Reforestación: Cuba lidera el camino

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Antes de 1492, lo que hoy es Estados Unidos tenía alrededor de mil millones de acres de bosques. Desde 1600 en adelante, al menos 286 millones de acres fueron destruidos. En una carta de 1763, Benjamin Franklin escribió: “La tierra despejada absorbe más calor y derrite la nieve más rápido”.Debido al colonialismo y al crecimiento de las corporaciones extractivas capitalistas, los bosques que anteriormente reducían el carbono fueron diezmados. Esta deforestación es parte de la crisis del calentamiento global, además del aumento masivo de carbono en la atmósfera. El mundo necesita reforestación.¡Cuba lo está haciendo!La reforestación cubana comenzó en la región de la Sierra del Rosario en 1968; Con el apoyo del gobierno revolucionario, los aldeanos locales decidieron un plan.El área había sido despojada durante la colonización española, más de 400 años desde 1492 hasta 1898. Los invasores talaron el bosque original para criar ganado y establecer plantaciones. Los árboles indígenas (cedro, ébano, caoba, majagua y otros) ya no crecían allí. A mediados de 1800, el suelo estaba degradado; La deforestación continuó hasta principios de 1900 para el pastoreo de ganado y la cría de cerdos. La población rural empobrecida trabajaba para los ganaderos o quemaba árboles para hacer carbón. En el momento de la Revolución Cubana en 1959, no quedaba nada más que palmeras aisladas.La Cuba socialista vio la necesidad de implementar proyectos sociales y económicos en las zonas rurales. El Plan Sierra del Rosario fue uno de esos proyectos. El plan de reforestación, lanzado junto con el establecimiento de servicios comunitarios, mejoraría la calidad del suelo y proporcionaría un trabajo importante para las personas en el área.Fundada en 1971, Las Terrazas recibió el nombre del sistema de plantación de terrazas e incluyó unas 5.000 hectáreas (12.355 acres) iniciales en la parte oriental de la cordillera. Los científicos ayudaron a determinar qué árboles indígenas plantar, y los aldeanos inicialmente plantaron 3.000 árboles de caoba, hibisco y teca. En ocho años, la gente del valle había plantado 6 millones de árboles.El gobierno cubano declaró que los árboles frutales deberían plantarse entre las otras especies para alimentar a la gente. Alrededor del 80 por ciento de los alimentos que se comen en Las Terrazas se cultivan localmente. Todo es orgánico, incluyendo plátanos, calabazas, toronjas, aguacates, naranjas, mandarinas, mamey, y todo se cultiva entre los árboles del bosque.Las Terrazas se construyó para proporcionar electricidad y agua corriente, con guarderías, escuelas, médicos de familia, dentistas, un laboratorio clínico y una farmacia. El proyecto mejoró las condiciones para las familias locales, a las que se unieron personal científico, proveedores de servicios públicos y artistas.La gente cría ganado para la carne, y se construyó un lago para criar peces, incluyendo truchas, tilapia y otras especies. El pueblo más tarde agregó un ecomuseo, un cine y una discoteca.Ecosistemas indígenas restauradosLos mamíferos, plantas, aves e insectos indígenas, muchos de los cuales se habían puesto en peligro bajo siglos de explotación ambiental durante el colonialismo, comenzaron a regresar, y los ecosistemas indígenas comenzaron a restaurarse. Hoy Cuba tiene 131 especies de aves, 26 de las cuales son indígenas de Cuba; el resto pasa por rutas migratorias a sus áreas de anidación. Hay 33 especies de reptiles, incluidas 17 serpientes y 11 lagartos. Algunas de las especies de mamíferos más pequeñas del mundo viven en Cuba, el solenodon cubano en peligro de extinción, la jutía conga y la jutía carabalí, han regresado al bosque.En 1985, la UNESCO reconoció el proyecto de reforestación como la Reserva de la Biosfera y agregó 25.000 hectáreas (61.776 acres) de Sierra del Rosario a las 5.000 originales. Desde entonces, la UNESCO ha reconocido cinco biosferas más en Cuba.Durante el Período Especial, después de la pérdida de comercio con la URSS y los otros antiguos socios comerciales socialistas de Cuba, combinados con el endurecimiento de su bloqueo por parte de Estados Unidos, el gobierno revolucionario apoyó el turismo ecológico y cultural y duplicó el enfoque en la sostenibilidad. Las ganancias del turismo en Las Terrazas se utilizaron para construir una biblioteca. También en el Período Especial, el cultivo orgánico se convirtió en obligatorio.El cafetal Buenavista fue restaurado de las ruinas de uno de los cafetales coloniales. Los lugareños plantaron cafetos y comenzaron a cosechar café Arábica Las Terrazas a la sombra. La miel también se produce localmente.Las Terrazas fue el primer modelo de reforestación en Cuba; Ha inspirado otros 11 proyectos de reforestación. Las otras 11 comunidades se reúnen periódicamente en Las Terrazas para intercambiar semillas indígenas para promover la biodiversidad y el comercio de productos alimenticios. La UNESCO ha reconocido a los programas de reforestación de Cuba por sus principios de incorporación de conocimientos científicos y prácticas tradicionales para fortalecer la participación de la comunidad en la planificación estratégica. Hasta la fecha, se han plantado más de 7 millones de árboles indígenas y se ha recuperado una gran cantidad de biodiversidad.Delegación de solidaridad de EE. UU. visita Las TerrazasLa 50ª Brigada Venceremos visitó Las Terrazas el 28 de julio. Conocimos a Ida, nuestra guía local, en el pueblo, y luego nos llevó al Río San Juan. La biosfera es un sitio de vacaciones popular para los trabajadores en La Habana. El río San Juan es alimentado por manantiales de azufre y es considerado como un tratamiento mineral. Nos unimos a muchos cubanos que nadan en el río y disfrutan de los bosques en sus fiestas nacionales.Los tres jardines verdes de Las Terrazas apoyan a las escuelas y la comunidad como la principal fuente de alimentos. Los aldeanos cultivan frutas, flores y plantas con usos medicinales en infusiones de hierbas y suplementos vitamínicos. Los niños de jardín de infantes tienen su propio jardín donde aprenden a cultivar alimentos, que comen a la hora del almuerzo y la merienda. Los niños incluso aprenden a hacer infusiones de hierbas con varias flores, como la manzanilla y la guayaba.El Centro de Investigación Ecológica pertenece a la Academia de Ciencias de Cuba. Los especialistas buscan especies de flora y fauna en el bosque; dos veces por semana también trabajan con estudiantes locales para enseñarles a reconocer las plantas como parte del trabajo científico. Incluso los niños pequeños saben cómo reconocer seis o siete de las plantas indígenas locales.Ida les dijo a los brigadistas: “Cuando les digo que era obligatorio cultivar todo lo que necesitábamos, no fue porque alguien vino y nos dijo que lo hiciéramos. Necesitamos hacerlo”. Y agregó: “Cultivamos productos orgánicos todo el tiempo”.Las Terrazas usa algo de energía solar y planea adquirir más cuando sea posible. La biosfera tiene regulaciones para la conservación; El Comité local para la Defensa de la Revolución toma todas las decisiones relacionadas con la sostenibilidad, como la cantidad de viviendas sostenibles para el proyecto.Nuestro guía habló del impacto del calentamiento global en las estaciones de crecimiento y la flora local. Algunas variedades de plantas ahora han desaparecido del bosque debido al calor; otros, como los mangos, están en temporada más temprano y más largos. Este julio fue el más cálido jamás registrado en el mundo. Ida nos dijo que la temperatura promedio anual durante todo el año en Cuba fue de 24° a 25° Celsius (75° a 77° F); este año tuvieron un nuevo máximo de 39.8° C (103.6° F).Ida dijo que cuando era niña, las lluvias eran tan intensas que a veces los niños se veían obligados a quedarse en la escuela durante una o dos semanas. Ahora hay lluvias estacionales que pueden durar solo tres días. Destacó que desde el principio, el plan de reforestación se centró en el medio ambiente.En los últimos años, los aldeanos comenzaron a organizar trabajos para limpiar el plástico y la basura del río donde los turistas y los cubanos han tirado basura. Se invita a los niños a unirse a la limpieza; De esta manera, su conciencia ambiental se desarrolla desde una edad temprana. La comunidad está discutiendo actualmente la necesidad de limitar el número de turistas para proteger el medio ambiente.Detener el calentamiento global requiere una rápida transición lejos del uso de combustibles fósiles. También requiere reforestación. La Cuba socialista, la Cuba revolucionaria, es un modelo para combatir el calentamiento global.Hedgecoke fue miembro de la 50ª Brigada Venceremos a Cuba.last_img read more

Donegal brothers to finally receive bravery awards after rescuing 15 people at sea

first_imgTwo Donegal brothers are to receive national bravery awards next week for their rescue of 15 people from two vessels which got into difficulty off Portnoo more than 60 years ago.Retired fishermen James and Michael Gallagher of Burtonport were on their father’s half decker, Irine and had set out to check lobster pots when a punt nearby with 15 people on board took a wave across the bow and was swamped.“It’s as clear in my mind as if it happened yesterday,” James says, recalling the events of August 22nd, 1956. Independent.ie reports that all 15 on the punt ended up in the water with no lifejackets. Among those rescued was Jean Mavitty, then 15 years old, but her father Desmond Mavitty (49) was one of three who drowned, along with George Warren (55) and Christopher Chambers (7). The young boy was fatally injured by the propellor of a nearby yacht.Those taken ashore by the fishermen included Bruce and Lorna Warren (aged 14 and 17), Robin Chambers (11), David Logan (11), Joe Morton (19), Pat Morton (17), Nevin Kerr (20), Aiden Campbell (15) and Alan Cooper (15). The party had set out to look at the wreck of a coaster, Greenhaven, which had run up on Roaninish island some months before.Jean Mavitty’s son, Robert Morrell, says his late mother often wondered who she could thank, as she had no memory of who had carried out the rescue. The inquest into the three fatalities was held immediately after the incident, and the fishermen were not present.The national bravery awards, conferred this year at Farmleigh House, Dublin, on October 18th, are conferred by the Dáil ceann comhairle on people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have “ carried out a deed of bravery with an effort to save human life involving personal risk”. The Gallagher brothers, now aged 80 and 85, will be joined by Jim Gallagher, son of James and nephew of Michael, who has also spent a life at sea and nominated them for the award.Donegal brothers to finally receive bravery awards after rescuing 15 people at sea was last modified: October 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA mulls mine drainage solutions

first_imgThe government’s current strategy is to only begin the more expensive route of desalination in 2014. The partnership would treat polluted underground water at Grootvlei Mine and the Witwatersrand Basin, as well as develop and fund a long-term solution to tackling acid-mine drainage. De Lange said neutralisation, coupled with a private-public partnership, was a solution if the treated water could be sold to and used by mines and industries, rather than being channelled back into the river. Feasibility study In line with the findings of the inter-ministerial commission’s report, de Lange also cautioned that the government’s current approach to treating acid mine drainage by diluting polluted rivers with fresh water was problematic, as the high salt content could still kill a river even while bringing the problem of acid mine drainage under control. Enforcement of National Water Act Acid mine drainage contaminates groundwater and leads to increased seismic activity, among other things. Outside of the Witwatersrand, acid mine drainage has been reported from a number of other areas in South Africa as well, including coalfields in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape’s Okiep copper district. In his presentation, Matji said his department’s idea was to fund the cleanup of acid-mine drainage through the enforcement of the National Water Act and other Acts and measures. Briefing Parliament’s committee on water affairs in Cape Town last week, the National Treasury’s director of public finance, Maselaganye Matji, said a private-public partnership could include the Departments of Mineral Resources and Water Affairs, adding that businesses, including mines, were interested in funding a long-term solution. South Africa’s National Treasury is looking at setting up a private-public partnership to tackle acid mine drainage, and is also considering implementing an environmental levy to fund the rehabilitation of affected groundwater. Such a tour would help officials to gain insight into how the US’s “super fund” tackles environmental management, while providing for an opportunity for South Africa to assess various technical resources in the US. The government has allocated a total of R553-million over the next three years to treat the acid mine drainage problem.center_img The various measures proposed include: an acid mine drainage levy on mines; a penalty for water sources levied on industries and water treatment works; a penalty for water pollution from non-point sources such as agriculture; fines on general environmental pollution and penalties levied on businesses and organisations for non-compliance at various levels. 27 June 2011 Matji said National Treasury had also recently met with the US Trade and Development Agency to discuss the possibly of the agency financing a study and tour of the USA by South African officials. The idea of an environmental levy and a management process to mitigate long-term effects of acid mine drainage was mooted in the inter-ministerial committee’s report on acid mine drainage, released in December last year. Matji said to date, private institutions had committed R78-million, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) R5-million and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) a further R10-million to tackle long-term acid mine drainage. The Department of Mineral Resources has allocated R328-million to combat acid mine drainage (which includes R200-million in transfers to the Council for Geo-Science and Mintek) and R225-million to the Department of Water Affairs. The idea was that whatever income was generated by the public-private partnership would be used to fund the necessary water and technical infrastructure, he said. The committee’s chairman, Johnny de Lange, welcomed the idea of a private-public partnership, but cautioned that it was necessary for the three departments, state-owned companies and the private sector, to work together to create an institutional arrangement that could award clear responsibilities to each partner. Clear responsibilities needed De Lange said a long-term strategy to tackle acid mine drainage is expected to be released next month after the conclusion of a feasibility study by the Department of Water Affairs on treating acid mine drainage. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Cape Town spends more on early childhood development

first_img3 June 2014Cape Town has allocated R16-million for the construction of more early childhood development (ECD) centres across the city in 2014/15, it was announced at a recent tabling of the city’s budget.Speaking at the meeting, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and ECD, Suzette Little, said the city remained committed to giving young children a safe learning environment at ECD level. This, she said, would prepare them for their formal schooling.In the new financial year, Little said, the department would expand the programmes initiated in the previous financial year and continue investing in capital projects.The directorate has budgeted nearly R16-million to build more ECD centres in Delft, Mitchells Plain, Dunoon, Ocean View, Heideveld and Lotus River.Little said that in 2013/14, the City had spent over R7-million on building a number of ECD centres, completing the Leonsdale and Scorpio centres in Elsies River and Ocean View. The new Strandfontein centre was also on track for completion, she said.“In addition, the department has exceeded its targets for the number of initiatives to help ECD centres become compliant so that they can register with the Western Cape Social Development Department, and has also provided training to 165 ECD practitioners on the national norms and standards for these facilities.“Children need a solid start in life,” Little said. “We are making a massive investment in early childhood development by building these centres of excellence, as part of our goal of getting to the point where every child has access to a facility that can provide the building blocks so crucial to their future.”Partnerships with communitiesLittle stressed the importance of partnerships with communities, insisting that parents share in the responsibility of ensuring that their children get ahead.“I encourage residents to approach the authorities to find out how you can get involved in the development of the community by, for example, starting a food garden. In some cases, there is the option of volunteering at a local school for those who are unable to pay the school fees.“Our responsibility towards our children must take priority at all times, to ensure that they grow up to be active, well-functioning members of society,” she said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

South Africans urged to take a walk

first_img5 October 2015South Africans were reminded to take the first step towards an active lifestyle by walking around their neighbourhoods by Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula, who launched World Walking Month and National Recreation Day on 2 October.Thousands of South Africans participated in the annual Big Walk yesterday, a recreational event held by Mbalula’s department. It said the Big Walk was conceived as a result of increased obesity and lifestyle diseases. The main aim of the walk and National Recreation Day was to encourage South Africans to embrace recreation and a healthy lifestyle.The initiative coincides with October Transport Month, an annual national programme that promotes eco-mobility and the use of public transport over private cars.Watch Mbalula speak about the importance of recreational activities:National Recreation Day events took place around the country:Halaala KZN…totally loving what you are up to today in honoring NATIONAL RECREATION DAY #Ichoose2BActive RT https://t.co/OH7rzOadsG— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Octobe r 2, 2015The fun happening at Tshwane Events centre today: Sack race at the Kiddies corner…#Ichoose2BActive pic.twitter.com/MkwmwFTIPo— Dep. Sport & Rec (@SPORTandREC_RSA) Octobe r 2, 2015The Big WalkThe Big Walk was held at the Tshwane Events Centre at Fountains Valley Resort and included various types of races and sports events.The Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa) was behind the walking month, explained the department, which is an affiliate member of the association.Huge growth has been recorded for the walk, which was first held in 2012. That year, 3 800 people took part; this year, there were more than 15 000 participants. It included 5km, 10km and 15km routes through the resort and the Voortrekker Monument.The EcoMobility World Festival“Walking is cool. Cycling is cool. Let us make it possible to stay healthy. If you walk or cycle you can reduce your weight, and reduce the chances of getting diseases,” Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on 4 October when she officially launched the EcoMobility World Festival Sandton, Johannesburg.The festival, running throughout October, is aimed at encouraging residents to park their cars and make use of public transport, walk or cycle in Sandton, the city’s economic hub. It will mitigate traffic congestion that affects business and economy and address environmental concerns caused by carbon.Peters said South Africa had a national climate change response strategy.“We are committed to sustainable development. We are committed to ensure that we build cities of tomorrow, by making sure that we can move with the new technology. We also want to make sure that this technology will create jobs for our people.”Gauteng Premier David Makhura envisaged the success of the festival, saying he would love to see it being developed into a lifestyle after October ended.He echoed the minister’s call for people to use public transport. “It is cool to use public transport. Public transport promotes social cohesion and it protects our environment,” he said.Watch Makhura explain the effects of the eco-mobility festival:Yeom Tae-Young, the mayor of the Korean city of Suwon, was among the international guests who attended the official opening. His city was the first to host the festival in 2014. He said eco-mobility was good in that it promoted social change and integration.Source: SAnews.gov and South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Team Lakay coach confident of Eustaquio’s chances

first_imgONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Eustaquio (9-5) will face probably the biggest threat to his title aspirations in former two-time ONE Flyweight Champion Kairat Akhmetov on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here.If victorious, the 28-year-old striker can stake his claim to challenge the promotion’s top flyweight Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat could put Eustaquio in the limelight like fellow Team Lakay fighters like Honorio Banario and reigning ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang.But Sangiao refused to look beyond Eustaquio’s next opponent, but the decorated mentor has no doubt in his mind that his ward is more than ready to get his place in the spotlight. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ebondo ‘honored’ to possibly play for Gilas in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Team Lakay.JAKARTA — Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao isn’t putting too much pressure on Geje Eustaquio to match the accomplishments of his contemporaries, knowing that in terms of motivation, his flyweight warrior is already aware of what he has to do to get to the level of his peers.“It’s the same. I always ask them, ‘What is the goal for every fighter?’ It’s to get the belt. So they know it and it’s already a motivation for them to do well in their training and inch closer in getting that belt soon,” he said on Thursday after the open workouts at Celebrity Fitness Gym in fX Sudirman here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “Akhmetov will be a tough draw for us,” he admits.“In terms of confidence, Geje is 101-percent confident. You can see that he’s mentally prepared and though we’re facing a former champion, I think we have a good gameplan. Looking at his nutrition and conditioning, we’re well prepared,” said Sangiao. “If he executes our gameplan well, I think we’ll definitely get the win.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Beermen eye 3-1 Finals lead

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cabagnot and Ross finished in a dead heat in the statistical points race after the Final Four—something that hasn’t happened before—with votes from the media and the league as well as fellow players to determine the winner.No Best Player of the Conference race has been shared by two players before.To inspire TNT to a Game 4 fightback it badly needs, team owner Manny V. Pangilinan stopped by in the practice on Tuesday, joining the team for lunch and giving them a pep talk at Moro Lorenzo Gym inside the Ateneo campus.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games New names in nat’l pool? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READcenter_img And TNT will try to get back into the fight with Smith aboard, after coach Nash Racela decided against tapping standby import Mike Myers because he already has identified the reasons for the last two losses.“We have to limit our turnovers,” Racela said, knowing that falling into a 1-3 hole could just be too big of a mountain for his Texters to scale, especially against a powerhouse and cohesive team like San Miguel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTNT had 23 errors in Game 3, with franchise player Jason Castro highlighting the Texters’ struggles with 10 turnovers.Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot, just two of the pieces that are making the San Miguel machine hum on all cylinders, will be disputing the Best Player of the Conference award in what is possibly the closest race this league has seen. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer will face the same enemy it conquered in the last two games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, with TNT KaTropa deciding to stick it out with Joshua Smith.With a 2-1 lead and authoritative winners of Games 2 and 3, the Beermen will come into this crucial 7 p.m. encounter at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the solid favorites to move closer to bagging the second jewel of a Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? View commentslast_img read more

Dia Mirza’s spontaneous jig steals show at IIFA do

first_imgDia Mirza was in town on Thursday to announce a fashion show at the upcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards weekend, scheduled to be held from June 23 to 25 in Toronto, and she did make quite a song and dance of the affair.She didn’t waste the chance to break into an impromptu jig to the beats of Mera naam chin chin chu from the 1958 hit, Howrah Bridge at the show.She insisted she would only sing if the crowd sang too – which they did. In a short while, IIFA and its deliberations were forgotten as the entire focus was on Dia.Once she had ensured the limelight was on her, Dia then smartly went on to use the platform to promote her next film Love Breakup Zindagi , which incidentally marks her debut as a producer along with fellow struggling actor Zayed Khan.They also star in their joint production, which is directed by newcomer Sahil Sangha, these days, a ‘close friend’ of Dia.Also present at the event was Anil Kapoor. When asked about Amitabh Bachchan vacating the position of IIFA brand ambassador after a decade’s association, Anil said: “Every actor associated with IIFA is a brand ambassador in his or her own way. Just as the Oscars and the BAFTA awards do not need a brand ambassador, IIFA too doesn’t need one.”For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham

first_imgMan Utd target Declan Rice insists he’s happy at West Hamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice insists he’s happy at West Ham.The midfielder continues to be linked with Manchester United.But he told the Mirror: “I’ve signed a long-term, five-year contract last season and if I didn’t want to sign it, I wouldn’t have done it.“It makes me a West Ham player for the next five years and I’ll be giving my best for the team and the supporters.“All I can do is to keep my head down, play my football and I’m not taking any notice of what’s going on outside.“The manager keeps emphasising to us that we are a top club with a big-team mentality and we’ve started the season that way.“We see how the boss works, and we know what he’s done at Manchester City , Real Madrid and Villarreal. He’s a top manager and all the lads respect him because we know he’ll take us in the right direction.“As a club, we want to get into Europe and his track record says he usually gets there. If we make it this season, that’s a bonus – but we need to keep pushing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more