Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous filmmaking

first_imgAPTN National NewsIndigenous filmmakers from around the world are in Montreal right now for the First Peoples Festival.Events are happening in Montreal and Kahnawake.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin talks with a local filmmaker taking part in the discussion group.last_img


Lanka suspends visas on arrival

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday suspended its plans to grant visas on arrival to citizens of 39 countries after the devastating Easter suicide bombings that killed nearly 360 people. “Although arrangements were in place to issue visas on arrival for citizens of 39 countries, we have now decided to hold it for the time being in consideration of the current security situation,” Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said in a statement. “Investigations have revealed foreign links to the attacks and we don’t want this facility to be abused,” Amaratunga added. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe visas on arrival pilot programme was part of a larger initiative to increase tourist arrivals to the country during the six month off-season period from May to October. The island nation received 7,40,600 foreign tourists in the first three months of 2019. Around 450,000 Indians visited Sri Lanka last year and the island nation was expecting the total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million mark in 2019. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, which accounts for around five per cent of the country’s GDP, is likely to suffer due to the Easter blasts. Tourism revenues in Lanka increased to USD 362.7 million in November from USD 284 million in October 2018, according to reports. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMeanwhile, the Lankan authorities Thursday intensified their raids with the help of the army and arrested 16 more suspects in connection with the country’s worst terror attack that killed 359 people and left over 500 injured. President Maithripala Sirisena has said that 139 people have been identified as suspects in connection with the attacks. Addressing an all-party conference at the Presidential Secretariat here, Sirisena said that a Combine Operation Centre will be established within the defence ministry for the enforcement of the country’s security measures from Friday.last_img read more


Human Rights Watch Moroccan Government Should End the Criminalization of Homosexuality

Casablanca – Morocco’s Islam-based penal code punishes those convicted of the crime of “homosexuality” with six months to three years in jail, a sentence that Human Rights Watch (HRW) says cannot be tolerated. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the discrimination against homosexuals “violates fundamental human rights protected by international law.”The organization’s position that Morocco should end the criminalization of homosexuality is based on the fact that Morocco is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). HRW stated that the Moroccan Constitution is committed to “prohibiting and combating discrimination against anyone on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity … or any personal circumstances whatsoever.” In May 2014, six Moroccans convicted of committing homosexual acts were sentenced to up to three years in prison and were expelled from their hometowns.However, their sentences were reduced last week by an appellate court, which reduced the prison terms of the six defendants and revoked their banishment.The American non-governmental organization (NGO) also raised questions about “procedural fairness” in the appeal. “The Court of Appeal did not call any witnesses to the bar and did not consider any other evidence, and at the hearing all the accuseds denied being gay,” said HRW.On July 2, HRW urged Morocco to “stop prosecuting people for homosexuality.”“If Morocco aspires to become a regional leader in the field of human rights, it should take the initiative to abolish some of its laws that discriminate against same-gender sexual relationships,” said Sarah Leah Whiston, director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch.Being homosexual not only has legal implications but is both culturally and socially taboo in Morocco. For this reason, most gays and lesbians do not “come out” due to the fear of physical reprisals.In addition, under Article 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code, homosexual acts are punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine ranging from 120 to 1200 dirhams.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more


Air Berlin launches DüsseldorfMarrakesh direct flight

Marrakesh – German carrier Air Berlin inaugurated Monday a new route linking the German western city of Düsseldorf to Marrakesh with two weekly direct flights, the Moroccan airports authority (ONMT) announced.The Monday and Friday non-stop flights to Marrakesh will be operated with an Airbus A320, according to the German airline.Connecting flights are available from Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Vienna and Zurich, Air Berlin added, noting that it will be offering an additional flight per week from Dusseldorf to Agadir as of the 2014 winter season. In addition, NIKI, the Austrian subsidiary of the Air Berlin group, will also be starting new routes from Vienna to Agadir as of next winter.Germany is a strategic market for Morocco’s tourism sector as the European country is the world’s second largest pool of tourists (over 50 million).In 2013, more than 55,000 German tourists visited Morocco. read more


Prison Sentences Against People Involved in Collapse of Casablanca Buildings

Casablanca  – On Monday the magistrate’s court at the Ain Sbaa First Instance Court in Casablanca delivered verdicts of up to five years imprisonment against nine individuals accused in the Bourgone tragedy lawsuit, named after the Casablanca’s neighborhood where 23 victims perished last summer in the Collapse of Casablanca Buildings.Three of the defendants were acquitted while out on bail, another was sentenced to two years in prison, a third to three years, a fourth to three and a half years, and two of the defendants were sentenced to four years in prison. The final pair of defendants was sentenced to five years. None of the sentenced will have the opportunity of being granted parole.The court fined each of the seven sentenced people 1,000 dirhams and sentenced them to pay a compensation fixed between 20,000 to 300,000 dirhams for civil law petitioners. This lawsuit opened on Oct. 15, 2014. The ten accused include a member of local authorities (moqaddem), town council’s technicians, an engineer, and an employee from the building permit office, in addition to two sons of the owner of a flat under construction at the time of the collapse in which the latter was killed.The charges range from manslaughter, non-compliance with laws related to construction, corruption and forgery of administrative documents.Twenty-three people died and more than fifty were injured on July 11 in the collapse of three apartment buildings due to construction work on the ground floor and illegal building of several additional floors. Edited by Kristina Fried read more


World Takaful Conference forges vision for Takaful market in 2020

Dubai –  The second and final day of the 11th annual World Takaful Conference (WTC) built on yesterday’s highly impactful critical discussions on the state and future of the global Takaful industry. Convened by Middle East Global Advisors and in strategic partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority, WTC is held under the theme “Prudent Practices for Global Growth” and considered to be the world’s most powerful Takaful gathering.This morning, WTC played host to a ratings roundtable that assessed the necessary steps required for Takaful players to build the industry’s financial strength. The session also specifically addressed the ratings perspective of the risk-shifting effect of the use of Qard loans from shareholders to the policyholders’ fund. Following suit was a look at what the Takaful industry would look like in 2020, with a particular look at the whether family Takaful can grow large enough to support the increasing supply of longer-dated sukuk expected in the market. Mahesh Mistry, Director, Analytics of A.M Best mentions, “The lack of differentiation and the associated pricing pressure along with poor distribution networks will be the key challenges for Middle East takaful companies going forward. For the industry to tackle these challenges, the operators will need to adopt suitable strategies and appropriate structures to ensure that the Takaful model employed is balanced, and that it serves the needs of the enormous potential for Shariah compliant insurance, to the benefit of all stakeholders.”The sessions for the afternoon include topics such as innovation and Takaful, the key imperative of risk-based capital and emerging Takaful markets.The WTC audience comprised of high profile guests and dignitaries from Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre, Islamic Insurance Association of London, Insurance Authority UAE, PwC, Moody’s, EY, Swiss Re, Munich Re, Noor Takaful, Watania, Emirates RE and many more organisations.WTC is taking place on the 11th and 12th of April in the Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai. To find out more about WTC, visit www.wtc16.com. read more


Morocco Launches Environmental Police

Rabat – The Ministry of Energy, Mining, Water, and Environment organized a ceremony to launch the environmental police on Thursday, 23 February in Rabat.The ceremony, which was led by Hakima El Haite, the Minister Delegate in Charge of the Environment, will involve the handing over of environmental inspector’s cards and the presentation of technical monitoring equipment and vehicles for the environmental police.The creation of regional environmental brigades to protect against environmental damage was first announced in September 2013 by the General Directorate of National Security. The missions of the environmental police, set by Decree No. 2-14-782 of 30  on May 19, 2015, include the raising of awareness of environmental issues and the inspection, research, investigation, verbalization and detection of environmental infringements.The offenses that the environmental brigades will police are as numerous as its mission: deposits of waste on private or public land, possession obsolete products or contraband drugs, transport of dangerous goods without authorization.Offenders may face fines ranging from MAD 100 to MAD 2 million as well as possible imprisonment. Once the infringement has been established by the environmental inspector, this latter is responsible for determining the seriousness of the infringement and the penalty for the infringement.According to the decree, environmental police officers “perform their functions voluntarily, or at the request of the governmental environmental authority, or as part of a national environmental supervisory board set up for purpose of environment protection. “The national control plan in particular aims to identify “sectors and industries, environmental activities, which must be submitted as a priority to environmental control,” adding that an annual report should be sent to the Head of Government.Since November 2013, a brigade of 14 environmental police elements have been deployed in Casablanca, Rabat and Mohammedia. From January to July 2014, 414 offense tickets were registered. read more


Fatal New Mexico Uber shooting stemmed from vomit in car

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The fatal shooting of a New Mexico man who authorities have said was killed by a ride-share driver early this year stemmed from “a large amount of vomit” in an Uber vehicle, according to court documents.Court documents submitted by the Bernalillo County District Attorney last week said the shooting was prompted by the vomit and an argument over a “clean-up fee,” the Albuquerque Journal reported .Police have said driver Clayton Benedict shot and killed passenger James Porter, 27, after stopping along Interstate 25 in Albuquerque on March 17. Benedict has not been charged and has declined to comment.District Attorney’s Office spokesman Michael Patrick said a charging decision may come in the next few weeks.“Prosecutors are currently going over hundreds of documents and videos,” Patrick said.According to a search warrant affidavit filed seeking information from Uber about Benedict’s trips for the day and other information, Benedict picked up Porter and his friend from the Salt Yard bar on the evening of Saint Patrick’s Day.The friend, Jonathan Reyes, later told police the two had been at the bar since 2 p.m. and although he typically doesn’t drink, that day he had six or seven drinks.Benedict — who had been driving for Uber for the past year and a half — told detectives they were travelling south on I-25 when Reyes vomited in the back seat.“At this point the other passenger and Clayton start to go back and forth about a potential ‘clean-up fee,’” the detective wrote in the affidavit. “James is the male arguing/pleading with Clayton not to charge him for a ‘clean-up fee.’”That’s when Benedict said he pulled over and asked the men to get out of the car. He said he ended the ride and gave Porter a review of “one star.”He said Porter slammed the door.Benedict said he fired “an unknown amount of rounds” toward Porter after Porter threatened to run him over with his own car.Last month, the family of Porter filed a lawsuit against Uber and Benedict over the shooting.The San Francisco-based Uber told the Journal in a statement that Benedict no longer has access to the Uber app as a driver.Last year, an Uber driver in Denver was charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a passenger on a Colorado highway. Police have said driver Michael Hancock, 29, shot and killed Hyun Kim, 45, following an altercation in the car. Hancock’s family has said he only shot in self-defence.The Associated Press read more


Sri Lanka UN official voices concern after another aid worker is slain

Neil Buhne, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, issued a statement condemning the shooting death of A. Vigneswaran, who worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council, by unknown gunmen in Batticaloa. He urged authorities to “vigorously pursue” the perpetrators.“For humanitarian workers to meet their responsibilities fully, they must be able to work without fear,” he said. “A successful investigation resulting in the killer being brought to account would not only bring solace to Mr. Vigneswaran’s family and to his colleagues, it would reduce this fear and create a better environment for the more effective implementation of humanitarian programmes in Batticaloa benefiting tens of thousands of people.”Thousands of Sri Lanka have been displaced from their homes or are now dependent on humanitarian aid as a result of continued fighting between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). 3 December 2008The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sri Lanka today called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation into last week’s murder of an aid worker in the east of the violence-wracked country – the third staff member from the same relief group to have either disappeared or been killed in the Asian island nation. read more


Ackman crusade gets boost from new FTC probe into possible deceptive practices

Ackman crusade gets boost from new FTC probe into possible “deceptive practices” at Herbalife NEW YORK, N.Y. – Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has won a round in his 15-month fight against supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife. The direct seller’s shares tumbled Wednesday after Herbalife revealed that it is being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for possible “deceptive practices.”Since December 2012 Ackman has spent millions waging a public campaign against Herbalife and building up an army of lobbyists, community organizers and members of Congress to push regulators to investigate what he calls a “pyramid scheme,” that makes most of its money by recruiting new salespeople rather than on the products they sell. It is a charge that Herbalife has repeatedly denied.Ackman, the head of Pershing Square Capital Management, holds a whopping $1 billion “short” position in Herbalife, meaning he’s bet that the company’s stock will drop and profits when it does. While short sellers are sometimes demonized for profiting at another’s financial pain, they can play an important role in discovering problems with companies. Hedge fund manager David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital took out a massive bet against Lehman Brothers in 2007, accusing the investment bank of not disclosing all of its potential losses from the housing market downturn. That bet turned out to be right. Lehman filed for bankruptcy in September 2008, sparking the financial crisis.So far Ackman’s campaign has had mixed success. The SEC began conducting its own investigation into Herbalife shortly after Ackman’s initial accusations, but so far it hasn’t led to any enforcement action. He sparred publicly with Carl Icahn, who owns 17 per cent of Herbalife through his firm Icahn Associates, with Icahn calling Ackman a “crybaby” on television. Icahn has defended Herbalife and increased his stake in the company in recent months to back up his comments. The stock, which was hit hard at the outset of Ackman’s crusade, more than recovered, doubling to an all-time high of $83.51 at the beginning of this year.The FTC news dinged shares 7 per cent on Wednesday, as the stock closed down $4.82 at $60.57. But shares are still up 46 per cent since December 2012.Herbalife, which is incorporated in the Cayman Islands and based in Los Angeles, uses a network of distributors to sell its nutritional supplements and weight-loss products. Other companies, such as Amway, cosmetics companies Avon and Mary Kay and kitchen products maker Tupperware, use a similar network of independent contractors who market merchandise through demonstrations and other personal contacts.Many people looking for extra income are attracted to becoming direct sellers because there are no large upfront fees. Startup kits range from a few dollars to several hundred dollars, according to the website of the Direct Selling Association, a national trade group based in Washington. There were nearly 15.9 million people involved in direct selling in 2012, and their sales rose nearly 6 per cent to $31.6 billion that year, the most recent data available from the trade group.Individual sellers earn money based on how much they sell, and often, the sales of others. But the direct selling industry has been increasingly under a microscope amid charges of deceptive practices by sales reps who have lost money. The Direct Selling Association says it requires its members to adhere to a code of conduct that includes doing business with “transparency” and “consumer protection at the core.” The National Consumers League and the Direct Selling Education Foundation distribute a brochure with information on how consumers can protect themselves against pyramid schemes.Herbalife said Wednesday that it believes it complies with all laws and regulations and plans to co-operate fully with the FTC. It said it welcomes the inquiry given “tremendous amount of misinformation in the marketplace” about its business.The FTC’s investigation into Herbalife comes less than two months after Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.,) called on regulators to investigate its business practices, after Markey said he heard complaints from former Herbalife sales representatives about improper pressure and financial hardship stemming from their work with the company. It comes a day after Ackman held a public presentation to detail claims of Herbalife violating laws in China and vowed to pursue his campaign against Herbalife “to the end of the earth.” Pershing declined to comment Wednesday on the investigation.FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan on Wednesday confirmed the existence of the probe but declined to comment further. In a letter this week, SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White said her agency could not confirm or deny if the SEC was still investigating the company.__Sell reported from Portland, Ore. AP Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio contributed to this report from New York. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ken Sweet & Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 12:01 pm MDT read more


Alberta Energy Regulator to inspect integrity of 65 energy industry dams

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2015 12:53 pm MDT Alberta Energy Regulator to inspect integrity of 65 energy industry dams EDMONTON – The Alberta Energy Regulator says it will inspect the structural integrity and review the safety records of 65 dams used by the oilsands and coal industries in the province.The announcement follows criticism by the auditor general that the provincial government is failing to properly regulate Alberta’s network of dams and tailings ponds.The 65 dams are used to contain industrial waste and the regulator says 32 are classified as posing either “extreme” or “very high” environmental consequences if they were to fail.CEO Jim Ellis said the regulator will apply the same safety standards to these dams that are used on oil and natural gas pipelines in order to ensure the safe, environmentally responsible development of energy resources.“The auditor general has recognized the AER’s pipeline regulation performance, and Albertans can be confident that we will apply that same rigour to all AER-regulated dams,” he said.The regulator took responsibility for regulating energy industry dams from Alberta’s Environment Department last year.Of the 65 dams, 40 are related to the oilsands industry and 25 are related to coal mining.The inspections and review of past safety records are to begin in May and wrap up by October, with the results to be made public.A list of oilsands industry dams that pose either “extreme” or “very high” consequences if they were to fail indicates there is no annual performance report or safety review for Syncrude’s Mildred Lake dam.All of the other dams on the list indicate they have been reviewed or reported on in the last three years, except for two that are still in the design stage.A similar list of the coal mine dams was not immediately available.Two of the coal mine dams are classified as posing a “high” consequence if they were to fail, including the Cheviot mine and the Obed mine, both near Hinton, Bob Curran, a spokesman with the regulator said Thursday.In October 2013 an estimated 670 million litres of waste water gushed out of the earthen dam at the Obed operation, some of it ending up in the Athabasca River.Environment Canada has said the spill contained damaging compounds such as arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead and manganese.The cause of the breach is still being investigated by the regulator and the federal government. No decision has been made on whether the owner of the mine at the time, Sherritt International, will face charges.In his report released Thursday auditor general Merwan Saher said the Obed mine site in 2013 was not registered as a dam even though it met the requirements.He said most of the mines used by the coal industry have not been inspected since the 1980s or 1990s and there are no safety reviews on file for 22 of the structures. read more


Womens lacrosse Buckeyes look to get back on track with weekend in

OSU freshman goalie Jill Rizzo saves a shot against Vermont Credit: Walt Middleton – Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe Ohio State women’s lacrosse team (6-5) has dropped four of their last five games, three of which came on the road to Notre Dame, Holy Cross and Harvard. The latest loss came in a one-goal, overtime contest at home against Michigan. The Buckeyes now head to New Jersey on Friday to take on Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were responsible for ending OSU’s 2016 campaign, when they beat the Buckeyes for the second time in the Big Ten tournament. “After last year we kind of have a rivalry,” senior attacker Molly Wood said. “They ended our season last year and no matter who ends your season you have a chip against them in the next year.”OSU will need to come out and find a source of offense as they’ve only averaged 8.75 goals per game over their last four contests. The offense has not been at full strength for the last couple games, as freshman attacker Liza Hernandez has missed the previous two games.“She’s working hard to back on the field,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “We’re going to continue to work together as a unit. I think our offense, midfield, defense and goaltending is picking it up and that’s all you’ve gotta do is control what you can bring.”While the Buckeyes have hit a rough patch, they could not have been a better spot in the season for a slump to occur. Their last four losses have been by an average of just 2.75 goals against some very tough competition on the road. That coupled with the fact that Big Ten play is still young bodes well for OSU (0-1 Big Ten) if the team is able to come out on the right end of this swing in New Jersey.“With Big Ten play, we all know how important this part of the season is,” sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott said. “I think we’re all going to come out really fired up for the rest of the season.”Rutgers (5-4, 0-1 Big Ten) are coming off an 18-7 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions, but were riding a three-game win streak prior. Their leading points getter, senior attacker Amanda Turturro, has 14 goals and 11 assists, and will look to continue to be a steady stream of production for her team, but the Scarlet Knights are able to find goals from many different players. Their leading scorer, junior attacker Nicole Kopyta, has found the back of the net 17 times coming off of the bench.“We all have some of our closest friends that pgo and play lacrosse at Rutgers so I think it makes it a friendly rivalry in a way,” Parrott said. “I think we’re all that much more motivated with the way our season ended last year. We’re that much more motivated to come back this year and beat them.”The Buckeyes will remain in New Jersey over the weekend to take on the University of Southern California on Sunday. The No. 10 Trojans are 6-2 on the season and will also arrive to the Northeast on Friday, when they take on Stony Brook. The game between OSU and Southern Cal will take place at a neutral site — Mountain Lakes High School. “We love playing in the Northeast,” Venechanos said. “A majority of our players are from there … so I think it’s an opportunity for both of our programs to play in front of some friends and family but also play against a strong opponent.”The first game of the weekend is set for a 7 p.m. face-off against Rutgers, with the second game scheduled to start at noon on Sunday. read more


Baywatch Star Going Out in Search of Noahs Ark

first_imgNope. Not Hasselhoff. Former Baywatch star and frequent target for airport security harassment, Donna D’Errico is currently training to fulfill a lifelong fantasy: finding Noah’s ark. D’Errico will be climbing Mount Ararat in Turkey, in order to find the legendary lost Old Testament ship.“This has been a dream of mine since I was 9 or 10,” The 42-year-old actress said in a recent interview. “I went to Catholic school and was fascinated by Noah’s ark. I would do class projects based on the ark.”Many have tread the snowy peak of the dormant volcano, but none have come back with definitive evidence of the bible story. D’Errico believes that she can change that. “I’ve been studying this for years and know where the sightings have been. According to my research, the ark lays broken into at least two, but most likely three, pieces. I believe that one of those pieces is in the uppermost Ahora Gorge area, an extremely dangerous area to climb and explore.”And no, before you get all cynical, D’Errico wants you to know, “I am not doing a reality show. I will document this for myself and my family.”last_img read more


Boil water order issued in Bal Harbour after water main break

first_imgBAL HARBOUR, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have issued a precautionary boil water order in Bal Harbour on Sunday due to a water main break in the area.The temporary loss of water following the rupture led officials to take the precautionary measure. Residents are urged to bring all water used for drinking or cooking purposes to a rolling boil for at least one minute.The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department will be sampling the water. The restriction will be lifted as soon as tested samples are given the all clear.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


Kasilof Man Wanted After Burglary On KBeach Road

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported burglary in progress off of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof, on Sunday. Charges have been filed and warrants have been requested for Deboard for two counts Burglary 2nd and one count each of Burglary 1st, Theft 1st and Criminal Mischief 4th. Anyone with information about the side by side or the whereabouts of Deboard is urged to call Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 or Peninsula Crimestoppers at 283-8477. Still missing, is a green 675cc Honda Pioneer side by side ATV.  It has four seats and a full roll cage, as well as a distinctive crack in the windshield. In addition, three ATVS had been stolen.  The majority of the items, including two of the ATVs were recovered nearby in two separate caches in a wooded area. According to an online Trooper dispatch, the suspect fled minutes prior to AST arrival.  Investigation led to the suspect being identified as Scott Allan Deboard, age 23 of Kasilof. Deboard was found to have made forced entry into the residence, a woodshed and a detached garage.  Numerous items were stolen, to include thousands of dollars in camping/outdoors equipment and power tools.last_img read more


Business Elite Still Love Print

first_imgTop American business executives spend a lot of time worrying about the volatile economic climate—and a lot of time consuming media, with a vast majority of them clinging to print.This, according an Ipsos Mendelsohn media survey of the U.S. business elite—some 8,000 senior and C-suite executives across all sectors—released late last week. The survey, sponsored by a cross-section of media companies, including Condé Nast, Newsweek and the Economist, was initiated to support the planning of ad campaigns targeting this high-end demographic. The results give a rare glimpse into the media habits of these executives, who are responsible for $1.4 trillion of business spending, earn $246 billion between them and, according to the report, take enough flights to “fill the Rose Bowl 69 times.”DOWNLOAD: Click here for a PDF copy of the Business Elite Survey The business elite are heavy consumers of all media, according to the survey, with a large percentage consuming print specifically.Of the 2,252 respondents, 88 percent read the last issue of any print media, while 59 percent watched cable news within the previous day (51 percent watched broadband video on a computer). However, just 32 percent say they read blogs, 18 percent downloaded a video podcast and a scant few (6 percent) contributed to a blog.The print media consumption of the business elite, according to the survey, is stable—healthy, even—but not increasing. Between 2007 and 2008, general print was steady (at 88 percent) while monthly, bimonthly and daily readership slipped between 1 and 3 percent.Survey of News, Ad ValueInterestingly, the respondents said local newspapers (as opposed to national newspapers and business magazines) were their main print source of U.S. and political news, while national newspapers were their main source for business news. (Business magazines were the main source of industry news, however.)Ads in magazines—more than local and national newspapers, according to the survey—spur the most action taken by business executives.  Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they visited a Web site as a result of seeing an ad in a magazine, compared to 23 percent for local newspapers and 21 percent for national newspapers. Magazines also led in terms of purchasing a product and contacting an advertiser as a result of an ad.Newsweek, Forbes.com Top-Read Magazine Products In terms of specific titles, Newsweek is the most widely read weekly magazine among the business elite (17.8 percent), followed by BusinessWeek (16.5 percent) and Sports Illustrated (16.2 percent). CFO (15.3 percent) is the most widely-read monthly magazine, followed by Golf Digest, National Geographic, Golf and Money magazines. (Just 3.2 percent read Vanity Fair.)DOWNLOAD: Click here for a related charts Forbes.com tops the list among magazine Web sites visited daily among the business elite, although, such is the fragmented online world, this number accounts for just 1.6 percent of those surveyed. (By contrast, 8 percent read WSJ.com daily while 19 percent visit Yahoo.)last_img read more


Nanwalek is rapidly running out of water

first_imgThe village declared a water emergency on Tuesday. But Evans said if there’s no significant rainfall this week, they could be completely dry by this weekend. Nanwalek (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI) The village has tried to conserve. Water has been shut off at night. Chugachmiut, a regional non-profit, and the North Pacific Rim Housing Authority donated roughly 200 cases of water last week. It’s not the first time Nanwalek has had to ration water. In 2003, the state barged in bottled supplies.­­­­ Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said it is closely monitoring the situation. But the agency was noncommittal about what it plans to do if the village of 250-odd people indeed runs dry. “It’s mainly making everybody kind of worried and scared,”  she said.  “He found a stream so he walked up the mountain and rerouted the stream to the dam, and that’s drying up now,” she said. The predominantly Alutiiq village on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula is only accessible by air and water. Priscilla Evans said the roughly 55 households are getting desperate as the village’s reservoir is poised to run out. Evans said a fellow member of the village’s tribal council went looking for an alternative source. center_img The state has issued a boil water notice. Jamie Bjorkman is with the Department of Environmental Conservation in Soldotna.  “Even the bottled water has been depleted,” she said. “So we do have elders that depend on water with their health issues. And then we have newborn babies here, so we were in need of water very much.” Tribal Administrator Gwen Kvasnikoff said water pressure has been steadily dropping. So far no one has reported getting ill from the alternative sources or low pressure. But she warned that the village is on borrowed time as supplies run low.  “I get involved when the water may not be adequately treated,” she said. “Knowing that they were having low levels in their water storage tanks means that the water treatment plant and the treatment that they provide to the water may not be a completed process.” “We never made a plan for this kind of emergency for the water,” she said. “So hopefully the state is going to help us out.” A Kenai Peninsula village is rapidly running out of water. Low snowpack and little rainfall has led Nanwalek to declare a water emergency.last_img read more


Varun Beverages IPO PepsiCo bottler gets Sebi nod for public issue

first_imgPepsiCo’s bottler Varun Beverages Ltd has won the stock market regulator’s approval for its Rs. 1,000 crore worth Initial Public Offering (IPO). The company secured clearance from the Securities Exchange Board of India or Sebi’s on August 31.Varun Beverages, which is the flagship firm of Delhi-based businessman Ravi Jaipuria, had filed its Draft Red Herring Prospectus with Sebi on June 21, Mint reported. Confirming the latest development, the firm told the publication that “the timing of the opening the IPO will be decided by the Book Running Lead Managers.”The management of the Gurugram-based firm are currently travelling across the country giving presentations to potential investors, analysts and fund managers and may launch the IPO sometime in October, a source told Mint.According to previous reports earlier this year, it was reported that the company might raise about Rs. 1,000 crore through its IPO.In October last year, the PepsiCo’s bottler had raised Rs. 600 crore from Aion Investments, which is a Singapore-based company. During that time, the company had said it would utilise the fund for expanding its business and “refinancing debt,” Business Standard had reported.PepsiCo had earlier announced that it would invest about Rs. 33,000 crore in the country by 2020. It had sold its entire bottling units in North India to Varun Beverages in November 2014.Varun Beverages is PepsiCo’s product distributor in 17 states and two Union Territories across India. It is also PepsiCo’s second largest bottler in South Asia and has, apart from India, operations in Nepal and Sri Lanka. It also sells PepsiCo’s products in parts of the African continent.last_img read more


Kenyan United Methodists oppose allowing LGBT clergy pray for church unity worldwide

first_img Share This! By: Tonny Onyulo TagsCommission on a Way Forward homepage featured Kenya One Church Plan Top Story Traditional Plan UMCGC United Methodist Church United Methodist General Conference United Methodists,You may also like Tonny Onyulo Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Tonny Onyulo News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — During a recent prayer service here at the Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church, more than a hundred worshippers followed Rev. Wilton Odongo, one of the church’s head pastors, as he led congregants in prayer.This prayer was addressing the unity of the church — specifically, the worldwide United Methodist Church.Later this month, a special session of the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis will renew its long-running debate over same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy. Several proposals under discussion would remove a rule in the church’s book of discipline that would prevent anyone who is a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” from serving as a minister.Here in East Africa’s heavyweight country, though, most say a resounding ‘no’ to such measures.RELATED: African Methodists worry about the church that brought them Christianity“We are praying that God gives guidance to the delegates so that the result does not hurt the next generation,” said Odongo, who is also the district superintendent of Nairobi and the secretary to the Episcopal Office of the East Africa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.Odongo, who is among the reserve delegates for the General Conference meeting, told Religion News Service that he believes the ordination of LGBTQ clergy goes against the teachings of the Bible.The Rev. Wilton Odongo preaches a sermon at Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church in Nairobi, Kenya, on Jan. 13, 2019. RNS photo by Gad Maiga“In Africa, we have people in polygamous marriage and others who practice female genital mutilation, but we have never advocated for such issues to be universal,” he said amid cheers of ‘Amen’ from congregants. “We don’t want the issue to be included in the church because it’s a sin. God forbids it.”For decades, the United Methodist Church, numbering 12 million members worldwide, has faced conflict over how the denomination should minister to LGBTQ individuals and whether or not to include them as leaders of churches. Two years ago, in Portland, Ore., the denomination narrowly avoided a schism over this issue during a heated General Conference meeting of 800-plus delegates from around the world.The General Conference then authorized bishops to form a Commission on a Way Forward to envision changes in law and structure that might help preserve unity within the church.RELATED: Historic United Methodist church sees ‘hopeful’ time for LGBTQ ChristiansThree plans for the church’s future emerged from the commission to be considered at the conference, which begins Feb. 23: the One Church Plan, which would allow congregations and conferences to decide whether to allow same-sex weddings and gay clergy; the Traditionalist Plan, which would strengthen the current rules; and the Connectional-Conference Plan, which would allow churches to sort themselves by theology.Another proposal, called the Simple Plan, would remove any language about homosexuality from the Methodist Book of Discipline.Many Methodists in Kenya said the “One Church Plan” would amount to a repudiation of Bible passages condemning homosexuality. Pastor Anthony Maiga, who oversees Rongai United Methodist Church in Nairobi, believes African Methodist churches are not ready to allow the ordination of LBGTQ clergy.“We are all aware that homosexuality is a sin and the Bible condemns it,” he said. “We are fighting to defend the Bible and follow Christ’s teachings. There is nowhere in the Bible that encourages the ordination of homosexual clergy.”Still, Maiga said, he doesn’t want to kick out LGBTQ church members.“We can allow them to fellowship with us and be part of us,” he said.Kenya, in red, located in eastern Africa. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsIn September, the United Methodist African bishops unanimously reaffirmed their view that marriage is between a man and a woman and vowed to maintain the unity of the United Methodist Church. But the bishops did not endorse any of the three proposals by the Commission on a Way Forward to resolve the United Methodist Church’s impasse over this issue.Some Methodist churches in Kenya have ties to the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA), a conservative Methodist organization that supports the Traditional Plan.Rev. Kephas Oloo, a United Methodist elder in western Kenya, is already in Missouri, working with the WCA to drum up support for the Traditional Plan.“Africa is the fruit of mission work,” said Oloo, echoing the words of the South Congo Area Bishop Kasap Owan during the closing worship service of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s global celebration in Georgia this past November.“Africa will not walk away from Christ,” he said. “If you bring us another teaching on marriage, our churches will be empty. But if you are faithful to the word of God, the church will grow. Jesus was protected in Africa. Africa will remain the place to protect the Gospel.”Still, some African church leaders say they want the church to remain united regardless of the outcome of the conference.The Rev. Patrick Wandera said he is “no fan” of the local option (One Church Plan) recommended by the bishops, which would erase parts of the Book of Discipline and let individual churches decide on weddings and ordinations.Wandera, who heads one of the country’s fastest growing United Methodist churches, the Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church in Nairobi, said he is firmly in the traditionalist camp.“We believe what Methodists have always believed about marriage,” he said. “We believe this beautiful picture, from beginning of Scripture to end of Scripture, Genesis to Revelation, that marriage is between a man and a woman.”RELATED: A flourishing United Methodist church considers a way outOthers said it was a non-issue.“There are far more pressing issues than same-sex marriage that the church in Africa needs to address, including corruption, refugees and poverty,” said Rev. Davies Musigo of the Huruma United Methodist Church.He worries that African Methodists who support the Traditional Plan might lose funding from Methodists in the United States who disagree with their views.“But what is of concern to us is the attaching of conditions to aid” by donor countries, he said.“This is a Christian perspective, not an African perspective, because this is a problem all over the world,” he added. “Aid should not be used as a coercive tool to impose any set of values.”Still, Maiga said the unity of the church was paramount — no matter what happens in St. Louis.“This issue should not divide the church,” he said, appealing to the delegates. “We are praying that we remain united as one church regardless of the outcome of the special General Conference this February.”Gad Maiga contributed to this story. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! 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How Can You Have Racism Without Racists

first_imgMerriam-Webster/Screen Capture X Listen 00:00 /13:20center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: If you say a particular action, behavior, or policy is “racist,” what does that conjure?For some, it brings to mind images of white robes, burning crosses, or swastikas. And, with those images in mind, most of us would say we’re not racists.Yet racist policies, practices, and economic realities still exist – to say nothing of the overt racism and violence many still experience. So, how can you have racism without many overt racists?Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva addressed that topic in his 2003 book, Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America, which is now in its fifth edition.Bonilla-Silva says that after the Civil Rights movement, racism went underground more or less. While cross burning and lynching largely disappeared, racial segregation – literally and economically – is still very much alive.Michael Hagerty/Houston Public MediaSociologist Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva speaks with guests at a recent event at the University of Houston-Downtown, where he serves as a scholar in residence.Bonilla-Silva is a professor of sociology at Duke University and president of the American Sociological Association. He also serves as a scholar in residence at the University of Houston-Downtown’s Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS). He discussed this topic with a group of students there on Jan. 29.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with the professor about his book and how he believes institutionalized racism can be fought in the modern age.last_img read more