Famed country artist Martina McBride will join with other special musical guests to help salute and celebrate women cancer survivors at the famed Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night, August 24, 2013.McBride and the Opry are joining with the Women Survivors Alliance and the National Women’s Survivors Convention to celebrate women survivors from across the country, and especially those attending the National Women’s Survivors Convention that same weekend at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.The Grand Ole Opry will recognize these women throughout the night on the Opry stage and over the airwaves on 650 AM WSM and opry.com with special performances and survivor messages. Olympic Gold Medalist and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton will serve as a guest announcer.“We’re delighted to be a part of these survivors’ visits to Nashville,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. “We are going to have a lot of fun while also helping them take great steps toward creating awareness and a real movement about survivorship.”Hundreds of women survivors of all types of cancer from across the country and around the world will converge on Music City for a three-day, one-of-a-kind experience. Not a typical cancer convention, women will celebrate the mission of taking a step to creating a national movement towards survivorship and understanding the needs of cancer patients after treatments conclude.“We are so grateful to Martina and our partners at the Grand Ole Opry for making this night so special,” said Karen Shayne, founder of the Women Survivors Alliance. “Women cancer survivors will ready to celebrate as we wrap up our national convention and their collective efforts to create a national movement to help other women dealing with life after cancer.”Among the national organizations and individuals already involved in the National Women’s Survivors Convention are: Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, LiveSTRONG at the YMCA (USA), American Cancer Society, YMCA (YUSA), Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, 4th Angel Program at Taussig Cancer Center – Cleveland Clinic, Olympic Gold Medalist’s Shannon Miller and Scott Hamilton, Bravo TV Star Tabatha Coffey, MTV Star Diem Brown, Dr. Susan Love and the Army of Women Campaign, Great American Country’s Nan Kelley and husband Charlie Kelley.For registration, click here.
Mandalena Lewis was enjoying a layover in Hawaii with her WestJet co-workers the night she says a pilot pinned her down and tried to force her to have sex.“I escaped being raped, but I was sexually assaulted,” the former flight attendant said.A warm Sunday evening on the sands of Maui’s Makena Beach Resort in January 2010 had led to a group dinner and then an invitation from the pilot to have drinks on his balcony, which she accepted. Once in the room, he “dragged her onto the bed, kissing her and groping her” as she “physically resisted the assault and yelled for him to stop,” according to Lewis’s 2016 lawsuit against WestJet, filed in B.C. Supreme Court.“It was a terrible situation. It was traumatizing,” Lewis, 33, told The Canadian Press.Lewis later learned that WestJet had investigated a complaint from a flight attendant two years earlier alleging the same pilot had sexually assaulted her during a layover in Alberta, according to the lawsuit. It states the company did not discipline or fire him, nor take steps to warn or protect women scheduled to work with him.WestJet has denied the allegations, which have not been proven in court.Fired in 2016 after eight years with WestJet, Lewis has spoken out publicly about the “toxic” relations and “cowboy culture” at airlines and launched a proposed class action lawsuit against her former employer.On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear WestJet’s arguments to quash the lawsuit, which accuses the airline of failing to provide a harassment-free workplace for women. WestJet previously failed to scuttle the action in the B.C. courts after arguing that the dispute belongs in the quasi-judicial realm.Airline insiders say the alleged incident speaks to an industry plagued by sexual harassment and gender discrimination as it struggles to shed a “frat boy culture” among pilots that plays out in everything from lewd jokes in the cockpit to “midnight knockers” at the hotel door.The Canadian Press spoke with seven current and former flight attendants and multiple experts who say aviation is struggling to rise above 20th-century attitudes and adapt to the #MeToo era.Complaints citing sex in the flight industry have more than doubled over the past decade or so, totalling 118 in the period between 2014 and 2018, according to the Canadian Human Rights Commission. Harassment-specific complaints that cite sex rose 58 per cent between 2004 and 2018.By comparison, other federally regulated industries such as banking, broadcasting and telecommunications saw fewer than 10 complaints collectively over the past 15 years, according to the commission, despite having much bigger workforces.Airline employees highlighted a lopsided dynamic in which men occupy the vast majority of pilot jobs — 93 per cent at Air Canada and WestJet, slightly more balanced than the industry average of 95 per cent — and women comprise between 70 and 80 per cent of the country’s 15,000 flight attendants, according to the Canadian Union of Public Employees.“When there’s a hierarchy like that, it creates a power dynamic, and some people will take advantage of it,” said flight attendant Florence LePage, citing sexist humour as one of the softer manifestations.On a flight between Yellowknife and Whitehorse this year, a pilot phoned her from the cockpit to ask, “‘What is the difference between a chickpea and a lentil?’ Then he said, ‘The difference is that I would not pay to have a lentil pee on my face,’” recalled LePage, who is in her 20s and works at a major Canadian airline.Other flight attendants pointed to incidents of pornography on the flight deck and unwanted advances after touchdown.“I was warned constantly about midnight knockers,” said one flight attendant who has worked at WestJet for more than 15 years and wished to remain anonymous for fears about job security.She alleges she was at a bar on a layover in Moncton soon after joining the company and the pilot, who had consumed several margaritas, started to stroke her.“I just remember the feeling of the back of his hand on my upper arm…and of course it was unwelcome. So I said, ‘OK, I’ve got to go.’ And as I’m on my way out, the first officer does the same dang thing.”The pilot insisted on walking her back to the hotel, which was across the street. In the elevator, she said he snapped the room key from her hand. She said she managed to retrieve it and waited for him to pass by before stepping into her room, which was adjacent to his. “I dead-bolted my door and I thought, ‘Thank God that’s over.’”Then the phone rang. “He said, ‘Hi, it’s me.’ And I said, ‘What do you want?’ And he said, ‘I just wanted to make sure you made it to your room okay.’” She hung up.“I was absolutely terrified.”An undercurrent of in-flight flirtation can blend easily into romantic encounters during trips of up to four days spent with the same colleagues in far-flung climes. But the dynamic can also spill over into unsolicited, sexually aggressive behaviour from male colleagues and passengers, said Jocelyn Frye, a senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress who focuses on women’s rights and economic security.“They’re away from family, they don’t have those constraints, nobody’s around…they can do sort of crazy things and they think there’s no consequence,” Frye said.“That can create more vulnerability and more potential for harm for people on the receiving end of those comments or that conduct.”Expectations can also become internalized, with employees labelling less party-inclined colleagues as “slam-clickers.”“It means that if you go to your hotel room and you slam your door and you click it locked, you don’t hang out and you’re antisocial,” said Mandalena Lewis. “I’ve been called a slam-clicker.”WestJet said in an email it treats harassment seriously and is “committed to providing and ensuring a safe and harassment-free environment for WestJetters and guests.”The company highlighted an anonymous whistleblower hotline and safety reporting system, and said its “respect-in-the-workplace policies” are clearly outlined, in addition to mandatory annual training.Air Canada, meanwhile, said it has “zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination or violence in the workplace.”“Employee safety and well-being is one of our cornerstone values which we will not compromise,” the company said in an email.The stalwart statements come as cold comfort to Lewis.“‘Be a dutiful daughter. Don’t be a problem employee,’” she said, mimicking their stance.“It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors.”Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press
Known as “Istanbul + 5,” the session will also seek to formulate new initiatives to help implement the Habitat Agenda, the plan of action adopted at the 1996 Second UN Conference on Human Settlements.Opening the meeting this morning, Assembly President Harri Holkeri of Finland said “we live in an urbanizing world – we may say that we are at the beginning of an urban millennium.” He also called attention to the innovative structure of the special session, particularly its first ever Thematic Committee, established to share experiences from different corners of the world. “In the programme of this Committee,” he said, “we will have the opportunity to listen to examples of implementation of many important issues and aspects pertaining to shelter, social development and eradication of poverty, environmental management, governance, effective city development strategies and financing for urban development.” In his address, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said rich and poor nations would have to work together to overcome the problems facing cities. “The world is in the midst of a historic and radical transformation, not only in how people live, but in where they live,” he said, noting that most people were now city-dwellers. Since the Istanbul conference, the international community has learned that public-private partnerships are important in tackling urban problems, and that urban governance was a precondition for economic efficiency and effective administration, he said. “A healthy society is one that gives all its members a chance to participate in decisions that affect their lives.” Secure tenure is another important issue facing tens of millions of urban families, the Secretary-General said. “In some cases, people have houses but lack titles. Others are engaged in business activities but lack licenses to operate them. We must reduce this insecurity.” The Assembly then opened its general debate, with representatives from over 50 countries taking part in the discussion. Meanwhile in the Thematic Committee, this morning’s case study dealt with the right to adequate housing in South Africa, as well as sustainable urban development and good governance. In five meetings, the Committee will examine 16 case studies on a wide range of themes, including shelter, social development and the eradication of poverty, environmental management, financing of urban government and international cooperation. The three-day session will be accompanied by a number of parallel events, among them seminars on participatory urban governance, volunteerism, the role of women in city administration, and the contribution of the private sector.In a related development, the UN Volunteers programme (UNV) today released a publication drawing attention to the importance of volunteer work in developing cities. Titled “Caring Cities: Volunteerism in Urban Development and the Role of the UNV Programme,” the publication also outlines UNV’s approach to urban development.
“UNICEF’s key concern at present is to prevent avoidable deaths and illness among the many children affected in these areas,” said Maniza Zaman, an official from the UN agency. “We are closely monitoring the nutritional and health status of the flood-affected children and are in the process of planning for a subsequent deployment of relief items.”The agency gave $17,500 worth of oral re-hydration salts, intravenous fluids, de-worming syrups, anti-cholera drugs, mosquito nets and cooking sets to benefit victims in areas classified as critical. The consignment will be immediately air lifted to the most needy areas, which have been cut-off by heavy rains that washed away parts of the only road.
For visiting Fulbright Scholar Daniel Broyld, living and working in St. Catharines adds another layer to his research on black identity and migration along the Canadian-American border.“It’s very important for me to actually inhabit this space,” he says of his time in Niagara, where he’ll be working at Brock until December. “Although I look at black communities in the 19th century, it’s nice to still familiarize myself with the landscape and community they would have lived in. To actually live here is another part of understanding.”Broyld’s semester at Brock, which began in July, will also give him an opportunity to share his expertise with students and to work on his upcoming book. Borderland Blacks focuses on the transnational exchange of immigration and interaction between the Rochester New York and St. Catharines black communities.Broyld has already found fresh research material in the St. Catharines Public Library collection and is making use of Brock’s Rick Bell collection of photographs from the 1860s and 1870s.“It’s nice to be able to spend some real time and not rush through it, but to feel like I can settle into understanding the black history of St. Catharines,” he says.An assistant professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, Broyld is an expert on Harriet Tubman and has consulted on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland.His time at Brock was made possible through one of about 8,000 grants awarded each year through the Fulbright Program — an American scholarship program that enables American scholars to research and teach abroad, and international scholars to study in the United States.Broyld is interested in the experience of black women, such as Tubman, coming to Canada during the Victorian era.“There’s a deeper analysis of Tubman that goes beyond just the racial component of her being in Canada,” he says. “Black women running to Canada was more than an analysis of racial liberation. I think they thought, too, that this was the queen’s soil … What can the queen offer them personally?”While at Brock, Broyld will be teaching Canadian Studies course CANA3V91 Abolitionist Movements in Canada and the United States, focusing on the transnational nature of the abolitionist movement.“The abolitionist movement is a precursor to the civil rights movement,” Broyld explains. “There are different schools of thought, different philosophies and different approaches to how to rid yourself of the institution of slavery.”The course is not just about American slavery, but about understanding Canadian slavery and how newly freed people were incorporated into society. “We’re weaving the two nations together to tell a cohesive story,” Broyld says.As part of the course, students will be using the Archives and Special Collections of Brock’s James A. Gibson Library as well as material at the St. Catharines Public Library. Students will use 19th century photographs and tin types — images on thin pieces of metal — to learn how material culture can provide a deeper understanding of lived experience.
The prosecution case against Mr Duckenfield represents one of the largest number of homicide victims ever brought before the courts in a single case. Two other senior former officers and South Yorkshire Police’s lawyer were charged with perverting the course of justice, while Sheffield Wednesday’s then club secretary was charged with health and safety offences. He said: “I am disappointed to be charged with misconduct in a public office. The charge is not in relation to my actions around the time of the disaster but in relation to comments I made years afterwards. I will vigorously defend my innocence as I have been doing for nearly five years.” A date for Mr Duckenfield’s court appearance is yet to be fixed. The others will appear at Warrington magistrates’ court on Aug 9. A date for Mr Duckenfield’s court appearance is yet to be fixed. The others will appear at Warrington magistrates’ court on Aug 9. “No one should have to go through what the families have gone through for 28 years to try and get to the truth and to get accountability.” Trevor Hicks, who lost daughters Sarah and Vicki, said: “There will be six people facing criminal charges who might not have done if we hadn’t have been resilient and all stuck together and fought this long fight.” Ian Lewis, solicitor for Mr Duckenfield and Mr Denton, said it would be “inappropriate” to comment. In a statement, Sir Norman vehemently denied any wrongdoing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Police, stewards and supporters tend and care for wounded supporters on the pitch at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, England in 1989Credit:AP The decision follows a dogged campaign by the Hillsborough families to bring authorities to account for the events leading up to the tragedy – and the alleged cover-up after it.Margaret Aspinall, chairman of Hillsborough Family Support Group said relatives had suffered “hell on Earth” in pursuit of the truth.“To me now this is the beginning of the end, definitely the beginning of the end,” said Mrs Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son, James, died in the tragedy. Trevor Hicks and Margaret Aspinall speak to the press outside Parr Hall, where the Crown Prosecution Service announced its Hillsborough disaster charging decision, in WarringtonCredit:Andrew Yates Mr Duckenfield, 72, who was the officer in command on the day of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, faces manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 men, women and children.The Crown Prosecution Service was unable to charge him with the manslaughter of the 96th victim, Anthony Bland, on a technicality because he died almost four years later. Sir Norman Bettison, 61, who retired as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, was charged with four offences of misconduct in public office for allegedly lying over his involvement in the aftermath and about the “culpability of fans”. Former chief superintendent Donald Denton and ex-detective chief inspector Alan Foster were charged with intent to pervert the course of justice. So too was Peter Metcalf, who was the solicitor acting for South Yorkshire Police at the previous Taylor inquiry and the first inquests. The prosecution case against Mr Duckenfield represents one of the largest number of homicide victims ever brought before the courts in a single case. Two other senior former officers and South Yorkshire Police’s lawyer were charged with perverting the course of justice, while Sheffield Wednesday’s then club secretary was charged with health and safety offences. Former Merseyside Chief Constable Sir Norman BettisonCredit:Peter Byrne Trevor Hicks, who lost daughters Sarah and Vicki, said: “There will be six people facing criminal charges who might not have done if we hadn’t have been resilient and all stuck together and fought this long fight.” Ian Lewis, solicitor for Mr Duckenfield and Mr Denton, said it would be “inappropriate” to comment. In a statement, Sir Norman vehemently denied any wrongdoing. He said: “I am disappointed to be charged with misconduct in a public office. The charge is not in relation to my actions around the time of the disaster but in relation to comments I made years afterwards. I will vigorously defend my innocence as I have been doing for nearly five years.” “No one should have to go through what the families have gone through for 28 years to try and get to the truth and to get accountability.” Mr Duckenfield, 72, who was the officer in command on the day of the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, faces manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 “men, women and children”.The Crown Prosecution Service was unable to charge him with the manslaughter of the 96th victim, Anthony Bland, on a technicality because he died almost four years later. The decision follows a dogged campaign by the Hillsborough families to bring authorities to account for the events leading up to the tragedy – and the alleged cover-up after it.Margaret Aspinall, chairman of Hillsborough Family Support Group said relatives had suffered “hell on Earth” in pursuit of the truth.“To me now this is the beginning of the end, definitely the beginning of the end,” said Mrs Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son, James, died in the tragedy. Sir Norman Bettison, 61, who retired as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, was charged yesterday with four offences of misconduct in public office for allegedly lying over his involvement in the aftermath and about the “culpability of fans”. Former chief superintendent Donald Denton and ex-detective chief inspector Alan Foster were charged with intent to pervert the course of justice. So too was Peter Metcalf, who was the solicitor acting for South Yorkshire Police at the previous Taylor inquiry and the first inquests. The families of the Hillsborough victims have hailed the “beginning of the end” in their 28-year struggle for justice following the decision to prosecute the match day police commander over 95 deaths. Five other people were also charged with offences surrounding the deaths of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989. The victims’ relatives broke into applause at being told that the former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent David Duckenfield and retired chief constable Sir Norman Bettison would be facing criminal charges. Hillsborough match commander David DuckenfieldCredit:John Giles The families of the Hillsborough victims last night hailed the “beginning of the end” in their 28-year struggle for justice following the decision to prosecute the match day police commander over 95 deaths. Five other people were also charged with offences surrounding the deaths of Liverpool fans at Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989. The victims’ relatives broke into applause at being told that the former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent David Duckenfield and retired chief constable Sir Norman Bettison would be facing criminal charges.
The Australian Labor Party took the opportunity to reconfirm its position on the Cyprus situation at last week’s annual party conference. A motion moved by Federal MP Steve Georganas and seconded by Amanda Fazio MLC (NSW) was passed en bloc without debate, confirming that “Labor will work to facilitate a just settlement of the Cyprus problem, based on UN resolutions respecting sovereignty, independence and the territorial integrity of Cyprus, and resulting in the demilitarisation and reunification of the island for the benefit of its entire people.” Following the conference, Steve Georganas told Neos Kosmos that the resolution continued a long-standing tradition of the ALP conference to reaffirm its commitment to resolving the Cyprus issue with the United Nations. “It’s more of the same, but it sends a very strong message, said the Member for Hindmarsh. “It’s been part of the ALP national conference since the 1960s to clearly state the party’s position on resolving the issue under the auspices of the UN.” Mr Georganas confirmed that in relation to FYROM, no draft resolutions were moved, and that to his knowledge, no discussion on the ALP’s position on FYROM took place at the conference. In the week that saw the International Court of Justice ruling against Greece for breaking its obligations under the 1995 Interim Accord with FYROM, Mr Georganas told Neos Kosmos that Foreign Minister Rudd’s comments made last month in Adelaide reinforced the ALP and the Australian Government’s continuing position in regard to the ongoing dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Asked to confirm Australia’s position on the naming issue, Mr Rudd said at the Adelaide Foreign Aid Forum that “the Government’s position is that Australia only recognises the name ‘FYROM’ and added that Australia’s position on the issue “would remain until a naming solution is found and agreeable with FYROM and Greece”. Asked to comment on reports of some Australian state politicians promoting Skopje’s position on FYROM’s dispute with Greece, Mr Georganas said: “Members of state parliaments can do what they want, they can jump up and down, but the reality is, if a decision is made on this issue it will be made by the Federal Government and the Foreign Affairs Minister. “The Labor party’s position on FYROM is the same as the governments position, and is Australia’s consistent position.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Barrie Cassidy served as an ABC Europe correspondent before taking up his hosting position with the broadcaster’s prime Sunday morning political current affairs program Insiders in 2001. During his time in Europe he had been to Greece on official business, reporting on the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and the state of the booming Greek economy at the time. “The longest period that I had there I went there for more than a week to do preview stories on the Athens Olympics. I wasn’t there for the Olympics itself but I went there to do previews and did a couple of stories on the economy as it was then.”Cassidy recently returned from his first trip back to Greece since his time as a correspondent, and told Neos Kosmos that he was anticipating a much bleaker environment, on the back of the economic hardship faced by the country.“I expected it to be more rundown than it was. I thought that the morale would be lower than it actually is. I did get a sense that despite everything they’re [the Greeks] still getting on with it.”The Insiders host spoke of Athens as a city still coming to grips with the country’s reformed economic landscape and was surprised by the populace’s resilience, in the wake of controversial social issues that Greeks are contending with. “It was interesting that the large scale demonstrations that I saw in the streets while I was there were not aimed at their own personal situations or the state of the economy. They were demonstrations against drug traffickers and how they had taken over certain parts of the city, and large squares and shopping centres were the designated areas for these traffickers.“There was one demonstration where about 25-30,000 people had surrounded this whole area where we were and it was all aimed at that.”“So they may have their problems economically, and their standard of living is falling, but there’s still a lot of them who are focused on these really important social issues as well.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un tigre tue un adolescent au NépalDans le parc national de Chitwan au Népal, un adolescent de 17 ans a été tué par un tigre alors qu’il coupait de l’herbe avec quatre amis. Parallèlement, un léopard a attaqué les habitants d’un village proche de Katmandou et y a fait trois blessés.Ce sont des attaques relativement rares qui ont eu lieu ces derniers jours au Népal. La semaine dernières, les autorités du pays ont en effet annoncé que des habitants avaient été victimes de deux attaques d’animaux sauvages, d’un tigre et d’un léopard, rapporte la BBC. C’est dans le parc national de Chitwan qu’a eu lieu la première : un tigre s’est attaqué à un groupe de cinq adolescents venus couper de l’herbe. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si quatre d’entre eux ont réussi à s’échapper, le cinquième âgé de 17 ans n’a en revanche pas survécu. La seconde attaque s’est déroulée dans un village proche de Katmandou, la capitale du pays. Un léopard a surgi en pleine journée et a créé la panique parmi les habitants, faisant tout de même trois blessés parmi lesquels un policier. A ce jour, les autorités n’ont d’ailleurs toujours pas réussi à capturer l’animal qui selon les témoignages, erre encore dans les environs. D’après les experts, il y a eu très peu d’attaques de tigre ces dernières années, principalement en raison du déclin de la population. Néanmoins, le félin conserve une forte réputation de mangeur d’hommes, notamment dans l’Inde voisine. Une réputation alimentée par de nombreux cas célèbres et notamment celui de la tigresse de Champawat. Dans les années 1900, cet animal aurait tué pas moins de 430 personnes au Népal et en Inde avant d’être abattue par le chasseur Jim Corbett en 1907. Le 10 avril 2012 à 13:29 • Maxime Lambert
Le contenu Flash lisible dans Metro ?D’après plusieurs sources, Internet Explorer 10 pourrait afficher du contenu Flash dans l’interface Metro. Serait-ce transitoire seulement ?Selon PC Inpact, Internet Explorer 10 pour l’interface Metro de Windows 8 serait compatible avec le contenu Flash. Il semblerait en effet que la version Release Preview – à venir – de Windows 8 soit équipée du plug-in Adobe Flash Player.Le site Winunleaked.tk a montré une capture attestant de l’intégration de Flash dans Metro. Une information qui a été confirmée par les blogueurs Rafael Rivera et Paul Thurrott, peu de temps après. Selon eux, Adobe et Microsoft ont travaillé de concert pour que le plug-in soit intégré dans Internet Explorer 10. Est-ce que tous les sites conçus en Flash pourront être accessibles cependant ? Il faudra encore patienter une semaine, lorsque la Release Preview de Windows 8 sera disponible, avant d’être fixé sur ce point.Car il n’est pas possible d’affirmer avec certitude si cette intégration est transitoire avant que seul le HTML5 soit lisible. Mais ce constat ne concerne bien sûr qu’Internet Explorer… Les orientations seront sans doute bien différentes au sein d’autres navigateurs web.Le 27 mai 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambert
Une momie chinoise devenue entièrement noire quelques heures après sa découverteUn corps exceptionnellement bien conservé vient d’être retourné en Chine. Découverte près de deux autres squelettes, cette momie appartenait probablement à la dynastie des Qing. Mais surprise ! En quelques heures, la peau du corps s’est noircie et une odeur fétide s’en est dégagée. C’est un cimetière vieux de plus de 300 ans qui intrigue les archéologues chinois. Ils y ont découvert trois corps : deux squelettes et un corps parfaitement préservé. Lors de l’ouverture du cercueil, le visage de ce dernier était en parfait état, témoignent les experts. Mais quelle n’a pas été leur surprise lorsqu’au bout de quelques heures, le corps est devenu complètement noir et a commencé à dégager une odeur insoutenable.Les trois cadavres ont été mis au jour le 10 octobre dernier, sur un site de construction à Xiangcheng, dans la province de Henan, en Chine centrale. La conservation parfaite d’un des corps, probablement un membre de la dynastie Qing, n’était pas intentionnelle, estime le docteur Lukas Nickel, spécialiste en archéologie et art chinois à l’Université de Londres. Une noirceur mystérieuse”Les Chinois n’ont appliqué aucun traitement spécifique au corps pour le préserver, comme le faisaient, par exemple, les Égyptiens. Toutefois, ils ont essayé de protéger le corps en l’enterrant dans un cercueil massif et une chambre funéraire importante. En effet, l’intégrité de la structure physique était importante dans la Chine ancienne, car les gens s’attendaient à ce que le mort vive dans sa tombe”, explique-t-il au MailOnline. À plusieurs reprises, donc, les archéologues sont tombés sur des corps de la dynastie Qing, préservés par les conditions naturelles au sein de la tombe, autour du cercueil. Ici, le corps retrouvé était enterré dans un cercueil laqué, couvert de croquis au fusain, ce qui était plus commun pour l’époque. Au vu de ces conditions, le docteur Nickel a ainsi une hypothèse pour expliquer la noirceur soudaine du corps : selon lui, une bactérie aurait pu s’infiltrer. Au premier contact de l’air, lorsque le cercueil a été ouvert, le processus naturel bactérien aurait, alors rendu le corps noir et aurait accéléré sa dégradation. “Ce qui est étonnant, c’est de voir que le corps semble vouloir rattraper le temps perdu et vieillir de centaines d’années, en une seule journée”, s’enthousiasme l’historien Dong Hsiung.Un officiel de la dynastie QingÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Les habits du corps retrouvé indiquent qu’il était un officier supérieur au début de la dynastie Qing”, précise Dong Hsiung, repris par le DailyMail. En effet, cette dynastie a régné sur la Chine de 1644 à 1912, juste après les Ming. Or, le corps serait vieux d’environ 300 ans. Les Qing forment la dernière dynastie impériale à avoir régné avant la création de la République de Chine. Durant cette période, le territoire chinois a triplé et la population et passé d’environ 150 à 450 millions de personnes. À l’époque, les rituels d’enterrement des Qing étaient la responsabilité du fils aîné, et concernaient de nombreux officiers. Un fait qui permet au professeur Dong d’avancer une autre théorie : “il est tout à fait possible que la famille du défunt ait utilisé des matériaux spécifiques pour préserver le corps. Une fois le cercueil ouvert, alors le processus naturel de décomposition a pu réellement commencer”. Dans tous les cas, les scientifiques n’ont pas encore pu confirmer la cause exacte de ce noircissement impromptu.Les chercheurs espèrent que cette découverte leur permettra de mieux comprendre les rites funéraires de la dynastie Qing, ainsi que les causes de la préservation exceptionnelle des corps. Car, cette dernière est fréquente chez les membres des dynasties Ming et Qing.Le 16 octobre 2013 à 18:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Pinterest Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Google+ Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Are Becky Lynch And Seth Rollins Dating? WhatsApp Twitter Cesaro Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Now Playing Up Next Impact World Champion Brian Cage undergoing stem cell treatment for injured back Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Kurt Angle Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE.com is featuring an interview with Seth Rollins talking about his torn right ACL, MCL and medial meniscus injury in Dublin, scheduled surgery and planned recovery.On what went through his head when the injury happened in Dublin:“It just felt like my knee dislocated and then kind of popped back in. So, I hustled back up and got underneath, made sure my feet were steady and delivered the Powerbomb. Then, I did a self-evaluation real quick to see what was going on. I realized my knee was pretty unstable and noticed that it felt like it was flopping around. I didn’t feel like I had a lot of control under it. I was able to move around enough to finish the match, hit a Pedigree and get the win. Afterwards, I just laid there and [tried to] figure out what was going on. Again, I wasn’t in a whole bunch of pain, I just felt like my knee wasn’t right. I wasn’t really sure of the extent of the damage until the next morning when I got the MRI.”When he is scheduled for surgery:“I head to Birmingham, Alabama, on Sunday for a consultation on Monday and then Dr. Dugas will perform the surgery, which will basically be the reconstruction of my knee, on Tuesday. Then the journey begins and we start rebuilding the machine, if you will.”What he expects with the rehab process:“Nowadays, rehab begins minimally the day and week of. Working on range of motion, working on stim machines, ice and getting inflammation down. So I’m going to be doing whatever I can as far as that’s concerned. We’ll see. You kinda gotta listen to your body and see what it gives you, but yeah, definitely as soon as I can get in there and start moving around.”You can check out the full interview with Rollins at the link below.WWE: Seth Rollins speaks on his injured knee, his recovery and his thoughts on the next WWE World Heavyweight ChampionRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles
PeaceHealth, Regence sign new two-year contractPeaceHealth said Monday that Joe Kortum, who led Vancouver-based Southwest Washington Medical Center for eight years before serving two years as CEO of the Columbia Network of PeaceHealth, will retire effective January 2014.“It’s been a privilege to lead this community treasure which was established by Mother Joseph Pariseau 155 years ago,” Kortum said in a news release. “I’ve been honored to work with talented and committed boards, caregivers, physicians and volunteers in the noble cause of bringing healing and comfort to our community.”Alan Yordy, president and chief mission officer of PeaceHealth, said Kortum “has made an impact on so many people, both within PeaceHealth and within the community. We are very grateful for his service.” Yordy said in a news release that he’ll work with Kortum and the community boards of Southwest and PeaceHealth “to assure a smooth leadership transition.”Kortum, who has a master’s degree in hospital and health care administration, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology — both from St. Louis University — took over as president and CEO of Southwest in 2003. He played a key role in completion of the Firstenburg Tower and development of Southwest Medical Group (now PeaceHealth Medical Group) in 2007, according to the news release. The organization’s growth under his leadership also encompassed Southwest’s merger with PeaceHealth in 2010.Under the merger, Kortum became president and chief executive for the Columbia Network of PeaceHealth, which encompasses PeaceHealth operations in Vancouver and Longview.Through Kortum’s efforts, “we have aligned with PeaceHealth and expanded our base of support to help us manage the rapidly changing dynamics of health reform,” Ruth Bennett, chairwoman of PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s board of directors, said in the news release.
Visakhapatnam: Head of the Department of Psychology and Parapsychology, Andhra University, M V R Raju will take part in international workshop organised at Bangkok from Monday to July 5. The workshop on mental health is being organised by the International Institute of Peace and Development Studies. Prof Raju will be speaking on ‘A perspective of mental health in India’ at the workshop.
Some 46 million people in Britain could potentially benefit from a legal case brought against MasterCard demanding 14 billion pounds ($19 billion) in damages for allegedly charging excessive fees, according to court documents filed in London.The case brought by a former chief financial services ombudsman alleges the payments company charged unlawfully high fees to stores when shoppers swiped their debit or credit cards and these were passed on to consumers in higher prices.MasterCard is alleged to have done this for 16 years between 1992 and 2008, in more than 600 pages of documents filed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Thursday. “This was almost an invisible tax,” Walter Merricks, who is bringing the case, told the BBC. “MasterCard has behaved disgracefully in this. They have not had the reasonableness to accept that what this was doing was damaging UK consumers.”MasterCard said in a statement it denied any wrongdoing.”We continue to firmly disagree with the basis of this claim and we intend to oppose it vigorously,” the world’s second-largest payments network said.The lawsuit comes after the European Union’s antitrust regulator found in 2014 MasterCard’s fees to store owners to process international payments within the EU were excessive.Law firm Quinn Emanuel said the lawsuit was the largest damages claim in British history and would be brought under a law meaning consumers would automatically be claimants unless they opt out.Any person living in Britain who used a credit card, cash or cheques and was over 16 years old in the period covered by the lawsuit will automatically be part of the claim. If the 14 billion pound claim was shared equally between the number of eligible claimants, each person could receive more than 300 pounds each, according to a Reuters’ calculation.Merricks in a statement said the case is a watershed moment for consumer compensation in Britain. Merricks was head of Britain’s financial services ombudsmen for ten years until 2009, helping to settle disputes between consumers and financial services companies.Britain’s banks have been caught in a range of misspelling cases in the last five years. They have paid 24 billion pounds in compensation for misspelling loan payment insurance, making it Britain’s costliest scandal in financial services.Consumers no longer living in Britain, but who lived in the country between 1992 and 2008, can opt in to the collective claim against MasterCard.Any hearing on the case is not expected until early 2018, unless MasterCard settle it out of court.
Wells and hand pumps in upper caste villages are being zealously guarded by lathi-wielding men.ReutersIn the parched badlands of Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand, wells and ponds have dried up, rivers have shrunk miserably. Water scarcity is a way of life in this region of Uttar Pradesh – made worse this year by lack of rainfall.Water woes have been further compounded by the caste woes emerging in the times of water scarcity.Water tankers are being sent to upper caste settlements, conveniently sidestepping the Dalit villages.People belonging to Dalit castes are not allowed to “even touch” functional hand pumps installed in upper caste villages.”If they (upper caste) are in a benevolent mood, they might give us a pot full of water and nothing more than that,” said Ritu Kumari of Tendura village.According to her, Dalits in the village have to walk seven to eight kilometres to another village to fetch water from a hand pump installed in the Dalit area.”Even there, we are not allowed to get more than one bucket because the pump is drying up,” she added.Wells and hand pumps in upper caste villages are being zealously guarded by lathi-wielding men.”This is to prevent theft of water. Unknown people (read Dalits) come here to steal water and we cannot afford this because there is already a water shortage,” said Manish Shukla.Asked if it was not inhuman to deny water to someone, he retorted: “It is the law of jungle that prevails here. If we give away water, how will we survive?”Even the Dalit children are ruthlessly pushed back if they dare to venture near a hand pump or tube well owned by upper caste. Children from upper caste remain, silent spectators, as they imbibe the caste bias and prepare to grow up with it.Water supply through tankers is also meant for upper castes.A district official in Banda said: “We do not differentiate on the basis of caste. Whenever we get requests, we send water tankers but we also have our limitations and cannot send tankers to all villages.”The ‘requests’ obviously come from upper castes who are politically influential and can pull strings.Former Congress legislator Vivek Singh explained: “The caste bias becomes more pronounced when the divide between haves and have-not widens. People who can afford to buy bottled water are being given tanker supplies while those who cannot, are denied this basic amenity. The local leaders are equally insensitive – they send water tankers to villages that have voted for them while others remain deprived.”He said: “People in Bundelkhand have learnt to live with casteism but no one ever imagined that caste would dominate the distribution of water in the region.”
00:00 /07:44 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X We’re learning more about the Trump administration’s tentative trade deal with Mexico to update NAFTA. The handshake agreement is the result of weeks of negotiation between the U.S. and Mexico – without Canada – to bring NAFTA into the 21st century.Tony Payan from Rice University tells News 88. 7 from what we know of the deal so far, it’s a mixed bag.“All in all, is it a gain of certainty in the markets? Yes. Is it an enormous gain? I doubt it,” he said. “There’s still much, much work still pending, and, of course, Canada’s own place at the table is still to be defined.”The deal is essentially a series of bullet points right now – with the exact language yet to be ironed out. But some highlights include changes to vehicle manufacturing tariffs.Right now, vehicles produced in North America can be sold in the U.S. duty-free – as long as about two-thirds of their parts come from North America. But the new deal would increase that to 75 percent. And it would also require a large portion of such vehicles be produced in higher-wage factories.President Trump had also wanted a sunset clause that ended the new agreement after five years – unless it was renewed. However, the new agreement would have a 16-year term, with an option to review and change it at the six-year mark.So, what could this new agreement mean for businesses in Houston and Texas? In the audio above, we have some reaction and analysis from Vance Ginn, senior economist for the Austin-based conservative think tank the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and Chris Tomlinson, business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. Evan Vucci/AP PhotoOutgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto meets with U.S. President Donald Trump. Share
The trio were joined by 62-year-old British consultant Chris Norman, who helped subdue the man.“I was sitting at the front of the carriage,” said Norman in the same interview.“I came in at the end of it all and I guess just helped to get the guy under control. We ended up by tying him up.“During the process, the guy actually pulled out a cutter and started cutting Spencer. He cut Spencer behind the neck. He nearly cut his thumb off. Spencer held him. We eventually got him under control.”Mobile phone footage from inside the train and played on several TV stations shows the suspect, a skinny man wearing white trousers and no shirt, flattened on the floor of the train with his hands and feet tied behind his back.“It could have been a real carnage, no question about that,” said Norman.Stone then went to help a Franco-American passenger who had been shot in the shoulder during the fight.“I’m just real proud of my friend that he reacted so quickly and so bravely,” said Sadler.“Even after being injured [Stone] went to go help the other man who was bleeding also. Without his help, he would have died. The guy was bleeding from his neck profusely.”The gunman was arrested when the train with 554 passengers aboard stopped at Arras station in northern France about 10 minutes later.Both Stone and the other injured passenger were taken to hospital, where they are said to be recovering well.“[Spencer] is in good spirits. He’s in disbelief that it happened,” Sadler told BFMTV.“I’m just a college student,” he added. “I came to see my friends for my first trip to Europe and we stop a terrorist. It’s kind of crazy.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1D4E58_7g54 Facebook Comments Related posts:Gunman opens fire on Amsterdam-Paris train injuring 2 before being subdued by passengers Publication attacked in Paris has history of bold satire Two US journalists killed during live TV broadcast Cuban-born ex-CIA agent Luis Posada Carriles hospitalized after crash PARIS – The men who helped overpower and subdue a gunman after heopened fire on a packed train between Amsterdam and Paris have given a blow-by-blow account of the incident.“I saw a guy entering the train with an AK [Kalashnikov rifle] and a handgun and I just looked over at Spencer and said ‘Let’s go, go’,” said off-duty U.S. serviceman Alek Skarlatos in a Skype interview shown on France 24 and other TV stations.Skarlatos, a 22-year-old member of the National Guard in Oregon who recently returned from service in Afghanistan, was traveling with Spencer Stone, who is in the U.S. Air Force.“[Spencer] jumped up and I followed behind him by about three seconds. Spencer got to the guy first, grabbed the guy by the neck, and I got the handgun away from the guy and threw it and then I grabbed the AK that was at his feet.”The gunman, who was known to French and Spanish counter-terrorism officials and is said to have traveled to Syria last year, had boarded the busy Thalys train in Brussels.“Spencer ran a good 10 meters to get to the guy, and we didn’t know that his gun wasn’t working or anything like that,” said Skarlatos in a separate interview shown on France’s BFMTV and other stations.“Spencer just ran anyway and if anyone would’ve gotten shot, it would’ve been Spencer for sure.” A photo taken by a passenger with a smartphone through the window of a Thalys train shows police detaining a suspect on the platform at the main train station in Arras, northern France, on Aug. 21, 2015, after an armed gunman on the train was overpowered by passengers. AFP/Courtesy of Christina Catherine Coons‘Could have been carnage’ The attack began at around 5:50 p.m. (1550 GMT) when a French passenger discovered the gunman in a toilet with a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder.The passenger “who wanted to access the toilets in carriage 12, came across an individual with a Kalashnikov over his shoulder,” said French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in a statement to reporters.He “courageously tried to tackle him before the attacker fired several shots,” he added.It was shortly after that the U.S. servicemen charged the gunman, along with their friend, student Anthony Sadler, who said the attacker “didn’t stand a chance.”“He didn’t say anything. He was just telling us to give back his gun: ‘Give me back my gun! Give me back my gun!’” said Sadler in the BFMTV interview.
Related posts:Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month Festival of Light, Egyptian dancers, and other happenings around Costa Rica Patriotic tunes, Children’s Day theater, and more events around Costa Rica Christmas is coming soon, and the staging of the traditional Charles Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol” will help you get in the mood.Actors are bringing the iconic story to life once more at Espressivo Theater. With the help of a quartet of carolers and live piano music, they will take you through 19th-century London to join Ebenezer Scrooge as he follows three Christmas ghosts on an adventure that will change his outlook on life.Scrooge is a business man whose only concern in life is money. Everybody in town is aware of his unpleasant manner, particularly his special hatred towards Christmas. Ebenezer Scrooge. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)Scrooge is surrounded by really lovely people, but he is blind to their charms: he won’t raise the salary of his loyal employee, who has a sick child, nor spend time with his nephew, who comes to see his uncle during the holidays. He won’t donate a cent to charity, refuses to lower the rent he charges his tenants or allow them to delay their payment, though he knows they are hard up. Carolers in the Espressivo production. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)As he slumbers on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who transform the world of this cranky, rude penny-pincher and help him rediscover the kind soul inside. The Ghost of Christmas Past. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)Particularly transformative for Scrooge is the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, who shows him the terrible future. The Ghost of Christmas Present. (Courtesy of Teatro Espressivo)A play to enjoy with the whole family, this comic adaptation will make you reconsider the way you are living not only holidays, but every day with your loved ones. The play will be performed Fridays through Sundays until Dec. 18, but hurry to buy your tickets: as of Nov. 26, 80% of the tickets for this year’s run had already been sold.“A Christmas Carol” is being performed at Teatro Espressivo, in Momentum Pinares, Curridabat. Fri – Sat: 8 p.m. Sun: 6 p.m. ₡7,500 – 10,000 ($15 – 20). Find more info at the Teatro Espressivo Website. Facebook Comments
AMSTERDAM (AP) – Royal Philips Electronics NV, the largest maker of lights, said Tuesday it plans to cut another 2,200 jobs by 2014 to save (EURO)300 million ($383 million) a year.The company had already planned 4,500 cuts for 2011-2014. The company employed 122,000 at the end of 2011.Philips Chief Executive Officer Frans van Houten said in a statement that saving money will lessen “the effects of macro-economic headwinds and changes in pension cost accounting.” Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice At an analysts’ conference in London, Van Houten called the job losses “regrettable.”The job cuts will fall at the company’s lighting and health care divisions, and the bulk will come this year.As a result, Van Houten said he expected the company will take restructuring charges of (EURO)210 million in 2012, rather than (EURO)125 million earlier forecast.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top holiday drink recipes Comments Share Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix