ARTISTS FANS PUSH MUSIC FESTIVALS TO TACKLE SEX HARASSMENT

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Friedman said her friend who accompanied her was groped so hard she bled.Friedman is one of many music fans who have spoken up about sexual harassment and groping at musical festivals recently as the #MeToo movement has emboldened more people to talk about harassment in public spaces. With increased focus on the longstanding problem but little statistical data on how often it happens, music fans and even artists are asking the live music industry to make cultural changes.This year, Friedman went back to the same festival, called Carolina Rebellion, this time armed with a sign that said, “Stop Sexually Assaulting Female Crowd Surfers.” She said the response was overwhelmingly positive with both women and men thanking her for her sign.“I just want there to be a conversation and for people to feel safer and be able to enjoy concerts and festivals without the fear,” Friedman said.Some festivals are responding to these complaints by training festival staff and volunteers on how to respond to harassment, adding booths or signs with information on where to report sexual violence, and having clearly posted anti-harassment policies.Some artists have spoken out on stage to try to stop groping that they can see in the crowd, including Drake and Sam Carter from the British band The Architects. Pop singer Madison Beer said during one show, she called out a man who was being aggressive to a woman in the crowd.“She kept pushing him off, pushing him off, and he wouldn’t stop yelling at her and telling her to shut up and all this stuff,” Beer said. “I stopped the show and I was like, ‘Leave her alone.’ Everyone applauded and was whatever. I don’t even do things like that for a reaction or applause. I genuinely don’t like seeing that. I’ve definitely had my fair share of guys being a little too much with me and they think just because they follow me on Instagram they know me.”CHVRCHES singer Lauren Mayberry experienced it as a music writer when she was reviewing a show.“I stood on a small square box table thing to look up to write on my notepad how many people were in this band and somebody put their hand up my skirt when I was doing that. That’s not a minority of cases. It happens a lot at shows,” Mayberry said during an interview in Chicago where her band was performing at Lollapalooza.“I think it’s about power and taking advantage in a situation, which is a societal theme,” Mayberry said. “I think it’s good that more conversations are being had around those things off the back of things like #MeToo. I don’t know how you change these things other than trying to create a community and create security and back up women’s voices when they raise them.”Some artists are leveraging their platforms by having anti-harassment policies as a part of their tour contract, or even giving fans a way to report harassment directly to the band.Sadie Dupuis, the lead singer of the indie rock band Speedy Ortiz, set up a hotline a couple of years ago for fans to text if they experienced harassment and didn’t know where to turn. She said the most recent example of someone using their hotline was when someone reported that a person in the crowd was using transphobic language and harassing someone.Shawna Potter, of the feminist band War on Women, has created a guidebook about creating safer public spaces after working with many venues in the Baltimore area. She said that she understands that smaller, independent bands don’t always feel like they have the authority to insist that venues make changes to their safety policies.“There might not be a lot that you feel you can do without risking that opportunity in the first place,” Potter said. “By the time you make it to the stage, you’re already cashing in on that opportunity. So use that microphone. Let people know that even if they are harassed in that venue and you don’t know if that venue is trustworthy, let them know you can talk to you.”Much of the discussion about addressing harassment in public spaces has been spearheaded by local anti-violence or anti-abuse agencies.In Chicago, two anti-violence agencies in the city created a campaign called Our Music, My Body about three years ago. They help festivals create anti-harassment statements or public policies and show up to festivals to give people information about where to report violence or harassment.Lara Haddadin, 23, has been volunteering with Our Music, My Body at festivals like Lollapalooza, Riot Fest and more in the Chicago area for the past three years.“Every single place that I have been to, people have come up to us, mostly women, and said like ‘I literally just got assaulted by someone, like a half an hour before I came to this booth,’” Haddadin said.A music and social activism group called Calling All Crows started working on sexual violence prevention at shows. Kim Warnick, who runs their campaign called Here for the Music, worked with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, to give voluntary training to about 250 members of their staff this year and went on tour with the band Dispatch to train volunteers and venue staff on their tour stops.“Harassment and assault aren’t new to these spaces, but they are newly talked about as unacceptable behavior,” Warnick said.Festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits have prominently posted policies on their websites about harassment and how to report it, as well as signs throughout their festival grounds. Laura Sohn, Bonnaroo’s director of sustainability, said they wanted to be proactive in their response to a growing cultural movement around #MeToo.But Warnick said for the vast majority of festivals and venues, fans and even artists are left in the dark about their safety when they enter those spaces.“Very few festivals and venues share these (safety policies) publicly,” Warnick said. “And even when we put it in a contract rider for a band, we’re still getting a lot of ‘We can’t legally share that with you.’”Local police generally report a litany of drug and alcohol arrests after a major festival but when sexual assaults are reported, which is rare, it generally becomes big news and can be damaging to a festival’s reputation. At this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, local police had two reports of sexual battery and one report of sexual assault over the two weekends of the festival.Multiple women reported to police that they were raped at the Woodstock ’99 festival, which was roundly criticized for overall violence and destruction. Sweden’s largest music festival, Bravalla Festival, was canceled this year after several reports of sexual assault at the 2017 festival.There are a lot of barriers for people to report sexual harassment or abuse. Large scale festivals where tens of thousands of people are spread out over large campgrounds or fields make it difficult for harassers to be identified. Similarly, victim blaming or shaming can also arise.“A lot of people feel like, ’Oh I was drinking, so am I just going to get that blamed on me for being drunk or for not wearing enough clothing?’” Warnick said. “The challenge is that it’s a really inconsistent experience. You can’t reliably report and know that you’re going to be taken seriously.”Haddadin said that anti-harassment policies are important, but staff training and having advocates on site show that a festival isn’t just giving lip service to dealing with the problem.“They say zero tolerance, or we will not tolerate harassment, but they don’t say what steps they take if that is a thing that actually happens,” Haddadin said. “I think that a lot of festivals mean well, but do I think any festival or music hall is doing enough? No. I think there is always work left to be done.”By Kristin M. Hall | The Associated PressAssociated Press writer Margie Szaroleta contributed to this report from Chicago and Associated Press writer Andrew Dalton contributed to this report from Los Angelescenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: In this Oct. 25, 2015 file photo, a festival-goer crowd surfs at the 2015 Knotfest USA in San Bernardino, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When Emma Friedman went to her first rock festival at the age of 17, she was so excited to get to see bands she loved in a festival environment. But as she was leaving, she recalls her mom making a comment like, “Are you sure you want to wear those shorts?”Friedman didn’t think anything of it until she got groped at the festival.“They were what I felt confident in and what made me feel comfortable,” said Friedman, who is now 20 and going to school in Asheville, North Carolina. “And then I was crowd surfing and some guy was trying to be inappropriate.”last_img read more

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Netherlands 5000 Complaints Against Wilders For Racist Statements Against Moroccans

first_imgAmsterdam – Around 5000 complaints were lodged against populist leader Geert Wilders following his racist and provoking statements on Moroccan expatriates in the Netherlands, the public ministry announced on Wednesday.Over the past weeks, thousands of Moroccans living in Holland, in addition to some Dutch people, headed for police departments across the country to file complaints against the leader of the far right party, known for his hostility to immigrants.These complaints will be followed-up but it might take some time due to their huge number, the ministry said in a statement. Geert Wilders faced an unprecedented storm of protest after he told supporters he would ensure there were “fewer Moroccans” in the country.He was criticized by government members and politicians, including from his own party who distanced themselves from these remarks. Several MPs from Wilders’ Populist Party resigned to protest the statement.last_img read more

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Leader of new climate panel talks of need for bold action

WASHINGTON — It does not yet have office space, staff or even Republican members, but Florida Rep. Kathy Castor is confident that a special House committee on climate change will play a leading role on one of the most daunting challenges facing the planet.Castor, who chairs the new panel, says those early obstacles can be overcome as lawmakers move to reduce carbon pollution and create clean-energy jobs.“The Democratic caucus is unified under the belief we have to take bold action on the climate crisis,” Castor said in an interview.While that can take many forms, the transition to renewable energy such as wind and solar power is “job one,” she said.Castor, who’s in her seventh term representing the Tampa Bay area, said Congress has a “moral obligation” to protect future generations from the costly effects of climate change, including more severe hurricanes, a longer wildfire season and a dangerous sea-level rise.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named Castor to lead the panel in December, saying she brings experience, energy and urgency to what Pelosi called “the existential threat of the climate crisis” facing the United States and the world.The climate panel is similar to one Pelosi created when Democrats last controlled the House from 2007 to 2010. The panel was eliminated when Republicans took the majority in 2011.While the previous panel played a key role in House approval of a landmark 2009 bill to address global warming, Castor said the new panel is likely to focus on a variety of actions rather than a single piece of legislation.She and the eight other Democrats named to the panel “are ready to stand up to corporate polluters and special interests” as they press for action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move toward a clean-energy economy, Castor said.“Climate deniers, fossil fuel companies and other special interests have had an outsized influence” in Congress in recent years, she said, promising to “stand up” to those forces to protect the environment and create green jobs.The climate panel is separate from an effort by Democrats to launch a Green New Deal to transform the U.S. economy and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.Castor dismissed the idea that the Green New Deal — put forth by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts — will conflict with the climate panel.“My job and the committee’s job is to take the general concepts (of the Green New Deal) and turn them into a real policy framework and legislative language and eventually law,” she said.Pelosi agreed, saying in a statement that the climate panel will “spearhead Democrats’ work to develop innovative, effective solutions to prevent and reverse the climate crisis.”Pelosi invited Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star and the best-known member of the large class of freshman Democrats, to join the climate panel, but she declined, saying she wants to focus on the Green New Deal and other committee assignments.Three freshmen — Sean Casten of Illinois, Mike Levin of California and Joe Neguse of Colorado — serve on the panel, along with veteran lawmakers such as Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, and Californians Julia Brownley and Jared Huffman, both close Pelosi allies.“We need their passion and energy, and we need support from all corners all across the country,” Castor said of the freshmen members. “It’s all hands on deck right now.”Republicans have not named anyone to the climate committee, but six GOP members are expected to join the panel this month.While she would have preferred that the committee be given subpoena power and legislative authority to draft their own bills, the panel’s more limited power “is not going to hamper us,” Castor said. Most invited witnesses will be eager to testify, she said, and those who resist — including members of the Trump administration — can be compelled to appear by other committees such as Energy and Commerce or Natural Resources.While the earlier climate panel focused on establishing the threat posed by climate change, Castor said the time to debate climate science is long past.“People understand the problems,” she said. “They see the effects of sea rise and more dangerous storms. They understand it. They look at Washington and kind of throw up their hands and say, ‘Why don’t you guys do something?’ “The committee’s challenge, she added, will be “to restore the faith of people and show them Washington can do some things.”Matthew Daly, The Associated Press read more

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Mercer International buying Canadian kraft pulp mills for 465 million

TORONTO — Mercer International Inc. has signed a deal to acquire Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., which owns a bleached kraft pulp mill in Peace River, Alta., and a 50 per cent stake in a joint venture which operates a bleached kraft pulp mill in Quesnel, B.C.Under the agreement with Marubeni Corp., Nippon Paper Industries Co. Ltd., and Daishowa North America Corp., Mercer will pay $465 million for the assets.Mercer says the deal will boost its annual production capacity for pulp by about 41 per cent.DMI also holds 20-year term renewable forest management agreements and deciduous timber allocations in Alberta, with an annual allowable cut of about 2.4 million cubic metres of hardwood and 400,000 cubic metres of softwood.The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including anti-trust approvals.The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. read more

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Veterans will be offered extra help from the NHS under a national

“It’s great to see successful local initiatives being rolled out nationally so that they can benefit patients across the country. I’m incredibly proud of the College’s Midland Faculty, of which I am a member, for identifying a good idea, turning it into reality and taking the lead on this.”It comes after a survey of veterans last year found a quarter have had  suicidal thoughts and more than two in five have felt lonely or isolated. The research by YouGov into more than 2,000 former military personnel  indicated higher levels of mental health issues than in the population as a  whole. The figures compiled for Ssafa, the Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Families  Association, also found that a third of veterans polled said that they have  “felt overwhelmed by negative feelings”. A seperate study last month for Ssafa, Britain’s largest tri-service  charity, found 77 per cent of veterans said they felt unprepared for  civilian life.The report found many working-age service leavers feel  “undervalued by society and misunderstood by civilians”. Gemma Morgan, an army veteran, told the Telegraph at the time: “The  military puts huge effort into creating a separate society, a separate  fighting force, for good operational reasons,” she added, “but sometimes  the real world can be more complicated and there is often a reverse  culture-shock and loss of that sense of belonging once someone leaves”.   Military veterans will be offered extra help from the NHS under a national scheme to help them adjust to civilian life.GPs are signing up to become “veteran friendly” under the plan which aims to identify former members of the armed forces and ensure support is available.The scheme, backed by NHS England and the Royal College of GPs, is being rolled out nationally following a pilot involving 90 GP practices in the West Midlands.Dr Mike Brookes, a North Yorkshire GP who served in Iraq, came up with the idea when a patient told him that he had specifically joined his practice to see someone who could understand his needs as a veteran.Dr Brookes said: “It made me reflect on a potential unmet need for our veterans. I could see how pivotal a GP practice could be at identifying ex-service personnel to help ensure they receive care and treatment that is considerate of their time in the armed forces. It is great to think that a conversation with a patient at a GP practice in the Dales could lead to a national project to improve veterans’ health.”To become accredited, GP practices need to undertake dedicated training, introduce a system which identifies former members of the armed forces, and have a lead person responsible for veterans.Dr Jonathan Leach, a GP, who served in the army for 25 years and chairs the NHS England Armed Forces Clinical Reference Group called on GPs across the country to sign up.He said: “We are committed to providing veterans with a seamless, high quality service when it comes to their health needs. Our priority is to make sure that no matter where a veteran lives in the country, they will have access to a GP who understands their military related health needs and supports them to get the right treatment and support.  We are therefore urging every GP practice to sign up to this important scheme.”Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairman of the Royal College of GPs said: “Veterans often have unique health needs, and this new scheme is a fantastic way of ensuring that when they visit their GP, for whatever reason, these needs are flagged up, considered and accommodated. 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. read more

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Fraudsters try to cash in on the good name of British legal

Emails and domain names have been set up to look similar to leading legal firms Other amendments have included @linkiakers.com and @linklalers.com instead of @linklaters.com. In a separate incident this year, Linklaters was awarded control of the domain name linklaters-lawfirm.com after they proved it was set up along with an email address to try to defraud three companies, one email demanding a payment of nearly $1 million. 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. Emails and domain names have been set up to look similar to leading legal firmsCredit:ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP Linklaters issued an alert about “fraudulent emails … attempting to misuse the name of the firm” warning that it had not changed its bank details.Lewis Silkin recently closed down a website and emails where its name had been misspelt to read “lewissllkin.com”. A WIPO, a United Nations agency which protects intellectual property, found the bogus account had been used for “phishing” – conning people into releasing sensitive information such as passwords – and fraud, including “an attempt to divert funds meant for Lewis Silkin to a third party bank account”.A Linklaters spokesman said: “Like the whole industry, we have seen an increase in firms, clients and consumers being targeted by scammers and we are working closely with the SRA to make sure that people are as aware and as vigilant as possible for any communication that bears the hallmarks of a scam or phishing attempt.”Steven Jennings, trade marks counsel at Lewis Silkin, said: “Domain name ‘scammers’ understand law firms are a trustworthy source that will have had to go through a number of checks. As a result, most people won’t expect them to fall victim to this kind of fraud.”Undoubtedly, our firm is not the first and will not be the last to be targeted in this way. “However, this is not just a problem for law firms. All businesses should monitor what domain names they use and to ensure greater security, it is advisable to get clients to check with whom they are corresponding, such as through secure portals.” Leading British law firms are being targeted by cyber criminals who set up fake email accounts and pose as top lawyers to try to con people and companies out of millions.Fraudsters from around the world have mimicked company names by making subtle changes to website and email addresses in the hope of tricking people into making payments huge payments or sending sensitive personal information. According to recent rulings made at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), con artists apparently from Russian, Nigeria, China, America and France have been targeting UK companies.The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the regulatory body for solicitors, has issued a series of warnings about legal firms both large and small reporting bogus internet accounts being set up.A few months ago it highlighted how Linklaters, a multinational company based in London, had reported various subtle misspellings of its name being used in email addresses. In one instance, the SRA warned that “emails sent from a genuine solicitor at a genuine firm appear to have been intercepted, with a subsequent email being sent from an email address ending @liinklaters.com.”The criminals asked for payment to a new bank account hoping no-one would spot the extra ‘i’ in the name. read more

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TOP 10 HANDBALL MOMENTS 2016 New rules miracle in Cologne Bad Boys

Year 2016 coming to the end! Handball-Planet.com wants to remind you on the biggest moments in the last 12 months with TOP 10 handball moments list.New rules – a lot of questionsForced to change something, International Handball Federation announced certain changes in handball rules. The six of them were included in the game from July 1 and the first big event was Olympic tournament in Rio. There are a lot of “pro and contra” arguments, but the only thing which is clear – is that we must change handball in order to make it more global and better product.Bad BOYS conquere EuropeThe most influental country in handball world – Germany, got a new gold medal, first since 2007. Dagur Sigurdsson made fantastic job with the generation called “Bad Boys” by winning gold medal at European Championship 2016 in Poland.Kielce’s miracle in Cologne – The final which will never be forgottenThe Year 2016 will be remembered also for the fantastic success of Vive Tauron Kielce – winning the EHF Champions League after historical final in which Veszprem had +9 15 minutes before the final whistle.The end of Claude Onesta ERAOne of the most successful coaches of all-time, Claude Onesta, left French bench after Olympic Games in Rio after unforgetable 15 years. He is replaced by his two ex-players, Dinart and Guille.Russian BEAR is back!Russian girls won Olympic gold for the first time. Even he was almost dead as a coach after 2012, when he left Russian bench, Evgeny Trefilov had fantastic come-back to the TOP in the most desired moment in Rio.Danish dreams come trueDenmark won Men’s Olympic tournament for the first time in the history even it looked that some things aren’t good under Gudmundur Gudmundssson. However, Icelander didn’t let to be defeated in his second Olympic final.Resin-free handballThe International Handball Federation raised awareness about intention to produce “resin-free ball” in 2017 in cooperation with Molten. There are still a lot of questions about it, but next year will give more answers on it.BIG IN JAPANThe real earth-quake in handball world made decision of Dagur Sigurdsson to leave Germany and to accept Japanese offer until Tokyo 2020. It could be a great thing for handball globally, if Icelander make improvement in Asian team and help Japan to raise even after this Olympic cycle.Rhein Neckar Lowen first German titleRhein Neckar Lowen won the first title in DKB Bundesliga history. Team of Nikolaj Jakobsen made last season great in the competition, which Germans respect more than EHF Champions League.CSM Bucharest surprise in BudapestRomanian CSM Bucharest won the first major title – Women’s EHF Champions League trophy at Final4 in Budapest in May. Kim Rasmussen was a leader of the team who wasn’t among TOP favorites to make a winners’ party in season 2015/2016. Great result for Romanian handball, which investments were finally payed off. ← Previous Story SUMMER 2017: Ljubomir Vranjes to overtake Veszprem and Hungary? Next Story → Pregnant Estavan Polman win silver medal at Women’s EHF EURO 2016! TOP 10 HANDBALL MOMENTS 2016 read more

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A new documentary on David Rudisha and his legendary Cork coach is

first_imgDubbed “the Godfather of Kenyan running”, O’Connell moved to Kenya in 1976 as a geography teacher and missionary. Although he arrived with no running experience or formal sports training, he has since coached five Olympic gold medallists and 20 world champions.Both Rudisha and O’Connell were in Dublin last year where the Cork native was presented with an honorary doctorate by Dublin City University.Rudisha, 25, competes at the Commonwealth Games which open in Glasgow tomorrow.Heffernan and Britton lead Ireland’s team of 30 at European Championships Source: Matt SlocumA NEW DOCUMENTARY on David Rudisha, the Olympic 800m champion and world record holder, and his Cork coach Brother Colm O’Connell will air tonight.’100 Seconds To Beat The World: The David Rudisha Story’ is on BBC Four at 10pm.The hour-long documentary follows Rudisha’s rise over 10 years from Iten in Kenya’s Rift Valley to the summit of middle-distance running and his unforgettable triumph in London’s Olympic Stadium.last_img read more

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68yearold man accused of murdering longtermpartner to face trial

first_img Mar 16th 2017, 4:40 PM By Tom Tuite 13,292 Views Short URL 68-year-old man accused of murdering long-term-partner to face trial Desmond Duffy is accused of the murder of 59-year-old Des Sullivan last year in Rathmines. http://jrnl.ie/3292214 A 68-YEAR-OLD man has been sent forward for trial accused of murdering his long-term partner at their south Dublin home.Charity shop worker, Des Sullivan, 59, died after he was injured at his house in Summerville Park, Rathmines, Dublin 6, on 6 May last.His partner Desmond Duffy, 68, was arrested at the same location in December and taken to Rathmines Garda station where he was charged with murdering Mr Sullivan.He had been remanded in custody at his first hearing on 22 December last but was later granted bail in the High Court.He appeared again before Judge Kathryn Hutton at Dublin District Court today when he was served with a book of evidence by Detective Inspector George McGeary, of Terenure Garda station.A State solicitor told Judge Hutton that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed that Mr Duffy will face trial on indictment.Judge Hutton granted the State’s request to order that Mr Duffy was being returned for trial to the Central Criminal Court. Judge Hutton warned him that if he intended to rely on an alibi in his defence he must notify the prosecution within 14 days.A date for his next hearing has yet to be allocated.At his first court appearance in December, Detective Inspector George McGeary, of Terenure Garda station, had said that when the charge was put to Mr Duffy he replied: “Nothing to say until I speak to my solicitor. Not guilty.”Free legal aid was granted after the district court was provided with a statement of his means.An inquest has heard that Mr Sullivan was pronounced dead at the scene.Bail has been set in the sum of €10,000 and on condition he surrendered his passport and he signs on twice weekly at a garda station.Comments have been closed as this case is before the courts.Read: Rapist jailed six times for sexual offences remanded in custody over Dart assaultRead: Second man (18) charged with murder of David ‘Daithi’ Douglas Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 4:40 PM Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professional Share Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Image: Shutterstock/ESB Professionallast_img read more

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Fukushima  les ouvriers ont pénétré lenceinte du réacteur 1

first_imgFukushima : les ouvriers ont pénétré l’enceinte du réacteur 1Deux mois après le violent tsunami qui a touché la centrale de Fukushima au Japon, les ouvriers poursuivent leurs efforts sur le site pour tenter d’éviter la catastrophe nucléaire. Aujourd’hui, des techniciens ont pénétré l’enceinte du réacteur 1 pour mettre en place un système de ventilation.L’Agence de sûreté nucléaire japonaise a confirmé aujourd’hui l’entrée des ouvriers dans le réacteur 1 de la centrale de Fukushima. Une grande première pour l’opérateur de la centrale, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), qui depuis deux mois tente de limiter les répercussions liées à la dégradation des réacteurs, suite au violent tsunami du 11 mars. Le réacteur 1 notamment, avait été fortement endommagé suite à une explosion survenue peu après la catastrophe naturelle.Selon l’opérateur, les travailleurs équipés de combinaisons de protection et de bouteilles d’oxygène, ont franchi l’enceinte du bâtiment afin de mettre en place un système de ventilation destiné à faire baisser le niveau de radioactivité. “C’est la première fois que nos employés pénètrent dans le bâtiment du réacteur depuis l’explosion”, a souligné Satoshi Watanabe, porte-parole de Tepco. Une équipe formée de 12 techniciens devrait prendre le relais dans la journée afin de mettre en route le dispositif. Une opération qui devrait faciliter les travaux à venir sur la réparation des circuits de refroidissement.Une expédition dangereuse pour les ouvriersDepuis les accidents nucléaires qui se sont succédé à Fukushima, la limite légale de radiations autorisées pour les ouvriers du site en temps de crise a été relevée à 250 millisieverts par an, contre 100 auparavant. Une exposition qui demeure toutefois extrêmement dangereuse. Satoshi Watanabe précise : “Nous envoyons les travailleurs par petits groupes pendant une durée maximum de dix minutes pour limiter la durée d’exposition aux radiations”.À lire aussiVous avez du mal avec le bricolage ? Voilà le robot qu’il vous faut !Selon l’opérateur Tepco, ces opérations devraient porter leurs fruits au bout de trois mois, période à laquelle la radioactivité commencera à se réduire. Il faudra en revanche attendre neuf mois au maximum pour que les réacteurs se refroidissent totalement.Le bilan des victimes du séisme et du tsunami continue quant à lui de s’alourdir. On compte actuellement près de 26.000 morts d’après les dernières déclarations officielles.Le 5 mai 2011 à 09:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Has The TRRC Responded To Halifa Sallah’s Request To Appear Along…

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYAccording to Halifa Sallah his letter was given to the Executive Secretary, Dr Baba Galleh Jallow, on Friday 18th January, 2019. Foroyaa will give an update on when the appearance will take place. He said that the TRRC has a mandate to establish the truth, adding that when fabrication is made in giving evidence the members are morally bound to provide any aggrieved person the right of hearing. To fail to do so will constitute miscarriage of justice, he noted.last_img

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Most state lawmakers elect not to cut own pay

first_imgOLYMPIA (AP) — The Legislature cut most state workers’ pay by 3 percent this year, but few lawmakers have taken pay cuts themselves, despite crafting legal language that encourages them and statewide officials to scale back their paychecks.Four House members — out of 147 Senate and House lawmakers — have elected to cut their own pay, The Olympia reported in Sunday’s newspaper.“You know, not everyone can afford to take a pay cut. I’m just really glad that I can,” said Rep. Ann Rivers, a first-term Republican from La Center, who works as a public affairs consultant and elected to cut her $42,106 salary by 3 percent. She called it “a very personal decision” and said that after voting to cut public employees’ pay, she felt it was wrong not to reduce hers.The three other lawmakers cutting their pay are Democratic Reps. Frank Chopp, Larry Seaquist and Troy Kelley; each is taking a cut of 5 percent or more. A few state officials are donating money to charity or scholarships instead of waiving pay. As of Friday, Gov. Chris Gregoire, state Treasurer Jim McIntire and state schools superintendent Randy Dorn were the only statewide elected officers to have signed up for pay waivers.For Gregoire, whose base pay is $166,891, that’s a $5,007 cut. She also donates the amount of a pay raise that the state salary commission gave her in 2009, spokesman Cory Curtis said, adding that she is taking the cuts to lead by example.last_img read more

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Zika spraying to begin in Broward County ahead of heavy rain

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward County officials are preparing to battle mosquitos and Zika ahead of projected heavy rain across South Florida.According to officials, aerial spraying will begin on Tuesday and will last until Sept. 15. Spraying will occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., with crews targeting the following areas:Fort LauderdaleHallandale BeachHollywoodLauderdale LakesLauderhillMargateNorth LauderdaleOakland ParkPompano BeachTamaracWilton ManorsThe mosquito being targeted is the Aedes Aegypti, the mosquito known to carry and transmit the Zika virus.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Telangana Forest Department to conduct plantation drive this

first_imgHyderabad: Biking Community of India in association with Telangana State Forest Development Corporation is set to organise a ride and plantation drive tomorrow, 4 August 2019. The ride is set to begin from Botanical Garden, where riders are going to be briefed about the rules from 6.30 am onwards. The ride is scheduled to begin at 7.15 am. Plantation drive is set to begin from 8.45 am at Basuragadi Forest area in collaboration with the Telangana State Forest Development Corporation.last_img read more

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Polls schedule by this week EC secretary

first_imgElection commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Saturday said the commission is likely to announce the schedule for the forthcoming general election this week, reports UNB.”Hopefully, the schedule for the general election will be announced this week,” he told reporters after the commission’s election preparatory meeting held at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.The meeting was adjourned till Sunday.”Still, we’ve the preparation to arrange the election by December. We also have preparation to announce schedule this week,” he saidHelaluddin said they are yet to receive the letter of Jatiya Oikya Front that requested the EC not to announce the election schedule until the ongoing political dialogue is over.”I don’t know whether it reached the [EC] office. As the secretary, I’m not informed and the commission is also not informed. So, it was not discussed (at the meeting),” he said.”If the letter reaches, it’ll be placed at the commission’s tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) meeting,” he added.Earlier in the day (Saturday afternoon), Kamal Hossain, on behalf of Jatiya Oikya Front, sent the letter to the chief election commissioner.About a recent court order over the BNP charter, the EC secretary said the issue will be placed at the commission’s meeting to implement the court order.He said the commission will dispose of the matter within one month as set by the High Court.On 31 Oct last, the High Court asked the EC not to accept the amended Article 7 of BNP’s charter and dispose of the petition in this regard within a month.The BNP’s amended charter has deleted the provision against bankrupt, insane, corrupt or notorious individuals from being BNP candidate for contesting the national election.last_img read more

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Drama at DC Radio Station After Host Quits OnAir

first_imgIn a Facebook Live and statement later that day Danni expressed disappointment in her co-hosts.“What happened today was stupid and a whole lot of other adjectives, but I don’t believe the guys even thought it all the way through. What was, I’m assuming, intended to be a joke, backfired. They aren’t malicious dudes, I’ve worked with the worst of the worst. And these guys are NOT those guys,” she wrote.QuickSilva, on the other hand claimed the stunt was planned, but apologized to Danni Starr nonetheless.After her initial statement showing her co-hosts some grace, Danni Starr posted on her social media, “Temporarily Closed for Spiritual Maintenance.”For now, it is unclear if Danni Starr will continue on The Fam In the Morning. Radio show host, Danni Starr, from The Fam In the Morning on DMV R&B ad Hip-Hop station WKYS, suddenly quit Thursday morning after she being blindsided by her co-hosts, QuickSilva and DJ 5’9, on the air.Danni Starr (center) called out her co-hosts DJ QuickSilva (left) and DJ 5’9’’(right) after her personal business was discussed on the show. (Courtesy photo)The show got heated when QuickSilva and DJ 5’9 brought an unnamed woman on the show that applied to be Danni Starr’s babysitter. On the March 6 episode, Danni Starr mentioned she would not hire the woman because when she applied via Instagram, she felt the applicant was too beautiful to have in her home.“I am not dangling you in front of my man,” Danni said on Tuesday’s episode.The woman who applied heard the episode, according to QuickSilva and 5’9 and said she wanted to tell her side of the story on the Thursday, International Women’s Day, episode.Danni felt blindsided by her co-hosts bringing the woman on the show, saying she did not know about it in normal show prep, yet, although seemingly frustrated, continued with the show and agreed to speak to the woman.Once the woman got on the show, it turned into a back and forth shouting match, resulting in Danni leaving the show.QuickSilva and 5’9 continued the episode and allowed the woman to share why she felt discriminated against. As a woman in radio and the media industry I’ve had some awful and uncomfortable things happen to me, but as an empath I know good people and try to see past that. What happened today was stupid and a whole lot of other adjectives, but I don’t believe the guys even thought it all the way through. What was, I’m assuming, intended to be a joke, backfired. They aren’t malicious dudes, I’ve worked with the worst of the worst. And these guys are NOT those guys. Though I think they should have shut homegirl down as my colleagues and brothers , the heat of the moment did not allow it. People are flawed, I’m flawed- and I’m learning that. With the exception of today’s show these guys have been ride or die for me. They are human, they have families and they make mistakes. Thank you for lifting me up, so join me as we show them a bit of grace. It’s a chance for growth. I’m holding out hope that that’s where we are. Opportunities like this allow us to teach men and woman alike how detrimental it can be to stifle a woman’s voice especially as It related to her personal choices. While this wasn’t the best way to kick off International Women’s Day, it is a reminder for me and my sister tribe that women should be unapologetic in their voices, stances and actions.A post shared by Danni Starr (@iamdannistarr) on Mar 8, 2018 at 11:49am PSTlast_img read more

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Life lessons with Boman Irani

first_imgBoman Irani, cine and theatre actor, the voice creative person and artist who is a wide proverbial for his comedic and villain roles in Bollywood films like Don, Munna Bhai MBBS, 3 Idiots, Happy New year, PK and Dilwale is emotional, loyal and cuddly. Started his life as a waiter, went on to becoming a photographer, did theatre and finally made his debut in Bollywood at the age of 44 with Raju Hirani’s Munna Bhai M.B.B.S says it is not where you start that’s important, it is where you end up . Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Success without failure has no excitement in life, I do believe in luck but when it comes to getting a break in the film industry, hard work does matter. That makes me believe that if a person is hard working, knows exactly what it takes to be an actor, I think he or she will make it at some point in life,” said famous bollywood star Boman Irani while speaking at the well attended interactive session on “The Journey: Life, Learning and Leadership Lessons” organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe 55-year-old actor, who made his Bollywood debut with filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. at the age of 44, says “it wasn’t hard for me to get a film, but I struggled during the years before I made foray in movies. It takes a lifetime of hard work to get there, so the struggle had already happened. I had kind of paid my dues doing 14 years of theatre. When I got ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.’, I was so taken up by the story and I met Rajkumar Hirani for the first time and I said, ‘This is a guy I’d like to work with’.” “So getting a film was not as difficult as the years I’d spent before it as a photographer or as a theatre actor and before that as a shopkeeper. So it wasn’t much of a struggle, but the struggle of life was very much there for 44 years,” he quipped. “I seem to enjoy every single day on the set. There are some roles that you might get for creative and artistic satisfaction, some might get you a great amount of box office success, but frankly, that doesn’t move me much. Even as my waiter job in Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, I put my heart in it as my granny used to say ‘be the best what ever you do this has stayed with me always, said the actor, who has featured in movies like, Well Done Abba, Don – The Chase Begins and Happy New Year.” “I am an ethically strict person and take pride in my loyalty. I am emotional and can show my emotions stupidly. I work hard, but can be lazy. I am not ambitious or competitive at all, but I’d like to fulfill some of my dreams. I want to do some films where I can sit with my grandchildren and say, ‘The old man did this.’ Potentially, I feel there is more and I have not done that yet. I would love to do theatre again.” He said .FLO President,Vasvi Bharat Ram speaking on the occasion said, “FLO is the most apt platform to connect, learn and grow. We recognise the success stories of true achievers and provide a platform for the members to be inspired by them. This programme was an excellent opportunity to be motivated by the inspiring success story of Boman Irani and learn about his journey to success. The real life story of a great actor’s journey from an entirely different field is that of a dream, achieved through grit, determination and perseverance. FLO salutes his indomitable spirit and unsurpassed courage.”A man of great talents, Boman has truly scripted his own destiny and reached the zenith of accomplishment as a successful actor and carved a niche for himself in the theatre world and Bollywood. As a part of its activities, FLO brings together achievers from various arenas for interactive sessions on breaking through challenges and innovating change to achieve success. Boman Irani is an inspirational leader and a role model for not only actors by youth in general. The interactive session was an opportunity for the members to pick up tips, advice and ideas for success and innovation.Boman Irani is a graduate of Mithibai College in Mumbai. After his polytechnic diploma course, he joined the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and worked there as a waiter and room service staff. Thereafter, he joined his mother to run their ancestral bakery shop between Novelty and Apsara Cinema in South Mumbai. Irani turned to photography in 1987 and continued until he became an actor.last_img read more

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Eating chocolate may provide relief from bowel disease

first_imgConsuming protein rich foods such as nuts, eggs, seeds, beans, poultry, yogurt, cheese and even chocolates may foster a more tolerant and less inflammatory gut environment, which could mean relief for people living with abdominal pain and diarrhoea of inflammatory bowel disease, a study has said. These food items contain an appreciable amount of tryptophan – an amino acid used in the buildup of proteins – which when fed on mice led to the development of immune cells that foster a tolerant gut, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe findings indicated that a protein rich diet triggers the appearance of immune cells in Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) – a bacterium that normally lives in the gut, and together these promote a more tolerant, less inflammatory gut immune system.”We established a link between one bacterial species – Lactobacillus reuteri — that is a normal part of the gut microbiome, and development of a population of cells that promote tolerance,” said Marco Colonna, the Robert Rock Belliveau, Professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St.Louis. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The more tryptophan the mice had in their diet, the more of these immune cells they had,” Belliveau added.For the study, published in the journal Science, the team examined mice that had lived under sterile conditions since birth and was germ-free.When L. reuteri was introduced to these mice, the immune cells arose. Further, when tryptophan was doubled in the mice’s feed, the number of such cells rose by about 50 per cent.Humans have the same tolerance-promoting cells as mice, and have L. reuteri in the gastrointestinal tracts.”The development of these cells is probably something we want to encourage since these cells control inflammation on the inner surface of the intestines,” explained Luisa Cervantes-Barragan, Postdoctoral researcher from the varsity.”High levels of tryptophan in the presence of L. reuteri may induce expansion of this population,” Cervantes-Barragan said.last_img read more

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Turns out the Irish have more Viking in them than Previously Thought

first_imgAn Irish Viking. The concept has become more real and more captivating. Anyone who’s read even a bit about the history of the Vikings knows that their DNA is likely to be found in people living in the British Isles today. New research shows that the Irish definitely have their fair share of Viking heritage–in fact, the Irish are more genetically diverse than most people may assume. The Irish have Viking and Norman ancestry in similar proportions to the English. A comprehensive DNA map of the Irish has for the first time revealed lasting contributions from British, Scandinavian, and French invasions.“By comparing 1,000 Irish genomes with over 6,000 genomes from Britain and mainland Europe, genetic clusters within the west of Ireland, in particular, were discovered for the first time, leading the researchers to investigate if invasions from the Vikings and Normans to the east may have influenced genetics in that part of the country,” according to Irish Central.Map of Ireland in 950 showing Viking influence and Viking territory (in green)Because of extensive Irish immigration to the United States and other countries, these findings have ramifications. There are 80 million people in the world who claim Irish heritage.  “This subtle genetic structure within such a small country has implications for medical genetic association studies,” said Trinity College Dublin geneticist Dr. Ross Byrne. In fact a number of American slang words have roots coming from the Irish:Researchers found 23 distinct genetic clusters, separated by geography by comparing mutations from almost 1,000 Irish genomes with over 6,000 from Britain and mainland Europe. “These are most distinct in western Ireland, but less pronounced in the east, where historical migrations have erased the genetic variations,” said the Irish Mirror.Ireland in 1300 showing lands held by native Irish (green) and lands held by Normans (pale)The researchers studied genes from Europe and calculated the timing of the historical migrations of the Norse-Vikings and the Anglo-Normans to Ireland, yielding dates consistent with historical records.The Vikings invaded Ireland for the first time in the 8th century, raiding a monastery on Rathlin Island on the northeast coast. The Viking warriors were large in numbers and well armed. They moved inland along river-ways, attacking the monastic settlements they came across. They also took captives to trade as slaves.Ireland in 1450 showing lands held by native Irish (green), the Anglo-Irish (blue) and the English king (dark grey)The Vikings in Ireland built wintering camps, known as longphorts (derived from the Irish words boat & fort), a ship port. This meant they could settle on the island longer. They used their longphorts as a base allowing them to perform further in-land raids.Although longphorts were mainly built to only last one winter, some of them became major settlements, such as the one in Dublin, Dyflinn, founded in 841 AD.  Excavations during the 1970’s discovered more than 100 homes from this early period and thousands of daily household objects in Dublin.Related Video:The Viking conquest in Ireland would continue for more than 200 years, until the arrival of the Anglo-Normans. In the late 12th century, the Norman lords who had already subjugated England came to Ireland to take large plots of land. In the 16th century, under Elizabeth I, many more English Protestant families arrived, often displacing the native Catholics.It’s believed that the first group of Vikings to invade Ireland were from Scandinavia. They had also settled in Scotland and would later became known as Gallowglass, an elite mercenary warrior group. From the mid-13th to the early 17th centuries they fought for hire in Ireland itself. Their name is an Anglicization of the Gaelic word gallóglach (roughly pronounced GAHL-o-glukh), which translates as “foreign warrior.”Related Article: The Key Role Vikings Played in the History of Ireland Gallowglass are descendants of not only Vikings but of Scots native to the western Highlands and Hebrides. As Scottish historian Fergus Cannan notes, the Gallowglass “lived for war.…His sole function was to fight, and his only contribution to society was destruction.” Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

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