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Canadas premiers meet Indigenous groups although three major groups decline

first_imgBOUCTOUCHE, N.B. – Canada’s premiers emerged from meetings with Indigenous organizations Wednesday with little in the way of concrete initiatives after several major Aboriginal groups refused to participate in the gathering for the second year in a row.Three of the country’s largest Indigenous groups — the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council — all bowed out of the talks in Bouctouche, N.B., held a day before provincial leaders are set to gather in St. Andrew’s, N.B., for their annual Council of the Federation meetings Thursday and Friday.However, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples national chief Robert Bertrand, who represents off-reserve Indigenous people, attended the meeting along with Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.The less than half-day meeting at Pays de la Sagouine focused on economic partnerships and Indigenous children in care, said New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant.“I think that having CAP and the native Women’s Association here was beneficial,” said Gallant. “I think the presentations were great and I think today would have been that much greater had we had the other three organizations present.”Ahead of the meeting, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod said it may be time to look at other options in order to attract more groups to the table.“I’ll be suggesting that we take another look at it and find a better way, and I think we can do it,” he said.Gallant said finding an alternative to satisfy other Indigenous groups would likely be discussed over the coming days. Three premiers also didn’t attend the meeting, including Doug Ford of Ontario, John Horgan of British Columbia and Nova Scotia’s Stephen MacNeil.Still, Bertrand said he believes there is value in meeting the premiers.“We are not necessarily pushing one organization versus another one. We are all working to improve the life of our constituents, whether it’s the on reserve or off reserve,” he said. “We’ve all seen on TV the pictures of poverty and these problems. They have to be resolved.”Joe said the issues facing organizations like her own were far too important for her to pass on the meeting.“I think the information that was shared with the premiers and the presenters is going to lead us forward and we are going to be able to collaborate in the future to actually make a difference in these areas,” Joe said in reference to economic development and child poverty.But Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, said the three Indigenous organizations are the national representatives of Indigenous Peoples and “should be respected as such.”He said they should be included in official government meetings, not put on the sidelines like a special-interest group.“We are a government and Indigenous Peoples by virtue of Section 35 have the inherent right of self-government,” Chartier said. “We are one of the three orders of government in this country — the provincial governments, the federal government and the Indigenous governments.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he would not attend the meeting because of ongoing concerns about minimizing the participation of First Nations in the Council of the Federation meetings, pre-meetings and other intergovernmental forums.Although a regional chief had planned to attend, Bellegarde said in a statement that changed “when we learned First Nations leadership identified on the draft agenda had not been contacted and had not received invitations to date or (been) treated with appropriate protocol and respect.”“The AFN will continue to push for an effective, respectful process for intergovernmental relations that reflects government-to-government relationships, First Nations rights, title and jurisdiction,” Bellegarde said.Meanwhile, a spokeswoman said Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed will be attending the Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assembly in Alaska.“This is a meeting that happens only once every four years with representatives from the four circumpolar Inuit regions (Canada, Greenland, US and Russia),” Erin Brandt Filliter said in an email.She later clarified that the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is advocating for closer collaboration in working with the Council of the Federation.Presentations were made at Wednesday’s meeting by other speakers, including Kim Nash-McKinley of the St. Mary’s First Nation, Jake Augustine of McGraw Seafood Inc., and Jennifer Dockstator, project director for the National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education.– With files by Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

October 17, 2019 0

Baby Buggy Philanthropy Changes Name to GOOD Foundation

first_imgBaby Buggy, founded by Jessica Seinfeld, today announced that it has changed its name to GOOD+ Foundation.What started 15 years ago as a small New York City charity addressing babies’ needs has evolved into a major philanthropic organization that annually grants millions of dollars in products and services to proven anti-poverty programs serving mothers, fathers and their children across the country.“Since our inception we have tried to find new ways of helping children and families outgrow poverty. I am incredibly proud of our success and humbled by the support from our donors, volunteers and partners,” said Founder and Board President Jessica Seinfeld. “GOOD+ Foundation’s tagline — ‘Partnerships for Stronger Families’— signals our unique approach: teaming up with leading life-changing programs that use our donated goods to help motivate parents to play a more active role in their own progress. Our new name recognizes that it is the GOODs PLUS the education and services our partners provide that move families out of poverty.”GOOD+ Foundation is both a grant-seeking and grant-making organization. Its partner network is carefully selected through an application process.“Together with our partners, we help keep parents engaged in meeting important goals, such as earning a GED, completing a parenting class, building job and life skills or securing better housing,” said GOOD+ Foundation Executive Director Katherine Snider. “Our in-kind grants of products and technical services are highly sought after by our partners because they enhance the services they provide to families and also help with their own employee retention. Our collaboration with Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is a great example of our successful model.”NFP is a renowned program for new and expecting low-income mothers that has demonstrated higher rates of maternal employment, lower rates of child abuse and neglect, and better child school readiness.“Many of the families in our programs just don’t have access to the same resources that the majority of new parents enjoy,” said Roxane White, CEO of Nurse-Family Partnership, an evidence-based maternal and early childhood health program. “By working together with GOOD+ Foundation over the past 10 years, we have been able to give low-income, first-time moms the support and the tools they need to provide their babies with the best possible start in life. This has included nearly 1.3 million baby items that GOOD+ Foundation has distributed to 23 of our programs across the country.”In honor of the name change, eight corporate donors have each pledged or given at least $100,000 in products, services or financial support to GOOD+ Foundation in 2016, including Boppy, Bravado Designs, ErgoBaby, Lansinoh, Seventh Generation, The Children’s Place, UPPAbaby and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. For more information on this campaign and ways to participate, visit the GOOD+ Foundation website at read more

October 16, 2019 0

Its time to start talking about cancer rates on First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s a disease becoming more prevelant in Aboriginal communities.And it’s time to start talking about cancer so First Nations are teaming up to do just that.APTN’s Donna Sound has the story.last_img

October 14, 2019 0

DCPCR to approach police, civic bodies regarding child labour at spa centres

first_imgNew Delhi: To curb child labour, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) will soon be approaching the Deputy Commissioner of Police of 15 districts and civic bodies seeking the details of spa centres running in their respective areas.The child rights body noticed irregularities in several spa centres in East Delhi during their inspection. The DCPCR members Roop Sudesh Vimal, Rita Singh and Ranjana Prasad conducted an inspection in more than a dozen spas running in East Delhi area. “We found many irregularities like staff registers were not maintained, no fire safety measures, no proper verification, the positioning of CCTV,” said Roop. He further stated that they will write to DCPs and Police Commissioner to seek details regarding spas operating in their respective jurisdiction. “We can conduct surprise check to know whether these spas are employing children,” Roop further said adding that they will also write civic bodies regarding the data. Meanwhile, three girls appeared to be minor rescued from a prominent mall in Shahdara district area. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Joy Tirkey said that in a joint operation of crime branch, local police, DCPCR and Child Line, on March 14, a search operation was carried at the spa centres at the mall. “Three girls who were appearing to be minor were rescued during the raid. They were handed over to the local police for their age verification and further course of action,” said DCP Crime. The DCPCR had recently launched the initiative where they will reward good samaritans for credible information on child labour. The DCPCR notice said that for the rescue of one child, there is a reward of Rs 1,000 whereas rescue of two-five children Rs 2000 is the reward whereas for six to 10 children, the reward increases to Rs 5,000. “The reward for the rescue of 11 or more children is Rs 10,000,” reads the notice.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 0

UN refugee agency moves supplies from Liberia to Mauritania for aid operation

The United Nations refugee agency has succeeded in dispatching a truck convoy from Liberia to Mauritania in a 25-day journey aimed at redeploying resources as part of a broader cost-saving effort that will benefit thousands of people.“This was an extraordinary achievement. The redeployment was done under extreme conditions and it succeeded thanks to the perseverance of the convoy members,” said Ursula Aboubacar, Deputy Director of UNHCR’s Middle East and North Africa Bureau.The 20 trucks from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which arrived in southern Mauritania on Monday, will be used to support the voluntary repatriation and reintegration of Mauritanian refugees from Senegal and Mali.The vehicles driven by staff from UNHCR’s partner GTZ, the German aid agency, carried 2,000 buckets, 1,600 kitchen sets, 4,500 plates, 9,600 bars of soaps, 3,125 blankets, 3,920 jerry cans, 20 bales of fabric, 3,600 items of women’s clothing and numerous mosquito nets.The convoy was sent to Mauritania as part of UNHCR efforts to maximize the use of existing resources and minimize the cost of the new operation. The UN agency is looking at ways to redeploy as many assets as possible from other programmes currently phasing down in West Africa. It wound up the Liberia assisted repatriation programme at the end of June this year after helping more than 100,000 refugees go back home since late 2005.The resources from Liberia will be badly needed by UNHCR, which said it is facing funding shortages for the Mauritania operation. The agency launched a $7 million appeal at the end of August to fund the voluntary repatriation of 24,000 Mauritanian refugees, mainly from Senegal and Mali.“This return will help resolve one of the most protracted refugee situations in Africa and represents the only durable solution in the Middle East and North Africa region at present. Some of the Mauritanian refugees have spent more than two decades in exile,” UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told journalists in Geneva on Tuesday.“The 17-month operation, which faces some major logistical challenges, is scheduled to start this month,” she said, while adding that “with only $500,000 received so far, we fear serious delays.”More than 60,000 Mauritanians fled to Senegal and Mali in April 1989 when a long-standing border dispute between the two countries escalated into ethnic violence. 17 October 2007The United Nations refugee agency has succeeded in dispatching a truck convoy from Liberia to Mauritania in a 25-day journey aimed at redeploying resources as part of a broader cost-saving effort that will benefit thousands of people. read more

October 12, 2019 0

General Assembly calls for removal of Armenian forces from NagornoKarabakh

14 March 2008The General Assembly today adopted a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in which it called for the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces “from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.” The General Assembly today adopted a resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in which it called for the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces “from all the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan.” With 39 votes in favour, seven against and 100 abstentions, the Assembly adopted a text that also called for “continued respect and support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders.” The resolution reaffirmed “the inalienable right of the population expelled from the occupied territories” of Azerbaijan to return to their homes, and to achieve that end it underlined the need for the comprehensive rehabilitation of all conflict-affected territories. No State should recognize as lawful the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, nor provide aid or assistance to maintain that situation, according to the text, which also called for “normal, secure and equal conditions of life for Armenian and Azerbaijani communities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region” so that “an effective democratic system of self-governance” can be built up. In addition, the resolution voices support for international mediation efforts to the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, particularly the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairmen. read more

October 12, 2019 0

Notable rise in violence against civilians aid workers in DR Congo UN

There has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leading to new displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. Some people fled the fighting, while others moved from villages to the forest and back again, OCHA’s Elizabeth Byrs told reporters in Geneva. In addition, seven security incidents against humanitarian actors had been documented between 14 and 24 February, compared to 15 incidents since the beginning of the year. The rise in such incidents might lead humanitarian organizations working in the province – which has been the scene of clashes between Government forces and rebels that have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people – to reduce or limit their work, leading to “disastrous” consequences for the population, Ms. Byrs said.She said that the humanitarian community is appealing to all the parties in the territory to respect and protect the civilian population as well as aid workers and their equipment. OCHA added that attacks against individuals, as well as entire villages and health centres, by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) are continuing in Haut Uélé province. DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan have joined forces in an offensive against the group, whose attacks have left hundreds dead and uprooted roughly 150,000 people. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it is preparing an emergency operation targeting those driven from their homes or who lost their crops and possessions as a result of LRA attacks. Meanwhile, aid agencies say they need military protection and are working to find ways to get to remote populations that can only be accessed by helicopter. Despite these constraints, OCHA reported that aid is reaching some people. WFP, for example, was able to distribute food to more than 32,000 displaced people last week. OCHA also noted that work is ongoing to improve the airstrip in the north-eastern city of Doruma to facilitate arrivals of humanitarian air flights.In a related development, Hilde Johnson, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently in eastern DRC, where she called today for the release of all children currently associated with armed groups in the area. 27 February 2009There has been a notable rise in violations against civilians and attacks on humanitarian workers in North Kivu province in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leading to new displacement, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. read more

October 12, 2019 0

Monetary stimulus may leave damage in its wake as countries withdraw measures

OTTAWA — Slashing interest rates and printing wads of money may have saved the global economy from catastrophe, but taking back all the monetary candy opens the world to new risks, the Bank of Canada warns in a research paper.[np_storybar title=”Canada’s policy makers fixed on doing nothing” link=””%5D Terence Corcoran: Instead of moving to reverse the twin risks of low interest rates and rising debt, Canadian policy makers seem intent on keeping the game going for as long as possible [/np_storybar]The paper, written by economists Eric Santor and Lena Suchanek as part of the institution’s quarterly Bank of Canada Review, says efforts to stimulate the economy through the 2008-09 recession appear to have worked but risk remains.“Exiting too soon could undermine the recovery, while too slow an exit could lead to excess liquidity and contribute to inflationary pressures,” they write.The economists also make clear the successes so far have not come without costs — mostly punishing savers by pushing down interest rates and yields on safe investments, such as government bonds.The paper appears more directed at central bank policies in hard-hit economies such as Europe, Japan and the U.S., which radically increased the money supply through a policy known as quantitative easing.The Bank of Canada never took that step, but did slash interest rates to close to zero in 2009 and still retains a super-low overnight rate of one per cent.In a report issued Wednesday by the C.D. Howe Institute, former Bank of Canada special advisor Paul Masson argued that it was time for Canada’s central bank to start hiking interest rates.He cited some of the same risks to keeping rates low for long periods as the new Bank of Canada paper — creation of asset bubbles, as households take advantage of easy money conditions to purchase homes. As well, market distortions and risks as low yields hammer pension funds and insurance companies, which might be driven to riskier ventures to meet their longer-term liabilities.The Bank of Canada economists, however, do not offer an opinion on when to begin pulling back the stimulus, but agree that almost five years of super-low interest rates have come at a cost. Removing stimulus poses new risks, the economists add, including that central banks themselves could suffer losses from the risky assets they acquired.A bigger problem may arise if all the money central banks have poured into the system comes back to haunt them by spiking inflationary pressures.Still the authors say the central bank experiment with monetary easing was worth the potential price.“On balance, research to date suggests these measures were, and remain, effective. Without them, economic outcomes would have been much worse,” they say. read more

October 8, 2019 0

Four killed several injured in van accident

At least 13 people who were injured in the accident were admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) Four people were killed and several others were injured when a van they were travelling in went down a precipice in Matale this evening.The police said that the van had veered off the Matale – Alkaduwa road and went some 150 feet down the precipice.

October 8, 2019 0

What To Look For In An NBA Draft Prospect

Center60—1810 REB3.0 BLK—0.2 If a player tops all of these benchmarks, he’s a decent prospect. If he falls below in any one category, that’s a red flag. The further below the number he falls, the less of a prospect he is. That’s just the starting point, though — I’m flexible in cases like that of a young player who has improved during the year, or a player who has been better in past seasons. The benchmarks aren’t a strict line, but more of a guideline. I try to look at the whole picture.NP: How did you determine those benchmarks?EW: I determined them based on the success of past college prospects. Historically, most successful draftees have met most or all of these benchmarks. Most successful prospects were more complete players in college. Most busts had a flaw in one of these areas.I’ve been doing it this way since the 2007 draft, so it’s probably time to update the system a little for the changing NBA. I hope to get on that this summer.NP: What was your strongest finding, in terms of numbers that correlate with future success?EW: The strongest finding is that it’s important to show as many different skills as possible — including scoring, rebounding, passing and defense — regardless of position.NP: What was the most surprising finding?EW: To me, it was that scoring frequently is more important than scoring efficiently, especially for wing players.NP: Are there certain player archetypes that tend to have better or worse careers than their draft position would suggest?EW: Wooden Award winners have included a few recent busts, particularly when it went to a junior or senior.NP: So that might not be good news for Buddy Hield.EW: Buddy Hield fits the profile this year. For the record, I do like Hield as a prospect a lot better than other recent winners, such as Doug McDermott or Jimmer Fredette. But he is a little overvalued in the top five, where the mock drafts have him going.NP: Speaking of which, how much should we focus on a player’s age when evaluating him as a prospect? A couple of the top college guards in this year’s class — Hield and Kris Dunn — stand out as particularly old, but does that mean they have less of a ceiling?EW: Yes, it does. A freshman who posted numbers like Hield and Dunn had this year would be a better prospect. But the fact that both improved like they did is a good sign for their futures, because it shows both a work ethic and the intelligence to identify a weakness in their game and do what is necessary to fix it. The age issue really seems to come into play with fifth-year seniors. That’s the thing that makes me uneasy about ranking Gary Payton II so highly.NP: What do you make of Ben Simmons? Were the Sixers right to promise him the No. 1 overall pick?EW: Simmons is a unique player, and for that reason he’s a little difficult to judge. I can’t point to previous players with numbers similar to his, because there were no players like this. I love his combination of offense, rebounding and passing. My concern is that his low number of blocks indicates he’s a poor defender. But I think drafting Simmons is the right move, based on the stats. His upside is higher than any other player.NP: Are there any other players this year that jump out to you as particularly over- or underrated by the mainstream draft media?EW: Based on the mock drafts, Marquese Chriss stands out as insanely overrated. Malachi Richardson and Damian Jones are a couple of others who don’t belong in round one. As far as underrated prospects, Payton and Chinanu Onuaku are players the mocks tend to list in round two who should be first-rounders. And Villanova’s Daniel Ochefu and Louisiana Tech point guard Alex Hamilton are a couple of players who might go undrafted, but deserve a chance. PER 40 MINUTES Small forward503018——5.0 ASB0.6 POSITION2PT%3PT%POINTSAST/REBSTL/BLKOTHERAST:TO Shooting guard503020—1.3 STL7.0 RSB0.8 Ed Weiland is one of my favorite NBA draft analysts on the Web, but he doesn’t work for ESPN or any other major outlet. Instead he writes for the small indie blog Hoops Analyst, posting his position-by-position breakdowns as an outsider in a manner that has drawn comparisons to an early-career Bill James. (You might even remember his 15 minutes of fame as the truck driver who foresaw Jeremy Lin’s potential years before Linsanity.) During the embryonic stages of basketball analytics, his draft analyses were among the first I encountered to draw correlations between a player’s statistical traits in college and his success (or lack thereof) in the pros.In this email exchange, which has been lightly edited, I asked Weiland about the numbers he uses to judge draft prospects — and what their implications might be for the players selected in Thursday night’s draft. Power forward58—1810 REB—3.5 SB0.2 Point guard50%30%185 AST1.2 STL6.0 RSB1.4 Key statistical benchmarks for NBA draft prospects Neil Paine: Tell me a little about your background and how you got started in evaluating NBA draft prospects.Ed Weiland: It started with a love of sports and stats. I always liked predicting and projecting young players. That probably came from growing up a Chicago sports fan in the 1970s; it was a dry decade for the local teams, and the draft was the highlight of the year. And when I started seriously playing around with basketball stats as a hobby about 20 years ago, I began to gravitate toward the draft because there wasn’t a lot of statistical draft analysis going on at the time.NP: In general, which key metrics/characteristics are the most important to look at for each position, and why?EW: I have certain statistical benchmarks that a prospect needs to reach for each position. Specifically, the following shooting percentages and per-40-minute numbers, adjusted for pace: ASB = assists + steals + blocks; RSB = rebounds + steals + blocks; SB = steals + blocksSource: Ed Weiland read more

September 30, 2019 0

EU leaders delay summit to decide on Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European Union leaders will delay a summit meeting planned for next Monday by almost a week, buying time to agree on a crisis strategy to boost struggling banks and cope with debt-laden Greece. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy announced the postponement until 23 October after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy promised last Sunday to present measures to stabilise the eurozone by the end of the month. The two leaders gave scant details about their plan, other than to signal that it would include bank recapitalisation, something which has divided Germany and France. Germany, which could easily bankroll its weak lenders, wants countries to stand by their banks. But France, whose banks are heavily exposed to Greek debt and grappling with an interbank lending freeze, fears it could lose its high credit rating by bailing them out. Rather than a politically embarrassing taxpayer bailout, France would prefer to shunt the bill onto a eurozone fund, which will soon be able to lend money to governments to help banks. Germany is insisting this should be only a very last resort. It is now up to Van Rompuy to broker a compromise on that and other issues, as well as getting other countries in Europe, including Spain and Italy, on board. The size of any bank recapitalisation is also linked to the losses that Greek bond holders, many of whom are banks, have to take. This has been fixed under an earlier agreement but Jean-Claude Juncker, who chairs meetings of eurozone finance ministers, recently signalled that it could be revisited. “This timing will allow us to finalise our comprehensive strategy on the euro area sovereign debt crisis,” said Van Rompuy, who will chair the EU leaders’ meeting as well as one for eurozone heads of state and government. “Further elements are needed to address the situation in Greece, the bank recapitalisation and the enhanced efficiency of stabilisation tools (the EFSF bailout fund).” The delay also means leaders will know whether Greece qualifies to receive the next tranche of aid under its existing rescue programme, to save the country from a full-scale default on its debts. This will be determined by inspectors from the ‘troika’ of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, who have been examining whether Greece has stuck to targets to cut spending, sell state assets and reform its economy. Greece was wrapping up talks with EU and IMF officials on the vital aid, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said this week. Without the next 8 billion euro aid instalment Athens could run out of cash as soon as mid-November, risking a default that would drag the eurozone deeper into a debt crisis already shaking financial markets worldwide. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

Accès à leau des chiffres qui restent alarmants

first_imgAccès à l’eau : des chiffres qui restent alarmantsSelon les derniers comptes-rendus de l’OMS, l’Unicef et l’ONU, en 2010, 800 millions de personnes dans le monde n’avaient toujours pas accès à l’eau potable. Si les objectifs du millénaire semblent avoir été atteints, la réalité est beaucoup plus sombre.Alors que le 6e Forum mondial de l’eau vient tout juste d’ouvrir à Marseille, c’est un constat préoccupant qui vient d’être fait au sujet de l’accès à l’eau potable dans le monde. Si l’on en croit les derniers rapports de l’OMS, l’Unicef et l’ONU, l’objectif du millénaire de réduire de moitié d’ici 2015 le nombre d’habitants sans eau potable, par rapport à 1990, a été atteint. En effet, au total 89% des humains (6,1 milliards de personnes) avaient fin 2010 “accès à des sources améliorées d’eau potable”, alors que l’objectif pour 2015 était de 88 %. En revanche, équiper d’ici 2015 les trois quarts de l’humanité de services d’assainissement corrects ne sera pas possible. Néanmoins, concernant le premier point, il ne faut pourtant pas crier victoire trop tôt. Comme le souligne l’OMS et l’Unicef, en l’absence d’indicateurs précis sur la qualité de l’eau à l’échelle mondiale, il n’est question que de l’utilisation de “sources améliorées d’eau potable”. Les organisations précisent ainsi que “d’importants efforts doivent être déployés pour garantir que les sources d’eau améliorées sont et demeurent salubres”.A y regarder de plus près, la réalité est même plus alarmante, comme l’indiquent des opérateurs privés de services d’eau (Aquafed). “Entre 3 et 4 milliards de personnes n’ont pas accès de façon pérenne à l’eau et elles utilisent tous les jours une eau de qualité douteuse, c’est plus de la moitié de la population mondiale”, affirme à l’AFP Gérard Payen, président de l’Aquafed et l’un des conseillers sur l’eau du secrétaire général de l’ONU. Si 3,8 milliards de personnes ayant accès à l’eau du robinet, près d’un milliard n’ont l’eau que quelques heures par jour, voire quelques jours par semaine, selon M. Payen. “On ne peut pas alors parler d’eau potable”, notamment si on tient compte de l’état des réseaux de distribution. Les changements de pression détériorent les canalisations qui sont susceptibles de laisser passer les pollutions contenues dans le sol.2,5 milliards de personnes toujours sans installation sanitaireDans les campagnes des pays pauvres, 97 % des habitants n’ont pas accès à l’eau distribuée par canalisation et 14% boivent l’eau des rivières, étangs ou lacs qu’ils partagent avec les animaux. Les eaux insalubres restent ainsi la première cause de mortalité dans le monde, avec 3,6 millions de victimes par an dont une majorité d’enfants, rappelle Alain Boinet, président de Solidarités internationales cité par l’AFP. “Cela fait sept morts toutes les minutes”, ajoute-t-il.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Concernant les installations sanitaires, le bilan est lui aussi inquiétant. On estime que 2,5 milliards de personnes ne disposaient toujours pas fin 2010 d’installations sanitaires et “1,1 milliard pratiquaient toujours la défécation à l’air libre, dont la grande majorité en milieu rural”, selon le rapport OMS-Unicef. “Quelque 64 % de la population mondiale faisant ses besoins au grand air vit en Asie du sud, rien qu’en Inde ils sont 638 millions dans ce cas”, souligne le rapport 2012 de l’ONU publié lundi. Par ailleurs, “jusqu’à 90 % des eaux usées des pays en développement s’écoulent, sans avoir été traitées, dans les rivières, les lacs et les zones côtières, menaçant la santé et la sécurité alimentaire, l’accès à l’eau potable et à l’eau de lavage”, précise le rapport.Le 12 mars 2012 à 12:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 0

Dembele says goodbye to Celtics fans

first_imgThe French striker will now play in the Ligue 1 club Lyon, but before he left he sent a message to the Bhoys and Ghirls supportersFrench forward Moussa Dembele decided to quit Scottish Premiership team Celtic in order to join Ligue 1 side, Lyon.The £19.7 million transfer was done just before the transfer deadline.But before he left, he sent a heartful letter to his fans using Twitter.“My journey at Celtic has come to an end and it’s time for me to embrace a new challenge,” he said as reported by The Scotzine.“Through my journey at Celtic, I have experienced many great memories that will last with me forever.”“My purpose was always to bring you joy and happiness,” he added.“You will always have a special place in my heart and I will never forget my time at Celtic, simply because you are special people.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I’m not gonna lie to you, I will miss playing against Rangers and the particular excitement that it brings, but I have other challenges ahead that I’m looking forward to,” he explained.“Every time I will watch Celtic I will remember that day when you were singing ‘I saw Dembélé on the telly he scored a hat-trick against them…’ That September derby when we annihilated Rangers was surely the moment we fell in love. DEMBELTION.”“We went to the Champions League together, we conquered Glasgow together, planted our flag on rival territory together, we lost a few… but won a lot,” Dembele commented.“I am leaving feeling that I have achieved everything I can as a Celtic player. I feel truly blessed and proud to be in Celtic’s history book as an invincible and double treble winner.”“THANK YOU to all the fans across the world and the charity foundation. THANK YOU to the people at the club; the manager and the coaching staff, my teammates and the board members. THANK YOU to the office people, security staff, cleaners and kitchen workers. THANK YOU, EVERYONE, in the background that the public doesn’t see but make this club so special,” he— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) September 1, 2018last_img read more

September 18, 2019 0

Press Talk Theres still a ways to go for us

first_img “Are we out of the woods yet?Are we out of the woods yet?Are we out of the woods?Are we in the clear yet?Are we in the clear yet?Are we in the clear?”The answer to Taylor Swift’s new questioning song is simple: “No.”We might be able to see the clearing after the county’s charter passed but there is more work — much more work — to do. Why? First a little background.The biggest prize in Tuesday’s local election was the proposed county charter’s passage. And there’s no getting around this one fact:Despite a convincing tsunami of Republican victories across the country and here locally, they lost the biggest local prize when the charter passed.And the reason for that was simple. It was a community repudiation of the M&M boys, otherwise known as County Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke.These characters have run roughshod over us, ignoring logic and good sense, putting their cronies in high-paying positions and doing stuff that has cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.The charter will dramatically weaken their authority. It will add two more voices to the commission and it will allow the county administrator to manage county workers without constant interference from — mostly — Madore. Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor.last_img read more

September 16, 2019 0

2020 MercedesAMG CLA45 has 382 hp and a rearwheeldrive drift mode

first_imgEnlarge ImageWho doesn’t love a twee little set of canards? Mercedes-Benz If there’s a Mercedes-Benz out there, you can bet AMG is champing at the bit to throw a powerful engine under the hood and let ‘er rip. We’ve already driven the 2020 Mercedes CLA250, and we’ve seen its 302-horsepower CLA35 AMG variant, but you didn’t think that was the only trick in AMG’s book, did you? Mercedes on Thursday unveiled the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45. While you might think it’s a CLA35 with more horsepower, you’d be wrong. The CLA35’s four-cylinder engine is thrown out the window and replaced with the bonkers M139, otherwise known as the most powerful production four-cylinder out there. In this instance, it produces 382 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque — not the maximum the M139 is capable of, mind you, but there will likely be a CLA45 S in the future with even more juice. The Europeans will get a CLA45 S for sure, because that’s the car seen in the pictures accompanying this story, but Mercedes-Benz said in an email that it does not have an announcement regarding the US availability of CLA45 S variants.2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45Enlarge ImageDrift mode? Sure, why not? Mercedes-Benz It comes mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that should get the CLA45 to 60 miles per hour in about 4.0. seconds. Maximum velocity is 155 mph, unless you spec the optional AMG Driver’s Package, in which case it’s bumped to 168. It should sound the absolute business, thanks to a standard active exhaust that uncorks itself in Sport+ mode.All-wheel drive is standard, but this isn’t the same AWD system that’s in the CLA35. Instead, it’s the AMG Performance 4Matic+ version, and that little plus sign is important. It’s capable of sending all its torque to the front or rear axle, effectively turning it into a front-or-rear-wheel-drive vehicle as the situation demands. Like the larger AMG models with this system, there’s a drift mode available for letting the rear end slip and slide about at will. Adaptive dampers are optional, if you prefer a bit of softness on demand.The CLA45 looks just a bit more aggressive than the CLA35, thanks to a front bumper that borrows some of its looks from the bigger (and angrier, and more expensive) AMG GT 4-door. The side skirts are wider, and the standard 19-inch alloy wheels fill in the wheel wells quite nicely. Two sets of twin tailpipes out back are all people need in order to know this car isn’t going to mess around. Of course, if you throw even more money at Mercedes-AMG, there are also a number of option upgrades to the aerodynamics and aesthetics.2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45Enlarge ImageAMG interiors are usually a little in-your-face, and the CLA45 is no exception. Mercedes-Benz Inside, the front sport seats rock a combination of MB-Tex vinyl and microfiber suede. Red borders cover the trim, and the seatbelts are red, too, because red is sporty. The air vents get a red ring, too. If you want something more subtle, there’s a gray-and-black optional motif that uses gray stitching in various locations. The pedals are made of brushed stainless steel, too. Other standard kit inside includes dual-zone climate control and 64-color ambient lighting.The CLA45 is no less tech-heavy than its lesser siblings. The MBUX infotainment system is standard, draping itself across two large screens that include the gauge cluster. There are AMG-specific graphics, as well as an AMG-specific menu that can display a race timer, engine data, g-forces and more. On the safety front, automatic braking and crosswind assist are both standard.The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is slated to go on sale later this year, and pricing should be announced closer to that time. Tags 31 Photos 0 Mercedes-Benz 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger valuecenter_img Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshow Sedans Luxury cars Performance Cars Share your voice 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packs one hell of a four-cylinder engine Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

September 10, 2019 0

34 gates of Medigadda barrage lifted letting out 131 L cusecs

first_imgAround 34 gates of Medigadda barrage lifted on Sunday releasing 1.31 lakh cusecs of water to the downstream. Currently, the inflow of water at the barrage is 1.31 lakh cusecs with the same outflow. The water level in the barrage touched to 44.45 tmc as against 94.90 tmc. Meanwhile, the water level at Annaram barrage is 117.35 metres. The pump houses at Kannepalli, Annaram were stopped. On the other hand, Krishna water levels dropped due to the decreased inflow of water from Almatti. On Sunday evening, around 2.5 lakh cusecs of inflow was recorded at Almatti and the outflow was 1.5 lakh cusecs.last_img read more

September 6, 2019 0

JeM training for underwater attack Indian Navy prepared to

first_imgPUNE: An “underwater wing” of Pakistan- based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) is training people to carry out attacks but the Indian Navy is fully prepared to thwart any such attempt, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh said here on Monday. He said all stakeholders in coastal security are ensuring that there is no intrusion from the sea. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “We have received intelligence (input) that an underwater wing of Jaish-e-Mohammed is training people to carry out attacks from water and that is one change.But we are fully prepared and will thwart any such attempt,” he added. Admiral Singh was answering a query on the changing form of terror and the Navy’s response to them. Speaking about heightened vigil along the country’s coast since the deadly 26/11 sea-borne terror attacks on Mumbai in 2008, he said the Navy was overall in-charge of maritime security. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us “The Indian Navy, maritime police, state governments and other stakeholders are making sure there is no intrusion from the sea,” the Navy chief stated. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a lecture, titled ‘Indian Ocean – Changing Dynamic- Maritime Security Imperatives for India’, which is part of a series held in the memory of the late Army chief General B C Joshi.last_img read more

September 6, 2019 0

NPRs Favorite TV Shows Of 2017

first_imgBig Little Lies, Master of None, One Day at a Time, The Handmaid’s Tale, Game of Thrones and Insecure all made NPR’s top list.Before we begin, a note: See how the adjective up there in that headline is “favorite,” not “best?” That’s intentional.There’s just too much television out there for a comprehensive ranking; the TV landscape has never been more expansive than it is today. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are adding so many shows so quickly they don’t so much stream as cascade. Cable gems like Game of Thrones and Insecure continue to glimmer, but don’t count out basic cable and broadcast networks — NBC’s The Good Place, for example, is the only show that all three of us agreed deserved an end-of-year shoutout.Our list of 2017 favorites is personal and idiosyncratic, which is as it should be. TV now boasts more voices, telling more stories, than ever before, and those stories are finding discrete audiences hungry for them. TV is starting to look less monolithic, and more like the people watching it — all of the people watching it. — GlenGillian Anderson plays Media in American Gods.American Gods, Starz (Glen)The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel was easily the most visually striking television show of 2017. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green infused Gaiman’s tale of gods and monsters with a decidedly irreverent revisionist history of the American experiment. It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but this road movie/”Myth and Folklore” graduate seminar mashup is a hugely imaginative (and flat-out gorgeous) adventure. — GlenAmerican Vandal, Netflix (Linda and Glen)You don’t need to have internalized the tone, tropes and techniques used by true-crime documentary series like The Jinx and Making a Murderer to love American Vandal — but it helps. Precise, knowing and lovingly made, this faux-documentary series purports to investigate an act of high school vandalism, but its true subjects include class divisions, sex, friendship and — of course — the making of true-crime documentaries. The show never once winks at the audience, which makes it all the more hilarious and ultimately, in its way, devastating. — GlenAt Home With Amy Sedaris, TruTV (Glen)Like hordes of happy-homemaking TV hosts before her, Sedaris offers tips on home decorating, crafts, entertaining guests and cooking. It’s just that hers … are deranged. Part Barefoot Contessa, part Pee-wee’s Playhouse and part SCTV, At Home teems with characters, alt-comedy cameos and deep, abiding weirdness. If you’ve ever watched a holiday special and thought to yourself, “Needs a scosh more Trilogy of Terror,” this is the show for you. — GlenPamela Adlon co-created and stars in Better Things.Better Things, FX (Eric)Pamela Adlon’s quirky, emotional look at a single mom trying to hold her family together got even better in its second season. I most enjoyed the moments when Adlon’s Sam Fox excelled at motherhood, helping her teen daughter, Max, get over her father blowing off her high school graduation, or stepping back when Max decided to date an older man, but staying close for the inevitable break up. Yes, the disgraced Louis C.K. co-created and contributed a lot. But Adlon co-created, directs and co-wrote much of this, building a wonderful story that deserves to survive his fall. — EricBig Little Lies, HBO (Eric and Linda)This HBO limited series — now returning for a second season, which makes it just a series, presumably — focuses on the unfolding of a central mystery. But what it does particularly well is portray the complicated thinking and the constant social deal-making of a group of wealthy Monterey, Calif., mothers. That they’re played by Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern — with a supporting performance from Zoë Kravitz that will hopefully expand in season two — doesn’t hurt. It’s a gorgeously stylish, gratifyingly dark drama that deserves its awards haul. — LindaBlack Mirror, Netflix (Linda)The new episodes of this Netflix anthology don’t drop until the end of December, but they are, you might say, doozies. A loving TV parody becomes an unfolding psychological nightmare, a couple explores the intersection of love and uncertainty, and the sins of the past infect the present — and that’s only three of the six episodes. Yes, it’s tech bogeyman stuff, but it’s also often moving and funny. — LindaCrazy Ex-Girlfriend, The CW (Linda and Glen)Since its inception, this CW comedy-musical-drama has struggled to shake off concerns that it was stigmatizing mental illness or failing to take seriously the implications of its title. On the contrary, protagonist Rebecca’s battles with what she now understands is a personality disorder have been among the most patiently written and compassionately but honestly presented on television. All that plus an entire musical number called “The First Penis I Saw“? Who can argue? — LindaThe Deuce, HBO (Eric)There are so many ways a TV show about the genesis of the porn industry could have gone wrong. But David Simon, creator of The Wire, brought his eye for authenticity to a surprisingly compelling story: how X-rated films moved from under-the-counter illegality to a multi-million-dollar business. James Franco got loads of attention playing twin brothers at the center of the prostitution and bar scene in 1970s-era Manhattan, but it’s Maggie Gyllenhaal’s work as a pimp-less streetwalker determined to become a porn director that gives the show its beating heart. — EricSamuel Barnett and Elijah Wood star in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, BBC America (Glen)The U.S. adaptation of late U.K. author Douglas Adams’ veddy, veddy British books is a hugely American enterprise indeed: big, bold, riotous and blithely goofy. Featuring a secret government agency, humans with strange abilities and a cast of colorful albeit fundamentally broken characters, Dirk Gently‘s second season doubles down on weirdness, but deepens its characterizations. It seems odd that a show so devoted to the random interconnectivity of events should feature such rigorous steel-trap plotting, but then, that’s this show for you: Odd. — GlenGame Of Thrones, HBO (Eric)This is the downside of Game of Throne‘s long-running success: Every year, it gets easier to take for granted the level of epic filmmaking required to make it a reality. This season, we saw the bar raised again with massive set pieces: a dragon killed and turned into an undead monster, legions of undead soldiers marching to war and every major ruler in the fictional continent of Westeros assembled in one place, contemplating a truce. Few series matched its ambition and scale this year. — EricThe Good Place, NBC (Eric, Linda and Glen)This NBC comedy about a woman who wakes up and is informed that she’s died and gone to heaven — where she knows she doesn’t belong — went from clever and fun in its first season to gloriously, mind-bendingly wackadoo in its second. Leads Kristen Bell and Ted Danson have proved endlessly pliable, the dynamite supporting cast never misses a beat, and it is a show that proves, over and over, that it is ultimately about not only its laughs, but its very real ideas about things like humanity and ethics. — LindaThe Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu (Eric)This show is an amazing realization of a classic novel that feels like producers peered into a crystal ball to see exactly which social issues we’d be tangled in when the show airs. Star Elisabeth Moss emerged as the “Queen of Quality TV” for her earnest performance as Offred, one of several women forced to serve as breeders by a theocratic government that treats all women as second-class citizens or worse. Ultimately, it suggests society’s worst horror is a world where toxic masculinity controls all; a nightmare uniquely suited to our current times. — EricInsecure, HBO (Linda)Issa Rae’s HBO comedy took its best-friend protagonists, Molly and Issa, into new romantic territory in its second season. They explore everything from dating a lot of people as a way of life to accepting “unconventional” arrangements that don’t quite make you happy. While not everything works, the show continues to excel at making its characters indelibly specific and its emotional beats unexpected. And Rae remains one of television’s most magnetic and watchable leads. — LindaJimmy Kimmel Live!, ABC (Eric)His bro-centric style and disdain for political correctness made Jimmy Kimmel look like the last late night comic interested in a political fight. Still, when his son’s health care issues exposed him to the hypocrisy of Congress and the president, Kimmel spoke up with the earnest emotion of a citizen who expected more from his government. He did the same when talking about gun control after a mass shooting in his Las Vegas hometown, offering an informed, self-deprecating but insistent message that could be summed up in two words: Do better. — EricLate Night With Seth Meyers, NBC (Linda)Comedy, and late night in particular, has responded in a variety of ways to the current political climate. Seth Meyers has chosen to spotlight a regular news segment called “A Closer Look,” which amounts to a much more biting, much more thorough form of the “Weekend Update” segments he did for years on Saturday Night Live. Rather than strive for a point-of-view-less, offend-no-one affability, Meyers has chosen to put his foot on the gas, speaking his mind in the plainest terms, night after night. It may not matter politically, but it’s more watchable than the alternative. — LindaDan Stevens plays the silent, sullen and jittery David Haller in Legion.Legion, FX (Glen)Noah Hawley, the showrunner of TV’s Fargo, took an out-of-the-way Marvel Comics character — a mutant who’s been raised to believe his very real and very dangerous psychic abilities are mere delusions — and told his tale at a slant. Sure, there’s a secret government conspiracy, because this is a superhero show, and that’s the law. But there’s also a groovy production number that saw Aubrey Plaza’s monstrous telepathic vampire dancing to Nina Simone, and plenty of Jemaine Clement in sideburns and a Nehru jacket. Stylish, sad and always unpredictable, Legion looks and feels like nothing else on TV. — GlenMaster Of None, Netflix (Eric and Linda)The second season of Aziz Ansari’s Netflix comedy-drama is delightfully uneven. At times, its romanticism seems almost smothering, but a great experiment in which all the main characters give up the spotlight for an episode, as well as the instantly TV-canon-worthy episode “Thanksgiving,” are among highlights that easily outweighed any tonal missteps. — LindaOne Day At A Time, Netflix (Linda)In the dark and cold days of January, what a delight it was to see Norman Lear’s 1970s single-mom comedy rebooted with a fabulous cast led by Justina Machado as a Cuban-American single mother and veteran raising kids with the help of her own mother, played by an impeccable Rita Moreno. The show feels like a traditional sitcom, but it became one of the year’s best family stories of any kind at all. — LindaOzark, Netflix (Eric)Only one of TV’s most sympathetic actors could have pulled off what Jason Bateman does here. Bateman makes viewers care about an unassuming financial expert who secretly launders money for a Mexican drug cartel and is forced to move to the Ozarks after his partner is killed. As Bateman’s Marty Byrde tries to prove his loyalty by laundering millions more in rural Missouri — forcing his philandering wife and spoiled kids to suffer with him in the sticks — the show asks heady questions about family, redemption and forgiveness. — EricRuPaul’s Drag Race, VH1 (Glen)This year, Mama Ru packed up her lace fronts, her makeup, her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent and schlepped from TV’s comparatively low-rent Logo to the bright lights (and high-def) of VH1. Nothing about Drag Race settled during shipping, however, and it remains the funniest, fiercest and most profoundly satisfying reality competition around. — GlenAlia Shawkat and Brandon Micheal Hall play Dory and Julian in Search Party.Search Party, TBS (Glen)So these four young, self-involved, truly repellent New Yorkers — hey wait don’t leave! It’s funny, I promise! In the second season of this TBS series about a group of friends who take it upon themselves to investigate a young woman’s disappearance, the genre shifts from mystery to suspense. Suddenly, even these selfish characters can’t fail to notice that their thoughtless actions have dire consequences; watching that knowledge slowly descend on them leads to many of the series’ most incisive and savagely funny moments. If you recognize your friends — or worse, yourself — in any of these characters, do the work necessary to put your house in order. — GlenSpeechless, ABC (Linda)The DiMeo family was introduced in 2016 in part through the story of JJ, their son with special needs — played beautifully by Micah Fowler, who himself has cerebral palsy. But Speechless has moved well beyond any one-note portrayal of a hardscrabble family led by a tough mom (Minnie Driver) and loving dad (John Ross Bowie). Every character, from all three siblings to JJ’s aide, Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough), is weird and special, which is exactly how family sitcoms should be. — LindaStand-Up Specials, Netflix (Eric)It may seem like Netflix features every two-bit comic with five minutes and an Instagram page, but they also had the year’s three best stand-up performances. Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King was an emotional look at the struggle of a California-born son of Indian immigrants; Patton Oswalt: Annihilation neatly divided between searing political jokes and a brave story of life as a single dad after his wife’s unexpected death; and while Dave Chappelle’s The Age of Spin stumbled when talking about gay and transgender people, his incisive looks at race, pop culture and society came at a time when we needed him most. — EricStar Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access (Eric)There is no heavier lift in television than reviving a 51-year-old sci-fi franchise. So I didn’t despair when it took about three episodes for Discovery, set 10 years before the days of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, to get going. Star Sonequa Martin-Green soars as Michael Burnham, Starfleet’s first mutineer and a human orphan raised as Spock’s adopted sister by his dad, Sarek. But the real wild card is Jason Isaacs’s Gabriel Lorca, Starfleet’s most ruthless captain, whose actions constantly raise the question: If you give up your values to win a war, is the victory worth it? — EricThe Vietnam War, PBS (Eric)With this exhaustive look at the genesis and life of a war that redefined so much of America, documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick deliver history that feels as relevant as a breaking news report. Like all Burns projects, it’s seriously long at more than 17 hours. But the series weaves together voices of experts, rank-and-file American fighters, journalists, Vietnamese soldiers, politicians and many more into a potent tale with loads of lessons on why U.S. foreign policy works the way it does, even now. — EricTwin Peaks: The Return, Showtime (Glen)Is this 18-hour David Lynch/Mark Frost tone poem a TV show, or a movie? Is it brilliant or baffling? Self-assured or self-indulgent? Fascinating or frustrating? Victory lap or retread? The answer, of course, is all of the above, and none of them. More than two decades after the trippy soap opera/mystery/some-other-thing hybrid Twin Peaks flamed out on network TV, Frost and Lynch issued tourist visas for a return trip — and what we found there was … not what anyone expected. Wildly uneven as the series is, episode eight offers a concentrated dose of beautiful, haunting and unabashedly bonkers surrealism unlike anything the medium has seen … or will. — GlenNicole Cohen produced this story.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

September 2, 2019 0

Washington Concert Opera to Perform Verdis Il Corsaro

first_imgWashington Concert Opera is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of the greatest Italian composer of the 19th century, Giuseppe Verdi, by presenting two of his relatively unknown opera gems: I masnadieri and Il corsaro. These two operas, written early in Verdi’s career and premiered only one year apart, reveal Verdi’s amazing technical prowess and his expression of the deepest human emotions.Having just completed I masnadieri to overwhelming acclaim on Sept. 2, WCO gears up for the second performance of the season. Il corsaro, to be presented 6 p.m., March 9,on the Lisner Stage at George Washington University. In this story of pirates on the open seas, battles and adventure await chief pirate Corrado, performed by Michael Fabiano. Corrado is torn both by the call of this free and glorious lifestyle and by his true love, Medora (Nicole Cabell).Joining Fabiano and Cabell in the role of Gulnara is the award-winning soprano Tamara Wilson. This opera, filled with loyalty, passion, jealousy, honor, and despair, is epic in scope and musical offerings, yet remains intimate and personal. Artistic director and conductor, Maestro Antony Walker, takes the stage for his 11th season with WCO.For more information about WCO, as well as subscription and ticketing information, please visit read more

September 1, 2019 0

Racial Firestorm in Baltimore County Has Long Smoldered

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comThe Baltimore Sun’s Jean Marbella posted a story May 25 with the headline, “Baltimore County Police Officer’s Death Ignites a Racial Firestorm,” in reference to the death of Baltimore County Police Officer First Class Amy Caprio, 29, who died after being run over by a Jeep allegedly driven by Dawnta Harris, 16.Harris, a resident of Baltimore City was waiting in a Jeep while three other teen boys, Darrell Jaymer Ward, 15, Derrick Eugene Matthews, 16 and Eugene Robert Genius IV, 17, were allegedly robbing a home in the Perry Hall community of Baltimore County. All four have been charged as adults with first degree murder.“It’s hard to think of a more volatile mix: Four young Black males from Baltimore City, accused in the death of a White female police officer in Baltimore County,” Marbella wrote.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)She’s right, there is a racial firestorm in Baltimore County, but the tragic circumstances of Caprio’s death and the possible life sentences being faced by four boys didn’t ignite it. There has been a racial firestorm in Baltimore County for decades, at least for as long as there has been a significant Black population in the county.Although I was born in West Baltimore and spent my high school years there, I lived in Baltimore County, Randallstown specifically, with my mother and sister during my elementary school years. Back then in the 1970’s the Black population was sparse; initially I was one of only a handful of Black kids at Winfield Elementary School. However, the Black community in Randallstown grew rapidly.Today, Randallstown is majority Black going out all the way to Owings Mills. In the 1970’s, large swaths of farmland and wooded areas gave way to sprawling community developments, which today house mostly Black families. With a burgeoning Hispanic population in East Baltimore County, at its current rate the County will be majority, people of color in the not so distant future. Yet, Black people, people of color wield very little political power. There is only one Black member of the Baltimore County Council, Julian Jones, the council chairman. There has never been a Black Baltimore County Executive. Never.Demographically, the western section of the county is dominated by Blacks, but politically, Baltimore County is probably more reminiscent of Jackson County, Miss. In Baltimore County, Klan activity had been a very real thing in the areas around Deer Park and Liberty Dam for many years and the Baltimore County Police Department has historically run roughshod over the Black community.Outside of the large Black enclaves of Woodlawn, Milford Mill, Randallstown and Owings Mills, much of Baltimore County is Trump country, with close to 40 percent of it voting for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.The racial firestorm has been smoldering in Baltimore County for many years and there have been several notable flare ups recently. Racial strife at Towson University sparked by the formation of a White Student Union in 2012 garnered national headlines.No charges were brought against County Police in the killing of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year old mother of two and the shooting of her five-year old son during an armed standoff at her Randallstown apartment in August 2016, which angered many. Police were at Gaines’ home to serve a warrant for a traffic violation (in February, the Gaines family was awarded $37 million in a wrongful death suit).There was more outrage when no criminal charges were filed in the killing of Tawon Boyd at the hands of Baltimore County Police and Emergency Medical Technicians in Sept. 2016. Boyd and his finance summoned police to his home in Middle River because he was experiencing a medical episode.An educator and community leader, who happens to be a good friend (who I won’t name) said to me shortly after the Perry Hall incident erupted that ended in the death of Officer Caprio, `This is going to be bigger than Freddie Gray.’I hope he’s wrong, but I suspect he may be right.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore Editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday at 5:00 p.m. on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img

September 1, 2019 0