14 December 2009The top United Nations envoy to Sudan today welcomed the peaceful ending of the registration process for next year’s elections, the first multi-party polls in the country in decades, with more than 75 per cent of people of voting age registering to cast their ballots. More than 15 million people were registered in the most inclusive voter registration exercise ever held in Sudan. Millions registered in person between 1 November and 7 December in centres across the country.Large parts of the country were unable to take part in elections during the more than two decades of north-south strife, one of Africa’s longest and bloodiest civil wars, in which at least 2 million people were killed, 4 million others uprooted and 600,000 more fled across the borders.The staging of elections is one of the key benchmarks of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the long-running war.“We are now one step closer to the holding of Sudan’s first multi-party elections in 24 years and to achieving a major milestone in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said.He also urged the Sudanese people to help ensure the integrity of the voters’ list by taking part in the so-called “Exhibition and Objection” period, which started on 10 December, when registered voters can confirm their names on the preliminary voters’ list, request corrections for errors and object to the inclusion of ineligible people.The envoy also called on the National Elections Commission to quickly investigate complaints made by political parties about alleged irregularities, stressing that this is “crucial for the credibility of the exercise.”In a related development, Mr. Qazi today congratulated the parties to the CPA on reaching agreement on key milestones to the pact, including referendums.“The road ahead may be long, but this major step forward should make the journey easier,” he stressed.The new agreement between the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SLPM), the signatories to the CPA, allows for the adoption of legislation to govern the referendums in southern Sudan and the oil-rich area of Abyei, as well as the Popular Consultations.Mr. Qazi today also commended the parties to the pact for their commitment to working together productively and setting up a positive environment to allow the pact to be put into place.He urged the Government of National Unity to make the most of this agreement between the parties by swiftly implementing legislation, especially by appointing both the Southern and Abyei Referendum Commissions as quickly as possible.Mr. Qazi, who serves as head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), voiced hope that the latest developments will promote understanding on other outstanding CPA issues, including disputed census results and post-referendum security arrangements.
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(Left) Former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of The Daily Collegiate Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash is reported to be coming to OSU as a defensive coach. Courtesy of Arkansas Athletic DepartmentOhio State coach Urban Meyer has been known to be a quick worker on the recruiting trail when it comes to student-athletes.It looks like the same could be said about coaches.According to separate reports by “Sports Illustrated” writer Pete Thamel, Meyer snatched up two defensive coaches within 13 hours — Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash and former Penn State defensive line coach Larry Johnson.An OSU spokesman told The Lantern in separate emails Tuesday that he did not “have any information (to) share at this time” regarding the reports, which were released about Johnson and Ash late Monday night and Tuesday at about noon, respectively.Ash is set to fill the void of former OSU co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers, who was announced as the next head coach at James Madison University Dec. 20. Johnson is slated to replace former defensive line coach Mike Vrabel, who announced that he was leaving OSU for a job with the NFL’s Houston Texans via Twitter Thursday. Vrabel’s move comes after Houston announced the hiring of its new head coach, former Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien, Jan. 3.Ash came to Arkansas before this past season with Razorback coach Bret Bielema, whom he coached with the three years prior at Wisconsin, helping lead the Badgers to consecutive Rose Bowls from 2011-13.Bielema posted a statement to Twitter via his account, @BretBielema, Tuesday about coaching changes, but did not specifically mention Ash’s name.“Have always felt transition on my staff has allowed us to get even better. Have had success hiring right people and will again. #woopig #1-0,” Bielema’s initial tweet read, sent at 1 p.m Tuesday.He followed it with another tweet 12 minutes later.“Very happy for former coaches that decide to move to new challenges, the respect our staff gets nationally will continue to grow. #woopig,” the tweet read.At Arkansas, Ash made $550,000, according to the USA TODAY coaches’ salaries database. In his second and final year at OSU, Ash’s predecessor, Withers, earned $585,000.The Razorback defense finished ranked 73rd in passing defense during the team’s 3-9 campaign in 2013, giving up an average of 235 yards per game. OSU’s pass defense finished ranked 112th in the country, giving up an average of 268 yards per game.Johnson spent the last 19 years in State College, Pa., coaching the defensive line for the last 15 seasons. At Penn State, he groomed a total of seven first team All-Americans, including the top pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, defensive end Courtney Brown. Johnson’s salary was not available on the USA TODAY coaches database, but in his final year at OSU, Vrabel’s base salary was $291,004.According to PennLive, Johnson was offered to stay as the defensive line coach at Penn State by James Franklin — who was officially hired as the Nittany Lion head coach Saturday — but declined.The new faces on the OSU defensive staff look to strengthen a unit that has digressed in Meyer’s two year tenure. The Buckeyes finished with the 19th best defense in 2011 — the year before Meyer arrived — 34th in 2012 and 47th overall this past season.The Buckeyes are set to kick off their 2014 campaign Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Gavin Gill who brutally hacked his wife to death on Saturday last was earlier today arraigned with the heinous crime when he appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on March 30, he murdered Omawattie Gill at Dr Tutsi Street, Williamsburg, Corentyne Berbice.Murder accused, Gavin GillThe father of three broke down in tears as he stood before Magistrate Renita Singh. As he leaves the dock, he requested the magistrate to grant permission for him to see his wife’s face. But the magistrate told him that she could not grant the request since she does not know where the body was kept.Police Prosecutor Inspector Althia Solomon told the court that she was ready to commence the Preliminary Inquiry and as such, the magistrate set April 23 for commencement.The mother of one who is also referred to “Agile” of Lot 33 D Williamsburg, Rose Hall Town, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) have been living at Port Mourant Village with the suspect for the past year but she recently moved to her mother’s Williamsburg, Rose Hall Town, home after her husband became abusive.It was reported that the young mother moved out with her seven-month-old baby from the matrimonial home about two weeks ago.She secured a job as a sales clerk at a hardware store. However, on her way to work on Saturday, she was struck her down by her husband while riding a bicycle. The man then exited the car with a knife and stabbed her several times before chopping her with a cutlass. He was subsequently arrested by members of a police patrol unit. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne man arraigned for wife’s murderOctober 20, 2016In “Court”Belvedere man arraigned for neighbour’s murderNovember 7, 2016In “Court”MP urges abused women to seek helpMay 28, 2019In “Crime”
…controversy swirls as wife, children allegedly being prevented from attending funeralDead: Alberto De JesusA Fifth Street, Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara resident died after he jumped over the seawall in the village.Dead is Alberto De Jesus, 30.Relatives told INews, that the father of two children began acting in a strange manner last Thursday before running to the seawall and jumping over.His wife, Felisha Ramzan, told this publication that on the morning of the incident, her husband started acting in a “weird” manner and she told him she would take him to the hospital because something seemed amiss.“He started talking to himself and so I’ve never seen him behave like this so I told him to get dressed, I’m taking him to the hospital,” she said.Ramzan added that as they were ready to go to the hospital, she left her husband standing at the gate and returned inside to close a door, and when she returned she noticed him running toward the seawall.“I see him running and I started to scream and all the neighbours came out and started running behind him but he jumped over. I see he went down like three times,” the distraught woman said.She related that police were immediately called to the scene and boatmen working nearby took him out of the water and made unsuccessful efforts to revive him.The woman further said that a post-mortem examination was performed and revealed that he died from drowning.However, the woman told this publication that in her grief, more worries have been piled on as her husband’s body was removed without her consent and knowledge. She said that after probing as to who collected her husband’s body she was told that his mother went and claimed the body.She claimed that as a result of this, she and her children were banned by her husband’s family from going to his funeral. The grieving widow said that her children will not be able to see their father one last time, adding that it is causing her much distress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan kills self after feeding wife, daughter poisonSeptember 10, 2019In “Crime”Essequibo man dies while chopping woodApril 6, 2019In “Crime”US based Guyanese grieving loss of husband who was robbed, murdered by muggersJanuary 12, 2018In “World”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCity Hall owes GRA taxes since 2016 – CoI hearsOctober 5, 2018In “latest news”City Council sends warning to property tax defaulters …threatens legal actionAugust 24, 2016In “latest news”M&CC sounds warning to property owners to settle debtsMarch 29, 2017In “latest news” Retired workers of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are contemplating legal action against the Council for outstanding gratuity and other benefits owed to them since 2015.Vice President of the Pensioners Association, Kathy Fowler on Wednesday said that the Association has been pleading with the M&CC to disburse benefits owed to the pensioners, who would have worked with the municipality for more than 30 years.Home NewsNewsM&CC pensioners threaten legal action against City HallApril 18, 2019…still waiting on $124M approved disbursementRetired workers of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) are contemplating legal action against the council for outstanding gratuity and other benefits owed to them dating back to 2015.Vice President of Pensioners’ Association, Kathy FowlerVice President of the Pensioners Association, Kathy Fowler on Wednesday said that the association has been pleading with the M&CC to disburse benefits owed to the pensioners, who would have worked with the municipality for more than 30 years.“There are pensioners that would have served the municipality well. Who would have served for 30 years, 33 years, 35 years. Persons that would have given their youth to the municipality and this is how they are being treated [at] the end of the day,” she said.Fowler, a member of the Guyana Local Government Union, explained that several attempts were made to retrieve the funds from the council, however, they are being ignored. The association has 35 members, all of whom are still awaiting their retirement benefits after four years.She added that a meeting was held under the stewardship of the new Mayor, Ubraj Narine, in early January where the Deputy Mayor, Town Clerk (ag), City Treasurer (ag) and Chairman of the Finance Committee also attended to update them on the issue of non-payments, however, no progress was made.The Mayor and team committed to putting measures in place for the pensioners to receive their benefits and two follow-up meetings were done in January month end and mid-February but to date, nothing has been done.Fowler disclosed that some of the pensioners attended the M&CC Commission of Inquiry in 2018 and spoke on the issue. She said subsequent to this, recommendations emerging from the CoI revealed that $124 million was given to theCommunities Minister, Ronald Bulkan to address the pensioners’ issues.retired pensioners, however, to date, none of them has received the payment.Fowler warned that they will be making efforts to meet with the Communities Minister soon before moving ahead with legal actions.
US-based Superior Industries says it has entered into a strategic partnership with CMS Cepcor, Europe’s largest manufacturer of aftermarket crusher parts.For 40-plus years, CMS Cepcor has manufactured premium crusher spares for more than three dozen active and classic brands throughout Europe, according to Superior. The parts manufacturer recently expanded its global footprint when it launched CMS Cepcor Americas.As part of the agreement, CMS Cepcor Americas will stock, sell and service aftermarket parts throughout North and South America from its US headquarters in Pekin, Illinois. In addition to the greater market, it will work closely with Superior to supply crushing equipment spares to Superior’s growing group of crushing dealers and customers, Superior said.Doug Parsons, President of CMS Cepcor Americas, said: “We have assembled a talented team of industry veterans who understand what it means to serve customers with high-quality products backed by timely support. Personally, my relationship with Superior goes back two decades and our trust and confidence in each other runs deep. We’re excited to fill a gap in the market where customers are not being supported to the level they require.”From its headquarters in Morris, Minnesota, Superior Industries supplies bulk crushing, screening, washing and conveying systems for industries like aggregates, mining, bulk terminals, agriculture, power and biomass. In addition to its home plant, Superior operates from five additional US facilities, three in Brazil and two more in Canada.
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)Germany’s electoral system seems complicated on the outside, mainly because of the way that it was put together. Post-World War II, the federation installed a system of checks and balances leading to its unusual mixture of electoral systems.Voters get two votes today. Firstly, they cast one ballot to directly vote for a member of the Bundestag in their local district. The second vote is for a particular party.Half of the Bundestag’s members of parliaments – 299 – are chosen by the first vote, while the second vote determines how strong each party will be in parliament.One of the more unusual facts about Germany’s parliament is that the number of seats isn’t fixed. There is a minimum of at least 598 members of parliament, but the exact number fluctuates after each election because of what are known as “overhang” seats. This means if a party wins more of the directly elected seats in one of the federal states than it would get under the proportional allocation from the second ballots cast by voters, it gets compensatory seats to ensure the party is represented accurately. (The outgoing parliament has 620 members because of this rule).There is also a 5 per cent rule, which, depending on who you listen to, was designed either to ensure that smaller parties would be represented in parliament or else to keep fringe groups out of politics. Basically, if any party gets at least 5 per cent of the vote, it gets seats in the Bundestag (even if it doesn’t win any of the directly-chosen seats).Even though Merkel’s CDU/CSU union has a massive lead in the polls, it is extremely unlikely that she will get the majority she needs to govern. One party – or, as has been the case for the past five decades, two or more parties – have to get a majority of seats in order to claim victory.As with many western European democracies, voters don’t directly elect the chancellor. Parties need an absolute majority to elect a chancellor – half of all the lower house seats plus one.Why it mattersThe outcome of the election will “set the agenda for our part of the world”, as The Guardian said this week. If the SPD does get into power with Merkel, it’s likely that there could be some rethinking of austerity as the chosen path to get the bailed-out countries – including Ireland – back on track. It’s unlikely that the ship would be turned around completely but it would kickstart a debate on the future path of the post-bailout Europe.And speaking of bailouts, the success or failure of anti-EU party AFD will be something to watch today to gauge sentiment among people in Germany towards the worse-off countries across Europe. If the party breaks the magical 5 per cent barrier then it will be guaranteed representation in the Bundestag. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)Recent opinion polls show Merkel’s CDU with a steady lead at 38 per cent, followed by the SPD on 28 per cent. Die Linke has 10 per cent, Greens are on 8 per cent and the FDP is at 6 per cent, as is the AFD.Polls close at 6pm local time and a result will be expected within hours. Party leaders will meet tomorrow to start talking about forming a coalition.Read: Leader of Green Party in Germany regrets 1980s ‘paedophile pamphlet’ > Read: This 100-year-old Berlin dance hall holds ghosts of German history > AS POLITICAL MISCALCULATIONS go, this one was particularly baffling.In the run-up to today’s federal elections in Germany, the 66-year-old leader of the SPD party Peer Steinbrück was asked to appear in a feature in a popular magazine.Accepting was a no-brainer. Out of all the party leaders, Steinbrück is the one politician who realistically had a chance of de-throning Chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks her third consecutive term in office. He has spent the past few weeks traversing Germany, making appeals to the high number of undecideds to come back to the left-leaning SPD, which dominated German politics during the Cold War but has fallen out of favour in recent years.With polls showing that the SPD was now in with a better chance of forming a coalition government than it had been in years, Steinbrück was taking every opportunity to get before the electorate with his blunt, straight-talking ways and persuade them to vote for him.The feature was a regular part of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) magazine called Sagen Sie jetzt nichts (“Don’t say anything”) where subjects are asked a question and have to respond with a gesture, which is then photographed.At the shoot, Steinbrück was asked about the fact that he never seemed to get nice nicknames (current favourites include “Peerlusconi” and “problem-peer”). In response, he scowled and stuck up his middle finger at the camera.[Pic: SZmagazin/Twitter]The magazine immediately knew it had a great photograph on its hands. In a blog on its website, SZ said that Steinbruck’s press advisors wanted permission for the photograph to be used to be withdrawn – but inexplicably, Steinbrück gave the go-ahead for it to be used, saying it showed that he has a sense of humour.The image made the cover of SZ just over one week ago, creating a heated debate about the party leader.To his critics, it highlighted everything they had ever said about him: he’s brash, doesn’t take advice and doesn’t think things through – a Brian Cowen type with a witty streak. To his supporters, it was classic Steinbrück: it was his own straight-talking opinion, unfiltered by spin doctors or party hacks, from a man who doesn’t suffer fools gladly.The incident was the election in microcosm: do voters want the predictable, safe leadership of Merkel? Or the straight-shooting ways of Steinbrück?The country is going to the polls today after what has been an election in which change initially seemed possible but now seems increasingly unlikely.Instead, the question has switched from whether Steinbrück can take over as Chancellor from Merkel, to exactly which party will be propping up Merkel’s CDU party and give her a third term as leader.What’s happening todayAn election poster of Angela Merkel photographed through a car window (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)Just over 61 million people out of a population of 80.5 million are eligible to vote today as the electorate goes to the polls to decide who will govern the biggest country – and most important economy – in the European Union.Angela Merkel has been Chancellor for eight years, during which time she has focused on building consensus and pushing Germany to the forefront of solving the European economic meltdown. While her cautious and at times overly-harsh approach has proved divisive, she remains extremely popular – making it perhaps a surprise that the outcome is not so clear cut.The problem is with Merkel’s junior coalition partners, who have gone through a spectacular Progressive Democrats-style implosion, falling from 15 per cent in the polls to a mere 5 per cent – a danger area, meaning that they could end up with no seats at all in the Bundestag under Germany’s election rules.If Merkel’s junior coalition partners fail to get past the 5 per cent mark, the most popular – albeit ideologically at odds – option is a grand coalition between Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and Steinbrück’s Social Democratic Party. Both party leaders have repeatedly said that such a coalition would not be their top choice, but it remains the preferred option for voters.There has also been speculation about a left-wing coalition, with the SPD bedding down with far-left party Die Linke as well as the Green Party. The SPD leadership has ruled going into government with Die Linke, saying the party is “not fit for government” (ouch) but there remains some popular support for the idea.What’s the story with the main political parties?Supporters of the CDU at a campaign rally this week holding signs supporting Angela Merkel (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)A total of 34 parties are fielding candidates today but just six are represented in the current Bundestag.Christian Democratic Union -The centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has been in power since 2005 and has focused its campaign on how it has brought Germany through the worst of the economic storm which has battered most of the EU (the party’s campaign slogan is “Germany’s future: in good hands”). The CDU’s main focus is on low taxes, family values and keeping Germany’s economy competitive.Christian Social Union – The Christian Social Union (CSU) is the Bavarian sister party of the CDU and acts as one with the CDU on a federal level (it has also governed Bavaria for the past 60 years). Together the parties are known as ‘The Union’ in parliament, but the CSU is generally seen as more right-wing, particularly when it come to protecting the so-called traditional family model.Social Democratic Party – The SPD is the oldest political party in Germany and was hugely successful in the 1970s under leader Willy Brandt. However its support waned in recent years as the party rolled back on some pillars of the welfare state. Steinbrück has moved the party back towards its traditional social-democratic base, promising a national minimum wage and investments in State-run nurseries.Free Democratic Party – The FDP is traditionally liberal, both economically and socially, favouring free markets and minimal government intervention. The party had its best ever results in the 2009 election, but since then, as so often happens with smaller coalition partners, has seen a massive drop in its poll ratings with voters unhappy with its aggressive policies attacking welfare and calling for tax cuts.The Greens – The Greens are considered Europe’s most successful environmental party, but have had a disastrous election campaign and are taking a battering in the polls. The party is calling for reform of the healthcare system and a minimum wage, alongside their core Green values, but have seen their ratings drop to 9 per cent from their peak of 28 per cent two years ago. The party was widely mocked for suggesting a vegetarian day in office canteens where meat would be banned.The Left (Die Linke) – Just six years old, Die Linke was formed out of a backlash against the SPD when the party was seen as betraying its left-wing base. The democratic socialist party is calling for a left-wing approach to economic policy, including a Robin Hood tax on large financial transactions and tax increases for the wealthiest, as well as a nationalised healthcare system and a minimum wage. The party was generally seen as a fringe party, but recent polls show it polling at 10 per cent, above the struggling Greens.There’s also the wildcard: new anti-EU party Alternative für Deutschland (AFD) is seeking to tap into the resentment among some Germans over having to help fund bailouts for some EU countries – including Ireland, of course – to win its first seats in parliament. The majority of parties – and voters – support Merkel’s approach to the euro crisis, but AFD is tapping into a small but significant well of support. Polls show it is hovering just below the crucial 5 per cent mark which would see it guaranteed to win seats in the Bundestag.What are the issues?(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)It’s the economy, stupid: Given all that’s happened over the past five years, it’s no surprise that a recent survey found that social and fiscal policies are the number one consideration for 80 per cent of Germans when deciding which party to vote for.The parties have fought over whether income tax should be raised for high earners (Merkel says no; the SPD says yes), whether to introduce a national minimum wage (Germany is one of the few countries in the EU without one), and how to handle Ehegattensplitting – whether married couples should be allowed to combine their salaries and split the total down the middle, paying tax on the average income.When it comes to Europe’s debt crisis, both the SPD and the Greens have voted for Merkel’s tough love approach whereby stricken countries must agree to a tough timetable of conditions in order to receive a bailout. However the left-wing parties have criticised her for focusing too much on austerity at the expense of economic growth.The SPD has been outspoken about the recent revelations that National Security Agency in the US carried out surveillance in Germany and other EU countries, with Peer Steinbrück describing it as “the greatest crime against fundamental rights” in Germany’s history. The coalition government has faced repeated questioning about how much it knew about the intelligence gathering on German soil.One of the more unusual – and divisive – issues which has come up is the suggestion by the leader of the CSU – Merkel’s allies – that foreign cars would be charged to drive on Bavaria’s motorways. The suggestion has been met with derision from other parties and may be ruled inoperable due to EU regulations, but Horst Seehofer, the head of the CSU, has maintained he is deadly serious about it.Bloomberg notes that the single biggest age group voting is people aged 70 and over, who make up 20.1 per cent of the electorate. At the other end of the scale, around 3 million people will be voting for the first time – which may explain why the SPD has been ramping up its effort in recent days to attract the youth vote.How does Germany’s electoral system work?
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door for the day.1. #ANGLO TAPES: The Central Bank has said it will not be carrying out any further investigation into the Anglo Tapes after it reviewed the recordings amid allegations that Anglo Irish Bank executives deliberately misrepresented its financial position to get money in 2008.2. #CRIME: Crime has fallen in most categories over the past 12 months, but dangerous driving leading to death is up by 25 per cent, according to the latest crime figures released by the Central Statistics Office.3. #TRIAL: Michaella McCollum Connolly has indicated she will plead guilty when she appears before a court in Peru today on trial on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 11 kilos of cocaine out of the country.4. #INVESTIGATION: Swiss police are carrying out an investigation into the death of an Irish man in Neuchâtel, saying they do not yet know if it was murder or an accident. Patrick Broderick was stabbed between the neck and shoulder in his apartment.5. #YOUNG SCIENTISTS: Three secondary school students from Cork have won first prize in the biology section of the EU competition for Young Scientists in Prague. The teenagers represented Ireland after winning the BT Young Scientist prize earlier this year for their project on the effects of bacteria on plant germination. Congrats!
BY HONOURED TRADITION, we journalists still half-jokingly call public-relations (PR) professionals “the enemy”. But we know they have a job to do, we know they often help us do their job – and we know that if we’re really at war with them, we’re losing.The basic reason is pretty simple: they’ve got more and more resources (money, time, people) to push the corporate or government line, and we’ve got fewer and fewer with which to filter out the truth from the propaganda.And when PR people are good and do their job really well, they get the ears of our bosses and make our jobs even harder.That’s what happened to Betty Purcell, a TV producer who recently took early retirement from RTE after many years in charge of programmes including Questions & Answers and The View. In 2009 she tried to make a short human-interest documentary in RTE’s quasi-religious slot Would You Believe? about Willie and Mary Corduff, residents of Rossport, Co Mayo, who stopped Shell from running a gas pipeline through their land.“One day the director Geraldine Creed and the reporter Mick Peelo got a call saying that a Shell PR man was in the RTE canteen and would they go down and talk to him,” Purcell recalled. He tried to persuade Purcell’s team to drop or change the programme.The programme got made only after its dedicated makers jumped through a unique and time-consuming series of management hoops – and RTE broke up the team soon after.Reporting the community’s resistance to ShellPurcell (whose memoir Inside RTE will be published next month) was telling this story last Saturday near Rossport, in Ceathrú Thaidhg, Co Mayo, at ‘Airing Corrib: The Media and Shell Corrib’, organised by Action from Ireland (AfrI). I joined her on the platform, as did Liamy MacNally, formerly a much-admired journalist with Mayo-based Midwest Radio.Last month MacNally won a case for unfair dismissal against the station. Although the employment tribunal did not accept that he had been targeted for his coverage of the Corrib gas project, MacNally was able to describe to the Mayo audience the years of flak that rained down on his journalism whenever he broadcast or wrote about the community’s resistance to Shell.For most journalists with a busy job to do, this sort of thing becomes a good reason to ignore a story, or at least avoid its more ‘controversial’ elements. In contrast, public relations professionals working for Shell have all the time in the world to advance the company’s perspective, which, more often than not, then slides unopposed into the news agenda.There is nothing particularly sinister about this. After the initial period of heroic coverage of the ‘Rossport Five’ (including Willie Corduff) in 2005, Shell has simply outgunned its opponents in PR terms, creating the image of a reasonable, flexible company trying to provide employment in Mayo but besieged by hysterical and perhaps-dodgy ‘protesters’.Ignorance, avoidance and distortionRichie O’Donnell’s beautiful feature-length documentary The Pipe, which provides an alternate perspective, has won awards here and abroad and been sold to dozens of broadcasters across the world, but, incredibly, it has never been shown on RTE.But last week’s event in Mayo wasn’t just a chance for journalists such as Purcell and MacNally to say how their work on the Corrib story had been resisted by PR pressure and by their employers; it also gave plenty of time for others, including locals, to offer testimony about the ignorance, avoidance and distortion they have experienced at the hands of the media over the last decade.Some of the stories were comic – but when another of the Rossport Five, Vincent McGrath, ran through a long detailed list of year-upon-year of media errors and sins on the story, it was clear this community’s grievance is no joke. Along with many State bodies the media have, by and large, allowed their message to be coordinated by the effective PR operation of one of the most powerful companies in the world, one that sits right on top of the Fortune 500.And while we can understand how that has happened, it’s not what journalism is supposed to be all about.Watch the Airing Erris event in full here.Harry Browne is a lecturer in journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology and author of The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power). Twitter: @harrybrowneRead: Expert hired by department for Corrib inspection lacked training to access tunnelRead: Garda Ombudsman to investigate Shell ‘booze bribes’ allegations
Le peuplement de l’Amazonie remonte à plus de 10 000 ansLes archéologues d’une équipe internationale ont étudié, en Amazonie bolivienne, des amas de coquillages anciens attestant de la présence d’êtres humains dans cette région dès 10.000 ans BP (before present), soit bien avant les dates avancées jusqu’à présent. Regroupant des chercheurs d’universités suisses, allemandes, australiennes et américaines, une équipe internationale dirigée par Umberto Lombardo, de l’Université de Berne, a passé au crible trois de ces étranges monticules que l’on trouve dans les îlots forestiers émaillant les savanes saisonnièrement inondées des basses-terres de l’Amazonie bolivienne. Verdict : ces monticules ont été engendrés par l’activité de chasseurs-cueilleurs à partir d’il y a 10.500 ans et jusqu’à il y a 5.000 ans environ – des dates données par le radiocarbone. Cette découverte est d’importance puisque les sites archéologiques connus jusqu’à présent dans cette partie du continent (principalement dans les zones côtières du nord-est du bassin forestier) suggéraient que le peuplement de l’Amazonie ne remontait qu’à quelque 8.000 ans ‘seulement’. Les monticules sédimentaires récemment découverts (dans le centre du bassin amazonien, cette fois-ci) proviennent d’une accumulation de coquilles d’escargots d’eau douce, de charbons de bois, de restes d’outils en os, d’ossements animaux et humains et de poteries.Les plus anciens sites archéologiquesÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”La recherche multidisciplinaire (…) a révélé des amas coquilliers stratifiés produits par les chasseurs-collecteurs humains dès il y a 10.000 ans, faisant de [ces lieux] les plus anciens sites archéologiques de la région”, expliquent les chercheurs dans leur étude publiée par la revue PLoS ONE.”Dans un paysage tropical et géo-morphologiquement actif souvent considéré comme un défi à la fois à l’occupation humaine ancienne et à la préservation des sites de chasseurs-cueilleurs, les amas coquilliers nouvellement découverts (…) illustrent la possibilité d’identifier et d’interpréter des sites archéologiques anciens de plein-air dans l’ouest de l’Amazonie”, concluent-ils ainsi.Le 7 septembre 2013 à 11:05 • Maxime Lambert
Overholt: Well we’ve actually had a website for five years, but what we did was we launched a refresh of the site about a week ago. It’s a new architecture, it’s a streamlined look, its very clean, and its really designed with mobile in mind. So far, the feedback has been terrific. Folio: When did you first learn that you were being asked to take on the editor-in-chief role at ESPN The Magazine? We’re also excited about the fact that we’re launching a couple of new events this year. We’ve had this very successful tentpole conference every October, and we’re pleased to be able to do a one-day summit in Chicago this coming April so we can bring a slice of that energy to a different city, but also in a one-day format that makes it a little bit more accessible for a broader group of people. Overholt: I’ve actually had two stints with ESPN. I’ve been back almost two years now in my current role. In April of 2014, I came back to be the editor-in-chief of espnW. They were looking to grow the editorial presence and sort of reimagine all that espnW could be in a multi-platform editorial sense, from the website, to the full complement of social channels, to our flagship event every October. There was a strong foundation there, and we were looking to bring that to life even further by bringing in new voices, nurturing the voices we already had and seeing them really grow and become a larger part of the ESPN community. Folio: You mentioned the MPA numbers. At the American Magazine Media Conference earlier this month, your colleague Chad Millman described how a magazine cover is still a really relevant, valuable currency for athletes and celebrities alike. Why do you think that is? Overholt: I was thrilled, because I actually started my career at ESPN as an editor with the magazine. In many ways, it’s like coming home, so I’m absolutely thrilled and excited about the creative opportunity. I think that the magazine is just in an incredibly strong position right now, really on an upswing of its creative identity. I’m really looking forward to building on that and making it even bigger. Folio: We understand that you’re the first female editor-in-chief of a national sports magazine. Coming over from your ongoing role at espnW, how will that allow you to bring a unique perspective to the magazine? Overholt: We’re still making our plans for the year, but what I’d really love to see from the magazine is just the chance to make some noise. I think we have an industry-defining franchise in our Body Issue, and I’d like to see us add a few more issues like that, that really command the cultural attention in the sports world and in the media world at large. I think we have an incredible opportunity to capitalize on the fact that we have the number one digital brand audience behind our magazine, based off that new MPA study that just came out. Our opportunity this year is really to say, “Okay, we have this incredibly immersive storytelling experience that can run from print, to digital, to social, to television, to film and beyond, how do we start to see the magazine as this very unique reader experience that can be the doorway into some of these full-circle immersive storytelling things that we can do with all of our other partners at ESPN?” Prior to this, I was running my own digital strategy consulting shop for about four years, working with a number of different brands. I spent about a year with Seventeen magazine, serving as the deputy editor, so that I could be immersed in the editorial culture there and help them build their iPhone app. That was a really fun project because it gave me a chance to return to some magazine roots and really soak up that editorial culture. Earlier this month, ESPN announced that espnW editor-in-chief, Alison Overholt, would add to her duties the role of editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine, making her the first female editor-in-chief of a major national sports magazine. Folio: caught up with Overholt to learn more about what she will bring to her new role and what’s in store for ESPN The Magazine in 2016. Folio: Outside of the Williams sisters, the U.S. women’s soccer team, and maybe UConn basketball, there’s kind of a void of female sports coverage, both at ESPN and in the media in general. Can we expect more women’s sports in ESPN The Magazine? Other clients that I worked with included Nasdaq OMX, I’ve been teaching at NYU, I was writing for Fortune and Fast Company, and doing a lot of other client projects about reinventing digital identities or figuring out content strategy—what’s the true and authentic storytelling you can do that matches your business goals—and then figuring out how to get it out to as many people as possible. Overholt: Absolutely. I think I can say that without a doubt. You can throw Ronda Rousey into that mix, too. I think she probably commanded more ink than any other female athlete in the entire sports world last year. I do think there’s this idea that people aren’t ready to read about female athletes or that women’s sports are somehow less compelling. There’s an interesting campaign from the WNBA right now that’s just beautifully shot and very adrenaline inducing, and the tagline is “Watch me work.” In an espnW editorial meeting yesterday we thought, it’s great and everybody gets fired up and you say, “Watch me work,” but when are people going to be ready to watch them play? That’s a story I’d love for us to tell. After 20 years, when is the American public going to embrace the WNBA and watch them play? They certainly deserve that attention. Overholt: I don’t know if it’s actually rooted in reality. There is a piece of me that thinks it’s a little bit of a media-fueled storyline. The reality is that women’s sports, if you look at them in a historical framework, are still in their infancy. It wasn’t more than a couple of decades ago where there were almost no professional opportunities. College scholarships are still a fairly recent thing, when you think about it in the context of history. Men’s professional leagues have had generations to develop into the powerhouse businesses that they are, whereas women’s sports are still in their infancy, and yet the business success and the audience development is compared as if they should be apples to apples. To a certain extent, if you look at the variation among markets, there are certain cities where teams have really taken root and there are incredibly passionate fanbases. It’s all pretty comparable and reasonable within that timeline of how long each of them has had to develop. Prior to that, I was here at ESPN for nearly six years, as an editor for the magazine and also part of the group that did the initial research into whether or not it was the right moment in the marketplace to bring espnW to life. Folio: What about espnW? You just launched a website. Overholt: It was stunning to realize that I was the first woman to be editor-in-chief of a national sports magazine. Stunning in the sense of, “What an honor,” but at the same time, stunning in that it’s 2016. It seems almost unimaginable that in this year, that could still be a thing. In one sense, I don’t think it was in any way part of the decision, but in another sense, we are more conscious than ever that the world is changing. The face of the American sports fan now spans every possible kind of person. There was a time, probably, when if you conjured the idea of who a sports fan was, you probably had a very particular kind of guy in your mind. That’s not the case anymore. We’re speaking to fans who are men and women, who are black and white, who are American Hispanics and Asian Americans. Somebody who comes to this job with a very conscious awareness of how important it is to bring new voices into the conversation, I think, is a tremendously important perspective to bring to this position. Folio: What was your reaction? Folio: Why do you think that perception exists about women’s sports? Overholt: There’s something incredibly special about the commitment to put something into print. Whether it’s the time commitment that you make to do that photoshoot, the extra artistic energy that goes into creating that perfect image, the fact that it is physically commemorated, there’s something indelible about the cover of a magazine. We’ve placed such great emphasis in our world today on immediacy and on the interconnected social experience of the digital world. I’m coming over from digital, I’m as much of a digital consumer as anyone else on the planet, and there’s such an exciting and valuable thing about that immediacy and just incredible volume and reach that you can have through a digital or social experience. But the other side of that is because it’s so immediate and because it’s so fast-moving, it’s also a little bit ephemeral. It goes away as fast as you can swipe your hand up the screen. Whereas to commit to putting something into print and to creating a powerful artistic statement on the cover of a magazine, I think everyone still recognizes that that truly means something. And then for ESPN The Magazine, just having that oversized trim size, it makes more of a statement and packs more of a punch even than a standard magazine cover. For a lot of these athletes, particularly who have grown up seeing that as a standard, I think it just carries a stamp of achievement and validity that it’s hard for anything else to come close. Alison Overholt: Just about a couple of days before you did. Folio: What can you tell us about what’s planned for ESPN The Magazine in the year ahead? Folio: What’s on deck for espnW moving forward? Overholt: One of the reasons we did our refresh was that we just exploded with the amount of content and the number of new voices we’ve added to the mix in the last couple of years. One of the things we were noticing was that it was becoming difficult under our previous design to discover and surface that great content. We’ve launched a new channel on our site, our culture vertical. So many of our most successful and impactful pieces have been about this intersection of sports society and culture. We’re really kind of embracing the idea that we’re at this moment where women are engaging with sports in a way that’s changing both the sports world and the world at large, whether its women coaching, or women in new professional roles in the media, or women having new exciting pro opportunities on the field or on the court. We wanted to make sure that we had a place to really be able to talk about all of those things. Folio: What else can you tell us about your background? How long have you been with ESPN, and where were you before? We also launched our first ever espnW film fellowship this year, and we’re announcing the fellow herself at our Impact25 gala on February 25.
The Senate is planning to debate this year’s defense authorization bill on the chamber floor, which would represent a huge accomplishment after two consecutive years when the Senate did not have that opportunity.A Senate Armed Services Committee aide told the Hill Monday that the committee is preparing to bring up the measure it passed last week to the floor in June.In each of the past two years, the annual defense policy bill did not follow the normal path to passage after the Senate failed to let lawmakers debate the committee-passed version. Last year, the measure was never brought to the floor. In 2013, the legislation stalled in the Senate when the two parties failed to reach an agreement over handling amendments.Instead an informal conference was held both years, with the leaders of the House and Senate Armed Services committees working out differences between the version passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the one passed by House lawmakers.The process would return to regular order if the Senate passes its version, allowing a House-Senate conference committee to hash out a compromise version of the measure. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Ram AwtarPakistan has again proved that it cannot be trusted, a top Border Security Force (BSF) official said on Sunday.”Pakistan has yet again proved that it cannot be trusted as its forces resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing to target villages along the international border,” said Ram Awtar, Inspector General (IG) BSF Jammu Frontier.He was addressing the media on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony to honour the two BSF troopers killed in Pakistani firing on Sunday.”We know Pakistan never keeps its word. It is not reliable and trustworthy and even after the DGMOs agreed to respect the (2003) ceasefire, Pakistan on Sunday morning fired in Pargwal and Kanachak areas.”The BSF official said the killing was not a sniper action but a blatant ceasefire violation.”We have given a strong and befitting reply, but so far the damage across the border could not be ascertained. We did not target civilian areas. We only retaliated to cross border firing,” he said.
Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsSwatting Attack Targets Fortnite World Champion Stay on target Fortnite is ending! Okay, no it isn’t. Epic would be crazy to end something this wildly profitable and dominant within pop culture. But part of the reason Fortnite has been so successful is because it’s a living service, adding exciting new modes to keep players interested including the battle royale mode that skyrocketed it to new heights in the first place. However, part of being a living service means letting some aspects die. And that’s about to happen with Fortnite’s Playground mode, at least temporarily.Playground mode is a recently added feature for Fortnite Battle Royale. As we all know by now standard Battle Royale has one hundred players falling onto the map to hunt each other until there is only one team or individual left standing. Clearly lots of people think it’s fun but it can also be very stressful.So Playground Mode is for when you just want to relax and have fun. You and just three other players fall onto the same island but the deadly storm doesn’t start closing in on you for a whole hour. You can spend all that time then safely practicing with the weapons, getting a feel for the map, figuring out Fortnite’s tricky construction mechanics, or just goofing off. Playground mode has sparked a creativity in players that recalls Fortnite’s Minecraft roots. Someone even recreated Mario Kart courses.AdChoices广告On July 12 though that all goes away, just like Thanos, when Epic shuts down Playground Mode. Fortunately, it’s only a temporarily shutdown so Epic can actually improve the service. When the new and improved Playground mode returns it’ll have new features like team battles. The one thing that won’t be returning however are any replays you’ve saved in the current Playground mode so save those before the 5.0 update.Enjoy this last week of Fortnite Battle Royale Playground mode as we know it on nearly every platform under the planet including PC, iOS, Mac, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Oh and PlayStation 4, too, although that one tends to get left out of the party.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
June 15, 2012 — To enable hospitals to keep pace with the latest technological advances and offer better patient care and improved workflow while containing costs, Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. announces the availability of VeloCT. This console upgrade includes new enhancements for patient safety, dose management and workflow for existing Aquilion 32, Aquilion 64 and Aquilion CX CT systems manufactured between 2006 and 2012.The VeloCT console includes multiple dose reduction technologies and dose management tools, including:• Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D) – This third-generation iterative dose reconstruction software incorporates significant system enhancements by dramatically reducing radiation dose compared to conventional scanning. It is a sophisticated algorithm designed to work in both the raw data and image data space, reducing noise to maintain image quality.• NEMA XR 25 Dose Check Software – Enhances user awareness of the radiation dose being administered to patients. 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Technology | June 15, 2012 Toshiba’s Encore VeloCT Console Receives FDA Clearance VeloCT brings latest dose reduction and workflow enhancements to Aquilion 32, 64 and CX Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Videos | Radiation Therapy | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: Use of Radiotherapy to Noninvasively Ablate Ventricular Tachycardia Pierre Qian, MBBS, read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Famous for its film heritage, celebrity residents and endless sunshine, Los Angeles is iconic. From movie madness to sunny set pieces, Claire Connachan shares some of her top tips for having a heavenly time in the City of Angels.UPDATED APRIL 20151. Get in line for theme park actionIt wouldn’t be a trip to LA without a day spent in one of the city’s signature theme parks. Choose from the saccharine yet much loved Disneyland or swap the fairytale princesses for movie monsters at Universal Studios. Highlights of Disneyland include Muppets Vision 3D, and Universal’s House of Horrors is not to be missed. It’s worth paying a bit extra for line-jumping tickets so you don’t have to queue for hours – and you’ll get some extra special treats that the regular punters don’t have access to. 8. Hit up downtown and fly with the Angel’sThe rickety and rattling Angel’s Flight funicular railway is billed as the shortest in the world. For a bargain 50 cents you can take a return trip on this piece of history and tick it off your bucket list. The Angel’s Flight is a mere 298 feet in length, but the trip takes you up and down an impressively steep slope inside a quaint orange and black carriage, complete with wood panelling and a judder. An absolute LA experience, couple your visit with a trip downtown and gawp at teetering skyscrapers through the carriage windows. 3. Go to a film festivalIt wouldn’t be right to visit the movie capital of the world without taking some time to watch a film or two. Time your visit with the TCM Classic Film Festival and experience traditional Hollywood glamour with a whole range of films, from cops and robbers through to westerns and weepies. The festival shows films in Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the themed Egyptian Theatre. Both movie houses are a must-visit even outside festival time, if only for their amazing architecture and atmosphere. 9. See a real-life film studioThere’s Universal, but to really feel like you’re in the movies, take the Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour. You’ll tour a real, live movie and TV studio, complete with sound stages, back lots, sets and craft workshops. Find out about how Hollywood really works, see the studio in action and get up close and personal with some seriously iconic film props. If you’re a film fan, you can’t miss this.10. Explore a town in the cityJust around the corner from the Art Deco delights of LA’s Union Station is the USA’s first modern Chinatown, dating back to 1938. It’s a fascinating place to explore, including bazaars, interesting architecture and the galleries of avant-garde artists who have taken up residence in Chinatown. Oh, and let’s not forget the food, which is obviously wonderful!More: Enter the dragons: 8 of the world’s most interesting ChinatownsFind flights to Los AngelesExplore more of the golden sate here:10 best things to do in California10 top things to do in San FranciscoSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hireReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 4. Hit the beachThere’s something strange about a huge, sprawling city being home to such splendid beaches, but Los Angeles has golden sand and sunshine in spades, so pack your swimsuit. At Santa Monica the promenade goes for miles, so if you’re feeling sprightly hire a bike or a pair of rollerblades and take a spin up to Venice beach. More: Top 10 rollercoasters in the world2. Forget special effects, see some real monstersThere’s no movie magic needed at the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. Every day scientists dig up extinct fossils belonging to prehistoric creatures including mastodons, smilodons and giant ground sloths. There are over one million fossils of extinct animals on display at the museum, pulled right out of the ground smack bang in the middle of LA. The tar pits themselves are still bubbling away, and you can see them for yourself on a wander in the park grounds. 5. Swap nightlife for wildlifeAmericans know how to do zoos, and the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens are no exception. Its 1,100-odd animals include elephants, gorillas, tigers and komodo dragons, housed in beautiful enclosures. The gardens are situated in 133-acre Griffith Park, which is worth a worth a visit in itself, so pack some sandwiches and get exploring6. Get your fill of foodie delightsIf you’re into your grub, don’t miss the Original Farmers Market at the junction of 3rd and Fairfax Avenue. Eat everything from American classics to weird and wonderful fare from around the world; there’s even a doggy bakery for discerning pooches to enjoy a treat. Next door to the market is an open air mall with familiar brand names, so take some cash and get spending… if you can move after the stuffing yourself at the market.7. Go celeb spottingLA is home to more than its fair share of famous faces. Keep your eyes peeled for a celebrity sighting, but get a helping hand with a sightseeing tour of movie stars’ homes. Jump in an open-top people carrier and get ferried around the city by a knowledgeable tour guide, all the while oohing and ahhing at very expensive houses and craning your neck over very high hedges. The tour is a fabulous and fun way to see LA, with stops at Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and even the Hollywood sign. A must do. 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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Marcelo Gomes, a high-profile principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, has resigned amid an investigation into an allegation of sexual misconduct eight years ago, abruptly leaving the second ballet company in the city to be rocked by misconduct allegations.American Ballet Theatre said Thursday it initiated an independent investigation after learning of a “highly concerning” allegation about Gomes on Saturday. “ABT does not tolerate the alleged behaviour,” the company said.American Ballet Theatre said the alleged misconduct did not involve any current or former members of the company and did not occur while he was an employee. “Amid the investigation, Mr. Gomes put forth his resignation,” said the statement from Chairman Andrew F. Barth.Gomes, who is a native of Brazil, was invited to join ABT in 1997 at age 18 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2002. He’s danced Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra Suite” and has been allowed to leave ABT for different projects, including as a guest artist with the Kirov and The Royal Ballet. He made his debut with the Bolshoi Ballet in 2013.Gomes has appeared in Matthew Bourne’s “The Car Man” and “Swan Lake,” and as Carabosse in “The Sleeping Beauty.” He received a Dance Magazine Award in 2015 and choreographed the Under Armour “I Will What I Want” TV campaign starring ballerina Misty Copeland.His resignation comes less than a month after New York City Ballet said its longtime leader Peter Martins was taking a leave of absence during an investigation into a sexual harassment.The company hired a law firm to conduct the investigation after receiving an anonymous letter accusing Martins of past harassment. Martins referred to the allegations as “false claims.” American Ballet Theatre dancer resigns amid investigation by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2017 11:04 am PDT Last Updated Dec 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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