Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson comes out as gay after 40 years

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson comes out as gay after 40 years

17 October 0

first_imgOTTAWA — After 40 years, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has come out as gay.In a column published in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday, Watson writes that it was a “mistake” not coming out sooner.He writes that he was worried about how his family, friends and colleagues would react and he struggled coming to terms with his sexuality during his childhood.Watson says he was inspired to write the column after he raised the pride flag at city hall during the 2014 Olympic Games in Russia to show solidarity with LGBTQ athletes who feared the Russian government’s views on homosexuality.Watson says he was also convinced to come out of the closet after he was approached by a man in a park two years ago who told him he shouldn’t go to the Ottawa Pride Parade, calling it the “fag parade.”Many political leaders have written Watson messages of support on social media, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who tweeted that the mayor was brave for sharing his story.Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, who is openly gay, also posted on Twitter about Watson’s bravery in coming out.“I am so proud to call Jim Watson a friend. Always gracious, strong and kind,” he tweeted.In the column, Watson writes that his reluctance to come out about his sexuality deprived him of living a life “full of love and adventure” that his openly gay friends got to experience.“But if I can be so bold as to offer one bit of advice to those still in the closet: Don’t feel pressured or rushed to come out, but don’t wait 40 years either,” writes Watson.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jackie Chan Fights For Pangolin Conservation

Jackie Chan Fights For Pangolin Conservation

16 October 0

first_imgMartial arts superstar and wildlife champion Jackie Chan is calling for an end to consuming pangolin products in a new public service announcement for WildAid and The Nature Conservancy.Jackie Chan Fights To Save PangolinsThe 47 second video spot was released last week to support a ban on all international trade in pangolins that was approved last year under the UN CITES treaty. The video, entitled “Kung Fu Pangolin,” and accompanying billboards will be distributed widely in China and Vietnam, which are the main pangolin consuming nations. It features Chan training the scaly anteaters to protect themselves from poachers using kung fu, but he finds that curling up is the only thing they are able to do. Behind Chan’s back the pangolins develop ninja-like skills to defend against a would-be poacher.Video: Jackie Chan – Kung Fu PangolinWhile many people may have never heard of pangolins, they are the most heavily trafficked mammals on the planet. An estimated one million have been poached from the wild over the past decade.In some countries, pangolin meat is consumed as a delicacy, and the animals’ scales are used in traditional Asian medicine. These shy, nocturnal creatures are seldom seen, but are often hunted down using dogs. When threatened, pangolins instinctively curl into a ball rather than try to escape, making them especially vulnerable to poaching.“It’s crazy in this day and age that people are still eating these wild animals and threatening them with extinction. I hope we can persuade people that it’s the wrong thing to do,” Chan said.“The priority for pangolin conservation is reducing consumer demand and improving enforcement,” said WildAid CEO Peter Knights. “Jackie reaches a vast audience across Asia and there are clear signs these campaigns have had an impact and attitudes are changing. Shark fin imports to China went down 81% in three years. Ivory seizures there were down 80% last year, and ivory and rhino horn prices have fallen by more than 50%.”However, pangolins are heavily smuggled from Africa and Asia. Central African forests alone may be losing 400,000 pangolins per year to poachers, according to a recent estimate. As pangolins do not often survive in captivity, let alone reproduce, commercial breeding is not a viable option to supply the medicinal trade.Pangolin scales are sometimes used in traditional Asian medicine for the treatment of rheumatism, skin disorders, wound infections and even cancer. Like rhino horn, pangolin scales are largely composed of keratin, the same protein found in human hair and fingernails. Pangolin meat is served as a delicacy in some exotic meat restaurants.Earlier this month, officials in Malaysia seized 8 tons of pangolin scales. In June, Hong Kong customs officers seized 7.2 tons of scales, and late last year Shanghai authorities intercepted 3.1 tons, which represented up to 7,000 pangolins.WildAid, along with partner organizations The Nature Conservancy and China Wildlife Conservation Association, premiered “Kung Fu Pangolin” at a Beijing press conference last week.The Nature Conservancy China Chief Conservation Officer Zhao Peng said: “Pangolins are one of the oldest mammals on Earth. A pangolin weighing just 3kg can help protect roughly 16 hectares of forest from being overrun with ants. Protecting pangolins is not just about saving an endangered species, but also about healthy ecosystems.”Also at the event, the China Wildlife Conservation Association awarded Chan the title of Wildlife Conservation Ambassador in recognition of his contribution to the protection of wildlife. Chan has worked with WildAid on projects since 1995.The animated pangolins were created by the leading special effects house Tau/PHD Films, which did the CGI work for the film “Life of Pi.”last_img read more

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Spanish agriculture minister to visit Morocco

Spanish agriculture minister to visit Morocco

12 October 0

Madrid – Spanish Agriculture, Food and Environment Minister Miguel Arias Canete will pay, on Wednesday, a visit to Morocco, sources from his department said on Monday.During his stay, the Spanish official will meet with Moroccan minister of agriculture and sea fisheries Aziz Akhannouch.Canete will also take part in a round table on family agriculture organized as part of the 7th edition of the Agriculture Conference slated April 23 in Meknes.

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We Were Lucky With the Penalty Van Gaal

We Were Lucky With the Penalty Van Gaal

12 October 0

Rabat – Manchester United coach, Louis van Gaal, said on Wednesday that they were “lucky” the referee allowed them a penalty. The declaration came after his team’s 2-1victory over Wolfsburg in the Champions League.“Sure it’s a penalty, but many referees would refrain from calling a penalty for such an action. Ever since, we began to generate more occasions. Depay and Rooney had chances to score and settle the match,” Van Gaal told BT Sports after the match.The penalty in favor of the ‘Red Devils’ was decreed 34 minutes into the first half by the Hungarian referee, Viktor Kassai, after a pass from Spanish midfielder Juan Mata touched the hand of Daniel Caligiuri. Mata was in charge of the penalty and leveled the match. Van Gaal’s players completed the comeback after eight minutes into the second half thanks to a goal from Chris Smalling after an excellent pass from Mata. “They scored early and that made the match very difficult. However, I think we played very well and have generated many occasions without reaching the end,” said Van Gaal.“At the end of the game my players were very tired but we did well because we did not let them create danger. Maybe they had a chance, but no more,” he said.“However, we have to master and better control the ball in the second halves,” he concluded. read more

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Morocco Sees Higher Baccalaureate Passing Rate in 2019

Morocco Sees Higher Baccalaureate Passing Rate in 2019

12 October 0

Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Education has announced that the baccalaureate passing rate for 2019 is higher than in previous years.The ministry said that the overall passing rate is 77.96%  compared to71.96 % in 2018. This represents an increase of 6%.The ministry added that a total of 253,808 students took ordinary and retake exams in 2019. The ministry said that 24,107 students passed the international branch of the Moroccan baccalaureate this year. The number represents a passing rate of 97.54%.Read also: Education Launches National Platform “Morocco Digital UniversityThe ministry added that 7, 984 candidates in vocational majors passed the exams, representing  a passing rate of 59.53 %.The General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) said that a total of 366 inmates passed the baccalaureate exams in both the normal and retake sessions. The number represents a passing rate of 47 %.DGAPR said that inmates 185 out of  the 361 inmates who sat for the retake exams passed in the retake session. The number represents a passing rate of 51.24%.The number of prisoners who achieved “very good” (A grade), “good” (B grade), and “quite good” (C grade) reached 63 or 17.21% of the total of inmates who sat for the exam.The normal session of the Baccalaureate exams took place from June 11 to 14. Retake exams took place on July 4-8.In June, after the announcement of the normal session results, the ministry said that 212,169 Moroccan students passed the exam in the June session. The statistics represent a passing rate of 65.55%.The ministry said in a statement that the total number of female students who passed the exam was 121,673, representing 57.35 % of the overall number of successful candidates. read more

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Afghanistan must do more to address impunity advance human rights – UN

Afghanistan must do more to address impunity advance human rights – UN

12 October 0

During nearly three decades of conflict, thousands of Afghan men, women and children were subjected to various human rights abuses, including the right to life and safety, freedom of movement, and access to education and health. Many of those responsible for these crimes have yet to be brought to justice.In 2005, the Afghan Government adopted an action plan to try to address the abuses of the past, achieve peace with justice and promote national reconciliation. However, during her visit to the strife-torn nation last November, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour expressed disappointment in the lack of progress in implementing commitments made under the plan.“One often hears the phrase ‘action speaks louder than words.’ Here in Afghanistan, the lack of action speaks volumes,” said Norah Niland, Chief Human Rights Officer with the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), stressing the need to “re-energize” the plan. “At a minimum, there needs to be the space for a national dialogue that acknowledges the injustices and suffering that have occurred,” she told reporters in Kabul today. “The voices of victims need to be heard.”She emphasized the need for political commitment and stronger leadership at both the national and international levels, noting that unless the issue of impunity is addressed, Afghanistan’s future will be threatened by its past. “Building an environment that is conducive to respect for human rights is fundamental to a peaceful and democratic society,” she stated.Ms. Niland also cited the need for stronger commitment – both political and financial – to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates, which threaten the right to life. In addition, while life is better for some Afghan women and girls, who are now able to go to school, work outside the home, and have access to basic health care, deep-rooted social, economic and political discrimination continues. “It takes time everywhere to achieve gender equality but the severity of the situation here in Afghanistan demands much stronger commitments and more concerted action than is currently the case,” she noted. 18 March 2008The Afghan Government must do more to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice, a senior United Nations official said today, warning that unless impunity is addressed, past crimes will continue to undermine the future of the young democracy. read more

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Ceon Broughton found guilty of manslaughter after supplying deadly 2CP drug to

Ceon Broughton found guilty of manslaughter after supplying deadly 2CP drug to

25 September 0

Former Coronation Street star Mr Michie, 62, and his wife Carol Fletcher made a 130-mile journey to the music festival as their daughter was dying in a wooded area just 400m from medical facilities. She died an hour before they arrived. The defendant showed no emotion as the verdict was announced by the foreman of the jury and the court received the announcement in silence. 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 boyfriend of Louella Fletcher-Michie – the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie – has been found guilty of her manslaughter after supplying her with the party drug 2-CP. In the case involving the first known death resulting from the drug, the jury at Winchester Crown Court heard how Ceon Broughton was accused of the manslaughter by gross negligence and supplying her with the substance.Yoga and dance teacher Ms Fletcher-Michie took the class A drug at Bestival in Dorset on September 10 2017 and died in woodland an hour before her 25th birthday.Rapper Broughton, 30, filmed his girlfriend for more than an hour on his phone, even continuing to film when she had passed out and died. The prosecution claimed the defendant failed to take reasonable action to get medical help for Ms Fletcher-Michie, but the defence argued there was no way of knowing whether or not this would have saved her life.  Actor John Michie speaking outside Winchester Crown Court after Ceon Broughton was found guilty of the manslaughter of his daughter, Louella Fletcher-Michie, and supplying her with party drug 2-CP before her death at the Bestival music festivalCredit: PA Broughton then sat down with his hands held together in front of his face.Addressing the jury of five men and six women, he said: “Thank you for all the work you have put into this case. The next stage of the process is to go on to sentencing, that will be in the morning.”Broughton called out to his barrister and said: “Text my mum.” Actor John Michie speaking outside Winchester Crown Court after Ceon Broughton was found guilty of the manslaughter of his daughter, Louella Fletcher-Michie, and supplying her with party drug 2-CP before her death at the Bestival music festival read more

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One reckless act of some idiot turned my life upside down The

One reckless act of some idiot turned my life upside down The

21 September 0

first_img Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieShe was a woman of pure goodness and she spent her life sharing that goodness with all she met.Senator Lynn Ruane on the death of Ann-Louise Gilligan, the wife of Minister Katherine Zappone. Source: Conor_Healy_PhotographyIt’s been hugely life-changing. I was a 32-year-old, fiercely independent man, very busy, having a good life. One reckless act of some idiot, a stranger, turned my life upside down.Brian Hogan on losing his sight after being punched in a random attack on a night out. Source: Yui Mok/PA WireI got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out.UK prime minister Theresa May on sorting out the political mess created by her snap election. Source: APWell, I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need.Former basketball player Dennis Rodman on what President Trump must make of his visit to North Korea. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeMy old team mates don’t know anything about it so the slagging with start very soon.Henry Shefflin on a new portrait unveiled of him in the National Gallery. By Nicky Ryan 28,522 Views Short URL Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeI literally just heard screaming, I saw people jumping out of their windows, the building was literally on fire. The ambulances, the police. It was horrendous.Khadejah Miller recounted the London tower block fire. Source: Cormac FitzgeraldI was in addiction and I fought to get clean and get where I am today, because if I didn’t I wouldn’t be here. It feels like a dream, like I’m going to wake up.The words of Louise, one resident of new social housing units in Dublin city centre. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireI will miss your optimistic energy, your jizz, your sense of mischief, your ability to field questions without giving the smallest clue as to your attitude to the questions you were asked.A rare tribute from Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams to now former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeThe Government I lead will not be one of left or right because those old divisions do not comprehend the political challenges of today. While others in the House might be obsessed with the political debates of the 1980s, I can assure them that I am not nor will my Government be. We will be focused on the solutions of the 21st century and the future. The Government I will lead will be one of the new European centre, as we seek to build a republic of opportunity that is a republic in which every citizen gets a fair go and has the opportunity to succeed, and in which every part of the country has a chance to share in our prosperity.Taoiseach Leo Varadkar set out his vision for Ireland in his speech after being voted in as the country’s leader. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3447795 center_img Share1 Tweet Email ‘One reckless act of some idiot turned my life upside down’: The week in quotes Here’s what was said and who said what this week. Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 6:30 PM Jun 18th 2017, 6:30 PM 7 Comments last_img read more

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Bank robbery suspect killed in shootout with Vancouver police

Bank robbery suspect killed in shootout with Vancouver police

19 September 0

first_imgThe robbery of a Vancouver credit union ended in the suspect’s death Tuesday after he traded gunfire with police.A man reportedly wearing a ski mask and holding a rifle entered the  iQ Credit Union at 15705 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. about 2:20 p.m., Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a white vehicle, then drove to a nearby parking lot. There, he switched vehicles and drove away in a blue vehicle.Officers responding to the robbery call saw the suspect switch cars. They began pursuing the blue vehicle east on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard into a rural area.Using the so-called PIT maneuver to strike its fender, police were able to turn the getaway car and brought it to a stop near the intersection of Northeast 182nd Avenue and Northeast 73rd Street, according to Kapp.Kapp said the suspect and three officers then exchanged gunfire, and the suspect was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.last_img read more

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Center offers rare respite for seafarers

Center offers rare respite for seafarers

19 September 0

first_imgIt was a hot day one summer when Kent Williams walked into the Fort Vancouver Seafarers Center and saw five Russian men staring with lights off at the center’s small aquarium.They were seafarers, just ashore after spending weeks aboard a cargo ship. They were placid in heavy coats, noted Williams, who had reddened from the sun and retreated into khaki shorts.As executive director, he moved to help. He flipped on the lights and began pointing out free magazines and books they could read or take. One of the men turned and said no.“Just want to watch the fish,” he said, through a thick Russian accent.“That’s all they wanted,” recalled Williams, 73. “And that’s all they needed — peace and quiet just to sit and watch the fish go back and forth. It was almost like meditation.”Seafarers are the rarely seen men and women keeping world trade afloat. There are about 1.6 million of them globally, according to the International Chamber of Shipping, manning the bellowing cargo ships crisscrossing oceans for most of the year.last_img read more

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Ausilio Icardi will not be sold to Juventus

17 September 0

first_imgInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio insists Mauro Icardi will never go to Juventus and added that a contract offer has been sent to him, which is yet to be signedRecently, Icardi’s wife and agent Wanda Nara announced that he was close to leaving Inter for Juventus in the summer and added that the Argentine isn’t even close to signing a new contract.While admitting that Nara’s claims over the unsigned contract are true, Ausilio insisted that Inter are keen to retain Icardi and will continue talks.“We are consistent with what we’ve said over the last few months,” said Ausilio, according to SportsMax.“We are happy with Icardi as a player, with what he is giving on the pitch for Inter. He always takes responsibility and is afraid of nothing.“The rest doesn’t matter: there is an official headquarters, I am at everyone’s disposal.“Icardi’s agent knows where to find me, either in the office or by telephone. The rest, social media, the media, the Christmas box office movie, is of no interest to me.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I have been very honest, I said how things stand. Icardi received a new contract two years ago and signed it. The most recent proposal was two months ago, he received it and at this moment has not accepted.“That does not mean we cannot go forward. As far as we are concerned, we want to continue the negotiations and continue working together.“Inter and I will only do our talking in the office, in our headquarters, not on social media or on television. Beppe Marotta and I are at their complete disposal.“As for the claims we wanted to sell them to Juventus, I respond with a laugh and a no comment. It’s better not to give names to suggestions like that at Christmas time…“I can happily say Icardi will never go to Juve. You were dragged into this issue by some fairytale comments, but it’s not an issue.”Real Madrid have also been linked with a transfer for Icardi, who’s scored 13 goals for Inter this season in all competitions.last_img read more

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Government confirms cap on early exit pension charges

15 September 0

first_imgThe government has confirmed a cap on excessive exit charges for those accessing their pension pot early.On 19 January, chancellor George Osborne outlined a proposal to place a duty on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to cap excessive early exit penalties.The FCA will be responsible for setting the level of the cap, which it will consult on in due course.The duty will be introduced through legislation, and will form part of the government’s response to its consultation on pension transfers and exit charges.The consultation, which ran between July and October 2015, sought responses on capping early exit penalties for those eligible to access the pension freedoms, ways to improve the process of transferring between pension schemes, and clarity around financial advice.Osborne (pictured) said: “The pension freedoms we’ve introduced have been widely welcomed, but we know that nearly 700,000 people who are eligible face some sort of early exit charge. The government isn’t prepared to stand by and see people either ripped off or blocked from accessing their own money by excessive charges.“We’ve listened to the concerns and the newspaper campaigns that have been run and we’re announcing that we will change the law to place a duty on the Financial Conduct Authority to cap excessive early exit charges for pension savers.“The new duty, introduced through legislation, will form part of the response to the government’s pension transfers and exit charges consultation, and will help people take full advantage of the new flexibilities.”Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “We welcome this announcement; hundreds of thousands of pension investors currently face charges and restrictions if they want access to the pension freedoms or to transfer their money to a new pension arrangement.“In some cases these penalties can run to hundreds or even thousands of pounds. This kind of financial bondage has no place in the twenty-first century.”last_img read more

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Total pay has increased by 12 in real terms since November 2017

15 September 0

first_imgTotal pay for employees in Great Britain, which includes bonuses, increased by 1.2% in real terms between September to November 2017 and September to November 2018, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market: January 2019 report also found that regular pay, excluding bonus payments, increased by 1.1% in real terms, meaning that it has been adjusted for consumer price inflation, between the periods of September to November 2017 and September to November 2018.In nominal terms, namely not having been adjusted for consumer price inflation, total pay increased by 3.4% between September to November 2017 and September to November 2018; the annual growth rate has not been higher than this since May to July 2008.In nominal terms, regular pay, which excludes bonuses, increased by 3.3% between September to November 2017 and September to November 2018. The last time the annual growth rate was higher than this was in September to November 2008.Average total pay for employees in Great Britain was £527 a week in nominal terms before tax and other deductions from pay in November 2018. This compares to £510 a week in November 2017. Average regular pay was £494 a week in nominal terms for British employees in November 2018, before tax and other deductions. This compares to £478 a week in November 2017.Jon Boys, labour market economist at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The figures can be seen as good news for employees, as the tight labour market is feeding into real pay growth. With inflation forecast to be lower than previously expected, pay growth is likely to continue into 2019.“In the absence of productivity growth to fund it, paying staff more is a strategy that can’t be used indefinitely. Businesses should consider retention and training of their current workforce to raise productivity and fill skills gaps.”last_img read more

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The Dauenhauers Teach Tour Guides How To Teach Tourists

The Dauenhauers Teach Tour Guides How To Teach Tourists

09 September 0

first_imgTwo of greatest living scholars on Sitka’s Russian and Tlingit past were in town last week to train National Park rangers on the historic battles that took place here. Park rangers give programs, of course, but sometimes they’ll interact with visitors for only a few minutes at a time. So the challenge is: How do you teach visitors about the culture in a way that will have impact – when the most commonly-asked question is “Where’s the bathroom?”Download AudioNora and Dick Dauenhauer wrote Russians in Tlingit America. The book is used to train Sitka’s park rangers. (KCAW photo/by Emily Forman)I’m on a bus tour. All the passengers are trained historical interpreters. And the tour guides are the leading scholars on the topic. They literally wrote the book.Dick: One of the earliest recordings of the history is from Sally Hopkins. And her daughter asked Nora if she would transcribe and translate this…Nora and Dick Dauenhauer are the author’s of Russians in Tlingit America – the definitive work on the battles of 1802 and 1804.The bus stops in old Sitka. It’s just a patch of grass near the ferry terminal. But in 1802 it was where Tlingit warriors attacked the Russian fort.Latanich: This is Dick and Nora is right there in the blue sweater.Dick: HelloPark ranger: I like your book!Dick: Thank you.Park ranger: I make all of my staff read it.Dick: It’s a good one I’m glad it’s in there because my memory isn’t what it used to be so at least it’s all in there now.The Dauenhauers are in town to advise Sitka park rangers how to reinterpret the history for transient cruise ship passengers who know nothing about it.Nora is Tlingit and a native speaker of the language.Nora: The way we got into this was I was teaching Tlingit in Juneau high school and I got this letter from a professor.Dick was the professor, he admired her work. The rest is history.Sitka park rangers take tips from the the Dauenhauers on how to engage tourists. (KCAW photo/by Emily Forman)Dick: We’ve been partners in scholarship for over 40 years and we had our 40th anniversary in November…Somewhere along the line they got married.Dick: Still doing business but slower than we used to be.While their relationship was always solid. The making of Russians in Tlingit Americanwas an on again off again kind of affair.Dick: The first issue that came up to us in doing this book was who owns history.Nora was asked to translate Tlingit oral histories recounting the battles. But then Native elders didn’t want to rehash the past, which put the book on hold. When the elders died the new generation wanted to know the history. Then the Soviet Union crumbled – freeing up access to Russian archives. It took decades of cultural and political change before they could complete the book.Dick: So, these are difficult issues. I think it’s important to kind of be up front that this is living history that this is not just something that happened 200 years ago. People are very aware of that here.Sitkans might be very aware of the history, but tourists from… Idaho? The challenge is getting visitors to care. I asked second season tour guide Janet Drake about her approach.Forman: So much research, and so many different sources, a combination of written and oral history, and then you have to try and synthesize this for a group of tourists that…Drake: know nothing about this place and..Forman: How do you do that?Drake: I know, that’s the challenge – finding those pieces that hit home for people.Forman: What’s the most common question you get?Drake: Where’s the bathroom? Hahaha! Just kidding… But actually that’s kind of serious.Chief of Interpretation Becky Latanich is always thinking about how to make the history relatable.Latanich: I think visitors have a hard time relating to this story. They come here and they don’t know anything about it and they think Sitka and they think totem poles. The battle is a little difficult for people because it’s not well know. It’s not Gettysburg. So do you have any suggestions for our staff about what themes you’ve encountered that people might be able to relate to?Dick: Whoever controlled Sitka controlled the whole Northwest fur trade… If you got a flare for the dramatic you can reinterpret for the tourists… Imagine Katlian coming down, the Russians on the beach, and all of a sudden the Russians are behind them and here’s Katlian with his hammer because it’s easier to bash heads in than it is to pull a dagger out.While engaging tourists is one thing, retelling the story in a way that’s respectful of the families that have a personal connection to the history is another. Some parts of this history are so sensitive that the Dauenhauers were actually asked to omit some of the detail. And they did because that’s the respectful thing to do.Dick: And that’s of course the challenge of ethnohistory you are dealing with the families, family memories, and family traditions.The idea that family history is complicated? Most people, even out of town visitors, can relate to that.last_img read more

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Ajiths Viswasam remake Is Shivaraj Kumar stepping into the shoes of Thala

Ajiths Viswasam remake Is Shivaraj Kumar stepping into the shoes of Thala

05 September 0

first_imgAjith’s Viswasam doing well at the box office.PR HandoutAfter its successful run in Tamil Nadu, Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam is all set to go to Sandalwood. The super hit Tamil film will be remade in Kannada with a top actor playing the lead role.If the latest rumours are to be believed, Shivaraj Kumar is being considered for the character played by Ajith in the original. As per the reports, the makers feel that the role is tailor-made for Shivanna as it has a rural flavour with ample of mass moments. Sathya Jyothi Films, which funded the Tamil version, is keen on making it in Kannada and the process has reportedly begin. In the next few days, the production house is expected to make a formal announcement on the flick.Currently, Shivaraj Kumar is working on the movies like Ravi Varma’s Rustum, P Vasu’s Anand and A Harsha’s My Name is Anji. Coming back to Viswasam, the film marked the fourth union of Ajith with director Siruthai Siva after Veeram, Vedhalam and Vivegam. Nayanthara played the female lead in the flick, which has Jagapathi Babu enacting the villain’s character.The film is about a father guarding his wife and daughter from the forces which want to eliminate them at any cost. The director has combined action, romance and sentiment in right amount to make it a perfect family entertainer.At the box office, Viswasam, reportedly, minted over Rs 130 crore in Tamil Nadu despite clashing with Rajinikanth’s Petta earlier this year. Interestingly, it has been dubbed in Kannada, but it failed to set the box office on fire.last_img read more

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Prince Harry may try and avoid an awkward situation with ex Ellie

Prince Harry may try and avoid an awkward situation with ex Ellie

05 September 0

first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry could be heading for an awkward situation if he is not careful. Reportedly, Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend pop star Ellie Goulding has invited Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William to her wedding but it has not yet been confirmed whether Meghan and Harry have received an invite.It is always awkward when meeting with an ex, especially when it is at their wedding and they are marrying someone else. Reportedly, Ms. Goulding is marrying art dealer Caspar Jopling at either York Minster Cathedral or a smaller chapel in Yorkshire. Ellie Goulding apparently dated Prince Harry after the pair were spotted at the Audi Polo Challenge in May 2016.The couple, who have been pals since meeting at Prince William’s wedding in 2011, are said to have exchanged some flirty text messages. At the time, a source close to Harry’s circle told The Sun: “He has told friends how much he likes Ellie and she is clearly taken by him.”  Ellie Goulding.ReutersApart from Prince Harry, Elli Goulding as dated other famous stars like Ed Sheeran as well. Apparently, William and Kate will also join A-list stars such as Rita Ora at the event. However, it is unlikely Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the event if they have been invited. It is known that Prince Harry and Ms Goulding had a two-year relationship which ended in 2014 and the Prince even turned up to watch his ex perform in a play in 2017.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s presence at the wedding would be a surprise. But it will be highly unlikely that Prince Harry will find the time to attend.last_img read more

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Persons with disabilities need professional services

03 September 0

first_imgDiscussants at a roundtable titled ‘Public-Private Collaboration in Expanding Integrated Healthcare’. Organised by Prothom Alo in cooperation with DRRA and CBM, the roundtable was held at its Karwan Bazar office on Sunday. Photo: Shyful IslamLack of services, trained physicians, professionals and nurses in government hospitals has kept persons with disabilities away from their required healthcare services, said discussants at a roundtable.Prothom Alo, in cooperation with the Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) and the Christian Blind Mission (CBM) organised the roundtable titled ‘Public-Private Collaboration in Expanding Integrated Healthcare’.Health and family welfare minister, Mohammed Nasim, however thinks Bangladesh has come a long way in providing healthcare services with disabled people.“Without political stability, no country can go forward. As there is stability in the country and a people-friendly government in power, we achieved so many things, in treating persons with disabilities. I thank the prime minister for her kind heartedness towards disabled people,” the minister told the roundtable.The roundtable began with the opening speech of Farida Yesmin, executive director of DRRA which works with people with disabilities.“We work for persons with disabilities in three sectors—education, healthcare and employment. In doing so, we’ve seen education and employment depend much on healthcare services,” she said.“If a child is born with disabilities and isn’t provided with required healthcare services, he or she lags behind in achieving mainstream education and so loses employability,” Farida Yesmin explained.She also highlighted that children who born with disabilities need several kinds of therapy and a board of physicians including orthopaedic, physiotherapist, occupational therapists and this support is now not available in Bangladesh at a district level. “We’ve detected some 47,165 persons in Satkhira with disabilities and brought them under healthcare services. Half of them need assistive devices including special chairs, wheelchairs, callipers, but these are not available outside Dhaka,” she informed the discussants.“So, when someone comes to Dhaka from other districts for an assistive device, at least Tk 3000 is spent on travel and on average Tk 6500 for the assistive device. Persons with disabilities have to pay much more than the general people as healthcare costs. The cost increases more as the services are not available at their doorsteps, meaning at district or upazila-levels.”As her organisation conducted a survey and found that some 57 per cent persons with disabilities do not go outside of their district for healthcare services and 96 per cent want to receive them through nearby hospitals.Farida Yesmin also said, “If the hospitals want to give them the services required they will need trained nurses, psychologists, professional therapists, physiotherapists. If the government can provide the services at least at the district level, people with disabilities will be relieved of their cost burdens.”Sharing his experience, civil surgeon Khurshid Alam of Manikganj told the roundtable, “A number of people with disabilities come every day in our upazila health complexes for receiving treatment. Among them, a majority of them are women and children.”“We have limitations but if we can make maximum use of our resources, we can bring a quality change in healthcare for people with disabilities,” he added.The civil surgeon, however, said that the government has already taken some steps in every upazila health complex like registering disabled patients in hospitals on priority basis, arranging wheel chairs and beds for them, a different counter for them.“But we are yet to give disabled persons full care for their disabilities as we don’t have skilled manpower,” he added.According to Muhiuddin Osmani, joint chief at health and family welfare ministry, persons with disabilities should be ensured that they will receive preferential services in hospitals. He also stressed the need of defining persons with disabilities in light of Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act 2013.Nur Mohammad, line director of Non-Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) of Directorate General of Health Services, also said, “We have to identify who is disabled. We have already started working on this. We have a problem. Sometimes we train doctors and nurses but they get transferred within a short period of time from a hospital. The government has started training physicians and nurses.”He added, “I hope the prime minister, her daughter and health minister will help us continue all our projects.”Shafiqul Islam, executive director Center for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), urged the authorities concerned to create posts for trained health professionals.“Treatment and rehabilitation should be given to persons with disabilities by forming panels of multidisciplinary experts through public-private collaboration. And posts should be created for health professionals in state-run hospitals,” he said.He also added that CRP graduates some 40 occupational therapists through Dhaka University and this number is very meagre for the whole country.Monowara Khatun, a woman with disabilities, shared her struggle how she became employed with the help of DRRA and CBM. CBM’s country director, Shahnaz Quraishi, also spoke on the occasion underscoring that access to health services is life changing for persons with disabilities.He said, “For example, if a child can be detected early for disabilities it may get relieved of its disabilities and also employed in its youth. We believe that persons with disabilities can live longer and live well if provided heath services.”Margub Aref Jahangir, health officer of UNICEF, talked about three goals informing 10 per cent people in Bangladesh have disabilities.“We can promote people especially children with disabilities by achieving three goals. They are mainstreaming, providing human rights and promoting their inclusion and equality,” he said.Muzharul Mannan, consultant neurologist of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), told the roundtable, “We need to formulate a national strategy for giving healthcare services to persons with disabilities.” AHM Enayet Hussain, additional director general (planning and development) of Health Services, spoke highly of government efforts in providing services to persons with disabilities. “We did fairly well in giving health services to persons with disabilities. But rehabilitation is yet to be done. Multi-sectorial action plan can be formed and the government is committed in doing so,” he said.Former health minister, AFM Ruhal Haque, also praised government efforts. “We have to understand how far we have come in eight to nine years in this case. As the government has some limitations, the service should be given in a public-private collaboration.”DRRA executive director, Farida Yesmin, pointed out four specific recommendations in the roundtable. They include constituting a national strategy for meeting disabled people’s healthcare services, subsidy for poor persons with disabilities, assistive devices in district level and arranging training for physicians.Health minister Mohammad Nasim said he would consider all the recommendations made at the roundtable.“Five ministries are working for persons with disabilities. Despite that, we need an integration of all our works. The government cannot do everything on its own. Society has a big role to play in this case,” he said.The minister ended, “I’m hopeful of providing more services to persons with disabilities as we have a people-friendly government.”The roundtable was moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayum.last_img read more

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MCU News Inhumans Teaser Black Panther Fights and Runaways Pics

MCU News Inhumans Teaser Black Panther Fights and Runaways Pics

01 September 0

first_img What to Expect From the Marvel Cinematic Universe at SDCC 2019The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix Universe Marvel’s Inhumans has been through a few changes since it was first announced. It was originally planned to be a movie. After the Inhumans were introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Marvel figured out what they wanted the future of their cinematic universe to look like, the movie was rethought and turned into a TV show. Today, Marvel put out the first teaser. It doesn’t show much, but the series certainly sounds interesting.From what we can here in the trailer, it sounds like the beginnings of the military coup that will kick off the series. The show will follow what remains of the royal family after they escape from Hawaii. Already, Inhumans is sounding like much more of a political family drama than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In Agents, the Inhumans were essentially used as stand-ins for mutants, since Marvel can’t make X-Men TV shows. With the focus on the royal family, the new show will most likely give us a more complete look at Inhuman society.The show will also take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, showrunner Scott Buck told Entertainment Weekly. “Things that have happened on S.H.I.E.L.D. will potentially effect our show as well,” he said. Whether the Inhumans will ever appear in the movies is still unknown, but given the wildly different production schedules, such a crossover would be very difficult to pull off. I’d definitely expect the Inhumans and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to cross into each other’s shows though. The Arrowverse can’t be the only ones doing it.EW also released the first image of the cast, and they look spectacular. Check out the photo below for a look at Gorgon, Karnak, Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal and Maximus. Personally, I can’t wait to see Medusa’s prehensile hair in action.Eme Ikwuakor (Gorgon), Ken Leung (Karnak), Anson Mount (Black Bolt), Serinda Swan (Medusa), Isabelle Cornish (Crystal), Iwan Rheon (Maximus). (Photo: Michael Muller/Marvel, Via Entertainment Weekly)Inhumans will air on ABC this Fall with a premiere screening in theaters on September 1.Speaking of Marvel TV, we also have a cast photo for The Runaways, another new TV series recently picked up by Hulu. It’s based on a comics series by Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote Y: The Last Man and Saga. Runaways follows six superpowered teenagers who, well, run away after discovering their (also superpowered) parents are part of a crime syndicate. They initially don’t like each other all that much, but they’ll have to put their differences aside if they want to stop whatever it is their parents are planning.The series will star Rhenzy Feliz as the nerdy Alex Wilder, Lyrica Okano as the Wiccan Nico Minoru, Virginia Gardner as responsible teen Karolina Dean, Ariela Barer as punk rock girl Gert Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin as genius jock Chase Stein, and Allegra Acosta as the super cheery Molly Hernandez. With a group like that, expect a lot of personality clashes as they learn to work as a superhero team.Via Marvel/HuluRunaways will premiere on Hulu sometime this upcoming winter.Finally, a look at what’s going on with one of Marvel’s next movies. Specifically, Black Panther is currently in production, which means Chadwick Bosemen is constantly training to fight like a superhero. The character has already made his MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War, but that doesn’t mean Boseman is done practicing. Not only does he have to learn new movies for every fight scene, he has to keep his body in top physical condition to be able to perform them.The actor shared this short video on his Instagram, showing fans exactly what that training looks like. It isn’t the fast-paced comic book action we’re used to seeing in the movies. It’s more of a slow, methodical, almost beautiful dance. Stay on targetcenter_img Now when you see him pull out much faster, harder-hitting versions of those moves in the movie, you’ll know exactly where they came from. Black Panther will be in theaters February 16, 2018.last_img read more

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History comes alive

31 August 0

first_imgFinale of 125th Foundation Year Celebrations of National Archives of India (NAI), organised by Ministry of Culture had commenced on March 7, in the national Capital. The celebrations, which will go on for a week, will culminate on March 11.N K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture inaugurated an Archival exhibition titled ‘Independent India: A Forward March (based on post Independence Public Records)’ in the premises of National Archives of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A two-day seminar on the ‘Sources of 18th and 19th Century’ is also being held from March 8-9 in the Conference Hall, NAI, Janpath.On the eve of ‘National Archives of India Foundation Day 2016’ on March 10, Prof. Surendra Gopal, an eminent historian will deliver the Foundation Day lecture on ‘Some Foreign Archives and India’s History’ in the auditorium of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. The Finale of 125th Foundation Year would be culminated by following programmes in the presence of Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism and Minister of State for Civil Aviation on March 11 in the auditorium of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhawan.Apart from this, a cultural programme, ‘Char Bait’ by the artists from Bhopal and Rampur Gharana, will also be organised in the lawns of National Archives of India on March 11.last_img read more

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APUsing picks and

APUsing picks and

20 November 0

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