Govt must stop violence on campus, says Xavier’s V-C

first_imgVice-Chancellor of the newly-formed St Xavier’s University Fr Felix Raj has said the government must take a ‘bold step’ to stop student unrest in colleges. “I am distressed when I see students studying for 10% of total hours and agitating for the rest 90%. Colleges must produce educational leaders, not political leaders,” Fr Felix Raj said. The government must take a decision to depoliticise the education system as colleges should be considered as “temples of wisdom, not temples of agitation”, he told PTI. College campuses have been rocked by student unrest across West Bengal in recent times.‘CM’s wish’ The government must take a ‘bold step’ and “I know the CM (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) wants that”, the V-C of the new university which will open its first academic session from this July, said. The Bill for setting up the new university, which is operational from February 8, the date of notification, was unanimously passed by the Assembly on December 15. Governor K. N. Tripathi gave his consent to the Bill on January 16. Fr Felix Raj said it would have exchange programme with Jesuit universities in the US, Europe, Australia, India and Japan. Despite being a university, he said, St Xavier’s would continue to have its own school and college — both were 157 years old. So, a student is now able to study from primary level to post-graduate level in St Xavier’s, Fr Felix Raj, who is also Principal of St Xavier’s College, said.Session in July He added, “We will start in July 2017 with 650 students for two undergraduate and four post-graduate courses.” Besides getting land from the government, Fr Felix Raj said the university got help from 11 chapters of St Xavier’s Alumni Associations in the US, Canada, Dubai, Europe, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand and others in raising funds.last_img read more

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Fortune marvels at Pacquiao conditioning: ‘A physical freak’

first_imgFILE PHOTO – Manny Pacquiao together with strength and conditioning coach Justine Fortune inside the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, California, April 4, 2016. Pacquiao is in perfect condition for his fight against Timothy Bradley Jr. according to Fortune. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORABRISBANE, Australia—If Jeff Horn thinks he can outmuscle Manny Pacquiao through superb physical conditioning, he’s grossly mistaken.As far as strength coach Justin Fortune is concerned, Pacquiao is a rare gem in this aspect.ADVERTISEMENT He sees Pacquiao eating voraciously five times a day during training camp, yet hardly reaches the 147-pound limit.Consider Pacquiao’s preparations for Horn.Five days before they tangle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown, Pacquiao weighed 145 lb after a hearty meal.Turning 39 in December, Pacquiao also shows little sign of slowing down, convincing Fortune that he’d be able to stop Horn, if he wills himself into it.Horn’s vaunted right won’t land because Pacquiao will beat him to the punch.ADVERTISEMENT Roach: Pacquiao ‘good for a couple more fights’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img “A physical freak,” as Fortune describes the eight-division world champion.Fortune, a Sydney-born Australian now running a boxing and fitness gym in Hollywood, should know.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe’d worked with Pacquiao for several years, including the time when Pacquiao was wreaking havoc on every division he steps into.Even then, Pacquiao continues to marvel Fortune with his stamina and metabolism. MOST READ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Gautam Singhania to contest in FIA elections

first_imgChennai, Oct 17 (PTI) Industrialist Gautam Singhania is all set to contest the FIA elections, to be held in Paris on December 8, hoping to reclaim a seat for India on the FIA World Motor Sports Council.The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) today announced in a statement that Singhania has been nominated for the Titulars post by the Board earlier this week.If elected, Singhania will become a member of the FIA World Motor Sports Council Board and will represent the FMSCI as its Titular.He will replace fugitive Vijay Mallya.Singhania and Vicky Chandhok were the two names that were put up to the Board for consideration and the former got the mandate from the Board by a majority.The FIA AGM this year is crucial as not only the new World Motor Sports Council but also a new president and seven vice-presidents will be elected for a four-year term. PTI CM CMlast_img read more

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Europe Enjoys Ryder Cup Win

first_imgGLENEAGLES, Scotland — Tom Watson walked over to congratulate Jamie Donaldson for the shot of his life, a shot that ended the Ryder Cup.He walked up the 15th fairway at Gleneagles with his arm around European captain Paul McGinley even before the final match was conceded to secure another win for Europe.Europe left no doubt who had the best team, if not the best players.This Ryder Cup provided a real surprise — but only after it was over. The strongest opponent Watson faced might have been one of his own players.Just as the European party was getting started, Phil Mickelson took a not-so-subtle dig at Watson — with the U.S. captain just six seats away on the dais — by questioning why the Americans have strayed from a winning formula in which the players were more involved.Mickelson praised Paul Azinger’s captaincy in 2008 — the only U.S. victory in the last 15 years — for creating a “pod” system in which players felt invested in every aspect of the team.“Nobody here was in any decision,” Mickelson said, which no doubt included Watson’s decision to bench Lefty for both sessions on Sept. 27 when Europe built a lead that was too much for this American team to overcome.Watson stared blankly as Mickelson spoke. When asked to respond, he was just as even in speech as Mickelson was in the back-handed criticism.“I had a different philosophy as far as being a captain of this team,” Watson said. “It takes 12 players to win. It’s not pods. It’s 12 players.”Watson said there would be room for second-guessing — every losing captain goes through that. “The bottom line is they kicked our butts,” Watson said.Even amid the American bickering, there was no doubting that.The score — Europe 16 1/2, United States 11 1/2 — was reflective of that. And so was the way Europe completed its eighth Ryder Cup victory over the last 10 times.It began with Rory McIlroy, the best player in the world producing a brand of golf that showed clearly why he won the last two majors. He was 6-under par in his opening six holes to build a 5-up lead over Rickie Fowler, the first point for Europe.Whatever hopes the Americans had building momentum was put to rest by Graeme McDowell and Justin Rose, both of whom overcame big deficits with rallies that made the outcome inevitable.And then there was Donaldson, the 38-year-old Ryder Cup rookie for Wales. Donaldson secured a tie when he was 4 up with four holes to play against Keegan Bradley.And then he gave this European performance the finish it deserved. Donaldson hit 9-iron from 146 yards onto the green at No. 15, and the ball kept rolling toward the flag until it settled about 18 inches away.Watson knew it was over and shook hands with Donaldson. Bradley walked onto the front of the green, saw the ball next to the hole and removed his cap. It was over.“It came down to me to close it out,” Donaldson said. “But it’s all about the team.”The PGA of America brought Watson back as captain — at 65, the oldest in Ryder Cup history — hopeful that he could repeat some history of his own. Watson was the last U.S. captain to win a Ryder Cup on European soil.That one ended with Davis Love III — in his first Ryder Cup — clinching the cup for the Americans by raising his hands in the air. This one ended badly for the Americans, in a conference room instead of on the course.Watson said he had a pit in his stomach watching the Americans blow a 10-6 lead at Medinah two years ago. The difference as captain?“Not a damn thing,” he said. “It hurts.”McGinley talked all week about a template of European success. The message was to embrace their role as the favorites, and to be proud that they had earned it. And the final instruction was to avoid complacency. Europe won the Sunday singles session for the second straight Ryder Cup.“I didn’t execute the plan. All these guys sitting at this table did,” McGinley said with the 17-inch trophy on display. “I know how difficult it is to play in a Ryder Cup. I know when your heart is jumping out of your chest how incredibly excited and nervous you are. But we relish this challenge. We did it with a smile on our face, which is so important. And we did everybody proud.”The Americans had a few bright spots. Patrick Reed led a solid debut of the three rookies, who accounted for about 45 percent of their team’s points.As For Europe?Watson had singled out Ian Poulter as the European with the best record and the man to beat. Poulter wound up playing only three matches and he didn’t win any of them, settling for two halves. But it wasn’t about Poulter. It was about Europe. What a team.(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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WANATEE JURY SELECTION BEGINS

first_imgJury selection is underway in the first degree murder trial of a Sioux City man.47-year-old Elias Wanatee will stand trial for first degree murder in the February 17th stabbing death of 50 year old Vernon Mace.Sioux City Police say Wanatee and Mace got into an argument at Mace’s daughter’s house and Wanatee allegedly stabbed Mace six times.Mace later died at a hospital.The jury selection process is expected to last through today and possibly into Wednesday.last_img

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Salah closes on Rush’s Liverpool record

first_imgLiverpool Salah closes on Rush’s Liverpool landmark after breaking Torres’ record Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 02:15 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah, Liverpool vs Watford, 17/18 Getty Images Liverpool Mohamed Salah Liverpool v Watford Watford Premier League The Egyptian attacker etched his name into another chapter of Liverpool’s history books as he continues his stunning debut season at Anfield Mohamed Salah has fired his way to more Liverpool history after breaking Fernando Torres’ record of 33 competitive goals for a player in his debut season at Anfield, and now has club legend Ian Rush in his sights.The prolific Egypt international opened the scoring in the fourth minute against Watford to move level with Spain striker Torres, who enjoyed a prolific first campaign in 2007-08.The well-taken strike was Salah’s 25th in England’s top flight this term, to go with seven in the Champions League and one in the FA Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And, before half-time, Salah scored his 34th goal of the season to take him ahead of Torres and etch his name into the Liverpool history books.34 – Salah has now scored more goals than any other Liverpool player in their debut season at the club. Historic. https://t.co/5fxjDuxLwr — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 17 March 2018 There was no stopping Salah in the second half, either, as he completed his hat-trick to take his tally to 35 for the season, before weighing in with his fourth of the game to make it 5-0.The most any Liverpool player has netted in a single season is the 47 managed by Rush in 1983-84.The Reds have seven Premier League matches left, plus at least two Champions League games which could potentially turn into five should Liverpool reach the final.Therefore, Salah – who has averaged 0.88 goals per game in his 41 appearances – could have as many as 12 matches to better Rush, who needed 65 outings to reach 47.His contribution against Watford was also notable for a couple of other reasons as he became the first Egyptian player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, while he was the first Liverpool player to score four goals in a league game since Luis Suarez in December 2013. He also became the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick at Anfield since Suarez in October 2013.Salah’s haul against Watford also moved him four clear of Harry Kane in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.In the build-up to Saturday’s visit of Watford, Salah had reiterated his happiness and ambition at Liverpool to further quash talk of a possible move to Real Madrid.Salah told ESPN Brasil : “In Chelsea I didn’t play, so I didn’t have my chances. I said to all my friends, I think I said it on many interviews as well, that I wanted to come back.”I like the Premier League I lot. I feel it has my style of football. I like to play [in] the Premier League.”I said since day one here that I’m happy here at Liverpool and I want to show my football here.”If you look at me now and five years ago, everything has changed – mentally, physically, everything.”He also praised the impact of Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool manager’s role in unlocking his full potential is not lost on a man who continues to collects plaudits and individual honours aplenty .Salah said: “[Klopp] changed something in me. Now I play closer to the goal than in any club before.”If you see my goals and everything I did in my last four or five years, every year is better than the year before.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Report: Colombia 1 Paraguay 0

first_imgColombia drew on their reserves to defeat Paraguay 1-0 and make it three wins from three in the Copa America group stage.Carlos Queiroz’s side earned all three points at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, despite the coach making 10 changes to the team that beat Qatar last time out.Gustavo Cuellar’s first-half strike, which went in off the right foot of Paraguay goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez, made the difference. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Colombia had a goal disallowed in the second half as well, when substitute James Rodriguez flicked a clever pass with the outside out of his boot to Luis Diaz, who controlled and lashed a shot past Fernandez from 10 yards. After a long wait, a VAR review showed the ball had brushed Diaz’s right arm and the goal was ruled out.Paraguay, who have two points, now face a nervy wait to find out if they have done enough to progress out of Group B with one of the two best third-placed records.90’ FULL MATCH1-0Gustavo Cuellar scored on the third colombian victory at @CONMEBOL #CopaAmerica— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) June 23, 2019Colombia, the 2001 Copa champions, already knew they were through to the quarter-finals after following up a 2-0 win over Argentina in their opening match with the 1-0 success against Qatar and Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado was the only player retained in the starting line-up.Derlis Gonzalez squandered an early close-range chance for Paraguay before Colombia began to impress.Radamel Falcao almost opened the scoring in spectacular style in the 28th minute when he fashioned an overhead kick that went just off target.The breakthrough came three minutes later when Santiago Arias moved into the penalty area from the right flank. He fed a short pass to Cuellar who stole between two defenders and from a tight angle drove a shot low inside the near post, when Fernandez should have done better, the ball going in off the goalkeeper’s right boot.James replaced Cuadrado in the second half and thought he had created the second goal as Diaz drove home only to be left deflated by the VAR verdict.Paraguay looked short of ideas but will advance as one of the two best third-placed teams if Japan and Ecuador draw their final Group C match.What does it mean? Colombia can be happy with depthQueiroz should have been satisfied with the look of his fringe players. He wanted to see strength in depth and there were some decent performances, but bank on him reverting to a more familiar line-up come the quarter-finals.Lionel Scaloni owes Colombia a drinkArgentina will be thankful Colombia gave this game their all, because it cleared a path for Lionel Messi and co to leapfrog Paraguay and take second place in Group B. This could have been a night when La Albiceleste suffered another major tournament nightmare, but Colombian assiduousness coupled with a 2-0 win over Qatar means they are guaranteed a quarter-final berth.Fernandez flummoxedThe Paraguay goalkeeper will not want to watch replays of Colombia’s goal, because it made him look foolish. Cuellar was always going to shoot after darting into space and Fernandez should have had his near post covered.Key Opta Facts:  – Colombia have won six of their last seven meetings with Paraguay in all competitions, suffering a 2-1 loss at home during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.- Colombia have won each of their last four Copa America games for the first time since 2004 (W8).- Paraguay are winless in their last 10 Copa America games (D5 L5), their longest run without a win in the competition’s history.- Colombia have won each of their three group stage games in a Copa America tournament for the first time since 2001, when they ended up lifting the trophy.- 22 of the 23 players of Colombia’s squad for the 2019 Copa America have already played in this year’s tournament, their most in a single tournament since 2001 (also 22).What’s next?Colombia play their quarter-final on Friday and can begin to make plans for that as they wait to learn their opponents, the Group C runners-up. Paraguay must play a waiting game. They might be going home but could yet be handed a reprieve. read morelast_img read more

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Alberta Appeal Court to deliver judgment Wednesday in Connie Oakes case

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Court of Appeal of Alberta is expected to deliver a ruling Wednesday in the case of a Cree woman serving a life sentence in prison for a murder she says she didn’t commit.The Court of Appeal issued a notice Tuesday that a judgement in the case of Connie Oakes would be released at 10 a.m. local time.Oakes was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years in June 2014 after a Medicine Hat, Alta., jury found her guilty of second degree murder in the 2011 slaying of Casey Armstrong, 48.Oakes, who is from the Nekaneet First Nation in southern Saskatchewan, has consistently claimed she is innocent of the crime.Read APTN’s coverage of the Connie Oakes case hereWith no DNA, fingerprints or murder weapon, the Medicine Hat police and the local Crown relied exclusively on the testimony of co-accused Wendy Scott who claimed she was there when Oakes stabbed Armstrong in the neck with a knife.Scott, who has an IQ of 50, has since recanted her testimony and said in an affidavit she didn’t believe Oakes was at Armstrong’s trailer at the time of the May long-weekend murder.Armstrong was found in the bathtub of his trailer by a friend.  He was killed by a puncture wound through the neck that nearly decapitated him.Medicine Hat police have never been able to identify the source of a size 11 men’s bloody boot print found on the bathroom floor.The Court of Appeal last October ordered a new trial for Scott who had previously pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Armstrong’s killing. After a concession from the Crown, the Court of Appeal quashed Scott’s guilty plea saying there was not enough evidence to support a conviction of second degree murder.Scott’s new trial is scheduled to begin next year.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Christmas items appearing at retail stores rankling customers Lets get Halloween out

TORONTO — Christmas is still months away but ’tis already the season for several retailers stocking holiday merchandise — a move that is surprising and rankling some consumers.Leonard Cloutier recently tweeted a photo of a curtained-off aisle inside a Canadian Tire store with a Christmas-themed sign stating “Elves at Work.”The date was Sept. 25 — exactly three months before Christmas.“I’d rather they wait till Halloween is done,” said the Toronto resident.“Nov. 1, I’m fine, but let’s get Halloween out of the way first. I don’t like the overlapping, I really and truly don’t.”In its defence, Canadian Tire cited consumer demand as the reason it begins selling Christmas merchandise in mid-October (and sometimes sooner).“Customers want to begin their Christmas shopping and decorating well in advance of the holiday season,” the company said in an emailed statement.American Apparel Inc files for bankruptcy after losing money for five yearsWal-Mart lays off 450 workers at its head office: ‘Retail is changing and we must change’Walmart Canada already has festive items including Christmas trees and inflatable characters available for sale in-store and online. Christmas decor is also on display at Hudson’s Bay Co.’s Queen Street location in downtown Toronto. Neither retailer immediately responded to requests for comment.Costco Canada has been selling Christmas merchandise since July, said spokesman Ron Damiani.And it does sell in the summertime.“The philosophy is first in, first out. That’s why we’re in early,” Damiani said.“This is not an experiment. We’ve been doing it since Day 1. And if we’ve kept on doing it for the 25 years that we’ve been in Canada it’s because consumers responded well to it. There’s no retailer that’s going to put merchandise on the sales floor that they don’t expect to sell.”Seeing seasonal inventory surface months ahead of time isn’t strictly a Christmas retail phenomenon. Vancouver resident Chris Yli-Luoma recalled seeing Halloween chips in grocery stores back in August.“Psychologically, it unnerves me,” she said. “It kind of sets you off your natural rhythm of how your life goes.“The other frustrating part, of course, is when you’re getting closer to the actual holiday … and you’re looking for a particular item and it’s like: ‘Oh, they’re already sold out,”‘ she added.Michael Mulvey of the University of Ottawa said it was historically rare to find any holiday items in stores prior to Halloween and it appears retailers are experimenting with extending the Christmas-shopping season.“It seems it’s starting to encroach earlier and earlier which, to me, is a bit surprising,” said Mulvey, assistant professor of marketing in the university’s Telfer School of Management.“For a while, it seemed like Halloween was building up and holding its own and owning the aisles in the seasonal sections of these stores. But I really do think it’s early for Christmas.”Marketing analyst Brynn Winegard of Winegard & Company said it’s been a flat year for retailers and one that’s posed several challenges, including the low loonie and volatility in the market with the departure of Target.There’s even more incentive for retailers to try to gain ground before year’s end, Winegard said, especially with up to 60 per cent of their annual revenue amassed in the last quarter.Even for customers who may be irked by earlier-than-normal sightings of holiday merchandise, Winegard said “cutting through the clutter and getting people to comment at all is half the battle.”“Even though you might be likely to have some people a little peeved or a little irritated by it, the truth is if they’ve noticed, you’ve won,” she said.Cloutier said he understands why some retailers have opted to make the seasonal transition early.“Merchandising and retail sales, it’s a war. There’s a lot of competition out there and the early bird gets the worm, right?“I don’t think it hurts us in any way. If anything, we probably benefit by it.”The Canadian Press read more

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UN emergency relief coordinator warns of worsening food crisis in Somalia

In a statement issued late on Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that, although the UN system was currently in a position to deliver food, stocks were depleted and an estimated 40,000 metric tonnes of food were urgently needed to assist some 300,000 people at risk of immediate starvation. Another 450,000 people were also increasingly vulnerable, the statement said.Of particular need is non-food assistance – such as water and medical supplies -to secure the well-being of tens of thousands of children who are at growing risk of malnutrition and disease, according to OCHA.Mr. Oshima is urging the international community to provide the needed resources to forestall a serious humanitarian crisis, the statement said, noting that the UN and its partners were doing their utmost to reduce vulnerability and to stimulate livelihoods. read more

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UN relief head meets with Ugandan leader on return of 16 million

At the meeting in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, President Museveni welcomed UN efforts to support the possible reintegration of LRA fighters and expressed his willingness to work closely with the UN in moving the East African country’s reconciliation process forward.The LRA has become particularly notorious for its practice of kidnapping children to serve as soldiers or as sexual slaves for its commanders. More than 12,000 children have been abducted since June 2002.In April the plight of these children was included on the list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About,” which was compiled by the UN Department of Public Information. read more

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Honouring indigenous groups UN human rights chief urges respect for existing treaties

“Even when signed or otherwise agreed more than a century ago, many treaties remain the cornerstone for the protection of the identity, land and customs of indigenous peoples, determining the relationship they have with the State,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement.She added that treaties are often a decisive step in ending a period of conflict, exploitation and expropriation.“The honouring of treaties has in many cases been described as a sacred undertaking requiring good faith by each party for their proper enforcement. Yet too often indigenous communities are obliged to go to the courts to force States to live up to their promises,” she added, highlighting the fact that exploitation and expropriation continue today. The High Commissioner noted the importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted in 2007 to protect the rights of the estimated 370 million indigenous peoples worldwide and to promote the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties and other arrangements concluded with States or their successors. “I encourage States to take concrete steps to honour and strengthen the treaties they have concluded with indigenous peoples and to cooperate with them in implementing new agreements or other constructive arrangements through transparent, inclusive and participatory negotiations,” Ms. Pillay said. The theme of this year’s World Indigenous Day – which has been marked annually on 9 August since 1995 – is “Honouring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements.” It aims to highlight the importance of honouring arrangements between States, their citizens and indigenous peoples that were designed to recognize indigenous peoples’ rights to their lands and establish a framework for living in proximity and entering into economic relationships. This message underlines the need for States and indigenous peoples to build relationships based on trust, mutual respect, rule of law and the affirmation of indigenous peoples’ culture and customs, Ms. Pillay said.The UN will mark the Day this year with a special event in New York on Friday, featuring senior UN officials and some 2,000 representatives from indigenous groups from around the world. Also that day, hundreds of indigenous and non-indigenous rowers are scheduled to arrive in Manhattan after having collectively travelled thousands of miles on canoes and horsebacks. The event honours the Two Row Wampum Treaty concluded in 1613 between Dutch immigrants and the Haudenosaunee, a confederacy of six nations, with the capital in the Onondaga nation in New York state. In 2014, the UN will hold the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, a high-level plenary meeting with UN Member States. Two hundred indigenous participants from seven regions are to be invited, according to the event’s website. read more

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At UN Palestinianborn designer uses fashion to show another face of homeland

“It’s a pleasure for me this evening to represent my people with this kind of art. Fashion is a universal language. It is a way to show the world and people that fashion can be used to show another face of Palestine,” Mr. Taslaq said in an interview with UN Radio ahead of the fashion show, one of several events at Headquarters in the run-up to the International Day of Solidary with the Palestinian People, observed annually on 29 November. Born in Nablus in 1970, Mr. Taslaq realized at the young age of 12 that he wanted to be a fashion designer and work with fabrics and embroidery. When he finished high school, Mr. Taslaq left for Jordan to study design and soon after moved to Italy in 1990. “When I left Palestine I understood that I must do something for me and my people to show the world that we are the same as other people. We want a life. We want peace. We love. We have all the feelings that make us the same as other people,” he said. Currently based in Rome, he says he feels like he lives in a museum and is constantly inspired by his surroundings. He is also very much inspired by his diverse clientele in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Crafted in Italy, Mr. Taslaq’s designs offer a modern reinterpretation of ancient traditional Palestinian embroideries, while combining modern Italian style. This latest collection he says pays tribute to his homeland.The collection includes 30 evening gowns, cocktail dresses and tailored suits, all characterized by Mr. Taslaq’s geometric cuts. The fabrics used are silk, chiffon, crepe and georgette. The predominant colours are white, ivory, red, green and black. Mr. Taslaq credits refugees in a camp in Jerash, Jordan with helped create some of the embroideries used in the collection.Last night’s runaway finale featured a wedding dress entirely hand-embroidered, festooned with beads of olive wood, inlaid with stones of gold, ivory and mother of pearl, and finished with silk thread. The combination evokes the elements of the land harkening back to Taslaq’s roots. “When I went to [the camps] in Palestine, I [told] everybody: ‘You must do what you want to do. It’s important.’ I know many people live in not good situations, but with a little help from everybody we can help [them]. They can do more and more.” In November 2013, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2014 the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (IYSPP). Since then, the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People has organized various activities to raise awareness of obstacles to the ongoing peace process, such as settlements and the blockade of Gaza. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball trip to Bahamas cost more than 200K

Click to enlargeThe Ohio State men’s basketball program spent $223,221 on hotel and airfare for a team trip to the Bahamas in August, OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg told The Lantern.The team was in the Bahamas Aug. 5-10 to play two exhibition games against the Bahamas All-Stars and the Providence Storm.The Lantern originally requested this information on Aug. 11 before receiving the final numbers after a third records request Wednesday afternoon.The cost for the Atlantis hotel was $65,000, while the airfare totaled $158,221.While on the trip, the team also participated in extra activities that included snorkeling, a three-hour catamaran tour and a trip to a USA soccer game being played nearby, according to an OSU release.According to a search on travel website Kayak made Wednesday night, the minimum price on a round-trip flight for one adult from Columbus to Nassau, Bahamas, departing Oct. 5 and returning Oct. 10, was $528 as of Wednesday evening, while the same search on travel website Priceline showed a minimum price of $346.According to Atlantis Paradise Island website, the cheapest hotel rooms available average a cost of $142 per night for one adult, while the average cost of the most expensive room is $539 per night for one adult.The Lantern also requested a list of players, coaches and personnel flown by OSU to and from the Bahamas, however did not receive an immediate response from Wallenberg.On the trip, the Buckeyes went 2-0 in their games, defeating the Bahamas All-Stars, 88-66, on Aug. 7, and dominating the Providence Storm the next day, 115-63.Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop led the Buckeyes in scoring against the Bahamas All-Stars, scoring 16 points, while sophomore forward Marc Loving led OSU against the Storm finishing with 19 points.Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson did not attend the trip because of NCAA transfer rules, and senior forward Jake Lorbach was not listed on the stat sheet for either game the Buckeyes played on the trip.The Buckeyes are scheduled to begin their 2014-15 season Nov. 14 against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

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Anna Regina woman to spend 3 years behind bars for narco

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Amanda Spellen of Lot 14 Anna Regina, in Region Two (Pomeroon- Supenaam) was sentenced to three years imprisonment and fined G$30,000 when she appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.Convicted drug trafficker Amanda SpellenThe trial into her matter concluded on March 21, when the presiding Magistrate found her guilty after the testimony of several Police witnesses.The mother of one was charged on March 4, 2016, for trafficking in narcotics. She was remanded on the charge; however, her legal aid Attorney Valensia Yansen was successful in securing bail in the High Court.It is alleged that on March 3, 2016, during a Police drug campaign, Spellen sold 3.5 grams of cocaine to a Police Constable. During the trial she denied the allegation, alleging that the Police wanted to frame her. The substance was weighed and confirmed as cocaine by the Police.Police also stated that they photocopied the money that was used to pay for the drugs and when Spellen was approached, she was found with the identical money that corresponded with that of the photocopies. The woman explained that she had received the money from two boys she sold bag strings too. She told the court that she has a baby and she is presently unemployed and would love to be there for her son, who is very attached to her.After the sentence was read, Spellen was taken to prison. read more

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Street Fighter II Turns 20 Years Old

first_imgArguably one of the best fighting games ever made, and perhaps more definitively the most famous and long-lived fighting game franchise of all time, Street Fighter II turned 20 years old this month, having been released in arcades (remember those?) in March 1991. Street Fighter II wasn’t the first game in the lineage, but it was the first game in the Street Fighter II series, and the first game of the series that saw broad popularity around the world. The game was actually the successor to a lesser known and even less played game “Street Fighter,” a 1987 title that had some of the elements of the game most people came to know and love later. In the original Street Fighter, you could only play as Ryu (except in the multiplayer mode, where one player took control or Ryu, and the other player controlled his rival, Ken) and fought your way through five countries and ten different opponents along the way. Street Fighter II expanded on the premise, allowing you to choose from a roster of eight characters to control. It was the first game of its type to allow you to select the character you wanted to play, and tasked the player with learning the character’s strengths, techniques, and special abilities in order to defeat the other characters in the game. Once you fought your way through the other playable characters, you were confronted with the four boss characters of the game. In the multiplayer, the second player could join at any time and select any of the other playable characters to challenge the first player with. Street Fighter II spawned an entire industry. Theatrically released movies, animated features in the United States and Japan, toys and action figures, even a Saturday morning cartoon were all based on the game. The game’s success set the stage for five additional games bearing the Street Fighter II name, the Street Fighter Alpha series of games, the Street Fighter EX series, the Street Fighter III series, and finally, the 2008 release of Street Fighter IV, the current generation of the franchise.last_img read more

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If we want better people working in childcare we need better working

first_img‘If we want better people working in childcare, we need better working terms’ Policy is driving precarious work for professionals in childcare, writes Sinead Pembroke. https://jrnl.ie/3317383 Monday 3 Apr 2017, 6:45 AM Apr 3rd 2017, 6:45 AM HOW MUCH DO we know about the working conditions of the early years’ educators who look after and teach our pre-school children?A lot of the media focus tends to be on the cost of childcare, and malpractices within the childcare sector.However, very little is known about the terms and conditions of employment, which is predominantly insecure, temporary, and low paid.Childcare workers are well qualified and on 10.27 an hourThere are 23,000 people employed in childcare. They’re mostly female with a minimum qualification of FETAC level 5. There has been a big push to professionalise the sector, and as a result there has been an increase in the amount of graduates working in childcare.However, the average rate of pay is 10.27 euros per hour. Consequently, the majority of early years’ educators are well qualified and employed on a low hourly rate, with no job security and no career progression.For example, one woman I spoke to had finished her Masters and she was on ten euros an hour with no prospect of getting a pay increase.There are 4,500 providers; about a third of the services are community providers and two thirds are private providers. Private providers are usually small, employing four or five people, and a lot of the older operators are self-employed.While parents pay high fees, most are only just about staying afloat, and as a business it is not sustainable.The ECCE scheme is driving working conditions downState investment into the sector is low by European standards; 0.2% of GDP funds go into childcare whereas the European average is 0.8%. The UNICEF goal is 1% of GDP being invested into the sector.State funding comes in the form of the Early Childhood and Care Education programme (ECCE), which gives a free pre-school year to all children. Approximately 95% of all childcare services offer this.On this scheme, early years educators are employed on a fixed term contract of 38 weeks a year, working part-time for fifteen hours per week, (three hours per day). Once the 38 weeks are over, educators go on the dole for the summer months, after which they will either be issued with another 38-week part-time contract or not; there is no guarantee they have a job to go back to.There are no employment benefits such as a pension, maternity pay, and little if any sick pay for educators employed on the ECCE scheme.They are paid for three hours of contact time with a child, but there’s a huge amount of work that goes on outside of the paid three hours, such as observation reports, preparation work and other administrative responsibilities they have to complete.Impact on lives of early years’ educatorsWe also have to think about the effect this is having on the lives of our early years’ educators; they are unable to plan for the future, such as start a family, buy a house or apartment, or even to afford some independence to rent on their own.Early years’ educators are incredibly devoted and passionate about their profession, but they don’t feel respected because of the poor working conditions that are being promoted under the ECCE scheme.If their working conditions are not changed to give them job security, better rates of pay with pay increments and payment for non-contact time, then they will have no option but to leave the sector altogether.Policy driven precarity in childcare sectorConsequently, the precarious nature of the childcare sector is policy driven because a lot of providers are dependent on State funding. More and more services are going towards the ECCE scheme, and that by nature is more precarious.Community not-for-profit providers were traditionally funded by the childcare subvention scheme, and this model provided for full-time, permanent positions with much higher rates of pay. The latter funding model shows that government policy can be used in a positive way to drive employment practices in the childcare sector.If we want better quality, devoted, and well qualified people working in childcare services, then we need working terms and conditions to match.Sinead Pembroke is a researcher at TASC (Think-Tank on Action for Social Change).‘Trump’s budget is easy to understand: he’s boosting the military, cutting everything else. Scary’>Junior Cert English: ‘There isn’t a fifteen-year-old alive that can spit out high quality writing in two hours’> By Sinead Pembroke 4,512 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3677 Tweet Email8 Researcher at TASC Short URL Sinead Pembroke 30 Comments last_img read more

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Séisme meurtrier dans le sudest de lEspagne

first_imgSéisme meurtrier dans le sud-est de l’EspagneMercredi, en fin d’après-midi, un séisme de magnitude 5,1 a fait au moins huit morts et 167 blessés dans le sud-est de l’Espagne. La ville de Lorca a été particulièrement touchée : de nombreux bâtiments se sont effondrés et des milliers d’habitants sont à la rue.Au moins huit personnes ont perdu la vie dans le sud-est de l’Espagne suite au terrible séisme qui a frappé le pays hier en fin de journée. De magnitude 5,1, il a été enregistré à 16h47 GMT et ressenti jusqu’à Madrid, à environ 350 kilomètres au nord-ouest de Lorca, où l’épicentre était situé, selon l’AFP.A cet endroit de l’Espagne, les rues sont aujourd’hui envahies de gravats, les façades des bâtiments s’effondrent, des voitures sont disloquées sous des tonnes de débris… Un clocher s’est écroulé hier soir en direct devant les caméras de télévision, indique l’agence de presse, ce qui a ajouté encore à la panique.Selon les autorités locales, 10.000 personnes ont été évacuées à 70 kilomètres au sud-ouest de Murcie, où des services publics s’organisaient pour distribuer de la nourriture. D’autres ont passé la nuit à même le sol, à l’écart des ruines, enroulés dans des couvertures.Les habitants de cette région, qui s’attendent à des répliques, vivent dans la peur depuis la secousse meurtrière. “C’est comme dans un film”, a confié au journal El Pais une femme médecin de la ville de Lorca.Le séisme le plus meurtrier en Espagne depuis 1956À lire aussiMésanges, poumons et record de température, les 8 actus science que vous devez connaitre ce 5 aoûtHier soir, une unité militaire d’intervention de 225 hommes a été dépêchée sur place, ainsi que 400 secouristes, a informé le ministère de l’intérieur, qui précise que la Croix-Rouge a monté trois hôpitaux de campagne.Le directeur des services sismiques espagnols, Emilio Carreno, a expliqué à l’AFP que la région de Murcie où se trouve Lorca, en bordure de la Méditerranée, était “une des régions de la péninsule où le risque sismique est le plus élevé (…) Il est normal d’atteindre de telles magnitudes, mais nous n’avons pas non plus l’habitude de très fortes magnitudes dans cette région”.Le tremblement de terre, ressenti dans tout le sud de l’Espagne, est le plus meurtrier enregistré dans ce pays depuis avril 1956, lorsqu’un séisme avait tué 12 personnes et fait plus de 70 blessés à Grenade, en Andalousie.Pour voir la vidéo impressionnante où un journaliste et son cameraman échappent de peu à la chute du clocher d’une église, cliquez ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/s%e9isme-en-espagne/seisme-en-espagne-le-clocher-d-039-une-eglise-s-039-effondre-devant-les-cameras_art14550.htmlLe 12 mai 2011 à 09:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Prepare to be confused FX previews Legion series at NYCC

first_img The cold and rain didn’t stop Marvel fans from flocking to the Hammerstein Ballroom to catch a glimpse of the upcoming FX series Legion at New York Comic Con on Sunday. An offshoot of the X-Men franchise, the show follows the story of David Haller, aka Legion, Charles Xavier’s mentally unstable son who has the potential to be one of the most powerful mutants.Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Stack, the panel consisted of showrunner Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones), executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner, executive producer and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, as well as cast members Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Rachel Keller, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin. As per Marvel tradition, nobody was really allowed to say much other than how excited they were to work on the series, lest a squadron of men in suits hauled them off to a gruesome fate.But as a reward for sticking it out, fans were treated to an extended preview of the pilot episode. And it was…okay, if a bit confusing.The entire series looks like it’s taken a bath in the Mayfair filter on Instagram—bright candy colors muted in a haze of grainy blue. In the first half of the episode, we’re given a quick crash course into David Haller’s turbulent life before entering a mental institution, including an alcohol-fueled, superpowered teenage run-in with the police and a failed attempt to hang himself. The episode then switches gears and focuses on Haller’s manic-pixie-meet-cute romance with Syd Barrett, Rachel Keller’s unhinged ingenue who refuses to be physically touched. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the preview that Haller’s superpowers take center stage, and while I won’t spoil, it doesn’t necessarily bode well for him. Oh, and Aubrey Plaza is also in there with her signature deadpan, a pair of hipster headphones, and a penchant for quirkily drumming on tables.If that description gives you whiplash, then rest assured that it’s meant to. Supposedly, according to the creators, the disjointed nature of the episode mirrors the confusion in Haller’s mind about whether or not he actually has powers or is just completely off his rocker. It’s also reflective of Legion’s convoluted road to existence. More than a few questions at the panel centered around where exactly the show fits into the overall Marvel/Fox/X-Men universe, thanks to the very same legal quagmire that prevents the Avengers from mentioning that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are Magento’s kids.The short of it? Yes, this is the same world as the X-Men films. Kinda. There’s a distinct possibility that Legion takes place in a parallel universe—a theory that showrunner Hawley didn’t outright deny when asked. No, this does not take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, they’re not shying away from the fact that Charles Xavier is Legion’s dad. (Dan Stevens pointed out the wheelchair in the first scene of the pilot). No, there’s probably not going to be a crossover with the X-Men films or the MCU—but also hey, you never know what kind of superpowers Marvel’s lawyers have.FX didn’t announce a specific date for the Legion premiere, but you can expect it to air sometime in early 2017. Hopefully, by then we’ll all be a whole lot less confused. Stay on target American Horror Story season 6 takes a turn down familiar paths last_img read more

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Joel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live Eegah and Returning to Riffs

first_img GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatMystery Science Theater 3000 Launches Watch Out for Snakes Tour Stay on target Mystery Science Theater 3000 made its long-anticipated return last April with a new 14 episode season. Sure the cast was different, and the bots’ new voices took some getting used to, but it still had the same familiar feel. Jonah Ray turned out to be a likeable host with his own sense of humor different from Joel or Mike’s from the series’s original run. (The riffs still certainly had a “Joel” feel, but that’s probably because Joel was heavily involved in writing the new season.)Now, they’re taking the show on the road with a tour of live movie riffs in cities around the United States. All cities will get to see Jonah and the bots deliver a new riff on an MST3K classic, Eegah! If you’ve somehow managed to scrub that one from your brain, (first of all, how?) it’s the one with a caveman, weird shaving scenes and a disembodied voice warning you about snakes. A handful of cities will also get a separate performance where Jonah and the bots will riff a secret surprise movie. I got to speak with creator Joel Hodgson about returning to the show, doing it live and what it’s like to revisit such a strange classic.Hodgson says movie riffing works great live. He started doing live movie riffs exclusively 10 years ago with Cinematic Titanic, which is a huge reason we have new MST3K in the first place. A lot of the changes in style people noticed about MST3K: The Return came directly from doing Cinematic Titanic live. Live audiences, Hodgson said, want to hear the movie as well as the riffs. They learned early on to write and time the riffs, so they weren’t talking over the dialog. When it came time to bring the show back for Netflix, they kept that rule.Viewers shouldn’t expect the same kind of show from MST3K Live as they got with Cinematic Titanic, though. Hodgson described those earlier live shows as sort of a table-read in front of an audience. He and the rest of the cast stood at microphones, reading the riffs. For the live tour, he’s bringing all of MST3K to the stage. Moon 13, the Satellite of Love and even the sequence of numbered doors will all be recreated. It will be an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 performed right in front of you, Mads, Boneheads, invention exchanges and all.That does mean, that the movies will be slightly edited for time, just like they are on TV. Hodgson says he wants the live shows to be about the same length as a TV episode. The editing also tends to make the movie more watchable, which is a necessity even with the riffing. “You’re trying to entertain [audiences] better than the original movie did,” he said.Mock-up of MST3K Live! set. (Via MST3K.com)While he wouldn’t say what the secret movie in select cities will be, it is going to be the same movie in each city. They aren’t writing unique shows for individual cities. “If it was, we would be geniuses,” Hodgson said. He did say they’re currently writing the second movie riff right now, and in a statement on MST3K.com, he said he’ll probably reveal the surprise movie after its first performance in Glenside, Pennsylvania on July 7. Word will probably get around pretty soon after that anyway.One thing I definitely wanted to ask about was the general lack of anger in the new season of MST3K. Jonah never really got angry or cynical about the movies he was watching, which is part of why he felt closer to Joel regarding attitude. A lot of people watching picked up on that too. Hodgson says that while audiences sometimes like seeing the riffers get mad, he’s not a fan of going there. Especially not right away.He sees getting angry at the movie as a simplified, “coloring book version” of what he does.“Getting angry at the movie is kind of the same joke over and over again, so we try not to do it too much. We try to do it a couple of times a movie,” he said. “If you do it once, you’re kind of covered… we do hundreds of different styles of jokes. The movie’s like a springboard to do a variety show, and do jokes and impressions and sketches and songs and stuff.”MST3K: Manos the Hands of Fate. (Via Shout! Factory)As beloved as Manos: The Hands of Fate is, Hodgson doesn’t believe it’s all that good of a riff. He thinks people like that episode so much because it’s the fulfillment of experiencing a really bad movie together. It’s true that watching Manos: The Hands of Fate feels like you’ve triumphed over something with the help of Joel and the bots, so Hodgson may have a point there. That said, each season has its own Manos, according to Hodgson. Each season has one movie that pushes them to that point of anger. In The Return, it was either Cry Wilderness or Carnival Magic. Hodgson says that while they did go to anger with those movies, they make an effort not to “live there.”Finally, I asked him what it was like going back to Eegah! more than 20 years later. Hodgson said what made writing this new riff interesting is that in that time, he met and became friends with the star of the movie (and son of the producer/director), Arch Hall Jr. Now, he knows more about what led to that movie being made, which certainly influences the new riff a little. It turns out that Arch Hall Sr. wanted to make a movie that had everything kids of the 1960s loved. Those things being rock music, fast cars, and cavemen. Don’t ask. Hodgson said he finds the movie charming in that it’s an earnest attempt to make a “pop confection drive-in movie.”Even then, Hodgson can’t deny that it is a weird movie. If you’ve seen the classic MST3K episode, you know what he’s talking about. “There’s a lot of really crazy stuff in it that I still can’t get over.” Sadly, Hodgson never asked Hall about those awkward shaving sequences, but he learns a fun story about the movie. Back in the day, the cast would bring the movie to drive-in theaters around the country and play songs from the movie live. While that must have been interesting to see, Hodgson learned that Richard Kiel, who played Eegah, would walk around in full costume attacking passing cars with his club.MST3K: Eegah! (Via Netflix)Although Hodgson knows Hall Jr., personally now, his approach to riffing on the movie hasn’t changed. He said that Hall was very sweet about the whole thing, and realized that any popularity he still enjoyed was because of MST3K. What has changed is the way Hodgson looks at the movie. When they first filmed the episode, he wondered who this “little Lord Fauntleroy” whose dad put him in a movie. Now respects them a little more as a super-ambitious group of people who thought they’d try to make a movie.Surprisingly, Netflix hasn’t yet invited MST3K: The Return back for a second season, but Hodgson is still planning it just in case. Season two, he says, will pick up right where the first left off, with Jonah still trapped in the Reptillicus Metallicus’ stomach. The live show will exist outside of that continuity, but Hodgson wishes he could have written the live shows into the timeline of the show somehow. Oh well, as cool as it would have been, I’m just looking forward to watching one of my favorite MST3K classics get a new riff live on stage.You can see when MST3K Live! is coming to your area (and buy tickets) at MST3K.com.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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