Jimmy Carter is giving his support to whistle-blower Edward Snowden.“[Edward Snowden] has obviously violated the laws of America, for which he is responsible, but I think the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far,” former US president Jimmy Carter told CNN. “I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial. I think the American people deserve to know what their Congress is doing.”His views on invasion of privacy echoed the New York Times op-ed that he wrote a year prior, criticizing the US’s human rights abuses: “Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. […]“In addition to American citizens’ being targeted for assassination or indefinite detention, recent laws have canceled the restraints in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to allow unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications. […]“As concerned citizens, we must persuade Washington to reverse course and regain moral leadership according to international human rights norms that we had officially adopted as our own and cherished throughout the years.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
(Image of Franklin Expedition ship discovered by Parks Canada. Photo/Handout)APTN National News OTTAWA–Researchers have found one of two ships lost in the 19th Century during the doomed Franklin Expedition, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday.Harper said the ship’s existence was confirmed Sunday by a Parks Canada using a remote underwater vehicle in the Victoria Strait near King William Island, Nunavut.“For more than a century this has been a great Canadian story, a mystery,” said Harper. “It has been the subject of scientists and historians, writers and singers.”It’s unclear whether the discovered ship is the HMS Erebus or the HMS Terror which became trapped in ice in 1846 searching for the Northwest Passage through the Arctic.The ships were last spotted by Inuit hunters before eventually vanishing.Harper has made the search for the Franklin Expedition ship a personal quest.Parks Canada has lead six searches for the ships since 2008.Most of what is currently known about the ill-fated expedition comes from a note left in a cairn on King William Island. The message stated that the ships became trapped in ice for over a year. Sir John Franklin, who led the expedition, died on June 11, 1847. About 23 crew members also died in a similar way. The remaining crew tried to find a way to safety on foot, but eventually succumbed and were consumed by the firstname.lastname@example.org
Kolkata: Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, the outgoing Trinamool Congress MP from Barasat who is contesting the elections from the same seat for the third time, took out a massive road show in Barasat on Sunday morning in a bid to woo the voters.The road show, which was started from the Lokenath Temple on Barasat-Barrackpore Road, saw a huge surge of people as it went past various important places under her constituency. As the road show advanced, hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters joined the rally, thereby contributing to the length of it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany youths and girls clad in colourful dresses were seen marching down the lanes and by-lanes of Barasat. A dance troupe also participated in the campaign. People congregated in large numbers on both sides of the road to catch a glimpse of Ghosh and the beautifully decorated tableaus that took part in the election rally. Ghosh was seen making her vote appeal to the people gathered on the road and also to those found standing on the balconies of their houses situated on the road. Ghosh waved her hands at the voters who readily reciprocated the gesture. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayGetting swayed by the response of the people, Ghosh later got down from the jeep and joined the dance group before the road show finally ended near Moyna area on Krishnanagar Road. In response to media questions, Ghosh said that Trinamool Congress candidates nominated by her party Supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will win in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is a great source of inspiration for me. She is doing very hard work while moving from place to place, setting examples for all of us. We should also toil hard taking lessons from her. Bengal has seen an unprecedented surge in development works ever since Banerjee became the Chief Minister,” Ghosh said. “All the 42 TMC candidates who are in the fray having the blessings of Mamata Banerjee, will come out victorious. We are getting tremendous response from the people who are extending their support to carry out the development works in the state,” Ghosh maintained. Reacting sharply to the comment of Special Observer Ajay V Nayak, she said: “It was a dark age for Bengal when the Left Front government used to rule the state. After becoming the Chief Minister, Banerjee restored the rule of law. Law and order situation is properly maintained here now and hence women can safely move from one place to another, even during late night.”
At the culmination of the courtesy visit, both of them exchanged mementos as symbols of goodwill and understanding. Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake also left his compliments in the VIP visitors’ book and posed for a group photo with Senior Officers before he exited the Navy Headquarters. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters today extended a courtesy welcome to the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake when the Commander paid his first formal courtesy visit on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.A Guard Turnout at the entrance saluted the visiting Commander of the Army on arrival after he was welcomed to the Navy Headquarters. A few minutes later a Guard of Honour, presented in his honour, greeted the Commander of the Army who formally reviewed the parade afterwards in the company of the parade commander. The courtesy meeting that followed a few minutes later between the visiting Commander of the Army and the Commander of the Navy at the office of the Navy Commander focused on matters of mutual interest and roles of respective services.
Meanwhile, eight others who had also been in remand were acquitted.The suspects had been accused of being part of the mob which attached Muslim owned property in Theldeniya, Kandy recently. (Colombo Gazette) Sixteen people have been further remanded over the violence in Theldeniya, Kandy recently.The 16 people were produced before the Theldeniya Magistrate today who ordered that they be remanded till April 2nd.
OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer takes his Conservative election campaign to an Edmonton oil-industry company today.He’s visiting FourQuest Energy, a firm that specializes in nitrogen cooling and cleaning services, where he’s promising to make a policy announcement.Alberta is very friendly ground for the Conservatives but Edmonton has a few seats the Tories don’t hold and would love to grab: two won by Liberals in the last election, and one by retiring New Democrat MP Linda Duncan.The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh is to make a transit announcement aboard a ferry from Victoria to Vancouver on the fifth straight day he’s spent in British Columbia.After that, he’s sitting down for a public talk with the popular Indian-Canadian poet Rupi Kaur.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is taking a day off from the campaign trail, and both Green Leader Elizabeth May and People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier are at local events in their home ridings in B.C. and Quebec.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2019.The Canadian Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Russia retaliates over Ukraine sanctions, banning imported food products from the West by Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 2:51 am MDT MOSCOW – Russia retaliated Thursday for sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine by banning most food imports from the West, dealing a blow to Europe that also takes aim at hurting the U.S., Canada and Australia.In choosing to make an economic move, President Vladimir Putin signalled he isn’t ready at this point to send troops into Ukraine. He also showed he’s willing to inflict significant pain on his own people to make a point.The U.S. and the European Union have accused Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March, of supplying arms and expertise to a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, and have responded by slapping sanctions on Russian individuals and companies. Tensions rose further last month when a Malaysian jetliner was shot down over rebel-held territory, killing all 298 people aboard, and the West accused Russia of most likely providing the militants with the missiles that may have been used to bring the plane down.Moscow denies supporting the rebels and accuses the West of blocking attempts at a political settlement by encouraging Kyiv to use its military to crush the insurgency.The ban, announced by a sombre Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a televised Cabinet meeting, covers all imports of meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, milk and milk products from the U.S. and Canada; all 28 EU countries, plus Norway; and Australia. It will last for one year.“Until the last moment, we hoped that our foreign colleagues would understand that sanctions lead to a deadlock and no one needs them,” Medvedev said. “But they didn’t, and the situation now requires us to take retaliatory measures.”That retaliation, however, could hurt Russia as much as the West. With the inclusion of Ukraine, most of whose food products also have been banned, Russia has now cut off 55 per cent of its agricultural imports, including about 95 per cent of its imported milk, cheese and yogurt.In 2013, the EU exported 11.8 billion euros ($15.8 billion) in agricultural goods to Russia, while the U.S. sent $1.3 billion in food and agricultural goods, including about $300 million worth of poultry. Russia accounts for about a tenth of EU agricultural exports, its second-largest market after the United States.Washington dismissed Moscow’s ban as trivial to the U.S. but destructive to Russia’s own population.“What the Russians have done here is limit the Russian people’s access to food,” said David Cohen, the U.S. Treasury undersecretary in charge of economic sanctions. He said the U.S. is ready to impose more sanctions against Russia if it doesn’t de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine.Imports from the countries sanctioned Thursday not including Ukraine account for anywhere from 10 per cent to 30 per cent of the consumer food market.The Russian government insisted it will move quickly to replace Western imports with food from Latin America, Turkey and former Soviet republics, including Belarus, a major dairy producer. But market watchers predicted shortages and price increases that will further cloud Russia’s already grim economic outlook.“Along with higher interest rates, higher food costs will mean that households have less money to spend and that will depress the economy,” said Chris Weafer, an analyst at Macro Advisory in Moscow.The damage to consumers will be particularly great in big cities like Moscow, where imported food fills an estimated 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the market and affluent consumers have grown accustomed to shops stocked with a wide range of French cheeses and Parma ham.The measure led to sardonic comments on Russian online media and liberal blogs, bringing back memories of empty store shelves during Soviet times, but there was no immediate indication of consumers trying to stock up.“And so what? Instead of Spanish fruit we’ll have, I don’t know, fruit from Israel. It doesn’t bother me,” said Irina Ivanova, who was shopping at an upscale grocery store in Moscow.The Moscow Zoo was among those who were going to need to find new suppliers. The animals eat 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of fruit and vegetables daily, which until now came from Poland and Hungary, zoo spokeswoman Anna Kachurovskaya told the Interfax news agency.Medvedev argued the ban would give Russian farmers, who have struggled to compete with Western products, a good opportunity to increase their market share. But experts said local producers will find it difficult to fill the gap left by the ban, as Russia’s agricultural sector suffers from inefficiency and a shortage of funds.Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov said the farm sector would need more subsidies equivalent to $3.8 billion in the next few years to pump up production. The government may find it hard to increase funding as it tries to shore up the ruble and support banks and companies affected by Western sanctions, which included an EU ban on long-term borrowing for major Russian state banks.Russian stock indexes initially fell by about 1.5 per cent on the news before recovering most of the losses a few hours later.Medvedev said Russia hopes the ban will stop the West from ramping up sanctions, which it has done several times this year as the Ukraine crisis has deepened. He said Russia’s ban could be lifted before the year is up if “our partners show a constructive approach.”Weafer said the import ban was obviously aimed at discouraging the EU from imposing further sanctions. “It was already quite difficult to get the consensus for the last round of sanctions, but now there that there are clearly consequences, especially for some countries more than others, it will make it even more difficult,” he said.If the West doesn’t change course, Russia may introduce restrictions on the import of aircraft, navy vessels, cars and other industrial products, Medvedev warned. He also said that in response to EU sanctions against Russian low-cost airline Dobrolet, Russia is considering a ban on Western carriers flying over Russia on routes to and from Asia, which would significantly increases costs and flight time.He announced a ban on Ukrainian carriers operating transit flights over Russian territory.The largest share of the agricultural losses will fall on Poland, France, the Netherlands and Germany. Poland is Europe’s largest producer of apples, with more than half of its production usually going to Russia.The ban also dealt a blow to Norway’s fishing industry. The Norwegian Seafood Federation said Russia was its biggest single market last year, worth $1 billion. Shares of Marine Harvest, the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon, dropped 8.3 per cent Thursday on the Oslo stock exchange.Albert Jan Maat, chairman of the Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture, warned that the Russian ban will cause prices to drop across Europe because of oversupply, and called on the Dutch government and the EU to help farmers.Xavier Beulin, president of the French farm union FNSEA, voiced similar concerns. “These are market losses, but there’s also a chance that it will flood the European markets with summer crops that are no longer going to Russia and that could lower prices,” he told the LCI television network.EU Commission spokesman Frederic Vincent voiced regret about the ban, saying the commission still has to assess the potential impact and reserves “the right to take action as appropriate.”___Laura Mills and Lynn Berry in Moscow, Juergen Baetz in Brussels, Lori Hinnant in Paris, Toby Sterling in Amsterdam, Karl Ritter in Stockholm and Josh Lederman in Washington contributed to this report.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUp-and-down Australia face must-win situationJune 20, 2016In “Internet”West Indies target final hurrahJune 25, 2016In “latest news”‘About time we win a World Cup’ – HolderFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news” West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse said Monday’s defeat to Bangladesh had not dented the team’s confidence, and they were now fully focussed on winning Friday’s final of the Tri-Nations ODI Series. West Indies lost down by five wickets at The Village Ground in Malahide. They had already qualified for the final with two comprehensive wins over Ireland. Nurse has been the leading bowler in the tournament with seven wickets (average 26.7).“Next game is the final so it’s the most important game of the series. All the work we did over the last couple games is all well and good but to get the win in the final is the most important thing right now,” Nurse was quoted by CWI Media as saying.“It’s a tournament where the final is the ultimate goal. They’ve gotten the better of us in the last two games but that doesn’t mean anything. We have to turn up on Friday and try to do the work,” he added.Nurse, who has played 49 ODIs since his debut in 2016, said it was important not only for the Windies to bat well but to place pressure on the Bangladesh middle order which was yet to be really tested.“I think if we can get some more runs on the board, first and foremost, then the bowlers would have an easier job. Because the wickets are really easy paced and it’s a case where we have to be on the ball as a bowling unit, build some pressure in the field and put them under some serious pressure and get into their middle order,” he said.Nurse was the team’s best bowler on Monday with 3-53 off his 10 overs. However, he said while he was pleased with his performance, he was disappointed by the result.“Today I had some more rhythm. From playing the other games I didn’t have a lot of rhythm but today was a lot warmer as well so I felt a lot more at home,” Nurse said.“It was a slow pitch so I think the pace we bowled at was very important and today I got most of it right so it was a good performance from me but obviously to get the win was the most important thing and we didn’t do that so we have to go back to the drawing boards and come back next game,” Nurse told CWI Media.
Mondium is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service provider targeting and delivering EPC projects in the minerals processing sector. It is an incorporated joint venture in which Monadelphous Group is a 60% shareholder. Mondium has now been awarded its largest contract to date, valued at approximately A$100 million, with Talison Lithium for the design and construction of a new tailing retreatment processing plant at its Greenbushes mine site in the south west of Western Australia.Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said: “The award of this significant contractis a great achievement for Mondium and highlights itsstrengthening position in the minerals processing EPC market.” The 40% share in Mondium is held by Lycopodium and the two companies have stated that Mondium “brings together the complementary strengths, resources and experience of Monadelphous’ multidisciplinary engineering and construction capabilities and Lycopodium’s technical expertise and minerals project delivery experience.”
The Centre de formation professionnelle de la Baie-James (CFPBJ), in Quebec, Canada, says it has inaugurated a new mining equipment simulator as it looks to improve training facilities for its students.The acquisition of this tool for mining sector training was made possible through initial funding for CFPBJ’s ore extraction study program, it said. In addition, the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur provided C$310,000 ($229,065) and the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail granted C$476,000 under the Programme partenarial pour la formation et l’innovation to purchase equipment for the program to train students in operating heavy machinery on forest roads.The CFPBJ said: “This new state-of-the-art tool will reaffirm the CFPBJ’s position as an academic leader in specialised vocational training. Spending more hours operating equipment will greatly enhance the skills of students in programs devoted to ore extraction and heavy equipment operation on forest roads.”Sonia Caron, Director of Services and Centre, said the centre was committed to continuously improving its training programs by ensuring they are as realistic and dynamic as possible. “Virtual reality in vocational training allows students to consolidate their learning and reach a level of development that will greatly accelerate their entry into the workforce.”The simulator purchase will make it easier to learn how to handle heavy equipment on forest roads and operate underground mining equipment. It will also enable customised training for surface mines, the CFPBJ said.“Multisensory simulation will allow students to test reality without the dangers of a real field operation. Students will be able to practice in all types of conditions, including unforeseen situations: punctures, mechanical breakdowns, fires, etc. In addition, complementary equipment will allow for real-time data analysis, and the simulation modules can be customised to reproduce the actual physical environment of partner mine sites,” the centre said.Safety is also at the heart of the CFPBJ’s concerns, with Caron saying: “This simulator enhances skills needed to work safely and use the machines efficiently. The risk of accidents is considerably reduced because students have many hours of driving experience before they operate the machinery.”The CFPBJ has been operating in the James Bay region of Quebec since 1998 offering a wide range of study programs in several industries, including mining, forestry, construction, health and administration.
Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection has made significant progress in its attempts to break into the Australia mobile equipment market with its SV-K fire suppression system after being awarded the AS 5062 certification by regulators in the country.The company said it has fulfilled the requirements of the Australian Standard AS 5062:2016 – Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment for the system and it has been granted with a Certificate of Approval by the Certification Body Global-Mark.At this stage, the certificate has been issued under the name of Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection’s Australian partner, BFI Fire Pty Ltd/Dafo Australia.Dafo has sold more than 100,000 fire suppression systems to manufacturers such as Volvo, Atlas Copco, Caterpillar, Scania, Sandvik, Komatsu, MAN, John Deere and Ponsse, but has so far struggled to break into the Australia mobile equipment sector.Holger Pfriem, Business Manager, Asia and Australasia, Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection AB, said: “This is a big step for us to make more impact on the Australian Heavy-Duty Mobile Equipment market mainly within the areas of mining, cargo, construction, forestry, waste and agricultural handling equipment in a broader and more comprehensive perspective.”David Thurn, Managing Director of Dafo Australia, meanwhile, said the company was confident the AS 5062 certification will facilitate the expansion of its business in Australia. “As a second step we will soon launch a fluorine-free agent,” he added.
VfL Gummersbach are relegated after few decades from DKB Bundesliga.One of the biggest names in the roster of the team from Schwalbe Arena in the last season was Croatian playmaker Drago Vukovic.The 36-years old back-line player won’t help his team-mates on the way back to German handball elite, as he decided to finish professional career.Vukovic was a part of the golden Croatian squad at Olympic Games 2004 in Athens. He played at RK Split, RK PPD Zagreb, RK Gorenje, VfL Gummersbach, Fuchse Berlin and TUS Lubbecke.Vukovic won IHF Super Globe and EHF Cup with Fuchse Berlin, two Cup Winners Cups and EHF Cup with Gummersbach.Blazenko Lackovic and Vedran Zrnic are only two active players from 2004 generation. ← Previous Story Women’s CSKA Moscow presentation: “EHF CL crown in three years” Next Story → Robert Weber for stronger HSG Nordhorn-Lingen Drago Vukovic
Here are the schedule of Day 6 at the Youth World Handball Championship 2019 in Skopje, North Macedonia.GROUP AROUND 411.08.19 16:30h SPAIN – CHILE11.08.19 18:30h SLOVENIA – CROATIA11.08.19 20:30h SAUDI ARABIA – NORWAYGROUP CROUND 511.08.19 16:30h BAHRAIN – ARGENTINA11.08.19 18:30h NIGERIA – JAPAN11.08.19 20:30h MACEDONIA – DENMARKPHOTO: Filip Viranovski, WCh 2019 Youth World Handball Championship 2019 ← Previous Story Youth WCh 2019 – DAY 5: Portugal win group B, last round to find winners of Group B Next Story → Youth World Handball Championship 2019: Denmark secure first place in Group C
Updated 9.25 pmFIANNA FÁIL HAS criticised the “outlandish spending” at Irish Water amid media reports that the utility will cost twice as much to run as water companies in England and Wales.The Sunday Business Post said today that a report carried out by a London-based consulting firm found that the projected running costs at the company are double that of similar companies in the UK.The report further states that €1.9 billion will be spent at the company over the first two years with the percentage being spent on salaries described as “high”.Fianna Fáil says that the revelations only confirm what they have said previously about set up costs at the Bord Gáis subsidiary.“I am not surprised by these figures because from the very beginning Irish Water has had a gold-plated bonus culture attached to it,” argued Fianna Fáil environment spokesperson Barry Cowen.This bonus culture was facilitated by the Government when it awarded the Irish Water contract to Bord Gáis against the advice of an independent report the Government itself commissioned. This opened the door to the generous bonus system at Irish Water which is contributing to the high staff salaries.It was previously revealed that an overall budget of up to €180 million was set aside to establish Irish Water with €86 million of that to be spent on outside contractors.Irish Water was set up to take responsibility for the delivery of water services from local councils and will begin implementing water charges from October.First published 4.25 pmRead: ‘If you install a water meter at our house, we will remove it’ >Read: “It’s not a quango”: Rabbitte defends €5.7m Irish Water ‘transition’ body >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram QLDBRIBIE OPA GREEK FESTIVAL 2019The Bribie ‘OPA’ Greek Festival is taking place this Sunday 7 July at 2-12 Third Ave, Woorim from 9.00 am-4.00 pm, showcasing Greek culture to the wider community. Celebrating the diversity of people from various regional and ethnic backgrounds through food, dance, music, informative displays, tutorials and children’s entertainment. Free to attend.STAR OF GREECE HERITAGE WALKTake part in the annual National Trust (Willunga Branch) commemoration of the sinking of the ship Star of Greece in 1888 at Port Willunga on Sunday 14 July at 10.00 am. The Star of Greece shipwreck heritage walk enables you to hear about the dramatic shipwreck event and visit some of the places associated with the shipwreck and its aftermath. Meeting point: Star of Greece Car Park (Port Willunga, Morphett Vale). Gold coin donation appreciated. Bookings essential. TASGREECE: THE WINES, NOT THE MUSICALFor those of you not jet setting off to Europe this year, Sommeliers Australia is bringing Greece to you. On Monday 8 July sommeliers from across the country who have had the chance to travel to Greece over the last few years are coming together to give their perspective on the wines of Greece and how they can be showcased in the context of the Australian dining scene. In Hobart, the session will be guided by Kavita Faiella and Pip Anderson, and will give you a broad lay of the land to give context with a focus on Assyrtiko and Xinomavro – the Queen and King of the Greek viticultural landscape. Taking place at Faro @ MONA (655 Main Rd, Berriedale) at 4.00-5.30 pm. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2LuAzpQYOUNG DANCE NIGHTThe Young Hellenic Association of Tasmania present their first ever Young Dance Night, their only event exclusively for under 18s on Friday 12 July at The Greek Club (69 Federal St, Hobart) from 8.00 pm. There’ll be House music, RnB and Greek to satisfy everyone’s tastes. For pre-sale tickets, visit https://bit.ly/2JlHBdA. For enquiries, contact 0475 471 040. VICPIZZA & MOVIE NIGHTThis Sunday 7 July St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church (19 Herbert St, Dandenong) is hosting a pizza and movie night at 4.30 pm. The first film being screened is ‘The Prince of Egypt’, suitable for kids (rated G), followed by ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ for the adults (rated MA). Go along and enjoy film with great company, pizza, popcorn and drinks. $5 p.p.GREEK NIGHTThe Alpha and Omega Greek Dinner night is back by popular demand this Sunday 7 July at the Reservoir RSL (251 Spring St, Reservoir) from 5.30-11.00 pm. There’ll be plenty of food and glendi, with entertainment by the Alpha and Omega band. $45.00 per person (children 6-10 $25.00), includes set menu/banquet and live music (drinks extra). Dress code: Smart Casual. For reservations, contact Christos Ambelidis 0406 101 574.‘THALASSA’ ART EXHIBITIONStella Zicopoulos-Greig’s latest solo exhibition of oil paintings ‘Thalassa’ explores the artist’s cultural identity and lifelong relationship with the sea. As a child of Greek migrants, her own memories of the sea and the long voyage from Greece to Australia had a profound influence on her artistic practice, further reinforced by her family’s annual summer holidays spent at the beach. These personal and symbolic memories continue to inform the narratives and technical compositions of Stella’s highly abstracted and gestural oil paintings. More recently, she has been exploring the compositional motif of ‘two-thirds of sky’ within the surface of her paintings, presenting the horizon line as a force which connects, disrupts, and creates discord within the picture plane. See her work first-hand. ‘Thalassa’ opens on Friday 12 July (6.00-8.00 pm), and is on show until 10 August at G3 Artspace (64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale). Catch Stella giving a talk at the exhibition space on Saturday 20 July at 2.00 pm. Free admission.OUR PONTIAN KITCHENAfter last years huge success and increased demand, the Panagia Soumela Pontian Association of Whittlesea Youth Committee are presenting the 2nd Annual Our Pontian Kitchen. Taking place on Saturday 13 July at 18 Spring St, Thomastown at 7.00 pm, guests will be transported back in time with a night full of traditional Pontian food, live music, and performances by the Panagia Soumela dance groups. Pay at event.BYZANFEST FILM FESTIVAL SCREEN & AWARDS NIGHTByzanfest Film Festival Screening and Awards night is taking place on Sunday 4 August at 6.00 pm. Byzanfest is a worldwide online film festival that promotes filmmakers of the Eastern Orthodox faith, and has a large following across the world. Tune in via YouTube. The Byzanfest Premiere Screening will take place on Sunday 21 July at St Haralambos Greek Orthodox Parish Templestowe and Doncaster (190 Porter St, Templestowe) from 5.00-8.00 pm. Free to attend.GREEK DANCING WITH RUSHRMIT United Society of Hellenes is hosting Greek Dancing lessons for people of all ages and backgrounds, taking you from the bare basics to different styles around Greece. Schedule: Friday 26 July: Cretan Dances, 9 August: Lakonian Dances, 23 August: Island Dances. Taking place at RMIT – Building 8, Level 3, Room 10, Wales Cor, Melbourne. Free to attend.THE PHILHELLENES LIVECatch The Philhellenes, Mairead Hannan (from the Xylouris Ensemble – violin & voice), Wayne Simmons (from Polyxeni – guitar, accordion & banjo) and Con Kalamaras (from the Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble – guitar & tzouras) performing at The Post Office Hotel (229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg) on Saturday 3 August from 9.00-11.00 pm. They will play a mixture of traditional repertoire from Asia Minor and songs composed by Greek refugee musicians from the region, such as Dalgas (Antonis Diamantidis), Panos Tountas and Kostas Skarvelis. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2Y9az6OCOOKING CLASS: GREEK PROVINCIAL FAREExpand your repertoire and knowledge of Greek cuisine with Niki Louca’s delicious selection of provincial dishes. On Saturday 31 August at The Neff Market Kitchen (Stall 90, Cecil St, South Melbourne) (11.00 am-1.30 pm), Niki will show you how to make prawn saganaki, kalamari krasato, spanakorizo, and to finish, traditional rizogalo. $120 p.p. includes lunch/dinner and a recipe pack. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XJ9DZK NSWQUINCE SPOON SWEET PRESERVE DEMONSTRATION AND SAMPLINGSpoon Sweets (glyka tou koutaliou) have a special place in the kitchens and social interactions of the Mediterranean, symbolic of hospitality, welcoming and a readiness to open your door at any moment. Using quince, a fruit associated with love and fertility in Ancient Greece, Eleni Christou will teach you how to make spoon sweet preserve and take home your very own sample to share with family and friends! Drink a Turkish coffee, while Eleni discusses spoon sweets in a contemporary context, drawing on experiences in Sydney, Cyprus and Greece, navigating identity, community and always being ready for unexpected guests. Taking place on Saturday 20 July at Thirning Villa (40 Arthur St, Ashfield) from 10.30 am-12.30 pm. To book, visit https://bit.ly/2XlFall SATAVERNA 60’S NIGHTTaverna Night returns to the Greek Orthodox Community of SA Inc. (288 Franklin St, Adelaide) on Saturday 13 July, this time taking you back to the golden era of music and films – the 1960’s. Enjoy music from famous composers and song writers, music that made films, actors and singers household names to this day! Featuring Greek band MUSIC 3000 with Nick Arabatzis and Polixeni. $20 p.p. Mezze platters available for purchase. Doors open 7.30 pm.KARAMELA GREEK NIGHT VOL. 2On Saturday 20 July N&B Catering together with Dj Stelio present Karamela Greke Night Volume 2 at the Cypriot Club (8 Barrpowell St, Welland). Go along and party to all the latest Greek tunes together with some of the best laika. Enjoy Greek Happy (long) Hour between 8.30-10.30 pm. Entry fee $10.00 p.p. Wine barrel seating available and complimentary souvlakia throughout the night. To book a table, call Nickon 0404 847 897 or DJ Stelio 0412 399 169. Doors open 8.30 pmMODERN GREEK LECTURE SERIESThe LOGOS Australian Centre for Hellenic Language and Culture continues its lecture series on Tuesday 20 August at Flinders at Victoria Square (182 Victoria Sq, Adelaide) at 6.00 pm. Free to attend.
On the one-year anniversary of the deadly fire in Mati that killed 102 people, two major fires broke out in Rafina and Barnabas within a few minutes from each other.The most dangerous front was that of Rafina, which started near Marathon Avenue and Rododafnis Street, however firefighters were able to bring it under control.There were 47 firefighters sent to the site with 20 vehicles, while three water-dropping planes and helicopters helped crews from the air.READ MORE: New legislation allows government intervention in natural disasters; and restitution plans for last year’s firesThe main road leading to the area, popular with bathers during summer, was closed for several hours.A year ago, a wildfire swept through the nearby resort of Mati, Neos Voutsas and Kinetta, destroying more than a thousand homes in these seaside areas and resulting in loss of lives as well as a rescue by boats as people were forced to swim away from the shore to flee the choking smoke. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Of course these are just the eighties references that I happened to pick up on when I watched Stranger Things: Chapter Four – The Body and would love to read what I might have missed and you were able to spot. Why not share them in the comments?Check out our other rundowns of 80s references in Stranger Things:Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will ByersChapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple StreetChapter Three: Holly, JollyChapter Five: The Flea and the AcrobatChapter Six: The MonsterChapter Seven: The BathtubChapter Eight: The Upside Down Stephen King1/18The title for this episode, The Body, is the same name for Stephen King’s 1982 novella – which would of course be turned into the feature film Stand by Me by Rob Reiner in 1986 starring the late River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Wil Wheaton, Jerry O’Connell, and Kiefer Sutherland. While I feel the Duffer Brothers were definitely influenced by the movie version of King’s story the title of chapter four is also prophetic.<><> Having reached the halfway mark for season one of Stranger Things with Chapter 4: The Body – the Duffer Brothers give us an emotionally charged episode, allowing the revelation from Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly to really sink in. While the injection of retro music choices is relatively light for this episode it continues to be packed with all manner of eighties references.With Chapter Four, Stranger Things begins to lay the groundwork for our protagonists to all get on the same page. You have Eleven showing even more of her abilities as she helps Mike, Lucas, and Dustin understand that Will is trapped in the Upside Down. Joyce’s pleas of contact with Will fall on deaf ears with her eldest son, but he uncovers the truth for himself thanks to an unlikely ally, Nancy Wheeler, who is attempting to find out where her best friend has disappeared to. All of the bizarre events happening in the formerly quiet town of Hawkins have begun to unsettle Sheriff Hopper who takes his first steps into uncovering the Stranger Things that are affecting his community.So let’s jump into discussing those eighties references and please remember that we are going to be hitting spoiler territory for The Body, so you have been warned.
Dr. Dabber’s Boost Is a Fine Vape and That’s About ItQuickDraw 500-DLX a Sure Fire Stand Out in Vape Tech Stay on target Dr. Dabber’s Aurora is a portable, efficient, and well-constructed vape for the masses. At about $100, it compares favorably to just about everything else. The catch? It uses concentrate or oils instead of herbs. Taste and availability play second fiddle to portability and convenience. And for those looking to make the switch, the Aurora vape pen is a phenomenal little device.From the outset, you’d be surprised for what your money gets you — a large case, the pen, several interchangeable parts, and plenty more. And it doesn’t seem like Dr. Dabber’s skimped on anything. The pen is a sleek matte black that can break off into one of several pieces.The base houses most of the hardware, including the battery and power button. And when it’s time to charge, you simply detach the base and connect it to the charging station (which has a convenient nook for the rest of the pen to rest). Just above that is the atomizer — that’s where you’ll load your material when you’re ready. And then up top, you’ve got the ceramic mouthpiece (which comes in one of several shapes) and an additional section that spaces out the pen so that vapor coming from the atomizer has to cool as you inhale.Each part connects with magnets that snap together. It’s a nice touch that helps the pen feel like a premium product (belying its price point), but they’re also a little loose and can be knocked apart if you’re not careful. So if you’re stashing the pen into your back pocket, it’s worth checking that you still have everything.When it comes time to use the pen, the set-up can be a little tricky. You can select one of three temperatures by clicking the main power button three times quickly. Then, you turn it on by clicking the button five times and then holding for the duration of your session. That can be a bit to remember, and it’s worth noting that the air intake can be quite easy to cover accidentally.Cleaning the Aurora is quick and easy. Soak a q-tip in rubbing alcohol and give the atomizer a quick wipe, then hold down the power button to burn off cotton threads from the swab, and you’re good to go.There are some valid concerns with the extremely high heat used for concentrates and oils, but that aside the Aurora is an exceptional device at a stunning price. It’s versatile, convenient, and powerful.Dr. Dabber’s Aurora Original is currently available for purchase here for $109.99.ProsGreat priceExcellent build qualityExtremely portableConsNo choice of material — you’re stuck with concentratesPieces wobble a bit when pressedBottom LineThe Aurora from Dr. Dabber is one of the most powerful, convenient and efficient vape pens around. As long as you’re using concentrates, this is an exceptional buy.
August 30th sees the Netflix premiere of The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance, Louis Leterrier’s prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 cult classic film. Henson was on top of the world at the time — The Muppet Show had just gone off the air after five increasingly successful seasons, and two movies, The Muppet Movie and The Great Muppet Caper, were critical and commercial successes. His next project, though, would take a very different and deeply strange approach towards storytelling.The Dark Crystal was a wild, dark fantasia unlike anything moviegoers had seen from Henson. Taking place on the world of Thra, it followed an elf-like creature called Jen, a Gelfling tasked with returning a shard to a shattered crystal before the planet’s three suns align. Every inch of the film is lush, weird, and wildly uncommercial, and it struggled at the box office against the juggernaut of E.T. In hindsight, it remains one of Henson’s most unique and personal works, and rewards deeper examination. Despite the puppet master’s incredible commercial success, the flick barely got made at all. Let’s dive deep into the production of The Dark Crystal and where its ideas came from.The Shrouded PastHenson’s first steps towards The Dark Crystal came in the mid 1970s. While the majority of his work to that date had been for children on Sesame Street, the puppeteer had long wanted to create content for adult audiences as well. Talent agent Bernie Brillstein introduced Henson to another one of his clients, TV producer Lorne Michaels. Michaels was putting together the initial cast for what would become Saturday Night Live, and the two started bouncing ideas back and forth for how Henson could be involved with the show.Working with longtime collaborator Frank Oz, Henson developed “The Land of Gorch,” a weekly segment for the show’s 1975 season that chronicled the misadventures of a grotesque family of birdlike creatures living in a swampy crater. Unlike his more innocent work, these monsters were vile, selfish, rude and very adult. There were several strikes against it from the start, though — union rules meant that only SNL‘s writers could pen scripts and stories for the puppets, not Henson and his crew. None of the show’s staff enjoyed the assignment, and it only lasted a single season.The experience was useful for Henson and his team, however, introducing them to the unique pressures of filming a network TV program each week. He’d use it to fuel The Muppet Show, which premiered the next year on British network ATV before returning to American airwaves in first-run syndication. That show would be a runaway success, and by 1978 it was the most popular program in the world, airing in 108 countries and drawing 235 million viewers a week.A few years later, Henson and his daughter Cheryl were flying to London from New York City when a snowstorm hit and the pair were trapped at JFK Airport. Jim took the time to write out the basic plot of a fantasy story he was calling “The Crystal” in his Red Book, the hardbound journal that he took everywhere with him. By the time he reached England, he had a complete outline of the film and its world. But it would be a little while before he had the clout to make it a reality, as well as input from a fantasy artist previously best known for working with some guy called William Shakespeare.A Magic PenBrian Froud was a British fantasy artist with a rich, ethereal style that seemed unmoored from any restrictions. Early in his career, he worked on illustrated editions of plays like A Midsummer Night’s Dream as he found his footing. In 1977, he released The Land of Froud, and the next year would see his first mainstream success with Fairies, a collection of lush paintings accompanying British folktales retold by writer Alan Lee. Henson saw a Brian Froud painting on the cover of a book and immediately recognized a kindred spirit.In 1977, Henson brough Froud out to the Muppet workshop in Elstree to show him how the magic was made. Froud enjoyed the experience, but was drawn to an unexpected item in the archives: the Land of Gorch puppets, with all of their crusty, oddball protuberances and unsettling designs. The pair started working together on “The Crystal” in 1978, batting ideas back and forth in a series of Manhattan meetings. Jim was heavily inspired by Seth Speaks, a collection of messages allegedly transmitted by an “energy personality” named Seth to Dorothy Roberts. The Seth Material was hugely popular in the decade and Henson gave copies to many of his collaborators.Over time, the basic structure and cast of The Dark Crystal came together, with input from Frank Oz and other long-time collaborators. It would tell the tale of a fallen world heading for collapse unless one unlikely hero could restore equilibrium to two warring, inhuman races. A bold, ambitious dark fantasy, it was wildly different from anything the Muppet man had ever accomplished.He started pitching it as something that had never been done before: the first live-action feature film without a single human being on screen. Froud’s compelling designs for Thra’s warring races and strange animals were potent, but Paramount balked at the proposed $15 million price tag — this was at a time where Disney animated films cost around $1 million to produce.The ShardHenson finally got funding from British TV production company ITC to make the film. He’d worked with them before on The Muppet Show, and also after the first Muppet movie was a success he was able to bundle the sequel with The Dark Crystal. Unfortunately, two major theatrical missteps in 1980 put the company on the back foot, as Village People disco showcase Can’t Stop The Music and pricey adventure Raise The Titanic! both bombed at the box office. After The Dark Crystal wrapped filming, the company was sold, merged and eventually put under the leadership of Australian entrepreneur Robert Holmes à Court.Early test screenings in Washington D.C. and Detroit, Michigan didn’t help matters. Audiences who went in expecting the classic cuddly Muppets they knew and loved were unsettled and repulsed by Henson and Froud’s alien worlds. Many walked out before the film was over, and it wasn’t long before The Dark Crystal seemed radioactive to Hollywood distributors.That didn’t dissuade Henson, who took the film back to the editing bay. He made some major changes to the product, including redubbing the Skeksis’ alien language into English and adding more exposition and explanation. That didn’t impress à Court, who deemed it too weird to promote heavily.And that’s where Henson’s maverick nature got the better of him. Convinced that The Dark Crystal had more potential than anybody saw, he combined his assets to come up with enough cash to buy the film back from ITC and release it himself. It cost him $15 million, but ITC had put in $25 million, so in some ways you could consider that a good deal. He then contracted with Universal Studios to open the film on December 17th.It was by no means a sure thing, and at the time Henson’s son John was terrified that it would mean financial ruin for the entire family. Thankfully, even though it wasn’t a blockbuster success on the level of the previous two Muppet movies, The Dark Crystal would gross $40 million by the end of its nine week theatrical run, allowing Henson to earn back his investment and stay afloat. He would use some of the profits to purchase the rights to the Muppets from ITC as well.A New World The Dark Crystal had always been a passion project for Henson, and it came at a particularly active time in his life. His studio was producing Fraggle Rock for HBO, preparing the animated Muppet Babies series for saturday morning television, and consulting on a number of other projects for films and commercials. Earning his money back gave him the creative freedom to follow more adult impulses for a while.Froud and Henson would collaborate again on 1986’s Labyrinth, a more conventional fantasy starring David Bowie as the wicked Goblin King. This film would feature a screenplay by Monty Python’s Terry Jones, along with contributions from George Lucas, Laura Phillips, Elaine May and Henson itself. With a $25 million budget, comparable to The Dark Crystal, and a major rock star anchoring the cast, people expected it to be an even bigger hit. Unfortunately, middling reviews and competition from box office smashes like Top Gun led it to earn under $13 million theatrically.Three years later, Henson would sell his company to Disney, freeing him to pursue creative pursuits without struggling over financing. Unfortunately, he suddenly passed away in 1990. He left behind a number of unfinished projects, including a prospective Dark Crystal sequel he was developing with writer David Odell. Brilliant animation director Genndy Tartakovsky was attached to the project in 2009, but after a number of false starts and delays, it was shelved and eventually released as a comic book series.The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns us to Thra for a prequel series that Leterrier has been working on getting made since 2012. The show, which follows a trio of Gelflings as they foment revolt against the Skeksis, was produced entirely with puppetry like the original film, only using CGI to digitally erase traces of the human puppeteers. Brian Froud returned to design new characters alongside his son Toby, and the voice cast includes a ton of names, including Eddie Izzard, Lena Headey, Simon Pegg and Mark Hamill.Everything we’ve read indicates that Leterrier and his team are doing the series out of one thing: love for the original, in all its weird, risky, uncommercial glory. It premieres on Netflix on August 30.Watch The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on NetflixMore on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in September 2019Watch: Timothée Chalamet Reigns in Netflix’s Epic ‘The King’ TrailerWatch: Netflix Drops ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Teaser ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Netflix Series Teaser Is HereNetflix Reveals First Look, Voice Cast of ‘The Dark Crystal’ Series Stay on target
By Muhammed Sailu Bah Foroyaa has been informed by a source that the 3 corpses of those linked to the 30 December 2014 attack on state house in Banjul have been transferred to another area in the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) and hence the absence of the soldiers who were placed on guard at the mortuary.In order to confirm the veracity of the information, this reporter again visited the hospital yesterday, Monday, 29 June, to enquire from the officials about the status of these corpses that have been at the mortuary since late last year. Having gone round the hospital, this reporter could not see any soldier posted on guard anywhere within the premises.Talking to the hospital PRO about this new information, Mr. Momodou Lamin Jammeh maintains that he does not know anything about the corpses and referred the reporter to the GAF PRO.Efforts to get to the GAF spokesperson also proved unsuccessful as he could not be reached through his phone.Earlier, it was reported that the corpse of one of the victims, Bakary Bojang, alias Gosso, the mentally ill young man was finally handed over to his family and buried.However, when they were contacted to enquire whether the same is done with them, the families of the late Lt. Col. Lamin Sanneh, former Commander of the Presidential Guard, and Alhaji Nyass, a former member of the defunct Gambian Gendarmerie, told Foroyaa that they have not received the corpses. ]]>