Drea de Matteo Wants To End Cosmetics Testing On Animals

first_imgOn World Day for Animals in Laboratories (April 24th), former Sopranos actress Drea de Matteo has teamed up with Cruelty Free International and its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals in the U.S.Drea de Matteo teams up with Cruelty Free International and its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals in the USPictured with her daughter, son and rescue pup Blankie, Drea who recently guest starred in Marvels’ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D said: “Animals shouldn’t suffer for the sake of beauty. I’m proud to join Cruelty Free International in calling on the United States to end cosmetics testing on animals.”Monica Engebretson, Cruelty Free International’s North America Campaign Manager, said, “Ending cosmetics testing on animals in the United States is in the best interest consumers, regulatory agencies, and industry. We are thrilled to have Drea de Matteo join our campaign to encourage the United States to match global progress on this issue.”Cruelty Free International is the only organization solely campaigning for a global ban on animal cosmetics testing. With offices worldwide, it works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organizations, placing the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the first time.As well as Europe, India now has testing and sales bans in place while Brazil, New Zealand and South Korea recently made significant strides toward ending animal testing via legislation or policy decisions. Vietnam has agreed to end eye and skin irritation tests, Thailand is considering ending animal testing for cosmetics, and there has been promising changes in China’s acceptance of non-animal tests for regular cosmetic products manufactured domestically.Other celebrities to support Cruelty Free International include Peter Dinklage, Norman Reedus, Sir Paul McCartney, Alicia Silverstone and Bob Barker.April 24th is World Day for Animals in Laboratories, an international event to remember the millions of animals who suffer and die in laboratories around the world.last_img read more

Russell Wilson Will Do It Himself Thank You

PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS INDIVIDUAL RANKTEAM RANK LAR57LAR69LAR 32, ARI 16+6.7– BAL60BAL51DET 20, BAL 44-11.1– ATL61MIN51MIN 14, ATL 9+10.0– Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, Ladbrokes GB63GB59TB 20, GB 26-5.4– When Russell Wilson and J.D. McKissic connected for a 15-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia in Week 13, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback tied the NFL record for the most passing TDs in the fourth quarter in a single season with 15, set by Eli Manning in 2011. The TD pass also sealed a 24-10 victory over the 10-2 Eagles — the Seahawks’ most impressive win of the season. Seattle improved to 8-4 on the year to move back into a playoff position and now owns an 80 percent chance of making the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL projections. Wilson was stellar in the final quarter on Sunday, going 5-8 on his passes with a scorching-hot passer rating of 122.4. It was yet another impressive display by Wilson, whose remarkable fourth-quarter performances have become so frequent, they are almost expected at this point.The Seahawks have based the majority of their success over the past few years on their defense and the “Legion of Boom,” which has been one of the most feared units in recent memory. But as the team continues to deal with major injuries on the defensive side, it’s Wilson and the offense that Seattle has relied on. While Wilson’s performance through the first three quarters has been just OK, his fourth-quarter heroics are among the best in the league. Since Wilson entered the NFL in 2012, only Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have kept up with the Seahawks QB in the final 15 minutes of the game. CHI72%CHI62%SF 15, CHI 14+10.7– NO66NO64CAR 21, NO 31-4.2– Russell WilsonSeattle21123 What’s evident about all the other quarterbacks is that they’ve received some of the best protection from their offensive lines: Every quarterback except for Wilson has received top-10 pass protection.1Percentage of plays the offense controls the line of scrimmage on dropbacks The Seahawks’ offensive line ranks 23rd, meaning Wilson has had to scramble for his life on multiple occasions. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Wilson has attempted 95 passes outside the pocket, which is the most in the league and 31 more than the quarterback with the second most, Blake Bortles.The poor offensive line play also hasn’t helped the Seahawks’ ground game, which is all but nonexistent this season. On the surface, the Seattle rushing attack looks perfectly mediocre with an average yards per rush of 3.90 — good enough for 22nd in the league. But if you isolate the guys who are paid to run (as in, not throw), the Seattle rogues’ gallery of running backs — Chris Carson, Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy, someone named Mike Davis — has collectively averaged 3.19 yards per carry. That’s not only the worst in the NFL this season, it ranks 537th among 543 team seasons since 2001.All this means that the burden is completely on Wilson to move the chains and keep his team in the game — making this Wilson’s most important season. The 2013 champion Seahawks were built on Wilson, a stifling defense and the Beast Mode rush attack. Of those things that aren’t Wilson, one is injured and the other plays in Oakland. And yet, Seattle could all but seal its playoff spot with a win in Week 14 over Jacksonville, which would improve its chances of making the postseason to 92 percent,2Independent of other Week 14 games. according to our Elo prediction model. Wilson would also boost his MVP credentials significantly by defeating the Jaguars’ defense, which leads the league in total defensive expected points added. If the Seahawks do prevail and make the playoffs, you won’t need to guess who’s responsible.FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 13 in our NFL predictions game — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — saw the readers suffer three heavy losses that started on Thursday night, by predicting that Washington would beat Dallas. They were wrong and lost 15.7 points in the game. The readers then lost 11.1 points by being less confident than our Elo in Baltimore’s victory over Detroit. And the last of the double-digit losses for the readers came on Sunday night when the Seahawks upset the Eagles, which gave readers a loss of 12.8 points. It wasn’t all doom and gloom, however. The readers gained 10.7 points by being less confident than Elo in the Bears’ chances against the 49ers, and then 10 points in predicting a win for the Vikings on the road against the Falcons.Make sure you get your Week 14 predictions in early, and thanks for playing. PHI52PHI61PHI 10, SEA 24-12.8– OAK71OAK75NYG 17, OAK 24+0.2– TEN66TEN68HOU 13, TEN 24-0.7– Carson WentzPhiladelphia31710 PLAYERTEAM1ST DOWNSOFF. TDSTOTAL YARDSPASS PROTECTION Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 13Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 13 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game DAL61WSH53WSH 14, DAL 38-15.7– NE73NE80NE 23, BUF 3+1.2– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION JAX75JAX79IND 10, JAX 30+0.1– KC62KC60KC 31, NYJ 38+0.0 MIA57MIA55DEN 9, MIA 35-4.1– Jared GoffL.A. Rams1310105 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. Russell Wilson’s offense transcends the Eagles’ defenseComparing Ladbrokes’ top five MVP candidates Tom BradyNew England1328 Drew BreesNew Orleans111562 LAC89LAC89CLE 10, LAC 19-1.6– PIT66PIT73PIT 23, CIN 20+2.0– In the first three quarters of a game, Wilson’s touchdown to interception ratio is 2.5, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group. Come the fourth quarter, that ratio balloons to 4.2.The much-deserved hype of Philadelphia sophomore quarterback Carson Wentz and the longevity of New England’s Tom Brady have left Wilson as the forgotten man when it comes to talk of MVP. Wilson may not be having the best statistical season of his career, but after he outdueled Wentz on Sunday, the Seahawks QB earned the right to be at the forefront of the conversation based on how important he is to his team.Of the five players — all quarterbacks — with the best odds of winning the MVP, according to Ladbrokes, Wilson leads the league in total accrued yards — rushing and passing — and total offensive touchdowns responsible for, and he is second only to Brady in the number of first downs he’s been responsible for. Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Cabinet Ministers get to spend more CFO stays on the job

first_img TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance Related Items:cabinet, cfo, ministers, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Cabinet Report by Premier, His Excellency present. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2016 – Cabinet Ministers and Government Ministries can now spend up to $75,000 without having to first check with the UK’s Chief financial officer. The rules regarding how much money ministers get to spend have been relaxed according to Cabinet notes coming from the Governor’s Office on Wednesday. The CFO was supposed to become an unnecessary overseer of country monies once the UK guaranteed loan was retired, but the CFO will stick around it seems and instead of Ministers having only $10,000 within their control that has now been upped significantly. There was also the announcement of contract approvals for a new clinic in Kew in North Caicos, generators for the clinics in Bottle Creek, Salt Cay and Conch Bar, Middle Caicos and vehicles to be bought including new transport for the Governor. The grand stand at the Gus Lightbourne Gym will get up and upgrade, and South Caicos will get a new reverse osmosis plant. These announcements come just days after Finance Minister, Washington Misick revealed in the House of Assembly that the PNP Administration has budgeted to increase spending this fiscal year by some $32 million dollars. Cabinet Ministers spending rules relaxedlast_img read more

Closing arguments in La Mesa gang murder trial set for Tuesday

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Closing arguments are scheduled tomorrow in the murder trial of two suspected gang members accused in a pair of fatal shootings that took place years apart in La Mesa as part of a gang feud.Donte Haddock and Anthony Frank, both 28, are charged with the murders of Xusha Brown Jr., 22, on May 5, 2013, and Darris Walker, 20, on April 30, 2011. They face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole if convicted of murder, attempted premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder, with a special circumstance allegation that the killings were carriedout to benefit a street gang.A third defendant, 29-year-old Alaeante Eason, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and awaits sentencing next month. Deputy District Attorney Sophia Roach alleged in her opening statement that the defendants both fired on Walker as he sat alone in the back seat of a car parked in the lot of a restaurant on Alvarado Road.“Two years later, they would kill again,” she said, referring to the shooting death of Brown, a member of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.The prosecutor said Brown was an unintended target who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was riding in a car on eastbound Interstate 8 in La Mesa when shots fired from a silver or light gray sedan hit him in the head and wounded the driver, Malcolm Hune, according to Roach. The car belonged to Haddock, who was driving while Frank emptied a pistol into the vehicle withthe intention of killing Hune, she alleged.The prosecutor said the car could be seen on surveillance footage circling a gas station where Hune and Brown were fueling up just before the shooting. Days afterward, the car was posted for sale on Craigslist, presumably in an attempt to get rid of the evidence, Roach said.The prosecutor alleged that Frank told some witnesses that he killed Brown, while text messages implicated Haddock in the killing.Haddock’s attorney, Jane Kinsey, said her client was staying with a woman on the night of Brown’s killing, which she said would be corroborated by the woman and several other witnesses. She also said that on the night of Walker’s killing, Haddock’s cell phone showed he was nowhere near the shooting scene.Kinsey told jurors that the prosecution could not definitively prove her client’s involvement in either shooting, and thus would spend much of the trial focusing on his gang affiliation and the protracted gang feud to distract from the real issues at hand.“Don’t get bogged down in a lot of the side events,” Kinsey said. “The gang feud is not the issue. The question is whether this young man is guilty of these crimes.”Frank’s attorney, Richard Jayakumar, claimed Eason — in a bid to raise his standing within the gang — was actually the man who killed Brown. Jayakumar said Eason and Hune had previous issues with each other, culminating in Eason’s attempt on Hune’s life, which “tragically” resulted in Brown’s killing.Jayakumar also argued that there was no physical evidence tying Frank to Brown’s murder and called the investigation against his client “flawed and misdirected” and based on “lies and rumors.”In the case of Walker’s murder, Jayakumar said his client and the victim were friends, and that Frank would have no motive for killing Walker. Eason, Haddock and Frank were arrested in 2016. July 15, 2019 Closing arguments in La Mesa gang murder trial set for Tuesday Posted: July 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

CBI books BoM official 14 others in fraud case

first_imgCBI has registered case against former Assistant General Manager of Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) posted in Maharashtra beside 14 others for causing an alleged loss of Rs. 42.38 crores (approx) to the bank. Recently, BoM Aurangabad Zone, has lodged a complaint with the CBI against the former Assistant General Manager A.M. Raje and 14 persons including proprietors, partners of a local private firms for causing the loss.It was alleged that then Assistant General Manager during the period 2012-2013 had entered into criminal conspiracy with other accused persons and sanctioned credit facilities amounting to Rs.5 Crores (approx) each to the borrowers under the Loan Against Property Scheme of BoM by taking on record false valuation reports of the mortgaged property wherein their values were highly inflated by the Panel valuers. “The borrowers miss utilized the funds and did not repay the funds. An alleged loss of Rs.42.38 Crores (approx) was caused to the BoM,” CBI statement reads.last_img read more

CESC to take up power distribution duties in Malegaon

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC) has been selected as the power distribution franchise by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to distribute power in the Malegaon municipal area.On Monday, chairman of CESC Sanjiv Goenka informed that soon CESC will take over the distribution operations in Malegaon. MSEDCL has already issued a Letter of Intent (LoI) which has been accepted by CESC on January 2. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to CESC officials, its power distribution operations are spread over Bengal, greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, Kota, Bharatpur and Bikaner in Rajasthan at present. CESC informed that soon the distribution operations will be handed over to them. Before that, some legal procedures will have to be followed. CESC will also check about the machineries installed at present. The old machineries may be replaced with new ones. CESC will upgrade the distribution system using modern technology and will have to invest a good amount of money to upgrade the system. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPrimarily, it is assumed that around Rs 300 crore may be invested for the same. According to sources, it is expected that CESC will take charge of the electricity distribution system by summer this year. On Monday, Goenka said: “we are very happy to have the distribution franchise in a state like Maharashtra and we look forward to utilising our vast experience in serving the growing number of citizens of Malegaon.”last_img read more