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first_imgActing Vice-Chancellor of the Manipur University K. Yugindro Singh has apologised to Governor Najma Heptulla for stating that she extended “overt support” to agitators during a recent stir at the varsity, a Raj Bhavan official said on Wednesday.Prof. Singh wrote to the Officer on Special Duty/Secretary to the Governor on October 8 and apologised for his “incorrect and inappropriate” remark, he said.Prof. Singh, in a letter written to the the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on October 3, had claimed that Ms. Heptulla questioned his taking charge as V-C of the central university and expressed her support in favour of the agitators, during a meeting on September 21. “I, hereby, humbly and respectfully tender my unconditional apology to the Governor of Manipur for incorrect and inappropriate statements made by me, including breach of protocol and propriety, related to the Governor,” Prof. Singh said in the letter. He said during the meeting the questions asked by the Governor were not fully understood by him because of “mental stress”. “I had inadvertently made incorrect and inappropriate understanding of the questions of the Governor,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Once Rafael Nadal went from passive to aggressive and got his uppercut of a forehand going, it didn’t take long for him to power into the U.S. Open final.Closing in on a third title at Flushing Meadows and 16th Grand Slam championship overall, Nadal overcame a so-so start with an overwhelming performance the rest of the way Friday night, taking nine games in a row during one stretch to beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Save for a less-than-dominant opening set Friday, in which Nadal had nine winners and 10 unforced errors, he barely missed his targets. His numbers the rest of the way: 36 winners, 10 unforced errors.Eventually, Del Potro’s flat, fearsome forehand became less dangerous, as if he suddenly remembered just how weary he was. Dealing with an illness, del Potro came back from a two-set deficit to win his fourth-rounder in five sets, then got past 19-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals in four. Maybe it was all too much for del Potro, whose one Grand Slam title came via wins over Nadal in the semifinals and Federer in the final in New York eight years ago.That was the last time Nadal lost in a major semifinal ; he’s now won 15 in a row. This time, the 24th-seeded del Potro actually edged ahead with the match’s first break, going up 3-2 in the first set when a backhand return caught the net tape and took a fortuitous roll over to Nadal’s side for a winner.That was greeted with a chorus of “Ole, ole, ole, ole! Del-po! Del-po!” for the popular Argentine, who would serve out that set, punctuating it with a forehand.Maybe that woke up Nadal, who wouldn’t again relinquish a game until he owned the second set and a 3-0 lead in the third. The next time del Potro served, Nadal finally earned his first break point with some fantastic defense, throwing himself to his left to somehow get back one massive forehand from del Potro, who — perhaps stunned that ball came back — sent his next forehand long.ADVERTISEMENT South African Kevin Anderson advances to US Open final E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ By now, Nadal was pulling his own intimidating, topspin-lathered forehand up the line and attacking whenever del Potro left a ball short.It was quickly clear that the only doubt remaining was what the final score would be.“Just the fight to be in the final, and have a chance to fight for another title here, is so important for me,” Nadal said.Hours earlier, Anderson was so excited that he celebrated his semifinal victory as if it made him the champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.“I don’t know if it’s appropriate,” Anderson said. “It certainly felt the right thing to do.”Hip, leg and elbow injuries caused him to miss time this season. Ankle surgery, plus left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries were problems last year.He is appearing in his 34th major tournament and took advantage of a draw depleted by withdrawals of several top players, including past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.“It’s nice that some of them gave us a bit of a shot to make a run in this tournament,” Anderson said. No. 1 Nadal will be a significant favorite Sunday against No. 32 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to become the lowest-ranked U.S. Open finalist since the ATP’s computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at the University of Illinois, is equipped with a big serve, certainly, but he only once had even been a quarterfinalist at a major until this week. He’s also lost all four previous matches against Nadal.Plus there’s this: Nadal looked as good as ever over the last three sets against del Potro, further confirmation of his return to the height of his powers. Nadal is again healthy and capable of excellence, after wrist and knee injuries dulled his effectiveness in 2015 and 2016 — the first seasons since 2004 in which he not only failed to win a Grand Slam trophy but didn’t even make a final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been an amazing season, of course, after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, tough moments,” Nadal said. “So this year, since the beginning has been a very emotional year.”He reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Roger Federer, then claimed his record 10th French Open championship in June. 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first_img atletico madriddiego simeonefootballla liga First Published: October 19, 2019, 2:47 PM IST 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. One of the more anticipated games over the weekend, Atletico Madrid versus Valencia will take place at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. The La Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid vs Valencia will commence at 7 pm. While Diego Simeone’s team have not done spectacularly well — scoring just seven goals in eight games, Atletico still sit comfortably on the fourth position in the table, three points shy off the top.However, one has to consider the fact that Atletico already has seen considerable changes in their team with key players such as Rodri Hernandez, Diego Godin and Juanfran moving on and new players coming in. Valencia, on their part, continue to adjust post the sacking of their coach Marcelino García Toral. Since then, Albert Celades has taken charge and is now unbeaten in his last four games. The team, however, had to taste defeat at Barcelona on their opening game. Valencia sits at the eighth position in the table, with three points less than Atletico and will look to further their position in the table with wins over the weekend.While Atletico will be without their midfielder Vitolo following a hamstring injury and full-back Sime Vrsaljko being sidelined with a knee ligament damage, Valencia too, have their own set of problems. Carlos Soler is set to be out for some time, while Jose Gaya and Kevin Gameiro are both nursing hamstring problems. Furthermore, Cristiano Piccini will be out of action until 2020 as well.La Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid line-up vs Valencia: Oblak; Trippier, Jimenez, Savic, Lodi; Saul, Partey, Koke, Felix; Morata, CostaLa Liga 2019 Valencia line-up vs Atletico Madrid: Cillessen; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Costa; Coquelin, Parejo, Cheryshev, Guedes; Rodrigo, GomezWhere to watch La Liga Atletico Madrid vs Valencia live in India?Atletico Madrid vs Valencia will commence at 7.30PM on Saturday, October 19. The La Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid vs Valencia match will be played at the Wanda Metropolitano. The La Liga Atletico Madrid vs Valencia match live telecast will be on Facebook.How and where to watch online La Liga 2019 Atletico Madrid vs Valencia live streaming?The Atletico Madrid vs Valencia live stream will be available on Facebook app and website in India. last_img read more

first_imgKarachi, Oct 7 (PTI) With diplomatic tensions between the two countries flaring in the wake of recent developments at the border, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has sought clearance from its government to send the hockey team for the FIH Junior World Cup to be held in Lucknow in December. PHF secretary Shahbaz Ahmed told the media that the junir hockey team would only travel to India if the government gives the green signal. “Given the existing relations between the two countries we have asked the Pakistan Sports Board to get us clearance for the tournament,” he said. The former Pakistan captain said that the Junior World Cup was a very important tournament for the future of Pakistan hockey but Indias reaction after the Uri attacks was not a very encouraging sign. “We will go if the government says we can go but we are concerned specially after the way the Indians didnt allow Pakistan to send its team for the World ongoing Kabbadi Championship in Ahmedabad,” the PHF secretary said. Hostilities between the two neighbours have escalated after India said last week it conducted surgical strikes in against militants in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK). The strikes came after alleged Pakistani millitants staged a deadliest attack on an Indian army base in Uri. Relations between the hockey federations of India and Pakistan have not been cordial since the 2014 Champions Trophy when Pakistani players went overboard with their celebrations after winning the semi-final against India. Hockey India, the national federation, has been demanding a formal apology from Pakistan and also threatened not to play any bilateral matches until then. Shahbaz said that the chapter was closed as the PHF officials at that time and even the head coach of the national team had expressed their regrets over the matter. “We are now focusing on the Junior World Cup and the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia this month because in both events India is involved,” he said. Pakistani Olympians have already expressed their disappointment at some of the statements coming from few Indian players about avenging the Uri attack by defeating Pakistan in the Asian Champions Trophy, starting October 20. Shahbaz said that in the past Pakistan hockey teams had been regularly visiting India and faced minor issues but overall they were well looked after. “If the government feels we can go and play there it is fine for us because security of our players and officials is responsibility of the FIH and host nation,” he added. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSecond seed Simona Halep will face Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza in the final of the Cincinnati Open after they both won their semi-finals easily on Saturday.Halep crushed Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 while Muguruza beat top seed Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2.Victory in the final would give the Romanian the world’s top ranking, moving past Pliskova.”I think it’s something special to get number one in the world,” Halep told reporters. “Everyone can get to number one now. The ranking is close. I really want that.”Halep needed just 54 minutes to end the run of Stephens, who had enjoyed strong form following her return at Wimbledon after an 11-month absence with a foot injury.Simona Halep (Photo Credit: Reuters) Halep said she believed Muguruza, who beat American Venus Williams for her Wimbledon crown last month, is the favorite for the final.”I know that she has a lot of confidence coming with title from Wimbledon, so she’s favorite, in my opinion,” Halep said.”She’s hitting the ball strong, but I had already two matches, so I know how the ball is gonna come.”But still, I want just to do the same and not thinking about the result. I just want to go there and enjoy the moment.”Muguruza had lost six successive matches to Pliskova, who made 28 unforced errors and ended the match when a forehand sailed long on the fifth match point.In stark contrast to two of her earlier matches in the tournament, Muguruza advanced to Sunday’s final in less than 80 minutes.advertisementShe endured a two-hour, 45-minute three-set win over Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday that followed a two-hour, 18-minute win over American Madison Keys on Thursday.last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Conor Oberst’s Desaparecidos are returning with their sophomore album, Payola, thirteen years after their debut came out. The band’s new full-length arrives via Epitaph on June 23rd.Though it has been over a decade since the band last put out a full-length record they are picking up right where they off with their melodic brand of punk. It is an invigorating sound that combines well with Oberst’s lyrics. While his other projects—namely the music he has released as Bright Eyes and under his own name—waxes introspective, Desaparecidos are vigorously political. The opening three tracks, for example, are titled “The Left is Right,” “Underground Man,” and “City on the Hill.”Desaparecidos reunited in 2010 and have been releasing singles and performing since. In fact, all three opening tracks were released as singles, with “City on the Hill” the most recent of the tracks to come out. The video only premiered this past April. The other two tracks were both initially released last year as 7″s and paired with other songs featured on the album.A number of those songs address specific events of the past few years. “The Left is Right” explicitly brings up the Occupy Movement, and “Anonymous” focuses on the hacker group of the same name. In the hands of a less skilled lyricist these topics could easily have been addressed inadequately, but Oberst’s songs have held up over the past two years and will likely maintain their relevance in the future. “The Left is Right” and “Anonymous” may address two timely issues, but the songs’ take on the two movements is not at all dated.Desaparecidos are not a band that deal in subtlety, but their energy is contagious and backed with Oberst’s excellent lyrics. Payola is a strong comeback from a much loved punk band and makes for interesting listening for anyone curious to hear the less introspective, more political side of Conor Oberst.Payola is available through Amazon, iTunes, and Epitaph. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Cook Steak in the Ovenlast_img read more

first_imgSatara (Maharashtra): The most popular hill station in western India, Mahabaleshwar, which earned the distinction of being the wettest place on Earth this monsoon, added another record to its credit on Wednesday, said a top official. The rainfall in the district has crossed a whopping 8000 mm (800 cms) mark on Wednesday, said Deputy Director-General of Meteorology K. S. Hosalikar. “The Mahabaleshwar rainfall has crossed the 8000 mm mark to notch 8012.1 mm on Wednesday. The monsoon season’s normal for the hill station is 5530.1 mm, Hosalikar told mediapersons here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The IMD official added that during this year’s bountiful monsoon, Mahabaleshwar crossed the 300 mm rainfall mark in a 24-hour period several times. Cherrapunji in Meghalaya of North-East India, which once held the distinction of being the wettest place on the planet, lost its privileged position to the neighbouring Mawsynram, which gets over 11,870 mm rains annually. However, Cherrapunji has fallen behind with 11,777 mm rains annually. Situated at an altitude of 4,440 feet or 1,353 metres, good rains augur well for Mahabaleshwar, also known as ‘strawberry country’ accounting for 85 percent of the country’s production on its gentle slopes in the Western Ghats. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K As many as five major rivers originate from this hill station, including the fourth-biggest of India – River Krishna, which flows 1,400 kms through Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. The other rivers are Koyna, Venna, Savitri and Gayatri. Though Mahabaleshwar, and its neighbouring twin Panchgani at an altitude of 4,242 feet or 1,293 metres, are a favourite with tourists during monsoons, the incessant heavy downpour has hit the tourism industry badly this year. Barely an hour’s drive from here is the world-famous Kaas Plateau, named a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site (2012) – or the ‘Valley of Flowers’ where tourists throng from all over the world between August and October.last_img read more

first_img Twitter According to Entertainment Weekly, Harris is thought to be the stunt double for Beetz. A woman donning the costume for the mutant Domino was spotted on a black Ducati motorcycle in the area for a sequence days earlier.Harris, known as the first African-American female road racer, died Monday morning on the set of the superhero sequel. It was her first job as a stuntwoman.Witnesses told the Vancouver Sun that Harris lost control of her bike during a stunt, jumped a curb and crashed through a plate-glass window at Shaw Tower. Police said she died at the scene. Deadline reported that she was not wearing a helmet during the scene because her character does not wear a helmet in the film.On Wednesday, Ryan Reynolds led the Deadpool 2 crew in a moment of silence on set before they resumed filming. The actor, 40, stood at the center of the crew members, who huddled up around him and bowed their heads after he said a few words.“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” Reynolds tweeted after the accident. “We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”SPLASH NEWSHarris’s first passion was encouraging women to join the sport of road racing, and her manager and friend Porsche Taylor told PEOPLE, “She should be recognized and known as more than just the stunt driver who passed away.”She added, “SJ is a remarkable person, and I want her legacy of being an inspiration to women who ride to continue for many more years to come.”BY KAREN MIZOGUCHI Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Deadpool 2 actress Zazie Beetz is remembering Joi “SJ” Harris, the stuntwoman who died while performing a motorcycle stunt for the sequel in Vancouver, Canada.“On Monday we tragically lost one of our own — Joi SJ Harris. My heart has been breaking the past two days and I have been searching what to say or do,” Beetz, who was cast as Domino, wrote in a statement shared on Instagram.“I know that what I feel is nothing compared to what her loved ones, friends + family, are feeling. My heart and my love goes out to her and them all. The cast and crew send peace, healing, and their deepest condolences,” she concluded her message. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgShe told APTN she received more texts later to a phone number visible on her Facebook Messenger account she believed came from Dumas.An anonymous source confirmed to APTN the texts came from a phone number used by Dumas.She said the texts made her feel “uncomfortable” because it appeared Dumas wanted to meet privately – and she “doesn’t even want to think about what for.”Her boyfriend, Matthew Shorting, posted the unsolicited exchange on Facebook this week.“This is your Grand Cheif. Messaging my girlfriend after hours, asking to hang out. Right after the National Inquiry Into MMIW,” Shorting wrote.“He’s double her age. Is this not luring to exploit our young indigenous woman? You tell me?”APTN found two Charles Forbes’ accounts on Facebook without a profile picture, locked down in privacy mode so as not to reveal their friends or activities.Dumas is in his mid-40s and in the third year of his term as grand chief.He said in the statement to APTN Wednesday the posts to Maytwayashing were not from him.“I want to condemn whoever has created this false account,” he said.“By attacking my credibility as the Grand Chief and reaching out to this young lady in this manner, they have caused unwarranted stress for her, her family and her partner. It is a cowardly attempt to discredit my reputation. This account was not my account nor was it created by me; neither were these comments from me.”Dumas declined to be interviewed in person or over the phone.He noted the posting and sharing of the messages “is defamatory” and vowed to “get to the bottom of who is behind this,” adding he has sought legal advice.Meanwhile, the AMC and Dumas have been vocal about the growing number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.He invoked the #MeToo movement and disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein when he welcomed the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to Winnipeg on Oct. 16, 2017.“It’s alleged that he has spent his whole career sexually harassing and assaulting young women,” Dumas said of the movie director.“It has dominated the weekend’s news cycles. And, on Twitter, men have started to hashtag ‘#ibelieveyou’.(Arlen Dumas appearing before the House of Commons’ Indigenous Affairs committee in May 2019)“Well, I believe you,” he added in his speech.“I believe the stories that are going to be shared here this week from the families and survivors,” Dumas continued, “and it is my hope that together we can change what it happening in Canada to our sisters, mothers, daughters, aunties, grandmothers, nieces, cousins and friends.“It’s up to all of us to stand together and protect our women and girls, so we won’t have another inquiry like this one,” he said.The inquiry, which was established by the Trudeau government, wrapped up June 3 after spending nearly three years and $100 million investigating the root cause of violence against Indigenous women and girls.It concluded colonization – perpetuated by Canada’s social and justice systems – is a genocide on female members of the Indigenous race.The inquiry’s commissioners said they could not tally an official number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which stands at a minimum of 1,200.Maytwayashing called on AMC to investigate the grand chief’s behaviour.“I was hesitant to come forward,” she said, noting some people have already accused her of lying on Shorting’s Facebook post.“If we don’t come forward, we’re enabling them,” she added in an interview, “and they’ll continue doing what they’re doing.”It’s similar to what a Toronto-area doula said happened to her.Shannon Jennifer said Dumas contacted her through Facebook in 2016.According to divorce files, Dumas was staying part-time in Toronto at that time and was chief of Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba.“I’d never met him,” she said. “He asked me if I wanted to go see a movie. I never replied. I was married.”Jennifer said for about a year she would get random occasional messages from Arlen Dumas’ Facebook account on Messenger. Things like  “beautiful pics” or simply “have a good day.”“He repeatedly messaged me without reply from me, that was the creepy part,” said Jennifer, who was 37 at the time and wasn’t offended by anything he said, just that a man unknown to her was persistent in reaching out to her despite her not replying.“I kept deleting the messages because I wasn’t interested,” she said. “My now-ex saw the messages and it caused quite a problem at the time.”The messages stopped, she said, when he became AMC grand chief in 2017 and deleted his personal Facebook account. This photo of Bethany Maytwayashing (left) at the Feast with Arlen Dumas was circled and posted on Facebook. (Facebook photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAn Indigenous leader who praised the #MeToo movement for exposing sexual predators has been accused of sending unwanted messages to a young Indigenous woman.The allegations surfaced on Facebook against Arlen Dumas, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), a lobby group representing all 63 First Nations in the province.Dumas denied the allegation.“These posts are not mine and appear to have originated from a fake Facebook account,” he said in a statement emailed to APTN News.“Posts of a screenshot appearing to show some texts from my cellphone are also not mine, but a spoof text.”However, Bethany Maytwayashing said she believed it was Dumas who was texting her.The 22-year-old said she first met Dumas at the downtown Winnipeg restaurant Feast in February 2018, where she worked as a waitress.She said they posed for a photo.She said he connected with her on Facebook afterwards using his personal account and they chatted about her job.Then last week, she said she received a message from someone called Charles Forbes asking playful questions.“Hello my friend. I’m trying this thing out, how are you?” said the first message, which she ignored.The next day, another message said: “Bethany.”(Bethany Maytwayashing in an interview with APTN News July 9. Photo: Holly Moore/APTN)It was hours later when Maytwayashing, the mother of a 12-month-old boy, responded, “Who’s this?” and “Idk (slang for ‘I don’t know’) who you are.”Forbes then provided clues to his identity.“You totally do…Sometimes I have feathers in my hair…I might have been on the news once or twice.”Maytwayashing guessed two names, including that of her boyfriend, Matthew Shorting.Then Forbes reminded her about the meeting at the restaurant.“OK, when we first met at Feast you were a student. And we took a selfie,” he wrote. “So you still don’t know?”“Arlen?” she answers.“Yes,” the poster responds, adding, “Man you are good haha.”“Forbes” the sender asks for her number promising to follow up with a text.Later, on July 4, he messaged again, asking, “When can we meet up?”Maytwayashing said she didn’t reply. Marilyn Courchene, a former band councillor on Sagkeeng First Nation, said Dumas should resign.“Geez yet here we are struggling for Justice on the #MMIW,” she said on her Facebook page.“Shame on the Grand Chief. He needs to step down from public office of AMC. ASAP !!”Courchene said the AMC Women’s Council should meet to discuss the allegation.Francine Meeches, chief of Swan Lake First Nation who chairs the council, agreed.“This drama thats been put out there puts people such as leadership in tough situations,” she said in a message to APTN.“I can’t make an opinion about it because we have to have facts. Not going on hear say.“Im not making excuses for anyone,” Meeches added. “Until i have an opportunity to meet with our female leadership then i will have to put forth our statement if need be. However i need to discuss this with them first n foremost.”Meeches said the Women’s Council planned to meet Wednesday afternoon.READ MORE: #Metoo movement in Indian country is out there – but it’s under coverActor Duane Howard admits to sex with teenager – she says it was violence, he says there was files from Dennis Ward, Beverly Andrews, Holly Moore and Melissa Ridgenlast_img read more

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has again decided not to label China or any other country as a currency manipulator. But in a report to Congress, the administration is keeping China on a list of countries whose trade surpluses with the United States and other indicators are closely tracked.The administration says that no country meets the criteria to be labeled as a currency manipulator seeking to gain unfair trade advantages over the United States. But the report says that nine nations — China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam — are on the monitoring list.Two nations — India and Switzerland — that had been on the previous watch list issued in October were removed.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

OTTAWA — Maintaining sanctions on Iran will only hurt Canadian companies such as Montreal-based airplane manufacturer Bombardier, says Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.Dion said Tuesday that Canada will lift a series of sanctions on Iran, while leaving some others in place, following that country’s historic nuclear deal with six major western powers earlier this month.That’s the same approach followed by Canada’s allies, including the United States and the European Union.Iran is anxious to do business with the West, as its president tours Europe signing deals and looking for new ones. That includes buying aircraft; Iran says it has reached a deal to buy jets from the French consortium Airbus.Diane Francis: Ukraine has made gains, but the fight isn’t over yetWhat investors need to know about entering Iran’s stock marketIran to pump 500,000 barrels more a day into the global glut as oil sinks below $28“If Airbus is able to do it, why Bombardier would not be able to do it?” Dion said. “In which way (is it) helping Canada, or the Iranian people, or Israel, or anyone that Canada is hurting its own industry?”The opposition Conservatives continue to push the Liberals to maintain a hardline policy towards Iran, including sanctions and keeping its embassy shuttered in Tehran.“The intention of the federal Liberal government to lift sanctions against Iran is 180 degrees in the wrong direction,” said Conservative foreign affairs critic Tony Clement.He said Canadian companies “can find plenty of other places in the world to do business where the country is not a state sponsor of terrorism.”The former Conservative government severed diplomatic relations with Iran in 2012 and expelled Iranian diplomats from Canada.Dion said Canada would be isolated from allies if it maintained sanctions against Iran. He said it’s time for Canada to talk to countries that it doesn’t necessarily agree with.“When you have a disagreement with a regime … you work hard to be sure that you will see improvement,” said Dion. “It’s what our allies did in negotiating with Iran an agreement that is good for the world.”Dion has also said the time has come to open diplomatic dialogue with Russia, prompting more criticism from Tory MPs, whose former government shunned Russia because of its actions in Ukraine.The Liberal foreign policy moves amount to a reversal of previous Conservative actions. On Russia, former prime minister Stephen Harper conspicuously avoided talking to Russian President Vladimir Putin, unlike many of his fellow western leaders.Harper snubbed Putin at the 2014 G20 summit in Australia until a chance encounter forced him to briefly shake the Russian president’s hand while telling him, to his face, to “get out of Ukraine.”Dion said Canada can engage with Russia “in a cautious way” and “when we have common interest” such as in the Arctic, while still being supportive to Ukraine, a part of which Russian-backed forces have unilaterally annexed.“We have a lot of disagreements with the government of Russia, but it’s certainly not the way to stop to speak with them when the Americans speak with them and all the Europeans, the Japanese — everybody except Canada.”Clement said that policy amounts to Canada “turning its back on the people of Ukraine” and “playing footsie with Putin.”Clement said that when the Conservatives were in power, they had a “reality-based” foreign policy towards Russia’s aggression in Eastern Europe. read more

CHURCHILL, Man. — The company that owns a broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba says talks to sell the line and restore it are back on.Hudson Bay Railway says negotiations with a consortium of northern communities resumed on Monday — almost one week after talks broke down.The company, owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, has been trying to unload the rail line, which was severely damaged by flooding more than a year ago.Company pulls out of running to take over damaged northern Manitoba rail lineFairfax Financial Holdings interested in takeover of broken Churchill rail lineGreyhound Canada to end service in Prairies, B.C., eliminating 415 jobs — and leaving small towns in the lurchSince then, goods and people have had to be flown in to the subarctic town on the coast of Hudson Bay at much higher cost.A tentative deal to sell the railway was announced in May, although details such as how much government money could be involved have been kept secret.Hudson Bay Railway has said the line has been losing money for years, and the necessary repairs would cost tens of millions of dollars.“We are pleased to announce that our negotiations with the consortium resumed on Monday, and we are once again in active discussions to finalize the sale of the (line),” company president Sergio Sabatini said in a written statement Tuesday.“We believe that an expeditious transfer of ownership of the line is best for all concerned, and we are making every effort to advance sale discussions.”The company was recently ordered by federal regulators to start repairing the line. It says it plans to appeal that ruling, but has also taken initial steps toward doing the repairs.Six interested contractors are to survey the line by helicopter later this week to help prepare bids, Hudson Bay Railway said in a written statement.“Although the repair process has been initiated … the (company), as previously stated, is not in a position to fund completion of the repairs in the absence of a sale agreement or government funding.” read more

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2015 9:08 am MDT Last Updated Aug 28, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Survey: Plunging stock prices lower US consumer sentiment, though impact may be temporary WASHINGTON – Plummeting stock prices have taken a toll on U.S. consumer confidence, though there are signs the setback may be temporary.The University of Michigan says its consumer sentiment index fell to 91.9 this month from 93.1 in July. The index is still up 11.4 per cent from a year ago.The figures provide an early read of the impact on consumers from the 1,900 point drop in the Dow Jones industrial average over six days through Tuesday. Stock prices have since recovered some of those losses.The University of Michigan surveys consumers throughout the month and so some of the responses were tallied as stock prices plunged. The University said it extended its interviews until Aug. 23.Many economists were reassured by the limited drop in the index.“The relatively small adjustment augers well for how consumers are taking the news,” Tim Quinlan, an economist at Wells Fargo, said.The survey also found that Americans remain confident about the U.S. economy and their personal finances.Richard Curtin, director of the survey, said the decline in confidence occurred late in the month, as global financial markets fell sharply. The volatility was driven by mounting evidence that China’s economy, the world’s second largest, is faltering, and by growing uncertainty about the Federal Reserve’s next move on interest rates.William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, said earlier this week that he would watch the University of Michigan’s index closely to get a sense of how Americans were reacting.The drop is in contrast to the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index, which was released earlier this week and found that confidence rose to its highest level in seven months in August. But that survey was completed before the stock market’s gyrations.About 61 per cent of U.S. households own stocks, Curtin said, so plunging stock prices can broadly affect the consumer outlook. Most Americans own equities in their retirement accounts, so the impact of lower stock prices on actual spending is limited. And the dollar value of stock holdings is highly concentrated: the wealthiest 10 per cent of Americans own 80 per cent of shares.As a result, consumer sentiment may bounce back, assuming the stock market stabilizes or recovers. Americans remain optimistic about their own financial health: 45 per cent said their financial situation has improved, just below a recent peak of 47 per cent in April. And half expect their incomes to increase in the year ahead.In contrast to the stock market’s violent fluctuations, recent economic data has largely been positive. The economy expanded at a 3.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, a much healthier pace than its previous estimate of just 2.3 per cent. Stronger consumer and business spending boosted output. read more

first_img Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Door smashed at front of Maracana media centre. Plant pot also thrown— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 18, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet A few people seem to have got hurt, more seriously, including a middle-aged fan coming to the stairs beside us.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) June 18, 2014 And the moment the wall collapsed: Source: Miguel Delaney/Twittercenter_img Source: Miguel Delaney/Twitter It appeared to calm down quite quickly and those responsible were led away by security., there are reports of a number of injuries. UP TO 40 Chile fans broke into the media centre at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro this evening, destroying a temporary wall in an attempt to get into their game with Spain, according to widespread reports from the stadium.As can be seen from this clip, security staff were overwhelmed by the fans: 45 minutes before kickoff, journalists on the scene began tweeting that a group of Chile fans had broken through the entrance. More to follow…LIVE: Spain v Chile, World Cup Group BHolland survive scare from Socceroos and put one foot in knock-out stagelast_img read more

first_imgThe rise in popularity of LCD HDTVs has had many effects on the TV industry, but did you know it also affected computers? As LCD manufacturers were producing more and more 16:9 ratio LCD panels, it became less cost effective for them to make the 4:3 and 16:10 panels we were used to in our laptops. With laptops being a cut-throat, low-margin industry, PC manufacturers could only hold out so long against cost increases from the LCD manufacturers due to constantly declining 4:3 and 16:10 LCD production levels.While laptop shoppers got less choice in their displays, home theater shoppers of course got lower prices. LCD TVs are at their most affordable levels ever and also help drive down the prices of other HDTVs types, like plasma and DLP. The deal on this LG LCD HDTV is particularly sweet, offering a well featured 42-inch set for just $649.The 42LV3700 is a 2011 model, so you don’t have to worry about getting last year’s model> It comes loaded with all the standard features you expect like 1080p resolution, LED backlighting, and 120Hz refresh rate. Less common on most TVs in this price range, the LG features web apps and includes a WiFi adapter for easy network access. The built-in web apps include Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video, Twitter, Facebook, and many others.On the hardware side, the LCD panel sports a 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a pair of speakers are built into the TV. Connectivity is well covered with two AV, two component, three HDMI, two  USB, and PC RGB all built-in.Visit LogicBuy for the LG 42LV3700 42-Inch 1080p LED HDTV deallast_img read more

first_imgI thought during the crash that the unemployment rate would go up to 20-5%. But it never went higher than 11% – I think it’s because Iceland were doing the right thing.“Think outside the box, and look at how is the real economy working.”So are there any plans for a jubilee, or to establish a Debtors Ombudsman here? are still waiting for a response from the Department of Finance.Read: Iceland to write €24,000 off every household mortgageRead: Icelandic PM vows to ignore IMF’s advice 46 Comments Mar 19th 2017, 10:00 PM Sunday 19 Mar 2017, 10:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL ‘The correction’: Should the government forgive some of Ireland’s mortgage debt? Iceland forgave a portion of mortgage holders’ debts in 2014. By Gráinne Ní Aodha That might have been something to discuss during the bailouts, but I can’t see someone doing that now. We might be better off if the government used that €10 billion to build houses instead because supply of housing is a real problem.Lucey says that the money could be better used in Ireland to build houses, as the homeless crisis isn’t caused by evictions, but by a lack of supply which is driving up demand.The disillusionment with the policy is mirrored even by those it sought to benefit directly from it.Problems with the ‘jubilee’Heida Dora Jonsdottir got into debt the way most people do. She bought something she loved that she didn’t quite have the money for – in this case, a small wooden house in the capital of Iceland – Reykjavik.She and her friend Baldur Hedinson, told podcast Planet Money about how their similar set of circumstances had very different outcomes after the jubilee.Although Heida would get about $12,000, or €11,100 from the jubilee, Baldur got nothing.Baldur has a mortgage too but bought it just after the cut-off for the jubilee. When asked by Planet Money reporter David Kestenbaum how it feels to be left out, Baldur understandably says ”It doesn’t feel great.”“I mean, I had a student loan during that period, and that went up like crazy. I don’t see why they – if they’re doing this for mortgages, why don’t they do this for student loans, as well? So, I mean, I’m happy for Heida that she’s getting it, but the overall thing – it feels very unfair.”Both agreed that the jubilee, though a nice idea, was more about correcting past mistakes, than about creating an environment that’s good for the future.Outside the box“It’s good to have an army of mechanisms that you can use,” says Thórólfur Matthíasson. “And it’s good to think about what to do in bad times during the good times. You pick up a smoke detector before a fire starts.”In that sense, Iceland’s government did act as well: it set up a Debtors Ombudsman to liaise with debtors and banks about their options, and to check that the banks were doing all they could for people in trouble.For businesses that were ‘underwater’ and should have gone to the bankruptcy court, that was stopped. The government again used the dead banks to bail the companies out, and most are still alive and doing well now – both big and small businesses. A protestor, right, wearing a shirt with the slogan reading Your Bank does not care about you, applauds during a rally about the Icelandic government’s handling of the financial crisis near the Parliament building in Reykjavik (2008). Source: Arni Torfason/PA ImagesIreland is grappling with a series of challenges that are impacting our citizens’ quality of life. is examining solutions to these issues which have worked or are currently being trialled in other states and asking: Would It Work Here?AFTER THE COLLAPSE of Iceland’s banks during the financial crash, Iceland’s response to the economic downturn was somewhat different than most.They ‘burned their banks’, refused to pay their creditors, and sent the bankers responsible for the crash to jail.But their mortgage debt forgiveness, or ‘jubilee’ as it’s nicknamed, is the most interesting, and has been described as an “outside-the-box, practical solution to a real problem”.That problem is namely, mortgage taken out by someone is more than the current price of the property they bought with it. This problem, known as negative equity, is one faced by a lot of Irish people after the crash.So, should Ireland forgive some of that debt so that it matches the current price of their properties, both freeing people from debt, and ensuring they stay in their homes?How did they do it? Source: Gráinne Ní AodhaIn Iceland, a lot of mortgages adjust with inflation. And when the financial crisis hit, it caused a lot of inflation. So much so, that the total amount people owed the bank went up – in some cases by 30%.So when Iceland’s Progressive Party found itself with very low poll numbers, it proposed the jubilee – in Icelandic, they called it ‘the correction’.The party promised to return mortgage debt on properties bought between 2006-2008 to 110% of its real value, along with some other measures.Thórólfur Matthíasson, an Icelandic economics professor explains this in his paper on the banks’ response:“The principle of writing the value of debt down to the value of the income stream of the firm was adopted to property and to mortgages.The twist was not to look at the discounted cash-flow but to evaluate the asset value of the property. In principle, the two should be equal.The money to pay for the jubilee would come from a tax on three dead Icelandic banks – banks that many people blamed for Iceland’s part in the financial crisis. A lot of people were really into the proposal. The Progressive Party ran on the jubilee idea and won.The idea behind the jubilee, or ‘the correction’ according to Thórólfur Matthíasson, was two-pronged: stop people from being evicted from their homes, and to ‘correct’ the record.“It would save some real costs. Banks even losing money save money down the line, as when it takes over a property, it has lots of costs to cover buying the property, and it can be slow in getting money back.“It also gave people a chance of staying in their homes. The Spanish system is crazy. Banks can evict you if you fall behind on one payment. There are stories of occupants being evicted and replaced by other people who’ve been evicted – it’s like musical chairs.”Although the exact amount the debt forgiveness measures would cost is still unsure, as there were a range of measures and not every debt write-down was because of the jubilee, it was thought at the total cost for the country would be €1.4 billion – amounting to around €24,000 per household.So could it work in Ireland?“I think that Ireland should have done something similar at the height of your crisis,” says Matthíasson, adding that he hasn’t looked in any great detail at how the policy could be implemented in Ireland.He explains that the plan was targeted at those with one dwelling and one car, and who bought mortgages at a certain time.He add that Ireland has more options than Iceland did – Ireland have a scheme that allows people to sell their properties back to the government, who sells them to vulture funds, allowing the former-owners to rent the same property out.“The Irish interest rate is quite low – ours is at 3-4%. That would not have worked in Iceland because of high interest rates.”But it’s good to have a range of different things that work, he says.He admits that a time could come where they might have to introduce a jubilee again. “I hope not, but I have a feeling 2007 is coming back.”Past discussionsThe idea of debt forgiveness was discussed by ministers and economic commentators in back in 2011 following a call from the UCD economist Morgan Kelly for the government to back a write-off scheme to the tune of around €5-€6 billion.Joan Burton was among those who said that there needed to be a form of debt forgiveness that would be fair to both the debtor and the lender – using Iceland as an example of where the amount repaid is linked to the current value of the property.Her comments appeared to echo those of housing minister Willie Penrose who said at the weekend that the idea should be discussed by the government.But there was no write-off. Brian Lucey, economist at Trinity College Dublin, echoes the other side of the argument when he told that at the end of the day “someone’s got to pay for it”.“Debt jubilees can make a lot of sense if you can pay for them. Focusing on the hardest-pressed, the most-deserving, and that’s fine, I can see the moral argument.”But those debts are carried on bank balance sheets as assets, he explains, meaning that whether the banks pay out or the government does – that’s loss of capital. 24,338 Views Share33 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

first_imgSécheresse : la FNSEA demande l’aide de l’arméeAlors que plus de la moitié des départements français sont aujourd’hui touchés par la sécheresse, les agriculteurs demandent l’aide de l’armée pour les aider à faire face à la situation. Le syndicat FNSEA aimerait en effet que soient déployés les moyens techniques de l’armée, pour assurer le transport du foin notamment.Xavier Beulin, président de la Fédération nationale des syndicats d’exploitants agricoles (FNSEA), a fait part au gouvernement de la grande détresse dans laquelle se trouvent les exploitants et éleveurs français face à l’historique sécheresse qui s’abat sur le pays. Il a appelé au déploiement de tous les moyens possibles pour les aider. À lire aussiTop 10 des avions militaires les plus chers”Ensemble, nous pouvons beaucoup. Ensemble, nous pouvons surmonter cette épreuve. (…) Face à la sécheresse, face au destin, face au défi alimentaire, l’heure n’est plus à tergiverser, l’agriculture doit redevenir une grande cause nationale. J’attends du Président de la République les mots et les actes qui peuvent donner cet espoir et montrer le réel besoin d’agriculture. Dépassons les intérêts et les égoïsmes, l’urgence doit séparer l’essentiel de l’accessoire”, a écrit Xavier Beulin sur le site Internet de la FNSEA. Et d’évoquer notamment la possibilité d’un recours à l’armée et à ses moyens techniques, comme ce fut le cas en 1976 et plus récemment en 2003.Alors que nombre d’exploitants n’ont plus de paille ni de fourrage pour leurs bêtes, l’armée pourrait les aider à transporter du foin. Déjà, la SNCF a répondu à l’appel à la mobilisation lancé par les agriculteurs. La ministre de l’Ecologie Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a en effet annoncé la mise à disposition de trains SNCF pour les longues distances, et ce d’ici à trois semaines. Au total, les éleveurs de bétail devraient avoir besoin de plus d’un million de tonnes de paille. Afin d’éviter toute spéculation, le ministre de l’Agriculture Bruno Le Maire s’est quant à lui prononcé en faveur d’une généralisation de contrats qui fixeront à 25 euros maximum le prix de la tonne de paille.En outre, des indemnisations ont été promises aux agriculteurs victimes de la sécheresse. Des aides financières qui entreront dans le cadre du Fonds national de garantie des calamités agricoles, et qui devraient être versées dès le mois de septembre.Le 3 juin 2011 à 15:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgEtudier la marche pour concevoir des prothèses plus performantesUne étude vient de révéler qu’une personne chaussée de talons aiguilles et une patte d’autruche exercent la même force au sol. Grâce à de telles données, les chercheurs espèrent pouvoir mettre au point des prothèses de pieds plus performantes.Des chercheurs du Royal Veterinary College britannique ont étudié la mécanique de la marche chez les bipèdes. Ils sont arrivés à la conclusion qu’un pied humain chaussé de talons hauts ou une patte d’autruche exercent exactement la même force sur le sol. Cette découverte a amené les auteurs à souligner qu’au lieu de chercher à reproduire la mécanique très complexe d’une jambe humaine, les concepteurs de prothèses et de robots gagneraient à les simplifier.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Chez l’homme, le processus de la marche (pose du talon, appui de la plante du pied pour basculer la jambe opposée vers l’avant, puis propulsion sur les orteils) est la “plus économique mécaniquement parlant”, résume le Dr Tatjana Hubel, qui a participé à l’étude. Selon l’étude, publiée par la revue britannique Journal of the Royal Society Interface, la structure du pied humain permet ainsi notamment de faire passer tout l’effort par la cheville au moment où la plante du pied est posée à plat sur le sol. Cela permet de réduire la fatigue musculaire lors des autres phases de la marche.La question qui se pose est donc la suivante : puisqu’une prothèse ou une jambe de robot ne se fatiguent jamais, pourquoi s’acharner à reproduire artificiellement ce mécanisme humain certes économe mais très complexe ? “Si vous voulez faire une bonne prothèse de pied mais que vous vous fichez de l’allure qu’il aura, il faut mettre le moteur [c’est-à-dire la cheville] aussi haut que possible sur la jambe”, indique le Dr Jim Usherwood, chercheur du Wellcome Trust qui a dirigé l’étude. “De cette façon, il peut fournir l’énergie sans alourdir le pied et sans le rendre difficile à basculer en avant ou en arrière”, ajoute t-il cité par l’AFP.Des prothèses plus simples déjà testées Pour les personnes ayant subi une amputation au-dessus du genou, une prothèse “humanoïde” classique s’avère généralement lourde et encombrante. Ainsi, selon le Dr Usherwood, il serait bien plus rentable et efficace de doter ces patients d’un “pied d’autruche fixé au bout d’une jambe ultra légère”. De ce point de vue, les prothèses utilisées par l’athlète handicapé sud-africain Oscar Pistorius (des lames très légères et flexibles, dépourvues de talon) semblent particulièrement bien adaptées à la course, soulignent les chercheurs.Le 14 mai 2012 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgThe events will be produced by Bonnier’s Events and Entertainment group, which currently runs the Warren Miller film tour and the Professional Wakeboard Tour. According to Zinczenko, as the group becomes familiar with the execution of these expos, it will seek similar opportunities for Bonnier’s other brands—which include Popular Science, Boating and SKI—either through additional acquisitions or new launches. Bonnier Corporation, publisher of magazines including Field & Stream and Outdoor Life, has purchased four hunting expos from Mequon, Wisconsin-based Target Communications for an undisclosed sum. The company plans to rebrand the events the Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo and will continue to run the shows four times a year—in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin respectively—with the expos’ current staff, who have joined Bonnier as a result of the deal.The events attract an average of 350 exhibitors and 10,000-20,000 attendees on 120,000-150,000 square feet, according to Nick Curci, president of Westport, Connecticut-based Corporate Solutions, the firm that advised Target Communications in the deal. According to Eric Zinczenko, vice president and group publisher of Bonnier’s Outdoor Group, “it is not unconceivable” that the company will add more cities to the show’s current lineup in a year or two.Bonnier expects this franchise to offer “a significant source of revenue,” writes Zinczenko in an email to FOLIO:. “Our strategy going forward is to aggregate as much audience as we can regardless of format,” he says, adding that the acquisition allows Bonnier’s Outdoor Group “to offer a higher level of integration for our client base by bundling these expos with our other media offerings.” While Zinczenko would not disclose terms of the deal, he says, “This is a 27-year business that operated smartly through recessions and survived decades of change in media and consumer behavior,” and the company “would not have considered this acquisition if the financials weren’t there.”More on this topic Hunting Expos Bonnier, Dave Zinczenko Partner on Books Deal Bonnier Acquires Hearst’s Cycle World Case Study: Bonnier Launches E-Learning Platform Bonnier Buys F+W’s Scuba Diving Field & Stream Names New EditorJust In This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & NotesPowered bylast_img read more

first_imgDeacon Herman Madsen plays the bells atop St. Michael’s Cathedral. (Photo by Katherine Rose, KCAW – Sitka)The bells at St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka are ringing again after a temporary hiatus. Thanks to a new deacon with musical abilities and no fear of heights, you’ll hear them ringing most days at 11:55.The bells of St. Michael’s haven’t been played for a while. That is, until Deacon Herman Madsen showed up.“I always use the example of the medical field,” Madsen said. “The priest is like a doctor and the deacon is like the nurse to the doctor.”He and his wife Mary moved here at the beginning of the summer to help with tours at the church and assist Father Michael. It wasn’t always Herman’s plan to work for the Russian Orthodox Church.“I was a wild child, I grew up with my grandmother,” Madsen said. “My mom and my dad sort of abandoned me. So my grandmother, at 70 took care of me. I nearly ended up in jail, but then my grandfather stuck out his neck for me.”After spending 11 years at the academy, he debated joining the seminary for quite a while, but didn’t fully commit to the idea until he had an experience at the tomb of St. Herman in Kodiak.“All of a sudden right next to this tree where St. Herman’s hut used to be,” Madsen explains. “Incense just started pouring out of the ground, and the smell of St.Herman’s relics, surrounded me.”Deacon Herman said it smelled of roses. It was unmistakably a religious calling.“I just hit the deck and said i really need to go to the seminary, I don’t have any choice at this point,” Madsen said.He’s been in the seminary for three years. Though he has a background in music and performance, playing the bells was a new adventure.“When I got here there was no one really playing the bells at the time. So I just started taking it up and doing it every day at noon,” Madsen said. “I didn’t take any official classes on bell ringing. Because of my background in singing and playing instruments I had an ear for that kind of thing. I also played the spoons.”So playing the bells wasn’t too much of a stretch. There are 8 bells, a full octave, which makes it easier. But what does playing them entail, exactly? Is he, like, swinging from rope to rope, Quasimodo style? I follow him to the bell tower to find out.“Was that four flights of stairs?” I ask.“Five,” Madsen said.“Oh wow.”“It’s really nice on sunny days, come up here and read a book,” Madsen said. ‘Whew!”We’re both a bit out of breath as he explained to me how the bells work. The bells themselves have an interesting history. They were made in Holland, and ordered by the Russian American company in St. Innocent. They lasted up to 1966, when the fire broke out.“In the fire these bells melted into clumps of metal,” Madsen said. “The men in the community gathered up all the metal, had them resent back to the original foundry, and these bells were recreated from the originals metal.”Each bell is connected to a thin string, a bit thicker than a strand of yarn. Those strings connect to a podium with holes in it. The two largest bells are attached to two huge wooden pedals. And he plays the bells a little like bongos.“Instead of pulling the strings, I tap all of the strings, and that’s why I can play it so fast, and in so many different ways. That’s why they sound so awesome,” Madsen laughed. “You get some pretty awesome exciting bell ringing that happens that gets you kind of pumped up. It’s really kind of fun.”Fun, and loud. Herman and his wife will leave Sitka at the end of the summer, with plans to come back next year, and hopefully make Sitka their home.last_img read more