Long considered the capstone of a scientific career in China, election to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) confers so much prestige on those anointed that organizations often try to recruit CAS members or reward their own with a guarantee of lifetime employment. But China’s Communist Party has ordered a reform of China’s academy membership system that may be aimed at curtailing privileges for academicians, or yuanshi. The surprise move “is completely outside my expectations,” says Cao Cong, a Chinese science policy scholar at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.The yuanshi system has come under mounting criticism, especially after a researcher was elected to the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) for his contributions to making cigarettes less harmful and after revelations of a corrupt railway official’s failed attempts to bribe his way into CAS. Many rank-and-file Chinese scientists both envy and chafe at the real and imagined privileges that yuanshi enjoy. The Education Ministry holds academicians in such high esteem that one metric it uses to evaluate universities is the number of yuanshi on the payroll. As a result, academicians might hold concurrent positions at several universities and institutes, fattening their wallets in the process.Some observers view the yuanshi system as a hindrance to Chinese science and have called for abolishing it all together. That’s why many in China’s blogosphere were elated to learn that Communist Party leaders, in an opus on economic, social, and legal reforms released after a party powwow in Beijing last week, called for the “reform of election and management of the academician system” and to “implement regulations regarding retirement and withdrawal” of members. It’s uncertain how CAS will carry out the order. A researcher who has been advising CAS on reforms says he has been bombarded with questions about specific measures from both academy leaders and China’s official media—suggesting that CAS leaders were caught off-guard by the high-level mandate.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Current CAS bylaws stipulate that when academicians turn 80, they become senior members, akin to emeritus members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and lose their rights to recommend and vote on future members, though the word “retirement” is not mentioned. The bylaws also state that academic misconduct can result in a yuanshi’s expulsion. It’s not clear what more CAS could do to appease the country’s top leaders and the broader scientific community, the researcher says, but the academies will probably have a reform plan ready for a joint CAS and CAE meeting in June.
The uncapped duo of Robbie Frylinck and Wiaan Mulder has been named in the 14-member South African T20I squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh, beginning October 26 in Bloemfontein.Lions’ all-rounder Mulder has been included in the squad as a replacement for Wayne Parnell, who has been ruled out of the remaining ODIs against Bangladesh and the T20I series with a groin injury.Meanwhile, Dolphins all-rounder Frylinck has been named in the squad as South Africa opt for a new-look T20I group against Bangladesh.Reflecting on Frylinck’s inclusion in the squad, Cricket South Africa (CSA) National Selection Panel Convener Linda Zondi said, “The selection of Robbie provides another opportunity to explore our depth in the important all-rounder position. Apart from his bowling strengths he has a proven record as a finisher with the bat.”Faf du Plessis will resume the captaincy after missing the series in England, while the national selectors have decided to rest Kagiso Rabada who has been playing non-stop cricket for South Africa for an extended period of time.Meanwhile, leg-spinner Imran Tahir has also been left out of the squad for the upcoming T20I series.”Imran remains our first-choice spinner in both the limited overs formats but we also need to develop depth in this important area,” Zondi said.Tahir’s absence has made way for Tabraiz Shamsi and Aaron Phangiso, who played in a fifty-over warm-up match against Bangladesh.While Shamsi was part of the T20 squad against England, Phangiso has not featured for South Africa since January, ESPNcricinfo reported.advertisementSouth Africa have also included a second wicket-keeping option in Mangaliso Mosehle while senior batsmen Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy have all been retained in the squad.The South Africa T20I squad:Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Robbie Frylinck, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle, Dane Paterson, Aaron Phangiso, Andile Phehlukwayo, Tabraiz Shamsi.
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zoom Due to a depression in the offshore oil and gas industry, the Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC) Berhad, a shipping arm of Petronas, is contemplating the acquisition of distressed floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) units, the company’s CEO Yee Yang Chien said at a press conference, Malaysian newspaper The Star reports.According to Chien, MISC’s prediction that FPSO owners would decide to sell their assets, which are deployed under charter deals, is being realized to some extent.However, Chien was quoted by The Star as saying that MISC would not rush to finalize any deals as the oil prices remain low, adding that the company was looking into buying petroleum tankers as well.He further added that MISC’s business development focus was now placed on North and South America, Europe and Africa.The moves follows the company’s period of divestment undertaken during a downturn in the shipping industry, placing the company on strong financial grounds.During 2015 the shipping firm saw an increase of 12.3 percent in its net profit for the 2015 full year financials when compared to 2014.The group reported a net profit of MYR 2.4 billion, an increase from the net profit of MYR 2.2 billion in 2014, while the company’s net profit for the fourth quarter of 2015 decreased to MYR 752,389 (USD 182,705), from MYR 991,609 year-on-year.In February MISC decided to merge its chemical fleet with the clean petroleum products (CPP) fleet operated by its wholly owned petroleum subsidiary, AET.Under the agreement, AET took over 13 chemical vessels and one LPG tanker owned and operated by MISC.Prior to the deal, MISC Berhad operated a fleet of 25 LNG carriers, 82 clean and crude petroleum vessels, 13 chemical ships, 1 LPG tanker and 13 offshore floating facilities.World Maritime News Staff
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based shipowner Ship Finance International Limited has agreed to sell the 2002-built VLCC Front Falcon as part of its fleet renewal efforts.Delivery to the unnamed new owner is expected later this quarter, and the net sales price will be approximately USD 30.7 million, SFL said.The company added that it doesn’t expect a material book effect from the transaction.Following the sale, SFL has three VLCCs remaining on charter to a subsidiary of Frontline Ltd.In October this year, SFL sold another VLCC oldie, the 2001-built VLCC Front Ariake, for USD 20.7 million.Three 2002-built VLCCs were sold in July to ADS Crude Carriers Ltd, a newly established company in which Ship Finance had acquired a 17 pct interest.Offloading of older tonnage is aimed at making room for new fleet additions. Namely, over the past six months, Ship Finance took delivery of over 19 vessels with long-term charters, increasing its fixed charter backlog by nearly USD 600 million.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has extended a temporary cease trade order against Stratus Financial Group International, Stratus Offshore, Magnus Torgerson and John Westbrook, and is warning people in Amherst and Kentville about a potential scam. The commission hearing into the companies and Mr. Westbrook, scheduled for April 23, has been adjourned to a future date because the commission has received new information they are specifically targeting residents of Amherst and Kentville with a potential boiler room scam. A boiler room scam is when people use a high pressure approach by calling lists of people, known as “sucker lists”, and pressure them into buying highly speculative and sometimes fraudulent investments. Victims are often discouraged from doing any of their own research and are often told things like “it’s a sure thing” and “once in a lifetime opportunity.” The callers are extremely persistent, use high pressure sales tactics and can be very convincing. The companies and their representatives are ignoring the commission’s order requiring them to cease all trading in Nova Scotia, which includes contacting people and encouraging them to invest. It has been brought to the commission’s attention that these companies and individuals are targeting residents of Amherst and Kentville by telephone. To continue to protect investors an extension of the order has been issued. “While it is common practice for a temporary order to be extended when an investigation is ongoing, in this specific case we would ask all Nova Scotians to exercise extreme caution when randomly contacted by telephone regarding potential investments, regardless of the name of the company or person on the other end of the phone,” said Heidi Schedler, enforcement counsel for the commission. “If you or someone you know are contacted by Stratus or any of its affiliated names report it to the commission immediately.” Contact the commission at NSSCEnforcement@novascotia.ca to report a scam or file complaint. To see the order go to nssc.novascotia.ca . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province.
Mumbai: Newly-appointed Maharashtra Housing Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil Wednesday promised strict action against the MHADA officials for failing to implement Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ assurance of staying a controversial housing project in suburban Mumbai. The issue of a private builder duping residents of a MHADA (Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority) housing society by indulging in irregularities in suburban Andheri was raised by Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan of Congress and others in the Legislative Assembly. The chief minister had assured the legislature in the last session that the said project would be stayed. Interestingly, the issue of irregularities had been raised by Vikhe Patil himself in his capacity as then Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. “MHADA officials had not taken any steps to implement the chief minister’s assurance on the floor of the House. The project would be stayed,” Vikhe Patil said.
Canada’s labour minister called on Canada Post and its biggest union Tuesday to continue bargaining with the help of a third party after postal workers across the country voted in favour of strike action that could see them off the job before month’s end.Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of job action in several weeks of polling that wrapped up Sunday.CUPW said Tuesday that 93.8 per cent of urban letter and parcel carriers and 95.9 per cent of rural and suburban members provisionally signalled their willingness to walk off the job.The two sides have been negotiating separate contracts for urban and rural employees since late last year without success.If no agreements are reached by Sept. 26, there could be a strike or lockout.“The minister has appointed federal mediators to assist the parties in their negotiations and encourages both parties to continue their discussions in an effort to reach an agreement and renew their collective agreements,” Labour Minister Patty Hajdu’s press secretary Veronique Simard said in an emailed statement.“Our government believes in a fair and balanced approach to labour relations.”Canada Post said it tabled offers on Friday which reflected recent growth in the agency’s parcel business “and the important role employees have played in this success.”It said the offers contained wage increases and benefit improvements, but the union described the proposals as “unacceptable.”“Over the last decade, the working conditions of all our members has deteriorated, leaving many overburdened with little time for their home life,” CUPW national president Mike Palecek said in a statement.“Our members have spoken – this is the time to address serious workplace problems.”Besides coming to grips with work-life balance issues, the union said it also wanted Canada Post to expand services to include postal banking and grocery delivery, and to invest in an environmentally friendly fleet of delivery vehicles.Before the strike vote results were made public, CUPW posted a statement to its website urging its members to stock up on prescription medications because health benefits could be cut off during a strike or lockout.“Members would then have to pay 100 per cent of the cost of any prescription,” the union said.Canada Post has not indicated publicly that it is prepared to lock out its unionized employees, instead maintaining that both sides were working hard to find common ground.CUPW represents about 42,000 urban carriers and 8,000 rural employees. Collective agreements for both sets of workers expired last December.An arbitrator has been aiding both sides in trying to reach settlements since early June.Palecek warned early last month that, should talks fail, his members should be prepared for “some type of job action.”Canada Post employees were last locked out in 2011 but were legislated back to work.Job action was also averted in 2016 through a last-minute agreement that sent a pay equity dispute to arbitration.In May, arbitrator Maureen Flynn gave both sides until the end of August to reach a settlement on pay equity, calling pay discrepancies at Canada Post “fundamentally flawed.”Flynn is now expected to impose a settlement but has not indicated when that might happen. That settlement is distinct from the current contract talks.Canada Post has already written off the potential cost of that settlement in its second quarter financial results, estimating it could exceed $200 million.
APTN National NewsThere are few answers for the people of Lac, Simon, Que., after a weekend shooting left two men dead.Investigators believe that on Saturday, Joseph Anything Raymond-Papatie killed a police officer, and then himself.Crisis teams are in the Algonquin community ready to help anyone who comes forward.APTN’s Danielle Rochette firstname.lastname@example.org
“I expressed to President Kagame my satisfaction at the steps he has taken to open a new chapter in Rwanda-DRC relations,” Mr. Ban told reporters after his meeting, adding that he is “heartened” by the President’s intention to establish full diplomatic relations with DRC. In a move supported by the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUC), DRC and Rwanda launched a joint military offensive in January against the ethnic Hutu militia known as the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), which has caused havoc in the eastern part of DRC for years.Mr. Ban noted that the joint operation appears to have made progress. At the same time, he urged President Kagame “to ensure that these operations do not affect negatively the civilian population and humanitarian access to those in need.” Just a couple of weeks ago, MONUC reported that the FDLR is conducting a campaign of terror, systematically raping, murdering, looting and abducting civilians in an attempt to undermine the joint operation.Since then the mission has boosted its efforts to protect and reassure threatened populations, mostly in North Kivu province where some 250,000 civilians have been uprooted by fighting between Hutu groups, a mainly Tutsi militia known as the CNDP, the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) and others since August.Mr. Ban had a chance to hear some of the concerns of the civilians uprooted by the fighting, when he met earlier in the day with a group of people living in the Kibati camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu. “Their first concern is security,” Mr. Ban noted during his visit to the camp. “Even though they want to return, they fear that when they do, they may be attacked by the FDLR. This must stop, and the United Nations, led by MONUC and the FARDC will provide the necessary security and safety to those returning to their homes.” Another concern is humanitarian assistance, and in this regard, the Secretary-General appealed for support from all quarters to enable the UN and others to provide the vital relief that the IDPs need. He also expressed his gratitude to the many aid agencies and their partners who are assisting those at the camp, which at the peak of the crisis sheltered more than 80,000 IDPs. It currently has some 20,000 residents.Mr. Ban noted that his visit to the camp, as well as yesterday’s meeting in Goma with victims of sexual violence, has “strengthened my resolve to work even harder for all those many people who need our support.” The Secretary-General raised the issue of sexual crimes in particular with Congolese President Joseph Kabila when the two met yesterday in Kisangani.“I called on him to take all necessary measures within his power to end such impunity and prevent sexual violence. Examples must be set. Codes of conduct must be enforced. I wish to repeat, violence against women is a crime. Organized rape is a crime against humanity. Those guilty of such crime must be brought to justice and punished,” Mr. Ban told reporters after visiting the Healing Africa clinic in Goma.In addition to DRC and Rwanda, the Secretary-General also visited South Africa and Tanzania on his current trip, which will take him next to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for an international conference on Gaza’s reconstruction. 1 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Paul Kagame discussed the situation in the border region between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today during their meeting in Kigali, the current stop on the United Nations chief’s five-nation Africa trip.
Advantage PressurePro, the supplier of tyre management and TPMS technology offerings has announced that it has chosen Freescale Semiconductor, a leading provider of embedded processing solutions, as its primary provider of TPMS chips. The announced selection, which will utilise Freescale’s FXTH8715 TPMS technology featuring world-class accuracy and small form factor, brings Freescale’s market leading technology to PressurePro’s standard and large bore (OTR) Sensors and further powers PressurePro’s TPMS+ product platform.“We’re excited about our move to Freescale’s TPMS family,” stated Jeromy Mogharbel, PressurePro’s Director of Engineering. “Freescale is renowned in the automotive sensing sector and they stand behind their technology, something we credit highly in those we choose to with. Further, their new offerings give us added capabilities that we intend to fully utilise to help keep our offerings the gold standard in TPMS.”Included in these added capabilities is Freescale’s high range and accuracy for both temperature and pressure, as well as built in accelerometers. “Capitalising on these capabilities, PressurePro has been able to enhance temperature readings to a resolution of 1°C, adding greater protection and savings for customers without compromising their Sensor’s market leading battery life.”“We are very pleased with Advantage Pressure Pro’s FXTH8715 choice and appreciate the opportunity to contribute to their creation of outstanding TPMS end-products that help optimise the reliability, safety and fuel efficiency of trucks and large vehicles,” said Bob Johnson, Business Development Manager of Freescale’s Sensor Division.PressurePro’s new Sensor lineup, featuring Freescale’s FXTH8715 technology, is expected to be released in Q3 2015.
PICTURE THIS: A kitchen with mould spreading up the walls and faulty electrics dangling from the roof.A bathroom with badly-fitted tiles cracking and slipping from their settings – dislodged by the constant damp. A bedroom so poorly insulated that, twice in recent months, its occupants – young children – have been treated for respiratory illnesses.DesperationAnd a couple at their wits end, desperate to move their family to a better home, but with no realistic prospect of doing so. This is my reality; this is my home.Three years ago, my wife and I rented an apartment. Like most people, we were delighted at the thought of settling into our new home. When we viewed it first, sunlight poured through the windows; fresh paint gleamed on the walls; and water, electricity and heating functioned perfectly at the flick of a switch.A few weeks later, our nightmare began.First, we noticed a small patch of damp appearing through the fresh paint on the kitchen wall. Within days, it had spread so it covered almost one-third of the entire surface. We called our landlord and he dismissed it as a temporary problem that would disappear when the weather improved. It didn’t.Four small childrenNext, the electrical fittings in our bedrooms and kitchen began to play up. We have four small children, so we live in fear of electrical faults. We called our landlord immediately, and asked him to fix this issue. He didn’t. Now, it has gotten so bad that one room in the house is without any electricity at all.The first time there was heavy rain, a leak sprung up in our hall. Since then, it has gotten steadily worse. When it rains now for more than a day at a time, a puddle of water appears on the floor. Again, our landlord does nothing.Earlier this year, our five-year-old got a nasty cough. Within days, his brother and sisters had picked it up. When we brought them to the doctor, he said it was because of constant exposure to damp. In the past month, they’ve all been sick again – and, again, it’s because of the damp.Why, you may ask, have we not moved out? Why on earth would we stay where we are, rather than do everything in our power to give our children the type of home they deserve?We have no optionsThe simple answer is: we have no choice. The apartment where we live now is all that we can afford.I lost my job in the recession, and my wife has always worked in the home. When I found myself unemployed, we became dependent on Rent Supplement to cover our rent. That was four years ago. Since then – and particularly since we moved to our current place – we have watched in despair as rents have climbed steadily upwards and quality homes have become impossible to find.In the past year, we’ve become increasingly desperate. We’ve viewed other properties, but we’re competing with professionals whose income is more than double ours. The apartments we see are snapped up before we can even begin to imagine the comfort of living in them.Recently, we decided to give the housing charity Threshold a call. The housing advisor we’ve been dealing with has told us there are laws setting out the standards that landlords must comply with when renting out a home.Landlord in breachOur landlord – clearly – is in breach of these laws. It’s not legal to rent a property where there are fire hazards, leaks, dampness and mould. And it’s not legal to refuse to carry out necessary repairs.Threshold is now helping us to ensure our landlord faces up to his responsibilities.We know we’re not alone: last year, Threshold helped nearly 2,000 people in a similar situation. However, for the time being, we’re stuck. Unless demand for rented properties suddenly drops, or the Government increases Rent Supplement levels, we have no other choice but to call this shoddy apartment home.The author of this piece chose to remain anonymous. Threshold, the national housing charity, published its annual report for 2012 today. Further information is available at www.threshold.ie.Read: Desperate renters accepting sub-standard accommodation as prices rise>
Apple has managed to make a lot of consumers eager to get their hands on the iPhone 4S very angry in China. Many lined up over night outside the Apple Store in the Saniltun district only to find the following morning a decision had been taken not to sell the smartphone. The doors to the store remained closed at the promised 7am opening time, which was met with angry shouts. The reason for the u-turn was safety concerns. Due to the size of the crowd gathering outside the Saniltun store, Apple couldn’t be certain its employees and customers would be safe. Apple has also decided to stop selling the 4S in its Beijing store and three Shanghai stores, even though it had been offered for sale until initial stocks ran out. That’s not to say you can’t get the iPhone 4S in China, as Apple offer it online and through other retailers. For now, you just can’t get it in an Apple Store.Although no timetable has been given for the iPhone 4S returning to Apple’s official stores, the phone is still selling very well. Any stock at other retailers is gone a few hours after it arrives, and Apple is seeing steady sales online too. As with all popular new products, some of the stock is being bought by people to sell on for a profit. With demand outstripping supply consumers are willing to pay a premium to get their hands on the phone. Apparently, touts were also paying people to queue outside the Apple Stores so they could get their hands on larger stocks of the 4S for resale. Maybe that had something to do with the decision to stop selling the phone. Read more at Herald Sun
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’re aware of this whole Hamilton phenomenon. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical brought home a boatload of Tonys, and now it’s been turned into an amazing Lego set.Behold, Hamilton: A Lego Musical! Creator doniazade has done a terrific job of replicating the actual stage. There’s a working turntable at center stage, a hinged staircase, and another staircase that can be wheeled around.“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, nine…”All the key characters from the musical are included — Hamilton and his beloved Eliza, her sisters Peggy and Angelica, accused traitor and jealous duelist Aaron Burr, Washington, Jefferson, and their flamboyant French ally the Marquis de Lafayette. Even King George has turned, if only to remind everybody that he’s planning to send a fully armed battalion to remind them of his “love.”The set is already cruising toward 5,000 supporters which puts it halfway to the magical 10,000 vote mark required to put it in front of Lego’s reviewers. There’s no guarantee that they’ll approve it, of course. In the latest round, all but two sets were rejected, and one (Voltron) is still being scrutinized.If you’re motivated enough, you don’t have to wait to see whether the Lego gods decide to make the Hamilton set a reality. Source your own bricks and start building like doniazade did! Just make sure you order pieces to make a minifig Mike Pence so your diminutive cast can implore him to work on behalf of all minifigs at the end of their performance. ‘Assassin’s Creed III’ Is Still the ‘Hamilton…‘The Doctor’ Reimagines Gallifrey’s Time Lord as ̵… Stay on target
Michel Vorm is ready to stand in for Hugo Lloris when Tottenham Hotspur kick off their Premier League campaign at Newcastle United.The former Swansea goalie is set to be called upon by manager Mauricio Pochettino, as he has suggested, in a bid to rest a number of his World Cup stars at St James’ Park on Saturday lunchtime.And a relaxed Vorm, 34, says he will treat the build-up to the match like any other at a club where, in training sessions, it does not matter who is the first choice.Nine of Spurs’ internationals returned for training on Monday, including World Cup winner Lloris. And it’s clear they will not be fit for the first two Premier League matches.That is fine with Vorm, who has made 43 appearances for the club since signing from Swansea City in 2014.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I need to make sure like always I’m ready,’ he said. ‘I always have a spell of games. I just try and be at a certain level and if I get the chance to show I’m still here.”Being a first-choice goalkeeper is difficult enough, but Vorm agreed that it is an art to be able to step in after long periods without match action.“I think so,’ he said. ‘In general, to be a goalkeeper, it’s mentally very tough. You can see it in World Cup final or Champions League final; there’s a certain pressure. As back-up of Hugo, when you’re called on at a club like this everyone expects everything to be good. It’s not easy. I think sometimes people underestimate how difficult it can be.”Vorm believes coaching sessions put on by trusted Pochettino lieutenant Toni Jiminez ensure each of the club’s goalkeepers are ready to perform.“The way we work is very intense and demanding,’ he said. ‘I think I’m a good professional. I make sure I give everything in training, and Toni treats everyone the same. It’s not like “who was playing.” We push each other and train at a very high level.”
Renowned photographer Shahidul Alam speaks at Vent House by Amnesty International at EMK Center in Dhaka on 4 May 2019. Photo: CollectedAmnesty International’s South Asia campaigner Saad Hammadi on Saturday said people will naturally be afraid of speaking when they do not know what they say or write may constitute an offence.Such feelings breed resentment and are not healthy for a country’s social development, he observed.He made the observation at the first ever campaign event by Amnesty International in Dhaka.Amnesty International in partnership with the Edward M Kennedy Center hosted the campaign event of arts and performances in defence of freedom of expression.The event was organised in commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day, reflected on the attacks on media and online platforms, intrusion of privacy and repressive laws which have been used against people’s legitimate rights to freedom of expression.“We have noticed that newspaper editors in Bangladesh have become extremely careful about publishing stories and editorials, and even refrain from publishing columns and stories due to fear of reprisals,” said Saad Hammadi.“The event today is part of Amnesty International’s continued campaign for reclaiming freedom, which includes the right to freedom of expression in countries where people are met with heavy punishment for peacefully sharing opinions,” he said.Saad Hammadi said, “People cannot freely express themselves without protection from the state. Censorship of information and the fear of reprisals dwindles quality of life, integrity and their accountability to the public.”Vent House by Amnesty International brought together comedians, cartoonists, journalists, bloggers, musicians, poets, activists and live performance artistes to promote freedom of expression and reflect on the role that the government and people can play with respect to protecting this right.The event also launched hashtag campaign #YoursPeacefully to remind the government that peaceful exercise of freedom of expression must not be criminalised.Celebrated photographer Shahidul Alam, standup comedians Yamin Khan and Ahmad Ashik, cartoonist Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, journalists Shuprova Tasneem, Ayreen Khan, Syed Tashfin Chowhdury, media personality Iresh Zaker, blogger and activist Fahmidul Haq, artists Liza Hasan, Reetu Sattar, Sayeef Mahmud and Aabir Khalid signed up for the Amnesty campaign event.Performers and discussants also included indigenous rights activist and musician Sham Sagor Mankin, singer and songwriter Armeen Musa and her band Ghashforing Choir, young poetry collective The Versemongers and activist Samina Luthfa Nitra.Amnesty International has, in different parts of the world, been supported by a wide range of artistes, including Coldplay, Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert among a host of international artists in defence of freedom of expression around the world. The Dhaka event is the first time supporters and members of Amnesty International in Bangladesh have come together along with members of the international community.
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