Discover the editing process and techniques used for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.Hollywood heavyweight Wes Anderson tasked editor Andrew Weisblum with executing the creative vision for his newest film, Moonrise Kingdom. Andrew brought years of editing experience to the project, from his past work with Wes Anderson and director Darren Aronofsky (he was nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for his editing of Black Swan). In a recent interview with Oliver Peters, Andrew describes the creative process, editing techniques and post-production workflow that went into crafting Moonrise Kingdom.Moonrise Kingdom was cut both on location and in the weeks following production. Weisblum and his assistant relied heavily on an Avid based workflow, with all Super 16 files transferred to the Avid DNxHD format.Read Oliver Peters full interview with Andrew Weisblum, and discover the process of crafting this unique film.Watch the trailer for Moonrise Kingdom:
NASA science programs—and in particular planetary science programs—would receive a funding boost under a proposed House of Representatives spending bill for fiscal year 2015. The measure would also block a White House proposal to shut down an airborne telescope and give NASA enough money to avoid having to shut down any of its aging planetary explorers.The draft bill, released today and scheduled to be voted on Thursday by the full Committee on Appropriations, would bump NASA’s science directorate to $5.2 billion in the fiscal year that begins 1 October. That is a roughly 1%, or $220 million, jump over President Barack Obama’s request released in March.NASA’s Planetary Science Division would receive $1.45 billion of the total—enough, the panel writes in a report accompanying the bill, to ensure the “extension of all healthy operating missions that continue to generate good scientific output.” That language is reassuring for planetary scientists, who have been worried that tight spending caps will force the agency to end one or more of six operating missions that still have life in them. 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SOFIA, an infrared telescope that rides in the back of a modified jumbo jet, holds appeal to both astronomers and planetary scientists, but its large operating expenses and long history of problems and delays had made it prime target for budget cutters. In the president’s request, NASA had called for cuts that would effectively ground the mission. But the House would provide $70 million for SOFIA.Reinstating SOFIA would renew other governments’ faith that NASA can maintain its share of international partnerships, says Bell, noting that planetary scientists are still smarting from NASA’s departure from the European ExoMars mission, a planned rover. “SOFIA is a unique resource,” he says. “The last thing we need is yet another disappointment for our international partners.”Within NASA’s human exploration division, the committee has questions and concerns about the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM)—a planned deep space mission to visit an asteroid and bring it closer to Earth. It’s not clear, the panel says in its report, whether ARM represents an important steppingstone en route to the human exploration of Mars. “A lot of support for ARM has been conditional on understanding more about what it’s going to cost,” Bell says. “I’m waiting to see more details come out. It seems that Congress is as well.”The spending bill is likely to be approved by the committee tomorrow and will then go to the full House. The Senate is just beginning its parallel appropriations process. Many observers expect that final spending levels won’t be decided by Congress until after elections in November.
In a fresh blow to the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, its former three-time Lok Sabha MP from Pratapgarh Ratna Singh joined the BJP on Tuesday. This came at a time when bypolls are to be held for a dozen Assembly seats in the State, including Pratapgarh Sadar. Inducted by AdityanathA feudal scioness, Ms. Singh, also referred to as ‘Rajkumari’ Ratna Singh was inducted into the BJP by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at an election rally in Pratapgarh, where he was campaigning for the candidate of the Apna Dal (Sonelal), a BJP ally. Ms. Singh won the Pratapgarh Lok Sabha seat in 1996, 1999 and 2009. However, since then she has fared poorly.
Having suffered two defeats in as many away games, defending champions Chennai Super Kings face an uphill task when they take on last year’s runners-up Mumbai Indians in a high-voltage Indian Premier League match in Mumbai on Friday.Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Super Kings have blown hot and cold this season. While they have defeated the opposition in their home venue, they have been tripped by an unknown Mumbaikar Paul Valthaty of Kings XI Punjab in Mohali and then by debutants Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their second away game.Dhoni and his band of warriors would be anxious to put it across Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.Mumbai will be the favourites having made a storming start to their quest of clinching the T20 League crown, which they had missed narrowly in 2010.Both teams are aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses as they retained most of their players from last year’s campaign.Chennai’s batting has come good in all four ties, although the rain interruption in Kochi two days ago had upset Dhoni’s calculations as the match got reduced to a 17- over affair midway through their innings. It’s the bowling, however, which is the major concern for the visitors.In three matches out of four, the Super Kings have crossed the 150- run mark. But even while defending 183 against Bangalore at home in their third game of the tournament, the Super Kings allowed their rivals to rattle up 162, a clear sign that the bowling has not been up to the mark.advertisementAgainst a team like Mumbai, with batting maestro Tendulkar in a sublime form and Ambati Rayudu, too, in red- hot touch, the Chennai bowlers need to step up their performance.One of the reasons for Chennai’s mixed display has been the indifferent form of allrounder Albie Morkel, who has not really done his job either with the bat or the ball. Morkel has scored just 33 runs in four matches and taken 3 for 121.With Australian Doug Bollinger back in the picture with his leftarm pace, the new ball attack has got some teeth. But it needs to be razor sharp against Tendulkar and company.The Super Kings’ strength is their batting but they would have to deal with the unorthodox delivery style of Lasith Malinga and on- the- dot accuracy of Munaf Patel. One of the key factors would be how openers – Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey – deal with Malinga’s swinging toe- crushers initially.Mumbai’s batting has clicked very well, barring the last game where the likes of Rohit Sharma made a heavy weather of chasing the modest target of 119 set by Pune Warriors, despite a fine platform laid through a half- century stand between Tendulkar and Rayudu.The bowling has been adequate, if not spectacular, with Malinga and Munaf Patel doing a good job along with Harbhajan Singh, who missed the previous clash due to an injury.A little worry perhaps would be the lack of sufficient time in the middle for the likes of Kieron Pollard and Andrew Symonds, who remained unbeaten after a short stay against Pune Warriors on Wednesday.-With PTI inputs
PARIS (AP) — If the World Cup had given the impression that Lionel Messi was slipping down soccer’s pecking order, the Argentine star made it clear he remains at the top of his game.Messi scored a record eighth Champions League hat trick on Tuesday in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven as Europe’s top club competition got underway. Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe, the teenage star widely viewed as the man capable of dethroning Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a near future as the best player in the world, endured a frustrating night in a 3-2 loss with Paris Saint-Germain at Liverpool.The World Cup winner scored a second-half equalizer but then gave the ball away in stoppage time, a costly mistake that paved the way for Roberto Firmino’s winner.Messi once again failed in his bid to lift the World Cup trophy this summer in Russia, where he did not play at his best and Argentina lost to France in the round of 16. But Messi is a different player in the Champions League, a competition he has won four times, and in which he has scored 103 goals.With his hat trick on Tuesday, he now leads Ronaldo 63-60 in total group-stage goals.“We were up against Messi, the best in the world,” PSV coach Mark van Bommel said.Ousmane Dembele also scored for Barcelona, which was already 3-0 up when it was reduced to 10 men as defender Samuel Umtiti was sent off with a second yellow card for a hard foul in the 79th. The Group B result extended Barcelona’s unbeaten run at home to 27 matches in the Champions League.In the group’s other match, Mauro Icardi volleyed in a superb equalizer for Inter against Tottenham and Matias Vecino headed in the winner in injury time to complete a 2-1 win for the Italian club on its return to Europe’s top competition.PULISIC SCORESChristian Pulisic celebrated his 20th birthday by scoring on his return from injury to give Borussia Dortmund a late 1-0 win at Club Brugge in group A.“It was great to come back after injury to and to be back with the team,” said Pulisic, who made his 100th appearance for the club.The American, who hadn’t played since Aug. 26 due to muscular problems, came on with around 20 minutes remaining and scored in the 85th when Matej Mitrovic’s attempted clearance rebounded off his shin and looped in over Brugge goalkeeper Karlo Letica.“It was a bit lucky but I’ll take it on my birthday,” said Pulisic, who had missed two Bundesliga games for Dortmund and the U.S. friendlies against Brazil and Mexico.MONACO LOSES AGAINIn the other Group A game, Monaco was handed yet another home defeat, losing 2-1 to Atletico Madrid.After losing all three home games in the group stage last season, Leonardo Jardim’s side grabbed an early lead against the run of the play with a goal from Champions League debutant Samuel Grandsir. However, Atletico dominated for long spells and struck back before the interval through goals from Diego Costa and Jose Gimenez.ETERNAL CASILLASSchalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann saved one penalty but was beaten by another as Porto salvaged a 1-1 draw in their Champions League-opening game on Tuesday. Galatasaray defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 at home in the other Group D game.In Germany, Porto keeper Iker Casillas started his 20th Champions League campaign, more than any other player.—By SAMUEL PETREQUIN , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Croatia Messi can be stopped, Iceland showed that – Lovren Robin Bairner 23:01 6/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Croatia Argentina v Croatia Argentina World Cup After the minnows stifled one of the world’s outstanding players, the Liverpool defender does not see why his Croatia side cannot do the same Dejan Lovren says his Croatia side are fearless ahead of their World Cup clash with Argentina on Thursday.The Croats lead Group D after one round of matches, thanks to a 2-0 win over Nigeria. Meanwhile, the South Americans were stifled to a shock 1-1 draw against Iceland.During that encounter, Lionel Messi gave a surprisingly off-key display, even seeing a penalty stopped, and while the Liverpool centre-back remains respectful of the 30-year-old, he has drawn inspiration from the manner he was stopped. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “They have one of the best players in the world, maybe the best, in Messi, but when you saw their game against Iceland, they did a great job and showed how to defend against him,” he told the Liverpool Echo.“You can’t stop him with one player, you have to defend like a team. You saw that with Iceland.”The experience of facing such a challenge is one that Lovren is relishing.“We know how to play against the big teams and we are not scared of them,” he said.“It’s an honour, of course, to play against the biggest players in the world. A few weeks ago, I played against Cristiano Ronaldo [in the Champions League final], two weeks ago it was Neymar [in a friendly] and now it’s Messi. That’s something you want to do from childhood – to play against the biggest.”Croatia’s place in the last 16 will be virtually guaranteed if they beat the Argentines, who will face a nervous fight to qualify if they fail to win.
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Sturdy and handsome, a good leather jacket is one of those iconic wardrobe pieces that probably belongs in every guy’s closet. But with so many having steep price tags, they are often out of reach. Fashion-industry vet Andrew Pollard is out to change that with his new line LTH JKT, which offers leather jackets in three styles from $550 to $695. They are sold exclusively on the brand’s website. Pollard recently shared the details behind this newly launched venture…What prompted you to start LTH JKT?I have been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and I’ve always loved wearing a leather jacket and how it makes me feel. I realized in my search that there wasn’t a single place that I could go to find one that fits with my style, that’s high quality, and that doesn’t empty my bank account. I saw an opportunity to start a company synonymous with leather jackets – to become that quintessential leather jacket brand. What are some of your favorite men’s styles and why?I love the classics – especially jackets that are simple and well made. For the launch, we designed three silhouettes for men: The Biker, The Cafe Racer and The Bomber. I felt at least one if not all of these iconic styles would appeal to most guys, as they certainly do to me. The inaugural collection has a restrained attitude, highlighted in subtle ways by the different qualities of leather, colors and details that keep them fresh and modern.Where are the jackets made?We own the factories in India where our jackets are made. Our manufacturing partners have been in business for over 30 years, they’re considered one of the world’s best leather manufacturers. We utilize the most advanced technologies available and comply with the highest social and environmental standardsWho is your “typical” customer?We like to say that these aren’t just for anybody – they’re for everybody. Our guy values expression, and wants to feel like he is part of a crew where members can give one another a simple nod of recognition, yet are encouraged to be themselves. There’s a great thing about a leather jacket that most people forget, it’s that the highlight isn’t the other clothes you’re wearing – it’s you.What are the long-term plans for the collection?Ultimately, we want to expand our collection and add other leather goods. Our long-term goal is simple: to offer people direct access to timeless, luxurious leather jackets – at a price they can easily try on. Our mission to democratize the fashion industry drives everything we do.Why do you think the leather jacket has become such an iconic item?There’s something electrifying about wearing a leather jacket. They possess a compelling power and inspire a feeling unlike any other – an effortless confidence and grounding in ones’ individuality. A well-crafted jacket isn’t just an accessory piece or a final touch to an outfit…it is the outfit. I believe a leather jacket says quite a lot, so you don’t have to.Aside from prices, what sets LTH JKT jackets apart?We obsess over the highest quality materials and the details of design and fit. Our sensibility is refined, yet always accessible. We value the feeling of strength a jacket provides, but also the vulnerability that it allows you to experience beneath that confidence. We like to say, put on a jacket, put down your guard.What would you say to someone who is hesitant to order a jacket online?You have so much to gain! There is nothing to lose – ordering online is simple, and with free shipping you get the jacket in a few days. And if you don’t like it you send it back no questions asked, plus your money back. But the best thing about buying a jacket online is you get to try it on, on your terms, because you are at home. You get to test it with your entire wardrobe and often find that more authentic you in the process.
South Korean shipping company H-Line Shipping and Dutch energy and commodities group Vitol have entered into a ten-year time charter agreement for an LNG carrier newbuild.The 174,000 cbm vessel with XDF propulsion is to be built at Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries (HSHI) and is due for delivery in late 2021.As informed, Vitol also holds extension options and the ability to exercise additional LNG carriers to support its further growth in the LNG industry through this partnership with H-Line.“We are very excited to have concluded this contract with H-Line … which represents Vitol’s second long-term charter of a modern 174,000 cbm LNG carrier. This allows us to optimize our LNG portfolio that includes increasing FOB volumes from different areas,” Pablo Galante Escobar, Vitol’s head of LNG, commented.“We will put our best efforts in every stage from shipbuilding to shipping operations under our contract with Vitol. We will also make full use of our capabilities for successful contract execution based on the company’s fundamental principles, ‘safety-first’ and ‘eco-friendly’ policies,” Myung Deuk Seo, CEO of H-Line, said.With over 7.8 million tons of LNG delivered last year, Vitol trades over seven million barrels per day of crude oil and products and has 250 ships transporting its cargoes.H-Line, a subsidiary of Hahn&Co., currently operates 55 vessels comprised of bulkers, LNG carriers and LNG-powered Capesize bulkers servicing long-term charter contracts.
New Delhi: Minorities have never been more safe in the country than under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader K J Alphons said in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday amid opposition references to lynching cases. Speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address, he said Modi is “more democratic” than anyone before him. Five years back it was said that Christians will be beaten up and churches will be burnt once the BJP comes to power, he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana “Have you seen any Christian being beaten up or any church being burnt (since the BJP came to power),” he asked. “Never has it been safer for minorities than under Modi,” he said as some in the opposition jeered, making references to lynching of Muslims in some parts of the country. Alphons, who was a minister in the first term of the BJP government but was not made a minister in Modi-2.0 government, targeted the Congress saying if it wants to live in a make- believe world, history will write it off. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah “You shall have a new India,” he said in an apparent jibe at Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who in his remarks during the debate, had called for giving back the ‘old India’ and Modi keeping his ‘New India’ with himself. He said instead of whining, the country should be celebrating achievements such as 99.2 per cent of the population now having toilets, 35 crore people getting bank accounts, 7.5 crore getting gas connection, 19 crore getting loan under Mudra scheme, the jump in ease of doing business ranking and India striking at the heart of the enemy. In his speech on the debate, Veer Singh (BSP) attacked the government for the unemployment rate climbing to a 45 year high due to “ill-planned” decisions and “wrong policies” such as demonetisation of high value currency notes and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. “Unemployment rate has risen from 2.1 per cent in 2011-12 to 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. This means 19 crore youth in the country are unemployed,” he said, adding reservation for SC/ST and OBCs is being diluted by the government in outsourcing work to private sector. Wansuk Syiem (Cong) said the President’s address did not have any mention of special package for the North East. It also did not have any mention of the telecom sector, where state-owned firms BSNL and MTNL are in a “bad shape” and are “unable to compete with the private sector.” Kirori Lal Meena (BJP) raised the issue of alleged dilution of tribal rules by the Congress-led government in Rajasthan in granting mining rights in tribal area. Participating in the debate, Abdul Wahab (IUML) asked how the government is going to win the trust of the minorities and Dalits when they were being “subjected to atrocities” everyday. He also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, saying they had invented a new branch of engineering – election engineering. Saroj Pandey (BJP) in her maiden speech hit out at the leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, saying he has insulted the mandate of the people by saying the prime minister won the elections riding on divisive politics whereas the fact remains that the people have voted for change. Attacking the opposition, she said they never cared for the women, poor and the people and it was Prime Minister Modi who felt their pain and built toilets for women, brought gas connection to their homes and ensured girls’ education. K Ravindra Kumar (TDP) said the BJP is all out to wipe the opposition in order to exercise monopoly which was not a healthy sign.
MONTREAL – While the word “midwife” seems to suggest a feminine-only practice, the first Quebec man to enter the profession is adamant that he doesn’t need a different title.Louis Maltais points out that the word, which comes from Old English, actually means “with woman” — and that it goes straight to the core of what a midwife does.“It’s about women, and it will stay like this, because it’s about women’s time and their experiences, and the name says that,” Maltais said. “We’re there for women.”Maltais turned heads earlier this year when he became the first Quebec man to enter and complete the province’s only university-level midwife training program.The months since then have been a whirlwind that included delivering his 100th baby over the summer, moving back to his hometown of Chicoutimi, and attending screenings of a documentary about his experiences, titled “Un homme sage-femme.”Maltais, who is a young-looking 31, said he feels his peers and his patients have been open to having a man in their midst.Part of the reason he allowed the documentary crew to follow him, he explained, was to share his experience with others — including men — who may want to enter the profession.“I think it’s not for every man because it’s very feminist, and that’s a very important part of it, but when you feel really comfortable with this, women are very open,” he said in an interview ahead of the film’s first Montreal screening at the Cinematheque quebecoise on Saturday.The documentary, which is showing until Wednesday, will also be broadcast on French-language TV at a later date.While about one woman in 20 doesn’t want him at their birth, Maltais said most are receptive — and they generally become more comfortable over time.Maltais said he debated becoming an osteopath or an acupuncturist before deciding to become a birth specialist, for reasons he’s not entirely sure how to explain.He was looking for a job where he could connect with people, and he started researching the Bachelor of Midwifery program at the Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, where he was attracted to the profession’s patient-centric approach.“I like the challenge, and to bring something different and something very important for women, to help women find their power to give birth,” he said.“This is huge, and I was looking for something huge that would have many meanings.”While midwifery has been practised in Canada for centuries, notably by Indigenous women, the practice began re-emerging in the mainstream in the 1960s and 70s along with the women’s right movement, according to the Canadian Association of Midwives.Currently, midwives are present at about 11 per cent of births in Canada, although that varies widely by province.Ontario had the most midwife-led births last year with over 23,400, although B.C. had the highest percentage at over 22 per cent.Midwives provide health care to women during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period, with the goal of facilitating a positive experience centred on the mother’s needs.Like any other new midwife, Maltais says he’s still learning to navigate the tricky line that requires him to respect women’s wishes while occasionally having to set limits to minimize risk.“We are guides. We follow women, but we have to say no when we have to say no, because (safety) is the first thing,” he said.The Canadian Association of Midwives says it only knows of one other male midwife who was trained in Canada, although there may be a handful who did their training elsewhere.But while male midwives are extremely rare in Canada, the association points out that’s not necessarily the case in other countries.And as demand rises to the point where many midwives have long waiting lists, the group’s president said she’s more than happy to welcome Maltais into their ranks.“From the position of the Canadian Association of Midwives, we want more midwives practising in Canada, whatever gender they may be,” Nathalie Pambrun said.
OTTAWA — Federal officials warned in a presentation earlier this year that the risk of student loan defaults and delays was on the rise, noting bleakly: the “system is broken.”Federal student debt alone is approximately $17 billion and the federal government has to regularly write-off millions of dollars in loans it will never collect.The documents, obtained by The Canadian Press, say the costs for post-secondary education have increased at rates “above wage growth and inflation” over the last decade, while the cost of living has also jumped, creating an affordability crunch for new and graduating students.And yet, the documents acknowledge that post-secondary education is a must for many entering the job market.Recommendations for how to address the problem were redacted from the documents, but student groups say they should include more non-repayable grants and waiving interest payments on student loans.The Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations are each readying to launch get-out-the-vote campaigns on campuses to get students to the polls during the fall federal election.‘No surprise’Meantime, those with the B.C. Federation of Students say they’re not surprised by the federal report suggesting the loan program is broken and in need of fixing.“You know, we hear on the ground the struggles students are having, even paying for their education as they’re attending school,” Jenelle Davies with the federation says. “Those stories only multiply when people graduate and have to then start repaying back the loans they have taken.”Davies says there really isn’t a choice about getting a post-secondary education.“I know on average the federal student loan interest is about $5,000 for students, and when you’re already struggling and living in cities that become increasingly more unaffordable, it’s a real challenge to keep ahead of your repayment schedule,” she adds.This problem isn’t just isolated to the big city, like Vancouver, she notes. Davies says places like Victoria, Nanaimo, Terrace, and Prince George are just some examples of cities that are becoming out of reach for students, who are also faced with “skyrocketing” education costs.“But wages don’t go up to match that increase,” she explains. “When young people are graduating with a $30,000 student loan, it’s a real struggle of how you’re going to repay that. But there’s no other option for folks than getting a student loan, because the student loan program is a needs-based loan. You have to financially qualify for it.”The B.C. Federation of Students has two main suggestions for the federal government to help: To eliminate interest on student loans and putting more money “up front” in a “needs-based grant system.”Davies explains it’s important to note that the cost associated with education is “widely provincial.”
Rabat – Ali Daqneesh, the brother of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old who became the symbol of Syrian civilians in war-torn Aleppo on Wednesday, reportedly died on Saturday.Ali, the ten-year-old attained severe injuries after he was injured with his brother Omran and his family members when an airstrike reduced his family’s building to rubble.“Ali was taken to hospital with his family members, but he succumbed to death on Saturday.” Activists in Aleppo said. The UK-based Syrian Solidarity Campaign also reported the death of Ali, saying that the attack is a “war crime” and calling for peace in Syria.In an interview with the Telegraph, Ali’s father said “It is very painful to watch your children falling in front of your eyes.”The touching photo of Omran on Wednesday epitomized the dire misery of the Syrian people after five years of war.In August alone, approximately 142 children have been killed in Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Rabat – Air Arabia Morocco has announced it will expand its network from Agadir with a new direct flight to Basel, Switzerland. Air Arabia, Morocco’s leading low-budget airline, has collaborated with the Moroccan National Office of Tourism (ONMT) to operate the new flight weekly on Mondays, beginning October 29, said the company in a statement.The new service will be the second flight operated by the airline from Basel to Morocco. ”Our first flight experience between Casablanca and Basel has been satisfactory and we are confident that this additional flight will bring added value in terms of tourist arrivals, for Basel airport covers three countries which are Switzerland, Germany and France,” said Adel Ali, president of the Air Arabia Group.Basel-Mulhouse Airport, better known as ”EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg,” is a tri-national airport in France, less than five kilometers from both the Swiss and German borders. Tourists from all three countries will now be able to fly to Agadir on the low-cost flight.
EDMONTON — A U.S. insurance company has agreed to pay US$219 million to end a class action lawsuit for allegedly making false and misleading statements about a group that includes the Alberta Investment Management Corp.The agreement in principle from Genworth Financial requires approval from a U.S. district court in Virginia, where the insurance company has its head office.Edmonton-based AIMCo — which invests on behalf of 26 pension, endowment and government funds in Alberta — was one of the lead plaintiffs in the suit, along with the California-based Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association.AIMco and other investors recover more than US$200M in class action against MF GlobalTransAlta Renewables gets $200M investment from Alberta fund manager AIMCoThe plaintiffs argued that Genworth’s executives and financial statements had failed to properly disclose information before the company announced in November 2014 that it would need to shore up its long-term care insurance business.The announcement of the $531-million accounting charge was followed by a substantial drop in the value of Genworth stock held by AIMCo and other investors.The Virginia-based insurance company continues to say the claims against it are without merit but has agreed to make the payment to avoid the cost and risk of continuing the battle in court.
VANCOUVER — Critics of open-net fish farms say the escape of 305,000 Atlantic salmon in Washington state should spur Canada to support a transition to land-based aquaculture.Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va., says compared with the United States, Europe and China, Canada has the most companies using closed-containment pens to harvest salmon.He says four of the world’s 13 land-based facilities are in Canada, while China has the largest production capacity, followed by Denmark.Summerfelt says while the technology to grow fish on land-based farms has steadily improved, relatively high capital and operating costs have been a challenge to the widespread implementation of that model.Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, says the Washington state spill earlier this week near B.C. waters requires government and industry to back more sustainable ways to farm salmon, which is in such high demand around the world.He says waste being pumped into the ocean from open-net salmon farms is harming the environment and those costs aren’t absorbed by companies producing salmon in more profitable but less sustainable ways that threaten wild species.
A Port Colborne man has been arrested and charged with allegedly accessing and distributing child pornography.Niagara Regional Police began an investigation into the online sexual exploitation of children in February that led to a Port Colborne home. Officers seized and forensically examined a number of computer systems and storage media on Thursday. 40-year-old Jason Favaro is facing several charges, including two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of accessing child pornography and one count of distributing child pornography. Favaro is being held in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for Friday in St. Catharines.
Kenzo Oshima, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, landed in Khartoum for the start of a 12-day mission to the Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Eritrea.On the first leg of his mission, to the Sudan and Kenya, Mr. Oshima is scheduled to meet with senior officials from the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. He is also slated to hold talks with the UN country team and representatives from donor countries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The meetings are expected to cover humanitarian access to people in need, the safety of civilians and aid workers, and ways to assure the smooth functioning of one of the world’s largest humanitarian operations.Accompanying Mr. Oshima is UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs for the Sudan, Ambassador Tom Eric Vraalsen.For the second half of his trip, from 5 to 11 October, Mr. Oshima is scheduled to travel to Ethiopia and Eritrea to draw attention to growing humanitarian needs brought about by drought-induced food shortages.He is expected to visit areas hard-hit by drought and discuss how best to address the urgent needs of populations effected by the emergency. Holdbrook Arthur, the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Director for the Central Africa Region, as well as officials from the European Commission and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will accompany Mr. Oshima during this leg of the trip.
The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for urgent action to alleviate the plight of a million children affected by conflict in northern Uganda, tens of thousands of whom are sent away from their homes every night to avoid kidnapping by rebels.Some 44,000 Ugandan children have been dubbed “night commuters” because they seek refuge each evening in northern towns to avoid kidnapping by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).Speaking in the capital Kampala at the end of her four-day visit, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy praised Uganda for its efforts to promote gender parity in education and to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. But she warned that the ongoing conflict in the north threatens to undermine the country’s achievements.”On the one hand, I see the tremendous progress that has taken place,” Ms. Bellamy said. “But on the other, I will be troubled by my memory of mothers in the north who love their children so much that they send them away from their own homes every night to seek safety and the protection that they are powerless to offer.” The number of Ugandans displaced by the nearly 20-year war between the Government and the LRA has tripled to 1.6 million people, 80 per cent of them children and women. Meanwhile, HIV/AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate, basic literacy is in decline and in the district of Gulu, less than 20 per cent of the people have access to adequate healthcare.UNICEF helps feed 700 children every month, but insecurity prevents the agency and its partners from reaching all of those in need. An estimated 7,000 children in the area suffer from the most severe and deadly form of malnutrition.”These figures, and these images, show that Uganda is home to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world today,” Ms. Bellamy observed. “And I say that quite conscious of the great humanitarian crises that lie to the north in Sudan.”While pledging UNICEF’s commitment to alleviating the suffering of Uganda’s children, she called on the country’s Government and the international community to act to tackle the crisis in the north.
“This incident is a tragic reminder of the increasing dangers journalists face every day in Syria. It also once again demonstrates the brutality of [IS], which is responsible for thousands of abuses against the Syrian and Iraqi people,” the Council said in statement to the press.They expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the Foley family, to the Government of the United States, as well as to the families of all victims of [IS].“[IS] must be defeated and the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out,” Council members said, emphasizing the unity amongst governments and institutions to counter [IS], Al-Nusra Front and other groups associated with Al-Qaida. According to international law, journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict are generally considered as civilians and shall be respected as such, members stressed. It is essential to bring perpetrators of these “reprehensible acts of terrorism” to justice. “Those responsible for the killing of James Foley shall be held accountable,” the Council stressed, urging all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the United States. The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, members stated.The Council’s strong condemnation echoes that of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who two days ago deplored the Mr. Foley’s “horrific murder”, which he declared “an abominable crime that underscores the campaign of terror the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [IS] continues to wage against the people of Iraq and Syria.”
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