The National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is to be strengthened this year as part of efforts to ensure that Jamaica is able to access more support from the flagship agency of culture.This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna Tuesday, June 18, during her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.Ms. Hanna informed that she recently addressed the United Nations at the High Level Thematic Debate on Culture and Development, where she launched the country’s lobby for membership on the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.“We are determined to have one of our several heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List,” she said.Ms. Hanna, who is Chair of the National Commission, told the House that the Ministry intends to seek membership to the UNESCO Executive Board “as we promote the integration of culture within the post Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda”.She said the National Commission has therefore been tasked to create strategic opportunities to promote this cause.Jamaica’s National Commission for UNESCO advises the Government on all relevant matters pertaining to UNESCO’s areas of competence in education, science, culture, and communication.Contact: Chris Patterson
The province’s independent Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) is investigating a shooting involving the Truro Police Service today, May 17. The Truro Police Service was called at about 6:30 a.m. to a complaint of a home invasion. Three officers responded, and upon arrival at the residence shots were fired at the officers. One suspect was struck when police returned fire. He has been transported to the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax and is in stable condition. Two adult male suspects are in custody. In accordance with the Police Act requirements, Truro Police Service referred the incident to the Serious Incident Response Team, which assumed responsibility for the investigation. The Serious Incident Response Team is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call 902-424-2010. The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian director Ron MacDonald. The Serious Incident Response Team can independently launch an investigation or begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public. The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the results of the investigation within three months after it is finished.
CALGARY – Alberta’s child and youth advocate says the deaths of three children who were in government care before being reunited with their families show that better support is needed during such transitions.Del Graff reviewed the cases of three Indigenous children, from separate families, who died when they were just five, two and one.The children — referred to by the pseudonyms Sarah, Anthony and Mikwan to protect their privacy — died over 14 months in 2014 and 2015.All three were taken into care because of addictions, domestic violence and concerns about neglect.Their parents took some positive steps, such as parenting classes and addictions treatment, Graff said, but in each case the reunion was stressful.“When they returned to their parents, each child was extremely vulnerable because of their young age and their unique needs,” the advocate said Tuesday.Five-year-old Sarah was described as a child who would be shy at first, but become more outgoing and affectionate over time. She had a speech delay and would act out sometimes.She was placed into foster care when she was 10 months old and was returned to her mother four years later.Shortly after, Sarah was hospitalized with serious head and internal injuries. She was placed on life support and died a few days later.Anthony, described as playful and content, was taken into care when he was a newborn. He showed symptoms of prenatal drug exposure.About two months after he was returned to his mother, Anthony was hospitalized for a serious head injury. His mother said she didn’t feel she had the support she needed.About a month after he was discharged, Anthony was admitted to hospital again — this time in critical condition. He had suffered a cardiac arrest and had serious injuries to his brain and spine. He died after a few days on life support.The report said Mikwan loved to cuddle and fall asleep while being held.His mother tested positive for drugs when she was pregnant. He was put into foster care when he was four days old. He had gross motor delays and doctors thought he may have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.He was returned to parental care just two months before he died from head trauma.Sarah’s mother was charged with second-degree murder, while Anthony and Mikwan’s mothers pleaded guilty to manslaughter.Graff is recommending that the Children’s Services Ministry brings in an intensive plan to help children who are returned to their families and ensures that any support children received in foster care is continued.Graff expressed frustration that the Alberta government hasn’t done more to respond to a report his office released a year ago that highlighted the disproportionate number of Indigenous children in care. Issues similar to those in Sarah, Anthony and Mikwan’s cases were also raised in a review last fall of a nine-month-old girl’s death.“We have seen repeatedly that government has said that they accept recommendations and then we wait for action,” said Graff.Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said that in light of the legacy of residential schools, governments across Canada have been trying to keep Indigenous families together whenever possible.“In examining these cases, it is clear that we need to do a better job of working with families to ensure complex needs are acknowledged, the right supports are in place and that children are kept safe.”Jason Nixon, children’s services critic for the Opposition Wildrose, said Graff’s recommendations must be implemented quickly. He criticized the NDP government for not doing more to respond to the advocate’s previous recommendations.“The heartbreaking stories of these three children’s short lives serve as yet another reminder of just how important it is to make constructive changes to our child intervention system.”
WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Wednesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close TueNov. 493.00 494.00 492.00 493.40 493.10Jan. ’18 499.10 500.30 498.20 499.70 499.40March 504.60 506.10 503.90 505.20 505.00May 507.20 508.70 506.80 507.80 507.50July 508.20 509.70 508.00 508.80 508.20Nov. 490.50 490.50 484.30 485.80 485.10Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 487.50 486.80March 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.20 489.50May 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.20 489.50July 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.20 489.50Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.20 489.50Barley (Western): Open High Low Close TueOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $503.40 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $518.40 (November 2017)
Joint opposition Parliamentarian Kumara Welgama said that President Maithripala Sirisena assured at the meeting he would consult the Attorney General and legal experts on measures which need to be taken to remove Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The joint opposition had told the President they will support forming a UPFA Government if Wickremesinghe is removed. (Colombo Gazette) Joint opposition party leaders and President Maithripala Sirisena met for talks today.The talks took place at the President’s official residence.
The United Nations health agency made that call today, on behalf the entire Health Cluster of humanitarian organizations it coordinates, at a special session at its Geneva headquarters attended by more than 50 donor countries and other Member States. “This unprecedented number of humanitarian emergencies, combined with the Ebola outbreak response in West Africa, have demonstrated WHO’s ability to respond to major health emergencies,” Dr. Bruce Aylward, Special Representative of the Director-General for Ebola Response and Assistant Director-General for Emergencies said in a news release.“But the huge stresses they pose also underscore the great needs – and funding gaps – that WHO, and our health partners, from NGOs to sister United Nations agencies, face,” Dr Aylward added.All four countries for which the appeal was made are classified as so-called “Grade 3” category crises, which require the highest-level of response that the UN can deliver. In each of the countries – the Central African Republic (CAR), Iraq, South Sudan and Syria – WHO reported that the needs range from basic health care such as childhood vaccinations to surgical care for severely wounded patients caught up in the conflicts. “In Iraq and CAR, for example, around one-quarter of hospitals, clinics and other health facilities have been damaged in their respective conflicts, or are not functioning,” according to WHO. “The sheer scale of humanitarian needs in 2014, coupled with insufficient funding levels, has stretched the capacity of the entire humanitarian system, including WHO, to the limit.”Overall, the Health Cluster group of humanitarian organizations needs $1 billion – $322.7 million by WHO and $687 million for its partner agencies – to deliver health services to 25 million people in the major crises, the majority women and children, as follows: Central African Republic: 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian health support; with $48 million needed by the health sector; Iraq: 4 million people needing humanitarian health support; $218.7 million needed by the health sector; South Sudan: 3.3 million people needing humanitarian health support; $90 million required by the health sector; Syria: 16.4 million people needing humanitarian health support; $687 million required by the health sector in Syria and neighbouring countries. WHO and its partners have provided care to millions of people across each country ranging from routine immunization programmes against measles, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases, delivering medical and health services ranging from surgical care, treating non-communicable diseases like cancers, diabetes, heart and lung diseases, and providing primary health care support to remote and besieged communities.
“I am an ex-dispatcher and you cannot dispatch an aircraft when there is a mismatch between the [passengers] on board and the baggage count,” the commenter said. “It will, without doubt, be the subject of an internal inquiry.” FlightRadar24.com shows the path of the flightCredit:FlightRadar24.com In 1985, Air India Flight 182 crashed off the coast of Ireland en route from Toronto to Sahar International in India after a bomb placed in the cargo hold by Sikh extremists Babbar Khalsa exploded over the Atlantic.The passenger responsible is believed to be ‘M Singh’ who checked himself onto the flight – along with a suitcase – but did not board. A transatlantic flight from London to Boston was forced to divert to Dublin when the crew realised there was a piece of unaccompanied luggage in the hold.Norwegian Flight DY-7147 was 38,000 feet above the Atlantic off the west coast of Ireland with as many as 344 people on board when the Boeing 787 Dreamliner turned back towards the UK before navigating its way to the Irish capital, where it landed 55 minutes later.The crew reported that a piece of luggage had travelled without a passenger, creating a potential security issue.Norwegian has not responded for a request for comment but a spokesperson told the Irish Times the aircraft had been diverted to Dublin “to offload a piece of luggage”, adding: “The passenger whom the luggage belonged to was not on board the aircraft, which is why this security measure was taken. We’re sorry about the inconvenience caused to the passengers.”Data from FlightRadar24.com shows how the aircraft rose to cruising altitude before turning around twice and heading to Dublin. Other commenters say that the Norwegian aircraft should never have left the gate.One person believed to be on the flight posted on Twitter: “Thank you for not accounting for all bags and turning round for an emergency stop in Dublin #pleasegetmehome.” The plane remained at Dublin for about an hour and a half before it continued to Boston and landed nearly three hours late.A commenter on the website AVHerald, which reported on the incident, said there was “no excuse” for such a situation.
Gold Fields is set to become the world’s first gold mining company to sell Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs), the financial securities used to trade carbon emissions. It will derive the CERs from the capture of methane gas at its Beatrix gold mine in South Africa’s Free State province. The company will sell 1.7 million CERs to European energy trading company Mercuria Energy Trading under forward contracts which will run until 2016.CERs are traded globally and frequently bought by industrial companies as part of their efforts to alleviate their own carbon emission obligations. At current CER values and exchange rates, the CER contract is worth about R200 million.Gold Fields will use the funds to finance a number of projects linked to the methane capture. The first phase, set for completion before the end of this year, comprises the installation of a methane extraction system underground and flares above surface at a cost of about R42 million. For the second phase, Gold Fields is looking at ways of using the gas to generate electricity, thereby converting a harmful greenhouse gas into a valuable resource. Construction of a power generation plant, with the potential to generate about 5 MW of electricity, is scheduled to start next year.So far CERs-linked projects in Africa comprise less than 2% of the total number of projects registered by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) executive board, the global body tasked with administering CERs trading. Gold Fields’ Beatrix project is one of around 15 South African projects that have to date received Designated National Authority verification from South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources.Gold Fields’ CEO, Nick Holland, comments: “In addition to the obvious financial and environmental benefits, this project will result in a safer working environment for our people at Beatrix, as it eliminates the hazard of underground mine methane, and it is one of many examples that shows Gold Fields’ commitment to being the global leader in sustainable gold mining.”Methane emanates from underground geological features such as faults, fissures and dykes and escapes during the normal course of mining operations. If released into the atmosphere it is a potent greenhouse gas. At Beatrix the methane gas will be captured at source underground and then conveyed via a network of pipes to the surface, where the methane will be flared. Installation of the underground pipes is well underway.Mercuria Energy Trading’s Jean Francois Steels said of the transaction: “This is our first transaction in Africa and follows shortly on the opening of our newest international office in South Africa. It shows our commitment to improving the geographical distribution of carbon finance to include the African continent.”The Beatrix development is the first in a number of carbon projects Gold Fields is investigating to bolster its sustainable mining practices. The strategy is underpinned by efforts to become more energy efficient and thus reduce dependence on coal-fired electricity.
After two years of discussion and deliberation, Indonesia’s controversial ban on raw ore exports finally came into effect in January – although in a slightly watered-down form. A long-standing fear in the ore industry was that the ban would immediately apply to any minerals that fall short of 100% purity. At the 11th hour, however, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono agreed to a “compromise” allowing certain concentrates to continue to be exported until 2017. The analysis from Norton Rose Fulbright is as follows.Not satisfied, Indonesia’s Mineral Entrepreneurs Association immediately filed a challenge to the Constitutional Court. And some of Indonesia’s bigger ore miners, who have concession rights under contracts with the government, are now threatening to launch arbitration proceedings for breach of contract. They say the government is intervening in their ability to export raw ore, which is a basic contractual right.The government’s compromise has some heavy qualifications:n export tax starting at 20% will apply until July 2014, then progressively escalate to 60% by July 2016The minimum purity of the concentrate must be 15%Exporters of nickel, bauxite, tin, gold, silver and chromium cannot take advantage of the compromiseThe exporters must commit to building a smelter, either alone or in cooperation with another party –including conducting a feasibility study and obtaining environmental approvals, which can be time-consuming at the best of timesThe government has the ultimate say in how much unrefined ore may be exported.So the power in this “compromise” really lies with the government, and not the ore miners.The proposed ban was well-meaning, although perhaps went a little too far. Initial thinking was that all mining companies must conduct their own refining activities, meaning each mining company must have its own smelter. As it stands, Indonesia has insufficient smelter capacity to cope with its production of raw ore. And if each mining company had to build its own smelter, it could cost them up to $1 billion, depending on the mineral. So ultimately, this would not “work”.The rationale is that Indonesia needs to shift from being an exporter of raw commodities to a manufacturer of higher value products. This would develop Indonesia’s downstream processing industry, potentially introduce new processing technology, increase domestic revenues and ensure availability of refined products for domestic use. This is in line with what the President has been saying for the last three years.Not all have agreed. Economists estimate the ban could cut revenue by $5 billion annually. Smaller mining companies started laying off workers before January, in anticipation of the ban. The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced in December that over 800,000 jobs are at risk. Even under the compromise, the tax implications have the potential to kill the business of the smaller ore players.The onshore processing requirement was originally foreshadowed in Indonesia’s landmark new mining law in 2009, which overhauled the entire mining concession system. Indonesian courts, the government and private enterprises have since been in a tug-of-war:In February 2010, the government regulated that the onshore processing requirement would take effect from 2014In February 2012, the government regulated that raw ore exports could not take place after May 2012. This left a 20-month gap between the export ban kicking in and onshore processing being requiredIn May 2012, the government back-tracked, saying raw ore exports could continue provided that a 20% raw ore export tax was paid, the exporter committed to building a smelter in Indonesia by January 2014, and government consent was obtainedIn September 2012, the Supreme Court agreed with mining associations that the raw ore export ban should be revokedIn April 2013, the Supreme Court struck down the entire regulationIn August 2013 the government responded by formally extending the deadline for the raw ore export ban to January 2014, again subject to tax and smelter commitments and government consents. But it did not strike down the raw ore export ban, as the Supreme Court had orderedIn late 2013, a Parliamentary Commission chipped in by rejecting a proposal that raw ore exports could continue provided a commitment was given to build a smelter.The arrival of the compromise ban appears to go against what the Parliamentary Commission said. In its final form, the compromise ban does allow ore producers to “cooperate” on smelting activities, so at least every ore producer no longer needs to build its own smelter.The battles look set to continue. Few smelters have been built since 2012, although a number are now planned. There are concerns that the “cooperation” with smelter owners may start to concentrate control of the ore processing industry in the hands of a few. The current Constitutional Court challenge is the fifth challenge in the court with respect to the 2009 law.The ban is part of a recent smorgasbord of regulations geared towards resource nationalism, in the lead-up to Parliamentary elections in April and Presidential elections in July. Advocating for foreign investment in mining is unlikely to score political points in the current environment. So it may only be after the elections that the future direction of Indonesia’s ore industry becomes clearer.
← Previous Story Switzerland looking for a new head-coach – Goran Perkovac at GWD Minden! Next Story → Sergei Gorbok in Rhein Neckar Lowen again! handball transfersJoakim LarssonVfL Gummersbach Two days before start of the preparation for the next season, German VfL Gummersbach has signed contract with Swedish line-player Joakim Larsson (29) who is coming from relegated TV Grossvallstadt. After five years in the jersey of legendary club who dropped from the German elite competition last season, Swedish player made a one year deal with the another legendary team – who will play in the new SCHWALBE Arena in the future.
Jun 27th 2018, 2:31 PM Share13 Tweet Email1 27,945 Views http://jrnl.ie/4094983 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE US DEMOCRATIC Party was rocked to its core last night as establishment congressman Joe Crowley – seen as a potential standardbearer – was ousted by a 28-year-old far-left political novice.Crowley, a 10-term incumbent representing New York’s diverse 14th district and the number four Democrat in the House of Representatives, had been considered a possible successor to Nancy Pelosi as party leader and even speaker, should Democrats reclaim the majority in November’s midterm elections.Instead the 56-year-old Crowley, chairman of the Democratic caucus, suffered the biggest shock upset to date in the 2018 political season, losing his primary to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx-born Latina activist and Bernie Sanders supporter who has never held elected office.According to a detailed profile this week in Vogue, just months ago Ocasio-Cortez was still working as a server in a restaurant. She identifies as a Democratic socialist.Her impressive 15 percentage point victory could spell a leftward shift for the party that is squaring up against President Donald Trump’s Republicans in the fall.Her campaign’s Facebook page highlights her political positions — expanded Medicare for all and tuition-free college — that are similar to those put forward by Sanders, a Vermont socialist who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary Clinton in 2016.The implications of Ocasio-Cortez’s primary victory are profound.It highlights the Democratic Party’s surging progressive wing as it grapples with its identity in the Trump era and in the run-up to November’s midterm elections when Democrats are aiming to reclaim the House.“What you have shown is that this nation is never beyond remedy. It is never beyond hope,” Octavio-Cortez told her cheering supporters.“We are going to rock the world in the next two years.”Trump weighs inTrump swiftly weighed in on Twitter.“Wow! Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley, who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi’s place, just LOST his primary election. In other words, he’s out!” Trump said.“That is a big one that nobody saw happening,” he said, with uncharacteristic understatement, before following up with a more Trump-like declaration: “The Democrats are in Turmoil!”A subdued Crowley addressed his supporters and wished Ocasio-Cortez well, hoping she would be victorious in November.“I respect the outcome of this election,” he said.Liberal Democrats congratulated the party’s newest star, with Sanders calling her victory an example of “what progressive grassroots politics can do.”© – AFP, 2018 By AFP 61 Comments Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right, during a Bengali community outreach in New York. Image: Corey Torpie/Courtesy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign via AP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, right, during a Bengali community outreach in New York. 28-year-old Bernie Sanders volunteer rocks Democratic primary by beating 10-term congressman Just months ago Ocasio-Cortez was still working as a server in a restaurant. Short URL Image: Corey Torpie/Courtesy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign via AP Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 2:30 PM
An advisory panel of Clark County leaders tasked with developing a recommendation to replace or upgrade the county’s aging and overcrowded jail has come to a key conclusion that’ll likely shape the future facility.Last week, the 24-member Correction Facility Advisory Commission determined it would move forward under the assumption that the jail will need 850 to 880 beds by 2050, up from 590 now. The determination will guide the rest of the commission’s work, which is scheduled to wrap up this summer. The projected number of beds the jail will need relies on variables that could change.Clark County Council Chair Eileen Quiring welcomed the development.“They chose the upper end of the range for beds, and I believe that is wise, as this new facility will have to serve the county for many years to come,” Quiring said in a text message.Craig Pridemore, the commission’s chair, said the number of beds the jail will require is a critical question that the group extended its timeframe to answer. If a new jail is too small, Pridemore said, the same problems will arise. But he said if the new jail is too large, its operating costs could become a burden for the county, similar to Multnomah County’s never-opened Wapato Jail.To answer the question of how many beds the jail will need, the commission appointed a subcommittee that worked with Justice System Partners, a consultant contracted with the city of Vancouver. The subcommittee looked at “policy levers,” or variables that could affect the jail’s future population.
Close Ducati forays into used premium bike segment of India As the festival of colours is widely celebrated across India in its fullest glory, Kawasaki is giving reasons to upgrade bikes with offers like you’ve never seen before. On March 20, Kawasaki’s Mumbai dealership, Anzen Kawasaki, has announced a festive flash sale where it will be offering discounts up to Rs 2.5 lakh on its wide range of motorcycles along with no cost EMI.Kawasaki’s Holi offer is certainly one that shouldn’t be missed if you’ve been considering buying a new bike this year. The Holi flash sale will only be live between 7 PM and 12 PM on March 20, Rush Lane reported. During this limited time period, there will be some exclusive offer to those who pay a visit to the Anzen Kawasaki dealership.According to multiple reports, buyers can fetch discounts of a minimum Rs 30,000 and up to Rs 2.5 lakh on Vulcan 650, Z900, Z900 RS, Z650, Ninja 300 ABS, KX 250 and KX 450 bikes. But that’s not it. There will be no cost EMI or finance with zero rate of interest option for buyers, an offer that is already live in the dealership and will be offered on top of the lucrative discounts. Kawasaki March offerKawasaki/FacebookFor those who do not mind the finance ROI, there is another reward waiting. Depending on the bike you choose, Kawasaki will give gift vouchers. For instance, Ninja 1000 gets a gift voucher worth Rs 48,000, Versys 650 fetches Rs 32,500 worth vouchers, Z900 will get Rs 41,000 worth vouchers and Vulcan S buyers can get Rs 30,500 worth vouchers.We reached out to Anzen Kawasaki dealership to get more details on the latest Holi flash sale, and the representative was not at the liberty to disclose details before the sale. The Kawasaki Holi offer is exclusive to this Mumbai dealership while there are no such offers from other dealers across India. Kawasaki Z900KawasakiWith such offers, Kawasaki is sure to meet its sales target for the month. In February, the company recorded 675 percent YoY growth in sales of Kawasaki bikes with 186 total units sold compared to 24 in February 2018. Even the flagship bikes such as Ninja 1000 witnessed a spike in sales with 33 units sold in Feb-19 as compared to 8 units in the same month last year. The Z900 sales stood at 49 units last month, a respectable boost from 29 units in Feb-18.
InstagramOne of television’s most gorgeous and versatile actress, Debina Bonnerjee has been raising the bar and how! After winning over fans with her role as Sita in Ramayan, dabbling with comedy; the actress is now enjoying a different role as Sabrina in the supernatural series Vish.Debina, who has also been a part of several reality shows including Nach Baliye 6 with husband Gurmeet Choudhary, will be swaying to the tunes of ‘Ang Laga De Re’ from the film Goliyon Ki Rashleela Ram-Leela in the upcoming episode of Vish.On an Instagram post posted by Colors TV, the actress can be seen wearing a rose-pink ruffle saree, with sleek black hair, gold accessories, seducing Shekhar. The post read, “Shekhar pe chalaya sabrina ne apni adaaon ka jaadu!”Debina’s ability to transform from an emotionally vulnerable woman to a vicious Vishkanya on the TV series has been widely praised by viewers and critics alike. And fans and viewers alike seem to be very excited to watch their favorite actress dance again on screen.Debina recently grabbed headlines for wearing a bikini on her show. Talking about it, the actress had said, “Actors need to be flexible when it comes to stories. I was nervous initially but I knew that the plot line of the show demanded this. My character in Vish Kanya is of someone who doesn”t care about anyone and that has to reflect in my acting. I think times are changing and people are more accepting, irrespective of the medium of storytelling. My fans have always supported me.”Recalling how she and Gurmeet came close, Debina had revealed, “I came to Mumbai in 2006 for a talent hunt contest and met Gurmeet there. He was also among the top 30 contestants. That’s when I saw him for the first time, but then, we were just friends. Later, when I shifted to the city, he helped me in settling down. He was my roommate’s boyfriend’s friend, and he always used to come along with his friend to our place. While they both chatted, me and Gurmeet used to spend some time together and this went on for days. After a couple of months, my roommate’s boyfriend shifted to some other place, and thus he too stopped coming. It was then that we started missing each other and felt that we shared a bond.”
A woman stands next to a damaged communication tower after cyclone Titli hit in Srikakulam district in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, India on 11 October, 2018. Photo: ReutersA very severe cyclonic storm Titli unleashed havoc in north coastal Andhra Pradesh and south coastal Odisha on Thursday, claiming eight lives in Andhra and causing widespread destruction, officials said.The cyclone, which made landfall between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha early on Thursday, triggered widespread rains in the two states, uprooted trees, electricity poles, communication towers, damaged houses and crops and snapped electricity supply.Srikakulam and Vijayanagaram districts of Andhra Pradesh were affected by the cyclone, which hit the coast near Palasa close to the border with Odisha. Srikakulam district bore the brunt as the strong winds uprooted a large number of coconut trees.Officials said five deaths were reported from Srikakulam district while three persons were killed in neighbouring Vijayanagaram district. Six fishermen were among the dead.According to the Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre, Titli crossed between North Andhra and South Odisha coast near Palasa with wind speed of 140-150 km per hour.Parts of the two Andhra districts received heavy rainfall triggered by the cyclone. Few places in Srikakulam district got over 20 cm rainfall, flooding the low-lying areas and roads.Uprooted trees fell on the roads, disrupting vehicular traffic. The state-owned road transport corporation suspended all bus services on the Andhra-Odisha border area.Several trains were cancelled or diverted due to the cyclone.According to East Coast Railway, railway stations were damaged at several places. The station at Palasa suffered massive damage. Teams of railway officials were studying the impact of cyclone between Palasa and Brahmpur.Chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu reached Visakhapatnam on Thursday evening and left for Srikakulam by road to review the situation.Titli triggered heavy rainfall in eight districts in Odisha. However, there was no loss of life in the state.Heavy rains lashed Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts as Titli left behind uprooted trees and displaced three lakh people.Odisha is facing a possible flood in its coastal belt on Thursday, an official said.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places and extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places were very likely in Odisha in the next 24 hours.“We believe that the entire state, except some western parts, is likely to receive rain throughout the day. Depending upon the rainfall, we may see some flood in coastal Odisha. However, there is no flood-like situation as of now,” said chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.“There may be flooding of the Vansadhara river as Gajapati and Rayagada districts received heavy rainfall due to the cyclone,” he added.The officer said that Gajapati district, which was most affected, received more than 200 mm of rainfall while Mohana block in the district received the maximum rainfall of 315 mm.Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday reviewed the cyclone situation.Around three lakh people have been evacuated in the coastal state and 1,112 relief camps set up for the evacuees. As many as 105 pregnant women in Ganjam and 18 in Jgatsinghpur were shifted to hospitals.All schools, colleges and anganwadis would remain closed on Thursday and Friday. Trees have been uprooted in large numbers in the coastal belt.The system is very likely to move northwestwards for next 12 hours and then re-curve northeastwards towards Gangetic West Bengal across Odisha.The coastal alert has been put at 10 — the highest with fishermen prohibited from venturing into the sea for the next few days.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and her daughter Katherine take to the runway along with Global Down Syndrome Foundation Executive Director Michelle Whitten, during the Foundation’s 2014 “Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show.” (Photos Courtesy of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.)Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s 2015 “Be Beautiful Be Yourself” fashion show will hold auditions on Jan. 29. Auditions will be held from5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School, located at 3950 Chesapeake St. N.W. No experience is necessary. For more information, e-mail email@example.com, or visit the website at www.globaldownsyndrome.org
At the end of March, Microsoft announced that it was bringing Halo back to the PC. However, before PC gamers around the world could get too excited, Microsoft added “but only in Russia.” The game in question is Halo Online, which uses a heavily modified Halo 3 engine and will be free-to-play.Release of Halo Online in territories outside of Russia is something Microsoft just isn’t considering right now, so that’s the end of that, right? Wrong. Halo Online may end up being playable everywhere, but it will be without the blessing of Microsoft.The reason for that is a build of Halo Online has leaked, and modders have already set to work dissecting the game and attempting to open it up. Apparently gameplay is a combination of Halo 3 and Halo Reach, but setup to support the free-to-play model.Here’s a video of the leaked Alpha build of the game being played offline:A team has formed around the leaked build and GitHub was being used to work on a modified version with additional features unlocked as and when they were discovered. The main effort, however, was getting the game to be playable by anyone, anywhere, and therefore removing the Russia-only restriction.Microsoft has reacted to the leak and unauthorized development by having the GitHub project removed. Microsoft argued that the project is using copyrighted works that they own and a DMCA notice was ultimately used to take it offline. While this may make development more difficult, it surely won’t stop it completely. I fully expect an unofficial version of Halo Online to appear in the future, and Microsoft will have to put some of its resources towards taking down the servers that pop up to support it.Whether you agree with the leaked build being worked on or not, if it ends up being very popular then it should push Microsoft to expand availability of the game officially beyond Russia.
If you’re enthusiastic about video games, you have an opinion about Nintendo. You probably grew up with Nintendo. Your parents probably still use the word “Nintendo” to describe any video game system. The company shaped video games as we know them, but they still don’t seem to realize they’re a company that makes video games in 2015. Nintendo is our wacky scientist uncle who refuses to use email, but somehow built a freaking time machine in his back yard — a font of misdirected and strangely applied genius coupled with teeth-grindingly infuriating personality aspects that are charitably called “quirks,” because everyone who knows him likes him too much to simply call him out when he’s acting like a jerk.Uncle Ninty, your inventions are strange and cool, but if you don’t catch up with the rest of us on some of the most basic things, we’re going to stop visiting you — and we’re not going to put up with your harassing the neighbors anymore.The biggest problem Nintendo has is understanding that the internet exists, and there are many useful things on it that could help it out. Yes, the Wii U and 3DS have online functions and online stores and you can connect them to the internet and all that, but Nintendo feels like it’s a decade behind Sony, Microsoft, and Valve regarding anything that involves purchasing, downloading, tracking, or playing games online. It’s been like this for over a generation; even now, the 3DS and Wii U’s eShops still feel like they’re being offered begrudgingly by Nintendo, like an eccentric shopper dealing with a clerk who doesn’t want to deal with his jars full of pennies and demands he use bills or cards like everyone else in the store.You want to transfer your games from your 3DS to your New 3DS XL? Hope you have time on your hands, because the way Nintendo handles this is by literally copying your entire system and pasting that system onto the new hardware, bit by bit. Cloud saving? Simple account-tracking and rights transfers? Reliable ways to keep the progress you’ve made after hundreds of hundreds of hours in your games, from system to system? Uncle Ninty the Mad Scientist has no need for these things, but he built a kick-ass wacky breakfast machine! Eccentric geniuses always have breakfast machines, even if they can’t find their keys.Nintendo’s most recent bout of frustratingly out-of-touch online ignorance comes in the form of its ever-evolving but still archaic perception of fan content. The company has been hard on fans who want to record themselves playing, reviewing, and commenting on Nintendo games. Most recently, “Angry Joe” Vargas received a content recognition warning (a message saying that you cannot monetize this video you made, even though it’s like every other video you’ve made for years and have built a name and business on) on YouTube and said he’s reviewed his last Nintendo game.This isn’t the first time Nintendo has gone after YouTube reviewers and Let’s Players. The company has only begrudgingly started to offer a form of profit-sharing model in strict and archaic terms with these content creators; before a massive outcry, it was publicly against all YouTube reviews and Let’s Plays that use footage from their games and monetize it. Even now, the Nintendo Creators Program is, at best, wildly condescending to the hardcore fans who have been at the YouTube game longer than Nintendo itself, and whose enthusiasm helped keep the company prominent through some weak years.Nintendo has the dubious legal right to go after people who monetize footage of their video games, but it’s incredibly, mind-bogglingly stupid to do so. Huge Nintendo fans are the people who make these videos, huge Nintendo fans are the people who watch these videos, and the huge Nintendo fans in the second group quickly become fans of the huge Nintendo fans in the first group. Saying fans can’t make these videos destroys any hint of good will or appreciation those huge fans might have.Uncle Ninty, the delivery man might seem scary, but if you keep building booby traps to stop him, he’s going to stop delivering food to you, and you will starve.The games are made by Nintendo, but the videos are made by fans. Specifically, they’re made by enterprising fans who have contributed to the gaming community. People watch Let’s Plays and video reviews because of the entertaining and informative aspects the personalities who create them add to the experience. Angry Joe isn’t a man who makes money by showing what video games look like. He makes money by providing an entertaining an informative take on video games.Fans who put video game footage on YouTube aren’t pirates. They aren’t stealing money from Nintendo. They’re critics and entertainers. If they were putting up footage of games on their own without any personality or structure behind them, then it might be an issue. Of course, if they do that, they don’t get views or make money anyway. Nintendo fans don’t watch Angry Joe videos because he’s reviewing Nintendo games. They watch Angry Joe videos because of how he reviews Nintendo games.If you like a Let’s Player or video reviewer, you like them for what they add. Whether it’s the goofy humor and occasionally breathtaking gameplay incompetence of Game Grumps (Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson can beat Ninja Gaiden on the NES, but he can’t play Mario 64 to save his life) or the insightful sub-sub-sub-genre analysis and increasingly disturbing lore of the Super Best Friends (the story of Woolie Madden could be its own JJ Abrams sci-fi series), these guys provide a reason to watch outside of the games themselves. They put effort and their own talents into these videos, and they never pretend they made these games, or offer anything less than absolutely respectful credit to Nintendo for creating the games and shaping the industry itself. TotalBiscuit, Yahtzee, Markiplier, none of these people are selling rebranded Nintendo games as their own. They’re offering their own analysis, commentary, and humor (and their skill or lack thereof in playing these games) to make the games a much richer experience.Nintendo doesn’t understand this, because it continues to not understand that it’s a video game company. This is a corporate culture thing, and it’s not some East-versus-West, oh-they’re-just-very-Japanese issue. This is because Nintendo still thinks it’s a toy company, and nothing more. That stubborn nothing-moreness is going to erode the massive, industry-defining goodwill and adoration it earned over the last 30 years. In 2015, Nintendo still thinks it’s a toy company that doesn’t need to react or respond to the rest of the gaming world. For at least a few decades, it has defined the culture so much that it has had at least some reason to think that. That’s not the case anymore, and the gaming community is quickly becoming sick of the company’s stubbornness.Nintendo didn’t even look at Xbox Live, PSN, or Steam before putting together its online features. So, instead of a functional, comprehensive online service, it’s a poorly conceived mishmash that tries to reinvent the wheel as an icosagon. Nintendo didn’t bother looking at its now-adult, enterprising, and creative fan base before putting together its legal strategy. So, instead of offering recording and streaming tools like Sony and Microsoft have, Nintendo took the stance that its fans can’t make content based on its games.It’s comparatively minor, but even Nintendo’s attitude with Amiibos has shown how out-of-touch it is with the entire gaming world. We’re four waves into the figures, and Nintendo still refuses to recognize that some might be very, very popular and more should be made available. Certain Amiibos are so rare that they’re impossible to find, and absolutely no effort has been made to respond to this demand with re-print Amiibos. Good luck finding Marth, Ike, Lucas, Shulk, Gold Mario, Lucario, Villager, Lucina, Ness, or Robin in any store, ever, for less than $50 to $280. Four of those Amiibos are the only ways to unlock the use of Fire Emblem characters in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. An entire feature was built into the game that Nintendo has locked out for the vast majority of gamers because it didn’t even try to keep up with demand for its figures. Nintendo has literally botched the release of a bonus feature on a new game because it didn’t understand that people might want to actually buy its products. They’re just toys no one could possibly be enthusiastic about, so why bother trying to make enough of the characters people want, or consider re-issuing figures? Or even communicating clearly with retailers and consumers?Then there’s the hilarious nightmare of the Wii U GameCube adapters for Super Smash Bros. Nearly everyone reading this who has visited a GameStop in the last six months can recall seeing stacks of Super Smash Bros.-branded GameCube controllers, but no first-party way to use them on the Wii U because the stores got so few adapters. It made an effort based on what it thought we wanted, but without any attempt to follow-through on it. Uncle Ninty didn’t think it through.Adapters, Amiibos, online services, YouTube; Uncle Ninty needs to get his head out of his ass or we’re going to stop visiting him to see the latest fun and wacky invention he made in his garage. His creations can be charming and fun, but if he keeps making it a pain in the ass to come by, then the visit eventually won’t be worth it.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The lab in Buenos Aires houses row after row of boxes, each containing the unidentified remains of a long-missing son, daughter, father or mother. The neatly-stacked boxes of skeletal fragments are held in a lab belonging to the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team.For nearly 30 years, the group has examined the remains of countless dead from all over the world, including those of revolutionary icon “Che” Guevara, who was executed in Bolivia more than 40 years ago.But its dozens of scientists are at work now on a task closer to home – identifying the remains of hundreds of victims from Argentina’s “Dirty War” of the 1970s and 1980s.The bones, retrieved from mass graves, are among the 30,000 Argentines who “disappeared” during the dictatorship, and presumably were murdered by the regime.The work is a joint effort involving anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists and forensic specialists.These scientists over the years have uncovered the identities of some 600 leftists who went missing during the military regime – work they said is at once painful and painstaking.“One identification can take years,” explained Luis Fondebrider, an anthropologist from the University of Buenos Aires.This month marks 30 years since the end of the bloody dictatorship in this South American country, where military rulers reigned from 1976-1983.Written on some of the boxes are the letters, “NN” for “no name.” Each bone fragment is carefully numbered and labeled in red ink.Identifying victims without a nameTwo of the “no names,” examined on a wooden table covered in black cloth have bullets in the skulls, and one of the skulls has multiple fractures, a sign of likely torture.The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo – a rights group of family members whose loved ones disappeared during the dictatorship – praised the work of these scientific experts.“It gives us great pain – first comes the disappearance,” said Nora Cortinas, president of the group.Then, she said, there is the second blow, when the scientist confirm the identity of a deceased loved one.“That is the harsh reality we have to live with,” Cortinas said.The walls of the Argentine lab are covered with pictures of skeletons in various positions – graphic images showing the position of the bodies when they were found in a mass grave in northern Argentina.Their work has led to hundreds of trials and helped lead to the convictions of more than 400 members of the regime. No related posts. The massive effort of identifying the remains has been under way for four years, and has involved collecting blood samples from relatives of the missing, and comparing it with genetic samples belonging to the victims.“We need more relatives to come forward to donate blood,” Fondebrider said, adding that an effort is under way to collect DNA samples in some 60 hospitals throughout the country, as well as at Argentina’s overseas embassies.“We have received many [samples] in Spain, France, Denmark and Norway,” he said.The office next door to the lab houses files pertaining to hundreds of places which functioned as clandestine prisons, and where additional genetic material from the victims might be found.Dental records, which commonly are used to identify missing people in other countries, are less useful here.“Teeth give clues, but in Argentina there is no law requiring dentists to keep the records belonging to their patients,” Fondebrider said.The anthropologist added that one of the hardest parts of his job is returning the remains to the families, after the rigorous job of identifying the bones is completed.“Some take a long time to pick up [the bones] – it’s not easy. It’s an emotional process,” he said.“It’s as if the person died all over again. … It is probably the worst part of our work.” Facebook Comments Sara Rus, member of the Argentine Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo human rights organization and survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, throws flowers into the Río Plata next to the monument to the victims of state terrorism at Memorial Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Aug. 21, 2013. Rus, a victim of the German Nazi occupation in her native Poland during World War II and of the Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983), during which her son was kidnapped and never appeared again, says her goal is not to be silent. Daniel García/AFP
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