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Search suspended for entangled right whale in Bay of Fundy because of

first_imgGRAND MANAN, N.B. – An entangled North Atlantic right whale spotted in the Bay of Fundy is proving elusive for rescue crews trying to find it.Heavy fog forced searchers to suspend their hunt Tuesday, a day after it was spotted 22 nautical miles east of Grand Manan, N.B.“Weather conditions deteriorated throughout the morning and the search was postponed due to weather on scene,” the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said in a release Tuesday afternoon.Jerry Conway of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team said the whale, identified as an adult male, was seen Monday morning with an orange buoy trailing behind it.“We’re guessing that the line is entangled on a lower portion of the whale and there must be a weight attached to that line to keep it submerged except for the buoy that’s on the surface,” he said.Three rescue boats had been on the water Tuesday morning, while a Fisheries and Oceans aircraft surveyed from above.Conway said his group, federal fisheries officials, as well as crews from the New England Aquarium and the Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station will continue searching.Fisheries and Oceans said the forecast shows continued poor weather for the next two days.“Weather permitting and visibility permitting we’ll go out until we find the whale and try to disentangle it,” Conway said.Freeing a whale from fishing lines can be very dangerous.Joe Howlett died during the rescue of a North Atlantic right whale on July 10, 2017. Howlett and Mackie Greene helped found the Campobello team in 2002, and the organization has rescued about two dozen whales over the past 15 years.Fisheries and Oceans has taken a number of measures since then in an effort to limit the number of whales that become entangled.There have been speed limits imposed on vessels in some areas, there are new regulations on the use and identification of fishing gear, and a number of fishing zones have seen temporary closures as a result of whales spotted in the area.The increased measures follow the deaths of 18 North Atlantic right whales in Canadian and U.S. waters last year — most of them in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — mainly due to collisions with ships or entanglements in fishing gear.There are believed to be fewer than 450 of the whales remaining and, of those, there are only about 100 breeding females.— By Kevin Bissett in Frederictonlast_img read more

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Gambia UN experts prevented from completing probe into torture killings

Upon arriving in the West African country under the mandate of the Human Rights Council, Special Rapporteurs Christof Heyns and Juan Méndez were offered a guided tour to parts of the prison, according to a joint statement from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The independent experts – part of the “Special Procedures” of the UN human rights system – were then informed that “under no circumstances would they be allowed to visit the Security Wing, where [among others] the death row prisoners are held.” “Due to denial of access to the Security Wing of Mile 2 prison to visit those sentenced to lengthy sentences, including the death penalty, an inference must be drawn that there is something important to hide. This incident forced us to suspend this integral part of the visit,” the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, said. Unrestricted access in one country but not in others would “clearly display double standards and undermine the mandates entrusted to us”, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan Méndez, said. In was the Gambian Government that earlier this year, in what seemed like a “remarkable” move, invited the two UN experts for a joint visit from 3 to 7 November. The experts are still expected to present reports on their visit to the Human Rights Council in March and June 2015. Mr. Heyns and Mr. Méndez arrived in the country planning to examine the current level of protection of the right to life in law and in practice, assess the situation regarding torture and other cruel treatment or punishment. Unfortunately, and despite a written agreement accepting the Terms of Reference of the two mandates, once the investigators arrived, the Government denied them access to certain sections of the first prison the two mandate holders attempted to visit. Having suspended visits to all places of detention, the two experts were unable to assess independently the conditions in any of the prisons or police stations, though they were still able to meet with people who have been detained or served their sentences in those prisons. “Throughout the visit, we received many testimonies from people who did not want to be identified out of fear for either their own safety or their families, and we have therefore asked the Government to reaffirm its commitment not to engage in any reprisals,” the experts said.In August 2012, The Gambia reintroduced executions for a couple of days, during which time it executed nine death row prisoners. According to evidence, the death sentences were imposed in violation of international fair trial standards. Prior to that, the last official execution in the country took place in 1985 and the country actively participated in the region’s efforts to abolish the death penalty, with a moratorium on the practice for 27 years and the abolition of capital punishment for drug offences in April 2011.During their visit, Mr. Méndez and Mr. Heyns heard reports of extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances against those who are deemed to be opponents of the regime, members of security forces, journalists and human rights defenders. They received many reports that there are para-military hit-squads in the country that go by names such as the ‘Jungulars.’ “During my investigation I found that torture is a consistent practice carried out by the National Intelligence Agency. In cases where there is a real or perceived threat to national security, there is a corresponding increase in acts of torture and ill-treatment during the detention and arrest process” Mr. Méndez noted. The Special Rapporteurs called on the Government to appoint a judicial Commission of inquiry to investigate these allegations. Furthermore, judges and prosecutors, under a sense of legal obligation, should visit places of detention to locate detainees subject to a petition for habeas corpus relief or for bail. They also had a responsibility to order medical examinations as soon as any suspicion of mistreatment arises and initiate prosecutions against those responsible for mistreating an inmate. “The ‘reasonable suspicion’ standard is seldom if ever examined to determine whether reasonable grounds existed, and the evidence obtained pursuant to an otherwise illegal arrest is challenged even less frequently,” the experts said.“As a result, police arrest to investigate, rather than investigate to arrest,” they added. The United Nations human rights experts work on a voluntary basis. They are not UN staff, do not receive a salary for their work and are independent from any government or organization. read more

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Ohio State mens hockey wins 2 against Robert Morris

Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) passes the puck during a game against Robert Morris Oct. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Julia Hider / Lantern photographerAfter opening the season on a three-game losing streak, the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team bounced back by sweeping Robert Morris over the weekend.The Buckeyes (2-3-0) traveled to Pittsburgh Saturday for the second of the two-game home-and-home series against the Colonials (0-4-1), and pulled out a 4-3 victory.Neither team managed to score until the second period, when the Buckeyes opened the gap to take a 4-0 lead after the first 40 minutes. Freshman forward Nick Schilkey tallied a goal 17 seconds into the stanza and junior defenseman Justin DaSilva raised the lead to 2-0 nearly a minute later. Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig added to the shutout with his first goal of the season at 13:03 with an assist from junior forward Max McCormick — his team-best fifth assist of the season.Capping the second period was a late goal by sophomore forward Tyler Lundey on the power play with 11 seconds left.The third period saw Robert Morris fall just short of a furious comeback. The Colonials cut the lead to 4-2 with two early goals at 2:23 and 4:07, and sophomore forward Zac Lynch narrowed the gap even more with a goal on the power play to make it a one-goal game with less than eight minutes to go. OSU managed to hold on for the remainder of the game, though, to clinch the victory.The first of the two-game series was played Friday in Columbus, and the Buckeyes finished on top, 5-3, after overcoming an early two-goal deficit. The victory was the first of coach Steve Rohlik’s career as a collegiate head coach.“We didn’t start out pretty tonight and we certainly have some things to work on, but what I liked about our team tonight is they weren’t going to let it (a loss) happen to them again,” Rohlik said during a press conference after the game Friday. “We have a good group. We bounced back and fought hard. Good teams find a way to win, and we did that tonight.”After trailing the Colonials by two goals early in the first period, the Buckeyes scored five straight to put a victory out of reach for Robert Morris.“I think it was that our guys just finally said, ‘Enough is enough’ and ‘Let’s get after it,’ and that was kind of the mentality on the bench, and the guys were ones talking like that,” Rohlik said.Among those who were being vocal was senior forward Travis Statchuk.“We took it upon ourselves to find a way to win tonight,” Statchuk said Friday. “Coach challenged us between periods and we went out there, stuck to our plan and got it done.”Robert Morris got a goal back during a power play in the third period, but it was not enough and the Buckeyes held on for the victory.Junior forward Nick Oddo said the team’s preparation to play more physically was a contributing factor to the win.“We’ve been working on that all week — driving the net, getting bodies around, second-chance opportunities — and it worked out for us tonight,” he said Friday after the win.The Buckeyes are slated to return to action Tuesday in a non-conference rematch against Bowling Green, who beat OSU 4-3 Oct. 15. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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PSC Chairman cautions against building investing in anticipation of Oil

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil & Gas: Fmr PSC Head says traditional sectors must not be forgottenJune 23, 2018In “Business”Get ready to take advantage of opportunities from oil sector – Trotman urges local businessesFebruary 7, 2018In “Business”President blanks Private Sector calls for clarity on Govt policiesOctober 11, 2017In “Business” While highlighting that Guyanese businesses have learnt a lot from the inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit and Exhibition (GIPEX) 2018, Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) Eddie Boyer also underscored the need for local businesses to approach the emerging oil and gas industry with caution.PSC Chairman, Eddie BoyerSpeaking at a GIPEX closing forum held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel today, Boyer noted specifically that persons should not build or invest in anticipation that they would automatically benefit from the sector.According to the PSC Chairman “That is something we need to look at, our businesses shouldn’t assume, in whatever business you are doing, that the oil company will give you a part of whatever you are bidding for…I think you need to be more secure in your businesses, and that’s what we learned, rather than going random.”Highlighting that everybody is in a rush, the businessman cautioned that persons must take the time to “understand this oil industry, it is not easy and you could end up spending a lot of money and not getting a contract, or spending a lot of money and not meeting the standards.”“There are a number of big players we have met with, we have spoken to most of the persons here that are exhibiting and the PSC will be ongoing, talking to our local businesses, in terms of looking at local content, looking at the advocacy in terms of transparency, accountability and also what is in it for the Guyanese people” said Boyer.Boyer had also highlighted at the opening of the forum, the importance of a good governance system for the sector and urged that the government ensure that both the Sovereign Wealth Fund and the Petroleum Commission are properly managed and transparent.GIPEX 2018 is aimed at providing a networking platform for existing petroleum companies, service providers, equipment companies and investors through which interested parties will be informed about opportunities and developments in the oil and gas sector. read more

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Sony rumored to be acquiring Gaikai or OnLive

first_imgThe big gaming rumor last week was that Sony is going to announce some kind of deal with one of the two big cloud games streaming services: OnLive or Gaikai during E3. Now that rumor has been tweaked slightly. Sony isn’t just signing a deal, it is in the process of acquiring one of the companies.Such an acquisition would certainly shake things up in the gaming space. Sony would instantly be capable of providing PS3 and PS Vita owners with access to games not available for either platform. It would also be able to block the service from ever running on Microsoft or Nintendo hardware.A PS3 or Vita running Diablo III, World of Warcraft, or a number of other games that don’t currently have console versions is certainly a plus point. It would also force Microsoft to react, most likely by purchasing a rival service for its own console.Being in control of an established cloud gaming service would also surely influence the design of Sony’s next console. Cloud gaming would become an integral part of the platform, potentially cutting down on hardware costs (less local storage?), or at the very least increasing the potential for more games and more cloud-based features.We also have to consider Sony’s other businesses, specifically TVs, laptops, phones, and tablets. Owning Gaikai or OnLive could see gaming ship as standard with new smart TVs or as a feature of new Blu-ray players. I doubt Sony would release a standalone box for cloud gaming as it would potentially cut into PS3 sales. Laptops, tablets, and phones with access to a gaming service also makes a lot of sense.For now, this is just a rumor, but one that will be put to rest either way at E3 next week.More at MCVlast_img read more

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Im a musician not a tool Ukraine drops Eurovision entrant after accusing

first_img Short URL Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 2:34 PM UKRAINE HAS DROPPED a singer who won a competition to perform on its behalf at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest over claims she was politicising the competition.Anna Korsun, who performs as Maruv, was dropped by the country’s public broadcaster UA PBC last night following claims the 27 year-old could not agree terms.The singer narrowly won Ukraine’s national finals on Saturday to perform at Eurovision 2019 in Israel in May.Among UA PBC’s terms of victory was a ban on the winner of the competition from giving concerts in Russia, which annexed the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea in 2014.However, this put Korsun on a collision course with the broadcaster, as she was scheduled to perform in Moscow in April.After hours of talks on Monday, it was announced that Korsun had been dropped, as singer and broadcaster each accused one another of politicising the contest.The UA PBC said Korsun would not agree to act as “a cultural ambassador of Ukraine” or as a “spokesperson for the opinion of Ukrainian society in the world”.“The current situation surrounding the national selection this year has signs of politicisation,” it added in a statement.Korsun took to Instagram in response, saying she had refused terms which required her to play a political role at Eurovision.“I’m not ready to perform with slogans, turning my appearance at the contest into a promotion for our politicians,” she said.“I’m a musician, not a tool in the political arena.”The singer also claimed that the clause banning her from performing in Russia was not the “main point” of disagreement.The broadcaster’s terms, she claimed, could force her “to dance at the birthday of some deputy prime minister”.The terms prohibit any interviews without the broadcaster’s consent or any improvisation on stage, while giving her no financial backing, the singer added.It is now unclear who will represent Ukraine at this year’s contest.Korsun previously sparked controversy earlier this month, following the semi-final of Ukraine’s Eurovision heat, when she made comments on the Russian-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine.“Unfortunately, the national heat for Eurovision 2019 has already become part of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine,” deputy prime minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko wrote on Twitter.“An artist who tours in the aggressor state, plans to do so in the future, and sees nothing unacceptable in this, cannot be a representative of Ukraine,” he added.With reporting from AFP. Feb 26th 2019, 2:34 PM https://jrnl.ie/4513900 Share59 Tweet Email Anna Korsun (centre), who performs under the name of Maruv, was dropped by the Ukranian broadcaster on Monday night Image: AP/PA Images 26,478 Views center_img 17 Comments Anna Korsun (centre), who performs under the name of Maruv, was dropped by the Ukranian broadcaster on Monday night By Stephen McDermott Image: AP/PA Images ‘I’m a musician, not a tool’: Ukraine drops Eurovision entrant after accusing her of politicising contest Anna Korsun won Ukraine’s national Eurovision finals on Saturday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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GOCSA votes in new managing committee

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The voting of the new managing committee of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA) last Sunday was fraught with infighting and complications after outgoing President Vassilis Elovaris was accused of money fraud by nominee Ioannis Lesses. The accusation followed an article that appeared in The Advertiser titled ‘Home’s funds not used for service’ that claimed the GOCSA was not using the government money intended for Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged for the right purposes. Elovaris responded to these claims in a statement stating the accusations were “completely false and without foundation” The outcome of the election was announced on Wednesday night, but immediately following, a member of the community demanded a recount. The recount proved that the first outcome was correct.Nikos Portellos is newly elected president of GOCSA, Evanglos Boyias is the vice president, Argyros Kassouthakis is the secretary and Panagiotis Tsonis is the treasurer. Having vice president Boyias elected in the new managing committee may present problems for an agreement to be formed with GOCSA and the Archdiocese as Boyias is well-known within the Greek community of having a hard stance against merging the two. The fear within the community is that GOCSA will take a step back not only in forming an agreement but in having a committee quite entrenched with an old school mentality that may prevent GOCSA moving with the times.last_img read more

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Xbox 360 bientôt une nouvelle version

first_imgXbox 360 : bientôt une nouvelle version ?États-Unis – La rumeur de l’arrivée d’une nouvelle Xbox 360 court sur le web.La firme de Redmond, n’a encore rien confirmé. Mais il semble qu’en Chine, diverses  informations circulent quant à la conception d’une nouvelle console Microsoft.  D’après les rumeurs, celle-ci serait plus petite que la précédente version, compatible Windows Phone 7 et, bien évidemment, adaptée aux jeux en 3D. Aucune source n’a été confirmée pour l’instant, cependant plusieurs photographies circulent sur la toile. La nouvelle version serait également dotée d’une carte mère amincie : le processeur central et le processeur graphique y seraient réunis en une seule puce fine. Ces rumeurs devraient provoquer une réponse officielle de la part de Microsoft d’ici peu.Le 18 mars 2010 à 10:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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814 WWE RAW Ratings Viewers stay nearly even before SummerSlam

first_img Videos Articles Daniel Bryan Seth Rollins Videos Articles WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery WWE RAW Ratings are in for August 14, 2017.This week’s episode from Boston drew 3.23 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is nearly even with last week’s show that drew 3.24 million viewers. WWE got good news as RAW came in at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 in the key 18-49 demographics.The first hour of RAW took the top spot for the night on cable on Monday.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 3.419 (up from 3.263 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.293 (down from 3.314 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.988 (down from 3.144 million viewers)RAW, headlined by a segment involving Brock Lesnar/Roman Reigns/Samoa Joe/Braun Strowman, averaged a 1.14 rating for the night. This is up from last week’s 1.05 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Facebook Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Videos Articles WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns WhatsApp Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Twitterlast_img read more

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Congress Passes Continuing Resolution and Water Resources Bill

first_imgThe U.S. Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through April 28, 2017 and the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act before adjourning for the year late last week.The CR, in addition to maintaining funding for federal agencies and programs, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also includes a notable provision funding USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) loan programs. The provision provides FSA with sufficient loan authority to meet the increased demand resulting from low commodity prices and cash flow issues and is intended to ensure farmers have continued access to necessary financing.The CR passed by a vote of 63-36 and was signed into law by President Barack Obama within hours of its passage to avoid any disruption in government operations.The WIIN legislation passed by Congress encompasses the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 authorizing Army Corps of Engineers water resources and infrastructure operations and programs including locks and dams and dredging.Overall, the bill authorizes 30 new Army Corps of Engineers projects, including ecosystem restoration efforts ranging from the Everglades to Lake Tahoe and the Great Lakes, and approves new tribal water rights settlements. The bill is also a vehicle for aid to address the drinking water contamination issues in Flint, Mich. and changes to California water policy that will provide more water to farms in central and southern California.While this WRDA was modest compared to the significant policy reforms enacted in the 2014 WRDA, the American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that Congress seems committed to getting back to enacting WRDA reauthorizations every two years.  As attention turns to 2017, there is hope that a major infrastructure investment initiative will be on the agenda and ASA is working to have waterways infrastructure included in any such package.The new Congress will be sworn in on Jan. 3, 2017 with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.last_img read more

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Godavari at 31 ft in Bhadrachalam

first_imgBhadrachalam: Due to heavy rains in the catchment area, floodwater reached Godavari river raising the level to 31 feet at Bhadrachalam on Tuesday. The water level in Godavari was to 26 feet at 6 am and it reached 31 feet by 6 pm, according to officials. Since the flowing water has reached the steps of Pushkar ghats, devotees have been advised not to take holy bath in Godavari. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The District Administration is taking all precautionary measures to avoid any eventualities. District Collector Rajath Kumar appointed sectorial officers in all mandals to monitor floods. Buffer stocks of essentials are being readied in all mandal offices. If the water level continues to raise and reach 43 feet, the official would sound first warning, at 48 feet second warning and at 53 feet final warning. With the current inflows, officials are expressing concern that the first warning level may be reached by Wednesday evening.last_img read more

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Trump wants to rebuild ties with Moscow Tillerson

first_imgUS President Donald Trump has told his top diplomat to ignore trouble in Washington and re-engage with Russia to rebuild ties, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.With ex-FBI director James Comey due to testify to Congress on Thursday, Tillerson was asked if he feared the adminstration would be brought down over allegations of Trump’s election campaign ties with Moscow.”The president has been clear to me, ‘Do not let what’s happening over here in the political realm prevent you from the work you need to do in this relationship’,” he told reporters in New Zealand.Comey’s testimony will be his first public remarks since being fired by Trump last month, and represents a moment of danger for the embattled president.His sacking came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probes possible collusion between Trump’s election campaign team and Russia — which US intelligence believes hoped to tilt the election in the Republican’s favor.Tillerson said he could not comment on the investigations into Russian ties and was “really … not involved in any of these other issues”.But he added: “The president has been very clear with me that Russia is an important global player and today our relationships with Russia are at a very low point and they’ve been deteriorating.”So the president asked me to begin a re-engagement process with Russia to stabilise that relationship so it does not deteriorate further.”Trump wanted him to “identify areas of mutual interest where perhaps we can build some level of trust and confidence so that there are areas where we can work together”.”And that’s the process that’s under way today,” Tillerson said.”He’s been quite clear with me to proceed at whatever pace and in whatever areas we might make progress.”Tillerson met New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English and Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee on Tuesday after stopovers in Australia and Singapore.last_img read more

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Vintage Shelf Spike Lee Brings the Heat in Do The Right Thing

first_img Summer in New York is a special breed of hell you’ve got to experience for yourself to fully understand. My first was in 2013. I came up to the city from Richmond, VA (a city in which summers get hot as hell, but remain generally manageable thanks to a reliable breeze and a lack of constant humidity) for an internship and spent June, July, and a bit of August living in an NYU dorm. Because of a late application, I ended up in Rubin Hall, the one dorm without air conditioning.My roommates and I all bought fans from the Kmart down the road but as the summer droned on all they seemed to do was stop the hot air from stagnating rather than cool our dorm room down at all. By the time mid-July rolled around, the overwhelming heat in the dorm was deemed a safety hazard. The only part of the building with reliable AC was the second floor common room and soon, there were fold-out cots assembled across that tiny space to give us some slight retreat.And that was just indoors. Outside, New York is a veritable solar cooker in the summer. If you’re in Manhattan, the mass sprawl of reflective-glass skyscrapers seem to trap the heat and magnify it — and it only gets worse down in the subway system.A column about what we can take away from movies decades after their original theatrical run probably seems like a strange venue for me to talk about how hot it was in Rubin Hall six years ago. I’d wager it seems even weirder considering that this piece is about Do the Right Thing, an indisputable masterpiece of cinema rich and layered in complex doctrines on race, gender, capitalism, and the American dream. But aside from its touching on these heavy, important ideas, Do the Right Thing is a movie that captures just how oppressively hot New York City can get better than any film I’ve ever seen.It has to, doesn’t it? Heat is so fundamental to the film’s narrative function. Director/Writer/Star Spike Lee had no choice but to find a way to make the weather tangible to viewers who had never experienced it. Had he failed, the characters’ journeys through Bed-Stuy on one of the hottest days of the year would seem to make so much less sense. The portrait Lee paints of this neighborhood is one of a stick of dynamite. Tensions have been simmering for god knows how long. The Brooklyn heat is a match and we can tell from the jump that the wick is running short.Portraying a heat wave of this severity isn’t as simple as having Samuel L. Jackson’s DJ (Mr. Señor Love Daddy) note in his morning broadcast that it’s shaping up to be the hottest day of the year, nor is it as simple as having him repeatedly observe that it’s a scorcher throughout the day. Something as necessarily tangible as weather can’t be conveyed through telling. It must be shown.Lee starts with sweat. It doesn’t appear so blatantly at first. Instead it slowly seeps into the film as the hot morning rolls into a scorching afternoon. Before you know it there’s not a single shirt onscreen that isn’t adorned with a ring around the neckline. Foreheads, arms, and chests glisten until you can’t help but wonder how Da Mayor is walking around for the entirety of this movie in a suit without contracting heatstroke.Then Director of Photography Ernest Dickerson steps in and puts in work. He roots the film in tones of mellow and vibrant brown, yellow, and orange. These colors could just as easily be associated with autumn but in his hands they’re made to embody the dog days of summer, the time when the thrill of warm weather has finally worn off and all that remains is a still pressure that won’t go away and seems to become more overbearing every day. He saturates the colors and lights the screen with a hazy glow. At times it seems like Radio Raheem’s white tee has an overexposed glow surrounding it and the views from apartment windows often feature a similar murky haze, as though the world outside is being seen through the fog of heat rising from asphalt.Lee and Dickerson utilize anachronistic close-ups intermittently throughout the film, close-ups that both accentuate detail and provide a necessary isolation of character. With regard to the former, the aforementioned physical side-effects of the heat are never more evident than when the camera is up in the actors’ faces. It’s in those moments you can see tiny lines of sweat on upper lips, hair growing wet at the root, and pores opening up in the heat of the day.But these closeups also serve to provide the feeling of the character in frame being stuck, even imprisoned by the weather. On days like these even apartments can’t provide an escape from the heat (in the film’s opening scene Mookie’s girlfriend, Tina tells him it’s too hot in their bedroom for them to have sex). Enclosed spaces just isolate the heat and let it metastasize like a car with the windows left up. These tight, claustrophobic shots Lee and Dickerson utilize emphasize the inescapability of the weather, the idea that these characters are trapped in a hotbox.These techniques and decisions make the Brooklyn heatwave something the audience doesn’t know but rather understands. We’ve all known days like this, days when the sun won’t quit and there’s no way to escape it as it presses on, the day growing hotter by the hour and neither shade nor the fall of night bringing any real relief. Days like those can drive you crazy — or in the case of Do the Right Thing remove any semblance of pretense. Under the relentless onslaught of the sun, Mookie and his neighbors are too impatient, too aggravated, too damn hot to expend energy on lying, on putting on a friendly face to disguise hatred or prejudice. The heat, pardon me, melts it all away. All that’s left are ugly but necessary truths.Summer in New York City will do that to you sometimes.Stream Do the Right Thing on Amazon or on Hulu.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: ‘Election’ and the Joy of Hating a CharacterVintage Shelf: ‘The Hunger’ Has Sex, Vampires, and BowieVintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Is Morally Repugnant and Entirely Awesome Stay on target Vintage Shelf: ‘Election’ and the Joy of Hating a CharacterVintage Shelf: ‘In the Heat of the Night’ (1967) last_img read more

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Fake medical racket busted kingpin held

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar police have busted a fake medical racket and arrested the kingpin for duping lakhs of rupees from various medical aspirants by assuring them secure medical seats in colleges.On the basis of the complaint lodged by one Kaberi Sinha, the cyber crime department of Bidhannagar started a probe. According to police, the a 30-year-old man, Sandip Jaiswal set up an institute in the name of Education Point at Ballygunge Tarase near Golpark and also opened other branches in the city. Jaiswal has been arrested in this connection so far. Police are investigating if he was a part of any interstate racket. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice said he rented a house in the city saying that he runs an education centre where training is imparted to the medical aspirants. They also said Jaiswal duped Rs 35 lakh from a medical aspirant with assurances of a secure seat at a private medical college in the city. He and his associates told the aspirant that they would arrange a donor’s quota seat at KPC Medical College and got Rs. 35,30,000 from the family members of a medical aspirant. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedWhen he failed to arrange a seat, he said that he would arrange admission at GCRG Medical college, Lucknow in UP but failed to do so. Investigation reveals that this racket has been active in and around Kolkata since 2016. Many others were also duped by them. Police have seized mobile phones, one Toyota Fortuner and bank related documents of two banks accounts. Police said Jaiswal was absconding but based on a specific complaint, police started a detailed probe in this regard and arrested him.last_img read more

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Darjeeling Kalimpong witness series of landslides 1 killed

first_imgDarjeeling: Darjeeling witnessed a spate of landslides, the first of the season. A construction worker died when a mud wall caved in. Construction work was on when a mud wall caved in at around 3:30 pm on Monday on J P Sharma road. The victim Nar Kumar Rai got buried in the debris.Fire Brigade, Municipal officials and other workers pitched in. At around 4:30 pm, the 33-year-old was taken out and rushed to a nearby hospital. However, he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRai is survived by his wife and two sons aged 4 months and 6 years. “He was the only earning member of the family,” stated Manju Rai, his sister. The deceased was a resident of Boudhagram in Darjeeling. Dorjee Tamang, another worker suffered injuries.The Darjeeling Municipality has lodged an FIR against proprietor Joseph Theeng. “He had applied for permission to dismantle the old building that housed the famous Orient restaurant and then we came to know that construction work was also going on. On May 4, we verbally asked them to stop the construction work immediately,” stated Prativa Rai, Chairperson, Darjeeling Municipality. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLandslides of different magnitudes occurred in Kurseong and Kalimpong. In the Kurseong sub division, the house of one Suraj Tamang was damaged in a landslide in Gairigaon, Tung. Another house belonging to Laxmi Tamang was also damaged in Tung. Dilaram also witnessed a landslide.A slide also occurred between 29th Mile and Gale Khola in Kalimpong disrupting traffic.”An upper air north south trough is causing the rains. Rains will continue in the next 24 hours,” stated Gopi Nath Raha, in charge of the Met office in Gangtok. In the last 24 hours, Darjeeling recorded 101 mm of rains and Kurseong recorded 164 mm and Kalimpong measured 42.6 mm.last_img read more

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Vaticans No 3 fights allegations in Australian abuse probe

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SYDNEY (AP) — Cardinal George Pell has been dogged for years by allegations that he mishandled the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis in his native Australia, and now the scrutiny is more intense than ever. Australia’s latest inquiry is as high-level as it gets, and since Pell is now the Vatican’s third-most-powerful official, the same can nearly be said for him.Pell, whom Pope Francis placed in charge of the Vatican’s finances last year, is accused of creating a victims’ compensation program mainly to protect the church’s assets and of using aggressive tactics to discourage victims’ lawsuits, all while he was a bishop in Australia. 0 Comments   Share   Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In a report following a hearing on the Ellis case, the Royal Commission found that Pell accepted legal advice to vigorously fight Ellis’ claim partly to discourage other victims from suing the church. Pell admitted to this in his testimony last year and subsequently apologized to Ellis, saying he and others in the church had failed in their moral and pastoral responsibilities to him.“There’s a profound disappointment and anger that … someone in such a position of power and trust, and who is a moral compass for so many, at a fundamental level does not appear to understand the scope and the scale and the horror of the devastation that survivors have experienced,” says Cathy Kezelman, president of the Australian group Adults Surviving Child Abuse.Several church leaders have defended Pell, including seven Australian archbishops and bishops who issued a statement of support on Wednesday.“He is a man of integrity who is committed to the truth and to helping others, particularly those who have been hurt or who are struggling,” the archbishops wrote. “His style can be robust and direct; he does not wear his heart on his sleeve. But underneath he has a big heart for people.” “Some days I don’t know who I am angrier at,” David Ridsdale told the commission. “Gerald for being a sick monster, or George for the way he reacted and dealt with the issue.”Pell issued a statement denying that he offered the nephew a financial incentive to stay quiet and said he had spoken to him after his uncle was already under investigation — meaning there was no reason to keep the case quiet since authorities already knew about it.The allegations are unlikely to threaten Pell’s position, since they were already known when the pope made him prefect. But they have been closely watched by members of the pope’s sexual abuse advisory commission, which is expected to discuss Pell’s case at a working group meeting this week in London, said commission member Peter Saunders.Saunders criticized Pell’s response to the abuse crisis in an interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes” this week, prompting Pell to threaten legal action and the Vatican to issue a statement emphasizing that Saunders had spoken from a personal standpoint and not on behalf of the pope’s commission.“Cardinal George Pell has always responded carefully and thoroughly to the accusations and questions posed by the competent Australian authorities,” the Vatican statement said. “And his position has been made known again in recent days by a public declaration on his part, which must be considered reliable and worthy of respect and attention.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The Royal Commission, which the government launched in 2012, has no power to criminally charge a person. But commissioners can note in their final report whether they believe someone has broken the law — such as concealing a crime — and can refer the matter to police and prosecutors.Pell declined to comment to The Associated Press. In his testimony to the Victoria inquiry and a statement to the Royal Commission, he rejected each allegation against him as false and called child abuse “profoundly evil.” Pell denies allegations that he was involved in moving Gerald Ridsdale — Australia’s most notorious pedophile priest — between parishes, and said he never tried to buy the silence of one of Ridsdale’s victims. Pell said he has no memory of ignoring warnings in the 1970s that a teacher was abusing students.The bribery allegation has been the most explosive one to emerge from the Royal Commission. Ridsdale’s nephew, David Ridsdale, told the commission that in 1993 he spoke by phone with Pell — then an auxiliary bishop of Melbourne and family friend — about the abuse he had suffered at the hands of his uncle.David Ridsdale testified that Pell began talking about the needs of Ridsdale’s growing family, pointing out that he may soon need to buy a car or house. David Ridsdale testified that Pell then said: “I want to know what it will take to keep you quiet.” ___Winfield reported from Rome.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The commission is looking at how the Catholic Church and other institutions dealt with decades of abuse across Australia. Given the scale of abuse in Catholic institutions, much of the attention has focused on how the church — and Pell — responded.“The buck has to stop somewhere,” abuse survivor Paul Tatchell recently told the commission. “And in Australia, it’s George Pell.”The commission has just wrapped up two weeks of hearings in the city of Ballarat, where scores of children were abused by Catholic clergy from the 1960s to the 1980s. Many victims in Ballarat and elsewhere in Victoria state killed themselves, in one of the worst clusters of clerical abuse trauma in the world.Anthony Foster’s daughter was one of them. Repeatedly raped as a child by priest Kevin O’Donnell, she committed suicide when she was 26. Her sister was raped by the same priest and began binge drinking to dull the pain, Foster says. One day while intoxicated, she was struck by a car when crossing the road and is now severely disabled.Foster and his wife met with Pell in 1997 to discuss the abuse. Foster said Pell, then the archbishop of Melbourne, was cold and confrontational, dismissing his concerns that the archdiocese’s compensation program was unfair.center_img Top Stories Pell has said the Melbourne compensation program he launched in 1996 was groundbreaking within the church, given that Australian law at the time made it difficult for victims to sue the church. It initially paid abuse survivors up to 50,000 Australian dollars ($39,000) in exchange for them giving up their right to further litigation. But some victims have dubbed it an inadequate, intimidating tactic to prevent them from suing.In its final report, the Victoria inquiry found that the program was hardly an independent body as Pell asserted, that the amounts it paid out were not commensurate with the suffering endured, and that the waiver victims were forced to sign made clear they were to keep quiet, creating the perception that it was “hush money.” The inquiry concluded that, while 97 percent of the claims were approved and some victims were satisfied with the program, it ultimately benefited the Melbourne archdiocese by limiting exposure and protecting its reputation.The protection of the church and its finances came into sharp focus in the case of John Ellis, a former altar boy who was abused by a priest in the 1970s. Ellis initially offered to settle with the diocese for AU$100,000, but the church rejected that request, eventually spending over AU$1 million to fight Ellis’ claim in court. The vital role family plays in society Years later, Foster would testify before a Victoria inquiry into institutional child abuse –a lower, state-level investigation separate from the Royal Commission — that Pell showed a “sociopathic lack of empathy.”“He was bombastic, certainly overpowering, verge of anger. He was telling us if we didn’t like it, go to court,” Foster says today. “It was adversarial at that point and from that point on.”Pell has acknowledged having an “unfortunate encounter” with the Fosters, but testified at the Victoria inquiry in 2013 that he believed compassion is best expressed through actions. He noted that the church compensated the family and paid for their counseling, and called the case a great tragedy.After Pell’s meeting with the Fosters, the church sent the family a letter offering compensation, dubbing it a “realistic alternative to litigation that will otherwise be strenuously defended.” That phrasing was used in all church offer letters sent to Melbourne victims in the 1990s, and was perceived by many to be a way of discouraging legal action.Under questioning at a Royal Commission hearing, Pell rejected a suggestion the wording was meant to be menacing, and said it wasn’t intended to deter victims from going to court. Still, he described the phrase as inappropriate because it could upset victims. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2004 file photo, the then Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell celebrates a special mass in Sydney’s St. Mary’s Cathedral. Pell, now the Vatican’s third-most-powerful official, has been dogged for years by allegations that he mishandled the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis in his native Australia, and now the scrutiny is more intense than ever. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Pell is also facing accusations from earlier in his career when he was a priest and auxiliary bishop and not in the ultimate position of authority: that he ignored warnings about an abusive teacher, bribed the victim of a pedophile priest to stay silent and was part of a committee that moved that priest from parish to parish.Pell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and defended his record on confronting the abuse scandal as archbishop of Melbourne, and later of Sydney. But the investigation by Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is raising eyebrows in the Vatican, where the pope promised to hold bishops accountable for failing to protect children and care for victims.The Vatican’s position was further complicated this week when Peter Saunders, a member of Pope Francis’ sexual abuse advisory commission, spoke out against Pell. The issue has now become so fraught that three Vatican offices have issued statements trying to limit the damage by distancing themselves from Saunders’ comments and, to some degree, what is happening Down Under.Pell testified twice last year before the long-running Royal Commission — the highest form of investigation in Australia — and with pressure mounting, he offered to appear again. On Monday, the commission took him up on that, asking him to testify at a later date.last_img read more

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8th edition of GITB concludes on a promising note

first_imgThe Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) 2016 was jointly organised by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at Sitapura in Jaipur.Held from April 17-19, 2016, the travel mart was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, who articulated the importance of tourism with special emphasis on extensive promotion of that of Rajasthan.The CM also released the FICCI-MRSS knowledge paper on ‘India as a Hotspot for Inbound Tourism – reigniting destination appeal’.In the key note address, Tourism Secretary, Government of India, Vinod Zutshi recounted a growth of 13% in domestic tourism in 2015 which the government aims to increase up to 15% by 2018.Delegates gracing the event were SK Agarwal, Principal Secretary- Tourism, Government of Rajasthan; Dr Jyotsna Suri, Immediate Past President, FICCI, Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee & CMD, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group; Dipak Deva, Co-Chairman, FICCI Tourism Committee & Managing Director, Travel Corporation (I) Ltd and Randhir Vikram Singh, Co-Chairman, FICCI Rajasthan State Council, General Secretary– IHHA and Joint Managing Director, Mandawa Hotels, Jaipur.Hosted by the state of Rajasthan, this 8th edition of GITB was also supported by leading national and regional associations like Hotel & Restaurant Association of Rajasthan (HRAR), Indian Heritage Hotels Association (IHHA) and Rajasthan Association of Tour Operators (RATO).last_img read more

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first_imgIMAGE: Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia australiabrochureearlybirdsScemic Scenic’s luxurious fully escorted journeys include sightseeing through Scenic’s Freechoice program. Guests can enjoy an open top town tour in Broome; witness quokka in their natural habitat on Rottnest Island; take in a round of golf on Norfolk Island or explore the nearby lagoon by glass bottom boat; enjoy a tour of Hobart and the picturesque Huon Valley, or cruise the scenic Tamar River, while in Tassie. The Scenic Enrich program promises unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences – from a 4WD adventure to spectacular Wilpena Pound in South Australia, to a Port Hedland Harbour tour or a visit to the Yiyili Aboriginal Community School in the heart of The Kimberley. Special Sundowners events also provide opportunities to soak up the ambience at beautiful locations such as Western Australia’s El Questro.All Scenic tours feature accommodation at the finest hotels available, such as new itinerary inclusion Cicada Lodge Katherine. Scenic tours include the services of an expert, hand-picked tour director and knowledgeable local guides; return airport transfers, all tipping and gratuities.* Terms and conditions applycenter_img Released in conjunction with Scenic’s new Australia brochure – The Endless Wonders of Australia 2018/2019 – Scenic has unveiled a variety of great savings to encourage Australians to visit their beautiful backyard in 2018 and 2019.The new brochure features 14 itineraries ranging in length from seven to 23 days, across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Tasmania, South Australia and Norfolk Island.Book by 28 February 2018 and receive:Included return flights for 23 Day Treasures of the West Coast (includes taxes up to $190 per person) – a saving of up to $1350* per couplePartner fly free for bookings on the 12 Day Top End and Kimberley Spectacular, 17 Day South Western Tapestry or 21 Day Territory Explorer and The Kimberley (includes taxes of up to $250 per person) – a saving of up to $900* per coupleEarlybird savings of up to $600* per couple for bookings on the 19 Day Top End and Kimberley Snapshot Cruise, 9 Day Territory Explorer, 13 Day Ultimate Tasmania, 11 Day Taste of South Australia or 8 Day Historic Norfolk Island.last_img read more

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