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Strip Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary Canadian citizenship advocates demand

first_imgOTTAWA – At least 250 people rallied on Parliament Hill on Sunday to demand the Canadian government do more than use their words to call for an end to the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.The powerful military in Myanmar is accused of burning down the homes Rohingya Muslims, forcing more than 400,000 members of the persecuted minority to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh as refugees, according to the latest figures from the United Nations.Aung San Suu Kyi, the celebrated de facto leader of Myanmar, has come under harsh international criticism for failing to speak out against the violence.Many of those gathered in Ottawa were demanding the Liberal government strip Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship.“As Canadians, we believe in democracy, freedom, protection of human rights and a commitment to the rule of law,” said Fareed Khan, who has sponsored a petition calling on the Liberal government to revoke the honour.“When Canada conferred honorary Canadian status on Aung San Suu Kyi, it was because she was said to embody these principles,” Khan told the crowd gathered below the steps leading up to Parliament Hill.“Regrettably, that no longer seems to be the case,” he said. “She no longer deserves the honour of being in the company of people like Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Malala Yousafzai.”They also called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join with allies to create a safe haven for Rohingya Muslims within Myanmar as a way of acting on their commitment to the responsibility to protect vulnerable populations from persecution.They also urged the Canadian government to work with the UN Refugee Agency to ensure those who wish to settle elsewhere are able to do so.At a rally in Toronto on Saturday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said what is happening in Myanmar “looks a lot like ethnic cleansing.”She also said both she and Trudeau plan to focus on the issue during their upcoming visit to the UN General Assembly in New York.Freeland also noted Trudeau spoke directly to Suu Kyi last week, when he asked her to “raise her voice” on behalf of the Muslim minority in her country.Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon, who attended the rally Sunday, told the crowd she is aware that more needs to be done.“We know that action is needed. We know that it is time for Canada to speak up,” said the Ottawa-area MP.“I think our prime minister and our foreign minister have done that already, but now we need more,” she said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF OCT2717 – LINKS BY DGC

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment .WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF OCT-27-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (56 page PDF) OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (4-page PDF)ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING A PRODUCTION? HIRING CREW? POST YOUR NOTICE HERETO VIEW OR POST CASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERETO VIEW OR POST CREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?Register & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE.DEALS AND DISCOUNTSCheck out our deals page for discounts on events, restaurants, industry services, health and fitness, auto services and much more – CLICK HERE.FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA ON SOCIAL MEDIA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1DvYkRJ2YXSrJXJ7-3f0A.DOWNLOAD THE eBOSS CANADA APPFor up-to-date News, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Events, and much more Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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Europol calls for action to clamp down on ATM attacks

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The European Union’s police agency is calling for concerted action across the continent to tackle attacks by criminal gangs targeting ATMs.Europol said Monday that physical attacks on cash-dispensing machines rose 27% last year, racking up economic damage of 36 million euros ($40 million) in 21 countries that reported to the European Association for Secure Transactions.The Hague-based Europol is urging ATM operators to clamp down on the attacks and suggested less cash is left in the machines and making it traceable if stolen. It also wants security improved to make it tougher to break into ATMs, and increasing the risks for criminals by improving evidence sharing.Europol says measures “should be adopted at the European level” to prevent a crackdown in one country driving criminals to more vulnerable countries.The Associated Press read more

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Citizens peace prize to venerable Sobitha

The National Peace Council has decided to award the Citizens Peace Prize to the late venerable Maduluwave Sobitha thero.Prior to his untimely demise the National Peace Council had decided to award the venerable Sobitha its Citizens Peace Prize, to which he gave his consent. However with some persuasion he agreed to accept our offer.  With his consent we agreed on the date of the award to be November 5, 2015.  But this was postponed due to the venerable Sobitha’s illness.“We are grateful to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for having agreed to be present on that occasion. We now intend to present this award to venerable Sobitha posthumously in the name of the civil movement for good governance he led.  The most fitting tribute to him is to stand for the values he did and ensure that they are realized in the life of the nation,” the National Peace Council said. The National Peace Council said  the passing away of venerable Maduluwave Sobitha is a great loss to Sri Lanka.At a time when the space for political dissent had shrunk, and the government increasingly authoritarian, ethno-nationalist and corrupt, the venerable Sobitha took the challenge to speak out, stand up and give leadership to the general population.He transcended the love of his community to embrace all ethnic and religious communities with the universal spirit of Buddhist religious teachings.  He provided leadership to civil society in its quest for good governance and ethnic harmony. The National Peace Council said that when representatives of the National Peace Council met him to convey this decision, his first response was to state that there were more deserving candidates whom we should consider. This prize is awarded to those in Sri Lanka who have demonstrated public commitment and taken risks to uphold values of human rights, good governance and ethnic and religious harmony. The social media is filled with expressions of sorrow by members of all ethnic and religious communities at his passing away and appreciation for what he did.  His loss was remarkably felt even by the prisoners taken in under the Prevention of Terrorism Act who stage their protest nowadays for their release.  They too have send their condolence message and that shows the credible work that he had done and as an individual voiced for their release.  The government of national unity, that combines the two main political parties which have hitherto been rivals, is due in no small part to his moral leadership. The National Peace Council said it mourns his loss. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Quebec has no plans to offer struggling SNCLavalin a bailout Minister

MONTREAL — Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon says the province will not offer financial help to SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. despite the construction giant’s woes.The minister says the Montreal-based company faces “obvious operational problems” but is not under financial stress that requires a bailout.SNC-Lavalin slashed its profit forecast Monday for the third time this year as it shifts toward a stabler business model based on engineering services rather than fixed-price construction contracts where cost overruns can eat into profits.The company now expects core adjusted losses of up to $175 million in the latest quarter, far worse than analysts’ previous expectations.SNC-Lavalin, which faces ongoing bribery and corruption charges tied to business dealings in Libya, has seen its share price plummet by 62 per cent over the past year to about $21.On Monday, Quebec’s Caisse de depot, SNC’s largest investor at nearly 20 per cent, took the rare step of publicly rebuking the firm, saying the situation “requires decisive and timely action” by the board. Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press read more

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Developing countries need better fisheries management UN agency says

The increase in fish exports has proved helpful in fighting hunger in the developing world, according to a new study carried out by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which, however, urges poor countries to adopt better management techniques to reap long-term benefits.The report released today to coincide with a weeklong meeting on the international trade in fish products being held in Santiago de Compostela in Spain said that fish trade was so far having no detrimental effect on the amount of fish available for consumption as food in poor countries.The UN agency told delegates from the 60 countries attending the Tenth Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade that growing exports earning had increased employment, raised incomes and improved government services.The value of the international fish trade increased from more than $15 billion in 1980 to over $71 billion in 2004, according to FAO.But the agency cautioned that good management of fisheries by developing countries is essential if they are going to continue to benefit over the longer term.“The fish trade helps poor countries shore up their food security situation,” said Grimur Valdimarsson, FAO’s Director of Fisheries Industry Division. “But increasing international demand can at times result in executive fishing pressure, leading to the over-fishing and wasteful use of stocks.”Mr. Valdimarssen stressed that meeting demands must be balanced with sustainable development if poorer countries want to continue to “benefit this way.”Currently, about 77 per cent of fish consumed worldwide as food is supplied by developing countries. Wealthy developed countries account for 81 per cent of all imports of fish-based products. The top importing nations include Japan, the United States, Spain, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.FAO said at this week’s meeting it will present a draft text aimed at giving authorities in both developed and developing countries guidance on making the international trade in fish products more sustainable. The guidelines includes the use of “eco-labels” and fish tracking systemsComprising 77 FAO members, the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade meets every two years to share information, discuss policy issues related to fish trade, and make recommendations to the agency regarding its related work. read more

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Short construction season Omnitrax says rail to Churchill out until spring

The owners of the Hudson Bay Railway line say flooding that submerged a section of the track, shown in this handout image, and stopped service on May 23 has caused “unprecedented and catastrophic” damage that will take months to repair. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OmniTrax MANDATORY CREDIT Short construction season: Omnitrax says rail to Churchill out until spring by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 3:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHURCHILL, Man. – The company that owns the broken Hudson Bay Railway line to Churchill in northern Manitoba says the track is badly damaged and will be closed until next spring.It had been hoped it could be running by the winter, but Omnitrax spokesman Peter Touesnard says a short construction season means all the repairs can’t be completed.He says Omnitrax has hired an engineering company that is to start work on Monday.The firm will take four weeks to inspect the line and then make a list of repairs that need to be done.A preliminary assessment has shown that flooding last month washed away the track bed in 19 places and damaged at least five bridges.Touesnard told CTV Winnipeg that reopening the line will be a challenge and all levels of government need to help.“We have been losing money on this line for some time. We have lost money in its operation over its 20-year life,” he said. “We estimate we’ve lost $30 million on this rail since we bought it in 1997.”Touesnard said Omnitrax “cannot justify spending the money that is necessary to bring this line back into shape. We’ll advocate for that. We’ll work with all interested parties to see that the repairs happen.“But funding for those repairs are going to have to come from elsewhere.”Touesnard said the company realizes the seriousness of the situation and is working with Manitoba’s emergency measures organization.The rail line is the only land link to the rest of the country. It brings food, supplies and people to the remote community popular with tourists for its polar bears and other northern wildlife.U.S.-based Omnitrax also operates the port of Churchill on Hudson Bay and is looking at bringing in fuel by barge or vessel.Touesnard said the company is not exaggerating the severity of the damage. It has done four helicopter rides over the line and the inspection alone is expected to cost more than $500,000, he said.The company that runs the major store in Churchill has said the cost of some food could end up doubling because of the rail suspension.The Northwest Company is currently flying in groceries twice a week, but says that’s three times as expensive as shipping by rail.The company is absorbing the extra cost at the moment, but has said it can’t do that indefinitely.The rail disruption is the latest hardship in the remote town of 900. Omnitrax announced last year it was suspending operations at the port’s grain terminal, then scaled back freight service on the rail line.The Denver-based company has been trying to sell the port and rail line to a First Nations consortium. It signed a memorandum of understanding with the consortium last December, but the deal has not been finalized.(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press) read more

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General Assembly adds French Polynesia to UN decolonization list

Adopting a consensus resolution tabled by Nauru, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands, the Assembly affirmed “the inalienable right of the people of French Polynesia to self-determination and independence” under the UN Charter, and declared that “an obligation exists [under the Charter] on the part of the Government of France, as the administering Power of the Territory, to transmit information on French Polynesia.” The Assembly’s action places French Polynesia back on the UN list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, bringing the number of inscriptions to 17. Although France had undertaken to furnish information on French Polynesia in 1946, along with New Caledonia, this transmittal of information stopped the following year, as stated by the delegate of the Solomon Islands.In June 2011, the Council of Ministers of French Polynesia adopted a resolution seeking self-determination within UN processes. The Territory’s Assembly adopted the resolution in August of 2011. The current text “sends a simple message of peace and hope to the population that wants to determine their future,” the delegate added.In that light, the resolution adopted by the 193-member UN General Assembly requests the UN Special Committee on Decolonization to consider the question of French Polynesia at its next session and to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session.It further requests the French Government, “as the Administering Power concerned, to intensify its dialogue with French Polynesia in order to facilitate rapid progress towards a fair and effective self-determination process, under which the terms and timelines for an act of self-determination will be agreed.”Through their statements in the Assembly, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands all disassociated themselves from the consensus vote.According to news reports, the French delegation to the UN sent a letter to Member States on Thursday announcing that it would not be taking part in the Assembly meeting. read more

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Student earns Aboriginal scholarship

Brock University student Jessica Leslie Turgeon is the 2015 Rose Nolan Scholarship winner.The third-year student, a member of the Matachewan First Nation, is majoring in Labour Studies with a minor in Aboriginal Studies.She said the $5,000 scholarship will help relive some of the financial burden of school and allow her to focus on her studies rather than her credit card bill.Turgeon has been able to reconnect with her Indigenous language and culture with help from her Aboriginal instructors and courses- including making moccasins, hand drums and soapstone carvings.She recently volunteered in a local election campaign and made a presentation to Brock’s Annual Social Justice Community Forum.  The workshop focused on issues surrounding the missing and murdered Native women in Canada.Jessica hopes to work in the field of policy development and analysis to advocate on behalf of First Nations communities.“Receiving the phone call from Ted Nolan himself to tell me that I was chosen for the scholarship was truly an honour,” Turgeon said. “Ted Nolan is a well loved and respected leader within the Indigenous community and for my studies, hard work and career goals to be recognized by him was very special. Growing up in Northern Ontario (Elliot Lake), I often drove by the infamous bridge “This is Indian Land” which is located on Ted Nolan’s First Nation community – Garden River First Nation. Having someone so close to home do so so much good for Aboriginal people is very inspiring.” read more

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Two men dead after Edgware carbon monoxide leak

first_imgTwo men have died after a possible carbon monoxide leak Officers were called at around 1.30pm to reports of two unresponsive males, finding both men dead when they arrived along with the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade.The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have been made.”At this early stage, police believe that there was a possible carbon monoxide leak at the address,” the force said in a statement.”Police in Harrow continue to deal alongside the Health and Safety Executive who have been informed.”Scotland Yard added that the building affected was “multiple occupancy.”  A neighbouring house was also evacuated as a precaution but residents were later allowed to return home.  Two men have died after a possible carbon monoxide leak.The pair, thought to be aged 38 and 42, were found at an address in Edgware, north London, on Sunday afternoon.Five other people were taken to hospital as a precaution.A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “We have had two males pronounced life extinct by London Ambulance Service.”Two adult males, one adult female, one male child and one male infant have also been treated on site for carbon monoxide poisoning and taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.”Scotland Yard said the deaths are being treated as “unexplained” but police believe there was a possible carbon monoxide leak at the property on Bacon Lane. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Bill Roache appears in court on rape charges

first_imgCORONATION STREET ACTOR Bill Roache appeared in court today, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967.The 81-year-old was granted bail and is due to present for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on 10 June, reports BBC News.The ITV star, who has played Ken Barlow since the soap began in 1960, has been charged with two counts of rape. He strenuously denies all allegations against him.The television station has confirmed that Roache will not appear in Coronation Street until legal proceedings are concluded.Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings have started. Ken Barlow actor is ‘deeply horrified’ by rape charges against himCorrie star responds to criticism on comments about sex abuse victimslast_img read more

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Norman Atlantic evacuation complete

first_imgThe evacuation of the stricken Norman Atlantic ferry sailing from Patras to Ancona, has been completed.The Italian coast guard confirmed that the number of known dead rose to 10 today, whilst the Greek authorities have only confirmed 8. Several bodies were found floating in the Adriatic waters nearby the site, but the number of dead and evacuated did not match the 478 passengers and crew members listed on board. As the ship stopped in the port of Igoumenitsa, it is possible that some people may have disembarked.“We cannot say how many people may be missing,” said Italy’s transport minister.People or bodies may have drifted anywhere between Italy and Albania, during the complicated operations in the acrid smoke and extremely bad weather overnight. Altogether, one body was found on Sunday, four were picked-up on Monday morning, while another three bodies were recovered on Monday afternoon.A lot of people unable to hold on to the life-boats may have drifted away, wearing their life-vests but having to battle with gale force winds and rough freezing waters. “Basically, it was brought to our attention we wouldn’t need a lifeboat, and then all of a sudden we did — and by that time we were up and there was a queue all down the stairs and people in mass panic,” Bruce Manning-Williams, who was travelling back to England from Greece with his fiance, told the BBC.The couple decided there was no chance of them making it to the life boats in such a panicked situation and decided to stay on board along with other passengers, praying to be rescued.“I saw four dead people with my own eyes. I am quite sure. They were in front of me,” a Turkish passenger told Italian news agency Ansa.A formal criminal investigation has been launched into the accident, a representative for the prosecutor in Bari, Italy, Giuseppe Volpe, confirmed to ABC News.“There were hundreds of containers with oil, they went on fire,” one Greek survivor said. “Floors started collapsing from the heat, they knew there was something wrong,” he insisted.Italian captain Argilio Giacomazzi, was the last of the crew to leave the ship. Several relatives of the passengers listed on board that have still not been recovered, keep calling the Italian and Greek coastguards, whereas others are seeking their loved ones in the ports where survivors have been brought ashore. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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An emotional farewell to our Evzones

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was certainly history in the making and another significant chapter in the relations of the two countries, Greece and Australia, when Adelaide’s Greek community turned out in force to welcome the eleven Evzones, an elite military unit of the Greek Presidential Guard, and witness their participation in ceremonies to commemorate the anniversary of ANZAC DAY and the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Crete.The Evzones together with their commanding officer arrived in Adelaide on Tuesday evening, April 17, to a heart-felt welcome by the newly elected Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall who welcomed them on behalf of the South Australian Government.“This is a huge honour for us to welcome the Members of the Hellenic Presidential Guard for the second year in a row in South Australia, especially at this time of year, as we have our lead up to Anzac Day and of course we remember the work of the Anzacs in the Battle of Crete which affected so many of our corps as well as many of their families and descendants from Greece,” said Premier Marshall in an interview with Neos Kosmos.His Grace Bishop of Dorilaion Nikandros, Consul General of Greece in South Australia, Andreas Konstantinos Gouras, President of The Foundation for Hellenic Studies Hon Craig Crafter, Greek Australian Hon Chief of Justice Chris Kourakis and Trustee of The Foundation for Hellenic Studies, Harry Patsouris were amongst the distinguished guests who attended the event.  During his opening speech, Premier Marshall spoke about the strong bond between Greece and Australia and thanked the members of the Presidential Guard for honouring South Australia with their presence.“This visit is significant for all of us because it lifts the spirits of the Greeks in Australia as well as the rest of the South Australian population,” said Premier Marshall.“We have a wonderful and truly faithful Greek community in Australia which we are all really proud of. In fact, so many of our community leaders come from Greek migrants who came to Australia, especially after World War II,” said Marshall after the wreath laying ceremony which was held on Saturday and was attended by the Premier together with the Governor of South Australia His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, His Grace Bishop Dorilaion Nikandros, the Hon Chief of Justice Chris Kourakis, Federal Member of Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas MP, President of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Intercommunities Council, Con Dalas and President of the Greek Orthodox Community of SA, Bill Gonis.This was the second time (following last year’s visit) that allied soldiers have been bestowed the honour of guarding the Adelaide War Memorial.“We have learnt so much from the Greeks in Australia. They have given us democracy, mathematics, philosophy, the Olympic Games and we are lucky to share their culture, their language, their food, their sport, their enterprise, their traditions, their faith, therefore, we can’t but feel very grateful and enriched by the contribution they have made,” continued the SA Premier who first saw the Evzones in Athens when he took his children to visit Greece two years ago.“The precision and discipline that they display while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier below the Greek Parliament in Athens was awe inspiring,” he said.During their stay, the Evzones also visited St George Orthodox Church for a Vespers and Divine Liturgy Service for St George’s Day where His Grace Bishop Nikandros welcomed and thanked them for bringing such an important piece of Greece to Australia.Scheduled visits also included St Basil’s Homes (SA) and the Ridleyton Homes for the Aged, as well as St George College and Adelaide High School where the leader of the Evzones presented a speech recounting the history and significance of the attire of the Presidential Guard. On Sunday the Evzones attended the St George paniyiri where they were given the opportunity to mix with the crowds and introduce themselves to thousands of members of the community.“Greeks in Australia would welcome the idea for the Evzones’ visit to take place annually,” said former Treasurer of South Australia, Tom Koutsantonis to Neos Kosmos.“Therefore, we are already in discussions with the new Premier to investigate ways and options to make this happen because it is important for our children to feel proud of who they are and embrace their Greek heritage. We have many Greek migrants in Australia and we need to make sure we stay connected to the country of our ancestors so that Greece doesn’t fade away and become just a distant memory for our Greek-Australians,” continued Koutsantonis.According to The Foundation for Hellenic Studies’ Trustee, Harry Patsouris, the feedback from the community has been overwhelming.“For many it was an inspiring yet humbling experience to see the Evzones guard our National War Memorial, remembering the sacrifices that families and individuals made to secure the life we have here today. By the end of the week, one understands that these visits and the relationships that are forged, can defy geographical and political boundaries,” said Patsouris.“It is absolutely our intention and hope, that we make this a regular event, as it exposes our children to another experience of Hellenism while highlighting the long standing relationship between Australia and Greece,” concluded Patsouris.The Members of the Presidential Guard left Adelaide last Monday and travelled to Sydney in order to participate in ceremonies marking both the anniversary of ANZAC DAY and the 77th Anniversary of the Battle of Crete. Their visit will conclude on April, 30.last_img read more

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What we learned about Marvel movies and Netflix shows from ComicCon

first_imgThe Hall H audience was also shown a sizzle reel of concept art, costume tests, and animatics for a bunch of things in the movie. Not a lot of them were surprising to us, though, as Geek.com called Thor getting a haircut and how The Hulk is going to appear in gladiator mode. There was also a shot of Hela looking like… evil Cate Blanchett in a headdress. But the headdress is there!Black PantherBlack Panther won’t start filming until early next year, but some things can be divined from casting. The panel confirmed Michael B. Jordan as villain Erik Killmonger, added The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira as Okoye (head of the Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s elite guard), and revealed Lupita Nyong’o to be Nakia (also a Dora Milaje). It was Birth Movies Death that first spotted the connection between Nakia and Killmonger from the comics:Nakia in the comics isn’t just a member of the Dora Milaje. She is a member of the Dora Milaje who is in love with T’Challa but cannot marry him, and she ends up kicked out of the security force after she tries to kill Panther’s girlfriend. She ends up crossing paths with none other than Killmonger, who saves her life and renames her “Malice.” Under that identity she becomes a villain who uses a toxic herb that makes men obsessed with and obedient to her. Chadwick Boseman fighting off Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o is going to be one of the most attractive showdowns in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this franchise has Chris Hemsworth fighting Tom Hiddleston in it.Captain MarvelCapping of the Marvel Studios Hall H panel was the announcement that Brie Larson, long rumored to be among the top pics to be Captain Marvel in March 2019, is actually Captain Marvel. The movie is going to be written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and is probably still being drafted. What we can expect with Larson’s early casting is a cameo of some sort before her solo appearance. Her character’s background would fit right in with the Kree that apparently show up in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, but that doesn’t make it a sure thing, just “still possible.” There was a time a few months ago when some people (myself among them) were debating if Marvel Studios even needed to attend San Diego Comic-Con, let alone attempt to close out Saturday with a bang. Then, a couple stars and directors of upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films confirmed they’d have a presence and the conversation began to switch to just what Marvel could do in Hall H to make things exciting this year.Since Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has made a habit of breaking their own news, casting and otherwise, about upcoming films through their own channels like Marvel.com. To the person not inside Hall H while Marvel Studios was putting on their show, it didn’t seem like a lot of tantalizing information was released. Inside Hall H, several attendees claimed Marvel had “won” Comic-Con again. Much of this probably came from the exclusive footage and appearances from Benedict Cumberbatch and full costume members of the Ravagers from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2.Meanwhile, the Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe took the opposite approach and included teaser videos with almost all of their announcements.Oh, yeah, and most of the stuff Geek.com predicted about Thor: Ragnarok ended up getting confirmed or hinted at. Let’s check out what we learned about these Marvel properties in Comic Con 2016.Daredevil S3The first new news to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just a brief mention for the Netflix series Daredevil: the show has officially been confirmed for a third season. No mention as to when that season would be placed in the line-up of Netflix shows, and considering all the other stuff the Netflix panel announced, chances are it is a long way off. But it is happening, for those of you who thought season two ending on a cliffhanger and without introducing Bullseye was the end of the series run.Luke CageLuke Cage drops on Netflix in about two months, so the panel showed off some exclusive footage beyond the teaser trailer that was released to the masses.The first clip was an extension of the teaser that appears on Netflix already, but an extension of the scene where Luke is looking for “Cottonmouth’s guns.” He eventually extracts the information by threatening to throw a goon out a window and also picks up his hoodie there (likely the one he’s wearing in the teaser, placing this clip earlier than the trailer building assault).The second clip showed Cottonmouth (Cornell Stokes) wrecking a bar with a baseball bat before Black Mariah comes in and talks him down. Things aren’t going well for the crime boss and they have some sort of confrontation that ends when they are informed the cops are outside.The third clip featured Misty Knight seducing Luke Cage and making out with him, though the clip cut out before the couple had sex. Knight is a detective, so it’s unclear if this is actually a romance or if she’s gathering intelligence on Harlem’s newest hero for hire.The fourth Luke Cage clip was another one featuring Cornell Stokes who beats a man in front of a portrait of the Notorious B.I.G. and says that everyone wants to be king. Luke Cage as a series looks like it’s going to be about Cage’s return to Harlem only to find his criminal past kicked up by Stokes and Black Mariah. We’ll probably also get some flashbacks to his life before he had powers and the actual moment when he got them. Pretty standard first season Marvel/Netflix stuff.Iron FistSpeaking of, the Iron First trailer shows off some origin stuff. In the comics, Danny Rand’s father was trying to rediscover the magical city of K’un-Lun when a fall killed him and his wife. Danny was taken in by the people of K’un-Lun and he was taught the ways of the Iron Fist. It looks like the show is going to forgo the father angle and have Danny rescued after a plane crash back when there were still clickwheel iPods. Presumably, Danny’s coming back to New York to reclaim his Rand birthright. But something’s going to go wrong when he tries to retake his company from the people who are running it in his absence. Looks like Iron Fist is going to be a little like Arrow on the CW as far as storytelling structure goes.The DefendersNirvana tells us nothing, we already knew the team members involved (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist), and the Stick voiceover suggests Daredevil’s master will be in it. Since this is coming before Daredevil season three, we can only assume that Charlie Cox’s character is the one who assembles the Defenders to help fight back against whatever a revived Elektra/Black Sky is. Or we can do Shadowland, right? Shadowland anyone?Doctor StrangeDoctor Strange mostly came to debut a new trailer, which can also be seen online. The most puzzling part of which is the montage of magic at the climax. In that montage there’s a shot of Strange and another person engaging in fisticuffs in the street while crumbling buildings rebuild themselves around them. The reason this shot is more interesting than the kaleidoscope themed magic elsewhere in the trailer is that the Time Stone, one of the all-important Infinity Stones, is still to be introduced in the MCU.There are only so many movies before the two-part Avengers Infinity War saga (once called Infinity Wars Part 1 & 2, now titles pending) where Thanos will presumably unite all the stones into that glove we saw him put on in a post-credits scene last year. Most of the magic in the Doctor Strange trailer have had a fractured glass or kaleidoscope design, that one shot is straight-up time kookiness. Make of that what you will.Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 has already wrapped production, so James Gunn and Chris Pratt were comfortable sharing that the second film takes place a couple of months after the first and Star-Lord is a bit more famous this time around.Characters were revealed or confirmed, one of particular interest: Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha, otherwise known as “Her.” She’s a being that was created to be the perfect specimen. Comic book fans will know her to be another attempt at an Adam Warlock-like being, which could indicate ol’ Warlock hasn’t been excised from the Infinity canon quite yet.There was a whole scene shown where Yondu (Michael Rooker with a full fin on his head this time), Rocket, and Tiny Groot are thrown into a jail cell by Ravagers and told they’ll be turned over to the Kree. Tiny Groot breaks free of his tiny cage and fetches Yondu’s arrow of death (after getting underwear and a severed finger in misunderstanding). Once they have the arrow, there’s a montage set to “Come a Little Bit Closer”) where the three break through and kill a bunch of Ravagers (Tiny Groot grows branch hands and throws one over a railing, apparently!).Then there was an extended montage set to Fleetwood Mac’s “Break the Chain” that saw the Guardians facing off against some sort of space tentacle monster, Star-Lord teasing Rocket about being a “trash panda,” Rocket approaching “Her,” and two casting reveals. The first was a shot of Sylvester Stallone as a Ravager (between him, Tessa Thompson in Thor, and Ryan Coogler directing Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther, it’s obvious Marvel loved Creed) and the second was a clip revealing that Kurt Russell is playing Ego the Living Planet! The clip involved confirming that Ego can take human form and, yes, that includes a penis. It’s very Zeus, I like it.As to suggestions that revealing Star-Lord’s planet-father was too big a spoiler to let loose before the movie was released, Gunn responded on Facebook:If we lived in a perfect world, I wouldn’t tell you ANYTHING before you walked in to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I wouldn’t tell you Groot was now Baby Groot, I wouldn’t tell you Mantis was in the movie, I wouldn’t say that Ayesha and Taserface are our antagonists, that Yondu and Nebula have incredibly important roles in the film, nor would I tell you that Quill’s father is Ego The Living Planet. However, the world is imperfect.” Thor: RagnarokDirector Taika Waititi didn’t have much time on the Thor: Ragnarok set before having to present something at Comic-Con, that’s why he made a short comedy film about Thor living in Australia during Civil War, trying to figure out who Thanos is, having his calls screened by the Avengers, and being cursed with a normal roommate. Apparently this short isn’t going to be released online anytime soon (damn!), but pieces of it have been popping up from the production.last_img read more

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Moreno not happy with the lack of playing time

first_imgLiverpool defender Alberto Moreno has vented his anger towards manager Jurgen Klopp due to the lack of playing time, suggesting a return to Spain may be on the cards.The former Sevilla left-back has fallen down the pecking order at Anfield with only two league fixtures under his belt this campaign.“I do not feel good, that is the truth,” Moreno told Football Espana via Cadena Ser.“I hurt myself giving everything for this team and I think that when I came back from injury, I deserved an opportunity.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“The situation is normal for a lot of players but simply I did not like the way he (Jurgen Klopp) has treated me, you can say that.“Moving back to Spain is something I have thought about, I am tired of the cold here but I do not know about interests from other clubs.“I am in my fifth year here, there is no agreement on a renewal and in January I am free to listen to any offer.”last_img read more

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US Lawmaker Opposes Drilling Permit Work During Shutdown

first_imgLowenthal, the incoming chairman Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, said federal workers are being brought in without pay to service the oil and gas industry. BOEM staffers who deal with renewable energy remain furloughed, he said in a statement. Grijalva called on Bernhardt to reverse course, and if he refuses, to provide a briefing on the legal justification for what appeared to be a violation of the Antideficiency Act, which prohibits federal agencies from spending money in advance of an appropriation. Grijalva said President Donald Trump’s “temper tantrum” over a wall built on the border with Mexico has taken a toll, with 800,000 federal workers missing paychecks, Native Americans at risk of losing access to food and health care, travelers facing extended delays in airport and national parks piling up with trash. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. “One of the most striking features of the current government shutdown, brought about entirely by the President’s insistence on building an entirely unnecessary border wall, is the way the administration has bent over backwards to ensure that the pain of the shutdown falls only on ordinary Americans and the environment, and not on the oil and gas industry,” the Arizona Democrat wrote. Interior spokeswoman Faith Vander Voort in an email response said department officials would be happy to meet with the Natural Resources Committee as appropriate. “And we are confident that we are fully meeting our legal obligations,” she said. “Your department has continued to hold public meetings on oil and gas development on the North Slope of Alaska, refused to extend the comment period for leasing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and opened up the Bureau of Land Management field offices to allow drilling permits to continue to be issued,” Grijalva said.center_img Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minnesota, and Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-California, also signed the letter. McCollum chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee for the Interior Department. Rep. Raul Grijalva (gri-HAWL-vah) on Tuesday sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt objecting to the department changing plans to allow employees to work on upcoming offshore lease sales, seismic permits and a five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan in Alaska and elsewhere. “If you are an oil and gas company awaiting a lease, there is a big open sign at the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management,” Lowenthal said. The administration cares only about its favorite industry, he said. Connie Gillette, BOEM chief of public affairs, said by email the agency is using carry-over money appropriated for the 2018 fiscal year for the activities. He called it outrageous that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management updated its contingency plan allowing employees to work to comply with the administration’s America First energy strategy.last_img read more

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Quota protesters threaten to boycott classes exams

first_imgQuota protesters holding a press conference on Dhaka University campus. Prothom Alo file photoThe platform of quota protesters, Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad, on Wednesday threatened to boycott classes and examinations at all universities and colleges for an indefinite period if the cases filed over the quota reform demonstrations are not withdrawn in seven days, reports UNB.Nurul Haque Nur, joint convener of the platform, came up with the threat at a press conference on the premises of Dhaka University Central Library in the afternoon.“General students might be harassed in the cases filed against unidentified protesters over the quota reform movement. So, the cases must be withdrawn within the next seven days,” he said.Nur continued, “If the cases are not withdrawn within the stipulated time, classes and examinations at all universities and colleges across the country will be boycotted for an indefinite period.”He also sought security for the quota protesters.Rashed Khan, another joint convener of the platform, alleged that those who led the movement are being threatened in various ways, including the social media.He urged the authorities concerned to ensure security of the protesters who had actively participated in the quota reform movement.The platform leaders also demanded that those involved in the attack on the residence of the Dhaka University Vice-chancellor be identified through scrutinising CCTV footages and brought to book.They also demanded immediate execution of the prime minister’s announcement to abolish the quota reform in the public service.Another joint convener Faruk Hossain was, among others, present at the press conference.On 11 April last, four cases were filed against unnamed people over clashes and vandalism on the DU campus and attack on the DU VC residence during demonstrations demanding reforms of the existing quota system in government jobs.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka Muslims fear backlash after blasts

first_imgThis still image taken from Sri Lankan closed-circuit TV on 21 April 2019, a suspected bomber (L framed by door)) with backpack before he enters St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The Islamic State group on 23 April 2019, claimed responsibility for the devastating series of suicide attacks against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that killed more than 320 people. Photo: AFPMohamed Hasan has barely left his home in Colombo since a string of deadly blasts hit Sri Lanka on Sunday, afraid he could be attacked because he is Muslim.He has a job at a printing press, but the 41-year-old’s family have begged him to stay home.“They are worried that if I go out, will I be able to come back alive?” he told AFP outside the Jumma mosque in Dematagoda, where he had ventured briefly to pray.More than 350 people were killed in the carnage unleashed by the Easter attacks against churches and hotels, which have been claimed by the Islamic State group.The deaths have horrified Sri Lankans and been condemned by Muslim groups, but many in the community have been left feeling vulnerable.Zareena Begum, 60, said she had barely slept since the weekend.“I know people are angry at Muslims,” she said in tears outside the mosque. “Infants being carried in the arms of their mothers were killed.“I never imagined such hatred being there in the hearts of these people (who attacked). Hatred must not sow more hatred.”Wearing a black dress and white headscarf, Begum added: “We have been huddled at our homes. We are scared about going out.”Longstanding tensionsSri Lanka’s population of 21 million is a patchwork of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority.Muslims account for 10 per cent of the population and are the second-largest minority after Hindus. Around seven percent of Sri Lankans are Christians.Ethnic and religious tensions abound in the country, which suffered through a decades-long Tamil insurgency and more recently has seen outbreaks of sectarian violence.Muslims have been on the receiving end of sporadic violence and hate attacks since the civil war ended in 2009.Hardline Buddhist monks have led campaigns against the community, and in 2013 and 2018, Muslim businesses came under attack.Rumours were even spread that Sinhalese could become sterile if they wore underwear bought from Muslim shops, and that food sold by Muslims would cause infertility.In the wake of the attacks, Sri Lankan leaders including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have urged calm and solidarity.“The vast majority of Muslims condemn this and they are as angry as the Tamils and the Sinhalese about what happened,” he said Tuesday, calling for unity.But at the Jumma mosque there was an atmosphere of anxiety, and several worshippers said they hoped police would “take care of every citizen in such critical times”.Hilmy Ahamed, vice-president of the influential Muslim Council of Sri Lanka, said the community was braced for a backlash, with emotions running high.“Hundreds of people are being buried (so) there is going to be an emotional outburst and some of it could be justifiable,” said Ahamed.“We have asked the government… to ensure security is maintained. This (attack) has not been carried out by the Muslim community but by some fringe elements.”‘Not your enemies’In fact, Ahamed and other Muslim leaders said they had warned Sri Lankan authorities years earlier about the leader of the National Thowheeth Jama’ath, a group the government says is its key suspect in the attacks.The group’s leader, Zahran Hashim, was well known to Muslim leaders as an extremist.“This person was a loner and he had radicalised young people in the guise of conducting Koran classes,” Ahamed said.Back at the mosque, R.F. Ameer said the community just wanted safety.“We are living in constant fear because if someone sees us wearing the skull cap they will perceive us to be their enemies,” he said, his forehead creased with worry.“But we want to tell everyone we are not your enemies. This is our homeland, it is known as the pearl of Asia. We want it to remain like that.”last_img read more

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Salt Water System Could Generate Hydrogen

first_img In the proposal, physicist Roberto De Luca from the University of Salerno in Italy has suggested that flowing salt water could generate an electromotive force, which in turn could generate an electric power output. In his theoretical analysis, he considers letting salt water (containing sodium and chlorine ions) run through a rectangular pipe that has two metal electrodes on the sides, under the influence of a perpendicular magnetic field. In this set-up, the Lorentz force acts on the sodium and chlorine ions in the salt water, creating a Faraday voltage across the two electrodes, and producing an electromotive force.”I started considering the question Dr. Pasquale Desideri, a Roman chemist, asked,” De Luca told PhysOrg.com. “If a transverse magnetic field is applied to salt water flowing in a thin rectangular pipe, would an electromotive force appear at the sides of the pipe itself? This question was interesting both from a didactical and a scientific point of view. Didactically, one could come up with an interdisciplinary lecture, making a comparison between the electrical transport properties of the ‘Fermi sea’ (the collection of free electrons in a metal) and the ‘ordinary sea’ (which a physicist could conceive as a collection of rather free Na+ and Cl- ionic charges diluted in water, besides a place to go in summertime).” De Luca discovered that an experiment conducted in 1972 (by Wright and Van Der Beken) had demonstrated that Desideri’s hypothesis was true: salt water flowing in a pipe under a transverse magnetic field does show an effect, similar to the Hall effect, in conducting metals. De Luca thought that this simple fact deserved more attention.As he showed in his analysis, in order to produce a steady current in this device, the positive and negative electrodes experience different reactions. At one electrode, water is reduced to its components, resulting in oxygen and hydrogen gas. At the other electrode, chlorine ions are oxidized, producing chlorine gas. De Luca investigated the minimum concentration of sodium chloride in the water required to maintain a steady current. He calculated that only a small concentration of the ions is needed to establish a potential difference between the electrodes, and normal salt water has a significantly higher concentration than required. (The average salinity of seawater is about 3.5%, and about 78% of these salts is sodium chloride.) The technique also requires that the salt water flow through rectangular pipes with a very small height (so that they are nearly one-dimensional). Although the technique wouldn’t work in most natural locations, De Luca suggests that some desalination plants – where salt water is forced to run through small ducts – may provide an adequate infrastructure for the system. If so, desalination plants might also function as alternative electric power sources. “When I was sure that an electromotive force and hydrogen gas could be obtained from letting salt water circulate in the presence of a transverse magnetic field, I thought about the huge desalination plants, where intake of salt water from the sea is needed. In general, these plants are run by oil, even though they are mostly located in places where solar power is present in abundance. Getting some power out of these plants simply by applying a transverse magnetic field to pipes could mean saving some power. Besides, getting hydrogen gas from sea water could gives us hope that in the future we would not easily run out of fuel.'”There are still some challenges that this scheme faces, but De Luca has showed the potential using this method to produce hydrogen gas in a natural and inexpensive way. Apart from applications, the concept could be used in introductory physics classes to teach students about the transport properties of ionic aqueous solutions and conducting materials. “I am now sure that most people will come up saying that these applications are rather difficult to implement and, even though some uses of this simple theoretical analysis can be envisioned, the amount of power one can derive from these systems is rather small,” he said. “Scientifically, however, one is mainly concerned with the clear statement of some well-defined facts. In particular, I can say that it can be nowadays stated that hydrogen gas can be cheaply produced by solar energy, as already noticed in a previous paper, and can also be produced by simple electrodynamic effects. How cheaply in the latter case? Consider that seas do not ever stand still and that, luckily enough, there exist so called permanent magnets.” More information: De Luca, R. “Lorentz force on sodium and chlorine ions in a salt water solution flow under a transverse magnetic field.” European Journal of Physics, 30 (2009) 459-466.© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Salt Water System Could Generate Hydrogen (2009, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-salt-hydrogen.html Scientists revisit 1833 hydrogen production experimentcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — The idea of generating hydrogen from salt water has often been claimed to work effectively. However, the systems proposed so far generally require a much greater energy input than the energy they produce, making them impractical for energy generation. Now, a recently revived system may be able to cheaply generate a small amount of power. In this illustration of the system, salt water flows through a rectangular pipe under the influence of a perpendicular magnetic field, B0. The Lorentz force causes the charged sodium and chlorine ions to accumulate near the metal plates on the sides of the pipe, generating a constant electric field, E. Image credit: R. De Luca. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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The journey not forgotten

first_imgThe rich history of the Capital is going to come alive in the city. A theatrical journey into Delhi’s past will take you to the court of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and brings you the political intrigues that plagued his court. Being organised by Darwesh, the story centres the character of Roshanara Begum, the second daughter of Shah Jahan and one of the most powerful women in the 17 century. This event is an ode to women in the city which will take you back in time when Shah Jahan was unable to rule his empire in Shahjahanabad (now Old Delhi) which led to a constant battle of power and principles between his sons and daughters.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The story unfolds through dialogues between Shah Jahan’s daughters Jahanara and Roshanara. What makes this performance special is that it is set inside the tomb of Roshanara Begum also known as Baradari where Roshanara lay buried. The story is represented through the perspective of Roshanara Begum who followed her personal journey through her rise into power with the support of her brother Aurangzeb, her hatred towards her elder brother Dara Shikoh and her elder sister Jahanara Begum and eventually to her downfall.last_img read more

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