10 months agoSpalletti satisfied with Inter Milan victory over Empoli

first_imgSpalletti satisfied with Inter Milan victory over Empoliby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti was satisfied with victory over Empoli. Keita Balde Diao’s goal proved enough at the Stadio Castellani to continue their positive streak.“There are games that can start going the wrong way if you don’t take the right approach,” he told Sky Sport Italia.“We weren’t sharp in the first half and didn’t spark enough moves down the flanks. It was better after the break, when Empoli got tired and we were able to create problems.“It’s a fundamental victory and I’d say a fair one too. Once again, we wasted chances and lost the ball cheaply, something we cannot afford to do, as we risk on the counter. In games like this, Empoli can analyse a good performance, but for a side like Inter, the only thing that matters is the result.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Joel Embiid Welcomed Duke Big Man Jahlil Okafor To The 76ers

first_imgJoel Embiid taking off his mask.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 21: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers adjusts his facemark during a break in action in the third quarter against the Miami Heat during Game Four of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 21, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The Philadelphia 76ers have made a habit of selecting big men early in the past three NBA drafts, most recently Duke’s Jahlil Okafor. Joel Embiid, who was  the team’s first overall pick in 2014, welcomed Okafor to the fold on Instagram this afternoon.Now all Embiid needs to do is hopefully stay healthy enough to join Okafor on the court.last_img read more

Höegh Osaka Heads for Falmouth

first_imgzoom Car carrier Höegh Osaka that was stranded in the Solent for 19 days set sail on Tuesday for Falmouth where it will undergo final repair.According to the latest vessel tracking data from Marine Traffic, Osaka was around three nautical miles from Falmouth, sailing on its own power.The repair is expected to take up to three weeks enabling the car carrier to return to regular service.The vessel’s owner Höegh Autoliners said that all units had been discharged and the vessel was empty of cargo. The cargo in question included more than 1,400 Land Rovers, Minis and Jaguars, worth millions of dollars.The cleaning of decks and accommodation areas has been completed in Southampton.Grounded car carrier Hoegh Osaka was handed back to its owner on January 23rd after 19 days of salvage activities that saw the vessel finally towed to the Port of Southampton on January 22nd.The UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has launched investigation into the incident.World Maritime News Staff; Image: MCAlast_img read more

Trump warns Congress not to interfere with NAFTA negotiations

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C., – U.S. President Donald Trump warned Congress on Saturday not to interfere with his plans for a new North American Free Trade Agreement, lest he cancel the deal entirely.On Twitter, the president threatened to “terminate NAFTA entirely” if Congress balks at ratifying a revamped NAFTA that could go forward without Canada’s involvement if ongoing negotiations fail.Trump notified Congress on Friday of his intent to sign a revamped deal in 90 days with Mexico — and Canada too, if Ottawa chooses to join in.But on Saturday, Trump said there was “no political necessity” to include Canada in a deal, and suggested he would scrap NAFTA entirely rather than allowing it to continue in its current form.“If we don’t make a fair deal for the U.S. after decades of abuse, Canada will be out,” he wrote.“Congress should not interfere with these negotiations or I will simply terminate NAFTA entirely and we will be far better off.”But simply pulling out of NAFTA may not be as clear-cut as the president suggested in his message, according to several trade experts.Congress must approve any rewrite of the deal and could refuse to endorse an agreement that excludes Canada.Moshe Lander, an economics professor at Concordia University, suggested Trump doesn’t have the authority to pull out of NAFTA “in the simple way he presents.”He said the United States would have to give six months notice to both Canada and Mexico if it intends to withdraw.And, while not all experts agree, he said he believes Trump would need congressional approval to end the agreement.“Because NAFTA was enacted through an act of Congress, Congress has to undo it,” he said in a phone interview.At this stage, he said it’s difficult to speculate on whether Congress will stand up to the president, especially since the contents of the deal have not yet been revealed.But Gilles LeVasseur, a business and law professor at the University of Ottawa, said Trump’s Saturday message reflects a certain nervousness that he might fail to win the support of a Congress that tends to be pro-trade.“Congress is more open to Canada than we expect, Republicans and Democrats,” he said.“Yes they want changes, yes they want improvements, but they don’t want to throw everything away.”Krzysztof Pelc, a political science professor at McGill University, said Trump is likely using the threat of excluding Canada to obtain more concessions in areas such as supply management and dispute resolution.“Congress’ refusal to ratify a deal without Canada in it weakens Trump’s hand, so to achieve his ends, he’s attempting to bully not only Canada, but the U.S. Congress as well,” he wrote in an email.Pelc said that Republican members of Congress as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are “dead set” against a bilateral deal with Mexico.However, he said the president could try to obtain ratification by “dangling the promise of letting Canada join later.”Talks between the two countries ended without an agreement on Friday as negotiators failed to reach an agreement to include Canada in the deal before notice was sent to Congress.In response to Trump’s latest message, the Canadian government stuck to the cautiously optimistic message that has become its standard response on the matter.“As we’ve said all week, we’re working toward a modernized NAFTA that is good for the middle class and people working hard to join it,” spokesman Adam Austen said in a statement.“With good will and flexibility on all sides, a win-win-win outcome is achievable.”Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard was more blunt, telling reporters that Trump is not a friend to Canada.“The United States are a great friend and ally of Canada, but clearly Mr. Trump is not,” he said while campaigning in Quebec City.“He is certainly not an ally and is not acting like an ally, and not just with Canada.”Trump took to Twitter again Saturday night, tweeting “We shouldn’t have to buy our friends with bad Trade Deals and Free Military Protection!”Talks to keep Canada in the trade bloc are to resume Wednesday as the two countries try to resolve thorny issues including Canada’s dairy market and U.S. efforts to shield drug companies from generic competition.last_img read more

Petroleum analyst optimistic for the price of oil after government moves

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The markets are now open and we will soon see if the Alberta government’s actions to cut oil production in the province will help with the price of oil.On Sunday, Rachel Notley announced an 8.7 per cent cutback on production across the province.Dan McTeague is a petroleum analyst.He believes whether or not the government made this move, there would be job losses.“For many companies, this may not be the outcome that they wanted, but spreading around the pain seems to be the only thing you could do with an environment where doing nothing would only lead to further catastrophe.”While this was certainly not the government’s first choice of action, McTeague believes it is the right course of action.“I think jobs would be affected either way,” he said. “We have to look at the absolute carnage in jobs that have taken place up to now. I think it’s short-term pain for long-term gain.”He notes the short term success on the markets will also be heavily impacted by some global moves.He sees the thawing of the trade war between the U.S. and China as a major factor.“There is also a likelihood that OPEC will cut back dramatically on production along with Russia.”last_img read more

THE BEST CANADIAN FASHION MOMENTS OF THE WEEK APRIL 12 TO 18

first_imgIf you’re lacking some style inspo right now, look no further — ’cause there have been some amazing looks circling around the scene.In this roundup of the best Canadian fashion moments of the week we found an affinity for suit blazers, light layers, and of course, a healthy dose of attitude.From your favourite celebs styling at the hottest A-list events, to the online influencers serving looks this spring on Instagram, these trailblazers will definitely keep Canada on the style map. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Dan Levy by Julian Berman (instadanjlevy/Instagram) Twittercenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto-born actress Shenae Grimes is cozy chic wearing a polkadot cardigan paired with some striped short shortsStar of Canadian comedy show Schitt’s Creek, Dan Levy is styled in many looks but truly shines in a cool, patterned navy overcoat with light washed jeans.While in MTL, Marina juxtaposes sportswear and classy chic with a fleece sweater and shoulder bag while also rocking a pair of sleek heels.last_img read more

UN other members of Somalia support group call for cessation of hostilities

6 June 2007The United Nations and other members of a group supporting peace and reconciliation efforts in Somalia today called on all parties to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities and protect civilians in the war-ravaged country. In a communiqué released following talks in London, the International Contact Group expressed concerns about “continued sporadic violence” in Mogadishu and the resulting deaths and injuries. Representing the world body at the Group’s gathering in London was Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe, who is on his way to the region to discuss how to bring peace and reconciliation to Somalia. The Group strongly condemned “actions of extremists and terrorists and those looking to undermine the political and reconciliation process.”The communiqué welcomed the assurances given by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) that a planned Reconciliation Congress “will be fully inclusive and that no clan or sub clan, or individual members of them who renounce violence and are selected by their clans, are excluded from the reconciliation process.”The Contact Group said it would fund the Congress, which “should lead to a process of genuine political reconciliation.”The Group agreed to continue to work with all parties to address the humanitarian needs of the Somali people and called on all parties to provide free and unhindered humanitarian access.According to UN figures, 340,000 people, roughly one third of the capital’s population, have fled the hostilities in Mogadishu since the start of February, while at least 1,000 have sustained injuries. The recent violence is some of the worst the country has seen in the 16 years it has gone without a functioning Government. The International Contact Group for Somalia includes Italy, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States, together with the African Union, European Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, League of Arab States and the UN.Also attending today’s meeting were the leaders of the TFG, senior officials of the Group’s member States and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall. read more

New law in El Salvador threatens judicial independence UN rights expert says

Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said the legislation – which passed by El Salvador’s national assembly and was promulgated by the executive – could be considered “an affront to the principles of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary, fundamental elements of any democracy and any rule of law.”“El Salvador, as a country that is consolidating its democracy, should pay particular attention to the full independence of the judiciary and the principle of separation of powers enshrined in international instruments of which it is a party and which are enshrined in the Salvadoran constitution,” said Ms. Knaul.“The other branches of government can not force the country’s highest court to take judicial decisions unanimously, as the matters that fall within its competence are, by their very nature and complexity, controversial.”Ms. Knaul said the law, if followed, “would block the activity and the effective functioning of the country’s highest court and therefore substantially limit the rights of Salvadorian citizens to appeal to that court in defence of their fundamental rights.”The Special Rapporteur urged El Salvador’s Government to repeal the law to prevent the justice system from falling into paralysis.Ms. Knaul serves in an independent and unpaid capacity and reports to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 1 July 2011A United Nations human rights expert warned today that a newly passed Salvadorian law requiring the country’s Supreme Court decisions to be unanimous could undermine the independence of the judiciary. read more

Brothel raided in Wellawatte

During the raid the police arrested three women who were engaged in prostitution, the police media unit said today.The women are aged 33, 25 and 38. The four people are to be produced in court today. A brothel was raided in Wellawatte last night and four people including the manager of the brothel were arrested.The police said that the brothel was operating as an ayurvedha spa along Havelock Road. The Wellawatte police are conducting further investigations. (Colombo Gazette)

UN agency agrees to new partnership to help standardize cyberspace

The partnership with TeleManagement Forum (TM Forum) aims to leverage both organizations’ resources and expertise to enhance international standards in Telemanagement and Operational Support Systems (OSS), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said today in a news release in Geneva.It allows TM Forum standards to be published by ITU as ITU-T recommendations. ITU-T is ITU’s standards-setting body.”We believe strongly that a policy of cooperation with other standards development bodies contributes significantly to the process and will ultimately help to create a fairer market for businesses and consumers,” said Houlin Zhao, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau the secretariat for ITU-T.”This partnership means that we can avoid duplication of work and get standards to market in a far more efficient manner,” he added.The president and CEO of TM Forum, Jim Warner, said the partnership “provides us with an efficient way to take our standards to the international community for formal adoption, quickly and without duplication of efforts.”TM Forum’s membership comprises incumbent and new-entrant service providers, computing and network equipment suppliers, software solution suppliers and customers of communications services. TM Forum has been contributing to the Information and Communications Services (ICS) Industry for over 15 years. read more

SecretaryGeneral to open exhibit on US diplomat Ralph Bunche

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), which made the announcement, and the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.Mr. Bunche won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his successful diplomacy in ending the first Arab-Israeli war in 1949, DPI said. He played a major role in drafting the UN Charter and, through the UN Trusteeship Council, he spearheaded the dismantling of existing colonial rule in Africa and Asia. He was also a staunch advocate of human rights worldwide and took an active part in the civil rights movement in the United States, it said.The exhibit will be open to the public until 22 November. read more

FEATURE A conversation with female ambassadors about the UN Security Council

‹ › Importance of gender mainstreamingResolution 1325 was the first UN resolution to specifically address the impact of war on women and the need for women’s participation in peace processes and political institutions. The resolution also for the first time raised the need to address sexual violence in armed conflict. Yet there are different interpretations among Council members on what issues should be raised under the Council’s Women, Peace and Security agenda item, said Ms. Lucas.These include, for example, the issue of sexual violence in conflict. For some Permanent Representatives, it is an inevitable by-product of war, and should not be a focus of the Council, according to Ms. Kawar. In fact, the topic has gained a permanent place on the Council agenda with the passing of multiple Security Council resolutions, including through resolution 1888 (2009) which created an entire Office and an Under-Secretary-General to lead the UN effort to eliminate this scourge. In another anecdote recalled during the event, one Security Council member questioned why a senior political official spent time during an urgent field visit to a conflict zone meeting with representatives of women’s groups and civil society. To counter such thinking, Ms. Lucas said that the women ambassadors look for opportunities to include gender-related topics as part of other agendas – to mainstream them – so that they are not sidelined as “special interest” or “soft issues.”One way is through official reporting channels between the Council and UN heads of political and peacekeeping missions. For example, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the country, or SRSG as he or she is known, might need to find out about specific data and needs of women and girls in displacement camps – a conversation that he or she might not have had otherwise, but which they are now mandated to include in briefings and reports to the Council. Member States also play a role through national action plans, created by governments to implement 1325. Members of the Council at the meeting. From left: Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UN; Raimonda Murmokaite, Permanent Representative of Lithuania; Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States; and Sylvie Lucas, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg.  UN Photo/Rick Bajornas UN Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman moderated a conversation on Thursday with Ambassadors Dina Kawar of Jordan, Raimonda Murmokaite of Lithuania, Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg and Samantha Power of the United States. Photos courtesy of the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands and United States to the United Nations ‹ › Different tenor of discussion The decrease in the number of women has made a difference in the Security Council, suggested Ms. Power. She recalled the Council’s decision on 11 March to adopt resolution 2272, which endorsed special measures recommended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to prevent and combat sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers. It was the first time she felt “acutely aware” that she was the only woman on the Council, the Ambassador said, calling the meeting “one of the most disappointing debates that ended up with a good outcome.” She said that during the debate she “could see the little thought bubbles in some of my counterparts who were listening to me thinking, because she is a woman, she is this fired up about this issue. It didn’t have anything to do with being a woman. But with basic decency, justice and what the UN stands for.” She noted that afterwards some called her “passionate,” a word she called her least favourite when used to describe issues and principles, while some dismissed her statements by saying “she’s so emotional.” Reflecting on the debate, she said that “it would have been harder to take positions that not only aimed at weakening the resolution, but I think as a matter of human conscience, very distasteful, it would have been harder to take those positions in the kind of room we were able to constitute there a year or a year and a half ago.”Ms. Lucas, who served on the Council in 2013 and 2014, and Ms. Kawar, who was a Member in 2014 and 2015, also noted that women ambassadors seemed more concerned than their male colleagues about humanitarian and human right issues. Ms. Lucas emphasized that these were equally important and very much tied to the credibility of the Council.What the eye catches gets fixed in the brain “It’s worthy to look at the Security Council and the horseshoe to see one woman at the table in 2016; that’s crazy. To see there has been no woman Secretary-General and only two women presidents of the General Assembly over 70 years,” Ms. Power continued. The fact that we are back to one out of 15 shows that we all need to make a sustained commitment to gender parity – USG Jeffrey Feltman “It’s important because each of those is very symbolic and they send signals. When a young girl comes and visits the UN and sees the Security Council and sees one woman ambassador, she thinks that’s normal. That’s a problem. Because it shouldn’t be normal, and it should look much more the way it used to look.” Ms. Murmokaite, who served on the Council in 2014 and 2015, agreed that examples and symbolism matters, as much for the credibility of the UN as for creating role models for young diplomats. She noted, for example, that two-thirds of her staff in the mission were women.  “There’s always a line between talking the talk and walking the walk. We’re very good at talking the talk. We’re not as good at walking the walk,” she said, referring to the UN overall. Ms. Murmokaite also said that when voting for Member States competing for a non-permanent seat at the Security Council, one consideration could also be whether the country was represented by a male or a female ambassador. The Secretary-General has made gender equality a priority, appointing more than 150 women to Assistant Secretary-General or Under-Secretary-General positions in the past seven years, resulting in nearly one-quarter of political and peacekeeping mission in the field being led by women.  Despite this progress, less than 10 per cent of all UN mediators are women, and all-male panels continue to be held at the UN on topics related to major issues.  When the Security Council visited Mali earlier this month, the contingent was all male (it was the only field visit that Ms. Power was unable to attend). During at least one meeting, the Council members found themselves seated across from Malian women’s groups and civil society. They made all the correct points and discussed the importance of women’s empowerment in politics, but the reaction from the Malians was, not surprisingly, sceptical, the ambassadors said. “Numbers aren’t everything. The Security Council is absolutely clear on the importance of the women, peace and security agenda,” said Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman, referring to the landmark Council resolution 1325 (2000), which recognizes the critical role that women and girls play in maintaining peace and security. “But the fact that we are back to one out of 15 shows that we all need to make a sustained commitment to gender parity in the peace and security architecture of the UN,” continued Mr. Feltman, who moderated a panel on Wednesday comprised of Ambassadors Dina Kawar of Jordan, Raimonda Murmokaite of Lithuania, Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg and Samantha Power of the United States. The event, organized by the UN Department of Political Affairs and hosted by the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the UN, took place on the sidelines of the annual session of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The forum, one of the largest in the world focused on women and girls, is this year reviewing progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. “If it [gender equality] depended on hundreds of women descending on New York for CSW, we would be there,” Ms. Power said. “A lot of our progress on gender equality is going to depend on men. We need, fundamentally, men around the world to take up these issues.” Ms. Power, who once shared the iconic Security Council horseshoe table with the three other women ambassadors on the panel, is now the lone woman on the 15-member body. The US has a permanent seat on the Council, along with China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom. Overall at the UN, the number of women ambassadors has increased to 37 – out of 193 Member States – from 31 in 2014. Dina Kawar with Riyad H. Mansour (left), Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN; and Lyutha Al-Mughairy, Permanent Representative of the Sultanate of Oman, during a press encounter, following an urgent meeting of the Security Council on recent incidents of violence in Jerusalem and in the West Bank. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Sylvie Lucas with Cherif Mahamat Zene, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Chad and Council President for December, at the meeting. UN Photo/Loey Felipe Samantha Power and Peter Wilson, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom voting on resolution 2235 (2015) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. UN Photo/Mark Garten Different styles of engagement The ambassadors ultimately report to their capitals, whose political compasses also guide UN-level discussions and negotiations, but there is some ‘wiggle room’ around official lines. “Between the red lines and what you do is always this no-man’s land. We all navigate in this no-man’s land. That’s very female,” said Ms. Kawar. She said women ambassadors are more likely to take detailed notes and listen to other points of view. “We don’t say, I’m American. I’m Arab. I’m this. I’m that. No, we say, this is the problem, how can we deal with it. There’s something about this nature in women where you want to find solutions.” Women are more likely to put down their prepared notes, engage with other members, and respond directly to other members’ statements, the ambassadors said. That is not indicative of all women, Ms. Kawar said. She told a story of meeting a world leader involved in an ongoing conflict, and was relieved to see that his wife was attending the meeting – in hopes that she might be able to sway him towards peace. It turned out that the wife was actually more hawkish, refusing to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict, and influencing her less bellicose husband.“All of us in some sense are a reflection of the pipelines that lie behind us,” Ms. Power said, noting that there would not be more force commanders until there were more senior women commending people in national militaries, or that there would not be more women at the top diplomatic offices at the UN or within their Member States unless they were progressively moving up through the ranks.The presence of women has also opened the Council up more to civil society. Both Ms. Power and Ms. Kawar referred to the impact when hearing directly from victims in meetings, which then sometimes triggers concrete action. Ms. Power also discussed the need to put a human face to the issues as “trying to break people out of our collective slumber.”  The next Secretary-General  The current discussions about gender equality at the UN have also focused on the Organization’s top seat – and there is a strong push for the next Secretary-General to be a woman.To enhance transparency in the candidature process, which will ultimately be decided by the Security Council, Member States are publicly nominating candidates. So far, three women are on the list: Vesna Pusic of Croatia; Irina Bokova of Bulgaria; and Natalia Gherman of the Republic of Moldova.    Ms. Kawar recalled a recent meeting on that very topic where the only real message from the male ambassadors seemed to be that if a woman was selected, she would need to be competent.She reacted by suggesting that nobody would talk about competence or qualifications of men in a similar way: “Who is the woman who is going to become Secretary-General because she is bored that day?” read more

Atmos UAV looks to mining with Marlyn drone crossover between airplane and

first_imgDrone startup Atmos UAV has closed its latest investment round with investment firm Disruptive Technology Ventures (DTV). Atmos has developed an industrial drone “that is a clever crossover between an airplane and a helicopter. The drone can already be found flying all over the world to help professionals in mapping large areas of land.” The series A of undisclosed amount enables the startup to further scale up their distribution, product development and support organisation. DTV, the fund of amongst others Ad Scheepbouwer (former CEO of TNT) and the founders of cybersecurity leader Fox-IT (Ronald Prins & Menno van der Marel) will support Atmos by fuelling growth and international roll-out.“Our innovative drone, named Marlyn, combines the high flight performance of conventional aircraft with the vertical take-off and landing of helicopters,” explains Sander Hulsman, CEO of Atmos UAV. With their technology, the company targets professional markets in which large area mapping plays a key role, including mining. “The investment, as well as the extensive experience of the DTV team, will help us achieving our goal of making Marlyn the new standard in the professional mapping industry.”“The unique properties of Marlyn in combination with the strong team behind the company convinced us that Atmos will become a major global player,” says Daan Nollen, Fund Manager DTV. “We look forward to further accelerate the international roll-out of Atmos with our combined expertise.”Atmos UAV is a Delft, Netherlands-based company specialised in the design and production of high-end aerial surveying and data collection drones “that enable professionals to gather geospatial data effortlessly from the sky, enabling them to make more informed decisions. The flagship drone model Marlyn has a worldwide unique design that combines the high performance of a conventional fixed-wing aircraft with the flexibility of helicopters.” With their patented technology the company is targeting mining and other applications.last_img read more

Polanski blames the Pill for masculinising women

first_imgOSCAR-WINNINGDIRECTOR Roman Polanski on Saturday blamed birth control pills for “masculinising” women, as he premiered what he called a satire on sexism.Polanski unveiled “Venus in Fur” starring his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, which was the last movie in competition to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.Asked by a reporter how his views of women had changed over time, the filmmaker said he thought feminism and advances in contraception had blurred the distinctions between the sexes.‘It chases away romance’“I think that now offering flowers to a lady becomes indecent, that’s how I feel about it,” he told a news conference after a well-received screening of his film.“I think to level the genders — it’s purely idiotic. I think it’s a result… of progress in medicine. I think that the Pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, ‘masculinising’ her — how would you say it?” he said, looking to his cast for a prompt.He added: “I think that it chases away the romance from our lives and that’s a great pity.”Polanski’s latest film captures the friction between a theatre director and an actress which plays out as a battle of the sexes.“It’s the aspect of the sexism and the satire on sexism which was very seductive in this film. There’s this macho element in his character which is really coming to pieces and that was quite enjoyable,” Polanski told reporters, referring to the male character.“Whatever people think and know about me, the ones that do know about me know that I am not this way,” he said with a smile for Seigner.Polanski won an Academy Award in 2003 for his Holocaust drama “The Pianist” but did not pick up the prize in the United States, where he faces an outstanding arrest warrant for sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.Controversial comments about womenThe festival this year featured a number of controversial comments about women.French director Francois Ozon, who presented a film called “Young and Beautiful” about a 17-year-old middle-class prostitute, told trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter that lots of women dreamt of selling sex.“I think women can really be connected with this girl because it’s a fantasy of many women to do prostitution,” he said.When challenged by the interviewer, he insisted: “It is the reality. You speak with many women, you speak with shrinks, everybody knows that. Well, maybe not Americans.”Ozon later dismissed uproar over the remarks, saying he was only referring to women in his film.- © AFP, 2013Read: Irish Film Institute highlights Roman Polanski filmsRead: Gender discrimination is biggest barrier to work promotions for womenRead: French government gets anti-sexism lessonslast_img read more

Chrome OS gets Google Drive support Offline Docs

first_imgA little over two months ago Google Drive finally launched, bringing 5GB of free, synchronization-friendly cloud storage to anyone with a Google account. But while Android users were given a native app to install on day one, folks running Google’s other non-home theater OS were left out in the cold. About a week later, Google Drive integration finally started taking shape in the Chrome OS Developer Channel releases.Today, Chrome OS 20 has been pushed to the masses, arriving for everyone running the Stable Channel on a Chromebook or Chrometop. It’s a much more fluid experience now: gone are the delays and sluggish refreshes that previously plagued the file manager when scrolling through overstuffed cloud directories. Offline functionality isn’t totally there yet, and that’s understandable. With some devices featuring just 8GB of internal storage, it’s quite possible a full sync from a packed Google Drive could leave very little free space.A bit of offline functionality has been added, however. All your Google Docs files can now be cached offline, allowing you to work on them even when you’re stuck without a connection. When you reconnect, your changes will be merged with the original file stored in the cloud.Early Chrome OS adopters — those of you out there who were fortunate enough to get your hands on a Cr-48 as part of Google’s pilot program — will notice one other rather big change after the update process completes. When you log back in to your Cr-48, you’ll be treated to the new Aura window manager, which will make your Chromebook look and function a bit more like a traditional laptop.More at Google Chrome Releaseslast_img read more

Gardaí seize €100k worth of heroin in Dublin raids

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3462414 File photo. Gardaí on patrol in Dublin. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 17 Comments Short URL 13,094 Views By Sean Murray Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 7:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Gardaí seize €100k worth of heroin in Dublin raids Two homes in the Dublin 1 area were searched, and two people were arrested. HEROIN WORTH AN estimated street value of €100,000 has been seized by gardaí during raids yesterday in the Dublin 1 area.A team from the North Central Divisional Drug Unit carried out a planned search at a house in the north inner city area yesterday morning.During the search, heroin worth an estimated €30,000 was discovered, and a man in his 40s was arrested.In a follow-up search of a flat, also in Dublin 1, heroin worth an estimated €70,000 was seized by gardaí.A woman in her 30s was arrested, and a number of mobile phones, cash and drug paraphernalia was also seized.The man and woman are currently being detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Store Street Garda Station.Read: Gardaí seize €350k in cash in latest crackdown on Kinahan gangRead: A statue of the late Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick today Share2 Tweet Email File photo. Gardaí on patrol in Dublin. Jun 24th 2017, 7:09 PM Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

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Northeast 68th Street project open house set for Tuesday

first_imgThe latest information on planned sidewalk and street improvements on the south side of Northeast 68th Street in Hazel Dell will be presented during a Tuesday open house.Clark County and the city of Vancouver will partner on the project, with Clark County building missing sidewalk segments for about 5,500 feet and the city making street improvements for about 1,400 feet.Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2021.The open house will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria/common room at Hazel Dell Elementary School, 511 N.E. Anderson St., Vancouver.Residents can meet with project managers, designers and traffic engineers, ask questions and offer their own thoughts and comments. Maps of the proposed improvements will be available for review.Only a few sections of sidewalk exist on the street, from Northeast Highway 99 east to Northeast St. Johns Road. About 3,300 vehicles a day use this section.last_img read more

Australian Group Tigertown Take On Mental Health In New Single

first_imgNews Facebook Hear Tigertown’s Single For Mental Health australian-group-tigertown-take-mental-health-new-single Twitter Email Alt-pop quartet’s latest release deals with helping someone through depressionRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 1:48 pm Australian alt-pop band Tigertown — comprising husband and wife Chris and Charlie Collins and Chris’ siblings Alexi and Elodie — have released their latest single, “Come My Way,” and it covers a difficult topic.The single has, according to Billboard, “warm, bouncy synths, cascading keys and an anthemic chorus you can’t help but chant along to.” But while the song evokes a joyful mood, the subject matter is mental health and overcoming depression.”We wrote ‘Come My Way’ last year in Nicaragua with our friend [British songwriter] James Flannigan. It’s about helping someone through a time of depression,” Chris Collins said. “We make ourselves so emotionally vulnerable these days, which can be great but it means, now more than ever, we need to be looking out for each other always.””Come My Way” is the first single released from the Tigertown’s upcoming EP, Warrior, out Nov. 17. The band will embark on a November tour in support of Great Good Fine OK.Mobile Music Therapy: Humm.ly App Will Chill You Out Australian Group Tigertown Take On Mental Health In New Single last_img read more

5 killed in mysterious rocket test accident in Russia report

first_imgMoscow: Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom said early on Saturday that five of its staff members had been killed in an accident during tests on a military site in northern Russia, the RIA news agency reported. The accident occurred during tests on a liquid propellant rocket engine, RIA said, citing Rosatom. Rosatom was quoted as saying that a further three of its staff had received injuries of varying degrees of seriousness during the accident, including burns. They were receiving the necessary medical treatment in specialised facilities, it said. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Russian authorities had previously said that two people had been killed in the incident and that a nearby city had reported a rise in radiation levels when the rocket engine blew up at a testing site in the Archangelsk region on Thursday. Authorities said they had been forced to shut down part of a bay in the White Sea to shipping as a result Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Local residents have been stocking up iodine used to reduce the effects of radiation exposure after the accident, regional media have reported. Russia’s Ministry of Defence has given few details of the accident. Although the defence ministry initially said that no harmful chemicals were released into the atmosphere and that radiation levels were unchanged, authorities in the nearby city of Severodvinsk reported what they described as a brief spike in radiation. No official explanation has been given for why such an accident would cause radiation to spike. Advertise With Us The radiation statement put out by the city of Severodvinsk disappeared from the Internet on Friday without explanation. An unidentified naval officer quoted by the Kommersant newspaper said the accident could have occurred at a testing site at sea and that the explosion of a rocket could have caused a toxic fuel spill. Russia media have said that the rocket engine explosion may have occurred at a weapons testing area near the village of Nyonoksa. Those reports say an area near Nyonoksa is used for tests on weapons, including ballistic and cruise missiles that are used by the Russian navy. Greenpeace has cited data from the Emergencies Ministry that it said showed radiation levels had risen 20 times above the normal level in Severodvinsk around 30 kilometres (18 miles) from Nyonoksa.last_img read more