Landrys death highlights the passing of sovereigntys pioneering generation

first_imgMONTREAL – The death of former Quebec premier Bernard Landry Tuesday prompted a stream of accolades from his former colleagues about his patriotism, his love of the Quebec people and his conviction that the province would inevitably become a country.But his passing also highlighted the fact that the pioneering generation of Quebec sovereigntists — those who were in the trenches when the Parti Quebecois was born — is dying without seeing its dream realized.And there are no obvious candidates to fill the role of such departed PQ greats as former premier Jacques Parizeau, who died in 2015, Lise Payette, who died Sept. 5, and Landry.“For right now, it’s clear that there is the impression that the ranks are thinning,” Louise Harel, a longtime friend of Landry who replaced him as interim PQ leader following his 2005 resignation, said Wednesday.Harel, 72, was among the many friends and former political allies who recently paid a final visit to Landry at his home in Vercheres, Que. as his health was slipping.Harel said in an interview that Landry, who was 81, remained optimistic about Quebec becoming a country. “For him, it was a project that was non-negotiable,” she said. “It was the project of his life.”Parizeau, in his later years, expressed frustration that the sovereignty movement had stalled and faced, in his words, a “field of ruin.”His comments came after the PQ government of Pauline Marois, pushing a charter of values that sought to prevent public-sector workers from wearing conspicuous religious symbols, was defeated in 2014. The charter stung the PQ, particularly among the younger generation, many of whom turned to the other sovereigntist party, Quebec solidaire.Landry, on the other hand, remained unswervingly optimistic about the movement’s future, even if he wasn’t shy about criticizing PQ leaders over policy.When several high-profile PQ members of the legislature quit the party before the 2018 election, he refused to see it as a harbinger of the movement’s demise. People come and go, but the party’s ideas “remained unscathed,” he told The Canadian Press.“Now, there are winnable ridings for young men and women who want to replace the ones leaving,” he said.In fact, in the Oct. 1 election, the PQ dropped to just 10 seats from the 28 it held before the vote.Monique Simard, a PQ member of the legislature from 1996 to 1998, produced a documentary about Landry’s 2003 election campaign as leader and incumbent premier.Simard, 68, said the former premier gave her full access to his campaign. Her crew was filming when he learned he had lost to Jean Charest’s Liberals, a defeat that would set in motion his eventual resignation as party leader in 2005.“We were right there. We saw all the emotion, all the sadness,” she said. “But within a few minutes, he was very cordial and he called Charest to concede. He was someone who was very solid and strong at the same time.”Despite two failed independence referendums in 1980 and 1995 and his 2003 electoral defeat, “he never wavered,” said Simard, who spoke to Landry on the phone last Friday.“His flame for the cause of his life never diminished.”That cannot be said for all the former sovereigntists who are now part of Premier Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec team. Legault, a former PQ cabinet minister, has himself turned his back on the sovereignty movement.His administration, according to a report by Radio-Canada, includes 12 chiefs of staff out of 26 with strong ties to the PQ.Harel agreed with Simard that nothing could have made Landry change his mind.“For him, it was an absolute certitude,” she said. “His optimism wasn’t an optimism about the PQ, it was an optimism about sovereignty. He was absolutely convinced, that for a people to attain its dignity, their existence cannot be refused.”Landry will receive a state funeral next Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica, the government announced Wednesday.last_img read more

Canada to host antiISIL meeting as Ottawa weighs future of Iraq mission

first_imgOTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will gather with representatives from a dozen countries at an idyllic estate outside Ottawa on Thursday to discuss the next steps in the war against ISIL and the future of Iraq and Syria.The meeting, which Sajjan is co-hosting with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, comes as the federal government is weighing Canada’s future role in the region.A recent U.S. Defense Department report said ISIL appears to be morphing from a group aiming to control territory into an effective insurgency and there are fears it could be decades before Iraqis are able to fight it on their own. Canada earlier this year deployed 250 troops and assumed command of a NATO mission whose aim is to train the Iraqi military so that it can ensure security.The question facing the government is what to do with hundreds of other Canadian Forces members in Iraq and the region, whose mission is set to expire at the end of the March.Those members have been flying transport and refuelling aircraft, collecting and analyzing intelligence and providing medical assistance in support of U.S. and allied forces fighting ISIL.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sri Lankan churches shut a week after bombings

first_imgColombo: Churches in Sri Lanka remained shut on Sunday, a week since the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings that killed 253 people. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith held a televised mass on Sunday, attended by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the BBC reported. He called the attacks “an insult to humanity” in the service, broadcast from a chapel in his residence. “Today during this mass we are paying attention to last Sunday’s tragedy and we try to understand it,” Cardinal Ranjith said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “We pray that in this country there will be peace and co-existence and understanding each other without division.” While Sri Lanka’s churches were empty, people gathered for a public service outside St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo – the site of one of the deadliest bombings. There, Buddhist monks joined Catholic priests for prayers in a show of solidarity with the Christian community. The church’s bells tolled at 8.45 a.m., the exact moment a bomber detonated his device one week ago. The hands of its damaged clock tower are still stuck at that time. Besides St Anthony’s Shrine, bombers struck churches in Negombo and the eastern city of Batticaloa, and hotels in Colombo. The Easter Sunday bombings which also injured over 500 people was the bloodiest attack in the island after the civil was ended in 2009.last_img read more

UNICEF urges G8 leaders to focus on needs of the worlds children

UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman called on the G8 to seize the unprecedented opportunity provided by their summit in Gleneagles, Scotland – set to focus largely on challenges facing Africa – and to also consider the vital needs of the world’s children and the dire conditions in which so many lived. She said that the additional resources donor countries can make available, translated into sustainable services “help make child poverty history.”Recognizing the positive steps already announced by the G7 finance ministers two weeks ago to wipe out the debt of some 18 developing countries, Ms. Veneman said that further decisions this week have the potential to help 100 million children excluded from school, and the 10.6 million who die each year before the age of five. The decisions could also ensure that children in developing countries were educated about and protected from the impact of HIV/AIDS.Ms. Veneman also called on the G8 leaders to listen to the voices of young people themselves, noting that children from eight developing countries as well as four rich nations were gathering in Scotland ahead of the G8 summit to highlight priority issues. read more

UN and OSCE experts condemn Turkeys crackdown on media

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), reports indicate that the Government ordered the closure of three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 23 radio channels, 45 papers and 15 magazines. Since the 15 July attempted coup, authorities have issued arrest warrants against 89 journalists and have already arrested several of them, blocked access to more than 20 news websites, revoked the licenses of 29 publishing houses, and cancelled a number of press accreditations.“The simultaneous arrests of independent journalists and shutdowns of print and broadcast media strike a major blow against public debate and government accountability,” said the experts – David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Dunja Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media – in a statement.“We strongly urge the Turkish authorities to reconsider these decisions and confirm their obligations to media freedom,” they said.Numerous academic institutions, schools, civil society organizations were also ordered to close down by decrees issued after the adoption of the measures that could be taken under a state of emergency on 23 July.“The attempted coup cannot justify such a broad attack against almost all voices, not just critical ones but analytic and journalistic,” Mr. Kaye said. “The widespread and abrupt nature of the measures, lacking even the basic elements of due process, is shocking and unprecedented in recent times in Turkey.”“It is quite clear that this wave of restrictions against media groups does not meet the basic international standards concerning restrictive measures even in times of emergency,” Ms. Mijatovic said.Both experts expressed their continued willingness to discuss their concerns with Turkish authorities. read more

A Farewell To Adam Dunn Sabermetric Bellwether

One footnote in the wake of the Oakland Athletics’ agonizing wild card loss Tuesday night was the retirement of A’s designated hitter Adam Dunn.Dunn had never participated in the postseason before, and his first (and last) game as a member of a playoff team came without so much as an appearance on the diamond. He finished his 14-year Major League Baseball stint with a résumé that’s undeniably notable — he ranks 35th all-time in career home runs and 40th in career walks — but he will never be considered Hall of Fame-worthy.Dunn’s most prominent place in the fabric of the game, then, is symbolic. Spanning the “Moneyball” era almost perfectly, Dunn’s career served as a bellwether for the growth, acceptance and, ultimately, the maturity of sabermetrics.In some ways, that status was a fait accompli. After all, Dunn graced the cover of Baseball Prospectus back in 2002, following a rookie season that saw him place among the top 30 hitters in baseball by OPS despite a mediocre batting average and plenty of strikeouts.Because he provided value with walks and power instead of contact hitting, Dunn was initially highlighted by statheads as the type of player who would frequently fall through the cracks of traditional analysis. Before sabermetrics became mainstream, strikeout-prone players like Dunn were disparaged — just take a trip through Fire Joe Morgan‘s Adam Dunn-tagged posts for a taste of the aspersions cast in Dunn’s direction over his whiff-happy ways — while statheads kept countering with the mantra that (for batters, at least) strikeouts are essentially no worse than any other out.And over time, MLB seems to have finally agreed: Its leaguewide rate of strikeouts per out hit a new all-time high for eight years running, including 2014. This new normal has, of course, spawned plenty of lamentations about the state of the game, but the explosion of strikeouts apparently hasn’t yet reached levels that would cause the game’s decision-makers to change course and stigmatize them again.You’d think this growing acceptance of strikeouts would result in a newfound appreciation of Dunn’s career, free from the shame his many K‘s once carried. But the great irony is that as sabermetric principles became so mainstream that Dunn’s batting value was properly evaluated, the state of analysis also improved to the point that baserunning and defense could be appraised with far greater accuracy than ever before. This was bad news for Dunn, a very large, very slow man who was of little use when holding a glove instead of a bat.Whether you look at Baseball-Reference.com or FanGraphs, Dunn was worth something in the neighborhood of 20 runs below average on the basepaths, making him one of the 40 or so worst baserunners of his generation. And defensively, Dunn’s value takes a major hit. Despite frequently playing low-difficulty positions at the far left end of the defensive spectrum (leading to a negative positional adjustment), Dunn was comically below-average relative to his positional peers. To wit: In 2009, Dunn somehow posted -43 Defensive Runs Saved while splitting time between first base and the two outfield corners, giving him the worst defensive season relative to positional average in baseball history. And between the twin factors of position and performance relative to positional average, Dunn rates as MLB’s worst defensive player ever in the estimation of Baseball Reference.Sabermetrics giveth and Sabermetrics taketh away.In the end, Dunn’s career represents the maturation of statistical analysis in baseball. Originally, it was thought that a player’s defense was of little consequence as long as he was productive at the plate; in “Moneyball,” there’s a passage quoting former Oakland A’s consultant Eric Walker as saying fielding was “at most 5 percent of the game” — a statement that rings particularly ludicrous in today’s age of BABIP and rampant defensive shifts. If the first stage of sabermetric proselytization was convincing the public that Dunn-esque hitters who rarely put the ball in play had value, the second stage was persuading them to look at the value driven by factors beyond hitting. (Not coincidentally, large segments of the recent MVP wars between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera were fought on this ground.)Dunn’s profile made him a polarizing contemporary case study at each stage of the sabermetric mainstreaming process, a legacy that should give him a special place in baseball history. read more

Champion ballroom dancer stalked expartner and secretly filmed her reaction court hears

Catherine Tonge, pictured leaving court, was said to have been left ‘very scared and threatened’ by her ex-partner’s behaviourCredit:Marios K. Forsos /Cavendish Press Catherine Tonge  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A champion ballroom dancer accused of stalking his ex-partner left out old Valentine’s cards and secretly filmed her reaction, a court heard.Lee Donnelly is accused of harassing 21-year-old Catherine Tonge with numerous messages on WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram begging her to stay with him after she moved out following an argument on their way home from an awards ceremony.Over six weeks, the  36-year-old left pictures of the couple together around their shared rented home and put up old Valentine’s cards to “remind them” of their relationship so she would see them during subsequent visits.He also left a CD containing images of them being intimate with each other, changed the code on the house alarm so it would trigger when she entered and set up a web cam so he could film her reaction, magistrates were told.Donnelly would also park his car near Miss Tonge’s grandparents’ home and turn up unannounced at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre, in Greater Manchester, where she was a front-of-house manager. Lee Donnelly, who denies a charge of stalking, leaves Tameside magistrates’ courtCredit:Marios K. Forsos /Cavendish Press  Lee Donnelly, who denies a charge of stalking, leaves Tameside magistrates' court A court heard the pair had met at a dance school in Oldham in 2016 and began their romance six months later after being paired up for dancing events. There was said to have been “jealousy” due to Donnelly having other female dance partners.Miss Tonge, a university graduate, told Tameside magistrates: “I was wary of what he was taking on and the more partners he took on the less time he would have for himself and us. He would agree to partner up with people and then he would moan to me.”He was not always kind and respectful. People at the dance school admire him for his talent, but knew what he could be like. He has drunken incidents and violence, he can be quite volatile and aggressive.” Donnelly, of Rochdale, denied wrongdoing and told the court: “Catherine and I formed a very good bond between us.”We had some tit-for-tats at the dance school which caused small problems at home. Some dance partners had my full attention but it would take its toll on me and there was a little bit of jealousy.”The case was adjourned until October when magistrates are expected to return a verdict. Miss Tonge, who had been crowned Nationwide Under 21 Lady/Man Latin Champion with Donnelly in 2017, was said to have been left “very scared and threatened” by her former partner’s behaviour and called police. Donnelly denies a charge of stalking without distress. read more

Mintec launches new MineSight Schedule Optimizer version

first_imgTucson-based Mintec officially launched its Version 4.0 of its MineSight Schedule Optimizer (MSSO) mine scheduling software package on October 26. The statement said that chief among the enhancements is MSSO’s seamless integration with MineSight Haulage, plus its upgrade to 64-bit technology. Using Canvas for flowsheet design and “an attractive, new graphic user interface” (GUI), Version 4.0 now takes advantage of haulage data prepared by MSHaulage. MSSO imports destinations (lift, subzone, tonne/volume capacities, filling sequence) directly and automatically from MineSight Planning Database, plus equipment set and parameters (truck, shovel and delay time), cycle time, cycle distance, cycle path and fuel consumption.The company stated: “By simply dragging and dropping, Canvas allows you to graphically and intuitively define mining areas, destinations, and material routing. Thanks to the improved GUI, most of the panels are dockable, allowing you to open them side by side. MSSO now generates schedules that satisfy quality, quantity, and blending requirements, as well as satisfying truck and shovel hour constraints. Because of their relationship, material routing scheduling and equipment scheduling are conducted simultaneously.” Version 4.0 calculates truck hours based on the cycle time from each cut to each possible destination. It calculates shovel hours based on the load time and the number of trips for sending materials in each cut to each destination. Total truck and shovel operating costs are calculated and incorporated into cash flow calculations to satisfy net present value objectives.During schedule calculation, truck and shovel hours, plus haulage costs, are calculated on the fly. “The integration of MSSO and MSHaulage provides a quantum leap forward in the capability of MSSO to produce realistic mining schedules,” said John Davies, President of Mintec, adding: “These improvements, and a host of other goodies in MSSO Version 4.0, mean short- and medium-term planners now have all the data they need in an attractive, highly responsive format. The 64-bit version of MSSO solves very high-end scheduling problems. If you ever ran out of memory in earlier versions of MSSO, you may want to try the 64-bit version.”last_img read more

Number of homeless families and children reaches new record high

first_img Updated at 8.15pmTHERE WERE over 2,500 homeless children living in emergency accommodation last month.Latest figures from the Housing Department show that there were 1,256 families homeless in Ireland in March, a rise of 32% since last year, and up 17 families on the previous month.The number of single homeless adults also rose from 4,875 in February to 4,909 last month.Commenting on the figures, Housing Minister Simon Coveney said they were a “stark indicator of the challenges we face as we remain focussed and determined to address this problem”.He pointed to measures being taken to reduce the number of homeless people.Homelessness charity Focus Ireland called for the Government to publish a strategy to deal with the issue of family homelessness specifically. https://jrnl.ie/3357720 Source: Focus Ireland/Twitter Share259 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 8:12 PM 58 Comments 12,441 Views Short URL We repeat our call for urgent Govt sub strategy on family homelessness as new figures show record number of families + children homeless.— Focus Ireland (@FocusIreland) April 25, 2017center_img Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Cormac Fitzgerald Number of homeless families and children reaches new record high A rough sleeper count for Dublin found 138 adults sleeping on the street. Rough sleepersRough sleeper figures for Dublin were also released today. They showed 138 homeless people sleeping rough in Dublin on a single night this month, an increase in over 30% since last year.The spring rough sleeper count for the Dublin region was carried out on the night of 4 April and the morning of 5 April.The count found a total of 138 people sleeping rough in this period. Of these, the majority (72%) were discovered within the Dublin City area (north and south).The remaining 28% were found in Dublin’s other local areas: Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire.Rough sleeper counts are carried out by officials working on behalf of the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) twice a year. One count is carried out in spring and the other in winter.The DRHE manages homeless services for the entirety of Dublin.The latest count shows a drop of four people since the winter count, which took place in November.It is up by 30% on last year’s spring count, during which 102 people were found to be sleeping rough.The highest single count of rough sleepers in recent times occurred in winter 2014, when 168 people were found to be sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin.The DRHE said it was working with Dublin City Council to bring another 150 emergency hostel beds on stream in the city for homeless people.The council said it had housed 150 single persons in DCC rented accommodation in 2016 and 42 in the first quarter of 2017.BreakdownOf the 138 rough sleepers, 85 had previously accessed homeless services. Seven people had never accessed services and not enough info was available for the remaining 46 people.85 of the people were Irish nationals, 13 were non-Irish. The nationalities of the remaining 40 could not be identified.On top of the people sleeping rough outside on the night of the count, an additional 57 people slept in the Merchant’s Quay Night Café.The Night Café provides mats on the floor for people to sleep, as well as support services.Taking into account this figure, the total number of people counted without beds for the night in Dublin was 195. The Night Café first opened in January, 2015.There were also 186 placements for beds in emergency hostels made through Homeless Freephone and Dublin’s Housing First on the night of the count.The Housing First is made up of workers from charities the Peter McVerry trust and Focus Ireland and funded by the DRHE. Part of its work is to liaise with rough sleepers in Dublin on a regular basis, sourcing beds for them and maintaining a level of contact.Read: Meet the team taking chronic rough sleepers off the streets of Dublin and giving them their own home“Unique group”The DRHE also said that a “unique group” of individuals who had arrived in Dublin in recent weeks from Romania were encountered on the night of the count.The people had arrived here either seeking employment or having been promised work.Half of this group have been repatriated to Romania since the night of the count.The rough sleeper count has been carried out under the jurisdiction of the DRHE since 2007.Read: Transplant patient was homeless and living in his car on Killiney Hill before being hospitalisedRead: ‘My life is being ruined’: Young homeless woman living in a tent on the Grand Canal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 25th 2017, 8:12 PM last_img read more

Et si le cacao disparaissait

first_imgEt si le cacao disparaissait ?Des vergers vieillissants, des parasites de plus en plus menaçants, mais aussi le réchauffement climatique, sont autant de menaces qui pèsent sur les cacaoyers et laissent craindre le pire aux chercheurs de l’Alliance des pays producteurs (Copal). Réunis à Abidjan mardi, ils ont fait part de leurs inquiétudes quant à l’avenir de la culture du cacao.Partout dans le monde, la culture du cacao est dangereusement menacée. Une alerte émise mardi, à Abidjan, par des chercheurs très inquiets, ceux de l’Alliance des pays producteurs (Copal), qui réunit le Brésil, le Cameroun, la Côte d’Ivoire, la République Dominicaine, le Gabon, le Ghana, la Malaisie ainsi que le Nigeria, Sao Tomé et Principe.”De nombreuses contraintes” pèsent en effet sur son avenir. Parmi elles, a expliqué lors d’une conférence de trois jours le secrétaire général du Copal Naga Coulibaly, figurent “le vieillissement de nos vergers de cacaoyers, les effets du changement climatique, la forte pression parasitaire”, mais aussi les moyens financiers insuffisants dont est dotée la recherche. Interrogé par l’AFP, M. Coulibaly n’a pas caché son pessimisme. “S’il n’y a pas une réaction rigoureuse aux menaces” a-t-il affirmé, “dans 50 ans ou un siècle on ne pourra plus avoir du cacao”.Il est alors selon lui urgent d’offrir une “aide financière accrue” à la recherche, pour enrayer le vieillissement des vergers et lutter contre les maladies qui les rongent avec “de nouvelles variétés végétales résistantes aux parasites”. Ce soutien nécessaire pour assurer l’avenir de la culture du cacao, c’est auprès des “chocolatiers et des gouvernements des pays producteurs” qu’il doit être trouvé, estime le secrétaire général du Copal.Une baisse de production de 7% À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais pour l’heure, les prévisions sont alarmantes. En septembre, la saison s’achèvera pour les producteurs, et l’Organisation internationale du cacao (ICCO) estime à 3,99 millions de tonnes la quantité de fèves qui seront mises sur le marché. Un chiffre qui semble important, mais qui accuse par rapport à la saison précédente une chute de 7%, en grande partie engendrée par la sensible diminution de la production de la Côte d’Ivoire, le premier producteur mondial de cacao.”Il faut agir vite si vous voulez toujours manger du bon chocolat issu de fève de cacao” a encore indiqué Naga Coulibaly au site Koaci.com avant d’ajouter “j’espère que le fait d’avoir organisé cette réunion à Abidjan fera réagir les autorités du pays face à ces menaces réelles qui pèsent sur la ressource numéro une du pays, il faut agir vite pour éviter les regrets dans l’avenir”. Le 7 juin 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Local photographer helps kids live out dreams

first_imgIt would be a vast understatement to say that Schuyler Smith, 19, loves Star Wars.The energetic teen, is on the autism spectrum, has his own lightsaber, can identify any of the films with just one quote, and can tell you, in some detail, why Luke Skywalker is the best Jedi ever.Getting the young space adventurer to pose or sit still for a photo, however, had long been a losing proposition. That is until Schuyler’s mom, Leslie Smith, took him to a photo shoot with Tammy Fraley, owner of Fraley Photography — a specialist in photographing kids with disabilities.“It can be a nightmare experience for a special needs family to go to a photographer and be told they all have to do things a certain way or pose a certain way,” Leslie Smith said. “I’ve had friends go to Walmart for photos and tell me their child just screamed. Often families like ours just don’t get pictures because of that.”Children on the autism spectrum and those with disabilities often have problems sitting still and posing alone or with family members. And it takes a significant amount of patience and skill to capture a genuine smile in a picturesque setting.But Fraley has a secret: She’s had tons of practice with her own son, Justin, 25, who has Asperger’s syndrome.The trick, she said, is to figure out what the child is passionate about, and then try to find a way to photograph them in a setting they enjoy without using poses, just simple directions.last_img read more

Suspect hits El Cajon police officer with hammer during pursuit

first_img Posted: August 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Suspect hits El Cajon police officer with hammer during pursuit Updated: 5:03 PMcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter EL CAJON (KUSI) — An El Cajon police officer suffered apparently minor injuries Wednesday when a robbery suspect hit him with a hammer while trying to evade arrest, authorities reported.The assault on the lawman occurred about 11:30 a.m., following an ineffective attempt to subdue the fleeing suspect with an electric stun gun in the area of Van Houten and West Douglas avenues, according to police.The alleged assailant, who allegedly tried to rob an armored car and smashed windows at a fast-food restaurant in the area a short time earlier, was eventually taken into custody with help from a bystander. The arrestee’s name was not immediately available.The officer injured during the fracas was treated for head trauma at a hospital and then released, according to police. August 8, 2018last_img read more

Blackmail actor Arunoday Singh announces separation from wife of Canadian origin

first_imgArunoday Singh and wife announce separationInstagramArunoday Singh, who tied the knot with Canadian girlfriend Lee Elton in December 2016, took to social media on Friday, May 10, to announce that they have decided to part ways.In the post, he expressed that although they were very good at love but couldn’t survive reality. Despite their best efforts, nothing worked out between them.”My marriage seems to be over. Turns out we were very good at love but couldn’t survive reality. Despite our best efforts, professional counselling and current trial separation, nothing seems to have helped bridge the fundamental differences that have emerged between us. It seems wiser to let go. I think we both deserve better. We shall try and resolve this with compassion and dignity,” the actor shared on Instagram.Lee wons a cafe in Goa and the duo met when the actor was shooting for Sonam Kapoor’s Aisha. The couple’s wedding was a grand one.On the work front, Arunoday made his Bollywood debut with Sikandar (2009) and went on to work in films like Aisha, Varun Dhawan’s Main Tera Hero and more. He was last seen in Irrfan Khan starrer Blackmail.Last year, celebrated fashion designer Masaba Gupta and husband Madhu Mantena had announced that they had decided to go on a trial separation after three years of marriage. However, in March 2019, Masaba, the daughter of veteran actor Neena Gupta and cricketer Vivian Richards, and filmmaker Mantena posted their joint statement on Instagram announcing that they have filed for divorce. Arunoday Singh and wife announce separationinstagramlast_img read more

Kerala journalist killed as IAS officers car rams into bike at midnight

first_imgFacebookA journalist working with a Malayalam newspaper was killed after his bike was hit by a car allegedly driven by Sriram Venkataraman, an IAS officer from Kerala. The incident happened at midnight in Thiruvananthapuram. Several regional media outlets reported eyewitness claims that the IAS officer was completely drunk during the time of the accident.According to eyewitnesses, Venkataraman was at the wheel at the time of the accident. He was accompanied by a lady passenger. At around 01.35 AM, the car hit the bike and skidded to the wall of a public office. The journalist, KM Basheer, who works with ‘Siraj’, died instantly after sustaining serious head injuries. Shafeeq, an auto driver who was apparently present at the time of the accident, revealed that Venkataraman was drunk. “After the car hit the two-wheeler, a man came out from the driving seat. He was in a drunken state and his car was running at high speed,” he said, according to the Indian Express. It has been reported that the police did not subject Venkataraman or his friend to a medical examination. Instead, they booked a prepaid cab and sent the woman home. Venkataraman, who had some injuries on his hand, was later admitted to the general hospital. However, police officers did not insist on collecting the blood samples of the IAS officer even after doctors informed them that he was under the influence of alcohol.It was on August 01 that Sriram Venkataraman got posted as the Director of Survey and Land Records. The accident has already created an uproar on social media. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports said the police plan to arrest the IAS officer.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala have condoled the death of the journalist.last_img read more

US Senator Sessions did not disclose Russia contacts Wash Post

first_imgUS Sen. Sessions is sworn in to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become US attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: ReutersJeff Sessions, while still a US senator, spoke twice last year with Russia’s ambassador, encounters he did not disclose when asked during his confirmation hearing to become attorney general about possible contacts between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing Justice Department officials.One of the meetings was a private conversation between Sessions and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that took place in September in the senator’s office, at the height of what US intelligence officials say was a Russian cyber campaign to upend the US presidential race, the Post reported.The previously undisclosed discussions could fuel new congressional calls for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 presidential election, the Post said.Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was fired last month after he discussed US sanctions on Russia with Kislyak before Trump took office and misled Vice President Mike Pence about the conversations.As attorney general, Sessions oversees the Justice Department, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which have been leading investigations into Russian meddling and any links to Trump’s associates. Sessions has so far resisted calls to recuse himself.When Sessions spoke with Kislyak in July and September, he was a senior member of the influential Senate Armed Services Committee as well as one of Trump’s top foreign policy advisers, according to the Post.Sessions played a prominent role supporting Trump after formally joining the campaign in February 2016.At his 10 Jan Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sessions was asked by Democratic Senator Al Franken what he would do if he learned of any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of the 2016 campaign, the Post reported.“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” Sessions responded, according to the Post. He added: “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”Officials said Sessions did not consider the conversations relevant to the lawmakers’ questions and did not remember in detail what he discussed with Kislyak, according to the Post.“There was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer,” Sarah Isgur Flores, Sessions’ spokeswoman, told the Post.The Department of Justice and the White House did not respond immediately to requests by Reuters for comment.Justice officials said Sessions met with Kislyak on 8 Sept in his capacity as a member of the armed services panel rather than in his role as a Trump campaign surrogate, the Post reported.“He was asked during the hearing about communications between Russia and the Trump campaign – not about meetings he took as a senator and a member of the Armed Services Committee,” Flores told the Post.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews JURASSIC WORLD FALLEN KINGDOM

first_img Is Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom good?It’s alright.Just alright?It’s fun, well made. I’m not 100% sure it’s better than Jurassic World, even if it is probably better directed and “put together” if that makes any sense.Who directed this time?J.A. Bayonna, late of The Orphanage, The Impossible and A Monster Calls. The Orphanage I really liked. The other two… not so much.Aren’t you the guy who doesn’t love Jurassic Park, though?It’s not that I’ve got a problem with Jurassic Park (the original), I just don’t think it’s honestly one of the “great” Spielberg films. It’s the best of its own franchise, the big dinosaur setpieces are masterpieces. It’s just that story/theme/characterwise it’s kind of just “okay” apart from the iconic lines and the underlining John Williams music. For me, you can really tell that at that point Spielberg wasn’t engaged in the narrative side of that kind of project anymore; especially when you compare it to how high-caliber the story/character stuff still is in Jaws, Raiders, etc. And I only really ever bring it up in the context of it thus not really bugging me that the sequels have mostly been big silly “run from the dinosaurs!” action movies… I just wish they had more variety.How so?This is the fifth one of these, and they all have basically the same overall setup: “Oh no! The dinosaur zoo broke and now all the dinosaurs can get out!” Which of course means that the logical assumption about any sequel would be “Oh, so now that’s an excuse to have the dinosaurs show up and chase people around in OTHER new, different, exciting places, right??” But instead, every time a sequel actually comes out they just end up walking it back with “No wait, there was a second dinosaur zoo! Or we have to go back to the first dinosaur zoo! Or guess what we built a whole new, tackier dinosaur zoo!” It’s been done. So credit where due to Fallen Kingdom – it at least finally feels like they’ve left the story in a place they can’t take back.Oh, because of the volcano thing?Yes. The starting-point this time is it turns out the island where they kept building the dinosaur zoos has been a volcano this whole time, and now it’s going to explode at any moment and make all the dinosaurs extinct again. So the rich guy who’s in charge of John Hammond’s estate sends Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in with a team to rescue as many of them as they can (along with Blue the “domesticated” velociraptor specifically). But it turns out that’s actually just the first act because said rich guy is actually evil: He wants to auction the dinosaurs off to other evil rich guys, so the heroes, two new less-interesting heroes, and Blue have to team up and rescue them.That’s… different. Anything else going on?Actually, yes! The villain’s whole dinosaur-trafficking scheme is all about funding the research being conducted by B.D. Wong’s once again returning mad scientist, Doctor Wu…Ooh! Did he make the dinosaur-soldiers he said he was going to make in the last one!?No – but he’s still “thinking about” doing it, so maybe in the next one. Instead, they made another mutant super-dinosaur to be the big Final Boss in this one, “The Indoraptor.” Also, the bad guys are holding a mysterious little girl sort-of prisoner for convoluted reasons that are a big spoiler but also don’t really… “matter?” It’s kind of hard to explain – I feel like these movies vastly overestimate how much people actually care about the “mythology” of the Jurassic Park universe, and they’re running out of callbacks to do. At this rate, Mr. DNA will be the surprise bad guy in Jurassic World 3.Okay, so it’s a little silly. What did you like about it?Well, for one thing I liked that it’s a little silly. In terms of the inevitable evolution of the Jurassic Park franchise into the dinosaurs being the good guys and you explicitly rooting for them it’s a solid setup, and after the (literal) barn-burner first act Bayonna thankfully avoids repeating familiar aesthetics from the rest of the series. The bad guy is running his operation out of a sprawling gothic mansion in the middle of nowhere complete with dungeons, secret passages and an underground lab for Dr. Wu’s evil experiments. So the whole thing eventually becomes a Universal Monsters/Hammer Horror “monster in the old dark house” riff with dinosaurs and that’s a good bit of fun. Unfortunately, the go-for-broke visuals are stuck in a screenplay that’s playing it extremely safe apart from the whole “let’s blow up Jurassic Park for good in Act I” push.In what sense?It’s like they’re afraid of actually following through. The evil bad guy manor is spooky but, it feels like it should be spookier. The twist to the little girl feels like it should be more… “twisted?” Making the dinosaurs – including the T-Rex and the other carnivores. Explicitly good-guy animals were meant to sympathize with over the nefarious rich guys is the smart play, but it never really feels as urgent as it should when they don’t spend enough time on exactly how much danger these bad guys pose to the dinosaurs or in what form? It’s missing the fearlessness with which the previous movie committed to even something as ridiculous as the raptor/motorcycle sequence. Though Bayonna does pull off one “holy shit!” tableau in particular (you’ll know it when you see it) as the “tragic mirror” to the most iconic uplifting shot of the franchise that might be the first legitimate tearjerker moment of the series.How are the actors?The weird thing with Pratt and Howard’s characters is the first Jurassic World was doing the whole “meta self-satire” thing about how a pumped-up remake of Jurassic Park was a tacky idea so it made sense for them to be these arch, action figure caricatures of a Rugged Macho Movie Hero and an Exasperated Career-Girl Love Interest. But now Fallen Kingdom isn’t really doing that “joke” anymore and yet their characters are the same. They’re not “bad,” necessarily – it’s just strange that they’re still doing this… like this.So… mixed bag, got it. Anything else to add?Rampage was better. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

Apple Watch gets its first exclusive game Watch Quest

first_imgAs mobile gaming continues to clench its fist around the gaming market, universal apps are becoming more popular — play a universal iPhone game in the bathroom at work, and pick up where you left off on your iPad at home. Sometimes, though — due to screen and control constraints or hardware limitations — a single game can’t be shared between smartphone and tablet. With the introduction of the smartwatches, mobile game developers now have to be aware of a third device with drastically different physical constraints and technical limitations. The solution might be disrupting the smooth transition the mobile market has made toward universal apps and focusing on exclusives, which is exactly what WayForward announced with the first-ever game exclusive to the Apple Watch, Watch Quest.While you might expect the game to be some sort of match-three variation (with light RPG elements, of course, thanks to the Quest suffix), WayForward claims its exclusive game will have more substance than, say, crushing candy does.The free-to-start game — a more honest phrase that Nintendo recently adopted to describe free-to-play games — sounds like some sort of hybrid between a city builder and light adventure RPG. The majority of the action — combat, puzzle-solving, and seeking loot — takes place on the Apple Watch, but you have to pop into your iPhone to manage your kingdom and replenish supplies.While the depth of the game remains in question until release, there is something appealing about being able to progress while away from your main gaming device. Sega’s Dreamcast tested this theory out with the VMU, or Visual Memory Unit, which was a memory card that doubled as a tiny auxiliary gaming device. Many gamers, specifically MMO enthusiasts, would love to make progress in their game of choice while commuting or stuck in line somewhere. The gaming world isn’t quite there yet, but perhaps Watch Quest can prove that a market exists. Some of us would certainly love to lessen the grind of our favorite MMOs while we’re spending some quality time in the bathroom.WayForward will make the first quest available for free, but players will need to purchase further content via microtransactions. You can expect Watch Quest to drop April 24.last_img read more

Flood damage shuts Thai airport

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J All flights in and out of Thailand’s second largest airport, Don Muang have been redirected or cancelled after flood water flowed onto the runways earlier this week.The airport announced in an online statement that from 25 October at 7.00pm water damage as well as affects from lightening forced the airport to cancel its operations until further notice.Nok Air announced that it had suspended all services to the airport, while Orient Thai said it would move its flights to Suvarnabhumi airport.The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) retained its ‘high degree of caution’ advice for travellers heading to or already in the country.In the online advice DFAT recommended holiday-makers contact their airlines to see if flights are running on time and while the majority of tourism regions remain unaffected, the region of Ayutthaya has received damage.“There is extensive flooding in outer parts of the greater Bangkok area,” the DFAT advice read.“The Thai authorities have warned that further flooding, including in inner Bangkok, is possible.”Meanwhile the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has stressed that mainly provinces in central Thailand have experience flood damage and main tourist regions such as Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Pattaya, Ko Chang, Rayong, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Ko Samui remain safe and unaffected by floods. TAT said while flood waters drain out via canals, tourists travelling to regions including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Sukhothai should consider air travel as some road leading in have been closed off and some railways terminated for the time being. Click here for more TAT updates on Thailand’s flooding. last_img read more

FILE In this Feb 5 2019 file photo Angelina J

first_img FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2019 file photo, Angelina Jolie holds a news conference at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Jolie is not ruling out running for public office. The 43-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy tells People magazine “never say never!” However, Jolie says she’s “looking to others for leadership.” In her role with the U.N.’s High Commission for Refugees, Jolie recently urged nations to deploy more women peacekeepers in order to prevent sexual violence against refugees. Jolie says “we have to change laws that treat women as second-class citizens.” (AP Photo, File) Angelina Jolie not ruling out public office in her future by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2019 6:23 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie is not ruling out running for public office.The 43-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy tells People magazine “never say never!” However, Jolie says she’s “looking to others for leadership.”In her role with the U.N.’s High Commission for Refugees, Jolie recently urged nations to deploy more women peacekeepers in order to prevent sexual violence against refugees. Jolie says “we have to change laws that treat women as second-class citizens.”Since breaking up with Brad Pitt more than two years ago, Jolie is focused on their six children and her work. Her oldest, Maddox, enters college in the fall.She wrapped up her first starring movie role in four years in “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” It’s due out in October.The interview appears in People’s April 15 issue.The Associated Presslast_img read more