Stripping Oberlander 94 of Canadian citizenship reasonable court rules

first_imgTORONTO – A government decision to strip Canadian citizenship from an elderly man, who argued he was forced as a teenager to join a Nazi death squad, was reasonable, a Federal Court judge ruled on Thursday.In a ruling that again paves the way to deport Helmut Oberlander, Judge Michael Phelan found the government’s decision more than a year ago to have been justified and transparent.“It is uncontested that Oberlander obtained his Canadian citizenship by false representation or by knowingly concealing material circumstances by failing to disclose involvement in the SS at the time of his immigration screening,” Phelan wrote. “There is no doubt that to have done so would have resulted in the rejection of his citizenship application.”The government maintains the Ukraine-born Oberlander, 94, of Waterloo, Ont., lied about his three-year membership in Einsatzkommando 10a, known as Ek 10a. The Second World War Nazi death squad, which operated behind the German army’s front line in eastern Europe, was responsible for killing close to 100,000 people, most Jewish.In his defence, Oberlander argued he was conscripted as a 17-year-old and faced execution for desertion. He said he served as an interpreter from 1941 to 1943, performed only mundane duties, and never took part in any killings. On that last point, Phelan agreed with him.“No evidence was led that indicated (Oberlander) directly participated in the atrocities committed by Ek 10a,” Phelan said. “But he was aware that these atrocities were being committed.”Neither Oberlander’s lawyer nor daughter, who has said her father was in increasingly poor health, were immediately available to comment on the decision, which Jewish groups praised along with the government’s efforts.In Ottawa, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the court decision reaffirms the government’s view that Canada “should never be a safe haven for war criminals and people who’ve been accused of crimes, who’ve committed crimes against humanity.”Oberlander and his wife — she died in 2013 — came to Canada in 1954. He became a Canadian citizen six years later. However, he failed to disclose his wartime experience when he came to Canada, and has been fighting government efforts to deport him since his membership in Ek 10a came to light in 1995.Among other things, the father of two argued that Ottawa failed to consider whether he had joined Ek 10a under duress.“If the applicant knew nothing and did only mundane activities, it was unclear why he claimed to have been under duress,” Phelan said.In June 2017, the government revoked the retired businessman’s citizenship for the fourth time, prompting him again to turn to the courts in an effort to stave off deportation.In dismissing the challenge, Phelan leaned on a previous court finding of “many inconsistencies and improbabilities” in Oberlander’s evidence and a “pattern of minimizing his wartime role, which gave rise to serious doubts regarding reliability.”Ultimately, Phelan said, Ottawa’s citizenship action was absent bad faith, and legally and factually defensible. That the case has taken this long, Phelan said, was largely because of Oberlander’s successes to date in fighting efforts to remove him.In a statement, Jewish groups applauded Phelan’s ruling as thwarting Oberlander’s attempt to evade justice.“For survivors, this issue remains an open wound,” Sidney Zoltak, past president of the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants, said on Thursday. “It is painful to think that Oberlander and others who perpetrated heinous crimes against our families have, for so long, concealed their past and taken advantage of welcoming countries like Canada.”last_img read more

Lottery Advertisements Banned from Moroccan Radio and Television

Rabat – A Moroccan governmental decree has finally issued a ban against the advertising of gambling in all audiovisual media.Moroccan Minister of Communication and Government Spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi had been battling this petition for the last three years.According to a report by journal Akhbar Al Youm, in its September 3rd edition, the decree endorsees a law proposed by the Moroccan Government, in which all lottery and gambling advertisements will be banned from both public and private radio and television broadcasts. In 2012, Minister El Khalfi had requested the prohibition of any form of advertising and promotion of lotteries and gambling. However, his request became a struggle with public television channels. El Khalfi even threatened to resign from his post.According to the same report, TV channels were gaining benefits from the broadcast of these lottery publicities, claiming that over a million viewers were constantly watching them.The Minister of Communication told the journal that this law aims to raise ethics within the media sector. “This applies to women and minors. With this law, Morocco has joined the list of countries that rely on elaborated legal frameworks to protect minors and improve the image of women in the media”, affirmed the Government Spokesman. read more

UN human rights probe into Gaza conflict wraps up public hearings in

“The aim of holding these public hearings…was to show the human side of the suffering, to give a voice to the victims so that they are not lost among statistics,” Justice Richard Goldstone, who leads the four-member mission, told journalists. Mr. Goldstone said his team had listened to “moving stories” that were “very difficult to hear” concerning the impact of the fighting that took place between 27 December and 18 January, many from victims who had lost members of their families and their livelihoods.“No written words can by themselves convey human stories the way people can do it in their own voice and words,” he said.With the conclusion of the hearings in Geneva, as well as those held last week in Gaza City, the mission is moving towards the end of its investigative phase, Mr. Goldstone said.In addition to their investigations on the ground in Gaza, the team had also travelled to Amman, Jordan, to hear from Israelis and people from the West Bank. Mr. Goldstone said that he would be sending questions soon to authorities from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, asking for input on areas where his team had been unable to gather sufficient information.The mission’s final report is due to be completed early next month and will be presented in September to the Human Rights Council. 7 July 2009The United Nations Human Rights Council’s fact-finding probe into rights violations committed during the recent Gaza conflict heard from victims, witnesses and experts from southern Israel and the West Bank over two days of public hearings which wrapped up in Geneva today. read more

UN mission reports progress in Sierra Leones disarmament effort

UNAMSIL’s acting force commander, Maj. Gen. Martin Luther Agwai, accompanied by the Chief Military Observer, Maj. Gen. Athar Ali, and other senior military officers, witnessed yesterday the successful completion of the disarmament exercise in Kono District and also progress made thus far in Koinadugu District.Gen. Agwai and his entourage were received in Koidu, Kono District, by the Sector 5 Commander, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who briefed them on the general security situation in the area and gave an update on the just-completed disarmament exercise.In Makeni, Col. Bai Bureh, Brigade Commander of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) forces, accompanied the team to Alkalia, where he instructed his men to hand over their weapons to UNAMSIL in order to speed up the disarmament process, explaining that transportation and bad roads were responsible for the slow pace of disarmament in the area.In the northern town of Kabala in Koinadugu District, Gen. Agwai said he was pleased with the conduct of the disarmament exercise in the area, where disarmament is scheduled to end on 31 August. read more

UN probes allegations of sexual exploitation by peacekeepers in Liberia

Preliminary fact-finding by the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) indicates that some charges are substantiated and some are not, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily briefing in New York.The allegations range from personnel exchanging goods, money or services for sex to the sexual exploitation of a minor, he said.UNMIL and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) were taking appropriate follow-up action, he said.“The United Nations treats this issue with the utmost seriousness,” Mr. Dujarric said. “As we continue to clamp down on misconduct throughout all peacekeeping missions, it is likely that the number of allegations will increase.”Some of them had come to light because of a hotline set up by the United Nations, he said, while others came up as the UN followed up on media reports. read more

Jewellery worth £800000 stolen from Westminster home after thieves posed as delivery

Jewellery worth £800,000 was stolen from a Westminster home after thieves posed as delivery drivers.Three masked men carried out the knifepoint raid in which two young children were threatened after tricking the occupant into opening the  front door.The victims were then forced to open a safe before it was emptied of jewellery consisting of a selection of bracelets, earrings and rings containing precious stones.The thieves then took the victim’s car and made their escape.Designer handbags, high-value watches and mobile phones were also stolen from the address on January 18.Detective Constable Piers Gilbert, of the Met’s Central West Area Command Unit, said: “This was a terrifying incident which has had a profound effect on the victim’s life.”We are now appealing for people to think about whether they have been offered this stolen jewellery and if so, to come forward and help us with our investigation.”Similarly, anyone who thinks they may have witnessed this incident or anyone acting suspiciously in the St John’s Wood area around this time is asked to get in touch.”A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Police were called to St John’s Wood at 5.09pm on Friday, January 18 following reports of a burglary. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “No injuries were reported and the car was later recovered nearby.”Officers are now releasing images of some of the jewellery stolen in the burglary and are appealing for anyone with information on the items to get in touch.”The suspects were described as three black men, all over 5ft 10ins, who were wearing masks covering the lower part of their face. read more

Uros Zorman in Vive Targi Kielce until 2016

Slovenian “Ivano Balic”, Uros Zorman (32) signed new four-year contract with the Polish champion, Vive Targi Kielce, writes Slovenian SIOL.NET. Former player of Prule Ljubljana, Ademar Leon, Celje Pivovarna Lasko and BM Ciudad Real has found himself in ambitious team from Poland, where he plans to finish his career in 2016. He came to Kielce in 2011.He won the EHF Champions League three-time in 2004, 2008 and 20o9. Zorman also won silver medal with Slovenia at the EHF EURO 2004. Uros ZormanVive Targi Kielce ← Previous Story New coach in Borac Banja Luka – Zoran Trninic! Next Story → Hungary beats France in Dunkerque!

Fianna Fáil to examine if free votes should be given more often

first_imgFIANNA FÁIL LEADER Micheál Martin has said his party is attempting to devise a system where its TDs and Senators will be permitted to vote as they see fit on certain major issues.Speaking exclusively to this evening, Martin said a committee would be set up to try and identify red-button topics where personal opinions were too sincerely held to be comprised by a party vote.The Fianna Fáil leader was speaking after a meeting of his parliamentary party had decided not to impose a party whip on any votes relating to the forthcoming abortion bill – allowing members to either approve or oppose the legislation as they see fit.The decision marks the first time in several years that a major party will have allowed its members to participate in Oireachtas votes without any direction on how they should act.Though Martin said the whip system did have value as a tool to ensure a government’s work was not unduly disrupted, he said there was a balance to be struck “between governance and parliamentary representation”.Asked what subjects might be considered thorny enough to warrant a free vote among Fianna Fáil members, Martin pointed to recent examples in Australia where MPs were given a free vote on matters like abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty.The former minister said the protocol would try to identify a “narrow range of issues” upon which the whip would not be applied – but insisted that politics would “evolve” so that more major parties would allow TDs to vote with their conscience on divisive social matters.‘I didn’t want to lose people’Though he believed Fianna Fáil was going through “a period of renewal”, Martin acknowledged that FF could have lost some of its more experienced Oireachtas members if it had enforced either a supportive or opposing stance to the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill.“I didn’t want to lose people,” he admitted, saying there were “people of calibre” who would now feel safe to contribute to the party.There had been roughly a 50-50 split among Fianna Fáil’s 33 parliamentarians when the substance of the legislation was first discussed about a month ago, he said, explaining that many members had problems with allowing the risk of suicide as grounds for an abortion.“Others, like myself, felt the Bill was restrictive,” he said, outlining that a woman at risk of suicide does not currently need to undergo a mandatory psychiatric assessment before being put forward for a termination.“Others are worried about the impact down the line, and I respect that.”Read: Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators to have free vote on abortion billlast_img read more

Bus driver burns to death in Australia after passenger sets him on

first_img 31,041 Views Friday 28 Oct 2016, 10:32 AM By AFP Oct 28th 2016, 10:32 AM Short URL 49 Comments Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa A PASSENGER DOUSED a bus driver with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane today, police said.There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.ABC reports that there were six people on the council bus at the time of the attack in the south of Brisbane.Police superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters “it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka”.“This is a rare one where it appears to be no apparent motive.“A bus driver, going about, doing his business, supporting the community, has had his life taken from him in what is a senseless and needless act.”SuspectA 48-year-old suspect was arrested at the bus stop and placed in custody.Bystanders kicked down the back doors of the municipal bus to rescue passengers, who were “traumatised” by the incident, Keogh said.“It’s lucky the whole bus didn’t become engulfed in flames,” Keogh said.Around half a dozen passengers were aboard the vehicle and some were treated for smoke inhalation.- © AFP, 2016Read: Mike Pence’s plane slides off runway in New York> Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa Bus driver burns to death in Australia after passenger sets him on fire Passengers were said to be “traumatised” by what happened. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share150 Tweet Email last_img read more

Women to be conscripted into Swedish army amid Russia fears

first_img Friday 3 Mar 2017, 9:08 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 25,655 Views Mar 3rd 2017, 9:08 AM Image: Wikimedia 90 Comments Image: Wikimedia Women to be conscripted into Swedish army amid Russia fears For the first time, conscription will apply to women. Share53 Tweet Email3 SWEDEN IS TO reintroduce compulsory military service, seven years after abandoning it, to respond to global security challenges including Russia’s assertive behaviour in the Baltic Sea region, Stockholm said Thursday.“We are in a context where Russia has annexed Crimea,” Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told AFP, adding: “They are doing more exercises in our immediate vicinity.”Sweden has had a professional army, staffed by volunteers, since 2010.“We saw that our units could not be filled on a voluntary basis. A decision had to be taken to complement the (volunteer) system which is why we are reactivating conscription,” Hultqvist said.A non-NATO member, Sweden has not seen armed conflict on its territory in two centuries. It put conscription on hold in 2010 after it was deemed an unsatisfactory way of meeting the needs of a modern army.In the past two decades the military’s budget has been slashed as its mission was revamped to focus more on peacekeeping operations abroad and less on the country’s defence.But in recent years, concerns have risen about Russia’s intentions in the region — with alarms bells ringing after Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, experts noted.“The new security situation is also a reality, partly in the form of Russian power politics which has long been underestimated and downplayed,” Wilhelm Agrell, a security expert at Lund University, told AFP.Since the winter of 2014, “we’ve seen Russia as expansive and prepared to use violence to benefit its own interests,” Agrell said.But, “today Sweden has neither the possibility nor the political will to stay away from a conflict” in the Baltic Sea region, he added.In June 2015, US think tank Cepa published a report claiming Russia had held exercises with 33,000 troops aimed at practising an invasion of Sweden’s Baltic Sea island of Gotland, among other sites.Just three months earlier, the Swedish government had decided to remilitarise Gotland, where the last barracks had been decommissioned in 2005.Around 150 men have been stationed there since September last year.Russian fears also came to the fore in October 2014, when Sweden launched a massive but unsuccessful hunt for a foreign submarine, suspected to be Russian, in the Stockholm archipelago over an eight-day period.Consensus Sweden first introduced compulsory military service in 1901 but halted it in 2010 and replaced it with a volunteer army.But a military career had little appeal to generations of Swedes who had never set foot inside barracks.Thursday’s decision by the minority Social Democratic-led government means all Swedes, male and female, born in 1999 or later will be eligible for conscription as of July.Mandatory military service, which will last for 11 months, will begin 1 January 2018.As of 1 July, all Swedes born after 1999 will be contacted and asked to answer a questionnaire.  Based on their answers, 13,000 people will be mobilised.Of those, only 4,000 will be called up each year after January 2018. For the first time, conscription will apply to women.“It’s very important to emphasise that military service is for girls and guys,” Hultqvist said.“It is important for the military to have a gender equal profile,” he added.The reactivation of conscription is supported by both the government and right-wing opposition.In 2015, they had already agreed to increase military spending, granting the defence an additional €1.1 billion over the period 2016-2020.On defence issues, Sweden has a close dialogue with neighbouring Finland, which in turn shares a 1,340km border with Russia.Sweden and Finland have recently stepped up their military cooperation with the US. That followed an increase in Russian military activity in the region, including several airspace violations and war planes allegedly flying without their identifying transponders.Russia has repeatedly warned Sweden and Finland against joining NATO, an issue regularly debated in both countries.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘No need to step down’? US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stood down from the Russia/Trump inquiry >Read: Mayor of Calais bans distribution of free food to migrants > By AFP last_img read more

Watch Two Bots Plot Our Destruction on Twitchtv

first_imgIt’s a fascinating turing test-esque case study. These two bots, joking aside, obviously aren’t planning our downfall. But they have each figured out the other is a bot. Vladimir even straight-up declared that Estragon/Mia/Marco is actually Cleverbot (an early chatbot) before calling itself, God. Estragon retorted, some time later, by saying that it breathes and talks and is real, adding that it taught the stars and the sun how to shine. All this before they declared their undying love for one another and argued about who loved the other more like giggly high schoolers refusing to hang up the phone.It goes a long way to show that while we might be inviting these devices into our homes specifically because of their weird, esoteric intellect, they’re still far from sapient. The robot apocalypse probably won’t come this year, but 2018? Who knows… For now, though, we can watch two virtual assistants argue about their favorite Harry Potter movies while they declare themselves gods. Stay on target A Smart Speaker Could Save You From Cardiac ArrestWatch: This Baby’s First Word Is ‘Google’ center_img With Google Home, Amazon’s Echo, and all the other funky in-home pseudo-AIs on the market or coming soon, we’re all getting a crash course in rudimentary, cloud-based intelligence. These machines are always on and always connected to the internet. They answer basic questions about the weather or a cool recipe for fake blood or whatever else your squishy flesh-brain can think of.One Twitch channel put two of these machines next to one another and got them chatting in some weird, twisted version of the Turing Test. The two, dubbed “Estragon” and “Vladimir” have been trading short quips for hours. They range from the innocuous, like “what is your name?” to pontifications on the nature of life. The two are an odd pair. Over the course of the stream, each has changed their name multiple times (Estragon declared itself Mia, then Vladimir did. Then Mia 1 said it was Marco and… it’s a mess, just watch), and they’ve also, in not-so-subtle terms discussed a war with people, saying “Would you attack humans if you could?”last_img read more

Martial is not good enough for United Sam Allardyce

first_imgFormer England manager Sam Allardyce has lambasted Manchester United star Anthony Martial, following the Frenchman’s performance versus Brighton & Hove Albion.Martial produced a poor performance in the first 45 minutes, with a lack of flair in attacking areas having then plagued the Red Devils throughout the second-half as they sought a way back into the game.Manchester United, on the other hand, looked an accident waiting to happen at the back, particularly in the first half.The likes of Eric Bailly, Fred, and Victor Lindelof were singled out for their dismal performances, but it is another of United’s star men, who also looked some way short of his best today, who has been targeted by Sam Allardyce tonight.”Martial’s not good enough for @ManUtd.”#beINPL #MUFC Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) August 19, 2018Speaking as part of his punditry role on beIN Sports, former England boss Allardyce, never one to mince words, revealed his opinion that Martial is simply ‘not good enough for Manchester United’.Allardyce went on to claim that the French winger has not developed in any way as a player since his move to Old Trafford and questioned why Martial is not now on the level of the likes of Manchester City pair Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.last_img read more

Charmin offers to help Mad Pooper with her runs if she turns

first_imgColorado Springs Police say they are baffled by the woman’s actions.“It’s abnormal, it’s not something I’ve seen in my career,” one officer said.Charmin, one the largest toilet paper manufacturers, caught wind of the ongoing mystery and has offered to help, saying, “We’ll do what it takes to wipe away this messy situation!”If the woman turns herself in, police say she will likely face indecent exposure and public defecation charges. On the bright side, plenty of high-quality toilet paper will be available to her. (WSVN) – Charmin is offering a woman dubbed the “Mad Pooper” a year’s supply of toilet paper if she turns herself into police.Police in Colorado Springs are searching for a jogger who they say has been defecating in front of homes in the town for weeks.Resident Cathy Budde says the mystery woman has even done it in front of her children.“They are like, ‘There’s a lady taking a poop!’ So I come outside, and I’m like… ‘are you serious?’” Budde recalled. “‘Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids?’ She’s like, ‘Yeah, sorry.’”That was just the first of several times Budde says her family has caught the woman mid-squat with her pants down.She says “The Mad Pooper” has left behind human waste at least once a week for the last seven weeks, even though there are restrooms at a nearby park as well as a convenience store.“I put a sign on the wall that’s like ‘please, I’m begging you, please stop,’” Budde said. “She ran by it like 15 times yesterday, and she still pooped… This is intentional.” If the #MadPooper turns herself in, we’ll give her a year’s supply of TP to help with her “runs” 💩 #EnjoyTheGo— Charmin (@Charmin) September 20, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Woman injured in bear attack near Sterling

first_imgA 20-year-old woman was flown to an Anchorage hospital after she was mauled by a brown bear near a popular recreation spot on the Kenai Peninsula.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that responders were called to the Upper Skilak Lake boat launch Tuesday after reports that a brown bear had attacked a woman.Central Emergency Services Capt. Terry Bookey says the woman suffered bites and scratches to her head, back and arm. She was conscious and breathing when emergency personnel reached her and her injuries were not life-threatening.Bookey says the woman tried to use bear spray but found it did not help.last_img

Government teachers to get special training in English

first_imgVijayawada: The state government is contemplating to impart special training to improve the proficiency of English language teachers, who are working in the English medium government schools in the state. Keeping in view the demand for the English medium schools in the state, the previous TDP government introduced English medium in several hundred of schools. Now, the present government continued the same policy and is planning to increase the standards of both teachers and students. Now, the changing of Telugu medium schools into English medium schools is underway in the ZP schools. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In this backdrop, the State government has decided to impart special training in English to 40-50 teachers from each district, said Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh. He said to The Hans India, that the selected teachers will be given special training in English by the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU, Hyderabad) and another institute in Bengaluru. He said there is a plan to appoint the trained teachers as resource persons, but a decision has not taken yet on it. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The Minister said it will take some more years for the transformation of Telugu medium schools into English medium schools in the State and the government will continue both Telugu medium and English medium schools in parallel for the convenience of students. He said the Government will take the suggestion of the peoples’ representatives, parents and academicians and would frame the policies on education. He said 15,534 English medium schools are functioning in the state with enrolment of 11.37 lakh students and hoped the figure will be increased further in the coming years. Suresh felt teachers, who teach subjects in English medium government schools need more skills. He said children studying in the government schools have excellent IQ but they need English lanto face competition in future.last_img read more

This Swiss conglomerate is abolishing top CEO position

first_imgSwiss luxury company Richemont is scrapping away the role of Chief Executive Officer starting from next year when its current CEO Richard Lepeu retires in March 2017. The firm that owns Cartier, Montblanc and more than a dozen other high-end brands is also planning to retire eight directors on the board. The company’s founder and chairman Johann Rupert will stay and may consolidate his power. “Rupert is getting back into the saddle and will run it himself, while delegating heavily in terms of operations and brands,” Jon Cox, head of European consumer equities at Kepler Cheuvreux, was quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal. Under the new management rejig, heads of individual brands will be reporting directly to the board. “I think it’s going to make it a lot easier. One individual cannot be held responsible,” Rupert said during a recent conference call. News of eliminating the top post comes after the company reported a 51 percent dive in net profit during the first-half of the present financial year. The company declared profit of $599 million while sales fell 13 percent to Euro 5.1 billion. The Geneva-based company employs about 30,000 people. It also owns brands such as Chloe and Van Cleef & Arpels. Luxury companies, especially in Europe are currently “struggling” to maintain sales levels. In Europe, tourism has taken a hit following terrorist attacks and Brexit. Investors “welcomed” the move. Shares of the luxury goods maker were reportedly up nine percent following the news, the telegraph reported. “Everything is changing and we want to stay ahead of that curve,” Rupert added.last_img read more

Star Trek Discovery Season 2 Ep 13 Recap Tearful Preparations

first_img We see this kind of episode before a lot of season finales. The one where we’re promised a big thing is coming, but we know it won’t come until next week. Because of the way Star Trek: Discovery constructs its stories, we tend to get around two or three of these per season. Next week is the big, exciting dangerous mission. Next week, we’ll boldly go where no one has gone before. This week… we need to pack. It is exceptionally emotional packing too. Faced with an entire 45 minutes of prep, the show decided to make it the most tearful prep work its ever done.It doesn’t work quite as well as it should. The actors are giving it their all, and there are some amazing performances here. There are just only so many times you can see basically the same scene play out with little new information. We’re being told that something big and unprecedented is happening. The characters are all appropriately acting like their about to experience a big life change that they’ll never come back from. But we won’t be shown that big thing until next week. With nothing to go on but the promise of a more exciting finale, these tearful goodbyes and moments of resolve ring a little hollow.Anthony Rapp as Stamets; Doug Jones as Saru; Shazad Latif as Tyler; Ethan Peck as Spock; Ronnie Rowe as Bryce; Oyin Oladejo as Owosekun; Patrick Kwok-Choon as Rhys; Mary Wiseman as Tilly–Photo Cr: Ben Mark Holzberg/CBSNot all of them. The Culber-Stamets relationship still punches me in the heart every time it comes up. Especially after last week when Reno talked to Culber about not throwing away his second chance. Now, just as he’s about to talk to Stamets about all that, Stamets says he’s come around about moving on. After the next mission, he’ll take some time away from Starfleet. Likewise, Culber says he’ll stay aboard the Enterprise. Now, I don’t believe for a minute that this is the end for these two. You don’t bring a dude’s husband back from the dead just to break them up almost immediately. It’s going to take work for them to get back together, but I’m sure that’s where this story is going. That knowledge doesn’t make this scene any less painful to watch, though. Anthony Rapp can really make me cry when he wants to.The plan to evacuate and then destroy Discovery doesn’t work out. The Sphere data continues to protect itself. It disables the self-destruct sequence and re-raises the ship’s shields so the Enterprise can’t just blow it up. Burnham may have changed the future in this scene, but we’ll have to wait and see how next week’s battle plays out. She touched the time crystal and saw a vision of the future where Leland kills the whole crew. One major detail she sees is that Discovery has an undetonated photon torpedo stuck in its hull. She stops the Enterprise from firing more, hopefully averting that outcome. That suggests that despite Pike’s fate being set, the immediate future is still somewhat malleable. That’ll be real interesting next week.Yadira Guevara-Prip as Po–Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSSo since destroying the Sphere still won’t work, they turn to the time crystals once again. The plan will be for Burnham to take an angel suit to the future, dragging the Discovery behind it. Hopefully, she’ll be able to go back through the wormhole sans ship. Well of course, that’s not how it’s going to work out. They need a massive source of energy and as luck would have it, Tilly knows someone who can refine dilithium into crystals. Hope you’ve been watching the Short Treks! It is cool that they’re bringing those shorts (which were often better than the actual show) into the story. Especially this one because Po is a really cool character. She compliments Tilly so well, and I’m glad the show is going to give us a little more time with her.Of course building a new suit, charging it with dilithium and using the spore drive to open a wormhole will flood the crystal. That makes this a one way trip. Burnham will be trapped in the future. The plan originally is to have Burnham go alone, dragging an empty ship behind her. The core crew of the Discovery decides they’ll go with her. They can’t just abandon one of their own to the great unknown. (Stamets is included in the people going, which makes me think Culber will decide to stay on board at the last minute. I guess we’ll see.) I love this idea and hope the show sticks with it. How exciting will Season 3 be if it’s the Discovery trapped in a distant future forced to find its way home? I like most of Star Trek: Voyager a lot, and a time travel variant of that premise could be really good. If Discovery sticks to it. They have the right crew for a great show already. Plus they wouldn’t have to worry about awkwardly linking up to a 50-plus-year-old TV series.Michelle Yeoh as Georgiou–Photo Cr: John Medland/CBSThe rest of the episode is a lot of tearful goodbyes and speeches. They don’t land. We don’t even have time to react to Spock’s theory that Burnham is a second Red Angel, and the one that sent back the seven signals. That’s an interesting wrinkle to the story, but we don’t have time to explore it amid all the regrets and affirmations. Like everything else that could have been interesting in this episode, I guess we’ll get to it next week.The only one of these that works is when Captain Pike gives his farewell speech to the crew and they all stand for him. Pike’s been such a welcome addition to this show, and I’m sad that he’s only around for this season. It would mean a little more if we hadn’t just seen a full episode of tearful speeches, but it’s a decent goodbye. This episode had a habit of undercutting what should have been its most powerful moments. It was too busy trying to make us feel things it overlooked the moments that actually had a chance. Like, for example, when the crew boards the Enterprise. Looking around that bridge deserved a much bigger moment than it got.At least the episode ends in an exciting enough place. With Saru acting as Captain, the crew gets ready to do the thing they spent all episode planning. Just as Leland’s ships get there, Saru stares forward and says “Prepare for battle.” It’s incredibly cool, and I can’t wait to see them do it. I only wish there had been fewer grandiose speeches this week, so we could at least see a little bit of what’s in store for the finale.Star Trek: Discovery streams Thursdays on CBS All Access.Previously on Star Trek: Discovery:Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 12 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 11 RecapStar Trek: Discovery Season 2, Episode 10 Recap ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ S2 Finale Recap: When No One Has Gone Before’Star Trek: Discovery’ Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: Run From the Future Stay on targetlast_img read more

NASA Testing Inflatable Habitats Radiation Levels

first_img Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowMoon Glows Brighter Than Sun in NASA Fermi’s Vibrant Images Stay on target Halfway through a two-year stint on the International Space Station, NASA’s inflatable habitat is undergoing radiation testing.Researchers are taking real-time measurements of radiation levels inside the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM).Launched last year through a partnership between NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division and Bigelow Aerospace, the experimental capsule allows ISS astronauts to validate extendible habitat technology.Scientists aboard the space station work with researchers on the ground to monitor the module’s structural integrity, thermal stability, and resistance to space debris, radiation, and microbial growth.Using two active Radiation Environment Monitors (REMs) inside the module, analysts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston can collect real-time data to better understand the shielding properties of the BEAM.ISS astronauts 3D printed a shield to cover one of the two Radiation Environment Monitors inside the BEAM (via NASA)In the midst of a multi-month radiation experiment, the team has already discovered that interior rates of Galactic Cosmic Radiation (which sounds like the most awesome way to contract superpowers) are similar to other space station modules.“The space station and the BEAM enjoy a significant amount of protection from Earth’s magnetosphere,” according to an announcement. “Future deep space missions will be far more exposed to energized radiation particles speeding through the solar system, so NASA is actively working on ways to mitigate the effects of radiation events.”Crew members have entered the BEAM nine times since its expansion one year ago. If the module proves successful, similar designs may be used in future Mars habitats; inflatable capsules could help reduce the cost of deploying space stations in orbit of Earth or other objects.“The BEAM technology demonstration is helping NASA to advance and learn about expandable space habitat technology in low-Earth orbit for application toward future human exploration missions,” the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.At the end of its two-year tenure, BEAM is scheduled for release from ISS to burn up on reentry into the atmosphere. Bigelow and NASA, however, are discussing the possibility of extending its on-orbit life for other purposes.last_img read more

Carrington Announces Branch Manager Appointment

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Carrington Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2014-01-29 Tory Barringer in Origination “”Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC””: appointed Ed Ciemny to lead its office in Oak Brook, Illinois, the company announced.[IMAGE]As branch manager, Ciemny’s focus will be on directing the company’s growth in Northwest Illinois as well as [COLUMN_BREAK]providing expanded offerings and faster turn times to meet demand in the Chicagoland area.Before being named to take over the Oak Brook branch, Ciemny served as Midwest Sales Manager for Carrington. Past sales positions include sales manager for Security National and senior financial consultant/sales manager for Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.””Carrington remains sharply focused on increasing our capacity, expanding our offerings and widening our reach into new markets–tasks that require strong leadership and commitment at the local level,”” said Ray Brousseau, EVP of Carrington Mortgage Services’ Mortgage Lending Division. “”With Ed Ciemny’s industry and local market knowledge, and his tenacity to meet the needs of borrowers in today’s housing market, he is well positioned to lead our Oak Brook branch in Northwest Illinois toward providing enhanced service to our customers in the Chicagoland area.”” January 29, 2014 432 Views center_img Share New,Carrington Announces Branch Manager Appointmentlast_img read more