by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Aug 31, 2018 3:00 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Members of the public pay their respects as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) McCain, Franklin services challenge TV networks NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two beloved Americans, two services: one screen wasn’t always enough for television news networks following services for Sen. John McCain and Aretha Franklin on Friday.CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC each tried to keep viewers caught up on people paying respect to McCain as his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol, and the lengthy remembrance for the Queen of Soul in Detroit.A true collision was avoided when Franklin’s service started late, allowing the news networks to cover the Capitol ceremony in full. The broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC interrupted their regular programming to show speeches by government leaders, including Vice-President Mike Pence.McCain’s 106-year-old mother attended the Capitol ceremony honouring her son, although that caused one awkward moment for CNN. The network misidentified another woman in a wheelchair as her and later had to apologize.Throughout the day, the networks would check back to show a line of people behind a velvet rope, as they filed past McCain’s coffin.It was a different scene in Detroit, where parked rows of pink Cadillacs stood in Franklin’s honour.“The only thing really missing here is the red carpet,” said MSNBC’s Ron Mott.The sprawling ceremony was at times an unwinnable challenge for the networks. They weren’t willing to cede their airtime completely to the event, so it meant for some frustrating moments where correspondents talked over speakers and singers instead of letting them be heard, or missed them entirely.During a roof-rattling gospel performance by Audrey Dubois Harris, CNN covered it in full, MSNBC showed her face while reporters talked over the song and Fox was talking politics. At one point, Fox’s Chris Wallace was talking about President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions while a small box in the corner showed Chaka Khan singing in Detroit; eventually Wallace was cut short to see the rest of her performance.MSNBC cut to guests talking about Kahn’s performance when it seemed like it was over — only to have her return for a reprise. When singer Ron Isley gave a quiet, rambling talk before singing, you could almost feel the calculations of TV producers wondering whether to stick with him.Everyone paused, however, to cover speeches by former President Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson.After Clinton was done, Fox’s Chris Stirewalt said that he was “a shadow of the man that we remember from 25 or 30 years ago.“Time is passing by,” he said. “This is a moment of reflection for the country about what we’re losing and the lessons learned along the way.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Organizers of the ‘Glendi’ Festival in Perth have a very specific goal in mind: to break the record of the ‘World’s Largest LiveLighter Zorba Dance’, set at the 2016 edition, when 2,000 people engaged in joyous sirtaki. “We are hoping to break that record, on Sunday 22 April at Elizabeth Quay and maybe set a world record,” they say.Perth’s ‘Glendi’ Greek Festival returns to Elizabeth Quay on the weekend of 21 and 22 April, with a promise to offer unforgettable moments of energy and vitality to people of all ages. During the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to taste signature Greek dishes, like souvlaki, gyros, calamari and octopus, while famous pastry chef George Diakomichalis, will create some gastronomic surprises.Pastry chef George Diakomichalis (left), has gastronomic surprises up his sleeve.At the same time, festival goers will enjoy greek folk music and traditional dances from various parts of Greece, as well as oriental dancers and a demonstration of plate-smashing.The festival also includes fun and leisure activities for children, stalls showcasing Greek produce and a bar offering a vast variety of drinks and coffee.Perth’s Glendi Greek Festival, taking place under the auspices of LiveLighter, a Western Australia program to Australian adults to lead healthier lifestyles, is a cultural platform welcoming and uniting Greeks in Perth.“The popularity of the two previous editions of the festival reflects Western Australia’s interest in Greek cultur and I’m certain that the upcoming Glendi will surprise and, once again, unite and delight the broader community that wants to celebrate Greek lifestyle,” says Festival organizer Despene Kalaf. Brought up with the ideals of Greek culture instilled in her by her parents and grandmother, Despene Kalaf developed a strong sense of appreciation from very early age. “I believe that it is very important for my generation to embrace the Greek traditions that our forebearers taught us and ensure that these customs will continue in the future”, she says.The Glendi Festival will take place on Saturday 21 April (3-10pm) and on Sunday 22 April (11am-8pm).Entry fee is $2 per person – free for children under 12 years old.Perth Glendi Association is a not-for-profit organisation.
Luiz Steinberg is Modular Mining Systems’ new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the position, currently held by Peter Carter, effective on September 16. Steinberg joined Modular in 1993, and he hassince held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility. In 2000, Steinberg opened the Modular subsidiary in Brazil and served as regional General Manager until 2005. Most recently, as Vice President of Product Development, Steinberg guided hardware and software development and strategic R&D to meet the needs of Modular customers. “Luiz brings a rich background in high technology, as well as a strong understanding of mining customers,” states Kazunori Kuromoto – President, ICT Business, Construction & Mining Equipment Marketing Division, Komatsu Ltd. Kuromoto continues, “His leadership will enable Modular to continue providing unique and innovative value to the mining industry and to Komatsu mining products and services.”Steinberg holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Pernambuco in Brazil and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Manufacturing from the University of Florida.Departing President and CEO, Peter Carter, plans to return to his home country of Australia to be closer to his family. Serving as CEO since 2005, Carter has led Modular through unprecedented growth. Regarding his successor, Carter states, “Luiz is well-qualified to lead the company through the next growth stage. He will provide a unique combination of technology and general management knowledge, acquired through his varied assignments at Modular.”Modular provides powerful information management solutions to meet the needs of both surface and underground mining operations worldwide.
April 26, 2017 – Updated on May 15, 2017 2017 World Press Freedom Index – tipping point? News RSF_en The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reflects a world in which attacks on the media have become commonplace and strongmen are on the rise. We have reached the age of post-truth, propaganda, and suppression of freedoms Organisation RSF’s latest World Press Freedom Index highlights the danger of a tipping point in the state of media freedom in many countries. Media freedom has retreated wherever the authoritarian strongman model has triumphed. The obsession with surveillance and violations of the right to the confidentiality of sources have contributed to the continuing decline of many countries previously regarded as virtuous. Read moreJournalism weakened by democracy’s erosionIn sickening statements, draconian laws, conflicts of interest, and even the use of physical violence, democratic governments are trampling on a freedom that should, in principle, be one of their leading performance indicators. The decline is not new. It was already noticeable in previous Indexes. But what is striking in this year’s Index is the scale and the nature of the violations seen.Read moreEver darker world mapMedia freedom is under threat now more than ever. A total of 21 countries are now colored black on the press freedom map because the situation there is classified as “very bad,” and 51 are colored red ; the situation in these countries is classified as “bad.” In all, the situation has worsened in nearly two thirds (62.2%) of the 180 countries in the Index. The 2017 World Press Freedom Index unveils woes and ills that are obstacles to media freedom throughout the world.Read more Help by sharing this information