Exfederal cabinet minister Julian Fantino takes aim at judge cops lawyers

first_imgTORONTO – Former Conservative cabinet minister and provincial police commissioner Julian Fantino has accused a Canadian judge, lawyers and several police forces of acting improperly and even illegally in the conviction and jailing of a man for contempt of court.In an extensive affidavit in which he raises the allegations, Fantino describes himself as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council and an expert who, in speaking for regular Canadians, can shed light on what he essentially posits as a possible judicial conspiracy involving secret backroom dealings.Fantino filed the affidavit in an unsuccessful effort to intervene in a recent Federal Court review of whether the Canadian Judicial Council properly dismissed a complaint by Donald Best, a former Toronto police officer and businessman, against Ontario Superior Court Justice Bryan Shaughnessy.“A more thorough investigation by the (judicial council), now that all the facts are known, may show that the judge was wilfully blind,” Fantino asserts. “It may very well be that the record belies the mischief that was being achieved simply because the judge had total control over the process.”In 2013, Shaughnessy found Best in civil contempt. The finding was the culmination of a convoluted battle started in 2007, when Best’s corporation unsuccessfully sued 62 defendants and he failed to pay their court-ordered legal costs.Shaughnessy’s rulings were upheld by Ontario’s top court and left undisturbed by the Supreme Court of Canada.Best turned to the Canadian Judicial Council in January 2016 to complain about the judge. Shaughnessy, he asserted, had engaged in “egregious” misconduct by, among other things, “secretly” changing a critical document.The council’s executive director rejected the complaint out of hand, prompting Best to ask Federal Court to review that decision. He named the government and judge as respondents.Fantino, who could not be immediately reached for comment, explains in his 33-page affidavit filed along with 100 exhibits why he wanted to get involved. The “abuses,” he said, could undermine public confidence in the administration of justice.“I notice that, in this matter, no one represents the people of Canada,” Fantino states. “No one speaks for me and other Canadians who believe in and rely upon fairness, courtesy and honourable treatment within the justice system.”In his submission, Fantino maintains that Shaughnessy convicted Best “upon the presentation by lawyers of provably false evidence.” He also argues that “disturbing” evidence suggests police resources and personnel were “improperly retained, used and co-opted” to help one side in the private civil dispute.“The court also convicted Mr. Best based upon affidavit evidence that was the product of illegal actions by a serving officer of the Ontario Provincial Police at the time that I was OPP commissioner,” Fantino states. “Had I known about it at the time, I would have immediately ordered an investigation to gather all evidence…with a view to possible provincial and/or criminal charges.”In October, a Federal Court official dismissed Fantino’s motion to intervene in the review of how the judicial council handled Best’s judge complaint. Fantino, a former minister for veteran’s affairs, chief of police, and now an executive with a medical marijuana company, had raised issues that were out of bounds, the official decided.Fantino appealed his exclusion but the court nevertheless went ahead in the fall with its long-scheduled review of the judicial council’s actions.For his part, Shaughnessy urged the court to defer to the council, arguing in part that Best’s complaint was manifestly “without substance” or “an abuse of process.” He also argued Best had tried to “impute bad faith into a decision he disagrees with, so as to define it as sanctionable conduct.”This month, Federal Court Judge Keith Boswell agreed with Ottawa and Shaughnessy that the judicial council’s decision was reasonable. Boswell dismissed Best’s application and ordered him to pay the federal government and the judge $30,000 in legal costs.Best did not want to discuss Fantino’s involvement when reached on Friday. In a recent statement on his website, he did say Boswell’s decision contained “gross errors.” He filed notice of appeal this week.In an unusual decision in June 2016, the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered Best’s prominent Toronto lawyer Paul Slansky to pay $84,000 in legal costs for his client’s failed legal fights.The court found Slansky had wasted time and money unnecessarily by “acting on unreasonable instructions from, or providing unreasonable advice to, his client.” The court also ordered Slansky to pay another $30,000 in costs.last_img read more

Trump delivers State of the Union address

first_imgLIVELast Update: 02/06/2019 11:28 PMFeb 611:28 PMCalgary 7-Day Forecast. A bit of a break from the brutal cold – at least in the short-term. Cooler temperatures and a chance of snow by Friday. -Meteorologist Andrew Schultz #YYC #YYCWeather pic.twitter.com/iu1TC7MKFZ— Breakfast Television & CityNews Calgary (@BTCityNewsCGY) February 6, 20190Feb 610:40 PMWorld cyclists are excited to be in Calgary for the cycling congresshttps://t.co/hWadWMlw8x#yyc #WCC2019 pic.twitter.com/muiXa3tI82— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 610:36 PMToday’s #GuaranteedHigh -15 CPartly cloudyJackpot increases to $910#yyc #yycweather #yycforecastVisit https://t.co/esBwG3izuf to sign up for your chance to win. pic.twitter.com/o92bxBuRq7— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 610:18 PMField emotional after fatal train derailment https://t.co/0GhDegXFsn pic.twitter.com/Kc7Eovm1Wz— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 610:00 PMThe Calgary police will help the Law Enforcement Torch run in its final leg to the Special Olympics Winter Gameshttps://t.co/1fRl5F3M4K#yyc #cps #SpecialOlympics pic.twitter.com/Ro0frpvDYH— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 69:42 PMThe Seton YMCA was evacuated Wednesday morning following calls of an ammonia leakhttps://t.co/ractD86xmm#yyc #YMCA #CFD pic.twitter.com/VWHifnaFDM— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 68:56 PMFamily and friends of men murdered by Bruce McArthur will find out in two days what the future holds for the Toronto serial killerhttps://t.co/IJazbh1rlh#Toronto #McArthurTrial pic.twitter.com/zIuspKBV2U— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 68:40 PMSurrey RCMP are looking for witnesses of the SkyTrain shooting on Jan. 30https://t.co/VRBWhgojFZ#Surrey #RCMP #SkyTrain pic.twitter.com/Xt3Bt8rHOR— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 68:28 PMCalgary Current Conditions #YYC #YYCWeather pic.twitter.com/YKqZ7PWnEF— Breakfast Television & CityNews Calgary (@BTCityNewsCGY) February 6, 20190Feb 68:20 PMForest Lawn says ‘no thanks’ to safe consumption vehiclehttps://t.co/ltQaj59kr5#yyc pic.twitter.com/kPhcnFPFax— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 61:46 PMVIDEO: Roadside Assistance says it received more than 31,000 calls since Sunday and in some cases, those in rural Alberta are waiting nearly nine times the average.https://t.co/n86dQQDSHh— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 61:28 PMUnited to pursue high-fare travellers with more premium seats https://t.co/E4VUzZv5IK pic.twitter.com/ZPg7oJQIEY— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 61:20 PMVIDEO: “From Jan. to Dec. 2018, we’ve seen 480 fewer homes broken into, almost 3,500 fewer thefts, over 1,200 fewer vehicles stolen and a 10 per cent decrease in property crime in rural #Alberta #RCMP jurisdictions.”https://t.co/a9G8UNyJK9— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 61:10 PM”It’s very personal; it’s either happened to us, or our friends and neighbours, and this is what has brought it to be a number one priority for all us to focus on,” MD Foothills Coun. Suzanne Oelhttps://t.co/mglVQYskZu— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 612:32 PMBorder Security Minister Bill Blair says federal officials dealing with backlog of refugee security screens #cdnpoli https://t.co/SqMnvVgJmi pic.twitter.com/PcHSMflMfS— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 612:28 PM#ICYMI : read our live-tweets of @realDonaldTrump Trump’s #SOTU2019 speech and see what policy initiatives he’s proposing including ending late-term abortion and an upcoming meeting with the North Korean leader. https://t.co/ZfNbthpPFw— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 611:32 AM.@realDonaldTrump wraps up his #SOTU2019 address.— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 611:30 AM.@realDonaldTrump “One nation, under God, must be the hope and the promise, and the light, and the glory among all the nations of the world.” #SOTU19— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 611:30 AM.@realDonaldTrump time to “reignite the American imagination, search for the tallest summit and set our sights on the brightest star.”— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Feb 611:30 AM.@realDonaldTrump talks about “needing to defeat fascism, secure civil rights, face down evil empires.”— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) February 6, 20190Show More PostsAdd Arena.im to your sitelast_img read more

Morocco Plans to Reduce Road Accident Fatalities by 50 Percent

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, on Monday said that the country is planning several measures that will reduce the number of traffic fatalities by 50 percent by 2026.El Othmani echoed earlier statements made by the State Secretary for Transport, Mohammed Najib Boulif, who said road safety improvements are a priority for the government. Last week, the transport secretary revealed that the number of people killed on roads in Morocco decreased by 2.62 percent in 2017.The head of government said that the 2017-2026 national road safety strategy seeks to reduce the number of road fatalities by 25 percent by 2021 and by another 20 percent by 2026.To fulfill these expectations, El Othmani believes that, “these measures must be direct and part of education,” adding that the government is giving great importance to the road safety project and is committed to fully implementing a strategy that includes road surveillance, fines for violations and educational outreach.February 18 marked National Road Safety Day in Morocco. As reported by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), El Othmani acknowledged the commemoration of this day in gratitude to all those who are contributing to the significant progress made as part of the 2017-2026 national road safety strategy, including administrators, regional officials, police and transportation experts.The head of government added that the success of the road safety project is not just the responsibility of employees at the Transport and Equipment Ministry. Progress also depends on the participation of the National Committee for the Prevention of Traffic Accidents as well as with pedestrians who need to pay proper attention to road traffic.Boulif said last week that the number of fatalities in 2017 due to road accidents in urban areas was 943. This figure represents a 4.17 percent year-on-year decrease. Another 2,550 people were killed in rural areas, a 2 percent decrease from 2016.In 2017, 89,998 total traffic accidents were reported, representing a 10 percent increase compared to 2016. However, the number of road accidents with fatalities last year was 3,085, representing a 2.4 percent decline from 2016.Boulif added that 9,175 people were critically injured due to road accidents in 2017, representing a 1.51 percent year-on-year increase. The number of light injuries recorded during the same year reached 119,138. read more

Trumps Cabinet has had more exlobbyists than Obama or Bush

WASHINGTON — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight.The Cabinet choices are another sign Trump’s populist pledge to “drain the swamp” is a catchy campaign slogan but not a serious attempt to change the way Washington works. Instead of staring down “the unholy alliance of lobbyists and donors and special interests” as Trump recently declared, the influence industry has flourished during his administration.The amount spent in 2019 on lobbying the U.S. government is on pace to match or exceed last year’s total of $3.4 billion, the most since 2010, according to the political money website Open Secrets. Trump’s hotel near the White House has been a magnet for lobbyists and foreign interests.Richard Lardner, The Associated Press read more

Break the cycle of disasterresponserecovery urges top UN official as death toll

“Cyclone Idai underlines that no matter how effective early warnings are, there is still a huge demand for greater investment in resilient infrastructure in many parts of the world if we are to break the cycle of disaster-response-recovery”, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Mami Mizutori said, extending her condolences to the peoples and Governments of the three affected countries. According to news reports, Mozambique’s Beira has been battered severely, including more than 1,500 people injured by falling trees and debris. While the road to the city has been badly damaged, Beira is once again reachable by air. “It is still too early to know the full extent of the disaster unfolding in the port city of Beira in Mozambique where 500,000 people bore the brunt of the storm but the human impact and trauma inflicted on the population must be very significant given the scale of the damage being reported by the Government disaster management agency, UN agencies, the Red Cross and the media”, Ms. Mizutori continued.She said the severe damage to schools, hospitals, health facilities and other key infrastructure was particularly distressing “as this will have consequences not just for the emergency response phase but for the long-term efforts of these countries to eradicate poverty and hunger”.  “Cyclone Idai is a clear demonstration of the exposure and vulnerability of many low-lying cities and towns to sea-level rise as the impact of climate change continues to influence and disrupt normal weather patterns”, spelled out Ms. Mizutori.Figures released at midday on Monday in New York, by UN humanitarian agencies, reported that at least 48 had died across the city. In Malawi, more than 183,000 have been affected, while 9,600 have been impacted due to flooding and landslides.On the disaster in Papua, Indonesia, heavy rains there since 16 March, have resulted in at least 79 deaths, with dozens missing or injured, said UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric. read more

ZEB1 laser scanner shows great advantages at deep South African gold mine

first_imgZEB1, which is claimed to be the world’s first truly mobile, hand held, rapid laser mapping system, has been put through a rigorous testing process at one of the world’s deepest gold mines. The lower levels of Anglogold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine are over 2 km below sea level. The ZEB1 was demonstrated in an up-dip stope panel and the resulting 3D model was proven to conform to existing plans of the mine workings. “Before commissioning any new equipment we always undertake rigorous testing as the environment in which we operate is so extreme; with virgin rock temperatures around 60oC and working temperatures between 30o and 35o,” commented Michael Harcombe, Senior Mine Surveyor at the mine. “At these ambient levels, sensitive equipment, such as laser scanners, often just do not work!“The results of the ZEB1 test were much better than we could possibly have expected,” he continued. “The model generated from the ZEB1 scanning was placed in the mine’s plans for a comparison with the current excavation and found to conform to the outline of the workings. We were hoping to compare the results with our existing laser scanning set up however the test area was simply too small for traditional laser scanners another significant advantage for the ZEB1.”Mponeng is located between the towns of Carletonville and Fochville on the border between Gauteng and the North West Province, southwest of Johannesburg. The operation extracts the Ventersdorp Contact Reef (VCR) at depths between 2,400 m and 3,900 m by sequential-grid mining producing more than 500,000 oz/y of gold.Developed by CSIRO and commercialised by UK-based 3D Laser Mapping, ZEB1 uses robotic technology called Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM). The system includes a lightweight laser scanner mounted on a simple spring mechanism, which continuously scans as the operator walks through the environment. As the scanner loosely oscillates about a spring it produces a rotation that converts 2D laser measurements into 3D fields of view. Its ability to self-localise makes ZEB1 ideally suited for use underground and in other covered environments where traditional solutions that use GPS don’t function well.Anglogold Ashanti already operates a traditional terrestrial laser scanner at Mponeng. The RIEGL VZ-400, purchased from 3D Laser Mapping, is used to monitor workings for signs of rock deformation; a common phenomenon at such depths. It also uses the VZ-400 to determine off-line and grade mining, cutting the need for later redevelopment and therefore reworking of areas already mined.last_img read more

NUGAS represented at the AHC conference

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On 19 and 20 June, representatives from the National Union of Greek Australian Students (NUGAS) attended the National Conference of the Australian Hellenic Council. NUGAS were there to represent the youth of Greek Australia and to discuss the role they will play in the future. With the conference placing importance on the youth, other things discussed, addressed and presented to the Members of Parliament included: Greek migration to Australia; Greek language in Australia; the Cyprus issue; Macedonia; Parthenon Marbles; the Theological College of Halki and religious freedom in Turkey; the Christian Genocide of Anatolia; Battle of Crete; Southern Albania/Northern Epirus; and the Australian-Greek Elderly. The Council’s delegates met with several Ministers, Members of Parliament, including Tony Abbott, Federal Opposition Leader; Kate Ellis, Minister for Status of Women; Julie Bishop, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs; Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government; and Peter Garrett, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth. Lex Georgiou, NUGAS president, was impressed with the outcomes of both the conference and visit to parliament, confirming NUGAS’ commitment to its relationship and collaboration with the Australian Hellenic Council. “NUGAS has always participated actively in Greek-Australian community affairs; this participation has also paved the way for our members to progress into the mainstream Greek Australian community organisations,” Georgiou said.last_img read more

Greece looks to scrap Greek tragedy lessons for gender studies

first_imgThe home of classical tragedy, Greece, might soon see classroom time being freed up for gender studies at the cost of Greek tragedy lessons. The plans have been proposed by the Greek Education Ministry and are currently being considered by the nation’s governing party Syriza, reports The Times of London.If the changes go ahead, texts such as Sophocles’ Antigone and historian Thucydides’ The History of the Peloponnesian War will be left aside in place of studies surrounding gender equality and sex education.The Panhellenic Association of Philologists (PEF) however isn’t happy with the prospect, issuing a statement to express its opposition to the proposal, which they believe is part of the Ministry’s continuous attempts to eliminate ancient Greek entirely from the curriculum.“This is preposterous. Not even during Greece’s gruelling years of dictatorship were the works of ancient masters like Sophocles and Thucydides excluded from high school curriculums,” Antonis Mastrapas of the National Federation of Classical Studies Professors told The Times.It is well known that classical studies have taken a blow in recent years around the globe, with other subject areas gaining momentum, and scholars are worried about the prospect of Greece going down the same road and what it will mean for the discipline.While Greek students have an advantage in studying ancient texts with their knowledge of the modern language, for others around the world it is increasingly becoming an elite area of study. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Power Of Prayer

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Emanuel Apostolic Church, ivy harvey, kingston, power of prayer 700 Tablets For Schools In Kingston And Port Royal Recommended for you Jis Receives Budgetary Allocation To Relocate Tv Department Cultural Extravagance To Mark Jamaica Day Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, March 26 (JIS): A new book highlighting the power of prayer was recently launched at the Emanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore, St. Catherine.Written by Minister of the Emanuel Apostolic Church, Ivy Marjorie Harvey, the book, titled, ‘My Catalogue of Answered Prayers’, was reviewed, designed and printed by the Research and Publications Department of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).It has 22 testimonies outlining various situations which the author was able to overcome through prayer.The eleventh of 12 children, Mrs. Harvey said she was inspired to write the book after many of her prayers were answered. “I am a praying person and grew up in a home where my mother was a praying person and we were taught to trust God for everything. I began to see some of those prayers being answered and began jotting them down,” she told JIS News. After much prompting from her family, she began compiling the testimonies for publication. Mrs. Harvey said that most of the stories written are about situations which occurred during the 1970s when she got married and started raising her family.However, she noted that not all prayers are answered. “Sometimes it is not that the prayer is not answered, but the answer you are looking for might not be forthcoming. You learn that God answers prayers generally in three ways, He either says yes, He either says no, or He says wait,” she explained.The trained teacher turned preacher further noted that most of her prayers were fulfilled because she took action based on what the Lord instructed her to do. “So, I would have to say that the Lord gave me the answers,” she added.Mrs. Harvey, who serves as a Bible teacher, counsellor and preacher at the Emanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore, hopes that the book will inspire Jamaicans and help them to understand the power of effective prayers.“I would like persons to be inspired by my stories and to understand that God is real; He answers prayers and is concerned with everything that concerns us,” she said.Minister Harvey named her testimony, ‘Sleeping Snipers’, in the book as one of her most “profound” experiences. Other stories are: ‘Money From an Empty Bag’, ‘God’s Choice for Prime Minister’, ‘Business Class Travel’, ‘Gun in Hand’, ‘Meningitis Healed’, and ‘Angry and Dangerous’.last_img read more

SYSD Governing Board Vice President encourages overcoming obstacles

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 16, 2019 Posted: April 16, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN YSIDRO –  San Ysidro Governing Board Vice President Gurmilan recently went skydiving from 13,000 feet at Brown Field Municipal Airport.The U.S. Army Southern California Recruiting Battalion along with the U.S. Army’s Elite Golden Knights Tandem Team conducted a Tandem Skydiving Camp for the Army’s most influential Community Partners that reside in the Southern California area.Mr. Gurmilan, who uses a wheelchair due to a surfing accident, decided that this was an excellent way to bring attention to the many challenges that some SanYsidro kids face.He is a firm believer that you can overcome obstacles and reach goals that you think may be out of reach. “It was an honor to represent the students of the San Ysidro School District, said Gurmilan. “Anything can be accomplished with heart, focus and a desire to attain new heights! It was a privilege to jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights.”The Southern California Recruiting Battalion conducted the skydiving camp with the world-famous United States Army’s Golden Knights Tandem Team along with a select number of active community partners that learned what the Army has to offer in their own communities to include education, travel, service-to-country, community support, and community involvement. KUSI Newsroom, center_img SYSD Governing Board Vice President encourages overcoming obstacles Updated: 9:59 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Astronomers find more Earth neartwins

first_imgWASHINGTON — Earth has a few more near-twin planets outside our solar system, tantalizing possibilities in the search for extraterrestrial life.Astronomers announced Tuesday that depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size as Earth and are in the not-too-hot, not-too-cold “Goldilocks Zone” for liquid water to form.These planets are likely to be rocky like Earth, and not gas giants or ice worlds. They get about the same heat from their stars as we get from the sun, according to the latest results from NASA’s planet hunting Kepler telescope.But don’t book your flights yet.They may be close to Earth in size and likely temperature in the gargantuan scale of the universe, but not close enough for comfort.Consider two of them, the nearest to Earth discovered to date. If they have atmospheres like Earth’s — a big if — one would be a toasty 140-some degrees and the other around zero, said study lead author Guillermo Torres, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Life conceivably could evolve and adapt to those temperatures, he said.Oh, and those two are 500 and 1,100 light-years away; a light-year is 5.9 trillion miles.What’s important, said SETI Institute astronomer Douglas Caldwell, a study co-author who presented the findings at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle, is that astronomers are a bit closer to answering the age-old question: Are we alone?last_img read more

Best seat in the house Exploring the incredible Walt Disney Concert Hall

first_img Disney Outside tours, inside tickets If you’re in LA, you can tour the Walt Disney Concert Hall for free… sort of. There’s a walking tour narrated by actor John Lithgow that tells all about the designs and features of the building. While extensive, it doesn’t actually go inside the main auditorium itself. The only way in there is practice, practice, practice — or getting a concert ticket yourself. The next best thing is the gallery above, which might be the only time you’ll be able to see how the WDCH looks totally empty.  56 Photos Tags That sunlight also famously caused one of the building’s biggest initial issues: reflections. The concave stainless steel surfaces reflected and focused the light, heating up nearby apartments and distracting passing drivers. The fix ended up being fairly simple: lightly sanding some of the panels to reduce their reflectivity. The hall’s acoustics are legendary. Minoru Nagata and Yasuhisa Toyota spent months working to make sure the sound was perfect and it’s now considered one of the best concert halls in the world. And while able to seat more than than famous halls like Vienna Opera House, WDCH manages to feel intimate. The seat layout and warm, inviting colors help. Behind the stage is a massive and unique pipe organ, looking a bit like the branches of a tree. It blends well with the natural woods and modern design of the rest off the hall. It’s also capable of some serious bass. The lowest pedal can create a 16 Hz rumble you can feel in your chest. During my visit they were setting up for a rehearsal with an organist. I was taking the photos of the organ when he hit a few low notes. It sounded amazing. Share your voice Curves of steel, curves of wood Though visually similar to Gehry’s most famous design, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Disney Concert Hall was actually designed first. It just took longer to build. First opened in 2003, the hall and idea actually date back to the late 1980’s. Visually, it seems impossible that the inside could be anything other than a dark and moody mess. After all, as you may have noticed, there doesn’t seem to be any windows. The reality couldn’t be more different. The roof is mostly glass, letting in natural light throughout the day. Clever open spaces and reflective inner walls bounce LA’s famous endless sunlight all the way down to the ground floors. It creates a space that’s both modern and inviting. 0 Behind the scenes at LA’s Dolby Theater, home of the Oscars and more Special dam access: Tour restricted and off-limits areas of the Hoover Dam Keep it classical: A tour of the stunning Vienna Opera Housecenter_img Related Tours on CNET Post a comment Though home to the 100-year-old LA Philharmonic, the WDCH also hosts concerts from musicians and orchestras from around the world. Fitting its location, just a few miles from Hollywood, the WDCH is a bit of a movie and TV star of its own. From Iron Man and Furious 7 to NUMB3RS and even The Simpsons, its convenient location and unique visual design make it a magnet for filmmaker’s cameras. Gehry greatness and the stainless curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall And despite an urban legend, there are no hidden Mickeys. I looked. As well as covering TV and other display tech, Geoff does photo tours of cool museums and locations around the world including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, airplane graveyards and more.  You can follow his exploits on Instagram, Twitter, and on his travel blog BaldNomad. He also wrote a bestselling sci-fi novel.  Culture Los Angeles has its share of iconic architecture. There’s the stacked pie plates of the Capitol Records Building, the UFO legs of the Theme Building and the Art Deco masterpieces of Griffith Observatory and the Eastern Columbia Building. But the most striking modern masterpiece is the swooping stainless steel of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. It’s challenging in a way great architecture should be. Sharp angles contrast with gentle curves, towers seem to lean left and right — it all seems too fanciful for a building of any serious purpose. But it’s serious all right, LA Philharmonic serious. The visually stunning exterior conceals massive concert space with seating for over 2,000 listeners and world-class acoustics lauded by the musicians who play there.Between a busy concert and rehearsal schedule, it took over a month to find a spare moment where I could get access for photos. It turns out that classical musicians take precedence over a guy who regularly gets lost on trains. I hope you enjoy this special, rare look inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall. last_img read more

How Does Immigration Impact Houstons Economy

first_imgBob Daemmrich/BDP Inc.Protesters demonstrate against the Trump administration’s immigration policy in McAllen on Saturday, June 23, 2018. As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. debate how to move forward with immigration policies, we take a look at how our economy is affected by immigrants.New American Economy is a coalition of mayors and business leaders from all over the country. They just released data on Greater Houston from the 2016 census.In the audio above, Executive Director Jeremy Robbins explains how immigrants impact Houston’s economy. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /13:11 Listencenter_img X Sharelast_img

Obama to try to allay Gulf nation leaders fears about Iran

first_imgSen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, chairman of the Senate panel overseeing foreign aid, warns against the U.S. offering a massive arms package in exchange for Gulf nations’ support of a nuclear deal. Graham said he isn’t opposed to upgrading the military capabilities of Arab allies, but “if it has a hint of being connected to the Iran deal, I will do everything I can to make sure they never get one bullet or one plane.”Jon Alterman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington wonders if there is anything the United States can do that would reassure the Gulf states when it comes to Iranian expansionism.“It seems to me that where they most want reassurance is where the U.S. is both least able and most unwilling to provide it,” he said. “My guess is that the summit is going to leave everybody feeling a little bit unsatisfied.”___Associated Press writers Bradley Klapper in Paris and Aya Batrawy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of Gulf nations unnerved by Washington’s nuclear talks with Iran and Tehran’s meddling across the Mideast look to President Barack Obama to promise more than words and weapons at Thursday’s Camp David summit.They want commitments from Obama that the United States has their backs at a time when the region is under siege from Islamic extremists, Syria continues to unravel, Iraq is volatile and Yemen is in chaos. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility A high-level Saudi official told The Associated Press in Riyadh that his country wants a defense system and military cooperation similar to what the U.S. affords Israel. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to disclose details of the Saudis’ wish list at the summit, said they also want access to high-tech military equipment, missiles, planes and satellites, as well as more technology and training cooperation with the U.S.The U.S. and five other nations are working to complete a deal intended to stop Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons in exchange for easing penalties that are choking the Iranian economy. The White House says the Gulf countries would be better off with an agreement that blocks Iran’s path to an atomic weapon.But the nuclear deal is not the only source of unease.Arab allies feel threatened by Iran’s rising influence and they fear a nuclear pact will embolden Tehran. They worry that the deal would unlock billions of dollars that Iran might decide to use to further intrude in countries or support terrorist proxies.In the midst of such palpable tensions, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Sunday that King Salman will not attend the summit as had been expected. Adel al-Jubeir explained said the summit coincides with a humanitarian cease-fire in the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite rebels known as Houthis, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef would lead the Saudi delegation next week instead. Obama had planned to meet the king one-on-one a day before the gathering. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Sponsored Stories center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober In this May 8, 2015, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir outside of the Chief of Mission Residence in Paris, France. President Barack Obama wants to reassure Arab leaders that an emerging deal with Iran will not further destabilize the Middle East. When officials from Persian Gulf nations meet with Obama this week at Camp David, they will bring wish lists of weapons systems and other items they want for supporting the nuclear agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) “I think we are looking for some form of security guarantee, given the behavior of Iran in the region, given the rise of the extremist threat,” said Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to the United States.“In the past, we have survived with a gentleman’s agreement with the United States about security. I think today, we need something in writing. We need something institutionalized.”What are the expectations for Obama’s meetings with Gulf Cooperation Council countries — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman?Weapons sales. A renewed call for a coordinated missile defense system. More joint military exercises. Better cooperation on cybersecurity, as well as maritime or border security. Making the countries’ defense systems work in concert.“I don’t believe there’s a single country (in the council) that doesn’t think a defense shield for the region is a bad idea,” Otaiba said. “The challenge is how do you turn on a regional defense system when different countries are purchasing different equipment and at different paces? How do you link it? How do you get the radars to talk to each other?” Sen. 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first_imgSource = ETB News: P.T. Ryanair has sacked a pilot who made defamatory claims against the airline on a British television documentary. The documentary has allegedly raised fears over the Irish airline’s fuel and safety policies. “Since Mr Goss’s contribution to the C4 Dispatches programme is contradicted by his prior written confirmations to Ryanair… that he has ‘no concerns’ about Ryanair’s safety, the airline has today terminated Mr Goss’s employment with immediate effect,” a Ryanair spokesperson said. “We look forward to correcting Mr Goss’s defamatory claims in court in due course, but will not be commenting further on this issue which is now the subject of legal proceedings.” The documentary highlighted three occasions on which the low cost carrier’s pilots called in emergency alerts because the aircraft they were flying was low on fuel. Irish airline also files legal proceedings against the former employee.  Ryanair terminated pilot John Goss and will file legal proceedings against its former employee, who was featured in Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The programme quoted members of the Ryanair Pilot Group, however, Ryanair has stated that the group was not made up of pilots but was a front for unions not represented at the airline.last_img read more

Banks New Digital Tools Aims to Make Home Buying More Efficient

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