Muzaffarpur (Bihar): Three more children suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) have died here since Wednesday evening, taking the total number of deaths caused due to the outbreak to 118, the district administration said Thursday. While two deaths were reported from the SKMCH hospital — raising the toll at the government healthcare facility to 97 — another child died at privately-owned Kejriwal hospital, where the total number of casualties has reached 20. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France One death was reported from East Champaran district two days ago. The total number of AES cases registered since June 1 was 398 at the SKMCH and 154 at Kejriwal hospital, according to figures provided by the district administration. Uttar Pradesh-based pediatrician Kafeel Khan, who was suspended last year following the deaths of a large number of Japanese encephalitis-afflicted children at a hospital in Gorakhpur, has landed at the north Bihar town to volunteer his service. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics Prize The doctor, who has been running a “health for all” campaign after being released on bail by the Allahabad High Court, has set up a camp in the town’s Damodarpur locality to offer free medical care to patients. His twitter feed is also abuzz with videos aimed at spreading awareness about the symptoms of brain fever. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar — who had visited the town on Tuesday and issued elaborate instructions to tackle the situation — is scheduled to hold a high-level meeting in Gaya later in the day. The meeting is likely to take place after an “aerial survey” of Nawada, Aurangabad and Gaya districts, which have been reeling under an intense heat wave that has claimed more than 80 lives in the state so far. At the meeting, the chief minister will review the measures taken for protecting the people from the heat wave and brain fever, and evaluate the steps initiated for the prevention of Japanese encephalitis (JE) outbreak, which has been reported from several central Bihar districts in the past. According to experts, unlike JE, AES is not caused by a viral infection but by malnutrition and a toxin found in unripe litchis, which is said to trigger hypoglycemia or very low blood sugar levels.
New Delhi: Thirty-six people have died due to heat-related ailments in the country this year till June 9, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey told the Lok Sabha on Friday.Citing data by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Choubey said 25 people died in 2018, 384 in 2017 and 1,111 in 2016 due to heat-related ailments. Responding to a question on whether the government has set up infrastructure in government hospitals to deal with patients suffering from heat wave-related problems, Choubey said the primary responsibility of heat wave management rests with the states and the state governments concerned are required to undertake necessary measures as per their relief codes/relief manuals. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceHe said they are required to set up infrastructure in government hospitals to deal with patients suffering from heat wave-related ailments. In 2016, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued guidelines for ‘Preparation of Action Plan Prevention and Management of Heat Wave’. The NDMA issued revised guidelines in 2017. The Health Ministry had also issued guidelines on ‘Prevention and Management of Heat-related Illness’ in 2015. All states, UT governments and ministries concerned are required to take the necessary action as per the guidelines issued by the NDMA, the minister said.
In the wake of the fresh arrest of 10 fishermen from Tamil Nadu by the Sri Lankan Navy in two separate incidents on alleged charge of trespassing into the island nation’s waters, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to secure the release of the fishermen and the boats, The Hindu newspaper reported.Even as he thanked Mr. Modi for recently securing the release of Tamil Nadu fishermen, Panneerselvam said the Sri Lankan Navy had again resorted to its “harsh and unjust tactic” of apprehending Indian fishermen. Six fishermen from the Jegathapattinam fishing base of Pudukottai district and four from the Rameswaram fishing base of Ramanathapuram district were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the early hours of January 8. “The government of Tamil Nadu is extremely concerned about the continuing frequent apprehension and detention of our fishermen,” he said, and pointed out that 290 fishermen from Tamil Nadu were taken into custody and 53 boats seized the whole of last year on 39 occasions. (Colombo Gazette)
In its first official action on the issue, which was referred to it by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Council adopted by consensus a statement that such a suspension and full and verified Iranian compliance would contribute to a diplomatic solution.The United States and other countries say Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies this, insisting it only seeks nuclear energy.“The Secretary-General welcomes the spirit of consensus that was demonstrated yesterday by the members of the Security Council in the Presidential Statement on non-proliferation,” Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman in New York.“He hopes that Iran will heed the international community’s concerns, as reflected in the Council statement, regarding Iran’s nuclear programme and that it will cooperate fully with its obligations under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and successive International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) resolutions.”Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern ever since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its NPT obligations.The latest IAEA report earlier this month said the Agency had not seen any diversion of nuclear material to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, but it was not at that point in time in a position to conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran.In its statement yesterday, the Security Council asked the Agency to report in 30 days on Iranian compliance with steps outlined by the IAEA Board of Governors.In a resolution adopted in Vienna in February, the Board called for Iran to re-establish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency. It also asked Tehran to reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water.The resolution also required Iran to ratify and implement the Additional Protocol and, pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with its provisions. In December 2003, Iran signed the Additional Protocol, which grants the IAEA expanded rights of access to information and sites, as well as additional authority to use the most advanced technologies during the verification process.Iran voluntarily suspended uranium enrichment activities – which can produce material for nuclear energy or for weapons – in 2004 while negotiating with European Union (EU) nations France, Germany and Britain (the so-called EU-3) on its programme. But it resumed the process last August.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2013 12:15 pm MDT US factory orders up 1.8 per cent in December but demand for investment goods down WASHINGTON – U.S. factory orders increased in December even though companies trimmed their orders for goods that signal investment plans.Factory orders rose 1.8 per cent in December compared to November, when orders had fallen 0.3 per cent, the Commerce Department said Monday.But demand for core capital goods, a category considered a proxy for business investment plans, dipped 0.3 per cent in December following strong gains of 3.3 per cent in November and 3 per cent in October.Orders for durable goods, items expected to last at least three years, rose 4.3 per cent, slightly below the 4.6 per cent estimated in a preliminary report. The increase reflected strong gains for military and civilian aircraft.Orders for non-durable goods such as petroleum products, chemicals and paper, declined 0.3 per cent in December after a 1 per cent drop in November. The weakness reflected declines in petroleum products, a drop that was related to declines in energy prices during the month.For the year, total factory orders rose 3 per cent to $5.66 trillion. This reflected a slowing in the manufacturing sector following an 11.8 per cent rise in orders in 2011. Demand for investment goods fell 0.3 per cent to $759.4 billion.For December, orders for commercial airplanes rose 10.1 per cent and demand for military aircraft jumped 56.4 per cent. Orders for motor vehicles and parts dropped 1.2 per cent. Demand for machinery fell 1.1 per cent but orders for computers and other electronic products rose 4.1 per cent.The overall economy actually contracted in the October-December quarter at an annual rate of 0.1 per cent, the first negative reading since the recession was ending in the summer of 2009. The decline reflected a big drop in defence spending, slower business stockpiling and a fall in exports.However, other parts of the economy showed strength including housing and business investment on equipment and software, which rose at an annual rate of 12.4 per cent, the best showing in more than a year and a rebound from a decline in business investment in the July-September quarter.In other signs that the economy could be strengthening, the government reported Friday that employers added 157,000 jobs in January and job growth at the end of 2012 proved stronger than initially thought.And the Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing grew at a faster pace in January, driven by an increase in new orders and more hiring at factories.The institute’s manufacturing index rose to 53.1 from 50.2 in December. It was the highest reading since April.The report was an indication that manufacturing has started to grow again after struggling through most of 2012. Uncertainty about tax increases and deep government spending cuts had led many companies to reduce orders for machinery and equipment in the summer of 2012. And a weaker global economy had dampened demand for U.S. exports.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), nearly 400 people have been killed and hundreds more injured since 5 December, in armed clashes between factions.“The death toll is rising, the majority of the population have no access to health facilities because of the insecurity and the bodies are still collected daily in the affected zone,” OCHA said in a news release issued yesterday.The country has been experiencing upheaval since last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks, culminating in March when President François Bozizé was forced to flee.A transitional government, headed by Prime Minister Nicolas Tiangaye, has been entrusted with restoring law and order and paving the way for democratic elections. However, armed clashes in the north-east have increased since August, and the country is facing a dire humanitarian situation in which half of its population of 4.6 million are in need of immediate assistance.“The population has suffered enough,” said the acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, Rokhaya Daba Fall. She called on all parties committing acts of violence to respect the protection of civilians and to ensure their security as well as the safety of humanitarian organizations operating to alleviate the suffering of the people affected by the crisis. Unlimited and unhindered access should be guaranteed to allow organizations to deliver assistance where needed in a neutral and impartial manner, she stressed.OCHA said that UN agencies and humanitarian partners in CAR have intensified operations to provide shelter, drinking water, sanitation, food security and health to internally displaced people and they are reinforcing civil-military coordination and supporting reconciliation efforts.Meanwhile, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today voiced her concern over the unfolding events in CAR, particularly reports of serious ongoing crimes.“The deteriorating security situation over the past several days has contributed to the escalation of unlawful killings, sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers and other grave crimes, across the country,” Fatou Bensouda said in a statement. She underscored that war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide fall under the subject matter jurisdiction of the ICC, which is based in The Hague. “I hereby call upon all parties involved in the conflict, including former Séléka elements and other militia groups, such as the anti-Balaka, to stop attacking civilians and committing crimes, or risk being investigated and prosecuted by my Office. The victims of such crimes cannot be left unheard.”Ms. Bensouda welcomed the international community’s efforts to stabilise the security situation in the country and end the violence, noting in particular the arrival of the African-led and French-backed peacekeepers which the Security Council authorized last week to quell the violence. She also welcomed the planned international commission of inquiry to investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law and rights abuses in CAR by all parties since 1 January 2013, saying that the initiative will “galvanise collective efforts to bring perpetrators of serious crimes to justice.”
The attack reportedly claimed the lives of 10 people and injured at least 15 others. In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he expects the perpetrators to be swiftly brought to justice. “He sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and the Governments of Turkey and Germany and other foreign citizens impacted by the bombing,” the statement noted. “He wishes those injured a speedy recovery.”Meanwhile, the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, condemned the suicide bomb attack in the strongest possible terms.“Mr. Al-Nasser expressed his profound sadness over the outrageous attack that targeted innocent people,” said a statement issued by his Spokesperson.It added that the High Representative reaffirmed that such “heinous acts” are clear threats to peace and security and run contrary to the values of tolerance, peaceful dialogue and mutual respect that constitute the core of the mission of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, of which the Government of Turkey is a co-sponsor.In addition, Mr. Al-Nasser said that in the midst of such a “tragic event,” the international community should remain united in their stand against terrorists and in countering all forms of violence and terrorist acts.
Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins prepares for practice at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.It either takes fortunate circumstances – as it did for then-freshman guard Michael Jordan last year – or other-worldly talent for a true freshman to see the field when competing for time on a team like Ohio State.It’s even more impressive when it’s at a position as deep as running back where the Buckeyes have four quality backs hoping to see the field in the upcoming season.But then again, running backs coach Tony Alford said freshmen like J.K. Dobbins don’t come around all that often. “(Dobbins) has picked it up faster than anybody I’ve ever been around in my 22 years as a true freshman,” Alford said Friday. “He’s picked it up, he understands the offense — the nuances of it — very, very quickly and he plays hard. He goes so hard at everything he does which is part of this program.”Learning the offense as a true freshman can be difficult. Players often redshirt their first year with the team, as redshirt sophomore Mike Weber did, or they will ride the bench for a bulk of the season, like sophomore running back Antonio Williams last year.After Friday’s practice, Williams said that freshman year was valuable to him to be able to learn about the offense and understand how to improve his game a little bit more so he’ll be ready for future seasons.But that’s what makes Dobbins such a rare case. He’s being expected to learn the offense in during his debut campaign while also taking up a big role.“J.K.’s a freak. He’s just a freak. You’ve got guys like that that just come through here every now and again, he’s one of those guys,” Williams said. “Watching him going through a freshman year, seeing how difficult it was to pick up on things, and then seeing how fast he did it.”And Dobbins is expected to rack up some carries this season. When asked about who would back up Weber at running back, Alford said without a moment’s hesitation that it would be Dobbins. “He’s going to contribute,” Alford said. “I’m not trying to be nice, it is what it is. I call it as it is.”In Dobbins, Alford and the coaching staff believe they have a running back who combines not only the skills necessary to succeed at the collegiate level, but also the intellect to pick up on different aspects of the game that others his age take longer to develop.While he has the speed to outrun defenders, Dobbins knows how to best utilize his speed to maximize every carry. Alford said that many running backs often run horizontally, avoiding hits. But Dobbins isn’t afraid to challenge defenders and make them miss to create the open field, according to his position coach.“That’s unique for a young guy coming in to do that and to do it that fast and to understand why you do it and then to actually go do it is one thing,” Alford said.But it’s not just his ability to pull off highlight reel runs that have garnered him attention. Dobbins has also received credit as an advanced blocker, considering his limited experience.Alford said that more than anything else, it is the ability to thrive in pass protection when he’s not taking carries that has helped him stand out among other young backs that enter college more as one-dimensional players.“I would like to think that the hardest thing for incoming freshmen running backs is pass protection,” Alford said. “Not only to protect it, but where to go and where they fit and all the different protection schemes and understanding fronts and different blitzes.”Entering the year as the backup running back as a freshman will bring about several challenges for Dobbins. There is still plenty to learn, and he will have to continue to adjust to the new level of opposition he will face. But given the progress he’s made so far, and the drive to keep building on his game, Alford is confident his young running back will excel in his first year.“It’s been a great progression from spring to fall, but you can watch him daily progress. You can see him just, he figures it out. You’ll say something to him and he’ll sit there and just kind of look at you and this churn in his mind, ‘OK, here’s what you’re saying,’” Alford said. “He asks a lot of questions and they’re great questions. He wants to learn, and that’s the thing. He’s hungry to learn. You can’t ask for any more than that.”
Fatigue Science says it has been selected by Goldcorp to enable the proactive monitoring and mitigation of worker fatigue risk across the Peñasquito polymetallic mine in Mexico.Goldcorp is deploying Fatigue Science’s predictive fatigue management solution, Readiband™, to more than 1,000 employees at Peñasquito, the global leader in fatigue and readiness management technology said.“The initiative will enable Goldcorp to proactively monitor for fatigue and support workers who present acute or chronic fatigue and is part of Goldcorp’s broader Health & Safety vision: ‘Safe Enough for Our Families’ – a portfolio of programmes which support the safety and health of their people at work, at home and in their communities,” Fatigue Science said.Mine employees will be equipped with Fatigue Science’s wrist-worn Readiband and its mobile software application so they can manage their personal readiness and fatigue levels in advance of and during their shift ahead, the company said. In the interest of worker safety, management will use a fatigue prediction dashboard prior to the start of each shift to proactively assess and intervene with those mine operations personnel projected to become at risk of experiencing high levels of fatigue during their upcoming shift, it added.Andrew Morden, CEO of Fatigue Science, said: “The scale of this deployment across more than 1,000 workers validates our vision that by providing accurate, actionable and predictive fatigue data to organisations like Goldcorp, we can positively impact the well-being of workers and organisations as a whole and concurrently deliver value.”The company said: “Effective fatigue and readiness management requires more than simply measuring the prior night’s sleep so Goldcorp has chosen to rely on the world’s best readiness and fatigue model, which was developed by the US Army Research Lab for Fatigue Science, to make sense of it all. Available only from Fatigue Science, the SAFTE™ Biomathematical Fatigue Model analyses a full spectrum of personal sleep patterns captured by the Readiband to empower workers to measure, manage, and reduce their fatigue levels.”Victor Vdovin, Mine Operations Manager at Penasquito, Goldcorp, said: “We understand that monitoring and addressing worker readiness and fatigue has substantial economic benefits including the reduction of injuries and lost time, while increasing worker satisfaction and productivity.“Through close collaboration with Fatigue Science, we have also obtained full support of Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros, Metalúrgicos, Siderúrgicos y Similares de la República Mexicana which represents our mine employees, in deploying the Readiband fatigue management programme. We want to ensure that every one of our people goes home safe at the end of every shift, and we’re confident that Readiband will help enable that.”
A woman blows a kiss as she lays a floral tribute in memory of the victim outside the Royal Artillery Barracks near the scene of a terror attack. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)Omar Bakri Muhammad, who now lives in Lebanon but had been a radical Muslim preacher in London, said he remembers Adebolajo as a “shy person” who was keen to learn about Islam and asked interesting questions.Mary Warder, who has lived in the Woolwich area for more than 30 years, said she had seen both of the suspects preaching on the streets. Shopkeepers, however, said they couldn’t remember seeing them.The two men suspected of killing the 25-year-old Rigby had been part of previous investigations by security services, a British official, as investigators searched several locations and tried to determine whether the men were part of a wider terrorist plot.Rigby, the father of a 2-year-old boy, was slain Wednesday afternoon in the Woolwich area of south London while horrified bystanders watched on.The bizarre scene was recorded on witnesses’ phones, with one of the two suspects boasting of their exploits and warning of more violence as the soldier lay on the ground. Holding bloody knives and a meat cleaver, they waited for the arrival of police, who shot them in the legs, according to a passerby who tried to save the dying soldier.- AP Read: Two more people arrested as police continue investigation into Woolwich attack>More: Woolwich victim named by UK Ministry of Defence> A MAN SEEN with bloody hands wielding a butcher knife after the killing of a British soldier on the streets of London was described as a convert to Islam who took part in demonstrations with a banned radical group.Police raided houses in connection with the brazen slaying of the off-duty soldier, identified as Lee Rigby, of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who served in Afghanistan. In addition to the two suspects who were hospitalized after being shot by police, authorities said they had arrested a man and a woman, both 29, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.Police would not say whether it appeared Rigby had been targeted specifically because of his military service. Although he was not in uniform at the time he was killed, he was said by witnesses to be wearing a T-shirt for a British veterans’ charity.Authorities have not identified either of the two wounded suspects and have not said when they would do so.Anjem Choudary, the former head of the radical group al-Muhajiroun, said that the man depicted in startling video that emerged after Rigby’s death was named Michael Adebolajo, a Christian who converted to Islam around 2003 and took part in several demonstrations by the group in London.
Four week old meerkat cub Monty in his enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park, as a group of new cubs make their public debut. (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#NO CONFIDENCE: Fianna Fáil has tabled a motion of no confidence in Alan Shatter, scheduling a Dáil debate on the matter next week. It says Shatter’s position is untenable since he revealed details of Mick Wallace’s own encounters with Gardaí, and that the minister has shown “extremely poor judgement” of late.#PUBLIC PAY: The junior finance minister has warned that trade unions who don’t sign up to the new ‘Haddington Road’ deal will have “less favourable” conditions applied to them unilaterally. Brian Hayes’ warning came after the two secondary teachers’ unions both rejected the deal.#HADDINGTON: Meanwhile, the association of Irish doctors has postponed a decision on how to respond to the proposals. The Irish Medical Organisation wants further guidance on plans to hold talks on how to encourage aspiring consultants not to leave Ireland.#LONDON: Two people have been arrested on suspicion of trying to endanger an aircraft, after a flight from Pakistan was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Stansted this afternoon. An RAF jet was scrambled to escort the plane to the ground. It’s thought that a passenger had become loud and disruptive – and it’s been suggested that he may have tried to access restricted areas of the aircraft.#COURTS: A Garda has appeared in court charged with fabricating an official document. Catherine McGowan, 46, is alleged to have forged a letter from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in a case investigating a sexual assault in 2011. She was remanded on bail.#WOOLWICH: Police in London are unable to determine whether Lee Rigby, the soldier killed in Wednesday’s machete attack in Woolwich, was deliberately targeted – or whether he was attacked simply for wearing the t-shirt of a veterans’ charity. It has emerged that the two suspects were known to security services and had been part of previous investigations.No, love – the photographers are over there. Marion Cotillard poses at a photo call for ‘The Immigrant’ at the 66th international film festival in Cannes. (Francois Mori/AP)THINGS WE LOVED Just a lion enjoying an encounter with some Dachshunds. As you do.If you ever make it into professional sports, we dare you – dare you! – to interrupt a colleague’s interview like this.The reaction of this crowd at an Aussie Rules match in the last few hours. Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes – who is well known for his work in his native indigenous Australian community – was abused by a fan during a game. He stops to point her out, and gets her kicked out of the ground… and it’s perfectly clear who’s side the fans are on: (YouTube: Joe Jeremiah) (YouTube: timthemanager)THINGS WE SHARED We’re dialling up the information superhighway today, marking the 17th birthday of RTE.ie. Here’ Colum Connolly’s report on the launch of the website, which was aimed at 80 million internet users around the world, and streamed the Late Late online for expatriates to watch.Ever wonder how laws apply in space? This nifty piece from The Economist might get you started. It deals with the question of copyright for Chris Hadfield’s cover of ‘Space Oddity’ could have opened up a whole new can of worms for international copyright law.So we’re all still obsessing over Daft Punk’s new album, ‘Random Access Memories’ (and its various YouTube mashups). But if they’d performed the whole thing on a Game Boy…
Email For info on all performance dates, visit the band’s site. Tickets for Supernatural Now tour go on sale to the public on Jan. 25, with fan presale beginning Jan. 18.Chaka Khan Reveals First Album In 12 Years Coming Soon, Drops Video For Title Track “Hello Happiness”Read more The GRAMMY-winning group, led by living legend Carlos Santana, has planned a massive year to celebrate both the 20th birthday of the classic Supernatural and the 50th anniversary of their Woodstock performanceAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Jan 16, 2019 – 1:50 pm The GRAMMY-winning legendary guitarist Carlos Santana is ready to make 2019 the year of Santana. He and his band have not only planned multiple headlining festival appearances, but they have also just announced a three-month tour and brand-new music on the horizon. Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jul 19, 2017 – 10:00 am Watch Carlos Santana’s GRAMMY highlights Santana Plans Epic 2019 Supernatural Now Tour With The Doobie Brothers Santana Plans 2019 Supernatural Now Tour santana-plans-epic-2019-supernatural-now-tour-doobie-brothers News Facebook The 2019 Supernatural Now tour will take Santana across North America for 29 shows beginning in Phoenix, Ariz. on June 22. The summer tour stops at plenty of amazing venues—many of them outdoors—including the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin, Tex., closing out on Aug. 25 at the Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., one of the only major outdoor venues in the New York metro area. Fellow GRAMMY-winners the Doobie Brothers will be the special guests for all 29 dates.The tour announcement also shares that fans who purchase tickets for the concert, for which the presale begins on Jan. 18, will receive “a new full-length album of highly energetic and hypnotic songs, rhythms, melodies and grooves from Santana.” There is no further information about when this album will be released, but the world will definitely get a taste of new Santana grooves on Jan. 25 when their new EP, In Search of Mona Lisa, drops.In an interview with the iconic guitarist, Rolling Stone reports that this album was inspired by his first trip to the Lourve Museum in 2016 and a connection he felt with the spirit of the famous painting.While Mr. Santana had originally shared being in conversation with organizer Michael Lang to be a part of the official Woodstock 50th celebration, his discussion with the magazine reveals that his band will be performing at the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival in August, the unofficial 50th anniversary celebration of Woodstock, hosted by Live Nation. The event will take place on the site of the historic festival’s original home, where a young group from San Francisco wowed the large audience with their performance of “Soul Sacrifice.””They have an amphitheater there. I’m going to invite whoever is still here, whether it’s Joan Baez or members from Sly Stone, and I’m going to play Santana music,” he told the publication. “Santana’s going to be the house band, but I want to be able to honor those who are still here and maybe invite rappers like Common or Kendrick Lamar.”The group also has plans for other festival appearances before they embark on their summer tour, including a literal rodeo in Houston on March 13, the New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 26 and BottleRock Napa Festival on May 26, plus several stops in Mexico, including the Pal Norte Festival in Monterrey on March 23. And as if that wasn’t enough evidence that Santana is ready to own 2019, they have extended their limited-run residency at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas.On the band’s site, Mr. Santana shared some thoughts on the significance of both his Woodstock and Supernatural anniversary:”Both were monumental moments in my life. Woodstock and Supernatural took me to places I never dreamed were possible. I embraced those incredible moments in my life with all my heart. Both were supreme lessons in maintaining focus, heart and integrity in every step every day and to strive to better oneself with a high standard on and off the stage. I cannot think of these two moments without thinking about Mr. Bill Graham and Mr. Clive Davis. They are two of many angels in my life that helped shape my career.”Supernatural, with unforgettable songs like “Smooth” featuring Rob Thomas and “Maria Maria” featuring The Product G&B, will turn 20 on June 15. The timeless 1999 album swept the 42nd GRAMMY Awards with eight total wins, including Album Of The Year.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland appeals court postponed the trial of a police van driver charged with second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray, saying it needed to address whether another Baltimore officer should be compelled to testify against Caesar Goodson.Caesar R. Goodson Jr., one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arrives at a courthouse for jury selection in his trial, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Baltimore Md. Officer Goodson Jr., was driving the police van in which Gray suffered a fatal neck injury. Maryland courts spokesman Terri Charles said Monday that Officer Caesar Goodson’s trial is postponed indefinitely, pending further proceedings before the state Court of Special Appeals. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, Pool)Jury selection for Goodson’s trial was supposed to start Monday. Prosecutors have indicated that testimony from Officer William Porter, whose trial ended in a hung jury last month, is crucial to their case against Goodson.Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams, who is overseeing the trial, earlier ruled that Porter must testify against Goodson despite Porter’s claim that he has a right not to incriminate himself. The special appeals court put that ruling on hold until it could decide.Porter’s trial is postponed indefinitely, pending further proceedings, including more written filings from both sides, followed by oral arguments, Maryland courts spokesman Terri Charles said.Gray died in April from a broken neck he suffered during a van ride. Goodson was with Freddie Gray for every second of his 45-minute trip from the site of his arrest to the Western District police station, where Gray arrived critically injured and unresponsive. Gray died a week later.The trial was to offer the public its first chance to hear Goodson’s side of the story. He has not spoken with investigators or made any public comments.He faces the most serious charge of the six officers charged — second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. To be convicted, prosecutors must prove that Goodson was so callous in his disregard for Gray’s life that he deliberately allowed him to die.After Porter’s case ended in a mistrial, the stakes for Goodson’s trial grew in a city still on edge from the rioting and unrest in April.Porter’s attorneys say if he is forced to testify and refuses, he risks going to jail for contempt. If he testifies, any inconsistent statements could lead to a perjury charge, they say.Prosecutors say Porter has immunity at Goodson’s trial and they can’t use his statements against him later. But defense attorney Gary Proctor wrote in court documents: “The bell cannot be unrung.”Before Williams issued his ruling last week, he said he was in “uncharted territory.” No such ruling has ever been made in the state of Maryland and could have tremendous implications for future cases with multiple defendants.Gray’s death in April exposed the deep divide between the public and the police in Baltimore, and became a national symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement.Prosecutors say the officers should be held accountable for Gray’s fatal injuries because they didn’t buckle him into a seatbelt, nor did they call an ambulance when he indicated he needed medical attention. Goodson, they say, bears the most responsibility because as the wagon driver, Gray was technically in his custody.Prosecutors have revealed little about the case they plan to present against Goodson, who is also black. But in a pretrial hearing last week they said they would call a witness who specializes in “retaliatory prisoner transport practices,” indicating they intend to bring up the possibility that Gray received a “rough ride” in the van.Defense attorneys and prosecutors can’t comment on the case because they are under a gag order.
By Jannah Johnson, Special to the AFROStarting May 2nd the Maryland Film Festival will be taking place in Baltimore’s North Station, showcasing over 40 films and 10 short programs. One film that stands out is “Black Mother,” a documentary style film about Jamaica and its underbelly directed by Khalik Allah.Allah was raised in Long Island, New York and has been taken with film and photography most of his life.A still from Khalik Allah’s film ‘Black Mother.’“I can’t even really say I was interested in the visual arts just capturing memories, taking pictures of stuff. I remember begging my mother for a camera when I was 14 and after I got it I just started filming everything, break dancing, skateboarding, everything that we were doing in the neighborhood. When I went to community college I took an elective called digital filmmaking and that course taught me how to cut and edit footage and opened my creativity, that’s when I really became serious with it. I made my first film when I was 19. My newest project and my last project were both really photographer style documentaries, they’re films you can really tell a photographer made.”Black Mother is Allah’s second feature film although many people have seen his work on Beyoncé’s visual album “Lemonade,” on which he is credited as a cinematographer. Although his subject matter is normally Black he feels that this newest film is special in that he has a personal connection to the island.“This new film really is about my evolution, you know going back to the very beginning. The film came about like a freestyle. It wasn’t scripted, hardly anything was written for it, it started with my just capturing photos and taking pictures, the story told me what to do. I’ve been shooting in Jamaica all my life, I’ve been visiting since I was 3 years old.”“This project is a very personal project but its not a biography, its just my impression of Jamaica, what I see. I don’t look at it like a paradise in the Caribbean. Although the film is very beautiful the poverty and the results of slavery and colonialism on the island. ““Black Mother” is a conglomeration of different aspects of Jamaica, the serene waterfronts and impoverished underbelly, sex work and beauty of childbirth spiritual and secular, history and present. Allah explores his personal connection with Jamaica and Jamaican history and identity through his different interactions with the inhabitants of the island as they discuss poverty, colonialism and religion. With such controversial subject matter it was only natural the Allah received mixed reactions to his film.“People have had a lot of different reactions to the film, I’ve screened it a lot of places including London and Paris in a really short time. People raise issues because I am a man who made a film largely about women, although it isn’t the only aspect of the film, but people have had some criticisms about that.“People have said things like ‘you only show this type of woman, there are so many different layers, you only show one type.’ I feel like a show a crazy panoramic of women and my film and let them speak for themselves and tell their own stories, but many people feel like the prostitution overshadowed some of that because I did deal with the underbelly of Jamaica.”Many artists and creatives use their craft not only as a tool for self-expression, but a release. This also rang true for Allah who says that the making of “Black Mother” was therapeutic at its core.“It was all therapy for me. Filmmaking for me is a form of psychotherapy. Everybody is looking at the external world, material things, so when I’m making a film especially with the style of filmmaking I do it all comes from the heart and I’m looking inside. To deal with my family and deal with my grandparents and have them participate was a way to live within the game.“My approach and process are pretty singular. I don’t have a large crew I definitely feel like I have assistance and guidance from invisible friends. I’m a grown man with invisible friends not imaginary, just not in the physical form. Those who passed away. There’s a lot of elders in my project so I just feel like I’m continuing the story, the baton is now in my hands. This is a spiritual film. Its not to be force fed on anyone, you watch it of your own volition. I feel good that I made it and I feel like I made it at the right time.”The Maryland Film Festival takes place from May 2 to 6 in Baltimore’s Station North and “Black Mother” will be screening both that Thursday and Friday. For more information on the Maryland Film Festival visit mdfilmfest.com.
Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie DollsHow MONDO Collectibles Bring Art to Fandom Merch It’s hard to think of a toy line that’s had the longevity and variety of G.I. Joe. From the soldier’s original incarnation as a 12-inch military man in a cloth uniform to his reinvention in the 1980s as the linchpin of a fighting force that would grow to dozens of unique individuals of various backgrounds and specialties — and their counterparts in terrorist organization COBRA — and to the modern era of movie-influenced toys, you could write a whole book about it. We hit the shelves to spotlight 11 G.I. Joe toys from all over the franchise’s history.Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 Scale DestroMuch respect to the Joes, but the minds at Hasbro definitely saved most of the really cool designs for their foes in COBRA. Case in point: Destro, the metal-masked arms dealer who pulled strings behind the scenes, profiting from Cobra Commander’s schemes while advancing his own plots. My dude is so iconic that his basic look hasn’t changed at all in decades. To really appreciate him, pick up this foot-tall Sideshow Collectibles figure, which is sculpted and dressed in the excruciating detail that is the company’s trademark. He comes with rocket dart gauntlets, multiple hands, and a satellite uplink case with secret weapons compartment.Get it at AmazonG.I. Joe Masterpiece EditionWe obviously stan the 1980s Hasbro line the hardest in our G.I. Joe fandom, but we have to give some props to the 1960s originals. These 12-inch action soldiers were some of the first dolls specifically marketed to boys, and while we have some reservations about the glorification of war they still hold up as really cool figures. Released for the toy’s 50th anniversary, this is an accurate reproduction of the original figure that comes in a collector’s box with the book The Story Behind The Legend that chronicles Joe’s creation. Sure, it’s a little primitive compared with what was to come, but you gotta honor the originals.Get it at AmazonBishoujo Baroness StatueIt’s fair to say that a whole generation of both genders had their moment of sexual awakening due to the black leather-clad Baroness, a villain so sultry that it’s remarkable she made it past the prudish censors of the day. COBRA’s intelligence officer always seemed somewhat out of place in the male-dominated terrorist corporate culture, and it’s not surprising that she’s flipped on the Commander to aid Destro more than once. This Kotobukiya statue based on an illustration by Shunya Yamashita and sculpted by Takaboku Busujima stands 11 inches tall and is gorgeous from any angle – even the barrel of her machine gun.Get it at AmazonDesert Duel Vehicle SetG.I. Joe wouldn’t be the same without the massive array of combat vehicles and play sets that the crew used to fight COBRA. In its prime there were dozens of different rides that the Joes could take into battle, and if you’re ready for a face-off between the United States and international terrorism, this set is a good place to start. On the bad side, there’s a COBRA Basilisk tank with an Elite Horseman driver, and the Joes represent with an F.O.E. Striker driven by codename Chuckles. Launchable missiles? Of course, along with lots of other cool details and extra pieces.Get it at AmazonClassic Storm Shadow FigureAs the Joes had a ninja, so too did COBRA. It’s only fair, after all. The decision to clothe the villainous Storm Shadow in all white was a bold one, but it made him absolutely iconic. Storm Shadow served in the Special Forces with Snake Eyes before the duo traveled to Japan together to train underneath the ninja Hard Master. When Snake Eyes was chosen over him to head up the clan, it set our guy on the path of evil. This here is a replica of the original 1984 figure before he defected to the Joes, complete with his pair of swords, throwing dagger and quiver backpack.Get it at AmazonRoadblock Funko PopOne of the most prominent Joes over many incarnations of the franchise, heavy machine gunner Roadblock debuted in 1984 as a no-nonsense aspiring chef who joined the Army to learn how to cook, only to discover that he had an innate talent for serving up bullets. His massive physical strength lets him tote a M2 Browning, which fully loaded weighs over 130 pounds. This Funko Pop rendition of the beefy dude maybe skimps on the muscles a little bit but really captures his spirit. Shame they didn’t make a kitchen variation with a chef’s hat and giant spatula, but you can’t have everything.Get it at AmazonKidrobot Vinyl Cobra CommanderIf you missed out on John Barber and Tom Scioli’s Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe comic from a few years back, you need to get your ass to the store right away and get into it. It’s one of the most audacious and experimental takes on the toy franchises ever, grappling with the enormous casts in a story of interplanetary war that shocks and surprises on every page. This extremely cool vinyl figure from the masters at Kidrobot takes the classic hooded design of the malevolent Cobra Commander and gives it a Japanese street style spin to create a very nice collectible.Get it at AmazonSideshow Collectibles 1/6 Scale FlintOriginally created for the animated series and then introduced into the comic book and toy line, warrant officer Flint has become a mainstay of the franchise as the team’s primary tactician and occasional romantic partner of Lady Jaye. The square-jawed, arrogant warrior also served as a fascinating Easter Egg with the Transformers universe, as the Marissa Faireborn character in those cartoons was actually his daughter (although it was never spelled out in-series). As you’d expect from Sideshow Collectibles, this 1/6 scale figure has tons of articulation, high-quality materials, and a variety of weapons and accessories including dog tags and a pair of canteens.Get it at Amazon.comSigma 6 Commando Duke FigureOpinions on the Sigma 6 line, which updated classic Joes for the 21st century, were a little mixed. Some fans were irked that they strayed too far from the original concepts, while others embraced the larger scale and additional poseability. We’re going to give the nod to the Duke fig from the line, which managed to give the somewhat stodgy leader of the crew a little badass injection with the aid of a facial scar and a pretty dope Switchfire blaster with multiple configurations and projectile types. It’s different, but we like different around here.Get it at AmazonHall Of Heroes ZartanMaster of disguise Zartan was responsible for some of Cobra’s most devious plans. Able to alter his skin color at will as well as being a trained contortionist and expert ventriloquist, he assumes multiple fraudulent identities to wreak havoc. The original figure came with a coating that would change color in the sun, turning Zartan blue (not the best for camouflage, but what do we know?) This is Hasbro’s 25th anniversary figure, which features more articulation and updated sculpting as well as a trio of face masks for his classic shenanigans. Watch your back, Joes – you never know who this jerk might be.Get it at AmazonCommando Snake Eyes FigureIt was always a little confusing why a mute, masked ninja was palling around with a U.S. military special forces group, but the Joes were lucky to have Snake Eyes around. His background is a mystery, with the general consensus being that he was a top level commando operative who had left the military for a hermit-like life with his pet wolf until the Joes found him. This is a sweet action figure with the costume design from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, updating the classic design without getting too weird. The figure has numerous action and sound features – push the backpack button to draw his swords and tap the belt for battle sounds.Get it at AmazonMore on Geek.com:The Coolest Car ToysThe Most Authentic World War II ToysThe Best Animal Toys Stay on target
Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: Firewall: Zero Hour is the Best VR Game I’ve Ever PlayedGame of the Year: Thumper Sony’s PlayStation VR peripheral utilizes new technologies in order to immerse players in virtual reality worlds. The headset is new, but a good amount of games for the device rely on PlayStation’s old Move controllers. While the controllers work well for some titles, they aren’t exactly precise. According to two recently unearthed patents, Sony may soon solve this issue with updated Move controllers.Two patents discovered by VR Focus (via Gamasutra) show what appear to be redesigned versions of Move controllers. The first patent, which was filed earlier this month by Sony Interactive Entertainment in Japan, shows a single-handed controller with a cylindrical shape. It doesn’t have a tracking ball, but it does feature an analog stick. It also has a redesigned wrist strap. As Gamasutra notes, this controller bears a resemblance to the PS3’s PlayStation Move Navigation controller that came out alongside the Motion controller in 2010.The PSVR tracks the motion of Move controllers via their motion-tracking ball. The second patent shows a possible work-around for this. Filed earlier in 2017, the patent demonstrates a way for hardware (in this case, the newly-redesigned controller) to be tracked by the PSVR headset itself. A hardware update would be required in order to facilitate such a function. Considering the PSVR has already gotten a hardware upgrade in recent months, a future update isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. The patent also details a finger-tracking system. This would let games track the movement of an individual’s finger movements. This feature alone would be a huge evolutionary leap for PSVR.We should note that the existence of these patents does not mean Sony is actively working on such devices and updates. Given how successful PSVR has been for Sony (2 million sold as of the time of this writing), it wouldn’t be a surprise if Sony is indeed working on updated controls for the peripheral. The newly designed controller shown in the first patent certainly bears a resemblance to controllers available for other VR units like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. If Sony wants PSVR to continue selling, it would be wise to release controllers which are better suited for playing virtual reality titles.We’ll keep an eye on this story, so stay tuned for updates as they become available. Stay on target
TeamViewer Service Outage and hacking claims by Martin Brinkmann on June 03, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: February 05, 2017 – 25 commentsTeamViewer, the company behind the popular remote desktop software of the same name, experienced a service outage caused by a denial of service attack on the company’s DNS server infrastructure on June 1, 2016.Since then, we have seen a spike in complaints on social media sites like Twitter or Reddit from people who claim that their devices were taken over by third-parties using TeamViewer.Statements range from user’s noticing the unauthorized remote connection right away and disconnecting it, to users claiming that their PC was breached despite two-factor authentication and that the attackers managed to steal money from PayPal and other services.TeamViewer denies that the company experienced a security breach and that the DNS issues caused by the denial of service attack are in any way related to the claims that some users are making on third-party sites.The company points out additionally to other explanations for user system breaches and mentions explicitly password reuse and malware programs as two possibilities.Fact is, there is has been an increase in users reporting that their devices were hacked by attackers using TeamViewer to get in.Being a remote desktop software, attackers who successfully gain access to it can access the remote computer as if they were using it locally.This includes opening programs, download files from the Internet, opening websites, recording passwords and other data if not protected, or opening documents and photos.What you can do if you are using TeamViewerThe first thing you may want to do is check the connections log.Windows: if you run the full client, select Extras > Open Log Files.Windows: if you run the Quick Support version, click on the tool symbol in the upper right corner, and select Open Logfiles.Linux: run the command (with root) teamviewer -ziplog.The log files — on Windows — are stored in the program directory, and they are usually kept even if you remove the program from a device.You may want to go through the log file to make sure that you recognize all remote sessions of the past three or so days.If you have noticed a breach, you may want to be extra cautious and start changing passwords, check accounts and the account history if provided, and online accounts on sites dealing with money such as PayPal or Amazon.If TeamViewer is running on your devices, you may want to make sure — at least for the time being — that the device is not left unattended. Alternatively, you may want to consider enabling TeamViewer on demand only instead of having the software run all the time. This is a precautionary measure to protect the device against hacks.Now You: Are you using TeamViewer?SummaryArticle NameTeamViewer Service Outage and hacking claimsDescriptionTeamViewer experienced a DOS attack on its DNS infrastructure on June 1, 2016 coinciding with user reports of devices being hacked using the software as the entry point.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Norwegian Cruise Line celebrates top honorsNorwegian Cruise Line celebrates top honorsNorwegian Cruise Line has been honored with a bevy of awards including “North America’s Leading Cruise Line” for the second year in a row and the “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fifth year by World Travel Awards. Norwegian was also awarded “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the tenth consecutive year, further exemplifying its position as a world leader in the cruise industry.“We are overjoyed to once again be honored as a leader in the travel industry by the World Travel Awards, and to especially celebrate our tenth consecutive win as “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line,” said Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We sincerely thank all of the industry professionals and guests who voted for us, as we continue to strive for excellence and provide an unforgettable vacation experience to each and every guest who sails with us.”The World Travel Awards has been recognizing and acknowledging excellence amongst companies involved in the global travel and tourism industries since 1993. The annual awards are voted on by thousands of travel and tourism professionals from across the globe and honor travel companies that provide outstanding products and customer service.Norwegian’s fifteen ships sail a variety of thrilling itineraries, from the Caribbean to the Panama Canal, Europe, South America and the Mediterranean, as well as Australia and the Far East. All itineraries feature Norwegian’s signature cruising experience, offering freedom and flexibility for guests to enjoy their own personal ideal vacation experience on their schedule.Norwegian’s next new ship, Norwegian Bliss, will sail to Alaska, the Caribbean and select voyages to the Mexican Riviera beginning June 2018. The line’s sixteenth ship will feature many firsts-at-sea for the global market including the largest race track at sea, award-winning Broadway entertainment, two observation lounges for guests to enjoy stunning views and so much more. Norwegian has several ships cruising to the Caribbean and the Bahamas from convenient homeport locations including Miami, New York, Tampa, Port Canaveral (Orlando), New Orleans and San Juan, Puerto Rico.To book an award-winning cruise with Norwegian, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.About Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line is the innovator in cruise travel with a 50-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising. Most notably, Norwegian revolutionized the cruise industry by offering guests the freedom and flexibility to design their ideal cruise vacation on their schedule with no set dining times, a variety of entertainment options and no formal dress codes. Today, Norwegian invites guests to enjoy a relaxed, resort-style cruise vacation on some of the newest and most contemporary ships at sea with a wide variety of accommodations options, including The Haven by Norwegian®, a luxury enclave with suites, private pools and dining, concierge service and personal butlers. Norwegian Cruise Line sails around the globe, offering guests the freedom and flexibility to explore the world on their own time and experience up to 28 dining options, award-winning entertainment, superior guest service and more across all of the brand’s 15 ships.Recently, the line was named “Europe’s Leading Cruise Line” for the tenth consecutive year, as well as “Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Line” for the fifth time and “North America’s Leading Cruise Line” for the second straight year by the World Travel Awards. Norwegian’s next new build, the highly anticipated Norwegian Bliss, will be delivered in April 2018 featuring many firsts-at-sea for the global market including the largest race track at sea, award-winning Broadway entertainment, two observation lounges for guests to enjoy stunning ocean and glacier views and more. Norwegian will introduce an additional new “Breakaway Plus” Class cruise ship in 2019 and has four additional ships on order for delivery beginning in 2022, with an option to introduce two more ships in 2026 and 2027.For further information on Norwegian Cruise Line visit www.ncl.com; contact us in the U.S. and Canada at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784); or follow us on the following social channels for the latest company news & exclusive content: Facebook, Instagram and Youtube: @NorwegianCruiseLine; Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat: @CruiseNorwegian; and WeChat: @gonclcn.Source = Norwegian Cruise Line
A protest by the civil society group, the Movement Against Foreclosures, took place on Ledra and Onosagorou streets in Nicosia’s old town on Saturday morning, following an increase in withdrawals from the Co-op banks on Friday.Demonstrators marched down Ledra Street, shouting: “Hands off our houses.”“We say no to new unpopular draft bills and to lightning fast foreclosures,” said the Movement Against Foreclosures in a statement issued at the protest.It said that the movement is fighting for the protection of primary residences and small business properties.The protest, supported by the Citizens’ Alliance, Edek and the Green parties, follows the recent Co-op sell-off to Hellenic bank and statements on Thursday suggesting if the deal did not go ahead the Co-op could be liquidated, prompting queues at the bank as customers withdraw money.“The comments about the remote, theoretical probability of the liquidation of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank were made to stress the most extreme negative consequences if the transfer of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank to Hellenic Bank is not completed, a solution which under the circumstances constitutes the only alternative,” a central bank spokesperson said on Friday, in an attempt to allay fears.It was reported that 70 million euros had been withdrawn by lunchtime on Friday.“Unfortunately, Anastasiades’ government, irresponsibly and catastrophically, brought things, yet again, to a tragic impasse,” said the Citizens’ Alliance in support of the Movement Against Foreclosure’s demonstration in a statement.The party said that the Co-op bank is state-owned and its sale equals to the sale of state-owned property.Edek also issued a statement of support for the protest and criticised the central bank’s comments on Friday,“Unfortunately, the Central Bank of Cyprus, instead of protecting the Co-operative Bank and most of all the depositors through its actions, has through rash actions and statements created an additional problem, if one takes into account the withdrawal of approximately over 70 million euros from the Cooperative Bank.”The Solidarity Movement was equally scathing.“Those governing have the full blame, and even if the story is changing, in the eyes of the people they are believed to be guilty,” a party statement said. https://www.facebook.com/christophides.christos/videos/10156781708299050/ A member of Akel’s political office, Christos Christofides tweeted that the protest was: “Against the foreclosures on home of families that don’t have and can’t pay. Against the financial crime at the Co-op. Against the corruption, interests, lack of transparency, and deals that call the shots.”Following the protest, Akel MP Aristos Damianou noted that the Co-op had been under the “complete control” of the Anastasiades-Disy government since August 2013.“The Co-op then had €14 billion in deposits, €11.5 billion in loans, and €1.2 billion in shares. Today, they are leading it to a coordinated liquidation, and they have the audacity to try and attribute blame elsewhere,” Damianou said.The main opposition MP said that the Anastasiades government has to explain the contents of the agreement that is “very bad and damaging to the people”.According to the agreement, Damianou said, the sellers are not making a profit, but rather are paying the buyer as well.The government “essentially donated the Co-op to Hellenic Bank and has placed a large financial burden on the backs of the tax-paying citizens.”Responding to criticism from Akel, ruling Disy party leader, Averof Neophytou said he was sure: ”We will find a solution that secures Co-op depositors, financial stability and the economy of the country.”He called on Akel, following further discussions on the Co-op agreement to be held next Friday, to discuss any issues.“I invite and challenge Akel to discuss for as many days as they want with us. Days, nights, months. On any topic. On the economy, the Co-op, the banks, any issue.”The deal signed between the Co-op and Hellenic Bank last Monday had been the subject of heated debate at Friday’s plenum.On Thursday, Yiangos Demetriou, head of the central bank’s supervision department warned members of the parliament’s watchdog committee of the ‘disastrous’ effects the non-implementation of the agreement would have. Demetriou had also said that the European Central Bank and the Single Resolution Mechanism, were preparing for a scenario under which the deal was not implemented.The deal, which provides for the transfer of the Co-op’s operations to Hellenic, including €9.7bn in deposits, would spare the Co-op from being liquidated, Demetriou said.The implementation of the deal also requires the approval of a bundle of amendments in legislation to help banks reduce their non-performing loans, which the European Commission set as condition for allowing taxpayers’ money to facilitate the deal.New draft legislation toughening the foreclosure laws has been approved by the cabinet. The House of Representatives is now under pressure to pass them as quickly as possible. 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