first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cinematheque staffers Lizzie Brotherston, Isaac Renert, Kate Ladyshewsky and Shaun Inouye while be in need of serious caffeine this weekend as they attempt to push through 24 hours’ worth of continuous films. Photograph By JENNIFER GAUTHIER It may not be on the same level as a polar bear swim or Grouse Grind, but feats of strength will be required out of movie buffs this weekend just the same.The Cinematheque’s biennial 24-Hour Movie Marathon remounts March 30 to 31, pulling together die-hard cinephiles with others who want to test the outer limits of sleep deprivation.Running 10 a.m. to 10 a.m. over successive days, the flick fest will include somewhere between 12 and 14 films from across the globe that are aligned under a specific theme. Secrecy, however, reigns supreme here, as neither the films nor the unifying theme will be disclosed until it’s go time. Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Started in the early ’90s, the exercise in attrition took a nap for a decade-plus until being revived in 2013. That year, the theme was movies about movies while the 2015 edition played on the concept of time. The 2017 festival was held under the banner of urban living. Each festival acts as a fundraiser for the Howe Street movie theatre, and this year is no different.As for the format, films won’t run in complete succession and breaks will be allotted for meals and stretching.The Courier spoke with Cinematheque programming associate Shaun Inouye to get the low down on how to prevent a slow down while the films go down.This kind of event likely attracts a very particular crowd. Who shows up to this kind of thing?There’s definitely a core audience at the festival that is the Cinematheque’s core audience as well. They are die-hard cinephiles who put their entire trust in what we do and how we curate. For them it’s an opportunity to have a crash course in cinema over a 24-hour period. For other people, it’s a case of trying to test their mettle, people who are asking themselves, “Can I do this?” Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Mining conferenceThe annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada kicks off on Sunday in Toronto. The four-day meet up is one of the world’s largest conventions for the mining industry with over 1,000 exhibitors and 24,000 attendees from around the world.Trade-war fearsU.S. President Donald Trump has promised details on his proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States this week. Trump has said he wants a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, but provided few other details. The move, which some fear may spark a trade war, comes as the seventh round of the NAFTA negotiations wrap up in Mexico City on Monday.Interest ratesThe Bank of Canada is expected to make its latest pronouncement on interest rates on Wednesday. The rate announcement follows recent reports by Statistics Canada that the economy grew less than economists had expected in the fourth quarter of 2017, but that core inflation continued to tick higher in January. The central bank has raised its key interest rate target three times in the past year. It now stands at 1.25 per cent.Economic dataThe Bank of Canada has said its decisions will be data dependant and this week will see several key economic data points. Statistics Canada releases the international merchandise trade results for January on Wednesday, building permits for January on Thursday and jobs figures for February on Friday.More corporate earningsConstruction company Aecon Group Inc. releases fourth-quarter and year-end results on Tuesday. The company is facing a full national security review of its sale to a Chinese state-owned business. Other companies reporting results this week include Morneau Shepell Inc. on Wednesday and Cara Operations Ltd. on Friday.last_img read more

Ric Hamre receives recognition from peers with 40 years of Service Award

first_imgHamre’s Funeral Chapel was originally Reynars Funeral Home. Hamre purchased the business from his father Ernie who operated the company out of Dawson Creek. His daughter goes on to share, all forty years have been spent serving the direct community of Fort St. John.This award is recognition and a testament to Hamre’s dedication to his profession. Hamre is currently a representative on the Funeral Service Association of British Columbia Board of Directors and is past President of the Funeral Service Association of Canada.Hamre’s Funeral Chapel is also the only full-service facility in Fort St. John and as the needs of the city have grown so has the building to meet the needs of the community, now with the only operating crematorium in Fort St. John. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With years of dedication to the community, local funeral director and embalmer Ric Hamre was recently recognized and awarded by his peers.Awarded ’40 years of Dedicated Service’ by the B.C. Funeral Associaton at a conference in Kelowna, Hamre is a third generation funeral professional. Hamre has been the owner of Hamre’s Funeral Chapel since 1986. His daughter Kaylie Hamre said, ” My father purchased the business from my Grandfather.”last_img read more

Ban to receive award from Rotary International on visit to Birmingham

18 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is set to travel over the weekend to Birmingham, United Kingdom, at the invitation of Rotary International, to receive an award for his contribution and efforts on the eradication of polio, his spokesperson announced today. The United Nations chief will deliver a keynote address at the annual Rotary International convention, to recognize the organization for its leadership role in polio eradication and for its work in support of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals, as well as climate change and global health, Michele Montas told reporters in New York.“His remarks will focus on the importance of partnership between the United Nations and civil society, in dealing with global challenges,” she stated.The UN’s partnership with Rotary International – a public service organization with some 1.2 million members worldwide – goes back to the days of the world body’s founding in 1945.Also during the visit, Mr. Ban will meet with the Global Compact Foundation network in the UK, as well as Chancellor Dominique Cadbury of Birmingham University, among other prominent figures. read more

Chad becomes 100th nation to give UN nuclear inspectors greater access

Chad has become the 100th nation to agree to give the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) more information about its nuclear activities, which the agency hailed as a milestone in efforts to bolster global nuclear verification efforts.The so-called Additional Protocol furnishes IAEA inspectors with enhanced access to information and locations of nuclear activity.“I welcome this latest entry into force and call on all States that have not yet done so to bring into force Additional Protocols without delay,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a press release issued in Vienna.The Protocol, he stressed, is of “vital importance,” since it allows the IAEA to determine both whether declared nuclear material is being diverted from peaceful uses and whether countries are in possession of undeclared nuclear material.More than four decades ago, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) tasked the IAEA with verifying that nuclear material and activities in non-nuclear-weapons States are not used for military purposes.In 1997, the agency’s Board of Governors adopted additional measures to boost the effectiveness and efficiency of the safeguards system.Chad’s notification yesterday comes as more than 100 nations are taking part in the five-yearly review conference of the NPT, the cornerstone of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime, to discuss how to further full implementation and enhance the universality of the pact.At the start of the nearly month-long gathering last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon exhorted countries to take decisive action to build a safer world.“We have a choice: to leave a legacy of fear and inaction… or to act with vision, courage and leadership,” he told the conference.“We all know it is possible,” the Secretary-General said of disarmament and non-proliferation, which have been among his top priorities since taking office in 2007.He characterized the NPT as one of the most important global treaties ever reached. With the nuclear threat still real, “we need this regime as much as ever,” Mr. Ban underscored.The last NPT review conference in 2005 was a failure, he said, having wrapped up without any substantive agreement having been reached. “This time, we can – and must – do better.” 14 May 2010Chad has become the 100th nation to agree to give the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) more information about its nuclear activities, which the agency hailed as a milestone in efforts to bolster global nuclear verification efforts. read more

Closing Bell Markets surge as Republicans offer shortterm debt limit extension

TORONTO — A sign that an agreement may be in the works to head off a possible default by the U.S. government was enough to push North American markets sharply higher Thursday.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,894.41 +164.08 1.29%S&P 500 — 1,692.56 +36.16 2.18%Dow — 15,126.07 +323.09 2.18%Nasdaq — 3,760.75 +82.97 2.26%Major U.S. stock indexes posted their strongest rally in more than nine months. The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 164.08 points to 12,894.41 after House speaker John Boehner said Republicans are offering legislation that will allow for a temporary increase in the debt ceiling.The Dow Jones industrials surged 323.09 points to 15,126.07, the Nasdaq shot up 82.97 points to 3,760.75 and the S&P 500 index rose 36.16 points to 1,692.56.Boehner said the proposal involves extending the government’s ability to borrow money through Nov. 22 — but only if President Barack Obama agrees to negotiate over ending the partial government shutdown and a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling. Under the Republican plan, the partial government shutdown would continue. But that is a secondary issue for traders and Boehner said that issue would be discussed at a White House meeting later Thursday after the markets close.The Canadian dollar slipped 0.02 of a cent to 96.19 cents US. The strong gains followed a string of declines that reflected a growing sense of unease as the U.S. heads toward an Oct. 17 deadline when the government starts to run out of money to pay creditors.“They (investors) don’t really care whether it’s a structural fix or a long-term fix or another push off the fiscal cliff, if it’s any type of positive tone in terms of willingness to negotiate in good faith,” said Kevin Headland, director, portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.Markets have been under pressure since Oct. 1 when a budget impasse resulted in a partial shutdown of the U.S. government.Republicans have been demanding changes to Obama’s signature health-care legislation and spending cuts in return for a funding measure that would reopen the government and increase the debt limit.Prices for oil and copper advanced on word of the possible Washington gridlock fix.The energy sector led advancers, up almost 2% as the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up $1.40 to US$103.01 a barrel. Cenovus (TSX:CVE) advanced 77 cents to C$30.88.Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed $1.43 to C$33.46 after the oil and gas giant provided a sneak preview at its third-quarter results.Canadian Natural said its cash flow from operations during the quarter came in at about $2.21 per share, better than the $1.94 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had on average been expecting. The company reports full earnings Nov. 7.The base metal sector was up 1.63% with December copper up two cents at US$3.25 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 48 cents to C$18.60 while Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) climbed 19 cents to $3.41.Financials gained 1.55% as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) rose $1.29 to $67.69.The industrials component ran up 1.4% and Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) rose $1.91 to $109.85.The tech sector moved up 1.33%. BlackBerry shares closed up five cents to $8.49 on word that the smartphone company’s co-founders, Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin, are looking at making a potential takeover bid. Fairfax Financial, BlackBerry’s largest shareholder, has already made a conditional takeover bid for the company worth nine dollars per share that values the company at $4.7 billion.Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) shares rose 19 cents to $4.09 after it said it has reached a settlement in its patent dispute with Sierra Wireless Inc. The Ottawa-based patent-licensing company says Sierra has agreed to enter into a multi-year licence for Wi-LAN’s patent portfolio.Meanwhile, the gold sector fell 0.7% as December bullion dropped $10.30 to US$1,296.90 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) faded 39 cents to C$25.25.Traders will find some distraction from U.S. debt woes Friday as banking giants JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo post quarterly results.And the Canadian dollar could find some movement from the September employment report. Economists expect Statistics Canada to report that about 16,000 jobs were created last month.With files from ReutersTOP STORIESBlackBerry to close Halifax office, eliminate over 300 jobsNext stop Silicon Valley? Apple swoops to snap up BlackBerry talent in WaterlooRogers apologizes for country-wide wireless outage, gives customers one day of free serviceNew home prices rise less than expected; Ottawa sees first drop since 1998WHAT’S ON DECK FRIDAYDay two of G20 finance meeting in Washington ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Employment Report: Economists expect gain of 10,000 jobs and jobless rate to remain unchanged at 7.1% 10:30 a.m.Bank of Canada business outlook survey UNITED STATES9:55 a.m.University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index: Economists expect a reading of 75.7 CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESJPMorgan Chase & Co. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.27 a share Wells Fargo Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 97¢ a share read more

Information on Senate meeting held March 16 2016

Amendments to the Faculty Handbook were approved during Senate 638 held March 16 and can be viewed at here for the summary report on the meeting which includes information on the amendments.

Just a handful of homes still offline after storm but UK dealing

first_imgSwans swim through floodwater around the River Severn in Worcester [Joe Giddens/PA Wire]THERE’S JUST OVER 50 households on Achill Sound still without power this morning in the wake of the stormy weather that swept over the country on Monday night and into yesterday morning. At one stage yesterday, more than 13,000 customers in the West were left in the dark, after lightning strikes knocked systems offline.Crews from ESB Networks have been out this morning working to reconnect the last remaining households. Other clusters of customers were brought back online overnight in counties Donegal, Cork, Clare and elsewhere.The storm system caused major problems across the Irish Sea. There are three ‘severe flood warnings’ in place in the southeast and southwest of England this morning, and a further 107 lower level ‘flood warnings’ still in effect, according to the UK Environment Agency. Some 50,000 homes were without power this morning as a result of the storms, according to BBC News. The weather caused four deaths in Britain, including a man who jumped into a fast-flowing river to try and rescue his dog. In Normandy, France, a 12-year-old boy was crushed to death beneath construction materials.Thousands of people trying to get away for the holidays in the UK were affected by reduced or cancelled train services due to landslides, fallen trees and flooded roads. Meanwhile, power outages at London Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal caused 26 cancellations and many more delays.Gatwick has been running a full service today, but passengers were being advised to check with their airlines before flying in the wake of yesterday’s problems.A number of flights scheduled to land at Dublin Airport yesterday were diverted to Shannon and Belfast as a result of the conditions — but in general, schedules at Irish airports stayed pretty much on track as people made their way home for Christmas. Here’s what they’ve been dealing with in England over the last 24 hours or so:last_img read more

Melbourne students hoist eight flags for Greek Independence Day

first_imgAfter the hype of parades across Australia on Sunday, a very low-key and meaningful celebration took place to honour Greek Independence Day at Federation Square at 9.30am on Monday.Eight Greek flags flown to Australia from Athens and were raised by students from five afternoon schools around Melbourne. Themistocles Kritikakos from the University of Melbourne kicked off events.Greek students at the event were selected as a result of their excellence and behaviour. They were:Anastasios and Aikaterini Paraskevopoulos from AHEPA Greek SchoolSienna and Christopher Mastos from Mavraganis Greek SchoolGiorgos and Notis Karidakis from Nestoras CollegeMia Paliouras and Michael Ouliadis from Protypo Greek CentreREAD MORE: See photos from the 25th March Independence Day parade in MelbourneStudents sang the Greek national anthem in the event organised by the Thessaloniki Union “O Lefkos Pyrgos” ( with the committee of Greek School of Language and Culture of Australia ( Ο δήμος τη Μελβούρνης τιμά την εθνική μας επέτειο.The City of Melbourne honours Greek National Day.(This couldn’t have happened without the assistance of Pavlos Mavroudis and the Thessaloniki Union)Posted by Konstantinos Kalymnios on Sunday, March 24, 2019 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Broward mayor speaks at ceremony honoring 911 victims

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief spoke at a somber ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 attacks.The Broward County Aviation Department hosted the event at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Thursday.Sharief said the event is a reminder that Americans must always unite in times of crisis. “I’m sure we all remember what we were doing on the day of 9/11. We remember the sadness, anger and fear that we all shared as a nation,” she said. “When America is under attack, we all come together. Fear takes a back seat and honor prevails.”A permanent memorial at FLL’s Terminal 1 is home to several artifacts from the World Trade Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

MSPCA Reminds Dog Owners Springtime Temperature Rise Brings Concerns For Dog Safety

first_imgBOSTON, MA — With almost 70,000 animals treated each year, the MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center is one of the busiest 24-7 emergency and specialty veterinary hospitals in the world—and springtime in New England is one of the busiest seasons.“After a long winter we’re arriving at what feels like spring, and the longer days, sunshine and warming temperatures are encouraging us to spend as much time outside as possible,” said Dr. Kiko Bracker of Angell’s Emergency & Critical Care Unit.“But we must remember that our pets have spent the last six months mostly inside and disaster—in the form of heat stroke or death—can strike if they’re suddenly forced to engage in strenuous outdoor activity without time to acclimate.”Warm Temperatures Demand CautionDr. Bracker urges caution to ensure the transition from the lazy winter slumber to springtime excess goes smoothly for pets.  Topping the list of veterinarians’ concerns: heat.“Most people think the intense late summer heat waves are the most dangerous period for pets—but in reality we see far more cases of heat stroke in the early spring,” said Dr. Bracker.  “Pets are well acclimated by August—it’s this transition period marked by a sudden leap from frigid to mild temperatures that is the most dangerous.”Pet owners should start exercising dogs slowly, increasing the duration and length of walks by no more than ten percent over the course of two to three weeks while allowing plenty of time for rest.“The key signs of heat stress include heavy panting and a much slower pace,” added Dr. Bracker, who cautions pet owners to never ignore these signs and to allow dogs to rest if they suspect heat exhaustion.Additional heat safety recommendations include:Scheduling a check-up. A springtime check-up will reveal any heart or respiratory issues that should be addressed before pets become more active in the summer monthsEnsure ready access to shade, water and rest—parks with leafy trees and soft ground along with streams or ponds (in which dogs can cool off) offer wonderful recreational opportunities with plenty of opportunities to cool offExercise dogs in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are lowerBe especially cautious with dogs who have short noses, such as Pugs and Bulldogs, as these dogs are particularly vulnerable to overheatingBeware Hot Cars!While temperatures are still relatively cool it is never too early to warn against the dangers of hot cars. Pets should never be left unattended in cars, which can heat up to 110 degrees in 10 minutes on an 80-degree day even with the windows slightly open.  It is safer to leave our pets at home.MSPCA-Angell Advocacy Director Kara Holmquist encourages all citizens to understand what steps to take if they see an animal in distress in a hot car.“State law dictates very specific steps before intervening and the first thing we should do is call 911 and then set about trying to find the animal’s owner,” said Holmquist.  “As a last resort, and if the animal is in immediate danger, the law allows a person to break the window to remove the pet from the vehicle.”(NOTE: The above press release is from the MSPCA.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMSPCA To Drop Adoption Fees For Animals Most In Need of Homes On August 17In “Community”MSPCA Shares Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pet OwnersIn “Community”Kitten With Rare Condition Pins Hopes On Surgery With MSPCAIn “Community”last_img read more

Number Of Journalists Killed In Mexico Reaches Historical High Report Says

first_img Share Felix Marquez/APPeople pray next to the coffin of slain journalist Gumaro Pérez Aguilando during his wake at his mother’s home in Acayucan, Veracruz state, Mexico, on Wednesday.A new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists says that at least 42 journalists worldwide were killed in 2017 in retaliation for their work — which marks a drop from the 48 killed last year.But one country defied what appears to be a downward trend — Mexico.According to the New York-based nonprofit, six journalists were killed in Mexico this year, putting it just behind Iraq and Syria as the deadliest places in the world to work in the media.Another reporter may be added to Mexico’s murdered list for 2017. On Tuesday, Gumaro Pérez Aguilando was killed in the state of Veracruz. The 35-year-old crime reporter was gunned down while attending a Christmas party at his son’s elementary school.Pérez was registered in the state’s journalist protection program. But Wednesday, state investigators said he was no longer a working journalist and had ties to organized crime. That drew an angry protest by the secretary of the state’s Commission for the Attention and Protection of Journalists.“A discussion of a person’s character, with the intention to judge him and criminalize him, does not help those of us who desire justice for journalists who have been assassinated,” said Jorge Morales Vázquez.Outside of conflict zones, Mexico takes the No. 1 spot for journalists murdered in 2017. The CPJ is investigating 20 other killings possibly related to journalists’ work but so far no connections have been made.“The rise in the number of journalists murdered in Mexico in retaliation for their work is terrible news and suggests that the Mexican government has failed in its public commitments to end the culture of impunity,” says Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee for the Protection of Journalists.Mexican officials say they are working to stop the murders. They point to a federal protection program for media workers that provides bodyguards and even “panic buttons” to summon police in case of danger. But journalists enrolled in the program say it doesn’t work and is inadequate for the threat they face.Organized crime gangs and corrupt officials offended by reporters’ coverage are believed to be behind the killings. With few cases resolved, it is difficult to say for sure who is behind the murders.The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders says the number of reporters killed in Mexico is higher, putting the figure at 11 this year. Local press freedom groups put the number even beyond that. Each group has different criteria to determine whether a media worker was killed in retaliation for his or her profession.Many reporters in Mexico have been forced out of the profession or have opted to self-censor. Many more vow to fight on despite the threats. Most at risk are reporters working for small outlets, far from Mexico City.That was not the case, however, in the murder of Miroslava Breach, who covered crime and corruption as a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada in the northern state of Chihuahua. Breach was killed on March 23. Gunmen shot her in her car as she pulled out of her driveway, with one of her three children sitting next to her. At the time, reporter Javier Valdez, one of Mexico’s most acclaimed chroniclers of the country’s drug war, defiantly wrote about Breach’s killers.“Let them kill us all, if that is the death penalty for reporting this hell, No to silence,” he wrote.Less than two months later, Valdez was pulled from his car and murdered in the street just blocks from the offices of his newspaper Riodoce in Culiacán, Sinaloa. No one has been charged in the case of either Breach or Valdez.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

DC US Attorney Clears Vincent Gray in Probe

first_imgFormer D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)Vincent Gray, who served as District mayor from 2011 to 2015, will not face charges following an investigation into the finances of his 2010 mayoral campaign, Channing D. Phillips, the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, announced Dec. 9.Phillips did not comment on the campaign finance investigation in a statement, but said that 12 people who pled guilty to various charges in the investigation are on track to be sentenced, including seven who pleaded guilty to offenses directly connected to the 2010 District of Columbia mayoral campaign. Phillips said in the statement that motions were filed on Dec. 9 with federal judges to set sentencing dates for Jeffrey E. Thompson, Eugenia C. Harris, Vernon Hawkins, Mark Long, Howard L. Brooks, Thomas W. Gore and Stephanie Reich.Lee A. Calhoun, Stanley Straughter, Troy White, Kelvin Robinson and Jeff Smith pleaded guilty to crimes in a broader probe of campaign finance corruption that was indirectly related to the Gray investigation, Phillips said in the statement.Gray said in a statement of his own that he was pleased with the U.S. Attorney’s decision.“My life’s work has been dedicated to uplifting people,” the former mayor said. “I ran for mayor to serve District residents. The announcement from the U.S. Attorney ends a lengthy investigation.”“Here in the District and around the country many people have had their faith in our justice system tested. Justice delayed is justice denied, but I cannot change history,” he added. “I look forward to getting on with the next chapter of my life, which no doubt will be dedicated to service.”Political observers in the District have speculated that Gray could make a credible, and potentially successful, run for the Democratic at-large or the Ward 7 council seats in the June 14 Democratic Party primary. Gray served as the Ward 7 council member from 2005 to 2007 and chairman of the D.C. Council from 2007 to 2011.Responding to Phillips’ announcement, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who defeated Gray in the April 1, 2014 Democratic mayoral primary, said “the U.S. Attorney is responsible for bringing cases and securing justice.”“The new U.S. Attorney for the District has concluded that justice has been secured with seven convictions in the 2010 Gray mayoral campaign and a dozen in totals,” Bowser said. “It is not my job to question his actions but to continue to do the job that the residents elected me to do: expand opportunity to more D.C. residents. And that’s what we do, not just today but every day.”last_img read more

Tender of the wonder

first_imgWhat would have been the fate of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal had the emperor lived in the present times? Taj Mahal Ka Tender,  a play that was staged at Sri Ram Centre yesterday narrated how, if the Taj  Mahal were to be built today, the bureaucratic machinery would never let it build. The play written by Ajay Shukla and directed by SP Singh Senger is a hilarious burlesque. It also looks at how corruption at every level of governance would make it difficult, even impossible, to execute something of this kind.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The persistent Shahjahan, in no mood to accept excuses for delays, and sends the somnolent Government construction department into tizzy. The engineers and overseers get down to business to fulfill emperors wish, as if they really could. An outbreak of activities ensues but in a typical sarkari manner. Tenders are issued. Contractors are hired. But, does the project see light of the day? Or, does the mogul emperor, fast forwarded in time, become a victim of the system himself? Whatever may happen to the wonder tomb, but it was a lofty laughter castles as the curtains came down of  Taj Mahal ka Tender.last_img read more

Lalus trusted IAS officers placed in sons depts

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal  (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav’s two of the most trusted senior IAS officers have been moved into departments held by the party patron’s sons in the Bihar cabinet.1982-batch IAS officer Sudhir Kumar, who was with Lalu Prasad during his tenure as Railway minister, has been made Principal Secretary Road Construction Department under charge of Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, a government notification issued last night said. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damA 1987-batch IAS officer RK Mahajan has been moved from Education department and made Principal Secretary of Health held by Lalu Prasad’s another son Tej Pratap Yadav.Mahajan had served as Executive Director, Public Grievances, Minister of Railways when Lalu Prasad was in Rail Bhawan during UPA I.The Nitish Kumar government effected the changes in senior levels of the bureaucracy last night to further tone up administration.The new post of Sudhir Kumar, who is waiting for the posting, has been upgraded to the rank of Chief Secretary from the day of his joining, the notification said. He replaces Arun Kumar Singh in RCD, who has been moved to Water Resources department. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeMeanwhile, Vijay Prakash, Commissioner of Agriculture Production has been given additional charge of Vigilance department. DS Gangwar, Principal Secretary to CM has been transferred to Education department. He would continue to hold responsibility as Principal Secretary to the CM as well Resident Commissioner of Bihar at Delhi.Brajesh Mehrotra (89 batch IAS) has been transfered from Health department to Cabinet Coordination department.last_img read more

South Korea raises alert before expected North Korea missile test

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – South Korea raised its military watch alert to “vital threat” Wednesday before an expected North Korean missile launch, as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon warned the Korean peninsula may be slipping out of control.The North last week told foreign diplomats in Pyongyang they had until April 10 to consider evacuation, fueling speculation a launch was planned between Wednesday and the April 15 birthday celebrations for late founder Kim Il-Sung.South Korean intelligence says the North has prepared two mid-range missiles for imminent launch from its east coast, despite warnings from ally China to avoid provocative moves at a time of soaring military tensions.South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se told parliament the launch could take place “anytime from now on” and warned Pyongyang it could trigger a fresh round of U.N. sanctions.On Tuesday, the North reiterated a warning that the peninsula was headed for “thermo-nuclear” war and advised foreigners to consider leaving South Korea.In a further sign of rising nuclear tensions, a key border crossing between North Korea and China has been closed to tourist groups, a Chinese official said Wednesday.The South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command raised its “Watchcon” status from 3 to 2 to reflect indications of a “vital threat”, Yonhap news agency said, citing a senior military official.Watchcon 4 is in effect during normal peacetime, while Watchcon 3 reflects indications of an important threat. Watchcon 1 is used in wartime.In a separate report, Yonhap quoted a government source as saying Pyongyang might be preparing “multiple” launches, after other launch vehicles were reportedly detected carrying shorter-range SCUD and Rodong missiles.Although the North’s warnings to embassies in Pyongyang and foreigners in the South were both largely shrugged off, there is growing global concern that sky-high tensions might trigger an incident that could swiftly escalate.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said during a visit to Rome that he had spoken to the Chinese leadership to try to calm tensions, and would discuss the issue with U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday.“The current level of tension is very dangerous, a small incident caused by miscalculation or misjudgement may create an uncontrollable situation,” Ban said.White House spokesman Jay Carney, meanwhile, criticised Pyongyang for more “unhelpful rhetoric” that only served to create more uncertainty.North Korea has wielded the “thermo-nuclear war” threat several times in recent months — most recently on March 7 — despite expert opinion that it is nowhere near developing such an advanced nuclear device.The current crisis on the Korean peninsula has been intensifying almost daily since the North’s nuclear test in February, which drew toughened U.N. sanctions.Incensed by ongoing South Korean-U.S. military exercises, Pyongyang has accused Washington and Seoul of preparing an invasion and threatened dire military actions from artillery barrages to nuclear strikes.South Korea last went to Watchcon 2 around the time of the North’s nuclear test, and its long-range rocket launch last December.The Watchcon system solely relates to surveillance levels and is separate from the Defcon system of military preparedness.The mid-range missiles mobilised by the North are reported to be untested Musudan models with an estimated range of anywhere up to 4,000 kilometres (2,485 miles).That would cover any target in South Korea and Japan, and possibly even U.S. military bases on the Pacific island of Guam.Japan, where the armed forces have been authorised to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards its territory, said Tuesday it had deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as a pre-emptive defence measure.But a top U.S. military commander, Admiral Samuel Locklear, said Tuesday he favored shooting down a North Korean missile only if it threatened the United States or Washington’s allies in the region.If North Korea pushes ahead with the launch, the U.N. Security Council will convene immediately, Foreign Minister Yun said.“It’s hard to predict what kind of action the Security Council might take, as the nature of such a launch would have to be analysed first,” he said, adding fresh sanctions were a possibility. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Puerto Rican rappers Calle 13 the best of Glenn Miller and other

first_imgMusic: “Our Black Roots”Calypso, reggae, salsa, bolero – savor a bouquet of Pan-African rhythms with the remarkable folk group Cantoamérica.Nuestras Raíces Negras performs May 17 at Mundoloco El Chante, San Pedro. 9 p.m. ₡3,000 ($6). Info: RedCultura website.Music: “Voodoo Funk” DJ Frank Gossner spins his favorite funk vinyls at El Sótano. Get ready to dance.Concert takes place May 17 at El Sótano, Barrio Amón. 9 p.m. ₡1,000 ($2). Info: RedCultura website.Art: “A Family Portrait of Helvetica”This dual exhibit features a fascinating exploration on the typeface Helvetica, by artist Mimiam Hsu.“Retrato Familiar en Helvética” and “Ojalá el Sol Me Esconda” display through June 28 TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Film: “The Magician”This 1958 Swedish film is a fable about science, illusion, and small-town culture. Catch the Ingmar Bergman masterpiece at the Monge Museum.“El Mago” screens May 17 at the Joaquín García Monge Museum, Desamparados. 6:30 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: GAMCultural website.Film: “Same Old Song”One of the oddest musicals in history, Alain Resnais’ 1997 film uses classic songs in a completely disarming way. Check it out at the Alianza Francesa’s ongoing film series.“On Connaît la Chanson” screens May 23 at the Alianza Francesa, Barrio Amón. 6 p.m. Free. Info: Alianza Francesa website.Art: Great Painters ExhibitPaintings by Picasso, Matisse, Renoir and Andy Warhol arrive in Costa Rica. Presented by the National Gallery, this collection incorporates 158 artworks and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Costa Rican Center of Science and Culture, based in the former penitentiary.“Herencia del Arte” takes place April 28–June 28 at the National Gallery in Barrio Mexico. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website.Enamorate de tu ciudadYes, you can get gaga for San José – especially when the Culture Ministry is sponsoring Enamorate de tu ciudad, or Fall in Love With Your City, a year-long celebration of art, culture and urban parks. Check back for games, workshops, presentations and surprise performances.Fall in Love with Your City takes place on Saturdays in various parks in downtown San José. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info: Enamorate de tu Ciudad website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Spanish mega-star, haunted houses, and other happenings around Costa Rica Final World Cup showdown, viral theater, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dinosaurs, The Elephants, and other happenings around Costa Rica Caribbean parade, hot rod workshop, and other happenings around Costa Rica Concert: Calle 13After releasing their latest album “Multi_Viral” in March, the Puerto Rican stepbrothers known as “Residente” and “Visitante” bring their hard-nosed Caribbean hip-hop to the Pedregal Event Center. This will be the duo’s first Costa Rica show since 2012. Calle 13 is among the most exciting Latin groups of the decade, having won Record of the Year at the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards. Their music runs the gamut of styles and influences, from salsa and reggaeton to rap and electronica.Calle 13 performs at May 17 at the Pedregal Event Center, San Antonio de Belén. 6 p.m. ₡20,000 ($40). Info: SpecialTicket website.Music: “The Best of Glenn Miller”The Tico Jazz Band performs favorite standards at the National Theater.“Lo Mejor de Glenn Miller” performs May 20 at the National Theater, downtown San José. Noon. ₡1,000-2,000 ($2-4). Info: National Theater website.International Museum DayFounded in 1977, this global holiday celebrates museums, zoos and exhibition spaces. Spend your Sunday at one of the many participating museums in San José and its environs.Events take place throughout San José. See the full schedule here.Exhibit: “Tintin”A retrospective on the dashing young journalist, his pup Snowy and his friend Captain Haddock. Visit the Alianza Francesa to see the works of Belgian cartoonist Hergé.The Tintin exhibit takes place May 2-31 at the Alianza Francesa, La Sabana. Free. Info: Alianza Francesa website.Art: “Mayo en Verde”Celebrate the coming of the “Green Season” with these colorful landscapes, painted by a variety of Costa Rican artists.“Mayo en Verde” takes place at the López Ecarré Gallery, National Theater, downtown San José. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Free. Info: Gallery website.Multimedia: “Micro-Theater” at Casa IberoA series of 15-minute plays, plus a half-dozen other avant-garde activities, take place this weekend at the brand-new artists collective in Casa Ibero.Performances take place May 15-18 at Casa Ibero, Los Yoses. Thu. & Sun., 6 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m. Info: Casa Ibero website.Film Festival: “Future Shorts”This “pop-up” film festival showcases a variety of short films from around the world.“Future Shorts” screens May 19 at the Spanish Cultural Center. 7 p.m. Free. Info: Spanish Cultural Center website.Music: “Retrospectiva”Songwriter Michael Córdoba presents songs from his freshman album, “Retrospectiva.”Córdoba performs May 16 at the Spanish Cultural Center, Barrio Escalante, San José. 7 p.m. Free. Info: 2257-2919, GAMCultural website.Zoo Night WalkThe Zoo takes on a completely different personality in the dark. Stroll the walkways beneath the stars during this special nocturnal tour.The Zoo Night Walk takes place May 16 at the Simón Bolivar Zoo, Barrio Amón. 6-9 p.m. Info: Fundazoo website.last_img read more

NEW YORK — The Latest on a trial centred on a cult

first_img NEW YORK — The Latest on a trial centred on a cult-like group based in upstate New York (all times local):12:50 p.m.TV actress Allison Mack has pleaded guilty in a case involving a cult-like group based in upstate New York.Mack entered her plea to racketeering charges on Monday, shortly before federal jury selection was scheduled to start in Brooklyn federal court.The trial is expected to detail sensational allegations that the group, called NXIVM (NEHK’-see-uhm), recruited sex slaves for its spiritual leader, Keith Raniere.Prosecutors accused Mack of helping Raniere recruit women to a secret sub-society within the group.Authorities say the women were branded by a surgical tool with a symbol that resembled Raniere’s initials. Mack has said in an interview that the group emphasized self-discipline and self-empowerment and she likened the branding to getting a tattoo, but cooler.The defence says the women were never abused.___6 a.m.Jury selection is set to begin for a trial featuring sensational allegations that a cult-like group based in upstate New York turned women into sex slaves who were branded with the initials of its spiritual leader.Potential jurors will be asked to fill out questionnaires Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.Prosecutors say the purported self-help group called NXIVM formed a secret society of women who had unwanted sex with guru Keith Raniere.Raniere and three co-defendants including heiress Clare Bronfman and TV actress Allison Mack have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges in the sex-trafficking case.A judge hasn’t ruled yet on requests by the co-defendants to get trials separate from Raniere.Opening statements are scheduled for April 29.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2019 9:52 am PDT FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, television actress Allison Mack leaves federal court in New York. Jury selection is set to begin for a trial featuring sensational allegations that a cult-like group based in upstate New York turned women into sex slaves who were branded with the initials of its spiritual leader. Prosecutors say the purported self-help group called NXIVM formed a secret society of women who had unwanted sex with guru Keith Raniere. Raniere and three co-defendants including heiress Clare Bronfman and TV actress Allison Mack have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges in the sex-trafficking case. Potential jurors will be asked to fill out questionnaires Monday, April 8, 2019, in federal court in Brooklyn. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) The Latest: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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