first_imgTORONTO – The New York Review of Books has amended a personal essay by disgraced former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi to acknowledge the “serious nature” of the allegations against him, shortly after the editor who oversaw the piece parted ways with the publication.A publicist confirmed Wednesday that Ian Buruma, who was appointed as the top editor at the New York Review of Books in late 2017, no longer works for the publication.Hours after the news broke, the magazine added an editorial note responding to the nearly weeklong controversy over the piece, which sparked online backlash from those who argued Ghomeshi shouldn’t have been given such a prestigious platform.The circumstances of Buruma’s departure are unclear. The magazine declined further comment.Ghomeshi was acquitted in March 2016 of four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking involving three complainants. In May 2016, he apologized to a fourth complainant and signed a peace bond that saw another count of sexual assault withdrawn.In the essay, titled “Reflections from a Hashtag” and published online Friday, Ghomeshi opines about his post-trial life as a “poster boy” for bad male behaviour. He expressed remorse about the way he once treated people in his life, but continued to dispute the accusations against him.Critics swiftly denounced the piece as a self-serving bid for public rehabilitation. They said Ghomeshi’s account downplayed the severity of the scandal, and questioned whether the piece had been properly fact-checked.On Wednesday, the magazine added an editorial note clarifying several details about the allegations against Ghomeshi, how they emerged and the legal proceedings that followed.“The following article, which has provoked much criticism, should have included acknowledgment of the serious nature and number of allegations that had been made against the writer,” the note reads, adding that “substantial space” will be devoted to letters responding to the piece in the magazine’s next issue.Shortly after the essay was first posted Friday, Buruma defended his editorial judgement in an interview with the online publication Slate, saying Ghomeshi provided an “angle on an issue that is clearly very important and that I felt had not been exposed very much.”Buruma said he was not in a position to know the exact nature of Ghomeshi’s alleged actions, nor was it really his “concern,” given that he was acquitted in court.“All I know is that he was acquitted and he is now subject to public opprobrium and is a sort of persona non grata in consequence,” he told the Slate interviewer.“The interest in the article for me is what it feels like in that position and what we should think about.”last_img read more


Rabat – Morocco will take part in the 82nd edition of the MICAM, a key event in the footwear industry world-wide, to be held in Milan on Sep 3-6, Morocco’s trade promotion agency (Maroc Export) said.Morocco’s participation in the event will help promote the kingdom’s leather products, explore business opportunities and establish various partnerships, the source added.The leather industry is considered as an attractive pole for foreign direct investment and also one of the most dynamic sectors of the industrial fabric in Morocco. The sector achieves a turnover of 4.7 billion dirhams and employs over 21,000 people. More than 1,400 enterprises will attend Micam Shoevent, which attracts a lot of interest among dealers.According to organizers, the 2016 MICAM is more fashionable and glamorous than ever. The spring/summer 2017 collection will be eclectic: a mix of urban grit and romantic folk creating unique looks contaminated by the exotic flavour of the many different cultures of the world’s biggest cities.The event is held twice a year in Milan, the fashion capital, in the modern and functional fair grounds of Rho Fiera. In Spring and Autumn, a sneak-preview of the autumn/winter collections and those for spring/summer of the following year are presented.With MAP read more


WASHINGTON — The momentum that supporters have tried to build for a new North American trade deal has run into some Trump turbulence.The Trump administration had taken steps in recent weeks to work with Democratic and Republican lawmakers to address concerns about the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada agreement.Then President Donald Trump made his threat this past week of a 5% tariff on Mexican imports unless America’s southern neighbour cracked down on Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.The administration had recently committed to meeting with a group of House Democrats to allay their concerns about the trade agreement. That gesture created good will, and as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, described it, put Democrats “on a path to yes.”Now it’s unclear where that path may lead.Kevin Freking, The Associated Press read more


The former Crimes Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Narahenpita police Sumith Perera was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today in connection to the case over the murder of former Sri Lanka National rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.The police said that Sumith Perera was arrested for allegedly concealing evidence related to the murder. Thajudeen was found dead inside his car in Kirulapone on May 17, 2012. (Colombo Gazette)


PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court has ruled that Amazon can be sued over a defective product sold by one of its third-party vendors.A Pennsylvania woman sued after a retractable dog leash she bought online snapped and hit her four years ago, leaving her permanently blind in one eye.In a 2-1 decision released last week, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Amazon can be classified as a seller in part because it doesn’t allow customers to communicate directly with third-party vendors.The court also said a 1990s federal law governing the publishing of third-party content doesn’t shield Amazon from liability.The dissenting judge called it an “uncharted area of law” and noted that numerous rulings in other states have barred consumers from suing Amazon for liability.The Associated Press read more


The United Nations Security Council held an open debate today on the threat to international security posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), especially if they should pass through black markets and fall into private hands. In the debate that attracted about 50 speakers, Ambassador James Cunningham of the United States said a draft resolution to be adopted in the coming days responded to the growing threat that the proliferation of WMDs and the means to deliver them posed to global security.The 15 April draft of the text, a work in progress, would ask Member States to take precautions, review domestic legislation and adopt new legislation to keep the means of making WMDs away from private sectors, or non-state actors.If non-state actors were able to get such weapons, they could blackmail and threaten entire regions, Mr. Cunningham said. Organizations, such as al-Qaida, which carried out the attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001, had not hidden their desire to acquire WMDs. If such groups got them, they could bring destruction and suffering on an unimaginable scale.Ambassador Gennady Gatilov of the Russian Federation said his government was one of the initiators of the draft resolution because the problem of the proliferation of WMDs was emerging as one of the primary threats to international peace and security.Terrorists would stop at nothing to acquire the components for WMDs. In a previous resolution, the Council had highlighted the close relationship between international terrorism, organized crime and illegal trafficking in chemical, biological and other materials and had begun coordinating international efforts to strengthen a global response, he said.Mr. Gatilov supported the establishment of a Security Council committee to monitor implementation of the eventual resolution. Ambassador Wan Guangya of China, noting that his proposals were already reflected in the latest draft, said the Council meeting would help improve the text for a security environment in which it was vital to strengthen international cooperation and improve the non-proliferation regime to respond effectively to threats of terrorism.To ensure the success of non-proliferation efforts, the text would have to recognize the legitimate right of countries to use such technologies for peaceful purposes, he said.The world was now in an “era of wholesale terrorism,” when the most dangerous technology was becoming available, said Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sablière of France. The international community could not remain passive.France supported inserting references to disarmament obligations in the preamble of the text and enhancing the monitoring mechanism, he said.Bringing in such issues as disarmament would risk deadlock and treading on the toes of other international disarmament bodies, said Ambassador Adam Thomson of the United Kingdom. The text promoted the strengthening of multilateral treaties and did not rule out future arrangements to deal with any gaps in the international framework. It was about a cooperative approach to tackling non-state actors, he added. read more


While recognizing the right of owners to enjoy their property, the acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, Ross Mountain, recalled that the practice of forced eviction often results in violations of human rights such as the right to life and security of the individual. Following a visit to the Acra 2 camp on 2 March, Mr. Mountain stressed that “these families have suffered intimidation, physical violence and the destruction of their shelters, including through arson.” His visit comes after the eviction of about 1,000 families in Acra 1 and Acra 2 on 17 February. Nearly 350,000 IDPs are estimated to be living in 450 camps, according to a news release issued by the office of the Humanitarian Coordinator. More than 66,000 in 150 camps have been forcefully evicted since July 2010, according to figures cited by the humanitarian community. Another 73,000 are or will face eviction threats this year. “Haitian authorities have the responsibility to promote and protect the rights of all their citizens, including IDPs,” Mr. Mountain stated.Following the visit, he met with the Minister of Human Rights and the Fight against Extreme Poverty, Rose Anne Auguste. The Minister said a judicial inquiry into the forced evictions is ongoing, and security around the most at-risk camps has been strengthened. Haitian President Michel Martelly has condemned forced eviction and launched the 16/6 programme, a project that supports the return and resettlement of displaced persons living in camps, as well as the rehabilitation of the neighbourhoods affected by displacement.Mr. Mountain is also the acting Deputy Special Representative at the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known by its French acronym MINUSTAH. The Mission supports the country’s recovery efforts, including the promotion of stability and security, and strengthening the rule of law, respect for human rights and good governance. read more


← Previous Story Women’s EHF CL 2015/2016 All Star team announced Next Story → HUNGA-ROMANIAN FINAL: Furious CSM Bucharest demolish ZRK Vardar Eight seconds until the end, ŽRK Budućnost had a time-out and attack 7 on 6, but pressing on Cristina Neagu resulted with bad pass to Milena Raičević, which was a start of a big Gyori celebration at “Papl Laszlo Arena” in Budapest. At the end, Gyor beat ex champions 21:20 (11:8) after big battle, but just an average match full of technical mistakes.Montenegrian girls had to chances to score for extra-time in the last minute, but 50 seconds before the final whistle Radmila Petrović missed the whole goal ahead of classy Norwegian goalkeeper Grimsbo, who was one of the heroes of the “green team”, who had a noisy support by the numerous number of fans.The best part of the game for defeat team was the start of the second half, when Dragan Adžić girls made 4:0 series to turnover – 8:11 to 12:11, but Gyor’s defense found the balance and got back in control of the match.PHOTO: gol.mk, Filip Viranovski Gyor handballŽRK Budućnost read more


Gran Canaria is for third consecutive year host of „Champions Cup“, EHF's top Beach Handball championship that gather national BH champions to compete for crowns in both female and male competition.This year's event started on Thursday and 12 teams in each gender play their preliminary group matches (2 groups of six teams) till Saturday noon to win best „starting positions“ for last three „steps“ in competition, from quarterfinals up to the gold medal match! In male competition in Group A, defending champions from Russia, team Ekaterinodar“ from Krasnodar lost against Spanish side „Ciudad de Malaga“ and after winning Danish „HEI Skaering“ won second place. Teams that qualify for quarterfinals in „Group A“ are: Ciudad de Malaga (ESP), Ekaterinodar (RUS), Oroshazi (HUN) and HEI Skaering (DEN).In Group B, which is even more equalised then group A, best ever European club „Detono“ lost 2 matches in group stage and at the end get third position behind Plock (POL) and „V Gaw“ from Portugal and ahead of Torslada HK (SWE). Minden (GER) and Grosseto (ITA) will play phase for places from 9th to 12th.Female competition brought a lot of interesting matches too, and at the end of preliminary phase first four qualified teams are: Szentendrei (HUN), „Deporte y empresa“ (ESP), THSV Camelot HS1 (NED) and Beachqueens (SUI) in Group A and Dubrava (CRO), „Lady bugs“ (HUN), Getasur (ESP) & „2Much 4You“ (POR). After first two quarterfinals „Szentandrei“ and „Dubrava“ quaalified for semifinals that will be played tomorrow.In quarterfinal matches that will be held this afternoon, pairs will be 1A – 4B, 2A – 3B and so on.If you are interesteed to follow live those matches, you can do it on EHF Champions cup Youtube channel on https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6FkWVdzEY0XM8QTmyaiZIDCPdQT3VlqN Beach handball ← Previous Story HSG Wetzlar to keep coaching staff until 2019! Next Story → Germans win thriller in front of 10.400 fans in Zurich read more


first_imgFANCY A TRIP to the movies? Can we recommend The Perils of Pauline, an adventure romp featuring an heiress being pursued for her fortune?Or perhaps popular musical The Rollicking Rajah? Or Daisy Doodad’s Dial, a comedy of errors starring hot new starlet Florence Turner who gets arrested in a face-pulling competition?Not heard of them yet? That’s probably because these are short film reels from 1914, all of which would have been part of a typical cinema programme on that year when war broke out across Europe.There is a rare chance next week to see a schedule of these light-hearted snippets, along with one of Charlie Chaplin’s earliest appearances, sitting cheek-by-jowl with short films of Allied troops at the Front at Christmas, suffragette protests and other news reels from the time.The Irish Film Institute in Dublin will run the programme with a specially commissioned original score by Stephen Horne, beginning next Friday, 1 August (the schedule will pop up here next Monday).The clips were compiled from by the British Film Institute as part of centenary remembrances for the start of World War I. This might give you a taster of what to expect: Source: BFITrailers/YouTubeAll images courtesy BFI/IFIInteractive map shows the 1,000 Limerick soldiers killed in WWI>“Still the battle rages”: Dublin mother’s WWI diary goes online>last_img read more


first_imgRobots, mass extinctions and now, zombies: We have so many horrific visions of humanity’s impending doom to choose from these days. National Geographic is reporting that ants in Brazil are being infected with a mind-controlling fungus that leads them to an area where the parasite can most rapidly reproduce, then kills its host. This isn’t just one rouge zombie-fungus either; four distinct species have been identified, all capable of controlling ants to do their bidding. It’s not easy to tell if your ant farm has gone all 28 Days Later either; an infected ant doesn’t show too many signs of being infected until a stalk starts growing out of their head a few days after death.AdChoices广告The leader of the study, David Hughes, an entomologist at Penn State University, said that Brazil’s zombie ant-pocalypse might not be alone, and there could be thousands of these species all around the world, targeted to infect different species of ant. Other insects can also become carriers of the fungus, scientists say.Thankfully, the fungus appears to be limited to the bug world for now and, barring any sudden, Hollywood-esque mutation, humans seem to be safe. Still, it might be worth buying some emergency bug spray, just to stay on the safe side.[via National Geographic]last_img read more


first_img Adam Devine Faces Evil Siri-Like Assistant in ‘Jexi’ Movie TrailerBosch Brings Smart Tech to Strollers This image of John Bellingham, the only person to have successfully assassinated a British Prime Minister, doesn’t look that impressive.But behind that blank stare and stodgy smile is powerful technology.The portrait, revealed this week by Queen Mary University of London, was created through forensic reconstruction based on a skull.Known for executing Prime Minister Spencer Perceval in 1812, Bellingham was publicly hanged, and his skull preserved at Queen Mary’s Pathology Museum.Nearly 200 years later, forensic imaging expert Hew Morrison used the bones to digitally reconstruct Bellingham’s face around the time of his death.“This is a novel way to engage the public with a previously one-dimensional ‘specimen,’” Carla Valentine, a technician at Queen Mary’s Pathology Museum, said in a statement. “In this project, we specifically opted to reconstruct a well-known figure in order to reinstate his personality.”John Bellingham’s skull (via Queen Mary University of London)Born in England in 1769, Bellingham’s work as an agent for importers and exporters twice took him oversees to Russia. In the early 1800s, he was accused of a debt and jailed in the foreign country; upon release, he attempted to impeach the Governor-General, and was again imprisoned.When Bellingham finally returned to England in 1809, he unsuccessfully petitioned for compensation over his incarceration. Four years later he renewed his fight. And when a civil servant in the Foreign Office told him he was at liberty to take whatever measures he thought proper, Bellingham purchased two .50 calibre pistols and shot Perceval in the heart.During his trial, Bellingham admitted he would have preferred to shoot the British Ambassador to Russia, but insisted that, as a wronged man, he was justified in killing the representative of his oppressors.As the punishment for murder at the time was to be “hanged and anatomized,” the killer’s skull was consigned to the museum, where it remains the most famous item in the collection.John Bellingham (via Queen Mary University of London)“A skull which has been denuded of its facial features—and therefore its identity—has less of an impact on a museum visitor than being able to see the person’s face,” Valentine said. “The impersonal presentation of a skull can also be seen as creating a ‘spectacle’ out of the person, which is an issue when we work hard to display human remains to the public in an appropriate manner.”So, with Bellingham’s living relative’s permission, Morrison got to work rebuilding the 19th century assassin’s mug.Using a large database of high-resolution photographs of human faces, computer software helped combine and blend everything together to create the completed simulation.“John Bellingham would have had a long, narrow, slightly downturned nose,” Morrison, who created the face of Bronze Age woman ‘Ava,’ explained. “I gave him a neutral expression as I treated this like any other facial reconstruction.”And while hair color, eye color, and skin tone can’t be determined from skeletal remains, Morrison used his expertise to add a suitable hairstyle, as well as period clothes.“Despite committing the crime that he was found guilty of and subsequently executed for,” he said, “I did not feel the need to make him look bad or mean in any way.”More coverage on Geek.com:DNA Facial Prediction May Threaten Personal PrivacyWould You Pay $10K For This AI-Generated Portrait?Infrared Imaging Reveals Hidden Secrets Beneath Picasso Painting Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgA Clark County sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at the deputy’s face in December was cleared of any wrongdoing.Deputy Steve Fox acted reasonably and lawfully when he shot and killed Paul J. Kolar, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik wrote in a review of the officer-involved shooting.The incident began when Fox was sent to 319 N.W. 289th St., at 7:50 a.m. Dec. 18 for a report of a prowler.A woman called 911 after a suspicious person banged on her door and stated he was stuck and needed help, the review states.Fox arrived and approached the person, identified as Kolar, and a Jeep Compass that appeared stuck in a field.Fox stated he observed Kolar had his hand on a holstered pistol and so Fox kept an eye on him while he relayed the vehicle’s license plate to a dispatcher.As soon as he looked up from reading the plate, Kolar walked toward Fox and took his hand out of a coat, holding a gun, according to the review. He brought the gun up and extended his arm, pointing the gun at Fox’s face, the review states.Fox stated he immediately drew his pistol and fired at Kolar, striking him four times, according to the review.“Deputy Fox was clear in his interview that he shot Mr. Kolar because he was in fear for his life,” Golik wrote in the review.last_img read more


first_img Macau’s airport passenger numbers up 17% in 1Q19 By market, Mainland China, Southeast Asia and Taiwan recorded passenger increases of 33%, 13% and 12% respectively compared to same period last year. The April figures push MIA’s passenger movements for the first four months of 2019 to 3.1 million – a 17% year-on-year increase – with 24,000 flights arriving and departing in that time.That works out to around 1,500 flights per week with MIA currently connected to 28 airlines and 55 cities around the world. Macau Airport sets Golden Week and single day passenger records during Chinese New Year RelatedPosts Macau GGR down 8.3% in April Macau International Airport (MIA) recorded its busiest ever month in April 2019, hitting 800,000 passenger movements and 6,400 aircraft movements for the first time.The numbers represented 19% and 21% increases respectively over April 2018 traffic, buoyed by a 31% increase in passenger movements to more than 120,000 during the four-day Easter holiday. Load Morelast_img read more


first_img Advertisement ‘The Dab’ officially, officially died last night at FedEx Forum in Memphis. It all happened when an uncool Dad/Grizzlies fan got overly excited during the fourth quarter of the home team’s win over the Spurs and went for it.He tried to dab, like the kids do, but ended up looking like he was trying to smell his armpits while having stroke.It was a nice run, Dab, but it’s over now.White people killed the dab.pic.twitter.com/apiJ8dLxOC— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) April 23, 2017last_img


first_imgMay 24, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. What is the responsibility of a platform such as Facebook to its users?This week, The Guardian published its investigation into the social giant’s content moderation practices, revealing through leaked documents the capricious nature of the task at hand.The documents painted the company’s content moderation as something of a moving target, in which a split-second judgement is often required to decide whether something that is potentially offensive, graphic and even dangerous should stay on the site for purposes of awareness and education or removed entirely. Another cause for concern was how far the line went when it came to what threats that were posted could be considered credible.Related: Facebook’s Content Moderation Rules Are Both Careful and ShockingIt’s a complicated process, but when the engine of Facebook is the personal information that people share with it, it begs the question of what kind of transparency is owed to its users, especially around issues of safety and wellbeing.Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, wrote an editorial for The Guardian in an effort to address those concerns and lay out context when it comes to the changing standards required to make those quick decisions.With regard to that transparency, Bickert noted that while Community Standards are available to all, “we don’t always share the details of our policies, because we don’t want to encourage people to find workarounds.” But the boundaries around what is and isn’t appropriate remain blurry.Related: Why Mark Zuckerberg Runs 10,000 Facebook Versions a Day“These tensions — between raising awareness of violence and promoting it, between freedom of expression and freedom from fear, between bearing witness to something and gawking at it — are complicated, philosophical questions,” Bickert wrote. “Many organisations grapple with them, and there are rarely universal legal standards to provide clarity. Being as objective as we can is the only way we can be consistent across the world and in different contexts. But we still sometimes end up making the wrong call. … We get things wrong, and we’re constantly working to make sure that happens less often. We put a lot of detailed thought into trying to find right answers, even when there aren’t any.”So what can any organization learn from Facebook’s stance?While it’s understandable that you would want to keep proprietary practices under wraps, if a process is constantly evolving, take it upon yourself to keep your users or customers in the loop. Their insights could help refine a messy process or highlight issues that you may not see clearly from the inside. It’s also important to remember that admitting you’re wrong isn’t a death knell — it can put you in a improved position to do better going forward.center_img 3 min read Register Now »last_img read more


first_img Ads by Amazon Search Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ENDS IN Close The fight over Mauna Kea continues with 34 protesters getting arrested on Wednesday, July 17. The telescope set to be built on the mountain is expected to be one of the world’s largest and most exceptional.  ( Pixabay ) Dozens of protesters have already been arrested, but the controversy over the construction of Thirty Meter Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea is far from over.The battle over the dormant volcano in the Big Island has been ongoing since the Mauna Kea was chosen as the site of the TMT in 2009. Now, the fight has migrated from the courts of law to the streets as protesters blocked the roads and chained themselves to structures in their efforts to halt the construction of the massive telescope on the mountain many Native Hawaiians consider to be a sacred site.The Mountain’s Scientific ValueWith its impressive elevation of 13,796 feet above sea level and clear, unpolluted skies above, the Mauna Kea reportedly provides an unparalleled view of deep space. The volcano is located near the equator, which means both hemispheres are visible from the peak. Once the $1.4 billion telescope completed, astronomers will use the TMT to look as far back as 13 billion light-years ago to the birth of the first stars in the universe. All Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийThirteen telescopes are currently sitting on the peak of the mountain, with five of them slated for decommissioning as soon as the TMT is completed. The space observatory is envisioned to feature one of the biggest and most powerful telescopes in the world. It’s expected to rise as tall as an 18-storey building.Construction for TMT first began in 2014, but it stopped after the arrest of protesters in 2015. The state’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of construction in 2018, with Hawaii governor David Ige stating his support for the telescope’s construction.The Sacred Mauna KeaAccording to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Mauna Kea is considered to be a deeply sacred site in Hawaiian traditions. It continues to be a place of worship and prayer, as it’s regarded to be a home of the gods as well as the “piko” or navel of life in the islands.”We are a living people with a living culture,” John Osorio, dean of Hawai’inuiākea, said in a statement. “Any attempt to intrude in this Pu’uhonua is a direct attempt to erase our people and culture and divides all Hawaiians.”Kahoʻokahi Kanuha, an organizer from the Hawaiʻi Unity and Liberation Institute, pointed out that the Mauna Kea sits on what’s known as the “crown lands,” which was part of the Hawaiian Kingdom prior to when it was overthrown in 1893. Many Native Hawaiian organizations consider these lands to belong to the Hawaiian people, saying that the United States stole it from them.”These lands were taken from us, so we have rights to them,” Kanuha explained to The Guardian. “We have a spiritual connection to them. We have a genealogical connection to them.”Beyond the spiritual and cultural value of the dormant volcano to the Native Hawaiians, the environmental aspects are also being highlighted in the protests. The endemic wēiku bug is found in the Mauna Kea as well as the Lake Waiau, where some locals still go to collect water or offer infants’ umbilical cords.With most of the TMT observatory structure expected to be built underground, a number of the opposition also brought up the environmental impact of its construction.Alyssa-Marie Kau, who is a former law clerk with Earthjustice, pointed out that the construction could be a threat to the aquifer that’s directly beneath Mauna Kea. Hazardous chemicals like motor oil and pesticides exist underground, which presents the possibility of contamination during construction activities.”That aquifer is the main source of water for Hawaii Island,” Kau told Grist. “So water contamination could be very damaging.”Local Protests And Future Plans For Mauna KeaLast Monday, July 15, about 500 protesters headed to Mauna Kea to block the only road to the top and prevent construction from starting. Some chained themselves to the road, while other protesters sang and chanted at the base of the mountain.Ige issued an emergency proclamation on Wednesday, July 17, to expand the state’s authority in removing protesters from the mountain. Law enforcement made 34 arrests (33 kupuna or elders and one caregiver) on the same day, according to Honolulu Civil Beat.More than 700 astronomers and students have signed an open letter speaking up against the criminalization and arrests of protesters in Mauna Kea. While the authors of the letter acknowledge the significance of the telescope to science, they also urge the community to examine the methods they’re using to get it constructed. TAG Mauna Kea, Hawaii, Thirty Meter Telescope DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more


first_imgHamilton Preparatory School held a Father’s Day event at their school.  The school invited all the dads to come and see their little ones put on a special Father’s Day programme they had prepared for them.The dads were all seated outside and were addressed by some of the teachers.Then the adorable children, from age two to six, took the ‘stage’. Some of them were so overwhelmed at seeing their dads that they sang their hearts out when the first song started. After two songs, the little ones were excused, but they soon returned with gifts and cards they had made especially for their beloved fathers. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more


first_img Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Rivlin’s office and the ceremony’s sponsors could not agree on how the ceremony would be conducted, and now each is blaming the other for the eventual cancellation.In a letter sent to Rivlin this month, Israeli and American leaders of the Conservative Judaism movement wrote that, “The sole reason for this denial is the contempt of Israel’s leaders for the sponsors of this program.”The letter added that denying the boys their bar mitzvah was “an act of cruelty.”The dispute highlights the long-simmering conflict between the Orthodox mainstream in Israel and the Reform and Conservative Judaism movements, which make up the majority of the American Jewish population but are marginal in Israel.The Orthodox establishment rules many aspects of life inside Israel, such as marriage, divorce, conversions and burials. Liberal groups have struggled to make inroads inside the Jewish state and the Orthodox rabbinate has refused to recognize their rulings as religiously valid.Rivlin’s largely ceremonial office is meant to act as a moral compass for the country. A former lawmaker, Rivlin has championed civil liberties and promoted pluralism and tolerance. But in the past, he has derided Reform Judaism. FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2014 file photo, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, attends a meeting at the President’s residence in Jerusalem. A canceled bar mitzvah ceremony for boys with disabilities is highlighting a rift between Israel’s Orthodox majority and its more marginal streams of Judaism. President Reuven Rivlin had agreed to hold the ceremony at his residence but later suggested a non-religious event. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File) 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall 4 must play golf courses in Arizonacenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 treatments for adult scoliosis JERUSALEM (AP) — Liberal Jews in Israel are accusing the country’s president of discriminating against them by calling off a bar mitzvah ceremony at his residence.At the heart of the dispute is a proposed bar mitzvah for boys with disabilities scheduled to be held at the residence of President Reuven Rivlin. The ceremony was sponsored by the Conservative Judaism movement, which — despite its name– is more liberal than the Orthodox movement which dominates in Israel. Rabbi Gilad Kariv, who heads Israel’s Reform Jewish movement, said he was unfamiliar with the details of the bar mitzvah dispute but commended the conservatives for their important initiative. He added that despite Rivlin’s past statements, the president has been respectful to all streams of Judaism since taking office.Naomi Toledano-Kandel, Rivlin’s spokeswoman, said it wasn’t the role of the president’s office to intervene in such a contentious political topic.“We are not the place that will decide the religious war,” she said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more


first_imgThe Arizona Sports Hall of Fame will induct a 2017 class including several notable names.One of those is Arizona Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill, who is in his eighth decade running the franchise. Other names include long-time Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan, and Grand Canyon University men’s basketball head coach and Phoenix Suns Ring of Honor member Dan Majerle.Doan spent over two decades with the franchise, captaining from 2003 to this past season. He retired in the 2017 offseason 28 points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Thunder Dan” is known for his time with the Suns but is quickly becoming a bigger name in the community for his time in charge of the Antelopes. After a four-year wait, Majerle’s team is now Division I eligible, looking to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.The last two inductees are sports journalist Paola Boivin and Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles.Boivin, who now teaches at ASU’s Cronkite School, spent over 20 years as an award-winning sports journalist at The Arizona Republic.Robles was a state champion at Mesa High School, an NCAA champion in 2011 and a three-time All-American despite being born with one leg.The Arizona Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1957 but revitalized in 2009. Last year’s class included former Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson and former D-backs pitcher Randy Johnson.This year’s class will be honored on Nov. 1. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more