Rogers and CBC sign new 7year deal for Hockey Night in Canada

first_imgTORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Rogers Media and CBC have signed a new seven-year sub-licensing agreement for English-language broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada and the Stanley Cup playoffs, beginning with the 2019-20 season.The new deal, which follows a previous four-year sub-licensing deal and one-year extension, runs through the end of the 2025-26 season which is when Rogers’ 12-year national broadcast rights deal with the NHL is due to expire.CBC extends Hockey Night in Canada partnership with Rogers until 2026 https://t.co/wBpCxavcJS pic.twitter.com/0mcc77Qzrs— HockeyNightInCanada (@hockeynight) December 19, 2017The agreement ensures that Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts continue to reach the maximum number of Canadians every Saturday night on CBC, Sportsnet, and City. In addition, Hockey Night in Canada games are also available on the CBC Sports app, the CBC TV app, CBCSports.ca, Rogers NHL LIVE and Sportsnet NOW.“CBC has been an excellent partner over the years and we are excited to extend our relationship,” said Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media. “Hockey Night in Canada is the most celebrated hockey brand in the country and is steeped in tradition. We are committed to working together to ensure it reaches the widest possible audience.”“The strong relationship we enjoy with Rogers Media paved the way for this new agreement. HNIC on Saturday nights is something Canadians have come to cherish and we’re thrilled that this long-standing tradition will continue for many years to come,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC-Radio-Canada.As part of the new deal, CBC will continue to broadcast nationally-televised regular season games on Saturday night plus all four rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The iconic Hockey Night in Canada brand will continue on CBC and across all Rogers Media platforms on Saturday nights. Sportsnet will continue to produce the games, retain all editorial control, and manage the advertising, with games continuing to be produced from Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Studio at the CBC building in Toronto.Since Rogers’s landmark broadcast and multimedia deal with the NHL began four years ago, Hockey Night in Canada has consistently ranked among the Top 5 programs, reaching on average 7.5 million Canadians each week. This season, Hockey Night in Canada has been the most-watched program in Canada every Saturday night, reaching a total of 18 million Canadians or 50 per cent of the country’s population. Riding the momentum of five Canadian teams making the playoffs last year, ratings continue to rise year-over-year for both the early and late match-ups.“Our priority in coming to this new agreement was to ensure Canadians continue to have access to Saturday night hockey on CBC and an overwhelming majority of our audience told us they want it to be on CBC,” said Greg Stremlaw, Executive-Director, CBC Sports & General Manager, Olympics.“Canadians have a profound love and deep-seated passion for the game of hockey,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers Media. “Sportsnet will continue to fuel that passion by providing full-access coverage to our audiences at every opportunity. It’s a pledge we made to our fans when we won the rights in 2013, and one that we continue to deliver on every day.”Rogers’s 12-year national broadcast and multimedia agreement with the NHL, which began with the 2014-15 season, remains the largest media rights deal in NHL history and provides Rogers with all national rights on all platforms in all languages.In addition to Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet will continue to produce and televise national games on Sundays during Rogers Hometown Hockey and on Wednesday evenings with Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey.In total, Sportsnet will produce and broadcast more than 450 national and regional NHL games during the 2017-18 season.Rogers is the parent company of NEWS 1130.last_img read more

Conservatives call for emergency meeting after PMO SNCLavalin report

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The federal opposition is calling for an emergency committee meeting to investigate allegations the Prime Minister’s Office may have tried to politically interfere with criminal proceedings against Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the explanations from the prime minister and his team in the wake of the allegations, reported in the Globe and Mail, simply aren’t good enough.That’s why he says his party will request an emergency Justice Committee Meeting to call witnesses and get answers.“This matter strikes at the very heart of our rule of law and calls into serious question the ethics and conduct of those at the highest level,” he said.Conservative Leader @AndrewScheer says his party is exploring legal avenues if Liberals try to block an attempt to launch a Justice committee investigation #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019He is also warning the Liberals not to block the efforts for a meeting.“If the Liberals vote this down, it is quite clear that there is a cover up going on,” he added.The Conservatives want to call witnesses such as former Justice Minister @Puglaas, current Justice Minister @DavidLametti, and top PMO Officials. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019Scheer says he supports an NDP call for an investigation, noting the Canadian Civil Liberties Association is calling for a criminal investigation.Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said the prime minister should have nothing to fear from an independent investigation by the federal ethics commissioner if, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists, the allegations are not true.“All this cries out for some serious investigation,” Singh said in a telephone interview with the Canadian Press. “At the end of the day, Canadians deserve to have a government on their side, on the side of justice, not on the side of a multinational corporation.”The New Democrats have since officially requested an investigation from the Ethic’s Commissioner.He noted the timeline of events is suspicious.SNC-Lavalin was charged in 2015 by the RCMP and openly called for a remediation agreement to avoid damaging the company, a major employer in Quebec. After lobbying by the company of government officials, including those in the PMO, the government included in its 2018 budget a Criminal Code amendment to allow such agreements to be negotiated in cases of corporate crime, as is done in the United States and the United Kingdom.The Globe reports top officials in the Prime Minister’s Office tried to pressure then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to drop criminal prosecution against the company.In a brief statement to the media, Wilson-Raybould — who is now the Veterans Affairs Minister — says she can’t discuss the matter because she is bound by solicitor-client privilege.Meantime, the parliamentary secretary to justice has offered the most sweeping denial yet from the Trudeau government.“At no point has the current minister of justice, or the former minister of justice, been pressured or directed,” Arif Virani said.NEW: Former Justice Minister @Puglaas has released a short statement on the SNC/PMO influence story. “As the former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I am bound by solicitor-client privilege in this matter.” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 8, 2019last_img read more

Two men return to Ranch Ehrlos behaviour modification camp where they say

first_img(Guy Dumas and Richard Yarema about to embark on a trip with APTN Investigates back to a former behaviour modification camp for young offenders in northern Saskatchewan. Photo: Christopher Read/APTN)Christopher ReadAPTN InvestigatesOn an emotionally difficult journey through the past, two men who were sent to a behaviour modification camp as young offenders in the 1970s, recently returned with APTN Investigates to the remote facility’s site in northern Saskatchewan.Last Resort is investigative reporter Christopher Read’s first episode for Investigates. The story chronicles the brief and violent history of “wilderness challenge” camps where the majority of campers were Indigenous.Richard Yarema, 58 and Guy Dumas, 59, were teenagers when they were sent to a fly-in camp operated by the Ranch Ehrlo Society on Norbert Lake, Saskatchewan.  The lake is a half-hour plane ride north of La Ronge, SK.Watch Christopher’s video story:  Earlier this year, after major surgery, 58-year-old Richard Yarema of Dauphin, Manitoba felt he was at a crossroads in his life and he sent a letter to APTN Investigates.Yarema’s letter painted a grim picture of his mistreatment at a behaviour modification camp for teenaged boys he was sent to in the mid 1970s as a young offender.While in hospital recovering from open heart surgery, Yarema heard a voice telling him it was time to confront his past and address what had happened to him.“I thought this was a chance to make things right. And to listen to that little inner voice that you do have. And my inner voice told me to get on with it and do it and it was confusing because I was still kind of loopy. But there were people talking and around me and they said ‘what did you say?’ Because I said real out loud. ‘Okay. I will,’” said Yarema.Richard’s heart attack at age 16  <> (Yarema and Dumas say this is a partially re-built version of a box where boys in the wilderness challenge program would be banished for days at a time. Photo: Christopher Read/APTN)“Yeah this is where if you got shunned this is where you got put. You weren’t even allowed to go here to see what it looked like,” said Yarema.“It was restricted. You couldn’t come up here,” said Dumas.“You got caught going up here you were in shit,” said Yarema.“You’d stay here,” said Dumas.The men said part of the original structure remained, but it had also been rebuilt since their time in wilderness challenge.“This used to all be enclosed. There was no little holes like this. This was a little different,” said Yarema. “Someone rebuilt this thing out of nostalgia or some f**king thing. Now that I’m looking at it, this is more like a POW camp than any kind of rehabilitation bullshit that they said it was. It’s getting me angry.” <> (Richard Yarema at age 16 at Ranch Ehrlo’s wilderness challenge camp on West Norbert Lake.  Photo courtesy: Richard Yarema)Yarema, who is from Dauphin, Manitoba, was placed at the West Norbert Lake camp in 1976. He lived there with 15 or so other boys, including Guy Dumas, who was from Pukatawagan, Manitoba.Incredibly, Yarema believes stress caused by the brutality of the camp led him to suffer a heart attack at age 16.Yarema and another boy had stolen canoes and were caught about 24 hours into an escape run.After they’d been brought back to camp, Yarema said they were beaten and forcibly stripped.“’Oh you’re unclean, you’re this, you’re that,’” Yarema said he and the other boy were told. “We were stripped of our clothes literally while we were standing. Like ripped right off our backs, kicked in the back, punched.”Next Yarema and the other boy had their hair cut, and then they were made to dig a pit for several hours, and were not allowed to rest or eat.At a point when he thinks he had been without sleep for about 50 hours, Yarema remembers collapsing, feeling as though he had an elephant on his chest, and then having an out of body experience.“And when I fell to the side I died, basically for a better word,” said Yarema. “’Because I remember being floating on top.”Forty years later, after his recent open heart surgery, Yarema said his surgeon made a note on his chart and asked him a curious question: “He said, ‘When you were 16, did you have a heart attack?’ He said for sure I had a scar on my chest. Like on the inside of my heart. He said this shouldn’t be there at this point in your development of your heart.”And Yarema also says his surgeon told him he had seen scarring on his lungs, which the doctor attributed to untreated pneumonia.Yarema’s surgeon declined to confirm the account through a Winnipeg Regional Health Authority spokesperson.But Yarema remembers having a serious lung infection at the camp, which staff members refused to take seriously.“Oh it’s nothing and you’re just trying to get out of work,” Yarema said the staff told him.“I told them no that’s not it, I’m spittin’ up blood,” said Yarema, “and I spit on the table … there was a big red blob with a big green glob in it.”Nonetheless, Yarema said the illness went untreated.Dumas says he also suffered neglect at the campBoth Dumas and Yarema said that medical aid and/or evacuation for boys who were ill or injured just didn’t happen unless it was a broken bone or something more serious.Yarema recalled being knocked out cold when another boy dropped a log they had been carrying on his head. He said the injury went untreated.Another time, Yarema said he held another boy’s hand while the boy intentionally severed a muscle in his other hand with a bucksaw so he would be unable to work, and would have to leave the camp.And Guy Dumas recalled an incident at the camp where he was forced to go on a hike though he was feverish and was in and out of consciousness.“I became extremely, very sick.” He said. “I fell back from the group, like, I collapsed. I was just sweating profusely.”Dumas said he collapsed a few more times before being allowed to return to the campsite.“They decided I couldn’t hold the group back anymore,” he said. “I walked back by myself and I went straight to my bunk. No one checked on me.”As well, both men recalled food and shelter deprivation, isolation and humiliation being used as punishment.Wilderness challenge changed YaremaYarema says he came home from the camp after the licence was pulled. He’d been there about a year.Haunted by the memory of being held down and slapped regularly in the camp, he taught himself to fight, and made a vow to never be treated like that again.“I was 185 pounds and I swore to myself, I said nobody, I don’t care who you are. I don’t care how big you are. I don’t care how many of them you are. No one will hold me down and ever slap me again. No one will touch me again,” he said.Yarema also connects his experience at the camp to his alcoholism.“Soon as I got out I was only 17 but the first place I went was the bar after I seen my family. I don’t think I stayed a day sober for about 10 years. I went on a 10 year binge, he said.His mother Pearl Yarema remembers how her son had changed when he got back from the program too.“He was so quiet, kind of reserved and he didn’t want to talk about anything,” she said.And one day she found him alone in the basement.“He was cowered in a corner and he had his hands like this [protectively] and he was hiding like he made himself so tiny,” she said. “And it really upset me. So I said to him, I said honey what’s the matter? And he didn’t talk. He didn’t speak. So, I sat beside him and I held him, and I held him, and I held him. And I cried, and I cried, and I cried. And then all of a sudden he goes ‘Mom!’ I said are you ok Rick? And he said. ‘Yeah. Why?’ And I said – nothing, nothing Rick. I’m just glad you’re yourself again.”It wasn’t the last time Pearl Yarema would see her son like that.“He had moments like that, where he’d do that,” she said. “Like he would isolate himself so bad and he would just cower. Like almost afraid – like shaking. And I told my husband about it and he said ‘Oh my god what did they do to him up there?’”Wilderness challenge historyThe West Norbert Lake camp, which Yarema’s probation officer arranged to have him sent to in 1976, was a project of the respected Saskatchewan social services provider: the Ranch Ehrlo Society.The basic idea was to transform a juvenile delinquent’s love of high speed car chases and breaking and entering into a love of pursuits more along the lines of paddling a canoe 50 miles across a lake or learning to survive in the woods.Wilderness challenge was considered by some to be a promising new approach for dealing with the most challenging young offenders, those who were having frequent contact with the judicial system and at risk of facing adult court.(Cover of Neill Armitage’s thesis which was the theoretical basis for Ranch Ehrlo’s wilderness challenge program. Neill Armitage also worked for Ranch Ehrlo, supervising the wilderness challenge program)After an experimental version of the camp funded by the Donner Canadian Foundation completed a two-year feasibility study starting in 1973, the program began full operation at Flinthead Lake and at East and West Norbert Lakes in northern Saskatchewan.Referrals came from social services agencies across the country.The program housed about 60 boys when fully operational, but in 1977 the camps were abruptly closed by the Department of Northern Saskatchewan in the lead-up to a public scandal.Shutdown, scandal and royal inquiryIn March of 1977, Gary Lane, an opposition MLA in the Saskatchewan legislature, tabled notes from an RCMP investigation into alleged brutality and mistreatment happening in the wilderness challenge program.The police investigation had been triggered when a camper in the wilderness challenge program named Donny Pedersen, now deceased, was apprehended by the RCMP in his home community of Buffalo Narrows.  Pedersen was on a break from camp and after being picked up by the RCMP, had complained about the brutal punishments he and other wilderness challenge boys were being subjected to.(Donny Pedersen at Ranch Ehrlo’s wilderness challenge camp in 1976. Photo courtesy: Richard Yarema)When RCMP’s investigatory notes – as well as notes from a Department of Northern Saskatchewan investigation – were tabled in the legislature, the allegations of assaults and brutal discipline made headlines.(News of the wilderness challenge scandal appears in an April 26, 1977 edition of the Ottawa Journal)There was heated debate in the legislature and by June of 1977 a royal commission of inquiry into “wilderness challenge camps as proposed and operated by the Ranch Ehrlo Society” was announced.In total, 51 witnesses were called, but just 13 were boys who had been placed at the camp. And neither Richard Yarema nor Guy Dumas were called to testify.But Linda Hope did testify.(Linda Hope, seen here in the mid-seventies when she was a social worker with the Department of Northern Saskatchewan.  After investigating with the RCMP, Hope insisted that the wilderness challenge camps have their licences pulled. Photo courtesy: Linda Hope)Hope was a mid-career social worker. She spent three days on the witness stand of the inquiry. After she had visited the camps with the RCMP, the licences for the camps had been pulled at her insistence.“I went back to the director and said I’m not going to be responsible for licencing this program,” said Hope, “It’s not appropriate, it’s wrong.  And there was a bunch of waffling going on but I said if you want to then it’s on your head. I don’t want to be responsible for saying that this is an okay treatment place for juvenile boys.”Hope was horrified by what the boys were telling her.“They were being beaten, they were being hit. They were not listened to. Nobody wanted to talk to them,” said Hope. “But mostly the discipline was so brutal. It was really, really hard to listen to when they talked about you know black eyes, things they were forced to eat, being humiliated if they did something wrong they would have to stand naked in front of the group.“And then the others would shout different things at them because of what they had done. And each one of them had gone through humiliation in different ways with the staff.”But Hope’s reaction to the allegations she heard – as well as her gender, were used against her by the commission of inquiry.In the inquiry report, Hope was described as “emotional.” And she and a co-worker were even referred to as “girls” in the inquiry transcript.While testifying before the commission, Neill Armitage, who wrote the thesis that was the basis for wilderness challenge, was asked about denial of food being used as a punishment.Armitage confirmed that denial of food was used as a tool to modify behaviour.“For example,” Armitage explained, “if an individual, say, refused to help out in collecting the firewood that would be used to prepare a meal – he wouldn’t eat.”And when asked if deprivation of food might be a human rights violation, Armitage said he saw it from a different perspective.“You know, using these tools of fear, hunger, fatigue, loneliness as a means of building character,” Armitage told the commission.In the commission’s final report, some version of the alleged occurrences of slapping, punching, denial of food, humiliation, etc., were often acknowledged to have happened – but these incidents were usually minimized – often in light of the notion that the boys placed in the camps were “hard core delinquents” and this is what they sometimes required.Commissioner John H. Maher – a judge of the District Court for Saskatchewan – authored the final report which cleared the Ranch Ehrlo Society of wrongdoing and found the decision to close the camps was unjustified.But in the end, Ranch Ehrlo – suffering major revenue losses as well as staff layoffs and resignations in the wake of all the bad publicity – never re-opened its wilderness challenge camps.Ranch Ehrlo todayIn Ranch Ehrlo’s 2004 book about itself “Go Forward with Pride: A Historical Review of the Ranch Ehrlo Society,” editor Geoffrey Pawson, Ehrlo’s founder and long-time director, suggests that allegations of brutality by wilderness challenge boys came about because when investigators arrived the boys sensed an opportunity.Pawson, who was away doing graduate work in California when much of the abuse was alleged to have happened, writes, “The residents picked up on the tenor of the questions and proceeded to tell them a range of made-up stories.”When APTN Investigates took Richard Yarema’s and Guy Dumas’s allegations to Ranch Ehrlo, we asked specifically about that line in the book.Malcolm Neill is Ranch Ehrlo’s vice president of residential services.“I haven’t spoken to any of the boys about any of their experiences at wilderness challenge, said Neill. “I understand that the allegations were investigated by the RCMP and then there was the public inquiry. So I don’t know if they were made up or not made up.”Responding to the allegation that Richard Yarema may have been put under so much stress that he had a heart attack at age 16 while in wilderness challenge, Neill said, “That sounds abusive. That is not something that we would – anyone at Ranch Ehrlo – would endorse today. I have no reason not to believe Mr. Yarema. I don’t know if he’s told that story to the authorities but I implore that he make a complaint to the police because that’s totally inappropriate.”At the end of APTN’s interview with Neill, he summarized his feelings about the information we’d brought to him.“I know what I believe in,” said Neill. “I know what the people who work at Ranch Ehrlo today believe in. And we certainly don’t believe in treating people – our children – the way they describe their experience.”Going back to wilderness challengeIn mid-September, Richard Yarema and Guy Dumas went back to Ranch Ehrlo’s former wilderness challenge camp on what is now called Norbert Lake [formerly named West Norbert Lake].The cabins, built by the boys in wilderness challenge, are still there. And the site is still used occasionally by Ranch Ehrlo for excursions.Exploring the camp, Dumas and Yarema came across something they’d forgotten about – a wooden box built on a slope a little way from the cabins. A place, they said, where boys would sometimes be banished to for days. (The cabin Richard Yarema and Guy Dumas lived in while in the wilderness challenge program.  Photo: Christopher Read/APTN)But Yarema and Dumas were back at Norbert Lake to attempt a reconciliation with what happened to them there 40 years prior.“I have to let it go, I’m almost 60 years old,” said Dumas, his voice breaking with emotion.“And today I want to reconcile, I want to let go” he said.With Yarema present, Dumas sang a Cree honour song through heaves of tears.Afterwards the two men embraced.Later, Yarema found the spot where he’d dug the pit and suffered a possible heart attack at age 16.After softly retelling the story of what they’d done to him at the spot, the anger came back into his voice.“They came up with punishments that came right out of a POW f**king movie,” he said.Asked how he was feeling, Yarema said, “Ice cold. I’m just kind of vibrating inside. I haven’t had anyone to talk to for a long time. And Guy has opened up my eyes, in a lot of ways – for the forgiveness of stuff. I think I can forgive now. But I’m not going to forget. Because something like this you can’t forget. It’s going to be with you for the rest of your life.”cread@aptn.ca@chrisread1970last_img read more

Hurricane Ophelia Reached Category 3 on Saturday

Rabat – While Morocco will not be affected by hurricane Ophelia, the wild windstorm roars to a category 3 and is expected to head to the UK from the mid-Atlantic next week.Ophelia is the sixth major hurricane of 2017 and has sustained winds at 115 mph.The hurricane is currently south west of the Azores and is moving towards the UK, according to British news outlet BBC. Ophelia, however, will gradually weaken on Saturday night before it reaches Ireland on Monday, according to the British National Hurricane Center (NHC).South and central England will see a temperature of 21 degrees Celsius over the weekend as a result of the hurricane.  The UK will be hit by winds of up to 80 mph (128 kilometers per hour) when Ophelia makes landfall.Earlier this week, Mohamed Said Karrouk, climatologist and professor at the University of Casablanca, said that Ophelia would not reach Morocco. However, it will result in temperatures rising in different countries, including Morocco.Karrouk added that since 2005, Morocco has experienced climate change and that the increase in temperatures that we are witnessing are now the norm.“ They should no longer be regarded as a new or exceptional phenomenon, it has become a normality and henceforth one will have to learn to adapt to,” said the climatologist. read more

Fourth African Digital Summit An Unprecedented Success Say Organizers

Rabat – The fourth edition of African Digital Summit, a Casablanca-based two-day forum (22-23 February), was a total and record-breaking success, according to organizers, especially as this year’s edition gathered an “explosive number” of over 1650 participants, down 500 for last year’s edition.Speaking to the press about the success of this year’s edition, Mounir Jazouli, president of Moroccan Association of Advertisers, expressed his delight at the number of participants, especially stressing that 18 African countries participated in the event this year, out of a total number of 30 countries present. This, Mr. Jazouli said, is a source of pride and fulfillment, as African Digital Summit’s ultimate goal is to be Africa’s reference in the industry.“It is important to note that 18 out the 30 countries that participated are African. This for us is a good evolution, and we’re proud, even if our goal is to very soon cover all the African countries, as we ambition to be the number one annual meeting for digital actors in Africa,” he said. “This was an edition of consolidation,” Jazouli further told the press, also specifying that this fourth edition set the ground for “boosting recognition.”“But boosting recognition requires novelty and innovation,” Jazouli said, explaining that  with new activities such as ‘Open Innovation Program,’ this fourth edition allowed organizers and participants to focus on the forum’s driving philosophy of participative initiatives, with the goal of ensuring a smooth connection between giant groups and star-ups in the digital market.Jazouli concluded that the summit’s objective is “to allow a structured and sustainable cooperation and partnership between the continental or local ecosystem and the established ones… with a particular focus on co-creation, co-innovation, and co-development.” read more

UN officials call for building on momentum to promote human rights everywhere

Building on the momentum for change triggered by the Arab Spring, top United Nations officials have urged everyone, everywhere to join in the Internet and social media campaign launched on the occasion of Human Rights Day to help more people know, demand and defend their rights.“In 2011, the very idea of ‘power’ shifted,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a message to mark Human Rights Day, which is observed annually on 10 December. “During the course of this extraordinary year, it was wielded not just by mighty institutions in marble buildings, but increasingly by ordinary men, women, and even children, courageously standing up to demand their rights,” she said.“The message of this unexpected global awakening was carried in the first instance not by the satellites of major media conglomerates, or conferences, or other traditional means – although these all played a role – but by the dynamic and irrepressible surge of social media.”This year’s Day is building on the pro-reform movements witnessed across North Africa and the Middle East, and social media’s vital contribution to them, to encourage more people to get involved in the global human rights movement. The campaign by the UN human rights office (OHCHR) focuses on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and aims to help more people know, demand and defend human rights. “Today, as in the past, editorial and financial factors – as well as access – determine whether or not protests, and repression of protests, are televised or reported in newspapers around the world,” noted Ms. Pillay. “But, wherever it happens, you can now guarantee it will be tweeted on Twitter, posted on Facebook, broadcast on YouTube, and uploaded onto the Internet…“Instead we are seeing real lives in real struggle, broadcast in real time – and it is in many ways an exhilarating sight,” she added. “In sum, in 2011, human rights went viral.”Today at UN Headquarters, Ms. Pillay hosted a global human rights dialogue at which she answered questions sent in via different social media platforms from all over the world. It was one of several elements of the “Celebrate Human Rights” campaign, which also featured an online discussion on Facebook and Twitter that began a month ago called “30 Days and 30 Rights” that counted down to the Day with a daily posting about one article of the Declaration.Speaking to reporters in New York, Ms. Pillay noted that the events were built around the idea that, even though much time is spent focusing on human rights violations, there is also much to celebrate in terms of what has been achieved thanks to the vision laid out in the Declaration.“The response to our social media campaign has been tremendous, with hundreds of questions pouring in from dozens of different countries all over the world, confirming – if we really still need confirmation after a year like 2011 – that human rights are indeed universal,” she said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message for the Day, noted that human rights belong to everyone, without exception. “But unless we know them, unless we demand they be respected, and unless we defend our right – and the right of others – to exercise them, they will be just words in a decades-old document,” he stated.“Many of these peaceful demonstrators persevered despite being met with violence and further repression. In some countries, the struggle continues; in others, important concessions were gained or dictators were toppled as the will of the people prevailed…“We know there is still too much repression in our world, still too much impunity, still too many people for whom rights are not yet a reality,” said Mr. Ban. “Yet at the end of an extraordinary year for human rights, let us take strength from the achievements of 2011: new democratic transitions set in motion, new steps to ensure accountability for war crimes and crimes against humanity, new and ever-spreading awareness of rights themselves.”Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), said in his message that the Declaration’s adoption in 1948 was the first time that the world articulated in detail fundamental rights and freedoms that belong to all human beings without distinction. Half a century later, the adoption of the Rome Statute – which established the ICC – represented another “ground-breaking” development toward a more humane world, he said.“The crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction – genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes – inherently involve violations of the right to life and liberty, as well as subjection to torture and slavery.” The ICC has become one of the major institutions for addressing massive violations of human rights. “It is a means for thousands of victimized children, women and men to see justice done and, through the possibility of victims’ participation and reparations, to lead a better present. “Above all, the ICC is an essential building block for a better future – because the trials of today will deter the crimes of tomorrow,” stated Judge Song.Today also marks the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and Ms. Pillay stated that the ultimate responsibility for preventing genocide lies with States. “Genocide is the ultimate form of discrimination. We must do everything in our power to prevent it,” she stated.The UN Special Advisers on the Prevention of Genocide, Francis Deng, and on the Responsibility to Protect, Edward Luck, called on Member States, regional and sub-regional organizations, civil society and the UN system to work together to prevent genocide and other atrocity crimes as a matter of the highest priority.“Doing so will demonstrate our common humanity, our fundamental values, and our collective and individual determination not to repeat the mistakes of the past,” they said in a joint statement. 9 December 2011Building on the momentum for change triggered by the Arab Spring, top United Nations officials have urged everyone, everywhere to join in the Internet and social media campaign launched on the occasion of Human Rights Day to help more people know, demand and defend their rights. read more

Despite good prospects for peace Angola urgently needs aid UN official says

“It is clear that prospects for peace are better now than at any time before,” said Kenzo Oshima. “At the same time, Angola needs the active support of the international community to complement its own efforts to overcome the political, humanitarian and socio-economic challenges in order to consolidate peace.”Reporting on discussions he held with government ministers on Thursday, Mr. Oshima said agreement had been reached on moving into a new stage of partnership between the UN and Angola. “We will explore ways to further strengthen our collaboration so that all Angolans can benefit from the ‘peace dividend,'” he said.Painting a grim picture of Angola’s “dire” humanitarian needs, Mr. Oshima said up to 3 million people – one fourth of the country’s population – would require some form of relief aid in the months ahead. “Many of these people need urgent assistance – food, health services, medicines – and I call upon the donor community to be generous in its response to those needs,” he explained.Next week, Mr. Oshima will brief donors meeting in Geneva on the situation in Angola, while later this month, the UN will launch a new consolidated appeal for the country. These efforts, he said, aim to “help the people of Angola consolidate peace and national reconciliation and move into normalcy which will allow for the reconstruction and development of Angola.”Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that an estimated 10,000 Angolan refugees have spontaneously left Zambia since the ceasefire in Angola in March this year. The movement is continuing on a small scale every day, according to UNHCR staff in Zambia.Zambia is host to 225,000 Angolan refugees, including some 81,000 in four UNHCR camps, according to the agency. In all, there are 470,000 Angolan refugees in the region, mainly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia and Namibia. UNHCR estimates that as many as 80,000 Angolans could spontaneously return from neighbouring countries before the end of this year. read more

Bevin campaign ad touts job growth during his term

It portrays Bevin as a political outsider who “ruffled some feathers” in making tough choices.Bevin has drawn strong opposition from teachers and other public employees opposed to his efforts to revamp public pension systems.The ad says the state has added tens of thousands of jobs amid low unemployment during Bevin’s term. It says the state “can’t afford to go back” – a reference to Beshear and his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear.Related Article: Governor calls special session for public pension reformAndy Beshear’s campaign has been on TV with ads touting his faith and his proposals to protect health coverage. Matt Bevin Kentucky Governor FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Republican Gov. Matt Bevin plays up Kentucky’s job growth and his willingness to make tough choices in his first TV ad of his fall campaign against Democrat Andy Beshear.Bevin’s campaign says the ad debuts statewide Thursday.- Advertisement – read more

Football Meyers fourth down gambles pay off for Ohio State

OSU coach Urban Meyer enters Ohio Stadium prior to kickoff of the Buckeyes 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes held No. 3 Michigan to a field goal in the second overtime. The Wolverines took a 27-24 lead. All OSU needed was a touchdown and one of the greatest installments of the century-long rivalry would be finished.On a third-and-9, junior H-back Curtis Samuel took a swing pass and outran nearly the entire Michigan defense to gain eight yards after sprinting from one side of the field to the other in one of the day’s most improbable plays. Samuel was within a yard of the first-down marker, which prompted OSU coach Urban Meyer to make an improbable call.He had his troops hurry to the line to snap the ball before the Michigan defense got set, but Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh called a timeout. Meyer had more time to think about it.Should he decide to kick a field goal and play for a third overtime, or should he roll the dice with Samuel and his leader, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett? OSU was well within field-goal range, but with a kicker who had already missed two field goals earlier in the game, Meyer thought of an old saying given to him by his athletic director at Florida, Jeremy Foley.“If you can’t get that far, you’re not a championship team,” Meyer said.Barrett kept the ball and fell right at the 15-yard line — first down. On the next play, Samuel ran left for 15 yards and the game-winning score. OSU won 30-27 in a double-overtime marathon.Meyer put his will in a team that he believes is of championship caliber. He also said he is able to make those calls because of his quarterback. However, at first, Barrett didn’t know if he made the first down when he hit the ground, although it was confirmed after review.“When I got hit, I wasn’t 100 percent certain, to be honest with you,” Barrett said. “I looked at it. But when I fell, I fell on top of people. So I didn’t know exactly what it was going to be.”Meyer has always been one of the few coaches in college football who like to gamble on fourth down. But never had he done it in a situation like that. On Saturday, he did it twice in do-or-die scenarios.The OSU offense had struggled to move the ball for nearly the entire game. In the fourth quarter, something changed. Whether it was better execution by the Scarlet and Gray or a defensive lapse by Michigan (when it had been so sound), OSU and Meyer saw a grand opportunity to strike in a big way and retake the lead.OSU was on the Michigan 13-yard line with 8:32 remaining in the game down 17-14, facing a pivotal fourth-and-1. All the Buckeyes needed was a field goal to tie the game, but with the way the offense had trended through three quarters, Meyer couldn’t rely on them getting another shot at winning. He went for it.Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber took an inside handoff and ran it over freshman guard Michael Jordan for 4 yards and a first down.The fourth-down gambles even began earlier than that, when Meyer called a fake punt deep in OSU territory and senior punter Cameron Johnston was tackled short of the line. So when Meyer elected to risk the entire season on a fourth-and-short, maybe it wasn’t so surprising. At least not to Barrett.“I mean, honestly, when it’s fourth and short, I feel like we can go for it every time,” he said. “We are in those situations countless times before the season starts, and spring ball. And then when it comes to the season that’s what we do; we take risks and we have a great offensive line to go out and get those first downs.”OSU’s defense had provided the spark for the offense on numerous occasions in “The Game.” Meyer simply tried to ignite that spark with a few risky, but calculated and confident, decisions. Meyer’s fourth-down judgment was another element that made another historic chapter in the the greatest rivalry in sports.“That’s why you run a fake punt. That’s why we were trying to get the ball downfield and we just weren’t hitting them,” Meyer said. “That is one of the classic games of this rivalry that will forever be, because I know this rivalry as well as anybody. That game is right in there. I’m not saying it’s the greatest, because that’s disrespectful for the other players that have played in it. But that’s an instant classic between two great teams.” read more

Atlanta Falcons Whipped by Cincinnati Bengals in Preseason Opener

The Cincinnati Bengals were too much for the Atlanta Falcons to handle in the team’s first preseason open.Two new Bengals players, Giovani Bernard and Josh Johnson have established themselves as offensive tools that may help Cincinnati in the regular season.Bernard scored as he shared carries running the ball and Johnson led two second-quarter touchdown drives, which helped Cincinnati steamroll the Atlanta Falcons 34-10 Thursday night.“We’ll complement each other really well,” Bernard said. “I think people got a little taste of it tonight.”Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said he was impressed by the performance of his players.“I was impressed overall with what he did out there,” said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis of Johnson. “We know he can make plays with his legs, but throwing the ball is how a quarterback has to make a living in this league, and it was a real nice play to Brandon Tate.”The Cincinnati Bengals went 10-6 last season. They are trying to get over the hump after suffering their second straight loss in the first round of the playoffs. Their last playoff win came back in the 1990 season. read more

British tourist dies in Iceland after failing to admit horse fall due

first_imgPaul Schofield and his partner Rosalyn Davies went to hospital in Iceland after his accidentCredit:CAVENDISH/Facebook Miss Davies said: “He told them about the second incident of falling in the street and not the first. He and I were concerned about our insurance cover at that time.”We were worried that they would consider horse riding to be a dangerous sport. We didn’t appreciate at the time that the situation would become so serious and we thought that his injuries would be investigated at the hospital.”He was told he had three broken ribs, was given painkillers and was sent home by junior doctors – but once back at the apartment Mr Schofield’s condition deteriorated.The hearing was told the hospital later admitted Mr Schofield had been sent to the wrong department and that there was also an IT issue with accessing the X-ray images so that the information was passed on orally and decisions made based on that by junior staff members. Paul Schofield failed to tell doctors about the horse riding accident, instead only telling them he had slipped on volcanic dust on a pavement in Reykjavík, picturedCredit:BLOOMBERG  They also concluded that there was low staffing on the day, that the hospital was busy and there was an “underestimation” of his injuries.Joanna Kearsley, the coroner, gave a conclusion of accidental death, saying: “There were a number of things that unfortunately weren’t spotted and that were missed by the hospital.”It was the missed opportunity to consider the seriousness of injury on X-ray which probably would have resulted in a CT scan. It was the falling from the horse, it was that incident which led to the splenic rupture.”I am satisfied it was the fall from the horse which prompted him to have those injuries.”I am grateful to the authorities in Iceland for providing information which can be hard when people die abroad. The report was very thorough.”In statement, Mr Schofield’s family said: “We just hope that it doesn’t happen again to anybody. The hospital have said that they are making changes. This is a good thing for other people.” 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. Paul Schofield and his partner Rosalyn Davies went to hospital in Iceland after his accident Miss Davies added: “Everybody had a different horse in the afternoon. I remember there was something wrong with Paul’s saddle. The leader of the group went to fix it and said that if it happened again to tell her.”He did that again, and she went to another group to get something for him. It was some sort of gel blanket to put underneath the saddle.”The group continued on the trek, but Mr Schofield’s horse struggled to stay in single file.Miss Davies said: “I was looking back and at that point I saw that Paul wasn’t on his pony. I saw that he was on the floor and told the leader who went over to Paul.”The leader went over to ascertain the problem with Paul and I think after a couple of minutes somebody asked me if I wanted them to hold my pony so I could go over to Paul.”Then I realised he was in quite a lot of discomfort. He actually said ‘I think I may have cracked my ribs’.The couple were escorted back to their car and went to the capital to get some painkillers, but on arrival Mr Schofield slipped on volcanic rock and dust on the pavement.He was treated in the small injuries unit, but failed to tell doctors about his fall earlier that day from the horse and only gave them information about his second fall.center_img A British tourist who suffered serious internal injuries when he fell from a horse during a family holiday bled to death after he kept the accident secret from doctors for fear it would invalidate his travel insurance, an inquest heard.Paul Schofield, 58, a businessman, went to hospital in Iceland with his long-term girlfriend after he fell from the horse during a trekking adventure.But the father of two, who assumed he had suffered cracked ribs, feared he might not be covered for treatment as his insurers might regard horse riding as a “dangerous sport”.He failed to tell doctors about the horse riding accident and instead said he had slipped on volcanic dust on a pavement in the country’s capital city Reykjavík. He and I were concerned about our insurance cover at that time. We were worried that they would consider horse riding to be a dangerous sportRosalyn Davies Unaware he had more serious injuries, Mr Schofield was discharged by junior doctors with painkillers and later collapsed in his holiday apartment.He was taken back to the National University Hospital by ambulance, where he died after surgery. Tests showed he had suffered internal bleeding as a result of a ruptured spleen.The hearing was told Mr Schofield, from Stockport, Greater Manchester, had bought the Icelandic holiday as a 2015 Christmas present for himself and his girlfriend, Rosalyn Davies. They went in April this year.The couple, whose company provides parts for heating and ventilation equipment, had previous experience of riding horses, but they had always worn a body protector when riding in the UK.Miss Davies, 53, told the hearing in Stockport: “We had taken horse riding lessons for some time a few years ago.”We booked a full day trek when we went out to Iceland, through an Icelandic company. We were offered equipment on the trek, waterproofs if you wanted them and riding hats.”We were asked if we had any experience riding before and we were split up into groups. I think it was to select a horse for us, there was a mix of experience.”Miss Davies was asked if she or Mr Schofield had any concerns about their experience riding at that point and she said ‘no’. They took part in the morning trek, which was “uneventful” and then changed horses for the afternoon session. Reykjavík, Iceland There were a number of things that unfortunately weren’t spotted and that were missed by the hospitalCoroner Joanna Kearsleylast_img read more

Bulk earthmoving and excavation methods used to establish Bokoni Platinum vent shafts

first_imgMurray & Roberts Cementation has taken an innovative approach to a project that will see the establishment of two ventilation shafts — one upcast and one downcast —at Bokoni platinum mine on the northeast Limb of the Bushveld Complex in Limpopo, South Africa. For this project, the mining infrastructure, construction and services company has departed from the conventional blind sinking option in favour of bulk earthmoving and excavation methods. Project Manager Dirk Visser explains that Murray & Roberts Cementation conducted a trade-off study during the tender phase which revealed that taking a bulk earthmoving and excavation route would be more cost effective. Pages: 1 2last_img

Gameiro believes Atletico win was important ahead of Arsenal match

first_imgKevin Gameiro believes that Atletic0 Madrid’s 1-0 win against Alaves was important in order to maintain their confidence ahead of their return leg against Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finalsThe Spanish side will play host to Arsenal in the return leg of their semi-final tie at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday, after securing a narrow 1-0 win over Alaves at the weekend.After Fernando Torres had his penalty kick saved by Alaves goalkeeper Axel Werner, Gameiro stepped up to score from the spot in the 78th minute of the match to extend Atletico’s lead over local rivals Real Madrid to four points in the battle for second-place in La Liga.“It was a difficult match against a tough team,” Gameiro told the club website.“We got the win and we’re still second in the league which is important.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The French forward added: “It’s important to maintain this confidence for our upcoming match on Thursday,”“We have to keep this up.”Gameiro is determined to ensure that Atletico claims the runners-up spot in La Liga.“We still have three matches left in the league and two are at home,” said the 30-year-old.“We know what we need to do for the rest of the season.”last_img read more

City plan Neves swoop

first_imgManchester City are preparing an offer to bring Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves to the Etihad, according to Manchester Evening News.City manager Pep Guardiola is believed to be a fan of the highly rated midfielder and the club are considering a £60million offer for his services.Neves made an interesting start to life in England last season, picking up the player of the year award in the Sky Bet Championship while also guiding Wolves to the title, which meant they would be playing Premier League football this season.City are looking for midfield reinforcements after failing to sign Jorginho from Napoli this summer, as the player opted to join former manager Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.Reports in the English press says the player would cost any potential buyer around £60million and Pep believes the player could play in the defensive midfield role.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Neves was in inspired form in the opening weekend of the Premier League, scoring one while providing another as Wolves played out a 2-2 draw against Everton at the Molineux.The Portuguese international is under contract at Wolves until 2023 and has Jorge Mendes as his agent, who also represents City players Ederson and Bernardo Silva.Last month, he spoke of his admiration for Pep Guardiola and said he was most looking forward to visiting the Etihad this season, of all the stadiums in the Premier League.City are also keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund Julian Weigl should they fail to sign Neves in January but the German midfielder would cost the Citizens in the region of £68million.last_img read more

Allegri could field Mandzukic from the first minute in AC Milan

first_imgJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has been handed a major injury boost ahead of team’s trip to San Siro this SundayMario Mandzukic has been on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury a fortnight ago. However, according to the Bianconeri chief, the 32-year-old forward could start against the Rossoneri.“He can play tomorrow. He needed to recover from mental and physical tiredness. If there had not been the problem of Emre Can, I would have sent him for a week to the sea,” Allegri told Calciomercato.With Emre Can’s appearance still up in the air, the reigning Italian champions need all the help they can get, as they are going to face the highly motivated AC Milan team.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.The former Red Devils boss also seized the opportunity to hail Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a cracking volley against Manchester United in midweek.“Now we have Ronaldo who is a striker or the best striker in the world even if he plays in another way and must be exploited, as well as Dybala, Mandzukic and many others.”One of the biggest Serie A derbies will take place at the Stadio San Siro on Sunday evening, with Juventus looking to extend an impressive 5-game road winning run.last_img read more

Use Reward Points Instead of Cash to Pay ASAState Membership Dues

first_imgASA members can now use earned AchieveLinks reward points to pay for their membership dues. AchieveLinks is a benefit of ASA membership where users shop online at more than a thousand participating merchants, or use the ASA co-branded credit card, and earn valuable reward points either way. Those reward points can be redeemed for a wide variety of merchandise, services and travel, and now they can also be used to pay your membership dues.You earn 500 links points just for activating your free AchieveLinks account and another 500 bonus points when you make your first online purchase through AchieveLinks. That puts you on your way to earning points to pay your membership dues, or you can use your points for thousands of other reward items. You can also use points to make a donation to the World Soy Foundation, the charitable arm of ASA.If you haven’t yet activated your free AchieveLinks account to start earning reward points, go to http://asa.achievelinks.com and sign up today. On that homepage there’s also a place to click to see a complete list of the merchants participating in the AchieveLinks online shopping program. You will find many of the companies and brands that you normally buy from. Activate your free AchieveLinks account today and start earning your rewards.last_img read more

Scrapping of Art 370 Pak Prez summons joint session of

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan President Arif Alvi summoned a joint session of the Parliament on Tuesday, hours after the Indian government on Monday abolished Article 370 of the Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The joint sitting, to be held at 11 am (local time) on Tuesday, will review the tense situation in Jammu and Kashmir and along the Line of Control. It will also suggest the government a plan of action to deal with the fallout of India’s decision. Separately, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa will hold a meeting of the Corps Commanders and discuss the security situation, state-run Pakistan Television reported. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to the announcement, Pakistan Foreign Office said, “Jammu and Kashmir is an internationally recognised disputed territory” and “no unilateral step by the Government of India can change this disputed status.” The FO also said that Pakistan will exercise all possible options “to counter the illegal steps.” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan would request and appeal to the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, friendly countries and human rights organisations not to remain silent on this issue. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “We intend to firmly highlight our stance in our meetings with the US delegation visiting Pakistan and with the International Community at large,” Qureshi said as he reaffirmed Pakistan’s political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian move was also “strongly condemned” by Pakistani politicians, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif who termed it “unacceptable” and an “act of treason” against the United Nations. Advertise With Us He also called on the Pakistani leadership to immediately demand an emergency session of the UN Security Council and to consult with China, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other friendly countries. Jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz lashed out at Prime Minister Imran Khan for “wreaking irreversible damage not only to the country but to Kashmiris who needed a strong Pakistan to support them.” In a series of tweets, Maryam, who is also vice-president of main opposition party PML-N, lambasted Prime Minister Khan for his failure to anticipate about the Indian government’s plan on Kashmir. Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also condemned the move. Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Pakistan will continue extending “moral, diplomatic and political support” to the Kashmiris. Human rights minister Shireen Mazari termed the Indian move as “completely unacceptable.” “International Court of Justice must be approached immediately as well as moving the UNSC and other international forums including human rights organisation,” she said. Separately, the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir would meet in Islamabad to discuss the latest situation. Various Kashmiri groups and organisations protested in front of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. The participants were carrying cards with pro-Kashmir slogans. Meanwhile, Pakistan officials said that they organised a visit of defence attaches of different countries to the Line of Control to show them evidence of alleged use of cluster bombs by India. The Indian Army on Saturday termed as “lies and deceit” Pakistan’s allegations that Indian troops used cluster bombs targeting civilians along the Line of Control. Pakistani officials said that diplomats from China, Russia, UK, France, Turkey and Germany were among the delegation visiting Kashmir. “The team visited areas affected by Indian shelling and saw the damage done,” they said. The Neelum valley area was badly hit by the alleged Indian firing and pieces of ammunition are still scattered in the area.last_img read more

China Games Streamer Huya to Raise 343 Million With Stock Offering

first_imgHuya may additional have calculated that the recent demise of rival Panda TV strengthened its position in the Chinese streaming and esports sectors. It raised $462 million from Tencent in March 2018, but only managed $180 million from its IPO two months later.The Chinese live streaming market is growing fast. Industry revenue is expected to grow to $16.5 billion by 2022, from 2017’s $5.5 billion, according to figures included in Huya’s filing to the New York Stock Exchange. The company recently delivered its The company recently posted its 2018 results, showing revenue doubled to $219 million and a nearly five-fold increase in adjusted net income to $24 million. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Huya, a leading player in the business of live-streaming online games play, is to raise $343 million from a secondary offering of its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The Chinese firm listed its shares in ADR form in May last year.The company says that the latest share offering — which could expand to $464 million according to demand — will be used to strengthen its ecosystem and its content. Overseas expansion is also a possibility.Huya joins a growing list of Chinese firms with listings in the U.S. or Hong Kong which are quickly returning to the investment markets for top-up capital. In the past two weeks, Chinese streaming firms including Bilibili and iQIYI have taken advantage of rising stock markets, and improving investor sentiment towards Chinese equities to raise cash through convertible bond issues. Last week Tencent, which owns market leader Tencent Video as well as a substantial minority position in Huya — raised $6 billion from a straight bond issue in Hong Kong.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Assessing the Damage of Notre Dame – What Survived and What Didnt

first_imgFor centuries, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has sheltered some of the world’s most sacred relics, artifacts, and works of art. As a horrendous fire raged over the Gothic structure on April 15th, causing its spire and ribbed roof to crumble, everyone feared for the fate of the treasures secured inside the cathedral. Had the Holy Crown of Thorns been lost for example, which is considered to be the original crown of thorns placed on Jesus’s head as he was about to be crucified, that would have been a huge loss for Christianity. Fortunately, the Holy Crown of Thorns was among the items saved.The extent of damage Photo by Louis H. G. CC BY-SA 4.0In the aftermath of the fire, the Paris Fire Brigade said on Twitter that Notre Dame’s stone construction was “saved” as well as the “main works of art.”“We have avoided a complete disaster. But some five to 10 percent of the artwork has probably been destroyed, we have to face up to that,” also said Maxime Cumunel from France’s Observatory for Religious Heritage, the Guardian has reported.A message from the Parisian Ingress CommunityAs many of you may already know, the Notre-Dame cathedral of Paris has been ravaged by flames earlier this week. The fire started under the spire in the evening and by the time people noticed it was already too late #embeddedreporter pic.twitter.com/b0IcPdIJlj— Ingress Reporter (@AgentMarkJairo) April 17, 2019Those engaged on the scene followed an already established plan on what should be done in case Notre Dame’s artifacts were threatened. The plan was activated quickly and was also supported by the Paris fire brigade chaplain Jean-Marc Fournier, thanks to whom, the Crown of Thorns and the Blessed Sacrament were saved.A linen tunic of Saint Louis, who had acted as the King of France during the 13th-century, was also saved from loss. Saint Louis is said to have worn that particular garment when he brought the sacred Crown of Thorns to Paris. After his life ended, he was canonized as a saint by the church, in 1297.(Photo by Philippe Wang/Getty Images)Fragments of the True Cross, believed to have been from the one upon which Jesus was crucified, and an accompanying original nail, were both spared from destruction as well, according to French media reports.Saved from the ruins was a copper rooster that graced the top of the spire that collapsed during the fire in what was one of the most dramatic moments of the entire calamity. French ambassador to the U.S. Gerard Araud reportedly tweeted that the copper rooster “contains relics for the protection of Paris,” the CNN reported. Check out the video for a closer look:The cathedral’s famed two towers were left intact by the hazard, although small fires had begun to develop there. Intervention in this part of the structure was quick. Before the construction of the Eiffel Tower at the end of the 19th-century, the North and South towers of the Notre Dame stood as the tallest on the Paris skyline. The first was erected in 1240, the former ten years after that.Drone footage shows stunning views of Notre Dame Cathedral just five months before the heartbreaking fire. https://t.co/I2U2ZXMmcl pic.twitter.com/VLLy8JluBp— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 17, 2019The South Tower keeps Emanuelle, the cathedral’s main bell, which has been chimed for some of the most important historical events in France, including the announcement that World War Two had ended. The bell is there, though initial reports suggested it’s unknown if any harm was inflicted on it.The Grand Organ kept at Notre Dame was reported to have survived, although this most treasured of musical instruments may have suffered damage not from the heat of the fumes but from the water poured inside the building in response to the fire. It is due to be determined if the piece can be played. Some of its 8,000 pipes are dated to the Middle Ages.The three emblematic stained-glass windows of Notre Dame, known as the Rose Windows, seem to have made it unaffected through the disaster too. However, experts are due to make further examination on each piece separately.Notre-Dame after the fire Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0One of Notre Dame’s central pieces and the work of French-born sculptor Nicolas Coustou (1658-1733), Descent from the Cross, has survived on the cathedral’s high altar where it stood. The piece might have endured a little damage.The artifacts that were saved were brought to the Paris city hall. Much of these included gold and silver fine works such as candelabras. The artwork that has been recovered is due to undergo dehumidification and restoration, probably at the Louvre. For instance, a group of paintings called the Mays de Notre showed signs of smoke damage and will need a touch from restorers.Notre-Dame after the fire Photo by Pyb CC BY-SA 4.0Still uncertain is the fate of other art pieces such as the paintings St. Thomas Aquinas, Fountain of Wisdom, done by Antoine Nicolas in 1648 and brought to Notre Dame in 1974.At least four other immense paintings revealing scenes with the apostles and dated to the 17th and 18th-centuries had been reported partially damaged at best. Among the items that have been lost is a smaller piece of the Holy Crown of Thorns that was kept separately, and two relics associated with Saint Geneviève and Saint-Denis.France declares international competition for architects to design new spire for #NotreDame https://t.co/NqnqZ6pYpP pic.twitter.com/mgwnoWVzqo— Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 17, 2019It is due to be reported on the scope of damage that suffered the exterior of Notre Dame, where some mesmerizing pieces of gargoyles and other mythological creatures have stood affixed for centuries, faithfully guarding the grandiose cathedral with their entrenched eyes.Read another story from us: 850 Years of History Engulfed in Flames – A Look at the Notre Dame AftermathIn response to the catastrophic fire, millions have already been pledged in donations in order to restore the Notre Dame. A number of countries have already offered their help to France in the Notre Dame rebuilding effort that is to follow in the forthcoming years.last_img read more

June Job Growth Boosts Mortgage Rates

first_img Signs of a healing—though still depressed—jobs market provided some slight lift to mortgage rates this week, market data shows.In its weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey, Freddie Mac recorded the average 30-year fixed rate at 4.15 percent (0.7 point) for the week ending June 10, up from 4.12 percent in last week’s survey.A year ago, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.51 percent following a spike in late June. This week marks the third straight period in which interest rates were down compared to last year.The 15-year FRM this week averaged 3.24 percent (0.6 point), up from 3.22 percent a week ago.Meanwhile, the 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.99 percent (0.4 point) for the week—up 1 basis point—while the 1-year ARM averaged 2.40 percent (0.4 point), up 2 basis points.In its own national survey, Bankrate.com recorded similar results, clocking the 30-year fixed average at 4.31 percent and the 15-year fixed at 3.41 percent, both up slightly compared to last week. The 5/1 ARM was unchanged at 3.33 percent.Though some might have expected a bigger upward push following the June labor report—which showed 288,000 jobs added and a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent—Bankrate analysts explained that market movements abroad are continuing to have an effect at home: “In large part the flood of cheap money from central  banks around the globe is keeping a lid on rates, even in the face of the type of economic news that historically has pushed rates higher in a more pronounced way.” in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination, Secondary Market Share June Job Growth Boosts Mortgage Ratescenter_img Adjustable-Rate Mortgage Bankrate Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates 2014-07-10 Tory Barringer July 10, 2014 431 Views last_img read more