Thousands more Timorese become displaced but security improves in capital UN

1 March 2007More than 5,000 additional Timorese have fled to internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps over the past month or so because of the recent violence in the capital Dili, although this is now under control as more United Nations police are patrolling the streets, top UN officials said today. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General Atul Khare, head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), said the security situation in Dili over the past week has “remained stable,” adding there are now more officers in high-risk areas as well as dedicated mobile units watching out for gang-related violence.The head of UN humanitarian assistance in Timor-Leste, and the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Finn Reske-Nielsen, said most of the 5,000 or so people who fled to the IDP camps arrived last week because of the disturbances, adding that four new camps had been set up. “We have…an estimate as of early January that there were approximately somewhere between 25,000-29,000 people in the camps in Dili. And as I mentioned over the past month, we have seen an increase of more than 5,000 and that would be the figure,” he told reporters in the capital.Reiterating that rice shortages were a contributing factor to last week’s violence, Mr. Reske-Nielsen said the Government, supported by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), were continuing the sale of rice that was begun last Friday. Last month, the Security Council extended UNMIT’s mandate for another year until February 2008, while adding up to 140 extra police officers to help counter the increasing violence as the tiny nation gears up for this year’s elections.The Council created UNMIT in August 2006 to help restore order after deadly fighting, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, broke out in April and May and caused the deaths of at least 37 people and forced about 155,000 others – or 15 per cent of the population – to flee their homes. read more

Joint opposition decides to vote against the 20th Amendment

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) has already said it will also oppose the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) handed over the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament last week. (Colombo Gazette) The joint opposition has decided to vote against the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which looks to abolish the Executive Presidency.Party leaders of the joint opposition reached the decision following a meeting held today with the participation of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

Food crisis in southern Africa may deepen next month WFP warns

A “vicious” dry spell on top of a poor harvest mean the already-high numbers of people in southern Africa dependent on food aid may rise again in April and May, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. The agency said that $69 million was needed urgently to feed some 2.6 million people currently facing malnutrition. Describing donor response to its repeated pleas for food and funds as “sluggish,” WFP said that more than 145,000 tons of food were required immediately to ensure people in five countries – Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe – already facing hunger are fed. WFP said it was is concerned that the poor response to current emergency needs does not auger well for the worsening situation its experts anticipate may arise next month. “If we can’t get enough food to feed 2.6 million people right now, what will happen when potentially millions more need our help in months ahead?” said WFP’s Regional Director for east and southern Africa, Judith Lewis. “Much more must be swiftly done to stave off the spread of hunger and malnutrition.” Initial estimates of the April/May harvest show that the dry spell and low maize production will mean withered crops throughout the region, according to WFP. If the estimates prove accurate, these poor yields coming on the heels of a similarly poor harvest in 2000/2001, will have a “devastating” impact. WFP and it partners are gearing up for a major response, and assessment missions are reviewing needs in six southern African countries — those currently in crisis plus Swaziland. “The situation for people all over southern Africa is very bleak,” Ms. Lewis said. “Now is the time to act to prevent what is a crisis from developing into a major disaster.” read more

UN rights chief alarmed by sentencing of 152 soldiers to death in

“The crimes committed during the mutiny were utterly reprehensible and heinous, and my sympathies are with the grieving families, but justice will not be achieved by conducting mass trials of hundreds of individuals, torturing suspects in custody and sentencing them to death after trials that failed to meet the most fundamental standards of due process,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.Ms. Pillay urged the Government not to proceed with the death penalty, particularly given concerns about the fairness of the trials.“The perpetrators of the crimes must be held accountable in compliance with the laws of Bangladesh and the country’s international obligations, including those pertaining to fair trial standards, as laid down in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Bangladesh ratified in 2000,” she said. “The trial of these 847 suspects has been rife with procedural irregularities, including the lack of adequate and timely access to lawyers.”The officers of the Bangladesh Border Guards were convicted of crimes such as murder and sexual assault during a February 2009 mutiny in Dhaka, when 74 people, including army officers, were brutally killed. Bodies were dumped in ditches and some wives of army officers were sexually assaulted.Yesterday, a special court in Bangladesh set up to prosecute the crimes sentenced 152 people to death and 161 people to life imprisonment. However, reports indicate that a number of suspects detained for their alleged role in the mutiny died in custody. In addition, there are allegations of widespread abuse and torture of the detainees and evidence obtained under torture was reportedly admitted in court during group trials of hundreds of defendants.Ms. Pillay called for an independent and thorough investigation into the allegations of human rights abuses, particularly custodial torture and deaths that took place after the mutiny. “The results of the investigation should be made public and those responsible must be held accountable,” she said, noting that, having ratified the UN Convention against Torture, Bangladesh is obliged to take effective legislative, administrative, judicial or other measures to prevent acts of torture in any territory under its jurisdiction.“The conviction and sentencing of each of the suspects must be reviewed individually, and any evidence obtained under torture must not be admitted in court.”Ms. Pillay also expressed concern about the conduct of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) established in 2010 by the Bangladeshi Government to try citizens accused of committing atrocities during the country’s 1971 independence war.“The ICT should be a very important means to tackle impunity for the mass atrocities committed in 1971, and to provide redress to the victims who have had a long and difficult road to justice,” she said. “But it is important that the proceedings meet the highest standards if they are to reinforce the rule of law in Bangladesh and the fight against impunity in the broader region.”The Tribunal has so far sentenced 10 individuals, seven of whom have received death sentences.The UN opposes the imposition of the death penalty under any circumstance, even for the most serious international crimes. The International Criminal Court – of which Bangladesh is a State party – and other international criminal tribunals all exclude the death penalty for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. read more

Sandvik sees strong upturn in mining equipment investment

first_imgLars Josefsson, President of Sandvik Mining and Construction (SMC) business area: “We are pleased to note that, following the increase in demand for mobile mining equipment demand earlier this year, we are now also seeing arise in demand for major capital investments in mines and related infrastructures. During October and November, SMC secured a number of orders for bulk materials handling and continuous mining/crushing systems in South America, Africa and Asia. The recently signed orders include:Turn-key supply of a materials handling system for a coal export terminalA repeat order for supply of several iron ore handling machines for an iron ore mineThe design and supply of a high-capacity (9,100 t/h) long-distance conveying system for an iron ore mineThe design and delivery of a complete coal storage (stacking and reclaiming) and handling/loading system for a portEngineering and supply of a high capacity iron ore conveying system for a port.The total value of these orders is some SEK2,200 million and delivery has commenced with completion scheduled to take place between late 2011 and mid 2013.“These orders confirm Sandvik’s strong position in iron ore and coal mining, preparation and bulk materials handling. We anticipate a continued high level of demand for these commodities and the orders prove our ability to provide technically superior and energy efficient continuous mining solutions. This success is based on Sandvik’s vast experience and its close cooperation with customers in development and delivery of complete mining and bulk handling systems,” said Josefsson.last_img read more

Economists sound alarm

first_imgAs the country’s political parties ramp up their campaigns ahead of crucial general elections on June 17, a group of 11 eminent Greek economists from across the world have emphasized the importance of the next Greek government honoring its commitments to foreign creditors and pushing through vital reforms if it is to secure its position in the eurozone.Meanwhile, European leaders continued to express their hopes that Greek authorities will do what it takes to remain in the eurozone. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn repeated Monday that Brussels wants Greece to remain in the eurozone. Van Rompuy said Athens could only achieve this “while respecting its commitments,” a reference to a 130-billion-euro loan deal signed with its creditors.Rehn, for his part, noted that “abiding by commitments remains the best option available to Greece,” adding “we want Greece in the euro and we are working toward that goal.”French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici, who met with Rehn Monday, was more explicit: “If the Greeks themselves do not respect their commitment, then we would find ourselves in a situation which would be infinitely more complicated,” he said.The risks of such a prospect are the focus of an open letter by 11 eminent Greek economists published in Sunday’s Kathimerini. In the letter, the economists, who include George-Marios Angeletos of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dimitris Vayanos of the London School of Economics, stress that the prospect of a Greek eurozone exit is still very real, despite reassurances by EU officials.“The international community is monitoring our country with great concern and believes it very likely that it will default in a disorderly fashion and leave the eurozone,” the letter notes. The only hope, the writers claim, is that elections “lead to a government that will be supported by a broad range of political parties.” Such an administration must focus on confirming the country’s will to remain in the eurozone, implementing crucial structural reforms and cooperating with foreign creditors to revise aspects of the debt deal and boost investment and growth.In a clear dig at politicians’ campaign tactics, the writers note “we would not like to see ignorance and populism lead the country to disastrous and irreversible choices.” Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Planning for 2015 Commodity Classic Kicks Off in Phoenix

first_imgThe Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee met all this week in Phoenix with 13 of the top Classic sponsors to recap the 2014 show and kick off planning for the 2015 Commodity Classic. The 2014 Classic broke all previous records, and the 2015 edition—which is the show’s 20th anniversary—promises to deliver just as well. ASA is represented at the meeting by JV Committee members Sam Butler (co-chair), Dean Campbell, and Ed Erickson, Jr., and staff Bill Schuermann and Abby Podkul. Joining ASA on the committee are National Corn Growers Association leaders Bart Schott (co-chair), Wesley Spurlock, and Kevin Ross.last_img read more

Cooper Landing And Sterling Remain In READY Alert Status

first_imgThe Great Basin Incident Management Team reviews Ready-Set-Go! lines each day to assess current and past levels of fire activity, expected weather patterns, and predicted fire behavior. All landlines are automatically registered in the KPB alerts system; however, you must register mobile phones. You can register for KPBalerts by texting to 99411 and follow prompts. If a Level 3 GO! alert is issued, it’s time to evacuate immediately, leave NOW. Please go when you are asked to leave.The Kenai Peninsula Borough has an interactive map that allows you to see the current fire perimeter. Enter your home address in the search field in the upper left corner of the page to see where you home is in relation to the Swan Lake fire.  Click here to view the Borough interactive map. A Level 1 (READY) alert is NOT a notice to leave. Visit the KPB blog at www.kpboem.com or call the Borough Call Center at 907-262-INFO (4636) for updates. Monitor social media, news and radio for current Ready-Set-Go! (RSG!) information in your area. This is the time to relocate things like flammable tanks and supplies from your home and outbuildings. Consider the six “P”s: People, Pets, Pills, Pictures, Papers and your Personal computer, that you will take if you need to leave your home.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sterling and Cooper Landing remain at the Level 1 Ready alert status with fire activity continuing on the Swan Lake fire. Level 1 READY stage means be ready for POTENTIAL evacuation because there is a fire in your area.Sterling neighborhoods EAST of Feuding Lane and EAST of Adkins Road to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status.Cooper Landing has been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status due to increased fire activity within the NW side of the Swan Lake fire near Watson Lake. It means you should have a plan to transport and care for family members with mobility needs, pets or livestock, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 14 Driver Issued Summons Large Truck On Butters

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, September 14, 2018:Manager at Red Heat Tavern reported he saw a vehicle in the back lot, parked there for possibly several hours. He felt it was odd and wanted an officer to check it out. Police responded. Two parties were looking for a lost ring. Checked OK. Ring was eventually found. (1:22am)Guerby A. Centatus (30, Haverhill) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Speeding. (1:49am)Benevento truck took down wire on Shawsheen Avenue. Homeowner and Benevento worked to resolved issue. Verizon notified. (7:18am)Police noted a train at North Wilmington station was blocking Route 62. (9:34am)Police assisted with backing a truck up from Butters Row back onto Main Street. Driver was attempting to drive over bridge. (1:05pm)CVS employee reported a Giant Sedona mountain bike has been abandoned in their entrance way for several days. Police advised CVS they can remove it or store it. (3:04pm)Resident accidentally left gas stove on while they were out. Fire Department responded and handled. (8:03pm)Cochrane Road resident reported a group of juvenile males in the area banging on doors and running way. Police were unable to locate. (10:41pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday January 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, January 26, 2019:#1) Wilmington Boosters Annual DanceThe Wilmington High School Boosters Association is holding its annual Dance at 7pm at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Lodge (777 South Street, Tewksbury).  This fun evening includes live music from the local band WildFire.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own food. Tickets cost $25 each and will be available at the door.#2) Suburban Boston Spring Home ShowThe Suburban Boston Spring Home Show will emanate from Wilmington’s  Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Friday, January 25 (11am-8pm); Saturday, January 26 (10am-8pm); and Sunday, January 27 (10am-6pm). Admission is $10 at the door. (Free passes are available online in advance HERE.) Parking is free. Learn more HERE.#3) Parent/Child Drawing 101 At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a drawing class for kids & adults from 9:30am to 11:30am. Join Gina Johnson, Co-founder & Portrait  Artist of “Operation: Home Ties “Faces of Remembrance”, for a beginners drawing class for children and the grownup of their choice. Share the amazement of learning to sketch using simple shapes. Gina believes there is an artist in each of us! Let her make a believer out of you with her fun step-by-step instructions – so you too will say: “Yes…I CAN draw”! Grades 1-5. Register HERE.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Wilmington Food Pantry OpenThe Wilmington Food Pantry (142 Chestnut Street) is open from 10am to noon for food donation drop-offs. Learn which food items the Pantry is most in need of HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For January 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Copa America 2019 Brazil vs Venezuela Preview TV listings and how to

first_imgBrazil will take the field on June 18 against Venezuela for their second group-A match of the 2019 Copa America in Salvador, Brazil. A Neymar-less Brazil defeated Bolivia in their first match of the tournament 3-0 with Philippe Coutinho scoring a brace and Everton Soares adding another one in the dying minutes.Neymar who is held as Brazil’s greatest footballer in recent times suffered an injury just before the start of the tournament and it was a major setback for the Brazilian side. But the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Everton Soares and Gabriel Jesus have filled in for him and Brazil is actually playing better without Neymar. The Yellow and Green brigade played a dominating game over Bolivia enjoying 75 per cent of the possession.Venezuela, on the other hand, played out a goalless draw against Peru playing a man down in the last 15 mins. The hosts are the favourite to win the match, while the Vinotinto would be thrilled if they can squeeze out a point from the match.On the other hand, the other match of the night is between Bolivia and Peru. After getting humiliated by the Selecao in Sao Paulo the Bolivians will try to keep their hopes alive of qualification to the next round. Peru, who defeated Australia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will look forward to win as they are the favourites in the fixture.The Brazil-Venezuela match will start at 9.30 PM on June 18 according to local time and 6 AM, June 19 according to IST. The Bolivia-Peru match will start at 6.30pm on June 18 according to local time and 3 am, June 19 according to IST.Global TV listings and Live streamTelemundo: USAPremier Sports 1: UKStream: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, ESPN+, Premier PlayerHow to watch in IndiaThere has been a huge disappointment for Indian football fans as the tournament will not be telecasted in the country. Fans can watch the live stream via internet and also via using free VPN services and apk’s like Navixsport. Brazil will look forward to win. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Imageslast_img read more

Blind sheikh convicted in 1993 WT bombing dies in US prison

first_imgSheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the blind spiritual leader of Egypt’s largest Islamic extremist fundamentalist group Jamaa Islamiyya. AFP file photoBlind sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born cleric linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, died Saturday of natural causes in a US prison facility, the Justice Department said. He was 78 years old.Abdel Rahman was serving a life sentence on several terrorism-related charges at a Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina. His death came after a long battle with diabetes and coronary artery disease, the Bureau of Prisons said.The sheikh was seen as a jihadist spiritual leader even after his conviction in 1995 for conspiring to bomb New York landmarks, including the United Nations, and assassinate the former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.Abdel Rahman, who sported a long, gray beard and signature sunglasses, led the militant Gamaa Islamiya group in Egypt before emigrating to the United States.He preached a radical brand of Islam and was seen as having inspired the 1993 bombing of New York’s World Trade Center, which left six people dead and wounded around 1,000.His son Mohamed Omar was informed of the death and told AFP the family had contacted the US and Egyptian authorities to repatriate the late cleric’s body.Abdel Rahman had been imprisoned in North Carolina since 2007. He was hospitalized in late 2006 in the state of Missouri after he began to spit blood and was given a blood transfusion.Cause celebreAfter his incarceration, the sheikh became a cause celebre for jihadists and Islamists who demanded the blind and ailing militant’s freedom.A year before Al-Qaeda carried out the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the US, the group’s founder Osama bin Laden vowed to free Abdel Rahman in a statement broadcast on Qatar’s satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera.In 2012, Egypt’s then-Islamist president Mohamed Morsi called for Abdel Rahman’s transfer to Egypt for “humanitarian reasons,” asking for a “prisoner exchange” with the United States.Gamaa Islamiya militants took part in the 1981 attack that killed Egypt’s former president Anwar Sadat, whose assassination Abdel Rahman had legitimized by issuing a fatwa.The militant group—long designated a terrorist organization despite its renunciation of violence in recent years—also claimed responsibility for a devastating 1997 attack in the country’s southern city of Luxor, which killed some 60 people, most of them tourists.Born in May 1938 to a family of poor farmers in the town of Gamaliya, in the Nile delta, Abdel Rahman obtained a doctorate in theology at the Islamic university of Al-Azhar in Cairo.Despite his radical connections, Abdel Rahman in 1990 traveled to the US and preached his impassioned sermons to mosques in New Jersey and Brooklyn, after obtaining a tourist visa from a US embassy in Sudan.‘War of urban terrorism’From the US he continued to urge the violent overthrow of the Egyptian government in cassette tapes sent to his homeland.Abdel Rahman was ultimately sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to execute a spate of bombings in New York against the UN headquarters, bridges and government buildings, a campaign its plotters never saw through.The radical theologian—along with nine associates—had been convicted of waging “a war of urban terrorism” after an almost year-long trial in a US district court in New York.Prosecutors argued the plot was geared toward pressuring the US to check its support of Israel.“My killing will be a martyrdom in the cause of God,” said Abdel Rahman, who, along with his co-defendants, denied the charges against him.He was not charged in the 1993 World Trade Center attack, in which a truck bomb detonated in an underground parking garage beneath one of the towers that once stood in southern Manhattan.Four others were convicted of carrying out the attack in a separate trial, but authorities suspected the cleric was connected to it.In 2005 the US human rights lawyer who represented Abdel Rahman, Lynne Stewart, was herself convicted for acting as a go-between for her jailed client and his followers.last_img read more

DC Public Library Rewards Summer Readers With Prizes

first_imgThis summer, parents looking for ways to get their kids to read can look to the DC Public Library. Thanks to partners like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, children and teens will earn prizes for reading this summer.Starting this month and running through August, the DC Public Library will give readers a free kids meal or burrito from Chipotle halfway through the Summer Reading program. In addition, school-aged children and teens who finish the program will earn two tickets to a Washington Nationals game.“Students in the District deserve a summer enrichment experience that helps them return to school in the fall ready to tackle the next grade,” said Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. “Thanks to the support of sponsors like the Washington Nationals and Chipotle, DC Public Library’s Summer Reading program will ensure that kids are reading and learning all year long.”The Library is offering over 100 programs tailored to early readers, children, and teens. Activities include science, technology, engineering, art and math themed programs; book clubs; story times and special performances. In July, Washington Nationals players will also visit some neighborhood libraries.The library’s summer reading program helps counter summer learning loss.  Research shows that children and teens can lose close to two months of what they’ve learned in the previous school year when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer.  This means that even with student progress during the school year, the District’s improvements in education can slow down unless more children and teens read over the summer.The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in N.W. D.C.To learn more about the Library’s summer reading program, visit your local library or online at dclibrary.org/summerreading.last_img read more

Going above beyond

first_imgRemember the song Sun and Moon? The lyrics went a bit like, “…I’m sorry baby you were the sun and moon to me, I’ll never get over you, you’ll never get over me…” – yes. Those guys. That’s exactly how I heard some friends discuss Above & Beyond. Let’s get a little in deep: these guys have released three studio albums, two remix albums, one side-project album. Their own two labels – Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and are among the most respected imprints in the global dance music scene and have released some 23 Above & Beyond albums and compilations in the last 12 years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There have been dozens (and dozens) of singles and mix albums and offshoot projects, all snapped up by a devoted worldwide fan base that has happily, passionately followed this London-based electronic trio since their formation in 2000. Phew. We spoke to Tony McGuinness about their next album and much more. Read on…How did Above and Beyond come together? What started it all?We came together to do a remix for Warner Brothers – Chakra Home. We were all doing other things at the time but the remix was very successful and pretty soon Above & Beyond became the main thing for all three of us. The name came from a guy in the States called Jono Grant who was a motivational trainer – “Above & Beyond” was his tag line. Our own Jono had found his web site and printed the front page out and stuck it on his bedroom wall. When we’d finished the mix we needed a name and it just jumped out at us. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix How easy (or difficult) was it for Above and Beyond to make a mark in the music scene?It’s hard to know what things we’ve done have had the biggest impact since we’ve never stopped making music and touring, but we’ve had some amazing opportunities and, thus far at least, have risen to the challenge of doing something great when we’ve had the chance. Our first remix was of a club classic that, even though we were unknown, became the lead remix on the package and went to number one in the club chart. Our remix for Madonna was on spec, but she loved it so much she made the video to our mix instead of the Radio edit. We got the chance to do an Essential Mix for Radio 1 in 2004 and the mix won Essential Mix of the year. And our first album, Tri-State, got great reviews across the board. So we’ve had some great bits of luck to get some great breaks but we’ve made sure we do a great job when we do. In addition, what we do, which is act like a band and write songs about our real life, sets us apart from almost all our peers, who usually draft in external singer/songwriters. That doesn’t really result in any consistency or connection.Who and what influences you and your music? Who are your favourite musicians?We each have quite different tastes in music outside of what we make together and sign to the label, which keeps our music very diverse and, hopefully, rich in context. Personally I love singer songwriters like Damien Rice, unique singers like Goldfrapp, FKA Twigs and Kate Bush, bands like Kings of Convenience, Blonde Redhead, Royksopp and War on Drugs and electronic producers from Joris Voorn to Seven Lions. Paavo is especially keen on soundtracks, Jono loves a lot of 80s pop like the Pet Shop Boys.Tell us about your favourite tracks? If you could pick one track from your repertoire to go down in history (over the others) which one would that be?Hmm, it always used to be Tranquility Base Razorfish, but I’d probably pick Thing Called Love or Sun & Moon as they seem to have a life of their own, even now. But the new album is just out and there are lots of great tracks on there just bedding in, so let’s see how it feels a year from now. How has Above and Beyond witnessed the change in the music scene from the time you started to now?We started just as trance music was losing its pop credibility and moving underground, so we’ve always eschewed pop music, per se. But recently a lot of pop EDM has created an explosion in public interest in the scene and whilst we haven’t been deflected by that and remain outside it in many ways, it has provided a lot of oxygen to the scene and we’ve certainly benefitted from that. If you could change one thing about the music industry right now – what would that be?The idea that musicians should not get paid fairly for the work they do is ridiculous and the slow but severe eroding in revenues for recorded music is hurting everyone without the means to support themselves in other ways, like DJing. That sucks.If you could change one thing about the world with your music – what would that be?The internet promised a more connected world and in the music business it delivers that emphatically. But politi cally it seems to be dividing us, extreme views which would have dwindled in a locally connected society gain weight in an interconnected world in a way nobody foresaw. Now anyone with a crazy way of seeing things can find people who share those views in another country, which in turn gives validity to the extreme views. The world is more and more divided by issues of ‘race’ and religion and bigotry is rife. As touring DJs we see things differently. We travel to countries that have supposedly different world views and find that people, on the whole, are all the same. We’ve done shows in the same weekend to countries who remain violently opposed and found the same reaction to our music, the same hopes and fears, dreams and aspirations in the people. It’s one planet, we’re one human race and the sooner we realise that the better things will get. What’s next for Above and Beyond?We’re touring the world in support of our new album We Are All We Need, including our biggest ever US tour – six weeks of high intensity touring to over 100,000 people. Then we have a sold out UK tour to look forward to in April. Tell us about the top five songs on your playlist right now. Our new single is called All Over The World and it’s about a broken father/son relationship, illustrated perfectly by the video which is based on Catch Me If You Can. The next single from the album will be Peace of Mind. There’s an extraordinary new single from Andrew Bayer and Asbjorn, a new Danish singer we’ve hooked him up with. It’s called Superhuman and it’s fabulous. Our recent remix Salva Mea is going off in our sets, we’re super proud of that one. All That Matters by Kolsch feat Troels Abramsen is a particular favourite, it’s a beautiful song and the production.last_img read more

Viking Graffiti – Personalized Messages Left all over Europe

first_imgViking graffiti was a popular pastime for weary Norseman. A kind of marking of the territory they thought was theirs. Look around at almost any modern day city and you’ll see the same thing. They all tend to have one thing in common: graffiti. In its finest form, street art can be quite beautiful and artistic, but at a base level, it often amounts to little more than scrawlings, doodles, and rude messages written in spray paint or marker pens in public places. We tend to think of graffiti as a modern phenomenon, but when we look back through history, we can find all kinds of examples of past societies and ancient individuals making their mark on the world in some very similar ways. Even the Vikings were guilty of a little graffiti from time to time, with some of their “works” still visible to this day.Detail of Viking runes inside Maeshowe. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5As revealed by Orkneyjar, many examples of Viking graffiti were found at a place called Maeshowe. Known in Old Norse as Orkhaugr, Maeshowe is a Neolithic cairn located on the island of Mainland in Scotland’s Orkney Islands.Historians estimate that Maeshowe was built around 2800 BC. It’s one of the biggest tombs in all of Orkney and the monuments around it have been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.Maeshowe. Part of an inscription that reads: “Arnfinn, Sten’s son, carved these runes”. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5Maeshowe was first excavated in 1861 by James Farrer, but when his team tried to make their way inside, they found the main entrance way was blocked off. They had to dig their own shaft right down into the top of the mound. When they got inside, they made a startling discovery — they weren’t the first explorers to enter this ancient resting place.Viking graffiti, Maeshowe, Orkney Islands, Scotland. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5The archaeologists saw that the walls all around them were covered in markings which, upon closer inspection, were identified as Viking runes. The messages they had to share weren’t all that different from the kinds of graffiti we see today, with inscriptions including things like “Ingigerth is the most beautiful of all women” and “Thatir the weary Viking came here.”Maeshowe. Photo by Bengt A Lundberg / Riksantikvarieämbetet CC BY 2.5The story goes that more than eight centuries prior to Farrer’s excavation of Maeshowe, a group of Viking warriors had entered the old cairn to take refuge from a perilous blizzard outside. The leader of the group was an Earl of Orkney named Harald Maddadsson, who was traveling from Stromness to Firth at the time with his men.The Orkneyinga Saga relates the tale of another Viking leader, Earl Rognvald Kali, and his own group who also stopped off in Maeshowe. Both of these groups decided to leave their mark on the walls by carving runic messages into the stone, in much the same way as modern people write their names and little random messages wherever they go.12th century runes carved inside the cairn. Photo by Islandhopper CC BY 2.5Interestingly, according to Orkneyjar, some of the messages spoke of treasure. One example read “Is to me said that treasure is here hidden very well.” There have been rumors dating back centuries about the existence of hidden treasure at Maeshowe, but no light has ever really been shed on this mystery.Another message stated “In the northwest, great treasure is hidden”, suggesting that perhaps the treasure, or another kind of treasure, could be found elsewhere.The “Halfdan inscription” in Hagia Sophia. Photo by Hermann Junghans CC BY-SA 3.0 deAround 30 runic inscriptions were found at Maeshowe, which is one of the biggest finds of this kind in all of Europe, but Vikings and their graffiti has been found elsewhere as well. Another classic example, as shared by The National Museum of Denmark, is at the world famous Hagia Sophia mosque in Turkey.Read another story from us: The Technology which Allowed the Vikings to Rule the SeasA couple of Vikings apparently visited the mosque and wrote their names in runes on one of the walls. The names Halvdan and Are can be made out in the runes.last_img read more