Police fatally shoot 19year old in northern Quebec after stabbings leave 3

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s police watchdog says a 19-year-old man was shot and killed by police in northern Quebec early Saturday morning after a series of stabbings that left three people dead and two injured.The independent investigations unit says it appears the suspect broke into three homes in the remote village of Akulivik during the night and stabbed five people, including a child around 10 years old who is among the fatalities.The surviving two victims are in critical condition.A statement from the investigation unit did not say which police force was involved.The investigations unit says police intercepted the man as he was preparing to enter a fourth residence while armed with a knife.Their information suggests police fired once to stop the man from entering, then fired a second fatal shot when he began to move toward the officers.The unit has sent a team to the village to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.Quebec provincial police, who say they weren’t involved in the incident, will investigate the stabbings.last_img read more

Human remains found near Ucluelet BC police major crimes unit investigates

first_imgUCLUELET, B.C. – Police are investigating after the remains of two people were found near Ucluelet, B.C., late last week.The RCMP say it’s too early to determine if the remains are of two men who disappeared last month.Ryan Daley and Daniel Archbald were last seen leaving the dock in Ucluelet on May 16 after paying for a month of moorage on a sailboat they had sailed from Panama.In a news release, the Mounties say the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit is investigating and officers are working with the families of the missing men, whose disappearance police have called suspicious.Police say the remains were found by a woman walking her dog, but they do not say on what day or exactly where the discovery was made.Officers are working with the BC Coroners Service to identify the remains.last_img read more

The part about the suspect VIII

first_imgFULL SPECIAL REPORTBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsEarly on a Monday morning, the undercover officer watched as his target walked out of a Montreal apartment building, entered a black Mercedes parked on the street and drove off.The officer, a member of the RCMP’s proceeds of crime unit, then entered the apartment building through the unlocked front door and rang the doorbell marked 2.A woman emerged, up on the landing of the stairs.The officer asked, “Is Nick there?”The woman said, “He’ll be back in five minutes,” and gestured with her open hand.The police had now confirmed the residence of Nicolas Anthis.It was 8: 45 a.m., March 17, 2008.Anthis was a suspect under surveillance during Operation Cancun, but he was never arrested.He is identified in police files as an “employee” of Michael Chamas, a Lebanese-Canadian businessman who police suspected was the “banker” for the drug network targeted in the operation.The RCMP suspected that Anthis landed investors for Chamas’ many business activities around the globe.At one point, he arranged to transfer $1 million through Quebec gas station company Olco Petroleum to one of Chamas’ companies, Fidelis Financial Services, according to court records.Chamas says Anthis owed him the money from a legitimate arrangement that fell through.The Feb. 23, 2007, transfer appeared to have been arranged in an email from Anthis’ gmail account to Despina Leventis, Olco’s former financial officer.  The information was contained in a Feb. 16, 2007 email stored in one of Leventis’ computers that were seized as part of a lawsuit against her launched by Olco.The email was obtained by the RCMP through a warrant.The email message had the subject line, “Re: Banking information to swift,” and the body contained the coordinates to transfer money into one of Chamas’ Swiss bank accounts with the UBS bank.Olco launched a lawsuit against Leventis alleging she embezzled about $8. 7 million while she was working for the company.Anthis’ name was number four on a list of points the RCMP wanted to touch on during their interview with Daniele Guarino, one of the men caught in the Operation Cancun dragnet on March 26, 2008. Chamas’ name is point three on the list.Guarino was charged with three weapons offences and was suspected of laundering money from marijuana smuggling through Akwesasne.Guarino told his interrogator, Cpl. John Athanasiades, he met Anthis at a Montreal Dunkin’ Donuts. Anthis knew Guarino’s brother, who was assassinated in a suspected drug hit on March 9, 2007.“He recognized me and gave me his condolences, and voila,” said Guarino. “He knew my brother well.”The two became friends. They started having coffees in the morning. Both men had young daughters.Soon after their initial meeting at the donut shop, Guarino said Anthis introduced him to Chamas.They started working on a deal to ship construction material like concrete, softwood and reinforced iron to Dubai. Guarino would find the supplies and Chamas would find the buyers.“(Anthis) is in on the construction deal because of the introduction,” Guarino told Athanasiades. “It was my idea. Mr. Chamas would facilitate it.”Guarino said that he travelled with Chamas to Dubai and met several people with “Arab names.”“I was hoping to do some business with Michael,” said Guarino. “He is hopefully going to get me the contract to supply these people with construction material.”Chamas and Guarino left for Dubai on March 3, 2008. Anthis saw both men off that day.In a conversation with another man recorded by police, Anthis calls Guarino their “Italian associate.”Anthis was arrested this past Aug. 14 in Henderson, Nev., by U.S. Immigration and Customs agents.Anthis, 41, was then transferred into the hands of the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts as one of several individuals indicted earlier in April for allegedly laundering  money as part of a drug trafficking network that brought in marijuana from Quebec and distributedit throughout Massachusetts with the help of a crooked cop from Watertown, Mass.At least one of the organization’s Canadian contacts was in Montreal, according to the indictment filed in U.S. Federal Court.Anthis was charged with lying to Drug Enforcement Administration and ICE agents during a meeting on Oct. 20, 2010, in Bridgewater, Mass., about the source of $1,041,990US that was seized by authorities, according to the indictment.Anthis, and another man whose name is blacked out in the document, claimed that the money came from “legitimate investors” in the U.S. for the purchase of gold, “when in fact the defendants…knew that (the) U.S. currency was the proceeds of drug trafficking.”He was also charged with helping the organization’s alleged ringleader, Safwan “Sammy” Madarati, launder drug money and execute financial transactions to import marijuana from Canada.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Moroccans Announce Plans to Celebrate Amazigh Dance Taskiwine

Rabat – Plans were announced to celebrate the Taskiwine dance this Saturday. The celebration will take place in Taroudant, a small city in Southern Morocco between Agadir and Ouarzazate. The name originates from “Tiskt,” the powder horn each dancer wears on their left shoulder. Dancers primarily move their shoulders to the rhythm of flutes and tambourines, while retelling old stories of heroism and bravery.   Taskiwine, a traditional Amazigh martial art dance, was declared a part of the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage last year. The list was made to highlight cultural practices around the world that were potentially in danger of being lost due to globalization, according to UNESCO. Read Also: Irish Dancers Perform Ahidous Amazigh Dance, Impressing MoroccansThankfully in recent years, “there has been a growing collective awareness within communities…to safeguard the practice,” says UNESCO.In addition to Saturday, organizers are also planning another festival in August of next year. Although the tradition is still only practiced by a small number of tribes in the far Western Atlas mountains, efforts are coming in from all over Morocco due to the UNESCO designation, which instructs “communities, state institutions, civil society and all relevant actors to work together to revitalize, safeguard and promote this ancestral dance,” according to sources. read more

American Airlines suspends flights to Venezuela

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines is stopping flights to Venezuela because of safety concerns after the pilots’ union told its members to refuse to work the flights.American was the last major U.S. carrier to fly to the troubled country. It flew daily to Caracas and Maracaibo from Miami.The airline said Friday it temporarily stopped the flights and won’t operate to countries it doesn’t consider safe.Late Thursday night, the president of the Allied Pilots Association directed pilots to refuse Venezuela assignments.Daniel Carey noted that the State Department warns about crime and detention of American citizens. The U.S. pulled its last diplomats out of the country Thursday.Other U.S. and many foreign carriers have stopped flying to Venezuela as the country’s economic and political situation has deteriorated in recent years.The Associated Press read more

Twopronged solution needed to end Middle East conflict Israel tells UN

The long-running conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is based on both emotional and practical problems, Israel’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, stressing the need for a two-staged solution.“The emotional problems are first and foremost the utter lack of confidence between the sides and issues such as Jerusalem, recognition of Israel as the nation-State of the Jewish people and refugees,” Avigdor Liberman said at the Assembly’s annual high-level debate.The focus, he said, should be on creating a long-term intermediate agreement that could take decades.“We need to raise an entire new generation that will have mutual trust and will not be influenced by incitement and extremist messages,” said Mr. Liberman, who also serves as Deputy Prime Minister.“To achieve a final status agreement, we must understand that the primary practical obstacle is the friction between the two nations.”This friction exists in all instances where there are two nations with different religions, languages and competing claims to the same land, the official said, citing the Balkans, the Caucasus, Africa, the Far East and the Middle East as examples.“Where effective separation has been achieved, conflict has either been avoided, or has been dramatically reduced or resolved,” he added, pointing to the former Yugoslav republics, the split of Czechoslovakia and the independence of Timor-Leste.“Thus, the guiding principle for a final status agreement must not be land-for-peace but rather, exchange of populated territory,” Mr. Liberman said, stressing that he is referring to moving borders to reflect demographic realities, not to moving populations.Far from being an “extraordinary insight,” he said that it has long been accepted that the “mismatch between borders and nationalities is a recipe for conflict.”The Foreign Minister spotlighted that there is no divide within Israeli politics between those who want peace and those who do not.“Everyone wants peace and the controversy in Israel centres on the specific question of how to achieve this piece, how to reach security in the region,” he said.Despite years of effort, the process is still in a deadlock, the Israeli official said.“We are ready for a fair solution and we are ready to cooperate with the international community,” he said. “However, we are not ready to compromise our national security or the vital interests of the State of Israel.”Yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced disappointment at Israel’s move to not extend the moratorium on the building of Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, and expressed concern over provocative actions taking place on the ground.He recalled last week’s statement by the Middle East Quartet – the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States – which he said reflected the united call of the international community urging Israel to extend the settlement restraint policy.Mr. Ban reiterated that settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law. He urged Israel to fulfil its obligation under the Roadmap obligation to freeze settlement activity.“The Secretary-General supports ongoing efforts to find a way to continue peace talks in an environment conducive to progress. This is the only route to a viable Palestinian State living in peace with a secure Israel,” a statement issued by his spokesperson said.Mr. Ban expressed his disappointment later yesterday directly to Mr. Liberman. During the meeting, the Secretary-General reiterated his belief that direct negotiations are the only way for Israel and the Palestinians to resolve all final status issues. 28 September 2010The long-running conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is based on both emotional and practical problems, Israel’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, stressing the need for a two-staged solution. read more

No reports of Sri Lankans being affected by California mudslides

“SL Consulate General in Los Angeles is in touch with local authorities & #SriLankan expatriate community and informs no reports of SL nationals being affected by Southern California Mudslides #lka #srilanka #mudslides #Californiamudslides,” the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka said. There are no reports of Sri Lankans being affected by the California mudslides, the Consular Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka said.The Sri Lankan Consulate General is in touch with the Sri Lankan community in Los Angeles and the authorities following the mudslides. Rescue teams are continuing to search for survivors in southern California after a series of mudslides killed 17 people and swept away more than 100 homes. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Mahinda says no to early Presidential election

“In 2006, after the war with the LTTE resumed, the people of this country, the trade unions, consumers, professionals, businessmen and all sections of the population made it a point to refrain from doing anything that would disrupt the war effort. It is because of that public support that we were able to end the war that no one else was able to bring to an end,” he said.Rajapaksa requested the people to extend their support to him as they did during the war, in order to get the country out of the economic crisis it is now in.He warned that this is the last opportunity Sri Lanka has and of the effort fails, the country will end up like Greece. (Colombo Gazette) “The problem is in the Parliament. Hence there is no need to hold a presidential election at this stage,” he said. “What we did on the 26th of October was to form an interim Government that would have lasted only until the conclusion of the general election that has already been declared, but temporarily put on hold by the courts. We never had any intention of running an administration through the government that has been formed at present,” he said.Rajapaksa said the UNP will continue to engage in disruptive activities until the Supreme Court decides whether anyone’s fundamental rights had been infringed by the declaration of a general election. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa says there is no need for an early Presidential election but a Parliamentary election.Rajapaksa said that the United National Party (UNP) has been evasively saying that there should be a Presidential election instead of a general election. Rajapaksa said that in his speech in Parliament on the 15th of November, he proposed to all political parties to agree to hold a general election to enable the people to exercise their sovereign right to elect a Government of their choice. read more

Sprint adds 10 premium data fee to every 3G Everything subscribers bill

first_imgIf you’re a Sprint customer currently subscribed to one of their 3G Everything Data Plans, hey, guess what? Next time you upgrade your phone, you’re going to get boned.The nation’s third-largest wireless carrier has just announced that they’ll be charging every 3G Everything data subscriber an extra $10 a month in the way of a “premium data” charge.AdChoices广告Sprint’s being very defensive about this new data charge. In the press release, which you can read below, Sprint starts off by noting that smartphone consumers are using a lot more data, but then quickly starts ranting about the tiered data plans of the competition.I mean, frankly, yeah, we agree: we’d rather pay an extra $10 a month for unlimited data then have to deal with tiered data plans. That said, what makes Sprint’s move particularly strange is that, with the addition of the new premium data plan, every Sprint 3G customer is paying the same for their data plan as the company’s 4G subscribers.Who knows? Maybe that’s the point: next time you upgrade your phone, Sprint wants you on a 4G one. Still, this is a pretty strange way to go about shifting your customer base to a new technology.[via Engadget]last_img read more

Twitter Lets UberMedia Clients like UberTwitter and Twidroyd Back Online

first_imgOn Friday, Twitter revoked API access for UberMedia applications, like UberTwitter and Twidroyd due to policy violations that varied from changing users’ tweets into advertisements and a privacy issue with direct messages longer than 140 characters. Twitter noted that the decision was the result of prolonged content and negotiations with UberMedia, but a step they had to take. UberMedia apparently got the picture, because their developers spent the weekend retooling their apps and making adjustments to respond to Twitter’s requests. One of those requests was to change the name of the “UberTwitter” app, which Twitter reportedly said was a trademark violation. The new app is called “UberSocial.” Additionally, developers made other tweaks and changes to the apps and the service back-end. When the dust cleared, Twitter restored API access to UberMedia apps yesterday. Twitter still recommends that you use one of the official Twitter clients for Android, iOS, and Blackberry, but for the time being, fans of UberSocial and Twidroyd will be able to use their favorite clients again. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Castlebar Mitchels ease to Mayo final victory over Knockmore

first_img http://the42.ie/3054338 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,995 Views Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 9:02 PM Paddy Durkan celebrates scoring the first goal of the game with James Durkan. Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO By Colm Gannon Share37 Tweet Email1 Castlebar Mitchels 3-13Knockmore 0-10CASTLEBAR MITCHELS HAMMERED home their dominance of the club scene in Mayo with a powerhouse display against Knockmore — running out 3-13 to 0-10 winners.When the game was there to be won early in the second half, they put the foot down and crushed their opponents resistance thanks to a man-of-the-match display from Paddy Durcan, who will be an injury doubt for their Connacht championship opener next weekend after he had to leave the field with 15 minutes to go through injury.Durcan’s 1-1 inside the opening seven minutes of the second half proved decisive on front of 5,375 paying spectators.The wing-back, who had fine tussle with Mayo team-mate Kevin McLoughlin while he was on the field, hammered the ball home from close range after a flying break from an interception in the middle of the park to put his side seven points clear.There was just two between the sides at the break, but early points from Neil Douglas and Durcan after the restart set up the county town side for victory in the first floodlit final in Mayo.Appearing in their first county final for seven years, the north Mayo men were the rank outsiders going into the game, but following their upset win over Breaffy in the semi-final they couldn’t be discounted.However, they didn’t score in the second half until halfway throgh it and by that stage they trailed 1-10 to 0-4. Of the six points they kicked in the second half, five of them came from frees — four of those from Peter Naughton and all when the game was effectively done as a contest.Mitchels kept going through the gears and goals from Neil Douglas, who had another fine showing kicking 1-6, and the other from Barry Moran hammered home their advantage as they claimed their 30th Mayo senior football title and third in four years. Knockmore’s Darren McHale reacts after hitting the woodwork. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOThe first half was played at a break-neck pace, with both sides opting to work the ball from the back through the hands to make their way downfield. Castlebar Mitchels went in leading by two at the break after a strong second third saw them pull back an early Knockmore two-point lead.The game kicked into life two minutes in, when Knockmore sweeper Sean Rutldge broke from deep and swung over a point from the left hand side. The north Mayo men pushed two points clear six minutes in when Peter Naughaton landed a beauty with the outside of his right boot under pressure 35 metres out on the MacHale Road side of the ground.Castlebar got running on the scoreboard when Paddy Durcan kicked the first of two points he landed from range in the opening half ten minutes in. Knockmore stretched their lead back out to two points through a Colm Reape point.That was followed by two poor wides from Barry Moran and Cian Costello for the defending champions, before Neil Douglas kicked his first of the evening from a close range free.Durcan levelled it up with another long range effort 12 minutes from the end of the half.Mitchels then hit a little purple patch kicking three in a row, with Douglas tapping over another free Aidan Walsh hit an effort that Aidan Kilcoyne misjudged the flight of and it bounced over the bar, then Douglas tapped over one from a tight angle from play.Kevin McLoughlin drove over his sides fourth point just before the break to send Mitchels in leading 0-6 to 0-4 at the short whistle.Scorers for Castlebar Mitchels: Neil Douglas (1-6, 4f), Paddy Durcan (1-3), Barry Moran (1-0) Aidan Walsh (0-2), David Stenson (0-2, 1f),Scorers for Knockmore: Peter Naughton (0-5, 4f), Keith Rutledge (0-2, 1f), Colm Reape (0-1), Kevin McLoughlin (0-1), Sean Rutledge (0-1)Castlebar Mitchels1. Rory Byrne2. Shane Irwin3. Ger McDonagh4. Donie Newcombe5. Ray O’Malley6. Eoghan O’Reilly7. Paddy Durcan8. Aidan Walsh9. Barry Moran10. Fergal Durkan11. Cian Costello12. James Durcan13. Niall Lydon14. Neil Douglas15. Shane HopkinsSubs: 18. David Stenson for James Durcan (43), 17. Ronan Burke for Paddy Durcan (46), 19. Danny Kirby for Niall Lydon (50), 23. Jake Gannon for Cian Costello (53), 20. Callum Kyne for Neil Douglas (53), 24. Johnny Maughan for Donie Newcombe (54).Knockmore1. Aidan Kilcoyne2. Marcus Park3. Shane McHale4. Diarmuid Walsh5. Justin Rice6. Andrew Keane7. Nathan Hardy8. Thomas Clarke9. Kevin McLoughlin10. Darren McHale11. Colm Reape12. Keith Rutledge13. Sean Rutledge14. Kieran Langan15. Peter NaughtonSubs: 18. Brian Gibbons for Thomas Clarke (37), 21. Francie O’Neill for Darren McHale (49), 17. John Brogan for Marcus Park (55), 24. Alan Loftus for Colm Reape (56), 19. Ciaran Canning for Diarmuid Walsh (57).The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!center_img Paddy Durkan celebrates scoring the first goal of the game with James Durkan. Add us: the42.ie Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO Hogan stars in Kilkenny relegation battle while Keegan’s Westport win Mayo intermediate titleCuala finish strongly to claim back-to-back county titles for first time Castlebar Mitchels ease to Mayo final victory over Knockmore The reigning champions retained their title with a 3-13 to 0-10 win at MacHale Park. 9 Comments Oct 29th 2016, 9:02 PM last_img read more

Tesco to fork out €247 million over accounting scandal

first_imgTesco to fork out €247 million over accounting scandal Tesco has reached a deal that will see the company avoid prosecution. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article SUPERMARKET TESCO HAS agreed to a fine and compensation costs totalling £214 million (€247 million) after an accounting scandal at Britain’s biggest retailer, the Serious Fraud Office said today.Under a deal struck with the SFO over an affair stretching back three years, Tesco will not face prosecution.However, charges have previously been brought against three former Tesco executives, who face trial over alleged fraud and false accounting.“Tesco… has in principle reached a deferred prosecution agreement with the UK Serious Fraud Office regarding historic accounting practice,” the supermarket giant said in a statement.This “is a voluntary agreement under which Tesco Stores Limited will not be prosecuted provided the business fulfils certain requirements, including paying a financial penalty of £129 million.”In addition, Tesco will compensate shareholders by around £85 million in total.Tesco had been accused of overstating profits by £326 million between February and September 2014.Following the incident, the company appointed outsider and former Unilever executive Dave Lewis to replace long-standing chief executive Philip Clarke and oversee a drastic restructuring of the group, which in recent years has also faced fierce competition in the UK from German-owned discount retailers Aldi and Lidl.“Over the last two and a half years, we have fully co-operated with this investigation into historic accounting practices, while at the same time fundamentally transforming our business,” Lewis said in the statement.“We sincerely regret the issues which occurred in 2014 and we are committed to doing everything we can to continue to restore trust in our business and brand.”Tesco is the world’s third-biggest supermarket group after France’s Carrefour and global leader and US giant Wal-Mart.© – AFP, 2017Read: Flahavans fends off Dairy Milk and Tayto to claim top spot in vote for Ireland’s favourite food brandRead: ‘It’s very frustrating’ – Union not happy with Tesco anti-strike ad campaign Mar 28th 2017, 11:55 AM Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 11:55 AM 10 Comments Share34 Tweet Email6 13,597 Views By AFP Image: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment Image: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3310776 last_img read more

Thousands pack into city square

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Thousands of protesters gathered in Athens’ Syntagma Square and central squares in other major cities including Thessaloniki and Patra on Wednesday evening for anti-austerity demonstrations modelled on rallies being held in Spain. An estimated 10,000 people crowded into and around Syntagma Square for a peaceful demonstration, chanting, “Thieves, thieves” and making offensive hand gestures at the unseen lawmakers in Parliament behind a row of riot police officers.Another 5,000 or so gathered in the centre of Thessaloniki. The few banners in the crowds bore slogans that betrayed no allegiance to any political party, highlighting the absence of unions and associations that usually organise demonstrations in Greece. “What time is it? Time for them to go,” one banner read. The protests were organised using social networking sites including Facebook, following the example of the Spanish campaign that has been driven largely by young people. The Greek initiative even adopted the name of Spain’s, Los Indignados, with groups calling themselves “The Indignant of Syntagma Square” and “The Indignant of the White Tower,” in a reference to the Thessaloniki landmark. Unlike their Spanish counterparts, however – many of whom have been camping out in central squares for days – most Greek demonstrators did not appear to be in it for the long haul. There were no tents or sleeping bags in sight. Still, the crowds had not dwindled by late on Wednesday night when the chanting of anti-austerity slogans was bolstered by a hypnotic beating of drums. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Private Bill – In Love and War

first_imgIn 1941, two years into World War II, Crete formed the final Greek stumbling block for the Axis powers, as they looked to take control of the Mediterranean. A sensational battle ensued on the island, with an unsuccessful Commonwealth-led defensive trying to protect it from falling into Nazi hands. Reports claim that Adolf Hitler blamed, in part, the fall of his empire to the unexpected heavy losses it faced in Crete. Australia formed part of that Commonwealth defensive, and ABC political commentator and host Barrie Cassidy is writing a book detailing the life of his father, Australian Private William (Bill) Cassidy, who served in the Battle of Crete. Private Cassidy was captured (in a sense), following its eventual German capture, and transported to Stalag XVIII-A prisoner-of-war camp in Wolfsberg, southern Austria, via Thessaloniki, where he served for four years. The book, titled Private Bill – In Love and War, is set to be released in late October, and details his father’s journey, from his departure in Australia through to Europe’s liberation in 1945.Despite the heroics of Commonwealth soldiers, the eventual fall of Crete to the Germans was one of epic proportions, brought about by never before seen measures, including large scale parachute invasions by the fallschirmjäger (‘parachute hunters’).Barrie’s journey began in Askifou, a small village in Sfakia, southern Crete, where he visited a museum littered with artefacts from the war. The museum is owned by local Andreas Hatzidakis, whose father George witnessed the effects of the war, and at age 14 set about assembling his collection in its entirety, at the defeat of Nazi Germany.Andreas, who maintains his museum without the help of Greek authorities, and relies on the generosity and assistance of passers-by, was the starting point for Barrie, his wife Heather and their daughter Caitlin, as they set out to recollect his father’s steps. “In Crete it was essentially filling in the gaps and seeing for myself first hand the geography of the battlefields and particularly outside of Herakleion, just beyond the airport. The Allies were camped there to protect the airport and there are two cone shaped hills and dad had described these hills and told me exactly where he was when the parachute invasion happened.“It’s quite remarkable to get there and say ‘wow, there they are, exactly as described’. It’s an experience that I wanted to see for myself so I could then describe it accurately in the book.”The Insiders host says that “the Battle of Crete is one of the most under-appreciated battles of World War II”. Notably because of large scale “ferocious civilian resistance” against the Axis invaders, the fallschirmjäger, and because of remarkably unprecedented circumstances that saw Allied and Axis personnel share a Red Cross hospital in Adele, eight kilometres east of Rethymno. “To this day I’ve spoken to a lot of war historians and none of them have been able to identify another example where a hospital was genuinely shared by the two competing sides. “It came about almost by accident. The Allied troops stumbled on this German Red Cross centre and they were talking about the battle in the valley beyond Rethymno, and it just made sense to them that they shared this Red Cross facility, and they did.”“Depending on where you were in the queue, whether you were German or Australian or English or whatever, you might get a German surgeon or an Australian surgeon or an English surgeon.”His father was taken to the hospital after being wounded in two places by shrapnel and a bullet, and shared a tent with an Englishman and two German soldiers. There he found himself engaged in extensive dialogue with the enemy about Adolf Hitler’s objectives. “He [his father] asked one of the Germans whether he ever believed that they could successfully invade England, and the German said to him ‘if that’s the Führer’s will, then we’ll do it’. He took away from that that this guy was a fanatic.”His father had told him about the hospital, but Barrie was sceptical due to the circumstances that his father found himself in. “Because dad’s recollection was slightly vague I was never satisfied that he didn’t in some way become confused – he was wounded after all – and that he might have been confused by who was really running the hospital.”“But I’ve since been able to establish that. It certainly existed and it existed in those circumstances.”Barrie pointed out that the events leading to his father’s capture were unique, because it wasn’t so much a capture as a transfer – from hospital patient to war prisoner.“Most people’s vision of how somebody becomes a PoW is that they’re captured in the field. Dad’s circumstances were exceptional again because after the Allies evacuated the island, a group of Germans walked into the hospital one day and said ‘your mates have left the island, you’re now prisoners of war’.” Remnants of the hospital still remain in Adele. A lone white building with a Red Cross sign can be located, which locals believe formed the basis of the hospital. “To walk away from Crete with that confirmation, knowing 100 per cent that that’s the way it operated, and to find the location, was one of the most satisfying things that I did.”His father’s treacherous seven-day journey to Austria following his capture was one of survival of the fittest. His passage led him through former Yugoslavia on a “cattle train”, with very limited food and water. Barrie puts his father’s survival down to the fact that he had been nursed back to health in the hospital beforehand, and had recovered from his injuries. He spent the next four years in various roles in Austria as a PoW until Europe’s liberation in 1945.Barrie explains that the title of the book Private Bill with its subheading In Love and War, is more than just a tale of the world’s greatest armed conflict. His father was both a private in the army, and also a very private person, who did not openly discuss his experiences with family and friends. The subheading, he details, was due to a life changing event, sparked 50 years after the Battle of Crete. Barrie’s mother received a letter from a lady who wrote to her saying ‘I understand you’re my mother and I want to meet you’. Consequently his father had to confront the realities of war again, and the fact that his wife had had an affair and adopted out a child. “This created all sorts of tensions within the family, and so the book picks up on that theme. To the extent that, the impact of war never leaves you. Here’s my father in his 80s having to deal with the impact of the war and then partly as a result of that [the affair], but also because of what he had experienced through the war, in his 80s he suffers post-traumatic stress disorder.“So it’s a lifetime story, it’s not just a war story, and that’s what picks up the subheading In Love and War.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Godzilla anime film roars on to our screens in 2017

first_img 1/30Generated by IJG JPEG Library All hail Godzilla, the most famous giant monster to ever grace the big screen. Hot on the heels of the new Shin Godzilla movie that TOHO released last month, a new anime film has just been announced, to be released to theaters next year.At the helm of the new film are directors Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan films, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Kenshirô, Fist of the North Star: The Legend of Toki) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia). Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero,Psycho-Pass) created the story concept and screenplay.Despite the many iterations of Godzilla on screen, only two animated versions of the famous giant exist with both being American productions. It’s more than overdue that Godzilla get animated by a Japanese studio. However, it looks like instead of traditional animation, we can look forward to a CG film set in a futuristic world if the teaser art is any indication. Additionally, it has been announced that the film will be produced at Polygon Pictures, a studio specializing in CG animation, so that’s a big tip off right there.Godzilla holds the title for the longest running movie franchise by the Guinness World Records, having started in 1954. At a staggering 29 films, the series shows no signs of stopping. Not only is TOHO committed to bringing us the continuing adventures of our lizard-esque pal, Legendary Pictures is also signed on to create more Godzilla films as part of their own franchise. Their second Godzilla film is scheduled for release in 2019, before a King Kong crossover arrives in 2020.The films can be divided into five categories spanning the evolution of the many-spiked beast. The Showa period films from 1954 to 1975 were all relatively lighthearted.Godzilla from the original 1954 film.Godzilla eventually becomes an antihero, protecting rather than just destroying. The introduction of several other TOHO monsters such as Mothra, Rodan, and Varan during this time became memorable allies and foes of Godzilla for years to come.The Heisei period films from 1984 to 1995 begin with a sequel to the original 1954 film, ignoring the other Godzilla movies between then. The films take a more serious turn during this time, with Godzilla returning to the giant evil monster as he was in the original.The Millennium period from 1999 to 2004 served as a reboot of the franchise by TOHO, starting with Godzilla 2000 and ending with Godzilla: Final Wars. After this movie, the studio announced they would not make another Godzilla movie for 10 years.The current period of Godzilla films is now split into two franchises: The American films, the most recent of which was the 2014 film by Legendary, and the TOHO reboot starting this year with Shin Godzilla.Despite the many iterations of Godzilla, it looks like there are still many more adventures for our familiar scaly friend to attend to in the future. Check out the evolution of Godzilla in our gallery below. <>center_img 1/30Generated by IJG JPEG Librarylast_img read more

Archaeologists Uncover Worlds Oldest Human Bone Tattooing Kit

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on target Archaeologists just revealed the world’s oldest known human bone tattooing kit, and it might give important clues on the history of Polynesian body art.The kit was found on the Pacific island nation of Tonga, according to an Australian National University press release. Australian researchers studied the tattooing kit and published their findings in The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. Radiocarbon dating revealed that the tools were approximately 2,700 years old. This set, which was originally discovered in 1963, was most likely documented, however, its paperwork is missing, making it the oldest complete tattooing kit to be discovered worldwide.Geoffrey Clark of Australian National University and and Dr. Michelle Langley of Griffith University analyzed the ancient instruments in the kit, and found that two were made of bird bone and the other two tools were “probably” made of human bone.“As there were no other mammals of that size on the island at the time, and human bone is known to be a preferred material for making tattooing combs, we believe they are most likely made from human bone,” Dr. Langley said in the press release.Geoffrey Clark of the Australian National University holds a bone comb from a tattooing kit that’s approximately 2,700 years old. (Photo Credit: Jack Fox/Australian National University)Dubbed “bone combs,” the tools look like hair combs with grooved edges, and they were sharp enough to drive pigment into the skin, NPR noted. Back in the day, the kit also probably contained a haft, a mallet, carbon pigment, a mortar, a pestle, and an ink-holding vessel.Traces of manufacture and use on the Tongatapu tattooing combs. (Photo Credit: Ancient Tattooing in Polynesia/’The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology’)What’s interesting about these tools is that they provide more details on where Polynesian-style tattooing might have first developed, and the bone tattoo combs represent the type of body artwork that could have existed in Oceania many years ago. It’s likely that the tattoo kit belonged to one artist, who might have accidentally left it behind or gave up on repairing it.“The question has always been were these tools introduced to the Pacific through migration, or were they developed in Polynesia where we know tattooing has a very prominent role in society and spread from there,” Clark said in the press release. “This discovery pushes back the date of Polynesian tattooing right back to the beginnings of Polynesian cultures around 2,700 years ago.”These type of tools haven’t changed much in roughly 3,000 years, since traditional tattooing equipment still used in the Pacific resembles ancient instruments.“The actual tool itself – the comb shape and the way it’s used – hasn’t changed much, and that’s why this find is so interesting,” Langley added. “These ancient tools continue to be used today.”More on Geek.com:This Cactus Spine Needle Is the Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North AmericaGoogle 3D Prints Ancient Artifacts for Digital DisplayFamous Einstein ‘Puzzle’ Solved After Missing Page Found in Trovelast_img read more

Newly sworn PM DrHubert Minnis tours office of the Prime Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 12th 2017: Newly Sworn in Prime Minister, Dr.Hubert Minnis, toured the Office of the Prime Minister on Friday morning, meeting with members of staff and getting acquainted with persons he will have to work with for the next five years.Newly Sworn In Prime Minister, Dr.Hubert Minnis, meets and greets staff at the Office of the Prime Minister during a tour of the officeFrom the custodian staff, to clerical and office administration, Dr.Minnis was not shy in introducing himself and even making small laughs with staff. For some upon hearing their names, Dr.Minnis asked their relations to persons bearing similar names and the island they probably originated from, his way of breaking the ice.Dr.Minnis is the fourth Prime Minister over the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. #MagneticMediaNews#PrimeMinisterDrHubertMinnis#FourthPrimeMinisterOfTheBahamas Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

One Take Tom Walker On His Favorite Concert Ever London Junk Food

first_img Facebook Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With The Mrs One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Prev Next Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Tom Walker one-take-tom-walker-his-favorite-concert-ever-london-junk-food-more Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take: Tom Walker On His Favorite Concert Ever, London, Junk Food & More Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch One Take With Marian Hill NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 26, 2018 – 6:02 pm One Take With Tom Walker One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Little Big Town Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Lights One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves One Take With Demo Taped Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch: One Take With Khalid In the episode, Walker tells the song he has on repeat right now, the favorite concert he’s been to, his favorite city to play shows at, and his favorite junk food (in America). He also shares whether he prefers London or Manchester, fruits or veggies, and where he likes listening to music best, and more. One Take Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Le Butcherettes One Take With The Mrs One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Amber Rubarth One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Email One Take With Grupo Fantasma One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Logic One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Dorothy The singer/songwriter lists some of his favorites, including songs, cities, snacks, places to listen to music, and moreAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Sep 26, 2018 – 6:02 pm Music is the passion that has fueled U.K.-based singer/songwriter Tom Walker throughout his life, having grown up dancing to his dad’s record player and spending a lot of time at rock concerts. His own sound is passionate and soulful, and his debut LP What a Time to Be Alive is being released on Oct. 19. He stopped by our headquarters to play a round of One Take, GRAMMY.com’s rapid-fire game that challenges artists to see how many questions about life, music and everything in between they can answer in 60 seconds. Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Halestorm One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan News Twitter Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Logic Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Superfruitlast_img read more

French team demonstrates paramagnetic properties of liquid oxygen drops

first_img More information: Magnetic control of Leidenfrost drops, by Keyvan Piroird, Christophe Clanet, and David Quéré, Physical Review E, Accepted Monday Apr 30, 2012AbstractWe show how a magnetic field can influence the motion of a paramagnetic drop made of liquid oxygen, in a Leidenfrost state on solids at room temperature. It is demonstrated that the trajectory can be modified both in direction and velocity and that the results can be interpreted in terms of classical mechanics as far as the drop does not get too close to the magnet. We study the deviation and report that it can easily overcome 180 and even diverge under certain conditions, leading to situations where a drop gets captured. In the vicinity of the magnet, another type of trapping is observed, due to the deformation of the drop in this region, which leads to a strong energy dissipation. Conversely, drops can be accelerated by moving magnets (slingshot effect). Journal information: Physical Review E Droplets levitating above a liquid surface show unusual motion (w/ video) Leidenfrost drops come about when a liquid is dropped onto a surface that is significantly hotter (above its boiling point) than it is, trapping vapor underneath which allows the drop to not only avoid instant evaporation, at least right away, but to hover over the surface. The effect is commonly seen when water is tossed into a hot pan; the drops that form move around faster than they normally would due to the absence of friction.Leidenfrost drops are used in a variety of industrial processes despite a lack of research into their physical properties. To learn more, the research team from Ecole Polytechnique looked to liquid oxygen drops because of their room temperature boiling point and also because they are paramagnetic and very easy to make.To make drops of liquid oxygen, the team poured liquid nitrogen into a metal container. As they did so, drops of liquid oxygen formed on the outside of the container due to condensation. Once the drops were produced, the team put them on a glass plate where under normal conditions they would slide around chaotically as water does in a hot pan. To control them, the team placed a small magnet underneath the glass.The team found that by moving the magnets they could control the paths the drops took and that angling the magnet caused different behavior; some were deflected while others swooped around the magnet, emulating the sling-shot effect scientists use to fling spacecraft away from a planet towards an established destination. Through trial and error they also found that in some instances they could cause the drop to actually orbit around the magnet.Interestingly, the group also found that the degree of friction involved with the drops appeared to fluctuate depending on the shape of the drops as they moved around, which might just lead to better processes for controlling Leidenfrost drops in industrial applications.The team believes their research might also lead to space travel modeling as the actions of the drops they manipulated with their magnets so closely mimic that of actually space travel situations. To further their research they have begun adding different particles to the drops to see how different materials impact their behavior. Citation: French team demonstrates paramagnetic properties of liquid oxygen drops (2012, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-french-team-paramagnetic-properties-liquid.html © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further (Phys.org) — A team of French scientists studying the properties of Leidenfrost drops has found that liquid oxygen drops can be manipulated and controlled using a magnetic field at room temperature. They describe their work and the properties they’ve uncovered in a paper to be published in the journal Physical Review E. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more