Rico Challenges Moroccos Kickboxing Star Badr Hari Again

Rabat – Dutch Glory Heavyweight Champion Rico Verhoeven has challenged the Moroccan golden kickboxing superstar, Badr Hari.In a Dutch television program, the Dutch kickboxer said that he is “ready” for another confrontation with the Moroccan star.“I am waiting when I will be informed of the date and the location where the combat will take place,” he said. Verhoeven defeated Hari in 2017 due to a shoulder injury Hari suffered in the second round. Despite the defeat, Hari promised that he would be back in 2018 when he would be fully ready to face off with Rico again.Moroccan television channel Arryadia published a poster of the two stars captioned, “A revenge rematch between Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven next March. The rematch will be broadcasted live on Arryadia.”Hari has tangled with Verhoeven, calling himself “the best, the number one, the absolute best.” The star has shared several photos of himself on his social networks doing intensive workouts.In August, Hari wrote a post on Instagram, saying “I don’t like retrospectives because there is still much work (KOs) to be done but it seems to be a (funny) list day…. Unreachable Bad Boy. There will be no loophole for my opponents,” citing some of the most challenging games he had won.Receiving the message loud and clear, it did not take long for Verhoeven to respond to his opponent. “Unreachable bad boy that’s exact what you are when they call you for the big fight……get to training and let see how long you last this time.”On the same post, Hari tagged his Dutch rival in a comment and wrote: “Dear Rico, don’t try to feed a false rumor: there was NEVER any discussion regarding a fight in September. How can you imagine that you would have been the 1st fighter on the poster in such a case ?”In his comment, the Moroccan kickboxer wrote, “Don’t forget who’s the boss.” Now, Badr Hari has another challenger as renowned Moroccan kickboxer Jamal Ben Saddik also wants a fight with Hari.After defeating Dutch kickboxer Angelo Marshall, Ben Saddik challenged Hari, who was in the audience.“Come here; you are always a bad boy,” said Ben Saddik after winning his fight.Hari did not hesitate to enter the ring and has accepted the challenge. “You are not my first choice, but if you want it it is ok for me, I am ready.” read more

Nimal hits out at France following deadly attacks

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member and Government Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva today hit out at France following a deadly terrorist attack which claimed the lives of some 153 people.Speaking at a public event in Ella, the Minister said that France, Britain, the US and Sweden put pressure on Sri Lanka when the former Sri Lankan Government was engaged in a war against the LTTE. “Countries like France, the US and UK could not defeat terrorism. These countries must place flowers and worship Sri Lanka. They must learn lessons from us,” he said.He said that even the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has now got an opportunity to learn about terrorism once again and take a different stand on the issue.The Minister said that the time has come for the UNHRC to understand that the Sri Lankan military took efforts to defeat a brutal terrorist outfit. During the final stages of the war several western countries accused Sri Lanka of committing human rights abuses and urged the Government to suspend the operations launched against the LTTE.Nimal Siripala de Silva said that terrorism is spreading around the world but Sri Lanka was able to defeat terrorism. Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the conflict in the Middle East has resulted in a mass exodus of refugees who are flowing into Europe becoming a headache to Europe. (Colombo Gazette) “They came to teach us about good governance and democracy. They claimed that since there is no reconciliation in Sri Lanka and since we are not addressing the issues of minorities there is terrorism in Sri Lanka. Now I ask if the attacks took place in France killing over 150 people since there was no reconciliation? Terrorism is not like that. It goes way beyond that,” he said. He said that the very countries who attempted to give advice to Sri Lanka are now compelled to have a rethink about what they said. He also accused Europe of arming terrorist groups in the Middle East to overthrow legitimate Governments. read more

UN Advisors accused of sensationalising Sri Lanka issue

He said the joint statement had been issued at a time the Government is taking stringent measures to maintain law and order and quell unrest in the interest of safety of all and that it skews the situation on the ground and interprets post-April 21 events through a narrow prism of stereotypical labels, while disregarding the deeper and more nuanced issues at play. Dr Rohan Perera said that as has been perpetrated by ruthless terrorist groups inspired by ISIL/ Da’esh with global reach in many parts of the world, the horrendous Easter Sunday attacks were intended to create division among us and destroy the very fabric of our multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, and deal an intentional blow to our economy.“All peace-loving citizens of Sri Lanka are still trying to come to terms with the shock and aftermath. While we mourn the loss of innocent lives, the support and solidarity from our friends in the international community, including the UN Secretary-General, have been overwhelming. We were reminded that we are fighting a common adversary in terrorism, and its associated manifestations of radicalization and violent extremism, which had taken many innocent lives from across many parts of the world in recent times,” he said.In this context, Dr Rohan Perera said that it is quite insensitive and ill-conceived that the two UN Advisors did not consider it important to share their concerns with the Sri Lankan Government first, before going public with the statement. Sri Lanka has accused two UN Advisors of sensationalising the Sri Lanka issue.Responding to a joint statement issued by the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng and the United Nations Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect Karen Smith on 13 May 2019, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Dr Rohan Perera stated that their prejudiced statement only serves to sensationalize issues. “This would have also been in keeping with the key objectives of your respective mandates, i.e. to provide early warning and advocacy. We are particularly disappointed that your statement comes at a time when Sri Lanka has been following a well-acknowledged open and constructive engagement with the UN System and its human rights mechanism, including with the special procedures and mandate holders for the past several years. Eight such Special Procedures have visited Sri Lanka in the last four years which ranked among a handful of countries with regard to accommodating such engagement. In this context and spirit, we would have welcomed any constructive criticism or observation from your offices as well. Your prejudiced action only serves to sensationalize issues at a time the government is taking stringent measures to maintain law and order and quell unrest in the interest of safety of all,” he said. “While noting your concerns, we were taken aback by your oversimplified narrative of events that are nuanced and complex in nature,” Dr Rohan Perera said.He noted that for the past decade, the people of Sri Lanka had been enjoying their hard-won peace and freedoms, and had embarked on the arduous path of reconciliation and national healing after nearly three decades of struggling against separatist terrorism. “I am constrained to state that your statement demonstrates a limited understanding of events and is an expression of preconceived opinions. By stating that “the special advisors noted a recent spate of attacks against Muslim and Christian communities in Sri Lanka, a majority Buddhist country”, and continuing that “the recent violence in Sri Lanka has highlighted a growing influence of nationalists and extremist views of identity in the Asia Region, putting religious minorities at risk”, your statement generalizes events and mischaracterizes facts, which is irresponsible as it is dangerous, and does not conform with the independent nature and credibility of your offices.“Indeed, even the conflation of the Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 of our loved ones, mostly from Sri Lanka’s Catholic community, as well as 45 foreign visitors to Sri Lanka, and the swiftly quelled communal violence during the weekend of 11 May, is unexpected from your august offices. It was made manifestly clear that the world recognized that the Easter Sunday attacks were carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, having been influenced and inspired by ISIS, and were not a result of any local conditions. These attacks, mainly against Christians at prayer, form part of global trends of radicalization and extremism.”“The almost two and half million Muslims who comprise about 10% of the 22 million population of Sri Lanka have lived in harmony amongst the Buddhist majority (over 70%) and other groups for over several centuries. Even amidst the gravest provocations during the 30 years separatist terrorist armed conflict in Sri Lanka, where sacred Buddhist and Islamic religious places were attacked and devotees butchered, religion has not been a cause for violence. Hence, the above statement skews the situation on the ground and interprets post-April 21 events through a narrow prism of stereotypical labels, while disregarding the deeper and more nuanced issues at play.” Ambassador Dr Rohan Perera said that the Government of Sri Lanka has carefully reviewed the joint statement of 13 May 2019, issued as a note to correspondents, where two UN Advisors have expressed alarm on the ‘growing acts of violence on the basis of religion’ in Sri Lanka. “It is pertinent to place on record that a number of precautionary measures were put in place by the government  immediately following the attacks, such as, providing additional security protection to all places of worship, limiting access to social media to halt the spread of false information for brief periods of sensitivity, and banning full face covering that hinders identification. It is regrettable that, in spite of these measures, a handful of isolated incidents broke out in some parts of the country causing the tragic death of one person. Within a few hours, the Government took swift action to thwart any escalation of violence and perpetrators were promptly arrested and subject to due process.”“Sri Lanka is indeed a ‘pluralistic society’, and freedom of religion or belief, freedom of movement within the country and choice of residence has been guaranteed by the Constitution. Considerable work has been undertaken by the Government also with the support of the UN system to preserve inter-faith and inter-religious harmony and inclusivity, to which you too have alluded. This was amply demonstrated when there were calls made not only by political leadership but also by the Archbishop of Colombo and other Buddhist, Hindu and Islam clergy, for peace and non-violence among communities.”“Wittingly or unwittingly, one should be careful not to contribute to diminishing the enormity of the acts of terror that shook Sri Lanka, to a domestic scuffle between religious bigots, or taint it as a result of “local discriminatory practices that perpetuate religious intolerance and violence”, which is furthest from the ground reality. Given that this is clearly an offspring or part of global terror network, better understanding and solidarity of all partners are of essence to eradicate this menace. Ill-timed statements from responsible authorities will only serve to strengthen the hands of parties with vested interests and extremist elements determined to veer Sri Lanka from the path of peace and development. The need of the hour is for measured advice and support of experts of your good offices to help clarify matters in order for Sri Lanka and all her people to face new challenges arising from violent extremism,” the Ambassador said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Man 23 arrested for human trafficking in Niagara Falls

An under cover operation by Niagara police has led to the arrest of a Brampton man, accused of selling the sexual services of a 20-year-old woman from a local hotel.Andre Davis, 23, has been charged with human trafficking, failing to comply with recognizance, and breach of probation. Police were tipped off by a member of the public about suspicious activity at the hotel.David is already facing additional human trafficking charges that involve the same victim.Police say they expect more charges to be laid against Davis as they continue their investigation.

UN human rights office disappointed by Bahrains decision to uphold conviction of

“We regret that Bahrain’s highest court on Monday upheld the convictions of 13 activists for their role in pro-democracy demonstrations, after two years of trials and despite the conclusions of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and the appeals by the international community concerning the judicial procedure and allegations of torture,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told reporters in Geneva. “These persons are political and human rights activists and we are concerned they may have been wrongly convicted for legitimate activities. We are also concerned by the extreme harshness of some of the sentences, including imprisonment for life,” she added. In early 2012, the Gulf country experienced clashes between security forces and demonstrators, a year after widespread civil protests first emerged there. The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry was established by the King of Bahrain in June 2011 to investigate incidents that occurred during the country’s unrest. At the news briefing, the OHCHR spokesperson also condemned the arbitrary detention of the Vice President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, Said Yousif Al-Muhafdhah, who was arrested on 17 December 2012 while monitoring a protest in the capital, Manama. Mr. Al-Muhafdhah was also sending messages on the online platform Twitter about attacks on protesters and posted a picture of a demonstrator wounded during the protest. According to the UN agency, the case is expected to be reviewed by the public prosecution office on Wednesday. “We call on the Bahraini authorities to release him immediately,” Ms. Pouilly said. read more

UN rights experts urge Mexico to focus more on the fight against

“Eight years after our first visit to Mexico, the different definitions of the offence of torture continue to generate actual or potential loopholes for impunity,” said Felipe Villavicencio, the head of the Subcommittee delegation, adding that fighting impunity is one of the most effective preventive measures to end torture and ill-treatment.According to official statistics, there are more than 4,700 open investigations for acts related to torture at the federal level. However, the number of sentences for perpetrators remains disproportionately low.During its mission, from 12 to 21 December, the Subcommittee visited 32 where deprivation of liberty had been reported, including to Baja California, Mexico City, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Guerrero, Morelos, Nuevo León, and Veracruz. The delegation also held several individual and collective confidential interviews with individuals who had been deprived of their liberty.We hope that our second visit will contribute to the advances in the fight against torture and ill-treatment in Mexico and lead to a greater respect of the rights of persons deprived of their libertyUN Subcommittee on the Prevention of TortureThe human rights body also met with authorities, civil society representatives, and Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights to collect information on torture and mistreatment during detention, transfer, and placement of persons who have been deprived of their liberty. Such findings were shared confidentially with the Mexican authorities.The Subcommittee also underlined that Mexico’s independent monitoring body, known as a National Preventive Mechanism, should be provided with the same unrestricted access the Submittee received when it conducts its visits.“Mexico is a firm defender of human rights at the international level and it was one of the pioneer States in the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture,” said Mr. Villavicencio. “The commitment of Mexico to the prevention of torture was demonstrated during our visit by the excellent cooperation provided by the authorities and the unrestricted and immediate access to the places that we wished to visit in an unannounced manner.”“We hope that our second visit will contribute to the advances in the fight against torture and ill-treatment in Mexico and lead to a greater respect of the rights of persons deprived of their liberty,” he added.Following this visit, the Subcommittee will submit a confidential report to Mexico, containing its observations and recommendations on the prevention of torture and ill-treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. The expert rights body encouraged the authorities to make the report public, as they had done following its previous visit in 2008.The Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, established pursuant to the provisions of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT), has a preventive mandate focused on an innovative, sustained and proactive approach to the prevention of torture and ill treatment.The Subcommittee is composed of 25 independent and impartial experts, who are not UN staff, coming from different backgrounds and from various regions of the world, elected by States Parties to the OPCAT for a four-year mandate and can be re-elected once. read more

Massive integrated lead producer The Doe Run Co reaches landmark environmental agreement

first_imgDoe Run has agreed to spend up to $7.5 million on several environmental improvement projects. In addition, the agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlines several major programs that will take place over the next three to five years, improving sites the company owns or operates, including its smelters, mines and mills in Missouri. “We all share common goals for vibrant communities, high-paying local jobs and improved environmental performance,” said Bruce Neil, President and CEO of The Doe Run Co. “The agreement enables the company to address historical and more recent environmental issues, while still providing jobs for our employees, strategic metal to our customers and the $1 billion economic benefit we provide to the region.”As a part of the agreement, Doe Run will also pay a $3.5 million penalty to the US Government and $3.5 million to the State of Missouri school funds for Iron County (50%), Reynolds County (30%), Jefferson County (15%) and Washington County (5%).The company will also discontinue operating its Herculaneum smelter by the end of 2013, rather than in 2016 as required by state regulation for sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions. Work at that site will continue as part of a cleanup and repurposing of the facility.“For more than a year, we’ve been working with the community of Herculaneum toward repurposing portions of our site in Herculaneum,” Neil stated. “We’ve spent nearly $400,000 toward two port feasibility studies, donated land on which a new bridge is being built to access the area, and we believe the location could be an ideal site for a Jefferson County port. A port could provide an estimated 2,000 jobs to the region.”Highlights of additional agreements include:Maintaining production limits of 130,000 t/y of finished metal production at its Herculaneum smelterLimiting SO2 emissions at the Herculaneum smelter consistent with the 130,000 t production limitSetting aside sufficient funds (financial assurance) for future remediation work at Herculaneum operations and at the end of mining operations at Doe Run’s mine and mill facilitiesEnclosing all lead concentrate storage and handling facilities at the company’s four mill facilities to reduce airborne particulateConducting yard sampling in Herculaneum on an annual basis, over the next four years, in yards up to 1.5 miles from the smelter and remediation where necessaryPreparing underground and surface water management plans and complying with new limitsConducting environmental mitigation projects of up to $7.5 million, including remediation within an 8.5-mile stretch of the Bee Fork Creek near Fletcher Mill, and additional projects primarily aimed at schools and public entities in Jefferson, Dent, Iron, Washington, Scott and/or Reynolds countiesModifying the existing transportation Administrative Order on Consent (AOC) to include training, auditing, additional sampling and a study of concentrate handling and transportation practices.“This is a comprehensive program that charts a clear path for the company,” Neil stated. “We’re optimistic about our future for many reasons. In March, we announced a breakthrough new technology that will allow us to produce finished lead metal with a 99% reduction of all air emissions. We are also having success with newer technology we’re using for exploration. These new developments, along with the plan to address past issues, demonstrate our commitment to being a viable and responsible business.”Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Missouri. Doe Run and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona.last_img read more

The winner of the 2016 Nat Geo photography competition

first_imgWe do not know whether the bear died from starving or aging, but more likely if we see the good teeth status, it was from starving.“They say nowadays that such remains are found very often, as global warming and the ice situation influence the polar bear population.” Source: Vadim Balakin/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearJacob Kapetein of Gerland, Netherlands, placed first in the Landscape category for a photo of a small beech tree in a river called ‘Struggle of life’. SELECTED FROM THOUSANDS of entries, an underwater photo of sardine predation off the Wild Coast of South Africa was selected as the winning image for the 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest. Source: G. Lecoeur/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearThe photo, titled ‘Sardine Run’ was captured by Greg Lecoeur of Nice, France. Lecoeur took the photo in June 2015 after waiting two weeks to witness the natural predation on sardines captured in the photo.The photo captures ‘sardine migration’, an annual hunt where millions of sardines are preyed upon by marine predators such as dolphins, marine birds, sharks, whales, penguins, sailfishes and sea lions.“The hunt begins with common dolphins that have developed special hunting techniques to create and drive bait balls to the surface,” Lecouer said. “In recent years, probably due to overfishing and climate change, the annual sardine run has become more and more unpredictable.”Hence the two week wait.Honourable mentionsOther winners of individual categories and the photographers’ comments on how they captured the image are equally impressive.Varun Aditya, of Tamil Nadu, India, placed first in the Animal Portraits category for a photo of a snake called ‘Dragging You Deep into the Woods’.“I shot this at Amboli, Maharashtra, India, on July 24, 2016, during a morning stroll into the blissful rain forest. Ceaseless drizzles dampened the woods for 10 hours a day; the serene gloom kept me guessing if it was night or day.The heavy fog, chilling breeze, and perennial silence could calm roaring spirits.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article And there I saw this beauty. I wondered if I needed more reasons to capture the habitat, for I was blessed to see this at the place I was at. I immediately switched from the macro to the wide-angle lens and composed this frame. 19,102 Views Short URL Dec 9th 2016, 5:26 PM https://jrnl.ie/3130826 The winner of the 2016 Nat Geo photography competition The photographer had to wait two weeks to capture this sight. To restore original natural dynamics in streams many measures are necessary. In the ‘Leuvenumse beek’ a nature organisation tried to increase heterogeneity of the river bottom and water retention by putting dead wood in the stream system.“In autumn when rainfall is high, pieces of forest get flooded. Once I saw this little beech in the water, trying to survive under these harsh conditions. I returned sometimes to this place to take pictures.“One evening all the conditions were satisfactory.” Source: Jacob Kaptein/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearAs simple as that guys.Read: The 8 animals with the best comic timing in the world this yearRead: Nat Geo photo competition gives us a glimpse of a strange, alluring world Source: Varun Aditya/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the YearVadim Balakin, of Sverdlovsk, Russia, placed first in the Environmental Issues category for ‘Life and Death’ – a photo of polar bear remains in Norway.“These polar bear remains have been discovered at one of the islands of northern Svalbard, Norway. 4 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 9 Dec 2016, 5:26 PM Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Massimiliano Allegri Juventus earned their victory

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri believes Juventus defeating Parma 2-1 was “a deserved victory, but we have a lot more work to do.”“The lads did very well. Parma is a difficult place to play and we’d only won one of our last five visits,” the Coach told DAZN via Football Italia.“Parma are fighting to secure safety, are very organised and dangerous on the counter, but they ran out of steam towards the end. It’s a deserved victory, but we have a lot more work to do.“We should’ve been more patient and not so hasty, as it played into Parma’s hands in the first half.”Reacting about Cristiano Ronaldo who has not yet broken his Serie A duck as he missed a good opportunity at the Stadio Tardini, Allegri said:Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“There are different difficulties a striker has to deal with in Serie A, but he had a good game overall. I am happy with what he’s doing and the break for international duty will help all of us to be sharper.“Mandzukic has always been generous, but even I didn’t expect him to be in such good shape after the World Cup. Paulo Dybala is slowly finding his form too and did well when he came on.“I need everyone going forward, such as Medhi Benatia, Andrea Barzagli and Daniele Rugani, so the more fresh legs and sharp minds we’ve got, the better.”last_img read more

MPA Launches Playful New Ad Campaign

first_imgIn 2005, the MPA formed the Magazine Marketing Coalition, in part, to promote the relevancy of magazines in an increasingly digital world. With its members taking huge hits in newsstand and advertising sales in 2008, the Magazine Publishers of America today announced a new ad campaign—dubbed “Under the Influence of Magazines”—to tout the “strong” role magazines play in influencing consumers’ purchasing intent and behavior online.The campaign, created by the agency Toy New York, is scheduled to launch on September 8 with three tongue-in-cheek print ads and seven online ads in advertising trade press and in complimentary copies of MPA member magazines. The ads point to a mini-site, magfacts.org, which claims that magazines are the number one medium in driving search among 18- to 44-year-olds, influencing automotive purchase (66 percent more influential than television) and packaged goods intent.In a twist, the ads will include a spate of product placement—Adidas, Häagen-Dazs and Mini Cooper, winners of the recent Kelly Awards competition for magazine advertising. (The MPA says the companies are not paying for inclusion in the campaign.)The MPA has tried the humor route before to promote the power of magazines, with questionable success. In 2006, the association created a fictional superhero, “Captain Read,” in a $50,000 campaign that was criticized by some of its members as a waste of dues.last_img read more

Beyond Good Evil 2 rumored to be funded as a Nintendo exclusive

first_imgAlright, kids, strap yourselves in for another rumor. This one is about the long-in-development-hell Beyond Good & Evil 2, which was announced ages ago in 2008. If this leak turns out to be true, then we may see Ubisoft’s upcoming action-adventure game come to life exclusively on Nintendo’s NX.This leak comes to us via Destructoid who received the rumor from Dual Pixels writer, Alexander Maier. Alexander obtained this information from a person named Geno who in the past has successfully leaked information on Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Project and the new Pokémon forums. Geno provided Maier with a reportedly lengthy document which he then gave to Destructoid so they could verify it.The document reveals that the working title of the game is Beyond Good & Evil 2: The Prejudices of Philosophers. The most interesting nugget of information here is that, much like Bayonetta 2, Nintendo has helped fund the development of the title to bring it to life. Nintendo funded the game in order to secure it as an exclusive on the company’s upcoming system, the codenamed Nintendo NX.Destructoid reached out to a second source who independently corroborated some of the bulletpoints of Geno’s document. While this doesn’t make the rumor 100% true, it does give it some weight.Nintendo’s biggest failing this generation has been with its lack of third party support for the Wii U console. Snatching up Beyond Good & Evil 2 can be seen as a move to get some non-Nintendo games on the NX. However, it’s also true that third party games typically do poorly on the Wii U so it’s possible that Beyond Good & Evil 2, and any other third party games, may suffer the same fate on the NX.As always, take this rumor with a grain of salt until we get official word from Nintendo or Ubisoft.last_img read more

Costa Rican court employees to hold vigil march to promote separation of

first_imgNo related posts. A group of employees from Costa Rica’s judicial system will hold a vigil Wednesday evening “to raise their voices for the democracy” and for the independence of the judicial branch.Organizers of the event, which will be held at the Plaza de la Justicia in central San José, in front of the Supreme Court, said the vigil aims to express dissatisfaction with decisions made ​​by lawmakers who voted last week to reject Justice Fernando Cruz’s re-election to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV.Activities start at 5 p.m. Several Costa Rican bands will be performing throughout the night. The artist lineup includes Bernal Villegas, Pato Barraza, Esteban Monge, Dionisio Cabal, Vico Porras, Goico, Manuel Monestel, Nils, Luis Angel Castro, Walter Benavides, Francisco Murillo and Johnny Schroeder.Participants are asked to bring a candle as a symbol of support.Judicial branch employees also will hold a march on Thursday called “The March of Silence,” starting at 10 a.m. at the Plaza de la Justicia. Demonstrators will then head towards the Legislative Assembly, located one block north.On Nov. 15, lawmakers voted to reject Cruz’s re-election to the Sala IV. That move sparked a political firestorm, with critics saying legislators were attempting to disrupt the country’s balance of power between the legislative and judicial branches.A final decision will be made by Sala IV after lawmakers on Tuesday appealed a decision by Legislative Assembly President Víctor Emilio Granados to reinstate Cruz to another eight-year term.National Liberation Party’s top lawmaker Fabio Molina said later at a press conference that Cruz’s election “is now a closed chapter for the Legislative Assembly.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Venezuelas Guaido calls for new protests Pope fears bloodbath

first_imgAny violence and intimidation against U.S. diplomatic personnel, Venezuela’s democratic leader, Juan Guiado, or the National Assembly itself would represent a grave assault on the rule of law and will be met with a significant response. 2/2— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) January 27, 2019The warning didn’t address specific groups or individuals, but Bolton noted in a linked tweet that Cuba’s “support and control over Maduro’s security and paramilitary forces” was well known.Washington also accepted exiled opposition leader Carlos Vecchio as Venezuela’s new charge d’affaires to the United States after he was tapped by Guaidó.In Washington, Republican Senator Marco Rubio, considered a key architect of the U.S. policy on Venezuela, played down the possibility of a military intervention despite his and President Donald Trump’s warnings earlier in the week that “all options are on the table.”The Venezuelan leader earlier had given U.S. diplomats until late on Saturday to leave the country.But as the deadline expired, the expulsion order was withdrawn and Maduro said he had begun negotiations to set up within 30 days an Interests Section in Caracas to maintain a minimum level of diplomatic contact, similar to the arrangement the U.S. had with Cuba until their 2015 rapprochement.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments #Anuncio Balance y Próximas acciones https://t.co/A3NTu2OUm6— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) January 28, 2019Millions of Venezuelans have been left in poverty or fled the country due to an economic crisis, marked by hyperinflation and shortages of basic necessities, began in 2014.The head of the opposition-controlled National Assembly said a second demonstration, on Saturday, would be a “big national and international rally to back the support of the European Union and the ultimatum” from Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands that they would recognize Guaidó as interim president unless Maduro calls elections by Feb. 3.Speaking after a trip to Panama, Francis said he was afraid the escalating political crisis in Venezuela would descend into “a bloodbath.” He had previously called on both sides to find a “just and peaceful solution.” Pope Francis waves good-bye as he prepares to board the plane for the Vatican at Tocumen Airport after participating in World Youth Day in Panama City. (Raul Arboleda / AFP)While some member nations have backed Guaidó, the EU was more vague, saying it would take “further actions” if elections were not called in the coming days, including the issue of recognition of the country’s “leadership.”Australia, meanwhile, said it “recognizes and supports” Guaidó as interim president pending elections. And Italy has called for “a rapid return to democratic legitimacy.”The United States separately warned there would be a “significant response” if U.S. diplomats, Guaidó or the opposition-controlled National Assembly were targeted with violence and intimidation.Maduro, 56, so far has not budged from his position, telling CNN Turk: “No one can give us an ultimatum.”He retains the backing of Russia and China, as well as Turkey.A non-governmental organization, the Venezuelan Observatory on Social Conflict, said 29 people were killed and more than 350 arrested in clashes with security forces last week.Appeals to the militaryEncouraged by the international support for his cause, Guaidó is on a mission to weaken the military’s support of Maduro, which has been essential to keeping him in power since 2013.His appeals have included promises of amnesty, and mass protests against Maduro, who has presided over a collapse of the economy and a severe humanitarian crisis, with shortages of food and medicine.Supporters circulated copies of amnesty measures approved by the National Assembly to members of the military on Sunday, but some soldiers burned or ripped up the document.Venezuela’s military attache in Washington, Army Colonel Jose Luis Silva, switched his support to Guaidó in a video that called on his brothers in arms to follow his lead. #Ahora Coronel José Luis Silva Silva, agregado militar de la embajada de Venezuela en Washington, manifestó su apoyo a Juan Guaidó como Presidente (E) #26Ene pic.twitter.com/6XsWCB0KS9— Efecto Cocuyo (@EfectoCocuyo) January 26, 2019Maduro appeared at a military exercise in the state of Carabobo on Sunday where he called for “union, discipline and cohesion” to defeat what he called an “attempted coup d’etat.”“Traitors never, loyal always,” he exhorted the military audience.“Are you coup-backers or are you constitutionalists? Are you pro-imperialist or anti-imperialists?” Maduro asked.Thus far, the military has backed the leftist regime, which was ushered into power 20 years ago by the late Hugo Chavez, but there have been some signs of unrest. President Nicolas Maduro (C), his wife Cilia Flores (R at centre) and commanders disembarking in an amphibious vehicle during military exercises at the Naval Base Agustin Armario in Puerto Cabello, Carabobo State, Venezuela, on January 27, 2019. (Venezuelan Presidency / AFP)Playing down military interventionGuaidó has dismissed Maduro’s second term as president as “illegitimate” due to controversial elections the socialist leader won in May, which the opposition boycotted after a number of their leaders had been jailed, exiled or barred from standing.Last Wednesday, Guaidó issued a direct challenge to Maduro’s authority by declaring himself acting president during an anti-government rally in Caracas by tens of thousands of people.His bid was swiftly endorsed by Costa Rica, Canada, the United States and many Latin American countries.“Any violence and intimidation against U.S. diplomatic personnel, Venezuela’s democratic leader, Juan Guaidó, or the National Assembly itself would represent a grave assault on the rule of law and will be met with a significant response,” U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton tweeted, without specifying what kind of response he meant. CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó has called for two new protests, in an effort to push the military to turn against leader Nicolás Maduro as Pope Francis warned on Monday of a possible “bloodbath” in the crisis-wracked South American country.In a video posted on Twitter, the 35-year-old opposition leader Guaidó announced a two-hour strike on Wednesday “to demand that the armed forces side with the people.” Related posts:Europeans, Latin Americans to meet on Venezuela crisis Venezuelan diplomat in Costa Rica accuses Guaidó-appointed ambassador of usurping embassy Venezuela: three months of crisis Maduro exhorts Venezuela military to fight ‘any coup plotter;’ Costa Rica to host international meetinglast_img read more

Rep John Mayer hospitalized for emergency appende

first_imgRep: John Mayer hospitalized for emergency appendectomy NEW YORK, N.Y. – John Mayer has been hospitalized for an emergency appendectomy.A representative for the Grammy-winning musician said Mayer was admitted to the hospital Tuesday morning. He had been due to perform at a concert in New Orleans with the Dead & Company, but that date has been postponed.Tickets for that show can be used for a rescheduled date or refunded.The 40-year-old had performed with the Dead & Company as recently as Sunday.___Online:http://johnmayer.com/ by The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2017 10:39 am PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Much ado about a cinematic experience

first_imgFriday is traditionally a day to go to the cinema, and tonight K Cineplex in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos will offer much more than just an evening at the movies, it will offer a peak into the Globe theatre in London, with lots of laughs and folly.The man who will provide these laughs will be the Bard himself, William Shakespeare and the play being screened is Much Ado About Nothing. The comedy, which is said to be perfect introduction to Shakespeare for families, was written in 1598 to 1599, in the middle of the Bard’s career. Over 400 years later and the comedy is still amusing… and after a long week, we probably deserve some amusement.This performance stars Eve Best, Charles Edwards and Joseph Marcell and features music by Stephen Warbeck. Captured live from London, Much Ado About Nothing has the packed house hanging on every word, while waiting for the next punch line.The comedy, according to the Globe’s website “follows the turbulent romances between Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedict, this exploration of what loyalty, chivalry and true love really mean empowers young people to challenge their own perceptions of relationships.”Not only is it of great entertainment value, but it is also a great date, cinema experience or a chance to teach younger people about what love is all about.Much Ado About NothingScreening of the performance of the play at the Globe theatre. April 20. K Cineplex Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. 7.30pm. €8/10. Tel: 77-778383You May LikeLoan Insurance NewsAt 56, Wesley Snipes Is Living With His Partner In This HouseLoan Insurance NewsUndoTravelfuntuMost Funniest Fishing PhotosTravelfuntuUndoWomen's DNA5 Simple Reminders That Can Improve Your MoodWomen’s DNAUndo House rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Medical association issues quack alert

first_imgBy Evie AndreouFOLLOWING the arrest of a woman earlier in the week for being an alleged charlatan, and two women claiming to be dentists, the Cyprus Medical Association (CyMA) is urging patients to consult them when in doubt about the credentials of physicians.The woman, a foreign national living in the Larnaca district, was making diagnoses using a contraption she invented herself and was selling unregistered and uncontrolled pills which have been sent to the state lab for further examinations, the head of CyMA’s ethics committee Dr Vasos Economou, told the Cyprus Mail.“We do hope that the pills do not contain anything toxic that could endanger the health of all those who consumed them. She already faces criminal charges,” Economou said.CyMA said in an announcement that such cases had increased in recent years, due to the economic crisis and in many cases people not even related to medicine, were taking advantage.“Economic crises, unfortunately fuels charlatanism…. which is very profitable… promoting concoctions promising wonders… and people are impressed by gimmicks. The public should avoid those following such practices,” Economou said.On Thursday two women aged 27 and 30, claiming to be dentists, were arrested after police discovered that their degrees were forged.According to police, investigations concerning the two began a year ago when they were called to testify in another case concerning fake diplomas. Their behaviour raised suspicions, police said and officers went on to investigate their degrees.The health ministry, alerted by police, contacted the university form which the two women claimed they obtained their degrees. It responded that even though they had been students there, they did not graduate, police said.These two cases, Economou said, were criminal, and were being handled by the police, while CyMA’s ethics committee is about to start discussing two cases concerning possible disciplinary offences against medical doctors.“In the first case, a doctor, claiming to have found a cure for cancer, even though it was not his specialty, was convincing terminally ill patients to stop their medical therapies and was providing them with a special oil at a very high price,” Economou said. He added that the other doctor admitted to forging his medical licence.“People need to be more suspicious. Charlatanism is a worldwide phenomenon; Cypriot patients have the right of free choice but they need to do their research before visiting a doctor they don’t know,” he said.He added that CyMA had made arrangements and that the association’s administrative staff was at the service of the public to give them any information they need about whether someone is a registered doctor or not.“If someone wants to visit a doctor they don’t know they may call our office and enquire about his or her credentials, if they are registered at the association, their specialty, training, etc.,” Economou said.CyMA urged members of the public who have been deceived by charlatans to contact the association and contribute to fighting “this sad, dangerous and illegal phenomenon”.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Happily ever after a long way off for Bank of Cyprus CEO

first_imgBy Laura NoonanIf John Hourican manages to drag Bank of Cyprus back from the brink of collapse, it would resurrect a financial institution, a national economy and his own career.Deposed less than a year ago as Royal Bank of Scotland’s head of investment banking, 43-year-old Hourican faces what is likely to be his defining legacy in trying to resuscitate the stricken Cypriot lender.For now, the outcome is far from clear.Hourican takes issue with the romanticised version of his decision to up sticks to Cyprus last November, six months after becoming the most high-profile victim at RBS of a rate-rigging scandal which the bank said the Irishman had no knowledge of.“I think they (observers) read too much into motivation and into the planning of people’s careers,” said Hourican, who was paid 7.5 million pounds by RBS for 2011 and earned 141,000 euros for his first two months as Bank of Cyprus CEO. “I took the job because it was in front of me. I have never had a masterplan.”The fates of Bank of Cyprus and the Cypriot economy are intertwined. The island suffered the worst economic growth in the euro zone in 2013 and is expected to repeat that in 2014. The bank accounts for about 30 percent of the country’s lending.Europe is watching to see how Cypriot banks can recover after seizing funds of depositors to shore up capital, a precedent that informed a new EU-wide banking deal.Russians, who were among the biggest losers in the deposit grab, remain wary of putting cash into the banks and are watching to see if their one-time haven can be restored.But on the anniversary of its rescue, Bank of Cyprus is in a perilous state, with mounting loan losses, falling deposits and a still-fragile economy threatening its revival.UPPING THEIR GAMEOver half of Bank of Cyprus’s loan book is classed as non-performing, and while Hourican says there has been some recent stabilisation, the chief financial officer at rival Hellenic Bank, Antonis Rouvas, told Reuters he could not predict at what level the banking system’s bad debts would stabilise.They already make up than 40 per cent of total lending across the sector, a tally unmatched in the euro zone and well above the 30 per cent of neighbouring crisis-hit Greece.Moves by local lawmakers could make things even worse. Marios Clerides, the chief executive of the Co-operative Central Bank (CCB), told Reuters his bank could need another bailout on top of the 1.5 billion euros it got in February if proposed new laws to protect private homes from repossession are enacted.“You have to see the political environment we’re working in,” he said of banks’ scant progress with non-performing loans. “The politicians want us to handle things with a velvety touch. The troika wants us to handle them aggressively. We are trying to handle them as best we can.”RBS’s former deputy head of non-core operations, Euan Hamilton, is leading Bank of Cyprus’s efforts to stem the tide of loan losses. Customers falling behind on their loans are now contacted by the bank as soon as they stop paying and independent experts review business plans of ailing customers before loans are restructured.Bankers want the state to strengthen their hand by introducing new laws to help them foreclose on the assets pledged as security to back loans, a measure championed by the EC/IMF/ECB teams overseeing Cyprus’s bailout.“The objective is not to penalize householders, but banks need to have the tools to collect their money,” Rouvas said.Hourican and Rouvas are optimistic that lawmakers will come good, but others are not so sure. “People of influence have loans with the banks,” said one experienced senior Cypriot banker, pointing to the unpredictability of parliament.RESTORING TRUSTThe most famously invoked parliamentary veto came last March, when politicians refused to sanction initial plans to seize deposits agreed between the government and EU leaders.A year on, scars from the eventual deposit seizure are still raw, even for depositors at unaffected banks like CCB.“We say ‘we’re well capitalised’, but there is no trust,” said Clerides. “We say that you are insured (for deposits under 100,000 euros). Their reaction is ‘what guarantee can you give that they won’t change the law?’.”Andreas Neocleous, a Limassol lawyer who advises Russian clients, says he doesn’t expect them to bring any more money into the island even if the political situation at home worsens. “They fear that the banking system is still sick,” he said.Capital controls, introduced to avoid mass withdrawals after the deposit grab, helped contain the fall in Bank of Cyprus’s deposits in the last six months of 2013 to 2 billion euros.“We’ve analysed the hell out of that,” Hourican said on the subject of what would happen to his bank’s 15 billion euros deposit book when the controls are fully lifted.He expects restrictions within Cyprus to be eased over the coming months, but thinks restrictions on bringing money out of the country are likely to last another year. Between now and then, he must make Bank of Cyprus strong enough to withstand the hit.BUILDINGThe bank hired HSBC to review its business plan, including examining the feasibility of splitting itself into a good bank with healthy loans backed by deposits, and a bad bank with troubled loans backed by fresh funding.“Although Cypriot banks have never been heavily reliant on the bond market, looking at what Greece’s Piraeus has been able to achieve in recent weeks, I don’t think it would be a surprise to see a Cypriot bank in the market,” said Dierk Brandenburg, a senior bank credit analyst at Fidelity, referring to Piraeus’s raising of 500 million euros on March 18.Relisting shares, which were suspended in March 2013, is on the to-do list but Bank of Cyprus is likely to ask for an extension of the suspension when it runs out in July, Hourican said.“A relisting of the stock for some of them (shareholders) would be an indication of progress. To me, there are other indications of progress we need to have in place first,” he said, pointing to the bank’s need to reduce its 10 billion euro reliance on last-resort central bank funding, tackle non-performing loans and sell non-core assets.The bank is reforming how it lends, moving away from collateral-based lending to look at cash flow.Hourican spent 16 years at RBS, where he overhauled the investment bank, cutting 10,000 staff and closing operations in 14 countries. A former colleague said he lost his job after RBS’s investment banking arm fell out of political favour.Hourican said he wants to “leave something lasting”, but said he is not after a headstone that credits him with saving Bank of Cyprus.“I am absolutely not that narcissistic,” he said. 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It was argued that this power did not extend to allowing the tracking of location data in real time This kind of tracking across a person’s lifetime creates a chilling effect This he argued was not about sophisticated commercial surveillance like big data but much more basic- name date and time and location for all persons and all the time UIDAI’s presentation shows surveillance at various levels He then turned to the UIDAI’s powerpoint presentation in Court The presentation he argued states that every biometric device has traceability which though designed to prevent fraud allows an electronic trail going back to each device He argued that thousands of entities like the Kerala State Board as demonstrated to the Court by the petitioners would have access to the related databases This he argued was not about surveillance and security at the level of the CIDR but at the levels of the many AUAs and ASAs involved with Aadhaar and the potential chilling effect it can have on a person’s conduct He countered the state’s argument that the UIDAI and the CIDR are separate and that surveillance would be possible only via a collusion between the two arguing that the State cannot empower an instrumentality with that much power and control Based on the three expert opinions shown to the Court he argued that it was established that the design of the entire Aadhaar program architecturally and technologically is fundamentally flawed Aadhaar he argued may be technologically brilliant but is constitutionally impermissible The Bench stated that the poor had an equal right to privacy Reuters People should have a choice on the inexorable march towards technology He then turned to the issue of balancing rights He argued that if the Court agrees that Aadhaar is a vehicle for surveillance then the question of balancing does not arise and the Constitution expressly rejects such a system The Bench here observed that the march towards technology is inexorable and no court or government can stop this The human rights perspective they stated was not only about protecting privacy but also about enabling access of benefits to the previously deprived sections of society Both these issues would have to be considered while deciding on the issue of balancing rights Shyam Divan then argued that choice and options are a part of democracy and people should be allowed a choice in this issue Further if technology cannot be stopped then there must be a choice in how and which technology to deploy For instance there could be a local database instead of a centralized one UIDAI’s response to the questionnaire indicates no verification Next he turned to the questions that were put to the UIDAI after the presentation (See Questions and responses here) Based on this he argued that in effect the UIDAI answered positively to all the questions raised- that there was no verification at the stage of enrolment the UIDAI does not take responsibility for the correct identification of a person there was no verification that the documents presented for enrolment were genuine etc Aadhaar is a self-declaration system of verification Aadhaar he argued was thus essentially a self-declaration system of verification which no one in the government has verified It simply provides a matching system ensuring matching with the data provided at the time of enrolment This data then becomes a person’s universal identity The government’s claims that Aadhaar can stop terrorism he argued thus fail This he argued is a deep flaw in the Aadhaar system Aadhaar violates court orders on non-issuance to illegal immigrants Further responses of the UIDAI were discussed including that Aadhaar authentication matches only the data but does not verify the person’s identity the probabilistic nature of the matching and about the cancellation of 49000 operators Further the issue that there is no verification of whether a person is an illegal immigrants despite a court order saying that Aadhaar should not be given to illegal immigrants was pointed to This he argued was blatant disobedience of the court’s order The rejoinder will continue on Tuesday Sources of the arguments include livetweeting of the case by SFLCin Prasanna S and Gautam Bhatia The author is a lawyer and author specializing in technology laws She is also a certified information privacy professional You can read our complete coverage of the Aadhaar Supreme Court case below: Aadhaar Hearing: Attorney General argues that Aadhaar is fundamentally a money bill to which Section 57 is an ancillary provision Why SC needs to look into technical evidence of Aadhaar’s surveillance capabilities Lack of governmental ownership of CIDR’s source code can have serious consequences Will State give citizens rights only if they agree to betracked forever asks lawyer Shyam Divan Coalition for Aadhaar: A collective of private companies wants to ensure that Aadhaar ID and related services continue to be offered Petitioners argue on centralisation of data and challenge Aadhaar’s claims on savings Petitioners argue for a voluntary ID card system that does not collect user data Petitioners argue that receipt of govt benefits cannot be at the cost of compromising fundamental rights Aadhaar is architecturally unconstitutional argue the petitioners Petitioners argue that Aadhaar violates dignity by objectifying and depersonalizing an individual Petitioners seek compensation for starvation deaths and extension of March 31st deadline Section 7 exception in Supreme Court’s interim order greatly affects people’s constitutional rights Entire Aadhaar project is beyond the stated objectives of Aadhaar Act argue petitioners Petitioners conclude their arguments on ‘the number of the beast’ Aadhaar highlighting various issues Aadhaar hearing: Political liberties cannot be foregone for economic and social justice states the Bench Aadhaar hearing: UIDAI’s presentation discusses Aadhaar enrolment updation and authentication processes in detail Aadhaar hearing: Supreme Court expresses concerns with data breaches Aadhaar security and profiling Aadhaar hearing: Petitioners question UIDAI on verification of residency requirement de-duplication rejections and authentication failures Aadhaar hearing: Attorney General argues that pervasive collection of fingerprints meets proportionality requirements Aadhaar hearing: Bench criticises the argument that Aadhaar can prevent bank frauds and terrorists from acquiring mobile numbers Aadhaar hearing:Additional Solicitor General argues Aadhaar-PAN linkage enables deduplication prevents fraud and widens the tax base Aadhaar hearing: Not necessary to prove least possible invasion of privacy argues Additional Solicitor General Aadhaar hearing: Counsel argues that Aadhaar is more secure than a data protection law SC disagrees Aadhaar hearing: Supreme Court questions why both the right toprivacy and right to food cannot be secured under the Constitution Aadhaar hearing: Senior counsel Rakesh Dwiwedi argues that the UIDAI is constantly improving and upgrading its systems Aadhaar hearing: Aadhaar has the support of two governments argues the State Aadhaar hearing: The Act is a well balanced law of which a few provisions should be struck down argues advocate Gopal SankaranarayananIDEAS Joel Stein writes a weekly column for TIME magazine His book Man Made: A Stupid Quest For Masculinity changes people’s lives Time hired me in 1997 with the hope that I would make the magazine relevant to young people something I have clearly succeeded at I’ve kept up on all the cool trends and lately I’ve become concerned about the TIME 100’s fixation on human beings The influence of individual people is waning because of technological advances that are democratizing the media business and taxi driving Individual animals meanwhile are totally waxing They’ve got Twitter accounts product lines their own television channels and celebrities who not only won’t eat them but also won’t stop talking about not eating them This is why I’ve created the TIME 100 Animals the definitive list of the most influential animals in the world which you can find at here To do this I enlisted a board of directors consisting of seven of the world’s top animal experts This was important because I’m not personally a big fan of animals or to be honest plants or rocks or anything else outside Also I’ve learned from previous lists that 100 is a way bigger number than it sounds like so I needed to Tom Sawyer some animal lovers into doing my work for me The Animals 100 board consists of PETA president Ingrid Newkirk Animal Planet and Discovery Channel president Rich Ross environmentalist Philippe Cousteau Farm Sanctuary president Gene Baur BuzzFeed Animals editor Chelsea Marshall my friend Phil Johnston–who not only co-wrote Zootopia but also wrote the scene in The Brothers Grimsby in which the characters get stuck in an elephant’s vagina–and Moby the vegan musician who lives a few houses away from me and was walking by my driveway while I was working on this “I applaud you for representing our collective obsession with the creatures we love and paradoxically hurt and eat” Moby said See what I mean All the board members agreed that some animals are far more influential than others because of their distinctive personalities “At the dog park everyone has the experience of the dog that’s a dick It’s usually a German shepherd” said Cousteau Similarly he said he could immediately tell if a shark was a jerk though I think he was just bragging about being around sharks Not surprisingly Ross talked a lot about sharks when he was nominating animals for the list since as a naked attempt to lure advertisers Shark Week is his TIME 100 The Animals 100 board members agreed that we were embarking on an important endeavor “We would all have the same basic answers with the 100 most influential people like Obama and Malala” said Zootopia co-writer Johnston “If you talk about influential animals other than that dog from the French silent movie most people would say their house pet Which is why this is a much more difficult list and makes you a better journalist” It also helps that I don’t have pets The TIME 100 seems to stick to living humans and TIME 100 Animals totally gets the logic in that because it’s awkward to invite dead people to the TIME 100 party–but the publisher isn’t letting us throw one possibly because of postparty cleanup costs So our top influencer is Cecil the African lion killed by that Minnesota dentist who prompted international outrage over big-game hunting and then a teeny bit of outrage over people making death threats against Minnesota dentists In another departure from the TIME 100 some of our entries are fictional But it wasn’t like we could leave Mickey Mouse off He’s worth about $180 billion You show a picture of Mickey Mouse to anyone in the world and they say “Mickey Mouse” You show a photo of TIME 100 banker Jin Liqun to them and they say “Show us Mickey Mouse again” PETA president Newkirk had been pushing for Tilikum the orca whose plight was detailed in a documentary that got SeaWorld to get rid of its killer-whale show to be first on the list Newkirk also nominated Sunder an abused elephant in India And Grecia an abused toucan in Costa Rica And Dorothy an abused chicken in Virginia At which point I told her she was being a bummer So she suggested Gus a bulldog who stars in a viral video in which he insists on bringing a kiddie pool into the house “There’s not someone pushing him It’s him It’s very different than the surfing squirrel that’s just being used That squirrel doesn’t want to be there” she said going right back at it Some of the TIME 100 Animals influence humans like Miley Cyrus’ pig who is the reason Cyrus became vegan Others influenced other animals like Reef the top dog on the winning Iditarod team Eleven of the entries are sports figures compared with only eight in the TIME 100 And ours are objectively better Sure Usain Bolt is fast but he would be left pretty far behind by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah Ronda Rousey is tough but is she as tough as Long John the Professional Bull Riders’ world champion bull who despite several injuries ended the season with 23 outs 14 of which were on the Built Ford Tough Series Jordan Spieth is a wonderful golfer but could you say about him as the world’s best polo player said about the American-bred bay gelding Chocolate “He has good power a good temperament and a really sensitive mouth” But there were actually a lot of similarities between the two lists They have Leonardo DiCaprio from The Revenant; we have the bear from The Revenant And honestly it was the bear that influenced America’s intense if misinformed discussion of bear rape They have Kathy Niakan a biologist who is approved to work with the gene-splicing tool CRISPR while we have the freakazoid supergoats that Chinese scientists created with CRISPR You decide which you’d rather read about They have Christiana Figueres leader of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change while we have a polar bear that starved possibly because of climate change They have Lin-Manuel Miranda the hipster creator of the musical Hamilton; we have Hamilton the hipster cat They have Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg; we have Boo a Pomeranian with 17 million Facebook likes They have Barack Obama; we have Obama’s dogs In terms of their ability to sway Congress that is currently a tie in influence And in the eeriest similarity of all TIME 100 has Bernie Sanders and we have Grumpy Cat The Animals 100 does have 29 entertainers which is more than are on the TIME 100 And most of ours are famous just for being on Instagram But that’s what being famous is now TIME 100 At least we don’t believe that working on Star Wars is two-fifths as influential as every single thing that is happening in Africa We also have a lot of entertainers because BuzzFeed Animals editor Marshall who oversees two other BuzzFeed Animals writers kept sending me suggestions including Lil Bub Colonel Meow and the two llamas that Arizona police chased on live TV news which she says were more influential than people realized “The llama thing was the day of the dress” she says referring to the dress on Tumblr that looked blue to some people and not blue to others “I ran home with so much energy There was so much stuff happening on the Internet that day The llamas would have blown up more if the dress wasn’t so crazy” Unlike Newkirk Marshall suggested I pick animal-interest stories “We won’t have sad animal news in our section” she said “Our viewers want to be uplifted and be happy” This is the future of news TIME editors Trust me; I get young people Contact us at editors@timecom This appears in the May 02 2016 issue of TIME IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsThe Roseanne revival which premiered on ABC this week didn’t just bring back a familiar set of characters It also brought back a particular social climate from the 1990s one in which the show’s star Roseanne Barr is at the center of a firestorm of conversation and criticism fanned on by Barr herself In recent months a set of inclusive family sitcoms have been enjoying a moment buoyed by writing and casting that helps bring life to real-world struggles Because of her fame and her show’s past reputation Roseanne‘s arrival threatened to create a power imbalance making her the loudest voice in the room Now that the show has premiered with dazzlingly high ratings getting Barr a congratulatory call from President Donald Trump it’s clear that’s come to pass Right now everyone is paying attention to Barr But it’s fair to ask quite how much of that voice actually determines the content of Roseanne Barr who used to be involved in almost every aspect of the show has handed the reins to the performer and producer Sara Gilbert who also plays daughter Darlene “I wanted somebody else to do the work that I wasnt good at and to let me do the work that I was good at” Barr told the New York Times Just like Trump’s presidency Roseanne’s vision or at least what she controls of it courts chaos and inconsistency The star whose messy vocalization of her beliefs offscreen have included conspiracy theories about the Parkland shooting survivors is a powerful and widely-heard voice speaking on Trump’s behalf The voice of her show is saying something a bit different Roseanne is pro-Trump but Roseanne is more complicated Its massive ratings suggest something about it suits our era but that something is less the succor it provides to an underserved red-state audience than a sense of chaos On-camera the “Roseanne Conner” character is eager to pick fights over her vote for Trump in 2016 But she has no compelling explanation for why she cast it but for a sense that the now-President was the candidate who could “shake things up” and bring back jobs This seems like motivation enough; Roseanne herself is a provocateur and the fact that later she goes on to indicate sensitivity toward un-Trump-administration causes (her affection for a grandson who exhibits gender fluidity for instance) just goes to show how illegibly scrambled politics have become It’s interesting that the show gave her nothing more to back up her stance and indeed went on to show her as a bully and a force of division in her family In the premiere she hasn’t spoken to her sister for a year because of their diverging 2016 votes On Roseanne a Trump voter is examined at length and found to be what Roseanne fans always knew her to be: a pushy bully who’s allowed differences of opinion to subsume her personal life Roseanne was always depicted with some ambiguityshe was a caring but brusque and at times cruel mom and partner The addition of political commentary keeps with that spirit Roseanne shines a light on Trump voters sure but I didn’t find it a particularly flattering one Much will be revealed in the weeks to come whether those audiences who sampled Roseanne in its first outing since 1997 many of them in “flyover” markets like Tulsa and Cincinnati stick with the show for one thing And once the story moves on from its premiere’s Trump supporter-vs-Clinton supporter dynamic it stands to be perhaps far less congenial to Trump After all the premiere at least had someone saying nice things about the president on air An episode later in the season takes on opioid abuse and substandard medical insurance as much a hallmark of 2018 America as arguing about a two-year-old election and one that raises even bigger questions about what those running the country are or are not doing A Trump-voting blue-collar woman dominating the TV ratings is a big deal and surely many people watching her are doing so because they share her point-of-view But I suspect in the long run 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