VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Processed foods are getting a bad rap, according to one expert, who says the stigma around them can also be discriminatory.Dr. Sylvain Charelbois, a food science professor at Dalhousie University, says we forget how many people need to eat cheaper, processed foods to get by.“Most of the criticism against processed foods has come from academics [and] health professionals that do earn quite a bit of money,” he says. “To make this argument real you really need to understand how people consume food and the economic role of processed foods in general.”RELATED: Rising prices, new Canada Food Guide making family meal-planning toughCharlebois says the stigma has been around for a while.“We’ve seen this tsunami of criticism around processed foods, encouraging people to stay away from processed foods. And to a certain extent there’s some merit to that. Over the last 30 years we’ve seen an influx of bad products, but more processed foods are actually good for you, so that’s something we want to recognize.”RELATED: New federal food guide may be ‘out of reach’ for most Canadians: reportAnd he says, for many, processed foods are an economic necessity.“You also want to eat the proper amount of fruits and vegetables but again, fruits and vegetable prices are quite volatile, and so of course a lot of people are going to be looking for alternatives, and processed foods are often great alternative sources of vitamins and minerals and prices don’t fluctuate all that much.”He adds they’ve been getting much healthier in the last decade.
SEATTLE — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its 2018 Anniversary Sale marketing campaign, debuting today in the U.S. and Canada. The company partnered with four fashion-savvy comedians for the one-of-a-kind sale, which takes place from July 20 through August 5. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Liza Koshy Daniel Levy Advertisement Hannah Simone FASHION-SAVVY COMEDIANS EXPRESS A LIGHT-HEARTED SIDE OF NORDSTROM FOR THE RETAILERS ONE-OF-A-KIND ANNIVERSARY SALE CAMPAIGN – Daniel Levy (PRNewsfoto/Nordstrom, Inc.) The full cast includes Liza Koshy, multi-hyphenate entertainer: actress, Double Dare host and star of Liza on Demand; Daniel Levy, writer, producer & Schitt’s Creek actor; Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens comedian, New York Timesbestselling author, and actress; and Hannah Simone, New Girl actress. The campaign was shot by Mary Ellen Matthews, who is best known for her portraits of celebrity guests and the cast of Saturday Night Live, as well as videos she has directed for the show since 2010.This diverse group of individuals love fashion, have a great sense of humor, are passionate about their work, and express their style in a fresh way that Nordstrom believes will appeal to customers. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Phoebe Robinson Login/Register With: “Fashion is about having fun and we think we’ve captured that with this campaign,” said Scott Meden, Nordstrom Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We believe in the power of personal style and in making customers feel good. We hope customers enjoy the energy and wit our stylish comedian cast bring to the campaign.”The photo and video campaign will be featured on nordstrom.com/anniversarysaleca, on the retailer’s social platforms, and in the Anniversary Sale catalog. Advertising components include digital, print, out of home, radio, shopping bags, store windows and in-store displays. The comedians also filmed short videos promoting the retailer’s “Show Us How You #NSALE” sweepstakes, where customers can submit an Anniversary Sale photo or video via social media or online to express their enthusiasm for the sale and win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card.COMEDIAN QUOTESLiza Koshy: “Nordstrom has a diversity of brands that work for many personal styles and body types. It’s really representative of our generation. And who doesn’t love a discount? I only shop sales.”Daniel Levy: “I’m just going to be honest: I’m cheap and I love a good sale. I buy all of my favorite clothes on sale – the special pieces I want but just can’t bring myself to buy at full price. The Anniversary Sale is great because these are brand-new arrivals – but at super sale prices.”Phoebe Robinson: “I go way back with Nordstrom because I got my prom dress there in high school. What I love about Nordstrom is that they have easy, ready-to-wear stuff. You can get really cute clothes! And that they’re having a sale means you can get more clothes!”Hannah Simone: “When I grew up, my family moved countries every few years, and we lived in places with amazing bazaars and markets such as Cyprus, Saudi Arabia and India. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale reminds me of these markets. It’s a diverse shopping experience with incredible options to buy from different designers. And you get a great deal!”The Anniversary Sale originated in the 1960s and is the company’s biggest event of the year. This one-of-a-kind event offers brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – then prices go back up after two weeks. Sale items include brand-new clothing, shoes, accessories, home items and beauty/grooming for men, women and kids, including limited-distribution brands like J.Crew, Madewell, Charlotte Tilbury and more. The company hopes to inspire and engage customers across price and style spectrums and create a sense of newness and discovery in-stores and online. Nordstrom cardholders have the exclusive ability to shop Anniversary Sale before everyone else during Early Access, starting July 12 in the U.S. (and July 17 in Canada). More information is available at nordstrom.com/anniversaryearlyaccessca.About NordstromNordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 371 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 237 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com, HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN. Advertisement
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Fortis Inc. reported its profit edged down compared with a year ago, when it received a one-time boost as its revenue improved by seven per cent.The electric and gas utility says its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $276 million or 65 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The result was down from $278 million or 66 cents per share a year ago when the company received a $24-million break fee related to the termination of its Waneta Dam acquisition.Revenue totalled $2.04 billion, up from $1.90 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Fortis says it earned 65 cents per share, up from 61 cents per share a year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 63 cents per share and revenue of $2.135 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story (TSX:FTS)
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – There was a slight dip in unemployment numbers last month.However, overall, Statistics Canada says there was little change. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 per cent to 5.8 per cent, .The rate edged back down to its four-decade low, as job growth was essentially flat and fewer people looked for work.In British Columbia, the jobless rate dropped to 4.1 per cent in October, from 4.2 per cent the month before. B.C. had the lower rate across the country, with Newfoundland and Labrador seeing the highest at 12.7 per cent.Jobs miss:“Employment was little changed in October” says Statscan. Consensus estimate was for a gain of 15,000. “The unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 5.8% as fewer people searched for work.”— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) November 2, 2018According to Statistics Canada, the country added 11,200 net new jobs in October, but the numbers were too low for the agency to consider them statistically significant.Economists had expected an increase of 10,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The jobs report also says year-over-year average hourly wage growth, which is closely watched by the Bank of Canada, continued its steady decline in October to 2.19 per cent — its weakest reading since September 2017.Experts have expected wage growth to strengthen in the tightened labour market _ but it has dropped every month since May when it was 3.94 per cent.The report also says a dip in the labour force participation rate helped nudge the jobless rate down from its 5.9 per cent reading in September to match the reading’s 40-year low for the seventh time in last 12 months.
Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, says this bill will better protect farmland and encourage farming for future generations.“The bill tabled today builds on the work we started over a year ago to better protect farmland and encourage farming and ranching in B.C. We are ensuring the commission has the tools and the governance model required to strengthen its independence and ability to act in the best interest of our farmland within the Agricultural Land Reserve, so that British Columbians are able to access safe, locally grown food for generations to come.”If passed, the legislation will strengthen ALC governance and independence, and further protect land within the ALR.The legislative changes are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to revitalize the ALR and the ALC. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is introducing new legislation to strengthen the independence of the Agricultural Land Commission.The new legislation is to fulfill the mandate of preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve while encouraging farming and ranching within British Columbia.According to the Government, Bill 15, the agricultural land commission amendment act 2019, will continue the Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to revitalize the ALR, the farmland within B.C. that’s protected for the province’s food security.
New Delhi: Pakistan batsman Asif Ali’s two-year-old daughter Noor Fatima, who was suffering from stage four cancer, breathed her last at a hospital in the US. A statement issued by Pakistan Super League (PSL) outfit Islamabad United, the franchise Asif represents, tweeted late on Sunday: “ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif and his family. Asif is a great example of strength and courage. He is an inspiration to us.” Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Asif, who is currently in England for the five-match ODI rubber, which the hosts won 4-0, had tweeted about the condition of her daughter before leaving for the tour: “My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment.” Meanwhile, the batsman had also thanked the US authorities for issuing a visa to his daughter within a short span of time. Asif has not been included in Pakistan’s preliminary squad for the World Cup in England, starting on May 30 however, that wouldn’t prevent him being selected in the 15-man squad for the tournament as the teams have time till May 23 to submit their final squad.
25 August 2009Any recovery programme to pull the Asia-Pacific region out of the global recession, which has morphed into a food crisis, must include sustainable agriculture measures, participants concluded at a United Nations meeting in Beijing. At an event marking thee decades of cooperation between China and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), speakers underscored the need for stronger South-South cooperation to respond to the challenges posed by food insecurity and climate change. Agriculture drives the livelihoods of the poor in the region – home to two-thirds of the world’s undernourished – and employs 60 per cent of the working population, Noeleen Heyzer, ESCAP’s Executive Secretary, said in her keynote address to the meeting yesterday. “If future economic development is to be sustainable and inclusive, significant investments are required by governments to promote the development of pro-poor agricultural systems,” she noted. Rising food prices, compounded by fluctuating energy costs and the current financial crisis, has made innovation in agricultural technology vital, the UN official stressed. The key to driving such advances lies in South-South cooperation, which “holds the key to building upon the best of what our region has to offer,” Ms. Heyzer said. “Let us leverage our strengths to create a more integrated and inclusive Asia-Pacific region – free from poverty, free from want and free from hunger.”
That number more than triples the 17 names attached to a similar call made in late June.Environmentalists make up the largest number of names. There are local organizations such as the Davey Lake Group to global giants such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.Landowners rights groups from across Alberta come next.Public sector unions including the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and the United Nurses of Alberta are on board. So are First Nations and public health groups.“The time for leadership on pipeline safety is now, and the first step must be an independent pipeline safety review,” says the open letter to Redford.Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board in the U.S. compared the efforts of energy company Enbridge Inc. to clean up a massive spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to silent-movie slapstick characters the Keystone Kops. The board said the company reacted too slowly and entirely mishandled the pipeline break.With major projects under discussion to take oilsands bitumen both into the United States and through British Columbia to the West Coast, Moore-Kilgannon said Alberta can’t afford that kind of black eye.“That’s not a good image for Alberta and Alberta-based companies,” he said. “It’s in all of our interests that we do a review, that the premier commit to that now.”There have been three pipeline spills in Alberta in recent weeks.In late May, 3.5 million litres of oil and salt water leaked into muskeg near the northern community of Rainbow Lake. On June 7, up to 475,000 litres of oil leaked from a pipeline into the Red Deer River near Sundre, the source of drinking water for many central Alberta communities. Also in June, a leaky gasket at a pumping station released 230,000 litres of oil near Elk Lake in northeastern Alberta.Redford has said she doesn’t’t want to decide on a pipeline review until the Energy Resources and Conservation Board completes its own investigations.But they average nine months in length and that’s not fast enough, said Mike Hudema of Greenpeace.“Based on our spill average, that means we can expect 484 spills before the premier decides whether to actually initiate the review. That’s simply not acceptable.”Farrah Khan of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment agreed.“We would like to see an independent review done much quicker than that. If we’re not able to find answers soon about why we’re having these spills that are impacting drinking water and wildlife — and human health, at the end of the day — I think we need to make sure the province sees it as a real priority.”The energy board points out millions of litres of oil are piped safely every day. It cites statistics showing that leaks are at all-time lows of 1.6 incidents per kilometre of pipe.Some say that figure hides as much as it reveals and downplays the more than 600 leaks a year in Alberta. It doesn’t include leaks from pipeline-related facilities such as pumping stations and does include many kilometres of lines that are no longer used.The board doesn’t release all leak locations or the contents of those leaks.Critics also wonder about the cumulative impacts. Industry figures show pipelines have released at least 3.4 million litres of hydrocarbons into the environment every year since 2005.Others point out much of Alberta’s more than 400,000 kilometres of pipe is now 40 and 50 years old. As well, the sweet crude and natural gas the lines were designed to carry are shifting to heavier and harsher substances such as dilbit, an acidic and abrasive blend of fluids and oilsands bitumen. EDMONTON — Calls for an independent review into pipeline safety in Alberta are growing, with some saying it’s even more urgent now that a U.S. investigation has sharply criticized a Calgary company’s efforts to clean up a major oil spill.“If we don’t have tough regulations in place making sure that our pipelines are very safe, then people are not going to accept pipelines coming through their territories,” said Bill Moore-Kilgannon of Public Interest Alberta.The left-leaning advocacy group is one of 54 signatories to a letter to be released today that calls on Premier Alison Redford to formally look into pipeline safety.Andrew Barr/National Post
“I have long been aware of Gus Kouwenhoven’s criminal activity, his involvement in (former Liberian President) Charles Taylor’s inner circle and direct support for Taylor’s war machine,” Prosecutor David Crane said.The trial in a Netherlands courtroom of Mr. Kouwenhoven, who was arrested on Friday, would spotlight the roles of arms traffickers and international financiers, as well as the abuse of West Africa’s resources, he said.Mr. Crane added that he had not collected the evidence to place Mr. Kouwenhoven among those bearing “greatest responsibility” for international crimes during Sierra Leone’s civil conflict, but he had instructed his Special Court investigators to cooperate with the Dutch authorities.Former President Taylor remains wanted by the Special Court to face a 17-count indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity.The Special Court is the world’s first hybrid international war crimes tribunal, and was established by an agreement in January 2002 between the United Nations and the Republic of Sierra Leone. It is headquartered in the capital Freetown.
The independent United Nations human rights expert on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment began a 12-day visit to China today, during which he will meet with Government officials and representatives of civil society and visit detention facilities.Manfred Nowak, a Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights, in Beijing, Urumqi, Yining and Lhasa ahead of submitting a comprehensive written report on the visit to the Commission at its 62nd in 2006.Special Rapporteurs are unpaid experts serving in an independent personal capacity who receive their mandate from the Commission and report back to it.
Allergan urges shareholders to reject Valeant Pharmaceuticals takeover offer by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2014 7:28 am MDT MONTREAL – Allergan Inc. urged its shareholders Monday to reject a hostile takeover offer by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) in the latest step in the bitter fight between the companies.Allergan called the offer grossly inadequate and said it created significant risks and uncertainties for Allergan shareholders.Valeant, which had tried to negotiate a deal to acquire Allergan, took its offer directly to the company’s shareholders last week.The company has offered US$72 in cash plus 0.83 of a Valeant share for each share of the Botox maker.The bid values Allergan at more than US$50 billion.The recommendation is the latest step in the takeover fight which threatens to become a prolonged battle.Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management, which is backing the Valeant offer, is also seeking to call a special meeting of Allergan’s shareholders to remove six directors.Pershing owns 9.7 per cent of Allergan. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In a press release issued earlier today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of countries reaching and sustaining 90 per cent vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a first dose of DTP, a figure that has now dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said. Although the numbers point to an astounding success in combatting childhood disease worldwide, the UN agencies warned that many nations still lagged in their goal to reach the six WHO-sanctioned Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) targets. Among them, the Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Somalia, South Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic were straggling with less than 50 per cent of DTP3 coverage.Beyond the DTP3 immunizations, the new statistics also show that coverage with other essential vaccines has also improved. “The number of children protected from hepatitis B is high worldwide and increasing steadily,” the press release confirmed, noting that while just 30 per cent of children received three doses of vaccine against the viral disease in 2000, this figure rose to 82 per cent in 2014. In addition, UNICEF and the WHO noted that the number of countries using other new vaccines, such as rotavirus and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, had also increased.
During the 11-17 April visit, Zainab Hawa Bangura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, discussed a joint communiqué that outlines critical actions that must be taken in the areas of security, justice and services.The communiqué will serve as a framework for cooperation for action in key areas such as fighting impunity that is essential for prevention; legislative reform and strengthening the justice system; and, specific action plans of the army and police.One of the critical gaps that must also be addressed is the lack of adequate medical, psychosocial and other services for survivors. The sexual and gender-based violence sector is the most underfunded area of the humanitarian response for Mali, she stressed.The Special Representative also emphasized that the unimaginable suffering of the victims must serve as a collective call to action.“It is our sacred duty to survivors and their families to make this one of the central considerations of the ongoing peace process, because if we do not, it will undermine the possibility and durability of our efforts to resolve the crisis in Mali,” she said. “I stand in solidarity with the victims as well as all those women, children and men who remain acutely vulnerable to sexual violence in Mali and conflicts the world over,” she added.During the visit, she met with Prime Minister Modibo Keita, and held extensive consultations with ministers of defence, security and civilian protection, justice, religious affairs, health and women’s affairs, as well as the heads of the army, police and gendarmerie.She also met with the President of the National Assembly, the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission, religious and community leaders, the diplomatic and donor community, women’s groups, human rights associations, service providers and UN staff.Ms. Bangura also spoke with representatives of armed groups under Coordination des Mouvements de l’Azawad (CMA) and Plateforme who are signatories to the Peace Agreement, to tell them that they must make specific commitments to prevent and punish sexual violence crimes. A majority of violations are being perpetrated by armed groups, as well as the extremist or terrorist groups operating in Mali.She received assurances from religious leaders that they will speak out against conflict-related sexual violence, particularly in the context of violations being committed by extremists such as Ansar Dine, the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) and Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).“As a Muslim woman, I understand the role religion plays and how it is being used in some contexts, including Mali, to further the strategic objectives of violent extremists groups,” she said. “They are using it as a recruitment incentive to entice fighters with the promise of women, or for fundraising through the trafficking and sale of women and girls. This is an affront to the most sacred and fundamental tenets of Islam.”The Special Representative met with survivors of sexual violence when she visited Timbuktu, in Northern Mali, where a large proportion of conflict-related sexual violence cases have been documented.“Not only do they endure the devastating physical and psychological trauma of rape, but long afterwards they continue to suffer as they and their children are cast out and shunned by husbands, families and communities,” she said. “Sexual violence is the only human rights violation where the stigma and shame are focused on the victims rather than the perpetrators. Everyone has a role to play to change this unacceptable reality and raise the cost and consequences for committing these crimes.”
Gold Fields and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) officially opened the Gold Fields Engineering Library at the Wits Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment yesterday. The Engineering Library is the key project in Gold Fields’ three-year R18 million sponsorship of the Wits School of Mining Engineering and will make a major contribution towards the alleviation of skills shortages in the South Africa mining sector. The library is located in the Chamber of Mines building on Wits University’s Braamfontein campus. The Engineering Library is providing modern and innovative facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students, academics and researchers. As part of the refurbishment of the Chamber of Mines building, the library was relocated to the ground floor to make it more accessible to students.Other projects funded through the Gold Fields’ sponsorship include the equipping of the Mine Design Computer Lab, a substantial upgrade of the Rock Engineering Laboratory and the establishment of the Gold Fields Associate Lectureship program.Gold Fields also currently funds bursaries for 13 undergraduate and several postgraduate students in the Wits School of Mining Engineering. In addition the company provides vacation work for all students who do not have bursaries, thus allowing them to graduate and enter the market place. In 2011, the company accommodated 40 students for vacation work.“We are pleased to see that our investment is yielding positive results. The Library is core to our long-term investment in the Wits School of Mining Engineering and we are confident it will make studying and teaching a lot easier and more fun for engineering students at Wits. Mining engineering is a core skill needed to sustain not only Gold Fields’ operations, but the local mining industry as a whole”, says Nick Holland, CEO of Gold Fields.Professor Loyiso Nongxa Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Witwatersrand adds: “We are hugely appreciative of the investment made by Gold Fields into the Wits School of Mining Engineering. It is an example of how a creative partnership between Wits and the private sector brings together our traditional strengths that enable direct benefits for our current students. More importantly, this investment will go a long way towards securing the future of the next generation.”Librarian Maryna van den Heever says that the Gold Fields Engineering Library offers improved reading and consultation facilities for students and researchers; state of the art computer workstations; a prominent display and browsing area for new books, journal subscriptions and exhibitions and a fully equipped information skills electronic classroom. “Other key features include the provision of electronic resources alongside traditional printed materials, the acquisition of a self-check circulation unit as well as convenient access points for persons with disabilities,” she adds.The partnership between Gold Fields and Wits University was solidified in 2010 when the company pledged R26 million on a three-year sponsorship deal comprising investments in the mining engineering faculties at Wits as well as the University of Johannesburg. This comes amidst the critical shortage of mining skills in South Africa, particularly mining engineers, with the average age of mining engineers estimated to be well into the 50s and skills being poached by off-shore mining companies. The Wits School of Mining Engineering graduates about 70 mining engineers every year and plans to raise this number to about 100 in five years time.Gold Fields has a well-established relationship with Wits and has previously supported several projects at the university. These include the Wits Centre for Deaf Studies, the Institute for Palliative Medicine, the Paediatric HIV Programme and the Centre for Mining Sustainability.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It might be seven years since the last National Youth Conference was held, but the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia is dusting off the lectern once again, hoping to engage its youth. Around 329 delegates have made the trip up north to Brisbane’s Dormition of the Theotokos parish and community. The Archdiocese says the demand has exceeded expectations. “We expected to get 250, and we ended up with over 300, so the feedback has been good, lots of people are wanting to go, and it’s been so long since the last one was held,” the church’s Brisbane organising officer, Zoe Stephanos told Neos Kosmos. The conference has seen a slight rise in demand from the last conference, showing that young parishioners between the ages of 15 to 35 still exist, even if the number is only slowly increasing over the decade. The conference started last Sunday and will go until October 1, with a program packed with lectures, prayer and social events. His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos will be opening the conference tomorrow and will be blessing the delegation, while on Monday he will deliver the keynote speech. Guest speaker Presvytera Dr Thekla Kokkinos will also give her take on the future of the Church. The decision to hold another conference was thanks to the Clergy Laity Conference earlier this year, when the biggest figures in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia convened to discuss the future of the church. “Due to the many youth issues brought up at the Clergy Laity Conference that was held in January in Sydney this year, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos decided that it was important to quickly address these issues,” Father Nicholas Brown of the Brisbane church Dormition of the Theotokos told Neos Kosmos. Some might consider this too little too late, with youth numbers dwindling for many churches around the country. The conference will at least utilise the Archdiocese’s Bribie Island camp and retreat, a project the church has been working towards for years. The delegates will be some of the first to use the secluded camp that is part of the St Andrew’s Theological College. The Brisbane Greek community is also taking part in the conference, with the Greek Orthodox Parish-Community of St George holding a dinner dance on the Monday for the young delegates. On Tuesday the delegates will participate in a divine liturgy at Bribie Island’s small chapel, Our Lady Theotokos. The church has struggled to connect with its younger audience, under-utilising its youth followers and pushing the issue aside for decades. Father Nicholas Brown, a young priest himself, has noticed many young parishioners leave the church thanks to its lack of foresight and inability to change. “We’re finding that we have to try and bring them back into the church, I mean that’s still an ongoing issue, that’s an issue everywhere, all over Greek Orthodox communities, throughout the world, even in Greece,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “I think with the new generation of priests, we’re getting out there, which is something that was missing in previous generations.” As part of the conference, young members will be given a chance to voice their concerns directly to the bishops. But with the bishops already preaching to the converted (quite literally) the exercise might not be as useful as they expect. At least the church is taking the initiative to work out new methods to engage its younger members. “Due to the church’s use of things like media, internet, websites, even facebook, even the basic parish priests are reaching out to the youth and their community, addressing their concerns and informing them of what it has to offer,” Father Nicholas says. Tickets, not including accommodation, are $130. For more information on the conference, visit http://goaa10nyc.wordpress.com/
iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice 8.3 No idea Quantum dots, more dimming zones 8.2 Far-field mic for hands-free voice The best TVs of CES 2019 Vizio P-Series Best new feature Vizio P-Series Quantum I’m guessing LG’s 2019 OLED TVs, coming soon, won’t perform significantly better than the 2018 versions seen here. Sarah Tew/CNET The last big TV sale event of the season, the Super Bowl, is now behind us, and ahead lie a bunch of brand-new 2019 models to tempt shoppers. Late winter and early spring are when most of the new TVs hit store shelves and online, and some are even available now. If you want a new TV now, perhaps one thought is “I shouldn’t buy an obsolete 2018 TV now when new ones are just around the corner.” Allow me to add a complexifier or two. A 2018 TV bought today is not obsolete. TVs are a mature technology and most will do everything you need for years to come. The improvements on many 2019 TVs will be minor compared to 2018 models available now. For most of this year, you’ll pay more for a 2019 TV than you will for the roughly equivalent 2018 model. The earliest you can expect 2019 TV prices to fall to 2018 levels is mid-November 2019. If you’re OK waiting until November and Black Friday season to buy your 2019 TV, then by all means do so. You’ll probably get the best deal on a new TV. 7.0 2 Now playing: Watch this: TVs 13:20 None Brighter, more dimming zones, 75-inch size available 2019 TV comparisons No Yes 8.6 2018 CNET rating Sony X900F But if you want a new TV now and missed your opportunity to snag something in the last few months on-sale, you face a conundrum. Will the 2019 version coming soon be a better choice than 2018 version you can buy now? I can’t actually answer that question for sure until I review the new TVs and compare them directly to the older ones. But in my years of doing just that as a TV reviewer at CNET, I’m willing to take some educated guesses now. No Samsung Q8 Comments Processing Viewing angles, processing No Vizio M-Series Quantum Tags Processing Samsung Q9 Quantum dots, more dimming zones Yes Yes LG OLEDB8P AirPlay 2, HomeKit Sony X950G Viewing angles, processing Samsung Q80R iTunes app, AirPlay 2 Vizio E-Series The best TVs at CES 2019 Vizio V-Series Katz’s guess: Significantly better picture? 6.9 No 7.7 2019 TV series 8.7 Vizio M-Series AirPlay 2, HomeKit Built-in Alexa AirPlay 2, HomeKit 2018 TV series 8.0 7.5 None No Yes 8.1 Armed with the information from the chart above, you can get some idea of what the TVs of 2019 will bring to the table compared to their predecessors, and hopefully make a more informed decision. And if you’re looking for more info on 2019 TVs, here the latest I have on 2019 TVs from LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, TCL and Hisense. Some stuff to keep in mind: Again, these are just guesses based on manufacturer info and my past experience testing TVs. I haven’t seen any of the 2019 TVs in person beyond brief glances at CES, let alone subjected any to a full CNET review with measurements, side-by-side comparisons and the whole bit. I say “significantly better” because even those TVs that get a “No” could show slight improvements. For example, improved processing on the C8 last year did produce a somewhat better picture than the B8 in my tests, but it was so minor that I still chose the less-expensive B8 as CNET’s Editors’ Choice for high-end TVs. Just because I’m guessing a 2019 TV will have a better picture doesn’t mean the 2018 version isn’t worth buying. I’m guessing the successor to the TCL 6 series (whatever they end up calling it) will be a better performer for example, but the 6 series is still an excellent choice and remains CNET’s Editors’ Choice for now. Speaking of TCL, it’s the only maker on the chart above that hasn’t specified model numbers for most of its 2019 TVs. Hence the “TBD” and “No idea.”Unless you’re rich, no 2019 8K TV is worth waiting for. Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a Dolby Atmos user who needs eARC, no 2019 4K TV with HDMI 2.1 features is worth waiting for. A handful of new 2019 TVs lack immediate predecessors I reviewed, yet could still be excellent choices for some buyers this year. They include the Samsung Q70R (the cheapest Samsung with full-array local dimming, or FALD), the Hisense R8 (an inexpensive Roku TV with FALD) and of course LG’s rollable OLED. The bottom line? All of this advice will evolve as I review new 2019 TVs, the 2018 models start selling out and the 2019 TVs fall in price. As always, waiting until later in the year will help you make a more informed decision. But if you can’t wait, here are the best TVs to buy right now. 8.7 Vizio P-Series Quantum X LG OLEDC8P TCL 5 TCL S405/S305 TBD AirPlay 2, HomeKit Samsung Q90R Yes 61 Photos 8.1 LG OLEDB9 TCL S425/S325 Far-field mic for hands-free voice TBD Brighter Vizio P-Series Quantum Quantum dots, more dimming zones None TCL 6 No Share your voice Picture quality improvements Built-in Alexa TBD 2018 vs. 2019 TVs compared: Buy now or wait Here are all of the TVs CNET reviewed in 2018 (with overall ratings) and all of their nearest 2019 successors. I’ve noted the major improvements, based on TV manufacturer information available now, for both image quality and features. Finally, I guess whether the 2019 TV’s picture quality will be any better than its predecessor. LG OLEDC9
A collage of Sherin Shringar in two-piece bikini.Sherin Shringar InstagramSouth Indian actress Sherin Shringar has entered Bigg Boss Tamil house as a contestant to revive her career in glitz and glamour world. The actress, who has been missing in the action, sees it as an opportunity to take a break from her routine work and to overcome from the personal setbacks. [Crawl down to see the photos]Sherin Shringar started career as a child artiste in a film called Police Dog in Sandalwood when she was still in the high school. She turned heroine with Challenging Star Darshan’s Kannada film Dhruva. She entered Kollywood with Dhanush’s Thulluvadho Ilamai and won the hearts of Tamil cine-goers.Language has never been a barrier for her as she was open to do any language movie that comes her way. In the next few years, she was juggling among Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. Yet her career did not progress as per her plans. Thus doing countable films between 2008 and 2010.Thereafter, she virtually bid goodbye to films and was doing modelling assignments. In the due course, she was also into a relationship. However, she broke up from the person, six months ago.Bigg Boss TamilHer entry to Bigg Boss Tamil house has now brought her under limelight like never before. It is evident after her pictures are now going viral. Especially, the ones in bikinis and swimsuits are spreading like wildfire. Check out the snaps below: 1/10 Multilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountBigg Boss Tamil contestant Sherin dons bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in swimsuit.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountMultilingual actress and Bigg Boss Tamil contestant, Sherin in Bikini.Sherin Shringar Instagram AccountPreviousNextKamal Haasan-hosted Bigg Boss Tamil 3 was kick-started with the entry of 15 contestants on 23 June. In the first week, there are no eliminations which have turned out to be a boon for the inmates.Vanitha Vijayakumar has turned the captain of the house.
Stay on target Remembering Comics Legend Steve DitkoCarrie Coon Joins Infinity War, A Strange Sequel and More MCU News The fourteenth installment in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Strange, is in theaters now and was co-written by screenwriter and author C. Robert Cargill. The task of adding the layer of mystical arts to Marvel’s space-and-science universe might have been his largest task yet, but it’s far from his first rodeo. Doctor Strange’s director Scott Derrickson worked with Cargill to create Sinister, and in 2013 he became a fantasy author with his novel Dreams and Shadows. Now, it looks like Cargill has turned his storytelling craft to the world of angels.As They, Continue To Fall is a short proof-of-concept film written by C. Robert Cargill and directed by Nikhil Bhagat and it doesn’t portray angels in a typical way. There’s something wrong with these winged creatures and although it’s unclear if they’ve been cast out of heaven or something else entirely. What we do learn is that our protagonist wanderer (played by actor John Henry Whitaker), is capable of seeing these monstrosities and has been since he was a child. That blessing (or curse…probably curse), has made the lead character into the man he is today, a vengeful vagrant who collects feathers as keepsakes.Shot on an Arri Alexa camera byThe short is a calling card for Nikhil Bhagat, cinematographer Noah Rosenthal, and visual effects artists Andy Wong and Ben Hall as well as a potential introduction to a larger story and story world. The short was shot on an Arri Alexa camera and creates a sparsely lit city standing in for a larger dystopian society teased in the short film’s plot description:“[The short] tells the story of a homeless man who hunts fallen angels in a dystopian society filled with crime and corruption. Haunted by a dark past, yet hopeful for the future, he continues to hunt as they continue to fall.” There’s obviously more to the vagrant’s past and the mythology of the angels to be told…like if the angel feathers are so flammable, is lining your jacket you wear near open flames really the best idea? Or maybe he could, like, light himself on fire and charge a group of angels, so it’s a tactical decision?Like many proofs of concept shorts, the only way to find out is to spread the word and hope that someone allows Cargill, Bhagat and the production team to tell the full story. Unlike a lot of proof of concept shorts, this one isn’t asking for your crowdfunding money!You can follow the film on Twitter at @ATCTF_
Go back to the e-newsletterBangkok-based hotel management group Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia has expanded its portfolio by opening Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa. This is the first property on Koh Samui to become part of the Away Resorts & Villas brand under the management of BHMAsia.Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa, located at Phang Ka in the southwest of the island, boasts single and double bedroom pool villas and deluxe suites and a private beach. It provides Thai and international cuisine in its renowned Fai restaurant, as well as Bamboo, an atmospheric Thai beachfront bar, cafe and restaurant.Away Resorts & Villas provides luxurious accommodations in hideaway paradises. By extending its presence in Koh Samui, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa brings its signature and charm for people to be able to experience paradise in Thailand.Anthony McDonald, CEO of BHMA and founder of the Away Resorts & Villas brand, explained: “We have been seeking new and exciting locations that have their own unique flavour and style to add to our specialty resort portfolio under the Away Resorts & Villas brand. Koh Samui is a perfect fit, having built a great reputation over the years as a romantic hideaway destination for honeymooners, couples and families. I am therefore very excited to welcome Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa to the Away Resorts & Villas family.”In addition, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa provides guests with the Serenity Spa, offering a full range of massages as well as its own signature range of spa treatments. Guests can also start the day with a morning yoga class or enjoy a workout in Body & Soul Fitness Centre, which offers a wide range of private and group yoga courses and planned healthy diets and detox services.To celebrate the very first Away Resorts & Villas’ property on Koh Samui, Away Koh Samui Elements Resort and Spa is offering introductory special rates start from THB 3823++ per room per night inclusive of breakfast for two persons.Go back to the e-newsletter
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