Scorpio Gains Control Over Nordic American Offshore

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Ulstein Scorpio Group, owned and controlled by the Lolli-Ghetti family, has taken control of Nordic American Offshore (NAO), via a private placement into company’s shares worth USD 5 million.Emanuel A. Lauro, Chairman and CEO of Scorpio Tankers and Scorpio Bulkers, took over as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda-based owner and operator of offshore supply vessels.In addition, Robert Bugbee, President and Director of Scorpio Tankers, has been appointed to the company’s board and to the office of President, Cameron Mackey has been appointed Chief Operating Officer and Filippo Lauro has been appointed Vice President.As a result, the founder and CEO of NAO, Herbjørn Hansson, resigned from the board of directors and Marianne Lie resigned from the office of Executive Vice-Chair, but will remain a director.“Though near-term challenges of the offshore market exist, I believe NAO has all the necessary attributes to succeed in the longer-term: high caliber people, high caliber assets, and strong relationships with key stakeholders, first among them its lenders and its shareholders. My focus in the coming weeks will be to ensure that this great enterprise can appropriately position itself for the improving fundamentals to come,” Lauro said commenting on the deal.Lauro commended Hansson for his close engagement and support during the process, adding that NAO is a platform with a promising future. New York-listed NAO owns and operates a fleet of 10 harsh environment offshore supply vessels.last_img read more

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Awards Recognize Promoters of Human Rights

first_imgTwo people and two organizations are being recognized for their work promoting human rights in the province with the 2012 Human Rights Award. The Human Rights Commission is presenting the awards Monday, Dec. 10, at the International Human Rights Day Event at Millwood High School in Halifax Regional Municipality. The theme is, Voice It! Change It! The award categories are individual, organization and youth. People submitted nominations to the commission and the winners were chosen by the commissioners. The winners in the individual category are Jake MacDonald of Wolfville and Christine Porter of Sydney. The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax is the recipient in the organization category and receiving the youth award is No Glory Productions, a group of students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School. “It is because of the tireless and committed work of the award recipients that all of us have a better life,” saidHammonds Plains-Upper Sackville MLA Mat Whynott, on behalf of Ross Landry, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “Their desire to talk about improving lives and then turning those words into actions is an inspiring example of voicing it, and then changing it.” Mr. MacDonald, a survivor of a brain injury, is the past president of the Annapolis Valley Chapter of the Brain Injury Association in Nova Scotia from 1999 to 2011. He was chosen for his work to educate the public and health-care professionals about brain injury prevention with initiatives such as Operation Headway, Noggin Knowledge and In-Roads. Christine Porter is the executive director, AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton/Sharp Advice Needle Exchange. She is being recognized for her commitment and dedication to injection drug users, people living with mental illness and addiction. She educates health professionals and health institutions about the needs of people living in these hard circumstances. For 29 years, the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre has offered support, education, counselling and advocacy for women who have experienced sexual violence. The centre also provides education programs raising awareness of sexual abuse, social injustice such as sexism as well as developing community resources. “The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre has fought for women’s rights for over 30 years,” said executive director Irene Smith. “Though women’s rights are guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, women still face barriers to justice. We are honoured to receive this award and it encourages us to continue our efforts.” No Glory Productions, who with the support of a teacher, and student support worker, created a video on racism. It is a powerful, courageous and honest message of marginalization. “Protecting and promoting human rights is a passion I share with the recipients,” said David Shannon, CEO and executive director of the Human Rights Commission. “Having their dedication and insight as part of the cause makes it very rewarding.” International Human Rights Day celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on Dec. 10, 1948. It is credited with shaping human rights around the world. A Canadian, John Humphrey, drafted the original document. For more information go to www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/ .last_img read more

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Civil Service Negotiations Begin

first_imgNegotiations began today, Oct. 21, between government and the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union. The two parties met to exchange proposals, which included government’s proposed wage offer. Information regarding the negotiations can be found at novascotia.ca/psc/public-service-sustainability-mandate/ . The collective agreement being negotiated represents about 7,600 unionized civil servants. -30-last_img

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QuickList April inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.6 per cent in April, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 3.6 per cent (3.8)— Prince Edward Island: 1.6 (1.7)— Nova Scotia: 0.8 (1.3)— New Brunswick: 2.7 (2.8)— Quebec: 0.8 (0.9)— Ontario: 1.9 (1.9)— Manitoba: 1.6 (1.6)— Saskatchewan: 1.4 (0.6)— Alberta: 1.7 (1.3)— British Columbia: 2.1 (2.0)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 2.6 (2.7)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 1.2 (1.5)last_img read more

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Accused kidnapper testifies he lied to police did not receive ransom money

first_imgOTTAWA – A man accused of holding Amanda Lindhout hostage in Somalia testified in court he did not receive ransom money — even though he twice told undercover RCMP officers he got $10,000 US.Ali Omar Ader told Ontario Superior Court on Tuesday that he lied in 2013 about being paid to a Mountie posing as his business agent because it was what the man wanted to hear.At the time, Ader believed he was meeting the businessman on the island of Mauritius to discuss plans to publish his book about Somalia.The seeds of the phoney book project were planted three years earlier when Ader tried to make contact with Lindhout’s mother, months after her daughter was freed. The undercover Mountie phoned Ader in Somalia, saying he had been hired by the shaken family to respond to all queries.They stayed in touch about Ader’s book, leading to the face-to-face meeting in Mauritius. The Mounties saw the elaborate scheme as a way to get Ader to admit involvement in the hostage-taking.Ader told the court Tuesday he feared his business associate would not trust him if he denied responsibility for the kidnapping.Ader said he repeated the lie about getting $10,000 US two years later in Ottawa — this time with his supposed agent and a second Mountie posing as a Vancouver publisher — because he wanted to make his dream of being an author a reality.“To tell you the truth, I did not receive any money,” Ader said under questioning from Samir Adam, one of his lawyers.Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were abducted by armed men while working on a story near Mogadishu in August 2008, the beginning of 15 months in captivity. Both were released upon payment of a ransom.Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national who speaks some English, has pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge of hostage-taking for his alleged role as a negotiator and translator.In a secretly recorded sting video of the 2015 Ottawa meeting, Ader acknowledges being paid for helping the shadowy group of armed kidnappers.In the witness box, however, Ader has told a different story.He has painted himself as a victim who was coerced into assisting three gang leaders and a posse of gun-toting youths over several months through threats, a beating and an attack on his family.He said he was detained by the group and forced to make ransom calls to Lindhout’s mother. Ader described escaping at one point, and later surrendering to the kidnappers after they assaulted his family and threatened to do worse.In fact, Ader said, he then moved his wife and children into a house with the kidnappers as it was the only option at the time.Ader insisted he tried to tell his supposed business agent in Mauritius that he had no choice but to work with the hostage-takers, but the man wasn’t interested. “He did not listen to me — he did not pay attention to me.”Ader said since his associate kept closing down the conversation, he told him what he liked hearing.He said he felt compelled to repeat the lie about being paid to help the gang to secure the book deal at the meeting in Ottawa.In cross-examining Ader, prosecutor Croft Michaelson challenged this latest version of events, saying his testimony was “largely untruthful.”Michaelson wondered why Ader would make up a story in Mauritius for a man he had come to see as a trusted business partner, instead of telling him he was forced to co-operate with a gang of kidnappers.“Why wouldn’t you have told him the story you have told us today?” Michaelson asked.“Wouldn’t it have made more sense to tell him the truth than to manufacture a lie?”Michaelson also quizzed Ader about moving his family into a house with the hostage-takers.“Why would you bring your wife and children with you to live with gunmen?”Ader replied: “It was part of the surrender.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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If OscarsSoWhite what about TIFF

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Now #OscarsSoWhite has grown from a social media hashtag to a real movement that saw the Academy reform its membership to increase the diversity in its ranks. President Cheryl Boone aims to double the number of women and minorities in the voting block by 2020, and recently bumped up the ranks to include 683 new members as a first step.Widely regarded as the first step on the road to the Academy Awards, TIFF movie selection may hint at what films will be contenders in 2017.“We didn’t go out looking to put together a diverse festival but we are very aware of this concern,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey told the Star. “I think it’s really just a matter of audiences wanting to see more of ourselves reflected up on screen. And we are an audience festival so we’re trying to do that, but we’re looking first and foremost for the best films we can find.”TIFF will screen 397 movies this year. Its slate includes movies from 83 countries, the highest number in memory, Bailey said. And TIFF selected Lagos, Nigeria for its City to City program, which will highlight the vibrant “Nollywood” film culture. Past cities include Istanbul, Mumbai, and Seoul.The Star analyzed the 20 films selected for this year’s Gala Presentations – the potential blockbusters that show up on Oscar ballots – and found that 15 per cent of directors and lead performers are people of colour in 2016. That’s compared to 13 and 12 per cent last year, respectively. Facebook Advertisement Bright lights, big responsibility.It’s the festival that sets the stage for the awards season, and TIFF is under an even brighter spotlight this year as diversity and race are top of mind for many movie watchers.Coming after the 2016 Oscars, which kicked up conversations about representation on the silver screen, how does the festival fare when it comes to showcasing a diversity of stories and storytellers?center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment If the opening night film, Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake is any indication (and it is), the festival features a broad slate of films and filmmakers.It’s a crucial time in the industry after two consecutive Academy Awards with only white performers nominated in the four major acting categories prompted protests. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Coffee maker smashings end but Keurigs ad plans a mystery

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity called on his supporters to stop smashing Keurig coffee makers to protest a decision to stop advertising on his show, it remains unclear whether Keurig will actually return as a sponsor.Hannity and a liberal lobbying group’s effort to choke off his advertising are clearly making some corporations uncomfortable and loathe to be involved in a proxy political battle.After Keurig announced via Twitter that it would abandon Hannity’s show because of how he reported on stories about Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, some of the Fox host’s supporters began posting videos online smashing, blowing up or tossing coffee makers off a deck. Hannity called the action “hysterical” and showed some of the videos on his show.Then he read from a letter that Bob Gamgort, Keurig’s chief executive officer, wrote to his employees saying it was wrong to talk about advertising strategies publicly “outside of company protocols.”“I believe the CEO. I believe his sincerity here,” Hannity, who claimed to own five Keurig machines, said on his show Monday. He called for a “cease-fire” and urged supporters not to smash their Keurigs.But Gamgort’s letter never explicitly says what its advertising plans will be. “In most situations such as this one, we would ‘pause’ our advertising on that particular program and reevaluate our go-forward strategy at a later date,” he wrote.Keurig representatives did not return repeated messages on Tuesday and Wednesday asking whether it would resume advertising on Hannity’s show. The last Keurig ad on his show aired Nov. 2, while Green Mountain coffee, made by the same company, advertised last Thursday, according to Media Matters for America, the group that has been advocating an advertiser boycott of Hannity.Similarly, Volvo announced via Twitter on Monday that it had advised its media agency to cease advertising on Hannity’s show. But the tweet appeared to have been quickly deleted, and the company’s representatives also did not return messages seeking clarification on what its stance will be moving forward.Realtor.com tweeted on Saturday that it does not run ads on “Hannity” and would not in the future. The tweet was later deleted and Realtor.com later said it would advertise “across a broad range of networks, including Fox News and its top shows.”Other companies appear reluctant to be seen publicly as supporting a boycott, and similarly reluctant to be seen supporting Hannity. Nature’s Bounty and Hello Fresh both said they have not advertised on the show since the summer but have not discussed their reasons.Fox News had no comment on the advertisers.Media Matters has successfully promoted advertiser boycotts on past Fox personalities Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly. Hannity and his supporters have actively fought back, and companies have been caught in the crossfire. Hit hard by a backlash when it announced a Hannity boycott in the spring, the financial services firm USAA initially said it would avoid all opinion-based programming, then reversed field and said it would return to Hannity’s show.Angelo Carusone, Media Matters president, said he was initially disheartened this past weekend when the Keurig-smashing videos appeared, believing it would make other companies reluctant to risk the wrath of Hannity’s supporters. But he found this wasn’t so. Carusone said there are a dozen companies that advertised on Hannity in the past that have said they will no longer do so, and still others that are avoiding the show but just not being public about their intentions.He said he doesn’t believe Keurig will return as an advertiser because returning would subject them to a backlash among Hannity’s opponents. He said USAA was the only company he knew that said it would avoid Hannity’s show and publicly changed its mind.“What companies say about it obviously makes a difference from a public perception perspective,” he said. “But if the ads are not running because companies have put (the show) on a ‘do not run’ list, that’s really the action that makes the difference here. Because that’s the one that affects the advertising rates for Sean Hannity and his commercial viability.”Hannity has said he believes Media Matters is trying to muzzle free speech.last_img read more

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Morocco, France sign statement of intent on SMEs

first_imgRabat – Morocco and France signed, on Thursday in Rabat, a statement of intent on funding small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to foster financial and technical cooperation and training.Signed by Economy minister Mohammed Boussaid and French counterpart Pierre Moscovici, on a working visit to Morocco, the statement provides for transferring resources from the French guarantee fund, amounting to 26 million euros, to the SMEs guarantee fund set up by the Moroccan economy ministry and managed by the central guarantee fund (CCG).This operation concerns redeploying financial cooperation resources worth 16 million euros from the financial restructuration guarantee fund and provides for a mechanism totaling 25 million euros to improve SMEs’ access to loans. Another cooperation protocol was inked by the French public investment bank, the French development agency and the CCG to reinforce cooperation to broaden the scope and efficiency of their Risk-Sharing Instruments, as well as the funding of Moroccan SMEs and French ones wishing to gain a foothold in Morocco.The agreement aims to facilitate the international development of enterprises of their respective countries, director general of CCG Hicham Zanati Serghini told MAP.last_img read more

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Navy stops boat heading to Australia

All were brought to the Modara Fisheries Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations. The Navy arrested 86 people who were bound for Australia illegally on two multi-day trawlers today.The trawler named “Senesha Duwa” with 67 people including 58 Tamils and 09 Sinhalese on board and the other named “Seloni Duwa” with 19 persons including 14 Tamils and 05 Sinhalese on board were intercepted 20 nautical miles off Chilaw. They are residents of Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi, Chilaw, Mannar, Negombo and Anamaduwa. Among the people arrested are 79 men, 02 women and 05 children (02 boys and 03 girls). read more

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Up to 50 workers trapped in South African building collapse

first_imgONE PERSON WAS killed and as many as 50 workers were feared trapped after the roof of an under-construction shopping centre collapsed near the South African city of Durban.Police spokeswoman Mandy Govender said one person was confirmed dead and at least 26 people have been pulled from the rubble injured.“It was a mall building still under construction,” said Govender. “Most of those still trapped inside the building were construction workers.”An Thekwini municipality fire official said emergency teams were working to prevent further collapses at the site.“There is work in progress to try and stabilise the situation,” he said, refusing to give his name because he is not authorised to speak to the media.Earlier the private emergency medical care firm ER24 said “as many as 50 people entrapped at Tongaat mall.”Another private emergency firm, Netcare 911, said 29 people have been taken to hospital, and confirmed around 50 are still missing.Netcare’s Chris Botha said the accident happened around 4:30 pm local time (2.30pm GMT).Tongaat is around 40km north of the Indian Ocean city of Durban.© – AFPlast_img read more

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New Pontic club paves way for community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The official launch of the Pontic Educational and Cultural Association of Victoria (Akrites Tou Pontou), was held last week with a debut function at the PAOK soccer complex in Altona. The newest addition to Melbourne’s Pontic community started off on the right foot, with President Peter Stefanidis even having to turn away would-be guests due to a lack of capacity at the venue. “The response has been overwhelming and beyond our optimistic estimates,” Mr Stefanidis said. There is already a significant Pontic representation in the community, but the new club aims to offer a different service to the community. Mr Stefanidis said the club is less about “preserving an old culture, but investigating its evolution here in Australia”. “We are not hampered by the issues that have become part and parcel of most organisations weighing down even the most progressive committees. We simply focus on the needs of the youth and respect the forefathers and bearers of this invaluable knowledge.” A running theme in the launch event was Akrites’ commitment to engaging the local Pontic youth. It was only fitting then, that the night was attended and enjoyed by many youths, who revelled in the night’s entertainment and music. Among those who attended were representatives from other Pontic clubs, including Pontiaki Kinotita Vice President George Mouratidis, Panagia Soumela Vice President Paulos Laridis, and representatives from Sydney’s Pontian club Aitents, Christina Banos and Efthimi Avgetidis. “We are adamant that we will work with the wider community to support the cause,” Mr Stefanidis said. “Another club only means that we have other means of bringing people together. The show of support by our sister clubs only proves the resolve that we can work together for a more united community.”last_img read more

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Letter to the Editor Greek Community elections outcome

first_imgThe results of the 20 January 2019 Community elections were the expected ones.Bill Papastergiadis’ ticket was elected for the fourth time in 9 years with 100 per cent of the Community Council members. He should be congratulated.However, we should not leave unnoticed a series of anomalies occurring in the Community, especially after 2010 when the present governing group won all 19 seats in the Community Council.  Since then, this has occurred in every election: in 2012, in 2016 and for the fourth time in the 2019 election. It is an anomaly because the Community is something above the small circle of a group which owes its totalitarian power to the abuse offered by the gerrymander of an undemocratic electoral system. This anomaly seldom was occurring at elections before 2010.The outcome of this development can be seen in the shrinkage of active Community membership.At the election of 17 January 2010 voted 2,198 members. At the election of 16 December 2012, the number of voters were 741 and at the election of 17 January 2016, with only one candidate over the number of the 19 seats, the voters were only 396. In this year’s election, apart from the 19 candidates of Papastergiadis’ ticket, there were six independent candidates, and this probably contributed to the slight increase of the number of voters to 532. This development in the last 9 years indicates a huge shrinkage of members and interest in the running of the Community.This is very concerning. It means that a small number of members, without open discussion, without any opposition and without the wider membership’s knowledge, could take decisions affecting the identity and the future of the Community.The independent candidates knew beforehand the established system and what the election results would be. However, they made a courageous decision to stand in order for the election to take place, and the members see clearly the existing anomaly. Their candidatures were an act of resistance against the developing shrinkage of members and interest, against the growing indifference and apathy.Christos N. FifisMelbourne Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Massive Holes in the Sun are Nothing to Worry About

first_imgOur Sun-watching satellite saw a trio of coronal holes — visible as the darker areas in this footage — on April 3-6. A common occurrence, coronal holes are magnetically open areas from which solar wind rushes out into space. https://t.co/I5Gw0Mea96 pic.twitter.com/N2ngaxNyc3— NASA Sun & Space (@NASASun) April 10, 2018“Solar wind interacting with Earth’s magnetosphere can trigger aurora, most commonly near the poles,” NASA explained.Glowing atmospheric phenomena, amplified by the solar winds,  have reportedly been spotted as far south as the Dakotas.The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) on Tuesday issued a G1 minor geomagnetic storm watch, mapping the most likely areas for auroral views.A similar event last month led to nationwide panic when misguided news coverage tipped potential effects like headaches, dizziness, and sleep disturbances.If anything, the coronal holes might mess with Earth’s power grid systems, spacecraft, and satellite operations. But there is nothing to worry about.Disturbances are rated from least (G1) to most (G5) extreme. G1 storms, like the one transpiring now, occur about 2,000 times every 11 years—or, once every two days.The largest recorded geomagnetic storm, referred to as the Carrington Event, struck in September 1859. Effects were so strong that, in some cases, telegraph wires delivered shocks to operators and ignited fires.Aurorae, meanwhile, were seen as far south as Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba, and Italy.Most recently, a series of storms in autumn 2003 forced the forced the Federal Aviation Administration offline for 30 hours, severely damaged the Japanese ADEOS-2 satellite, and resulted in an extreme radio blackout.But like I said: Nothing to worry about. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. So, there’s good news and bad news: The good news is, some areas of the US caught a rare glimpse of the northern lights this week. The bad news is, those auroral displays were a side effect of holes in the sun.“For much of the last week, the sun featured three substantial coronal holes,” according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.A common occurrence, these so-called “holes”—areas of open magnetic field from which high-speed solar wind rushes into space—appear as dark areas under extreme ultraviolet light. NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Passes By Sun for Third TimeMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Cantona quotes Shakespeare in awards speech

first_imgEric Cantona received his UEFA Presidents award last night and indulged the audience all over the world to some Shakespeare.As we brought you here at Ronaldo.com, the retired former Manchester United captain was awarded the UEFA Presidents award 2019.The charismatic and often enigmatic Frenchman has a knack for quirky speeches and press conferences.Those of us that remember his press conference following his kung fu style kick attack on an abusive Crystal Palace fan.He said:“When seagulls follow the trawler it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”While last nights speech was under far better circumstances, it was just as bizarre and just as Cantona as ever.Cantona opted for a far more casual look than others. As he donned an open-collared red shirt and a flat cap.As he took to the stage to deliver another piece of literary genius, as reported by ESPN, he said:“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.”“Soon the science will not only be able to slow down the ageing of the cells, soon the science will fix the cells to the state and so we will become eternal.”“Only accidents, crimes, wars will still kill us but unfortunately crimes and wars will multiply. I love football. Thank you.”Wins the 2019 UEFA President’s Award… Gives bizarre cryptic speech to confuse everyone in attendance.Eric Cantona, ladies and gentlemen 😂 pic.twitter.com/qNgZB0cFoWHarry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 29, 2019As player, Eric Cantona was always front and centre on any footballing stage.Cantona, funnily enough, turned to acting as his chosen profession when he hung up his professional football players boots. Another stage for him to play the lead role as he did on so many occasions on the football field.Last night Cantona combined football with the stage, and enchanted the crowd with the words of William Shakespeare.Presenting the award, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said:“Eric was a fantastic player.”“Later, he became an actor and a commentator – but, most of all, he’s a person who has done a lot for good.”“He has dedicated part of his life to charity, so he absolutely deserves this award.”On a more serious note, Cantona closed with the comments:“I love football.”“It’s a great honour for me.”“Football is the most popular sport in the world, and through football, we can help a lot of people.”MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 10: French former player Eric Cantona looks on during the Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2018 match between England and The Rest of the World at Old Trafford on June 10, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron/Getty Images)last_img read more

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Time Inc Launches Mobile Video Platform INSTANT

first_img As these content creators come from largely mobile and video-centric platforms, INSTANT will emulate that—it will be presented on mobile devices and video. These digital celebrities include some of the most popular artists on YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, YouNow, Musical.ly, and Vine. The company revealed that its first group of creative partners will be known as the “Launch Squad,” and includes digital artists Baby Ariel, Jake Paul, RudanC, Mia Stammer, iJustine and Teala Dunn. Since NewFronts, the company has clearly been following through on this strategy. In fact, just a few weeks ago, the company announced a partnership with Wochit a cloud-based video creation platform, to help deliver premium videos across digital, social, OTT, and film. Kristin Benson, previously the head of editorial operations at WhoSay, joins INSTANT as the editorial director. In this position, Benson will lead the production team and oversee all editorial, native, and social media content. “Digital artists are the most explosive and addictive phenomenon in celebrity and entertainment today. INSTANT will be the first and foremost platform for and by these creators, with a beautiful new consumption experience for our audience,” Will Lee, digital editorial director for People and Entertainment Weekly, said in a press release. Time Inc. also revealed INSTANT will feature original launch series, such as “You Should Follow,” which will introduce social up-and-comers; “The INSTANT Mix,” an expertly curated set of song covers; “Just the Tip,” a series providing (you guessed it) tips and tricks; and “Around the World—In an Instant,” which focuses on new digital artists, cultural phenomena, and popular global movements. Additionally, the company revealed a partnership with Degree Deodorant, the exclusive sponsor of the website. Degree Deodorant will provide native advertising content to support and create awareness for the platform. Over the weekend at VidCon 2016 in Anaheim, California, Time Inc. introduced its new mobile-first, all-video platform INSTANT. The new website differentiates itself by featuring exclusive content created by “the new famous,” (digital celebrities) as well as news and features about and by said celebrities. A screenshot from instant.me INSTANT’s content will also be featured on People and EW’s websites, social channels, and magazines. Furthermore, HelloGiggles, the young women’s lifestyle magazine acquired by Time Inc. in October 2015, is a premier launch partner. It will develop and produce programming, audience strategy, and experiential initiatives with INSTANT.center_img Users can access content online via the website, instant.me, or through social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and YouNow, providing a “native-app-like experience” in the mobile browser, without requiring extra downloads. “As the market leader, Degree Deodorant is all about breakthrough innovation, so we’re excited to collaborate with Time Inc. in launching this unique and innovative platform,” Matthew McCarthy, senior director of deodorants and men’s grooming for Unilever, said in a statement.  The platform is also working with Musical.ly to promote its “Muser Monday” challenge, which encourages participation in mash-ups and music video. The brand is also partnering with YouNow to launch a summer show called IRL, hosted by RudanC, which follows the digital artist on tour. The launch of INSTANT comes in the wake of Time Inc.’s decision to focus more on video, announced at NewFronts this year. At the event, Rich Battista, president of Entertainment and Sports Group and video, said “Today is the dawn of a new day for video,” noting the “underpinning of our strategy is a content anywhere approach that’s specifically tailored to platforms.” The platform will produce daily “snackable,” shareable videos, called “Instants,” across digital verticals including entertainment, beauty, fashion, food, and social media, from digital artists’ point of view. Oftentimes, these “Instants” will be created and curated by the artists themselves. Through this strategy, the company has increased video viewership by 200 percent year-over-year. The company further revealed it would focus its distribution strategy on three primary video formats: social and live, short form, and long form. The resulting user experience, Time Inc. claims, “will be unlike any available on mobile web today,” according to a press release. Interestingly, INSTANT will also be entirely native and driven by branded advertising.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Mary A Auld Kingston 98

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mary A. (Auld) Kingston, age 98, of Hampton Falls, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on September 21, 2018.Mary was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Kingston, devoted mother of Karen J. Brouillard & her husband Christian of Hampton Falls, NH, loving “Grammy” of Noelle, Danielle, Joseph, Cassandra and Amanda, cherished daughter of the late Robert and Jeanne (Chaffault) Auld, dear sister of Roberta Howland of Spofford, NH and the late Madeline Testa. Mary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Mary was so proud of her grandchildren; she really enjoyed spending time with them and attending their sporting events and activities. She also loved gardening, tennis and was an active skier in her day. Mary was an avid reader and a devout Catholic. She had a very generous heart and was blessed to be able to spend her last four years living with her family in New Hampshire.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Monday, September 24th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00-4:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be made to High Pointe House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830.Mary A. (Auld) Kingston(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Helen C. (Cotter) Domigan Adams, 85In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Phyllis A. (Tabor) Ulrickson, 78In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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How to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower sizzle in the sky

first_img 0 Share your voice Sky Space Post a comment Tags Sci-Tech An Eta Aquarid meteor seen over Georgia in 2012. NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke Conditions are great this week for one of the best meteor showers in the first half of the year. The Eta Aquarids are officially at their most active around May 7, but this shower doesn’t have a particularly sharp peak, meaning the next few nights are all good opportunities to catch the show.  A patient backyard spotter with cloudless skies and minimal light pollution might spy 25 to 30 shooting stars, with the chances getting better as you move south.  According to the American Meteor Society, the further south your observing location on the globe, the longer your viewing window, but the meteors will also appear lower in the sky.  All this means Australians will have some of the best viewing conditions. These “shooting stars” are actually particles of Halley’s Comet, which was last seen in 1986, but the bits of space dust burning up this week come from an earlier, closer pass of the comet centuries ago. They’re known for moving particularly fast, at 42 miles per second (66.9km/sec), which makes for long trains but few bright fireballs.  Halley’s Comet also produced the debris cloud that gives us the Orionid meteor shower each October. Regardless of where you are, the Eta Aquarids can be a bit more inconvenient to see than other showers unless you’re a very early riser. The show really starts getting going after 2 to 3 a.m. local time and will last about an hour and a half for people around 50 degrees north latitude, which includes places where lots of Canadians, British and French people live. As you move south, the viewing window gets longer, with Australians being treated to a four-hour show.  eta-aquariidsThe meteors will appear to originate from near the constellation Aquarius. American Meteor Society You can just lay back and relax in the early morning hours with a wide view of the sky and have a good chance of seeing some of the meteors, or to maximize your odds of spotting them you can orient yourself to look towards the east and the “water jar” in the constellation Aquarius. This is a good year for the eta Aquarids because the moon will not be out to muck up your viewing. But you’ll still want to get as far away from city lights and other light pollution to have the best viewing experience. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates and you’re a (very early) morning person. Happy skywatching! last_img read more

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49 Voices Nile Morris of Anchorage

first_imgNile Morris of Anchorage. (Photo by Samantha Davenport, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Nile Morris of Anchorage. Morris is a UAA student and is involved in Black Student Union, Planned Parenthood and the Title IX board.Listen nowMORRIS: I was a residential adviser at an assisted living facility for people with mental illnesses. I was searching for tools that would empower both myself and the residents. I had read somewhere that yoga was really good, and I had just attended my first year at university, and I was really enthralled with Carl Sagan’s works. He had said something really great in “The Demon Haunted World.” He said, “You want to approach every single aspect of your life with a scientific mind.” And I thought, “Well, I don’t have any experience with yoga, maybe I should do some research.”And so I left that job, but I still had this thought in the back of my mind, “Okay, I need to research yoga.” I was having a lot of benefits. I was well rested in the morning, my muscles weren’t fatigued, I felt like I had better clarity and my reflexes were improving.I ended up going to this wonderful place called Spirit Path Yoga and Wellness. Through them, I really learned a lot about both myself and the nature of yoga. It was 200 hours of intensive studies and intensive practice. When we graduated, I felt really empowered, I went right into teaching, and just a few months ago I actually went and applied for my E-RYT, which is experienced yoga teacher. You have to have 1000 hours of teaching under your belt to apply for it, and I did.My favorite part about teaching is seeing people, or hearing people — rather — and seeing them, tell me that yoga has changed their lives in the same way that it’s changed mine. Because we’re all working with the same nervous systems, with slight variations, and we’re all working with the same muscular and skeletal systems. If you take these practices and these techniques and apply them, you’ll see a lot of the same changes in yourself.Proprioception and neuromuscular re-education are two of my favorite concepts in yoga. Proprioception is the body’s capability to locate its limbs in space. It has spindles — well — proprioceptors in the joints that tell the rest of the body where these certain limbs are. A lot of people don’t think about it like that — like the next time when you’re alone, try closing your eyes and doing something that isn’t based upon muscle memory. It’s a great practice to get into because you then realize that there’s so many different things going on with the body that we’re just not aware of, and the more awareness we bring, the more refined those movements become. And to perform every act artfully is yoga.last_img read more

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SOTY 2 star Tiger Shroff wants to feature in Avengers movie as

first_imgTiger Shroff wearing Spider-Man costume in SOTY 2 along with Tara Sutaria.YouTube ScreenshotTiger Shroff, who is considered to be one of the best action heroes in Bollywood, aspires to feature as Spider-Man in an Avengers movie. In a recent interview with Bollywoodlife, Tiger was asked if he has any bucket list of film-makers that he wants to work with in future. The Student of the Year 2 actor said that he does not have any such bucket list, but he wants to be in an Avengers movie playing the character of Spider-Man.Well, considering Tiger’s flexibility, physique and action skills, he can actually be apt to play the superhero role. Interestingly, Tiger in one of the scenes in Student of the Year 2 is seen sporting Spider-Man costume.Tiger’s co-actresses Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria were also present during the discussion and they do have a bucket list of directors that they want to work with. Tara said that her biggest dream is to work with Sanjay Leela Bhansali as she feels he “epitomises what music and dance should be executed on screen as”.When asked the same question, Ananya not only mentioned Bhansali but also said that Zoya Akhtar is one director she would love to work with. She further wants to feature in a masala film to be directed by David Dhawan.Meanwhile, the three stars are all geared up for the release of their film Student of the Year 2. Directed by Punit Malhotra, the teen drama movie will present Tiger romancing both the debutantes on screen.The trailer of the film has received a mixed response from the viewers as some found it entertaining, while some called it silly. The film will be released on May 10.last_img read more

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Brace up Indias telecom pricing war will further intensify says JP Morgan

first_imgIf you thought Reliance Jio’s disruptive entry into the Indian telecom industry was rightly met with a befitting response by India’s largest telecom operator Airtel and others, then probably you have not yet heard the last word on the pricing war in India’s telecom space, according to a report by investment bank JP Morgan.Reliance Jio vs Airtel vs Others: Who’s offering best free data, voice call deals in IndiaThe pricing game could go longer given the financial strength of Reliance Industries to back Jio, JP Morgan noted, as reported by IANS.In an analysis, the US bank highlights that Jio’s 4G offering is gaining traction and the latest player in India’s telecom segment will see its subscriber base double by the end of 2016-17 fiscal.”The company’s (Jio’s) free scheme launched in September 2016 has been extended to March 2017. Jio has gathered around 52 million subscribers as of December end and the expectation is to hit 100 million subscribers by March 2017, after which the company would start billing commercially,” it said. However, it noted, given that most incumbent telcos are comfortably based on financial metrics, any aggressive pricing strategy would likely be matched and hence the market-share gains for Jio would be limited. Given the way incumbent players have cut tariff plans, it remains to be seen how Jio reacts from April when commercial operations are launched and whether there is a tweak in the currently announced pricing plans or whether Jio sticks with the announced plan.”Over the last few months, Jio’s free offering has gathered subscribers, and more importantly, impacted data consumption on existing telcos’ networks. There has been a pricing reaction from the incumbents for their existing telecom offering especially on data,” JP Morgan said in its latest report.The report also warned of concerns on whether the tariff plans – which are currently being offered free – would be adjusted lower when the actual commercial operations are launched in April 2017. It advised that Jio should seek to maximise average revenue per user rather than pricing on per-GB data offer.last_img read more

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