More Than 4% of Death Row Inmates May Be Innocent

first_imgOne in 25 criminal defendants who has been handed a death sentence in the United States has likely been erroneously convicted. That number—4.1% to be exact—comes from a new analysis of more than 3 decades of data on death sentences and death row exonerations across the United States.“This was a very carefully done and carefully considered approach,” says statistician Bruce Levin of Columbia University, who was not involved in the new study. “The analysis was quite sophisticated, and the authors were transparent about both their assumptions and methods.”Putting a number on the rate of false convictions among criminal defendants in the United States is complicated by the fact that many false convictions are never identified and there’s no central, national database that tracks most types of criminal cases. A number of lawyers and judges, however, have publically claimed that the false conviction rate for all crimes is almost negligible—including a written comment by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a 2006 concurring opinion, citing a rate of 0.027%. But such assumptions usually take the total number of all exonerations in the country and divide it by total number of felony convictions—an incorrect calculation because most false convictions, especially for more minor felonies, are never revealed.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To calculate a more accurate false conviction rate, Samuel Gross, a law professor at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor and a former criminal defense lawyer, decided to focus on one small subset of criminal cases: those that result in death sentences.“Every case where you have a death sentence is recorded in a national database,” Gross says. “And the rate at which errors are detected in death penalty cases is orders of magnitude higher than in other cases.” Defendants on death row have better access to attorneys, he notes, and more attention and resources are generally devoted to ensuring that their convictions are accurate.Gross and his colleagues gathered data from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that tracks executions, on all 7482 death sentences in the United States from 1973 through 2004. But even among death sentence cases, dividing the number of known exonerations by the total number of defendants wouldn’t give an accurate estimate of all false convictions. In a third of death row convictions, defendants are resentenced to life in prison after appeals, usually within about 5 years. And after being resentenced, their access to resources that could help them prove a false conviction drops.“Nobody doubts that the group that is removed from death row and resentenced includes more people who are actually more likely to be innocent and would be exonerated if they remained on death row,” Gross says. Indeed, he and colleagues calculated that resentenced defendants are eight times less likely to be exonerated than those on death row. In addition, once someone is executed, dies of natural causes, or commits suicide, the chance of being exonerated drops to nearly zero.To calculate what the total rate of exonerations would be if all death row defendants remained on death row indefinitely and had equal access to resources, the researchers turned to statistical techniques normally used in medical studies. Although only 1.6% of defendants who had been sentenced to death were actually exonerated between 1973 and 2004, 4.1% of defendants were likely falsely convicted, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Because the number is an extrapolation, it doesn’t reveal exactly which defendants—out of those resentenced for life or executed—were falsely convicted.“The main message is that false convictions are not rare events,” Gross says. “It’s something that’s going to keep happening on a steady basis, and it means we should work hard to try and avoid it.”David Dow, a law professor at the University of Houston Law Center and founder of the Texas Innocence Network, a group of lawyers that represents death row inmates and works to reveal false convictions, says the number doesn’t surprise him. “This is really the number that people who have spent a lot of time doing capital work have intuited,” he says. “The larger hope is that it finally reaches people who have been resisting the acknowledgement of this reality, which is that we make a somewhat significant number of mistakes.”The rate of false convictions in death sentence cases can’t be generalized to other criminal cases, Gross points out, but he hypothesizes that the rate is similar for all serious, violent crimes.The new calculations don’t offer any insight into what most often leads to false convictions, or what can be done about them, but he hopes that illuminating the rate will lead to new efforts to study these areas.last_img read more

Report: Real Madrid 4 Leganes 1

first_imgReal Madrid made it three wins from three in LaLiga this season with a 4-1 victory over Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.Karim Benzema scored twice in between goals from Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos to secure the three points, despite a scare when Guido Carrillo made it 1-1 when he fired a penalty past debutant goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.The victory puts Julen Lopetegui’s side top of the table, two points above Celta Vigo, who beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Balaidos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Bale stretched his scoring run to seven consecutive league games 17 minutes in, volleying in Dani Carvajal’s header from 12 yards out, although goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar should arguably have done better to keep it out.Leganes went into the game having failed to win any of their 10 Madrid derbies in LaLiga, but they snatched an equaliser 24 minutes in when Carrillo swept home from the penalty spot after Casemiro tripped Javier Eraso.The goal seemed to disrupt Madrid’s rhythm, although they continued to have nearly 80 per cent of the possession, with Cuellar denying Benzema’s volley in one of the few chances before half-time.But Benzema put them back ahead three minutes after the break with a well-aimed header, the goal eventually given after a VAR review overturned a foul awarded against the striker.There was no doubt about Benzema’s second, though, as he collected Marcelo’s pass, played a one-two with Luka Modric and rifled a shot into the bottom-left corner from the edge of the area.Captain Ramos added a fourth from the penalty spot 66 minutes in to move the European champions onto nine points and send them into the international break in a positive mood. Our 2017/18 UEFA award winners! Goalkeeper of the Season (@NavasKeylor) Defender of the Season (@SergioRamos) Midfielder of the Season (@lukamodric10) Player of the Year (@lukamodric10) pic.twitter.com/DFQtwq90ME— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) September 1, 2018What does it mean: Bale and Benzema showing there is no need for Ronaldo replacementMariano Diaz was not quite the new number seven Madrid fans had in mind after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus, but the Portugal star will not be missed too much if Bale and Benzema can continue this form.Bale is on his best goalscoring run ever in LaLiga and Benzema is looking as sharp as he has in the last three seasons. If the duo have been liberated by Ronaldo leaving the team, they are taking full advantage.It is far too early to predict the title race’s trajectory, but Madrid appear to be more readily equipped than Atletico Madrid to challenge Barcelona, even though only 16 days have passed since they lost the UEFA Super Cup to their city rivals.Pat on the back: Benzema lays down challenge to MarianoMariano was brought back to the club as competition for Benzema, but, on this evidence, he will find it tough to dislodge the Frenchman.Benzema’s first was a precise header, with his second a powerful finish following an excellent team move. It was quite the showcase of the all-round ability he still possesses, and a timely reminder to his detractors of what he has to offer.33 – Karim Benzema has scored against every 33 teams he has faced in his career in La Liga (131 goals). Predator. pic.twitter.com/ju2Ifsc7HV— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 1, 2018Boot up the backside: Casemiro almost costs Los BlancosMadrid were largely excellent, particularly in the second half, but Casemiro could have cost his side with a clumsy challenge to concede the penalty.He also had the lowest passing accuracy (86.3 per cent) of any of Madrid’s midfielders. In fact, only Benzema had a lower pass completion rate.  What’s next?Madrid return from the international break for a tricky trip to San Mames to take on Athletic Bilbao on September 15. Leganes host Villarreal the following day. read morelast_img read more

Felipe Massa’s retirement opens up second seat at Williams

first_imgFelipe Massa’s retirement announcement on Saturday leaves a fistful of drivers battling to replace the little Brazilian in the most coveted available seat on the 2018 Formula One starting grid.Some, such as Poland’s Robert Kubica and Britain’s Paul di Resta, are experienced racers seeking a comeback after years away while others are youngsters seeking redemption or a lifeline.Massa has now been ruled out after he told fans on social media that he was retiring at the end of the season.Williams Martini Racing confirms @MassaFelipe19 to leave team at end of 2017 season. pic.twitter.com/87GdAxwQvT- WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) November 4, 2017Germany’s Pascal Wehrlein, a 23-year-old prospect, can be included in the category of those with talent but on the wrong side of circumstances.He is currently a Mercedes-backed driver at a Sauber team whose management and focus have changed and whose engine provider Ferrari is keen to place the Italian team’s own youngsters in the seats.Williams use Mercedes engines and could expect a discount on them for taking Wehrlein — depending on how committed Mercedes are to him.Russian Daniil Kvyat, another 23-year-old who has been dumped by Red Bull and their Toro Rosso junior team, joins the list as someone seeking to show he can deliver and still deserves a shot.Williams may have made their mind up already but have said only that they are considering a number of options and will make an announcement in due course.”We’ll consider all drivers that are not contracted,” technical head Paddy Lowe said at last month’s U.S. Grand Prix, although the chances of dropped Renault driver Jolyon Palmer getting the seat are not great.advertisementAfter Kvyat was dropped for Mexico last weekend and left the Red Bull programme, Lowe described the Russian as a “very respectable driver” who should be in the frame.The focus, however, has been much more on Kubica’s possible return at the age of 32 and some seven years after it looked like his career was over.The Pole partially severed his right forearm in an horrific 2011 crash during a rally he entered for fun before the start of that Formula One season, and there have been lingering doubts about his arm movement.Kubica has tested with Mercedes-powered Williams, and Renault, and impressed. A race winner with BMW-Sauber in 2008, he would be a hugely popular choice in the paddock and with fans.Di Resta, the team’s reserve driver and now 31, stood in for an unwell Massa in Hungary last July and also tested with Kubica. The Scot last did a full season with Force India in 2013.Williams, sponsored by drinks company Martini, have said in response to suggestions that they need an over-25 driver for commercial reasons that age considerations will not be the deciding factor.Canadian rookie Lance Stroll, who is set to stay next season, turned 19 on race day in Mexico and has had to wear team kit without alcohol branding at some races already this season due to local age laws.”What’s most important for the team is to pick a driver lineup that will give us the best performance and most exciting racing potential,” Lowe said last month.”There are some issues around advertising and Martini but if it came to it, I’m sure Martini would understand the importance — if that’s what we were to choose — to have the best lineup for racing rather than for advertising.”last_img read more

Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag

first_imgRussian lawmakers should not attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to support athletes unless they are competing under the Russian flag, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as saying on Friday.”If we cannot ensure the possibility of our athletes competing under our flag, in the name of our country, we have nothing to do there,” Interfax quoted Volodin as telling lawmakers in parliament.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia on Tuesday from next year’s Winter Games after evidence emerged of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.The door was left open, however, for Russians to compete as neutrals as long as they satisfy conditions that show they have a doping-free background.last_img read more

Sebastian Coe backs ‘purple patch’ Laura Muir to paint Tokyo gold in 2020

first_imgShare on Twitter Laura Muir wins double-double to give Great Britain record medals tally Laura Muir Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Facebook Laura Muir of Great Britain on her way to winning the 3000m final in Glasgow. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images Pinterest Sebastian Coe believes there is “absolutely no question” Laura Muir can win Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 after her “double-double” at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow.Lord Coe, who won Olympic 1500m titles in 1980 and 1984, had a grandstand seat as Muir destroyed her rivals to add the 1500m title on Sunday to her 3,000m win two days earlier, thereby repeating her success from Belgrade two years ago. But it was the manner of Muir’s victories that reminded Coe of his dominant spell during the early 1980s, when he racked up world record after world record, that really left its mark. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Twitter Athletics “There is absolutely no question she could win gold at 2020,” Coe said. “She’s come on a bundle. The difference between the good and the great is the ability to change pace, whether it’s breaking clear of defenders or running clear of a pack. That’s what she’s got.“She is in that purple patch where you get into the warm-up area, you get on to the track and you just don’t think you’re going to lose. It’s not a complacency, you just think you’re going to be better than anything out there. And I sense that’s where she is at the moment.”Coe also praised Muir for repeatedly being willing to test herself in the cauldron of competition – unlike many leading British athletes who decided to skip Glasgow in favour of building towards the world championships in Doha in September.“I hope she proves me right that you can have a season where you’re not tucked or hiding away from competition for too long,” Coe said.“I doubt very much she altered her training pattern or training load very much to be here. Let’s just hope she holds it through Doha then on to next year. There’s absolutely no reason why she shouldn’t. The biggest challenge will be what she actually decides to run – does she do the 1500m or 5,000m?”Coe’s praise was backed up by the British Athletics performance director, Neil Black, who said Muir was on the way to being a “phenomenon”.He said: “She clearly has the ability and she has demonstrated the performances that suggest a gold medal in Tokyo is possible. And I think she is moving towards almost being a phenomenon. She is joining the Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah type group. Obviously there is a little way to go but that’s the journey she is on.”Black also paid credit to the British team who won a record 12 medals in Glasgow, calling the performance “bloody amazing”. Sebastian Coe Olympic Games Read more Share on LinkedIn news He singled out the 19-year-old Niamh Emerson, who took silver in the women’s pentathlon, as being the latest in the production of multi-event talent following Denise Lewis, Jessica Ennis‑Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson.“No one has done better performances at her age,” Black said. “She’s 19 years old. She’s clearly got the physicality and she’s calm. She’s collected. And who is to suggest she isn’t going to be up there competing for world medals as well?”Black also praised Johnson-Thompson, who won her third major title in 12 months, and predicted she could also win gold in Tokyo. “People were uncertain about Kat going to train in Montpellier in 2017. But she has a really clear plan as to how she is going to move towards Tokyo with a view to winning Olympic gold. She is fearful of no one – including Nafi Thiam. It’s incredible what she’s done in the last 12 months but there is so much more to come.”Coe appeared to indicate he did not have a problem with the prototype spikes Muir wore while winning double gold in Glasgow, despite a suggestion they might fall foul of an IAAF rule that shoes should be “reasonably available” to the public.Coe made it clear the spikes would be a problem only if they provided Muir with a mechanical advantage. “I’m not sure that most shoes the top athletes have been wearing for many years have been reasonably available,” he said. “I don’t think Michael Johnson’s gold shoes at the Atlanta Olympics were readily available. I’m not sure they were much more than bling on a basic chassis.“If you’ve got a spring coil under it, well fine, that’s clearly biomechanics advantage. But if they’re designed for the specific need of our top athletes, I’m rather comforted that shoe companies are doing that.” Since you’re here… Share via Email Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Topicslast_img read more

Hamburg Süd Wraps Up CCNI Takeover

first_imgzoom German liner company Hamburg Süd has concluded the takeover of the container liner activities of Compañía Chilena de Navegación Interoceánica S.A. (CCNI) effective 27 March 2015, the company said.The takeover includes the related general agency functions of Agunsa Agencias Universales S.A. (Agunsa) with headquarters in Valparaiso and Santiago de Chile.The closing took place at the shipping line’s headquarters in the presence of management representatives from CCNI and Agunsa. The acquisition had previously been approved by the competent antitrust authorities. The Sale and Purchase Agreement was signed by Hamburg Süd and CCNI on 14 February 2015.Hamburg Süd said it would continue to operate the CCNI container liner business under the well-established brand name on the main trade routes between the West coast of South America, Asia, Europe and North America respectively.last_img read more

United States Mexico widen asylum crackdown to push back all migrants

first_imgNuevo Laredo (Mexico): A Trump administration program forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico has evolved into a sweeping rejection of all forms of migrants, with both countries quietly working to keep people out of the US despite threats to the migrants’ safety. The results serve the goals of both governments, which have targeted unauthorized migration at the behest of President Donald Trump, who threatened Mexico with potentially crippling tariffs earlier this year to force action. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSome people sent to wait in the Mexican border cities of Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros said they never requested asylum, including Wilfredo Alvarez, a laborer from Honduras. He crossed the Rio Grande without permission to look for work to support his seven children and was unexpectedly put into the program. He was sent back to Mexico with a future court date. “We thought that if they caught us, they would deport us to our country, but it was not that way,” Alvarez said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”They threw us away here to Mexico, but we are not from here and it’s very difficult.” Others said they were never asked if they feared persecution in Mexico, despite U.S. government rules that say migrants should not be sent there if they face that risk. US border agents give each returned migrant a date for an immigration court hearing at tents set up near the border. But the Mexican government has bused hundreds of migrants to cities around 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away, ostensibly for their safety. And there’s no promise that Mexico will bring migrants back. Instead, Mexico is offering to return many Central Americans to the Guatemala border, and others are choosing to leave at their own expense. A priest running a shelter in Nuevo Laredo called the process a form of “undercover deportation.” “It’s a way to send them to a country that’s not theirs and save money,” Aaron Mendez said. “And Mexico has not said one word.” Two weeks after speaking to The Associated Press, Mendez was kidnapped by armed men who entered the shelter. He is still missing. The effort to keep migrants in Mexico is officially called the “Migrant Protection Protocols,” but it’s better known as the “Remain in Mexico” program. Announced as a plan to crack down on asylum claims, it has been in effect since January and was expanded in July to the eastern end of the U.S.-Mexico border. In that region, on one side of the border is South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where border agents apprehend more migrants crossing illegally than in any other section. On the other side is the state of Tamaulipas, known for its cartel-linked violence and corruption. Tamaulipas is the only US-Mexico border state that the U.S. government warns Americans not to visit due to safety concerns. The US has said at least 32,000 people have been sent back. Mexico says around 5,500 people have been sent to Nuevo Laredo and 3,000 people to Matamoros. Migrants in Mexican border cities said they were told they would receive help when they were sent back to Mexico, a promise that for many has not been kept. Thirteen people told the Associated Press they were not asked for any information about their cases by US border agents. “They only asked for a name, a fingerprint, and then ‘out,'” said Blanca, a Guatemalan woman who was sent back to Nuevo Laredo in July with 15 relatives. Blanca asked that her last name be withheld due to fear that she would be harmed. She said she was prepared to tell border agents that gang members had killed her sister, leading the rest of her family to flee. She brought paperwork documenting the attack, but said, “We couldn’t even show them.”last_img read more

Prime Minister applauds actions of coast guard in help with deadly plane

first_imgVANCOUVER — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the efforts of Canadian Coast Guard crews in the tragic plane crash that claimed four lives off B.C.’s coast.Trudeau, who’s in Vancouver to mark the completion of renovations at the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station, says his thoughts are with those involved, their families and their friends, and he thanked the members of the coast guard who helped on the scene.The Kitsilano coast guard base was shut down by the former Conservative government in 2013, then reopened shortly after the Liberal government took power in 2015.The Canadian Coast Guard and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Service responded to the crash of the float plane Friday on a remote and uninhabited island off B.C.’s central coast.Crews found four people dead and five others injured in the steep and forested terrain.The Transportation Safety Board sent a crew to investigate on the remote island, about 100 kilometres north of the northern end of Vancouver Island.The BC Coroners Service says in a statement that it will also investigate to determine if recommendations it makes could prevent deaths in similar circumstances.It says the recovery of the bodies has been complete and they are being transported to confirm identification.The service says it will not be releasing the identity of any of those killed. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia UN envoy offers new ideas on name

8 October 2008A United Nations envoy tasked with mediating the long-running dispute between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the latter’s official name today presented a new set of ideas to the two sides during talks in New York. Matthew Nimetz, the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the talks between the two countries, said he hoped that Athens and Skopje would now study the ideas carefully. “My ideas are based on a lot of thought and consideration of what might be a reasonable settlement, and… they do, in my view, represent an honourable, dignified and workable proposal for a settlement,” he told reporters after wrapping up the latest round of talks at UN Headquarters. Mr. Nimetz said he had not given the two countries a deadline to respond to his proposals, but they had talked about getting back to him within a couple of weeks. He stressed the importance of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia finally reaching a settlement on this issue after nearly 15 years of dispute. “These are two nations that are living next to each other, neighbours, people who are neighbours, they have been neighbours for years, going to be neighbours for years to come. This is an issue that should be settled.” Asked by journalists if his new ideas represented a final proposal, Mr. Nimetz noted that that it was not the role of mediators to do that. “I don’t think a mediator is in a position to throw down an ultimatum and say ‘this is it.’ And I don’t do that. I don’t think it is appropriate to do that.” Although Mr. Nimetz has proposed several compromise names in the past, Skopje and Athens remain far apart on what they consider to be a satisfactory name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. read more

Afghanistans Loya Jirga concludes work fulfilling key tasks set by UNbrokered accord

After electing Hamid Karzai as Head of State for the Transitional Administration and approving proposals for the government’s structure and key personnel, Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga grand council concluded its work today, having fulfilled the main tasks set out in the United Nations-brokered Bonn Agreement. Before the council wrapped up its nine-day session, President-elect Karzai was sworn in by the Chief Justice. During an hour-long speech to the Loya Jirga this afternoon, Mr. Karzai announced the key posts of his cabinet, naming 3 vice-Presidents and 14 ministers. The delegates approved his proposal by a show of hands, according to a UN spokesman. In his address, Mr. Karzai said education, reconstruction and security were among the Government’s major priorities. Thanking numerous individuals for their support, Mr. Karzai expressed gratitude to the UN’s chief envoy in the country, Lakhdar Brahimi, and proposed that he be given an Afghan passport as a token of thanks. The Chairman of the Loya Jirga, Muhammad Qasimyar, congratulated the delegates for electing Mr. Karzai as head of State and on the successful completion of the democratic process. According to UN officials, an estimated 2,000 people, including delegates, community leaders, friends of Afghanistan and UN staff, turned out for the Loya Jirga. On the opening day of the 9-day council, Mr. Brahimi, said it was remarkable that “in a country that has just emerged from three decades of brutal conflict and lawlessness, so many Afghans –though unarmed, powerless and often poor – had the courage to resist interference” and attend. “The entire world has followed the suffering of the Afghan people over the past 23 years,” he said. “Their eyes are upon you today, but far more important is the fact that the eyes of your fellow Afghans are upon you.” read more

Countries must address lack of women in science and technology fields –

“Women tend to be overrepresented in the humanities and social sciences, and underrepresented in science and technology,” said an official from the world body’s International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Bureau for Workers’ Activities, Claude Akpokavie. “Measures need to be put in place to redress this imbalance.”According to ILO, the gap between men and women in the scientific and technological fields is linked to pervasive gender roles and attitudes in different societies – visible in both developed and developing countries – which encourage girls to pursue ‘softer’ subjects.Over the past few months, recent stories have emerged revealing stark gender discrepancies in a number of countries around the world, which are hindering women’s participation in science and technology both at school and at work, the agency noted.In the United States, for example, a Yale University study found that women science graduates are discriminated against when applying for research posts. In Iran, the Government recently announced that women will be excluded from a wide range of university studies, including nuclear physics and electrical engineering. In China, several universities require women to obtain higher entry grades than men for science courses.“Girls are far less likely than boys to study engineering or computer or physical sciences,” said the Director of ILO’s Bureau for Gender Equality, Jane Hodges. “Stereotypes of girls represent them as less interested or capable in certain subjects – such as mathematics and science. This inevitably reduces their access to jobs with better pay or labour markets that may offer better opportunities.” However, when encouraged, girls do excel in scientific subjects, she added.With an estimated 500 million people entering the global workforce over the next decade, Ms. Hodges stressed that it is crucial that women in science and technology jobs are not left working at the lowest levels.“Even though women hold more than 60 per cent of information and communication technology-related jobs in OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries, only 10 to 20 per cent are computer programmers, engineers, systems analysts or designers,” she said. “Education and skills training – and a change in attitudes – are vital to ensure women are not left behind.” read more

At climate summit in Washington UN officials call to take action to

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks with students at the welcome reception hosted by the University of Maryland and the Modern Art Museum. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening session of the summit “Climate Action 2016: Catalyzing a Sustainable Future”. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › The signing of the Paris Agreement on 22 April received overwhelming support from all regions of the world; never before had so many countries signed an international accord in one day. Adopted in Paris by the 196 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at a conference known as COP21 last December, the Agreement’s objective is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to strive for 1.5 degrees Celsius. It will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification.“Two of the world’s largest emitters – China and the United States – have pledged their continued commitment and collaboration,” Mr. Ban stressed, noting that leaders must turn the “promise of Paris” into action and implementation as soon as possible. The UN chief also announced that in September, on the margins of the G20 meeting, he intends to co-convene a meeting in China similar to this one to further solidify coalitions.Also speaking at the event, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim said there is no time waste. Recalling that just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it is time to take climate action to the next level.“We need to accelerate the speed, scope and scale of our response, locally and globally,” Mr. Ban told participants of the Climate Action Summit 2016 in Washington D.C, a two-day meeting that started today and aims to strengthen the multi-stakeholder approach to climate implementation. In particular, it is expected to deepen and expand the action coalitions of government, business, finance, philanthropy, civil society and academic leaders launched at the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit 2014 in New York.“I have been looking forward to this event because it is about solutions – innovation and imagination; collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sectors. Today as never before, the stars are aligning in favour of climate action. Everywhere I look, I see signs of hope,” he said.Noting that the current Summit would focus on six, high-value areas of multi-stakeholder partnership: sustainable energy; sustainable land-use; cities; transport; and tools for decision-making, the UN chief underscored that strong partnership would be needed at all levels to tackle those challenges. “No sector of society and no nation can succeed alone. I encourage you to collaborate. Innovate. Invest. Together we can build the world we want,” he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chats with former US Vice President Al Gore. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses attendees at the welcome reception hosted by the University of Maryland and the Modern Art Museum. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) with Wallace D. Loh (left), President of the University of Maryland and former US Vice President Al Gore. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “Political agreements are critical but they are just the beginning. We must regain the sense of urgency we all felt on the eve of COP21. Inaction means we will not meet our targets set in Paris, and the global temperature will soar above 2 degrees Celsius. That would spell disaster for us, for our children, and for the planet,” he warned.Mr. Kim highlighted the World Bank Group’s Climate Action Plan, developed soon after the Paris agreement, which aims to increase its support in a range of areas – from water to crowded cities and from forests to agriculture.“One part of our plan is to help countries put a price on carbon, which will create incentives for investments in renewable energy and in energy efficiency,” he explained. “In many parts of the world, we have seen the price of renewables like solar and wind falling fast – so fast that they are now competitive with fossil fuels. Private sector investments are pouring in. But we need to expand these breakthroughs and help countries establish the right policies that will drive down the cost of renewable energy even further.”Over the course of two days, the Summit is expected to drive high-level engagement with “global luminaries” addressing plenary sessions on how to deliver on climate commitments and embed the transformation agenda across the globe in government, key sectors and among the general population. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Jim is greeted by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. Former Vice President Al Gore of the United States looks on. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a group photo with students at the welcome reception hosted by the University of Maryland and the Modern Art Museum known as The Phillips Collection. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, addresses the Climate Action Summit 2016 in Washington D.C. Photo: World Bank read more

Livelihoods of millions in East and Southeast Asia at risk from Swine

Small scale farmers account for a significant proportion of pig meat production in the vast region, and the outbreak is of particular concern for these producers, who may lack the expertise and funds necessary to protect their herds from the disease. Higher prices, lower incomesFAO has received reports that ASF has led to income losses in the affected countries, where tens of millions of households are engaged in pig farming – in China, the world’s largest pig meat producer, the figure is some 130 million – both because of the animal losses, and attempts by governments to stem the spread of the disease, which include limitations on the transportation and sales of live pigs and pork products.The diets of many vulnerable people living in east and south-east Asian countries are expected to be adversely impacted: pork is one of the world’s most widely consumed animals in many countries in the region, and the decline in production, as well as concerns about the future impact of ASF, has already led to price hikes.Continued spread of disease likelySince the first reported outbreak of ASF in the northern Chinese province of Liaoning in August 2018, the disease has swept through the country, and 32 of the country’s 34 mainland provinces have since been affected. Despite actions taken by the Chinese Government, including the culling of 1.13 million pigs, ASF continues to spread, and has been reported in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Mongolia, and Laos. In May, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, reported its first outbreak.The current failure to curb the disease is being attributed to several factors. Firstly, many small-scale farmers have not put in place measures to adequately protect their herds from disease. Secondly, pigs on small farms are often fed with table scraps, or uncooked organic refuse, which may contain the virus. The cross-border trade of pigs, some of which may be contaminated, has also contributed to the prevalence of ASF. For these reasons, experts believe that the disease will inevitably spread further in the coming months, with far-reaching implications. These include a large decline in the number of farmed pigs, impacting the global market.ASF is a contagious viral disease that affects pigs and wild boars causing high fever, internal bleeding, and is almost always fatal within a few weeks, as there is no treatment or vaccine available. The disease is harmless for humans. It spreads easily between domestic and wild pigs through direct contact, the feeding of contaminated food and materials that come into contact with the animals, including shoes, clothes, vehicles and equipment. read more

Cleveland Indians Press Tour Tribe relying on Westbrooks battered elbow

Like most of the Cleveland Indians’ roster, the pitching staff is comprised mostly of young players. But that doesn’t stop Indians General Manager Mark Shapiro from putting pressure on the starting rotation. “It all depends on how the starting pitching comes together and what they accomplish,” Shapiro said. “If things break right I feel good about this group.”In order for things to break right the Indians are going to need a big year from the lone veteran in the rotation, Jake Westbrook. Westbrook, who has been plagued by injuries, missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery — elbow ligament replacement — in June 2008. Due to surgery and other injuries, the right-hander hasn’t been able to complete a full season since 2006, but has proven he can be effective when healthy. Westbrook won 44 games for the Indians from 2004-2006. Finally healthy, the 32-year-old is looking to get back on the mound this season.“Obviously, Jake has been chomping at the bit to get back,” Indians relief pitcher Jensen Lewis said. “Anytime you can get Westbrook 100 percent healthy, he’s going to be a force.” The Indians are looking for Westbrook not only to be a force on the field, but also a leader in the clubhouse. First-year Manager Manny Acta believes Westbrook will be just that.“Jake being healthy is going to be huge as a leader,” Acta said. “It’s easier to lead when you’re healthy and able to pitch and contribute.”Outside of Westbrook, the Indians don’t have a starting pitcher older than 26. While the staff is very young, it possesses valuable big-league experience. Acta believes now could be the time the young hurlers put it all together. “We have some guys who started last year and showed some flashes,” Acta said. “They’ve pitched effectively in the past. We’re just looking for more consistency out of them. I think they’re at the right age to take that step forward.”To help the young starters take that step, the Indians promoted Tim Belcher from within the organization to be the Tribe’s pitching coach. Lewis has tremendous respect for Belcher, having had previous experience with him. “I’ve worked with Tim from the minute I got into the organization in 2005,” Lewis said. “He’s a hell of a competitor, very intense and pretty much as go-getter as you’re going to find. I think that he’s really going to help all of us in the staff, both in the rotation and bullpen.”Acta echoed Lewis’ belief that Belcher will have success in developing the youthful staff. “I think he can make a difference. Belcher is a guy who has been there and had success,” Acta said. “He’s very smart and already working hard in the offseason to have a plan in order for us to pound the strike zone.”Acta, like anyone who knows the game, understands the importance of controlling the strike zone. “We need to throw more strikes. It’s not a coincidence the guys who didn’t pitch as well [had] way too many guys on base,” Acta said. Fausto Carmona is one of the Indians’ pitchers who struggled to throw strikes last year and tied a career-high with 70 walks. Consequently, Carmona set a career-high in losses with 12 and had a career-worst 6.32 ERA. The Indians will look for Carmona to bounce back to his 2007 form, when he won 19 games for the Tribe and recorded 137 strikeouts.“As long as Fausto does what he usually does he’ll be fine,” Lewis said. Carmona will start the season as the Indians’ second starter behind Westbrook.The third slot in the rotation looks to belong to Justin Masterson, who the Indians acquired in the Victor Martinez trade last season. In his first two seasons at the big league level Masterson juggled between starting and relieving. This year will be the first time the 24-year-old will have a full offseason to prepare as a starter.“Justin is a guy who is a tremendous competitor with above average stuff,” Shapiro said. “He wants to start and it’s just a question of repeating his delivery to be able to command the strike zone a little better. I think starting gives him a chance to do that.”Assuming Masterson adjusts to starting full time, the Indians will have two more spots to fill in the rotation. Those spots could be filled by any combination of David Huff, Aaron Laffey, Jeremy Sowers, Carlos Carrasco and Mitch Talbot. The Indians will use spring training to sort through their plethora of young starters. Acta said he expects a couple of the young guns to step up in Arizona, where the Tribe holds spring training. Acta believes if the Indians rotation is solidified, they have a chance to compete in a very balanced central division.“It’s not a secret,” he said. “All we need is our starting rotation to get in order.” read more

Sharing World Cup something that should be considered – NZ coach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWI must learn from EnglandJuly 15, 2019In “latest news”Windies gain automatic qualification for T20 World CupJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news”Windies Women to have WC preparation camp in EnglandJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news” England claim their first World Cup in a Super Over (Cricket Australia photo)Gary Stead, New Zealand’s head coach, has suggested that the possibility of sharing the World Cup was something that “should be considered” after his side were denied in a heartbreaking finish at Lord’s on Sunday. The teams could not be separated after 100 overs and also tied the Super Over, but England lifted the trophy after winning on boundary countback.Having slept on the result, Kane Williamson described the manner in which the final was decided “a real shame”. New Zealand had further cause to be disappointed, after it transpired that England should almost certainly have only been awarded five overthrows, rather than six in the final over of regulation time.“Make sense of it? I think that’ll take quite a bit of time actually,” Williamson said. “Such a fine line. May be the worst part is there is so much you can’t control in those situations and it still sort of eventuates the way it did. All in all it was a real shame that the tournament was decided in the way it was after two teams went at it. And two good teams were playing a cricket game, but it was still a tie.Stead and Craig McMillan, New Zealand’s batting coach, agreed that allowing England and the Blackcaps to share the World Cup would have been an ideal finish. Asked during a media interaction at the team hotel whether he would have preferred New Zealand being declared joint winners, Stead was open to the suggestion.“Perhaps when you play over a seven-week period and can’t be separated on the final day, that is something should be considered as well,” Stead said. “But again that’s one consideration over a whole lot of things that went on over the World Cup. Everything will be reviewed, and I think that it’s a good time to do it now. But probably just let the dust settle for a while.”However, McMillan, whose contract finished with the World Cup, was more straightforward, saying sharing the trophy would have been the “right thing” in contrast to the tie-breaker in the form of the Super Over, a rule adopted last year by the ICC. “It is not going to change yesterday’s result. But what is probably fair to say at the end of seven weeks in a big tournament like this, when you have two teams can’t be separated after a 50-over match and then a Super Over and neither team did actually lose in many ways in terms of runs scored.“Then perhaps sharing the trophy would be the right thing to do. Wasn’t to be yesterday, which we all are disappointed with. But it is sport and those were the rules.”There were a number of turning points during England’s chase, with several occurring one after the other in the final half hour. The biggest was when Martin Guptill’s return throw from deep midwicket hit the back of Ben Stokes’ bat and ricocheted for four overthrows, thus reducing England’s target to a mere three runs from two balls. The on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus consulted the TV umpire before declaring the six runs.Subsequently, as reported by ESPNcricinfo, it seems England were actually wrongly awarded an extra run. Simon Taufel, a former ICC Elite Panel umpire, said the match officials had “goofed up”. New Zealand remained unaware of exact wording of the rule even the day after.Williamson said he trusted the match officials’ word and refused to complain about how things turned out. “I actually wasn’t aware of the finer rule at the point in time,” Williamson said. “Obviously you are trusting the umpires in what they do. You throw that into the mix of few hundred other things that may have been different that we wouldn’t be just talking about one thing.“Two great campaigns. From our side of things, we are really proud of the ay the guys went about their business. And am sure the English were as well, they had a great campaign. It sort of showed – we went toe-to-toe and it was the fine print that decided it.”Stead, too, tried hard to be realistic. He felt New Zealand could do nothing but accept their fate. He felt Super Over probably was currently the only way to pick a winner until the ICC devised a better solution. “That is one,” he said of the idea of having several Super Overs, again and again, until there’s a winner. “I guess a valid way as well. The hard thing I find is a 50-over competition being decided on a one-over bout, just doesn’t seem quite right, but then I don’t write the rules. That’s the way it goes.”Both Stead and McMillan were confident the ICC would review whether the Super Over was indeed the best way to deal with the scenario like a tie in a World Cup final. But for New Zealand, as McMillan said, nothing would change now.“Small margin this, isn’t it? I don’t know that rule to be perfectly honest. I have played a lot of games of cricket, watched a lot of cricket – overthrows have just been added to what has been run as opposed to the point of the throw coming in. So, again, it will be something that will be something debated, discussed, but again it doesn’t change the result.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Autonomous vehicle software provider Oxbotica collaborates with Navtech Radar

first_imgLeading autonomous vehicle software provider, Oxbotica, has announced the start of a strategic partnership with Navtech Radar, a pioneer in technology and innovation providing the most technologically advanced and adaptable radar detection systems. “The partnership will create a solution that has the potential to transform industries. It will improve efficiencies, safety, and bottom lines by further enabling the deployment of autonomous vehicles (AV) in any environment and under any conditions. These applications range from mines and airports to warehouses and forests.”Off-road industrial vehicles often cover remote terrain in low visibility conditions. By integrating Oxbotica’s software into Navtech’s robust, high-definition radars, the two companies say they will further enhance the localisation and perception capabilities of AVs in those environments.Navtech’s high-definition radars have been deployed in five continents and over 46 countries, to detect and track objects in critical applications. Their ability to operate in all weather conditions – including dense fog – makes them ideally suited for off-road commercial applications.The partnership will see Oxbotica integrate its software into Navtech’s hardware, starting with the fully ruggedised CIR sensor and the new compact CAS (FMCW) 76 GHz radar. Initially the partnership will develop an odometry solution before expanding to radar localisation.These capabilities will enable Oxbotica to further meet the growing appetite for the industry application of autonomous software for both on and off highway vehicles. They form part of Oxbotica’s vision to deliver ‘Universal Autonomy’ globally with customers and partners and deployments across industries where autonomy will be transformational.Ozgur Tohumcu, Chief Executive Officer at Oxbotica, commented: “We are delighted to form this partnership with Navtech to boost the deployment of our software solutions to off-road autonomous vehicles. Autonomy in off-road environments has long been regarded as a challenge to satisfying the appetite for autonomy in industries. This alliance is proof that the right companies are already prepared to meet that need, and the application of autonomous software is ready for deployment in limitless ways. It’s testament to Oxbotica’s success to date and will further our entry into additional important industries where our technology can unlock efficiencies and create safer, more productive workplaces.”Philip Avery, Managing Director at Navtech, added: “Oxbotica is the perfect partner for us – a leader in its field with software that fits seamlessly into our products, and with an engineering culture that mirrors our own. We look forward to working with Oxbotica to mutually boost our technologies and capitalise further on the huge market opportunities that lie ahead.”last_img read more

Le code PIN de votre iPhone estil trop simple

first_imgLe code PIN de votre iPhone est-il trop simple ?Le développeur d’une application de sécurité pour iPhone a étudié les codes PIN utilisés par les possesseurs du smartphone d’Apple. Il en ressort que seules 10 combinaisons représentent 15% de l’ensemble des codes.Daniel Amitay, le développeur de l’application Big Brother Camera Security, qui permet de prendre une photo de la personne qui tente d’accéder à un iPhone volé ou perdu, a fait une drôle de découverte. Ayant accès au code PIN de 200.000 personnes ayant téléchargé son appli, il a constaté que 10 combinaisons représentaient 15% du total de celles utilisées. Soit 1 chance sur 7 qu’une personne mal intentionnée puisse débloquer votre smartphone de la marque à la pomme…Ainsi, c’est le fameux “1234” qui arrive en tête, juste devant “0000”. En général, le schéma typique est le suivant, explique le développeur, relayé par L’Express : une succession de même chiffre au tracé d’une ligne verticale sur le clavier (“2580”), ou à une répétition (“1212”), jusqu’à “5683” qui permet d’écrire le mot LOVE en SMS sur les claviers des téléphones. Un bon code PIN se révèle ainsi être une combinaison qui évite de commencer par 1, les répétitions d’un même chiffre, les chiffres qui se suivent ainsi que les lignes droites ou les diagonales sur le clavier.Le 17 juin 2011 à 19:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Shun Oguri and Jude Law star in epic folktale films for Pepsi

first_imgWhat do Jude Law, Japanese folktales, and Pepsi have in common? One would assume absolutely nothing, but thanks to the inventive marketing crew at Pepsi, we’ve got ourselves some epic mini movies.The story of Momotaro is one of Japan’s most well known folk tales. Momotaro is a legendary hero, accompanied by his friends monkey, dog, and pheasant, who go about protecting Japan from villainy. Although the premise may sound a bit Disney-esque, the revamp this tale received from the folks at Pepsi is a beautiful and epic beast of a mini series.So far with 4 episodes each at about 90 seconds, it’s obvious that these are more than just mere commercials. The quality of these episodes is clear to see. The special effects, sweeping views of landscapes and imaginary towns, detail in craftsmanship of costumes and props and of course, the A-list cast, make this a series to be reckoned with.Episode zero introduces a country set upon by impressively giant monsters. Hearing of the plight of the villagers, Momotaro gathers his band of fighters, dog, monkey, and pheasant to set out for the Onigashima (Demon Island), the monsters’ home.Japanese A-list actor and director Shun Oguri (Lupin the Third, Nobunaga Concerto, Crows Zero) stars as Momotaro.The episode ends with the chilling and enthralling phrase, “Defeat those stronger than you,” followed by “FOREVER CHALLENGE.”Hot damn, Pepsi. You’re giving me chills.Episode one shows a flashback to Momotaro’s earlier days, as he attempts to battle a demon but ultimately fails. He then seeks to become stronger by searching out the master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Musashi is a real historical figure known for his expertise in swordplay and founded the Niten Ryu style of swordsmanship.Momotaro trains with him in the beautiful desert landscape until he becomes a match for his master. With his training complete, Momotaro is given a sword by Musashi.Episode two shows us the backstory of Dog. A bittersweet tale of an abandoned baby who is raised by wolves, he lives in happiness until the day the demons appear. They slay all of the wolves, leaving only the boy.The captions read, “his grief was so great that when morning came his hair had turned white with sadness. Wrapping himself in his only inheritance, the pelt of his dead mother, from that day forward he would tell all he met that his name was Dog.”Oh my god, Pepsi. I am definitely crying real Pepsi tears into my keyboard as I watch this.Episode three shows us the kingdom of birds and the twin warriors who lived there: Crow and Pheasant. Crow gives into the lure of power and transforms into a demon. Pheasant still loves his brother and hopes to save him.The captions read, “To reclaim Crow’s corrupted heart and to remind his brother of his love for him, Pheasant began to dance. Day after day he danced, believing that somewhere his brother was watching. Believing that his brother could see him, no matter how far apart they were, Pheasant spread his wings wide.” However, his brother was not swayed, and Pheasant knew that to protect his kingdom he must fight his brother.This episode’s costumes are some of the best we’ve seen so far. There’s an abridged version of this episode, but we feel like the full four minutes is worth every second.Episode four introduces.. Jude Law? Yup, that is definitely Jude Law portraying the great demon!Here we see a softer side to the one that threatens to destroy all that lives. In the past, this man was a great fighter and loved by the people of his village. But one day, someone who was jealous of his popularity brought a powerful animal to fight with him.The captions read, “In order to defeat the dangerous beast and protect the people, the man gave up his mortal life, drawing upon a bottomless reserve of power that actually frightened the people. Fearing for themselves, they locked him away in a cave on the island.”“The anger and sorrow he felt after being betrayed welled up and released itself in flames from inside his body, transforming him into a frightening demon, giving birth to the name Onigashima (Demon Island).That is some rough luck, Jude Law.In this somewhat awkward interview video you can see Jude Law and Shun Oguri being interviewed about their experience in the films. Turns out Jude Law is a huge Japan fan and especially loves shabu shabu. Shuns promises Jude that he’ll search for a good shabu shabu place in Kyoto for him when he returns there for filming in the summer.We still have the backstory of Monkey and then the final showdown with the demon! We can’t wait for the finale for this epic take. <><> The series is directed by Koichi Iguchi and created by the Tugboat Tokyo advertising agency.last_img read more

Landslide blocks train tracks near Vancouver

first_imgA landslide has blocked train tracks near Vancouver, stopping Amtrak service between Portland and Seattle until Friday.BNSF Railway, which owns the track, has placed a 48 hour moratorium on train travel through the area.Amtrak is working on alternate bus transportation for passengers.Regular train service will operate north of Seattle and south of Portland.Passengers seeking refunds should go to Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL.last_img

Hialeah home invasion under investigation 2 men in custody

first_imgThe home invasion remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two men who ransacked a residence in Hialeah, Monday, have been taken into police custody.According to Hialeah PD, two male subjects who were allegedly armed with handguns, entered a home and threatened one of the residents, at around 3 p.m., Monday.7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene of the property as Miami-Dade County and Hialeah Police, as well as K-9 officers, inspected the area of the 500 block of East 52nd Street. They seemed to be looking for a weapon that was allegedly thrown into a neighbor’s backyard.Those subjects struck a 76-year-old male resident in the head, according to police, and ransacked the home before fleeing on foot. The victim’s 20-year-old granddaughter was also confronted by the armed robbers.The elderly victim was taken to Palmetto Hospital in stable condition. The granddaughter was not injured.Police said the crooks were able to collect some cash and jewelry before taking off on foot. The suspects were seen running southbound until an intersection at a main roadway of West 49th Street.Police eventually caught up with them at a nearby Taco Bell and recovered the firearms in question. Their charges are still unknown. last_img read more