Fitness Blender Workouts are like Exercising with Your Friends

first_imgMost men report to the mirror at least twice a day, in the morning and at night, if for no other reason than habit. And for most, that trip doesn’t include meeting eyes with someone who looks like Billy Blanks. Talking about body image is about as fun as discussing Federal tax code, but it’s hard to escape that most of us either would rather be in better shape or would at least like to keep whatever shape we’ve managed thus far. One Youtube exercise series has become increasingly popular for its low-stress, high-return approach to working out. Using little equipment or space, Fitness Blender workouts can make the difference in your health routine. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Daniel and Kelli Segar (husband and wife) founded Fitness Blender in 2008 after several years of working in the fitness industry as personal trainers. Today, Fitness Blender is an online healthand wellness community featuring a Youtube series with over 3.5 million subscribers, lifestyle guides, and community forums, and it has always taken an approachable, even welcoming, tone in the conversation on exercise and healthy eating. What’s grown into a large and active community is still based in humble roots: Daniel and Kelly film every video in a walled-in garage, while a spare bedroom in their home functions as an office. They don’t offer a patented Exercise System, or Proprietary Crash Diet. Instead, they focus on health-centered exercises and rounded diets that use widely available knowledge.But what makes the Fitness Blender workout videos so special is precisely this lack of pretense. These are people you see in your world, people who attend parent-teacher conferences or go to malls, people who drink beer and eat the food that’s put in front of them at restaurants. And that’s their exact appeal: they’re the type of people who might take you to the gym if they worked in your office. Their videos range from kickboxing routines, to nearly impossible ab workouts, to HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts, which would make an Olympian cry for mercy. Kelly and Daniel take turns hosting the videos (sometimes hosting them together) and they talk you through each exercise as it’s performed. They suffer just as much as you do, possibly more, considering that they have to keep talking the entire time.When you complete a video, it ends with a white screen which says simply “Workout Complete.” Your body relaxes, your mind goes to rest, and you feel the purest rush of endorphins or runner’s high or whatever you want to call it, that you’ve ever felt in your life. Whatever your personal goals for working out happen to be, this stuff is effective. Give it a try and feel the results.  Editors’ Recommendations How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra last_img read more

Rand, Chengxi Sign Shipyard Contract

first_imgzoom Rand Logistics, Inc. has entered into a contract with the Chengxi Shipyard for the construction and assembly of a new forebody which will be affixed to the aft section of the company’s recently acquired Danish flagged chemical tanker.When introduced into service in the second half of calendar 2015, this vessel will increase the size of Rand’s fleet to 17, including 10 Canadian flagged and 7 U.S. flagged vessels, and will be the first Canadian flagged river class self-unloader introduced into service on the Great Lakes in over 40 years.The conversion project will take place in Jiangyin, China at the Chengxi Shipyard.“We are very pleased to be working with the Chengxi Shipyard on this important project for our Company,” said Scott Bravener President of Lower Lakes Towing.“Subsequent to introducing the vessel into service, we will operate five of the seven Canadian flagged river class vessels in the market. The new vessel will not only have the largest carrying capacity of any existing Canadian river class self-unloader,but it will also be the most efficient river class vessel on the Great Lakes,” said Mr. Bravener.May 27, 2014last_img read more

Traffic Advisory HRM

first_img -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 On Sunday, Sept. 20, the northbound lanes of Highway 102 will be closed at the Horne Settlement Underpass between exits 7 and 8. There will be at least three separate closures of 15 minutes each between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. To avoid delays during these hours, northbound traffic should exit Highway 102 at Exit 7 (Enfield) and return to Highway 102 at Exit 8 (Elmsdale). Local Area Office: 902-883-3535 Fax: 902-883-8732last_img read more

Élargissement de routes annonce des dates et des endroits des consultations

first_imgLe gouvernement a fixé les dates et les endroits des consultations publiques sur le rapport portant sur l’élargissement à quatre voies de certains tronçons d’autoroute. Les consultations fourniront des renseignements sur la manière dont les autoroutes peuvent être élargies à quatre voies plus tôt au moyen du péage. Toutes les séances ont lieu de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30. Voici les dates et les endroits : l’autoroute 101, de Three Mile Plains à Falmouth, 9,5 km l’autoroute 101, de Hortonville à Coldbrook, 24,7 km l’autoroute 103, de la sortie 5 à Tantallon à la sortie 12 à Bridgewater, 71 km l’autoroute 104, de Sutherlands River à Antigonish, 37,8 km l’autoroure 104, de Taylors Road à Aulds Cove, 38,4 km l’autoroute 104, de Port Hastings à Port Hawkesbury, 6,75 km l’autoroute 104, de St. Peter’s à Sydney, 80 km l’autoroute 107, de Porters Lake à la rue Duke, Bedford, 33 km La date et l’endroit de la consultation à Porters Lake seront annoncés plus tard. * Les Néo-Écossais nous ont demandé de tenir ce débat et nous voulons faire en sorte que tous les citoyens aient l’occasion d’exprimer leur opinion, indique le ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure, Geoff MacLellan. Le gouvernement étudiera plus à fond l’option du péage uniquement si les Néo-Écossais le lui demande. * J’encourage tous les gens qui sont intéressés par la question à consulter les documents et à nous faire part de leur opinion. * Outre les 12 séances de consultation, les gens peuvent envoyer leurs commentaires en ligne à l’adresse ou par la poste. Toute la documentation présentée lors des séances de consultation et le rapport complet sont disponibles en ligne. Le rapport a été préparé par CBCL Limited, une société de génie établie dans la région. Il détermine la faisabilité de l’élargissement à quatre voies de huit tronçons d’autoroute à partir de l’analyse des critères suivants : la sécurité et le nombre de collisions; le coût par rapport aux recettes prévues; le trafic moyen par jour; les économies liées à la durée des déplacements et aux coûts connexes; les préoccupations environnementales; l’acquisition de terrain.center_img Les huit tronçons d’autoroute étudiés dans le rapport, et qui représentent 301,2 kilomètres, sont : mardi 24 janvier – New Glasgow, Pictou County Wellness Centre, 2756 Westville Rd. mardi 31 janvier – Kentville, Kentville Recreation Centre, 348, rue Main mercredi 1er février – Windsor, Hants County War Memorial Community Centre, 78, rue Thomas mardi 7 février – Bridgewater, Best Western, 527 Route 10, sortie 12 mercredi 8 février – Chester, Atlantica Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre, 36 Treasure Dr. lundi 13 février – Antigonish, Claymore Inn, 137, rue Church jeudi 16 février – Halifax, Delta Halifax, 1990, rue Barrington mardi 21 février – Sydney, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50, rue Maillard mercredi 22 février – River Bourgeois, Tara Lynne Community Centre, Recreation Rd. jeudi 23 février – Port Hawkesbury, Centre municipal de Port Hawkesbury, 606, rue Reeves mercredi 1er mars – Dartmouth, Best Western, 15 Spectacle Lake Dr. last_img read more

Lanka president hits out at committee probing Easter Sunday attacks

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has publicly taken to task the parliamentary select committee on the Easter Sunday jihadi attacks, saying he was opposed to top officials testifying on national security matters before the media. Sirisena’s outburst is set to trigger another conflict between him the executive and parliament the legislature, analysts said. Sirisena on Friday called for an emergency Cabinet meeting and said he stand opposed to the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the attacks summoning intelligence officers and disclosing intelligence information to the media. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “I am completely opposed to senior intelligence officers being questioned openly in parliament. This exposes very sensitive national security information,” Sirisena said. Among the officials questioned so far are the Defence Secretary, intelligence chief, police chief and former defence secretary. The president said that those who have appeared before the PSC so far are former officers or officials and not current officers and have revealed key information. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The then police chief Pujith Jayasundera, who was sent on compulsory leave, told the PSC that he had been overlooked by Sirisena for security council meetings. Sirisena was dealing with the head of the State Intelligence Service, overlooking Jayasundera. Hemasiri Fernando, the defence ministry secretary sacked by Sirisena for his failure to prevent the April 21 attacks, said the intelligence on a possible jihadi attack had not been given due importance at the security council meetings. Other unimportant matters discussed while no action plan was ever discussed on the jihadi threat. He said that he will not allow any current officer to be summoned before the PSC and that his stand has been communicated to the Cabinet. “This is not done anywhere in the world – key intelligence officers being openly questioned in front of the media,” Sirisena said. “They can become targets of criminals as their identities have been revealed.” Sirisena’s discomfiture stems from the fact that Sirisena as the Minister of Defence was responsible for the intelligence failure which led to inaction despite the availability of prior warnings on the Easter Sunday attacks. The aim of the emergency Cabinet meeting was to discuss what he termed the damage caused to the national security by the PSC proceedings. The cabinet meeting, however, ended without any agreement. Sirisena on June 4 wrote to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya asking him to stop the PSC proceedings. The legislature hit back saying that executive must not interfere in its business. This situation is similar to when Sirisena suspended parliament in October last year after he had unconstitutionally named Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister. The unprecedented clash between the executive and the legislature lasted nearly 3 months before the highest court in a landmark judgment ended the stalemate forcing Sirisena to restore the status quo. A string of powerful blasts tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels, killing 258 people and injuring more than 500 others. The Islamic State has claimed the attacks, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings. A total of 106 suspects, including a Tamil medium teacher and a school principal, have been arrested in connection with the blasts.last_img read more

Foreign home buyers surge 37 per cent in Montreal on growth in

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s federal housing agency says the number of foreign buyers in the Montreal area surged by 37 per cent in the first four months of the year.The 236 purchases by foreigners accounted for 1.8 per cent of all real estate transactions from January to April, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said in a report.That’s up from 172 deals representing 1.3 per cent of total sales a year earlier during the same time period.By comparison, home purchases by foreign buyers in the Vancouver area have hovered around three to four per cent of all transactions since the introduction of a 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax last August. In the Toronto area, about five per cent of transactions were made by foreigners before a tax was added in April.Buyers from China accounted for the strongest growth in Montreal, representing 17 per cent of all foreign buyers, up from less than 10 per cent in the first quarter of 2016.The number of buyers from China more than tripled since the adoption of the Vancouver tax, while the number of French and American buyers increased by about 33 per cent.Condominiums were the first choice of foreign buyers but 40 per cent of Chinese buyers selected single-family homes.The median price they paid for these homes was about $720,000 while 25 per cent exceeded $1 million, far greater than prices paid by American and French buyers.last_img read more

In the news today Jan 24

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Jan. 24———TRUDEAU CONTINUES PRE-ELECTION MARITIMES TRIPPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is spending a second day in New Brunswick today as he continues a cross-Canada swing aimed at boosting party candidates in an election year. The prime minister will begin the day with a visit with families at the Origins Natural Learning Childcare Centre in Quispamsis to highlight the Canada Child Benefit payments. Then, in the evening, Trudeau heads to northern New Brunswick for another of his townhall-style meetings to take questions from the public. On Wednesday night, he spoke briefly during a rally for a New Brunswick Liberal MP in the battleground riding of Fundy Royal.———HOUSING A TOP ISSUE IN BURNABY SOUTH BYELECTIONHousing is shaping up to be a defining issue in the Burnaby South byelection where N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh is seeking a seat. Renters in the riding have been kicked out of older apartments to make way for luxury condos, and sky-high prices are shutting millennials out of the market. Singh proposed measures this week to build 500-thousand new affordable units over the next decade, challenging the Liberal government to start by removing federal tax on the construction of such units. The New Democrats narrowly beat the Liberals in the riding in the 2015 election by about 550 votes, while the Conservatives placed third, losing by about 3,600 votes.———U.S. MAYORS URGED TO LOBBY FOR TRADE DEALOne of the hard-bargain drivers from the American side of the NAFTA negotiating table is bringing his powers of persuasion to the next challenge facing the new trade pact — the U.S. Congress. Deputy U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney was a fixture of the 14-month negotiation process that culminated last October in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. On Wednesday, he urged a gathering of American mayors to lobby Capitol Hill lawmakers to ratify the deal. Mahoney told a panel discussion at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington that they all have influence on their members of Congress, and the White House needs their help.———NEW GUIDE FOR BABIES AT RISK OF ALLERGIESNew guidelines from the Canadian Paediatric Society suggest babies at high risk of developing allergies be offered common allergenic foods at about six months of age. Babies who are ready for food sooner can start as young as four months of age, but not earlier. The recommendations follow a recent shift in global thinking on when to introduce potential allergens, the most common of which are cow’s milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy. The society advises caregivers to offer potential allergens one at a time to gauge reaction. If the foods are tolerated well, offer them a few times a week to maintain tolerance. If there’s an adverse reaction, consult a doctor about the next steps.———VERDICT DUE FOR MEN BEHIND FREE PAPERTwo men responsible for a free newspaper in the Toronto area find out today if they’re guilty of peddling hate. James Sears and LeRoy St. Germaine pleaded not guilty to promoting hatred against women and Jews.The prosecution argued that the paper, Your Ward News, is filled with “vile and degrading” articles and imagery. Sears, the editor-in-chief, and St. Germaine, the publisher, maintained they are satirists. Your Ward News has a circulation of about 300,000. The federal government has barred Canada Post from distributing the publication.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian rental company bans marijuana in its buildings

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – A major Canadian landlord has decided it plans on snuffing out cannabis use in its rental properties once pot becomes legal.Boardwalk has 22,000 properties across Alberta, 5,500 units in Calgary alone.It will be prohibited in their units – even once marijuana is legal in Canada on October 17th. Boardwalk Director of Community Development David McIlveen says they made this decision with the safety of others in mind.“Our buildings like most multi-family residential buildings were not designed for cultivation that requires a lot of hydration and moisture. Moisture buildup can lead to mold and has in the past.”McIlveen says the fact that it’s a drug and there are children around also presents challenges.“Smoke escaping and the fact that it is a drug and there are children around.”In terms of enforcement, he says they will ask tenants to stop, they’d provide a series of warnings and if that doesn’t work, they can evict.“We’re going to respond to the neighbour concerns, the same way we would with an excessive noise complaint or something like that.”Medicinal marijuana users will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more

Israeli settlements hurting peace process with Palestinians – UN

27 July 2009The illegal building of new homes and communities continue to occur across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, threatening fragile hopes of a two-state solution to the long-running conflict, top United Nations officials warned today, urging both Israel and the Palestinians to meet their obligations under the Road Map for peace in the Middle East. “The situation in East Jerusalem is of particular concern… especially indications of new settlement construction and house demolitions,” Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said during an open Security Council debate on the Middle East.Mr. Fernandez-Taranco said that the international community was troubled by the recent approval of 20 new housing units in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in East Jerusalem, as well as the issuing of eviction and demolition orders against Palestinian homes.“In a significant development yesterday, settlers accompanied by Israeli security forces took physical possession of a house in another area of Sheikh Jarrah,” Mr. Fernandez-Taranco told the 15-member body.In response to yesterday’s move in Sheikh Jarrah, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, stressed that the recent “upsurge in orders for house demolitions and evictions in East Jerusalem is contrary to the Road Map.“Any settlement activity in East Jerusalem is contrary to international law and cannot prejudice the outcome of negotiations,” said Mr. Serry, appealing for restraint from all sides and for Israel to refrain from unilateral actions that risk inflaming an already tense situation.Mr. Fernandez-Taranco noted that in the last month demolition orders without permit were carried out against three Palestinian homes and a further 13 new orders were issued, and that 51 incidents in which 19 Palestinians were injured and a number of properties vandalised by settlers were reported.Council Members also heard that in the five years since the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stated that erecting a wall within the occupied Palestinian territory was contrary to international law, the barrier has compounded movement restrictions in the West Bank and its planned route encloses 9.5 per cent of the West Bank area.However, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco noted that Israel has taken a number of steps to ease movement between Nablus, Qalqilya, Ramallah and Jericho, significantly reducing the time it takes Palestinians to enter these cities.He also welcomed Israel’s move to extend the hours for commercial crossing at the Allenby Bridge to Jordan, which will promote the development of industrial zones in Bethlehem, Jenin and Jericho.In early July, a Palestinian Authority official reported that Palestinian security forces had uncovered stockpiles of arms, explosives and a stash of $8.5 million in cash from Hamas cells in the West Bank, said Mr. Fernandez-Taranco.“I urge the Palestinian Authority to continue to make every effort to improve law and order and to fight violent extremism, consistent with its Road Map obligations,” he said.In the Gaza Strip, the relative drop in violence reported in the last briefing to the Security Council continued, said Mr. Fernandez-Taranco, despite four incidents of rocket or mortar fire into Israel and nine Israeli army incursions into the Strip, which resulted in the deaths of two children and injuries to seven Palestinians.He stressed that the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – consisting of the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – has called on Israel to reopen all crossing points into Gaza to ensure the regular flow of people, as well as humanitarian and commercial goods.“In May 2007, prior to the imposition of the comprehensive closure regime, 475 trucks per day wee entering Gaza, as part of normal commerce and trade,” compared to the 78 trucks allowed access per day in June. Over the past month, only 70 per cent of the fuel needed to operate the power plant at full capacity was shipped into the area and as a result “power cuts continued throughout the Gaza Strip, directly affecting most householders’ ability to refrigerate foods, as well as the provision of essential services like water and sanitation, health care and medicine storage, and waste disposal,” with some 10 per cent of Gazans without any electricity at all.Mr. Fernandez-Taranco also reminded the Council that the Secretary-General described the blocking of reconstruction materials and supplies as “completely unacceptable,” and that the Quartet supports “the UN proposal to kick-start early recovery in Gaza by opening the crossings for materials to complete UN construction work on housing, health and education facilities suspended since June 2007.” In meetings with Lebanese and Israeli officials and political leaders in the past week the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Michael Williams, stressed the “seriousness of recent events and the gravity of the violations of resolution 1701,” said Mr. Fernandez-Taranco, noting that Mr. Williams had been reassured that no further incursions of Lebanese territory would take place below the ‘Blue Line’ and there would be no further demonstrations in the area. read more

Vaiko tells UNHRC to probe disappearances in Sri Lanka

“There is no information about them even though seven years have passed since the end of the war. There are reports that the captured LTTE leaders were poisoned to death by the Sri Lankan government,” he alleged. India’s MDMK general secretary Vaiko has urged the United Nations Human Right Council (UNHRC) and the Red Cross Society to inquire into the disappearance of Tamils during the last phase of war in Sri Lanka and the alleged poisoning of 107 LTTE cadres, The Hindu newspaper reported.In a statement, he said Balakumar, one of the important Tamil leaders, who was seen sitting with his son in a photograph, disappeared during the last phase of the Eelam war. Similarly, senior LTTE leaders including Yogi, Baby Subramaniam and political wing Ezhilan were arrested by the Sri Lankan Army. read more

Fall brings new shows streamers chance of bigger TV tabs

LOS ANGELES — Intrigued by a drama set behind the scenes of a morning TV show, with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in the cast? How about a supernatural series topped by Lin-Manuel Miranda or a comedy with Paul Rudd as a man overshadowed by his clone, or the chance to see Oscar-winner Forrest Whitaker as a real-life gangster circa 1960?Chose them all, and here’s the potential monthly tab for that modest slice of the expanding pie that is TV in general and the fall 2019 season in particular: about $40. To be fair, that would provide access to other programs, new or returning, from Apple TV Plus (“The Morning Show”), HBO (“His Dark Materials”), Netflix (“Living with Yourself”) and Epix (“Godfather of Harlem”).But the small screen is demanding a bigger bite of viewers’ entertainment budget, and there’s no end in sight as streamers Apple TV Plus and Disney Plus arrive this fall, squalling for attention with star-laden and high-concept programs while existing services crank out more shows to keep customers. Netflix, estimated to spend up to an astounding $15 billion this year on programming, will field some 30 contenders between now and November.To aid your media battle plan, here’s a selection of new shows coming your way, along with notable series returns. The services range from free over-the-air commercial and public TV networks (after $25 or so for a basic digital antenna) to the more-indulgent cable and streaming choices.BROADCAST:— “mixed-ish,” ABC, Sept. 24. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross’ character in “black-ish,”is a preteen fish-out-of-water in this prequel about growing up as the mixed-ethnicity child of hippies and a transplant to suburbia. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tika Sumpter are her parents.— “Evil,” CBS, Sept. 26. A crime drama from “The Good Wife” and “The Good Fight” creators Robert and Michelle King, with the roots of criminality sharing centre stage with proving whodunnit. Mike Colter plays a priest in training, Katja Herbers a pragmatic detective.— “Batwoman,” CW, Oct. 6. Ruby Rose plays the title character, a Caped Crusader on new ground: She is openly lesbian, a rarity for a TV superhero. Batwoman is put to the test in a crime-wracked Gotham City, with her dad (Dougray Scott) maybe on her side.— “Bless the Harts,” Fox, Sept. 29. Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz are the voice cast for this animated comedy about a Southern family that’s financially challenged but with a wealth of friends and good humour.— “Bluff City Law,” NBC, Sept. 23. Jimmy Smits builds on his legal resume (“L.A. Law”) with the role of Elijah Strait, head of a famed Memphis, Tennessee, law firm that fights for social justice. Caitlin McGee co-stars as Strait’s estranged daughter and reluctant partner.— “Country Music,” PBS, Sept. 15-18 and Sept. 22-25. Ken Burns’ new opus, an eight-part, 16-hour history that starts with the earliest recordings of country music and follows its evolution through its famed artists, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks.BASIC CABLE:— “A Very Brady Renovation,” HGTV, Sept. 9. Maureen McCormick, Barry Williams and the rest of “The Brady Bunch” siblings join forces with HGTV stars including Jonathan and Drew Scott for a makeover on the house used for exterior shots in the 1969-74 sitcom.— “Patsy & Loretta,” Lifetime, Oct. 19. Broadway stars Megan Hilty and Jessie Mueller play country music greats Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn in a TV movie about their friendship and the challenges they helped each other face.— “The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park,” AMC and Sundance TV, Nov. 13-15. The docu-series revisits the 1986 killing of Jennifer Levin by prep school student Robert Chambers, promising new scrutiny of evidence and how gender and status affected the crime’s perception.PREMIUM CABLE— “Godfather of Harlem,” Epix, Sept. 29. Whitaker is a producer as well as lead of the drama series about New York crime boss Bumpy Johnson and his 1960s post-prison life, when trouble is afoot in his community.— “His Dark Materials,” HBO, date to be announced. James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Dafne Keen join Miranda (of “Hamilton” fame) in a series adapted from Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels about an effort to unravel a plot against children.— “Watchmen,” HBO, Oct. 20. Damon Lindelof (“Lost,” ”The Leftovers”) is an executive producer for this drama series inspired by the graphic novel and with a starry cast including Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Louis Gossett Jr.— “The L Word: Generation Q,” Showtime, Dec. 8. Jennifer Beals is back for this sequel to “The L Word,” joined by new cast members including Arienne Mandi and Leo Sheng in an updated look at LGBTQ lives and loves.STREAMING:— “Taken Down,” Acorn TV, Sept. 16. A Nigerian girl from a Dublin centre for asylum-seekers is murdered, with the investigation complicated by refugees’ fears of deportation and trauma. Lynn Rafferty and Brian Gleeson star.— “Modern Love,” Amazon, Oct. 18. The eponymous New York Times newspaper column inspired this romantic comedy anthology, with Anne Hathaway, Dev Patel, Tina Fey, Brandon Victor Dixon and Catherine Keener in the cast.— “The Morning Show,” Apple TV Plus, date to be announced. Steve Carell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Billy Crudup join Aniston and Witherspoon in a behind-the-scenes look at fictional players in the competitive morning broadcast realm.— “The Mandalorian,” Disney Plus, Nov. 12. Pedro Pascal, Ming-Na Wen and Carl Weathers are among the stars of a “Star Wars” series that takes place after the fall of the Empire.— “The Politician,” Netflix, Sept. 27. Producer Ryan Murphy turns his cynical eye on politics, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Bette Midler along for the ride. Payton (Ben Platt) is running for high school president, with the White House his ultimate goal.— “Living with Yourself,” Netflix, Oct. 18. A comedy starring Paul Rudd as a man who’s beside himself when he’s duplicated in an unorthodox spa treatment, but made better, and sees the copy takes over his life.___Lynn Elber can be reached at and on Twitter at .___You can find a fuller version of this story here: Elber, The Associated Press read more

General Assembly marks end of UN Year for Cultural Heritage

In remarks at the outset of the discussion, Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic noted that in proclaiming 2002 as the UN Year for Cultural Heritage, the UN’s main legislative body intended to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the world cultural heritage, with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the lead agency.Noting that “culture is the mirror of humanity,” Mr. Kavan said that cultural heritage represented the historical record and understanding of an entire people in terms of their works, values, institutions and sights. All too often, however, cultural heritage has been the target of destruction by virtue of its value as a symbol of heritage and identity.”Attacks on cultural heritage symbolizes the attack on the group as such, and indicates intolerance and hostility,” Mr. Kavan said, recalling that the proclamation of the Year had taken place just nine months after the destruction of the two Buddhas in Afghanistan, which had represented a culture of tolerance. “The protection of the heritage, and its transmission to future generations, are therefore, ethical imperatives.”The Assembly President also encouraged countries to join the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and other related international accords at the earliest opportunity. “I also urge the active involvement of institutions, organizations and individuals at the international, national and local levels to protect and preserve our common cultural heritage and share the financial responsibilities,” he said. read more

Annan deplores attempted assassination in Iraq

In a statement released by his spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan pointed out that an inclusive political process is needed in order to quickly establish a broad-based and representative Iraqi government to which sovereignty can be transferred. “Violence such as the murderous attack on Dr. al-Hashimi only retards that process and that goal,” he said. Commenting on the broader problem of instability, the spokesman said the Secretary-General “remains greatly concerned about the security situation in Iraq.” Through the statement, Mr. Annan also extended to Dr. al-Hashimi and her family his concern as well as best wishes for a full and rapid recovery. read more

Maldives Ban urges respect for democracy ahead of secondround presidential vote

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban said the first round of the presidential election held on 7 September had been widely recognized as a “success” by international and domestic election observers. He said the United Nations chief urges the political leaders to continue to allow for a “peaceful, inclusive and credible vote” to take place in the second round of the polls, as scheduled and in accordance with the Constitution. Mr. Ban, who the spokesperson said is carefully monitoring the situation, also stressed that it is of utmost importance that the will of the Maldivian people be respected throughout the process. Multi-party presidential elections were held in the Maldives for the first time in 2008, ending 30 years of one-party rule. Mohamed Nasheed, who was elected in those polls, resigned in February 2012 in contested circumstances, and was succeeded by his former deputy, Mohammed Waheed Hassan. The Government set up a National Commission of Inquiry to probe the events leading to the regime change, with the Commission presenting its findings last August. The current election is seen as an important step in the democratic transition of the country. read more

UN emergency chief stresses need for longterm aid for Philippines typhoon victims

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos, on her second visit to the crisis area in a week, called on the international community to ensure that the homeless are provided with the means to rebuild their houses.According to latest estimates Haiyan killed several thousand people and affected 13.25 million overall, including 5.4 million children, many of whom face serious protection, health and safety risks. Some 4.4 million were displaced and 2.5 million are in need of food aid. More than 387,000 people are staying in evacuation centres across the six affected regions.At the end of a three-day visit, Ms. Amos welcomed the strong coordination among the international community, including partners and military assistance from Member States, in support of national and local responders to address the immediate needs. A mass vaccination campaign for measles, Vitamin A and polio is set to start on Monday. The Government and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have distributed food to nearly 2.7 million people, and funding for the humanitarian appeal launched last week stands at nearly 43 per cent, or $129 million.Looking to the future, the Philippines today launched a new “Safe Schools” campaign with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), designed to raise public awareness and build social demand for safety checks, disaster preparedness, and school education on disaster risk reduction. Thousands of children are unable to return to education because over 600 schools have been destroyed and 1.7 million children have lost their homes.“The Philippines can emerge from the tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan as a world leader in safe schools by bringing its experience of implementing this programme to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015 when a global campaign will be launched,” UNISDR Head Margareta Wahlström said. “There is an opportunity now as rebuilding gets underway. We must see a paradigm shift away from simply building back better to building back differently and elsewhere. Build in safe locations and build high enough to withstand storm surges.”Meanwhile it was James Bond to the rescue at the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) humanitarian supply warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, when British actor Sir Roger Moore, most famously known as the super agent licensed to kill, dropped in for a visit.But it was not as 007 that Sir Roger came by the warehouse where staff has been shipping out life-saving supplies at full force since Haiyan hit, but as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, with a call for continued support for children and their families in the Philippines.“There are some five million children who need help – nearly half of them have lost their homes and some are separated from their parents,” he said. “We are dealing with families spread across 1,500 emergency camps. Many, many people have lost simply everything but their lives.”In the past two weeks, UNICEF has sent 240 metric tonnes of life-saving supplies from its warehouses in Copenhagen and Dubai. read more

AsiaPacific moving in wrong direction on some development targets notes UN regional

“The region is making progress towards achieving the Goals on poverty, education, economic growth, industry and infrastructure, and life below water,” Shamshad Akhtar, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), launching a report assessing regional development since 2000. “[But] progress [has been slow] towards achieving food security, agricultural sustainability, good health and well-being for all, and gender equality,” she added. The Asia-Pacific SDGs Baseline report, the first regional measurement methodology of its kind, was launched at the side lines of the ongoing 2017 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, at the UN Headquarters, in New York. The report has established a “baseline” for the SDGs through the assessment of regional progress since the turn of the millennium and has identified development gaps still need to be addressed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. One of the key aspects highlighted by the report is that the region is moving in the “wrong direction” in terms of the targets related to on reducing inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, and ensuring responsible consumption and production. “[This] trend must be reversed to achieve the Goals by 2030,” underscored ESCAP. Furthermore, the report also noted the areas where data is insufficient or not available to accurately measure progress, such as in areas such as those to analyze the level of inequality. “Data scarcity is a major challenge,” noted Ms. Akhtar in her foreword to the report, highlighting the need for a more integrated and inclusive approach for generating statistics. “Addressing systemic data and statistics gaps for monitoring the SDGs will only be possible if resources are mobilized in a targeted and sustainable way to support the implementation of national strategies for statistical development,” she added. read more

Woman refused divorce will tell Supreme Court she should not have to

first_imgMr Owens has claimed that he has moved on and forgiven his wife for her “misguided” fling in 2012, saying he wants them to remain married as they “still have a few years of old age together”.But Mrs Owens insists she feels “unloved, isolated and alone” and says her husband’s behaviour amounts to grounds for divorce.Only one per cent of divorce petitions in England and Wales are reportedly contested. Family court lawyers said the Appeal Court ruling would strengthen calls for the introduction of “no fault” divorce.No date has yet been fixed for the Supreme Court hearing. Hugh Owens leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:PA He added: “Parliament has decreed that it is not a ground for divorce that you find yourself in a wretchedly unhappy marriage, though some people may say it should be.”But Mrs Owens’s legal team revealed that in taking the case to the Supreme Court, they would argue that the previous emphasis on trying to find that Mr Owens’ behaviour was “in some way ‘unreasonable’” was wrong. Tini Owens leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in LondonCredit:PA 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. Tini Owens leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London Philip Marshall QC said: “It will be argued that this is a ‘linguistic trap’ and that the (law) does not require unreasonable behaviour, but simply behaviour such that (she) cannot reasonably be expected to live with (him).”The couple married in January 1978 but have been living apart since February 2015.During their time together they built up a mushroom growing business, which turns over £5million a year, amassed four houses – including a manor house in Worcestershire, plus properties in Wales and France – and lived a “genteel life in genteel company”. Hugh Owens leaves the Royal Courts of Justice in London A woman refused a divorce from her millionaire husband will argue that she should not have to prove “unreasonable” behaviour as she takes her fight to the Supreme Court.Tini Owens 66, claims she is “locked in” to her 37-year-old marriage with mushroom farmer Hugh Owens, 78, which broke down after she had an affair several years ago.But her divorce petition has been rejected by both the High Court and the Court of Appeal.In a highly unusual move, Judge Robin Tolson QC refused her petition last year, ruling that her husband’s constant berating about her infidelity was to be “expected in a marriage”.He concluded that her husband’s behaviour towards her had not been unreasonable and described the farmer’s attitude as “old school”.Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division, agreed, telling the Court of Appeal that the marriage had not, in law, irretrievably broken down.last_img read more

Ausdrills African Mining Services gets contract extension at Ghana Manganese

first_imgDiversified mining services company Ausdrill Ltd announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, African Mining Services (AMS), has been awarded a contract extension with Ghana Manganese Company. GMC owns and operates the Nsuta manganese mine in the western region of Ghana, where AMS has been providing equipment hire for two years. The contract extension is for a term of two years, extending the existing equipment hire contract with GMC to February 2021 and is expected to generate $88 million (A$123 million) in revenue over the two years.The contract is an hourly hire service agreement for load and haul equipment with minimum hire hours applicable to all major equipment on site, and with the equipment to be fully maintained by AMS. The contract will be serviced by existing fleet on site at Nsuta with no major new equipment purchases required. Ausdrill Managing Director, Mark Norwell, said: “We are very pleased to announce this contract extension, which is testament to the good working relationship AMS has established with GMC over the years. “The GMC contract extension will continue to meet our client’s requirements for on-demand load and haul equipment while also providing us with committed utilisation ofour existingfleet.”last_img read more

Cologne is forgotten – Voices before PSG – Kielce clash in Doha

← Previous Story Tatran Presov and ABC UMinho close EHF CL 2016/17 list Next Story → “Blue Hansen” in four photos „Cologne is forgotten“, said PSG Handball star Nikola Karabatic on our question – „Whether IHF Super Globe 2016 semi-final will be a chance for revenge“.If you remember, the richest team of the handball world was stopped at semi-final of the VELUX EHF Champions League Final 4 three months ago by the surprising winners of the European elite competition – Vive Tauron Kielce.Two strong European sides will clash at 16.00 hrs for the final of the first major event of the season, but Karabatić has clear mind about it:– It’s a new season, new challenges, new matches“, added Nikola.The PSG Handball new world class star Uwe Genshimer disagree with the statement about „Kielce-PSG clash as the final before the final“:-I don’t know, as you could see today against Esperance, all the rivals can be dangerous if you aren’t on TOP level. We missed a lot of easy shots against Tunisians.  Kielce is strong opponent with a lot of international players who had only 10 days for preparation like we had, said Gensheimer who netted 10 goals and added:– We must improve our focus on little details – concluded „Hand of God“.Both of PSG Handball stars, Karabatic and Gensheimer, begin answer on question „Are you tired“ with smile:– Of course, a little bit. But it will be easier when we don’t speak about it.On the other side, eager to show how much he can and totally ready for the season after he spent touristic summer in Rio in a role of the first replacement in Croatian squad, goalie Filip Ivic, showed on the first match against Taubate, how good he are:– I am very satisfied despite only seven days together with the team. My last match was on June 1, so I am more than ready and motivated to find my place in Kielce. I have full support of my team-mates, coach and all in the club – said Croatian „Karate Kid“.„PSG Handball are TOP class squad, we will see how it will be“, added Ivic.Duhail Sports Hall – 16 hrs (17 local time).In the second semi-final, at 18hrs will meet reigning champions Fuchse Berlin and Qatari Al Sadd, who beat Australian Sydney University 34:18. Filip IvicIHF Super Globe 2016PSG HandballUwe GensheimerVive Tauron Kielce read more

Weather Eye: Parade-perfect weather on tap for the weekend

first_img The clouds hung around longer than forecast Wednesday, keeping us below average on the high temperature for the first time in a while. No complaints after the heat in recent days. Today we start off with more clouds but I think we see sun breaks by afternoon and get close to 70 degrees. Friday the same but warmer. Saturday will be perfect parade weather for the big event in Hazel Dell.Because some forecast models are at odds in the extended period, I see the National Weather Service has a slight chance of showers this weekend and most of next week. I think we stay dry with no general rains in the offing. We are getting close to the Rose Festival, so I guess showers can always suddenly appear.Over the decades I always planted my warm-weather crops on Mother’s Day weekend and last weekend I’m sure many of you went all out and planted your gardens. Good deal, the soil is warmer and dry and the danger of frost is past in most areas of the county. There are a view holdouts that could still see a frost for another week or two.Our friends in the Puget Sound region up to Bellingham had plenty of sunshine Wednesday, while Southwest Washington was under the thick low cloud shield. East of the mountains in both Washington and Oregon, scattered thunderstorms were present with some areas of heavy rain. Yakima at 4 p.m. Wednesday had heavy rain.So far this month we are running way above normal for the average mean temperature. With more warm weather expected in May it will go into the record books as a warm one. And much drier than average, too. I’m still thinking it is going to be a warm, maybe hot, summer and a dry one too. Probably won’t be long before we hear of wildfires. Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at read more