LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?One day I saw a documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger how he moved to America and became the biggest star of his time defying all odds how he was huge and even had a thick accent, how many Agents and Managers though it couldn’t be done. I told myself I have always had a similar dream so what do I have to lose I can’t lose this dream I have just found my real purpose and passion in life. I want to inspire others to achieve greatness to defy odds and to make this world a better place. I hope to inspire others into believing that no matter where you come from you can make this world a better place.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? What has been your most rewarding experience?I believe when I landed my first Agent and he started sending me out for auditions it was during that time I didn’t knew other actors who could help me with self tapes or even practice my lines before an audition. I also struggled between jobs trying to find something flexible enough which allows me to make my days available for auditions. I suffered financially for a bit but then I was able to get through it just like everything else. With time my connections grew and I was able to utilize different areas of making money within the entertainment industry I do modeling, commercials and brand ambassador work as well. I designed a life that allows me to keep my days open for auditions and make decent money on the side. I guess one of my rewarding experiences would have to be when I got an Actor role on Suits.What is your favourite type of character to play?I would like to play characters from Marvel franchises I have always been inspired by super heroes and how they save our world from terror. I love Iron man, Batman, Spiderman, and Captain America. I do also like dark characters like Joker (Batman) and Loki (Thor)What market do you currently work in? Are there other areas you would like to work?I currently work in Toronto and I am represented by KG Talent,however I have travelled to NYC and have had few meeting with agencies. I am also looking to get representation in Los Angeles in the near future so that I can apply for an 0-1 visa which is for actors who are willing to work in the US market. I also do modelling, commercials and have started shooting my own projects so directing is another area I would like to capitalize in. As a model I have been punished in several magazines here in Canada and have a modeling agent as well.What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?I believe the first and the most important thing is you have to love it. Theirs a lot of opportunity here in this city, network with follow actors, try to add your self to different casting sites I always recommend eBoss Canada, Casting Workbook and Actors Access. Get head shots from photographers land independent films and submit your self to agencies. Think of yourself as the CEO of your own business and be open to making some investments in areas such as quality head shots, casting website registrations and acting classes. Always have a long-lasting career goal in mind and remember you only lose when you give up.What fuels your passion?Performing can be very powerful. Although it can be for entertainment and comedy, it can also be used to inspire people. When I watch inspirational movies, I love how there can be a message which you can gain from that can make you stop to reevaluate yourself or benefit you. For instance, when I watched the Pursuit of Happiness, Will Smith’s character struggled to get where he wanted. Even though it wasn’t a huge difference at the end of the movie, the audience knew things would get easier and he would eventually get to his goal. Through the struggle, he didn’t stop but persevered. I can use this in my own life as I know acting is not easy and there will be a lot of challenges along the way but I just need to keep on being determined and dedicated and I will eventually reach my goal.What is something about you that most people would never guess?I am afraid of cats, I find it hilariousIf you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? Successes that make you proud?Yes, without a doubt. I would do it all over again. I have been very blessed to do what I love. Perusing acting is the best decision I have ever made. I enjoy all my successes and Failures. I know that I have a goal to accomplish and everyday I am working towards it. I would like to quote Steve Jobs “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by Dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your ear and intuition.”FOLLOW MOHAMMED ON SOCIAL MEDIAINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/mohammed_junaid77/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Mohammed-Junaid-202315079867824/IMDB: https://imdb.com/name/nm4357245/Written By: Darlene MorrisonCLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL INTERVIEWS IN OUR ASPIRING TALENT SERIESIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Advertisement Twitter Meet Mohammed Junaid, he is a Model, Actor and Director in Toronto and is represented by KG Talent.Check out our Q & A below:As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities?I was the only child of my parents and had no siblings my parents wanted me to pursue a normal career. I remember my mom used to say that one day my son would work for a multinational company. In my whole family no one ever pursued acting. As a child I knew I wanted to do something great. It was later that I found out that the happiest I have ever been is when I am on set performing I just love it. I grew up watching movies, which stared Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Arnold Schwarzenegger. I always knew I wanted to do what they did its just that the older I have become this dream has become more stronger. Advertisement Login/Register With:
(This is a 35 second video capturing moment an RCMP officer shoots Evan Cromarty, 20, in Norway House, Sunday.)By Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsWINNIPEG–Four gunshots are audible on cell phone video capturing the moment when an RCMP officer shot an unarmed 20 year-old man in Norway House, Man., Sunday.The screams of women can also be heard in 35 second video which ends with the voice of a man wondering why the police officer shot the man.“Why did he shoot him?” said the voice of a man captured on the video, obtained by APTN National News Monday.A team of civilian and police investigators from Alberta is now probing Sunday’s shooting.Manitoba RCMP said in a statement the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was now in charge of the file.ASIRT is tasked with investigating any incidents involving the injury of death of civilians at the hands of police officers in Alberta. The team is comprised of a mix of civilian, police and military investigators.The involvement of the Alberta investigators on the file surfaced following a meeting between RCMP D Division Assistant Kevin Brosseau, RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Kolody and Norway House Chief Ron Evans Monday.“The meeting was positive and concerns regarding the event and the relationship between the community and the police were discussed,” the RCMP said in a statementManitoba RCMP said in a statement the police force would not be commenting on the incident while ASIRT conducts its investigation.Evans said his community is angry over the incident.“Why did this have to happen? Why didn’t somebody use common sense?” said Evans.Evan Cromarty, 20, was shot by an RCMP officer Sunday in Norway House. FacebookThe shooting unfolded Sunday during a boys baseball tournament involving players aged nine to 12. Witnesses said an RCMP officer fired four shots at Evan Cromarty, 20, who was hit at least once in the arm.“The cops fired four shots, but he got struck in the arm because he went down,” said witness Glen Moritz, who was coaching one of the baseball teams at the time. “For me, personally, I was scared just seeing that and the kids, they’re just terrified.Moritz said Cromarty’s brothers, aged 10 and 12, witnessed the shooting.Cromarty faced firearm charges for an incident in Norway House back in 2012. Evans said that was no reason to fire on the unarmed man.“Whatever it was, there was no need for gunfire,” he said.Evans said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and deputy premier Eric Robinson phoned him after the incident.“They both suggested and are supporting that we get an independent investigation done,” said Evans.Cromarty is currently recovering in email@example.com@shaneenthescene
New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) is back and the 12th edition of the cash-rich league couldn’t have hoped for a better start as defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are all set to take on the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the opening game at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday. Cricket might be a team game, but come Saturday, it will be all about CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni versus Virat Kohli, captain of the RCB. He might be the former skipper of the Indian team, but for his legion of fans, Dhoni is no less than god. Add to that the home factor, and there are no points for guessing that Chennai will be all yellow on the night of the opening game. Kohli, on the other hand, might be a demi-god himself for his fans, but when it comes to fighting it out against Dhoni, he might just come out second best. For the record, RCB have lost six of the seven games they have played so far at the Chidambaram Stadium and the numbers are again pitted heavily in favour of CSK. Overall, in 22 meetings between CSK and RCB, the Bengaluru outfit have managed only seven victories. In fact, the last time these two teams met — in Pune last season — Chennai were all over Bengaluru and it was a cakewalk for Dhoni’s boys. But a lot has changed since then and the senior most team in the IPL — CSK — have grown a year older. The positive for RCB is the fact that AB de Villiers is fit and raring to go after resting his back during the last stretch of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). They also have a young power hitter in Shimron Hetmyer of the West Indies to add to the arsenal. But CSK have the experience to tackle the swashbuckling batsmen in the RCB ranks. If Harbhajan Singh was the stand-out bowler for CSK last season, Deepak Chahar too showed great maturity to earn an India cap on the basis of his IPL performance. Not to forget the tactical acumen of part-time spinner Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav. In the batting department too, if RCB have a run-machine in Kohli, Dhoni too is coming on the back of an outstanding previous season when he showed why he is still one of the best in the business. In fact, Dhoni has scored 710 runs against the RCB, the most by any batsman against the franchise. The IPL might not have an opening ceremony this time around as the fund budgeted for the same is being handed over to the families of the Pulwama martyrs, but one couldn’t have asked for a more blockbuster start to the 12th edition of one of the most followed domestic T20 leagues in the world.
New Delhi: GoAir has withdrawn its boarding passes with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the airline said on Tuesday, a day after Air India rolled back its passes with images of the two leaders.The airline had taken a “cue from the Election Code of Conduct”, a GoAir spokesperson said, adding that its team in Srinagar inadvertently used unused stock of “Vibrant Gujarat” paper. GoAir’s Srinagar Airport team inadvertently utilized unused stock of Vibrant Gujarat related paper which took place in January 18-20, 2019 for issuing boarding passes at the said airport. It was unintentional. Taking cue from the Election Code of Conduct we have instructed our airport teams to stop utilizing this type of paper with immediate effect, the spokesperson said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On Monday, Air India decided to do the same after the issue ignited controversy on social media. Its boarding passes were also from the Vibrant Gujarat summit with photographs of the two leaders. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday evening that he was on a GoAir flight on Sunday and it “also had a similar boarding pass with the PM’s photo on it”. An Air India spokesperson said on Monday that the boarding passes were printed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January this year and the photographs were part of the advertisement from ‘third parties’. “Air India has decided to roll back the boarding passes of Vibrant Gujarat which had photos of the prime minister and the Gujarat chief minister,” said Dhananjay Kumar.
President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to appoint a notorious alleged war criminal as Chief of Army Staff is a shocking new low for Sri Lanka, a former member of a UN penal of experts appointed on Sri Lanka said today.Major General Shavendra Silva assumed duties today after being appointed to the post yesterday. Yasmin Sooka said that Major General Shavendra Silva was named by a United Nations investigation for his part in commanding the 58 Division, which was the unit responsible for repeated and deliberate attacks on hospitals, food distribution queues and displacement camps in 2009, resulting in tens of thousands of civilian deaths in a matter of months. Units under Silva’s direct command are also alleged to have been involved in summary executions including of women and children, hundreds of cases of enforced disappearance, as well as torture and sexual violence. “This is an incredible affront to the victims of that war – and jeopardises any reconciliation attempt in Sri Lanka,” said Ms. Sooka. “We cannot imagine what the President is thinking in promoting a man who brings the whole country into disrepute and is a close ally of the former secretary of defence, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, serving in the same regiment together.”SookaSilva is alleged to have been personally present at the location of the so called“white flag” surrenders on 18 May 2009, and has confirmed that he was in overall command of the area. An eyewitness says he saw Silva shake hands with the political leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)as they surrendered to him; their corpses were seen on the roadside a few hours later. The UN’s Investigation said the leaders were summarily executed, despite assurances from the Government that they could safely surrender under a white flag.During the final phase of the war, Major General Silva reported directly to General Jagath Jayasuriya. In 2017 the ITJP filed a lawsuit against General Jayasuriya in Latin America, where he was based as a diplomat, in connection with his command position in 2008-9. Both Brazil and Chile found there was jurisdiction to accept the case; Jayasuriya fled the country on the eve of the filing, rather than test his innocence in an independent international court of law. Shavendra Silva’s alleged role in war crimes has also been extensively reported in the media for many years. In 2011, a war crimes lawsuit was filed against Silva in New York but failed because he had diplomatic immunity. In 2012, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, reportedly raised concerns with the UN Secretary General regarding Silva being an alleged war criminal. In 2012, Silva was removed from a top UN peacekeeping advisory committee because of the allegations of war crimes. A South African NGOalso threatened litigation when it was reported that Silva was to be posted as a diplomat to their country. “Sri Lanka now has a chief of army staff who risks arrest every time he travels abroad, if any country is foolish enough to give him a visa” Yasmin Sooka, now the executive director of the International Truth and Justice Project said. “We have prepared a substantial dossier on Major General Silva which we shall be releasing shortly; we believe there is more than enough evidence to charge him for international crimes should the opportunity arise. This is arguably the most wanted man in Sri Lanka – a decade on,tragically,he is being promoted instead of standing trial”Tamil survivors of the 2009 war, thousands of whom have been driven into exile since, have expressed horror that Silva has been chosen for such a senior military position. “This latest development might have been avoided,” said Ms. Sooka, if Major General Silva’s promotions had been scrutinised and criticised more closely in recent years. In 2017, Silva was promoted to Adjutant General of the Sri Lanka Army – ironically putting him in charge of the directorate of human rights and humanitarian law. He even received funding from coca cola and CEAT to run sporting events to raise money for the men in his regiment who fought with him. “The Attorney General of Sri Lanka should seriously consider indicting him for war crimes and crimes against humanity,”said Sooka.Silva’s official army biography says he was trained in the USA, Israel, Netherlands, Greece, Italy, France, Pakistan and India and was instructed in psychological operations by the US Army. It added that he taught an International Humanitarian Law Course for the Sri Lankan Army. (Colombo Gazette)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A pair of handmade Nike track shoes from the 1972 Olympic trials has sold for $50,000.Dave Russell, of Sacramento, tells KTXL-TV he sold the rare kicks last month to a hotel chain in Eugene, Oregon, that is building a Nike-themed property.Russell says he was 25 when he qualified for the trials in the marathon in Eugene, where the shoe and the Nike brand debuted that year.Known as “moon shoes” for their waffle-like bottom, the shoes were the first prototype designed by Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman.The Oregon-based shoe company made only 12 pairs.Letsrun.com says Russell finished 55th in the trials, which were won by Frank Shorter who went on to win the gold medal at the Olympics in Munich.The Associated Press
Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.Gender gap: The GCSEs with the biggest gender divides. Percentage of males and females taking the 10 subjects with the biggest gender gap in 2016Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Gender gap: The GCSEs with the biggest gender dividesGender gap: The GCSEs with the biggest gender divides – Highcharts CloudGender gap: The GCSEs with the biggest gender dividesPercentage of males and females taking the 10 subjects with the biggestgender gap in 2016Percentage of males and females taking the 10 subjects with the biggest gender gap in 2016MaleFemaleConstructionHealth & Social CareEngineeringHome EconomicsPerforming / Expressive ArtsComputingManufacturingSocial Science subjectsEconomicsArt and Design subjects020406080100Source: JQC; excludes other technology Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.The biggest increases in A* – A pass rate by subject. Across the last six year, the five GCSEs whose A*-A pass rate has increased the most (percentage points, 2011-16)Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: line chart.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.The biggest increases in A* – A pass rate by subjectThe biggest increases in A* – A pass rate by subject – Highcharts CloudThe biggest increases in A* – A pass rate by subjectAcross the last six year, the five GCSEs whose A*-A pass rate has increasedthe most (percentage points, 2011-16)Across the last six year, the five GCSEs whose A*-A pass rate has increased the most (percentage points, 2011-16)Additional mathsConstructionManufacturingWelsh: Second LanguageLeisure & Tourism2011201220132014201520160204060Source: JCQ, excludes other modern languages and other sciences Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Best GCSEs for A* – A pass rates. Percentage of students getting A* or A in 2016Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 5 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Best GCSEs for A* – A pass ratesBest GCSEs for A* – A pass rates – Highcharts CloudBest GCSEs for A* – A pass ratesPercentage of students getting A* or A in 2016Classical subjectsAdditional mathsIrishChemistryPhysics010203040506070Source: JCQ, excludes other modern languages This makes it the most improved GCSE for achieving A* or A grades between 2011 and 2016.Other GCSEs to see significant improvements include construction, manufacturing and Welsh. Which subjects are students taking?There has been a significant increase in the number of students taking subjects such as engineering and ICT in recent years. The largest falls in A* – A pass rate since 2011 were seen in ICT and chemistry.In a worrying sign for STEM subjects, the five subjects with the largest falls in attaining top grades since 2011 have all been in the science and technology areas. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.The biggest falls in A* – A pass rate by subject. Across the last six year, the five GCSEs whose A*-A pass rate has fallen the most (percentage points)Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: line chart.The chart has 1 X axis displaying values.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.The biggest falls in A* – A pass rate by subjectThe biggest falls in A* – A pass rate by subject – Highcharts CloudThe biggest falls in A* – A pass rate by subjectAcross the last six year, the five GCSEs whose A*-A pass rate has fallen themost (percentage points)Across the last six year, the five GCSEs whose A*-A pass rate has fallen the most (percentage points)ICTChemistryStatisticsBiologyPhysics201120122013201420152016102030405060Source: JCQ Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Worst GCSEs for A* – A pass rates. Percentage of students getting A* or A in 2016Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 5 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.Worst GCSEs for A* – A pass ratesWorst GCSEs for A* – A pass rates – Highcharts CloudWorst GCSEs for A* – A pass ratesPercentage of students getting A* or A in 2016EngineeringScienceLeisure & TourismHumanitiesAdditional Science0246810Source: JCQ, excludes other technology This is a trend that seems to be continuing into students’ A level choices, with computing being the A level with the biggest increase in entries since 2011.Humanities and additional maths have seen their number of entries fall the most since 2011. Find the results of your GCSE subject Additional maths hasn’t always been so successful. The proportion of its students reaching the best grades has soared in recent years – from 29.9 per cent in 2011 to 56.6 per cent in 2016. The gender gap is there from a young ageGender gaps seen across subjects start from a young age, with construction being dominated by boys and girls flocking to health and social care. Boys account for around nine in 10 students in subjects such as construction, engineering and computing, leading to a knock-on effect in future education and career choices. The subjects with the highest proportion of girls are health and social care and home economics – continuing a trend seen for several years. The worst performing GCSEsOn the other hand, students struggled to achieve A* and A grades in engineering and science, which saw the lowest pass rates for top grades in both 2015 and 2016.Just 0.9 and 0.7 per cent of students received an A* in these subjects in 2016, respectively. The pass rate for the top grades has fallen again this year, as GCSE students from across the UK find out how they’ve performed on Results Day. Some 20.5 per cent of students across all subjects received an A* or A, falling from 2011 when the pass rate for the top grades stood at 23.2 per cent. This trend is also mirrored in A level results. Students have performed well in classical subjects and additional maths, while those taking engineering and science have struggled to gain the top grades of A* and A.Meanwhile, there are concerning patterns revealed in the number of boys and girls taking particular GCSEs in 2016, with boys taking construction and engineering courses while girls opt for home economics and social care.The best performing GCSEsGCSE students have excelled in classical subjects and additional maths, with more than half getting an A* or A. These subjects were also the best performing in 2015, continuing their success in achieving the top grades.Two out of every five students taking classical subjects gained an A* this year – the highest of any subject in the UK. 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.
Mr Proctor said: “The public confidence in the Metropolitan Police will have been shaken to its foundations by this affair. Lessons must be learned.”It is now necessary for Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to restore public confidence by setting up an independent enquiry into the conduct of the MPS handling of Operation Midland into the so called VIP Paedophile Ring. In this way only can sufferers of abuse feel safe to come forward.”Lord Bramall, 95, said it was “completely ridiculous” that no officer involved had faced criminal or disciplinary action.He also called for a full and unredacted version of Sir Richard’s 2016 report to be released in its entirety immediately.Daniel Janner QC, son of falsely accused Labour peer Lord Greville Janner, added: “The report must be published in full. The police are still protecting their own from the risk of being prosecuted for perverting the course of justice. The public has a right to know the truth if trust in the police is to be restored.” A spokesman for the police watchdog said: “The IOPC conducted a careful assessment of whether there were any criminal offences to consider. In this case no suspicion of criminality was identified.”The investigation did not identify any information to suggest that officers deliberately withheld evidence from the applications, with the intention of misleading the district judge.”A Met Police spokesman said it would review whether more of Sir Richard’s report could be published. “It all starts with the search warrants. If the police had been honest about Nick’s testimony and the inconsistencies they never would have got the search warrants which did all the damage.” Sir Richard Henriques has said the police may have acted illegally during Operation Midland Sir Richard said the warrants, which allowed detectives to enter the homes of Mr Proctor, Lord Bramall and Lord Brittan, were illegal because the district judge, Howard Riddle, who issued them had been misled by officers. Three officers, who were involved in applying for the warrants, were last week cleared of any wrongdoing by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).Operation Midland was launched in 2014 after Carl Beech, 51, who was known by the pseudonym, Nick, told police he had been raped and tortured by a murderous VIP paedophile group in the 1970s.But after an 18 month investigation, which traduced the reputations of a string of high profile figures, the case was closed without a single arrest being made. The new Home Secretary is facing calls to launch an urgent inquiry into the Metropolitan Police, amid claims that officers may have perverted the course of justice during the Operation Midland investigation.Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP, who lost his home and job after being falsely accused of child abuse and murder, said an independent review into the conduct of Britain’s largest force was vital in order to retore public confidence in policing.He is writing to Priti Patel, who was appointed Home Secretary in last week’s reshuffle, asking for an independent inquiry to establish how so many catastrophic failings took place during the VIP child abuse inquiry.The home secretary is now expected to question the head of the IOPC.Miss Patel, who has been in post for less than a week, plans to meet with Michael Lockwood “as soon as possible”, a source told the Daily Mail”, adding: “Top of the agenda will be seeking an explanation as to why there were no proceedings against officers if there was indeed evidence of misconduct.”Mr Proctor’s call came after Sir Richard Henriques, the retired High Court judge who published a scathing report into Operation Midland almost three years ago, said he believed officers may have broken the law when they applied for warrants to search the homes of those falsely accused. Harvey Proctor is calling for a review into Scotland Yard Last week Beech, a convicted paedophile, was jailed for 18-years after being found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud.But Sir Richard said he believed there were also grounds for the officers involved in applying for the search warrants to face criminal proceedings for allegedly perverting the course of justice.He said the warrants had been issued on the basis that Beech’s evidence had been consistent throughout,But it has since emerged that he repeatedly changed his story and the police have been accused of deliberately ignoring that fact. Desribing Operation Midland, Sir Richard said: “It was a total shambles and aboslutely incompetent and ultimately dishonest investigation.” Priti Patel is facing calls to order a review into the conduct of the Met 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.
(Video: UNWomen/YouTube) Water Baby Danny Lyons at baby and toddler swim classes today (Image: WaterBabies.ie).HERE ARE ALL the things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#ASSAULT: A male garda has been injured in an alleged assault at a house in Tallaght, Co Dublin in the early hours of this morning. Six people were arrested and have subsequently been released. Gardaí said that the garda received ‘a serious facial injury’ but has been released from hospital.#PENALTY POINTS: Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan has said he will address a report that claims he has penalty points wiped from his record by gardaí during his speaking time in the Dáil on Tuesday evening. Today Flanagan tweeted that gardaí asked him if he would like the points removed from his licence.#PROPERTY TAX: Revenue today launched a new website showing property values around the country, which will be used to calculate how much property tax homeowners will have to pay. The property valuation guide gives an estimated price for properties in a given location, rather than specific valuations for individual properties.#INVESTIGATION: Gardaí are treating the death of a man in Kilkenny, whose body was discovered on Thursday, as suspicious. The post-mortem has been carried out but gardaí said they are not releasing any information about the cause of death for “operational reasons”.#SOCIAL MEDIA: Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has said that sites such as Twitter and Facebook are important for reporting on action and inaction and ensuring that those in authority are held accountable. Speaking at a conference, Rabbitte stressed that the government’s system for evaluating media mergers and acquisitions “is long due an overhaul”.A dog looks at a judge during an international competition in Belgrade, Serbia (Image: Darko Vojinovic/AP).THINGS WE LOVEDThis random shopping list, written on a €5 euro note.Remember the awkward, seemingly endless, few minutes watching Titanic with your parents as Jack paints a completely naked Rose? Here are 10 movies you wish you hadn’t watched with your folks.THINGS WE SHAREDHappy Mother’s Day to all the mammies reading this. We all know that there are some things that only an Irish mammy can do right. Here are 11 of them.Step aside Overly Attached Girlfriend, Overly Attached Puppy is in town… And she LOVES you.This video launched by the United Nations to mark International Women’s Day. Acclaimed singers from China to Costa Rica, Mali ro Malaysia collaborated on the song “One Woman”.
I imagine it’s quite difficult to market a new display because unless you’ve got a potential customer in front of one you really can’t show them how amazing it is. So, clever marketing campaigns must be employed, and LG has come up with a doozy.LG‘s latest line of IPS monitors are being advertised as lifelike. How do you prove that to people? LG decided to modify the floor of an elevator by installing 9 of the new displays, hooking them up to a speaker, and playing a video of the elevator floor falling away. They also installed a camera to record people’s reactions.The end result works well with people using the elevator first looking concerned at the sounds and lights flashing, and then quickly moving to the sides of the elevator as the floor falls away. For the most part people looked both relieved and amused when they realize it wasn’t real, however, there’s one woman (at the 1m 25 mark) who is not happy at all and exits the elevator as quickly as possible.As advertising it works well, and there’s plenty more they could do with it. Simulating the elevator falling shouldn’t be too hard to achieve, but you might then get a few people crying in the corner of the lift and suing LG afterwards.There’s a question mark hanging over the authenticity of the video. Notably with what’s thought to be a greenscreen reflected in the hand rail at the 1m 26 mark and a perspective issue. If that’s the case then LG really missed a trick as the true reactions of people getting on an elevator like this would have been even better.via Mashable
Image: Sam Boal Image: Sam Boal By Michelle Hennessy 60 Comments 16,896 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3869420 Share1048 Tweet Email THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Permanent TSB has declined an invitation to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about the planned sale of home loans.The bank announced that it is to sell off a €3.7 billion portfolio of non-performing loans, including mortgages on 14,000 private dwelling homes.Last week the Finance Committee decided to invite the bank’s chief executive Jeremy Masding in to discuss the planned sale. His appearance is listed on the Oireachtas schedule for next week, at 2pm on Tuesday.However the committee received a letter from Masding yesterday evening, stating that it would not be “appropriate” for him to attend on this day.Masding told the committee that the bank would be agreeable to a meeting of the committee to discuss the issue, but it is currently in a closed period ahead of the publication of its annual results on 14 March.Though he expressed a willingness to agree another date with the committee, he said whenever PTSB does attend a meeting, it will be constrained in its ability to answer detailed questions about the planned sale, which he described as “commercially sensitive and in progress”.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, chair of the Finance Committee, John McGuinnness said the banks in Ireland “believe they can do what they want”.“We will be sending the letter to the [finance] minister to highlight what’s going on. What they are doing now is playing for time. It could be that by the time we get to them they will have already gone ahead with the sale. They know exactly what they are doing,” he said.He accused the bank of attempting to avoid transparency ahead of the sale and said this behaviour was contrary to statements made in recent months by all of the main banks promising a culture shift.This it the opposite – they keep repeating: apology, apology, apology, and at the same time they’re making up their lists of who they’re going to throw to the vulture funds. It’s outrageous.PTSB last week defended the plan, entitled Project Glas, as it said these loans were “typically owned by customers who have not engaged with the bank, whose mortgages are unsustainable or who have been unable to meet the terms of various treatments put in place”.It said some account holders have not engaged with the bank for over seven years and on average the loans are over 3.5 years in arrears. The bank also said many of these customers have made no payments at all for years.McGuinness said the purpose of the meeting on Tuesday was to get a breakdown from the bank’s officials of the various cohorts of people included in the loan book, how much they owed, how long they had been in arrears and how long they had gone without paying any money to the bank.“There are various numbers and so on out in the public domain and there are people who are customers of Permanent TSB who are not sure whether they’re in it,” he said.“This is a defence of the people who are almost defenceless now because they are being abandoned by the State. It’s a question for government because we have to ask: ‘Is it the State running the country or are the banks going to be allowed make it up as they go along?’”Yesterday morning Ulster Bank’s outgoing CEO Gerry Mallon also said that the bank could sell as many 7,000 mortgages in arrears. McGuinness said his committee will be requesting all of the pillar banks appear before it to discuss these sales.In response to a query about the decision not to appear before the committee next week, a spokesperson for Permanent TSB told TheJournal.ie: “We have confirmed to the committee tat we will attend the committee to discuss this issue in the coming weeks and look forward to agreeing a suitable date with the committee shortly.”Read: Mortgages sell-off will disrupt already-volatile housing market, charities warn> PTSB chief refuses to appear before Finance Committee next week over loan sale The bank recently announced it is to sell off a €3.7 billion portfolio of non-performing loans, including mortgages 14,000 private dwelling homes. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 7:35 AM Short URL Feb 24th 2018, 7:36 AM
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras pledged on Wednesday to unveil a plan later this year to reduce a range of taxes if Greece is able to meet its fiscal targets.“Reducing all the burdens is my most tangible dream for the Greece of tomorrow,” Samaras told the annual meeting of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). He indicated he would present a program in the fall for cutting taxes that would be harmonized with the fiscal targets the coalition has agreed with the troika.Government sources said that Samaras and his advisers are keen to lighten the load on the middle classes in the wake of the European Parliament elections on Sunday, when New Democracy saw its support drop 7 percentage points from what it received in the national vote two years earlier.Samaras also dismissed SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras’s demand that the opposition party be consulted over key appointments such as the next Bank of Greece governor and the country’s representative on the European Commission. “He has developed the worst arrogance of power without having any power,” said Samaras. “If they want to offer their opinion, that’s fine. However, they cannot wag their finger at us and blackmail the country.”Samaras’s coalition partner, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, met President Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday. After the meeting he indicated that the government is abandoning the idea of changing the electoral law. It was suggested on Monday that PASOK wanted to launch discussions on scrapping or reducing the 50-seat bonus awarded to the leading party in national elections. However, sources close to the prime minister were quick to clarify that New Democracy was not keen on such an idea. “These changes would need clear understanding between the political forces and I do not think that exists at the moment,” Venizelos told journalists.The PASOK leader, however, did propose five areas in which the coalition could find common ground with SYRIZA. He also told Papoulias that he is in favor of the creation of a government “that expresses the whole nation and not just the two parties participating in it,” he said. “We also want the opposition party to be part of the national collective responsibility.”Also, in a speech to SEV members on Wednesday, Tsipras expressed his desire for an “honest cooperation” and a “functioning, institutional relationship” with SEV.According to sources, SYRIZA strategists are keen to foster close ties with representatives of Greek industries as the party’s proposed economic model for exiting the crisis is based on a restructuring of production. There are certain points on which the two sides converge but many other significant points of disagreement, sources said.Potential points of contention include SYRIZA’s opposition to measures aimed at creating more flexibility in the labor market, to the introduction of private insurance companies into the Greek market and to plans for privatization.Source: Kathimerini
On Tuesday 3 February 2015 at 9.00 am an Eastern Orthodox service will be held at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church, 221 Dorcas Street South Melbourne, to mark the opening of the 2015 legal year. The service will be a collaboration of the Greek, Antiochian, Russian, Serbian, and Romanian Orthodox Churches. It is expected to finish by 9.45 am, and will be followed by morning tea in the church hall. Judicial officers, tribunal members, court officials and members of the legal profession will enter the church in procession from the church hall. Judges and barristers will be wearing their official robes and wigs. Celebrating the opening of the legal year is an ancient tradition which originated in Paris in 1245. A Catholic mass was held in the Notre Dame Cathedral to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit over the Ecclesiastical Court judges. The Holy Spirit was considered the source of wisdom, understanding, counsel and fortitude. Later in France, the mass was celebrated in honour of the patron saint of lawyers, St Yves of Brittany, canonised in 1347. (The Eastern Orthodox patron saint of lawyers is St Dionysius the Areopagite whose Feast Day is celebrated on 3 October.)The mass crossed the Channel in 1310, during the reign of King Edward II, and landed at Westminster Abbey. All the judges and barristers attended the mass on the first day of the first term of the legal year, known in England as Michaelmas term. They celebrated the inauguration of the new legal year, and sought divine guidance for their work. The practice of holding the mass stopped during the Reformation in the 16th century, when the Church of England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church. The mass was revived in England in 1897, and it returned to Westminster Abbey in 1904.The mass came to be known as the Red Mass, because of the red vestments worn by the priests. The priests wore red to symbolise the tongues of fire that descended on the Apostles at Pentecost, those flames being the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Senior judges wore red robes and the barristers wore red hoods, to make for a cathedral/abbey resplendent in red. In the English tradition, judges proceeded in their formal robes on foot from Temple Bar to Westminster Abbey for a religious service, followed by the Lord Chancellor’s breakfast in Westminster Hall. The first Red Mass in Australia was held at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral on 16 February 1931.Since 2008 a community gathering has also been held to celebrate how the community and the legal system work together towards achieving a just society. Today, ceremonies and religious services to mark the opening of the legal year in Australia are attended by governors, judges, senior ministers and other politicians, consular officials, academics, religious leaders and lawyers who seek guidance and blessings for the year to come. In the religious services, prayers and blessings focus on the roles and responsibilities of the leaders present. They reflect on the part they play in the administration of justice and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and blessings of strength, wisdom, truth and justice for the legal system. As the Honourable Marilyn Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, said at the 2008 community gathering:“Those committed to the law take the opening of the legal year as the time to recommit to fairness and impartiality and revive their courage to maintain and apply the law.In reality, there is no opening of the legal year. The law is always open. The opening is merely a temporal marker to pause momentarily to consider what the law is about and our individual roles in it.The opening of the legal year is but a time for renewal and recommitment.”In 2015, in addition to the Eastern Orthodox service at 9.00 am on Tuesday 3 February at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church, three other events will be held on the morning of 2 February 2015, which is officially the first day upon which the courts will resume full-time operation for 2015. The three events are a multi-faith gathering, which will be held at Government House, a Catholic Red Mass, which will be conducted at St Patrick’s Cathedral and a community gathering, which will take place at the County Court. Further information about the Eastern Orthodox service can be obtained by contacting Mr Daniel Bellis on 9245 9010 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Members of the legal profession with Greek backgrounds, Greek Australians and Philhellenes are encouraged to attend this significant and historic service. Those eligible to take part in the procession should assemble at the church hall by 8.45 am. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Les chimpanzés savent partager… quand c’est nécessairePubliant leurs travaux dans PNAS, des chercheurs américains ont montré expérimentalement qu’à l’instar des humains – enfants et adultes -, les chimpanzés privilégient le partage des ressources lorsqu’ils ont besoin de la collaboration d’un congénère pour les obtenir. Le comportement des chimpanzés et autres primates n’a pas fini de nous fasciner ! Au cours d’une nouvelle recherche, des chercheurs du Yerkes National Primate Research Center de l’Université Emory (Géorgie), en collaboration avec leurs collègues de l’Université d’état de Géorgie, ont fait passer à 6 chimpanzés adultes, un test mettant en jeu le sens du partage. A titre de comparaison, ils ont procédé de même avec une vingtaine d’enfants humains âgés de 2 à 7 ans.Le procédé était simple : chaque sujet testé devait tout d’abord choisir un pion parmi deux de couleurs différentes, une couleur lui permettant d’obtenir une récompense unique (nourriture pour les singes, autocollants pour les enfants), l’autre couleur permettant d’obtenir deux demi-récompenses à répartir entre l’individu testé et un partenaire (un congénère pour les chimpanzés, un camarade de jeu chez les enfants).Dans une première configuration, le testé devait obligatoirement remettre le jeton choisi à son partenaire pour que ce dernier le remette à son tour au scientifique chargé de donner les récompenses (selon la couleur). Dans une autre phase, le testé pouvait se dispenser de la collaboration de son partenaire, et remettre directement le jeton au ‘juge’.Les chimpanzés aussi partageurs ou égoïstes que les enfants À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Or, il s’est avéré que dans la première configuration de jeu, chimpanzés aussi bien qu’enfants privilégiaient le choix permettant aux deux partenaires d’obtenir chacun une demi-récompense, tandis que dans la seconde configuration, chaque singe – et chaque enfant – choisissait d’obtenir seul la totalité de la récompense, se désintéressant de son ‘binôme’ devenu inutile.”Jusqu’à ce que nous fassions cette étude, les spécialistes d’économie comportementale supposaient (….) que les animaux ne choisiraient que l’option la plus égoïste, dans ce jeu”, expliqueFrans de Waal, l’un des auteurs de l’étude.Il n’en est donc rien. “Non seulement les chimpanzés s’approchent du sens humain de l’équité, mais les animaux peuvent en fait avoir exactement les mêmes préférences que notre propre espèce”, conclut ainsi le chercheur.Le 17 janvier 2013 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambert
ESCONDIDO (KUSI) – At least one person was killed Sunday night in a crash on the Ronald Packard Parkway (78) in Escondido, authorities said.The crash was reported by Escondido police to the California Highway Patrol at 11:07 p.m. on the eastbound Ronald Packard Parkway at Broadway, the CHP said.At least one person was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP’s log.The parkway was reduced to one lane eastbound for the investigation, the CHP said. June 18, 2018 Updated: 6:23 AM Posted: June 18, 2018 Fatal crash on Ronald Packard Parkway in Escondido KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom
17 Photos Tags See Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon sets over nearly 20 years Lego Movie 2 star Chris Pratt gets meta with Chris Pratt minifigs Lego Movie 2’s Apocalypseburg set overflows with whopping 3,000 pieces Lego bricks outshine gold bars as investments, study finds Enlarge ImageQueen Watevra’s “So-Not-Evil” Space Palace. Lego Queen Watevra’s “So-Not-Evil” Space Palace, which has 995 pieces, retails for $100 (around £78, AU$140). The bubble-looking Space Palace set includes minifigures for Bachelor Batman, Celeste, Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi and the Royal Guard. The multi-level palace set also features a rotating top section with a detachable rocket plus opening pods. There’s even a smoothie maker and a DJ booth.The 691-piece Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa Lego set retails for $70 (around £54, AU$98), and comes with figures for Benny, Washed-out Wyldstyle, Balthazar, Unikitty, Flaminga, Eight, Archimedes and Balthazar vampire bat.Enlarge ImageShimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa Lego The Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa also has revolving wall for Balthazar to transform into a vampire bat — plus a hot tub, a massage table and more.All three sets will be available in stores this spring. Build Emmet’s Triple-Decker Couch Mech as scene in Lego Movie 2. Lego When a film is all about Lego like Lego Movie 2 it’s bound to inspire plenty of Lego kits. Previously, we’ve seen the whopping 3,000-piece Apocalypseburg set, and now there are more sets on the way.Lego Group announced on Tuesday, in advance of its presence at New York Toy Fair, three new Lego Movie 2 sets. The new sets include Emmet’s Triple-Decker Couch Mech, Queen Watevra’s “So-Not-Evil” Space Palace and Shimmer & Shine Sparkle Spa. Fans can build Emmet’s Triple-Decker Couch Mech as seen in Lego Movie 2. The 322-piece Lego set retails for $30 (around £23, AU$42). The couch set comes with various figures including Emmet, Sweet Mayhem and a brand new Unikitty as Rampage Kitty figure. Share your voice 1 Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies More Lego Comment Lego
New Delhi: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Dayanidhi Maran attacked the AIADMK goverment in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday accusing it of “complacency” in dealing with the water crisis in Chennai and other places in Tamil Nadu. “There was a severe water crisis in 2004 when the erstwhile Chief Minister Karunanidhi decided to set up a desalination unit and UPA government sanctioned Rs 1,000 crores for a desalination plant to be implemented in Chennai. But AIADMK is complacent. Yesterday DMK President MK Stalin staged a protest for the people,” he said. Also Read – Chandrayaan-2 reaches nearer to moon with orbit change Advertise With Us “Pre-monsoon rain is the lowest in the last 65 years. Water supply in the four reservoirs supplying water in Chennai has dropped below one per cent. We are going through a severe water crisis,” he added. The DMK on Monday held a protest against the Tamil Nadu government over the acute water crisis in Chennai with its workers carrying empty plastic pots in their hands. Also Read – Shia Waqf Board claims right over disputed Ayodhya land Advertise With Us Stalin, who led the protest, said, “The pot is here but where is the water. The ruling government should solve the water crisis in the state. It has not done anything to resolve the issue.” Tamil Nadu has been reeling under acute water crisis stress for the past several months as Chennai’s water reservoirs have gone dry. Scorching heat and delayed monsoon have further exacerbated the situation.
Investors keenly await the third quarter results of Infosys following its robust performance in the previous two quarters.Infosys, India’s second largest IT firm, will announce its earnings for the December quarter on 14 January.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Tuesday reported a 14.19% rise in its net profit to Rs 6,083 crore for the third quarter ended 31 December, 2015 and an 11.68% increase in revenues at Rs 27,364 crore.However, TCS Q3 revenue missed the analysts’ expectations for the sixth consecutive quarter.Domestic IT players usually face weak demand in the October-December quarter as Christmas and New Year holidays result in less business volumes from the key markets — the US and Europe. Both the markets contribute to nearly 85% of the revenues of IT firms in the country.The Bengaluru-based IT major is expected to maintain its annual cross currency (CC) revenue growth guidance of 10-12% for the current fiscal year.”The dollar revenue growth is likely at 1.1% quarter on quarter (QoQ) at US$ 2,419 million, CC revenue growth of 1.5% QoQ, earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margin decline of 66 basis points (bps) QoQ. We expect Infosys to maintain its CC revenue growth guidance of 10-12% YoY for FY16,” Business Standard quoted HDFC Securities as saying in a results preview.Edelweiss Securities expects Infosys to post an increase in its total contract value from the $ 850 million quarterly range to $ 1 billion in the current quarter.”While the company has hinted for increased investments and a decline in margins, we believe some benefit of Indian rupee depreciation, utilisation improvement and attrition cool off will help it maintain flattish margins this quarter,” Edelweiss said.The top five Indian IT companies are expected to post single digit growth rates for the current fiscal year, even as industry body Nasscom predicts software export revenue growth of 12-14% for the year.Domestic IT majors — TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra — are expected post a single-digit growth rate of 5-9% in their revenues for 2015-16, growing at the slowest pace since the financial crisis of 2008, according to analysts.The share price of Infosys soared by nearly 3.5% to Rs 1,086 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday as investors remained optimistic over its Q3 earnings.
Not just youngsters, senior citizens are turning out to be Facebook’s fastest growing community, say researchers including an Indian-origin team member, suggesting that the elderly are joining Facebook for the same reasons that prompted teenagers to join it over a decade ago.According to S Shyam Sundar, professor at Pennsylvania State University, older adults who are motivated by social bonding and curiosity tend to use Facebook as a form of social surveillance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Surveillance is the idea that you’re checking out what people are up to. This is something that many older adults do. They want to see how their kids are doing and, especially, what their grandchildren are doing,” said Sundar.Earlier studies suggest a positive relationship between bonding and bridging social capital and Facebook use among college students. “Our study extends this finding to senior citizens,” added Eun Hwa Jung, mass communication researcher at Penn State. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe researchers found that the desire to stay connected to family and keep in touch with old friends or social bonding was the best predictor of Facebook adoption and use, followed closely by the desire to find and communicate with like-minded people or social bridging.Curiosity is another motivation for senior Facebook users, Jung added. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour, found that senior citizens were not motivated to actively participate on Facebook when family and friends prod them to use the website. “When senior citizens respond to requests to join Facebook, that tends to be a negative predictor of use,” Sundar said. “In other words, they are not intrinsically motivated to participate when someone else requests that they join,” he added.Older adults also tend to use Facebook features that their younger counterparts favour. According to the findings, seniors visited Facebook 2.46 times a day and stayed on it for a little over 35 minutes each day. “This isn’t just a fast-growing market, but also a lucrative one. Older adults have much more disposable income than teens and college students and would be more desirable for advertising,” Sundar noted. The team suggests that designers of social media sites should emphasise on simple and convenient interface tools to attract older adult users.