Canadian freed from Ethiopian jail wants review of Ottawas role in his

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian who says he was unfairly imprisoned in Ethiopia in abysmal conditions for more than a decade wants an independent review of Ottawa’s actions in his case.In his first public comments since being released, Ethiopian-born Bashir Makhtal said Tuesday there were mistakes and lost opportunities in Canada’s efforts to protect him over the years.“I have to start my life all over again,” Makhtal told a news conference as his wife Asiso looked on.He was accompanied by lawyer Lorne Waldman and Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, who fought for years to secure his release.Makhtal moved to Somalia as a youngster to attend school and settled in Canada as a refugee in 1991. He later moved back to Africa, opening a used-clothing business to help support his family. Makhtal was working in Somalia when Ethiopian troops invaded in late 2006.He fled back to Kenya, but was detained along with several others at the Kenya-Somalia border.Makhtal was later convicted of terrorism-related charges in Addis Ababa — proceedings Waldman has denounced as a “kangaroo court” that ignored important evidence.Makhtal, 49, was suddenly freed last month, a development Waldman attributes to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s intervention in the case.Makhtal’s ancestry is rooted in the Ogaden people of Ethiopia, who are ethnically Somali. His grandfather, who pushed for greater rights and protection for the minority, was imprisoned and subjected to house arrest.As a result, Makhtal was worried in early 2007 when two Ethiopian security agents came to question him alongside Kenyan officials.“I had not been back in Ethiopia since I left when I was seven, and did not trust the Ethiopian officials at all.”Makhtal alerted Canadian officials in Kenya. They came to see him three or four times, but they only wrote two letters of concern to the Kenyan foreign ministry, he said, and his case was not raised at more senior levels.Makhtal said he was whisked from his cell on a Saturday, taken to the Nairobi airport and beaten when he refused to board an aircraft. “I was then tied up, blindfolded and forced into the plane.”He and dozens of others wound up in Addis Ababa.Makhtal said he was held in solitary confinement in a damp, underground cell measuring two metres by two metres.He was interrogated repeatedly. “Their aim was to encourage me to become a collaborator with the Ethiopian government to spy on the Ogaden people,” he said. “I constantly said I had done nothing wrong and that I would not turn against my people.“They threatened to go after my family as well, which they did.”In mid-2007, Makhtal’s brother and his son, his sister and her son, and other family members were also arrested.When his brother Hassan was finally released in 2009, his health was so poor — including infection from a broken rib that had punctured his lung — that he died only a few days after he was freed.Makhtal’s nephew, arrested as a teenager 11 years ago, remains behind bars.On the morning of April 18, a prison official whispered in Makhtal’s ear that he was to be freed. Forty-eight hours later he was on a flight back home to Canada.Former Conservative foreign minister John Baird made efforts on Makhtal’s behalf. Waldman, however, said Stephen Harper, who was prime minister at the time, refused to get involved.“What’s notable about Bashir’s case is that Prime Minister Trudeau took a different attitude and intervened directly, and it was after that intervention that Bashir was released,” he said.“So I think that’s an important fact. The role of the prime minister in these complex consular cases is crucial.”When Makhtal was detained in Kenya, Canadian officials should have flagged the matter to Ottawa, and headquarters should have approached the Kenyan ambassador, Waldman said. “The Kenyan officials didn’t have any sense that Canada was concerned, and that’s why they were able to get away with what they did.”Waldman called on the Canadian government to help free Makhtal’s nephew.He said Ottawa should also establish an independent review of Makhtal’s case that includes access to relevant documents and witnesses.An examination would help highlight the “many important lessons to be learned here,” Neve said.Parliamentary secretary Omar Alghabra, who met with Makhtal in Ethiopia, spoke with him again Tuesday, said Adam Austen, spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.The government is “always looking for ways to improve Canada’s consular services,” Austen said in a statement.“This includes listening to recommendations on consular services from Canadians who have faced difficulties abroad — as Mr. Alghabra is doing today — as well as to views from civil society.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Vancouver police search for man who pushed victim into traffic during assault

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver police are appealing for help as they investigate a strange assault where a man was seriously injured when he was pushed into the path of an oncoming vehicle.Police say it happened on East Hastings Street on the night of July 15 after two men stopped to check on the well-being of a woman who appeared intoxicated.The woman assured them she was fine but police say in a news release that the men were confronted moments later by an agitated man who had been walking behind the woman.Police say in a news release the man pushed a 37-year-old Surrey man into the street, where he was hit and seriously injured by a sport utility vehicle.The driver of the vehicle pulled over and other witnesses tried to hold the suspect for police, but both the man and the woman, believed to be his friend, ran off.Const. Jason Doucette says the victim is still recovering and detectives want to speak to anyone with information about the attack or the suspect, described as in his mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, with a heavy, athletic build.“We have obtained dash-cam video from the SUV involved in the collision,” Doucette says in the release.“We are asking the suspect to turn himself in, but if he doesn’t, we are confident that someone will come forward to identity him and his friend.”A composite drawing issued by investigators shows the suspect has short dark hair, dark facial stubble and police say he was wearing a black crew-neck T-shirt and dark shorts.The woman is described as Asian, 20 to 25 years old, with a slim build, medium length black hair and she was wearing a white tank top or a sun dress.last_img read more

Muppets Most Wanted Cast Sign Green Piano For Charity

first_imgIn celebration of the upcoming home entertainment release of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” on August 12, Yamaha Entertainment Group is auctioning off an incredible Yamaha Disklavier grand piano that has been signed by 18 cast members including Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, and Josh Groban and is valued at almost $74,000.Josh Groban with the Muppets-Inspired Green PianoBidding begins on Monday, July 28 at 9:00 EST and is open through Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST through leading charity site Proceeds will benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation, devoted to restoring instrumental music education programs in America’s public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child’s complete education.Beginning Monday, July 28, consumers can bid on the chance to own the Yamaha Disklavier E3 piano, which combines technology with tradition. A modern day “player piano,” it can accurately record piano performances and play back piano performances with all of the expression and nuance of the original performance. As an added bonus, this Kermit-inspired bright green piano comes with the seven songs from the “Muppets Most Wanted” soundtrack.“We are always thrilled to work with Disney and the Muppets, and the fact that we can come together and donate such a magnificent instrument for music education is a true gift,” says Yamaha Entertainment Group Founder and Vice President Chris Gero. “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed their time and talents to make this a reality. The winning bid of this grand piano supports the gift of music, an indispensible part of a child’s education.”“This is a very special piano both in color and sound,” says Josh Groban. “The only downside to owning it is my seething life long jealousy associated with that responsibility. It’s not easy being green (with envy).”The piano features signatures from a diverse group of the cast and crew, including: Co Stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell; Cameos Josh Groban, Danny Trejo, Ray Liotta, and Chloe Moretz; Director James Bobin; Musicians Bret McKenzie, Christophe Beck, and Chris Caswell; as well as Muppet Performers Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson, Bill Barretta, Matt Vogel, David Rudman and Peter Linz.last_img read more

Fashion trends of 2017 all about female empowerment

first_img Facebook The year 2017 will go down in the fashion books as the moment women reclaimed their power. From the Women’s March in January to the swell of the #metoo movement in the fall, the call of voices demanding gender equality has been emboldened.Naturally, the expression extended to fashion choices and it showed up in both obvious and subtle ways.The power of pinkA sea of people wearing pussy hats gathers for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2017. The hats, a protest against comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump, became a symbol of female empowerment. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)During the Women’s March in Washington on Jan. 21, as far as the eye could see, heads were topped with handmade pink knitwear. In addition to the main march in Washington the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, more than 600 “sister marches” happened worldwide. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The 2017 fashion year was all about bold colours, bright prints and flouncy ruffles, reflecting a swell of female empowerment that was part of the zeitgeist in North American culture. (Catwalking/Giuseppe Cacace/Pascal LeSegretain/Getty Images)center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment What began as a viral response to Trump’s infamous reference to the female body part turned into a global pro-woman movement. The must-have march accessory was dubbed the “pussy hat” and served as a metaphorical peace sign. Or was it more of a raised fist? Twitterlast_img read more

Literally life and death Indigenous climate leaders critical of Canadas response to

first_imgAddressing climate change and respecting Indigenous rights go hand in hand, says Eriel Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action. APTN file photo.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsIndigenous climate leaders in Canada say parliament’s emergency debate on climate change Monday evening was necessary but inadequate.On Monday House of Commons Speaker Geoffrey Regan approved the debate following requests from the Green Party, NDP and Liberal MP Nathaniel Erksine-Smith, who were responding to the International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Oct. 8 landmark report that outlined the dire circumstances the planet is in if it doesn’t do more to limit global warming to 1.5C.Much of the discussion focused on Canada’s existing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the debate is “30 years overdue,” according to Canada’s representative on the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC).“Inuit have been bringing warnings about global warming to the international community as far back as the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992,” ICC Canada President Monica Ell-Kanayuk said in a statement released Tuesday.The IPCC, a body of the United Nations tasked with bringing together leading scientists and researchers from around the world to file reports on the status of climate change, warned in its landmark report that failing to limit global warming to 1.5C will result in significantly increased risks of major adverse impacts like floods, droughts, food insecurity, poverty, and a mass die-off of the ocean’s coral reefs by as soon as 2040, much earlier than previously anticipated.To achieve this, the world only has 12 years, until 2030, to reduce emissions by 45 per cent below 2010 levels, the IPCC says.The world has already warmed up about 1C compared to the mid-19th century and is experiencing the effects of that, including more violent storms, more frequent flooding, longer droughts and more forest fires.Each 0.5 C degree of warming raises those risks significantly, with entire ecosystems possibly being eradicated, parts of the planet becoming too hot to sustain life and island nations getting drowned out entirely by rising sea levels.To avoid the impacts of 1.5C warming, Canada would need to cut its annual emissions almost in half from current levels within 12 years to meet that goal but currently aims to cut them by a little more than 25 per cent by 2030.The current climate plans — with carbon pricing, energy efficiencies, renewable power sources and technological innovations — don’t even get Canada to the existing goal.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said last week her plan is to implement the existing climate framework and reach the current targets before looking at more ambitious measures.Emergency debate lackingClayton Thomas-Muller, a Cree climate campaigner for, told APTN News Monday he welcomed the debate but was skeptical the Liberals would take adequate action.“Justin Trudeau has been suspiciously silent for the last week,” he said, adding the government’s response is “troubling” given the magnitude of the crisis and the “current situation of geopolitics in this country” with respect to “pipeline politics and Indigenous people.“The fact of the matter is the IPCC report has told us that we have 12 years to get this stuff right. And that means that we have to have a significant shutting down of fossil fuel development.”Thomas-Mueller said Canada “has to stop the expansion of the Alberta tar sands, and we need to significantly invest in renewable energy.”Clayton Thomas-Muller says Canada must stop Alberta oil sands expansion and invest in renewables to do its part to limit global warming. photoBut the feds don’t appear to be taking their own commitments seriously, Thomas-Muller added, citing the government’s support for fracking and liquid natural gas development in northern British Columbia, its approval of offshore oil development in the Maritimes, and its expansion of the Alberta oil sands through its approval of Line 3 and its recent purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.“We’re in this very contradictory moment right now where the government of Canada is on an international platform saying we’re a climate leader, but domestically with their announcements of economic initiatives are saying we are not a climate leader, we are investing in technologies from the past.”Eriel Deranger, from Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action, says Monday’s emergency debate revealed what she calls a tendency among decision-makers “to lean in towards trying to save and buffer and pad the economy over actually trying to save the planet.”She noted Green Party leader Elizabeth May was “the only one that came out with reality” in the debate.“You’ve got one chance to protect your kids’ world, you’ve got one chance, and it’s expiring in about 10-12 years, to hold global average temperature to no more than 1.5 degrees,” May said Monday evening.“If you miss that…you end up in a situation where the worst case scenario isn’t bad weather, it’s the collapse of our civilization and the extinction of millions of species, potentially including us.”Deranger said the federal government’s approach to the climate crisis fails to address underlying causes, “the status quo of colonialism and capitalism,” which she argues are also at the root of Canada’s mistreatment of Indigenous peoples “under that premise of terra nullius and man’s domination over nature, which is in contravention to Indigenous values and cosmologies and rights.”During the debate federal Minister of Climate Change and Environment Catherine McKenna touted the Liberals’ efforts to phase out coal production, and its investments in public transit, social housing and the renewable energy sector.She also referenced the Liberals’ involvement of Indigenous communities in Canada’s climate strategy.Canada presently has five climate-related programs that involve Indigenous communities, the bulk of which deal with monitoring and mitigation, not prevention or the “bottom-up” solutions Deranger says are needed, and which Indigenous people should be a part of.“We don’t have self-determination. We’re not in positions of power. We’re not given any authority or autonomy or sovereignty over our lands and territories,” she says.“We’re given a voice, yes…but we need to go beyond being given a voice and we need to be given actual power and control to determine what happens in our lands and territories.”McKenna deflected criticism from the NDP and Greens by pointing to the Conservatives’ lack of action on climate change during their decade of governance under Stephen Harper.Thomas-Muller and Deranger both said the conversation in parliament needs to radically shift, from party politics toward a recognition that climate justice and Indigenous rights go hand in hand and can be part of a transition to a just and sustainable economy based on clean renewable energy.“There is eminent threat coming towards us, and we have the capacity to reallocate resources, to redistribute the way that we do things, to effectively do this in a real way to protect people and lives,” Deranger said. “And we’re not doing it.”Thomas-Muller said Indigenous people and Canadians are paying attention to how decision-makers are responding to the crisis.“We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us…moving forward into the 2019 election, and those running for office better take that into consideration.”Only one of the 11 sitting Indigenous MPs spoke during Monday’s climate debate.During his speech Liberal member for Winnipeg Centre Robert-Falcon Ouellette said the Liberals are working to implement a national carbon tax as one measure to reduce carbon emissions in Canada.Ouellette took aim at Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as the federal Conservatives, who are resisting the strategy.The Liberals have given provinces time to come up with their own carbon tax scheme, otherwise say they will impose the tax in 2019.Biodiversity and the Indigenous knowledge that protects itMany on the front lines against fossil fuel development in Mi’kmaq, Secwepemc, Wet’suwet’en, Coast Salish, Anishinaabe and other territories are fighting for their inherent rights, but Deranger and Thomas-Muller say Canadians should understand they’re also fighting to preserve the sacred — Mother Earth — for everyone.“We could quit building all the high intensity emission fossil fuel stuff today, and we would still need to preserve and nurture biodiversity to help bring our planet back to stabilization,” Deranger explains.Eriel Deranger of Indigenous Climate Action says Canada can’t adequately respond to the climate crisis without also respecting Indigenous rights. File photo.“And the reality is that Indigenous communities, land-based communities have literally been on the front lines of advocating for, nurturing and preserving, the biodiversity of this planet since time immemorial.“We have literally been the reason why the planet hasn’t hit the tipping point,” she continues, pointing out that 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity is within recognized Indigenous lands and territories.“We maintain a sacred and spiritual connection to those lands and territories that are critical for climate stabilization.“It’s that knowledge, that understanding, that is going to be critical in connecting humanity back to nature in order for us not to continue to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.”Thomas-Muller said he stands in solidarity with front line groups like the Unist’ot’en in northern B.C., “who are adamantly opposed to the exportation of fracked gas from Northeastern B.C. through salmon-producing rivers and streams.”The Unist’ot’en, a Wet’suwet’en clan that has established a settlement on its traditional territory in the way of multiple proposed pipeline projects, has cited the need to limit climate change as one of the primary factors for its assertion of sovereignty over its title lands.Deranger says she doesn’t want to perpetuate the idea that “all Indigenous people have some romanticized connection with land, but there are still many Indigenous peoples, knowledge holders, land users, that maintain a solid connection and understanding and intimacy with the land that has been passed down for generations. And it’s that connection that is so critical,” she explains.She points out that climate scientists and others have recognized Indigenous peoples’ central role in addressing the climate crisis.But none of this factored into Monday evening’s debate in the House of Commons, she says.Instead, politicians remain silent when Indigenous people are criminalized for defending their lands and resisting fossil fuel extraction.“When a government makes a determination that a project is not good for the country, everyone applauds. But when First Nations get up and oppose these projects…we are criminalized, we are made to look like we are breaking laws when we actually are only upholding our own laws.“The reality is it’s our communities that have been safeguarding our lands and territories and the biodiversity of this planet—not just here in Canada but globally—and it’s time to recognize that when Indigenous communities are standing up for our lands and territories we need to start listening rather than criminalizing them.“Those lands and territories are going to be critical for our survival, and it’s more than just about how much money we have in our bank account. It’s about whether or not we have clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, and food to nurture our minds, our bodies and our spirits.“We are literally in the last 60 seconds of the 11th hour, and we don’t have any more time to be arguing the semantics and the economics of this anymore. This is literally life and death.”Indigenous leaders in support of fossil fuel developmentAthabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam was for a long time firmly opposed to continued oil sands expansion in his people’s region, but earlier this year did an about-face on the issue and has since publicly called for First Nations to take an ownership stake in pipeline projects like Trans Mountain.Deranger, who has worked for the First Nation, said the chief’s new position is “sad” and represents a sense of defeat after her people have worked hard to protect their land and territory from the harms of the fossil fuel industry.“Colonialism and capitalism and systems of white supremacy are not just bound to white folks – they are pervasive, they are packaged and sold,” she said.“In order to be successful you need to have money and a car and a home and you need to be part of the capitalist machine. And so much so that it’s been forced on a lot of communities.“The reality is…they have literally beat us down and eroded our ability to have that connection to the land, through degradation and contamination.”Deranger says many Indigenous people have been forced to adopt an “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” mentality when it comes to fighting against harmful policies or industries that harm their communities.“There’s this pervasive attempt to continue to try to assimilate and coerce Indigenous communities,” she says. “And you wonder why communities are buckling – because they don’t have millions of dollars to enter into these review processes and legal cases to challenge these projects.“It’s coercion and bribery at its finest, it’s another tactic of assimilation, and it’s not fair that we’re being used in this way because we have literally been painted into corners in our communities to accept this because is literally no other option.”With files from the Canadian Press.last_img read more

Goodman program helps ease transition to business school

This year’s “Day in the Life of a Goodman Student” event will be held Nov. 18. Unlike many of his fellow classmates, Sept. 3 wasn’t the first time Justin Gravestock walked into a university-level business classroom.Nor was O-Week the first time the new Bachelor of Business Administration student got introduced to the world of student clubs and case competitions.That’s because Gravestock’s first day at the Goodman School of Business was actually last November when, as a high school student, he spent a day on campus at the annual “Day in the Life of a Goodman Student”.The full day of meet and greets, business competitions and campus tours paved the way for an easy transition from high school to university – and also helped Gravestock pick Brock as his first choice for university.“I’ve never really heard of anything like this,” said Gravestock. “[Most schools do] your orientations and your presentations but never anything so specific for a business student. That’s what attracted me the most to it. I thought Goodman was really unique.”For high school students like Gravestock who want a more in-depth look of the business school life, this year’s “Day in the Life of a Goodman Student” promises exactly that.Robyn Makar, a third-year BBA dual degree student, is a member of the Brock Business Badgers.The Nov. 18 event includes a mock business competition, a sample lecture, lunch at a residence dining hall, an interactive campus tour and the chance to watch the PepsiCo Apprentice Challenge.It’s such a full day that Robyn Makar, co-ordinator of the event, thinks it probably could be called “A Year in the Life of a Goodman Student”.“I think it encompasses everything that a Goodman student kind of goes through within a year,” Makar said.“The lectures, being involved in clubs, events on campus, watching a case competition, participating in one yourself, it gives you the whole experience.”Makar, a third-year BBA dual degree student, is a member of the Brock Business Badgers, a team of student ambassadors who connect Goodman students with the community.The student club works with high school students to ease the transition into university life.Unlike Gravestock, Makar never attended “A Day in a Life”. Her experience as a first-year student from Sarnia was completely different from Gravestock’s.“All my friends went to [other schools], stayed in the [same] area, and I did this big leap all the way over to Brock by myself and I feel like the transition was really rough,” Makar said.“I want to tell all the students how much I learned in the first two, three years of school. All the tips and tricks that make university life easier.”Makar’s first tip for incoming students is to get excited to watch the PepsiCo Apprentice Challenge, where the teams are guaranteed an interview for a position with PepsiCo Foods Canada.“Watching a case competition and applying those skills yourself it gives you an insight of what you could be doing. [It] gives some perspective as to what [your] education is really giving [you].”How to apply:Applications for “A Day in the Life of a Goodman Student” will be accepted from Grade 11 and Grade 12 students until Oct. 31. read more

How The NBA Finals Solidified The Warriors Legacy And LeBrons

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Monday’s show (June 11, 2018), Neil, Kyle and Chris debrief after the 2018 NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors again prevailed over the Cleveland Cavaliers. They talk about why this Warriors dynasty feels different, where the Warriors rank relative to other dynasties, and how this loss affects LeBron James’s legacy. They also couldn’t resist discussing what LeBron should do next.The Lab is taking a break now that the season is over, but stay tuned to the feed for updates! Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more

EHF EURO 2012 TOP 10 Losers Experts Wenta Scandinavians…

Bogdan WentaEHF EURO 2012ExpertsNorway handballRussian handball ← Previous Story Enid Tahirovic is on the End of career: “Last games against Germany” Next Story → Darko Stanic is the Highest-Paid Athlete in Macedonia presents the EHF EURO 2012 TOP 10 Losers list.1. WHERE HAVE THE „EXPERTS“ BEEN?What happened with the French „Experts“ in Serbia? We heard a lot of theory, from problems among players (younger VS older), to problem with Onesta, motivation, etc. However, French domination is over. We will see, do they still have golden quality in London. Karabatic, Omeyer and Co were to bad, out of the rhythm…2.IS WENTA „GAME OVER“*?There is no doubt that Poland has TOP quality. We saw that in win against European champion, Denmark, but also, against Germany. Obviosly, they have some other problem. Luck of motivation and character is so „live“ and depends from game to game. Maybe it’s time that their legend, Bogdan Wenta says „it is enough“, to prolonge a Era of current generation, who can play better and more consistently with some refreshment and the “new words” from the locker room…3. OLAFFUR’S KIDS NEED DADDYThere were no leaders among Icelanders in Serbia. That wasn’t Gudmundur Gudmundsson, most of the time so angry and unable to control the team. That weren’t young Aron Palmarsson or Alexander Petersson, who have only average tournament. This team still need Olaffur Stefansson, even as some kind of advisor…4. SWEDISH „BACK TO REALITY“The fourth place at the last year World Championship in Malmo was just a „home team song“. Sweden has no TOP quality in that measure to obtain in TOP 4, but another thing is lack of  fighting spirit and character, when you see them on the court. They are now out of TOP 4, but with these level of performance, TOP 8 is also a questionable for the future.5. BALKAN WARStupid things happened in Belgrade before and during the semifinal match between Serbia and Croatia. Some IDIOT from the tribune hit Zarko Sesum in his eye with metal coin, broke dreams of one young sport athlete to play the big final in his own country.6. RUSSIA MUST TO CHANGEThey played in their stereotypes. With full strength, with no creation and with same tacticts since many years. Russian handball and players are „boring“. It’s time for some changes. It is a time for legendary Maximov to leave and give a chance to some younger coach with a new ideas…7. GERMAN „MATCH BALLS“They were to lucky to enter the Main Round with 4 points. After draw with Serbia in „Belgrade Arena“ in the Round 1, Handball Europe said „Germans are Germans“, but Germans didn’t use fantastic opportunity to qualify for the semifinal. They missed two semifinal chances, without a „real“ leader among the players…8. NORWEGIAN WITHOUT HEARTThey were angry against Slovenian „let them to shoot“ last minute tactics against Iceland, but there is no any kind of justification for Norwegian last game against Croatia. „Without heart“, what is totally unacceptable for the team, where 10 from 16 players are playing in Norwegian League and maybe dreaming about full „proffesional“ career abroad.9. HUNGARIAN „BATTERY LOW“The biggest problem for Lajos Mocsa was in the Main Round that most of the players aren’t the leaders in their teams. The players were „empty“ without a chance to got the wings from the enthusiastic fans in Novi Sad.10. CZECHS AND SLOVAK – SAME STORYThey have problem to obtain a winning mentality. Slovak had very tough group, but humiliation in match against Poland is unacceptable. On the other side, Czech Republic had clear situation, but again, Jicha and company were affraid of the Hell in Nis (they already lost two WCh against Serbia in that Hall) read more

Feu vert de lOnu pour la création dun Giec de la biodiversité

first_imgFeu vert de l’Onu pour la création d’un Giec de la biodiversitéL’Assemblée générale des Nations unies a donné son feu vert hier à la création d’un Groupe international d’experts (Giec) chargé d’étudier l’érosion de la biodiversité, et de trouver les moyens de l’enrayer.”A l’image du Groupe d’experts Intergouvernemental sur l’Evolution du Climat (Giec), cette plateforme, particulièrement défendue par la France, sera une véritable interface mondiale entre la science et les décideurs. On ne pouvait imaginer plus belle conclusion de l’année de la biodiversité”, s’est réjouit la ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousCe groupe chargé de veiller sur la biodiversité, fonctionnera globalement comme le Giec qui étudie l’évolution du climat et tente de guider les gouvernements face à la menace du réchauffement. Le Giec de la biodiversité permettra la réalisation d’une synthèse des connaissances scientifiques pour aboutir à la mise en place de plans plus efficaces face à l’érosion des espèces. Alors que de nombreux scientifiques prévoient une nouvelle et sixième grande vague d’extinction d’espèces sur la Terre, l’Onu estime que le rythme de disparitions d’espèces engendrées par les activités humaines est aujourd’hui “plus de 100 fois supérieur à celui de l’extinction naturelle”.Pour Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, le feu vert donné hier par l’Assemblée générale de l’Onu “constitue le point de départ pour favoriser une meilleure prise en compte de la protection de la biodiversité dans toutes nos politiques publiques”. La ministre se félicite d’autant plus de la création de ce groupe, que l’idée d’un Giec de la biodiversité a été initiée par la France il y a cinq ans, lors d’une conférence se tenant à Paris.Le 21 décembre 2010 à 16:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Portland pursuit goes into Vancouver back to Oregon

first_imgShannon Opperud A woman was arrested early Monday morning after police said she led officers on a pursuit that began in Portland, went into Vancouver and ended back in Portland.Portland police officers attempted to stop a 2005 Chevrolet Impala for traffic infractions in the 1300 block of Northeast Airport Way just before 3 a.m. Monday when the driver failed to stop for police, according to the Portland Police Bureau.Officers pursued the vehicle north on Interstate 205, and about midway across the bridge, they notified troopers with the Washington State Patrol about the pursuit, authorities said.Troopers pursued the Impala, which traveled north at a speed of about 75 mph until the vehicle got off at the Padden Parkway exit and then got back on I-205 going south, State Patrol Trooper Will Finn said.Washington troopers continued in the pursuit when the vehicle re-entered Oregon, Finn said.The Impala exited the freeway onto Northeast Airport Way, avoiding a spike strip that officers had set up, Portland police said.Officers then used a pursuit intervention technique, a maneuver that intends to send fleeing suspects into a controlled spin-out, police said.The suspect driver rammed a police car and attempted to drive away, but was boxed in moments later, after crashing into a second police car, Portland police said.last_img read more

Mentally Unstable do not belong in Prison PDM calling for change

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:mentally unstable, Pdm, prison TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – The PDM Party is calling on government to remove mentally unstable people from Her Majesty’s Prison after social media chatter heats up on a recent death within the prison walls. PDM Leader Sharlene Robinson said the death of the Jamaican man, convicted of murder is drawing international attention and calls into question the country’s reputation on treatment of the mentally challenged. The PDM says it is a ‘sad state of affairs’ and asked the PNP Administration to address the need. While the Party cites that the prison is the wrong place for the mentally ill, it also remarked that so are the streets. “this Government must do more to provide the resources needed to address the needs of the mentally challenged on the street, and those residing at home…” Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Ebola Liberia celebrates as WHO declares the nation clear

first_img Liberians celebrated a day of Thanksgiving on Monday (11 May), just days after the country was declared free from Ebola.The government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) marked 42 days without a new case of the virus, which killed more than 4,700 people there during a year-long epidemic.It is a tribute to the government and people of Liberia that the determination to defeat Ebola never waived, courage never faulted. Doctors and nurses continued to treat patients even when supplies of personal protective equipment and training in safe use was inadequate, World Health Organization country representative, Alex Gassasira said.Local volunteers who work in treatment centres or on burial teams or as ambulance drivers were driven by the sense of community, responsibility and patriotic duty to end Ebola and bring hope to the countries people, Gassasira said.But Medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has urged vigilance until the worst outbreak of the disease ever recorded was also extinguished in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone.A total of 11,005 people have died from Ebola in the three West African neighbours since the outbreak began in December 2013, according to the WHO.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who toured Ebola treatment units in the capital Monrovia over the weekend, said that, while Liberia could take pride in winning the battle against the disease, work was not finished.Now comes the challenge. The challenge of working with our two neighbouring countries. To make sure they reach the same level of progress that we have reached, she said.And already we have commenced the process, taking the regional approach, reaching across borders to share information, to share experiences, to share challenge. We are going to intensify the effort because we know that until they are free, totally free, we are not free.Liberia was recording hundreds of new cases a week at the peak of the outbreak between August and October, causing international alarm.According to the WHO, a total of 868 health workers have caught the virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone since the start of the outbreak, of whom 507 died. Closelast_img read more

Uncle of DC Woman in Viral Violent Bus Smashing Video Speaks Out

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comLast week police released video of a furious young woman, now identified as Mariana Silver, banging on a Greyhound bus window before unapologetically driving away and hitting the bus driver in the process.  The video went viral, Silver is now in police custody and now her uncle is weighing in.Mariana Silver was captured on video attacking a bus before driving off. She was later arrested. (Courtesy photo)We have identified the suspect involved in this incident that occurred in the 1800 block of Bladensburg Road, NE on 8/30.The incident was captured on a cell phone video and can be seen below. This case remains under investigation. #DCPolice #HereToHelp— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) August 31, 2018“As long as I’ve known her, I’ve never seen her like this,” said Seth Silver, the uncle of 20-year-old Mariana Silver of Northeast, D.C.Silver told D.C.’s NBC 4 News his niece is mentally ill and was in the middle of a manic episode in the video.“She’s schizophrenic.  She’s not taking her medicine. And anybody who’s schizophrenic- if they’re stressed out- they will go into a sub personality,” Silver said.The 20-year-old is seen highly agitated in the video after getting in what began as a driving altercation with the bus driver that quickly escalated to violence.District police said the incident began on Thursday in the 1800 block of Bladensburg Road Northeast, near the U.S. National Arboretum, when the woman cut off the bus about 6:05 p.m.The bus driver attempted to speak to the woman and according to a police report, said, “You’re a crazy driver. You need to get off the road.”After the verbal altercation, the 20-year-old Silver went to her car to get a bat and crack the window shield.  Then, as cars honked to hurry her along, she went back to her trunk to get a jack and used it to smash the driver’s side window and mirror.Silver then got back in her car and drove towards the bus driver, rolling him onto the car.  Even after people attempt to intervene, Silver continues driving towards the bus driver.  The video ends when sirens are heard and Silver is seen driving off.Police later arrested Silver and said the driver left the scene of the incident with bruises, scrapes, and pain in his hip.The 20-year-old appeared before a judge Saturday and is being held without bond.“I pray that everybody will understand she’s a young girl. Everybody makes mistakes,” Seth Silver said about his niece.last_img read more

Netflix Plans to Raise 2 Billion More Through Bonds Bringing Debt Load

first_imgNetflix is going back to the debt markets to fuel more content spending, announcing plans to issue $2 billion in unsecured bonds.The proposed offering would be the seventh time in four years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through debt, and would bring its long-term debt to around $12.3 billion if the transaction is completed.Netflix, in a statement Tuesday, said the $2 billion aggregate notes will be issued in two series, indicating the principal amount will be in both U.S. dollars and euros. As of March 31, Netflix reported $10.305 billion in long-term debt on its balance sheet.In its first-quarter 2019 letter to shareholders, Netflix said it had “no change to our plan to use the high-yield market to finance our cash needs.” The company noted that it recently exercised its option to boost its revolving credit facility from $500 million to $750 million (which Netflix said remains untapped) at the same cost and extended the term from 2022 to 2024. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 And Netflix’s cash burn has accelerated: Free cash flow for the first quarter of 2019 was -$460 million (compared with -$287 million in the year-earlier quarter). The company said it now expects its free cash flow deficit for the full-year 2019 to be “modestly higher” than it previously guided, to -$3.5 billion “due to higher cash taxes related to the change in our corporate structure and additional investments in real estate and other infrastructure.” It had previously told investors it was expecting negative free cash flow of $3.0 billion for 2019; Netflix says it still expects free cash flow to improve starting in 2020.The streaming giant — which needs cash to cover a content budget projected to be $15 billion in 2019 — last raised $2 billion in junk bonds in October 2018. In that offering, Netflix issued €1.1 billion ($1.26 billion) in notes at 4.625% due 2029 and $800 million of its 6.375% notes, also due 2029.To date, Netflix hasn’t paid down any significant amount of the long-term debt it has accrued. It reported $135.5 million in interest expense for the first quarter of 2019 — about 3% of revenue. That’s up 67% from $81.2 million a year prior (which represented 2.2% of quarterly revenue).Netflix also has billions in off-balance-sheet content-spending obligations, most of which is due within the next five years. As of March 31, 2019, the company had $18.9 billion of content-payment obligations, including $10.4 billion that aren’t on its balance sheets “as they did not yet meet the criteria for asset recognition.”Separately, Netflix disclosed in a regulatory filing the 2018 compensation of its top execs. CEO and chairman Reed Hastings’ total pay package increased 48%, to $36.1 million, and chief content officer Ted Sarandos saw his comp climb 32%, to $29.6 million. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Laserbased camera can see around corners

first_img Tool to visualize bloodstains created by chemistry researchers This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — Researchers from MIT have developed a camera that can capture images of a scene that is not in its direct line of sight. The camera is equipped with a femtosecond laser, which fires extremely short bursts of light that can reflect off one object (such as a door or mirror) and then a second object before reflecting back to the first object and being captured by the camera. Algorithms can then use this information to reconstruct the hidden scene. © 2010 More information: “Femtosecond Transient Imaging” by Ahmed Kirmani The laser-based camera system is being designed by MIT Professor Ramesh Raskar and others. They call the system a “femtosecond transient imaging system,” and explain that it exploits the fact that it is possible to capture light at extremely short time scales, about one quadrillionth of a second. By continuously gathering light and computing the time and distance that each pixel has traveled, the camera creates a “3D time-image” of the scene.”It’s like having x-ray vision without the x-rays,” Raskar said. “We’re going around the problem rather than going through it.”The researchers are still in the early stages of development and are working on accurately mapping more complex scenes. They predict that the system could have a variety of applications. For instance, it could be used for search and rescue missions to search for survivors in a collapsed building or a building on fire. It could also be used for avoiding car collisions at blind corners, for machine vision, and for inspecting industrial objects with hidden surfaces. It could have similar biomedical imaging applications by allowing doctors to use endoscopes to view areas inside the body that are normally hidden. The researchers noted that a portable imaging system in the form of an endoscope could be ready in the next two years. Explore further The left illustration shows how short light pulses are reflected off a door and scatter in different directions. Some of the light is reflected back to the camera, while some of it is reflected off a hidden object or person in the room. Some of this light is then reflected back to the door, where it can be captured by the camera and used to create an image of the hidden object or person. The right illustration shows the system being used for search and rescue in a burning building. Image credits: Ahmed Kirmani, MIT. Citation: Laser-based camera can see around corners (2010, November 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Designer creates solar powered oven to cheaply freshen salt water

first_img © 2012 Diamanti says he came up with the idea for the Eliodomestico while visiting friends working for non-governmental agencies (NGOs) in third world countries, trying to help those in need. What he heard was that there was a great need for fresh drinking water. What he saw was that one resource they all seemed to have in common was lots of sunshine, which of course got him thinking about using solar energy to distill water. Boiling salt water to create steam that collects on a surface and then drips off as fresh water isn’t new, it’s a technique that’s been around for thousands of years. What’s new here is the idea of using the sun and no moving parts to boil the water using materials available almost anywhere.Using those simple constraints Diamanti came up with a design that he believes should work. It’s made of clay and pottery along with simple metals that can be easily welded. It works he says, like an upside down coffee maker. It has two parts, an upper boiler and a lower oven. Saltwater is poured into the boiler through a hole in the top that has a screw-on cap. As the sun heats the water to boiling, the pressure forces the steam through a metal tube that reaches down into the oven below where it collects on the top of the oven and then slowly drips down into a collector basin at the bottom, which is not only easily removable but is flat bottomed, allowing for carrying atop the head, a common method of transport in many third world countries.The whole concept is open-source which means anyone, anywhere that wishes to make one of his ovens is free to do so without having to pay for licensing. They’re also free to modify the design to suit local needs as well. Diamanti is hoping that NGOs throughout the world can set up micro-loan projects to get the ovens built which can then be sold at very low prices to those in the local area. One oven is enough, he notes, to serve a family of four for a day. Explore further More information: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Copenhagen tap water safe again after E.coli scare: city Citation: Designer creates solar powered oven to cheaply freshen salt water (2012, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—Designer Gabriele Diamanti has created a solar oven he calls the Eliodomestico (household-sun); its purpose is to boil saltwater to produce clean drinking water for people in places where such water is difficult or impossible to obtain. What’s unique about the Eliodomestico is that it’s been designed in such a way as to be easily built by local people, rather than elsewhere and shipped in. This way, the profits from making and selling the oven remain local. via humansinventlast_img read more

Natures monochromatic palette

first_imgRecently concluded was an art exhibition by 75-year-old artist Pushpa Bagrodia, who for the first time exhibited her exploration with charcoals in aptly titled ‘Shwet-Syam’. The artist had been majorly known for her water-colours. The show, presented by Creativity Art Gallery and curated by Uma Nair was held at Lalit Kala Akademi.The chief guest of the inaugural evening was eminent singer-actor-musician and Padma Shri recipient Shekhar Sen, known for his mono-acts on Kabir and Vivekanand apart from other historical and mythological figures. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe artist smiles and says, “Everyone has been asking why I chose to draw with charcoal, but actually there isn’t any specific reason behind choosing charcoal. From the beginning I have loved the monochromatic combination, so this time I experimented with charcoal and created several works. There are a few works which I love a lot – there’s this 9X15 sketch of single feather. Once I saw it lying on the ground, and the sight was so beautiful that I couldn’t resist making a drawing.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMost of her sketches are inspired by nature, as one could see flowers and leaves in all the frames, but one sketch looked like a monochrome photograph rather than the usual floral wonders! Talking about that drawing she says, “I tried clicking a photo form a moving car to see how it appears to be. Since it looked quite interesting to me I made a drawing out of it.” This unusually beautiful sketch of her seems to be that of a moving picture, quite an unusual moment to capture on the canvas. Inspired by her love for nature, various plants, bonsais and chirps of birds and bees, the artist created some dream like charcoal works displaying a little paradise during the exhibition. Uma Nair writes, “These charcoals that brim on the dominions of both reality and imagination defines Pushpa as a silent sage, sitting and filling silent brisk strokes onto her white sheets of paper that mirror the open celled, ledges of nature’s moods and meanderings through the leaves shrubs and flowers perhaps presiding over twenty thousand intimations in the mind and hand of a lover of nature. This was my first attempt at charcoal.””It feels very good when a stranger comes up and says, if you can paint this well at this age, then why can’t we?” expressed Pushpa Bagrodia, when asked about her experience at the exhibition.last_img read more

Tears and sniffles in courtroom as gay marriage ruling read

first_imgElaine Cleary, of Chicago, who goes to college in Ohio, reacts as she hears the news outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015, that the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean WASHINGTON (AP) — When Justice Anthony Kennedy took the bench Friday at the Supreme Court, some were thinking about his past decisions and other June 26ths.A dozen years ago, on June 26, 2003, Kennedy announced the court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down state laws that made engaging in gay sex a crime. On June 26, 2013, Kennedy read the decision in United States v. Windsor, the decision that gave federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   On Friday, the 78-year-old justice began reading another much-anticipated ruling.“Since the dawn of history, marriage has transformed strangers into relatives,” he told a courtroom dotted with plaintiffs from the case, lawyers who have pushed for gay rights and others touched by the decision.Kennedy glanced up at his audience, including retired justice John Paul Stevens, as he read. Though he began by tracing the history of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, it quickly became clear that his decision would extend the right to marry to gay and lesbian couples.“The past alone does not rule the present,” he said. And of the 2003 Lawrence decision, he said: “Outlaw to outcast may be a step forward, but it does not achieve the full promise of liberty.”By five minutes in, when he got to the phrase the “right of same-sex couples to marry” some in the audience were trying to hold back tears, their faces contorting. Others cried silently and wiped away tears. Low sniffles could be heard, and some grabbed seatmates’ hands.“No union is more profound than marriage,” Kennedy said near the end of his almost 10-minute reading. But he wouldn’t have the last word. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “Don’t go away,” Scalia deadpanned.The audience laughed.___Follow Jessica Gresko at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Chief Justice John Roberts, sitting next to Kennedy, sat forward to read a dissent aloud for the first time in his nearly 10 years on the court.Just a day earlier, it was Roberts and the liberal justices on the court who were on the receiving end of an angry oral dissent from Justice Antonin Scalia, who accused the majority of doing somersaults to make the words of President Barack Obama’s health care law work.But on Friday it was Roberts with harsh words for his colleagues. With his wife of almost 19 years sitting in the audience, along with the wives of Justices Stephen Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Roberts said his colleagues, “five lawyers,” had substituted their judgment for the judgment of voters.“Just who do we think we are?” he said near the beginning of his 10-minute reading. “I have no choice but to dissent.”Roberts criticized the ruling as neither “cautious” nor “restrained.” He said the most serious problem with the majority’s opinion was its disrespect for the democratic process.His fireworks over, Roberts announced that Scalia, too, had an opinion to read, in a separate case about repeat violent offenders. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Finally a container with lemons from the Northwes

first_imgFinally, a container with lemons from the Northwestern region of Argentina (NOA) arrived at Yokohama port, becoming the first shipment certified throughout all different control stages for access to the Japanese market.”We are still working with the Ministry of Agro-Industry to open up markets for Argentine products,” said Argentine Foreign Affairs Minister Horacio Reyser.Argentina is one of the leading lemon producers and exporters at a global level. In 2017, exports to 52 countries amounted to USD 249 million and, so far this year, they amount to over USD 211 million, featuring Spain, Russia, Italy and the Netherlands as the main destinations.This season, which is now drawing to a close, Argentine lemon shippers also exported fruit to the U.S. market after a 17-year hiatus. Limoneira completes Argentine citrus JV and land a … Argentina: Table grape exports from key region ‘lo … You might also be interested in Argentina leads the way in organic pome fruit expo … center_img Argentina’s citrus crop still “paralyzed”, light e … September 03 , 2018 The U.S. was not the only country to which Argentine lemon exporters resumed exports this year, with the industry also sending some volumes to Japan.While lemon exports from Argentina to Japan have been allowed since 2003, authorized protocols on cold storage resulted in problems for Argentine producers and blocked sales.The Argentine Foreign Office said that exports took place in August following a July visit by Japanese inspectors to production and packing sites in Tucuman.last_img read more

Related Latest phase of Glasgow Airport expansion

first_img RelatedLatest phase of Glasgow Airport expansion opensThe latest phase of Glasgow Airport’s £31 million expansion has been openedGlasgow Airport on countdown to skyhubGlasgow Airport has started the 100-day countdown to the opening of its new skyhub extension.Glasgow to open the new Skyhub this monthGlasgow Airport officials are expecting to open the airport’s new Skyhub terminal from next month. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more