Work begins as Ravena inks max rookie deal with NLEX

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Standhardinger: I don’t want Rookie of the Year award Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 .@kieferravena: It’s nice to have my first game in an @nlexpba jersey. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/VN454ePVQr— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 But Ravena doesn’t mind the early grind with NLEX, which came back to work early in the offseason with more than a month to go before the opening.“I really wanted to come in early to make up for lost time and to make my transition a bit faster and smoother when the real practice time comes. So I’ve already learned a lot here, from the guys who I’ve been with or faced one way or another,” he said.READ: Rookie Ravena hopes to bring leadership at NLEXSeen as the most PBA-ready of the class, Ravena shared that his exposure to the culture of the pros all his life has prepared him for his moment, giving him a slight edge among the pack.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ve been around the PBA for almost all my life because of my dad, so I know how it goes,” he said.The idea, however, is still different from execution, and Ravena is hopeful he could get a seamless transition“Hopefully, the transition would be smooth. I know it’s a matter of maturity because in college, you get away with a lot of things. You play with younger guys if you’re the senior. But here, you play against much bigger, stronger, older and more intelligent guys with a lot of experience. So you have to counter that with a lot of things to be able to be efficient with your game,” he said. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kiefer Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSigning a maximum rookie deal worth P8.5 million on Thursday, Kiefer Ravena couldn’t be more elated to formally join the NLEX family.“I’m very happy to be in a franchise where it wasn’t really hard to negotiate. More than the contract, it’s the honor to play for a franchise like NLEX,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s futureAnd the work starts now for the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft as he will have to prove his hype in this new chapter with the Road Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

No drastic devaluation of currency, China assures G20 Fin Mins

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaShanghai, Feb 27 (PTI) Ruling out any drastic devaluation of currency to boost its trade, China reassured G20 Finance Ministers and central bank governors that Beijing has plenty policy tools to combat the slowdown of its economy which slipped below seven per cent last year.RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and Additional Finance Secretary Dinesh Sharma are taking part in the G20 meet which kicked off here last night.In a video message, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the worlds second-largest economy has the confidence to handle the complex economic situation at home and abroad.”The Chinese economy has great potential, resilience and flexibility, and we will capitalise on such strengths,” he said.Yesterdays gathering came amid weak economic growth worldwide and increasing volatility in the financial markets. The IMF predicted growth of 3.4 per cent for the world economy this year.Li called for G20 nations to stand together during the difficulties.”When formulating macroeconomic policy, G20 members need to keep in mind not just their own growth, but should also watch for the spillover effects of their policies,” he said.Continued turbulence in the Chinese stock market and yuan depreciation at the start of 2016 did little to disguise what could be a very difficult year ahead, putting the countrys economic policies and reform agenda in spotlight at the two- day meeting.Significantly, the Peoples Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan has reassured the world that China would not drastically devalue its currency to boost its trade.advertisementNear four per cent devaluation of yuan last year sent the world markets in tizzy.The devaluation following series of stock market crashes was reportedly aimed at boosting falling export revenues.Speaking ahead of a G20 meeting of finance chiefs and central bankers here, Zhou, the longest-serving central bank governor among the Group of Twenty nations said Chinas priority was to ensure the stable growth of its economy.Chinese currency in the recent month is depreciating steadily against US Dollar and currently trading around 6.50 per USD.Zhou stated that there is no basis for continued weakness of the Chinese currency as the countrys economic fundamentals remain sound.He also cited Chinas current account surplus and foreign exchange reserves as solid support for the balance of international payments.There is no concern over Chinas foreign exchange adequacy and China has the ability to make overseas payments, he said. PTI KJV SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

What lies ahead for BCCI president Anurag Thakur

first_imgAnurag Thakur’s rise as a cricket administrator has been meteoric. BCCI president at 41 is quite unthinkable in India’s cricketing echelons. From taking on N Srinivasan and winning the Secretary’s post in March 2015 against all odds to succeeding Shashank Manohar in May 2016 as president, Thakur has been on a super fast track route to success. And in all fairness he has tried to be proactive and ring in the changes at times when speaking out in the BCCI was considered impossible in 2014-15. However, it now seems he is facing the biggest administrative hurdle of his life. How does he, as President, steer the BCCI clear of this crisis? (Supreme Court reserves order after BCCI seeks more time to implement Lodha reforms)On a daily basis the BCCI’s credibility is being questioned by the Supreme Court and Thakur himself is in the dock on the letter issue, having asked (by his own admission) Shashank Manohar for a letter clarifying the ICC’s position on the Lodha reforms in the aftermath of the SC having delivered its judgment. Does it constitute contempt is what is being debated in court? Also being debated is whether the Lodha committee will now be empowered to oversee all contracts the BCCI hands out and all expenses the BCCI sanctions over the 25 lakh threshold. Frankly, all of it will dent Thakur’s authority as BCCI president and his clout as the boss of the richest cricket board of the world. Can he come out of it unscathed will perhaps decide his legacy as an administrator in the years to come. (BCCI president Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee)advertisementIn what has come as a major relief for Thakur is the SC’s allowing the BCCI Counsel Kapil Sibal to start the debate all over again. What was thought to be a closed chapter given the SC had already delivered its judgment is being discussed all over again to the surprise of many. This, more than anything, has given Anurag a new lifeline. He might well have a little time on his hand to mull his next course of action and safeguard his own position. But the question is will he continue to have support within the rank and file of the BCCI and can he, in the next few months, hold off the Lodha threat? Will the ruling BJP back Anurag to the fullest in this hour of crisis? The Lodha committee, too, if sources are to be believed is losing patience and might well decide to inform the court that unless impediments are removed (read the BCCI top brass) it will no longer want to continue spelling further trouble for Anurag. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)Clearly, Anurag and the BCCI are walking a tightrope. As I said earlier, it is near impossible to predict the future of Anurag Thakur and the situation at hand will test his administrative skills to the fullest. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)last_img read more

THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE WHISTLE

first_imgDuring the 2004 NTL’s, they will eat 13kg of bananas and 5 boxes of lollies per day. They will drink 30 litres of water per timeslot and 200 tea bags worth of tea. They will use 18 bags of ice per day, and they are some of the fittest athletes that touch has to offer. Whether you love them or you hate them, nobody can deny that referees are an integral part of any touch tournament. For the past 20 tournaments, Alan Williams has been the Assistant Manager of the referees, a position which requires him to work alongside Referees Manager, Mike Harris and attend to the needs of the referees during the tournament. Although his job is a tough one, Alan comes back to his referees simply because he loves doing his job. “I just love being here, the referees really appreciate what you do for them. I can’t referee myself anymore so it’s great to just come here and help out, just as others did for me when I was a referee”, he says. During tournaments such as NTL, referees are divided into teams, a tactic which many referees believe contributes to the strong friendships and sense of comraderie established amongst them. “You wouldn’t believe the friends I’ve made through refereeing at national level,” says NTL 2004 Referee Richard “Tickets” Lawry. “It’s all about mateship and watching the younger referees move up through the ranks.” Fellow referee Colin “Casper” Farlow also highlights how friendships drive most of the referees to come back each year. “The friendships we make during NTL are unbelievable!” This sense of mateship can be shown through their “Elders” system. Team members, who are Level six referees and identified as “Elders” can make younger referees, known as “assistants”, make donations and do tasks. Examples could be wearing a crazy wig for making mistakes, such as not taking all equipment to games or knocking a player over. The donations collected during the tournament are given to a charity decided by the players. This activity is just another example of team building exercises that the referees take part in. Sadly, one of Australia’s and also the World’s, best referees will end his national career at this years 2004 NTL’s. Rick Borg has been the top referee in Australia for 13 years, and the Number 1 in the world for the past nine years. His teammates and also officials describe Rick as a legend of the game, an unassuming leader who helps to guide the younger referees. So, whenever you’re about to question a referee, take a moment to remember what fine athletes they are, and like the players are here to do their best…and have a bit of fun at the same time! Lisa Plummerlast_img read more

The Best Ski-Mountaineering Races In North America

first_img The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground We’ve been fans of backcountry skiing for years now; all of the powder, and none of the crowds make for a great day on the snow. The only trade off? You’ll be earning your turns with ski touring gear every step of the way.If you don’t mind a little sweat, backcountry skiing is one of the best winter hobbies out there. However, trust Type-A athletic junkies to turn everything mellow and fun into a painful sufferfest. If you’ve ever seen a backcountry rider in tight clothing veritably sprinting uphill, you’ve likely met (albeit briefly) a ski-mountaineering racer on a training run.So what exactly is ski-mountaineering racing? Picture a mountain marathon – run uphill, in the snow, on specially designed skis. When you get to the top, lock your gear down and ski down as fast as possible (trust us, on ultralight race gear this is scarier than it sounds), and start up your next climb. If it sounds absolutely miserable, well, it sort of is. For many racers though, that is part of the draw. Conquering the elements and the mountain while you race the clock is both a great motivator to keep your training up over the winter, and also to dig deep and find the “fun” when you’re charging uphill in forty mile-an-hour wind and sub-zero temperatures. If we haven’t scared you away from the sport yet, read on for our favorite ski-mountaineering races in North America.Power Of 4: Aspen, COThe Power of 4 will always have a special place in our hearts as our first taste of real mountain fueled pain. Three years ago we suited up with friends from Outside Magazine and Gear Junkie for a taste of the race. The full course covers every resort in Aspen, CO – Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, and Aspen. We did an abbreviated “Power of 2” half course that took us over 12 miles and nearly 8,000 feet of vertical. After almost six hours on the course, crossing the finish line was a sublime experience – and hooked us on skiing uphill ever since.Shredhorn: Big Sky, MTThe Shredhorn is an annual race every spring in Big Sky, MT. In terms of distance, it is up there with the Power of 4 – the course covers 16-18 miles, and 8,600 vertical feet of climbing and descending. However, this jaunt around Lone Peak is decidedly scarier, as many of the climbs are far into dedicated alpine terrain, and you’ll often be boot packing and climbing along exposed ridgelines and cliff bands. If you’re scared of heights or easily get sketched out, it might be a good idea to save this one for a couple seasons until you’ve got experience under your belt.Wasatch Powderkeg: Brighton, UTThe Powderkeg is a weekend race festival that features backcountry ski clinics, gear demos, and two different races for every skill level. Day one kicks things off with a vertical sprint up Brighton Ski Resort to the tune of 1,300 feet. If this lung buster isn’t enough for you, register for the full distance race on day two. This ten-mile course climbs major peaks and ridgelines along the resort boundaries, and gives you a chance to spot Park City, Salt Lake, and the Heber Valley. Of course, you’d probably enjoy the views more if you weren’t fighting the thin oxygen above 10,000 feet the entire way.Grand Traverse: Crested Butte to Aspen, COThe Grand Traverse the the granddaddy of ski-mountaineering races. Covering more than forty miles from Crested Butte to Aspen, CO, this epic race crosses some of the most iconic terrain in the country. While it doesn’t have the painful vertical of some of the other races on our list (only 7,000 feet), it makes up for it distance and the amount of gear you have to carry. Racers travel in pairs, and have to have self-rescue gear, shelter, and sleeping bags in case of nasty weather. To make it even more fun, the start is over night, ensuring half your time on the course will be spent in pitch darkness. The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

PM Urges Regional Bankers to Meet International Standards

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is urging regional financial institutions to ensure that they consistently meet international standards. Mrs. Simpson Miller, who was addressing over 200 delegates participating in the 39th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Caribbean Association of Banks Inc. on November 15, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, said member institutions of the regional body should focus on collaboration between membership and the regulatory authorities, in order to improve and maintain efficiency in the industry. The Prime Minister also observed that there was concern about the impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), passed into law in the United States (US) in 2010, and which should come into effect in January next year. FATCA was enacted as part of provisions under the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, and is an important development in the US’ efforts to combat tax evasion by US tax payers with investments in offshore accounts. “I do not need to tell a gathering of this nature about the increasing attention which has been paid to the financial services industry worldwide, particularly over the last four to five years… In fact, some of the reactions to the sector from many governments can only be described as ‘hostile’. It has been argued that the sector, in many instances, has been cavalier in the handling of funds of clients and depositors,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. “Against that background, let me be frank and state that as a head of government, I certainly understand the need for each national government to seek to ensure that taxation is equitable and those with the greatest income pay their fair share,” she stated. The Prime Minister advised everyone not to start off with a ‘knee jerk’ reaction of opposition. “From our vantage point we have to make it clear that even whilst recognising their motivation, we would wish for consideration to be given to the possible negative repercussions on our institutions. This is so, given the efforts which have been made to attract legal foreign exchange into our countries,” she pointed out. The Prime Minister noted that increasingly, institutions within the Caribbean would be required to meet international standards, and that it was in the best interest of all concerned to avoid being labeled as centres which “accommodate” questionable financial transactions. “We in the Caribbean must never accept a label of being second best. We have demonstrated that in certain fields we are not only equal to anyone else in the world, but may I daresay, that we are superior to anyone else. “I therefore say to the Association (of banks), let us move swiftly to identify our reservations. Let us indicate the ways in which we can assist with achieving the objectives of the FACTA legislation in ways which are not detrimental to the stability of our institutions,” the Prime Minister told delegates. The 39th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Association of Banks is being held from November 14 to 17, under the theme, “Partnering for regional transformation, development and growth – empowering the financial services sector”.last_img read more

Chairman Proposes Review Period for Employers

first_imgIt has been proposed that employers be given a two-month period to review their budgets before the agreed adjustment to the national minimum wage for this year takes effect.This recommendation comes from Chairman of the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, Silvera Castro, who said employers would need adequate time to make their own adjustments to “assist the process”.Mr. Silvera was addressing the final in a series of islandwide consultations on the national minimum wage, at the North Street Offices of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security in downtown Kingston on July 13.The Chairman said this is one of the recommendations that will be made in the Commission’s report, which is to be submitted to portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, by the end of August/early September.The Minister will then take the document to Cabinet for approval, after which it will be presented to the House of Representatives.In the meantime, representative for the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) on the Commission, Bernita Locke, said the Federation endorses full compliance with the national minimum wage for all eligible groups.“The JEF will continue to encourage its members to support any increase to the minimum wage once that is given,” she said.Mrs. Locke noted, however, that employers’ ability to pay the increase should also be taken into consideration.She further called on the Government, as did several other contributors, to re-establish the Joint Industrial Council for private security guards, which would comprise representatives of the Labour Ministry, trade unions and security companies.For his part, Manager, Human and Community Development Unit, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Steven Kerr, proposed a seven per cent increase in the national minimum wage.This would see minimum-wage earners receiving an additional sum of $434 per 40-hour workweek.Most of the suggested increases by other contributors ranged between seven and 10 per cent. Submissions were made by representatives of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU); the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees; Jamaica Household Workers Union; Jamaica Society for Industrial Security; the Bureau of Gender Affairs, and other interest groups.In 2016, the national minimum wage was increased from $5,600 per week to $6,200 for a 40-hour workweek.The minimum wage for industrial security guards was also increased from $204.97 per hour to $221.35 per hour for a 40-hour work week.The Minimum Wage Advisory Commission is comprised of representatives of the Government, trade unions and employers’ groups, and is mandated to review the rates annually.It conducts consultations in keeping with the Minimum Wage Act, and recommends minimum rates for groups of wage earners who do not have the bargaining power to negotiate for fair wages.The other consultations for this year were held in St. James, Manchester, Ocho Rios and Portland.last_img read more

PNCT Secures Financing for Expansion Works

first_imgzoom Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT) has secured USD 298 million in bond proceeds that will be used to refinance existing debt and finance its future terminal development project.The company, which closed on a tax-exempt bond transaction on December 28, 2017, plans to expand the terminal footprint by 17 percent to 309 acres and increase the terminal capacity to 1.3 million container lifts to handle 2.3 million TEUs.The project includes the expansion and improvement of the terminal yard and construction of a new gate facility, as well as upgrading, deepening and expanding berths.Additionally, PNCT has ordered four new gantry cranes capable of servicing ultra-large container vessels and will continue with the expansion of its straddle carrier fleet. The terminal development project is expected to be completed by 2019.PNCT is an integrated marine terminal operator and stevedore company that currently handles some 20 percent of the container volume in the Port of New York and New Jersey.The terminal operates within a 263-acre footprint with a capacity of 850,000 containers (1.49 million TEU).last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hammonds Plains Road

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Hammonds PlainsRoad Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 -30-center_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hammonds Plains Road The Hammonds Plains Road interchange bridge on Highway102(southbound) will have a lane closure for repairs from Friday,Sept. 5 to Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control will consist of alight bar and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img

Premier Puts Enforcement of Child Support Orders on National Agenda

first_imgProvinces and territories will work together to trace and locate parents who are not paying court-ordered child support. Premier Stephen McNeil and B.C. Premier Christy Clark will work with justice ministers across Canada to explore ways of strengthening the maintenance enforcement system and to improve the rate of collection of payments awarded to families by the courts. “Parents have a duty to raise and support their children,” said Premier McNeil. “We all know that family breakup can be a sad reality, but the obligation to your children remains. And when the courts determine that one parent owes child support, they should be expected to pay it, regardless of where they live.” Premier McNeil asked his colleagues for their co-operation during Council of the Federation meetings which conclude today, July 17, in St. John’s, N.L. Information-sharing arrangements exist nationally, but it can still be challenging to locate someone who moves to another province or territory. Cases are more likely to be in arrears when the parent ordered to provide child support lives in a different province or territory than the parent caring for the child. Nova Scotia is also taking steps to improve the maintenance enforcement program provincially. The province’s 20-year-old program is under review, and the results and measures to improve the program will be released later this summer.last_img read more

Ropeadope Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat wont distract them

first_imgEDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging off the new government’s promised $30-million “war room” to fight criticisms of the province’s energy industry.“The war room makes for good theatre, but the people who follow this closely are going to look at this as amateur hour,” said Keith Stewart of Greenpeace.“Chasing environmentalists might play well politically, but it’s not actually relevant to the discussion that Alberta and Canada need to be having,” added Simon Dyer of the clean-energy think tank Pembina Institute.Both groups have been singled out by Kenney as examples of ones distorting the truth about the impact of the oilsands. The premier has said government staff will be tasked with responding quickly to what he calls myths and lies.Kenney has also promised to fund lawsuits against offending environmentalists and to call a public inquiry into the role of money from U.S. foundations.“Stay tuned,” Energy Minister Sonya Savage said Tuesday. “We’ll have something to talk about next week.”Environmental groups have already been discussing informally what the United Conservative government might have in mind and how they should react.“We’ve been contacted,” said Devon Page of Ecojustice, an environmental law firm. “We’ve been saying to the groups, ‘We’re here. We’ll respond and represent you as we have in the past.’“What we’re trying hard not to do is to do what I think the Kenney government wants, which is to get distracted.”Dyer and Stewart said their groups are about 85 per cent funded by Canadians. The Pembina Institute was founded in Drayton Valley, Alta., and its headquarters remain in Calgary.Both called the war room political posturing aimed at the party’s base.“A lot of the rhetoric around our work and our contribution to Alberta has been based on complete misinformation,” said Dyer, who pointed out Pembina has worked with virtually every major energy company in the province.Stewart called the threats a rerun of the 2012 campaign against environmental groups fuelled by the right-wing The Rebel media group and led by Stephen Harper’s federal Conservatives.“We learned to play rope-a-dope,” said Stewart. “Stephen Harper was our best recruiter.“We had people contacting us saying, ‘How do I lie down in front of a bulldozer?’ We don’t usually get a lot of those calls but we were getting a lot of those calls.”Each group is confident in the accuracy of the facts it cites. Dyer said Pembina research has been used by investors, academics and governments.Stewart said the issue isn’t facts, but how they are understood.“Often what it is is a disagreement over which fact is important. Industry will say, ‘We’re reducing emissions per barrel.’ We’ll say, ‘Emissions are going up.’ Both statements are true and it depends which you think is more important.”Cara Zwibel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said the Kenney government must tread carefully. It’s OK to defend your position, but not to threaten, she said.“If we’re talking about initiating lawsuits against individuals or organizations on the basis of speaking out on issues of public importance, then that raises serious problems,” she said. “Then we have a much more obvious impact and potential violation on freedom of expression.”The province could possibly expose itself to legal action if its statements harm a group or individual — say, by putting them at the centre of a Twitter firestorm, said an Edmonton lawyer.“There’s certainly some kind of moral responsibility in terms of understanding that kind of highly charged rhetoric,” said Sean Ward, who practises media law. “You have to understand the consequences that are likely to follow.”Ward said any cases the government funds would also be tough to win.“There are a lot of available defences. It’s difficult to see that this sort of general debate they’re going to be able to shut down with defamation law.”Environmentalists say their response will be to avoid distraction and carry on.“The vast majority active in this place don’t want to go back to a high conflict, polarizing environment,” Dyer said. “We’re not interested in polarizing this debate.”Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Celebrate End Of Cosmetics Testing On Animals In Europe

first_imgCruelty Free International, the global non-profit organization dedicated to ending cosmetics testing on animals worldwide, has been joined by celebrities Chrissie Hynde, Twiggy, Jenny Seagrove, Kimberly Wyatt and Joanna Lumley, to celebrate the end of cosmetics testing on animals in Europe.“Cruelty-free beauty is here in the EU at last!” said Joanna Lumley. “I have been calling for this day with Cruelty Free International (BUAV) since 1991. Well done Cruelty Free International for your tireless work in the EU to end the terrible practice of testing cosmetics on animals.”The final phase of the 7th amendment of the EU Cosmetics Directive, which is set to come into force on 11th March 2013, will mean that new cosmetic products and ingredients on sale in the EU will not be tested on animals anywhere in the world. The ban will affect all cosmetics including all toiletries and beauty products, from soap to toothpaste. This historic achievement is the culmination of over 20 years of campaigning spearheaded by the BUAV, founder of Cruelty Free International.“I am proud to have supported Cruelty Free International (BUAV) throughout this significant campaign to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the EU,” said Twiggy.
“I have always supported the work of Cruelty Free International (BUAV) to end cosmetics testing on animals and I am delighted to be a part of this historic event,” added Jenny Seagrove. “Congratulations to Cruelty Free International for securing this victory for animals!”Over the years, the campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals has received overwhelming support from a host of high profile celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney, Ricky Gervais, Morrissey, Sienna Miller, Joss Stone, Jude Law, Dannii Minogue, The Levellers, Annie Lennox, Toyah Wilcox, Alexei Sayle, Gillian Taylforth, Andrew Sachs and Sadie Frost.“I joined with Cruelty Free International (BUAV) to speak out against animal cosmetics testing in 1996,” said Chrissie Hynde. “I am thrilled to hear this great news for animals and congratulate Cruelty Free International for their hard work and determination to make this happen, and the EU for doing the right thing by the animals and putting the humanity into beauty.”
In 2012, the BUAV established Cruelty Free International, the first global organization dedicated to ending cosmetics animal testing worldwide. Shockingly over 80% of the world still allows animal testing for cosmetics. Cruelty Free International works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organisations and has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing on animals. Cruelty Free International will apply its determination and vision on a global stage to repeat its success in Europe across the world.“WE DID IT!!!” said Kimberly Wyatt. “It took 20 years but as of March 11, 2013 testing cosmetic products on animals will be banned in the EU! We’ve done all we could here at Beautiful Movements Cosmetics to help fight for that change and now that it is happening we feel elated! Time to celebrate our furry friends’ victory!”last_img read more

Stars Sign Guitar For Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Charity

first_imgTo raise vital funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music, live music promoters Music Plus Sport – who organise The Jockey Club Live concerts – will be supporting the charity by auctioning a celebrity signed guitar.The Yamaha acoustic guitar has already been signed by Kaiser Chiefs, Status Quo, Boyzone and Madness. The initiatives will also see other artists including Tom Jones, Spandau Ballet and McBusted, who are set to perform at various racecourses across the country as part of The Jockey Club Live, sign the guitar as well.The Jockey Club Live promotes outdoor music events at 15 leading racecourses nationwide including Newmarket, Haydock Park and Sandown Park“The Jockey Club Live is proud to be supporting music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins through our live music events this year, helping to raise vital funds and spreading the word about the incredible impact music can have on vulnerable people up and down the country,” said Andrew Wilkinson, Director of Music Plus Sport.The guitar will be auctioned later on in the year, with all proceeds going directly to Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming lives through music.last_img read more

Andrea Bocelli Katharine McPhee Reba McEntire And More to Perform During Celebrity

first_imgWorld-renowned tenor, Andrea Bocelli, will take the stage at the Arena di Verona, the world’s biggest open-air theatre, on Saturday, September 8th for a special musical event as part of this year’s “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy.”Bocelli will be joined on stage by international artists Carla Fracci, Grammy Award winner Isabel Leonard, Grammy-Nominated Aida Garifullina, Sergei Polunin, Leo Nucci, and the Italian Operatic Baritone for an unparalleled operatic spectacle. Together they will perform live for a star-studded audience including Award-winning Record Producer David Foster, Award-winning and Multi-Platinum Artist Josh Groban, Broadway Legend Kristin Chenoweth, Reba McEntire, Katharine McPhee, John Corbett, Bo Derek, Chris Tucker, and many more.The 5th Annual “Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” is a 7-day extraordinary philanthropic adventure, where donors and special guests come together to enjoy magical experiences in Italy’s most beautiful regions. Funds raised will benefit both the Andrea Bocelli Foundation as well as the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Over its 24-year history, Celebrity Fight Night has earned the title as one of the largest grossing charity events in the country, sending more than $86 million to charities, most significantly to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ.“Celebrity Fight Night in Italy” kicks off on Wednesday, September 5th where upon arrival in Florence, guests will enjoy a memorable dinner under the stars in the Gherardesca Garden, one of the largest private gardens in Florence.The following day will take guests on a journey to the sea where they will cruise along the Tyrrhenian Coast up to the stunning town of Porto Venere for a dinner at the foot of the Church of St. Peter. Guests will be enchanted with entertainment from Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Katharine McPhee, and Colin Schachat, directed by 16-time Grammy Award Winner, David Foster. Guests will be welcomed by Catrinel Marlon, the model, actress, and recently named ABF Worldwide Ambassadress.The next evening, they will be invited as guests of Leonardo Ferragamo at his family house, Villa le Rose, a beautiful Renaissance villa commissioned in the 15th century. Ferragamo will treat guests to a dinner accompanied with outstanding entertainment from Award-winning Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, alongside Andrea Bocelli’s son, Matteo Bocelli and Michael W. Smith.On Saturday night, guests will travel to medieval Verona for a dinner at the Gran Guardia Palace, followed by the mesmerizing opera show, ‘La Notte di Andrea Bocelli’, in the 2000-year-old Arena di Verona. Hosted by Italian TV Presenter, Milly Carlucci, the show will be dedicated to the highest expression of art involving over 400 performers from the world of classical music and dance. During the “La Notte di Andrea Bocelli” concert, ABF will promote the SMS Campaign dedicated to the reconstruction of the pre-school and the primary school in the Municipality of Muccia, the Central Italy Earthquake Intervention.The culmination of the 7-day event will feature a fun-filled musical night led by David Foster and Andrea Bocelli, as well as various world-renowned artists including Reba McEntire, Kristin Chenoweth, Katharine McPhee, Caroline Campbell, Brian McKnight, and Michael W. Smith. The entertainment will be preceded by a gourmet dinner and live auction at the Palazzo Pitti, which was built in 1457 and eventually became the primary residence of the royal Medici family.This experience is sponsored by Stefano Ricci, Antico Setificio Fiorentino, GVM, TaTaTu, Fregoli, Vhernier, Emilio Pucci, Il Palato Italiano, Falconeri, Sanlorenzo, Ca ’del Bosco, and Fratelli Piccini.last_img read more

Liberals promise to improve FNs education

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Liberals have released its list of election promises.The Red Book was unveiled over the past weekend and it promised to deal with First Nations issues that have been in the headlines for years.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis looks at the Liberal’s education promise.last_img

Sri Lankan authorities free 40 Indian fishermen

The 14 Rameswaram fishermen were produced before a Mannar court today which ordered their release. The rest were produced before a Point Pedro court, and it ordered their release. However, the court has not mentioned anything on the boats captured from these fishermen. Altogether six boats have been confiscated after the fishing season started in June 1.In March, the Sri Lankan navy confiscated five fishing boats from Rameswaram. However, the fishermen on those boats were released later. Sri Lankan courts today ordered the release of 40 Indian fishermen, who have been detained in the island nation for the last two months on charges of trespassing into that country’s territorial waters, the Times of India reported.On June 1, the Sri Lankan navy detained 14 fishermen from Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and their three boats. As many as 26 other fishermen from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in the Union territory of Puducherry were apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy on June 21. They were produced before Lankan courts and were lodged in prisons. “All of our fishermen were released by Sri Lankan courts, and we anticipate that they may reach their homes towns on Tuesday,” said U Arulanandam of the Alliance for Release of Innocent Fishermen. “We express our gratitude to state and central governments for releasing our fishermen, but boats are not released. Without boats, our livelihood is crippled,” said district secretary of the Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association B Jesuraja. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Football Ohio State wide receivers relying on JT Barrett as he depends

Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball during the Ohio State game against Maryland on Oct. 7 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeye won 62-14. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterOhio State redshirt quarterback J.T. Barrett is a confident player and has never been one to say he doubts his wide receivers.Through the issues in the passing game, Barrett has remained steadfast in critique of himself and timing difficulties with his targets. But his confidence in his receivers hasn’t faltered. Likewise, the trust the wideouts have in Barrett hasn’t wavered.Now, it seems that mutual conviction is becoming legitimate with Barrett’s confidence in his arm and his receivers growing with each throw. It has manifested itself in a third different wideout — Johnnie Dixon, Parris Campbell and now Binjimen Victor— emerging as a potential go-to target for the third straight week.“Not a jump, but a steady incline [from the receivers],” head coach Urban Meyer said. “Very pleased with their attitude and they’re making plays.”Four throws in Saturday’s 62-14 Ohio State victory against Maryland exemplified the strengthening connection between Barrett and his receivers.On Ohio State’s first offensive series, Barrett rifled a third-down pass between two defenders to Dixon to move the chains. Barrett later connected with the 6-foot-4 Victor on third-and-6 from the Maryland 8-yard line in the back of the end zone for a score. Sophomore wideout Austin Mack caught a back-shoulder fade for 20 yards on the following drive, and then hauled in a touchdown reception with a defender on his back while getting two feet in bounds with 10 seconds left in the half.Barrett deserves credit for his play — including 20-of-31 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns Saturday — and the play-calling has improved. However, the wide receivers have also managed to get open more recently, which has allowed the quarterback to build confidence and compete at a tempo the team will need in a showdown with Penn State in three weeks.“It’s great seeing [Barrett] make those passes and having confidence in us to make those contested catches,” Mack said. “Shoot, keep it coming.”Both Campbell and Dixon recorded more than 100 yards and a score in one of the two most recent games, displaying their potential to be the go-to playmaker at receiver. Saturday, Barrett turned to his big target in Victor for four catches and a team-high 55 yards. Campbell and Dixon each had three receptions during those weeks, but their play was significant enough to be noted by opposing coaches on scouting reports.Victor’s five targets were all against man coverage and thrown to a spot where Victor can elevate above the defender and be the only one to come down with it.“Down in the red zone, top shelf, I mean that’s where the ball has to be,” Barrett said. “Based on coverage, I think that was something good.”Victor is a different receiver than Campbell and Dixon. Campbell is used over the middle or on bubble screens when he can use his speed in the open field. Dixon is a deep-ball threat.Victor might not be more than a red-zone target, but he’s Ohio State’s tallest receiver and its best option in jump-ball scenarios.The trio of Campbell, Dixon and Victor all bring something different to the table for defenses that have to design a scheme to minimize their impact. And Mack, who showed Saturday he can be another option for Barrett, might be the best route runner on the team with less speed than Campbell and Dixon, but more than Victor.The competition hasn’t been great. And it is uncertain whether Ohio State’s wideouts can be difference-makers against the Penn States of college football, but they deserve recognition for finishing the plays Barrett makes and giving him options — two elements of the offense which weren’t present in early September.The next logical step: consistency.“I wouldn’t say we’re where we need to be,” Campbell said. “But I like where we’re at.” read more

Factory fire behind Roses Lime cordial shortage

@CocaCola_UK why can’t we get Rose’s lime cordial anywhere in the UK this month? What’s going on?— The Faint Girl (@thefaintgirl) July 30, 2018 A Coca-Cola spokesman said: “We’re sorry that due to a fire at the factory where Rose’s Lime Cordial is produced, production has been halted while the necessary repairs are carried out. The team is working hard to ensure that production is back up and running as soon as possible and we hope it will be back on shelves in the next few weeks.” Lime cordial first originated in the 1700s when it was used by the Royal Navy to ensure sailors received their daily ration of lemon or lime juice. Lauchlan Rose of Leith patented a method to preserve citrus juice without alcohol in 1867 after realizing that preserving the juice with sugar rather than alcohol opened the product up to a far wider market. Unfortunately there has been a fire at the factory where Rose’s Lime Cordial is produced, therefore production has been suspended while repairs are underway. We hope production will be back up and running soon – our team is working to ensure this happens ASAP.— Coca-Cola GB (@CocaCola_GB) July 31, 2018 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. The mystery behind Rose’s Lime cordial shortage has been solved as the company confirmed there has been a fire at its factory.Coca Cola, which owns it, confirmed that production had been temporarily suspended in a public apology to customers. It is hoped that supplies of the famous drink will return to normal within a few weeks.It comes after the Daily Telegraph received a number of letters from readers concerned about the disappearance from stores.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A number of fans have also Tweeted at Coca Cola asking why the drink is absent from shops. The first factory producing lime juice was then set up by Rose on Commercial Street in Leith, Scotland in 1868. read more

Virat Kohlis micdrop adds humour to series – Joe Root

Joe Root says that he welcomes the spice that Virat Kohli’s “mic-drop” celebration will add to the England-India Test series, after his dismissal to Kohli’s direct-hit run-out turned the tide of England’s innings on the first day at Edgbaston.Root, on 80 at the time, had been dominating India’s bowling in a century partnership with his fellow Yorkshireman, Jonny Bairstow, when he fatefully responded to Bairstow’s call for a second run to midwicket in the first hour of the final session.Kohli swooped on the ball and beat Root’s dive at the non-striker’s end with a pinpoint shy, before mimicking Root’s own actions in the decisive ODI at Headingley last month, when he marked his series-winning century with a rapper-style “mic-drop” of his bat.Speaking after his Headingley innings, Root had admitted he “would not hear the end of it”, adding that his own team-mates had been ribbing him incessantly for the gesture. Kohli has taken that prediction and run with it.“I didn’t see it in the middle,” Root told Sky Sports before the start of the second day’s play. “I obviously saw it last night at the end of play.“I actually think it adds to the whole spectacle of Test cricket, it gives a bit of humour to it, and it makes for a very entertaining series for something like that to happen so early on, so we’ll see how things pan out over the course of the five Test matches.”Quite apart from its sense of theatre, Root’s dismissal was the key moment of England’s innings. From a position of relative strength at 216 for 3, England lost their next six wickets for 69 to reach the close on a dicey 285 for 9. Bairstow, who had been distraught at his part in the wicket, fell three overs later for 70, but Root refused to blame his team-mate.“It was one of those things in the heat of the moment,” he said. “You want to try and pinch as many runs as possible. You hear a call and you trust your mate.“It’s human error, it happens unfortunately, but Jonny was kind enough to give me a lift into the ground this morning. I could have said no, there’s no hard feelings, we’ve just got to move on with it.“It was a disappointing last session, but for the majority of the day, we played some really good cricket. And that’s what we’ve got to take into today. It was a surface that actually did a bit all day, There was seam movement at the back end of the day, and that fills our bowlers with confidence. And if we can find a really good length early on, we can do a lot of damage.” (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVirat Kohli ‘desperate’ to perform in England Tests, claims James AndersonJuly 23, 2018In “latest news”Virat Kohli achieves double honour as Wisden 2019 is publishedApril 10, 2019In “latest news”How Virat Kohli rules T20 cricketMay 6, 2016In “Sports” read more

Ireland camp Injury situation is GUBU but Sexton a safe bet for

first_img“Jonny’s got to prove his fitness yet, but everything is on track for him to be right for the game, so some one has got to miss out.”Indeed, plenty already are, Donnacha Ryan is another senior player to be marked doubtful for what promises to be a battle royale in Italy. The Munster lock took a knock to his shoulder joint and will take part in ‘modified training.’With Paul Marshall one of seven additions to the training squad, however, Kiss is maintaining a positive approach to the ‘GUBU’ hand Ireland are being dealt:“When you go through the list, it’s amazing what is available. I’m excited about what kind of potential sits around at that next level. Obviously, there’s some experience they have to get, but that’s what the deal is.“Looking back, you see area where they need to learn, but you also see what they bring. There is something very exciting about each group that has come in and filled the breach.”-Additional reporting by Pat McCarry.Opinion: Impossible to find a winner from 2 poor teamsO’Driscoll and Marshall concussion doubts for Italy match IRELAND TEAM MANAGER Mick Kearney felt the need to summon the words of an ex-Taoiseach when looking down the long list of injured names at Carton House today.After announcing that it was “too early to say” whether either of Brian O’Driscoll or Luke Marshall would be able to return against Italy this weekend and confirming at least three weeks out for Fergus McFadden, Kearney said:“The injury thing has been absolutely extraordinary. I was only thinking yesterday, it reminded me a little of Charles Haughey’s famous quote: ”Grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented’ — it’s been a bit like that for the last number of weeks. Very unfortunate.“I don’t think there is an underlying issue. the majority of the injuries have just been soft tissue, which can happen. I just think it’s been unfortunate – there’s no actual trend to it that you could look and say we’re doing something wrong.”‘A good bet’One reason for optimism heading into the final weekend of the championship is the return to fitness of Jonathan Sexton. The hamstring injury which forced him out of the 6-12 defeat to England has all but cleared up.The out-half will train fully this week and backs coach Les Kiss says he is “a good bet” to start in the Stadio Olympico after two and a half games with Ronan O’Gara and Paddy Jackson in the pivot position.“Paddy:” Kiss said, “we’ve been very happy with how he’s played the last two games and handled a lot thrown at him. He ‘s done exceptionally well.“Mads [Ian Madigan]: Who would have thought he’d debut playing at 12 and at nine? He’s been great at training as well…last_img read more