Chris Martin Duets With Bono At StarStudded Charity Auction

first_imgOn Saturday night at Sotheby’s in New York, a standing-room only crowd helped raise more than $26 million for The Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.The star-studded audience gathered for The (RED) Auction celebrating design and innovation, which had been curated by Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson in collaboration with musician and activist Bono. The sale exceeded all expectations totaling more than $13 million, which was matched by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The high-energy salesroom saw a remarkable three lots bring more than $1.5 million, including the two items designed in their entirety by Jony and Marc – a unique Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera, which sold for $1.8 million and a unique aluminum desk produced by Neal Feay Studio, which brought $1.7 million.Throughout the evening, the crowd of more than 1,000 guests, including The Edge, Chelsea Clinton, Helena Christensen, Meg Ryan, Jenna and Barbara Bush, Hayden Panettiere, Larry Gagosian, Dieter Rams, Gayle King, and Mario Batali, was treated to a number of spectacular surprises: before auctioneer Oliver Barker opened bidding on lot 12, the Steinway & Sons unique“Red Pops for (RED)” Parlor Grand Piano, Coldplay’s Chris Martin took to the stage to sing ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Beautiful Day’ with Bono. The performance inspired more than a dozen bidders to compete for the piano, which was finally won by philanthropist Stewart Rahr for $1.9 million.Later in the evening, lot 23, the Azzedine Alaïa pink couture long ruffle dress, was revealed in the salesroom worn by supermodel Christy Turlington before it sold to applause for $149,000. The final surprise of the evening came at the end of the auction when the Gretsch Electromatic “(RED) Zero Generation” Bono “Signature” Guitar was added to the auction and sold for $250,000.After the final fall of the hammer, guests made their way to Sotheby’s spectacular 10th floor galleries to be entertained at the after party by Nile Rodgers and Chic, as well as Angelique Kidjo.Bono said, “Jony and Marc are the Beatles and Stones of the design world. The collection they put together should’ve been in a museum but instead they sold it off to buy medicines for those who can’t afford them but whose lives depend on them. The money raised is a lifeline, literally, for so many people, but nights like this also serve as a reminder of the historical opportunity we have to end AIDS. We are at a tipping point in the history of this tiny little virus that has wreaked so much havoc. We have to make sure the Global Fund has the money it needs or we could fail.”Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple, said, “It’s not every day that you get to curate a collection with your best friend and sell it off to help a lot of people. It’s been thrilling to contribute to the fight against AIDS in this way – by simply immersing ourselves in what we love: good design.”“The best and most successful design demonstrates humanity and a sense of care for others,” said Marc Newson. “What could be more fitting than to have the opportunity to use the best of design to help continue the fight against AIDS. Thank you Bono, thank you (RED). It’s been an honor and a thrill.”Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria said, “Because the US and UK governments have challenge grants, you can add 43% to the total raised tonight, bringing it to $37.46 million. I am very grateful to all the people involved in this auction for the generosity, creativity and passion that created not only amazing objects but contributed to the future of millions of people that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.”Oliver Barker, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and tonight’s auctioneer, said, “This is the second time that we have had a fruitful collaboration with (RED) and we are absolutely thrilled with the results of tonight’s sale.”(RED) has raised more than $215 million for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 14 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.last_img read more

Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Raises Over 58

first_imgThe 23rd annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish raised $5.8 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS. David Furnish and Sir Elton John attend the 23rd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing PartyCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAFThe gala, which took place on Sunday, February 22, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, was sponsored by Chopard, Neuro Drinks, and Wells Fargo; American Airlines serves as the Foundation’s official airline. Attendees included Sir Elton John & David Furnish, Heidi Klum, Miley Cyrus, Alec Baldwin, Robert Duvall, Tim Allen, Aaron Paul, John Stamos, Chris Colfer, Beck, Lil’ Kim, Ryan Kwanten, Cloris Leachman, Judith Light, Rob Low, Moby, Lydia Hearst, Ozzy, Jack, Kelly & Sharon Osbourne, Petra Nemcova, Cody Simpson, Gigi Hadid, Dita Von Teese, Brittany Snow, Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin, Alessandra Ambrosio, Camilla Belle, Nina Dobrev, Sandra Lee, Jane Seymour, Sia, Russell Simmons, Bellamy Young, Sarah Hyland, The Band Perry, Julianne Hough, Maggie Grace, Peter Fonda, JC Chavez, Dermot Mulroney, Jonathan Groff, Chris Hardwick, Jared Harris, Eric McCormack, Giovani Ribisi, and Bryshere Y. Gray, among others.Guests arrived at the Academy Awards Viewing Party for cocktails followed by a gala dinner and viewing of the 87th Academy Awards telecast. For a third consecutive year, Chef Gordon Ramsay, British celebrity chef, television personality, restaurateur, and holder of 14 Michelin stars, prepared an exquisite 5-course meal for guests.The dinner was followed by a lively auction. Auction items included the Alex Prager photograph Sheryl: 2009; the Jeurgen Teller photograph of Joan Didion for the Celine Campaign Spring Summer 2015; the Stephen Somerstein print Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaking to 25,000 Civil Rights Marchers at End of Selma To Montgomery, Alabama March. In Front of Alabama State House. March 25, 1965 – View of Rear of Head with Crowd of Marchers in Background; a Greg Gorman photograph and portrait sitting; an all-inclusive, four-night stay for four people at the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort; a five-day stay for four people at Steven Tyler’s Hawaiian Retreat; and two tickets to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party later that night.Following the auction, Grammy winner Nile Rodgers & CHIC took the stage to perform several songs, including such favorites as “Le Freak,” “We Are Family,” “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsa, Yowsa, Yowsa),” “Everybody Dance,” and “Good Times.” Nile will be releasing the first CHIC single in 23 years on March 20th. The title of the song is “I’ll Be There.” The new CHIC album, It’s About Time, will be released summer of 2015. Both single and album are coming out on Warner Brothers Records.In his remarks for the evening, EJAF Founder Sir Elton John thanked his guests for enthusiastically participating in the evening’s audience participation feature, which enabled guests to make gifts to the Foundation on the spot using their cell phones. Throughout the evening video messages from long-time EJAF supporters Neil Patrick Harris and Matt Lauer, as well as live messages from EJAF friends Alec Baldwin and Mike Myers, encouraged guests to text in pledges to support the Foundation’s urgent mission.“What we’re able to do in just one evening continues to amaze me,” said Sir Elton. “Because of your generosity last year, we helped nearly 70,000 people across the U.S. and the Caribbean to receive regular HIV testing services. Because you cared, an additional 15,000 people were able to stay in continuous medical care, and nearly 12,000 achieved complete viral suppression. That’s an amazing achievement. And this year, we’re poised to do even more. Together, we’re making real progress against this epidemic by helping one person, one community, at a time. And it is not at all unrealistic to think that together we can end AIDS in our lifetime.”last_img read more

Toronto and New York stock indices close lower as technology stocks weigh

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed down Monday despite a rise in oil prices as technology stocks continued to weigh on markets in both Toronto and New York.The technology sell-off started last week when Facebook and Twitter released results that raised growth concerns. On Monday, Twitter dropped 7.6 per cent to add to its 20.5 per cent plunge Friday, while Facebook fell 3.6 per cent to make for a 23 per cent drop in three days.The S&P/TSX information technology sector was down 3.71 per cent Monday, including a drop of 7.95 per cent for Shopify Inc., as the plunge in U.S. stocks had a knock-on effect, said Michael Greenberg, portfolio manager at Franklin Multi-Asset Solutions.“The big contributor there is Shopify, but they haven’t even had their earnings call, so I think it’s really just a bit of a contagion of what’s happening in the U.S.”The drop in technology stocks, along with retreats for mining and health-care stocks, left the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index down 48.48 points at 16,345.47.The index traded as high as 16,442.96 points during the day. The Toronto Stock Exchange as a whole saw 219.1 million shares traded.The S&P/TSX capped energy index provided the most support for the composite with a 0.62 per cent climb. Energy stocks rose as the September crude contract closed up $1.44 at US$70.13 per barrel and the September natural gas contract ended up two cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.Oil prices were climbing as concerns increased on transit problems in the Middle East and other geopolitical issues have heightened supply concerns, said Greenberg.“You’re just sort of seeing some of the geopolitical risk premium being built back into energy prices at a time when there’s a bit of concern for say, Saudi Arabia to meaningfully increase production.”In New York, the Nasdaq composite index ended down 107.42 points or 1.39 per cent at 7,630.00 as Netflix, Amazon, and Google also closed lower. The Dow Jones industrial average ended down 144.23 points at 25,306.83 and the S&P 500 index closed down 16.22 points at 2,802.60.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.80 cents US, up 0.24 of a US cent.The December gold contract closed down $1.20 at US$1,231.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was down a penny at US$2.79 a pound.CGI Group Inc. closed down 53 cents, or 0.64 per cent, at $82.91 after announcing its U.S. arm had been awarded a six-year cybersecurity contract from the U.S. government, worth a total of US$530 million. The contract builds on work that CGI Federal Inc. has already done to enhance the cybersecurity posture of agencies participating in a multi-year program overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline ruling shakes central pillar of Trudeau agenda

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau painstakingly explained to students in Kapuskasing, Ont., how the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is a central pillar of his government’s agenda.Less than 24 hours later, the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the government’s approval of the project, imperilling the pillar holding up Trudeau’s signature promise to tackle climate change by balancing economic growth and environmental protection.Moreover, it underscored a gap between rhetoric and action when it comes to Trudeau’s oft-stated vow to make reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples his top priority. The court found that the National Energy Board’s environmental assessment of the project was fatally flawed because it ignored the potential impact of increased tanker traffic off British Columbia’s coast. It also ruled that the federal government had not fulfilled its duty to meaningfully consult with affected Indigenous groups.“For over a year and a half, Canadians have waited for Trudeau to come up with a concrete plan to ensure this pipeline project is completed,” said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.“Instead, he offered one delay after another, and the ruling today shows that he couldn’t even carry out his own government’s consultation process. He has now left Canadian taxpayers on the hook for a pipeline that he isn’t allowed to build, jeopardizing jobs and investment at the same time as our economy faces the uncertainty of NAFTA re-negotiations, tax hikes, and Liberal deficits.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau insisted the government is still “absolutely committed” to completing the $4.5-billion purchase of the project from Kinder Morgan _ as early as Friday _ and ensuring that the expansion is eventually built to carry Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to tidewater.He did not rule out appealing the court ruling. But he appeared inclined to accept the court’s suggested remedy: order the energy board to redo its environmental assessment and redo the government’s own consultations with Indigenous Peoples, both of which the court said could be tightly focused and completed relatively quickly.“We’re going to review today’s decision to ensure that we’re meeting high standards when it comes to both protecting the environment and meeting our obligations to consult with Indigenous Peoples,” Morneau said, adding that the court has “given us some good directions on next steps.” At a minimum, however, that would mean more delay and increased uncertainty about whether the project will ever actually be built.“They just don’t know what they’re doing. They have no idea how they’re actually going to get this project built,” said Scheer.Canadian Chamber of Commerce president Perrin Beatty said the ruling “sends a profoundly negative message to investors both here at home and around the world about Canada’s regulatory system and our ability to get things done even after the federal government has declared them to be in the national interest.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and a host of environmental and aboriginal groups all called on the federal government to admit defeat and cancel the project.center_img “Climate leaders don’t buy or expand pipelines,” said Singh, adding that the government should “consider all legal options” to cancel the purchase of Trans Mountain.But the Trudeau Liberals have staked far too much on the project to “cut their losses and walk away” from it, as May suggested they should do.Trudeau himself laid out for students Wednesday how the pipeline is a crucial piece of his government’s climate change and economic growth puzzle.“We understand that climate change is real, it’s a major issue for us,” he said.He said an “essential” element of the plan to reduce carbon emissions was Alberta’s commitment to cap emissions from the oilsands. In return, the federal government has committed to piping Alberta’s oilsands bitumen to British Columbia’s coast, where it can be shipped to overseas markets.“Some people are wondering why we’re building a new pipeline if we’re really serious about dealing with climate change,” Trudeau acknowledged.He argued that it will take years to transition off fossil fuels and, in the meantime, the world will still need oil and Canada will need to generate the wealth needed to fund the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Trans Mountain pipeline would, he said, allow Canada to sell its resources to Asian countries at a better price, rather than continue to be “held hostage” to the American market.Protecting the environment and growing the economy must “go hand in hand,” he stressed, adding that this “is the type of compromise that we need.”Back in 2013, shortly after he was first elected Liberal leader, Trudeau headed to the Calgary Petroleum Club, where he accused Stephen Harper’s Conservative government of needlessly antagonizing environmentalists and First Nations with an unabashedly pro-energy industry stance that resulted in no new major pipelines being built. He vowed that a Liberal government would gain the “social license” necessary to build pipelines by working in partnership with environmental and Indigenous groups.On Thursday, Morneau said his government inherited a flawed environmental review process from the Harper government and “made efforts to improve it.”The court, however, found those improvements, in practice, fell far short of what’s required.“We see now that they failed to even do the basic, the basic work in hitting their own standards for the consultation process,” said Scheer.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

BMW warns profits will fall due to costs trade uncertainty

FRANKFURT — German automaker BMW says its profits this year will be “well below” last year’s due to higher raw materials prices, the costs of compliance with tougher emissions requirements and unfavourable shifts in currency exchange rates.The Munich-based automaker also said Wednesday it faced increased uncertainty due to international trade conflicts that could lead to higher tariffs.The company forecast a profit margin of 6 to 8 per cent for its automotive business, short of the long-term strategic target of 8 to 10 per cent, which it said still “remains the ambition” for the company given “a stable business environment.”BMW made 7.2 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in net profit last year, down 17 per cent from 2017, when the company had a gain of $1 billion from U.S. tax changes.The Associated Press read more

UN launches 7 billion appeal for humanitarian work next year

“Our aim is to help people survive the coming year, and start working their way out of vulnerability towards the dignity, safety and self-sufficiency to which every human being has a right,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in the foreword to the 2010 Consolidated Humanitarian Appeal.Launched today in Geneva by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes, the appeal covers 12 of the world’s most severe, prolonged crises: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, the occupied Palestinian territory, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda, West Africa, Yemen and Zimbabwe.The 2010 appeal is the biggest launched since the creation of the Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) in 1991. Last year the appeal sought $7 billion, which was then a record. Mr. Holmes said that humanitarian aid should be insulated from the current budget pressures faced by many governments. If not, the people desperately affected by the severest natural disasters and conflicts will pay the price for a recession not of their making.He noted that the $7.1 billion being sought is “far less than one per cent of the amount spent on financial bailouts and economic stimulus” by governments in response to the economic crisis. In addition to the amount requested for Sudan, the UN is seeking some $871 million to assist around 7 million Afghans suffering the effects of food insecurity, as well as the consequences of conflict. Similarly, around $828 million is being sought to address the humanitarian needs in strife-torn DRC, where the needs “were still very great,” according to Mr. Holmes. Rounding out the top five is a request for $689 million for Somalia, where around 3.7 million people – or about half the population – are dependent on humanitarian aid due to conflict, drought, high food prices and the collapse of the local currency, and a request for $664 million for the “significant” humanitarian needs in the occupied Palestinian territory.Mr. Holmes noted that to date the UN has received $6.3 billion, or 64 per cent, of the $7 billion that was sought one year ago as part of the 2009 humanitarian appeal covering 30 million people in 31 countries.The appeal launched today is the culmination of the efforts of some 380 aid organizations, including UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other international bodies, which come together to meet the world’s major humanitarian challenges in a strategic, coordinated, effective, and prioritized way. 30 November 2009The United Nations today appealed for more than $7.1 billion over the coming year to assist 48 million people across 25 countries whose lives have been wrecked by conflict and natural disasters, with the largest amount – over $1 billion – sought for Sudan. read more

Grimsby crash kills one

There was a serious crash in Grimsby this evening.One man died of his injuries shortly after arriving at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. He was in one of two vehicles involved in a violent t-bone crash at the intersection of Ontario and Clarke streets. An air ambulance was initially called, but heavy rain forced the cancellation of that call. Instead the two people injured people were taken to West Lincoln Memorial. Police were on scene for several hours tonight investigating the crash meaning the area was closed for much of the night. read more

Manitoba companies could be shut out of contracts in other western provinces

Manitoba companies could be shut out of contracts in other western provinces WINNIPEG – Manitoba companies could be shut out of some contracts in other western provinces under a regional trade deal that stops at the Saskatchewan boundary.Some Saskatchewan Crown corporations have started stating explicitly in contact offers — for items ranging from trucks to fencing — that bids may be limited to provinces who have signed on to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia set up the agreement, which is aimed at reducing barriers to trade and investment, in 2010. Manitoba has not joined in, despite pleas from business leaders.“Some of our members have done a great deal of work in Saskatchewan over the last five years, and we’d be very concerned if the rules change such that they weren’t permitted to work across the border,” Ron Hambley, president of the 700-member Winnipeg Construction Association, said Thursday.Saskatchewan started aggressively promoting the new approach last month, when it listed seven Crown corporations that will “primarily” purchase from jurisdictions in the partnership. More recently, the different treatment has been made explicit in some contract offers.A request for fencing for SaskEnergy says the utility “may choose to only accept bids from (partnership) region suppliers or give preference to bidders who are (partnership) region suppliers.”Hambley is worried Alberta and B.C. will adopt similar restrictions and would like to see Manitoba join the regional trade deal.He would also like the Manitoba NDP government to challenge Saskatchewan’s rules. He said they appear to violate the Agreement on Internal Trade, which covers all provinces and territories.The Saskatchewan government has said some Crown corporations are exempt from the national trade agreement, including SaskPower and the Saskatchewan Transportation Co., which provides bus service across the province.The Manitoba government had considered joining the New West agreement in 2010. Instead, the province is focusing on a mandatory renewal of the national trade deal due by next March.“We are in the centre of the country and we want to make sure that people understand that we are going to work equally as close with our western neighbours as we are with our eastern and southern and northern,” said Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief.“Where we’re going right now … is a strong commitment to find ways in which we can have a national agreement.”Chief added that he feels preferential treatment goes against the spirit of the national trade deal and wants to address any specific examples.Some Manitoba groups have opposed the idea of joining the partnership. The Manitoba Federation of Labour, among others, has said the trade deal could lead to lower regulations for worker safety and other items as the provinces try to harmonize. by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2015 4:02 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Family of UCFs Milton says QB recovering from nerve damage

ORLANDO, Fla. — The family of Central Florida quarterback McKenzie Milton says he has nerve damage in his right leg, but “blood flow has been restored” and he is recovering from the injury suffered during UCF’s last game.Milton was carted off the field during the first half of the Knights’ victory at rival South Florida on Friday after getting injured while being tackled. He has been treated at Tampa General Hospital.Milton’s family released a statement Tuesday thanking the doctors and nurses at the hospital and the medical and athletic training staffs at UCF and USF.The family says the nerve in Milton’s leg was “injured but intact.” He will have reconstructive knee surgery at an undetermined date.No. 7 UCF hosts Memphis in the American Athletic Conference championship game Saturday.___More AP college football: and Associated Press read more

Vonn Bell becomes Ohio States 9th underclassman to leave for NFL draft

OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe number of vacancies on the Ohio State depth chart keeps growing, as the count of starters not returning has climbed to 16 on Tuesday with Vonn Bell’s declaration for the NFL draft. “I have decided to make myself eligible and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” the junior safety said in a press release through the university.  “It has been an honor and a privilege to play at the best university in the country, to play for the best coach in the country, and to help bring the 2014 national championship to The Ohio State University and the best fans in the country.”A two-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray, Bell finishes his career in Columbus with 176 total tackles, nine interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, the Rossville, Georgia, native recorded a pair of tackles. Bell found his way to the end zone twice in 2015, the first on a 14-yard fumble recovery against Hawaii and the second on a 15-yard interception return versus Minnesota. In what turned out to be his final collegiate season, the 5-foot-11 Bell received first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. Bell’s announcement comes just hours after redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas announced his plans to turn pro, as well. The duo joins seven other OSU underclassmen who have declared for April’s draft. In addition to the nine underclassmen leaving Columbus, seven starters that were seniors will no longer be with the program in 2016. Bell’s declaration is likely to be the last one for coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, as all the players rumored to be mulling to turn pro have done so thus far. Bell’s draft projection varies amongst analysts but many have him graded as a second- or third-round pick. “My time here has been very special to me and my family,” Bell said in the release. “And I thank all Buckeye fans for their love and support.” read more

Multotec to install two in line overbelt magnets at Sasols Thubelisha coal

first_imgSandvik Mining South Africa placed an order with Multotec to supply two in-line overbelt magnets for the removal of tramp iron at Sasol’s new Thubelisha coal mine in Secunda. “This order was for the supply and installation of our biggest overbelt magnets – 33 t oil cooled units,” Ernst Maritz, General Manager: solid liquid and magnetic separation at Multotec, says. “The two magnets, each 2.4 m wide, will reduce the risk of tramp iron being conveyed into downstream coal processing equipment.”In specifying the largest overbelt magnet in the range, the Multotec team considered variables such as conveyor belt speed and size, burden depth, properties of the load on the belt and the size of the product being conveyed.The magnets, which are suspended over the conveyor on gantries for easy removal for maintenance purposes, feature an automatic belt-driven self-cleaning mechanism that dumps the tramp iron into collection bins located on the side of the conveyor. Tramp iron traditionally removed from coal carrying conveyors includes sections of continuous mine core breaker teeth, conveyor belt idlers, belt joints, wire, roof bolts, metal plates, slings, picks and pick cases, cable hooks, expanded metal, tools and tin cans.Multotec is one of the largest suppliers of overbelt magnets in South Africa. The company is in the final stages of the development of a flameproof air-cooled overbelt magnet for underground tramp iron removal. The company will embark on the manufacture of this innovative new product as soon as it receives the required certification confirming that it complies with SANS 10108 Edition 5, which refers to flameproof equipment used underground.last_img read more

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died

first_imgTHE FORMER ISRAELI Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died, Israel’s government has confirmed.Sharon passed in Tel Hashomer hospital days after his condition had become critical. He was 85. He had spent over eight years in a coma following a debilitating stroke in 2006.BulldozerSharon was nicknamed “The Bulldozer” for his ruthless negotiating methods.Swept to power in 2001 by an electorate traumatised by suicide bombings, Sharon threw his weight behind the “war on terror”, laying siege once again to PLO leader Yasser Arafat.Sharon later broke with his life-long convictions and rightwing nationalist allies to push through an unprecedentedly bold plan to withdraw Israeli troops and 8,000 settlers from the Gaza Strip.His decision to “disengage” from Gaza and its 1.5 million Palestinian inhabitants was motivated by the fear that demographic realities meant Israel would not long be able to maintain a Jewish majority if it continued to retain territories seized in the Six-Day War.Accused by former allies of “treason” over Gaza, Sharon abandoned his political home in Likud in November 2005 to found the centrist Kadima party with the idea of making further withdrawals from the West Bank.However, just weeks later he would suffer a stroke at the height of his political career. He would never recover and his legacy has split the Israeli right.Read: Vital organs of former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon are failing says Tel Aviv hospitallast_img read more

Man killed after being struck by SUV while out walking in Dublin

first_img By Paul Hosford Man killed after being struck by SUV while out walking in Dublin A woman sustained non-life threatening injuries. Jan 17th 2017, 11:19 PM Image: Eamonn Farrell Short URL Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 11:19 PM Filecenter_img File Image: Eamonn Farrell 21 Comments 20,030 Views Share11 Tweet Email A MAN HAS died after being struck by a 4X4 while out walking this evening.The man was struck shortly before 9pm this evening while walking on the Peamount Road, near Newcastle in Dublin.It is understood that a woman was walking with him. She was transferred to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.The man was treated for his injuries on site but was later pronounced dead. The stretch of road between the Grand Canal and New Nangor Road is closed.Gardaí in Clondalkin are investigating the crash and can be contacted on 01- 666 7600. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

What will happen to your Facebook account when you die

first_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM AS THE OLD saying goes, ‘Two things in life are certain: death and taxes’.Most people don’t like to think about either. We’re often encouraged to make plans for when we die – so our wishes will be respected and assets divided the way we want.An area that’s often overlooked is our digital legacy. Social media is a huge part of many people’s lives, for whom posting photos and statuses online is second nature.Ipsos MRBI’s social networking tracker for January 2017 showed that about six in 10 Irish adults have a Facebook account, while almost three in 10 have Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts. Source: Ipsos MRBIOver time, a vast amount of material documenting our lives can build up on social media. So, what happens to it all when we die?If you’re particularly organised you might have made plans for this in your will or signed up to a service that helps you lay out your wishes.‘Distressing’ Laura Rooney Ferris, the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) Information Manager, says trying to gain access to a loved one’s social media accounts after they die is “another layer of admin that people have to deal with” while grieving, which can be “quite distressing”. Rooney Ferris says having a plan in place can “eliminate some distress for loved ones”.Legacy contactPolicies on what happens to a person’s social media account when they die vary depending on the platform. Source: Shutterstock/rvlsoftFacebook, for example, provides an option for people to set to up a ‘legacy contact‘. This person will be tasked with looking after your account if it’s memorialised in the event of your death.The chosen person will have the option to do things like:Write a pinned post for your profile, such as to share a final message on your behalf or provide information about a memorial serviceRespond to new friend requestsUpdate your profile picture and cover photoPeople also have the option of allowing their legacy contact to download a copy of what they’ve shared on Facebook.The legacy contact can’t:Log into your accountRemove or change past posts, photos and other things shared on your timelineRead your messagesRemove any of your friendsIn a statement, a spokesperson for Facebook in Ireland told “Facebook is a place to share and connect with friends and family.For many of us, it’s also a place to remember and honour those we’ve lost. When a person passes away, their account can become a memorial of their life, friendships and experiences.They noted that, as an alternative to using the legacy contact system, “People can let us know if they’d prefer to have their Facebook account permanently deleted after death.”The spokesperson added that the company doesn’t share stats on how many profiles have been memorialised.Post-death messages The Digital Legacy Association in the UK carried out a ‘Digital Death’ survey in 2015.Nine in 10 of the people surveyed had made no plans about what they want to happen to their social media accounts when they die, while over half said it was important or very important for them to be able to view social media profiles of someone they care about after they die.The association provides a social media will template. It’s not a legally binding document, rather a statement of preference.Dead Social is another online resource for people who want to have more control over how their social media accounts are used when they die.It advises people on their options in the event of their death and allows them to pre-plan messages or videos that can be uploaded to their profiles after they’ve passed away. Source: DeadSocial/YouTube“What’s really interesting about Dead Social is that it allows you you to have quite a deep level of control over what happens [to your accounts when you die],” Rooney Ferris notes.In terms of prerecorded messages due to be shared after a person’s death, she warns: “It might be a good idea to tell people about this so they know in advance. It could be very distressing to receive messages from beyond the grave.”The IHF’s Think Ahead initiative helps people to make plans around death and dying. More information can be read here.Read: ‘I regret not talking to my mother about her death, don’t do the same thing’Read: Social media can bring out the worst in public mourning, says an expert on digital grief Mar 11th 2017, 8:30 PM It’s something most people are not aware of until they have to deal with it when someone passes away … Managing someone’s digital estate is something most of us don’t think about.Rooney Ferris notes that social media accounts can be “a big part of someone’s identity” and contain vast amounts of material – particularly if the person blogs or vlogs regularly.She says a number of people have raised digital legacy issues with the IHF, such as the difficulties they’ve faced in accessing a late loved one’s accounts if they don’t know their passwords.“People can be drawn into a lengthy administrative nightmare, going back and forth with the provider.” Source: Shutterstock/easy cameraRooney Ferris compares trying to make changes to a person’s social media presence after their death to shutting down their bank accounts – the person needs to prove their relationship to the deceased and prove they’ve died, usually through providing a copy of their death certificate or an obituary.This can be really distressing stuff, particularly if it’s a sudden death or if it’s a younger person who has died. It’s another layer of distress for the grieving person.Rooney Ferris says a way around this is to make a record of your passwords in a password-protected document and share it with someone you trust who can access your accounts or contact the relevant companies when you die.This can also be very useful in relation to unlocking a person’s phone or cancelling subscriptions to websites such as Spotify and Netflix.Grieving in a digital age “Often the first thing we do when someone dies is get out the photo albums … Now most of this is digital – this is great as it’s easily accessible now, but the ability to access this in perpetuity is a lot more complicated,” Rooney Ferris states.She says the IHF wants people to be conscious of what they would like to be done with their social media presence when they die and be aware of the fact policies differ depending on the platform.With this mind, she asks people to consider the following questions about their digital footprint:Who would be your digital executor?Who would you like to have access to your accounts?If you Google yourself and see how much material is out there, are you okay with this being available when you’re gone?Do you see this as your digital legacy or are you happy for it to disappear? 32 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 30,201 Views Share Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/easy camera Image: Shutterstock/easy camera What will happen to your Facebook account when you die? The Irish Hospice Foundation wants people to make plans for their social media accounts in the event of their death. Short URL By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Ousmane Dembele to be sidelined for two weeks

first_imgBarcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembele did indeed sustain an ankle problem and will likely be out of action for two weeksThe French forward got involved in a tangle with UD Leganes’ Mikel Vesga after opening the scoring for Barcelona in the first half following an assist from Jordi Alba down the left wing on Sunday night.But Dembele was withdrawn in the 69th-minute of the La Liga game for Malcom due to the sprained left ankle he sustained at Camp Nou with Barcelona confirming the bad news earlier today.“Tests carried out on first-team player Ousmane Dembele have confirmed a sprained ankle that will keep him out of action for approximately 15 days,” read a statement on the club website.This will likely rule Dembele out for Barcelona’s two-legged quarter-final tie with Sevilla in the Copa del Rey along with their league games against Girona and Valencia.Despite the controversy surrounding his antics at Catalonia this season, Dembele has become an increasingly important part of Barcelona and has managed 13 goals and five assists in 27 appearances across all competitions.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).The 21-year-old spent four months of last term sidelined with a hamstring injury after joining Barcelona for €105m from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017.Following Martin Braithwaite’s equaliser for Leganes at Camp Nou, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde called on Lionel Messi to come on to the field with the scoreline level at 1-1.And the Argentine superstar didn’t disappoint by playing a role in Luis Suarez’s goal before completing a 3-1 win for the hosts with a late goal.Messi has now managed 25 goals and 14 assists in 24 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions this season.Valverde’s side, who maintained their four-point lead over Atletico Madrid in La Liga, will face Sevilla in Andalusia on Wednesday with kick-off set for 21:30 (CET).last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Fanuele Stevens Inducted Into National Jr Honor Society At

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Local students were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at Austin Preparatory Middle School on November 19.Alessandro Fanuele and Patricia Stevens, of Wilmington, were among the 20 students selected for induction into Austin Prep’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.Selection is based on their scholarship, leadership, character, service, citizenship, and character.  Theology teacher Mr. AJ Reach was honored by the inductees with the Inspirational Teacher Award.Austin Prep’s National Junior Honor Society inductees(NOTE: The above announcement is from Austin Prep.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 37 Wilmington Students Make Honor Roll At Austin PrepIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 38 Wilmington Students Make Honor Roll At Austin PrepIn “Education”Wilmington’s Burnham & Reddivari Inducted Into Austin Prep’s Junior National Honor SocietyIn “Education”last_img read more

Kalamandir Foundation gesture to children

first_imgHyderabad: Kalamandir Foundation gave away awards to 10 unsung heroes of society and a cash prize of Rs 50,000 to mark its 11th anniversary here on Monday. The foundation distributed merit scholarships worth Rs 60 lakh to children of Kalamandir group staff and donated Rs 2.5 lakh to Sri Vivekananda Vidya Vikas Kendra Trust.The day started with blood donation camps at all the stores across Telangana & Andhra Pradesh. Around 200 packs of blood were donated to the Thalassemia & Sickle Cell Society.last_img read more

Reuters says journalists arrested for probing Rohingya massacre

first_imgDetained Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo talks to journalists after a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar on 6 February 2018. ReutersTwo Reuters journalists detained for two months by Myanmar authorities were arrested for investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya men, the news agency said in a report that detailed the grisly killings.It is the first time Reuters has publicly confirmed what Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were working on when they were arrested on 12 December on the outskirts of Yangon.The pair now face up to 14 years in prison on charges of possessing classified documents in violation of the colonial-era Official Secrets Act.Their plight has sparked global alarm over withering press freedoms in Myanmar and government efforts to curb reporting in northern Rakhine state-where troops are accused of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims.Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled the area since last August, carrying stories of atrocities at the hands of troops and vigilante groups in the Buddhist-majority country.Myanmar authorities deny the allegations but have virtually cut off northern Rakhine, barring independent media from accessing the conflict-hit areas.On Thursday Reuters published a report describing how Myanmar troops and Buddhist villagers executed 10 Rohingya men in Rakhine’s Inn Dinn village on 2 September 2017 and dumped their bodies into a mass grave.“The Reuters investigation of the Inn Din massacre was what prompted Myanmar police authorities to arrest two of the news agency’s reporters,” the report said.The account was based on testimony from Buddhist villagers, security officers and relatives of the slain men.It included photographs of the victims, hands bound kneeling on the floor before the killing-and of their bodies in a pit after.The United Nations said the report’s details were “alarming”.“This once more attests to the need for a full and thorough investigation by the authorities of all violence in Rakhine State and attacks on the various communities there,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.‘Justice and accountability’The US State Department also said the report showed the need for Myanmar to cooperate in an independent probe.“As with other, previous reports of mass graves, this report highlights the ongoing and urgent need for Burmese authorities to cooperate with an independent, credible investigation into allegations of atrocities in northern Rakhine,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.A month after the journalists’ arrest, Myanmar’s army issued a rare statement admitting that security forces took part in extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya “terrorists” in Inn Din village.The Reuters report said witnesses denied there had been any major attack from Rohingya militants before the alleged massacre.A Myanmar government spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.But Myanmar vehemently denies systematic abuses by its security officers, despite a mounting volume of evidence pointing to atrocities.Judges have denied bail to the two reporters during a pre-trial hearing period, despite calls for their release from human rights groups and diplomats around the globe.The next hearing is scheduled for 14 February.last_img read more

Putin Poroshenko discuss steps to restore peace in East Ukraine

first_imgA long-running dispute over natural gas supplies will be on the agenda when Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko hold talks in Italy later this week, the Kremlin said.A Kremlin statement issued late on Tuesday said the Ukrainian and Russian presidents had spoken by telephone and discussed measures to restore peace in eastern Ukraine.They are expected to continue discussions on the conflict as well as on the gas dispute on the sidelines of a summit of European and Asian leaders they are both attending in Milan on 16 -17 October. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenRussian natural gas producer Gazprom cut supplies to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay gas debts which Russia says have now reached more than $5 billion.Ukraine faces a possibility of energy shortages this winter if no deal is reached, risking a replay of the disruptions to Europe’s gas supplies seen in 2006 and 2009. Europe receives a third of its gas needs from Russia, and around half of it is pumped via Ukraine.Officials from Russia and the European Commission, which is mediating the talks, say a deal could be near. Poroshenko said on Saturday he hoped for ‘significant progress’ on the issue during the talks on Milan.Efforts to reach agreement have been complicated by the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of providing pro-Russian separatists there with extra troops and weapons, a charge Moscow denies.The conflict has caused the worst standoff in Moscow’s relations with the West since the Cold War, with the United States and the European Union having imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis.last_img read more