Jorge 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 email@example.com@JorgeBarrera
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
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
Arguably 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.
‘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
Séisme 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 Perrin
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
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.
RelatedPosts Load More Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Sasebo Mayor Norio Tomonaga has reiterated his intention to push forward with eight key projects, including bidding for an integrated resort, after taking up his position at the start of his fourth term.Nagasaki is quickly emerging as one of the leading contenders to win a Japanese IR license alongside Osaka, Hokkaido and Wakayama. Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Last month, Sasebo’s Huis Ten Bosch announced a basic agreement to sell 30 hectares of land with accommodation facilities if the bid for an IR is successful and it is anticipated there would be an increase of up to 2 million visitors annually.The national government will soon draft the basic policies regarding the selection process with local municipalities to then select their respective partner operators via a public offering. After this they will submit their draft plans to the national government.“I have been researching IRs for over 10 years and I want to win this battle for my area,” Tomonaga said.The mayor has won four elections and now after many years of paving the road to IR in Sasebo, seems ready to proceed.
Oil prices rose about 2 percent in early Asian trading on Monday as supply outages persisted over the weekend from Canada’s wildfires that have shut half the country’s vast oil sands capacity.Analysts were also digesting weekend news of Saudi Arabia’s appointment of a new energy minister to take over from veteran oil minister Ali al-Naimi. The new appointee, Khalid al-Falih, is a believer in reform and low oil prices.Falih said on Sunday that the world’s largest crude exporter was committed to meeting demand and would maintain its stable petroleum policies.U.S. crude’s West Texas Intermediate futures were up $1.05, or 2.3 percent, at $45.71 a barrel by 7:17 p.m. EDT (2317 GMT) in New York on Sunday. The session high in Singapore trading was $45.94.Brent crude futures rose 85 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $46.22 a barrel, after peaking at $46.48.”I think the wildfire is going to have a major impact as Canada exports some 3.5 million barrels per day of crude to the U.S.,” said Carl Larry, director of business development for oil and gas at Frost & Sullivan.”I’m not sure if we’ll get back to $80 a barrel, but $50 and above looks likely,” he said.Crude prices have rebounded about 75 percent since hitting 12-year lows of around $27 a barrel or lower in the first quarter, supported by falling U.S. production, unexpected supply constraints in Libya — among others — and a weaker dollar.World oil supply remains in a glut, however, with an estimated oversupply of around 1.5 million bpd.On Sunday, cooler weather, light rain and winds opposed to the direction of flames helped control the advance of the blaze that razed Alberta’s oil sands boomtown Fort McMurray.Yet, energy firms such as Statoil and Husky Statoil shut their facilities in the area as a precaution.Eleven production firms and three pipeline operators that have curbed activities after the week-long inferno forced more than 1 million barrels in capacity offline.Officials said the fire had also done minor damage at CNOOC unit Nexen’s Long Lake facility, in the site’s yard. It was the first reported damage to an energy industry asset since the crisis began.Three major oil firms – BP, Suncor and Phillips 66 – have warned they will not be able to deliver on some contracts for Canadian crude.While Falih’s appointment as energy minister could be bearish to oil in the longer term given the Saudis’ increasing reluctance to use market intervention to boost prices, traders said the market was unlikely to sell off without further proof of his actions.”Between the Canadian wildfire and the regime change in Saudi Arabia, there is a pronounced amount of uncertainty now,” said John Kilduff, partner at New York energy firm Again Capital. “In commodities, you buy uncertainty.”
Farhad MazharWife of poet and columnist Farhad Mazhar on Thursday rejected the investigation report of Detective Branch (DB) that found no proof of Mazhar’s abduction and sought time to file a no confidence petition in this regard, reports UNB.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Khurshid Alam adjourned Thursday’s hearing until 9 Januaryand asked Mazhar’s wife Farida Akhter to move the petition on that date.Earlier on 14 November, DB inspector Mahbubul Islam, also investigation officer of a case, submitted the final report to judge of Dhaka chief metropolitan magistrate court mentioning that they did not find any proof of abduction.The final report also urged the court for taking action under Section 109 and 211 of penal code against Farhad Mazhar and his wife Farida Akhter for filing false case of abduction.The court then fixed 7 December for next hearing.On 3 July, family members claimed that Farhad Mazhar had been kidnapped by unknown miscreants from Adabar in the capital in the early hours of the day.Later, police found him in a ‘Hanif Paribahan’ bus around 11:30 pm on the same day while he was returning to Dhaka from Khulna.Later, his wife filed the case with Adabar police station.Later, the case was transferred to the Detective Branch of police.
(Credit: 5 second Studio/Shutterstock)Carnitine, chromium, anabolic steroids: Athletes have experimented with a broad array of aids in pursuit of a performance edge. A popular — if unglamorous — one today that seems safe and backed by solid data: the juice of beets, for the nitrate it contains.Inorganic nitrate (NO3–) is added to cured and processed meats to extend their shelf life and give them their distinctive pink color. It’s also naturally found in spinach, arugula and beets. In the past decade, new evidence has suggested that the nitrate in these vegetables enhances athletic performance and may also increase cardiovascular health in old age.The first clue came in 2007, when Swedish researchers reported that three days of sodium nitrate supplementation lowered the oxygen demand of nine cyclists and triathletes as they worked out, compared with a placebo of table salt. It also increased the blood plasma levels of nitrite (NO2–), a byproduct of nitrate. That study caught the eye of exercise physiologist Andrew Jones of the University of Exeter in England. Usually, the oxygen demand of exercise is fixed, he says, so for a short-term intervention to change that “was unusual.”Although it wasn’t clear how nitrate was doing what it did, Jones knew that green leafy vegetables and beets were rich sources. So he conducted a study, reported in the Journal of Applied Physiology, giving eight men active in recreational sports an equivalent amount of nitrate in a natural food source: beet juice. The volunteers consumed 500 ml (17 oz) of either beet juice or a black currant drink — which has negligible amounts of nitrate — every day for six days. Then, after a break of 10 days, the groups were switched and consumed the other drink for an additional six days.By the last three days of the six, nitrate concentration in the blood of those drinking beet juice was almost doubled and their systolic blood pressure fell by an average of 6 mm Hg. The oxygen cost — the amount of oxygen consumed — when they exercised on a stationary bicycle was reduced by 19 percent. “When we asked them to continue to exercise to exhaustion, they were able to go longer,” recalls Jones, who coauthored a review on dietary nitrates in the 2018 Annual Review of Nutrition.From then on, research on beet juice, beet juice concentrates, whole beets and nitrate salts started to pour in.From Food to FuelNitrate itself doesn’t do much in the body. It first has to be converted to nitric oxide, a gas with numerous physiological roles — in blood vessel dilation, muscle contraction and transmission of nerve signals, among others. People obtain that nitric oxide in two ways: either through the action of the enzyme nitric oxide synthase, which catalyzes the amino acid L-arginine to produce it, or from nitrate ingested in food.In the second case, dietary nitrate is first reduced to nitrite by bacteria in our mouths (athletes are counseled to avoid mouthwash, toothpaste and antibiotics before these kinds of studies). And then, over the next several hours, some of the nitrite is further reduced to nitric oxide in the gut. Nitrite also enters the blood and bodily tissues, where it is enzymatically reduced to nitric oxide.This chart shows how dietary nitrate can act to enhance athletic performance. Although nitrate itself is not physiologically active, it is ultimately converted to nitric oxide, which can improve muscle and cardiovascular function through a variety of effects on the body.Scientists know that this second route is enhanced under conditions when there is not enough oxygen in muscles, and when acid builds up — exactly what happens in skeletal muscle when it contracts constantly during exercise. So they hypothesize that this pathway is particularly important during exercise as a backup system to ensure that enough nitric oxide gets made in muscles and other tissues.Once in skeletal muscle, nitric oxide can do several things. It can improve the efficiency of muscle contraction and of energy generation by mitochondria. Both of these could contribute to the lowered oxygen cost of exercise. So could the gas’s property of dilating blood vessels, as it increases blood flow to muscle.Passing the TestStudies testing the effects of dietary nitrate in different sports are piling up. Beet juice is the preferred method of administration, since it’s a fluid and measuring the nitrate levels in it is easy. (“It’s just more convenient,” says Jones.)In a 2011 study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, for example, Jones and his team asked nine competitive male cyclists to drink 500 ml of beetroot juice containing almost 400 mg of nitrate, 2.5 hours before starting a 4 or 16.1 km cycling endurance test. Researchers found that the men who drank beet juice improved their performance by 2.7 percent in the 4 km test and 2.8 percent in the 16.1 km test, compared to men who drank a nitrate-depleted beet juice.In another study, published in 2015 in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Australian researchers gave five professional female kayakers two 70 ml (2.4 oz) shots of beet juice, each containing about 300 mg of nitrate, two hours before a 500-meter kayak test. Compared to a placebo, the rowers who drank beet juice improved their performance by 1.7 percent.After many such experiments, mainly with runners and cyclists, researchers have concluded that nitrate supplementation lowers the oxygen demand of exercise and improves performance in endurance sports. They find that beet juice is most effective when drunk two to three hours before exercise and, in general, that 300 to 500 mg of inorganic nitrate is enough to provide a 1 to 3 percent improvement in performance — significant enough to give a serious athlete a competitive edge. Solid vegetables, though they’re not generally used in such studies, can be effective, too: Beetroot and spinach contain more than 250 mg of nitrate per 100 g (3.5 oz) of produce.Here’s a roundup of studies looking at dietary nitrate’s effects on performance for elite and recreational athletes. Both short-term (acute) and longer-term (chronic) regimens were tested. Results that reached statistical significance are marked by an asterisk. Recreational athletes may gain more from nitrate supplementation than highly trained athletes; other potential factors are the dose and duration of nitrate supplementation as well as the duration, intensity and type of exercise.“What intrigues me the most, I think, is the fact that a simple dietary intervention can have these significant effects,” says Andrew Coggan, an exercise physiologist at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. “And then to think that is having a direct and quantifiable impact on our muscle function is rather striking.”While the immediate effects of nitrate on endurance are clear, researchers don’t yet know whether steadily drinking beet juice over days has stronger effects. So far, the evidence is mixed.Researchers are also eager to know whether the juice offers an edge in other types of “explosive” sports, where power and strength are key. Sports nutrition researcher Raúl Domínguez of University Isabel I in Spain recently reported in the journal Nutrients that 70 ml of beet juice concentrate improved the performance of 15 volunteers in a 30-second cycling sprint. Though there’s still more work to be done, “it seems that we can use it in all modalities,” Domínguez says.The Business Side of BeetsThough the flavor’s not to everyone’s taste (Coggan refers to it as “sweet dirt”), the hype for beet juice has grown with every new study, and one can now find plenty of beet juices, concentrates, energy bars, capsules and powders that promise, or imply, enhanced performance. The International Olympic Committee’s acknowledgement last year that beet juice is a sports food with good scientific evidence to back it — along with other ergogenic aids, or endurance enhancing supplements, such as caffeine, creatine and sodium bicarbonate — has only fueled beet juice enthusiasm.But because these products are not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, consumers often can’t know for sure how much nitrate they contain. Last year, Coggan and an undergraduate tested 24 products, from powders to concentrates and bulk juice, and found that only five contained effective levels of nitrate.Some companies are adding pure nitrate salts to sports drinks and supplements, “which is scary to me,” says sports nutritionist Edward Weiss from Saint Louis University in Missouri. He strongly recommends using the juice instead of the salts. “There’s a lot of plant chemicals that prevent the conversion of the nitrate into a carcinogen that we know about, called nitrosamine,” he says.What is more, says Domínguez, studies suggest that the benefits of dietary nitrate are larger when they’re ingested in beets and other vegetables, and not as salts — mainly due to the vegetables’ vitamin C and polyphenols, which help reduce the nitrite to nitric oxide in the stomach.Not Just for AthletesDietary nitrate has done more than start a little revolution in the sports world. Now scientists are looking at its effect in other populations, too. Coggan says that after he read about the studies with athletes, he thought: “If there was any patient population out there that could benefit from getting the most bang from their buck, it would be heart-failure patients.” Could beet juice enhance the heart’s ability to deliver oxygen-carrying blood, and help keep the skeletal muscle strong, in such patients?In a 2015 study reported in the journal Circulation, Coggan and colleagues reported that giving beet juice to nine patients with heart failure increased the nitric oxide levels in their breath by as much as 50 percent and their knee muscle power by as much as 11 percent, as measured with a dynamometer. That difference might improve patients’ quality of life by enabling them to more easily perform day-to-day activities such as getting out of a chair. Researchers are now looking at the potential therapeutic benefits of dietary nitrate in elderly people, as well as in those who have diabetes, obesity and hypertension.For Coggan, the fact that a single component of a healthy diet can have such a clear effect is startling. “And then you start to wonder about — well, what other components of our diet are having measurable effects, and people just haven’t made the link yet?”This article originally appeared in Knowable Magazine, an independent journalistic endeavor from Annual Reviews. Sign up for the newsletter.
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