Los Angeles: The shooting of “Fast & Furious” is underway, Hollywood star Vin Diesel has announced. The 51-year-old actor, who reprises his role as Dom in the action film franchise, took to Instagram to share the news on Monday. “First day completed! Blessed beyond words. #Fast9 2020,” Diesel captioned the video. In the clip, he can be seen with co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who plays his wife Letty in the films. “Can you believe it, Letty? Can you believe it? We just completed our first day and it feels like a miracle,” Diesel said. Nathalie Emmanuel, who is returning as hacker Ramsey from Furious 7, also took to social media to mark the beginning of day one. “Day one of shooting Fast and Furious 9 today… The team is back together,” she wrote on Twitter. Many actors like Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson will return along with latest addition WWE wrestler-turned-actor John Cena.
29 May 2009The United Nations health agency today called on governments to require that all tobacco packages include pictures to warn consumers of the ill effects of tobacco use, which kills more than five million people every year. The call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO) comes ahead of World No Tobacco Day, observed on 31 May, which this year focuses on decreasing tobacco use – the leading preventable cause of death – by increasing public awareness of its dangers. Studies reveal that even among people who believe tobacco is harmful, few understand its specific health risks, WHO noted in a news release. Despite this, health warnings on tobacco packages in most countries do not provide information to warn consumers of the risks. WHO added that effective health warnings, especially those that include pictures, have been proven to motivate users to quit and to reduce the appeal of tobacco for those who are not yet addicted. “Health warnings on tobacco packages are a simple, cheap and effective strategy that can vastly reduce tobacco use and save lives,” said WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Ala Alwan.“But they only work if they communicate the risk. Warnings that include images of the harm that tobacco causes are particularly effective at communicating risk and motivating behavioural changes, such as quitting or reducing tobacco consumption.”Studies carried out on the use of warnings employing both pictures and text in Brazil, Canada, Singapore and Thailand reveal “remarkably consistent” findings on their positive impact.But, according to WHO, only 10 per cent of the world’s people live in countries that require warnings with pictures on tobacco packages.“In order to survive, the tobacco industry needs to divert attention from the deadly effects of its products,” said Dr. Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative. “It uses multi-million dollar promotional campaigns, including carefully crafted package designs, to ensnare new users and keep them from quitting.”“Health warnings on tobacco packages can be a powerful tool to illuminate the stark reality of tobacco use,” Dr. Bettcher added.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRussell anti-doping hearing pushed to September 28September 20, 2016In “latest news”Anti-doping tribunal’s verdict on Russell expected on January 31January 24, 2017In “latest news”Russell’s disciplinary hearing resumesOctober 6, 2016In “latest news” West Indies allrounder Andre Russell has been banned for one year from cricket for a whereabouts clause violation by an independent anti-doping panel in Kingston. The ban is effective from January 31, 2017 and will last until January 30, 2018.A three-member tribunal comprising Hugh Faulkner, Dr Marjorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer, a former Jamaica cricketer, found Russell guilty of being negligent in filing his whereabouts on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015. That – under the World Anti-Doping Agency rules – amounted to a failed dope test.Patrick Foster, Russell’s lawyer, confirmed the verdict and said he would discuss all options with his client including appealing the ban.In March 2016, the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission pressed charges of negligence against Russell for not filing his whereabouts on January 1, July 1 and July 25 in 2015 despite several reminders through calls, e-mails and written letters.In his defense, Russell had told the tribunal that he had not been negligent. Considering his cricketing commitments around the world, and his own lack of training in filing the required paperwork, he said he had authorised his agent Will Quinn and Tajae Smith, one of the JADCO officials, to take care of the process.However, JADCO legal counsel Lackston Robinson disagreed saying the players had been offered education programmes on anti-doping which also involved filing procedure. Robinson accused Russell of “gross negligence” during the hearings.On November 17 last year, while summing up his arguments during the final hearing before the tribunal retired to decide on the verdict, Foster told the tribunal that if firm evidence of negligence was indeed established and Russell was found guilty then, keeping in mind his history of complying with testing protocols in the past, he ought to be banned for not more than one year.At the moment, it is unclear whether Russell will appeal against the verdict, but even if he were to do so, a quick solution to his problem does not seem possible. Depending on where he files his claim and how long it takes to examine the evidence, he might have to deal with another long and difficult legal battle.That means it is highly likely that Russell will miss his next assignment, the Pakistan Super League which starts on February 9. In any case, his team, Islamabad United, have already named England fast bowler Steven Finn as a replacement. Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise Russell plays for in the IPL, might also think of investing in a replacement at the player auction in February.Later in 2017, if the ban stays, Russell will miss out on playing for Nottinghamshire in the NatWest T20 Blast and for defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League. (ESPNCricinfo) Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo