first_imgAfter a 2-year wait for the next generation of the URSA mini series, Blackmagic has finally released the successor to the indie filmmaking favorite.Out of nowhere, Blackmagic Design (in true Blackmagic form) decided to quietly release the camera that many of us have been waiting for — the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.The announcement initially looked like a typical software update release video, wherein Blackmagic introduce some new features for their Pocket Cinema camera (including a Blackmagic RAW update) and a few updates to their Duplicator stacks.But then, out of nowhere, we get “one more thing” — reminiscent of Nintendo’s old tricks — and he just pulls the camera out from under his desk! It was there the whole time. And he knew. This man’s composure is astounding.What the New URSA G2 Brings to the TableWith an arsenal of side buttons and controls, the G2 URSA has just about the same body as its predecessor. It’s not a very big cosmetic update; the true innovation is within the camera — with new features such as an updated Super 35mm 4.6K image sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range that can record up to 120fps at full-frame 4.6K, and even up to 300fps in 1080 HD. This allows you to record gorgeous slow motion video without sacrificing video quality — other cameras in this league that will downgrade footage quality to 1080HD when rising up to 120fps. The G2 also comes with the ability to record in Blackmagic RAW, making it one of the cheapest cameras on the market that you can scale for use in both feature films and commercials alike.Blackmagic is well known for the color science in its sensors, and the G2 continues the Blackmagic tradition of extremely accurate skin tones and extremely lifelike colors. The Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science in their recent Pocket Cinema camera has been added to the 4.6K G2, and when coupled with RAW capabilites, it can produce feature-worthy dynamic range and color data.There’s also a brand new USB-C port for reliable recording onto flash disks that use the same port. A new feature actually allows you to edit directly off the SSD that you use for media storage.Full Specs Digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range.Super 35mm 4.6K sensor with Blackmagic Design Generation 4 Color Science.Supports project frame rates up to 60 fps and off-speed slow motion recording up to 120 fps in 4.6K, 150 fps in 4K DCI and 300 fps in HD Blackmagic RAW.Interchangeable lens mount with EF mount included as standard. Optional PL, B4 and F lens mounts available separately.High quality 2, 4 and 6 stop neutral density (ND) filters with IR compensation designed to specifically match the colorimetry and color science of Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2.Fully redundant controls, including external controls that allow direct access to the most important camera settings such as external power switch, ND filter wheel, ISO, shutter, white balance, record button, audio gain controls, lens and transport control, high frame rate button, and more.Built-in dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders and dual SD/UHS-II card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality.High speed USB-C expansion port for recording directly to an external SSD or flash disk.Lightweight and durable magnesium alloy body.LCD status display for quickly checking timecode, shutter, and lens settings as well as battery, recording status, and audio levels.Support for Blackmagic RAW files in Constant Bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 and 12:1 or Constant Quality Q0 and Q5 as well as ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at 4.6K, 4K, Ultra HD and HD resolutions.Supports recording of up to 300 frames per second in HD, 150 frames per second in 4K DCI, and 120 frames per second at full frame 4.6K.Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection.Built-in high quality stereo microphones for recording sound.4-inch foldout touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings.Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software.Price: $5,995Our ThoughtsIf you already own the URSA Pro 4.6K G1, you may be thinking, “This is not the total design overhaul that I was expecting.” But I don’t think a re-design was even warranted. The G1 4.6K camera was close to perfect — it had everything you needed to record ultra-high quality video without breaking the bank. It was a solid camera to begin with, so a redesign would just be a moot point.The G2 URSA Pro 4.6K has enough new features to get us excited (300fps? Come on). Think of how cool that slow-mo would look), but it’s probably not enough to get people who just bought G1 Pros to go selling their cameras. However, if you’re on the market for a cinema camera that will last a very long time and produce extremely reliable results, you probably can’t go wrong with this new G2 URSA.The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is now available from Blackmagic retailers worldwide.All images via Blackmagic Design.last_img read more

first_imgIn-form Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa was left out of the France squad for the European Championship as coach Didier Deschamps unveiled a 23-man squad with no surprise inclusions on Thursday.Ben Arfa scored 17 goals in 33 French league matches this season but was not selected in Deschamps’ main group of players for the tournament starting in France on June 10.Deschamps had many offensive options at his disposal, even without Karim Benzema, who was suspensed from the national team because of his involvement in an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.He picked six attacking players, including Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Anthony Martial, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac. Ben Arfa was put on a standby list of eight players.Valbuena, who has been struggling throughout the season with Lyon, was also left out. He took to social media to note his dejection.”This season has been marked by events that obviously had repercussions on my performances and this non-selection,” Valbuena wrote. “I won’t talk in the media before the Euro is finished. I will speak later about the season and the facts that could have been related to me.”Benzema was more laconic in commenting on the list, with a short message of congratulations addressed to his Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane, who was among the eight defenders selected.Deschamps defends not selecting Ben ArfaDeschamps praised Ben Arfa for his excellent results but said he was behind other strikers in his pecking order.advertisement”They scored more than he did,” Deschamps said. “Olivier Giroud had 25 goals in all competitions, Griezmann even more. Anthony Martial is on the same level. Hatem Ben Arfa did a great season and if I had doubts he would not be in the reserve list.”Another victim of the fierce competition in attack was Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who scored a hat-trick last weekend to take his tally to 21 league goals for the season, but was put on the B list.”They won’t be on holidays,” said Deschamps about his reserve players, insisting that Remy Cabella and Morgan Schneiderlin reached the World Cup two years ago because others got injured. “They will be involved in a large part of our preparations.”\’Sakho ran out of luck’The other notable absentee was Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, who has provisionally been suspended for 30 days by UEFA after failing a doping test. Deschamps said he believed Sakho did not try to cheat but that uncertainties surrounding his fate ruled him out.”Hopefully the sanction won’t be too heavy,” Deschamps said.In midfield, N’Golo Kante, who was handed his first cap in March, was rewarded for his consistent showings with English Premier League champions Leicester.France play Romania in the tournament opener on June 10 at the Stade de France in Paris. Group A also includes Switzerland and Albania.The last time France hosted a major tournament in 1998, it ended up winning the World Cup. France also won the European Championship in 1984 and 2000.Squad:Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Benoit CostilDefenders: Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny, Eliaquim Mangala, Jeremy Mathieu, Patrice Evra, Bacary Sagna, Christophe Jallet, Lucas DigneMidfielders: Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Lassana Diarra, N’Golo Kante, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa SissokoAttaquants: Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Anthony Martial, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Andre-Pierre GignacReserves: Alphonse Areola, Hatem Ben Arfa, Kevin Gameiro, Alexandre Lacazette, Adrien Rabiot, Morgan Schneiderlin, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtitilast_img read more

first_imgWhen Arthur steps out on the field, it is easy to forget that less than two years ago the young midfield maestro was just another hopeful in the Gremio youth set-up, with a single Brasileirao appearance to his name. His rise since the start of 2017 has been nothing short of meteoric, a tribute not just to the 22-year-old’s undoubted talent in pulling the strings from deep but to his incredible maturity. Not even the challenge of stepping up to Barcelona, one of the world’s biggest, most demanding clubs has fazed him, and the astonishing speed with which he has carved out a regular place in the Catalans’ first team has earned comparisons with none other than former conductor Xavi.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! What is more, those links are not just idle talk from sensationalist journalists. The great man himself has given Arthur his seal of approval as Barca’s new artist takes La Liga by storm. “He is similar to me, I see myself in Arthur,” Xavi beamed this week to Catalunya Radio from Qatar, where at the grand old age of 38 he continues to wow fans with Al-Sadd. “He thinks quickly and he still has work to do, because I improved my game at Barca and I would not have got so good in another school. “Arthur looks mature. The priority in the middle of the pitch is to not lose the ball and he makes it look easy, he plays well and steadily, I see great potential in him.”Arthur certainly does make possession play look like a walk in the park. With an average of over 50 completed passes per game, he regularly clocks a success rate of over 95 per cent in his distribution, a staggering figure reserved for the game’s most accomplished passers – a Sergio Busquets, to take one of his team-mates, a Toni Kroos, or, indeed, a Xavi. Arthur PSThe Brazilian took some time to settle into his game, with a wonder goal against Tottenham pre-season followed by a spell on the bench as he acclimatised to the speed and intensity of competitive European football, a traditional stumbling block for young players trying their luck having arrived from across the Atlantic. By the time Barca’s visit to Valencia at the start of October came along, however, Arthur was already on the way to a regular starting spot in a formation adapted for the club’s midfield riches. He tends to slot into a four-man midfield escorted by the more experienced duo of Busquets and Ivan Rakitic, a system which allows Philippe Coutinho to play a freer role starting wide on the left but which takes him across the pitch. Impeccable displays against Sevilla and Inter in recent weeks have shown that the player’s progression has outstripped even the most optimistic projections. And even under the most intense pressure of the Clasico, with stars like Luka Modric and Kroos hounding his every move, he was a rock in the middle for his club before finally giving way late on for the barnstorming Arturo Vidal to kill off the game, a substitution that has been habitual so far this season. Ernesto Valverde’s plan is easy to see, rather more difficult to stop: Arthur breaks down the opposition with his neat, intricate passing; Arturo then comes on to land the knockout punch when the adversary is groggy and struggling to beat the count. Like Xavi, Arthur will not make many headlines with his consistent accuracy and movement, but he is quickly becoming indispensable for a Barca team that has recovered from a mixed start to the campaign and is beginning to look extremely fearsome. During his final days as a Copa Libertadores winner with Gremio – a title picked up largely thanks to the player’s virtuoso performances, including a first half in the final against Lanus which should be recorded and shown to any aspiring defensive midfielders as a perfect example to play the game – Arthur had been working hard on improving his prowess in arriving in the penalty area. That attacking focus raised suspicions that when Barca pushed through his €40 million move from Brazil in the summer it would be as a long-term heir to the great Andres Iniesta. So far, however, he has looked far more comfortable in a more withdrawn role, perhaps understandably so given the monumental differences in tempo between his native and adopted countries. Barcelona will not mind at all. The talents of Xavi have proved almost impossible to replicate since the legend left for Qatar in 2015, leading to Barca adopting a style that, while effective, was far from the scintillating one always pictures when imagining a game at Camp Nou. Could Arthur be the man to return those glory days inspired by Pep and Xavi to Catalunya? He has a long way to go yet, but any player who receives a seal of approval from Xavi himself should be taken very seriously indeed.last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 4 (PTI) Former India cricket captain Kapil Dev today batted for a golf league on the lines of Indian Premier League. “One day a golf league should come out at that level where you can own a team and start playing in the manner IPL is played. I think, at this point of time, there is a struggle to conduct one,” he told reporters at USD 75,000 Louis Philippe Celebrity Pro-Am 2018, a PGTI and ADT co-sanctioned golf event. Kapil, Shaun Pollock , Mahela Jayawerdene and a host of other former cricketers competed in the tournament held at Prestige Golfshire Club. Former India hockey goalkeeper Ashish Balal also took part in the competition. Kapil expressed delight at many kids taking up the sport seriously and trying to build a career out of it. “We have had a lot of youngsters making us proud in the sport and I strongly feel it wouldn’t be long before we see many more making greater strides in golf from India,” he said. Delhi-based professional golfer Rashid Khan, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, led his team consisting of former India cricketers Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik along with amateur Faiz Rizwan to a victory. Rashid’s team managed a total score of 51 at the end of the Modified Scramble format competition, to walk away with the glittering trophies. Pollock said he was amazed at the growth of golf in India. “Starting from Anirban, Shubhankar, Rahil, Rashid Khan and the professionals who we played with are just a small showcase on how much talent exists in this country,” he said.advertisement Thrilled with his victory, former Mumbai and India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar said it was great fun to play alongside Rashid and Karthik. “There’s so much still to learn from the professionals. Just watching them play helps you learn so many new things about the sport of golf,” he said. Kapil further said cricket is a team game and golf is a sport where the player keeps challenging himself, which is fun. He said playing with Jayawerdene and Pollock made it all the more special. Jayawerdene said, “Lifelong we played a team sport. But here there is no one to back up. We do this more for enjoyment. Compete amongst ourselves to do more better.” Udayan Mane, who finished fourth in the Louis Philippe Cup on Friday, led his team to a second place finish with a score of 52. Amateurs Saif Mekhar, Ritwik Jha and Srinath Rajam made up the other members of his team. Sri Lankan professional Aruna Rohana, a regular on the PGTI, led a team consisting of amateurs Vinay Lakshmisha Sal, Saaday Tiwari and Vedant Jhaver to finish third on the same score as Manes team but the latter won on count-back. Karthik won a second trophy on the day when he landed the ball just 4 feet 6 inches from the pin at hole six to claim the Louis Philippe Closest to Pin competition. PTI BDN PDSPDSlast_img read more

first_img The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Since you’re here… The going is soft at Haydock as the track’s Sprint Cup meeting continues, but Ascot has had more luck with the weather – it has been dry since Wednesday according to Chris Stickels, the clerk of the course – and the ground there is good-to-firm. That should be ideal as Ron Harris’s Eye Of The Water (3.05) attempts to continue the improvement he has shown when winning off marks of 68 and 74 in his last two starts. On the face of it, a further 8lb rise to 82 looks quite stiff given he had just half a length to spare over Sonja Henie, the runner-up, at Salisbury last month. The time of the race was strong, however, and both Sonja Henie and Devils Roc – who finished ninth – won their next start. Seniority (4.10) has been running well all season without managing to get his head in front but has obvious claims, while Wafy (3.40) and Total Commitment (4.40) should also go well at Ascot. Youkan (2.55) ran well last time out and could offer some value at a big price in the claiming handicap at Haydock, while Gallaside (3.15) will take some beating in the nursery at Newcastle. Share via Email Show Share on Twitter “Then I got an email saying my account was restricted, and when I tried to have a couple of normal-sized, decent bets, they offered me [a stake of] £1. But when I wanted a £3k bet on Man United [against Barcelona] a few days later, they took it, so I was restricted on horses, not football. That lost, but I had another bet on Darlington, which won, and that was when they stopped me logging in to the account. As it stands, they owe me £108,400.Shelley says that Betway have not responded to any of his emails about the balance since early August.“I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me,” Shelley says. “I’m addicted to gambling but I’ve earned the money that I’ve spent on it, it’s not robbed or stolen.“I’ve been bankrupt and not been in a good situation with the BHA, but that doesn’t make it right that someone can come along and not pay me out because I’ve had winners, or try to use my history as a reason not to pay me.”In a statement on Thursday evening, a spokesperson for Betway said: “It is not Betway’s policy to discuss individual customers or cases. Betway is licensed by the Gambling Commission and is subject to strict regulatory requirements. These requirements include reviewing customer accounts to ensure our social responsibility, anti-money laundering and betting integrity obligations are always met.”Friday’s best bets Read more British Horseracing Authority Read more Quick guide Friday tips Aidan O’Brien considers taking Japan straight to Longchamp Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Was this helpful? Talking Horses Horse racing tips Newcastle 1.30 Croeso Cymraeg 2.05 Railport Dolly 2.40 Shauyra 3.15 Gallaside 3.50 Ascension 4.20 Dream of Honour 4.55 Scandinavian Lady Haydock 1.45 Tulip Fields 2.20 Strawberry Hind 2.55 Youkan 3.30 Wild Edric 4.00 Get Knotted 4.30 Qarasu 5.05 Maid In Manhattan Ascot 1.55 Amarillo Star 2.30 Law Of Peace 3.05 Eye Of The Water (nap) 3.40 Wafy 4.10 Seniority (nb) 4.40 Total Commitment 5.15 Durrell Musselburgh 4.25 Gamesome 5.00 Tor 5.30 Yoshimi 6.00 How Bizarre 6.30 Northern Society 7.00 Echo Of Lightning 7.30 Three Castles Kempton 5.40 Kheros 6.10 Stars In The Sky 6.40 Hot Summer 7.10 Charming Spirit 7.40 Land Of Oz 8.10 Chil Chil 8.40 Alma Linda Horse racing Topics Shelley did not attend the hearing into the case, after being warned that it would cost a five-figure sum to be legally represented.“Andrew rode horses that were owned by a company I worked for,” he says. “We’d often talk about what had worked well and what hadn’t and I thought that was just part of it [ownership]. Most of my bets were to win, it wasn’t laying on a mass scale but the truth is that I laid one of the horses.“I wish now that I’d gone to the hearing to put my side, even if I’d done it myself. But I went to see a solicitor and they said it could be £40k or £50k to defend the case, and to be fair, I was guilty, so I’d probably only have got a lesser ban.”Shelley admits that he has been gambling heavily for many years, and that it has cost him huge amount of money. He was a ‘VIP’ client with Ladbrokes for several years, but “lost so much money that I had to go bankrupt in 2012”. But he was still able to open an account with Betway earlier this year, depositing a total of £43,000 with the firm as results went against him and his losses mounted.Then, in early April this year, his luck changed. Or so he thought.“I placed a couple of single bets and an each-way double,” he says, “and both horses won. With the stake, the return came to just under £100,000. Read more Reuse this content Share on Facebook Talking Horses: BHA must respond over trainer’s doping suspension Hide Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. “Within the hour, I had an email saying they wanted information on where I’d got my funds. I sent them my payslips, then they wanted bank statements. It was getting more and more intrusive but I sent them whatever they requested. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. A punter who is currently warned off by the British Horseracing Authority for his part in a corruption case involving the footballers Michael Chopra and James Coppinger has claimed that Betway, the sponsor of West Ham United and official betting partner of Aintree racecourse, is using his past behaviour as an excuse to refuse to pay him £108,000 in stakes and winnings.Douglas Shelley, a businessman from the north-east, was one of nine people banned from racing for a total of 70 years at a hearing in January 2013. Andrew Heffernan, the jockey at the centre of the case, was banned for 15 years for intentionally failing to ride three horses on their merits and passing on inside information for reward. Shelley, whose Betfair account was used to lay one of the horses, was banned for eight years. features Thank you for your feedback. Support The Guardianlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea captain Azpilicueta tells Pulisic to keep his head upby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has told Christian Pulisic his chance will soon arrive.While the American has been less involved of late, Azpilicueta stressed he will have a crucial part to play in the coming months.He said, “As the manager said, we are a group, we are all important on this long path, we are only in October. Sometimes the manager has to make decisions, but I see him [Pulisic] working hard in training.”What I can say is to encourage him to keep working, because we know it is a new country, a new team, a bit of time of adaption is needed. I see him with the character working hard in training, and I’m sure he will be very important for us for the season.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The opposition Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is suspicious about the motives behind government moves to hold elections in the Northern Province.JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the election is a sinister attempt by the government to grab full control over the north like it has already done in the South. He said holding Northern Provincial Council elections is not the solution for the Tamil issue and instead their rights should be secured through the constitution. Addressing the  media today the JVP MP said that the government has clearly failed to address Tamil issues particularly in the north. Dissanayake also said that the government is using former LTTE officials like Kumaran Pathmanathan and Daya Master while those who were forced to work under them are still in prison.The MP said that he had met a former LTTE cadre in prison who claims to have been arrested as he possessed an LTTE ID card which had the signature of Daya Master.“Yet Daya Master, who had authorized that ID card is a free man,” the JVP MP said. (Colombo Gazette) He says the militarization of the north, four years after the war, shows that the government is not looking out for the welfare of the Tamils.The JVP MP said that the government has failed to address issues faced by Tamils in the north and get all communities together but instead has taken actions which has seen the relationship between communities drift apart. read more

The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — British Columbia collected $115 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year from homeowners who paid the province’s speculation and vacancy tax.As of Sept. 3, it says almost 12,000 homeowners were paying the tax, which targets people who own vacant property in B.C.The province says more than 1.6 million tax declarations have been filed and its data shows 99.8 per cent of British Columbians are exempt from the levy.Of those paying the tax, the province says just over 4,500 were foreign owners, about 3,000 were classified as satellite families, some 1,500 were Canadians living outside the province, and about 2,400 were B.C. residents.Finance Minister Carole James is scheduled to meet in Vancouver today with mayors from communities where the tax is applied to discuss potential changes this fall.The tax is applied in communities in and around Victoria and Vancouver, as well as other areas that have had hot housing markets including Kelowna and Nanaimo.Several communities have called on James to eliminate the tax or offer exemptions because they say it hurts development and punishes homeowners with second properties. The tax rate for 2018 was 0.5 per cent of the assessed value for all properties, rising to two per cent in 2019 for foreign owners and so-called satellite families, while Canadian citizens or permanent residents continue to pay 0.5 per cent. Satellite families are defined as those that earn most of their income outside of Canada.The government says the average assessed home value of properties that are subject to the tax is $1.45 million.James said the money collected from the tax will be used to help fund affordable housing projects in the communities where it is applied.“Our government inherited a province at the peak of a housing crisis and committed to tackling this crisis head-on,” James said in a news release. “The speculation and vacancy tax is helping to make sure homes are being used for people, not speculation or money laundering.” read more

NTSB: Southwest jet’s nose gear made contact with NYC runway before main landing gear by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 6:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Federal investigators say it appears the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines jet that made a hard landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport hit the ground before the main landing gear.The finding was released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday.Sixteen passengers suffered minor injuries during Flight 345’s landing Monday. The plane was coming from Nashville, Tenn.A spokeswoman for Southwest said the landing described by the NTSB was “not in accordance” with operating procedures.The NTSB had said Wednesday that the landing gear “collapsed rearward and upward into the fuselage, damaging the electronics bay that houses avionics.”Investigators recovered the flight data and cockpit voice recorders on Tuesday. They’ll be analyzed by the NTSB.___Online: http://www.ntsb.gov/ read more

first_imgEd Balls is ready to P.A.R.T.YCredit:BBC “The difference is that the contestants my age then go home and go to bed, and the young celebrities go down to Camden or Central London and I think go through to the morning.”Really sadly, they’ve not invited me. I don’t know what it is. “I mean, there’s like this awkward moment about midnight and people sort of slip out and I sort of stand there and nobody really says goodbye because they all want to leave without people noticing. It’s really tragic.” Tameka Empson with her dance partner Gorka Marquez Melvin Odoom and Janette ManraraCredit:BBC Melvin Odoom and Janette Manrara Strictly Come Dancing voting patterns could be the result of racism, Greg Rutherford has said, as he admits fears that ethnic minority contestants have been discriminated against cannot be ruled out. Fans of the show have previously cried foul over the elimination of Naga Munchetty, Martin Odoom and Tameka Empson, warning the voting public was failing to get behind the show’s black and minority ethnic celebrities.It follows years of suspicion over voting patterns, after non-white contestants appeared to be ejected from the show despite receiving higher marks than their rivals. Rumours of racism influencing the public Strictly vote have blighted the show for years, with an almost annual discussion of voting patterns in the early rounds.The BBC has previously pointed out that the show has featured a black or mixed race winner or runner-up in all but three of the 13 previous series.“Judges judge the dancing and the dancing alone, not anything else,” a spokesman has said.  Ed Balls would like to take his new dancing skills out on the townCredit:BBC  Greg Rutherford with dance partner Natalie LoweCredit:BBC He added hopefully:  “Maybe tomorrow night’s the night? I wouldn’t mind doing it once. I’m going to talk to them. Stop excluding me!”The former politician also disclosed he had scheduled in his first spray tan of the series, having previously vowed not to fall for the all-glittering Strictly outfits. Strictly Come Dancing is aired on BBC One on Saturday at 6.35pm. “I’d like to think the British public are better than that but I honestly don’t know.  It’s entertainment, and that’s just not my world.”In athletics it doesn’t matter what colour you are, it’s just how high you jump or fast you run.”But unless you bring in every single person who voted and ask them ‘Are you racist?’ you can’t rule it out.” Ed Balls would like to take his new dancing skills out on the town  Greg Rutherford with dance partner Natalie Lowe Pasha Kovalev and Naga Munchetty Rutherford, who remains in the competition, has now said it is impossible to rule out racism as a factor, as others call the row “ludicrous”.Rutherford, who remains in the competition, told the Mirror:  “I can’t say it’s not racism, but mainly because it’s not my world. Pasha Kovalev and Naga MunchettyCredit:BBC Contestants from the 2016 series were today engaged in interviews ahead of the Saturday night show, with Rutherford confessing he had struggled to take on a sport he does not naturally excel in.Ed Balls, meanwhile, appeared on the Radio 1 breakfast show to share his anxieties after being left out of nights out by his younger celebrity rivals. “You don’t finish [filming] until 11 o’clock at night, and luckily there’s a tent with a bar so you can finally chill out,” he told host Nick Grimshaw of the weekly schedule. 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. Bruno Tonioli, the show’s judge, has previously said: “The so-called ‘racism row’ over Melvin, then Tameka leaving is ludicrous.”This series is so competitive every vote makes a difference. If you don’t vote you can’t moan when someone you love leaves.”Gethin Jones, who is co-host of Strictly Come Dancing‘s spin-off It Takes Two, said of the row: “I think that’s all just a bit of madness that’s got out of hand.“You can’t blame the show because it’s a public vote.” Tameka Empson with her dance partner Gorka MarquezCredit:BBC Ed Balls is ready to P.A.R.T.Ylast_img read more

first_imgUnited Sistema de Tuberias Limitada, a Chilean subsidiary of Insituform Technologies’ United Pipeline Systems division has been awarded a $10.3 million contract to install its Tite Liner® system in mining pipelines at Minera Candelaria, owned by Freeport-McMoRan Mining Company (FMI), located near Copiapo, Chile. In 2010, FMI has awarded United Sistema de Tuberias over $16.5 million in contracts, including a $6 million project at El Abra Minera, announced last July. Dorwin Hawn, Insituform’s Senior Vice President, Energy and Mining, said, “It is an exciting year for United Sistema de Tuberias. Contracts such as this, which is the largest contract award to date for Tite Liner in South America, position United to have another record-breaking year. “Our General Manager, Sr. Roberto Ogarrio and his team spent two years working with FMI on the details of this project. We look forward to continuing our relationship with FMI.”This project will install over 22.5 km of Tite Liner in 610 mm pipelines used to transport sanitary pre-treated water and sea water, marking the largest Tite Liner installation in an aqueduct ever completed. The mine is located in extremely difficult desert and mountainous terrain. The installation of Tite Liner will help preserve and protect scarce water resources at the mine and at the nearby community of Copiapo.Hatch Engineering is in charge of the design and management of this project and worked with United Sistema de Tuberias to design the project using Tite Liner as an effective method to resist internal abrasion and corrosion in pipelines. Work on the project is expected to be completed in March 2011.United Pipeline Systems is a global leader in providing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) lining systems for internal pipeline protection. United has constructed and internally lined more than 13,000 km of pipelines on six continents since 1985. United developed the Tite Liner system, which protects steel pipelines from a variety of chemicals and abrasives through a broad range of temperatures and pressures.Insituform Technologies is a global leader in pipeline protection. Insituform provides proprietary technologies and services for rehabilitating sewer, water, energy and mining piping systems and the corrosion protection of industrial pipelines.last_img read more

The Men’s EHF Cup coming to the latest stage of Main Round in which two matches before the end is still a lot of open questions. SC Magdeburg are already qualified for the Final4 as the host team, but “Gladiators” showing great performance week by week and currently are on 100% after four matches.It will be interesting to see which team will be the worst among second placed in all four groups, which means that won’t play at EHF Cup quarter-finals this season.Second placed team in a moment:Nexe 6Fuchse Berlin 6Granollers 5Silkeborg 4RESULTS AND STANDINGSGroup ASKA Minsk – Silkeborg 27:26 Magdeburg – Tatran PreSov 36:24 STANDINGS:Magdeburg 8Silkeborg 4SKA Minsk 3Tatran Presov 1Group BSaint Raphael – Lugi 28:26 Fuchse Berlin – Anaitasuna 34:23 Standings: Saint Raphael 8Fuchse Berlin 6Anaitasuna 2Lugi 0Group CFA Goppingen – Cocks 33:27 Nexe – Koper 2013 29:24Standings: FA Goppingen 8Nexe 6Koper 2013 2Cocks 0Group DGranollers – Wacker Thun 25:24 Chambery – Azoti Pulawy 28:22 Standings:Chambery 7Granollers 5Wacker Thun 2Azoti Pulawy 2 Men’s EHF Cup ← Previous Story Klaus Gärtner to overtake HC Alpla Hard Next Story → “NEW CROATIA”: Cervar makes completely new coaching staff read more

first_imgNEW GUIDELINES ON family reunification applications in the immigration system have been published.The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, said they are intended to “provide for greater transparency in the immigration decision making process”.The Minister said that the purpose of the document is to “set out a comprehensive statement of Irish national immigration policy in the area of family reunification”.More comprehensive and transparent guidelines are necessary to assist applicants and decision makers in this area, he added, saying:It is important that those contemplating applying to come to Ireland for the purposes of family reunification do so under clearly stated guidelines.He clarified that the guidelines don’t create new rights of family reunification. Instead, they provide greater detail “on how the Minister’s discretion is intended to be applied”.It is intended that the new policies will start to inform decision making from the beginning of 2014. The department said that the various administrative changes and recommendations set out in the document will take longer to roll out. These changes will include a new pre-clearance process for those who are not visa required.It is proposed to establish a central specialist family settlement unit to which all applications for reunification would be referred.The document also looks at the issue of parentage of an Irish citizen child, and reunification, and says that it is intended as a matter of general policy “to grant immigration permission where the parent can demonstrate that an active and continuous involvement in the citizen child’s life, providing real emotional and/or financial support”.The Minister concluded:The State must strike the correct balance between the understandable aspiration of people to come here to join their families and the economic and social interests of the State in general.The document is available on the Department’s website.Ireland’s family reunification policy has been criticised by the Migrant Integration Policy Index, which said that it is the worst such policy in Europe or North America.The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said it hopes that 2014 will see the introduction of legislation eliminating Ministerial discretion in applications for visas.Read:Immigrant families will be ‘torn apart this Christmas’>last_img read more

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We couldn’t find this Tweet 13 Comments Take me to Fora Image: Shutterstock 14,847 Views Top Irish PR body seeks to curb rogue ‘influencers’ being paid to sell products and not admitting it The PRII will host a round table with bloggers to create clear guidelines on disclosing payments. http://jrnl.ie/3105119 Source: ShutterstockShe said readers “aren’t silly” and will realise that if a product is noticeably absent from a blog, it’s because the influencer dislikes it.The Irish Blogger Agency, which launched in September and so far signed up around 100 influencers, has stressed with its members that “any exchange of money is advertising” and must be disclosed as such in a post by using clear hashtags.Carroll said there is no definitive blueprint for influencers on how they should handle gifts and payments and said she would like to “align with the PRII” and “see the standard of blogging being elevated in Ireland”.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Image: Shutterstock Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Source: PRIIConsumer protectionThe PRII, which has just under 1,000 members on its books, has lobbied in the past for consumer protection laws to be updated to reflect new media.According to a recent return on Lobbying.ie, the group wanted the laws to be amended “so that it is clear that social media influencers are captured in the prohibition on advertising content being passed off as editorial”.When asked whether he was still looking for the law to be changed, Carroll said he wasn’t – but he also noted that there is an ongoing review of the European legislation.He added that he was satisfied with the response from politicians that existing laws covered both influencers and traditional media.“It doesn’t need to be done, but our position of it is if they are reforming the legislation, they should call (influencers) out anyway so that everybody fully understands (the law).”Carroll said that the PRII’s new guidelines are there to help PR professionals navigate any grey areas on behalf of their clients.“If somebody asks (a blogger) for a certain amount of money to write a positive review, but they don’t want to declare that, our guidelines enable our members to go back and say that’s not kosher.”center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE BODY THAT represents public relations practitioners in Ireland wants to devise a set of rules to protect consumers from rogue ‘influencers’ that fail to disclose advertisement payments.The head of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII), John Carroll, said he plans to host a round-table meeting with Ireland’s top snapchatters, instagrammers and the like to hammer out a set of principles on how to handle paid-for ‘content’.Blogging can be a lucrative business with some social-media influencers getting up to €3,000 for a single Instagram post – but advertising watchdogs have expressed concerns about transparency around that money.The PRII recently distributed a set of best-practice guidelines to its members on how to deal with bloggers in an ethical and legal manner.The pamphlet stressed that it is illegal for advertisements to be passed off as editorial content under current consumer protection legislation with a penalty of up to six months in prison or a €3,000 fine.“Influencers are an increasingly important part of the broader media landscape,” Carroll told Fora.“Our concern is that in order to protect the broader public, to protect the broader blogging community and to protect people engaged in public relations, there needs to be clear and appropriate transparency by all parties when there is a paid-for collaboration.” Read: The head of CityJet thinks the airline had ‘a disease’ – and he’s the cureRead: Why the Burning Man festival turned its back on profits in a bid to ‘go beyond death’ Share62 Tweet Email1 However, he said there is a danger that bloggers themselves are unaware of the legalities around paid-for content because they don’t have a code of ethics like public relations practitioners or journalists.He said the best of them “are passionate amateurs”.“They’re talking about beauty or food because they love it, but they’re not journalists in the traditional sense. They don’t know about journalistic ethics. They don’t know that people are expecting a level of dispassionate consideration.”He noted that many bloggers are unwilling to post a bad review about a product, which is bad for consumers: “The credibility depends on them being able to say ‘this is great’ or ‘this is crap’.”According to the PRII’s guidelines, firms should respect that influencers may not like their product: “If all coverage from an outlet is positive, it has little value for consumers.”‘No blueprint’Sinéad Carroll, founder and chief executive of the Irish Blogger Agency, said that bloggers are most likely to refuse to review a product outright if they don’t like it.Carroll, who created the Yummy Mummy blog, said: “I won’t review a product unless I believe in it or I like it. If I don’t like it, rather than slate it, I will say why it hasn’t suited me but it might suit somebody else.“You have to be critical all right and you can’t say everything is brilliant, but you have to be conscious of the way you do it.” Nov 27th 2016, 1:05 PM Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 1:05 PM Short URL By Fora Stafflast_img read more

first_img“It’s loads better,” said Claire. ”We’ve got our own space and it is just so much better than being [in the hostel].”High Park is one of the first of the new Family Hubs – supported living facilities designed to get homeless families out of highly unsuitable hostel and B&B accommodation.These hubs are supposed to entirely replace the use of hotels and B&Bs (except in extremely limited circumstances), however they have already come under criticism from homelessness campaigners.A number of the hubs will be converted from hotels and B&Bs that have been used to house homeless families in the past.For example, the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) – which manages the homeless services for the entire Dublin region –  has taken out a five-year lease for Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street.This hotel – previously used to house homeless families and the site of a protest last August  – is being renovated into a Family Hub. Source: RollingNews.ieThe DRHE has also bought a separate B&B to be converted for this use, and is looking to lease more properties for this purpose. The end goal is to have 10 to 15 of these hubs in order to provide accommodation for about 500 families.A spokesperson said that work was underway “to phase in the accommodation over the coming months”.The new hubs have been slammed by Anthony Flynn, director of the Inner City Helping Homeless group, as a “re-branding” exercise.Homeless charity Focus Ireland has also raised issues around the government’s long term plan for ending family homelessness.Homeless hotels One of the most talked about aspects of last year’s Government Rebuilding Ireland Housing Action plan was the commitment to ending the use of private hotels and B&Bs to house homeless families.There were concerns voiced at the time that this would not be possible.The use of hotels and B&Bs to house families has skyrocketed since 2014, as the number of people presenting as homeless shot up.The problem is at its most acute in Dublin where demand for housing is highest.Figures from the DRHE show that there were 361 homeless families (with 768 children) living in private hotels in July 2015. By last month that number had more than doubled to 801 families (with the 1,623 children).Hotel accommodation is highly unsuitable – with many families not being afforded any proper cooking or cleaning facilities. Children having to sleep three to a bed, anti-social behaviour, damp and mould, bed bugs and mice are all common complaints raised.Read: Pregnant mother ‘had to view men exposing themselves to her and her son’ in homeless accommodation Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie 16,193 Views Housing Minister @simoncoveney being shown around new Respond! accommodation for homeless families pic.twitter.com/sIAazWG1ea— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 16, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3338988 Apr 16th 2017, 7:30 AM ‘We have our own beds now’: Will family hubs be able to replace hotels for homeless families? The Housing Minister has said hotels will no longer be used for homeless families by July. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie NINE-YEAR-OLD Bradley was living in an emergency homeless hostel with his family when he pricked his finger on an old syringe.The young child had been staying with his twin brother and their mother and father in an adult-only hostel in Dublin city after they became homeless.His mother Claire told RTÉ News at One that Bradley had pricked his finger the morning after the family first arrived at the hostel.“It was absolutely awful… not for families,” she said of the accommodation.Claire was speaking from the families new temporary home – the High Park Family Hub in Drumcondra in north Dublin.High Park was launched last month. At that time, the supported accommodation provided living space for 33 families who have been declared homeless.Families are given wrap-around support during the time they spend at High Park, and are appointed staff who work with them and help them secure long-term alternative accommodation. Share Tweet Email2 By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL 19 Comments Despite the numbers of homeless families continuing to rise, Housing Minister Simon Coveney has repeated the commitment to ending hotel use numerous times over the past number of months.He told TheJournal.ie at the launch of High Park last month that the goal could be met.“I think so, I think so. I mean it’s putting a lot of pressure on people but I think so,” he said when questioned directly about the timeline. Minister Coveney with other TDs and officials at the launch of High Park last month.Coveney also repeated the assertion at the launch of the PRTB rent price report earlier this month, and has said it in numerous other interviews and speeches since last year.He has said that this goal would be achieved through a combination of rapid-build housing units, HAP tenancies and these new Family Hubs.‘Re-branding’?The DRHE and the Housing Department have said that they are investing in the Family Hubs in order to move away from the highly unsuitable hotel use.Despite hotels and B&Bs being converted into hubs in some cases, a spokesperson for the DRHE said all buildings would be renovated to become more family-suited, and would have on-site supports.“The new family hubs will have the capacity to provide play space, cooking and laundry facilities and communal recreation supports,” the spokesperson said.However, Anthony Flynn of ICHH last week slammed the hubs as a “re-branding” exercise and a way for officials to “cover up figures”.“This will by no means help the situation, in fact it will make it worse. We will end up with overcrowded facilities that are not suited to means,” he said.More moderate criticism has also come from homeless charity Focus Ireland.Mike Allen – director of advocacy with the charity – told TheJournal.ie that the organisation welcomed any improvement in the standards of family accommodation. Mike Allen said a government strategy for dealing with family homelessness needed to be developed. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland“We have been very critical with the quality of some of the accommodation which has been available,” he said.So anything that improves that is obviously a good thing for the families. So there’s a limit to how critical we can be about it.However, Allen said the government was lacking a targeted strategy to get families out of homelessness long-term.He said this was a cause of huge concern, and that investing significant time, funds and effort into these new family hubs wouldn’t help reduce the numbers.“Is this sort of an assumption that we’re going to have large-scale problem of family homelessness for along period of time?,” Said Allen.We’re very worried that there’s a risk here of the unintended effect of what’s happened is to normalise a high level of family homelessness without a proper underlying strategy.End of hotel use?Minister Simon Coveney said that the Family Hubs will be used to improve the quality of life of homeless families, while the other elements of the Housing Action Plan come into effect.He has said repeatedly that he needs “time” before the housing output starts to meet the demand, and homeless numbers begin to reduce.Allen said this “time” -where families will start to exit homelessness and the numbers will reduce – is as yet undefined by any government strategy.Until then, Family Hubs are set to replace commercial hotels. The use of hotels and B&Bs to house homeless families (except in limited circumstances) may well be ended by July, said Allen.However, if month-on-month trends continue, the number of homeless families in Ireland will be higher than ever.“Where the criticism arises [of the July plan] from is the suggestion or the presentation of it as something else, something more monumental,” said Allen.At High Park last month, nine-year-old Bradley and his brother spoke about how much better High Park was to live in than their last accommodation.“It was like living in a basement there, but here I get my own room and I get to watch TV,” one of the boys said.“It was like one room and a kitchen and there was no other families there and we did have no friends to speak to or anything,” said the other boy.But here it’s better because we have our own rooms and our own beds.Read: The number of homeless people in Ireland has reached a record highRead: Over 198,000 empty homes in Ireland: UK officers turn them into housing – would that work here? 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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek archives project has finally been given a lifeline by La Trobe University and will be properly catalogued and managed. The archives – known for many years as the Dardalis Archive of the Hellenic Diaspora – will be given the care and attention they deserve, while also opening them up to the academic community for the first time. The cataloguing project that has just recently started in the library is expected to take over three years, and will be staffed by three part-time archivists; Leonidas Veikos, Michael Potopapa and Maria Ammazzalorso. The library will have to sift through 5,500 boxes and 73 pallets, filled with newspapers, film, costumes, photos, art, hard drives and many miscellaneous items donated by the Greek Australian community over 20 years. The project was previously in the hands of the now defunct National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research and has seen the archives shut away from the community while sitting idle for many years. The chair of the archives committee at La Trobe and head of the School of Humanities, Professor Chris Mackie, said former holders of the archives had finally reached an agreement with the University that will see the archives have a safe future. “Yes, there was a fairly poor relationship between La Trobe and certain individuals from the community and we as a university have tried to rectify that,” Professor Chris Mackie told Neos Kosmos. “One way of rectifying that is to reinvigorate and catalogue the archive, that’s very important.” After reaching a decision in the Supreme Court to move the archives to the La Trobe University Library, more than half a million dollars has been allocated to complete the archives’ listing and assessment project. As the project is in its early stages, the University isn’t promising anything more than just cataloguing the items. The ultimate goal for the community would be digitising the archive and placing it on the internet. Longtime campaigner Tassos Revis is hoping his calls for digitisation will be heard, yet finding funding for the project will be the most difficult part. Digitising just 45 minutes of film will cost in excess of $1,000. “It’s a fantastic project, it’s got to be digitised and it’s got to be on the internet,” Mr Revis told Neos Kosmos. The archives already hold the best collection of Greek language newspapers in the country, and have already been used by researchers. They even helped in drafting an article about the history of sport in Australia. The archives’ potential in Greek Studies The archives also hold valuable resource material that can be used in Greek Studies in Victoria and around the country. For a program that has seen student numbers falling, the archives could be a way to reinvigorate the Greek language syllabus. “Ultimately it will be very important for undergraduates and particularly postgraduates because they’re doing research that requires things like the Greek newspaper, films, or other documentation,” Professor Mackie says. “We’re hopeful it will be used more as time goes on.” It could be another reason why the university and its library has agreed to take on the mammoth project. Part of the archive committee’s job is to identify items of value, something that the Greek community will be part of. It has uncovered a database of 351 entries that make up a record of deceased Greeks, but which has not been updated since 2001. 150 framed artworks, posters, drawings, photos and T-shirts have also come to light which the university is having trouble verifying. They don’t know where they’ve come from, who created them or where they were obtained and hope to find further clues in the thousands of other boxes they will be sifting through. Associate University Librarian Geoff Payne says the task ahead won’t be an easy one but will at least unearth some treasures. “It is an exciting project, but with it will come a variety challenges,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “I’m delighted with the progress that’s been made on working through the material and we’re looking forward to discovering what else is contained in all those many boxes.” The decommissioned Dardalis Archive of the Hellenic Diaspora was a database named after Dr Zissis Dardalis that was started in 1997. Dr Dardalis was one of the main benefactors of the archive project.last_img read more

first_imgThe sheriff’s office had a warrant for Shirley Merritt’s arrest, the man on the line told her, and she needed to fork over what sounded like bond or fine money, or face at least 72 hours in jail.Merritt, from Hazel Dell, got the call Friday morning.“They identified themselves as the Clark County sheriff’s department, looking for Shirley Merritt, etc., etc.,” she said. “When the sheriff’s department’s calling, you kind of want to talk to them to see what they want.”They called Friday morning, and told Merritt she had failed to appear for jury duty, and they had a paper she’d signed saying she was notified. Merritt had been summoned for jury duty once some time ago, but was excused, and she said she never received any kind of notice recently.It seemed fishy, but she decided to play along for a bit after they told her she needed pick up a prepaid debit card. They told her to go to Rite Aid and buy a Green Dot MoneyPak reloadable debit card so she could give them the information on the back to pay up.“I say, ‘You go to a grocery store and pay a bond? Why wouldn’t you go to a bail bond place?’ ” she said.last_img read more

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, AP, KUSI Newsroom March 8, 2019 Posted: March 8, 2019 International speaker, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss discusses speaking tour 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsNEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The high school party took an ugly turn. Drink cups were used to form a crude swastika. Nazi salutes flashed. Cameras clicked.What appears to have been a woefully misguided attempt at humor turned into a national embarrassment for the Southern California city of Newport Beach, leaving behind outrage, disbelief and finally, hope for change.On Thursday, the stepsister of Anne Frank visited privately with students who attended the party and described an emotional meeting in which she recounted her experiences at the Auschwitz death camp.When she was freed at 16, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, now 89, was left with only her mother. The rest of her family perished.When the students saluted the swastika at the party last weekend, “they didn’t realize what it really meant,” she said. “They just thought it was a joke.”They apologized profusely during the meeting, which also included parents, community members and student leaders from Newport Harbor High School.Schloss said she hoped there would be more education about the Holocaust and a war now 75 years in the past. The photo was a reminder that the warning of the Holocaust — never forget — sometimes is.The students “don’t realize what those signs really mean to victims who have gone through this period,” she said.She expressed confidence that the students “have learned a lesson for life.”The photo shocked the wealthy seaside enclave known for its beaches and placid streets dotted with palms. Hundreds of people came to a meeting at the school Monday to express outrage.“I thought it was horrible what they did,” Alan Ramirez, a 15-year-old sophomore at Newport Harbor, said Thursday.He said he was disappointed because the photo gave the school a bad image, but he did not think any of those involved were actually embracing Nazism or intending to vilify Jewish people. Rather, he said, they were “caught in the moment, going with the crowd.”A mother of two students who attend Newport Harbor said she and her children were appalled by the photo, and most of the student body felt the same way.“The majority of these kids were blown away by this,” Kathy Mader said as she picked up her sons.Mader said she and her children were thankful it was discussed at school.“I have to hope it was just stupidity,” she said.School Principal Sean Boulton declined to discuss the actions of specific students but said “society as a whole has normalized hate language and hate speech.”“They got caught up in a larger national issue,” he said.Like Frank, the world-famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, Schloss and her family went into hiding in Amsterdam during World War II but were betrayed. They were sent to the Auschwitz death camp. She was eventually liberated by the Russian army in 1945.Schloss, whose mother married Frank’s father, Otto Frank, in 1953, has told her story in talks to schoolchildren and in books including “Eva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank.”Frank was born in Germany and fled to the Netherlands with her family as Adolf Hitler rose to power.After Germany invaded the Netherlands, her father created a secret living space where she kept her now-famous diary for two years before being discovered. Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15. Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPACIFIC BEACH (KUSI) – This Pacific Beach pup named Noodle was taken from his home. The dog snatcher was caught on camera and the owner is asking for your help tracking down Noodle.It is believed that the dog may be in Oregon. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 11, 2019 April 11, 2019 Dog snatched from PB home, owner asks public’s help finding the dog KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

first_imgOne man was arrested Friday night after two rocks were thrown through a bedroom window at Vancouver Fire Department’s Station 6, said VFD Capt. Kevin Murray.Murray said the crew on duty at the station, 3216 N.E. 112th Ave., heard a loud crash and discovered that two rocks – one the size of a softball – had been thrown through a window in one of the station’s bedrooms. One of the rocks broke wallboard and landed on an empty bed.Firefighters saw someone walking away from the station and followed him from a safe distance until police arrived and took him into custody.Vancouver Police Sgt. Mike Davis said the man was arrested on a felony charge; damage was estimated at more than $750. The person’s name was not available Saturday.last_img read more