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THE ACTRA AWARDS IN MONTREAL – 2017 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Videogame:Julian Casey                           Stories: The Hidden PathsChimwemwe Miller                 Deus Ex: Mankind DividedVictoria Sanchez                    Deus Ex: Mankind DividedClaudia Besso                        Deus Ex: Mankind DividedShawn Baichoo                     Watch Dogs 2Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Female:Claudia Ferri                          A Date With Miss FortuneCharlotte Rogers                   LARPs: the SeriesSabrina Campilii                    Real Detective Helena Marie                        Stagecoach: The Texas Jack StoryElizabeth Neale                     LARPs: the SeriesNominees for Outstanding Performance – Male: Andreas Apergis                    Gurov & AnnaJesse Camacho                     We’re Still TogetherJonathan Silver                    LARPs: the SeriesDavid Francis                       Cold CallVladimir Alexis                     Stonewall“Be it in film, television or videogames, there are so many fantastic performances coming out of Montreal,” says Cary Lawrence, President of ACTRA Montreal. “The ACTRA Awards recognize and celebrate the creative work we do in this city.”The event will be hosted by comedians Eman El-Husseini and Jess Solomon.ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national organization of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across Canada – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. Advertisement Twitter Montreal, May 4, 2017 – ACTRA Montreal is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2017 ACTRA Awards in Montreal, to be held Sunday, June 11th at le Gesù.Nominees for Outstanding Performance – Voice:Shawn Baichoo                      Two Nuts and a RichardJoe Cobden                           KnuckleheadsHolly Gauthier-Frankel           Maggie & Bianca Fashion FriendsJennifer Seguin                     Two Nuts and a RichardCarlo Mestroni                      Two Nuts and a RichardNominees for Outstanding Performance – Stunt:Mich Todorovic                       X-men: ApocalypseNaomi Frenette                     X-men: ApocalypseEric Paul-Hus                        X-men: Apocalypse Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Coldest Night of the Year 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – Fort St. John Community Bridge is hosting the Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk. A family fun event that raises money for the less fortunate in our community.With the holiday season fast approaching, Community Bridge would like to send out a reminder to mark February 23rd, 2019 in your calendars to participate and walk in the Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser. Registration for the walk is $25 which includes an entry for the walk, a commemorative toque, delicious chilli dinner donated by the NLC and more great prizes donated by local companies. Walkers can choose to fundraise for the entry to the event in exchange for the $25 entry.The walk starts and finishes at the Northern Lights College, which can be either a 2km or 5km walk from the College to the Credit Union and then back to the college.  This year goal is to raise $25,000. Over the past two years, Community Bridge has raised $40,000. These monies continue to help provide high quality, accessible, inclusive, and flexible services for the needy in the Peace Region. To Visit the Official Page CLICK HERE This Fundraiser helps to continue providing education, support and professional counselling programs, to individuals and families. Counselling and support services, including violence and homelessness prevention, family-strengthening, women’s outreach, and youth justice help build better lives.Community Bridge is committed to creating a safe, caring environment for people to nurture their emotional and social well-being.Walkers can choose to be solo or join a team! Dressing up is welcomed and encouraged, just remember, Its Cold Out There!last_img read more

Weather averages close to normal for Fort St John during July

first_img“An average isn’t something we see very often. It’s usually above or below and it doesn’t usually land on the average very often. But interestingly enough, a lot of the province did this month.”Looking ahead to August and the remainder of the summer season, Lindquist says we can expect to see slightly cooler temperatures but with lower amounts of rain.As a side note, for the holiday long weekend, Environment Canada is calling for sun and temperatures in the low to mid-20s for Saturday and into Monday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the month of July, Fort St. John and the surrounding area saw close to normal averages when it came to the weather.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Doug Lindquist, Fort St. John saw the temperature and rain levels around normal for July with the temperature at 15.8°C, four points below the average of 16.2. As for rain amounts, the area saw 65 mm, which is 10 mm below the average for July.Lindquist says it’s not often that July’s weather sits around the average, adding that the majority of British Columbia saw close to the monthly average.last_img read more

Peace Villa receives a donation to complete new Salon space for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Thanks to a donation by John and Marilynne Herron, these funds helped to complete the new Salon space in Peace Villa for residents to get their hair done.The Salon was in need of an upgrade and a change in design as the amount of need on the salon by residents has increased over the past 5 years. The Salon, run by volunteers, was hard to navigate and the shampoo sink was not set at a height that made it easy for the senior clients to use.Salon days are set for Thursdays running from 8:30 am to Noon, giving residents the opportunity to receive a free service including shampoo, cut and style as well as benefiting from this special time to feel pampered, cared for and the opportunity for social connection, shared Niki Hedges, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. “The original space for the Salon was set up in the Callahan Room where the washing sink was challenging and some residents were not able to access this sink comfortably due to the height and its location.  In order to care for the number of residents, it was important to install haircutting stations and sinks for all needs,” said HedgesThe Herron’s shared they are honoured to have been able to help with this special and important project.Jill Copes, a Volunteer for three years at the Salon comes in from Cecil Lake to help at the Salon every Thursday in Peace Villa. Copes said, “I was so happy to be asked to volunteer doing hair at Peace Villa as I enjoy coming to spend time with the ladies. Each one is special and they really appreciate some pampering”Copes shares, she knew how important this is to the residents in care as her mum got her hair done every week and knows how it was so special and important to her well being.It has a new and bright feel to create a space that provides a sense of wellbeing, a space to be cared for, to socialize and to have a connection, shared Hedges.last_img read more

French masterchef cooks up a storm

first_imgTo celebrate the pursuit of consistent innovation, excellence and global talent, JW Marriott, Aerocity has organised an international programme named ‘Masters of Marriott’ – under which culinary mavens of Marriott International, as well as renowned chefs from across the world, will host masterclasses, ticketed events, meet and greets, and much more throughout the year.As part of the programme, Julien Royer – French Chef and co-owner of a 2-Michelin starred modern French restaurant was invited to engage with Marriott guests, and serve them the best from his kitchen. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainRoyer in an interview talked about dining scene in Singapore as well as his love for Indian cuisine over lunch – where he served visually delightful and authentic French food from his restaurant located at the iconic National Gallery Singapore. Highlight of the meal was ‘Cauliflower and curry tartlette’ which had a strong yet refreshing taste of Cinnamon. ‘Quinoa fritter with salsa and dehydrated cream’, ‘Celeriac root vegetable mash with mushroom ketchup and truffle’, ‘Potato Gaufrette with aspragus and smoked cream’ were equally enticing options to try. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe main course had ‘Scottish Salmon’ (Tomato cucumber salsa, wasabi mayo, shiso verde, yuzu sake foam) and ‘Toban Yaki Tofu Steak’ (Sauteed mushroom, asparagus, scallions, Korean BBQ sauce). Though his food is vividly loved by the people, Royer wishes to step out of his comfort zone and try experimenting with Indian cuisine. “I loved the cuisine’s diversity and was amazed by the variety of vegetarian food you get in India. I haven’t tried to cook anything as per Indian taste yet, but would surely love to incorporate one Indian dish in my restaurant’s menu.” But what would that be? Royer says, Tandoori will be his choice. “I love the tandoori flavour, its complexity and the way it last in your palette for a long.” It is interesting to note that Royer was one of the first people to open an entirely vegetarian restaurant in Singapore three years ago. “For me, vegetables are very important and should not be viewed as just an accompaniment but as equals to any protein on a plate.” He loves to challenge himself and experiment with vegetable/ingredients which people usually avoid. Commenting on the dining scenes in Singapore and India, Royer says, “I think Singapore is the cross point of different nationalities, culture, and religion. There are chefs from all across the world including Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, opening their own restaurants. This makes the dining scene extremely interesting and competitive, leaving the restaurant owners with no option but to maintain the quality and offer best to the customers.” “I cannot comment on the Indian dining scene because I haven’t spent enough time…but I would love to explore some good food places soon,” he concludes.last_img read more

Candace Parkers Celebration Leaves Teammate With Bloody Eye

Los Angeles Sparks star Nneda Ogwumike pulled off a series of good plays and her teammate Candace Parker rewarded her with a bloody eye.Ogwumike hit a clutch shot in the final minute of the first overtime against the Tulsa Shock and in a wild celebration Parker tackled her against the goalpost. Parker’s head caught Ogwumike in the left eye, and the blood started flowing.Ogwumike took it like a champ and returned to the game. She hit six straight shots to keep the Sparks in the lead. Parker redeemed herself  by hitting the game-winning shot with 5.7 seconds for  a 90-88 victory over the Shock.Let’s watch the headbutting encounter in the video below. read more

Ronaldo left out of Portugal squad again

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has been omitted from Portugal once again for the upcoming fixtures with Italy and PolandPortugal manager Fernando Santos had previously left out Ronaldo for the last two international breaks in September and October to allow him to settle in at Juventus.However, Santos refused to discuss why Ronaldo will not be among them this time and instead wished him luck in winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or.“The only thing I will say about Ronaldo is that I hope he wins the Ballon d’Or award,” said Santos on Twitter.“It’s not just about Ronaldo, I have said that nobody is excluded,” said Santos. “It’s not worth creating a big fuss about it.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The European champions will face Italy next Saturday in the UEFA Nations League before hosting Poland three days later.Portugal squad for Italy and Poland: Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio, Beto, Claudio RamosDefenders: Cedric Soares, Joao Cancelo, Jose Fonte, Luis Neto, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Mario Rui, Raphael GuerreiroMidfielders: André Gomes, Bruno Fernandes, Danilo Pereira, Joao Mario, Pizzi, Renato Sanches, Ruben Neves, William CarvalhoForwards: Bernardo Silva, Bruma, Gonçalo Guedes, Rafa, André Silva, Ederlast_img read more

Hodgson expecting an open game against Chelsea

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has spoken to the press of his plans and expectations when Chelsea visit Selhurst Park on Sunday.Ahead of Sunday afternoon’s London derby, Roy Hodgson has urged his side to maintain a solid defensive organization against a Chelsea team that intends to attack for the entirety of the game.“I’m expecting the game to be a little bit more open, in terms of we’re expecting Chelsea to attack us without ceasing when they have the ball,” he told the club’s website.“If we can defend well enough, it will give us space to play and maybe the chances will be that much more obvious if you like, or more evident.”In the corresponding fixture last season, Crystal Palace ran out 2-1 winners, recording their first goals and first of the season, and Hodgson wants a repeat of that performance.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was very, very important because it was the eighth game and we’d had seven straight losses,” Hodgson recalled.“Strangely enough, in the three losses that followed the initial four losses when I came into the club, we still felt that we were making some progress.“We thought we were on the right track and then against Chelsea, a little bit of fortune came our way, especially with the first goal.“A little bit of fortune came our way and I think it was a good moment. It was a spur for us, the spur which showed us that not only are we on the right track but that with a little bit of luck, we can win games and win them against the Champions of England.”last_img read more

JK Rowling under fire Why fans are not pleased over Albus Dumbledores

first_imgFacebook / Harry PotterFans of JK Rowling are not happy after it was revealed that Albus Dumbledore was, in fact, a gay.As earlier reported, JK Rowling talked about Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald in a Blu-Ray feature of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. In the piece, the British author stated that they [Dumbledore and Grindelwald] were in an intense relationship adding, “But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows, really, what the other person is feeling.”JK Rowling further added that she is less interested in the sexual side of Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald’s relationship but even believes that there was some sexual dimension to the relationship.”I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationships.”After this news surfaced, several fans of Harry Potter world took to Twitter and other social media handles to share their disdain towards this revelation. There are several who are apparently not pleased that Rowling is exploring this tangent of Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality so late.One Twitter user posted, “I love Harry Potter so much but JK’s blatant (and failing) attempts to make Dumbledore any gayer without actually having the guts or motive to actually write it… Smh, making a character gay to seem woke or give them more depth… Sloppy, Rowling.” JK RowlingReutersWhile the other stated, “jk Rowling reappearing every 2 months to say something literally no one asked about is me adding more random details to my essay to up my word count.”Acclaimed writer-director Hazel Hayes compared this announcement with James Cameron’s Avatar movie sequels. As per Hayes, just like Avatar sequels, no one asked for this.As mentioned already, Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality is not mentioned in the Harry Potter books and the adapted movies. At the same time, there were speculations that in Fantastic Beasts movie series, we will get to see Dumbledore’s intense sexual relationship drama with Gellert Grindelwald, but as it turned out, it was not touched in detail. Fans are hoping that with Fantastic Beasts 3, JK Rowling would try to cover this area as well.last_img read more

Snapdeal Acquires Exclusivelycom Forays into Luxury Goods and Services

first_imgEmployees of Snapdeal, an Indian online retailer, sort out delivery packages inside their company fulfilment centre in Mumbai October 22, 2014. Kunal Bahl, co-founder of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, has come a long way from his days as a business school student selling detergent in U.S. supermarkets. After final negotiations over a sushi breakfast earlier this month, Snapdeal on Tuesday unveiled a $627 million investment from Japan’s SoftBank, one of the high-profile early backers — and now major shareholder — in China’s Alibaba.ReutersDelhi-based shopping portal Snapdeal acquired premium fashion site Exclusively.com on Wednesday.The acquisition would help Snapdeal strengthen its fashion business and build on to its merchandise revenue in the fashion category to reach $2 billion this year. However, Snapdeal did not disclose the transaction details.The fashion business contributes to over 60% of Snapdeal’s total revenue, suggest estimates.”Under this partnership, Exclusively will complement Snapdeal’s existing ecosystem and will provide a consolidated offering for the luxury and lifestyle shopper, making it India’s first online luxury mall,” the company statement said.The Indian market for luxury products and services stands at $14 billion and is growing at 30% annually, a recent KPMG-ASSOCHAM report said.Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl disclosed that the company had witnessed a surge in demand for luxury products, while access to such products continues to be severely limited. Now, with the acquisition of Exclusively.com, the e-commerce major’s four-crore strong users will have access to a wide range of aspirational, high-end products and services.Currently, Exclusively.com carries stock from India’s leading fashion designers and their business houses. Some of those listed include JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra, Manish Arora, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar and Neeta Lulla.”With increased awareness and growing disposable incomes, premium and luxury consumption in India is seeing a significant upward trend. With the geographical limitations of the brick-and-mortar model, we strongly believe that the luxury and premium segments can only be grown by sharing access with the consumer,” Sunjay Guleria and Mohini Boparai-Guleria, co-founders of Exclusively said.last_img read more

Olivia Culpo goes wild in skimpy swimwear model has fun during Sports

first_imgOlivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo sure knows how to turn up the heat. The beauty rocked a tiny thong bikini, held a snake, and more for her ‘Sports Illustrated’ photoshoot.Olivia Culpo is truly dedicated to getting the best shot! The model proved that she is willing to work very hard to get that perfect picture. The model worked the camera in a new Sports Illustrated video on Instagram that documented her photoshoot for the magazine. Reportedly the former Miss Universe danced around on a beach in South Australia for the gig in a tiny string red thong bikini.The model said in the video that they went to go see Remarkable Rocks, a set of boulders in Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, Australia, for the shoot, as well. Olivia posed for pics amidst the beautiful landscape view wearing a white crop top and jeans. She said that she “already held a python” for the photoshoot, and next up was the black tiger snake. Olivia said it was one of the top 10 venomous snakes in the world. “Everyone’s so nervous,” she said. Olivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo made a grueling photoshoot look so breezy and fun. Olivia looks gorgeous, so a photoshoot might not be too much work for her, but she sure doesn’t let anything slow her down. The models sure seems like the type that gives it her all while working. And we have to say, you go girl. However, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Olivia. Reportedly, at the same time Olivia working with Sports Illustrated, herr ex-boyfriend went on a rant on social media about her! Olivia wrote about the experience of dealing with those emotions while having to remain professional in an Instagram post on May 8.”This was one of my hardest days for personal reasons (as some of you may remember),” Olivia began her caption. “I landed in Australia to shoot these photos with some info that rocked my world. Looking back at this first picture, I know exactly what was going through my mind at the time. I was so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be doing something I had dreamed of, and wished and hoped for since I was a little girl. And I sit here today feeling SO grateful.”Olivia isn’t seem to be letting personal drama get the better of her at work. You can check pout the video here:last_img read more

Make in USA or Pay More Its Toyotas turn to face Trumps

first_imgDonald Trump slams Toyota after GMReutersUS president-elect Donald Trump, who has been slamming automakers for selling cars made outside the US, has threatened Toyota in his latest tweet, hours after lashing out at General Motors for its plans to make cars in Mexico other than US.Make in USA or pay more: Donald Trump’s ultimatum forces Ford to scrap Mexico plant; GM faces heatTrump, in his continuing twitter tirade against the auto majors, warned Toyota against making Corolla for US in Mexico. He said doing so will face huge tariff. Trump, who threatened to impose “big border tax” tweeted, “Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.” Trump’s’ tweet is a reference to Toyota’s new plant — which was announced in April 2015 — which would make 200,000 Corolla compact cars per annum for the North American market starting 2019.Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY! Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017Toyota, in a response to Trump’s tweet, said that the new plant in Mexico will not have any impact on the production of Toyota in US and also will not cost jobs in the country. The company also expressed its willingness to work closely with the new administration in US.”Toyota looks forward to collaborating with the Trump Administration to serve in the best interests of consumers and the automotive industry,” the company said.Earlier this week, Trump had turned up the heat on General Motors for its decision to send Mexican made Chevy hatchbacks to US. While it was the first time Trump targeted GM in its tweet, Ford Motors Company has been facing the heat for a while, after which Ford decided to call off its plans to build a plant in Mexico. Ford announced that company will now invest $700 million in metro Detroit’s Flat Rock Assembly plant in the state of Michigan and will also add 700 new jobs in the unit.But that is not the end of the story. Reuters reports that Trump’s threat to impose big tax on the vehicles manufactured outside US would have bigger impact on Nissan Motor Co than anyone else as the company’s Mexico plant contributes to one-quarter of Nissan’s total vehicle sales in the US. Japan’s second-largest automaker Nissan, which went to Mexico 50 year ago, now produces more than 800,000 cars in that facility.last_img read more

Woman killed in Bhola launch accident

first_imgA woman was killed and three others injured as a launch ploughed into the pontoon after being hit by another at Hakimuddin Launch Ghat in Burhanuddin upazila in Bhola on Saturday evening, reports UNB.The deceased is Bilkis Begum, 30, of Chokdos village in the upazila.Quoting witnesses, Burhanuddin police station officer-in-charge Asim Kurmar Sikdar said Dhaka bound launch MV Tasrif-4 hit the pontoon after being hit by another launch MV Karnaphuli, killing Bilkis Begum on the spot.last_img

India China troops in highaltitude clash Officials

first_imgIndian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long stand-off between the two armies.Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said.He said Chinese soldiers had twice tried to enter the Indian territory but had been pushed back.“There was a minor incident. There was some stone pelting from the Chinese side but the situation was quickly brought under control,” he told AFP on condition of anonymity.The brief confrontation was resolved after Indian and Chinese sides retreated to their respective positions, he added.Police in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, where Ladakh is located, said clashes were relatively common along the de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC).“These things happen every summer but this one was slightly prolonged and more serious but no weapons were used,” a police source in Srinagar told AFP.The Pangong lake area lies over 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) high on the Tibetan plateau.The latest incident comes amid an ongoing dispute between the two sides over a strategic Himalayan plateau thousands of kilometres away where hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers have been facing off against each other for more than two months.The border trouble began in June when Chinese soldiers started to extend a road through the Doklam territory-known as “Donglang” in Chinese. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan.India, a close ally of Bhutan, then deployed troops to stop the construction project, prompting Beijing to accuse India of trespassing on Chinese soil.China has said India must withdraw its troops before any proper negotiation takes place. India said both sides should withdraw their forces together.The plateau is strategically significant as it gives China access to the so-called “chicken’s neck”-a thin strip of land connecting India’s northeastern states with the rest of the country.The two nuclear-armed neighbours fought a brief war in 1962 in India’s border state of Arunachal Pradesh.Tensions along the LAC rose in 2014 when Chinese soldiers moved into territory claimed by India, sparking a two-week military stand-off that overshadowed a visit by China’s President Xi Jinping.last_img read more

Louisville to Participate in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge

first_imgStory Links Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball will participate in the 2019 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge, the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This February, Louisville fans can compete against fans from colleges and universities across the country with each free throw the Cardinals hit. The money raised will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.The Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those who are battling cancer by raising money for research and assisting the underserved.Last season, Cardinals fans proved once again why they are the best in the country as they led the nation in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge pledges.Louisville women’s basketball is once again collaborating with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by joining the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge. They are competing against other college basketball teams around the country to see who can raise the most money for those battling cancer.Click here to support the Cards by pledging for every free throw they make during the month of February!Follow Louisville’s progress on the National Leaderboard. With our fans support, we can once again be crowed champion in 2019. All proceeds of the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.In addition, Louisville women’s basketball will host its annual Play4Kay “Pink Out” game vs. Miami on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Cardinals will wear pink uniforms, pink t-shirts benefiting Gilda’s Club will be available for purchase and survivors will be recognized on the court at halftime.For more information, visit www.gocards.com/play4kay. For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.last_img read more

Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) — Researchers working in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda have filmed gorillas dismantling snares set by poachers to catch smaller game. Previously, anecdotal evidence had suggested that silverback gorillas had been seen dismantling snares. In this instance it was two young blackback, mountain gorillas that were involved. The team, part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, filmed first a silverback motioning towards the snare. Next, two young male blackbacks arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation, then proceeded to take apart the snare, avoiding being caught in it in the process. 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. Citation: Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability (2012, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-gorillas-amazing-feat-intellectual-ability.html Gorilla King Titus dies in Rwandacenter_img Image: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund / gorillas.org © 2012 Phys.org Snares are small loops of plant leaves or rope, fashioned in a noose and laid on or near the ground. They are attached lightly to a bent bush and strongly to a tree. If an animal steps in the snare, the rope is released from the bendy bush causing the noose to tighten around the victim, who cannot run away because of the tether to the tree. Some victims are retrieved when poachers come to check their snares; others die from dehydration.Those who work with gorillas have known for quite some time that the animals possess a brain that supports an intellectual level that far surpasses most other animals, including most other primates. In short, they’re really smart. Unfortunately, there is not much documented evidence to support such claims due to the few studies that have been done to measure it. This is because there are relatively few animals available in captivity that can be studied and because of the limited environment in which the animals live in the wild, which means, practically speaking, they don’t often run into situations that require much brainpower. But when they do, researchers say, it can take your breath away.To dismantle a snare, the gorillas pull the bent branch back, breaking it and releasing the tension in the rope. In the film, the two young gorillas get right to work indicating they’d done it before, and the researchers report that once finished the duo moved to another snare and disabled it as well.The researchers also note that the snare destroying episode came shortly after the death of an infant gorilla that had become trapped in a snare; in trying to escape it had broken its shoulder which led to gangrene setting in.Snares are common in protected parks in Africa as poachers set traps hoping to get some bush-meat either for consumption directly or to sell on the black market. The snares are not normally strong enough to trap a full grown gorilla or even a juvenile but present a significant threat to those still very small. The researchers report that the recent death of an infant was the second this year.last_img read more

Court records evidence in case against Irom Sharmila

first_imgA Delhi court today recorded statements of three police officials as prosecution witnesses in a case, in which rights activist Irom Sharmila is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide during her fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar in 2006.Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain recorded testimonies of inspector Subhash, assistant sub-inspector Pal Singh, who was head constable at the Parliament Street Police Station at the time of the incident and constable Kapil. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe court fixed the case for tomorrow for recording evidence of other witnesses.Sharmila, who is on a fast for over 14 years in Manipur, demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was also present in the court during the hearing.Sharmila (42) is currently under judicial custody in another case lodged against her in Manipur. The court had earlier recorded statements of four prosecution witnesses.last_img read more

Ramzan Spread

first_imgIftar is a meal taken just before sunset, to break the fast. Traditionally, Muslims eat three dates in adherence to the Prophet Mohammad as he preached and practiced the same.Dates are followed by a sumptuous healthy meal, which traditionally consists of choley or kaale chane, pakode, dahi vade, fruit salad, samosas and sandwiches followed by light drinks like Roohafza, shikanji or fruit juice.The roze-daar (faster) strives to eat as healthy as possible for sehri or suhoor. The meal before the fast, eaten in the morning. The sehri should be very healthy as for a 14-15 hour fast, the body needs energy all day long. So, eat right as so is his will. For many people, iftar quite naturally translates into sumptuous meal. But, some prefer to keep it simple and light. Saad Mohammad, a foodie from Zakirnagar says, “biryani is a must in the gap of iftar and Tarawee”. For him, an essential iftar meal is incomplete without delicious chunks of Chicken or Mutton. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Whereas, Aiman Sartaj of Old Delhi believes in keeping it light for iftar by including boiled chana, fruit salad and lemonade in her meal. Being a weight-conscious girl, she avoids eating the traditional khajla and phaini for sehri as the gracious use of ghee bothers her. What is the ‘right food’? What is an ideal Ramzan meal like? What do we eat for iftar? What to have for sehri? Well, here are some of the easily available tasty and healthy items that can be in your perfect meal. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDrinks:Flavored lassi – To quench parched throats, with a flavorful drink, Lassi is the drink to have in summers. Available in many flavors, it can really refresh you.Sandalwood Sherbet – Giving a subtle woody aroma, this sherbet has a great cooling effect. Its a great choice as an iftar drink.Starters:Pineaple raita – It is a yogurt based serving in which pieces of pineapple and pomegranate are added, as they are healthy and tasty. Raita, due to the ease in digestion it gives can be part of sehri as well. Chicken shammi kebab – A lavish iftar spread is incomplete without a non-vegetarian dish. Chicken tikka serves the purpose of keeping it light and flavourful, which can either be fried or baked.Chicken kebabs, fried or baked, make for the perfect ingredient for a lavish iftar spread, as it is light and flavorful, especially for a non-veg dish.Main Course:Whole wheat naan – A naan made of wholewheat floor is a good choice to make part of your Iftar meal. Its very nutritious and served best with daal makhni or any other curry based dish.Biryani – Biryani is an integral part of Iftar spread not only in India but in several other countries. Healthier than white, brown rice is better in terms of both nutritional and other health benefits. Adding chickpeas, carrot, beans, paneer or even chicken to brown rice makes it a healthy meal.Desserts:Seviyan Kheer – Vermicelli kheer is a healthy and low fat dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth. Almonds and cashews can be included in the kheer, if a little bit of natural fat doesn’t bother you. Do not forget, it tastes best when served chilled.Mango Mousse – This light, mango flavored creamy mousse is sure to delight you after the fast.Happy Fasting & Feasting!last_img read more

Bringing modern India to forefront

first_imgEven though India is a vast country, India barely has anything of its own. From various vegetables, fruits to spices, almost everything was brought to India and became a part of the culture. The same goes for the rugs and carpet industry in India. “Most of the designs of rugs that we see in the market are either inspired by middle-eastern, Nepalese or Indo-Tibetan cultures. You don’t get to see something that is inspired by our own contemporary Indian culture,” said Angelique Dhama, President of OBEETEE. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndia’s largest luxury carpet maker, OBEETEE, has launched the second edition of the ‘Proud to be Indian’ series with Abraham & Thakore, one of the most successful and respected design houses in India. The new handcrafted collection of rugs fuses timeless traditional techniques with a bold, contemporary colour palette and edgy artistry. The initiative is aimed at bringing the loom to the modern Indian context.The new ‘Proud to be Indian’ collection touches upon India’s fascinating elements: The borders of vintage saris from Kanchipuram, block prints from Sanganer and the timeless tie and dye Bandhani from Kutch. The designs are also influenced by the geometry of double Ikat Telia Rumals and the art of calligraphy; the ornate lettering techniques. Other vintage elements like old handwritten letters, faded ink and calligraphic strokes have also been used in this labour of love. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the launch of second edition of Proud to be Indian collection, Rudra Chatterjee, Chairman, OBEETEE, said “We are proud to partner with Abraham & Thakore to create rugs that represent design, material and craftsmanship that are local, yet exceptional in heritage and quality. What attracted us was their mastery of design, which is both cutting-edge yet tied intricately to India’s ethos.”Elaborating on the association, Angelique Dhama, President, OBEETEE, said, “We were aware of the strong Persian and Central Asian design language of most carpets, we felt the time had come to showcase rugs influenced by India’s own textile traditions, but with an evolved design vocabulary. Though the inspiration comes from India’s rich heritage, the elements and colours are fresh and fun, making the whole compilation very contemporary. This collection reaffirms the ingenuity of the human hand.” With some of the finest weavers to this task; it took more than a year to weave one carpet, hence, providing a year’s employment. The carpets are all hand-knotted using different yarns and finishes. The finest silk was procured and rugs were woven with a knot density of about 200 knots per square inch. “Each rug is made of exquisite material with almost 65-70% of silk and 30-35% of wool. Even the washes that have been applied are either gold or silver finish so as to elevate the product. The carpets are also customised for our patrons. Each buyer can scan a QR code embedded in the tapestry of the carpet and read details about its weaver,” explained Dhama.”When we were approached by OBEETEE, we were excited to be developing carpets with India’s finest carpet weaving company. We found the premise of the project, which focuses on combining the finest carpet weaving skills of India with an Indian design sensibility both challenging and timely,” said designers Abraham & Thakore.”The beauty of this collection lies in the technical virtuosity of a hand knotted carpet, where millions of threads are individually knotted together to create the complex surface of matt and sheen. The design sensibility is low key yet highly distinctive, with a strong respect for material, form and craft,” said the designers.After unveiling the Abraham & Thakore collection in Delhi, OBEETEE will showcase the collection in Germany, followed by New York.last_img read more

Get garden torches bird baths to beautify outdoor space

first_imgGet garden torches, stools and bird baths for your outdoor space where you can spend some leisure time.Here are some tips and tricks suggested by the experts: Garden torches are the in thing. Thinking of having the perfect barbecue night or a karaoke stage in the lawn? This is one decor item which is sure to light up your evening. Garden torches also create the much-needed warmth during a chilly winter evening.Garden stools come in different colours and materials. They are an attractive decorative piece. If you have garden stools, which are mostly waterproof, the issue of drinks getting spilled or the stools getting wet while watering the plants would never arise. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWho wouldn’t want to lie down and enjoy some me-time by looking at the sky? A colourful hammock tied across the branch of a tree could work wonders to make you feel relaxed. If you are a beach person, you could also fill the surface where the hammock is tied with sand to give you the much needed ‘beachy’ feel.If you are a lover of art and sculpture, an outdoor fountain carved of stone can light up your ambience. Fountains with waterfall or fountains with LED lights are perfect. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveGoing by the summer heat, another must-have decor item in your outer space is a bird bath. Bird baths help birds cool themselves. It’s a beautiful decor item which comes in various sizes.Add a fire bowl to your outside area and couple it up with a laid-back seating to fit the no-hurries, no-worries vibe. The fire bowl will warm up the yard during cooler weather to provide a perfect atmosphere for a lazy night.Use string lights to make your outdoor space look like a festive, fun spot all year round. Pick up some quirky string lights to add a charming touch and set a new mood over your lawn.There is no better way to relax than with a drink or book in your hand and resting back in your lounge chair.Get an adjustable lounge chair with arms and a padded headrest for maximum comfort.Designing a playhouse for your children just got easy. Set up a glow in the dark teepee tent for them to enjoy their leisure time.last_img read more