first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s largest Pride parade is one step closer to securing municipal funding that has been threatened by a decision to ban uniformed police officers from the annual event.Pride Toronto has sparked controversy ever since a decision early this year to ban police floats from the colourful summer parade.On Monday, a committee at Toronto City Hall recommended upholding a $260,000 annual grant to the event after a petition from Olivia Nuamah, the executive director of Pride Toronto. A final ruling on the fate of the grant will come in a few weeks at the city’s monthly council meeting.Toronto Mayor John Tory has expressed his support for the funding, saying both Pride Toronto and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders have told him cutting the grant would not help resolve the controversy around the parade.Earlier this year, a Toronto city councillor called for the grant to be revoked over Pride Toronto’s decision to ban police floats, saying the event had become exclusionary.The union representing Toronto police officers quickly echoed that call, saying it would be unacceptable for the city to sponsor an event that shuts out certain municipal employees.In a statement released Sunday evening, Pride Toronto reiterated that police officers were welcome at the parade so long as they appeared as civilians rather than in an official capacity.The organization said officers could participate in the march if they left their uniforms, weapons and cruisers behind.Nuamah said both sides of the issue have the same goal.“We are going to be trying incredibly hard to dampen down the vitriolic nature of this conversation, to be honest with you, to make it more about the cohesion which we all seek,” Nuamah said.Having the mayor’s public support is “huge,” the organizer said.In January, Pride Toronto decided to adopt a list of demands issued by the Toronto chapter of Black Lives Matter, which included a ban on police floats.The issue first made headlines during last year’s parade, when members of the anti-racism group staged a sit-in that halted the march until Pride organizers signed a list of demands.Black Lives Matter has argued that allowing uniformed officers at the parade could discourage marginalized communities from attending.Saunders said earlier this year that in light of the ongoing controversy, the force would steer clear of the event, aside from overseeing security.If the parade’s grant is revoked, the city would still provide policing, transportation and other services for the Pride parade,Police participation in Pride events has stirred controversy across Canada recently, with several forces — such as those in Vancouver and Halifax — facing restrictions or bans for local parades.Last week, however, the Pride committee in St. John’s, N.L., reversed course and invited uniformed police officers to march in the city’s parade.last_img read more

first_imgCalgary community television station Shaw TV will close effective Aug. 15, Shaw Communications announced Wednesday, though the cable giant pledged to demonstrate its commitment to local coverage by injecting funds into Global News instead.Local Shaw TV stations will also be closing in Vancouver and Edmonton, affecting 70 positions between the three cities, the company said. It declined to disclose how many of those job losses would take place in Calgary.The move is in response to the evolving news consumption habits of viewers, said Shaw spokesperson Chethan Lakshman. Increasing online competition and other economic factors have made the production of local news and stories more difficult, he said, while the ability of Canadians living in larger cities to access many more media sources has made the community channel less relevant in metropolitan areas. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Families of the 40 CRPF personnel, killed in a recent terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, have been paid over Rs 1 crore ex-gratia funds till now as per service rules, the force said Friday. Officials said the ‘next of kin’ of these slain personnel will also get an additional ex-gratia amount that has been announced by various state governments, where the troops hailed from, in a case-to-case basis. A total amount of over Rs 1.01 crore has been paid to the families of the 40 personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, an official from the force said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He added that this amount includes Rs 35 lakh given by the central government as ex-gratia to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel killed in the line of action, Rs 21.50 lakh under the risk fund, Rs 15 lakh from the ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ corpus and Rs 30 lakh from the SBI paramilitary service pay insurance cover. The families additionally are also being provided financial benefits from various government and non-government agencies even as some institutions have volunteered to take care of education of the wards of these personnel, he said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed “Liberalised Pension Award (LPA) is being given to all the 40 families and this amount equals to the last basic pay plus dearness allowance drawn by the killed personnel. This amount will be paid lifelong,” the official said. He added that while in some cases, the ‘next of kin’ of the killed personnel have been offered jobs by state governments, they are also eligible for compassionate appointment for jobs in the CRPF. The force is soon going to launch a special mobile application which has been designed specifically for redressal of grievances relating to the families of killed personnel of the force. This will be launched soon, he said. The 40 CRPF personnel were travelling in a force bus when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the bus on February 14. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has deployed as many as 61 battalions in the state, with about 65,000 personnel, and is the lead counter-terrorist and internal security force in the Kashmir valley.last_img read more

A statement released late Wednesday at UN Headquarters in New York announced that James Victor Gbeho was being sent to the Gambia “to call on the Government, political leaders and candidates as well as the population as a whole to make every effort to ensure that the coming polls take place in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.” The visit of the Special Envoy follows a multi-disciplinary mission sent to the Gambia last month within the framework of an integrated preventive strategy that envisages the international community working in partnership with the Gambia to help strengthen the country’s capacity to maintain peace and stability, the statement said. Mr. Gbeho is a former Foreign Minister of Ghana and a current Member of Parliament. He previously served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in Somalia. read more

Braxton Miller’s Instagram post showing the Ohio State redshirt-senior quarterback posing with AdvoCare products was deemed a “promotion of a commercial product” by the NCAA, according to a statement from OSU athletics. But the matter has been resolved and Miller has been reinstated “without any conditions,” the statement said.OSU said the post was a minor violation.The university initially said it was “looking into” Miller’s social media picture from March 24, which showed the quarterback posing with the products alongside the owner of Authentik Fitness in Columbus, Brandon Oshodin, who is also an AdvoCare distributor.Click to enlargeAdvoCare is a company that “provides innovative nutritional, weight-management, sports performance and skin care products,” according to its website.The AdvoCare website states that student-athletes can’t be in photos on “an AdvoCare Microsite, Facebook, Twitter, personal website or any other place where AdvoCare is mentioned.”In addition to the Instagram picture, Miller had his name displayed in the upper right hand corner of his AdvoCare site, labeled as a distributor. His name was later removed, along with the Instagram post.The AdvoCare website says student-athletes are allowed to be distributors. read more

first_imgIt said it did not know for how long the memorabilia had been on sale. The apparent concentration camp uniform was being sold in a US dollar listing by a Ukrainian man, Victor Kempf, living in Canada, the Mail reported.It was linked by a serial number stitched on its breast to a Polish Holocaust victim born in 1912, the Mail reported. Kempf said he was a historian and had bought the clothing from a US dealer.“I understand why people may think profiting is wrong but I sell these items to document (them) and to fund my book projects,” he told the newspaper.“If I was a descendant of a victim, I would want to see how my relatives lived. I would want to buy these items to remember them. “I don’t want people to think I’m just doing it for the money.”Other listings on the site included toothbrushes said to be from Auschwitz and a pair of shoes belonging to a death camp victim, advertised at £940, the Mail said.The Nazis’ genocidal “Final Solution” claimed the lives of six million of pre-war Europe’s 11 million Jews. They also killed large numbers of Roma, gay people, and other groups persecuted by Adolf Hitler’s regime.- © AFP 2013Read: Hitler’s last bodyguard dies at 96Read: Most-wanted Nazi war crimes suspect dies EBAY HAS APOLOGISED and removed from its listings about 30 items of Holocaust memorabilia after a British newspaper reported that items including a striped concentration camp uniform were on sale.The uniform, thought to have been worn by a Polish baker who died in the Auschwitz death camp, had an asking price of £11,200 (€13,000), the Mail on Sunday reported.Yellow Star of David armbands, which Jewish people were forced to wear in some Nazi-occupied areas, were also on sale over the past week, it said.EBay apologised today and said the listings were being removed, while it would donate £25,000 (€29,200) to an “appropriate charity”.“We don’t allow listings of this nature, and dedicate thousands of staff to policing our site and use the latest technology to detect items that shouldn’t be for sale,” eBay, which is the world’s biggest online marketplace, said in a statement.“We very much regret that we didn’t live up to our own standards.”last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft’s eagerness to rid itself of the old Xbox One stock by dropping the price to $249.99 makes even more sense today, because they’ve announced that although the $399 2TB Xbox One S arrives on August 2, we won’t be waiting very long for the cheaper 1Tb and 500GB models to arrive. And both ship with free games included.So, right now you can get a 500GB Xbox One for $249.99. Then on August 2 the 2TB Xbox One S will release for $399 creating quite the price differential. But fear not, on August 23 the other two S models hit the market.The 1TB Xbox One S will cost $349 and is being offered as a Madden NFL 17 Bundle, which includes a download of Madden NFL 17 (unless you buy at GameStop as they are including a physical copy) and seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs. There’s also one month of EA Access thrown in and a limited time promotional code that gets you 20% off a purchase at you aren’t a Madden fan, then there’s an alternative 1TB Xbox One S Halo Collection Bundle which includes Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection totaling 5 games for the same $349 price tag. There’s also a 500GB version of this pack for $299.Now here’s the bad news. Microsoft has stated that in the US the 1TB model will only be available in very limited quantities through Microsoft Stores and So it looks like the 2TB and 500GB models will be the only option for most people. It’s unclear if this is a long term decision or just during the launch period and with this bundle. Either way, it seems like a silly decision.last_img read more

first_imgHobbled by a slight limp caused by arthritis of the hip, Luke ambled through the halls of Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center with the purposeful gait of a dog on a mission.The healing process — often long, hard and painful — can be aided by the warmth of a furry body, the nuzzle of a wet nose and the slurp of a tongue. At least that’s the belief of Vicki and Randy Scheel, co-administrators of the center.For the past 11 years, Luke, their pet, has walked the halls of the center, greeting patients with a smile and calm demeanor.But Luke, the Scheels say, is nearing the end of his life. Over the years, Randy said, Luke has greeted more than 13,000 patients in his role as the center’s “director of hospitality.” Soon, the hard-working dog will become a patient. The next few weeks of rounds will likely be his last.“This is what he loves,” Vicki said. “Truly, he does not like being home on the weekend unless we’re doing something constantly.”Along with the ailing hip, Luke is partially deaf. At 14, he’s well into the golden years for a typical black Lab-malamute mix.Around the center, patients know Luke as the gentle guy with a gray beard who’s smiling and looking for treats.In one of the rooms, Jacki Knudson recalled when Luke met her father, Oswald Kaul, who was recovering from a stroke. Upon seeing the dog, her father’s face lit up.“Luke knew why dad was coming here,” Knudson said. “Dogs have an innate sense about sick people.”Kaul, 92, said he felt a connection with the dog.“I just looked at him,” Kaul said, holding out a treat for Luke to snack on.In another room, Duane McIntosh, 76, said having a dog at the center brightened the mood. He grew up with dogs and, while he now owns a cat, he has a soft spot in his heart for canines.last_img read more

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – The driver in a fatal 2015 crash in Pembroke Pines is facing some serious charges.Thirty-six-year-old Dougera Illarion appeared in court, Friday morning. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and DUI.Officials said Illarion crashed a convertible into a tree, near South Hiatus Road and Southwest 15th Street, back in May of 2015. His passenger, 28-year-old Edner Junior Rouzard, was ejected from the car and died at the scene.Illarion was airlifted to the hospital, where he tested positive for cocaine and alcohol.He was denied bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgEnlarge ImageSee more stories from CNET Magazine. Michael Muller Order a drink at an upscale bar lately and you’re likely to see a cold, new trend in your glass — luxury ice. These massive cubes or spheres (and sometimes hand-crafted shapes) aren’t for mere visual impact. Ice crafted with proper care melts slower, chills more efficiently, and helps beverages taste their best for longer.With a few advanced appliances, you too can create premium ice effortlessly right at home. But you’ll have to pay a hefty wad of cash up front. Fortunately, if you’re truly dedicated to ice that’s nice, you can produce opulent results on the cheap by using some everyday tools and a little elbow grease. Also read: LG’s new killer fridge feature: Clear ice for cocktailsice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-08.jpgEnlarge ImageClear ice is making a comeback. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Why you want this iceBefore we made our ice in trays or took it from our refrigerator dispensers, it came in the form of natural ice blocks. Harvested from lakes and streams in frozen climates and hand cut into blocks, ice was delivered like the milkman left your milk.While this clear, rock-solid ice was brilliantly pure, it was not without its drawbacks. The blocks were heavy and unwieldy, and in an age before electricity, there was no way to keep them frozen forever. ice-magazine-shoot-black-and-white-alternates-23.jpgEnlarge ImageThis orb of hand-chiseled clear ice has a very stable molecular structure which fridge ice can’t match. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Modern freezers and ice machines fixed those problems, but convenience quickly trumped quality. Our appliances freeze water from the outside in. This traps any air inside the water and locks it as final ice cubes are formed. The result is cloudy, white ice. Unfortunately, white ice is ruining your drinks.Hope Clarke is an experienced bartender and the former head of beverage ice production at The Aviary restaurant in Chicago which garnered a nationwide James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2013. She has since become obsessed with ice perfection and professionally advises posh bars, restaurants and food companies yearning to upgrade their chilled beverage ImageBartender and clear ice expert Hope Clark knows nice ice when see sees it. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Clarke bemoans the pervasive use of white ice, calling the 30 years between 1970 and 2000 the dark ages for ice. (Frigidaire debuted the first in-door fridge ice maker in 1965.) And she doesn’t pull any punches when describing why she finds these common cubes so unappetizing. “White ice is very oxygenated, filled with lots of air bubbles,” she says. “As a result, it has an unstable structure which melts quickly and unevenly. If I was spending good money on spirits, I’d want to taste it instead of a drink that melts out into a diluted slosh in just five minutes.”But even when you’re not ponying up for premium bourbon, she feels white ice is no friend of soft drinks ImageHere’s a globe of ice that’ll take a long time to melt. Tyler Lizenby/CNET “Since its surfaces are rough and porous, they tend to pull too many CO2 bubbles out of fizzy liquids, making them taste flat,” she says. “Clear ice, on the other hand, not only looks pretty, it’s rock solid, takes a while to melt and is free of flavor-changing impurities.”Slick ice from shiny machinesYou don’t have to frequent swanky bars and restaurants to get fancy ice in your glass. If your home bar budget is generous, you can use a number of premium appliances to create gourmet ice in large party-size quantities right from the comfort of your kitchen. For example, the Scotsman Brilliance Gourmet Cuber (model SCC50) is designed to make crystal-clear ice pellets in batches of up to 65 pounds a day.A similar product, the Clear Ice Machine, built by True Manufacturing, touts a daily production capacity of 70 pounds. It also has a color-changing LED light system to illuminate its interior storage bay which holds a maximum of 28 pounds of clear ice pellets. true-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageThe True Clear Ice machine on display at KBIS 2017. Brian Bennett/CNET The downside to both the Scotsman and True appliances is that they’re a hefty 15 inches wide, so they’re meant to sit under kitchen or bar counters, and both should be installed by a qualified dealer. What’s more, while neither company discloses exact pricing, it’s not unreasonable to expect to shell out upward of $2,000 for one of these gizmos. Great ice by handAs that will be out of range for most of us, there’s a more economical option which involves a bit more work. You don’t have to cut ice from a frozen lake up north; instead, you create this freezing lake effect inside your fridge in a process known as directional freezing. All that’s required, besides water and a freezer, is an insulated container of some kind. (A small plastic cooler, ice bucket or steel beer koozie will do.) Start by filling the container with water, and place it in your freezer without its cover. diy-clear-ice-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageMaking clear ice at home is easier than you think.After about 12 hours or so, water in the top portion of the vessel will freeze first since it’s exposed to cold air. And as those top ice crystals form, they push air bubbles and impurities downwards, producing the dreaded white ice. Here’s where you’ll need some muscle.After the top portion freezes (or the entire contents of the vessel solidify), remove the ice mass, place it on a towel-covered counter and chisel away the unwanted sections. I found a serrated bread knife and rubber-handled screwdriver (serving as a rubber mallet) got the job ImageUse a screwdriver and bread knife to carve your homemade clear ice. Tyler Lizenby/CNET I also used the power of directional freezing to make close to a dozen crystal-clear ice balls. Filling two silicone sphere ice molds ($8) with water then inverting them over a full ice bucket (suspended by a pair of flat kitchen faucet gaskets) did the trick. My test ice spheres still had a few bubbles trapped inside their centers, but they were far from white. clear-ice-sphere-homecombo.jpgEnlarge ImageWith a little patience and household gear you can make clear ice spheres too. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Nicer ice is for everyoneStartup company Wintersmiths sells clear ice kits that function in a similar way (inside your freezer) and promise better results. I admit I am tempted, but with an asking price range of $85 to $120, my low-budget tinkering makes more financial sense. But no matter which method you personally choose to obtain a more luxurious ice experience at home, I promise that your drinks will taste better. Because compared with pristine dense ice, weak fridge cubes can’t hold water.clear-sphere-drink-combo.jpgEnlarge ImageHomemade clear spheres and blocks add plenty of elegance to any beverage. Tyler Lizenby/CNET This story appears in the fall 2016 edition of CNET Magazine. For other magazine stories, click here See All Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown: ‘Acting is about reconnecting with a sense of play’ • 18 Jun 14 • The secret screen life of Being Frank star Jim Gaffigan Comments Appliances Smart Homecenter_img reading • In pursuit of perfect ice Aug 12 • Sterling K. Brown on voicing a not-always-perfect pig Share your voice CNET Magazine CNET Magazine Tagslast_img read more

first_imgDharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, respected by millions as a living god, who has been caught in a controversy over his recent joke that his successor a female Dalai Lama would have to be “more attractive”, has clarified that his reincarnation is to be decided by him. The Buddhist monk had apologized for his “attractive” female successor remark, saying he genuinely meant no offence and offered his sincere apologies if people were hurt by what he had said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us However, aides in his private office in this northern Indian town on Monday clarified that there is no question of search for his successor as the Dalai Lama, 84, announced in 2011 that he would decide at 90 whether or not he should have a successor. The issue of reincarnation is his personal right, an aide in the Dalai Lama’s office told this correspondent. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us At the same time, the globe-trotting monk warned that any candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including China, should not be recognised or accepted. The aide said still there is no certainty that whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not after the 14th and current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. “My reincarnation is to be decided by myself, nobody has the right to decide about that,” he often said in his remarks. “One day you will hear that the Dalai Lama has passed away, but I will come back, even if the institution of Dalai Lama is no longer recognised. Advertise With Us I will be back,” a post on his website quoting the Dalai Lama said. But who is next after the Dalai Lama? Now, the Dalai Lama’s institution is useful to the Tibetan culture and the Tibetan people. “Thus, if I were to die today, I think the Tibetan people would choose to have another Dalai Lama. In the future, if the Dalai Lama’s institution is no longer relevant or useful and our present situation changes, then the Dalai Lama’s institution will cease to exist,” the monk said in a post. “Personally, I feel the institution of the Dalai Lama has served its purpose. More recently, since 2001 we now have a democratically elected head of our administration, the Kalon Tripa. “The Kalon Tripa runs the daily affairs of our administration and is in charge of our political establishment. Half jokingly and half seriously, I state that I am now in semi-retirement.” In August 2011 when Lobsang Sangay took over the reins of the government-in-exile from monk and scholar Samdhong Rinpoche, who held the post for 10 years but was overshadowed by the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama announced: “When I am about 90, I will consult the high lamas and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not.” On his birthday on July 6 this year, he said, “I am now 84, but I hope to be able to celebrate the occasion with all of you for many more years to come.” Clarifying this month on his remark during a BBC interview that have caused disquiet, the Dalai Lama recalled the conversation on the physical appearance of a female successor with the then Paris editor of Vogue magazine, who had invited him in 1992 to guest-edit the next edition. She asked if a future Dalai Lama could be a woman. His Holiness replied, “Certainly, if that would be more helpful,” adding, as a joke, that she should be attractive, said a statement by his office. The Dalai Lama was at least partially responding to the unfamiliar ambience of working with a team whose prime focus was the world of high fashion. On the Chinese stating that the next Dalai Lama will be born in Tibet and chosen by them, he said: “If the present situation regarding Tibet remains the same, I will be born outside Tibet away from the control of the Chinese authorities. This is logical. The very purpose of a reincarnation is to continue the unfinished work of the previous incarnation.” In 1989, the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle for Tibet. He was awarded the US Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007, even in the face of protests by China. The Dalai Lama now lives in exile along with some 140,000 Tibetans, over 100,000 of them in different parts of India. Over six million Tibetans live in Tibet.last_img read more

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal has published eerily stunning drone footage of Chernobyl which allows us a unique view of the decaying abandoned Ukrainian city of Pripyat and the Chernobyl nuclear facility, some three decades after the area saw its doomsday. The Chernobyl disaster took place on April 26, 1986. According to investigations into the incident, the nuclear reactor meltdown can be attributed to both a flaw in the affected reactor’s design and insufficiently trained personnel.Once full of fun and laughterChernobyl power plant in 2006 with the sarcophagus containment structure. Photo by Carl Montgomery – Flickr CC BY 2.0It happened during a test to see how the reactor would function if the power grid went down. To simulate this scenario, safety systems — including the cooling turbine system — were deactivated. Allegedly, the test “was hurried and poorly planned,” and plant operators made a number of errors. With catastrophic results.Fun no moreWhen the water meant to cool the reactor started to boil, they tried to reinsert the graphite rods which would slow the nuclear reaction. But, owing to a design flaw, the rods jammed. Two explosions and subsequent fire sent “many tons of radioactive material into the atmosphere,” according to The Week. It was the worst radioactive accident the world has ever seen.Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reactor 4 which exploded in 1986.The New York Times reports that between 31 and 56 deaths are estimated to be directly caused by the accident. However, the number who later died or are still suffering today from radiation-induced cancers are thought to number in the tens of thousands. Nonetheless some extremely desperate people have returned to live again in Chernobyl’s radioactive zone. Take a closer look at this situation here:Roger Highfield wrote in a 2011 article for New Scientist that two Chernobyl plant workers were killed immediately by the blast, and a further 29 people died in hospital within a few days due to severe radiation poisoning. Their bodies were buried in concrete coffins.The Pripyat City sign in Chernobyl restricted zone with radioactivity warning sign.These figures are widely agreed on, however the secrecy upheld by the Soviet Union surrounding the accident makes it difficult to determine the number of people killed overall as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. Chernobyl tour operator informs us that “Officially, the Chernobyl disaster affected the lives of about 600,000 people.”More than 110,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area immediately after the explosion, including all of Pripyat’s 43,000 residents — mostly families of people with jobs at the nuclear facility. Access to the exclusion zone is strictly limited and controlled by the Ukrainian government.Old piano in an abandoned building, Pripyat.Pripyat was founded in February 1970 as an atomograd, the satellite city of an atomic power plant. It was home first the construction workers, then the plant operators and their families.Within its boundaries, the now abandoned city contained all the amenities of a thriving community — dozens of stores, schools, a hospital, parks and recreation areas. A theme park was due to be opened less than one month after the accident, but all plans failed after the eve of April 26th that year.Old red teddy bear sitting on a chair in an abandoned kindergarten in Pripyat – Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation.The drone video showcases the absence of humans as well as various ventures in Pripyat that have been left to decay. It begins with the footage of a rusted Soviet Union symbol that depicts the hammer and sickle.Aerial panorama view of Chernobyl exclusion zone with ruins of abandoned Pripyat city zone.The sign looks lonely, perched atop one of the city’s tenant-free buildings. The sight of it will later reappear in the footage, but in the opening scene it is accompanied by the voice of a woman, who gives the notice of the accident in Russian or Ukranian:“Dear Comrades, The City’s Counsel of People’s Deputies, Informs that due to an accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the City of Pripyat, an adverse radiation condition has evolved.”There is beauty in decayThe Chernobyl footage moves on to display the eerie horror created out of the abandoned theme park features. A Ferris Wheel, that over the years has turned into an iconic sight of Pripyat, is now badly rusted. Its cabins once freshly painted yellow are powdered with dirt. It is said the area below the wheel contains the most significant radiation levels within this park’s boundaries.The amusement park of Pripyat. It was due to be opened on May 1, 1986, for the May Day celebrations but these plans were scuttled on April 26, when the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away.The park was freshly finished at the time of the accident and the opening was scheduled to happen for the May Day festivities that year. On the day after the disaster, reportedly people were let into the park to entertain them as they were waiting to flee the disaster-struck city.Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation is an exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor established by the USSR soon after the disaster.More scenes from the abandoned theme park show the bumper cars arena, overgrown and desolate. As the footage ascends away from the bumper cars we see more white abandoned buildings and many trees in between them — a sign that nature is quickly reclaiming what belongs to her. The growth of green can be noticed even on top of some of the buildings.More than 110,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area immediately after the explosion, including all of Pripyat’s 43,000 residents.We see a close-up of the sign — it reads Polissya Hotel. When the hotel was erected during the 1970s, it was one of the tallest structures in Pripyat. Guests and delegations coming to see the Chernobyl Power Plant were accommodated there, but now it is just another site crumbling with the passage of time.In a scene that follows, we get a glimpse of a deserted classroom in one of the schools built in Pripyat. The scene looks like a mess. The blackboard is still fixed on the wall, and you can even notice the writing in chalk on it, but everything else is left in ruins as if battered by a bomb. Not surprising once we realize from the footage that the building is left open to the elements. A section of the building has collapsed to rubble.Inside of unfinished cooling tower of Chernobyl nuclear power plant block 5. Chernobyl, Ukraine -November 26, 2017.Other footage shows Pripyat from an ariel perspective, as well as the wild area around it. Back then, the area was deemed a convenient enough place to set a nuclear plant due to its remoteness and scarcity of human settlements.Three decades after the accident, the exclusion zone, which is also close to the border with Belarus, appears entirely human-free. It’s merely woodlands and the deserted buildings, now home to abundant and thriving wildlife.View from inside the abandoned gym in Prypyat ghost town, Chernobyl.While radiation levels proved fatal for people, animals such as wild boar, lynx, and deer appeared resilient following the 1986 hazard. Their populations surged, and with no trace of any abnormalities. It seemed the nuclear disaster was something more favorable to them than the presence of humans. Abnormalities were still observed among some plant species, however.Incredible Chernobyl drone footage below:And the last footage sets the focus on the Chernobyl facilities.There is the artificial lake, nestled by the river Pripyat (a tributary to one of Europe’s biggest rivers, the Dniper) which was the source of water for cooling the nuclear reactors. The Chernobyl drone flies above one of the plants to get the footage. The picture looks grey and resembles a grim reminder of the bleak future for so many families left to cope with loss in the aftermath of the radiation spill.Read another story from us: Nightmarish Photos of California Littered with Oil RigsSince a few years ago visits to Chernobyl are possible where people can get their own footage, yet anyone who considering such an adventure might still want to apply for a day pass in Kiev. Health reports suggest that decades after the disaster, there is no indication of major public health issues caused by radiation, except for the increased level of thyroid cancers.last_img read more

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first_img PASADENA, Calif. – The Latest on upcoming programming from the TV Critics meeting in Pasadena, California (all times local):5:46 p.m.Angela Lansbury has words of wisdom for young actors.Lansbury, 92, who plays crusty Aunt March in PBS’ new adaptation of “Little Women,” advised newcomers to learn everything they can about a character to avoid just spouting words.Actors who fail to approach their work thoughtfully will end up “a flash in the pan,” Lansbury said.“It’s terribly important to get out of yourself and into that character. Leave yourself at home,” she told a TV critics meeting Tuesday.The two-part adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, debuting May 13 on PBS’ “Masterpiece” showcase, stars Maya Hawke, daughter of Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, in her screen debut. She plays aspiring writer Jo March.Hawke called it a “huge gift and a huge honour” to work with Lansbury and Emily Watson, who plays Jo’s mother, Marmee.___11:28 a.m.PBS will air a five-part series about the sexual misconduct crisis.PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said Tuesday will address the burst of attention to the issue and how it can be used to produce “positive and lasting change.”“#MeToo, Now What?” will be hosted by Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, a humanitarian organization. The debut date is Feb. 2.PBS said the series will include reporting and conversations on topics including how race and class figure into the issue. Studio guests will include men and women from across the country, along with activists, and leaders from media, business and other sectors.The Me Too unity movement was triggered by allegations of sexual misconduct against prominent men including Harvey Weinstein. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2018 5:49 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2018 at 6:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Angela Lansbury, 92, schools young actorslast_img read more

first_imgMontreal’s dynamic maestro Nezet-Seguin prepares debut as Met music director AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Caroline St-Pierre, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2018 10:59 am PDT Yannick Nezet-Seguin, musical director of the Metropolitan Opera, poses in front of the Met in New York in this January 16, 2018 handout photo. The new musical director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Montrealer Yannick Nezet-Seguin, will conduct performances of La Traviata in December. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Metropolitan Opera, Rose Callahan MONTREAL — With leading roles in three major orchestras, Yannick Nezet-Seguin has a schedule to rival that of the busiest statesman.He has been music director of Montreal’s Orchestre Metropolitain since 2000. He took on the same role with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2012. Then last September he added music director of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera of New York to the list.Next Tuesday he will make his debut in his newest role.“I realized pretty long ago that I have energy levels a little above the average … but I have no miracle secret,” Nezet-Seguin said recently when asked how he juggles all his responsibilities.His agenda is filled with rehearsals, meetings and planning sessions — spread between three cities and two countries.In a phone interview with The Canadian Press, the Montreal native said it requires a lot of self-discipline to stay on top of things. He enjoys good food and drink, but he has learned to avoid excess. He is early to bed, early to rise. He exercises regularly and watches his diet.And then there is the little “miracle secret” that he does not seem to realize he possesses: the joy of pursuing a craft he is passionate about.“I really like transmitting, through my energy, this joy that becomes contagious, that gives energy to everyone to do the work that we have to do,” Nezet-Seguin said.He finds it easier to be geographically concentrated between Montreal, New York and Philadelphia rather than travelling the world as a guest conductor.“I can concentrate more on a single work,” he says.Right now, that work is Verdi’s “La Traviata”, which he will premiere at the Met Dec. 4.When he arrived as music director, he had to adapt the famous opera — one of the most frequently performed in the world — to give it his own style. It was a difficult but captivating process.“That is what we are always doing, taking works that were written a long time ago and trying to go back to the score, back to the original text and try to dust off the accumulated traditions,” he said. “That doesn’t mean throwing the traditions overboard but taking the time to re-examine them.”Some musicians who have been with the orchestra for decades have performed “La Traviata” so often that they know it by heart, which means revisiting the score is particularly interesting for them.“It’s a chance to break with routine, to stop playing on autopilot,” Nezet-Seguin said.The maestro will be back home in Montreal Dec. 21 for a concert with the Orchestre Metropolitain. On Dec. 15, a live performance of his “La Traviata” for the Metropolitan Opera will be shown in Cineplex theatres in Canada.He calls it an”absolute priority” to maintain contact with his Canadian audience.“I am Canadian. It’s great to have important positions in the United States, which leads me to adopt certain aspects of American culture, but I remain a Montrealer,” he says.“That is where I live, that is where my cats live, that is where I continue to work, and that is where my partner works. When I’m not working, I come to Montreal on weekends. So it is very important.”Caroline St-Pierre, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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