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The announcement by Pakistan’s T20 skipper Shahid Afridi that he might reconsider his decision to retire after the World T20 in India has left the national cricket selectors and cricket board in a spin.A well-informed source in the board and also close to the selectors said that Afridi’s hint at reconsidering his retirement decision has left everyone surprised.”The chief selector has already had discussions with the Chairman of the board on Pakistan’s future plans after the World T20 in the post Afridi retirement scenario,” the source told PTI. (ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan get government’s nod to play in India)In the past too, Afridi, who finally retired from one-day internationals last year after the World Cup, has taken U-turns on retirement decisions.Afridi, 36, told the media in Dubai at the end of the Pakistan Super League that he is under “a lot of pressure” from family, friends and elders who believe “there is no need to retire from T20s”.”For a while now there is a lot of pressure from my family, a lot of pressure from my friends, including my elders, who say there is no need for me to retire from T20. That is a huge pressure. For now, in truth, I am focusing only on the World Cup. That is a huge challenge for me,” Afridi had told a leading cricket website.Chief selector Haroon Rasheed when contacted said right now everyone was just focusing on how the team performs in the Asia Cup and World T20. (Bangladesh blown away, Pakistan next target for Rohit Sharma)advertisement”It is always a player’s prerogative when to retire and Afridi is no different. But I think he has also made it clear the scenario will be clear for him as well after the World T20. So we have to wait and see,” he said.A senior board official told PTI that they had also asked Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq to be clear on whether he is available to lead the team to England this summer or not after the World T20 conclusion.”The board wants to have a clear picture on all three formats of the game after the World T20 as to who is available and who will retire and that includes Misbah and Afridi as well,” he said.Afridi said in his interview that he would first see where Pakistan stand in the World Cup and also see where he stood himself but his energy and fitness were top notch.Afridi, who has also played 27 Tests (from which he retired in 2010 midway through the tour to England) and 90 Twenty20 internationals, said that he is under high pressure to continue playing cricket as “there is no real talent coming through Pakistan”.But a national selector said there was talent in Pakistan and the board had its plans to make use of it.Former Test bowler Sarfraz Nawaz also felt that Afridi shouldn’t worry about who would replace him.”I think he has had his run and it is time he realizes this. No one is indispensable and there is always a replacement although it might take some time for the replacement to be groomed properly,” Nawaz said.Pakistan’s former captain and top batsman, Muhammad Yousuf said he was a bit confused by Afridi’s statement.”If he was not sure about retiring after the World T20 why announce this last year. No doubt he has given lot of service to Pakistan cricket but I think it is time for us to move on in all formats,” Yousuf said.The World T20, set to be held in India, kicks off on March 8 with a qualifying round for the associate teams, while the Super 10 round commences from March 16.
5 of the Best Aged Tequilas to Drink When the Weather Cools Down 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Editors’ Recommendations What’s So Great About the Icelandic Hot Dog? Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.Generally speaking, I am not a fan of flavored whiskey. Nine times out of ten, the added flavor is just a way to mask the taste of a young, low-quality spirit, and the resulting whiskey is awful. But every so often I’ll encounter a bottle that makes me reconsider my stance, and McMenamin’s Aval Pota is one of those whiskies.If you’re not familiar with McMenamins, allow me to give you the scoop. It’s essentially a chain of breweries, brewpubs, hotels, theaters, and concert venues that are scattered across the northwest. They make their own signature line of craft beer and wine, they have live music events just about every night, and in recent years, they’ve begun distilling their own hooch.Aval Pota is their latest concoction. Unlike many flavored whiskeys, which start with a sub-par spirit and try to gussie it up with artificial flavorings, this one starts from a base of Edgefield Distillery’s White Dog Whiskey. On top of this solid foundation, pressed Hood River apples, organic brown sugar, and cinnamon are added. The result is a fruity, fragrant apple whiskey that is absolutely perfect for fall.At a relatively light 33 percent ABV, Aval Pota (named for the Welsh and Old Irish words for “apple” and “pot still,” respectively) is, in my opinion, best taken neat or on the rocks– but also makes a fantastic mixer for all manner of fall cocktails. Head over to McMenamins’ website to find out where you can get your hands on a bottle How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash
Nova Scotians will have an opportunity to see the year’s mostspectacular selection of wildlife models, decoys and other woodcarvings when the Nova Scotia Wildlife Carvers and ArtistsAssociation presents its annual competition and show May 15 and16. Hundreds of wildlife sculptures will be displayed, includingsongbirds, whales, raptures, fish, and ducks. Each is so realthat people might easily expect them to move at any moment, andeach has been carved in the last year. “The show has appeal to all ages,” said show chair, Sheila Young.”Anyone interested in nature, art, carving or beautiful thingswill enjoy this event. Children especially love the duck decoyfloat competition, it’s always a crowd pleaser.” Nova Scotians are some of the best carvers in the world, bringinghome top ribbons each year at international competitions.Visitors will see some of these first-class carvings throughoutthe weekend, along with demonstrations and opportunities to meetand talk with the carvers. “This event is a wonderful mix of art and nature showcasing NovaScotia’s remarkable wildlife,” said Janet Maltby, museum managerof interpretation. “Visitors are captivated by this art form.” On Saturday, May 15, a panel of judges will pick from the best ineach category. Members will also compete for the best carvings ofthis year’s theme bird, the owl. This year’s featured artist, andcompetition judge, is John Leeder of Ontario. John has wonnumerous peoples’ choice awards and best in show ribbonsthroughout North America. On Sunday, visitors will have an opportunity to watch the head-carving event, where competitors work under the pressure of timeand the watchful eyes of their colleagues to complete a carvedhead. The Nova Scotia Wildlife Carvers and Artists Associationcompetition and show is open to the public on Saturday, May 15,from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Judging takes place at 10 a.m. OnSunday, May 16, viewing times are between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thehead-carving competition starts at 1 p.m. General admission tothe museum is charged. The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural Historyis located at 1747 Summer St., in Halifax.
Premier Darrell Dexter today, July 27, recognized the selfless contributions of Nova Scotia’s Korean War Veterans on the 58th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. “I want to extend my thanks and sincere appreciation to all our Korean War Veterans,” said Premier Dexter. “We remember their sacrifices and, on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank them for their valiant efforts.” When help was needed in June 1950, Canada answered the call. There were 26,791 Canadians sent to the Korean War, and 516 died in battle, including 48 Nova Scotians. More than 100 Nova Scotian were wounded. This past Saturday, the Halifax Unit of the Korean War Veterans joined with Halifax’s Korean community to hold a church service in honour of their fallen comrades.
CALGARY – Cliff Barr has no illusions about how his life is going to end but he still has hope.The 70-year-old from Okotoks, Alta., is one of 100 patients taking part in new Canada-wide clinical trial to treat ALS — a debilitating and ultimately deadly neural disease that has few treatments and no cure.“It is a difficult and an awkward disease,” Barr said Thursday at the University of Calgary, which is running the trial.“I found the idea of the clinical trial promising. It gives you a little more hope.”Barr was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in October. It causes paralysis because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the body’s muscles.Over time, as the muscles break down, an ALS patient loses the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow and, eventually, breathe. Experts say one in 400 Canadians will die of ALS.Even on good days, Barr said, the disease is always there.“The disease kind of reared its head and I’m a little weaker than normal,” said Barr, who retired 10 years ago. “This morning, I couldn’t do my pants up. I couldn’t brush my hair. I needed help doing the zipper up on this sweater.”Dr. Lawrence Korngut from the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine is running the clinical trial over the next 1 1/2 years at nine different Canadian universities.He said an anti-psychotic drug called pimozide slowed down the disease in zebra fish, worms and mice, as well as in humans with ALS in a limited six-week trial a couple of years ago.Korngut said the drug doesn’t address the primary cause of the disease, which destroys nerves. But he adds that it’s now believed that there’s an electrical failure that accompanies the breakdown.“This treats that electrical failure. We’re hoping by preserving that electrical function, even if the cable keeps breaking down, that will buy people time.“It will prolong life.”Korngut said people shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about how well the trial will turn out and he’s only “cautiously optimistic.”“We’ve been through this before. We know that sometimes animals behave very differently from humans and we just have to do things properly and find out these answers.”Barr said he has been told he is likely to have between three and five years to live. The research is a double-blind study so only half the participants will receive the drug. The rest get a placebo.“I am a fighter. You pay your money. You take your chances,” Barr said.“It can’t make it better. It can’t repair the muscle damage … but it can slow down the progression which would in effect help me maintain the quality of life for longer than I would have.”Korngut said it could be years before all the results are known and he grateful for those willing to volunteer.“ALS is a disease of weakness but these are the strongest people I know. These people fight this disease so courageously.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Raebareli (UP): Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his strident criticism of the Congress, party president Rahul Gandhi Saturday said in the last 70 years, the “foolishness of demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax” was not done by anybody.He was addressing an election meeting in Unchahar in Rabeareli from where UPA chairperson and his mother Sonia Gandhi is seeking re-election to the Lok Sabha. “In the past 70 years, the foolishness of demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax (Gandhi’s coinage for the Goods and Services Tax or GST) was not done by anyone,” Gandhi said. Also Read – Ajay Lamba takes oath as chief justice of Gauhati HCHis remarks come against the backdrop of repeated attacks by the prime minister on the Congress, holding it responsible for all ills since the country got Independence. “Chowkidar (watchman) has done ‘chori’ (theft) of factories and employment of people of Raebareli and Amethi (the Lok Sabha seat represented by the Congress chief),” he said. Rahul Gandhi also accused Modi of not wanting to fill 22 lakh vacant posts in the government. “Some 22 lakh jobs are vacant in the government. Modi did not want to fill these vacant posts and only wants to help his friends. We will give these 22 lakh jobs in one year and 10 lakh jobs in panchyats,” he said. Also Read – HC directs Centre to place Bihar IAS officer’s inter-cadre transfer plea before authoritiesThe Congress president asked the gathering, “Where are Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi – in jail or outside? “If a farmer of Raebareli takes loan of Rs 20,000 and is unable to repay, he is sent to jail. From 2019, when our government will come to power no farmer will got to jail in such cases. We will bring a separate farmers’ budget in which they will get to know MSP, storm losses compensation, insurance details and what they will get when they suffer losses,” he said. Charging the prime minister of taking away money from “our pocket, your pocket”, he promised that the Congress will ensure that the people get back their money. “Modi has taken away money from your house, lied and fooled you and made you stand in queues telling you that it is fight against corruption and blackmoney. He fooled the country and took money from your pocket for a ‘chor’ (thief) like Anil Ambani,” Gandhi said. “Have you seen ‘Hindustan ke chor’ Anil Ambani, Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya standing in a line,” he asked the gathering. Promising that Congress will “put back money in your pocket”, Gandhi said when people get money, they will start making purchases. “After demonetisation you stopped purchasing and factories stopped manufacturing giving rise to unemployment. Our ‘Nyay’ will give jobs.” Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay) is the party’s ambitious minimum income guarantee scheme, which assures up to Rs 72,000 a year or Rs 6,000 a month income to 20 per cent of India’s poorest families. “Whatever we do is well thought. It’s impossible to give Rs 15 lakh in every bank account as economy will collapse. But giving Rs 3.60 lakh individually is possible in five years with Rs 72,000 per year,” he said. Stating that in the present regime, crop insurance money was not given to farmers, Gandhi said, “Entire work of insurance has been given to people like Anil Ambani. You give money for insurance but when you face loss you are not compensated. Rs 10,000 crore have been taken from farmers and given to people like Anil Ambani…”
8 July 2008The United Nations agencies working to alleviate global hunger have called for decisive action by the Group of Eight (G-8) most industrialized countries, currently meeting in Japan, to boost investment in agriculture to help feed the world. The three Rome-based agencies – the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – pointed out that one of the main causes of the current food crisis was the decline in agricultural investment over the past three decades. “The G-8 Summit in Japan can help strike a decisive blow in the fight against hunger and poverty by reversing that trend and moving to direct a much larger share of development aid to the rural and agricultural sector,” said the joint statement, signed by FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf, IFAD President Lennart Båge and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.They stated that boosting public and private investment in agricultural development would contribute to the anti-hunger strategy contained in the Declaration adopted by 180 countries and the European Community when they met in June to tackle the global food crisis at the Rome Food Security Summit.The three leaders acknowledged that the task that lay head was huge, “for it involves nothing less than enabling the world’s poor countries to feed themselves once more – a capacity they lost in the decades of cheap food imports and following a three-fold increase in natural disasters.” What was involved amounted to launching a new “twice-green revolution,” or G2R, with the aim of doubling global food production by the middle of the century to feed a world population expected to reach over nine billion. If there was one “silver lining” to the current surge in food prices it was that, for the next ten years at least, high prices would make agriculture attractive to private investors, the agencies noted.To tackle the food crisis and promote an “agricultural renaissance” the G-8 must take a clear lead in helping promote the new Green Revolution, they stated. “In doing so, the international community would not only take a huge step towards securing food for all today and tomorrow – but also help relegate hunger and poverty to yesterday,” the statement concluded.
Ghanaian Foreign Minister Muhammad Mumuni warned world leaders that poorer nations may soon experience a “promise fatigue” if developed countries do not carry through pledged funds, including the $30 billion of fast-track funding for developing countries through 2012 committed at December’s Copenhagen climate change meeting.At the gathering in the Danish capital, industrialized countries further pledged to find ways and means to raise $100 billion annually by 2020.“For developing countries, the early delivery and transparent allocation of this money will boost our confidence in the dialogue and also show that industrialized countries are truly committed to progress in the broader negotiations,” Mr. Mumuni said.Not only must developed countries honour their commitments to provide financial and technological to poorer nations in the fight against climate change, they must also “take the lead to cut their respective carbon dioxide emissions so that the conference in Cancun could produce tangible results,” said Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.The next conference of parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is set to take place in the Mexican city in November.“The fruitful outcomes in Cancun rely on efforts by all to save humankind from much more serious catastrophes,” the Cambodian official said.Foreign Minister Maxine Pamela Ometa McClean of Barbados acknowledged that a comprehensive pact will not be achieved in Cancun, but said the November gathering must conclude with the world committing itself to prioritizing the most vulnerable and providing the fast-track funding.“Critical to success at Cancun is arriving at a common understanding of how, when and where an ambitious and legally-binding international climate agreement will be finalized,” she stressed.Theodore Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Bahamas, called for special attention to be paid to the needs of small island developing States (SIDS) and other vulnerable countries.The Bahamas, he said, is the fifth most vulnerable country to sea level rise. “We are a country of negligible greenhouse gas emissions, still we suffer catastrophic results of emissions are not stabilized and reduced worldwide.”According to science, a temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius will result in the sea level rising two metres, Mr. Symonette said. “Such an occurrence will submerge 80 per cent of our territory.”Also calling for urgent action for SIDS today was Arvin Boolell, Foreign Minister of Mauritius.With climate change inextricably linked to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SIDS should be given simplified access to both fast-track and longer-term resources, he emphasized. “Those adaptation fundings should be in the form of grants and not loans,” Mr. Boolell added.President Desiré Delano Bouterse of Suriname, in his address to the Assembly on Saturday, said that climate change will have a “devastating” effect on developing countries.His country, he said, can serve as an example for the world “as its laws to save [forests] and biodiversity date back from the middle of the past century.”It is called the “greenest country on Earth” for its 90 per cent forest cover, Mr. Bouterse said.“It seems that the standing forest and the wealth of Suriname’s biodiversity are being taken for granted by the global community as there are no structures in place to provide incentives to continue on the path of sustainability,” he said.For his part, Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas called for climate change, which is already undermining small economies, to remain at the top of the global diplomatic and negotiating agenda.Fast-track funding has only reach a small percentage of developing countries, and “clearly, this has to be corrected,” especially for SIDS, he said. 28 September 2010Developing nations took to the podium today at the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate to press for greater global support in responding to climate change.
Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they outlined recommendations to the Government on the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of this crime. Following their two-week visit to the country, which concluded yesterday, members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances noted that victims of enforced disappearances lack confidence in the judicial system, police and armed forces. “Impunity is a chronic and present pattern in cases of enforced disappearances and no sufficient efforts are being carried out neither to determine the fate or whereabouts of persons who disappeared, to punish those responsible nor to provide reparations,” they stated in a news release. They also highlighted a lack of a comprehensive public policy to deal with the different aspects of enforced disappearances, saying it appears that there is no coordination among federal, local and municipal levels or within the same level of government. In addition, they emphasized that while the State has a right and duty to respond to public security concerns, including organized crime, addressing this challenge cannot be done at the expense of respect for human rights, nor can the State condone the practice of enforced disappearances. During their visit, the experts examined the status of the investigations of enforced disappearances, steps taken to prevent and eradicate the problem, what is being done to combat impunity, and other issues, including matters concerning truth, justice and reparations for victims of enforced disappearances. As part of the mission, they met with a number of federal and state officials in several cities, including the capital, México City, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez and Acapulco. The Working Group, which was set up in 1980, strives to establish a channel of communication between the families and the governments concerned, to ensure that individual cases are investigated, with the objective of clarifying the whereabouts of persons who, having disappeared, are placed outside the protection of the law. The experts, who work in an independent and unpaid capacity, will present their report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council at a session in 2012. 1 April 2011Impunity is still a major concern when it comes to tackling enforced disappearances in Mexico, a group of United Nations human rights experts said today as they outlined recommendations to the Government on the prevention, investigation, punishment and reparation of this crime.
Infibulation – narrowing the vaginal orifice by cutting and re-positioning the labia minora and/or the labia majora as a covering seal. “It denies them their dignity, endangers their health and causes needless pain and suffering, even death”, the UN chief added.FGM – sometimes called female circumcision – involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for no medical reason, and results in severe physical and mental health consequences for girls and women.,According to Mr. Guterres, it “is rooted in gender inequalities and power imbalances – and it sustains them by limiting opportunities for girls and women to realize their rights and full potential”.In cultures that condone FGM, it is usually performed by a traditional practitioner with crude instruments and without anesthetic.“An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subject to this harmful practice” the UN chief said, “and every year, almost four million girls are at risk”.About 80 per cent of women and girls who have undergone the procedure have had their clitoris and labia minora removed. Complications include severe pain, hemorrhaging, sepsis, urethra damage, painful sexual intercourse and other sexual dysfunction.,FGM comes in many forms: Pricking, piercing, incising, scraping or cauterization.,Genital mutilation also has psychological repercussions, with many victims feeling anxious, depressed, incomplete and traumatized.“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for the elimination of female genital mutilation by 2030”, the UN chief noted, adding that the UN “joins hands with global, regional and national actors in supporting holistic and integrated initiatives to achieve this objective”. Tackling FGM is also part of the UN’s Spotlight Initiative, launched in partnership with the European Union to end all forms of violence against women and girls.While strong political commitment is yielding positive change in some countries, if current trends persist, Mr. Guterres underscored that “these advances will continue to be outpaced by rapid population growth where the practice is concentrated”.“On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls,” concluded the Secretary-General. ‘Promote and protect’ women and girls Both girls and boys participate in programs aiming at creating awareness on the negative effects of FGM as well as the need to implement Sustainable Development goal number 5 on Gender Equality. The programs take place at the UNFPA’s supported Masanga Cen, by Warren Bright/UNFPA TanzaniaWhile most of the girls and women who have been subject to FMG live in 28 African countries, and some in Asia, they are also increasingly found in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States; primarily immigrants from Africa and southwestern Asia, according to a joint statement marking the day from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Women.All three work to advocate for global awareness to deal with the problem, specifically by educating the public, health workers and FGM practitioners on its health and psychosocial consequences.Their joint statement expressed their support of government and community efforts “to promote and protect the health and development of women and children”.Since FGM concerns both the health and rights of women and children, WHO, UNICEF, and UNFPA each use their targeted strengths advocating against cutting, in a cross-agency collaboration, to complement the others.WHO promotes medically and technically-based policies to eliminate the practice, while working through a research and development programme, shining a light on the issue as it relates to women’s health, reproductive and human rights.UNICEF uses its field office and country programmes to, among other things, support community-based organizations engaged in information, education, communication and training on preventing FGM – particularly youth organizations and women’s groups on the dangers of the practice.For its part, UNFPA continues to advocate against FGM by supporting the revision of national policies, laws, regulations and misinformed traditional practices pertaining to reproductive health. Clitoridectomy – partially or totally removal of the clitoris and/or prepuce. Excision – partially or totally removing the clitoris and the labia minora.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new Regional Advisory Council (RAC) – set up in the Grampians – was officially launched this week by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras and Chin Tan, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC).The purpose of the RACs are to provide advice to the VMC on settlement, multicultural affairs, service delivery and citizenship issues; advocate on behalf of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities; and promote the benefits of cultural and religious diversity at the local level.Mr. Tan, focusing on the importance of the RACs, said: “The inaugural Grampians RAC meeting is an important milestone for the region. The members who have generously volunteered their time can now proceed with the important work of advising the VMC on local multicultural issues.”Around 247,000 people live in the 11 municipalities of the Grampians region, with most residing in Ballarat and Bacchus Marsh. Representing these residents are the volunteer members of the Grampians RAC: Gaynor Atkin, Dimitri Dollard, Mona Hatwal, Sundram Sivamalai, Joshua Morris, Sujatha Umakanthan, Vivian Bradbury, Frank Williams, Maria Calandro and Peter Appleton. Each of these has been chosen for their dedication to multiculturalism in their local communities.The chair is VMC Commissioner Yasser Soliman, who has worked as a conduit between Islamic youth, local councils and Victorian Police to support collaboration between these groups. Mr Soliman said of his new role: “It is a privilege and a pleasure to be a part of the Grampians RAC and I am looking forward to working closely with the other members. The new RAC provides an important opportunity to discuss the issues in our region and strengthen our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.”
Alita: Battle Angel Trailer Asks if Anime Eyes Belong on a Human (No)The Geekiest Moments From Lucha Underground’s First Two Seasons Stay on target Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Robert Rodriguez teamed up with Quentin Tarantino and got George Clooney to agree to a (spoiler alert) absurd vampire movie?Yes, From Dusk Till Dawn came out in 1996, but it still holds up despite the passage of time. To celebrate, Fathom Events and Miramax are holding a special two-day screening of the movie in select theaters.“From Dusk Till Dawn is unpredictable, creative and breathtakingly original, a movie that almost defies description,” Fathom Events Vice President of Studio Relations Tom Lucas said in a press release.The screening will also feature a Q&A with Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, who wrote and starred in the film. Culture critic Elvis Mitchell, who hosts the radio “The Treatment,” will moderate the event.If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s best to go into it blind. If you’ve already seen it, and have friends who haven’t, don’t tell them anything either. It begins as a crime spree movie starring Clooney and Tarantino as the Gecko brothers, who kidnap a father and his two kids and hide out at a Mexican bar. However, halfway through the movie, the audience discovers that the bar is populated by hungry vampires. The second half is a monster action flick that, true to Rodriguez’ style, is full of satisfying gore.There have been two sequels and a television show (which is currently in its third season on the El Rey Network), but none hold a candle to the original, which is full of over-the-top nonsense.The special showings are on Sunday, November 6, at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 9, at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. (all local times). People interested in checking out the screening can buy tickets at FathomEvents.com.
Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and honestly that’s a really good policy usually. But when comics have gorgeous covers it’s hard not to imagine the wonderful story that lies within a colorful and well-executed front. Variant covers are a long-standing and killer tradition of the industry. It’s a great way to feature new artists and give collectors something to clamor about, and let’s be real, fork over the dough for.Here are some of Geek’s favorite variant covers coming out on 8/1/18Rocko’s Modern Life #7 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Nick Cross – @ncrossanimationPublisher: Boom!Writer/Artist: Ryan Ferrier/Ian McGintyNightwing #47 (Cover B)Variant Artist: John Romita Jr –@romitaman & Danny Miki –@DannyMiki_Publisher: DCWriter/Artist: Ben Percy/Chris Mooneyham & Klaus JansonRed Sonja #19 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Sean Chen – @seanchenartPublisher: DynamiteWriter/Artist: Amy Chu & Erik Burnham/Carlos E. GomezInfinity Wars #1 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Humberto Ramos – @humberto_ramosPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Gerry Duggan/ Mike DeodatoCaptain America Vol 9 #2 (Cover D)Variant Artist: Ron Garney – @RonGarneyPublisher: MarvelWriter/Artist: Ta-Nehisi Coates /Leinil Francis YuSeven to Eternity #10 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Cary Nord – @carynordPublisher: ImageWriter/Artist: Rick Remender/ Jerome OpeñaTMNT – Bebop Rocksteady Hit the Road #1 (Cover A)Variant Artist: Nick Pitarra – @NickPitarra Publisher: IDWWriter/Artist: Ben Bates & Dustin Weaver / Ben BatesMister Miracle #10 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Mitch Gerads – @MitchGeradsPublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist: Tom King /Mitch GeradsGo Go Power Rangers #12 (Cover C)Variant Artist: Audrey Mok – @AudreyMokPublisher: BOOM!Writer/Artist: Ryan Parrott/Dan MoraHarley Quinn #47 (Cover B)Variant Artist: Frank Cho – @FrankChoArtistPublisher: DC ComicsWriter/Artist: Sam Humphries/ John Timms
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Oct 2014 – Jill Beckingham will begin her 100K footsteps for good campaign around the islands of the TCI. The governor’s wife with the support of the Provo Runners will be raising money for charities. The ‘Footsteps4Good’ walk across TCI starts in Grand Turk. Get your t-shirt and select the charity you want your monies to go to… its $20 to get involved. Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:Footsteps4Good, grand turk, jill beckingham, walk Recommended for you Walking through the Caicos Islands – new developments, beautiful by nature, clean up litter Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Large Schoolchildren participation in Footsteps4Good
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest on Friday will begin selling permits to cut Christmas trees on its land, forest officials announced.The permits are available for $5 per tree at several locations, including all ranger district offices, some commercial vendors and the Gifford Pinchot forest headquarters at 10600 N.E. 51st Circle in Vancouver.Tree cutting is prohibited in designated wilderness areas, developed campgrounds, within 300 feet of streams and other posted areas, according to the forest service. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is also off limits. Residents may cut one tree per permit, and buy no more than five permits per household.Gifford Pinchot officials urge tree-cutters to be mindful of weather and road conditions before heading into the forest. Road status reports and closure information is available at U.S. Forest Service.People may also call the Gifford Pinchot forest headquarters at 360-891-5000 for more information.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (WSVN) — A man was allegedly caught stealing 107 turtle eggs on a Jupiter Island beach, Friday night.Five days before the arrest, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission biologists reported possible egg poaching of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle nest on a beach behind a Jupiter Island home, between West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie.FWC patrols said they then caught 49-year-old Glenn Shaw in the act, Friday night, taking 107 eggs. Officials said he was taking the eggs from a female Loggerhead turtle as she was laying them.Shaw was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail with a third-degree felony. He could face up to five years in prison and fines up to $5,000.Officials said 15 of the eggs were kept as evidence and for DNA testing, while the remaining 92 eggs were re-buried so that they may hatch later this year. Officials are still investigating the motive behind the egg thefts.FWC Captain Jeff Ardelean said in a statement, “We’d like to thank FWC biologists for keeping a close eye out and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their assistance with this case. Protecting Florida’s natural resources is something we take seriously, and we’re thankful that this individual was prevented from doing further harm to this imperiled species.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is mandating that the $59 billion it allocated for DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account only be spent on purposes directly or indirectly related to operations overseas, a stance that places the panel at odds with the other defense committees.The House-passed defense authorization bill and the House Appropriations defense spending bill both divert at least $15 billion to base budget needs not requested by the Obama administration. The fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill the Senate began debating on Monday does not rely on the OCO account to restore base budget shortfalls in readiness and modernization. Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), however, plans to offer an amendment adding $18 billion to the war fund to pay for increased end strength and training, and new weapons left out of the Pentagon’s budget request.In contrast, the $575 billion defense spending bill the Senate Appropriations Committee passed on May 26 doesn’t include any OCO funds for base budget programs. The panel even declined to allocate $5 billion for such needs from the war fund requested by DOD, reported CQ Roll Call.“We provide OCO money in the OCO portion of the bill,” said committee spokesman Stephen Worley. “It can only be spent on combat-related expenses. In past years, we have transferred some base funds to the OCO portion to help balance the bill, but this year we did not do that,” Worley said.The committee did not ignore the unfunded wish lists of the service chiefs. It redirected $15 billion in savings it identified from 450 different accounts for unrequested programs. But the spending measure does not restore troop cuts in the active-duty Army and Marine Corps or fund a higher military pay raise, two items that are in the House defense bills.Senate appropriators’ decision to put their foot down over the use of war funds for base budget needs ultimately could provide the best hope for advancing a defense spending bill with bipartisan support through Congress. Senate Democrats already have said they would oppose McCain’s attempt to increase the defense budget as it breaks faith with last October’s budget deal that raised the cap for both defense and non-defense spending. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioProfile: Rep. Young, Still Punching, Seeks Another Term Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCIt’s an even numbered year, so that means Alaska Congressman Don Young is running for re-election, as he has every two years since taking the oath of office in 1973. APRN’s Liz Ruskin has this profile of the most senior Republican in the House and the only Congressman most Alaskans have ever known.Fire Briefly Flares Up At Offshore Gas Platform The Associated PressThe Coast Guard says a contained fire flared up this morning at an offshore natural gas platform in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, but it was quickly tamped down by responders.Unalaska Residents Weigh In on Aleutian Climate Trends Annie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaScientists know that the climate in the Aleutian Islands is changing. But they’re making observations from a distance – while on the ground, the story is sometimes very different. That’s what a team of researchers found last month in Unalaska, when they talked to locals about the climate change they’re seeing in their own back yards.Book Chronicles Young Man’s Commercial Fishing ExperiencesLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageBeing a deckhand can be tough, especially if you work for a boat owner who acts like a tyrant. In his new book Dead Reckoning, blank based author Dave Atcheson has written about his experience as a young man with no commercial fishing knowledge, trying to learn the business. His first job was really tough.AK: Wild SoundLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauAlaska writers and naturalists Richard Nelson and Hank Lentfer are nearing the end of a two-year project recording the Voices of Glacier Bay.The project is a collaboration between Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the University of Alaska Southeast and Cornell University, which houses the world’s largest collection of natural sounds.Nelson and Lentfer hope to change how we experience the world through a dimension beyond what we can see.Lentfer and Nelson want us to listen. And Listen closely.300 Villages: Pilot PointThis week we’re heading to Pilot Point on the Alaska Peninsula.
This picture taken on 24 April, 2018 shows patients waiting to see a doctor at the Everest ER tent clinic at Everest Base Camp, some 140km northeast of Kathmandu. Photo : AFPAs word came over the radio that a Sherpa had been struck on the head by a falling rock high on Everest, the three doctors at base camp jumped into action, fully aware that saving him would be a life-or-death race against the unpredictable mountain.Wary of the fading light that would ground the medevac helicopter overnight, they administered emergency treatment on the helipad where the chopper brought him in — enough, they hoped to give him a fighting chance of surviving the 20 to 30 minute onward flight to a hospital in Lukla, down the valley.”He was bleeding, so we had to stop that and then get him down,” said Suvash Dawadi, one of three doctors who has spent the last two months at the Everest ER.The doctors staffing the sole emergency room on the roof of the world battle high altitude, freezing conditions and violent weather every climbing season to save the lives of sick and injured mountaineers.Medics running the tent clinic at 5,364 metres (17,600 feet) must compete with medicines freezing overnight, winds that threaten to blow the clinic’s tent away and a cardiac monitor that gives up due to the cold.Countless foreign climbers who have run into trouble on Everest’s unforgiving slopes have been saved from the brink by the rudimentary clinic since it was set up 15 years ago.But the ER has served a higher purpose: providing affordable medical care for Nepali Sherpas, the guides who are the backbone of the lucrative Everest industry.”Before Everest ER was set up the Sherpas didn’t have any proper coverage,” explained Subarna Adhikari, an orthopaedic surgeon.Risky businessEstablished by an American doctor and now run by the Nepal-based Himalayan Rescue Association, the ER charges foreign climbers for treatment and in return provides subsidised care to the Sherpas.The ER has helped chip away at the stark imbalance between the foreigners who pay a small fortune to summit Everest and Sherpas who take on much of the risk to get them there.A Sherpa can earn up to $10,000 — more than 14 times the average annual salary in Nepal — during the brief two-month climbing season that runs from early April to late May.But that means many ignore medical issues for fear of being forced out of a season’s work.”For them to lose that job, for them not to complete the season, is disastrous,” said Dawadi.A routine morning at the ER was shattered as an injured sherpa was rushed into the clinic — he had fallen 60 metres into a crevasse in the treacherous Khumbu icefall.Doctors quickly assessed him for internal bleeding — a life-threatening injury so far from a fully equipped hospital.But the Sherpa’s sobs of pain gradually gave way to relief as doctors confirmed no bleeding or broken bones.A few days’ rest, and he would be back at work.Changing attitudesDoctors say attitudes are changing among Sherpas and other Nepalis working on the mountain.More are seeking early intervention for health conditions, ensuring their problems don’t worsen and cost them a season’s work.More than 60 percent of the nearly 400 patients treated at the clinic this season were Sherpas or other locals working on Everest.Despite its life-saving work the clinic scrambles to stay afloat, reliant on the $100 fee it charges foreign patients and donations, mostly in the form of medical equipment.Attempts to persuade the Nepal government to fund the clinic through the hefty $11,000 permit paid by every climber heading for Everest’s summit has fallen on deaf ears.Beyond helpSometimes, emergencies are beyond the doctors’ reach. News came over the clinic’s radio that a Russian climber was stranded at 7,250 metres, alone and disorientated.Teams heading for the summit had passed Rustem Amirov and radioed for help, but none would turn back and aid the stricken man.The doctors tried to persuade climbers on the mountain to help Amirov.Someone gave him water, another a steroid that alleviates altitude sickness.”You feel quite frustrated and useless. You’re standing by. Help is potentially available if these teams get their act together,” said Australian doctor Brenton Systermans.Eventually two climbers dragged Amirov to the nearest tent, just 100 metres away. They radioed down to the doctors and then left him.”If he was evacuated within an hour he would have survived,” said Adhikari. But no help came for the lone mountaineer. He died on 17 May.