Casablanca – France decided, as part of its economic diplomacy in Morocco, to better position itself in new strategic sectors for the Kingdom’s development, said on Tuesday in Casablanca, its ambassador in Rabat Charles Fries. The French-Moroccan relation is now more than ever a partnership for the future and our two countries have everything to gain by making it bear its fruits, said Fries at the 2014 France-Morocco Partnership Forum, underlining the importance of the sectors of renewable energy, food processing and city’s development.Renewable energy is a pivotal large-scale project for Morocco which seeks to bring by 2020 the share of energy to 42% of the global installed capacity, he added, noting that French businesses are waiting for call for bids under way, as well as the phase 2 and 3 of the Ouarzazate solar plant. Regarding food-processing industry, Fries encouraged his country’s enterprises to take advantage of possibilities offered by the 2012 EU-Morocco agricultural agreement.
Nigel Fisher, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative to Haiti, told a press conference yesterday in Port-au-Prince that “we are far better off than last year,” especially in assessing the areas of the country most at risk.The Caribbean nation is often beset by hurricanes, and in 2008 was devastated by four consecutive devastating storms within the space of a month.Emergency preparations last year were hampered because the country was still reeling from the January 2010 earthquake which killed more than 200,000 people and displaced countless others.But Mr. Fisher said the country was further advanced this year, having assessed available resources, pre-positioned stocks of relief supplies, identified temporary shelters and determined major risk areas.“Financially, we still need $13 million to finish the work,” he said, referring to the preparations.Mr. Fisher added that the Haitian Government was working well with the international community to prepare for hurricanes this season.Meteorologists have predicted the country could face nine hurricanes and 17 major storms in total this year. 2 June 2011Haiti is better prepared than it was last year to respond to the annual hurricane season, with emergency equipment and stocks pre-positioned in case of a disaster, a senior United Nations official says.
TORONTO — TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X) has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Shenzhen Stock Exchange aimed at improving economic co-operationThe companies say they want to connect investors and companies in the technology and innovation sectors in the two countries.Under the five-year agreement, TMX Group and SZSE plan to create the China-Canada Technology and Innovation Companies Service Initiative.They say the initiative will include a combination of existing services, facilities and networks.The companies also say they may explore the possibility of creating trading, and clearing and settlement connections between Canada and China.The agreement was approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission last month.
“We do not want to be seen as meddling into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka,” he said. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry in a statement has condemned the attack on its High Commissioner.Nur Jazlan said the matter is being handled “very seriously” as it could affect diplomatic relations.“We are taking serious action against the perpetrators of the assault. We want to make sure it does not have impact on Malaysia. About 100 people gathered in Kuala Lumpur last week to protest the presence of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was attending an international conference in Malaysia.Meanwhile the Bernama website quoted Selangor police chief Datuk Abdul Samah Mat as saying that prior to the assault incident, they had received 47 police reports objecting to the presence of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the country to attend the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).“So far five individuals suspected to be involved in the assault have been placed under remand, from yesterday till tomorrow. On Monday, police said five people had been arrested over the assault, which occurred at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.The case is being investigated under Section 147 of the Penal Code for rioting. Nur Jazlan, however, did not elaborate on the identities of the perpetrators of the assault. Malaysia has insisted that the assault on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Ansar is an isolated case of political differences, and not terrorism.Malaysia’s Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohame said that while LTTE sympathisers had been arrested in Malaysia in the past, the incident involving the High Commissioner was political, The Star reported. “The were detained by a special task force at their respective homes, three in Sungai Siput, Perak, an one each in Rawang and Dengkil, Selangor. All are locals and it is understood they were angry about the presence of Rajapaksa in the country,” he said.He told this to reporters after attending Selangor police’s monthly gathering at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters yesterday.He said the five were being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).“We also identified four of their accomplices, all locals, and are tracking them down.On security aspects at KLIA, Abdul Samah said police were not informed about the presence of Ibrahim at the airport.“Policemen could not take any action because they thought it was an ordinary fight and also did not know the person being attacked was the Sri Lankan High Commissioner,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) “It (the assault) is an isolated case of the political situation in Sri Lanka that is brought here in Malaysia. It has nothing to do with terrorism in Sri Lanka. That is a different thing. We have caught LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) sympathisers in Malaysia before. But this assault case is different and related to political differences that are brought here,” said the Deputy Home Minister.
Perpetual Treasuries recorded a profit of Rs. 5.1 billion for the year ending March 2016, an increase of 430% in profits in comparison to the previous year. (Colombo Gazette) A Parliament committee has proposed that action be taken against businessman Arjun Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries over the alleged treasury bond scam.The report by the Committee On Public Enterprises (COPE) headed by Sunil Handunneththi has proposed that an investigation be conducted into Perpetual Treasuries Limited and how it received undue advantage as a primary dealer from the Central Bank, Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera has said.
A Policeman was injured following a shooting incident in Kataragama.The Policeman, attached to the Tangalle Police station, was admitted hospital following the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
NEW YORK — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Wednesday on Wall Street as the technology sector gained ground after a solid earnings report from iPhone maker Apple.Stocks declined the first days of the week after setting records last week. Investors have been absorbing a heavy flow of corporate earnings amid concerns about trade and economic growth.Wall Street’s main focus Wednesday is the Federal Reserve’s anticipated announcement on interest rates this afternoon. Investors have been betting that the central bank will cut rates for the first time in a decade to help shore up the U.S. economy as it faces threats to growth from the prolonged trade war with China.Technology stocks were the clear leaders in the early going, with a nearly 5% increase in Apple shares accounting for most of the gains. Real estate, utilities and energy stocks also gained ground.Consumer product makers and consumer-related companies were among the biggest losers, weighed down partly by a slide in Molson Coors Brewing. Communications stocks also fell, led by drops in Facebook and Disney.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index rose slightly as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 57 points, or 0.2%, to 27,250. The Nasdaq composite rose 0.1%.OVERSEAS: Stocks in Europe were mostly higher. France’s CAC 40 was up 0.2% while Germany’s DAX edged up 0.4%. London’s FTSE 100 fell 0.8%.Shares in Asia were broadly lower. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 fell 0.9% and South Korea’s Kospi dropped 0.7%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 1.3% and the Shanghai Composite shed 0.7%.CRISP RESULTS: Apple rose 4.8% after beating Wall Street’s profit and revenue forecasts for the quarter while slamming the brakes on the decline of iPhone sales in China.Sales of the company’s best-known product are still sputtering, but the company has seen increasing revenue contributions from digital services, such as music. The decline of iPhone sales in China slowed drastically during Apple’s third quarter to a 4% drop. Sales of the iPhone plunged 25% during the first half of the fiscal year.PANCAKED: IHOP and Applebee’s owner Dine Brands Global fell 6.5% after slashing its financial forecast for the year. The company cut forecasts for sales at existing Applebee’s and IHOP locations, along with overall profit, following a disappointing second quarter earnings report.CLOGGED TAP: Molson Coors Brewing fell 7.6% after the company reported a global decline in volume and sales during the second quarter that weighed down profit. The maker of both Molson and Coors branded beer fell short of analysts’ profit and revenue forecasts. It faced weaker demand in May and June.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press
The NCAA has informed Ohio State that the university will not face charges of failing to monitor its football team. The NCAA report also said it has not uncovered any new violations by OSU officials or players. The NCAA agreed with the university that former head coach Jim Tressel was the only university official aware of any violations by football players. “The enforcement staff, institution and Tressel are in substantial agreement as to the facts of both allegations and that those facts constitute violations of NCAA legislation,” according to the statement that OSU received Thursday and released on Friday. “There are no remaining issues regarding either allegation.” The statement reiterated that Tressel’s actions were wrong, that he acted alone, failed in his duty to report violations and wrongfully fielded ineligible players. “Other than (two names redacted) and (Ted) Sarniak, there is no indication that Tressel provided or discussed the information he received from (Chris) Cicero with anyone else, particularly athletics administrators,” the statement said. The statement said the need for a hearing is necessary due to the nature of the case, but there are no new violations to be reported. “Nonetheless, the enforcement staff believed that a hearing was appropriate, rather than a summary disposition report, due to the nature of unethical conduct involving the head football coach,” the statement said. Due to this response from the NCAA, the university is not going to face charges of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor. That means OSU will not face the harshest penalty the NCAA has to offer, the death penalty, which could have prevented the Buckeyes from participating in the 2011 football season. On Aug. 12, when OSU will meet with the NCAA on these violations, the university could learn what punishments the NCAA could give to the university. “The enforcement staff reviewed information related to the institution’s education and monitoring efforts prior to and during the time frame of the violations but concluded that a failure to monitor charge was unwarranted,” the NCAA informed OSU. The NCAA said it believed the university provided student athletes with proper education on compliance protocol. “The institution demonstrated that each fall and spring during the time frame of the violations, it provided education to football student-athletes and staff regarding extra benefits and preferential treatment,” the NCAA continued. “Thus, the student-athletes were aware that it was impermissible to receive payment, benefits and free or discounted services on the basis of their athletics reputation or skill.” In April 2010, local attorney Chris Cicero sent Tressel an email saying that several players were involved with a now-convicted drug dealer. Cicero said this tattoo parlor owner and drug dealer, Edward Rife, had several pieces of memorabilia belonging to current student athletes. In March, Tressel, university president E. Gordon Gee and athletic director Gene Smith, addressed the media and public that Tressel had knowledge of these violations without reporting them. Tressel resigned from his post of head football coach on May 30. Since his resignation, the terms have changed to a retirement, and the original $250,000 fine inflicted on him was waived. Former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, one of the players involved in the scandal, left the university on June 8 to pursue a professional career in the NFL. In addition to Pryor, five other players that received suspensions because of their affiliation with Rife and the tattoo parlor. Wide receiver DeVier Posey, running back Dan Herron, linemen Mike Adams and Solomon Thomas all received a five game suspension in 2011. Linebacker Jordan Whiting also received a one-game suspension. A Columbus news station, WBNS-10TV, reported Friday that Tressel verbally disclosed the tip he received about the players’ involvement with Rife around Dec. 16, when he was interviewed as part of OSU’s internal investigation. This information differs from the investigation by the NCAA that Tressel disclosed the information to university officials in January. The university “categorically” denied the report by 10TV, standing by the facts presented by the NCAA in its statement to the university.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSA’s focus shifts to Shamsi as Tahir gets rested for remaining T20IsOctober 10, 2018In “latest news”Miserable Windies lose series to South AfricaJanuary 21, 2015In “Sports”David Miller gives up Test dream to focus on World CupSeptember 12, 2018In “latest news” Imran TahirSouth Africa’s Imran Tahir has decided to retire from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup. The legspinner, who made the announcement following his match-winning 3 for 26 in the first ODI against Sri Lanka, has stated that he would still be available for T20Is, at least until the 2020 T20 World Cup.Tahir, who will turn 40 later this month and is contracted to Cricket South Africa only until July 31, said that the decision was taken with a “mutual understanding” between the board and him. He was not handed a contract for the 2019-20 season, which put a question mark over his long-term future in international cricket.“I have always wanted to play in the World Cup,” Tahir said in a statement released by CSA. “It would be a great achievement for me to play for this great team. I have a mutual understanding with Cricket South Africa and going forward I decided that I would finish at the World Cup, that is why I am contracted until then.“After that, Cricket South Africa has allowed me to go and play around the world in various leagues but I would also love to play T20 cricket for South Africa. I think I have the ability and can play a role in T20 cricket for South Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity.”Tahir has represented South Africa in 95 ODIs, taking 156 wickets at 24.56. He became the joint-fastest South African – Allan Donald and Morne Morkel being the others – to 150 ODI wickets during the match against Australia in Perth last year, achieving the feat in 89 matches.It was during the 2011 World Cup that Tahir had made his ODI debut, in South Africa’s opening match against West Indies in Delhi. He made a major impact in the tournament, finishing as South Africa’s second-highest wicket-taker with 14 wickets at an economy rate of 3.79.He added that this move would also open up spots for other spinners, who according to him “need the opportunity”.“If you look at 50-over cricket there’s guys like (Tabraiz) Shamsi, (Aaron) Phangiso, Shaun von Berg, Dane Piedt… there are a lot of guys who need opportunity,” Tahir said.“I don’t want to lose my spot. I have to work twice as hard, they are younger than me. I just want to be honest, I don’t want to leave, but that’s how it is. There is a stage in your life where you have to make big decisions, this is one of those big decisions, it is definitely the biggest decision of my life. I also feel there are a couple of good spinners in the country who need the opportunity. We are fighting for the same spot, but looking to the future, they will have more opportunities to play for South Africa.”Tahir has played 20 Tests and 37 T20Is for South Africa, besides being a regular presence in franchise leagues all around the world. He showed some of his best form against Sri Lanka on Sunday prompting his captain Faf du Plessis to gush: “That was the Immy of old, the Immy that has won us games single-handedly in the past. He’s my go-to man in the middle. We need him to be on top of his game at the World Cup, so it was really good to see that (performance).” (ESPNCricinfo)
CONSOL Energy, along with several partners, has successfully demonstrated two clean power generation technologies that make use of alternative fuels, including coal waste and coal-based methane, a greenhouse gas. J. Brett Harvey, CONSOL Energy President and CEO: “With demand for electricity anticipated to grow during the next decade, we believe these clean power technologies, and others like them, will help to meet that demand while controlling emissions of greenhouse gases.Kathleen McGinty, Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), attended a dedication ceremony January 11 for the technologies at the South Park, Pennsylvania, facilities of CONSOL Energy’s Research and Development Group, which is overseeing both projects.One of the projects is the pilot-scale test facility of PFBC (Pressurized Fluidized Bed Combustion) Environmental Energy Technology’s (PFBC-EET) clean coal technology system used to generate power from waste coal and other fuels. This pilot project located at CONSOL Energy’s R&D facilities received a $1.64 million grant from the Pennsylvania DEP.The second project is a first-of-a-kind, micro-turbine generator configured to use unprocessed coal-mine methane (CMM) directly from an underground source to generate electricity. The micro-turbine was installed as part of a Pennsylvania DEP project grant awarded to CONSOL Energy R&D in conjunction with CNX Gas Corp, majority owned by CONSOL, and is being tested at CONSOL’s Bailey underground mine in western Greene County, Pennsylvania.CONSOL Energy worked with the PFBC-EET project team to help with the design and construction of a Process Test Facility (PTF) as part of Phase I (test facility construction/commissioning) of the project. The PTF is capable of burning a wide variety of Pennsylvania waste coals with the objective of providing the necessary combustion and emissions data needed to design and build commercial-scale PFBC electricity-generating units.Construction of the PFBC’s pilot-test facility was completed last year, with a successful initial test burn of a coal-waste fuel conducted in December. “Among the environmental benefits in using this technology are the reduction of emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide resulting from coal combustion,” said Doug Farnham, President of PFBC-EET. “PFBC technology can utilize very low heat-value, wet fuels, such as waste coal, which will assist in the cleanup of coal waste impoundments around the commonwealth, and elsewhere, eliminating another environmental problem. In addition, the waste by product is benign and can be easily backfilled or used in commercial applications, such as cement, road aggregate and a variety of building materials.”Farnham also pointed out the economic impact of the technology on a commercial scale. He explained that each commercial facility would employ “about 1,000 workers during construction and 150 full-time operating and maintenance personnel.”The PFBC technology currently is deployed on a commercial scale in several countries, including Sweden and Japan. Both countries maintain some of the strictest emission standards in the world, and have permitted the operation of six such plants.For the micro-turbine project, at the Bailey mine, one of the largest underground coal mines in the world, CONSOL and CNX Gas partnered with Ingersoll Rand Energy Systems to install this first unit. “We’ve been able to demonstrate that this unit is an innovative way to harvest and use a greenhouse gas which would normally be vented into the atmosphere,” said Nick DeIuliis, President and CEO, CNX Gas. “If the economic evaluation is positive, this technology can be applied in coalfields either in isolated areas which may lack access to electricity transmission lines or at individual commercial power generation sites.”The first project of its kind in the world, the micro-turbine unit — a small, mobile electricity generator designed and built by Ingersoll Rand Energy Systems and modified for the project by CONSOL Energy R&D — produces about 70 kW of electricity, which is then used by the Bailey mine operations. Use of the unit will recover an otherwise lost resource and will help to curb greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Ruairí Quinn has launched a public consultation on inclusiveness in primary schools.The process is part of the minister’s plan in response to the report of the advisory group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the primary sector.The group made a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring schools, particularly in areas where there is only a choice of one, are as inclusive as possible and accommodate various belief systems and traditions.The recommendations cover areas such as having equitable enrollment policies; dealing effectively with the Constitutional right to opt out of religious instruction; having school policies on the conduct of religious and cultural celebrations in schools as well as having Boards of Management of denominational schools reflect the diversity of the local community.Now the department is asking parents how they think the education system could be improved to make it more inclusive.Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk today, Quinn said this is not about blaming the Catholic Church, “it is an attempt to recognise that Ireland has changed”.He said there should be guidelines on how schools should be “sensitive to all of the people that come into them”.Quinn denied that there is a secular agenda in his plans for reform, saying that he has been accused of being “an aggressive secularist”.“I’m not, I’m on the record in both the Dáil and elsewhere as saying that we have to respect pluralism,” he said.The deadline for receipt of submissions in the consultation process is 22 November.Read: Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey>
Even if you are not a huge model train enthusiast you will at least be able to appreciate the creativity in what one modern interior design “hacker” named Jaxan has achieved. Just like a hacker may modify software for their own purpose, interior design hackers modify furniture in the same way. Design hackers seem to find the furniture they wish to modify from inexpensive furniture stores such as IKEA. Considering some people have a low opinion of IKEA furniture, there may be artistic satisfaction in taking furniture from the store and “upgrading it.”Jaxan’s target was an IKEA coffee table sold under the name “Liatorp”. It has been modified to accommodate a small scale landscape and a N scale train set which includes two separate sets of moving train engines and cars on their own set of tracks. The setup is quite eye-catching since the moving train set can be seen through the glass coffee table. If you have the misfortune of seeing a small train derailment through the glass table, don’t worry, the whole landscape and trains are accessible by simply sliding everything out on a big drawer.AdChoices广告Looking at the photo of the table, you can see that the power cord comes out the back and runs under the table which allows for a pretty clean installation. If you were able to put the table over a floor outlet you probably wouldn’t even notice where the train is getting its power from.Read more at Bit Rebels
Hadopi : le Conseil d’Etat saisi, un décret peut-être annuléFrance – Le décret relatif au traitement automatique des données à caractère personnel de l’Hadopi aurait été publié sans être passé entre les mains de l’Arcep, l’autorité responsable des télécommunications en France. La French data network (FDN) demande donc l’annulation du décret au Conseil d’État.Benjamin Bayart, président de l’association FDN, et la Quadrature du Net, organisation de défense des droits et libertés des citoyens sur Internet, ont déposé un recours auprès du Conseil d’État pour dénoncer le vice de forme de la publication du décret 2010-236 au Journal Officiel, le 7 mars dernier. En réalité, celui-ci n’aurait pu être publié qu’après consultation de la part de l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep). Ce décret, qui vise à recouper les adresses IP avec les données des fournisseurs d’accès à internet (FAI), permettait de faire le lien entre des données virtuelles et des personnes physiques. Si le Conseil d’État est favorable à cette demande d’annulation, cela entraînera un retard pour la mise en route de la loi Hadopi, celle-ci ne pouvant s’établir pleinement sans l’application de ce décret.Le 7 mai 2010 à 11:44 • Emmanuel Perrin
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida organization is spreading joy to children whose parents won’t be around for the holidays.Church and community members gathered together at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, Sunday, to package holiday gifts for 175 children, ranging from children 5 months of age to high school students, whose parents are currently incarcerated.The program is called Angel Tree, a volunteer-driven program from people from all over Broward County. Gifts that are donated to the organization are then given to parents a few days before Christmas. Therefore, the child believes the gifts are from his parents or Santa Claus, which “helps to preserve the magic of Christmas.”Photo: First Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook.Those who helped out also enjoyed a Christmas celebration with Santa Claus and all. However, volunteers agreed that the real treat is always the gift of giving.“You know on Christmas morning or on Christmas Eve, they’re gonna be opening those gifts, and the cards actually come from the parents in prison,” said volunteer Jan Nolander. “It’s a way to connect a child with their parent that maybe they haven’t seen in a while.”Each child received two gifts, one clothing item and one fun gift, which ranged from toys and books to fun jewelry and accessories.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share your voice Tags Internet Services Tech Industry 5 Google has fallen foul of EU competition rules before. Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Europe’s Competition Commission slapped Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.69 billion) fine on Wednesday for abusive practices in online advertising.The tech giant abused its market dominance by restricting its rivals from placing their search adverts on third-party websites, the European Commission said in a press release.It’s the third antitrust fine the EU’s executive branch has handed down to Google in the past three years for breaking competition rules. It brings the company’s total bill to 8.2 billion euros following almost a decade of investigations into its shopping practices, Android rules and advertising dominance.”Google has cemented its dominance in online search adverts and shielded itself from competitive pressure by imposing anticompetitive contractual restrictions on third-party websites,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. “This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. The misconduct lasted over 10 years and denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate — and consumers the benefits of competition.”Ensuring European citizens can exercise the power of choice is a top priority for the Competition Commission. Google currently restricts choice by ensuring its own ads, served through AdSense, are featured on third-party websites exclusively, and therefore are the sole gateway to people’s spending, according to the EU. Google secures these deals with the websites in contracts providing them with access to its search tools.This is how Google abuses its dominance, according to the EU. European Competition Commission “We’ve always agreed that healthy, thriving markets are in everyone’s interest,” said Kent Walker, Google’s senior vice president for global affairs, in a statement. “We’ve already made a wide range of changes to our products to address the Commission’s concerns. Over the next few months, we’ll be making further updates to give more visibility to rivals in Europe.”Following a years-long investigation into Google’s shopping services, the EU fined the company a record $2.7 billion in 2017. The record was then broken again the following year when Google was slapped with a fine of $5 billion for forcing Android phone makers to preinstall its own apps and services — including the Google Play Store — and restricting the prepackaging of alternatives.In a blog post published late Tuesday, pre-empting the Commission’s announcement, Walker detailed the changes Google has already made in response to the EU’s decisions and concerns. In recent months, the company has tested a new format for comparison shopping sites and has now granted phone-makers the freedom to install any apps of their choosing alongside Google apps. It will now do more to increase awareness of different browsers among Android phone owners and ensure they have the opportunity to choose which browser they’d like to use.”These latest changes demonstrate our continued commitment to operating in an open and principled way,” said Walker. Comments Antitrust Google
A sculpture by Christoph Kapeller, part of his “Yedoma: Mounds of Life” exhibit within “The View From Up Here.” Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media. “There’s always been a fascination with the Arctic, and with the North, and so artists have come to these places for centuries,” Decker said.“But there’s an urgency to the story now, and there’s an increased curiosity because of the rapid pace of change,” she added.The View From Up Here opens Friday, and runs through October 6th.The “Frontier of Change” soundwalk will be available online at KNBA through the end of the summer. Sculpture’s by John Grade as part of his “Floats” exhibit within “The View From Up Here.” Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public.“I think there’s a lot of dichotomy here that I’ve experienced, sort of the urban and the rural and remote, and I’m trying to find ways to reconcile those two,” Cote said.The show’s theme is loose, and most of the works look nothing alike. There are sculptures of glass and wood suspended from the ceiling like ornamental cocoons, a multimedia display of prehistoric permafrost patterns, even a vinyl record made from wood burned during a bonfire in Kotzebue that you can listen to through headphones.Museum director Julie Decker says the idea was to give support to several artists with long-standing ties to northern regions as they explore this particular point in time for Alaska’s Arctic. Download AudioWhen people imagine Alaska’s Arctic, experimental art isn’t typically first thing that comes to mind.But a new exhibit at the Anchorage Museum is getting visitors, urbanites, and art-lovers to connect to the Arctic in different ways. And the works expand well beyond the gallery walls.Standing outside the Anchorage museum during busy mid-day traffic, two radio producers from Brooklyn plug ear-buds into an iPhone as they get ready to test a soundwalk.“A soundwalk is like a museum audio tour, but it’s outside,” explained Isaac Kestenbaum, who has spent the last few months in Alaska as part of a project called “Frontier of Change,” a partnership with public radio station KNBA in Anchorage.Kestenbaum, along with his collaborator and wife Josie Holtzman, are about to try their mile-long soundwalk for the first time together, taking notes about how they can improve it for visitors in the days ahead.“There’s just a lot of imagining that you have to do,” Holtzman explained of the challenges for synchronizing audio and the surrounding environment.The two set out on the same route groups of guided guests will travel starting Friday. They slipped pairs of headphones into their ears, the dangling cords connecting to a smartphone loaded with a 31 minute podcast.“I’d like to welcome you aboard Frontier of Change Airlines,” begins a flight attendent (voiced by Holtzman) in the audio file. “Non-stop service to Shaktoolik, by way of Downtown Anchorage.”The experimental piece isn’t actually about Anchorage, but instead Shaktoolik, a community of around 300 people hundreds of miles off the road system.“You’ll be traveling in two places at once,” chimes the recording.It’s a little discombobulating: my eyes are looking at traffic lights and JC Penny’s, but in my ears are the wind and waves you hear walking down the man-made berm separating Shaktoolik’s 61 homes from the Bering Sea.“Shaktoolik is one mile long, and a little bit wider than this city block,” the flight attendant voice pipes in.Across the street from the museum, we begin meeting people from around town.”“Welcome to Shaktoolik,” says Mayor Eugene Asicksick. “Stormy Shaktoolik, I should say.”A lot of what Asicksick and others talk about is the shifting climate: What warming winters, worsening storms, and a growing day-to-day fear over the weather feel like in the small town.“It’s changing,” Asicksick says in the recording. “But to me that’s home.”Rounding the corner, a 15-story luxury hotel comes into view just as Shaktoolik teacher Lynda Bekoalok describes how her 11-year-old students talk about evacuating in a flood.“They said, ‘I’d take water, and I would take food, and I’d take bandaids and I’d grab my VHF.’ Where before they’d grab toys, their phones, their video-games,” says Bekoalok in a concerned by considered tone. “Their whole way of thinking is different.”As the soundwalk continued, the urban surroundings that can feel insulated from climate change began feeling closer to it. At times, was hard to tell if the airplanes I was hearing were from the earbuds or the actual Cessna’s overhead on their way to Merrill Field. Same with the buzzing hum of trucks, wind, and seagulls.As Holtzeman scribbled notes after the tour, I asked if the Shaktoolik soundwalk downtown is supposed to be a complement, a contradiction, or both. Mary Mattingly’s “Arctic Food Forest,” a living sculpture that functions similar to a small-scale ecosystem, exhibited in front of the Anchorage Museum as part of “The View From Up Here.” May 2016, Zachariah Hughes.This is just one of the experimental pieces in “The View From Up Here” exhibit. Most of the installations are inside the museum–although the lawn is playing host to an “arctic food forest.”Derek Cote grew up in rural Canada and now teaches in Detroit. His video piece “Legends Are Made Here” (with an accompanying score by Paul Haas, played the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra) started years ago when the museum invited him to experiment with a new format during his time as an artist-in-residence.At one point in Cote’s film the burning pink globe of a shallow sunrise outside Shishmaref is shown alongside the lush red curtain rising at Anchorage’s Performing Arts Center. The movements and music harmonize on the screen, which is no accident. “Subsistence,” a sculpture by Marek Ranis from old military maps suspended on metal fish racks, part of the Anchorage Museum’s “The View From Up Here” exhibit. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media.
Judge Ronny Abraham, reading out the court verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case in The Hague, Netherlands on May 18, 2017. IANSThe International Court of Justice (ICJ) will announce on July 17 its verdict on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for alleged espionage.Oral submissions from both India and Pakistan have been made at the International Court of Justice.Pakistani daily Dawn reported that the verdict will be announced on July 17, quoting Pakistan Foreign Office sources.Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on April 11, 2017, after which India moved the ICJ, challenging the verdict.The ICJ restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till the adjudication of the case.In February this year, the ICJ held a four-day hearing of the case at the ICJ headquarters at The Hague.India had urged the ICJ to annul Jadhav’s death sentence saying his trial by a Pakistani military court had “hopelessly failed to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process”.Ex-Solicitor General Harish Salve, who represented India at the ICJ, had slammed the Pakistani military court’s “opaque proceedings” which try civilians against the international norms.In his argument, Salve said Pakistan has sentenced 161 civilians to death in military courts in “opaque proceedings in the last two years”.”Jadhav’s trial by a military court hopelessly fails to satisfy even minimum standards of due process and should be declared unlawful,” he said.On February 22, the ICJ had reserved its verdict in the case following the conclusion of arguments.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, briefing the media on Thursday, said, “The verdict has to be announced by the International Court of Justice. We will wait and see.”
Nobel Peace prize winner Rajendra K Pachauri speaks during the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009, also known as COP15, at the Bella center in Copenhagen on 7 December 2009. — Photo: ReutersThe ongoing #MeToo storm sweeps India, affecting not only movie industry but also a political heavyweight and climate change negotiator of global repute.Reuters reported from New Delhi on Saturday that an Indian court has ordered the trial of sexual harassment charges against one of world’s leading climate change experts, Rajendra K Pachauri, his lawyer said on Saturday.The 78-year-old Pachauri, who had previously chaired the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, had stepped down from the panel in 2015 following a sexual harassment complaint by a researcher at Pachauri’s Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). (reut.rs/2pZRAvQ)Pachauri denies the charges and has sought a speedy trial due to his old age, his counsel Ashish Dikshit told Reuters.Pachauri is accused of making physical advances, wrongful restraint, sending unwanted emails, and messages.He goes on trial just as the #MeToo movement sweeps India with a large number of women accusing public figures in the media and entertainment industry of sexual misconduct. A junior government minister resigned last week after women accused him of making physical advances in hotel rooms and in the office during his previous career as a journalist.India is also considering tightening sexual harassment laws, government officials told Reuters last week.The Delhi court has charged Pachauri under sections of the Indian Penal code including sexual harrassment and outraging the modesty of a woman.The trial begins on Jan. 4, his counsel said.Bollywood director fired in India’s #MetooAFP reported from New Delhi on Friday that Fox Star Studios on Friday sacked a Bollywood director working on a Hindi-language remake of hit US movie “The Fault In Our Stars” after he was accused of sexual harassment by two women.Mukesh Chhabra is the latest to get embroiled in India’s #Metoo movement which has been gaining traction, with several women calling out powerful men in government, Bollywood and the media.Fox Star Studios, a joint venture between Fox and Star India, said Chhabra had been asked to exit the project as it “takes allegations of sexual harassment of women at workplace very seriously”.An internal complaints committee would look into the allegations against Chhabra, it said in a statement on Twitter.Two women have accused Chhabra of sexual harassment during auditions, according to the local media, both anonymously.”He (Chhabra) asked me to enact a scene which had the hero and the heroine hugging each other,” one of the unnamed women was quoted as saying.”Under the pretext of showing me how the scene should be performed, he grabbed me hard and felt me up. I could feel his hand on my butt.”The other woman, also anonymous, told a newspaper that she has a recording of a phone call with him in which he said she would “have to compromise, get physical with people in power”.The film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi, was supposed to be the directorial debut for Chhabra, who was previously a casting director.Chhabra has denied the “unsubstantiated wild anonymous allegations”.India’s belated #MeToo movement has made headlines in recent weeks with women sharing accounts of alleged harassment on Twitter.The trigger appears to have been actress Tanushree Dutta, who accused well-known Bollywood actor Nana Patekar of inappropriate behaviour on a film set 10 years ago.Since then a slew of popular Bollywood figures have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan and Alok Nath. All have denied the claims.On Wednesday India’s junior foreign minister MJ Akbar announced his resignation after at least 20 women accused him of sexual harassment during his time as a newspaper editor.Akbar — who denies the allegations — is suing one of the complainants, Priya Ramani, for defamation.The first hearing in the case has been listed for 31 October.
Jamal KhashoggiA Turkish newspaper reported on Thursday CIA director Gina Haspel signalled to Turkish officials last month that the agency had a recording of a call in which Saudi Arabia’s crown prince gave instructions to “silence” Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Asked about the report, a Turkish official told Reuters he had no information about such a recording. Saudi Arabia has said crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had no prior knowledge of Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul six weeks ago.”There is talk of another recording,” Hurriyet newspaper journalist Abdulkadir Selvi wrote in a column, saying the purported call took place between prince Mohammed and his brother, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington.”It is being said that CIA chief Gina Haspel indicated this during her visit to Turkey,” he wrote, adding that they had discussed Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom’s de facto ruler.”It is being said the crown prince gave orders to ‘silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible’,” in a call which was monitored by the US agency, he said.Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 Oct in an operation that Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan has said was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership.After offering numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh said last week Khashoggi had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.
A solo show titled ‘Metaphors of the Moon’ will be presented by Studio Adda at the Lalit Kala Akademi from May 11- 17. The present series of the paintings, Metaphors of the Moon, chart the trajectories of the mind as it travels from absence to presence in a cyclic repetition. The mind is the metaphor for the Moon. It represents the cyclic process of thought, its creation, immersion and regeneration. The lessons of the Moon are about the fragility of reconciliation and the assurance of restoration. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe paintings are a visualization of the individualized collective mind that embraces the one and the infinite, with the same ease as it deals with universal pain, suffering and loss. The mind engages naturally with the task of the larger and impersonal, rather than the smaller and personal. Like the Moon, the mind too reduces itself to fit the mortal world. The mind binds itself to the temporal, despite the knowledge of its timelessness, and expanse. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKota Neelima’s paintings for the past decade have been inspired by the questions of existence and creation andexplored the healthy tradition of doubt and scepticism in Indian philosophical thought. Her worksinterrogate the concepts of creation, causation and karma, as paths of reconciliation.Drawing from her study of the Upanishads, and her own understanding of contemporary India as an author about poverty and spirituality, Neelima’s works are part of public and private spaces in India and other countries, including the Museum of Sacred Art in Belgium.