Related Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Luke Skywalker himself — aka Mark Hamill — gave Star Wars fans the surprise of their lives Tuesday night when he crashed a ride at Disneyland in California.In a video posted on his Twitter page, Hamill, 66, pops up out of nowhere during the Star Tours ride introduction, during which fans take their seats and get instructions on what to expect before their adventure begins.“The captain did mention something about a special passenger,” a Disney employee tells fans who are all seated and ready to go. “Oh, and the Force is strong with this one.”“Hello, everyone,” Hamill shouts, as fans jump back and then lose their minds with excitement. Hamill continues to joke, asking, “There’s no Star Wars fans here, are there?”The actor later commented on the post, writing, “It took me long enough – but my childhood dream of working at Disneyland finally came true!”Hamill will be on tour in the coming weeks promoting the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters December 15. He’s likely to delight more fans with his antics — he’s been known to make surprise visits to children’s hospitals to lift the kids’ spirits.Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
South African financial services company Ubank is distributing 3 000 pairs of school shoes to learners from seven schools from the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo and North West provinces as part of it’s ‘Back to School’ campaign, with the latest recipients being Matlhaleng Secondary School and Kgorathuto High School.Matlhaleng Secondary School is situated in the township of Kanana, outside Klerksdorp in the North West province, and Kgorathuto High School in situated in the township of Botshabelo, out side Bloemfontein in the Free State province.“One of the pillars supporting Ubank’s business strategy is community development – investing in the communities in which we operate, forms a critical part of how we do business and our constant effort has been to help uplift the lives not only of our customers, but also their families,” says Ubank chief executive officer Luthando Vutula.Ubank has prioritised sustainable educational programmes in partnership with various district offices of the Department of Education (Image: Ubank)According to Vutula, Ubank has prioritised sustainable educational programmes in partnership with various district offices of the Department of Education and also assisting schools in improving their facilities.“Every child deserves not just books and good facilities to study, but also proper uniforms and clothing that is protective,” said Vutula. “We focused our efforts on helping out the learners of Matlhaleng Secondary School because this is one of the most challenged schools in the area.“We are extremely pleased that through our efforts the school is being able to overcome at least one of the challenges to ensure an improved learning experience.”The campaign to increase the number of shoes to be raised is ongoing with North WestFM and has to date raised a further 2 000 pairs.ADOPT A SCHOOLAs part of the its ongoing corporate social investment initiatives, Ubank adopted Kgorathuto High School in September 2013, when the bank’s Bloemfontein branch was opened.Thereafter Ubank assisted the school in overcoming their most pressing issues, including the repairing of ceilings in 10 classrooms, maintaining ablution facilities for learners, painting three classrooms and providing school uniforms for 100 learners at the school.“Ubank has always believed in maintaining the relationships that were started, and this was the reason why the team focused on Kgorathuto High School as one of the schools that benefited from our ‘Back to School’ campaign,” said Ubank chief operations officer Bungane Radebe. “Shoes were one of the only elements that we were not able to help the learners with last year, and now we have fulfilled this need as well.”
Once the darling of Australia’s conservative government, controversial climate contrarian Bjørn Lomborg has lost his Down Under caché—and cash. Yesterday, education minister Simon Birmingham, told a Senate committee that the government had withdrawn its offer of $3 million toward establishing an Australian version of Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Center.The government of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who in 2009 dismissed climate change as “absolute crap,” had been keen to support an Australian Consensus Centre (ACC) that would conduct policy research on overseas aid, Australian prosperity, agriculture, and regional issues. Malcolm Turnbull replaced Abbott as leader of the Liberal Party on 15 September. Long in favor of action on climate change, Turnbull is gradually shifting the government’s course. Birmingham, appointed 19 September, told the committee that his predecessor, Christopher Pyne, had decided before the reshuffle that the “proposal was unlikely to enjoy success and that the funds could be better utilized elsewhere.” A spokesman for Lomborg told The Australian newspaper that it was “disappointing that a significant global research effort attracting top economists to look at development priorities will no longer be associated with Australia.”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 ACC proposal had a bumpy ride from the beginning. The University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth announced plans to host it last April. The revelation that the government would contribute funding to start the center and cover a third of its operating expenses triggered outrage from the scientific and academic communities. In the wake of the uproar, UWA Vice Chancellor Paul Johnson announced on 8 May with “great regret and disappointment” that he would cancel the center’s contract and return the money to the government. The Abbott government vowed to find another host institution; Flinders University, in Adelaide, was developing a proposal with Lomborg. The news about the loss of funding was “disappointing” to Colin Stirling, Flinders’ vice-chancellor said in a statement. “Universities should be places for contesting controversial issues without fear or favour,” he said.Although government money is off the table, Birmingham noted that if any university wished to work with Lomborg, “they should of course feel absolutely free to do so.”
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia judge praised a young university student for coming forward after a sexual assault she endured when she was 17, saying she showed courage and strength during a two-year legal ordeal that ended Tuesday with the sentencing of a male classmate.“Despite how difficult it must have been for her to share her thoughts and feelings regarding the impact of the assault … she somehow mustered the courage to read it into the record,” Justice Glen McDougall said before sentencing 21-year-old Chris Davidson of Calgary to 29 months in prison for sexual assault and unlawful confinement.“I hope she can continue to somehow find the strength and courage to go on,” the judge told the victim. “Often times, victims of sexual violence never get over the trauma of having been abused … You have already shown that if anyone can persevere and move forward, you can. You are young, strong and you are brave.”During Davidson’s trial in February, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury heard that the pair became fast friends as they both started their studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax in September 2015. Both were away from home and on their own for the first time — and both had little experience with alcohol.Davidson was 18 at the time.On the night in question, the couple planned to attend a fraternity party. Before they left, they both drank several shots of vodka.“Although Mr. Davidson didn’t have a lot of drinking experience, he matched (her) drink for drink,” McDougall said. “Nor did she have a great deal of drinking experience, based on the evidence.”McDougall said the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, drank about six shots. Davidson had more, though the number remains unclear.When they returned to the woman’s dorm room, they undressed each other and prepared to engage in consensual sex, and the woman suggested he should wear a condom. But at one point, Davidson told the woman he had not had sex before, and was planning to share his first experience with his girlfriend.“Upon hearing for the first time that Mr. Davidson had a girlfriend, (she) decided that she did not want to go any further down this path and told Mr. Davidson to stop,” the judge said, adding that she placed her arm on his chest to make him stop. “Unfortunately, her efforts to end things were to no avail.”The woman placed a condom on Davidson’s penis when it became clear she could not restrain him or escape, the judge said.McDougall said the over-consumption of alcohol might help explain what happened, but he stressed that it couldn’t excuse Davidson’s actions, nor could it be considered a mitigating factor.The Alberta man told police he had no memory of what happened that night, saying he blacked out.Davidson did not testify in his own defence.In February, the jury found him guilty of sexual assault and unlawful confinement.On Monday, the woman read from a victim impact statement, telling the court she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has attempted suicide twice in the past year. She said she has nightmares about the assault and suffers from panic attacks, depression, anorexia, insomnia, self-mutilation and emotional flashbacks.Though she has been unable to attend classes, she insisted she will go back to school at some point.“I refuse to let this crime stop me from accomplishing all the things I have planned for my life,” she told the court.On Tuesday, McDougall told Davidson that it was clear from the evidence that he is an intelligent, respectful, church-going young man from a good family. The judge also cited a pre-sentence report that said he had no previous record and had taken responsibility for his actions.McDougall quoted from the report, saying Davidson had told an officer: “We both were drunk. I blacked out … The judge found me guilty, so I’m going to take responsibility. I chose to drink that much … I feel awful about what she said I had done … She is obviously traumatized.”The judge said even though Davidson showed regret and remorse, the impact of his actions were “devastating” for the victim.“Your conduct has caused perhaps irreparable harm,” he said.Dressed in a blue, collared shirt and tan pants, Davidson — a trim, clean-cut man with short brown hair — stared straight ahead when he stood to be formally sentenced. A few members of his family sobbed quietly as he was led away by two sheriff’s deputies.Outside court, defence lawyer William Leahey said the case is an example of what can happen when young people are away from home for the first time and are inexperienced with alcohol.“This set of facts … should be driven home to every student,” Leahey said. “They need to know the impact of booze when they’re young and have little or no experience.”The lawyer said parents typically do a good job of teaching their children good moral values while encouraging them to avoid drugs and alcohol.“But there’s a vulnerability that develops,” he said. “That vulnerability is a lack of experience with alcohol … You can look at this case and you could see how this could happen to anyone’s child.”—Follow @NovaMac on Twitter
BIG REWARD FOR ARMED ROBBERY THUGS, Friends enraged Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIlovesGilley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 7, 2017 – A $20,000 reward is being offered for information in the shooting of Galmo Williams; Williams, the former Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands was shot in the left knee and was airlifted yesterday to Florida for work on that knee.Businessman and Philanthropist are other hats Mr. Williams who owns the Wine Cellar and Gilley’s Café wears and friends believe the three thugs who robbed him are strangers in this town, they say anyone who knows their dear friend Gilley, knows he would have gladly given the guys money.The long time residents, now Belongers are fuming over the audacity of anyone to harm Galmo. We distorted the voice by request of the donor who is concerned about the thugs themselves retaliating. “He would have given it anyway, and then they take his money, and then they shot him, this man works for every single community, organizations with our communities, from South Caicos to Salt Cay, to Blue Hills, Blue Hills is his home, they don’t get any better than the people from Blue Hills. This man is kind, gold, sweet, passionate, this man gives everything to everybody. This man I love, how could you do this to this man. You people out there, whoever you are, you’re gonna pay.” The $20,000 reward of their own money is for information going to the Police that leads to an arrest and conviction.Police report that Williams cooperated with the three masked, armed men on Superbowl Sunday night as he was headed toward Ricky’s Flamingo Cafe – the trio got away with Gilley’s wallet and his wedding ring.#MagneticMediaNews #TCIlovesGilley Galmo Williams in physical therapy now
Paul Scholes hopes to see Manchester United inflict further misery on Chelsea in Monday’s FA Cup clash.The Red Devils suffered their first defeat under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday at Old Trafford to Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe’s second-half goals have left United at a big disadvantage for the return leg at Paris on March 6.For now, however, the Red Devils’ focus will be on this Monday at Stamford Bridge in a fifth-round tie with Chelsea in the FA Cup.After suffering his first setback as United coach, Solskjaer will be looking for a response from his players as he chases a third FA Cup title and his first as a manager.But Chelsea are also looking to bounce back from their own struggles following heavy defeats to Manchester City and Bournemouth across their last four matches.Therefore, Scholes is wary of the Blues threat heading into Monday night’s encounter.“Ole will want to win something as manager of United,” Scholes told the Daily Mail.“The FA Cup, after the result against PSG, could be the only thing they could win.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Chelsea look in trouble at the minute. Will they bounce back themselves? Ole will have to deal with that.“They’ll be disappointed. Chelsea will be looking for a big recovery. From what you read it doesn’t look like a happy camp at the minute so hopefully United can take advantage of that.”The former midfielder also added that he has no “issues” over United making Solskjaer the permanent manager at the end of the season.Scholes added: “I’d have no issues whatsoever [with Solskjaer getting the job].“I know people will start to question because now because he’s lost a game but that was PSG.“That could happen to the most experienced manager in the world because PSG are a top team.“I think for what he’s done so far he definitely deserves a chance.“I always knew there was talent in that squad. I think everyone did. Ole has come in with a smile on his face, put his arm around the players – there so much talent in that team. He’s given them freedom and you’ve seen the results.”The Chelsea and United FA Cup match will begin at 8:30 PM (CET).
Guru Nanak Palace in Bathanwala village of Pakistan’s Punjab provincetwitterThe 400-year-old Guru Nanak Palace in Bathanwala village of Pakistan’s Punjab province was partially demolished by some locals in Narowal. It is alleged that the demolition of the heritage site was conducted with the complicity of Auqaf boards.The four-storied building was constructed nearly four centuries ago, with its construction mostly comprising of bricks, limestone clay and sand. The building complex used to have 16 large rooms with thorough ventilation. All the rooms had precious doors, windows and ventilators with wooden carvings on them, which were sold by the vandals.The rooms were constructed with large broad walls with enclosed cupboards in them and the room walls had small lamp enclosures. The roofs were made of expensive Deodar wood beams, which costs thousands of rupees per foot.The palace walls made of old brick aligned in beautiful designs had several paintings of Baba Guru Nanak (founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus) and of several Hindu rulers on them.A local resident, Muhammad Aslam, said: “This old building is called the Palace of Baba Guru Nanak and we have named it Mahalan. A number of Sikhs from across the world, including India, used to visit this building,” reports Dawn. Guru Nanak Palace in Bathanwala village of Pakistan’s Punjab provinceTwitterAslam also claimed that once a six-member delegation from Canada had visited the building. Among them, a woman was carrying a large book with valuable information about the historical building. He said that the delegation was overjoyed at visiting the site as if they had found a treasure, adds the report.Another local from the area claimed that the Auqaf department was informed about the demolition of the Guru Nanak Mahal by some influential persons, but no actions were taken by the authorities over the matter. He said that already three storeys of the building have been destroyed and new houses have been constructed. “The influentials have demolished the building with the connivance of the Auqaf department and sold its costly windows, doors, ventilators and wood,” said another local Muhammad Ashraf.The Dawn news reached out to several authorities in order to find out the legal owners of the building or the government agency that holds a record of the property. From the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) authorities to the family that lived in the building was contacted by the correspondent of Dawn, but all in vain.”There is no mention of this building in the revenue record. As it seemed to be historical, we are checking the municipal committee’s record,” said Waheed Asghar, Narowal Deputy Commissioner in-charge of the record of all properties in the region. He also said that the demolition of the building has been stopped now.The ETPB Sialkot zone Rent Collector Rana Waheed said that an investigation has been initiated over the Guru Nanak Mahal Bathanwala demolition. “If this palace was the property of Evacuee Trust Property Board, legal action will be taken against those responsible,” he said.The people have also demanded Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s interfere in the matter and take legal action against the vandals for the destruction of the heritage property.
Social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon appreciated the concept of ‘track-II diplomacy’ by engaging diverse people and non-state in Myanmar to build favorable opinion and repatriate the Rohingyas. She insisted that Dhaka should use diplomacy to impose sanctions on the Myanmar authorities, if necessary, to make sure they take back their citizens. If the Myanmar people clearly know of the ethnic cleansing of their fellow countrymen, , they told a Prothom Alo roundtable, an urge for taking back the Rohingyas would be created at home. Rifat bin Sattar, an official of the Save the Children, Dhaka office, voiced concern over a possible aid fund crisis, unless the international community delivers what they pledged for the Rohingyas in Bangladesh under ‘joint response plan’. Prothom Alo, in cooperation with UNICEF organised the roundtable titled ‘One year of the Rohingya problem’ at its Karwan Bazar office. UNICEF’s chief of communications Jean-Jacques Simon called on the Bangladesh government to provide more land to decongest the Rohingya camps, equally support the refugees and the host communities, and thereby enable the Rohingya children’s literacy and life-skills. A former diplomat, an international relations professor and government representatives agreed on such track-II diplomacy or ‘people-to-people’ contact, alongside ongoing diplomatic initiatives and political efforts to ensure repatriation of more than one million Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh. Participants at the Prothom Alo roundtable on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloSaying that Myanmar’s common men are not fully aware of atrocities committed against Rohingyas in Rakhine state, strategic analysts on Tuesday called for making the Myanmar people aware of the genocide in their own country. Dhaka received only one-third of the aid pledged for the Rohingyas, he said. Admitting that availability of the aid pledged by the international community is a key challenge, he praised of the Bangladesh government and people for giving all kinds of supports to the distressed Rohingya people. Amena Mohsin, Dhaka University professor of International Relations department, pointed out that the UN human rights commission’s calling of the Rohingya killing as ‘genocide’ has sensitised the cause of the Rohingyas and also strengthened Bangladesh’s negotiating position for their rehabilitation in their motherland. “It’s understandable the Myanmar people are not fully aware of the genocide in Rakhine province the way many of the Pakistanis were not aware of the genocide in Bangladesh. We need to inform them to create pressure from within,” former ambassador Humayun Kabir told the discussion. Humayun Kabir urged the government to make strong diplomatic efforts to engage the neighbouring countries so that they pressurise the Myanmar government to hasten the repatriation process. The local people of Cox’s Bazar welcomed the Rohingya people when they fled Myanmar’s atrocities, but the communities cannot bear the displaced people for indefinite period, he added. Migration expert Asif Munier said the issue of resettling Rohingya people in any third country should be considered. Moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum, the roundatable was also addressed by Justice Nizamul Huq, disaster management and relief ministry’s additional secretary Satyabrata Saha, department of social welfare deputy director Sazzadul Islam, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society’s Nazmul Alam Khan, Coast Trust’s Barkat Ullah Maruf, and Prothom Alo’s advisor Gowher Nayeem Wara.