Stella McCartney faux leather products are machine washable so avoids this issue which can happen during the care of the product.”Faux leathers are not perfect but they are lower impact to produce, can be recycled and cruelly free. We are working on new alternatives that we think are the best way forward, things like Bolt Thread’s MYLO material which is natural, biodegradable and low impact.  We also use ECONYL® a regenerated (recycled) nylon that is made from fishing nets as well as factory waste considered to be the most sustainable option for recycled nylon.” While many who buy faux leather often think of themselves as ethical buyers, the material could be polluting the oceans and killing fish, according to a BBC expert.Patrick Grant, creative director of Saville Row tailors Norton & Sons, said ‘ethical’ designers like Stella McCartney who promote the use of plastic alternatives to leather are causing micro-plastics to enter our water systems.The Great British Sewing Bee host said the designer is helping make man-made fibres fashionable, which could cause pollution.”Eighteen years ago, she  had been telling people to switch from leather to polyurethane and now the fish have it inside them,” he told the Daily Mail.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Grant, who studied materials science at the University of Leeds, suggested: “Maybe we should eat less meat, but we do eat meat, so we might as well use the hides of the cows we eat rather than kill our fish.” Lets be clear, plastic itself should not be vilified, it is a wonderful material that performs lots of vital functions (viz medicine, food, engineering). Its the way we consume it and dispose of it that is the problem. We’ve got to end rampant disposable consumerism.— Patrick Grant (@paddygrant) October 5, 2018 Although the designer uses high-end materials, he worries that she has made these fibres fashionable for cheaper brands to use. He explained: “Stella McCartney’s business is her business and almost certainly Stella is using the very best alternatives, but the problem is that all the people that have seen what she’s doing have copied her and polyurethane has taken off as an alternative to leather. But it is bad s***: the way it’s made and the way it doesn’t biodegrade.” read more

Déforestation Findus renonce à lhuile de palme

first_imgDéforestation : Findus renonce à l’huile de palmeFrance – La filiale française de Findus France a annoncé avoir supprimé de tous ses surgelés, l’huile de palme qu’ils contenaient jusqu’ici. Pour récolter cette huile, les pays producteurs ont massivement contribué à la destruction des forêts tropicales.”Depuis 2008, nous avons supprimé l’huile de palme dans tous nos poissons panés. Idem en 2009 pour nos pommes de terre et d’ici la fin de l’année, elle aura disparu des plats préparés”, a précisé lors d’une conférence de presse, le directeur général de Findus France, Matthieu Lambeaux.La filiale française du groupe est la seule à avoir renoncé définitivement à cette huile, les autres ayant préféré opter pour un huile de palme cultivée durablement. Findus France la remplacera par de l’huile de colza.Issue du palmiers à huile cultivés en Afrique, en Amérique du Sud ainsi qu’en Asie, l’huile de palme est l’huile végétale la plus consommée au monde. Dans l’industrie, l’huile de palme est souvent utilisée dans les fritures et à la place du beurre dans les biscuits et les pâtisseries.Sa culture entraîne une destruction massive des forêts tropicales, les arbres abattus étant remplacés par des palmiers. Les associations écologistes s’insurgent contre cette culture qui prive de leur habitat de nombreuses espèces. Greenpeace avait ainsi lancé une campagne visant Nestlé, qui détournait une publicité pour Kit-Kat en remplaçant les barres chocolatées par des doigts d’orang-outan. Le groupe s’est alors engagé à ne plus s’approvisionner auprès des producteurs indonésiens les plus décriés par les écologistes pour leur contribution à la déforestation.En plus de son impact sur l’environnement, l’huile de palme, riche en acides gras saturés, est également vivement critiquée au sujet de ses méfaits sur la santé.Le 23 juillet 2010 à 17:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Statue of Unity shortlisted for UKbased structural award

first_imgAhmedabad: The Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel, in Gujarat’s Kevadia town has been shortlisted for ‘The Structural Awards 2019’ of the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE). The 182-metre-tall statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31 last year. It is among the 49 structures that will vie for the prestigious award, according to the institution’s website. The awards will be announced in a function in London on November 15. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Other structures shortlisted for the award include a sports stadium with a roof made up of rotating petals in Hangzhou in China, a 22-metre deep basement beneath a 5-star hotel in London and buildings showcasing the world’s best seismic performance in San Francisco, according to the website. “Our profession has again demonstrated extraordinary innovation over the past year. The 2019 shortlist offers many great examples of the ingenuity, creativity and skill of structural engineers worldwide,” Professor Tim Ibell, head of the judging panel, informed PTI through an email. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us “One of the aims of this awards programme is to increase awareness of the important work that structural engineers do,” said Martin Powell, chief executive of the institution. Commenting on the Statue of Unity, the judging panel said, “This is an impressive sculpture by virtue of its scale and location. It put great demands on the engineers to conquer the challenges: defining the design loads, selecting the right materials for the right purposes, and handling the uncertainties of geology. ” Advertise With Us The statue, designed by architect Ram Suthar and built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T), has a viewing gallery at a height of 150 metres which provides visitors a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and its vicinity. Past winners of this award include iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Severn Bridge in England. The institute has been bestowing this award for best structural designs for the last 52 years.last_img read more

5 opposition parties meet to finalise Unity Process

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, ASM Abdur Rab, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Subrata Chowdhury, Mahi B ChowdhuryFive opposition parties including BNP are holding a meeting to finalise the National Unity Process (Jatiya Oikya Prokriya).Leaders of BNP, Badrudozza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front (United Front) comprised of three political parties and Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum are attending the meeting at the house of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab in the capital’s Uttara on Friday afternoon.The leaders are holding the meeting to fix seven demands and 11 goals from the demands and goals earlier put forward by BNP, Jukta Front and Gano Forum.The meeting was scheduled to be held on Thursday evening. But the meeting was postponed later.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Sultan Mansur, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh joint secretary general Mahi B Chowdhury, central leader Omar Faruk, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Shahidullah Kaisar and JSD general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan joined the meeting.The leaders of these parties held meetings at ASM Rab’s and Khandaker Mosharraf’s houses on 7 October and 8 October respectively.last_img read more

Legal Landscape Shifts As More Sexual Harassment Allegations Surface Online

first_img Share Dan Steinberg/Invision/APFilm director Brett Ratner recently filed a defamation suit against a woman who publicly accused him of raping her several years ago.The growing list of sexual harassment allegations against high-profile men across industries, including Hollywood and the media, has prompted a fundamental shift in the landscape of such allegations and how lawyers on both sides are handling these cases.In the weeks since accusations against Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein surfaced, other allegations have been lobbed at several prominent men, including actor Kevin Spacey, comedian Louis C.K. and film director Brett Ratner.But instead of lawsuits that begin in a lawyer’s office, many of these accusations start on social media, which can prompt a more immediate and severe backlash against the accused.“It is a much sweeter and faster form of justice to out a harasser than to go through many years of legal battle, which is psychically, emotionally and financially exhausting,” says Debra Katz, an attorney who specializes in harassment and discrimination in Washington, D.C.Katz is representing a group of women at NPR in response to sexual harassment allegations against the network’s former news executive Michael Oreskes.More women are sharing their experiences online because, Katz tells Here & Now‘s Robin Young, they feel there is “safety in numbers.”“Women are finally feeling it is their moment,” she says. “They’re feeling emboldened to come forward, and there is a sense that women will finally be believed.”More accusers are also coming forward online because “sex harassment cases have historically been difficult to prove” on legal grounds, says Deborah Rhode, a law professor at Stanford University.More than half of sexual harassment claims made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last year resulted in no charge. There is a consistent pattern in which accusers are unsuccessful, according to data from the past six years.In addition, fewer than 5 percent of sexual harassment cases actually get to court, Rhode told Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson earlier this month.“Fewer than those are actually litigated. And what normally happens when the cases are filed is they’re settled with a confidentiality clause that prevents the victim from disclosing any details,” she says.Victims can also get around the legal statute of limitations, Rhode says.“You can see people losing their jobs for conduct that occurred well before the statute of limitations,” she says. “They may not have a legal claim, but they have an audience. And the reputational injuries — as we’ve seen with someone like Kevin Spacey — could be substantial.”But the movement has also created a backlash. Katz says lawyers who represent the accused are beginning to aggressively scour social media searching for accusations — which has led to what may be the first lawsuit.Ratner recently sued former marketing executive Melanie Kohler, alleging she defamed him by claiming on Facebook that he raped her several years ago. Kohler removed the post after receiving a threatening phone call from Ratner’s lawyer, but Ratner sued her anyway.The lawsuit was filed hours after the Los Angeles Times published a report with allegations from six other women accusing Ratner of sexual misconduct.Other men, including Weinstein and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, have threatened lawsuits against their accusers and media organizations in an attempt to create a chilling effect. But Katz says these tactics don’t appear to be working.“Truth is, of course, an absolute defense to defamation, and who is a jury going to believe given the number of other women who have come forward?” she says. “This is an intimidation tactic. It’s designed to shut other women down who may want to come forward about him. And apparently it’s not working.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

How Should We Define Gender Legally

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Carolyn Kaster/APThe National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the Human Rights Campaign gather in front of the White House on Oct. 22, 2018, for a #WontBeErased rally. Last week, it was reported that the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender, legally, as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth. Such a definition would roll back recognition and protections for transgender people under federal civil rights law.What does it mean, in practical terms, for transgender people here in Greater Houston if this narrowed legal definition is allowed? How should we define gender under the law?We talk with Judge Phyllis Frye, the nation’s first transgender judge, and Emmett Schelling, executive director of the Transgender Education Network of Texas. 00:00 /14:49center_img X Listen Sharelast_img read more

PlayStation Network Finally Allows Name Changes First Ones Free

first_img“This feature is compatible with PS4 games originally published after April 1, 2018, and a large majority of the most-played PS4 games that were released before this date. However, please note not all games and applications for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita systems are guaranteed to support the online ID change, and users may occasionally encounter issues or errors in certain games. If for any reason you experience issues after changing your ID, you can revert back to your original ID for free at any time (you will only be able to revert once during the preview program). Reverting back to an old ID will resolve most issues caused by the ID change. In addition, when this feature officially launches, a list of compatible games published before April 1, 2018, will be provided on PlayStation.com for reference before you make a change.” Popular on Variety PlayStation Network Online is rolling out the ability to change names using the PlayStation 4 as part of a beta next month with full support hitting next year, PlayStation announced Wednesday. The first change will be free, changes after that will be $10 a pop, though PlayStation Plus members will only pay $5.The PSN Online ID Change feature is rolling out as a beta as part of the PlayStation Preview Program. When you change your online ID, you will have the option to display your previous ID with your new ID, so your friends can recognize you. Once you decide to display your old ID or not, you won’t be able to adjust this after completing the online ID change process.Changes to online ID can be made through the Settings menu or via the Profile page of your PS4 and there may still be some issues with some games, according to today’s PlayStation blog post.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Blue light enables genes to turn on

first_img Bright lights, not-so-big pupils Custom-designed LED arrays and LED-coupled optical fibre devices used for blue light triggered transgene expression in mammalian cells grown subcutaneously into mice. Credit: Science/AAAS This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Blue light enables genes to turn on (2011, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-blue-enables-genes.html (Medical Xpress) — With a combination of synthetic biology and optogenetics, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute for Technology published a paper in Science outlining their new technique which enables certain genes to be turned on simply by the switch of a light. More information: A Synthetic Optogenetic Transcription Device Enhances Blood-Glucose Homeostasis in Mice, Science 24 June 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6037 pp. 1565-1568. DOI:10.1126/science.1203535ABSTRACTSynthetic biology has advanced the design of genetic devices that can be used to reprogram metabolic activities in mammalian cells. By functionally linking the signal transduction of melanopsin to the control circuit of the nuclear factor of activated T cells, we have designed a synthetic signaling cascade enabling light-inducible transgene expression in different cell lines grown in culture or bioreactors or implanted into mice. In animals harboring intraperitoneal hollow-fiber or subcutaneous implants containing light-inducible transgenic cells, the serum levels of the human glycoprotein secreted alkaline phosphatase could be remote-controlled with fiber optics or transdermally regulated through direct illumination. Light-controlled expression of the glucagon-like peptide 1 was able to attenuate glycemic excursions in type II diabetic mice. Synthetic light-pulse–transcription converters may have applications in therapeutics and protein expression technology. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Optogenetics uses genetics and different optical methods to create and activate cells in living tissue with the use of light. Synthetic biology combines science and engineering to create new biological functions that are not found naturally.Led by synthetic biologist Martin Fussenegger, the team used melanopsin which is a molecule that is found on neurons within the retina and is light sensitive. These molecules are responsible for keeping the biological clocks synchronized with day and night. When light hits these molecules, the melanopsin stimulates a molecular change that causes in influx of calcium ions and an electrical pulse.The researchers placed the melanopsin gene into embryonic kidney cells, thus making them light sensitive. When exposed to blue light, these cells create an influx of calcium ions. However, instead of an electrical pulse, the light triggers a transcription factor known as NFAT that moves into the cells nuclei and bind to DNA sequences that are known as promoters. This binding activates certain genes within the cells.To test their technique, researchers used diabetic mice and engineered cells to create a glucagon peptide when exposed to blue light. The mice were implanted under the skin with hundreds of microcapsules that held around 10 million of these engineered cells. When the mice were exposed to the blue light, they had an increase in insulin production and more regulated glucose.While this technique is still in the early stages, there is hope that these light sensitive cells can be used for diabetic treatment and to boost the production of biological drugs which are currently used in cancer treatments.More research needs to be done on the potential side effects. The release of calcium into the cells triggered by the light exposure may have unintended side effects and it is this reasoning that kept the group from starting this project for some time. Currently they are looking at using the technique to manufacture pharmaceutical drugs.last_img read more

US woman killed in southern Costa Rica after attacker hits her in

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Police arrest 2 US citizens on cocaine possession charges US real estate developer accused of $7 million fraud Ohio man convicted in Costa Rica telemarketing scam Former U.S. convict Dan Fowlie speaks out against being barred entry to Costa Rica again Update: The Judicial Investigation police published a clarification that the woman’s name was Kropf, not Crock as originally reported by the authorities.A U.S. woman was killed with a rock to the head in southern Costa Rica on Wednesday afternoon. Police responded to a 911 call that a woman had been attacked with a rock in Coto Brus. When they arrived at the scene with a Red Cross ambulance they found the woman dead from apparent head injuries. The Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) told The Tico Times that the victim’s name is Ester Kropf, age between 35-40 years old.A 20-year-old male suspect, identified with the last names Jiménez Torres, called police after the incident and is in custody. According to the suspect, Kropf raised Jiménez since he was a boy. He accused Kropf of sexually abusing him. The two were in a river 500 meters from their home in Los Ángeles de Limoncito when Jiménez allegedly grabbed a rock and smashed it into Kropf’s head.The daily La Nación reported that Kropf had lived in Costa Rica for 14 years as part of a Mennonite community in the southern canton that sits alongside the Panamanian border. The Tico Times was unable to immediately verify her immigration status.This story is a breaking news story, and will be updated as it develops.last_img read more

ixigo inspires travellers to travel and save money

first_imgixigo has launched ixigo inspire, a Chrome extension that inspires travellers and instantly compares travel deals across travel sites. Earlier in beta, the plug-in has now been fully rolled out to ixigo’s user-base and works on the desktop version of Chrome. The extension also acts as a one stop solution to manage all your bookings.ixigo’s inspire plug-in opens each new Google Chrome tab with a stunning background photo of an inspiring destination from around the world along with an array of quotes that can stimulate your travel aspirations! Apart from this, the browser add-on helps you find the cheapest deals on hotels and flights. While you browse on any online travel website, ixigo automatically brings you the best deals available real-time, no matter which travel website they are on. The extension enhances the traveller’s browsing experience, by adding unique features like PNR lookups and PNR confirmation predictions for trains from ixigo’s website.Talking about this innovation, Rajnish Kumar, CTO & Co-Founder, ixigo, said, “ixigo aims at enhancing the end to end travel experience for our users. Each new browser tab now refreshes and informs you about a wonderful new destination to visit. At launch, we already have over two lakh users getting inspired to travel every day, and we expect this to become the default tab for five million travellers by the end of the year.”last_img read more

Top Stories

first_img Top Stories Recognizing him might not be a problem. After all, Jackson spent the first nine years of his career playing for division foe St. Louis. But going up against the 30-year-old has never been a walk in the park for Arizona’s defense.While the 10-year veteran has a career average of just 76.7 yards per game in 15 appearances against the Cardinals, his last two trips to Glendale have resulted in monster performances of 130 and 139 yards respectively.“He’s definitely a strong running back,” Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams said. “Last year, he had probably one of his best games of the year against us when he was still in St. Louis. He still has a lot left in the tank. He’s a hard-nosed runner, definitely going to get downhill as fast as possible. He’ll break a lot of arm tackles, so he’s not very easy to bring down.”The tank level has come into question this season as Jackson, who signed a three-year deal with Atlanta back in May, has missed the last five weeks due to a hamstring injury. But don’t expect the Cardinals to take him lightly. In their eyes, he’s 100 percent.When asked what kind of threat Jackson is when fully healthy, all Arizona head coach Bruce Arians could do was chuckle. “[Jackson and Rodgers] are playmakers for them,” said Williams. “They definitely get the ball to them a lot, and they definitely put up a lot of points for their team. It’s just not, ‘Oh, let’s dump the ball off and see how many yards we can get with them.’ When they get the ball in those guys’ hands, they’re expecting big plays from them. They can do a lot coming out of the backfield.”It seems that if familiarity has bred anything when it comes to Jackson, it’s respect not contempt.“He brings a lot to the table with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield,” Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby said. “He’s always reliable in that sense. He’s able to pick up the blitz. He’s very savvy. And like I said, he runs the ball well. He wouldn’t be there if he wasn’t running the ball. They brought him in for a reason that was to run the ball.”Matt Ryan might have great presence in the pocket. Future Hall-of-Famer Tony Gonzalez might be a big play waiting to happen in the middle of the field. And Harry Douglas might possess first-rate speed down the sidelines.But Sunday, the Cardinals understand that to win they must first shut down No. 39. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. — His uniform might look a little different and his body might be a little more worn, but when Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson takes the field Sunday afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium, the Arizona Cardinals won’t have to do any double takes.To them, he’s still the same old Steven Jackson.“He’s a big back,” Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles said. “He’s tough. He’s been in the division a long time, so seeing him again won’t be a problem. They’ve seen him with the Rams a few times over the years. He’s another great back. He gives them one more bullet in the gun. We have to be on our P’s and Q’s.” 0 Comments   Share   “He’s a playmaker,” said Williams. “He’s been doing it for years in St. Louis, scoring touchdowns and catching touchdowns. There’s definitely an emphasis on slowing him down, because once he gets going, it’s probably going to be a long day for your defense.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “He’s big, strong and fast,” Arians said. “You better have big boy pads on to tackle him, because he’s a horse.”While his limited numbers in 2013 — 14 carries for 77 yard and six catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in two games — would suggest that Father Time has started to catch up with the three-time Pro Bowler, Jackson’s 240-pound frame and rare blend of athleticism out of the backfield creates matchup problems similar to those presented by Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.“You have to wrap [running backs like Jackson and Lynch] up, put a body on them,” said Williams. “You have to use both arms. You can’t just try to use one arm, grab them and pull them down. They’ll break through those type of tackles. You have to come with great form, like I said before you have to wrap up.”Wrapping Lynch up was a bit of an issue in the Cardinals’ 34-22 loss back in Week 7. The Seahawks’ tailback carried the ball 21 times and had no problem shedding would-be tacklers en route to 91 yards and a touchdown on the ground.But whereas Lynch was almost exclusively used in the run game against Arizona, the same won’t likely be true for Jackson come Sunday. Without star receivers Roddy White (hamstring) and Julio Jones (season-ending foot surgery), Jackson and second-year back Jacquizz Rodgers could see an increased role in passing situations. last_img read more

The Steelers oncepotent offense has sputtered si

first_imgThe Steelers’ once-potent offense has sputtered since Ben Roethlisberger went down with a knee injury nine quarters ago and Vick took over:• The offense fell from fifth to 13th in the NFL.• The passing game dipped from third to 19th.• In 32 drives, Vick has led the offense to more than two first downs only four times.• Ten times they have gone three-and-out.• The offense has scored only 40 points.Steelers might need to turn Vick loose Sunday vs. high-scoring Arizona (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)What if Mike Vick started playing football like Michael Vick, the former swashbuckling quarterback, the magician who could pull touchdowns out of hats and turn defeats into victories?Might the Steelers be better with that quarterback?Don’t expect Haley to turn Vick loose vs. Cardinals (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Offensive coordinator Todd Haley said on Thursday what most everyone who has watched the Steelers the past two weeks already surmised. He is calling a scaled-back game with backup quarterback Mike Vick, and he doesn’t plan to change a lot on Sunday when the Steelers play host to the Arizona Cardinals.Thursday, October 15Ben Roethlisberger is tough, but playing Sunday would be major upset (ESPN.com) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Diego Chargers Winners and Losers (SB Nation)Last-second wins are exciting, but throughout games which go down to the wire some players can be left out in terms of recognition. Also, some players’ mistakes are masked by the fact the team had a dramatic win. This very well could be the case after the Pittsburgh Steelers Week 5 win over the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. See who were dubbed ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers’ after their latest victory. Whether Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s chances to return Sunday are 1 or 100 percent, the Cardinals have to worry about those chances now, even though the number is probably closer to 1.The Technician vs. The Freak: Antonio Brown and Patrick Peterson present must-see NFL matchup (ESPN.com)One of the best things the NFL has to offer is an elite corner matching up with elite receiver on a Sunday. This will be the case when Steelers wideout Antonio Brown and Cardinals corner Patrick Peterson face off Sunday at 1 p.m. in Heinz Field.Antonio Brown to Michael Vick: Trust me to make plays (ESPN.com)“He’s got to take some shots,” Brown said from his locker Wednesday. “I told him, trust me a little bit. Let me make some plays. Let’s get a victory. It doesn’t have to be that hard.”Steelers’ Roethlisberger participates in drills for first time since knee injury (TribLive.com)The team classified Roethlisberger as a limited participant during its first practice of the week as it prepares for Sunday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals. The quarterback has missed the past two games since spraining his left MCL and bruising a bone in his left knee during a Sept. 27 win at St. Louis. For the second straight week, the Arizona Cardinals have a game in the Eastern time zone against a team coming off a Monday night game on the west coast.Last week, the Cardinals destroyed the Detroit Lions, who had lost a heartbreaker in Seattle. This week, they’ll visit the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the San Diego Chargers in dramatic fashion at Qualcomm Stadium Monday night.All week, we’ll keep you updated on everything going on in the Steel City as Pittsburgh prepares to take on the Cardinals at Heinz Field. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Had Bell not scored on that play, however, the NFL would have had another wild controversy on its hands. For reasons that were not immediately clear, 18 seconds ran off the game clock after a touchback at the start of the Steelers’ final possession.Rossi: Just wait until Ben comes back (TribLive.com)The Steelers were supposed to range from lousy to awful on the side of the ball for which the franchise is most reputable. The secondary was to be terrible. The linebackers were to be a work in progress. The line was to be good, but not very deep.Steelers defense displays resiliency in victory over Chargers (TribLive.com)The defense was far from perfect in the Steelers’ 24-20 victory Monday night against the San Diego Chargers. After all, it allowed a sounds-worse-than-it-looked 406 yards, seemingly (again) had no answer for stopping an opposing tight end, and it gave up points on the Chargers’ final three possessions as it fatigued in an uncharacteristic steamy San Diego heat.Ron Cook: Stunningly, Vick trumps Rivers to help Steelers escape with victory (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Wouldn’t you know it that Vick outplayed Rivers in a 24-20 win that went down to the final play, a daring call by coach Mike Tomlin to go for it all from the 1-yard line on a run by Le’Veon Bell with five seconds left. From the wildcat formation, no less.center_img Comments   Share   Friday, October 16Steelers’ Bud Dupree looking more like a first-rounder each week (ESPN.com)Dupree, part of a four-man outside linebacker rotation for the Steelers, was tied with Saints linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha for the rookie sack lead through five weeks with 3.0. Kikaha recorded a sack Thursday night against Atlanta to take the outright lead. Thirty-four NFL players had at least three sacks as of Thursday, and two rookies were in that bunch. Dupree has 13 tackles and is on pace to play more than 500 snaps, a sign that he’s earned trust from the coaching staff.Second surgery could cost Maurkice Pouncey season (ESPN.com)If Pouncey misses the entire season, it would be his second full year lost since 2013, when he sat out after tearing an ACL.Steelers spent fifth-round pick on a cornerback they refuse to play (ESPN.com)The Brandon Boykin mystery continues.When the Steelers traded a conditional fifth-round pick to the Eagles for the rights to Boykin, the move presumably solved a need at cornerback.But Boykin has played one defensive snap — one! — in the last three weeks. He’s logged less than 20 snaps the entire year.Steelers OC Haley: Priority for Vick remains protecting football (TribLive.com) Tomlin had the courage of his convictions on final play call (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made the call to go for the victory against San Diego instead of settling for overtime Monday night because he doesn’t “live in his fears.” Had Le’Veon Bell been tackled short of the goal line, Tomlin would have been under fire this week for snapping the ball to his halfback and having him run with only five seconds remaining with a timeout still at his disposal.Tuesday, October 13Le’Veon Bell changes Steelers’ season with 1 beautiful yard (ESPN.com)From the 1-yard line, Le’Veon Bell takes the snap, he waits, he waits, he waits — man, did he wait — and he follows a flailing David DeCastro into the end zone, stretching the ball over the goal line as time expires for a win the Steelers so desperately needed.Steelers playing scrappy survivor role until Ben Roethlisberger returns (ESPN.com)That sequence explains where the Steelers are right now. This is a good-but-flawed team that must pull out every stop to get wins until Ben Roethlisberger returns. Monday’s wild 24-20 win was no different.Game clock runs off 18 seconds in error to start Steelers’ winning drive (ESPN.com) Top Stories Is Ben on the verge of returning? (Steelers.com)Coach Mike Tomlin didn’t offer any type of injury update during his weekly press conference this week on Roethlisberger, saying he was focused on guys who ‘were on the brink’ of returning to action. Wednesday, October 14Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (sprained MCL) ready to practice (ESPN.com)Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is ready to participate in practice 17 days after suffering a sprained left MCL and bone bruise, widely believed to be a four- to six-week injury.Gruden: Vick struggling to grasp Haley offense (ESPN.com)Video: Analyst Jon Gruden breaks down the quarterbacks difficulty in the Pittsburgh offensive scheme.With Michael Vick at QB, Le’Veon Bell shines while Antonio Brown’s numbers drop (ESPN.com)Consider this stat from ESPN: Roethlisberger was 29-of-34 targeting Brown in 11 quarters before the injury, while Vick is 8-of-17 targeting Brown in nine quarters, resulting in eight catches for 87 yards in the last two games.Steelers’ road show boggles the mind (TribLive.com)“It was a tough environment tonight — like being on the road,” Philip Rivers said. “Odd is one word we could use. We were in a silent count, and we had no chance. We were checking in and out of plays, and it was about as tough as it gets. I’m usually hoarse after road games, and I’m going to be today as well.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Alila will launch six new properties in 2016, expanding its portfolio into two new countries, with new properties in Cambodia and China alongside a third property in Jakarta, Indonesia and a heritage property in India.Alila SCBD, JakartaOpening in the second quarter next year, Alila SCBD will be Alila’s third property in Jakarta and will serve as a vibrant and modern retreat for both young urbanities and business travellers. Alila SCBD is located in the heart of Jakarta’s Financial District, next door to the Indonesia Stock Exchange, with convenient access to leading corporate offices, world-class shopping and entertainment facilities. Guests can choose from one of the 227 contemporary rooms and suites including the Executive Suites set on the top floor and offering access to an exclusive lounge. The hotel will also be home to the first South East Asian outposts of the Hakkasan, Sake no Hana and the OMNIA luxury lifestyle brands. The two new restaurants and nightclub, managed by Hakkasan Group and owned by investors KJA Jakarta, will ensure the hotel is the ultimate destination for dining and entertainment in the city.Alila Anji, ChinaThree new Alila properties are set to launch in China next year starting from the second quarter. Alila Anji will be located in the heart of the Zhejiang province, surrounded by the pristine beauty of bamboo groves and white-tea plantations. The resort will resemble a traditional Chinese village, featuring 74 stately villas and suites with elevated views across the lake, perfect for guests looking for quiet indulgence and fresh air. The first Spa Alila in China will be a destination within itself, with seven treatment rooms and an extensive menu of health, beauty and restorative treatments, including traditional Chinese medicine inspired treatments.Alila Yangshuo, ChinaAlila Yangshuo, originally a sugar mill, will now become a historical yet contemporary design resort. As well as 118 rooms, suites and villas, Alila Yangshuo will feature a signature restaurant, exhibition hall, Kids Club, Spa Alila, a meeting loft and library for private gatherings and a stunning infinity-edged pool that connects to the Li River.Alila Tianxi Lake, ChinaThe third property to open in China next year, Alila Tianxi Lake, will overlook a stunning lake and contemporary luxury golf course. It will also feature 68 suites and 13 villas, two restaurants, an event space, cooking studio, an indoor and outdoor pool, Spa Alila, a library and herb garden.Alila Fort Bishangarh, IndiaIn Jaipur, India, Alila Fort Bishangarh will launch at the end of next year following the restoration of the beautiful 230 year-old Rajasthan Fort. Positioned on a granite hill in the Arvalli Mountain Range, with spectacular 360-degree views, the warrior fort is thought to be the only one of its kind to be converted into a heritage resort. The all-suite resort will feature 59 stately suites with stunning views. Leisure facilities within the fort will include an outpost of Spa Alila, two specialty restaurants, an all-day coffee lounge, a bar and cigar room, wine cellar and library. Down the hill, the public areas will include a pool, pool terrace and juice bar, fitness centre and a ‘Play Soldiers Club’ for children.Alila Villas Koh Russey, CambodiaAlila Villas Koh Russey, Cambodia will launch by the end of 2016, the five-star eco resort will be the first ‘Villas’ resort outside Bali. Located amid the Koh Rong archipelago, Alila Villas Koh Russey will be a 15-minute boat ride from the Cambodian coast. The resort will feature one and two-bedroom villas, each with its own terrace, private pool and garden. The resort’s four-bedroom pool villa features a large living area, kitchen, master bedroom, three guest bedrooms and an expansive outdoor terrace and pool area. The resort will offer a wealth of in-house facilities including a beachfront Spa Alila, Kids Club, Beachside Grill, Sunset Bar on the Western Cape and the Ridge Restaurant with five-star international and local cuisine.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more