CANADIAN PERFORMERS AND INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS SECURE DEAL ON NEW INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION AGREEMENT

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, November 15, 2018 — Today, following productive negotiatio­­ns, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) jointly announced that they have reached a deal on a new three-year Independent Production Agreement (IPA). The agreement in principle will now be presented to the ACTRA membership and the CMPA and AQPM’s respective Boards of Directors for ratification.“After having struck deals on two other major agreements with directors and crew members in the past few months, this agreement demonstrates the commitment we share with performers to maintaining stability and predictability in the face of tumultuous change within the Canadian screen-based industry,” said Warren Ross, the CMPA’s Vice President of National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel. “We thank our negotiating partners at the AQPM and ACTRA for their tireless work in achieving this shared goal, which not only benefits our industry as a whole but, most importantly, benefits Canadian audiences.”“Through the firm resolve and dedication of our 2018 IPA Negotiating Committee, we successfully worked through a complex series of issues to negotiate an excellent settlement,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We stood together to advocate for the rights of all members – across all of ACTRA’s performance categories – to ensure performers have safer working conditions and improved compensation.” Advertisement “With already one of the best performer agreements in the world, our goal is always to secure a fair deal with improved working conditions for our hard-working members,” added Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director. “At a time when many working people are facing wage roll-backs, our members will see a pay increase and better protection in the workplace.”“The AQPM thanks the members of all the negotiating committees involved,” said President and CEO of the AQPM Hélène Messier. “This agreement will provide stability within the industry for the next three years and maintain the partnership between producers and performers.”The ACTRA Independent Production Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for on- and off-camera performers engaged on English-language productions in Canada, excluding British Columbia, which operates under a separate collective agreement. The current 2016-2018 agreement is set to expire on December 31, 2018.ABOUT ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. actra.caABOUT THE AQPMThe Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) represents 150 independent companies engaged in the production or coproduction of film, television and digital content for all screens, in both French and English. aqpm.caABOUT THE CMPAThe Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences. cmpa.ca Twitterlast_img read more

Italian Senate OKs budget tweaked to satisfy EU concerns

first_imgROME — After a raucous session, the Italian Senate has approved a national budget law that was tweaked in a bid to satisfy European Union concerns.Much of the Italian government’s planned spending in 2019, which won passage in Parliament’s upper chamber about 3 a.m. Sunday, satisfies the expensive campaign promises by Italy’s populist coalition. Those including rolling back pension changes and guaranteeing income for the jobless or underemployed.Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government is rushing to win final approval of the budget in the lower Chamber of Deputies later this week. The EU commission could trigger sanctions if the revised budget doesn’t pass by Dec. 31.Opposition parties are blasting the budget as short on investments to revive Italy’s struggling economy.The Associated Presslast_img

Canadian opposes law in Argentina

first_imgMinera San Jorge SA, a subsidiary of Canadian group Coro Mining, has filed an action to have a recently passed Provincial Act in Mendoza, which prohibits the use of toxic substances including sulphuric acid in any metalliferous mining, declared unconstitutional.The legal process in Mendoza, Argentina, involves the presentation of the action directly to the Provincial Supreme Court of Justice. Once the action is accepted by the court, the Mendoza Government will be notified of the action. The Government is expected to respond to the action before the case could go to trial.Notwithstanding this action, the company is continuing with its evaluation of San Jorge and plans to complete its pre-feasibility study by the end of this year. It is the company’s intention to continue to work with all levels of government and interested third parties to demonstrate that the project, if viable, could be developed in a socially and environmentally responsible manner and would provide economic and social benefits to the local community and to the Province.last_img read more

EA kills Online Pass due to negative feedback from gamers

first_imgAlongside piracy, video game publishers also hate the used games market as there’s no profit in it for them. Some publishers have tried to counteract such sales by requiring an additional payment for certain in-game features if you buy used. EA’s answer to that was Online Pass.For the games that used Online Pass, EA required you enter a code after purchase to unlock features such as online multiplayer. If that game was then traded in and bought by someone else, EA required an additional payment from them to unlock that same Online Pass-protected content. Typically this would cost around $10.Online Pass was introduced in 2010 and is for the most part not well liked among gamers. Some games use it, while others don’t. It’s also not immediately clear when buying a game used that you’ll have to purchase an Online Pass and what doing so unlocks in the game. Worst of all, Online Pass typically unlocks content that requires a server (e.g. multiplayer), and EA is well known for regularly shutting down online access to older titles. So you could end up paying for an Online Pass only to find the functionality it unlocks is no longer available a few months later.So gamers will be glad to hear that EA has decided to kill Online Pass. EA’s senior director of corporate communications, John Reseburg, explained that the decision is in response to players not responding well to the format. That’s corporate speak for everyone hated it and we finally decided to listen.EA has clearly moved on from Online Pass and is using other methods to try and boost revenue from game releases. Examples include requiring a constant Internet connection to play certain titles, such as SimCity, which makes piracy very difficult and means there is no used market for that title. We also see DLC and micro-transactions being used more heavily. A good example of that is Dead Space 3, which had over $50 worth of additional content to buy on top of the initial game cost.last_img read more

Leeward Community Council has been formed

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe votes have been cast and the results are final… The Leeward Community Council has been formed and the members are Belinda Lightbourne who will serve as Chairman, Bernadette Williams who will serve as Vice Chairman, Kneisha Forbes, Treasurer, Candice Malcolm, Secretary General and Pastor Alvin Harvey is the Council’s Chaplin. The Council is an effort of the district’s MP, Hon. Akierra Misick who saw it as a way to merge minds and manpower within her constituency. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Growers Attend Ag PhD Field Day to Promote Commodity Classic

first_imgEd Erickson, Jr., ASA co-chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee (right), talks about the annual trade show from a booth at the Ag PhD Field Day.Association staff and leaders are in Baltic, S.D. this week to promote Commodity Classic at Ag PhD Field Day, the largest private farm field day in North America. Last year the field day hosted more than 9,000 farmers from 38 states and eight foreign countries.Abby Podkul, Commodity Classic events director, along with Ed Erickson, Jr., ASA co-chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee and Kevin Ross, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) co-chair of the Commodity Classic Joint Venture Committee, operated a booth at the fair, where they answered questions and shared information about the upcoming show in San Antonio, Texas March 2-4, 2017.Commodity Classic is the once-a-year, can’t-miss event for America’s soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. It’s the event to be at to see the latest innovations first-hand, meet growers and ag leaders from across the nation and talk one-on-one with top agribusiness. For more information, click here.last_img read more

Adorable video of puppy sleeping in pajamas goes viral

first_imgA video is circulating on social media of a puppy in deep slumber wearing pajamas, and let’s just say it’s tugging on people’s heartstrings everywhere.This puppy, named Miles, first appeared on the Instagram account @roofusandkilo, where he is one of five rescue puppies featured.The short clip has garnered a lot of attention, showing the adorable pup sleeping on his back with paws outstretched in yellow duck pajamas. The Instagram account is being managed by a woman named Candice, who has 12 acres of land in Marcola, Oregon. She runs a sanctuary for rescue and foster dogs who face euthanasia.“I was volunteering with all three of my local shelters and animal rescue group. Unfortunately, the number of animals getting adopted only sometimes outnumbered the ones being put down,” Candice told FOX 5.Since she began rescuing dogs five years ago, Candice has saved over 100 dogs through her home. Thanks to social media, dog lovers can be updated daily on all of the rescue dogs’ adventures.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Boater speeds away from waterspout off Key Biscayne

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (WSVN) – It was a frightening day on the water for a South Florida man and his family after a waterspout formed off Key Biscayne.Boater Eddie Ortiz said the Sunday outing was interrupted when the weather took a turn for the worse.When he saw the waterspout, he took out his cellphone and began recording the force of nature on video.Ortiz then put his boat in gear and gunned it, speeding toward Stiltsville to find shelter from the storm.“I kind of saw things get a little bit squirrelly out there, so I decided — you know, my 30 years of boating experience kind of kicked in,” said Ortiz, “and I said, ‘Might as well start heading towards one of the stilt houses.’”Ortiz said the waterspout passed about half a mile away, but he and his two boys felt winds of up to 40 miles per hour. They were able to make it safely back on shore.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

SI Newhouse Jr Longtime Chairman of Condé Nast Dead at 89

first_imgS.I. Newhouse Jr.Samuel Irving “S.I.” Newhouse Jr., one of the giants of the magazine publishing industry, passed away on Sunday, just four days after another iconic figure, Hugh Hefner, died last week.Newhouse’s family confirmed that he died in his New York home “after a long illness.”Newhouse, together with his brother Donald, owned Advance Publications. The company, founded by their father in 1922, has properties which include Condé Nast, dozens of newspapers across the United States, as well as a controlling stake in Discovery Communications.Newhouse ran the company’s magazine division, Condé Nast Publications—publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, among two dozen others—and served as its chairman for 40 years, as he developed what would become one of the most prestigious magazine publishers in the world. He retired to the role of chairman emeritus in early 2015. His death comes at a time of extraordinary tumult for the magazine industry, with the death of Hefner and the resignations of four of the best-known editors in the country resigning in the space of a week. Those editors included Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter, Elle’s Robbie Myers, Glamour’s Cindi Leive and Time’s Nancy Gibbs.last_img read more

Juneau teens rap about Tlingit culture in new bilingual music video

first_imgTeenage music video producers Arturo Rodriguez, AJ Hoyle, Keegan Kanan, Bradley Dybdahl, Marcel Cohen and Kenndra Willard pose with Will Kronick from the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida. (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)A group of Alaska Native teenagers premiered a bilingual hip-hop video on Monday showcasing Tlingit culture and Southeast Alaska.Listen nowAlthough goofy, the point of the project was to give local youth a chance to take pride in their heritage and the place they come from.The video is called “Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan,” which translates to “I love you, my people.”Throughout the video, AJ Hoyle blends Tlingit and English lyrics together over a Native drum beat.Hoyle raps with a hip-hop star’s swagger across scenes from Southeast Alaska, including  the center of a canoe full of paddlers, fields of fireweed and the back deck of a ferry.But the video and lyrics are fun, silly and, at times, absurd.Bananas feature prominently, for some reason. They eat them, throw them and dance with them on camera.Hoyle wrote most of the lyrics himself.“So I was the rapper, also known as the emcee,” Hoyle said.Holye has written raps before and speaks Tlingit pretty well, but this was his first time rhyming in another language.That’s why some of the lyrics seem random, even while playing with some familiar hip-hop themes.“I pick those blueberries / I love my mom / I smoked a fat pound of salmon / Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan,” Hoyle raps.Hoyle also included a shout out to “This is Angoon,” a Southeast Alaska hip-hop favorite by T.N.T. and Swerv Merv. That video is a couple years old now.“You gotta shout ‘em out or else they don’t get no publicity no more,” Hoyle said. “And like, if I have to shout out ‘This is Angoon,’ that’s good, because now all of Alaska’s known.”AJ Hoyle laughs during the premiere of “Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan (I Love You, My People).” (Photo by Adelyn Baxter/KTOO)The video shows the group canoeing on Auke Lake, exploring Haines, riding the ferry, fishing and picking blueberries.Everything from the video production to ferry tickets and snacks were paid for through grant money promoting health and well-being under a tribal suicide prevention program.“So when we were doing our storyboard for the lyrics, we wanted to have images that illustrate indigenous life in Southeast,” Will Kronick said. Kronick coordinates the suicide prevention program for the Tlingit & Haida Central Council.Kronick said the grant was fairly open-ended, so he let the students choose what they wanted to do.“They decided, ‘Let’s do a music video!’ And all the different scenes came out of that, too, because students wanted to do outdoor things, they wanted to go canoeing, they wanted to go fishing. So really, all of the ideas came from students,” Kronick said.Kronick, Hoyle and another student, Marcel Cohen, worked on the lyrics for about a month.Once they had them, it took two days to produce the song with help from Joshua LaBoca, a sound engineer who also helped produce the video. That took about 10 days.“I didn’t do any micromanaging of them. All I said was do what you do, do what you know and go from there,” LaBoca said. “They weren’t camera shy on each of the days and that’s what made the whole thing smooth, that’s what made it fun.”The seven students who worked on the video range from 13 to 17.Most attend high school in Juneau, except for Jacob Brouillette. He’s from Elim, outside of Nome.“I was visiting for the summer and I was pretty much loafing around then all of a sudden my Grandma wanted me to get out of the house,” Brouillette said.Since he’s Yupik and Inuit, he contributed a little bit of his own culture for the video. He demonstrates a broad jump common at events like Native Youth Olympics.So what did the teenagers take away from the experience?“New friends and a lot of days without sleep,” Cohen said.“It’s only OK to say ‘I smoke a fat pound of …’ if ‘salmon’ is at the end,” Hoyle said.As for their next project, the group already has plans for a music video inspired by Childish Gambino’s “This is America.”Expect “This is Alaska” to hit the internet sometime in the not-too-distant future.Watch “Ix̱six̱án, Ax̱ Ḵwáan (I Love You, My People)”:last_img read more

Greenpeace Now Dogged by Sexual harassment Rape Allegations

first_imgEnvironment rights NGO Greenpeace India could be in for more trouble as an ex-staffer has gone public with allegations of rape and sexual harassment by her colleagues.The organisation’s inaction against the perpetrators has spurred more female ex-employees to come out with similar accusations. Now, the NGO is at the receiving end with activists lambasting the organisation’s irresponsible handling of the cases.Recently, Greenpeace was in the news after the government froze it’s accounts for non-compliance of norms. The Delhi High Court, however, released two of its accounts so that it could function.In an article published on a web forum last week, an ex-employee (name withheld) of Greenpeace alleged that she had to leave her job in 2013 after being sexually harassed and raped by her colleagues.Narrating her ordeal, she said that it started a year after she had joined the NGO at their Bengaluru office. The first incident happened during an official trip in October 2012. “I got a call from a senior colleague at 11 pm, asking me to vacate my room and insisting that I sleep in his suite. In another incident, he approached me physically despite my discomfort, insisted on force-feeding me birthday cake,’ she told IANS.Though she registered a written complaint with the HR manager, she did not receive any verbal or written communication from the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of the organisation, which looks into sexual harassment cases. To her shock, she learnt that the person was a serial offender and no action had been taken against him despite his misbehaviour with two other female employees.However, she said, she was blamed for registering the complaint. “Once in an official meeting, in my absence, two senior employees indulged in character assassination against me. Even some female colleagues, part of the ICC, made me feel that I was at fault, that I didn’t know how to ‘set boundaries’,” she said.However, matters came to a head in 2013. “It was after a party, when a male colleague whom I knew quite well found me unconscious and raped me. You cannot imagine the pain and fear I went through. I was terrified to speak and I knew even if I had, no one in this organisation would come to my aid. I did not have the strength to report my rape, neither to the police, nor to my employers. How could I, when the processes had failed me once already?” she asked. Traumatised, she left the NGO after a few months.She said it took her long to overcome the incident, and finally, she decided to tell her story through a Facebook post in February this year. Immediately after her post, Greenpeace issued an apology on their website and promised her to re-investigate the case in an adequate manner. Admitting the lax attitude in dealing with the case in 2012, the statement said, “The victim deserves both an apology and a meticulous examination of what happened.”However, the victim pointed out that the NGO’s subsequent actions exposed their empty talk. “The ICC, which convened in March, recommended the termination of the offender, but the executive director overrode the decision on some pretext and the only thing I received was a written apology from the molester,” she said.Supporting the claims of the victim, another ex-senior manager Reema Ganguly, who was a part of the ICC, told IANS that she quit Greenpeace in May after executive director Samit Aich overrode the committee’s recommendation. “The committee’s suggestion of terminating the molester was overturned by the executive director, and they dismantled the committee which was only three months old, whereas the duration (for such a committee) is for three years. It was very clear that the committee is an eyewash by the NGO,” said Ganguly.However, Aich defended the decision to dismantle the committee. ”We came to know that the committee decisions were leaked to many people in the office. So I sought legal opinion on this and I was told that since its leaked, the decision stands invalid. So we dissolved the committee and reconstituted it,” said Aich.When asked why they did not follow the committee’s decision of terminating the offender, Aich said a strong warning was given to the person. “I have given a strong warning to the person and as a result, he has put in his papers. I admit that there have been flaws in our earlier system and we will tighten our disciplinary actions in future,” he added.Reacting to the allegations, Programme Director for Greenpeace India, Divya Raghunandan, told IANS that the former employees had raised some valid issues and that they will investigate it in a “serious manner”. Acknowledging that there were flaws in the earlier system, Raghunandan said, “When we revisited the cases, we felt that it should have been handled in a better way.”Asserting that they were re-evaluating the overall procedures for handling complaints of sexual harassment, she said that the employee in question had resigned. “We have reconstituted the ICC and ordered an audit into the old cases. The implicated employee has put in his papers already,” she said.However, activists and former employees question the failure of the NGO in punishing a serial offender and protecting him for years.Holding the executive director of Greenpeace India responsible for the shabby handling of the cases, Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, said that the events had tarnished the image of the NGO. “Greenpeace failed to stand by their promise of punishing the offender. They disbanded a committee, which recommended punishment for the molester. The NGO is muzzling voices of dissent. They have stretched the cases for so many years. The punishment has to be spelt out clearly,” Krishnan said adding that they have written to Greenpeace International and were waiting for their response to act further.Voicing similar concerns, Usha Saxena, a former employee, alleged that she was forced to quit Greenpeace because she took a stand against the rampant cases of harassment in the NGO. Saxena, who joined Greenpeace in 2009, said that her protests against sexist jokes and remarks fell on deaf ears. “I filed a misconduct complaint against senior HR director for making discriminatory and threatening remarks about my gender, my age and ordering me to seek ‘psychological counselling’. For that, I was bullied out in 2013,” Saxena told IANS.Another ex-staffer (name withheld) also said that she was harassed by the same person implicated in the first incident. She said she resigned in March 2015 after inaction by the NGO. “He made some objectionable comments in front of many senior colleagues, including the executive director. No one reacted, rather they were all amused. “Though she registered a complaint with the HR Department the next day, it met the same fate as the previous ones,” she told IANS. She also said she would take further legal action if the offender is not punished.last_img read more

Are Superstorms The New Normal

first_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Getty ImagesAn infrared satellite image shows Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall on Aug. 25, 2017. Warm water in the Gulf of Mexico fed heavy rains, according to new research. Share 00:00 /02:47center_img We don’t need to remind you what last hurricane season was like. After Harvey dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Greater Houston and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast, it was followed close behind by Irma in the Caribbean, and Maria in Puerto Rico.A new episode of NOVA premiering tonight explores whether this is the new normal and what we can do to better predict future major storms.Craig Cohen talks with Liesl Clark, writer, producer, and director of NOVA’s Rise of the Superstorms, which debuts tonight at 8 on Houston Public Media TV 8. X last_img

Rare First Edition Harry Potter Book With Typos Sells for 90000

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best Animal ToysGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 Stay on target A rare first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with typos fetched almost $90,000 in a U.K. auction this week.The book, which went up for sale at Bonhams auction house on March 27, initially had an estimated price of $51,914 to $77,860, Design Taxi reported. It originally belonged to Christopher Little, J.K. Rowling’s first literary agent, and it was one of the first 500-something published copies of Rowling’s first novel.Novels, letters and photographs by pioneering and influential women from Josephine Bonaparte to JK Rowling will feature in Bonhams Fine Books, Manuscripts, Atlases and Historical Photographs sale in London on 27 March.https://t.co/ENY4mbePl9 pic.twitter.com/Ld0hScvTK6— Bonhams (@bonhams1793) March 26, 2019AdChoices广告The book had some typos, including “Philosopher’s” misspelled as “Philosphers,” and the book’s 53rd page has a repeated “1 wand” on a wizard equipment list. The publisher’s imprint page also has the incorrect number sequence.It has taken me over a dozen reads to realize that my copy of #HarryPotter and the Philosopher’s stone has a major typo. #oops @jk_rowling pic.twitter.com/FOTeGSrELS— Elizabeth Shaw (@LizShawzee) March 9, 2017The Verge also noted that the book had a strange illustration of a wizard on the back cover, who hasn’t been spotted in other Harry Potter novels. The picture was eventually replaced with an image of Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of Hogwarts.The strange wizard illustration on the back cover of the ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ book. (Photo Credit: Bloomsbury/Bonhams)The book was also signed by Rowling in 2003 before it was sold at a charity auction. However, not all first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone have Rowling’s initials, but they still might contain some typos and early details of the Harry Potter universe, which was introduced to the public about 20 years ago.More on Geek.com:Niantic Teases Harry Potter AR Game-AgainMIT Student Develops Real-Life Hogwarts Sorting HatNew Harry Potter-Themed Roller Coaster Arrives in Junelast_img read more

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first_imgNo related posts. Something to look forward to during low season: Tsunami Sushi is throwing its 10-year anniversary party Saturday, Oct. 13, starting at 7 p.m. The Costa Rican jazz, soul and R&B singer Sasha Campbell will perform live with her band at the celebration. Tickets are $25 per person. For more info, call 2643-3678–Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Commentslast_img

HRW Chinese police torture suspects despite legal reforms

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — Police abuse of criminal suspects to extract confessions in China is a serious problem despite measures to reform the legal system such as moves to exclude evidence obtained through torture, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.The report found that police have found ways around the rules, in a legal system that still relies heavily on confessions to produce convictions in nearly every case, partly because of often inadequate manpower to properly investigate crimes. Top Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement President Xi Jinping has made a priority of reducing wrongful convictions and reforming the justice system to restore public confidence in the ruling Communist Party, but has declined to consider loosening the party’s control over the judiciary.A high-profile result of the legal reform campaign so far was the posthumous exoneration in December of a teenager from Inner Mongolia who was convicted of rape and murder and executed 18 years ago. The police officer who oversaw the original case has been charged with using torture to coerce a confession.Measures put into place in 2009 and 2012 — before Xi became president — require interrogations to be videotaped and ban the use of evidence directly obtained through torture. Those are positive steps, but not enough, Human Rights Watch said.“They are being grafted onto a criminal justice system that still affords the police enormous power over the judiciary and offers police numerous opportunities to abuse suspects,” the group said.Some officers get around the rules by torturing detainees outside of official detention facilities, using methods that leave no visible injuries and taping confessions later, the report said.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility China’s Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun was quoted as saying in June 2013 that coerced confessions had dropped 87 percent in 2012 compared to the year earlier. Human Rights Watch said it did not have enough access to confirm or refute that figure.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Quick workouts for men At the same time, police operate the detention centers, suspects have no right to have a lawyer present during interrogations and judges rarely question police conduct and often ignore clear evidence of mistreatment, the report said.“The confession is still highly valued, a confession is obtained in almost every case, there is nothing that really holds a police officer accountable for torture or coercion,” said Maya Wang, Hong Kong-based Asia researcher at Human Rights Watch.In interviews for the Human Rights Watch report, former detainees, mostly suspected of theft, selling drugs or robbery, described abuse during police interrogations, including sleep deprivation, being beaten with batons and being hung up by the wrists.The Ministry of Public Security didn’t immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.Human Rights Watch spoke to 18 former detainees as well as family members, lawyers, a former judge and a former police officer. It also looked at 432 court verdicts from across China that addressed claims of torture by detainees among 158,000 verdicts published online from the first four months of 2014. The defendants were convicted in all 432 cases, even in the 23 cases in which judges excluded confessions due to concerns over police torture. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Bhaya Group has launch

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBhaya Group has launched a new set of two-day-one-night and three-day-two-night itineraries for all three cruise brands: The Au Co Luxury Cruise, Bhaya Classic & Premium Cruises and Bhaya Legend Private Cruise.This new itinerary is the result of the group’s hard-working travel experts and travel consultants after extensive research. The new route aims to enhance the guest experience with less touristy and more pristine attractions in Halong Bay. Passengers will cruise further to remote corners of Halong Bay away from the popular and crowded areas, partly reducing tourist overload at these areas as well as indirectly minimising environmental pollution.Ba Ham Lake: Located about 25 kilometres from Tuan Chau International Passenger Port, the area comprisesthree round pits enclosed by limestone mountains. The pits are connected by narrow and dark tunnels, creating a perfect landscape for kayaking. This is also the best way to discover this area by paddling through limestone caves and enjoying the beach area found on the other side.Tien Ong Cave: Covering an area of nearly 1000 square metres, the cave offers stunning stalactites andstalagmites. In addition to its natural aesthetic value, Tien Ong Cave is also an archaeological site; studies of stone artefacts found within the cave have shown that humans inhabited the area 10,000-2000 BCE. Tien Ong Cave will intrigue both leisure travellers and history enthusiasts.Pearl farming in Tung Sau area: Halong pearls, which have been exported worldwide, are known for their perfection. During the Halong Bay cruise with Bhaya Group, guests will have the opportunity to visit a pearl farm, then complete their cruise with a hearty lunch in authentic Vietnamese style served right on the floating platform.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe retaining walls of the planters are made of thin fiber-reinforced concrete modules, precast on the ground and tilted up into place.A backhoe excavates the ground for the lower level greenhouse terraces and widens the road for more parking spaces. [photo: Nadia Begin]This report continues on 9/8/2010. September 6, 2010Planning Coordinator for the first phase of the energy apron construction, Nadia Begin, explains the function of the survey equipment to planning intern Alex Dahlman.The site to be surveyed is the slope below the Guestrooms. [photo: Anita Baker]Alex sets up the builder’s level to survey the slope of the planned greenhouse terraces. [photo: Anita Baker]last_img

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