Its in his Blood Shawn Mendes Wins Big at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – Rising superstar Awkwafina electrified the corner of Queen and John Streets in Torontotonight in her broadcast hosting debut at THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS. During the two-hour broadcast, hometown hero Shawn Mendes charmed fans with two stellar performances and four big wins – Artist of the Year, Best Pop Artist or Group, Fan Fave Artist, and Fan Fave Video (“In My Blood”). Toronto’s own Drake added two more IHEARTRADIO MMVAS to his hardware collection for Best Hip Hop Artist or Group and Best Director with Karena Evans for “God’s Plan”, while London, ON-bred DJs Loud Luxury claimed the Song of the Summer Presented by Coca-Cola award for “Body” ft. Brando. Ottawa’s Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, featured on the first season of CTV’s THE LAUNCH, took home Best New Canadian Artist for their hit “Ain’t Easy,” while Brampton’s Alessia Cara locked down Video of the Year for her and Khalid’s collaboration on Logic’s song “1-800-273-8255”.Many performers made their debut on the THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVASstage including bülow, lighting up the audience with glow-in-the-dark LED masks during a performance of “Not A Love Song”; Kris Wu, performing a smoking-hot medley of his hit singles, “18,” “Like That,” and “Deserve”; Canadian indie rock band, The Beaches, who captivated the audience with “T-Shirt”; Halsey, winner tonight of the Artist for Change, stunning viewers at home with animated effects that had flames and butterflies dancing around her; Anne-Marie, performing “2002,” before being joined on-stage by Marshmello to perform their up-beat pop single “FRIENDS,” which helped snag Marshmello an IHEARTRADIO MMVA for Best EDM/Dance Artist or Group; Meghan Trainor rocking a four-song medley of “No Excuses,” “All About That Bass,” “Me Too,” and “Let You Be Right”; and Brett Kissel, making IHEARTRADIO MMVA history as the first country singer to perform on the MMVA stage when he joined Bebe Rexha on smash hit “Meant To Be,” which earned Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line a win for Best Collaboration. Finally, 98 Degrees graced the audience with a classic throwback medley of their top hits as they returned to THE IHEARTRADIO MMVA stage after nearly a decade.The show hit big in the Twitterverse today with 1.3 million mentions, reaching more than 1.5 billion worldwide, and with #iHeartRadioMMVAs holding the top trend in Canada during the broadcast. Host Awkwafina summed up her boisterous turn as host by tweeting a photo of one of the night’s best moments: Shawn Mendes accepting an award on behalf of Marshmello – helmet and all! Marshmello also tweeted about the moment, joking that the two were now a duo. In the weeks leading up to the show, fans turned out to vote for their favourites with more than 46 million votes cast across six Fan Fave categories online and on social. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook The IHEARTRADIO MMVA hardware was handed out by star-studded celebrities including, Alexandra Shipp,  Ashlee Simpson-Ross and Evan Ross,Chrissy Metz, Colton Haynes, Craig McMorris, Derek Hough, Francesco Yates,Gus Kenworthy, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Jus Reign, Kristin Cavallari, Madison Beer, New City, Prince Michael Jackson, Scott Helman, Sofi Tukker, Sonequa Martin-Green, The Reklaws, Tyler Shaw, and Tyra Banks.IHEARTRADIO MMVA AftermathThe two-hour music extravaganza, which aired live on CTV, Much, MTV, and YouTube, encores tomorrow, Monday, August 27 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET and Friday, August 31 at 10 p.m. on Much.ETALK recaps all of the red carpet arrivals and delivers exclusive backstage interviews tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on CTV.The entire two-hour broadcast, as well as THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVA RED CARPET, is available now at 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS joins CraveTV’s music collection on Friday, August 31.And the winners are…iHeartRadio MMVA Artist for ChangeHalseyBest Rock/Alternative Artist or GroupImagine DragonsBest Pop Artist or GroupShawn MendesBest EDM/Dance Artist or GroupMarshmelloBest Hip Hop Artist or GroupDrakeBest DirectorDrake – “God’s Plan”Director: Karena EvansVideo of the YearLogic ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”Single of the YearEd Sheeran – “Perfect”Artist of the YearShawn MendesSong of the Summer Presented by Coca-ColaLoud Luxury ft. Brando – “Body”Best CollaborationBebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – “Meant To Be”Best New Canadian Artist or GroupElijah Woods x Jamie FineFan Fave ArtistShawn MendesFan Fave Duo or GroupBTSFan Fave VideoShawn Mendes – “In My Blood”Fan Fave SingleSelena Gomez ft. Marshmello – ‘Wolves’Fan Fave New ArtistKris WuFan Fave Much CreatorTheDanocracy – Dan RodoOfficial partners of THE 2018 IHEARTRADIO MMVAS are: Coca-Cola®, Nintendo of Canada Ltd., and Virgin Mobile Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Despite NAFTA jitters Canada launches trade broadside against US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prepare for a tense moment in Canada-U.S. relations — with hard bargaining on NAFTA on the horizon prompting nervous glances at Donald Trump to see whether he cancels the agreement, now compounded by a bitter, wide-ranging trade dispute.Canada launched a broad attack against American trade practices in an international complaint about the superpower’s use of punitive duties, eliciting a caustic counter-swipe from the Trump administration when the document was made public Wednesday.”(This is an) ill-advised attack,” U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer said. “Canada’s claims are unfounded and could only lower U.S. confidence that Canada is committed to mutually beneficial trade.”Two weeks from now, the unstated backdrop to the dispute will be squarely in the foreground.The countries will gather in Montreal for a high-stakes round of NAFTA negotiations, with no additional talks scheduled beyond March. Canadian officials say they know full well that Trump could invoke NAFTA’s withdrawal clause during this January-March period.What would happen then? For starters, the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso would take a quick plunge, just as they did Wednesday after news reports emerged saying the Canadian government is more convinced than ever that Trump is poised to invoke NAFTA’s withdrawal clause, perhaps around the time of the talks in Montreal Jan. 23-28.Two Canadian government sources insist that’s not true. Rather, they say there are different points of view within the Canadian government about whether Trump will pull the plug — as he’s repeatedly threatened to do — and, if so, when.One official said the current uncertainty could last several months, or even longer: even if Trump issues a withdrawal notice, the agreement provides six months before a country can actually leave. Some U.S. observers also predict court fights over whether a president can abandon a trade deal without congressional approval.Speaking of court fights, more are on the way.Canada has launched a World Trade Organization complaint about the U.S. system for imposing punitive duties, alleging that they violate international law.The complaint was launched in December but made public Wednesday — the very day, coincidentally, that the U.S. announced its latest trade action against Canada. The U.S. is imposing duties of up to nine per cent on Canadian paper, following similar penalties against Bombardier and softwood lumber, over what the U.S. alleges to be unfair Canadian trade practices.Canada is now arguing that the entire American process for imposing anti-dumping and countervailing duties violates global trade rules. It cites five reasons, saying the U.S. levies penalties beyond what’s allowed by the WTO, improperly calculates rates, unfairly declares penalties retroactive, limits evidence from outside parties, and has a tilted voting system in domestic trade panels that, in the case of a 3-3 tie, awards the win to American companies.The complaint holds global consequences. Canada cited 122 cases where the U.S. unfairly imposed duties on foreign countries, not just Canada.”It’s (saying), ‘The entire way in which the U.S. — you — are conducting your anti-dumping, countervailing procedures, is wrong,”’ said Chad Bown, a trade expert at Washington’s Peterson Institute and host of the podcast ”Trade Talks.””This is effectively Canada bringing a dispute on behalf of all exporters in the world — the Europeans, Japan, China — because they’re making a systemic challenge.”Some critics questioned the timing.Edward Alden of the Council on Foreign Relations called it a precarious moment for NAFTA and the global trading system, both of which are under threats and criticism from Trump: “Canada has just detonated a bomb under both.”Canada-U.S. trade lawyer Mark Warner said Canada is well within its rights to take action on complaints that may have merit. But he questioned the strategic logic of antagonizing the Trump administration on the cusp of the potentially pivotal Montreal talks when it’s already unhappy with both NAFTA and the WTO.“This isn’t going to calm passions in Montreal,” Warner said.Indeed, the Trump administration wasted no time expressing its displeasure. In a statement, Lighthizer not only criticized the move but said it was self-defeating for Canada, too, since if it succeeds, low-cost producers could start dumping product onto the U.S. market, squeezing out Canadian competition.“The flood of imports from China and other countries would negatively impact billions of dollars in Canadian exports to the United States, including nearly US$9 billion in exports of steel and aluminum products and more than $2.5 billion in exports of wood and paper,” he said.“Canada’s complaint is bad for Canada.”Bown was less critical.The smaller northern neighbour could be making a point about NAFTA, he said: that if Canada loses free trade, and its dispute-settlement bodies, it will use international means to fight its battles.last_img read more

UN lacks more than 70 per cent of funds sought to aid

Only 27 per cent of the funds needed to support relief efforts in Central and East Africa have been donated, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.The Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) was launched in November to raise almost $5.3 million to respond to crises in seven African countries: Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.As of 1 April, contributions to the appeal stood at just over $1.4 million for support to a region which has some of the greatest humanitarian needs in the world, according to OCHA.The Office noted that only 2 per cent – or $3.9 million – of the more than $225 million required for Uganda is available. By contrast, the appeal for Chad has received almost $134 million or 35 per cent of the nearly $387 million it requires, the highest of the seven countries. The overall aid bill for 2009 is expected to go way beyond the $7 billion requested for all humanitarian crises around the world, since the CAP does not include the so-called “flash appeals” which are launched throughout the year to meet the needs of new emergencies. 15 May 2009Only 27 per cent of the funds needed to support relief efforts in Central and East Africa have been donated, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 74.36 points to 15,463.96.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 38.39 points to 22,374.20.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 3.52 points to 2,504.72.The Nasdaq composite index was down 12.54 points to 6,443.50.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.06 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 81.48 cents US.

Sri Lankans can now apply for UK visit visas online

Following the successful launch of Access UK in China in June 2014, UKVI is rolling it out globally to customers applying for visit visas.Access UK is available at However the Visa4UK website will continue to be available for visitors and for applicants applying for visas on other routes.Plans are underway to launch the form in Hindi, Tamil, Gujarati, Sinhalese and Bengali to make it easier for customers to apply, however answers will need to be provided in English. (Colombo Gazette) “The new form, known as Access UK, successfully launched in China in 2014 and received excellent feedback from customers. We have further refined it and are now rolling it out globally. We look forward to hearing further feedback on the form, and hope that it will encourage more customers from Sri Lanka to visit the UK.” UK Visas and Immigration Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia, Nick Crouch said the UK remains committed to improving the visa service for customers and making it quicker and easier for customers to apply for UK visas. The British High Commission in Colombo today announced that customers in Sri Lanka will now be able to apply for their UK visit visas, more easily thanks to a new online application form.The new form, called Access UK, offers customers a number of benefits including a shorter form, with questions ordered logically, a mobile friendly format and the ability to download a pre-populated Schengen visa form. The form will also be available in more local languages making it easier for more customers to understand the visa format. British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said the strong relationship between the UK and Sri Lanka is built on people to people links, including through business relationships and cultural exchange.“The UK welcomes genuine visa applications and the new Access UK form will make the process of applying for a business or tourist visa quicker and easier.” read more

Loonie slightly lower as Korean free trade pact inked oil and copper

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed little changed Tuesday as Canada and South Korea signed a free-trade agreement after a decade of talks while the U.S. greenback lost ground against most other major currencies during the session.The commodity-sensitive loonie inched 0.01 of a cent lower to 90.07 cents US amid falling oil and copper prices.Prime Minister Stephen Harper is calling the pact with South Korea a major boost for Canadian exporters looking to establish themselves in the Asian market.Once enforced, it will eliminate virtually all tariffs between the countries, with Korea cutting 81.9 per cent of all duties on the first day the deal comes into effect, and Canada removing 76.4 per cent of levies.Some tariffs, particularly in agriculture, will take more than a dozen years be fully phased out.Meanwhile, oil and copper continued to lose ground amid concerns about Chinese growth as data released over the weekend showed that exports of the world’s second-biggest economy fell by an unexpectedly large 18 per cent in February. The country’s official 2014 economic growth target of 7.5 per cent assumes trade also will grow by 7.5 per cent.Copper prices headed lower for a third day as a result of the data, with the metal widely viewed as a proxy for the global economy sitting at a multi-year low. On Tuesday, the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down another eight cents at US$2.95 a pound, its lowest close since June 2010, after shedding six per cent over the previous two sessions.Oil prices also suffered from the Chinese data and on Tuesday the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was down a further $1.09 to US$100.03 a barrel.Gold prices were on the upswing with April bullion ahead $5.20 to US$1,346.70 an ounce. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollars (loonies) are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 11, 2014 6:36 am MDT Loonie slightly lower as Korean free trade pact inked, oil and copper drop read more

Trade wars and protectionism threaten global shipping warns UN agency

“Escalating trade frictions may lead to a trade war that could derail recovery, reshape global maritime trade patterns and dampen the outlook,” the report’s authors say.Other factors driving uncertainty include the global energy transition, highlighted by slowing crude oil shipments from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).This has been partly offset by near double-digit growth in shipments of natural liquefied gas – to nearly 300 million tonnes – in 2017 – with Asia driving demand.  The warning from UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, follows a “healthy” four per cent increase in global seaborne commerce in 2017.“While the prospects for seaborne trade are positive, these are threatened by the outbreak of trade wars and increased inward-looking policies,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said. “Escalating protectionism and tit-for-tat tariff battles will potentially disrupt the global trading system which underpins demand for maritime transport.”According to the Review of Maritime Transport 2018, 10.7 billion tonnes of goods were transported last year and nearly half were dry bulk commodities. These include iron ore bound for China, which is described as the “main factor” in recent global shipping growth.This positive trend is forecast to continue at a rate of 3.8 per cent by volume, until 2023, the UNCTAD report says.Escalating trade frictions may lead to a trade war that could derail recovery – UNCTADThis is above the 3.5 per cent average recorded between 2005 and 2017 and it is likely to be driven by the transport of dry bulk commodities at the expense of tanker transportation. The share of overall volumes being carried by tankers (oil and other fluids) has dropped from more than 50 per cent in 1970, to less than 33 per cent in 2017.Overshadowing this positive outlook are concerns about trade tensions between China and the United States – the world’s two largest economies – and to a lesser extent, uncertainty in commercial relations between Canada, Mexico, the US and the European Union.  UNCTAD/Jan HoffmannFreight ship off the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. Among the report’s other findings, is the confirmation that developing countries – which supply most workers in the sector – continue to account for most seaborne trade, both in terms of imports and exports.In total, they accounted for around 60 per cent of total trade last year.By contrast, developed countries saw their share of goods unloaded and loaded, go down, with both representing around one-third of the total.One of the key drivers of change in seaborne trade has been restructuring by major shipping companies, which have seen “unabated” mergers and acquisitions.According to the report, by June this year, the top 10 shipping lines accounted for more than 70 per cent of all seaborne trade, while just three alliances control 93 per cent of capacity, on the three major East-West container routes.“Growing consolidation can reinforce market power, potentially leading to decreased supply and service quality, and higher prices,” the report notes.Some of these negative outcomes may already be in effect, it says, citing a decrease in the number of operators in several Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and structurally-weak developing countries. read more

Sex robots on way for elderly and lonelybut pleasurebots have a dark

first_imgThe report found that up to two thirds of men and about 30 per cent of women were in favour of using sex robots, which currently cost between £4,000 and £12,000 and can be customised by sex, height, hair colour, eye colour and even personality.Companies are also starting to incorporate artificial intelligence so robots can communicate and respond to human emotions.Doll brothels already operate in South Korea, Japan and Spain, while the first robotic oral sex coffee shop opened in Paddington, west London, last year.The report said that as robotics, telecommunications and virtual reality merged, sex dolls could be created which was silicon replica of a long-distance partner, so that couples could have virtual sex and even speak to each other through the doll’s mouth. But the authors warned that the march of sex robots raised serious moral and ethical questions which needed to be addressed. They warned that users could become socially isolated or even addicted to the machines which could never replace real human contact.“It’s very sad because it’s going to be a one way relationship,” said Prof Sharkey.“If people bond with robots it’s very worrying. You are loving an artefact that can’t love you back, and the best they can do is fake it.”The report also warned of a ‘darker’ side to the industry in which companies were programming ‘shy’ or ‘reluctant’ personalities into their dolls so that users could feel they were forcing the robots to have sex. TrueCompanion’s robot Roxxxy Gold, for example, can be set to ‘Frigid Farah.’Japanese sex doll manufacturer Trottla has also started selling underage schoolgirl dolls for paedophiles. The company was created by a self-confessed paedophile Shin Takagi who claims he has never harmed a child because he uses the doll.Although some experts claim such robots could prevent the rape of women, or the abuse of children, the report warns that it could exacerbate the problem.Philosophy Professor and robot ethicist Patrick Lin of California Polytechnic said: “Treating paedophiles with robot sex-children is both a dubious and repulsive idea.“Imagine treating racism by letting a bigot abuse a brown robot. Would that work? Probably not. The ethics of sex robots goes beyond whether anyone is physically harmed.”The authors said it may be necessary to criminalise ‘robotic rape’ and to build in ‘handled roughly’ sensors like those used in pinball machines to prevent users developing violent sexual tendencies. And they called for a complete ban on child sex dolls.Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor of ethics at the University of Delft, and co founder of the FRR, said: “There isn’t a conversation happening in the general public about what is acceptable, permissible and what should be promoted.“This is a preliminary step to engage policymakers, academics, the tech industry and the general public.”The consultation report is on the FRR website where people are invited to comment on its findings. The panel hopes to make final recommendations next year.The Foundation for Responsible Robotics operates from the Hague Institute for Global Justice at the Hague and run consultations on all areas of robotics. It has 200 members including some of the world’s most eminent robotics academics. Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines adjusts the head of his company’s “True Companion” sex robot, RoxxxyCredit:AFP/Getty Images Imagine treating racism by letting a bigot abuse a brown robot. Would that work? Probably notPatrick Lin, Philosophy professor and robot ethicist Noel Sharkey, Emeritus Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sheffield, and co-founder of the FRR, said it was time for the government and the public to decide whether to regulate pleasure-bots.“I can tell you that robots are certainly coming,” he said at the launch of the new consultation report in central London.“The concern is that this is going on nobody is talking about it. People snigger about them, but they are actually shipping quite a lot and we are going to see them a lot more. “They are being proposed for the elderly in care homes, which I think is controversial. If you have severe Alzheimer’s you can’t really tell the difference.“We need to think about as a society what we want to do about it.” Gemma Chan in Humans  Engineer-inventor Douglas Hines adjusts the head of his company's "True Companion" sex robot, Roxxxy Gemma Chan in Humans Credit:Channel 4 Sex robots could soon be used to keep the elderly company in care homes and help couples enjoy long distances sexual relationships, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics (FRR) has said. There are currently four manufacturers making life-like robotic dolls worldwide, but experts predict that in coming decades they could become widespread, used not just as a fetish, but for sexual therapy and as companions for lonely, disabled or older people.last_img read more

Mens EHF CL Round 6 Easy job for THW Kiel in Belgrade

German vice-champion, THW Kiel celebrated an easy win in Serbian capital, Belgrade, where home-team Partizan 35:24 (19:10) wasn’t on the level from their first match last Weekend in “Sparkasse Arena”, when Serbian team won first half. From the very beginning, THW Kiel was better oponnent and easily break resistance of young Belgrade’s team. Filip Jicha had fantastic evening, scored 11 goals from 16 shoots.PARTIZAN – THW Kiel 24:35 (10:19)BelgradeHall „Pionir“Spectators– 1800Reffeeres: Lemanovic i Baranovski (Poljska)7 meter: 4(3)   4(3)Exclusions: 4 min / 4 minHC PARTIZAN: Vasić sedam odbrana i sedmerac, Milošević 3/4, Ilić V 2(1)/4, Mandić 3/9, Radanović, Dimitrijević 4/12, Maksić 3/8, Milić sedam odbrana, Radivojević 1(1)/3, Babić, Ilić, Milinić 2/3, Kostadinović 2/2, Mešter 2/5, Marsenić, Potić 2(1)/3THW Kiel: Omejer 13 odbrana i sedmerac, Anderson 3/7, Lundstrom 1/1, Dragićević 1/2, Šprenger 2/3, Palička dve odbrane, Alm, Kubeš, Rajhman 5/8, Cajc 1/3, Palmarson 1/3, Narcis 1/1, Ilić 6/10, Klajn 3/4, Jiha 11/16Results: 1:5 (8.) 3:7 (13.) 5:10 (15.) 8:11 (18.) 10:13 (22.) 10:19 (30.) 12:23 (36.) 16:23 (41.) 17:25 (43.) 17:29 (47.) 20:30 (50.) 24:35 (59.)Best Player: Filip Jiha EHF Champions LeagueHC PartizanTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Polish League (Round 12): Poor Wisla lose in Olsztyn! Next Story → Gyori appoint new coach – Karl Erik Bohn read more

These chocolate Santas are being recalled because they may have plastic in

first_img Short URL Image: FSAI Image: FSAI Share25 Tweet Email CHOCOLATE SANTAS MADE by Thorntons are being recalled.The recall of the products comes amid fears there may be plastic pieces in some units. The recall affects all batches and best before dates of the products, which originated in the UK.It applies to the 200g size of the chocolate Santa. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland says that recall notices will be displayed in stores that were supplied with the implicated product.A company statement says:“Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products are advised not to consume them but instead to return them for an alternative product or full refund to any Thorntons store.”Read: By a whisker!: After 51-51 tie, Ceann Comhairle votes with government to defeat Anti-Evictions Bill 16,853 Views By Paul Hosford Jan 19th 2017, 5:41 PM These chocolate Santas are being recalled because they may have plastic in them It applies to the 200g size of the chocolate Santa. Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 5:41 PM 21 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Andy Lee earns unanimous decision with workmanlike display on comeback in New

first_img Short URL Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 12:53 AM 24,868 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ciarán Gallagher reports from Madison Square Garden, New YorkANDY LEE HAS won his 39th professional bout against Alabama middleweight KeAndrae Leatherwood at Madison Square Garden.Less than 24 hours after Michael Conlan made a victorious debut at the same venue’s Theater arena, Limerick native Lee claimed a unanimous points win after a cagey and fairly unexciting fight in New York.In a middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds, Lee and Leatherwood clashed on the undercard of world middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s title defence against Danny Jacobs.Lee had originally been installed on the card as a potential back-up opponent for Golovkin should Jacobs be forced to pull out due to injury.However, the 32-year-old fought in his scheduled bout, taking to the ring for the first time since his December 2015 WBO world title loss to England’s Billy Joe Saunders.The early rounds were tentative with Lee pawing with his jab at his 28-year-old opponent.A short right hand from Leatherwood two minutes into the second round was the first significant punch of the fight before the American landed a similar shot on Lee’s chin just before the bell. A shot of the ring during last night’s bout. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHOThe middle rounds were also cagey affairs with a restless crowd calling for more action, although Lee remained patient despite anxious encouragement from some fans.The Limerick man put together a quality combination midway through round six, forcing Leatherwood to the ropes at one stage, while he maintained that momentum into the seventh.It was by no means a poor performance from the Irishman, but it was certainly not overly impressive.However, after being out of the ring for 16 months, Lee will surely be happy to have shaken off some rust. This reporter scored the bout 78-76 in the Limerick man’s favour.The judges called the fight as unanimous points decision, 80-72, 78-74 and 79-73, for the 32-year-old Castleconnell native.Lee’s record improves to 35-3-1, while Leatherwood – who proved to be a fairly tricky opponent for the Irishman – is now 19-4-1.Impressive wins for Duffy and Nelson at UFC Fight Night in London Andy Lee earns unanimous decision with workmanlike display on comeback in New York The Limerick man got the job done at Madison Square Garden. Share Tweet Email5 center_img Lee and Leatherwood. Image: Tom Hogan/INPHO By Ciarán Gallagher Mar 19th 2017, 12:53 AM Lee and Leatherwood. Image: Tom Hogan/INPHO 15 Comments last_img read more

Enda Kenny named as adviser with Diasporafocused Dublin investment fund

first_img 64 Comments Kenny was Taoiseach between 2011-2016. Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:27 AM By Rónán Duffy Short URL Kenny was Taoiseach between 2011-2016. Image: PA Images Image: PA Images led Ireland through the global financial crisis and played a leading role in promoting the country’s attractiveness to foreign investment during this very difficult period.“The Global Advisory Council comprises leading members of the Irish Diaspora, entrepreneurs, business people, philanthropists and sophisticated investors,” it adds.McLaughlin is a past president of the worldwide Ireland Funds and Foy is chairman of the Ireland Funds in Ireland.The Ireland Funds is a philanthropic organisation and network that links business people and members of the Diaspora as part of efforts to support causes in Ireland.The Irish Times reported this morning that McLaughlin informed friends in an email that Kenny’s involvement with the investment fund is his first appointment since leaving the office of Taoiseach.The VentureWave Capital website says the company is engaged in “Impact Investing” and describes this as “profit with purpose and capital with conscience”.“VentureWave Capital is proud to launch an Impact Investment fund for Irish investors and members of the Diaspora seeking a competitive financial return that also delivers a significant benefit to Irish society,” the website states.VentureWave capital is registered as an Alternative Investment Fund Manager with the Central Bank of Ireland and is headquartered near Government Buildings on Merrion Street. Enda Kenny named as adviser with Diaspora-focused Dublin investment fund The fund says it seeks to invest capital in a way that benefits Irish society. ENDA KENNY HAS been named as an adviser for a Dublin-based investment fund that is focused on investing capital from members of the Irish Diaspora.The former Taoiseach is named as chair of the Global Advisory Council within VentureWave Capital.The company’s website lists Kenny alongside CEO Kieran McLaughlin and chairman Alan Foy, both of whom have strong businesses links in the Irish-American community.On Kenny’s involvement in the company, VentureWave Capital lists Kenny as a former Taoiseach and says he: Share769 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 11th 2019, 8:27 AM 18,135 Views last_img read more

Vancouver Public Schools board candidate will campaign

first_imgShantel Okorie, a Clark College student who filed for election to the Vancouver Public Schools board, is actively seeking election to the position after previously telling The Columbian she had decided not to campaign.In her voters’ pamphlet statement, Okorie touts her experience as a former student of the district.“I may not have the same experience as some of the other people running but my experience brings something new to the table, and there is no change without change,” she wrote in her voters’ pamphlet statement.She is challenging political newcomer Anthony Licerio and incumbent Mark Stoker for the seat.The primary election is Aug. 1.last_img

Annual Walk Knock food drive Saturday

first_imgInterService Walk & Knock Food DriveWhat: Clark County’s biggest all-volunteer, single-day food drive.When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.Where: Throughout the county. Put donations out at your doorstep by 9 a.m.Donations: Nonperishable items such as canned meats and fish, canned or boxed meals (soup, chili, macaroni and cheese), canned or dried beans and peas, pasta, cereals, rice, canned fruits and juices, canned vegetables, baking mixes and cooking oils.Volunteering and information: Call 877-995-6625 or go to donate money: Send a check made payable to Interservice Walk & Knock, P.O. Box 353, Vancouver, WA 98666.Clark County Food Bank grand openingWhat: Official opening of the county’s first food bank building.When: 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; ribbon-cutting and remarks from County Commissioner Marc Boldt at 1 p.m.Where: 6502 N.E. 47th Ave.The first Saturday in December is always a special occasion for the folks who operate the Clark County Food Bank. That’s because the first Saturday in December is the annual Interservice Walk & Knock, the massive homegrown food drive that helps stock local food pantry shelves and feed hungry people for months.This year’s Walk & Knock is more remarkable than usual, because it’s the first time all that donated food will be unpacked, stored, organized and shipped out again at a new $4.2 million facility. That’s the Clark County Food Bank’s new headquarters, a warehouse and distribution center with offices and meeting space in a Minnehaha industrial park.At 22,000 square feet, the new building is a serious step up from the 8,000 feet of leased space in Hazel Dell that the food bank has long struggled to squeeze inside.“This will be the first lot of food to move through our facility,” said spokesman Monty Zach. “We’re going to hold off for one day on distributing it so, on Tuesday when we have our grand opening, the entire Walk & Knock bounty is on display.”last_img read more

Government consults on simplifying autoenrolment process

first_imgThe government has launched a consultation to gain views on its proposals to simplify the administration process of auto-enrolment.The draft regulations aim to reduce the burden on employers and ensure that those who benefit most from saving into a pension will continue to be auto-enrolled without unintended consequences for individual savers.The proposed measures aim to set out a simpler process for employers to bring their staging date forward, a simpler process for re-declaration of compliance, and further exceptions to employers’ duties in certain circumstances.The consultation, which will run until 16 February 2016, seeks the views of employee benefits consultants, employers, pension industry professionals, pension scheme administrators and payroll administrators.The government will publish the results of the consultation and any changes to regulations in March 2016. The changes would come into effect in April 2016.Tom Barton, pensions partner at Pinsent Masons, said: “Auto-enrolment is all about making sure (generally) lower earners save for retirement, look after their needs and thus relieve the future strain on the public purse. The principle is simple; the practice is not.“The general thrust of the proposed new technical changes is to take some of the pain away of compliance, for employers generally and micro employers in particular.“Ideally a simpler regime would be even simpler than that set out in the draft regulations. For example, it is proposed that directors and LLP partners can be excluded from auto-enrolment but retain a right to opt-in. Why? These sorts of individuals are generally in a position to have a sensible conversation about pensions, or make their own provision privately.“It also doesn’t address the big problem for employers, [which is] trying to align payroll reality to legislative requirements. Compliance is not easy. It should be easier to live with embedded process and procedure that poses no threat at all to policy objectives.”last_img read more

Amazon LinkedIn Adidas and Twitter to deliver keynotes at Employee Benefits Live

first_imgTechnology and e-commerce giant Amazon, global news, social and networking sites Twitter and LinkedIn, and multinational clothing brand Adidas have been announced as the four keynote speakers at Employee Benefits Live 2019.Europe’s largest dedicated reward and benefits event will take place for the 21st year on 1 and 2 October 2019, at the ExCeL London.Opening and closing both days of Employee Benefits Live 2019 will be a series of keynote speeches from leading figures at four major organisations: Bruce Daisley, vice president, EMEA at Twitter; Ben Farmer, head of HR, UK corporate at Amazon; Katherine Gilbert, director, compensation and benefits EMEA and Latin America at LinkedIn; and Tony Cooke, vice president, HR region west, at Adidas.Employee Benefits Live’s keynote speakers will address fundamental issues facing employers and HR professionals today, providing insights into the practicalities and successes of people strategy at major organisations.Throughout the rest of the two-day exhibition and conference, HR, reward and benefits professionals will be able to explore the latest developments, products and innovations in the industry, as well as gain insights into key trends from an extensive programme of speakers, to be announced later this year.Employee Benefits Live 2019 will also provide delegates with the opportunity to network and discuss key topics with industry experts and peers.For more information and to register for free.last_img read more

Amid liquidity crisis ILFS chairman received 144 salary hike in FY18

first_imgA bird flies next to the logo of IL&FS (Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Ltd.) installed on the facade of a building at its headquarters in Mumbai, India, September 25, 2018.REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File photoFinancially troubled Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) has got a new board of directors which will oversee its further operations.Last week, the Centre sacked the entire board amid allegations of mismanagement and misgovernance on the IL&FS board. One of the major allegation levelled by the government was that “the company continued to pay dividends and huge managerial pay-outs regardless of looming liquidity crisis”. The top management of the company drew hefty paychecks at the time when the company was facing a liquidity crunch.Business Today reported that the annual report of the company for the fiscal year 2017-18 shows that the average percentage increase in the managerial compensation was 66 percent. In contrast, the average percentage hike in the remuneration of employees other than managerial personnel during the same period was mere 4.44 percent. These data clearly show that the salary was concentrated only at the top management.The chairman of the company, Ravi Parthasarathy got a whopping hike of 144 percent in his compensation last year, while Hari Sankaran who is the vice-chairman and managing director, got a meager 3.86 percent hike.Arun K Saha, the Joint Managing Director & CEO received a 10.43 percent raise. For the financial year 2017-18, Parthasarathy’s annual salary stood around Rs. 26.3 crores and Sankaran drew a salary of Rs. 7.7 crore annually.In the last fiscal, Parthasarathy and Sankaran had taken a salary cut of 2 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively. Comparatively, the hike in remunerations of the employees apart from the managers in this period was 1.76 percent and the average percentage increase in the managerial salary was 0.22 percent.On the dividend side, the company continued to give high dividends at the time when it was struggling to ensure an interrupted flow of equity in the company. In a meeting held on August 29 this year, the board had announced a final dividend of 10 percent on the paid up equity share capital of the company for 2017-18. For the previous year, it had recommended a dividend of 42.5 percent.last_img read more

Khaleda bail plea hearing at SC on 1 Oct

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoThe Supreme Court on Thursday fixed 1 October for hearing two petitions filed by the government, challenging bail for BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia.The government’s petition sought stay on the High Court order that granted bail to Khaleda Zia, a former prinme minister, in two defamation cases filed in Dhaka and Narail, reports UNB.The full bench of the apex court will hear the petitions, said deputy attorney general Kamrul Ahsan Khan Aslam.After hearing the petitions, chamber judge of the Appellate Division justice Hasan Foez Siddique sent the petitions to the full bench for their hearing on 1 October.On 19 August, the government filed two petitions seeking stay on the HC orders that granted bail to Khaleda in the defamation case of Narail on 13 August and that of Dhaka on 14 August.On 21 December 2015, Khaleda Zia at a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh raised questions about the actual number of Liberation War martyrs, saying, “There’re controversies over how many were martyred in the liberation war. There’re also many books and documents on the controversies.”Reacting to Khaleda’s remarks, Raihan Farooque Imam of Naragati filed a case with the Cognisance Court on 24 December 2015, in Narail.Besides, president of pro-Awami League organisation Jananetri Parishad AB Siddique filed another defamation case against Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court on 5 January 2016.last_img read more

LiveXLive Names AOL and MTV Vet Dermot McCormack President

first_img ×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 McCormack previously oversaw the interactive and broadband divisions as the Senior Vice President of New Media and Digital Product at Cablevision, and began his digital media career as one of the earliest employees of“Dermot’s vision will propel LiveXLive as we continue to evolve.  He is an accomplished leader with expertise that extends from content development to technology, growth strategies and monetization,” said Robert Ellin, Chairman and CEO of LiveXLive.  “He is also a true music fan who thoroughly understands the power of the LiveXLive platform.”“Music has always been a personal passion for me and bringing fans new ways to consume music has been a highlight of my career,” McCormack said. “From streaming the greatest music festivals in the world, to serving engaging original content to an ever-expanding subscriber base, LiveXLive provides an amazing opportunity to reimagine how people experience live music, discover new artists, and engage in music as a lifestyle.” Live entertainment digital media company LiveXLive Media today announced that AOL and MTV veteran Dermot McCormack has been named president of the company. According to the announcement, McCormack will lead the business and creative operations of LiveXLive, effective immediately.McCormack previously served as AOL’s Global President of Video and Studios, where he oversaw the video business and developed episodic programming including James Franco’s “Making A Scene” and Steve Buscemi’s Emmy Award-winning “Park Bench.” He also played a key role in the company’s sale to Verizon.Prior to his tenure at AOL, McCormack was EVP of Digital Media for Viacom’s Music Group. While at Viacom, McCormack created the O Music Awards, a multiple Webby Award honoree, and developed Artist.MTV, a platform for artists to create and manage their online presence.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

New charging method could greatly reduce battery recharge time

first_img Explore further © 2010 Citation: New charging method could greatly reduce battery recharge time (2010, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This figure shows the fraction of non-intercalated lithium ions per time, with the different colors representing different amplitudes of the applied oscillating field (A = 5 kCal/mol). The denominator in the exponential is the average intercalation time in nanoseconds, showing that a larger amplitude field speeds up ion intercalation. Credit: Hamad, et al. Increasing Electric Car Battery Performance More information: Ibrahim Abou Hamad, M. A. Novotny, D. Wipf, and P. A. Rikvold. “A new battery-charging method suggested by molecular dynamics simulations.” Available at Doi: 10.1039/b920970k.via: Technology Review ( — Part of the headache of having to constantly recharge batteries is not just how often they need to be charged, but also the time it takes to charge them. In a new study, researchers have proposed a charging method that could greatly reduce the charging time of lithium-ion batteries, which are used in everything from electronic devices to electric vehicles. The new method uses an additional oscillating electric field (besides the charging field) that should be capable of charging a lithium-ion battery in a fraction of the time compared with traditional methods. Researchers Ibrahim Abou Hamad from Mississippi State University and coauthors have developed the new charging method thanks to revolutionary developments in molecular dynamics simulations. In their study, the researchers simulated the lithium-ion battery-charging process by simulating the intercalation (i.e. “insertion”) of lithium ions into the battery’s graphite anode. Although intercalation is just one part of the charging process (along with diffusion), it dominates the charging time.In the charging process, lithium ions first diffuse within the battery’s electrolyte until they reach the graphite anode. At this interface, ions must overcome an energy barrier in order to be intercalated into the anode. In their simulations, Hamad and his team found that an additional oscillating electric field can lower this energy barrier, enabling lithium ions to intercalate more quickly into the anode. The oscillating field also increases the diffusion rate, which helps further reduce the overall charging time, albeit to a lesser extent.Specifically, when the scientists applied an oscillating square-wave field with a frequency of 25 GHz and an amplitude of 5 kCal/mol to the graphite sheets in the anode, the lithium ions intercalated into the graphite sheets within an average time of about 50 nanoseconds. By changing the amplitude of the oscillating wave, the researchers found that they could further improve charging time by lowering the energy barrier and speeding up intercalation. Their simulations showed that the dependence of the intercalation time on the amplitude is exponential, meaning that a small increase in amplitude leads to a large increase the intercalation speed, which offers the potential for very fast charging times. In the future, the researchers plan to further investigate the new method, including analyzing how changing the frequency of the oscillating field effects the charging time. They noted that the new method might provide an increase in battery power densities, as well. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more