Diego Maradona – terms & conditions

first_img6.2.      The prize winner must accept the prize by email confirmation, and if no such confirmation is received within 7 days of the notification, the Promoter may re-run the prize draw to select a replacement prize winner. 8.1.      None of the Promoter or Altitude Entertainment (together, the “Released Parties”) accept any responsibility for any variation in the value of the prize. In the event that any element of a prize is not available, the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value, subject to written directions from relevant regulatory bodies. 1.1.      This competition is a free prize draw for a chance to win the Prize (defined below)(the “Draw”). Further Draw conditions In the event of any prize not being accepted or claimed, the winner of that individual prize will be deemed invalid and the Promoter reserves the right to select the next eligible entrant by random draw to receive the unclaimed prize.   Limitation of liability 2.1.      Subject to paragraphs 2.3 and 2.4, entry into the Draw is open solely to persons who are of the legal age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the date of entry.  The Draw is void where prohibited or restricted by law in the territory of the person entering into it, and is subject to all applicable laws and regulations 2.5.      No purchase or other payment is necessary to enter the Draw. Prize details The officers, management and employees (and immediate family members of officers, management and employees) of the Promoter are not eligible to enter the Draw. How to enter the Draw & how to win the Prize 12.7.    This Draw, these terms and conditions, and any dispute arising out of or in connection with them, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England. Each entrant irrevocably agrees that the courts of England & Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate any dispute or claim that arises out of or in relation to the Draw or these terms and conditions. To enter, eligible entrants must accept these terms and conditions, and complete the game of skill or merit explained in the entry portal (e.g. in the Twitter post).  One eligible entrant will be chosen by an independent third party on [date], who will be the (“winner” or “prize winner”). The Draw commences at [•][insert time and timezone] on [date], and closes at [•][insert time and timezone] on [date] (the “Draw Period”). 6.1.      The prize winner will be notified by Twitter on [•][date]. Intentionally not used Employees of Altitude Entertainment including affiliates, agents and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each of the aforementioned, are not eligible to enter or win the Draw.] Notification of prize winner Privacy 8.5.      If for any reason a prize winner does not accept: Draw Period 10.3.    Nothing in these terms and conditions excludes or limits Promoter’s liability for: (i) death or personal injury arising from the Promoter’s negligence; (ii) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation; (iii) or any other liability which may not be excluded or limited by applicable law, and nothing in these terms and conditions limits, excludes or modifies any statutory right or guarantee provided by applicable law. 10.1.    To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Released Parties exclude all liability and will be held harmless from any losses, damages, actions, liability, injury or claims (including, without limitation (but subject to operation of law), personal injury, death to winner or any third party or damage to personal or real property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by any reason) incurred by any person in connection with the Draw or the promotion, receipt, acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or participation in this Draw. The Released Parties also expressly exclude any liability for any loss or damage which may be incurred by you as a result of your breach of these terms and conditions. 12.4.    The Promoter reserves the right at any time and its sole discretion to: (i) verify the eligibility of any entrant and/or a prize winner’s guest (including their age and place of residence); (ii) disqualify any entrant who conspires with others to gain an unfair advantage or who is otherwise involved in manipulating, interfering or tampering with the entry process or any other element of the Draw or who the Promoter reasonably believes to have acted in breach of these terms and conditions.center_img 10.2.    Except as otherwise required by applicable law, the Released Parties accept no responsibility or liability for any entry or claim which for technical or other reasons is unsuccessful, ineligible, late or incomplete. an element of the prize;any part of these terms and conditions relevant to that element; orany additional terms and conditions stipulated by any third party prize suppliers relevant to that element,that element of the prize will be forfeited.  Cash will not be awarded in lieu of any element of any prize under any circumstances.8.6.      All eligible entrants agree to provide the Promoter or the Promoter’s authorised agent with identification and proof of eligibility in accordance with applicable law or regulation if selected as a prize winner. The required form of identification and proof of eligibility are at the discretion of the Promoter (acting reasonably). 8.4.      The Released Parties do not accept responsibility and are not liable for any additional conditions imposed by a third party as referred to in paragraph 8.3 Who may enter 1.3.      The promoter of the Draw is Perform Media Channels Ltd. of Sussex House, Plane Tree Crescent, Feltham, TW13 7HE, United Kingdom (the “Promoter”). Draw and Promoter Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player General 7.1.      The prize is one of five copies of the BluRay release of Diego Maradona. 8.3.      Prize winner(s) each acknowledge that their prize may be subject to additional terms and conditions imposed by third party suppliers which will be provided to each prize winner. By accepting their prize, the prize winner will be deemed to have accepted any such additional terms and conditions in full. 1.2.      By entering this Draw and in consideration for the opportunity to win the prize associated with the Draw, each entrant agrees to be bound by and observe these terms and conditions. Information on how to enter and prize details form part of these terms and conditions. 8.2.      No prize is transferable or exchangeable. Prize(s) are not redeemable or exchangeable for cash and can only be taken as offered. Unclaimed prizes 12.5.    The prize winner is advised that tax implications may arise from the prize and should seek independent financial and taxation advice prior to acceptance of the prize. Each prize winner shall responsible for all applicable taxes. 7.2.      The prize winner agrees that the Released Parties (defined in paragraph 8.1 below)  and their designees and assigns may use the winner’s name, voice, city/province or territory of residence, photos, video or film clips, and/or other visual likeness for advertising and/or trade purposes and/or for any other purpose in any media or format now or hereafter known without further compensation (financial or otherwise), permission or notification. 7.3       Before the prize is awarded, the selected entrant may be required to participate in a skill-based math question, sign an agreement consenting to the use of their image, name, entry and/or voice in any media for an unlimited period of time without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this Draw (including any outcome) and/or promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promotor . 12.1.    Any decision of the Promoter in respect of the Draw, is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw, alter or suspend the Draw or these terms and conditions at any time if circumstances beyond its control make this unavoidable. 12.2.    The prize(s) remain the property of the Promoter until delivered to the prize winners. 12.3.    The Released Parties shall bear no liability if for any reason the Draw is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, technical failures or any causes beyond the Promoter’s control which corrupt or affect the fairness or integrity or proper conduct of the Draw.  The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, modify, terminate or suspend the Draw, subject to written directions from relevant regulatory bodies. By entering the Draw, the entrant understands and agrees that the Promoter and its agents may use and disclose the entrant’s personal information to assist in administering and managing the Draw and prizes (where applicable) and communicating with the entrant in regard to special offers from the Promoter and its related entities. Entrants in the Draw acknowledge that the Promoter may share an entrant’s personal information with the Promoter’s foreign related entities which may contact the entrant with marketing messages and special offers. Without limiting the foregoing, the Promoter may disclose the prize winner’s personal information to third parties for the purpose of fulfilling the prize. If an entrant elects to receive information from other third parties, the Promoter may also disclose the entrant’s personal information for that purpose. Entrants may find out more information about how the Promoter collects, uses and discloses personal information by reading the Promoter’s Privacy Policy, which is available at https://www.goal.com/en-us/legal/privacy-policy. Entrants may access the personal information the Promoter holds about them by writing to the Promoter at the address set out below. If the Promoter limits or denies an entrant access to their personal information in certain circumstances, the Promoter will tell the entrant why access was limited or denied. The entrant can contact the Promoter by writing to the Promoter at the address(es) given in the privacy policy. UEFA Champions League Diego Maradona – terms & conditions Goal Last updated 5 days ago 07:00 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Diego Maradona Napoli Alfredo Capozzi UEFA Champions League TERMS AND CONDITIONS 12.6.    It is the entrant’s responsibility to inform the Promoter of any changes to their contact details, including their residential address, e-mail address or daytime telephone number. Each eligible entrant may enter only one once.last_img read more

Beating Afghanistan for first time was special: Hamilton Masakadza after farewell game

first_img Next Beating Afghanistan for first time was special: Hamilton Masakadza after farewell gameHamilton Masakadza bid adieu to international cricket on Friday after leading Zimbabwe to a 7-wicket win over Afghanistan in the T20I tri-series being played in Bangladesh.advertisement India Today Web Desk ChattogramSeptember 21, 2019UPDATED: September 21, 2019 09:35 IST Hamilton Masakadza got a guard of honour from his teammates and opposition players (Zimbabwe Cricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSZimbabwe (156/3) beat Afghanistan (155/8) by 7 wickets in their final match of the T20I tri-seriesHamilton Masakadza scored 71 off 42 balls with 4 boundaries and 5 sixesMasakadza, who was playing his final international match, got a guard of honour and was presented with mementos after the gameZimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza couldn’t have asked for a better farewell from international cricket as he single-handedly led his team to a convincing win over Afghanistan in the T20 tri-nation series at Chattogram on Friday.Zimbabwe rode on their skipper’s 71 off 42 balls to chase down the target of 156 with 3 balls to spare and register their first win over Afghanistan in the shortest format.Masakadza, who had announced that he would retire from international cricket after this series, smashed four boundaries and five sixes during his knock.”It was super special. To lead the team to the win was really special, and that too in my last game. Also beating Afghanistan for the first time was special,” Masakadza said after the game, which was Zimbabwe’s last in the tri-series in Bangladesh.Masakadza, who played 38 Tests, 209 ODIs and 66 T20Is for Zimbabwe since making his debut in 2001, got a couple of guard of honours during the match from his teammates and the opposition when he came out to bat. He was also presented with mementos after the game.”It was a special feeling going through that guard of honour that the guys put up for me. I just got a lot of emotions going but, obviously, in the end, I am happy that I have pretty much done what the team needed from me, to get them into a good position to challenge Afghanistan for the win. I am very satisfied today.”I started tearing a little bit in the morning, trying to get through the team talk with the boys. I am not someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, but I think this is the one thing that brought a few emotions out of me. Even when I tried to tell the guys and the team before I made the official announcement, I barely got through three sentences, so it’s been a really emotional time for me,” Masakadza said.advertisementThe 36-year-old amassed 2223 runs in the longest format at an average of over 30 while in the 50-over game he made 5658 runs at 27.73. In both formats he hit five centuries each. He bows out as the leading run-scorer for his country in the shortest format with 1662 runs in T20Is.”I have been going through a lot of emotions today, but regret is not among them. I am looking at [retirement] not really too much as a door closing for me, but as a door opening for someone else to come. We have got a lot of exciting guys to come through, especially for that opening spot. There is experience still around the team, and I am really confident that someone would put their hands up and grab their chances,” Masakadza said.Also Read | Hamilton Masakadza’s record-setting swansong helps Zimbabwe end Afghanistan’s T20I streakFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Hamilton MasakadzaFollow Afghanistan vs Zimbabwelast_img read more

Stay in a Royal Navy Helicopter in Rural Scotland

first_img The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Treehouses, airplanes, cliffside RVs — thanks to sites like Airbnb, there’s no shortage of unique places for travelers to overnight. Now, one Scottish farm is offering guests the opportunity to crash (not literally) in style in a decommissioned Royal Navy helicopter.Situated just outside the city of Stirling in Central Scotland, the Helicopter Glamping at Mains Farm is a one-of-a-kind experience. The one-“room” Sea King helicopter has been transformed into a campsite that’s equal parts rustic, luxurious, and minimal. The hollowed-out tail section features a custom bed, the cockpit has been converted into an intimate cocktail area, and an outdoor seating area includes a s’mores-friendly firepit amid sweeping pastoral views. There’s even Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, and a bathroom with a shower stall. The only thing guests are requested to bring is their own towels.Royal Navy Helicopter/Helicopter GlampingThe inside feels like a modern tiny home with a skylight, patio doors, and soft blue flooring. The exterior, however, received a thorough reconditioning from cockpit to tail. After securing the chopper in an online auction in early 2016, the owners moved it more than 300 miles to its current campsite in Thornhill. They spent the entire summer replacing its original rotor and tail blades and repainting the entire exterior, so it looked as original as possible. While color matching the original paint proved to be difficult at first, they soon realized that farm oxide paint (typically used to finish fencing and buildings around the area’s farms) matched nicely. One of the helicopter’s coolest features is the all original exterior lighting which provides a dramatic — and downright badass — look after dark.The surrounding town of Stirling is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations. While it boasts all the trappings of a typical modern British city, its Old Town is a wealth of historical interest points. At the center of the district, atop a dramatic volcanic rock formation, sits Stirling Castle. The 19th-century National Wallace Monument tower offers panoramic views of the landmark Battle of Stirling Bridge — an iconic site where William Wallace defeated the English army in 1297. In typical Scottish fashion, the nearest pub is also just a five-minute walk away.One-night stays (for two adults) at Helicopter Glamping at Mains Farm start at £150 (approximately $200 USD) per night, while two-night stays are just £125 per night. Extended stays are discounted even further.Image Courtesy of Helicopter Glamping 1 of 7 Next Previous Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins center_img How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Ride Out the Apocalypse With the 1,000-Horsepower Rezvani Tank X SUV last_img read more

Tadvi suicide Bombay HC pulls up investigators for gaps in probe

first_imgMumbai: The Bombay High Court hearing the bail pleas of three women doctors accused of abetting the suicide of their junior colleague Payal Tadvi on Tuesday pulled up the prosecution for “lacunae” in investigation.Justice Sadhana Jadhav, who was presiding over the matter, directed the crime branch to initiate proceedings seeking permission to take action against Dr Yi Ching Ling, who heads Obstetrics and Gynaecology department at the BYL Nair Hospital for “shirking responsibility”. Tadvi, 26, a second-year postgraduate medical student attached to BYL Nair Hospital, had committed suicide in her hostel room on May 22 allegedly due to ragging and casteist abuses hurled at her by the three doctors. Tadvi belonged to a Scheduled Tribe (ST) community. Her mother had claimed that Tadvi had complained to Dr Ling about the mental harassment faced by her daughter from the Hema Ahuja, Ankita Khandelwal and Bhakti Meher, who were her seniors at the department. The accused trio had moved the high court after a special court rejected their bail pleas on June 24. While hearing their bail pleas on Tuesday, the high court also observed that medical profession was no more a noble one. Justice Jadhav also suggested the medical licences of the accused doctors be “terminated” at least till the conclusion of the trial. The observations came while the prosecution was reading out details from the charge sheet filed in the case. Justice Jadhav said the material in the charge sheet suggested several “lacunae” in the investigation. “Despite the fact that several colleagues of Dr Tadvi who were made witnesses in the case were in a vulnerable position now as they continued to be at the hospital, the Crime Branch had failed to record their statements before a magistrate under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” Justice Jadhav said. The statements recorded under the section 164 are admissible as evidence during trial. Justice Jadhav granted three days to the crime branch to record the statements of “relevant witnesses” including that of Dr Tadvi’s friend Dr Snehal Shinde, who, according to Tadvi’s suicide note, was also facing similar harassment at the hands of the accused doctors. Justice Jadhav also directed the investigators to initiate proceedings to seek necessary permissions to take action against Dr Ling. “Dr Ling had clearly shirked responsibility by refusing to take cognisance of a complaint of harassment made by Tadvi’s mother, and therefore, she must be added to the list of the accused persons in the case,” noted Justice Jadhav. The judge also directed the prosecutor, senior counsel Raja Thakre, to inform the court about the crime branch’s plan of action regarding Dr Ling by August 9, the next date of hearing. “Does not the investigating agency have power to prosecute her (Dr Ling)? She shirked responsibility, refused to take any action. Look at the number of authorities that the mother (Tadvi’s) went to raise a complaint,” said Justice Jadhav. The court also dismissed defence lawyer Abad Ponda’s argument that the accused doctors deserved to be granted bail since they were not accused in a case of murder or homicide.last_img read more

National award huge responsibility wont take it for granted Vicky

first_imgMumbai: Actor Vicky Kaushal said winning the National Award is a “beautiful feeling”, one which is both humbling and a reminder for him to keep doing good work. Vicky shared the best actor National Award for his peformance in Uri- The Surgical Strike along with Ayushmann Khurrana for Andhadhun. When asked about his win, Vicky told reporters, “It’s a beautiful feeling. I would have never thought that in my four years of career, I will be honoured with something like this. But it also brings a huge responsibility.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”That one should keep working like this and keep doing good work and that one shouldn’t be complacent and that don’t take it for granted. But it’s a huge honour, I think the biggest honour in the country and it really means a lot to me.” The actor was speaking at a special event of his latest T-Series single, ‘Pachatoge’. Vicky said for the longest time he has been wanting to collaborate with Bhushan Kumar. “I told him that I was really hooked to the song and he told me about the team that was supposed to work on the song. I thought it would be a great team to work with. I really follow my heart when it comes to doing something creative. And this just took my heart away in a second. I just jumped into it,” he added.last_img read more

Second Jen breaks sitcom ground with two Asian women in lead roles

first_imgJen (Samantha Wan) is nervously sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for a gynecological exam. In the next seat engrossed in a medical pamphlet on sexual health is her best friend Mo (Amanda Joy).“Do you remember my first pelvic exam when my mom got me to see a gynecologist Dr. Chin?” asks Jen with alarm.Actors Wan and Joy are in the back of a former daycare centre in the west end Toronto neighbourhood of Baby Point. The studio has been mocked up to resemble a doctor’s office. Advertisement Advertisement Surrounding the duo are a team of producers and assistants putting together City’s Second Jen, a sitcom that is revolutionary in the fact that it stars not one, but two female Asian leads.Since ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat and Dr. Ken there has been something of a gold rush of Asian American sitcoms including CBC’s Kim’s Convenience scheduled for the fall season, and YouTube channel’s Single by 30. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img But Second Jen stands out because it is confidently doubling down on the Asian leads, as if we had already arrived in a post-racial world. The fact that it is Toronto-based makes sense, since this city is touted as the most diverse in the world. Still, it wasn’t that long ago when it seemed odd to some audiences that there were two South Asian co-hosts on mainstream news channels such as CP24.Back to the scene in the doctor’s office: At the age of 21, Joy says, her mom followed her to the doctor.“His first question was, ‘Are you sexually active?’ And she wouldn’t leave the room!” Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Despite frigid temperatures Idle No More heats up Yellowknife

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the Northwest Territories, Idle No More supporters closed a busy intersection in downtown Yellowknife Friday.Over 100 supporters took to the streets and rallied together as part of the Global Day of Action.Temperatures outside dipped well bellow -30C, but that didn’t stop northerners from spreading the message being echoed nation-wide.Many taking part in the blockade see the political day of protest as a chance to celebrate culture and tradition, while sending the federal government a message.last_img

Road to prosperity does not go through aid Mauritius tells General Assembly

25 September 2009The world’s poorer countries should focus more on devising pro-business policies than relying only on aid if they are to eliminate poverty and register lasting economic growth, the leader of Mauritius told the General Assembly today. Addressing the third day of the high-level debate, Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam said that while affluent countries must honour their previous commitments on boosting aid and liberalizing trade, developing economies also have a critical responsibility for their fortunes.“We need to urgently apply ourselves to make pro-business policy reforms instead of just relying on aid,” he said. “That is the way to create wealth and prosperity. Charity is a noble endeavour and is needed, but relying on charity alone is not the answer to future prosperity and opportunity for all.”Mr. Ramgoolam underlined the need to “unleash the entrepreneurial drive of our people. That is the ultimate answer to the eradication of poverty. We all know that it is better to show a man how to fish rather than give him a fish every day.”International trade barriers must also be brought down, the President said in his address to the Assembly debate, which is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.“What the developing countries need is a Marshall Plan with a single coordinated programme. And to qualify, countries need to meet benchmarks for good governance, respect for human rights, accessible health care and education and predictable economic policies.“Such a plan was successful in uplifting the economies of Europe after World War II. I have no doubt it can be adapted to meet the same measure of success for developing countries.”Mr. Ramgoolam added that his own country was committed to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the series of targets for reducing social and economic ills which the world’s leaders agreed to work towards by 2015. read more

Howlin Its in personal interests of public workers to accept pay cuts

first_imgPUBLIC EXPENDITURE MINISTER Brendan Howlin has insisted that it is in the personal interests of public workers to accept pay cuts – as they would stand to benefit if the country regains its financial independence.The comments, in an exclusive interview with TheJournal.ie, come as Howlin prepares to meet with Labour Relations Commission chairman Kieran Mulvey – amid some suggestions that a revised deal with public unions on cut pay and conditions may still be possible.Though the future of a deal remains uncertain, Howlin affirmed that the Budget for 2013 had incorporated effective pay cuts of €300 million – and said it was still necessary to achieve those cuts if Ireland was to get back on its feet.Asked if this was tantamount to telling workers that a pay cut was in the national interest, however, Howlin said workers should see the lessening of their conditions as a short-term offering for long-term personal good.“No, it’s in the personal need, and in the interest of every citizen of Ireland that we return to solvency; that we return to normal market funding; that we are a growing economy creating jobs,” Howlin said.Every citizen has a personal vested interest in that. The minister suggested that a failure to cut €300 million from this year’s pay bill – with a total of €1 billion in savings by 2015 – would mean having to find further savings in areas like health, social welfare and education.“I’m not in the business of cutting anybody wages or worsening anybody’s working patterns, but it’s an economic necessity. Just as we have cut social welfare in the past […] just as we’ve reduced expenditure in a whole range of areas, we have to reduce the public pay bill.“I’m not upbeat or positive in terms of having to do this,” he added, “but the problem is that it needs to be done… The government will have to govern, and we set out the budgetary parameters for this year, and we have to live within them.”The minister said, however, that he understood the reasons why workers had rejected the Croke Park 2 deal in ballots in March and April.“They were rejected in a ballot, and I understand. People, when they’re asked to worsen their own terms and conditions, it’s [a] very difficult thing to vote for,” he said – though insisting that it was important for the government to stick to its cost-cutting plans.Referring to the progress Ireland had already made in bridging its Budget deficit, he said:I’ve used the analogy of the swimmer. You know, if you’re swimming across the river, most people die in the last few yards because you’re exhausted and you’ve expended your energy so much.Read: Sector-specific talks on table as Howlin prepares for defeat on pay dealMore: ‘Many an important economic issue resolved over a mug of tea’last_img read more

Le saumon renifle les prédateurs terrestres

first_imgLe saumon ‘renifle’ les prédateurs terrestresPubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Animal Behaviour, des chercheurs britanniques ont démontré expérimentalement la capacité du saumon à détecter l’odeur de ses prédateurs – ou plutôt celle des saumons qu’ils ont déjà mangés…Si des études antérieures ont montré que certains poissons peuvent détecter la présence d’autres poissons prédateurs, c’est la première fois qu’une expérience met en lumière la façon dont ils peuvent repérer des mammifères prédateurs. À lire aussiL’attaque spectaculaire d’un ours polaire affamé sur un phoquePour découvrir cette capacité, les scientifiques de l’Université de Swansea (Pays de Galles) ont placé individuellement des saumons dans une chambre aquatique en forme de Y – deux bras reliés à un réservoir. Dans l’un des bras étaient diffusées des odeurs de loutre (prédateur naturel du poisson) ayant mangé du saumon, dans l’autre étaient diffusées des odeurs de loutre ne partageant pas ce régime alimentaire. Il s’agissait, pour les chercheurs, de mesurer le temps passé par chaque poisson dans chacun des compartiments, où il pouvait aller à sa guise.Résultats : les spécimens testés ont passé environ 85% du temps hors du compartiment ‘loutre mangeuse de saumon’ – un net comportement d’évitement, qui n’a pas été observé pour le compartiment ‘loutre non-mangeuse de saumon’. “Nous avons voulu tester si le saumon était capable de reconnaître la loutre comme une menace en utilisant seulement des indices chimiques, et également s’il détectait l’odeur du prédateur lui-même ou bien son régime alimentaire”, explique le Dr Laura Roberts. Un détecteur pour tous les prédateurs “C’est l’alimentation du prédateur – et pas seulement l’odeur propre de ce dernier – qui alerte le saumon. La capacité de celui-ci à sentir ces substances chimiques l’aide à réagir à un large éventail de prédateurs, sans nécessité de reconnaître chaque espèce prédatrice”, conclut la chercheuse.Le 24 septembre 2011 à 09:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Durban un accord conclu de justesse à la conférence sur le climat

first_imgDurban : un accord conclu de justesse à la conférence sur le climatRésultat des courses de la conférence onusienne sur le climat, à Durban : les efforts de la communauté internationale sont insuffisants pour contenir la hausse de température la planète. Malgré ces sombres auspices, un accord, arraché de justesse, fait un tout petit peu bouger les lignes de la “diplomatie climat”.C’est arraché dans la dernière ligne droite qu’a pu être adopté un “Durban package”. Il aura fallu d’incroyables tractations pour mettre au point une feuille de route concernant le climat. Après avoir échappé de justesse à la débandade la plus complète, les pays ont réussi à se mettre d’accord sur un calendrier qui prévoit un accord en 2015 pour une mise en application en 2020, tous les grands pays émetteurs de gaz à effet de serre, Etats-Unis et Chine y compris, devant y participer.Pourtant, tout reste à faire. Elliot Diringer du Center for Climate and Energy Solutions ne se fait pas d’illusions : “La négociation des détails de l’accord sera extrêmement rude”, prévient-il. Première question ardue : quel sera le statut juridique de ce nouveau pacte climatique ? D’autant que l’UE n’a pas obtenu l’accord “juridiquement contraignant” qu’elle réclamait.Trois options existent : “un protocole, un autre instrument légal ou une solution concertée ayant une force légale”. Emmanuel Guérin, de l’Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (Iddri), à Paris, estime que “l’incroyable dramaturgie de la dernière nuit où l’Europe a pris, avec succès, le risque de faire capoter les discussions pour forcer l’Inde à bouger, marquera les esprits”.Des problèmes persistent malgré le progrès réalisé”Nous n’avons pas sauvé la planète, mais par rapport à une situation dans laquelle on essaye depuis dix ans d’engager les Etats-Unis, la Chine et l’Inde dans un nouveau round de négociation, cette nuit a été un succès”, juge de son côté la ministre française de l’Ecologie, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.Mais rien n’est simple et de nombreux problèmes persistent. Ainsi, bien qu’un “Fonds vert” ait été adopté pour aider les pays en développement à s’adapter au réchauffement, se pose une question cruciale : comment l’alimenter ? Plusieurs pistes sont là encore à explorer, comme la mise en place d’une taxe sur les transactions financières ou encore sur les cargos qui sillonnent les mers du monde. Mais rien de tangible à ce stade.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Sur le fond, le décalage entre les promesses d’engagement de réduction d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre et la volonté de la communauté internationale de limiter +2 °C la hausse du thermomètre mondial reste patent, indique Sciences et Avenir. Pour l’économiste britannique Nicholas Stern, auteur d’un rapport faisant référence au coût du changement climatique, le rendez-vous de Durban aura représenté “un pas en avant, modeste mais significatif”.Un prochain rendez-vous climat pour fin 2012 Mais, comme le résumait fort bien Alden Meyer, du groupe Union of Concerned Scientists, hier, “les discours puissants et les décisions négociées mot à mot ne peuvent rien contre les lois de la physique. L’atmosphère réagit à une chose et une seule : les émissions. Le niveau d’ambition collectif sur les réductions doit être fortement revu à la hausse. Et vite !”.Le prochain grand rendez-vous climat aura lieu fin 2012. Il aura lieu au Qatar, un choix qui a de quoi faire parler quand on sait que ce pays est le plus grand émetteur de CO2 par habitant au monde. “Pourquoi est-ce que cela serait étrange ?”, répond Christiana Figueres, responsable de l’ONU pour le climat. “La Conférence des parties est l’occasion pour le pays hôte de sensibiliser en interne à la question du réchauffement climatique”.Le 12 décembre 2011 à 14:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une nouvelle espèce de vipère à cornes découverte en Tanzanie

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de vipère à cornes découverte en TanzanieUne espèce de vipère à cornes d’une couleur unique a été découverte en Tanzanie par une équipe de scientifiques. Hélas, cette nouvelle espèce baptisée Matilda (Atheris matildae), vit dans un petit habitat dégradé et pourrait être en danger critique d’extinction. Dans un lieu gardé secret de Tanzanie, des scientifiques ont découvert une espèce de vipère à cornes d’une couleur unique longue d’une soixantaine de centimètres. Mais cette nouvelle espèce venimeuse comme ses congénères et baptisée Matilda, vit dans un habitat très restreint qui ne dépasserait pas 100 kilomètres carrés, et qui serait sérieusement dégradé, rapporte The Citizen.Inquiets pour ce serpent qui pourrait être classé en danger critique d’extinction sur la liste rouge de l’Union Internationale pour la Conservation de la Nature (UICN), les chercheurs refusent pour le moment de révéler l’endroit exact où les spécimens ont été découverts, afin d’éviter de les soumettre à une nouvelle menace, celle du braconnage. Nombre d’espèces de reptiles et d’amphibiens ont été décimées après l’annonce de leur découverte. “Le commerce mondial des espèces sauvages est très important, et est en grande partie alimenté par la vente illégale d’amphibiens et de reptiles. Les serpents sont particulièrement populaires, et la découverte d’une nouvelle serpent suscite un intérêt considérable” explique Tim Davenport, de la Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Le nom donné au serpent est celui de sa fille, qui fut fascinée par le premier spécimen de la nouvelle espèce rapporté par son père.À lire aussiUn anaconda avale une énorme proie devant les camérasLes chercheurs ont en outre d’ores et déjà mis en place un plan d’urgence de conservation de la vipère à cornes Matilda remarquable par ses rayures en zigzag jaune et noire et ses yeux olives. Onze serpents, quatre mâles, cinq femelles, et deux jeunes serpents, font ainsi partie d’un programme de reproduction en captivité. Leur progéniture devrait sauver l’espèce de l’extinction.Découvrez en images Matilda, la nouvelle espèce de vipères à cornes sur Maxisciences Le 2 janvier 2012 à 17:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Contes agent plays down Real Madrid transfer talk

first_imgAntonio Conte’s brother-agent has revealed he had no contacts with Real Madrid or AC Milan, stating his brother will soon resolve his dispute with ChelseaAfter a miserable start of the season, Julen Lopetegui is faced with immense pressure from the fans and the media. The several newspapers from Spain already written the former Porto manager off, suggesting Florentino Perez has started the hunt for a new technician.Over the past few weeks, the name of Antonio Conte has emerged as the likeliest one, especially after the Italian broke all ties with the Blues.However, speaking to the Corriere dello Sport, Daniele Conte has cooled down the recent talks.“There’s been no contact with Real Madrid or Milan.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Antonio is on holiday in Egypt and I haven’t received any important calls. I’d like to clarify, in this regard, that I’m his only representative.”In the same interview, which has been broadcasted by the Football Espana, Daniele has confirmed his brother will soon be a free agent.“In the same way, it’s clear that my brother no longer has any ties with Chelsea after his dismissal in July.“Now we await the outcome of the case: our lawyers are at work.”last_img read more

Ridgefield schools to seek money

first_imgThe Ridgefield School District will ask voters to approve a bond issue next school year to pay for improvements to current facilities and possibly new construction. The Ridgefield school board approved the district’s 2011-17 capital facilities plan in late January.The plan includes two phases. The first phase includes modifications and improvements to the current facilities at a cost of about $28 million. According to the plan, the district will seek a $26 million bond issue to pay for a majority of phase one improvements. The district has about $1.5 million in impact fees it will use to make up the rest of the phase one funding.The second phase of the plan calls for construction of a new high school and new elementary or middle school. The plan estimates the cost for a new high school to be about $75.3 million; a new elementary school, about $11.5 million; and new middle school, about $22.3 million.Financing for a second phase of improvements will be determined at a later date, according to the plan. The district will seek a state match for a portion of the costs associated with building a new school.Superintendent Art Edgerly said the district will ask voters to approve the bond issue sometime during the 2011-12 school year. Officials haven’t decided whether the bond issue will include funding only for phase one projects or additional projects, as well. The exact amount of the bond measure will depend on the projects included, Edgerly said.last_img read more

Hong Kong veteran Sparrow Cheung wins APPT Korea

first_img Scientific Games partners with Jumbo Technology “This is my 10th year playing PokerStars tournaments and this is the first Main Event title … it’s very exciting for me,” the 37-year-old said afterwards.Cheung, whose long career on the felt has included victory at APT Macau in 2018 for AU$54,000 and a runner-up finish in the Suncity Cup in 2017 for AU$185,000, had previously won 17 APPT titles but this was his first ever main event. He also holds the world record for the most tournament cashes in a calendar year with 67 in 2017. RelatedPosts Hong Kong’s Sparrow Cheung has won his first Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) title after taking down APPT Korea overnight for KRW198.1 million (US$174,630).Overcoming a record APPT Korea main event field of 581 players at Paradise City in Incheon, Cheung made amends for a near miss in this very same event in 2017, when he finished 12th, eventually downing Japan’s Tomomitsu Ono heads-up for the crown. Load More Korea’s Kangwon Land enjoys first positive revenue, profit growth in 10 quarters World Poker Tour announces 2019 “Asia Swing” in Vietnam, Japan and Korealast_img read more

Softbanks 350 million cheque makes Delhivery the latest unicorn in Indian startup

first_imgSoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2017.Reuters fileA $413 million cheque from a consortium of investors led by Softbank Vision Fund has propelled logistics start-up Delhivery into the billion-dollar club. The valuation of the company has risen to around $1.5 billion after the latest round of funding, which also witnessed participation from existing investors Carlyle Group and Fosun International. As per regulatory filings, Delhivery received $350 million from Softbank earlier this month.”We will be scaling our warehousing and freight operations, investing in building large multi-tenant fulfilment centres, integrated with our parcel and freight transportation networks,” Delhivery CEO Sahil Barua told various media portals. The investment will primarily be used for expansion into new areas. Delhivery plans to add 5,000 new pin codes to the current 15,000 by the first half of 2020. The company will also enhance its end-to-end supply chain platform for small and medium enterprises.The Initial TeamDelhivery was started by a bunch of engineers – Sahil Barua, Mohit Tandon, Bhavesh Manglani, Suraj Saharan and Kapil Bharati – in 2011. Barua and Tandon used to work for Bain & Company as consultants before starting the logistics company. While Barua is a management graduate from IIM Bengaluru, Tandon is a product of IIT Kanpur. Bhavesh Manglani is a Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology and IIM Calcutta graduate. Saharan and Bharati are engineering graduates from IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi, respectively. In the initial phase, the company started off as a hyperlocal logistics service provider specifically catering to florists, food businesses and offline stores in Gurugram. Between 2015 and 2018, Delhivery claims to have grown at an annual pace of nearly 65%. Nearly a quarter of products ordered online in India pass through the company’s channel currently. The company has handled over 450 million transactions since its inception.Gurugram-based Delhivery counts New York-based Tiger Global Management, Nexus Venture Partners and the digital arm of the Times of India Group, Times Internet among its other investors. “Our investment in Delhivery reflects our focus on partnering with innovative market leaders,” Munish Varma, partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers told Mint. “Over the years, Delhivery has demonstrated industry-leading growth and emerged as the one-stop solution for e-commerce logistics.” The start-up provides the full suite of logistics services, including, express parcel transportation, LTL and FTL freight, reverse logistics, cross-border, B2B & B2C warehousing and technology services. Earlier this month, Masayoshi Son-led Softbank had invested $60 million in grocery delivery start-up Grofers, which was just the first tranche of a larger $120-140 million funding round initiated by the company. Close Did you know these 4 ‘desi’ startups working on exciting electric vehicles in India? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

Returning Rohingya may lose land crops

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees walk on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on 30 September 2017. Photo: AFPRohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar army.The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs since late August amount to a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has no control over the military, has pledged that anyone sheltering in Bangladesh who can prove they were Myanmar residents can return.Reuters has interviewed six Myanmar officials involved with repatriation and resettlement plans. While the plans are not yet finalised, their comments reflect the government’s thinking on how Suu Kyi’s repatriation pledge will be implemented.Jamil Ahmed, who spoke to Reuters at a refugee camp in Bangladesh, is one of many Rohingya who hope to go back.Describing how he fled his home in northern Rakhine state in late August, Ahmed said one of the few things he grabbed was a stack of papers – land contracts and receipts – that might prove ownership of the fields and crops he was leaving behind.”I didn’t carry any ornaments or jewels,” said the 35-year-old. “I’ve only got these documents. In Myanmar, you need to present documents to prove everything.”The stack of papers, browning and torn at the edges, may not be enough, however, to regain the land in Kyauk Pan Du village, where he grew potatoes, chilli plants, almonds and rice.”It depends on them. There is no land ownership for those who don’t have citizenship,” said Kyaw Lwin, agriculture minister in Rakhine state, when asked in an interview whether refugees who returned to Myanmar could reclaim land and crops.Despite his land holdings, Myanmar does not recognise Ahmed as a citizen. Nearly all the more than 1 million Rohingya who lived in Myanmar before the recent exodus are stateless, despite many tracing their families in the country for generations.Officials have made plans to harvest, and possibly sell, thousands of acres of crops left behind by the fleeing Rohingya, according to state government documents reviewed by Reuters.Myanmar also intends to settle most refugees who return to Rakhine state in new “model villages”, rather than on the land they previously occupied, an approach criticised in the past by the United Nations as effectively creating permanent camps.The government has not asked for help from any international agencies, who are calling for any repatriation to be voluntary and to the refugees’ place of origin.”OWNERLESS” CROPSThe exodus of 589,000 Rohingya – and about 30,000 non-Muslims – from the conflict zone in northern Rakhine has left some 71,500 acres of planted rice paddy abandoned and in need of harvesting by January, according to plans drawn up by state officials.Tables in the documents, reviewed by Reuters, divide the land into paddy sown by “national races” – meaning Myanmar citizens – or “Bengalis,” a term widely used in Myanmar to refer to the Rohingya, but which they reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.Kyaw Lwin, the state minister, confirmed the plans, and said there was a total of 45,000 acres of “ownerless Bengali land”.Two dozen combine harvesters operated by officials from the agriculture ministry will begin cutting stalks this month in areas under military control.The machines will be able to harvest about 14,400 acres according to official calculations contained in the plans. It is unclear what will become of the remaining crop, but officials told Reuters they would try to harvest all the paddy, recruiting additional labour to harvest manually if necessary.An acre of paddy in Myanmar typically makes more than $300 at market, meaning the state will gain millions of dollars worth of rice.The harvested rice will be transported to government stores, where it would either be donated to those displaced by the conflict or sold, Rakhine state secretary Tin Maung Swe told Reuters by phone.”The land was abandoned. There is no one to reap that, so the government ordered to harvest it,” he said.Human Rights Watch (HRW) deputy Asia director Phil Robertson, said the government should at least guarantee that the rice would be used for humanitarian support and not for profit.”You can’t call a rice crop ‘ownerless’ just because you used violence and arson to drive the owners out of the country,” he said.’MODEL VILLAGES’Many refugees are fearful to return and are sceptical of Myanmar’s guarantees. Those who do decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters, before mostly being relocated to model villages.International donors, who have fed and cared for more than 120,000 mostly Rohingya “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) in supposedly temporary camps in Rakhine since violence in 2012, have told Myanmar that they will not support more camps, according to aid workers and diplomats.”The establishment of new temporary camps or camp-like settlements carries many risks, including that the returnees and IDPs could end up being confined to these camps for a long time,” said U.N. spokesman Stanislav Saling in an emailed response.Satellite imagery shows 288 villages, mostly Rohingya settlements, have been fully or partially razed by fires since Aug. 25, according to HRW.Refugees say the army and Buddhist mobs were responsible for most of the arson. The government says Rohingya militants and even residents themselves burned the homes for propaganda.The hamlets where Rohingya farmers lived were “not systematic”, and so should be rebuilt in smaller settlements of 1,000 households set out in straight rows to enable development, said Soe Aung, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.”In some villages there are three houses here, four houses over there. For example, there’s no road for fire engines when fire burns the villages,” Soe Aung said.IDENTITY CHECKSThose who decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters.At the centres, officials said, the returnees will fill out a 16-point form that will be cross-checked with local authorities’ records. Immigration officials have for years visited Rohingya households at least annually for checks, photographing family members.For refugees who lost all their documents, the government would compare their photos to those that immigration authorities have on file, said Myint Kyaing, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.Officials will accept as evidence “national verification” cards handed out in an ongoing government effort to register Rohingya that falls short of offering them citizenship. The card has been widely rejected by Rohingya community leaders, who say they treat life-long residents like new immigrants.”We are not going to go back like this,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, 57, a farmer from Myin Hlut village now living in the Tenkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, where Jamil Ahmed is also staying.”If I can go back to my house, and get my land back, only then I will go. We invested all our money into those paddy fields. They are killing so many of us with swords and bullets, and killing the rest of us like this.”last_img read more

In new book Richard Rohr says the universal Christ changes everything

first_img By: Cathleen Falsani godgrrl Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Cathleen Falsani Cathleen Falsani is a veteran religion journalist and author, specializing in the intersection of spirituality and culture. She lives in Southern California.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Cathleen Falsani godgrrl Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Richard Rohr with his book “The Universal Christ.” Courtesy photoALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (RNS) — Along a quiet stretch of Five Points Road in the oldest neighborhood in New Mexico’s largest city, just down the block from the methadone clinic and a house Catholic workers share with homeless folks, lives one of the world’s most famous modern mystics — an infectiously jovial, flannel-plaid-wearing Franciscan friar, with a childlike joy for telling the world that Jesus Christ loves everyone and is in everything.It’s a simple, if radical, idea. And one that some critics of Richard Rohr, the 76-year-old Franciscan who founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque 32 years ago, have described as “dangerous” and even “heretical.”Rohr, one of the most influential Christian contemplatives of the last century, is unfazed by such critiques of what he believes is the theological foundation for a “reformation of the Christian faith.” He unpacks this idea, defending it theologically, historically and scripturally, in his new book, “The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe.”“This is not heresy, universalism, or a cheap version of Unitarianism,” Rohr writes. “This is the Cosmic Christ, who always was, who became incarnate in time, and who is still being revealed.”While the Cosmic or Universal Christ may be a new idea for many contemporary Christians, Rohr insists it is ancient — part of the “perennial tradition,” which teaches that all wisdom and knowledge in world religions and philosophies are rooted in the same universal source.The perennial tradition “trains you to connect the dots and see what themes keep recurring” in Scripture, he said.Ancient or new, dangerous or revolutionary, “The Universal Christ” has found an enthusiastic audience. Released in early March, the book recently debuted at No. 12 on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction.A prolific author with more than 30 books in print, Rohr says “The Universal Christ” is the culmination of everything else he has written and taught and preached in a lifetime of ministry and contemplative practice. It is his magnum opus, if you will.“The Universal Christ” by Richard Rohr. Courtesy photoHe also expects it to be his last book.While by all appearances Rohr seems energetic and even robust, 15 months ago he suffered a heart attack, which came on the heels of a successful battle with prostate cancer in 2015.Recently, however, cancer returned and he is undergoing treatment.“I take four horse pills every day that amount to oral chemotherapy,” Rohr told Religion News Service on a chilly morning as he strolled the grounds of the CAC in late March. “That I could have two things that would normally be fatal and still be sitting here? I am nothing but grateful for the miracle of modern medicine.”While he blithely says he never expected to live to the age of 76, Rohr assures a visitor that his death is not imminent.“I do not have that sense at all, thank God,” he said. “I just know if I’m a realist that I’m in the final stage — whatever that means — of my life.”Although he says “The Universal Christ” is his last major work in print, Rohr hopes to write a short tome, a monograph, on St. Paul’s understanding of sin.Rohr began writing “The Universal Christ” two years ago.“It was the hardest book I ever wrote. … I knew I had to say this and I’ve got nothing to lose at my age,” he said, stopping to greet several members of his four-dozen-strong staff, the CAC office buzzing with activity in preparation for The Universal Christ conference in the Albuquerque Convention Center.Sold out with 2,200 people registered to attend, the conference, which began Thursday (March 28), is the center’s largest-ever event.Over the centuries, much of Christianity has lost track of the “Christ” part of Jesus Christ, Rohr argues in “The Universal Christ.”According to the theology of the Trinity — God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit — Jesus was fully human and fully divine. Not half and half. Fully both. By minimizing or ignoring Jesus’ identity as the Christ, Rohr believes, Christianity has missed a message central to the gospel: that through Jesus Christ, God loves and redeems “every one” and “every thing.”“If all of this is true,” he writes, “we have a theological basis for a very natural religion that includes everybody. The problem was solved from the beginning. Take your Christian head off, shake it wildly, and put it back on!”Building on Scripture such as Colossians 3:11 — “There is only Christ. He is everything and he is in everything” — and Colossians 1:19-20 — “Through him all things are reconciled, everything in heaven and everything on earth” — Rohr believes that “everything, without exception, is the outpouring of God.”A humpback whale. The whir of a washing machine. A soldier far from home. The Carina Nebula and the Hubble Space Telescope. A woman marching in the streets for her civil rights. A family of asylum-seekers separated at the border. Coffee. Oreos. A sunset. Laughter.Richard Rohr’s black lab, Venus, was a companion for 15 years. “The Universal Christ” is dedicated to the dog. Courtesy photoOr Rohr’s beloved black lab, Venus — his constant companion for 15 years who passed away two years ago — to whom he dedicated “The Universal Christ.”“Without any apology, lightweight theology, or fear of heresy, I can appropriately say that Venus was also Christ for me,” he wrote.Back in his office at CAC, while holding a framed photograph of Venus, he explained, “Whatever evokes from you the flow of love is operating as Christ for you.”Everyone and everything.As he walked from the CAC offices, which are housed in an adobe building more than 100 years old, to the visitor center one-tenth of a mile away, it is obvious that Rohr delights in his surroundings, whether natural or human-made. He points out the white blossoms of a pear tree and the adobe buildings — some of them centuries old — common to Albuquerque’s Barelas community, formally established in 1662 and where he has lived since 1986.He stops near a narrow aqueduct that runs between the CAC properties to explain a bit of the history and function of these “acequias.”The acequias, which are run by the individual communities through which they flow, have gates that control the levels of the water that comes from the Rio Grande to help irrigate farmland. Likely originally dug by Native Americans, the acequias system was expanded during the Spanish colonial period in the 17th and 18th centuries.In his book “Acequia Culture,” historian Jose Rivera describes how the aqueducts play an important cultural and even spiritual role in New Mexico, where annual blessings of the irrigation ditches often combine Catholic and pagan elements.“Acequia culture also demonstrates a great rootedness to place — like water, culture extends deep into the earth,” Rivera wrote.The acequias in Barelas remain in use to this day.“Aren’t they charming?” Rohr said, clearly enthralled by the whole enterprise.Richard Rohr in Albuquerque, N.M. Courtesy photoA native of Topeka, Kan., Rohr entered the Franciscans in 1961 when he was just 18, beginning his theological studies in earnest just as the Second Vatican Council convened in Rome.“It was the wonderful ’60s,” he recalled, chuckling. “The perfect time to be educated, to be given a critical mind, but then given good philosophy and theology to know how to process it — all the negativity that our country went through then and is back into now 10 times worse.”Rohr became ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1970 and earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Dayton the same year. In 1971, he founded the New Jerusalem Community (an intentional community that, for a time at least, managed to combine the charismatic and social justice movements) in Cincinnati, where he lived and worked for 15 years before relocating to New Mexico.He connects the dots through his lifetime of contemplative, mystical practice, and social justice activism — carried along by “the flow of Divine Love” — back to his first “awesome experience” with God on his cousins’ farm in western Kansas when he was 13 years old.“I’m just lying in the velvety grass, looking up at all the stars,” Rohr recalled. “I got this personal sense that the universe was a safe place, a good place, and that I was part of it.”Not long after, he decided to go to seminary.“I’ve called it my ‘beautiful place’ ever since,” he said, adding that whenever he’s back in Kansas, he tries to visit the spot. “I still would like to go back there again.”The initial vision he experienced as a boy lying in a Kansas field still inspires Rohr today.He believes the predominant theme that runs throughout Scripture and tradition is grace, which Rohr describes as a kind of divine spackling compound that God uses to fill in the gaps between everything in all of creation.“If something comes toward you with grace and can pass through you and toward others with grace, you can trust it as the voice of God,” he said. “Just give up on anything except the God who is grace itself, the filler of the gaps.” Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! 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More Lawsuits Over Secretary Of States Advisory On Voter Fraud In Texas

first_imgMonday, February 4, 2019Top afternoon stories:Al Ortiz/Houston Public MediaA Harris County election clerk works at the polling location at McNabb Elementary School, in Spring, on election day.More Lawsuits Over Secretary Of State’s Advisory On Potential Voter Fraud In TexasThe legal response to an advisory recently issued by the Texas Secretary of State regarding the potential voter registration of non-citizens is mounting as civil rights organizations are filing lawsuits.On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State David Whitley and Keith Ingram, director of Elections. The lawsuit also includes election officials from the counties of Blanco, Caldwell, Fayette, Galveston, and Washington for sending out notices warning about the possibility of canceling voter registrations based on the list compiled by the Secretary of State.The lawsuit claims the advisory sent to voter registrars and election administrators was flawed, despite knowing that the list included naturalized citizens eligible to vote.The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has also initiated litigation. The organization filed a lawsuit last Friday on behalf of a group of naturalized citizens and advocacy organizations.The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was the first organization to file a lawsuit over the Secretary of State’s advisory. They filed the litigation on January 29 contending that Whitley and Paxton are trying to intimidate people who are legitimately eligible to vote.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)This illustration provides a 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped, measles virus particle that is studded with glycoprotein tubercles.Officials Confirm Three Measles Cases In Harris CountyHarris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed three measles cases in Harris County. The patients, whose identities are being kept confidential, are two boys under the age of 2 and a 25–35-year-old woman. All of them live in northwest Harris County.There is also a confirmed case in Galveston County, according to its Health District, which said the patient is a boy ranging in age from 12 to 24 months. He was tested on January 28. Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority, said they are “aware of a small cluster of cases in the region.”Montgomery County health officials have also confirmed one case, a girl under the age of 2 who was tested in January.Symptoms of measles are a high fever, runny nose, cough, red-watery eyes and sore throat that is followed by a rash breakout 3-5 days after symptoms begin.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaHouston Matters host Craig Cohen interviews Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (right) on Feb. 4, 2019.Fletcher Will Back METRO’s Regional Transit PlanMETRO will get more federal support for public transportation projects if Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher has anything to say about it. The freshman lawmaker wants to use her new seat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to back METRO’s Regional Transit Plan.“I want to be a partner with METRO,” she told Houston Matters Monday. “And looking at their plan, I know it’s undergoing input right now, community input, through all these town halls they’re doing. But I think it’s really important to be a partner and try to help in all the ways that you can in the federal government [to] implement and get funding for those plans.”Fletcher frequently attacked Congressman John Culberson during the 2018 campaign for blocking METRO’s efforts to build a light rail line along Richmond Avenue. She stopped short of endorsing the project herself on Houston Matters, but indicated she’ll follow METRO’s lead. Sharelast_img read more

Andy Yeatman Former Netflix Head of Kids Content Lands at Startup Moonbug

first_imgAndy Yeatman has joined children’s entertainment startup Moonbug Entertainment to oversee North America operations, after he exited Netflix a little over a year ago.Moonbug, dual-headquartered in London and L.A., has set out on a mission to acquire “fun and safe” kids’ entertainment properties and develop new content and businesses based on them. Yeatman, as head of the Americas for Moonbug, oversees creative and commercial operations in the region out of its recently opened Los Angeles office.The startup was founded last year by CEO René Rechtman, most recently head of digital studios at the Walt Disney Co. International and before that international head of Maker Studios, and chief operating officer John Robson, former head of international digital distribution at Paramount Pictures and VP of global content at HTC. Last month, Moonbug announced $145 million in first-round funding led by the Raine Group, with participation from others including venture-capital firms Felix Capital and Fertitta Capital. The startup has deals for other kids’ media brands in the offing. “We are acquiring digital-first IP [intellectual property] that has passionate audiences around the world,” Yeatman said. Moonbug, which has about 40 employees, is looking to staff up the Hollywood office with additional creative, commercial production, sales and licensing personnel.Yeatman noted that Little Baby Bum’s “Wheels on the Bus” song-compilation video on YouTube is one of the most-watched videos on the platform, with over 2.1 billion views to date. “Music is a theme that will run through our portfolio,” Yeatman said.Moonbug is focused on content for kids 8 and under that promotes “compassion, empathy and resilience.” The company’s plan is to develop and license spinoff shows featuring various characters, as well as grow advertising and create brand extensions like merchandise, music, games, and live events.While at Netflix, Yeatman closed licensing or production deals with content companies including Disney, DreamWorks Animation, eOne, Hasbro, Lego, Mattel, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. Under his tenure, Netflix’s kids and family shows received 30 Daytime Emmy Awards and 100 total nominations.Before joining Netflix in early 2011, Yeatman worked in digital distribution for Walt Disney Studios, where he negotiated movie distribution deals with platforms including Hulu, Apple’s iTunes, Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft Xbox. He also helped develop Disney’s initial business plan for a direct-to-consumer movie service. Earlier in his career, Yeatman worked at companies including Ascent Media Group, Verizon and CIBC World Markets. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety At Netflix, Yeatman was director of kids and family programming, growing the streaming company’s originals slate in the category from two titles in 2014 to 40 in 2017. Those include “Alexa and Katie,” “Ask the Storybots,” “Trollhunters,” “Beat Bugs,” “Chasing Cameron,” “Julie’s Greenroom” with Julie Andrews, “Magic School Bus Rides Again” and “Project MC2.” Yeatman also led Netflix’s kids and family programming strategy and acquisitions globally.Netflix fired Yeatman in December 2017 over a comment he made concerning sexual-assault accusations against actor Danny Masterson of Netflix comedy “The Ranch” (who was later booted from the show). Yeatman was asked by a woman who approached him at his daughter’s soccer game about Netflix’s inaction on the Masterson allegations, and Yeatman suggested to her that the company didn’t believe the accusers. Asked about what happened, Yeatman said, “It was an unfortunate incident. It was a careless comment. I regret it. I don’t blame anyone else but myself.” He added that working at Netflix “was one of the greatest experiences of my career.”After leaving Netflix, Yeatman set up his own consulting firm focused on kids-and-family digital media before connecting with Moonbug’s principals last year and then joining the team. “This is exactly the kind of company I wanted to be part of,” he said.In a statement, Rechtman said, “Andy is one of the most accomplished and respected executives in children’s entertainment — and he has the accolades to prove it. He is an outstanding addition to our team and his unique industry knowledge combined with his expertise in the American market is a huge asset for us.”Moonbug’s first acquisition was Little Baby Bum, a YouTube channel focused on nursery rhymes and kids’ songs, which has generated 23 billion video views to date and has sold shows to services including Netflix and Amazon. In fact, Yeatman led the deal for Little Baby Bum’s “Nursery Rhyme Friends” series when he was at Netflix.last_img read more