Canso Causeway Closed Due To Severe Weather Conditions

first_imgCanso Causeway has been closed today, Jan. 1, to all traffic until further notice due to severe whiteout conditions caused by a high storm surge. A storm system continues to bring severe winter weather and whiteout conditions across the rest of Nova Scotia as well. Drivers are warned to keep off roads to keep themselves and others safe, as travel is extremely difficult. More information on road conditions is available by dialing 511 for provincial highway conditions, or 1-888-432-3233 for local road information. -30-last_img

We must learn from mistakes made during first match Sunil Chhetri

first_imgAhmedabad: Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri Friday asked his team-mates to learn from mistakes they made during the previous match and try to rectify them in their must-win game against North Korea in the Intercontinental Cup here. Chhetri, who grabbed a brace in India’s 2-4 loss in the opening game against Tajikistan on July 7, said that the whole team was working hard to bounce back from the defeat and stressed on the importance of keeping calm. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”We need to learn from all the mistakes in the Tajikistan game and try to rectify them as much as possible. Individually, as well as collectively, we are all working hard on that. The most important thing is to keep calm and put your head down and work,” he said. “No one else is going to help you, which means we have to pick ourselves up and give a good account of ourselves against DPR Korea to churn out a positive result,” Chhetri said at the match-eve press conference. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenHe said the team was “enjoying” the new style of play based on possession football introduced by head coach Igor Stimac. “The majority of our focus is on keeping the ball. There are a lot of movements and players asking for the ball. Of course, at times, we have to put safety first and we cannot be passing in defence all the time needlessly,” said the country’s most capped player. “Eventually, whether it works or not, only time will tell, but I can say that I am enjoying this style and all the players are enjoying as well. The more we are in sync with the coach, it is better for us and we will back him in all his plans for the team,” he added. Stimac had stated that the Intercontinental Cup was part of preparation for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that begin in September. With the team having faced Curacao and Thailand previously at the King’s Cup and now playing Tajikistan, DPR Korea and Syria, Chhetri stated that playing such opposition will “make the team stronger”. “The level of opposition is really good. I don’t remember the last time we played five countries of this quality together. We might lose some and might win some but these are the games you want to target,” the captain said. “Unless you play these teams, you never know where you stand. We’ll certainly be stronger after these games and they are important if we want to go to the next level.” Chhetri also said these set of games is crucial for the coach to pick his set of first-choice players for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. “The two games in Thailand and three here have been really crucial. We are understanding what the coach wants from us exactly and this tournament is a progression where he is still looking for first 18-23 set of players,” he said.last_img read more

Airport reopens in Bali for those wanting to flee active volcano

first_imgThe international airport in Bali, which was closed on Monday because of an active volcano, has been reopened to provide stranded Canadians and others a window to leave the island.The closure disrupted travel for tens of thousands of people, including at least 403 Canadians who had registered with Global Affairs Canada.An airport spokesman (Arie Ahsannurohim) said volcanic ash has drifted south and southeast, leaving clean space above the airport for planes to land and take off.The local airport authority had closed the facility because volcanic ash poses a deadly threat to aircraft and ash from Mount Agung had been moving south-southwest toward it.However, the volcano was still erupting and Indonesia’s president has urged anyone still within an exclusion zone extending up to 10 kilometres from the mountain to get out “for the sake of their safety.”Although 403 Canadians had registered with Global Affairs Canada, a spokeswoman said earlier in the week that since registration is voluntary, a greater number of Canadians may be in the region.last_img read more

Charities Mourn The Passing Of Sam Simon

first_imgSimpsons co-creator, animal advocate and PETA Honorary Director Sam Simon has passed away following a long and courageous battle with cancer.“I think Sam died with a smile on his face, knowing that elephants were on their way out of the circus, something that, together with the closure of SeaWorld, he dreamt of and talked about all the time,” said PETA president Ingrid Newkirk. “He said the last two years of his life, since his diagnosis, were his happiest, as he used them to help animals who had nothing, and it gave him great joy to see chimpanzees, elephants, and even a “gay” bull find freedom from harm because he had worked with PETA to get them all out of hideous circumstances. One day, people will realize that Sam knew what PETA says is right: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.” I hope everyone who knew Sam or hears about his great kindness to veterans, to animals, and to all will do something kind themselves in his honor. It’s a very sad day for us at the Sam Simon Center, PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters.”“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and funnyman Sam Simon,” said Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles. “As we mourn the loss of Sam, we also celebrate his life and legacy of giving to those who need it most. He gave a voice to children and endangered animals who can’t speak up for themselves. And he gave away his fortune so that they may have a chance at a better life.“Sam once told me: ‘Giving—I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don’t feel like it’s an obligation. In fact, nothing is as gratifying as knowing that my giving has changed lives, especially the lives of children.’“For nearly 30 years, Sam was a loyal advocate for children and traveled the world to see Save the Children’s work up close. In gratitude for his decades-long support, we created The Simon Society, a global philanthropic community that supports our agency’s work to improve the lives of children whenever and wherever the need is greatest.“We will miss you, Sam. But your wit will keep us laughing and your compassion will continue to put smiles on the faces of children around the world—from the mountains of Appalachia to playgrounds in Mozambique to classrooms in Haiti.”“This is truly a devastating loss, for me and for Sea Shepherd and for the thousands of people and animals whose lives have been touched by Sam Simon. He will be remembered as a great friend and as an unwavering defender of animals,” said Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Founder, Captain Paul Watson.To read more about Sam Simon and his legacy, click here.last_img read more

2019 OSCARS WILL HAVE NO HOST FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30

first_img Facebook Advertisement The Academy is pressing forwarded without a host for this year’s Oscars.The Oscars will air with no host for the first time in 30 years, according to Variety. The Academy Awards have had a host for every awards show since 1990, but this year marks a significant change.This year’s host-selection process was complete and utter chaos. The Academy took a suspiciously long time selecting a host. When Kevin Hart was finally handed the duties, old homophobic tweets by the comedian resurfaced and a significant social media backlash quickly forced him to resign.  READ MORE AFTER KEVIN HART DEBACLE, OSCARS FORGE AHEAD HOSTLESSThe Oscars are poised to embark on one of the most radical reinventions in the awards show’s long history. For the first time in nearly three decades, the biggest night in movies plans to go without a host, individuals with knowledge of the plans told Variety.Producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders. The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.As it stands, no new offers are out, nor are any expected to be made to a single potential host to fill the void left by Kevin Hart, who dropped out within hours of being selected when he refused to apologize for his past homophobic remarks that had resurfaced on Twitter. READ MOREKEVIN HART DEFINITELY WON’T BE OSCARS HOST — SO THE ACADEMY IS PUSHING AHEAD WITHOUT ONEThe Academy Awards will be host-less for the first time in three decades.After several weeks of controversy and debate, Kevin Hart has made it official, again: He’s definitely not hosting the Academy Awards — and as a result, the Oscars will reportedly proceed without a host at all.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in December that Hart would host the 2019 Oscars, but the news was immediately met with a social media firestorm concerning homophobic jokes and tweets that Hart made years ago. In the wake of round one of the controversy, Hart apologized to the queer community and stepped down from the hosting gig. READ MORE Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Jim Smeal/BEI/REX/Shutterstock Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

CLONE CLUB HAS A NEW REASON TO CELEBRATE AS ALL FIVE SEASONS

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Almost six years since its debut, ORPHAN BLACK remains a critical darling and a favourite among viewers inspiring memes, cosplay, and fan art. The ground-breaking series premiered March 30, 2013 on Space and viewers can get ready to binge as all five seasons join CTV Throwback beginning Monday, April 1 completely unlocked with no subscription required on CTV.ca and the CTV app.Whether viewers are members of Clone Club, or can’t tell Sarah from Alison from Rachel from Cosima from Helena, they can enjoy it all from the beginning and revel in series star Tatiana Maslany’s award-winning performance. After all, she’s an Emmy® Award and Canadian Screen Award-winner, as well as a Golden Globe® nominee for her multiple roles in the acclaimed series. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement From clone dance parties, to Helena pretending to be Alison, and Sarah pretending to be Rachel while Alison pretends to be Sarah, ORPHAN BLACK ended its unforgettable five season run in 2017.To acquaint viewers with this group of strong, fearless women, below is a spoiler-free guide to some of the LEDA Clones.Sarah ManningThe powerful lead character and main protagonist. Once a rebellious punk on the run with her daughter, she adopts the identity of recently-deceased Beth Childs, an identical version of herself, and becomes sucked into a hidden life-long conspiracy of illegal human cloning.Alison HendrixAn adoptive mother of two who just wants to keep her husband and children safe and uninvolved in the clone conspiracy. Alison had already been in contact with Beth when Sarah (as Beth) approached her and becomes a great source of information for Sarah. Alongside Sarah and Cosima, they band together to uncover where they come from.Cosima NiehausA Ph.D. student in Experimental Evolutionary Developmental Biology who first meets Sarah while she’s pretending to be Beth. She knew there were other clones and had been looking for them long before Sarah got pulled into the conspiracy.HelenaRaised by religious adoptive parents and trained to be a killer …of the clones. She ends up forging a close relationship with Sarah and the other clones.Rachel DuncanOne of the primary antagonists of the series. Unlike the other clones, Rachel grew up aware of who and what she is and continues to work with her creators. After discovering some of the other clones have become self-aware, she tries to get them to join her.Since launching on Dec. 6, 2018, more than 1,000 hours of programming and more than 1,400 titles have been added to the CTV Throwback and CTV Movies libraries for viewers to stream for free. Beginning Monday, April 1, ORPHAN BLACK joins the lineup. Viewers can enjoy all CTV Throwback content unlocked and with no subscription required. Twitterlast_img read more

UNAIDS chief begins visit to Southern Africa with stop in Swaziland

17 February 2010The head of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has called for a greater national response to the disease in Swaziland, which has the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the world, with more than one in every four people infected. The head of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has called for a greater national response to the disease in Swaziland, which has the highest rate of HIV prevalence in the world, with more than one in every four people infected.UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé has begun his visit to Southern Africa with a two-day stop in Swaziland to see first-hand the progress and challenges in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in a country where the infection rate is 26 per cent.The wider region is home to two thirds of the world’s HIV-positive population.The Southern African Development Community (SADC) set a target last year of halving new infections in the region by 2010. To meet this goal, the number of projected infections would have to fall from 1.15 million to about 575,000.Mr. Sidibé plans to see progress made, and explore options for joint UN action to intensify efforts to reduce new HIV infections.While in Swaziland, Mr. Sidibé met with Prime Minister Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamiani and the country’s health and finance ministers, who he urged to continue providing funding to AIDS programmes. UNAIDS reports that unless efforts are stepped up, three in every 100 people will be infected with HIV every year in Swaziland. In the 25-to-29 age group, one in two women are living with HIV, and so are nearly one in two men aged between 35 and 39.Mr. Sidibé also commended the King and the Queen Mother for their continued support of the HIV/AIDS effort.“There is also tangible evidence of progress in the HIV response in Swaziland,” Mr. Sidibé told King Mswati III. “This is particularly evident in the increase of numbers of people, notably pregnant women, who have access to treatment. Almost three out of four pregnant HIV positive women receive antiretroviral drugs to prevent transmitting the virus to their children. This is a significant achievement in Swaziland’s response to HIV.”Mr. Sidibé concluded his visit by meeting with civil society organisations, including representatives of groups of people living with HIV, women and youth organisations. He urged them to continue working closely with the Government to help mobilize resources and achieve further successes in the response to HIV.Mr. Sidibé heads next to Botswana and South Africa. read more

FEATURE Developing countries experiencing unprecedented growth says UN report

‹ ›“Economic growth alone does not automatically translate into human development progress,” Miss Clark says in the report’s foreword. Southern States are therefore not just tapping into global trade, but they are also improving health and education services, which have allowed them to sustain their growth. This comes in contrast to policies adopted by many developed countries which include austerity measures and cutting social programmes due to the economic crisis.In Latin America, many countries have put in place programmes to eradicate poverty and address inequality such as Brazil’s Bolsa Familia, Mexico’s Oportunidades, and Chile’s Chile Solidario. These are conditional cash transfer programmes which offer to increase people’s income as long as they fulfil certain conditions such as visits to health clinics and school attendance.This combination of policies has allowed the middle class in the South to expand and, by 2030, the report projects that more than 80 per cent of the world’s middle class will reside in developing countries and account for 70 per cent of total consumption expenditure.Increasing online and mobile connectivity in the South Increasing connectivity thanks to greater access to technology is also a factor that has contributed to the South’s growth. Globally, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico have more daily social media traffic than any country except the US. China also has more than half a billion people accessing the Internet daily through smart phones.Indonesia, for example, invested extensively to connect its large cluster of far-flung islands to open the country to the outside world, and as of 2010, 220 million mobile phones were registered in a country of 240 million people.In Africa, Asian-built mobile phones have made cellular banking cheaper and easier, while leading to better market performance and increased profits by small farmers, as seen in Kenya, Niger and Uganda.Increasing incomes and the diffusion of technology have also given way to a more informed middle class that has social and political expectations, Mr. Malik said in a press briefing on Tuesday, which means that “the relationship between the State and its citizens is changing.”He warned that if States are not mindful of these expectations, it could lead to social instability, as was the case in 2011 in various countries across the Middle East.“The turmoil in several countries in the Arab States is a reminder that people, especially the young, who are better educated and healthier than previous generations, put a high premium on meaningful employment, on exercising a voice in affairs that influence their lives, and on being treated with respect,” the report says.Booming South-South partnerships The report highlights the increase in South-South trade and partnerships and projects that trade between them will overtake that between developed nations.“Emerging partners in the developing world are already sources of innovative social and economic policies and are major trade, investment and increasingly development cooperation partners for other developing countries,” Miss Clark said.China is already influential in Africa through trade investment as well as through assistance and cooperation. Between 1992 and 2011, China’s trade with Sub-Saharan Africa rose from $1 billion to more than $140 billion. In spite of remarkable progress, an estimated 1.57 billion people still live in multidimensional poverty representing 30 per cent of the population in the 104 countries studied for the report. UN Photo/ Kibae Park Men winnowing rice in southern India.By 2020, the report estimates that the combined output of China, India and Brazil will surpass the aggregate production of the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Canada. UN Photo/ John Isaac In Africa, Asian-built mobile phones have made cellular banking cheaper and easier, while leading to better market performance and increased profits by small farmers, as seen in Kenya, Niger and Uganda. Photo: FAO/ Thomas Hug Increasing incomes and the diffusion of technology have given way to a more informed middle class that has social and political expectations that, if not attended to by the State can lead to social instability, the report says. “The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale,” says the Human Development Report 2013, which uses the term “South” to mean developing countries and “North” to mean developed nations. “Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast.”Meanwhile, the slowdown in economic growth, austerity measures and rampant unemployment in the industrialized world has brought pressure to bear on governments and societies in the North. Global economic and political structures are in flux and the sustainability of the growth spurt in the South is subject to the interrelated issues of governance and public investment.The year’s report, entitled The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, emphasizes that this change represents a global rebalancing far greater than that experienced during the Industrial Revolution, with the South becoming the main driver of economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries. The Industrial Revolution was a story of perhaps 100 million people, but this is a story about billions of people“The Industrial Revolution was a story of perhaps 100 million people, but this is a story about billions of people,” said Khalid Malik, the report’s lead author.The Human Development Report, released annually by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), assesses the state of human development on the basis of health, education and income indicators, as an alternative to purely macroeconomic assessments of national progress.The initial report was published in 1990 by its authors, the late Mahbub ul Haq and Amartya Sen, and introduced a Human Development Index (HDI), which had been calculated by UN economists from 1975, and was essentially a ranking of countries based on strides made with a people-centric model of progress. Khalid Malik, Director of the Human Development Report OfficeThe HDI became an influential paradigm that would prod economists, government agencies, planners and development experts to rethink the income-based indicators that were in standard use to measure development success.Launched today in Mexico City by UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, this year’s report singles out big economies which have shown significant growth over the past 20 years, namely China, India and Brazil. It estimates that by 2020, the combined output of these three countries will surpass the aggregate production of the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Canada.However, the ‘rise of the South’ goes well beyond these economies as more than 40 developing countries have made greater human development gains in recent decades than what was predicted.Countries such as Indonesia, Mexico, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Yemen all registered significant growth, while nations such as Afghanistan and Pakistan had some of the fastest growth rates in the world with 3.9 per cent and 1.7 per cent over the past 12 years, respectively.How has the South achieved such dramatic growth levels?The report attributes many of the achievements of the South to smart national strategies that have allowed them to engage in the global economy while at the same time implementing social programmes that protect those most vulnerable. Teenagers living in the streets in Mexico, where the Government is implementing a cash transfer programme to eradicate poverty. UN Photo/ Gill Fickling India is increasingly playing a larger role as a supplier of affordable capital goods to other countries of the South. For instance, Indian firms are supplying affordable medicines, medical equipment and information and communications technology (ICT) products and services to many countries in Africa.In addition, migration between developing countries has recently surpassed net migration from South to North. “In our changing world, solutions are moving across the South, not from the North to the South,” said UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ajay Chhibber.However, a substantial share of South-South trade is driven by demand in the North. For example, since 2007, US exports to China and Latin America and the Caribbean have grown two and a half times faster than US exports to traditional markets in the North. A growing “app economy” supported by companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google employs more than 300,000 people whose creations are exported across borders, and developing country economies continue to be sensitive to shocks in the industrialized world.Women’s education as a silver bullet for sustainable growthWhile there has been remarkable progress, the report warns that there are still many challenges ahead for countries in the South, including an ageing population, environmental degradation and inequality. Poverty and inequality are particularly worrying, as an estimated 1.57 billion people, representing 30 per cent of the population in the 104 countries studied for the report, still live in multidimensional poverty.The report provides a series of recommendations and, in particular, highlights education for girls as “the closest thing to silver bullet formula for accelerating human development.”Many of the countries in the South still have dramatic gender disparities, and their challenge will be to boost efforts to allow women to participate freely in all aspects of their society. “Gender inequality is especially tragic not only because it excludes women from basic social opportunities, but also because it gravely imperils the life prospects of future generations,” the report says, referring to findings which correlate women’s education to greater child survival, healthier children and better access to contraception.The report also notes that the global system will need to adjust itself to the rise of the South, which is currently largely underrepresented in global institutions. For example, China, which is the world’s second largest economy, has had a smaller voting share in the World Bank than either France or the United Kingdom.“Stronger voices from the South are demanding more representative frameworks of international governance that embody the principles of democracy and equity.”Meanwhile, it merits mention that not all countries in the South are racing ahead. Of the world’s 49 Least Developed Countries, many are lagging behind in this revolution. Even as some are beginning to benefit from Foreign Direct Investment of the emerging giants like China, India and Brazil, there is much more to be done in terms of development transformation.The report observes that there are three drivers of transformation: a proactive development state, tapping of global markets and determined social policy inclusion. Looking back at the inception of the HDI, it appears that countries that started at the same level – India and Pakistan, or Chile and Venezuela, or Liberia and Senegal – have ended up with different outcomes.“History and initial conditions matter, but they are not destiny,” according to the report. The report highlights education for girls as “the closest thing to silver bullet formula for accelerating human development.” UN Photo/ Shehzad Noorani read more

Decorated undercover police officer accuses Freemasons of blocking his career

first_imgMr Rogers subsequently met Michael Todd, who took over as Chief Constable of GMC in 2002. He claims: “It was Mr Todd who mentioned Masonic Conspiracy to me during a meeting l had with him.”At this meeting in July 2004,  Mr Rogers says CC Todd –  who took his own life in 2008 – told him that “what went on was some corrupt masonic influence” within CID” but that “this no longer exists and that most of the concerned left under a cloud”.Titan, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit – which replaced the Omega Unit – said in a statement: “The management and welfare of undercover officers has changed and improved considerably since the 1990s.”However, GMP refused to answer questions about the continued influence of masons in the force or on what led to the Omega Unit being disbanded.Chief Constable Martin Jelley, National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Ethics and Integrity, said: “If convincing evidence ever came to light which clearly showed that freemasonry was adversely affecting the integrity of the police service then we would take appropriate action”. Garry Rogers being presented with the Queen’s Police Medal by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham PalaceCredit:Garry Rogers Garry Rogers put his life on the line while operating as an undercover officer for Greater Manchester Police’s Omega squadCredit:Garry Rogers Mr Rogers told The Sunday Telegraph: “I underwent a long struggle before I was eventually awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM), as my original nomination had been shredded by someone within the CID. I believe they were protecting a senior officer who was later arrested charged and convicted of criminal deceptions. I believe many senior officers were masons.”He added: “A report was even placed in my personal file which stated l was not to be trusted and was under investigation, none of which was true.”Mr Rogers’ disturbing allegations come after the Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, claimed attempts to reform the service are to this day being blocked by masons, and their influence is thwarting the progress of women and black and minority ethnic officers.Dr David Staples, the chief executive of the United Grand Lodge rejected the claim, saying there was nothing sinister or self serving about the activities and rituals of the masons.He said: “We do not influence the police. We are a non-political, non-religious organisation. The Home Affairs Select Committee said there is a lot of unjustified paranoia about Freemasonry.”But Mr Rogers, 60, claims his experience confirms the widespread suspicion that masons in the police cover up for fellow members, favour them for promotion and exert a secretive influence.He said: “The people who tried to block me and stop me getting the QPM have long retired, but I think there’s still a problem with masons in the police and the Police Federation clearly agree.“I don’t think serving police officers should be masons because it creates a rival allegiance. Their loyalty should be to the law and public, not each other.” Garry Rogers during his time operating as an undercover officer in Greater Manchester A former undercover officer presented with the Queen’s Police Medal for bravery by Prince Charles says freemasons in the force threatened to derail his career.Garry Rogers claims masons within Greater Manchester Police (GMP) tried to prevent his crime fighting efforts being recognised and stop him receiving the coveted medal.He claims he did not receive commendations for bravery because officers he believed to be freemasons wrongly suspected him of blowing the whistle on one of their corrupt colleagues.Mr Rogers – who during six years as an undercover officer nailed more than 100 criminals, many of them extremely violent – says that GMP’s most senior officers eventually confirmed that masons may have tried to block his progress. He says this only came about after he held a meeting in November 1997 with Sir John Stevens, the newly appointed head of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police who later became Metropolitan Police Commissioner.But in 2003 – after being given authorised access to his personnel file by a member of GMP’s admin staff – Mr Rogers discovered a secret report from 1995, which appeared to explain why it had taken so long for his contribution to fighting crime to be recognised.The report described him as “paranoid” and not to be trusted and stated that he was suspected of sending anonymous whistleblowing letters to GMP and the Manchester Evening News. The letters eventually led to Chief Inspector Ken Seddon, the head of Omega Squad, being convicted in 2003 of “multiple offences of dishonesty” involving fraudulent car loans to police officers.Although Mr Rogers denies sending such letters, he says he had suspected Seddon of being a freemason after coming across his masonic regalia in his office.By the time Mr Rogers retired in 2005 he had finally received the support of senior commanders and his allegations appear to have been backed by Vince Sweeney, the former Assistant Chief Constable of GMP.In a memo from May 2004 ACC Sweeney described Mr Rogers as “an officer who has given exemplary service” and who was subject to “some pretty shoddy treatment”.He wrote: “I accepted and find no other explanation than that someone on the then V Command structure effectively halted the progress of that [QPM] recommendation. This was accepted by Sir David  [Wilmot, then Chief Constable of GMC], who subsequently sought to remedy this wrong by personally supporting Garry’s nomination for the QPM, which he subsequently received in the New Year’s Honours in 1999.”He added that wrongful allegations about Mr Rogers had been added to his personnel file in a sealed brown envelope by “an unidentified person”. Garry Rogers during his time operating as an undercover officer in Greater ManchesterCredit:Garry Rogers Garry Rogers today: “I don’t think serving police officers should be masons because it creates a rival allegiance."center_img During his time as an undercover officer with the GMP’s Omega Covert Operations Unit, from 1989 to 1995, Mr Rogers – who is planning to write a book about his experiences – gathered evidence against a killer by joining his gang; broke up a drug running operation by setting up a wine bar to entrap them; disrupted ram raiders and identified more than 50 football hooligans by posing as a skinhead thug.But in 1998 Mr Rogers took legal action against GMP, claiming he had been badly treated by the force and received little support from senior officers, despite frequently putting his life on the line.He eventually received a settlement of £8,000 damages from GMP for the post traumatic trauma he suffered.Mr Rogers claimed that commendations for his actions were suppressed in an attempt to undermine him and he was blocked from receiving the QPM while a more junior colleague with less front line experienced received the award.In 1999 Mr Rogers, a married father of three who spent 30 years in the force, finally made the journey to Buckingham Palace to be presented with the QPM. Garry Rogers today: “I don’t think serving police officers should be masons because it creates a rival allegiance.”Credit:Jon Super/The Telegraph Garry Rogers (left) with the late Chief Constable of GMP Sir David Wilmot who later played a major part in Garry’s award of the QPM. Credit:Garry Rogers Garry Rogers (left) with the late Chief Constable of GMP Sir David Wilmot who later played a major part in Garry's award of the QPM.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Garry Rogers put his life on the line while operating as an undercover officer for Greater Manchester Police's Omega squad Garry Rogers being presented with the Queen's Police Medal by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palacelast_img read more

Greed corruption and war in the global diamond trade

Blood on the Stone is a new book by Ian Smillie. It is a gripping account of the cartel, warlords, gun runners and shadowy traders who populated Africa’s bloody diamond wars, and the faltering, decade-long effort to clean up an entire industry. Smillie has lived and worked in Africa and Asia as a teacher, consultant, investigator and writer. For the past ten years his focus has been blood diamonds, the wars they fuel and the Kimberley Process-the global certification scheme designed to stop their illegal trade and carnage. This has taken him from the jungles of West Africa to the backstreets of Antwerp and a war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he was the first witness in the trial of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.Smillie has lent his expertise to several international organisations, including the UN Security Council Expert Panel examining the relationship between diamonds and weapons in West Africa and the Diamond Development Initiative, of which he is chairman.In this new book he tells the story of how diamonds came to be so dangerous, describing the great diamond cartel and a dangerous pipeline leading from war-torn Africa to the glittering showrooms of Paris, London and New York. The book offers readers an insider’s account of efforts to develop a campaign that would eventually force the industry and more than 50 governments to create the Kimberley Process. It concludes with a sobering assessment of the certification system, which has become hostage to political chicanery, mismanagement and vested interests.Some comments on the book include: “Required reading for anyone who still believes the diamond trade is only about love, honor and trust… A devastating, important work… Read this before you buy another diamond.” -Greg Campbell, co-author of Flawless: Inside the World’s Largest Diamond Heist “A masterly account of the dark side of the diamond trade. Smillie’s scalpel has cut very deep.” -Matthew Hart, author of Diamond: the history of a cold-blooded love affair “Smillie’s compelling narrative of the journey from teacher to prosecutor is touching and breathtaking.” -Peta Thornycroft, award-winning Zimbabwean journalistAfrica’s diamond wars took four million lives. Blood on the Stone tells the story.Contents: Glossary; Preface; Prologue; 1. Of Judgement and Cunning Work: Dirty Diamonds; 2. The River of Big Returns: Geology and History; 3. De Beers: The Delicate Equipoise; 4. Strange Plumbing: The Diamond Pipeline; 5. Angola: Another Distracting Sideshow; 6. Liberia and the Love of Liberty; 7. Sierra Leone: Diamonds in the RUF; 8. President Mobutu’s Ghost; 9. Enter al Qaeda; 10. Boiling Frogs: Companies in Hot Water; 11. Ice Storm: The NGO Campaign; 12. Kimberley: A Hope In Hell; 13. Endgames; Epilogue; BibliographyBinding: PaperbackPrice: £16.99 / $29.95ISBN: 9780857289636Extent: 252 pagesSize: 216 x 140mm / 8.5 x 5.5BISAC code: HIS001000BIC code: HBJHBlood on the Stone: Greed, Corruption and War in the Global Diamond Trade by Ian Smillie Ordering in the UK/Rest of the World Marston Book Services direct.orders@marston.co.uk or trade.orders@marston.co.uk Ordering in North America Books International bimail@presswarehouse.com read more

Ambrella assists weight reduction in mining drones

first_imgAmbarella is as semiconductor and image processing company and develops low-power high-definition video products. Ambarella made waves at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show when it announced the H22 chip for cameras in drones.It films 4K HD video that comes equipped with electronic image stabilization, cutting out the need for the gimbals that are often found on drones. Gimbals allow cameras to pivot without causing the camera to shake, but they are heavy, which means shorter flight times.But Ambarella’s H22 chip could take drone use to the next level by eliminating unnecessary weight. The exciting thing about what Ambarella is offering is that most drone manufacturers are still using gimbals, which means the market for Ambarella is massive.Meanwhile, Ambarella also unveiled its H3 chip earlier this year, which is used in 8K Ultra HD video for higher-end drones, according to MarketWatch. 8K offers 16 times the resolution of HD. Ambarella is the market leader for the cameras used in commercial drone technology, giving it huge upside potential as the mining industry continuously shifts in that direction.last_img read more

Watch Nokias beautiful N9 become a smartphone

first_imgIt’s almost certainly not on your wishlist, but the Nokia N9 is an incredibly cool handset. The Meego-powered smartphone might be a dead-on-arrival, considering Nokia’s upcoming move to Windows Phone 7 and all the news that is about to drop at Nokia World 2011, but it’s an undeniably interesting piece of hardware. After all, the atoms were never really Nokia’s problem — the company could put out an amazing handset when it wanted to, it was just the bits that got them in the pickle they are in today.Clearly excited about the construction of the N9, Nokia put out this How It’s Made-style video that details the smartphone’s construction. It’s immediately clear that this is a well-built device and Nokia’s team takes great pains in crafting it. The slick body is milled from a single piece of polycarbonate, using a process not unlike that used by the unibody MacBook Pro. And the details are quite impressive too–for example pieces are hand finished to remove any sharp edges.Some other quick things to note in the video are its obsession with the protective stickers that are painstakingly removed from the interior components, the totally random and unnecessary outdoor shots dropped in throughout the video, the employees’ super cool “Poly-Fit 1A” antistatic gloves, and the superfluous pocket protector shot at 2:04.While it is amazing to watch the N9’s construction process, it’s also a bit said to consider how much tooling and work had to go into a failed phone. There was a significant investment on Nokia’s part, and we’ll have to hope that they can carry over this flagship’s design (or at least some of the design language) to their upcoming Windows Phone devices. It would be tragic to have something so handsome die out just because its OS is dead in the water (though it wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen this happen).Even if you don’t care about the OS, don’t get too attached to the N9… it’s not available in the US.via TechCrunchlast_img read more

First Friday exhibit part of a package noir deal

first_imgHalloween is history, sweetheart, so finish that candy. What comes next won’t be pretty. Winter is slicing our way like a razor blade. Better jam on your fedora, pull up the collar of your raincoat and light the darkness with a cigarette. Keep your hands where I can see ’em.Feel that angst? Angst is all over the walls of the Angst Gallery, today through Nov. 26. An exhibit of film noir movie posters from the collection longtime of Portland theater maven Roger Paulson will shove that uneasy feeling right up in your face. Like a knuckle sandwich.Lurid colors and promises of sex and violence. Spooky silhouettes and swooning femme fatales. Exclamation points! Italics and multiple exclamation points!!! That’s what you once needed in your cinema window to pull passersby off the sidewalk and inside for some low-budget thrills.Poster collector Paulson is an old friend and colleague of Richard Beer, the director of marketing and programming at the Kiggins Theatre. Beer said that Paulson is the longtime owner of the Palace Theater in Silverton, Ore., and he started building this collection years ago — simply by saving the huge marketing images that others threw away or even repurposed as insulation. In 1980, Paulson acquired a poster collection that had been discovered literally embedded within the walls of a rural theater that was minutes from demolition.Paulson’s “house is a museum. He’s got thousands and thousands of posters,” Beer said.Many of those posters will be for sale at the Angst Gallery. So will original lobby cards, which are smaller posters featuring actual film scenes. Beer said he’s hoping that Paulson himself will attend the opening reception, which is set for 5-9 p.m. today, during the First Friday Art Walk.last_img read more

5 kayakers rescued from rough current off Haulover Beach

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of five kayakers in distress near Haulover Beach.According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, Ocean Rescue lifeguards responded after the victims encountered a rough current in Baker’s Haulover Cut, Saturday.Officials said the current was so strong that one of the kayakers was ejected and nearly drowned before he was pulled to safety. That patient was checked by MDFR Station 21 and released.The other victims were not hurt.Officials said the kayakers were visiting South Florida and had no knowledge of the dangerous currents in Haulover Cut.Officials took the opportunity to advise boaters to check weather forecasts before heading out, wear life jackets and always have a cellphone in a water-tight container in case of an emergency.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bank official killed in road crash

first_imgA senior bank official was killed and two others injured as a speeding bus hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them at Dewanhat area under Double Mooring police station in the port city of Chattogram on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Anwarul Azim, 56, assistant vice-president of Islami Bank Khatunganj branch and a resident of Haitkandi area in Mirsharai upazila.The accident took place when Anwarul along with one of his colleague was going to his office around 10am, said sub-inspector Alauddin Talukdar of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost quoting family members.The bus hit the auto-rickshaw while crossing the Dewanhat flyover, leaving them critically injured.Physicians declared Anwarul dead at noon when he was taken to CMCH while his colleague Shaidul Islam, 45, and CNG driver Jahir Uddin,40, are undergoing treatment at the hospital, the SI added.last_img read more

Bangladesh on the path of industrialisation

first_imgCountries like Bangladesh may lose competitive advantage in attaining economic growth to come out of poverty by creating mass urban employment in the garment industry, a Bloomberg article says.It has pointed out that automation is making textile manufacturing less labour-intensive.“This is a crucial question because as technology advances, there’s a concern that the traditional path out of poverty might be closing,” reads the article titled “Bangladesh Versus India in the Development Race”.The author, Noah Smith, observed that technological advancement might cause the industry to migrate back to rich countries like the US, “where labour is expensive but capital is relatively cheap”.“The developing world is at risk of premature deindustrialisation. If Bangladesh fails due to competition from rich-world robots, it will bode ill for countries such as Ethiopia that are looking to hop on the escalator to prosperity,” the article said.“That would leave India’s service-centric development model as the only feasible path.”It mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the process of rising wages in developed countries and shifting of low-tech, labour-intensive manufacturing industries to counties with cheaper workers.This economic development path, the article pointed out, “has no doubt come at a real human and social cost — Bangladesh’s workers suffer harsh working conditions and many industrial accidents, including a horrific factory collapse in 2013 that killed more than a thousand people.”“But overall, the tried-and-true industrialization strategy seems to be working.”Referring to some economists’ argument, the article said automation “hasn’t closed off the traditional path, and that there is still plenty of work for industrious people in poor countries.”It raised a twin question: “Will Bangladesh, with its traditional approach to growth, catch up and overtake India? Or has India stumbled upon a new development model that cuts out the need for a country to do a stint as the workshop of the world?”The article further observed that Bangladesh is scrambling to diversify into more valuable manufacturing industries such as autos and electronics.Smith explained that although the leaders of Bangladesh and India have similar goals, the difference in the country’s development models is making for an interesting experiment.“If Bangladesh grows faster, it will suggest that manufacturing, starting with textiles, is still the ticket to industrialisation; but if Bangladesh falters and India sustains its growth, it will imply that poor countries should look to services first,” the author concluded.last_img read more

The Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of Red Dead Redemption 2

first_imgStay on target ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully Launches‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Sold Even Better Than Expectations Update: These lawsuits have now all been quietly dropped, so score one for the outlaws.Both Red Dead Redemption and its sequel are about wild cowboys realizing they have no place in the new world running from the outwardly civilized but no less violent and oppressive force of modernity in the form of the encroaching federal government. It’s a classic Western story, and like many other classic Westerns, the main government antagonists are the Pinkertons, which were one of the most powerful law enforcement groups in the late 19th century.However, now the Pinkertons have found themselves the forgotten men of history and are raging against the forces of the future they believe have exploited them. It’s kind of poetic really. But Rockstar’s lawyers probably don’t feel that way as parent company Take-Two is now embroiled in a legal battle with the actual Pinkertons.AdChoices广告Pinkertons were never actually a part of the government. They were a private detective agency that worked for the government, businesses owners, and anyone else who wanted to crackdown on crimes such as “labor organizing.” It got so bad the 1893 Anti-Pinkerton Act cut (most) ties between the group and government. These days that private company is owned by Swedish security firm Securitas AB. And Securitas isn’t too pleased that one of the biggest games in the world right now makes their dudes seem like such dicks.According to The Verge, in December Pinkerton sent Take-Two a cease-and-desist for violating the trademark and wanted money either from royalties or a lump sum. Take-Two shot back saying that they way Pinkerton is used in Red Dead 2 is part of a long tradition of Western historical fiction using the agency this way from Deadwood to The Legend of Zorro to that Weezer album.Even other video games set during this time, like Bioshock Infinite, feature plenty of Pinkerton references. Take-Two is essentially arguing that Pinkerton’s past is a part of the public domain and that artists have a First Amendment right to use it. And although we aren’t lawyers, we tend to agree. While Red Dead Redemption 2 has certainly made more than enough money to make Pinkerton go away (unlike the characters) it’s the principle of the thing.For more on Red Dead Redemption 2 read our review and check out this beautiful photo gallery.View as: One Page Slides1/241. A River Runs Through It — I couldn’t help but think of Norman McLean’s tale of coming and age and fly fishing, A River Runs Through It, as I spied this view from a perilous rope bridge.2. After the Bear Fight — I was ridging through a green field of beautiful flowers when my horse reared and a grizzly attacked me. I got a few shots off, but had my varmint rifle equipped. I survived the mauling and killed the beast, but was worse for wear.3. After the Hanging — I watched this poor soul lose his virtual life. Not a pretty sight.4. Altar Tight — A raven perches atop an altar of sacrificial bones. You’ll see some weird things if you wander off the beaten path.5. Amputation — I brought this fellow to the doctor, who had to take his arm. Nasty business.6. Arthur and Deer — I couldn’t resist posing for a selfie outside the taxidermist’s house.7. Arthur Twilight Mountain Selfie — The light was gorgeous in the game, trust me.8. Bear Hat Mouth Harp Selfie — I put on my bear hat, one of the first absurd hats you can get in the game, to snap a selfie in the Rhodes town square.9. Bird of Paradise — Arthur contemplates his decisions as he stands in front of a bird of paradise.10. Boat on River — I had a Georges Seurat painting in my mind when I framed this one.11. Dry Goods Vet — The general store in Rhodes is photogenic as hell.12. Dynamite Accident — This is what happens when you stand too close to a safe during the process of attempting to open it using dynamite.13. Gunfighter Lady —Gunfighting wasn’t just for the fellas.14. Hanging Guy In The Swamp — I had a legendary fish on my horse. But I saw this and stopped to take a picture anyway. Needless to say, I was immediately murdered by swamp people. I got the fish back, though.15. In Memory — Old gravestones are one of my favorite real-world photographic subjects, so I had to snap this shot of a wooden marker when I happened upon it.16. Law Office — An urban street scene at night—not sure what these dudes are up to, but the lighting grabbed my attention.17. Lighthouse — The lighthouse is one of the prettier spots in the game.18. Look On My Works — Serial killer? I don’t know. No spoilers. Unless you know where Gavin is.19. Mouth Harp — There’s a dude in Rhodes who just hangs out and plays a mouth harp all day. Who said they didn’t have hipsters in the 19th century?20. Notions — There’s just something about the townsfolk in Rhodes that makes me think of Deliverance.21. River and Mountains —Red Dead’s scenery is amazing, even if Arthur isn’t quite Ansel Adams.22. Snowy Cabin Body — One of Arthur’s victims lies dead in the snow.23. St. Denis Street At Night — As New Orleans is in the real world, St. Denis is one of my favorite places on the Red Dead map.24. Vesuvius Studio Shot — This isn’t from Arthur’s camera. I paid to have my portrait taken in St. Denis. The photographer had a backdrop with what is presumably Mount Vesuvius, so of course that’s the one I went with.last_img read more

Oust BJP in 2019 Mamata

first_imgKolkata: A sea of humanity defied torrential rain and inclement weather on Saturday to attend the July 21 Martyrs’ Day rally, where Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee spelt out the party’s strategy in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.Lakhs of people were witness to a historic announcement which would mark a definite “movement” of a sort from this day onwards for the Trinamool Congress workers and its leaders with their task cut out for the forthcoming 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA confident Mamata Banerjee, more passionate than ever, with an unflinching pledge to free India from the clutches of the BJP, announced: “We will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. It is our pledge. We will oust the BJP to save the country. We will organise a big rally here in January and invite all the (Opposition) leaders.”The Trinamool Congress will organise a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground on January 19, 2019, which will be attended by all the Federal Front leaders to usher in the BJP’s collapse. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of the Martyrs’ Day programme, the Chief Minister said: “The gathering at the Brigade will be more than today’s rally and I will request all the Federal Front leaders to address the meeting. We do not care for the chair but we are more concerned for the people of this land. We will show the way to Parliament.” She also instructed the party leaders to start preparations for the grand rally from November itself, immediately after the Durga Puja. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe also charted out the party’s programmes for the next few months. On July 27, Nanoor Divas will be celebrated and Firhad Hakim along with Anubrata Mondol will address the gathering. On July 28, party’s youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee along with Partha Chatterjee, Firhad Hakim, Kalyan Banerjee and Suvendu Adhikari will address a rally at the Midnapore College ground, the venue from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed the rally on July 16. From August 1 to 15, meetings will be held all over the state to spread the message of communal harmony. On August 9, Mamata Banerjee will be present at a meeting in Jhargram where the theme will be “BJP, quit the country”. The meeting will be held to remember the Quit India movement which was organised against the British Rule in 1942. In September, the party will celebrate Teachers’ Day in which teachers from various schools, colleges and universities will be felicitated in every area. A convention will be held on September 17 under the leadership of Abhishek Banerjee. Coming down heavily on the BJP, Banerjee predicted that the saffron party will not be able to get more than 100-150 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls as the situation will be completely different. She said the BJP had secured 325 votes while the Opposition got 126 votes at the no-confidence motion held on Friday because “AIADMK had voted for the BJP but the MPs would not have voted for the party had Jayalalithaji been alive. In 2019, Stalin will get the seats.In Uttar Pradesh, if Mayawatiji and Mulayamji join hands, then the BJP’s seats will come down to 30.In Madhya Pradesh, now the BJP has 28 seats which will come down to one fourth. In Rajasthan, the party has 25 seats which will come down to 5. In Bihar, Laluji will get more seats. In Gujarat, the BJP will not get any seat. In Bengal, the TMC will get all the 42 Lok Sabha seats.” She further added: “The number of votes the BJP got on Friday was on the floor of the House but outside, the scenario is totally different and take it from me that the BJP will not win in 2019 as people will not vote for the party.”Calling the BJP a “sword brandishing or gun-toting Hindu,” she said the BJP has actually insulted Hinduism. “We do not accept the BJP’s Hindutva. The party has insulted Hinduism. We follow the Hinduism that has been professed by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. We believe in tolerance and universal acceptance,” she maintained.Accusing the BJP of spreading hate politics, she said throughout the country, the party is trying to divide society. Referring to the statement made by the Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Parliament on Friday that the state governments should take stern action to stop lynching, she said: “The party should first try to control the language of the state president. He talks about burning down police stations and assault the TMC supporters, thus polluting the social environment.” She added: “The BJP is involved in lynching throughout the country and the leaders have blood on their hands.”Banerjee said Congress leaders in Bengal should decide whether they will go with the TMC or not. “In Delhi, we are supporting them but here the Congress, CPI(M) and the BJP have joined hands against us. This cannot be tolerated.”Referring to the collapse of the pandal at Modi’s rally in Midnapore, she said: “The party that cannot prevent the collapse of a pandal, how do you expect them to run the country properly? But it is not about the pandal. They are trying to divide the country and this trend is dangerous.”The Chief Minister said canards are being spread against the TMC over the Panchayat elections. “In Uttar Pradesh, 71 percent seats are won uncontested while in Sikkim 85 percent seats are won unopposed but no one says anything about that. In Panchayat elections, local issues and candidates are important and in Jhargram, even the TMC could not file candidates in several seats but I did not complain about it. I pity those who fail to understand this small equation.”last_img read more

Stone Face Buster Keaton – King of Early Stunts who Broke his

first_imgModern big screen daredevils such as Tom Cruise and Jackie Chan risk life and limb in the pursuit of realism for their movies. That being said, it’s worth sparing a thought for the pioneers of motion pictures, who performed jaw-dropping feats that could have got them killed long before the introduction of health and safety standards. One of these founding fathers of fun was Buster Keaton, the legendary slapstick comedian whose career stretched from the silent era to the likes of The Twilight Zone and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.Buster Keaton in Hard Luck (1921)In a 2010 piece for IndieWire, director Peter Bogdanovich identifies him as part of “a group of comic geniuses” who “did things on the movie screen that were more elaborately conceived for comedy, more brilliantly constructed for laughs, and, simply, funnier than anything ever done — before or since.”Keaton made his name with set piece stunts, throughout which he maintained his deadpan demeanor.Buster Keaton in Photoplay, December 1924.A 2015 Guardian blog article states that he “never refused a stunt, however dangerous; in fact, he frequently doubled for other actors when they needed to take a fall. That’s because he was a pro, who had learned to land soft and withstand a few knocks from his childhood in vaudeville, playing The Little Boy Who Can’t Be Damaged in a family act.”Keaton (real name Joseph Frank Keaton IV) possessed a famously high pain threshold, which was just as well considering his line of work.Virginia Fox and Buster Keaton prop each other up in The Electric House, 1922.In 1924 he was in his mid-20s and drawing big audiences for his feature films. He had a movie in production called Sherlock Jr., about a lovesick movie projectionist who dozes off and enters the stunt-laden world of the characters he projects.Keaton directed and produced the film. Like fellow comedic icon Charlie Chaplin he was very involved behind the scenes and his efforts pushed the limits of filmmaking to new heights.Buster Keaton on Newport Bay in the film College (1927).Sherlock Jr. saw the fearless star hop across the carriages of a moving train which was rushing past a water spout. Keaton had to take hold of the spout, a dangerous enough proposition had it gone awry. As the onscreen evidence shows, he completed the move. Unfortunately the second part of the stunt didn’t go so smoothly.Theatrical release poster.In a brilliant display of fate’s fickle treatment of knockabout comedians, Keaton’s weight triggered the spout (as intended) and the resulting gush of water knocked him to the tracks (again, as intended).On the way down however he hit his neck on the rail. Despite being rendered unconscious and experiencing severe headaches Keaton soldiered on. In fact he soldiered on for another decade or so before a trip to the doctors brought a diagnosis many years in the making.Still with Bartine Burkett and Buster Keaton in the American film The High Sign (1921).An x-ray revealed the fall had broken his neck. That the loose-limbed performer hadn’t noticed was a testament to both his strength of will and his recklessness. It was a truly shocking realization, yet Keaton may have been thankful that worse had not occurred.For arguably his most famous stunt, the front of a house fell on top of him in 1928’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. Whilst still suffering from a neck fracture he didn’t know about, Keaton hit a certain mark so he’d remain unsquashed by the heavy facade.Poster for Steamboat Bill Jr., an American movie starring Buster Keaton.According to The Guardian Keaton “relied on precise mathematics and nerves of steel. Keaton’s position on the ground had to line up exactly with an open window in the top of the house; thankfully for him, it did. More importantly, he had to be sturdy enough to trust the sums, and not flinch.”Aerial stuntmen and daredevils from around 1920s – 1940sHis impassive features gave him the nickname “The Great Stone Face.” Adding to his mystique was a background on the vaudeville stage with all its tricks and sleight of hand. Keaton is rumored to have gotten the name Buster from Harry Houdini himself.Buster Keaton and Ernest Torrence in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) – cropped screenshot.Biography.com says, “As legend has it, he earned the name of ‘Buster’ when he was 18 months old, after falling down a flight of stairs. Magician Harry Houdini scooped up the child and turning to the boy’s parents quipped, ‘That was a real buster!’” Even as a toddler he courted danger.Six-year-old Buster Keaton with his parents Myra and Joe Keaton during a vaudeville act.This interest in magic could partly explain the admiration he received from movie titan and enthusiastic conjurer Orson Welles. In his IndieWire article, Peter Bogdanovich recalls Welles telling him that “Keaton was beyond all praise… a very great artist, and one of the most beautiful men I ever saw on the screen.”Publicity photo of Buster Keaton and WAAB radio show host Ruth Moss. The radio station was part of the Yankee Network, which was on the air from 1930 to 1949.“He was also a superb director. In the last analysis, nobody came near him…I wish I’d known him better than I did. A tremendously nice person, you know, but also a man of secrets. I can’t even imagine what they were.”Read another story from us:  Grave Snatchers Once Held Charlie Chaplin’s Body for RansomWell after that x-ray the world knew what one of them was. Keaton was so determined to bring audiences the most fantastic stunts that he nearly died and didn’t even realize.Steve Palace is a freelance journalist who has worked for various media outlets such as Vice, War History Online, The Vintage News, and Taste of Cinema. His main areas of interest are history, particularly military history, literature and film.last_img read more

Towering temples and ornate palaces set in the mi

first_imgTowering temples and ornate palaces, set in the middle of vast and arid desert; it’s not the latest million-dollar film location, it’s Rajasthan.For many of us, when we think of quintessential India we think of Rajasthan: buzzing chaotic cities, alive with colour, and remote villages where ancient traditions continue to thrive. This north west Indian state has some of the country’s most impressive palaces, delicious food and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Make sure you don’t miss out and tick these thigns off your ultimate adventure in Rajasthan.1. JaipurThe state capital of Jaipur is probably how most travellers imagine India: a frenzied city where people, traffic and cattle interweave on dusty roads, lined with colourful shops selling everything from jewellery to spices. Visit the City Palace for a stunning introduction to Rajasthani architecture, and marvel at the nearby Hawa Mahal – an ornate wall built for royal ladies to sit atop of so that they could watch street festivities while remaining hidden. At the end of the day head to the huge Amber Fort, northeast of the city centre. High on a hilltop, the views over the city are magnificent as the sun sets in an orange sky on the horizon. 8. AgraOkay, so it’s not strictly in Rajasthan. Around 30km over the border in Uttar Pradesh, you simply can’t come this far wihtout popping across to Agra to see one of the world’s most famous buildings, the Taj Mahal. An arresting sight at dawn, dusk and under the midday sun, this enormous white marble palace, built by Shah Jahan for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, is a symbol of love that will move even the coldest of hearts.Fancy exploring India even further? Get some inspiration here:5 unforgettable things to do in IndiaWe bring you five unmissable experiences for your trip to India.Top 6 things to do in Mumbai…and 3 places to escape it!Six of the best things to do to experience Mumbai, from shopping to cricket…plus three amazing getaways.5 best things to do in KeralaFish curries and colonial forts; keep your cool and check out these top things to do in the Indian state.Delhi: 10 best things to see and do10 of the most don’t-miss sights, attractions and activities in Delhi, from the ancient to the modern.Check flights to RajasthanFind hotels in RajasthanSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. UdaipurArguably the most romantic city in India, Udaipur is set on the shores of Lake Pichola, and you could easily spend a week here exploring its huge white palace, boating on the waters or just wandering through the city’s labyrinth of streets. Meet local artists who specialise in miniature painting, or cook up the flavours of Rajasthan for yourself and take part in a cooking class. Let friendly Shashi guide you through a number of traditional recipes, including vegetable pakoras and mouth-watering aubergine masala, at the Below Sunrise Restaurant. 3. MandawaThis small town, 160km from Jaipur, might not seem the most obvious stellar stop-off, but Mandawa rewards those weary with big city chaos with a slower pace of life. It also offers the opportunity to stay in some stunning heritage properties: the Hotel Mandawa Haveli is a traditional Rajasthani mansion dating from 1890, with stunning mosaics and murals inside and out, as well as gorgeous traditionally decorated rooms. 7. RanakpurRanakpur, a small village half way between Udaipur and Jodhpur, makes it on to the list because of its immense, entirely marble, Jain temple. Built using a strict measurement system relating to the age at which the founder of Jainism reached nirvana, it’s set on a pedestal measuring 72 square yards, there are 72 shrines inside and 1440 (72 x 20) carved marble pillars holding up the domed ceilings. Built in 1449, its prepossessing symmetry and ornate carvings are simply astonishing. 6. JodhpurThe second-largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is a blue jewel in the middle of the desert. The enormous and impressive Mehrangarh Fort looms over hundreds of tightly packed, indigo houses which give the city its nickname, ‘the Blue City’. Jodhpur is an excellent base for visiting some local villages. Join a tour heading out to Khejadli and drink opium tea and scoff traditional food with the Bishnoi – a religious sect who have been fighting to protect the environment for over 500 years. RelatedWhen is the best time to visit India?The subcontinent of India has been capturing the hearts and minds of travellers for years. Colourful spice markets, elegant palaces and a rich cultural heritage make this a dream destination for everyone from budget backpackers to bourgeois yogis looking to find themselves.   Ladakh and the HimalayasFebruary to MayAgra and…14 bizarre barber shops around the worldTo celebrate Movember, check out these international close shaves, from Brighton to Kathmandu.12 James Bond locations: in picturesTo celebrate the release of Spectre this October, here are 12 stunning pics of star locations from overv 50 years of Bond films… for your eyes only. 4. JaisalmerNicknamed the ‘Golden City’ Jaisalmer is a charming sandstone metropolis. Its streets are lined with beautifully carved havelis, which were once the luxury homes of local silk and spice merchants, and it’s overlooked by one of the largest fortifications in the world. Jaisalmer is also the perfect jumping off point for a desert safari: ride on camels into the depths of the Thar and spend the night at the top of a dune, dining on Rajasthani cuisine, before sleeping under the stars in a sleeping bag. On a clear night, the views of the Milky Way are spellbinding. 5. BikanerWhile Bikaner itself isn’t the most attractive of Rajasthani cities, it’s the Junagarh Fort that brings most visitors to its bustling streets. Its red sandstone walls give the building a menacing façade, but within lies a warren of ornately decorated rooms, filled with mosaics, murals, carpets and curtains, kept as they would have been during its heyday. When you’ve explored the fort, head just 30km south to Desknok where one of India’s most curious temples delights and disgusts travellers: the Karni Mata temple is dedicated to the thousands of rats who scuttle through its halls.last_img read more