KNaan wraps HBO series pilot set in Somali community

first_imgFilming of the show’s pilot wrapped Friday after shooting at about 14 main locations in the Minneapolis area. K’naan, who lived in Minneapolis in his early 20s, said he wanted to shoot in a city he found “inherently cinematic.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: For Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, the story he is trying to tell in his proposed HBO series Mogadishu, Minnesota is one he has lived: an immigrant coming to America and trying to adjust.But the 39-year-old ran into vocal opposition from fellow Somalis as he prepared to film the series pilot in Minneapolis, home to the largest Somali community in the U.S. While K’naan envisions a family drama, critics worry the series will focus on young Somalis who have gone overseas to join terrorist groups, concerns raised by the series’ original title The Recruiters and the involvement of Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).“We don’t want Muslims being stereotyped,” K’naan says opponents tell him. “I say, ‘Me, too. That’s why I’m writing this.’” Twitterlast_img read more

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Renewed hope for closure for family of Tanya Nepinak

first_imgAPTN National NewsTanya Nepinak went missing in September 2011.In June, Shawn Lamb was charged with second degree murder in connection with the deaths of three aboriginal women.Nepinak was one of them.Her family now says that police have told them that her body is likely buried at a city dump.With more, here’s APTN’s Matt Thordarsonlast_img

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Trudeau ends threecountry tour with his global reputation alliances intact

first_imgLONDON – Justin Trudeau is heading home from a lengthy, three-country foreign tour in which the prime minister appeared to recapture his international mojo and reassert several key alliances, but didn’t sign off on any big deals or declarations.When the 10-day trip to Peru, France and the U.K., with a quick stop in Ottawa, started last week, one of the top questions was whether Trudeau could rediscover his footing on the world stage after recent controversies in China and India.This time, there were no eye-catching outfits as Trudeau stuck to tried-and-true business suits and, on occasion, his patented button-up shirt and rolled-up sleeves as he met with world leaders, industry representatives and students.There were no noticeable gaffes or tensions as the prime minister pushed his progressive trade agenda, women’s rights and ocean protection while issuing warnings against rising authoritarianism and inequality around the world.Mixed with those higher ideals were closed-door discussions — first in Peru with Mexico and the United States about the North American Free Trade Agreement; and then in the U.K. about Russia, Syria and cybersecurity.The prime minister didn’t make it easy on himself, either, as he flew briefly back to Ottawa from Peru to meet with the premiers of Alberta and B.C. on the Trans Mountain pipeline, and then onto France, rather than directly to Paris as originally planned.Yet that stop back home may have represented the most concrete outcome as Trudeau announced plans to draft legislation affirming federal jurisdiction over the pipeline and negotiations with Kinder Morgan for financial support for the project.In Peru, just hours after meeting Trudeau, U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence did predict a new NAFTA within several weeks. In Paris, Canada and France agreed to co-operate and push other countries to honour their commitments under the Paris climate agreement.In London, the prime minister also joined his counterparts from Britain, Australia and New Zealand to reaffirm their tight-knit global security alliance.And Trudeau reportedly used every opportunity to promote Canada’s G7 priorities and bid for a UN Security Council seat. That included in meetings on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Peru and a Commonwealth leaders’ summit in London with leaders from Chile, Peru, Argentina, New Zealand, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and the Caribbean.However, there were no significant business deals, despite a high-profile address to industry leaders in Peru and several meetings in Paris and London. There were minor foreign-aid announcements.Trudeau did have some bold moments, such as when he used his speech to the French National Assembly to make the case for the Canada-EU free trade deal — to the anger of some French MPs and approval of others.He was also unapologetically tough on the Venezuelan government, which he described as a murderous, authoritarian regime. And he was critical of the Commonwealth — or at least some of its members — for not championing LGBTQ rights.But the prime minister was ambiguous in a variety of other areas, including his plans to fight plastic waste in oceans and whether Russian hackers were a threat to average Canadians.And despite touting democratic ideals, there was no mention of human rights as he met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been accused of growing authoritarianism. He also veered away from any significant criticism of Cuba.Trudeau did, however, demonstrate that he still has drawing power, such as when foreign journalists packed his final news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Peru. He even made the front page of the prestigious Financial Times in London with a picture of himself taking a selfie with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and a roomful of students.But he also played it relatively low key in some respects: missing, for instance, were his favoured fancy socks, replaced by fashionable but inconspicuous alternatives.Supporters would likely cheer the trip’s successes in terms of meeting key allies and advancing Canada’s interests on a number of fronts, including trade, security, gender rights and the environment.Trudeau’s Conservative critics, however, were unimpressed.“It is interesting how an average trip by the prime minister looks so good after the terrible embarrassment caused by the India trip,” said foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole.He called out Trudeau for using the trip “to discount the importance of the resource industry in Canada at a time of national crisis over the Trans Mountain pipeline.”During his final news conference in London on Thursday, Trudeau was asked for his own assessment.“Here in London and in France and in Lima, we were very much engaged in promoting Canada’s interests and creating opportunities for greater trade, greater relationships that are going to benefit Canadians and benefit the world,” he said.“We know that government and governance and serving Canadians is a process that stretches out over time and we focus every day on defending and advancing the interests of Canadians — whether there’s a headline in it for you guys or not.”– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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Cavoukian Waterfront Toronto not resisting smart city data demand

first_imgTORONTO – Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian said Waterfront Toronto has recently “expressed no resistance” to her demand for companies working with the organization and Alphabet Inc.-backed Sidewalk Labs on their Toronto smart city to commit to de-identifying data as it is obtained.Cavoukian has long been pushing for the measure and last month, went so far as to resign from her consultancy role with the Quayside project when she felt her advice on the policy wasn’t being heeded.Cavoukian told The Canadian Press she believed a Monday meeting she had with a “senior” Waterfront Toronto representative “to be a commitment” to the organization implementing the policy.“I believe they will follow through…They seem very sincere and genuine. There was no animosity,” she said.“I asked for something like a press release or an announcement, so the public can be relieved that their privacy will not be in jeopardy when this smart city starts unfolding.”Waterfront Toronto spokesman Andrew Tumilty said that Cavoukian had met with Kristina Verner, the organization’s vice-president of innovation, sustainability and prosperity.“We are currently exploring the methods available to ensure de-identification of data at source, and we look forward to further conversations on this subject with Cavoukian,” he wrote in an email.Tumilty said any of the principles the organizations set up for the project will need to be vetted by an advisory panel and be subject to public consultations.The proposed Quayside project has raised many privacy and data concerns because it involves a slew of high-tech innovations that are expected to change how people live, work and play within the smart community and beyond.Critics have complained about issues around the project’s leadership, the lack of clarity around Waterfront Toronto and partner Sidewalk Lab’s plans and few details being shared with the public. Several members have quit or considered quitting an advisory panel Waterfront Toronto set up to help guide the project.Several of those members and critics have cited the same concerns as Cavoukian.“Because there is going to be sensors and other technology collecting information 24/7 you don’t have the opportunity to obtain consent with people because it will be happening all the time and everywhere,” Cavoukian said, explaining why forcing companies working on the project to de-identify data at source is so important to her.“From the beginning, I wanted it to be a smart city of privacy and not a smart city of surveillance.”Tumilty said that Waterfront Toronto has always been committed to protecting personal privacy and has “enormous respect” for Cavoukian and her Privacy by Design framework, which she crafted as a set of best practices for data and safety.He relayed Waterfront Toronto’s willingness to work with Cavoukian on the project, but Cavoukian says she is still considers how she exactly will be involved as a “question mark.”“I told Waterfront Toronto that I would be happy to help them with things,” she said. “Certainly I am very, very open to working with them in some capacity.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more

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Griezmann whistled as Atletico come back to draw with Levante

first_imgMadrid: Antoine Griezmann was jeered during his last game for Atletico Madrid and Rodrigo might have scored his final goal for the club as they came from behind to draw 2-2 against Levante in La Liga on Saturday. Griezmann received whistles at the City of Valencia Stadium from the visiting fans, who were also heard chanting “out, out, out” before goals from Sergio Camello and Rodrigo ensured Atletico at least ended the season with a draw. Diego Simeone has dismissed fears of a mass exodus, despite both Diego Godin and Griezmann already announcing their departures, with the likes of Rodrigo, Juanfran and Filipe Luis all expected to follow. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIf this was to be their farewell outing for Atletico, it was an underwhelming finale as Levante, who only secured safety from relegation last weekend, claimed a deserved point. They might have been disappointed not to take all three after leading 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Erick Cabaco and Roger Marti before then playing against 10 men for the best part of 40 minutes after Angel Correa was sent off. But Atletico fought back, Rodrigo firing into the top corner before 18-year-old substitute Camello scored his first goal for the club, finishing at the back post. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersGriezmann was unable to add to his tally of 133 goals in 257 games across all competitions in what became a bitter end to his five successful seasons for the club. Godin was given a rousing goodbye ceremony at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend but the timing of Griezmann’s announcement, perhaps deliberately, meant he avoided a last meeting with the Atleti fans. But those that made the trip to Valencia were determined to make their displeasure known and it was noticeable that Griezmann made a swift exit after the final whistle. Camello, born in Madrid and a product of Atletico’s academy, delivered a more positive message for the future and a timely reminder of Atletico’s ability to endure in recent years, despite the departures of their biggest stars. Levante took the lead through a brilliant opener from Cabaco, who flicked in with the back of his heel after a header back from Ruben Vezo. Roger doubled the advantage shortly before half-time, intercepting a loose pass from Thomas Partey before skipping over Rodrigo and firing past Antonio Adan, who was standing in for the injured Jan Oblak. Atletico’s task became more difficult when Correa was sent off for a petulant kick on Chema but Rodrigo gave them hope with a stunning strike into the top corner, before Koke’s shot fell kindly for Camello at the back post.last_img read more

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The Timberwolves Might Be For Real

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 11, 2018), LaVar Ball has been making headlines for calling out Lakers head coach Luke Walton, saying the players “don’t want to play for him.” Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the stats to see if these claims hold any merit. Next, the Minnesota Timberwolves are having an impressive season, perhaps even impressive enough to contend for the Western Conference championship. Who’s responsible for their season’s turnaround? We investigate. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Steph Curry’s incredible numbers of late.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Lonzo Ball and Luke Walton responded to LaVar’s comments.The Ringer took a look at the Timberwolves and Jimmy Butler’s rise.Wednesday night, Steph Curry was out again with an ankle injury. Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

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Baseball Ohio State returns home to face Cincinnati

Ohio State redshirt senior pitcher Thomas Waning (14) prepares to throw a pitch during the game against Hawaii on March 23. Ohio State won 7-5. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team will return to Bill Davis Stadium, the place where the Buckeyes have won seven of nine games in 2019, after beginning its Big Ten season against Rutgers on the road. On Wednesday, Cincinnati (10-16, 3-3 American Athletic) will take its struggling offense up against an Ohio State (16-12, 2-1 Big Ten) pitching staff that has been in a groove. The Bearcats are coming off a series loss to Tulane at home, in which Cincinnati was outscored 33-12 throughout the three-game series. Averaging 3.96 runs per game, the Bearcats have had trouble keeping up with opponents. The low run average can partially be explained by the team’s low batting average. Cincinnati has hit .227 as a team, with only one player hitting above .265. Cincinnati junior shortstop Joey Bellini leads the team with a .292 batting average. Bellini has started 17 games for the Bearcats, and is tied for sixth on the team with seven RBI. Cincinnati does not have the power to make up for its insufficient hitting. With only 11 home runs on the season, the Bearcats struggle to tally runs in quick fashion. The Bearcats do excel, however, in their ability to steal bases. With 48 stolen bags on the season, the Bearcats rank in the top 50 in the nation. Cincinnati redshirt junior center fielder Jeremy Johnson and junior second baseman Jace Mercer have combined for 25 stolen bases. Mercer also leads the team with 21 walks on the year. The Buckeyes have caught only seven of the 30 baserunners that have attempted stealing this season. Junior pitcher Jake Vance will likely receive the start Wednesday. Vance has allowed four steals on the season, the most of any Ohio State starter. Ohio State sophomore catcher Dillon Dingler has the arm to keep the Bearcats honest. The co-captain has thrown out 3 of 4 runners who have tried to steal on him. After allowing 15 runs in a loss to Hawaii, Ohio State has allowed only 12 runs in the past four games. In this same stretch, the pitchers have combined to strike out 40 batters. Cincinnati’s pitching has not been as successful, allowing 5.77 runs a game. Despite striking out more than eight batters a game, the Bearcats walk an average of 5.69 batters per contest.Ohio State will take on Cincinnati at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Bill Davis Stadium. read more

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Chelsea close to stunning double scoop for coach player

first_imgChelsea look set to pinch Napoli midfielder Jorginho from rivals Manchester City this summer, claims Gianluca Di MarzioWhile it has been City who were expected to sign the Italy international following long talks with Napoli since the end of last season, they have struggled to agree on a final transfer fee with the Serie A club.City boss Pep Guardiola had hoped to have Jorginho signed in time for the start of pre-season with the rest of the club’s non-World Cup players for this week, but it appears that he will now miss out on his top transfer target altogether.The Catalan coach has only ever been interested in signing new players completely committed to joining his club, which is why he elected to allow Alexis Sanchez to join City’s locals rivals Manchester United in January.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.In light of this, Chelsea have now leapfrogged City in the race for Jorginho and view him as the perfect compromise with Napoli.The Blues are hoping that by paying more for Jorginho, they can convince the Italian club to part with former head coach Maurizio Sarri after refusing to pay a huge compensation bill for his release from his contract.While City had only been willing to splash out on £45m for Jorginho, Chelsea are ready to spend up to £57m.last_img read more

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Liverpool fans taunt Gary Neville after Shaqiris debut goal

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville has hit back at Liverpool fans who mocked his criticism of new signing Xherdan Shaqiri.Sky Sports pundit, Neville, had previously labelled Shaqiri, who was part of the Stoke side that were relegated from the Premier League last season, as ‘unprofessional.’Shaqiri, making his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt, found the net with a superb bicycle kick as Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed United 4-1 in a friendly in the United States.Many Liverpool fans took to Twitter to remind Neville of his comments, but the former United captain stuck to his initial viewpoint and wrote: ‘I hope you lot are going to message me every time you see him stood on the halfway line whilst your team are being attacked! Oh and he needs Ronaldinho playing with him’.I hope you lot are going to message me every time you see him stood on the halfway line whilst your team are being attacked ! Oh and he needs Ronaldinho playing with him ? https://t.co/s8C8E6PgNb— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 29, 2018Forget the unofficial bit.Xherdan Shaqiri on his Liverpool debut has;• Silenced Gary Neville & Charlie Adam about “laziness” comments.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…• Out muscled Eric Bailly, then a beautiful touch to assist Daniel Sturridge.• Finished off Man United by scoring a bicycle kick. #LFC pic.twitter.com/qA1MfbxxhZ— Anfield Effect™ (@AnfieldEffect) July 28, 2018Hope Gary Neville choked on his brothers dick as that Shaqiri goal rattled the net. The reds are coming up the hill….— AK (@kearnsyLFC) July 28, 2018Neville is evidently not fond of Shaqiri’s work rate. During the World Cup, where Shaqiri represented Switzerland, Neville said on ITV: ‘I’m not a fan of Shaqiri, to be honest with you.‘I think that was, to be fair, worse by the fact that he distanced himself from his team-mates as Stoke.‘They were unprofessional last season, Stoke. There’s no doubt, and he epitomized it.last_img read more

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Bimini man killed in family feud

first_img Related Items:#Biminishooting, #magneticmedianews, #mankillsbrotherinBimini Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 13, 2017 – Bimini – The murder toll for the country is at 34 now after a weekend shooting in Bimini, reportedly between brothers.  A 21 year old man is dead, shot at a home in South Bimini, he was rushed to medical care but he still died.#MagneticMediaNews #mankillsbrotherinBimini #Biminishootinglast_img

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Husband and Wife arrested for stealing injuring man

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 19, 2017 – Providenciales – An alleged criminal couple was arrested by Police and charged with aggravated burglary and robbery.   A 36 year old woman and her 30 year old husband are the TCIs own ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ it appears as Police say in a report that the duo was caught with stolen goods and are their suspects in the case where a resident of Belgrade Gardens was pistol whipped and robbed of a Jamaican passport and his 2008 Nissan Skyline sedan.  The home invasion is from April 7, 2017 and led to the man being hospitalized with injuries.#MagneticMediaNews#husbandandwifearrestedinTCI#TCIBonnieandClyde Related Items:#husbandandwifearrestedinTCI, #magneticmedianews, #TCIBonnieandClyde Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Hurricane Maria devastates Dominica

first_img Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turk FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDominica, September 19th, 2017 – Roseau – Devastation has hit the Caribbean region once again as Dominica became the newest victim to be caught in another hurricane’s wrought. At 9.15pm last night, Hurricane Maria, now a category 5 Hurricane, made its official landfall in Dominica. Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, via a Facebook post said, “We have lost all that money can buy.”According to the national hurricane center, Hurricane Maria is moving with winds at 160mph in a West Northwest direction. Strangely enough, the hurricane took its time through Dominica moving at a slow speed of only 9miles per hour. Official reports revealed that the eye of the storm passed over Dominica last night and has since caused widespread damage.Magnetic Media also understands that almost all the roofs have been swept off buildings, the island’s hospital, Princess Margaret hospital, has been destroyed and radio stations stopped broadcasting when the hurricane hit.Prime Minister Skerrit also revealed that he too had to be rescued from his own home as his roof was blown away and his house had been flooded. He said he feared the worst and begged countries for immediate help. He added, “My greatest fear for the morning is that we will wake to news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains.”Hurricane Maria has since skirted through islands such as Guadeloupe, Montserrat and St Kitts & Nevis before devastating Dominica. The national hurricane center predicts that it will hit the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico next. Like, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria is expected to grow to winds 180mph or higher.As a result, hurricane relief efforts in the British Virgin Islands, who were recently hit by Hurricane Irma, had to be stopped as a curfew is now in effect in preparation for Hurricane Maria. Foreign officials are also warning against persons traveling to islands such as the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and the Turks and Caicos as they are all vulnerable to the effects of Hurricane Maria. If Hurricane Maria remains a category 5 Hurricane, this will be the biggest storm to hit Puerto Rico in almost a century.Hurricane Maria quickly grew from a tropical storm last Sunday evening to a now category 5 storm as of Monday – less than24 hours – and is expected to remain a category 5 storm throughout the week.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #magneticmedianews, Dominicalast_img read more

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Bill Reilly Founder of Primedia Dies

first_imgA wake is scheduled for October 21 in New York at the Frank E. Campbell funeral home from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The funeral will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York at 10:00 a.m.Reilly founded Primedia (then K-III Communications) in 1989 in partnership with Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co, creating one of the country’s largest publishing companies through the aggregation of special-interest magazines, including, at the time, New York magazine, Soap Opera Digest and hundreds of other titles. “If you stay in the niches, you’re fine,” Reilly once told the New York Times.(In 1996, Reilly oversaw the controversial dismissal of New York editor Kurt Andersen, who had written “several unflattering articles” about friends of Primedia owner Henry R. Kravis.)Reilly, though, was forced out by KKR in 1999.Post-PrimediaIn 2001 Reilly partnered with Providence Equity Partners, forming Aurelian Communications, which acquired F+W Publishing for $130 million the following year. F+W was sold in 2005 for $500 million.Reilly broke into publishing as president of Macmillan, Inc. in 1980. He also served on the board of directors at a number of companies and institutions, including FMC Chemicals, WNET, Barnes & Noble, Harvard Business School Publishing and was a trustee of the University of Notre Dame.He founded Summit Business Media in 2006 through a partnership with Wind Point Partners, which acquired Highline Media and Pfingsten Publishing in November of that year.Reilly stepped down as CEO of Summit last year, relinquishing the role to Andy Goodenough. He retained the title of chairman.”Going into the formation of Summit in November 2006, my plan was to drive the initial growth of the business for several years as CEO, and then step back to the Chairman role,” Reilly said at the time.  “I am delighted to be able to report that Summit, in less than two years, is off to a great start and has taken its place as a major B2B media company with more than 26 magazine titles, 150 reference books and electronic products and 100 live events.”Reilly was a deal man at heart. In 1998 he told attendees at the American Magazine Conference that he “welcomed a recession because it might allow him to snatch up some new properties.”And, it appears, Reilly remained a shrewd investor until the end. According to the New York Observer, Reilly recently sold his East River mansion—a home comprised of two converted townhouses—for $32.5 million, well above its $25 million asking price.Reilly had paid $5.1 million for the properties in the 1990s before combining them. RELATED: Magazine Industry Reacts to Death of Primedia Founder Bill ReillyWilliam F. Reilly, a well-regarded executive whose career spanned more than 30 years in special interest and b-to-b magazine publishing, died at his home on Friday after a year-long battle with cancer, his family said. He was 70.Reilly [pictured] had most recently served as chairman of Summit Business Media.last_img read more

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Giant prehistoric lion fossil discovered hiding in museum drawer

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 59 Photos An artist’s rendering of Simbakubwa kutoaafrika, which lived 22 million years ago and had a huge skull, as large as a rhinoceros. Mauricio Anton Matthew Borths discovered a giant prehistoric lion on his lunch break.While examining drawers at the Nairobi National Museum in Kenya, Borths, a carnivore paleontologist, opened a drawer of Ice Age specimens and noticed a row of huge teeth staring back at him. He immediately realized the gigantic jaw was not an Ice Age specimen at all. A few years earlier, Nancy Stevens, a paleontologist at Ohio University, had opened the same drawer and noticed the same set of teeth.The fossils, which date back 22 million years, were originally unearthed when Kenyan researchers were scouring the African plains looking for ancient ape bones decades ago. They’d been hidden away in the wrong museum drawer for years. When Borth and Stevens came along, the duo quickly realized they had found a new species of prehistoric lion. The team were able to examine portions of the creature’s skull, its jaw and parts of its skeleton and discovered it is the oldest specimen of a group of mammals known as hyaenodonts.The new carnivore has been dubbed Simbakubwa kutoaafrika, which is Swahili for “big lion from Africa”. It is described in a study published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology on April 18, which suggests the beast was bigger than a polar bear and had canine teeth as big as an adult foot.borths-vs-simbakubwaDr. Matthew Borths shows off the giant jaw of Simbakubwa kutoaafrika. Matthew Borths The researchers believe that Simbakubwa was one of the apex predators of its era and although it is part of the hyaenodont group, it is unrelated to modern-day hyenas. “From its teeth, we can tell Simbakubwa was a hypercarnivore, which means its diet was over 70% meat,” says Borths. “Simbakubwa barely has any grinding surfaces on its teeth, so it wouldn’t have processed food that wasn’t meat very efficiently.”Their analysis suggests that these giant carnivores originated in Africa around 30 million years ago, moving further north over time, as the continents of Africa and Eurasia collided. At the same time, the ancient relatives of modern day cats, hyenas and dogs began to filter south.”It’s a fascinating time in biological history,” Borths says. “Lineages that had never encountered each other begin to appear together in the fossil record.”But Simbakubwa ultimately went extinct around 10 million years ago as global ecosystems shifted thanks to tectonic movement and changing climates. Borths and Stevens have been investigating why that might be, hoping to better inform present-day studies of how ecosystems respond to these sweeping changes.”Understanding large-scale patterns of how organisms respond to environmental change through time can offer insights into ecosystem fragility and resilience in the modern world,” explains Stevens.And to think, it would have remained off the fossil record entirely, if not for a Kenyan museum storing away the sample and some inquisitive paleontologists checking a few extra drawers.”Discoveries like this one underscore the importance of museums as troves of information about our planet’s past,” says Stevens. Tagscenter_img Take a bite out of ‘Jurassic World’ Lego (pictures) 1 Commentlast_img read more

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Crude oil prices may fall to 20 a barrel in coming months

first_imgGlobal glut and growth concerns may pressurize the crude oil market further, leading oil prices to fall to as low as $20 a barrel in coming months, according to a global brokerage firm.Brent oil prices fell nearly 2% or 71 cents to touch an 11-year low of $36.17 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange on Monday, while the US Benchmark West Texas Intermediate dropped 32 cents, or nearly 1%, to trade at $34.41 a barrel.The decline in oil prices comes on the back of growing concerns over the global growth, which could weigh on the oil demand in the coming months. A slowdown in demand may worsen the oversupply conditions that have been rattling the oil market since June 2014.”We reiterate our concern that ‘financial stress’ may prove too little too late to prevent the market from having to clear through ‘operational stress’ with prices near cash costs to force production cuts, likely around $20/barrel,” said Goldman Sachs in a note to its clients.”Our base case remains that the global oil stock build will on aggregate remain shy of storage capacity, although the storage buffer has once again narrowed. But this rebalancing is far from achieved…,” Business Standard quoted Damien Courvalin, Abhisek Banerjee, Raquel Ohana of Goldman Sachs, as saying in a report.Oil prices are also under pressure from an unchanged decision on production levels by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) at its recent meeting. The oil cartel remains reluctant to cut the oil output, as it fears loss of market shares to other oil-exporting countries.”OPEC can’t take a unilateral decision, for example, to cut production and others … raise production. Either we all go to cut production to really defend prices or we have to wait and see,” Iraq’s oil minister Adel Abdul Mahdi told Reuters on Sunday.A slowdown in China and resumption in oil exports from Iran are also expected to keep oil prices lower for a prolonged period.last_img read more

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Confirmed Abhay Deol to play antagonist in Sivakarthikeyans HERO

first_imgAbhay Deol at Blackberry sharp nightVarinder ChawlaHandsome hunk Abhay Deol, who is popular for playing interesting roles in Bollywood, is all set to play a baddie, but not in a Bollywood film. Yes! The actor is all set to make his Tamil debut with actor Sivakarthikeyan’s upcoming film Hero, directed by PS Mithran.It was recently revealed that Abhay Deol has been roped in to play the antagonist in this film. The director confirmed it in an interview which he has given to a local news portal in Chennai. Production banner KJR Studios also tweeted recently, “Thrilled to have Bollywood stunner @AbhayDeol on board as the antagonist in @Siva_Karthikyen’s #HERO!…” (sic)Thrilled to have Bollywood stunner @AbhayDeol on board as the antagonist in @Siva_Kartikeyan’s #HERO! ? Excited about this fresh collaboration!@Psmithran @akarjunofficial @thisisysr @kalyanipriyan @george_dop @dhilipaction @ruben_editor @DoneChannel1 @gobeatroute pic.twitter.com/cqZizp6zFn— KJR Studios (@kjr_studios) July 19, 2019 TwitterThe director has revealed that he has been looking for an actor who has a smiling and charming face but who can still instil some terror in the audience. So that is when he thought of Abhay, who has been able to pull off such roles with ease.This film will have Kalyani Priyadarshan and Ivana playing the leading ladies of Sivakrthikeyan. Arjun, Vivek and Robo Shankar have also been roped in to play vital roles. Action King Arjun Sarja is also one of the lead actors of the film. RD Raja and KJR Studios are bankrolling this venture, while Geroge C Williams and Ruben are in charge of the film’s cinematography and editing.Touted to be an action thriller, fans have high expectations from this film as PS Mithran has made Irumbu Thirai, one of the popular hits from Tamil cinema in recent times. Yuvan Shankar Raja is going to compose music for this film.last_img read more

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Sorry state of public exams

first_imgStudents sit for a public examination. Prothom Alo File PhotoQuestion paper leaks have become a regular phenomenon in the country’s public examinations of late, while many question papers are printed full of errors, leaving the nation’s education system in jeopardy.Until now, these acts-students copying from others’ scripts, teachers telling examinees the answers, or question papers going outside the exam centres-were done covertly. However, the situation has worsened and leaked question papers are now sold on social media or at the dormitories in the open.The number of public exams has increased in the country, which means the number of examinees has increased as well. About 7.5 million students are appearing for four public exams – PEC (Primary Education Completion), JSC (Junior School Certificate), SSC (Secondary School Certificate) and HSC (Higher Secondary Certificate).Numerous faults in the question papers and wholesale adoption of unfair means are creating social instability. However, the education ministry, the primary and mass education ministry, and the education boards-all are failing to take effective measures to address the problem.There was a rumour that the question paper of PEC’s Science exam held on Wednesday was also leaked.Md Sohrab Hossain, secretary at the education ministry’s Secondary and Higher Education Division, told Prothom Alo on Wednesday, “Leaking of question papers cannot be prevented in the current process. We have formed committees to check the feasibility of having separate question papers for different exam centres. We shall take steps once we get their report.”Question papers full of errorsThe Bangladesh and Global Studies question paper in the ongoing PEC exam was full of errors.One of the questions there read, ‘What would happen if no the Mujibnagar govt. was formed’.In another question, the ‘liberation war’ was written as ‘freedom fight’.There were several other mistakes, and these mostly happened in Sylhet and Narayanganj areas.Seeking anonymity, two school teachers of English version told Prothom Alo that this was not the only time an English question paper was full of errors. Rather, this happens very often as the translators are not that skilled.Another question read, ‘What was the consequence of the British policy ‘divide and rule’ here?’ and the options were racial discrimination, social discrimination, cultural discrimination and economic discrimination. Students got confused by these options. In most cases incompetent people are being recruited as teachers and education officers, which is worsening the situation further, former professor of Dhaka University’s Institute of Education and Research (IER), Siddiqur Rahman, told Prothom Alo.Qualified people who are morally upright should be appointed to such posts, he observed.The National Academy of Primary Education (NAPE) at Mymensingh prepares the question papers for the PEC exams. As many as eight sets of question papers are printed and used at different locations. It’s the education officers who translate these question papers.NAPE managing director Md Shah Alam acknowledged the mistakes.“It is true that it was a big mistake. But, they cannot see the question papers,” he said, adding that they would look into the issue and take necessary steps.The Home Science question paper of the recently concluded JSC exam was full of errors as well.Last year there were 11 errors in the Mathematics question paper of Jessore Board, five in the Physics question paper of Dhaka Board, seven in Bangla question paper of Rajshahi Board, and 11 in the Bangla and English versions of the Mathematics question paper of the Chittagong Board.At several places exams were held with two-year-old questions. This also happened in 2012 at Kurigram and Habiganj disctricts, and Dhaka’s Keraniganj.Tapan Kumar Sarkar, controller of examinations of the Dhaka education board, said, “We take a number of steps, including blacklisting the people responsible for the errors.”Leaks in days prior to examInvestigation reveals that question papers are not leaked only on the morning of the exam days, but in some instances, as many as two or three days before as well. Along with BG (Bangladesh Government) Press and exam centres, persons at the distribution level are also involved in the leaking.Previously, question papers of one or two subjects used to be leaked occasionally but since 2012 the trend has changed. Question papers of almost all the subjects are being leaked these days.A detective branch (DB) official of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (west) told Prothom Alo they detained Gazirchot AM High School and College principal Md Mozaffar Ahmed and eight others on 27 March for their alleged involvement in question paper leaking.The detainees informed police that being secretary of a centre of the last SSC examination, Mozaffar Ahmed, along with one of his office assistants, would go to collect question papers from Savar model police station early on exam day. The then Savar upazilla secondary education officer was one of the question paper distributors there.Principal Mozaffar Ahmed and his office assistant would collect the next exam’s question papers along with the questions of the respective day’s exam and spread that around. Police also found that they used their facebook IDs to disseminate sample questions the night before the exams.Police investigation also revealed that sometimes the same teachers are appointed to prepare question papers for several years. They share the questions with students of their schools and coaching centres in the name of giving suggestions.The investigation also revealed that there is a chance of leaking during the typing of questions at the BG press.Two high-ups of the education ministry and secondary and higher secondary education board of Dhaka acknowledged they changed the English question paper of the SSC exam on exam day as it was leaked the previous night.Earlier in 2014, English and Mathematics question papers of HSC exams were leaked the night before the exams. But from 2015 onwards, some teachers have been breaking the seals of packed question papers just 1-2 hours before the exams and sending out images of the questions. The same happened in the recently concluded JSC MCQ (multiple choice question) exam.“[People used to] leak question papers before too, but that was limited. It has increased recently. A good student gets frustrated when he sees that a bad one is doing well getting leaked questions. [As a result] they lose confidence as they grow up. Quality of education is being severely hampered,” said BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology) professor M Kaykobad.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, however, said on several occasions that some miscreants known as teachers are leaking questions on the exam days. They are under surveillance and being seized.Identical question might act as boomerangThe education ministry plans to print question papers at the centres on the day of a public exam, to curb the trend.Several officials of the education ministry, though, informed that the plan will not be implemented in the next SSC exam. BG press will print the question papers again.As eight boards will use identical question papers in the next SSC exam, officials of the education ministry suspect the situation will worsen. Questions leaked at one place will spread quickly across the country and create havoc.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrinlast_img read more

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Quota protests across country Sunday

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoQuota protesters demanding gazette notification in line with the prime minister’s pledge, will hold demonstration on Dhaka University campus on Sunday.They said there will be no classes and examinations at all universities across the country till 1:00pm on Sunday as part of their demonstration.Leaders of Sadharan Chhatra Odhikar Songrokkhon Parishad (General Students Rights Protection Council), the platform that initiated the demonstration for quota reforms in public services, announced the programme at a press conference in front of the central library of Dhaka University on Saturday.”The demonstrators are being harrassed. The police personnel are trying to arrest them in Cumilla and Rangpur. The students will not sit idle if such attempts continue,” the council’s convenor Hasan Al Mamun said.He demanded release of the demonstrators who were arrested and condemned terrorist attacks on protesters.The terrorists allegedly attacked the home of the council’s joint convenor Jasim Uddin and roughed up his family members.”We will not leave the streets until the gazette notification (abolising quota system) is issued,” said the council’s joint convenor Faruk Hassan.At the height of quota protests, prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced in parliament on 11 April that there would be no quota from now on.The public administration ministry has recently sent a proposal to the prime minister, to constitute a committee for recommending measures on whether quota system would be abolished or amended.last_img read more

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40 killed in Mali suicide attack

first_imgSoldiers attend to wounded and casualties in the aftermath of a suicide bomb attack who ripped through a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead. Photo: AFPA suicide bombing Wednesday on a camp grouping former rebels and pro-government militia in troubled northern Mali left 40 people dead, UN and local sources told AFP.The president’s office ordered three days of national mourning following the attack, the worst in the country in recent years.A member of the UN peacekeeping mission MINUSMA, who asked not to be identified, initially put the death toll at 37 but hospital sources later said 40 people had been killed and 60 hurt.The camp is located in Gao, a former bastion for Malian rebels and Islamist fighters who together seized control of much of the country’s vast arid north in early 2012.It was set up under a 2015 peace deal signed between the government and various militia and rebel groups following a French-led international military intervention that was launched in 2013 but which is still in place.The attack occurred as former rebels in the Tuareg-led CMA movement and ex members of a pro-government militia prepared to go on a joint patrol, under the terms of the peace accord.Implementation of the peace accord has been piecemeal with insurgents still active across large parts of the region.“The suicide bomber came in a vehicle and blew himself up,” the MINUSMA source said.The attack took place at 8:40 am (local and GMT) as the former rival groups “were due to soon leave on a joint patrol,” the source added.The camp is close to Gao airport, a key transport hub, which was closed briefly in early December following a suicide attack blamed on jihadists.Fighting broke out following the attack between armed groups, leaving at least one person dead and a dozen injured.A car bomb destroyed prefabricated hangars used by the mission’s aircraft, MINUSMA said at the time, and damage to the installations and debris on the runway made the airport temporarily unusable.last_img read more

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Deport Them Arpaio Departs From Trump On DACA Recipients

first_img Share Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a Donald Trump campaign rally on Aug. 31, 2016 in Phoenix, Ariz.Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff from Arizona, announced this week that he will run for the U.S. Senate to help advance President Trump’s agenda.But he’s breaking from the president on people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children.“Deport them,” Arpaio told NPR’s Morning Edition in an interview airing Thursday morning.“When we come across these kids, or some are older than just kids,” Arpaio said, “then deport them. You deport them back to the country they came from.”Arpaio, 85, is someone who has devoted his career to cracking down on immigrants in the U.S. illegally and used highly controversial tactics toward that goal — sometimes in defiance of federal court orders. He instructed his deputies, for example, to detain Latino residents and ask them about their legal status. He then ignored a federal judge’s order to stop.He was convicted of criminal contempt for that last year. But President Trump pardoned him.The immigration firebrand’s entrance into the Arizona race could have far-reaching consequences for the party, as Arpaio’s views will likely receive an outsize megaphone. It will likely mean that immigration — and conservative hard-line views on the subject — will dominate a Republican primary in a state that is now almost a third Latino and in a country where Hispanics are gaining increasing clout politically nationally.DACA recipients as ambassadors, like the Peace Corps?Under President Obama, after the House did not pass the comprehensive immigration bill that garnered 68 votes in the Senate, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children were allowed to stay in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, executive order.Trump rescinded DACA last year and is letting it expire by March. Trump’s decision is now hung up in the courts, but he said this week that he wants a “bill of love” that allows the some 800,000 DACA recipients to stay. That, however, comes with conditions that Democrats don’t appear ready to accept, including funding for a wall along the Southern U.S. border.Arpaio told NPR that DACA recipients should be sent back in this controversial way:“They can do a lot of good in those countries. They have education here and help out and be good ambassadors from the United States to their country. That’s just my idea.”He likened it to the Peace Corps and indicated he’d be open to them returning later to the United States legally.“Should we deport all the people in Chicago?” But asked about the risks many could face going back to dangerous countries, places some of these DACA recipients have never been or where they don’t speak the language, Arpaio pushed back.“We have danger here, so should we deport all the people in Chicago with all the shooting and murder?” Arpaio asked. “If they want to get out and go to another country, should the other countries welcome them? I don’t think they would.”He continued: “It’s unfortunate there’s problems in other countries, but that’s … you live in those other countries, you have to do something there whether it’s through the political system in those countries to try to alleviate the problem.“We pumped a lot of money into these foreign countries — tons of money to help their security, law enforcement, and that’s OK, but you have to do it right.”“Make sure you get the right people to come into our country”Asked if he would close all of U.S. borders to migrants, Arpaio adamantly said no.“Just make sure you get the right people to come into our country,” he contended, noting that his parents came from Italy. “I have a personal interest in that situation.”Of course, when Arpaio’s parents came from Italy, there were far fewer restrictions, and immigration was most certainly not “merit-based.” Italians at the turn of the century and into the mid-20th Century, like people in other countries today, were escaping poverty, war and famine.It wasn’t the doctor from Milan heading to America.A history of controversyIn the 1990s, Arpaio controversially also set up an outdoor Tent City jail in the blistering Arizona sun. It was criticized as inhumane by activists, and his successor said there was no evidence it made people less likely to commit crimes.It began to be torn down last year and was closed in October.Arpaio was also closely linked to the “Birther Movement,” which peddled the falsehood that President Obama was not born in the United States.That’s how Arpaio and Trump got to know each other.How Arpaio’s run could affect politics in Arizona and nationallyBecause of his reputation, Arpaio would be a highly controversial figure running in the Republican primary. But his candidacy might cut a couple of different ways.On the one hand, he will draw unwanted attention for the GOP nationally.On the other, Arpaio could unwittingly help establishment Republicans’ preferred candidate get the nomination. It’s possible he splits the vote with another hard-line conservative, Kelli Ward, and opens an avenue for Rep. Martha McSally, who is expected to announce her candidacy Friday.In fact, a poll, paid for by a local TV station in Arizona, out Wednesday showed exactly that — McSally with 31 percent, Arpaio at 29 and Ward with 25.National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner, the senator from Colorado, declined Wednesday to explicitly rule out throwing the NRSC’s support behind Arpaio if he wins the primary.“It’s too early to speculate who’s going to win, who’s not going to win,” Gardner said on MSNBC, adding, “I think that is a conversation much further down the road.”Gardner was publicly critical and refused to support controversial Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women, many of whom were teenagers at the time of the allegations. When it came to Arpaio, Gardner declined to take the same stance.“It’s difficult to compare what happened in Alabama to any other state,” Gardner said. He seemed willing to let the primary play out instead: “Is he going to be the nominee? I can’t tell that; you can’t tell that, only the people of Arizona can tell that. That’s why we have campaigns; that’s why we have primaries and races. That’s not my choice. That’s not my decision to make at the senatorial committee.”Arpaio’s candidacy will almost guarantee immigration will again be elevated in an election year, something that has not benefited Republicans in the past.“Right now, that’s what we need– is some leadership,” Arpaio told NPR, “and get this problem solved.”It’s the one issue that has galvanized and fired up the most ardent in the conservative base — and made Latinos reliable Democratic voters in the past few elections.Immigration’s potential dominance in this race could have broad potential consequences for the party in the age of Trump and as Arizona and the country continues to become browner.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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