Goyal inducts first CORAS commandos in railways

first_imgNew Delhi: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday inducted the Commando for Railway Security (CORAS) here and promised to set up a commando training centre in Haryana to modernize and train commandos of the Railway Protection Force (RPF). At a function at the New Delhi railway station, Goyal inducted the first batch of the CORAS commandos. Before that, the commando team gave a demonstration of how they would rescue hostages from a passenger train. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Goyal said: “These CORAS commandos will be posted in Left extremist wing affected areas, northeastern region and Jammu and Kashmir where providing security to the passengers and the railway network is of utmost priority. “A new state-of-the-art commando training centre for RPF will be started in Jagadhri (in Haryana) which will have access to latest technology and equipment.” The Minister said the RPF’s crack commando team of 1,200 officers will get the most modern equipment and world-class training. “This will help train the other 60,000-65,000 fellow officers of RPF.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Goyal said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “deep sensitivity” for railway passengers. The Minister said a network of CCTV cameras will be set up at every station. “The link of these cameras will be given to the local stations, GRP, RPF, divisional office and even to the Minister’s office.” He praised RPF for catching thousands touts and sought “maximum punishment” for them. He said the task should have been done by the Traffic Division of the Railways but was done by the RPF. In a stern warning to the railway officials, Goyal said: “Fix the problem or we shall take action.”last_img read more

Shop local

first_imgphoto courtesy North Carolina State Archivesby Ernest DollarThis season, as you’re making your list and checking it twice, our area retailers would be grateful if you remember to “shop local.”  That didn’t used to be a matter of choice. Local was the only option, and in Raleigh, it was often a colorful one. Ernest Dollar, director of the City of Raleigh Museum, found this fascinating photo of one of Fayetteville Street’s early sellers of wine, oysters, cigars, and groceries.Bananas and other fruits hang in the windows of Antonio Leo Dughi’s store at 235 Fayetteville Street, around 1900.Dughi stands in front of his store with his son, John (far right), and a young Dughi child. Customers and store clerks stand to the left, as does as an oyster wagon pulled by horse named Nancy. The ice cream wagon on the right was pulled by horse named John.Dughi and his wife were forerunners of the great wave of Italian immigration to the United States in the late 19th century. Dughi arrived in 1875 and eventually settled in Raleigh, where he established a store in a cramped downtown building.Dughi’s wagons helped his store become wildly popular by delivering fresh seafood, produce, ice creams, and novelty items to families across Raleigh. The Junaluska sign on top of the building refers to a wine company by that name.last_img read more

Dress for Success Triangle provides skills confidence and jobs

first_img DFS’s ten-week job acquisition class, Going Places Network, is designed to help clients like Flanagan tackle these obstacles. During its skills assessment class, Flanagan learned her personal and professional strengths. “I am adaptable,” she says now. “I am an eager learner. And I like to be a resource of information for other people.” The program taught her how to capitalize on these strengths during job interviews and when crafting cover letters. She says she has also found hope in the friendships she’s made through the program. “We carpool and lean on each other. It is encouraging to see the women in our group find employment.”    Beth Briggs, executive director for Dress for Success Triangle, believes that the Going Places Network is one of Dress for Success Triangle’s most effective client services. “About 75 percent of women who go through GPN get jobs within three months,” she says. “That is a high percentage. It is a confidence-builder and a skill-builder. It teaches the women what it takes to get a job in this world and what is expected by corporations.”Transformative experience When Flanagan first met with an image coach for her suit fitting, she was taken aback by the amount of care and attention she received. Although she has bought and worn business suits in the past, she says the Dress for Success Triangle boutique experience is like nothing she’d known before. After more than a year looking for a job to support her two sons, she says she felt power when she saw herself in the mirror with a pair of high heels and a tailored suit. “It is transformative. It is a completely different experience for those of us who are not used to that kind of care. The image coach is more than a personal shopper. She listens to what I like and what I want. It is very empowering.”     Briggs nods. She sees the same thing time and time again with the women who come through her organization’s doors. “This is all part of our mission to support unemployed and underemployed women and to help them find economic security. A lot of what we do is about building a woman’s confidence, dignity, and respect. It is easy to feel powerless when you’ve been out of the job market for some time. It is just so hard. We want to help a woman feel good about herself.”  Once a woman finds a job, Dress for Success Triangle continues to support her, providing employment retention training and continued professional development. She also becomes part of the organization’s  Professional Women’s Group, a network with mentors and leaders who help women navigate the workplace. They support each other as they tackle new routines and company culture and work-life balance. Briggs says Dress for Success Triangle is also committed to equipping its women to become strong leaders in their workplaces and communities.  This results in a strong network between employers and Dress for Success Triangle.“We have a lot of corporate donors,” Briggs says, “and in addition to supporting us financially, we ask them to hire the women who come from Dress for Success. They flag our women. It lifts them out of the enormous crowd of applicants.”  And while corporations, foundations, inventory sales, and private donors offer the financial means to support the organization’s $1 million annual budget, it relies on a team of more than 365 dedicated volunteers to run effectively. They donate and sort clothes, provide style and career coaching, job training, networking, and employment retention support. Many of these volunteers are women, some of whom have gone through the programs themselves. Flanagan admits that the road to landing a job has felt long, overwhelming, and frustrating. But she credits Dress for Success Triangle (and a healthy dose of pure grit) with keeping her plowing ahead – now with strong interviewing skills, an impressive resume, and a sharp professional suit. Most importantly, she carries with her a renewed sense of empowerment.    trianglenc.dressforsuccess.org Dress for Success Triangle deliversby Settle Monroe | photography by Lissa GotwalsStepping through the double doors of Dress for Success Triangle feels like entering a high-end boutique, not a nonprofit. Dresses and suits, many adorned with new tags and labels like Coach and Ralph Lauren, hang on racks. Italian leather shoes line the walls; modern jewelry fills a glass case. Women strut in and out of dressing rooms to oohs and ahhs of personal styling consultants. Their confidence is clear as they see themselves in the mirror for the first time in a sharp suit or a well-fitting dress. And while the clients at Dress for Success may choose from a variety of beautiful clothes, they are all here looking for the same thing: employment and economic security. Yeshimabet Flanagan is one of the 10,000 clients who has benefited from the powerful work of Dress for Success Triangle. The organization not only dresses women to enter—or re-enter—the workplace, it trains them for it, too. Flanagan turned to the organization about a year ago for help. Like many of the women who walk through its doors, she came eager to re-enter the workplace after years of staying home to raise her children, and was referred to the agency by one of more than 150 nonprofits that refer women who are ready to find employment.  When Flanagan moved to New York City from Jamaica in 1998 at 16, leaving seven siblings and nearly all of her family behind, she was quickly able to secure a job as a file clerk at an insurance company. Highly-motivated and personable, she worked her way up to earning a comfortable salary, even by New York City standards. In 2008, Flanagan moved to Raleigh and left the workforce in order to be at home with her sons. For a year now, she has been looking for a job. But despite her years climbing the corporate ladder to become an insurance broker, the large gap on her resume and her lack of a college degree have made it difficult to secure meaningful employment.  Dress for Success Triangle has been the engine of perseverance for Flanagan in the face of numerous rejections and unreturned phone calls. “Transitioning back to the workplace is really hard,” Flanagan says. “Hearing ‘no’ again and again can be frustrating and disempowering. I’ve always been able to secure jobs by word-of-mouth. I have never had to pound the pavement. But Dress for Success is helping me navigate this new, current world of job searching.” And a new world it is. Unlike her first foray into the workplace, resumes are now submitted online. Computer programs search for specific key words in the resumes and reject those without them. Automated systems respond to job inquiries and cover letters. The result: The modern job search can be discouraging, impersonal, and isolating. last_img read more

Destination Walter The Lost Colony

first_imgHistory lives vividly through a longtime Outer Banks productionby Jason Frye“I knew I’d be back to direct,” says Ira David Wood III, the esteemed stage and screen actor perhaps best-known, at least around Raleigh, for his 40-plus-year role as Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, which he also directs. On a recent afternoon, however, he’s talking about The Lost Colony, the first and longest-running outdoor drama in the nation. This month, Wood will take his annual leave of the city to return to his coastal post in Manteo, North Carolina – another season directing The Lost Colony. There, he’s building a vivid creative legacy that honors both history and his local theatre roots. Every summer since 1937 – except for a brief hiatus brought on by the threat of German U-boats during World War II – The Lost Colony has presented audiences with the story of the ill-fated Roanoke Colony, an attempt by British explorers to establish a permanent settlement on the Outer Banks. In 1587, 115 colonists took possession of an abandoned military fort on the north end of Roanoke Island, established farms, and began a life here. War with the Spanish kept resupply from reaching the colony, but finally, in 1590, British ships arrived only to find the settlement deserted. There was no trace of the colonists; no bodies, no signs of a battle, just dismantled homes and fortifications and the word CROATOAN carved into a fence post. They were gone, the entire colony disappeared. Did they move to Croatoan Island – now Hatteras – or someplace inland? Did they meet their end at the hands of hostile natives? “They probably wound up in more than one place, but we’ll likely never know,” says Bill Coleman, CEO of the Roanoke Island Historical Association. “Paul Green’s script doesn’t attempt to answer the where or why of the colonists’ departure, instead it shows us the lives they lived here.”‘Tell their story well’ Here is literally here, from the theatre’s point of view (about 200 miles east of Raleigh). Waterside Theatre overlooks Roanoke Sound at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, only a couple of hundred yards from where the Lost Colonists disappeared, which means the actors are in character walking the same ground as their historic counterparts. “During my first season with The Lost Colony, our director reminded us that we’re performing on sacred ground. I remind my cast of this. Some of the people we portray are buried beneath us and we owe it to their memory to tell their story well,” says Wood. The Lost Colony has evolved since it debuted in 1937. It’s evolved since Wood joined the cast for four summers in the late 1960s. Now it’s evolving under his direction. One of the missions given to Wood when he came on as director was to cut the play. “Paul’s words were sacrosanct when I was in the show,” he says, “but I made surgical cuts, found ways to combine scenes and communicate our story in other ways, and now we’re two hours with an intermission.” Many of those cuts were guided in spirit by playwright Paul Green, a North Carolina native and longtime Triangle resident. He and Wood grew close after Wood’s stint in the play. They’d have dinner together and they’d visit at Green’s Chapel Hill home to talk about the play, donning baseball gloves and tossing a ball in the backyard while discussing ways to condense, modernize, and develop characters in ways you simply couldn’t in 1937. The script is only one part of the play, though. A way to develop characters and modernize is through costumes and makeup, lights, stunts, sets, and sound; under Wood, these elements have pushed creative boundaries even further. “Our production designer, Billy Ivey Long – a show alumnus – he doesn’t make costumes, he makes clothes. You put them on and you’re there, standing differently, speaking differently, becoming a member of the Elizabethan court or one of the colonists,” Wood says. “McCrae Hardy, our musical director, he’s responding to the sophistication of audiences and using a cinematic approach to music. He’s playing little themes as characters enter and exit the stage; he’s added music under the big battle that builds in tempo and intensity and adds to what the actors are doing.” Lighting and sound designers Joshua Allen and Michael Rasbury, respectively, make the winter scenes come alive. Wood says under Allen’s lights, the sand on stage turns to snow, and thanks to Rasbury’s clever building of sound, there’s the whistle of a low winter wind. “It’ll make you shiver,” he says with a laugh, “but all of it serves one purpose: to tap into the audience’s imagination.”The work of a lifetime The Lost Colony runs six shows a week from May 25 through August 22 in weather that runs from pleasant to buggy to improbably humid and may even include a storm or two. Add to the environmental factors a cast of more than 100 members, countless set pieces to strike and reset, hundreds of musical cues, stunts that include someone being lit on fire, and only 19 days of rehearsal, and you see that Wood, his creative crew, and his cast have their work cut out for them. “Every season I’ve told my cast they’re all crazy for being here, facing an impossible task they don’t even know is impossible. But that’s why it works,” says Wood. With Wood at the helm and a swell of energy behind the entire production, The Lost Colony will continue to work, enthralling audiences for another generation, but creative work isn’t just about tonight’s show or next week’s run, it’s about legacy. Wood hopes that audiences come and enjoy the play, but that they go home curious and transformed, touched by the performances and the production, moved by the spectacle, unable to stop talking about it. He hopes that some kid in the audience leaves having made a silent promise to themselves, a promise not unlike the one he made to himself after his final season as a cast member: I’ll play that part one day, direct this play, put my mark on this stage. I’ll be part of The Lost Colony too. “Farmers know something about legacy that us creatives should take to heart,” says Wood. “They know that when you plant crops, you’re taking from the soil, but unless you put something back – renew that earth, make it rich despite your harvest – it dies. Part of my return to The Lost Colony, and part of the reason I have made a life of theatre here rather than Los Angeles or New York, is just that: I want to give something back, enrich the creative soil in North Carolina.”last_img read more

Make a Martinez with Pinetop Distillery

first_imgThe MartinezIngredients: 2 ounces Pinetop Carolina Gin1 cap full of Vermouth1/8 ounce Maraschino liquor3 dashes of orange bittersMix ingredients and stir in a glass with ice for a silky texture. Double strain into a coupe glass, then garnish with a dehydrated stained lemon.last_img

5 Questions With Food Entrepreneur Michael Sparks

first_imgWhat’s next for UGK?Our next dinner in Raleigh is on Saturday, March 30 and there are still a few tickets left! We have some really interesting stuff coming down the pike—unfortunately I can’t tell you about it just yet, but it’s an amazing app—it will come out this summer. Recently, I got an email about an unusual dining experience in Raleigh: You buy a ticket, but wouldn’t know the chef, cuisine, theme or location until days before. How could I not be intrigued? So I hopped on the phone with Michael Sparks, the CEO of Underground Kitchen, the Richmond-based food enterpreneur who will be bringing his experiential dining concept back to Raleigh next week. Hungry (ha) for more? Here’s what he told me… Is this your first time in Raleigh?No, this is our fourth time in Raleigh and soon we’ll be there monthly! Right now it’s about quarterly. It’s an amazing way to showcase up-and-coming chefs and for folks to meet new people. Is it hard to pull off an event every month?No, I’m a creative, I dream this sh*t! When I’m in bed, I’m thinking about what the next best thing could be. You tell me I can’t do dinner on a bridge, I’ll make it happen. We turned an alleyway full of garbage into Little Italy—we moved everything, sprayed it down, put up twinkle lights and put a table down the middle—we turned a stretch of railway track into the Orient Express. We just bought a 72-foot Airstream that we’ll be using to do off-the-grid events on the beach or in the forest. We learn what we can about the Raleigh installation of Underground Kitchen from its founder, Michael Sparks.Written by Ayn-Monique Klahre What’s different about this dinner party concept?We don’t like to think of it as a pop-up, but as an experiential dining experience. It takes dining to a whole new level. Farmers come talk about the meat you’re going to eat, or the designer behind the dishes will talk about why they’re designed that way. But we keep it light, the most important thing is that folks get to meet each other. I see democrats and republicans getting together and realizing what they have in common instead of un-common, I love that. Photo by Chris Johnson How did you come up with this idea?My background is in fashion and I was working in London and Madrid. But on one trip back to New York I fell in love with an Australian doctor, and over about 15 years the guy who I thought might be a fling turned into my husband. In 2006, he got a job offer to live in Richmond, Virginia, was just emerging as a food capital in the East coast. We bought a house for ourselves and the dog in the museum district, but found that meeting people was impossible, they just hopped in their cars and drove around. So we started throwing dinner parties, first for our neighbors, but then decided to make it a business. Now we’re in 28 cities. For more information, visit theundergroundkitchen.org.last_img read more

Two Powerful Sites Challenge Larry Wheeler to Contemplate our Southern History

first_imgMore than 835,000 African souls were auctioned in the South between 1804 and 1862, a preponderant number of them in Montgomery. The purpose, as we know, was to service the cotton plantations, the backbone of the Southern economy. We all know how the Civil War came to be. What we struggle to feel fully, however, is the impact that slavery had on individual human lives, our regional value and what it means to be Southern. African families were separated from one another, placed in chains, beaten to death. Those who survived the horrors of the Civil War era were often condemned to be victims of tyranny and terror that raged through the South for nearly a century more. The new National Memorial for Peace and Justice tells this story poignantly. Opened in April 2018 on a six-acre site overlooking downtown Montgomery, the elegant, sweeping pavilion contains more than 800 six-foot Corten steel slabs, each representing a state and county, etched with the thousands of names of victims according to the location of the murders. They hang from above. One passes through and under this mass of hanging forms representing real human beings: between 1877 and 1950, more than 4,400 racially-motivated lynchings occurred in 12 Southern states, North Carolina among them. Most of these victims were murdered because of hearsay of insults to white people. One man was hanged in 1889 for frightening a white girl, another for asking a white woman for a drink of water. The lynchings were most often mob-induced spectacles attended by the community.The aggregate impact of the memorial is to make us feel this history. And to be sure, the experience is emotional and transformative. The surrounding gardens offer necessary opportunities for reflection and meditation with powerful works by my friend Hank Willis Thomas, Kwame Akoto-Bamfo and Dana King, and stirring words by Toni Morrison, Elizabeth Alexander and Maya Angelou. As you might have guessed, I consider this to be one of the great memorials of the world and a must-do experience for every woman, man and child. On the taxi ride back to the hotel, I asked my African-American driver if he had been to the memorial. “No,” he said, “it would be too difficult to be reminded of the reality.”The Legacy Museum, a short ride or a long walk from the Memorial, has been created within a warehouse near the river, where slaves were incarcerated before being distributed for sale by boat or rail. The museum was founded and funded by the Equal Justice Initiative, an extraordinary organization which explores racial inequality both in the past and in the contemporary world. It is not as an afterthought that we are reminded that six million black persons migrated out of the South between 1910 and 1940. Unnerving stories are told in dramatic and engaging ways. Holograms featuring first-person accounts of the enslaved and incarcerated, video, photographs documenting racial violence and, yes, of the lynchings, are woven into the interpretive presentations. But there are also recorded dance, music and art performances which help interpret the story. One cannot help leaving the museum or memorial without feeling that we must do more to seek the truth about racial inequality. It’s easy to get caught up in romanticizing the South and our culture. There is much to be proud of in the literature, music and all the arts. And we do raise up and honor the African Americans who helped to shape this culture. But when all is said and done, there is still the history, the struggle, the discrimination, the segregation and the terror. A quote by Maya Angelou on the wall of the museum confronts us: “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” My trip to Montgomery reminded me. I recommend a visit to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. While you are in Montgomery, you can also visit the Rosa Parks Museum, Martin Luther King’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the Civil Rights Memorial Center. I encourage you to consult the websites and plan a visit.There is a lot to think about in Montgomery. There is a lot to think about. A visit to Montgomery, Alabamaby Larry Wheelercenter_img I just returned from Montgomery, Alabama, where I visited the Legacy Museum and its affiliated National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Together, along with dozens of sites in the capital city, these tell the story of how slavery came to define the South, its past and present history and that of America, as well. The impact of the experience on me as a Southerner and an American was profoundly emotional, a reawakened awareness that brings both grief and guilt.last_img read more

Around Town with…Halsey Merritt Short Walk Wines

first_imgDo you have a hidden gem?I love Oakwood Cafe—the food is Cuban and Argentinian. I always eat too much of their hot sauce, but I have no regrets.  What’s somewhere under the radar that you love? As a longtime local, we were dying to hear from Halsey Merritt, the general manager and wine aficionado behind Short Walk Wines. We love hanging with her in her quaint shop on Martin Street, swapping recommendations for where to eat and what to do. Here are some of her very favorites: Bryan CostelloWhat’s your favorite place (or places) downtown?Short Walk Wines (I had to! I believe in our shop!). But Stanbury is always at the top of my mind for anything, food, drinks, alone time, et cetera. Not sure if you consider that downtown but… I don’t care! I also enjoy walking through Moore Square now, too. It’s nice to have it back open. I don’t get to go often, but I do like to catch a show at King’s every now & then. I always have a good time there. Chargrill or Snoopy’s? What about a coffee shop? What’s your order? Cup A Joe. Short double, in a mug (reduce your waste! Bring your own mug!) You just got off work—where do you grab a drink? Grabbing lunch? Where do you go?center_img Char-Grill. Tricky question though. I’m a sucker for a Beasley’s chicken sandwich & mashed potatoes. El Rodeo is also my guilty pleasure. Both places are always quick and kind. Humble Pie is always fantastic, I love it. There is something special in every corner of our city, though. One day I will have tried everything! I’m not usually free until around 8 p.m. most evenings, but I rotate between a few spots when I can: Person St. Bar, Apero, & Transfer Co. I can always count on seeing someone I know which fun. I don’t mind seeing dogs I know, too. Again… Stanbury, but I do love pizza, so I’ll go to Oakwood Pizza Box on Fridays sometimes, and if I am feeling like a fancy gal I will head to Faulisi in Cary. I love their pizza and I think that area continues to grow, so I like to pop over there every once in a while to see what I’ve been missing. I also can’t wait to try Jolie & Pooleside Pies, I’m sure they will become new favorites. Sometimes, I feel like hopping over to Durham! I grew up there, but it is fun to go back to see all the buzz. Anything new seems like a treat.  Where do you go to treat yourself?last_img read more

Chelsea Clinton Honored At Beat The Odds Gala

first_imgOn Monday, February 25, 2019, the Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY) hosted its annual Beat the Odds (BTO) Gala at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.Malaak Compton Rock, Chelsea Clinton, LaTanya Richardson JacksonHonorary Co-Chair, Tony West, was joined by Co-Chairs Deborah Cogut, Robyn Coles and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and Gala Host, Malaak Compton-Rock.The annual, star-studded event honored movers and shakers in the children’s advocacy and justice space. Chelsea Clinton, Vice President of the Clinton Foundation, and the Honorable Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General, were honored with CDF-NY’s Children’s Champion Award for their lifetimes in service of children and their families.Other recipients of awards were the Waffle House hero, James Shaw, Jr., and Julia Cordover, Parkland High School Mass Shooting survivor, for their work to fight gun violence and support victims.The true stars of the night were the five extraordinary high school ambassadors of the Beat the Odds scholarship program. These high school seniors have overcome tremendous adversity including poverty to excel academically and give back to their communities. BTO provides social and academic college readiness to these high school students and offers scholarship opportunities and support services to aid scholars throughout their college career — including ongoing mentoring, internship placements and career guidance. At the gala, these students were awarded $10,000 scholarships.This year’s gala put a special emphasis on the incredible impact of CDF’s advocacy in the New York Office, led by Naomi Post, Executive Director, the CDF-NY BTO program, the importance of youth activism and the legacy of its founder, Marian Wright Edelman.For more information about CDF-NY visit www.cdfny.org.last_img read more

UN agency offers to help Greece UK in dispute over Parthenon Marbles

That dispute, along with another between Germany and Turkey over the Bogazkoy Sphinx currently in a Berlin museum, tops the agenda of a meeting that gets underway tomorrow at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris of the agency’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation.The Committee comprises 22 countries and meets every two years to consider cases brought to its attention. During its 12th session, representatives will discuss principles recently formulated to facilitate the solution of differences over cultural properties displaced during World War II, as well as progress made towards identifying and preserving properties illegally taken out of Afghanistan, so that they can be returned.The Committee will also consider preventive measures to limit illicit trafficking in cultural properties, with one important measure concerning the introduction of inventory forms to standardize the description of art objects and antiquities. Setting up databases which will include information about UNESCO Member States’ national legislation on cultural property, will also be discussed.Since the Committee last met in March 2001, Albania, Barbados, Bhutan, Japan, Rwanda and the United Kingdom have become States Parties to the 1970 Convention concerning the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, brining to 97 the number of States Parties. Denmark, Morocco, Sweden and Switzerland have announced they will ratify the Convention or are in the process of doing so.Meanwhile, Argentina, Cambodia, Norway, Portugal and Spain have ratified the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, raising its total to 18. This convention, which covers private law, complements the UNESCO treaty.The UNESCO Committee, set up in 1980, has no jurisdictional power to rule in disputes between parties. But as a consultative organ, it can offer its good offices to facilitate bilateral negotiations for the restitution or return of cultural properties to their countries of origin. It also encourages the establishing or strengthening of museums in developing countries and the training of scientific and technical staff. read more

Beninese major general appointed by Annan to lead UN mission in Côte

In an exchange of letters over the past week, the Security Council and Mr. Annan agreed on the appointment of Maj. Gen. Fernand Marcel Amoussou to the post of Force Commander of the mission, known by the acronym UNOCI.Major General Amoussou will replace Maj. Gen. Abdoulaye Fall of Senegal, who left UNOCI in April after serving as Force Commander since the mission’s inception in early 2004.According to figures at the end of July, UNOCI has almost 8,000 uniformed personnel, comprised of 6,894 troops, 184 military observers and 728 police officers. They are trying to stabilize a country that has been divided between the Government-controlled south and the rebel-held north since an aborted coup in 2002. read more

About 1 in 3 Canadians now own a tablet poll

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2013 8:55 am MDT TORONTO – Tablet ownership continues to grow in Canada with a new poll suggesting that about one in three Canadians has now purchased one of the gadgets.According to telephone surveys conducted with 4,021 Canadians between March and April, 31 per cent of those polled said they owned a tablet, up from 26 per cent in the fall, says a report by the Media Technology Monitor.About two-thirds of all the tablets owned in Canada are iPads, with BlackBerry Playbooks representing 13 per cent of the market and Samsung Galaxys taking up nine per cent.Not surprisingly, consumers with high incomes were most likely to own a tablet. Of the Canadians polled with an income over $150,000, about 60 per cent said they had a tablet.The poll results are considered accurate within 1.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20. About 1 in 3 Canadians now own a tablet: poll read more

A week from presidential polls Burundi on brink of devastating violence Security

“Burundi is on the brink again [and] the grave danger the country faces should not be underestimated, given the increasing polarization and the apparent choice of Burundian leaders to put personal interest before those of the country,” declared UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun. “An escalating pattern of politically motivated violence, coupled with this country’s history of recurring bloodshed and atrocities, should alert us to the potential for serious crisis,” underlined UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Both officials echoed similar concern as they briefed the Security Council on the situation in Burundi; Mr. Zehiroun on the electoral process and the political and security situations through the work of the UN Election Observation Mission (MENUB) and Mr. Zeid on the protection and promotion of human rights. “On 2 July, MENUB assessed that the legislative and communal electoral process of June 29 took place against the background of a political crisis, and in a climate of widespread fear and intimidation in parts of the country,” said the Assistant Secretary-General. Some opposition political parties and civil society organizations, notably those opposed to a third term for President Pierre Nkurunziza, called the elections a “sham” and declared they would not recognize the results. Participants at the Security Council meeting on the situation in Burundi. UN Photo/Loey Felipe/Evan Schneider ‹ › Fundamental freedoms of participation, assembly, expression, opinion and information suffered increasing restrictions during the campaign period and as Election Day drew nearer, according to the MENUB observers deployed in all 18 provinces of Burundi. In the past six months, went on to say Mr. Zeid, members of opposition parties, civil society activists and media figures have been targeted for intimidation, severe harassment and arbitrary detention. “Peaceful protests have been met with unwarranted use of force, including lethal force, in violation of Burundi’s obligation under national and international law to guarantee the right to freedom of assembly. Demonstrators have been imprisoned and subjected to torture and ill-treatment. We have also received reports of extrajudicial killings. To date these violations have not been investigated, prosecuted or sanctioned.” While MENUB assessed that the Independent National Election Commission adequately handled the voter registration and the nomination of candidates, opposition parties repeatedly accused the electoral management body of “lacking credibility and independence,” continued Mr. Zehiroun. Preparations and arrangements for Election Day were largely sufficient, and instances of violence and explosions preceded, and in some cases took place alongside Election Day activities, mostly in Bujumbura, he pointed out. “In view of its findings, MENUB concluded that the environment was not conducive for free, credible and inclusive elections. The African Union, the Eastern African Community, and the International Conference on Great Lakes Region expressed similar concerns.” According to the Election Commission, the preliminary results of the legislative elections show that Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie-Forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD), the party received 60.2 per cent of the votes, a result rejected by the opposition, Mr. Zehiroun said. “Preparations for the presidential election are ongoing. Ballot papers have been printed with all the eight candidates approved by the Election Commission including those who have announced they would boycott the elections,” he stressed, adding that the political and security situations in Burundi have remained tense and volatile since the polls. “The crisis arising from President Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term in office has undermined a decade of steady progress in building democratic institutions, and precious gains in the sense of a common national community,” warned UN rights chief Zeid, stressing that more than 145,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, and convinced that Burundi is on the brink of “devastating violence” again. Contrary to some recent reports, the massive outflows of refuges appear to have been sparked, not by rumour, but by precise and targeted campaigns of intimidation and terror. Refugees interviewed by his Office in the Democratic republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Tanzania continue to refer to the Imbonerakure militia as the main threat, but some have also stated that militants from other groups are also employing violence – a new and disturbing development. During an emergency summit on 6 July, the Assistant Secretary-General added, the East African Community (EAC) issued a Communiqué, in which were made a number of recommendations, including the postponement of the presidential elections to July 30th 2015; the formation of a government of national unity involving both who participated in the elections and those that did not; and the deployment of an EAC electoral mission to observe the presidential elections. For Mr. Zehiroun, that Communiqué is a “clear path forward”. According to the UN, civil unrest erupted on 26 April in Bujumbura after the ruling CNDD-FDD party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April as its candidate for then-scheduled 26 June presidential election. Mr. Nkurunziza has been in office for two terms since 2005, and a broad array of actors warned that an attempt to seek a third term was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi that ended a decade of civil war in the country. read more

Campus Store hosting Red Friday sale

There’s no need to leave campus to find Black Friday deals.Brock Campus Store will launch its Red Friday Sale Friday, Nov. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Shoppers can purchase one regularly priced apparel item, including clothing, hats, socks and outerwear, and get a second apparel item of equal or lesser value for free. Door crasher markdowns, identified with yellow price tags, will offer even deeper discounts. Door crashers do not qualify for the buy one get one free promotion.All sales are final. Promotions are in-story only, while supplies last. Additional discounts (e.g. alumni, employee) will not be honoured on promotional items. read more

Jorge Maqueda to RK Vardar

Jorge MaquedaRK Vardar Skopje Awkwardly, HBC Nantes tried to “hide” transfer of Jorge Maqueda to RK Vardar Skopje last winter in order, probably, to avoid losing of focus of the Spanish right back, but now, six months later, the know fact came officialy from his new team. The 27 years-old lefthander joined Macedonian TOP team and two times EHF CL quarter-finalists in a row. He signed three years contract with the team who already has Spaniard on the same position – Alex Dujshebaev, who signed contract extension until 2017.Two other left-handers in the back-line, Stefan Terzić (Naturhouse La Rioja) and Vladimir Petric (retirement) will leave the club at the end of the season. ← Previous Story Torsten Jansen to Kiel after 12 years in Hamburg! Next Story → SKOPJE WANTS EHF CL CROWN: Sanja Damnjanovic to ŽRK Vardar! read more

Angry Birds Seasons gets springtime update

first_imgEaster is less than a week away, so what better time for Rovio to release a special Easter edition of its oh-so-popular Angry Birds than today? Available now for iOS, Android, Palm, and Symbian devices, Angry Bird Seasons is getting an Easter update. The spring-themed version includes 15 new levels with rabbit-ear-wearing piggies and decorative eggs. Customers who have already downloaded Angry Birds Seasons will get the Easter upgrade for free.Rovio really does give its customers the bang for their buck. For just $1, or free for non-Apple-users, you can get a game that continually gives you updates. Angry Birds Seasons started with its Halloween version that gave you 45 levels. Then, we went to the Christmas version that had 25 new levels. And then there were the 18 levels for both Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, meaning, there have been 106 levels in Angry Birds Seasons so far, not including the additional 15 in the Easter update bringing us to 121 levels.AdChoices广告Rovio added something at the end of its post alluding to a soon-to-be-launched “alternate reality game with Angry Birds.” The company said to be ready to “seek for clues around the world to discover the secrets hidden in Angry Birds Seasons!” We’re intrigued.Read more at Rovio, via PCMag.last_img read more

Un étrange couple découvert enterré dans un refuge depuis 250 millions dannées

first_imgUn étrange couple découvert enterré dans un refuge depuis 250 millions d’annéesPubliant leur découverte sur PLoS ONE, des chercheurs sud-africains ont mis au jour dans leur pays les restes fossilisés d’un reptile mammalien et d’un amphibien primitif, au fond d’un seul et même terrier, qu’ils ont partagé – un moment – voici 250 millions d’années.C’est dans des sédiments du bassin de Karoo (Afrique du Sud) datant du Trias que des paléontologues de l’Université de Wits (Afrique du Sud) ont fait leur incroyable découverte.  Assistés de spécialistes du Synchrotron Européen (ESRF) de Grenoble, ils ont pu scanner sans l’endommager un terrier vieux de 250 millions d’années et ont eu la surprise de constater qu’il hébergeait les restes fossilisés de 2 occupants totalement différents : un Thrinaxodon, reptile mammalien de la taille d’un chat, et un Broomistega, un amphibien primitif.C’est la présence du reptile qui a été constatée en premier. “En découvrant les résultats, nous étions surpris par la qualité des images, mais la vraie excitation est venue quand nous avons découvert une deuxième série de dents, complètement différentes de celles du reptile mammalien. C’était vraiment quelque chose d’autre”, a expliqué Vincent Fernandez, de l’Université de Wits. En analysant mieux les restes, ils ont alors constaté qu’il s’agissait de cet amphibien primitif. Comment expliquer un tel couple ? Pour en savoir plus, les scientifiques ont tenté de reconstituer le scénario de cette improbable rencontre. Tout d’abord, il ne s’agit probablement pas, selon eux, d’une scène de prédation entre ces animaux, dont les ossements ne comportent aucune trace de morsure. D’autre part, si l’espèce à laquelle appartient ce reptile est connue pour avoir creusé des terriers afin de s’y abriter de la chaleur, l’amphibien, plutôt aquatique, n’avait aucun talent de fouisseur, et n’avait normalement rien à faire là.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cependant, les chercheurs ont une troisième hypothèse : handicapé par des côtes cassées en voie de guérison – visibles sur son fossile -, ce Broomistega a dû, d’après eux, chercher un abri et opter pour une cohabitation – inhabituelle – avec le Thrinaxodon en pleine somnolence. Mais une soudaine inondation a submergé le terrier, noyant les deux créatures, alors réunies pour des millions d’années dans la mort et la fossilisation. Une histoire qui reste toutefois à confirmer…(crédits photo : ESRF/V. Fernandez)Le 26 juin 2013 à 15:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Riverdale Takes an Even Darker Turn for its Series Finale

first_imgWith Jason Blossom’s murderer revealed and killed off via suicide in the previous episode, nobody quite knew what Riverdale had in store for its finale. Even with the mystery solved, the first season’s final episode was absolutely its best. Somehow, solving the mystery made the show even crazier. Confronted with the fact that the richest man in town, the guy who owns everything, was using his maple syrup business as a front for a heroin ring, everyone in Riverdale goes bonkers.Nothing about this show gives me life quite so much as the fact that all the adults are terrible. It’s what makes the teen soap opera part of the show work so well. Everyone remembers feeling like the world was against them in high school. All the adults were out to get you, because you were clearly smarter than them. On Riverdale, that feeling is justified. That’s what makes this show work so well with people who haven’t been teenagers for more than a decade. It captures the feeling of being a teen so well. It takes us back to the days when The Man was identifiable and could be fought by listening to the Dead Kennedys and pretending you knew how to skateboard. (Your teenage rebellion may vary.)In the wake of Cliff Blossom’s suicide, the adults of Riverdale somehow got even worse. The truth came out that Cliff was framing Hiram Lodge, which means Veronica’s dad is coming home. Hermione seems to have fallen into what we can assume is her old self. She tries to make everything perfect for when her husband returns, and doesn’t care who she steps on to do it. She fires all the serpents who helped keep Andrews Construction afloat. When Fred tells her she can’t make decisions like that without his approval, she tries to buy him out. When he hesitates, she even goes as far as asking Veronica to manipulate Archie to convince his dad.  Thankfully, Veronica isn’t about to be pimped out by her own mother. Fred does not sell his share of the project.Luke Perry as Fred Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Jughead’s dad is still in jail, and will be for a while. He’s refusing to name which serpents were involved in Cliff Blossom’s heroin ring. Of course, that means Jughead gets screwed over. He gets a social worker assigned to him who decides he can’t live with Fred Andrews, the town’s one decent human being over 18, anymore. He gets sent to live with a foster family on the South Side, and has to change schools. This was where the show surprised me in a good way. It would be easy to show the South Side school as a miserable crime-filled dystopia, but Riverdale didn’t go that route. For a scene, it looks like it’s going that way, but as Jughead tells his dad, “It’s a high school.” He finds friends there, they hang out at lunch and it’s fine.Betty has the best “fight the power” story of the episode. Everyone around her is trying to get things back to normal, while pretending nothing bad ever happened. Betty’s not having that. She writes an article defending F.P. Jones, which her mother refuses to print in the town’s paper. Her mother does have a point about her being to close to the story to be objective, but it feels like her concerns are more about complicating a story she would rather stay neatly wrapped up. Betty publishes her article in the school newspaper anyway, and her locker is vandalized. Someone hangs a doll representing her, and writes “Go to Hell, Serpent Slut” in pig’s blood. We don’t find out who, but maybe we’ll find out next season. Also, the mayor organizes a jubilee to make everyone forget about the town’s recent troubles. She asks Betty to speak. Betty takes the opportunity to remind the town that they have to face themselves and accept that F.P. Jones is part of their community. Betty is the most punk rock person in this town.Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)With the mystery solved, the finale was able to focus most of its attention setting up season two. And man, it did a fantastic job. Betty is happy with Jughead, and it looks like she’s finally over Archie. Of course that means that Archie, despite being in a relationship with Veronica, looks like he’s starting to have feelings for Betty. Because he’s the worst. It looks like this love triangle isn’t going anywhere in season two. It’s just rotating. Things won’t stay happy for Betty and Jughead for too long either. As they’re about to get it on in F.P.’s trailer, they are interrupted by a gang of Serpents. (Which… come on! If anyone on this show needs to get laid, it’s these two.) Since F.P. didn’t name any names, the serpents promise to protect Jughead. Then, they give him a jacket, which Betty clearly isn’t happy about. Oh, and Betty has a secret brother. That fight F.P. mentioned at dinner two episodes back? Betty’s parents got pregnant while they were in high school. Alice went to the nunnery (are we sure Riverdale isn’t in Denmark?) and the sisters arranged for an adoption. Will we meet the secret brother next season? I bet we will.Luke Perry as Fred Andrews and KJ Apa as Archie Andrews (Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW)Now, let’s talk about that ending. Oh my god. Nothing has made me want more Riverdale immediately so much as the way this season ended. Two things happened that will have a huge effect on the town in season two. The first is that Cheryl Blossom set her house on fire. After trying to kill herself and being saved by Archie and pals, she decides her problems will only be solved by cleansing fire. Now, there’s no more Blossom empire and no more mansion. That’s sure to have some kind of ripple effect on the town. The second thing that happened is that Fred Andrews got shot. After Archie spent the night at Veronica’s house, he got a text from his dad to meet him at Pop’s. Thinking it’s time for some variation of The Talk, he heads over. A man holds up the diner and ends up shooting Fred.We don’t know yet if Archie’s dad is dead. Riverdale cruelly left on a cliffhanger. But Jughead’s narration said the crime was “anything but random.” What does that mean? Was the robbery just a cover? Was Fred the actual target? I’m thinking after Fred wouldn’t sell, Hiram Lodge hired someone to make sure he was out of the picture. We don’t know this guy, and Veronica’s lukewarm response to his imminent homecoming makes me think he’s not entirely on the up and up. It’ll be a while before we find out for sure. Let’s just hope season two debuts in the fall and not January 2018, so we don’t have to wait too long.Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, and Asha Bromfield as Melody (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Riverdale was one of the best surprises of the year. It’s trashy as hell, but so good despite, or maybe because of, that. Even as someone who never got into the teen dramas of the late ’90s/early 2000s, when I was the target audience, this show made me love the format in a way those earlier soaps never could. It had its misteps, sure. That Grundy arc was awful, and the kegger episode was a waste. But overall, Riverdale had an exceptionally strong debut season. I only wish it had more episodes, so it could have taken its time with the story. As enjoyable as it was, there were definitely episodes that felt rushed. As a result moments that should have been huge never got a chance to land.That’s another reason I’m hoping season two debuts in the fall. If this show had a full 18 or 22-episode season, it could explore the kids’ lives and the town’s corruption more thoroughly. It’s a rare case where more episodes could make for a better show. Maybe we’d get to see more of Josie and the Pussycats, who are some of the coolest characters on this show. If they don’t get their own spinoff, I definitely want to see a more involved arc featuring them. A longer season would also provide more opportunity for the Twin Peaks influence to shine as well. That Dark Betty episode still has a ton of potential, and I’m hoping they’ll explore it more in the future. The way she dug her nails into her hands at the breakfast table in the finale indicates that we haven’t seen the last of her.last_img read more

Firefighters Respond To Major Push In Swan Lake Fire As Heavy Winds

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享These dry, windy conditions further dried out fuels yesterday and there was a marked increase in fire activity in several areas of the Swan Lake Fire. There was substantial growth in the Thurman Creek drainage, and in the Mystery Creek and Dike Creek drainages, according to the Division of Forestry. Large columns of smoke from these drainages were visible from Cooper Landing yesterday and are expected tobe visible today. After the cold front passes temperatures will drop but conditions will still be very dry. Smokeyconditions are expected to continue in Cooper Landing over the the weekend. This closure includes closures for the public use cabins at East and West Swan Lake, Trout, Romig and Juneau cabins. Aircraft will continue to drop water on an area of heat north of Upper Jean Lake and in an area northwest of Fuller Lakes. Aircraft working in these areas will be visible from the road and motorists are asked to be alert for vehicles stopped along the highway and be aware that dangerous conditions can exist when traffic flow is disrupted by vehicle stopping to view suppression operations.center_img These conditions are forecast to last throughout the weekend, prompting Refuge Managers to close the Fuller Lakes and Skyline Trails. The Chugach National Forest has implemented a closure on Resurrection Pass trail from the junction of Devil’s Pass south to the Sterling Highway. Updates will be posted as they are made available.last_img read more