Venezuela confirms major contraction in rare data release

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s government has made a rare acknowledgement of the severity of the country’s economic crisis by publishing the first economic data in nearly four years showing a severe contraction and soaring hyperinflation.The central bank said Tuesday that the oil-rich economy contracted 22.5% in the third quarter of 2018 from a year earlier. It said inflation soared to 130,060%.Opposition economists, and the International Monetary Fund, have put inflation figures even higher.Some 3 million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years as the economy has crashed amid a bitter fight over power between socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and his opponents.Maduro’s government has not commented on the data, which was published quietly Tuesday on the central bank’s website.The Associated Press read more

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Two UN agencies issue new guidelines to boost HIV testing and counselling

30 May 2007Aiming to boost access to much-needed HIV treatment, care and prevention services, two United Nations agencies today jointly issued new guidance on testing for and counselling about the virus. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme Against HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) called for increased health care provider-initiated testing and counselling.The prevailing model now is voluntary testing and counselling, where individuals actively seek diagnosis. But experts say this system is impeded by the fear of stigma and discrimination, limited accessibility to services and the perception of many – even in areas with high rates of HIV infection – that they are not at risk.Roughly 80 per cent of people living with HIV in low and middle-income countries are unaware that they have been infected with the disease. In sub-Saharan Africa, recent surveys demonstrate that only 12 per cent of men and 10 per cent of women have been tested for HIV and have received their results.Increasing access to testing and counselling is crucial in encouraging earlier diagnosis of HIV infection, which could maximize the potential benefits of treatment and care and also arm those with HIV with information and tools to prevent transmission of the virus.“If we are going to get ahead of this epidemic, rapidly scaled up HIV treatment and prevention efforts are critical – and increased uptake of HIV testing will be fundamental to making this a reality,” said Paul De Lay, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at UNAIDS.The WHO/UNAIDS guidance recommends that in generalized HIV epidemics, HIV testing and counselling should be recommended to all patients in all health facilities, while in concentrated and low-level epidemics, countries should recommend testing to all patients seeking treatment in certain areas, such as antenatal care and tuberculosis.Other key recommendations of the two agencies include ensuring that all HIV testing is voluntary, confidential and undertaken with the patient’s consent; recognizing that patients have the right to decline tests; and linking testing to prevention, treatment, care and support.“We hope that the new guidance will provide an impetus to countries to greatly increase availability of HIV testing services in health care settings, through realistic approaches that both improve access to services and, at the same time, protect the rights of individuals,” said WHO HIV/AIDS Director Kevin De Cook.WHO and UNAIDS stressed that HIV testing and counselling initiated by health care providers is not, and should not be construed as, an endorsement of coercive or mandatory HIV testing. read more

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UN condemns killing of peacekeepers in Darfur

7 May 2010The United Nations has voiced outrage after two peacekeepers serving with the joint African Union-UN force in Sudan’s war-scarred Darfur region were killed and three others seriously wounded in an ambush earlier today. The two Egyptian soldiers died after their convoy, carrying out a routine patrol, was attacked by about 20 unidentified armed gunmen who opened fire without warning in a remote area of South Darfur state, according to the mission (known as UNAMID).The wounded soldiers have been airlifted to a UNAMID hospital in the state capital of Nyala and are reported to be in a stable condition.The head of UNAMID and the AU-UN Joint Special Representative, Ibrahim Gambari, expressed outrage at what he described as a “cowardly attack” against the peacekeepers, who he noted are in Darfur – which has been beset by conflict and large-scale humanitarian suffering since 2003 – only to help restore peace and stability to the region.“UNAMID remains undaunted and unwavering in its commitment to carrying out its mandate in the service of peace,” Mr. Gambari stressed.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, called on the Sudanese Government to launch an immediate investigation into the incident and to identify, apprehend and bring the perpetrators to justice.Kemal Saïki, a spokesperson for UNAMID, told UN Radio that there is “no indication as to the identities nor the motives of the attackers.” He called on Sudanese authorities to identify, capture and bring to justice the attackers and any sponsors as soon as possible.“There is absolutely no reason why our peacekeepers should have been attacked? This is a criminal act of violence that we are forcefully denouncing.”Security Council members also condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” according to a statement read out on behalf of the 15-member panel by Ambassador Nawaf Salam of Lebanon, which holding the rotating presidency this month.Mr. Salam said the Council extended its condolences to the families of the slain peacekeepers and to the Egyptian Government, and reiterated its full support for the work of the mission.Today’s attack took place about 11:30 a.m. near the village of Katila, which is about 85 kilometres south of the town of Edd al Fursan. The UNAMID convoy that was ambushed was comprised of three vehicles and 20 peacekeepers.Last month four South African police advisers serving with UNAMID were abducted near Nyala by unknown gunmen but were later released unharmed.Today’s deaths take the number of UNAMID personnel killed as a result of hostile actions to 24 since the mission was established at the start of 2008 as a successor to an earlier AU force. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed and 2.7 million other Darfurians displaced since fighting erupted seven years ago. read more

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Oscarnominated Cold War next in BUFS lineup

The story of two mismatched but fated lovers caught between East and West in 1950s Europe will grace the big screen in the latest offering of the Brock University Film Society (BUFS).Cold War, a passionate romance from writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida, Last Resort), will be shown Thursday, March 7 at the Film House in downtown St. Catharines.In the ruins of Poland following the Second World War, a pianist is commissioned by the Soviet state to form a musical ensemble to help rekindle national pride. While touring the villages in search of talent, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful, fiery and charismatic singer. A performance in Berlin offers the pair an opportunity for escape to the West but a last-minute decision finds them stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain.  “The crystalline black-and-white cinematography exalts its moments of intimate grimness and its dreamlike showpieces of theatrical display,” says The Guardian. “It is an elliptical, episodic story of imprisonment and escape, epic in scope.”Time is more succinct, calling Cold War “a terrific, smoky-cool love story.”A critical and audience favourite at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where Pawlikowski was named Best Director, Cold War was also nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.Tickets for all BUFS shows are available at the Film House in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) on the evening of screenings. General admission is $9.50 or $7 for members, plus tax. Memberships are available through the Film House website.Visit the BUFS web page for a full list of this season’s selections. A calendar of films coming to the PAC over the next few months is posted on the Film House website. Look for the red B that indicates a BUFS-hosted screening.For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted the film society (previously known as a series) to bring some of the best in independent, international and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines. read more

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Womens Hockey Thirdperiod rally propels No 7 Ohio State to 32 win

Ohio State junior forward Charly Dahlquist dives for the puck in the first period of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFreshman Liz Schepers’ late third-period goal lifted the No. 7 Ohio State women’s hockey team (16-5-4, 9-2-4 WCHA) to a 3-2 victory in a back-and-forth battle against No. 5 Minnesota (17-7-2, 10-5-2 WCHA) Friday at the OSU Ice Rink. The win ended Minnesota’s perfect 10-0-0 road record and vaulted the Buckeyes ahead of the Golden Gophers to second in the conference.The Buckeyes benefited from another solid outing from junior goaltender Kassidy Sauve, who stopped 31 shots. Last weekend against Robert Morris, she allowed just two goals, earning her WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honors.Freshman forward Emma Maltais got the Buckeyes off to a fast start with her 11th goal of the season, converting on the rush at the 1:20 mark of the first period. Senior forward Lauren Spring and junior defender Lauren Boyle were credited with the assists after pressuring the Golden Gophers into a neutral-zone turnover that created the opportunity.Minnesota answered just over five minutes into to the second period when sophomore forward Alex Woken scored a power-play goal from the slot with Ohio State senior forward Julianna Iafallo in the penalty box for tripping. Woken’s eighth goal of the season was assisted by senior Sydney Baldwin and freshman Olivia Knowles.At the 8:24 mark of the second period, Minnesota freshman forward Grace Zumwinkle gave the Golden Gophers their first lead of the game, deflecting senior defender Sydney Baldwin’s shot from the point for her 12th goal of the season. Just past the halfway point of the third period, Ohio State junior forward Charly Dahlquist evened the score with her fifth goal of the season on a rush up the ice, which was capped off by a backhand finish in tight. Ohio State sophomore defender Jincy Dunne and Sauve tallied the assists after starting the breakout.“[Dahlquist is] annoying to play against. She’s buzzing. She’s relentless,” Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “She had a great game along with almost everybody.”With 3:56 remaining in the third period, Schepers fired the game-winning goal. Her sixth goal of the season beat Minnesota redshirt senior goaltender Sidney Peters low on the blocker side and secured a victory for the Buckeyes. Iafallo and junior forward Maddy Field were credited with assists.The team is now riding a four-game winning streak, including multiple wins against highly ranked opponents.“As we win games, confidence is happening,” said Muzerall, “What we have that we didn’t have last year is that we’re believing that we can win.”Ohio State will look to maintain its momentum and complete the series sweep with a game against Minnesota at 3:07 p.m. Saturday at the OSU Ice Rink. read more

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StertilKoni for heavy duty lifting – above and below ground

first_imgGiven the demand for mining vehicles to be cleaned and serviced on a regular schedule – both above and below ground – an increasing number of industry leaders are turning to heavy duty lift leader Stertil-Koni for its advanced technology – some of which was showcased at the MINExpo last week.Stertil-Koni, known for its award-winning mobile column lifts and piston and scissor in-ground lifts, as well as two and four post lifts, and platform lifts, showcased its ST 1085 Earthlift as it hoisted a service vehicle and exhibited information about its broad range of products in support of the mining industry.As the mining industry – both surface and subsurface – becomes increasingly reliant on heavy-duty hydraulics for vehicle cleaning and maintenance, vehicle lift leader Stertil-Koni ensures that lifts are properly installed and will function properly for years.Stertil-Koni lifts feature state-of-the-art hydraulic technology, have safety-minded mechanical locking systems and are manufactured with high quality, high tensile DOMEX steel for maximum strength, delivering fast lifting and lowering.Analysing the mining industry, Peter Bowers, Technical Support Manager at Stertil-Koni, stated, “The mining industry is heavy by design and aggressive by environment. When dirt and debris adhere to large mining vehicles, they can overheat and breakdown much more quickly. Therefore, conducting routine maintenance and cleaning vehicles on-schedule will improve not only their fuel efficiency but keep them operational for a longer period of time.“Stertil-Koni is dedicated to meeting, and exceeding all of our customers’ requirements, an approach we call ‘Freedom of Choice.’ Stertil-Koni has reliable, durable, heavy duty lifts, featuring our recently introduced ebright Smart Control System, featuring a 7-inch colour monitor showing all relevant operating information at a glance and a user-friendly touch pad to configure major options”Stertil-Koni, a brand of the Stertil Group, is the global market leader in heavy duty vehicle lifts – bus lifts and truck lifts – and is the preferred supplier to the world’s leading companies in the truck and bus industries. Stertil-Koni’s breadth of products meets all ranges of lifting needs and includes mobile column lifts, two-post, four-post, in-ground piston lifts, platform lifts, half-scissors and its innovative axle-engaging, in-ground, scissor lift configuration, ECOLIFT.last_img read more

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Markets wobble as US debt talks falter

first_imgThe stakes are high and the deadline is getting nearer.Unless the borrowing limit is raised, the U.S. will bump up against a Thursday deadline after which it can no longer borrow money to pay its bills, which could lead to a default on government debt. That possibility has rattled markets all month.It was clear that traders were hanging on every word out of Washington. The losses on the Dow shrank by about 40 points during a short press conference by House Speaker John Boehner shortly before noon Eastern.Another reason for Wall Street’s pessimism is that any deal reached this week might simply set up another showdown a few months down the road.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 133.25 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 15,168.01. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 12.08 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 1,698.06. The Nasdaq composite fell 21.26 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 3,794.01.Read: Senate leaders optimistic on US debt ceiling dealRead: New York Times launches rebranded international edition THE US STOCK market was whipsawed today as the on-again, off-again talk of a debt deal in Washington made investors wonder just how pessimistic they should be.Stocks were flat or down all day, but the size of the losses waxed and waned depending on which politician was giving a press conference. The market closed with its first loss in a week, with the Dow Jones industrials down 133 points. Yields on short-term government debt rose sharply as investors worried about the possibility of a default.Indexes were down only slightly early today, when Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate reported that a deal over increasing the nation’s borrowing limit appeared to be getting closer.But after House Republicans came up with their own competing plan later in the day, and it was rejected by Democrats, stocks fell further.last_img read more

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Shaqiri and Alisson start dates revealed

first_imgAlisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri will begin their Liverpool careers by linking up with the squad for the training camp in France.The Brazilian goalkeeper, who completed his move from AS Roma on a long-term contract on Thursday, will be part of the group that departs for the continent later this month.Meanwhile, fellow new signing Xherdan Shaqiri is set to join his new teammates in New Jersey on Tuesday.Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Shaqiri will come the day after tomorrow directly to New Jersey and Alisson will come with Roberto Firmino and will be a part of the second camp in Evian.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“That’s good that we’ll have them all together, apart from the semi-finalists of the World Cup.”The Reds will play Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup on Sunday evening before facing Manchester United and Manchester City in the other games.With the addition of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Shaqiri, and Alisson Becker Jurgen Klopp’s men have been tipped to mount a serious challenge on all fronts in the new season.last_img read more

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Deadly stabbing in Old Town leaves one dead

first_img July 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday on a sidewalk in the Old Town community of San Diego.Police received a call at 1 a.m. of an injured person in the 4500 block of Pacific Coast Highway, said San Diego police Lt. Anthony Dupree.Officers arriving at the scene found a man lying on the sidewalk suffering from lacerations and trauma to his upper torso, Dupree said. Arriving paramedics treated the man, who eventually was pronounced dead at the scene.The San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit asked anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at (619) 531-2293. KUSI Newsroom, Deadly stabbing in Old Town leaves one deadcenter_img Updated: 9:57 AM Posted: July 21, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Settlement reached over Seward coal facility dispute

first_imgThe Alaska Railroad and Aurora Energy have agreed to an out-of-court settlement in a dispute involving a water permit. More than a year ago, a federal court sided with the Sierra Club and Alaska Community Action on Toxics in a suit against Aurora and the railroad, alleging that Aurora’s coal loading facility in Seward spilled coal into Resurrection Bay.Download AudioPlaintiffs complained that Aurora was violating the Clean Water Act, because the coal-loading company’s general stormwater permit did not allow coal debris to be dropped into the water.Aurora and the railroad had petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court this year to hear an appeal of the lower court’s decision, but the high court refused.Late Tuesday, all parties involved in the 6-year-old lawsuit agreed to a settlement.The settlement requires the railroad and Aurora Energy to make improvements to the Seward coal-loading facility and pay $10,000 to the Kachemak Land Trust for an environmental projectBill O’Leary, CEO of Alaska Railroad, says the railroad has invested over a million dollars in improvements to the Seward facility over the years, and is committed to environmental stewardship in it’s operations. He says the $10,000 is not a fine. O’Leary says he’s looking forward to future export operations in Seward under an anticipated new permit.Speaking for Aurora Energy, Lorali Simon says that the facility has been operating legally under a state of Alaska compliance order, while awaiting further permitting. Aurora applied for a different type of permit regulating spilled coal early this year. Simon says the settlement does not change operations at the Seward facility.The original lawsuit was filed in December 2009. The settlement essentially closes the door on further court action.last_img read more

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Sen Franken to Apple How Safe Is Face ID Really

first_img A day after Apple introduced Face ID—the facial recognition system at the heart of iPhone X—Sen. Al Franken petitioned the company for details on its privacy and security safeguards.The 10th-anniversary handset unveiled Tuesday features an upgraded front camera that creates and stores a 3D map of your facial geometry.Even in poor lighting conditions, under cover of a hat or scarf, or ruined by age, the device will be able to recognize its owner, allowing folks to unlock the phone, use Apple Pay, and access secure apps with just one look.But, as with any technology, there is room for error.“Unlike a password, an individual’s faceprint is permanent, public, and uniquely identifies its owner,” Franken wrote in a letter to Tim Cook. “Should a bad actor gain access to the faceprint data that Face ID requires, the ramifications could last forever.”Cupertino has already addressed a number of consumers’ concerns: For instance, facial-recognition data will be saved on individual iPhones, not sent to the cloud. And the firm worked with professional Hollywood mask makers to ensure its system won’t be fooled by 3D models or photographs.Still, you can never be too safe, and Franken is pushing for additional transparency “on this complex new technology.”The Senator drafted a list of 10 questions, covering issues of storage, AI training, accuracy, possible distribution, and those dreaded law enforcement requests to access user data (which Apple has, in the past, stood firmly against).While many of his queries were answered in more general terms during this week’s event, Franken hits upon one topic never discussed from the stage of the new Steve Jobs Theater:“In order for Face ID to function and unlock the device, is the facial recognition system ‘always on,’ meaning does Face ID perpetually search for a face to recognize?” he inquired.If so, will Apple retain raw photos and the so-called faceprints of people who unlock (or attempt to unlock) the device?The tech titan did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment; it remains unclear whether it will answer Franken’s questions by the proposed Oct. 13 deadline.For more, see The iPhone X Can’t Have My Face.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Democrats Lawsuit Against Russia Trump Campaign

first_img (399) All Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller $18.74$30.00center_img Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийadvertisement”The remedies for hostile actions by foreign governments are state actions,” Judge Koeltl explained in his ruling.The federal court added that the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks are protected under the First Amendment, which means they cannot be held liable for distributing the stolen information. Judge Koeltl used the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Pentagon Papers’ release as reference for his ruling.”The First Amendment prevents such liability in the same way it would preclude liability for press outlets,” Judge Koeltl wrote.Aside from the Trump campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks, the DNC also sued other individuals related to the organizations, including Senior Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner and presidential son Donald Trump Jr. for their alleged role in the breach of email accounts.However, Koeltl tossed the DNC’s claims because the group “failed to allege plausibly” that anyone else participated in the supposed hacking incident.DNC spokesperson Adrienne Watson said the organization is still reviewing the federal court’s decision.Watson pointed out that Judge Koeltl’s opinion raises “serious concerns” about protection against election interference by foreign governments and the theft of private property to help advance the interests of certain groups.Victory For The Trump AdministrationU.S. President Donald Trump commented on Twitter, claiming that the dismissal of the case was a victory against collusion allegations and investigation into his campaign’s affiliates.He wrote that the federal court’s decision was a “complete vindication and exoneration” from the Russian, WikiLeaks, and every other hoax perpetrated by the DNC, the radical Democrats, and others.The president also noted that the ruling was “really big stuff” especially since it was made by a highly respected judge who was a Clinton appointee.Meanwhile, George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide and a co-defendant in the lawsuit, said the dismissal of the case is a big win for America and that it was another step to end the witch hunt against them.The Trump campaign faced a similar breach of privacy lawsuit related to the 2016 hacking incident, but it was also dismissed previously. TAG Hacking, Donald Trump, Russia, WikiLeaks Close A federal court in New York has tossed the hacking and racketeering case filed against the Trump campaign, Russia, and WikiLeaks. It identified Russia as the main culprit, and as such it cannot be sued under federal law.  ( Werner Moser | Pixabay ) A federal judge has dismissed the Democratic Party’s hacking lawsuit against the Trump presidential campaign, the Russian government, and WikiLeaks.The Democratic National Committee filed hacking and racketeering cases against the three parties last year, alleging that the defendants had illegally accessed the DNC’s computer systems and leaked private emails in 2016.A Matter Of The StateHowever, Judge John Koeltl in New York identified Russia as the primary violator in the incident and as such cannot be sued under federal law. The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act prevents any lawsuit to be filed against foreign governments. Related Products Ads by Amazon Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

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Museum at heart of Russias Jewish culture revival

first_imgNow the 100-year-old matriarch’s great-grandson, brought up after the fall of the Soviet Union and in a spirit of freedom of conscience, is fully embracing his Jewish roots: He works at Moscow’s new Jewish museum, Europe’s largest and Russia’s first major attempt to tell the story of its Jewish community. The four generations of Zimanenko’s family are a microcosm of the history of Jews in Russia over the past century, from the restrictions of imperial times through Soviet hardship to today’s revival of Jewish culture in Russia, a trajectory that is put on vivid display at the Jewish Museum and Center of Tolerance.The museum, which opened this week, tells the history of Jewry through people’s stories, which come alive in video interviews and interactive displays. The journeys of people like the Zimanenko-Rozin family are traced from czarist Russia through the demise of the Soviet Union. The $50 million museum was built under the patronage of President Vladimir Putin, who in a symbolic move in 2007 donated a month of his salary _ about $5,600 _ to its creation.Putin has promoted Russia as a country that welcomes Russian emigrants back into its fold. Early in his presidency, he encouraged the repatriation of Russians who left in the wake of the 1917 Revolution as well as ethnic Russians left stranded in former Soviet republics, now independent states. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix In Poland, which is undergoing a similar revival of Jewish culture, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews is due to open next year in the heart of the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw.The Moscow museum’s portrayal of Russia as a safe and welcoming place for Jews today may run counter to the beliefs of some emigres and their descendants who were raised on dark stories about pogroms and discrimination in Russia. And while there’s no doubt that anti-Semitism has declined dramatically in Russia, there remains a strong strand of far-right sentiment that expresses itself in acts against Jews, as well as against dark-skinned foreigners.To Borukh Gorin, chairman of the museum’s board, the history of Russian Jews is much more complex than the stark narrative of anti-Jewish oppression. The museum does not dwell on the “victimization of Jewish history,” he said.“It’s about what actually happened,” said Gorin. “And what happened was complicated. There were pogroms, but there was also an active role of Jews in Russian public life _ scientists, writers, journalists, Jews awarded with the country’s highest honors.”By 1917, the Russian Empire had the largest Jewish community in the world, more than 5 million people. Most of the Jews were confined to the Pale of Settlement, the area of the Russian Empire stretching across what are now western Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland, beyond which Jews were not allowed to live. Today, only about 150,000 people who identify themselves as Jews live in Russia. Zimanenko, feisty and talkative even at 100, was the daughter of Marxists and the granddaughter of pious Jews. Most of her life, she was true to Communist ideals and never thought much about her Jewish identity.“If somebody asked me about my nationality then, it’d take me a while to remember that I was Jewish,” she said. “We were all Soviet people.”But like other Soviet Jews, Zimanenko was reminded of her roots when Stalin’s repressive regime “foiled” the so-called Doctors’ Plot in 1952, accusing a group of prominent Moscow doctors, predominantly Jews, of conspiring to kill Soviet leaders. Their trial unleashed the first major wave of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, triggering dismissals, arrests and executions among Jews.Zimanenko’s son, physicist Anatoly Rozin, said the family had such a strong faith in Communism and Stalin that they genuinely believed in the plot: “No one could doubt it. We were a Communist family.” In 1956, three years after Stalin’s death, the authorities admitted that the doctors had been framed.Anatoly Rozin, now 78, is still an atheist and does not feel much affinity for his Jewish heritage, although he remembers being exposed to “everyday” anti-Semitism since childhood when neighborhood children called him and his brother names. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top holiday drink recipes 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mark Rozin and his uncle also were allowed to emigrate, but decided against it.“I’m a man of this culture,” said Anatoly Rozin, referring to the Soviet Union. “Leaving seemed impossible at the time.”These days, Zimanenko falters when she tries to pronounce the words “bar mitzvah,” only to be corrected by her 24-year-old great-grandson, Lev Rozin. For him, having to get permission to travel or being barred from university for being Jewish is something from another planet.Russia in recent years has seen a dramatic decrease in displays of anti-Semitism, down to isolated cases of violence and vandalism. In a survey conducted last year by the respected Levada Center, 8 percent of those polled said they believed Jews should be barred from living in Russia, down from 15 percent in 2004.Members of the Zimanenko-Rozin family said they felt no anti-Semitism in Russia today, but only members of the youngest generation have been eager to explore their roots. Lev Rozin, who works in the museum’s children’s center, said he began to identify himself as a Jew in his teens after attending a Jewish youth camp in Hungary. His two younger siblings attended the same camp. Comments   Share   Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day The revival of Jewish culture in Russia has been driven predominantly by young people, which is reflected in the staff of the Jewish Museum. The museum’s development director, Natalya Fishman, is just 22.“In our family, it’s the younger generation that is trying to rediscover our roots,” Lev Rozin said. “I try to keep my Friday nights free, I don’t eat pork and try to observe some Kashrut (Jewish dietary) rules.”For his father, Jewish identity is more than religion or customs.“It stems from a feeling of belonging to your family, its roots, Grandma’s stories,” Mark Rozin said. “By talking to Grandma and learning about her life, we’re getting closer to the Jewish culture.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Anti-Semitism in the final decades of the Soviet Union was never official policy, but Jews had greater difficulty winning admission to university and traveling abroad.Anatoly’s nephew and Zimanenko’s grandson, 47-year-old Mark Rozin, was also brought up in a family that was very “distant” from Jewish traditions and Judaism. Although he had no firsthand experience of the discrimination that led hundreds of thousands of Soviet Jews to emigrate in the 1970s and `80s, he said that the shared burden of inequality and suspicion allowed him to relate to other Jews.There was a certain bond based “on the assumption that you faced some restrictions, you were not allowed to do what others did, that’s why you had to study harder than others, for example,” said Mark Rozin, a psychologist. In that sense, “you were always reminded of your nationality, but that didn’t bring you closer to the traditions.”Scores of his friends and distant relatives took advantage of their Jewish roots to secure permission to leave the Soviet Union for Israel, but he said most left for “freedom and opportunity,” and not because of the Jewish faith. Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) – In czarist times, Geda Zimanenko watched her mother offer the local police officer a shot of vodka on a plate and five rubles every Sunday to overlook the fact that their family lived outside the area where Jews were allowed to live.Then came the Bolshevik Revolution and Zimanenko became a good Communist, raising her own son to believe in ideals that strove to stamp out distinctions of race and religion. Her grandson, born after the death of dictator Josef Stalin, was more cynical of Communism and felt the heat of growing Soviet anti-Semitism.last_img
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Macau casino junket figure faces HK money laundering charges

first_img How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Macau, a former Portuguese colony that’s now a specially administered Chinese region, is the only place in China where casinos are legal. The enclave’s economy has boomed over the past decade after authorities opened up the market to outside operators such as Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Wynn Resorts. But casino revenues are slumping and junket operators are coming under increasing scrutiny amid a corruption crackdown by Chinese President Xi Jinping.According to the charge sheet, Cheung faces three counts of “dealing with property known or believed to represent proceeds of an indictable offence,” which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.He was released on HK$200,000 bail and is due back in court in September.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police charged a prominent figure in Macau’s casino junket industry with laundering 1.8 billion Hong Kong dollars ($231 million) through bank accounts in the southern Chinese city.Cheung Chi-tai is facing three separate counts of money laundering, according to a charge sheet provided Friday by authorities.The businessman was a major investor in publicly traded Macau junket operator Neptune Group. Police in Hong Kong, an hour’s ferry ride from Macau, have been investigating him since November, when they were granted a court order freezing his assets under the Organized and Serious Crimes Ordinance. Cheung has been dogged by allegations of ties to Chinese organized criminal gangs, known as triads.The 54-year-old was named as one of nine top lieutenants of the Wo Hop To triad in a 1992 U.S. Senate subcommittee report on Asian organized crime. In a 2011 Hong Kong court case, a witness identified him as a triad leader who ordered a subordinate to kill a Sands Macau casino dealer. He’s never been charged with any related crimes.Junkets are middlemen that arrange for wealthy mainland Chinese gamblers to travel to Macau, lend them money to gamble and then collect any debts when they return home. However, because casino debts are unenforceable on the mainland, there are suspicions that some junket operators work with organized crime to collect debts.In a 2013 Hong Kong money laundering trial involving Cheung’s former business associate Carson Yeung, Cheung was named as one of the main shareholders of Neptune Group. Yeung, the former owner of Birmingham City Football Club, said Cheung invited him to invest in the company and its associated VIP gambling rooms.Hong Kong stock exchange filings show Cheung, through his private holding company Jumbo Boom, owned as much as 12.9 percent of Neptune in 2007 but had sold off his stake by September 2008. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Mesa family survives lightning strike to homelast_img read more

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Earn more with credit cards when flying Qantas

first_imgEarn more with credit cards when flying QantasFor the first time, Qantas is giving Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Bonus Status Credits when they sign up for an eligible Qantas Points-earning credit card with ANZ or AMEX.Members can earn 75 Bonus Status Credits when they are approved for a Qantas American Express Ultimate Card or ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Card and must buy and fly return with Qantas during the offer period to receive them.To earn 75 Status Credits, a member would normally need to fly (for instance) on two return trips between Sydney and Melbourne on a Flexible Economy fare (80 Status Credits).The Bonus Status Credits earned will be in addition to the Status Credits a Qantas Frequent Flyer member would earn on those flights.Both card offers also give new card holders the opportunity to earn 75,000 Qantas Points as a sign-up bonus, which is enough to book an Economy Classic Flight Rewardi from Sydney to London.To earn 75,000 Qantas Points, a Frequent Flyer would need to fly First Class one way between Sydney and London more than three timesii.In addition to the sign-up offers, the credit cards give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points every day when they use their card on eligible purchases.Bonus Status Credits are distinct from Status Credits earned by flying. While they will contribute towards attaining and retaining Qantas Silver, Gold and Platinum status, they do not count towards attaining or retaining Platinum One status or Loyalty Bonus.Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant comments;“Status Credits are highly prized by Qantas Frequent Flyers and while members will still need to fly to earn these Bonus Status Credits, we think our members will be delighted to have a new opportunity to earn them.”“More than a third of credit card spend in Australia is done on Qantas Points-earning cards so we know there’s great appetite for these rewards. Making sure that we continuously evolve what we offer our members in this area is a big priority for Qantas Loyalty and there’s more in the pipeline.”Qantas American Express Ultimate Card Members must apply for the card before 1 May 2017 to benefit from these offers. They must be approved for the card, book an eligible return flight with Qantasiii using the card and travel between 6 March and 30 September 2017 to earn the Bonus Status CreditsTo receive the 75,000 Qantas Points sign-up bonus, the member must spend $1,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months of approval.Card holders will earn 1.5 Qantas Points per dollar spent on eligible purchases.Rachel Stocks, American Express Managing Director for Australia & New Zealand comments;“Australians love earning Qantas Points, and with the refresh of our three Qantas credit cards, American Express offers market leading value for every consumer seeking Qantas Points. This includes the only Qantas Points earning card with no annual card fee, and for Qantas Ultimate customers, the opportunity to earn additional points and Bonus Status Credits.”“No matter which card they use, customers can look forward to planning their next holiday, confident that every dollar spent is earning the maximum number of points without any limit on the number of points they can earn every year.”ANZ Frequent Flyer Black Card Members must apply for the card between 8 March and 30 June 2017 to benefit from these offersThey must be approved for the card, book an eligible return flight with Qantas using the card and travel between 6 March and 30 September 2017 to earn the Bonus Status CreditsTo receive the 75,000 Qantas Points sign-up bonus, the member must spend $2,500 on eligible purchases in the first three months of approval and not currently hold or have held an ANZ Frequent Flyer card in the preceding 12 monthsCard holders will earn one Qantas Point per dollar spent up to $7,500 and 0.5 Qantas Points above $7,500 on eligible purchasesvi  There is no annual fee for the first year.About Status Credits More information about how many Status Credits are required to reach and retain each tier can be found on qantas.comThe Status Credits each member can earn depends on where they fly, as well as their choice of airline and the fare purchased. The more flexible the fare and more premium the cabin, the more they earn. Members can use the Earning Points and Status Credits Calculator to see what they can earn.i Plus taxes, fees and carrier charges ii A Bronze Qantas Frequent Flyer member would earn 24,800 on a one way flight between Sydney and London/London and Sydney. iii Excludes Classic Flight Rewards, partner or codeshare flights iv Visit americanexpress.com.au/ultimateqantas for more information v Excludes Classic Flight Rewards, partner or codeshare flights vi Visit anz.com/affoffer for more informationSource = Qantaslast_img read more

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Jimmy Kimmel left congratulates Guillermo del To

first_img Jimmy Kimmel, left, congratulates Guillermo del Toro in the audience after winning the award for best picture for “The Shape of Water” at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2018 1:45 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oscar ratings plunge to a record lowcenter_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – American television viewers could barely stifle a yawn for Hollywood’s biggest night, with the Academy Awards plunging to a record-low viewership of 26.5 million people in the U.S.The numbers were also down in Canada from last year, with an average of 4.5 million people watching on CTV, the broadcaster said Monday citing preliminary data from ratings tracker Numeris.In the U.S., the Nielsen company said that’s a 20 per cent drop from the 33 million who watched the 2017 show, which was also hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Oscar viewership is often tied to the box office muscle of the big nominees, and best picture winner “The Shape of Water” only grossed $57.4 million in the United States.It’s the first time the Oscars have drawn fewer than 30 million people, in Nielsen records that go back to 1974. The Academy Awards are often the most-watched television program of the year after the Super Bowl, but this year’s Winter Olympics opening ceremony from Pyeongchang reached 27.8 million.The previous low-water mark for the Oscars came in 2008, when “No Country For Old Men” won best picture.Only four years ago the Oscar reached nearly 44 million viewers. The biggest Academy Awards audience on record came in 1998, when the blockbuster “Titanic” was named best picture.The Academy Awards can keep bragging rights over other awards shows. The Golden Globes reached 19 million viewers in January and the Grammys had an audience of 19.8 million, Nielsen said.In Canada, CTV said the award show peaked with 5.6 million viewers when Allison Janney accepted her supporting actress award.Last year, CTV drew an average of 5.5 million viewers, according Numeris. It said viewership peaked with 6.7 million viewers in 2017 as Mahershala Ali accepted his Oscar for best supporting actor.— With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Documentary Life begins at 90 at Red Cross International Film Festival

first_imgAn award-winning documentary film about an inspiring nonagenarian living in Limassol will have its Bulgarian premier at the prestigious Red Cross International Film Festival, held in Varna this week.‘Life begins at 90’ was filmed and produced in Cyprus and features 95-year-old Ray Woolley, a World War 2 veteran, his healthy approach to ageing, passion for diving and inspirational approach to life.It was selected from thousands of entries from all over the world.The film will be in competition at the event which is held every two years and is organised by the Bulgarian Red Cross, under the auspices of the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Health Organisation and UNESCO.Patron of the festival, the Vice President of Republic of Bulgaria, Iliana Iotova, will open the red carpet event with the festival director, Ilko Raev.“This is a wonderful film festival and we are privileged that our film about the world’s oldest scuba diver, inspirational Ray Woolley, who is 95, and his passion for promoting healthy ageing is a part of it,” a spokesman for the film told the Cyprus Mail.The 18th International Festival of Red Cross and Health Films has the following main theme: “Aggression – Humanity – Cinema”, and will be held between June 13- 17.Life begins at 90 will be shown on Saturday evening, June 15, in the documentary competition section at the Festival and Congress centre situated in the heart of Varna.Ray will celebrate his 96th birthday in August, and has gained a growing number of admirers from around the globe after claiming the title of the world’s oldest scuba diver in 2017.“I hope that people will enjoy my film and that it inspires them to get out and keep moving and try to be a bit more healthy, that would be great,” he told the Cyprus Mail.The motto of the festival is: “By humanism to peace and friendship” and it has growing importance as a powerful tool for the dissemination of humanitarian and cultural values through cinema.The festival is traditionally attended by leaders of the international Red Cross organisations, as well as the International Committee of the Red Cross, the League (now Federation) of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Health Organisation, UNESCO, SIDALC, the Association of Film Producers, Association of Film Distributors, the International Organisation of Film Critics, National cinematographers and film production houses.The festival also holds meetings, discussions and round tables, that will allow the audience to meet with the guests and participants‘Life begins at 90’ premiered at the 13th Cyprus International film festival where it was awarded Best Cinematography in a feature documentary.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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