Canadas Yannick NezetSeguin becomes Met Operas music director next season

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “They need guidance. They need leadership,” Nezet-Seguin said Thursday. “If this can be something to stabilize the future, my advanced presence, then I’m happy to provide this.”He gave up European guest conducting next January and will lead 17 performances next season, adding a revival of Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande” to his previous commitment of a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” and a revival of Poulenc’s “Dialogues des Carmelites.” He will conduct three operas in 2019-20, then at least five each season starting in 2020-21.“I think he realizes how important it is for the Met to have a music director who can also handle the important decision-making that only a musical director from a contractual point of view can do in terms of tenured positions in the orchestra,” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said. “This obviously has not been the easiest time for the company with the news about maestro Levine, so it will be very comforting and reassuring to the orchestra and the chorus to know his tenure is starting earlier than originally planned.”Nezet-Seguin turns 43 next month and represents a generation change. He felt an impetus to move up the timetable after returning to the Met last spring for the first time since appointment.“I became even more eager to get started with the orchestra and the chorus and the music staff, seeing and feeling they needed the leadership at that moment,” he said.Gelb said the Met’s investigation of Levine is getting “very, very close to its conclusion.” Levine, who turns 75 in June, is not scheduled to conduct next season.While Levine helped raise the Met orchestra to among the world’s best in the 1980s and ’90s, his physical ability started to deteriorate in 2001, when he began to conduct from a chair. Tremors in his left arm and leg became noticeable in 2004, and his health worsened with shoulder and kidney surgery followed by three back operations. His frequent absences led to orchestra players feeling a lack of direction, and many left. An improved relationship with the orchestra and other unions could be significant heading into labor negotiations this summer, when the Met is expected to ask for permission to schedule regular Sunday performances for the first time.“As fellow musicians excited by Yannick’s vision for the future, it is our hope that the Met’s inspired investment in his brilliance underscores its commitment to the musical artists and artistry that are the lifeblood of the Met Opera,” Jessica Phillips, a clarinetist who chairs the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Committee, said in a statement.Next season will have just four new productions, the fewest for the financially challenged Met since 2005-06. Gelb said the reduction was due to the need for stage time to rehearse a revival of Robert Lepage’s controversial staging of Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle in the spring of 2019. Paris Opera music director Philippe Jordan leads a cast that stars Christine Goerke as Bruennhilde.Darko Tresnjak’s new staging of Saint-Saens’ “Samson et Dalila” opens the season Sept. 24. Nico Muhly’s “Marnie” gets its North American premiere Oct. 19 conducted by Robert Spano in his Met debut. Michael Mayer directs “La Traviata,” which opens Dec. 4, and the last new production is David McVicar’s staging of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur,” opening New Year’s Eve with Gianandrea Noseda conducting a cast led by Anna Netrebko.Acclaimed Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut Dec. 14 in Verdi’s “Otello.” Gelb said Lepage’s “Ring” set with its giant planks starts a three-month remediation next week at a warehouse in Middletown, New York, to get “back in fighting shape.” The set will be reprogrammed to make movements quieter.The ticket price range remains unchanged at $25-$480. Paid percentage of box office realized is in the upper 60 percent range this season, Gelb said, the same as last year. Gelb said the Met is considering collaborating with other institutions in New York to present a “chamber-sized opera in a more appropriate venue other than the Met.”Nezet-Seguin is moving forward with plans for the Met premieres of the French versions of Verdi’s operas that premiered in Paris plus contemporary projects. Advertisement NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nezet-Seguin will become the Metropolitan Opera’s music director next season, two years earlier than planned, providing a leader to an orchestra fighting drift and defections for more than a decade.Nezet-Seguin’s appointment was announced in June 2016, two months after Parkinson’s disease caused the end of James Levine’s 40-year run. The company announced Nezet-Seguin would start a five-year contract in 2020-21 after three seasons as music director designate.Levine became music director emeritus but was suspended in December following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from the 1960s to ’80s.last_img read more

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Militarys counterintelligence unit monitored Elsipogtog antifracking protests documents

first_img(RCMP tactical officers scope the situation during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military used its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October’s RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick in preparation for the eventuality the situation went “sideways,” according to internal document obtained by APTN National News.Senior officers with Joint Task Force Atlantic, which is headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to assess who was leading the protests locally and the reaction protests planned across the country following the Oct. 17, 2013 raid, according to the documents, including email, released under the Access to Information Act.Camouflage and black-clad RCMP tactical officers wielding assault rifles dismantled a warrior-anchored camp blocking a compound in Rexton, NB, holding exploration vehicles used by a Houston-based energy firm to search for shale gas deposits near the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.The raid triggered daylong clashes between the Mi’kmaq, their Acadian and Anglophone supporters and the RCMP that led to 40 arrests and the torching of several RCMP vehicles. The RCMP said it seized hunting rifles, ammunition and crude explosive devices from the warriors that day.The protests, driven by concerns the discovery of shale gas would lead to hydraulic fracturing and threaten the areas water, continued into late November and saw tires burn twice on an area highway before the company, SWN Canada, finally ended their exploration work for the season.According to the documents released to APTN National News and previous public comments by the RMCP and the military, no Canadian Forces personnel were involved in the raid. The military did provide the RMCP with space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton Detachment. The RCMP also requested the military provide its officers with field box lunches for between 60 to 100 personnel, according to a “Request for Canadian Forces Assistance” form submitted by the RCMP on Oct. 18.While the Canadian military couldn’t engage directly with the protest without an aid to the civil power request by the provincial government, the documents show individual officers were on alert even the Canadian Forces in the region did not shift posture.“My (commanding officer) just wants to have me link with you in regards to the current events in Rexton,” wrote Capt. Grant McDonald, with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian regiment based in CFB Gagetown, in an Oct. 18 email to Capt. Don MacRea, with operation services of the 5th Canadian Division Support group also on the same base. “No panic here, we just want to have the right names and phone numbers if things go sideways.”At headquarters in Ottawa, the military’s public affairs team was also put on alert.“Team, please stay close to our Blackberries this weekend,” wrote Maj. Andre E. Salloum, in an Oct. 18 email to about 12 other people. “Just in case this situation escalates, we might have to man the office.”Senior officers with joint Task Force Atlantic, headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to gather information on the ongoing local protest and the reaction-protests planned across the country.Capt. Chris Hanley, with J3 Current Operations 2, sent an email on Oct. 18 to several individuals with a list of questions about the leaders of the protests and their level of coordination.“What is the primary group (s) involved in the shale gas protests in NB? Is there any evidence that recent and planned protests are centrally directed or coordinated, or are the uncoordinated?” wrote Hanley. “Is there a direct there a direct threat to (Canadian Armed Forces) personnel/installations?”APTN National News was not provided with the email containing the answer to those questions.The Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit, however, issued a report the same day from its Halifax detachment. The content of the released version of the report is heavily redacted. It does show that the unit was relying on three “tried and trusted” sources to gather intelligence on the situation.The military was also receiving information from Government Operations Centre, which is the central nervous system for Ottawa’s response to incidents with potential national impacts. The federal government was preparing for nation-wide protests in response to the raid near Elsipogtog and distributed a map listing all the potential actions across the country.Download (PDF, Unknown)The Government Operations Centre was also providing situational reports to the military which linked the events unfolding in New Brunswick to the Idle No More movement.“While this incident was an environmental protest, it is linked to ongoing First Nation dissatisfaction with resource development and extraction in Canada as well as general dissatisfaction embodied in the Idle No More movement,” said the report.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Getting more oil to market in Canada requires more pipelines NEB says

first_imgPipeline stock sitting on rail cars. (APTN file)The Canadian PressThe National Energy Board says Canada’s existing export pipelines are running at maximum efficiency and the only way to realistically get more oil to market on pipelines is to build more of them.The board responded Friday to questions posed last fall by Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi, who wanted to know if there was any way to improve the efficiency of pipelines while Canada struggles to expand or get new ones built.Put simply, the board says, the amount of oil Canada is producing has increased while the number of pipelines to carry it has not.The report says moving more oil by rail is also not a “perfect substitute” because doing so is more expensive and complex.It also tells Sohi that while there is room to streamline the system used by oil producers to get access to pipeline space, doing so would only reallocate existing capacity, rather than create more.Sohi’s request to the board came last fall as Canadian oil prices plunged thanks to temporary refinery closures in the Midwest, creating a price differential with the U.S. of $50 per barrel.That price gap has since closed to less than $10 a barrel after refineries came back online and the Alberta government imposed a mandatory drop in production.last_img read more

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UN appeals for donations to restore Haitis quakedevastated educational system

With hundreds of Haitian schools destroyed or damaged by last month’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a public appeal for donations to help re-establish the education system in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.Of some 1,500 schools visited to date in the worst hit areas of Haiti, only 85 had escaped severe damage from the 12 January quake, which is estimated to have killed some 200,000 people, injured many others and left 2 million in need of aid, UNESCO said in a news release today.The vast reconstruction effort to rebuild Port-au-Prince, the destroyed capital, will require skilled workers and UNESCO is also developing technical and vocational education and training for young people so that they may find employment and participate in this undertaking.Significant contributions have also been pledged by Brazil, Bulgaria, Israel and the Norwegian Refugee Council for UNESCO initiatives in the country. A Brazilian donation of $400,000 will fund training for teachers in psycho-social support and disaster awareness, benefiting 110,000 secondary and higher education students.Teachers and educational support staff will be trained to understand how learners are affected by the disaster; how to use learner-centred pedagogies and methods of behaviour management and make referrals for those who are severely traumatized, UNESCO said. The agency has also been extending emergency support to the national education authorities, providing them with basic equipment and temporary work space, following the collapse of the Education Ministry’s building, and will provide basic training for ministry officials in emergency response planning and management. Haiti’s only World Heritage site, an early 19th-century complex in the north of the country, which includes the ruins of a royal palace and the largest fortress of the Western Hemisphere, appears to have been largely spared by the quake. But the full impact on the property, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1982, is yet to be fully analyzed.The agency is assessing damage to other cultural sites and mobilizing efforts to avert the danger of looting, calling for a temporary international ban on the trade in Haitian artefacts and asking the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to provide round-the-clock protection to key landmarks and museums.UNESCO is aiding attempts to rescue whatever panels or significant fragments remain of the remarkable painted murals that decorated the Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Port-au-Prince, which collapsed in the quake, and is also working on training in anti-seismic construction techniques for the professionals who will be rebuilding the country. Many historical and cultural landmarks, including the Presidential Palace, churches and cathedrals, have been destroyed. 5 February 2010With hundreds of Haitian schools destroyed or damaged by last month’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a public appeal for donations to help re-establish the education system in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. read more

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Latvian President named envoy to help promote Annans reform agenda ahead of

Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga completes the Secretary-General’s team of envoys who have agreed to use their good offices to help him promote the reforms outlined in his report, “In Larger Freedom,” which calls for the most far-reaching reforms in the UN’s 60-year history.With his report, Mr. Annan has placed before world leaders an agenda for action to move the world decisively towards important goals: halving poverty in the next decade; reducing the threat of war, terrorism and deadly weapons; and advancing human dignity in every land.As Latvia’s Head of State, President Vike-Freiberga has actively supported the need for UN reform. Elected to a second term in office in 2003, she has successfully guided her nation through a period of active reforms leading to full membership in the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).President Vike-Freiberga joins the other envoy’s appointed last week: Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern of Ireland; Ali Alatas, former Foreign Minister of Indonesia; former President Joaquin Chissano of Mozambique; and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo. read more

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New wave of interethnic violence swamps eastern Chad UN refugee agency reports

“In scenes of devastation similar to the carnage just across the border, at least 10 Chadian villages have been attacked, looted, burned and emptied by alleged Arab-led groups since early October,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a report from the Chadian town of Koukou.“Dozens of people have been reported killed and many more wounded. At least 2,000 Chadians were forced to flee several villages after they came under attack, or out of fear that they would eventually be targeted.”UNHCR operates a dozen camps in eastern Chad for 218,000 Sudanese who have fled from three years of fighting between Sudan’s Government, allied militia and rebels in Darfur. Now it must also contend with growing numbers of internally displaced Chadians as the Darfur crisis threatens to further destabilize the region. The agency has urged an international peace-keeping presence in eastern Chad.Many of the attacked Chadian villages were hosting displaced people who had fled earlier this year before a rainy season lull in the violence. Some 50,000 Chadians were displaced prior to the latest violence.The current hostilities, which erupted in early October and swiftly escalated, reportedly involved a dispute between ethnic Arabs and black African Dadjos. “War broke out in our village. People were killed. We don’t even know yet who was killed,” said a displaced Dadjo man, sitting under a tree with his family.“Some of the attackers were on horseback. Others were on foot. Some were wearing military uniforms. They had no vehicles,” he added. “They told us: ‘If you stay, we’ll kill you. If you flee, we’ll kill you.’”UNHCR and its partners are providing displaced Chadians with basic relief items such as plastic sheeting for shelter, mosquito nets, buckets, jerry cans and soap.Even though the displaced are anxious to return home before this month’s harvest, UNHCR and its partners are preparing them for other possibilities. If insecurity prevents them from going home immediately, the Chadians will have to move to one of two sites that have been made accessible to humanitarian agencies. read more

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Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales gain 11 per cent in May

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canadian manufacturing sales came in better than expected for May, climbing 1.1 per cent to $54.6 billion.Statistics Canada says it was the third consecutive month to see an increase as gains were led by the transportation equipment and chemical manufacturing industries.Economists had expected a gain of 0.8 per cent for the month, according to Thomson Reuters.However, the better-than-expected increase for May came as Statistics Canada revised its figure for April to show an increase of 0.4 per cent compared with its initial reading of 1.1 per cent.Sales in May were up in 16 of 21 industries, representing 71 per cent of the manufacturing sector.The transportation equipment industry saw sales rise 4.2 per cent to $11.5 billion boosted by the motor vehicle and the motor vehicle parts industries. Chemical manufacturing sales climbed 2.4 per cent to $4.4 billion.In constant dollars, overall sales were up 1.1 per cent, indicating that higher volumes of manufactured goods were sold in May. Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales gain 1.1 per cent in May read more

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Ohio State rises to No 8 in College Football Playoff standings

After beating Michigan State on the road, the Ohio State football team jumped six spots to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff standings, which were announced Tuesday night on ESPN.Before the Buckeyes’ 49-37 win against the Spartans on Saturday, OSU was ranked No. 14 while Michigan State was No. 8. OSU (8-1, 5-0) is also ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press top 25 and No. 7 in the USA Today coaches poll.OSU was No. 16 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings announced Oct. 28 before rising two spots last week.Mississippi State checked in at No. 1 for the third consecutive week with Oregon at No. 2 and Florida State and Texas Christian University rounding out the first four. At season’s end, the top four teams in College Football Playoff standings are set to compete in the first-ever College Football Playoff.OSU is one of five Big Ten teams in the top 25, with Michigan State falling to No. 12, Nebraska dropping to No. 16, Wisconsin checking in at No. 20 and Minnesota entering the poll at No. 25.Michigan State and Minnesota are the only teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on OSU’s schedule this season.The standings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Minnesota in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon.Complete Standings:Mississippi StateOregonFlorida StateTexas Christian UniversityAlabamaArizona StateBaylorOhio StateAuburnMississippiUCLAMichigan StateKansas StateArizonaGeorgiaNebraskaLouisiana State UniversityNotre DameClemsonWisconsinDukeGeorgia TechUtahTexas A&MMinnesota read more

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Geosoft releases CET Grid Analysis software – helps mineral explorationists find discontinuities

first_imgCET Grid Analysis software has been developed by the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET) within The University of Western Australia (UWA), supported by Barrick Gold. CET Grid Analysis, designed for mineral exploration geophysicists and geologists looking for discontinuities within magnetic and gravity data, is being marketed and distributed by Geosoft as a new Oasis montaj plus third party extension. It provides a step-by-step trend detection menu that offers Texture analysis-based image enhancement, suitable for analysing regions of subdued magnetic or gravity responses where texture analysis can first enhance the local data contrast, and Discontinuity structure detection, useful in identifying linear discontinuities and edge detection.The sophisticated algorithms behind CET Grid Analysis were created by the Geophysics and Image Analysis Group at CET, part of the UWA’s School of Earth and Environment. CET is supported through a partnership between UWA, Curtin University of Technology, and the mineral exploration industry.Associate Professor Eun-Jung Holden worked with Professor Mike Dentith, Dr. Peter Kovesi and Shih Ching Fu to develop the methodology used for the software. “Through CET’s industry networks and sponsors, our team has had access to exploration industry companies, specifically Barrick Gold, for this project,” said Holden. Barrick Gold provided already-analysed datasets for testing of the algorithms and initial processing of potential field data with the CET Grid Analysis tools showed a good correlation with known structure and geology.CET Grid Analysis has become an indispensable tool for Barrick Gold in its African gold mines around Lake Victoria in Tanzania in Africa. “The most relevant application has been to assist in mapping dislocations and gradient changes commonly associated with greenstone gold deposits in the Lake Victoria Goldfields,” explains Matthew Hope, Barrick Gold’s Project Geophysicist for Africa/Eurasia.The identification and mapping of these features makes CET Grid Analysis useful to explorers because the time-saving modules are essentially automatic interpretation tools that provide a first pass lineament detection on gridded/image data.“Exploration teams have a lot of data to sift through and don’t have a long time to do it,” says Louis Racic, Geosoft’s Product Management Director. “CET Grid Analysis software produces the mapping data they need in a time-saving manner.”The CET Grid Analysis extension for Oasis montaj contains tools for texture analysis, phase analysis, and structure detection and quickly provides a first-pass automated lineament interpretation of gridded data. As explorers often have large volumes of gridded data to interpret, this automatic approach provides an unbiased interpretation and improves the speed with which one can interpret gridded data.CET Grid Analysis Key BenefitsProvides access to new layers of information assisting with the interpretation of magnetic and gravity dataWorks fast as a productivity aid for all explorers to help create a first pass unbiased view of the dataCan be used in regional scale or property scale data setsVersatile as the tools can be used on different data and in different waysIncludes two workflows, one for analysing regions of subdued magnetic or gravity responses where texture analysis can first enhance the local data contrast to find discontinuities and one for identifying data edge structures.last_img read more

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Chevron une nouvelle fuite de pétrole au Brésil

first_imgChevron : une nouvelle fuite de pétrole au BrésilUne nouvelle fuite de pétrole a été détectée dans les installations de la compagnie Chevron au large du Brésil. La firme, qui ne précise pas l’importance de cette pollution, a annoncé la suspension temporaire de son activité dans ce champ pétrolier.Quelques mois après que 3.000 barils de pétrole se sont déversés des installations de Chevron au large de Rio de Janeiro, la compagnie a annoncé avoir détecté une nouvelle fuite dont l’ampleur n’est pas précisée. Dans un communiqué, la firme explique avoir demandé et obtenu l’autorisation de l’Agence nationale de pétrole (ANP) pour la suspension temporaire de son exploitation du champ de Frade, situé à 370 kilomètres au large des côtes de Rio.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Chevron dit avoir décelé une nappe de pétrole de cinq litres le 4 mars dernier, et avoir déterminé l’origine de cette fuite seulement le 13 au soir. “Nous avons passé des jours sans réussir à déterminer l’origine exacte de la fuite”, a déclaré Rafael Jaen Williamson, le directeur de Chevron Brésil, cité par l’AFP. “L’endroit a été identifié à trois kilomètres à l’est de l’endroit de la première fuite, à près de 1.300 m de profondeur”, a de son côté expliqué Mauro Pagan, ingénieur des installations de Chevron au Brésil.Alors que la compagnie pétrolière affirme avoir dispersé la nappe, l’ANP annonce dans un communiqué son intention d’imposer une amende à Chevron pour cette nouvelle fuite. Son montant n’est pas précisé. Pour l’incident du mois de novembre, la firme avait été condamnée à verser plus de 100 millions de dollars d’amendes.Le 16 mars 2012 à 15:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Vedanta hits over 10month low as protests against copper plant in Tamil

first_imgProtesters demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin.ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty ImagesShares of Vedanta Ltd fell to their lowest since July 5, 2017, after at least nine people were killed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu when police fired at violent protesters calling for the closure of a copper smelter run by parent Vedanta Resources Plc.Demonstrations against the copper plant, one of India’s biggest, have been going on for more than three months, with protesters alleging that it is a major source of pollution and risk to fisheries.The smelter, run by Vedanta’s Sterlite Copper unit, is controlled by Vedanta Ltd, a majority-owned subsidiary of London-listed Vedanta Resources.Environmental activists and some local politicians want the government to shut the plant permanently.Vedanta had earlier said the protests were based on “false allegations”, and that it plans to double capacity at the smelter to 800,000 tonnes per year.Shares were down 3.2 percent as of 0500 GMT, after falling as much as 5.50 percent earlier in the session.last_img read more

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Bodies of 3 more plane crash victims arrive

first_img.The bodies of three more Bangladeshis, killed in the US-Bangla plane crash in Kathmandu, arrived in the capital on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the bodies, landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4:09 pm, said Tasmin Akhter, assistant manager (PR) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.Later, the bodies were handed over to their respective families, said Md Kamrul Islam, an official of US-Bangla Airlines.The three victims are – Alifuzzaman, Nazrul Islam and Piyash Roy. They were identified on Wednesday.Earlier on Monday last, the identified bodies of 23 Bangladeshi passengers were brought back in Dhaka by a cargo aircraft of Bangladesh Air Force.The 23 victims are Foysal Ahmed ,Bilkis Ara ,Begum Hurun Nahar Bilquis Banu , Akhtara Begum, Nazia Afrin Chowdhury , Md Rokibul Hasan , Sanzida Huque, Md Hasan Imam , Meenhaz Bin Nasir , Akhi Moni, F H Priok ,Tamarra Prionmoyee, Md Motiur Rahman, S M Mahmudur Rahman, Tahira Tanvin Shashi Reza, Umme Salma, Aniruddha Zaman , Md Nuruz Zaman , Md Rafiquz Zaman, pilot Abid Sultan, co-pilot Prithula Rashid, crew Khwaja Hossain Mohammad Shafey , crew Sharmin Akhter Nabila.last_img read more

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Demonstrators clash with police in Venezuela amid attempted coup

first_imgVenezuelan citizens protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro outside the Venezuelan embassy in San Jose, on 30 April 2019. Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido declared himself acting president in January 2019 and claimed on 30 April to have also secured the backing of Venezuelan soldiers, while the country`s leftist government said an attempted coup was under way. Photo: AFPDemonstrators clashed with police on the streets of the Venezuelan capital Tuesday, spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido’s call on the military to rise up against president Nicolas Maduro — who said he had defeated an attempted coup.An apparently carefully planned attempt by Guaido to demonstrate growing military support disintegrated into rioting as palls of black smoke rose over eastern Caracas.Tuesday evening, Maduro declared victory over the uprising — congratulating the armed forces for having “defeated this small group that intended to spread violence through putschist skirmishes.””This will not go unpunished,” Maduro said in an address broadcast on television and the radio.”(Prosecutors) will launch criminal prosecutions for the serious crimes that have been committed against the constitution, the rule of law and the right to peace.”Guaido had been immediately backed by the United States, where president Donald Trump said in a tweet Washington was standing behind the Venezuelan people and their “freedom.”He rallied his supporters with an early morning video message that showed him — for the first time — with armed troops he said had heeded months of urging to join his campaign to oust Maduro.The 35-year-old National Assembly leader was filmed outside the La Carlota air base, where he asked the armed forces inside to join him.The video had the extra shock value of featuring key opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez at his side, saying soldiers had released him from years of house arrest.Guaido claimed the move was the “beginning of the end” of Maduro’s regime, and there was “no turning back.””We showed there are soldiers willing to defend the constitution, and there are many more,” he said in a video message Tuesday.The opposition plans to hold a massive May Day protest in Caracas, where Maduro will also lead a rival rally.’Nerves of steel’Thousands of opposition supporters flocked onto a highway near the air base, many waving Venezuelan flags, but they were met with gunfire and tear-gas fired by soldiers at the compound’s perimeter.Lopez later entered the Chilean embassy with his wife and one of his children to claim asylum, before moving to the Spanish embassy, Chile’s Foreign Minister Roberto Ampuero announced in Santiago.Soldiers backing Guaido wore blue armbands to demonstrate their allegiance to the opposition leader — recognized as interim president by more than 50 countries — but there appeared to be few of them.Brazil said later a number of Venezuelan troops had sought asylum at its Caracas embassy. Brazilian media put that number at 25.But Maduro had called on his forces to show “nerves of steel” and troops in riot gear, backed by armored vehicles and water tankers, lined up against the demonstrators.Several vehicles plowed into the crowd, injuring some of the protesters. Rioters later blocked the highway with a bus and set it on fire.A plume of black smoke rose from an area near a helicopter hangar on the base, where demonstrators who briefly managed to enter were pushed back.As United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to all sides to avoid violence, Venezuela’s army chief and defense minister, General Vladimir Padrino issued a stark warning of possible “bloodshed” — adding that he would hold the opposition responsible.He later said an army colonel had received a bullet wound to the neck during the clashes in Caracas.Health officials said 69 people were injured, including two from bullet wounds.Elsewhere, human rights NGO Provea denounced the death of a demonstrator in northern Aragua state.The US, meanwhile, called on the military to protect the people and support “legitimate institutions” including the opposition-controlled National Assembly.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNN he believed Maduro was ready to flee to ally Cuba before he was dissuaded by Russia — a claimed Maduro later refuted.Speaking late Tuesday to business executives in Washington, Pompeo voiced hope that Maduro would still choose exile in the coming days.”I must say, there will be another sunrise tomorrow. The opportunity for Venezuelan democracy, I am confident, will remain,” Pompeo said.Moscow, Maduro’s main backer and creditor alongside China, accused Guaido of “fueling conflict” in the oil-rich country.Maduro’s leftist Latin American allies Bolivia and Cuba also condemned Guaido.Trump threatened a “full and complete embargo” and tougher sanctions against Cuba if it does not end military support for Venezuela.Late Tuesday, the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a notice banning US airlines from flying below an altitude of 26,000 feet (7,000 meters) in Venezuelan airspace. It also said any operators currently in Venezuela should leave within 48 hours.Pro- and anti-Maduro demonstrations were held outside the Venezuelan embassies in several Latin American and European capitals.Internet observatory NetBlocks reported that “multiple internet services” were restricted in Venezuela following Guaido’s appeal.’Definitive phase’The government suspended broadcasts from BBC Mundo, CNN International and a Caracas radio station, local media and the National Union of Press Workers said.The Lima Group of mostly Latin American countries announced an emergency meeting in Lima on Friday to discuss the crisis.Tensions in Venezuela have been ratcheted up to a critical level this year, after Guaido announced on 23 January that he was the acting president under the constitution. He said Maduro had been fraudulently re-elected last year.Although Trump has repeatedly said “all options” are on the table regarding Venezuela — including, implicitly, military action — there has been no noticeable US military mobilisation.Instead, Washington has upped the economic pressure, through sanctions aimed at Maduro’s regime and by cutting sales of Venezuelan oil — its main revenue earner.last_img
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Nintendo may put a smartphone gamepad in your pocket

first_imgEarly last year, Nintendo announced that it would be venturing into the mobile market. The first Nintendo mobile title released was Miitomo, and we know that Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem games are also on their way. Beyond these announced titles, Nintendo is also going to release games in the action genre. These sort of games require a degree of precision that typical touch-based interfaces cannot deliver. Because of that, Nintendo is considering creating its own smartphone controllers for action titles.Speaking at a recent shareholder meeting, director and general manager of entertainment planning and development, Shinya Takahashi, said that Nintendo may develop controllers for smartphone games similar to others that are available on the market. However, he also stated that the company would look into whether or not action titles are impossible to play without a controller peripheral. He said that no matter what their plans are, any applications and peripherals will be “Nintendo-like” and tailored for people of all ages.During the same meeting, Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima suggested that projects such as these would require the support of the company’s third party partners. This could mean that Nintendo will not create games and peripherals on its own. Considering how the company is still relatively new to the mobile scene, partnering with those with more experience is a wise decision. After all, it’s relying on DeNA, a company knowledgeable of the mobile space, to produce its smartphone apps and games.Given how Nintendo is a hardware manufacturer, it makes sense that it would choose to create controllers for its very own mobile games. Plus, since many of the current smartphone controllers are supbar, unpopular, and basically ignored by Apple and Google, this is a niche Nintendo could dominate. We don’t yet know if these controllers will be as unique looking as some of the company’s console controllers. Perhaps Nintendo will create more traditional controllers for their smartphone games? Will they connect over Bluetooth like current smartphone controllers, or use a custom wireless connection like the Wii U or possibly the NX? We’ll have to wait to find out.last_img read more

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The Enduring Mystery of Alexander the Greats Final Resting Place

first_imgHe was one of the greatest conquerors in the ancient world. With territory stretching from Greece to India, Alexander the Great ruled a vast empire during his short life. But it’s unknown exactly where he was buried. That may soon change. As reported in National Geographic, for several decades Greek archaeologist Calliope Limneos-Papakosta has been looking for the remains of Alexander in Alexandria, Egypt, the city named after him. Papakosta’s team at one point unearthed a marble statue of Alexander the Great. More recently, some of the foundations of the city’s ancient royal quarters have been found.3rd century BC statue of Alexander the Great, signed “Menas”. Istanbul Archaeology MuseumAlexander the Great was just 20 years old in 336 BC, when he emerged as king of Macedonia, following the death of his father, Philip II. For 12 years, Alexander’s armies swept aside rival empires in Persia and Egypt in a rapid eastward expansion.While still on campaign, Alexander died at age 32, in 323 BC. Numerous theories regarding his end include typhoid fever, malaria, alcohol and food poisoning, or an autoimmune disorder. Alexander had no heirs and following his demise, his new empire was divided up among the top generals.Farewell to Alexander the Great, painted by Karl von Piloty in 1886According to ancient reports, the king’s body was first buried in Memphis, Egypt, and then moved to Alexandria. After his death, many believed Alexander was a god and came to worship at his tomb. There is a reference to Alexander’s body being moved to Alexandria around 280 BC. Also mentioned is a memorial building constructed to house the body.Alexander had proclaimed himself Pharaoh of Egypt while alive. Diodorus Siculus, a Greek historian in the first century BC, wrote that Alexander’s body was mummified in ancient Egyptian style. The body was then placed in a gold sarcophagus.1893 map of AlexandriaThere are records of well-known historical figures visiting Alexander’s tomb in reverence. These visitors included Julius Caesar, Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, and Emperor Caligula. In 215 AD, the Roman Emperor Caracalla became the last known royal visitor to the tomb.Related Video: Archaeologists Unveil 3,000-year-old Tomb In LuxorEnvironmental forces caused havoc in the region for centuries after Alexander’s death. In 356 AD, a tsunami washed over Alexandria, and there have been numerous earthquakes and steadily rising sea levels since then. It’s estimated the ancient remains of the city may have sunk as much as 12 feet since Alexander’s time. The city continued to rebuild on top of the old foundations, which were abandoned and forgotten.The Alexander Sarcophagus. Photo by javicucurucho CC BY 2.0The city was also subjected to wars; Alexandria was repeatedly sacked and looted. Alexander’s tomb may have been desecrated and robbed. The rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire may also have factored into losing the exact location of the tomb. By the early 400s, Christians were pushing back against pagans worshiping other gods. Alexander’s tomb, if the location was still known, may have been destroyed.Alexander the GreatDozens of past archaeological excavations have failed to turn up any signs of Alexander’s tomb. The latest work by Papakosta and her team are using a variety of tools. These include ancient records and maps, as well as modern scientific techniques. One of the latest techniques is called electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). ERT passes an electrical current through the soil to measure and detect objects below the surface.One of the challenges facing the dig in this area is the high water table. Papakosta had to design a system of pumps and hoses to keep the site dry while working.Read another story from us: Alexander the Great Once Held a Drinking Competition – All the Contenders PerishedPapakosta is getting more confident that she is nearing Alexander’s tomb. She admits it won’t be easy to find, but she is tenacious and says her team is making steady progress in the ancient royal quarters. Newer discoveries include remnants of a Roman road and the remains of a giant public building. If the tomb isn’t discovered here, it may never be found.last_img read more

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New exhibit offers different perspective on World War II end

first_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Defenders of the bombings say it alleviated the need for a land invasion of Japan that would have cost many American lives. The precise death tolls from the bombings are unknown, but it is believed about 200,000 people were killed.On the 50th anniversary, controversy surrounded an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, Aug. 6, 1945. The 1995 exhibit was scaled back dramatically because of U.S. veterans’ protests that it portrayed the Japanese as victims, rather than as aggressors.That year, Peter Kuznick, director of American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, responded to the controversy by staging an exhibition of artifacts the Smithsonian would not. Doing so at a private institution, and not a government-funded one, made it less contentious.He’s reprising that effort, 20 years later, with a display scheduled to run from Saturday through Aug. 16. It includes six pictures on folding screens by the late Iri and Toshi Maruki, a husband-and-wife team whose powerful depictions of nuclear horrors, known as the Hiroshima Panels, are being shown in the U.S. capital for the first time.In an adjacent room are 25 artifacts collected from the debris — a rosary, a glass fragment removed from the flesh of a casualty, a container of sake, a student’s cap and a student’s shoe. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Most haunting is “Crows,” a picture in black ink which depicts birds picking at the corpses of Koreans, reflecting the discrimination they faced even in death. The picture’s caption, a verse penned by the artists, says the Korean bodies “were left on the streets to the very last.”“Not only are we portraying the Japanese as victims, we’re also portraying the Japanese as victimizers. That in no way mitigates the American responsibility for using atomic bombs, but it does complicate the narrative a little bit,” Kuznick said.Jan Thompson, president of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Society, which advocates for American former prisoners of war of the Japanese, said atomic bombs were a tragedy that no one should celebrate. She said she has not seen the exhibition yet but was concerned it would promote the view that that use of the bombs was not justified.Kuznick said he has faced no opposition so far to this year’s exhibition.But a seminar June 23 associated with the exhibition that will discuss President Harry Truman’s decision to use the bomb and its historical implications could raise hackles. Top Stories Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health toocenter_img The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum have provided an explanatory account of the bombings with photos, including panoramas of the two leveled cityscapes and images of the victims.Yoshiko Hayakawa, who brought the panels from a gallery outside Tokyo, said it had been difficult to find a venue willing or able to display them in the United States. They were last shown in the U.S. in 1995, in Minnesota.“They go right to the heart of people who wish for long-lasting peace and for a ban on nuclear weapons,” she said.Kuznick said the primary aim of the exhibition is to portray the human suffering caused by the atomic bombings that ushered in an era in which absolute destruction of the planet became possible and “nobody’s future is guaranteed anymore.”He lamented that Americans — including undergraduates he teaches — have become less aware since the end of the Cold War about the devastating impact a nuclear conflict would have.“Part of why we’re doing this is because the danger has not really passed, and it’s important that people focus on it again,” he said.The exhibition shows not only Japanese suffering. Two of the Hiroshima Panels on display portray the death of American prisoners of war and Korean forced laborers in the bombings. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Panelists include historians, including Kuznick, who question whether the United States needed to do so to end the war with Japan, and whether it was intended as a warning to the Soviet Union, a wartime ally that would emerge as a rival superpower.____Online:Exhibit: http://www.american.edu/cas/museumCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, a new museum exhibition provides a different perspective on the end of the conflict — one in which Japanese were the victims.That has the potential to upset American veterans, especially at a time of intensifying focus on Japan’s reluctance to face up to its militaristic past.The American University Museum is showcasing artifacts and art recalling the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: a pocket watch that stopped at 8:15 a.m., when the first atomic bomb dropped; a picture of twisted bodies and screaming faces engulfed by the flames; the school lunch box of a girl who disappeared without trace. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In this photo taken June 10, 2015, a 1955 paper and Indian ink artwork called “Petition” is displayed at the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in northwest Washington, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. The exhibition is opening on June 13th. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)last_img read more

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BG to join Block 12 operators Wednesday

first_imgBritish Gas will on Wednesday be joining the consortium which has the concession on Block 12 in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis announced on Tuesday.Presenting the island’s strategy on exploiting energy reserves at the international affairs think tank Chatham House in London he formally announced the Cabinet’s decision taken just over a week ago allowing the entry of BG Group in the consortium would be implemented.Representatives from BG and Noble – which holds 35 per cent of equity in the offshore block and remains the operator – are expected to sign the deal at his ministry on Wednesday when he too arrives back to Cyprus.The deal with BG, worth a reported $165m (€150m), had been subject to government approval, which Noble had formally requested.The other stakeholders in Block 12 are Delek Drilling Limited Partnership and Avner Oil Exploration Limited Partnership, each with a 15 per cent working interest.During his speech, Lakkotrypis made key reference to Nicosia’s cooperation and negotiation with countries such as Egypt, Israel and Lebanon as well as contacts with Jordan and agreements with international energy giants.To best maximise natural gas in Cyprus’ EEZ, the most sustainable option is exporting to Egypt for international consumption or for further export, the minister added.Lakkotrypis is the first Cypriot minister to participate in an international conference organised by Chatham House.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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