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Photos of the Day King Mohammed VI in Parisian Boutiques

Rabat- King Mohammed VI continues to pop up in photos around Paris. The sovereign was newly photographed with fans in two Parisian boutiques.Among the many recent photos showing King Mohammed VI’s good health during his stay in the French capital, Mehdi Benkirane shared four new photos on his official Facebook page on Thursday and Friday. The three photos show Mohammed VI posing with three men in a space that seems like a store selling hair products, while the fourth photo features the King side-by-side with a man in a clothes shop. Throughout the previous weeks, the king was photographed with several local and international fans in various locations: Rabbi Israël Goldberg, French singer Maître Gims, an optician, a woman in a Parisian garden, and passers-by in a Parisian pharmacy and a jeans shop earlier this week.Thanks to the daily photographs, Moroccan nationals and fans of the sovereign can rest assured knowing that the King’s heart surgery recovery is progressing smoothly. read more

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Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Returns to Agadir

Agadir’s festival of humor is back! Rabat – The 2018 “Juste pour rire” (Just for Laughs) festival in Agadir will welcome, from August 9-12, more than 30 Moroccan and foreign humorists at the Verdure amphitheater.The festival is organized by the association Just for Agadir, in partnership with the communal council, the regional council of Souss Massa, and the regional council of tourism. “After the success of the first edition, the festival returns this year with a generous program to confirm its vocation as a crossroads, where Amazigh, Arabic and French-speaking artists meet,” the organizers said in a statement made public by MAP. The festival will begin August 9 with the gala “Ait Tgemi” gathering Amazigh artists. The public will experience comedians Rachid Aslal, Mustapha Sghir, Mohamed Kimroun, Anas Machati, Ahmed Ntama, Hamid Achtouk, Hassan Boumeska and Mohamed Zouf.The evening of August 10 will see the “family” gala with artists Eko, Haytam Miftah, Oussama Ramzi, Zouhair Zair, Seif Eddine Setif, Les Inqualifiables and Zouhimself. The festival’s program also includes a show called “Rachid Comedy Show” with Rachid Allali, Abdelkader Sector, Bassou, Driss and Mehdi, El Mehdi Chehab, Azzedine Fettouhi, and Soufiane Naaoum.On the closing night, the public will meet “Les invités” (the guests), a show bringing together ??French comedians, such as Booder, Nidhal Saadi, Tareek, Ines Reg, Oualas, Sparrow, Walid Sax, and Paul Sere. read more

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Daylight robbery in Jaela

An armed gang robbed Rs. 7 million from a private company in Ja-ela today, the police media unit said.The police said that the gang had robbed the money to Politex at belonging gun-point when it was being taken out from a bank in the area. The incident had taken place at around 12.55 this afternoon when the money was being taken out of Seylan bank in Ekala.An armed gang had arrived in a white van and pulled out their weapons and stole the money. Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)

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International traveller with measles visited Disneyland

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Health authorities say a teenage girl travelling from New Zealand to Southern California this month was infectious with highly contagious measles and may have exposed others at Disneyland and a nearby hotel.The Orange County Health Care Agency says Friday the exposures could have occurred Aug. 11 at the Desert Palms Hotel in Anaheim and on Aug. 12 at Disneyland and the California Adventure park. She remained in Southern California through Aug. 15.The agency says it has been working with the facilities to reach people who had close contact.People who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms such as fever and rash occurring up to 21 days from exposure.People are also urged to check their records to determine if they have been vaccinated or previously had measles.The Associated Press read more

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UN cash position stronger than last year but still fragile controller reports

“The only way to secure financial health for the United Nations is for Member States to meet their financial obligations to the Organization in a full and timely fashion,” Warren Sach told the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, which deals with administrative and budgetary affairs.The amount outstanding for peacekeeping operations exceeded $2.5 billion at the end of 2004, after assessments of over $5 billion being issued last year. So far in 2005 payments have somewhat exceeded new assessments, lowering the outstanding amount by over $400 million as of 7 October.As of that date a further $739 million remain outstanding for the regular budget, and $73 million for the international war crimes tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Moreover debts to Member States providing troops and equipment to peacekeeping operations are projected at $779 million by the end of the year.”There are some encouraging signs of improvement but there is still cause for concern,” Mr. Sach said, summing up the UN’s current financial position. “The amounts outstanding are quite highly concentrated and the positive projections depend crucially on a relatively few Member States making payments in line with their past pattern of payments.”This underlines the continuing fragility of our financial situation and it may still be necessary to cross-borrow from the very limited pool of unobligated funds in the accounts of closed peacekeeping operations.” read more

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Local leaders should be responsible for reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina UN

The international community should continue to hand over responsibility for reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina to its leaders despite the magnitude of the challenges involved as the country emerges from the devastation of inter-ethnic bloodshed, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.“Bosnia and Herzegovina’s reality today is in many ways uncomfortable,” Christian Schwarz-Schilling, High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement in the Balkan country told the 15-member body, noting the impatience of the world community for progress and the reluctance of local politicians to step forward, as well as the frustration of citizens who needed jobs.Even so, he said the international community must hold its course and continue handing over responsibility to those leaders, not so quickly as to overwhelm them, but not so slowly that they failed to develop a sense of duty towards the citizens who had elected them.And in many respects, the situation of the country was fortunate – the direction in which it is travelling was clear and the European Union was offering it the prospect of membership, despite the problematic assertions of leaders in Republika Srpska and lack of reform progress on the Constitution, the economy, education and other areas, said Mr. Schwarz-Schilling.In regard to transitional issues, he said he was overseeing the closure of the Office of the High Representative, as determined in June by the Peace Implementation Council Steering board, but many difficulties remained, and he recognized the wisdom of that Council’s decision to review the situation.Mr. Schwarz-Schilling also noted that progress in constitutional reform had stalled, after an initiative had barely failed in Parliament in March and he urged all parties to compromise. In addition, he said the fact that war crimes suspects like Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadžic remained at large continued to impede the consolidation of peace.He also noted that the final status of the UN-run province of Kosovo affected the entire region and was potentially destabilizing.Adnan Terzic, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with the representatives from 16 other countries also spoke during the Council’s open meeting. read more

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Jobs go west as Imperial Oil converts Nova Scotia refinery to terminal

by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2013 9:40 am MDT Jobs go west as Imperial Oil converts Nova Scotia refinery to terminal operation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – The Imperial Oil refinery in Halifax is being closed and converted to a terminal, in a move that deals the latest blow to Nova Scotia’s manufacturing sector.The company said Wednesday it expects 80 of the 200 workers — ranging from engineers to mechanics — to either retire or stay at the terminal, while 120 others will be offered jobs at Imperial refineries and oil sands operations in Ontario and the West or at ExxonMobil’s operations off Nova Scotia’s coast.The refinery’s flaming smokestack has been a familiar part of the city’s waterfront on the Dartmouth side of the harbour for 95 years. Last May, the NDP government said it remained hopeful the facility might survive under new ownership.The province also extended a five-year, tax-break deal just months before Imperial launched its year-long search for a buyer.However, Gilles Courtemanche, vice-president of refining with Imperial (TSX:IMO), said the company decided to close the refinery because it couldn’t find a buyer or see any realistic prospect of long-term profitability.He also described the factory as lacking the ability to process the heavier portions of crude oil into diesel and gasoline, and too small to compete against massive producers in Asia and elsewhere.“We have a great history. … But with the kit that’s there and the market conditions, it’s no longer viable,” said Courtemanche.He said the refinery finds itself at the edge of an ocean where up to two million barrels of gasoline are available at competitive rates each day.Meanwhile, refineries are being built in India that are capable of producing 1.2 million barrels daily, while the Dartmouth factory produces about 88,000 barrels, he said.“This is a very difficult decision for Imperial, our employees and the local community … We will make every reasonable effort to minimize the impact on our employees,” said the vice president.Courtemanche said the multinational company will continue to employ “some” of the roughly 200 contractors who work at the facility as the conversion and environmental cleanup takes place, but couldn’t provide a precise figure on how many would keep their work.The company said the conversion is planned for the third or fourth quarter of this year, depending on the progress of the modifications.Once completed, the terminal operation will continue to supply existing terminals in Sydney, N.S., Corner Brook, N.L., Sept-Iles, Que. and Cap aux Meules in the Magdalen Islands, said Courtemanche.The closure is becoming a familiar story in the province’s industrial sector, as small, aging factories close and skilled, well-paid workers head west.At one time, Nova Scotia had three refineries. Once the Dartmouth facility closes, it will have none. Other traditional industries are also exiting.In December last year, the Minas Basin Pulp and Power paper mill closed in Hantsport, N.S., affecting 135 people in the town of 1,160. That came after Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP) announced the closure of its paper mill formerly known as Bowater in Brooklyn, N.S., throwing 320 people out of work.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said the trend is worrying for the province.“This is a major blow to our province and my heart goes out to the families who rely on those jobs,” he said in a statement.A non-recurring, after-tax charge of between $260 million and $280 million is expected to be included in Imperial Oil’s second quarter reported financial results.Courtemanche said the majority of those charges are due to the writedown of the assets of the refinery. read more

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White House Blame cyberattack on hackers not spy agencies

White House: Blame cyberattack on hackers, not spy agencies WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser has a message to those blaming U.S. intelligence agencies for the cyberattack encircling the globe: Don’t point a finger at the National Security Agency. Blame the hackers.Since Friday, malware has infected an estimated 300,000 computers in 150 countries. Users’ files at hospitals, companies and government agencies have been held for ransom.Cybersecurity experts say the unknown hackers used a hole in Microsoft software that was discovered by the National Security Agency. The hole was exposed when NSA documents were leaked online.Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice-president of Microsoft, laid some of the blame with the U.S. government, criticizing U.S. intelligence agencies for “stockpiling” software code that can be used by hackers.“We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability, stolen from the NSA, has affected customers around the world,” he said.Tom Bossert, Trump’s assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism, defended the NSA, the lead U.S. signals intelligence agency.“This was not a tool developed by the NSA to hold ransom data,” Bossert told reporters Monday. “This was a tool developed by culpable parties — potentially criminals or foreign nation-states.”Perpetrators put the malware together in a way to deliver it with phishing emails, put it into embedded documents and caused infection, encryption and locking, he said.Cyber experts are telling government officials that the malware was built with parts and codes cobbled together from different places, a U.S. official said. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation and spoke only on condition of anonymity.Cyber experts say the tools were stolen from the Equation Group, a powerful squad of hackers which some have ties to the NSA. The tools materialized as part of an internet electronic auction set up by a group calling itself “Shadow Brokers,” which promised to leak more data into the public.“I haven’t found an analyst who doesn’t say it doesn’t come from the NSA cache,” said James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.“Think of it like a master key,” Lewis said. “NSA identified a vulnerability in a Microsoft software that the Shadow Brokers, then released so anybody could use it.”The Shadow Brokers “shared that vulnerability with the world and then these criminals took advantage of it,” he said.V. Miller Newton, president of PKWARE, a data protection and encryption company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said leaks of purported NSA hacking tools have been coming out in dribs and drabs since August.“Criminals or terrorists are going to try to leverage these exploits,” he said. “How damaging could it be? Extremely.”“The tools are useful and they are in the hands of criminals today,” Newton said. “Holy cow! The government can’t protect itself from insiders?”Salim Neino, CEO of the Los Angeles-based Kryptos Logic, whose researcher foiled the latest global cyberextortion attack, says the leak of the NSA hacking tools have disrupted the status quo in which nations with high cyber capabilities “don’t engage with others in a way that causes harm or disruption.” He says the leaks have significantly narrowed the gap between nations and individuals or cyber gangs.“The concern has always been, when are the real bad guys, the ones that don’t care about rules of engagement, the ones who are really out to hurt us, will they become cyber-capable?” he said in an interview Monday night with The Associated Press. “I think today we found out that those who really want to hurt us have begun to, because they became cyber-capable the moment that the NSA cybertools were released.”The Department of Homeland Security is leading the investigation in the United States. American officials are working closely with their British counterparts.Analysts at the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center worked throughout the weekend to keep American officials informed about classified aspects of the investigation.“Attribution can be difficult here,” Bossert said. But he added: “I don’t want to say we have no clues.”“While it would be satisfying to hold accountable those responsible for this hack — something that we are working on quite seriously — the worm is in the wild, so to speak at this point, and patching is the most important message as a result,” he said.“Despite appearing to be criminal activity intended to raise money, it appears that less than $70,000 has been paid in ransoms and we are not aware of payments that have led to any data recovery.”Neither the FBI nor NSA would comment Monday.If Americans follow the patching information issued by the FBI, Microsoft and the Homeland Security Department, they will be protected from the malware and the variants, Bossert said.Some U.S. companies, including FedEx, were affected. No federal systems have been victimized thus far, Bossert said.Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the Senate intelligence committee’s top Democrat, wrote Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Monday asking what steps the federal government has taken to ensure federal agencies and government contractors have installed critical security updates to defend against the attack.A Government Accountability Office report in May 2016 said federal agencies consistently failed to apply security patches in a timely matter and sometimes didn’t make them for years after a patch had been available, Warner said. The office, he said, also identified cases where agencies were using software no longer supported by its vendors._Associated Press writer Sheila Norman-Culp in London contributed to this story. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert speaks about the mass destruction offensive malware, Monday, May 15, 2017, during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) by Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2017 10:11 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Connecting business to the dinner table

What fork you use and how you pass the bread at a formal dinner can tell others at the table a lot about how you do business, says Fatima di Valentin.The dining etiquette expert was at Brock University Oct. 26 to facilitate Goodman Career’s annual Etiquette Dinner, where she coached 100 students on proper etiquette while navigating a three-course meal served up by Sodexo.Beyond receiving advice about where hands should be placed during a meal (always above the table) and how salt and pepper should be passed (always together), students learned that dining with panache can go a long way in making a good impression in business.Dining etiquette expert Fatima di Valentin facilitated Goodman Career’s annual Etiquette Dinner Oct. 26 by coaching 100 students through a three-course meal.“Dining etiquette rounds students’ education up and gives them the polish. They’ve got the meat of what they need to know from their classes, but this is really polishing up their skills,” said di Valentin.“When they go out into the world of work and they’re interfacing with all sorts of different people, they can do it with all the confidence that they’ve got the awareness of how to dine properly.”During her past experience as a college professor, di Valentin identified a learning gap when she noticed some of her best students struggling with interactions in formal settings.After incorporating dining etiquette lessons into her own classes, she discovered a passion for etiquette, business and cultural protocols and is now a sought-after expert who works on dining awareness with a wide variety of clients from diplomats to wedding couples and children.“The fascinating thing about etiquette is that there is so much to learn,” she said. “We have less than three hours at this event to learn in a ‘living lab’ so students are able to hear a strategy and then implement it right away. That experiential learning is helpful to ensure that it really sinks in.”The event, sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario), is one that has high value for students who will soon be joining the workforce.“Having good etiquette and professionalism is key to doing good business,” said Catherine Millar, CPA Ontario student recruiter.“Knowing good etiquette will help you when you are in front of some very important people,” she said, adding the organization focuses on helping students develop more than just technical skills.Fourth-year business student Jenny Doan attended the event for the second time, giving her a chance to brush up on skills she learned last year.“I’ve noticed in my experience that business is often conducted in dinner or lunch settings,” she said.“I’ve had dinners and lunches at past co-op jobs with colleagues, suppliers and clients and have also had interviews with potential employers that included dinner, so knowing these types of things is crucial to making a good impression and differentiating yourself.” read more

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Ohio State mens hockeys Tanner Fritz We know we can beat Wisconsin

Junior forward Darik Angeli (10) races to the puck during a game against Penn State Feb. 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-2.Credit: Alexis Hill / Lantern photographerAs much fun as it is to get points on the road in another team’s arena, there’s still nothing quite like the buzz of a home crowd.That’s the opinion of Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik, whose team (14-9-3, 4-5-3) is slated to return home this weekend for a series against No. 8 Wisconsin (16-8-2, 7-4-1).“It’s great to get back home,” Rohlik said. “It’d be a phenomenal atmosphere if we can continue to get all our students and all our people out here at the game. I think it makes a world of a difference.”In their five home conference games, the Buckeyes are 3-1-1, averaging a crowd of more than 6,000 fans. The fans in attendance this weekend get to watch the Buckeyes match up against a Wisconsin team fresh off a sweep of then-No. 1 Minnesota.The No. 23 Buckeyes and Badgers split their series in Madison Jan. 24 and 25, so Rohlik knows just how tough an opponent Wisconsin is.“They don’t beat themselves and they’re very well coached,’ Rohlik said. “They’re a very, very good hockey team, one of the best teams out there in the country.”OSU’s two come-from-behind shootout victories last weekend against Michigan State pushed it to within five points of this weekend’s visitors in the Big Ten standings, and freshman forward Nick Schilkey said the team knows it has a big opportunity this weekend.“We’re right behind the top teams in the standings,” Schilkey said. “It’s really just a matter of if we can take advantage of the situation we’ve put ourselves in.”That situation has come to fruition because of a multitude of factors, one being OSU’s free-scoring offense which is the best in the Big Ten, with the Buckeyes averaging 3.5 goals per game. Part of that scoring has come from an impressive power play unit that has scored 27 goals, three more than the next-best team in the conference.Junior forward Tanner Fritz, one component of the power play, said one of the unit’s biggest keys to success has been teamwork.“We do everything as a unit out there, it’s five guys so one guy’s not trying to do it by himself,” Fritz said. “We’re doing well in key situations, which is huge, so hopefully we can keep doing well on the power play because it’s going to win us games.”With the Buckeyes on a five-game unbeaten run — a streak that began with their 3-1 win over Wisconsin Jan. 25 — Fritz said he thinks it’s just a matter of maintaining a high level of performance if they’re going to take any points off the Badgers.“We definitely know we can beat (Wisconsin),” Fritz said. “We’ve just got to stick to our game plan and do it together as a team and hopefully we can get two wins.”The two teams are set to battle Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Friday’s game also features the fourth-annual Teddy Bear Toss, where fans are encouraged to bring new stuffed animals to throw on the ice during the first intermission, with all the bears being donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. read more

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The Cardinals And Diamondbacks Are Now On Very Different Paths

Before Wednesday’s trade headlined by Paul Goldschmidt, the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals were relatively even on paper. But today, the two clubs inhabit completely different neighborhoods.Arizona and St. Louis ended last year separated by 25 points in Elo rating, and the teams entered Wednesday just two games apart in FanGraphs’ projected standings for 2019. With the trade of the six-time All-Star, the clubs have seemingly chosen different paths. The Diamondbacks appear ready to join the Seattle Mariners as teams that contended in 2018, fell short and have elected to become less competitive to restore their depleted talent bases. The Cardinals add a star talent with the hope that they can close the gap in the National League Central and return the club to the postseason after a three-year absence.The Diamondbacks are in a division with the powerful Los Angeles Dodgers, who are loaded with cash and talent and are heavy favorites in the NL West. Arizona already lost one key free-agent pitcher in Patrick Corbin, who agreed Tuesday to a deal with the Washington Nationals, and free-agent center fielder A.J. Pollock also figures to land elsewhere. The club has also expressed interest in trading ace Zack Greinke, whose contract accounted for 25.8 percent of the club’s opening day payroll this past season — the second-highest share in the majors. It’s a reminder that such contracts can hamstring teams’ abilities to build complete, competitive rosters.Conversely, the Cardinals do not have a clear super team in their way in the NL Central. The Cubs might have limited ability to improve this offseason, but the FanGraphs’ forecast has the Brewers regressing in 2019. The Cardinals entered Wednesday projected for four fewer wins than the Cubs, three more wins than the Pirates and six more wins than the Brewers. After the trade, the FanGraphs projection had the Cardinals picking up three wins to be just one game behind the Cubs and nine games better than the Brewers. (The Diamondbacks fell from 82 to 80 wins.) The Cardinals have been stuck in the standings purgatory — winning 88, 83 and 86 games the past three years — where no club wants to reside, but they could break that streak this year.The Diamondbacks went for it last year on the heels of a 93-win season and in the final year of control over Corbin and Pollock. St. Louis is now in a similar situation, as contributors like Marcell Ozuna, Miles Mikolas and Michael Wacha are free agents after 2019. Goldschmidt is under control for just one season before entering free agency. For the Cardinals, this is a win-now move.And what St. Louis received in the deal is not only one of the game’s best hitters but also one of its most consistent.In wins above replacement,1Using FanGraphs’ metric. Goldschmidt finished the past three seasons at 5.1, 5.2 and 5.0. He’s been worth at least 4.3 WAR every season since his first full year in 2012, when he finished at 2.8. Goldschmidt’s career slash line is .297/.398/.532. His slash line this past season? .290/.389/.533. He’s played in at least 155 games in five of the past six years.Goldschmidt, 31, is still near his physical prime and offers consistent star power for a club sorely lacking it. St. Louis thought it was landing a star in Ozuna last winter, but he had a mildly disappointing season. Since 2016, the only Cardinals to deliver seasons of 4 WAR or better were Matt Carpenter (5.0) and Mikolas (4.3) this past season and Tommy Pham, who was traded to Tampa Bay last season, in 2017 (6.1). Goldschmidt’s 4.3 projected WAR is a big upgrade over the Cardinals’ weakest projected starting infielder, Jedd Gyorko (1.7 WAR) — who could be supplanted in the lineup by Carpenter moving from first to third. And Goldschmidt may not even be the Cards’ final step: Ownership hasn’t ruled out a pursuit of Bryce Harper.While there is not a young star in the trade package, Goldschmidt didn’t come cheap. Some executives liked the return for Arizona, which included young major leaguers in pitcher Luke Weaver and catcher Carson Kelly, infield prospect Andy Young and the Cardinals’ Compensation Round B selection in the 2019 draft. The deal gives the Diamondbacks youth and a number of controllable years.The Diamondbacks had the fifth-oldest groups of batters (at an average of 29.2 years old)2Weighted by games played. and pitchers (29.6) last year. According to FanGraphs, Arizona entered the offseason with the game’s 26th-ranked farm system. Teams prize young, cheap, controllable talent — and now more than ever before, they are willing to endure deep, painful rebuilds to accumulate high draft picks and signing bonus pool space. The Astros and Cubs created a model to get to super-team status that other teams are following. Those clubs took rebuilding to extreme degrees, stringing together multiple 95-plus-loss seasons, but those paths resulted in World Series titles.The Diamondbacks consider themselves to be retooling rather than entering a deep rebuild, though that might be an optimistic assessment: Arizona third baseman Jake Lamb, outfielder David Peralta and starting pitchers Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker are all eligible to become free agents within the next two to three years.Kelly and Weaver immediately fill needs on the major league roster. They are not prospects that are years away from the majors, though they also lack star-level upside.3The Diamondbacks were in the market for a catcher after free agent Jeff Mathis signed with the Texas Rangers. “There are decisions that you want to do and there are decisions you feel like you have to do,” Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen said of Wednesday’s trade.More than ever, teams seem comfortable entering retooling periods, but not every rebuild is a successful project. For the Cardinals, perhaps they’ll have to consider such a path down the road. As for 2019, they’re going for it. read more

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CDE Capital wins contract miner award

first_imgCDE Capital, an indigenous-owned, Northern Territory based civil works contractor, has been named the country’s ‘Contract Miner of the Year’ at the fifth annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards. This news has come on the back of an awarded contract with Atlas Iron for its Pardoo DSO project.CDE Capital’s Managing Director, Robbie Rusca, said: “We see this as recognition that an indigenous-owned company can provide reliable professional services in this fiercely competitive sector – without compromising its commitment to indigenous opportunity.”The “Contract Miner of the Year” award was announced by Australian Mining magazine publisher, Reed Business Information. “CDE Capital has an outstanding passion for indigenous employment matched with a measurable service to clients,” Daniel Hall, Editor of Australian Mining, said.A panel of five judges selected CDE Capital from among five finalists, citing its ‘fantastic’ safety record and its ‘dedication’ to the employment and training of indigenous Australians as standout qualities. “CDE has proved that it is more than a contractor pushing to attain the large mine owners as clients. It is a family business which cares about each employee on an individual level, and as such has been able to secure large contracts based on its dedicated service and strong work ethic,” the judging panel said.CDE has become one of the country’s largest indigenous-owned contracting companies since it evolved from a family civil works business established by the Rusca family in the 1970s. With indigenous employees representing about 75% of its permanent workforce, the company aims to recruit at least 50% of its workforce in major projects from local communities.The company announced weeks ago that it has commenced work on a A$75 million mining contract – its largest to date – at Atlas Iron’s Pardoo project in the Pilbara. This four-year contract includes supplying the drilling, excavation and haulage services at the project, which is due to begin shipments of iron ore from Port Hedland early in December.The Pardoo contract also adds weight to CDE Capital’s current long-term consideration to possibly seek a listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. Rusca: “We are considering the possibility of an IPO when the market stabilises, either in the latter half of next year or early in 2010.”Exports of direct shipping ore from Pardoo are expected to begin early in December at an initial rate of 1 Mt/y, rising to 3 Mt/y after the first year. With additional tonnages from its neighbouring Abydos project, Atlas is targeting exports of 6 Mt/y by 2010 and 12 Mt/y by 2012.The company is also involved in a number of other major mining projects, including civil works and equipment hire at CopperCo’s Lady Annie Mine in Queensland and plant operation and training at Xstrata’s McArthur River zinc mine in the Northern Territory.last_img read more

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DRA to build new CHPP for Exxaro

first_imgGlobal engineering firm, DRA, has secured a contract with Exxaro Coal Mpumalanga (Pty) Ltd a subsidiary of JSE listed Exxaro Resources Ltd, to construct a 500 t/h coal handling and preparation plant in Mpumalanga, South Africa.The coal handling and preparation plant consists of primary and secondary sizing stations, overland conveyor, two 7500t silos, low gravity and high gravity Dense Medium Separation (DMS) modules, thickener circuit, filter plant, stacker conveyor. The plant will produce both a domestic and an export product.“We are excited to partner once again with such a prestigious organisation. The quality of our engineering designs in the earlier project phases as well as our competitive pricing and well-established reputation in coal projects ultimately secured us the work when Exxaro embarked on a campaign to develop one of their key coal assets in the Belfast area,” explains Alistair Hodgkinson, Senior Vice President at DRA.“This latest partnership allows DRA the opportunity to showcase our vast experience in successfully implementing large-scale coal projects and the added value we can offer our clients on any project,” says Hodgkinson.The project will commence in January 2018 and is expected to be completed in October 2019.“We look forward to the successful completion of this project and accompanying Exxaro on their development campaign in the area,” concludes Hodgkinson.last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE 76 cite budget as biggest barrier to launching new benefits

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Around three-quarters (76%) of employer respondents cite budget as the biggest barrier to introducing benefits they would like to offer, according to research by Employee Benefits and Staffcare.The Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017, which surveyed 271 employer respondents in February-March 2017, also found that the percentage of respondents citing technology limitations as a barrier has also grown year on year, up to 19% from 13% in 2016.This year’s research also bears out an issue that we often hear anecdotally from reward professionals: that they are time poor. In 2017, time is cited as a barrier to introducing benefits they would like to offer by 38% of respondents, up from 29% in 2016.Read the full Employee Benefits/Staffcare Benefits research 2017.last_img read more

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Expansion of Karnataka Cabinet to be held tomorrow

first_imgBENGALURU: On Tuesday morning, the Ministers will be sworn in after Mr Yediyurappa signs off in Delhi over his picks for the cabinet. As per sources, referring to Home Minister Amit Shah, the BJP president, Mr Yediyurappa had said, “Within two-three hours, I am going to get the final list from Amit Bhai. So, cabinet expansion will be done tomorrow.” Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The delay in cabinet formation provoked criticism from the opposition Congress and JDS. “Is this what BJP means by ‘Minimum Government’? A cabinet without cabinet ministers? Will @BSYBJP wake up & stop our state being mocked across the country. Karnataka needs a government. If @BSYBJP can’t form one, he should step down,” the Congress had tweeted.last_img read more

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Theresa May sees no alternative to Brexit deal

first_imgBritain`s prime minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street via the back exit in London, Britain, 16 November 2018. Photo: Reuters British prime minister Theresa May says she sees no alternative to the Brexit deal she presented earlier this week, amid reports that some of her senior ministers want her to renegotiate the draft agreement before meeting EU leaders next weekend.”There is no alternative plan on the table. There is no different approach that we could agree with the EU,” May wrote in an article for the Sun on Sunday newspaper.”If MPs (legislators) reject the deal, they will simply take us back to square one. It would mean more division, more uncertainty and a failure to deliver on the vote of the British people,” she added.Just hours after announcing on Wednesday that her senior ministers had collectively backed her divorce deal, May was thrust into her premiership’s most perilous crisis when Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned on Thursday to oppose the agreement.Other mutinous lawmakers in her party have openly spoken of ousting her and said the Brexit deal would not pass parliament.Brexit supporters say the transitional deal risks leaving Britain subject to EU rules for an indefinite period.On Saturday Andrea Leadsom, the minister in charge of government business in parliament, told the BBC that she was supporting May but was not fully happy with the deal.”I think there’s still the potential to improve on the clarification and on some of the measures within it and that’s what I’m hoping to be able to help with,” she said.Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, said on Saturday that British pro-Brexit ministers were “not living in the real world” if they thought they could renegotiate the divorce treaty agreed with the EU last week.Several British newspapers had reported that Leadsom was working with four other senior ministers and Brexit enthusiasts – Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Chris Grayling and Penny Mordaunt – to pressure May to change the deal.Mordaunt, Raab, and five other top Conservatives – former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, Raab’s predecessor David Davis, interior minister Sajid Javid, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, and work and pensions minister Amber Rudd – are all “actively preparing” leadership campaigns, the Sunday Times said.More than 20 Conservative lawmakers have written to call for May to go, and a total 48 requests are needed to trigger a leadership contest.The Sunday Times also reported Britain’s army had been ordered to step up contingency plans to help police maintain public order in case of food and medicine shortages after a “no deal” Brexit, citing an unnamed “well-placed army source.”last_img
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Excardinals letters to victims show signs of grooming

first_imgNicole Winfield Nicole Winfield,Load Comments,Sanders, Castro to attend Muslim-led presidential forum in Texas By: Nicole Winfield Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week News Catholicism This July 2019 photo shows a detail from a copy of a 1987 letter written by then-Newark, N.J., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to a seminarian in the state. The closing reads, “Love, Uncle Ted.” Letters and postcards the clergyman wrote to three men he is accused of sexually abusing and harassing show how he groomed his victims, experts say. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison) Share This! James Grein, 61, poses for a photo at his house in Sterling, Va., on July 26, 2019, holding postcards from Florida and the Vatican sent to him as a boy by now-defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The correspondence to the young men he is accused of sexually abusing or harassing is a window into the way a predator grooms his prey, according to two abuse prevention experts who reviewed the writings for The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,VATICAN CITY (AP) — At first glance, the handwritten postcards and letters look innocuous, even warm, sometimes signed off by “Uncle T.” or “Your uncle, Father Ted.”But taken in context, the correspondence penned by disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick to the young men he is accused of sexually abusing or harassing is a window into the way a predator grooms his prey, according to two abuse prevention experts who reviewed it for The Associated Press.Full of flattery, familiarity and boasts about his own power, the letters provide visceral evidence of how a globe-trotting bishop made young, vulnerable men feel special — and then allegedly took advantage of them.Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in May 2006. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The AP is publishing correspondence McCarrick wrote to three men ahead of the promised release of the Vatican’s own report into who knew what and when about his efforts to bed would-be priests. Access to an archbishop for young men seeking to become priests “is a key piece of the grooming process here,” said one of the experts, Monica Applewhite.Pope Francis defrocked McCarrick, 89, in February after a church investigation determined he sexually abused minors as well as adult seminarians. The case has created a credibility crisis for the Catholic hierarchy , since McCarrick’s misconduct was reported to some U.S. and Vatican higher-ups, but he nevertheless remained an influential cardinal until his downfall last year.McCarrick has declined to comment on his case, except to say in an initial statement last year that he was innocent but accepted the Holy See’s decision to remove him from ministry. McCarrick lawyer J. Michael Ritty declined to comment on the correspondence.James Grein, 61, speaks at his house in Sterling, Va., on July 26, 2019. Grein says the now-defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s exalted place in the family over three generations created pressure on him to visit with McCarrick during weekends away from boarding school and visits when he would be molested. “If I didn’t go to see Theodore I was always going to be asked by my brothers and sisters or my dad, ‘Why didn’t you go see him?’” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)The testimony of James Grein, 61, the first child McCarrick baptized, was key to the Vatican case. The son of close family friends, Grein told church investigators that McCarrick began sexually abusing him when he was 11, including during confession and at family weddings and holiday celebrations.In an interview with AP, Grein said McCarrick’s exalted place in the family over three generations created pressure on him to visit with McCarrick during weekends away from boarding school and visits when he would be molested.“If I didn’t go to see Theodore I was always going to be asked by my brothers and sisters or my dad, ‘Why didn’t you go see him?’”That family dynamic is present in the postcards McCarrick sent to Grein — notes without postmarks that were included in letters McCarrick sent to his father.“Time is getting close for your visit back east,” McCarrick wrote to Grein while he was at boarding school at the Woodside Priory School in California in the 1970s. “I’ll be calling home one of these days to check on arrangements.” He signed the note “Love to all, Your uncle, Fr. Ted.”Applewhite said the text betrays McCarrick’s clear expectations that Grein would come visit, as well as the involvement of his family in arranging the rendezvous. A postcard visible to the family, she added, is the most open form of communication, and was likely meant to show Grein that what McCarrick was doing wasn’t wrong.“To send it in a postcard says ‘I have nothing to hide,’” Applewhite said. Bono and Guggi: A friendship based on art, punk rock and Jesus As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 In eight letters to the seminarian, McCarrick repeatedly urged the young man to call him collect at his offices in Newark, providing his direct line and the dates of his comings and goings. He also urged him repeatedly to come visit — a frequency of demanding contact that Jeglic said constituted harassment and an attempt to “keep him in the web.”“We have an almost full house, and by tomorrow the couches and maybe the floor will be taken — but we would have made room even for a big guy like you,” McCarrick wrote him.In a sign of possible desperation, he added: “P.S. Do you even get my letters?”McCarrick also referred to an incident where the two met a Mafia-associated businessman who was gunned down shortly after in a mob hit.“Thank God we didn’t go to dinner on Saturday night!” McCarrick wrote. “We’d have been in the middle of a gangland rub-out.”In a subsequent letter Aug. 28, 1987, written on Admirals Club letterhead during a flight in Poland, McCarrick referred again to the murder in his trademark small script: “You stick with your uncle and you’ll really meet exciting people.”Jeglic said the reference to the mob hit was a shared, illicit experience that “bonds you in secrecy.”Another seminarian, the Rev. Desmond Rossi, was studying for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception seminary in Newark, New Jersey, when McCarrick was named archbishop. He said McCarrick had made it a point to greet Rossi’s father at Mass, and wrote to Rossi when the young man took a sabbatical in 1987.In the letter, McCarrick wrote that he had just been with John Paul during his trip to Miami and was praying for Rossi to come back.“You’re still very much part of the family,” McCarrick wrote.Rossi said he now sees McCarrick was grooming him with the letter, particularly his reference to John Paul and being part of “the family.”“Here’s an archbishop of the church telling a 25-year-old kid who is interested in priesthood that he just left a meeting with the pope,” Rossi said. “This is a major deal!”Rossi ultimately moved to another diocese in 1989, after a meeting where he said McCarrick rolled his chair “inappropriately close” and touched Rossi’s leg as he spoke.“At that moment, pretty much in my mind I thought ‘I’m leaving this diocese,’ because it was that uncomfortable,” Rossi said.As much as he considers himself a survivor, Rossi acknowledges that McCarrick was a gifted, charismatic pastor. Applewhite said abusers aren’t just monsters — as evidenced by McCarrick’s own correspondence looking out for his seminarians.“If we’re only looking for demons, we’re not ever going to catch anyone,” she said.Links to the letters: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! This July 2019 photo shows a detail from a copy of a 1987 letter written by then-Newark, N.J., Archbishop Theodore McCarrick to a seminarian in the state. At center, McCarrick writes, “I really enjoyed our visit.” Letters and postcards the clergyman wrote to three men he is accused of sexually abusing and harassing show how he groomed his victims, experts say. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) By: Nicole Winfield Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Nicole Winfield Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts In 1981, McCarrick was named the first bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey. Last year, his seminarian victims began speaking out about how their former bishop would refer to them as his “nephews” and insist that they call him “Uncle Ted” — creating an informal family relationship that would make it very difficult for any of them to ever report misconduct, Applewhite said.Former seminarians recounted how McCarrick would invite groups of young men for weekends fishing or at his beach house, always inviting one extra to force someone to share his bed. McCarrick later denied having ever had sexual relations with anyone but admitted to an “unfortunate lack of judgment” in sharing a bed with the men, according to a 2008 email to the Vatican.In correspondence to one Metuchen seminarian after he was named archbishop of Newark, N.J., McCarrick detailed his jet-setting ministry in the summer of 1987, when he traveled to Russia and Poland at the height of St. John Paul II’s efforts to bring down communism in Eastern Europe. Later that year, McCarrick told the young man how he accompanied John Paul on his U.S. pilgrimage.“It’s reminding him of his position of power, that he has all this access to special privileges,” said Elizabeth Jeglic, professor of psychology and expert in sexual violence prevention at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She said the message to the seminarian was: “‘You stay with me, you get access to that.’”The seminarian later wrote to another bishop that he had witnessed McCarrick and other would-be priests engaging in sexual activity during a fishing trip and that McCarrick had groped him during an overnight stay at McCarrick’s Manhattan apartment later that summer. He said he vomited in the bathroom that Friday night because of the trauma.In a letter soon after , McCarrick wrote: “I just want to say thanks for coming on Friday evening. I really enjoyed our visit.” Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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Beanies for Brain CancercharityeventsTravelManager

first_imgBeanies for Brain CancercharityeventsTravelManagers Queensland-based Personal Travel Manager, Erin Ross, representative for Mount Cotton, gathered support from fellow PTMs, her own kids and the Elysium Restaurant and Bar in Victoria Point, Queensland, to host a ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ event, with holiday packages, gift hampers and jewellery all part of the fundraising efforts.Erin and her children, Maia and Ryley, have a very personal motivation for raising funds for the worthy ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ initiative, having lost their their husband and dad, Matt, four years ago, just eighteen months after his diagnosis.“We need to find a cure for brain cancer because at the moment there is little hope for someone who is diagnosed, and it is the biggest killing cancer of young people in Australia,” said Erin.The family was inspired by the success of Carrie Bickmore’s and Mark Hughes’ Beanies 4 Brain Cancer initiatives and decided to create their own TravelManagers beanie to raise further funds for the cause, selling them to friends and family, the local community and throughout the TravelManagers network to other PTMs and clients.Erin Ross and her kids, Maia (L) and Ryley, modelling the beanies designed by Ryley for their Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraising eventThis year, they also added a second beanie to the range, thanks to the efforts of the youngest member of the family, Ryley, who was inspired by his sister’s fundraising efforts through the sale of handmade bead angels that she began making when her father was sick.“Ryley designed a special beanie with a superhero theme to honour his dad,” Erin explained. “Beanies were sent all around Australia and even across the ditch to New Zealand!“In 2017, we sold 168 TravelManagers beanies, whereas this year we sold 50 TravelManagers beanies and 150 Ryley Ross Super Hero beanies, and all profits from the beanie sales went to the cause.”Erin says she is very grateful to the local businesses who donated to the event. “We also gave away a three-night Royal Caribbean cruise and a twelve-night Thailand holiday, thanks to wonderful support from the travel industry. Singapore Airlines, Royal Caribbean International, Kamala Beach Resort (a Sunprime Resort), Phuket Marriott Resort & Spa, Merlin Beach, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Plantation Island Resort, Trafalgar, Thai Airways & Tin Can Bay Tourist Park were all incredibly generous.“Elysium Restaurant & Bar have been a big support for the past two years.Not only did they co-host the event for the last two years, but they’ve also looked after catering, the bar, ticketing and entertainment.”140 people attended the cocktail-style function, paying $75 per person for a ticket which included nibbles and drinks plus live entertainment from the duo “Musique”. The event raised $13,546 for the charity.“We can’t change what’s happened,” said Erin. “Matt wouldn’t want us sitting around moping. We want to make him proud. We are not the first family who has been through this and we won’t be the last.”Donations can still be made via the fundraising page. CLICK HERE to order Maia’s Angels. TOP IMAGE: The Beanies for Brain Cancer team – Amanda Brady, Erin Ross, Cassandra Zayonce, Georgina Grandi, Annette Fyfe, – and in front – Lisa Smithlast_img read more

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The amount of turnover makes sense as not only di

first_imgThe amount of turnover makes sense, as not only did the Cardinals need a talent upgrade, but it’s also a scenario Arians is familiar with.“I love all the moves they made, I really do,” ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Thursday. “I’m going to look back and say Bruce Arians went through this last year in Indianapolis.”Last year, Arians was hired as the offensive coordinator for a team that won just two games the previous season. The Colts’ housecleaning included the release of future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, among others, and not much was expected of the squad. Then, head coach Chuck Pagano had to take a leave of absence from the team due to leukemia, Arians took over on an interim basis, and the Colts went on to win 11 games and reach the playoffs. While that specific set of circumstances was rather unique, Jaworski noted that the idea of that much roster turnover leading to success is not something that can’t be replicated.“From day one, Bruce Arians and Chuck Pagano in Indianpolis, they didn’t care what the record was the year before,” he said. “They believed in the team they had put together; it wasn’t a rebuilding…much like Indianapolis did a year ago, went to the playoffs, I look at this Arizona team right now. A lot of change, but a lot of quality football players. Your browser does not support the audio element. “This could be a playoff contender.”Of course, Jaworski noted plenty would have to go right for the Cardinals to reach the postseason, but says they did enough to get themselves into the conversation. “This is still a good football team that will compete for a playoff spot.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo LISTEN: Ron Jaworski, ESPN NFL Analyst Comments   Share   The Arizona Cardinals won just five games last season.Their struggles led to the removal of both head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves from their positions. To replace them, the team went and promoted Steve Keim to GM and hired Bruce Arians as coach. Then, the two of them went about remaking the roster. Heading into their Week 1 matchup with the St. Louis Rams, the Cardinals will feature 26 players — nearly half the roster — who were not with the team last season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Documentary tells dark tale of triplets separated

first_imgDocumentary tells dark tale of triplets separated at birth NEW YORK, N.Y. – The first time that brothers David Kellman, Bobby Shafran and Eddy Galland were in the public eye, it was joyous. The then 19-year-old identical triplets, separated at birth, had just learned about the others’ existence.Despite growing up separately, the three big-smiling, curly-haired kids smoked the same cigarettes and finished each other’s sentences. They appeared on shows like Phil Donahue, became early ’80s tabloid regulars and even made a cameo alongside Madonna in 1985’s “Desperately Seeking Susan.” They opened a restaurant in New York’s Soho called Triplets Roumanian Steak House.“We were sort of falling in love,” Kellman recalls in the new documentary “Three Identical Strangers.”Their second go-around has been more complicated. Galland killed himself in 1995. And the disturbing reasons for their separation only emerged after that initial glow of reunion. “Three Identical Strangers,” directed by British filmmaker Tim Wardle, is the stranger-than-fiction tale behind their story, one of the more disquieting cases of separation at birth.Since its Sundance Film Festival debut, the film — a real-life roller-coaster ride into a dark and twisted history — has astonished and infuriated moviegoers in equal measures. It has renewed pressure on a prominent child development centre to make the study transparent. And it has returned the remaining brothers to the spotlight under far less festive circumstances.“When we went through the limelight before it was celebratory. It was all fun,” Kellman, now 57, said in an interview. “Is this somewhat enjoyable? Yeah, but it brings up a lot of pain too.“Seeing it in the theatre really got me,” he added. “I cried like a baby.”“Three Identical Strangers,” which opens in theatres Friday, is about a much-documented case that had largely receded from public memory. After the triplets found each other in 1980 (Shafran, remarkably, arrived at an upstate New York community college only to find everyone already knew him, believing him to be the already-enrolled Galland), another discovery followed.The triplets, born in 1961, were placed with three families — one upper class, one middle, one working — by the now-defunct Louise Wise Agency as part of a study about nature vs. nurture by the Child Development Center. The centre would later merge with the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, a large, 140-year-old New York non-profit.The study — which encompassed an unknown number of twins — was conducted through the 1960s and ’70s by Dr. Peter Neubauer, a prominent, Austrian-born psychologist who died in 2008. Without the knowledge of the children or their parents, researchers studied the children’s development right until the triplets showed up on TV.“I don’t know what these people are going to do, if anything. I just know what they did was wrong,” said Shafran. “They can blame people who are no longer alive, but it’s an institution, a continuing institution. The entire study should just be open for starters.”The files from the study, stored at Yale University, will not be unsealed until 2066. Some heavily redacted research was shared by the Jewish Board with Kellman and Shafran but only in the final days of post-production on “Three Identical Strangers” after months of effort by the filmmakers and family. “It was pulling teeth to get every page,” said Kellman.“They wouldn’t talk with us during the film,” said Wardle. “They’d only engage with us via a crisis management PR firm which they had hired. They would only engage with the brothers via a medical malpractice attorney. I would say the Jewish Board was extremely unhelpful.”A spokesperson for the Jewish Board declined to specifically address those claims or answer questions regarding the study’s release. It responded with a statement to The Associated Press.“We do not endorse the Neubauer study, and we deeply regret that it took place,” said the statement. “We recognize the great courage of the individuals who participated in the film, and we are appreciative that this film has created an opportunity for a public discourse about the study.”Several other sets of twins involved in the study have also found themselves, including Elyse Schein and Paula Bernstein, who penned a 2007 memoir, and Doug Rausch and Howard Burack, who appeared on “20/20” in March.“Most of the people I’ve spoken to involved in the study just want to know: Was anything learned?” said Wardle. “Me and my producer would sometimes leave an interview going, ‘Oh my goodness! This story is incredible! I can’t believe it! And then you’d think later: Actually, this was these guys’ lives. We’d have to remind ourselves that this wasn’t just a great story. This was something these guys lived through.”Shafran, a Brooklyn attorney who has two children with his wife of 30 years, criticizes the Jewish Board for “shrouding this whole thing in secrecy.” But he has little hope that they can provide anything like catharsis for him and his brother. Their story has previously been told in a 1995 New Yorker piece on twins by Lawrence Wright, who turned it into a book. But aside from another documentary last year, “The Twinning Reaction,” the brothers had retreated from talking publicly, they said.“We didn’t do anything since the lights went out. We didn’t do anything since Eddy passed away,” said Shafran.But “Three Identical Strangers” has been an unexpectedly rewarding process for the brothers. Shafran recalls being moved watching the gasping faces of a Sundance audience following their bizarre journey. The brothers weren’t especially close at the time of filming, but the movie helped repair their relationship.“You don’t get together with siblings as much as you’d like. That’s just life,” said Kellman, who works in insurance and lives in New Jersey. Kellman, who has children similar in age to Shafran’s, said he’s currently going through a divorce.And they’re resolutely impressed by both Wardle’s film and his sensitivity throughout the filmmaking process. They greatly prefer their experience as documentary subjects to “lab rats.”But ask them for their own conclusions about what their story means in terms of nature vs. nurture, and they’re at a loss.“It’s very difficult for me to watch this movie in an objective fashion,” says Kellman. “In order to get into the nuances between the brothers as individuals, you’d have to make a much longer movie, a movie that no one would sit through. Because it’s our lives.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jun 28, 2018 3:06 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img This undated photo provided by film studio NEON shows Eddy Galland, from left, David Kellman and Bobby Shafran, three brothers who learned at age 19 that they had been separated at birth. The story of the three identical triplets is the subject of the film “Three Identical Strangers,” which opens in theaters on Friday, June 29, 2018. The film shows not only their joyous first meeting, but also the dark backstory that led to their separation. (Family Photo/Courtesy of film studio NEON via AP) last_img read more