first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CBC, Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Film Productions today announced that Academy® and Golden Globe® award-winning actress Anna Paquin (True Blood, Roots, Margaret, Alias Grace) will star in BELLEVUE, a new 8 x one-hour drama series premiering on CBC in winter 2017. Actors Allen Leech (Downton Abbey, The Imitation Game, Rome) and Shawn Doyle (House of Cards, Big Love, Fargo) will star alongside Paquin in the series. Created by exciting new voice Jane Maggs and veteran producer/director Adrienne Mitchell, BELLEVUE is commissioned by CBC and produced by Muse Entertainment (The Kennedys, Tut) and Back Alley Film Productions (Durham County, Bomb Girls). Filming begins September 19 in and around Montreal.Thrilling and eerie, BELLEVUE is a mystery set in a small blue-collar town with a lot of ‘good people’ who ‘live right’ and take it upon themselves to make sure the neighbours do too. Driving the series is Detective Annie Ryder (Paquin), a cop whose intense and brazen personality has always been at odds with her hometown. When a transgender teen goes missing, Annie dives in to unravel the disappearance that suggests foul play, despite finding herself in a difficult position as she must cast suspicion on people she has known all her life. As the case pulls her further away from her family, she is also confronted by a mysterious person from her past with disturbing answers and a terrifying need to get inside her head. Leech will star as Annie’s on again, off again ex, Eddie, while Doyle will take on the role of Annie’s superior, Police Chief Peter Welland.“Bellevue is a bold addition to CBC’s drama slate,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC Television. “This series is a prime example of the distinct, premium storytelling we strive to deliver our audiences, anchored by extraordinary talent both behind and on the screen.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Award-winning actress Anna Paquin is best known for her seven-season starring role as Sookie Stackhouse in the hit series True Blood. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Paquin began acting at the age of 11 with her breakout role in The Piano, which earned her an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second youngest winner in Oscar history. She has since had a successful career, boasting high profile roles in the X-Men film franchise, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, The Squid and The Whale;25th Hour; Finding Forester; Almost Famous; Amistad; Buffalo Soldiers; A Walk on the Moon; Fly Away Home; Jane Eyre; The Romantics; Margaret; Straight A’s; and HISTORY’s remake of Roots. Paquin also stars in the upcoming CBC and Netflix mini-series Alias Grace. Paquin is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, WME and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.Allen Leech is an Irish stage, television and film actor best known for his role as chauffeur-turned-son-in-law Tom Branson on the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning historical drama Downton Abbey. Leech is a three-time SAG award winner and has appeared in television series The Tudors and Rome. He also starred in The Imitation Game opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, which was nominated for 5 Golden Globes and 8 Academy Awards. Leech can next be seen in Jonathan Mostow’s The Hunter’s Prayer with Sam Worthington.Canadian actor Shawn Doyle was born and raised in Wabush, Newfoundland. He has won two ACTRA awards for his performance in The Eleventh Hour and The Disappeared; a Gemini award for Eight Days to Live; and a Canadian Screen Award forJohn A: Birth of a Country. Other TV credits include the series Lost, CSI, Hannibal, Lie to Me, End Game, Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, 24, Desperate Housewives, Reign and Big Love. Doyle can currently be seen in the CBC drama series This Life; the Syfy series The Expanse; and the upcoming Netflix series Frontier.“Anna Paquin is the perfect actress to bring this brilliant and complex detective to life,” says Executive Producer Michael Prupas, president of Muse Entertainment. “Anna, Allen Leech and Shawn Doyle are internationally recognized actors whose strong talents will draw audiences from across the globe into the rich world of Bellevue.”“We are so excited by Anna’s passion and enthusiasm for the series and know that she’ll bring her signature artistry to this deliciously fraught and driven character,” said Executive Producers Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell of Back Alley Film Productions.Commissioned by CBC, Bellevue is produced by Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Back Alley Film Productions Ltd. The series was created by Jane Maggs and Adrienne Mitchell, with Maggs serving as senior writer, executive producer and co-showrunner with Mitchell, who is pilot director and executive producer. Executive producers are Janis Lundman, Michael Prupas, Morwyn Brebner (Saving Hope, Rookie Blue) and Jesse Prupas. Muse Distribution International is handling the series’ international distribution.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. About Muse Entertainment Enterprises Muse Entertainment is a leading film and television production company and international distributor known for its well-crafted and high-quality productions. Since its founding in 1998, Muse Entertainment has won over 100 awards and garnered over 300 international award nominations. Currently, Muse is producing The Kennedys: After Camelot, the 4-hour follow up to the award winning miniseries The Kennedys; the 2nd season of The Art of More series for Sony Pictures for whom it also produced two seasons of the sci-fi series Helix; as well as the France/Canada coproduced, animated, children’s series Helen’s Place. Muse is also producing multiple mystery movies for Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries Channel as well as the documentary series Collision Course for Reelz Channel. Muse recently produced the 6-hour event television series Tut for Spike Channel, about the life of the famous pharaoh Tutankhamen. The company’s recent productions include four seasons of the supernatural seriesBeing Human, the dramedy series Signed, Sealed, Delivered, the wartime dramatic series Bomb Girls, the dramatic series Pillars of the Earth, Ben Hur, Durham County, and several TV movies for Disney and Hallmark channels. Muse Entertainment maintains production and development operations in Montreal, Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver. For more information, please visit About Back Alley Film Productions Back Alley Film Productions Ltd, founded by Janis Lundman and Adrienne Mitchell, has been producing entertaining and provocative film and television in Canada for over 20 years. The company’s most recent project was WWII drama Bomb Girls starring Meg Tilly, which won Outstanding Drama at the 2013 Gracie Awards and 9 Canadian Screen Awards over the series’ run. Back Alley’s other series include the critically acclaimed crime series Durham County, billed by the New York Times as “entirely addictive,” and recently named “Top Canadian Series of All Time,” by TV-Eh. Mitchell and Lundman are recipients of the Production Award for Excellence from Women in Film & Television. Back Alley has offices in Toronto and Montreal. For more information visit Twitterlast_img read more

Hundreds in Rabat Protest Land Expropriation Marginalization Overgrazing

Rabat – Hundreds of Moroccans from different cities rallied on Sunday near the Parliament in Rabat to condemn the “marginalization” of the people of Essaouira and Souss-Massa region and protest the lack of measures against overgrazing and wild boar damaging their lands.MWNOrganized by Akal Coordination defending people’s rights to land and wealth, the protest is the second of its kind after one last November in Casablanca, as demonstrators stated that their calls “fell on deaf ears.”MWNThe march saw a strong presence of Moroccan Amazigh (Berber) people from the Souss and the Rif region, who are calling on the government to return their “usurped lands” and conduct “a fair distribution of wealth.” The people expressed concern over the repeated attacks of wild boars on their property, complaining that the animals destroy agriculture and plants such as argan trees in the Sous valley of southwestern Morocco.MWNThe demonstration also addressed the issue of law 113.13 related to the management of nomadic pastoralism. The law requires shepherds to obtain permits to find pastures for their livestock to graze on a set of conditions. “We declare our categorical refusal to pasture law 113.13 and call for a radical solution to policies that promote land expropriation, marginalization, and exclusion of indigenous people,” read the banners held by protesters.MWNProtesters condemned acts of overgrazing on lands they inherited from their “forefathers.” They called on the government to abolish the law permitting nomadic pastoralism, expressing frustration at the authorities’ inaction and previous “false promises” to find solutions to their problems.Read Also: Hundreds Rally in Casablanca to Protest Pro-Israeli Enrico Macias ConcertThe march comes a few days after the government approved three bills related to the administrative management of the property of tribal communities and “hereditary lands.”The total of the land areas is estimated at 15 million hectares distributed among 4,563 ethnic groups in the country.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

Discovery of mad cow disease case in Canada shows surveillance working –

Calling it “good news” and urging all countries to continue their checks, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today the discovery of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a cow in Canada proved that active surveillance and diagnosis programmes are working.“The identification of a single case of BSE is not a cause for panic,” Andrew Speedy of the FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division said of BSE, also known as mad cow disease, which is deadly for humans when transmitted through eating contaminated meat.“It is good news that odd single cases of BSE are being picked up by inspection. There has been no sign of an escalation of numbers in any of the countries that have identified isolated cases. Rather, it demonstrates that active surveillance is picking up the one-in-a-million case,” Mr. Speedy added.“All countries should continue to check for the disease and apply precautionary measures, even where BSE has never been found.”Only a few cases had been found in new countries, and the trend in European countries which were most affected is certainly downwards as a result of government programmes to find and destroy the disease, Mr. Speedy said.But, he added, “Even countries which have not found any cases of BSE should now consider adopting more stringent measures.”Keeping the dangerous material out of the food chain and not amplifying the risk through feeding it back to animals are the principle factors to ensure against the survival of BSE in a country. “Stricter rules and attention to detail are called for to be absolutely sure that meat is safe,” Mr. Speedy stressed. read more

UN refugee agency finishes interviewing Sudanese held in Egypt

Staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have finished interviewing the remaining Sudanese detainees who have been held by Egyptian authorities since a Cairo demonstration turned fatally violent in late December, an agency spokesman announced today.Marie-Hélène Verney told reporters in Geneva that over the past several days, 25 legal specialists conducted in-depth status determination interviews – averaging about three hours each – with all of the detainees.“UNHCR last night advised the Egyptian government that 14 of the detainees were found to be persons of concern who should be released immediately,” she said. “We also advised that another 34 recent arrivals should be given five days to appeal UNHCR’s findings, if they wish to do so.”The others were deemed ineligible for international refugee protection under UNHCR’s mandate, but she said the agency reiterated its earlier recommendation, citing humanitarian grounds, that none of the detained Sudanese be deported now given “the unstable and evolving situation in Sudan, family separation, ongoing displacement, and the hardship already suffered by all the detained Sudanese following the recent tragic events in Cairo,” said Ms. Verney.“We hope the remaining detainees will be released,” she said.The agency is also stressing to the Egyptian Government that any of the detainees under criminal investigation should enjoy due process under the law.The Sudanese have been detained since a tragic confrontation in which several people died in Cairo’s Mustapha Mahmoud Square on 30 December following a three month sit-in by some 2,000 people close to the UNHCR office.Most of demonstrators were released from detention within a few days. In early January, UNHCR had asked the Government for a period of at least one month to do proper legal assessments of all the remaining 627 detainees still being held at that time. UNHCR was initially given three days, followed by a week, and then another extension of one week, which ended yesterday.UNHCR’s legal teams worked day and night to assure proper assessments of all the Sudanese remaining in detention. Between 7 and 20 January, as a result of recommendations made by UNHCR’s Cairo office, more than 440 Sudanese were released.In the meantime UNHCR Cairo has continued to deal with the backlog which had arisen over the past three months. “Over the past days hundreds of people, mostly Sudanese, approached our office in Cairo to renew cards, get registered or present other requests,” Ms. Verney said. The agency’s Cairo offices normally provide basic assistance and care to over 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly Sudanese but also Somalis, Eritreans and Ethiopians. read more

UN agencies release updated guidelines for countries on pesticide legislation and labelling

Some 30 years to the day after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) first launched its International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, the agency is calling on countries to make sure that national regulatory frameworks governing the management of pesticides are kept up to date.“Despite the very significant progress achieved since the original promulgation of the Code, many national frameworks for managing pesticides are in need of upgrades to face today’s challenges,” said Ren Wang, FAO Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Safety, in a press release.According to the agency, much more is now known about the long-term health and environmental effects of pesticides, new international agreements have been put in place and it is broadly recognised that poor pesticide management can have negative effects on trade in agricultural produce. Pesticide legislation formulated in the 80s and 90s needs a health check-up to ensure that countries are effectively protecting people and the environment, Mr. Wang warned. Globally, the use of pesticides has continued to grow over the past three decades, he further noted. Industry data suggest that the size of the global pesticide market has doubled over the past 15 years and currently exceeds $50 billion in annual sales.To help address these challenges, FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO) have now released a pair of updated guidelines on pesticide legislation and labelling that take into account new developments and concerns.The revised guidelines explain in detail the elements of a sound national pesticide legal framework, which the UN agencies say serve as a reference point for governments that are reviewing or updating existing pesticide legislation or drafting it from scratch.Meanwhile, an overhauled set of Guidelines is targeted to pesticide regulatory authorities – primarily in developing countries and countries with economies in transition – which are creating or revising national pesticide labelling requirements. A critical element in protecting human health and avoiding negative environmental impacts, pesticide labels explain how to use products correctly and legally, describe potential hazards and precautionary measures, and give instructions on responding to poisonings or spills, the UN agencies highlighted.“FAO encourages all countries to take these guidelines into consideration when reviewing their current pesticide legislation and labelling regimes, with an aim to better protect human health and the environment and to make agriculture more sustainable,” Mr. Wang said.“The 1985 International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides helped bring much needed order to a ‘Wild West situation,’ in which many countries did not yet have legislation for the control of pesticides, and health- and environmental problems stemming from their misuse were rampant,” he continued. “Those who paid the steepest price were millions of poor farmers lacking access to information, training, and proper means of protection.”The Code – renamed the Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management and updated several times, most recently in 2013 – along with a series of supporting FAO guidelines, policy work, and field programs has provided an international reference framework on the control of pesticides for governments and the private sector alike.FAO highlighted that today, nearly all countries have pesticide legislation in place and products generally are better labelled, adding that the most acutely toxic pesticides have been removed from the market in many countries, and alternative approaches to the use of chemicals in agriculture – such as Integrated Pest Management, which emphasizes natural methods to control and prevent pests and diseases – are increasingly becoming mainstream.Yet despite this important progress, the agency said much remains to be done. FAO will be prioritizing support to countries to strengthen their capacity to enforce pesticide legislation and promote integrated pest management to reduce reliance on pesticides.The agency will also provide guidance to governments to help them review their national list of authorized pesticides in order to identify highly hazardous pesticides that require special attention, for instance because the manner in which they are commonly used in the country may pose elevated risks to health or the environment. read more

Iraq Fostering reconciliation should complement military victories against ISIL Security Council told

“The rebuilding of infrastructure, restoration of essential services, rule of law, schools and employment are ever more important to restore confidence in the Government,” the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš, told the Council. “Returns of IDPs [internally displaced people] holds the key to rebuilding Iraq’s solid societal fabric. It is part of the reconciliation and healing,” he added, noting that in general, the pace of returns in the previously liberated despite the Government’s and international community’s efforts is rather slow.Making special mention of the operation against ISIL in Mosul, Mr. Kubiš said that the efforts of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), the Peshmerga, the Popular Mobilization Forces and allied tribal and local volunteers are making steady progress in liberating the city, while trying to avoid excessive risks to the civilian populations. “This liberation operation marks the beginning of the end of the so-called ‘Da’esh caliphate’ in Iraq,” he underscored.He also called on local leaders to ensure that the grievances of the past are addressed and a way is found to live together “after ISIL in justice and equality for all.” “Reconciliation at both community and national level is the way to make military victories against ISIL sustainable, to make Iraq truly peaceful and united,” he highlighted. In his briefing, Mr. Kubiš also informed the Council of credible reports of the group forcing tens of thousands of civilians, including women and children to relocate inside the city, effectively using them as human shields, as well as the killing civilians who refuse to comply with their instructions or those who previously belonged to the ISF, including 232 civilians who were reportedly shot dead on 26 October. He added that as of yesterday, some 35,000 people have been displaced due to the fighting in Mosul, and Iraqi authorities have been providing them transport to emergency sites, where some 20,000 are presently being housed, while many others, he said, have found shelter in host communities. The UN envoy further reported that humanitarian agencies continue their preparations for mass displacement as well as for the upcoming winter. Mr. Kubiš, also the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), noted that the Mission had referred a few sporadic reports, mostly of individuals committing “ad hoc acts of revenge” against captured ISIL fighters to the Iraqi Government for investigation and appropriate action. “The Government must continue its efforts to prevent such incidents from occurring and to investigate and punish any such incidents should they occur,” he reiterated. Further in his briefing, the UN official also called on the Governments of Iraq and Turkey to “tone down” their rhetoric and accelerate bilateral efforts to find a mutually acceptable resolution to the presence of Turkish troops. He also informed the Council of the activities of the UN in Iraq, including UNAMI’s technical advice to Iraq on a number of laws, including one related to prevention of sexual and gender-based as well as the work of UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other UN entities.Also, speaking on the issue of missing Kuwaiti and third-country nationals, as well as Kuwaiti property, including the National Archives, he said the Government of Iraq was injecting much-needed energy and momentum into bolstering efforts to find missing persons. Ján Kubiš, Special Representative the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), briefs the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine read more

The Legend Of Tom Izzo Grows

Last Tuesday, I crunched some numbers on which NCAA men’s tournament coaches exceeded expectations the most since the tourney expanded to 64 teams in 1985, based on their teams’ seeds at the start of the tournament. Perhaps not surprisingly, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo ruled all, with his Spartans winning 14.6 more games than would be expected based on the way they were seeded. And after Izzo won two more games over the weekend to secure the Spartans’ seventh Final Four bid under his watch, we thought we’d update the numbers1With a slight tweak to the SRS adjustment that forces the sum of each tournament’s field-wide expected wins to equal 63. to reflect the latest results.Izzo is still No. 1 of course, with 16.2 wins above expectation now (after adding in his two wins over the weekend, plus Michigan State’s expected future wins according to the FiveThirtyEight tournament predictions), while the coach he beat in the East Regional final, Rick Pitino, ranks second since ’85.Two of Izzo’s fellow Final Four coaches also rank among the top 10. John Calipari of Kentucky (whom the Spartans could face for the national championship in a week) places third. And Mike Krzyzewski, whose Duke Blue Devils will play Michigan State on Saturday, ranks 10th. Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan may seem like the odd man out, but Ryan’s teams have still exceeded expectations — though only by 2.7 wins over his career, which ranks 31st since 1985. read more

Ohio State womens basketball draws Minnesota in conference tournament

The Ohio State women’s basketball team was given the ninth seed in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket Sunday after beating No. 5 seed Michigan at home earlier that afternoon, 66-55. The Buckeyes (17-12, 7-9 Big Ten) outshot the Wolverines (20-9, 9-7 Big Ten), making 54 percent of their shots compared to Michigan’s 50 percent. OSU, however, made 11 of 15 free throws, while Michigan only made 5 of 6, allowing the Buckeyes to hold on to the lead they had grabbed with 8:32 left in the first half. After the game, redshirt senior guard Amber Stokes said the win was an ideal note to head into the conference tournament. “We needed the confidence-booster going into the Big Ten tournament, so this is great,” she said in a press release. OSU is scheduled to take on No. 8 seed Minnesota (18-12, 7-9 Big Ten) in the first round of the tournament Thursday. The Gophers hold a 2-0 record against the Buckeyes this season. They first beat OSU in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan. 10, dropping the Buckeyes to a 0-3 Big Ten record for the first time since 2001. On Feb. 21, the Gophers came to Columbus and beat OSU, 57-56, thanks to a last-second jumper from Minnesota sophomore guard Rachel Banham. OSU coach Jim Foster said after Sunday’s game against the Wolverines that his team had taken the Minnesota loss to heart and improved as a result of it. “You lose a game like the Minnesota game and some folks are going to use the ‘woe is me’ approach and I think this group did just the opposite of that,” he said in a press release. “They came out and were resilient.” The Buckeyes have won four tournament titles, three of which came from consecutive tournaments from 2009-2011. OSU heads into its contest against the Gophers with several Buckeyes who earned Big Ten honors this past week. Freshman guard Ameryst Alston earned her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the week of March 4, while senior guard Tayler Hill was named First Team All-Big Ten for the second season in a row. Hill was also named to the Big Ten’s All-Defensive team for the third consecutive season, along with Stokes, who made the list for the second year in a row. Redshirt sophomore Amy Scullion received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for OSU. OSU is set to take on Minnesota at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The winner of that game is scheduled to face No. 1 seed Penn State Friday at 7 p.m. read more

Charities win Supreme Court challenge to sixfigure award made to daughter who

first_imgAttempts at reconciliation failed, and when 70-year-old Mrs Jackson died in 2004 her will made no provision for her daughter.Martin Oliver, partner at Wright Hassall solicitors, who represented Mrs Ilott, said in a statement: “Heather is naturally very disappointed with the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment.”She is a hard-working mother who brought a claim to seek reasonable financial provision from her mother’s estate under legislation which has been around for over 80 years.”The Court of Appeal’s award comprised the £143,000 to enable Mrs Ilott to purchase her home, the reasonable costs of the purchase, and payments up to a maximum of £20,000 structured in a way that would allow her to preserve her state benefits.In his judgment Lord Hughes said that the original decision had been correct because the District Judge had  already taken into account the impact on Mrs Ilott’s benefits. The decision had been overturned because Court of Appeal judges incorrectly said that the cash award could reduce her entitlement to these. Lawyers said the decision would make it more difficult for children to claim against a parent’s will.Scott Taylor, of law firm Barlow Robbins, said: “This judgment has potentially helped to stem the floodgates for claims by adult children who feel disappointed with the level of provision made for them in a will and has confirmed that only adult children who can demonstrate particularly straitened financial circumstances are likely to succeed.” The Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals argued that the appeal judges “fell into error” when deciding to increase the maintenance payout.The previous judgment said that donations left to charities should be seen as a “windfall” and and that they would have to demonstrate their need for the money outweighed the needs of disinherited family members. Mrs Ilott, from Great Munden, Hertfordshire, made an application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 for “reasonable financial provision” from her mother’s estate.The Act confers the right on a child of a deceased parent to apply for an order if a will does not make reasonable provision for their maintenance.It is the first time an appeal under the 1975 Act has reached the Supreme Court.The law is normally used to benefit children or dependent relatives. This case is unusual because Mrs Ilott was an adult and financially independent from her mother when she made the claim.A panel of seven Supreme Court justices, headed by president Lord Neuberger, restored the order made by a district judge in 2007 that the sum should be £50,000.In the judgment Lord Hughes said that not enough weight had been given to Mrs Jackson’s wishes and that the good works the charities would do with the money added weight to their claim. A six-figure award to a woman who was left out of her estranged mother’s will has been overturned by the Supreme Court after three charities appealed the decision. Melita Jackson left the majority of her £486,000 estate to three animal charities, but her estranged adult daughter Heather Ilott made a claim against the estate, arguing that her mother had not made provision for her. An original settlement of £50,000 made by a district judge was appealed by Mrs Ilott, who said it was not generous enough. The Court of Appeal ruled that Mrs Ilott  should be awarded £160,000, including £143,000 to buy her housing association home. This has now been overturned by the Supreme Court, which restored the original award.The judgment means that adult children are less likely to be able to make a successful claim against parents’ estates if they are disinherited. Mrs Ilott has no pension and lives on state benefits. She has five children and lived in a “modest” way, working as a bookkeeper for her actor husband who had “intermittent” work, the judgment said.But it added that significant weight should be given to the wishes set down in a person’s will and that family relationships do not automatically override the needs of charities who would use the money to do good works. He said: “Charities depend heavily on testamentary bequests for their work, which is by definition of public benefit and in many cases will be for demonstrably humanitarian purposes. The property in Hertfordshire which Mrs Ilott was awarded money from her mother’s estate to buyCredit:John Nguyen/JNVisuals “More fundamentally, these charities were the chosen beneficiaries of the deceased. They did not have to justify a claim on the basis of need under the 1975 Act, as Mrs Ilott necessarily had to do.”The judges also said that children would be entitled to more if they had had a close relationship with the parent and therefore a greater expectation of receiving something in a will. The judges also said that the law around wills should be clarified to avoid similar cases arising in future. In a separate judgment Lady Hale said: “I have written this judgment only to demonstrate what, in my view, is the unsatisfactory state of the present law, giving as it does no guidance as to the factors to be taken into account in deciding whether an adult child is deserving or undeserving of reasonable maintenance.”I regret that the Law Commission did not reconsider the fundamental principles underlying such claims when last they dealt with this topic in 2011.”Only child Mrs Ilott was rejected by her mother at the age of 17 after she left home without her knowledge or agreement in 1978, to live with her boyfriend Nicholas Ilott, who she later married. GV of the home in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, of Heather Ilott, whose mother Melita Jackson cut her from her will for eloping with her boyfriend when she was just 17 A spokesman for the charities said: “We are pleased that the Supreme Court has given welcome reassurance that – save in limited and specific circumstances – the wishes recorded in a person’s will must be respected.”Blue Cross, RSPCA and RSPB and the charitable sector as a whole rely on generous gifts left in wills, without which much of their valuable work could not be done.”This judgment will allow us to continue to honour the wishes of individuals who choose to remember charities in their will.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

FLSmidth in EPC contract for MAK coppermoly concentrator in Mongolia

first_imgFLSmidth has received orders worth approximately $43 million from the Mongolian company, Mongolyn Alt (MAK) Group, to supply engineering, procurement and site construction services for the Tsagaan Suvarga copper-molybdenum concentrator project. This greenfield plant, with a capacity of 40,000 t/d of ore, will be located in the central part of the proven Oyu Tolgoi south Gobi porphyry copper belt in southeast Mongolia. FLSmidth is currently supplying all the main process technology for the project under a separate, previously-awarded contract announced in 2011.MAK is the third largest company in Mongolia with diverse business activities, including coal and gold mining operations. This will be the Group’s first copper concentrator. In February 2012, FLSmidth was awarded an order from MAK for supply of a greenfield cement plant. “We are very happy to receive this third major order from MAK for their Tsagaan Suvarga copper-molybdenum concentrator project. It confirms our strategy of working closer with our customers, providing the support and services they need as a key to developing long-term partnerships,” President of the FLS Mineral Processing Division Peter Flanagan comments.last_img read more

MICROMINE Geobank 2017 released to market

first_imgMICROMINE has announced that Geobank 2017 is now available for download. “Geobank 2017 delivers improved usability, functionality and performance to our users, with a variety of benefits relevant to both exploration and mining operations.”The company says Geobank 2017 is packed with a number of new and enhanced features which include:New and improved Sample Tracker that brings a new user interface as well as batch loading, lab-QAQC resolution, file format detection, improved interactivity and many more changes.Excel lab files can now be imported by Sample Tracker.Various usability enhancements including adding new rows between existing in data views and alternating colours for rows in configuration manager.Numerous quality improvements with the most significant changes being fixes to graphic report display, issues with exported files, and response speed and performance improvements.Addition of built-in tabs to add and edit metadata for Sample Tracker and general lookups.Licensing enhancements including Crypkey licence transfer and network licence improvement.Graphic report logarithmic scales now have versatile display options and alignment or objects in the designed is significantly more intuitive.Web based help is now available.Support for Micromine 2016 .dat file format.last_img read more

Hawks Pimp Homes With Plastic Bags

first_imgIn the human world, a home full of plastic bags is generally considered a put off. In fact, A&E has largely built its primetime lineup around such people. Black kites, on the other hand, covet the stuff.In fact, according to a new study, the big Eurasian raptors use plastic and other manmade materials as status symbols of sorts. The birds prefer white plastic, used as a warning against other birds that might attempt to take over their next. According to the geek-cetera journal, the birds who most used plastic were also the best fighters and produced the most offspring.Before plastic came along, the birds used paper and cloth. Before that, it was most likely brightly colored feathers from other birds.last_img

Geek deals 99 Sony Xperia TL LTE smartphone 500GB SSD more

first_imgSony has always been the red-headed step-child of the smartphone industry. Once a leader in mobile phones, Sony simply hasn’t kept up with the times. Their early smartphones lacked the leading technology and had lackluster designs. Now, several iterations into their Xperia smartphone line, Sony looks to have a winning formula.The specs read along with the best smartphone of 2012: dual-core Snapdragon processor, 720p display, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, and AT&T LTE support. This means the Xperia TL is keeping pace, but Sony has finally taken some extra steps to stand out too.Let’s start with the 13 megapixel camera. Easily the highest resolution smartphone camera on the market, it looks to back up all those pixels with great image quality thanks to a back-illuminated sensor and f/2.4 aperture. The screen, while 720p like the other top phones, comes in larger than most at 4.55-inches and uses Sony’s Mobile Bravia engine to optimize image quality.Sony even thought to include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, allowing you to communicate with other NFC-enabled devices. All of this ships with Sony’s mildly customized version of Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich). While this isn’t the newest version 4.1 Jellybean, Sony has a decent history of providing consistent updates for their products.While all of this may not sound like quite enough to wow you away from a Galaxy S 3 or the like, the price tag should at just $99.99 a 2 year AT&T contract, good for both new and upgrade customers. At this price point, the Xperia TL clearly bests its competitors spec-for-spec and you even have the extra claim-to-fame of using the same phone as James Bond.Sony Xperia TL 4G LTE AT&T Smartphone for $99.99 + free shippingOur other top deals:Samsung 840 Series 500GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5-inch SSD for $359.99 + free shipping(normally $699.99 | use instant savings | ends Nov. 14 or sooner)Realspace Calusa Mesh Office Chair for $79.99 + free shipping(normally $179.99 | use coupon code: 367597258 | ends Nov. 15 or sooner)last_img read more

Photovoltaïque un nouveau cadre pour la filière présenté à la mifévrier

first_imgPhotovoltaïque : un nouveau cadre pour la filière présenté à la mi-févrierAlors que le secteur s’insurge contre le moratoire de trois mois sur le rachat de l’électricité d’origine solaire par EDF, la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a annoncé qu’elle présenterait un nouveau cadre de soutien à la filière photovoltaïque à la mi-février.Le moratoire gelant les tarifs de rachat par EDF jusqu’alors imposés pour l’électricité produite grâce à l’énergie photovoltaïque, a été mis en place afin de mettre un terme à la bulle spéculative engendrée par cette aide. En outre, si certains projets sont réellement intéressants pour le développement du secteur, d’autres font appel à des usines étrangères pour la construction des panneaux solaires. L’industrie photovoltaïque française ne connaît donc pas l’essor espéré.À lire aussiLiter of Light, d’étonnantes lampes faites de bouteilles pour apporter la lumière aux habitants sans électricitéLe gouvernement travaille alors à l’élaboration d’un nouveau dispositif soutenant la filière, et ce cadre devrait être proposé d’ici un mois, a annoncé NKM lors de la séance des questions d’actualité à l’Assemblée nationale. Des concertations sont en cours depuis quelques semaines. Une première réunion a ainsi eu lieu le 20 décembre dernier, la seconde a été organisée le 12 janvier. Trois autres réunions sont prévues d’ici à la fin du mois, et c’est le 11 février que devrait être adopté le rapport définitif de ces négociations, tandis que le nouveau cadre sera présenté à la mi-février, a précisé la ministre de l’Environnement.Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a évoqué plusieurs pistes étudiées, parmi lesquelles le recours à des appels d’offres pour les centrales solaires au sol, au lieu du tarif préférentiel d’achat jusqu’alors imposé à EDF. Une mesure qui selon la ministre, permettrait d'”êtreplus strict sur certains critères qui aideraient au développement de la filière nationale et des emplois, ainsi que sur des critères environnementaux”. En outre, “pour le résidentiel, le groupe de concertation travaille sur des tarifs auto-ajustables avec des critères d’intégration au bâti qui seront plus favorables pour l’emploi local”, a-t-elle indiqué.Le 15 janvier 2011 à 09:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bahamas PM opens Caribbean Broadcasters Union meetings

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 23, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis last night opened the 48th General Assembly of the Caribbean Broadcasters Union begin staged in Nassau.“I am very happy to see that you will be addressing the most important social media guidelines and cyber security for journalists, helping its members to understand the new and emerging protocols and dangers of the world of the internet, is one of the most major tasks of the #CBU.”A main focus of the three day, annually held sessions will be digital developments in broadcasting.“We live in a period, where career broadcasters are subject to much scrutiny, and also, a lot of amateur competition from everyone who has a phone.  It is of paramount importance to ensure that the broadcasting industry is not undermined by those who call themselves journalists, but who produce fiction and call it news.    The CBU has the responsibility to ensure that the highest standards of ethics and security are maintained in the Caribbean Broadcast Industry, as it expands beyond the 4.8 million people it reaches in the region and throughout the world via the internet.”The CBU meetings and exhibitions are set at the British Colonial Hilton and an awards gala will happen at the Atlantis Resort.#MagneticMediaNewsPhoto Credit: Yontalay Bowe / OPM Media Services​ Related Items:#CBU, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas PM opens Caribbean Broadcasters Union meetings Recommended for youlast_img read more

Horse in distress pulled from ditch in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of a horse found trapped in a ditch in Southwest Miami-Dade, Sunday.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the call after Edgar Santiago, an off-duty Homestead animal control officer, came across the mare in distress near Southwest 112th Street and 197th Avenue while hunting for pythons and called 911.In a phone interview with 7News, Santiago said crews hoisted the animal from the ditch. “With one shot, they were able to have the horse lean on this, like, big plastic, so it wouldn’t scuff up or hurt itself, and slide her out of the water,” he said. “They got her — after like, 10, 15 minutes — got her to stand up and moved her out of the water.”A Miami-Dade County veterinarian was on site and gave the horse a checkup. It was slightly malnourished but otherwise not suffering from any serious injuries.Officials do not know where the mare came from.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Daytons Assets Help Attract F35 Support Mission to WrightPatterson AFB Senator Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Ohio Sen. Rob Portman (R) underlined a number of advantages Wright-Patterson AFB and the Dayton metropolitan area offer in explaining the Air Force’s recent decision to select the installation as the preferred location for a product support office for the F-35 program. The F-35 Lightning II Hybrid Product Support Integrator (HPSI) organization is expected to bring 400 jobs to the base. Wright-Patterson came out in front following a competitive selection process due to three primary factors, Portman said:the region’s high-tech workforce;synergies with other activities, including the Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command and the National Air and Space Intelligence Center; andthe low cost of living in the Dayton area.“We’ve won some and we’ve lost some,” Portman told the Dayton Daily News. Overall, we’ve won more than we’ve lost in part because during the last BRAC we did consolidate at Wright-Patt and so there’s some efficiency you get from the fact that we already have so much going on at the base. It’s the biggest logistics base in the country for the Air Force and that helps us,” Portman said.The F-35 Lightning II HPSI organization is responsible for integrating support across the supply chain, maintenance, sustainment engineering, logistics information technology and training disciplines for the entire F-35 enterprise, including joint and international partners. Officials said Robins AFB, Ga., was named as a reasonable alternative, according to a press release. The current F-35 HPSI organization was established in 2016 in Crystal City, Va., at the F-35 Joint Program Office.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Cory Paynelast_img read more

VIDEO Town Curator Terry McDermott Leads Wildwood Cemetery Tour

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Town Curator Terry McDermott led the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Annual Cemetery Stroll of the Wildwood Cemetery on Saturday.In recognition of Italian Heritage Month, McDermott focused on the graves of the Town’s more well-known Italian residents, including the Cairas, Cains, Yentiles, Sciarappas, Micelis, and Luccis.Wilmington Community Television was hand to capture some highlights from the tour and interview McDermott. Watch their video below:—Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Wildwood Cemetery Stroll Set For September 21In “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Adult Events BrochureIn “Community”VIDEO: Learn About The History Of Silver LakeIn “Videos”last_img read more

Late Journalist Honored By Fishermens Group

first_imgThe United Fishermen of Alaska has inducted the late journalist Bob Tkacz into its Hall of Fame.Download AudioTkacz, who covered the Legislature and specialized in writing about the commercial fishing and seafood industries, died last May at age 61.He was one of five inductees by the trade association. The others were retiring state Sen. Fred Dyson of Eagle River, Albert Ball Sr., Jim Kallander and Keith Jefferts.The fishermen’s group says Ball, Kallander and Jefferts died this past year.last_img

India should not be worried PM

first_imgprime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said India should not be worried about Bangladesh’s growing ties with China.She asserted that the cooperation with Beijing was meant only for the country’s development, said a Business World report.Hasina said her government was only concerned about the development, and is ready to cooperate with any country that helps Bangladesh’s growth.Bangladesh is the largest least developed country (LDC) in terms of population and economic size, according to the UN.The country is likely to leave the LDC category by 2024, propelled by better health and education, lower vulnerability and an economic boom, the UN said in its report last year.“We want investment and cooperation from whoever offers it. We want development of the country… We have to think about our people as they are the beneficiaries of the development,” Hasina yesterday told a delegation of visiting Indian journalists at her official residence.She said India, China, Japan and even the Middle Eastern countries were coming to Bangladesh for cooperation.“India has nothing to be worried about it,” Hasina said.“I will (rather) suggest India should have good relations with its neighbours, including Bangladesh, so this region could be developed further and we can show the world that we all work together,” she said.Hasina said Bangladesh and India shared “excellent” ties and the two countries have set an example of solving problems like maritime and boundary disputes.“If there is any problem, we could solve it through discussions as we did it in the past. We want to build a peaceful South Asia,” Hasina said.She said that during her 1996-2001 tenure, the two countries had signed the Ganges water treaty while in her second term maritime and boundary issues were resolved.China has vowed to boost military-to-military relations with Bangladesh by stepping up defence ties, including broadening of personnel training and cooperation in equipment technology.Earlier, China said it planned to provide Bangladesh with a whopping USD nine billion low-interest loan to build six rail projects including one close to the Indian border.Hasina also sought India’s support in repatriation of over a million Rohingyas to Myanmar, fearing that their prolonged stay in Bangladesh could create security risks.“We want India to put pressure on Myanmar so they quickly take back their displaced people,” she said.Hasina directed the foreign office to hold a dialogue with five countries, including India, which have borders with Myanmar, hoping that the initiative will help in solving the Rohingya crisis.“The monsoon is nearing and keeping the Rohingyas in this way (in makeshift camps) is very risky for Bangladesh as well as for them,” she told the journalists.The journalists from Kolkata and New Delhi are on a visit to Bangladesh to participate in a three-day Bangladesh-India media dialogue.last_img read more