Morsi trial kicks off amid unprecedented security presence

first_imgCAIRO  – The trial’s first session kicked off at 10:30am local time, according to state television.The trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi began Monday morning at the Police Academy in eastern Cairo amid an unprecedented security presence that included both police and military personnel.The trial’s first session kicked off at 10:30am local time, according to state television. Morsi, the country’s first elected civilian president, faces charges of inciting the killing of demonstrators outside the presidential palace late last year.Fourteen other Muslim Brotherhood and ex-presidency figures face the same charges.Morsi does not recognize the legality of the trial, while members of his family say they will not attend Monday’s session for the same reason.The trial has been accompanied by unprecedented security procedures countrywide.The streets of capital Cairo have been turned into a military barracks, particularly in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the vicinity of Cairo University, where democracy supporters had staged a six-week sit-in that was violently dispersed by security in mid-August.An alliance of Islamist forces and pro-democracy groups have urged Egyptians to join mass protests against the trial.last_img read more

Police investigate a dozen graffiti incidents in Halton Region

Police are hoping the public can help identify those responsible for several incidents of graffiti in Halton Region.Investigators say at least 12 incidents have happened since Feb. 16 in highly visible areas of the downtown core in Georgetown. Police say five unique tags have been recognized based on their individual graffiti style, colour and signature.The tags include Deadx, Dead, Jade, RIOT, and Baby. Police are asking anyone with information that could help police with the investigation to contact Halton police at 905-878-5511, ext 2410. read more

UN conference agrees on measures to combat global gun trafficking

After all-night negotiations that lasted into the morning of 21 July, the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects last Saturday afternoon adopted a Programme of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade by undertaking a number of measures at the national, regional and global levels.Among the measures agreed to, countries said they would ensure that licensed manufacturers apply an appropriate and reliable marking on each small arm and light weapon as an integral part of the production process. They would also ensure that comprehensive and accurate records were kept for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction.In addition, the participating delegations decided to guarantee that all confiscated, seized or collected small arms and light weapons were destroyed, unless another form of disposal or use had been officially authorized, and provided that such weapons had been duly marked and registered.Countries also agreed to strengthen their ability to cooperate in identifying and tracing illicit small arms and light weapons. A follow-up Conference would be held no later than 2006 to review progress made in the implementation of the Programme of Action.Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement through his spokesman in New York warmly welcoming the accord, calling it the first of many important steps to alleviate the “grave threat” to international peace and human security. The Secretary-General praised these steps as “essential in building norms and in implementing collective measures against this global scourge.”In his concluding remarks, the Conference’s President, Ambassador Camilo Reyes of Colombia, expressed disappointment that delegates could not reach agreement on two of the most important issues – maintaining and controlling private ownership of small arms and the transfer of such weapons to non-State actors – even though there was overwhelming support for their inclusion in the outcome document. read more

UNbacked ecological report warns of potential new diseases and dead zones

Humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively in the last 50 years than in any other period; some 60 per cent of ecosystem elements supporting life on Earth, such as fresh water, clean air or a relatively stable climate, are being degraded or used unsustainably; and the situation could become significantly worse during the first half of this century, according to the study. “Only by valuing all our precious natural and human resources can we hope to build a sustainable future,” Secretary General Kofi Annan said in a message launching the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) Synthesis Report compiled by 1,300 scientists in 95 countries. “The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is an unprecedented contribution to our global mission for development, sustainability and peace.” The four-year assessment was designed by a partnership of UN agencies, international scientific organizations and development agencies, with private sector and civil society input, in response to Mr. Annan’s call for global support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills such as extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. “The overriding conclusion of this assessment is that it lies within the power of human societies to ease the strains we are putting on the nature services of the planet, while continuing to use them to bring better living standards to all,” the MA board of directors said in a statement, “Living beyond Our Means: Natural Assets and Human Well-being.” “Achieving this, however, will require radical changes in the way nature is treated at every level of decision-making and new ways of cooperation between government, business and civil society. The warning signs are there for all of us to see. The future now lies in our hands.” Although evidence remains incomplete, the report finds enough to warn that ongoing degradation of 15 of the 24 ecosystem services examined – including fresh water, capture fisheries, air and water regulation, and regulation of regional climate, natural hazards and pests – increases the likelihood of potentially abrupt changes that will seriously affect human well-being. Its findings include: More land has been converted to agriculture since 1945 than in the 18th and 19th centuries combined. More than half of all the synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, first made in 1913, ever used on the planet have been used since 1985, resulting in a substantial and largely irreversible loss in diversity, with some 10 to 30 per cent of the mammal, bird and amphibian species currently threatened with extinction. Ecosystem degradation is a barrier to achieving the MDGs. In all the four plausible futures explored, scientists project progress in eliminating hunger, but at far slower rates than needed to halve the scourge by 2015. Changes in ecosystems such as deforestation influence the abundance of human pathogens such as malaria and cholera, as well as the risk of emergence of new diseases. Malaria, for example, accounts for 11 per cent of the disease burden in Africa and had it been eliminated 35 years ago, the continent’s gross domestic product would have increased by $100 billion. The world’s poorest people suffer most from ecosystem changes. The regions facing significant problems of degradation – sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, some regions in Latin America, and parts of South and Southeast Asia – also face the greatest challenges in achieving the MDGs, such as halving extreme poverty by 2015. In sub-Saharan Africa the number of poor is forecast to rise to 404 million in a decade from 315 million in 1999. The report was launched simultaneously at several UN headquarters around the world. “The challenge of ensuring the future of our environment is pressing and concerns us all, whether we work in education, science, culture or communication,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a message in Paris. “The work of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment makes clear how ecosystems and human health are intertwined and further highlights how important it is that decisions related to economic development also protect the environment, in order to ultimately safeguard human health,” said Kerstin Leitner, Assistant Director-General for Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments of the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO). “The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment gives us, in some ways for the first time, an insight into the economic importance of ecosystem services and some new and additional arguments for respecting and conserving the Earth’s life support systems,” declared Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director of the Nairobi-based UN Environment Programme (UNEP). read more

Youth with disabilities strive to inspire and educate through UN treaty process

Born in Venezuela, Vincent Pineda has muscular dystrophy and Svetlana Kotova from Russia has a sight disability. While they come from opposite ends of the earth, with very different personal circumstances, both represent the new generation of young leaders hoping to make a difference through the drafting and, ultimately, carrying out the provisions of the proposed International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.Ms. Kotova is minimally sight-impaired, yet growing up during the Soviet era, where the disabled were segregated from the rest of society, meant that she only had blind friends until she reached the age of 17. When she went to United States to study in a traditional school and had sighted friends, she realized that she needed to change something in her home country. She now works as legal advisor at Perspektiva, a Moscow-based organization that provides a new look at disabilities in contrast to the previous approach. “It’s about empowerment, about being independent and living independently and about not asking money from the State but asking access and asking equal rights,” she said.Living with his disability in wheelchair, Mr. Pineda could not go to school in his homeland because his family was told that it would be too costly and educating a disabled child wasn’t worth the effort. Once his family moved to the United States new doors opened for him. And his perspective was further broadened through research on other countries with strong legislation protecting persons with disabilities, particularly in Scandinavia. Mr. Pineda is now pursuing a doctorate degree and makes documentary films on disability issues. His newest film will be based on the process of drafting the treaty, which would provide an international legal standard for how countries treat people with disabilities and promote their human rights. In producing the film on the UN, Mr. Pineda hopes to create a set of images that will empower, inspire and educate people worldwide on the convention. “A law is a law, but if it’s not really understood, embraced and communicated effectively, it doesn’t do anybody any good,” he observed. The media is an important tool for both of the young leaders in their efforts to educate the public and uplift persons with disabilities. Mr. Pineda said it can serve to “empower people, inspire people and really push people to create the society in which justice and equality can prevail.” He said the issue of disability must be viewed from a broader perspective. “If you look at the link between disability and poverty, it’s very much related to the Millennium Development Goals,” he said, referring to a set of time-bound targets adopted by leaders at a 2000 UN summit for addressing a host of global ills.“People that live in poverty because of harsh living conditions acquire disabilities and people that acquire disabilities slip into poverty so it’s a vicious cycle and at the core of that is access and policies that can remove those barriers and can keep people in that cycle of poverty.”The treaty, he said, would pave the way for positive change. “If we can create the political and legal mechanisms that will allow these barriers to come down we can create the possibility for people to contribute their real talents, their real capabilities, their real visions and their real skill to making our world a better place.”Delegates from all 192 Member States and representatives of more than 90 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are involved in talks on the 33-article draft convention.At the outset of the two-week session, which began on Monday, the Chairman, Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, voiced optimism that agreement was close at hand but cautioned that negotiators “are going to have to start compromising” in order to reach a final text.The convention would obligate countries, among other measures, to gradually include disability-friendly features into the construction of new facilities, promote and improve access to education and information and introduce measures that eliminate discriminatory practices against persons with disabilities. read more

New chief of UN Women highlights girls education as priority to combat

“Education is one of the founding services that all women and girls need to access in order for us to make a difference,” the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, told reporters during her first press conference in New York. She was appointed in July and took up the post in August. “Education is the foundation for everything we need to do to succeed,” she stressed, adding that this issue will feature prominently in the entity’s agenda as part of a push to accelerate the achievement of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One of the goals is to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, who focused on several of her priorities for UN Women, underlined that it is not only crucial to facilitate access to education for girls but also to reduce the number of girls who drop out of school. Another key priority will be ensuring women’s reproductive health rights, she said. “I see reproductive health and reproductive rights as an essential building block on which we need to serve the women, and I see economic empowerment as another important layer. Having those layers we can then address poverty and we will be able to lead to women’s emancipation. All of these are integral,” she said.Working with men and boys is also important as they play an important role in actively fighting for the emancipation of women, she added.During the press briefing, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka noted that while it is important to empower women and have their voices be heard, it is also important strengthen national institutions to better serve women’s needs.“It is my hope and vision that together, and using the existing agreements as well as conventions, we are at a position where we can be game changers as far as supporting women’s emancipation,” she said. “Women’s voices need to be heard but the public institutions that we lead need to serve women and women must feel the service that we are bringing to them.”She added that UN Women will seek to collaborate and coordinate with organizations and institutions within and outside the UN with both the expertise and the resources to do advance women’s interests. In addition, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said another priority in her agenda will be to increase funding for the entity. UN Women will seek to work with Member States to increase their contributions, as well explore ways to diversify funding sources from the private sector, foundations, philanthropists and individuals, she said. UN Women is currently looking to raise $100 million by the end of 2013. read more

Brock students present at International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Caitlin Muhl has long had her sights set on a paediatrics career, so when she heard about Brock’s I-EQUIP program, she knew it was another step in the right direction.Muhl, a fourth-year Health Sciences student and recipient of the 2016-17 President’s Surgite Award, recently joined Goodman Masters of Business Administration student Blair Hutchings in London, England to attend the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.Blair Hutchings with Colonel Chris Hadfield.The two presented information on Brock’s I-EQUIP (Interprofessional Education for Quality Improvement Program) at the prestigious healthcare conference, which brought together 3,400 people from 70 countries“I love helping children and being involved in community initiatives,” says Muhl. “By second year, I wanted to find a way to balance my understanding of public health with patient perspectives and really make a difference”.Already enrolled in Med plus, when she heard about I-EQUIP, she knew it would get her even closer to her goal of working in a hospital.“I-EQUIP stood out because I like learning about the healthcare system and wanted to engage in experiences that would allow me to be an excellent future health professional,” says Muhl.With a background in health sciences and now pursing an MBA, Hutchings felt the experience she could gain in I-EQUIP would help her understand her career path while also contributing to the community.It wasn’t long before Muhl and Hutchings started working on their projects with staff in the Niagara Health Children’s Health Unit in St. Catharines on an I-EQUIP project which used the Canadian Paediatric Trigger Tool to inform real time quality improvement.“Trigger tools are used to uncover certain events, like high rates of unplanned readmissions, gaps in care, a patient fall or a medication error,” explains Muhl. “The goal is to identify these triggers and make improvements.”Muhl and Hutchings were responsible for collecting data, developing a manual for how the tool could be used within the system and co-training a core team of nurses and physicians on how to use the tool effectively to identify patient safety issues.“Caitlin and Blair’s work on pediatric patient safety earned them a tremendous opportunity to present at the top international conference on health quality,” says Health Sciences Associate Professor and I-EQUIP Director Madelyn Law.She said the two students worked hard on their project and received funding from BUSU, an MBA student grant and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences to be able to attend the conference.“This conference was an opportunity to get feedback, learn about unique programs and share information about Brock and I-EQUIP,” Muhl said. “It was inspiring to hear from healthcare professionals who have been doing this for a lot longer than I have.”Muhl will graduate in June and has been accepted to Brock’s Master of Public Health program for September. Hutchings will graduate with her MBA in June and start working at Deloitte in the fall.Brock University students Blair Hutchings, left, and Caitlin Muhl at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in London, England.The I-EQUIP team who worked with Muhl and Hutchings on the Canadian Pediatric trigger tool to inform real time quality improvement included: Madan Roy, Niagara Health SystemCarol Munro, Clinical Manager, Maternal/Child and Paediatrics at Niagara HealthLaura Farrelly, Program Director of Women, Babies and Children’s Health and Site Director at St. Catharines SiteElaina Orlando, Quality and Patient Safety Specialist read more

Family of Wades Alleged New Victim Demands Justice

first_imgAs Wade promises details about additional murders he claims to have committed, the family of one of his alleged new victims says they’re feeling their loss once again … and they’re angry Wade won’t face new charges or a trial for the murders.Listen now:Arlene Soxie lives in Nome. She says her son Henry Ongtowasruk was 30 years old and living in Anchorage when he was killed in 1999. She says she first heard about the connection to Wade in February.“One of the detectives was talking to Joshua Wade and he confessed that he was the one that killed my son. They were able to get in touch with one family member. And that is how they contacted us. And it was like he died all over again.”While investigators try to corroborate Wade’s claims, it’s still unclear whether he could face new charges. That, Soxie says, is not justice.“I was wishing that there would have been a trial for the murder of my son. And I was told that there would be no trial because he’s in prison already. It seems like the law is for the people who have committed the crime and not for the family members who are left suffering.”As for Wade, in exchange for the confession he asked prosecutors transfer him out of Alaska for the rest of his life sentence. Soxie says the idea her son’s alleged killer could bargain information to get anything at all offends her.“It angered me. My son can’t speak for himself and to know that people in the governing system, or the law, allow things like that, it’s not right either,” she said.Whether Wade’s claims on the additional murders prove true or false, he’ll still remain behind bars for the rest of his life:  he’s been transferred to a maximum-security federal prison in Indiana, where he will serve out the remainder of his life sentence without the possibility of parole.last_img read more

Awareness drive on water conservation

first_imgGandhi Nagar: The founder chairman of Lakshya Sadhana Foundation, Pragna Raja, said that survival of humankind depends on water conservation. He was speaking at the awareness programme on water conservation organised by the chairman of Save Vijay Ram near Indira Park on Monday. The programme was attended by 20 students of Lakshya Sadhanan Foundation. Vijaya Ram explained the students about the importance of percolation pits in water harvesting, preparation of pollution-free paper bags and seed ball preparation methods. Speaking on the occasion, Pragna Raj said that the students of the foundation were being sent to several awareness camps to gain knowledge on various social topics. The ultimate goal of the foundation is to prepare the students to become IAS and IPS officers, he said. Bade Saab, Tukaram and students participated in the awareness camp.last_img read more

RBI forced banks to grant loan to Kingfisher Airlines violating its own

first_imgIn a fresh twist in the tale that is set to question the integrity of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), it has been found that top RBI officials allowed certain banks to lend to Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) violating its own asset classifications guidelines. Vijay Mallya blames everybody except himself for Kingfisher Airlines disasterAccording to RBI’s assets classification norms on bank loans, there is no risk in lending to a firm whose assets fall under standard assets category. However, if a company’s assets come under sub-standard assets category, the firm gets declared as a non-performing asset (NPA).In 2008, during a routine annual financial inspection by the RBI of a Kolkata-based bank, the inspection team found that KFA was falling under the category of sub-standard assets. Clearly, that reflected the airline’s poor status of assets classifications and loan repayment for getting next fresh round of loans, the Pioneer reported, citing sources.”As per the RBI guidelines, we were conducting a routine exercise and inspecting bank books at one of the centres in a PSB, headquartered in Kolkata. During the AFI, we had observed that the total loan amount of Rs 3,000 crore, which had been provided to Kingfisher Airlines until 2008, was not falling under standard asset category. So, we had decided that the airlines firm should have declared as an NPA so as to stop any further financial assistance to be extended to the firm,” a source told the Pioneer.However, just when the inspection team decided to take steps to stop any fresh loan to KFA and declare the airline’s existing loan as NPAs, the team received a directive from top RBI officials, asking them not to turn the loan as NPA. And that, in turn, ensured the now defunct airline continued to get loans from the consortium of lenders led by State Bank of India (SBI).The source declined to disclose the name of the bank, but said the inspection was a routine affair of the RBI and the inspection team had acted as per their superiors’ order.”Thereafter, the above loan continued to fall under the category of a standard asset which was the gateway to get further assistance and thus the Mallya-owned firm remained eligible for the next round of fresh loans by the consortium of lenders led by SBI. As a result, the firm was extended several fresh rounds of loan amounting to a total of Rs 6,000 crore over and over again for years,” sources said.A RBI official, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the development and said: “Had the RBI paid heed to the suggestions of the internal team and turned the already sanctioned loan as NPA, the firm would not have been able to go for a fresh round of loans. And thus our banks, which faced with huge NPAs as of today, would have been saved.”The airline managed to get most of the loans between 2006 and 2009 when Vijay Mallya was also a Rajya Sabha MP and reportedly lobbied the then governments for the revival of KFA.last_img read more

Playing Dead Space 3 with Kinect rewards swearing

first_imgIt was announced a while ago that the Xbox 360 version of Dead Space 3 would feature Kinect voice commands to give Xbox gamers an exclusive experience while playing the horror shooter. Now, the game’s producer, Steve Papoutsis, has revealed that there will be some hidden voice commands that are triggered by swearing.As these voice commands are secret easter eggs, they will be activated by pure chance, depending on whether you say the right swear word at the right time. Papoutsis said “You might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to.” It’s a very vague hint as to what the swear words may trigger, but it sounds as if players will be rewarded for being potty-mouthed in certain situations.Developer Visceral Games has also explained why they didn’t include gesture controls as part of the game’s Kinect compatibility. Papoutsis said it “didn’t make sense” as many players of Dead Space 3 will have played the previous two games and therefore are very familiar with the controls. If they added gesture controls, it would have confused gamers for no real gain. This will come as relief to many players as Kinect gestures can be fairly inaccurate, which can ruin a game.On a more worrying note, Papoutsis said some testers have been experiencing bad reactions while playing and ultimately walking away. He said it’s both a good and a bad thing, as it’s getting a reaction out of people, but in the end they’re missing out. He hopes that co-op will convince those who walk away to come back and enjoy the full experience as it’s ideal for gamers who either aren’t great at playing or get scared easily.More at CVG, via Polygonlast_img read more

Riverdale Brings its Second Season to a Strangely Slow End

first_img The episode begins with the biggest fake-out and I was NOT HAPPY about it. Archie, Betty, and Veronica stand over a Jughead’s grave, and for a second, we think the show actually killed off Jughead. Then it turns out to be a dream as Jughead wakes up in the hospital. Don’t toy with me like this, Riverdale! He wakes up to some bad news, though. His dad tells him his sacrifice inspired the Serpents to meet the Ghoulies in full force. It wasn’t enough. The Ghoulies overran the Serpents, some Serpents defected and the trailer park fell. It’s clear to Jughead that Hiram Lodge orchestrated the whole thing to take over the south side.This being the season finale, the stories come together as all the characters are fighting Hiram Lodge from different angles. Fred Andrews faces an uphill battle against Hermione Lodge for mayor, after Hiram’s appointed Sheriff took credit for restoring piece after the previous night’s riots. Good thing he’s got Veronica on his side, who’s dropped out of the student election race to make rebellion her full-time job. Meanwhile, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead all figure out that the second Black Hood must have been hired by Hiram. At first they suspect Sheriff Minetta, as he was curiously nowhere to be scene during the attack on the mayoral debate. That certainly would have been more interesting than what ended up happening.KJ Apa as Archie and Camila Mendes as Veronica (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Last season’s finale was the boiling-over point of the season. It was when every story reached its emotional climax. It was filled with big reveals and shocking moments, leaving us desperate to see what would become of Riverdale the following season. The second season finale was… not that. The twists were decent towards the end, and it did leave us on a pretty great cliffhanger, but nothing leading up to it felt like a finale. The stories meandered to their end at a much more leisurely pace than you’d want for an episode like this. I feel like, in the final episode of a season of Riverdale, the town should be going nuts. Instead, we got that last week. Last week’s episode was pretty much everything you’d want from a season finale. A town on the brink of chaos, everyone in turmoil, and a cliffhanger that threatens to take away a beloved character. This felt like a step down after all that.Archie makes it clear to the new sheriff that he knows a second Black Hood is still out there, and he won’t rest until he finds out who it is. That would have made for a great story, but instead the Black Hood is caught and killed in a firefight offscreen. It was Tall Boy, whom Hiram hired to take shots at his wife, and attack Fred Andrews. But that information will never come to pass because he’s dead. I get that this is supposed to be an unsatisfying conclusion, because it’s a setback in the Kids vs. Hiram story. But the Black Hood mystery finally got a satisfying conclusion last week, and an intriguing tease that more was to come. Did it really have to taint that with a flat epilogue where nothing of consequence happens?Charles Melton as Reggie and Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)For much of this episode, every time they could have done something interesting, they went the other way. Which really was kind of the problem with this whole season. That Dark Betty we were promised? She puts on a PG-13 cam show. Black Hood mystery? Revealed to be a character we’d only met two episodes prior, only fixed by the penultimate episode of the season. Any story involving Josie, Kevin or hell, even Cheryl and Toni? Shoved off to the side, and given one episode if they were lucky. It feels like Riverdale had trouble adjusting to the longer episode count of season two. Season one kept up it’s bonkers fun pace because it had to cram so much story into every episode. Season two tried to do the same thing, but ended up hurtling towards resolution too fast, and had to stall. Somehow the solution of focusing on some of the characters outside Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica never came up.Here, the episode will bring up what could be a cool story and immediately resolve it. Principal Weatherbee plans to bus all the south side kids to a school two hours away. Archie leads the rest of the students to don leather jackets in solidarity, and Weatherbee changes his mind. There’s the student election that has not been mentioned since the episode where everyone initially decided to run. Everyone but Archie and Ethel drop out, and Ethel doesn’t even appear in this episode. Veronica learns from her mother that Hiram is trying to buy the White Wyrm so he’ll have complete ownership of the South Side. She buys it out from under him, which could have set up a cool familial power struggle. Then she learns her dad fired FP Jones from Pop’s, so she makes a trade. The White Worm for Pop’s. And Hiram completely cuts her off. All so she and her friends can still grab burgers and milkshakes together. At least it gives the Serpents a new place to hang out. Veronica discovers the basement used to be a speakeasy (OF COURSE IT DID!), and wants to reopen it with FP as manager. You know, the perfect job for a recovering alcoholic.Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The episode wasn’t all bad, but most of what was good was set up for season three. Betty struggles with whether or not she should go see her father. When she does, it’s one of the episode’s more unsettling scenes. The whole thing is shot like Silence of the Lambs, with Hal mostly in shadow the whole time. Only there’s no psychoanalysis here. He insists that his darkness will always be in Betty, and that no matter where she goes, he’ll always be with her. I’ll give the episode this one, that’s pretty scary and it sets up an interesting conflict for season three. Also, Polly’s back home and she offers to bring a healer from the nunnery home to help the family cope. It’s a very brief line of dialog, but it’s performed with such sinister overtones, you know something’s very wrong. Pity we have to wait until Fall to find out.Jughead helps the serpents escape to Archie’s house to avoid a police raid in one of the episode’s more enjoyable sequences. There, Fred Andrews is cooking bacon for everyone in the hopes that the south side vote will give him the win. It doesn’t, but once Hermione wins, Hiram cuts her out of his organized crime dealings, freeing her to make peace with Fred. Between this, and her helping Veronica buy the White Wyrm, the show is really trying to hit the reset button on her character this episode. Hey after this season, some things could use resetting. FP retires from the serpents, and installs Jughead in his place. His first act is to induct Cheryl, who warned them about the raid, and give her her own custom red leather jacket. It’s a sweet moment, especially seeing how happy Toni is for her. Oh, and Betty’s going to be Serpent Queen now, so we have that to look forward to.KJ Apa as Archie, Luke Perry as Fred and Robin Givens as Sierra McCoy (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)As a season finale, this just wasn’t as exciting as we’ve come to expect. It might have been better if the show just called it a season after last week’s episode. Give us a whole summer to wonder if Jughead would live or die. Still, it did end on a decent cliffhanger. Archie finally takes the upper hand in an exchange with Hiram, ensuring him that he will find proof of his crimes. But just because Archie’s finally doing the right thing doesn’t mean he’s gotten any smarter. He still lists all of Hiram’s crimes like a doofus. Subtlety is a foreign language to Archie, which he proves by jamming Hiram’s blood ritual knife into his desk. You know what, Riverdale? Thanks, I needed a good laugh this episode. Made it hard to take this scene seriously, but you do you.Archie’s stupidity did lead to a pretty great cliffhanger for season three. As Archie is about to be sworn in as class president, Sheriff Minetta walks in and arrests him in front of the whole school. For the murder of one of those robbers from that cabin episode a while back. One of the murders Archie just listed in front of Hiram. Nice going, kid. So despite a finale that was just OK, I am excited to see where the show goes in Season Three. After Josie and Kevin only got the briefest of scenes in the finale, I hope the writers realize we want to see more of them. Also, Hiram’s reason for wanting Archie out of the way is pretty intriguing too. He bought the whole of south Riverdale to start up Cliff Blossom’s drug business again. Cliff’s brother will bring them in through the maple syrup business, and funnel them through the prison, Penny will distribute them through the Ghoulies, and Penelope Blossom will run a brothel. Because why not? Nice to see this finale show us that Riverdale can still be the ridiculous garbage we love so much. ‘Till next season. Stay on target SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Give natural boost to immune system

first_imgThe rainy season may affect the immune system, so it is important to keep yourself hydrated and eat lots of green vegetables, says an expert.Here are a few tips:* Go green: Asparagus, cucumber, broccoli, leafy vegetables, zucchini and green vegetables are ideal. They have enough liquid content to keep the body hydrated and enough protein to provide energy. They keep you relaxed without causing any digestive irritations. * Avoid cold water: What that ice cold water does is effectively douse the digestive fires. This will cause digestive problems and a feeling of lack of energy. Water at room temperature assimilates into your body faster and rehydrates you quickly. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’* Cold-pressed juices: You might have heard about the term ‘cold-pressed juices’ being thrown around these days in discussions on health and fitness. It is actually an alternate process of juicing fruits wherein they are mashed at first and then external pressure is applied to extract the juice. In this way, the enzymes inside the fruit remain intact. They are also great in alkalising the acid build up in the body to keep the pH level neutral. Some fruits have nutrients that naturally help the immunity system. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere are certain options for juice flavours that are ideal for monsoon season. Here’s a list of some:* Guava: A power-packed punch of Vitamin C, this fruit along with lemon and pineapple refreshes the system significantly. Guavas are also very high in anti-oxidants.* Mango: It helps to fight heat strokes, lowers cholesterol and is also a great alkalising agent. Undeniably, however, is the refreshing, delicious taste of this fruit that makes it a perfect drink. * Pomegranate: It helps to enhance the blood flow and detoxify the body of impurities. Another great source of Vitamin C. It is extremely hydrating and its juice delivers essential micro-nutrients and photo chemical to the skin.last_img read more

Centre Dominates at MEA Awards

first_imgThe Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has dominated Australia’s leading events industry awards, winning a best-ever four categories in last night’s Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) National Awards.The Centre won the top awards for Meeting Venue – 500 delegates or more, Banquet and Catering, In-House AV services and Corporate Social Responsibility, announced at MEA’s annual awards gala in Brisbane.Centre Chief Executive Ton van Amerongen said the four awards provided a welcome endorsement of the Centre’s standing as Australia’s leading conference venue.“The Centre has placed a very strong emphasis on innovation and creativity,” Mr van Amerongen said. “Our ambition has always been to offer not just a first-class facility in one of the world’s most enviable locations, but also an extremely high level of in-house expertise. “We’re especially pleased to be recognised in areas like catering and audio visual services, because these are some of the fields in which the Centre has strived to provide standards and skills that simply aren’t available elsewhere,” he said.  “And being named Australia’s best large-scale venue is a great honour given the effort and investment we’ve put into constant improvement and renewal at the Centre.”  The MEA awards come one month after the Centre was given the same honours in the association’s NSW awards.  They were based on detailed submissions outlining the Centre’s business processes, innovations and demonstrated excellence within the business events sector.   Using case studies of various events, the submissions highlighted the Centre’s role in assisting organisers to reach their objectives, through flexible meeting spaces, creative technical production and design, innovative menus and environmental initiatives to make events more sustainable.The MEA award for Corporate Social Responsibility was awarded jointly to the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau. Source = Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centrelast_img read more

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first_imgThe league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.“Players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves,” Goodell wrote.That freedom had been stripped in many cases, with fans and media criticizing the NFL as being the “No Fun League.” A 15-yard penalty often was the price paid for excessiveness.Goodell’s email also mentioned how the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. To go with that, he said the league knows “that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectaculartouchdown.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   Atlanta Falcons’ Mohamed Sanu reacts after catching a touchdown pass during the first half of the NFL football NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Following conversations with dozens of players, we’re making changes to our celebrations policy: https://t.co/1NLdEJjsGD— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) May 23, 2017 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires CHICAGO — The NFL wants to put some flair back into touchdown celebrations, allowing players to use the football as a prop,celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground again if they choose.In an email from Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to fans in an effort to deliver “a more exciting game experience,” the commissioner said the new guidelines came after conversations with more than 80 current and former players.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLuxury shoemaker John Lobb and Manhattan’s The Mark hotel have announced an exciting new partnership that promises to keep busy New Yorkers looking their best. Situated on the hotel’s ground floor, The Mark Shine by John Lobb is an exclusive shoeshine kiosk that will offers customers a thorough buff using quality John Lobb brushes, cloth, wax and polish.Manned by a dedicated butler specially trained in shoe care, the service will be available to hotel guests and locals alike. The service will extend to all guestrooms as well, with a new shoe care service menu provided in-room and in the hotel directory. Accessories and gift items will be available for purchase at the kiosk.Visit www.johnlobb.com and www.themarkhotel.com.last_img read more

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EEZ incursion prevents any hopes of talks president tells UN

first_imgTurkey’s violation of the Republic’s sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) prevents the resumption of peace negotiations, president Nicos Anastasiades told the UN special envoy to Cyprus on Wednesday night.In a phone call on Wednesday night with Jane Holl Lute the president stressed that the EEZ violation undermines attempts to foster an appropriate [political] climateAccording to government spokesperson Prodromos Prodromou on Thursday, Anastasiades “reiterated to Lute for the umpteenth time the readiness of the Greek Cypriot side to participate in a new round of talks for a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus problem, on the basis of UN resolutions, EU acquis, and the six parameters proposed by the UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres.”According to Prodromou, Lute told Anastasiades that she remained determined, on the basis of instructions given Guterres, to help create appropriate conditions for the resumption of the dialogue.The spokesman was also asked whether the UK will be asked to clarify their position on the Republic’s EEZ sovereignty following Britain’s Minister for Europe Sir Alan Duncan’s remarks on Tuesday when he seemed to suggest that the area the Turks have entered with their drillship Fatih, just 60km west of Paphos, was disputed.Prodromou said that Anastasiades “expects that the UK will follow a position that corresponds to international law, to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos), and, of course, to the position held from early on by the UK foreign secretary, and to the EU position, as this was announced from the Commission’s vice-president Federica Mogherini.” You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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