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October 15, 2019

Montreal Mafia TV series coming to a screen near you in fall

first_imgAdvertisement Bad Blood the series will be broadcast in the fall in English on City and FX and in French on Radio-Canada. It is based on the book Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War by Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards. The series description reads:“When Rizzuto is suddenly arrested and extradited to Colorado’s Supermax Prison for the 1981 murders of three Bonanno crime family members, the powerful empire he built begins to crumble. Rizzuto watches helplessly as his family and friends are killed one by one. Upon his release from prison in October 2012, a Shakespearean-level revenge tale unfolds, leading to the brutal murders of his closest companions, and ultimately, to the death of Rizzuto himself.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Rogers Media announced Thursday that principal photographer has finished on the six-part drama series Bad Blood? The Vito Rizzuto Story, which stars Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) in the lead role, as crime boss Vito Rizzuto.The series, which was filmed in Montreal and Sudbury, also stars Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) as right-hand man Declan Gardiner and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) as patriarch Nico Rizzuto Sr. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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October 11, 2019

Security Council sets up UN security force for disputed Sudanese town of

27 June 2011The Security Council today established, for an initial six months, a United Nations peacekeeping force for the area around the Sudanese town of Abyei, which is contested by both north and south and has been the scene of renewed fighting in recent weeks. The Security Council today established, for an initial six months, a United Nations peacekeeping force for the area around the Sudanese town of Abyei, which is contested by both north and south and has been the scene of renewed fighting in recent weeks.Violence and looting broke out in Abyei town after northern troops took control of the area last month, displacing tens of thousands of people, just weeks before Southern Sudan formally separates from the rest of the country, following a referendum held in January.Last week representatives from the Government of Sudan and their counterparts from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), representing Southern Sudan, reached an agreement that provides for temporary administrative arrangements for Abyei and the withdrawal of troops from both sides.Sudanese troops will be replaced by the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which was set up by the Council today and will be made up of Ethiopian troops.By the resolution adopted today, UNISFA is mandated to ensure that the area is demilitarized from any forces other than those of the UN and the Abyei Police Service, provide de-mining assistance, and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid and free movement of humanitarian personnel. The Council took its decision “recognizing that the current situation in Abyei demands an urgent response and constitutes a threat to international peace and security,” according to the text.The Force has been authorized – under Chapter VII of the UN Charter – to take “the necessary actions” to protect UN and UNISFA personnel, facilities, installations and equipment, protect civilians in Abyei under imminent threat of physical violence and protect the area from incursions by unauthorized elements, among other tasks. The Council called on the Government of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan to urgently fulfil their commitments under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement – which ended the long-running north-south civil war – to peacefully resolve the final status of Abyei.UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang, who recently toured Abyei as part of her visit to Sudan, said some of the simple thatch-roofed houses in the area were still smouldering during her visit there, and looters still roamed among the ruins in the presence of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). “All the civilians are gone,” she told reporters in the national capital, Khartoum. “The utter devastation I saw in Abyei was a chilling warning of what might become of the border area.” She urged all parties to agree to a ceasefire and make protection of civilians a priority, adding that they must do their utmost to facilitate access for humanitarian actors to assist those in need and for human rights officers to speak with victims.“A military solution to the conflict in the border is not an option. The recent agreement regarding Abyei is encouraging, but a broader political solution will be necessary to stem the current conflict in South Kordofan and to prevent it from spreading further,” stated Ms. Kang.UN officials have been calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Kordofan state where northern and southern forces have also been engaged in fighting in recent weeks. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that the information it has received indicates continued air strikes and artillery shelling by the SAF in South Kordofan. Due to the security situation, the Office added, it is difficult to verify reports or properly assess the overall impact of the ongoing military operations on civilians. Estimates by UN agencies and aid groups suggest that at least 73,000 people have been displaced throughout the central and eastern parts of South Kordofan due to fighting.Humanitarian partners are still unable to freely access civilians in Kadugli, the main town in South Kordofan, including the 7,000 people who were instructed by local authorities to return to the town after having sought refuge near the UN compound. “Access to this group for monitoring and needs assessment continues to be denied, despite clear indications that authorities used coercion to expedite returns,” the Office said in an update.The World Food Programme (WFP) and its local partners have distributed food to 42,000 vulnerable people in the area and are prioritizing distributions to locations that are expected to be inaccessible when the rainy season starts. In addition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided essential medicines and supported mobile clinics in the area. read more

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October 6, 2019

Geneva meeting backs proposed global AIDS fund UN official says

Bringing together 200 representatives of governments, multilateral and non-governmental organizations, private foundations and other stakeholders, the two-day consultation on the proposed Global AIDS and Health Fund was “extremely positive,” according to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), one of the meeting’s organizers.UNAIDS senior policy officer Julia Cleves told reporters in Geneva today that there had been “no dissenting voices about the importance of the Fund” at the gathering, which concluded on Monday. She said that following the Secretary-General’s appeal for the Fund in April, the meeting had been called on a relatively short notice to hear the views of governments of developing countries and civil society before the UN General Assembly’s special session at the end of June, and the G8 meeting taking place in Genoa in July. Ms. Cleves stressed that the large turnout was a real indication of how important the idea of a new international fund for HIV/AIDS and health had become. She said that this consultation was particularly exciting because it was the first time that all of the different views that had been represented had been brought together at one time, including the views of civil society, developing countries, G8 donors, non-G8 donors, and the different UN agencies.According to UNAIDS, participants stressed that resources should be provided in response to clear proposals, and should be used in a transparent manner. They also emphasized that those who use the funds must demonstrate the impact of their programmes and pointed out that resources should be used on the prevention of illness as well as treatment. “We are calling for a substantial increase in the resources needed to fight disease,” Uganda’s Health Minister, Crispus Kiyonga, said in a closing statement to the session. “We must tailor the scale of resources to the problem at hand and find ways to obtain and use them as quickly as possible.” The UN estimates that an effective response to AIDS in low- and middle-income countries will cost $7-$10 billion per year. Currently, $1.8 billion is spent in developing countries to battle AIDS. The resource gap for combating tuberculosis and malaria is estimated to be $2 billion per year. read more

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UN enacts regulation to monitor property sales in mixed neighbourhoods in Kosovo

The measure is intended to monitor inter-ethnic property sales in areas where minorities have been fleeing, UNMIK said, and not to prevent property exchange, but to ensure that irregular sales that are detrimental to minority rights or Kosovo’s multiethnic character are not validated by the courts.To designate areas where proposed sales should be reviewed, Mr. Haekkerup will take into consideration security concerns that could arise from the sale of the property, evidence of a systematic pattern of sales of minority properties at unrealistic prices and areas specifically designated for the early return of minorities.The regulation also establishes a regional review committee for consistent implementation and calls for Mr. Haekkerup to review it every six months to see if it is still needed. read more

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September 30, 2019

Tony Parker Apologizes For Making Perceived AntiSemitic Gesture

This gesture caused Tony Parker lots of backlash. Photo by Antonio Spurs star guard Tony Parker issued a long statement apologizing for making a perceived anti-Semitic gesture in old published photographs with French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala.On Sunday, the photos were published by media outlets in France.A similar photo has also been published of Spur teammate and Frenchman, Boris Diaw, with the comedian/activist.In the pictures, Parker and Diaw are seen doing what is known as the “quenelle,” which has become a symbol of anti-Semitism in that country. Parker said, in part, in his statement: “While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it. When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful.”“Since I have been made aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never repeat the gesture and sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding or harm relating to my actions. Hopefully this incident will serve to educate others that we need to be more aware that things that may seem innocuous can actually have a history of hate and hurt.”The league office confirmed Monday night that it is reviewing the matter.The controversy involving Parker and Diaw comes after French soccer player Nicolas Anelka displayed the quenelle following a goal he scored Saturday for his English Premier League team, West Bromwich Albion, in a match against West Ham United. Anelka, who has a history of being involved in various controversies, later said the gesture was meant as a salute to his friend, the comedian known just as Dieudonne.The quenelle, which is performed by holding one arm straight by one’s side while touching that arm’s shoulder with the opposite hand, has been called a reverse Nazi salute. It has been popularized by Dieudonne, who is a well-known actor, comedian and political figure in France.Dieudonne has said the gesture is a symbol of defiance. In France, anti-Semitic symbols and speech are banned, and Dieudonne has been convicted of such speech in the past. In the wake of Anelka’s actions, France’s interior minister, Manuel Valls, has said he will seek to ban Dieudonne from performing in public over safety concerns. read more

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September 28, 2019

Adam Silver Is Not A Fan Of The Sixers Strategy

Several months ago, Hot Takedown crowdsourced ideas from listeners about how to change the draft to stop teams from tanking. After we sent him the winning idea, Silver wrote that there is a “growing consensus that we should reform the draft lottery.” But on this week’s Hot Takedown he said that after team owners voted down a proposal for change last year, the league has decided to “park the issue” for the foreseeable future.Silver argued that the marketplace is providing the biggest pressure on teams like Philadelphia, which he said are realizing that “losing comes at an enormous cost.” Silver sees a “resetting of sorts” with the team. And he denied that he intervened and asked the Sixers to install Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.Watch a video excerpt and stream the full audio of the interview above. We’ve also provided a lightly edited transcription of the highlights below. This interview was conducted Friday, Dec. 18.Silver not a fan of Sixers strategyNeil Paine: Are you personally, as the commissioner, OK with the way that the 76ers have run their franchise the past three seasons?Adam Silver: I don’t want to answer that directly. As I said, there’s a marketplace of ideas and approaches that go into managing a franchise.Am I fan of that strategy? Put it this way: No. But does that mean that it’s not acceptable under the league rules? It doesn’t. Hot Takedown More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. The Sixers are a mess, and Adam Silver is not happy. The NBA commissioner joined our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, for a conversation about the structure of the draft, the perverse incentives that it creates and how his office can try to “cajole” teams like the Philadelphia 76ers into being more competitive. But he admitted that ultimately, he may not be able to reset the competitive balance of the league by tweaking the draft rules. The Sixers are “resetting”Adam Silver: There’s a resetting of sorts going on with the 76ers right now. And I think that ultimately may speak louder in the marketplace of teams than any tinkering we do to the draft lottery.Is it time to step in and stop tanking?Chadwick Matlin: I’m interested about when you do step in as a commissioner. You’re basically the CEO of a big multibillion-dollar corporation. At what point is it your responsibility to intervene if one of your franchises is not performing in a way that represents the league?Adam Silver: Well, I would say that there’s lots of different ways of so-called “stepping in.” There’s also cajoling and ongoing conversations that I have with owners, with team presidents, with general managers, where I’m expressing my opinion. Truth to rumors that he intervened with Sixers?Chadwick Matlin: Anonymous reports suggested that [you stepped in and pushed for the hiring of Jerry Colangelo] due to owners who wanted the situation in Philadelphia changed. Are those reports correct?Adam Silver: Those reports are not correct. Josh Harris, who’s the principal owner of the 76ers, decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began, and he saw how his team was performing on the floor, that he needed to change his strategy.Other owners were not pressuring him at all. In fact, it’s a weird dynamic in the league that while all the owners would like to see teams well operated, other owners just want to win (laughter). And so nobody was calling me and saying go call the 76ers and tell them how to beat us. read more

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September 19, 2019

RAW Smackdown among the cable top 25 for week of 3815

first_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Pinterest Becky Lynch Both WWE RAW and Smackdown ranked among the top 25 shows on cable last week for the week ending 3/8/15 with RAW ranking among the top 10.RAW on 3/2 came in at No. 5, No. 7 and No. 10.Smackdown on 3/5 in at No. 24.Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up ChangesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions WhatsApplast_img read more

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Kevin Owens on who he wants to face at Wrestlemania 35 Zayn

first_img Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Pinterest Facebook Google+ CBS Sports has a new interview with WWE star Kevin Owens where he talks about who he wants to face at WrestleMania 35 next April at MetLife Stadium.“There’s so many guys I wish I could wrestle, but if it was up to me, whatever I would do would lead to me and Finn Bálor at WrestleMania next year, because he and I came to WWE the exact same time. We didn’t know each other before we got there. We became pretty close pretty quickly when we did get to the NXT Performance Center. He’s been my best friend ever since, so I’d love to share the ring with him on that stage in WrestleMania.”Zayn lobbies for WWE HOF inducteeWWE star Sami Zayn posted the following on Twitter earlier this week, lobbying for singer Cyndi Lauper, who appeared at the first WrestleMania, to be inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.I only today realized that @CyndiLauper is not in the @WWE Hall of Fame celebrity wing.As part of the “rock n’ wrestling connection” with MTV in the 80’s, she was CRUCIAL to WWE crossing over into mainstream. Arguably no celebrity more deserving.#InductCyndi— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) August 30, 2018 Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Twitter WhatsApp WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguezlast_img read more

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September 18, 2019

Messi wins fifth Golden Shoe

first_imgLionel Messi has won the Golden Shoe award for a record fifth time with his 34 goals being enough to beat Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the rankingsThe Barcelona forward has won the award for the past two seasons and has now become the first player in history to have won the Golden Shoe five times throughout his career.Messi first won the award in the 2009/10 season with 34 goals and won it the following season with an incredible 50 goals with another 47 coming after that campaign.In fact, in the past eight of the last nine seasons, the Argentine has finished in either second or first place in the rankings.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Golden Shoe final rankings (top five)Lionel Messi 34 x 2.0 x 68.01Mohamed Salah 32 x 2.0 x 64.0Harry Kane 30 x 2.0 x 60.0Mauro Icardi 29 x 2.0 x 58.0Robert Lewandowski 29 x 2.0 x 58.0(obtained by eurotopteams)Aside from 34 goals this term, Messi has also contributed 17 assists for Barcelona with 12 of those coming in La Liga.last_img read more

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September 16, 2019

Macau casino smoking prosecutions on the rise as operators hold out on

first_img City of Dreams ramp helps Melco Resorts grow Macau market share in 2Q19 Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul Macau’s Health Bureau says it has received applications from 12 of Macau’s 47 gaming venues to set up new smoking rooms, but only two have so far been approved.In an update on the government’s enforcement of strict new tobacco control laws introduced earlier this year, the Health Bureau said that the applications included requests for installation of 88 new smoking rooms of which 10 have been approved. Those 10 are all for City of Dreams in Cotai and Ponte 16 on Macau’s Inner Harbour foreshore. RelatedPosts Load More City of Dreams brings the bizarre garage of TheArsenale to Macau Macau currently houses 42 casinos and five slots parlours.Macau introduced its New Tobacco Control Act from 1 January this year, extending non-smoking areas across the city including a ban on smoking in the VIP areas of casinos. However, casino operators have 12 months before they must fully implement the ban at which time smoking will only be allowed inside specially ventilated smoking rooms.In this week’s update, the Health Bureau said that operators must submit their applications for installation of new smoking rooms by 28 September 2018 in order to be operational by 1 January 2019 “due to the time required for examination and approval.” However, operators are still free to apply after 28 September.Notably, casinos continue to attract the most prosecutions when it comes to illegal smoking with 1,140 prosecutions in the first eight months of the year, representing 30.1% of all prosecutions, the Health Bureau said.In total there were 3,789 prosecutions Macau-wide between January and August, down from 4,997 in the same period last year. But prosecutions in casinos increased by 84, largely on the back of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau increasing the number of inspections it conducted from 426 to 588. More than 87% of those prosecuted inside casinos were tourists.last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

The Luxman P750u headphone amp is truly droolworthy

first_img 3 The Audiophiliac Headphones Home Entertainment Comments Share your voice 22 Photos Test your music system with these great rock tracks Tags Are you old enough to remember when Japanese audio components ruled the mass market? That was in the early 1970s, when stereo receivers and integrated amplifiers had a place of honor in every music lover’s home. The Luxman P-750u headphone amplifier recalls that era, but epitomizes the very best of 21st century Japanese high-end audio. Run your fingers over the P-750u’s thick faceplate and beautifully machined knobs and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Better yet, the P-750u’s sound will enrich your music collection.Luxman was founded in 1925, and is one of Japan’s leading high-end audio brands. The P-750u headphone amp, like all of the current Luxman products — tube and solid-state amps, digital converters, SACD players and turntables — are still designed and manufactured only in Japan.The Luxman P-750u headphone amp. Luxman The P-750u, which sells for $4,995, is a solid-state design with three headphone output jack sets: a 6.3mm, a four-pin balanced XLR, and separate left and right channel three-pin balanced XLR outputs. But only one headphone output is active at a time. The 6.3mm is the “normal” jack, and works with almost all home headphones, the XLR jacks are provided for use with high-end headphones with XLR cables. This P-750u’s Class A power amp delivers up to 4 watts per channel for 32-ohm headphones.The amp’s rear panel connectivity runs to two sets of XLR balanced inputs, and one set of RCA inputs. There’s also one set of stereo RCA outputs that could be used to connect to another amplifier with a volume control.This all-analog headphone amp doesn’t come with a remote control, but few headphone amps do. I’m happy to report the P-750u never once forced me to consult the owner’s manual, it just works!p-750u-rear-sThe Luxman P-750u headphone amp’s rear panel. Luxman How does it sound?To put the P-750u to the test, I relied on thousands of dollars’ worth of the world’s very best headphones — the Abyss AB 1266, Abyss Diana Phi, Audeze LCD MX4, Hifiman Susvara, and Sony MDR Z1R — and luxuriated in “headspace” nirvana. Bjork’s Medúlla album’s sparse vocal and electronics arrangements emerged from deep black space. The hymn-like quality to the music was to die for.Each headphone’s sound was intensified: the Susvara was more opulent; the Diana Phi and LCD MX4 were both breathtakingly transparent and dynamically alive; the AB 1266’s soundstage expanded far outside the confines of the headphone’s earcups in an almost hallucinogenic way; and the MDR Z1R, the least expensive headphone of the group, was no slacker. Its sound was the most neutral — it’s the best monitor headphone of the bunch. Mandolinist Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau’s self-titled album of inspired jazz-folk performances can sound too cold and sterile over some speakers and headphones, but with the P-750u the sound went deeper. I felt the connection between the two musicians, the way they were listening to each other, and that brought the music to life over the LCD MX4 headphones.To put the P-750u’s sound in perspective I brought out my reference headphone amp, the Pass Labs HPA-1 and listened again to the headphones. In every case the P-750u was the decisive winner. The sound was more freewheeling and energetic, dynamics punched harder, and treble detail was finer. I heard deeper into the recordings, so each instrument and vocal sounded more distinct. The HPA-1 sound was flatter in perspective, and while the music still sounded excellent I missed some of the P-750u’s joie de vivre.The Luxman P-750u is an expensive component, but for deep-pocketed connoisseurs who have already amassed sizable headphone collections this amplifier will be a worthwhile investment. It will make every headphones sound better than ever, and the ability to switch between three pairs of headphones for easy comparisons can be a lot of fun. I asked Luxman if a more affordable amp is in the works, but alas the P-750u is it: It has no plans for other amps. It’s good to be rich. The Audiophiliac: High-end audio news and reviews, every Saturday.Best headphones for 2019: Hand-picked by CNET’s experts. Sonylast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Virat Kohli on Anushka Sharma I have the most beautiful wife she

first_imgVirat Kohli and Anushka SharmaInstagramIndian cricket captain Virat Kohli has opened up about his actress wife Anushka Sharma yet again, calling her a big motivational factor in his life. Kohli may be battling professional misfortune, with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) going through a meltdown in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019,  but personally he is in a very good space.Kohli revealed a lot on how his life changed for the better after marriage to Anushka Sharma. The celebrated cricketer was in conversation with South African cricketer AB de Villiers for after the RCB’s first win of IPL 2019 at Mohali, when he said: “I think over the last more than a year or so, the best thing to have happened to me is me getting married. It’s literally changed my whole world. I have the most beautiful wife, the most beautiful person.”Virat Kohli went on to emphasise how Anushka Sharma helps him switch off after work, adding that he looks forward to spending time with her at the end of the day. She motivates him and helps him stay positive, he added.”That has been the most strong factor in my life to change the way I was,” said Kohli, adding, “Before, I was too intense in life and she always keeps me motivated, positive but at the same time we spend quality time with each other and totally get away from the game and that’s the most important thing. I think I couldn’t have been more lucky to have someone like that who can understand my mindset being in that position herself. I look forward to spending time with her and that’s how I switch off.”Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma dated for a few years before getting married in December 2017 in Italy. Watch the video here of the AB de Villiers’ interview of Virat Kohli.’Stability, balance & good wives’ – secrets to @imVkohli & @ABdeVilliers17′ successThe celebrated batting duo, the men who share 2 double century stands for @RCBTweets – chat after a welcome win at Mohali! By @tanmoym. #KXIPvRCBWATCH:— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 14, 2019last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

The Woman who Used Music to Survive a Concentration Camp

first_imgFor many people music is an integral part of their lives, and it has also been found to be therapeutic. Alzheimer’s patients have been known to respond to songs from their youth, knowing every lyric, even if they can’t recall once familiar details about their lives. For Alice Herz-Sommer, music may have literally saved her life.Born in Prague in 1903 to Friedrich and Sofie Herz, Alice was part of a small German-speaking Jewish community. She had a twin sister, Mariana, as well as a second sister, and 2 brothers. Her parents were acquainted with many well-known writers at the time, including Franz Kafka (who used to come for Sunday lunch regularly) and Franz Werfel, not to mention composers like Gustav Mahler.Kafka in 1910.But it was her older sister Irma who taught her how to play the piano, which she took to immediately and played diligently, later taking lessons with Conrad Ansorge who had been a student of composer Franz Liszt.Another friend of the family encouraged her to become a professional classical musician, and she went on to study at the Prague German Conservatory of Music where she was the youngest student in attendance.In 1931 she married fellow musician and businessman Leopold Sommer, and they had a son, Raffi (Raphael), a few years later. Alice began giving concerts and soon made a name for herself in central Europe, until Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in 1938 and took over Prague. For the time being, Alice’s musical endeavors were at an end.Cityscape view on the clock tower and Tyn cathedral on the old square in Prague.While most of the Herz-Sommer family left Czechoslovakia and emigrated to Palestine, Alice stayed behind to look after her mother whose health was failing.When the deportation summons arrived from the Nazis, Sofie and Friedrich Herz were both sent to Auschwitz, where they were killed. Alice’s husband, Leopold, died of typhus in the same camp only a few weeks before it was liberated.Alice and her son were sent to the infamous Theresienstadt camp in 1943. Alice was billeted with her son, and he was one of only a small number of children who survived the camp. And it was here that music saved Alice and her son’s life.Three Jewish children rescued from Theresienstadt rest in the Hadwigschulhaus in St. GallenAlice found a way to survive the horrors of the concentration camp through music. During her time in the camp, Alice played over 100 concerts, together with other incarcerated musicians, for the guards and her fellow prisoners.She said of her performances at the camp: “We had to play because the Red Cross came three times a year. The Germans wanted to show its representatives that the situation of the Jews in Theresienstadt was good. Whenever I knew that I had a concert, I was happy. Music is magic. We performed in the council hall before an audience of 150 old, hopeless, sick and hungry people. They lived for the music. It was like food to them. If they hadn’t come [to hear us], they would have died long before. As we would have.”One of the trains that left Bergen-Belsen for Theresienstadt in early April, liberated by American forcesRaphael has also credited his mother with getting both of them through their time in the concentration camp, stating that Alice somehow managed to shelter him from the worst of it, and that she created a Garden of Eden for him in the midst of that hellish time.When the Soviet Army liberated the camp in 1945, Alice and Raphael returned to Prague. However, finding nothing of her past remained there, they moved to Israel where they were reunited with some of her family, including her twin sister.Here, she taught at the Jerusalem Academy of Music in order to support herself and her son, although she never resurrected her professional concert career. Raphael showed promise as a cellist, having inherited his mother’s musical ear, and was awarded a scholarship to the Paris Conservatory. From there he went on to settle in England, where he married and had 2 children.The two pianists Alice Herz-Sommer und Luiza Borac in 2010 in the private home of Alice in 6, Straffan Lodge, 1-3 Belsize Grove, London NW3 4XE, England Photo by Luiza Borac CC BY-SA 4.0Alice followed in 1986. Unfortunately, Raphael died in 2001 of an aneurysm.In her small flat in London, Alice continued to play her piano, up to three hours a day, right up until the end of her life. She was a firm believer in the power of music: “Music saved my life and music saves me still … I am Jewish, but Beethoven is my religion.”Close to the end of her life, she reflected on how music played a part throughout it: “I think I am in my last days but it doesn’t really matter because I have had such a beautiful life. And life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.”Indeed, to survive the horrors of the Holocaust is a triumph; but to survive with an optimistic and gratifying outlook on life, in general, is remarkable.Alice’s own brand of optimism was extraordinary, and she often stated, “I have lived through many wars and have lost everything many times – including my husband, my mother and my beloved son. Yet, life is beautiful, and I have so much to learn and enjoy. I have no space nor time for pessimism and hate.”Read another story from us: Greatest Video Ever – Old Man Reunited with WWII Children whose Lives he SavedWhen Alice died in 2014 at the age of 110, she was believed to be the oldest known Holocaust survivor (a recognition that then passed to Yisrael Kristal who was born 2 months before Alice).Alice was the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary, The Lady in Number 6, which was filmed when she was 109. 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August 19, 2019

Nicaragua Canal opponents call on Costa Rica to join fight to save

first_imgRecommended: Will the Nicaragua Canal ruin the ‘Galapagos of Central America’?A Nicaraguan delegation representing nearly 40 civil society organizations and political parties traveled to San José, Costa Rica, this week during the annual meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to generate regional support against the construction of a massive interoceanic canal there.The group of environmentalists and human rights organizers plan to present an open letter to the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry for CELAC leaders that decries a lack of transparency in the project and threats to indigenous land rights and Lake Nicaragua, also known as Lake Cocibolca.“This should be a great concern not only for Nicaragua but for the whole Central American region,” Suyen Barahona, national director for the Sandinista Renovation Movement, told The Tico Times.Luisa Molina, director of Coordinadora Civil, a human rights organization, said that Costa Ricans would also be affected by the environmental consequences of the Great Nicaragua Canal on Lake Cocibolca and the two countries’ shared watershed.On a local level, Molina said the canal would displace tens of thousands of people either from their land or their traditional way of life, from indigenous landholders to artisanal fishermen.“We want development for Nicaragua but we want the people’s voice to be heard because they were never heard, either in a referendum or a plebiscite,” Octavio Ortega, national coordinator for the Council for the Defense of the Land, Lake and Sovereignty of Nicaragua, told The Tico Times. From left, Luisa Molina, director of Coordinadora Civil, Octavio Ortega, national coordinator for the Council for the Defense of the Land, Lake and Sovereignty of Nicaragua and Suyen Barahona, national director for the Sandinista Renovation Movement. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesOrtega said they asked for a chance to dialogue with the government after the $50 billion project was rushed through the Nicaraguan legislature in a scant three days and without consulting the public.“The people’s response is to demonstrate because they never gave the government a blank check so they could sell these properties. Every day the people’s frustration grows,” he said.Ortega said that if the government will not meet with them to address their concerns about the canal project, which broke ground in December 2014, they would threaten a peaceful general strike.Along with reaching out to CELAC leaders this week, the delegation is working to collect 1 million signatures from across Nicaragua to send to Pope Francis.Ortega said that some efforts to collect signatures against the project have been hampered by hopes that the canal will bring the jobs that President Daniel Ortega has long promised.Molina added that besides the environmental damage the dredging of Lake Nicaragua would cause, the project’s aims were unrealistic.“The government media is saying that the canal is a panacea that’s going to raise us out of poverty [and] create jobs,” she said. “It’s creating an expectation that it’s never going to live up to.”The delegation said they still supported many aspects of the canal project, including the construction of two large ports and an interoceanic railroad, but added that the freshwater of Lake Cocibolca was more important than any canal.Said Molina: “There’s still time to save Lake Nicaragua.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Nicaragua can’t stop dreaming of a canal Costa Rica asks Nicaragua for environmental impact studies on proposed interoceanic canal Costa Rican officials: We still have little information about Nicaragua’s Grand Canal plans Financial, environmental questions plague Nicaragua canal projectlast_img read more

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August 18, 2019

Migrant boat sinks near Greek islands more than 15 missing

first_img Top Stories Survivors had earlier told authorities they believed between 33 and 37 people had been on board.It was not immediately clear why the boat sank, or what the migrants’ nationalities were.Tens of thousands of migrants have made their way from the Turkish coast to Greek islands so far this year, hoping to make their way to more prosperous European Union countries. The numbers have overwhelmed Greek authorities, who have struggled to process and care for the large wave of migrants, most of whom are refugees from Syria and Afghanistan.Earlier, the coast guard had said it had picked up 518 migrants from Monday morning to Tuesday morning in 14 incidents near the islands of Samothraki, Lesbos, Chios, Samos and Kos. Scores more arrive themselves on the shores of Greek islands in inflatable dinghies.The Turkish Coast Guard said Monday they had caught or rescued a total of 649 migrants in the Aegean in the past week.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek and Turkish coast guards rescued 21 people and recovered at least one body after a migrant boat sank Tuesday near two small Greek islands close to the Turkish coast. At least 15 people were believed to be missing.The Greek coast guard said 13 of those rescued near the islands of Agathonisi and Farmakoniki were picked up by Turkish authorities, and the other eight by the Greeks. The survivors told authorities a total of between 37 and 40 people had been on board, and the coast guard said it was still searching for about 15-18 people. Sponsored Stories The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 0 Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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August 11, 2019

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Comments   Share   Top Stories Then the Cardinals defense, who played well all day, extinguished anyhopefor the 49ers. Arizona’s stout defense, led by defensive end Calais Campbell, held SanFrancisco to just 78 yards of offense in the 2nd half. After Roberts’ go-ahead touchdown, the Cardinals held San Francisco without a first downintheir final three possessions.Player of the Game: Could it be anyone other than LarryFitzgerald? The Cardinals’ all-everything receiver did a little bit ofeverything on Sunday.Fitzgerald finished with 7 catches for a season-high 149 yards and atouchdown. His touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, as went up towrestle it away from San Francisco’s Dashon Goldson came down, andoutraced the 49ers defense to the end zone.On Early Doucet’s 60-yard touchdown catch in the 2nd quarter, it wasFitzgerald who laid out 49ers’ DB Tarell Brown, freeing Doucet for hisdash to the house.And then, on the Cardinals’ clinching touchdown drive, Fitzgerald caughta pass over the middle from John Skelton, spun away from threedefenders and turned the play into a 53-yard gain all the way down tothe San Francisco 20-yard line. Four plays later, Skelton hit Roberts withthe go-ahead touchdown pass.center_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation John Skelton has had some success as a starter this season, and now he’shad some success as a reliever as well.The 2nd-year man from Fordham relieved injured starter Kevin Kolb,threwthree touchdown passes and got a lot of help from his defense in a 21-19win over the San Francisco 49ers at University of Phoenix Stadium.The clinching score came with just under 12 minutes to play whenSkeltonfound Andre Roberts on a 3-yard scoring strike. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter The newly unveiled ren

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe newly unveiled renovation of The Peninsula Beijing marks the latest chapter in The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels’ (HSH) long tradition of hospitality excellence in China. With a front-row seat in the capital city, HSH’s hotels have witnessed the remarkable transition of China into an economic superpower. Located in central Beijing, just a short walk from Tiananmen Square and the city’s historic cultural venues, The Peninsula Beijing has welcomed the world to Beijing and Beijing to the world for more than a quarter of a century.The RMB 890 million (US$123 million) renovation of The Peninsula Beijing was conceived in 2013 by celebrated Hong Kong designer, and long-term Peninsula collaborator, Henry Leung of CAP Atelier. The inspiration behind the rebirth of The Peninsula Beijing is informed by the Middle Kingdom’s opulent imperial palaces and tranquil gardens, which provided a serene oasis for Chinese Emperors and nobility to meditate and relax.Chinese artistic expression extends across every floor the hotel, including the restyled guestrooms and suites. Designer Henry Leung has adopted a contemporary take on Chinese culture and heritage as the design concept for the new rooms and suites. The hotel’s original 525 rooms and suites have been reduced and reimagined to just 230 suite-style rooms, each offering a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and dressing room. With standard rooms at an average of 65 square metres, the standard rooms are now the largest in Beijing, and among the most spacious in China.The hotel’s theme suites include The Peninsula Suite – styled after a Chinese aristocrat’s home – and 17 reimagined Beijing Suites, while the Loft collection of duplex rooms offers a chic and sophisticated twist on urban living. Unique in China, the duplex rooms are 69 square metres in size and feature floor-to-ceiling windows, affording expansive views over Beijing from the master bedroom upstairs, and from the entry lobby and living room downstairs.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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August 10, 2019

by Andrew Dalton The Associated Press Posted

first_img by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2019 12:05 pm PDT Cosby accuser Janice Dickinson says deal brings some justice AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES — Model Janice Dickinson calls settling a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby a “victory” that brings a “measure of justice” but says nothing can erase her assault by the now-imprisoned comedian.Dickinson spoke to reporters Thursday at the office of her attorney Lisa Bloom, who said the case was settled for an “epic” amount. She says the terms of the deal keep the exact figure confidential.Cosby insurer American International Group Inc. settled the case without his approval, as it has with at least eight other women who filed similar lawsuits.Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt says the comedian denies the assault and defamation allegations and has been robbed of a chance to prove it in court.Dickinson alleges that he drugged and raped her in 1982.Cosby was convicted and sent to prison for a 2004 sexual assault.Andrew Dalton, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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February 19 2014This continues our report about a

first_imgFebruary 19, 2014This continues our report about a winter project for our construction and groundskeeping crew and volunteers, the renovation of the East Foundry Apartment access and surrounding landscape [see posts from 12/16, 12/18, 12/20, 12/23, 12/27, 12/30/2013 and from 1/3 to 1/20/2014, 2/5 and 2/7/2014].Issac is pouring concrete into the stair form.[photo by Colleen Connery]Paolo van Erp on the wheel barrow.[photo by Colleen Connery]The pour is complete.[photo by Sue Kirsch] Isaac scrubs the surface with a hard brush.[photo by Sue Kirsch]The form has been removed and we can see the rough surface to match the existing path.[photo by Sue Kirsch]last_img

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August 9, 2019

Cyprus Greece agree to strengthen joint armament programmes

first_imgCyprus and Greece have agreed to further strengthen their joint armament programmes with the aim of exploiting the opportunities offered for synergies and funding in the framework of Pesco (Permanent Structured Cooperation).The decision was taken during a meeting between Defence Minister Christophoros Fokaides and Greek Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos in Nicosia.A joint communique issued by the ministries said that a permanent technical committee will be set up between the two ministries for this purpose.Fokaides and Kammenos discussed bilateral and European interest issues as well as initiatives which they undertake on a regional level.The two reviewed developments regarding the operation of Pesco, especially the need to secure unanimity for the participation of third countries in individual programmes.The adoption of programmes of particular national interest for Cyprus and Greece, such as maritime surveillance, cyber-threat management, crisis management, and other concerns, is also positive at a first stage, the communique said.Greece and Cyprus coordinate their moves to take advantage of opportunities created at both the political as well as the operational levels in the context of a new European Defence Union.The communique also added that following the successful tripartite meeting of the defence ministers with Egypt on Thursday, as well as tripartite talks with Israel, it was decided to organise new tripartite defence ministerial meetings at a regional level to promote a stability and security network in the wider region.You May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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