Video editors and compositors will geek out on this impressive visual effects breakdown for the blockbuster film The Wolf of Wall Street.If you’re anything like us, you’re a sucker for visual effects breakdowns. It’s always interesting to see how they pull off ‘movie magic’…and this recent breakdown for Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street doesn’t disappoint.In the VFX breakdown video below, NYC’s Brainstorm Digital shows off the work they did on the film. It’s not a film touted for it’s special effects, so you may be surprised to see some of the detailed compositing work that went into it. Be sure to stick around for the last shot – a jailhouse scene that was completely built in post.At 3:00 minutes, this VFX breakdown is a worthwhile watch for anyone interested in filmmaking or special effects.Have you seen any other good VFX breakdowns?What did you think of Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street?Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Sri Lanka and New Zealand would be the first two nations to experience the effects of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rule changes.The new ICC rules that were approved on Monday will come into effect when Sri Lanka host New Zealand in a Twenty20 International on Tuesday in Pallekele. The ICC has made several important changes to the playing conditions in all three forms of cricket, including amendments to Powerplays, Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS or DRS), no-balls and bouncers among others. The recommendations were made by the ICC’s cricket committee in June and endorsed by its chief executives committee later that month. An official statement from the ICC came late on Monday confirming the changes.Other important changes include amendment to the LBW (leg before wicket) protocols with the margin of uncertainty applicable to point of impact with the pad increased. Besides, henceforth the TV umpire would check for no-balls after every dismissal and advise the on-field umpires.In Test cricket, the participating countries can now decide whether to play a day-night Test match, with the competing boards deciding not only on the hours of play but also the specifics of the ball used. The teams can also change lunch and tea intervals to 30 minutes each with the ICC’s approval.In One Day Internationals (ODI), a maximum of two bouncers would be allowed per over, with blocks of Powerplays reduced from three to two.
Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.The civil services examination will be held as per schedule on August 24, the Indian government declared on Thursday in Parliament, while saying that consultations will be held with various parties and stakeholders on the matter after the current session.”As for this year, there is no scope for postponement of (UPSC preliminary) examination,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said as opposition created uproar in Rajya Sabha demanding an all-party meeting immediately.Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.Naidu said the UPSC issue requires “deep” study and discussion with political parties and other stakeholders as there are both sides of the argument about the CSAT in UPSC.”…after the session, government is ready to discuss it with all” to reach a consensus, he said, adding the government has taken a correct decision in this regard and minds of students should not be disturbed.As members insisted for all-party meeting before August 24, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said there is already a view among many members that it will not be possible to find a solution to the issue immediately.”An all-party meeting has to take place to discuss wider reforms. We will inform about the date later on,” he said.Earlier, government had announced marks of English will not be included for gradation or merit in UPSC exam.As soon as the House met for the day, opposition parties including SP and BSP raised the issue and demanded that government should immediately call an all-party meeting to resolve the matter as it affects lakhs of students.advertisementIn the Lok Sabha, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai made a strong plea that the UPSC exam should be conducted in all regional languages to provide level-playing field to students from all over the country.
Los Angeles, Sep 20 (PTI) An original stormtrooper helmet used in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” is set to be auctioned in London. It is one of only a few known to exist in private hands and is expected to sell for USD 90,000 at Prop Stores Entertainment Memorabilia Auction, on September 23, reported TheWrap. “The stormtrooper is one of the quintessential costumes of the Star Wars films. The menacing helmet instantly said so much about the world George Lucas had created. “Today it may be one of the most recognised designs in film history. To own an original helmet is perhaps the ultimate Star Wars collectible,” Brandon Alinger, Prop Store COO, said. Over 450 iconic lots from over 150 films and television shows will be sold at the auction, which will be live-streamed on the stores website for fans to place bids on auction day. Though the films have been popular since the original “Star Wars” was released in 1977, the franchise has been even more present on the pop culture landscape thanks to the upcoming release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on December 18, 2015. PTI JUR PSH
Seventh seeds Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski made their way into the semi-finals of the mixed doubles at the French Open thanks to a straight sets victory over Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig on Monday.Bopanna and his Canadian partner Dabrowski registered a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Indo-Croatian duo of Sania and Dodig in less than an hour at Roland Garros.On Sunday, Mirza and Dodig booked their place in the last-eight after sweeping aside New Zealand’s Artem Sitak and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4 in a one-sided second round contest.Sania’s campaign at Roland Garros came to an end with this defeat. Sania and her Kazakhstani partner Yaroslava Shvedova were earlier knocked out of the women’s double event after they suffered a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 2-6 loss against Russian pair of Daria Gavrilova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round.Meanwhile, Bopanna and Dabrowski registered a 6-3, 6-2 win over the French duo Chloe Paquet and Benoit Paire to storm into the quarter-finals.Bopanna however, was knocked out of the men’s doubles event after he and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas suffered a 6-7, 2-6 defeat against the Brazilian-British team of Bruno Soares and Jamie Murray.
Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has declined to play a role in Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign, saying he is disillusioned with the general state of the sport in the island nation.”I was (invited) but I have several other commitments. More than that, I didn’t understand the role I am expected to play,” Jayawardene was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as telling to the Sunday Times.”There’s no point in me getting involved tactically, or whatever, if I don’t have a say in the whole structure. The team is selected and everything is done and dusted. There is no room for me to come in and add something.”I am still happy to contribute in my little way with the management of the team, but nothing to do with the SLC. That’s something I have told myself as well. I just don’t have the appetite to come and work for anybody when I know that it’s not the right place for me.”Previously, Jayawardene submitted plans to overhaul Sri Lanka’s domestic cricket sructure but all went in vain.Last year, a committee featuring Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Aravinda de Silva had also submitted a report on Sri Lankan cricket, only to be ignored.”We created a professional cricketing structure spending eight months,” he said. “We offered to set it up for them but they rejected it. We did it because we don’t want to lose our cricketers going to Australia and to league cricket in England. We need those experienced players in our system.advertisement”There are some teams in our first class system where the average age is 25, which is sad. When we played, we had so many senior cricketers to guide us. Without them in our system, we cannot build a strong domestic cricket structure. And without doing that, there’s no point in building stadiums.”Jayawardene also came down heavily on the leadership of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, saying some of their decisions were responsible for the chopping in changing in captaincy.Since Jayawardene retired in 2015 and Mathews took over, Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Chamara Kapugedara and – most-recently – Dimuth Karunaratne have held the reins.”The only advice (Kumar and I) gave Angelo was not to give in to cricket politics,” Jayawardene said.”He needs to be a stronger leader, to be with the players and do the right thing. But he gave in to cricket politics. He allowed other people to make decisions and did not stand up for his players. I am being honest. I have told him this as well and he accepts it. If he hadn’t give in, we would probably not be in this situation today. Even if I see him today, that’s the only complaint I will have against him.”The number one rule in Sri Lanka is, if you are the captain, lead by example and do not allow any outsiders coming into that setup. That’s the only way we ran the show and survived. It was unfortunate and it was not easy, either.”You need to deal with a lot of unwanted elements. But if you are a strong character, that’s something you have to do. I have nothing against him. He is a brilliant cricketer and a wonderful person but he did not handle this situation well. He should be the one who is leading this team at the World Cup. He had to give up because it was too much for him. But it was his fault.”I think (Chandimal) was another victim of cricket politics. In the sense, he was another player like Angelo Mathews who was snared to elements behind the scene and went along with them rather than taking control of the team and being a strong leader,” he added.Also Read | Unfancied Sri Lanka head to World Cup 2019 with hope for miracleAlso Watch:
Rassie van der Dussen, the man who replaced AB de Villiers in South Africa’s World Cup squad, is not surprised that the legend wanted to come out of retirement for the ongoing big event but feels the swashbuckler should have handled things better.Middle-order batsman der Dussen has appeared in 13 ODIs since making his debut in January this year.The selectors saw him as a replacement for de Villiers, who retired in May last year but expressed a desire to come back on the eve of South Africa’s World Cup squad announcement in April.That request was turned down by Cricket South Africa, which had “pleaded” with him to not retire last year but didn’t get the desired response at that time.”It’s not necessarily the best question to ask to me because I am involved in it but had he not retired it definitely would have influenced me directly,” der Dussen was quoted as saying by ‘ESPNCricinfo’.”But you can’t, on the day before the announcement and a team that’s been working for something for a year and even longer than a year, come and say, ‘I want to make a comeback now’.”Van der Dussen has scores of 50, 41 and 22 in the World Cup so far.”I am not saying he was wrong or he was right; so don’t misquote me. But it would have set a difficult precedent – not necessarily a wrong one because it’s still AB, he is still one of the best players in the world – I just think it was handled maybe not in the correct way from his side,” he said.advertisement”I wasn’t surprised that he would want to make a comeback on the world’s biggest stage. That’s the thing all the biggest players in sport have in common. They want to perform when the pressure is on and when the stage is at its biggest,” he added.Van der Dussen said de Villiers got his chances and should have taken it earlier.”As I believe it, Ottis (Gibson, the head coach) and Faf (du Plessis, the captain) gave him opportunities to, say, ‘Let’s manage your workload going into the World Cup because we want you to play a World Cup’.”He had a fair chance to manage that and he said no and that he is happy to retire and that’s fair enough. And Faf accepted it, Ottis accepted it and they stood by it,” van der Dussen said.Asked if the media frenzy that followed the revelation of de Villiers comeback bid, affected him, van der Dussen said it didn’t.”In terms of did it affect me? No. I am quite happy to be mentioned in the same sentence as AB. He is obviously one of the best there has ever been,” van der Dussen said.”So do I have to replace him? I don’t feel I have to. Can I play match-winning innings for my country? I believe I can. Is that what he did? Yes, he did. It didn’t have as big an effect as I think people would like to believe it had,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Injured Shikhar Dhawan hits the gym as India await his comebackAlso Read | England vs West Indies Live Streaming: When, Where, How to Watch World Cup 2019 Match on Live TV and Online CoverageAlso See
Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles: I’ve learnt plenty from Ljungbergby Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has praised Freddie Ljungberg for helping improve his game.The former Gunners winger was promoted from U23 boss to assistant first-team coach this season.”There’s quite a few things [I have learnt from Ljungberg] really,” he said. “He knows me as a winger, so attacking-wise he’s helped my game a lot. Defensively, I go to someone else to help me because they’re two different styles that I have to play.”Him personally, he’s pulled me to the side a lot and has shown me different techniques and ways of beating players, ways of crossing the ball and shooting.”It’s helping me and I’m happy to have him around because he’s such a big figure in the team.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Asian News International LeedsJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 11:28 IST World Cup 2019: India take on New Zealand in the 1st semi-final on TuesdayHIGHLIGHTSIndia will take on New Zealand in World Cup 2019 semi-finals on TuesdayBangar dismissed concerns around India’s middle-orderBangar said Rohit Sharma helping KL Rahul at the top is a big positive for IndiaAfter the end of group stage matches in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, India are all set to face New Zealand in the semi-finals. India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said that the team knows what the Kiwis are exactly capable of.”It’s not too long ago that we played a series against them (New Zealand). We know what they are capable of, we know their strengths. We’ll be keeping an eye on that. We’ll just take it how it comes,” Bangar told reporters after the India-Sri Lanka match.In the match between India and Sri Lanka, openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul both scored centuries to help the Men in Blue script an easy seven-wicket win. When asked about the middle order’s consistency, Bangar said there is nothing to be worried about. He opined that as long as the job is getting done, the team is fine.”I do not think so because whoever has got to bat, hasn’t got to bat for too long. Apart from that, Hardik has done a role, Mahi has done a role. They all are in good form and such sort of scenarios have been happening quite regularly. As long as we spring good performances, we will be good,” he said.Rohit helping KL Rahul along the way: Sanjay BangarBangar also lauded Sharma for his consistency. Sharma became the first player in World Cup history to record five centuries in a single edition of the tournament. The right-handed batsman is now also the leading run-scorer in the ongoing tournament with 647 runs.advertisement”The secret behind his (Sharma) great progress in ODI format is that he understands his game really well. He follows his basics. All credit to him for maintaining the consistency. He’s also helping KL Rahul along the way, and from the team point of view, it is very important,” he added.Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah took 3 wickets against Sri Lanka to restrict them to just 265/7 in the allotted fifty overs. Bumrah now has 15 wickets in the tournament. The pacer said that the team has had a good campaign so far.Bumrah opined that accuracy and clear execution will take any bowler to great heights. He said that these two bowling essentials will help everywhere.”You cannot look at it like that. Everybody has got a good round over here. It’s a good campaign for us with both ball and bat. Everyone has chipped in whenever the team required,” Bumrah told reporters.”I think the only thing that works is the accuracy and clear execution. If you have that, it will help you everywhere. Everybody is taking a lot of responsibility and when you take responsibility, you will always try harder,” he added.India finished the group stage at the top of the table as they won their match against Sri Lanka and Australia lost their match against South Africa by 10 runs.The Men in Blue have 15 points from nine games and the team will face New Zealand in the semi-final on July 9.Also Read | Rohit Sharma at candid best after journalist asks him about MS Dhoni birthday plansAlso Read | Not thinking about records: Rohit Sharma after smashing 5 hundreds in World Cup 2019Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow India cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow New ZealandFollow Rohit SharmaFollow KL RahulFollow MS Dhoni Next World Cup 2019 semi-finals: India know what New Zealand are capable of, says Sanjay BangarICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India batting coach Sanjay Bangar said India are well aware of New Zealand’s strengths and weaknesses, considering they had played the Black Caps in an ODI series earlier this year. advertisement
The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Video Round Up is a new series highlighting videos and multimedia content that caught our eyes. Getting stoked on travel, good food, and extreme sports is best when shared with friends, so we’ll be posting a bi-weekly series on our favorite videos we find from every corner of the web. Have a tip or some awesome footage? Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.orgSalomon Freeski TV Season 9 TrailerEvery season Salomon puts together a crazy team of athletes and filmmakers to chase deep snow in epic locations around the world. This year, while filming far afield in places like Svalbard, Norway, Chamonix, France, and Bella Coola, British Columbia, they have outdone themselves. Stay tuned as they launch new episodes, and more importantly, cross your fingers for deep snow.God, Homeland, KingIn this short opener to Lonely Planet’s Pathfinder series in Morocco, we’re treated to some gorgeous visuals of the Atlas Mountains, village markets in Tanaghmeilt, as well as the Cascades d’Ouzoud waterfall. If this doesn’t inspire you to start looking up tickets for the Marrakesh Express, we don’t know what will.Nau’s Story of Recycled Down, Episode 1: DesignNau is committed to sustainability in their entire line, so it should come as no surprise that this year their designers figured out a way to recycle used goose down. Using a cleaning process, they are able to restore the loft of each piece of apparel to a like new condition. We’ll be following this series on their Fall/Winter 2015 line closely as they role out more transparency initiatives for the environmentally conscious consumer.Robbie Maddison’s Pipedream POV EditIf you haven’t seen the full video for Robbie Maddison and DC’s project Pipe Dream, stop what you’re doing and watch it right now. Not every many people are crazy enough to even think of “surfing” on a motocross bike, and even fewer athletes who can pull it off. We spotted this little behind the scenes look put together from Robbie’s helmet and on board cameras, while doing some research on our new Sony Action Cam. We doubt we’ll ever film anything quite this epic, but expect a full review of this powerful little camera soon.The Program Movie TrailerThe rise and fall of Lance Armstrong is alternatively a heroic effort and a soap opera. Far from casting the fabled Tour de France winner as a benevolent Titan, The Program looks like an much more brutally honest account of the rampant doping in cycling in the last two decades. No word on a US release date, but you can bet we’ll be there on opening night when it does come out. 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
zoom German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has held a keel laying for Norwegian Cruise Line’s latest newbuilding, the Norwegian Bliss, at the yard’s facility in Papenburg, Germany. During the ceremony, one of the keel blocks of the 167,800 gross ton vessel was lifted into the covered building hall, signifying a major milestone in the ship’s construction.Norwegian Bliss is due for delivery in April 2018 and will be the first cruise ship custom built with features and amenities for the Alaska cruise experience, the cruise line said. “We are overjoyed to celebrate the keel laying of Norwegian Bliss, our sixteenth ship and sure to be our most innovative ship to date,” Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line’s president and Chief Executive Officer, said.The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss will accommodate 4,000 guests and will be the 12th ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet to be built by Meyer Werft.During its inaugural summer 2018 season, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from the recently expanded Pier 66 Cruise Terminal in Seattle. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.
Marvel Studios’ hired Canadian Monique Ganderton as its first female stunt co-ordinator. She worked on Avengers: Infinity War. (Kim Brunhuber/CBC) Among the hundreds of men who work as stunt co-ordinators on feature films in Hollywood, Monique Ganderton says she only knows ” a handful of women” who do the job.“It’s definitely an industry that’s taking some time,” she told CBC News. “I’m still trying to figure out why.”Ganderton, who worked on Avengers: Infinity War, is Marvel Studios’ first-ever female stunt co-ordinator for a feature film. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Born in Edmonton, she started as a model, moved into acting and eventually got into stunt work, doubling for Daryl Hannah, Leelee Sobieski and Famke Janssen, among other actors. She spent 18 years in the field before the Avengers opportunity came along.Meticulous collaboration“A film of this size, it was mostly about us meeting and laying it all out,” she said about the planning process at the world premiere of Avengers: Infinity War in Los Angeles earlier this week. “What are we going to need for this movie? Who are we going to need?”The highly anticipated blockbuster, 10 years in the making, is one of the most expensive ever made. Its co-director, Joe Russo, told CBC News the budget was more than $300 million. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter
OVO FEST TICKETS COST UP TO $10,000 EACH ON TICKETMASTER & PEOPLE ARE PISSEDTickets for Drake’s highly anticipated OVO Fest went on sale this Friday and they’re not cheap. The Raptors global ambassador had announced the festival’s lineup this Thursday. However, based on the current prices of OVO Fest 2019 tickets, it looks you’ll have to pay an arm and a leg to get in.According to Ticketmaster.ca, lawn tickets for the festival’s August 5th date, which Drake himself will be headlining, are going for as much as $800 each – and those are the cheap seats. The most expensive tickets available, which seat you in Section 201 Row A, are going for as much $10,000 CAD. Yup, you read that right – you could literally buy a car for the price of prime seating at this year’s festival. READ MORETICKETS TO THIS YEAR’S OVO FEST ARE RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVESay what you will about this year’s decidedly, um, “vintage” lineup: Drake’s OVO Fest remains the hottest ticket in town — and unless you’ve already scored a seat (or have thousands of dollars to spare), your chances of getting in are slim.Is this a glitch? #OVOFest pic.twitter.com/5RKP9NSFqB— Stefflon Don @ Rebel July19th (@EnergyKidd) July 12, 2019 Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Tickets for the ninth annual OVO Fest went on sale this morning at 10 a.m., just one day after Drizzy himself officially announced the return of his headline-making concert series after a year-long hiatus. READ MORE HIGH TICKET PRICES FOR OVO FEST LEAVE FANS SHOCKEDIf you were hoping to get tickets to Drake’s two-day OVO fest this year, be prepared to shell out a lot of cash.Tickets for the ninth OVO fest officially went on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday morning.To attend the August 5 show at Budweiser stage — which has only Drake on the bill — will set you back $800 to $1,000 for general admission. To actually get a seat, it will cost you around $2,500.Many angry fans have taken to Twitter to express their frustration. READ MOREOVO FEST TICKET PRICES AREN’T CHEAP, AND DRAKE FANS AREN’T AMUSEDOVO Fest has run annually in Toronto since 2010, but did not take place in 2018, which left many Drake fans concerned about the festival’s future.Fortunately for them, the 6 God confirmed its return last month during the 2 million-people-strong Toronto Raptors’ victory parade.The result? A massive amount of buzz across the country. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement Vancouver Islanders hoping to get their big break in the local film industry may want to check out a job fair in Victoria on Wednesday.The Jobs Canada Fair, held July 17 at the Parkside Hotel, will feature dozens of exhibitors including the Vancouver Island South Film and Media Commission.While the commission doesn’t hire directly for local film shoots, it does keep a database of trained film professionals. The databuse is used to help land film jobs for people with transferable skills like construction, hair and makeup and accounting. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “We’ve been working hard to build the infrastructure for our film industry on the South Island and part of that is building our local crew base,” said VISFMC administrative coordinator Andrea Rogers.Having crew ready to work means that the South Island is more attractive for film productions, as it’s cheaper to hire locally than to bring over workers, Rogers said. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook The ‘We Love Film Too’ campaign launched Wednesday at the B.C. legislature, Jul 10, 2019. (CTV Vancouver Island)
25 January 2012The latest round of United Nations-facilitated talks between the leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities aimed at the reunification of Cyprus have ended in New York after “robust and intensive” discussions, Secretary-Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for a decisive move to reach a final agreement. Mr. Ban, who attended the talks between Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, on Monday and Tuesday, said “limited progress” was achieved during the meeting. He also reminded both parties that the process is Cypriot-owned and Cypriot-led. “The UN is not here to impose solutions upon the sides,” Mr. Ban told reporters at UN Headquarters, adding that the two sides had come to the meeting to make an effort to resolve the main challenges in the process – the issues of the election of the executive, property and citizenship. “In terms of next steps, I have proposed that the sides complete the exchange of data on property within the next two weeks to which they agreed,” said Mr. Ban, whose Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, will brief the Security Council later today on the talks. “I will be providing a report to the Security Council on the status of the negotiations at the end of February [and] at the end of March I will seek a review of the process from my Special Adviser. “If his report is positive, consistent with relevant Security Council resolutions and following consultations with the two sides, I intend to call a multilateral conference in late April or early May,” said the Secretary-General. He stressed that, at this stage of the talks, even maintaining the momentum and continuing negotiations in an intensive manner is not sufficient. “I have urged the leaders to make decisive steps to move to a final agreement,” he added. “The United Nations remains convinced that it is in the interest of all Cypriots to reach a durable settlement,” he said.
Sálvano Briceño, Director of the secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), welcomed the fact that the final communiqué of last week’s G8 Summit of industrialized nations spoke of the need to reinforce such measures, noting that it was the first time that the G8 had mentioned the issue.He urged governments to implement the “Hyogo Framework for Action: 2005-2015,” adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan, in January, which calls for putting disaster risk at the centre of national policies, strengthening the capacity of disaster-prone countries to address risk, and investing heavily in disaster preparedness.Many countries implemented the international strategy and a good example was Cuba where Hurricane Dennis had hit strongly right in the middle and would have caused many more victims if the country had not been well prepared, he said. There were also no victims in the United States because of the preparations, he added. The damage from Hurricane Dennis has already been witnessed and it is clear that it is going to be a heavy hurricane season, Mr. Briceño warned.Elizabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Dennis had devastated some 600 kilometres of Cuban territory. The official figure of persons killed in Cuba was 10, but if the hurricane, which affected some 8 million people out of the total population of 11.1 million, had hit a country which was less prepared, there could have been thousands of fatalities, she added.OCHA has released $50,000 for emergency response coordination and the purchase of relief items in Cuba.In June, Caribbean countries held a regional workshop in Cuba to plan a strategy for this year’s hurricane season. UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland attended the meeting and said his office in partnership with ISDR and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) was planning to establish a regional centre in Panama to help countries become more prepared for natural disasters.”We cannot prevent hurricanes,” he said then, “but we know when and where they will hit and can send experts to work with national authorities before they hit.”
by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2015 2:47 am MDT Last Updated Oct 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Sept. 25, 2015 photo newly appointed Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller speaks during a press statement after a meeting of Volkswagen’s supervisory board in Wolfsburg, Germany. Germany’s motor transport agency is ordering a mandatory recall of Volkswagen cars sold with software that enabled them to evade diesel emissions testing, as it was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Mueller has said a recall could start in January and be completed by the end of next year in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) German orders mandatory recall over VW emissions scandal, affecting 8.5M cars in Europe BERLIN – German authorities on Thursday ordered a recall of all Volkswagen cars fitted with emissions test-cheating software, a decision that will affect 8.5 million VW diesel vehicles across the 28-nation European Union.The Federal Motor Transport Authority announced that the recall would affect 2.4 million vehicles in Germany. Under EU rules, cars that are cleared in one country are automatically approved across the bloc, so the repeal also affects Volkswagen vehicles elsewhere in the union.Austrian authorities have already said some 363,000 VW cars there are affected by the recall.Volkswagen said in a statement that it would approach customers, who can already enter their car’s serial number on a special website to find out whether it is affected. Apart from the company’s VW brand, Audi, SEAT and Skoda cars can also be checked.The fix will be free for customers, it said.Also Thursday, U.S. environmental regulators said they expect to get a proposed fix from Volkswagen next week on about 90,000 of the 482,000 cars with the cheating software in the U.S. The fix must be tested before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will seek a recall. It’s unclear when the remaining U.S. cars would be fixed.In Germany, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said Volkswagen would have to present replacement software for certain cars that have a 2.0 litre diesel engine this month and begin fitting vehicles with them next year.“VW is ordered … to remove the software from all vehicles and to take appropriate measures to ensure that the emissions rules are fulfilled,” Dobrindt told reporters in Berlin.The dpa news agency reported that the Motor Transport Authority, which answers to Dobrindt’s ministry, rejected a Volkswagen proposal for a voluntary recall.Dobrindt refrained from publicly criticizing Volkswagen, saying co-operation with the German automaker was “extraordinarily good.”He indicated that the recall may last through 2016 because vehicles fitted with smaller 1.6 litre diesel engines will require physical adjustments rather than just a software update.Those hardware changes, which may not be ready before September 2016, will determine the timeline, he said.In a letter to Dobrindt provided to The Associated Press, Volkswagen’s chief executive Matthias Mueller said the recall would “stretch through the 2016 calendar year.”The company recently disclosed the existence of further suspect software in 2016 diesel models. Dobrindt said additional tests were under way that would include examining emissions outside the lab.The U.S. EPA has authority to order automakers to recall vehicles that pollute more than allowed by law. But generally manufacturers agree to recalls when asked by the EPA, spokeswoman Laura Allen said. In 2012 and 2013, the latest years for which data is available, companies agreed to 67 emissions recalls covering about 4 million vehicles, she said.Asked about German media reports that more than two dozen Volkswagen managers had been suspended by the company amid signs that knowledge of the defeat devices was widespread, Dobrindt said his ministry had “no information about who decided where, when at Volkswagen about the use of such software.”Volkswagen has said that some managers had been suspended, but said the report Wednesday of up to 30 “lacks any basis.”Volkswagen has said around 11 million cars with the software were sold worldwide, 2.8 million of them in Germany. Dobrindt said only 2.4 million Volkswagen diesel cars with the software are still registered in Germany.Mueller, the CEO, said in his letter Thursday that a “concerted and reliable approach” by all EU members would be in the best interest of customers.Volkswagen faces possible fines after U.S. authorities discovered it had equipped 482,000 cars with software that disabled emissions controls except when the cars were being tested.___Tom Krisher in Detroit and David Rising contributed to this report.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury “ASAP.”Wilder said in a conference call Tuesday that he’s “ready and willing to give Tyson Fury the opportunity ASAP.” The two heavyweights fought to a split-decision draw Saturday night in Los Angeles in one of the bigger heavyweight bouts in America in years.Afterward, the British challenger said the two would “100 per cent” meet again in the ring. Wilder says he doesn’t want to fight anybody else before a rematch.He says, “Everyone is talking about this fight. It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again.”Wilder (40-0-1) knocked Fury (27-0-1) down twice late in the fight, but was outboxed much of the way at Staples Center.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJohn Zenor, The Associated Press
Clinical trials and biobanks: Irish charities using new methods to fight cancer Rates of oesophageal cancer are much higher here than the European average, and the OCF wants to change that. Image: Shutterstock/Alexander Raths Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3261221 Share2 Tweet Email Feb 27th 2017, 11:55 AM Image: Shutterstock/Alexander Raths 4 Comments By Sean Murray Lollipop Day takes place on the 3-4 March and the list of locations they can be purchased can be found here.Clinical trialIn separate news, Irish patients with the blood cancer multiple myeloma are set to be among the first patients worldwide to receive a new combination of drugs in an attempt to improve the results of chemotherapy.This form of cancer sees plasma cells in our blood failing to produce the correct antibodies, causing the cells to become cancerous and stopping the blood from flowing properly.Around 250 people each year are diagnosed with multiple myeloma in Ireland, and around 170 people die from it each year.Blood Cancer Network Ireland (BCNI) has recruited six patients at University Hospital Galway and Cork University Hospital to receive the combination of new treatment daratumumab, also called Darzalex, along with standard chemotherapy drugs cyclophosphamide and bortezomib.Although this trial is only in the early Phase I stage, daratumumab has already proven to be effective at treating the disease in numerous longer-term trials.Irish patients on this trial will receive additional benefits, including state-of-the-art monitoring and access to the new treatment free of charge.The BCNI is a €2.7 million joint research and clinical trials venture between the Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland.Dr Robert O’Connor, head of research at the Irish Cancer Society, said: “This latest clinical trial highlights the importance of investing in world class innovative and potentially life-changing Irish cancer research and we hope that the patients taking part will help identify even more improvements in care and outcomes for this disease.Read: Death rate rises and births fall as cancer shown to be nation’s biggest killerRead: You need to eat 10 fruit and veg a day to avoid serious illnesses, study says Monday 27 Feb 2017, 11:55 AM 8,734 Views THE RATES OF oesophageal cancer diagnoses in women in Ireland are more than double the EU average and the Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) is looking to help fund more research into the disease through its Lollipop Day this year.According to figures from the National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI), incidences of oesophageal cancer are 155% higher than the EU average in women, and 49% higher than the average in men.A higher proportion of men and women die from the disease in Ireland than in the rest of Europe, too.To help reverse this trend, the OCF charity funds initiatives such as the national Oesophagus Registry and Biobank, which is a registry of patients at risk of developing this cancer of the food pipe, or gullet.St James’s, Beaumont, St Vincent’s and the Mater in Dublin, and the Mercy in Cork, are able to register patients on the database.National lead for oesophageal cancer Professor John Reynolds said: “5,000 patients are registered to date – 68% [are] male. With the first camera assessment of the oesophagus, 18% were identified at high risk of progressing to cancer.Since the inception of the Registry over 300 patients with high-risk premalignant disease or early cancers have been treated.Symptoms of this cancer include difficulty when swallowing food, frequent and persistent hiccups, acid indigestion, heartburn reflex and constant burping, belching and coughing.The OCF is also currently funding a world-first clinical trial into new treatment of the disease at the Cork Cancer Research Centre which is testing short bursts of electrical energy sent directly to the tumour via an endoscopic device.Its chief executive, Noelle Ryan, said: “If you had told me 16 years ago, that what began as six of us trying to honour our friend Lucilla would fund innovations like the Registry which saves lives, or grow to funding new technologies in treatment, I genuinely would not have believed it.We could not do this without the generosity and support of the public. We receive no other funding. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Jose Callejon said Napoli are proving bookmakers wrong by climbing to the summit of their Champions League group ahead of Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain.Napoli went joint top with Liverpool after securing a 1-1 draw against PSG, but with a superior head-to-head record.“I think it was a fair result. They had a very good first half, while we pushed forward in the second looking for the equaliser,” the Spaniard told Football Italia.“It was important not to lose and we wanted more, but the group remains open and we’re still up there.”It was Callejon who won the decisive penalty, converted by Lorenzo Insigne when he was sandwiched between Thiago Silva and Gigi Buffon.Top 5 Serie A players to watch for next weekend’s activity Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Top 5 players to watch in Serie A next…“I saw Lorenzo had the shot and Thiago Silva made an error, so I went for it.”Liverpool suffered a shocking 2-0 loss away to Red Star Belgrade and it’s now incredibly tight, as the Reds and Napoli have six points, PSG five and Red Star four.“It’s open now, there are three very important points up for grabs against Red Star Belgrade and we’ve got to give our all.“As the Coach told us, people thought we’d be dead the moment the draw was made, but we are still up there and can play our football.”