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Borussia Dortmund will kick off their preparations for another tilt at Bundesliga success this week when they face MLS outfit Seattle Sounders in their first game of their pre-season tour of America.Ahead of a tougher test against Champions League holders Liverpool this weekend, the German outfit will travel to the home of Washington’s premier football team to face the 2016 MLS Cup winners as they look to build upon last season’s title near-miss to kick onto greater things.Dortmund will likely field a mixture of first-team experience and youth as coach Lucien Favre looks to experiment ahead of clashes with bigger and bolder opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? As for the Sounders, who currently lie second in the Western Conference, it gives boss Brian Schmetzer the chance to test his squad ahead of their run-in for the 2019 season. Game Seattle Sounders vs Borussia Dortmund Date Thursday, July 18 / Wednesday, July 17 Time 3:30am BST / 10:30pm BST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game is not available on either television or through streaming. US TV channel Online stream N/A N/A In the United Kingdom (UK), the game is not available on either television or through streaming. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Seattle Sounders squad Goalkeepers Muse, Frei, Meredith Defenders Abdul-Salaam, Arreaga, Campbell, Jones, Kim, Leerdam, Marshall, Smith, Nouhou, Torres Midfielders Bwana, Delem, Leyva, Lodeiro, Rodriguez, Cristian Roldan, Alex Roldan, Shipp, Svenson, Wingo Forwards Dhillon, Morris, Ocampo-Chavez, Ruidiaz The hosts are missing forward Will Bruin thanks to a ruptured cruciate ligament but otherwise have virtually a full squad to choose from. Position Borussia Dortmund squad Goalkeepers Burki, Eric Oelschlägel, Marwin Hitz Defenders Balerdi, Hummels, Guerreiro, Morey, Piszczek, Schulz, Toprak, Zagadou Midfielders Brandt, Larsen, Delaney, Gotze, Pherai, Raschl, Reus, Reyna, Sancho, Weigl, Witsel, Wolf Forwards Alcacer, Hazard, Philipp Dortmund will likely field new signings Mats Hummels and Julian Brandt following their arrival at the club, as well as some of their younger talents.USMNT youngster Gio Reyna is in line to feature, after it appeared he may play no part in first-team action this season following his arrival.Match Preview With the 2019-20 campaign fast approaching, Borussia Dortmund are preparing to ramp up their pre-season with a trip to the United States that will see them tangle with Champions League holders Liverpool in Indiana.First howeer, the Bundesliga outfit head to Washington state this week for a clash with local MLS side Seattle Sounders, with the former North American champions looking to leave a mark of their own ahead of their run-in in the Western Conference.One of the most impressive sides in the division’s recent history, they finished runners-up in 2017, one year after lifting the MLS Cup themselves, and will be relishing the chance to go toe-to-toe with a European giant.Dortmund will be puling no punches however, with Lucien Favre expected to field new superstars such as Mat Hummels and Julian Brandt with Jadon Sancho leading some up-and-coming youngsters as he experiments ahead of the new season.England international Sancho, who has enjoyed a pair of breakout seasons with the club since switching from Manchester City, has spoken of his desire to prove that he is more than a teenage one-hit wonder.”It’s crazy what’s happened because I’m still only 19 and things like that usually happen when you’re 23 or 24,” he stated.”Now it’s about keeping that level, People are waiting for me to dip so they can say I’m a one-hit wonder. I just need to keep playing and hope I stay clear of injuries. I just have to keep working hard and helping the team. That’s the main thing.”Their hosts though will be determined to give a good account of themselves, with their coach Brian Schmetzer having spoken about the desire to impress for supporters against a European giant.“I want the guys who step on the field to make sure they’re focused on Dortmund because we obviously want to put on a performance,” he told their website. “Fans are paying money to watch us play. So, we need to make sure that the group that gets out there is prepared, organized and anxious to play.”
Sri Lanka to dedicate 3rd ODI vs Bangladesh to retired quick Nuwan KulasekaraNuwan Kulasekara’s retirement follows that of veteran quick Lasith Malinga, who ended his ODI career after the first match of the series against Bangladesh on Friday.advertisement Reuters New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 12:00 IST Nuwan Kulasekara had made his ODI debut against England in 2003 (Reuters Photo)Sri Lanka will dedicate Wednesday’s third and final match of their ongoing one-day series with Bangladesh to Nuwan Kulasekara following the seam bowler’s retirement from international cricket, the country’s cricket board (SLC) has said.Kulasekara will be invited to watch the match in Colombo where he will be honoured at a ceremony for his services to Sri Lankan cricket.”Nuwan Kulasekara has been a vital cog in the Lankan lineup and played exceptional cricket during his time with the national team,” SLC President Shammi Silva said in a statement.”His contributions made on the field brought in a lot of success for the national team. I wish him the best going forward.”Kulasekara, 37, made his ODI debut against England in 2003. He took 199 wickets in 184 ODIs and last played for his country in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2017.He played 21 Tests and was part of the Lankan side that won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2014 and in the team that finished runners-up to India at the 2011 50-overs World Cup.His retirement follows that of veteran quick Lasith Malinga, who ended his ODI career after the first match of the series against Bangladesh on Friday.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Nuwan KulasekaraFollow Nuwan Kulasekara retirementFollow Sri Lanka vs BangladeshFollow SL v BAN 3rd ODI
Speaking at the Ministry’s parish office in Port Antonio, Portland, where cheques were presented to the beneficiaries, the Minister commended them for their patience, and called for “wise” use of the funds. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, on Friday (February 2), presented relief grants to residents of sections of Portland and St. Mary who were severely affected by floods in January.Approximately 112 residents in Portland, and 101 residents of St. Mary were identified as needing additional assistance, as they had already received some help when supplies were airlifted to them during the heavy rains.Speaking at the Ministry’s parish office in Port Antonio, Portland, where cheques were presented to the beneficiaries, the Minister commended them for their patience, and called for “wise” use of the funds.“Use what you have received to build back normalcy to your lives,” Mrs. Robinson encouraged, explaining that the investigation and assessment of the damage took time to complete, due to the severity of the problem.She also praised the staff at the parish offices who, despite their own dislocation caused by the floods, responded in a timely manner to reach the public, so that the relief agencies could arrange help.The Minister said that with the rains continuing, many families and “certain communities” are still at risk, and the residents should stay alert in case they have to take action to protect themselves. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, on Friday (February 2), presented relief grants to residents of sections of Portland and St. Mary who were severely affected by floods in January. Story Highlights The Minister said that with the rains continuing, many families and “certain communities” are still at risk, and the residents should stay alert in case they have to take action to protect themselves.
Besides reading and writing, Lori Sigfridson’s students are learning a thing or two about good citizenship. The Carleton Consolidated Elementary teacher organizes displays and communal meals focusing on a different culture or country each month of the school year. Students have learned German words, celebrated Hanukkah, eaten an Egyptian feast at Ramadan, celebrated Chinese New Year and attended presentations on cultures far different from their own. Ms. Sigfridson also encourages students to try physical and extra-curricular activities offered in their community of Carleton, Yarmouth Co. By taking part in these events, students value a positive relationship with the community and take a greater interest in citizenship. Ms. Sigfridson was one of 25 teachers, principals, guidance counsellors and community members honoured with awards during an Education Week ceremony for promoting peace and understanding in schools and instilling good citizenship in students. “On behalf of the province, I congratulate all award recipients for their dedication to helping students gain perspective on creating and maintaining peaceful communities. It will make them better global citizens as they grow,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “Educating to compete is one of government’s five key priorities. We share the goal of giving our young people the tools they need and deserve for a successful future.” The theme for Education Week 2008, which runs until Saturday, April 19, is Partners for Peace: From the Classroom to the Community. “Teachers play an important role in shaping the lives of their students,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “Education Week is a chance for us to honour those who have so keenly demonstrated to students the value of good citizenship and peace education. “Congratulations to each of the award recipients for their hard and inspiring work, both in their classrooms and their communities.” Education Week is a co-operative effort of five education partners — the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, la Fédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse and the Department of Education. Education Week has been celebrated in Nova Scotia since 1935.
Lucknow: The Principal Advisor to Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) Padma Vibhushan E. Sreedharan has submitted his resignation citing health issues, an official said on Monday. The LMRC has forwarded the letter to the state government for its approval. Sreedharan, popularly known as the Metro Man, has years of experience in handling mega Metro projects in the country. In February 2014, LMRC appointed Sreedharan as its Principal Advisor for shaping the project in the state capital. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France He had played a key role in advising the maximum use of land for planning metro stations. He also advised Chief Engineers to implement austerity measures to cut expenses on maintenance and operations. LMRC Managing Director Kumar Keshav said: “Sreedharan personally monitored the construction work of the North-South Corridor. His valuable guidance was crucial in construction of the underground section. I requested him not to resign but he said his health was not supporting him at this point of time.” Sreedharan also supervised the construction work of elevated tracks on the East-West Corridor to be built on a single pillar using lightweight technology, which brought down the total budget of the project from Rs 5,396 to Rs 4,538 crore (15.9 per cent).
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is once again teaming up with NBA Cares for Hoops for St. Jude Week March 11 – 17 to raise awareness and support for the hospital’s lifesaving mission.Each year NBA players, coaches, broadcasters and fans rally behind St. Jude, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.Regardless of the final score, the kids of St. Jude get the “W” during Hoops for St. Jude Week, when NBA teams and players shine a light on the work and successes of St. Jude through online, social media and in-game promotions, in addition to hosting local patients in-arena. St. Jude NBA ambassadors, who make regular visits to the hospital, will encourage fans to join the fight to save the lives of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.2018 Hoops for St. Jude Week Ambassadors:Mike Conley, Memphis GrizzliesMarc Gasol, Memphis GrizzliesPau Gasol, San Antonio SpursKevin Love, Cleveland CavaliersCoach Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks“We are deeply appreciative of the year-round support of the NBA Family, fans and our ambassadors,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Hoops for St. Jude Week provides a national platform to celebrate their efforts and further highlight how we are truly making a difference in the lives of kids everywhere.”The NBA’s support stretches beyond Hoops for St. Jude Week, with player and team visits throughout the year that never fail to brighten the days of St. Jude patients. Just this season, the hospital has hosted on-site and in-arena visits by players, coaches, broadcasters, owners and staff from the New Orleans Pelicans, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, LA Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors. NBA G League teams, the Texas Legends and Memphis Hustle, also visited the hospital this season.Thanks to support generated through campaigns like Hoops for St. Jude Week, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.For more information, visit stjude.org/hoops.
12 March 2007Sudan’s Government should fully cooperate with the immediate deployment of a United Nations-African Union (AU) hybrid force for Darfur and end the targeting of civilians, while all armed rebel movements must also strictly observe human rights laws, the UN Human Rights Council’s high-level mission to the region said in its report published today. Despite failing to get into Darfur because of visa restrictions, the mission met hundreds of relevant people and reviewed thousands of pages of documents relating to the human rights situation in the troubled region during its month of work from 5 February to 5 March in Geneva, Addis Ababa, N’Djamena, Abeche and the refugee camps of Eastern Chad.“The situation is characterized by gross and systematic violations of human rights and grave breaches of international humanitarian law. War crimes and crimes against humanity continue across the region,” the mission said in its 35-page report to the Human Rights Council, which begins its fourth session in Geneva today.“The principal pattern is one of a violent counterinsurgency campaign waged by the Government of the Sudan in concert with Janjaweed /militia, and targeting mostly civilians. Rebel forces are also guilty of serious abuses of human rights and violations of humanitarian law.”The report says the Sudanese Government “has manifestly failed to protect the population of Darfur from large-scale international crimes, and has itself orchestrated and participated in these crimes.”Underscoring the “solemn obligation of the international community to exercise its responsibility to protect,” the report details the grim situation in Darfur, highlighting that killing of civilians remains “widespread,” along with the systematic use of rape and sexual violence. It also makes recommendations to the Council itself, the Sudanese Government, the various armed rebel movements and the international community.“The Government of the Sudan should cooperate fully in the deployment of the proposed UN-AU peacekeeping/protection force without further delay,” the report states. “Sudan should end the targeting of civilians in Darfur, cease all support for Janjaweed/militia forces, and proceed with the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of such forces.”The mission also called on the Government to remove all obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the millions in need in the region. The UN says more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003, while in total, some 4 million civilians need assistance to survive in Darfur, which is in the west of Sudan.The report also calls on all armed rebel movements operating in the region to strictly observe and respect international law, and ensure the free and safe access and movement of humanitarian personnel. It also urges them to “cooperate in good faith” in the pursuit of peace.In addition, it calls on the Security Council to take “further action” to ensure the protection of civilians in Darfur, including through the deployment of the proposed UN-AU force, while recommending that the Human Rights Council should help set up an independent national rights commission for Sudan “to address the grave situation.”Meanwhile on Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon spoke with Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir, and informed him of the choice made along with AU Chairman Alpha Oumar Konaré, of a UN-AU joint Special Representative and a Deputy Special Representative for the Darfur region, as well as the force commander for the joint mission, according to a UN spokesperson, who told reporters today that Mr. Ban would discuss the Darfur situation with the Security Council on Thursday.On Thursday last week, the Secretary-General received a letter from Sudan’s President replying to his earlier correspondence detailing the proposed UN-AU force of up to 24,000 personnel. The letter was accompanied by a 14-page annex in Arabic.
The British parliament, both the House of Commons and House of Lords, today (Tuesday) discussed the post war situation in Sri Lanka.The debate on Sri Lanka in the House of Commons was initiated by Siobhain McDonagh while the debate in the House of Lords on the report on the implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in Sri Lanka was initiated by Lord Naseby. He noted that Britain is committed to and support the concept of responsibility to protect, which was supported by all UN member states in 2005. “Addressing events during the final days of the conflict is important and the UK has consistently called for an independent investigation into allegations of violation of international humanitarian law on both sides. There needs to be a more fundamental approach that goes beyond accountability. Colleagues have mentioned this in terms of the context of the future of Sri Lanka being for Sri Lankans themselves and how they take this forward. Therefore, we support the view, widely held in Sri Lanka and outside, that long-term peace can best be achieved through an inclusive political settlement that addresses the underlying causes of the conflict. Such a settlement must also take into account the legitimate grievances and aspirations of all Sri Lanka’s communities,” he said.On the progress that has been made he said that the Sri Lankan Government recognised that in appointing the LLRC, which submitted its report in December 2011 and made more than 200 recommendations, including calls for credible investigations of alleged judicial killings and disappearances, demilitarisation of the north, implementation of impartial land-dispute resolution mechanisms and protection of freedom of expression. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Burt speaking during the debate in the House of Commons said that in two weeks’ time he will make his second visit to Sri Lanka. He meanwhile noted it is too soon to talk about the British government’s attendance plans for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.“We will not move from that position for a period of time. Sri Lanka was scheduled to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2011, but given ongoing concerns about the humanitarian and human rights situation, the UK and other Commonwealth members did not support its bid. However, Commonwealth members decided that Sri Lanka would host in 2013. To reopen that decision would require a consensus of all member states and I do not think that is likely. A decision on the location of CHOGM is not for the UK; it is for the Commonwealth. The meeting will discuss many issues, not just Sri Lanka, but as Sri Lanka well knows it will inevitably shine a spotlight on the host country, demonstrating either its progress or lack of it. It is up to Sri Lanka to choose what will be seen. As the Foreign Secretary has said, we expect the Sri Lankan Government to demonstrate that they uphold the values of the Commonwealth,” he said. (Colombo Gazette)VIDEO
He said that with the demise of the LTTE, no one in Sri Lanka believes that violence is a solution to Sri Lanka’s problems and the desire for peace and the desire to ensure non-recurrence is clear. He said that the Community of Democracies must find ways and means of standing together to assist each other in times of peril, especially when faced by terrorism which threatens the fundamentals on which democracy is based. (Colombo Gazette) “The National Unity Government therefore, is focused on fostering a national consensus around the “never again” principle which everyone in our country relates to. Making use of this historic opportunity, the Government is taking steps towards achieving the twin objectives of ‘reconciliation and development’. We realise well that it is not possible to achieve one without the other,” he said.The Minister also noted that Sri Lanka is in the process of repealing the Prevention of Terrorism Act and introducing new counter-terrorism legislation that is in line with contemporary international best practices. “The Government of Sri Lanka has no doubt that as the necessary political and economic reforms take place, investment and trade and ultimately jobs, growth and economic development will follow. But as the relationship between peace and development is holistic and dynamic, the faster the peace dividend the greater and faster the likelihood and durability of peace. In a nutshell, the people’s purses must feel the benefits of reconciliation, peace and ethnic harmony. And they must feel them fast,” he said. The Government says the people’s purses must feel the benefits of reconciliation, peace and ethnic harmony.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the 20th Meeting of the Governing Council of the Community of Democracies in Geneva that the Government wants to make Sri Lanka a post-conflict democratic success story and looks forward to international support in this endeavour.
The functions taken over by the Residual Mechanism include tracking and prosecution of remaining fugitives, retrials, new trials for contempt or false testimony, protection of victims and witnesses, and preservation and management of archives – tasks mandated to the two criminal tribunals.Highlighting milestones, Judge Theodor Meron, the President of the Residual Mechanism emphasized the adoption, in April, of the revision to the Code of Professional Conduct for the Judges of the Mechanism, by which the Judges may be held accountable for upholding the principles set forth therein.This development as another example of “the Mechanism’s commitment to best practice and to serving as a model for accountability in all respects,” he said.On judicial activities, Judge Meron informed the Security Council of the appeal hearing in the Šešelj (MICT-16-99) case and that the appeal judgement in that case, rendered in April. He also spoke of the appeal hearing in the Karadžić (MICT-13-55) case, which took place on 23 and 24 April, and that it is the aim to conclude the case by December, significantly earlier than previously forecast.Good progress was also achieved in other ongoing cases, including in the retrial in Stanišić and Simatović (MICT-15-96) case and in the ongoing appeal proceedings in the Mladić (MICT-13-56) case.Judge Meron further informed the Council that the Residual Mechanism transferred eight convicted persons from the UN Detention Facility in Arusha to enforcement States during the reporting period, including four individuals to Senegal and four to Benin.The Residual Mechanism aims to complete the transfer of all convicted persons under the Mechanism’s jurisdiction in Arusha and in The Hague within this year, he added. UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSerge Brammertz, Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT), briefs the Security Council.Speaking alongside Judge Meron, Serge Brammertz, the Prosecutor of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, spoke of the work by the Residual Mechanism in locating the remaining eight fugitives indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)The victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda deserve nothing less – Prosecutor Brammertz“While the challenges in tracking fugitives are too significant to guarantee a positive outcome, my Office can commit that we will spare no effort,” he said.“The victims of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda deserve nothing less.”Prosecutor Brammertz also informed the Security Council about the search for missing persons in the former Yugoslavia and that many stakeholders took the initiative to raise this issue with his office and seek its assistance.“Efforts are urgently needed to strengthen the search for missing persons. 10,000 families – from all sides – still do not know the fate of their loved ones,” he added.The International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism) was established by the Security Council Resolution in 2010 to complete the remaining work of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia after the completion of their respective mandates, in December 2015 and December 2017, respectively.
There was “no justification” for Israeli forces to use live rounds, according to a press release issued by the UN Commission of Inquiry into the 2018 Gaza protests. “The Commission has found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli security forces committed serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law,” Chairperson Santiago Canton told journalists in Geneva. She added that paramedics and journalists also continue to be injured at demonstration sites, while also dismissing the idea that the protesters were intent on violent acts.“We found that in all of the demonstrations, there was violence in the form of the use of the throwing of stones and burning of tyres by a minority of demonstrators,” she said, adding that “the vast majority” were not involved in any form of violence.“There were women and children present, there were people having poetry reading, playing music, waving flags, things that can’t in any way be considered to be violent,” she insisted: “I think the characterization of all the demonstrators as violent is something we wouldn’t agree with.”De facto authorities ‘must encourage peaceful protests’In addition to the appeal to Israel to cooperate with an investigation into the killings, Commission chairperson Santiago Canton called on the de facto authorities in Gaza to ensure that demonstrations were peaceful.“The Commission finds that these protests were a call for help from a population in despair”, Santiago Canton said. “Not only Israel but also the de facto authorities led by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority have responsibilities towards them.Mr Santiago also called noted the Commission’s call for Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza, and in particular allow those in need of urgent medical care to leave the territory, after it found that hospitals there were “literally overwhelmed by the sheer number of death and injuries” after demonstrations on 14 May.The Commission of Inquiry’s full report will be presented to the Human Rights Council on 18 March 2019. He added: “These violations clearly warrant criminal investigation and prosecution and we call on Israel to conduct meaningful investigations into these serious violations and to provide timely justice for those killed and injured.”Created by the 47-Member UN Human Rights Council in May last year, the Commission of Inquiry was tasked with investigating all violence linked to anti-Israeli demonstrations on the Israel-Gaza border from 30 March to 31 December 2018.In total, the Commission conducted 325 interviews with victims and witnesses and analyzed audio-visual material showing demonstrators being shot.Its findings indicate that Israeli Security Forces injured 6,106 Palestinians with live ammunition at protest sites during the period of its mandate, while another 3,098 Palestinians were injured by bullet fragmentation, rubber-coated metal bullets or by tear gas canisters.Four Israeli soldiers were injured at the demonstrations, the report also found, noting that one Israeli soldier was killed on a protest day “but outside the protest sites”.Children ‘shot playing football’; wheelchair users, medics, journalistsAhead of the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the protests on 30 March, which Gazans refer to as the “Great March of Return”, the Commission of Inquiry underscored the need for Israel and the Hamas-controlled Palestinian authorities to do more to protect civilians, who continue to demonstrate near the border fence every Friday.“The Commission found reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such,” it said in a statement.Commissioner Betty Murungi described how an 11-year-old boy was shot while playing football near the fence with Israel. He subsequently had one of his legs amputated.“Although the killings have lessened, we still see protected groups of individuals including children…still being killed as recently as three weeks ago,” said Commissioner Sara Hossain.
Sad news today for Star Wars fans the world over. British fencer Bob Anderson, the man behind the Vader mask during the epic lightsaber battles in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has passed away. Along with his work on Star Wars, Anderson was the also the sword master for the Lord of the Rings trilogy.In typical George Lucas style, the fact that Anderson was the talent that brought scenes like the duel between Luke and Darth Vader in Cloud City during Empire was supposed to be kept a secret. Lucas was fanatical about keeping up the appearance that all of Vader’s scenes in the movie were done by one person. However the man who played Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, decided this wasn’t fair (perhaps he felt the Light Side telling him to do the right thing). He felt Anderson’s contributions to both films were too large to go unappreciated.In a 1983 interview with Starlog magazine, Hamill “outed” Anderson as the actor and architect of his characters fight scenes with Darth Vader. Hamill thought too much of Anderson to let his name go without credit for the movies. Arguably, his fight scenes are some of the most memorable parts of both films. While working on Star Wars and Lord of the Rings are big accomplishments, Andersons career did not start in the movie industry.Born in Hampshire, southern England, in 1922, Anderson served as a Royal Marine for queen and crown during World War Two. After surviving the global conflict, he went on to compete in the 1952 Olympics on the English fencing team. Also of note is that he competed for the world fencing championships in 1950 and 1953. It makes sense as to why Lucas and Jackson would want him for their films after seeing the amount of real-world experience he had.Fans can view his work in other films like The Princess Bride, Die Another Day and The Legend of Zorro.Read more at ESPN.com
Greek clubs across Australia have celebrated the start of the new academic year by having stalls at Orientation week in a bid to sign up new students.At the University of Melbourne, MuNGA enticed new members with free frappe coffees and show bags filled with all sorts of goodies including the Easter Sunday Greek CD, and their student publication, Epithemus.RMIT United Society of Hellenes (RUSH) held a stall at its city campus sporting loud, Greek music and lots of Greek flags.La Trobe University’s Greek Society (LUGS) put on a two day display during Orientation for their fellow ‘La Trobakides’ with music, dancing, ouzo and plenty of baklava.LUGS managed to attract100 new members, which is a great start to the year for the club whose membership base last year was approximately 180 students. A barbeque and a Greek night on Tuesday will give LaTrobe students further opportunities to sign up as members of LUGS.“It has been a struggle because people are very reluctant today to embrace their culture,” said LUGS secretary, Natole Jasonides.“A lot of people are shy and don’t see the point in joining but lately we have found that people who have been hiding have come out and become more active which is great to see” Ms Jasonides added. Ex-national NUGAS and Victoria University Greek Society president, Elinah Ioannides expressed her concerns about their level of membership at Victoria University (VUGS), following a visit to their Orientation week stand last week. However she was heartened by the fact that 50 new students joined in the first two hours of Victoria University’s Orientation day. “There are not many Greeks at Victoria University but the club is hoping to generate some interest and form a new committee,” she said.“VUGS is as active as it can be and this year they will be organising joint events with other small uni clubs.”RMIT United Society of Hellenes president Regine Karantzas confirmed that her club will be holding more events this year to cater for its growing membership.The club has over 250 members, which is quadruple what it had three years ago when it was restarted.“There are quite a few Greeks at RMIT, but some are too hesitant to join, because they don’t realise that RUSH is a member of NUGAS,” she said. “This year we are going on a massive recruitment drive, both for members and for committee members and holding more events both on and off-campus.Some of these include cake and souvlaki days, as well as participating in cultural and social events together with NUGAS, such as the Cyprus Rally on the 25th of March.”Deakin University Greek Society will set up a stall today, tomorrow and Wednesday to coincide with Deakin’s Orientation week, which will also run the following week on the same days.MuNGA and LUGS are holding a barbeque on Wednesday as a welcome back to students who couldn’t make it to Orientation week.Tomorrow LUGS is holding its first Greek night to celebrate the beginning of the semester. Students from all universities are invited to attend the event which will be held at Latrobe University’s Eagle Bar. There will be cheap drinks, Greek music, house, and an appearance by DJ Kosta Kay.“I know it’s a Tuesday night but given that its the first week back at uni, every night is a party and it will be a great way to catch up with everyone and have a good time,” said Jasonides.Upcoming events for Greek university students include the annual NUGAS boat cruise on March 11, and the Annual Easter Sunday at Room 680, Hawthorn on April 4. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Former Greek minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Pavlos Yeroulanos, talking to Neos Kosmos in Melbourne this week, expressed his optimism about the future of Greek tourism, emphasised the ability of cosmopolitan Hellenic culture to empower Greeks in periods of hardship, and stressed the need for structural changes in his country and for a more responsive leadership to the needs of the people.Talking about the record numbers of tourists expected to arrive in Greece this year he said:“Traditionally, Greece targeted the markets of the United Kingdom and Germany. “In 2009 we experienced a crisis in tourism. The British did not come to Greece because they were facing their own financial difficulties and the Germans did not come because of the tense relations between the two countries at that time. “That year we turned our attention to the markets of Russia, Israel and Turkey. By making it easy for the tourists to acquire visas we managed to achieve record numbers even back then.The markets of China and India soon followed,” said Mr Yeroulanos, who went on to clarify that apart from opening up new markets, the second reason that Greece has seen an increase in tourist arrivals is the fact that life in Athens returned back to normality after a period of upheaval.The former Greek Minister for Culture Tourism and Sports believes that tourism in Greece will continue to grow even further in the next 10 years. “As long as the state reduces the barriers to visitors, and I have to say this policy is continued by the current tourism minister, and as long as tourism operators keep their horizons open and welcome new visitors, the number of tourists will continue to rise,” he said. Pavlos Yeroulanos was in Melbourne on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition ‘Gods, Myths and Mortals’ at the Hellenic Museum, a collaborative project with the Benaki Museum in Athens. He is a great-grandson of Antonis Benakis, the founder of the Benaki Museum, and his family is heavily involved, in a volunteer capacity, with the running of the museum. For the next ten years, the leading Greek museum will collaborate with the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne in order to offer to Melbourne’s Greek and non-Greek audiences the opportunity to travel through the centuries of Greek history and culture via the objects that have survived them.The Benaki Museum is the only museum in the world to effectively follow the Greek culture from prehistoric times to the present day, said Mr Yeroulanos. “The Benaki Museum does not believe that just because we had the Golden Age of Pericles in Athens, there was nothing culturally important before or after that period. To the contrary, it brings together all the different historical periods of Hellenism and highlights the links of Hellenic culture with other cultures,” he stated.“What is happening in Melbourne is very important. A microcosm of the Benaki Museum will be exhibited here for the next ten years. From prehistoric times to present day. Very important artifacts, such as the golden Kylix, the painting of the death of modern Greece’s first governor Ioannis Kapodistrias and the sword of the hero of the War of Independence Theodoros Kolokotronis will be exhibited, amongst others, in order to show the Greek presence throughout the millennia, in order to make every Greek in Melbourne proud of their heritage and in order to share with the rest of the world our culture. These exhibits very rarely leave Greece, but they will be here in Melbourne.” The way Greek history in taught in schools, the breakup of history into separate periods, as if the times of Alexander the Great are independent from the Roman era, or the Roman era is independent from Byzantium and Byzantium separate from the Ottoman empire and the Greek War of Independence does not help the way Greeks see themselves and their culture, Pavlos Yeroulanos believes.“These periods have their very own characteristics, but it is very important to notice how much they have in common with each other, starting from ancient times all the way to the present. The Greek values that survive through time encompass our entire history, the whole course of Greek civilization, not only specific periods. If we do not understand as Greeks what unites our history, then we will always remain cut off from anything we’ve done in the past. If we cannot see our story in a holistic diachronic way we cannot understand its importance, or the historical and cultural importance of what we create ourselves today and how this might impact our future.Such a change in the perception of our history and culture will also change the way we perceive ourselves and the way others perceive us, ” he said. Asked about the current cultural landscape in crisis-hit Greece, the former minister said that in recent years Greece has seen a large increase in cultural activity at all levels and that this is very promising. “It’s like having the people saying that the economic crisis we are going through does not mean that we will cease to exist as Greeks or that we will stop creating,” he stressed.While admitting that as a result of the crisis there are difficulties in funding cultural initiatives and organisations in Greece, he also stated that even with less money the cultural scene in Greece is alive. Organisations with much larger budgets in the past, such as the Greek National Opera, the National Theatre or the Benaki Museum managed not only to survive with less money, but to be creative and productive as well.“The crisis poses difficulties but there is no reason for anyone to hide or to be afraid.The Benaki Museum was one of the first organisations that refused to surrender to the crisis. The museum said we must be present, the voice of Greece must be heard.I am now in Melbourne because of the collaboration with the Hellenic Museum. In two weeks I will be in Chicago, where the Benaki Museum will present the Byzantine Greeks in a very dynamic and innovative way in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago. The National Gallery of Art in Washington, the J. P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Art Institute of Chicago, three of America’s most important museums have hosted or are hosting exhibitions for the Greeks of Byzantium. Once again Greece, its museums, the Benaki Museum show how important it is to present to the world our cultural heritage, and the fact that we are still here fighting and creating.” Pavlos Yeroulanos believes that Greece is at a very critical transition stage in confronting its crisis.“Up until today our priority was to be able to repay our loans to our lenders. Even if this was not forced upon us we should have done it ourselves. The last thing that I want is for my generation to leave as a heritage to our children a huge debt,” he said. “Repaying the debt is a painful and a rightful step in addressing the crisis. However, the Greek crisis is not about borrowing and debt. The crisis is about the lack of institutions and structures needed in the country if Greece is to progress. It’s time to call a spade a spade. To see the real reasons behind our dead ends. To address the weaknesses we have as a state. Weaknesses which do not allow the state to help its citizens and make their everyday lives better and easier.In this area, I have not seen the changes that I would have expected to see. It is important to go ahead with the structural changes needed in order to progress.”Asked whether or not there are forces in Greek society, in the political scene, in the business sector or elsewhere that might be able to rally and support such an effort for reform and structural changes he responded in the affirmative.“Clearly there are. Whoever knows the Greeks, whether in Greece or abroad, knows what they are capable of. The people in Greece know what is needed because they experience it in their everyday lives. Like other businesspeople, I too, as a businessman, experience the difficulties faced by others, by people who want to create something good and positive for our country.The question is whether or not there will be any response by the leadership, especially the political leadership, but not only that, the banking, the business, the media, judicial leadership. All these powers must change the way they operate in order to be able to provide to all citizens the conditions which will allow them to be creative. This is the great challenge that is in front of the Greece,” he said in his concluding remarks.Pavlos Yeroulanos studied history at Williams College in the United States and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.From October 2009 until May 2012 he was a key member of the governments of George Papandreou and Lucas Papademos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Une cigogne géante fossile : l’île de Florès livre un nouveau phénixRelatée dans le Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, la découverte, par des scientifiques hollandais et indonésiens, des restes fossiles d’une cigogne géante apparentée aux marabouts sur l’île de Florès (Indonésie), ajoute un nouvel élément au surprenant bestiaire de cette région, où furent naguère découverts les restes d’hominidés minuscules.1,80 mètre et 16 kilogrammes : Leptoptilos robustus, espèce fossile de marabout bien plus grande que tous les représentants actuels de cette famille – celle des cigognes –, arpentait l’île de Florès (Indonésie) il y a 20 à 50.000 ans, y côtoyant rats géants, éléphants nains et… hobbits, ces hominidés d’un mètre de haut découverts en 2004 et baptisés Homo floresiensis par les scientifiques.À lire aussiD’incroyables empreintes de dinosaure nous révèlent à quoi ressemblait sa peauMis au jour dans les mêmes cavernes que ces derniers, les restes – fragments d’os d’une patte et d’une aile – de l’oiseau fossile, ont été découverts par Hanneke Meijer, paléontologue au Smithsonian National Museum de Washington, également rattaché au Muséum d’histoire naturelle de Leiden (Pays-Bas), et par le Dr Rokus Due, du Centre national d’archéologie de Djakarta (Indonésie).Le gigantisme de ce marabout s’inscrit dans un phénomène appelé “le facteur insulaire”, une adaptation aux conditions de cet environnement isolé, qui fait évoluer les grands mammifères, tels que primates et éléphants, en espèces plus petites, et les rongeurs ou les oiseaux en géants. Le 11 décembre 2010 à 13:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
Stay on target Remember the scene in The Matrix where Neo has to choose between the red pill and the blue pill? One day that may be how you opt to binge on either Kimmy Schmidt or The Walking Dead.At least that’s one future Netflix CEO Reid Hastings sees for the entertainment business. Could you really just pop a pill and be instantly caught up on your favorite shows? Not any time soon, obviously, but maybe “in 20 to 50 years,” Hastings mused.He even went so far as to suggest that you might be able to make a customized playlist. You’ll take “a personalized blue pill,” and “just hallucinate in an entertaining way,” Hastings said. When you’re all caught up, popping “a white pill brings you back to normality.”He wasn’t being totally serious when he made the comment to a Wall Street Journal reporter on stage yesterday, mind you. Instead, he was trying to make a point about how a company like Netflix has to be ready for what’s next. Blockbuster wasn’t prepared when Netflix burst onto the scene and look what happened to them.19 years after its founding, Netflix has 47 million subscribers in the U.S. alone and you’re hard pressed to find a single video rental store that’ still in business. Hastings doesn’t want that to happen to Netflix, so rest assured… if there’s some far-out, sci-fi way to get their library of original content into your brain then he’s going to do everything he can to make sure Netflix is the company that brings it to you.All you’ll have to decide is whether to take the blue pill, wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe… or take the red pill and stay in Wonderland and let Netflix show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. ‘Seinfeld’ Is Coming to Netflix in 2021What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend
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Search and rescue crews used chainsaws to cut the ice open during their search. (Photo courtesy of BSAR)Alaska State Troopers have released the names of the two other travelers that remain missing on the frozen Kuskokwim River.Download AudioTwenty-six-year-old George Evan, and 27-year-old Sally Stone, both of Akiak are feared dead after the ATV they were riding slipped into a hole on the frozen river.Fifty-one-year-old Ralph ‘Jimmy’ Demantle, also of Akiak, is also believed to have been riding the ATV. His body was recovered from the ice hole near Kwethluk Sunday.Megan Peters is a spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers.“There were two adult males and one adult female. They were supposed to be traveling from Bethel to Akiak via four-wheeler and they just hadn’t shown up. When the search and rescue group went to see if they could find any signs of them, essentially they were able to find a single set of ATV tracks going into an open lead. A machine was recovered and also the body of Ralph Demantle has been recovered from the water and search and recovery efforts are continuing for the other two,” said Peters.The missing travelers were reported to troopers at around 5:00 p.m. Friday. They were last seen in the Kwethluk area Thursday night. Bethel Search and Rescue says the three were traveling at night in snowy weather.On Saturday searchers and State Trooper Air Assets began a search and found an open hole above Kwethluk with a single set of ATV tracks leading into it.Troopers say alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident. The search for Evan and Stone continues.