Rewind: Kharisma McIlwaine Catches Up With The Cast Of “Think Like A Man Too” In Philly

first_imgKharisma McIlwaine & Meghan Good(Courtesy of Kharisma McIlwaine) What do you get when you combine a diverse group of friends, bachelor/ bachelorette parties, and Vegas? The answer: insanity and non-stop laughs. Will Packer and Tim Story team up again with “Think Like A Man Too”, the film sequel to Steve Harvey’s best selling book, Act Like A Lady Think Man. The dynamic group of actors from the original cast are back for the sequel with even more relationship hurdles and adventures. Stars of “Think Like A Man Too”, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy, made their way to Philadelphia to promote their film. They gave me the inside scoop on just what it was like to be a part of “Think Like A Man Too”. Meagan plays Maya, the “90 Day Rule Girl” In the sequel, she has successfully managed to capture the heart of “The Player” Zeke, played by Romany Malco. The chemistry is undeniable with every member of the cast. One scene in particular was a full on debacle, and had me in stitches! Megan shared what it was like managing some level of order while working with a cast with such huge personalities. “Part of it was choreographed, the other part was like, get in where you fit in. Do whatever comes natural, and try not to hurt yourselves” (said with a laugh). Michael Ealy, who plays Dominic “The Dreamer”, shared Meagan’s sentiment about working with a star studded cast, which includes Philly’s own Kevin Hart. “Kevin’s kind of comedy…well he’s just so charming. Kevin can talk about his infidelity in such a way that you laugh. Now when you discuss infidelity, there are a lot of women who don’t find it funny at all!  Somehow, Kevin does it in a way that he’s not running from it, and it’s funny and charming. You just go with it. He’s a lovable guy in that way. I find that working with Kev at his level, he’s operating at a ten. If there’s no one there to ground him, i.e. myself…I don’t know what that looks like…but it seems that might be kind of a train wreck! I feel like, comedy has to be balanced. That’s how someone in comedy is able to shine, if you have that gravitas… that person that is grounding the scene… that makes it real.” Hopefully we can get the whole cast back for a trilogy, but in the meantime, Please treat yourself and go to see “Think Like A Man Too” in theaters nationwide. Hurry before it’s gone!last_img read more

An aquarium accident may have given this crayfish the DNA to take over the world

first_imgThe genome of the marbled crayfish reveals its history and its secret to success.  It sounds like a bad monster movie plot: A 10-legged mutant creature that reproduces asexually, escapes from confinement in Germany, and quietly begins a global invasion. Within 2 decades, clones of the voracious animal spread through Europe and Africa, bringing devastation to ecosystems and threatening native species.That appears to be the strange-but-true story of the marbled crayfish, an invasive freshwater species suspected to have been created through a reproductive accident in an aquarium around 1995. A new analysis of the crustacean’s genome supports this unlikely origin and may help explain how the animal has subsequently spread and adapted to so many new environments.The crayfish’s unusual evolution could also suggest a strategy to tackle a more infamous clonal monster: cancer. “In many ways, the invasive expansion of [the marbled crayfish] is analogous to a cancerous lineage spreading asexually at the expense of its host,” says Jean-François Flot, an evolutionary genomicist at the Free University of Brussels who was not involved with the work. Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The marbled crayfish is the only decapod crustacean that reproduces asexually, with the all-female species making clones of itself from eggs unfertilized by sperm. It has been thought to have arisen when two slough crayfish, imported from Florida for the aquarium trade in Germany, mated.Since its discovery in 1995 in Germany, the marbled crayfish has spread across Europe and into Africa in huge numbers. “They eat anything—rotten leaves, snails or fish broods, small fish, small insects,” says Frank Lyko, a molecular geneticist at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg. “This crayfish is a serious pest,” adds Gerhard Scholtz, an evolutionary biologist at Humboldt University in Berlin, who has tracked its rapid spread across the globe, including Madagascar, where its success threatens the existence of the seven crayfish native to that island country. The European Union banned the species: It must not be sold, kept, distributed, or released to the wild.Five years ago, Lyko became interested in the marbled crayfish, now called Procambarus virginalis, because he thought its newly evolved asexual nature might parallel how a normal cell turns cancerous and begins generating clones of itself. In particular, he wanted to study the genomes of marbled crayfish to uncover basic mechanisms underlying epigenetics, the binding of molecules to DNA that can drive tumor growth and help cancer spread.So, Lyko and his colleagues sequenced genomes of about a dozen marbled crayfish from different parts of the world and performed less detailed genetic analyses of two dozen more from across Madagascar. At 3.5 billion DNA bases in length, the crustacean’s genome is bigger than the human genome, but contains about the same number of genes, 21,000, they report today in Nature Ecology & Evolution. This is the first genome of a decapod, a group of 10-legged crustaceans that includes shrimp, lobsters, prawns, and crabs, as well as crayfish. “This [work] opens the way for comparative genomics and identification of [unique features] in this group of ecological and economically important species,” says Etienne Danchin, an evolutionary biologist at the National Institute of Agricultural Research in Sophia-Antipolis, France, who was not involved with the research.The study also “provides clues about how this genome arose and may help conservationists better track the spread of this invasive species,” Shotz says.As suggested by some preliminary evidence, the marbled crayfish has three sets of 92 chromosomes, not the usual two, and each set is essentially a version of the chromosomes belonging to the slough crayfish (P. fallax). Two of the three sets of chromosomes are virtually identical, but the third is different enough that Lyko’s team concludes the marbled crayfish likely arose from the mating of two slough crayfish from different regions of the world thrown together in an aquarium. One must have had an abnormal egg or sperm that retained two copies of its chromosomes instead of the usual single set that is in such germ cells, Lyko explains. The bringing together of the two distant slough crayfish enhanced the genetic variation within the new clonal “species.” Such a union “would never happen in the wild,” he asserts.Schotz isn’t totally persuaded that the genomic pile-up happened inside an aquarium, versus two slough crayfish meeting in the wild. “It is mere speculation that it originated in captivity,” he says. But the analysis of marbled crayfish DNA from across Europe and Africa, he says, ”shows that all these crayfish are clones—with identical genomes the world over.”More important than the crustacean’s origin may be that this clone thrives in a wide variety of freshwater habitats, with different temperatures, salinities, and acidity. Clones are supposed to be at a disadvantage because they lack the genetic variation to adapt to new situations. But, “This paper suggests that an animal species can rapidly invade a large geographical area despite reproducing without sex and being clonal,” Danchin says.The marbled crayfish’s three sets of chromosomes may be key, containing enough variety for adapting to different conditions. Danchin studies a very successful plant parasite, a nematode that reproduces asexually and also has three sets of chromosomes.Susan Adams, an aquatic ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Southern Research Station in Oxford, Mississippi, agrees. Work in other organisms shows that having an extra set of chromosomes can boost the number of young and may help the clones adjust to new environments. “Greater adaptability is expected to enhance invasion success,” she says.A further advantage, Adams says: A clone can establish a new population starting with just one individual. “It is interesting to contemplate the global, ecological implications of an exceedingly rare evolutionary event arising in someone’s aquarium.” *Correction, 6 February, 10:20 a.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the marbled crayfish is the only crustacean that reproduces asexually. By Elizabeth PennisiFeb. 5, 2018 , 11:00 AM Huetter, C./picture alliance/Arco Images G/Newscom An aquarium accident may have given this crayfish the DNA to take over the worldlast_img read more

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gets death threat from ISIS in Malaysia

first_imgArt of Living conducts a yoga program involving 10,000 people in Penang, Malayasia.Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is currently in Malaysia, has received death threats from the terror group ISIS, his office said in a press release on Saturday.In a letter to the manager of Hotel Jen, where the Indian guru is staying, the group warned that the hotel would be destroyed and he would be killed if he is allowed to carry out “Hindu activities” in the country.The letter alleged that the guru claims himself “as non-religious” person but his organization Art of Living has been “converting Muslims in Iran and Iraq”. It is “meddling in Islamic affairs”, it said.It apparently sought to forewarn the organisers that he and the hotel will be destroyed if he sets foot in the country.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gets death threat from ISIS in MalaysiaThe letter said ISIS doesn’t want him to step in any Muslim country and advised the authorities to convey the message.Meanwhile, the Indian embassy and the local authorities in Malaysia have been informed about the letter.The Indian guru was expected to address a huge gathering at Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang on Saturday evening.Earlier in the day, his organisation conducted a yoga program involving 10,000 people in Penang.last_img read more

Rishabh Pant breaks into ODI team after runs in Tests

first_imgPublished on COMMENT COMMENTS Rishabh Pant on Thursday earned a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI team, replacing Dinesh Karthik for the first two games against the West Indies.The wicketkeeper-batsman’s call-up was on expected lines after he impressed in his debut Test series against England before scoring an entertaining 92 in the first Test against the West Indies in Rajkot.Captain Virat Kohli, who was rested for the Asia Cup last month, returns to lead the side. The five-match series begins in Guwahati on October 21.Squad (for first two ODIs): Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper),Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul. Rishabh Pant earns a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI team. File Photo   –  The Hindu cricket SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rishabh Pant earns a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI team. File Photo   –  The Hindu × October 11, 2018last_img read more

Jinson Johnson breaks national record to win silver, qualifies for World Championships

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: HindustanAdvertisementIndia’s Jinson Johnson clinched a silver in the ISTAF Berlin event and in the process qualified for the World Championships.Image Courtesy: HindustanThe Asian Games gold medallist finished the 1500m race in 3:35:24 minutes behind United States’ Jousha Thompson at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.In the course of finishing second, Jinson bettered his previously held national record of 3:37:62 that he had achieved at Nijmegen in June.Thus by not only bettering his own record, Jinson also managed to qualify for the World Championships to be held in Doha from 28th of this month.Expressing his delight after the race, Jinson said that he hadn’t expected to win the silver medal. Also he went on to say that the next year’s Olympics was his ultimate dream.“I was expecting to set new national record but did not expect to win the silver. I will now go to Colorado in USA for further training and then to Doha for World Championships.”“I am very happy. But my ultimate aim is to do well in Tokyo 2020,” said Jinson after the event.Also Read:All-round performances help Yoddhas and Bulls win biglast_img read more

The 16 best types of recruiting fanatics

first_imgWe’re way past you guys knowing my thoughts on recruiting — all of it is well-documented on this site. I do a terrible job of covering recruiting on PFB even though there’s a way to do it correctly, just because I’m so turned off by the entire process.I guess I don’t see a beneficial end game to being locked in to recruiting information. You could say the same about sports in general, I guess, but for me the fun part about sports is getting to talk about outcomes (and more so, moments) with your friends. What is the moment with recruiting?Did you see the way he signed that letter of intent that binds him to a school which owes him nothing?! Reminded me of the way John Adams signed the Declaration of Independence! What gorgeous pen strokes for a guy his size!But whatever, just because I’m not always into it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s wrong, per se.[1. I have been lost in the 247 vortex a time or two more than I care to admit — I presume this is a safe place to disclose that.] As long as you go about it the right way and aren’t bro-tweeting at 17-year-olds about why your university is the best university in the country, then to each his own.I have, however, made a list of my favorite types of recruiting fans out there (I am not exempt from all of these either). This was brought on earlier this week when everybody went bonkers over Mason Rudolph committing to OSU over LSU and a few other schools. I laughed, searched Twitter, and started writing.This list has probably already been made — many times, even — but I didn’t Google it because I wanted some sense of originality in mine.Here we go…1. The “you have to see the arm on this kid” guy — Sadly, I probably fall in this camp [googles thousands of words written about Wes Lunt, hangs head in shame]. The best arms in the history of sports are probably something like 1. Vlad Guerrero 2. Warren Moon 3. Roberto Clemente 4. Ichiro 5. Ryan Mallett and 11,921. Dude you’re talking about. I also love the “he throws like the thing was shot out of a cannon” line. If he literally threw that way we’d have a bunch of dead wide receivers on our hands. Which would obviously be bad.2. The “wait until you see what our strength guy does with his body” guy — One of my favorite lines is “man, in three semesters with [school trainer] he’s going to gain at least 20 pounds of muscle. Gonna be a monster.” Ok…wait, why are we studying his body to begin with? What if recruits talked about our bodies…”man, three more years of blogging at home and eating chips and salsa every day, Kyle, and you’re going to gain at least 20 pounds of fat. Your kid is going to think you’re a monster!”3. The “he’s gonna go great when paired with [other person who plays his position]” — What is he, a bottle of wine?4. The “he reminds me of [legend from your school]” guy — He’s 17.5. The “I know we were recruiting 29 running backs, but this was our guy all along” guy — This is my favorite, and I’m not sure it’s even close. The brother of this guy is the guy who, when a recruit chooses a different school, says “meh, we didn’t want him anyway…he wasn’t (wait for it) ‘our guy’” This actually happened yesterday with Rudolph and LSU. I laugh every time.6. The “I know he was a big-time recruit but he didn’t really fit our system” guy — A close cousin of “this was our guy all along” guy. This is the guy who justifies not getting Jadeveon Clowney. I know he’s 6’7 280 lbs., runs a 4.05, and may or may not have murdered a QB in high school but I just don’t see how he fits with our defensive scheme. Right.7. (when the best of 29 RBs decommits after being committed for 10 months) The “we never wanted him anyway, he has some character issues” guy — We’ll call it the Bralon Addison effect. Wait, didn’t you just write, like, 120 Facebook posts in a 250-day stretch about how much ____________ was going to help your team?!8. The “we’re a 2-star to 5-star factory anyway” guy — A distant cousin of “wait until you see what our strength guy does with his body” guy. I know you think Rob Glass is going to turn that 2-star safety from Del City into the next Sean Taylor (RIP) but yeah, not happening.9. The “your gunna totally luv [college town], bro Twitter mention” guy — This is the guy bro-tweeting everybody on your school’s Rivals watch list. This is also where we start treading into “wait a second, how deep are you into this recruiting thing?” territory.And when was the biggest decision of a high school kid’s life ever swayed by some dude on Twitter using a selfie of him and his bros at the Tumbleweed as his Twitter photo and begging the kid to come play football at his school? And if that’s the case…I mean…do you really want that kid?!SO many questions…10. The recruiting service roulette guy — You know…I know [recruit you’re discussing] is 5’4 188 lbs. but Rivals has historically rated undersized linebackers too low. I prefer the rankings at National Recruitnik Nation which ranks [recruit you’re discussing] as a top-five guy at his position.Nolan (@nolancox) decided to weigh in with a few jewels at this point, I’ll let him take us home..11. The “yeah I don’t really keep up with recruiting, all I know about this year’s class is that we have seven 4-stars, 16 3-stars, three 2-stars and a couple NR’s who have signed an LOI plus four more solid verbals and a soft commit from this 3 star ATH out of Wichita Falls…plus we’re in the running for a couple other guys including this SICK receiver out of Charleston, SC who runs a 4.43 and reps 225 like 18 times..that’s all just based off of Rivals though because like I said, I don’t really have time to keep up with it since I have a lot of other stuff going on” guy12. The “well I know he’s only a 3-star, but he plays at Sand Springs and my cousin’s friend is the waterboy at Edmond North so he’s seen him play a lot and says he’s going to be better than Joseph Randle” guy13. The “you haven’t heard of that guy?” guy — Pretty self explanatory, yes?14. The name dropper — Well I was roommates with the equipment manager in college so Dez Bryant basically lived at my dorm. I just don’t think any of our receivers this year will be as good as him but I guess we’ll see.15. The non-name dropper — I can’t tell you who told me this, and you can’t tell ANYONE, but I KNOW we’re getting this guy. [sly grin, head nod]16. The “he’s from my home town so I’m going to hype him up, talk about what a good kid he is because his parents went to the same church as me, and act like I basically raised him” guy.What did we miss?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Spencer Sanders Talks Family, Faith and His Love for Small-Town Life

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Friday, the Oklahoma State football Twitter account shared a Dru Brown mini-feature, but Saturday, it was Spencer Sander’s turn.What really matters to @SpenceSanders. #GoPokes #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) July 27, 2019As with Brown, Sanders mentions his family and faith before going into details about what he likes about OSU and Stillwater. He also talks a great deal about leadership.“This culture here, this environment that is surrounded just off of this university, fits me perfectly,” Sanders said. “Coming here and learning from these coaching staffs and just listening to all these motivational speeches, I’ve learned that everything I thought I couldn’t do or the things that I let stop me is just a mental fear.“I have to be the best leader that I can be for this team because if I’m slacking in my role, I could give a chain reaction to slack somewhere else. I don’t want to be that type of influence on anybody on this team. I want to be known for a great leader, and I want my teammates to come to me for anything that they want to talk about. And I’ll always be there for them.”Sanders also brought up the fact that he didn’t see the field at all in 2018, despite being such a highly touted recruit.“I know a lot of people wanted me to play last year, and I thank them for that, but I feel like last year really helped me grow as a person,” Sanders said. “To show me that there is more to football than just football. It helped me become a leader and a better person for my family and the people around me.”last_img read more

Oxfam Celebrates 15 Years Working With Coldplay

first_imgThe 2017 leg of Coldplay’s ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour, which comes to the U.S. on August 1st, marks 15 years of Oxfam working with Coldplay.In that time, over 60,000 Coldplay fans have signed up to support Oxfam campaigns to highlight unfair trade practices and the plight of refugees.Chris Martin said: “As a band, we’re really proud to have had Oxfam on the road with us for the past fifteen years. It’s given our incredible fans the chance to show their support for campaigns from Make Trade Fair to supporting refugees.”Coldplay has been among Oxfam’s most high profile and vocal supporters, using their worldwide success to help Oxfam campaign on all five of their tours in over 50 countries. Front man Chris Martin first travelled with Oxfam in 2002 to Haiti. Since then he’s visited coffee farmers and projects in India.Oxfam first joined Coldplay on their 2003 ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’ tour, then the 2005 ‘Twisted Logic’ tour, their mammoth ‘Viva La Vida’ world tour in 2008/9 and again at their ‘Mylo Xyloto’ tour in 2012. During that time, thousands of volunteers have been recruited in each country to talk to fans at the concerts.

In 2016 Oxfam campaigners launched the Stand as One campaign to highlight the need to help and protect people forced to flee conflict and disaster. So far 32,000 Coldplay concert goers have signed up to the campaign.

Rachel Edwards, Oxfam’s on tour coordinator said: “The tour is really important in creating a global movement of Coldplay fans from the Philippines to the UK who are standing with refugees and demanding that world leaders do more. More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes through no fault of their own, and it’s fantastic to see how the people we meet on the tour want to support our campaign for change.”A few volunteer spots remain for music fans who’d like to join Oxfam and Coldplay at shows on this tour. Go to to apply.last_img read more

India may increase crude oil imports from Brazil, Mexico

first_imgNew Delhi: India may increase oil imports from Brazil and Mexico to offset the loss of Venezuelan oil in the wake of US sanctions on that country. Venezuela is the fourth largest oil supplier to India after Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. It accounted for about 11 per cent of India’s oil supplies in 2017-18, supplying close to 18 million tonnes (mt). But the oil imports from Venezuela have come under threat following the US sanctions, forcing Indian companies to scout for alternate markets. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDiplomatic sources said that both Brazil and Mexico have expressed their desire to strengthen energy sector cooperation and India is evaluating the option and will take a call once it gets reports from its public and private sector oil marketing companies. India shares good trade relation with both Mexico and Brazil. Both countries are also leading producers of oil, with Brazil at the 10th largest oil producer globally with a production of about 150 million tonnes (mt) of crude and Mexico at 11th position (production 110 mt). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The two countries can be useful alternate to Venezuelan oil but a decision to enhance imports would depend only after accessing the quality of oil and terms of supply that should be comparable with of Venezuela,” said the source. India is already importing oil from both Brazil and Mexico but the quantity had come down progressively since 2013. While India imported crude worth $ 3.50 billion and $ 1.78 billion from Mexico and Brazil respectively in 2013, this went down to $1.38 billion and $0.81 billion now. Mexico’s state oil company Pemex has reported a decline in production due to its ageing fields resulting in lower output. But the situation may change soon with a new government pushing up production focusing on inviting foreign investment in their fields. Brazil also is undertaking big reforms in the energy sector to increase production and exports of oil. India imported 155 mt of oil in 2017-18. The imports are expected to hit over 170 mt in FY19 with Saudi Arabia being the largest supplier followed by Iraq and Iran. Oil imports from Iran are already on the decline due to US sanctions. This is expected reduce further once the US removes the waiver given to certain oil importing countries. The US is seeking to cut off Venezuela’s oil revenue as part of its efforts to build pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to step down. The sanctions mean that anyone using US banking channels or having a big presence in the US and continuing to deal with Venezuela will also face restrictions. In view of this, Indian buyers such as Reliance Industries and Nayara Energy (formerly Essar Oil) have already reduced oil imports. These companies are big on oil imports from Venezuela. In fact, Reliance Industries accounted for 80 per cent of Venezuelan oil imports to India in 2018 at 270,000 barrels a day. But the company has reduced its purchases of Venezuelan crude oil to well below its contracted levels.last_img read more

What the Bus Sexual Assault Says About Moroccan Youth, Media, and…

Rabat – On August 20, a video showing a young woman being sexually assaulted inside a Casablanca bus shocked the Moroccan public, after being shared widely on news and social media.The scene was especially disturbing as the perpetrators were revealed to be minors and the victim a mentally challenged person. Yet, shock grew bigger as a segment of social media users, as well as residents of the attackers’ neighborhood, came out in support for the attackers, finding justifications for their act.The incident raises serious questions about Moroccan youth, the role of the media, and the moral direction of Moroccan society in general. Boys with no FutureIn December 2016, the Delegate General of the Moroccan penitentiary administration, Mohamed Salah Tamek, painted a bleak picture of the situation of Moroccan youth, revealing that the number of incarcerated Moroccan teenagers under the age of 20 increased had by 55 percent, and that the number of those under 18 was even bigger, with a 140 percent increase, 83 percent of which were in preventive detention.The shocking figures showed that juvenile delinquency is on the rise in the kingdom, with more and more teenagers seeing no future but one of crime.The boys involved in the bus sexual assault, aged between 15 and 17, appear to be among them.They were already members of a gang, led by an individual with a criminal record, as reported by the local media. The gang was known to have previously engaged in robbery.Police investigations revealed that the rape incident took place three months ago and was only leaked when a mobile of one of the attackers was stolen.The fact that these boys turned to crime at such an early age raises serious questions about the factors that might have led to this situation.“The spread of this phenomenon is proof that institutions, especially the family, are failing,” Mohamed El Baroudi, a psychologist who has researched teenage delinquency, told Morocco World News.He explained that delinquents tend to be “aggressive towards society,” in order to prove they have “guts” and are “independent [and] autonomous.”“[They suffer] from a lack of affection, and so [they try] to affirm [themselves] in this way,” said El Baroudi.A Society in Moral DecadenceThe rape attempt incident was quite unusual in comparison with other cases of rape, noted Moroccan sociologist Salah Laariny.In a conversation with MWN, he explained how the Casablanca assault did not fit the general pattern of rape crimes.“Rape is a social phenomenon, but it is usually committed in secrecy,” said Laariny. “The rapist has his own strategies to commit this act away from people’s eyes.” The bus incident broke this rule. It was carried out in full view on public transport. Added to that was the fact that it was documented by camera, and that the perpetrators appeared smiling and laughing during the assault.“This is a complex incident in which we find elements of harassment, rape, publicity, and indifference to the people who were present,” observed the sociologist.Despite the gravity of the crime, there was a kind of “solidarity” with the attackers from their community and some social media users, who put the blame on the victim, pointing to so-called indecent clothes she was wearing.Some even went further, launching threats on Facebook to rape girls and women who had taken to the streets to show solidarity with the victim and protest against what they deemed a “rape culture” in society.This attitude is seen by Laariny as sign of a “normalization with criminality,” where violent acts become tolerated and accepted by many.Beyond normalization, however, the sociologist suggested we are witnessing a “dangerous moral decadence in Moroccan society.”Media Attitude: Exploiting Instead of UnderstandingExtensive coverage by the Moroccan media made the shocking event a hot topic, guaranteeing it more clicks and views. While doing so, some elementary journalism ethics were disregarded.While several Western online media outlets, even those known for sensationalism, chose not to publish the video, a majority of Moroccan ones did not do the same. The video was widely published, often without any indication of the graphic nature of the footage.On top of this, the faces of both the victim and her under-age attackers was shown, instead of being blurred.In Laariny’s view, the media exploited the story, instead of using it to open a debate about the causes of the horrific incident.To the sociologist, the media should play this role, as society, whose reaction largely did not go beyond an instant condemnation and an apology by some, failed to do so.“The truth is that very few people tried to understand the the reasons for this incident,” said Laariny, pointing to the social milieu of the attackers who live in dysfunctional families, and are orphans or school drop-outs.He said the teenagers’ behavior finds its roots in youth, education, urban, and health public policies.“These are the true problematics that should be discussed, because similar incidents are going to be reproduced,” he warned, “the only difference being that this incident was documented.” read more

Libya SecretaryGeneral urges immediate end to attacks against civilians

11 May 2011Libyan authorities must stop attacking civilians during their conflict with opposition groups, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has told the country’s Prime Minister, calling for an immediate and verifiable ceasefire so that humanitarian workers can reach people in need. Speaking by telephone last night with Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi, Mr. Ban told the Libyan official that there must be negotiations towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict that erupted in February after protests emerged against the long-standing regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi.“The Prime Minister agreed to receive my Special Envoy, Mr. [Abdul Elah] al-Khatib, and I have instructed him to travel to Tripoli as soon as possible,” Mr. Ban told a press conference in Geneva today.He said he was particularly concerned by reports of people fleeing the fighting in Libya losing their lives at sea.“I ask patrol vessels in the Mediterranean not to wait for distress signals to offer help. Any boat leaving Libya should be considered a boat in need of assistance and protection.”Mr. Ban’s comments echo those of other senior UN officials who have voiced concern about the fighting in the North African nation and the lives lost at sea, and urged the setting up of a ceasefire.He noted that Mr. Al-Mahmoudi told him that the Libyan Government was willing to agree to an immediate ceasefire, along with a monitoring team to be established jointly by the UN and the African Union.“But first and foremost, there should be an end of fighting in Misrata and elsewhere,” the Secretary-General said, referring to the besieged city that has experienced some of the most intense fighting of the conflict.“Then we will continue. We will be able to provide humanitarian assistance and in parallel we can continue our political dialogue with the regime there. My Special Envoy has visited six times and he is going to be there again. I am doing my best efforts in close coordination with the African Union and other coalition forces.” read more

Aimia swings to a loss in quarter that saw it lose Air

MONTREAL — Loyalty program operator Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) swung to a loss in a quarter that saw its share price plunge after Air Canada said it was parting ways with the company.The Aeroplan program operator reported a net loss of $25.1 million or $0.19 per share for the quarter ending June 30, compared with net earnings of $7.2 million or $0.02 per share for the same period last year.The company said earnings are so far not impacted by Air Canada’s decision to replace Aeroplan with its own loyalty program by 2020, but Aimia was forced to suspend its dividend because of a capital impairment test required by the Canada Business Corporations Act.Aimia said in results released after market close Wednesday that it is focused on reducing its cost base and securing long-term partnerships response to the airline’s decision.The company said Aeroplan activity was up in the quarter, with no material change in redemption trends, and has maintained its overall 2017 company guidance.Aimia’s share price closed at $1.59 Wednesday, down sharply from the roughly $9 a share it was trading at before Air Canada announced its decision on May 11. read more

Annan notes achievements in protected areas but says success is not guaranteed

“While protected areas have been multiplying, biological diversity has been declining at a rate unprecedented since the last great extinction 65 million years ago,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the fifth World Congress on Protected Areas being held in Durban, South Africa.The World Conservation Union (WCU) organized the Congress, being held under the theme “Benefit beyond boundaries.” More than 2,000 delegates from over 170 countries are attending the event, which runs from today until 17 September.Mr. Annan’s message, delivered by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, said while the number of reported protected areas has multiplied 100-fold to more than 100,000 since 1962, “Essential ecosystem functions are being undermined, perhaps irretrievably, as forests are felled, wetlands drained, and terrestrial and marine habitats degraded by pollution.””The services provided by ecosystems and by biological diversity are the foundation for society’s development,” Mr. Annan stressed. “This is especially true for developing countries, where proportionally more people depend directly on natural resources for fuel, income generation, nutrition and medicines.”He added that it is not only the developing world that depends on biodiversity. “All humanity depends on biological diversity for health, for food security and income generation. Things we often take for granted – soil fertility, watershed management, crop pollination, new pharmaceutical products and genes that protect stock and crops from disease – all depend on the diversity of life,” the Secretary-General said.Mr. Annan said a major challenge was identifying appropriate solutions for the many issues facing protected areas. “Some protected areas are protected in name only. Many, even in the developed world, are sadly under-funded,” he noted.Another major issue that will bear heavily on all efforts to eliminate poverty and achieve truly sustainable development is the protection of oceans, Mr. Annan said. “While more than 11 per cent of the world’s land is protected, less than 1 per cent of the world’s oceans is under protection. Fisheries are collapsing, and coastal areas are reeling from land-based pollution.” read more

UNICEF praises Angolan campaign to score against killer kid diseases

“[The campaign is] a perfect example of how sports, in particular football, can be used as a platform for social mobilization,” UNICEF Communications Chief Joe Paulo de Araujo said Thursday. “And we couldn’t have better advocates than the football stars,” he added.Using the football pitch as a metaphor, the TV spots feature measles getting a red card for foul play while the football stars kick out polio and football nets keep out mosquitoes. Over a three-week period, the nationwide ‘Enjoy a healthy life’ campaign intends to immunize nearly four million children under 5 years-old against measles and polio.The immunization drive is part of a strategic government plan to reach two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of time-bound targets for tackling poverty, illiteracy and other global ills – by aiming to reduce maternal mortality and under-five mortality rates, which are among the highest in the world in Angola, UNICEF said. On average, one in seven Angolan women dies during childbirth and 260 of every 1,000 children never reach the age of six. read more

Brock takes spotlight in mall flash mob

Hugh Gayler, third from left, sings in the “Hallelujah Chorus” flash mob in the Seaway Mall in Welland.He’s a long-time Geography professor and expert in urban geography and urban planning.But this week, Hugh Gayler has a different claim to fame: he was part of choral flash mob that has become an Internet sensation.As vice-chair of Chorus Niagara, the Brock professor was in the thick of a surprise rendition of “Hallelujah Chorus” that broke out in the food court of the Seaway Mall in Welland on Nov. 13.Some 84 Chorus Niagara members masqueraded as diners, shoppers and even janitors, only to break into song to entertain unsuspecting mall patrons.Cameras and cell phones flashed throughout the four-minute performance. Some spectators were moved to tears. The video has gotten more than a million hits on YouTube, and news of it has appeared on nationwide news casts. Chorus Niagara has gotten emails from around the world from people who were moved by the video.The flash mob video was a promotional video for Alphabet Photography, which organized the event. Alphabet Photography is co-owned by Sam Blakeley, who works as a senior administrative developer in ITS.“We are always looking for new innovative ways to reach people and we thought that a flash mob would be fun to do and a great way to spread Christmas cheer,” he said.The performance was initially going to be at the Pen Centre in St. Catharines, but the Seaway Mall was more spacious, Gayler said. The choral singers rehearsed over two weeks, then arrived at 6:30 a.m. that day to choreograph their surprise performance.“It was spontaneous, but it was switched-on spontaneity,” Gayler said.Chorus Niagara is Gayler’s love outside of Geography — his “other side of the brain.” He joined the local chorus shortly after he came to Brock in 1969. The two worlds have only crossed paths once when on a Chorus Niagara visit to England, Gayler found himself leading a London walking tour similar to one he’d give his students.Gayler has been singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” since he was eight years old. He speculates people were moved to tears by the emotion of the piece. Hits to the Chorus Niagara site have increased by 140 per cent compared to this time last year. The publicity has even translated into potential new members.“This whole thing about YouTube and Twitter is new to me,” he said. “It’s a new kind of instant publicity worldwide.” He admits that he’s cynical about avenues like Facebook, where there are hundreds of so-called “friends,” but “I do appreciate the power of this sort of thing.”Other Brock community members involved in Chorus Niagara include Dramatic Arts professor Virginia Reh and Norris Walker, past chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees.Chorus Niagara will perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” again in December as part of their seasonal performance of Handel’s Messiah. The performances are Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church in Grimsby and Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. at Calvary Church in St. Catharines.Gayler looks back fondly at his flash mob experience.“It was fun and everybody regarded it as fun,” he said. “When it was over, we went back to eating and drinking and talking. We just simply got on with our lives.” read more

Serres floodwaters submerge thousands of hectares of farmland

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of hectares of farmland in Serres, northern Greece, have been submerged by floodwaters from the Strymonas River, which broke its banks on Sunday, with local officials struggling to avert further damage by erecting new flood barriers as dams and flood defences have been wrecked.Members of the armed forces, fire service and police remained on standby to protect villages, farms and livestock.Representatives of local authorities were in Athens for talks with Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis that were expected to focus on the extent of the flood damage and claims for compensation.Authorities have also been on standby for the possible flooding of Lake Kerkini after the Strymonas, which flows from Bulgaria, broke its banks.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

David Luiz praises Maurizio Sarri

first_imgThe Chelsea Brazilian footballer believes his coach saved his career and now speaks on the values the Italian manager hasFor Chelsea center-back David Luiz, life under manager Maurizio Sarri has been a blessing.The Brazilian had some problems with the last Blues’ manager Antonio Conte, even deciding to leave the team.But in the end, he stayed and now he spoke to BT Sport on television about how well Sarri manages things at the club.“I think it is about training every day. In the first week I talked to him and said to him that I’m going to work harder to show I want to get into his team and play his philosophy,” he said as quoted by Football London.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“His philosophy is great. It is to press all the time, to play with the ball, possession, without being scared, with happiness, and in the end being concentrated for 90 minutes. That is important. I’m trying to do my best every single match.”“I was a champion with Conte and was in the best XI so I cannot say this way. Conte was a bit more defensive, Sarri is more offensive. I try to adapt. I was playing in a back three in the middle and now I’m playing in a back four. You have to adapt in every match,” he added.“Sarri is a great human also,” he commented.“His philosophy, he wants that. He wants us to take pleasure in the football. You have a privilege to have one of the best jobs in the world. He says this to us every day.”last_img read more

Not Clear What Hoops DOD Needs to Jump through to Gain BRAC

first_imgIt’s no secret that most lawmakers are adamantly opposed to additional base closures and even after the Obama administration in February made its fourth request since 2012 for permission to hold a new BRAC round, it’s not clear that the Pentagon has made any headway with Congress.In fact, it’s difficult to find any lawmaker who will stand up for BRAC. In a story about the growing imbalance between DOD’s infrastructure and its force structure, Federal News Radio contacted six lawmakers who previously had said they would consider the department’s request to consolidate its infrastructure. None, however, agreed to comment for the story.During Capitol Hill hearings last month, John Conger, acting assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment, acknowledged that Congress likely wouldn’t green light a new round unless the department updates the legislation authorizing a new round.“I think it goes without saying that there were a sufficient number of criticisms about the last BRAC round that Congress will want to have different authorizing legislation if they’re going to give us BRAC authority again,” Conger told the web site.What’s not clear is whether any members will take Conger up on his request for input on new legislation authorizing BRAC.DOD Comptroller Mike McCord told Federal News Radio that the department has been reluctant to recommend changes to the BRAC legislation over concerns that doing so would compromise the original spirit of the process.“When you start changing things, people assume you have a secret agenda and you’re trying to bias the process,” McCord said. “I think there’s some virtue in coming in with the same proposal every year and then trying to negotiate. Part of the problem is that we haven’t gotten an up-or-down vote on BRAC in many, many years. And failing to act on our proposal doesn’t give us any feedback on how to modify our proposal,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Peninsula snows to give way to rain

first_imgDownload AudioAreas of the Southern Kenai Peninsula reported between 12 to 30 inches of snowfall over the weekend as well as heavy rain showers. Rebecca Duell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Anchorage says the amount of snowfall will most likely decrease over the next few days.Downtown Homer on the morning of the 22nd (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KBBI – Homer) “The temperatures will be warming. They’ll probably hovering in the upper 30’s to low 40’s for most of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. It should mainly be rain showers that we’re going to be seeing. But there could be some snow showers mixed in, especially during the night,” said Duell.Rain and rising temperatures are predicted to melt the snow and create slippery conditions and there’s an added danger of flooding.“We will be monitoring the rivers. Right now we don’t have reports of flooding but when you are getting this much melting after this much snow pack it is a situation that tends to [cause] quite a bit of flooding,” said Duell.On Sunday the Homer Police Department warned area residents not to drive if it wasn’t absolutely necessary. The heavy snow and rain showers have made driving more dangerous than usual. The department reported a sharp rise in accidents over the weekend.last_img read more

Umar Ashraf Young Millionaire Who Made His Fortune With Smart Investments

first_imgUmar Ashraf known as @umarashraf on Instagram is a 24-year-old entrepreneur who has made his fortune with smart investments and risk management in the stock market. His secret to success is simple. Never give up and always be a student to the game.Ashraf was introduced to trading stocks very early on in his life. The result of that gave him a competitive approach. Starting from nothing Ashraf was able to learn how to make smart decisions with the investments he was making. His risk management skills gave him an edge because Ashaf knew how to read the markets. His passion for trading in the market let him understand the nuances of modern-day trading and risk management.Ashraf considers himself a “forever learning student”, he is also eager to come up with new and up-to-date trading and risk management strategies to help him and his clients flourish in the stock industry. His knowledge, hunger and determination to turn opportunities into new and existing investments has contributed to his recent achievements.Ashraf prides himself on helping others learn how to trade through his most recent venture, Stock Market Lab. This educational platform has become widely popular among users online. As a result, Ashraf has been able to help thousands of people learn the ins and outs of the stock market.Ashraf has also been able to leverage his fun lifestyle to become a widely recognized Instagram personality. He currently has over 80,000 followers.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more