Menzies-Urich played Louisa von Trapp, the third-oldest of the seven von Trapp children, in the film adaptation of the Rodgers and HammREAD MORE Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement LOS ANGELES—Canadian actress Heather Menzies-Urich, who played one of the singing von Trapp children in the hit 1965 film The Sound of Music, has died. She was 68.Her son, actor Ryan Urich, told Variety that his mother died on Christmas Eve in Frankford, Ont. She recently had been diagnosed with brain cancer.“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest,” Urich said. Advertisement
PORTRAITS IN MOTION (January at the York Theatre, as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival)Sure, there were bigger shows at the PuSh fest in 2017, but for some reason this is the one we’re still talking about with friends. German artist Volker Gerling’s travelling flipbook-cinema-storytelling show was intimate and unflashy. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Looking back on 2017, it was sheer, fearless risk-taking that ended up marking the year on-stage.We’re talking about a wild, whirling skating spectacle at an East Side ice rink; a circus set in a kitchen where the acrobats actually cooked the audience a meal; a ballet that found its dancers hauling out hair-dryers and leaf-blowers; an opera featuring colossal, stylized headdresses; and a Shakespearean classic transported to a 1950s-era Italian film studio and set entirely in the grey scale of black-and-white cinema.The year’s most memorable productions ranged from the intimate and interactive to epic spectacles. And the stories being told gave voice to diverse cultural worlds: a multisensory exploration of the Indigenous men who fought in the First World War; a show that celebrated the street dancers of Algeria; a haunting look back at the residential-school system. Login/Register With: Dairakudakan’s Paradise blew minds. (Photo by HIROYUKI KAWASHIMA) Here are just 20 theatre, opera, dance, and undefinable genre-mashing performances that stuck with us, that made our nights, that rocked our worlds, and that challenged our beliefs.CUISINE AND CONFESSIONS (January at the Vancouver Playhouse; a Les 7 Doigts de la Main production, presented by Théâtre la Seizième)The circus met the delicious tastes and smells of food in one of the first shows of 2017, and for those lucky enough to have seen it, the results were unforgettable. Theatre critic Kathleen Oliver described it as “a spectacle that combines dazzling acrobatics with personal stories centred around food, offering deeply satisfying nourishment on so many levels”. She praised the “human dimension that counterpoints its many awe-inspiring physical feats, and invites you to become part of the experience.”
TORONTO – Canada’s main stock index ended higher as gains in industrials outweighed declines from auto parts companies, while U.S. markets gained on strength in the technology sector.The S&P/TSX Capped consumer discretionary index was down 0.65 per cent as auto parts companies including Magna International, Linamar Corp, and Martinrea International slid on tariff concerns, said Michael Currie, an investment advisor at TD Wealth.“Consumer discretionary, which is really in today’s case talking about the auto stocks, the Magnas, Martinreas, Linamars, all getting beat up pretty good on the nervousness on NAFTA and the tariffs, especially with Trump talking about the auto tariffs.”The slide in the auto sector was countered by strong quarterly earnings results on the industrials side including rail and equipment companies.“On the flip side we have industrials with really good numbers, we have Toromont hitting a record high, CN Rail, by far the biggest one hitting a record high, CP’s up strong,” said Currie.Toromont, which runs a large network of Caterpillar dealerships among other equipment businesses, closed up $8.45 or 14.65 per cent at $66.14. CN Rail, which increased its annual earnings expectations and its spending plans, closed up $4.74 or 4.23 per cent at $116.74.Gains from the companies helped the S&P/TSX capped industrials index closed up 2.14 per cent on the day, while the energy sector also rose as crude prices climbed.Overall, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed up 30.63 points at 16,420.76 as strong earnings were somewhat tempered by trade fears, said Currie.“The overall theme is we’re getting pretty good numbers out of the companies, but a note of caution just because of the tariffs and trade skirmish.”Trade concerns featured prominently as European Union officials were meeting with U.S. counterparts Wednesday.U.S President Donald Trump said after market close that the two sides had agreed to work towards “zero tariffs” and “zero subsidies” on non-automobile goods.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 172.16 points 25,414.10. The S&P 500 index was up 25.67 points at 2,846.07 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 91.47 points at 7,932.24, a record close.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.41 cents US, up 0.40 of a US cent.The September crude contract closed up 78 cents at US$69.30 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up four cents at US$2.76 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended up $6.30 at US$1,231.80 an ounce and the September copper contract was up a penny at US$2.82 a pound.Aimia Inc., the company behind the Aeroplan loyalty program, closed up 89 cents or 35.60 per cent at $3.39 after an Air Canada-led consortium proposed a $2.25-billion deal to buy the loyalty business.The consortium, which also includes Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada, have offered $250 million in cash, including points liabilities they would assume.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the August gold contract at $131.80
LONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):9:55 a.m.The governments of Spain and the United Kingdom have signed an agreement to safeguard voting rights in local elections for their citizens residing in the other country regardless of the way Brexit unfolds.Britain’s Brexit minister, Robin Walker, says the agreement is the first of its kind for Britain with a member of the European Union.Walker was in Madrid for the signing on Monday.Some 300,000 British citizens living in Spain, the largest community outside of the British Isles, and 175,000 Spaniards who are residents in Britain and Northern Ireland will be able to vote and run in local elections that both countries are due to hold in May, officials have said.Spain’s state secretary for EU affairs, Marco Aguiriano, says the agreement will enter force with Britain’s departure from the EU, whether at the end of March as initially planned or later and with or without an agreement between the two sides.___9:45 a.m.European Union nations are vowing not to reopen the draft agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc as they await details of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to break the Brexit deadlock.EU foreign ministers arriving for a regular monthly meeting Monday also insisted they would need a very convincing reason to extend the March 29 departure date.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas shared the frustration with the British indecision on how to leave the bloc and said that “we now know what they don’t want in London. Now, we finally need to know what it does want.”Several ministers said a reopening of the draft withdrawal agreement was out of the question. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said “this is the text we all invested ourselves in.”___9:30 a.m.Prime Minister Theresa May is set to unveil her new plan to break Britain’s Brexit deadlock — and it’s expected to look a lot like the old plan decisively rejected by Parliament last week.May plans to brief the House of Commons Monday on how she intends to proceed. There are few signs she will make radical changes to her deal, though she may seek alternations to its most contentious section, an insurance policy to guarantee an open Irish border after Brexit.The EU insists it will not renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.May also faces a battle from lawmakers who are trying to use amendments to rule out the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without a deal.Lawmakers are due to vote on May’s “Plan B” on Jan. 29.The Associated Press
“While I support the Government’s tentative efforts to address the issues of violence against women, I note that there still are many challenges for the full and effective participation of women in the political process,” said Rashida Manjoo, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women.“Violence against women is a manifestation of inequality and discrimination which cannot be addressed in isolation of the historical and current context.” During her eight-day mission, Ms. Manjoo met with UN and international agencies based in Nairobi, and then travelled to Garowe in Puntland and Mogadishu, the Somali capital, to meet with Government officials and representatives of the African Union peacekeeping mission (AMISOM) and civil society.She also visited camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and police stations, and talked with individual victims of gender-based violence.Ms. Manjoo noted the lack of substantive reporting of violence against women and girls, and the absence of proper statistics and data, by the authorities, international agencies and civil society.“The absence of accountability mechanisms and specialized services for women and girl victims of various forms of violence, also contributes to such invisibility and silencing.” Somalia is also not immune to the problem of domestic violence, the most pervasive form of violence against women, the expert said, adding that the problem is exacerbated by the internal conflict, the displacement of populations and non-functioning State authorities.“In the absence of accountability mechanisms, impunity for acts of violence against women and girls is the norm. Furthermore, the use of traditional dispute forums to resolve issues of violence against women results in little or no justice for such victims.”Ms. Manjoo stressed that Somalia currently has an opportunity to promote human rights for all, and to place the issue of violence against women on the national agenda. “I call on all stakeholders to take on the responsibility to make this a reality,” stated the expert, who reports in an independent and unpaid capacity to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Her full report on Somalia will be submitted to the Council next June. 16 December 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today called for greater efforts to improve the plight of women in Somalia, thousands of whom remain extremely vulnerable to discrimination and violence.
Director General of the Government Information Department, Sudarshana Gunawardana said a circular regarding this decision had been sent to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. However the Government Information Department said that CPC has decided to sell fuel at the previous rates. The Finance Ministry said that cabinet will decide on a price revision next week.Meanwhile Lanka Indian Oil (LIOC) said that it will sell fuel at the new increased price from today. (Colombo Gazette) The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) which was to increase the price of fuel from today, has decided to sell fuel at the ols price.The Finance Ministry said yesterday that the price of fuel will be increased from today.
Several college basketball teams saw their NCAA Tournament runs end at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this past weekend. North Carolina State and Michigan State were able to stave off elimination, though, and advance to the Sweet 16. North Carolina State 66, Georgetown 63 Jason Clark had a chance. The Georgetown senior guard had a shot from the right wing that could have sent the game between the No.3-seeded Hoyas and No.11-seed North Carolina State into overtime as time was expiring. Clark missed, sending the Hoyas (24-9) home and the Wolfpack (24-8) into the Sweet 16 for the first time in seven years on a 66-63 victory in the third round of the Midwest Region in the NCAA Tournament in Columbus. “I felt like (the shot) had a chance. But it was off. We pushed the ball up the court, tried to get a last shot,” Clark said. “I felt like it had a chance, but it didn’t.” N.C. State, led by sophomore forward C.J Leslie, junior forward Scott Wood and senior guard C.J Williams, who scored 14 points a piece, rallied from a 10-point deficit in the first half with balanced scoring and a plethora of offensive rebounds on way to a win. “I’m extremely proud of our team and these young guys. We came back, took the lead, and just how tough-minded they have become. It makes you feel very good as a coach, very proud of them,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. Junior forward Hollis Thompson dropped 23 points for Georgetown. Clark added 10, while fellow Hoyas’ senior, center Henry Sims, only played 22 minutes due to foul trouble. The first half was full of runs by both teams. Georgetown got out to a 5-3 lead on a floater and a 3-pointer by freshman forward Otto Porter. The Hoyas followed that with a 6-2 run, but not before Sims picked up two fouls, both of which came driving into the lane. Sims was forced to sit for the majority of the remainder of the half, but Georgetown was able to get out to a 25-15 lead with him on the bench, thanks to poor shooting by the Wolfpack and an array of 3-pointers by Clark, freshman forward Greg Whittington and freshman guard Jabril Trawick. “We came out kind of slow. We weren’t up-tempo like we wanted to be,” Leslie said. Around the seven-minute mark, Georgetown coach John Thompson III went with a lineup featuring four freshman and Clark, and N.C. State’s run followed shortly. The Wolfpack outscored Georgetown 15-2 to end the half, with most of their points from inside the paint, and took a 30-27 lead into halftime after a steal and breakaway dunk by sophomore forward CJ Leslie. “We got some fast breaks, got some easy buckets,” Gottfried said. “And then the game started to loosen up for us a little bit better.” N.C. State continued to play tough inside as the second half began. Sims picked up his third foul around the 15-minute mark, and the Wolfpack extended their lead to 45-34 after a jumper went for junior center DeShawn Painter. N.C. State grabbed 17 offensive rebounds in the game. Georgetown rallied with a flurry of buckets by Thompson. With less than two minutes to go, Sims, with four fouls, hit a lay-up, his first points of the game, to cut N.C. State’s lead to three, 62-59. After Wolfpack sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown missed the front-end of a one-an-one, Sims was fouled inside, and hit both free throws to make it 62-61. Wood, a 92 percent free throw shooter coming into the game, only hit 1-of-2 free throws after being fouled, and the Hoyas had a chance to tie the game, but Porter missed a contested jump shot from the base line. Brown was fouled, and hit one of two free throws before Clark’s shot went wide. Michigan State 65, St. Louis 61 For the 10th time in his career, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is headed to the Sweet 16, but it didn’t come easy. The top-seeded Spartans (29-7) outlasted No.9-seed Saint Louis (26-8) in a physical battle in the third round of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament in Columbus on Sunday, 65-61. “I don’t know if you would believe this or not, but I thought to myself the game would go just like it went. I didn’t know who would win, but I told my guys I know what good a coach (SLU coach Rick Majerus) is,” Izzo said. MSU senior forward Draymond Green came up big for the Spartan in the win, making play after play in the game’s final moments, finishing with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Spartan sophomore guard Keith Appling added 19 points, three assists and three rebounds. “I think (Green)’s the best player in the country,” Majerus said. “If I had to take a kid right now to win the national championship, I’d take Draymond Green.” The Billikens hung tough with the Spartans thanks in part to their defensive effort and the play of junior guard Kwamain Mitchell and senior forward Brian Conklin, who scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. “We fought our guts out. (MSU)’s a terrific team. I don’t know that we could have played better,” Majerus said. Physical defense dominated the game’s opening 20 minutes. After back-and-forth scoring, SLU took a 15-11 lead on the Spartans after a 3-pointer by Billikens’ sophomore guard Jordair Jett. It did not take MSU long to regain the lead. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run, capped by a driving finger-roll layup in the lane by Green with just less than four minutes to play in the half. Both teams had opportunities to score in the final minute, but the defenses held strong, and MSU took a 26-21 lead into half time. Coming out of the half, SLU sophomore guard Mike McCall Jr. hit a 3-pointer to bring the Billikens within two, but MSU followed with a 15-8 run to go up, 41-32. After Appling hit an open jump shot, one of the many SLU gave him, MSU went up 49-42 with just under seven minutes to play. “All night they pretty much had me begging to shoot the ball. We got in the huddle in one of our timeouts, Draymond (Green) instilled some confidence in me, told me I was a 41 percent 3-point shooter last year, so shoot the ball,” Appling said. Majerus said he was surprised by Appling’s ability to knock down open jump shots. “Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “I think with Appling, Izzo played it really smart, told him to shoot.” Following Appling’s jumper, Billikens’ sophomore guard Jordair Jett hit a rainbow floater, and on the next possession, got fouled and hit both free throws to make it 49-46. From there, the game went back-and-forth, with both teams scoring and hitting tough shots. With fewer than three minutes to go, Green started to take over. He hit a tough, outside jump shot with 2:47 to play to put MSU up, 55-51. A little more than a minute later, Green drove to the bucket and found Appling wide open in the corner, which he drilled, giving MSU a 58-51 lead with 1:34 remaining in the game. SLU made a couple more shots to keep MSU fans nervous, but the Spartans were able to hold on.
Gekko Systems has announced the successful completion of the first stage of the Hope Bay Project. The major milestone encompasses the design, manufacture and shipping of Gekko’s Python process plant with the capacity to treat 1,000 t of mill feed per day, and a concentrate treatment plant capable of treating up to 300,000 oz/y. Gekko was required to meet strict deadlines for the equipment to arrive at Roberts Bay Port by August 2016 as sea access is only possible each summer for up to ten weeks. Consequently, the plant had to be designed, built and shipped on schedule to meet the tight delivery window.“This is a fantastic milestone for Gekko’s contribution to the TMAC project. The entire Gekko team worked together to design, procure, construct and dispatch the processing plant with the support of flexible and responsive supply chain partners. The positive and interactive relationship with the TMAC team has paved the way for a successful installation and commissioning phase of the project currently underway.” said Tony Stone, Gekko’s Group Manager of Operations. The success of this first stage of the project was made possible through Gekko’s modular and containerised approach to plant design. This allowed for construction, assembly and factory commissioning in Ballarat prior to the shipment, using 200 containers.As outside temperatures regularly drop to minus 50°C, the plant and equipment needed to be designed to withstand the harsh environmental conditions and Canadian Standards to ensure the high-performance expectations are achieved. The plant will be installed inside a purpose-built structure approximately 150 m long by 50 m wide with commissioning of the plant expected in mid-December 2016. The low-height plant design allowed the building height to be lowered by up to 10 m, which further reduced construction, heating and operating costs and improved maintenance access. The plant will reach its maximum capacity of 2,000 t/d in late 2017, when the second Python is estimated to be commissioned and fully operative.
Pybar Mining Services has started up underground mining at Heron Resources’ Woodlawn zinc project in New South Wales, Australia, ahead of full commissioning by the end of the year.The company entered into a four-year underground mining contract with Pybar in February and the contractor has now kicked off mining. This includes the ground support of box cut walls and the first portal blast of the decline.Heron said the overall project, as of the end of August, was 73% complete, with earthworks substantially concluded, equipment purchasing at 98%, concrete almost complete and offsite fabrication 92% signed off. Sedgman is the EPC contractor.Woodlawn is envisaged as a 1.5 Mt/y operation able to produce 40,000 t/y of zinc, 10,000 t/y of copper and 12,000 t/y of lead at steady-state production over a 9.3-year mine life. This is based on a reserve base of 2.8 Mt at 14% ZnEq from underground and 9.5 Mt at 6% ZnEq from reprocessed tailings.The operation is set to use an IsaMill™ to treat the zinc-rich reclaimed tailings, as well as polymetallic primary ore in different processing modes. The 3 MW 10,000 IsaMill comes with an IsaCharger™ media delivery system, as well as commissioning services from Glencore Technology.Heron’s Managing Director Wayne Taylor said: “Exploration over the last four years has defined a very high-grade, high-quality resource and reserve position, and the access which has now commenced will enable us to deliver underground ore into the processing plant in 2019.“Once underground, our geological team will focus on further expanding the known mineralised positions to build upon the excellent and cost-effective work they have undertaken to date.“Elsewhere on site, I am pleased to report that good progress continues to be made with all aspects of the build, and that works remain on schedule for the commissioning by the end of the year.”
History is written at SEHA Gazprom League where Macedonian champions RK Vardar Skopje are finally defeated after 22 months. Since December 2016 in 31 matches, RK Vardar have been unbeatable, but this record is broken by RK PPD Zagreb 26:23.PPD Zagreb – Vardar 26:23 (14:14)PPD Zagreb: Ristanović 6 saves, Kastelic 6 saves, Qerimi 1, Ereš, Vistorop, Božić Pavletić 3, Kontrec 2, Burić 3, Sršen 4, Horvat 6, Jotić, Ravnić, Mandić 4, Hrstić 1, Bičanić 2, Vekić JVardar: Kalifa, Milosavljev 5 saves, Stoilov 2, Popovski 1, Kristopans 4, Karačić 2, Skube 1, Kalarash 2, Čupić 2, Dibirov 3, Shishkarev 1, Vojvodić, Kiselev 3, Milosavljev 1, MishevskiMeshkov Brest, once again sent “second squad” without coach Manolo Cadenas on a trip at SEHA Gazprom League and they suffered third defeat. After Tatran at home, Steaua in Bucharest, also RK Vojvodina beat champions of Belarus 29:23 (12:14) after superb last 20 minutes in which they made turnover from 16:18. ← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2018: Three Europeans and Al Sadd at semi-finals Next Story → SENSATION IN TATABANYA: Veszprem defeated! seha gazprom league
THE FORMER GOVERNOR of Mountjoy Prison has said he believes that the cuts to unemployment benefit for people under the age of 26, announced in the Budget last week, could push more young people into crime.In an interview with TheJournal.ie, John Lonergan said there was “nothing positive about it, contrary to government spin that this is about training”.“Young people have to exist, people have little concept of how costly it is to keep an 18, 19, 20-year-old in society – just with their basic needs like food,” he said. “If they’re not able to get a social welfare payment, who will pay for this? In all liklihood, people will divert into criminality, though I wouldn’t put that forward as the main reason I’m against it.”‘The jobs are simply not there’Lonergan said that the cut was also “a terrible indication of the value we place on them, almost blaming them for the predicament they’re in”.Most young people aspire to be able to be self-sufficient, it’s a huge psychological boost to a person to have a job. But the jobs are simply not there, the reality is we’re a million miles away from full employment. The former prison governor said that 95 per cent of those who end up in difficulty with the law come from “very disadvantaged areas, broken families and all kinds of social and family issues”.“Early school-leaving is an issue, unemployment is an issue, the drug culture in the area is an issue and the vast majority of people in prison who are young come from the poorest areas – many have brothers and sisters and relatives in prison too – so it’s very predictable.”Mental healthLonergan affirmed that there is an obvious connection between mental health and criminality and when it comes to young offenders he is “convinced that early intervention is prevention – early intervention is prevention – and in terms of strategy, it’s the cheapest in the long-term”.Resources and facilities for young people, even for children, are limited in some areas and the mental health facilities for 16 to 18-year-olds are very scarce. One in four of the prisoners in Mountjoy had previously been in-patients so obviously psychology and criminality overlap. Which comes first? In many, mental illness comes first, criminality comes second and if there was intervention, I believe young people would never get to a stage where they would become involved in criminality.He said that while mental health facilities in prisons have improved vastly in the last decade, there is a need for a change in society so that facilities are there for people at the early stages of a problem.“Every single human being faces difficulties where we need the support of others, no human is indestructable, we’re all vulnerable from time to time and life can be very tough on some people,” he added.Lonergan spoke yesterday at the annual general meeting for the mental health organisation GROW. Related: Gilmore: “The place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flatscreen”>More: Fine Gael and Labour social welfare cuts for youth criticised – by Labour YouthColumn: Cutting unemployment benefit to the under-26s is unjust and unacceptable>
Développement durable : des maisons en déchets construites au TexasHuntsville, petite ville texane (Etats-Unis) très conservatrice, voit fleurir depuis plusieurs années dans ses rues des maisons peu ordinaires. Construites à partir de déchets, ces étranges habitations sont le fruit de l’imagination de Dan Phillips, un Texan qui il y a douze ans, a fondé fondé l’entreprise Phoenix Commotion.Cet homme tente depuis douze ans de créer un nouveau modèle de construction, à la fois écologique et abordable, en utilisant toutes sortes de déchets et matériaux qu’il récupère. “Les gens font cela depuis des centaines de milliers d’années : ils utilisent tout ce qui est disponible pour se construire des abris”, explique Dan Phillips, cité par l’AFP. À lire aussiPour sauver les gorilles, recyclez vos téléphones portables !Ainsi, depuis qu’il a fondé Phoenix Commotion, treize maisons durables réalisées à partir d’os, de morceaux de bois, de bouchons de liège, de capsules de bouteilles de bière, ou encore d’éclats de miroir, ont été bâties dans les rues de Huntsville. Si au départ Dan Phillips cherchait ces objets dans les décharges, il n’a aujourd’hui plus besoin de se déplacer. Les magasins de bricolage et de construction lui apportent leurs invendus, tandis que les habitants de Huntsville lui donnent les meubles et matériaux dont ils ne se servent plus. Créées à partir de matériaux recyclés, ces habitations sont également économes en énergie, grâce à leur système d’isolation performant, leur chauffe-eau solaire et leur réservoir permettant de récupérer l’eau de pluie.Si Phoenix Commotion est une société à but lucratif, elle vise avant tout à venir en aide aux personnes en difficulté. Seuls 10.000 dollars suffisent pour s’offrir l’une de ces maison destinées aux parents célibataires, aux familles à bas revenus ou encore aux artistes. Qui plus est, Dan Phillips travaille avec des personnes non qualifiées qu’il forme avant de les aider à trouver un emploi mieux rémunéré.Le 17 janvier 2011 à 10:19 • Emmanuel Perrin
BANGKOK (AP) — One major U.S. Navy collision may be an accident, two a coincidence. But analysts say the deadly incidents involving the USS John S. McCain this week and USS Fitzgerald in June call for thorough investigations to restore confidence in a Navy considered the world’s best.There were two more minor accidents involving Navy warships earlier this year. A commander says the four “cannot be viewed in isolation.”The Navy has ordered an “operational pause,” which one analyst said makes sense “to explore what on Earth is happening.”Another expert says the incidents raise the question of whether Navy forces are stretched too thin.It is still unclear how the collision occurred early Monday between the USS McCain and a tanker off Singapore, leaving 10 American sailors missing and five injured.
Cardiff City Football Club have made a move to sign Harry Arter from fellow Premier League side Bournemouth, according to Sky Sports.The newly promoted Premier League outfit are hoping to sign the Bournemouth midfielder on a season-long loan.The all-action Republic of Ireland international is yet to feature in a football match for the Cherries since January 1st, 2018, and Cardiff are hoping he can bolster their midfield options as they seek to make an impact on their return to the top flight of English football.Neil Warnock’s men secured promotion to the Premier League after finishing second in the Sky Bet Championship last season.AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.The Wales based club have ended their four-year absence after gaining promotion back in 2013-14 season only to be relegated back to the Championship that same season.Bournemouth have already completed the signing of Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lemar for a club record fee of £25million and chances of featuring in the team might become even less for Harry Arter.The midfielder still has three years left on his contract at the Vitality stadium and will be hoping a loan move can resuscitate his career.
Eielson Air Force Base will retain its F-16 squadron even if the installation located outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, becomes the home of two new squadrons of F-35A fighters, officials announced Tuesday. The Air Force had considered moving the base’s 18th Aggressor Squadron late last year after it named Eielson as the preferred alternative for 48 F-35s slated for the Pacific region. But the service determined that Eielson was “the most operationally sound option, as well as the most cost effective,” said Mark Pohlmeier, acting deputy assistant secretary for installations, according to a press release. The Aggressor Squadron plays the role of enemy forces in training exercises.The likely basing of F-35s at Eielson and the retention of the F-16s represents a sharp turn for the base after previous attempts to remove all of its flying units, reported the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. The turnaround primarily stems from the nation’s pivot toward the Asia-Pacific.The Pentagon recommended shifting the base’s F-16 and A-10 squadrons and putting the base in “warm” status during the 2005 round of BRAC, but the BRAC Commission reversed the proposal to move the Aggressor Squadron elsewhere. Separately in 2012, the Air Force proposed moving the F-16 unit to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage to save money, but the service eventually shelved the idea.This week’s announcement also signals a significant economic boost for the Fairbanks region, as the construction required for the F-35 squadrons will be greater with the F-16s staying put, according to the News-Miner. The unit accounts for 2,300 military and civilian jobs at Eielson. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Is Netflix too expensive? Netflix doesn’t think so In a letter to shareholders, Netflix said it was in the middle of its price hikes in the US, Brazil, Mexico and some parts of Europe, which created “some modest short-term churn” — jargon for people quitting. But it downplayed the threat of new competitors like Apple and Disney rolling out streaming services. The company called them “world class consumer brands” but indicated their presence wouldn’t impact Netflix’s growth.”We don’t anticipate that these new entrants will materially affect our growth because the transition from linear to on demand entertainment is so massive and because of the differing nature of our content offerings,” Netflix wrote. “We believe we’ll all continue to grow as we each invest more in content and improve our service and as consumers continue to migrate away from linear viewing.”Netflix noted that its streaming video represents about 10% of viewing hours on televisions in the US.In its results, international subscriber base grew by 7.86 million members to 88.63 million, beating the 7.3 million additions the company predicted. In the US, Netflix added 1.74 million streaming customer, for a total of 60.23 million, surpassing its 1.6 million guidance.In the second quarter, Netflix expects to add only 300,000 streaming members in the US and 4.7 million new members internationally. Netflix predicts 55 cents per share in earnings for the period, while on average, Wall Street analysts who track Netflix expect 99 cents.Overall for the first quarter, Netflix reported a profit of $344 million, or 76 cents a share, compared with $290.1 million, or 64 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 22 percent to $4.52 billion.Analysts on average expected per-share profit of 57 cents — a penny more than Netflix’s guidance — and $4.5 billion in revenue. Digital Media 1:36 Earnings Netflix Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Netflix’s Triple Frontier, an action flick starring Ben Affleck, was streamed by 52 million accounts in the first month. Netflix Netflix’s latest report on its business had a twist ending this time: The streaming-video giant still is adding customers like crazy, but it doesn’t expect its growth to keep pace in the coming monthsUS subscribers grew by 1.74 million and its members abroad climbed by 7.86 million, Netflix said in a report Tuesday on its first-quarter financial performance. But the company predicted the current quarter’s subscriber ranks would increase by just 5 million people, roughly half of the 9.6 total members it added in the first three months of the year. Netflix also touted the viewership of some of its originals. Heist movie Triple Frontier, starring Ben Affleck, was watched by more than 52 million households in its first four weeks. Umbrella Academy, a superhero drama based on a comic book by Gabriel Bá, has been watched by 45 million subscribers in its first four weeks, the company said.Netflix’s cautious outlook comes days after entertainment giant Disney unveiled its Netflix rival, Disney Plus. Launching in the US later this year for $7 a month, Disney Plus will mark the company’s aggressive move onto Netflix’s streaming turf. Given the eye-popping catalog of shows and movies Disney plans to put on its streaming service, it’s easy to lose sight of how dominant Netflix is likely to stay. Compared with Netflix’s total subscribers, which surpassed 148 million per Tuesday’s report, Disney’s most optimistic projection for its growth five years after launching will still be shy of 100 million Disney Plus members. Tags Post a comment 0
India and Pakistan.ReutersOn Friday morning, India secured a major diplomatic victory at the UN by reiterating its unequivocal position on Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan being the cradle of terror. By restating its position on how Pakistan remains a rogue state indulging in unabashed state-sponsored terror through proxies, India once again notched up major brownie points with the world community at large. Pakistan’s isolation is complete and Imran Khan’s last-minute attempt to speak to Donald Trump also appears to have failed. The most important part is that the UN Security Council acknowledged India’s measures to bring normalcy and development to Kashmir and wants all countries to follow suit. The piece de resistance came from Indias Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin, who said: “We are gratified that the Security Council in its closed consultations appreciated these efforts, acknowledged them and indicated that this is the direction in which they would like the international community to move.”India’s diplomatic encirclement of Pakistan has been a success with the primacy of its position over Jammu and Kashmir being undisputed and unchallenged. Barring China, the world has accepted India’s position including the Arab world, formerly sponsors and supporters of Pakistan. But it is clear that even they are fed up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi address to the nation from the historic Red Fort.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi talking to IANS earlier this week said: “I feel that there are two aspects to this. First, a certain section of people believed that my government — and I personally — would fail on the foreign policy front not just in the Gulf region, but also in the wider context. The reality is that my government’s successful track record on foreign policy across the world is there for everyone to see. In fact, after assuming office in 2014, the very first Foreign Minister my government received on an official visit was that of the Sultanate of Oman. So, what others thought of me, and what the reality turned out to be, is for them to introspect.”Prime Minister Modi doesn’t get adequate credit for this outreach but as he explained: “I think our policy has succeeded to a large extent because of this outreach, this constant engagement. We have not allowed any miscommunication, any doubts to play spoilsport. We have been very open with all the countries, and they have also reciprocated with warmth and friendship. I firmly believe that India and the Gulf countries have only begun to explore the true potential of a partnership which will go far beyond mutual benefits and can anchor peace, progress and prosperity not only in our common and extended neighbourhood but also in the larger world.”Even as Pakistan has upscaled ‘Ceasefire Violations’ both in terms of weapon and area in dimension over the last a few days, India has met fire with fire keeping a red alert vigil on the LoC. With a successful lockdown in progress in the Kashmir Valley and use of the Westphalian sovereignty template, India has managed to convince the world that its policy imperatives on the newly designed Union Territory are noble. The fact that not a single incident of violence has resulted is an equally bigger win.Meanwhile, Pakistan’s single-minded obsession appears to show Kashmir as a potential flashpoint to seek world attention. This has been tamped down with India’s delicate handling of the situation. While the closed-door meeting has turned into an acceptance of the Indian viewpoint, Pakistan is expected to continue pushing the envelope.With the UN General Assembly scheduled to commence shortly, Pakistan’s ploy of playing the victim card may not exactly get traction with the world given the toxic state’s track record as the global centrifugal force of jihadis. A new tactic being used this time by Pakistan is to escalate ceasefire violations so that the world may take due notice that Kashmir and the border is a dangerous place. With Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling Pakistan’s bluff by rescinding the NFN – no first nuke – option on Friday, a new resolute and more muscular India put on its fresh aggressive game face.
An IndiGo aircraft on the landing approach. The differences between the low-cost airline’s promoters has reached market regulator Sebi.twitterIndia’s biggest airline by market share, IndiGo, is headed towards more trouble with differences between co-founders Rahul Bhatia and Rakesh Gangwal. The Rahul Bhatia camp will question Gangwal about his “exclusive parleys” with engine maker Pratt & Whitney (PW) ahead of the airline’s latest engine order, said a media report. Though PW has been the engine supplier for IndiGo’s Airbus planes, the latest $20 billion order was given to rival CFM – a joint venture between GE and France’s Safran – after a competitive bidding process.”The board is examining whether Gangwal complied with his fiduciary duties, as director, to keep it informed of developments related to aircraft, spares, and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) purchases,” Economic Times reported. IndiGo had finalised the order with PW for 150 Airbus A320 neo planes of an outstanding order book of 280 planes. The $20 billion order was for the remaining planes, though the reason for a change of vendor was not clear. There were suggestions that the airline was influenced by the reported malfunctioning of some of the A320 neo engines.”Within a fortnight, Gangwal wrote back to board members in an email communication that the competitive bidding process would be a lame idea as he had been told by PW that they will not participate in an RFP process, if the terms are changed,” added the report, citing a source close to Bhatia’s IGE Group. PW eventually participate in the IndiGo bidding process.The board members may call Gangwal to explain why he “kept the critical market intelligence to himself and not inform the board of his exclusive parleys with PW.” In a letter to the board on June 12, Bhatia had written that on realising Gangwal’s refusal to lend his hand in the company’s ongoing negotiations with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the company had proceeded to make alternate arrangements for the purpose.The report went on to say, “In hindsight, however, the company will remain eternally grateful to Gangwal for having attempted to hold the company’s business to ransom (by purposely delaying the ongoing negotiations with OEMs), as this paved the way for the company to institutionalize an area of operations which Gangwal had kept as his exclusive preserve.” IndiGo
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSpecial counsel Robert Mueller (left) arrives at the U.S. Capitol for closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21 in Washington, D.C.Five months into his mandate, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller III unleashed a legal version of “shock and awe” on Monday with criminal charges against President Trump’s former campaign chairman and a guilty plea by a foreign policy aide.Mueller made no public comment about the charges or the next steps in an investigation that’s irritating the White House and riveting the nation. But there are some clues in the court documents about where the former FBI director and his investigators may be heading.1. The Foreign Agents Registration ActAmong the charges facing former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his right-hand man Richard Gates is failing to register as agents of a foreign government, and making false and misleading statements about that. The grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses the men of working on behalf of Ukraine and telling the Justice Department their activities “did not include meetings or outreach within the U.S.”Those charges are controversial, in part because violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act are rarely enforced. Kevin Downing, a lawyer for Manafort, told reporters outside the courthouse that prosecutors have used that “very novel” charge only six times since 1966, winning just one conviction.On Capitol Hill, however, Senate Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa offered praise for that approach: “It’s good to see the Justice Department taking seriously its responsibility to enforce” the law, Grassley said in a written statement.“I’ve been raising concerns about lackluster enforcement of this foreign influence disclosure law for years now, regardless of administration or political party,” he added. “The dirty little secret is that lots of people across the political spectrum in Washington have skirted their FARA obligations for years now with little to no accountability.”Grassley convened an oversight hearing on the issue in July, flagging work by Mercury LLC and the Podesta Group on behalf of what he calls “a front for the Ukrainian government.” The firms are mentioned in the indictment as “Company A” and “Company B.” A prominent Democratic lobbyist, Tony Podesta, announced he would step down from that firm Monday after the charges became public.At least one other person with ties to the Trump campaign, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, belatedly filed a foreign agent registration with the Justice Department this year connected with his work on behalf of Turkey. He has not been charged with a crime.2. Will Manafort fight?Despite an onslaught of pressure from federal investigators, including an FBI raid on his residence in July, Manafort has steadfastly denied wrongdoing, and people close to Manafort say he has little of use to offer the special counsel.Even so, the 31-page indictment suggests that federal investigators are not finished squeezing him. Authorities want to seize Manafort’s properties in New York and Virginia, at a time when he’s already strapped for cash. The court papers refer to business dealings with Manafort’s daughter and son-in-law, who have not been publicly charged with any crimes.And the Manafort indictment doesn’t refer to contacts between Manafort and Russians with close ties to Vladimir Putin, despite media reports that he emailed with a longtime Ukrainian client in Putin’s camp to offer private briefings on the election.3. Fallout from the Papadopoulos pleaThe guilty plea by George Papadopoulos, a 30-year-old former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, detailed a series of contacts he had with people close to the Russian government in 2016. The court documents said Papadopoulos reported his conversations to a “supervisor” and “high-ranking” members of the campaign team.Investigators said that after his secret arrest in July, Papadopoulos has been meeting with the government “on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions.”The message: He may be offering evidence against others still under investigation. Other people inside the Trump campaign also are said to have received overtures from Russians or Russian agents at about the same time that Trump named Papadopoulos as an adviser. One of them, Carter Page, traveled to Moscow at least twice last year.Thomas Breen and Robert Stanley, lawyers for Papadopoulos, said they had to refrain from comment on the case for now. But, they added, “We will have the opportunity to comment on George’s involvement when called upon by the court at a later date. We look forward to telling all of the details of George’s story at that time.”4. Will Mueller keep his job?Congressional Democrats reacted quickly after the indictments to insist that the independence of special counsel Mueller and his team must be protected. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said the rule of law is “paramount.”“The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel’s work in any way,” Schumer added. “If he does so, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues.”At the White House, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said there was “no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel.”Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow told CNN he’s had no conversations with Trump about issuing pardons for Manafort or others implicated in the Russia investigation.But Mueller could charge more people in Trump’s world and bring even more heat onto the president’s camp — which might prompt Trump to revise his thinking about trying to get rid of the special counsel.And legal experts say they don’t know what might happen if Trump exercises his sweeping power to pardon people in a way that obstructs the Mueller probe.Copyright 2017 NPR. 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