Stars Support 21Day Vegan Kickstart

first_imgPCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) has just won $25,000 thanks to actress Marilu Henner and all of PCRM’s supporters who voted for her Live with Kelly! Grilling with the Stars recipe. She beat out eight other celebrities competing with their favorite recipes to win $25,000 for their favorite charity.Marilu is a coach for PCRM’s 21-Day Vegan Kickstart and longtime PCRM supporter.September is full of back-to-school excitement and change, so it’s a perfect time to learn how to start a healthy new approach to diet and fitness. That’s why doctors and dietitians with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are teaming up with actresses Marilu Henner, Alicia Silverstone, NBA champ John Salley, and one of Oprah Winfrey’s favorite chefs to lead the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart.The online program — going live Sept. 3 at www.21DayKickstart.org — will provide all the knowledge and support adults and teenagers need to maintain a healthy weight, increase energy, and feel great by following a nutritious plant-based diet. There is no cost to join.“A growing number of high school and college students are embracing vegan and vegetarian diets,” says PCRM dietitian Susan Levin, M.S., R.D. “Our 21-Day Kickstart program offers expert guidance and a supportive step-by-step program that can help anyone start a nutritious, well-planned plant-based diet. It’s a fun, easy way to stay trim and healthy.”Kickstarters will receive daily e-mails with recipes and cooking tips, as well as a 21-day meal plan, an interactive vegan restaurant guide, and a free iPhone application. They’ll also get complete access to online videos, forums, and discussion boards featuring registered dietitians and physicians, such as PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and John McDougall, M.D.Celebrity diet counselors, including best-selling authors Kathy Freston and Rory Freedman, actress Maggie Q, vegan firefighter Rip Esselstyn, and ultramarathon champ Scott Jurek will offer advice on food choices and grocery shopping, as well as personal stories about the challenges and benefits of new eating habits.Adopting a vegan diet is surprisingly easy, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Study participants lost weight, lowered their blood sugar, and reduced their need for medications used to treat diabetes and other health conditions. Other studies have found that vegan diets provide easy weight maintenance, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.And if you want to know Marilu’s recipe, here it is:Marilu Henner’s Healthy/Easy Grilled Mushroom and Heirloom Tomato Summer DishYield: 4-6 servingsINGREDIENTS:large container of organic mesclun greens 
3 organic heirloom tomatoes, (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
2 cups organic green grapes
6 cloves garlic (unpeeled)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (divided, plus 1/3 cup olive oil)
kosher salt
pepper
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
6 large portobello mushrooms
nondairy mozzarella-flavored cheese
grill basketDIRECTIONS:Preheat the grill to medium-high.Marinate the grapes in olive oil, salt, and pepper.In a small bowl, toss the garlic cloves with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and salt. Wrap the garlic cloves in tinfoil and place on the grill. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes.In a medium bowl, whisk together the balsamic with the 1/3 cup olive oil and mustard. Cut tomatoes in thick slices and set aside.In a medium bowl, toss the mushrooms in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt. Place them, cap side down, on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.Turn on the other side and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Re-season them lightly with salt and slice diagonally 1/2-inch pieces.Take mushrooms off, and put grapes in a grill basket and grill until the skins begin to blacken in spots, about 3 minutes.Remove the garlic from the grill. Squeeze the garlic pulp out from their skins and whisk it vigorously into the dressing.Arrange greens in center of plate, then alternate sliced mushrooms and sliced tomatoes on top and garnish with grapes and top with the dressing and a sprinkle of nondairy mozzarella-flavored cheese. Serve immediately.last_img read more

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VANCOUVER ACTRESS SERINDA SWAN TO STAR IN NEW CBC DRAMA CORONER

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Swan most recently starred in the role of ‘Medusa’ in Marvel’s Inhumans, as well as playing the role of ‘Anne Bancroft’ in Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed Feud.  Other recent television credits include a season-long recurring arc opposite Dwayne Johnson on the third season of HBO’s hit comedy series, Ballers, as well as starring roles in Breakout Kings and Graceland. Feature credits include James Franco’s recently wrapped Blood On Wheels, Disney’s Tron, and Fox’s Percy Jackson franchise.  She is repped by APA, Elevate Entertainment, Performers Management in Canada, and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.A CBC original series, CORONER is produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films. Morwyn Brebner is creator, executive producer and showrunner, Adrienne Mitchell (Durham County, Bellevue) is lead director and executive producer for Back Alley Films, and Jonas Prupas is executive producer for Muse Entertainment. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Programming; Helen Asimakis is Senior Director, Scripted Content; and Sarah Adams is Executive in Charge of Production. Bonnie Brownlee is Executive Director, Marketing.About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About Muse Entertainment:Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. It has development and production offices in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. Muse productions have won critical acclaim, large audiences, over 100 international awards, including Emmy Awards, and more than 300 award nominations. Muse produces a wide range of primetime comedy and dramatic series, miniseries, television movies, feature films, documentaries, factual entertainment, family programs and animation. www.muse.caAbout Back Alley Films:Back Alley Film Productions Ltd, founded by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, has been producing entertaining, award-winning television for over 25 years. With strong backgrounds in producing, (Lundman/Mitchell), and showrunning/directing (Mitchell), they have created and produced award-winning dramatic television series for Canadian and American networks which have sold worldwide. Back Alley’s most recent production was the drama thriller Bellevue, starring Oscar®-winning actress Anna Paquin. Other work includes the WWII drama series Bomb Girls, the critically acclaimed crime series Durham County, as well as the series Played, Bliss, Straight Up and Drop the Beat. Back Alley has offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information visit: www.backalleyfilms.ca CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster, in association with Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, today announced that Vancouver-born actress Serinda Swan (Inhumans, Ballers) is set to star in the new CBC original drama CORONER (8×60), created by Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope). Inspired by the best-selling series of books by M. R. Hall, the one-hour series centres on a newly appointed coroner investigating suspicious deaths in Toronto.  Production will begin in late summer 2018 in and around Toronto with the series set to premiere on CBC in winter 2019.Swan will play the title role of ‘Jenny Cooper’, a brave, determined yet vulnerable coroner driven by an intense desire for the truth. A former ER doctor and recently widowed mother, the passing of her beloved husband has unlocked a primal connection to death, tied to a secret in her past that is only now coming to the surface. She loves her son more than life itself and strives to support him while also trying to take care of herself. With storylines based on real-life cases, Jenny is a coroner for our time, an advocate for the dead even when it’s inconvenient for the living, and defender of those who are powerless or in peril.“We at Back Alley Films and our partners at Muse Entertainment are so excited to realize our dream of a creative collaboration with Morwyn Brebner to launch the exciting world of Jenny Cooper, played by the awesome Serinda Swan as a Toronto coroner, on CBC,” said executive producer and director Adrienne Mitchell. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Turner turns on the heat as Oz level series with 4wicket win

first_imgMohali: Unheralded Ashton Turner took an experienced Indian attack to the cleaners with some unbelievable hitting, helping Australia chase down a record breaking target of 359 runs and level the five-match series here Sunday. It was the highest ever total that Indian team failed to defend in its ODI history, losing the game by four wickets. Playing only his second ODI, Turner hit an unbeaten 84 off 43 balls with five boundaries and as many six sixes to help Australia win in only 47.5 overs. Earlier in the day, Shikhar Dhawan fired India to 358 for nine with a sublime 143 off 115 balls. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe partnership of 86 off 39 balls between Turner and Alex Carey became the turning point after Peter Handscomb and Usman Khawaja had set the platform with a 192-run third-wicket stand. The big lad, who has been a designated finisher for Big Bash League side Perth Scorchers, showed his finishing skills against world’s best death bowler Jasprit Bumrah (3/63), hitting him for an effortless ramp shot. The swagger with which he lofted Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/67) over long-on and deep mid-wicket, earned him a few fans among the home crowd and the poor Indian fielding did help his cause with Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan dropping sitters. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenTurner used his big reach to hit those big sixes down the ground off Kuldeep and Chahal. Khawaja (91 off 99 balls) and Handscomb (117 off 105 ) set the tone as they played Yuzvendra Chahal (1/64 in 10 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/80 in 10 overs) with ease. The duo kept Australia in the hunt taking 73 runs off Vijay Shankar (0/29 in 5 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (0/44)’s combined 10-over spell. Khawaja and Handscomb found the gaps with ease and the dew made it difficult for the Indian spinners with ball looking like a slippery bar of soap. Khawaja was finally done in by a short ball from Bumrah and once Handscomb was dismissed, India were smelling victory but Turner changed it all. Batting first, India looked a completely different side with opening duo putting on 193 runs on arguably the flattest track on offer during the ongoing series. While Dhawan got his 16th hundred in ODIs, vice-captain Rohit (95 off 92 balls) missed out on what could have been a very well-deserved 23rd hundred with Australian bowlers looking like lambs for slaughter. Pat Cummins (5/70 in 10 overs) and Jhye Richardson (3/85 in 9 overs) shared the spoils but were taken to task by the Indian openers for their wayward bowling. Dhawan, who last reached a three-figure mark against Pakistan in an Asia Cup match in September 2018, was in fluent touch from the onset, hitting 18 fours and three sixes. It released the pressure on Rohit, who initially was watchful even as Dhawan went after the bowling. With another opening slot hopeful KL Rahul inducted into the playing XI, the 33-year-old Dhawan finally looked to have been shaken out of his comfort zone and played like only he could. On a ground where it all started with a dream Test debut back in 2013 against the same opposition, the southpaw decided to ease any worries that the team management had with regards to his form going into the World Cup. With left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff and premier speedster Pat Cummins feeding him on his legs, Dhawan got a flurry of boundaries inside the first six overs. There is a saying about Dhawan that if he gets a cover drive in the initial overs, he is a difficult man to stop. On a track, where the bowlers needed to pitch it further up, the Aussies bowled short and it helped Dhawan to muscle it through the mid-wicket region repeatedly. Glenn Maxwell’s (0/61 in 8 overs) venom-less off-breaks were like cannon fodder for Dhawan, who deposited two half-trackers for maximum. Rohit also gained in confidence as lofted Adam Zampa (1/57 in 10 overs) for a huge six. Finch (/22 in 3 overs) introduced himself but his friendly slow left-arm bowling was treated with contempt by Rohit. He picked up Richardson’s slow bouncers and guided one behind square and pulled one in-front. However, in his bid to reach the three-figure mark with a six, he deposited the third one down deep mid-wicket’s throat with five to get for his hundred. Dhawan continued to attack as he surpassed his previous best of 137 against South Africa at the MCG during the 2015 World Cup. He looked good for a double hundred but was out trying to give Cummins the charge but the platform for a big score was set by then.last_img read more

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Morocco Belgium to Foster Cooperation in Counterterrorism

Rabat – Morocco and Belgium discussed, Monday in Rabat, means to boost cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.This came in a meeting between Moroccan minister delegate to the Interior, Cherki Drais, and a delegation of Moroccan-Belgian parliamentary friendship group, led by Belgian MP Andre Frederic.The meeting was an opportunity to discuss collaboration in the fight against terrorism, which constitutes a “major concern” for both countries, and to assess cooperation between the two countries, Frederic told the press after the meeting. Through this visit, the Belgian delegation intends to meet with Moroccan ministers and parliamentarians to “take stock of our common concerns to maintain a democratic functioning of our respective States,” he said, highlighting the common will to uphold the friendly relations between Moroccans and Belgians.During this meeting, Drais recalled the reforms initiated under the leadership of King Mohammed VI in various fields.He also highlighted Morocco’s political process, notably the 2011 constitutional reform and the last elections in 2016, underlining efforts made in fighting poverty and insecurity, particularly through the large-scale anti-poverty project National Initiative for Human Development (INDH). read more

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China insists it has lent sincere support to Sri Lanka

The spokesperson said that China stands ready to play a constructive role in helping Sri Lanka follow the path of sustainable development and diversify its economy. (Colombo Gazette) “As a principle, China and Sri Lanka are strategic cooperative partners, and we have lent sincere support to each other as always. In light of Sri Lanka’s needs, China provides assistance to the best of its ability to help Sri Lanka close financing gap, boost economic development, improve people’s livelihood and enhance its self-development capability. This has been applauded by the Sri Lankan government and people.” the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. Hua Chunying said that China attaches importance to its friendly cooperative relations with Sri Lanka and is willing to continue to cooperate with Sri Lanka in the economic, trade and other areas in the spirit of equality and mutual benefit. China insists its has lent “sincere support” to Sri Lanka and provides assistance to the best of its ability to help Sri Lanka close its financing gap, boost economic development, improve people’s livelihood and enhance its self-development capability.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said this in response to a question raised over reports that talks between China and Sri Lanka on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have reached a stalemate as Sri Lanka is worried that Chinese investments may make it indebted. read more

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Indian Housing Project extended to Madakumbura and Vellaioya

Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Digambaram, State Minister for Education V.S. Radhakrishnan and Acting High Commissioner of India Arindam Bagchi jointly laid the foundation stones. The Indian Housing Project has been extended to the Madakumbura and Vellaioya Estates, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.The foundation stone was laid for the construction of 250 new houses under the Indian Housing Project at the Madakumbura Estate in Punduloya, Nuwara Eliya yesterday. Member of Parliament Thilakraj, Members of Central Provincial Council, senior Government officials as well as officials from Plantation Human Development Trust(PHDT), Plantation and Estate Management participated in the ceremony. A large number of people from the Madakumbura Estate attended the function. In a similar ceremony held at the Vellaioya Estate in Hatton on the same day the foundation stone for construction of 50 new houses was laid. The Ministers were joined by Assistant High Commissioner of India in Kandy Dhirendra Singh for this ceremony.The Government of India has committed a total of 14,000 houses in the Plantation areas including the 10,000 houses announced by Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi. Around 1000 houses out of these are nearly complete. The foundation stones laid at the Madakumbura and Vellaioya Estates marks the start of another 3000 houses in phases in as many as 40 estates and around 70 locations/divisions. UN Habitat is the implementing agency for the houses being constructed at Madakumbura Estate and IFRC/SLRC is the implementing agency for Vellaioya Estate houses on behalf of High Commission of India. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Unofficial end of summer

Where did summer go? Labour Day is around the corner, kids will be returning to school and cooler temperatures will be creeping in. Phil Perkins has more on the unofficial end of summer. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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UN envoy on children and armed conflict visiting Angola

Speaking to the press shortly after arriving in Luanda on Saturday, Olara Otunnu, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, said his office was determined to make sure the UN mobilized the international community to help the Angolans, particularly the child victims of war. Mr. Otunnu’s visit comes a little over a month after the Government and the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), who have been involved in a decades-long conflict, signed a ceasefire agreement. Addressing the UN Security Council recently, Ibrahim Gambari, Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Africa, said the chances of returning to war in Angola were now very negligible, but he noted the critical humanitarian situation in the country, where the number of displaced persons had increased by 400,000 to 4.5 million. read more

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After Davos UN paves way forward in addressing most pressing global challenges

2015 is set to be a critical year for the UN and its Member States as they confront the imminent deadline for achieving the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDG), lay the foundation of the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) and work to achieve a meaningful global agreement at the end-of-year Paris climate conference in an effort to ensure that no one is left behind. In addition, the energetic debate around the future SDGs is widely considered to be a chance to reflect on the international community’s successes and failures, and invest in resilience by placing the most vulnerable, especially children, at the centre of the UN’s forward-looking efforts in elaborating a post-2015 agenda. According to the Organization, this means shifting from an agenda that prioritizes the more achievable targets, to a universal agenda that prioritizes tackling vulnerability, by identifying and mitigating risks. This is our collective and ambitious vision for the fight against poverty.“The new development agenda is about identifying vulnerable groups and risks, mobilising new change-makers, empowering women and building resilience,” affirmed Assistant Secretary-General Thomas Gass.At the heart of the UN’s efforts, however, lies a critical need to create solidarity movements that connect citizens together across the globe, build resilience in communities and tackle fragility through new partnerships between governments, the private sector and citizens themselves. To that point, the UN is tapping into new technologies to build and drive movements of young people who are rising up to make their voices heard. Citizen-sparked campaigns fuelled by digital media, for instance, are helping to drive social movements which are ushering a new era of partnerships and political change.Among the inclusionary campaigns launched by the UN at Davos, UN Women’s HeForShe IMPACT 10X10X10 generated particular enthusiasm as it begins its focus on engaging governments, businesses and universities to make concrete commitments to advance women’s empowerment. At the same time, other initiatives, such as the #NoLostGeneration campaign, will help direct public attention towards those millions of children affected by the Syria crisis by harnessing breakthrough technologies. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) office in Jordan, for example, partnered with video artist and filmmaker, Chris Milk, to produce Clouds Over Sidra – a virtual reality experience that transports viewers to a Syrian refugee camp. By leveraging breakthrough technologies, such as virtual reality, UNICEF and partners can create solidarity with those who are normally excluded and overlooked, amplifying their voices and explaining their situations in compelling ways. These partnerships also signify a new shift in communication and the use of technology for development with a focus on creating empathetic immersive experiences and engaging new audiences. It is hoped that projects such as this will add to the discourse, amplifying people’s voices and inspiring leaders to make bold commitments first at Davos and throughout the year. read more

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Yale shoots 51 per cent beats Lehigh 9787 in homeopener

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Trey Phills and Miye Oni each scored 20 points to lead Yale to a 97-87 home-opening victory over Lehigh on Wednesday night.The Bulldogs racked up 20,000 air miles and played their first five games on the road and returned home on the heels of a 77-73 win over Miami on Saturday at the Hoophall Miami Invitational.Phills made four 3-pointers and Oni added eight assists. Oni capped his scoring with a windmill dunk with about a minute left.Jordan Bruner chipped in 13 points, Blake Reynolds had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Alex Copeland added 11 points for Yale (4-2), which shot 51 per cent from the floor. Azar Swain had 10 points off the bench.Jordan Cohen scored 21 points to lead Lehigh (5-3). Lance Tejada had 19 points and Pat Andree 16, and the pair combined for nine of Lehigh’s 15 3-pointers.Yale led 73-71 with 7:19 to play and used a 17-6 run for a 90-77 advantage with just under two minutes remaining. Copeland scored seven points and Bruner added five during the stretch.The Associated Press read more

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How Alastair Cook keeps alive the memory of his childhood teammate

Alastair Cook (left) and David Randall during their schooldays “They spent a lot of time together from when they were young, playing and learning from each other. They opened the batting together for Maldon Cricket Club, then Essex. It was great to watch them together“When David became ill Alastair arranged for him to visit Lords and Wimbledon, where he went just two days before he died. It was a lovely thing for Ali to do.”In an attempt to make sense of Randall’s death his mother and a group of family friends set up a foundation in his name to help people with terminal illnesses “enjoy life to the full for as long as possible” and to provide scholarships to people who demonstrate exceptional dedication and passion in sport or music, but lack the finances to pursue it. Cook looks to the heavens in memory of David Randall after achieving the last test century of his careerCredit:Paul Childs/Reuters It was the simplest of gestures, but it meant the world to Sue Randall.When Alastair Cook reached a century at The Oval last week in his last test match before retiring, the England captain removed his helmet, touched his ear and looked up to the heavens.That gesture was in tribute to his childhood team-mate David Randall, with whom Cook had come up through the ranks of junior cricket in Essex, but who died of cancer at the age of 27.The pair had met at Maldon Cricket Club, playing together in the under 10s and under 16s, with Randall breaking into the first team when he was just 13, before being selected for the England Under-15 squad.But in 2012 he fell ill with bowel cancer and died, leaving his family and friends bereft.So when Cooke touched is ear and looked skywards it was a symbolic reminder to those he loved of what Randall meant to them man who went on to become one of England’s greatest cricket players and who ended his career on such a high against India.“It’s lovely that he remembers David and keeps his memory alive in that way,” Randall’s mother Sue, a teacher, told The Sunday Telegraph. ““I was at work when Ali scored his 100, so I didn’t see it, But I am thrilled that he made such a big score in his final innings and I know David would have been too. David Randall (right) and Alastair Cook walk off the field together after clinching victory in an East Anglian Premier League match for Maldon Alastair Cook (left) and David Randall during their schooldaysCredit:Sue Randall 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. Cook looks to the heavens in memory of David Randall after achieving the last test century of his career David Randall (right) and Alastair Cook walk off the field together after clinching victory in an East Anglian Premier League match for MaldonCredit:Sue Randall The foundation, which is run entirely by volunteers, helps to provide memorable days for terminally ill people and their families – such as arranging visits to Wimbledon and other great sporting occasions, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Ritz and Harry Potter World.Cook has recently written movingly for the foundation’s website about his friend, known to those who knew him well as Arkle.He said: “Arkle and I grew up opening the batting together at Essex age group cricket and at Maldon CC. I will never be embarrassed to say that David was a far better player than me! We had some great moments together and I will never forget the time when we beat Bury St. Edmunds by 10 wickets on a fantastic day at Drapers Farm [Maldon CC’s ground].”Cook says it is “a huge honour” for him to have been asked to be patron of the David Randall Foundation and that he hopes his work for it would have made his friend proud.He added: “Arkle handled his illness with great bravery and never once did we hear him complain, or say ‘Why me?’ He tried to live as normal a life as possible, refusing to give in to the illness and striving to experience as much as he could in his last few months. I think the fact that he came to Lords and visited Wimbledon in his last few weeks summed up his attitude.” Mrs Randall, who used to spend hours throwing cricket balls at her son at their home in Maldon to help him master his batting, said Cook’s association with the foundation has proved invaluable in raising funds and support. Much of the proceeds from Cook’s 2014 Benefit Year went to the charity.“Ali’s name is a great thing to have. It provides a real boost,” she said. “Because he knew David so well he really cares about it. He’s not just a figurehead. For him it’s personal. You can see that.” read more

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Amazon and Apple ebook price war results in book being pulled

first_imgBuzz Bissinger is no stranger to the literary world, having written several bestselling books. So it was all the more confusing when his recent ebook, After Friday Night Lights, recently vanished without warning from the Amazon Kindle store. It took a little time for Bissinger to sort out why his 12,000 word $2.99 Kindle title was pulled, and he wasn’t expecting to find that it was all because of a tiff between Apple and Amazon.Mr. Bissinger found after a publicity stop to promote the book that he could no longer find its listing on Amazon. His initial feeling was that it was just a mistake, but he found that he was, in fact, caught up in an automated fight between Amazon and Apple. The difficulty is that Apple chose to list After Friday Night Lights as a featured title in iBooks, and was giving it away for free with a code.Bissinger was still receiving royalties from Apple, but Amazon’s automated system interpreted the promotion as a price drop, and tried to match it on the Kindle. That meant the book went from being $2.99 to free overnight. Amazon didn’t have anything to do with the book disappearing; that was all the publisher’s doing. It seems that the folks at digital publisher Byliner panicked and pulled the book rather than lose sales, which they got nothing for.After Friday Night Lights follows the life of a high school football star whose career was ended by an injury early on. The book was written exclusively for Byliner.com, a digital publishing house that is making a go of things by publishing shorter digital works. Bissinger believes that the book has lost its chance thanks to Amazon’s pricing scheme.Amazon has said the book can be posted again, but Byliner has not made a decision on how to proceed. There is no reason to think this won’t continue happening to this and other books. At a time when everyone is being investigated for ebook price fixing, this is just another reminder of how broken the current system is.More at The New York Timeslast_img read more

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Jolla borrows a trick from RIM MeeGo will also run Android apps

first_imgIf you’re going to launch a new smartphone platform, you’d better make sure that your potential users have plenty of amazing apps to run on it. Without a strong app ecosystem, a new player like Jolla will struggle to make inroads against the likes of Android and iOS. Fortunately, the Jolla team has a plan: they’re going to offer full support for Android apps.Jolla — which took up the MeeGo cause after Nokia pulled the pin — will utilize OpenMobile’s Application Compatibility Layer. It brings Android’s Dalvik virtual machine to a slew of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Bada, Tizen, and QNX (which powers the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 OS). MeeGo was also supported, too, so the ACL is a natural fit for the still-nascent Jolla’s upcoming devices.RIM is still trying to make shoppers care about the fact that the BlackBerry PlayBook offers Android app support. It’s a bit different than what Jolla is proposing, however. The PlayBook can only run Android apps that have been run through RIM’s packager and added to App World. Jailbroken PlayBooks can sideload just about any Android .APK, but RIM successfully plugged several holes that allowed the developers of DingleBerry to open up the tablets in recent updates to PlayBook OS. The end result is that PlayBook owners have only a few Android apps to choose from and most aren’t all that interesting (Dolphin browser tops the list). Developers just haven’t bought in to the quick-and-easy porting system touted by RIM.Hopefully Jolla’s team will go about things differently than RIM and offer full-blown access to someone’s Android app marketplace, whether it be Google Play or the Amazon Appstore. If smartly integrated, the ACL will give Jolla’s devices a nice 1-2-3 punch — Qt, HTML5, and Android.More at GigaOMlast_img read more

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An extraordinary person and a beautiful woman Community turns out to pay

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3448420 ‘An extraordinary person and a beautiful woman’: Community turns out to pay respects to Ann Louise Gilligan Gilligan died following a short illness yesterday. Jun 16th 2017, 4:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15 Comments 33,267 Views Zappone described her wife as “an educator extraordinaire”.She had taught at St Patrick’s, Drumcondra and DCU and Zappone said her wife’s “exceptional love of children lives on through the work of the thousands of primary school teachers she educated throughout the country”.She added: “As co-founder and director of An Cosán a centre of learning, leadership and enterprise in Jobstown, Tallaght West Ann Louise demonstrated her commitment and love for the people of Tallaght and the wider communities. Her vision was that education transformed poverty and she believed in the power of imagination to bring about personal and social change.”Ireland has lost a fierce and dedicated campaigner’: Tributes pour in for Ann Louise Gilligan > Short URL Share1375 Tweet Email center_img Source: Garreth MacNamee/Twitter Large crowds assembling for the wake of Dr Ann Louise Gilligan at An Cosán in Jobstown. pic.twitter.com/nZV7wNFXaL— Garreth MacNamee (@garmacnamee) June 16, 2017 “She’s a champion. She’s someone who faced adversity and faced right back at it with love and respect.”- Hundreds turned out to pay their respects to activist Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, the wife of Minister Katherine Zappone, who died yesterday following a short illness.Gilligan founded An Cosán, an organisation based in Jobstown, Tallaght, which offers adult education and other services to women from disadvantaged areas.She and  Zappone had strongly campaigned for a Yes vote in the gay marriage referendum in 2015.A long, snaking line of mourners arrived at the centre and were guided outside to a garden area where the wake was taking place. It was standing room only by the early afternoon, such was the demand to pay respect to a woman who was credited with changing the fortunes of hundreds of women from the area.Many joined in the singing of Moon River as well as You Raise Me Up as the crowds continued to stream through the doors of the centre.And it was fitting that her wake was held in the centre which she had helped found.Those whose lives she had changed turned out, as did their friends and their children, to mark the contribution she made to the area.Current CEO of An Cosán, Maura McMahon, spoke of the lasting legacy Gilligan will have not just on those who met her but on the generations of Irish people who have yet to be born.She said: “Ann Louise was an inspirational figure here and we will miss her greatly. Welcome home, Ann Louise. She was an extraordinary person and a beautiful woman. She means so much to me.“She was composed, humble and certain that everyone could be beautiful. She had a powerful vision. She had this power to show us the beauty we didn’t know we had.”Senator Lynn Ruane spoke of the impact Gilligan had on her life. For Ruane, Gilligan was her teacher and a role model – someone who helped her craft her own path in life. She said that Gilligan had given her the confidence to pursue what she wanted and that her life was one which inspired scores of people from disadvantaged areas that they could achieve what they wanted.In a statement released yesterday, Zappone said that she was “heartbroken following the passing of [her] beloved Ann Louise”. They had been together since 1981.The pair had strongly advocated for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. Ahead of the vote, they released a video about how they had gone to Canada in 2003 to get married. Here, they talked about how they wanted to get married in Ireland too. Friday 16 Jun 2017, 4:39 PM Gilligan and her wife Katherine Zappone Gilligan and her wife Katherine Zappone By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

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Amazon Wants To Use Shipping Containers As Mobile Drone Bases

first_imgStay on target It’s no secret that Amazon is building a delivery drone army of epic proportions. They want to be able to launch them from anywhere: lamp posts, cell towers… and even moving trains.Just as the calendar rolled over from July to August, Amazon was awarded a patent for “Ground-based mobile maintenance facilities for unmanned aerial vehicles.” While the title focuses on maintenance, the patent itself provides additional insight into Amazon’s drone-assisted future.It’s all about intermodal transport — where shipping containers are moved between, say, a cargo ship and a train. Amazon figures the containers shouldn’t just big a big box that holds goods awaiting delivery to its customers. They should also bring along a drone that can drop those items by our front doors.These mobile drone stations could take care of scheduled deliveries for Amazon, too, based on descriptions in the patent. For example, if Amazon tends to see a huge spike in orders for a specific type of cat food in West Seattle on the third Wednesday of every month, they can plunk a container on a truck, roll it out, and let its onboard drones automatically tackle drop-offs.Hard-working drones need a little TLC from time to time, of course. Amazon also believes that containers provide a convenient space for on-the-go repairs. Things like motors, props, battery packs, and sensors may need to be replaced periodically. Amazon wants to tuck an automated system tucked into a shipping container to handle those chores, like so:Just like the delivery drones, these repair cars could be automatically routed to areas where Amazon knows there’s demand. If a group of drones is due for its regular tune-up (or if there was a rash of vandalism, hail damage, etc.), Amazon could send out the repair car to fix them up.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img read more

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Mustafi wants Arsenal on the top four

first_imgThe Gunners footballer believes his team still has time to get to stay on the top four of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season.Arsenal is currently in the fourth position of the English Premier League table with 53 points.The Gunners have won 16 out of 27 matches, drawing five times and losing only six.They are seven points behind third place, 12 points behind second place and 13 points behind leaders Liverpool.And for Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi is very important to stay in this position.“I think statistics are something for people who like them and talk about them,” Mustafi said to the team’s official website.“If you’re not going to make it into the top four, it doesn’t count for anything.”Harry 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.“For us, statistics are something that we leave on the side. We try to focus on what’s on at the moment. We’re not where we want to be, so we have to work and get there.”“I think we’ve done well and have done that in a few games better than others, but I think we’re still in a transition to become a team who are confident of playing the same way both home and away,” he explained.“I think we try our best to get to where we want to be: a team that is confident of playing, keeping possession, who likes to play forward, likes to score goals. It’s something that we try our best to improve.”“It would be great for the team [to finish in the top four] because we have a lot of young players who are very keen to play in the Champions League again. Obviously, a club like Arsenal belongs in the Champions League as well. For everyone it’s going to be a big achievement,” Mustafi concluded.Perseverance. Our way. The @Arsenal way. Good morning and keep going! pic.twitter.com/O9uUk9rsXA— Unai Emery (@UnaiEmery_) February 25, 2019last_img read more

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Wild land fire reported north of Washougal

first_imgCrews are on scene of a wild land fire north of Washougal that has already burned about 2.5 acres of slash, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.The fire was reported about noon Saturday near the Jones Creek Trail between Larch Mountain and Washougal, according to a DNR dispatcher.As of Saturday afternoon, the state had dispatched a helicopter and ground crews to battle the fire.last_img

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Fukushimas ice wall keeps radiation from spreading around the world

first_imgJames Martin/CNETFixing FukushimaFixing Fukushima is a CNET multi-part series that explores the role technology plays in cleaning up the worst nuclear disaster in history.As we drive north from Tokyo, the city fades to a picturesque landscape of rolling hills and tiny villages. Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, ravaged by a massive earthquake and a series of tsunamis that leveled buildings and dragged boats, cars and the lives of thousands inland, is beginning to recover eight years later. At the decommissioned Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, an army of robots has been enlisted to aid in the cleanup effort — going into radioactive hotspots too dangerous for humans. The company that owns the facility, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, has been investing in community projects for the surrounding area. But the visible recovery is undermined by the invisible; a still highly radioactive land and groundwater that continues to mix with the radioactive water of the destroyed reactors at Fukushima Daiichi.One solution attempting to mitigate the ongoing water contamination is its ice wall, a super-cooler refrigerant being piped 100 feet underground, freezing the ground solid and stopping the flow of fresh water towards the sea.Fukushima DaiichiJames Martin/CNETThe outer wreckage of the Unit 2 reactor, one of the most highly radioactive places at Fukushima Daiichi, so dangerous that no human can enter. With the Primary Containment Vessel damaged, the water needed to continually cool the reactors has been leaking from inside, mixing with the fresh groundwater flowing towards the sea.Fukushima Ice Wall prevents radioactive water from leakingJames Martin/CNETA maze-like industrial landscape spreads out in front of us. Wearing multiple layers of cotton and latex gloves, three pairs of socks and rubber boots, we walk across a rusty ground towards the most recently conceived defense: a system of super-cooled pipes that freeze the soil going down 100 feet, stopping the outside fresh groundwater from mixing with the radioactive water within.Fukushima Daiichi Ice Wall prevents radioactive water from leakingJames Martin/CNETThough the defensive frozen wall goes down 30 meters, encircling reactor Units 1-4 in a 1500 meters ring, just the top portion of the pipe network freezing 70,000 cubic meters of soil is visible above ground.  Fukushima Daiichi Ice Wall prevents radioactive water from leakingJames Martin/CNETThe coolant-filled pipes form the frozen-soil barrier that keeps the fresh groundwater running towards the sea from mixing with the contaminated water from the damaged leaking reactors. The idea is to keep the clean water on the outside of the wall, while the contaminated water stays inside.  Fukushima Ice Wall prevents radioactive water from leakingJames Martin/CNETThe $300 million structure uses a coolant to bring down the temperature of each pipe to -30 degrees Celsius, or -22 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold emanating from each one hardens the soil around it, creating a barrier which is intended to stop the flow of fresh groundwater toward the reactors.Fukushima Daiichi Ice Wall prevents radioactive water from leakingJames Martin/CNETA hole dug on the outside of the ice wall perimeter illustrates the high groundwater table below. A similar hole on the inside of the perimeter which shows no water present illustrates the absence of groundwater and thus the effectiveness of the ice wall’s intent.Fukushima Ice Wall prevents radioactive water from leakingJames Martin/CNETA technician monitors the ice wall operations from a building at the Fukushima Daiichi facility. Tepco says the wall is working, but a Reuters report in March of 2018 found the wall only somewhat effective.”We know this is not the end of our effort,” says a company spokesman. “We will be continuously working hard to reduce the amount of generation of contaminated water.” Like much of the work being done at Fukushima Daiichi, this is all new territory, engineered on the fly, and every little bit of progress helps.Fukushima DaiichiJames Martin/CNETIn a warehouse literally humming with activity, workers navigate the maze of valves and pipes inside the water purification facility at Fukushima Daiichi which is handling decontamination of radioactive water from the reactors.Tepco’s on-site purification process at the Advanced Liquid Processing System is able to remove 62 radioactive elements from the contaminated water used in the cooling Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors. Remaining in the water is tritium, a lesser radioactive element that is more complicated to remove from water in purification processes. Fukushima DaiichiJames Martin/CNETIn the past eight years since the accident, this has meant TEPCO has collected more than 1.1 million tons of leaking, contaminated water.Where does it all go? There are currently 900 huge silos on site, and counting. TEPCO estimates it has enough space in the 37.7-million-square-foot facility to house an additional 270,000 tons of water, which means it will run out space to store any more water sometime in 2020.The ice wall is part of the solution to this problem. Less ground water mixing with contaminated water means then less contaminated water to store in the finite amount of space available.Fukushima Daiichi Ice WallJames Martin/CNETFrom an ultra-clean environment in the water treatment analysis center, glass beakers containing sea water and groundwater and water from the Advanced Liquid Processing System facilities.   0 Sci-Tech Tagscenter_img Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

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HISD Drops Some Stakes For State Standardized Tests For Certain Grades

first_img Laura IsenseeClaudia De Leon, whose children have opted out of state exams for several years, said that the change brings relief to parents who don’t support high stakes testing. She and other members of the advocacy group, Community Voices for Public Education, rallied for more changes to state tests outside HISD headquarters on Feb. 10.There’s a little less pressure on some Houston students when they take their state standardized exams this spring.Trustees for the Houston Independent School District recently changed one way the district uses those test scores.Some parents cheered the changes, like Claudia De Leon.“It’s a great relief to parents who want to exercise their right to opt out,” she said.In 2014 when her son Diego was in third grade, De Leon kept him home from school during state standardized testing. They “opted out.”Then Diego almost got held back even though he had As and Bs in school.“A lot of sleepless nights,” De Leon recounted. “There was a lot of tears shed. There was a lot of uncertainty. I was not sure if the school district was actually going to retain him or not.”HISD eventually promoted her son to the fourth grade after he did a special summer project.That fear of being held back is gone now for many parents and students who want to opt out.In January, the HISD board voted to suspend the state exam, known as the STAAR, as a promotion requirement for the third, fourth, sixth and seventh grades.De Leon explained that those scores come out after the end of the school year, making decisions about retaining kids difficult.“So it gives them peace of mind that if their child is on track and is promotable anyway, that they will be promoted the way they should be in the first place,” she said.Students in fifth and eighth grades, however, still have to pass state tests in reading and math to move on to the next grade. That’s a statewide policy. Share 00:00 /01:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Xlast_img read more

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Examining The Rational Middle of Immigration

first_imgEric Gay/APDemonstrators march through downtown Austin in (February, 2017). Protesters are targeting recent immigration raids around the country. Listen 00:00 /07:43 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X We occasionally call on energy watcher Loren Steffy to join us to share his insights on an industry that’s a critical piece of Greater Houston’s economy. But the former Houston Chronicle columnist has spent the last several months focused on a different topic: immigration reform.His work with director Gregory Kallenberg has led to a video series on the same subject, called The Rational Middle of Immigration.We talk with Steffy and Kallenberg about what they believe constitutes the “rational middle” in this debate. The first of the videos will be unveiled at a dinner tonight (Nov. 2) hosted by the Center for Houston’s Future. last_img read more

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