Sunday, January 21, 2018
The story of Kingston-born, Toronto-based supermodel Stacey McKenzie is to make it to the big screen.
Production on the biopic is set to commence later this year, with casting directors set to visit Jamaica shortly to search for two young Jamaican girls to play McKenzie at different stages of her life.
In an interview with the Jamaica Observer from New York where she is currently involved in promotions for the current cycle of the television reality show America's Next Top Model, McKenzie could hardly contain her excitement as she tried to explain the genesis of the film project.
“I was in New York, the executives at VH1 had flown me there for a meeting when I was being considered for the runway coach for America's Next Top Model. As part of the interview I was asked to tell my story, and by the end of it, not just me but everyone in the room was bawling. The executive producer, Ken Mok, just said it... 'I'm gonna tell your story. This story has to make it to the big screen'. I was like yeah sure, let's see,” she recalled.
That was last summer, Mok stuck to his word, and the Stacey McKenzie biopic Ugly
McKenzie was born in Jamaica. Her deep voice and unconventional looks made her the target of unkind statements from neighbours, schoolmates and even strangers. Migrating to Canada at age 13, she thought this would have made her life easier, but instead the bullying, racism and discouragement continued. Inspired to become a model she knocked on doors of modelling agencies on both sides of the Atlantic for five years before eventually making a breakthrough. Since then she has racked up an impressive list of print, television and runway work for the likes of fashion's elite including Calvin Klein, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen and Tommy Hilfiger.
For obvious reasons she guards the storyline of Ugly, but hints that it is an inspiring story about female empowerment.
We’re not really adults until reaching age 24, researchers have concluded.
That’s because so many young people are continuing their education for longer periods of time and delaying marriage and parenthood.
The definition for adolescence is currently between ages 10 and 19, which marks the beginning of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth.
But, writing in Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia argue the timing needs to be changed, London’s Telegraph newspaper reported.
Today, the average couple marries for the first time when the groom is 32.5 years old and the bride is 30.6. That’s eight years later than it was in the 1970s.
The study’s lead author, Prof. Susan Sawyer argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years.
But others said that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not adults. Dr. Jan Macvarish of the University of Kent told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The US Senate last night rejected a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government operating, less than two hours before funding was expected to run out and trigger a shutdown of many government services.
In a vote that required the approval of 60 senators to pass, the measure that would have kept offices open for one month was defeated. Lawmakers have no clear fallback plan, and aides said they were expecting the government to partially close on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.
The Senate adjourned for the night around 1:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
• The final roll call, was 50 in favor and 49 against. Sixty votes are needed to end debate and move to a final vote. Five Democrats voted to end debate, while four Republicans voted with most of the Democrats to block the bill.
• In the early morning hours, Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, proposed a measure that would keep the government open for another three weeks, not four as the House measure would have done, and said the Senate would come back to into session on Saturday at noon.
McVitie's Digestives yesterday said their packets will shrink.
Packets of the quintessentially British brand will be cut from 500 to 400 grammes this month, after the weakened pound ramped up import costs.
“The rising cost of ingredients and changes in the exchange rates means it has become more expensive to bake our products,” said Nick Bunker, UK and Ireland managing director of Pladis, which owns the brand.
He said the change was necessary “in these challenging times”.
Britain's decision in 2016 to leave the European Union (EU) led to a sharp drop in the value of the pound against the euro and dollar.
A company spokeswoman denied the change was the result of one specific event such as the Brexit vote, but rather a response to “changing market conditions and the increased cost of ingredients”.
The sweet, wheaty biscuit is a British staple, often dunked into a cup of milky tea, and is sold internationally.
Pladis has suggested retailers drop the price of the packets from £1.25 (US$1.73, 1.41 euros) to £1.15 to reflect the new size.
While some saw smaller packets as a way to tackle obesity, others were not so enthusiastic.
“Mr Robert McVitie must be twisting in his grave,” reader Ahmed Bayram responded on The Times website.
In October 2016, Toblerone announced the triangular-shaped chocolate had shrunk over rising costs.
Consumers have since complained of numerous companies selling smaller versions of their products.