Gillian Anderson Id Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur

first_imgAs New York Fashion Week unfolds, PETA US has unveiled a gigantic billboard showing Gillian Anderson wearing nothing but a smile with the slogan “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur.”“I found it liberating to use my body to make an important statement,” says the usually modest Emmy-winning star of The X-Files and co-author of last year’s bestseller We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere, which will be out in paperback later this month. “People tend to look away from anti-fur ads showing mangled animals, but they’re drawn to PETA’s ‘naked’ campaign, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”The campaign featuring Anderson launches in the wake of announcements by Michael Kors and Gucci that they’ll no longer use fur, following years of protests and negotiations by the group. Other designers who’ve dropped fur include Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Giorgio Armani, who made the decision after being targeted with this exposé of rabbit-fur farms narrated by Anderson.PETA has made a major push over the years to expose cruelty to animals who are caged, beaten, electrocuted, and skinned for angora, exotic skins, fur, leather, and wool.last_img read more

MMIWG Inquiry taking time for teambuilding

first_imgKathleen Martens Martha Troian APTN News Canada’s embattled national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is holding a team-building event in Toronto next week, APTN News has learned.Commissioner Michele Audette confirmed the exercise will be held at the Four Points Sheraton hotel, saying it should have happened a long time ago.“We are running at resource capacity,” she said Friday. “We are burning (out) staff.”The commission of inquiry has been mired in controversy, with criticism coming from families, Indigenous leaders and politicians.Nearly two dozen employees – and one of five commissioners – have resigned or been fired. Current commissioners have been told to step down and the Trudeau government advised to re-set the proceedings.But Audette suggested the meeting in Toronto could help focus the inquiry team for the final 10 months remaining on its two-year mandate.Unless it receives the two-year extension it is seeking.She confirmed it is tweaking the request it plans to submit in the coming weeks.“For sure it will be a document presented to the prime minister and the minister responsible for this inquiry very soon,” she said. “Maybe next week or in two weeks.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller promised to submit the request before Christmas but missed the self-imposed deadline. She was not made available for an interview to explain why.A resolution supporting an extension if Buller resigned was passed at a recent special chiefs meeting of the Assembly of First Nations. But it hasn’t been received by the government yet either.Audette explained the deadline was missed for a few reasons, not the least of which was her desire to have the request translated.“We said clearly that it was going to be presented before Christmas…we were hoping to present it in December we said. And when I saw the document I said I would need to have it in French to make sure I understand every word of it, and that brought a small delay.”Audette, who lives in Quebec, said an extension would give them time to “breathe” between cross-Canada hearings, which are intense and emotional experiences for survivors, families and commissioners.She also said they needed time to hire more employees.Two sources told APTN News between 50 and 70 inquiry employees would be attending the all-staff event at a cost of $6,000 each for travel, accommodation and meals.The inquiry operates three offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa but not Toronto.It has a budget of $53.8 million announced by the Trudeau government in August 2016.last_img read more

Reevaluating the conventional notion of femininity

first_imgAgaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain’We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBy not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.last_img read more

A 16yearold Represents Morocco at New Yorks Model United Nations

By Amine MechaalRabat – Abdelmounaim Benakki, 16-year-old high school student, was the only Moroccan delegate to represent Morocco in the “Change the World Model United Nations Conference,” which was held from March 19th to 25th at the United Nations headquarters in New York city.Change the World Model United Nations Conference (CWMUNC) is an annual series of international conferences organized in different countries around the world, such as Russia – UAE, and Italy. It brings together thousands of delegates from all over the world who debate different international political issues, like the real United Nations delegates. CWMUNC is a Model UN conference in which, through the Future Leaders Program, students can simulate the activity of the G20, the Board of the World Bank, and the Board of the International Monetary Fund. Each year, the CWMUNC addresses one of the most pressing topics on the international agenda.Past topics have included global warming and climate change, water shortages and sanitation, peace and security, human rights, poverty and hunger, social and economic development, and globalization. During the conference, students from different countries work together in order to develop concrete solutions to the matters under discussion, as if they were in a real world forum, studying and discussing key geopolitical issues.“I heard some of my friends talking about the Model United Nations conferences in general. I took a quick look on the Internet to know more about it and then I found the CWMUNC, which was very interesting. I applied for it and I received an e-mail from the organizing committee telling me that I was accepted,” Abdelmounaim told Morocco World News. “I was very surprised to be the first and only Moroccan to participate in such conference.”This year’s conference was held in New York City from March 19th to 25th, and witnessed the participation of more that 2000 high school and university students coming from different countries around the world.“This experience was the best thing that I have ever experienced in my whole life. Going to New York and participating in such conference at the headquarters of the United Nations is not something that happens to you everyday,”  Abdelmounaim said. “It was a dream at the beginning, but then I realized that impossible is nothing.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

UNSG Ban KiMoons Visit to Morocco Delayed Until July

By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s March visit to Morocco has been postponed until July, according to diplomatic sources cited by Moroccan news website Le360 and Alyaoum24.The UN chief was scheduled to meet with King Mohammed VI and senior Moroccan officials. The sources added that the trip has been postponed because his visit conflicts with King Mohammed VI’s visit to Russia. Meanwhile, Ban Ki-moon is expected to visit Algeria on March 6-7, according to the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If maintained, July’s visit will come just five months before the end of Ki-moon’s tenure as Secretary General of the UN and around two months after the UN Security Council’s meeting scheduled in late April, in which it is expected to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until April 30, 2017.MINURSO’s mandate – which has been extended over 40 times consecutively since it was established in 1991 – will be up for renewal at the end of April. Christopher Ross, the Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, had begun a tour in the region last week in preparation for Ban Ki-moon’s visit to the region and of the UNSG’s annual report on the “Situation concerning the Western Sahara,” which will be submitted to Security Council in early April.During the first part of his trip, Ross’s toured Mauritania and the Tindouf camps where he met with a delegation from the Polisario, the separatist movement that established the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in the Tindouf camps, in Algeria and claims to be the only representative of the Sahrawi people.After his meeting in Tindouf, the American diplomat met with Algeria’s Foreign Minister, Ramtan Lamamra in Algiers. He is scheduled to meet with Moroccan officials this week. read more

DR of Congo Security Council extends and strengthens UN military force

“I congratulate the Security Council on unanimously adopting the resolution giving MONUC (as the UN operation is known) the strong mandate it needs to fulfil its difficult mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” especially in the volatile east, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in remarks to the 15-member body after the vote. Mr. Annan welcomed the “important steps” of the past month, which saw the formation of a coalition cabinet among government and rebel forces in a country that has been torn by years of civil war. But, he warned, “the road ahead over the next two to three years toward free and fair elections will be difficult.” Referring to a French-led interim emergency force that rushed into the eastern Ituri region last month after fierce fighting between rival ethnic militias, he told journalists later: “We’ve been lucky to get a multilateral force to go in to try and contain the situation and stop the killing and allow humanitarian assistance to go through but now with this resolution we will be able to send in an expanded force into Ituri just before the multinational force withdraws.” Mr. Annan said troops were already lined up from Asia and South Africa to go to eastern DRC and he hoped Bangladesh, Pakistan and India would join them. The new resolution 1493 extends MONUC’s mandate until 30 July 2004 and, acting under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which permits the use of force, authorizes the mission for the first time since it was established in 1999 to use all necessary means to fulfil its mandate in Ituri and North and South Kivu. The text authorizes MONUC to take the necessary measures to protect civilians and humanitarian workers under imminent threat of physical violence, protect UN personnel and facilities and ensure its freedom of movement, and contribute to the improvement of security conditions in which humanitarian assistance is provided. “Through the resolution adopted today, the Security Council has placed MONUC, in coordination with UN agencies and donors, in a key role to help the Congolese achieve a sustainable peace leading to a democratically elected government,” Mr. Annan told the Council. “It will be necessary for the international community to provide the resources needed to implement this far-reaching resolution.” Video of the Council meeting read more

Gambians break out of poverty by selling forest products UN agricultural agency

“Before the start of the project, villagers had not explored the market potential of handicrafts made of Rhun palm leaves, because they did not have the practical skills or market knowledge. Now they are selling products, such as chairs, tables, lampshades, baskets and beds, made of these leaves,” FAO community forestry expert Sophie Grouwels said.In a pilot area of 26 villages suffering from dire poverty, communities which used to sell a truckload of fuelwood for about $50 before the Norwegian-funded project was introduced are now selling the same amount of wood at around $700, after having organized themselves into a producer federation, FAO said.Gambian forests were deteriorating at an alarming rate years ago, partly because the state-controlled forest management ignored the local population. In the 1990s, the Gambian Government introduced community forestry in an attempt to improve the management, but the communities still did not have many incentives to conserve the forests until the programme was introduced, it said. “Given the success of this project, FAO hopes its methodology will be applied in other parts of the Gambia and other countries,” Ms. Grouwels said. read more

Canadian dollar up amid major corporate deal making traders look to growth

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 26, 2014 6:47 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Tuesday as traders considered major Canadian corporate deal making and looked ahead to key data out at the end of the week.The loonie rose 0.24 of a cent to 91.31 cents US.Burger King announced it is buying Tim Hortons in a cash and stock deal worth about US$11 billion that will create the world’s third-largest quick service restaurant company .The deal will see the parent of the U.S. firm, 3G Capital, own 51 per cent of the new entity.Depending on the structure of the deal, it could have an impact on the dollar.The loonie has been pushed higher in the past by big corporate deals. That’s because a foreign buyer acquiring a Canadian company will need Canadian currency to close the deal, boosting demand for the loonie on financial markets.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada releases the June reading on gross domestic product growth on Friday. Economists expect that Statistics Canada will report that GDP grew by 0.2 per cent in June, which would translate into annualized growth of 2.6 per cent.In the U.S., durable goods orders in July jumped 22.6 per cent reflecting a huge jump in orders at aircraft giant Boeing. Excluding transportation, orders actually declined 0.8 per cent.On the commodity markets, October crude in New York was 51 cents higher to US$93.86 a barrel.September copper fell three cents to US$3.19 a pound, while December gold gained $6.30 to US$1,285.20 an ounce. Canadian dollar up amid major corporate deal making, traders look to growth data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Audit finds Pan Am security budget too low preparations behind schedule

TORONTO – The security budget for next summer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto was far too low, and arrangements to protect venues and athletes are behind schedule, auditor general Bonnie Lysyk warned Wednesday.Lysyk did a special audit after the opposition parties complained that the Liberal government awarded a contract for the bulk of private security services at the Games to a company that did not have the lowest bid.The government’s decision to award the contract to Contemporary Security Canada was fair, even though at $81 million it was $14 million higher than the next lowest bid, concluded Lysyk.“The selection processes … were fair and transparent, complied with government procurement policies and applied lessons learned from other similar sporting events,” she wrote.Officials “put appropriate emphasis on contractors’ prior experience with providing security at large-scale events and project management qualifications,” added Lysyk.“However, we had concerns with the timing of security procurement and the communication of the related expected costs.”The auditor said the private security contract was budgeted in 2013 at only $42 million, far lower than the $81 million contract that was awarded.“Our only concern was that the budget for security procurement was understated and should have been more accurate,” wrote Lysyk. “We noted the same understatement of budgets for other, smaller security procurements.”Pan Am organizers now estimate security costs at $247.4 million, more than double the original estimate of $121.9 million in Toronto’s bid for the Games.“I wouldn’t say it was a deliberate ploy to mislead people,” Lysyk told reporters. “It really wasn’t until there was more information, more work being done on security planning, when they started to appreciate that number was too low.”Sport Minister Michael Coteau could not explain why the private security budget for the Games was off so much just a year ago, and said he would not put a firm limit on the security budget because there could be a change in the threat level.“What would it look like knowing this government put a hard cap on security and comprised the safety of Ontarians,” Coteau asked reporters. “If the cost increases because of a (higher) threat level, I’m quite comfortable with that.”Deputy OPP Commissioner Brad Blair said the threat level was increased last month after a gunman shot and killed a soldier at the Ottawa war memorial before storming Parliament Hill, where he was fatally shot by security.“The threat level has changed, which means there’s a heightened awareness, not only within law enforcement but also with the general public,” said Blair. “Until we see a specific threat to these games, I would say our planning principles would not change.”Arrangements to ensure athletes and officials have secure access to the field-of-play zones at Pan Am venues and to protect the athletes and their equipment are behind schedule, warned Lysyk.“With only nine months before the Games begin, TO2015 had only just issued a request for proposals for contract asset protection security services, nor had it completed all procurements for security equipment,” she said. “TO2015 was supposed to look after the venue of play security, and that hasn’t been completed.”The opposition parties said they feared security was just one area where the Pan Am Games’ organizers would blow the budget.“There’s a real good chance we’ll be back here in November of next year, after the Games are over, and you’re going to see that every piece of the pie involving the Pan Am Games is way over budget, and it’s the taxpayers of Ontario that are going to have to pay for those overruns,” said Progressive Conservative Todd Smith.“If they’re messing up so much with respect to the security costs, how much more is out there that we don’t know about yet,” asked New Democrat Jagmeet Singh.The Toronto security estimate is just a fraction of the nearly $900 million spent on security at the Vancouver Olympics, but officials believe there is a lower risk profile at the Pan Am Games, with far fewer high-profile dignitaries expected to attend.In September, the province had to pump another $74 million into the Games, most of it because of lower than expected sponsorship revenues.The government was criticized for not including the $709 million cost of the athletes’ village in its original $1.4-billion budget for the Games, which now is expected to top $2.57 billion and could go even higher.“It could increase even more depending on future risk and threat assessments and changes in the scope of the Games,” said Lysyk.Follow @CPnewsboy on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect spelling of the last name of Sport Minister Michael Coteau. Audit finds Pan Am security budget too low, preparations behind schedule AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2014 9:01 am MDT read more

Outokumpu Technology to supply silver refinery to Krasnoyarsk Russia

first_imgOutokumpu Technology has agreed with JSC Krasnoyarsk Non-Ferrous Metals Plant (KNFMP) for the delivery of a silver refinery installation to the world’s biggest platinum group metals (PGM) refinery in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia. Under this technology transfer contract, Outokumpu Technology will supply engineering and critical silver refinery equipment. The new installation is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2007.Igor Tikhov – General Director of KNFMP: “By selecting state-of-the-art precious metals technology from a well recognized supplier, we will strengthen our position as the global leader in precious metals refining. Outokumpu Technology as a partner is a natural choice for us, since we are familiar with many similar plants built by them in different countries, including Russia and Kazakhstan.””This project further enhances Outokumpu Technology’s position as the market leader in precious metals technology. Five out of ten world’s biggest silver producers apply Outokumpu Technology’s process, and we are happy to welcome KNFMP in the club and deliver our latest improvements and technical solutions in silver refining to Krasnoyarsk,” says Björn Ludvigsson, Vice President of Outokumpu Technology AB in Skellefteå, Sweden.last_img read more

Lithium in the spotlight

first_imgAvalon Advanced Materials reports that at the 2016 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention in Toronto, Canada, lithium shared the spotlight with gold as the commodities attracting the most interest from investors. In fact, a Tesla Motors Model S electric car powered by a lithium ion battery was on display in the Investors Exchange, reminding investors that electronic vehicles are creating much of the new demand for lithium.Lithium and gold are certainly the most prevalent among the global projects reported in the current issues of International Mining Project News – contact for samples and subscription details.The PDAC technical session entitled Speciality Minerals and Metals for Energy Storage, co-chaired by Avalon President & CEO, Don Bubar, attracted a standing-room-only crowd for two excellent overview presentations on the lithium ion battery supply chain by Simon Moores of Benchmark Minerals Intelligence and Jon Hykawy, President of Stormcrow Capital. Hykawy noted, “Everyone can see the writing on the wall as we move toward 2020, and a need for new deposits to get into production.”Also presenting on lithium during the session were representatives of Nemaska Lithium (artists impression of it plant shown) and Western Lithium USA. All presentations will be available for download on the PDAC website in next few weeks at notes recent global lithium developments:United StatesUS Electric Vehicle sales in February 2016 set a fourth consecutive monthly recordThe state of California took a large step forward in electric vehicle infrastructure by awarding $8.9 million to fund projects that will install fast charging stations along some of the state’s major highwaysUS energy storage installations are up 243%, with almost half a billion dollars in investment in 2015, of which 96% was in lithium ion technologyGTM Research sees the market for residential and utility deployments of energy storage reaching more than 1.6 GW by 2020, up from 221 MW in 2015.2GermanyThe electric car incentive plan is reportedly set to be unveiled in the near term and will include up to €5,000 euros to purchase electric vehicleDaimler AG envisions strong growth in the sector, as it recently announced that it will be investing €500 million to build a second lithium ion battery production facility to supply Mercedes-Benz electric and hybrid vehicles, and for home energy storage battery packs.These are major steps towards Germany’s goal of a million electric vehicles on the road by 2020.South KoreaLG Chem, the world’s third largest battery producer, foresees its car battery business hitting $1 billion in sales in 2016, a 70% increase from the previous yearLG Chem has vowed to lead the global electric vehicle battery market by building additional manufacturing facilities overseas (such as the one in Michigan) and producing batteries that will allow a 500+ km vehicle range by 2019.Lithium industry commentators are forecasting continuing growth in demand for lithium and sustained higher lithium prices, as the rapid growth in demand for lithium ion rechargeable batteries outpaces the ability of the supply side to rapidly increase production.last_img read more

Wigan relegated from Premier League Arsenal go fourth

first_imgYouTube: VideoFootballHD4Ireland striker James McCarthy had the ball in the Arsenal net was adjudged to have been offside before Theo Walcott bundled in a cross to put a nervy-looking home side ahead.YouTube: LadsLifeTVMinutes later Podolski bagged his second before Aaron Ramsey made it 4-1 after 71 minutes.YouTube: LadsLifeTVYouTube: VideoFootballHD4David Platt leaves Man City after Mancini sackingThe match programme for tonight’s Reading-Manchester City is a little out of date Updated: 21.50FA CUP WINNERS Wigan have been relegated from the Premier League after a 4-1 defeat to Arsenal tonight.Roberto Martinez’s side were brought swiftly back down to earth by goals from Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey after the elation of beating Manchester City in Saturday’s Wembley showpiece.The Lancashire club needed to get at least a point to give them the faintest chance of survival, but defeat leaves them four points adrift of 17th-placed Sunderland with just one game left in the Premier League season.After winning the FA Cup, Wigan’s fixture list will be a packed one next season as they combine a 46-game Championship campaign with a run in the UEFA Europa League.The disappointment is also likely to strengthen speculation surrounding Martinez, with the Spanish tactician reportedly being lined up to replace the Manchester United-bound David Moyes at Everton.Here’s Podolski’s opener:YouTube:LadsLifeTVBut moments before the half-time whistle, Shaun Maloney levelled it up after the Latics were controversially awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box.last_img read more

Nurturing the new

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “You’ve got my undivided attention,” says Eva Sofocli, on the phone from her boutique fashion shop Togah in the Melbourne suburb of Niddrie, though I have the feeling that any moment I may be put on hold. After less than six months since taking over the store, Eva is busy dealing with customers eager to get their hands on her latest range of designer brands. But in between the occasional pause to answer customer requests, this young aspiring entrepreneur is keen to tell me about her journey into retail.Born in 1987, Eva grew up in Essendon. Her dad Jerry came from Limassol, mum Katie, also of Cypriot heritage, was born in Melbourne. Eva’s experience at school reflects a common thread. “As I grew up I spoke a bit of everything, my dad would talk to me in Greek. I was one of just five European kids at primary school. It was a bit hard, because our English wasn’t great, so they made us go to ESL (English as a second language). Eva tells me that it was only at high school, when she encountered the full multicultural rainbow of Australian society, that she felt truly confident. At an early age, Eva had a natural inclination to care for animals. “I think I got it from my dad who looked after eagles in Cyprus.If I found an injured bird on the way home from school, I’d bring it home and dad would nurse it.” On finishing high school, Eva’s natural instincts towards animals seemed the ideal direction for a career. She enrolled at the University of Victoria to begin four years of veterinary nursing studies. During the course, she earned extra cash with a part-time job in sales promotion, marketing dog food brands for Procter and Gamble. By graduation, she’d seen enough of what a job as a vet nurse would entail and decided against pursuing a career in animal husbandry. “I was very sad about the way the animals were treated, I couldn’t handle that,” says Eva. While animals aren’t part of Eva’s career today, they are still very much part of her life. She has a dog (Sassy), a cat (Andre), a lizard (Reggie), and a parrot – “a big green monster” – called Elliott. After finishing university, Eva looked for a job. Frank and Bove, a clothing store in north Melbourne wanted someone on the counter. Eva jumped at the chance. “I put a lot of heart and soul into the work,” says Eva, “it was selling kids’ and women’s clothes and giftware. It was there that I realised that running a store was something I wanted to do.” In April this year, Eva had enough savings to take over the shop herself. It was a dream realised. “I jumped straight into it. I love a challenge. If I hadn’t taken over the store, I wanted to become a police officer,” she says. Have you always been fashion conscious? “I guess so, particularly when it comes to other people, but I dress very ‘hippie’, I feel I might have been a gypsy maybe in my past life.” Why Togah? “Well, it’s a garment that goes back to ancient times, but we put an ‘h’ on the end, to funk it up a bit,” she says. It’s clear that Eva’s vision for her business goes a lot further than a funked-up name. “All the stock we have, portrays me in some way. The look I’m going for is very ‘Brunswick street’ [the inner north Melbourne strip known for its arty cafes, live music venues and alternative fashion shops] – it’s about being very ‘warehousey’, flash, vintage – but contemporary, retro – but sharper and cleaner.” Whilst still in the throes of renovating the shop, assisted by partner and draftsman Renato, Eva’s already begun rolling out her plans to become a talent scout and test bed for a new generation of local fashion designers. “I want it to be funky, outgoing, we want to be different” says Eva, who feels that promoting new local designers is core to what Togah is all about. “We want to recommend young Melbourne and Australian designers, says Eva, who identifies one such young Victorian designer – Andrea Ioannou, as typical of the kind Togah is there to promote. “We need to support the locals,” says Eva. “Andrea’s brand is called El amuleto. It’s amazing. The designs are very beady, ‘goddessy’, lots of pastel colours.” Eva currently has six local designer brands in the shop, which will increase to ten by the end of the year. “It’s all about supporting people who have dream,” says Eva, whose own dream includes a studio at the back of the shop one day, to create her own Togah brand garments. By the way, if you’re after furs, forget it. Search for Togah on Facebook to see Eva’s latest lines, including Andrea Ioannou’s label – El amuleto. Togah, 479 Keilor Road, Niddrie, Moonee Valley 3042 (03) 9374 4744last_img read more

Insurance agents feeling left out of Obamacare

first_imgMIAMI — When insurance agent Kelly Fristoe recently spent 30 minutes helping a client pick a mid-level health plan and the federal marketplace website froze, he called the government’s hotline and tried to finish the application. But the operator refused to credit Fristoe as an agent on the application, meaning he wouldn’t get the commission or be listed as the follow-up contact if his client needed help again later.The Wichita Falls, Texas, insurance agent is one of many brokers around the country finding frustration as they try to help customers navigate the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces while earning the commissions they’ve long built their businesses around. Some insurers and insurance agents are calling on President Barack Obama’s administration to allow them to bypass and enroll consumers directly amid growing complaints about problems with enrollment information generated from the website.The so-called `back-end’ problems could mean that consumers who think they’ve successfully signed up for a health plan, may find themselves unable to access their coverage come January. The problems include enrollment information that’s rendered practically useless by errors, duplication or garbles. Efforts to fix the issues are underway.Nearly 70,000 agents and brokers have been certified nationwide to sell health insurance on the federal exchange. Many say they could be the troubled health law’s best ambassadors with the potential to boost lackluster enrollment figures — only about 27,000 had enrolled via the federal website nationwide in the first month. But instead, many agents said they’re continually met by obstacles.“You look at this dismal number they have of how many people have enrolled on,” said Fristoe. “If they would just relax and loosen up, because me and all of my associates across this nation want to help these consumers get enrolled into the market.”last_img

CES 2019 preview New cars and tech from Audi Honda Mercedes and

first_imgNissanCiting a report from German publication Electrive via Autoblog, there’s a decent likelihood that the Nissan Leaf E-Plus could debut at CES. The extended-range Leaf is predicted to pack a 60-kWh battery allowing for perhaps 225 miles of range and a price tag similar to the base Chevrolet Bolt ($37,495 including $875 for destination, for reference).As we reported last month, the Leaf E-Plus was supposed to debut around the time of the LA Auto Show, but Nissan decided to delay the unveiling until after dust had settled over the arrest of the company’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn. CES looms on the horizon, the news cycle has cooled on Ghosn’s arrest, so it seems the Leaf E-Plus is ripe for a debut at the biggest show in tech. Post a comment Audi Honda Mercedes-Benz Nissan Tags 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2018 Nissan Leaf: An excellent balance of electric range and value 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value CES 2019 is right around the corner, taking place from Jan. 8 to 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although primarily a technology exhibition, the world’s largest and most significant tech show is big news for car fans, too. As infotainment, artificial intelligence and autonomous innovation become even greater components of the driving (or mobility) experience, the past decade has seen CES evolve into a hot destination for some of the auto industry’s most important debuts. The 2019 show will feature numerous unveilings from the likes of Audi, Honda, Mercedes-Benz and more, as well as automotive suppliers (such as Bosch) who specifically manufacture the complicated componentry that makes cars more self-aware. In this roundup, we’re sticking to just what the OEMs are debuting. Still, there’s plenty to see as automakers reach for higher tech. If you have to skip the big Vegas show this year, fear not. We’ll be updating this page with all the breaking car technology news we can find, so that you won’t miss a thing.Enlarge ImageDrive-in movie theaters are trying to make a comeback, but Audi’s technological spin on the concept may be the lynchpin that makes drive-ins relevant for the 21st century. Audi AudiAs far as we know, Audi will not be debuting a vehicle at CES 2019. But piecing together the clues we’ve been given so far, along with what we know about the automaker’s Disney collaboration, it should be a memorable CES for the German automaker.Audi is planning on showing off two technologies. One is called the “on-the-road entertainment format,” which is designed to keep you entertained or occupied while the vehicle does the driving. The other is called “Audi Immersive In-Car Entertainment,” which is better suited for when the vehicle is stationary, essentially rendering it a movie theater on wheels. The latter seems more apt for the “Audi Meets Disney” partnership we covered in depth earlier this ImageWhile not designed to replace human workers, this autonomous ATV from Honda could certainly help them. Honda HondaHonda will be showcasing its various robotics technologies at CES 2019. Leading the charge will be the Honda Autonomous Work Vehicle that actually debuted last year at CES under the forgettable “3E-D18” moniker. The automated ATV has already been field-tested with firefighters and solar companies, and Honda will be demonstrating what the rugged bot can do on the CES show floor.Among other innovations, Honda will also display its PATH (Predicting Action of the Human) robot that can navigate through hoards of people without disturbing them. Check out our deeper discussion about Honda’s robotics here.Mercedes-Benz CLA Teaser CES 2019Enlarge ImageHopefully when the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class debuts, it will be more than just an A-Class with less headroom. Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-BenzThe biggest thing hitting the Mercedes-Benz stand is one of the luxury carmaker’s smallest vehicles: the new CLA-Class. Based on the A-Class sedan, which already sports a swoopy roofline, the CLA will carry the coupe-inspired theme a little further. That means a little less rear headroom, but a greater helping of style.With its tech show debut, the new CLA will not disappoint when it comes to managing the zeros and ones. The stylish four-door will show off MBUX — the three-pointed-star’s newest infotainment interface that can be operated with natural language commands a la Siri.CES will also mark the US debut of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, an all-electric SUV built to battle the Audi E-Tron and Jaguar I-Pace. When it eventually hits the road, the EQC should prove a worthy contender with its estimated 240- to 270-mile range, assuming you don’t dig too deep into the 402 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque onboard.Mercedes will also show off its Vision Urbanetic Concept for the first time in the US. The autonomous van looks to be an accurate study of how personal mobility could look in just a few short years. Learn even more about these debuts here. CES 2019 Auto Tech Car Industry More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 47 Photoslast_img read more

Sujoy Ghoshs Badla beats Kahaanis week 1 box office collection mints USD

first_imgBadla box office collectionYouTube ScreenshotThe recently released movie Badla has hooked the nation with it’s intriguing and thrilling content.Sujoy Ghosh’s murder mystery starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, leaves the audience on the edge of the seat. Like Kahani shocked everyone with its brilliant thriller climax, Badla too offers a story full of twists and turns.As Badla completed its week 1 at the box office, the Sujoy Ghosh directorial has surpassed the collection of his last outing Kahaani by raking in Rs 38 crore at the Indian box office. Kahaani had garnered Rs 23.79 crore in its first week.Globally, the film has collected USD 2.45 million (few territories yet to report) in its first week.Post engaging the audience in the lucrative run of Kahani, Badla has been minting moolah at the box office presenting equally captivating, if not more, murder mystery.The crime thriller revolves around Taapsee Pannu’s character Naina who is stuck in a murder case.Playing Badal Gupta, a lawyer to Naina, Amitabh Bachchan has recreated the magic of Pink.Also starring Amrita Singh, Tony Luke and Manav Kaul in supporting roles, Badla has been gauging appreciation for the remarkable performances.Badla is presented by Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Azure Entertainment, Co-produced by Gaurav Verma and produced by Gauri Khan, Sunir Kheterpal and Akshai Puri , the crime thriller is directed by Sujoy Ghosh, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in the lead roles is running successfully in theaters.last_img read more

USDA launches Organic Integrity Learning Center

first_img USDA launches Organic Integrity Learning Center … PRESS RELEASERio Rico, AZ – SunFed, known for providing the highest quality fruit and vegetables, is starting its Mexican onion season in December. Fresh white onions will be available early December with volumes picking up by mid-December.The crop will focus on fresh onions and will be available in Jumbo 50 lb and 25 lb sacks, 40 lb cartons & RPCs. Special orders are not out of the question, 24/2# and 14/3# consumer bags are available as well.Production starts early December in San Luis Potosi and will move to Morelos to finish out the month. January production starts and remains in Tamaulipas until the transition to Texas onions.The onion of choice in classic Mexican cooking is the white onion. They have a clean, fresh, spicy taste and are more tender and thinner skinned than other varieties. Used widely in broth and soups, raw and cooked salsas, grilled with peppers and fajitas, and added to the tops of enchiladas and street tacos for added spice and crunch, white onions are a staple. Sautéing them brings out the natural sugar in the onions, adding a richness to the meal as a yellow onion would.“SunFed continues to grow and add to our product lineup to better meet our customers needs.”, Gretchen explains, “We added onions last year and had a successful season. We are continually looking at new items that will fit our mix, catch the consumers attention, and add to the ring of the register.” You might also be interested in New Defra data shows growth in UK organic producer … November 30 , 2018 Golden Bay Fruit creates “One of a Kind” show … Tropical distributors reduce shrink by 50% with Ha …last_img read more

Motor vehicle registrations fell 28 per cent in 2013

first_imgNew registrations of motor vehicles fell by 28.1 per cent last year compared to 2012 according to the statistical services.The total number of newly registered vehicles in 2013 came to 18,567 in comparison to 25,829 the previous year.The number of privately owned saloon cars that were registered last year fell by 29.6 per cent, reaching 13,679 in total compared to 19,420 in 2012. Of those saloon cars, 6,245 or 45.7 per cent were brand new while 7,422 or 54.3 per cent were second hand cars.Registrations of vans and trucks came to 1,646 in 2013 compared to 2,517 in 2012 which is a decrease of 34.6 per cent.The number of light duty trucks registered fell by 33.7 per cent, reaching 1,380 in 2013 compared to 2,083 in 2012.Heavy-duty truck registrations fell by 31.1 per cent to 206 last year, from 299 the year before.Tow-truck registrations decreased by 55.6 per cent to 60 in 2013 compares to 135 in 2012.According to the statistical services registrations of motorbike over 50cc fell by 21.6 per cent to 207 last year compares to 264 the previous year. The number of registrations of motorbikes under 50cc decreased by 19.2 per cent, reaching 1,675 in 2013 compares to 2,074 in 2012.  You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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