Epic run to put smiles on faces

first_imgDavid Grier and fellow ultra-distance runner Braam Malherbe ran across the Southern African coastline in 2008. (Image: Cipla Mile for Smiles blog) South African adventurer David Grier is braving torrential rain, extreme heat and blood-thirsty leeches in a world-first attempt to run the length of Madagascar during monsoon season. His motivation? To make a difference in the lives of children born with cleft lips and palates.Through this epic trek 50-year-old Grier is helping raise money for Operation Smile South Africa, an NGO which pays for affected children, and sometimes even adults, to have corrective surgery so they are able to smile.“This adventure is part of a commitment to make a difference in the lives of children in South Africa and the continent,” Grier said. “We will use the funds raised for children in South Africa and neighbouring countries.”The adventure, known as Madagascar Challenge 2010, is a continuation of the Cipla Miles for Smiles Challenge that saw Grier complete a 4 000km run across the Great Wall of China in 2006 with friend and fellow adventurer Braam Malherbe. The two adventurers also finished a 3 300km run along the Southern African coastline in 2008.But the Madagascar Challenge is by far the most difficult, the ultra long-distance runner said. It combines running, paddling and kite surfing – the latter two being new additions to Grier’s programme.He started his journey on 1 December in Nacala, on the north coast of Mozambique, and paddled 500km over 11 days to reach Majunga in northwest Madagascar. After this he travelled to the island’s southern tip to begin his quest.“I wanted to push the boundaries a bit to capture the imagination of the people following the event to prove that we can achieve what we set out to do,” Grier said of his decision to include paddling and kite surfing. The aim is to “bring awareness to the plight of these children so we can make a difference in their lives”.The public is being urged to make donations through the Miles for Smiles website. Presentations on Grier’s adventure will also be made to businesses in South Africa to generate further funds.More smiles for SAOperation Smile South Africa was set up just before Grier and Malherbe started their run in China in 2006, and has funded operations for more than 1 000 people since.Its first mission in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal province, in November 2006 provided free reconstructive surgery for 57 disadvantaged children and adults. In March 2008 the organisation funded operations for 31 similarly affected people in Swaziland and, by May of the same year, it went to Madagascar to do the same.Braving leeches, swamps and cyclonesIt’s hasn’t been smooth sailing for Grier and his support crew in Madagascar. The first challenge was paddling across the ocean and being hit by storms and a tornado.Running solo, he has covered more than 800km, and is currently passing through mostly rain-drenched forest in central Madagascar. The run itself has not been straightforward, with Grier having to swim across bulging rivers to reach nearby villages to spend the night. The next morning he’s up again to hit the mountains.Of the 800km he’s run, Grier still has “double that to do and more”. Weather permitting, Grier runs more than 40km a day.It’s been raining heavily for seven days in the central villages he’s passing through at the moment. In the north, where he’s headed, there’s the threat of extreme heat and cyclones.“The island is so diverse, the weather changes all the time. Down south is desolate and up to 40 degrees Celsius. In the north it’s going to be hot and then I am going to hit the cyclones. It’s going to get hectic,” he said.Grier’s health was at risk during his earlier days on the island. He fell sick for a month while adjusting to Madagascar’s water and has already lost 8kg. “… Now it’s the leeches and tropical fever that have hit me.”He said he’s very exhausted at the moment and feels like the parasites’ bites are draining his energy.His cameraman and media liaison manager, Nick Heygate, is recovering after being infected by leech bites in the forest. Heygate has been severely affected over the past few days and had to be carried out of the mountains.Grier had to endure running through deep sand in the south, and now he’s wading through “knee-deep swamp areas and red mud that just never dries”.Although he’s supported by Heygate, Grier doesn’t have enough logistical help “due to the funding difficulty”. Heygate is being assisted by two Malagasy men who’ve provided transport for him through the forests.“This has turned out to be a mammoth solo trip,” Grier said.He hopes to complete the adventure in April and will kite-surf back to South Africa from the Indian Ocean island.Man of many talentsSo what does Grier, the father of four who missed his daughter’s birthday party in December and celebrated his in unknown territory last Saturday, long for back in South Africa?“Just sit and appreciate my family and thank them for what they have had to endure unselfishly in order for me to be given the privilege of going out and making a difference,” he said.He also missed his eldest daughter’s wedding in Austria and said he would have loved spending Christmas and New Year’s Day home. “I will miss my wedding anniversary as well.”Grier is a man of many talents: he’s a celebrity chef, motivational speaker, photographer and published author. He has successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro and completed numerous ultra-marathons, including the acclaimed Two Oceans Marathon (56km) and Comrades Marathon (90km) in South Africa.last_img read more



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AADYA® SET OF 7 LARGE : Shopping on a budget payed off!

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Cartoon: Wi No Fi?

first_imgMore Noise to Signal. OSCON has wrapped in sunny Portland, and with it the most ambitious conference wireless networking I’ve ever seen. Yet even here I heard attendees complaining about sluggish Wi-Fi… and organizers asking them not to download large files.Now, there’s little question that OSCON is an edge case. Get a few thousand developers and software engineers together and you’re going to strain the bandwidth.But every conference I’ve been to – every single one in the last four or five years – has had issues with Wi-Fi. And for that matter, nearly every hotel I’ve stayed at has also had issues with Wi-Fi. And I sometimes wonder if the issue is often less one of conference overload than one of facilities that invest as little as they need to to be able to say they offer Wi-Fi. Then again, every conference and hotel I’ve been to has had at least one person who insists on downloading an OS upgrade or a movie to watch on the plane home. That would be, um, me.The question is, when does conference Wi-Fi stop being about just checking email and maybe sharing some notes, and start being about allowing people to continue doing the heavy wireless lifting they do at home and at the office? Ever? 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#Cartoons#web rob cottingham 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more



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a month agoHigh Court rule McCabe must sell up at Sheffield Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say High Court rule McCabe must sell up at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe High Court have ruled Kevin McCabe must sell his £5million worth of shares in Sheffield United to Prince Abdullah.It means McCabe’s association with his boyhood club is over and it also ends a bitter feud between the two co-owners that began in 2017.The Sun says both men took 50-50 ownership in 2013 when the club were in League One.McCabe sold a 50 per cent stake of the Yorkshire side for just £1 on the basis that the Saudi prince would provide significant investment in the squad in a bid to get them back to the promised land.But their partnership reached boiling point two years ago when both men launched bids to gain full control of the club.An agreement couldn’t be reached and it has led to a two-year court battle which eventually reached its conclusion today. last_img read more



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Here’s An Adorable Photo Of Sam Ponder’s Daughter Teaching Lee Corso How To Use An IPad

first_imgLee Corso seen with Sam Ponder's daughter.scout ponder teaches lee corsoWith college football just around the corner, it looks like ESPN’s College GameDay cast and crew are starting to meet up to get ready for the 2016 campaign. Sam Ponder, one of the show’s co-hosts, posted an absolutely adorable photo from the group’s meet-up today.Yep, that’s analyst Lee Corso with Scout Ponder – Sam’s two-year-old daughter. Scout is teaching the 80-year-old Corso how to use an iPad. Enjoy:last_img



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WOMEN BEHIND CANADIAN TV ALISON REID DIRECTOR AND STUNTWOMAN

first_imgThe path to working behind the scenes isn’t always a straight one. For some, a career in the television industry isn’t something they necessarily knew they wanted, despite eventually ending up there. However, there are other people who always had that passion and just knew that there was no other choice. That’s the way it was for stuntwoman and director Alison Reid.Reid knew from an early age that she wanted to perform stunts on screen and has done exactly that, accumulating over 300 credits to her name over the course of her career. Reid has coordinated stunts on many different Canadian TV series, most recently working on Killjoys, Saving Hope and Murdoch Mysteries.Reid’s work in stunts and her passion for storytelling eventually allowed for a natural transition into directing. She’s an alumnus of The Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab and well as CWW’s Women In The Director’s Chair Program. She’s also directed episodes of Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope and Heartland. Reid recently joined The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss her career and that transition into directing. She also shared with us how she played an active role in getting more roles and better treatment for female stunt performers. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img The TV Junkies: Can you share a little about your background? How did you get into stunts in the first place?Alison Reid: ‘I fell into it’, is my usual answer but that is far from the truth. I knew I wanted to be a stunt performer from quite a young age, and pursued it hard. When I was in school I told everyone I knew that’s what I wanted to do, and tried to get leads on how to do it. The film business in Canada was very young then, and no one could tell me how to get a start here. So at 16, I hopped on a bus and went down to L.A. to meet some stunt folks and find out about the business. Eventually, I heard about a stunt coordinator in Toronto named Dwayne McLean who was in need of more stunt performers and was running a training program. I signed up right away and that led to my first stunt performing job on The Littlest Hobo when I was 17.I also had a passion for horses and did a lot of show jumping as I was growing up – that really helped when I landed my first stunt coordinating gig on a series called Road to Avonlea. My mom thought my attraction to stunts was a phase I was going through. She was right, it was a 30-year phase.TTVJ: You’ve been doing stunts for a long time, and with films like Wonder Woman coming out, I think we’re seeing more attention brought to that position. How do you think the attitudes towards women in stunts have changed since you began?AR: As the community of talented, skilled stuntwomen has grown, things have definitely improved. When I began, it was quite common for stunt coordinators to double female characters with male stunt performers — especially on the larger, higher paying gag — like fire gags. Alison Reid – Photo by Ryan Cox Facebook Twitterlast_img read more



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Aurora Cannabis to spin off US holdings to publicly traded Australis Capital

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. is planning to spin off its Australis Capital subsidiary as a separate entity that would focus primarily on investing in the U.S. cannabis and real estate sectors.The spin-off will be achieved by distributing shares and warrants of the new company — to be listed on the Canadian Security Exchange.“The fragmented U.S. cannabis market has many innovative and successful operators that struggle to access growth capital,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth in a statement. “This creates exciting and attractively priced opportunities for the well-connected and knowledgeable team at Australis to capitalize on… While regulatory requirements vary greatly from state to state, Australis are well prepared to navigate this landscape.”Recreational and medicinal pot is legal in several U.S. states but remains an illegal Schedule 1 drug under federal law, resulting in a hazy legal environment that has complicated things for Canadian companies looking to expand their footprint south of the border.Last fall, Canada’s biggest exchange operator TMX Group said that federal law takes precedence over state laws, and Canadian marijuana companies with exposure to the U.S. market could face delisting. Prior to this clarification, many pot companies had largely focused on markets outside of the U.S. or listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange, which is less risk-averse.Since then, some Canadian pot companies have shifted to exchanges other than the Toronto Stock Exchange or reduced their U.S. exposure.Licensed producer Aphria Inc. had aggressively pursued a U.S. expansion strategy, but earlier this year it was looking to reduce its direct investments in the U.S. The Leamington, Ont.-based company’s recent moves include a deal announced in February to sell part of its stake in U.S.-focused marijuana company Liberty Health Sciences, which is listed on the CSE.Meanwhile, in January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era memo that suggested that the federal government would not intervene in states where marijuana is legal, though U.S. President Donald Trump later gave Colorado senator assurances that the recission would not impact its legal pot industry. Still, other American politicians are warming up to cannabis, with New York governor Andrew Cuomo creating a task force to consider whether or not to propose legalizing marijuana for recreational use.Australis is applying to list its shares and warrants on the CSE, Aurora said Wednesday.“Recent changes in U.S. federal positioning with respect to cannabis have positively impacted the perception of risk to invest in U.S. cannabis assets,” the Edmonton-based company said in a statement. “This has further incentivized capital market participants to seek opportunities to fund U.S. based operations.”Aurora shareholders who reside in Canada will receive the shares at no cost to them while non-resident shareholders of Aurora will receive cash, net of withholding taxes, instead of equity in Australis.Australis intends to issue 75 million shares at 20 cents each through a private placement for gross proceeds of $15 million.Australis also receives $500,000 from Aurora, as advance payment for warrants to buy Australis stock for up to 10 years.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:APH)last_img read more



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Purging longforgotten online accounts Worth the trouble

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice. Sure, you should delete all those unused logins and passwords. And eat your vegetables. And go to the gym.But is it even possible to delete your zombie online footprints — or worth your time to do so?Earlier this month, a little-used social network notified its few users that it will soon shut down. No, not Google Plus; that came five days later, following the disclosure of a bug that exposed data on a half-million people. The earlier shutdown involved Path, created by a former Facebook employee in 2010 as an alternative to Facebook. Then there’s Ello sending you monthly emails to remind you that this plucky but little-known social network still exists somehow.It might not seem like a big deal to have these accounts linger. But with hacking in the news constantly, including a breach affecting nearly 30 million Facebook accounts, you might not want all that data sitting around.You might not have a choice if it’s a service you use regularly. But for those you no longer use, consider a purge. Plus, it might feel good to get your online life in order, the way organizing a closet does.Take dating apps such as Tinder, long after you found a steady partner or gave up on finding one. You might have deleted Tinder from your phone, but the ghost of your Tinder account is still out there — just not getting any matches, as Tinder shows only “active” users to potential mates.Or consider Yahoo. Long after many people stopped using it, Yahoo in 2016 suffered the biggest publicly disclosed hack in history, exposing the names, email addresses, birth dates and other information from 3 billion active and dormant accounts . This sort of information is a goldmine for malicious actors looking to steal identities and gain access to financial accounts.Trouble is, cleaning up your digital past isn’t easy.For one, finding all the old accounts can be a pain. For some of us, it might not even be possible to recall every dating site and every would-be Twitter that never was, not to mention shopping or event ticketing sites you bought one thing from and forgot about.Then, you’ll have to figure out which of your many email accounts you used to log in to a service, then recover passwords and answer annoying security questions — assuming you even remember what your favourite movie or fruit was at the time. Only then might you discover that you can’t even delete your account. Yahoo, for instance, didn’t allow users to delete accounts or change personally identifying information they shared, such as their birthday, until pressured to do so after the breach.Even without these hurdles, real life gets in the way. There are probably good reasons you still haven’t organized your closet, either.Perhaps a better approach is to focus on the most sensitive accounts. It might not matter than a news site still has your log in, if you never gave it a credit card or other personal details (of course, if you reused your bank password you might be at risk).Rich Mogull, CEO of data security firm Securosis, said people should think about what information they had provided to services they no longer use and whether that information could be damaging should private posts and messages inadvertently become public.Dating sites, in particular, can be a trove of potentially damaging information. Once you’re in a relationship, delete those accounts.It’s wise to set aside a time each year — maybe after you do your taxes or right after the holidays — to manage old accounts, said Theresa Payton, who runs the security consulting company Fortalice Solutions and served under President George W. Bush as White House chief information officer.For starters, visit haveibeenpwned.com. This popular tool lets you enter your email addresses and check if it has been compromised in a data breach. Ideally, the attacked company should have notified you already, but that’s not guaranteed. Change passwords and close accounts you don’t need.You might also check justdeleteme.xyx, which Payton said could help navigate the “complexities of saying goodbye.” The site has a list of common and obscure services. Looking through it might remind you of some of the services you’ve used back in the days. Click on a service for details on how to delete your account.You might discover that some services simply won’t let you go. That could be an oversight from a startup prioritizing other features over a deletion tool. Or, it could be intentional to keep users coming back. There’s not much you can do beyond deleting as many posts, photos and other personal data as you can.What to do with accounts of people who have died is a whole other story . That said, the prospect of the Grim Reaper — and what sorts of information about you may be exposed after you shed this mortal coil — might just be the motivation you need to clean up your online trail.___Find Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutaylast_img read more



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Peter Mukerjea ‘silent killer’ of Sheena Bora: CBI tells court

first_imgMumbai: Former media executive Peter Mukerjea is the “silent killer” of Sheena Bora, the daughter of his wife Indrani Mukerjea from a previous relationship, the CBI told a special court on Friday while opposing his bail plea in the 2012 murder case.Peter Mukerjea, arrested in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case in 2015, had moved the bail application in November last year before special CBI Judge J C Jagdale. This is the third time he has approached the court for bail. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Opposing his bail plea, special public prosecutor Bharat Badami argued that the CBI has sufficient evidence to prove Peter Mukerjea’s role in the murder conspiracy. Badami told the court Peter Mukerjea didn’t take any step to find Sheena Bora, who had gone missing, despite the fact that she was his son Rahul Mukerjea’s fiancee. “Peter was knowing everything…he was not a statue of the family. He took no step when Rahul was desperately asking about Sheena….. Peter is silent killer of Sheena,” the CBI lawyer said. Rahul Mukerjea is yet to depose before the court and if Peter Mukerjea is released on bail, he may try to win over the witness (Rahul), the lawyer added. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedBadami argued there was sufficient material against Peter Mukerjea that led to framing of charges against him. Therefore, the accused cannot seek bail by merely stating the charges against him were “defective”, he said. One of the reasons forwarded by Peter Mukerjea for not being involved in the Sheena’s murder was that he was in London when the murder took place. However, the CBI contested this argument. Hafiz Saeed (LeT chief) was in Pakistan when the 26/11 Mumbai attacks took place, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved in the attacks. So, even if Peter Mukerjea was in London (at the time of the murder) it doesn’t mean he was not part of the criminal conspiracy, the CBI counsel argued. The April 2012 murder of Sheena Bora (24), Indrani Mukerjea’s daughter from an earlier relationship, came to light in August 2015 when her driver Shyamvar Rai spilled the beans after being arrested in another case. Indrani Mukerjea, a former media executive, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna, Rai and Peter Mukerjea were arrested in the case. Rai later became an approver and was pardoned.last_img read more



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Sensex at record high, crosses 39,000

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex on Monday touched a record high and crossed the 39,000 mark for the first time. Around 10.15 a.m., the Sensex hit a fresh record of 38,993 points. At 10.27 a.m, the Sensex traded at 39,015.26, higher by 342.35 points or 0.89 per cent from the previous close. The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange also crossed the 11,700 mark for the first time since September 3, 2018. It traded at 11,710.25, higher by 86.35 points or 0.74 per cent from the previous close of 11,623.90 points. A rise in the Asian indices, along with healthy buying in the auto, capital goods and metal stocks supported the gains in the domestic indices, analysts said.last_img



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