EDMONTON — It was a day of tears and bittersweet smiles at the Alberta legislature as Premier Rachel Notley and other dignitaries paid tribute to former premier Jim Prentice.The official portrait of Prentice was unveiled as his wife, Karen, and family looked on in the legislature rotunda.Prentice served as Alberta’s 16th premier but left politics after his Progressive Conservatives lost the 2015 election to Notley and her NDP.Prentice, who before provincial politics had been a federal Conservative cabinet minister, died in a plane crash in 2016.Karen Prentice said she remembers her husband as a man of vision who had a love of children.She said he would often stop school groups in the hallway, invite them to his office and let kids sit in the premier’s chair in the hope they would be inspired to take up public service.The Canadian Press read more
A group linked with the criminal had attacked the mob resulting in a clash between both groups.The police had gone to the area to bring the situation under control. However the group which was supporting the criminal attacked the police.The injured people were admitted to hospital for treatment. A clash at Moragahahena last night injured 12 people including three policemen.The clash had taken place after a mob caught a wanted criminal and handed him over to the police.
Specialist Meric Greenbaum works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. U.S. stocks are opening sharply lower as worries intensify about China’s economy and dropping oil prices. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Thursday’s plunge in Chinese stocks was set off by currency jitters but it was just one in a series of aftershocks from last yea by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 8:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – The latest trigger was currency jitters, but Thursday’s plunge in Chinese stocks was just one in a series of aftershocks from last year’s boom and bust that could shake markets for months to come.Investor anxiety over economic weakness and a possible glut of unwanted shares flooding the market have complicated Beijing’s efforts to withdraw emergency controls imposed after Chinese stock prices collapsed in June.On Thursday, trading halted for the day after a stock index fell 7 per cent a half-hour into the trading day. It was this week’s second daylong suspension after a plunge in prices Monday tripped the same “circuit breakers” that were introduced Jan. 1.Regulators suspended use of the “circuit breaker” effective Friday after economists warned it might be adding to volatility. They said trading was halted to often and the mechanism accelerated declines by encouraging investors to sell quickly before they were locked out. According to IHS, the mechanism would have been tripped 20 times if it had been in place in the final quarter of 2015.The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index more than doubled between late 2014 and June, then dived 30 per cent. Supported by a multibillion-dollar government intervention, the market rose almost 25 per cent in the final months of 2015, only to collapse in the new year. That left the main index down 15 per cent from its December peak.Wild price swings could continue through the first half of this year, according to financial analysts. Even after the latest declines, the Shanghai index is up 36 per cent from October 2014.The turmoil in China triggered a sell-off in Asian and Western stocks. Beijing keeps its markets sealed off from global capital flows, but due to the vast size of China’s economy, foreign investors watch them closely and react to volatility.“The market still is trying to find a bottom, and that takes time,” said Chen Yong, a strategist at Lianxun Securities. “The key is to be able to resume normal daily trading, and during that time volatility is inevitable.”The upheaval disrupted the ruling Communist Party’s plans to use the stock markets as a tool to make China’s state-dominated economy more competitive and productive.Economic growth fell to a six-year low of 6.9 per cent in the July-September quarter and is forecast by the International Monetary Fund to decline further to 6.3 per cent this year. Monday’s stock price plunged was triggered by surveys that showed manufacturing in December was weaker than expected.The latest bout of selling was fueled by concern Beijing is letting China’s yuan weaken too fast against the dollar.The yuan, also known as the renminbi, has drifted down by 6 per cent against the U.S. currency since the central bank adopted a mechanism in August it said would make the state-set exchange rate more market-oriented.The yuan’s link to the dollar meant it soared as the U.S. currency climbed over the past year, making it overvalued by 10 to 15 per cent against those of other developing countries. But the prospect Beijing would close such a large gap fueled fears it might lead to an outflow of capital, weakening China’s economy and reducing the supply of money to support share prices.Thursday’s exchange rate of 6.5646 yuan to the dollar was the lowest since March 2011.“The government hopes to see the yuan depreciate to stimulate exports and the economy, but the speed of depreciation went too fast,” said analyst Zhang Gang of Central China Securities.The White House said the U.S. was closely monitoring China’s currency. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. approach to the uncertainty was to continue pressing China to speed up the pace of economic reforms he said would benefit China long-term and help the global economy.Investors also were skittish about the impending end Thursday of a six-month ban on share sales by any stockholder who owns more than 5 per cent of a company, according to Zhang.Regulators tried to head off such concern by announcing earlier in the week major shareholders could sell only in private transactions to avoid flooding the market. After Thursday’s market plunge, the securities agency tightened that restriction by saying they can unload only the equivalent of 1 per cent of a company’s shares over the next three months.“Additional volatility in China’s stock market remains almost certain in the first half of 2016,” said economist Brian Jackson of IHS Global Insight in a report. “China’s stock market reform will remain a messy affair.”Chinese leaders encouraged novice investors to pile into stocks beginning in late 2014. They wanted to raise money for state companies to pay down heavy debt loads and become profit-oriented and competitive. Communist planners also hoped investing would help families save for retirement, easing the pressure on Beijing to pay for pensions and health care.Those plans went wrong when markets soared faster than Beijing wanted. By May, state media that cheered on higher prices started to mix in appeals for investors to act prudently.After prices plunged in June, the government banned sales by big shareholders, ordered state companies to buy stock, cut interest rates and cancelled initial public offerings.The government has yet to say what its intervention cost, but Goldman Sachs has estimated state entities spent 860 billion-900 billion yuan ($135 billion-$140 billion) to buy shares in June and July.___AP researchers Yu Bing in Beijing and Fu Ting in Shanghai and writer Josh Lederman in Washington contributed. read more
HARLEY-DAVISON WILL unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.Harley will show handmade demonstration models on Monday at an invitation-only event in New York.The company will then take several dozen riders on a 30-city tour to test drive the bikes and provide feedback. Harley will use the information it gathers to continue refining the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.What’s the market like?The venture is a risk for Harley because there’s currently almost no market for full-size electric motorcycles.The millions of two-wheeled electric vehicles sold each year are almost exclusively scooters and low-powered bikes that appeal to Chinese commuters.But one analyst said investment by a major manufacturer could help create demand, and Levatich emphasised in an interview with The Associated Press that Harley is interested in the long-term potential, regardless of immediate demand.“We think that the trends in both EV technology and customer openness to EV products, both automotive and motorcycles, is only going to increase, and when you think about sustainability and environmental trends, we just see that being an increasing part of the lifestyle and the requirements of riders,” Levatich said.So, nobody can predict right now how big that industry will be or how significant it will be.At the same time, Levatich and others involved in creating the sleek, futuristic LiveWire predicted it would sell based on performance, not environmental awareness.With no need to shift gears, the slim, sporty bike can go from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds. The engine is silent, but the meshing of gears emits a hum like a jet airplane taking off.“Some people may get on it thinking, ‘golf cart,’” lead engineer Jeff Richlen said. “And they get off thinking, ‘rocket ship.’”A hurdle to jumpOne hurdle the company has yet to address is the limited range offered by electric motorcycles. The batteries must be recharged after about 130 miles, and that can take 30 minutes to an hour.San Jose State University police Capt. Alan Cavallo helped his department buy two bikes from Zero Motorcycles, the current top-selling brand, and said officers have been “super happy” with the quiet, environmentally friendly bikes made nearby in Scotts Valley, California.But he said American riders who like to hit the highway would likely lose patience with the technology.“That’s the deal with the cars; you can’t jump in a Tesla and drive to LA, it won’t make it,” Cavallo said, adding later, “People want the convenience of ‘I pull into a gas station, I pour some gas in my tank and I go.’”Zero Motorcycles introduced its first full-size motorcycle in 2010 and expects to sell about 2,400 bikes this year, said Scott Harden, the company’s vice president of global marketing. That would give it about half of the global market for full-size, high-powered electric motorcycles.In comparison, Harley-Davidson alone sold more than 260,000 conventional motorcycles last year.But John Gartner, a research director for the consulting firm Navigant, said having large, well-funded companies get into the electric motorcycle market could give it a significant boost. The major automakers helped drive sales for hybrid and electric cars, he noted.Investing in technologyLevatich said true growth will require common standards for rapid charging and other features, as well as places for people to plug in.Harley expects to play a key role in developing electric vehicle standards, and its dealership network could provide charging stations to serve all drivers, he said.“We’ve been very silent up to this point about our investment in EV technology,” Levatich said. “… but now that we’re public, and we’re in this space, we expect to be involved and a part of leading the development of the standards, and the technology and the infrastructure necessary to further the acceptance and the utility of electric vehicles.”Read: HSE buys three Harley-Davidson motorcycles for €66k> read more
A FEDERAL APPEALS court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law.The ruling could derail subsidies for many low and middle-income people who have bought policies.If upheld, the decision could mean premium increases for more than half of the 8 million Americans who purchased taxpayer-subsidized insurance under the law.It affects consumers who purchased their coverage through the federal insurance marketplace – or exchange- that serves 36 states.A three-judge panel in Washington ruled 2-1 that the law, as written, only allows insurance subsidies in states that have set up their own exchanges. That invalidated an Internal Revenue Service regulation that allowed subsidies in all 50 states.The majority opinion concluded that the law, as written, “unambiguously” restricts subsides to consumers in exchanges established by a state.The issue is crucial to the success of the health law because most states have been unable or unwilling to set up their own exchanges. The inaction stems in many instances from opposition by Republican governors to Obamacare.The health care law is Obama’s signature domestic political achievement and the most sweeping social reform in decades in the United States.The law met with some of the most voracious opposition of the Obama presidency and in part led to the US Government shut down last year.The administration is expected to appeal today’s ruling.Read: US companies who object to contraception on religious grounds won’t have to pay for it >Read: US Supreme Court upholds most parts of Obama’s landmark healthcare law > read more
It’s getting more difficult to keep up with the interesting Google Doodles that are appearing on the search engine’s homepage, but at the same time we don’t mind as we always seem to learn something new from investigating them.Today is no different, and Google has made live a great little dance animation in order to celebrate Martha Graham. Graham was a renowned dancer and choreographer of modern dance, although she preferred the term contemporary dance.Her dance company in New York lives on today and is the oldest in America. She was the first woman to dance at the White House, and managed to invent a “new language of movement” which earned her the title of “The Mother of Modern Dance.” The five movement portrayed in the doodle animation were created by Graham and helped form the basis of this new language she had created.She lived to the age of 96, and while that’s an impressive age for anyone to reach, what’s more impressive is she continued to dance on the stage until she was 76. Today she would have been 117 and probably still involved in dance in some way if it were possible.Additional information via Wikipedia read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Authors, artists, scholars and members of the public expressed their solidarity to the daily struggle of asylum seekers held in Australia’s offshore detention centres at a special event held last week at Melbourne’s Greek Centre.Attendees had the opportunity to engage with Behrouz Boochani and celebrate his novel ‘No Friend but the Mountains’.The Kurdish-Iranian writer and journalist appeared for an interview, online from the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, with his translator and collaborator, Omid Tofighian, joining him in a live connection from Cairo.In his interview with writer and refugee advocate Janet Galbraith and award-winning photographer Hoda Afshar, Boochani described the horrific living conditions in Nauru and Manus, where refugees are deprived of their freedom and human rights remaining arbitrarily detained for years.The writer was also asked to speak in detail about the content of his book, and referred to techniques he has deployed including developing a specific language around the refugee situation and the messages he wishes to send to his readers, while academic Omid Tofighian added further to the conversation sharing his insights on the refugee crisis.The event was hosted by Nikos Papastergiadis, Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne, writer and human rights advocate Arnold Zable and the interview coordinators Janet Galbraith and Hoda Afshar.Opening the evening were two musicians, First Nations Bart Willoughby and Kurdish Fadil Suna.Meanwhile, the line-up of guest speakers included political activist and academic Professor Gary Foley, who criticised Australia’s refugee policy and called on people to press the Government to bring all refugees detained in offshore centres to Australia.Australia’s border security policy was also condemned by Mr Zable in his speech, while photographer Hoda Afshar spoke about her refugee project ‘Remain’ and a documentary she has made with Boochani and other people seeking asylum, an undertaking which she said brought her closer to the horrific living conditions and issues faced by them. read more
By Sulayman Bah Bakau team tactician has taken the ban slammed on him by the Super Nawettan Organising Committee (SOC) in ‘good faith.’Sainey Sanyang was involved in an altercation after he impulsivelyraced down to the opposing team’s dug-out in sheer jubilation in his side’s 2-0 thrashing of Brikama.His action provoked furious reactionsfrom the Sateba Boys’ backroom staff.Sanyang later offered an apology over the bizarre incident in post-match media talks but that didn’t deter the SOC from probing theissues triggered following the referee highlight of the altercation inhis match dossier.Consequently Sainey incurred the organisers wrath who suspended himfrom barking instruction from the technical bench and imposed a D1000fine on The Beach Boys.The punishment means Bakau will be without their coach in their todaysemi-final fixture against defending champions Serrekunda West.Reacting to the ruling, Sanyang said following his chargesquarter-final victory: ‘I was banned and I have accepted it in goodfaith.”On Bakau’s chances, Sainey was bullish, “I told you (before) the teamis gradually improving day in day out, which means we are going to winthe trophy.”]]> read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:china, Dominica, Roosevelt skeritt, tropical storm erika 27 dead, a dozen missing in Dominica after hurricane Maria Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concrete McAlpine defends views on Dominica, says he is simply representing the views of his constituents Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Aug 2015 – Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon Roosevelt Skerrit is heart broken today as he surveys the catastrophic damage in the aftermath of once Tropical Storm Erika.The leader says the country’s development has been set back at least 20 years and the country is mourning lives lost with one death toll put at 20 people. Another reports 30+individuals.Friends in the TCI have been sent photos of what is left of the Canefield Intl Airport which is nearer the island’s south western side.Already China has offered aid; some $300,000.We share some of those images read more
Microsoft blog post REDMOND — Microsoft is entangled in a U.S. government investigation into whether the software maker and some of its business partners resorted to bribery to close deals in China, Romania and Italy, according to a report published Tuesday.Citing anonymous people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal said the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are examining whether kickbacks were paid to foreign officials to help close sale of software. The probe’s targets include resellers of Microsoft software, company consultants and Microsoft’s own employees outside the U.S., according to the Journal.The newspaper emphasized that the inquiry remains in an early stage and there have been no accusations of wrongdoing. In a blog post, Microsoft lawyer John Frank said the issues raised in the Journal’s story are important enough to merit a review by the Redmond, Wash., company and the federal government. “We take all allegations brought to our attention seriously, and we cooperate fully in any government inquiries,” wrote Frank, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel. “Like other large companies with operations around the world, we sometimes receive allegations about potential misconduct by employees or business partners, and we investigate them fully, regardless of the source.”Both the Justice Department and the SEC declined to comment.The reported investigation poses another potential legal headache for Microsoft, which has been sparring with government regulators in the U.S. and Europe for the past two decades. read more
WORCESTER, MA (WSVN) – Eight-year-old Prince has bone cancer in his back right leg, which has made walking difficult.The dog is on pain medication, and owner Melissa Horstman has saved more than $1,000 in cash for surgery to amputate the rotweiller’s leg.“He doesn’t really act like an old dog,” Horstman said. “I don’t want to lose him.”But Horstman says Price’s life now hangs in the balance after thieves broke into her Worcester home, stole the cash she had saved for the surgery, jewelry her mother gave her, and stereo equipment.The thieves entered the home by breaking the back sliding glass window.“I believe they broke the glass, saw he couldn’t get up, and continued to do what they wanted to do,” she said. “They shattered glass all over him.”The thieves stepped over Prince and entered the home, a surveillance camera catching two people walking out the front door. While Horstman wants her belongings back, she’s most concerned about the cash she says would be used to save her dog’s life.Horstman has set up a place where people who are interested in helping can donate toward Prince’s surgery. That information is:Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine200 Westboro RoadNorth Grafton, MA 01536508-839-5302Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
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SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son speaks during a news conference, in front of a screen showing a picture of Rajeev Misra, former Senior Managing Director and Partner, Fortress Investment Group, and currently the head of Strategic Finance for SoftBank Group, in Tokyo November 4, 2014.Reuters fileTwo days after closing its billion-dollar funding initiative, Japanese conglomerate SoftBank announced that Rajeev Misra, currently CEO of SoftBank Investment Advisers, will be joining its board of directors along with four others.The 54-year-old, India-born executive and four others will be formally elected on June 21, SoftBank said in a statement on Wednesday (May 24). An alumni of University of Pennsylvania and MIT Sloan School of Management, Misra joined SoftBank in November 2014 and in October 2016, he was giving the mandate to lead the SoftBank Vision Fund. Misra heads SoftBank Investment Advisers that advises the SoftBank Vision Fund that completed fund-raising from Saudi Arabia, Mubadala Investment Company of the United Arab Emirates, Apple Inc., Foxconn Technology Group, Qualcomm Inc. and Sharp Corporation (“Sharp”) or their respective affiliates, according to an update released on Monday (May 22).He had earlier worked for Merrill Lynch for seven years working in derivative marketing and trading, followed by a short stint at Deutsche Bank AG as the Head of Credit Derivatives and Chief of Global Credit Trading. He also worked at UBS as the Global Head of Credit and Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities in Europe, Middle East and Africa Global Head of Credit and Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities in Europe, Middle East and Africa for five years, according to a profile update by news agency Bloomberg.Misra also served as an independent director at Eros International Plc. from December 1, 2014 to November 17, 2016.The $100-billion SoftBank Vision Fund has a mandate of investing in technology companies globally and has raised $93 billion till date.”The Fund will target meaningful, long-term investments in companies and foundational platform businesses that seek to enable the next age of innovation. The Fund will seek to acquire minority and majority interests in both private and public companies, from emerging technology businesses to established, multi-billion dollar companies requiring substantial growth funding,” according to SoftBank.Marcelo Claure, Sprint Corporation; Simon Segars, CEO, ARM Holdings Plc; Mark Schwartz, Senior Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Yasir O. Al-Rumayyan, Managing Director and Board Member, the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are the other four executives who will be joining the SoftBank board.SoftBank’s investments in India include $1.4 billion in mobile wallet Paytm owned by fintech company One97 Communications. Paytm became Paytm Payments Bank with effect from May 23. Besides, SoftBank has also invested in cab-hailing company Ola and e-commerce firm Snapdeal. Snapdeal is rumoured to be acquired by bigger rival Flipkart. read more
Soldiers are seen at the Paramacay Fort, headquarters of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces’ 41st Infantry Brigade, in Venezuela’s third city, Valencia. Photo: AFPVenezuela’s military said Sunday it repelled a “terrorist” attack on a base in the city of Valencia and was hunting some of the assailants who made off with pillaged weapons.A group of around 20 “mercenaries” led by an army officer who had deserted battled troops in the base for three hours, ending with two of the attackers being killed and eight captured, President Nicolas Maduro said on state television.The other 10 escaped with an arsenal taken from the base, according to officials who said an “intense search” was underway.Maduro claimed the group had ties to Colombia and the United States.The incident heightened fears that Venezuela’s deepening political and economic crisis could explode into greater violence.Officials insisted afterward that all was normal across the country.Military helicopters flew overhead and tactical armored vehicles patrolled the streets in Valencia, a major northwestern city, in a climate of tension after the attack.Locals said a nighttime curfew had been imposed. Police dispersed protesters who set up flaming barricades across roads.The armed forces said in a statement “a group of civilian criminals wearing military uniforms and a first lieutenant who had deserted” carried out the attack.Maduro said the lieutenant, among those captured, was “actively giving information and we have testimony from seven of the civilians.”Loyal military chiefsMaduro congratulated the army for its “immediate reaction” in putting down the attack, saying they earned his “admiration.”Venezuela’s opposition has repeatedly urged the military to abandon Maduro.But Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, the head of the armed forces, has said the military’s loyalty was unshakable.After Sunday’s attack in Valencia, Padrino tweeted that the assailants “couldn’t do anything against” the army.In a video posted online just before the attack, a man presenting himself as an army captain named Juan Caguaripano declared a “legitimate rebellion… to reject the murderous tyranny of Nicolas Maduro.”Speaking with 15 men in camouflage standing by him, some of them armed, he demanded a transitional government and “free elections.”It was not known if he was the lieutenant referred to in the military statement.That statement said the officer had deserted three years ago and taken refuge in Miami, in the US state of Florida.Venezuela isolatedVenezuela has become increasingly isolated internationally as Maduro tightens his hold on power through a contested loyalist assembly that started work this week.The opposition, which controls the legislature, has been sidelined. Its leaders are under threat of arrest after organizing protests, fiercely countered by security forces, that have left 125 people dead in the past four months.One prominent leader, Leopoldo Lopez, was returned to house arrest after being hauled off to military prison four days ago.The new Constituent Assembly, packed with Maduro allies including the president’s wife and son, has quickly used its supreme powers to clamp down on dissent.On Saturday, it ordered the dismissal of the attorney general, Luisa Ortega, who had broken ranks with Maduro to become one of his most vociferous critics.On Sunday it announced—then suspended—the creation of a “truth commission” sought by Maduro to probe alleged crimes by the opposition.The United States accuses Maduro of installing an “authoritarian dictatorship” that has turned Venezuela into an international pariah.The United States, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru have slammed the “illegal” sacking of Ortega.And Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil have indefinitely suspended Venezuela from the South American trading bloc Mercosur for its “rupture of the democratic order.”“Each step by the Constituent Assembly is a step towards the precipice by this government,” the leader of the opposition parliament, Julio Borges, told a news conference in Caracas on Sunday.“The only thing it has left is brute force… The only thing it wants is to cling to power,” he said, calling for more protests. read more
The caning of two women for ‘attempted sexual relations’ in Malaysia may have started a worrying trend in the country. Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/second-malaysian-states-wants-to-cane-lgbti-people-after-lesbians-caned/ GAYSTARNEWS- On Monday (3 September) a court official caned the 22 and 32 year old women six times each. An Islamic Sharia court in the state of Terengganu had found them guilty of same-sex relations.Their caning caused international uproar with human rights groups condemning the punishment as ‘torture’.It was the first time caning was used as a sentence for same-sex relations in Malaysia. The Sharia court handed out the highest sentence possible within its jurisdiction to the women.We want to lead LGBTI people on to the ‘right path’But now the peninsular state of Pahang wants to follow in Terengganu’s footsteps and start caning LGBTI people.The Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) is considering updating its laws to introduce caning as punishment for LGBTI people.‘We support (the caning sentence) as it shows the beauty of Islam but in Pahang, we have not decided yet and will look into it,’ JAIP director Datuk Mohamad Noor Abdul Rani told media.Rani said the JAIP will run ‘education’ programs to lead LGBTI people back on to the ‘right path’. These programs would happen while Pahang considers whether to introduce caning.‘To date, we have signboards reminding people to stay away from committing vice and now we will put up the LGBT boards as part of the measures to tackle the problem,’ he said. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A gay man being caned in Aceh. Photo: (Rakyat Aceh/Jawapos.com) ‘We will one day reach the stage of implementing (punishment), so educating the people will be continuously carried out as a reminder to the community to stop their acts which will only incur the wrath and anger of Allah.’‘We want to give them awareness and at the same time also support the sentencing carried out through the Islamic law as we want to educate the young generation on LGBT.’Syariah law in MalaysiaMalaysia’s Syariah Court – Syariah is the Malay spelling of Shariah – is one of two separate court systems in Malaysia. It has jurisdiction over all Muslims in Malaysia but only in matters of family law and religious observance. About 61% of Malaysia’s 32 million strong population is Muslim.Syariah Courts have limited scope in the sentences it can hand out. They can pass sentences of jail terms up to three years, fines up to RM5,000 (US$1,206), and/or up to six cane lashes.Pahang state official, Datuk Seri Shahaniza Shamsuddin said the state’s punishment of LGBTI people should not be cruel.‘One of the reasons why no such action or punishment has been carried out on LGBT activities is that it is quite difficult for us to prove the offence. The offence is normally done in private,’ she told The Star.‘It is difficult for us to prove it took place and so far, we have only taken action under the Syariah law for the consumption of alcohol,’ she said.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . read more
Cate Le Bon, “Reward” (Mexican Summer)On her fifth solo album, Welsh eccentric performer Cate Le Bon continues to expand her own enchanted musical realm. “Reward” is a touch more direct than past releases but shares the same subversive grace.The record’s first line — “decorate the new discord” — acts not only as a motif but speaks to the subtle depth that lies within. From there, a subdued saxophone flirts with a flared synth and Le Bon’s pillow-y harmonies. Her voice is both expressive and airy and her accent accentuated when she sings.On “The Light,” Le Bon discloses “I don’t need the poetry” but her introspection doesn’t agree. Even when just “mouthing the words” about “half-used” intentions, a state of “occasional bloom” is depicted.At times she seems impenetrable, at others an aching vulnerability is revealed — at one point determining: “I’m a cross hair.” The intricate hooks also reveal themselves gradually, popping out of nowhere or unfurling deceptively.A distinct sense of place and universality are both at play. That dichotomy is part of the draw. “Home to You” details the complicated nature of residence, redefining the concept as “an impasse under hallway ceilings” or a “drink from borrowed cups.”The instrumental palette is just as whimsical. Elliptical keyboards flutter on buoyant basslines. A dewy slide adorns “Sad Nudes.” ”Mother’s Mother’s Magazines” reads like a Kinks’ title and starts out like a song from The Fall before easing back for a brass excursion. “Magnificent Gestures” raises the pulse. With an assist from Kurt Vile, Le Bon ruminates on a “teacher’s laugh” before torpedoing guitar shards take it all down.AdChoices广告“Daylight Matters” is the one to put on repeat. A sultry, almost disco sway meant for late afternoon drifting. Most of this is so pretty it could float around in the background without another thought. But the acute listener is rewarded.Jake O’Connell, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This cover image released by Mexican Summer shows “Reward,” a release by Cate Le Bon. (Mexican Summer via AP) by Jake O’Connell, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2019 1:34 pm PDT Review: Cate Le Bon gets reflective on new album ‘Reward’ read more
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