Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff to undergo lower spine surgery

first_img Asian News International SydneyOctober 8, 2019UPDATED: October 8, 2019 14:01 IST Australia fast bowler Jason Beherendorff in action (Twitter: @cricketworldcup)HIGHLIGHTSJason Behrendorff had played five matches of ICC World Cup 2019 in which he scalped nine wicketsBehrendorff will head to New Zealand with his family for surgery in the coming weeksFast bowler James Pattinson too underwent a similar surgery in 2017Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff has confirmed that he will undergo a lower spine surgery as his injury continues to return.”Unfortunately, I’ve had the same injury over the last few years and we’ve tried a number of things and the injury continues to return,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Behrendorff as saying.”After a lot of thought and discussion we’ve decided that surgery is the best opportunity to find a more permanent fix,” he added.The 29-year-old was part of Australia’s ICC World Cup squad and had played five matches in which he scalped nine wickets.”I’m feeling good about the surgery, I’ve spoken to a number of Aussie and Kiwi bowlers who’ve had a similar surgery and they were all very positive about the results,” Bahrendorff said.Behrendorff will head to New Zealand with his family for surgery in the coming weeks. He will miss the entire domestic summer. His participation in the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in October is uncertain, but the timing of the surgery has been designed to give him every chance to be fit.Fast bowler James Pattinson too underwent a similar surgery in 2017, which helped him make a comeback in the Australian team.”This particular procedure has had good success rates in other professional pace bowlers with similar reoccurring issues,” Behrendorff said.Behrendorff was ruled out from T20 Blast in late August after having a back injury. He appeared in only two matches against Essex and Glamorgan and wasn’t able to pick a single wicket in the two games.advertisementThe 29-year-old had stepped away from first-class cricket completely to play limited-overs. He has 126 wickets under his belt with an average of 23.85 in first-class cricket.Also Read | Steve Smith, David Warner back in Australia T20 squad for Sri Lanka and Pakistan seriesAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jason BeherendorffFollow Australia cricket team Next Australia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff to undergo lower spine surgeryJason Behrendorff, who was part of Australia’s ICC World Cup squad, has confirmed that he will undergo a lower spine surgery.advertisementlast_img read more

New Music Monday: Superhuman Happiness

first_img 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Stuart Bogie may be one of the most in-demand musicians in New York right now. He has worked with: Antibalas, Arcade Fire, David Byrne, Iron & Wine, and TV on the Radio. Given all his collaborations, it is impressive that he finds time not just to make original music, but to make excellent original music. Bogie’s band, Superhuman Happiness, released their sophomore full-length, Escape Velocity, on September 18th through The Royal Potato Family.The band play a brand of infectious and unrepentantly rhythmic dance music, even going so far as to call it “physical cinematic dance rock” at one time. Those already familiar with Superhuman Happiness’ sound may be surprised at the thematic direction Bogie and co. take on Escape Velocity. The LP is self-described as “a seven-track effort that explores how human-made technologies inversely shape our internal emotional landscapes.” The band’s description of the album may sound overly ambitious, but Superhuman Happiness spend little time navel-gazing on the record. Those danceable rhythms keep the music from sinking under its own weight. “Date & Time,” for example, finds its refrain in the lyric, “we’re going nowhere clicking on those pretty pictures,” but a propulsive bass line buoys the track.Bogie and collaborator Eric Biondo consistently rearrange Superhuman Happiness’ lineup. 2014 saw the release of a new single, “Catch a Break,” featuring another rearranged lineup. This new lineup features Andrea Diaz—whose vocals can be heard not only on the single, but on the rest of Escape Velocity as well—plus contributions from Sarah Neufeld, Joe Russo, and Colin Stetson. All four musicians add considerable skill to the record, but it is Diaz’s voice that comes through most prominently.Superhuman Happiness’ latest full-length, Escape Velocity, is out now through The Royal Potato Family and available via Amazon, iTunes, and The Royal Potato Family’s online store. Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best American Gin Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App last_img read more

Platform Calls for Responsible Recycling of Berge Stahl

first_imgzoom The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has called on the owner of the iron ore bulker Berge Stahl and the Dutch authorities to ensure the responsible recycling of the 30-year-old vessel.Berge Stahl, owned by Singapore-based dry bulk owner Berge Bulk, has called at Rotterdam’s ore terminal 249 times over the last 25 years. It was for a long time the largest dry bulk vessel in the world and considered to be the Port of Rotterdam’s unofficial ‘flag ship’.The iron ore bulker made its final visit at the Port of Rotterdam last week.“Both the Port of Rotterdam and the Dutch authorities must have an interest in the responsible recycling of its ‘flag ship’ that made many in the port proud and regularly attracted fans. We call on Berge Bulk, a company so far known for irresponsible shipbreaking practices with fatal consequences to see this as an opportunity to review its scrapping practices and commit to responsible recycling,” Patrizia Heidegger, Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.According to NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Berge Bulk has recently sold several of its end-of-life ships to substandard shipbreaking yards on the beaches of South Asia.“At least two workers were killed and four more injured at Seiko Steel shipbreaking yard in Bangladesh earlier this year while the bulker company’s Berge Matterhorn was under demolition there,” the Platform informed.Apart from the fatal and severe accidents at the yard that was cutting down the Berge Matterhorn in Bangladesh, the Berge Vik and the Berge Prosperity ended up on the beaches of Gadani, Pakistan, in May last year.When the vessel arrived in Rotterdam, the Platform alerted the Dutch authorities to ensure that the ship, which becomes hazardous waste under European and international environmental law once there is an intent to sell it for scrap, will not be illegally exported to shipbreaking beaches of India, Pakistan or Bangladesh.last_img read more

Deputy Minister of Business Appointed

first_imgCatherine Woodman has been appointed deputy minister of Business, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, April 14. “Catherine is a trusted voice in Nova Scotia’s business community. She is a leader and has the skills necessary to help us create one of the most competitive and business-friendly environments in Canada,” said Premier McNeil. “She will provide a fresh perspective as we aim to foster private-sector growth and change the way government does business.” Ms. Woodman is president and CEO of United Way Halifax and was previously a vice-president at Manulife Financial. She is a board member of the Halifax Partnership, founding member of 211 Nova Scotia, and is a past chair of Mount Saint Vincent University’s board of governors. Ms. Woodman will work alongside newly appointed Minister of Business Mark Furey. Her appointment is effective May 25. Bernie Miller will continue to act as deputy until then. Effective May 1, Judith Ferguson will retire from her position as deputy minister of Justice and deputy attorney general. Ms. Ferguson has held a number of senior roles in the public service, including deputy minister of Community Services and Labour and Advanced Education. “I would like to thank Judith for her public service and her commitment to a safer and fairer Nova Scotia,” said the premier. Tilly Pillay, executive director of Legal Services, will be acting deputy until a new deputy is appointed. Ms. Pillay has held various positions as a solicitor and as senior litigator in the Department of Justice. She is president of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Simon d’Entremont was appointed deputy minister of Seniors on Thursday, April 9. “Given Nova Scotia’s demographics, government’s focus on seniors is more important than ever,” said Premier McNeil. “A stand-alone deputy will ensure this perspective is considered in policy and program development across government.”last_img read more

BC authors Yasuko Thanh Deborah Campbell among Writers Trust Award winners

first_img“She is a funny, fearless, remarkable woman who was also a one-woman NGO helping other refugees in Syria,” Campbell said of Ahlam in an interview following the awards ceremony. “She showed me the human face of war and the ways people can survive with dignity. Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter. Advertisement Advertisement Set in historical Vietnam, Thanh’s novel, published by Hamish Hamilton, tells a story of love, rebellion and colonial power based on the real-life Hanoi Poison Plot of 1908. Thanh, 45, is of German and Vietnamese heritage, and the work is also inspired by tales from her own family, who hail from Saigon. Award-winning Ottawa-born author Alan Cumyn, who has written five novels for young readers, was the recipient of the $20,000 Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People. Jury members Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson and Pasha Malla described Thanh’s novel as having “compelling narrative drive,” and credited her creations of “mesmerizing characters.” Her book was selected from among 135 books submitted by 55 publishers. Victoria author Yasuko Thanh scored a major win for her debut novel, “Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains,” which has been awarded the 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. The University of British Columbia lecturer has spent more than a decade reporting from countries including Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Russia. Her book was selected from among five finalists, and the jury read 95 books submitted by 50 publishers. “Campbell’s account … written with compelling prose, nuanced context, and intimate narration, illuminates the dangers of life and work in a conflict zone,” jury members Carolyn Abraham, Stephen Kimber and Emily Urquhart said in a statement. Campbell’s work begins with her undercover journey in 2007 to the Syrian capital of Damascus to report on Iraqis flocking into the country after Saddam Hussein was toppled from power. Her firsthand account also delves into the evolution of her relationship with Ahlam, a refugee working as a “fixer” aiding western media whom Campbell hires and befriends. Edmonton-based Colette Langlois was awarded the $10,000 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, which honours the best short story published by an emerging writer in a Canadian literary magazine. Gregory Scofield of Sudbury, Ont., author of seven acclaimed poetry collections, received the $25,000 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize, which recognizes a mid-career poet for their body of work. “Every writer has those cold feet … and having your doubts,” said Thanh, who also performs with the punk band 12 Gauge Facial. “But the fact that I’ve been able to meet people who’ve read the book, and have converations with them has been amazing, because normally our profession is so solitary.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Thanh was among five finalists vying for the $25,000 prize, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Login/Register With: “I learned through knowing her lessons about what it’s like to live through war, and what it takes to survive. And I think people like her — fixers behind the scenes, showing the world to — I think these are often the real heroes that we don’t hear about in news reporting.” By: Lauren La Rose She was previously recognized in 2009 with the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her story “Floating Like the Dead,” but admitted she didn’t initially think her latest work would be well-received. Eden Robinson, who grew up in Haisla territory near Kitamaat Village in B.C., received the $25,000 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, which honours a mid-career writer for their body of work. Thanh was among seven authors honoured during the 2016 Writers’ Trust Awards on Wednesday night, hosted by CBC Radio broadcaster and “Q” host Tom Power.Vancouver journalist and author Deborah Campbell was awarded the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for “A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War” (Knopf Canada). Facebook “We had a lot of really colourful characters in my family, and so growing up, I heard a lot of the stories and just knew that I wanted to do something with them,” Thanh said in an interview, adding that she was “absolutely overwhelmed” to win the award. Langlois, who was raised in the Northwest Territories, was honoured for her first published story “The Emigrants.” The story describes parallel tales of loneliness from the past and the future — a Saskatchewan farm in 1885 and a colony on Mars in 2070. Salt Spring Island, B.C., resident Brian Brett, a veteran journalist and author of 12 books, received the $20,000 Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. Twitterlast_img read more

Relief for Somnath Bharti as high court quashes FIR in domestic violence case

first_imgNEW DELHI: In a relief to AAP MLA Somnath Bharti, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday quashed an FIR which accused him of domestic violence, after his wife expressed no objection to it. Justice Chander Shekhar allowed Bharti’s plea to quash the criminal case after noting that Bharti and his wife Lipika Mitra are living happily together. The court noted that the woman has no objection if the FIR is quashed.Bharti and his wife earlier informed the court that they have settled the matrimonial dispute between them through mediation and that they wanted to live together peacefully along with their children. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe court had allowed Mitra to withdraw her plea seeking cancellation of the bail granted to him in the domestic violence case in view of the settlement of their marital dispute. Mitra had on June 10, 2015 filed a complaint against him with the Delhi Commission for Women and an FIR was lodged by the police on September 9, 2015 for allegedly subjecting her to domestic violence and trying to kill her. On April 23, a trial court had framed charges against Bharti for the alleged offences, including harassment, cheating, criminal intimidation under the IPC. It however discharged him of the offences of attempt to murder under the IPC. The Delhi Police had on April 5, 2016 filed a charge sheet before the trial court in the case. The MLA from Malviya Nagar assembly, who was granted bail in October 2015 after being in jail for eight days, had denied the allegations levelled against him. He was arrested in the wee hours of September 29, 2015 after the Supreme Court had ordered him to surrender.last_img read more

Former NHL star Fleury to sign copies of new book at Brock

Former NHL star Theo Fleury will be at Brock University on Wednesday Dec. 10 to sign copies of his new book, Conversations with a Rattlesnake.Fleury will be at the Campus Store from 2 – 4 p.m. where he will speak for 15 minutes before the book-signing. The new volume comes five years after Fleury’s debut book, Playing With Fire, revealed the compelling story of how he along with Sheldon Kenendy and other teenage hockey stars became victims of sexual abuse from coach Graham James, who was sentenced to five years in prison.In his new book Fleury joins forces with occupational therapist Kim Barthel to offer a raw and honest conversation loaded with personal insights and cutting-edge information about healing from trauma and abuse.In an NHL career that lasted nine seasons, Fleury amassed 1,088 points while playing with Calgary, Colorado, New York Rangers and Chicago. read more

Ontario regulation changes relax liquor laws strengthen worker protections

TORONTO – Ontario’s liquor laws will relax a little more as a series of provincial regulations get updated July 1.Customers touring a winery, brewery or distillery will be allowed to carry an open glass of liquor from one part of the facility to another, and will be able to buy liquor from the on-site store while dining in the restaurant.Wine, beer and spirit producers will be allowed to have a bar or restaurant at each of their licensed manufacturing sites, and they will no longer have to get their advertising approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission.Ontario will also allow liquor to be auctioned for charity at special occasions, and expand the right to serve homemade wine and beer from just weddings and religious events to any special family occasion at a hall or facility that requires a special occasion permit.Other changes taking effect on Canada Day include a 1.1-per-cent increase in the co-payment amount charged to chronic care patients in hospitals and long-term care home residents to help pay for meals and accommodation.There will be higher fees for licences for child-care centres and home child-care agencies, which haven’t changed since 1993. The amount of the increase will depend on the number of licensed child-care spaces.The province gets its first-ever patient ombudsman as former Progressive Conservative MPP Christine Elliott officially opens her office July 4 to hear complaints about hospitals, long-term care homes and community care access centres.An update to the Occupational Health and Safety Act will extend noise protection to all workplaces covered under the act and adds a requirement to provide workers with consistent information about hazardous chemicals on job sites.New or updated air standards will take effect in Ontario for nine different substances, including benzene, chromium compounds, dioxins, nickel and uranium.The integrity commissioner gets authority to investigate lobbyists and to prohibit people from engaging in lobbying for up to two years, and a new conflict of interest provision has been added to the Lobbyists Registration Act.The government says it is reducing the burden on franchise businesses by providing rules for more efficient ways to disclose documents, allowing them to be transferred electronically or by courier.The fee for launching a proceeding at the Ontario Municipal Board jumps from $125 to $300, the first increase in 25 years.Premier Kathleen Wynne says the regulation changes will help the government deliver on its top priority to grow the economy and create jobs.“Legislation and regulations always need to evolve in order to increase transparency, protect patients and workers, save time and money for business, and make life easier for people,” Wynne said in a statement.—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter Ontario regulation changes relax liquor laws, strengthen worker protections by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2016 9:44 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

201516 NBA Preview Can The Jazz Continue Last Seasons Surge

With the help of CARMELO, here’s what’s in store for the Jazz in 2015-16: We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. Rudy Gobert’s late-season ascendance into the starting lineup helped transform Utah’s defense last season. By ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, he was the fourth-best defensive center in the league, and Nylon Calculus ranked him as the top rim protector in the league on a per-minute basis. Last season, he proved he could be an elite rebounder and shot-blocker and an efficient finisher around the rim. The question now is whether he can replicate all of that production in big minutes, across an entire season. Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Twenty-five-year-old Gordon Hayward has already established himself as one of the most versatile players in the league. As the lack of red dots in his skill ratings attests, Hayward is at least decent (if not much better) in virtually every area of the game, and his two most comparable historical players — Brandon Roy and Andre Iguodala — emphasize his all-around talent. But heavy is the burden of being Utah’s most important player. If the Jazz are to make the playoffs, their offense must come closer to matching the elite level of their defense, and much of that responsibility will fall to Hayward. The Utah Jazz enter the 2015-16 campaign with high hopes. The team closed out last season on a 19-10 tear, all of which came (not coincidentally) after it shipped away Enes Kanter at the trade deadline and inserted Rudy Gobert into the starting lineup. Over that stretch, Utah had the best defensive efficiency in the league — a full 4.1 points per 100 possessions clear of the San Antonio Spurs, the second-best defense. With a young roster mostly intact from that strong finish, the Jazz and their fans are sanguine about their playoff chances, despite the frightening depth of the Western Conference and the loss of second-year point guard Dante Exum to a torn ACL this summer.1Exum is expected to miss the entire season, though this may be more of a long-term loss than an immediate one, as CARMELO projects him to still be a few years away from reliable production. But for Utah to reward that optimism and reach the postseason, it will need to continue its late-season defensive dominance from last year and hope that improving young talent can bolster the offense from within. For what it’s worth, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system is bullish on their chances; it has the Jazz going 45-37. In Exum’s absence, Trey Burke will be logging the majority of Utah’s minutes at the point this season. CARMELO sees Burke as the second coming of Raymond Felton, which isn’t flattering but feels entirely appropriate. Burke is a defensive disaster, and on offense he’s a shoot-first point guard without much history of shooting well. The Jazz are hoping this is the year he breaks through, but surrounding him with a complementary ball-handler such as Hayward or Alec Burks may be the only way to keep him on the floor without the offense disintegrating. Alec Burks played just 27 games for the Jazz last season after suffering a shoulder injury. Neither his projections nor his comparables are particularly inspiring, but he’s a good off-the-dribble creator on the wing — something the Jazz will need, given their thin point guard rotation. Entering his second season, Rodney Hood is looking to build on a strong finish to his rookie campaign. Primarily a spot-up shooting threat at this stage of his career, Hood made 42 percent of his 3-pointers from February onward last season. If he can repeat that effort, it would give the Jazz offense some much-needed floor spacing. Last year, Derrick Favors quietly blossomed into one of the best big men in the league. His offensive game is still developing — a more consistent mid-range jump shot would really help smooth the edges of his pairing with Gobert — but Favors is already one of the better defensive bigs in the game. His comparables are an interesting mix of offensive (LaMarcus Aldridge) and defensive (Andrew Bogut) stars. If Favors could ever put those two pieces together, it would really raise the ceiling on Utah’s future. read more

Idrissa Gana hails teammate Andre Gomes

first_imgThe Everton midfielder says his friend has been living up to his potential after being recruited by manager Marco Silva over the summerEverton footballer Idrissa Gana Gueye is currently very happy playing in the midfielder with teammate Andre Gomes.The Senegalese player is very excited to what he and his midfielder partner can do for the Blues in the future.“Every midfielder we have is capable of playing in this team but the manager has to make his choice,” Gana told the club’s official website.“Andre Gomes brings something special, with his technique and the way he keeps the ball.”Everton FC v Crystal Palace - Premier LeagueAndre Gomes explains why he chose Everton over Barcelona Andrew Smyth – July 4, 2019 Andre Gomes opened up on how his love for Everton convinced him to make a permanent move to the club instead of returning to Barcelona.“Of course, we knew he was a good player, he came from Barcelona – and you know the types of players who go to Barcelona,” he added.“We try to work together to help the team defensively and offensively – and it is going well.”“He is helping us a lot so, hopefully, he will continue his form and carry on helping the team,” Gana continued.“All our new signings have quality and they are bringing it to the team,” added Gana, who has reunited with [Lucas] Digne five years after the pair played together for Ligue 1 club Lille.”“That is helping us and we have a good spirit in the squad. Everyone is focused on what we have to do and that is why we are playing well,” he concluded.last_img read more

Legal marijuana sales begin in Vancouver

first_imgFollow live reports from Main Street Marijuana and the neigbhborhood today on Twitter. The account is col_cannabis.Hundreds of people waited in long lines Wednesday to witness the historic opening of Vancouver’s first legal marijuana shop.The store, Main Street Marijuana, 2314 Main St., opened shortly after 11 a.m. following a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.“I believe it’s been a long time coming,” Leavitt said.Justin Dufour of the marijuana services company Viridian Sciences, which has offices down the street, was the store’s first honorary customer.But Mark Edwards of Salem, Ore., was the first customer in line to buy pot in Vancouver. Edwards, 42, and a friend drove to Vancouver at 3 a.m. to secure their places at the front of the line.“I think 100 years from now, folks will see my name — I’ll be part of that history, part of that story,” Edwards said. They were alone until about 6 a.m., when the crowd started to fill in. He said he was especially impressed by the hospitality of local uptown businesspeople who walked by giving out water, doughnuts, coffee, American flags and other items to those waiting.“We’re just kicking back taking it all in,” he said. “The prices (for product) are higher than you can get it on the streets. But we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t want to be a part of this and support it.”By 9:45 a.m., the line extended down the block and had grown to a few dozen people. Further down the line, Dan Penticoff, 55, of Hazel Dell said he was relieved to see stores open. He has a medical card and uses the drug for pain, but he hasn’t been able to find a local medical dispensary.He’s on a fixed income, and said the trip to Seattle to find a dispensary was just too costly, and he can’t go to an Oregon dispensary because it’s in another state.last_img read more

Easier reporting could reduce violence against sex workers

first_imgNames of victims adorned the walls at a commemoration of the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Dec. 17, 2016 in Anchorage. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)To honor the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers last weekend, a group of advocates gathered in Anchorage. They said one way to reduce violence is to make information sharing safer, especially with law enforcement.Listen NowDecember 17 marked the 15th anniversary of the capture of the Green River Killer, a serial murderer who targeted sex workers in Washington state.“He confessed to killing dozens of sex workers,” sex worker advocate Terra Burns said. Burns helped coordinate the gathering. “He said he could kill as many of us as he wanted because nobody cares.”Burns is with Community United for Safety and Protection, an organization that lobbies to change laws about the sex industry in Alaska.An Alaska serial killer, Robert Hansen, also targeted sex workers and was convicted of killing 17 women in 1984. Burns said there have been 11 unsolved cases of murdered or missing sex workers in Alaska since the mid-90s.Sex worker and advocate Maxine Doogan said they are easy targets for crime and discrimination because their profession is criminalized. They don’t feel like they can report things like rape or assault to police because then they could be at risk for prosecution themselves, she said. This means information about unsolved cases may not be getting back to law enforcement. Police may not hear about crimes that are happening now, which could lead to more violence in the future, she noted.“Oftentimes those types of perpetrators are going to start out with rape, with robbery,” Doogan said. “And that’s why it’s important for people in the sex trade to have a path to come forward and make those reports before that perpetrator goes on and commits those more horrendous crimes.”Part of that path was built in SB 91, the criminal justice reform bill that was signed in July. One portion of the new law says people can’t be prosecuted for prostitution if they report being victims or witnesses of violent crimes, including sex trafficking, assault and robbery.According to Anchorage Municipal Prosecutor Seneca Theno, it’s unclear how that provision of the state statute applies to the state’s largest city. In some cases, municipal codes can supersede state laws.“I can’t tell you whether right now, today, it applies to us or not,” Theno said during a phone interview. “I’ve heard some legal arguments as to how it would. I’ve heard some legal arguments as to how it wouldn’t. So we’ve researched the issue. We continue to research the issue.”Theno said ultimately it would have to be decided in court, but she doesn’t think it will come to that because the city is not focused on charging people with prostitution.The number of prostitution cases in Anchorage has dropped from 152 in 2009 to just two this year. Theno said that’s primarily because of a philosophical shift; law enforcement and prosecutors are looking for potential traffickers instead.“We’re telling APD, focus on the trafficking,” Theno said. “Don’t spend your resources doing prostitution stings down on Spenard.”Advocates Burns and Doogan said the best way to improve safety for sex workers is to decriminalize the sex industry altogether. It’s a view which is shared by Amnesty International and the British medical journal Lancet. Studies in Lancet show that the criminalization of the industry increases workers’ risk of HIV infection, violence and abuse.Other international organizations disagree, saying decriminalizing the sex industry in places like Germany has led to more sex trafficking and increased victimization of women of color.last_img read more

New inmates hale and hearty at new home

first_imgBahadurpura: Out of several sensitive stages of acclimatisation during the quarantine period, the newly acquired mammals in Nehru Zoological Park have successfully completed their first quarter phase of accustoming with the changed atmosphere and ambience. They are munching in their arena quite well and are healthy and kicking.Except the Nilgiri Langur, the new species to make its home at Zoo Park, the three new mammals – Hippopotamus, Grey Wolf and Lion Tailed Macaque – would be released amongst their kind after completion of quarantine period of 60 days. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us “The new inmates would be allowed to live and habituate with the similar mammals available in the zoo park as per their age compatibility. This time the animal exchange programme was aimed primarily to change the blood line of the wild animals to get the desired breed,” said the official. Now, with the completion of first quarter of the quarantine period, the authorities are fully satisfied and are hoping that soon the new mammals will be made available for full public view. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us A pair of Hippopotamus namely Rama is aged about four years and nine months while the female Raji is aged about one year and nine months. However, the pair of Nilgiri Langur is quite old – the male Langur is aged about seven years three months while the female is aged about 15 years. The two Grey wolf includes one male aged about one year seven months while the female is aged about 9 years 1 month. There is only one Lion Tailed female Macaque aged about 2 years. These mammals were brought to the Zoo on August 7 to attract more visitors with some new wildlife inhabitants as part of their animal exchange programme with Chennai’s Vandalur Zoo Park. The zoo authorities brought four mammals from Chennai in exchange of one Rhinoceros and 2 pairs of Mouse Deers they had with them.last_img read more

Lawmakers Dont Gauge Artificial Intelligence By What You See In The Movies

first_img Share Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty ImagesA full-scale figure of a “T-800” terminator robot used in the movie Terminator 2, is displayed at a preview of the Terminator Exhibition in Tokyo in 2009.Artificial intelligence is the subject of great hopes, dire warnings, and now — a congressional caucus.Alarms about AI have been raised in apocalyptic movies and by some of the most pioneering minds in science and technology. Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, said in July that AI is a “fundamental existential risk for human civilization.” Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and others have also raised concerns about AI.Countering the dire warnings, the bipartisan AI Caucus, founded in May, is aiming to educate the government and fellow lawmakers that advanced technology — from autonomous vehicles to other smart machines — is not evil and could improve people’s lives and boost the economy.The co-chairs — Reps. John Delaney, a Maryland Democrat, and Pete Olson, a Texas Republican — spoke with NPR’s Robert Siegel about how they want the caucus to move forward.Interview HighlightsOn why they formed a caucus to address artificial intelligenceJohn Delaney: If you are outside of the government and you talk to people in business, academia, the nonprofit world, they’re obsessed with how the pace of innovation is really changing society, and we spend very little time on that here in Congress. That’s why it’s such a good opportunity for me to work with my colleague here and create a group where we can convene some of the best thinkers on these issues around the country to make these things more beneficial for our citizens in general.Pete Olson: Several issues are involved in AI: … safety, cybersecurity, ethics, information security, data security, and on and on and on. Let’s educate people. Because my generation thinks AI, they think of 2001: A Space Odyssey. That is not the AI we know right now. And so our job right now is to educate our colleagues and come together and get this thing rolling because it is our future.On Elon Musk’s warnings of AI disrupting jobs and even a war fought over control of AIOlson: I think Elon is playing to the exact fears that John mentioned — change. He knows change is coming; he’s afraid of it. He’s very successful. I get that. But he went out there saying, “Wow, AI can take over the whole world. Bad things will happen.” That won’t happen. These are machines that are learning over time from activities they’ve done. They become sort of intelligent through that learning. This is the great value, great tremendous benefit for our country.Delaney: The other way to think about it is … sure, we all think about the Terminator movies and we think about some drones that are empowered with artificial intelligence that could go off and kill 10,000 people in 30 seconds or something. But we have to realize between now and then, there’s going to be a thousand opportunities for human intervention in the programing and in the transparency and in kind of collective rule-making with the private sector and the government working together to prevent these things from happening. And as it relates to jobs, there’s no questions it’s going to disrupt a lot of jobs, but historically, innovation has always created more jobs than it’s taken away. So I tend to be a little more bullish on the long-term employment trajectory, even in a world with a lot of artificial intelligence.On the liability issue with autonomous vehiclesOlson: That’s a problem that’s solved with education. The bottom line is this is much better for our future having those vehicles out there. Accidents that kill people would be much, much less. There may be some mistake and that’ll be settled by a lawsuit. But the bottom line is over time, these cars [will] be safer and empower people, particularly elderly, wounded people, people with disabilities; they will have their life back because they’ll have mobility — just one example of how AI is the future.On what the AI Caucus wants to accomplishDelaney: We’ve got a specific piece of legislation that I’m working with Pete on. It’s called the Future of AI Act, which would create a federal advisory committee at the Department of Commerce to examine AI. I think it’d be great if Congress was actually getting some smart reports from our government … about how the Treasury Department thinks this is going to affect financial markets; how the Department of Defense thinks this is going to affect weapon applications in the future; how the Department of Labor thinks this is going to affect employment. I’d love to see a situation where the various departments of the government were reporting on their best guesses as to how this will play out over the next five, 10, 25 years. … I think we in Congress can guide the government to put that kind of framework in place.Yu-Ning Aileen Chuang is the Business Desk intern. NPR’s Emily Kopp and Art Silverman contributed to this report.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Oh Brilliant Doctor Who Christmas Special Says Goodbye Hello

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetcenter_img Well, that was emotional.For his pièce de résistance, Steven Moffat capped the Twelfth Doctor’s reign with a nostalgic, droll, ultimately entertaining romp.Picking up right where season 10 left off—the First and Twelfth Time Lord incarnations meeting beneath the snowy sky of the South Pole—the much-anticipated Christmas special delivered a madcap adventure for madcap adventure’s sake.Like long-lost siblings reunited decades later, the two Doctors blindly search one another for answers. Who are you? Why are you fighting regeneration? What have you done with my TARDIS?Until the aging pair find themselves the only mobile things in a suddenly immobile world.“Somehow, something has gone very wrong with time,” the Twelfth Doctor declares.In walks Mark Gatiss as an unidentified World War I officer out of sync with time—and possibly his own mind.Doctor, meet the Doctor (via BBC)The yuletide epilogue wraps up Moffat’s 12-year stint on Doctor Who (first as a writer, then as executive producer) not with a bang, but with a slow burn.Off to a sluggish start, “Twice Upon a Time” takes about 15 minutes to get to the good stuff (i.e. the return of Bill Potts).The TARDIS—with the Doctor, the Doctor, and the Captain inside—is hoisted into a massive spaceship, home to memory-storing aliens who offer to trade Bill’s apparent life for that of the WWI soldier’s.Glass-bodied beings that cache people’s memories and personalities upon their death, Testimony is Moffat’s final parting gift, a barely unwrapped toy for incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall to play with.The fearsome foursome escape, board the First Doctor’s blindingly white TARDIS, and head for the center of the universe. Which is where the episode takes a turn for the worse.On the hunt for the biggest database in the galaxy, the Twelfth Doctor visits an old frenemy, where he discovers this whole ordeal is actually “not an evil plan.”“Well, I don’t really know what to do when it isn’t an evil plan,” Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi says, delivered with such comic perfection I laughed out loud.Captain Lethbridge-Stewart (Mark Gatiss) travels with OG Doctor (David Bradley as William Hartnell) and Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) (via BBC)Aside from this moment of genius, the restoration of Rusty the Dalek (last seen in 2014’s “Into The Dalek”) left much to be desired. The whole schtick felt forced and unnecessary. Like Moffat dozed off during a writing session, and his teenage sons pranked him (and the Who audience) by inserting a bizarre and superfluous scene.The episode quickly regains its footing, however, once the group agrees to restore the Captain to his rightful place in the timeline—albeit it a couple of hours later.Saved by the Christmas truce of 1914, Captain Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart (grandfather of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, aka The Brigadier) goes on to fight another day. (But probably dies soon, anyway. It is a war, after all.)Since “Twice Upon a Time” was never about the destination, Moffat was able to take audiences on a wonderfully self-contained journey, which ends beautifully as the sound of yuletide carols ring out over the trenches of Ypres.A final good deed done, the First Doctor resigns himself to regeneration, while the Twelfth Doctor goes for one last stroll with Bill—at least, her human figure and consciousness.This isn’t the first time two incarnations of the Doctor have met (via BBC)Testimony means never having to say goodbye. Or, always having the chance to say goodbye. The mysterious crystalline creatures recreate the oh-so-lovable Nardole (Matt Lucas, back for a cuddle) and Clara Oswald, allowing the Doctor to take it all in before he lets it all out.“I’ve got a few things to say to you,” Capaldi’s Doctor announces to his reincarnation. “Basic stuff first: Never be cruel, never be cowardly, and never, ever eat pears.“Remember: Hate is always foolish, and love is always wise. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind,” he continues. “Oh, and, you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No one would understand it, anyway. Except … except children. Children can hear it. Sometimes, if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are, too, children can hear your name. But nobody else. Nobody else, ever.(That sentiment, like much of the episode, harkens back to the early days of Doctor Who, when the program was marketed for children, and the Doctor was a misogynistic old man whose bark was worse than his bite.)“Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind,” Twelve says. “Doctor, I let you go.”Goodbye, Peter Capaldi (via BBC)In a flash of light and sparks, the Time Lord reawakens a new person—the Thirteenth Doctor, fighting to control the seemingly uncontrollable TARDIS.Jodie Whittaker returns as the Doctor next fall, alongside companions Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole). Keep an eye on Geek.com for more news and insight into the upcoming season (especially my girl Jodie).Missed the season 10 finale of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “The Doctor Falls.”last_img read more

Drug racket busted in Kolkata three arrested

first_imgKolkata: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has busted an international drugs racket here by seizing more than 3,000 tablets of psychotropic substances and arresting three persons, a senior NCB official said on Thursday. According to the official, the gang was involved in online trading of drugs in the US and Canada. “The NCB Kolkata team seized 3,161 tablets of six psychotropic substances valued at Rs 10-15 lakh from drug dealers Ganesh Pan and Sunil Agarwal who were arrested on Wednesday,” NCB Kolkata unit Zonal Director Dilip Kumar Srivastava said. “The drugs were sold to customers in the US and Canada through a city-based call centre Dream Advent Services and delivered via courier. Clement Phillips, the call centre owner, was also arrested,” he said. The official said that the seized drugs were procured in Kolkata as they can be sold in India but are illegal in the two foreign countries.last_img read more

A radical feminist shot Andy Warhol claiming that he controlled her life

first_imgFew artists have had more influence on modern pop culture than Andy Warhol. The shy, quiet man was one of the most popular artists in the 1960s due to his irreverence towards art convention and his ability to promote other artists, who were known as Warhol Superstars.Indeed, he would influence much of the art world with his art, such as the famous Campbell’s Soup Cans which simply portrayed soup cans.Some were delighted by his work, others were infuriated by what they believed to be the cheapening of the art world, but all were mystified by the man’s ability to rise to the top of the pop art world.Andy Warhol, between 1966 and 1977. Photo by Jack Mitchell CC BY-SA 4.0Warhol was no stranger to admiration and his studio, known as the Factory, was where many a celebrity and artist would congregate and socialize. Art was produced, films were made and relationships grew and blossomed between Warhol and the regulars who would attend the Factory.The productions made by the Factory were extremely counter-cultural at the time. Andy Warhol was an openly gay man and many of his film productions would include elements of brazen sexuality that would shock the conservatively minded individual.Andy Warhol (right) and Ulli Lommel on the set of Cocaine Cowboys. Photo by Hollywood House of Horror CC BY SA 3.0It was this reputation for creating shocking and offensive art that would lead a woman by the name of Valerie Jean Solanas to seek out his assistance with the production of a play. This play, titled “Up Your Ass,” was by all accounts a terrible and vulgar story that had little appeal to anyone.Valerie, upon meeting Warhol outside of the Factory one morning, gave him the script and asked for him to read it, in the hopes that he would agree to produce the piece. Warhol accepted the script but didn’t particularly care for the play itself.Actress Valeria Solanos. Photo by Bettmann/Getty ImagesThe themes of the play greatly reflected Valerie’s personal beliefs. As a radical feminist, she advocated the ultimate elimination of men in the world, believing that society was fundamentally broken and only the rise of a female government and the execution of all men would be the cure.This was reflected in the book she began writing known as the SCUM Manifesto, SCUM was short for the Society of Cutting Up Men. When Valerie Solanas contacted Warhol again, asking if he had read her play and was willing to produce it, he told her that it had been lost somehow.Warhol (left) and Tennessee Williams (right) talking on the SS France, 1967.She was outraged at this news and demanded that she be paid for the work. Warhol managed to smooth things over by offering her a part in his movie, I, a Man, with the pay of $25. She accepted and played a bit role in the production.This only appeased her for a short period of time. As she was working on the SCUM Manifesto, she made friends with the founder of Olympia Press, Maurice Girodias.An ad placed by Solanas in The Village Voice, April 27, 1967.In their conversations, Girodias offered Valerie $500 for her next book and other writings, which she accepted. They signed a contract, but the wording of the language caused Valerie to begin to worry about the life rights to all of her work. For some reason, she began to believe that Girodias would own the rights to all of the works that she would ever create. Worse, Girodias was a close friend of Andy Warhol’s, which led her to one conclusion: Andy was trying to steal her work.Portrait of the American artist Andy Warhol at his exhibition dedicated to Black transvestites in the U.S. Ferrara, November 1975.The idea might seem absurd, but Valerie Solanas connected the disappearance of her script to the new contract that she had signed. In her mind, Andy Warhol was out to take all of her work and leave her with nothing. This prompted her to go out and purchase a gun. She knew that there was only one way to protect her work, and that was to kill Andy Warhol.Warhol portraits set for up £22 million at auctionShe arrived at The Factory on June 3, 1968, looking for Andy. She was turned away, but due to her persistence, she was able to get into the building when Andy finally arrived around 2:00 pm.Not suspecting a thing, Warhol was congenial towards her, complimenting her. His associate, the film director Paul Morrisey, tried to get her to leave, but she wouldn’t have it.When Andy Warhol was taking a phone call, she drew her gun and fired three times at him, with one shot dropping him down hard.Detective Frederick Stepat and policewoman McCarthy with Valerie Solanas. Photo by Frank Russo/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesAfter she shot Warhol, she shot an art critic and tried to kill Warhol’s manager, but her gun jammed. Then she left, satisfied that her opponent, the man scheming to steal her art was dead. But Warhol survived and was rushed into surgery. His lungs, liver, and spleen had been heavily damaged. Thanks to the surgeon’s efforts, after five hours Warhol was saved, but he would have to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.As for Valerie Solanas, she turned herself in, believing that she had been justified in her actions. In her testimonies, she maintained that she was only working to protect herself from Warhol’s influence and claimed that he had total control of her life. It didn’t take long for the court to rule that she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and she was placed in a mental hospital for treatment.Andy Warhol tombstone, St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Bethel Park, PA.Warhol survived and continued with making his art, but the attempt on his life profoundly changed the way that he saw the world. Security was beefed up at the Factory and he began to focus less on shocking the world and more on entrepreneurship, still achieving great success in the art world. He would die at the age of 58 after a gallbladder surgery.Read another story from us: Factory girl to blond bombshell: the life of Norma Jeane before she became Marilyn MonroeSome believe, perhaps rightly so, that the injuries he had incurred from the gunshot led to the complications in what should have been a routine surgery.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.last_img read more

Is Apple Watch a Design Flop

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine July 15, 2015 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals In an age when every day dumps a new whizbang product—a me-too smartphone, watch, tablet, fitness tracker, sound system, app—on consumers’ laps, there is something critical, something deeply human, being lost: design. Such was the provocative conclusion of an all-star panel of designers gathered at Fortune‘s Brainstorm Tech this afternoon.One of the key challenges, said one speaker after another, is that product-makers misunderstand what design is.The biggest misconception? “The belief that it’s about making things pretty,” said Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook’s director of product design.John Maeda, a former president of the Rhode Island School of Design who is now a design partner at venerable venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, offered another candidate: “The mistaken belief that we need design for everything.”“It’s ‘design thinking,’ countered Gadi Amit, principal designer at the San Francisco-based NewDealDesign. “The mistake is attributing to design a cerebral quality that is not necessarily there and shouldn’t be the focal point.”Where there was more accord, surprisingly, was in the group’s assessment that the prodigiously hyped Apple Watch is a manifestation of at least some of these misconceptions.“I’m actually highly disappointed by the Apple Watch,” said Amit. “To some degree, Apple missed an opportunity to redefine why the tiny screen is on our wrist at all. I’m an Apple admirer and hoped for an ‘iPhone moment.’ This wasn’t it.”“From a marginal perspective, I don’t think it simplifies my life,” said Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker & Company Brands.In a broader sense, “the idea of the watch is anachronistic,” offered Stewart. “It’s transitional. In a few years we’re going to look at different devices.”Among the group, Maeda was the kindest—though his was hardly a ringing endorsement: “”It was a good try. Let’s see what comes next.” Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more

Jakarta developing MICE tourism to attract more travellers

first_imgTourism Ministry officials of Jakarta in Indonesia recently travelled to 10 new tourist locales in Kota Tua, the Thousand Island and Bali following the success of a reputed MICE event in Bangka Belitung.Hiramsyah S Thaib, who is the Ministry’s head of development acceleration for the 10 priority tourism destinations, said that this MICE event actually aimed to strengthen the business tourism in Jakarta. He had stated this at a latest MICE gathering at the Novotel hotel in Jakarta.He said that Jakarta has several interesting venues and therefore, it can utilise historic buildings like museums as meeting and conference rooms. Esthy Reko Astuti, the assistant of the ministry for archipelago tourism marketing said that, the potential of the MICE industry is at five percent and they still have the remaining 95% to be developed.She added that the best part of Indonesia besides the fact that it possesses several cities to choose from for the purpose of conducting meetings, their natural wonders are also an added value for MICE tourism in Jakarta.last_img read more

Talks impasse after Akinci refuses to attend Update 4

first_imgThe climate between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders deteriorated dramatically on Wednesday when a meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, was cancelled after Akinci refused to attend.“Unfortunately, we have just been informed by the UN that, due to the Turkish Cypriot leader’s refusal to attend, tomorrow’s scheduled meeting will not take place,” government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides tweeted on Wednesday morning.The meeting had been up in the air for days, following a tumultuous similar meeting last week, when an irate Anastasiades was said to have stormed out of the room to have a cigarette, a move Akinci found disrespectful enough for him to depart the meeting altogether.“I regret Mr Akinci’s decision to not attend tomorrow’s meeting,” Anastasiades tweeted later.“I stand ready to resume the dialogue at any time.”The United Nations’ Special Representative for Cyprus, Elizabeth Spehar, had undertaken a conciliatory assignment on Tuesday, meeting with Akinci and Anastasiades, but her efforts failed.“I spoke with Mr Akinci [on Tuesday] and just met with Mr Anastasiades,” she said on Wednesday morning.“I will be speaking shortly with our special advisor, Mr Eide, and so I have nothing to say for the moment.”After Anastasiades’ meeting with Spehar, Christodoulides referred to a “very negative development”.“Unfortunately Mrs Spehar informed the president that Mr Akinci will not be attending tomorrow’s meeting,” he said.“The president expressed his regret for this development and reiterated his readiness to resume substantive talks on the remaining issues.”According to the government’s assessment, Christodoulides added, the crisis was because the Turkish demands on the issues of security and guarantees were not being accepted, not only by the Greek Cypriots but also by the international community.“At the same time, there are developments within Turkey,” he said.“We all saw the country’s prime minister [on Tuesday] in the Turkish parliament giving the sign of the Grey Wolves [Turkish ultra-nationalists]. You realise the importance of the nationalist vote in the upcoming [constitutional] referendum.”The recent tension between the two leaders was caused by a vote in the House of Representatives earlier this month, to introduce into public schools a short annual commemoration of the 1950 referendum among Greek Cypriots for Enosis – or the island’s union – with Greece.Turkish Cypriots found the move provocative and Akinci said as much, repeatedly blaming Anastasiades and Disy, the party he formerly led, for abstaining from the vote which effectively allowed the proposal – tabled by far-right Elam and backed by hardline parties – to pass.Efforts by Anastasiades to assuage the Turkish Cypriot leader’s concerns were met with Akinci’s insistence that the decision be repealed.Despite pledging not to be dragged into a prolonged blame-game following last Thursday’s aborted meeting, Anastasiades was exasperated by joint remarks from Akinci and Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday.“Patience has its limits,” the president declared.He had publicly conceded that the parliament’s move had been wrong, but argued that the decision was immaterial in the context of the talks, as the stated objective remained a bizonal, bicommunal federation, not union with Greece.News of the cancellation came hours after Disy, in a bid to salvage the situation, tabled a legislative amendment removing the power to determine public-school commemorations from the House and bestowing it to the education ministry, thus opening the way for the government to repeal the decision.But it seems the proposal was too little, too late for Akinci.Initial reaction from the Turkish Cypriot side came from Akinci’s spokesman Baris Burcu, who said they are expecting “concrete steps, politically and administratively” for the wrong decision on Enosis to be corrected.Burcu added that during his meeting with Spehar on Tuesday, Akinci conveyed his thoughts that Anastasiades’ attitude towards this “unfortunate development” was insufficient, and expected him to “take the necessary steps”.Later, Akinci offered his own remarks in response to the Greek Cypriot side.The Turkish Cypriot leader blamed Anastasiades for further shattering hopes for the future through the attitude he had displayed since last week.He said the Greek Cypriot side was not consenting to fill in the details on the subject of Turkish Cypriots’ “effective participation”.Akıncı added that the Greek Cypriot side thought that simple majority votes of the Greek Cypriots was enough to adopt decisions and didn’t accept that at least one Turkish Cypriot on every government decision-making body should agree.On the Enosis decision, Akinci said that “instead of correcting the mistake, the Greek Cypriot side is continuing to accuse us and claim that we are creating excuses in order not to negotiate”.On Anastasiades’ claim that he hadn’t left the talks after similar provocations, Akıncı said that Anastasiades had protested and left the negotiation table last year, when he attended a dinner hosted by the Turkish president and met with the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.“But he doesn’t want to remember that he continued his meaningless attitude for days and that the negotiation table was reset with the patient and solution target of the Turkish Cypriots,” said Akinci.“It is the Turkish Cypriot side which is running out of patience against these negativities and what took place on February 16 was the last straw.”He said the propaganda machine was saying that the reason for the Turkish Cypriot side’s action was because of the referendum in Turkey but that was simply not true.“Turkey did not present such a demand,” said Akinci, adding that “it was Greece who wanted the conference to be postponed in Geneva, not Turkey”.You May LikeGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementTop Yale Doctor: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndoJob Postings I Search AdsThese Job Opportunities Might Surprise You. 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