first_imgTORONTO — As he prepared to play a cutthroat commander in the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Jonathan Watton of Corner Brook, N.L., heard from the writers that the character was similar to a certain Republican south of the border.“They said, ‘Look, there’s a particular political person in the States who we’ve thought of and he’s younger, he’s ambitious, politically astute, and in some ways out for himself,’” Watton said in an interview.And who was that person? Jonathan Watton poses for a portrait in Toronto, on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. As he prepared to play a cuttthroat commander in the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Jonathan Watton of Corner Brook, N.L., heard from the writers that the character was similar to a certain Republican south of the border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj Facebook Advertisement “Should I say?” the affable Watton said with a laugh. “Well, they modelled him a little bit after Paul Ryan (the former U.S. House Speaker). Not in terms of necessarily where he comes from but just where he slots into that power structure: Politically astute, intelligent and yet just intensely after a goal. That was helpful for me. It just clarified what his motivations are.”Watton plays American Cmdr. Mathew Calhoun in season 3 of the Emmy-winning dystopian drama, which is shot in Toronto and around southern Ontario. He first appears in episode 3, set to air Sunday, and is in five episodes in total. The series is on Bravo and Crave in Canada.Season 1 was based on Toronto author Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel, while the rest of the series created by Bruce Miller explores what happens after the book ends.Calhoun is a new commander in the Republic of Gilead, a theocracy in which women are treated as a property of the state and some are forced to bear children to combat an infertility epidemic.Elisabeth Moss stars as protagonist June (a.k.a. Offred), who continues to defy the power structure along with a resistance movement that stretches into Canada, prompting Calhoun to take a hard line.“He feels the power structure needs to clamp down, that we need to be stronger here, rule with an iron fist and show no mercy,” said Watton, 41.“Anyone who shows any weakness, especially of the more established commanders who we’re starting to look at with questions, like Waterford for example, he thinks they need to step aside and we need to come down hard. He doesn’t think of himself as a bad guy, but he’s definitely in this world a bad guy.”Cmdr. Waterford is played by Joseph Fiennes, while Yvonne Strahovski plays his wife, Serena Joy. The characters have June in their household as a handmaid.“The tagline this year is ‘Blessed be the fight,’” said Watton, noting the season shows the resistance taking different “and maybe unexpected forms.”There’s also “a sense of hope, a sense of agency” for the resistance, he added.“We see June start to make some strong choices and some difficult ones, of where her loyalties lie and what she’s going to do to take down Gilead.”Watton’s previous credits include David Cronenberg’s film “Maps to the Stars,” and the shows “Private Eyes,” “Saving Hope” and “Murdoch Mysteries,” in which he was a series regular as Dr. Darcy Garland.He was a fan of Atwood’s novel and the series before signing on, and was able to get input directly from series writer Yahlin Chang onset, where the cast was “so welcoming.”“The Handmaid’s Tale” has brought his career to a new level, he said, “just because it’s become part of such a conversation critically with the work that goes on in the show, and also culturally it’s just become part of such a conversation that people are having and need to have now.”“There are many instances where sadly we see a lot of parallels between the very things that are going on in the world of the show, and in the world around us, so it’s an honour to be a part of that conversation,” Watton said.“Who would have thought we’d be having conversations about women’s reproductive rights now in 2019? And it’s very much on the table — more than on the table, it’s being stripped away from people in state legislatures across the U.S.”By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

EVM glitches inconvenience voters across city

first_imgKolkata: The seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state were marred by a few instances of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) glitches.Rampant malfunctioning of EVMs was reported from both Kolkata North and Kolkata South, as well as some other constituencies. In some places, voters including elderly citizens were seriously inconvenienced after the EVMs developed technical glitches leading to suspension of the voting process for a while. The Election Commission officials soon addressed the crisis and voting resumed in the affected booths. The voters who queued up at a polling booth in Kolkata South in the morning, complained about poor management by the Election Commission and the malfunctioning voting machines. Senior citizens were found waiting in long queues at multiple booths. An elderly voter standing in the queue outside a polling station under Kolkata South constituency said that he had reached the polling booth at 7 am and had to wait for more than 45 minutes as an EVM developed technical problem. It may be recalled that after taking cue from the previous phases of elections, the Election Commission had earlier assured that there would be alternative arrangements of EVMs in various booths. Senior Trinamool Congress leader and Mayor Firhad Hakim said polling could not be conducted smoothly at various booths of Kolkata South in the morning. In some places, polling was suspended for nearly one and half hour in the morning, Hakim said. While answering media questions on allegations of violence against Trinamool by Opposition parties, Hakim said: “The Opposition parties in the state have lost their footing and hence they are coming up with cooked-up stories. The Central Forces and BJP tried hard but the people of the state are with Trinamool Congress. We will win all the nine constituencies that went to poll on Sunday, with a minimum margin of 2-3 lakh votes. We will win all 42 seats in the state.” Trinamool Congress candidate from Kolkata North Sudip Bandyopadhyay also voiced his protest against the malfunctioning of EVMs. He said that 15 out of 22 EVMs from the polling stations in Chowringhee area had malfunctioned. “I have spoken to some Election officials and they have admitted to the malfunctioning of EVMs,” he added. After the final phase of elections concluded, Chief Electoral Officer Ariz Aftab said: “The number of EVMs malfunctioning was under the permissible limit and they were replaced in all affected places.”last_img read more

Highlevel officials to convene at UN to tackle global economic crisis

“Let’s hope and let’s continue praying that we will have a conference that is up to the exigencies of the gravity of the crisis confronting humankind,” General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto, the event’s organizer, told a press conference today.Mr. D’Escoto also told reporters that he was “relieved” that a revised outcome document for adoption at the end of the three-day meeting has been finalized, stressing that the gathering is “not concerned with the good of some, but the good of all.”The UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development aims to assess the “worst global economic downturn since the Great Depression,” providing “a uniquely inclusive forum to address issues of urgent concern to all nations,” according to the summit’s website.A commission of experts – established by Mr. D’Escoto and compromised of economists and finance officials from all regions – submitted recommendations on immediate and longer-term measures relating to the global financial system, as well as practical proposals for reforming the international financial architecture, which helped form the basis of the draft outcome document.The Assembly President underscored the need for leaders to help the world’s developing countries, which had no hand in creating the crisis, to cope with the global recession, noting that the World Bank recently predicted that the consequences of this crisis among the “most vulnerable, those that don’t have safety nets, is going to be devastating.”The World Bank projects a finance gap of up to $700 billion in these countries, resulting in additional deaths of 1.5 to 2.8 million infants by 2015 and more than 100 million people tipping over into extreme poverty each year for the duration of the crisis, the summit’s website states. “This meeting leaves no doubt that the proper and most fitting venue to discuss this type of problem is the United Nations,” said Mr. D’Escoto. “After all, we’re talking about global problems and they should be discussed globally.”Mr. D’Escoto was tasked with organizing the summit by Member States during the follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development, held in December 2008 in Doha, Qatar. 23 June 2009A major high-level United Nations gathering aimed at tackling the global economic meltdown and its effects on the developing world is set to kick off on Wednesday at the world body’s Headquarters in New York. read more

Annan calls for aid to Haiti after hundreds killed by Tropical Storm

Mr. Annan “is deeply saddened by the heavy loss of life and destruction” caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne, his spokesman said in a statement which noted that the residents of the city of Gonaïves – Haiti’s third largest – have particularly suffered in the subsequent floods.Much of Haiti’s official death toll of 691 comes from Gonaïves, which remains without electricity or functioning landline telephones and is still at high risk of looting, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Haitian authorities say another 1,050 people are missing and OCHA reports that the death toll could go even higher because some families in Gonaïves are burying their dead without formally reporting them. Many residents are living in 20 temporary shelters around the city, but conditions there are poor.The UN is accelerating its efforts to provide food, clean water, shelter and health care to the estimated 175,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Jeanne, which struck Haiti and the neighbouring Dominican Republic at the weekend.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has sent its first convoy of trucks, carrying rice, vegetable oil and dry rations, to the city, which has about 100,000 residents. A second convoy is expected to leave the capital Port-au-Prince later today.WFP’s Haiti Country Director Guy Gavreau described the situation in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation as dire. “The water washed away entire homes and belongings. Many people don’t even have the means to cook. To start with, we are supplying rations ready to eat until people get access to cooking facilities. We are also providing 5,000 loaves of fresh bread, the first time we have ever done this in Haiti.”Gonaïves is not the only city to have suffered. On the north coast, at least 56 people have died in Port de Paix, where about a third of the city remains under water. Floods and mudslides have also made it impossible to reach some parts of the department of L’Artibonite.Today the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is sending 30 social workers to Haiti to help children traumatized by what they have experienced. The agency has also dispatched maternal health kits.The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are also stepping up their efforts to provide and distribute relief, especially clean drinking water.A seven-member UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team is also arriving in Haiti today and tomorrow to help local authorities organize their response.Haiti, which has been hit by heavy floods several times so far this year, is particularly vulnerable because years of deforestation have stripped the land of much of its topsoil. read more

Ohio State mens hockey loses to Michigan 43 at Nationwide Arena

Junior forward Tanner Fritz (16) outskates an opponent during a game against Michigan March 2 at Nationwide Arena. OSU lost, 4-3.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternA new venue, a similar result.An early two-goal deficit was too much to overcome for the OSU men’s hockey team as it lost 4-3 to Michigan at Nationwide Arena, the third time in four tries that the Buckeyes have lost to the Wolverines.The two teams played to a 2-2 tie Friday night, with the Buckeyes (15-11-4, 5-7-4) earning the extra point in the shootout. But any momentum gained from that impressive performance seemed to disappear Sunday as the Wolverines (16-10-4, 8-6-2) made the better start.OSU junior forward Max McCormick was called for interference just 2:08 into Sunday’s game and on the ensuing power play, Michigan freshman forward Alex Kile tipped in a long shot to give his team the lead.After OSU failed to capitalize on its own power play less than five minutes later, the hosts had another man in the penalty box, and the visitors had another puck in the net. Michigan senior forward Luke Moffat collected the puck in front before firing it past freshman goalie Matt Tomkins and into the OSU net.On Friday night, the Michigan power play unit didn’t register a goal in six attempts. Michigan coach Red Berenson said the team’s improved play with the man advantage was the big difference in the two games.“I thought we moved the puck a little quicker and we moved around a little more,” Berenson said after the win Sunday. “We weren’t as stationary as we were the other night. We made good plays rather than just (taking) shots into bodies.”After the two power play goals by the Wolverines Sunday, the Buckeyes chased the game, not getting on the board until 3:03 into the second period. An outlet pass from freshman defenseman Josh Healey found junior forward Chad Niddery behind the Michigan blue line, and he moved the puck on to freshman forward David Gust, who slid it past sophomore goalie Steven Racine to make the score 2-1.But any positive energy Gust’s goal produced was erased a few minutes later when Michigan senior forward Derek DeBlois took his time in front and fired the puck past Tomkins.Trailing once again by two goals, the Buckeyes turned up the intensity and were rewarded with a power play goal late in the period. Junior forward Darik Angeli drove to the net and forced a deflected shot to sail past Racine.Then in the third, just when it seemed like OSU was coming close to a game-tying goal, the Wolverines struck again to make it 4-2. Even with a late goal from OSU sophomore defenseman Sam Jardine, the Buckeyes couldn’t manage to completely overturn the deficit.Despite being happy with his team’s resiliency, OSU coach Steve Rohlik said the team couldn’t afford to play from behind for such a large portion of the contest.“Against good hockey teams, you can’t continue to get behind two goals because that’s a big hole to dig out of,” Rohlik said Saturday. “Tonight was just a little too deep for us.”Frustrating loss aside, Jardine said the experience of playing in an NHL arena was still special.“I thought the fans were great,” Jardine said. “It’s a thrill to be living in Columbus and to be able to have the resource of coming to (Columbus) Blue Jackets games. So that was special for a lot of us to be able to play here, and especially to have our home crowd cheering for us.”The loss means OSU is now five points behind Michigan in the Big Ten standings with four games left to play. The Buckeyes are set to play their final home series next weekend against No. 2 Minnesota (23-4-5, 12-2-2), with the puck set to drop Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. read more

British group wins major undersea exploration contract for polymetallic Pacific nodules

first_imgUK Seabed Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin UK, in partnership with the British Department for Business Innovation and Skills, has received a licence and contract to explore a 58,000 km2 area of the Pacific for mineral-rich polymetallic nodules.  These tennis ball sized nodules, found approximately 4 km beneath the ocean’s surface, can provide millions of tonnes of copper, nickel, cobalt and manganese, as well as rare earth minerals, that are used in the construction, aerospace, alternative energy, and communications industries, among others. Harvesting polymetallic nodules will provide the UK supply chain with opportunities to build on its North Sea oil and gas expertise and has the potential to contribute approximately £40 billion to the UK national economy, over a 30 year period.British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The award of this exploration licence to UK Seabed Resources is excellent news for British companies and British scientists, and the Government is extremely pleased to have supported it. The UK is leading the way in this exciting new industry which has the potential to create specialist and supply chain jobs across the country and is expected to be worth up to £40 billion to the UK economy over the next 30 years. With our technology, skills, scientific and environmental expertise at the forefront, this demonstrates that the UK is open for business as we compete in the global race.”Seabed harvesting is an ecologically sound method for meeting the growing global demand for precious metals, as well as supporting economic growth. UK Seabed Resources is focused on the collection of polymetallic nodules and not manganese crusts which are found on hydrothermal vents.“Environmentally responsible collection of polymetallic nodules presents a complex engineering challenge, but our team has the knowledge and experience necessary to help position the UK at the forefront of this emerging industry,” said Stephen Ball, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin UK and UK Seabed Resources. “We are offering British companies, research institutions and academia exciting opportunities to become involved in this cutting edge business,” said Stephen Ball.Seabed mining, beyond any nation’s territorial waters, is governed by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It has responsibility for overseeing all legal and environmental matters associated with the collection of particles from the ocean floor.UK Seabed Resources is working closely with UK government departments and research institutions on environmental and industrial elements of the project. “One of the most important responsibilities of the Authority is to develop rules, regulations and procedures for the protection of the marine environment from adverse impacts of mining,” said Nii Odunton, Secretary General of the ISA. “I am particularly pleased that UK Seabed Resources has not only placed an appropriate emphasis on detailed environmental baseline studies, but has indicated a willingness to do so in close collaboration with the Authority “Collecting polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor, given the depth at which they are found and the technological challenges of working several kilometres beneath the ocean’s surface, has previously been uneconomic. Today, says Lockheed Martin UK, “technologies specifically developed for working in space, autonomous air and underwater vehicles for the offshore oil industry have changed this dynamic. From a depth of 4,000 m, nodules can be brought to the surface using a combination of remotely operated or autonomous underwater vehicles, pumps, suction and riser pipes.”British scientists from the National Oceanography Centre and Natural History Museum were among those attending a seabed mining environmental workshop in London last week and will be commissioned to carry out assessments of deep sea ecosystems. They will be participating in an environmental cruise in the Pacific, late summer, part of UK Seabed Resources’ baseline studies to progress its exploration licence.Around 100 potential UK supply chain partners attended a seabed harvesting workshop in London, March 14, to explore opportunities for their own involvement.UK Seabed Resources has submitted an application for a second exploration licence, covering a separate geographical area, which will be considered by the ISA in July.Headquartered in London, Lockheed Martin UK, part of Lockheed Martin Corp, is a leader in systems integration, working on major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.  Lockheed Martin UK works with more than 100 business partners and employs some 2,500 people at sites across the UK.last_img read more

Zest WEG Group will continue to pursue Africa opportunities new CEO says

first_imgZest WEG Group’s new CEO, Siegfried Kreutzfeld, says the company’s ongoing growth plans will see it pursue further opportunities across Africa.Kreutzfeld (pictured), who took on the CEO role in January, brings 40 years of service in the global WEG Group to the leading position in the South Africa business. He was most recently the Managing Director of WEG China.He said: “WEG has a very simple strategy: we believe in continued growth on all continents. This is achieved by maintaining close relationships with all our customers and ensuring that we deliver quality products. We underpin all this by our high levels of service and support.”Established in South Africa to create a strong national footprint, the Zest WEG Group has grown steadily into other Africa countries. With its responsibility for the sub-Saharan market, it operates branches in Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique and Namibia. The group also has partners in countries such as Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, the DRC and Zambia.“Many of our products are well established across the continent,” he said. “However, we believe there is growth potential with both mature products – such as low voltage motors, high voltage motors, and drives and switchgear – as well as with other products we manufacture locally such as transformers, motor control centres, panels and generators.”Kreutzfeld said major opportunities exist with premium efficiency products across the range, including WEG IE3 motor and WEG CFW drives.“Also key to the Zest WEG Group’s growth potential is our ability to offer a fit-for-purpose integrated solution,” he said. “This is available across all sectors, but especially in power generation, electrical infrastructure and mobile power and energy solutions. We will also be introducing WEG solutions for renewable energy applications.”Zest WEG Group’s market offering is relevant across a broad sector of industries including mining, petrochemical, agriculture, water and wastewater, paper and pulp, sugar, and energy – including traditional coal fire power plants and renewable energy, the company said.last_img read more

Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas

first_imgUpdated 4:05 PMTHE IRISH GOVERNMENT has spoken out against an EU plan aimed at resolving a long running dispute over mackerel fishing in the north-east Atlantic.The EU is keen to end the dispute with Iceland and the Faroe Islands who have increased their overall share of mackerel in the area from 5 per cent  in 2005 to 52 per cent in 2013.The standoff lead to the EU placing  trade sanctions against Iceland and the Faroes in July after they continued to increase their share of the mackerel catch without agreement.In an effort to resolve the impasse the commission is believed to have devised a deal that would see Iceland get 11.9 per cent and the Faroe Islands 12 per cent of the future total allowable catch for mackerel.At a meeting in Luxembourg today however, Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Simon Coveney argued against “rewarding Iceland and the Faroe Islands for their unacceptable and irresponsible actions in respect of the shared mackerel stock over the past number of years.”“While any deal should provide a fair and justifiable quota share for Iceland, it must also protect the interests of EU member states like Ireland who have relied on this fishery for over 40 years,” he said.Coveney added that any new offer to Iceland on their mackerel fishing rights must only be made on the basis of equal burden sharing with non-EU member Norway.Fianna Fáil MEP and member of the parliament’s fisheries committee Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP labelled the deal being discussed as “disgrace” saying that it would impact on Ireland’s fishing rights:If these figures are accepted, it would possibly result in a reduced share of mackerel quota for Ireland in the long-run. As a result, Iceland and the Faroe Islands would reap larger mackerel quotas than Ireland, which is an absolute disgrace.The desire for a deal has been given extra impetus following advice last week from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) which advised that there would be scope to increase the North Atlantic mackerel catch by 64 per cent next year.Fisherman at Ireland’s largest fishing port in Killybegs have suggested a multi-tiered deal that would see Iceland and the Faroe Islands getting different allowances based on the size of mackerel stocks at any given time.Negotiations are due to take place in London next week between all the parties involved in the stalemate.Ireland will take part in the discussions with Coveney requesting a meeting with EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki ahead of the meeting.Read: Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing row >Read: Ireland pushes for sanctions against Faroe Islands, Iceland for ‘unsustainable fishing’ >last_img read more

Verizon wants to throw out the Telecommunications Act maybe kill net neutrality

first_imgVerizon appears to be hopping mad at the FCC following the latter institution’s failed attempt to enforce net neutrality: they’ve gone from proposing their own net neutrality bill alongside Google to angrily demanding that the entirety of United States telecom be rewritten, all in the span of just a four months.In an angry press release titled “Congress Needs To Update The Nation’s Antiquated and Anti-Competitive Telecom Rules,” Verizon holds no punches back: Verizon public policy vice president Tom Tauke says that the entirety of the Telecommunications Act should be thrown out and authority given to a single federal agency who will have “clear jurisdiction” to enforce the new laws on a case-by-case basis.AdChoices广告Although it’s easy to read this press release as Verizon lobbying for even less regulation, specifically when it comes to net neutrality, they may have a point: the current Telecom Act is a mess cobbled together from a definition of telecommunications first proposed way back in 1934, with an addendum from back in 1996 that seems almost as out of date.As Verizon says, “[t]he grinding you hear are the gears churning as policymakers try to fit fast-changing technologies and competitive markets into regulatory boxes built for analog technologies and monopoly markets.” Maybe they have a point.last_img read more

You were just a bastard in their eyes But they cant hide

first_imgShe got work in Tuam, and every time she would head off to work she would come down and knock on that door and plead with the nuns to let her see her son. They always said “no, go away”.He was eventually reunited with his mother years later when he found her in Brixton, south London. But his memories of his first step into the world – when he was fostered out as a child – remain clear.I can remember the day I left the home. I was all dressed up and I walked out with some people that I didn’t know.Haverty said he was brought out to a car, but got a fright when a dog appeared.“I’d never seen a dog before, so I jumped back in to the car again.”This is a testament to just how much of an unorthodox upbringing he had in the home, where he didn’t know anything about the outside world, he explains.While he says he doesn’t remember many details from the home, one memory does stick in his mind: Mattresses lying up against the wall, drying out, after the young infants had wet the bed.“I was one of the lucky ones – I got into a good foster home and got to meet my mother again after many, many years,” says Haverty. Patrick Joseph Haverty holds up photos of photos of him and his mother, with whom he was reunited years after he was taken from her at the Tuam mother and baby home. Source: Christina FinnHowever, even though he was only in the home in his early years, he never escaped the stigma of being the child of an unmarried mother.They knew that I was out of wedlock and it is the Church that is to blame for that, because that is the way they were raised to think. We were nothing but a kind of scum… you weren’t normal because you didn’t belong to a wedded family. Source: JOSEPH HAVERTY spent the first five and a half years of his life in Tuam mother and baby home.Sitting in local historian Catherine Corless’s house, Haverty tells that the formal recognition that “a significant number” of children’s remains have been discovered in sewage containers at the old mother and baby home site is “bittersweet”.For years, survivors like Haverty have been telling their story, but until three years ago, it had fallen on deaf ears, something he says has to change now.Haverty was born in the Tuam home in 1951.“My mother had to leave (the mother and baby home) after 12 months and she knocked on the door for five and a half years trying to take me out, but the nuns wouldn’t allow it, so eventually I was fostered out to a good family.”The people who ran the home did not want a bond to develop between mother and son, so they sent her away, he explains.Unmarried mother She was not your typical young teenager who got pregnant – she was 27 years old – but she was unmarried. You were just a bastard in their eyes. People would just make little of you and look down on you. They wouldn’t even talk to you.As a young man, Haverty says he was shy, but he would still go to the local dance halls. However, who he was and where he had come from always remained an issue.Stigma If I did get talking to a nice girl, sometimes we would get on great. But the next week, you see, she wouldn’t talk to me. Why? Because someone had got to her. Someone had told her – her friends maybe – who I was and where I’d come from. Or her parents would tell her not to go near me, because I came from an unmarried woman. They’d tell her to keep away.Now that the truth has prevailed in Tuam, Haverty wants an apology from the Bon Secours and from the State. Not just for him, but for his mother, who passed away four years ago.“I didn’t choose to be born into that situation, yet we were the ones who paid for it. Us and our poor mothers, who did absolutely nothing wrong. I want that apology, so that I can read it over my mother’s grave and so I can tell her, she didn’t do anything wrong.”During our conversation, he receives a call from an old friend who was close to his foster parents. They saw him on RTE News and they want to congratulate him.“Someone has finally listened to us at last,” he told his friend in a quivering voice.‘No one listened’“No one in Dáil Éireann listened to us, only a small number of politicians,” he says.One person’s secretary said they didn’t know where Tuam was and simply said ‘good luck to you’ when we asked for help. By Christina Finn We asked the Taoiseach to come down to the site last year – but he didn’t. We’ve heard nothing today from him today. It’s like you have to drag it out of them, an apology, for all this sort of thing.However, he pays particular tribute to Fianna Fáil’s Éamon Ó Cuiv.“He is the only one who listened to us, he sat down with us and brought it up in the Dáil.”Aidan, Catherine Corless’s husband, points out that many politicians never took them seriously. But now they have to, he states.Former Galway East politician Colm Keaveney was constantly trying to highlight the issue, says Corless. ”Sure, he eventually lost his seat for doing so,” he adds.In 2014, Keaveney called on the Taoiseach to offer a formal apology on behalf of the State for what he described as “appalling treatment of mothers and babies”.Calls for an apologyKeaveney told RTÉ’s News at One that there is “no excuse for silence” on the issue. Three years on, the survivors say that silence is still resounding.“Sure they know now that we were telling the truth, they shouldn’t be hiding from it,” said Haverty.“They all need to apologise. They [the religious orders] have rosaries in one hand and the devil in the other.”Haverty has high praise for Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone who he says has shown true compassion for the survivors of the mother and baby home.“While other politicians haven’t wanted to know about us, she really has made huge strides to listen to us. She sat here and just listened to us. I felt, ‘at last, someone is taking a minute to listen to us’.”“Perhaps it is because she is not from here, that she is from America. Perhaps she is not conditioned like the Irish people to just stay quiet, not to ask questions about that. She wanted to unearth it, which is why I think she got so emotional about it, because she wants to find the truth for all of us.”Read: No mourning at final resting place of Tuam babies – only an eerie silence>Read: These were the 796 children who died at Tuam Mother and Baby Home> 108,507 Views Short URL Mar 5th 2017, 8:05 AM center_img Share9229 Tweet Email6 257 Comments ‘You were just a bastard in their eyes. But they can’t hide from the truth now’ PJ Haverty’s mother spent five years hammering on the door of the Tuam home trying to get the nuns to return her son – instead they gave him away. Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 8:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Lindsay Lohan to open a second nightclub in Greece

first_imgHollywood celebrity Lindsay Lohan is to open a second namesake nightclub in Greece after her downtown Athens establishment’s success.The actress turned businesswoman, opened a nightclub in the Greek capital back in 2016, named ‘Lohan’ and it has proved very popular and profitable. In her latest appearance on the Wendy Williams Show, she said she is planning on opening another club on Mykonos island with an the even more luxurious Dubai version ‘Lohan Island’ to follow.“I have my club in Athens and then we will open one in Mykonos. I thought, I’ve gone to many clubs so I should have one of my own!”, the actress said. She did receive some criticism, however, when asked by Mrs Williams whether it is a good idea to become a club owner for someone that has had substance issues.“Basically, not at all. It is a lot of fun watching other people make fools of themselves,” Lohan responded. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lets Talk About Sex Biem Encourages Sexual Health Transparency

first_img Nothing kills the mood like asking your partner if they’ve been tested.But since you’re already swiping right, why not open biem: a new app that makes it easy to get tested for STDs and chat directly with a sexual healthcare professional.More than half of all people will have a sexually transmitted disease at some point, according to the American Sexual Health Association.And while most folks aren’t shy about publicizing a cold, flu, or the mumps, the stigma surrounding sexually transmitted infections is often enough to keep people from getting tested and disclosing their status.Enter biem (pronounced “beam”)—break in case of emergency—a digital healthcare platform on a mission to encourage sexual health transparency: “The idea that people should be open and honest about their sexual health, without fear of judgement.”To get started, download the free iOS app, sign up for an account, and answer some basic questions. Then you’ll be prompted to schedule a video visit with a sexual health care provider—a $45 service (during which you probably won’t have to flash your pixelated private parts).For the final step, users can choose to have a technician take samples in the comfort of your own home (another $45, billable to your insurance) or visit a nearby lab. Once processed, results will be delivered to the app in two to three days; it’s entirely up to you whether to share those details with friends, family, and hookups.Multiple biem users can digitally connect to receive notifications if one or more of their partners tests positive for any sexually transmitted disease in the next six months.“With the rise of new online dating apps, there is much concern about the possible rise of STDs,” the New York City-based startup wrote in a blog post.“With biem, users can be more proactive by getting tested, showing results, and being notified about potential STDs,” the company continued. “Now you have proof in your pocket.” Stay on target UK Man Suffering ‘Worst-Ever’ Case of Super-GonorrhoeaReal Good You Guys: Nerdcore Hip-Hop last_img read more

Nanny accused of kidnapping 4yearold Jupiter boy faces judge

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A woman linked to the disappearance of a 4-year-old boy from Jupiter faced a judge, Monday.Blanca Castro, 57, will remain behind bars in Miami-Dade as she waits for her transfer to Palm Beach County.Her transfer will take place in about three weeks.Castro has been charged with kidnapping.A massive search started on Thursday for Dominic Caprio after he was taken from his home in Jupiter.Dominic was reunited with is mother the next day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Are You a Cover Junkie

first_imgWhat sets Coverjunkie apart from other cover sites is both the quantity of posts, and the fact that it’s well-organized and highly searchable. Biemans collects covers by publication, theme (9/11, split-run, premier issues), and art director, and he also publishes complete credit information, a rarity. His tastes are very egalitarian; there’s a healthy mix of consumer, mass market, enthusiast, trade, city and regional, and altweekly covers, with selections from Italy, England, Germany, Russian, and of course, The Netherlands. He also has a strong social media presence on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook, which helps spread the Coverjunkie cover selects fast and far.Coverjunkie is a one-person labor of love for Biemans, but it’s a project that is helping to redefine the essence of how magazines design and promote their covers. In a recent interview, Biemans gave the lowdown on how he puts the site together, and what makes a good Coverjunkie cover.Why did you start Coverjunkie?Biemans: I wanted to celebrate creativity in magazine design, to spread the love for ace cover design. And it was also a response to the “print is dead” statement, which I think is a lot of rubbish! I think a cover is more than just about selling itself, it’s also a reflection of our visual culture. On Coverjunkie you can see this reflection from all around the world, as well as from different decades.

How do you find the covers you post?

Biemans: I browse the good old newsstand and look online and on Twitter. Right now I get 10-15 covers a day by email, some good, some bad. The best thing about Coverjunkie is that some mags send me hard copies. I love that; it gives me a fab feeling. 

How do you select what goes on Coverjunkie?Biemans: Posting everything would be impossible; I get too many covers sent to me. I post the most creative ones, the remarkable ones, the covers that stand out. The hardest part about Coverjunkie is editing the covers and then telling art directors that their covers are not creative enough, and that I can’t post them. I try to email everyone to explain. I hate disappointing people because I know they’re trying to create sweet stuff. But again, I have to be rigorous; when there are weak covers on the website it loses its strength. 

What makes a good magazine cover?Biemans: It’s the creativity that counts. My motto on the site is “covers that smack you in the face or that you want to lick!” I think the ace cover contains news, a vibe, and creativity. Most of the covers have only two out of three of these ingredients. But when it carries three out of three you have an epic one. For many magazines, newsstand used to be the big indicator, but it’s increasingly not that important, at least not in the U.S. I think a cover these days is more about making a statement instead of selling. It’s about creating a vibe that the reader likes (or maybe dislikes). A magazine cover is part of a brand, a very important part because it has a soul and it can give feeling and depth to a brand.What magazines do you think consistently do the most interesting or memorable covers?

Biemans: I definitely prefer magazines that use a different approach with each cover, who use their cover design to make a statement or to spark and surprise their readers. I like The New Yorker when they put newsy items on their covers. And I think The New York Times Magazine and New York rock it hard. Bloomberg Businessweek, they’re crazy, and what I like about them is that creative director Richard Turley and his team take charge and are very brave. I love all the altweeklies from the U.S., like SF Weekly and San Antonio Current! They don’t have big budgets but they create extraordinary stuff. There’s Spanish Metropoli, Texas Monthly, Vice, IL from Italy, Wired from the U.S., UK and Italy, Suddeutsche Zeitung Magazin from Germany….What advice do you have for editors, art directors and others to create great magazine covers?

Biemans: Three things: guts, guts, and guts. Mix that with talented designers with soul and a fab editor to create the best headlines. I’m a strong believer that creativity brings great pleasure to readers, whether it’s on an iPad, website, magazine or even cellphone. I don’t care as long as it’s well-designed and made with soul. Days before last week’s debut of The New Republic’s redesign, its new cover was posted and circulating around the web. The buzz was on, and people were tweeting and commenting on it before the magazine itself was even available for viewing. Today, every editor and art director thinks about creating a magazine cover that can go viral, that will work at multiple sizes on a wide variety of displays and platforms and create hype. Along with this, websites like Coverjunkie, NASCAPAS, and others are now providing a visual forum for magazine covers from all over the world to be displayed and distributed.The Coverjunkie site just celebrated its second anniversary. It was launched in late 2010, the brainchild of Dutch art director Jaap Biemans [pictured below], who has done cover designs for the weekly Intermediair and the glossy, Vanity Fair-like Hollands Diep, before moving over to art direct Volkskrant Magazine, the weekly magazine supplement of a large Dutch newspaper (it’s basically The New York Times Magazine of the Netherlands). Biemans recognized early on that for many publications, the days of covers getting “heat” on the newsstand were a thing of the past. To date he’s posted over 11,500 covers, and Coverjunkie has become a daily must-destination for magazine art directors around the world.Biemans interned at a design firm in NYC in the late 90s, and that New York experience has informed his design and editorial sensibilities. And while Coverjunkie has a definite global reach, he has a big soft spot for very American style-magazine cover design, as well as for the funky, gonzo-style designs of altweekly newspapers like The Village Voice.last_img read more

House Passes Amendment Restoring Impact Aid Funds to Illinois School District

first_imgThe House on Tuesday approved an amendment to the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that would provide additional impact aid funds to a school district serving military families based at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., that is slated to loss eligibility for about half of its current funding under the federal program intended to help school districts with large concentrations of military students.The Mascoutah School District, which receives about $8 million annually through the program, was recently informed by the Department of Education that it was losing eligibility for heavily impacted aid, which meant a projected loss of about $4 million annually, reported the Belleville News-Democrat.Illinois Rep. Mike Bost (R) sponsored the amendment, which would provide enhanced payment for students that live in privatized military housing within the school district boundaries. The additional funding wasn’t slated to start until next year, but if it is enacted into law, it will begin this year, according to the story.“When I learned that Mascoutah would no longer be eligible for this critical federal funding, I committed to securing a short-term fix until we can find a long-term solution. In addition, I am going to seek answers regarding why the school district wasn’t informed earlier so it could make adjustments to protect this funding,” Bost said in a written statement.On Wednesday, the House passed the underlying measure, which will have to be reconciled with the Senate version. Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk (R) is preparing a companion amendment. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more