Sudan mourning Garang UNICEF urges all to fulfil accords for childrens sake

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has urged all sides in Sudan to press on with the peace accords following the death of Vice-President John Garang de Mabior in a helicopter crash, for the sake of the children of Africa’s largest country. “Peace offers enormous benefits, especially for children,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “For the children of Sudan we hope that the peace process continues with optimism.” UNICEF noted the contribution of Mr. Garang, leader of southern rebels who fought a two-decades-long war with the Government, to the establishment in 1989 of Operation Lifeline Sudan, a major international relief effort based on a groundbreaking humanitarian access agreement for aid to war-affected civilians, mainly in southern Sudan. As one of the three signatories to the agreement along with President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, Mr. Garang helped set a new precedent for humanitarian access during civil war. Former UNICEF Executive Director James Grant brokered the OLS agreement under whose provisions millions of people have been served with life-saving relief since April 1989. “It is a cruel irony that after decades of war, and only weeks after Garang was sworn in as First Vice-President, Sudan should be robbed of one of the architects of its historic peace agreement,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah, who represented UNICEF at the January signing of the peace agreement that formally ended the war in the south and ushered in Mr. Garang’s presence in the national government.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) hailed Mr. Garang’s contribution to its work of trying to feed hundreds of thousands of people displaced or cut off by conflict.”Dr. Garang’s support for WFP’s work, especially in the south of Sudan, was invaluable,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said. “He well understood the importance of humanitarian assistance and the urgency with which food assistance must be delivered during a crisis. He also put a high priority on work to rebuild southern Sudan’s fragmented roads infrastructure, which WFP is addressing with a special operation.” read more

10 ads to watch out for on Super Bowl Sunday

This image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows a portion of the company’s Budweiser television ad scheduled to run during Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Anheuser-Busch) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – It’s almost show time.When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday morning.Here are 10 Super Bowl ads to watch out for:BUDWEISER “LOST DOG”Brewer Anheuser-Busch’s 60-second ad shows a Labrador puppy chasing after the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales that are being moved to a new stable. The tune, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” performed by Sleeping performs in the background. The ad is the sequel to last year’s “Best Buds,” showing the bond between a puppy and Clydesdale, a spot many considered the best ad of the 2014 Super Bowl.Online:’S “PAY WITH LOVIN’”In its 60-second spot, the fast-food chain announces that it will let random customers pay for their food with acts of goodwill, such as calling their moms and telling them they love them. It’s part of a Valentine’s Day promotion that will start on the day after the Super Bowl.Online: “THE BRADY BUNCH”Snickers 30-second ad recreates the famous Brady Bunch episode in which the oldest daughter, Marcia, gets hit in the nose with a football. Florence Henderson and action movie “Machete” star Danny Trejo also make appearances for the Mars brand.Online:’S “NO MORE”The NFL is airing a public service announcement from No More, a coalition of anti-domestic abuse organizations. The 60-second ad depicts a chilling 911 call from a battered woman to demonstrate the terror of domestic abuse.ALWAYS’ “LIKE A GIRL”Procter & Gamble’s Always feminine protection brand’s 60-second Super Bowl spot is a version of a viral video it aired in June. The ad shows adults and a boy running and throwing rather weakly when they’re asked to depict what it means to do those actions “like a girl.” But then they ask young girls, who run and throw with much more energy. Copy says “Let’s make #likeagirl mean amazing things.”BMW “NEWFANGLED IDEA”In order to promote its new all-electric BMW i3 in a 60-second spot, BMW enlisted former “Today” show hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel to recreate a 1994 on-air conversation when they tried to figure out what the @ symbol in an email address meant. “#KIMSDATASTASH”To promote a service that lets users keep their unused data for a year, wireless provider T-Mobile hired Kim Kardashian for a 30-second spoof on public service announcements. In the ad, she makes a plea to save people’s unused data taken back by wireless carriers. She laments that the data could have been used to see her makeup, vacations and outfits.Online: CHRYSLERThe automotive advertiser always surprises with memorable ads about its cars, starring celebrities such as Eminem, Clint Eastwood and Oprah. The company says it will air three commercials during the Super Bowl this year but hasn’t released those ads.NATIONWIDE’S “INVISIBLE MINDY KALING”Insurer Nationwide’s teaser for its Super Bowl ad shows “Mindy Project” star Mindy Kaling believing she is invisible and doing scandalous acts, including sitting naked in Central Park and going through a car wash. The teaser indicates the Super Bowl ad itself will show what happens when Kaling realizes she isn’t actually invisible.Online. Budweiser’s popular ads featuring a puppy getting lost, GoDaddy released its Super Bowl ad that showed a puppy finding his way home only for his owner to say that she sold him online with a website she created with Pet owners were outraged. GoDaddy said it wouldn’t air the spot, and instead air another one. The question is whether GoDaddy’s new ad will be edgy or take a more cautious route. by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2015 2:20 pm MDT 10 ads to watch out for on Super Bowl Sunday read more

Photographer will speak on living creatively

Freeman Patterson will give an open talk at Brock on Nov. 4.One of Canada’s leading photographers and visual design artists, Freeman Patterson, will be at Brock next week to talk about living creatively.Patterson will present “The Call of Creativity” to students, faculty, staff and community members on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the David S. Howes Theatre. This event is free and open to everyone.“This presentation is applicable and interesting to everyone, especially at Brock where we emphasize and encourage students, faculty and staff to develop both sides of their brain,” said Education Professor Sharon Abbey, who is organizing the event. “Mr. Patterson receives hundreds of invitations a year to make appearances across Canada and around the world. We are particularly honoured that he has chosen Brock as part of his tour this year.”Abbey has been a student of Patterson’s on two occasions.“I have taken two photography courses from Mr. Patterson and I find him to be one of the most transformational teachers that I have ever worked with,” she said. “He is reflective and very sensitive to the world around him. I’m sure everyone will be inspired by his presentation.”In his presentation, Patterson will focus on his own experiences to describe how creativity is a natural gift that becomes a part of day-to-day life.Patterson was dean of religious studies at Alberta College, Edmonton, in the early 1960s when he began to actively work in photography. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 1985. In 2001, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the North American Nature Photography Association and in 2003 the Miller Britten Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts.For more information, visit freemanpatterson.comThis presentation is sponsored by the Faculty of Education and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Faculty of Humanities. read more