Filmmaker receives nonbinary birth certificate after legal battle with Ontario

first_imgAn Ontario-born filmmaker has been issued a non-binary birth certificate after a year-long legal battle with the provincial government and says receiving the document marks a victory for the non-binary and transgender community.Joshua M. Ferguson, who identifies as neither a man nor a woman and uses the gender-neutral pronoun “they,” returned home from a trip abroad to find the birth certificate in the mail last week.“I’m feeling good to finally have my birth certificate that correctly displays who I am,” the 35-year-old said over the phone from their home in Vancouver.“This moment not only reaffirms who we are, and our protection under the law in Ontario and in Canada, but it’s a relief because we are counted. That’s quite an incredible feeling, because it makes it clear that we exist.”Ferguson, who was born in Brantford, Ont., applied to a Toronto branch of Service Ontario to change the sex designation on their birth registration to non-binary in May of 2017. When the case was delayed, Ferguson filed a human rights complaint, which eventually prompted a policy change.People can now choose between “M” for male, “F” for female and “X” for non-binary. They can also opt not to display a sex designation on the birth certificate at all.Gender-neutral birth certificates are currently also available in Newfoundland and Labrador and in the Northwest Territories, and Ferguson hopes more provinces will follow suit.“I hope that this inspires other provinces and encourages this kind of legislation to happen across the country,” Ferguson said.Last August, the federal government announced a plan to start offering a gender-neutral option on passports.Ontario previously offered non-binary options for drivers’ licenses and health cards, but not birth certificates. The change is significant, said Ferguson, calling birth certificates “the most vital form of ID for personhood.”Service Ontario said the new policy on birth certificates is in line with the province’s goal to “recognize and respect all transgender and non-binary people in Ontario, and give all Ontarians access to identification that matches their gender identity.”Recognition of that kind has both practical and symbolic benefits for transgender people, Ferguson said.“The ability to change your identification (…) makes a big difference, and can decrease the social isolation, anxiety, depression,” they said.“My family is very proud of me and it means a lot to me to have a supportive family,” Ferguson added. “They see the change in me, just over the last tiny bit of time that I’ve had this birth certificate.”last_img read more

Stars To Attend Next Gen Rebels AfterParty

first_imgTony Award winner and host of CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show James Corden, will be joined by Jason Bentley, DJ and KCRW radio host, at the first Next Gen Rebels After-Party, Wednesday, May 11th from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at the Barker Hangar (3021 Airport, Santa Monica).Presented by Sandy and David Ellison with Skydance Media, the late night event immediately follows the biennial Rebels With a Cause Gala honoring Dr. Cheryl and Haim Saban, also at Barker Hangar. This addition of an after-party is designed to introduce today’s young adults to the groundbreaking cancer prevention research being developed by David B. Agus, MD and the team at USC’s Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM).The Next Gen Rebels After-Party will be an evening that features today’s best music played by Jason Bentley, host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. Tickets for the after-party are priced at $200 and limited edition Rebels With a Cause T-shirts will be available on site with an additional donation of $10 or more. Guests must be 21 and over to enter.James Corden is a multi-faceted performer, host, actor, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy. He currently hosts the late-night television talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. In 2012 he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors. Corden co-created, co-wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey (2007-2010), for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. He also hosts the British television comedy game show A League of Their Own since 2010. This year he will host the 70th Annual Tony Awards.Music director of influential NPR radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, Jason Bentley hosts their acclaimed programs Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. A much sought-after DJ, his schedule includes sets at The Coachella Festival, The Electric Daisy Carnival, Lightning in a Bottle, CRSSD Fest as well as a host of art, fashion and music industry events. Bentley has also built a distinguished career as a music supervisor for film, including the Matrix trilogy and TRON Legacy with Daft Punk. He has worked at Madonna’s Maverick Records as well as Island Records with founder Chris Blackwell and is closely associated with the Recording Academy (NARAS), the organization behind The Grammy Awards.David B. Agus MD is Director of the Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM) at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.For more info about the event, click here.last_img read more

Security Council extends UN presence in Liberia for another year

29 September 2008The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) through September 2009, and authorized Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to proceed with the planned reduction of the operation’s personnel. In his recent report on UNMIL, Mr. Ban stated that, despite its economy showing significant improvement, the struggle with the rule of law and competition over natural resources threatens Liberia’s fragile stability. He recommended repatriating almost 1,500 personnel – including troops, officers, observers, and engineering and administrative units – leaving a troop strength of just over 10,000 by September 2009. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council endorsed that recommendation, as well as the proposal to increase the number of UNMIL police officers from 605 to 845 “to provide strategic advice and expertise in specialized fields, provide operational support to regular policing activities and react to urgent security incidents.” The 15-member body also requested Mr. Ban to continue to monitor the core benchmarks for the drawdown of the Mission, and to report to the Council by 15 February 2009 on that progress, as well as any further adjustments needed.As of the end of July, UNMIL was comprised of nearly 13,000 troops, police officers and military observers. In an address to the General Assembly last week, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said UNMIL’s presence has been critical to the West African country’s progress in revitalizing its economy, rebuilding basic infrastructure, tackling corruption and consolidating peace and security after years of civil war. read more

UN report looks at labour inequalities for Latin American and Caribbean women

“It will not be possible to achieve equality for women in the workplace until the burden of unpaid and care work which they have historically shouldered has been resolved,” Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), said as she presented the report in Brazil.“This calls for the establishment of a new virtuous equation that encompasses the State, the market and the family,” she stated. The report – entitled “What kind of State? What kind of equality?” – reviews achievements made as well as the challenges facing countries in the region. According to a news release issued by ECLAC, studies of the total workload, including paid and unpaid, of men and women in different countries in the region shows two trends. In all cases, total work time is greater for women than for men, and women devote more of their time to unpaid work than men. Women in Brazil, for example, devote 56.6 hours per week to total work, compared to 52 hours for men. In Mexico, women spend a total of 76.3 hours working, whereas men spend only 58.4 hours. Figures from 2008 show that 31.6 per cent of women over the age of 15 had no income of their own, while only 10.4 per cent of men were in the same position. Also, more women than men were unemployed, at 8.3 per cent and 5.7 per cent respectively. While the wage gap has narrowed – women’s average income rose from 69 per cent of that of men in 1990 to 79 per cent in 2008 – women continue to be overrepresented in lower-income occupations and underrepresented in senior positions. Women still receive lower wages than men for work of equal value. The report emphasizes the need to raise awareness of the economic and social value of the unpaid and care work performed by women in the region. It also stresses the importance of empowering women to exercise their right to choice, so that they can participate under equal conditions in the labour market and in decision-making. It proposes a strategy for advancing equality, based on three main pillars: the State as a guarantor of effective entitlement to rights; equality in both public and private spheres; and redistribution of total work. The report was presented by ECLAC at the 11th session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which began today in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. 13 July 2010Women in Latin America and the Caribbean are still discriminated against in the labour market and receive lower wages than men for the same work, according to a new United Nations report which also points to women in the region spending more time on unpaid domestic or care work. read more

Car production boost in May

Total UK car output rose by 10,067 units in May 2004 Gains reported in production for home and export markets last month Export production drives 2004 year to date growth, rising by 6.1 per cent Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics/SMMT show: SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, commented, ‘While it is encouraging to note a boost in the number of cars made for UK buyers, export markets remain the mainstay of production growth. The picture is one which has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Volumes have been rising steadily since a period of restructuring at the turn of the millennium and are forecast to hit 1.7 million units this year. Of these, 1.2 million, or seven out of 10 models, will be destined for export markets. This is nearly half a million more than 10 years ago. We expect this trend to continue to drive production growth in the years to come.’ May commercial vehicle production up by 20.9 per cent CV output in May rose 20.9 per cent to 16,884 units Year-to-date production up 16.3 per cent to 90,668 units Export markets drive commercial vehicles growth Commenting on today’s commercial vehicle production figures, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘Like car production, much of the growth in CV output can be attributed to strong demand for UK-built products in continental European markets. This is particularly true for light commercial vehicles made at plants in Luton and Southampton, which now account for around three quarters of all commercial vehicle output.’For further information and tables please click on the link below. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Soldout crowd to hear Roméo Dallaire address mental health on International Day

Chris Lytle knew there would be community interest in a speaking engagement by Lieutenant General, the Honorable Roméo Dallaire, but even he was surprised by the demand for tickets.All of the free tickets to Dallaire’s talk Friday, Dec. 1 at Brock University have now been taken, which is good news to Lytle, the event organizer and Brock’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) co-ordinator.“I think it’s fantastic. It really speaks to the fact that people are interested in hearing Romeo speak,” Lytle said.Dallaire’s talk will take place in Sean O’Sullivan Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Friday as Brock marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities.Appointed as commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda, Dallaire was witness to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where it’s estimated that between 500,000 and one million people were killed in the span of 100 days.Dallaire now lives with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has become an internationally known advocate for human rights.“This is a high-powered talk that will allow us to reanalyze what we think discrimination means,” Lytle said. “This will likely result in many conversations afterward and that’s why I wanted to do this.”Those attending Dallaire’s talk Friday night are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be collected at the door for Community Care.What: The International Day of Persons with DisabilitiesWho: Lieutenant General, The Honorable Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d)When: Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.Where: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, Brock UniversityTickets: Event is now sold out read more

Column What happens if No 1 Alabama loses to Georgia

ATLANTA — If Alabama wins the Southeastern Conference championship game, there’s little suspense.Nick Saban’s dynasty — probably the greatest in college football history — heads back to the College Football Playoff as the No. 1 seed and an overwhelming favourite for its sixth national title in the past decade.But what happens if the Crimson Tide loses to No. 4 Georgia ?That’s where things could get very, very interesting.Alabama has clearly been the nation’s best team since the first week of the season, a juggernaut on both sides of the line with Heisman Trophy winner-to-be Tua Tagovailoa guiding a dynamic offence to go along with another of those typically stout Saban defences. The Crimson Tide’s closest game so far was decided by 22 points. The average margin of victory is a whopping 35 points — the sort of numbers that put this group firmly in the discussion for best team ever.But No. 4 Georgia is no slouch. The Bulldogs slipped up once this season, losing badly at LSU, but they easily dispatched their other 11 opponents to earn another shot at Alabama, the team that beat them in last season’s dramatic national championship game .While Alabama is a hefty 13 1/2-point favourite, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Georgia could pull off an upset.That scenario would be a nightmare for the selection committee, which would have to award Georgia one of its four coveted berths but would be hard-pressed not to give one to Alabama as well — especially if it’s another tight game.For those suffering from SEC fatigue — see: the rest of the country — that would be hard pill to swallow.“I certainly think the committee will be challenged in their evaluation” if Georgia beats Alabama, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey speculated Friday, not passing up a chance to do a little lobbying. “The SEC champion will clearly be one of the four teams, and I think if there are two 12-1 teams in this league, then it is clear you can justify both being two of the top four teams.”Three playoff spots are almost surely accounted for: the Alabama-Georgia winner, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame.Clemson has to go through the formality of playing the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night , but that shouldn’t be a problem against 27 1/2-point underdog Pittsburgh. Notre Dame made its case by wrapping up a 12-0 regular season last weekend . If Alabama wins the SEC title, the fourth spot should go to either No. 5 Oklahoma or No. 6 Ohio State.Oklahoma faces Texas in the Big 12 title game , giving the Sooners a chance to avenge their only loss of the season. Ohio State takes on Northwestern for the Big Ten title , coming off a dominating win over Michigan that helped cover the blemish of that stunning loss to Purdue earlier in the season.But an Alabama loss could bump both from playoff consideration, no matter how impressive they look in their conference championship games.It’s hard to envision any scenario where the Tide gets left out.Remember, it was only last season that top-ranked Alabama suffered its first loss against Auburn in the regular-season finale, knocking the Tide out of the SEC championship game. Then, after watching from the sideline as Georgia beat Auburn for the conference title, Saban’s team landed a playoff invite anyway.The Bulldogs did, too, making the SEC the first conference in the playoff era to take up two spots.While there was plenty of grumbling about the SEC getting favourable treatment, it was hard to argue with the committee’s logic. Ohio State won the Big Ten title, but the Buckeyes had a pair of losses on their resume. The Pac-12 had no one of consequence. Central Florida barked loudly about deserving a chance with its perfect record, but no one in their right mind thought the Knights were a better team than the Crimson Tide.Alabama backed up the committee’s decision by cruising past Clemson in the semifinals , setting up an all-SEC national championship against Georgia. That game was one of the ages, the Tide rallying from a pair of 13-point deficits to beat the Bulldogs 26-23 in overtime on Tagovailoa’s 41-yard touchdown pass.If Alabama stumbles again, it might tougher to give the Tide a second chance — especially if Oklahoma and Ohio State both win impressively. But the committee has shown its willingness to overlook Power Five conference champions in favour of what it views as the stronger team, also picking Ohio State in 2016 even though the Buckeyes didn’t even quality for the Big Ten title game. (That one didn’t work out so well; Ohio State was blitzed by eventual national champion Clemson 31-0 in the semifinals).Saban shrugged off any speculation about his team’s playoff future during Friday’s final news conference before the SEC championship game.“Our total focus is on this game,” he said. “I don’t really spend a lot of time worrying about what-ifs.”Sankey tried to make a case for his conference deserving two teams in the playoff — no matter who wins Saturday.“I actually think there’s an argument that Georgia is still one of the four best teams, even with two losses,” he said, pointing out that the SEC has eight of 25 teams in this week’s CFP rankings. “I go back to that unique rigour of our schedule. I know that the committee has indicated deep respect for the competition in this conference. They still merit consideration.”Sorry, commish, now you’re just getting greedy.But if Alabama loses?You’ll probably get your wish.___Paul Newberry is a sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry@ap.org or at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry___For more AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Paul Newberry, The Associated Press read more

Opinion Michigan bringing in former Alabama coordinator Buckeye fans should take notice

Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (left) and coach Brady Hoke share a smile after a news conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jan. 10.Credit: Courtesy of MCTUnder coach Urban Meyer, the Ohio State football team has yet to lose to Michigan, but a recent big-time move on the Wolverines’ coaching staff could inflict some uneasiness into Buckeye fans.Offensive coordinator Al Borges, the same coach who helped the Michigan offense put up 41 points against Ohio State in November, was out of a job Wednesday morning. By nightfall, however, his replacement was already announced.That replacement is former Alabama offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, who will become one of the highest-paid coordinators in college football.While the details of his hiring are still a bit cloudy, rumors are swirling that Alabama head coach Nick Saban was pushing out Nussmeier in order to bring in his new buddy, Lane Kiffin, to take the reigns of the Alabama offense.In any case, this somewhat-shocking hire by the Wolverines should motivate OSU players and fans.Even with the aforementioned Borges at the helm, the Wolverine offense torched the Buckeyes’ defense and was even a single play away from winning The Game. But under control of Nussmeier and a revamped pro-style offense more suitable to Michigan’s personnel coming along with him, the Michigan offense could certainly take leaps and bounds forward.If OSU wants to continue its dominance against Michigan, the defense will have to at least match the improvement of the Michigan offense.In hiring Nussmeier, Michigan might have started a domino effect that will definitely have an impact in Columbus. Should Borges have stayed, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell’s job might have been safe. Now, however, Michigan has challenged OSU even further to resurrect the formerly fantastic “Silver Bullet” defense.If the Buckeyes stand pat, meaning Fickell is retained and the entire defensive outfit continues its less-than-stellar production, OSU will certainly have taken a step backward while Michigan has taken a step forward. That’s something no one involved with OSU football would be content seeing.Be it the firing of Fickell, a change in scheme, or just an overall closer examination of certain players, something needs to change defensively for OSU. Michigan made its move and is challenging the Buckeyes to answer with a counterattack.If the Buckeyes don’t take measures to improve their defense, a loss to Michigan next season in Columbus will be no one’s fault but their own.A word to athletic director Gene Smith and Meyer, in this century-long chess match between OSU and Michigan: it’s your move. read more

Andy Murrays hospital treatment sparks postop row as US and UK doctors

A consultant in intensive care and pre-hospital care, who asked not to be named, posted his own corrections to the AVA’s image, suggesting it was riddled with errors. 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. Doctors from the US and UK have clashed over a picture of Andy Murray recovering in hospital amid suggestions it raised concerns about his care. The tennis star, who recently announced his playing career could be over due to injury, shared an image on Instagram telling supporters he had undergone surgery on his hip.However, while the update has won hundreds of thousands of likes from well-wishers, the placement of IV drips and dressings on his arm caught the attention of US medics.The Association for Vascular Access, a trade body for clinicians specialising in the medical use of tubes, added its own annotations to the picture to highlight perceived errors.It suggested that the British former Wimbledon champion could potentially be in danger, as “50 people die every day in America as a result of complications related to hospital tubes”. The 36-year-old, who has 12 years of experience as an anaesthetist, told the Telegraph: “I thought it was funny, we do hundreds of these procedures a day in the NHS and the majority of patients will have this sort of set-up – it is not uncommon by any stretch of the imagination.”On the AVA’s interpretation, he added: “They are applying the wrong set of guidelines, it is like trying to apply a stock car set of rules to Formula One driving, basically.“The stuff they are trying to suggest refers to ward-level care, which is not what he’s had done in the picture – he’s essentially just come out of theatre.“That is what you would expect to see in recovery.“I think someone has got a little bit excited in terms of trashing it without knowing half the story.”He suggested that shaving the tennis player’s arm hair – as the AVA suggested – could actually increase the risk of infection.The doctor quipped he “certainly hoped” Murray would not end up adding to the mortality statistics as a result of his tube placement. The British doctor's corrections The British doctor’s corrections Among the litany of concerns were “blood visible in IV tubing”, “arm hair should be clipped” and “blood pressure cuff should be on the IV-free arm”.In a post on Twitter, the AVA claimed that the likes Murray achieved on Instagram were unlikely to have come from “vascular access clinicians” – prompting a British doctor to disagree. Murray announced that he had a metal cap in his hip following the procedure earlier this week.He wrote on Instagram: “Hopefully that will be the end of my hip pain.”The procedure – his second on his hip – will mean Murray is likely to miss Wimbledon this summer.  When Sir Andy Murray shared a photo from his hospital bed it got hundreds of thousands of likes, but it’s unlikely any of those came from vascular access clinicians. https://t.co/nNPmrGg7JN pic.twitter.com/1xtbh2VKpQ— Association for Vascular Access (@ISaveThatLine) January 30, 2019 read more

Column The EU must do more to help resolve the IsraelPalestinian conflict

first_imgEmer Costello, MEP for Dublin and Chairperson of the European Parliament’s Delegation to Palestine, will lead a five-member cross-party delegation of the EP, to the occupied Palestinian territories (oPT: West Bank and East Jerusalem) from 26 April to 2 May 2013. Ahead of this trip, she reflects on the recent visit of Barack Obama to Israel…US PRESIDENT BARACK Obama’s recent three-day visit to Israel and Palestine gave little hope that the United States will succeed in bringing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to the negotiating table any time soon.Meanwhile, expansion threatens to slice the West Bank in two, further splintering Palestinian communities and undermining the future of an independent state of Palestine. Obama said he did not consider continued settlement activity to be constructive to “the cause of peace”, but failed to offer a way forward to halt its expansion.Israeli bulldozers continue to demolish Palestinian homes, displacing families and forcing them to seek shelter; illegal settlements continue to mushroom, swallowing up hopes for a viable two-state solution. In November, Israel authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. In an area known as East 1, settlement expansion threatens to slice the West Bank in two.Europe has considerable leverageAs the United States has again showed that it lacks the leadership necessary to resuscitate the Middle East peace process, Europe has no choice but to help salvage what is the only solution for peace: an independent state of Palestine co-existing peacefully alongside a secure Israel.The EU has considerable leverage: it is Israel’s biggest trading partner, and it is the Palestinian Authority’s largest funder. It should use this leverage to press Israel to reverse its harmful settlement policies, to stop demolishing Palestinian homes, schools and clinics and to allow Palestinians greater access to natural resources and markets, including in the EU, so that the Palestinian economy, and hope, can grow.If Israeli restrictions eased to allow Palestinians to develop just 3.5 per cent more of the Jordan Valley, one estimate indicates that the Palestinian economy could gain $1 billion (€780 million) a year, well above the entire EU aid budget for the Palestinian Authority and enough to reduce significantly its current fiscal crisis.Failed American-led negotiationsEurope has in the past stepped into the breach in the face of US dithering. The Venice Declaration, agreed in 1980, was a response by the nine members of the then European Economic Community to what they saw as failed American-led negotiations in the context of an increasingly tense atmosphere in the region. With its revolutionary call that Palestinians have the right to self-determination and for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to be included in negotiations, the EU showed it was able to change the agenda.It is time to do so again.Almost one year ago, EU foreign ministers sent out a strong political message that the EU was prepared to act in order to ensure that the two-state solution could become a reality. Settlement construction in the West Bank, demolitions and displacements in Area C and East Jerusalem, and inflammatory statements by Hamas leaders that deny Israel’s right to exist – these were just a few of the things that the ministers said threatened the future of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.Peaceful co-existence is essentialThe EU’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, last month followed up those conclusions by writing to EU foreign ministers asking them to ensure that produce from settlements on occupied territory is labelled as such. The Netherlands and Belgium have heeded her call, joining the UK and Denmark in giving consumers the opportunity to choose not to purchase products from illegal settlements.The situation on the ground continues to become increasingly unfavourable to the peaceful co-existence of an Israeli and Palestinian state based on pre-1967 borders. Those who are interested in seeing an end to this conflict can no longer afford to wait for the US to act. It is time for Europe to act.Emer Costello is a centre-left Irish member of the European Parliament and the chairman of the Parliament’s delegation to the Palestinian Legislative Council.This article was originally posted on EuropeanVoice.comlast_img read more

Guitarist Peter Frampton reveals incurable muscle disease

first_img Feb 23rd 2019, 5:55 PM Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 5:55 PM https://jrnl.ie/4509744 By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Peter Frampton in 2017. Image: Daniel DeSlover via PA Share129 Tweet Email3 28,315 Views center_img Image: Daniel DeSlover via PA Guitarist Peter Frampton reveals incurable muscle disease His upcoming tour will be his last. Short URL 3 Comments Peter Frampton in 2017. PETER FRAMPTON has revealed he has a rare degenerative muscular disease that could inhibit his ability to play the guitar, and that his upcoming tour will be his last.The artist, whose 1976 album Frampton Comes Alive still reigns as one of the all-time best-selling live records, told CBS News he has been making music since his diagnosis with the incurable condition inclusion body myositis.“Between October and two days ago, we’ve done like 33 new tracks,” the Grammy-winning guitarist told the US television network. “I just want to record as much as I can, you know, now, for obvious reasons.”Frampton, 68, learned of his condition three-and-half years ago after a fall on stage, and last autumn began to feel his muscles lose strength more rapidly.“What will happen, unfortunately, is that it affects the finger flexors,” he said. “That’s the first telltale sign is the flexors, you know. So for a guitar player, it’s not very good.”For now, Frampton said he can still play — “but in a year’s time, maybe not so good.”“I’m a perfectionist and I do not want to go out there and feel like, ‘Oh I can’t, this isn’t good.’ That would be a nightmare for me.”Frampton broke onto the scene as a 1960s teen favorite as part of The Herd, before co-founding the band Humble Pie and jumping onto Britain’s charts.His live album Frampton Comes Alive held the top spot for 10 weeks — but for a decade he failed to match that success, and saw his sales drop off.Frampton’s farewell tour will include stops at major arenas like New York’s Madison Square Garden.The musician told Rolling Stone magazine one dollar from every ticket sale will go to a fund he is starting at the medical facility John Hopkins, where he is receiving treatment.“You can’t really knock me down too far before I brush myself off, pick myself up and move on,” Frampton told the magazine. “Maybe a huge door is closing in my life, but then there’s lots of other doors that open.”- © AFP 2019last_img read more

A Taste of Lesvos culture trade show

first_imgSydney is home to the biggest diaspora of Lesvos-heritage people outside Greece.Lesvos is famous for philosophers, artists, ouzo, sardines, the best olive oil in Greece, the petrified forest, centuries-old kindness to refugees, the spiritual home of women in Eressos and the first meeting of the head of the Greek and Roman Catholic churches in hundreds of years (2016).A group of friends in NSW with a keen interest in Lesvos have been working diligently to present A Taste of Lesvos on Sunday 2 April as part of the Greek Festival, and under the umbrella of the Mytilenean Brotherhood of Sydney and NSW.Lesvos gained international attention for influxes of refugees in 2015 and 2016. The island previously embraced hundreds of thousands of refugees in 1922 as a million Greeks were evacuated from Ottoman Turkey. Since 2013, Lesvos has again helped innocent victims of war. This island, like the rest of Greece, is going through economic hardship. Yet, as they did in 1922, the residents welcome everyone and show the compassion and kindness for which they are known. For some reason, the international media has portrayed the island as unsafe. There are no issues: no local has experienced any problems, no tourist has been inconvenienced. The visits of Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon, the Pope, and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch have highlighted this. The friends, or rather the parea, know that, and they want to present this to the broader community.A Taste of Lesvos will be held at Mytilene House in Canterbury – the south western Sydney suburb that is home to more Lesvos-heritage people than any other area in the world outside Greece.The event will showcase the vast history, culture, and commerce of the island. The day starts with a musical performance from some of the many talented musicians of Lesvian heritage including Spiro Bougoukas, Eleni Meli and Mersina Tonys-Soulos. They will be joined by one of the world’s best bouzouki players – Tassos Bouzouki. A late addition is the star of the island, John Tikis, who is currently on tour in Australia with his new album. Added to the mix will be a lecture on why you should travel to Lesvos, and a talk about the great painter Theophilos. Theophilos had a style and a story that captivated the entire island last century. This lecture is presented by artists and the comedian Anna Cominos, who is starring in her own shows in May.Mr Costa Vertzayias, President of the Hellenic Studies Foundation at the University of New South Wales will present on Asia Minor (Turkey) and its connection with Lesvos.To add to the taste is a demonstration on how to make local food! This will be followed by a tavli championship – the famous Greek backgammon game that is fun and easy to play. The tavli is being sponsored by Blue Sky Hotel Lesvos (Petra) and Plateia Gyradiko in Potts Point.Those in attendance will be treated to a range of products and services made famous by the island. This includes Lesvos t-shirts, ouzo, olive oil from Gera and Vatera, a Kallonis FC display, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou’s writings, a kids’ corner, a food display and much more.The event is being made possible thanks to the dedicated committee, including Dimi Konstantinou, Christine Gazepis Stavropoulos, Mano Francis, Maria Findanis, Myrsini and Spiro Bougoukas, Pamela Rogaris, and Will Vee, along with Vicky and Anna. A Taste of Lesvos is part of the 35th Greek Festival of NSW and is one of the most anticipated of the 30 initiatives that have been arranged for the Festival. A Taste of Lesvos takes place on Sunday 2 April from 11.00 am – 4.00 pm at Mytilene House, 225 Canterbury Road, Canterbury, NSW. Entry is free. For more information, visit www.greekfestivalofsydney.com.au/events/april/a-taste-of-lesvos.html* Billy Cotsis is the author of ‘From Pyrrhus To Cyprus – Forgotten & Remembered Hellenic Kingdoms, Territories, Entities & A Fiefdom’. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

7 Français sur 10 utilisent Internet

first_img7 Français sur 10 utilisent InternetUne étude de Médiamétrie révèle que l’Hexagone compte désormais 38 millions d’internautes, soit 22 millions de plus qu’il y a dix ans.Internet est bien le phénomène de ce début de XXIe siècle. En dix ans, la France a ainsi vu son nombre d’utilisateurs de la toile être multiplié par 2,5, avec 22 millions d’internautes supplémentaires par rapport à 2001. Une étude de Médiamétrie montre que ce sont désormais 7 Français sur 10 qui utilisent régulièrement le web, contre 3 sur 10 en 2001. Détail intéressant, si les jeunes continuent d’être massivement connectés, les personnes de plus de 65 ans ont vu leur proportion grimper de façon impressionnante, passant de 4% en 2001 à 31% désormais.Du côté des pratiques, si les courriers électroniques et la messagerie instantanée restent l’activité principale des internautes, les service de banque en ligne, qui comptent près de 20 millions d’utilisateurs, et l’e-commerce qui en compte 28 millions (3 sur 4), ont vu leur audience se développer de façon exponentielle. Quant aux réseaux sociaux, Médiamétrie estime que ce sont 22 des 38 millions d’internautes hexagonaux qui possèdent un compte sur un d’eux, sans que l’on sache s’ils s’y rendent régulièrement ou pas. Le 10 février 2011 à 10:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le bisphénol S également dangereux dans les tickets de caisse

first_imgLe bisphénol S, également dangereux dans les tickets de caisse Les magasins Carrefour et Casino auraient décidé de remplacer le bisphénol A, reconnu comme perturbateur endocrinien, des tickets de caisse par du bisphénol S. Une fausse bonne idée selon le député maire PS Gérard Bapt qui a adressé un courrier aux enseignes pour les alerter sur les risques de cette autre substance.Interdit depuis peu dans les biberons, le bisphénol A est aussi présent dans un grand nombre d’objets du quotidien, parmi lesquels les tickets de caisse. Cela fait maintenant plus d’un an que le Réseau environnement santé (RES) incite les enseignes à remplacer ce perturbateur endocrinien reconnu dans leurs facturettes, où il sert de fixateur d’encre. Mais si certains magasins tels que le groupe U ont totalement éliminé le bisphénol A, d’autres en revanche l’ont remplacé par un autre composé semblable, le bisphénol S.À lire aussiCatécholamines : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Or, si ce composé est beaucoup moins documenté et étudié que le bisphénol A, son utilisation n’en reste pas moins risqué. C’est justement ce sur quoi a voulu alerter le député maire PS de Saint-Jean dans la Haute-Garonne, Gérard Bapt qui a adressé un courrier aux PDG des enseignes Carrefour et Casino. En effet, selon deux études japonaises réalisées en 2005 et 2006, le BPS est aussi un perturbateur endocrinien. Plus inquiétant encore : il se dégrade beaucoup plus lentement que le BPA dans les milieux aquatiques, et s’avère donc plus persistant dans l’environnement, explique romandie.com. De plus, si une étude de l’INRA de Toulouse a prouvé que le BPA pouvait migrer dans la peau à partir des tickets de caisse, il n’est pas exclu que le BPS ait les même propriétés.Limiter le contact avec ces reçus Ainsi, Gérard Bapt, qui est aussi médecin, suggère aux deux enseignes de rechercher un autre procédé chimique pour l’impression de leurs facturettes, en utilisant des substances ayant déjà fait l’objet d’études scientifiques en terme de dangerosité. En attendant, il souligne l’importance d’éviter que les caissières susceptibles d’être enceintes manipulent les tickets de caisse. Alors que le bisphénol A est encore présent dans la plupart des contenants alimentaires, limiter le contact avec ces composés semble toutefois très difficile. Le 16 août 2011 à 09:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bisphénol A lAnses confirme le risque pour la santé

first_imgBisphénol A : l’Anses confirme le risque pour la santéL’Anses lance une nouvelle mise en garde sur les effets délétères du Bisphénol A (BPA), en particulier chez les personnes qui travaillent en caisse et les femmes enceintes.Le Bisphénol A (BPA) fait à nouveau parler de lui. Malgré les alertes, cette substance chimique continue à être employée dans de nombreux produits, surtout alimentaires. Ainsi, 80% de la contamination au BPA se fait par voie alimentaire, celui-ci servant de vernis intérieur aux boîtes de conserve (interdiction prévue pour 2015 mais aucune solution alternative n’existe pour le moment). De même, les bombonnes en plastique en polycarbonate utilisée dans les fontaines à eau constituent “une source conséquente d’exposition au bisphénol A”.Aussi, l’Anses a souhaité mettre une nouvelle fois en garde certaines personnes, notamment les femmes enceintes et les personnels qui travaillent en caisse. Dans son “évaluation des risques sanitaires associés au bisphénol A”, l’Anses “confirme” que le BPA est un “perturbateur endocrinien”. En 2011 déjà, lors de sa première étude sur le sujet, le directeur général de l’Anses, Marc Mortureux avait appelé à remplacer le BPA partout où c’était possible “dans une logique de prévention”.Un risque pour les femmes enceintes et les futurs bébés Mais aujourd’hui, l’Agence va encore plus loin. En ayant pris en compte “pour la première fois”, les expositions réelles au BPA (alimentation, contact, air inspiré), elle estime que ce produit présente “un risque potentiel pour l’enfant à naître des femmes enceintes exposées”. Les professions les plus exposées sont celles qui sont amenées à entrer régulièrement en contact avec du papier thermique comme les tickets de caisse, avec lesquels sont constamment en contact les personnels de caisse, dans les magasins. Là aussi, les femmes enceintes sont plus vulnérables en raison des risques qu’encourent les futurs bébés. D’après les études menées sur des animaux, “les effets identifiés portent sur une modification de la structure de la glande mammaire chez l’enfant à naître qui pourrait favoriser un développement tumoral ultérieur”, indique l’Anses citée par l’AFP. De même, l’Agence évoque des effets sur “le cerveau et le comportement, le métabolisme et l’obésité ou encore l’appareil reproducteur féminin”.Une demande d’interdiction bientôt soumise à la CommissionA la lumière de cette étude, le ministère de l’Écologie a fait savoir qu’une demande d’interdiction du BPA dans les tickets de caisse serait soumise à la Commission européenne. La ministre, Delphine Batho, a également demandé à l’Anses d’étudier les autres produits suspectés d’être perturbateurs endocriniens. À lire aussiLe bisphénol A aurait un effet néfaste sur les testicules des hommesDe son côté, le Réseau environnement santé (RES) a salué le “rapport courageux” de l’Anses qui aboutit à calculer des “valeurs toxicologiques de référence entre 5.000 et 20.000 fois inférieures” à celles retenues par l’Agence européenne de la sécurité des aliments (EFSA). Selon l’association, ces valeurs sont si faibles qu’elles pourraient conduire à une interdiction progressive de l’usage du PBA. Le député socialiste Gérard Bapt, spécialiste des questions de santé, a lui aussi appelé à interdire au niveau européen le BPA de “l’ensemble des contenants alimentaires”.Le 10 avril 2013 à 11:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

2 men picked up by officials near Haulover Beach

first_imgNORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials picked up two people on a raft near Haulover Beach.Residents who live along the shore of Haulover Beach made calls to police and fire rescue to say they saw two people on a raft floating in the water, in the area of 10200 block of Collins Avenue, Thursday afternoon.Those two people were initially believed to be migrants, but they may actually be part of a camera crew filming a movie, about a half a mile off shore of Haulover Beach, near the jetty.The police department and a representative from North Bay Village responded to the scene.Officials are investigating this case.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Ananya Pandays So Positive sees a massive growth spurt Jacqueline Fernandez resonates

first_imgSocial media bullying is extremely detrimental to a person’s well being. From its repercussions ranging from low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and image issues, it is just as severe as any other health problem. The need to create a safe environment, full of positivity drove the star to launch this initiative. This has earned her a lot of praise from the who’s who of the industry, who too have been at the receiving end of the same. Ananya Panday’s take on social media bullying is commendable and is receiving appreciation from all across the world!So Positive is a social media platform which intends to fight social media bullying and provides a voice to those who are going through it, or have been through it. According to Ananya, “It intends to create a community which will be there to stand against bullies and support people who are going through it”. With this initiative, she intends to bring psychologists, and plans on visiting various schools and institutions to spread awareness about the same.So Positive is an original cause taken up by Ananya which is backed with substantial data, research and behavioural statistics. The initiative aims at creating and spreading awareness about social media bullying. The initiative’s prime focus is to make people aware of the fact that this issue exists and stays very prevalent in society. Also, the steps that can be taken by the recipients of this destructive criticism in order to deal with this.The platform would create engagement to inform the broader public about the existing actions to emerge out of the issue. Ananya’s initiative is centered around extending support and providing guidance to people to collaborate with helpful entities such as government and lawyers, to name a few.Ever since her Bollywood debut, Ananya has been raking in immense love and appreciation from across quarters. The actress is currently one of the most sought after names for brands where she is already the face of the most iconic brands of all times. More so, she is known for her style and sartorial choices.From being a filmmaker’s favourite to a sensation for the world, Ananya is the star who has emerged as the favourite for all. The actress will soon be seen in Pati Patni Aur Woh alongside Kartik Aryan. Ananya Panday on Elle coverElle InstagramThe ‘Next-Gen star of the year’ Ananya Panday has been constantly in news and for all the right reasons. She recently launched her digital social responsibility initiative called ‘So Positive’ which intends to tackle social media bullying which celebrities and citizens alike face on a day to day basis and actress Jacqueline Fernandez’ recent post highlights the importance of the positive atmosphere for the same!The ‘Best Student’ Ananya felt the need of acknowledging and doing her bit to stand against this issue after being subjected to faceless bullying which millions of people face on social media every minute of every day. With the world being connected at close quarters all because of social media, one is at the receiving end of millions of comments, and while some are encouraging, there are more which are deprecating.Extending the need for positivity, fellow actress Jacqueline Fernandez recently took to her account on Instagram to share her positive insight for consistent growth and a healthier lifestyle. Jacqueline who is known to be an always smiling persona, is a powerhouse of positivity and that’s what keeps her going strong in an industry which faces constant competition everyday.Sharing a post which reads, “You live most of your life inside your head. Make sure it’s a nice place to be”, Jacqueline wrote, “Affirmations!! I am a winner, I am confident, I am loved, I am strong and powerful, I am enough, things are always working out for me. These are my favorite affirmations to use and I make it a habit to repeat them a 100 times a day! Remember you decide what to think and that’s what matters the most! But to have a real ‘breakthrough’ you HAVE to be CONSISTENT with your POSITIVE thinking! Have a great weekend everyone!!!”last_img read more

Fraudhit PNB suffers biggest ever quarterly loss for an Indian bank

first_imgFile photo- Pedestrians walk past a Punjab National Bank office in Mumbai, India February 21, 2018.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiPunjab National Bank (PNB) reported a 134.17 billion-rupee ($1.98 billion) fourth-quarter net loss on Tuesday, the biggest ever by an Indian lender as the state-run bank booked provisions to cover a massive fraud.In what has been dubbed the largest fraud in Indian banking history, PNB – the second-biggest state-run lender and fourth-biggest overall – disclosed in February that two jewellery groups had defrauded it of more than $2 billion, raising credit overseas from mostly other Indian banks with fake guarantees issued by rogue PNB staff.Police on Monday charged 22 people, including a former head of PNB and two of its current executive directors. A source familiar with the matter said more people were likely to be charged this week.PNB said on Tuesday it had set aside a higher-than-required 71.78 billion rupees in the three months to March 31, or half of the total 143.57 billion rupees it owes other banks for the illegal guarantees. That led to a more than tripling of its total provisions from a year earlier to 203.53 billion rupees.The bank, which has been allowed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to spread the fraud-related provisions over four quarters, said it would set aside the remaining money over the three quarters beginning April 1.Some analysts expressed concern that the size of the losses, coupled with surging bad debts across the Indian banking sector, might weaken PNB’s capital reserves to the extent it could damage the bank’s growth prospects.PNB’s capital ratio fell to 9.2 percent at the end of March from 11.66 percent a year ago, according to a PNB presentation.”Their capital is very low, and a bank needs it to sustain growth,” said Yuvraj Choudhary, an analyst at Mumbai brokerage Anand Rathi, who said PNB’s reported loss was more than triple his estimate, calling it a “major concern”.PNB shares ended down 3.8 percent, their lowest close since June 13, 2016, having fallen as much as 6.4 percent after the results. The stock has lost almost half of its value this year making it the worst performer among Indian bank stocks.PNB, which raised 50 billion rupees from a share sale in December and has received nearly 55 billion rupees from the government as part of a $32 billion bank recapitalisation programme, has said it is adequately capitalised for now. It is looking to raise more capital, including via asset sales.Earlier this month, PNB said it was targeting growth of over 10 percent in loans and deposits in 2018/19 and that it had strengthened the process of credit underwriting and upgraded its systems to prevent further frauds.PNB’s latest loss compared with a net profit of 2.62 billion rupees a year ago, and was higher than a 53.67 billion-rupee loss it reported in the March 2016 quarter that had been the highest in India’s banking sector.Tighter RBI rules announced in February, which did away with half a dozen loan restructuring schemes, have led to banks reporting a surge in bad loans in the March quarter, and several of them reporting losses.PNB accounted for 442.74 billion rupees of incremental bad loans in the March quarter – including 75.79 billion rupees related to the fraud and 102.37 billion rupees after the stricter RBI rules – taking its gross non-performing assets ratio to 18.38 percent of the total at the end of March.last_img read more

GM Quader to act as JP chairman in absence of Ershad

first_imgHM Ersha (L) and GM Quader. Photo: BSSJatiya Party (JaPa) co-chairman Golam Mohammad Quader will act as its chairman in absence of incumbent chairman and former president HM Ershad.An official letter, signed by JaPa chairman HM Ershad, was issued on Tuesday in this regard, Ershad’s deputy press secretary Khandaker Delwar Jalali told BSS.“In my absence, co-chairman of the party Golam Mohammad Quader will be the chairman of JP,” Ershad said in his letter.last_img