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Suspect appears in court on gangrelated attempted murder

first_imgA 21-year-old man linked with the Sureno street gang appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree attempted murder and assault of a gang associate in August.Gregorio Robert Chavez, who goes by the street name, “Frost,” was apprehended earlier this year in California but fought his extradition back to Washington, said Camara Banfield, deputy prosecuting attorney.Two other suspects, Stefan A. Duran, 21, and Connie C. Gadberry, 20, were apprehended at the same time. They agreed to extradition and were arraigned earlier this year on first-degree attempted murder and assault. Their trial is Feb. 11. Chavez will be arraigned on the same charges Friday.Judge Barbara Johnson set bail at $500,000 due to Chavez’s extensive criminal history and flight risk.Chavez is accused of shooting Jose Reyes in the right leg and foot either late Aug. 24 or early Aug. 25 in a possible retaliation for an assault that occurred at Reyes’ home, according to a probable cause affidavit.Reyes told police that he was walking on East 18th Street near Norris Road when a vehicle approached him, the affidavit stated. Reyes said he was “called out” by a man in a rear passenger seat in the vehicle. Reyes identified the man as “Frost.” As Reyes attempted to flee, he was shot, the affidavit stated.Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; http://facebook.com/ColTrends; paris.achen@columbian.com..last_img read more

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Suspect in connection to teens fatal shooting near MIA faces judge

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man arrested in connection to the deadly shooting of a teenage girl outside of a restaurant near Miami International Airport appeared before a judge on Saturday.According to Miami-Dade Police, 22-year old Mario Pedro Conley-Hernandez knew crucial information about the shooting but never came forward.The shooting took place in the parking lot of the parking lot of 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, located at 1395 NW 57th Ave., at around 2:45 a.m., Sunday.Police said 16-year old Ana Alvarez-Hernandez was shot and killed after an argument escalated into gunfire.Officials said the shooter may have taken off to Cuba.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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The 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Awards Winners

first_imgView photos from the awards luncheon.EDDIE GOLD WINNER PROFILES• Motor Trend
• Entertainment Weekly
• GreenSource
• Sommelier Journal
• Written By
• Southern Living OZZIE GOLD WINNER PROFILES• Nature Conservancy
• Hour Detroit
• Executive Travel
• Field & Stream
• New American Luxury
• Saveur.comMore on this topic The 2011 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners 2011 Folio: Award Winners Announced The 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners Announced The 2010 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners The 2007 Eddie & Ozzie Award Winners The 2008 Eddie and Ozzie Award WinnersJust In Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the MovePowered by FOLIO:’s Eddie and Ozzie awards competition is the largest of its kind for magazine publishers. It also has the proud distinction of being the only awards event open to magazines and websites of all kinds—consumer, b-to-b, association, custom and regional, big and small. The Awards span print and digital, with the Eddies honoring the best in editorial and the Ozzies the best in design. Below we present you with not only the full breadth of winners in their respective categories.As part of this package we’ve featured a dozen profiles of selected winners for a behind-the-scenes peek at what went into creating the winning entries. We invite you to check out the results of some very hard work representing some of the best journalism (the Eddies) and design (the Ozzies) our industy has to offer.Click here to view the complete list of Eddie Awards winners. [pdf]Click here to view the complete list of Ozzie Awards winners. [pdf]last_img read more

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Rewatch Disneylands Star Wars land Galaxys Edge dedication ceremony

first_img 74 Photos Share your voice Disney Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… 0 Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge The livestream will feature “the historic dedication moment from Disneyland Resort in California,” Disney said, with special coverage also being provided on its Facebook account and Twitter channel. 15:04 Disneyland on Wednesday will be livestreaming the dedication ceremony for Galaxy’s Edge, its new Star Wars land in the California theme park. Ahead of the official Galaxy’s Edge public launch on Friday, Disney is providing access via the Disney Parks Blog to the dedication ceremony starting within the hour, set to begin at 8:20 p.m. PT.Ahead of the dedication ceremony, Media Day kicked off our fist official looks at the newest Disney park. Our CNET colleague’s Star Wars land review: Run to Disneyland.center_img Post a comment I’m about to get a lot of hate right now.. but this was my favorite starship at #galaxysedge #sorrysolo maybe it’s the space grey finish that’s doing it for me but this TIE Echelon would be my ride of choice #Disneyland pic.twitter.com/g9y45Z8sU9— Vane Hand Orellana (@VaneHand) May 30, 2019 Culture TV and Movies Originally published at 3:29 p.m. PT.Updated 9:38 p.m. PT with video for playback. With the newest resort area opening on May 31, Disneyland — which was last week recruiting Storm Troopers — is controlling crowds by requiring reservations for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge between May 31 and June 23.Galaxy’s Edge will open at Disney World in Florida in August.Read: First look at Disney’s Star Wars land: What to know about the food, rides and drinks (yes, drinks) Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Technologies must improve quality of life HRD Minister Ramesh

first_imgTirupati: Booming technologies like automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning among other things will be meaningful only when they are used to improve the social and economic conditions of ordinary citizens, opined the Union Minister for Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. Delivering the convocation address at the first convocation of IIT Tirupati at its transit campus in Yerpedu near Tirupati on Tuesday, he hoped that IIT Tirupati will take up this immense social responsibility and serve the larger interests of the country. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us The Union Minister stressed that India should become scientifically advanced and here the role of institutions like IIT becomes crucial towards making the country a global innovation leader in science and technology. He lauded IITians terming them as forerunners of many of the start-ups in the country and abroad which will grow into the big corporate houses and add immensely to the economy. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Referring to the central institutes set up by NDA government since 2015 in the residual State of AP like IIT, IISER, Central University in Anantapur, Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy in Visakhapatnam NIT in Tadepalligudem among others, he expressed hope that these institutes not only skill the youth but also bring the prosperity to the region. Advertise With Us Saying that the DPR of IIT Tirupati to build a campus for 2,500 students was approved in principle, he expected that this Institute will act as a pace setter and provide academic, research and innovation leadership through active networking with other institutions. The Chairman of Board of Governors R Subrahmanyam said that in spite of the infrastructure constraints of a new institute, IIT Tirupati faculty members have vigorously been involved in academic and sponsored research. During the last three years, faculty and students have published more than 100 papers in reputed national and international journals. The AP Minister for Education Dr A Suresh has assured wholehearted support from the State government for the speedy growth of the institution, for provision of various infrastructural support and clearances for the constructions being taken up. The Director of IIT-T Prof KN Satyanarayana in his report said that since its inception, they were engaged in recruiting world class faculty members to teach and carry out cutting edge research often in collaboration with industry and academic institutions of international repute. The Institute has a student strength of 823 at present which includes 582 B Tech, 118 MTech, 10 MSc and 32 MS and 81 PhD research students. In the convocation, 103 students have received their BTech degrees while one candidate has got his MS degree. BTech student Akash Dhasade Balasaheb has received President’s Medal as well as Institute medal while Narender, G Sravanthi and Ajay Vaishnav have received Institute Medals. Nikhil Sharma was awarded Governor’s prize. Earlier, Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has inaugurated the stage 1A campus of IIT Tirupati. On this occasion, he said that the campus will be completed within two years and hoped that the students who complete their degrees from this campus will excel in their pursuits and become efficient graduates.last_img read more

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Donald Glover Gets 5 Nominations for NAACP Image Awards

first_imgBy ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment WriterPASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Coming off a big night at the Grammys, Donald Glover and his alter-ego Childish Gambino were nominated Wednesday for five NAACP Image Awards.Glover is nominated for his acting and directing on “Atlanta.” The FX show itself is nominated for best comedy series. On the music side, Childish Gambino is nominated for top male performer, and his song “This Is America” is nominated for best video and song. Glover won four Grammys including record and song of the year on Sunday night.Winston Duke, left, and Logan Browning announce nominations for the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards during TV One’s Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)The nominees were announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter meeting by “Black Panther” actor Winston Duke and “Dear White People” actress Logan Browning, both of whom learned as they made the announcements that they were among the nominees. Browning teared up after seeing her name.“Black Panther” was nominated for 14 awards, with star Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler nominated for entertainer of the year along with Beyonce, LeBron James and Regina King.The film was also nominated for best motion picture along with “BlacKkKlansman,” ”Crazy Rich Asians,” ”If Beale Street Could Talk” and “The Hate U Give.”U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters will receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award for public service.The 50th NAACP Image Awards honoring entertainers and writers of color will be held March 30 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and aired live on TV One.___Online: http://www.naacpimageawards.net .last_img read more

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Bloodborne completed in 44 minutes

first_imgEver since Bloodborne released last week my Twitter feed has been full of links to video playthroughs and comments on just how hard it is. However, one gamer has managed to complete the game in just 44 minutes.The gamer in question goes by the name of Oginam_tv on YouTube and the 44 minute playthrough is the fastest he can do it without aiming for any kind of high percentage finish. But he also makes it clear he is taking advantage of an item duplication bug that makes the game much easier than it would otherwise be. So while it’s fast, it’s not “legal” shall we say.You can watch the playthrough below, but be warned it does contain some spoilers if you intend on playing the game yourself.The item duplication bug requires the creation of a second character that only has a pebble stored in their storage chest. This allows for any stackable item to duplicated by your main character, meaning unlimited consumables, but not weapons. Full details of how to take advantage of this bug can be found on Kotaku.For someone who has purchased the game, there really is no point to attempting this kind of speed run. It works for YouTube views, but not for the player who spent $60 to enjoy the experience of a proper playthrough.I have no doubt From Software will fix the item duplication bug as part of the next patch for the game. That same patch should hopefully greatly improve loading times for anyone who doesn’t have an SSD in their PS4.last_img read more

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Watch Rockstars Red Dead Redemption Is a Game To Play Before You

first_img There are ton of video games out there, way more than any person could ever play, and many of them you shouldn’t play. But some games are so good, so iconic, so important that you should absolutely play them if it’s the last thing you do. And Jordan Minor from Geek.com, along with some friends from Mashable, is here to tell you what those games are in Games To Play Before You Die, a new panel discussion show (and podcast) that’s pretty self-explanatory.This week, we’re talking about Red Dead Redemption, the first cowboy open-world opus from Rockstar Games with a prequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, that’s currently dominating the gaming conversation right now. In this first segment we talk about how Red Dead Redemption put other Wild West games of the era to shame.In the next segment we talk about the music Red Dead used to invoke both the history of cowboys as well as the history of cowboy movies.More than just Grand Theft Auto with horses, we talk about how Red Dead improves upon gameplay ideas from Rockstar’s more famous open-world crime game franchise.And finally we talk about Red Dead’s mature and ambiguous morality systems, systems that get further expanded upon in the sequel.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Check out the whole, uninterrupted discussion.For more thoughts on Red Dead Redemption check out our review of Red Dead Redemption 2 as well as other Wild West games to play when you’re finished.Buy Red Dead Redemption 2 Stay on target Watch: ‘Diablo III’ Is A Game To Play Before You DieWatch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die last_img read more

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For a better tomorrow

first_imgTo promote and find measures for the same a unique and first ever conference to deal with threats linked to survival of entire humanity is being organised in the Capital.The theme of conference is Balancing Panch-Tatwa Strategically towards Sustainability. Panch Tatwa (five elements) are the basic elements of everything in this universe, including our own body. Based on the same the conference is a fusion of modern science and traditional wisdom to restore balance in Panch-Tatwa. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The consequences of man’s action are evident in terms of various phenomenon including global warming, climate change and environmental degradation in general. Various organisations and people are already doing commendable work towards restoring the delicate balance in nature.The conference aims to unify diverse efforts being put forward by various individuals and organisations towards humanity, sustainability, Panch-Tatwa and traditional wisdom. It’s designed to serve as a common platform for various intellectuals and experts from around the world, to exchange ideas culminating into ‘collective wisdom’ and action plan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe conference is being organised by non-governmental organisation, Aqua Foundation. The collective wisdom from the conference will be compiled as a book and will be disseminated all around the world.The conference committee is chaired by Prof M S Swaminathan renowned for his leading role in India’s Green Revolution, co-chaired by Dr. R K Pachauri serving as the chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 2002, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.  The proceedings of this conference and its recommendations will therefore have a far reaching consequence in making it a better world, living in harmony with nature.When: 11-13 DecemberWhere: Indian Habitat Centrelast_img read more

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Galaxy Book 2 Handson Meet Samsungs Surface Pro Killer

first_imgThe first round of Snapdragon Windows laptops didn’t catch on, but Samsung is hoping to change that with the new Galaxy Book 2, which promises 20 hours of battery life along with Gigabit LTE and a faster Snapdragon 850 processor.I had a chance to go hands-on with this 2-in-1, which includes a keyboard and pen (unlike the Surface Pro 6). The Super AMOLED display and design look great, and there’s some special goodness here for Galaxy phone owners. But the jury is out on the performance of the Snpadragon 850 chip.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/samsung-galaxy-book-2-specs-price?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Galaxy Book 2 Pricing and AvailabilityThe Galaxy Book 2 will be available November 2 starting at $999. It will be available through ATT.com, Microsoft.com and Samsung.com initially, followed by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon stores. “It’s not just about shoving a modem into a PC,” said Don McGuire, vice President of product marketing at Qualcomm. “Samsung’s know-how in bringing this to market is important. Samsung understands the operator channel.”MORE: Surface Pro 6 Review: The Best 2-in-1 Just Got BetterDesign and DisplayThe Galaxy Book 2 is one of the sleekest convertibles I’ve seen this year. The silver magnesium back feels sturdy, as does the aluminum flip-out kickstand. The right side houses two USB-C ports (not Thunderbolt 3) along with a headphone jack, while the right side has the SIM card slot for LTE. This is where you can also plug in a microSD card. Around back you’ll find a fingerprint reader and 8-MP camera. There’s a 5-MP camera up front. Samsung says the camera supports Windows Hello, so you should be able to log in fast via facial recognition.The Galaxy Book 2 weighs 1.75 pounds as a slate and about 2.4 pounds as a laptop, which is pretty light and in line with other 2-in-1s.DisplayThe bezel around the screen is a bit thicker than I’d like, but this 12-inch Super AMOLED panel (2160 x 1440 pixels) is rich and bright.I played a quick Aquaman trailer on YouTube, and the colors really popped on this panel. Other highlights include dual speakers tuned by AKG with Dolby Atmos support.Key Specs: CPU, RAM and StorageThe Galaxy Book 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 850 processor, a step up from the Snapdragon 835 chip inside convertibles like the HP Envy x2 and Asus NovaGo. Qualcomm says to expect a 30 percent performance improvement. The $999 configuration includes 4GB of RAM, which is on the low side when many other ultraportables and 2-in-1s come with 8GB standard. There’s also 128GB of storage on board.Keyboard and S PenThe S Pen on the Galaxy Book 2 supports 4096 levels of sensitivity and the inking felt super smooth during my brief hands-on time. I also like that the back of the S Pen works as an eraser, similar to the Surface Book 6.However, I have a couple of complaints. The S Pen feels almost too light, and while it does attach to the left side of the system magnetically, the connection doesn’t feel as strong as the Surface Pen does with the Surface Pro 6.Battery LifeSamsung is targeting very long endurance with this device, and it says that you should expect up to 20 hours of battery life — or more than two full work days. By comparison, the Surface Pro 6 lasted close to 9.5 hours on our tests.The Galaxy Book also offers fast charging support, but we’re awaiting details on how fast.MORE: Laptops with the Longest Battery Life Carrier Support and Samsung FlowOne key differentiator for Samsung is how the Galaxy Book 2 works with Galaxy phone. The Samsung Flow app will let you transfer files and get notifications right on this Windows device. I tried this out with a Galaxy Note 9 and it worked pretty well. OutlookThe Galaxy Book 2 looks like it could give ARM-based Windows PCs a shot at wider appeal. The price isn’t cheap, but you get a keyboard and pen, and the performance of the Snapdragon 850 processor should be better than before — though maybe not quite in the same league as a Core i5 chip. I also like the Super AMOLED display. However, I wish the S Pen’s magnetic connection to the unit were stronger. It will really come down to how well the Book 2 balances its potentially epic battery life and speed, and how well this device’s ARM chip runs non-Windows Store apps. Stay tuned for our full review.Which Laptop CPU is Right for You?Best 2-in-1s (Laptop/Tablet Hybrids)10 Tablets with the Longest Battery Life Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief on by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYCeline Dion Discusses Her Recent Weight Loss: ‘Everything’s Fine’TODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom’s Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.center_img Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief Author Biolast_img read more

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Icelandair ramps up YVR service to year round

first_img Share Icelandair ramps up YVR service to year round Tags: Icelandair << Previous PostNext Post >> VANCOUVER — Icelandair has expanded its seasonal service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Keflavik International Airport (KEF) to year-round.Icelandair began seasonal service from Vancouver on May 14, 2014 and has continued to see increased demand. The flight will continue to use the Boeing 757 aircraft and will depart YVR two days a week on Fridays and Sundays at 15:45 and arrive at KEF at 06:00. Return, it will depart KEF on Thursdays and Saturdays at 17:10 and arriving in YVR at 17:50.Service will ramp up to three days a week in 2018.“I would like to thank Icelandair and our tourism partners for their continued support,” said Craig Richmond, YVR’s President & CEO. “Together, we have laid the foundation for this increased service, which will further develop YVR as a world-class connecting hub by linking our passengers and businesses with an incredible destination—and key connecting hubs in Europe. This means more opportunities for travel, education and business.”center_img Wednesday, May 10, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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Charged and convicted Yves Gildas Emolo Morrison

first_img MISSISSAUGA — After being charged by TICO, Yves Gildas Emolo Morrison has been convicted of one count of operating as a travel agent without registration, contrary to the Travel Industry Act, 2002.Morrison was ordered to pay a fine of $6,250 including surcharges, and has been sentenced to a two-year probation order. He was also ordered to pay $6,550 restitution to consumers. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Conviction, Law, TICO Monday, April 22, 2019 Charged and convicted: Yves Gildas Emolo Morrisonlast_img read more

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Film Documentary on comfort women to screen at University for Peace

first_imgRelated posts:Chile court orders Pablo Neruda’s remains returned to his tomb Venezuela’s Maduro caught between pragmatism, ideology Guatemalans bury victims of 1982 civil war massacre Drug policy in Central America criminalizes poverty, says Costa Rica Public Security Minister A plaque in Manila commemorates women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II. Courtesy Wikimedia CommonsWhen Chieko Takemi speaks at the University for Peace on May 20, she will discuss one of the most painful topics in Japanese society today: The “comfort women” of World War II.A Japanese freelance journalist and activist, Takemi has spent years documenting sex slavery during the Japanese invasions of neighboring Asian countries. As one result of her research, Takemi produced a documentary, “Katarungan!: Justice for Lolas!” about comfort women in the Philippines. The University for Peace will screen “Katarungan” and host a presentation by Takemi. The screening is a rare chance to the see the documentary, as it is not readily available in DVD or online formats.The titular “Lolas” refers to Lola Remedios, a Filipino woman who was forced into sex slavery at the hands of the invading Japanese military. Remedios lived in Leyte, the setting for a massive naval battle that left more than 15,000 U.S. and Japanese servicemen dead.Remedios endured a difficult life, starting with sexual exploitation as a child. When her husband learned of her experience as a comfort woman, he divorced her. Remedios’ second husband died, and she struggled as a single mother before meeting her third husband. Together, Takemi and Remedios put together “The Hidden Battle of Leyte: The Picture Diary of a Girl Taken by the Japanese Military.” Although Remedios passed away in 2011, her public testimonies have become a powerful reminder of Filipino suffering during the war. Takemi uses Remedios’ life as a microcosm for all the “Lolas” of the 1930s and 40s.While many history buffs are familiar with the battles of the Pacific front, sexual violence is a far more sensitive topic and remains controversial. “The Rape of Nanking,” by Iris Chang, chronicled of a notorious massacre in China, but aside from this 1997 bestseller, books about combat far outnumber books about exploitation. Meanwhile, the Japanese government has been slow to officially address the damage done to East Asia’s “comfort women.”“Since the Japanese government has not settled this [dispute] yet,” said Michiko Fukuda, a University for Peace student and one of the event’s organizers, “this has been a serious diplomatic issue as well as a long-term human rights violation against women.”“Katarungan” will be screened May 20 at the University for Peace, Ciudad Colón. 12:30 p.m. Free. Info: University for Peace website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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A year after work starts little sign of Nicaragua canal

first_imgRelated posts:Thousands march to protest Nicaragua’s ambitious canal project Activists visiting Washington blast Nicaragua’s $50 billion canal project as ‘illegitimate’ Financial, environmental questions plague Nicaragua canal project US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says RIVAS,Nicaragua — A year ago, to much fanfare, a Chinese consortium planning on building a canal across Nicaragua to rival the century-old one in neighboring Panama started initial work with a target completion date of 2020.Today, however, there is no further sign of progress beyond the dirt paths the Hong Kong Nicaragua Development Group carved out near the mouth of the Brito River, meant to be the Pacific Ocean gateway to the $50-billion canal.HKND has admitted work had been delayed, with excavation pushed off to the end of next year. It blamed the lateness of an environmental study which was approved by authorities in November.In the town of Rivas, located near the opening of the Brito River, unease and anxiety has taken hold.Recommended: Financial, environmental questions plague Nicaragua canal projectAlthough the government has promised its 200,000 inhabitants the canal would bring them lasting prosperity, rural folk on the outskirts fear only they will be uprooted to make way for the massive project.“If the canal comes, where will we be settled?” asked Ruth Campos, a resident in her 60s in the town of Las Lajas.Residents uprootedShe is one of 27,000 Nicaraguans who are to be relocated because of the construction of the canal which aims to accept passage of 3,500 cargo ships a year, according to HKND.The consortium was given a concession in 2013 to build and run the Nicaragua canal for 50 years, renewable for another half century.The design for the manmade waterway calls for a canal 278 kilometers (173 miles) long, 280 meters (919 feet) wide, and 30 meters (98 feet) deep.Its goal is to capture five percent of global maritime traffic, especially superfreighters going between America and Asia whose size prevents them using the Panama canal.“They can kill me, but I’m not leaving,” warned a 95-year-old resident, Cristina Lopez, whose town of La Virgen is to be bulldozed to make way for the canal according to HKND’s maps.“This is where I was born, and it’s where I will die,” she said.Related: Nicaragua Canal project surrounded by air of intimidation, opponents sayA neighbor, Esperanza, 70, said: “Here there will be some deaths because nobody wants to leave their home. How can these people come to force us from our land?” A woman walks with her son in Obrajuelo, on the shores of Lake Cocibolca, 10 km from the town of Rivas in Rivas province, Nicaragua, on Dec. 14, 2015. There is local opposition to the inter-oceanic canal to be built by Chinese consortium HKND in Nicaragua. AFP PHOTO/ Inti OCON / AFP / Inti Ocon Inti Ocon/AFPEnvironmental fearsThe locals, and environmental groups, fear the massive project will destroy Lake Nicaragua, a vast inland body of fresh water that is Central America’s biggest, and a key thoroughpoint for the canal.HKND plans to build a logistics center for the canal in Rivas.In September, work was meant to have been completed on a first stage that would see five million tons of earth excavated. But the delay attributed to the environmental impact study has pushed that back.The work “may be delayed, may change some plans,” Eden Pastora, a member of the government’s Great Interoceanic Canal Commission told AFP.“But the project will go on,” he said.Many doubtsHKND, still in what it calls the “conception phase” of the project, is to start building a port early next year on Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast, in Punta Gorda, to bring in the heavy machinery needed for the next stage.The Australian head of the project for the HKND, Bill Wild, said late last month that work was “behind schedule” by nearly a year.He said late approval of the environmental impact study was to blame.That study, carried out for HKND by a British firm, Environmental Resources Management, concluded that the canal would have “significant” consequences, especially for Lake Nicaragua. Parts of the canal are also to be built on earthquake-prone terrain, it noted.But it stated that, if executed correctly, the canal would have a “positive” impact for the country.Read also: Will the Nicaragua Canal ruin the ‘Galapagos of Central America’?A hydrology expert, Salvador Montenegro, highlighted the problem of opening up Lake Nicaragua, whose shallow waters lie above an ancient tectonic zone of seismic and volcanic activity.An Asian affairs analyst, Alberto Aleman, said HKND has left open “many questions about the environmental aspects” of the project.“Apparently not enough capital, not enough investment has been raised, and they have not been able to come up with a study able to dispel all the doubts,” he told AFP. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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US puts heads of El Salvador MS13 gang on sanctions list

first_imgRelated posts:El Salvador court freezes ex-president’s bank accounts Refugee program for Central Americans ‘still on the drawing board’: US official Strong earthquake off El Salvador felt in Costa Rica ‘I feel like they cut me down to the roots’: A Salvadoran refugee’s story WASHINGTON — The U.S. Treasury named two top figures in El Salvador’s notorious MS-13 gang to its sanctions blacklist Tuesday, accusing them of orchestrating assassinations against officials.The Treasury said Salvadoran nationals José Roberto Orellana and Dany Balmore Romero García lead local Salvadoran “cliques” in MS-13.The gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, is a 30,000-strong organization involved in drug and human trafficking, extortion, and other crimes in several Central American countries as well as the United States, and was officially labeled a transnational criminal organization by Washington in 2012.As local leaders, Orellana and Romero “are responsible for orchestrating assassination campaigns against Salvadoran law enforcement, military, and government officials,” the Treasury said.The sanctions aim to freeze any assets of theirs under U.S. jurisdiction and freeze them out of the financial system by banning any U.S. persons or entities from doing business with them.“From leading local operations to orchestrating assassination campaigns for MS-13, Roberto Orellana and Romero García have sought to disrupt Salvadoran government efforts to combat MS-13 activity,” said John Smith, acting director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a statement. “We will continue to undermine the reach and influence of MS-13 by constraining the financial resources of those who support it.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Foreigners could be allowed to serve in Ukrainian army

first_imgKIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to allowing foreigners to serve in its army.A military conflict between Russia-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian government forces in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 6,100 lives. Thousands of Russians have been fighting along with the rebels since the start of the conflict. Foreigners have also fought in pro-government volunteer battalions which have recently been required to merge with the armed forces or police. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img The Supreme Rada voted Tuesday on the first reading of the bill to let foreigners serve in the Ukrainian army and amended a law that gives prison time for mercenaries. The bill, if it passes in the second and third readings, will allow foreigners to serve only as privates or junior officers.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Bike tour in Malaysia Malaysian Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen has challenged the idea and potential of bicycle tourism in the country. The Minister said businessmen could come up with star-rated cycling packages, ranging from two-star to six-star, to further promote domestic tourism. The Tourism Ministry has challenged Malaysian businessmen to tap the vast potential in bicycle tourism and come up with star-rated cycling packages.”They could offer creative-themed packages incorporated with their bicycle rentals,” the Minister said. At the opening of the Kulim Family Fun Ride programme at Tasik Putra, the Minister suggested “they could have nature trail packages, tourist destination packages or even local food and delicacies packages in their areas.” Although the ministry does not sell products, it helps create awareness of opportunities for tourism companies.”On my part, I will help promote the cycling packages under our Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia and Malaysia Truly Asia promotions,” Ms Yen Yen said while urging local community organisations to form their own tourism committees.“If local communities come together to learn some of Malaysia’s popular cultural dances, they could then present them to tourists as part of the attractions in their respective areas,” Ms Yen Yen said.last_img read more

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first_imgLast week we stepped out with Lightfoot Travel during their Australian trade and media visit.The luxury tour operator has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and London — and has plans to open an Australian office in Sydney next year.The group’s team of ‘travel designers’ curate and plan tailor-made designer holidays to numerous destinations in the Far East, Indian Subcontinent, Australasia, Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Europe, North America, Caribbean, Central America and South America.The company was founded a decade ago by three British nationals who continue with the business today. The trio identified a gap in the Asian market for a bespoke luxury tour operator.In Sydney, we met up with Lexi Shuttleworth, Group Marketing Manager and Steph Wetherell, Head of Product and Sales.  L-R: Lightfoot Travel’s Lexi Shuttleworth and Steph WetherellThe pair explained that Lightfoot Travel is based on an experiential ethos of finding unique experiences from around the world. “Asia is still our core market with 50 per cent of our business being travel within Asia, but more and more places like Africa and South America are really sought after,” said Steph Wetherell, who has lived in Chile and speaks Spanish.“The Australian market is very similar to the UK market where people are looking for something a little bit different. We are seeing more Australian clients on our journeys so it’s worth having a presence here,” said Lexi Shuttleworth.The trends they are seeing in types of holidays being designed and booked is for multi-generational travel and also for ‘achievement holidays’ where people tie in a significant achievement or milestone, in the sense of ‘earning’ their holiday (eg. running a marathon). “We are scoping out more trips that can work with the different age groups in the one party,” said Steph.Sri Lanka ranks as the company’s number one visited destination. Other hot destinations in 2018 for Lightfoot Travel customers were Iran, Mongolia and Bhutan. “In 2019, we are looking at Israel, Madagascar and further Eastern European countries such as Albania and Romania. In Sri Lanka, we’re starting to head into the more northern and less-visited parts of the country. We’re trying to look for new angles in the countries where we already visit,” said Steph.Agents interested in working with Lightfoot Travel should reach out through the website or email info@lightfoottravel.com.The company produce a magazine called Travel by Lightfoot. The Singapore head office can be reached on +65 6438 4091.As well as private holidays, the company also arranges Group and Corporate travel. All clients on a Lightfoot Travel journey have access to 24-hour, seven-days-a-week support from the moment the trip begins.Image credit: Elephant in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photograph by Matt Tow, Senior Travel Designer at Lightfoot Travel.  bespoke travelEastern EuropeIranIsraelLightfoot Travelluxury travelMongoliaSouth AmericaSri Lankatour operatortravel designerslast_img read more

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