20 hours agoWoodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fans

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Woodward’s suddenly talking: Why it’s good for Man Utd & fansby Chris Beattie20 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: The timing couldn’t have been worse. He’d set himself up for a right hammering. Mockery. Scorn. Take your pick. This decision from Ed Woodward to go public for the first time in his six years in charge at Manchester United was, ahem, courageous…But in the end fortune, inevitably, favoured the brave. That interview with the United We Stand fanzine. Just weeks after a lengthy and open address to shareholders. It was no PR job. If it had been, the publishing and roll out of it would not have happened over the past week. And thanks to a strong performance from the players against runaway leaders Liverpool on Sunday, there was little room for the cynics to pore over and twist Woodward’s words into another never before considered reason why United are in the state that it is.Of course a thumping at home – and to the club’s most bitter of rivals – could’ve led to a very different reaction. But it can be argued the backlash would not have been as bad as anything that flashed across Woodward’s mind.So the message to United’s vice-chairman exec should be: more of the same please. As mentioned, Woodward has said more publicly in the past month than the support have heard from him for the past six years. And the club, the fans and their relationship are better for it. After Woodward’s conference with United shareholders last month, this column encouraged him to speak more publicly. Our idea was a regular spot on the club’s in-house TV channel. But he went one better.Bypassing the media. Ducking their filter. Woodward went straight to the most valuable stakeholders of them all. And reading through the interview, it appears next to nothing was off limits.And the result is – or at least should be – a far happier supporter base and a less tense atmosphere around the club. Woodward did go into detail – deep detail – on various topics: the overhaul of the scouting team, the position of the Glazers, even the three-year scouting process of Daniel James. And fans should be examining everything carefully. Woodward was effectively giving you the blueprint of what United are now working from.Mistakes had been made. Problems had been allowed to grow, “…recruitment wasn’t at its best in recent years”. But a line’s now been drawn. The plan has been drawn up and put into action. The gist of it being, as this column’s sources have insisted since Christmas, United are going back to their roots. Their traditions.Discussing the prototype of today’s Manchester United signing, Woodward echoed the words of Dave McPherson, the former Hearts and Rangers captain, when discussing with this column the players of his era. It was about being “humble, but arrogant too”. In other words, United are rightly looking back to go forward.As Woodward said, “…we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured.”Essentially, Woodward was putting a bit more meat on the bones he offered shareholders – as it should be. And as much as the support can feel a little better about knowing the club’s plans; by being so open about their new approach Woodward also helps his manager in his work.Just as he did on that conference call, Woodward spelt out the reasons for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment and the board’s expectations. Which are fundamentally based around the long-term.”As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back,” said Woodward, revealing he had actually read the recently released book of United’s assistant coach.“Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.” Which effectively puts paid to all that talk about Max Allegri’s English lessons. The situation around Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham. Plus any old tenuous link between United and the likes of Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann et al. The stories will be raised and floated. But they’ll also have a hollow ring to them. All thanks to Woodward’s words. Again, the club is in a better state thanks to the vice-chairman going public.This interview was a service to the support. Every United fan that reads it is better informed and has a more clear understanding of where the club wants to go. It may’ve been courageous, but it was needed.And no matter the timing or circumstances Woodward – for the good of Manchester United – needs to do more of it. last_img read more

Crime Control a Must – Prime Minister

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has emphasised that if Jamaica is to be the place in the region that comes to mind first when investors are thinking about doing business in the Caribbean, “we have to bring crime under control”. Mr. Holness said he has never subscribed to the notion that poverty and economic hardship can be justifiably used as an excuse for crime. Mr. Holness said he is particularly impressed with the attitude and discipline shown by Nain residents, who, even with the closure of Alpart and faced with a rather daunting economic future, never once thought of resorting to a life of crime. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has emphasised that if Jamaica is to be the place in the region that comes to mind first when investors are thinking about doing business in the Caribbean, “we have to bring crime under control”.Mr. Holness said he has never subscribed to the notion that poverty and economic hardship can be justifiably used as an excuse for crime.“It might be a reason, but certainly not an excuse,” the Prime Minister stressed, while giving the keynote address at the reopening of the Chinese-owned Alumina Partners of Jamaica (Alpart)/Jiuquan Iron & Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO) mining facility in Nain, St. Elizabeth, on June 21.Mr. Holness said he is particularly impressed with the attitude and discipline shown by Nain residents, who, even with the closure of Alpart and faced with a rather daunting economic future, never once thought of resorting to a life of crime.“It is clear to me that the people in this area, though they were faced with significant economic hardship, found ways to survive, which were lawful,” the Prime Minister noted.“They found ways that preserved their dignity… ways that preserved their independence and ways that eventually found them alternatives on which they could survive,” he added.The Prime Minister said it would be remiss of him not to acknowledge the great work done by the community in managing the fallout, resulting from the then closure of Alpart.He noted that throughout the ordeal, the community ensured that the plant was preserved and that some of the social services that Alpart used to provide, such as water, were maintained.For his part, Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, said he is pleased to see that the reopening of the plant has created some 800 jobs.“You can tell that things are starting to happen in Nain again. You can feel the economic activities taking place… the hairdressers and the bars are starting to do good business again,” he said.The former owners of Alpart, Russian alumina giants, UC Rusal, sold the company to JISCO, which has invested heavily to bring the facility back into operation.A fully operational Alpart used to provide direct employment and indirect benefits to residents of St. Elizabeth and also the neighbouring parishes of Manchester and Clarendon.last_img read more

Newmans Own Foundation Reaches Milestone Of 500 Million To Charity

first_imgNewman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced that it reached the milestone of donating a total of $500 million to charity since Newman’s Own started in 1982.The company is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and achieving this milestone during a special anniversary year helps punctuate the impact of Paul Newman’s legacy. He launched the company with his homemade recipe salad dressing, declaring that 100% of the profits would go to charity. To date, more than 7,600 charities have received grants, and millions of people around the world have been helped.“When Paul started Newman’s Own 35 years ago, some people wondered if the company could survive if it gave all its profits away, but after three and a half decades, we’re proud to continue his legacy and reach a half-billion dollars in donations,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation and Co-Chairman of Newman’s Own. “Paul would be especially pleased to see how much the company has grown and how much positive impact it has had helping charities around the world. And he would be gratified to see a new generation of employees embrace the same values he established long ago, using these core values as an anchor and inspiration to carry on his philanthropic work.”In the first full year when Newman’s Own started, there was one product, and $300,000 went to charitable organizations. Today, the company has more than 300 products, and approximately $30 million dollars is donated each year.“It’s quite extraordinary for Paul to have had such vision in creating this philanthropic business model,” added Forrester. “In fact, there are more than two dozen companies that have followed the Newman’s Own model in giving away 100% of their profits to charity. It’s great to see these companies giving back and understanding that businesses can do well by doing good.”Newman’s Own and Newman’s Own Foundation continue the legacy and commitment of their founder by helping to make our world a better place. There are four primary focus areas for giving: encouraging philanthropy, children with life-limiting conditions, empowerment, and nutrition.Significant support has been given to: organizations that help children with life-limiting conditions (such as SeriousFun Children’s Network); veteran organizations that help military personnel, veterans, and their families (such as Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and Farmer Veteran Coalition); organizations that provide fresh food access and nutrition education in underserved communities (such as Wholesome Wave and FoodCorps); and organizations that empower people to overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances (such as SHOFCO, which helps residents of one of Africa’s largest slums experience hope through education, healthcare, and clean water).For more information about organizations served, click here.last_img read more

The Weeknd and iHeartRadio show Toronto love

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement The Chainsmokers, Hedley, Serena Ryder, Belly, Niall Horan, and Alessia Cara all graced the stage, but undoubtedly it was the starboy from the east+end, the Weeknd, who owned it.The Weeknd spent the last few weeks promoting the release of his new album, Starboy, with popup listening parties and a musical guest star on SNL, but all he had to do was look in his own backyard for love from one of the biggest entertainment powerhouses in the game. Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img BY AUNDREYA FOR EBOSS CANADAAundreya is an expansive force on the artistic scene; respectively, a successful model, writer, actor and producer. She focuses on bringing authentic and relatable content to life, working with and bridging the gaps amid a broadening network of creative talent. Perpetually prolific, find her online at www.aundreya.com and http://www.aundreyathompson.blogspot.ca/ Every year, several times a year, the iHeartRadio music franchise serves up instant gratification and good times to thousands of people by way of radio hits. Giving airtime to a spectrum of musical tastes, the massive success of the brand’s core festival led to event spinoffs, like the iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party and the holiday party to end all holiday parties, the 2016 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour.On November 25, the iHeartJingleBall stopped for the first time ever in Canada.Browse iHeartRadio Canada’s guide to the performers on the Toronto stop of the 2016 Jingle Ball Tour (links, bios & more) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

First Nation men fight against the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

first_imgAPTN National NewsTensions ran high today in a Winnipeg court room where the chief and three councillors from Pinaymootang First Nation argued they should not have been kicked out of office by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs last summer.Bernard Valcourt ejected them from office for alleged vote buying.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot was there and we must warn you – this story has offensive language.last_img

Bangladesh UN agency distributes more food aid to flood victims

22 August 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the start of a new round of emergency food distributions in flood-hit parts of Bangladesh, where the agency hopes to help more than 800,000 people worst hit by the disaster. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the start of a new round of emergency food distributions in flood-hit parts of Bangladesh, where the agency hopes to help more than 800,000 people worst hit by the disaster. The move, funded by a $1.3 million donation from Australia, follows two earlier distributions to more than 335,000 people, WFP said in a news release.The agency said it will distribute over 2,500 metric tons of rice in this round by the end of August.“Thousands of poor families would have remained destitute due to the loss of their crops, livestock and in some cases, family members, as water started receding. The Australian assistance has enabled WFP to respond quickly to feed these vulnerable poor families who are in need of food,” said WFP Representative in Bangladesh Douglas Broderick.In cooperation with Government relief efforts, WFP food assistance is being distributed by WFP staff, Government officials, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community representatives. The first convoys, carrying high energy biscuits, were organized jointly by WFP and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Mr. Broderick said WFP stands ready to provide more assistance. “We urge more donors to step forward with funding for early recovery programmes which are crucial in serving poor people in the aftermath of bad floods in Bangladesh,” he said.A recent UN report cited preliminary official estimates indicating that Bangladesh lost some 854,000 hectares of rice paddies to floods that hit in July, while another 582,000 hectares were partially damaged. read more

UN announces start of reintegration process for exfighters in Afghanistan

The reintegration of former fighters in Afghanistan began today in the capital, Kabul, where over 100 ex-soldiers are expected to rejoin society in the coming days, a spokesman for the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMA) said. David Singh also reported that the disarmament process in Mazar-e-Sharif started yesterday with the participation of 2,000 men. Meanwhile, an initial group of 2,000 former underage soldiers associated with Afghanistan’s fighting forces will this week benefit from a reintegration and rehabilitation programme which is supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The effort aims to help a total of 5,000 underage soldiers by the end of this year, according to agency spokesman Edward Carwardine. “Each participant will receive information and advice on options available to him, such as education, vocational training and other skills acquisition, as well as drug abuse prevention and mine risk education,” he said. “Special briefings for the former child soldiers will also explain the civic responsibilities expected of all community members, in an effort to underline the constructive role that these young people can make in the rebuilding of their nation.” In another development, efforts are under way to bring out more women voters as part of Afghanistan’s political process. The Kabul Municipality has organized the use of government buses to take women to registration sites throughout the city early next week. So far, over 726,000 Afghans have now registered to vote, including nearly 160,000 women, UNAMA reported. read more

Options for future UN involvement in resolving Mali crisis presented to Security

“The serious and inter-linked challenges that confront Mali require concerted and broad-based efforts by the Malian authorities and its people, together with significant international support,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council, as he briefed the 15-member body on Mr. Ban’s proposals. “They go beyond addressing security threats and require tackling the deep-rooted political, governance, development and humanitarian challenges that are not susceptible to any easy solution,” he added.In his report on the situation in Mali, the Secretary-General proposes two options for UN engagement in the country, where renewed fighting since January 2012 has uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.Under the first option, a UN multidimensional integrated political presence would operate alongside AFISMA, the African-led International Support Mission in Mali, which the Council authorized in December, at the request of the Government, to support national efforts to recover the north from the insurgents. The UN, noted Mr. Feltman, would also continue its political and human rights activities under a strengthened political mission, focusing on good offices, support for mediation and national and community dialogues; assistance to the electoral process; promotion of respect for human rights, including with respect to women and children; and support for AFISMA. Under this option, AFISMA would be responsible for security, together with bilateral military efforts. The second option involves the establishment of a UN multidimensional integrated stabilization mission under a Chapter VII mandate alongside a parallel force. In addition to a political mandate, the mission would carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians and create the conditions for the provision of humanitarian assistance. “Under this second option, the bulk of AFISMA would be re-hatted under this UN stabilization mission. Most of the military, police and civilian components would operate in the north, with a light presence in Bamako,” said Mr. Feltman.“Given the anticipated level and nature of the residual threat, there would be a fundamental requirement for a parallel force to operate in Mali alongside the UN stabilisation mission to conduct major combat and counter-terrorism operations and provide specialist support beyond the scope of the UN mandate and capability,” he added.The two options can be viewed as phases in the gradual process of transition from the current situation to a UN stabilisation mission deployed alongside a parallel force, he said. “They take into account the fact that the UN is operating in a new geopolitical context and faces threats that have not been encountered before in a peacekeeping context. “The situation on the ground remains fluid, and extremists and criminal elements continue to pose a significant threat to the safety and security of civilians and UN personnel in Mali.”Mr. Feltman also noted that, under either option, the UN would maintain a strong focus on the political aspects linked to the creation of suitable conditions for elections and reconciliation. The UN has offered its support for the holding of free, fair, transparent and credible polls, which interim President Dioncounda Traoré says he intends to hold by 31 July 2013.“We agree fully with the Malian authorities that a legitimate government reflecting the will of Mali’s diverse population needs to be in place by the end of 2013, and we encourage continued consultations among Malian actors to achieve that goal. The Secretary-General is firmly committed to the UN doing its part to support that objective,” he stated. On the humanitarian front, he reported that while access has improved in some parts of the country, the situation remains “highly volatile,” particularly in Timbuktu and Gao. Currently, more than 470,000 people are estimated to have fled and sought refuge either in Malian host communities or in neighbouring countries. Also, while arbitrary acts of violence against Tuaregs and Arabs have recently decreased, there is still a risk of reprisal against members of these communities, who are alleged to be associated with the armed groups. “Worryingly, it appears from reports that new patterns of human rights violations have emerged, including retaliatory attacks based on ethnicity,” said Mr. Feltman.He added that the most significant development in the political process remains the adoption in January of a Roadmap for the Transition, which highlights two priority tasks for the transitionalGovernment: the restoration of territorial integrity and the organization of free and fair elections.The Roadmap also provides for reform of the armed forces and dialogue with groups who renounce terrorism and adhere to the unitary nature of Mali and its constitution.In that connection, Mr. Feltman noted that the UN Office in Mali (UNOM), which deployed in January, is providing good offices aimed at facilitating contacts between the Government and those groups that wish to take part in the search for a political solution to the crisis.“It is of critical importance to ensure the security imperative does not detract from the primacy of politics in Mali, in both the short and long term. In addition to national dialogue, multiple dialogues need to take place between and within communities and between various actors, including the Malian armed forces.” read more

INTERVIEW We are in a very fortunate situation since the Paris Agreement

< Previous Next > UN News: You just mentioned climate neutrality; can you just explain, in simple terms, what that means?Patricia Espinosa:Climate neutrality means a situation where the world can naturally absorb the emissions that will continue to be produced in our societies. For instance, in terms of agriculture, we know that combating hunger – ending hunger is one of the important Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but it turns out that agriculture is a source of emissions – so that’s one area where we will not be able to dispose completely of emissions, so we need to have a situation where our environment can absorb naturally those emissions. What are our natural resources to absorb emissions? For instance, soils can absorb emissions; forests absorb emissions. The oceans also have that possibility. Today, emissions are too high, so our environment is not able to absorb all of them, so we need to get to that neutrality; that balance.We need to start with – or to accelerate as much as possible – the implementation on the ground UN News: So what are the next steps, at the international level, to implement the Paris Agreement?Patricia Espinosa:Well, at the international level, we need to do many things simultaneously, and we cannot have the luxury of waiting until we have finished one task to continue to the next. In terms of the negotiating process, we need to finalize as soon as possible – at the latest in 2018 – what is known as the Paris Agreement rule book, which are basically the rules which are needed in order to make the Agreement operational. What are going to be the rules for governments to report on the compliance of their commitments? What are going to be the rules for giving developing countries support in terms of technology, in terms of financing? These kind of rules need to be developed. At the same time, the Paris Agreement presents a very clear roadmap towards higher ambitions. For instance, in 2018 we will have what is called the facilitative dialogue, which will be the first assessment of how much countries have made progress on implementation of their commitments under the Paris Agreement. In order to be able to raise ambition, hopefully out of that assessment we can identify where there are other areas of opportunity so that they can raise ambition. On the other hand, we need to start with – or to accelerate as much as possible – the implementation on the ground. So we need to do actions in the area of transport, housing, and the energy sector. We need to start getting to very specific plans and programmes, and very specific investment plans as well. UN News: And do you believe developed countries will meet the financial promises that were made in the Paris Agreement?Patricia Espinosa:Well, at Marrakesh we had a first report on the road map to the $100 billion – which is what has been included in the Paris Agreement – and from that report that was done by the donor community together with the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development], things look positively. Now, it is not all of it that will come from public sources; we need to bear in mind that private financing will really play an important role, and in this sense, private investment will play a major role. So I think that of course while the $100 billion is a very important goal that was included in the Paris Agreement, we need to know and we need to bear in mind that the transformation that is required in our economies will demand much bigger resources. The world needs to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement on the ground and come up with investment plans, UN climate chief, Patricia Espinosa, has said. Speaking to the UN News, Ms. Espinosa said the Paris Agreement presents a “clear roadmap towards higher ambitions.”  UN News: How will the Paris Agreement limit global temperature rise to well under 2 degrees Celsius?Patricia Espinosa:Well the Paris Agreement sets a framework towards achieving that goal. This is the goal. Why? Because this is the temperature that science has said that would allow us to manage the needs of humanity with a healthy environmental situation; environmental balance. So, what the Paris Agreement does is to put it in a framework where we all need to strive to get there, and it also makes a framework for countries to progressively increase their ambitions; their commitments under the Paris Agreement, so that we can achieve climate neutrality by the middle of the century, and then really have the possibility of, in the second part of this century, get to this goal that has been established. UN News: And is the 1.5 degree goal realistic at this time?Patricia Espinosa: As of today, with the science that we have, with the technological solutions that we have and with the commitments that we have on the table, we’re still not there. But at the same time, what is very encouraging is that we have seen transformations in terms of technologies, in terms of behaviours, in terms of commitments by different actors; not only governments – national governments – but also governments at the local level, so national authorities. We have seen all these transformations occurring much faster than we were able to foresee just a few years ago, so I think there are very clear signals that the trend is correct and that we are making progress into that direction. A woman stands outside her temporary home and dried up maize crop in Epworth, Harare, Zimbabwe. The UN agency tasked with food security has projected that almost 40 million people in the Southern African region could face food insecurity by the peak of the coming lean season, between January and March 2017, when the effects of the drought are expected to peak. Photo: Kate Holt/IRINA parched field in Kenya where drought has been especially devastating to sub-Saharan agriculture. The UN estimates that over 17 million people are currently in crisis and emergency food insecurity levels in member-countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano>Climate change: houses collapsing due to coastal erosion caused by rising sea levels in Shishmaref, Alaska. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Lawrence HislopRabi Island, Fiji. Rising sea levels and more extreme weather events pose an imminent threat to low-lying atoll islands across the Pacific. Photo: OCHA/Danielle ParryCoral reefs are sensitive to climate change. According to UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner humans have left an indelible mark on the marine environment that has led to almost 20 per cent of coral reefs disappearing. Photo: UNEP/Jeffrey MaynardForests play a critical role for many countries in their ability to mitigate climate change. Photo: FAO/Rudolf HahnA new UN report shows World Heritage icons such as the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas of South Africa are at risk from climate change. Some 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries across the world are becoming increasingly vulnerable. Photo: UNESCO/Leila Maziz The countries ambitious and inspiring commitments set out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change and shape how our planet will look tomorrow, and what we are going to leave behind for future generations.The United Nations continues to receive examples of innovative climate action by governments, and over the past few weeks, for example India has announced bans on highly polluting vehicles while new research showed that solar power capacity globally grew 50 per cent in 2016, led by the United States and China.This governmental momentum continues to be underpinned by companies, investors, cities, regions and territories including now many major oil companies who’s CEOs have in recent weeks publicly spoken out in support of the Paris Agreement.The UN framework support of the world’s climate agenda continues to encourage Parties to implement and achieve their aims and ambitions under the Paris Agreement.Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico is the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She has more than 30 years of experience at the highest levels in international relations, with a specialization in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and protection of human rights.UN News: Do you see the same momentum and enthusiasm that helped fuel the adoption and entry into force of the Paris Agreement?We have 141 ratifications, which is really unprecedented for any multilateral treaty like the Paris AgreementPatricia Espinosa: Definitely. We are in a very fortunate situation since the Paris Agreement was adopted. We have now seen a really long list of countries ratifying the Agreement. As of today, we have 141 ratifications, which is really unprecedented for any multilateral treaty like the Paris Agreement. Only 16 months after its adoption, to have this really long, long list of ratifying countries from all regions of the world is a very encouraging sign. That means political support at the highest level is there; and not only that but also businesses, groups of civil society, scientists – everybody continues to be very active and engaged with the agenda that arrives from the Paris Agreement. UN News: And what steps do you see countries taking to implement the Paris Agreement?Patricia Espinosa: Well, there are different conditions. I think this is such a complex treaty that we need to be very mindful that it depends on the situation in which each country is, and which steps need to be taken. The first step needs to be the ratification. Secondly, we have different kinds of degrees of activity. I would say some countries have immediately gone into transforming their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions into Nationally Determined Contributions. As of today also we have more than 130 Nationally Determined Contributions, which are the national plans for implementing the commitments under the Paris Agreement. Now actual implementation demands or requires the participation of the private sector; requires the transformation of those commitments into national development planning; into investment programs. So these are the steps that need to be followed and there are different degrees and different ways in which countries are doing it. read more

Record green energy capacity added in 2016 as cost for renewables plunges

Last year, renewable power installments increased by nine per cent over 2015 to nearly 2,017 gigawatts. Solar photovoltaic accounted for around 47 per cent of the total additions, followed by wind power at 34 per cent and hydropower at 15.5 per cent, according to the report. “We all want a healthy environment and healthy people, and clean energy is central to the solution,” said Erik Solheim, head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), responding to the REN21 report launch. As the shift to clean power continues, renewables are becoming the least costly option as recent examples in Denmark, Egypt, India, Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates show that energy has been delivered well below the equivalent costs for fossil fuel and nuclear energy in each of these countries. “The world is adding more renewable power capacity each year than it adds in new capacity from all fossil fuels combined,” said Arthouros Zervos, Chair of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The UNEP-hosted multi-stakeholder network reported that for the fifth consecutive year, investment in new renewables (including all hydropower) was roughly double the investment in fossil fuel generating capacity, reaching about $250 billion dollars. “As the share of renewables grows we will need investment in infrastructure as well as a comprehensive set of tools,” Mr. Zervos pointed out. To enable further growth he calls for integrated and interconnected transmission and distribution networks, measures to balance supply and demand, sector coupling (for example the integration of power and transport networks) as well as the deployment of a wide range of enabling technologies. Source: REN21 Renewables 2017 Global Status ReportA slowdown in investment in renewables A world that does not run on fossil fuels is no longer a far distant dream with the recorded exponential growth in solar and wind – although investments in renewables are diametrically different.The UN agency warned that the energy transition is not happening fast enough to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.This new report shows where we are on this journey, and the data is clear: we need to move faster Erik Solheim When it comes to the bottlenecks to ensure modern energy for all, projections show that global energy access progresses too slowly. “A global transition to renewable energy technologies like solar and wind are key ingredients of delivering on the Paris Agreement, keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius and avoiding catastrophic climate change,” said Mr. Sondheim, pointing out that “this new report shows where we are on this journey, and the data is clear: we need to move faster.”The global cost for the newly added renewable energy capacity is set at about $242 billion. Compared to the previous year, it is actually a 23 per cent reduction in investment, with the biggest falls among developing and emerging market countries.At the same time, nuclear and fossil fuel subsidies continue to dramatically exceed those for renewable technologies. These subsidies continue to impede progress, said UNEP.By the end of 2016, more than 50 countries had committed to phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, and some reforms have occurred, but not enough. In 2014 the ratio of fossil fuel subsidies to renewable energy subsidies was 4:1. For every dollar spent on renewables, governments spent four dollars on perpetuating the dependence on fossil fuels.“The world is in a race against time,” says Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21. “The single most important thing we could do to reduce CO2 emissions quickly and cost-effectively, is phase-out coal and speed up investments in energy efficiency and renewables. [The] withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement is unfortunate. But the renewables train has already left the station and those who ignore renewables’ central role in climate mitigation risk being left behind.”Energy is crucial for achieving almost all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from its role in the eradication of poverty through advancements in health, education, water supply and industrialization, to combating climate change. read more

Ireland ready to meet Welsh fire with fire

first_img Short URL https://the42.ie/3273102 Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 7:00 AM They’re not a million miles away. They are incredibly passionate and proud, but so is every nation, and we have to go over there and match them, fire with fire.“We have to match them physically, we have to be smart in the way we play the game. We certainly didn’t give ourselves the best chance two years ago when we went there and gave them a 12-0 lead.”“So it’s important that our discipline is good across the board and we work with the referee and make sure we’re on song there, so we give them no access, because they are the sort of team that builds momentum and build access into the game then they are very difficult to stop, because they have so many quality individuals who can get go-forward.”Ireland aren’t short on quality individuals themselves, but after Ultan Dillane and Andrew Trimble were forced out of the tournament at the weekend, Jared Payne’s return from injury hit a bump and he was unable to take a full part in training yesterday. With Tiernan O’Halloran joining him on the sideline, it appears as though Rob Kearney will once again pull through, shaking off a groin issue to renew his rivalry with Leigh Halfpenny. Source: Marcus Sheridan/INPHO“It depends how long the injury (absence) is,” Easterby said when asked how likely it was for a player to step into the international frame after injury.“You’ve seen for years how different a Six Nations game is, even compared to some autumn internationals they are incredibly fierce and a lot of ball in play time. It is a big change, a big step up from Pro12 rugby.“It’s a bit difficult for players who have been out for a long period to try and get up to that level really quickly.”So it would appear that Cardiff will come too soon for Payne to take a starter’s jersey. But the number 23 shirt could still be an option – if the coaching ticket feel that the 31-year-old has been immersed in the playbook for long enough. Payne got on the score-sheet for Ulster against Treviso at the weekend. Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHO“He obviously ticks a few boxes in that he can cover centre and fullback. We have other players as well with that ability. We’ve just got to be happy that Jared has spent enough time with us. Mar 7th 2017, 7:00 AM “He’s still learning, there are a lot of things he’ll want to improve on. All areas of his game will be fine-tuned over the next few years. Let’s not put too much pressure on him…  in his first season of international rugby he’s been accelerated into that position. but he’s dealt with everything that’s been thrown at him so far.“He’ll be on a massive learning curve as well. That’s not to say he won’t make mistakes, but he’s probably one of those players who will only have to learn once from a mistake and then move on to something else.”Ireland have taken painful lessons in the Millennium Stadium, time for the experience shine through.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: 14 Comments BETWEEN MURRAYFIELD ON opening weekend, the loss away to Wales two years ago and Ireland’s last visit to the Millennium for the World Cup quarter-final, there can be no excuse for starting slowly and off the pace in Cardiff this Friday night. Paul O’Connell evades Taulupe Faletau when ireland faced Wales in the 2015 Six Nations. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIn 2015, the early 12-point deficit was agonisingly close to being reeled in and, despite coming undone away to Wales, Ireland successfully defended the Six Nations crown.There’s no margin for error in this title chase however, and forwards coach Simon Easterby, formerly the head coach of the Scarlets, knows that Wales’ poor form (only a win over Italy to show for their efforts) in this tournament only makes them a tougher proposition.“For them it’ll be, not about righting wrongs, but they’ll feel they’ve been performing in games. The England game in particular, they will feel like they were the better team, but England found a way to win. They maybe felt like they threw that game away,” says the former blindside. 14,915 Views Share5 Tweet Email By Sean Farrell “He’s been a long time out of this group To have him back in is great, but it’s important that we feel comfortable that he’s had enough time with us – not just in the environment, but on the pitch.”Payne won’t be rushed, certainly not back into midfield where Garry Ringrose is forging a partnership with Robbie Henshaw that could have a decade still to run on its shelf-life.“He’s very diligent. He gets on with his job, he works incredibly hard at all aspects of his game,” Easterby says of the young 13.He’s somebody who sees things early. It’s nice to watch him play because there’s not too many of those players around with the ability to see things almost before they happen. iTunes Ireland ready to meet Welsh ‘fire with fire’ A Six Nations finale without a title on the line doesn’t bear thinking about. ‘You can’t make a great player have a poor game’: Wales wary of ‘astute’ Murray and SextonMike McCarthy leaves Leinster for Racing Club de Narbonne Android Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google Play se met à la page

first_imgGoogle Play se met à la page Google Play propose depuis mercredi des livres dans son magasin numérique dans sa version française. Disponible sur Android et iOS, cette offre permet à Google de concurrencer Amazon et Apple sur ce marché.Google Play a étendu son offre aux livres en France. Depuis mercredi, le magasin numérique propose “plusieurs centaines de milliers de livres en français issus des plus grandes maisons d’édition françaises “, indique Google. Parmi ceux-ci figurent Hachette, Editis (La Découverte, Le Cherche midi, Nathan), Gallimard et Média participations. “Je me félicite qu’il y ait une politique volontariste des éditeurs français pour maximiser les canaux de distribution et suivre les projets d’offre numérique légale”, a déclaré Philippe Colombet, directeur de Google livres France, lors d’une téléconférence. Une fois acheté, les livres peuvent ensuite être affichés et synchronisées à travers l’application Play Livre, compatible avec les appareils Android et même sous iOS. En fait, les livres ne sont pas téléchargés mais “stockés dans le cloud”. Avec ce système il devient alors impossible de prêter les ouvrages. “Notre service est prévu pour un usage personnel”, insiste Philippe Colombet.TVA à 23% À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ? Par ailleurs, on note que la TVA appliquée sera celle de l’Irlande, pays où est basé Google en Europe. Si les livres numériques sont soumis à la législation du prix unique en vigueur en France, la TVA sera quant à elle à 23 % contre 7 % dans l’hexagone (qui passera à 5,5% dès janvier 2013). Google devra donc batailler dur pour tenir le coup face à Amazon. Celui-ci, basé au Luxembourg pour son antenne européenne, n’est soumis à une TVA que de 3%. D’ailleurs, nos confères de Zdnet notent déjà quelques aberrations au niveau du prix de certains livres. “L’édition Folio de ‘Sur la route’ de James Kerouac est vendue 8,17 euros en version papier à la Fnac contre 8,49 euros sur le Google Play !”, s’indigne Zdnet. On trouve néanmoins de nombreux autres titres à 99 centimes ou à moins de 3 euros. Google poursuit un “calendrier de lancement intensif” de librairies numériques à travers l’Europe, selon Philippe Colombet. Le service existe depuis septembre 2011 en Angleterre, mai 2012 en Italie et juin dernier en Allemagne et en Espagne. Le catalogue de Google Play variera cependant d’un pays à l’autre, selon la négociation des droits d’utilisation.Le 19 juillet 2012 à 11:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

De faux souvenirs créés dans le cerveau de souris

first_imgDe faux souvenirs créés dans le cerveau de sourisPour la première fois, une équipe internationale de chercheurs est parvenue à créer de faux souvenirs dans le cerveau de souris. Grâce à cette prodigieuse avancée, ils espèrent en apprendre davantage sur le mécanisme de la mémoire à l’œuvre dans les cerveaux humains.C’est une nouvelle prouesse que vient de réaliser l’équipe internationale dirigée par le professeur Tonegawa : elle est parvenue à créer des faux souvenirs dans la mémoire de souris génétiquement modifiées. Pour arriver à cela, les scientifiques ont manipulé les cellules cérébrales des rongeurs dans lesquelles les traces laissées dans le cerveau par tout événement passé (ou engrammes) sont “gravés”. Ils ont ainsi programmé ces cellules de façon à ce qu’elles puissent répondre à des pulsions lumineuses afin de pouvoir les manipuler. Au cours de l’expérience, ils ont tout d’abord placé ces souris dans une boite “A” représentant une zone sans aucun danger. Ensuite, les rongeurs ont été placés dans une seconde boîte, “B”, dans laquelle les chercheurs ont réactivé la mémoire de la boite A avec des pulsions lumineuses sur les cellules de l’hippocampe (zone cérébrale des souvenirs). Ils ont en même temps provoqué un léger choc électrique sous les pattes des souris, créant ainsi un lien entre cette expérience désagréable et le souvenir réactivé de la boite A. Une fois replacés dans la boite A où rien de néfaste n’avait eu lieu, les chercheurs ont alors constaté que les rongeurs étaient effrayés. Etudier les vrais et les faux souvenirs “Ces expériences sur ces souris représentent le premier modèle animal dans lequel la formation de faux et de vrais souvenirs peut être étudiée au niveau des engrammes, les traces laissées dans le cerveau par tout événement passé”, explique Susumu Tonegawa, professeur de biologie et de neuroscience au Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).”Les humains sont des animaux très imaginatifs et tout comme ces souris une expérience déplaisante peut être attachée à une autre expérience antérieure à laquelle la personne pense au même moment, créant ainsi un faux souvenir”, souligne le professeur Tonegawa cité par l’AFP. “Le rappel de ce faux souvenir active les mêmes centres de la peur dans le cerveau, ce qui ne permet pas de le distinguer de la mémoire d’une expérience bien réelle de frayeur”, ajoute Xu Liu, un autre chercheur co-auteur de cette étude.Une mémoire plus dynamique qu’on ne pense Contrairement à ce qu’on croit généralement, la mémoire n’est pas “une image qui reste gravée pour toujours dans le cerveau sans être altérée. La mémoire est en fait très dynamique et est modifiée à chaque fois que nous nous souvenons de quelque chose”, souligne Xu Liu. Or, si “quelquefois nous nous en rendons compte, la plupart du temps nous n’en sommes pas conscients, ce qui explique pourquoi les gens sont convaincus de l’exactitude de leur souvenir”.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?En vérité, ce n’est pas la première fois qu’une telle expérience est menée. En septembre 2012, des chercheurs avaient déjà annoncé être parvenus à implanter de faux souvenirs dans le cerveau de rongeurs. Toutefois, ceci n’avait pas travailler sur les animaux vivants, seulement sur des portions d’encéphale qui leur avaient été prélevés.Désormais que cette première étape a été franchie avec succès, “les recherches sur la mémoire se concentreront sur les mécanismes permettant d’effacer de mauvais souvenirs”, chez des souris indique Xu Liu qui souligne que “de telles expériences sur des humains sont éthiquement inconcevables”.Le 26 juillet 2013 à 11:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mourinho Man Utd are improving

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho is certain that his squad has improved ahead of tonight’s Champions League opener away to BSC Young BoysMourinho’s side ended a run of back-to-back defeats on Saturday by ending Watford’s 100% start to the season with a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Now United will face a new challenge in the form of Swiss side Young Boys in their Group H opener of the Champions League.Speaking ahead to the encounter, Mourinho insists that his team have made progress over recent weeks.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think we are improving. We have found a balance in the team, especially with the competitive attitude,” said Mourinho at a pre-match press conference.“We are creating plenty of chances, we are changing how we attack opponents and protect ourselves in situations.“Two difficult matches, both away, and we have six points. I am happy but I was happy after Tottenham – not with the result but with what I saw. We felt as a team that match was the beginning of our improvements.”United are currently in eighth place in the Premier League standings.last_img read more

Lauderhill family hospitalized after carbon monoxide fills apartment

first_imgLAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida family has been hospitalized after their Lauderhill apartment filled with dangerous fumes, Tuesday night.Officials said the mother was burning charcoal inside the apartment for religious purposes when she and her two young children were overcome by carbon monoxide.The conditions of the family members remain unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Active Duty Veterans Police Fire EMTs Invited To Night Out At Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Lutz Buddy Up is holding an event on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, from 7pm to 9pm, at Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).Lutz Buddy Up is a Military and First Responder Social Club where local Military and First Responders connect for an evening of food, fun, and comradery. Whether you fought out of country or protected us in country, members have a common bond.There are never any applications, membership fees or dues. The club gets a room together and it’s going to be a conversation like no other. Swapping stories, connecting with your community and bonding with brothers and sisters that you never knew you had.First time attendees must have proof of service for entry.Call or text organizer Rocco Bortone at 508-353-3044 for additional information.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat’s Happening In Wilmington This Week (April 8-14)In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Google parent Alphabet whiffs on sales amid controversies

first_img 0 Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.  Stephen Shankland/CNET Google’s facing its most tumultuous period in history. Now its business — which was always a bright spot amid the scandalous headlines — is facing issues, too.The search giant’s storied advertising operation, which over the last 20 years has turned Google into one of the most powerful companies on the planet, is showing signs of wear and slowing growth. In the first three months of the year, Google’s parent, Alphabet, tallied $36.3 billion in sales, missing analyst estimates of $37.3 billion, the company said Monday. Earnings per share were $9.50. Analysts on average had expected $10.61 per share, according to an estimate by Thomson Reuters.Alphabet also took a $1.7 billion hit in the first quarter, when the European Commission in March fined the search giant for “abusive” advertising practices. The company said the charge affected its profits. Without the fine, Google’s profit would’ve been $11.50 a share.The company’s stock fell 7 percent in after-hours trading. 4:45 Google Alphabet Inc. The rare miss is an important shift because Google’s money-minting ad business has been the cornerstone of the company, allowing it to venture into experimental territory like driverless cars, medical tech and delivery drones. Alphabet on Monday also said those “other bets,” Google parlance for those longer-term moon shots, lost more money in the past quarter than they did over the same period last year. Operating losses were $868 million in the the first quarter, versus $571 million the year before.Google also said sales of its flagship Pixel smartphones, the company’s answer to Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy phones, were down this year compared with the year before. Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat said on a conference call that the lagging sales were partly due to “recent pressures” industrywide in premium smartphones.  Porat also teased a hardware announcement for May 7, the first day of Google’s I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California. Rumors have already swirled about new devices being unveiled at the confab, including a mid-tier phone called the Pixel 3a and a Nest Hub Max smart display.  YouTube controversiesThe disappointing financial results also compound a rocky stretch for Google, as its biggest issues have spilled into public view. Google’s employees have protested the company’s military contracts, its work in China and the company’s handling of sexual assault allegations directed at executives. CEO Sundar Pichai has also been dragged in front of Congress to defend Google over accusation of political bias.More recently — in this quarter alone — Google has faced intense scrutiny over YouTube’s inability to police the content on its platform. The video service has been accused of prioritizing growth over the safety of its users. The criticism crescendoed after a shooter livestreamed himself while gunning down worshippers in a mosque last month. YouTube wasn’t able to contain the video’s spread on its platform, and it was uploaded tens of thousands of times. During the conference call, Pichai didn’t directly address the tragedy, but nodded to YouTube’s recent controversies. “YouTube’s top priority is responsibility,” he said. “There are a lot more improvements which we will be rolling out in the next few weeks, and our work is ongoing.”Google has also faced blowback over its artificial intelligence ethics board, made up of outside experts in the field. The company faced scrutiny for picking Kay Cole James, president of the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, who was accused of having anti-trans and anti-immigrant biases. Google eventually disbanded the board after only a week. Privacy dustupsThe company has also been criticized for its Sensorvault database, which police departments across the country have tapped for location data when trying to crack criminal investigations. Congress last week sent a letter to Pichai demanding answers about the database. Asked by one analyst about how controversies over Google’s data collection policies could impact future products, Pichai mostly sidestepped the question. “User expectations around privacy are constantly evolving. And we stretch ourselves to meet them, Pichai said. “And as part of that through this year, we are continuing to do a lot of work just for the overall goal of making sure privacy works for everyone.” First published 1:06 p.m. PT.Update, 3:20 p.m. PT: Adds more information from Alphabet’s conference call with analysts.  Post a comment 5:47 Share your voicecenter_img What’s going on at Google? Google’s sales swing and miss (The 3:59, Ep. 552) Now playing: Watch this: Tech Industry Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Cyberfraudster held in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad: The Cybercrime Police of Cyberabad arrested a cyber fraudster for allegedly stalking, blackmailing and extorting money from a woman. The accused has been identified as Mohammad Salman Nawaz Sarkar (32). According to police, a woman on August 11 lodged a complaint in which she stated that in January 2018 she accepted a friend request sent by the accused on Facebook. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The accused introduced himself as a business tycoon from Mumbai and presently residing in Hyderabad. Believing the accused, the complainant started chatting with him on Facebook messenger and on WhatsApp. In due course, they became good friends and used to do video calling as well. During that time the accused shared his photographs which were taken at different star hotels along with his hired private bodyguards to make her believe that he is a big businessman. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us After few months, accused started requesting the complainant for money, believing him, the complainant transferred the amount into accused’s friends bank accounts. Later, when she stopped paying money, accused started threatening her that he would share her private photographs on social media platforms. As such the complainant paid an amount of Rs 12.96 lakh to the accused in total. On receipt of the complaint, police collected all technical evidences and nabbed the accused.last_img read more

No Headphone Jack No Problem for Crowdfunded Adapter

first_img When Apple closed the door to the iPhone 7 headphone jack, it opened a window for innovators.But while many makers introduced Lightning-connected earbuds or wireless listening devices, Podo Labs is taking a different approach to mobile audio.The San Francisco startup last month launched “Jack,” a sleek adapter that brings Bluetooth capacity to any headphones, speakers, car stereo, or TV.Podo Labs’ third successful crowdfunded project blew past its Kickstarter goal of $20,000 in just three hours; as of press time, the campaign has earned $439,500 from 9,550 backers.Podo LabsThe concept is simple: Clip Jack onto your shirt or bag, plug in your favorite headphones, and pair with your phone; a 300mAh battery promises up to 12 hours of playback.Plus, two Jack users can connect over a shared love of Beyonce or Barry Manilow: sync two audio devices from one source to listen with a friend.“While the story in 2017 is ‘Will my phone have a headphone jack?’, Jack keeps your existing headphones relevant before you need to buy a new pair,” Podo Labs President Eddie Lee said in a statement.The palm-sized connector pairs with any phone, tablet, computer, or smartwatch, and accepts any 3.5mm aux, making it easy to stream music during a road trip or control home speakers at your next party.Plenty of folks have already recognized the benefit of Jack, available in white/gold, black/gunmetal, or navy blue/gold on Kickstarter for an early-bird price of $25—38 percent off the expected $40 retail cost.Snag the “complete Jack bundle” for $49: one Jack adapter, one pair of in-ear headphones ($19), and one hard-shell carrying case ($6). Or add each accessory a la carte to any reward level.Podo Labs“We’re currently trending right near $1 [million] in total at our current rate,” the Podo Labs team wrote in a Tuesday project update, announcing that the next stretch goal will be “for you backers to decide.”Folks can vote now for a Jack mobile app (Android and iOS) or multiple sync compatibility with up to four Jacks; alternatively, anyone can suggest an idea online. Geek Pick: Bose Headphones 700 Cancel All the NoiseGeek Pick: Galaxy Buds Are Samsung’s Best Earphones Stay on targetlast_img read more

Revitalizing Bengali culture with cinema

first_imgEstablished in 1958 with an aim to preserve and expand the rich heritage of Bengal through various cultural and social organizations in New Delhi, Bengal Association is organising its 8th Bengali Cine Utsav. The event is going to be held from August 25-27 at Banga Sanskriti Bhawan, situated at Bhai Veer Singh Marg. Bengal Association is a federative body of Bengali cultural associations, Bengali-medium schools and drama organizations spread across the national capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDuring the course of the event, one can witness eight full length feature films and ten short films which are made by few extremely renowned as well as new Bengali directors. Films like Kalpurush by Dasgupta, Durga Sahay by Arindam Shil and new Bengali movies like Bilu Rakkhos, Aranyadeb, 61 Garpar Lane, Nayikar Bhumikay, Chitrakar and Arani Takhan are a few names among the movies that are to be screened. An exclusive section for short films by upcoming Directors has been kept, where 10 short films will be showcased. Following the screening session, Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivea grand quiz show on cinema will be conducted. National Award winning filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta will mark his presence as the chief guest of the event whereas well-known actor, Pamoli Dam, will accompany him for the opening ceremony, which is to be conducted on August 25 at 6 pm.The conclusion ceremony, which is to be held on August 27 from 7 pm onward, will be starred by Arindam Shil, a well-known director apart from actors like, Indrani Dutta and Arpita Chatterjee. The General Secretary of the Association, Tapan Sengupta, said that, all the members of the association, young and old alike and are working very hard to make Cine Utsav a huge success. Bengal association President, Dr Amitava Mukherjee has expressed his confidence about the arrangement of the event and the success of the Cine Utsav.last_img read more