OTTAWA — A murderer won’t get a chance to argue in the Supreme Court that his conviction should be overturned because a rap lyric he wrote was improperly allowed into evidence.The high court has refused to hear the appeal from Lamar Skeete, who was convicted in 2012 of killing Kenneth Mark as payback for testifying against Skeete in a previous case.The judge at Skeete’s trial allowed the Crown to put forward evidence that he had posted to a website a composition including the lyric: “Real niggaz don’t crack to the coppers.”The Ontario Court of Appeal took a fresh look at the question and concluded the evidence was indeed admissible, saying it helped confirm Skeete’s retaliatory motive for killing Mark.In its decision, the appeal court noted that the trial judge had told jurors to give the song as much or as little importance as they thought it deserved in deciding the case.The trial judge had also explained that the jury’s decision must be founded on evidence, not bias or prejudice.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew at a solid rate of 2.6 per cent in the final three months of last year, helped by the fastest consumer spending since the spring of 2016 and a big rebound in home construction.The fourth quarter advance in the gross domestic product, the country’s total output of goods and services, followed gains of just above 3 per cent in the second and third quarters, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The slowdown in the October-December period reflected a worsening trade deficit and less growth in inventory restocking by companies.For all of 2017, the economy grew 2.3 per cent. That is a significant improvement from a 1.5 per cent gain in 2016 but little changed from the modest 2.2 per cent average growth rate turned in since the Great Recession ended in June 2009.Economists are looking for even better growth this year, propelled by the $1.5 trillion tax cut that President Donald Trump pushed through Congress in December. The Trump administration contends that its economic program of tax cuts, deregulation and tougher enforcement of trade laws will lift economic growth to sustained rates of 3 per cent or better in coming years.Trump has said his tax plan will serve as “rocket fuel” for the economy by prompting Americans to spend more and businesses to step up investment.Economists, however, believe the growth spurt will be short-lived.“Deficit-financed tax cuts will provide some near-term juice to the economy but it will prove to be temporary because we are already at full employment and the Federal Reserve will respond by raising interest rates more aggressively,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said that the imports surge that widened the trade deficit reflected a pay-back from port disruptions caused by hurricanes in the third quarter. He forecast solid growth in coming quarters.“The U.S. economy had plenty of momentum even before the tax cuts take effect this year,” Pearce said.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, interviewed on CNBC, described the modest slowdown in the fourth quarter as a short-term aberration.“We’re not concerned about any one quarter which could be revised up or down,” he said. “I think people now expect we’re getting to 3 per cent GDP.”Mnuchin said the administration was very happy with the initial reaction from U.S. companies to the new tax bill, which he said had already generated pay bonuses for more than 2.5 million Americans, amounting to “literally hundreds of billions of dollars of commitments.”The president, speaking Friday to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, also touted the benefits of the tax overhaul, saying, “America is open for business and we are competitive once again.”Trump said that because of the tax plan, which had reduced individual and corporate tax rates, Apple had announced it planned to bring $245 billion in overseas profits back to America.Zandi said he believed the tax cuts would add as much as 0.4 percentage points to growth this year, pushing total GDP to 2.9 per cent. He said growth would fall back to 2.2 per cent in 2019 as the impact of the tax cuts fades, then slow further to a tiny 1 per cent gain in 2020 as rising interest rates from the higher budget deficits and Fed rate hikes begin to drag growth.Friday’s GDP report showed that the fourth quarter growth was spurred by a 3.8 per cent surge in spending by consumers, who account for 70 per cent of economic activity. That was up from a 2.2 per cent rise in the third quarter and was the fastest quarterly advance since the spring of 2016.Business investment in new plants and equipment was also strong, rising at a 6.8 per cent rate in the fourth quarter. Spending on home construction surged at a rate of 11.6 per cent after two quarters of declines.The areas of strength were offset somewhat by a big increase in the country’s trade deficit, which subtracted 1.1 percentage points from growth, and a slowdown in business spending to restock their inventories, which trimmed growth by 0.7 percentage point.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, 13 representatives from Fishermen’s Association of Tamil Nadu, officials of Prime Minister’s Office, Coast Guard, Ministries of Agriculture, Home, Defence, External Affairs and the Indian Navy. “There was agreement amongst all stakeholders that practical and pragmatic solutions needed to be pursued so that fishermen on both sides can pursue their livelihood in a safe, secure and sustainable manner,” said the MEA spokesperson. (Colombo Gazette) “External Affairs Minister chaired a meeting of internal stakeholders earlier today afternoon to discuss the way forward towards a permanent solution to the fishermen issue between India and Sri Lanka,” MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup had said following the talks.“The discussions between stakeholders on the Indian side focussed on different aspects requiring attention, including the livelihood concerns of Indian fishermen and introduction of sustainable fishing practices,” said Swarup. He said all stakeholders agreed with Swaraj that it was important to resolve the issues quickly. Fishermen from coastal hamlets in Rameswaram will resume fishing operations on August 3 after a week long stir to press for various demands, including the release of 77 fishermen in Sri Lankan custody, as the island nation has set them free.A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of Fishermen’s associations in Rameswaram today, (Sunday) state Fishermen Association president N Devadoss said, the Press Trust of India reported The fishermen also thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for taking steps to secure the release of 77 fishermen and also her assurance to retrieve 103 boats which are still in the island nation’s custody. On July 29, Sushma Swaraj had held a high-level meeting with various stakeholders and deliberated on the different aspects of the fishermen issue with Sri Lanka.
Detective Inspector Amanda Sadler Local Labour MP John Woodcock who said that there was a “horrifying sense of covering ones back” called on the Government to ensure officers are sacked when they are guilty of gross misconduct. He added: “”This long suppressed report shows the scale of Cumbria police’s failings are even worse than we thought.”A second inquest has been ordered to take place in May after the first was held behind closed doors and took just seven minutes to declare her death “unexplained”. Speaking on behalf of Poppi’s mother, Fiona McGhie, expert civil liberties lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said she was “deeply and profoundly disappointed and distressed” that the actions of officers could have contributed to delays in her reaching the truth. Mr Forrester refused to comment when approached by the Daily Telegraph. Both officers were found to have a case to answer for gross misconduct but Mr Forrester retired aged 48 on a full pensions before he disciplinary actions could be taken. Mrs Sadler, a former Miss Great Britain beauty queen, was found guilty by her force and demoted to Sergeant. She has also since retired. Jerry Graham, the Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary last night admitted that the watchdog’s report”makes for uncomfortable reading”. But he insisted that changes had been made and officers and staff have been “properly trained and equipped” to conduct similar complex investigations. The circumstances surrounding the toddler’s sudden death in Barrow-in-Furness in December 2012 have long been shrouded in secrecy. Poppi Worthington’s grave The watchdog lays blame for the lack of evidence on Cumbria police, who on the first day allowed potentially crucial evidence to be thrown in the bin. Despite officers having alleged “intelligence” on Mr Worthington and the doctor who treated Poppi raising concerns that she had been sexually abused, it took senior officers seven months to launch a criminal investigation, risking the loss of evidence, and eight to arrest him. Mrs Sadler admitted she had suspected Mr Worthington from “day one”, but said that she “didn’t feel that I had enough experience myself to make any of those decisions on my own”, whilst Mr Forrester denied that he had failed to record it as a crime so that he did not have an unsolved crime on his record. Show more The IPCC concluded the report in March 2015 but it can only now be released as the Crown Prosecution Service have re-examined the evidence and concluded they have no “realistic prospect” of securing a conviction. Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester Poppi Worthington has been denied justice because of a litany of police failings including a senior officer not wanting to spend £20,000 on forensics and others taking the weekend off, a damning report has found. Despite the 13-month-old’s father, Paul Worthington, being a suspect “from day one” the “unstructured and disorganised” investigation means that there was no resolution to the case, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concluded.The report lays bare a blame culture in which the two senior officers, Detective Superintendent Mike Forrester and Detective Inspector Amanda Sadler, tried to pass responsibility for a serious of failings.A 2014 fact-finding judgement concluding her father had probably sexually assaulted her yet charges have never been brought as prosecutors say that there is not enough evidence. Mr Worthington denies any wrong doing. In the first explanation of the delays to be made public, Mrs Sadler gave evidence explaining it was a “real shame” that nothing was done between Poppi’s death and the initial post mortem five days later as “because it was a weekend and we were off”.Her position was criticised by the IPCC as it suggested that “had Poppi died on a different day then more actions may have been completed”. It was the first in a long line of delays, and Mr Forrester claimed that he could not do anything until the full post mortem concluded in June 2013 that Poppi had been sexually assaulted after doctors initially said she could have just been constipated. He blamed staff cuts which meant that they could not spend time taking statements which might not have been required, telling investigators that “an ideal world they would have obtained all the statements, but this is not an ideal world”. When questions were raised about the investigation Mr Forrester allegedly said he would use an email ordering him to take control two weeks after the death as a “a get out of jail card” to prove he was not initially involved. The IPCC concluded that there was “substantial evidence available to support the contention that the reason this case has still not reached a resolution more than two years on from the death of Poppi is because of the unstructured and disorganised approach taken by D/Supt Forrester and DI Sadler.” IPCC Commissioner Carl Gumsley described the inquiry as “not fit for purpose”. The report states: “D/Supt Forrester agreed that there were actions that could have been done quicker, he said he could have spent £20,000 sending everything off for forensic analysis, and they probably could have interviewed everybody in that period; however he also said to do that meant tying up resources when it was not known if there was any value in doing it.”Statements should be taken as soon as possible so that untainted accounts can be taken and witnesses do not forget information, the IPCC said as they noted that “not only were there suspicious circumstances, there was also a suspect on day one”. The IPCC also criticised his claim that e was investigating only the death and his role “wasn’t to investigate whether Poppi had been sexually abused, either at the point of death or prior to death”. The comments were cited as proof that the officers were focused on establishing that Poppi died of natural causes. Poppi Worthington with her father Paul Credit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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. It is part of the celebrations, picking out colourful gift wrap and decorating presents in curled ribbons. But one children’s science writer said we should stop wrapping party presents and give unwrapped gifts instead, in an attempt to be more eco friendly.Isabel Thomas, 39, even suggested parents could use socks as party bags to save waste. “We can start to change our birthdays and the data we celebrate things to try and cut down on plastic,” she said.“You probably wouldn’t mind too much if you got presents that were not wrapped. “Lots of wrapping paper isn’t actually recyclable.”We think of paper as really easy to recycle but if we take it and scrunch it up into a ball and it won’t stay scrunched up, then its not recyclable.“Stopping using balloons is also a great way to cut down on plastic, you can even make your own decorations from things you’ve found outside in nature.“It’s a cycle that goes on and on just because we are so polite to each other but we are forgetting the planet.”Speaking at the FT Oxford Literary Festival on Saturday afternoon, Thomas, who lives in Cambridge with get family, said she collects the plastic contents of her three sons’ party bags rather than throwing it all away to get an idea of how much plastic they are using. “We can absolutely use socks as party bags,” she added. “Definitely take that idea away, it’s fantastic.”The scientist and author of over 150 books for children and young people was promoting her latest publication This Book is Not Rubbish, which picks apart the effect of daily habits on the environment.She offers children tips on how they can be more eco friendly, such as suggesting they cut down on their meat consumption and only flush the loo when absolutely necessary.Drawing on her experiences running craft clubs in schools, Thomas added that some much-loved plastic materials should be stopped altogether.“Since researching plastic, I have made changes to the way I run workshops,” she said. “I used to do loads of crafts and use of things like plastic straws and googly eyes and didn’t think much about it.“Googly eyes aren’t even recyclable so the chain stops right there and projects often go straight in the bin. Now I don’t use them at all.”
Sherwood Copper reports that approximately 85.6% of Western Keltic’s issued and outstanding common shares were validly deposited to the offer of Sherwood for all of the outstanding common shares of Western Keltic by 5 PM (Toronto time) on February 11. Sherwood intends to issue Sherwood common shares in payment for the tendered Western Keltic common shares on or before February 14, 2008. It has also extended its offer to acquire all of the remaining Western Keltic shares for 0.08 of a common share of Sherwood for each Western Keltic Share to 5 PM (Toronto time) on February 21. This makes Sherwood the owner of two major copper projects.Sherwood has 100% ownership of the high-grade open pit Minto copper-gold mine located in the Yukon Territory of Canada. It acquired Minto in June 2005 and, in just two years from its acquisition, completed a bankable feasibility study, arranged project financing, and built a C$100 million open pit copper-gold mine. Commercial production commenced on October 1, 2007. In parallel with these development activities, Sherwood has been running a very successful exploration program that has resulted in multiple discoveries of high grade copper-gold mineralisation across its Minto mine property. A recent prefeasibility indicates how production at the project could be increased as a result of this exploration success. Sherwood plans to continue this “growth from within” strategy, along with further operational optimisations.Founded in 1992, Western Keltic Mines’ major asset is the 100% owned Kutcho project, located some 100 km east of Dease Lake in northwestern BC. Kutcho hosts a well defined and high grade copper-zinc deposits with a proven resource (measured and indicated) of 17.6 Mt. Full commercial production is targeted for 2010, making the Kutcho Project the next major copper-zinc producing mine in Canada.
We continue our efforts to take the profit out of crime and signal to those who would turn to the dark web for illicit activity that they have chosen the wrong path. These Bitcoins were forfeited not because they are Bitcoins, but because they were, as the court found, the proceeds of crimes.Silk Road, a black market site which allowed users to buy and sell illegal goods, used Bitcoins for trading as it allowed the buyers to remain anonymous.It was shut down in October when US authorities arrested and detained the alleged owner of the site Ross William Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts.The authorities said that as part of its action against Ulbricht, an additional 144,336 Bitcoins – worth over $130 million – were found on computer hardware belonging to him.Ulbreicht has filed a claim contesting the seizure, saying that since the Bitcoins were found on his personal computer, they belonged to him instead of Silk Road.Read: FBI shuts down site that sold $80m worth of drugs, hitmen services and other illegal items >Read: TD wants tougher controls of online currencies such as Bitcoin > THE HIDDEN ONLINE marketplace Silk Road has forfeited Bitcoins worth $28 million to the US government.Prosecutors had seized 29,655 Bitcoins from the Silk Road server, and announced the forfeiture of the Silk Road hidden website.In a statement, US prosecutor Preet Bharara said that it was treating Bitcoin like any other asset involved in criminal activity.
GARDAÍ IN TULLAMORE, Offaly are investigating a shooting incident at a business park near the Clara Road last night.At approximately 9.30pm a male in army fatigues and a balaclava entered a boxing gym and attempted to fire two shots at another man.The gun failed to discharge and the man made his escape in a car which was later found burned out about three miles away near Kilbride Cemetery.The man in the gym who was shot at sustained no injuries.Gardaí said the matter is now under investigation and appealed for anyone with information to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 9327600.Read: Man shot outside Dublin shopping centre>Read: Three arrested after good weather brings trouble to Portmarnock beach>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is due to continue talks with cabinet colleagues on Tuesday after they failed on Monday to agree on the details of the cuts that need to be made for the next two years to satisfy Greece’s lenders.Stournaras is looking for 11.5 billion euros in savings for 2013 and 2014 but was unable to hit this target following talks with several ministers. The finance minister is expected to finalize the details with department chiefs today before meeting Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who will hold talks with fellow coalition leaders, Evangelos Venizelos of PASOK and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left, tomorrow.Samaras is also due to meet some of the ministers on Tuesday in a bid to overcome resistance to some of the cuts to their department budgets.One of those who will meet with the premier is Interior Minister Evripidis Styliandis. He is concerned that funding for local authorities will be reduced further. Compared to 2009, central government funding for municipalities has been slashed by 62 percent. There are concerns within the ministry that more cuts could lead to basic services such as nursery schools being scrapped.Defense Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos saw Samaras yesterday, when the pair discussed the possibility of avoiding cuts to the so-called “special salaries” received by military personnel. The government is reluctant to reduce the above-average wages in the armed forces.Further savings must be found in the health sector, where Minister Andreas Lykourentzos presented plans for the merger of some organizations but the reduction of costs was well short of the target for his department. There is also pressure on Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis to produce 5 billion euros in savings, 3 billion from benefits and 2 billion from pensions.Stournaras is due to receive a report today by the Center of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE) that will outline where savings could come from. Kathimerini understands that among the proposals are to limit basic and supplementary pensions to a total of less than 2,400 euros per month, which will save 1.5 billion euros, after the drop in tax revenues is factored in. There are also plans to save 1.5 billion euros from general government spending, which includes stopping pensions for the orphaned, singled or divorced daughters of deceased judges and military officers, which would save 220 million euros, and reducing MPs pensions by 20 percent to save almost 6 million.
Recommended for you Grace Bay Beach #1 in Caribbean again at World Travel Awards Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Island Fish Fry earns Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor© Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Feb 2016 – Yet again, the Turks and Caicos secures the big prizes from all important vacationers who sound off at Trip Advisor. The travel website is known for fielding candid opinions on vacation experiences around the world, therefore it is a tremendous feat for the Turks and Caicos – more specifically, Grace Bay Beach in Provo to have secured not only the region’s #1 beach but the world’s #1 beach. The Traveller’s Choice prizes were Wednesday morning presented on the stunning Grace Bay Beach at the Palms Resort by Carol Johnson, Destination Sales Manager for Trip Advisor. Already the word of the fabulous prize for Grace Bay Beach is out as you can read the story posted at CNN, Fox News, the Daily Mail, the Evening Standard and of course at all Magnetic MediaTV.com. There is still some waiting to see if Providenciales will manage to hold onto the title of #1 Island in the world; Provo was second in the running in 2014 and in 2015, actually won the fantastic title. Daniel’s Café Awarded, Five Years a Trip Advisor Favorite on Middle Caicos Related Items:grace bay beach, traveller’s choice, tripadvisor
Harley-Davidson and the X Games aren’t exactly traditional bedfellows, but then again, these two concepts aren’t exactly traditional Harley-Davidsons.Following in the vein of the LiveWire electric motorcycle that’s set to hit the market in the near future, Harley-Davidson showed off two electric bike concepts at the X Games in Austin this week. The concepts also appeared at CES, but that show was hectic enough for everything to blend into background noise, so taking them to the X Games was a smart idea.The first is an urban scooter or pit bike of sorts, small enough to sneak around in tight places. The design is about as straightforward as possible, with just a few clean lines and splashes of orange. The ring up front hides the LED headlight, and the drop-down mirror on the side is a nice aesthetic touch.Enlarge ImageWhether or not you think it’s a Harley, it looks pretty darn fun. Harley-Davidson The second concept is an electric mountain bike. There are some clever nods to more traditional Harley-Davidson styling on the body, but there’s no mistaking this for what it is. Like the pit bike, the electric mountain bike tucks the battery into the frame in a way where it shouldn’t bother anybody.While Harley-Davidson didn’t give out any specifications for its bikes or batteries, it did say the battery itself is designed to be removable and hand-carried inside, where it can be charged using a special dock and any ol’ wall outlet that’s available.H-D is using these concepts to bring more attention to its future portfolio of electrified models. Whether these will become production models is unclear, but they’re still pretty neat. Thus far, the only production model that’s announced is the LiveWire, and it’s a pricey proposition at $29,799. In its release, though, Harley did promise that future electric models would carry prices as low as “a few thousand dollars.” More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments CES 2019: If you missed the show, come on and catch up.Harley-Davidson LiveWire: Here’s what we know so far. Harley-Davidson Concept Cars Electric Cars Motorcycles Juice up the outdoors with Harley-Davidson’s electric bike concepts 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 4 7 Photos
Varanasi, July 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a mega plantation drive in Uttar Pradesh by planting a sapling at a primary school in Varanasi. On his arrival, Modi unveiled a tall bronze statue of late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, outside the terminal building of the Varanasi airport. The plantation drive was launched at Harahua primary school in Anand Kanan forest on the Panch Kosi Marg where Lord Shiva was believed to have stayed with Parvati for some time. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A total of 27 lakh saplings and trees were being planted with the help of farmers and residents to increase the green cover in Varanasi. Five children who have been named as ‘Bal Vriksha Mitra’ also planted saplings. These children will be responsible for the upkeep of these saplings. The Yogi Adityanath government has planned reconstruction of this route at a cost of Rs 97 crore, while Rs 4 crore has already been spent on developing basic infrastructure. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state co-in charge Sunil Ojha said: “The party has pledged to make the mega plantation drive a grand success. The drive has to be launched in the entire district to ensure plantation of over 27 lakhs saplings, but the BJP is focusing on massive plantation along the Parikrama route where 60,000 saplings will be planted.” Advertise With Us Divisional Commissioner Deepak Agarwal said: “The mega plantation drive launched by the Prime Minister will continue till the end of September.” The Panch Kosi Parikrama road is a stretch of 25 ‘kos’ (about 78 km) area for circumambulation surrounding the city. It has five ‘padavs’ (halts) at Kandva, Bhimchandi, Rameshwar, Shivpur and Kapildhara. As per the Hindu calendar and tradition, Panch Kosi Yatra takes place every third year in Purushottam month and thousands of pilgrims participate in it. The state tourism department has already been directed to prepare a proposal for improving public convenience, food outlets and other facilities along the route on public, private partnership model. The Prime Minister was welcomed at the airport on his arrival by BJP working President J.P. Nadda, Adityanath, state BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey and other ministers.
Researchers have found the strongest evidence yet of a causal relationship between obesity and a wide range of serious conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and neurological, musculoskeletal and respiratory afflictions. The study, published in the journal Lancet Digital Health draws data from the UK Biobank to analyse associations between body mass index (BMI) and a range of disease outcomes in 337,536 people. “In this study we used a genetic approach to seek evidence for true health effects associated with higher body mass index, which assesses our weight against our height and is commonly used to measure obesity,” said Professor Elina Hypponen from the University of South Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPrevious research has suggested that high BMI is associated with increased risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, but due to the difficulty of conducting clinical trials related to obesity, it has been hard to prove causation. Hypponen and her team developed a multi-dimensional analysis in which genetic data was subjected to a suite of stringent examinations in order to deliver high confidence of causality. “We compared evidence from five different statistical approaches to establish how strong the evidence for causal effect actually is,” she said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Fully consistent evidence across all approaches was seen for 14 different diseases, and for 26 different diseases evidence was obtained by at least for four of the five methods used,” Hypponen said. “What increases the confidence that these associations are largely reflective of real effects is the fact that those effects which came across with consistent evidence are also ones for which we have previous clinical evidence,” he said. One key finding from the study was the extent to which it confirms existing concerns over the link between obesity and diabetes, with many of the diseases identified as related to high BMI known to be commonly associated with poorly controlled diabetes.”For example, we saw evidence for effects on peripheral nerve disorders, chronic leg and foot ulcers, and even gangrene and kidney failure, which are all known to be diabetic complications. “This suggests a key aspect to reduce comorbidity risk in obesity is careful monitoring of blood sugar and effective control of diabetes and its complications,” Hypponen said. The study also highlights importance of genetic research to further our understanding of the role genes play in obesity, and the insights it can provide for the future management and treatment of obesity. “There is an urgent need to find new approaches to manage and prevent obesity,” Hypponen said. “We know that obesity has a strong genetic basis, which can make weight management very difficult to some of us and the same strategies for prevention may also not work for all. “Genetic studies are giving us deeper insights into the biological pathways which drive obesity, and hopefully these types of studies will also provide us with new strategies for prevention,” she said.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H Jetset Travelworld Group chief executive Peter Lacaze has announced the appointment of Gary Elliott to the role of JTG Group General Manager Online.Mr Elliott, currently managing director of JTG-owned online travel company Best Flights will commence his new role in Sydney towards the end of the year and will be accompanied eastwards by Stella Travel Solutions project development manager Sue Naudin.As well as remaining responsible for the Best Flights business, Mr Elliott will lead the development of other online initiatives across the group.Commencing as general manager of Best Flights from 12 September 2011 will be former Air Tickets national manager Zoran Panzich, who for the past three years has worked in corporate travel management and wholesale. Eugenie Green has been appointed new financial controller at Best Flights, commencing in Perth on 5 September.
November 13, 2017 575 Views in Headlines, News Dinesh Chopra Joins Ally Financial Ally Financial Capital One Citigroup Dinesh Chopra HOUSING mortgage 2017-11-13 Rachel Williams Ally Financial Inc. (Ally), a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company, announced that Dinesh Chopra has joined the company as its new Chief Strategy Officer. In his newly-created role Chopra will lead Ally’s Corporate Strategy team, fostering growth and defining the elements of Ally’s future strategic plan.Chopra joins Ally from Citigroup where he served as global head of Strategy, Retail Bank, Mortgage, and Fintech & Digital Payments responsible for leading strategic planning and improving performance for the related lines of business. While at Citigroup, he oversaw many transformation efforts, most notably developing and executing a three-year strategic plan that helped turnaround performance of the group’s U.S. retail banking business. Prior to Citi, he held leadership positions in strategy and banking at Capital One and McKinsey & Company.”I am confident Dinesh’s experience and skills are a great match for Ally as we continue to grow our business and differentiate our industry-leading products and services,” said Jeffrey Brown, CEO of Ally. “Adding a CSO to our leadership team will enable us to better evolve our business so that we keep a leading edge in the marketplace as we grow, while also maintaining our keen focus on innovation and a great customer experience.””Over the last several years I have followed Ally closely and have been impressed with the firm’s growth as a financial innovator,” said Chopra. “In this new role I have an incredible opportunity to work with the leadership team to push Ally’s diversification strategy forward and support our mission of providing digital solutions and services that enable our customers to achieve financial well-being.”Chopra holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management; a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY; and a bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India. He will be based in Charlotte. Share
Go back to the e-newsletterAccorHotels and Brigade Group, Bangalore have announced the opening of Grand Mercure Mysuru in South India’s popular growing tourist destination, Mysuru. Set in the historical city’s heartland, north of the majestic Mysore Palace, the hotel boasts 146 contemporary rooms and suites. The Grand Mercure Mysuru is located on the legendary New Sayaji Rao Road that witnesses the world-famous Dasara procession. The hotel features a viewing gallery on the sixth floor that overlooks the Dasara processional pathway, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive view of the magnificent festivities, the city is globally renowned for.Guests can enjoy and experience the strong local connection of Mysuru and Karnataka’s culture and heritage. The vibrant interior décor gives one a taste of the celebrated Royalty of Mysuru with contemporary style. The chandeliers displayed exude a holistic and soulful concept of ‘bringing stories to life’ at the hotel. The philosophy of embracing the local culture and traditions is further reflected in the names of the hotel’s restaurants, delicatessen, meeting rooms and banqueting facilities.Inspired by Mysuru’s rich culinary legacy, guests can feast on an extensive selection of cuisines at the hotel’s four restaurants and bar. Deli Shop, a delicatessen at the lobby, serves the finest bakery and confectionery creations by talented chefs paired with an array of Indian coffees. La Uppu, a 24-hour multi-cuisine restaurant with an option of indoor and alfresco seating, serves an eclectic mix of global cuisine and local delicacies. Silk Bar, by its name narrates a story of the famous silk in Mysuru and serves a mix of single malts, cocktails, mocktails, spirits and wines. By the blue, the rooftop restaurant which overlooks the pool, serves North Indian gourmet dishes.The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness centre, a terrace pool, kids play area and a spa to rejuvenate the mind and body.To celebrate the opening, the hotel is offering a Deluxe rooms stay with breakfast for two, inclusive of a choice selection of main meal from INR 7250 per night. This offer is valid from now until 30 June, 2016. The rate for a Standard Room starts from INR 6000.Go back to the e-newsletter
by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2017 9:07 am PDT Last Updated Dec 20, 2017 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This image released by A24 Films shows Saoirse Ronan, left, and Laurie Metcalf in a scene from “Lady Bird.” The 62-year-old Metcalf has already gotten supporting actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes and the Independent Spirit Awards. She says she’s flattered by the attention, which she also calls surreal. And on January 23, she might add the coveted Oscar nomination to her resume too. (Merie Wallace/A24 via AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Laurie Metcalf has won three Emmys and a Tony Award in her nearly 40-year year career, but the veteran stage and screen actress still feels uncomfortable in front of a camera.“Even after all those years on ‘Roseanne,’ I have a real fear of cameras. They make me inhibited,” Metcalf, 62, said on a recent afternoon in Los Angeles. “I think ‘Why don’t I know where to put my hands?’ All of a sudden the spotlight is right on you and every pore on your face in high definition and you think, ‘Oh this is all I can think about.’ I can’t just turn it off. You’d think after all these years I’d be used to it!”Metcalf has figured out ways to work around the phobia, but this year she’s also found herself even more out of her element with the nominations and awards attention being given to her work in “Lady Bird.” Not only is it her first film in a decade, but it’s the first time she’s had a serious shot at getting an Oscar nomination (she’s already gotten supporting actress nods from the Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards).In the film, Metcalf plays the mother, Marion, to a 17-year-old girl, Christine (Saoirse Ronan), who has begun systematically rejecting everything her mother has given her — from her hair (which she has died pink) to her name (she demands that everyone call her Lady Bird). Marion, meanwhile, under stresses from work and a general dissatisfaction with how their lives have turned out, is trying (sometimes poorly) to navigate this moment of teenage selfishness and motivate her daughter.The story is loosely based on writer and director Greta Gerwig’s own life growing up in Sacramento. And much like real life, a single scene can turn on a dime. For a moment, Lady Bird and Marion are connecting and all of a sudden they’re fighting again, or vice versa.“They’re misinterpreting each other. They’re looking for buttons to push. They’re passive aggressive,” Metcalf said. “We know that Marion and Lady Bird have a strong relationship, but it’s just dysfunctional at this particular moment that we’re watching. But it hasn’t always been like that and they’ll grow out of it.”Metcalf laughs that she still feels like she hasn’t had that much experience in film and says she relied on others to “steer” her through the movie. And yet one of her most memorable scenes in the film is one where she is entirely alone, circling the Sacramento airport and having an emotional change of heart during the loop.It’s the kind of scene that looms on a production schedule for an actor.“Greta said she wanted to do it in one take and that scared me,” Metcalf said. “I thought ‘I’ve driven around this airport and that’s a long way. I don’t know if I can be interesting for that long!’”The execution was a complicated dance of both trying to physically drive while only being able to see out of a sliver of windshield with the camera set-up obstructing most of the view, and also being able to go through the emotional trajectory necessary (i.e. at this turn, the anger sets in, but by this sign you’re deciding to get back and feeling hopeful and oh, don’t forget to put the car in park before you jump out). And it’s one that pays off beautifully.The indie has earned $26.3 million in its nearly seven weeks in theatres as it continues to expand across the country.While Metcalf might have some impostor syndrome with her recent success in film, her co-star Ronan is only in awe.“Everything she does is groundbreaking. People talk about her performances the way they talk about Meryl Streep. And Laurie has always been attracted to good work. You can tell she’s never done it to get more exposure, she’s never done it for any other reason than she wants to do good work,” Ronan said. “She enriches everything that she’s in because she’s genuinely in it. I just think she’s magic.”Metcalf only met Gerwig’s mother during the last two weeks of filming — far too late to inform any character choices. But it was revelatory in its own way.“I saw her mother watching her daughter as the director of this movie happening in her hometown. I saw a really strong relationship and I could imagine the parallels,” Metcalf said. “I was able to see, ‘Oh that’s where we’re headed. Look at Greta and her mom standing in the parking lot. Things will be fine.’”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr Laurie Metcalf gets her first Oscars shot with ‘Lady Bird’
At 72, Neil Young feels a sense of urgency.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member has a new, and joyfully perplexing, pseudo-Western film “Paradox” written and directed by actress and girlfriend Daryl Hannah coming out on Netflix next week. He’s releasing a movie soundtrack on the same day. And next month, he’s digging into his vast archives to put out “Roxy – Tonight’s the Night Live,” a collection of songs played live from the opening week of the famed Los Angeles club in 1973.And if that’s not enough, Young continues to move ahead with his vision to make his online musical archives the definitive repository of everything — previously released or otherwise — that he’s ever recorded.“I like to get it out there so I’m alive to see how people like it,” Young said in a telephone interview Thursday from Austin, Texas, where he is attending the South by Southwest music festival. “What the (expletive)? Why not?”Young unveiled his new archival website in December, making all of his officially released recordings available to stream in the highest audio quality possible — a passion of his — for free.In what has been a tantalizing tease for devoted Young fans, there were also inaccessible links to unreleased albums like “Homegrown” from 1974, “Chrome Dreams” from 1976 and “Toast” from 2001 along with various live recordings from throughout his 55-year career.Young said he has 12 to 14 unreleased records he made between the late 1960s and 2012 that he wants to get out soon. The 1973 Roxy concert highlights is next in April and he said two more vault releases are planned for later this year.“When I made these records, I made them so fast that I couldn’t put them all out,” he said. “I finished one and I’d go on to the next one. That’s just the way it was at that time. I was very productive and going through a lot. I put out what I was most interested in at the time.”Young remains productive, with “Paradox” and its soundtrack coming out next week.“Paradox” features Young as “The Man in the Black Hat,” Willie Nelson as “Red” and his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson — members of the band Promise of the Real — as “Jailtime” and the “Particle Kid.” It was premiering Thursday night at the South by Southwest Festival and will have a limited theatrical release in addition to being available on Netflix on March 23.Billed as a “fantasy, a loud poem and a free-spirited tale of music and love,” the film begins sometime in the “future-past” with Willie Nelson proclaiming that “time is fluid.” It follows Young and a band of outlaws in the mountains as they scavenge for treasure that includes computer keyboards, cameras and cellphones.It was filmed in Colorado while Young and his band were getting used to the 10,000-foot altitude before performing at the Desert Trip festival in 2016.In the film, Young’s band plays his song “Peace Trail” as listeners float in the air. In another scene, Young strums a ukulele as Hannah floats behind him, tied to Young’s waist by a rope.“When you’re in the music, sometimes you float away in your mind,” Young said. “It’s just another representation of the effect of art and music on people.”Hannah, who wrote the film and is making her directorial debut, said it was all very spontaneous and not meant to be taken too seriously. Hannah described it as a “homespun project” and said she was surprised when Netflix expressed interest.“It’s not really their sort of thing,” she said, adding that Netflix typically goes for more polished productions and not “spitball movies people make for themselves.”“That’s my biggest concern that people will be expecting a normal movie or a rock and roll documentary and they’ll be like, ‘What the heck?’” Hannah said. “I hope that they take it in the lighthearted spirit it was intended and turn it up so they can hear the music.”Young said he didn’t know what people would think of “Paradox,” but he stands by it.“It’s a little surreal but it’s playful and loving, no violence, no hatred,” Young said. “It’s a great palate cleanser.”___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbauerAP This cover image released by Reprise Records shows “Paradox,” a release by Neil Young + Promise of the Real. The album will be released on March 23, in conjunction with the premiere of the Netflix film of the same name. (Reprise Records via AP) Neil Young feels urgency to release archival material by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2018 11:43 am PDT Last Updated Mar 15, 2018 at 3:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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