4 Quick, Helpful Fixes for Stimulating a Compelling Interview

first_imgWhen staging an interview, there are obstacles for both the interviewer and interviewee. Here are a few tricks that can make your interview shine.Problem: The subject uses lots of jargon, is hard to follow, or gives lifeless, canned answers.Solution: Reset the conversation.There’s a stellar trick NPR reporters use when interviewing experts. If the subject veers off track from the question, or is otherwise unclear, use this line:Pretend I’m a bright high-schooler who has trouble paying attention.This really works to encourage clarity, which helps them stay present in the discussion.Maybe the answers are making sense, but your subject sounds coached. Don’t be afraid to show you’re actively listening, and ask, earnestly “Can you explain that again for me?” or “What does that mission statement mean to you?” This can help engage founders, entrepreneurs, and marketing-oriented people who are used to giving the same lines over and over.In The Punk Singer, Kim Gordon talks about the reluctance she and others felt to address the riot grrrl movement in the mainstream press.Problem: You’re interviewing multiple people at an event, junket-style, in the same space.Solution: Use setups and objects, while staging, that showcase individual personalities and help tell the story.For The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson needed to hear from the many musicians who’d been influenced by riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna. There was a tribute show coming up that featured many of the artists she wanted to interview for the documentary. So Anderson parked a van outside the show and did interviews inside it, one by one, sometimes in groups, if a full band was present.There was a colorful blanket on the bench seat. Each person fidgeted with it in different ways, suggesting vulnerability, the sensitivity of a particular memory, or their level of relief at remembering the world they made together as riot grrrl comrades. The interviews in this space were all distinct and memorable. Many of the musicians were talking about times on the road, so the visual served the tone perfectly.Problem: You’re filming in an office and want to make sure there’s energy in the footage.Solution: Use a second camera to capture abstractions and B-roll in the room.A subject’s belongings, jewelry, notes, or shoes could help convey their personality when the viewer tires of seeing them talk. Even if archival footage or other B-roll isn’t possible, the feel of the room itself could be helpful when spliced with images of the subject. Establishing shots of the location, the subject getting settled in their chair, or a wide shot of the set could be a simple answer to interview fatigue in short-form videos. Problem: There’s more context needed to supplement the subject’s story than you have time for.Solution: Use title transitions to summarize history, timelines, or provide a segue.Titles can provide a helpful shortcut to information viewers need. When dealing with politics, immigration, or complex personal stories, text can be a more effective way of keeping audiences on track with you. Nora Mandray‘s Dancing With Le Pen (for Field of Vision) has a stellar example of pithy title transitions that explain decades of French politics. In an interview subject’s voice, these facts would seem long-winded, wonky, or even lost altogether to the viewer.Cover image via Scarc.Looking for more interview tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Tips for Framing and Focus in Your Video Interview SetupsWhy (and How) You Should Take Notes During InterviewsMake Your Documentaries Matter with Awe-Inspiring Materiallast_img read more

2 militants killed in Shopian encounter in Kashmir

first_imgTwo militants are believed killed in an ongoing encounter between security forces and a group of militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday.An official said encounter broke out during a predawn operation of security forces at Hend Satioora village.”Militants opened fire when security forces zeroed in on their hiding place. Two to three militants were hiding in the area. We believe two militants were killed but the bodies are yet to be recovered,” said the official.Preliminary reports suggest the militants believed to be trapped included Basharat Ahmad of Nikloora and Tariq Ahmad of Khasipora. Both belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Ahmad was a special police officer before joining militancy on April 26 when he decamped with the service rifle.However, the police have not divulged any details about the identity of the trapped militants so far.Meanwhile, internet service has been stopped in the area as a precautionary measure.last_img read more

Curfew-like restrictions reimposed in several parts of Kashmir ahead of Muharram

first_imgCurfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence.The commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force personnel were deployed, officials said.Restrictions have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said.Also Read  The officials did not cite any reasons for reimposing restrictions but it is believed that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when the armed insurgency began.Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The battle of Karbala, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet, had attained martyrdom, is said to have been taken place in the 7th century.Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the state into union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the Valley as the situation improved with passage of time.Also readA disturbing downward spiral A.S. Panneerselvan  The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests.Meanwhile, normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to shutdown in the Valley which entered 37th day on Tuesday.Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley, the officials said.Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.center_img Development matters, but so does identity last_img read more

Photos – The Dallas Friday Story

first_imgAdvertisementDallas Friday (born 6 September 1986) is an American wakeboarder.Her competition victories include the ESPNESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, four X Games gold medals, and several World Wakeboarding Titles.Friday began wakeboarding aged thirteen, and began competing professionally within a year.In her rookie season she won the Americas Cup title and a silver medal at the X Games, where she was the youngest competitor.Aged fourteen, Friday won gold at the ESPN X-Games and at the NBC Gravity Games.In 2001, she won the World Cup and placed first in the 2001 Malibu Open, the first two Pro tour stops, the Vans Triple Crown Ford Ranger Pro, Cable Wakeboarding Nationals, and the X-cup. In the 2003-2004 season, Friday won all but one professional event, and in 2005 she won her third gold at the X Games.In 2006, Friday won the World, Nationals, Masters and the Pro Tour Championships, and in 2007 she was undefeated in overseas Wakeboarding World Cup events.Friday won the “Queen of Wake” title in 2009, as well as the World Title.In 2010 Friday suffered severe injuries that required 2 years of rehabilitation causing her to miss the 2011 season.In 2004, she made a guest appearance in the popular television series Kim Possible.She is named after Dallas, a small town in North Carolina where her father was raised.Image Courtesy – Dallas Friday (Instagram)Advertisementlast_img read more

Mumbai FC in do-or-die match against Shillong Lajong

first_imgMumbai, Apr 16 (PTI) With the threat of relegation looming large, bottom-of-the-table Mumbai FC will lock horns with Shillong Lajong FC in a penultimate round I-League match at the Cooperage ground here tomorrow. With two games remaining, the Mumbai club has a tally of 13 points from 14 matches in the 9-team league and would be keen to pick up all the three points to lift themselves away from the danger zone. Shillong, on seventh place with 15 points, would also be gunning for a positive result to make their position safe. The hosts have gone without a win since their success against Bengaluru FC in January. Mumbai coach Khalid Jamil described his teams situation as a make-or-break one. “We are ready for this match. This is our last chance to survive the drop, we have to consider this game as a do-or-die situation,” Jasmil said at the pre-match media briefing today. “The 2-2 away draw against East Bengal in the last round was a good result for us and that would give us the confidence to produce another positive performance. Considering that we have done well in the home matches I am expecting good contest and hope things work in our favour,” he said. However, Jamil noted that the North-Eastern outfit was quite a tough opponent and he had not forgotten the result of the last meeting between the two teams on this ground which the visitors won 6-0, last season. “I have full respect for the visiting team and its not going to be an easy match. We cant take them lightly as they will punish you, as they did last year,” Jamil added. Shillong Lajong coach T Singto said it was a crucial game for his team too. “We have not performed as per our expectations and tomorrow is another tough challenge. Mumbai FC is a tough, compact team that has some good individual players and I expect a strong match,” said Singto. Except for central defender Pratik Chowdhary, coach Jamil has the option of picking his best starting eleven. The visitors have travelled to Mumbai without their key Brazilian striker Uilliam Souza Silva who is serving a suspension after being red-carded in the last game against Sporting Clube de Goa which they lost 2-5 last Sunday. PTI SSR KRK PDS PDS SREadvertisementlast_img read more

Ankit Rajpoot grabs two wickets as South Africa A end rain-hit Day 3 on 294/7

first_imgIndia A pacer Ankit Rajpoot grabbed two wickets as South Africa A ended rain-marred day three of the second unofficial four-day Test on 294/7 in Bengaluru.South Africa A, who resumed Day 3 on 213/3, could only add 81 runs to their overnight score and still trail India A by 51 runs after rained played spoilsport throughout the day. Only 32.4 overs were bowled throughout the day as rain played spoilsport in the morning and post-tea sessions.Play was possible in the middle session where India A dominated the proceedings as they bagged four wickets, out of which Rajpoot claimed two.South Africa A resumed the third and penultimate day at 219/3, 126 runs behind India A’s total of 345, with Rassie van der Dussen and Rudi Second on 18 and 35 respectively.First Rajpoot removed Dussen for 22 and then claimed the wicket of Second for 47, leaving the visitors at 236 for 5.Rajpoot had Dussen caught by Srikar Bharat and induced Second to offer a catch to Prithvi Shaw.The other two wickets were claimed by Jayant Yadav and Mohammad Siraj, dismissing Dwaine Pretorious (10) and Dane Piedt (22) respectively.At the draw of stumps, Senuran Muthusamy was batting on 23 after facing 63 deliveries.Yesterday, Yuzuvendra Chahal had claimed two wickets while Siraj had got one.India had scored 345 all out in their first innings with Hanuma Vihari hitting a century (148 off 295 balls) while Ankit Bawne had contributed 80 from 146 deliveries.Pacer Duanne Olivier had taken a 6/63 for South Africa A.Brief Scores:India A first innings: 345 all out in 101 Overs (Hanuma Vihari 148; Duanne Olivier 6/63).South Africa A first innings: 294 for 7 in 92.3 Overs (Zubayr Hamza 93, Sarel Erwee 58; Ankit Rajpoot 2/42; Yuzuvendra Chahal 2/84).advertisement(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

X-Blades ‘Summer of Touch’ Promotion

first_imgSave money on boots including the Xcalibur L8000, Legend Elite RFX and Max GTS, Genius IQ 180 and 150 as well as the Elite Pro Red.To take advantage of this offer, visit http://www.bladesfootball.com.au/shop/ and use the code provided in the attached flyer. Support those who support our sport. Related Fileswebflyer_summer_of_touch_2011-12-pnglast_img

Heavenly French Food at Church & State

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Community Cider Programs Make Cider and Benefit Charity A Parisian bistro, easily the perfect setting for a drunken Fitzgerald-Hemingway verbal slap-fight, has time traveled into downtown Los Angeles. Instead of cobblestone streets and gas lamps, Church & State Bistro is surrounded by industrial buildings and vibrant graffiti murals. Housed in a 1924 brick stunner, the former Nabisco factory, it’s City of Lights meets City of Angels.String lights zigzag across the industrial ceiling, over tables flanked by the bar at one end and open kitchen at the other. Massive windows look out onto the family-style seating on the patio. The gorgeous brick floor is the only thing that betrays it was once the National Biscuit Company’s loading dock. Red and black paint, bistro chairs, moody black and white photographs, white subway tiles, and walls covered in bottles of French wine complete the atmosphere. It’s crowded and loud but still somehow intimate. Perfect for dates, group dinners, or even just a solo dinner with a good book, preferably something existential.The service is some of the best around: attentive, polite servers who still allow for a languid dinner pace. There’s no rush to turn tables in here. The manager will check in, asking how everything is and what more can be done for you.Honestly, though, the restaurant could be a cardboard box and it would still be worth going. The food is utterly delicious. You’re looking at traditional French food with California’s organic/ethically-raised influence: seasonal ingredients from organic farms, no antibiotics, no hormones. So, feel guilt free about tucking into that roasted marrow, served in a split-in-half bone on a copper pan. Or Margret de Canard, the duck breast that almost melts in your mouth flavored with a kind of vinegar gravy. On the seafood side, opt for the French favorite, Moules Marinières: Prince Edward Island mussels steamed and smothered in a creamy, shallot-y broth served with perfectly crispy fries to soak it up. Ask for some fresh baguette slices to slop up the rest. If charcuterie is your game, they have incredible offerings: chicken liver mousse, or go for the Grande Charcuterie: duck prosciutto, rabbit rillettes, house cured pork belly, chicken liver mousse, cheeses, and pickled vegetables to die for.There are two absolutely cannot miss items: the escargot and the Tarte à l’Oignon. It’s really not important if you haven’t liked snails in the past or maybe you’ve never worked up the courage to try them. At Church & State, it’s time. They’re wild snails, served in little cups with garlic butter and covered in flaky golden puff pastry. It’ll make an escargot-convert out of anyone.It can’t be proven, but their recipe for Tarte à l’Oignon is probably stolen directly from the gods: crispy tart pastry that manages to hold up an indulgent layer of melty gruyère cheese, thickly chopped pieces of applewood smoked bacon, and sweet caramelized onions. It’s served on a wooden board, cut into square slices and you’ll think “oh, I can’t possibly finish that with all the other food coming,” but you’ll find that you will. And you’ll be so happy you did.The man responsible for this gastric heaven is Tony Esnault, a real live French chef who has sharpened his skills at various Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Esnault brings his experience as a kid on a Loire Valley farm to the table through his exquisite, simple, mouth-wateringly delicious food devoid of pretension.Bon appétit, Angelenos! 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. last_img read more

Kid Rock And Montgomery Gentry Help Jim Beam Honor Veterans

first_imgBeam Inc., a leading global premium spirits company, teamed up with music superstars Kid Rock and Montgomery Gentry this summer to recognize and support military service members and their families with a $100,000 donation to Operation Homefront.Kid Rock was in Dallas last month to present a $50,000 check on behalf of Beam Inc. to Operation HomefrontWounded warriors were invited to participate in two separate check presentations at concerts in Dallas and Indianapolis, which marked the latest demonstrations of Beam’s long history of support for the military.Beam and its flagship bourbon brand, Jim Beam, have worked closely with Operation Homefront since 2008, donating more than $2.5 million through a variety of charitable programming efforts.“We are extremely proud of our service men and women and the sacrifices they’ve made for our country,” said Frederick “Fred” Booker Noe III, seventh generation Beam master distiller. “Together with Operation Homefront, all of us at Jim Beam are honored to help these heroes and their families once they return home and adjust to life back in the United States.”In Dallas, Army Sgt. Ralph Harroff and his wife, Lorie, joined Kid Rock and Noe to accept a $50,000 check made out to Operation Homefront. Harroff was injured while serving in Afghanistan, and has received housing assistance from Operation Homefront while doctors continue to repair his injuries. Harroff and his family were the second recipients of a new home under the Homes for the Homefront program.Montgomery Gentry teamed up with Beam Inc. at the band’s Indianapolis show August 15 to present a $50,000 check to Operation HomefrontIn Indianapolis, Army Spec. Dustin Foraker, and his wife, Heather, joined Montgomery Gentry and Fred Noe to present an additional $50,000 to Operation Homefront. Foraker also sustained injuries while serving in Afhanistan and upon returning to the United States to recover, received housing and financial assistance from Operation Homefront for his family.“We are incredibly thankful for Beam’s continued support of Operation Homefront,” said Tim Farrell, Operation Homefront’s Chief Operating Officer. “Beam’s generous contributions have helped us support thousands of military families each year. Whether that help comes in the form of emergency financial assistance or finding a military family a new home, it makes a huge impact to the families we serve.”Jim Beam’s long history of support for the military can be traced all the way back to the 1700s. If not for the land grant given to the Beam family for all their service during the revolutionary war, the brand’s Kentucky distillery may not have existed. Today, Beam Inc. is proud to employ numerous veterans and active military personnel, and has promised to hold the jobs of those called to active duty.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

In Geneva UN urges upholding human rights amid rising populism and extremism

António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, speaks during the High-Level-Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Elma Okic Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly, speaks during the High-Level-Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Elma Okic Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein,United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks during the High-Level-Segment of the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Elma Okic Addressing the top UN human rights body for the first time since becoming Secretary-General, Mr. Guterres appealed to world governments to speak up for human rights in an “impartial way.” “Disregard for human rights is a disease, and it is a disease that is spreading – North, South, East and West,” the Secretary-General told the high-level segment of the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council, alongside UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “The Human Rights Council must be part of the cure.” Having lived under the dictatorship of Portugal’s António de Oliveira Salazar, Mr. Guterres explained that he was 24 before he knew democracy. Denying his compatriots their human rights had oppressed and impoverished many of them, resulting in a mass exodus, and also brought bloody civil wars to Portugal’s former colonies in Africa. Calling today’s world “more dangerous, less predictable, more chaotic,” the Secretary-General called for making prevention a priority, tackling root causes of conflict and reacting early and more effectively to human rights violations. He highlighted the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the treaties that derive from it, and urged the Council to be “fully engaged” on the issues that require their attention. VIDEO: UN rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein makes a strong case for upholding universal human rights, at the opening of the high-level segment of the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council. Credit: UN News “We have much to lose, so much to protect,” the UN High Commissioner said. “Without a commitment to fundamental human rights, to the dignity and worth of the human person and to the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, our world will become chaos, misery and warfare,” he warned. “Of all the great post-war achievements, it is this assertion of the universality of rights in human rights law that may be the most noteworthy.” Speaking directly to the political actors, Mr. Zeid said “the sirens of historical experience ought to ring clear” and pledged that “we will not sit idly by” in the face of violations. “Our rights, the rights of others, the very future of our planet cannot, must not be thrown aside by these reckless political profiteers,” he added. For his part, the President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, called for greater dialogue and cooperation for peace among Governments, the UN system, civil society and the private sector. VIDEO: Secretary-General António Guterres urges the world to effectively address human rights concerns, at the high-level segment of the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council in light of growing populism and extremism. Credit: UN News “We are increasingly seeing the perverse phenomenon of populism and extremism feeding off each other in a frenzy of growing racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred and other forms of intolerance,” Mr. Guterres said. “Minorities, indigenous communities and others face discriminations and abuse across the world,” he added, noting abuse targeting refugees and migrants, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI). Among other issues raised, Mr. Guterres also called for protection of the human rights defenders and of journalists who are “essential” to the checks and balances of any society. In his address, UN High Commissioner Zeid denounced “reckless political profiteers” who threaten the multilateral system or intend to withdraw from parts of it. ‹ › He lauded the Human Rights Council as “essential” to bridging divides, and called for advancing “with common purpose” towards sustainable peace. “Just as the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda recognizes human rights as a cornerstone for sustainable development, so too does the concept of sustaining peace,” stated Mr. Thompson, urging the Council members to put forward their best ideas, well-honed skills and most determined will to defend the place of human rights in the drive to implement sustainable development and sustaining peace in today’s challenging times. read more

December bus and coach market up on back of challenging year

Registrations of purpose-built buses and coaches grew 5.1% in 2011, the whole market was up 4.3% in December, but 12.8% down for the year.2011 was a challenging year for the bus and coach sector despite positive performance in December:Bus registrations rose 0.5% in December, but finished the year 13.6% down.Coach volumes were up 88.2% but dropped 7.1% over the 12-month period..December’s overall bus and coach volumes were up 4.3%, but down 12.8% for the full year. “Throughout 2011 it has been the purpose-built bus and coach sector that has shown most resilience to challenging market conditions ending the year up 5.1% on 2010,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Elsewhere in the sector, while heavy bus and coaches fared best, the lighter and converted end of the market struggled to maintain momentum. 2012 is set to be a testing year, but government incentives and operator desires to capitalise on fuel efficient technologies should provide much-needed stimulus to the market.”Click through to download the full December 2011 (full year) bus and coach registrations news release and data tables, which includes a more detailed analysis of the figures. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

LNH Night of Melvyn Richardson Aix lose against Tremblay

2.Nimes330081:716 11.Cesson Rennes-Metropole301274:831 7.Aix310283:852 12.Istres301274:871 9.Dunkerque201142:431 5.Chambery Savoie220060:554 6.Tremblay320187:854 13.St. Raphael200254:570 14.Pontault300371:920 8.Ivry210150:602 1.Montpellier330093:796 3.Paris SG220069:454 10.Toulouse301286:931 Melvyn Richardson was in good mood last night in front of home fans in Montpellier to ensure another win in domestic championship (Lidl Star Ligue) for his team. The young star of the last EHF CL Final4 in Cologne, scored 12 goals with only one miss in Montpellier’s victory over Istres 33:27.Tremblay made surprise against Aix 30:29.Cesson Rennes played 29:29 against Fenix TOulouse, while USM Nimes took points away against Pontault Combault 31:27.STANDINGS: 4.Nantes220052:414 LidlStarligueMelvyn Richardson ← Previous Story SHOCK AT FLENS ARENA: RK PPD Zagreb take points home! Next Story → Egyptian juniors are African champions 2018! read more

British medical student identified in jihad recruitment video

first_imgTHE FATHER OF a British man who left to fight in Syria said he “wants to cry” after his son appeared in an online video aimed at recruiting jihadists.Ahmed Muthana identified the man in the 13-minute video, entitled “There is No Life Without Jihad”, as his 20-year-old son, Nasser Muthana, from Cardiff.Speaking to BBC Wales, Ahmed Muthana said seeing the video made him “want to cry” and asked his son “why did you do this?”“Is he going to kill?” he asked. “He didn’t think of the children, the women, elderly people. Someone is driving these kids to do this.”Nasser, who had received four university offers to study medicine, appears in the YouTube video — dressed in a white turban — using the name Abu Muthanna al-Yemen and is flanked by five other men, three of whom appear to be British.His father slammed those who had drawn his son into the conflict, saying they only “send other people’s children” into battle.He accused them of making a problem for whole of the “multicultural” UK, not just the Muslim community.British police are trying to remove the online film, which was posted by accounts linked to militant group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).The jihadist group is renowned for its ferocity, and is currently fighting against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and recently took Iraq’s second city of Mosul.British intelligence believe ISIS has recruited around 400-500 Britons.Ahmed Muthana told BBC Wales that he was worried his son would “come back to me in a coffin”.He explained that his son had left home in November, and that he believed he had gone to study in Leicester or Shrewsbury.“I received a phone call saying that he’s in Turkey and that’s it,” he added.“I don’t think that’s Nasser talking, it’s someone else is teaching him to talk like this because the attitude of Nasser is 100 percent completely different,” he said.The British government on Thursday banned the militant group currently rampaging through northern Iraq, adding it to a list of proscribed organisations along with four other groups linked to the Syrian conflict.It is now an offence in Britain to belong to or invite support for ISIS and the four other proscribed groups, or even to wear clothing or carry items in public indicating support.Prime Minister David Cameron is worried that British nationals joining in the fighting in Iraq and Syria pose a threat to Britain’s security.Police have made 65 Syria-related arrests since January 2013, Cameron’s office has said, while 14 people had their passports seized in the year to March, “a significant number” of them related to Syria.- © AFP 2014Read: The Pentagon thinks Iran has sent a ‘small number’ of operatives into IraqExplainer: What’s happening in Iraq?last_img read more

North Korea detains third US citizen as tensions rise

first_img 54 Comments 20,694 Views By AFP North Korea ‘detains third US citizen’ as tensions rise US President Donald Trump has urged China to take stronger steps to press North Korea to curb its nuclear and missile programmes. Image: Wong Maye-E/AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Image: Wong Maye-E/AP/Press Association Images Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 3:24 PMcenter_img Apr 23rd 2017, 3:24 PM Short URL Share Tweet Email A US CITIZEN has been arrested as he tried to fly out of North Korea, becoming the third American to be detained there, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported today.There was no immediate official confirmation of the reported arrest, which would come at a tense time in relations between Pyongyang and Washington.Yonhap quoted sources as saying the man, identified only by his surname Kim, was arrested in Friday at Pyongyang International Airport on his way out of the country.It said Kim, aged in his late 50s and a former professor at China’s Yanbian University of Science and Technology, had been involved in aid programmes for the North.He reportedly was in the North for about a month to discuss relief activities, Yonhap said. The reason for his arrest was unclear.South Korea’s National Intelligence Service and the unification and foreign ministries said they could not confirm the report.However, the director of a Seoul-based group called the World North Korea Research Center said his sources in Pyongyang had confirmed the arrest.“The reason North Korea is not saying anything yet is because it is not done with the investigations,” Ahn Chan-il, a former defector, told AFP.“It is important for them to hold a US citizen hostage at this point to prevent Washington from carrying out a decapitation of Kim Jong-Un,” Ahn said, referring to the North’s fears that the US is planning a secret military strike to topple its leader.“It’s also a resolve to point a double-action revolver against the US and China because he is a US citizen who worked in China.”Trump US President Donald Trump has urged China to take stronger steps to press the North to curb its nuclear and missile programmes.Trump’s deputy Mike Pence, during a regional tour last week, warned that “all options are on the table” to curb the North’s nuclear ambitions as fears grow it may be planning another atomic test.Two other US citizens — college student Otto Warmbier and Korean-American pastor Kim Dong-Chul — are currently being held in the North after being sentenced to long prison terms.Kim was sentenced last year to 10 years’ hard labour for spying.Also last year, Warmbier was jailed for 15 years for stealing a propaganda sign and for “crimes against the state”.The North has arrested and jailed several US citizens in the past decade, often releasing them only after high-profile visits by current or former US officials.WarshipsMeanwhile, the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and other warships started joint exercises with Japan today, the American navy said, as regional tensions rise over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes.The exercises — also involving a US guided-missile cruiser and guided-missile destroyer — are being held in the Philippine Sea, the navy said, as the naval strike group “continued its northern transit in the Western Pacific”.Confusion has clouded the carrier group’s whereabouts in recent days after Trump suggested the “armada” was steaming towards North Korea, when in fact it was sent towards Australia.- © AFP 2017Read: France goes to the polls as future of EU hangs in the balanceRead: Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UK North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un https://jrnl.ie/3354333 last_img read more

PASOK chief tells critics to take sides

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Socialist leader Evangelos Venizelos called on any cadres of his beleaguered party who want to leave or set up a separate grouping to do so, indicating however that the once-mighty PASOK would be willing to cooperate with other parties.“Whoever has doubts or an identity crisis and does not feel that PASOK expresses them does not need to stay and suffer in PASOK,” Venizelos told Vima FM radio. He said the party could cooperate with Democratic Left — the government’s third coalition partner — and the Ecologist Greens, noting that officials of both parties had attended PASOK’s recent party summit.Venizelos on Tuesday chaired the inaugural session of his party’s new organizational committee, the chief aim of which is to lay the groundwork for PASOK’s conference in the fall. The main focus of debate yesterday was the political basis for the planned “recreation” of the party which was all but decimated in two elections in May and June.Venizelos noted that the period between the end of August and the beginning of October would be critical for Greece as the country’s troika of foreign creditors will have issued a crucial audit report and negotiations on a possible renegotiation of the terms of a debt deal are expected to have begun.Two prominent MPs of leftist SYRIZA, which came second in last month’s elections on an anti-bailout platform, on Tuesday backed a proposal by the Communist Party (KKE) to abolish the country’s debt deal, known as the memorandum. The remarks by Panayiotis Lafazanis and Dimitris Stratoulis came a day after party spokesman Panos Skourletis said SYRIZA would only back the abolition of certain implementation laws accompanying the memorandum, not the debt deal itself. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Home Affairs recognizes child abuse prevention month

Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe TCI Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communications is continuing efforts to sensitize the public on child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month. To commemorate the month, which is recognized internationally in April, the Ministry’s Department of Social Development has engaged communities and schools with presentations and literature on the issue. The Ministry has also hosted a high school debate competition in addition to partnering with the corporate sector and the United Nations Children’s Fund.  The theme for this year’s CAP month is “Nurture and Protect Me. Do not Abuse and Neglect Me.” Ministry interventions have been geared towards ensuring citizens can identify signs of abuse, sexual abuse in particular, and are aware of the procedures for reporting child abuse. The Department of Social Development is reminding the public that there is a zero tolerance policy on child abuse.#MagneticMediaNews#NationalChildAbusePreventionMonth read more

County beer wine groups show little interest in 1183

first_imgPoll: Washington voters favoring liquor initiativeOLYMPIA — Western Washington voters are showing support for the initiative to privatize liquor, despite anti-privatization ads appealing to voters’ sense of community safety.Costco’s record-breaking contribution of $22 million may be paying off. Fifty percent of Western Washington voters outside Puget Sound — including Clark County — favored the initiative compared with 44 percent opposed, according to a poll released Monday by the University of Washington.While Costco has been the main source of funding for promoting 1183, the biggest contributors against the initiative are beer and wine distributors, at both the state and national level.“It’s more than ironic, I think it’s despicable. Frankly, it’s hypocrisy,” said Kathryn Stenger, spokeswoman for the I-1183 campaign. Stenger said she had doubts about how concerned national alcohol distributors are about Washington communities and finds it ridiculous that beer and wine distributors were funding ads aimed against alcohol.“These are organizations which have actually fought Mothers Against Drunk Driving on a national level when they tried to get stronger DUI regulation,” Stenger said.Clark County alcohol distributors have shown little opposition to the measure. No local distributors have made direct contributions to either side of the initiative.last_img read more

Morning Press Homeless students derailment First Citizen war memories Ramadan

first_img There’s one day left to ramp up to July temperatures. Check out the local weather forecast here.Some stories you might have missed over the weekend:Homeless students find refugeDavid and Diana Bilby started putting their heartfelt Christian faith into practice a few years back — reaching out, personally, to homeless people they met. They had nearly lost their east Vancouver home to foreclosure but managed to modify the mortgage and come out OK; after that, David Bilby said, he felt obliged to share his blessing with people less fortunate than he was.Lovely idea, disastrous consequences: The homeless couple they faithfully housed took advantage of them. There was trouble with the law and David is convinced drug dealing went on under his roof. These days he slaps his forehead over the episode, which cost him money and, he realized, put his children at risk, too.“Probably one of the most irresponsible things we’ve ever done,” he said.But getting burned didn’t cure the Bilbys of compassion. They started hearing from the family resource specialists and counselors at local schools who’d caught wind of their efforts to extend real, practical help to the homeless.These school officials urged the Bilbys to try again with some deserving students they believed in. Just get more cautious and formal this time, they said: Do your research. Protect yourselves. Build a program. Jose Ramirez, 20, from second from left, and Tayler O’Bryant, 19, eat dinner with the Bilby family, David, Diana and Kent, on Tuesday. David Bilby launched a nonprofit that places promising homeless students with volunteer host families so the young adults can finish high school.last_img read more

Miami woman wins 2 million lottery jackpot

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami woman is now a little bit richer after she won a lottery jackpot.According to the Florida Lottery, Cassandra Sabin claimed the $2 million prize from the Jackpot Triple Play game.Sabin took the lump sum payment of $1,621,470.Officials said the store where Sabin purchased the ticket will also receive a bonus commission of $2,000 for selling the ticket.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Aug 21 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowPotential initiatives would enshrine Medicaid expansion, ACA provisions in state lawAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauWhile Congress has debated repealing the Affordable Care Act, some doctors want to make sure that at least parts of the law remain in place in Alaska. They’re sponsoring two initiatives that could be on the ballot next year.Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott officially register for reelection runAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker registered today as a candidate for next year’s election for governor. He’ll be joined again on an unaffiliated ticket by Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott.Meet the machine handling Anchorage’s next electionZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThough still a few months away, Anchorage is getting ready for its first election to be conducted by mail. In April, as residents pick a mayor and weigh in on a controversial public bathroom measure, they’ll be sending envelopes to a sorting machine that arrived at the city’s election center Monday morning.Alaska Airlines pilots picket at airport over contract negotiationsWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageOn Monday afternoon, more than 50 pilots and flight attendants picketed in front of Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. Their goal was to call on Alaska Airlines management to give them what they view as fairer wages and benefits.Oil company sues over Alaska’s beleaguered cash-for-credits programRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAn oil and gas company is suing the state over $5.3 million in unpaid cash credits. Miller Energy Resources wants anything that happened before it went bankrupt in 2015 to be off-limits to state tax auditors, according to the lawsuit and the company’s bankruptcy filings.Naknek man killed after falling overboard on Lake AleknagikDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamA boating incident late Sunday on Lake Aleknagik claimed the life of 35-year-old Bryan Anderson of Naknek, the well-known boys varsity basketball coach at Bristol Bay.Quinhagak commercial fishermen struggle after two years without a buyerTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelSeveral weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the “Akutan,” a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. For the second summer in a row, fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch; many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet.Sitkans take to the skies to take in the eclipseRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaMllions of Americans traveled to watch the eclipse for a few minutes, but a few people took to the skies to watch it for hours. Sitkans Cindy Edwards and Brant Brantman were on a regularly-scheduled flight from Portland to Minneapolis today.last_img read more