Senate Passes into Law Four Amended Chapters of Elections Law

first_imgThe Liberian Senate has voted unanimously into law four amended portions of the Elections Law, following exhaustive debates. The plenary’s decision followed a report from the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, and Human Rights and the Committee on Autonomous Commissions and Agencies on an Act seeking clarification on the Powers and Authority of the National Elections Commission with Respect to the Qualifications of Political Parties and Organizations and Independent Candidates for the Ensuing Election(s), Determination of Election Results and Determination of Election Disputes.The chapters amended include Chapter 2, Section 2.9, (n) and (t); Chapter 4, Section 4.14 and 4.15; Chapter 6, Section 6.9; and Chapter 9, Section 9.1 of the Elections Law.In their week-long discussions when the bill submitted by Grand Cape Mount County ranking Senator Varney Sherman was redrafted, the draft bill was changed, according to the Senators, to make it an amendment to the Elections Law, and to state specifically which chapters of the Elections Law is/are or will be affected after enactment into law.Accordingly, the bill now carries the title: ‘An Act to amend certain provisions of the elections law to clarify the powers and authority of the National Elections Commission with respect to the qualification of political parties and organizations for elections, determination of election results and determination of election disputes.’The draft bill reaffirms provisions of the Constitution and the Elections Law, that the NEC is the sole determinant of the qualification of political parties and political organizations and independent candidates for elections and the sole determinant of election results and election disputes, “except that the right of appeal is reserved to an interested party aggrieved by a decision of the National Elections Commission to appeal to the Supreme Court for review.”The draft bill allows at least five (5) days to file a complaint with the NEC, while a period of 15 days is provided for the NEC to review its decision after a petition has been filed. The draft bill also provides for “30 days to file an appeal within which a decision shall be made by the Supreme Court on all appeals to it; otherwise, the decision of the NEC shall be final, binding, and legally enforceable.”Further, the amended Act provides that “appeals to the Supreme Court shall not serve as a stay of decisions of the National Elections Commission, but that the NEC’s decisions shall be enforced pending the results of appeals from the Supreme Court.”In a brief engagement with Senate reporters, Senator Sherman, whose Judiciary committee helped to redraft his bill, said the amended law was necessary to avert future recurrence of the 2014 Special Senatorial Election episode, when five Senators suffered several months delay taking their seats after aggrieved candidates took their complaints to the Supreme Court. Senators Sherman, Gbleh-bo Brown of Maryland; Morris Saytumah of Bomi; Jim Tornolah of Margibi; and Conmany Wesseh of River Gee counties later took their respective seats.On one of the sticky issues, of compensation, Senator Sherman clarified that the bill agrees there should be no back pay for a complainant who suffers a delay in the adjudication of his case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Sen. Sherman at Tuesday’s hearing last_img read more

David Forst spends first day of winter meetings laying out A’s plan of attack

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s know they have plenty of work to do in order to construct a roster that can continue the success from last season’s improbable playoff run, but their first day at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings was more of a feeling-out process.Aside from internal discussions about free agents and trades they would like to pursue, A’s general manager David Forst didn’t get very far on any potential deals after arriving at the Mandalay Bay hotel Monday afternoon.“We just got here,” …last_img read more

Scuba-diving South Africa

first_imgThe mecca of South African divers is Sodwana Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal, where extensive tropical reefs lie parallel to the shore. RELATED ARTICLES • The adventure starts here • Garden Route’s new national park • Spoilt for adventure choice • Big fish, big teeth, big bucks • Sharkspotting keeps seas safeFiona McIntoshSouth Africa is underrated as a diving destination. Sure, cage diving off Gansbaai is an international crowd puller, and KwaZulu-Natal province’s Protea Banks is on the map of any diver serious about scuba diving with sharks.But there is so much more, a wealth and variety of marine life in the reefs along the country’s coastline. That said, diving in South Africa is not for the faint-hearted. The water can be cold, the visibility poor, the launches wild and the currents fast. But on a good day diving here is as good as it gets. So go on – take the plunge.The mecca of South African divers is Sodwana Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The warm waters brought down by the Mozambique Current favour coral development, and extensive tropical reefs lie parallel to the shore. These are unimaginatively named for their distance from the launch site at Jesser Point – Quarter-Mile, Two-Mile, Five-Mile, Seven-Mile and Nine-Mile.This is where most local divers do their first open-water dives, so there’s a multitude of resident dive schools. If you’ve never dived the KwaZulu-Natal coast expect a fairly hair-raising first boat trip. After you’ve pushed the rigid inflatable boat into the shallows it’s all aboard, life jackets on and feet in the straps ready for an exciting ride through the surf.You can spend hours searching for unusual specimens such as leaf fish and tiny crustaceans on Stringer Reef, admiring the beautiful table corals and shoals of flame goatfish at Coral Gardens or photographing the wonderful rock and coral topography of Arches.Anton’s Reef is known for its dense shoals of fish while pregnant ragged-tooth sharks often descend on Quarter Mile between May and December, so you can literally sit on the sand and watch these magnificent creatures cruise overhead.The further reefs are even more spectacular. At Seven-Mile you’ll see dense, colourful shoals of snapper and baitfish, and at Nine-Mile dramatic green tree coral and resident potato and brindle bass.When conditions are right, “Breaking Waters” on Nine-Mile is outstanding – you shoot over the shallow reef, though caves and pitch-black tunnels until you see a shaft of light that you fin up to. Keep your eyes peeled for the smaller treasures which the dive masters love to locate – beautiful paperfish, frogfish and nudibranchs. You’ll often see dolphins surfing in the backline on the way to these sites, and more than once we’ve seen whale sharks and manta rays.There are some specialised courses on offer, including Gypsea Centre’s whale shark programme where you learn about the habits of these gentle giants then head out to sea guided by a spotter plane to snorkel with them. Then there’s Reefteach’s environmental specialties course and Sodwana Bay Lodge’s photographic courses.Further up the coast Rocktail Bay Dive Centre and Thonga Beach Lodge are the only concession holders on a long and pristine section of reef, so they are able to offer boutique diving at its best.The second most popular dive venue is Aliwal Shoal, five kilometres off Umkomaas. The shoal is famous for its fast drift dives, awesome topography, colourful tropical fish, beautiful corals and ragged tooth sharks. There are also two great shipwrecks, the Produce and the Nebo, where the stars are turtles and big game fish.My favourite site is the appropriately named Cathedral, with its magnificent arch and ledges under which all manner of tiny critters hide. Between July and November Cathedral is a popular hangout for ragged tooth sharks, so watch for beady eyes in the shadows.If you want a really close encounter with sharks join African Watersports on one of their specialised, baited tiger shark dives. Drifting along eyeballing tiger and black-tip sharks is an amazing, almost surreal experience.Protea Banks is for serious adrenalin junkies and advanced divers only. This rocky reef, eight kilometres off the coast at Shelley Beach, has wonderful arches, caves and pinnacles to explore as well as pretty corals and fish life.But it’s the sharks that most divers come to see. In winter scores of ragged tooth sharks lurk under the overhangs, while Zambezi sharks are regular visitors between October and May, tigers between April and November, and hammerheads are usually in the area in November and December. Of course, like any animal encounter, it’s hit and miss – particularly as the strong current means viewing is at speed.The Sardine Run is a major marine attraction all along the south coast during June and July, when visiting dive charters join with local dive schools and operators offering surface viewing for non-divers.The event, cleverly marketed as the Greatest Shoal on Earth, is a spectacle of diving gannets, leaping dolphins and big predators chasing and munching the oily, silver slicks of sardines that move into the shallow waters at this time. If you’re lucky you might be in the water to experience a baitball, a pocket of sardines rounded up by predators into a clustered group near the surface and then greedily devoured. But be careful out there!The Western Cape coastline offers a range of dive options from wrecks to kelp forests, seals to tiny nudibranchs, many accessible as shore dives.The water on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula is warmer, and dives on the beautiful boulders reveal wonderful small critters that have macro-photographers snapping away until their lips turn blue. The most famous sites are probably the Smits wrecks, which lie in the picturesque Smitswinkel Bay just outside the Cape Point Reserve. Five vessels, two navy frigates, the SAS Transvaal and SAS Good Hope, a diamond dredger, the Rockeater, and two fishing trawlers the Princess Elizabeth and the Oratava, were scuttled in the 1970s to form artificial reefs covered with psychedelic soft corals, sponges and gorgonian fans.On the Atlantic side Coral Gardens and Justin’s Caves – underwater wonderlands of bright corals – are great shore dives when conditions are right, while the wreck of the Maori and Vulcan Rock are popular boat dives from Hout Bay.Diving operators African Watersports Blue Wilderness Safaris Aliwal Dive Centre African Dive Adventures Bubble Blowers Dive Action Orca Industries Pisces Divers Triton Dive ChartersReefteachGypsea Centrelast_img read more

Dropbox Buys Mailbox – Promises To Help It Grow

first_imgnick statt Mailbox Lives!“To be clear, Mailbox is not going away,” stressed the app team in a blog post this morning. “The product needs to grow fast, and we believe that joining Dropbox is the best way to make that happen.”Though the acquisition sum is unavailable, it should be noted that Orchestra raised $5.3 million in a funding round led by Charles River Ventures in 2011. According to The Wall Street Journal, all 13 employees of Orchestra will join Dropbox. Currently Mailbox works only for iOS and Gmail accounts, but the team is looking to expand that in all directions. Dropbox, currently valued at $4 billion by investors, plans to use Mailbox to expand the reach of its services, which already cater to 100 million users, directly into the email optimization sector. But unlike Google’s acquisition of email app Sparrow last summer that ended up killing the the app as it acqui-hired the team, Dropbox seems actually interested in the product as well as the team.  “We felt we could help Mailbox reach a much different audience much faster,” Dropbox CEO Drew Houston told the Journal. Houston emphasized that Mailbox wil stay a stand alone app, but Dropbox will also work to integrate it features, such as email attachments. Is It Worth The Wait? Absolutely Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The beauty of Mailbox, which I’ve let run rampant on my multiple email accounts this morning, is the idea of “Inbox zero” – a repository for only the things that must be addressed immediately, with an end goal of wiping it to nothing every time you open it. By clearing out that pile of mail – too often used as a To Do list – either to a folder governed by time-based priority reminders or to one’s All Mail folder through archiving and labeling, users can optimize their email organization and breathe a much-needed sigh of relief.At least that’s how theory goes. And after my morning tests, I’m starting to believe it could actually work. Mailbox could be one of the very few email optimizers to deliver on the promise of actually making your life easier.Upending email long been a Holy Grail for both productivity and user interface gurus. Email philosophy has fluctuated constantly since the messaging platform became the mainstream Web-based communication method decades ago. But Mailbox, in only a matter of minutes, begins to fundamentally change how you view your inbox. For me, it immediately started to change my haphazard navigation through all the junk towards a semblance of organization.Works For MeI found Mailbox a refreshing upgrade from relying on Gmail’s Label feature and my own rather arbitrary system of what needed to stay in front of my eyes at all times. Personally, I spend too much time throwing things in folders and applying labels, cutting my Inbox down but never quite achieving a regimented system where I truly felt in control and capable of easily finding anything at any time. With Mailbox, the difficult decisions are made for you. You just hand yourself over and stop trying so hard. It may be premature to consider Mailbox the best thing that ever happened to email, but I did manage to clear my inbox of hundreds of messages in just a few hours. After waiting for nearly three weeks to get access to the app, I was thrilled to achieve my “first zero.” Though it matters less than core functionality and purpose, the app’s design is also exemplary. A clean and simple look matched with an easy-to-use interface make Mailbox a pleasure to use, and its multi-purpose swiping conjures up the aesthetic experience of using the well-received Mac app Clear, which lets you set up prioritized lists and then swipe them away when completed. Reviewers seem to agree on Mailbox’s promise, as do the long list of potential users still waiting to gain access.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology UPDATE: Dropbox may have acquired Mailbox for a figure close to $100 million, reports GigaOM. While sources tell Om Malik that it was definitely upwards of $50 million, he confirms that at least one person close to the deal said the figure Dropbox paid to acquire Orchestra was “much closer to $100 million.” Allegedly Yahoo and Facebook were considering acquiring Mailbox as well, but Dropbox clinched the acquisition first.  Things have been going great for Mailbox, the sleek iOS email app that advertises its ability to “put email in its place.” Developed by Palo Alto-based startup Orchestra Inc., Mailbox has grown immensely since its February launch – its now delivering more than 60 million emails a day and has taken more than 1.3 million reservations in a unique system that staggers users’ access – and builds anticipation. And on Friday, Dropbox bought the company for an undisclosed amount. Mailbox attempts to reduce the impending email overload down to nothing. It lifts the inbox above Gmail’s ‘All Mail’ folder and turns it into a productivity center where incoming items lie in wait to be organized. A swipe to the right archives or deletes the message, while  a swipe to the left sets up a time-based reminder or adds the folder to a custom list. That way, everything can be addressed immediately (or at least in one session) and put where it needs to be. Through archiving, conversations deemed finished are still accessible via search. The “archive, search and never delete” email mindset is increasingly popular -Mailbox gives you a clean starting point. center_img Related Posts Tags:#Dropbox#Mailbox What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

Adamson clinches 3rd spot, holds off UP

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UP clawed back from a 21 points down, 69-48, with Paul Desiderio capping off an 18-5 run that cut Adamson’s lead down to just eight, 74-66, with still five minutes left. The Falcons, however, responded with a 12-0 run near the end of the game to rebuild a 20-point lead, 86-66, with less than 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd as the Falcons secured their semifinals spot, head coach Franz Pumaren said they had already settled into the reality that they are one step closer to their title aspiration.“Our mentality is Final Four mode already,” said Pumaren. “During this stretch, every game is a learning process for us, a learning experience for us.” “In the time that we made run, I didn’t call a timeout, for me that’s one way of trusting my players, one way of making them feel that they should rise above the challenge.”Sarr led the way for the Fal ons with a 25-point, 17-rebound double-double while Jerie Pingoy had 15 points, eight assists, six steals, and zero turnovers.Desiderio led the Fighting Maroons with 20 points while Javi Gomez de Liaño had 10 points and 10 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University locked up the third seed after withstanding a late fightback by University of the Philippines, 86-70, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Soaring Falcons rose to 9-4 record while the Fighting Maroons dropped to fifth with a 5-7 record, a full game behind fourth seed Far Eastern University, which booted University of the East out earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR PLAY LIST 03:47Tropical Depression ‘Quiel’ enters PAR00:50Trending Articles01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Free tickets to Alab Pilipinas season opener Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Total proctocolectomy and ileal- anal pouch

first_imgDefinitionTotal proctocolectomy and ileal-anal pouch surgery is the removal of the large intestine and most of the rectum. The surgery is done in one or two stages.Alternative NamesRestorative proctocolectomy; Ileal-anal resection; Ileal-anal pouch; J-pouch; S-pouch; Pelvic pouch; Ileal-anal pouch; Ileal pouch-anal anastomosis; IPAA; Ileal-anal reservoir surgeryDescriptionYou will receive general anesthesia right before your surgery. This will make you sleep and unable to feel pain.You may have the procedure in one or two stages:Your surgeon will make a surgical cut in your belly. Then your surgeon will remove your large intestine.Next your surgeon will remove your rectum. Your anus and anal sphincter (the muscle that opens your anus when you have a bowel movement) will be left in place.Then your surgeon will make a pouch out of the last 1 1/2 feet of your small intestine. The pouch is sewn to your anus.If you have an ileostomy, your surgeon will close it during the last stage of the surgery.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThis procedure may be done for:Ulcerative colitisFamilial polyposisRisksRisks for any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsHeart attack or strokeInfection, including in the lungs, urinary tract, and bellyRisks for this surgery include:Bleeding inside your bellyBulging tissue through the cut, called an incisional herniaDamage to nearby organs in the body and nerves in the pelvisScar tissue that forms in the belly and causes a blockage of the small intestineThe place where the small intestine is sewn to the anus may come open (anastomosis), which can be life threateningWound breaks openWound infectionsBefore the ProcedureadvertisementAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.Before you have surgery, talk with your doctor or nurse about the following things:Intimacy and sexualityPregnancySportsWorkDuring the 2 weeks before your surgery:Two weeks before surgery you may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naprosyn (Aleve, Naproxen), and others.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you smoke, try to stop. Ask your doctor for help.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have before your surgeryThe day before your surgery:Eat a light breakfast and lunch.You may be asked to drink only clear liquids, such as broth, clear juice, and water after noon.Do NOT drink anything after midnight, including water. Sometimes you will not be able to drink anything for up to 12 hours before surgery.Your doctor or nurse may ask you to use enemas or laxatives to clear out your intestines. They will give you instructions.On the day of your surgery:Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will be in the hospital for 3 to 7 days. By the second day, you will most likely be able to drink clear liquids. Your doctor or nurse will slowly add thicker fluids and then soft foods as your bowel begins to work again.While you are in the hospital for the first stage of your surgery, your nurse and doctor will teach you how to care for your ileostomy.Outlook (Prognosis)You will probably have 4 to 8 bowel movements a day after this surgery. You will need to adjust your lifestyle for this.Most people recover fully. They are able to do most activities they were doing before their surgery. This includes most sports, travel, gardening, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and most types of work.ReferencesCima RR, Pemberton JH. Ileostomy, colostomy, and pouches. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Sleisenger MH, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 113.Fry RD, Mahmoud N, Maron DJ, Ross HM, Rombeau J. Colon and rectum. In: Townsend CM, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 52.Cunningham D, Atkin W, Lenz HJ, Lynch HT, Minsky B, Nordlinger B, et al. Colorectal cancer. Lancet. 2010;375:1030-1047.Review Date:12/10/2012Reviewed By:Robert A. Cowles, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, and Stephanie Slon.advertisementlast_img read more

Joe Root sees humour in Virat Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ act

first_imgEngland captain Joe Root is relishing the competition with his counterpart as the five-match Test series got underway with an action packed first day in Edgbaston.India came back strong on Day 1 after England took the upper-hand in the first two sessions. The hosts were cruising at 216 for the loss of three wickets on the opening day of the first Test on Wednesday when an ill-judged call by Jonny Bairstow led to Root being run out on 80 following a brilliant throw by Kohli.Kohli, who was mid-wicket, quickly collected the ball and released it swiftly to the non-striker’s end for a direct hit to dismiss Root.The India captain then celebrated the dismissal with a ‘mic drop’ gesture. Earlier, with ODI series levelled at 1-1, Root slammed 100 not out at Headingley as England defeated India by eight wickets to clinch the series. Root then celebrated the win by dropping his bat with Kohli watching on. The celebration was seen as a statement made by Root prior to the Test series against India. Joe Root did the ‘mic drop’ celebration after winning the three-match ODI series for England (Getty Images)Also read – India vs England: Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root with mic drop celebration Virat Kohli’s direct throw from mid-wicket ran Joe Root out on Day 1 of the first Test (Reuters Photo)Kohli’s ‘mic drop’ gesture was clearly in response to Root’s actions in front of Kohli after the third ODI.Also read – Keaton Jennings ‘cool’ with Kohli’s mic-drop gesture after Root run outadvertisementBut, Root sees no offence to it. Instead, he feels that Kohli’s actions spice things up in the series and make it entertaining.”I actually think it adds to the whole spectacle of Test cricket, it gives a bit of humour to it, and it makes for a very entertaining series for something like that to happen so early on, so we’ll see how things pan out over the course of the five test matches,” Root told Sky before the second day’s play. Joe Root had celebrated in front of Joe Root after England won the third ODI (Reuters Photo)Root’s teammate and England opener Keaton Jennings also weighed in on the issue and said that he is completely ‘cool’ with Kohli’s actions.”It’s fine. Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want to. He celebrated, and that’s cool,” Jennings said at the end of day’s play.On Day 2, India bowled out England for 287 and started their chase in a good fashion before calamity struck.They suffered three quick blows in their reply to England’s modest first innings total with English left armer Sam Curran pegging them back to 76 for three at lunch.The Indian openers chalked up a half century partnership but the visitors were rocked by three swift strikes by the 20-year-old swing bowler who is playing in his only second test match.Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan got the visitors off to a good start with Dhawan looking the more dangerous of the two despite some good bowling by Stuart Broad and James Anderson.But the introduction of Curran turned the tables in favour of the hosts as he dismissed India’s top three batsmen in the space of nine runs.Dhawan scored 26 off 46 deliveries peppered with some fluent strokes while Vijay made 20. KL Rahul made only four.last_img read more

10 months ago​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive year

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.” last_img read more

Angelina Jolie Donates 50000 To Girls Education Fund

first_imgAngelina Jolie has donated $50,000 to the Women in the World Foundation’s Woman of Impact Emergency Appeal for Girls’ Education Fund.In honor of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year old Pakistani girl who was tragically shot by the Taliban for exercising her fundamental right to an education, the Women in the World Foundation is launching a Woman of Impact Award for Girls’ Education to provide funds to women and girls fighting for girls’ education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.The Foundation is making an emergency appeal to their Women in the World Community to join Tina Brown and Angelina Jolie in this campaign. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go towards girls’ education on the ground in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Jolie’s Education Partnership for Children of Conflict will contribute the first $50,000 to this effort.“We are sure you have been shaken by the news that last week, 14-year old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban as she left school in the Swat Valley in Pakistan,” said Angelina Jolie and Women in the World Foundation founder Tina Brown in a joint statement. “Her crime was promoting girls’ education in Pakistan and publishing a blog about life under the Taliban. She remains unconscious, and has been flown from Pakistan to the United Kingdom to receive specialist treatment.“As a response to Malala’s bravery, girls across Pakistan, Afghanistan and the world are standing up and saying, “I am Malala” – and this is our opportunity to show the same solidarity.”To join Angelina in donating to the cause, click here. To read Angelina’s reaction to the shooting of Malala, see our earlier story.last_img read more

Film fests grave proposition Watch scifi film from inside a coffin

first_imgTo mark its 40th anniversary, Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival will hold “an extremely intimate screening” of a sci-fi movie. How intimate? Well, let’s just say coffins don’t generally have a ton of space for stretching. The video teaser for the “world’s most claustrophobic cinema” shows a terrified-looking Meghan Markle lookalike walking through dark corridors until she comes upon a cavernous room containing a single sarcophagus. The footage then shows her from the inside of the tomb, breathing heavily, touching the top of the small, dark compartment with shaky hands and definitely not looking like she’s enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the cinema. Post a comment Share your voice Tags TV and Movies 0 Aniara, the film that viewers will watch in the confined space, is a 2018 adaptation of a science fiction poem by Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson about space colonists who leave an Earth ravaged by extreme weather, only to find cosmic travel presents its own problems. In the 106-minute Swedish movie, a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the passengers to consider their place in the universe. Watching the action from the custom-made sarcophagus will presumably give viewers a sense of what’s it like to be alone in space, totally isolated from the outside world. It might feel lonely and restrictive in the box, but at least you won’t have to deal with those annoying audience members who spend the whole film talking and texting. “We want to explore what happens when you watch a film in extreme conditions,” the festival says of the experience, which runs at the international fest in Gothenburg from Jan. 27-31. The Göteborg Film Festival attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually, according to the website, though only a limited number will get to swap a seat for a sarcophagus. Those interested in the opportunity can share their email on the festival site for a chance to get a ticket. The site doesn’t list a price, but I’ve reached out to the festival for comment.  “Limited space available,” the video teaser ends (get it?). “Book now.” Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers.last_img read more