SEE PIC: Amy Jackson reading in her swimsuit is the perfect blend of beauty and brains

first_imgAmy Jackson makes sure through her Instagram account that her fans always have enough to feast their eyes on. The actor, who will be seen next in Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar-starrer 2.0, posted a picture of herself enjoying a book outdoors while sporting a swimsuit. Amy captioned the photo: “…and this is why I love night shoots. Lounging in my @monaswims suit reading a book sent all the way from L.A by courtesy of my Spirit Sister @anatanaka #TheToltecPathtoFreedom”Amy recently reported that her phone was hacked and her private photographs were leaked on the internet. She was also in the news for her link-up with actor Salman Khan. The two reportedly bonded when Amy worked in his brother Sohail Khan’s film Freaky Ali. However, she cleared the air at an event. “Who wouldn’t want to date Salman Khan? But I am single and not dating anyone,” the Action Jackson actor clarified.On the work front, Amy will be stepping into Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s shoes in the Robot sequel. She told The Times Of India, “Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is an inspiration… I have literally followed in Aishwarya’s footsteps. But our characters aren’t related.”ALSO READ: Amy Jackson’s phone hacked, personal pictures leaked onlineALSO READ: Amy Jackson rekindles relationship with ex-boyfriend?advertisementALSO WATCH: I was very nervous working with Akshay Kumar, says Amy Jacksonlast_img read more

Steve Smith on DRS controversy: I shouldn’t have done that, it was a brain fade

first_imgAustralia captain Steve Smith was involved in a big controversy on Day 4 of the second Test match against India and he later tried to justify his actions but went on to concede that he shouldn’t have done what he did on the field. (Virat Kohli warns Australia: There are certain lines which shouldn’t be crossed)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOSmith was wrapped on the pads by an Umesh Yadav delivery and umpire Nigel Llong gave him out LBW. Smith then consulted his partner at the other end, Peter Handscomb, before turning back to look at the dressing room for help with the DRS. Umpire Llong spotted that and immediately asked Smith to leave the field and denied him a review as it is against the laws of the game to consult anybody off the field for a DRS referral. (Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tried to cheat)According to International Cricket Council (ICC) Standard Test Match Playing Conditions for 2016-17, the umpires may decline a review if they believe the fielding captain or batsman has received any outside input.”The captain may consult with the bowler and other fielders or the two batsmen may consult with each other prior to deciding whether to request a Player Review,” the ICC conditions state.”Under no circumstances is any player permitted to query an umpire about any aspect of a decision before deciding on whether or not to request a Player Review.””If the umpires believe that the captain or batsman has received direct or indirect input emanating other than from the players on the field, then they may at their discretion decline the request for a Player Review. In particular, signals from the dressing room must not be given,” the conditions clearly state.advertisementSmith said it was a brain fade on his part and he shouldn’t have done that. (Bengaluru Test: Ashwin’s 6/41 seals sensational victory for India)”I got hit on the pad and looked down to Petey (Peter Handscomb) and he sort of said look up there (towards the dressing room), so I turned around and said what do you reckon. It was a bit of a brain fade on my behalf and I shouldn’t have done that,” Smith said at the post match press conference. (Ashwin concedes he was trying too hard after storming back to form)Smith’s counterpart, Virat Kohli, was furious when he saw what was going on in the middle and even had a word with the umpires who managed to calm him down. But Kohli went on to reveal that Australians were looking at their dressing room for help with the DRS throughout the match. Kohli and the Indian team management has even told the match referee about it. (Kohli hopes to ‘never look back’ after razing Australia in Bengaluru)Smith though clarified that it was the first time something like this has happened, “I think that’s probably the first time its happened and as I said it was a brain fade on my behalf.”Steve Smith spoke after play in Bengaluru: #INDvAUS Video (@CricketVideo) March 7, 2017last_img read more


first_imgThe Iowa Supreme Court has upheld parts of an injunction against the state’s new voting law, but not blocking the reduction of the early voting period.Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC… 29 days. :34Secretary of State Paul Pate issued a statement following the ruling saying he was disappointed the court set aside only that part of the injunction.Pate thanked the court for its expedited ruling and says he looks forward to a full hearing on the merits of the case.——————————-The League of United Latin American Citizens challenged the constitutionality of three provisions of the law and a Polk County judge granted an injunction blocking provisions of the law until the case can be heard in court.The Supreme Court order comes one day after the justices heard oral arguments in the case.last_img read more

AFCON report: Burundi 0 Guinea 2

first_imgMohamed Yattara scored twice as Guinea defeated 10-man Burundi 2-0 in Cairo to end a seven-match winless run at the Africa Cup of Nations and keep alive their hopes of progressing to the last 16.Paul Put’s side were given an early boost when Christophe Nduwarugira was shown a straight red card for bringing down Yattara and the lively striker went on to punish Guinea with a brace.Yattara opened the scoring 25 minutes in and doubled his personal tally seven minutes into the second half of Sunday’s clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare But Guinea, with four points from their three matches, are now relying on results elsewhere as Madagascar earned a shock win over second-placed Nigeria in the day’s other Group B closer to leave Put’s men in third.FULL TIME | Burundi – Guinea 0-2 #TotalAFCON2019 #BDIGUI— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 30, 2019Burundi, heading home without a point from their first taste of the continental competition, made a slow start and were reduced to 10 men in the 12th minute when Yattara got across last man Nduwarugira and was pulled back 20 yards from goal.And they were made to pay as Auxerre attacker Yattara pounced on a loose ball in the box to open the scoring with a clinical finish past Jonathan Nahimana.Guinea, who kept unfit star midfielder Naby Keita on the bench for the full 90 minutes, were 2-0 up early in the second half thanks to another well-taken finish from Yattara.He allowed Ibrahima Traore’s pass to run across his body and then placed the ball past Nahimana to kill off Burundi’s slim hopes, while Guinea’s fate is yet to be decided.Guinea should have extended their advantage further but Amadou Diawara had a long-range shot saved by Nahimana and Jose Kante missed a glorious chance from 10 yards late on.last_img read more

309 Girls in Four Schools Receive HPV Vaccine

first_img The programme, which started on Monday (October 2), will be administered to girls in grade seven, between ages nine and 14 years, free of cost. The vaccine is not mandatory. The target is approximately 22,500 girls, and each girl will need two doses given six months apart for full protection. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has informed that 309 girls in four schools across Kingston and St. Andrew, and Portland have received the humanpapilloma virus (HPV) vaccine since the programme started. The four schools are Oberlin and Papine High in Kingston and St. Andrew, and Titchfield and Happy Grove in Portland. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has informed that 309 girls in four schools across Kingston and St. Andrew, and Portland have received the humanpapilloma virus (HPV) vaccine since the programme started.The four schools are Oberlin and Papine High in Kingston and St. Andrew, and Titchfield and Happy Grove in Portland.Speaking at today’s (October 4) post-Cabinet press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr. Tufton said 21 girls opted out of the process.“So, you are looking at well above the 80 percentile, close to 90 per cent participation rate, which is in keeping with the averages that we expect. So, those are the latest figures that I have; and, again, those institutions, based on the targets that were set and what was actually done, were obviously prepared for the administration of the process,” he said.The programme, which started on Monday (October 2), will be administered to girls in grade seven, between ages nine and 14 years, free of cost. The vaccine is not mandatory. The target is approximately 22,500 girls, and each girl will need two doses given six months apart for full protection.The initiative falls under a $100-million programme and is being carried out by the administration as a move to protect girls against cervical cancer, which takes the lives of hundreds of women in the country per year and hundreds of thousands more worldwide.In the meantime, Dr. Tufton said his Ministry will be collaborating with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to ensure that all stakeholders, including school administrators and parents, have adequate information about the programme.“Where we discern, either because of an expression of concern by a school administrator, principal or parents… that the communication needs to be beefed up (and that) they need greater clarity, then in those instances related to those institutions, we would have… to delay the process. In fact, we have pushed back some of the proposed dates for some institutions,” he noted.He said the delay may result from the unavailability of medical practitioner(s) or inability of the school to facilitate the health authorities on the proposed dates for the administration.Clarifying media reports regarding the status of the initiative, Dr. Tufton said the Government will continue with the roll-out.Meanwhile, Acting Director, Family Health Services, Ministry of Health, Dr. Melody Ennis, said countries that have introduced the vaccine more than 10 years have been recording successes.“The numbers of precancerous lesions have decreased by some 20 to 30 per cent in some of those countries. So, there is some amount of success with the administration of this vaccine, and the data continues to come in,” she said.In excess of 200 million doses of the vaccine have been applied to patients worldwide. More than 70 countries, including over 20 in Latin America and the Caribbean, have already introduced the HPV vaccine.The Ministry of Health will be ramping up the public education campaign on its initiative to prevent cervical cancer through the introduction of the HPV vaccine programme.Members of the public can call the Ministry’s toll-free line 1-888-ONE LOVE or 1-888-663-5683 to clarify concerns, or email the Ministry at Additional information is available at cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Jamaica, and remains a significant public health concern. Current estimates indicate that every year, 392 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer; 185 die from the disease, with the majority of deaths occurring in women between 40 and 64 years of age. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Maersk’s Funding Operations in Greece Unaffected

first_imgzoom The shutdown of banks in Greece has not influenced A.P. Moller-Maersk’s funding operations in the country, Danish oil and shipping conglomerate said.“We are not facing issues funding local operations. Maersk Line continues to receive incoming payments via bank transfers and cash at counter,” Maersk said in a statement.“Customers who are able to transfer from accounts abroad are offered to do so to a collection account in London.”Maersk added that its Greece-based employees had received their salaries ahead of the capital controls imposed after the talks between Greece and its creditors fell through last week.The country has defaulted on the payment of its USD 1.67 debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which was due yesterday.However, Eurozone ministers are scheduled to discuss today a last-minute request from Greece for a new two-year bailout.“As with other countries and regions in which we are present, we follow relevant political developments. Should Greece exit the Euro-zone, we will follow developments closely in order to be able to protect the interests of the company and our employees. In such a case, we expect the Euro will continue to be a traded currency. In addition we hold foreign currency accounts in Greece which we also expect will continue to be operational.We remain in close communication with relevant stakeholders in order to be able to adjust our plans and actions according to any latest developments,” Maersk added.As reported by World Maritime News yesterday, the Greek crisis that has seen global stock markets take a tumble on Monday is not expected to have a direct impact on shipping companies, according Morgan Stanley’s analyst Fotis Giannakoulis.Giannakoulis based its argument on the fact that majority of the shipping companies with offices in Greece are not actually incorporated in the country as they are registered in Marshal Islands or Bermuda.The Ministry for Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism in Greece has advised that there are no current restrictions on foreign bank cards – all foreign bank card holder tourists/passengers should have normal access to funds.“The current capital controls do not represent a risk to any port operation for ships or their passengers calling under ISS agency oversight in Greece at this time,” Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) informed.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Department Seeking Nominees for Wholesale Market Advisory Committee

first_imgIndependent power producers, municipal electric utilities and transmission customers in the wholesale electricity market are invited to nominate people to represent them on the Wholesale Market Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice to the Nova Scotia Power System Operator on wholesale electricity market. “The advisory committee will provide an important perspective and informed advice to the system operator to ensure competitive opportunity, efficiency and a safe, reliable electricity system,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “We want to attract qualified nominees to represent each of these categories and ensure they have the support of their sector.” The Department of Energy must submit three nominees to sit on the six-member committee, as well as three alternates. Nova Scotia Power Inc. will select a representative from the system operator, who will chair the committee, one from the NSPI power and production division, and one from customer service. The Department of Energy and the Utilities and Review Board may also appoint an observer. In 2007, a competitive wholesale electricity market opened in Nova Scotia to allow six municipal electric utilities to buy electricity directly from independent power producers, and to allow electricity exports from and through Nova Scotia. The terms of reference for an advisory committee was developed, but the market did not warrant a committee. Nominees must meet the qualifications outlined in Section 2C.4 of the terms of reference available at . Deadline for the applications is May 31. Nominations should include a resume, three letters of sector support and a cover letter outlining what the nominee would contribute to the advisory committee. Nominations should be sent to:Department of EnergyWholesale Market Advisory Committee NomineesAtt: Richard Penny, Acting Manager, Energy MarketsP.O. Box 2664Halifax, N.S.B3J 3P7last_img read more

Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh cast vote in Ggn

first_imgGurugram: At around 7:30 am Virat Kohli voted in Pine Crest school situated in DLF Phase -1 area. Not only Kohli but even Yuvraj Singh another famous cricketer has his residence in the same ward of Gurugram as that of Kohli.A society where creme-ala -creme of not only Gurugram but the country resides, the polling booth has seen a spurt in voting percentage over the years yet at the end, it just barely crosses in the percentage of mid-’50s. The polling percentage in Sunday ‘s turnout was registered at 53 per cent. In 2014, the ward according to the election officials had seen a polling percentage of 59 per cent. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to polling agents the polling booth witnesses more polling during the Lok Sabha elections than in municipal and the state elections. They have also expressed optimism that unlike posh areas where voting percentages are mostly dismal. While the information of Virat casting his vote from the Pine Crest school began to be circulated widely it was only after the mid-afternoon that the voting actually picked up. What led the voter’s turnout were the young voters residing in the area. The election commission of Haryana further tried to cash in on increasing the voting percentage by encouraging them to have a selfie from the same stand where earlier Kohli had posed with the inked finger. There was also a separate pink booth that was designated in the polling station to encourage women, voters.last_img read more

Dan Anton: SEO Business Sees International Growth

New York – SEO or search engine optimization is often an umbrella phrase used synonymously in conjunction with the broader phrase, online marketing. And because Google is still the largest internet traffic gatekeeper, the ability to drive traffic from search engines is lucrative and can mean the difference between new leads and sales, or closing down a business.Dan Anton is a retired military veteran, who developed cutting edge SEO software to automate many of the repetitive tasks associated with organic marketing. Over the years many algorithm updates, such as Penguin, Panda have caused other fly-by-night marketing agencies to vanish, while SaaS (software as a service) products such as Backlinks Indexer and Crowd Search remain the two most popular organic SEO products over the last six years, which is an eternity in search engine years.An Accidental SEO Empire Was Born The software was initially used in-house to obtain traffic and ranking increases for a video game social networking website, CharacterPlanet, in 2006, which is now defunct. After obtaining top page 1 rankings for mega-competitive terms such as gaming, mmorpg, mmo, and online gaming, Dan realized he had a service that could be replicated and valuable to businesses seeking real-world business leads, and not casual video game traffic. With thousands of unique visitors a day, the website was hacked, became non-functional and reluctantly shut down. This had accidentally birthed what would become the largest international SEO service, under the guidance of Dan Anton.Methodology: Cheap Labor and Software at ScaleSEO is time-consuming and often involves registering to websites, writing content, placing links, social networking, and driving traffic. With a computer science background, and past experience as a military leader, Dan was able to see patterns and leverage unskilled labor and software to provide the maximum value to a marketing campaign without sacrificing quality. While human labor alone would sky-rocket costs, and software being limited by machines, the combination has created unique synergies, creating the largest network of website owners sharing human-readable content and dispersing it on social media channels.This transformed the variable costs of labor to a more fixed cost, freeing up search engine marketing budgets for higher skilled activities such as native english content writing or networking versus the labor intensive tasks of acquiring backlinks at scale, traffic, and social activity.Master Minds and Search Engine Marketing ExpertsMost SEO agencies are locally focused, but Dan’s services were and are agnostic, meaning they were promoted and used by other search engine marketing agencies around the world, and promoted by heavyweight affiliates such as Terry Kyle and Jon Leger, resulting in Dan Anton being a co-author in the book: The Rockstars of JVZoo, and nominated one of the top 10 Product Creators in 2015 by JVZoo.Instead of having dozens, or hundreds of regional clients, Dan’s SEO software allowed a larger scale, while keeping pricing low, resulting in growth in multiple countries outside of the USA, Canada and UK. This success led to multiple speaking engagements and interviews where Dan would discuss his internet marketing products with top experts such as Mike From Maine and Bradley Benner.Future of SEO and Internet MarketingWith a growing number of emails and calls for Dan Anton to handle all aspects of a company’s online marketing, he decided to create a client-facing agency to manage high-end direct clients, Atlanta SEO marketing agency, where the agency would take personalization to its logical conclusion, offering a private 1 on 1 consultation performed over video or phone call. This would separate the agency from other marketing companies who simply wanted the prospect to “trust” them without first offering value or transparency in services to be rendered. The end result has been a sharp increase in client acquisition and positive feedback, dominating a major U.S city, providing cradle to the grave consulting and SEO, including organic best onpage search practices and advanced paid traffic techniques.SEO Partners Rather Than Competitors: Private labelMarketing is an odd industry, where the catch 22 is you have to market yourself to prove you can market others. In a hyper competitive, specialty environment such as SEO, most agencies refuse to work with others, and keep everything in-house to safe-guard client poachers. Dan’s business model has been to help make web designers and SEO agencies lives easier by offering simple, yet powerful solutions and never directly contacting clients, and honoring the true wholesale experience, respecting the chain of command. Even though hundreds of direct business owners use his tools and software, thousands of agencies rely on his services to preserve profit margins, discretion in white label reporting, and most importantly, consistent, long term results for their own clients. Dan Anton latest products and services are viewable from his main website. All new clients are given access to helpdesk support, phone and email. While his business is run by automation a human will always give consultations and support, a testament to the last 10 years as a product creator and influencer in the Internet marketing search engine industry. read more

Reuters photographer arrested in Negombo and remanded

He had attempted to enter the school to obtain information regarding a student killed in the bombing of St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya when parents who were at the school at the time alerted the Police. (Colombo Gazette)UPDATE He was produced before a Magistrate and remanded until May 15. The photographer was in Sri Lanka to cover incidents related to the Easter Sunday bombings. A Reuters photographer has been arrested in Negombo and remanded, the Police said.Danish Siddiqui, a Reuters photographer and Pulitzer prize winner who is based in India was arrested when he allegedly attempted to forcibly enter a school in Katana. read more

Man convicted in webcam murder files appeal notice

A man who killed a York University student from China in an attack partly witnessed via webcam says he was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder.Brian Dickson, who was convicted earlier this month in the death of Qian Liu, has now filed a notice of appeal.The jury who heard Dickson’s case didn’t know about online postings about incest and underage sex, his collection of Asianpornography and complaints of previous attacks on women, but it still took just four hours of deliberations to convict him.Liu had been chatting via webcam with her ex-boyfriend in China on April 15, 2011 when he saw Dickson force his way into Liu’s room and attack her. read more

Threat of mass shootings give rise to AIpowered cameras

Artificial Intelligence is transforming surveillance cameras from passive sentries into active observers that can immediately spot a gunman, alert retailers when someone is shoplifting and help police quickly find suspects.Schools are among the most enthusiastic adopters of the technology at a time when the threat of a mass shooting is ever-present. Police, retailers, stadiums and Fortune 500 companies are also using what’s known as real-time video analytics or intelligent video.In February, Broward County installed AI cameras throughout the district where a student killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, last year. The Fulton County School District in Atlanta will spend $16.5 million to put the cameras in its roughly 100 buildings in coming years.Civil liberties groups worry the increasing use of the cameras poses a threat to privacy.Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press read more

Football Ohio States offensive process stays the same results improve

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to call a play in the third quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s home opening loss, the team averaged just 5.1 yards per play and scored only 16 points.Since then, the offense has averaged 7.8 yards per play and 53.2 points per game. Whether it be improved play, new personnel, different play-calling or some combination of the three, something would appear to have changed with the team.But to co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, the difference in the production might be more attributed to improved chemistry rather than any other drastic changes to the team.“I felt earlier in the year when we struggled, we didn’t come into the game with momentum,” Wilson said. “I think we’ve came through each week with momentum. Now you’ve still got to execute on Saturdays, but I think we’re coming into the game with some confidence and some momentum during the week of practice.”With each win Ohio State has secured, the team seems to be clicking more as a cohesive group of players and finding more success in nearly everything it has tried. But why wasn’t the 49-21 win against Indiana enough to propel the Buckeyes into their clash against Oklahoma?Quarterback J.T. Barrett believes the key to building momentum does not come as much from practice as much as it does from executing plays in games. At the time of the Oklahoma game, the Buckeyes had played just one game and were still searching for their identity.“I think it’s interesting being that in college, we don’t have a preseason,” Barrett said. “In NFL preseason games, they get time to get going as far as actual game to football. We just try to do the best we can in practice. And everything doesn’t click in the first weeks of college football.”As far as changes to playcalling or improved execution of those plays, the Buckeyes believe they are right where they were at the beginning of the season. The only difference now is that they have had a chance to thoroughly knock some rust off and the individuals are now starting to play more like a team. “We’ve put it all together the way those groups can play,” Wilson said. “What we’re trying to sell right now, the more we play together, the more we play for each other, linemen stepping up, the second and third tight ends, second and third running backs, five, six, seven receivers. The more guys play, the more energy is. It grows, that chemistry.”Could it be that simple? Is the only key to beating a top-five opponent just having more chemistry on the team? Redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon said it just might be. The starting wideout believes Ohio State’s improved play is a direct result of the team just connecting better with each other. He felt fine with how the team was preparing earlier in the season, even after it took its loss to Oklahoma. Now it’s just about everyone executing better.“I just feel like you approach every day the same,” Dixon said. “If you don’t approach the date being the best you can, you’re going to lose. Different opponents come, but it’s still the same thing week after week. You’ve still got to be at your best.”The Buckeyes will train to maintain the momentum and chemistry through the off week before its matchup against Penn State. read more

Revolutionary magazine which caused obscenity scandal with sexcrazed Rupert the Bear acquired

first_imgDennis’ diary detailing the police raid A badge relating to the trial Geoffrey Marsh, director of the department of theatre and performance at the V&A, said the satirical “magazine and eventual legal battle over Oz represented a much broader and fundamental shift in British society in the 1960s”.He added: “It raised the question, should, or even, could ‘the Establishment’ dictate what ordinary people saw, read and thought, or would the public be left alone to make up its own mind? First published in the late 1960s and in 1971, the magazine became the subject of the longest obscenity trial in British history thanks to an edition aimed at children and featuring a cartoon Rupert the Bear in a sexually explicit parody.The Felix Dennis Oz Archive includes items related to the trial, such as badges, shirts, stickers and flyers distributed on the streets in support of the magazine, and a typescript of the song God Save Us by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.The underground magazine, produced in a basement flat in London’s Notting Hill Gate, was renowned for its psychedelic covers, cartoons and radical feminist thought. “Through a wealth of visual material, the archive chronicles this key turning point in British culture and offers a reminder that the powerful never relinquish control without a struggle,” he said.”Oz was one of the leading magazines of the underground press in 1960s and 70s. Fifty years on, it forms an important time-capsule of revolutionary ideas of the period.” The young editors at Oz, issue 28 Dennis' diary detailing the police raid After it was raided by the obscene publications division of the Metropolitan Police, its three editors, Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Felix Dennis, were charged with conspiring to corrupt the morals of the young for an issue created by schoolchildren. Felix Dennis with a copy of the magazine 'OZ' Felix Dennis with a copy of the magazine ‘OZ’center_img Oz pokes fun at its obscenity trial The editors were eventually acquitted of the conspiracy charge but jailed for two other minor offences. All three eventually won their appeals and were released. A badge relating to the trial 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. In its heyday, it outraged the establishment so effectively it became subject to the longest obscenity trial in British history.Four decades on, and Oz magazine it to be brought firmly into the mainstream, as a treasure trove of revolutionary memorabilia is handed over to the V&A.The V&A has acquired the archive of Oz magazine, owned by the late editor, and plans to put it on display to the public for the first time next year. The young editors at Oz, issue 28 The archive relating to the magazine, which was originally published in Australia, has been purchased by the V&A with Art Fund support and marks 50 years since the first UK publication of the title.Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said the archive was “of great importance to the cultural and political history of 1960s Britain”. Oz pokes fun at its obscenity triallast_img read more

Childers €100k reelection bill is price Im paying for having principles

first_imgLEINSTER MEP NESSA Childers has said she will have to pay out between €80,000 and €100,000 to finance her European re-election campaign next year.The politician — who left Labour entirely during the summer having already resigned from the parliamentary party — said it was one of the penalties she would have to bear for sticking by her principles.Childers informed leader Eamon Gilmore of her decision to leave Labour in a letter last July, saying she had been “vilified” for trying to advocate an alternative path for a party, which she insisted was following a course of “never-ending, pointless austerity for austerity’s sake”.Speaking to Karen Coleman of, Childers said she now described herself as a “centre-left, independent MEP”, and confirmed she would raise the finance to fund her own bid to regain her seat.She said that “when anyone asks the price for having certain principles, that is the price”.“It’s like ‘ the price of everthing and the value of nothing’ – I think if you go on that, I could have stayed in a political party, but there are more important things than money.”She added: “It’s much better for me than being in a party I simply can’t support”.Asked whether she would be able to raise the amount needed, Childers said she would “have to go into my spreadsheets” to find out exactly how much would be required.“There won’t be thousands and thousands of posters, there will be less resources but there are things that are more important”.Quitting the parliamentary party back in April, Childers said that Labour had “abandoned” vulnerable groups that they should be protecting.Originally a councillor for the Green Party on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in Dublin, Childers rejoined the Labour party in 2008.The European Parliament elections will be held between 22 and 25 May 2014.Gone: MEP Childers resigns from Labour >Gilmore: “I am not wedded to Foreign Affairs” >last_img read more

More than 80000 to attend memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg

first_imgFIVE DAYS AFTER his death, South Africa has begun the official ceremonial mourning of its great unifier.An estimated 80,000 people will attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela at a stadium in Johannesburg today, following a national day of prayer held throughout the country yesterday.South Africa is holding a 10-day mourning period in recognition of the importance of Mandela’s role in leading the country through the struggle against apartheid.Here’s what’s happening this week :Today Members of the public and heads of state from around the world will attend the official memorial service at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg today. An estimated 80,000 people will attend the service, which begins at 11am and ends at 3pm (1pm-5pm GMT).Mandela’s grandchildren will read a tribute to him, followed by comments from dignitaries including US president Barack Obama, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and Cuban president Raúl Castro.Smaller memorial services will be held across the country to ensure that members of the public will have an opportunity to attend.Wednesday 11 December – Friday 13 DecemberA picture of Mandela at a shopping centre in Rosebank, a district of Johannesburg, on Monday. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) The former president’s body will lie in state at the seat of government in the Union Buildings in Pretoria. His remains will be brought from a nearby hospital to the building every morning at 7am which the government has said will be an opportunity for mourners to form a guard of honour along the route.Mandela’s family and senior politicians and dignitaries will view the body from 10am on Wednesday, with members of the public filing past from 12 noon until 5.30pm. On Thursday and Friday the casket will be on view from 8am until 5.30pm.Mourners will be shuttled to the building and back from two nearby sites, with the government warning that other other access will be possible.Mourners have been told that mobile phones must be out of sight as they file past the body.Saturday 14 DecemberMorners from Nigeria sing outside the home of Mandela in Johannesburg on Monday (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) Mandela’s remains will be transported to the town of Qunu, where he was raised, from the Waterkloof air force base in Pretoria, where the ruling African National Congress which he once led will bid farewell to Madiba.Mandela’s coffin, which will be draped in the South African flag, will be greeted at the Eastern Cape by a military guard of honour and moved into a hearse.A procession will take place to Qunu, where Mandela’s Thembu clan will conduct a traditional ceremony at Mandela’s family home.Sunday 15 DecemberMandela will be laid to rest in a state funeral at Qunu, concluding the 10-day State funeral period. The burial will be broadcast live on television and viewing points will be erected around the country to allow as many people as possible to follow the interment.Additional reporting by AFPA piece of history: Mandela’s handwritten notes on speech he gave in Dublin 23 years ago >Read: Dunnes Stores strikers to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral >last_img read more

Joan Burton I favour legalising cannabis for medical use and no Ive

first_imgSource: Video and editing: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieJOAN BURTON HAS said she would be in favour of legalising cannabis for medical use and pain relief but would have “a serious doubt” about going any further than that.The Labour leadership contender was speaking in a wide-ranging interview with where she responded to several readers’ questions including one about her position on cannabis legalisation.Last week we asked her rival Alex White whether he would be in favour of legalisation of the drug – an area he has responsibility for. White said that Ireland “should maintain an open mind towards international developments”.Burton stated clearly yesterday: “So for medical use and pain relief I am completely in favour.”We also asked the Social Protection Minister if she has ever smoked cannabis. Watch the above video for her full answer.Later today on More from our interview with Joan Burton where she answers your questions on austerity, Sinn Féin, and who she thinks will win the World Cup. Minister: I keep an eye on cannabis legalisation in other countries (And yes, I’ve tried it)Read: Alex White says he smoked cannabis in college, but what about this Labour minister?last_img read more

The Eiffel Tower is to get a glass security wall in response

first_img Share166 Tweet Email1 The Eiffel Tower is lit with the French colours for the launch the city’s 2024 Olympic campaign on 3 February Source: Francois MoriTHE EIFFEL TOWER, the symbol of Paris, will soon be protected by bulletproof glass walls 2.5 metres (eight feet) high, part of a plan to prevent attacks at the monument, the city said today.The walls costing some €20 million will be erected this autumn at the northern and southern ends of the monument area, city hall said in a statement.On the western and eastern sides, “inelegant temporary” barriers that were thrown up around the 324-metre tower during the Euro 2016 football tournament in France last year will be replaced by ornate fencing.“The terror threat remains high in Paris, and the most vulnerable sites, starting with the Eiffel Tower, must be the object of special security measures,” deputy mayor Jean-Francois Martins told a press conference.The glass walls will prevent individuals or vehicles storming the site visited by six million people each year, he added.Some councillors quoted by Le Parisien newspaper said they feared the walls would turn the iconic tower into a “fortress”.They could turn off tourists who simply want to have their pictures snapped under the tower, they said.Martins said that visitors will continue to have access to the foot of the tower – after undergoing security checks – free of charge.Removing the unsightly barriers currently in place would give both visitors and locals alike “a nicer view of the monument”, he said.Architects will help design the walls so that they blend in with the river, which borders the tower to the north, and with the Champ de Mars park to the south, he added.Olympic bidSecurity has been boosted around French tourist sites, transport hubs and places of worship after a string of jihadist attacks that claimed 238 lives around the country between January 2015 and July 2016.The continuing nature of the threat was brought home last week by an attack on troops patrolling outside the Louvre museum.The suspect, a 29-year-old Egyptian who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (‘God is greatest’), was shot in the stomach after slightly injuring a soldier with a machete.The assault came on the day France launched its formal bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, lighting up the Eiffel Tower in the blue, white and red national colours.The tower, which was inaugurated for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, will undergo a major upgrade as part of the bid.© – AFP, 2017Read: Two Irishmen charged with gun offences in Amsterdam todayRead: Australian man miraculously escapes after holding his head barely above water… for five hours 19,235 Views Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 8:58 PM The Eiffel Tower is to get a glass security wall in response to France’s terror threat The wall, which will cover two sides of the tower, is to be made from bulletproof glass. 50 Comments By AFP Feb 9th 2017, 8:58 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

End game for liberal economics

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram ON FRIDAY, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon sealed the deal for the Rudd to spend $42 billion on pumping up the economy with the aim of preventing the disastrous consequences of a full blown depression.The money is to be spent on building infrastructure in the areas of transport, education and sustainability. With the stimulus package, the Federal Government is hoping to keep the economy chugging along (albeit slowly) and to keep people in jobs while undertaking ‘nation building’ projects. Like his social democratic counterparts in other countries, most notably, Barack Obama, Mr Rudd has admitted that the stimulus package will not prevent a recession, but is an attempt to lessen the problem ahead of us. All over the world, political leaders are nervous and worried about the economic crisis. Predictions that it will range from bad to catastrophic is the advice that they’re getting from economists everywhere and for the first time in thirty years, the prevailing, neo liberal ideology (where the market rules and sorts everything out) is being abandoned. Whether this is temporary or permanent remains to be seen. But there are politicians who are die hard economic rationalists, despite the evidence that economic rationalism is what has caused the financial ‘tsunami’ that we’re in. It is those politicians in the Anglo American world (US, Britain, Canada and Australia – the countries that embraced the free market ideology without question) who are voting against the government intervening to soften the effects of a recession. The majority of Republicans in America voted down Obama’s rescue plan, baulking at the idea of spending so much money on public services and infrastructure programs. Republican Senator from Kentucky Mitch McConnell said the rescue plan would ‘turn America into France.’In Australia, Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull has labelled the stimulus package as ‘Whitlamesque’ and said point blank that he wouldn’t support it, despite the business community declaring that they’re in favour of it. As expected, conservative commentator John Roskam from the Institute of Public Affairs and former Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello slammed the package, citing the grave dangers of putting the budget into deficit. Mr Costello’s opposition is interesting. As Treasurer, he gave away lots of money, bonuses and tax cuts that were not part of any infrastructure building, job creation or environmentally sustainable plan. It is interesting that conservative politicians are taking this stance when economists of the free market school are now declaring publicly that they were wrong. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve for twenty years until 2006 and an avowed free marketeer until recently, declared that his ideological viewpoint was flawed. According to Robert Reich, professor at Berkley University, California, the Republican politicians in the US are simply playing politics. “Republicans don’t want their fingerprints on the stimulus bill or the next bank bailout because they plan to make the midterm election of 2010 a national referendum on Barack Obama’s handling of the economy. They know that by then the economy will still appear sufficiently weak that they can dub the entire Obama effort a failure — even if the economy would have been far worse without it, even if the economy is beginning to turn around. “They’ll say ‘he wanted more government spending, and we said no, but we didn’t have the votes. Elect us and we’ll turn the economy around by cutting taxes and getting government out of the private sector’.”If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. This is exactly the strategy adopted by Malcolm Turnbull. But what exactly are the alternatives? Is this stimulus plan a response to a crisis and once the crisis is over, do we revert to business as usual? In a long essay for the Monthly magazine, Kevin Rudd gives a damning critique of the legacy of free market ideology and argues strongly for governments to regulate, intervene and protect on behalf of their populations. Many people hold the view that this is what governments are supposed to do. That’s why they’re elected. But even within social democratic parties including the ALP, it has been very fashionable in the last twenty years for many in its ranks to abandon this notion and embrace the privatisation, free market agenda.Dr Andrew Scott, senior lecturer in politics at RMIT University and author of Politics, Parties and Issues in Australia, admits that Rudd’s essay was a big surprise.“He makes some fairly strong statements about ’30 years of greed’ since the neo liberal ideology took hold. If you take that to its logical conclusion that includes the governments of Hawke and Keating. He doesn’t mention them specifically, but he’s obviously having a go at them as well as the Liberals.” Dr Scott is also surprised at the speed with which Rudd has responded to the financial crisis.“This is very different to the way that the Hawke Labor government reacted to the last recession. People may recall that Keating was going around saying ‘this is the recession that we had to have’. It took them quite a while to become proactive.”So is this a new ALP that has abandoned the church of economic rationalism or is Rudd simply responding to a crisis and then once that’s over, it’s business as usual? Scott admits he’s not sure. “While it’s true to say that there is a strong social democratic tradition in the ALP, it’s been in the minorirty for a long time. Neo liberalism is far from dead and there are still plenty of adherents inside the ALP and as can be expected, the Liberals.“But it’s not just his response to the crisis that marks Rudd as different to his predecessors. Before the 2007 election, he declared that he didn’t want to be Prime Minister of a country ‘that didn’t make things any more’ referring to a desire for a strong manufacturing policy if he was elected.“That’s the first time in living memory that a Labor leader has made a statement like that.”Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labour under Bill Clinton has consistently argued against neo liberal ideology. He believes that governments have a responsibility to intervene in the economy in order to address serious structural problems such as the present economic crisis as well as climate change and the growing inequality between the rich and poor. Calling himself a structuralist, he asserts that the economy cannot fully recover unless these underlying problems are addressed by sound economic policy that is not just about the government intervening in a time of crisis. “Without policies that put the nation on the path to higher median incomes, higher productivity, renewable energy and a more accessible and efficient health-care system, we’ll face deeper and more prolonged recessions, followed by ever more anaemic upturns.”He supports Obama’s stimulus plan, but is hoping that it’s not simply a one-off measure.“Let’s hope he has something more in mind, something more fundamental: a debate about public investment and sustainable growth.”Dr Scott believes that there is a mood for change in the industralised world and that expectations are high that these measures should not be temporary. “Young people are playing a leading role. The riots in Greece, the election of Obama, strong voting preferences for the Greens in Australia are all indications of a desire for lasting meaningful change, not just tinkering around the edges.”The one thing that everybody agrees on is that this crisis is not going to go away quickly and that it will be more far reaching than anything else in recent history.Despite that, the Liberals won’t disassociate themselves from the deregulation and fiscal conservative policies that got us into this mess.It remains to be seen how far Labor is prepared to disassociate themselves from economic conservatism and forge a new identity that genuinely separates them from the Liberals and whether this stimulus package is simply a ‘one off’ thing. Jeana Vithoulkas is a contributor to NKEE, a published author and works for public relations firm EMC.last_img read more

Californie des animaux sauvages tués par de la mort aux rats

first_imgCalifornie : des animaux sauvages tués par de la mort aux ratsDe nombreux animaux sauvages ont été retrouvés morts ces derniers jours en Californie. Ils auraient été tués par une nouvelle forme de mort aux rats extrêmement toxique.Les cadavres de plusieurs animaux sauvages, et notamment des lynx, des chouettes, des coyotes ou encore des renards, ont été récemment découverts en Californie rapporte le site de la fondation GoodPlanet. Il est fort probable que ces bêtes aient été tuées par une mort aux rats très toxique. À lire aussiTop 5 : quels sont les poisons naturels les plus mortels au monde ?Il s’agirait d’une nouvelle génération de poison extrêmement puissante, qui d’après les experts, contamine toute la chaîne alimentaire. Ainsi, ce raticide hautement toxique ne tue pas seulement les rats, mais toutes les espèces qui s’en nourrissent. Les rongeurs qui ingèrent ce produit sont de véritables “pilules empoisonnés”, explique Robert Hosea, chercheur de l’unité d’investigation sur les pesticides de Californie. “Les rodenticides sont les nouveaux DDT. Il y a urgence, c’est un véritable désastre environnemental”, alerte de son côté Maggie Sergio, de l’ONG Wildcare.Les recherches et alertes des experts ont toutefois réussi à convaincre les autorités, et dès le mois de juin prochain, la commercialisation des morts aux rats les plus toxiques sera interdite. Robert Hosea tient alors à rappeler que les poisons ne sont pas les seuls moyens de se débarrasser des rats. Supprimer leur nourriture et détruire leurs abris peut suffire à les faire fuir. “S’ils n’ont plus rien à manger et nulle part pour se cacher, ils se feront de plus en plus rares”, souligne-t-il. Le 21 avril 2011 à 20:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more