US Gymnast Simone Biles’ Brother Arrested as Suspected Shooter in Triple Murder

first_img brothergymnasticsmurdershooter First Published: August 31, 2019, 12:02 AM IST The brother of US gymnastics star Simone Biles was arrested and charged with murder as the accused shooter who killed three people at a New Year’s Eve party in Cleveland, law enforcement agencies said on Friday.Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, of Cleveland, was being held at the Liberty County Jail in Hinesville, Georgia on six counts of murder, three of voluntary manslaughter, five of felonious assault and a single count of perjury, according to a joint statement from the Cleveland Division of Police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. His arraignment at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Justice Center, where a grand jury indicted him on the criminal charges, was set for Sept. 13.Biles-Thomas was part of an “uninvited group” that entered the New Year’s Eve house party, leading to an altercation with guests and shots fired, prosecutors said.Two men died at the scene: Delvante Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21. A third victim – Devaughn Gibson, 23 – was pronounced dead at a hospital.”Cleveland Police’s Homicide Unit conducted an investigation and identified Tevin Biles-Thomas as a shooter in the incident,” the joint statement said.Biles-Thomas was taken into custody on Thursday at Fort Stewart, Georgia, according to reports from did not give an explanation for the delay in making an arrest in the case. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more


first_imgA group of Sioux City firefighters has been dispatched to Denison by Iowa Homeland Security to assist local agencies in their search for a missing teenage girl along the Boyer River.Thirteen Urban Search and Rescue personnel along with an amphibious vehicle were deployed early today (Tuesday).Members are providing search and recovery efforts as well as relief assistance to local officials, who have been searching the Boyer River for a missing teen since last Thursday.The Crawford County Sheriff says five people were in a car that left the road, traveled through a field and into the river around 3am Thursday.Four of the occupants escaped the vehicle and were hospitalized for hypothermia.The teenage girl remains missing.Photo courtesy KMEGlast_img read more

Honduras and Australia to meet for World Cup spot

first_imgWC Qualification CONCACAF Australia and Honduras to battle for World Cup spot after dramatic night of qualifying Goal Last updated 2 years ago 10:41 10/11/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Australia Honduras WC Qualification CONCACAF WC Qualification Asia Honduras v Mexico Trinidad and Tobago v United States Panama v Costa Rica Australia v Syria Honduras Mexico United States Trinidad and Tobago Panama Syria Costa Rica Australia After an unbelievable series of results, Los Catrachos will take on the Socceroos over two legs for a position in Russia next year Australia and Honduras will meet in the intercontinental playoff for a berth in Russia after an extraordinary night of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF.The USA missed out on qualification after losing 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago, with Panama qualifying directly in third position after 88th minute goal in a 2-1 win against Costa Rica.That same Panama goal also allowed Honduras, who defeated Mexico 3-2, to move into the fourth position – which means they will now face the Socceroos over two legs on November 6 and 14. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Earlier, Australia needed extra time to defeat Syria 3-2 on aggregate leaving them waiting a little over 12 hours to find out their CONCACAF opponentlast_img read more

Hayley Turner to face disciplinary panel over bets while still a jockey

first_imgShare on Facebook Horse racing Hayley Turner, Britain’s most successful female jockey and a familiar pundit on ITV’s racing coverage this year, faces the embarrassment of an appearance in front of the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel next Thursday after it emerged she placed regular bets with an online bookmaker over an 18-month period while still holding a jockey’s licence.Turner announced in November 2015 she had decided to retire from race-riding at 32, having partnered nearly 800 winners including three at Group One or Grade One level. The decision of the French racing authorities to allow female jockeys to claim 2kg (4.5lb) in most of the country’s races from March 2017 prompted a rethink and Turner has been riding regularly in France in recent weeks after ITV Racing’s focus turned to the new jumps season.Turner also rode in several “one‑off” and invitational events after her “retirement” in 2015, however, which required her to retain her professional jockeys’ licence and it emerged on Monday she had also opened an online betting account on which she had placed more than 150 bets, showing a profit of about £160. In a statement released on her behalf by the Professional Jockeys’ Association, Turner was described by Paul Struthers, the PJA chief executive, as being “absolutely devastated at her mistake and deeply embarrassed and sorry for it”. Struthers said: “Following her retirement from the saddle in November 2015, Hayley opened an online betting account in her name registered to her home address. The first ever betting account she had opened. Even though she was officially retired, Hayley subsequently took part in a number of one-off, invitational events and had some warmup rides to prepare for them, and held a licence from the BHA enabling her to take part in those events. It was only this summerHayley decided to return to race riding more fully in France.“Even though Hayley no longer saw herself as a jockey and placed no bets whilst actively riding, she did place bets whilst holding a licence which technically placed her in breach of the Rules of Racing, something Hayley entirely accepts.“There were a total of 164 such bets over a period of approximately 18 months, with a median average stake of £10 and a mean average stake of £18.62, which generated a total profit of £160.”All jockeys are aware they are banned from betting while riding, and the entry point penalty for a breach of the rule is an 18-month suspension of their licence. The suggested range of the penalty for a first offence, to take account of mitigating or aggravating factors, is a ban of between three months and 10 years.A number of jockeys have been banned in recent years for passing information to gamblers for reward but cases which involve jockeys betting on their own account are rare. The most recent example involved Matthew Hopkins, a former Flat jockey who was banned for three years in 2015 after he was found to have placed nearly 1,000 bets on racing via an account with Bet365 over a 12-month period. Hopkins subsequently received counselling for a gambling addiction. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Topics Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. British Horseracing Authority Sandown hoping frost fear does not deter Douvan from Tingle Creek The PJA’s statement added that Turner will not comment on the case until it concludes. The BHA also declined to comment in line with its policy on active disciplinary cases.Toast Of New York, who had not raced since finishing just a nose behind Bayern in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, made a successful return to the track at Lingfield Park on Wednesday, easing to a one-length success in a 10-furlong conditions event.Jamie Osborne’s six-year-old, who also took the UAE Derby at Meydan in March 2014, was officially retired in December 2015 to stand at stud in Qatar having been sidelined by injury, and sold to Al Shaqab Racing by his former owner Michael Buckley, after his exceptional run at Santa Anita.Toast Of New York was always a bull of a horse, and looked as much a stallion as he did a racehorse in the paddock beforehand, but there was no doubting much of his strength and enthusiasm remains undimmed when he unshipped Frankie Dettori just moments after his rider had climbed into his saddle.Dettori sent Toast Of New York into an early lead but then settled behind the outsider of the four-strong field, Mr Scaramanga, until being sent to the front again a quarter of mile from the line. Petite Jack, the favourite, pressed him in the straight but Toast Of New York was always holding his challenge.One possible target for Toast Of New York now is the world’s most valuable race, the $12m Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park in Florida next month, while he was originally bought by Al Shaqab Racing to be aimed at the 2016 Dubai World Cup. “He was bought as a World Cup horse,” Harry Herbert, Al Shaqab’s racing manager, said afterwards, “and although it’s taken longer than expected, he could still be one.”Osborne, who watched the race from the Newmarket sales, said that Toast Of New York will travel to Florida without another race if the Pegasus is chosen as his next assignment.“This horse’s strengths are going hard,” Osborne said. “It is why dirt suits him, as he has an incredibly high cruising speed and he digs in. In a race that is a war of attrition, that is when he is at his best, so you could say today wasn’t playing to his strengths, even though Frankie has ridden him perfectly.“He’s only set foot on dirt once in his life, but put up the performance of his life and I have no doubt he’s a better horse on dirt. Looking at him on TV today from the Newmarket sales, I thought he looked very fat but he’s actually only five kilos heavier than when he ran at Santa Anita. So clearly there is a change of shape at his age. We can tune him a bit more yet and as long as he’s sound in the morning and his leg is fine, we’ll make a plan from there.”Thursday’s tips, by Greg WoodMarket Rasen 12.20 Sommervieu 12.50 Sunshade 1.20 Ever So Much 1.55 Clondaw Cian 2.25 Huntsman Son 3.00 American Life 3.30 RoxyfetWincanton 12.30 Allez Jacques 1.00 Just A Thought 1.35 Pink Gin 2.05 Coeur Blimey (nb) 2.40 Leith Hill Legasi 3.15 Zayfire Aramis 3.50 Acey MilanLeicester 12.40 Brianstorm 1.10 Cliffside Park 1.45 Alpine Secret 2.15 Daytime Ahead 2.50 More Than Luck 3.25 Cougar KidChelmsford City 5.25 Alaskan Bay 5.55 Red Cymbal 6.30 Born To Finish 7.00 Sibilance (nap) 7.30 Samphire Coast 8.00 Arcadian Sea 8.30 Fintech 9.00 Silver Penny Horse racing tips Share on Messenger Share on Twitter news The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

21 days agoKieran Tierney: Arsenal deserve to be in the Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kieran Tierney: Arsenal deserve to be in the Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKieran Tierney was delighted to be part of Arsenal’s Europa League win over Standard Liege.Arsenal have not competed in the Champions League since 2015-16.Speaking after the win on Thursday, Tierney said: “The club is a massive club and deserve to be in the Champions League.”We know the ambitions of the club and the supporters and we’re all in it together and hopefully we can do that.”We’ve got the potential, we’ve got the ability.”Tierney is yet to feature in the league, but is staying positive as he looks to impress manager Unai Emery enough to earn himself a spot.”I’m just doing my best every day, I work hard, the manager trusts me and I’m giving 100 per cent,” he said. last_img read more

Video: Michigan TE Jake Butt Does His Best Odell Beckham Jr. Impression With Cool Catch Video

first_imgJake Butt of the Michigan Wolverines has some fun talking to Jabrill Peppers #5 during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: Jake Butt #15 of the Michigan Wolverines has some fun talking to Jabrill Peppers #5 during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan tight end Jake Butt is getting in on the Odell Beckham Jr. impression game. The New York Giants’ wide receiver posted a video of himself making some crazy catches while lying down earlier this week. Butt has attempted to replicate the video. It’s pretty impressive. A little work from today..— jake butt (@JBooty_88) July 9, 2015Not bad, Jake.last_img read more

Maersk Supply Service to Divest up to 20 Vessels

first_imgzoom Maersk Supply Service, a part of Danish shipping and offshore energy conglomerate Maersk Group, is divesting up to 20 vessels over the coming 18 months and reducing its crew pool by 400 offshore positions.The company said that the divestment plan is a response to vessels in lay-up, limited trading opportunities and the global over-supply of offshore supply vessels in the industry.“One of Maersk Supply Service’s prime objectives is to attempt to restore the supply demand balance in the offshore supply market. This is why the vast majority of the divested vessels will be recycled or modified by their new owners to compete outside their present segments,” CEO of Maersk Supply Service, Jørn Madsen, said.Maersk Supply Service will flag its four Stingray new-buildings to the Isle of Man registry. A commercial hub will be established in the United Kingdom consolidating ownership and operation of the company’s project vessels. This includes the Stingray vessels and five existing project vessels that will also be flagged to the Isle of Man registry.As a consequence of the fleet reduction and the flagging of existing project vessels to the Isle of Man registry, around 400 crew members will be made redundant as a “necessary step to safeguard the future” of Maersk Supply Service, Madsen added.The redundancy process is expected to be finalised by the end of September 2016.last_img read more

Heavy rains in Maha 50000 evacuated from Kolhapur Sangli

first_imgKolhapur: With the incessant rains causing floods in Sangli and Kolhapur in western Maharashtra, the Navy and Air Force were on Tuesday called in to help in the relief and rescue operations even as 50,000 people were evacuated in the two districts, officials said. The national highway between Kolhapur and Belgaum in Karnataka was shut for vehicular traffic due to water-logging, Kolhapur Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh told PTI. Power supply to over 85,000 consumers in Kolhapur was suspended as a precautionary measure, an official from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said he has written to his Karnataka counterpart B S Yediyurappa, requesting him to increase the discharge of water from Almatti dam on Krishna river in the southern state so as to ease the flood situation in Sangli. Fadnavis said he would hold a review meeting on Wednesday to work out long-term measures to combat the flood situation. “A total of 11,165 families, comprising nearly 50,000 individuals, have been evacuated from the low-lying areas of Sangli and Kolhapur and shifted to safer places,” Pune divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K A team of the NDRF informed that they rescued two pregnant women in Sangli and one in Kolhapur. “Apart from additional teams of the NDRF, two choppers have been deployed for Kolhapur and if necessary, they will conduct sorties over Sangli,” he said. The Navy will also deploy its choppers for the rescue operations for Sangli and Kolhapur, he said. Mhaisekar said after the Maharashtra government request to Karnataka, the latter has increased the water discharge from Almatti dam to ease the flooding in Sangli. “They were releasing water from the dam at 3.21 lakh cusecs, and now discharge has been increased by 20,000. A request has been made to further increase the discharge to five lakh cusecs,” he said. The discharge of water from the dam is expected to improve the situation in Sangli, he said. The official further said that Ujani dam in Solapur was filled up to 90 per cent of its total storage capacity and water was being discharged from it. “Due to the discharge, the temple town of Pandharpur might face problems and an advisory has been issued to take precautions,” Mhaisekar said. Kolhapur has been witnessing “unprecedented” rains, Deshmukh said, adding that some rivers in the district were flowing above the danger mark. Flood waters entered many areas of Kolhapur city, including the collector’s office, another official said. The water level of the Panchganga river in Kolhapur crossed the danger mark of 49 feet. “It was flowing at 52 feet level on Tuesday,” he said. The administrations in Pune, Satara, Kolhapur and Sangli declared a holiday for schools and colleges on Tuesday.last_img read more

Judge orders jail fines for convicted Saskatchewan human smugglers

first_imgESTEVAN, Sask. – A Saskatchewan couple has been sentenced after admitting to their roles in a human smuggling operation involving a group of Nigerian asylum-seekers.In a ruling brought down on Monday, a provincial court judge in Estevan ordered Victor Omoruyi of Regina to spend nine months in jail and pay a $20,000 fine.His wife, Michelle Strawford-Omoruyi, was given a 12-month conditional sentence and a fine of $10,000.Both had pleaded guilty in March to counts of human smuggling and possession of the proceeds of crime.Three other charges were stayed in return for their guilty pleas.The pair was accused of helping five adults and four children who were intercepted while crossing into Canada from North Dakota in April 2017.As part of their sentence the couple must pay a $200 surcharge.Strawford-Omoruyi must also abide by a curfew during the first two months of her conditional sentence and complete 40 hours of community service within the first six months.She apologized in court and said she wants to move on and start her life over.Victor Omoruyi was previously deported from the U.S. where he pleaded guilty in a North Dakota district court to transporting an illegal alien and was sentenced to six months in jail.All nine people who were detained later made refugee claims. (CJSL, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

NFL Star Kendall Simmons Supports Diabetes NovoLog

first_imgNovo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, this week kicked off the first NovoLog Community Star contest.As part of the program, type 2 diabetes patients successfully managing their blood sugar with NovoLog (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection) are invited to visit and tell them how they’re giving back to their local communities.Now through March 15, NovoLog patients can submit their story and photo online for the chance to be crowned a NovoLog Community Star. Finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, and each will receive a $5,000 donation to a local diabetes-related organization of their choice. One grand prize winner will also receive a one-year online subscription to Weight Watchers to help with their diabetes management.Two-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and NovoLog patient Kendall Simmons has partnered with Novo Nordisk to encourage people to get involved. Diagnosed in 2003, Kendall has been very active in his Alabama community, hosting an annual “Swing4Diabetes” charity golf tournament to raise money for a nearby diabetes and nutrition center.“There is an army of unsung diabetes heroes out there, and I’m thrilled to partner with Novo Nordisk to find them,” said Simmons. “Whether coaching a little league team, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or fundraising for charity, whatever it is that you’re able to do to give back to your community, then we want to hear from you.”All NovoLog Community Star finalists will have the choice of a $5,000 donation made in their name to one of several third party organizations, including the American Diabetes Association, Produce for Better Health Foundation, and Insulindependence. Entries will be accepted for approximately eight weeks, and finalists will be announced later this year.“We are excited to launch the first nation-wide NovoLog Community Star program,” said Camille Lee, corporate vice president, Diabetes Marketing. “Our company was founded for people with diabetes and this contest is a great way to shine a local light on all of the positive work they can accomplish.”Official Rules for submission are available by visiting If you have type 2 diabetes, or know someone who does, go online to share your inspiring story and learn more about insulin treatment and delivery options today.last_img read more

Stars Donate Shoes To British Heart Foundation Auction

first_imgTop celebrities such as Sir Tom Jones, Jonathan Ross, Jack Wilshere, Vivienne Westwood, Katie Price and over 50 more famous faces have donated their shoes to be auctioned off on the British Heart Foundation’s eBay site as part of Good Morning Britain’s Heels 4 Hearts campaign.The campaign aims to get every secondary school pupil in the UK the possibility to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation.In the UK, less than one in ten people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest. Yet in some parts of Norway, where CPR training is taught in secondary school, survival rates are one in four. If the UK achieved the same rates as Norway, we could save the lives of up to 5,000 people every year.Diane Locke, British Heart Foundation Deputy Retail Director, said: “We’re delighted that so many celebrities have donated to Good Morning Britain’s Heels 4 Hearts campaign and are very grateful for every pair. We’re very lucky to have been donated all types of shoes, from designer brands and high heels to sport shoes from over 50 celebrities.“There really is something for everyone available, so please visit our eBay store and take a look. The profit raised from each pair of shoes will help give us the chance for every secondary school pupil in the UK to learn CPR.”Other celebrities including Alan Carr, Zoella, Kelly Hoppen, Darcey Bussell, Paddy McGuinness, Bill Bailey, Philip Schofield, Peter Andre have donated shoes to the campaign.Visit the British Heart Foundation eBay store before 20:00 on Friday 28 March to bid on these exclusive auctions.last_img read more

Art Gallery of Hamilton sets the record straight for female artists

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Jamie Angelopoulos’s “Stand Up For Yourself” (Courtesy Art Gallery of Hamilton) It’s a mea culpa for the gallery, after a recent inventory revealed that only 12 per cent of all works in its collection were made by women. Let that number sink in, it seems to say, spelling it out and repeating it like a mantra: “Twelve per cent.” It’s the present looking over its shoulder to its own past in disgusted disbelief. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement “Speaking for Herself” reads the big blocky text on the wall at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, next to a sickly bright quilt fashioned by the late, great Canadian artist Joyce Wieland, who never had any trouble with such things.It’s your first clue that, in this moment of #MeToo and gender equity gaps bursting out from the shadows, the gallery has unequivocally entered the ring.A fuller text nearby makes it more clear: “The longstanding and systemic exclusion or erasure of women artists from art history, exhibitions, collections, the art market and commercial gallery representation is not a debatable issue. It’s a fact.” Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Yes the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam is still happening in Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP say that the Canada Revenue Agency phone scam continues to be an issue in the Fort St. John area.The scam artist calls the intended victim and purports to be an officer with the Canada Revenue Agency who tells the victim that they owe back taxes and that the easiest way for them to avoid jail time is to send the CRA the back taxes in the form of iTunes gift cards or prepaid Visa gift cards.The CRA scam has continued to evolve and use different ploys and tactics to swindle unsuspecting victims for at least the past five years. Your best course of action is to hang up your phone if you receive a call from someone claiming to be an officer with the CRA. The real Canada Revenue Agency will not call you and any correspondence directed to you will be received by regular or registered mail.The CRA will never ask for personal information through an email or text message or by clicking on a link.The CRA will never request payment by prepaid credit cards or iTunes gift cards, and it does not send emails containing details of a tax refund or Interac e-transfer payments.The CRA advises Canadians to confirm the status of their tax accounts before taking any action that may be the result of pressure from suspicious calls or emails, and to verify the legitimacy of the communication by contacting the CRA directly at 1-800-959-8281 or by checking My Account or My Business Account.For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.If you’ve shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.If you’ve shared banking information with the scammers, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.If you receive a scam phone call, the RCMP says you don’t need to contact them and your best course of action is to just hang up on the call.For more information on this fraud and others click on this link: or call them at: Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Toll-free at 1-888-495-8501last_img read more

HappyNass A Moroccan NonProfit Distributes Food to the Poor for Iftar

New York – In a program called “Ftouri Ftourek,” meaning “my breakfast is your breakfast,” the Casablanca-based non-profit collects and distributes basic Iftar food items to the city’s needy dwellers.In the video below, watch as a traveler named Charlie, on his Walk for Water from Denmark to Tanzania, films members of the HappyNass (Nass means people in Moroccan Arabic) distributing food out to poor and homeless people in Casablanca.In the video, members of HappyNass explain that their funding mainly comes from family and friends as well as fundraising on social media. The non-profit currently has nearly 11,000 likes on Facebook, where the group routinely posts updates on food preparation and distribution. One volunteer in the video, when asked why she volunteers with HappyNass, said that it was both because it is a part of her religion and because it feels good to help others.Though the “Ftouri Ftourek” program currently occupies most of the organization’s time, HappyNass helps the nation’s poor all year long through a variety of different programs and fundraising initiatives. read more

Ban Kimoon welcomes announcement of African summit on Zimbabwe

11 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is pleased that regional leaders in southern Africa are mobilizing to “help Zimbabwe overcome its post-electoral crisis through peaceful means.” Through a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban congratulated the leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for arranging a summit of heads of State in Lusaka, Zambia, on 13 April to discuss the situation. Earlier this week, Mr. Ban expressed concern that the results of presidential elections in Zimbabwe have not been released and urged the electoral authorities to do so “expeditiously and with transparency.”“The situation in Zimbabwe could deteriorate if there is no prompt action to resolve this impasse,” he added in today’s statement.In the presidential poll, the incumbent, Robert Mugabe, is facing Morgan Tsvangirai and Simba Makoni. If a winning candidate does not win more than 50 per cent of the total votes, a run-off race is required. Mr Tsvangirai’s party, the Movement for Democratic Change, petitioned Zimbabwe’s High Court to demand the release of the election results. The electoral authorities have already announced the results of the Senate and parliamentary elections, which were held on the same day as the presidential vote. read more

Inspired by United Nations New York museum takes unique look at tackling

On the spot in Queens, New York where the United Nations General Assembly met during the late 1940s, a Mexican artist is testing his hypothesis that ordinary people, through creative approaches, can find solutions to the challenges the world body is tackling today.One-hundred-ninety-five New Yorkers who are immigrants from or have family connections to the 193 UN Member States and two observers – State of Palestine and the Holy See – participated this weekend in ‘The People’s United Nations p(UN)’ event at the newly reopened Queens Museum.“This is a privilege to be asked to be a part of this bold artistic endeavor by Pedro Reyes,” said Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, referring to the artist who created the event and exhibition which will run through March 2014.Opening the installation event on Saturday, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal paid tribute to the borough hosting the Museum, calling Queens “a microcosm of the United Nations” with residents from more than 100 different countries speaking at least 138 different languages.“It is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse places on the planet, a place where people from all backgrounds are able to live side by side,” said the UN’s top communications official.In 1946, the spot from which he spoke was the meeting place of the UN General Assembly, which gathered at the then-New York City’s Pavilion, until 1950. The diplomats would move across the East River to the now iconic 39-floor UN Headquarters building in Manhattan in 1952.“It’s a reminder that the UN is connected to its host city in so many ways, and has been for years,” Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said.The Museum overlooks the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the site of the 1939 World’s Fair, and the steel globe Unisphere which has since become a symbol of the borough.The artist, Mr. Reyes, is hoping to evoke the Organization’s history for the installation, which according to its Facebook, included instruction to delegates such as: ‘Imagine in a perfect world, you open the newspaper and see an ideal headline from your country. Write that headline.’The “representatives” from Bahamas, Benin, Denmark, and Zimbabwe wrote, “Education on the Go, College on Wheels.” The team which included Azerbaijan, Montenegro, Philippines, Rwanda and Somalia chose: ‘The Philippine Government Partners with the Vatican to Open Free Abortion and Birth Control Clinics.’ “The Sun Welcomes Japanese Nuclear Reactors” and “From year 2130: Remembering Our Nation’s Separation into North and South Korea and Celebrating 50 years of Unity”, were among some other answers.Over the course of two days, the experimental group used theater games, group therapy, and techniques from social science to grapple with a set of surprising and provocative proposals as well as real-life problems, according to the Museum website.“It is precisely the lighthearted spirit of play that allows the participants to engage in subjects whose magnitude would otherwise overwhelm us,” Mr. Reyes is quoted as saying.Highlighting the parallel activity around him, Mr. Launsky-Tieffenthal said he hoped the world leaders took note of the willingness and eagerness with which the delegates engaged with each other “to learn, to play, to argue and to dream together as part of the People’s United Nations.”Mr. Reyes’ exhibit also includes a series of art work on display for the next four months.Among them the “Drone Dove”, which merges the form of an unmanned military drone and a dove of peace, as well as the “Colloquium”, a sculpture of delicately interlocking marble panels which, on close inspection, turn out to be blank cartoon speech bubbles communicating without words. read more

Brock students horror movie getting international attention

A timid son carries on a conversation with his elderly mother in a dimly lit parlour. The mother lovingly offers her maternal wisdom. But as the audience soon finds out, she has been dead for years.For more than a decade, Brock PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities Kevin McGuiness has been producing movies that garner international recognition.His most recent film, Mother (2016) is a short horror film that chronicles the relationship between a mother and son. It has been accepted at seven film festivals in Canada, the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The film has also been nominated for Best Student Film at the Scream in the Dark Film Festival in Nebraska.McGuiness has produced eight horror films since 2010, using actors from Niagara and winning awards locally and internationally. His most recent films are Lady Death (2015), Mother and the upcoming Norma.He has always had a fascination with the horror genre and finds his inspiration in the classic horror films of the 1970s, such as John Carpenter’s Halloween and Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre.The theme of misguided use of power is particularly interesting to McGuiness.“Horror is a rare genre where a filmmaker is permitted the opportunity to examine the darker facets of human nature in a meaningful way,” he says. “There is something primal about horror — it terrifies us, but also permits the viewer an opportunity to purge themselves of the fears connected with mortality, such as the fear of death, loneliness and desperation.”Ultimately, the genre reinforces the notion that even under such conditions, hope usually can survive.McGuiness has turned his fascination with the genre into a doctoral thesis for the PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities which explores the mythical figures of the Boogeyman and its incarnation in art and cinema. Professors Cristina Santos and Christine Daigle have both been highly influential in his work.Many of his films have been informed by his academic interests.“High T.N.T. (2013) was produced after I attended a Steampunk course at Brock and this film went on to win the Jury Award at the Render This Film Festival,” he says.McGuiness finances his films independently and serves as writer, director and editor on all productions. Brock Classics graduates Tessa Little and Tarah Csaszar have both helped enormously with the production of his films.He has also worked with talented Brock graduates Keri Bishop (Dramatic Arts), Josh Sanger (Dramatic Arts) and Colin Dignam (Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts), as well as student Murphy Mackenzie (Interdisciplinary Humanities).He plans to continue making films in the future and has recently finished work on Norma, which will screen in a series of film festivals later this year.Trailers for McGuiness’ films can be viewed on his YouTube channel.Below is a trailer for Mother: read more