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first_imgToday is National Canadian Film Day. The movies might surprise you!Bell Media’s premium English and French-language Pay TV networks, The Movie Network, The Movie Network Encore (TMN Encore), Super Écran, and Cinépop, are once again proud to support National Canadian Film Day today, Wednesday, April 18 with a specially curated lineup of Canadian films that celebrate this year’s theme: female filmmakers. Bell Media is a proud sponsor of National Canadian Film Day, now in its fifth year.The Movie Network’s main lineup is anchored by four titles from leading Canadian female filmmakers: Anne Marie Fleming’s animated feature Window Horses, about a young Canadian poet invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran (6 p.m. ET); Stella Meghie’s Canadian Screen Award-nominated directorial debut, Jean of the Joneses (7:30 p.m. ET); Aisling Walsh’s Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, and winner of seven 2018 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Motion Picture, Best Direction, Lead Actress and Lead Supporting Actor (9 p.m. ET); and April Mullen’s Below Her Mouth, a bold, uninhibited drama that begins with a passionate weekend-long affair between two women (11 p.m. ET). Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On TMN Encore, subscribers can enjoy a day-long Canadian movie marathon from celebrated female directors and screenwriters such as Deepa Mehta,Sarah Polley, Tara Johns, and Shannon Masters. Featured films include: Away from Her (6 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET), the acclaimed 2006 adaptation of Alice Munro’s short story, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent; Empire of Dirt (7:20 p.m. ET), following three generations of First Nations women as they struggle to deal with the demons of their past; and Bollywood/Hollywood (10:50 p.m. ET), the award-winning 2002 film about an East Indian man looking for his family’s approval to marry a non-East Indian woman.The full broadcast schedule for The Movie Network (and its suite of multiplex channels) and The Movie Network Encore for April 18 is below:TMN 1:6 p.m. ET – Window Horses7:30 p.m. ET – Jean of the Joneses9 p.m. ET – Maudie11 p.m. ET – Below Her MouthTMN 2:6:15 p.m. ET – The Steps8 p.m. ET – Don’t Talk to Irene9:25 p.m. ET – Sleeping Giant11 p.m. ET – 1:54TMN 3:5:40 p.m. ET – Mean Dreams7:30 p.m. ET – River9 p.m. ET – Goon: Last of the Enforcers10:45 p.m. ET – Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2TMN Encore:6 a.m. ET – Away From Her7:50 a.m. ET – Empire of Dirt9:40 a.m. ET – Sophie11:25 a.m. ET – The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom1 p.m. ET – The Animal Project2:35 p.m. ET – Breakfast with Scot4:15 p.m. ET – I Put a Hit on You5:35 p.m. ET – Autrui7:20 p.m. ET – Empire of Dirt9 p.m. ET – Away From Her10:50 p.m. ET – Bollywood/Hollywood Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UN agencies launch DDTfree antimalaria initiativeUN agencies launch DDTfree antimalaria initiative

A number of projects, involving some 40 countries in Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia, are set to test non-chemical methods of eradicating the deadly disease, ranging from eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites and securing homes with mesh screens to deploying mosquito-repellent trees and fish that eat mosquito larvae.The new projects follow a successful five-year pilot programme using alternatives to DDT in Mexico and Central America, where pesticide-free techniques and management procedures have helped cut cases of malaria by over 60 per cent.The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are spearheading the ten new projects, with close to $40 million in funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).The agencies aim to cut DDT use by 30 per cent worldwide by 2014 and phase out the use of the pesticide completely by the early 2020s while staying on track with WHO malaria eradication targets.“The new projects underline the determination of the international community to combat malaria while realizing a low, indeed zero, DDT world,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Today we are calling time on a chemical rooted in the scientific knowledge and simplistic options of a previous age.”However, concern over DDT is matched by concern over the close to 250 million malaria infections a year which result in over 880,000 deaths. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan noted that the agency “faces a double challenge, a commitment to the goal of drastically and sustainably reducing the burden of vector-borne diseases, in particular malaria, and at the same time a commitment to the goal of reducing reliance on DDT in disease vector control.” Malaria is caused by a parasite, transmitted through infected mosquito bites. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver and then infect red blood cells, causing fever, headache, and vomiting between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can quickly become life-threatening by disrupting the blood supply to vital organs. 6 May 2009The United Nations today announced a renewed round of international efforts to combat malaria with a reduced reliance on the controversial synthetic pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT). read more

US tariffs would lower American output after five years says Bank ofUS tariffs would lower American output after five years says Bank of

OTTAWA — The head of the Bank of Canada says a broad-based hike in American tariffs would lower U.S. economic output after about five years — whether or not other countries retaliate.In prepared remarks of a Mexico City speech Thursday, central bank governor Stephen Poloz says attempts by countries throughout history to shield their industries and workers from foreign competition have been counterproductive.Poloz’s remarks come as Canadian and Mexican companies face significant unknowns amid talk of fresh protectionist policies, including border tariffs, by the U.S. administration.“We know that with protectionism everybody loses eventually, including the country that puts the policies in place,” said Poloz’s speech, which was to be delivered to the Canadian chamber of commerce in Mexico and the Club de Industriales.“Clearly, this uncertainty is a significant issue for both Canada and Mexico.”Poloz said it raises the chances businesses will pay higher costs for capital and restrain investment.The governor also pointed to additional risks for Canadian firms if President Donald Trump follows through on his vow to lower corporate tax rates in the U.S. and if there are delays in the implementation of pro-growth U.S. policies.Poloz’s remarks come as Canada and Mexico prepare to engage with the U.S. on NAFTA’s renegotiation, which is expected to begin later this year.He called upon policy-makers, as well as business and labour leaders, in Canada and Mexico to remind their countries’ biggest trading partner how important open trade is for the entire continent.Poloz highlighted the North American auto industry, saying it has created tens of thousands of jobs in each of the three countries.“It is hard to imagine how interfering with open trade or implementing other protectionist policies would benefit these people and their families,” he said.“It would be helpful to hear many more examples from other industries.”He added that regardless of the challenges that may surface in the U.S., he believes there are plenty of ways Canada and Mexico can boost their economic growth by opening up access to markets beyond North America.However, Poloz also outlined the significance of the “economic powerhouse next door” for the relatively small economies of Canada and Mexico.Last year, 75 per cent of Canada’s goods exports were shipped to the U.S., while 81 per cent of Mexico’s went north of its border, he noted. At the same time, the biggest shares of Canada and Mexico’s imports came from the U.S.Poloz also said Canada would only have free access to about six per cent of the world economy if it no longer conducted trade with the U.S. But he added the upcoming ratification of Canada’s trade agreement with the European Union will broaden its access to markets outside of the U.S.The Canadian Press read more

Pregnant Lankan in UK who tried to stop fraud run overPregnant Lankan in UK who tried to stop fraud run over

Tom Triggs, 54, said: “She has a little boy about two and they are a lovely family. My grandchildren go in there all the time – they are really nice people.”John Lloyd, a barber who works opposite the shop, said: “It’s scary, round here you wouldn’t expect it. I can’t get my head around it.”Detective Inspector Stuart Truss said: “The shop was very busy at that time of day and there were also a lot of people in the area who may have seen what happened. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, assault, fraud by false representation and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.He was detained at an address in London on Tuesday and taken to Southend police station, where he remains in custody. A car has also been recovered.A friend, who did not want to be named, said: “She was on her own at the time and she is four or five months pregnant. It’s really sad, she only came over from Sri Lanka a year ago” The victim, who is understood to be four or five months pregnant, was taken to hospital in a stable but life-threatening condition after the incident at around 5pm on Monday. A pregnant woman who tried to stop a crime at a shop suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a vehicle fleeing the scene, The Telegraph in the UK reported.The woman, in her 30s and who is believed to be Sri Lankan, had tried to stop an attempted fraud at the shop where she works in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Locals reacted in shock to the news that the family-run business was targeted. She was said to have been on her own in the off-licence, in London Road, when the incident happened.An Essex Police spokesman said: “It is not believed the baby was harmed.” Police said she was struck by a grey Volkswagen Golf and suffered injuries to her head and face and internal injuries. “I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information about it to come forward and contact us.” read more

WatchVancouver court learns details of detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhous life inWatchVancouver court learns details of detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhous life in

Handout / PNG Handout / PNG One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. Handout One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. View this document on ScribdView this document on ScribdOne of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. Handout / PNG When Meng Wanzhou, who also goes by the names Sabrina, and sometimes Cathy, touched down at Vancouver International Airport on Cathay Pacific flight 838 at 11:30 am on December 1, she was feeling unwell.The 12-hour layover between Hong Kong and Mexico should have been a chance to rest.What was on her mind as she stepped off the flight is unknown. Was she anxious as she passed the cascading water feature and descended the escalators into the customs hall?Did she suspect that authorities lay in wait for her just beyond the warm red cedar of YVR’s stately Musqueam welcome figures?Did she choose to transit through Canada in order to avoid a possible arrest in the U.S.?Meng had not made a trip to the U.S. since becoming aware of the U.S. criminal investigation into Huawei in April 2017, despite having been a regular visitor in 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to affidavits filed in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.Whatever her state of mind before her arrest in Vancouver, the filings claim that Meng suffers from severe hypertension, a condition the 46-year-old mother of four states she has “struggled with for years.”Immediately following her arrest, the Huawei executive was treated at Richmond General Hospital.Affidavits also show Meng is a thyroid cancer survivor and has expressed concern over her health during her incarceration. The executive also suffers from sleep apnea, for which she recently had jaw surgery. She has difficulty eating solid food, and relies on “daily packages of medications” she has been prescribed.Yet Meng’s fragile health has not held her back from performing significant duties as CFO of Huawei, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world.Those duties included a robust global travel schedule, using at least seven different passports issued by China and Hong Kong — and those are just the passports known to U.S. authorities, as documented in an affidavit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice.The U.S. Department of Justice suggests Meng could have access to “numerous passport and visa documents, which could allow her to flee with greater ease.”In his affidavits, Meng’s husband Liu Xiaozong denies that his wife has other passports. His wife, he says, travelled so frequently between 2007 and 2016 and required so many visas that “the pages in these passports for such visas were utilized, requiring the acquisition of the replacement passports.”Other passports were “broken,” invalidated and replaced to reflect changes in her name after their marriage.Liu believes that the only two valid passports his wife holds are from Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China — both of which are were surrendered to the RCMP.Meng’s Chinese passport show a history of international travel that would be taxing to even the healthiest individual.Her Chinese passport issued in 2011 show stamps from London’s Heathrow Airport, Amsterdam’s Schiphol, Paris’s Roissy CDG, in addition to stamps from Canada, Mumbai, Ghana, Russia, Japan and Myanmar, and visas issued and sealed by officials for travel to Mauritius, South Africa, Madagascar, Mali, the U.S. and Canada.Liu describes himself as the primary caregiver to the couple’s daughter, who attended kindergarten in Vancouver. The couple married in 2007 and share one child. Meng has three sons from previous marriages. The couple own two multi-million-dollar properties in Vancouver.Liu, who flew to Canada a day after his wife’s arrest, includes in his affidavit evidence of the family’s ties to Canada, photographs showing his wife, their children and extended family in various beauty spots in Banff, atop Cypress Mountain, at English Bay and on Spanish Banks.The papers show Meng became a permanent resident of Canada on April 3, 2001, a status that expired in 2009. She also has ID that includes an expired B.C. identification card, a CareCard. Meng is a diminutive 160 cm, brown eyed, and was born 13 February 1972.Meng’s lawyer submitted three character references, none with Vancouver connections.Chinese business associate Sha Ye, of Chengwei Capital, said Meng worked her way up at her father’s company “step by step”, after starting as “a low-level clerk” some 25 years ago, and made a point of not publicizing her connection to the company’s founder.Another friend, Fan Bo wrote that Meng “is a very proud person” with respect for the law who is “down to earth” despite “the enormity of her success.” Fan Bo writes that she has “many fans” in China, and is a loving mother.A letter of support from Andrew Chase, the headmaster of Eaglebrook, a junior boarding school in Deerfield Massachusetts that one of her sons attended in 2013, describes Meng as a supportive parent who cared about her son’s personal growth and exhibited warmth, hospitality, kindness and care.Meng is being detained at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. One of the travel documents attached to court filings in the case of Huawei Technologies executive Meng Wanzhou. Handout / PNG Handout read more

Lebanon cannot bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis alone UN relief officialLebanon cannot bear brunt of Syrian refugee crisis alone UN relief official

“It is imperative that the international community helps bear the brunt of the pressure on Lebanon,” Ross Mountain, the Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, told a news conference in Geneva. As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, there are nearly 2.5 million Syrians registered as refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency has registered over 950,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon – now constituting 25 per cent of the total population. Mr. Mountain noted that this is equivalent to 80 million Mexicans arriving in the United States over a span of 18 months. Also, the number of registered Syrian refugees does not include the hundreds of thousands of Syrians that are living in Lebanon without having asked for assistance, or the over 50,000 Palestinians who have fled to Lebanon since the start of the conflict, adding to the 270,000 that were already there.If the current influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon – some 12,000 every week – continues, there could be over 1.6 million of them registered in the country by the end of this year. The presence of such a large number of refugees is exerting unprecedented pressure on public services and communities hosting the refugees. “Life has become a lot harder for the Lebanese communities as a consequence of the Syrian crisis,” Luca Renda, Country Director, UN Development Programme. Credit: UNDPIt is also creating tension within the Lebanese population and could be a source of future friction, warned Mr. Mountain.“Already we are seeing signs of tension, not surprisingly, between the Syrians that are arriving and the Lebanese host communities. But the fear that many of us have is that, that mixed with other factors could mean rising tension between communities within Lebanon.”He also noted that the bulk of the refugees are coming into parts of Lebanon where the poorest Lebanese live, in the Bekaa and Akkar regions. “There are 225 localities that contain 86 per cent of the refugees and 68 per cent of the poorest Lebanese. The problems that they have had before are of course exacerbated by this influx.”Lebanon, he said, is now the largest per capita recipient of refugees anywhere in the world, and it is not in a position to support the Syrian refugees without substantial international help.“It is unthinkable that it should bear the brunt of this pressure without massive international support,” Mr. Mountain stated, also pointing out that Lebanon is the only country in the region that is keeping its borders open.Recognizing the multiple challenges facing Lebanon, including the massive influx of Syrian refugees, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last September established the International Support Group for Lebanon. At its most recent meeting, held on 5 March in Paris, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said that as a growing number of villages and towns now host more Syrians than Lebanese, the crisis is also putting unimaginable pressure on host communities. Water, sanitation and waste management systems are already weakened to the point that serious health consequences are emerging for refugees and locals alike. Accommodation is in short supply, and rents have gone up nearly everywhere, stretching the resources of people in Lebanon’s poorest regions that host the largest refugee numbers, he continued. Wages are plummeting, and many Lebanese families are struggling to make ends meet as a result.And yet, Lebanon is making an “unparalleled” contribution to the continued stability of the entire region, despite the enormous problems this is creating for its own society, Mr. Guterres told the meeting. “Lebanon is a key pillar in the international framework for the protection of Syrian refugees, and without it, that entire system would collapse.” read more

Womens volleyball OSU drops two matches in MichiganWomens volleyball OSU drops two matches in Michigan

Ohio State’s libero Valeria Leon passes a ball in the regional quarterfinal versus Washington on December 11, 2015. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe weekend wasn’t kind to the Ohio State women’s volleyball team, as they dropped two matches on the road against Michigan State and OSU’s main rival, Michigan. Up first were the No. 21 Michigan State Spartans, who silenced the No. 14 Buckeyes in a 3-0 sweep on Friday. OSU then travelled to Ann Arbor to take on the No. 23 Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes would only secure one set before falling to their foe, 3-1. The pair of losses comes on the heels of OSU’s upset over then-No. 1 Nebraska on October 1. After this weekend, the Buckeyes hold a 2-4 conference record. The team is 12-6 overall. Michigan StateOSU would be starting another new lineup against the Spartans. Sophomore outside hitter and regular starter Audra Appold was still out due to an injury that originated before the Buckeyes’ match against Northwestern on Sept. 28. The Buckeyes would be playing catch-up for the entire first set. Unforced errors forced OSU head coach Geoff Carlston to burn a timeout early on in the set. The Spartans would go on a 4-0 run to make the score 18-9 before Carlston used his remaining timeout for the first set. The Buckeyes couldn’t respond to the Michigan State offense and would drop the first set, 18-25. Much like the first, Michigan State would carry the lead for the entire second set. The Buckeyes pulled within reach of a tie mid-set until the Spartans started to gradually increase their separation. An OSU service error would secure the second set win for Michigan State. The third set would carry a different tune as the teams would see 10 tie scores and the Buckeyes would hold their first lead of the match. Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer combined for nine kills and sparked OSU’s offense. With the score tied at 21-21, it seemed like the third set could go to either team, but in the end it was the Spartans who would score the match point and complete the sweep of OSU, 25-23. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes led the team in hitting percentages with .429. She also added 23 assists and combined for four blocks. MichiganIn front of a sold-out crowd in Ann Arbor, OSU would face their school rivals, Michigan. The Wolverines started the match out strong, jumping out to 6-0. After an OSU timeout, Sandbothe hammered down a kill and finally put the Buckeyes on the scoreboard. However, OSU errors would continue to dig a deep hole for the team. At 12-4, Michigan was boasting an errorless hitting game compared to five errors for OSU. The Buckeyes would score seven unanswered points later in the set to close the gap, but three costly OSU service errors would give the first set to Michigan, 25-20. The second set saw 13 tie scores, two lead changes, and proved to hold true to the meaning of the rivalry. Midway through the set, each team’s offensive numbers were explosive: .400 for the Buckeyes and .611 for the Wolverines. Schirmer put away seven kills alone in the second set. It was Michigan who would get the first set point at 24-23, followed by an OSU hitting error.  The Wolverines would have the advantage going into the third set, 2-0. OSU may have been going into the third with a disadvantage, but they weren’t going down easily. The Buckeyes took the early lead at 11-7 and forced a Michigan timeout after an ace by Hughes. OSU would get their first set point of the match from a kill by Sandbothe that would push the duel into four sets. The fourth set was a crowd thriller. OSU was able to come back from an 18-9 deficit to even the score at 21-21. The Buckeyes were able to fend off two Wolverine set points, but two skill Michigan plays would secure their match victory. Sandbothe and Schirmer paced the Buckeyes’ offense with 17 kills each, while senior libero Valeria León collected 23 digs. OSU will be back at St. John Arena for a rematch with the No. 3 Nebraska Huskers on Friday. read more

Six bars of chocolate a week could cut risk of common heartSix bars of chocolate a week could cut risk of common heart

first_imgThe study defined a portion of chocolate as 30g – around three bars of a large Kit Kat Credit:Jason Alden It occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become jumbled, so that blood is pumped less effectively, increasing the chance of strokes and heart attacks.Chocolate has previously been linked to other aspects of cardiac health.It is thought it may have an anti-inflammatory effect, because it is high in flavonoids. Kitkat bars “Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems. But moderate intake of chocolate with high cocoa content may be a healthy choice,” she said.Researchers said the study could not establish why women with the lowest risk of heart flutters had just one portion of chocolate a week while for men it was between two and six portions.But they said it was possible that men were protected by the fact they could eat more total calories each day without putting on weight. Dr Gavin Sandercock, reader in clinical physiology  from the University of Essex, said the group eating the least chocolate – less than one portion a month – were far less healthy than all the others, making comparisons misleading.  Eating up to six bars of chocolate a week could reduce the risk of a potential heart condition by almost one quarter, a study by Harvard University suggests.The research on more than 50,000 people found strong links between regularly eating the treat and a reduced risk of suffering a heart flutter.The strongest association was found among men eating between two and six portions of chocolate a week – with a portion classified as 30g, which is a small bar.Those doing so had a 23 per cent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared with those avoiding such treats.Among women, the effect was linked to eating just one portion a week, which was linked to a 21 per cent lower risk.But other experts said the group eating the least chocolate were unhealthier in other ways  – meaning it might not be the daily treats that explained the better health of those who liked to indulge.More than 1.5 million people in the UK suffer from atrial fibrillation, with one in four likely to develop it over a lifetime.The condition, also known as a heart flutter, doubles the risk of dying from other cardiac conditions, including stroke, heart attacks and heart failure. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img However, previous studies have focussed on dark chocolate, which contains less fat and sugar than milk chocolate.The new research did not ask participants to specify which type of chocolate they ate, but took place in Denmark, where milk varieties are more commonly eaten.The study involved 55,502 participants, aged between 50 and 64, from the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health Study. Their health was then tracked for an average of 14 years, using national registry data on episodes of hospital treatment and deaths.By the end of the study, 3346 new cases of atrial fibrillation were diagnosed.Those who ate more chocolate had far lower rates of the condition, when compared with those eating less than one serving a month. The researchers said: “Despite the fact that most of the chocolate consumed in our sample probably contained relatively low concentrations of the potentially protective ingredients, we still observed a robust statistically significant association.” However, researchers cautioned that the research was observational and did not prove cause and effect.Those who were eating more chocolate were thinner, healthier in other ways, and more highly educated, experts noted.  Lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard Chan School, said: “Our study adds to the accumulating evidence on the health benefits of moderate chocolate intake and highlights the importance of behavioral factors for potentially lowering the risk of arrhythmias.”Too much chocolate would fuel other health problems, she said.  “In short, they were the unhealthiest group in the whole study – which means that almost any other group will seem healthier than them,” he said. Victoria Taylor, Senior Dietician at the British Heart Foundation, urged caution in adding chocolate to a daily diet.She said: “Chocolate, or rather, the cocoa it contains, has previously been linked to a variety of cardiovascular benefits and in this case, people who ate more had a lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation.“However, although this is a large study, it is only observational and so other factors could also be responsible for the effects seen.““If you eat chocolate, keep your portions small and go for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content.” “They had the highest blood pressure, were most likely to have hypertension, most likely to have high cholesterol and were twice as likely to already have heart disease. They were fatter than all the other groups despite eating the least calories overall, which tells us they were the least active as well.last_img read more

Analysis How did Ireland win the Six Nations Part 1Analysis How did Ireland win the Six Nations Part 1

first_img“IT’S BASIC STUFF, but it’s basics done to perfection.”Sean O’Brien may have missed Ireland’s 2014 Six Nations success, but he knows as well as anyone what Joe Schmidt’s coaching is based on.“That’s what he’s aiming for, to do everything well for every minute of every game. That’s where other coaches might not be on to you all the time – about your detail and where you’re meant to be and what your job is.”While Ireland clearly didn’t get everything perfect in every phase of all five games, they have certainly improved as a team under Schmidt. Their championship success was deserved as they pipped England as the most impressive team in the competition.That goal of perfecting the basics is an ongoing process for Ireland, but this Six Nations has given Irish supporters many reasons to be optimistic about the future. In this two-part analysis, we examine some of the areas in which Schmidt’s men impressed.Obviously, there are countless details and aspects of the game that go into creating a winning team, and this is by no means claiming to be a definitive study of those. We would invite readers to contribute their own thoughts on how Ireland secured their first title since 2009.The vast majority of the examples used here are from the win over France last weekend, but the intention is for them to reflect traits that were common throughout Ireland’s play over the course of the five games.ScrumIt’s hard for any team to play without a set-piece platform, and Ireland performed very well throughout the Six Nations at the scrum. Solid performances over Scotland and Wales at scrum time were followed by dominance against England and Italy, and then another strong outing against France until the closing minutes.In years past, Ireland’s scrum has looked to simply cope under opposition pressure, but this season Greg Feek has tasked the pack with being more aggressive and going after teams in a more ruthless manner.The new scrum directives have certainly helped Cian Healy, Rory Best and Mike Ross [who initially appeared to struggle] to become more effective scrummagers. Indeed, Healy is enjoying a growing reputation as the premier loosehead in world rugby. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHOThe removal of the ‘hit’, whereby the front rows previously had a wider gap to smash into each other on engagement, has aided Ireland’s progress, as Ross admits.“I think the rule changes have made it different, because before it was a lottery if you won the hit or not. Some teams were really good at that, Wales were really good at that hit last year.”The ‘hit’ favoured heavier props, even if they were technically weaker than their direct opponent, simply because their mass allowed them to win the hit and leave the lighter props unable to get back into a strong position.The reduction of the impact on engagement has allowed props like Cian Healy [112kg, 6ft 1ins and possessing phenomenal squatting power] to get into a better position from which to drive after the ball is fed into the scrum.Lessening the hit has also led to the players behind the props becoming of far more importance to the drive at scrum time. Brian O’Driscoll revealed that Ireland operate under a ‘scrum first’ mentality, with the flankers included in those demands. It’s not just a tight five thing, it’s an all-eight scrummaging unit,” said the outside centre.With far less of a ‘hit’ in which to generate their scrummaging power, props have become facilitators for the power behind them. The front row obviously remains vital to what happens at the scrum, but the locks have risen in importance.In that regard, Paul O’Connell and Devin Toner have been central to Ireland’s scrum improvements. At around 112kg, O’Connell may not be the heaviest of tighthead locks [the player who scrummages behind the tighthead prop], but his power is in no doubt, as Ross explains.“This year it was more about the whole eight and if you have Paulie behind you… the man gives 110% every single scrum. We’ve developed quite a good relationship and I think it’s a unit thing. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“If you look at our scrums, all eight are down and pushing hard. That’s often the difference; all it takes is one flanker to pop his head up and suddenly you get the nudge on.”Toner may not be the most aesthetically pleasing of players, but at around 125kg, his bulk at the scrum is hugely beneficial. He can look awkward in other movements around the pitch, but the scrum provides him with more of a guaranteed plane of movement, allowing him to transfer his weight effectively in a repeated manner.Finally, Ireland’s progress here has been underpinned by an attitude of winning each and every scrum. As with the other elements of their play we will look at in this piece, the foundation is mindset.Ross outlines exactly how much Feek has asked of his men at scrum time. For all the technical, weight-based, refereeing, ground condition and power aspects of scrummaging, winning the battle mentally is of most importance for Ireland.“We’ve been putting a big focus on staying in the fight, which just means you take the pressure until you think your head is about to burst, and it’s put us in good stead.”Line-outIreland’s line-out performed superbly during this Six Nations under the direction of forwards coach John Plumtree and called largely by O’Connell [although Dan Tuohy and Toner filled in ably at other times].Irish line-out stats on their own throw fell below 90% only once [86.7% against Scotland] and they managed to disrupt the opposition far more than vice versa.The improvement on this area from 2013 – when Rory Best’s throwing was singled out – was vast, but also highlighted how unfair [or at least too singular] the criticism of the hooker was.This season, Ireland have had three leading jumpers in Toner, O’Connell and Peter O’Mahony to throw to. Jamie Heaslip was a further option, as was Chris Henry at a push. Alongside that, all five of the above are good lifters, while Healy and Ross are excellent at getting jumpers in the air.What it meant was that Ireland had multiple options to throw to, making it difficult for the opposition to compete aggressively in the air. On top of that, the movement on the ground by Ireland was effective without being overly complicated.The example above is a shortened five-man line-out, but provides us with an illustration of all the aspects preciously mentioned. As we can see in the screengrab below, there are three clear jumping options as Ireland set-up for the line-out, in Toner, O’Connell and O’Mahony [each circled].At either end of the set-up are Healy and Ross, who offer lifting options at the very front and very back of the formation. All three of Toner, O’Connell and O’Mahony are also viable lifters, so there is plenty for France to think about.In the shot above, the situation is simplified, with Damien Chouly marked up on O’Connell, ever so slightly in front of him and ready to compete for a steal in the air. However, Ireland’s subsequent movement on the deck makes the situation altogether more favourable for them.Toner initiates the movement, as we see above, slipping behind O’Connell as if to set up for a lift on O’Mahony [circled] at the back of the line-out. It’s a dummy movement, but crucially the French buy it for a split second and take a step backwards in reaction.As France are taking that step backwards, Toner turns forward and lifts O’Connell. At the front of the Ireland captain, Healy has moved into position for his lift and the combination results in O’Connell getting up for a beautifully clean take in front of Chouly.It’s a really simple passage of rugby, almost not even worth highlighting because it’s something every team does. But rather than focusing entirely on the play itself, the intention is to highlight what Ireland’s line-out did more generally in the championship.There are multiple options, the movement is excellent, the lifting is timed superbly and Best’s throw is on the money. Basic skills carried out to a tee and with real focus; the line-out exemplifies what Joe Schmidt’s Ireland were about in the Six Nations.The clip below shows us a very similar example, and actually draws the penalty that allows Ireland to go 22-13 up against France in the 52nd minute.This time Ireland sell a forward movement first, with Toner rushing to the front of the line-out [below].Healy and Chris Henry’s movement to the tail of the line-out then draws the French into a backwards step [below].Finally, the jump from O’Connell takes place in the middle of the line-out [below], with Toner lifting at the front and Healy in behind. Again, it’s as clean a line-out take as you’ll come across and France concede a penalty as they try to get back into a dominant position on the deck.Both of these examples are shortened line-outs, where Ireland have positioned one of their forwards out in the back-line [Heaslip both times here] and Henry as the scrum-half, but the same principles applied to so much of their strong line-out work in this championship.As well as allowing them to play off the top at key times, the success of Ireland’s line-out also meant they were in strong shape to set up mauls.MaulPlumtree has explicitly outlined his intention to make Ireland a powerful mauling side from the very moment he took control of Schmidt’s forwards. More than 14 years living in South Africa will leave a rugby coach with that inclination, and it’s been of benefit to Ireland.We saw against Scotland and Wales how far Ireland have come, with superb maul tries against both those teams. Again, those scores were about roles being carried out in expert detail, with each of the forwards understanding exactly what was expected of them.The try against Wales is shown above, and Ireland’s organisation is immediately apparent. There is efficient movement in the line-out to allow Toner to make a catch in front of the Welsh competition in Alun-Wyn Jones and Best’s short throw is accurate.The transfer from Toner to Henry is one of the keys to the success of Ireland’s maul in this instance [and many others], as the second row is ‘sacked’ as soon as his feet hit the ground.That shifting of the focal point is something we highlighted in the aftermath of the Scotland clash.While Wales are busy sacking Toner in one direction, the Irish maul has already set up to drive off to the right, where Wales have fewer bodies defensively. Heaslip’s contribution in pre-binding on Mike Ross as the prop lifts Toner is essential in allowing Ireland to do so.In the shot below, you can see Heaslip [wearing the headband] moving into that position early, having played his part in the line-out movement that results in Toner making a clean catch.By binding onto the outside of Ross, rather than waiting for Toner to land and then driving the second row forward, Heaslip is facilitating that shift of direction for Ireland. The No. 8 becomes the spearhead of the ‘new’ maul, as Ross holds in Richard Hibbard to remove another Welsh body.The shot below shows us just how early Heaslip gets into his binding position on the outside of Ross [that’s his back at the bottom of the pic], before the transfer of the ball has even been carried out.Each of the Irish players knows their roles in detail and it’s extremely hard for Wales to stop. Again, the underlying mindset is key here. Toner has outlined how Ireland “want to get excited about the maul. That’s the main thing we were talking about.”In the latter stages of the tournament, there were suggestions that Ireland needed to pursue the maul as a continued means of beating teams up front. The fact that they came up against England, Italy and France – all three have solid maul defences – meant they felt wouldn’t make as many gains in this area.Instead, Ireland often looked to use the maul as something of a grand decoy. The English, Italians and French were almost certainly expecting Ireland to go to the maul and take them on there.Schmidt and Plumtree had the intelligence and humility to understand that that focus could allow them to make gains in other places. Against, England we saw examples whereby Ireland set up for a maul and then manufactured the space for a cross-field kick.There were also two instance like that below, where Rory Best actually threw the ball right over the back of the line-out as the English anticipated a maul effort.There were slightly similar tactics against the French, as Ireland used the maul as an attacking decoy, a way of drawing the defending team’s focus and allowing gains to be made in a different area.We get a strong example of that in the clip below, as Ireland get into a position from where most people – apparently including the French – would expect them to pull out that powerful maul.Henry acts as the linking player, sending a pass to Conor Murray ‘on the peel’ around the back of the dummy maul. As we see above, the scrum-half makes great yardage with a typically willing carry.The above is actually the opening phase of the build-up to Jonny Sexton’s first try, and the use of the maul as a brief decoy allows Ireland onto the front foot inside the French 22 immediately.We see a very similar ploy again below, although Heaslip loses his collision with Rabah Slimani after initially getting over the gainline. While the camera angles don’t allow us to see the line-out movement, it’s worth noting the starting positions of the Ireland forwards [at 0.07 seconds] and where they end up for the catch [at 0.15 seconds].The main point is that French are probably expecting to have to defend a mauling effort just outside their own 22, but Ireland break away to create an opening elsewhere.This was a repeated feature of Ireland’s play in the final three games, and to take it to a deeper level, we could say that Schmidt and Plumtree played a long-term dummy by mauling so aggressively against Scotland and Wales.Both those teams were tactically susceptible to being beaten at the maul, and the impression created by those mauling performances meant the three other opponents would have been concerned by Ireland’s strength in this area.In the words of Plumtree himself, the threat of a strong Irish maul “keeps the defence honest”.BreakdownSome of the enduring images of Ireland’s Six Nations triumph will involve Peter O’Mahony emerging from rucks red-faced and panting, but with the ball clutched in his hands after a superb jackal turnover.Schmidt’s men competed superbly on the deck throughout the tournament, and much of that was down to the sheer quality of the breakdown specialists in their squad.O’Mahony and O’Connell led the way, but the likes of Best, O’Driscoll, Heaslip, Gordon D’Arcy, Healy, Henry and Toner all played important parts too. The former pair may have won the high-profile turnover penalties, but the supporting cast consistently looked to slow down opposition ball.The GIF above gives us an example of Ireland coming close to a steal on the ground against France, something made all the more difficult thanks to Steve Walsh’s habit of giving the attacking team the benefit of the doubt on the deck.O’Mahony, as has become trademark, pounces into the jackal position over the ball following an excellent O’Driscoll hit on Yoann Huget. He gets his hands on the pill and actually momentarily wins the turnover, before some aggressive rucking by Thomas Domingo saves the situation for France.It may not be a steal, but it does mean scrappier, slower ball for France as they look threatening in attack. That competition from Ireland on the ground was a constant throughout the competition, with Rory Best particularly troublesome for the opposition.Of course there were the glamorous turnovers too, the majority of which led to penalties as the ball carrier refused to release.O’Connell gives us a prime example of that above, snapping down over the ball and forcing Walsh to ping the French for holding on. The Ireland captain’s body position and core strength are superb as he resists the attempts of Pascal Papé to clear him off the ball.Also of note is O’Connell’s movement just before the turnover. The second row drops back out of the defensive line as soon as the ball has passed him; he’s anticipating the breakdown before it even materialises, his eyes focused entirely on the ball.It’s a marriage of technical excellence and sheer determination on O’Connell’s part, something that was shared among the team at the breakdown in defence. Again, the point here is to highlight commonalities of Ireland’s play in the Six Nations.The actual turnovers are obviously more memorable, but arguably the examples like O’Mahony’s unsuccessful competition were equally as important to Ireland. Without that fight at the breakdown, the likes of France, England and Wales would have punished Schmidt’s men with quick attacking ball.The choke tackle livesThis Irish team had many strengths for Schmidt to build on when he arrived as head coach, none more so than the famous choke tackle. Irish teams have become synonymous with turning contact situations into turnovers, and this season’s Six Nations saw that fine tradition upheld.There was a prime example in the 37th minute of the clash at Stade de France, as Ireland turned a strong kick chase into a choke tackle. We will look at that kick chase in more depth in part two of this analysis, but here we are focused on the choke.Dave Kearney and Best are the players to initiate the turnover, wrapping up Huget and crucially getting their arms in underneath the ball, making it difficult for the winger to drop to the floor.Choke tackle specialist Toner gets his long, enveloping arms in on the ball too, just before Papé has the chance to rip it clear. We then see D’Arcy and Henry engaging, ensuring that there is little chance of the ball to coming back on the French side.The choke tackle has been Les Kiss’ baby since he was appointed defence coach in 2008, and the Australian has done much excellent work in other areas too. It was fitting that the championship ended with the fruits of his labour as Ireland choked out the French in the final seconds.Henry and Toner are then ones to initiate the tackle on Sébastien Vahaamahina this time, taking advantage of his upright carry to get in underneath the ball. We see O’Connell again onto the same page in a flash, reading the situation wonderfully well.Iain Henderson, Sean Cronin and Martin Moore – all substitutes [an area of Ireland’s game we’ll look at in more depth in part two] – flood in too, wrapping their bodies around the outside of the contact zone and ensuring that the ball has no chance of coming out.At this stage, we need hardly point out the combination of technical skill, awareness and the ‘fight’ of the Irish players to win this specific battle.The O’Connell factorAny examination of how Ireland improved so clearly on their 2013 Six Nations displays must include mention of the fact that O’Connell was missing for last year’s competition. The Munster lock’s importance to Ireland is hard to overestimate.As we have seen above, he is excellent in the scrum, at the line-out and in breakdown situations, not to forget his tackling, restart ability and rucking in attack. O’Connell’s work rate is consistently high, as we will touch upon again in the second part of this analysis.Those are the skills that are evident in the 34-year-old’s physical contributions for Ireland; O’Connell is a world-class second row who has been enjoying some of his best form in recent years this season. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOJust as important are the mental contributions the Limerick man makes to the Ireland set-up. Listening in to Walsh’s mic during the France game, O’Connell’s constant encouragement to team mates was apparent.He was slapping backs, pulling people up off the ground and constantly roaring things like “Well done, Bestie” and “Outstanding, Rossie.” On top of that, he was quietly and calmly influencing Walsh, particularly around the scrum in the first half, when Ireland won three penalties in that area.Dealing with referees is no easy feat, but O’Connell manages those situations comfortably and more often than not builds a good rapport in a short space of time.His work off the field is equally as tireless, with his thirst for video analysis of opposition line-outs still unquenchable. The extra work O’Connell puts in away from set training times is infectious, mirroring the hard work of the Irish coaching staff.Part 2 of this review includes Ireland’s kick chase, work rate, restarts, decoy lines, discipline and a few other details.Irish heroes bring Six Nations trophy to charity game in aid of paralysed playerSimon Hick column: Foundation blocks are in place for 2015 World Cup tiltlast_img read more

Jordan and Holly loved their Mammy Funeral of Clondalkin fire victims takesJordan and Holly loved their Mammy Funeral of Clondalkin fire victims takes

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,571 Views Mar 13th 2017, 12:05 PM Updated 12pmTHE FUNERALS OF the victims of last week’s fire at an apartment in Clondalkin took place in St Anne’s Church in Shankill this morning.27-year-old Annemarie O’Brien, who was seven months pregnant, died last Wednesday along with her two-year-old daughter Paris and their cousins Jordan (4) and Holly (3).Jordan and Holly’s mother Biddy remains in a critical condition in hospital. The family had been visiting Biddy’s cousin when the fire broke out.It is believed the fire was caused by a candle near a television.Chief celebrant Father John O’Connor was assisted by Father O’Driscoll of the Parish of the Travelling people.Holly and Jordan’s father Jamie Sommers, Biddy O’Brien’s husband, also attended the funerals today.Father O’Connor told the Mass that Jamie is “deeply upset” over the loss of his two children.“Last evening I spoke to Jamie and he told me how much Jordan and Holly loved their Mammy and how much she loved them,” said Father O’Connor.He said their father is “happy they are together”.“They are together, they are not alone, that is very important for Jamie. He wants his children to know that he will look after their Mammy,” the Father told the congregation.“Many of us may feel like saying to him [God] if you had been here,  Annmarie, Hannah Paris, AJ, Jordan and Holly would not have died. If you had been here Biddy wouldn’t be gravely ill. Why did you let this happen?” said Father O’Connor.All four deceased are related to the extended Lynch family, who lost relatives in the Carrickmines tragedy in October 2015.‘God’s strongest soldiers’ “For you as a family, this is not the first cross that you have been asked to carry, we all know that… Pope Francis says God chooses the strongest soldiers for the toughest battles and I believe these words are really applicable to you,” the priest added.You are God’s toughest soldiers. You are not alone.The apartment where the fire broke out was being used as short-term accommodation, where women and children can stay for up to two years.Additional reporting Christina Finn Read: Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire ‘Jordan and Holly loved their Mammy’: Funeral of Clondalkin fire victims takes place in Shankill It is believed the fire was caused by a candle near a television. By Paul Hosford 13 Comments center_img Annemarie O’Brien her daughter Paris and cousins Holly and Jordan. Image: Facebook Annemarie O’Brien her daughter Paris and cousins Holly and Jordan. Image: Facebook Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Monday 13 Mar 2017, 12:05 PMlast_img read more

Valverde says De Jong is an important signingValverde says De Jong is an important signing

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde insists the signing from Frenkie de Jong from Ajax Amsterdam is an important addition for the club.The Netherlands international completed a €75million move to the Spanish champions on Wednesday but will spend the remainder of the campaign on loan at Ajax.The 21-year-old was also a reported target for both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, with the French champions believed to be closing on his signature earlier in the transfer window but De Jong opted for Barcelona instead.Speaking after Barca’s shock first-leg 2-0 loss to Sevilla in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, Valverde talked up the signing.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“An important addition,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.“A player with quality and a future that we think is signing with a long perspective for Barca and we wish him the best.”“His success will be the success of the club.”De Jong has three goals and one assist to his name in the Dutch League this season.last_img read more

Officials identify body found in Fourth Plain fieldOfficials identify body found in Fourth Plain field

first_imgPolice on Wednesday identified the man whose body was found on Tuesday in a field near the intersection of Norris Road and East 32nd Street as Keith B. Fitzgerald, 49, of Vancouver.Fitzgerald was last seen on the night of Dec. 17. His body was found Tuesday morning by a man who was looking for his cat, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office found no signs of trauma to the body after performing an autopsy on Tuesday, said Sgt. Scott Creager, with Vancouver police’s Major Crimes Unit.At this point it doesn’t look like this will be a criminal investigation, he said.The medical examiner’s office has not released a cause of death.Creager said authorities are waiting for the toxicology report to determine cause of death, and that could take well over a month.On Dec. 23, The Columbian published a story that Keith Fitzgerald was missing and that his friends had fanned out across parts of Vancouver to find him. He had been missing six days then.The story said police indicated that Fitzgerald had made statements about suicide before he was last seen on Dec. 17.last_img read more

Anchorage Man Sentenced In Federal Court For CyberstalkingAnchorage Man Sentenced In Federal Court For Cyberstalking

first_imgWard previously pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2017, to one count of cyberstalking in violation of a domesticviolence protective order. Ward had been previously convicted by the Municipality of Anchorage of thedomestic violence offense involving the same victim. Ward has a history of domestic violence offenses in the State of Alaska and elsewhere. At sentencing in this matter, Judge Timothy Burgess advised Ward that “to call this a serious crime is a understatement,” and stated that he was “concerned about protecting other women” in the community from Ward.” According to court documents, on April 16, 2017, APD received a 911 call from the victim reporting that Ward, her ex-boyfriend, had violated his conditions of release in the pending Municipal domestic violence case, where the court had ordered that Ward have no contact with the victim. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Anchorage man was sentenced in federal court for cyberstalking his former girlfriend while on release after being charged with physically assaulting the same victim. Furthermore, the victim received an automated email from the social media site stating that the email address associated with her account had been changed from her own to one belonging to Ward, making it impossible for the victim to regain control and change the password back. While that case was pending, Ward threatened to put the victim’s “dirt on blast” before hacking her social media accounts and posting nude, sexually explicit pictures of the victim for hundreds of her friends and family to see. The investigation further revealed that Ward had also impersonated the victim via social media direct messaging to engage in sexually explicit communications with the victim’s prior boyfriend. Jeffery Ray Ward, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Anchorage-man-cyberstalking.mp3VmJennifer-on-Anchorage-man-cyberstalking.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

CR or Worse Remains Distinct Possibility for PentagonCR or Worse Remains Distinct Possibility for Pentagon

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A final defense spending bill for fiscal 2019 is tantalizingly close, with House and Senate lawmakers expected to go conference shortly on the two-bill package the Senate passed  last month, yet the probability that DOD avoids the need to operate under a continuing resolution (CR) after Oct. 1 is only 50-50, according to Washington insiders. Hampering the chances for Congress to complete and approve a conference report for the defense and labor-HHS-education appropriations ‘minibus’ is the lack of time on the congressional calendar before the end of the month, reports CQ. House and Senate negotiators appear poised to hash out a compromise defense bill quickly despite a number of differences in spending allocations, but reaching a deal over the labor-HHS-education title will be more challenging, especially since the House never cleared its own version of that measure.The prospect for the military construction-VA spending title to become law before the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year is brighter, with lawmakers appearing very close to approving a conference agreement for a three-bill spending package made up of the milcon, energy-water and legislative branch titles.Looming over Congress’ goal of advancing next year’s spending bills in a series of minibuses — in an effort to avoid a massive, end-of-the-year omnibus — are President Trump’s prior threats to force a government shutdown over funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. More recently, he has backed away from that stance, but the prospect of a shutdown remains a wildcard which could alter plans for multiple full-year spending bills, or even a CR, to become law.One budget expert told CQ he believes there is a 60 percent chance Trump carries out his threat. “What’s the downside for him in vetoing a CR over funding for the wall and looking adamant to his base on immigration?” said Stan Collender. “He looks tough, and it may be his last chance to get the border wall,” Collender said.If Congress ends up relying on a stopgap spending measure to keep the government open after Oct. 1, it likely would last through much of 2018 and be followed by another, even longer, one.last_img read more

Atlee Kumar wins the court battle on Vijays Bigil story plagiarism issueAtlee Kumar wins the court battle on Vijays Bigil story plagiarism issue

first_imgVijay’s Bigil wins the case on plagiarism issue.PR HandoutAtlee Kumar’s Bigil team has won a legal battle over the story-theft petition filed by filmmaker KP Selva, who had accused the makers of Vijay-starrer of stealing his story.A Chennai civil court reportedly dismissed the case and has prevented Selva from taking the issue to the higher court. As per Sharada Vivek, the legal counsel of Atlee, KP Selva’s advocate “backtracked” to withdraw the case while telling the court that they would file a fresh plea in the Madras High Court.Atlee’s legal counsel requested the court not to give permission to the petitioner to file a fresh suit in the Madras High Court and the Chennai civil court declined permission to move the higher court on this issue.Earlier, KP Selva had filed in his petition that he had registered his story in the South Indian Film Writers’ Association and made plagiarism allegation on Atlee Kumar, the director of Bigil.However, the makers of Vijay-starrer fought the case legally and their efforts have been hailed by the film fraternity as it sends a message to the people, who file false cases against big-banner movies. In numerous cases, such attempts are made to get money from the producers to settle the disputes.In recent years, Vijay’s Kaththi and Sarkar were accused of plagiarism and the issues were solved at the last minute of its release. While Gopi Nainar lost the case in court, the Sarkar issue was more serious as the writers’ guild found similarities with AR Murugadoss and Rajendran’s scripts.The issue was amicably solved after AR Murugadoss agreed to give credit to Rajendran in the title credits. Likewise, Atlee had faced similar charges for all his previous films –Raja Rani, Theri and Mersal.last_img read more

High stakes as Suu Kyi to address Rohingya crisisHigh stakes as Suu Kyi to address Rohingya crisis

first_imgMyanmar’s State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi addressing the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York in 2016. AFP file photoMyanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is poised Tuesday to break her near-silence on communal violence scorching through Rakhine state, in a televised speech on a Rohingya refugee crisis that has shocked the world and prompted the UN to accuse the country’s army of ethnic cleansing.Suu Kyi’s refusal so far to defend the Rohingya over nearly a month of violence has baffled and enraged an international community that once feted her as the champion of Myanmar’s democracy struggle.But inside Myanmar, supporters say the 72-year-old lacks authority to reign in the army, which stands accused of waging a campaign of murder and arson that has driven more than 410,000 Rohingya from their homes.The violence erupted in late August when the army retaliated against co-ordinated attacks by Rohingya militants.Since then just under half of Rakhine’s Rohingya population has poured into Bangladesh, where they now languish in one of the world’s largest refugee camps.A further 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also been displaced—apparent targets of the August 25 attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salavation Army (ARSA) militant group.Nobel laureate Suu Kyi has been decried overseas for failing to condemn the generals, with whom she is in a delicate power-sharing arrangement.With global pressure cranked high, Suu Kyi has skipped the UN General Assembly in New York to manage the crisis at home and deliver her televised address—the biggest yet of her time in office.“She is going to tell the world the real truth,” her spokesman Zaw Htay told reporters ahead of the speech scheduled for 0330 GMT.Siege mentalityBut analysts say she faces the treacherous task of walking the line between global outrage and Islamaphobic anti-Rohingya views at home, where there is broad support for the army’s campaign.“I’m worried that there is almost no possibility, given the political climate in Myanmar, for balancing the expectations of most of the country and the expectations of the international community,” said Richard Horsey, an independent analyst based in Myanmar.While desperate scenes of weary and hungry Rohingya civilians streaming into Bangladesh have dominated global headlines, there is little sympathy for the Muslim group among Myanmar’s Buddhist majority.Many reject the existence of a Rohingya ethnicity and insist they are ‘Bengalis’—illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.On Monday several hundred people gathered in downtown Yangon to rail against the UN, international NGOs and foreign media, as a siege mentality grows inside Myanmar.“I want Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to stand for the ethnic people of Myanmar and to remove the pressure from the international community by giving the speech tomorrow,” demonstrator Khin Khin Myint told AFP.Tensions over the status of the Rohingya have been brewing for years in Myanmar, with bouts of anti-Muslim violence erupting around the country as Buddhist hardliners fan fears of an Islamic takeover.When she makes her address on Tuesday, Suu Kyi must also tread carefully around a military that still looms large in the fragile democracy.Although the army stepped down from junta rule in 2011, it kept control of security policy and key levers of government.Any overt break from the army’s policy in Rakhine could enrage the generals and derail Suu Kyi’s efforts to prevent a rollback on recent democratic gains.last_img read more

Capital celebrations draw to an endCapital celebrations draw to an end

first_imgDelhi – a city which is all encompassing, modern and forward looking. A ‘mini-India’, the national capital is a melting pot for people from all parts of country who bring to it their diverse religious and cultural beliefs that enrich and augment Delhi’s all encompassing spirit.Concluding the Delhi Carnival on its third day organised with a view to celebrate the ‘Spirit of Delhi’, the organisers today hailed the tremendous public response and promised to come up with similar cultural ceremonies in the future. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In a unique and special initiative to celebrate this spirit of the Capital city, a three-day folk festival presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages and the Sahitya Kala Parishad  that kicked off on Friday, concluded today. Inaugurated by Sheila Dikshit on Friday, the Delhi Carnival was being showcased in such a manner that it brings forth the rich cultural heritage of India to the people.  A 64/40 feet multi-level stage, 250 performers from across India and two special songs by noted singer Palash Sen and Euphoria  – added to the grandeur of the mega event. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival which for the first time took place at the East Delhi-situated Yamuna Sports Complex was a specially choreographed presentation of the folk music and dances from various parts of India.“This mega event presented the best of Indian people’s art to Delhi’s audiences for the first time in such a big way. We are very happy with the terrific response we received on all three days. We wholeheartedly thank the people of Delhi who came here in large numbers and the Delhi government for their active support. The festival was in one way a celebration of the ‘Spirit of Delhi’ that is a microscopic representation of India. The specially created songs by Palash Sen added to the glory of the event,’ said eminent theatre personality Bhanu Bharti, who also was the program director. ‘250 performers from across the country- from Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and others,  had put their best in an attempt to enthrall the Delhi audience through this endeavor that celebrated cultural diversity and the richness it brings to a civilization,’ Bharti added.The performances on three days which lasted for an hour and a half began at 7 pm during which people got to experience the multiple folk art forms of the country.’Folk music and folk art depicts the richness of your culture and it is very important to keep your folk arts alive and thriving. Delhi is a city that loves culture and absorbs everything that comes its way. The people of Delhi, I hope have loved this event and every next day, the crowd exceeded the previous day I sincerely feel, this will stay with them for a long time,’ said SS Yadav, Secretary, Department of Art, Culture and Languages.last_img read more

Relief at last Modi gives Rs 1000cr to Hudhudhit AndhraRelief at last Modi gives Rs 1000cr to Hudhudhit Andhra

first_img‘The central government is with Andhra Pradesh government in this hour of crisis,’ said Modi who reviewed the damage done by the cyclone on Tuesday. PM arrived in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday afternoon to visit cyclone-hit area and other parts of north coastal Andhra.Soon after landing at Visakhapatnam airport, he inspected the facility extensively damaged by cyclonic storm Hudhud on Sunday. Officials briefed him about the damages. Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, central government ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Ashok Gajapati Raju received him at the airport. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIPeople in the cyclone-ravaged town of Visakhapatnam continue to live without electricity and communication facilities for the third day in the row since Sunday. The scarcity of drinking water, milk and other essential commodities have added to the woes of this port town.Two days after the severe cyclonic storm Hudhud battered the coastline, the city of 18 lakh people remained in darkness and mostly deprived of potable water. Piped potable water supplies have run out, too. Motor pumps installed in homes and apartments aren’t running, with power supply yet to be restored. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe authorities haven’t been able to supply water in tankers either, the citizens complained. Cashing in on the situation are greedy retailers, selling 20 litre water bottles for Rs 300 each. Women carrying children too are running around to buy milk, some of them standing in long queues. In some areas, half-litre packets of milk were sold at Rs 50 each, which is twice their actual price. Mobile phones remain dead here for the third day in a row, with telecom services yet to be restored. ATM machines aren’t working either.last_img read more

Study Indicates QCollar May Help Protect Football Players Brain FunctionStudy Indicates QCollar May Help Protect Football Players Brain Function

first_imgNews | Neuro Imaging | May 15, 2017 Study Indicates Q-Collar May Help Protect Football Players’ Brain Function Players who did not wear the protective collar showed increased neuronal activity in test of working memory Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more May 15, 2017 — A new study of high school football players adds to mounting evidence that the Q-Collar may help reduce brain injury from sports-related head impacts.The study, conducted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center researchers and published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, detected significant changes in brain activity in players who did not wear the collar throughout the 2015 fall football season. There was no detectible change in players who wore the collar.The Q-Collar, inspired by the brain-protecting anatomy of woodpeckers and head-butting rams, is designed to mitigate the dangers of head impacts. The collar imparts a mild compressive force on the wearer’s muscles that surround the jugular veins, slightly increasing blood volume within the skull. This volume increase creates a “bubble wrap” effect that reduces the brain’s sloshing, twisting and slamming against the interior walls of the skull.”Since the collar is a first-of-its-kind technology, it’s important to substantiate its safety and effectiveness,” said co-author Greg Myer, Ph.D., director of sports medicine research at Cincinnati Children’s. “That’s why we’ve performed multiple studies about its safety and its brain preservation capabilities, and the findings are promising. This study is no exception. We’ll continue to evaluate the evidence as the Q-Collar works its way through federal regulatory oversight.”Twenty-five Cincinnati high school football players wore the collar during the season (practices and games) and 27 did not. The participating students wore collision-detecting accelerometers in their helmets and sustained a similar frequency and magnitude of head impacts over the season between two study groups. Both groups performed “N-Back” working-memory tasks before and after the season to measure working-memory function and subsequent alterations in memory after experiencing a full competitive season of repetitive head impacts.  The group that did not wear the collar exhibited significantly increased neuronal activity, revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), in the post-season follow-up testing. Neuronal activity increased in direct association with the total number of impacts and the cumulative g-force of the head impacts the players had sustained. The collar-wearing group’s neuronal activity did not change significantly from pre- to post-season testing even though they had similar number and magnitude of head impacts.”The significant correlation between the increase in brain activation in the non-collar athletes and the magnitude and severity of head impact exposure is of particular interest, especially when this correlation presented a timing effect, i.e., head impacts experienced closer to the post-season assessment showed greater correlation with the alteration in brain activity. Although a causal relationship is yet to be established via further larger scale studies, the current findings have started to lead us to attribute the neuro-functional changes to the mechanical loading experienced by the athletes,” said the study’s lead author, Weihong Yuan, Ph.D., from the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium, Radiology, at Cincinnati Children’s.”Overall, our data provides initial neuroimaging evidence for the effect of repetitive head impacts on the working-memory-related brain activity, as well as a potential protective effect of the collar,” said Myer. “These subtle but significant changes within the non-collar group may reflect the initial response of the brain to the repetitive impacts. We will need to further examine the long-term follow-up data to determine whether the increased neuronal activity indicates transitory compensation or the onset of a restructuring of the brain with longer-term implications for memory performance.”Previous studies involving the Q-Collar documented evidence it may reduce brain injuries in hockey and football players.In a hockey study reported last June, despite the small sample size, significant longitudinal white matter changes derived from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) — a type of MRI — were found in the non-collar group but not in the collar group, suggesting potential protective effect from the Q-collar.In the football study mentioned above, DTI was also measured in the Cincinnati high school football players who participated in the “N-Back” testing. Players wearing the collar showed no statistically significant alterations over the season in their brains’ white matter microstructure, which connects the processing centers of the brain. By contrast, the athletes who did not wear the collar showed statistically significant alterations suggesting underlying micro-structural alterations in response to repetitive head impact. Animal studies have also suggested protective benefits of the Q-Collar. In two prior peer-reviewed research studies conducted on small animals published in the medical journals Neurosurgery and Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers found an 83-percent reduction in the number of torn brain fibers in a standard concussion model when a collar was used.The Journal of Neurotrauma study was partially funded by Q30 Innovations, developer of the Q-Collar.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. 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Scotland offers history fine whiskey and ancestral hauntsScotland offers history fine whiskey and ancestral haunts

first_imgTags: Scotland << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Scotland offers history, fine whiskey and ancestral haunts By: Jean Sorensen Thursday, October 11, 2018 VANCOUVER — Canada is a top tier travel market for Scotland and the two countries have a long-standing affinity. For Canadian travellers looking for a taste of home, there’s even a Tim Horton’s now in Glasgow.“Canada is our fourth largest market,” says Keith Campbell, the Canadian marketing representative for Scotland, based in Toronto. The market has been growing. “It is my job to see it continues to grow.”Campbell spoke with travel agents attending a supplier session in Vancouver earlier this week, featuring Scotland product updates from a delegation of Scottish suppliers.Scottish tourism figures show double-digit increases in tourism in 2017 over 2016 with Great Britain the largest market, followed by Europe and then North America, with the U.S. the larger sector.Scotland tourism reps credit the popularity of movies made in Scotland such as the Outlander series, James Bond movies featuring Scotland, Harry Potter flicks and new Mary Queen of Scots movie to be released January 2019.The Scottish delegates, making up the North American Business Development Mission, offered up details about Scotland’s unique accommodations and tours rich history, fine whiskey, ancestral haunts and cruising on Loch Ness, famously home to the Loch Ness Monster.The growing popularity of Scotland as a destination has prompted suppliers to invest.Here’s a look at what’s new:Caledonian Sleeper’s new carsOne of the largest investments involves Serco, which took over operating the Caledonian Sleeper trains from the Scottish government in 2015. Caledonian Sleeper comprises a fleet of overnight sleeper trains with 43 destination in Scotland as well as London.The company announced earlier this year it was receiving 75 new rail cars to replace the aging fleet. Five cars are in service and being tested with the remainder expected to be in place by spring 2019. The new sleeper bedrooms offer private bathrooms, a new feature.“The new fleet represents a £140 million investment (or $240 million in Canadian funds),” said Rhiannon Merritt, BDM for the rail company. The service out of London is popular as travellers find it expensive to stay overnight in the city, she said.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoMerritt can be reached at or visit Ness CruisesCelebrating 50 years in business, Cruise Loch Ness recently rolled out a new 210-passenger catamaran vessel costing £1.5 million ($2.5 million) to cruise the waters known as the haunt of the elusive Loch Ness Monster. “It doubles our capacity,” said Ronald Mackenzie, company director and second generation owner of a family.Cruise Loch Ness owner Ronald Mackenzie recently launched a new boat to mark the 50th anniversary of the cruise company (all photo credits Jean Sorensen)The previous vessel, still operating, carried 108 passengers while the company also has a fleet of 12-man rigid inflatable boards, built for those who enjoy zipping along the 37-kilometre lake. The cruises take in the rugged shoreline, wildlife, and for those who like old ruins, Urquhart Castle.The cruise company can arrange drop-off and pick-up at the shoreline, said Mackenzie. The company also does weddings, with approximately 12 a year on board the larger vessels. Approximately 60% of the business is through partners who are packaged local tours, and the rest from the public and travel agents.The company negotiates rates with agents. Contact Mackenzie at or visit for more information.Dunstane House and Hampton HouseThese two restored houses are a family business and the owners recently updated the boutique luxury property Dunstane House, an 1860s neo-classic five-star property. Hampton House, also updated, is a four star property. The market, said owner Shirley Mowat, is the higher-end client wanting to stay in a property that feels like a catered home. The top international clients come from the U.S., she said, but “Canada is coming up. Word is getting out to come to Scotland.”Shirley Mowat, co-owner of Dustan House and Hampton House, offers luxury establishments that even James Bond would enjoy. The houses are known for their atmosphere, whiskey tastings and freshly prepared food from the Orkney Islands and local suppliersOne of the features of the properties is that there are few rules. Clients can schedule their own meal times and there is a staff member on duty at night to get that nightcap from the vintage cabinet that stocks 90 malt whiskeys. Mowat works with agents, with rates varying according to the client’s needs, but she says commission averages 10%. The properties also work with local tour operators and can book clients.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemContact Mowat at or visit the website at’s MeandersThis company does ancestral tours, fielding queries regarding ancestors and planning itineraries for people. “Sometimes it is just a bit of information (about a family) and sometimes people have a whole book,” director Emma Chalmers, said, adding that the tour company can help research ancestral haunts. It recently brought a visiting family searching its roots to its ancestral castle for a stay, arranged a dinner there, and served food that would have been representative of their ancestral heritage.Emma Chalmers of Mary’s Meanders specializes in ancestral tours, historical tours and visiting the filming locations of movies. The company handles small group tours, private and day toursMary’s Meanders is based near Linlithgow, Mary Queen of Scot’s birthplace and it provides local walking tours of the area. The company also specializes in film tours, visiting filming locations. It has access to self-catering cottages where groups can stay for a week, available themselves of organized events and tours. Contact Chalmers at or visit the website at for further info.Other suppliers on the tour included The Clydeside Distillery which offers daily tours of its single malt scotch whiskey distillery (contact: Andrew Morrison at or Three Contini Restaurants, run by third generation Italian Scots, are located in Edinburgh and offer scenic views and local fare (contact Stephanie Zahra, sales, at or visit website at And fashionistas will want to visit Johnstons of Elgin, established in 1797, which turns raw cashmere into clothing with historic designs and patterns. Contact: Stewart Marshall at s.marhall@johnstonsofelgincom or visit for further information.VisitScotland’s travel trade website is read more