Annan selects Swiss legal professor to uphold rights of internally displaced

Walter Kälin, a professor of constitutional and international public law at Bern University, will act as an independent expert, investigating and reporting on the treatment of IDPs around the world.Announcing the appointment today in a statement, Mr. Annan said Mr. Kälin will work closely with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Division on Internal Displacement in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.A current member of the UN Human Rights Committee, Mr. Kälin also helped draft the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. From 1991 to 1992 he was Special Rapporteur on human rights in Kuwait under Iraqi occupation.In his new post Mr. Kälin essentially replaces Francis M. Deng, who served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on IDPs from 1992 until his mandate expired in July this year.In a report earlier this year to the UN Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Deng said the estimated number of IDPs has remained relatively flat over the past year at about 24.6 million.But the situation was far from static; more than 3 million people, mostly Africans, became internally displaced last year, but another 3 million were able to return to their places of origin. read more

Study illustrates Facebooks growth as campaign news source

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2017 2:08 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook was the top non-television source for election news cited by supporters of both candidates, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The social media site’s import as a driver of political news has been underscored by the lingering controversy of people using it to spread false news stories. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Study illustrates Facebook’s growth as campaign news source NEW YORK, N.Y. – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton voters had different media diets, but a study finds common ground in Facebook as an important news source — even if their individual feeds bore little resemblance to each other’s.Facebook was the top non-television source for election news cited by supporters of both candidates, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. The social media site’s import as a driver of political news has been underscored by the lingering controversy of people using it to spread false news stories.Eight per cent of Clinton voters and 7 per cent of Trump voters named Facebook as their main source of election news, Pew said.“That was a pretty important finding,” said Jeffrey Gottfried, senior researcher at the Washington-based think-tank .Facebook doesn’t produce news; members share stories from a multitude of sources and their news feeds tend to reflect the politics of their Facebook friends.With a multitude of websites serving fake news stories with no basis in fact, Facebook announced last month that it would partner with outside fact-checkers to flag particularly egregious examples that are spread on the social media site.While other digital brands like Breitbart News, BuzzFeed, the Drudge Report and the Huffington Post received plenty of publicity during the campaign, they received little attention from the voters surveyed by Pew.Forty per cent of Trump voters cited Fox News Channel as their main source of campaign news, the winner by a huge margin. The second most-cited news source by Trump supporters was CNN, with 8 per cent.“This is very much on par with previous research we have done,” Gottfried said. Pew didn’t ask similar questions after past campaigns, but in a 2014 survey, 47 per cent of conservatives cited Fox as their top news source, he said.The finding shows Fox’s continued strength with conservative voters, and likely explains why the network has taken no change in direction following the ouster last summer of its founder and top executive, Roger Ailes, following sexual harassment allegations.CNN was the top news source named by Clinton supporters, with 18 per cent, Pew said. Although that was twice as much as any other news source, Clinton voters were much more likely to have more diverse media diets. MSNBC, with 9 per cent, was second among Clinton voters. That network was named by only 1 per cent of Trump voters.National Public Radio was another news source held in high esteem by Clinton voters but by few Trump supporters, the survey said.The New York Times was the most-cited newspaper source of news, with 3 per cent of all voters saying it was their top news source, Pew said.Pew found little difference in media choices among Republicans who supported different candidates during the primary, yet real differences between Democratic supporters of either Clinton or Bernie Sanders. For instance, 4 per cent of Sanders voters cited the online forum Reddit as a main news source, with few Clinton voters saying the same.Pew surveyed 4,183 adults who are members of its American Trends Panel between Nov. 29 and Dec. 12. The margin of error is 2.7 per cent among all voters. read more

Violence shuts schools deprives children of medical care in Syrias East Ghouta

Eastern Ghouta, about 10 kilometres outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, and one of the remaining besieged areas in the Middle Eastern country, is home to an estimated 400,000 people who have been almost completely cut off from humanitarian assistance since 2013.“As violence continues to intensify in East Ghouta, thousands of children are suffering in silence,” said Fran Equiza, UNICEF Representative in Syria. “The situation is getting worse day by day. The health system is crumbling and schools have now been closed for almost a month. Sick children desperately need medical evacuation, and many thousands more are being denied the chance of a normal, peaceful childhood.”One hundred and thirty-seven children, aged 7-months to 17-years, require immediate medical evacuation for conditions ranging from kidney failure to severe malnutrition and conflict related injuries. On the last United Nations inter-agency aid convoy to Nashabieh town in eastern Ghouta on 29 November, UNICEF health workers described seeing one of the worst health and nutrition situations since the conflict began in Syria. A severely malnourished two-year-old boy was described as having an arm as thin as a little finger.Nearly 12 per cent of children under 5 years-old in eastern Ghouta suffer from acute malnutrition – the highest rate ever recorded since the start of the conflict in Syria.“Children are still living through so much horror,” said Mr. Equiza. “Now is the time for all sides to do the right thing and to stop the violence.”UNICEF reiterates its calls for unimpeded, unconditional and sustained humanitarian access to all children in Syria, and urges all parties to the conflict and those who have influence on them to protect children at all times and to immediately allow the evacuation of the sick and wounded.Violence has been escalating across Damascus and eastern Ghouta, with a significant increase in rockets and mortars landing in the Syrian capital in the last six weeks. Almost one in three school-age children in Syria – an estimated 1.75 million children, are currently out of school across the country and one third of schools are damaged or destroyed. read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #LEADER’S QUESTIONS The former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was a guest on Pat Kenny’s Newstalk programme this morning. However, questions on actual political matters were conspicuous only in their absence as Ahern was only there to discuss Sunday’s All Ireland football final.2. #FIRE TRAGEDY The Dublin-based brain surgeon whose family was killed in an arson attack in Leicester has spoken about how he is getting through his grief. Muhammad Taufiq Al Sattar told RTÉ’s Seán O’Rourke that he had spoken to his family just hours before the blaze.3. #CHILDHOOD OBESITY The level of overweight children in Ireland is “frightening”, the Minister for children has said. Frances Fitzgerald told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the publication of the Growing Up In Ireland report showed that 25 per cent of three-year-olds were overweight.4. #TEACHER’S STRIKE Secondary school teachers are set to take industrial action after members of the ASTI voted in favour of rejecting the Haddington Road Agreement and taking industrial action. Teachers representatives called the agreement “a step too far”.5. #LET’S GET IT ON Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accepted RTÉ’s invite to a live debate on the issue of Seanad abolition. However, it is still unknown whether the Taoiseach will be at the podium on October 1.last_img read more

How much did trade missions cost Ireland in 2013

first_imgTHE MINISTERS AT the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation spent €300,000 on trade missions last year.That figure is up by €50,000 on last year and up by over €100,000 on the year before.So far this, €176,000 has been spend on the trips.The Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said in a response to a parliamentary question that the missions are “focused on assisting Irish firms”.“Delivering an intensive programme of ministerial-led trade missions is a key commitment in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. The number of ministerial-led Enterprise Ireland trade missions has more than doubled since 2011.”He then outlined the cost of the missions since he took office in March 2011.See a larger version here.Bruton also revealed who had gone on the missions.Larger versionLarger versionOn the whole, Bruton says that the missions are valuable, with the results seen in Ireland’s export figures.“The impact of trade missions together with the many other sales, marketing and trade promotion efforts of Enterprise Ireland are reflected in the growth in exports of Enterprise Ireland clients and the jobs they sustain and create.“As announced recently, Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland set a new export record of €17.1 billion in 2013 This represents an increase of 8% on 2012. Ministerial led trade missions are internationally recognised as a key part of helping companies win export contracts.“They provide an important level of credibility to participating companies and enable our SMEs to meet potential buyers at a senior level in target companies.”Read: Taoiseach and Jobs Minister kick off Gulf trade mission in Saudi ArabiaRead: Sean Sherlock is jetting off to Switzerland to see how he can help Irish companieslast_img read more

France deux tiers des nappes phréatiques manquent deau

first_imgFrance : deux tiers des nappes phréatiques manquent d’eauSelon le Bureau de recherches géologiques et minières (BRGM), 63% des nappes phréatiques françaises affichaient un “niveau inférieur à la normale” au 1er septembre et ce malgré un été relativement pluvieux.Le BRGM indique que, malgré un été pluvieux, avec le mois d’août le plus sec de ces 40 dernières années en Corse, 63% des nappes phréatiques de France affichaient toujours un “niveau inférieur à la normale” au 1er septembre. Le Bassin parisien et le Sud-Ouest souffrent “du résultat de plusieurs années de déficit pluviométrique”, indique la carte de l’état des nappes d’eau souterraine publiée hier. Ainsi, 59 départements restaient touchés par des mesures de restrictions d’usage de l’eau.À lire aussi”Choc Climatique” : les propositions du Sénat pour que la France agisseContrairement à la Beauce, au Bas-Dauphiné, au Champigny en Ile-de-France et au bassin de la Garonne, l’Alsace, a pu recharger relativement vite ses nappes cet été. De même dans le Languedoc-Roussillon et en Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur où il a beaucoup plu début août, les niveaux des eaux souterraines sont qualifiés de “plus favorables”. En effet, les quantités d’eau tombées lors des pluies étaient “supérieures de près de 30% à la moyenne de référence pendant les années 1971 à 2000”, précise le BRGM. Pourtant, les régions ont été très différemment arrosées avec des cumuls d’eau deux à trois fois supérieurs à la normale sur le Nord-Ouest tandis que l’extrême sud du pays a connu des précipitations nettement déficitaires. En résumé, “le niveau des nappes à la fin août a été en hausse pour 17% des nappes phréatiques, en baisse relative pour 67% et stable pour les 16% restants”, rapporte TV5monde.Le 20 septembre 2011 à 19:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWE signs new streaming deal for WWE Network to enhance overall user

first_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Variety is reporting that WWE has a new streaming deal with Endeavor Streaming for the company’s WWE Network subscription based service.WWE had previously worked with BAMTech (now Disney Streaming Services) since the launch of the network back in 2014. WWE’s agreement with BAMTech expired at the end of 2018 and the company opted to not renew the deal.WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon talked about the types of upgrades that Endeavor will bring to the table for the WWE Network.“Endeavor Streaming’s best-in-class technology enables us to offer more features, elevate the user experience and provides us even more opportunity to delight our fans around the world.” WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Google+ WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Lovren names side he wants to face in semifinals

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has revealed that he would like to face either Bayern Munich or AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueThe Croatia international started at the back for Liverpool in their 2-1 win over Manchester City in the second leg of their quarter-final tie and will find out their next opponents in the competition on Friday’s draw.Lovren revealed, after Liverpool’s 5-1 aggregate victory, that he dreams of facing defending champions Real Madrid in the final.“The draw, you know, when you look at the teams you need to respect everyone,” said Lovren, according to Metro.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Especially Real Madrid we need to respect most because they won the Champions League in a row.“When you look, I would choose Bayern or Roma, definitely.“And maybe for the final Real Madrid!”Lovren produced a solid performance on Tuesday night against City and was arguably the best defender during a difficult first-half for Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium.last_img read more

Antonio Conte posts a classy farewell message to Chelsea

first_imgOusted Chelsea manager Antonio Conte showed that there were no hard feelings in a classy farewell statement, where he spoke highly of his time at the club and wished them well for the futureThe 48-year-old Italian was finally removed from his post last Friday with former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri appointed his successor just 24 hours later, despite the fact that Conte had won the FA Cup for Chelsea just 55 days ago.“I would like to thank all of my friends at Chelsea Football Club for their hard work and support over the past two seasons which enabled us to win the Premier League and FA Cup together,” Conte said in the LMA statement.In his first season as head coach, Conte won the Premier League in dominant fashion and was rewarded with a new deal.But his second season at Stamford Bridge proved to be far less successful with Chelsea finishing a lowly fifth-place in the league standings and 30 points behind winners Manchester City with Conte having reportedly fallen out with the club board members earlier in the year over the transfer policy.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…However, that all seems to be in the past now for Conte with the Italian passing on his best wishes for everyone at Stamford Bridge.“It was fantastic for me to be able to share my emotions, passion and enthusiasm throughout two unforgettable seasons with these amazing Chelsea supporters, who will always stay in my heart,” he said.“I hope Chelsea will continue to be successful and I wish everyone well for next season.“I have made many memories during my time with Chelsea, which I will take with me into my next challenge.”Conte has not released any updates over his future plans right now.last_img read more

CCTV protocol closer for Jamaica

first_img Cabinet approves private airport for Grand Turk; duty free concessions on CCTV Related Items:#magneticmedianews, cctv Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Cabinet approves duty free CCTV High Grade CCTV for Grace Bay Area; Seven Stars invests $200,000 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPM Andrew Holness#Jamaica, September 28, 2017 – Kingston – The Jamaican Government wants to partner with the private sector to see a national CCTV system established.   PM Andrew Holness in his quarterly press briefing shared the vision and said the government is already developing a protocol which enables privately owned security cameras to point in the public’s direction and for the Internet protocol to send that visual information to a central database.Holness believes this is the easiest way of rapidly expanding #CCTV potential in Jamaica and he said the government is so serious about getting the private sector on board, that it is prepared to throw in some fiscal incentives.    The CCTV system is one of the initiatives government wants set up to curb crime.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

27yearold man arrested after stabbing in Logan Heights

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom February 8, 2019 27-year-old man arrested after stabbing in Logan Heights SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 27-year-old man was arrested this afternoon after allegedly stabbing and inflicting life-threatening injuries on a 59-year-old man during a fight in Logan Heights.The suspect, identified as Ryan Baker, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the stabbing about 1 p.m. in a shed or room attached to a garage in the 2900 block of Imperial Avenue, according to San Diego Police Department Officer Robert Heims.It’s unclear what sparked the fight, Heims said.“Officers arrived on scene and found the victim with multiple stab wounds and the suspect a few feet away laying on the ground,” Heims said.The victim was taken to a hospital, Heims said. Posted: February 8, 2019last_img read more

RBI Maintains Key Rates and Hints at Rate Cut in 2015 Growth

first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday decided to hold key rates, with Governor Raghuram Rajan terming a rate cut at this juncture as premature.The BSE Sensex is trading at 28,507.The repo rate has been maintained at 8%, with CRR staying at 4% of deposits. The RBI said liquidity under overnight repo to continue at 25 basis points (0.25%) of bankwise NDTL (net demand and time liabilities); the 7-day and 14-day term repos of up to 75 basis points (0.75%) of NDTL of the banking system through auctions; daily one-day term repos and reverse repos remain unchanged as well.Hints rate cut in 2015RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan indicated that if inflation remained under the benchmark and fiscal scene remains positive, a rate cut could happen early next year, even outside of the policy review cycle.The next review is scheduled for early February, ahead of the fiscal budget, due late February 2015.The fiscal growth target remains unchanged at 5.5%, expecting a steady pickup in growth. Inflation target is set at 4%, with a 2% variation above or below.Rajan countered corporate India’s misconception that the RBI was not pro-growth; citing that monetary policy would not affect growth for the quarter and that sustainable growth was contingent on moderate inflation.last_img read more

8 get life term for killing 3 policemen

first_img8 get life term for killing 3 policemen in PabnaA speedy trial tribunal in Rajshahi sentenced eight members of an outlawed party to life term imprisonment in a case filed for killing three policemen in Bera upazila of Pabna in 2010, reports UNB.The convicted are — Jahurul Islam, Hashem alias Khokon alias Bacchu, Joson Mollah alias Javed, Nizam Fakir, Rafiq alias Joita Rafiq, Ayub Ali, Shukur Ali Sarder and Jahangir Alam alias Kana Alam.Among them, Jahurul and Bacchu were tried in absentia.The court also fined them Tk 10,000 each, in default, to serve one year more in jail.According to the prosecution, sub-inspector Kofil Uddin, nayek Wahed Ali and constable Shafiqul Islam of Dhalarchar police outpost, were shot dead by the outlaws at Maldar Hat badh in Bera upazila on 20 July 2010.Constable Rashidul Islam filed the case with Bera police station on the next day.Later, police pressed chargesheet against 15 people.After examining all the records and witnesses, tribunal judge Anup Kumar Roy, handed down the verdict acquitting three other accused.Four accused died during the trial.last_img read more

Houston Looking To Stay Ahead Of Drug Epidemic

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: When captured, officials treat the drug as a hazardous material situation. They don’t want to touch or inhale the drug for fear of overdose. Harris County is hoping awareness of the risks, and punishment will deter increased use in Houston. If convicted of selling, you could be sentenced 15-years to life.. And unlike a DWI, possession of fentanyl is a felony, not a misdemeanor.“Because of the lethal devastating nature of fentanyl, the DA’s office is taking these cases extremely seriously,” Fortenberry said. Photo via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to Paul Fortenberry, almost 25 pounds of fentanyl has been confiscated in just the last six months in Harris County.The Mexican Gulf cartel controls drug traffic in Houston. They bring crystal meth into the city by the gas tank. Yes the gas tank, and any other means possible.Converted into liquid form at what the Drug Enforcement Agency calls “Super labs” south of the boarder, crystal methamphetamine is heavier than gasoline. So drug traffickers adjust the intake fuel line on a vehicle placing just enough gas to get them over the boarder an into Houston. The rest of the fuel storage tank is filled with methamphetamine. According to Wendell Campbell with the DEA, once the drug is across the boarder, the cartel will rent multiple houses in Greater Houston to convert the high grade methamphetamine into crystal meth to be sold by dealers. Campbell said the DEA has been seizing 100’s of pounds at a time.Assistant District Attorney Paul Fortenberry is the chief prosecutor for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office’s, Major Narcotics Division. The drug use in Houston that’s keeping him up at night, is not crystal meth, but fentanyl.The DEA said the drug is man-made in China and comes into Houston over the boarder or direct by the Gulf cartel. Once here it’s pressed into pill form. We’re not legally allowed to buy a  pill press, but it wasn’t difficult to find a press searching on Google.In August the Washington Post reported on its epidemic growth in the Midwest and states along the Atlantic Ocean. New York and Chicago both watched fentanyl overdoses rise by more than 500% in 2016.The DEA said the drug is often used as a substitute for Adderall, Xanax, or OxyContin. The problem is it’s potency. “It’s a very dangerous substance that when you’re dealing with fentanyl you’re really playing Russian roulette,” said Fortenberry.For emphasis, he uses a sweetener packet as example. “A sugar packet is a gram. And so, if you take, if you open up the sugar packet, put it on the table, you’re going to see 1,000 milligrams. The proper dosage for one pill is 1/1,000 of that package. And that’s the problem, because when you get to two percent of the package, that one sweet ‘n low package, that’s a fatal overdose,” he said.center_img Listen X 00:00 /00:25 00:00 /00:31 Fortenberry said use in on the rise. “The market has become much stronger in the last year-and-a-half. We hadn’t really seen a lot of fentanyl cases prior. It is here, it is a problem for us.”The DEA agrees. From an unclassified report regarding fentanyl from the DEA:The United States is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis, with law enforcement reporting and public health data indicating higher availability of fentanyls, increased seizures of fentanyls, and more known overdose deaths from fentanyls than at any other time since the drugs were first created in 1959. From August 2013 through the end of 2015, U.S. law enforcement agencies seized at least 239 kilograms of illicitly produced fentanyls. Although the total quantity of fentanyls seized may appear small relative to other illicit drugs, fentanyl is more lethal to potential users than other illicit drugs due to its extremely small lethal dose (approximately 2 milligrams). Between late 2013 and late 2014 alone, there were over 700 deaths related to fentanyl in the United States, and this figure is largely believed to be underestimated due to variations in state reporting techniques and deaths being attributed to heroin. In addition to being deadly to users, fentanyls pose a grave threat to law enforcement officials and first responders, as a lethal dose of fentanyl can be accidentally inhaled or absorbed through the skin.”  According to Fortenberry, almost 25 pounds of fentanyl has been confiscated in just the last six months in Harris County. That’s enough for more than 11 million pills.“The real problem with fentanyl is often times the user, the addict has absolutely no idea that what they’re ingesting and consuming is fentanyl,” Fortenberry said. “And to give you an example, I’m going out on the street and I’m buying Oxy, or I’m gonna buy Xanax. And they look at the pill and even an experienced user is gonna think, “That looks like a Xanax pill or an Oxy,” when in reality it doesn’t contain that substance, it only contains fentanyl.” Xlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday July 27

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From 5-7 P.MSean Yoes reports live from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Plus, a report on Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s decision to drop all charges against the remaining officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Doctor Who Cast Crew Talk Season 10

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target What scares the Doctor more: being locked in a room with half a dozen Daleks, or with only himself?Himself, duh.“There’s a lot him,” Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi said during a Q&A for Canada’s Space TV channel. “And there’s a lot of him that is dangerous and, not bad, but chaotic and uncontrollable. And so he has to keep a lid on all that.”Capaldi and co-star Pearl Mackie (new companion Bill Potts) quizzed each other in this two-minute clip (below), which answers hard-hitting queries like whether the Doctor has ever lost anyone inside the TARDIS (a resounding “no” from the Time Lord) and where/when Bill would most like to travel.“Maybe, like, 1960s, 1970s New York,” she says, earning the approval of her screen partner.Bill Potts—described by Mackie as “quite chatty, a bit mouthy, sometimes says the wrong thing”—makes her debut this Saturday, in Doctor Who season 10 opener “The Pilot.”“She questions things that haven’t been questions in a really long time, which is fun,” the actor told The Guardian, adding that “This is by far the biggest thing I have ever done, which is amazing. And also a bit mental.”Before landing the coveted role as the Doctor’s companion, Mackie appeared in musical comedy film Svengali (2013) and one episode of Doctors (2014), and spent a year acting in the West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2015-16).Now she’s rocketed to international fame—before even stepping into the TARDIS. (In response to recent rumors that Mackie will leave the series after one season, the BBC simply said viewers will have to “tune in to find out.”)But Bill isn’t the only newbie this year: The lunch lady is joined by alien Nardole (Matt Lucas, reprising his role from the 2015 and 2016 Christmas specials).“They discover the Doctor is a hero and then they discover the Doctor is clinically insane,” showrunner Steven Moffat said at the weekend’s BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.Saturday marks the beginning of the end for Capaldi and Moffat, who are retiring from Doctor Who after December’s holiday special; Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is slated to take over the long-running sci-fi show, starting with season 11.The hand-over, Moffat told The Telegraph, is “surprisingly straightforward,” adding that Chibnall is “actually the most experienced showrunner who’s come on to Doctor Who.”Tune in to BBC America on Saturday at 9 p.m. Eastern to see what’s in store for the Twelfth Doctor’s final run. And check out below what Moffat (who penned episodes one, six, 11, and 12) had to say about the writing team’s season 10 chapters.The first episode of Who‘s Patrick Ness-helmed spin-off Class follows at 10:10 p.m.Episode two: “Smile”By Frank Cottrell-Boyce (“In the Forest of the Night”)“There are some amazing ideas in this show, and some truly horrifying ones.”Episode three: “Thin Ice”By Sarah Dollard (“Face the Raven”)“Regency era, a frozen Thames, possibly an elephant!”Episode four: “Knock Knock”By Mike Bartlett“Mike was talking about the way floorboards creak—because, you see, he’s discovered the terrible truth…”Episode five: “Oxygen”By Jamie Mathieson (“Mummy on the Orient Express,” “Flatline,” “The Girl Who Died”)“One of my favorite episodes ever. I think you’re going to love this one. Clever and creepy, classic and brand new, this one’s got it all though.”Episode seven: “The Pyramid at the End of the World”By Peter Harness (“Kill the Moon,” “The Zygon Invasion”/”The Zygon Inversion”)“Basically, he [Harness] wanted to find quick and efficient ways of wiping out all life on Earth. … The terrors of the modern world are never far away when Peter is in control of the TARDIS.”Episode eight: “The Lie of the Land”By Toby Whithouse (10 DW episodes, including “Before the Flood,” “The Husbands of River Song”)“Hand on my heart, this is his best one.”Episode nine: “Empress of Mars”By Mark Gatiss (nine DW episodes, including “Sleep No More,” “Robot of Sherwood”)The episode features an Ice Warrior hive on Mars with “lots and lots” of Ice Warriors and “some Victorian soldiers.”Episode 10: “The Eaters of Light”By Rona Munro (1989 Doctor Who TV serial Survival)“I was properly surprised when she was happy to come in for a meeting, and I adored the script that came out of it. But I don’t think I really understood how wrong I’d got her, until I saw her wandering around the studio, taking selfies with Daleks, Weeping Angels, and the TARDIS. You see that Rona Munro, of international renown? She’s a Doctor Who fan, she is.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.last_img read more

Spain 2 Americans 1 Briton gored in 1st Pamplona bull run

first_img The vital role family plays in society San Fermin’s media office said he was gored in the armpit, and Webster told The Associated Press from his hospital bed that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll run again because he first needs to discuss the issue with his wife.Also gored were a 27-year-old Californian identified by the media office only by his initials, D.M.O., and a 30-year-old Briton with the initials A.B.O. Neither was in serious condition.Three other Americans were among the eight others injured, most with bruises from falls and crowd crushes during the nationally televised run that lasted just over two minutes.The nine-day fiesta in Pamplona, which features 24-hour street partying, was made famous in Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” and attracts thousands of foreign tourists.The daily runs see people dashing with six bulls along a narrow, 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to the city’s bullring. The bulls are then killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon.Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year, mostly in falls.Two men have died recently after being gored by bulls in Spanish festivals — one Saturday in the eastern town of Grao de Castellon and another June 24 in the southwestern town of Coria. Quick workouts for men In all, 15 people have died from gorings in Pamplona since record-keeping began in 1924 for the San Fermin festival.___Ciaran Giles reported from Madrid. Associated Press Writer Alan Clendenning contributed to this report from Madrid.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top Stories An assistant to a Spanish mounted bullfighter waits on the sidelines during a horseback bullfight at San Fermin Fiestas, in Pamplona, northern Spain, Monday, July 6, 2015. Revelers from around the world kick off the festival with a messy party in the Pamplona town square, one day before the first of eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Two Americans and a Briton were gored and eight other people were injured Tuesday as thousands of daredevils dashed alongside fighting bulls through the streets of Pamplona on the first bull run of the annual San Fermin festival, organizers said.Mike Webster, a 38-year-old occupational therapist from Gainesville, Florida, was gored as he ran with the bulls in Pamplona for the 38th time in 11 years. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

Scoot celebrates with daily Perth Singapore service

first_imgLow cost airline for the Asia Pacific, Scoot, has announced it will be celebrating the first anniversary of its Singapore to Perth route by increasing the service to daily, from 1 February 2015.This development is in line with the airline’s commitment to Australia, and follows the recent announcement of Scoot’s fourth Australian destination, Melbourne.Since launching its Singapore to Perth service nearly 12 months ago, Scoot has flown close to 150,000 to and from Perth.“Our increased frequency gives everyone a greater choice in visiting either Western Australia or indeed Singapore any day of the week, and furthermore, guests travelling from Perth can enjoy an even greater choice of destinations and seamless connections beyond Singapore on either Scoot or our partner airline Tigerair,” Scoot chief executive officer Campbell Wilson said.Mr Wilson has also announced that from early 2015, Perth will be the inaugural destination for the Scoot 787 Dreamliner, reinforcing the carrier’s commitment to being the best Long Haul Low Cost Airline.“The 787 is a game changer for Scoot and will deliver better comfort, a wider selection of amenities, including on-board Wi-Fi, while enabling us to maintain our great value airfares so our guests can get outta here more often.”Meanwhile, Perth Airport has welcomed these upcoming developments, with chief executive officer Brad Geatches saying the additional services and introduction of the Dreamliner will offer greater options for Western Australians wanting to explore Singapore and beyond.A Perth-day SpecialTo commemorate the first anniversary of flying to Perth, Scoot is offering promotional return fares to Singapore, valid for travel between first February and 24th October 2015.For more information, go to www.flyscoot.comSource = ETB Travel News: Lana Bogunovichlast_img read more

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