Syrian childrens choir not to attend festival over fears about US travel

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto-based Syrian children’s choir will not be travelling to the United States to perform at an international festival due to fears about crossing the border under the Trump administration’s travel ban, its founder said Saturday.Fei Tang, general manager of the Nai Kids Choir, said the chorus of about 60 Canadian newcomers between the ages five and 15 were invited to perform at the Serenade! Choral Festival in Washington, D.C., next week.Tang said she was thrilled by the opportunity for the children to sing alongside choirs from all over the world in the U.S. capital, but there was just one issue — getting there.“We looked at the political climate … and decided we probably wouldn’t be able to go,” she said with a sigh. “It’s just not practical.”Most of the choir members immigrated to Canada within the last two years, said Tang, and some parents worried that travel documents from their home country would raise red flags under a U.S. policy that bans travellers from five majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.It also affects two non-Muslim countries, blocking travellers from North Korea and some Venezuelan government officials and their families.The group considered trying to obtain U.S. visas for the children, but rather than “risk their happiness,” said Tang, the choir decided to make other plans.“In the current immigration policy south of the border, I don’t even see that as worth trying,” she said.A spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection directed a request for comment to the U.S. State Department, saying it was a visa issue. Representatives for the Department were not available for comment Saturday.Hadeel Abou Ishmes, who came to Toronto with her family eight months ago from the Syrian capital of Damascus, said her two children are heartbroken that the choir’s trip was cancelled.“Every time they ask me why we cannot go, I do not have any answer … for them,” she said.Tang said the choir — which performs songs in English and French, as well as Syrian folk tunes — is meant to be part therapy, part musical lesson in Canada’s official languages.If the children were to be denied entry by U.S. officials, she said she worried the rejection could reverse some of the progress that they’ve made in adjusting to their new home.“We need to focus on providing the most positive possible experience for the kids,” she said. “We don’t want to have anything triggering their trauma.”Tang said she worked with festival organizers to arrange for a pre-recorded video of the choir’s performance to be shown at Washington’s Kennedy Center on July 1 while the kids gather in Toronto to watch a livestream of the event.The children are also busy preparing for a Canada Day concert at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum, where they will be joined by Syrian-American rapper Mona Haydar, said Tang.Abou Ishmes said the choir has provided her children with a platform to start their lives in Canada, and she said she hopes they will one day be able to share their songs with the U.S.“They love to sing for peace and love,” she said. “To reach their sound all over the world.”The Toronto District School Board stopped planning trips to the U.S. in March 2017 after Trump signed the first iteration of the travel ban, citing concerns that some students would be turned away at the border.In February, trustees voted to lift restrictions for U.S. travel related to student competitions and professional development opportunities.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the last name of Syrian-American rapper Mona Haydar spelled incorrectlylast_img read more

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Barbara Kentners family deals with her death prepares for her funeral

first_imgJorge BarreraVideo Journalist Beverly AndrewsAPTN National NewsNot long after Barbara Kentner was hit by a trailer in January, doctors delivered the bad news.She would not survive for long.The Anishinawbee mother was walking along a street in Thunder Bay when she was hit by a trailer hitch thrown by a man in a passing car.She died July 4.The family believes the trailer hitch is what killed her.“It hurts because my sister would still be alive and now I am thinking about it,” said Melissa Kentner, Barbara Kentner’s sister. “It hurts. Now I have to lay my baby down to rest. She is with my mom and day now, she shouldn’t be. She is leaving her 16-year-old daughter.”Jorge met with the family to talk about her life as they prepare to say goodbye.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img

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Modi gives thumbs up to Ranils Government

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave his strong backing to the Sri Lankan Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi, Modi said that India was “deeply honoured” that Wickremesinghe had chosen India as his first overseas destination. “Your progress is important for our two countries, South Asia and our maritime region,” he added.Modi also welcomed some significant developments in bilateral relations since March, including the currency swap arrangement.“We also expressed hope that progress on key bilateral initiatives and projects will gather speed now. We both want deeper economic engagement. We would like to see our trade grow and become more balanced for Sri Lanka. We discussed how we can achieve these goals in a more open and competitive Indian market, including through bilateral arrangements for trade and investments. I also sought his support for Indian investors, who are keen to participate in Sri Lanka’s economic development, especially in infrastructure, energy and transport sectors. I offered India’s full support to strengthen connectivity between our two countries to deepen human and economic links that will benefit all sections of our societies. I assured Prime Minister Wickremesinghe of continuing commitment to our development partnership – in infrastructure, railways, energy, community development projects, agriculture, capacity building, science and technology, space and civil nuclear field,” he said. “We shall all miss the great Kumar Sangakkara on the cricket field,” he said.Modi also said that Sri Lanka and India recognise the closely aligned security interests and the need to remain sensitive to each other’s concerns.“We both reaffirmed our commitment to deepen our defence and security cooperation. We will intensify cooperation in combating terrorism and work together for security and stability in our maritime neighbourhood. Sri Lanka is our largest partner in defence training programme and we will continue to expand our cooperation in this area,” he said. “It is a happy coincidence that your last full term as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister coincided with the first NDA Government. We thank you for your belief in and steadfast support for India-Sri Lanka relations. You are a deeply valued friend, whose vision for Sri Lanka’s progress and commitment to its pursuit is greatly admired in India,” he said. Modi also said that he discussed the fishermen issue with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and agreed that fishermen’s associations on both sides should continue their efforts to find a solution.“I conveyed to him that this should be seen as a humanitarian issue that affects livelihoods. I informed him of the steps we are taking to encourage Indian fishermen to take up deep sea fishing,” he said.Modi said that with President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, both countries can look to the future with great optimism. (Colombo Gazette) Modi also said that India and Sri Lanka will continue to nurture people-to-people ties. He noted that India and Sri Lanka just finished an absorbing test series. “Sri Lanka has voted twice this year for change, reforms, reconciliation and progress. There can be no stronger statement of Sri Lanka’s democratic tradition. There can be no clearer sign of Sri Lanka’s march towards a peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous future. As a close neighbour and friend, we wish Sri Lanka every success; rejoice in your progress; and, assure you of India’s unwavering support. So, we are pleased that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken a number of significant steps in recent times. The leadership has shown remarkable political unity, at a time of great hope,” he added.The Indian Prime Minister said that he is confident that with the wisdom and will of the leadership in Sri Lanka and the support of the people, Sri Lanka will achieve genuine reconciliation and development, so that all Sri Lankans, including the Sri Lankan Tamil community, can live a life of equality, justice, peace and dignity in a united Sri Lanka. Modi said that this is a historic year for India-Sri Lanka relations, as it is for Sri Lanka. He recalled that India had the honour of hosting President Sirisena on his maiden visit abroad in February while Modi visited Sri Lanka in March. read more

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EU wants more rights for observers in Lanka

It also recommends the creation of an independent broadcasting regulator which could formulate a comprehensive legislation to provide for, inter alia, a clear and transparent process regarding the allocation of broadcast licences and oblige broadcasters to be balanced and impartial.The European Union Election Observation Mission remained in Sri Lanka from 15 July until 4 September, following an invitation from the Commissioner of Elections. The findings are based on the information submitted by 85 EU observers deployed across the country.The EU EOM operated in accordance with the Declaration of Principles for International Election Observation, and it is independent in its findings and conclusions. (Colombo Gazette) The European Union (EU) today called for new election laws in Sri Lanka which will include the right of domestic and international observers to observe all stages of the electoral processDuring the presentation of the final report on the 17 August Parliamentary Elections, among other recommendations, Chief Observer Cristian Preda highlighted that “the electoral law could be reviewed to allow direct campaigning; to develop parties finance rules to ensure a level field between candidates; and to require that the parties nominate candidates for the national list seats before elections, so that voters can anticipate the result of their votes”. In view of a forthcoming electoral reform, the report contains a detailed analysis of the electoral process in the light of international standards for democratic elections and the Sri Lankan law. It also includes a total of 26 recommendations for future elections in the areas of the legal framework, electoral administration, voter registration, campaign environment, complaints and appeals, gender equality, media, voter education and election observation.The document stresses the importance of the establishment of formalised procedures for the decisions issued by the Commissioner of Elections, as well as the introduction of a suitable communication system of these instructions to political stakeholders, civil society and voters for transparency sake and the integrity of the process. The elections were well-administered and offered voters a genuine choice from among a broad range of political alternatives; and, according to most interlocutors, these were the most peaceful and efficiently conducted elections in the country’s recent history. Preda also underlined the need “to introduce temporary special measures to increase the representation of women in politics and in key positions in the public sector”. read more

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UN relief agencies scaling up work in Liberia

Some of the humanitarian work had been temporarily curtailed after a violent incident on 1 October in the capital Monrovia killed three people, according to an OCHA news release.A new National Transitional Government of Liberia was inaugurated yesterday in ceremonies in Monrovia. Despite skirmishes in the capital earlier in the month, the general security situation in the country has improved following the deployment of a West African force of 3,500 troops and President Charles Taylor’s departure in August. The troops have come under UN command and are expected to grow to a total of some 16,000 soldiers and security personnel.The OCHA statement today said the increased activities of UN agencies and their partners were designed to “resettle internally displaced persons, tackle shortages of clean drinking water, and re-open schools.”The statement said that to date the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has distributed relief materials to some 40,000 persons in Liberia, and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), working with the World Health Organization (WHO) had opened and chlorinated some 5,500 wells, benefiting some 400,000 persons. read more

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Chief of UN atomic watchdog reiterates call for Irans nuclear compliance

In his annual report to the UN General Assembly, Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said he had urged Iran to pursue a policy of “maximum transparency” so that the outstanding issues could be resolved.”This is clearly in the interest of both Iran and the international community,” he stressed.Describing the Agency’s recent work in Iran and Libya as marked by “disturbing lessons,” the IAEA chief hinted at the possibility of the existence of an “extensive illicit market” for the supply of nuclear items, which, he said, “clearly thrived on demand.”Noting that technical barriers to accessibility of nuclear technology have eroded overtime, Mr. ElBaradei stressed the need to find “better ways and means” to control the production of enriched uranium and the reprocessing of plutonium.Reporting to the Assembly on the question of nuclear capabilities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), he described the situation as “a serious challenge,” while hoping that the six-party talks would lead the country to re-endorse the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).In his assessment of Libya’s decision to roll back its nuclear weapons programme, the IAEA chief said it appeared to be “consistent with the information available,” but added further investigation were still needed.On the question of Iraq, Mr. ElBaradei said he hoped the Security Council would soon provide guidance on its mandate. “It is clearly important to bring the whole question of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to closure as soon as possible,” he told the Assembly.Referring to a mandate given to him by the IAEA’s membership, Mr. ElBaradei said he intended to organize a forum early next year to explore the possibility of establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, hoping that such a move could strengthen efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement in the region. read more

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Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust in Wellington

A routine traffic stop resulted in arrests in Wellington on Thursday afternoon.According to Wellington City Police, officer Safley conducted a traffic stop at 12:30 p.m. Upon the stop, he was able seize 17.3 grams of meth, 2.5 grams of marijuana and multiple items of drug paraphernalia.Cassie Bradley and Kristopher Henderson were charged and booked into the Carbon County Jail. Both were charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Henderson was also charged for being an interlock restricted driver. The charges will be filed with the Carbon County Attorney’s Office for screening.“I’m always proud of the work the guys do and for their dedication to the citizens of Wellington,” said Wellington Police Chief Rory Bradley following the arrests. read more

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PME today for bloodied body found on Oleander public road

A post mortem examination (PME) is scheduled today for 20-year-old Hemchand Dalchand, called “Rakesh”, of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD), whose body was found lying in a pool of blood, with several wounds, on the Oleander Gardens Public Road, ECD, on Saturday at about 18:00hrs.Police who are investigating the apparent murder said that Dalchand’s body was found without a jersey and footwear which he had been wearing when he left his home.The man, who was said to be unemployed, was last seen alive on Saturday, when he reportedly left his home in the company of some female friends to attend an entertainment show at the Ogle Community Centre. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCummings Lodge man died from multiple injuries consistent with vehicular accident- PoliceJanuary 29, 2018In “Cummings Lodge man died from multiple injuries consistent with vehicular accident- Police”Two dead in road accidentJune 15, 2014In “Crime”Commissioner assures of no cover up in alleged Police BeatingDecember 1, 2014In “Crime” read more

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New US coaltoliquid fuels legislation

first_imgA new House bill introduced on July 26 funds loan guarantees and extends alternative fuels tax credits for first generation technologies that use America’s abundant domestic coal. “America’s accelerating dependence on imported foreign oil can be stopped in its tracks if Congress takes bold steps to foster the deployment of technologies for converting abundant domestic coal into ultra-clean fuels. The American-Made Energy Freedom Act embraces this critical component of our overall strategy to cut America’s energy import bill and to take greater control of our economic destiny,” said National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz.By funding loan guarantees under the Energy Policy Act for plants producing coal-based fuel and extending the alternative fuels excise tax credits for coal-to-liquids (CTL) products, the bill reduces the financial risks that accompany the introduction of first-generation technologies in the US. The NMA reports that a typical CTL plant costs about $1 billion for a 10,000 bbl/day facility and at least $6.5 billion for a large-scale 80,000 bbl/d plant with a five-to-seven-year lead time. Based on NMA analysis, a feasible, near-term goal would be the production of at least 300,000 bbl/d of high-grade fuel by 2015 using CTL technology — a supply equal to the amount of transportation fuel consumed daily by the US military for domestic operations.Additional information on coal-to-liquids technology is available at www.futurecoalfuels.orglast_img read more

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Indonesia Coal sector management poor amid policy changes

first_imgThe Jakarta Post reports that Indonesia has made no progress in limiting extraction to aid the sustainability of known coal resources. “Amid a declining global price, the country’s coal output keeps growing. The government failed to meet its commitment to limit coal output to the same level as last year. Early this year, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s mineral and coal directorate general said it would cap total coal production for this year at 421 million tons — similar to the 2013 output — partly by controlling coal diggers’ work plans.“Until October, the policy went smoothly as the 10-month-output was in line with the full-year plan.“In November, however, things changed. It was revealed that during the January-November period, as many as 427 Mt of coal had been extracted, with around 366 Mt sent overseas.“Thus, the mineral and coal office adjusted its full year coal output’s estimation to 458 Mt, which is almost a 9% increase from last year’s figure.”The increase in output is partly caused by better documentation,” the mineral and coal director general, R. Sukhyar, said in a recent interview.On October 1, the government implemented a policy requiring coal miners to obtain export licenses. The licenses require them to have a “clean and clear status”, a term referring to coal miners’ compliance to royalty and tax obligations as well as being free from conflict due to overlapping claims of ownership.Moreover, the ministry is also cooperating with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to crack down on illegal mining activities.The Jakarta Post also notes “government has been criticised for its poor coal management. There are reports that coal exports are lower than the actual volume of coal shipped overseas.“The country’s 2013 coal output was questionable. The official report repeatedly claimed the national output was 421 Mt in 2013. However, the ministry’s Energy Outlook 2014 report said that coal output in 2013 was 431 Mt. The report also said Indonesia’s coal resources reached 28,970 Mt.“Assuming that coal output is at the current level, the country’s coal production could only last for the next 50 years, the report added.“A domestic market obligation (DMO) for coal has been implemented for several years to ensure that domestic buyers have access to Indonesian coal. Also, the DMO is set to increase from year to year, with the government expecting producers to reduce its dependency on the overseas market.“Last year, 85 Mt were directed to local buyers. Domestic absorption is expected at 95 Mt this year and 110 Mt next year.“However, once again infrastructure hurdles made the policy unrealistic. State-owned electricity firm PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara, the biggest domestic user of coal, said that its planned coal usage was 55 Mt this year, meaning that there was uncertainty on whether the domestic obligation of 95 Mt of coal would be fully absorbed by local users.“The slow growth of power-plant development, which is caused mostly by land acquisition issues, has contributed to slower growth in domestic coal absorption compared to the pace of increases in production set by miners, which are trying to balance the weakening price by selling more.“Price pressures are expected to continue as global demand slows. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook report reported that global coal demand grew and would increase at an average of 0.5% per year between 2012 and 2014, a much lower rate compared to 2.5% over the last 30 years.“The growth is hampered not necessarily by a weakening economy but by new air pollution and climate policies in the main markets, particularly in the US, China and Europe.“Amid the bleak outlook and rising environmental concerns, the ministry once again expects next year’s production level to be similar to this year’s, at no more than 460 Mt.“The public will see if the realisation of the policy is as poor, as the government still considers coal as a source of state revenue amid declining prices instead of securing supply for future utilisation.”last_img read more

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Pensioners brace for more cuts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Some 900,000 pensioners who until today received at least 1,000 euros per month are bracing for a reduction according to the new social security bill, while a total of 2.6 million people receiving pensions from all social security funds will stop receiving their Christmas, Easter and summer bonuses as of January 1, 2013. The draft law has only spared those receiving a benefit due to a serious disability. The plan is for pensions up to 1,500 euros to be slashed by 5 percent, those between 1,500 and 2,000 euros by 10 percent, etc, while pensions in excess of 3,000 euros will see 20 percent slashed, although they will not go under 2,550 euros. The reductions concern pensions paid for any reason (old age, disability or widowhood) and from any source. The cut is calculated on the sum of the main and the auxiliary pension, should that exceed 1,000 euros per month.last_img read more

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AP sources GOPs McKenna to enter governors race

first_imgOLYMPIA — Attorney General Rob McKenna is preparing to officially launch his gubernatorial campaign, hoping to become Washington’s first GOP governor in more than a quarter of a century, two Republicans familiar with his planning said Tuesday.McKenna will formally announce his 2012 bid at a 6 p.m. event today at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, according to the two Republicans who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt McKenna. His political advisers would only say that he planned a “major announcement.” Washington hasn’t had a Republican governor since John Spellman left office in 1985. A year before that, McKenna began his political career as student president at the University of Washington.McKenna, 48, was first elected attorney general in 2004 after serving several years on the King County council. He is also president-elect of the National Association of Attorneys General.During his time as attorney general, he has focused resources on fighting methamphetamine abuse, sexual predators and identity theft. Perhaps his most controversial move came last year, when he angered Democrats such as Gov. Chris Gregoire by signing on to a multistate challenge of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.last_img read more

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Florida Pardons Groveland Four

first_imgBy Brendan Farrington, The Associated PressAfter a dramatic, hourlong meeting that recalled events from nearly seven decades ago, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s three-member Cabinet granted posthumous pardons Jan. 11 to four African-American men accused of raping a White woman in a 1949 case now seen as a racial injustice.The case of the men known as the Groveland Four has been documented in a book and is considered a blight on Florida’s history. One of the four was killed before he could be charged and the other three were convicted on dubious evidence.In this undated image released by the State Library and Archives of Florida, Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee, from left, in Florida. The three men along with a fourth were charged with the rape of a White woman in 1949. (State Library and Archives of Florida via AP)The families of the men accused of the assault told DeSantis and the Cabinet — meeting as the clemency board — that there is overwhelming evidence the men were innocent and there was no rape. The woman who was 17 when she said she was raped, sat in a wheelchair and later told Gov. DeSantis and the Cabinet the rape did indeed happen, saying she was dragged from a car, had a gun put to her head and was told not to scream or they would “blow your brains out.”At one point, the two sides briefly clashed. Beverly Robinson, a niece of one of the Groveland Four, was speaking to the governor and the Cabinet when she turned to the woman and her sons.“It never happened. You all are liars,” Robinson said.“That’s enough out of you,” the woman said.“I know it’s enough out of me. It’s always enough when you’re telling the truth,” Robinson replied.The unanimous vote to pardon came almost two years after the state House and Senate voted to formally apologize to relatives of the Groveland Four and to ask then-Gov. Rick Scott to pardon the men. Scott, now a U.S. senator, never took action. DeSantis replaced Scott on Jan. 8 and made the pardons a priority.“I don’t know that there’s any way you can look at this case and think that those ideals of justice were satisfied. Indeed, they were perverted time and time again, and I think the way this was carried out was a miscarriage of justice,” DeSantis said.The ordeal began in Lake County in 1949, when the then-17-year-old said she had been raped. Three of the men were arrested and severely beaten; a fourth, Ernest Thomas, fled.A posse of about 1,000 men was formed to hunt down Thomas. He was shot 400 times when they found him sleeping under a tree. White residents also formed a mob and went to a Black neighborhood, burning houses and firing guns into homes in a disturbance that took days to quell.Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin and Samuel Shepherd were convicted by an all-White jury. Other evidence that could have exonerated them — such as a doctor’s conclusion that the teen probably wasn’t raped — was withheld at their trial. Greenlee was sentenced to life, and Irvin and Shepherd to death.Thurgood Marshall, later the first African-American justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, took up Irvin and Shepherd’s appeals for the NAACP, and in 1951 the U.S. Supreme Court ordered new trials.Just before those trials began, Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall shot Irvin and Shepherd, claiming the handcuffed men tried to escape as he transferred them from prison to a jail. Shepherd died. Irvin was shot in the neck and survived despite an ambulance refusing to transport him because he was Black. He was again convicted, even though a former FBI agent testified that prosecutors manufactured evidence against him.Charges were never brought against any White law enforcement officers or prosecutors who handled the cases.Irvin was paroled in 1968 and found dead in his car while returning to Lake County for a funeral a year later.Greenlee was paroled in 1960 and died in 2012.Greenlee’s daughter, Carol Greenlee, told DeSantis and the Cabinet that there was overwhelming evidence that her father was innocent.“He was accused, put in jail and tortured for something he didn’t do,” she said.The woman who said she was raped disputed the families’ stories.“Y’all just don’t know what kind of horror I’ve been through for all these many years,” she said. “I don’t want them pardoned, no I do not, and you wouldn’t neither. I know (Robinson) called me a liar, but I’m not no liar.”Afterward, state Sen. Gary Farmer, who sponsored the 2017 resolution apologizing to the families, said the woman’s comments were disappointing.“She’s now here at the end of her life and she had a chance to come clean, to seek forgiveness for herself and to support the justice these four families and these four men deserve,” Farmer said. “It’s very said that she lost this opportunity and continues to perpetuate this lie. This crime did not happen. The evidence is overwhelming.”Members of the Greenlee family met with reporters after the vote. Carol Greenlee said while the family is grateful for the pardon, she wants her father exonerated.“I started out with two goals in mind. One, for the world to know the truth, and that is my father is not a rapist. The second was to clear his name, so his children, his grandchildren and nieces and nephews would not continue to walk around with this stigma, with the shame,” she said. “Those two things were accomplished. And the complete exoneration will close the gap. That’s our mission.”Despite the pain the family went through, Greenlee’s brother, Wade, said his parents always taught their children to love and not hate.“If I had an opportunity this morning, I would have told (the accuser) that the Greenlee family has forgiven her a long time ago. We have no hate against her because we were taught differently,” he said.last_img read more

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Game Saturday Crozza Games Classic Game remake heaven

first_imgGame Saturday: Crozza Games (Classic Game remake heaven) by Martin Brinkmann on October 21, 2017 in Games, Misc – Last Update: January 04, 2018 – 3 commentsGame Saturday is back. Today’s game is not a game but an entire collection of games. Crozza Games is a collection of classic game remakes which you can download individually from the developer website or as an all-in-one package from Major Geeks (71 games and counting).The games are remakes of classic computer and arcade games of the 80s, and they should run fine on any computer running Windows.To give you a short list of games that you can play remakes of: Asteroids, Snake, Space Invaders, Solitaire Collection, Donkey Kong, Pacman, Rick Dangerous II, Galaxian, Frogger, Missile Command, Centipede and dozens more.Crozza GamesThe games are all portable, and you can run them from any location on your computer.  Most games have a size between 1 and 5 Megabytes; some will run in window mode by default, others directly in fullscreen mode.Some of the controls are listed on the start screen (press Ctrl or Space to start for instance). You move with the cursor keys usually, and use Ctrl or Space usually to interact with the game environment, and the Esc-key exits the game. Some games support joysticks as well.The games are not 1:1 copies of the original classic games, but remakes. You get different graphics, but the overall gameplay is the same.Pacman for instance still tries to collect all dots in the level while avoiding to be caught by ghosts (and hunting them if you eat the powerup).Galaxian is another all-time classic game. You try to defeat wave after wave of aliens with your spaceship that is stuck at the bottom of the screen. You can only move left and right, and shoot.The originals were published on lots of systems, for instance the ZXspectrum, the Vic20, the Amstrad CPC or as Arcade exclusives.Closing WordsThe selection of games is probably most interesting to gamers who started gaming in the 80s. They can take a trip down memory lane and check out games they played as kids or young adults.  One of the core benefits of the collection is that you can play the games on modern computer systems without having to resort to emulation.Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 3 votes Software Name Crozza GamesOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamingLanding Page http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/crozza_remakes.html Advertisementlast_img read more

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