One nation one election fancy idea of BJP CPI

first_imgHyderabad: One nation, one election is a “fancy idea” of the BJP and it’s neither possible nor necessary, said the Communist Party of India.CPI’s national general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy asked what would happen if some state governments were to fall during their term for one reason or the other. “What will happen to all these states (where governments fail to complete their term)? there will be by-elections. You cannot deny democratic rights of the people and ask them to wait till the next election,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana”We think it (‘one nation, one election’) is neither possible nor necessary”, the CPI boss, a veteran Communist leader, said. “It’s some sort of fancy idea of the BJP,” he added. Chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session of the new Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited heads of all parties to meet on June 19 to discuss the “one nation, one election” issue and other important matters.last_img read more

Norway Lauds Moroccos Role in Facilitating InterLibyan Political Dialogue

Rabat – Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brend lauded, on Monday in Rabat, Morocco’s role in facilitating the inter-Libyan political dialogue and creating propitious conditions for the country’s stability.Morocco is engaging in the facilitation of the inter-Libyan political dialogue and supporting the UN emissary Bernardino Leon to create the propitious conditions for Libya’s stability, said Brend at a joint press briefing following a meeting with Moroccan counterpart Salaheddine Mezouar.The Norwegian official noted that the Moroccan democracy and human rights experience is an inspiration for the Arab world and Africa, adding that Mezouar will travel soon to Norway to meet with the country’s officials on means to foster cooperation on the promotion of equality, human rights, and good governance. He said he is upbeat about the possibilities to establish win-win partnerships with Morocco in economic sectors of shared interest.Mezouar underlined that the meeting is part of the ongoing political dialogue between the two countries, saying that he discussed with his Norwegian peer means to promote bilateral ties as well as some regional issues.Brend met also with speaker of the house of advisors Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah on many matters of shared interest.The meeting was an occasion for Biadillah to survey Morocco’s democratic development model, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, which enabled the Kingdom to undertake constitutional, economic and social transitions in a climate marked by security and stability, wrote a statement by the said house. read more

Major security lapse during Sirisenas visit to Tirumala

A major security lapse came to the fore during the visit of President Maithripala Sirisena to Tirumala in India today (Sunday). He was forced to wait  for 12 minutes for his car after a darshan atop the Tirumala hill, giving  jitters to the staff of the Tiruumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD),  especially the security.  An inquiry has been ordered into the lapse, the New Indian Express reported.Sirisena reached Tirumala late on Saturday night for a two-day pilgrimage. Upon arrival, the Sri Lanka president was received by TTD chairman Chadalwada Krishnamurthy, executive officer (EO) Sambasiva Rao, Tirupati  joint EO Pola Bhaskar and other officials. He made a night halt at the Sri Padmavathi guesthouse and arrangements were made for a visit to the temple of Venkateshwara at Tirumala early Sunday morning. At around 6.30 am, during the VIP break time, Sirisena and his family  returned to the temple to pay obeisance to the presiding deity. He spent  about six minutes inside the sanctum sanctorum and TTD authorities presented  him silk clothes and pandits administered Vedaaseervachanam to the family.The minister in waiting, Andhra Pradesh’s forest minister Bojjala  Gopalakrishna Reddy presented the president a replica of the Ananda Nilayam  (the dome of the garbhalayam of the temple) on behalf of the AP government. Later, Sirisena and his family members left for Bengaluru by road and were  scheduled to fly back to Sri Lanka.An inquiry has been ordered into the security lapse. It is learnt that the  driver and other members of Sirisena’s retinue sought permission from the  temple authorities for a darshan of the deity. They were reportedly  permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorium despite the visit of the VVIP.  Tirupati Urban superintendent of police Jayalashmi is learnt to have  questioned the temple authorities for giving permission to drivers and other  staff during the VVIP visit. (Colombo Gazette) At 3 am Sunday, the president along with his wife Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari  Sirisena, son Daham Tharaka and other family members attended the Suprabhata  Seva. When they came out of the sanctum sanctorium, the driver of their car  was not in the seat. Sirisena and his wife waited for about 12 minutes inside the car as his  security stood guard around it. Even TTD staffers scurried around, the  driver coolly returned from his own darshan of the deity. Immediately,  Sirisena was driven at speed to the guest house. read more

Liberia situation simply horrendous UN envoy for waraffected children says

At a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York, Olara Otunnu, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, said humanitarian access “is now next to zero” as 70 per cent of the population has been cut off from any access to water, sanitation, food and medical attention for months.Mr. Otunnu, who returned yesterday from a weeklong mission to Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, said it was critical to deploy “a force that would not only be in place and observe the situation on the ground, but would actually act to ensure humanitarian access, to ensure the protection of civilian populations when they are being threatened and to ensure the enforcement and observation of an agreed ceasefire.”He was in the war-ravaged region to attend a meeting organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to rally a concerted response to the crisis. He also met with UN agencies on the ground, as well as a number of government ministers from West African countries meeting in Dakar, Senegal, to plan for the possible deployment of a joint intervention force.“The developments in Monrovia have implications, of course in the first instance for Liberia, but more broadly for the entire sub-region, which is why the discussions in Dakar on a sub-regional approach were so important,” Mr. Otunnu noted.Meanwhile, UN national staff in Liberia reported that the situation in Monrovia was getting worse. A water supply station from outside the capital at the town of White Plains was destroyed, leaving virtually the entire city of one million people without clean water.Humanitarian agencies called on rebel and government forces to stop fighting long enough to allow for the water supply station at White Plains to be repaired. If the clean water supply is not quickly restored, lethal diseases such as cholera will spread quickly, they warned. read more

BA travel problems enter 3rd day as most services resume

by The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2017 11:21 am MDT Last Updated May 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BA travel problems enter 3rd day as most services resume LONDON – Travellers on British Airways faced a third day of delays and cancellations Monday, though most long-haul services were resumed, after a colossal IT failure over the weekend caused chaos for thousands of passengers.BA chief executive Alex Cruz said the airline was running a “near-full operation” at London’s Gatwick Airport and planned to operate all scheduled long-haul services from Heathrow. But he said there would still be delays, as well as some cancelled short-haul flights.Data from flight tracker FlightAware.com showed BA cancelled another 27 flights and had 135 more delayed Monday, a bank holiday in the U.K. that sees a high level of air travel.Iberia and Air Nostrum, which like BA are part of the broader International Airlines Group and share some data, cancelled over 320 flights Monday.BA cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday after the IT outage, which it blamed on a power-supply problem. The glitch threw the plans of tens of thousands of travellers into disarray — by Sunday night, almost 600 BA flights had been grounded.Cruz told Sky News on Monday the problem started at 9:30 Saturday morning when “there was indeed a power surge that had a catastrophic effect over some communications hardware which eventually affected all the messaging across our systems.”He said there was no evidence indicating the airline had come under cyberattack.BA operates hundreds of flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on a typical day — and both are major hubs for worldwide travel.Passengers, some of whom had spent the night at London’s Heathrow Airport, faced frustrating waits to learn if and when they could fly out.Some endured hours-long lines to check in, reclaim lost luggage or rebook flights at Terminal 5, BA’s hub at Heathrow. Many complained about a lack of information from the airline.Cruz apologized in a video statement, saying: “I know this has been a horrible time for customers.”The British union GMB linked the IT problems directly to the company’s decision to cut IT staff last year.“This could have all been avoided. In 2016, BA made hundreds of dedicated and loyal IT staff redundant and outsourced the work to India,” said Mick Rix, national officer for aviation at the union. read more

Ukraine UN experts urge accountability for human rights violations by foreign fighters

“What is particularly concerning is that with the diverse array of foreign armed actors who joined the conflict, reports on human rights violations by these individuals have not been properly investigated or brought to justice,” said Patricia Arias, who formed the Group with co-human rights expert Saeed Mokbil.The Group’s delegation expressed deep concern about allegations of mercenaries joining all sides to the conflict, which they stressed was clearly prohibited under international law.“To date, foreign fighters have been prosecuted for various crimes including terrorist-related offences, but no prosecutions have been in relation to the human rights violations that took place,” Ms. Arias said.At the end of an official five-day visit to the country, the experts revealed that human rights violations had reportedly been committed at the hands of not only mercenaries, but also other foreign fighters, ranging from volunteers to paid service men and women, and independent militia members to professional military. The Ukraine authorities informed the expert group that at least 176 identified foreigners were serving in armed groups of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, which reportedly include large numbers from Russia, Serbia, Belarus, France and Italy, among others. Women were also among the combatants, though in a significantly smaller extent.“Although we received much information pointing to several levels of foreigner engagement in the armed conflict in Ukraine, the lack of coherent information on payments and the motivations of fighters make it difficult for us to ascertain which fighters are mercenaries,” noted Mr. Mokbil.In 2015, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted legal amendments permitting the inclusion of foreigners and stateless persons to serve in its regular armed forces and its National Guard, including those who fought in the volunteer battalions during the conflict.“However, impunity for human rights violations remains largely unquestioned, paving the way for a murky zone with negligible accountability,” Mr. Mokbil said. “We urge the Government of Ukraine to ensure accountability for violations that have been instigated by all parties to the conflict, to ensure justice for victims.”Working Group’s Recommendations The Working Group reiterated the need to draw up a strategy on foreign engagement in the conflict, within the framework of the Minsk Protocol – the 2014 agreement to halt armed hostilities in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.Highlighting provision 10, which obliges all sides of the conflict to withdraw illegal armed formations, military equipment and mercenaries, the experts also requested its full implementation by the Government.They further urged “all parties to the conflict to fulfil their obligations under international human rights law and ensure respect for all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights with respect to the activities of foreigners in armed groups.”According to the press release, the 2014 Maidan protests in Kyiv and the 16 March 2014 referendum in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea – determined by the UN General Assembly on the territorial integrity of Ukraine – were followed by the outbreak of armed hostilities in eastern Ukraine that brought an influx of fighters from abroad, significantly influencing human rights in the country. From 14 to 18 March, the delegation met Government authorities, parliamentarians, judicial officials, civil society organizations and members of the diplomatic corps along with representatives of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic.’The lack of concrete information on the profile of foreign armed actors was a challenge for the fact-finding visit. While the expert group did not discover any particular data on private military companies – currently prohibited by Ukrainian law – it called for this sector to be regulated to prevent potential human rights violations.The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries will present its visit report to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2016. read more

HTC One Mini specs leak alongside new images

first_imgPhotos of the HTC One Mini popped up just last week. Now there’s a new image to go along with some hardware specifications for HTC’s upcoming 4.3-inch phone.An Engadget tipster sent in the side-by-side photo of the HTC One Mini next to its big brother. The Mini is the spitting image of the HTC One, from the front-facing stereo speaker grills to the cutouts for its camera and sensors.While it looks the same, the device itself is quite different. There’s no quad-core Krait processor under the hood here. HTC reportedly has scaled back the One Mini to a much more humble 1.4GHz dual-core chip, likely the same Qualcomm MSM8930 found in the HTC First.In fact, there’s a good chance that the One Mini is the First with a snazzier chassis. The plastic trim around the Mini’s aluminum front provides a hint that this isn’t as high-end a phone as the HTC One while simultaneously stating that it’s a step above the First.There’s a good chance its 4.3-inch display is the same 720×1280 panel found on the First.Apart from its good looks, the Mini shares a few key features with the HTC One. It still runs the latest HTC Sense (atop Android 4.2.2) and Beats Audio branding on the phone’s back means Dre’s sound processing tech will keep the bass thumping.Another thing the Mini shares with the One is its rear shooter — thought to be of the UltraPixel variety. HTC’s slick Zoe Share photo tech is included, too, allowing One Mini users to capture a 4.1MP image and three seconds of 1080P video simultaneously.There are still plenty of blanks to be filled in (like pricing and carrier availability), but additional leaks will no doubt answer any questions we have. Unless, of course, HTC decides to get official before someone has a chance to let the cat out of the bag.last_img read more

Chasse à la baleine les militants écologistes australiens libérés par le Japon

first_imgChasse à la baleine : les militants écologistes australiens libérés par le JaponArrêtés dimanche après s’être hissés à bord d’un bateau de surveillance de la chasse à la baleine japonaise, les trois militants de l’association australienne Forest Rescue ont été libérés. Aucune charge n’a été retenue contre eux.Les autorités japonaises ont libéré les trois militants écologistes australiens interpellés dimanche alors qu’ils étaient montés à bord d’un navire de surveillance de la flotte baleinière nippone. Le Premier ministre australien Julia Gillard a annoncé la nouvelle ce mardi, relayée par Reuters et précisant qu’aucune charge n’a été retenue contre les écologistes.À lire aussiUn satellite destiné à faire pleuvoir des météores sur commande va être envoyé dans l’espaceLes trois hommes s’étaient hissés sur le Shonan Maru 2 au large de la côte ouest de l’Australie. Ils souhaitaient ainsi empêcher le navire de poursuivre le Steve Irwin, un bateau de l’organisation Sea Shepherd, association qui chaque année tente d’entraver les campagnes de chasse à la baleine menée par le Japon en vertu d’une tolérance de la CBI (Commission baleinière internationale), qui autorise la chasse du cétacé à des fins scientifiques. Alors que les militants risquaient d’être présentés devant la justice nippone, Julia Gillard a tenu à remercier les autorités japonaises, avant de condamner l’action des trois hommes. Si l’Australie est vivement opposée à la pêche à la baleine – le pays a déposé en juin 2010 une plainte devant la Cour internationale de justice (CIJ) – , le gouvernement juge “inacceptables” les méthodes de Sea Shepherd et Forest Rescue.Le 10 janvier 2012 à 17:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fantastic Fest added a VR horror program this year

first_imgIt’s almost time for Fantastic Fest, the multimedia festival held in Austin, Texas founded 12 years ago. Originally, the festival began as a celebration of genre film (your horror, science fiction, fantasy, and almost unbearably weird indies), but it has expanded to become a festival about a lot of things. This year, for instance, Tim Burton will be bringing his adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to the festival, which is a young adult novel series adapted to film. Fantastic Fest 2016 takes place this September 22 to 29, and will include virtual reality programming for the first time.VR has become a welcome sideshow to some of the world’s biggest film festivals in the past year, and Fantastic Fest is striding into that forum with three programs by a Los Angeles based VR company called Dark Corner, founded by director Guy Shelmerdine.“We’re incredibly excited to be an integral part of Fantastic Fest and share our experiences with their global audience,” said Dark Corner founder Guy Shelmerdine. “These films represent unforgettable journeys that are intended to push the boundaries of what 360º immersive storytelling can be. We cannot wait to unleash them.” Shelmerdine first hit the VR scene last year at SXSW with Catatonic, a horror VR experience that he made after being unimpressed with a lot of VR experiences that existed. Catatonic was a short where the user was given a VR headset and sat in a wheelchair that would vibrate to correspond with some of the terrain and jump scares in the short film. You might remember Catatonic scaring a bunch of horror fans who tried it out at the Stanley Film Festival last year:The whole Catatonic experience is now available for your smartphone through the Vrse app or online (Click here). You’ll be missing the thrill of having a set strapped to your face while a wheelchair vibrates like it’s moving, but you can get the idea of why horror VR is such an intimate and frightening experience.This year, Shelmerdine is back with a whole new company (Dark Corner) who will present three VR experiences for festival attendees. The centerpiece of Dark Corner’s presentation is Shelmerdine’s newest VR concoction called Mule. All we know is the description: “an emotional, fast-paced hell-ride that catapults the viewer through the final shocking moments of a man’s life (and beyond).”Guessing from the title, I’d suspect we’re going to be placed in the POV of a drug smuggler, which should be at the very least as (if not more) disturbing than “Perspective; Chapter I: The Party,” that Sundance sensation about sexual assault from 2015 (made by a different company, but very notable for how emotionally disturbing it was).If you missed out on Catatonic during last year’s festival tour and didn’t get the “full” experience from your smartphone, the good ol’ vibrating wheelchair will be back at Fantastic Fest this year to make sure you have an opportunity to view it properly.Finally, the third VR presentation is another horror short called Burlap. This one is a two-part horror experience created by Justin Denton, currently Creative Technical Director at Here Be Dragons. It’s in two parts so you can experience the short film and then go back and re-live the events as a different character in VR. Burlap is about a disturbed killer who zeroes in on an unlucky babysitter to help complete the creation of his secret “masterpiece.” Watch the short film and fear for the babysitter, then step inside the story with Burlap: Reflections, where they will experience the killer’s obsession firsthand in VR. Where will your sympathies lie? (here’s hoping they remain with the poor babysitter).This year’s Fantastic Fest VR program will also be the world premiere of Dark Corner as a VR filmmaking company focusing on the gamer experience. Basically, the success of Catatonic has spawned a new company for VR horror thrill rides. Which are so much more effective than jump scares! If you genuinely like being frightened, make sure to strap some headsets to that face of yours come Fantastic Fest.last_img read more

Image continues its space odyssey reign with Hadrians Wall

first_imgImage Comics’ new series, Hadrian’s Wall, comes from writers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel, and artist Rod Reis. This is the same creative team that brought us the political superhero series C.O.W.L. in 2014, which was one of Image’s best new books of the year.Higgins has been a mainstay at DC Comics for the past few years, working on Nightwing and other Bat-Family titles, and Siegel has frequently collaborated with him on their Image work and Batman Beyond. I really enjoy any books they are on, and artist Rod Reis’ work is fantastic, having this painted feeling that reminds me of something between Phil Noto and Jerome Opena, which is never a bad thing.A murder mystery set in space, the first issue of Hadrian’s Wall reads very much like a standard noir, with our main character, Simon Moore, starting out at his lowest. The year is 2085 on a resource hunting space station, the titular Hadrian’s Wall. Simon is brought in to investigate a death, and quickly realizes things are not what they seem.On a surface level, between space odyssey and noir/drama, comparisons to Blade Runner would not be inaccurate, and fans of the movie would absolutely find something in this series for them. However, this first issue moves past that very quickly, settling into full-on suffocating claustrophobia once all of the characters are on the ship. This occurs through tone and imagery.Higgins and Siegel’s settled on a grand way to kick-off the series, giving us just enough intrigue to get invested in its characters, all without being heavy handed on the exposition. If there is one thing I cannot stand, it’s having information forcefully spoon-fed to readers, but Higgins and Siegel’s dialogue is organic, allowing the characters to reveal what they need to with a natural tempo.The pacing is steady, and issue one ends on a note that makes you eager for two in such a subtle way.Rod Reis’ art compliments the writing so well, creating a fleshed out universe with a look that would make even Ridley Scott blush. I wish more things looked as good as Blade Runner‘s Los Angeles of 2019 and damned if Reis doesn’t knock on that door. Reis’ line work is extremely clean while having just enough of a frayed look. This gives the book a grit and teeth. If anyone is going to draw a dead body in space, I want it to be Reis. His faces and figures are unique, expressive, and distinguishable.Hadrian’s Wall takes the time in both the script and art to focus on the small things as well. The way a character’s eyes cut, how a grimace creeps across a face, all of this Reis nails flawlessly. The creative team gives care to the littlest details, ones that don’t directly influence the plot but help give breath and movement to the story. Well-rounded characters complimenting a complex backdrop makes Hadrian’s a must read.I am a sucker for a well-done science fiction, and Image Comics is no stranger to the genre. Saga, Black Science, Manhattan Projects, and Descender are all some of the best graphic novels out right now, and it looks like Image has another home run in Hadrian’s Wall.Hadrian’s Wall #1 is available for download now via Comixology with issue two due out October 19th.last_img read more

Batmans Alfred Is a Suave Spy in New Pennyworth Series Teaser

first_img Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Stay on target Alfred, Batman’s butler, gets the James Bond treatment in Pennyworth, a new prequel series that takes viewers back to the suave spy’s past.On Friday, Epix dropped a new Pennyworth trailer on YouTube, and it gives a brief tease of the young and handsome Alfred, who is played by The Imitation Game’s Jack Bannon. Before Batman’s time, Alfred was a fearless secret agent who hunted down criminals in the U.K. The 10-episode series will premiere on Epix in summer 2019.The series follows Alfred, a former British SAS soldier, who develops a security business and collaborates with Thomas Wayne, Bruce Wayne’s father, Digital Spy reported.In the 17-second teaser, London Bridge, giant black crows, royalty, weapon action, and of course tea, are shown in between shots of Alfred, who’s on a mission to end a sinister secret society in London.Details on the series are still scant, however, DC Comics provides a digestible breakdown of Alfred’s character and a brief summary of the prequel series here.More on Geek.com:Lego Celebrates Batman’s 80th Birthday With Six New SetsBatman’s 10 Greatest Mysteries‘Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Is Basically Injustice 3last_img read more

Parlour reveals the one position Emery must strengthen at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal legend Ray Parlour has advised coach Unai Emery to consider a new centre-back in the January transfer windowSince replacing Arsene Wenger in the dugout at Arsenal, Emery has put a difficult start behind him by embarking on a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions.However, in comparison to the top-four Premier League sides conceding 10 goals or less, Arsenal have already seen the ball go into their net 15 times in 12 games.Reflecting on this, Parlour suggested that Emery still needs to “strengthen” at centre-back.“I don’t know. I really don’t know,” Parlour told the Express. “I’m sure they’ll be positions he wants to.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“For me centre-half he could probably strengthen.”Arsenal captain and centre-back Laurent Koscielny is yet to feature this campaign because of an Achilles injury from last season.“But he’s got [Laurent] Koscielny coming back, they’ve missed him, but he’s a little bit older but I’m sure he’s working hard to get back in the side so I think he’ll assess the situation when it comes to January.“He’ll be lining people up anyway.”Arsenal will travel to Bournemouth on Sunday in a Premier League fixture.last_img read more

ASA Opens Marketing Office in India

first_imgBuilds Future Demand For U.S. SoybeansThe American Soybean Association announces the opening of its Asia Subcontinent Office in India and the appointment of Virgil Miedema as Regional Director, Asia Subcontinent. ASA President David Erickson said, “This area of the world offers many challenges and opportunities for ASA to enhance the marketability of US soybeans and soybean meal.” India is a major competitor to the US soybean industry in the Asian markets, exporting nearly 90 percent of its domestic soybean meal production. The ASA/Asia Subcontinent Office is the Association’s 13th International Marketing Office and will be located in New Delhi, India.Mr. Miedema worked for the Agency for International Development as Director of their Program and Project Support Office in Jakarta, Indonesia. He brings over twenty years of international experience in the Asian Subcontinent to the ASA.ASA Division Director for Asia Gil Griffis said, “The Asia Subcontinent Office is ASA’s first International Marketing office which will be fully funded by the United Soybean Board.” ASA’s activities to expand international markets for US soybeans and products are made possible by producer checkoff dollars invested by the United Soybean Board and by various state soybean councils. ASA also receives cost-share funding provided by the US Department of Agriculture.last_img read more

The Tall One restored to its Athabascan roots

first_imgPhoto: National Park ServiceAlaskans have been celebrating the federal government’s decision to officially recognize Denali as the name of North America’s tallest mountain. Aaron Leggett is the Alaska Gallery Curator at the Anchorage Museum and an Athabascan historian. He says more than just local Athabascan people had a name for the mountain.Download AudioAaron Leggett is the Alaska curator for the Anchorage Museum. A discussion about place names and how indigenous people are working to revive them will take place at the museum tomorrow at noon.last_img read more

3yearold crushed after falling from motorcycle in Kidderpore

first_imgKolkata: Tension gripped the locals of Kidderpore after a 3-year-old child was crushed under the wheels of a speeding truck.The incident took place at Kidderpore on Sunday night. An irate mob ransacked the truck and set it on fire after the incident.The locals staged a demonstration at the accident site, protesting against the rash driving of vehicles.A huge contingent of police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control.The irate mob engaged in a verbal altercation with the policemen. Some of the senior police officers also rushed to the spot and tried to pacify the mob. The agitation was later lifted after senior police officers assured Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsthem that they would crack down on vehicles that flout traffic norms. Police said Santosh Sahu, a resident of Port area was returninghome along with his wife Bharati and 3-year-old son Ayan on his motorcycle.While crossing the DC port office, the victim suddenly fell from the bike.As a result, a truck, which was coming from behind, run over the victim. He died on the spot.The incident infuriated the locals and they went on rampage.The truck driver and the helper managed to flee the spot immediately after the accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe eyewitnesses told police that the truck was running at a high speed as a result of which the driver could not control the vehicle.According to the investigation, police said the child fell from bike when his father applied a sudden brake as there was a pothole on the road.The body was sent to SSKM Hospital by the police for postmortem.The locals have alleged that heavy duty trucks ply through the area at a high a speed resulting in accident.The matter was raised with the local police administration but no steps have been taken so far in this regard to check the speed of the vehicles.Police have started a detailed probe in this regard. Raids are being conducted at various places to nab the truck driver who has been absconding since the incident took place. Police have seized the vehicle.last_img read more

Microsoft Security Updates May 2017 release

first_imgMicrosoft Security Updates May 2017 release by Martin Brinkmann on May 09, 2017 in Companies, Microsoft – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 22 commentsMicrosoft released security updates, and non-security updates, for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and other company products on the May 2017’s Patch Day.Windows Vista support ended last month, and this is the first month without Windows Vista updates. Coincidentally, May 9th, 2017 is also the day that support for the Windows 10 RTM version ends.Microsoft switched to a new system in regards to information about product updates. The company did away with security bulletins last month, and things have gotten more complicated in the process as information are not presented as nicely anymore and take longer to go through.The guide begins with the executive summary, and lists all security, non-security, and security advisory patches and information afterwards. You also find information on how to download the updates, including direct downloads for cumulative updates for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.Note: Some users report that they see the Internet Explorer patch KB3008923 again. This patch should not be installed. More info on this at Infoworld.Microsoft Security Updates May 2017You can download the following Excel spreadsheet for a list of all security updates that Microsoft released on this May 2017 Patch day: microsoft-windows-may-2017-all-security-updates.zipExecutive SummaryNo more Windows Vista patches.This is the last patch day for the Windows 10 RTM release. It won’t be supported anymore after today.Updates were released for all supported client and server versions of Windows.Other Microsoft products with patches are: Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Office, the Microsoft .NET Framework, and Adobe Flash PlayerOperating System DistributionWindows 7:  26 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical, and 22 importantWindows 8.1: 22 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical, and the remaining 18 importantWindows RT 8.1: 20 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical, and 16 importantWindows 10 version 1703: 22 vulnerabilities of which four are rated critical, and 16 important.Windows Server products:Windows Server 2008:  27 vulnerabilities, of which 4 are rated critical, and 23 importantWindows Server 2008 R2: 27 vulnerabilities, of which 4 are rated critical, and 23 importantWindows Server 2012 and 2012 R2: 24 vulnerabilities, of which 4 are rated critical and 20 importantWindows Server 2016: 23 vulnerabilities of which 4 are rated critical, and 19 importantOther Microsoft ProductsInternet Explorer 11: 10 vulnerabilities, 2 critical, 6 important, 2 moderateMicrosoft Edge: 28 vulnerabilities, 16 critical, the rest importantMicrosoft Office: varies depending on version. See KB4020152 for information.Security UpdatesKB4019263 — Security-only update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2Updated Windows Cryptography API to deprecate SHA-1 for SSL/TLS Server Authentication, including in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 . See Advisory 4010323 for more information.Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows COM, Microsoft ActiveX, Windows Server, Windows kernel, and Microsoft Windows DNS.KB4019213 — Security-only update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2Updated Windows Cryptography API to deprecate SHA-1 for SSL/TLS Server Authentication, including in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11. See Advisory 4010323 for more information.Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Windows DNS, Windows COM, Windows Server and Windows kernel.KB4018271 — Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: May 9, 2017Addressed issue where, after installing security update KB4015551, applications that use msado15.dll stop working.Addressed issue where, after installing KB3187754, clients can no longer access a file server when using SMB1 and NTLM authentication under certain conditions. No credential dialog appears, and the user receives the error, “A specified logon session does not exist. It may already have been terminated.”Security updates to Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows COM, Windows Server, Windows Kernel, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Windows DNS.KB4019216 — Windows Server 2012 monthly rollup.KB4019108 — Security Only update for the .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, and 4.6.2 updates for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1: May 9, 2017KB4019109 — Security Only update for the .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2, 4.5.2, and 4.6 updates for Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2: May 9, 2017KB4019110 —  Security Only update for the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, and 4.6.2 updates for Windows Server 2012: May 9, 2017KB4019111 — Security Only update for the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, and 4.6.2 updates for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2: May 9, 2017Security advisories and updatesMicrosoft Security Advisory 4010323 — Deprecation of SHA-1 for SSL/TLS Certificates in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11Microsoft Security Advisory 4021279 — Vulnerabilities in .NET Core, ASP.NET Core Could Allow Elevation of PrivilegeMicrosoft Security Advisory 4022345 — Identifying and correcting failure of Windows Update client to receive updates Microsoft Security Advisory 4022344 — Security Update for Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (check out our coverage here)Non-security related updatesKB4019264 — Monthly rollup for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2Addressed issue where, after installing security update KB4015549, applications that use msado15.dll stop working.Updated Internet Explorer 11’s New Tab Page with an integrated newsfeed.Deprecated SHA-1 Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 for SSL/TLS Server Authentication. See Advisory 4010323 for more information.Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows COM, Microsoft ActiveX, Windows Server, Windows kernel, and Microsoft Windows DNS.KB4019215 — Monthly rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2same as KB4019264KB4016871 — Cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.296 and 15063.297)Addressed issue with Surface Hub devices waking from sleep approximately every four minutes after the first two hours.Addressed issue where autochk.exe can randomly skip drive checks and not fix corruptions, which may lead to data loss.Addressed an issue where Microsoft Edge users in networking environments that do not fully support the TCP Fast Open standard may have problems connecting to some websites. Users can re-enable TCP Fast Open in about:flags.Addressed issues with Arc Touch mouse Bluetooth connectivity.Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows SMB Server, Windows COM, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows kernel, Windows Server, and the .NET Framework.KB4020498 — Update for .NET Framework 4.6.2 on Windows Server 2012 for x64KB4020499 — Update for .NET Framework 4.6.2 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4020500 — Update for .NET Framework 4.6, 4.6.1 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4020502 — Update for .NET Framework 4.6, 4.6.1 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4020503 — Update for .NET Framework 4.6 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008KB4020505 — Update for .NET Framework 4.5.2 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4020506 — Update for .NET Framework 4.5.2 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4020507 — Update for .NET Framework 4.5.2 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008KB4020510 — Update for .NET Framework 4 on WES09 and POSReady 2009KB4020511 — Update for .NET Framework 2.0 on Windows Server 2008KB4020512 — Update for .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4020513 — Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2KB4020514 — Update for .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4020517 — Update for .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on WES09 and POSReady 2009KB4015193 — Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Server 2012, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows XP EmbeddedKB4015552 — April, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2KB4015553 — April, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4015554 — April, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012KB4016240 — Windows 10 Version 1703 OS Build 15063.250 upgradeAddressed issue where VMs might experience loss in network connectivity while provisioning IP addresses.Addressed issue that does not initiate a remote ring on the device when RemoteRing Configuration Service Provider (CSP) is used.Addressed issue where a memory leak occurs in Internet Explorer when hosting pages containing nested framesets that load cross-domain content.Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 does not save JavaScript files when exporting to an MHT file.Addressed issue that causes users to get logged out from Web applications intermittently.Addressed issue with a very dim internal monitor that may occur when booting with the external monitor only and then switching to the built-in panel only.Addressed issue where running Win32 Direct3D applications or games in full-screen exclusive mode causes the system to become unresponsive when resuming from Connected Standby.Addressed issue where when upgrading to Windows 10, version 1703, with the system language set to Chinese, the progress page displays geometric shapes instead of the correct localized strings.Addressed issue that prevents the lock screen from being disabled using Group Policy on Professional SKUs.Addressed issue in Windows Forms configuration options, which causes antivirus applications to stop working at startup.Addressed additional issues with compatibility, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.How to download and install the May 2017 security updatesAll security updates for Microsoft products are available through Windows Update, various business update services and systems, on the Microsoft Download Center website, and also direct downloads provided on the Microsoft Update Catalog website.Most Windows systems have automatic updates enabled (as it is the default). This means that updates will be pushed to these systems automatically.You can run manual checks for updates at any time:Tap on the Windows-key on your computer keyboard, type Windows Update, and hit the Enter-key.Depending on the configuration, Windows Update will run checks for updates automatically, or when you click on the “check for updates” button.Updates are then offered for download, or downloaded automatically depending on system settings.Direct update downloadsWindows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1KB4019264: May, 2017 Security Monthly Quality RollupKB4019263: May, 2017 Security Only Quality UpdateWindows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2KB4019215: May, 2017 Security Monthly Quality RollupKB4019213: May, 2017 Security Only Quality UpdateWindows 10 and Windows Server 2016 (version 1703)KB4016871 —  Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703Additional resourcesMay 2017 Security Updates release notesList of software updates for Microsoft productsList of security advisoriesSecurity Updates GuideMicrosoft Update Catalog siteOur in-depth Windows update guideWindows 10 Update HistoryWindows 8.1 Update HistoryWindows 7 Update HistorySummaryArticle NameMicrosoft Security Updates May 2017 releaseDescriptionMicrosoft released security updates, and non-security updates, for all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and other company products on the May 2017’s Patch Day.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Elton John asks Troye Sivan if he ever gets tempted by cute

first_imgTalking about living with Jacob, Troye furthermore said: ‘For three or four years, I was just on the road. I hadn’t gotten a place in L.A., and I was moving from Airbnb to Airbnb to my manager’s house, and then I’d go back home to Australia to visit my family.‘I was on the go, and having that relationship gave me some stability and comfort in my life. Now that we’ve got a house, a place that’s our own, I don’t know how I lived without it.’In other Elton John news, the Candle In the Wind singer is rumored to be performing at this weekend’s Royal Wedding in Windsor, England.The pop icon wraps up his Vegas residency The Million Dollar Piano tonight.Elton John dragged for saying Ed Sheeran’s name wrong We’ve reached this conclusion the 22-year-old said he’s not ‘tempted’ to sleep with other guys when on the road in a new interview.The My My My! singer was asked about his love life by Rocket Man singer and fellow gay pop icon Elton John.The star was interviewing Aussie Troye for the publication Out.‘Let me ask you something naughty…’In the chat, Elton asks Troye: ‘Let me ask you something naughty. When you are performing and there are cute boys in the audience, do you ever get tempted?’Only Elton could get away with asking a question like that!To this Troye replies: ‘I don’t, actually. I’ve never been very adventurous in that way. I just take it easy. I think I’m just a relationship person.’He furthermore added: ‘My parents have been married now for 28 years, and for me they are the example. I think they’re more in love than ever.’ Troye Sivan has seemingly revealed he is in a closed relationship with model boyfriend Jacob Bixenman. Elton John and Troye Sivan | Photos: Wonderful Crazy Night/EMI press shot Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Troye Sivan surprises Taylor Swift on stage, drops date and name of new albumTroye Sivan’s latest single is an 80s jam – about how ‘whipped’ he isListen to Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande’s sexy new song Dance To ThisRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/elton-john-asks-troye-sivan/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

Study Suggests Breast Cancer Patients Forego PostSurgery Treatment Due to Mistrust

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | November 06, 2017 Study Suggests Breast Cancer Patients Forego Post-Surgery Treatment Due to Mistrust Other factors, including prognosis, influenced noncompliance; researchers say building trust in medical institutions key Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more center_img News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more November 6, 2017 — Nearly one-third of women with breast cancer went against their doctor’s advice and chose not to begin or complete recommended adjuvant therapy to kill residual tumor cells following surgery, according to a study led by a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researcher.A survey that included 2,754 breast cancer patients in Florida and Pennsylvania during a two-year period found that this “treatment discordance” — not following a doctor’s recommended treatment plan in its entirety — was more likely among patients who reported a general distrust of medical institutions and insurers. The patients’ trust or distrust of their own doctors did not seem to be a factor.Small studies in the past have found that some patients refuse their doctors’ advice and choose not to undergo or complete adjuvant therapy after breast cancer surgery. The new study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, is by far the largest evaluation of this issue, and suggests that the avoidance of adjuvant therapy is significant and is linked to a general distrust in the healthcare system.“If we want more women with breast cancer to complete their treatment, we’ll need to deal with their beliefs about the healthcare system — and I do think we can modify those beliefs,” said Lorraine T. Dean, ScD, assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s Department of Epidemiology and the study’s lead author.Adjuvant therapy for breast cancer normally consists of a course of chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation treatment, and is meant to kill any cancer cells not removed by the initial surgery. Research has shown that adjuvant therapy on average reduces the likelihood of breast cancer’s recurrence and increases patients’ chances of long-term survival.Yet it has long been clear that many patients either do not start their prescribed adjuvant therapy or start it but do not complete it. Cancer epidemiologists would like to know the causes of this treatment discordance, or noncompliance, in the hopes of improving treatment compliance, and thus improving patients’ long-term outcomes.Prior studies, which were smaller in sample size and geographic scope, have linked breast cancer adjuvant treatment discordance to patients’ lack of trust in the general healthcare system, but have not been clear about whether or not distrust in the system is separate from distrust in physicians. Dean and colleagues sought to clarify this issue of trust with a large survey of breast cancer patients in two major U.S. states. The researchers mailed survey questions to all women in Pennsylvania and Florida cancer registries who were diagnosed with invasive but still localized breast cancer between 2005 and 2007 and were under the age of 65 at the time of diagnosis.The response rate was 61 percent and the final sample included 2,754 women. Sixty-nine percent of patients were white, 27 percent were Black/African-American and four percent identified as another race or ethnicity. About 69.8 percent of these women indicated that they had received all of the adjuvant treatments their doctor had recommended. The remainder, 30.2 percent, indicated that they had elected not to receive at least one prescribed adjuvant treatment. More than half of the latter, or 18 percent of the cohort, had not undergone some or all of the recommended hormone therapy; the rest were evenly split between discordance with radiation treatment and discordance with chemotherapy.“While it is surprising in general that nearly one-third of patients are not following up with recommended adjuvant treatment, some earlier, more localized studies have reported even higher discordance rates, and it’s possible that our own figures would have been higher if we had followed patients for more than two years,” Dean notes.The survey asked participants about their trust in their doctors and in the healthcare system in general. The researchers used the patients’ responses to place them into high and low categories of general healthcare system distrust, and found that those in the “high-distrust” category, compared to those in the lower-distrust category, were about 22 percent more likely to report not having followed their doctor’s full set of recommended treatments.Treatment discordance was also significantly less common among married women, but more common among people with higher incomes, patients with stage 1 breast cancer, which has the best prognosis, and patients living in Florida at the time of diagnosis — the latter possibly due to Florida’s insurance laws, which cover a “second opinion” evaluation after a cancer diagnosis, Dean said.The results confirm the link seen in prior, smaller studies between breast cancer treatment discordance and general distrust in the healthcare system. The findings also suggest that this general distrust of medical institutions and the associated treatment discordance are not significantly influenced by the patient’s attitude towards her own doctor — whom many patients trusted even when they did not trust the broader healthcare system.“Improving healthcare system distrust may require strategies that are not solely focused on boosting physician trust,” Dean said.A decision to avoid or stop adjuvant therapy would be a rational one in cases where treatment is unnecessary, she noted. However, in keeping with prior studies of adjuvant effectiveness, she and her colleagues found that patients reporting treatment discordance were 40 percent more likely to have a cancer recurrence during the study period — underscoring the importance of improving treatment compliance and, to that end, trust in the healthcare system.“If ordinary businesses can learn to increase trust in their brands, why not the same with health care institutions?” Dean said.For more information: www.cebp.aacrjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read morelast_img read more

TEORéTica revisits ugly politics in Chronicle of Interventions

first_imgFor the past couple of years, the art gallery TEOR/éTica in Barrio Amón has painted and repainted its façade with large, eye-catching murals. Drivers cruising down the gallery’s San José street have seen every kind of painting, from giant Chinese characters to fantastical animals. The curators cleverly use the outside walls as part of the exhibit space, catching the attention of passersby and luring them inside.“A Chronicle of Interventions” is by far the most provocative so far: The “mural” is a printed list of U.S. incursions in Latin America. Arranged as a timeline, the chronicle begins more than a century ago and continues to the present day. There are famous operations, like Bay of Pigs and the Invasion of Grenada. Some are more obscure. But each item is composed in English, the lettering stark and difficult to ignore.It is significant that someone vandalized the mural shortly before the exhibit even opened, and although there has been no incident since, it is easy to believe that the image stirred some bitter feelings. The subject itself is bitter. Latin America spent half a century in violent upheaval that was largely sponsored and encouraged by outside powers. Bold U.S. claims on the region’s countries date back to the Mexican War, and the reach of U.S. imperialism in the Western Hemisphere – open and covert, economic and military – is incalculable.TEOR/éTica is hosting “Chronicle,” a joint project with the Tate Gallery in London. The Tate is one of the most respected art edifices in the world, and it is a great testament to TEOR/éTica that the tiny gallery has earned such a big-name collaboration.How you react to “Chronicle” depends on what role you think art should play in politics, and vice versa. Content isn’t the problem: If you visit TEOR/éTica in the near future, it is probably because you have an aversion to the CIA-backed death squads and the artificially enhanced civil wars of the 1960s-80s. You probably don’t swoon over Oliver North or Henry Kissinger. The “Chronicle” exhibit caters to English-speakers already critical of U.S. foreign policy. If you bother to see “Chronicle,” it is probably because you already share the exhibit’s perspective.But is conceptual art a smart way to “effect change” and “seek social justice,” as human rights activists are always saying? When you see the exhibit’s flow-chart about the United Fruit Company, which explains how the corporation used its resources, is this really “art,” or is it more like a large-scale infographic? The mural, created by artists Óscar Figueroa and Andreas Siekmann, is powerful and eye-opening, but you may wonder what the difference is between this kind of art and an installation at a history museum.In Naufύs Ramírez-Figueroa’s video, three dancers wear costumes shaped like colonial buildings while three elder men play the marimba behind them. Unless we read the artist’s statement, most of us will have no idea that the buildings represent traditional architecture in Guatemala, which has been systematically destroyed over the years. The performance art is alarming, especially when the dancers strip off their costumes and stand naked, then hurl smoke bombs into the room. Yet some patrons might find this piece both heavy-handed and pretentious. The message isn’t subtle, nor is it even comprehensible if you don’t already know its context.TEOR/éTica accepts this risk, because the truth is, Latin America has long been a wellspring of political art, and “Chronicle” is a fine bearer of that torch. From the diehard socialist Diego Rivera to Brazil’s Theater of the Oppressed to Cuba’s many exiled poets, artists in Latin America have long demonstrated that creative expression can be a life-or-death experience. “Chronicle” takes an important message and explores it from many angles. These artists are probably not facing firing squads for their work, which is a good thing; but they are reminding us that their predecessors did. Paint the wrong fresco in the wrong country under the wrong U.S.-backed dictator, and an artist could vanish forever.•If you stop by TEOR/éTica, make sure to see the adjacent exhibit, “¿Y Qué Fue De Cocorí?” (“And What Happened to Cocorí?”). To understand it, you need to know about the 1947 Costa Rican novel “Cocorí,” by Joaquin Gutiérrez. Written for children, the story is a kind of folk tale about a Caribbean boy named Cocorí and a blonde girl on vacation. The story itself is fairly sweet, like a Caribbean “Little Prince,” but the novel is commonly perceived as racist and stereotypical, not unlike a minstrel show.You’ll have to decide for yourself whether the novel itself condescends to Afro-Caribbean people, but Marton Robinson’s installation is a shocking illustration of how the media continue to represent dark-skinned Costa Ricans. Here you’ll find magazine covers, newspaper articles, antique posters, and at least one advertisement for slaves, all representing dark-skinned people in conspicuous ways. Some of the images are old, but many were printed in the past few years.Like “Chronicle,” the message of “Cocorí” is unambiguous, especially if you have read the source material. But “Cocorí” is particularly claustrophobic, because the installation is built into a tiny, windowless room. When you see a photograph of Barack Obama and the headline “Presidente Negro,” it’s chilling, not just because of the word used to describe him, but because it suggests an exoticism, an otherness, that divides him from mainstream society. People in the U.S. must face their tortured race-relations every day. The struggle to reconcile blacks and whites in the U.S. is world-famous. But like the chronicle of interventions, we must remember that such hostility exists everywhere, even here. Robinson is courageous to say so.“Una Crónica de Intervenciónes” continues through Feb. 22 at TEOR/éTica, Barrio Amón, San José. Free. Info: Gallery website. 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Rail Europe on track

first_imgOn the other side, the sales of the EU Pass dropped. This drop was heralded by increased tourist interest in buying individual tickets on high speed services. “We are extremely pleased that sales have been consistently grown over the last five years despite dips in the world economy,” Rail Europe chief executive officer Fabrice Morel said. Australasia was the strongest region for sales with €49 million in revenue being raised, representing a 50 per cent increase on 2010. The growth came mainly from well performing routes in bigger countries including Thalys (48 per cent revenue growth), the Italian Italo and Trentalia services (up 23 per cent), Eurostar (up 21 per cent) and the Swiss Passes line (up 20 per cent). Source = ETB News: T.N. Rail Europe forecasts an 8 per cent increase in sales for 2014 because of larger numbers of corporate and gourmet travellers.  Morel also said that travellers were realising that they could save up to 70 per cent when booking in advance.  Rail Europe has revealed a substantial increase in sales for 2013, with three million travellers moved across Europe using the EU pass.last_img read more