UN officials discuss accountability at public forum

20 November 2007Accountability for enhancing the effectiveness of the United Nations was discussed by key officials from across the system today at a forum in New York organized by the UN University (UNU). The Director of the UN Ethics Office, Robert Benson, said accountability must not be only considered “after-the-fact” but rather should be taken into account from the outset of any incident, according to the text of his speech, entitled “Managerial Accountability in the UN System – Reverse 20/20.”“For accountability to truly work, the individuals who make the decisions need to exercise that authority as if they now had to explain, to the public, why they have exercised their authority in that way,” he said.He called on managers to consider the impact of their actions in advance, asking themselves: “If I were asked to publicly justify this, how would I explain it?”Mr. Benson called for foresight rather than hindsight. “For a public sector organization, any initiatives that address these issues at the front end rather than the back end can only improve the overall accountability of the organization as a whole.”In the text of his message to the event, Konrad Osterwalder, the UNU Rector, emphasized the need for both political and managerial accountability. “Accountability ultimately must also mean ensuring that the United Nations is able to carry out its work for the benefit of the peoples” it serves. read more

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United Nations envoy in Africa calls for mobilization of youth for development

27 June 2011A top-ranking United Nations official in Africa has called for a mobilization of the continent’s youth for sustainable development, suggesting that the recent turmoil in North Africa may be linked to high rates of unemployment among youth, their desire for freedom, and their demands for change. Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), told the opening session of the Conference of Foreign Ministers of the African Union that: “As they have the greatest stake in the future sustainability of our planet, Africa’s youth should be mobilized to get out the message of sustainable development.” Citing high youth unemployment in Africa, he proposed a “strategy that combines public works programmes and enhanced investment in infrastructure and production … to tap into the nexus between job creation, sustainable development and social stability.” “The revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia and changes elsewhere in North Africa [might be] evidence of the desire to upscale and improve governance,” he told the conference, held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.“While youth unemployment was a factor, the desire for greater freedom, demands for greater accountability and distaste with the scale of corruption also played a significant role in the demand for change,” he said. His remarks echoed a statement he gave on Saturday to the African Union executive council, in which he said: “I see the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia and changes elsewhere in North Africa as evidence of the desire to upscale and improve governance. While youth unemployment was a factor, the desire for greater freedom, demands for greater accountability and distaste with the scale of corruption also played a significant role in the demand for change.” read more

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Foreigners sold 78billion of Canadian bonds in June most since 2008

Statistics Canada says non-residents reduced their holdings of Canadian securities in June in the biggest decline of the past 3-1/2 years, following two straight months of acquisitions.Foreign investors reduced their holdings of Canadian bonds by $7.8 billion in June, the largest divestment since December 2008.The agency says the divestment was the result of a $17.5 billion retirement of maturing instruments, mostly Canadian dollar denominated bonds from the federal government and its enterprises.But that was offset by non-resident investors purchasing $0.8 billion of Canadian money market instruments in June, though that was down from $7.3 billion in May.At the same time, non-residents sold a net $0.9 billion of Canadian stocks in June, following a $2.1 billion net investment in May.Sales were focused on shares from the energy and gold sectors.Meanwhile, StatsCan says Canadian investors added $3.9 billion of foreign securities to their portfolio, mainly U.S. government bonds. read more

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Time to upgrade tanker ship oil spill rules federal panel

VANCOUVER — Potential polluters should be prepared for a worst-case scenario and face unlimited liability in the case of an oil spill from one of their tanker ships, a government-appointed panel recommends.The three-member panel of experts has delivered a report with 45 recommendations for improving Canada’s preparedness for oil spills from tankers and barges.It’s the first major review of Canada’s ship-source oil-spill regime since it was implemented in the mid-1990s and forms a key part of the federal Conservative government’s efforts to reassure Canadians about the impacts of an energy resource boom.The 66-page report notes that two current pipeline proposals alone — by Enbridge and Kinder Morgan — could bring another 600 tankers through British Columbia waters, while posing new hazards by transporting diluted bitumen and liquefied natural gas.“The very appointment of this panel demonstrates our commitment to protect Canadians and our environment,” Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Tuesday at a news conference in Vancouver.“The panel’s independence and its investigation and the extent of its work shows that we are serious about obtaining clear advice in a timely manner.”Raitt listed a series of actions she said the government has already taken to improve tanker safety, including a promise to increase inspections of foreign tankers and a study on the behaviour of diluted bitumen in sea water.Raitt said the goal of the panel’s report is to improve on “an already robust tanker safety system.”The study recommends removing the current $161-million liability limit for each spill in favour of an unlimited liability for polluters.“We feel that potential polluters should be prepared, through their contracted Response Organizations, to respond to a worst-case discharge, whether it be the full cargo of a tanker or a complete release of bunker fuel on board a vessel,” it says.Its executive summary makes the point even more clearly: “Canadian taxpayers should not bear any liability for spills in Canadian waters.”The report recommends annual spill training exercises, and regional risk assessments based on local geography. And it calls for faster emergency responses to spills.“In our view, the current response time planning standards will not ensure the best possible outcomes in some spill scenarios.”The panel also says current planning is “particularly lacking” in the area of cleaning and rehabilitating oiled wildlife and the management of oily waste from spill recoveries.The experts also recommend increased resources for the coast guard, Environment Canada and Transport Canada to help improve the system.Joe Oliver, minister of Natural Resources, said the federal government is committed to world-class safety for the transportation of natural resources by pipeline, rail or tanker.“This is what British Columbians expect and this is what we will deliver. On this there can be no compromise.”Raitt said she will now study the report, speak with stakeholders about their views and discuss it with her colleagues in cabinet.The report is the first of two that the government commissioned from the three-member panel back in March.A second study will deal with spill hazards in the Arctic as well as an examination of hazardous and noxious spills — such as bitumen and liquefied natural gas — on marine environments.British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak said she has a “high degree of confidence” the federal government is serious about the safety and movement of tankers up and down the coast.“The evidence shows that as we put forward our concerns, the federal government has responded,” she added.However, Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, a group that has openly opposed the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, said the federal government’s readiness for an oil spill is dismal. He said during one exercise in Vancouver’s harbour last week, crews took six hours to get booms out into the water.“We get no comfort on the prevention side, we get no comfort on the readiness side, and there is no response for an oil spill of the tanker,” he said.Alexandra Woodsworth, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Strait Alliance, said in a statement the Salish Sea is already in the highest-risk category for an oil spill, without taking into consideration the increase in tanker traffic expected with the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.“When it comes to oil spill response, we need prevention because there is no cure. And the best way to minimize the risk of polluting our waters is to stand up for our coast and our communities and say no to Kinder Morgan.”Caitlyn Vernon, a spokeswoman for the Sierra Club BC, said in a statement while her organization agrees more improvements are needed to deal with the existing tanker traffic on the coast, no amount of safety precautions can justify increasing tanker traffic.“Regardless of who pays for oil spill cleanup efforts, it is British Columbians who will live with the consequences.” read more

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Commonwealth chief offers Sri Lanka technical assistance

Secretary-General Scotland agreed that, “it is more economical to work together, to share best practices and pool knowledge”. If one of our members spends a dollar, I don’t want any other country to have to spend the same dollar. Collaboration in our Commonwealth family is cheaper and more productive,” she said.The Secretary-General also provided more details on plans to open a Commonwealth Office of Civil and Criminal Justice Reform, which will provide all 52 member countries with legal support services and a platform to share ideas and experiences.She said, “we have so much in common, so much that binds us together. We have people from nearly all regions of world. We have a third of the world’s population. Together we are so much stronger. We have the opportunity to lead the world on tackling climate change, and on achieving the SDGs.” Secretary-General Scotland said the Commonwealth was “delighted to give technical assistance to the constitutional realignment to Sri Lanka, particularly to make sure minorities feel represented.”During the meeting, Samaraweera also discussed plans to establish a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ to look into the accountability and reparations of events that took place during the country’s civil war. Although different from a commission with a similar mandate in South Africa, the minister recognised the potential benefits of learning from other countries’ experiences. Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland has offered Sri Lanka technical assistance in the process to draft a new Constitution.She made the offer when she met Foreign Minister  Mangala Samaraweera in London, the Commonwealth Secretariat said. Samaraweera had expressed hope that the Commonwealth will continue to fight for the values that have strengthened Sri Lanka in recent times, such as human rights, rule of law and democracy. The discussions that followed centred on the establishment of the Commonwealth Institute for Digital Health in the country’s capital of Colombo. This project aims to move forward the commitments of Colombo Declaration, launched in October last year, to improve health across the Commonwealth. In Sri Lanka, the Government is currently reviewing a newly-formulated Constitution to replace the existing 1978 statute. Last year, Commonwealth human rights experts supported the country to draft a fundamental rights chapter for the new Constitution. This draft proposal is soon to be debated in the Sri Lankan Parliament. Secretary-General Scotland also invited the Government of Sri Lanka to take part in upcoming Commonwealth initiatives, including activities in the month of March to end violence against women, and a Commonwealth cricket club to teach young people about health, teamwork and even maths. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Lankan held for ransom by group in Nagapattinam rescued

In 2017, a dispute arose between him and the group following which Ramesh was held to ransom for Indian Rs 10 lakh from his Lankan counterparts, they said. Inquiries are on with Ramesh and the Nagapattinam group. A Sri Lankan national was Wednesday rescued from a group of people who allegedly kept him in captivity at a village near Vedaranyam in Nagapattinam, coastal security group police said in Nagapattinam, the Press Trust of India reported.Four people have been arrested in this connection, the police said. Ramesh, hailing from Ilavalai village in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, had allegedly been involving in smuggling and had ties with the group of people, said police. Since the amount was not settled, Ramesh remained in captivity in Naluvethapathy village for several months, said police.Acting on a tip-off, the coastal security group laid a trap and a four-member group brought Ramesh in a mini-lorry, when the police rounded them up and arrested them. read more

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Ohio State womens ice hockey sweeps opening series against New Hampshire

OSU freshman goaltender Kassidy Sauve (32) watches as sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan (21) pushes the puck up the ice in a game against New Hampshire Oct. 4. at the Ohio State Ice Rink. OSU won 4-3.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerThe Ohio State women’s hockey team knew it needed a good start to the season, but getting a good scare wasn’t in the original plans.Following a 1-0 win against New Hampshire on Friday, the Buckeyes completed their home series sweep against the Wildcats with a 4-3 late-game victory Saturday.OSU sophomore forward Claudia Kepler’s goal with 32 seconds remaining in Saturday’s game saved the Buckeyes (2-0-0) from a collapse that saw their early 3-0 lead erased.“We’re really a cohesive unit that’s working well together right now and you can feel the energy in the locker room and while we’re on the bench,” senior forward Kayla Sullivan said. “We’re comfortable working with each other already.”Fresh off a shutout victory on Friday night, OSU jumped out to a quick start on Saturday but was unable to hold its advantage.First period goals by senior forward Danielle Gagne, Sullivan and sophomore defenseman Alexa Ranahan were answered in the second and third periods when the Wildcats recorded three-consecutive tallies.“I think that we started gambling a little bit and getting away from playing some fundamentally-sound hockey,” OSU coach Nate Handrahan said. “That can’t happen as we go forward.”Kepler’s goal in the waning seconds of Saturday’s game marked her second game-winning goal in as many days.Friday’s game wasn’t nearly as hectic, but still challenged the Buckeyes. Once Kepler’s second-period goal gave OSU a 1-0 lead, the team was forced to defend its advantage the rest of the game.The Buckeye defense faced its biggest test when Gagne took an interference penalty with 3:07 remaining in regulation. OSU’s penalty kill was perfect in the game, as it was on Saturday as well.As a whole, OSU’s special teams success was limited to the penalty kill. The Buckeyes went zero-for-seven on the power play during the series and struggled to find structure with the man advantage.The power play is a work in progress, Handrahan said.OSU allowed a shorthanded goal on Saturday, an occurrence that happened six times last season.In net, the Buckeyes were backstopped  by freshman goalie Kassidy Sauve who picked up a shutout in her first collegiate start. Sauve combined to make 46 saves on 49 shots on the weekend.“Knowing that we have her behind us it gives us the confidence to play more aggressive and maybe a little riskier,” redshirt-sophomore defenseman Bryanna Neuwald said. “It’s comforting.”Next to Sauve, freshman forward Julianna Iafallo was the Buckeyes’ most notable rookie. Iafallo was a top-six forward and had four shots during the series.“I think our freshmen in general are a little bit tentative,” Handrahan said “They’re dipping their toe in the water when I need them to do a cannon ball and get in the pool.”Five freshmen made their Buckeye debuts against New Hampshire.OSU is now undefeated in its last five season openers.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play at Wisconsin on Friday at 8:07 p.m. and Sunday at 2:07 p.m. read more

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Lift off for British Aeolus weather satellite which promises to end Michael

But with the name Aeolus, it was never going to be plain sailing for the European Space Agency’s latest Earth Observation satellite.  At exactly 10.20 BST the Jupiter mission control centre in French Guiana, South America, gave the final green light for lift-off following a nail-biting week which saw the launch delayed by 24 hours- ironically because of strong winds.  Christened for the ancient god who granted Odysseus the gift of favourable sea gusts, the craft was expected to launch 11 years ago to monitor global winds,… Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The world just became a little bit safer tonight as Europe’s groundbreaking wind-monitoring satellite finally blasted into orbit – ridding the world of Michael Fish moments. read more

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NQ Minerals offtake agreement and prepayment funding for Hellyer

first_imgNQ Minerals’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Hellyer Gold Mines, has entered into two marketing and off-take agreements, combined with a $10 million secured prepayment facility agreement with Traxys Europe. The marketing and offtake agreements relate to the sale of all the lead and zinc concentrates to be produced from the wholly-owned Hellyer project located in Tasmania and cover the first five years of concentrate production. The agreements provide Hellyer access to Traxys’s extensive global network and an experienced marketing and distribution team for base metal concentrates.The prepayment facility, which is guaranteed by the company, provides flexible pre-production funding to enable the completion of refurbishment of the Hellyer plant and start up working capital.Commenting, Brian Stockbridge, Non-Executive Chairman of NQ Minerals said, “This completes our start-up funding and creates a strong partnership with a leading global commodity trading organisation. Traxys provide us with commercial and logistic experience and expertise which complements our team as we progress towards a 2018 start of operations.”Hellyer is based on the retreatment of tailings from previously mined VMS deposits in northwest Tasmania. These tailings host a JORC compliant Reserve of 8.05 Mt @ 2.57 g/t Au, 93 g/t Ag, 3.05% Pb and 2.55% Zn. The fully permitted retreatment project involves refurbishment of the existing site facilities in order to extract and reprocess the full resource into lead, zinc and precious metal concentrates at very low operating cost.NQ Minerals acquired Hellyer in May 2017 and following engineering, project planning and fundraising activities commenced full time refurbishment of the dredging and processing plant in January 2018.In addition to the Hellyer Project, NQ Minerals is developing the Ukalunda and Square Post properties in Northern Queensland.last_img read more

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Confusion over fate of 38 Norman Atlantic passengers including 29 Greeks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The fate of 29 Greeks and several other passengers who are thought to have been on board the Norman Atlantic ferry was still not known on Tuesday night as authorities in Greece and Italy attempted to clear up discrepancies regarding the ship’s manifest and the people who had been rescued from the vessel.Officially, 437 people who were on board have been accounted for. This is 38 short of a revised total of passengers and crew released by the ship’s operator ANEK Lines. A total of 236 of those rescued are from Greece but this is 29 short of the 265 Greeks (232 passengers and 33 crew members) who were listed as being on board the ship.A rescue vessel carrying at least 130 Greeks docked at the port of Brindisi. This was 35 Greeks more than the Merchant Marine Ministry was initially led to believe, highlighting the difficulty in obtaining precise information about the fate of all those aboard the ferry. Ministry sources told Kathimerini that Greek embassy officials were at Brindisi in order to collect the details of those who had been rescued.The death toll from the ferry disaster rose to 11 on Tuesday. It was confirmed that a second Greek, 57-year-old Constantinos Koufopoulos, was among the victims. It also emerged that two Albanian sailors had died in the rescue attempt when a tow line from their tugboat snapped. Three of the victims were Italian truck drivers.Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe ordered the Italian-flagged ferry back to the port of Brindisi. Volpe said it was likely that other bodies will be found in the cargo areas of the ferry once searched, given that there was “incontrovertible” evidence that migrants were stowed away on board.“Our fear is that, unfortunately, once the wreck is recovered, we’ll find other dead people on board,” he said.The head of the Piraeus prosecutor’s office, Eirini Tziva, also launched a probe into the ferry disaster. She will be investigating whether anyone should face felony charges for disruption of marine transport and arson.Tziva has asked prosecutors in Patra, from where the ship chartered by ANEK set sail, and Igoumenitsa, where it docked shortly before the fire broke out on its vehicle deck, for information relating to safety checks on the vessel and the number of passengers and vehicles that embarked.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Huit baleines dune espèce rare séchouent en NouvelleCalédonie

first_imgHuit baleines d’une espèce rare s’échouent en Nouvelle-CalédonieDes scientifiques ont indiqué que huit baleines s’étaient échouées cette semaine sur une plage de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Quatre sont décédées malgré les tentatives pour les remettre à l’eau.Huit baleines se sont échouées sur une plage de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Apparues samedi dans la baie de Somme, au sud du territoire, quatre sont finalement mortes malgré les tentatives des équipes de la province sud et de l’association Opération Cétacés pour repousser les animaux vers le large. Trois d’entre elles ont été enterrées sur un terrain municipal de la commune du Mont-Dore. Cela permettra par la suite aux scientifiques d’avoir accès aux squelettes, a indiqué le journal Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes.Les baleines retrouvées sur la plage appartenaient à une espèce particulièrement rare : la baleine à bec de Longman (Indopacetus pacificus). Celle-ci n’avait d’ailleurs jamais été aperçue dans l’archipel. Par le passé, ces baleines ont été très peu observées, ce qui leur a valu de détenir le titre de cétacé le plus rare. Néanmoins, elles ont pu depuis être repérées à quelques reprises. Ces observations ajoutées à la découverte d’ossement ont permis de déterminer que ces baleines vivaient plutôt dans l’océan Indo-Pacifique, au large dans des eaux de plus de 1.000 mètres de profondeur. Cette espèce possède un rostre long et fin d’où son nom de baleine à bec. Selon les connaissances actuelles, elle vivrait en groupe de 15 à une centaine d’individus. Mais son comportement reste assez méconnu. Jusqu’ici peu d’échouages ont été répertoriés et il est encore plus rare de les voir de près vivante. Une usine chimique responsable de l’échouage ? Pour les scientifiques et les habitants, une usine chimique de traitement de nickel pourrait être à l’origine du mystérieux échouage. En effet, la semaine dernière, une canalisation d’évacuation des déchets vers la mer s’est rompue. Pour l’heure, cette hypothèse ne peut pas être confirmée, selon Claire Garrigue, experte auprès de l’Union internationale de conservation de la nature (UICN). Selon les dernières informations relayées, un sac plastique aurait été retrouvé dans l’estomac d’un des cétacés. “Si elles sont là, c’est qu’elles sont malades ou qu’elles sont désorientées. Nous attendons le résultat des prélèvements faits sur les baleines décédées pour en savoir plus”, a indiqué la spécialiste reprise par l’AFP. Ce ne serait pourtant pas la première fois que l’usine du géant brésilien Vale fait parler d’elle. D’un coût de 6 milliards de dollars, cette usine hydro-métallurgique est classée Seveso 2 (classification qui vise la prévention des accidents majeurs au cours desquels des substances dangereuses sont impliquées).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Entrée en service cette année seulement après 12 ans de travaux, plusieurs incidents techniques ont déjà été rapportés. Suite à un nouveau problème survenu le 11 novembre, l’usine a été mise à l’arrêt. Plusieurs différends ont ainsi déjà opposé l’usine aux populations locales. Lundi, ce sont environ 300 personnes qui ont manifesté pour réclamer une réévaluation complète des conditions d’exploitation du site. (crédits photo : Opération Cétacés) Le 21 novembre 2013 à 09:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Iniesta opens up on struggle with depression

first_imgBefore the 2010 World Cup, Andres Iniesta had battled mental health and has revealed the extent depression had on him. The midfielder revealed he felt like he could not “take it anymore” as he suffered severe depression triggered by the death of his friend Dani Jarque who died in 2009 from a heart attack.Jargue was his national youth team colleague who had a huge impact on Iniesta. To show how deep his influence was on him, Iniesta scored a winning goal in the 2010 World Cup and dedicated it to Jarque.“You feel that it’s not you, that you don’t enjoy things, that the people around you are just people,” he said on Antena 3 TV.EnglandMichael Owen lashes out against Fabio Capello in his book Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 5, 2019 Turns out that Michael Owen has been holding grudges against everybody in football, this time he lashed out against Fabio Capello.It’s safe to say that…“You have no feelings or passion.“You end up feeling empty inside and there is a moment that you realise that you cannot take it anymore.“I had the ability to see that I needed to see someone to get out of that situation. The important thing is that in that period I never lost the spark.”last_img read more

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The top 10 most read stories 25 April1 May 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 25 April and 1 May 2019 were:Deloitte, Sky and Vodafone listed among top employers for women in 2019Co-op launches resilience programme for 300 staffCarlsberg UK and Havas Media shortlisted for Best healthcare and wellbeing benefitsBaillie Gifford introduces equal parental leave policyExperian and Three UK shortlisted for Best mental health strategySodexo staff at three London hospitals protest in dispute over payActors Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke earn $500,000 per episode for Game of ThronesAround 439,000 employees paid less than their entitled hourly minimum wage in April 2018Charlton Morris launches mental health package for 62 staffAspen and Tokio Marine Kiln shortlisted for Best flexible benefits planlast_img

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Alaska News Nightly February 12 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioFacing First Cuts In Years, Alaska Lawmakers Tackle The Budget Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauRight now, the Legislature is facing a deficit that some leaders are describing as a “$4 billion problem.” With oil prices half what they were a year ago, lawmakers are having to cut agency budgets for the first time in years.Today, the finance committees in the House and the Senate held their first hearings on the operating budget.Alaska Writer David Holthouse Shows Support For Erin’s Law Lisa Phu, KTOOAlaska raised writer David Holthouse has told his story of being sexually abused as a child before. It’s appeared in newspapers, on the radio and on stage in New York City.But when he spoke in the Alaska Capitol building today, it was to support Erin’s Law, a bill that would require public schools statewide to provide age-appropriate K-12 sexual abuse education.Sullivan Stands With House on DHS Funding Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCFunding for the Department of Homeland Security will run out February 27, unless Congress can resolve an impasse over immigration policy riders the House added to a funding bill.BOEM Assessment Suggests Shell’s Chukchi Leases Remain Intact Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaFederal regulators are recommending that Shell’s disputed oil leases in the Chukchi Sea be left intact. That’s the conclusion of a new assessment of Lease Sale 193 – the 2008 auction where Shell picked more than $2 billion worth of Arctic drilling prospects.Alaska Delegation Seeks New Limits On National Monuments Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaFor over a hundred years, presidents have used the Antiquities Act to order permanent protections for federal land and resources at sea. Now, Alaska’s senators are looking to curb that authority before the Obama administration tries to apply it in the 49th State.As The Iditarod Start Shifts North, So Does The Economic Boon Phillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaMoving the Iditarod start from Anchorage to Fairbanks will impact businesses across the state.Learning to Sew With Seal Guts Charles Enoch, KYUK – BethelStudents at the Cultural Center in Bethel recently learned the traditional art of ‘gut sewing’. Seal intestines were prized throughout Yup’ik history for their waterproof performance. And a culture bearer from Chefornak is teaching the skill.Story49: Love Series – Coffee and Rolls Kristin Leffler, KNOM – NomeValentine’s day is just a few days away. KNOM Producer Kristin Leffler found this story of two people who had given up on the idea of soul mates until they met each other on an island in the middle of the Bering Sea:last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews IRON FIST Season 1

first_imgStay on target The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseMarvel’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived by Disney Well, it’s finally happened – The Marvel Cinematic/Television/Streaming Universe has finally produced an installment that simply outright sucks. Not in the Iron Man 2 “Aw, that wasn’t as good as the first one” sense, or a Thor: The Dark World “Well hey, at least Loki is still fun” sense or even a third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. “Wow, this got boring fast” sense – Iron Fist is a legitimate full-on piece of shit. It is, without exaggeration, one of the worst TV shows I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch; and I watched CSI: Cyber. Even in the superhero pantheon, it would stand out: Perhaps not as bad as Batman V Superman, but absolutely on the failure level of Steel, Catwoman or Suicide Squad.Now let’s make something clear: Iron Fist is a bad show from the skin all the way down to the core, and it still would’ve been a bad show no matter who they got to play Danny Rand. There’s a lot of controversy over that point because the original 70s comics incarnation of Iron Fist was one of those Orientalist appropriation narratives (think Remo Williams. Or for that matter, Doctor Strange) largely grounded in a fantasy version of Asian kung-fu mysticism where the hero is a white American who turns out to be “better” at being Asian than the Asians. That sort of thing “sticks out” a lot more these days, and many have opined that changing up the casting might make that less uncomfortable. But make no mistake: Even if making Danny not look exactly like an “enlightened” poseur who wandered over from a froyo stand might make it slightly less cringeworthy when he starts in about “Respecting the DOJO!” or lecturing strangers with Buddhist aphorisms… well, everything else would still be bad.Amusingly, the main reason that Danny Rand being a White kid who inherits the mystical protector mantle of K’un-Lun (for the uninitiated: Shangri-La, basically) was ever remotely important was that it made him an outsider in the world he was tasked to protect. But here, stymied by Marvel TV’s famous cheapness – so tightly-budgeted that they usually can’t afford to have both stuntmen and interior lighting in the same scene. We spend almost no time in K’un-Lun other than some quickie flashbacks, and none of it gives us any actual sense of the place (we see a matte shot exterior, a single generic room, and a random forest stream) that whole thread of the character is completely nonexistent.Also not showing up: The Iron Fist costume (a predecessor wears it, briefly, in a hazy flashback), the dragon, pretty much all of the weird mystical kung-fu business that might actually have been worth making a 13 episode TV show about. And don’t expect them to be “saving” any of that potentially-cool material for another season: The final episode manages to end on the biggest raised middle-finger “fuck you!” to audience optimism I may have ever seen on a mainstream TV show – and not in a good way.Instead, Iron Fist starts up with Danny coming back to New York after having been presumed dead for 15 years and spends the majority of its runtime on an incredibly tedious storyline about trying to regain control of his family company. This requires a bevy of supporting characters and a ridiculously convoluted conspiracy narrative that is simply impossible to care about. It ultimately adds nothing of value to the story outside of a rambling subplot about David Wenham faking his death with zombie-magic that (amazingly!) could’ve been excised with almost no effect on the rest of it whatsoever.And yet somehow, all that remains slightly more watchable than when things switch over to Danny’s apparent “real” nemesis: The Hand; who are somehow just as uninteresting here as they were in the last season of Daredevil. That Marvel Netflix has actually managed to make the words “Magical Ninja Death-Cult” the single most boring thing in their entire universe is so incredible I’m almost impressed.Not that it’s possible to care about anything when the entire show is constructed around a series of “reveals” that aren’t worth revealing. Now, look – having a villain whose identity and goals are a mystery is intriguing. Having a hero, we don’t know the whole story of can be even more intriguing. Starting out a show with next to no indication of what it’s actually about or who anyone actually is can be fun… for a little while. But IRON FIST tries to do all three in the same show, so there’s never anything to care about or a fixed point to center on until the fucking season is almost over – and even then, not ONE of these mysteries is compelling enough to have kept a secret.And no, the fight scenes do not make up for it. There’s one sequence that rises above being merely passable, and even then it’s just an extended reference – an opportunity for the filmmakers to demonstrate that they’ve seen the Drunken Master movies. Otherwise, this is the first of the Marvel Netflix shows to have utterly dull action and be almost completely devoid of a signature style: Daredevil was lurid and edgy, Jessica Jones had a noir feel happening, Luke Cage went for an easygoing retro hip-hop angle, etc. Iron Fist? At best, it has the same basic aesthetic as the non-Japanese footage of an average Power Rangers episode.The supporting cast is all similarly adrift: Jessica Henwick has real screen presence, but they’ve handed her a disastrously written version of Colleen Wing who really does feel like she’s only on hand to be a love-interest… at least until they detonate her agency completely with the same basic moronic twist that ruined Elektra in Daredevil (seriously – they’ve done this twice now!). The sole bright spot is seeing Rosario Dawson come back as Claire Temple, and while she’s terrific it’s embarrassing watching the series bend its plot into pretzels to keep her involved: “Hey! Hey, guys! Claire’s back! We listened! We know you all love Claire! Here! Have some super-obvious foreshadowing that maybe she’ll be even MORE involved later!”But the main problem is Danny himself. One can understand how they decided that the “gritty realism” version of Iron Fist would essentially be “that bro you know” who does one-semester backpacking across Asia, comes home thinking he’s a guru and won’t shut up about his Yoga regimen… but I can’t for the life of me imagine why they thought anyone would like such a character. Even if the “optics” of an obnoxious fratboy whose entire arc is about trying to reclaim his various entitlements doesn’t utterly repel you, the character himself will: He’s annoying, glib, snarky, bratty and the show doesn’t seem to realize that none of it is endearing. Nevermind the fact that Finn Jones has no discernible charisma in part and the script can’t keep straight whether he’s naïve, secretive, traumatized or slick from scene to scene.Iron ‘Fish’ the show is the worst thing the Marvel Universe experiment has ever unleashed, but more distressingly Iron Fist the character is easily the least engaging, most unlikable character in their entire superhero menagerie thus far. What’s especially depressing is that it really feels like this character and all the still coyly unexplained Hand bullshit that didn’t work here (or in Daredevil) is going to end up as the main build for The Defenders. That is just not a foundation you’re going build anything worthwhile on.last_img read more

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These Are the Games You Should Check Out in January 2019

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target A new year brings with it a fresh crop of new games to check out. January 2019 features an interesting mix of remakes, remasters, and new entries in long-running franchises. While January isn’t bursting at the seams with blockbuster titles, it has something for everyone. This is only the beginning of what should be another solid year of game releases.Resident Evil 2 RemakePlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 25The Resident Evil series is currently enjoying a new lease on life thanks to the excellent Resident Evil 7. As fantastic as that entry is, it never hurts to revisit the titles that made the series so legendary. To that end, Capcom is releasing Resident Evil 2 Remake. Unlike Resident Evil HD, this title is a complete remake of the original Resident Evil 2. Though it follows similar story beats, the modern graphics and third person perspective help make it feel like a new game. I’ve had the pleasure of playing two demos and I am eagerly anticipating playing through the finished product. Don’t let the “remake” moniker fool you, this is easily one of January’s must-play titles.Pre-order Resident Evil 2 Remake on AmazonKingdom Hearts IIIPlatforms: PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 29I think it’s safe to say Kingdom Hearts III is one of 2019’s most anticipated games. This makes sense considering how a large portion of the fanbase has waited its arrival for nearly 15 years. Like its predecessors, Kingdom Hearts III brings together beloved characters from Disney and Square-Enix franchises. It’s certainly an odd mix, but it somehow works. Even if you aren’t fully versed in the series’ labyrinthine plotline, you can still enjoy Kingdom Hearts III for its fun and varied gameplay. Based on what I’ve played, it should be enjoyable for both veterans and newcomers.Pre-order Kingdom Hearts III on AmazonTravis Strikes Again: No More HeroesPlatforms: SwitchRelease date: January 18One of the biggest surprises to come out of the Nintendo Switch reveal event was Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes. After all, it has been many many years since we’ve had a new No More Heroes game. This new installment serves as a sort of reboot of the franchise and isn’t directly tied to past entries. That’s good news for folks like myself who have never visited the No More Heroes universe. If you’re a Switch owner, this is definitely a game you’ll want to check out.Pre-order Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes on AmazonNew Super Mario Bros. U DeluxePlatforms: SwitchRelease date: January 11I think it’s pretty awesome how Nintendo Switch is getting ports of some of the best Wii U games. Many people (such as myself) never even looked at Nintendo’s ill-fated system and therefore missed out on some true gems. This month, Switch is getting New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. Much like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, this is an enhanced version of the original, featuring updated graphics and extra content. I really enjoyed the 3DS entry so I’m totally looking forward to checking out New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.Pre-order New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on AmazonThe Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 15The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 almost never came into existence following the massive layoffs over at Telltale Games. Thankfully, Skybound Entertainment (the owner of The Walking Dead) announced it would complete the final installment of the celebrated Telltale series. If you’ve been following these games for a while, this entry serves as a wrap up for the entire franchise. It could also be the last Telltale game we see for some time. It’ll be interesting to see if folks can judge the game on its own merits instead of focusing on the drama surrounding it.Pre-order The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 on AmazonOnimusha: WarlordsPlatforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox OneRelease date: January 15Capcom has done a superb job of re-releasing its classic games in recent years and that isn’t stopping in 2019. Longtime devotes are no doubt happy to see an HD version of Onimusha: Warlords. Though lauded at the time of its release, it seems all but the most hardcore have forgotten about Onimusha. Perhaps this HD remaster signals a new entry on the horizon? It’s hard to tell at the moment, but either way, it’s good to see Capcom continuing to please its fanbase with such releases. And hey, considering the slew of samurai based titles dropping this year (Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Nioh 2, Samurai Shodown, Ghosts of Tsushima), Onimusha: Warlords is coming out at the perfect time.Pre-order Onimusha: Warlords on AmazonTales of Vesperia: Definitive EditionPlatforms: PC, PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 11Those looking to get their JRPG fix this month should look no further than Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. This updated version features enhanced graphics, additional cutscenes, and a new character. Tales of Vesperia was originally an Xbox 360 exclusive in the West so it’s great to see it come out on other platforms. Tales of games are somewhat more accessible than most JRPGs, making this a great entry for those unfamiliar with the genre. We’ve strangely not had a new Tales of title in a few years so this should hold fans over until a brand-new release.Pre-order Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition on AmazonAce Combat 7: Skies UnknownPlatforms: PS4, Xbox OneRelease date: January 18The Ace Combat franchise never gets a whole lot of media attention. However, considering the series is now seven games deep, it must be doing something right. Ace Combat 7 is more of what fans have come to expect; mainly a deep war story and tight flight controls. What makes this entry unique is its VR support. This means players can live out their Top Gun fantasies like never before. Expect Ace Combat 7 to release on Steam on February 1.Pre-order Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown on AmazonTropico 6Platforms: PC, PS4Release date: January 25Like Ace Combat, Tropico is another long-running franchise that’s mostly gone under the radar of the larger gaming public. As with previous installments, Tropico 6 lets players build their own tropical nation from scratch. They can choose to rule justly or tyrannically. If you’re a fan of SimCity or Civilization, Tropico should be right up your alley.Pre-order Tropico 6 on AmazonMore on Geek.comMost Exciting Video Games of 2019Hopefully Alien: Blackout Isn’t the Next Diablo ImmortalBest Video Games of 2018last_img read more

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Temperatures and wind conditions move traffic noise

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Imagine sitting down for your early morning coffee when your nice little suburban morning is disrupted by the sound of highway traffic from a quarter mile away. When you purchased your home far from the freeway, the last thing you expected to hear was the roar of traffic, but according to a new study presented at a meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Nick Ovenden from University College London says that is exactly what can happen when the right temperatures and wind conditions are present. © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Ovenden worked with an Arizona team to investigate reports from some local Scottsdale, Arizona residents that had been hearing loud noises during the early morning and dusk hours. These residents lived a third of a mile away from the closest highway.By using measurements of sound levels, wind speeds and direction, and temperature, the team inputted the information into models of noise, including the prism-like effects that wind and temperature can have on sound waves.What they discovered was that under the right conditions of crosswind and temperature gradient, sound that would normally go vertical is refracted back down. The reason this occurs most often in the early mornings and at dusk is because sound bends from hotter air to cooler air.At these locations in Scottsdale, the team was able to record sounds as high as 67 decibels, which, if it lasted an hour or longer, is above what the U.S Federal Highway Administration allows without requiring that noise abatement be created. While Ovenden did not record the noise for over an hour, he does say that under the right conditions, it would be possible.While any type of meteorological effect is currently not being used with highway noise models, Ovenden believes this information shows that it should be considered when planning a new highway in order to determine just how bad noise could be in certain areas. More information: Research paper: Impact of meteorological conditions on noise propagation from freeway corridors, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 126, Issue 1, pp. 25-35 (2009) asadl.org/jasa/resource/1/jasm … 5_s1?isAuthorized=novia Discovery Newscenter_img Explore further Is your convertible damaging your hearing? Citation: Temperatures and wind conditions move traffic noise (2011, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-temperatures-conditions-traffic-noise.htmllast_img read more

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15 vehicles stolen from Cancun found in Tabasco Campeche

first_imgThe Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection says the vehicles were recovered from four municipalities in the city of Tabasco and were likely earmarked for illicit sales. All 11 of the vehicles were part of the 15 reportedly stolen from a leasing company at the Cancun International Airport. According to a statement from the Public Safety and Citizen Protection Department of the State, 11 stolen cars have been recovered from Tabasco including six Nissan Versas, four Volkswagen Jettas and one KIA Sorento. Villahermosa, Tabasco — A total of 15 vehicles reported stolen from Cancun were recovered in the cities of Tabasco and Campeche with the help of GPS. In their public statement, they said “In different operations, and with the help of GPS technology, elements of the SSPC recovered seven vehicles in Paraíso, two in Centro, one in Comalcalco and another one in Cárdenas.” The 11 recovered vehicles were placed at the disposal of the State Attorney General’s Office in Villahermosa for investigation. The other four stolen vehicles were also recovered, but in the state of Campeche. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Courtyard by Marriott expands its footprint in India

first_imgCourtyard by Marriott expands its footprint in IndiaCourtyard by Marriott Raipur today joins the growing portfolio of more than 1,000 Courtyard by Marriott hotels in more than 40 countries worldwide.  Located in the capital city of Chhattisgarh, Courtyard by Marriott Raipur is the 14th property for the brand in India, and the second in the state joining Courtyard by Marriott Bilaspur.  As Marriott International’s global leader in the upper moderate tier, Courtyard is designed for business travelers and offers a refreshing ambiance that helps guests stay connected and productive while traveling.  The brand has a vast network across India that includes: Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Agra, Bhopal, Bengaluru to Bilaspur and Kochi.The Courtyard by Marriott Raipur boasts some of the largest rooms and suites available in Raipur, including the largest guest suite in the city at 699 square feet.  The new room design is intuitive and thoughtful, offering flexible yet comfortable spaces that accommodate all technological needs.  Signature furniture and architectural elements replace traditional art in the guestroPublishom. The “LoungeAround” sofa offers a pop of color and a comfortable area to relax or work.  The new design also features a light desk on wheels, allowing guests to work from anywhere in the room.  Each of the 96 rooms and 12 suites feature high-speed wireless internet; LED TVs; well-appointed work area with comfort lighting and ergonomic chairs, as well as alarm clock docking stations; coffee machines and signature aromatherapy bathroom amenities.  The suites offer visual alarms and notification devices for door and phone, in addition to complimentary cocktails and business services.  The property also boasts a spa centre with two well-appointed therapy rooms to provide soothing spa treatments — affording guests the highest level of relaxation after a long day in Raipur.Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Mr. Neeraj Govil – market vice presidentAsia, Marriott International Inc., said, “Central India is evolving at a rapid pace and we want to be a partner in this. Our entry into Raipur is in line with this strategy. Raipur is an up and coming MICE destination and has also been designated as one of the ‘Smart Cities’ in the country. This makes it a key player in the region and we believe that our new property will create a new atmosphere and be an integral part of this city’s growth. With this launch, Marriott International reinforces its commitment to bringing the best brands within the portfolio to Indian market.”Checking-in as Marriott’s first property in Raipur district, the hotel is an ideal venue for corporate and social events.  The 425-square-metre ballroom can be divided into two function space to suit events of various sizes. The hotel also offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities with a perfect backdrop to host world class corporate events, and is poised to become a one-stop destination for any and every guest.Speaking on the launch, Mr. Akhil Mathur, general manager, Courtyard by Marriott, Raipur, said, “It is indeed a great honor to be present in the vibrant and constantly evolving city of Raipur. Keeping in mind the choices and travel habits of our guests, we’ve taken great care in designing this hotel to provide services and facilities that cater to their every need.” Courtyard by MarriottSource = Courtyard by Marriottlast_img read more

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Cyprus celebrates Independence Day

first_imgThe Republic of Cyprus celebrates today the 57th anniversary since the declaration of its Independence, with a military parade in Nicosia.President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades received the salute of the parade, in the presence of the country`s political, religious and military leadership.The Greek government was represented by Minister of National Defence Panos Kamenos.Earlier on, the President laid a wreath at the Imprisoned Graves in honor of the 13 fighters of the 1955-1959 liberation struggle (EOKA) against the British rule, who are buried there.Later on he will go to the Presidential Palace, where he will lay a wreath to the statue of Archbishop Makarios III, the first President of the Republic of Cyprus and then receive the Greek Minister of Defence.Early in the afternoon, the President will host a banquet for the diplomatic corps, while later he will attend an event at the Presidential Palace for the Independence Day.CNAYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoE Commerce Platform I Search AdsSelling Online Has Never Been Easier. Search The Best E Commerce PlatformE Commerce Platform I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img
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