Senegalese President Hails Creation of Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulemas

Dakar – Senegalese President Macky Sall hailed the creation of the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulemas, stressing the importance of such initiatives in the fight against religious extremism.“We need a religious discourse to fight jihadist propaganda which tends to enroll and even brainwash people who do not grasp Islam precepts,” Said Senegalese President in an interview with Moroccan TV channel “Medi1 TV,” broadcast on Monday.“The Sunni and Sufi Islam we have is peaceful and tolerant (…) and we need to protect it against any external aggression”, he added, underlining that “the first fight against Jihadism will certainly be a theological struggle”. Therefore, he said, “preachers should be able to speak and explain Islam precepts”. This is an extremely important battle and Morocco, in this regard, has already made significant progress in the training of imams and teaching of Islam, said Macky Sall, noting that working with the Kingdom in this dynamic, his country will gain a lot.Regarding terrorism, the Senegalese head of State said that this threat is present in every country of the world with different amplitudes.He praised the Moroccan experience and cooperation between the two countries to fight this international scourge.With MAP read more

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Accident kills one 16 injured

Two people who were in the lorry and 15 people in the bus sustained injuries in the accident and were admitted to hospital. The bus was parked on the side of the road when the lorry crashed into it, the police media unit said. The police said that one person sustained to his injuries in hospital. The victim was identified as a 64 year old man who was in the bus. (Colombo Gazette) One person was killed and 16 others were injured following an accident in Rajanganaya today, the police media unit said.The police said that a lorry crashed into the rear end of a bus transporting a group of pilgrims along the Anuradhapura – Puttalam road at the Rajanganaya junction.

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UK journalist reported missing after crocodile attack near Arugam Bay

Sri Lankan police and the army are said to be searching the shore surrounding the area.Locals claimed the victim had been staying at the East Beach Surf Resort, located just minutes away from the surfing area he went missing from.Fawas Lafeer, owner of Safa Surf School located up the coast from where the incident happened, heard what happened from some locals who witnessed the attack.“A local fisherman witnessed a man being dragged into a river, set back from the beach, by a crocodile. The fisherman was on the opposite side of the river and downstream of the incident location,” he said. The British victim, from Surrey, southwest of London, was seen “waving his hands in the air” in desperation before being dragged under water at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock near Arugam Bay. Mr Lafeer was shocked, saying that crocodile attacks are relatively unheard of in Sri Lanka. He had covered Brexit and the EU for the newspaper and had recently returned to London after living in Brussels for a couple of months.The lagoon, known to be crawling with crocodiles, is not far from popular tourist surf spot Elephant Rock, near Arugam Bay on the southeast coast. McClean graduated from Oxford with a First Class Honours degree in French in 2015 before joining the Financial Times later that year. A UK journalist was killed by a crocodile while washing his hands at a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with friends, the British and Australian media reported.Paul McClean, 25, who worked for the Financial Times, is understood to have wandered away from his group of friends to find a toilet when he was attacked, reports The Sun. “Both tourists and locals surf at Elephant Rock, which is a beautiful secluded beach and very safe,” he said.“Crocodiles in Sri Lanka live only in the fresh, back waters of the jungle. It is almost unheard of for them to come close to the beach.“Local search and rescue teams are working alongside the police and British Embassy in attempt to locate the man’s body.” Meanwhile, a Scottish tourist, who is currently on holiday in the area and wishes to remain anonymous, said: “There’s a lagoon right next to the sea. He went to the toilet next to the lagoon and was grabbed by a crocodile.“There are lots in the lagoon. People last saw his arms in the air in the water and then was grabbed under. I was there but didn’t see it happen though. Horrible.“They are searching for a body but haven’t found anything yet.“The army were down and there are people out on boats checking the shore because crocodiles won’t eat anything in water — they will take it on to dry land to eat prey.”He also said that some locals who witnessed the incident had discussed the possibility that he may have fallen into the lagoon because of quicksand.“They are 90 per cent sure it was a crocodile but a couple of the guys said there was quicksand in the lagoon,” the tourist said.“A few people that knew the guy were just on the ground, I didn’t get that close but they all just seemed in shock and not saying much.“There were a large crowd of Sri Lankan men surrounding them and they had bits of paper.”Australian tourist Sean Carroll, from New South Wales, was also holidaying in the area.“A croc just took a tourist bloke in Sri Lanka,” he wrote on Facebook.“He was walking on a beach where a small river meets the sea, it’s named Crocodile Rock for that reason obviously.“He still hasn’t been retrieved from river. Heavy.“I’m sure he was close to the river for it to take him. Police looking and army too.”There are two different kinds of crocodile that live in Sri Lanka, the Marsh, or “mugger”, crocodile and the saltwater crocodile.A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office told The Guardian: “We are assisting the family of a British man who has been reported missing in Sri Lanka.” (Colombo Gazette)Update: Body of British journalist killed by crocodile found by Navy read more

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Deploring attacks in Niger Security Council says perpetrators must be brought to

The suicide bombings, which were condemned yesterday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, took place at a barracks in Agadez and a French-run uranium mine in Arlit. At least 20 people were reportedly killed, and several were injured, in the attacks, for which a jihadist group known as Mujao has claimed responsibility.“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts,” said a statement issued to the press by the 15-member body. Council members underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of these acts to justice, and urged all States to cooperate actively with the Nigerien authorities in this regard.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement added. read more

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Carbon Emery Compete in January Swim Invitational

ETV News stock photo by Dusty ButlerThe Carbon and Emery swim teams participated in the January Invitational in Cedar City over the weekend. Canyon View High hosted the massive meet that included over 500 swimmers, including participants from two 6A schools and five 4A schools.While there were many athletes from both Carbon and Emery that competed well in their respective meets, only the athletes that finished in the top 10% of the competition will be highlighted in this article.In the girls’ 200 medley relay, Emery took second place with Carbon finishing fourth. The Lady Spartans relay also took third in the 400 free. Carbon’s  200 free girls relay team reached the podium with a third place finish. The Emery boys’ relay won the 400 free competition and also found success in the 200 medley relay, finishing third.Kaelle Hooley (EHS) finished fourth in the 50 and 100 free events, which had over 85 and 110 competitors, respectively. Megan Swasey (CHS) reached the podium when she placed third in the 100 backstroke.Keldan Guymon (EHS) was the lone Castle Country resident to finish on top in an individual event. He accomplished the feat when he won by over a second in the 200 IM. He also placed second in a nail-biter in the 100 breaststroke, one hundredth of a second behind the winner, Trevor Ames (Layton).Emery finished fourth and sixth in the girls’ and boys’ team rankings, respectively. Carbon followed Emery in the girls’ rankings, grabbing the fifth place spot, and ended 12 in the boys’ rankings. The Spartans also tied for fourth in the combined team scores behind Cedar City, Uintah and Copper Hills. Carbon finished ninth. read more

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Le plus vieux temple romain découvert en Italie

first_imgLe plus vieux temple romain découvert en ItalieDes fondations retrouvées au cours de fouilles sur l’aire de Sant’Omobono, au cœur de Rome, témoignent de la présence de ce qui pourrait être le plus vieux temple romain connu à ce jour, selon les archéologues. En terme de vestiges archéologiques, Rome détient bien des richesses qu’il reste encore à découvrir. Très récemment, des fouilles menées sur l’aire de Sant’Omobono, au cœur de la ville, ont mené à la découverte d’un temple antique. Selon les experts, il pourrait s’agir du plus ancien temple romain connu à ce jour.

Les travaux d’excavations, menés par des archéologues de la ville et de l’université du Michigan, ont été particulièrement compliqués. En effet, les fondations de la structure sont situées en dessous du niveau du Tibre, qui cours à proximité du site. De ce fait, le terrain est en proie à d’importantes infiltrations d’eau.L’aire archéologique de Sant’Omobono se situe au pied du capitole, sur le terrain de l’église qui lui a donné son nom. Selon les estimations, les monuments ont été édifiés au VIIe siècle avant J.C. A cette époque, le Tibre coulait juste au pied de l’église et l’un de ses méandres formait non loin de là un port naturel permettant aux navires marchands d’accoster.Un sanctuaire et lieu de rencontrePour parvenir à mettre au jour les fondations du temple, les archéologues ont dû utiliser des machines pour creuser et assurer la sécurité du site. D’immenses plaques métalliques ont également été installées à l’aide d’une grue pour stabiliser la surface de fouille. Au bout du compte, trois jours de travail acharné ont été nécessaires pour commencer à apercevoir les fondations du temple.Les chercheurs pensent qu’il s’agit du premier édifice à avoir été construit sur le site. La structure a surement été utilisée comme un sanctuaire mais également comme un lieu de rencontre pour les marchands venus d’aussi loin que de Liban ou l’Egypte. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?
Les fouilles organisées sur l’aire de Sant’Omobono représentent pour les chercheurs une mine d’informations sur les processus d’urbanisation et de formation de l’état advenus au cours du VIIIe jusqu’au VIe siècle  avant J.C.(Crédit photo : Sant’Ombono Project)Le 9 février 2014 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Suns Mysterious History Might Be Buried in Moons Crust Scientists Say

Suns Mysterious History Might Be Buried in Moons Crust Scientists Say

first_imgStay on target Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface The sun’s rotation rate during its first billion years still remains a mystery, yet this spin rate impacted solar eruptions and sparked life on Earth. Now, a group of NASA scientists are suggesting that the Moon’s crust might contain insights on the sun’s secret past, including how it shaped other parts of the solar system.Four billion years ago, when the sun was an infant, it experienced outbursts of intense radiation and spewed hot, high-energy clouds and particles across the solar system, said a NASA press release. According to the scientists, these solar tantrums might have depended on how quickly the sun rotated on its axis⁠—the faster the rotation, the quicker the sun would have made some planets inhabitable. Plus, these outbursts could have caused life to develop on our planet, while stripping others of their atmospheres and nourishing chemicals.We got lucky. Had the Sun rotated any faster as a baby, its violent outbursts would have eliminated the possibility of life on Earth. How do we know? The Moon’s crust is telling us. More: https://t.co/7P9zz8ROyh pic.twitter.com/nhFa1kHi1M— NASA (@NASA) June 18, 2019While investigating the sun’s strange rotation rate, Prabal Saxena, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, thought about why the Moon and Earth, which are made of some of the same materials, contain different amounts of potassium and sodium in their soils. Rosemary Killen, a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard, also brought up the question of why lunar regolith (Moon soil) lacks these elements. That’s when both hypothesized that the history of the sun could be buried in the Moon’s crust.Saxena, Killen, and their colleagues tackled this idea by using sophisticated computer simulations to learn about how solar activity impacts sodium and potassium levels and how a star’s rotation rate affects its flare activity. Their computer simulation results, which are detailed in a study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, demonstrated that the sun rotated slower than 50 percent of baby stars and according to their estimates, the sun took at least 9 to 10 days to complete one rotation during its first billion years.By simulating the evolution of the solar system under a slow, medium, and fast-rotating star, the team discovered that the slow-rotating star could send the right amount of charged particles into the Moon’s surface and blast enough potassium and sodium into space over time, which led to the amounts we see in Moon samples today.“The reason the Moon ends up being a really useful calibrator and window into the past is that it has no annoying atmosphere and no plate tectonics resurfacing the crust,” Saxena explained. “So as a result, you can say, ‘Hey, if solar particles or anything else hit it, the Moon’s soil should show evidence of that.’”More on Geek.com:Researchers Detect Mysterious Material Under Moon’s Largest Crater India Unveils Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft for Moon Landing MissionWatch: Water Is Being Ejected From the Moon During Meteor Showerslast_img read more

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Juvenile court choir will hold concert

first_imgThe Esther Street Music Program, a group of singers and performers who have been on juvenile probation, will host a spring concert on April 15.The concert is at 1 p.m. at the Fries Auditorium at the Washington State School for the Blind, 2214 E. 13th St.Tickets are $10. Email director Diana Larson at fronkophones@netzero.com.last_img

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Clark County housing market shrinks in September

first_imgClark County’s housing market cooled a bit in September, with fewer sales and more homes left on the market, according to real estate data released Monday.Home sale prices also fell slightly in September, but remained higher when comparing the month with the same time last year, according to the Regional Multiple Listing Service’s monthly Market Action report.New listings, pending sales and closings fell in September compared to August, and they came in below levels in September 2017. Average and median sale prices also fell from August, although they came in higher than the prices reported in September 2017, continuing an overall trend of higher prices in 2018 compared to the previous year.Mike Lamb, a local real estate broker at Windermere Stellar, said that the market still saw its fourth best September for new sales since 2005 despite the declines in sales and listings.“Whatever the causes, whether it was the teacher strikes, interest rate increases, the weather or something else, the September market was still good by historic standards,” Lamb wrote in his monthly report analyzing the Clark County data.last_img read more

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New Seasons Market roof now home to bee colonies

first_imgAn estimated 50,000 or more bumblebees, as well as some honeybees and ladybugs, were discovered dead June 15 at a Wilsonville, Ore., shopping center. After an investigation into the deaths — which occurred just two days before the start of National Pollinator Week — a Xerces Society specialist learned trees in the parking lot had been sprayed with a pesticide containing dinotefuran in order to control aphids.Hundreds of dead bumblebees were also found on June 24 in Hillsboro, Ore., in a clump under a tree sprayed with Safari, the same brand used in Wilsonville.On June 27, the Oregon Department of Agriculture temporarily restricted the use of 18 neonicotinoid pesticide products that contain dinotefuran while it continues to look into the mass deaths.The Washington State Department of Agriculture denied a request on June 6 from Thurston County to stop the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on ornamental plants. WSDA Director Bud Hover told Thurston County commissioners in a letter that he’ll work to sponsor a study to evaluate potential risks of such chemicals.“Because it has not been established that this use is a significant contributor to the decline of honeybee colonies in Thurston County or elsewhere in the state, the proposed use restrictions are not appropriate at this time,” Hover wrote. “But I can assure you that your petition has caught my attention and I will be watching this issue closely.”last_img read more

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Keep up to date with the Spring Budget 2017

Keep up to date with the Spring Budget 2017

first_imgChancellor Philip Hammond will deliver his Spring Budget 2017 speech at approximately 12.30pm on Wednesday 8 March 2017.Stay tuned to the Employee Benefits website for all the latest updates on how the Spring Budget could impact employers and staff.In the Autumn Statement 2016, key announcements included an increase in the standard rate of insurance premium tax (IPT), a reduction in the money purchase annual allowance, an increase in the national living wage rate, and confirmation that the range of benefits that attract tax and employer national insurance advantages when offered through a salary sacrifice arrangement will be limited.Follow @EmployeeBenefit on Twitter for real-time coverage of the Spring Budget.last_img

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ATT employees beautify Liberty City Elementary School for National Volunteer Month

ATT employees beautify Liberty City Elementary School for National Volunteer Month

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – More than 100 AT&T employees worked to beautify a South Florida school.Dozens upon dozens of AT&T employees volunteered to give Liberty City Elementary School a face-lift, Monday.Many of them spent the day to work inside and outside of the school to paint murals, landscape a butterfly garden, and build picnic tables and benches.“I think today is wonderful for the students and community of Liberty City Elementary School,” said principal Adrian Rogers. “To have so many people take time out to help us beautify this school is absolutely amazing.”The work was done on the last day of National Volunteer Month and is also part of a collaboration with the nonprofit City Year. The national education organization helps students and schools succeed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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National Geographic Wins Magazine of the Year

first_imgNational Geographic won Magazine of the Year as well as Single Topic issue at the 2011 National Magazine Awards. Three other magazines won two awards, including Los Angeles (General Excellence, Special Interest and Best Feature Writing), New York (General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment and Best Section) and The New York Times Magazine (News and Documentary Photography and Profile Writing). More than 700 editors and publishers attended the event, which was hosted by CBS evening news anchor Katie Couric. The New Yorker led the field with nine nominations and ended up winning one Ellie in the Public Interest category. First-time nominee Women’s Health won for General Excellence in the Fashion, Service and Lifestyle category. Garden & Gun, which was on the brink of shutting down just two years ago, won for General Excellence in Food, Travel and Design. For FOLIO:’s live play-by-play of the National Magazine Awards, click here. A complete list of winners is here.last_img read more

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Twitter testing feature that will let you hide replies to your tweets

first_img 0 If you ever get frustrated by inane and even toxic replies degrading the value of your tweets, or even hijacking the thread completely, Twitter might have a solution for you.The social networking company on Thursday confirmed it’s developing a “Hide Tweet” feature that lets users protect their conversations by hiding individual replies to tweets. The “Hide Tweet” option was discovered in code for the Twitter Android app by Jane Manchun Wong, who tweeted about her findings on Thursday. “Twitter is testing replies moderation,” Wong tweeted Thursday morning. “It lets you to hide replies under your tweets, while providing an option to show the hidden replies.” The feature could help improve the health and civility of conversations on Twitter, which has come under fire multiple times in recent years for not doing enough to combat harassment on the platform. A study last year even found that the site is a “toxic place” especially for female journalists and politicians.Twitter representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but Michelle Yasmeen Haq, a senior program manager at Twitter discussed the new feature this afternoon in a thread on her personal Twitter account.”People who start interesting conversations on Twitter are really important to us, and we want to empower them to make the conversations they start as healthy as possible by giving them some control,” Haq wrote in a tweet explaining the feature.”We already see people trying keep their conversations healthy by using block, mute, and report, but these tools don’t always address the issue,” she said. “With this feature, the person who started a conversation could choose to hide replies to their tweets. The hidden replies would be viewable by others through a menu option.”The feature’s transparency will also allow the community to recognize and call out people who use the feature to hide content they disagree with, she said. Haq said Twitter plans to begin testing the feature in the coming months. Share your voice Twitter is testing replies moderation. It lets you to hide replies under your tweets, while providing an option to show the hidden replies pic.twitter.com/dE19w4TLtp— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) February 28, 2019 Internet Tech Industry Tags Post a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Stranger Things season 3 plot revealed Jim Hopper actor wants more season

first_imgStranger Things season 3Stranger Things/TwitterNetflix’s Stranger Things is considered as Stephen King and Stephen Spielberg’s brainchild. The show has all the correct nostalgia of the ’80s and now David Harbour has reportedly revealed the ending of Stranger Things.Soon or later, Netflix’s Stranger Things will come to an end. As of now, fans are clueless about Stranger Things season 3 but at least one cast member has an idea about the show’s ending. During a recent interview with Digital Spy, David Harbour — the actor who plays Hawkins Police chief Jim Hopper — talked about the show’s future.As per David, he has no idea for how many more seasons we are going to see of Stranger Things but he revealed the show’s ending.”I know the end of the series, and it’s beautiful,” Harbour said.David Harbour also stated that the show should have at least five seasons. The Duffer Brothers have said in the past that Stranger Things will have at least a fourth or a fifth season.”I don’t think four is enough,” he said. “I think five is maybe enough. If you want my opinion, I would like five.” David Harbour fills in the shoes of Ron Perlman in HellboyGetty ImagesWe know for a fact that Stranger Things will return for a fourth season but the future of the fifth season seems in dark.The science fiction horror webs TV series is created by the Duffer Brothers. Stranger Things is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s. The first season followed the story of an investigation of a missing young boy amid supernatural events occurring into the town. The show featured a girl with psychokinetic abilities who helps the missing boy’s friends in their extensive search.The second season also featured several supernatural abilities and we know that season three will not be any different.Stranger Things season 3 will feature Mike and Eleven, who have now developed a romantic relationship with each other. Same for Lucas and Max. Things will go fine for them for some time but after the appointment of a new corrupt mayor, everything will fall apart. As the fourth of July will approach, stranger things will start to happen in Hawkins.All the ten episodes of Stranger Things season 3 will stream on Netflix on July 4, 2019.last_img read more

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OpenCV 40 alpha release out

OpenCV 40 alpha release out

first_imgWith more than 3 years from the time of previous version release OpenCV 3.0, the team happily announced the alpha release of the most awaited OpenCV 4.0. The new version is set to encompass exclusive features such as 3D dense reconstruction algorithm, newest improvements and bug fixes to recent maintenance release of OpenCV 3.4. Key Features: OpenCV is a C++11 library now Default features include lambda functions, convenient iteration, and initialization of cv::Mat Added new chessboard detector Added exclusive HPX parallel backend and basic FP16 support Standard std::string and std::shared_ptr replaced hand-crafted cv::String and cv::Ptr parallel_for can now use the pool of std::threads as backend Major improvements and bug fixes: ONNX parser added to existing OpenCV DNN module Support to various classification networks – AlexNet, Inception v2, Resnet, VGG Partial support to YOLO v2 object detection network Faster object detection using Intel Inference Engine, part of Intel OpenVINO Added stability improvements in the OpenCL backend Fast QR code detector with support to add QR code decoder soon SSE4-, AVX2- and NEON-optimized kernels expanded Legacy C API from OpenCV 1.x partially excluded This alpha release appears to be a massive version with 85 patches including 28 merge requests. This release is assumed to be quite stable although few changes in OpenCV API and implementation are expected before 4.0 final release. For more information on the detailed list of features and improvements, please read official documentation. Read Next Image filtering techniques in OpenCV 3 ways to deploy a QT and OpenCV application OpenCV and Android: Making Your Apps Seelast_img read more

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UPDATE MH370 clues mount as wreckage identified as Boeing 777

UPDATE MH370 clues mount as wreckage identified as Boeing 777

first_imgRelated posts:Wreckage definitely from missing Malaysia Airlines jet, Malaysia PM says Could the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been stolen? This might explain why CNN unexpectedly bumped its special feature on John Felix Bender’s death in Costa Rica Malaysia concludes that missing jet crashed into the Indian Ocean UPDATE: Friday, July 31 7:45 a.m., by Mahdia Benhamla, AFPSAINT-ANDRÉ, France — Malaysian authorities confirmed Friday that plane wreckage washed up on an Indian Ocean island was from a Boeing 777, meaning the part is almost certainly from missing flight MH370.The debris, part of a plane wing, could provide the first tangible clue towards unlocking the mystery surrounding the Malaysia Airlines plane, which disappeared in March last year with 239 people on board.“I believe that we are moving closer to solving the mystery of MH370. This could be the convincing evidence that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean,” Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi told AFP.However, authorities have warned one small piece of plane debris was unlikely to completely clear up one of aviation’s greatest puzzles.The Malaysia Airlines flight was one of only three Boeing 777s to have been involved in major incidents, along with the downing of the MH17 over Ukraine last year and the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco airport in 2013 that left three dead.The wing component found on the French island of La Reunion bears the part number “657 BB,” according to photos of the debris.“From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me,” the minister told AFP.Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the MH370 search, said greater clarity on the origin of the part should be confirmed “within the next 24 hours”.“We are increasingly confident that this debris is from MH370,” Dolan told AFP.Abdul Aziz said a team of Malaysian investigators had arrived in Paris where the wreckage is due to arrive Saturday at 6:20 a.m. (0420 GMT) before heading to the city of Toulouse.The debris will be analysed “next week,” according to a source in the French investigations team.Original story followsSYDNEY, Australia — Australia on Friday said it was confident the search for MH370 was being conducted in the right area with aircraft wreckage being washed to La Reunion consistent with the zone they are scouring.“We remain confident that we’re searching in the right place, and if in fact the plane parts found on Reunion Island are linked to MH370, that would rather strengthen the case that we are in the right area,” said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss.He added: “The fact that this wreckage was sighted on the northern part of the Reunion Island is consistent with the current movements” from the search area.Authorities hunting for missing flight MH370 are “increasingly confident” that wreckage found on an Indian Ocean island is from the ill-fated jet, the Australian official leading the search said Friday.The two-metre (six-foot) long piece of wreckage, is to be sent to France for analysis, with hopes high that it could turn out to be the first tangible proof that the plane went down in the Indian Ocean.Investigators are hoping they will be able to move closer to solving the perplexing mystery swirling around the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, which vanished without a trace 16 months ago with 239 people aboard.“We are increasingly confident that this debris is from MH370,” Martin Dolan, chief commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which is leading the MH370 search, told AFP.“The shape of the object looks very much like a very specific part associated only with 777 aircraft.”Dolan, however, echoed comments Thursday by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who said the object was “very likely” from a Boeing 777 but cautioned that it remained to be confirmed, in a case notorious for disappointing false leads.Dolan said he was hoping for greater clarity “within the next 24 hours.”Several experts believe the debris is a Boeing 777 flaperon, a wing part, and that if it is confirmed it almost certainly belonged to the Malaysia Airlines plane, whose disappearance became one of aviation’s greatest mysteries.The debris washed up on the French island of La Reunion, some 4,000 kilometers from the oceanic region where MH370 was thought to have gone down in March last year.The recovered object is expected to be flown to a testing site in France near the city of Toulouse for analysis by aviation authorities and could reach there by Saturday, French sources told AFP.Emotional rollercoasterFlight MH370 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it mysteriously turned off course and vanished on March 8 last year.For relatives of those aboard, torn between wanting closure and believing their loved ones were still somehow alive, the discovery was yet another painful turn on an emotional rollercoaster.“It has started all over again, staring at the phone constantly for news,” said Jacquita Gonzales, wife of Patrick Gomes, the flight’s cabin crew supervisor.Local government officials on La Reunion said France’s civil aviation investigating authority BEA has been asked to coordinate an international probe into the origin of the debris.Further adding to the mystery, a torn fragment of luggage was discovered in the same place as the plane wreckage. Australian search chiefs have played down any link between the fragment and the doomed flight, however.Authorities involved in the search at sea, guided by the analysis of signals from the plane that were detected by a satellite, believe it went down in the southern Indian Ocean.But no confirmed physical evidence has ever been found and Malaysian authorities in January declared that all on board were presumed dead.While there have been several accidents in the region, such as a South African Airways Boeing 747 that crashed near the island of Mauritius in 1987, killing all 159 people on board, none has involved a Boeing 777.Experts said an identification number on the debris meant it could be rapidly identified as from a Boeing 777.Valborg Byfield, a scientist at the National Oceanography Centre in Britain, said there were two ocean currents which could have swept the wreckage from the crash site to La Reunion.“Were the plane to have gone done south of the equator, the debris might have been transported by the South Equatorial Current, which bifurcates as it approaches the African coast, with one stream going south along the eastern coast of Madagascar. This would take it past La Reunion.”Angry next of kin have accused Malaysia’s government of incompetence, secrecy, and insensitivity toward relatives, and many have questioned the focus on the Indian Ocean, saying other possibilities were being ignored.Speculation on the cause of the plane’s disappearance has focused primarily on a possible mechanical or structural failure, a hijacking or terror plot, or rogue pilot action. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Simu Lius rise from Bay Street accountant to Marv

Simu Lius rise from Bay Street accountant to Marv

first_imgSimu Liu’s rise from Bay Street accountant to Marvel’s kung fu super hero LIU HAS CHAMPIONED ASIAN ROLESLiu has also produced and directed a short film, and worked as a writer on the second season of “Blood and Water.”“In order for this whole diversity thing to fly, we not only need diverse performers but we do need those writers as well,” he said back in 2015.And when the Singapore-set feature “Crazy Rich Asians” came out last summer, Liu urged his Twitter followers to join him at a weekend screening to support the romantic comedy.“It’s the first movie with an all-Asian cast in 25 years and that means something,” said Liu, who did not appear in the film but believed a strong box-office would push Hollywood to make more films with Asian talent.“I can’t overstate the importance of us showing up as a community, as a crowd.”Just as Marvel’s “Black Panther” furthered conversations about diversity in big-budget filmmaking, Liu said he believed “Crazy Rich Asians” could highlight the demand and power of Asian audiences.“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is set to hit theatres Feb. 12, 2021.— With files from Victoria AhearnCassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press WHO IS SIMU LIU?Liu was born in northern China where he was raised by his grandparents while his parents attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., he told The Canadian Press back in 2015.His father returned to China to bring him to Canada when he was five years old: “I remember meeting my father for the first time, and then my mother after I landed at Toronto.”From there, the family bounced around the Greater Toronto Area, spending time in communities including Etobicoke and Mississauga, Ont.When he grew older, Liu says his parents pushed him to attend the Ivey School of Business at Western University, even though he really wanted to pursue the arts.After graduating, Liu got a job on Bay Street but was laid off in 2012 at age 23. He took that as an opportunity to switch gears: “That kind of spiralled into a bunch of happy accidents that allowed me to have opportunities to be an actor.” WHERE HAVE I SEEN LIU BEFORE?Liu plays the athletic and charismatic son Jung in CBC-TV’s hit sitcom “Kim’s Convenience,” which is also available on Netflix in the United States.His Korean-Canadian character works at a car-rental company but harbours a rebellious past, and because of that he doesn’t get along with his father, Appa.Liu’s first major role was in the half-hour OMNI drama “Blood and Water,” a unique noir that featured an all-Chinese ensemble with dialogue in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.Back when the show premiered in November 2015, he touted the project for putting Asian talent in the spotlight.“As an Asian Canadian I find it’s really hard to find content in the media that is relatable,” said Liu, whose role included lines in both Mandarin and English.Before that, Liu logged bit parts in several TV series including “Nikita,” “Warehouse 13,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Taken.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — Once upon a time, Simu Liu was a Toronto accountant.But he secretly dreamt of being an actor, and just a few years after leaving Bay Street, Liu is on the brink of movie stardom thanks to being cast as the first Asian superhero to lead a Marvel film.Marvel Studios announced the news to thousands of fans at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, when Liu took the stage to introduce himself as the kung-fu master in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”“This is just the craziest, craziest dream,” Liu says in video taken at the event, which also revealed roles for Hong Kong actor Tony Leung and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Awkwafina.Chatter around the cast has exploded online, with much of the focus on the relatively unknown Canadian. Marvel promises that Liu will soon become a household name, but until then, here’s a primer on Canada’s rising star.center_img Simu Liu speaks during the “Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings” portion of the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on July 20, 2019, in San Diego. Canadian actor Simu Liu has been tapped to play the titular character in Marvel’s upcoming film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” Liu is best known for starring as Jung in CBC’s “Kim’s Convenience.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris Pizzello-Invision by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 22, 2019 12:55 pm PDT WHO IS SHANG-CHI AND WHAT ARE THE TEN RINGS?Marvel.com describes Shang-Chi as “the undisputed Master of Kung Fu.”He’s a martial arts expert and the son of a criminal mastermind but grew up unaware of his own father’s villainy, according to the comics.Shang-Chi was raised in a hidden, ancient fortress in China, where he was trained in several martial arts and became proficient in all forms of fighting — but especially kung fu and bare-handed battle.He also mastered philosophical disciplines, and could manifest a sense of calm so pronounced that he was able to dodge bullets, adds the site, an exhaustive summary of the comics source material.The Ten Rings, meanwhile, is a reference to 10 magical rings that were discovered in the wreckage of an alien spaceship by the Mandarin, a power-hungry villain who becomes an archrival to Iron Man.In the big-screen Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Mandarin leads a global terrorist organization known as the Ten Rings, and its members have appeared in the Iron Man films as well as “Ant-Man.”Marvel said that character will be played by Leung, who is a veteran star in China but also new to Hollywood. LIU DIDN’T START OUT ACTINGLike all the big superheroes, Liu forged a secret identity, of sorts — Liu says he pursued acting for months without telling his parents.“My parents were very, very, not OK with me pursuing the arts and I feel like that’s a very common mindset for parents who are immigrants themselves and who value that kind of stability above everything else,” he said in 2015.“To throw away a career, a perfectly good career to pursue the arts seems so counter-intuitive to them, which is understandable.”Liu’s entry into show business came amid an industry-wide push for more racial diversity on the big and small screens, with successes including “Master of None” and “Fresh Off the Boat” offering exciting possibilities for marginalized performers.Still, Liu pointed to family pressures that made it difficult for him to even consider acting.“When I booked my first national commercial, the day before it was about to come out I was like, ‘Listen, you’re going to start seeing my face on television, I don’t want you to freak out but this is what I decided to do with my life.’”last_img read more

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