The synthesizer revolutionized music in the 1980s. Since then, TV and film have effectively used the instrument to instantly create nostalgic connections in their soundtracks. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable throughout TV and film history.Cover image via ShutterstockThe history of synthesized music can be traced back to the late 19th century, but it wasn’t until American inventor Robert Moog’s breakthrough in voltage-controlled oscillation combined with amplification and a keyboard that we first heard the familiar sounds of a voltage-controlled synthesizer in the 1960s.It would take another couple of decades of technological innovations until the Minimoog Model D would be mass-manufactured and released to fully assimilate the synth sound into mainstream music and culture.Once the technology became available to musicians everywhere, it didn’t take long for the sound to make its way into television and film. While there are a few notable experimentations in the decades before, the first wave of synth music didn’t hit until the late 1970s and ran heavily in the 1980s. Since then, the sound has come in and out of popularity, but has remained consistent in the aural aesthetic which connects it with the era it first rose to prominence. Without further ado, here are some of the best synth soundtracks throughout recent history.Apocalypse Now (1979)While Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam classic will always be remembered for “the horrors” of its production and Marlon Brando’s Heart of Darkness ramblings, the Moog-heavy soundtrack is often overlooked despite the dark and sporadic soundscape it creates throughout.Francis Ford Coppola’s father, Carmine Coppola (an accomplished flautist and composer who won an Oscar for scoring The Godfather), worked with Coppola throughout the chaotic production to create a new synthesized sound in the style of experimental Japanese synthesist Isao Tomita.The overall product became a hybrid soundtrack heavy on Moog dynamics and punctuated by the aptly named closing track by The Doors, “The End.” Knight Rider (1982)By 1982, synth soundtracks were all the rage, being heavily used in notable big-screen soundtracks like Blade Runner, The Fog and American Gigolo. However, as the revolution continued, mainstream television began to pick up on and capitalize on the trend.Perhaps no television soundtrack is more recognizable (and notably synth) than the opening theme song to Knight Rider, which features a pulsing synth backdrop to the show’s techy-and-cool style.Manhunter (1986)As the synthesizer continued to become more popular, other models outside of the Moog began to work their way into film and TV. For Michael Mann’s 1986 feature hit Manhunter, composer Michel Rubini began to use polyphonic synthesized sounds through sampling systems like the Synclavier II which could create rich chords and layers behind other instruments and solo synths. The Manhunter soundtrack would go on to be one of the most most highly praised soundtracks of the 80s and cited as a soundtrack which “dominated the film.”Twin Peaks (1990)Unlike the 80s, the 90s were not as unapologetically synth obsessed in their soundtracks. However, as a show set squarely up against the end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s, Twin Peaks fittingly evokes an innocent nostalgia for the former decade with its soft synth theme song and character odes.Here’s a great excerpt from the Twin Peaks documentary Secrets from Another Place in which composer Angelo Badalamenti talks through how David Lynch helped him create the haunting “Laura Palmer’s Theme” song which hangs heavy throughout the mysterious series.The Virgin Suicides (1999)Like the 90s, the 2000s had mostly moved on from the now-retro synth sound except for occasional period pieces and thematic recalls. Arguably one of the best examples of how synth music can work within a film to provide nostalgia and a bygone aesthetic is in the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s film adaptation of The Virgin Suicides.Like her father and grandfather before her, Coppola’s use of music inside her film is a huge element of the story. The soundtrack, composed by the band Air, would rely heavily on late 70s music and sounds and would introduce a new wave of synth-undertoned music into the 21st century.Drive (2011)If there ever were a film to be driven by its soundtrack, Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 breakout hit, Drive, would have to be it. The film, sparse on dialogue and long on slow scenes and city night driving montages, relies heavily on its highly praised 80s-inspired synth soundtrack to lull the audience into a nostalgic trance.The film’s mostly synth soundtrack, composed by Cliff Martinez, went on to place as a top-selling album on the Billboard 200 charts and featured career-launching tracks by Kavinsky, Desire, and Chromatics (along with Martinez himself).Halt and Catch Fire (2014)Set against the very 80s backdrop of the personalized computer revolution, AMC’s acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire is a textbook example of how synthesizer music can help instantly create setting and scene for a story hinging on its own distinct cultural identity.The show’s composer, Paul Haslinger, was a member of the perennial synth soundtrack band Tangerine Dream (which itself wrote and recorded over sixty synth-fueled soundtracks in their 70s and 80s heyday). Inverse has a great interview and some AMC behind-the-scenes videos on the show’s highly detailed attempts to create 80’s authenticity in their production and soundtrack.Stranger Things (2016)While the Netflix-exclusive smash hit Stranger Things has taken the internet by storm in terms of popularity and influx of 80s homage articles and breakdowns, the show’s nostalgic pastiche of all things 1980s would not be complete without the pounding (and at times, overbearing) synth soundtrack and theme song.A fitting culmination of 30-plus years of synthesized soundtrack evolution, the show’s cultural-phenomenon status has cemented synth music, and specifically the Moog synthesizer, as the musical touchstone of 80s nostalgia. If you’re looking to hop onto the train and create some 80s nostalgic magic in one of your next projects, check out our selection of royalty-free 80s Synth Music. Or, if you have any other classic synth soundtracks to share, let us know in the comments.
The Congress on Wednesday questioned the Gujarat government’s decision to form a high-powered committee to resolve the issues in a power purchase agreement signed by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam with four firms, which include Adani Power Limited, Essar Power Gujarat Limited and the Tata-owned Coastal Gujarat Power Limited.The four companies had signed an agreement for long-term procurement of power with the Gujarat government in 2007. In 2012, they filed an appeal saying that the rates should be increased, citing the hike in the rate of coal being imported from Indonesia. The case, after moving through various channels, reached the Supreme Court. On April 11, 2017, the court rejected their claim saying that change in international market cannot be used as an excuse to renegotiate the tariff in India.The Congress claims that the Gujarat government, in order to bypass the Supreme Court, had formed the high-powered committee to bail out these industrialists. “This is another another example of crony capitalism practised by the Modi government,” said Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh.
Farman Basha is the country’s top para-lifter for years now but the de-recognition of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has smashed his medal hopes at the London Games.Basha has three paralympic qualifiers lined up in the next few months but with the world body refusing to let Indian para-athletes participate in international events, it is unlikely that he will get an opportunity to compete in London.The 37-year-old Basha narrowly missed a bronze medal at the Beijing Games in 2008 and said he always harboured hopes of returning with a medal from London next year.The sports ministry suspended the PCI earlier this year and the world federation did not allow the Indian body to field players in international competitions.”I was ranked in the top six para-lifters in the world but I haven’t competed in any international event this year, which meant that my ranking has dropped,” Basha told Mail Today from Bangalore.Three paralympic qualifying tournaments are scheduled in the next four months but the two- time Olympian is not sure whether he’ll get an opportunity in any of those competitions.”There are two para events in Sharjah in October and December but I don’t think I’ll be able to compete in any of those. Besides, there’s the powerlifting Asia Cup in Malaysia in February and the chances of any resolution by then also looks bleak,” Basha, the 2007 Arjuna awardee said.”While the international athletes get good facilities and always have more than one coach accompanying them, we don’t get even the basic amenities.” PCI secretary general Ratan Singh said they have approached the sports ministry and even conducted elections as per government guidelines but things haven’t moved much.advertisement”We have very less time with the London Paralympics a few months later and we did approach the sports ministry. The International Paralympic Committee has refused to accept the entries of our athletes and they can’t even get good training abroad,” Ratan told M AIL T ODAY . Another problem the powerlifters are facing is that they have just one coach who, sources say, is not willing to move out of Nagpur where he lives. Despite several requests to appoint an able- bodied coach, Vijay Munishwar continues to be the lone coach.”He is reluctant to move out of Nagpur for training and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at best has offered to conduct training in Gandhinagar but he doesn’t even want to travel there,” said a source.
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) hangs from the rim and bumps Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin (7) at the end of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry shared the court for the first time in almost a month for Toronto, yet it was Serge Ibaka who scored the biggest basket of the game for the RaptorsIbaka scored the winning points on a dunk with 17 seconds remaining and the Raptors won their sixth straight home game, 104-101 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Following a timeout, Young drove against Leonard but missed his shot. Ibaka grabbed the rebound that led to a fast break dunk for Anunoby with less than a second to go.“You had a rookie going up against probably the best defensive player in the league,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “He just kind of fell for the bait.”Carter, a former star with the Raptors, launched a long 3-point try at the buzzer but came up empty.“Tip your hats to the Hawks,” Lowry said. “Those guys, they’re playing extremely hard.”The banged-up Hawks were without guard Kevin Huerter (back). Guard Kent Bazemore missed his fifth straight game because of a sprained right ankle, while center Miles Plumlee sat for the third straight game because of a sore left ankle. Forward Taurean Prince has not played since Dec. 3 because of a sprained left ankle.“I’m personally not a big fan of the moral victories, but with a lot of guys down, guys stepped up and played hard,” Carter said.A former slam dunk champion whose career began in Toronto, Carter received a brief standing ovation when he checked in for the first time at 5:13 of the first quarter. He scored six points in 13 minutes.“The joy of stepping into this arena each and every year is something I always look forward to,” Carter said.Making his first start of the season in place of Huerter, Lin made all four of his shots and scored 10 points in the first as Atlanta led 31-28 after one.After shooting 0 for 6 from 3-point range in the first, the Raptors shot 6 for 10 from long range in the second. Atlanta led 57-56 at halftime. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Toronto is 16-6 when Lowry and Leonard both play.John Collins had 21 points and 14 rebounds, Jeremy Lin scored 20 points and Trae Young added 19 for the Hawks, who have lost four of five. Atlanta made a season-worst 27 turnovers, leading to 34 Toronto points.“If we keep it under 20, the result is a little different,” Atlanta’s Vince Carter said.Neither team led by more than five in a tight fourth quarter. Atlanta’s Dewayne Dedmon made a pair of foul shots at 2:15 to put the Hawks up 101-98, but Toronto finished the game with a 6-0 run.Anonuboy’s layup with 1:57 remaining cut the gap to one and, after a steal by Leonard, Ibaka’s dunk with 17 seconds to go put Toronto up 102-101.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors: Host Brooklyn on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “We pulled one out,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We were trying to get away from them and never really could.”Leonard scored 31 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Lowry scored 16 points as the Raptors earned their sixth consecutive win over the Hawks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOG Anunoby scored 14 points and Ibaka had 13.Lowry and Leonard played together for the first time since a Dec. 9 home loss to Milwaukee. Toronto has not lost at home since. Lowry had missed 10 of the past 14 games because of hip and back injuries, returning Sunday against Indiana. Leonard missed that game to rest. View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Leonard and Lowry each scored eight points in the third and Toronto took an 80-77 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSHawks: Atlanta scored 12 points off six Toronto turnovers in the first quarter. … Carter’s mother attended the game.Raptors: G Danny Green (rest) did not play. Fred VanVleet started in his place. It was Toronto’s 14th different starting lineup of the season. Twelve different players have started at least once. … F C.J. Miles (right hip) was active, but did not play. … C Jonas Valanciunas has had the splint removed from his dislocated left thumb. Valanciunas was injured Dec. 12 at Golden State. … Toronto waived G Lorenzo Brown on Monday. G Jordan Loyd was active. Loyd played a G-League game at Philadelphia earlier in the day.ON A ROLLLeonard scored at least 20 points for the 17th consecutive game, extending his career-best streak.STEALING THE SCENELeonard’s six steals were a season-high, while Lowry matched his season-high with four. In doing so, Lowry became the first player to top 700 with Toronto.UP NEXTHawks: Visit Brooklyn on Wednesday night. Stephen Curry’s PGA Tour event scrapped Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
DefinitionAnterior knee pain is pain that occurs at the front and center of the knee. It refers to many different problems, including:Chondromalacia of the patella — the softening and breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) on the underside of the kneecap (patella)Runners knee (sometimes called patellar tendinitis)Alternative NamesPatellofemoral syndrome; Chondromalacia patella; Runners knee; Patellar tendinitis; Jumpers kneeCauses, incidence, and risk factorsYour kneecap (patella) sits over the front of your knee joint. As you bend or straighten your knee, the underside of the patella glides over the bones that make up the knee.Strong tendons help attach thekneecap to the bones and muscles that surround the knee. These tendons are called:The patellar tendon (where the kneecap attaches to the shin bone)The quadriceps tendon (where the thigh muscles attach to the top of the kneecap)Anterior knee pain begins when the kneecap does not move properly and rubs against the lower part of the thigh bone. This may occur because:The kneecap is in an abnormal position (also called poor alignment of the patellofemoral joint)There is tightness or weakness of the muscles on the front and back of your thighYou are doing too much activity that places extra stress on the kneecap (such as running, jumping or twisting, skiing, or playing soccer)You have flat feetAnterior knee pain is more common in:People who are overweightPeople who have had a dislocation, fracture, or other injury to the kneecapRunners, jumpers, skiers, bicyclists, and soccer players who exercise oftenTeenagers and healthy young adults, more often girlsOther possible causes of anterior knee pain include:advertisementArthritisPinching of the inner lining of the knee during movement (called synovial impingement or plica syndrome)SymptomsAnterior knee pain is a dull, aching pain that is most often felt:Behind the kneecap (patella)Below the kneecapOn the sides of the kneecapOne common symptom is agrating or grinding sensation when the knee is flexed (when the ankle is brought closer to the back of the thigh).Symptoms may be more noticeable with:Deep knee bendsGoing down stairsRunning downhillStanding up after sitting for awhileSigns and testsThehealth care providerwill perform a physical examination. The knee may be tender and mildly swollen, and the kneecap may not be perfectly lined up with the thigh bone (femur).When you flex your knee, you may feel a grinding sensation below the kneecap. Pressing the kneecap when the knee is straightening out may be painful.X-rays are usually normal, although a special x-ray view of the kneecap may show signs of arthritis or tilting.MRI scans are rarely needed.TreatmentResting the knee for a short period of time and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin may help relieve pain.Other treatments or self-care for anterior knee pain include:Changing the way you exerciseLearning and performing exercises to both strengthen and stretch thequadriceps and hamstring musclesLosing weight (if you need to)Special shoe inserts and support devices (orthotics — for people with flat feet)Taping to realign the kneecapWearing the correct running or sports shoesSurgery for pain behind the kneecap (anterior knee pain) is rarely needed. During the surgery:Kneecap cartilage that has been damaged may be removed.Changes may be made to the tendons to help the kneecap move more evenly.Expectations (prognosis)Anterior knee pain often improves with a change in activity, exercise therapy, and the use of NSAIDs.ComplicationsCalling your health care providerCall for an appointment with your health care provider if you have symptoms of this disorder.ReferencesCollado H, Fredericson M. Patellofemoral pain syndrome. Clin Sports Med. 2010;29:379-398.De Carlo M, Armstrong B. Rehabilitation of the knee following sports injury. Clin Sports Med. 2010;29:81-106.Steiner T, Parker RD. Patella: subluxation and dislocation. 2. Patellofemoral instability: recurrent dislocation of the patella. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr., Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drees Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2009:chap 22:sect C.Silverstein JA, Moeller JL, Hutchinson MR. Common issues in orthopedics. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 30.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.advertisement
After a hideous mistake in the Euro semi-finals at France, Manchester United’s, Bastian Schweinsteiger has moved on and in style. The German footballer married tennis ace, Ana Ivanovic who also endured a shocking Wimbledon as she was knocked out in the first round by Ekaterina Alexandrova.The Manchester United man had a good spell with Germany going into the semis of the Euros before committing a handball which led to a goal and eventually Germany were knocked out. His place under Jose Mourinho is also said to be under doubts. As for Ivanovic, she has been suffering from a wrist injury and she cited that as the reason behind her shocking early exit from the 2016 Wimbledon. (Also read: Germany deserved more, says coach Joachim Loew)However, July will certainly hold a special place for the pair and especially Basti, after his mistake in the Euros and unsure future at Old Trafford. But the star pair has decided to put the bad times behind them and move on. The two of them have been in a relationship since 2014 and they finally decided to tie the knot in Venice. The pair completed the ceremony at the Venice City Hall, which is also known as the Palazzo Cavalli. The picturesque location with the old Venetian style windows and the Grand Canal as a backdrop served as the perfect location for two of the world’s most desirable sports stars. The pair travelled to Venice in a private jet with close friends and family, mostly trying to keep the media away. (Also read: Manchester United to sack Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger to make way for Paul Pogba: Reports)advertisementIvanovic’s parents Miroslav and Dragana, Schweni’s father, Alfred and older brother Tobias were there in the ceremony. Other than that, the guest-list has been kept a secret but according to rumours it includes Bayern Muinch president, Uli Hoeness, Germany coach, Joachim Low and Germany star, Thomas Muller. It also includes tennis stars, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber.His club wished him on his special day.Everyone at #mufc would like to congratulate @BSchweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic on their marriage. ?????? pic.twitter.com/99ev3x8er0 Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 12, 2016
The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing regarding the Justice RM Lodha committee recommendations and the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s(BCCI) reluctance to accept all recommendations till December 9 as Justice TS Thakur was unwell today and could not take up any case. (BCCI to wait till December 5 for SC verdict on Lodha Committee report)The Lodha Committee was appointed after the ‘conflict of interest’ issue sparked a controversy in Indian cricket.The Lodha Committee, in its first status report submitted to the apex court on September 28, had asked for the removal of the present set of BCCI of office-bearers, to be replaced by a group of independent administrators. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)In its third status report submitted on November 14, the committee altered the demand a bit, asking for the disqualification of office-bearers of the BCCI and all state associations, who become ineligible as per the apex court’s July 18 order, and the appointment of former Union home secretary GK Pillai as “observer”. (Disqualify BCCI office-bearers, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)On October 21, the top court passed an interim order asking the BCCI to “cease and desist” from disbursing funds to state associations until the association gave a written resolution that it would adopt all the recommendations approved by the court. The court also asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to meet the Lodha committee within two weeks from the date of that order and submit an”affidavit of compliance”, elaborating on the recommendations already implemented by the BCCI and what it had done to persuade the state associations to adopt the remaining recommendations.advertisementOn October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee. However, it excluded the important ones which have been bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and keeping to retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.The cricket board has consistently argued that they have implemented many of the Lodha panel’s recommendations but their members have problems in implementing only some of them.
A few days after ringing in their second wedding anniversary, Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput have headed to New York to attend IIFA 2017. The star couple was accompanied by their baby daughter Misha.Along with other B-Town celebrities, Shahid and Mira also took off to NYC for IIFA. The doting dad was spotted carrying his daughter in arms. The 10-month toddler was seen wrapped up in her daddy’s arms as they made their way to the airport. While the 36-year-old actor sported a casual look, Mira teamed up an olive green jacket with black jeggings.Buzz has it that the Haider actor will perform at the awards night this year. IIFA is set to take place on July 14. (Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: These photos of Shahid-Mira with daughter Misha is the best thing you’ll see today ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor’s daughter Misha learns to clap, actor posts adorable video ALSO WATCH: Misha’s smelly diapers come to me, says Shahid Kapoor
Justice Minister Ross Landry recognized Killam Properties Inc.’s contribution to building safer communities with a plaque presentation today, Sept. 9th. Killam Properties has actively supported the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act (SCAN) since it’s inception in 2007. The act improves community safety by encouraging citizens to report suspected illegal activity including drugs, alcohol, gaming or prostitution in their communities or neighbourhoods. “The government is committed to making life better for families in our province. Creating safe and secure communities is part of that equation,” said Mr. Landry. “I applaud Killam Properties’ efforts in helping create safer housing communities and reduce the opportunities for crime.” Following today’s presentation, copies of the plaque will hang in all Killam Properties’ offices throughout the province and a Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act sticker will be posted in each lobby. “Killam Properties is proud to support the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, and we are pleased to help the communities we serve,” said Killam Properties president and CEO, Philip Fraser. “We are dedicated to providing safe and secure housing for our tenants and we want to send a message that illegal activity is not welcomed at our properties.” If certain activities pose a serious and immediate threat to public safety, the act allows for appropriate action to be taken. Department of Justice Public Safety investigators have the authority to move quickly if illegal activity is suspected, and issue warning letters or notices to vacate. Anyone wishing to make a complaint under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act can contact investigators at 1-877-357-2337. Killam Properties Inc., based in Halifax, is one of Canada’s largest residential landlords, owning and operating multi-family apartments and manufactured home communities. To learn more about the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act visit www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/bills/60th_1st/1st_read/b008.htm .
A young female doctor has been reported missing whike she was on her way from Matara to Hikkaduwa last evening.Erandi Kulasinghe, who works at Matara General Hospital, left the hospital around 6pm last evening to go Hikkaduwa driving a dark blue Nissan March (KC 5160), her friends and relatives said in messages sent around today. The last time she contacted her husband she had been near Labaduwa in Galle.A complaint has been lodged with the police over the missing doctor.
“We fully respect Israel’s security concerns,” the six UN agencies and 12 NGOs said yesterday in a joint statement. “But we firmly reject the clear implication of the measures imposed at the Erez crossing for the last month that UN officials and international aid workers constitute a security threat to the State of Israel or its citizens.”Noting that Israel partially lifted the closure for a few staff on Saturday, the statement added: “We call on the Israeli authorities to reopen the Erez crossing immediately, on a 24 hour-a-day basis, for all international staff members of all United Nations organizations and of all other international humanitarian and development agencies operating in the Gaza Strip.”It said the closure had made the operations of all UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian and development organizations unreasonably difficult, inefficient and costly, adding: “If these new restrictions persist, a number of international and non-governmental humanitarian organizations may be forced to stop their operations in the Gaza Strip.”Saying it was not clear why Israel had imposed the “unprecedented” restrictions, the 18 organizations declared: “The restrictions are violations of applicable international law and, in many cases, bilateral agreements between the Government of Israel and the agencies concerned.”They noted that they went against undertakings on humanitarian access given in August by Israel to Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Humanitarian Envoy, Catherine Bertini, concluding: “We are further disturbed that these restrictions come at a time when the Government of Israel is promising publicly to ease the plight of the population in the occupied Palestinian territory and to support humanitarian relief efforts.”If the Government of Israel is serious about wishing to support our humanitarian efforts, these restrictions should be lifted immediately.”The signatories included the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Médecins sans Frontières, Médecins du Monde, Pharmaciens sans Frontières – Comité International, OXFAM GB, Care International, MERLIN, Enfants Refugiés du Monde, Solidaridad Internacional, Centro Regionale d’Intervento per la Cooperazione (CRIC), Movement for Peace, Disarmament and Liberty, UNA International Service (UK) and World Vision.
BC Ferries expects to save millions by converting largest vessels to LNG by 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – BC Ferries plans to convert its two largest vessels to liquefied natural gas in an effort to save fuel costs after sinking $126 million into marine diesel fuel last year.The company announced Tuesday that it has the BC Ferries commissioner’s approval to upgrade the Swartz Bay-to-Tsawwassen route ships.BC Ferries says it expects to save about $9.2 million annually by switching the two Spirit Class vessels to LNG because they account for 15 per cent of the fleet’s total fuel consumption.It also has plans to build three dual-fuel vessels for the southern Gulf Islands and the Powell River-to-Comox route, with completion set for 2017.The company says all five vessels are set to be operational by 2018, with the Spirit of Vancouver Island upgrades expected to be finished before those of the Spirit of British Columbia.BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says the cost of the projects is not yet known and that contracts are expected to be awarded next year. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 25, 2014 11:05 am MDT
“Norway’s ratification will help millions of children, women and men reclaim their freedom and dignity. It represents a strong call to other member States to renew their commitment to protect forced labourers, where ever they may be,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in a news release.Following the Norwegian Government’s action, the new framework will come into force on 9 November 2016, the news release said.According to ILO, the Forced Labour Convention was supplemented when government, employer and worker delegates at the International Labour Conference (ILC) voted overwhelmingly to adopt a Protocol and Recommendation in 2014.Further, the Organization said that the new Protocol added new measures to the existing Forced Labour Convention (1930), such as provisions on prevention, protection and access to justice, as well as requiring public and private employers to exercise “due diligence” to avoid modern slavery in their business practices and supply chains. “It is important for all countries to recognize the issue of modern slavery and that it must be a top priority on their agendas to eradicate it once and for all,” said Norway’s Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations Steffen Kongstad.Approximately 21 million people are victims of forced labour around the world, generating approximately $150 billion a year in illicit profits, according to ILO evaluations.ILO explained that the victims are exploited in agriculture, fishing, domestic work, construction, manufacturing, mining and other economic activities and women and girls, in particular, are subjected to commercial sexual exploitation. According ILO research, forced labour is not an issue only in developing countries as profits from the forced labour industry are higher in developed economies and the European Union than they are anywhere else in the world. ILO recently launched a new global campaign in partnership with the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), to promote ratification of the Protocol in an effort to end modern slavery.The campaign 50 for Freedom aims to mobilize public support and influence in at least 50 countries to ratify the Forced Labour Protocol by 2018.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWeeks after car stolen, gunmen storm Diamond home of businessmanAugust 30, 2018In “Crime”Elderly taxi driver robbed, carjacked at gunpoint in EcclesDecember 11, 2017In “Crime”Diamond taxi driver assaulted, carjacked by armed banditsDecember 15, 2017In “Crime” An Albouystown, Georgetown taxi driver was on Monday evening robbed of his silver/grey Toyota Allion motorcar, HC 2675, by bandits-one of whom was pretending to be a passenger.The victim has been identified as Muhammad Edun, 27.According to information received, the incident occurred at about 21:55hrs.Edun told police that he was sitting at the taxi’s base, when one of the suspects entered his car and requested to be taken to Industrial Site, Eccles, in the vicinity of the dump site.While on their journey, the suspect who was sitting in the back passenger seat, reportedly pulled out a weapon and placed it to the right side of the victim’s face and instructed him not to make a move or he will die.Shortly after, a silver/gray Raum motorcar drove up alongside the taxi and another male exited and ordered Edun out of the driver seat and into the back seat of his car.This perpetrator also had a weapon in his hand.After driving for a while, one of the bandits reportedly ordered Edun to get out of the vehicle.When he complied, the men reportedly drove away from the scene with his vehicle.Police are currently investigating the matter.
There’s rebuild of extraordinary scale and complexity that is already well underway, with an average spend of $2.5 million a day.Around 100 new buildings are being planned for Christchurch’s business district this year alone, Mathieson said.Some 1,400 new visas have been issued to skilled construction workers by authorities in the last four years — 61 per cent of whom have moved to the earthquake-hit Christchurch.Other gigsIt’s not just New Zealand construction roles that will be on offer, by the way. There’s also healthcare opportunities in both Australia and New Zealand.And there’s Canadian government jobs up for grabs in Nova Scotia and Central Okangan (which is not too far from Vancouver — at least, by Canadian standards of distance-measurement).Kelowna is the main city of Central Okangan. Since you asked… [Google Maps]The ‘Working In’ Opportunities Overseas Expo takes place in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin from 2pm until 7pm today.According to organisers:As well as employers from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, representatives will also be present from Immigration New Zealand, Global Immigration and Complete Migration Solutions with information on career opportunities, visa requirements and lifestyle information.Read: Leaving to work in Australia? Make sure you know your rightsRead: Central Bank governor: The bailout programme did what it said on the tin IF YOU’RE IN the market for a job (and a long-haul move), organisers of an employment fair happening in Dublin today are promising over a thousand opportunities will be on offer.There’ll be a huge focus on construction work in New Zealand at today’s ‘Working In‘ event. A large group of New Zealand employers are in town looking for help with the continuing rebuild effort in Christchurch and Auckland — following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.“Engineers, construction managers, builders, project managers, quantity surveyors and many more,” are being sought by the companies, whose recruitment drive is being organised in partnership with government agency New Zealand Immigration.“Christchurch is now in the fourth year of the Earthquake Recovery Programme,” CEO of ‘Working In’ Scott Mathieson said.
If you’re looking for a bag that’s big enough to carry all of your gear on a weekend trip but light and functional enough to carry your laptop to and from work or school every day, Skooba Design’s new Weekend Warrior hybrid laptop and travel bag is perfect for you. The bag comes with your choice of laptop sleeve for 15 and 17-inch laptops and a spacious zippered front organizer pocket with discrete pockets for a mobile phone, pens and notebooks, travel documents, and other items you likely carry with you every day. The Weekend Warrior also features over 24 pockets, sleeves, and zippered enclosures for larger objects like clothes, shoes, water bottles, headphones, and other bulky gadgets that you may need to take with you on a longer trip. Like any large bag, the bag also has a deep main pocket in the center of the bag that can be used to pack enough gear to get you through a business trip away from home, or compressed to contain only the papers you need for a day at the office. Skooba has the Weekend Warrior priced at $119.95 for the model with the 15-inch laptop sleeve and $124.95 for the model with the 17-inch sleeve.
Compulsive hoarders, people who have an obsession with collecting and storing often worthless objects are being starting to be recognised as people who genuinely have a form of a mental illness, according to a new report. The Catholic Community Services (CCS), which released the report and runs a program specifically for hoarders, says an estimated 1 million Australians are unable to discard worthless objects, which often leads to other problems that affects the sufferer’s health and mental wellbeing. Spokeswoman Annabel Senior said more than one third of the CSS’s clients had lived in squalor among worthless material they have collected over a long period. “The living conditions of the physical environment become such that there might be vermin infestation, no running water, no power.” Dr Chris Mogan, who treats compulsive hoarders in Australia, describes the problem as a “severe over-attachment to things”. And that “it is five times more prevalent than schizophrenia” and panic attacks, He adds suffering is often added for hoarders as the problem is not often recognised. “It’s a hidden giant.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Watford managed to beat Newcastle United 2-1 at home and Javi Gracia insisted that especially the first-half performance was great and his team deserved the win for their amazing effort at the home stadium.The Spanish coach claimed that his team had enough chances to kill the game before the half-time whistle as they missed a penalty as well – but they were leading just 2-0 and the Magpies were close to equalizíng the game.The Watford manager spoke about this tough win as he said, according to Chronicle Live:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played better in the first half. We could have killed the game and missed a penalty.”“After that, Newcastle played better and created chances to draw the game but we were a bit luckier than in the last games, where we didn’t have it. I’m very pleased to achieve the objective and I am proud of my players.”“Many times we have lost points [late on] and this was an important game. We needed the points and the players showed a good attitude, character and desire, and for that, I’m very happy.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 7, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a Burglary and the Taking of Motor Vehicle with Out Authority report that was made earlier today (Friday 7th April 2017) in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales.Around 7:59 AM, Officers responded to the Sunshine Crescent area where the victim was met and told officers that while himself and family was asleep someone or persons entered his home and stole a number of property belonging to them. He further stated that they went to bed around 12:10am and upon waking at 7:37 Am he noticed and observed the window located on the western side of the home opened, and upon making checks he realized two purses missing, a Nike Shoe, one white Apple phone, Ray Ban glasses along with his vehicle. Investigations are ongoing.Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information that can assist with investigation, Contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers.Press Release: RTCIPF#BurglaryinGraceBay Related Items:#BurglaryinGraceBay
Aliy Zirkle heats water for her dogs in McGrath, AK. (Photo by Ben Matheson)In this episode, we have a race update as mushers start to take their mandatory 24-hour rests at different checkpoints, part of the strategy of running the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and we talk to the mushers at McGrath and Tokotna. Early Wednesday saw last year’s runner-up, Nicolas Petit, in the lead for a time, heading into Ophir. But three-time second-place finisher Aliy Zirkle left that ghost town checkpoint before Petit and was mushing in first place prior to taking her 24. Plus, we answer a listener question about how the race accounts for a staggered start at the beginning.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>