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first_imgMuch publicised splits hogged the headlines as a 13-year marriage fell apart, an unlikely match ended and an overhyped onscreen pairing failed to sizzle Saif Ali Khan & Amrita Singh Thirteen didn’t prove lucky for this couple. The classic older woman-younger brat love story took a sorry turn for this,Much publicised splits hogged the headlines as a 13-year marriage fell apart, an unlikely match ended and an overhyped onscreen pairing failed to sizzleSaif Ali Khan & Amrita SinghThirteen didn’t prove lucky for this couple. The classic older woman-younger brat love story took a sorry turn for this chhote nawab and his begum. “The li’l boy finally grew up and tasted success,” some might snigger. The last we’ve heard, Saif has an Italian girlfriend, Rosa, and Amrita has donned greasepaint again.Upen Patel & Amrita AroraHe was Amrita Arora’s boyfriend, then she became Upen Patel’s girlfriend and then they “drifted apart”. The hot model is now single and ready to mingle while his starlet ex has been seen with another “hot young thing” and also linked with cricketer Nasser Hussain. The games people play.Vivek Oberoi & Aishwarya RaiThe offscreen sizzlers fizzled out on screen. Vivek Oberoi might floor Aishwarya Rai with puppies in real life but they flunked the onscreen chemistry test in Kyun! Ho Gaya Na… Not even a flicker, forget a roaring blaze reminiscent of the Ash-Salman Khan pairing in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Those expecting magic, including director Samir Karnik, were left frostbitten. Brr…L.K.Advani & Uma BharatiShe acted like an errant schoolgirl and was suspended. Uma Bharati took off for the hills. L.K. Advani says she might return. The drama goes on.Laloo Yadav & Ram Vilas PaswanThe year began with Laloo Prasad Yadav and Ram Vilas Paswan joining hands with the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls. But that was then. The first sign of trouble appeared when Laloo bagged the railways portfolio coveted by Paswan. And now, with the Bihar assembly elections round the corner, they are busy slamming each other. Accusations of corruption are flying back and forth as the blow-hot-blow-cold duo have raised the pitch in their turf war.Yuvraj Singh & Kim SharmaThe starlet and the cricketer- where have we heard that one before? One-hit-wonder Kim Sharma was bowled over by Punjab da puttar Yuvraj Singh. After a year of fielding questions about the relationship, they have finally declared the innings. Her post-match report states, “No one can love me more than myself.” Slippery wicket, this.Imran Khan & Jemima GoldsmithWhen Pakistan’s star cricketer married a Brit millionaire’s daughter many eyebrows were raised. Ten years later, Jemima Goldsmith is cavorting with “eternal bachelor” Hugh Grant and Imran Khan is looking for a new begum. Anyone interested?K.P.S. Gill & Dhanraj PillaiThe most tumultuous relationship in Indian sport finally hit splitsville. IHF President K.P.S. Gill decided the hockey team could do without Dhanraj Pillai and Pillai decided that he could do without Indian hockey. A poor Olympic tournament sealed Pillai being sidelined.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisementUFC returns to Florida for the first time in nearly seven years for this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 150 event, which takes place at BB&T Center. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, who is ranked no.4 in the UFC middleweight rankings, faces the no.10 ranked Jack Hermansson in the main event that could hugely impact the Middleweight Division. Meanwhile, in the co-main event, former NFL star, Greg Hardy and Dimitry Smoliakov are looking for their first win inside the UFC Octagon since their debut. This fight card also features multiple high-level fighters across a variety of weight divisions looking to continue their ascent in the rankings.Middleweight Bout (Main Event) – Ronaldo Souza vs Jack HermanssonFighters Profile:Ronaldo Souza –Perennial top five-ranked middleweight fighter Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will attempt to secure his first UFC title shot when he headlines UFC Fight Night 150 in Florida. The Brazilian is coming off a huge win against former middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 230 through a third-round knockout. Jacare has won three out of his past five fights and his two losses have come at the hands of Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker,the top contenders for the middleweight belt. If Souza can beat Hermansson convincingly as he beat Chris Camozzi and Tim Boetsch, a title shot for ‘Jacare’ may finally be in the cards.Jack Hermansson –Less than a month after tapping out David Branch in 49 seconds to earn his third straight victory, Jack “The Joker” Hermansson steps up to take Romero’s place opposite Souza in a contest that has an “Old Guard vs. New Blood” feel to it. Hermansson is in red hot form and has started to build a reputation as one of the most dangerous finishers at 185 pounds after wins over Thales Leites, Gerald Meerschaert and David Branch, all by knockout or submission. He has only lost two of his nine UFC fights and now Hermansson will attempt to get the biggest win of his career while facing one of the best middleweights in the world in Jacare to get his fourth consecutive win.Heavyweight Bout (Co-Main Event) – Greg Hardy vs Dmitry SmoliakovFighters Profile: Greg Hardy –Ex-NFL player-turned-UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy didn’t get his UFC career off to the start he wanted after suffering a disqualification loss to Allen Crowder as he delivered an illegal knee on his debut back at UFC Fight Night 143 in January. Greg will look to earn his first win in his new training backyard at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Dmitry Smoliakov –Dmitry Smoliakov arrived to the UFC in 2016 with a record of 8-0 in MMA, but is yet to register his first win inside the UFC Octagon. His two UFC fights were against Luis Henrique in 2016 and Cyril Asker in 2017 which he lost through submission ad knockout respectively. Smoliakov is known for his grappling game on the ground with five career submission wins and that’s where he will look to take this fight while trying to avoid the knockout power of Greg Hardy.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgzoom US shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO has completed the float-out of the Bay State, the fourth of the five LNG-conversion-ready Jones Act tankers ordered by American Petroleum Tankers.The ECO tanker will be christened at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego on September 17.The five 50,000 dwt tankers have a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity, and are 610 feet long.The ships were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.The design incorporates improved fuel efficiency concepts through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form.The tankers will also have dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system.The Bay State and and her ECO Class sister vessels are the first in the Jones Act fleet to obtain a PMA+ Notation.The third vessel in the series, the Garden State, started her sea trials of the coast of California on July 15.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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first_img Monday, Sept. 27, Wolfville, Acadia University, Clark Commons, 1:30 p.m to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, Yarmouth, Yarmouth Room, Grand Hotel, 417 Main Street, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, Halifax, Cavalier Room, Citadel Halifax Hotel, 1960 Brunswick Street, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, Dartmouth, Hawthorne/Sullivan Rooms, Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Road, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, Tantallon, Multipurpose Room, St. Margaret’s Bay Centre, 12 Westwood Blvd., 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, French Session – via video conference, participate from any of the Universite Sainte-Anne campuses, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, Truro, MacDonald AB, Best Western Glengarry, 150 Willow St., 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, Antigonish, Conference Room A&B, Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre, St. Francis Xavier University, 1100 Convocation Blvd., 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, Membertou, Kluscap C, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard St., 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 6, Liverpool, Lions Hall, 128 Gorham St., 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Information regarding the online, mail and fax surveys is available at www.gov.ns.ca/tch/culture-consultation.asp . “We are looking forward to hearing from a broad range of stakeholders in the arts and culture sector who represent the diversity of Nova Scotia. Genuine leadership is only possible when all points of view are considered,” said Mr. Paris. Participants will have until Tuesday, Oct. 12 to complete the online, mail and fax surveys. A summary report will be made public after the consultation process. The province is seeking advice and opinions from the arts and culture sector on government’s role in supporting and fostering artistic and cultural activity. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage has hired Horizons Community Development Associates Inc. of Wolfville to conduct the consultation. “Arts and culture contribute to vibrant communities and strengthen our economy, making life better for Nova Scotia families,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “With this consultation, government is taking the first step toward keeping its commitment to address governance and funding for the arts and culture sector. I encourage everyone in the sector to help us determine principles that will guide the public’s investment into arts and culture and help grow the creative economy.” The consultation process will allow the creative community to share their views through a series of public sessions, an online, mail or fax survey and one-on-one interviews with key stakeholders who represent a cross-section of the sector. The public meetings will take place:last_img read more

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first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsFirst Nations along with environmental organizations have launched a lawsuit to stop the building of a multi- billion dollar LNG facility.The project being developed by Pacific Northwest LNG would be located on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C.Opponents said the island is sacred to them and is a fragile eco-system for the second largest salmon run in the world.If the facility was built it would destroy eelgrass and other habitat for salmon roe and eggs.The lawsuit alleges that proper consultation was not done and the project is goinog ahead without their consent on the unceded traditional territory of the T’simshian people.They want a judicial review to examine the federal government’s recent decision that approved the project.The federal government on the otherhand is standing behind its decision to approve the massive Pacific NorthWest LNG project, despite facing new court challenges and accusations that it has broken climate promises.Two First Nations and an environmental group filed separate applications for judicial review in Federal Court on Thursday. The actions aim to quash the government’s approval of the $11.4-billion export terminal near Prince Rupert on Britsh Columbia’s northern coast.The Gitwilgyoots Tribe and Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs allege the government failed to properly consult with them, while SkeenaWild Conservation Trust is challenging the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s conclusion that the project won’t have a significant impact on salmon.Greg Knox, executive director of SkeenaWild, told reporters outside Vancouver’s Federal Court that the government’s decision to approve the project was disappointing given the “incredible promises” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made on climate change.“He said that he was going to balance the economy with the environment,” Knox said. “How can you place an $11-billion industrial facility right over top of the most critical salmon habitat in Canada and protect the environment?”The project, which is majority-owned by Malaysia’s state oil company Petronas, would place a natural gas liquefaction facility and export terminal on Lelu Island at the mouth of the Skeena River. The area, called Flora Bank, is a juvenile salmon habitat.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced Sept. 27 the government would approve the project subject to 190 conditions, including a cap on carbon emissions.She defended the decision Thursday in a statement asserting that the project underwent a rigorous three-year assessment. Indigenous groups participated in the process and will be part of a first-ever “monitoring committee” along with the federal and provincial governments, she said.SkeenaWild’s notice of application said almost 35,000 square metres of fish habitat could be permanently destroyed, and Pacific NorthWest LNG intends to offset this impact by attempting to create fish habitat elsewhere.The environmental assessment agency expressed uncertainty about the effectiveness of this plan, yet concluded that it and other mitigation measures would reduce the otherwise significant adverse affects of the project on fish, the court document said.SkeenaWild said it is also challenging the agency’s failure to assess the cumulative climate effects of the facility. The agency did look at the annual effects and concluded the project will become one of the largest greenhouse gas emitters in Canada, according to the document.The Gitwilgyoots is one of the nine allied tribes that make up the Lax Kw’alaams, which claims Lelu Island and Flora Bank as part of its traditional territory.The Lax Kw’alaams Band _ represented by an elected council _ signalled its support of the project in March. However, some hereditary chiefs of the allied tribes remain opposed.In its notice of application, the Gitwilgyoots said it wrote to the environmental assessment agency in April asserting its title and rights to territories including Lelu Island and the project site.The agency met with the tribe twice this summer, but sent a letter implying that the Lax Kw’alaams Band held the relevant rights and title.“At no time in its interaction with the Gitwilgyoots did the Agency or the Crown state that it did not intend to fully consult” with the tribe, the document added.The Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs said in their application that the project could worsen already “depressed and fragile” salmon stocks in the Kitwanga River, about 250 kilometres inland from the mouth of the Skeena.Pacific NorthWest LNG said in a statement that it has been meeting with local First Nations since 2012 and is continuing to work collaboratively with them.— with files from the Canadian Pressthouse@aptn.calast_img read more

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first_imgCrews are now working to remove the mud and clear the track.  It’s unknown how long that will take, but crews will be working night and day to finish the task. CHETWYND, B.C. – CN Rail continues to work to remove two locomotives after a mudslide near Chetwynd.The slide happened sometime overnight between Thursday and Friday and was strong enough to knock two lead locomotives off the track.  Both locomotives are still up and on the embankment and are not leaking any fluids.No one was injured in the slide and the slide has not affected Highway 97.last_img

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Fez- French President Francois Hollande recently appointed a Moroccan as his adviser for Culture and Communication.According to French daily Le Figaro, the newly appointed adviser of the French president is Audrey Azoulay, daughter of Andre Azoulay, adviser of King Mohammed VI.Born in 1972, Audrey Azoulay is a graduate of the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris” and the “École Nationale d’Administration”. She has, among others, worked at the general direction of media and was magistrate of the Court of Auditors. Since 2011, she has been Assistant Director of the National Film Board.Audrey Azoulay is expected to take office in September.

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“We are urgently seeking information from the DPRK in response to this report, as well as information from the US that will allow us to follow up on this very serious allegation,” IAEA Director-General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement released in Vienna, where the Agency is headquartered.In 1993, IAEA inspectors uncovered evidence indicating non-compliance by the DPRK with its safeguards agreement pursuant to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and ever since the Agency has been strongly urging the country to fulfil its obligations. After the IAEA declared the DPRK in non-compliance in 1994, Pyongyang withdrew its membership from the Agency, but its obligations under the safeguards agreement remain in force and binding.Under that agreement with the IAEA, the DPRK is obliged to give Agency inspectors the freedom to check that all its nuclear activities have been duly declared and that none has been misused for the production or development of nuclear weapons. Since 1993, however, the IAEA says its inspectors operating in the country have not been permitted to conduct important activities that would allow them to draw conclusions about the nuclear programme.Under its safeguards agreement with the IAEA, the existence of any nuclear facility should be declared by the DPRK and placed under IAEA safeguards. read more

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Gloved hand hammering a nail Thinkstock Home construction to drop to 27 year low in Calgary Canada’s Mortgage and Housing Corporation is predicting construction of single-detached homes in Calgary will drop to a level not seen since 1988.The CMHC says 2015 and 2016 will see 4,000 starts per year.They say the impact of lower oil prices on Calgary’s labour market and consumer confidence, combined with a well-supplied resale market is the reason behind the fall.Multi-family starts will go from a record high of about 10,600 last year to slightly less than 8,000 this year and 6,000 units next year.It is also predicting MLS sales will decline 28 per cent in 2015 after setting a record high last year. by Craig Lester Posted Oct 26, 2015 7:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Further, the Security Council called on all States to refrain from conducting any nuclear-weapon test explosion or any other nuclear explosion, and to maintain their moratoria in that regard, and to provide the required support to enable the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization to complete all of its tasks in the most efficient and cost-effective way. By the text of the resolution, the Council also recognized that “even absent entry into force of the Treaty the monitoring and analytical elements of the verification regime are at the disposal of the international community in conformity with the Treaty and under the guidance of the Preparatory Commission.” Such elements “contribute to regional stability as a significant confidence-building measure, and strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament regime,” the Council said. In addition, the Council affirmed that the Treaty’s entry into force will contribute to the enhancement of international peace and security through its effective prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weapons and through its contribution to nuclear disarmament. The resolution also underlined that the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons “remains the cornerstone of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and the essential foundation for the pursuit of nuclear disarmament and for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.” A landmark international treaty opened for signature in 1968, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons entered into force in 1970, and was extended indefinitely on 11 May 1995. Its objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. It represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States. Reaffirming that proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and their means of delivery, threatens international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution urging all States who haven’t done so to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. With 14 votes in favour and one abstention (Egypt), the resolution welcomed progress made towards universalization of the Treaty, noting that 183 States have signed the Treaty and 166 States have deposited their instruments of ratification. The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty bans all nuclear explosions for both civilian and military purposes. Adopted by the UN General Assembly under resolution 50 (1996), the Treaty will enter into force 180 days after the date of deposit of the instruments of ratification by all States listed in its Annex 2.Speaking to the press shortly after the Council voted on the resolution, Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), the Treaty’s Preparatory Commission, said the organisation welcomed any initiative that serves to strengthen the norm against nuclear testing.”This is timely, said Mr. Zerbo. “This resolution is timely because it comes at a time where we celebrate the 20 years anniversary of the opening for signature, of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, but timely as well because it comes at a time where DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has reminded the international community of the absolute necessity to get this treaty into force, by having the moratorium on nuclear testing strong and sealed,” Mr. Zerbo added. He was referring to the latest incident of nuclear testing — conducted by DPRK — which was condemned by CTBTO, the UN Secretary General, the Security Council, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA). Mr. Zerbo also noted that voting today and adopting the resolution, keeps the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty relevant. “We understand some of the concerns that States may have, that this does not substitute the process for ratification. The process for ratification remains the ultimate way to get the Treaty into force, but we just hope that this step – which is an important step, because after the Iran deal, this constitutes one next key element in arms control, non-proliferation and ultimately disarmament – we hope that there will be more steps towards disarmament, because we all seek a world free of nuclear weapons at the end of the day,” said Mr. Zerbo.Kim Won-soo, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of CTBTO speak to reporters. Credit: UN News CentreHe however noted that the first step towards that world, is an end to nuclear testing. “A world free of nuclear of weapons goes by stopping testing too, and then taking steps that will reinforce the agreements that are already here, and then leading us towards what we all want: a world free of nuclear weapons; a world free of any attempt of modernisation that some are talking about today.” Today’s resolution – adopted by the 15-member Council at a meeting on maintenance of international peace and security – further noted that of the 44 States listed in Annex 2, 41 have signed and 36 have both signed and ratified the Treaty, including several nuclear weapons States. Of the 44 States included in Annex 2, all have signed with the exceptions of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, India and Pakistan. Five of the 44 Annex 2 States have signed but not ratified the Treaty: China, Egypt, Iran, Israel and the United States. Stressing the “vital importance and urgency” of achieving the early entry into force of the Treaty, the Security Council, by the terms of the resolution, urged all States that have either not signed or not ratified the Treaty – particularly the eight remaining Annex 2 States – to do so without further delay. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of CTBTO, speaks to journalists, following the adoption of Security Council resolution 2310 (2016) urging all States that have either not signed or not ratified the CTBT to do so without further delay. He was joined in addressing the press by Kim Won-soo, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

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Russ Smith, the leading scorer for the champion Louisville Cardinals, just might return for his senior season after all. According to coach Rick Pitino, Smith is torn on the decision to enter the NBA draft, which is contrary to what his father told reporters after the Cardinals defeated Michigan for the national championship in Atlanta.On Monday night, the Louisville star’s father, Russ Smith Sr., initially said that his son had planned to enter the NBA draft, saying: “At this point, there’s no other reason for him to come back. He’s had two sound years and did it all. He could come back next year, but it might jeopardize his health. You’ve got to strike while the iron is hot.”Smith confirmed his father’s statement the following day when he told SiriusXM “College Sports Nation” radio hosts Mark Packer and Bruce Pearl that “this is the right time.”But Pitino, who had also confirmed Smith’s departure at the team’s pep rally earlier this week, said Thursday morning that the junior guard is still on the fence about going pro.“Russ, I think, is 50-50,” he told Sports Radio 790 in Louisville. “He’s a very confused young man in terms of his decision right now. He didn’t want his dad to say that about him coming out. He wanted time to think of it.”Smith struggled to find his shot in his team’s 82-76 victory over Michigan in the championship game. He went 3-for-16 and scored nine points. But he averaged 22.3 PPG overall in the NCAA tournament.The NBA’s early-entry deadline for the draft is April 28. Per NCAA mandate, however, players with remaining eligibility must withdraw from the draft by Tuesday (April 16) to preserve it. read more

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first_imgThe barrister who helped thwart Mary Whitehouse’s crusade against obscenity believes the former socialite has been proved right.Jeremy Hutchinson QC, who argued for the defence in the moral campaigner’s 1982 private prosecution of the director of the National Theatre’s Romans in Britain, is believed to have come to the conclusion the she has been “vindicated” amid the rise of pornography and other lewd art forms. Jeremy Hutchinson in 1961 Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Mr Grant revealed Lord Hutchinson grew to respect the socialite and even believed she had been “vindicated to some extent by history”.He added that the barrister “was not a snob” and “felt that actually she did have a point of view and she had the benefit of sincerity”. “I suppose he would say that a lot of the things that she was complaining about in the 1970s and 1980s that were deemed to be ludicrous, she has been to some extent been personally vindicated and I think Jeremy thinks she has been vindicated as well,” he said. He felt that actually she did have a point of view and she had the benefit of sincerityThomas Grant Jeremy Hutchinson in 1961Credit: Bob Thomas/Getty  Lord Hutchinson, whose other defence cases included the Great Train robbery and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, told author Thomas Grant, that he respected Ms Whitehouse after the case in which she brought charges of gross indecency against Michael Bogdanov. The play was said to be so indecent that audience members “fainted” during a male rape scene.Lord Hutchinson, who is now 101, cross-examined a number of witnesses and demonstrated to one that the penis he believed he had seen was perhaps just an actor’s thumb. Ms Whitehouse withdrew the case. “I mean the cases that he [Hutchinson] was defending, the artwork he was defending – Fanny Hill, Chatterley – they are relatively safe artwork in one sense but what has come after?”When asked about the artwork that has come in recent years, Mr Grant said Lord Hutchinson had stopped taking on some obscenity charges because “pornography became rather too distasteful for him”.center_img Lord Hutchinson defended the National Theatre’s Romans in BritainCredit:Graham Wiltshire/Rex Features The National Theatre’s Romans in Britain She has been to some extent been personally vindicatedThomas Grant “There was a famous novel called Last Exit to Brooklyn… where Jeremy was briefed to defend it on an obscenity charge,” he said.“He actually said to the publishers, ‘look I don’t think I’m the the right man to defend this case not because I don’t think this book should be published but because I find it so upsetting as a book, I don’t think I could give it the best defence it could get’.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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first_imgSouthern Copper Corp has been awarded the Michiquillay copper project with an offer of $400 million and 3% royalties, a package which surpassed the offer of its closest rival, Cía. Minera Milpo (Nexa Resources), which offered $250 million and 1.875% royalties, MinerAndina reports.The project auction, under the auspices of ProInversion, was held on February 20 and attracted the interest of ten companies: Southern, Milpo, Minera Ares (Hochschild), Exploraciones Antakana, Hudbay Peru, Minsur, Rio Tinto, WanbaoMining, Teck Peru and Buenaventura.Grupo Mexico, Southern’s parent company, informed MinerAndina that Michiquillay will produce 225,000 t/y of copper from ore containing 0.63% Cu from the year 2025, which is longer than expected by the market (four years), with a projected investment between $2 and $2.5 billion. Its lifespan is estimated at 25 years.Claudia Cooper, Peru’s Minister of Economy and Finances, considered that Michiquillay would trigger other projects such as Quellaveco, Mina Justa and Corani. “All this mining investment is one of the pillars for the country’s development”, she said in a statement.While Alberto Ñecco, Executive Director of ProInversión, said that he is witness of the interest the Michiquillay and La Encañada communities have in the project and can attest to their commitment to support it.The Minister of Energy and Mines, Angela Grossheim, also congratulated the people of Cajamarca and stressed that the Michiquillay tender “marks a breaking point after seven years without relevant mining allotments in Peru. An investment of this magnitude denotes trust in the government and puts us back at the global level as an attractive destiny for investments”.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek has been classified as one of the twelve priority languages of wider use in Australia and is taught in all states and territories in a variety of systems and levels of education. Network analysis shows the importance of family networks in maintaining the core culture among members of the Greek community. The overriding attitude towards education and culture dictates maintenance of Greek as a medium of communication or as a symbol of identity. Tamis and Gauntlett (1993) have argued that the significance of Greek for Australia derives principally from the established presence of a vast number of Greek-speaking residents (estimated at 360,000) and of many more thousands of Australians with ancestral, sentimental, professional, cultural and intellectual ties with Greece and Greeks. Greek remains the sole modern descendant of the Hellenic branch of the Indo-European family of languages, in which fundamental texts of western civilisation and Christian scripture were formulated and transmitted through the ages.In 2015, the vitality of the Greek language in Australia is determined by a variety of factors including the disposition of Greek community members towards it and their desire for continued distinctiveness as a group. Sociocultural factors in favour of Greek language teaching and learning include the existence of a large number of speakers, the creation of broad functional areas and an adequate community network which will develop language use outside and beyond the group-controlled areas of home, church and ethnic school. It is important to note that: Greek does not simply derive its significance only as a community language or as the norm of the Greek-speaking sector of the Australia community, which is vigorously organised, politically robust and strongly committed to maintenance of its Hellenic Australian identity. The significance of Greek for Australia derives principally from heritage, moral, intellectual, academic, linguistic and utilitarian reasons: – moral and intellectual, because Greek is the only extant Heritage Language of the western world known and used in Australia; – academic because Greek language (in its ancient, medieval and modern variants) is being taught together with classical studies and the Greek history and culture at over 2,000 universities around the globe attracting more than one million students;– linguistic because by learning the Greek language students and indeed world citizens have the opportunity to learn about and understand better their own language, as a very significant percentage of their mother tongue, etymologically, is derived from Greek words. – utilitarian, because of an established presence of a vast number of Greek-speaking residents (currently estimated at 400,000) and of many more thousands of Australians with ancestral, sentimental, professional, cultural and intellectual ties with Greece, Cyprus and the millions of Hellenes in the diaspora.Why is it important to learn Greek? (a) Greek is the oldest and sole survival of ancient European languages bearing a linguistic tradition of 4,000 years. It has been the basis of the European civilisation and naturally has fundamentally affected other languages and cultures. (b) Greek remained the language of global civilisation from 480BC to AD1500 in both oral and written forms and was the official vernacular of the entire Hellenised world from Western Europe to India. Hence, the general use of Greek was of enormous importance to the spread of Christianity.(c) Greek is the sole modern descendant of the Indo-European family of languages, in which fundamental texts of western civilisation and Christian scripture were formulated and transmitted through the ages. Even in the 21st century, Greek-speaking Patriarchates in Constantinople (Istanbul), Jerusalem, Alexandria, Cyprus and Greece commemorate the 1,000 years of Greek presence in Europe, Asia and Africa.(d) Roman Catholicism and Greek Orthodox were the two Christian worlds in Europe and Asia. The entire world of Greek Christians, incorporating the Russians, Rumanians, Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Serbs, Macedoslavs, and Syro-Lebanese used Greek as their official language of liturgy and sermons.(e) Greek is designated as one of the five official languages of the European Union and is rated as a major world language in spite of the comparatively modest number of its current native speakers.(f) Greek composed writings by reputed individuals of intellect such as Plato, Aristotle, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Hippocrates, the great fathers of the Christian Church, the great hymnographers, philologists, mathematicians, physicians, anthropologists, ethnologists. Naturally, the notions born herein, expressed through the words of the Greek language, pervaded the languages and the civilisations of the world and left an eternal mark on what is known as the European civilisation. Studying the Greek language is not a product of fashion or of utilitarian motives. It has its origins in man’s desire to study the great texts about great issues.(g) Approximately 28,000 English words, including key words such as idea, theory, system, analysis, synthesis, category, hierarchy, method, hypothesis, myth, poetry, drama, music, harmony, politics, democracy, thence, machine, episteme, psyche, Eros, ecclesia, Christ, Europe, theology, etc. are all words of the Greek language, this great little language, to paraphrase the Nobel laureate Greek poet Odysseus Elytis.(h) It would be a cultural deficit for Australia if Greek is to be confined within its current spectrum and not be accessible nationally, in terms of universal education and culture, especially, as the Greek language came to be not the exclusive property of the Greeks only, but of all humanity. (i) Every national language constitutes the identity and the physiognomy of that nation. In the case of Greek, the language transmits and creatively enriches all modern western languages as it remains the robust source for new words and concepts for these national languages. To fully understand the meaning and culture of 28,000 English words of Greek origin, it is necessary to know and study the Greek language and culture; otherwise it would be a Herculean task to understand the meaning of polis, police, politics, democracy, tyranny, tyrant, oligarchy, aristocracy, just to mention some words from the field of politics. Hence, the acquisition of Greek is further enhancing the better understanding of English.(j) Greek as a Heritage Language, besides aspects of use and utility, possesses another aspect, the moral one. Hence, the learning of Greek, apart from professional improvement in terms of income or social prestige etc., can provide a better, more direct, profound and essential understanding of the people who speak it, who exist immersed in it. (k) The significance of Greek for Australia’s external trade resides both in the actual and potential links with the European Union via Greece and Cyprus and via connections between Greece, Cyprus and the Greek Australian community and in the fact that, among others, the Greek merchant marine transports the largest quantity of Australia exports across the globe.* Professor Anastasios M. Tamis, School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Notre Dame Australia. last_img read more

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first_imgDes offres SFR neufbox ADSL bradéesL’opérateur a lancé une vente flash d’abonnements à Internet, qui offrent de 13 à 17 euros d’économie par mois.Après Free et Numericable, qui sont passés par le site Vente-privee.com pour lancer des ventes flash d’abonnements à Internet à prix cassés, c’est désormais SFR qui a adopté ce système, sur son site propre cette fois. Il s’agit des offres neufbox à 14,90 euros/mois au lieu de 31,90 euros, soit 17 euros de réduction par mois et neufbox Evolution à 24,90 euros/mois au lieu de 37,90 euros, soit 13 euros de réduction par mois, explique Clubic.À lire aussiFree se met en quatre pour l’iPhone 5Les variantes fibre de ces deux offres, habituellement facturées 3 euros de plus par mois, sont proposées au même prix. La ristourne “Multi-Packs” de 5 euros/mois, accordée lorsque l’abonné dispose d’une offre de téléphonie mobile “Carré” (mais pas “Red”), est également maintenue. Ce sont les 5.000 premières souscriptions qui seront avantagées par ses tarifs, ou s’il y en a moins, ceux qui y adhèreront avant le 6 avril. Les offres sont valables un an, échéance au terme de laquelle l’abonné n’est pas engagé et peut résilier pour 45 euros.Le 2 avril 2012 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgThe state department of health immediately suspended the license of a Clark County physician and surgeon for alleged misuse of controlled substances and alcohol.The department’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission announced Tuesday it had suspended the license of Daniel A. Clayton. Clayton cannot practice as a physician in the state until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond.It’s unclear where Clayton was last practicing medicine, but state health officials said his last known address was in Clark County.The commission alleges Clayton is unsafe to practice medicine due to his misuse of controlled substances and alcohol.Clayton also failed to complete a treatment program and made misrepresentations to the commission, according to a news release from the health department.Clayton has been a licensed physician and surgeon in the state since April 2009.In February 2017, the medical commission ordered Clayton to undergo additional training, attend spine conferences and complete 100 proctored spine instrumentation procedures. The order was the result of unprofessional conduct charges against Clayton, alleging he misplaced screws in lumbar fusion surgeries on two patients in the Everett area.last_img read more

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first_imgBefore Dr. Benjamin Jacobs begins a carpal tunnel surgery at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, he has a pressing question for patient Mary Lou Connell.“Mary Lou, is there any kind of music you like to listen to?” Jacobs asks.Connell answers she likes classic music, and they settle on Frank Sinatra. One member of the operating team jokingly sings “Quando, Quando, Quando,” and Jacobs walks over to his phone that’s plugged into an auxiliary cord. He pulls up Spotify, and selects Sinatra’s “Fly Away.”“Come fly with me, we’ll fly, we’ll fly away,” Sinatra sings over the operating room speakers.Now the surgery can begin.People like to listen to music when they work, and surgeons are no different. Music is so commonplace during surgeries that 90 percent of nearly 700 surgeons and other health care professionals said they listen to music during operations, according to a 2017 survey by Spotify and Figure 1.Studies show that listening to music can improve levels of physiologic stress and enhance surgeons’ performance, as well as act as a tool to promote bonding between surgeons and their operating teams.The musical choices of surgeons vary greatly. “Rock You Like a Hurricane” was the number one rock song listed. “Cocaine” by Eric Clapton came in ninth (hey, at one time it served a medicinal role). In morbid fashion, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” also appeared frequently. And 2 Live Crew, which at one point had an album banned due to its sexually explicit content, also registered in the survey with its 1991 single “Pop that Coochie.”last_img read more

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first_imgBayern Munich president, Uli Hoeness has called for more patience for manager Nico Kovac after the team’s slow start to the current campaign.Robert Lewandowski’s brace helped the German champions to a 2-0 over AEK Athens in the UEFA Champions League to slightly ease the pressure on under-fire coach Niko Kovac.Hoeness called for patience with the Bavarians and criticized the media, particularly with the Bundesliga title race appearing set to be entertaining this season.“Don’t always be so negative. The season has just begun, we have a team in transition, a young coach who has to settle in here and you have to be patient,” he said, according to Goal.“Four weeks ago you all complained that the Bundesliga is getting boring again and now it is no longer boring but exciting and now that doesn’t suit you.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“At some point, you should agree on what you actually want. We’re doing you a few favours right now.”Despite a slow start to the season under Kovac, Bayern sit just four points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund ahead of Saturday’s Der Klassiker and come into the game riding a bit of confidence.“Firstly, the win is very good for our confidence,” Kovac said after the win over AEK. “Secondly, it’s important that we created lots of chances.“I’m happy for Lewandowski because he’s a very important player for us. He had four chances and scored two, which is a good ratio.”last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The sexual assault charges that cost Dominique Strauss-Kahn his job as head of the International Monetary Fund likely will be dropped by prosecutors, a person familiar with the case said.The likely developments would bring a formal end to the case at Strauss-Kahn’s next court date on Tuesday, when prosecutors may ask a judge to dismiss the charges and might elaborate on their reasoning.The Manhattan district attorney’s office probably will tell Strauss-Kahn’s accuser Monday that it won’t pursue the case, both because prosecutors don’t have evidence proving a forced sexual encounter and because she has a history of lies and inconsistencies that make it impossible to ask a jury to believe her, the person said. The person spoke Sunday on the condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet made public.The case upended French politics before it was riven by questions about his accuser’s credibility. It captured international attention as a seeming cauldron of sex, violence, power and politics: A promising French presidential contender, known in his homeland as “the Great Seducer,” accused of a brutal and contemptuous attack on an African immigrant who came to clean his plush hotel suite.The stakes were high for both Strauss-Kahn — who resigned his IMF post, spent nearly a week behind bars and then spent possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars on house arrest — and for DA Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who was handling the biggest case he has had during his 18 months in office.last_img read more

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