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Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

first_imgDubai: An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn’t risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country’s south and home to an oil terminal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination. Mersin is some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of a refinery in Baniyas, Syria, where authorities alleged the Adrian Darya had been heading before being seized off Gibraltar in early July. Iranian state media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the new reported destination of the Adrian Darya, which carries 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some 130 million. Nor was there any immediate reaction from Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deals directly with Tehran and Russia over Syria’s long war. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya’s position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. At current speeds, it estimated the Adrian Darya would reach Mersin in about a week. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tanker’s detention and later release by Gibraltar has fueled the growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers over a year ago. In the time since, Iran lost billions of dollars in business deals allowed by the deal as the US re-imposed and created sanctions largely blocking Tehran from selling crude oil aboard, a crucial source of hard currency for the Islamic Republic.last_img read more

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Sam Moore Honored At 2018 Dream Ball Gala

first_imgThe Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the annual Dream Ball Gala on Monday, February 19 at the Bomb Factory in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore Performs At 2018 Dream BallThe gala is produced by Nancy Lieberman Charities, a 501c3 organization that promotes healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys, and is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Moore was presented with the Trailblazer Award by former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and also performed a short set during the program, garnering rave reviews. Fellow honoree Billy Crystal was joined by Bo Derek, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders, Jose’ Guzman, and Spud Webb, among other celebrities and local dignitaries, who were also in attendance. The Dream Ball Gala is one of several annual charity events organized by Nancy Lieberman Charities.On March 31st, Sam Moore will take part in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening season festivities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of playing baseball in Phoenix. Moore, who also was part of a group that sang the National Anthem on Opening Day in 1998, will perform the Star Spangled Banner before the opening of the game against the Colorado Rockies, the same opponent as their first game twenty years ago.Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Sam Moore found musical fame as one half of the ‘60s powerhouse duo Sam & Dave. With 1967’s hit “Soul Man,” the duo found lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave’s music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like “Hold On I’m Coming” have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. Moore, 81, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist and as a guest performer for dozens of his musical friends. The Legendary Soul Man recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore recently released his latest album. Sam Moore: An American Patriot, available for purchase including downloads on iTunes, Amazon, and more. The album was inspired by Moore’s performance of “America the Beautiful” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier and delivered his famous “Dream” speech.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.last_img read more

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Man arrested after streets sealed off in Hagersville

A man has been arrested after a police investigation that closed several roads in Hagersville on Friday. Haldimand OPP said the man taken into custody “without incident” around 3 p.m. OPP, including the tactical and rescue unit and emergency response team were at an address on Howard Street in Hagersville, starting around 5 a.m., in an investigation that started earlier with an unspecified incident on Six Nations. OPP spokesperson Const. Ed Sanchuk said police arrested the man at the Howard Street address, but deferred to Six Nations police for information about the earlier incident. Six Nations police spokesperson said it was an ongoing investigation. Vball@postmedia.com twitter.com/EXPVBall read more

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Ivorian Government must provide relief for all those in need UN envoy

On the second day of her month-long mission to the region, Carolyn McAskie, Humanitarian Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, met with government leaders and stressed the importance of the government’s role in the provision of emergency relief to those in need regardless of their location. She also reminded the Government of its responsibilities to protect civilians, including some one million internally displaced persons, the 50,000 Liberian refugees living in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the humanitarian personnel working to bring aid to vulnerable populations.The scale of displacement in Côte d’Ivoire is massive and increasing rapidly. Out of a population of 16 million, an estimated 600,000 were displaced internally by the end of November, according to an update issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Fighting in the west has since forced the displacement of perhaps an additional 500,000. The total number of IDPs topped 1.1 million by the beginning of January. In addition, over 23,000 Ivorian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries, and 129,000 third-country nationals are retuning home to neighbouring Liberia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Ghana.For a further assessment of the situation of many of the people displaced by the violence, Ms. McAskie will tomorrow visit shantytowns in Abidjan.Meanwhile, using canoes and buses, staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are set to begin the repatriation of thousands of frightened Liberian refugees from western Côte d’Ivoire. UNHCR has requested a police security escort following days of negotiations with local villages for safe passage. The return will require five buses to transport 100 Liberians 30 kilometres to the Cavaly River – which forms the border between the two countries – where the canoes will be waiting to ferry them across. According to a UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, nearly 2,400 Liberian refugees have registered at the agency’s office in the town of Tabou over the past three days. “They include 850 who had fled into the compound earlier this month to escape growing tensions with the local population, and hundreds of others who came from surrounding villages upon hearing of the return operation,” Kris Janowski said. read more

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Nepal UN rights chief hails governments pledge to respect humanitarian laws

Welcoming the Government’s declaration of 26 March, Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan reiterated his readiness to provide technical assistance to support the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC) in carrying out the necessary monitoring role.In a letter to Nepalese Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa, Mr. Ramcharan noted that the Government’s commitment provided for a specific monitoring role for NHRC with external technical assistance and stressed that to be effective, the declaration needed to be accompanied by a firm commitment to nationwide monitoring of adherence to international standards under the aegis and mandate of the NHRC.He expressed his sincere hope that the move would help protect civilians from the armed conflict and contribute to building confidence in the Himalayan kingdom, which has been torn by conflict between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).Mr. Annan called on both sides last week “to take immediate steps to end the fighting and resume the peace process with the participation of all political and civil forces in the country.” read more

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Whittle Consulting well prepared to optimise an avalanche of African projects

first_imgWhittle Consulting, strategic optimisation specialists for the mining industry worldwide, has announced a number of contract awards in Africa in the first half of 2010. The appointment announced at the end of April 2010 of Steve Burks as MD of Whittle’s African subsidiary based in Johannesburg was prompted by existing work as well as the award or imminent prospect of several new studies. During this period, work was completed on a comprehensive optimisation study of the Navachab gold mining and processing operation for Anglo Gold Ashanti in Namibia. This followed work done for the Ghanaian operations of the same company in 2009, relating to the Iduapriem open pit.More recently, Goldfields awarded a study of the Tarkwa gold production operation in Ghana to Whittle Consulting, and work has also recently commenced on a study of the Black Rock mining operation and Assmang’s related manganese ore processing, transport, ferromanganese smelting and product distribution activities. Assmang is a joint venture company between African Rainbow Minerals and Assore. Good progress has also been made in marketing to several other prospective clients in the platinum, gold and iron ore sectors and further awards may follow soon.Steve Burks commented “Typically, these studies link the complete geological, mining, processing, logistics and product marketing elements of the overall operation. This provides the owner with a detailed business model of the complete value chain across several distinct operational departments or even multiple mines and processing plants, regardless of scale or complexity. Our aim is to identify improved operational strategies and alternative scenarios for the future, to enable the client to increase net present value of the enterprise by a significant amount. Improvements in the range 5-35% in NPV have often been demonstrated to be possible when accompanied by committed implementation by the customer of the strategies identified in our studies. Frequently, this is achieved before the application of any new capital investments simply by optimising the use of the existing or approved assets.”This work adds to Whittle Consulting’s current global portfolio of work including studies of projects and operations in Australasia, North America and Chile. The same approach to enterprise optimisation is used by all operational offices of the group, and lessons learned in each region are incorporated on new projects in other regions to the extent permitted by the confidentiality agreements signed with each customer.last_img read more

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Sharyn Gols new coal washing plant and export markets

first_imgSharyn Gol has successfully commissioned its new coal wash plant, which is located next to its producing coal mine in Sharyn Gol city, Darkhan province, Mongolia. The plant, which has the capacity to wash 600,000 t/y of raw coal, enables Sharyn Gol to produce an export grade coal, as well as a premium coal product for the domestic industrial market. The company says it “is Mongolia’s second operating coal wash plant and the only coal wash plant that has the potential to supply the domestic market. The investment in the wash plant reflects Sharyn Gol’s commitment to solutions for the production of environmentally friendly, value-added coal products.”Sharyn Gol’s Chairman, Batmunkh B., stated, “This investment by Sharyn Gol is consistent with the Mongolian government’s policy of encouraging Mongolian mining companies to invest in mineral processing technology. The wash plant opens a new chapter in the history of Sharyn Gol, which is celebrating its 50th year of operations.”Sharyn Gol has also executed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mongol Sammok Logistics, which is a joint venture between the Mongolian state and Sammok Shipping Co of South Korea. The signing ceremony took place at the Mongol Business Summit.Under the terms of the agreement, both parties have agreed to cooperate to export Sharyn Gol’s washed coal to the South Korean market. It is intended to transport the coal through Russia via rail to Rajin port in Rason Free Economic Zone, North Korea, after which it will be loaded onto a vessel and delivered into the South Korean market. The parties anticipate beginning with a 25,000 t trial shipment and will expand the export operations after the successful completion of the trial shipment.James Passin, Sharyn Gol Director and representative of Firebird Management, the New York-based investment fund that holds a controlling stake in Sharyn Gol, stated, “We are honoured to play a role in pioneering a new export route for Mongolian mineral exporters. We believe that Sharyn Gol is well positioned to expand its coal washing and export capacity in the future.”Sharyn Gol is located 215 km north of Ulaanbaatar and 45 km southeast of the city of Darkhan on Mongolia’s main national rail line.last_img read more

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Nedim Remili to stay in Paris until 2022

Nedim Remili will stay three years more at PSG Handball.The 23-years old lethander made amazing development among French champions, where he came from local rival US Creteil before the start of the season 2016/2017. Powerful right back got quickly a chance to become regular member of the French national team.TOP 20 “BEST BUY” 2016/2017: Nedim Remili is the KING of the season!The new contract is signed until 2022.Devinez qui reste avec nous jusqu’en 2022 ?! #BestDrive #PartenaireMajeur @psghand @Nedim_Remili pic.twitter.com/sy2DcHDS6q— BestDrive France (@BestDriveFrance) September 10, 2018PHOTO: PSG Handball handball contractNedim RemiliPSG Handball ← Previous Story SEHA: Milosavljev saves Vardar’s win in Presov Next Story → ASOBAL: Buzzer-beater in Leon, Barca scores 50 goals read more

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WWE Smackville Highlights Kofi Kingston retains Championship Ali replaces Finn Balor

first_img Now Playing Up Next Triple H Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WhatsApp Videos Articles Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship? The Miz Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE posted these highlights and exclusive post-match interviews on their YouTube Channel from last night’s Smackville WWE Network special. Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Vince Mcmahon Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ringlast_img read more

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Macau GGR down 83 in April

first_imgMacau’s gaming operators recorded gross gaming revenue of MOP$23.58 billion in April, down 8.3% year-on-year according to figures from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.The April numbers, which were also 8.7% lower than March’s total, represent the third time in four months GGR has fallen compared to the same period in 2018. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts Load More For the first four months of 2019, Macau GGR is down 2.4% year-on-year to MOP$99.73 billion.Bernstein analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu estimated the decline was due to a fall in VIP GGR of around 20% year-on-year, with mass GGR up by low single digits,“VIP GGR may have been the lowest since early 2017,” they said, but added, “It is possible April has been the low point of the growth deceleration in Macau.”last_img read more

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TPR prosecutes recruitment agency for pensions noncompliance

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) is prosecuting Hertfordshire-based SKL Professional Recruitment Agency and its managing director for allegedly failing to enroll the organisation’s 22 employees into a workplace pension.SKL Professional Recruitment Agency, which provides staff in the care sector, and 54-year-old managing director Linus Kadzere are accused of willfully failing to comply with auto-enrolment obligations, contradicting Sections 45 and 46 of the Pensions Act 2008.The defendants are also accused of knowingly providing false information to TPR, claiming that they had, in fact, enrolled the 22 employees into a workplace pension scheme. Providing false information in this way is an offence under Section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004.SKL Professional Recruitment Agency and Kadzere will each face three charges of willfully failing to comply with automatic enrolment duties, and one charge of knowingly or recklessly providing false and misleading information to TPR. This will occur at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 4 September 2019.The maximum sentence for these charges in magistrates’ court is an unlimited fine.SKL Professional Recruitment Agency was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

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Erins Law Passes Alaska Senate

first_imgPhoto courtesy Erin Merryn.The Alaska Senate unanimously passed Erin’s Law this morning.  The law  provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools.Erin’s Law would educate children in public schools to speak up if something inappropriate happens. It also trains teachers and trusted adults to recognize signs that a child is being abused.RELATED: Legislature Weighs ‘Erin’s Law’Republican Senator Lesil McGuire brought forth a Senate bill identical to the House version first sponsored by Democratic Representative Garan Tarr. McGuire testified that Erin’s Law was the first step toward eliminating sexual abuse of children in Alaska.“We lead the nation. This is one of those places where I hope a decade from now that we’ll be not leading the nation that we will completely flip the statistics. And I think this is gonna be a big part of it, Mr. President, is asking that our schools put age appropriate education about good touch, bad touch, good secrets, bad secrets,” McGuire said.Sponsors expect that training would reach more than 90 percent of Alaska’s youth who attend public schools and the adults who spend a lot of time with them.Erin’s Law, named after 29-year-old Erin Merryn  from Illinois, who was sexually abused as a child and has made it her goal to pass the law in all 50 states.The law includes two-year delay for implementation. Governor Sean Parnell supports Erin’s Law.The House version sits in the Finance Committee. The law has been passed in 12 states and is pending in 25 others.last_img read more

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Alaska Native groups ask Dunleavy to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_img(Graphic by Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant), PhD-c, courtesy of Urban Indian Health Institute)Several Alaska Native organizations asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday to fund investigations and prosecutions of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Kendra Kloster, executive director of Native Peoples Action, drafted a letter to Dunleavy asking for his support.“There’s an alarming number of Indigenous women and girls that have disappeared or been murdered each year, and we just feel that there’s really an absence of a voice for them,” she said.The letter asked Dunleavy to include money in his proposal for the next state budget, which his administration is scheduled to release on Dec. 15.“We need to be able to get the data, and then we need people to not only investigate, but to follow up,” Kloster said.In response to questions about the letter, Dunleavy spokesman Jeff Turner said the Department of Public Safety will make a recommendation in its proposed budget for the Dunleavy administration to review.Dunleavy said in a statement to the Associated Press that as a father of three girls, his heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones to violence. He said through a spokesman that public safety in Alaska is broken, and he is committed to fixing it.In his final draft budget, former Gov. Bill Walker included funding for two investigators for these cases. It would also provide money to inventory past cases and analyze law enforcement’s approach to the issue.A recent study by Urban Indian Health Institute found that Anchorage was the city with the third-highest number of Native women who were murdered, after Seattle and Tucson.Native Peoples Action is a nonprofit started in 2017 that aims to protect traditional values in the Alaska Native people. Its work includes promoting voting rights for Alaska Natives.The others who signed onto the letter include leaders of Native Movement, Native American Rights Fund, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Fairbanks Native Association, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Beaver Village Council, First Alaskans Institute, Kawerak Inc. and the Pathways to Prevention Statewide Steering Committee.last_img read more

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50 parliamentary committees constituted

first_imgJatiya Sangsad. File PhotoAll the 50 parliamentary committees were constituted within 10 sittings of the maiden session of the 11th parliament.The 11th parliament went its maiden session on 30 January and all the 50 parliamentary committees were formed unanimously within only 10 sittings after the formation process started on 3 February, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury told the House on Wednesday.”The formation of all the parliamentary committees within only 10 sittings is a rare example and milestone,” she said.Shirin thanked leader of the House and prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her patience and giving long time in the committee formation process.”Sitting in parliament, she wrote names of members of all the committees with her own hand taking long time with patience,” the speaker said amid thumping on the desk by the treasury and opposition bench MPs.Showing the MPs the copy of the PM’s handwriting, Shirin said the handwritings will be preserved in the archive of parliament as a rare document.Earlier in the day, the Jatiya Sangsad formed seven parliamentary committees.Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury placed separate proposals for constitution of the seven committees in the House. The MPs endorsed the proposals through their voice votes.Among the committees formed on Wednesday, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the chairman of the Business Advisory Committee, the Standing Committee of Privileges and the Committee on Petitions.Of the four other committees, Dabirul Islam (Thakurgaon-2) is the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on CHT Affairs Ministry, while Meher Afroz head of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry.Besides, ASM Feroz is the chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings and Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah is the head of the Library Committee,The chairmen of all the seven committees are ruling party MPs.last_img read more

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Conyers Resigning Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

first_img Share J. Scott Applewhite/APRep. John Conyers, D-Mich., seen in 2011, has resigned over allegations of sexual harassment.Updated at 11:15 a.m. ETRep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said he will step down from Congress as of Tuesday, amid allegations of sexual misconduct leveled by multiple women.Conyers told a Detroit radio show this morning that “I am retiring today,” though he is effectively resigning. He also said in an interview on The Mildred Gaddis Show that he wants his son, John Conyers III to succeed him in Congress. “My legacy will continue through my children,” Conyers said.Michigan law says it’s up to the governor to call a special election to fill the seat.Earlier, Conyers’ grand nephew, Michigan State Senator Ian Conyers, told the New York Times that he planned to run for the elder Conyers’ seat.John Conyers spoke from an undisclosed hospital, according to his attorney, where he is being treated for stress related health concerns.Several women have accused the Michigan Democrat, who is the most senior member of Congress, of verbal abuse, inappropriate touching and groping over decades.Conyers, 88, has denied the allegations, saying today that “they are not accurate, they are not true,” but amid an inquiry by the House Ethics Committee following revelations of a settlement two years ago for wrongful dismissal of a female former employee, Conyers is stepping down. The Ethics Committee does not investigate former members, so that inquiry would likely come to an end.A woman who received a $27,000 confidential settlement, Marion Brown, described to NBC’s Today last week her accusations against Conyers. “Violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business, and then propositioning for sex,” Brown said. “He just violated my body. He has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional.”Brown said she came forward because she wants “to be a voice,” and so that her granddaughter would “not have to endure sexism and gender inequality. I thought it was worth the risk to stand up for all the women in the workforce that are voiceless.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had called for Conyers’ resignation following Brown’s TV appearance, after previously defending him by calling him an “icon.”The same day as Pelosi’s remarks, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., also said Conyers should resign. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., one of Pelosi’s top deputies in House Democratic leadership and the highest-ranking African-American in Congress, had also told Conyers he should resign, Politico reported.Conyers stepped down as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 26. He was the first African-American member of that committee.Giving up his spot on the committee was a move that a senior Democratic aide said Pelosi helped orchestrate. The minority leader had spent a few days prior to Nov. 26 working with Conyers and other Congressional Black Caucus members on how to “lay groundwork for him to step aside gracefully,” the aide told NPR’s Scott Detrow.On Nov. 27, Pelosi said she had spoken to another woman, Melanie Sloan, a founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who had worked for Conyers and also came forward. She told the Washington Post of alleged mistreatment and verbal abuse, though Sloan said she did not believe she was sexually harassed by Conyers.Conyers’ potential resignation was raised in a statement by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La. Richmond said he had met with Conyers Nov. 28 and had a “very candid conversation about the seriousness of the allegations against him, which he vehemently denies.”He added, “Any decision to resign from office before the ethics investigation is complete is John’s decision to make.”Conyers missed two roll call votes in the House on the evening of Nov. 28, and he was photographed that night on a flight from Washington, D.C., back to Detroit.Conyers was first elected in 1964 and is a founding member of the CBC. He had previously served on the staff of former Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. Conyers’ congressional career, which spanned more than 50 years, included voting for articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. He sponsored the bill to declare Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday a national holiday, as well as the Alcohol Warning Label, National Voter Registration and Hate Crime Statistics acts.He also hired civil rights heroine Rosa Parks to serve on his congressional staff in his Detroit office. Parks worked for Conyers for more than 30 years.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Netflix Is Set to Adapt Neil Gaimans Sandman Comics Into TV Show

first_img“I … came to the conclusion that the best version of this property exists as an HBO series or limited series, not as a feature film, not even as a trilogy,” Heisserer told io9 in 2016. “The structure of the feature film really doesn’t mesh with this. So I went back and said here’s the work that I’ve done. This isn’t where it should be. It needs to go to TV.” Sandman, Neil Gaiman’s dark mythology comic, is reportedly coming to Netflix: The streaming company and Warner Bros. are signing a major deal to adapt the best-seller comic into a new live-action TV show, The Hollywood Reporter noted.No other production details have been disclosed at this time, however, Allan Heinberg (ABC’s The Catch, Grey’s Anatomy, Wonder Woman) will reportedly serve as the showrunner of the Sandman TV series. Gaiman, the creator of Sandman and co-creator of the Good Omens Amazon Prime Video series, is set to hold the role of executive producer with David Goyer (Man of Steel). Netflix and Warner Bros. didn’t provide any comments on the Sandman deal.Netflix Set to Order Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ as an Original https://t.co/8Np4kvwYrE pic.twitter.com/JqOkHnzy8Q— What’s on Netflix (@whatonnetflix) July 1, 2019Netflix’s latest take will be the first Sandman TV show after there have been many efforts to make Gaiman’s comic into a hit series or film. Previously, New Line Cinema tried to adapt the graphic novel into a movie, however, this attempt failed. In late 2013, Gaiman announced that he was working with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the film, however, Gordon-Levitt left the movie project in March 2016 due to creative differences with the New Line Cinema studio. Eric Heisserer, a screenwriter who was previously involved in New Line Cinema’s Sandman project, also said he wasn’t working with it anymore and that it should be a TV series instead. What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies Stay on target The Sandman show was also reportedly pitched to other streaming outlets, such as HBO, but Netflix recently picked up the series and moved forward with it, Engadget reported.What secrets await in the land of dreams? Discover the answer in THE DREAMING VOL. 1: PATHWAYS AND EMANATIONS, out now: https://t.co/Bhvcq78ui0 pic.twitter.com/10mMZrN8xi— DC Vertigo (@vertigo_comics) June 11, 2019Sandman, which hit shelves in the late ’80s and early ’90s, follows the story of Morpheus, the Lord of Dreams, and other six Endless beings (Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction) who display characteristics of the universe. A major theme in the comic is that change is bound to happen, even if you try to fight against it. Sandman is currently published by Vertigo, an imprint of the U.S. comic book publisher DC Comics.Information on the Sandman series is scant, however, it could be a treat for fans who’ve been hoping for a TV series based on the popular graphic novel for years.More on Geek.com:Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ Fantasy Series Is Coming to Amazon on May 31New ‘The Witcher’ Posters Tease Netflix’s Video Game Adaptation‘The Office’ Leaves Netflix in Latest Streaming War Showdownlast_img read more

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Anthem Gets Day One Patch Six Days Later

first_img Man does it look like a lot of my fears about Anthem are coming true. While the core act of flying around in an off-brand Iron Man suit with your buddies looks fun, and BioWare did manage to sneak in some of its trademark rich role-playing storytelling around the multiplayer margins, everything surrounding the game makes me think EA should’ve just let smash hit battle royale Apex Legends have February all to itself.Live games as services like Anthem typically have rocky launches as they struggle to deal with millions of new online players logging into a system designed to give out content for months to come. Just ask Destiny, the looter shooter Anthem takes most of its cues from and whose tortured life only now looks promising since Bungie is leaving Activision. Because of this these games typically get derided as unfinished public betas that are charging full price. And honestly it’s hard to argue against that when Anthem has just gotten its “day one patch” six days after release.Now technically Anthem’s “official” release date is February 22. That’s EA’s excuse for calling these substantial fixes a day one patch. But if you can make sense of Anthem’s inexplicably confusing release calendar you’ll realize that the most dedicated players were encouraged to pay for special editions that, among other things, allowed them to play the full game a week early. Not a broken beta, but a broken “final” game.AdChoices广告Therefore, the most loyal Anthem players have had to suffer through the most egregious technical issues this patch reportedly fixes. Here are just a few.Fixed many infinite loading screensA number of issues have been fixed that were causing players to disconnect or crashLoot Reveal and Expedition Summary now correctly play during the end of expedition screen.Players can no longer fall through the floor during the 3rd trial in the Fortress of DawnAddressed a variety of situations where killing enemies does not properly progress world eventsAddressed a number of situations where players can get stuck on the environment in the launch bayFixed an issue that would cause a Stronghold server crash after defeating the last bossThere are dozens more patch notes you can read on Anthem’s site. We think it’s great BioWare is improving the game, but it’s weirdly dishonest to act like players should’ve expected the version they’re been playing already to be essentially unfinished. Technical issues also seem like maybe the least of Anthem’s problems but I haven’t personally played it so I can’t judge yet.If you’re still confused, yes, Anthem is available now. While you wait for this patch to install watch Neill Blomkamp’s live-action Anthem short. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

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An eye on the neighbour

first_imgWhen neighbours turn friends and display their artworks, it is a sight to watch out for. Jagath Weerasinghe, Anura Krishantha and Pala Pothupitiye are three artists from Sri Lanka who unveiled through their work narratives of a community redefined by transgressions and traumas. Together, the three artists depict diverse narratives of resistance developed in a society and a country that has for last 30 years witnessed multiple crises, the most visible of them being a highly destructive civil war that ended in 2009. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Notions of nationhood, citizenry and humanity are problematised in these narratives, painted, drawn and constructed to be read without compromising either the meanings or the aesthetics.Among the three artists, Jagath Weerasinghe is the seniormost who successfully dislodged the milieu from its excessive affinity with an Oriental sensibility. In his present works, Weerasinghe presents a series of works titled ‘Who Are You Soldier’, a re-formulated theme from his 1996 series with the same title. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPala Pothupitiye represents the second generation of artists that continue the legacy of the 90s art. Pothupitiye’s current works executed on maps cast a profound gaze upon the land and its people as victims of geopolitical agendas of states and dissenting groups. His attention on the politics of cartography and the emotions that overwhelm communities, nations and individuals on the basis of mythical and historical claims for ownership over land that fuel wars, domination and victimisation has produced a significant array of layered artworks in the form of maps. Anura Krishantha represents the most recent generation of artists whose art-making playfully absorbs the youthful preoccupations of urbanity and its globalised visuals and consumerist aspects of life, it discontents are presented as a fantasy imbued with power, illusion and danger. Krishantha, who has been working with the visual motif of chairs for over five years, predominantly bases his aesthetics on a mixture of pop and kitsch.Autobiographical in many senses and cathartic in other, the Sri Lankan artistes traces the transformations through a process of placing themselves in the center of the work. They are part of the anguished society.last_img read more

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Envision Festival is officially sold out

first_imgRelated posts:Envision Festival announces 2016 music and arts lineup Envision Festival, Paula Rock, and other happenings around Costa Rica Beerfest to pour into La Sabana Park Artist Justin Griffin-Zúñiga receives first solo show in Costa Rica Since 2010, Envision has beenone of the most anticipated events of the year: The massive festival in the Pacific town of Uvita celebrates sustainable permaculture, music, yoga and spiritual openness, attracting thousands of people.But as of 5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, the festival hit its limit: Envision is officially sold out.“There are no longer any general admission tickets available for Envision,” read a message on the festival’s website. “If you have not purchased your ticket at this time, please do not come to the venue as you will be turned around to find somewhere else to go.”Popularity has long been a conundrum for festival organizers, as throngs of Costa Ricans, expats, and international travelers cram into a small patch of rain forest and beach. While a large percentage of attendees prefer to camp on the premises, area hotels struggle to accommodate the influx.All this despite the price: Admission cost as much as $300; the least-expensive option (a ticket good only for Sunday) cost $80 and could only have been purchased if there was room available. But now that the festival has reached capacity, no such tickets will be sold.In related news, 40,000 individual tickets for Burning Man were made available since Feb. 11 and have not yet sold out. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Air New Zealand Skycouch scoops prestigious Conde Nast Traveller Award

first_imgSource = Air New Zealand Air New Zealand’s Skycouch Economy seat has won the Aviation category in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2011 Innovation and Design Awards.The Kiwi designed Economy Skycouch was selected ahead of new First Class A380 cabin designs entered by both Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines.Conde Nast Travellers’ Innovation and Design Awards celebrate excellence in travel across ten categories including Aviation, Gourmet, Culture and Retail.  An expert panel developed a short list from all entries, and the winners were chosen by a readers’ vote.  The magazine commented that Air New Zealand is “… smoothing the way with its inventive approach to economy seating.”Air New Zealand Deputy CEO Norm Thompson says, “This latest award reinforces how revolutionary the Skycouch concept is in the commercial aviation sector.  While airlines have made incremental improvements to their premium cabins over the years, no other airline has put this level of research and development effort into improving the Economy flying experience.“Conde Nast Traveller’s readers are very experienced travellers who understand how the flexible Skycouch space makes such a difference to long haul Economy travel, where most travellers would give anything to be able to lie down for a rest.  The ability to be able to rest on a sofa-like platform – without the cost of upgrading to a premium cabin – is a huge relief for those travelling on 12 hour legs to Los Angeles and 24 hour journeys to London.”Air New Zealand offers the Skycouch option on the first 10 outboard rows of the Economy cabin in its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft operating NZ1 and NZ2 between Auckland and London, via Los Angeles.  last_img read more

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