Interview: Daniel Levin, DP of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story

first_imgWe sat down with the DP of Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story to talk about projects with a social impact and creating work you’re proud of.“In 2012 Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman. Martin, a 17-year-old African-American high school student, was visiting a friend with his father and was unarmed. Based on Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder, claiming he shot Martin in self-defense. The fatal encounter and the subsequent trial sparked outrage and protests and shined an unforgiving light on issues including race, politics, power, money and gun control. Across six episodes, this unscripted documentary recounts the life and legacy of Trayvon and includes interviews combined with home videos, family photos, and news footage. It also addresses cultural and societal issues surrounding the tragedy, and it presents an in-depth examination into the investigation, trial, and the not-guilty verdict.” (Paramount)PremiumBeat: Daniel, can you tell us a little about your background, career path, and how it led to working on Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story?Daniel Levin: I have been working in documentary film since I was in high school and, professionally, for over 15 years. I have worked on feature documentaries and series that often touch on social issues facing America and beyond. From Brick City, Chicagoland, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, to Rest In Power, I have focused my work on documentaries that aim to tell stories that define the challenges in urban America, as well as uncover hard truths in the social and political landscape that affects all our lives, whether we know it or not.  PB: How was the experience of working on such a socially impactful story?DL: To work on such a socially impactful story was extremely gratifying as well as emotionally intense. To dive deep into the Trayvon Martin story was to not only look into America’s racist past and present, but it also further informed me on the current climate we live in today — something I hope viewers will take away from this series, as well. To me, the beauty of the documentary experience is that as filmmakers and as the audience, we gain a new insight and understanding of stories that can hopefully create a dialogue and an opportunity for change.  PB: As a DP, how did you work with the director to evolve and create the look of the show?DL: I have been fortunate enough to work with the directors, Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, previously, and we had a strong working relationship going into this project. For this series, we wanted to portray the textures and feeling of the real environments that this tragedy and subsequent story took place in. We wanted to feel the atmosphere and nuances of Florida, the Retreat, where the shooting happened, Sanford, Goldsboro, Miami Gardens, America . . . they all had unique aspects, which we wanted to capture for the audience. We also wanted to present the parents of Trayvon Martin, Tracy and Sybrina, in a light that not only showed their strength and courage, but that also reflected the media pressure they have lived with since this tragic event took place — this was part of the reason we captured them on a sound stage, with the footprint of production visible.  PB: Which camera and lenses did you decide to use? And why?DL: We used two Sony FS7 cameras for all interviews, stacked in a wide and tight position. We predominantly used the Canon Cinema Zooms CN-E 30-105mm and CN-E 15.5-47mm for sit-down interviews with a close-up and wide shot. Both lenses have a nice focal range ideal for interviews, and I love the crisp, sharp look of the cinema zooms. PB: What was your lighting package like?DL: We filmed most interviews on location in functioning spaces like offices and houses, so we had to keep a semi-compact footprint. For the steamy summer heat in Florida, I tried to stay all LED, using Astra Bi-color light Panels and LiteMats, which fit well in compact spaces. We created book-lights and tried to bounce light or shoot through diffusion whenever possiblePB: How do you ensure that you consistently make work you’re proud of?DL: I believe it is important to keep pushing yourself in this business, especially in the documentary world. I try to approach each new project with an understanding of how it can compel my film education forward, whether through the story that is being told, or through the people I am collaborating with. PB: What’s next for you, and what are you creatively excited for?DL: I am directing a feature documentary and producing — and I’m the cinematographer — for an important documentary on education in America. I can’t divulge the specifics of either, but I am proud of and excited for them both. I look forward to discussing them next year when they are completed. Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Interview: Julie Benz on Work Ethic, Challenging Roles, and Paying it Forward The Lowdown on the Short Form from Three Nominated SeriesScreenwriter Norman Steinberg on Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, and Getting HeardActor Charlie Schlatter on Work, Health, and ComplacencyInterview: How Filmmaker Jessica Sanders Brought a Tiny Person into a Big Worldlast_img read more

India skipper MS Dhoni gets doctorate

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University after the conclusion of a Twenty20 practice match against Leicestershire here on Monday. VideoDhoni was praised for his exemplary leadership quality and achievements before he became an Honorary Doctor of Letters at a ceremony here.Dhoni has achieved many milestones in his career. Under his captaincy, the Indian team won in the 2007 ICC world twenty20 championships, the 2007-08 Commonwealth Bank one day series and most recently the 2011 cricket world cup.He holds records for the most catches in an innings and the longest unbeaten run as a captain. He also holds the award for the fastest century scored by an Indian wicketkeeper.In 2008 and 2009, Dhoni was also named the ICC’s one-day international player of the year.Dhoni is currently captaining the Indian team, which has been whitewashed 0-4 in the just-concluded Test series by England.The limited overs series will start with a one off Twenty20 match on August 31.Dhoni’s big break came when he was discovered by the BCCI in India’s small-town talent-spotting initiative while playing in Jamshedpur in 2003.In the same year he was picked for the India A squad and in the few years that followed Dhoni was selected for the one day international tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan.”I am amazed and honoured to receive this award,” said Dhoni.”I see this award as an honour for not only me as the captain of the Indian cricket team but for something for the whole team to be proud of,” he said.advertisementSpeaking about the award, Vice-Chancellor of DMU, Professor Dominic Shellard, said: “De Montfort University is honoured to join with our key partner, Leicestershire County Cricket Club, in recognising Mahendra Dhoni’s significant sporting achievements, in the presence of many of our staff and students.”last_img read more

5 lakh units of Realme 3 sold within 3 weeks: Price, next sale date

first_imgAfter a successful debut last year, Realme seems to have started 2019 on a high note as well. The company has announced that it has sold 5 lakh units of the Realme 3 (Review) since its first sale three weeks ago. The Realme 3 was launched in India in March touting a premium glasstic design, a waterdrop display, a dependable Helio P70 chipset and Android Pie with ColorOS 6, all at a budget price starting under Rs 10,000.Realme claims it sold 3,11,800 units of the Realme 3 in the first two sales. The Realme 3 was launched in India starting at Rs 8,999 for the base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is also a second variant with a 4GB/64GB configuration that is priced Rs 10,999. The Realme 3 is available in Dynamic Black, Radiant Blue and Black colours. It is sold on Flipkart and, and the next sale date is scheduled for Tuesday, April 9 at 12pm.Realme 3 specificationsThe Realme 3 brings a similar dewdrop display as the Realme 2 Pro and Realme U1. You get a 6.2-inch HD+ (1520×720) screen with a high screen-to-body ratio. The Realme 3 is also the company’s first phone to sport gradient colours in Dynamic Black and Radiant Blue. The rear panel is of a glossy, glass-like material that seamlessly curves around the sides to offer a unibody design.Realme’s latest handset gets the same 2.1GHz Helio P70 octa-core chipset as the Realme U1. This is a MediaTek chipset with four Cortex-A53 cores and four Cortex-A73 cores along with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. In our review, we found the processor capable of running games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 really well. The Realme 3 is also the first Realme phone to ship with Android Pie with the latest ColorOS 6.0 on top.advertisementThe Realme 3 gets a 13MP + 2MP dual camera system on the back with a Nightscape mode for impressive low-light photography and Chroma Boost mode that uses AI to offer better dynamic range, contrast and exposure in daylight conditions. On the front, the Realme 3 gets a single 13MP f/2.0 selfie snapper housed in the waterdrop notch. The Realme 3 also gets the same 4,230mAh battery as the Realme 2, delivering a day and a half of battery life on a single charge with ease.ALSO READ | Realme 3 review: A good all-rounder, but can it take on Redmi Note 7last_img read more

Talking Horses: Dan Skelton is jump racing’s Christmas number one

first_imgOur latest ‘trainer form’ tableDan Skelton 32% (38) Nicky Henderson 31% (26) Dr Richard Newland 29% (7) Donald McCain 26% (23) Nicky Richards 25% (8) Lucinda Russell 25% (4) Colin Tizzard 23% (39) Emma Lavelle 23% (13) Sue Smith 23% (13) Warren Greatrex 20% (20) Ben Pauling 20% (10) Malcolm Jefferson 20% (5) Jonjo O’Neill 19% (27) Nigel Twiston-Davies 18% (33) Kim Bailey 18% (22) Peter Bowen 18% (11) Fergal O’Brien 17% (18) Evan Williams 15% (27) Paul Nicholls 14% (43) Tom George 14% (28) Kerry Lee 14% (7) Charlie Longsdon 13% (23) Alan King 11% (18) Gary Moore 10% (40) David Pipe 10% (29) Brian Ellison 8% (13) Venetia Williams 8% (12) Neil Mulholland 7% (29) Philip Hobbs 5% (20) Ian Williams 4% (25) Tim Vaughan 0% (17) Oliver Sherwood 0% (13) Nick Williams 0% (11) Harry Fry 0% (10) Rebecca Curtis 0% (6) Chris Cook: When Nicky Richards went top of our form table last Monday, I little thought he’d be bagging the big prize at Cheltenham five days later. Silly me for not paying more attention. Richards, along with his fellow northern trainer Lucinda Russell, continues to ride high in this table from a handful of runners, which doesn’t justify blind support but at least indicates there’s nothing much wrong with those horses that are being sent to the track. Those consistent, big-time operators Dan Skelton and Nicky Henderson have taken over the top spots this week. Dr Richard Newland is prominent, albeit on the back of only two winners from seven; they might be significant because he’d been fairly quiet. Jonjo O’Neill, Charlie Longsdon and Alan King all seem to be heading in the right direction. Neil Mulholland’s two recent winners beat a total of three rivals between them but his Kalondra ran to a high level at Cheltenham on Saturday, so perhaps that yard is turning the corner. Harry Fry has gone a bit quiet, while Philip Hobbs remains out of form. Each Monday through the core jumps season, we’ll monitor the relative success of 35 major jumps stables. The percentage figure is their win strike-rate for the last fortnight, while their total number of runners in that time is shown in brackets. Today’s best bets, by Chris CorriganOxwich Bay (1.00) was a strongly fancied second-favourite to win a 19-runner Cheltenham novices’ handicap hurdle a month ago but was outpaced up the hill by another well-backed runner, Magic Dancer, the favourite. The runner-up reappears in a maiden hurdle at Ffos Las today. The appearance that the Cheltenham run was decent form was substantiated when the horse in third place that day, Champagne City, finished an admirable third in a handicap hurdle at Cheltenham last Friday. Evan Williams, Oxwich Bay’s trainer, said after the race on 17 November: “I’d say we’ll drop him into a maiden hurdle over Christmas. He’s badly handicapped now.”When bookmakers opened their market on Ffos Las’s opening race late on Sunday afternoon Oxwich Bay was a 6-4 chance, but he has now gone odds-on. That reluctance to hold the longer odds seems justified.Indeed, Williams looks set for a short-priced double with the 5-4 shot Holdbacktheriver (2.05), who handled heavy ground when finishing a promising third at Chepstow four weeks ago.At Musselburgh, Doktor Glaz (2.50) can build on a solid second at Wetherby last month, also over three miles, and on similar ground to the good-to-soft surface forecast for today. Rose Dobbin, who describes the seven-year-old, available at 9-4, as “a huge animal”, is enjoying an excellent strike-rate with runners at present. Tips for all Monday races Musselburgh 12.10 Silver Concorde 12.40 Trongate 1.10 Cousin Oscar 1.40 Sonic 2.15 Romulus Du Donjon 2.50 Doktor Glaz (nb) 3.20 Wot A Shot Plumpton 12.20 Knocknanuss 12.50 Fixe Le Kap 1.20 Sam Brown 1.50 Bears Rails 2.25 Hollywood All Star 3.00 Finnegan’s Garden 3.30 Hideaway Vic Ffos Las 12.30 Hands Of Stone 1.00 Oxwich Bay (nap) 1.30 Minella Scamp 2.05 Holdbacktheriver 2.40 Tornado In Milan 3.15 Misty Mai 3.45 Potters Tale Wolverhampton 2.00 Barnaby Brook 2.25 Ballymore Castle 3.10 Perfect Symphony 3.40 Magic Mark 4.10 Hasanoanda 4.40 Carp Kid 5.10 Wonderfillo Our annual quiz of the racing year……will be at 1pm on Friday. It’ll be a live quiz, so you’ll have to be there to answer questions as soon as they appear. Follow this link to see where the quiz page will appear shortly before 1pm on Friday.First prize will be a pair of tickets to Cheltenham’s Trials Day in late January. You can see last year’s quiz here. Support The Guardian Horse racing Topics Horse racing tips Share on Facebook Douvan, Willie Mullins’ top chaser, to miss 2018 Cheltenham Festival Talking Horses … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messengercenter_img features Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

How to Detox from Head-to-Toe

first_img Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Root Science Detox Face MaskFor those who showed an utter disregard to their face, this weekly treatment helps repair some of the damage. With 11 active ingredients, like French Green Clay and Neem leaf, it tamps down on excess oil, dislodges dirt from pores, and soothes aggravated skin.$60, How to Cook Steak in the Oven Editors’ Recommendations Korres Black Pine Detoxifying Mineral BarSummer can be rough on your face between the near constant stream of sweat, over-sunning and, hopefully, religious SPF application. Now is a good time to deep clean your pores and this Black Pine Extract and sea mud instilled bar soap is the way to do it.$28, Grown Alchemist Detox Shampoo and Conditioner Twin SetIf you hair isn’t as luxurious and shiny as it was when the summer began, your scalp might need a reboot. This two-step system will help rid it of the nasty effects of UV exposure, air pollution, and one too many BBQs.$49, Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Facial WipesSure, these cleansing cloths are meant to get the gunk off your face, but who’s to say you can’t just wipe down your entire body. Charcoal (hence the badass black color of these wipes) it the magical element for detoxing.$5.99, yestocarrots.comcenter_img We’re not going to get into actual detoxes because they’re pretty miserable. And as summer is winding down, there’s enough to be sad about without depriving your body of all things good in life. The next best thing, albeit maybe not quite as game changing, is an external detox with a head-to-toe grooming regimen designed to reverse months of sun exposure, flip-flop wearing and grilled meat sweats. Learn how to detox without dieting or stress with this detoxifying grooming guide.Kaia Naturals Takesumi Detox Deodorant If you gave up your natural deodorant during the height of summer sweatiness, the cooling weather is a great time to consider returning to it. This 99% natural stick uses bamboo-derived charcoal to keep pits in check while ridding them of toxins.$21, 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Cedar + Stone X UO Detox Foot ScrubUnless you’re a fan of regular pedicures, your feet are probably looking pretty gnarly at this point. So you may just want to take care of those suckers with this softening, healing and exfoliating foot scrub that’s packed with tea tree, argan and avocado oils.$22, 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 last_img read more

Practical Results from SUPPORT Project to Be Presented Soon

first_imgzoom Practical results from the SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTS) project, co-ordinated by BMT Group Ltd and part-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Security Research Programme will be demonstrated to key stakeholders at Stena Line’s ferry terminals starting at Masthuggskajen in the Port of Gothenburg on the 7th and 8th May 2014.Comprising a collaboration of 21 European organisations, SUPPORT integrates legacy port systems with new surveillance and information management systems. It efficiently supports the complexity of a real port environment through a more integrated, holistic approach. This ensures an improved level of security, while reducing the administrative burden on the port.Guests attending the event will be given the opportunity to be part of a live demonstration which will include the automatic detection and tracking of a number of divers, swimmers and small craft. Based on a system of subsea and surface sensors including hydrophones, Infra-Red cameras, video cameras and radars, the Sea Side Intrusion Detection System (SSID), has been developed by FOI, the Swedish Defence Research Agency.Sören Jägerhök, Research Director at FOI comments: “The SSID will provide tools for the detection of intruders who attempt to enter a ship’s berth on the surface or under water. The aim of the demonstration is to show what an affordable peace time system for commercial organisations would look like, as opposed to a military sensor system that is developed with war time repressive actions as options in mind.”On land video content analysis solutions, developed by consortium partner, INRIA, a French public research body dedicated to digital science and technology will also be demonstrated. Through the use of decision support algorithms, these solutions which integrate with the SSID, as well as information fusion tools will prompt Port Security Operators of any suspicious patterns in surveillance and administrative data, providing a more consistent and timely detection of any anomalies that may be a security threat.The demonstration will also include a showcase of the Port Security Management System (PSMS), an interactive, real time dynamic web-based dashboard that will help maritime and logistics professionals assess and improve overall port security. The first tool of its kind, PSMS incorporates an up-to-date, self-assessment guide to enable maritime security practitioners to successfully upgrade their corporate security. The dashboard has been tested in various European Cities including Brussels, Dublin Gothenburg, Lisbon and Rotterdam, with more than 25 security, port security and IT experts from seven countries providing feedback and counsel.BMT, April 24, 2014last_img read more

Prosenjit Chatterjee to produce foodthemed films for digital platform

first_imgKolkata: Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee is set to produce food-themed films for the digital media, which will be released during Durga Puja. The films, having different story lines, have been titled ‘Filter Coffee Liquor Cha’, ‘Daab Chingri’ and ‘Dawat E Lucknow’, Chatterjee told PTI over phone on Sunday. On the reason behind choosing food-themed films, Chatterjee said, “We Bengalis are stereotyped as gastronomes. But somehow we didnt have enough of food films in Bengali.” Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja All the three films will be uploaded on a premier digital entertainment platform during Durga Puja to enable people to “get a virtual taste of different varieties of food during the festivities,” the actor said. The films will also be a visual delight for the audience, he said. “It will be a veritable feast for your eyes,” he said. Chatterjee turned to full scale film production in recent times after about four decades of acting. ‘Filter Coffee Liquor Cha’ is a romcom with a story line about how a Tamil boy and Bengali girl come together, a spokesperson of Chatterjee’s production house said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway The cast of filmmaker Debarati Gupta’s film, includes popular actress Priyanka Sarkar and pop icon Usha Uthup among others. The second cuisine-themed film ‘Daab Chingri’ (a delicious prawn preparation with green coconut) is a family drama about an old age home where the inmates crave for home cooked food, which they feel, will bring back the lost charm of Bengali cuisine of yesteryears. Veteran actress Sandhya Roy is staging a comeback in the film as the pivotal character, along with senior actor Paran Bandhopadhyay. The film is directed by Sudeep Das. The third in the series is ‘Dawat E Lucknow’, a film on Bengalis love for Lucknow cuisine. The story revolves round the food and reuniting with family after 50 years. The film, directed by Aditi Roy, has Soumitra Chatterjee and Suhasini Mulay among the cast. Mentioning that ‘Dawat E Lucknow’ shoot is taking place in different corners of Lucknow, he said, “After watching the film, you will feel like visiting the heritage city.”last_img read more

eBOSS Viral Post of the Week

first_img Twitter The casting breakdown was posted on July 18 (one week ago) – as of today (July 25th):# of people reached via Facebook: 84,034# of times Shared on Facebook: 1,291# of Tags/Comments on Facebook: 189# of Views/Clicks on the eBOSS site: 45,198# of Likes/Shares from the eBOSS site: 16,000+It’s not the first time we’ve seen numbers like this, but we’re always speechless and happyWe would just like to take a moment and say …THANK YOU ALLThank you for your supportThank you for supporting Canadian TalentThank you for helping Casting find the talent they needThank you for spreading the wordTHANK YOUSincerely, Sincerely, Sincerely …The eBOSS TeamPS – For those asking if the post was boosted (paid to be promoted) – the answer is no.  Here’s today’s screen shot. Advertisement Every week or every month, one of the eBOSS posts goes viral.Recently we posted a TV Series casting search for Real Estate AgentsWe wanted to take a moment to share these amazing numbers with you. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

UN extends international security force as Afghan violence rises

9 October 2009The Security Council has called on Governments to strengthen the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in the face of increased threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other armed groups, unanimously extending the mission for another year. ISAF, which now stands at 67,700 troops on the ground from 42 contributing countries, was established after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help the then-interim authorities maintain security across nation. The resolution, passed yesterday evening by the Security Council, recognized “the need to further strengthen ISAF to meet all its operational requirements, and in this regard calls upon Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources.”Voicing strong concern over the rise in terrorism and drug-trafficking in the South Asian country, the 15-member body underscored the importance of reinforcing the Afghan security forces to establish the rule of law throughout the country, and encouraged ISAF and its partners to support the planned expansion of the national army and police.The Council noted in resolution 1890 (2009) the tightening link between terrorist groups to criminals involved in the narcotics trade, and its threat to the local population, including children, national security forces and international military and civilian personnel. The UN body also expressed serious concern over the high number of civilian deaths in the conflict, condemning all attacks, including Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attacks, suicide bombings and abductions, as well as the use of human shields by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other extremist groups.In addition, the Security Council deplored the targeting of Afghan and international forces, with its damaging effect on the stabilization, reconstruction and development efforts in Afghanistan.Recognizing measures taken to minimize the risk of civilian casualties, the Council welcomed ISAF’s plans to continue efforts to protect the Afghan population as a central element of its mission, and noted the importance of reviewing tactics and procedures, as well as conducting investigations in cooperation with the Government in cases where civilian casualties have occurred and when the Afghan Government finds these joint investigations appropriate.The Security Council resolution underscored the need for the Government to intensify efforts to fight corruption, promote transparency and increase its accountability, and stressed the central and impartial role the United Nations plays in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.ISAF’s twelve-month extension period begins on 13 October. read more

UN provides emergency help to Palestinian refugees displaced by fighting in Syria

19 August 2011The United Nations is providing emergency assistance to some of the thousands of Palestinian refugees who have had to flee their homes in Syria in recent days amid mounting international concern at the violent crackdown by Government forces against civilian protesters. Some 7,500 refugees across Syria have been displaced by the fighting, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported today. The agency said it is giving cash grants for food, medicine and temporary accommodation to about 6,000 people.About 5,500 people are displaced from a refugee camp in Latakia, which came under sustained assault from Syrian Government forces last weekend. Dozens of people in the port city are reported to have been killed, and UN officials have voiced grave concern about the situation.UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness said that “many people around the world were shocked by the images of unarmed refugees being shot at as they fled from their homes, amid the firing on their refugee camp.”Mr. Gunness said the refugees remain too frightened to return to their homes in the camp, which is located in the El Ramel district.“UNRWA has not had access – draw your own conclusions about what that means about the security situation there and the state of the camp,” he said, adding that many of the displaced, “particularly the children and women, are traumatized and in a poor condition.”Mr. Gunness paid tribute to local UNRWA staff who, with the cooperation of authorities in both Latakia and the capital, Damascus, have established a temporary office in Latakia outside the camp so that they can continue to provide essential services to the refugees.The agency is also assisting about 220 refugees in Homs, another 190 people in the Yarmouk camp in Damascus, and “a small but growing number of people” in Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city.Around half a million Palestinian refugees in Syria are registered with UNRWA, which operates in Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, in addition to Syria.Meanwhile, on Monday the Human Rights Council will hold a special session in Geneva to discuss the latest developments and yesterday top UN officials briefed the Security Council about the crackdown, which could amount to crimes against humanity, according to a fact-finding mission by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).In a statement, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), said that while his office has received allegations of crimes against humanity, it has no jurisdiction to investigate because Syria is not a party to the statute setting up the court.“The UN Security Council, however, has the authority to refer the situation in Syria to the ICC if it considers that justice will contribute to establishing peace and security in Syria,” he said. read more

Seven Sri Lankan fishermen released by Tamil Nadu court

The fishermen, from Buddhalaam district in Sri Lanka had strayed into Indian waters near Tuticorin coast.They were arrested and later lodged in the Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai. They would be released from the prison and would be repatriated to Sri Lanka on Thursday, they added. A court in India on Wednesday ordered the release of seven Sri Lankan fishermen, arrested on April 6 last for allegedly straying into Indian territorial waters, the Press Trust of India reported.Chief Judicial Magistrate-in-Charge Inba Karthick passed the order following a communique from the Tamil Nadu government, Q branch police said. read more

Emails link Enron to last minute power contract changes

by Posted Aug 8, 2016 7:53 am MDT Emails link Enron to “last minute” power contract changes More light is being shed on an ‘out clause’ contained in power provider agreements in Alberta.Some emails associated with the contract which dates back to 2000 have been leaked.At the heart of a lawsuit launched by the province was the insertion of the words “more unprofitable” on the power purchase agreements the Alberta government announced as it exited a regulated market.Emails provided news outlets suggest it was added at the last minute, engineered by now defunct Enron.Power providers are using the clause to walk away from contracts; a move that could cost taxpayers $2-billion.The Notley Government argues the change was done without public consultation making it illegal.The matter is scheduled to head to court in November. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Government of Alberta livestream read more

Finland election result Prime ministers party is the biggest loser as results

first_img Short URL Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 8:20 PM Finland election result: Prime minister’s party is the ‘biggest loser’ as results come in If the Social Democrats win, it will be their first time to head a government in 16 years. 20,788 Views 19 Comments Image: Jussi Nukari/PA Share6 Tweet Email center_img Petteri Orpo, the chairman of the National Coalition Party and minister for finance Image: Jussi Nukari/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EARLY RESULTS IN Finland’s general election this evening showed the leftist Social Democrats in the lead, while the current prime minister said his Centre Party was the night’s “biggest loser”.The Social Democrats have 18.9% of votes after just under half (47.3%) of ballots have been counted, ahead of the conservative National Coalition at 16.6%.The Social Democrats, led by 56-year-old former trade union boss Antti Rinne, campaigned against the cost-cutting of Centre Party Prime Minister Juha Sipila and his finance minister Petteri Orpo, the leader of the conservative National Coalition Party.“For the first time in a long, long time the Social Democrats are in first place,” Rinne told reporters at the Finnish parliament.A first-place spot would put the Social Democrats at the head of the government for the first time in 16 years.The right-wing Finns Party was almost neck-and-neck in third place with prime minister Sipila’s Centre Party at around 15%.The Finns Party, led by hardline MEP Jussi Halla-aho, has seen a surge in support in recent months during an anti-immigration dominated campaign, urging people to “Vote for some borders”.If the party remains in third place it could hold significant influence in the talks to form the next government, which in Finland is typically a coalition of three or four parties.Voter turnout looked set to come in around 72%, higher than the 70.1% who voted in 2015.The heated debate during the campaign over welfare, immigration and climate change led some analysts to predict that turnout would be high.The current government’s cuts to Finland’s education system, and a tightening of unemployment benefit criteria, provoked loud and widespread public opposition.- © AFP, 2019  Petteri Orpo, the chairman of the National Coalition Party and minister for finance Apr 14th 2019, 8:20 PM By AFPlast_img read more

Archbishop Demetrios calls for US assistance for Ecumenical Patriarch

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Orthodox Church’s senior cleric in the USA has sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, as well as other high-ranking Washington officials, in a bid to draw attention to the treatment of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios by Turkey.Archbishop of America Demetrios wrote just before Christmas Day to US President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid, to ask for their help in protecting the patriarch.The letters also ask for help in ensuring that the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul to continue operating and performing its mission are upheld.Demetrios wrote the letters after Ankara expressed its displeasure at comments made by Vartholomaios in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” program, during which the patriarch complained that his treatment by Turkish authorities often left him feeling “crucified” and “like a second-class citizen.”Vartholomaios’s choice of words did not please Ankara.“We regard the use of the crucifixion analogy as extremely unfortunate… I would like to see this as a slip of the tongue,” said Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu. “We cannot accept comparisons that we do not deserve.”The minister rejected criticism that Turkey was discriminating against its citizens based on their religion.Among other things, Vartholomaios has campaigned for the reopening of the Orthodox seminary on the island of Halki following its closure by Turkish authorities in 1971.“[The Turkish government] would be happy to see the Patriarchate extinguished or moving abroad, but our belief is that it will never happen,” Vartholomaios told CBS.“This is the continuation of Jerusalem and for us an equally holy and sacred land. We prefer to stay here, even crucified sometimes.”last_img read more

Last leaf standing

first_imgDuring winter, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis. Trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer. They begin to shut down their food-making factories. The green chlorophyll disappears from the leaves. And the leaves fall as they prepare to rest for the winter.Any leaves left on your trees?last_img

62 feel unjustified bonuses cause resentment among staff

first_imgAlmost two thirds (62%) of UK finance professional respondents feel that unjustified bonuses cause resentment among colleagues, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).The research, which surveyed 6,500 finance professionals globally, also found that 35% of UK respondents feel that bonuses for top earners are undeserved.The research also found:48% of respondents that work for an organisation that operates a bonus scheme believe that bonuses reward short-term performance at the expense of long-term goals.97% of respondents based in the north east of England feel that unjustified bonuses cause resentment among colleagues.39% of respondents aged between 50 and 54 feel that bonuses are unjustified.78% of respondents based in London work for an organisation that operates a bonus scheme, compared to 47% in Northern Ireland, and 46% in the north east.29% of UK respondents that receive bonuses say that their bonus has the potential to reach 20% of their annual salary.19% of female respondents feel that their bonus might reach a fifth of their annual salary, compared to 34% of male respondents.Tony Manwaring, executive vice-president, external affairs at CIMA, said: “Boards need to think carefully about their bonus structure and this applies to all levels within the business. Current schemes often only focus on ‘hard indicators’ such as short-term revenue, but they should also seek to reward evidence the employee is helping the organisation plan and build for the long term. As a bare minimum, they need to ensure incentives are rooted in a firm understanding of the business model and are aligned to long-term business success.”Professor Wim A Van der Stede, professor of accounting and financial management at CIMA, added: “Designing effective incentive systems is hard, yet incentives that may be fair may not look fair; a challenge that touches on the issue of transparency as well as the question of both how and how much to incentivise.”last_img read more

2 men steal 50inch TV on motorcycle

first_imgHOUSTON (WSVN) – Police in Texas are searching for two men who stole a 50-inch television — on a motorcycle.On Monday, Houston police said two men on a motorcycle were caught on camera riding away with the large TV sandwiched between them.While there were plenty of witnesses, both men still fled with the stolen good in tow.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

NHRC worried at gunfight killings

first_img.Voicing concern over the killings of suspected drug traders in reported gunfights with the law enforcement, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday said it does not support any extrajudicial killing, reports UNB.Read more: 10 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40Quoting reports published in newspapers, it said nine suspected drug peddlers were killed and some law enforcers injured in purported gunfights that took place between alleged drug traders and members of law enforcement agencies on Monday during the anti-drug operation across the country.Read more: Govt asks RAB to take stern actions against drug abuse: PMNHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque in a statement underscored the need for bringing drug traders to book and meting out exemplary punishment to them.Read more: Extrajudicial killings on in anti-narcotics’ name, says BNPThe NHRC chief also said members of the law enforcement agencies will have to conduct anti-drug drives keeping the human rights and the existing laws of the country in mind. “Special attention needs to be given so that no innocent person is harmed during the drive.”last_img read more

Little Monsters cultivates kids creativity

first_img“Little Monsters” may sound like a funny name, perhaps a bad translation, but that is the official title of a new “creative club” designed for children. The name is in English, but the facility caters primarily to Spanish-speaking children up to seven years old.The extracurricular program opened its doors in San Rafael de Escazú on April 6. Its mission: To foster creativity.“Little Monsters was born of the need for an early childhood creative program and is inspired by innovative processes within and outside [formal] education,” said founder Silvia Hidalgo Mora, a publicist and marketing professional, in an official release.Taking inspiration from the enchanted forests of storybooks, the 250-square-meter space is like a kindergarten, indoor playground, and art studio rolled into one. Different sections are modeled on different outdoor objects, like “The Nest,” “The Cocoon,” and “The Tree House.” In order to participate, parents enroll their kids as “members” of the Little Monsters club. Courtesy of RedCulturaHidalgo and her stable of instructors plan to cultivate their kids’ interest in art, music, science, and theater, using daily activities combined with specialized workshops. The first two talleres have dreamy titles but offer serious instruction: “Words Dancing on Paper” is a literacy and storytelling workshop, and “Painting with Sounds” introduces kids to making music. Special guests include pastry chef Larissa Mesén, magician Alejandro Navas, and actor-director Mauricio Astorga. Courtesy of Little Monsters“Creativity teaches each child to appreciate the talents they possess and rely on their ability to create new knowledge,” opined Hidalgo. “In the creative process, the child is the generator of solutions, and therefore creativity becomes a power to face any challenge laid before him.”Little Monsters is located in Plaza Tempo, San Rafael de Escazú. For more information, visit its official website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Public workers can take recess to watch Costa Rica’s World Cup games, Solís says Group show ‘Valoarte‘ surprises and impresses at Avenida Escazú San Ramón public school receives landmark solar panels Duolingo language-learning app hits Costa Rican classroomslast_img read more

AP Exclusive Syrian rebels seize base arms trove

first_imgAssociated PressBASE OF THE 46TH REGIMENT, Syria (AP) – After a nearly two-month siege, Syrian rebels overwhelmed a large military base in the north of the country and made off with tanks, armored vehicles and truckloads of munitions that rebel leaders say will give them a boost in the fight against President Bashar Assad’s army.The rebel capture of the base of the Syrian army’s 46th Regiment is a sharp blow to the government’s efforts to roll back rebels gains and shows a rising level of organization among opposition forces. Key to the body’s success will be its ability to build ties with the disparate rebel groups fighting inside Syria. Many rebel leaders say they don’t recognize the new body, and a group of extremist Islamist factions on Monday rejected it, announcing that they had formed an “Islamic state” in Aleppo.Anti-regime activists say nearly 40,000 people have been killed since Syria’s crisis started 20 months ago.___Associated Press write Elizabeth Kennedy contributed reporting from Beirut, Lebanon.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Rebel fighters say that weapons seized in such battles have been essential to their transformation from ragtag brigades into forces capable of challenging Assad’s professional army. Cross-border arms smuggling from Turkey and Iraq has also played a role, although the most common complaint among rebel fighters is that they lack ammunition and heavy weapons, munitions and anti-aircraft weapons to fight Assad’s air force.It is unclear how many government bases the rebels have overrun during the 20-month conflict, mostly because they rarely try to hold captured facilities. Staying in the captured bases would make them sitting ducks for regime airstrikes.“Their strategy is to hit and run,” said Elias Hanna, a retired Lebanese army general and Beirut-based strategic analyst. “They’re trying to hurt the regime where it hurts by bisecting and compartmentalizing Syria in order to dilute the regime’s power.”The 46th Regiment was a major pillar of the government’s force near the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s economic hub, and its fall cuts a major supply line to the regime’s army, Hanna said. Government forces have been battling rebels for months over control of Aleppo. New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like It could not be determined how or when the soldiers had been killed.The final assault that took the base came after more than 50 days of siege that left the soldiers inside demoralized, according to fighters who took part.Working together and communicating by radio, a number of different rebels groups divided up the area surrounding the base and each cut the regime’s supply lines, said Abdullah Qadi, a rebel field commander. Over the course of the siege, dozens of soldiers defected, some telling the rebels that those inside were short of food, Qadi said.The rebels decided to attack Saturday afternoon when they felt the soldiers inside were weak and the rebels had enough ammunition to finish the battle, Qadi said. The battle was over by nightfall on Sunday. Seven rebel fighters were killed in the battle, said al-Faj of the rebels’ Joint Command. Other rebel leaders gave similar numbers.It remains unclear how many soldiers remained in the base when the rebels launched their attack and what happened to them.Al-Faj said all soldiers inside were either killed or captured. He said he didn’t know how many were killed, but that the rebels had taken about 50 prisoners, all of whom would be tried in a rebel court. Aside from the 20 prisoners seen at the rebel’s Bab al-Hawa base, the AP was unable to see any other captured soldiers. “It’s a tactical turning point that may lead to a strategic shift,” he said.At the 46th Regiment’s base, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Aleppo, the main three-story command building showed signs of the battle _ its walls punctured apparently from rebel rocket attacks. The smaller barracks buildings scattered around the compound, about 2.6 square kilometers (1 square mile) in size, had been looted, with mattresses overturned. A number of buildings had been torched.Reporters from The Associated Press who visited the base late Monday saw no trace of the government troops who had been defending it _ other than the dead bodies of seven soldiers.Two of them, in camouflage uniforms, lay outside the command building. One of them was missing his head, apparently blown off in an explosion.The rest were in a nearby clinic. Four dead soldiers were on stretchers set on the floor, one with a large gash in his arm, another with what appeared to be a large shrapnel hole in the back of his head. The last lay on a gurney in another room, his arms and legs bandaged, a bullet hole in his cheek and a splatter of blood on the wall and ceiling behind him as if he had been shot where he lay. Comments   Share   The Syrian government does not respond to requests for comment on military affairs and said nothing about the base’s capture. It says the rebels are terrorists backed by foreign powers that seek to destroy the country.Disorganization has plagued the Syrian opposition since the start of the anti-Assad uprising in March 2011, with exile groups pleading for international help even when they have no control over those fighting inside of Syria.A newly formed Syrian opposition coalition received a boost Tuesday, when Britain officially recognized it as the sole representative of the Syrian people.The National Coalition of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces was formed in the Gulf nation of Qatar on Oct. 11 under pressure from the United States for a stronger, more united opposition body to serve as a counterweight to more extremist forces.British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday the body’s members gave assurances to be a “moderate political force committed to democracy” and that the West must “support them and deny space to extremist groups.”The United States and the European Union have both spoken well of the body but stopped short of offering it full recognition. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Check your body, save your life Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project More important than the base’s fall, however, are the weapons the rebels found inside.At a rebel base where the much of the haul was taken after the weekend victory, rebel fighters unloaded half a dozen large trucks piled high with green boxes full of mortars, artillery shells, rockets and rifles taken from the base. Parked nearby were five tanks, two armored vehicles, two rocket launchers and two heavy-caliber artillery cannons.Around 20 Syrian soldiers captured in the battle were put to work carrying munitions boxes, barefoot and stripped to the waist. Rebels refused to let reporters talk to them or see where they were being held.“There has never been a battle before with this much booty,” said Gen. Ahmad al-Faj of the rebels Joint Command, a grouping of rebel brigades that was involved in the siege. Speaking on Monday at the rebel base, set up in a former customs office at Syria’s Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, he said the haul would be distributed among the brigades.For months, Syria’s rebels have gradually been destroying government checkpoints and taking over towns in the northern provinces of Idlib and Aleppo along the Turkish border. 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more