Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward

first_imgDonegal has had its fair share of Lotto wins recently, but it wasn’t the county’s lucky day this time around, as Ireland’s newest multi-millionaires were revealed.A large family syndicate from Naul in Dublin has come forward to claim Tuesday’s massive €175.4m EuroMillions jackpot.It was revealed today that six sisters will share the winnings. The lucky ticket was sold at Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul. A family spokesperson, who is married to one of the syndicate, said: “This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves.”The win has been described as a ‘dream come true’ for the close-knit clan, who are mostly retired.The family spokesperson added: “We know this is a huge story and there is great excitement over this win.“We need time to let this news sink in and to prepare to collect our winnings. We are a normal family and we don’t want this to dramatically change our lives.” The €175M jackpot represents the biggest ever lottery win on the island of Ireland.Ireland’s newest EuroMillions winner comes forward was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Manuel’s ‘sensible’ budget praised

first_imgSouth African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel (Image: World Economic Forum)Wilma den HartighSouth African economists have commended Finance Minister Trevor Manuel for a responsible and realistic budget in a difficult economic climate, with the consensus that it will give momentum to a slowing economy.In his budget speech to parliament on Wednesday, Manuel reassured South Africans that they would not bear the full burden of the international economic downturn thanks to South Africa’s sound banking system, healthy fiscal position, credible monetary policy and appropriate foreign exchange regulations.Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist at Econometrix, described the budget as “sensible” in light of the economic crisis and difficulties ahead.“It exploited the economic climate we are in beautifully,” Jammine said. He said it is also positive that the greatest areas of spending are in housing, community development, education and health.The largest adjustments to spending plans go to poverty reduction. Some R25-billion will go to provincial budgets – mainly for education and health care – while R13-billion will go to social assistance grants. The school nutrition programme gets an extra R4-billion, and R2.5 billion goes to municipalities for basic services.Manuel also announced that, over the next three years, infrastructure grants to municipalities will total R67-billion, and a further R45 billion will be spent on the Breaking New Ground housing programme. Together with investment in roads and public transport, these constitute a considerable expansion of public sector spending.“These are rightly prioritised as part of our response to the current deterioration in employment and economic activity,” Manuel said.Business Unity South Africa (Busa) also endorsed the realistic message of the 2009 budget. Raymond Parsons, deputy CEO of Busa, said the budget is in line with his organisation’s view that a supportive fiscal package is necessary.“This will help cushion the negative impact of the economic downswing on growth and jobs in South Africa,” Parsons said.Busa believes that while it is important to stabilise the economy this year, it is also essential to focus on measures that will help to lay the foundations for the next economic upturn. Parsons said Busa supports the continued infrastructural spending, investment in education and improved health facilities. It also welcomes, in particular, the increase in the VAT threshold.“Small businesses play an essential role in creating job opportunities,” he said.The Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) expressed similar sentiments. It said that the budget accurately recognises the unique challenges of the current context and responds boldly to them.“The Minister of Finance’s Speech dwelt at length on the impact of the current financial crisis on the South African economy and public finances, but moved decisively to ensure that the impact would be ameliorated for South Africans,” said Idasa’s Len Verwey.The budget deficit announcement of 3.8% also attracted much attention. Manuel said that although the budget deficit will rise to 3.8% of GDP next year, debt service costs will remain moderate over the next three years (at about 2.5% of GDP).“This is possible because we have had the courage to make the right choices over the past decade,” he said.Idasa said the deficit of 3.8% is far larger than budget balances proposed in the last decade but nevertheless described it as a “bold, assertive response to the unique challenges of the present”.Busa pointed out that while the deficit-before-borrowing is a little higher than expected, it believes that the budget has been able to combine flexibility and prudence in a manner that is positive for business and consumer confidence.Jac Laubscher, Group Economist at Sanlam, said the budget is very much a response to the global financial and economic crisis. It is also mindful of the adverse impact it will have on the economy and the people of South Africa.Laubscher said that the budget shows less confidence than in recent years because of the uncertainty of when and how the crisis will end. However, he believes that the shift to a more expansionary fiscal policy will be supported by an expansionary monetary policy, together with a more competitive exchange rate. In time these should have the desired effect. He is also pleased that the budget is still focused on enhancing the long-term sustainable growth potential of South Africa.Idasa pointed out that Manuel was also right to see the roots of the present crisis less in the “impersonal workings of global financial systems” and more in the absence of an international democratic system of economic and financial governance that equitably and transparently regulates the relations between states.Clearly, international markets need positive reforms, and South Africa seems well poised to play a leading role in representing developing country interests and perspectives in debates on these reforms.As expected, the budget was not without its lighter moments. In announcing this year’s increases in “sin taxes” – duties on tobacco and alcohol products – Manuel a participant in his online Tips for Trevor campaign, which encourages members of the public to give suggestions for the budget.Manuel said: “Mr At du Plooy has written to ask, ‘Please be a little more lenient on the tax on whisky for the old folks. We have so little to enjoy, you know things that used to happen after dark, no longer happen. All we have left to enjoy is a little entertainment before supper.’“He asks for leniency, reminding me that this will ultimately be for my own benefit as well. A bottle of whisky, Mr du Plooy, goes up by R3.21.”Related articlesSA tops for budget transparency Motlanthe reassures the nation SA’s finances all in order Infrastructure development in South Africa Upbeat budget despite global gloom Useful linksSouth African National Treasury – Budget 2008 EconometrixInstitute for Democracy in South AfricaBusiness Unity South AfricaOpen Budget Initiativelast_img read more

Acsa signs deal with Ghanaian airports company

first_imgAs part of its ongoing focus and expansion into emerging markets, Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) signed an agreement with its Ghanaian counterpart on Tuesday to provide advisory and technical consultancy services on all airport-related matters in Ghana.In a statement, Acsa said the partnership with the Ghana Airports Company would see the two working together “more closely in technical, operational, commercial and strategic business development aspects of the aviation industry”.Ghana was experiencing “phenomenal” growth in air traffic, with domestic traffic growing by more than 30% a year, while international traffic was growing by 10% a year, Acsa said.‘Catalytic partnership’The memorandum of understanding provided “a positive example of a catalytic partnership between two diverse nations to provide the required infrastructure to boost the continent’s growth”, the statement said.The Ghanian airports company is responsible for planning, developing, managing and maintaining Ghana’s airports, including Kotoka International Airport in Accra, three regional airports, as well as other airfields.Dzifa Aku Attivor, Ghana’s Minister of Transport, said Ghana’s burgeoning economy had put enormous pressure on the country’s airports, especially that of Kotoka in Accra. The upgrade of facilities was essential and this would include the building of a new terminal, she said.“We did not have to look far for a highly recommended partner to provide us with advisory services,” she said, citing Acsa’s success in showcasing Africa’s abilities through its successful airports expansion and management programme for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Expansion programmeThe partnership form part of South Africa’s strategy to drive business co-operation across the African continent, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said.“It is pleasing that Ghana has acknowledged South Africa’s eminence in the development and management of world-class airports by entering into an agreement for us to provide multidimensional assistance for their aggressive airport expansion programme,” she said.Acsa already has in place existing partnerships with GVK for the management of Mumbai International Airport in India, and with Invepar at Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Bongani Maseko, the chief executive of Acsa, said the memorandum would be a catalyst for infrastructural development that would boost the continent’s growth.“The focus on Africa remains critical to our business in order that the continent earns its deserved place as a meaningful contender in the global economy,” he said. Acsa is responsible for South Africa’s nine major airports.Source: Airports Company South Africalast_img read more

Discovered a disease? WHO has new rules for avoiding offensive names

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) mostly works to reduce the physical toll of disease. But last week it turned to another kind of harm: the insult and stigma inflicted by diseases named for people, places, and animals. Among the existing monikers that its new guidelines “for the Naming of New Human Infectious Diseases” would discourage: Ebola, swine flu, Rift Valley Fever, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and monkey pox. Instead, WHO says researchers, health officials, and journalists should use more neutral, generic terms, such as severe respiratory disease or novel neurologic syndrome.Many scientists agree that disease names can be problematic, but they aren’t sure the new rulebook is necessarily an improvement. “It will certainly lead to boring names and a lot of confusion,” predicts Linfa Wang, an expert on emerging infectious diseases at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Geelong. “You should not take political correctness so far that in the end no one is able to distinguish these diseases,” says Christian Drosten, a virologist at the University of Bonn, Germany.Naming diseases has long been a fraught process. Badly chosen names can stigmatize people, as did gay-related immune deficiency, an early name for AIDS. They can also lead to confusion and hurt tourism and trade. The so-called swine flu, for instance, is not transmitted by pigs, but some countries still banned pork imports or slaughtered pigs after a 2009 outbreak. More recently, some Arab countries were unhappy that a new disease caused by a coronavirus was dubbed Middle East respiratory syndrome.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Although “it’s usually scientists who come up with these names … the WHO gets the diplomatic pressure” if someone takes offense, Drosten says. The new guidelines, released 8 May, aim to smooth the process. “The WHO had to do something to take itself out of the firing line,” Drosten says.Given that news of a new pathogen often spreads quickly, “it is important that an appropriate disease name is assigned by those who first report” the disease, WHO’s guidance notes. Following the guidelines, it adds, could “minimize unnecessary negative impact of disease names on trade, travel, tourism or animal welfare, and avoid causing offence to any cultural, social, national, regional, professional or ethnic groups.”To that end, new disease names should not include geographic locations; the names of people, occupations, animals, or food; or “terms that incite undue fear” (such as unknown, fatal, and epidemic). Instead, the names should use generic descriptions of symptoms (respiratory disease or watery diarrhea) and specific terms describing patients, epidemiology or the environment (juvenile, maternal, seasonal, summer, coastal), as well as pathogen names and arbitrary identifiers (alpha, beta, 1, 2, 3).The group that came up with these recommendations met “more than a few times” over the course of a year, says Kazuaki Miyagishima, director for food safety, zoonoses, and foodborne diseases at WHO, and a member of the panel. Among the ideas they discussed: naming diseases after Greek gods, using a system similar to the one used to name comets or alternating male and female names as is done with hurricanes.”But while naming a hurricane Katrina may not offend people, if we do it for a disease, it’s not just a hurricane for 1 week. It will make its way into the history of human suffering,” Miyagishima says.The guide is well intentioned, but goes too far, says Ian Lipkin, a virologist at Columbia University. “I don’t see how it will be helpful to eliminate names like monkey pox that provide insights into natural hosts and potential sources of infection,” he says.It could also become harder to easily distinguish diseases. For instance, under the new rules, Marburg disease (named after a city in Germany) might have been called filovirus-associated haemorrhagic fever 1, while Ebola (named after a river) might have been filovirus-associated haemorrhagic fever 2. Such bland names “lose something that is more than just quaint,” says Howard Markel, a medical historian at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Drosten adds that geographic names are sometimes justified. It was clear that MERS, for example, was associated with the Middle East. “Would it have been better if we had named it novel betacoronavirus clade C, type 1?” he asks.The new rules make for more difficult names, Miyagishima admits. “But we think we have left a fairly large area for freedom. We do not want to kill the creativity of researchers completely.”Linfa Wang knows all about the difficulty of naming diseases. Two decades ago, he named a virus and the disease it causes after Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia; he still gets angry calls from residents complaining that the name has hurt property values. These days his strategy is to “go small.” Recently, he named a new henipavirus isolated in a neighborhood called Cedar Grove simply Cedar virus.Virologists encountered other sensitivities with Norwalk virus, named for a city in Ohio. The pathogen is the only species in the genus Norovirus and usually that name is used. In 2011, however, a Japanese individual asked for a change because many people in Japan carry the surname Noro. The International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses recommended using “Norwalk virus” instead.Acronyms are another good solution, says Ab Osterhaus, a virologist at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, because they keep names short (another WHO recommendation) and people often forget what the letters stand for. But even acronyms can cause controversy. In 2003, WHO officials coined SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) to describe a novel pneumonia spreading in Asia, partly to avoid a name like “Chinese flu.” SARS did not go down well in Hong Kong, however, which is officially known as Hong Kong SAR, for special administrative region.Giving new diseases a number may be the only way to avoid such issues, researchers say. There is precedent. Growing up in China in the late 1960s, Wang remembers that diseases had digits. “I was really scared of number 5 disease,” he recalls. “I don’t know why, you just really did not want to get disease number 5.”last_img read more

Mary Kom lands a counter punch on detractors

first_imgBefore leaving for Mongolia for the Women’s Asian Championships, the much talked-about topic in India was whether five-time world champion Mary Kom will cope with the challenge from the Chinese boxers.Mary Kom’s toughest rival has been China’s two-time world 51kg champion Ren Cancan, who defeated her in the semi-finals of the 2010 Asian Games. But not only did Mary Kom avenge her defeat, beating Cancan at the Asian Championships in Mongolia, her victory was also a fitting reply to her detractors who had doubted her ability to perform consistently at the top level. “People used to say I am ageing, I am short and I can’t play up to the rising standard of the women’s boxing. But I always believe in hard work, so I remained silent and worked hard on my weaknesses. This victory is a reply to all those who doubted my ability,” Mary Kom, who has won her all three Asian titles in the 46kg category, told Mail Today. “People have blamed me for killing youngsters’ chances in the camp. But I am a supporter of fair competition and I say it again that if anyone can prove she is better than me, she has to first beat me in the ring,” she said.The standard of women’s boxing, which will make its debut at the Olympics this year, is on the rise. Like a champion, who realises the changes quickly, Mary Kom understood the importance of improvement after her defeat at an Olympic test event in London last year. She changed her base from Patiala to Pune to focus harder on individual training. The mother of two worked on her defence and learned the technique of landing punches in bunches.advertisementShe said the training played a major role in her success at the Asian stage. “The decision to shift to Pune helped me the most. Since I trained alone in Pune, I could focus on my defence in a better way. Since I am short, I sparred against tall boxers in order to cope with the height problems. These two aspects help me put up an improved performance in Mongolia,” she said.With the medal, she also boosted her chances at May’s World Championships – the solitary qualifying competition for the London Olympics. “The main thing about my victory is that I achieved it in the 51kg which is an Olympic category, and beating a two-time world champion has also boosted my confidence. I want to cash in on the momentum at the World Championships since playing and winning at the Olympics is my ultimate goal,” she said.last_img read more

Indian Navy recruiting Sailors under sports quota, apply by April 30

first_imgThe Indian Navy has invited job applications from unmarried male candidates for the post of Sailor under sports quota (02/2014 batch) in various disciplines. Interested and eligible candidates have to send their applications by April 30, 2014.The candidates will initially be recruited for 15 years, subject to successful completion of the training.Vacancy details:1. SailorStipend: Rs 5,700 per month (during training period)Pay Scale: Pay band of Rs 5,200-20,200 with grade pay of Rs 2,000 + MSP of Rs 2,000 + DA (on completion of training)a. Direct Entry Petty OfficerThe age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 22 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level team games at junior/senior level or represented a university in Inter-University tournament or he should have attained minimum 6th position in Senior National / 3rd position in Junior National / 3rd position in Inter-University meets in individual events.b. Senior Secondary Recruitment (SSR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 12 examination or equivalent examination in any stream.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level at junior/senior level or he must have represented a university in an Inter-University tournament.c. Matric Recruits (MR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 10 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Cooks/Stewards)advertisementd. Non Matric Recruits (NMR)The age of the candidate should be between 17 years and 21 years.Educational qualification: The candidate should have passed his class 6 examination or equivalent examination.Sports qualification: The candidate should have participated at international/national/state level tournaments.(Selected candidates will be enrolled as Sanitary Hygienist)Selection procedure: The candidates will be selected on the basis of their performance in the trials and the prescribed medical examination to be conducted at INS Hamla, Mumbai.How to apply: Interested and eligible candidates can obtain the application forms from the official website: need to send their applications along with a recent colour passport size photograph (with blue background) with their name and signature on the reverse side by ordinary post to: The Secretary, Indian Navy Sports Control Board, 7th Floor, Chankya Bhavan, Integrated Headquarters, MoD (NAVY), New Delhi- 110021.The envelope (brown) containing the application should be superscribed with: The type of entry, sports discipline with achievements.Note: Each candidate is required to send only one application.Important dates:Last date for receipt of applications at the office: April 30, 2014May 7, 2014 (for candidates from the states of North-East, Sikkim, J&K, Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep and Minicoy Island)last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement FILM: JuggernautWHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FILM?I guess I was always fascinated with the story of Cain and Abel – it was the first murder and it has so many levels of interest – sibling rivalry and family dynamics that are the darker side of human nature – I guess my own brother and I are estranged so I was probably working through some of that stuff as well.WHAT WERE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOU FACED DURING THE FILM?I guess they were the same pitfalls as most low budget indies. A severe lack of time and money. Film is just such a marathon and you really need stamina, especially when you’re writing and directing – it’s a long journey. Also working with a crew you’ve never worked with before. That’s fine if you have the time to iron out the kinks, but we didn’t have that luxury. Worked at a pretty ridiculous pace.WHAT APPEAL DO YOU THINK YOUR FILM WILL HAVE FOR AUDIENCESIt has some great shakespearean universal themes. Every family is dysfunctional in one way or another – it’s essentially about a broken family that can’t fix itself – I think a lot of people have experienced that on some level.WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A CREATOR?Ever since I can remember I’ve been creating in some form. I would do video essays in school instead of a paper essay. Always had cameras for eyes. Always thinking cinematically. But a huge influence when I was super young was George Miller’s THE ROAD WARRIOR. I had a pirate VHS copy that I would play to death. I could probably quote that film verbatim. I grew up in the western suburbs on the downside of advantage so the idea of an aussie director making a film that dynamic got me thinking about what’s possible.WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NEXT?I’ve just finished writing a film called THE BIGAMIST – it;s about a woman married to 2 different men, but it’s a deceptive title. It’s really about a woman experiencing a slow descent into madness due to a repressed memory resurfacing. Has a great complex and sociopathic female lead.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING FILMMAKERS?Be original. We’re killing an art form through regurgitation. And just be prepared for how hard you have to work. I don’t believe in talent. Just hard work. And don’t wait around for a break. Write something and make it, for whatever amount of money. Just do it.WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 FAVOURITE FILMS OF ALL TIME?A girlfriend once asked me that question and I listed about 200 off the top of my head. I’ve seen everything. I could never choose 3, but I guess the first ones that come to mind are Taxi Driver, Apocalypse Now, There will be blood, Network, No country for old men, Badlands would be personal faves – then again things like Silence of the lambs and Jaws and The Godfather are perfectly made films. There’s just so many amazing films. Un Prophete is an amazing foreign film.IF YOU HAD TO DESCRIBE YOUR FILM IN THREE WORDS … WHAT WOULD THEY BE?Tense, emotional, pensiveIF YOU COULD RESHOOT ANY FILM MADE IN THE PAST 20 YEARS, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?I’d probably do something foreign like THE LIVES OF OTHERS – not enough people have seen that film and it explores some themes I’d love to tackle.WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS? (AND WHY)I would say Francs Ford Coppola is a filmmaker I was obsessed with at an early age. He’s an emotional director and I think I could fit into that category. I didn’t rally have any mentors. I grew up in a small town where nobody really knew anything about filmmaking. I kindof had to fumble around and just mess up until I found my place. Early Coen brother’s films were a massive influence. And Paul Thomas Anderson.WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL SHOWTIMES:– DECEMBER 1, 2017, 8:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8– DECEMBER 3, 2017, 5:30 PM – VILLAGE 8 – THEATRE 8GET YOUR TICKETS AT: After a lengthy absence, a small town outlaw returns to his hometown, violently obsessed with the notion that his Mother’s death was not a suicide.CASTING AND CREDITS:Executive Producer: Rich Mento, Ben Silverman, Jason Upton, David ValleauProducers: Matthew Cervi, Mad Samurai ProductionsCast: Jack Kesy, Amanda Crew, David Cubitt, Peter McRobbie, Stephen McHattie, Ty Olsson, Phil GrangerCinematographer: Patrick ScolaEditing: Rob GrantScreenplay: Daniel DiMarcoDistribution/Print Source: levelFILM Jack Kesy Amanda Crew David Cubitt Peter McRobbie Stephen McHattie Ty Olsson Philip Granger Matty Finochio Aaron Hutchinson Darren Dolynski Jason Diablo Fanny Migneault-Lecavalier Juggernaut GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL TODAY Advertisement DIRECTOR’S BIO:  Daniel DiMarco is an award-winning Australian Canadian writer/director. He has made two internationally recognized and short films. SPOON MAN received official selections to festivals such as Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Film Festival and has won Best Film at the Flickerfest International Film Festival, Key West Film Festival as well as the IF Audience Award from Popcorn Taxi. BELLA has been official selection at Cannes Shorts Corner, the Palm Springs Shortsfest, San Francisco International Film Festival and the Philadelphia International Film Festival.Daniel has been involved as a writer and director on several other short films (711/Daysleeper/Raging Bob), commercials (Yellow Pages, Youth Suicide Prevention), music videos (Sick Puppies: Fly), corporate videos (NRL, NSW Institute of Sport), and documentaries (Panthers on the Prowl/If These Walls Could Talk).Daniel holds a degree in Communications from the University of Western Sydney and a diploma in Film and Television from the School of Visual Arts (Sydney) Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Boxer Adrien Broner Suspended For Racially Offensive Remarks After

Defeating Carlos Melina Saturday night for the International Super Lightweight title was not enough for Adrien Broner, the boxer-rapper who has been considered over-the-top by many. Rather, Broner, the former WBC welterweight champion, made racially insensitive comments about Melina.“I’ve beaten Africans, and I just beat the f*** out of a Mexican,” Broner said to Showtime cable network’s Jim Gray.Wednesday, the World Boxing Council issued a suspension and demanded a public apology. In a statement, the WBC said: “The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially offensive statements.“Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways , the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with his words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be disrespectful and offensive.“Adrien Broner is hereby suspended from participating in any WBC-sanctioned championship and will be excluded from the WBC ratings until the time he makes a public apology satisfactorily to the public of the world.”According to, Broner, 24, was immediately remorseful, apologizing to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer as soon as he got out of the ring, saying, “I’m sorry for what I said.”“Sometimes [Broner] says stuff without really thinking, because as I came out into the ring the first thing he said to me was ‘I’m so sorry that I said what I said.’ He’s a young guy,” Schaefer said, “and I’m going to keep trying to explain to him, and maybe somebody like Bernard (Hopkins) who has the experience would certainly be a great coach in that regard.” read more

Sustaining Readiness Conference Announces Speaker Lineup

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Keynote speakers for the 2018 Sustaining Military Readiness Conference, scheduled from August 13-16 at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, have been announced. The conference will host a diverse group of speakers who will offer unique perspectives on how DOD can strengthen military readiness through partnerships and planning. The event will open with remarks from the Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and continue with the following lineup of speakers:Tuesday, Aug. 14:Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and environmentGen. H. Stacy Clardy III, military deputy, office of the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readinessGen. Arnold Bunch Jr., military deputy, office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logisticsVeronica Daigle, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readinessWednesday, Aug. 15:Susan Combs, senior advisor to the secretary, exercising the authority of the assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, Department of the InteriorKatharine Sinclair MacGregor, principal deputy assistant secretary for lands and minerals management, Department of the InteriorJames Ogsbury, executive director, Western Governors AssociationThursday, Aug. 16:John Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energyJordan Gillis, acting assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environmentDavid Duma, principal deputy director, operational test and evaluation, DODFor a full list of speakers, and to learn more about the event, visit the conference website. Registration is free to all attendees and can be completed on the conference website.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Trevor Rhyneslast_img read more

An intriguing planet with three suns discovered

first_imgIt would certainly be cool to visit LTT 1445Ab with its three red dwarf suns. It orbits one of the stars, while the remaining pair wend their way through the sky like two ever-present red full moons. The problem is that the planet isn’t in the habitable zone and is almost certainly way too hot to host life. But this tri-solar world still warrants plenty of study. For starters, it’s just a little bigger than Earth and is probably a rocky planet like ours. It’s also the second-closest planet that can be observed passing in front of, or transiting, its star and the closest one that we can see transiting a red dwarf. (Proxima b, the closest possible exoplanet, is no longer thought to transit its red dwarf host star.)This is important because transiting planets offer scientists the opportunity to study atmospheres. This could also give us a better sense of the chances for finding life elsewhere in the universe because red dwarf stars are thought to be the most common type of stars. LTT 1445Ab could wind up playing an important role in answering the classic question: Are we alone? Which is all the more reason it deserves a better name.  5:46 Sci-Tech Post a comment Share your voice This artist’s impression shows a planet in a three-star system similar to LTT 1445Ab.  ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser A not-too-distant planet where three suns dance across the sky could be a key in our search for life on worlds beyond Earth.The planet is has the very uncharismatic name LTT 1445Ab, but thanks to observations from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) we know that the recently discovered Earth-sized planet is like something out of science fiction. The Star Wars universe has Tatooine with its two suns, but LTT 1445Ab is part of a three-star system that’s less than 23 light years from Earth. Astronomers have spotted at least one other planet in a three-star system, but it’s a gas giant over 300 light years away.If we ever come up with a way to travel at the speed of light, LTT 1445Ab would only be a 23-year journey, which is relatively close in galactic terms.  0 Space Now playing: Watch this: Best places in space to search for alien life Tags 26 Photos NASA’s hunting for exoplanets, and it’s got its eye on…last_img read more