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first_img by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2018 6:55 am PDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ken Burns turns his attention to the Mayo Clinic FILE – In this July 28, 2017, file photo, Ken Burns poses for a portrait during the 2017 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. After spearheading an 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, Burns has turned to a more personal subject, one that knows him very intimately, too. Burns tackles the famed Mayo Clinic in his next film, exploring the history of the innovative Minnesota-based hospital. It’s not just cold history – he’s also a patient. “The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science” starts with the hospital’s birth in 1883 and ends with its modern-day state-of-the-art facilities over several campuses. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – After spearheading an epic, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War, acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns has turned to more personal subject matter — one that knows him very intimately, too.Burns tackles the famed Mayo Clinic in his next film, exploring the history of the innovative Rochester, Minnesota-based hospital that has been dubbed “The Miracle in a Cornfield.” It has treated luminaries such as the Dalai Lama — and Burns.The first time Burns went, he was immediately impressed by the level and detail of his medical care, like the patient was at the centre, not the doctor. “I began to get curious about why this was so different from any other health care experience I’d had,” he said.The result is the two-hour documentary “The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, Science,” which starts with the hospital’s birth during a tornado in 1883 and ends with the modern-day Mayo, state-of-the-art facilities over several campuses that treat up to 14,000 patients in 24 hours.“The Mayo is just a quintessentially American story, just as baseball is a quintessentially American subject, as are the national parks, the Civil War,” Burns said. “And this was a story firing on all cylinders, at least as far as I felt. And it was a story that I don’t think had been fully understood.”The documentary — directed by Burns, Erik Ewers and Christopher Loren Ewers — features the voices of Tom Hanks, Sam Waterston and Blythe Danner, as well as familiar touches: Peter Coyote narrates, there’s rousing music by Aaron Copeland and Scott Joplin, and evocative slow-scans of old photographs known as “the Ken Burns effect.”The film is part of a documentary film empire Burns has on tap. Upcoming are works on the history of country music, Ernest Hemingway, Muhammad Ali, Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution, as well as deep dives into crime and punishment in America and civil rights during President Lyndon Johnson.“I’m plotted out to 2030 — God and funding willing,” he said with a laugh. “As much as I’d like to believe that I pick projects, in fact I think they pick me. And they pick me because they’re just quintessential American stories, whatever they might be.”Burns has built a reputation for capturing sweeping historic moments with intimate details of peoples’ lives, tackling topics ranging from the Brooklyn Bridge to baseball, from Mark Twain to jazz. His films make the past come alive: Burns was once escorted out of an Alabama church by state troopers from people still upset by the Civil War’s outcome.The Mayo film begins with the unusual collaboration by Dr. W.W. Mayo — “a doctor who worshipped Darwin,” Burns said — and a group of Franciscan nuns who began working with Mayo to help tornado victims in 1883.The hospital adopted a salary-based model of teamwork — not based on ordering tests or a revolving door of patients — that is said to encourage innovation, time with patients and collaboration. In the film, Tom Brokaw and John McCain endorse its methods.So does co-director Erik Ewers, who started the project not as a Mayo patient but ended up one. He had been suffering from intestinal problems for 20 years and had been given seven different diagnoses without finding relief. While he was filming the Mayo documentary, its doctors reached out.“They diagnosed it in two days,” Ewers said.Burns calls Mayo’s formula a “secret sauce” — one that also manages to have poor patients get free care — and hopes it can offer answers to America’s health care problems.“We were making a film about the history the Mayo Clinic, but realized that in their story and in their example might be a way for us all to re-enter a conversation about the essential question: What do we owe each other in terms of taking care of each other?” he said.Burns’ inimitable visual style is sometimes mocked, but the filmmaker isn’t in a rush to embrace flashy special effects, something he calls “all sizzle and no steak.” He admits to dragging his heels on embracing digital cameras and computer editing because he simply liked splicing film stock. But that doesn’t mean he’s inflexible — he used drones in the Mayo film.“There’s a lot of sleek hares out there who are racing past the turtle that we are,” he said. “We make long films. And if you’re going to watch a long film, we have to make sure that we honour the attention you’re giving to us with an equal care in the crafting of it.”The work is painstaking. For the documentary on country music, he estimates his team has pored over 100,000 photographs and scanned 60,000 of them — only to use less than 3,000. “I use the analogy of maple syrup: It takes 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup,” Burns said.By delving into America’s past so much, Burns has learned a lot about human nature, but he dislikes the cliche that history repeats itself. He prefers to quote Mark Twain, who said “History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes.”His work has given him hard-won perspective. When people during the financial crisis in 2007 began evoking the Great Depression, Burns knew his history. He replied that if animals in the zoos were being shot for food, then it was an apt analogy.“That’s what history can do. It’s a kind of an armour or at least a thermal layer that protects you from the chill of the present moment,” he said.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwitslast_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2018 1:00 am PDT Scotiabank Giller Prize to award $100,000 to winning author at Toronto gala AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian comedian Rick Mercer speaks during the announcement for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist in Toronto on Monday, October 1, 2018. Mercer will host the awards. Literary luminaries will walk the red carpet tonight to mark a quarter-century of coronating Canada’s leading authors with the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Five authors are in the running for the $100,000 honour to be awarded at a glitzy gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette TORONTO — Literary luminaries will walk the red carpet tonight to mark a quarter-century of coronating Canada’s leading authors with the Scotiabank Giller Prize.Five authors are in the running for the $100,000 honour to be awarded at a glitzy gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto.Victoria-based Esi Edugyan, nominated for “Washington Black” (Patrick Crean Editions), is hoping to secure the top prize after being a runner-up for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and Writers’ Trust fiction award this season.Edugyan will face off against Patrick deWitt, author of “French Exit” (House of Anansi Press), whom she beat out to win the Giller in 2011.Quebec author Eric Dupont has been shortlisted for “Songs for a Cold Heart” (QC Books), originally published in French, alongside the book’s translator Peter McCambridge.Also making the cut are Sheila Heti for “Motherhood” (Knopf Canada) and Thea Lim with “An Ocean of Minutes” (Viking Canada).Comedian Rick Mercer will host the night’s proceedings, which will be broadcast on CBC.A five-member jury culled this year’s finalists from 104 titles submitted by publishers across the country.The Giller awards $100,000 annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English, and $10,000 to each of the finalists.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_img by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 12:33 pm PDT Young Spirt Singers members (L to R) Jarron Gadwa and Jacob Faithful stand for a portrait inside the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Sunday, January, 20, 2019. When the Alberta-founded First Nations collective Young Spirit rolls into the Grammy Awards this weekend it’ll be a coordinated effort to rival any pop star’s massive entourage. Some members of the 16-person singing group will fly south on commercial airlines, while others who live in the United States plan to embark on roadtrips to Los Angeles where the music industry’s most prestigious event takes place.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — When the Alberta-founded First Nations collective Young Spirit rolls into the Grammy Awards this weekend it’ll be a co-ordinated effort to rival any pop star’s massive entourage.Some members of the 16-person singing group will fly south on commercial airlines, while others who live in the United States plan to embark on road trips to Los Angeles where the music industry’s most prestigious event takes place.All counted, 10 performers in Young Spirit will descend on the Grammys pre-telecast on Sunday where they’re nominated for the first time. Their album “Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs” is contending in the best regional roots category.Co-founder Jacob Faithful says locking in so many tickets from organizers wasn’t easy, but he hopes the group’s enthusiastic attendance bodes well for a win.“Travelling and singing together has brought us a lot of good fortune,” he said in a phone call ahead of the awards ceremony.“It’s challenging but at the same time very rewarding.”After 18 years of playing pow wows and other Indigenous events, Faithful has Young Spirit running like clockwork, even though the effort requires endless co-ordination. Its members are spread across places that include Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as in Nevada, California and Idaho.Faithful insists the distance isn’t necessarily a setback.“We’re close-knit,” he says. “They bring their families on the road.”Working together has grown into an annual tradition, Faithful adds.It begins every spring at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, N.M. where the Cree singers convene to participate in the largest pow wow in North America. It’s a warm-up for a few months of extensive touring across states and provinces — from Quebec to southern California.“It’s like riding a bike,” Faithful, 40, says of the process.“We essentially save up all year for the summertime — and then we hit the road.”But before that begins, Young Spirit heads into a recording studio to lay down a full album of new material that works as the foundation of their summer tour dates. The Grammy-nominated “Mewasinsational – Cree Round Dance Songs” was recorded two years ago.With each album, Faithful oversees the production as a composer and lead singer. He also shares drumming responsibilities with his group and plays the Native American flute.Faithful says the group’s primary goal is to inspire younger generations of Indigenous people. They began that objective back in 2001 when the group, based in the Frog Lake Cree First Nation in Alberta, didn’t have a name and only consisted of Faithful and two of his brothers.Asking their elders for guidance, Faithful says they were urged to consider how to inspire younger generations to maintain their culture and traditions.“They named us ‘Oskiyak kisik’ — the exact translation to youngster,” he said.In English, they became known as Young Spirit — or Young Spirit Singers as the Grammy nominations list them.Over the years, Young Spirit grew both in popularity and size. The group collected numerous accolades within Indigenous communities, including a prize at the Indigenous Music Awards last year. But recognition from the Grammy organizers is something entirely new.“The big difference… is to get recognition on a world stage,” Faithful says.Being nominated alongside “performers from Hawaii or other parts of the world, it’s a great feeling for our First Nations people to be recognized.”Faithful says regardless of whether Young Spirit wins, he’s confident the group will reap many other rewards from the experience. They’ve rented a large house a couple blocks from the Grammy venues with a pool and enough room for all the members.“It’ll be a cool little vacation,” he says.“We’re making memories. Sometimes people only get nominated once in their lifetime, so this may be our one time.”Faithful says he’s hopeful for the future of Indigenous music too, both inside the traditional communities and with new listeners from around the world. He says recent political shifts in Canada have created more awareness for various issues, whether it’s the impact of residential schools or missing and murdered Indigenous women.“I don’t think people are taking a blind eye to everything now — there’s an awareness out there,” he says.“It’s not something great and monumental right now, but for generations to come, decades upon decades after us, you’re going to see a little bit more of understanding… There’s a lot of beauty, a lot of love, and we’re having more of an openness to see it now. More importantly to hear it.” Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Co-founder of Young Spirit on bringing 10 of its members to the Grammys David Friend, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2019 7:32 am PDT Review: ‘Malta Exchange’ is blend of history and thrillscenter_img “The Malta Exchange” (Minotaur), by Steve BerrySteve Berry’s pragmatic hero Cotton Malone soon regrets taking on what is supposed to be a simple mission in “The Malta Exchange,” the latest blend of history and thrills.Malone has retired from his job at the Justice Department so he can run a bookstore in Copenhagen. He freelances easy assignments for extra money, and when he’s asked to recover letters in Lake Como, Italy, that were supposedly written between Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini, he jumps at the chance. It’s nothing more than meeting with someone who has the correspondence and then taking possession of the letters. He doesn’t expect another person waiting to grab them or the steps they will utilize to insure that he fails in his endeavour.The hunt for the letters that have historic significance leads to a vast conspiracy involving the election of a new pope and the Knights of Malta, an organization that’s been in existence for centuries. Malone’s easy payday has become a battle for survival. Long-buried secrets are revealed and the consequences of failure could impact history and many cultural traditions. He receives help from agent Luke Daniels, who works for Malone’s old employer. But even help comes with a price when Daniels’ covert operation is quickly compromised.Trust and loyalty are merely optional in Berry’s fun and engaging tale. Elements of the story echo Dan Brown and Berry’s first Cotton Malone adventure, “The Templar Legacy.” What makes his novels stand out is the level of research to make the foundation of the story solid and then adding some mayhem and chaos. After shaking them all together, the result is a thriller that intrigues and provides historical context. Berry is the master scientist with a perfect formula for the bestseller lists.Jeff Ayers, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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LOS ANGELES — Jordan Peeles sweet spot as a filmm

first_img LOS ANGELES — Jordan Peele’s sweet spot as a filmmaker are the “pit in your stomach” moments. That thing that happens when you realize the woman stirring the tea isn’t just there for conversation. When you notice that the help is a little off. Or, as in his new film “Us,” when you see that the family of four standing in your driveway late at night looks exactly like you.Peele knows how to get under your skin and stay there, and it’s what made him the must-see horror filmmaker of the moment. “Us,” out nationwide Friday, is only his second and yet it’s been an event-in-the-making ever since it was announced. That’s what happens when your debut is “Get Out.”“Get Out” wasn’t even finished when the former sketch-comedian started cooking up the idea for his follow-up about doppelgangers, loosely inspired by the “Twilight Zone” episode “Mirror Image.” Then the wild success of “Get Out” — four Oscars nominations, one win (Peele for original screenplay), over $255 million in tickets sold against a $4.5 million budget, and general cultural impact — put Peele on another level. So by the time Universal Pictures agreed to make “Us,” not only did he have a budget over five times higher than his first, but he had his pick of collaborators too.“Because of ‘Get Out’ I was privileged enough to be able to tap the best talent in the industry,” Peele said recently.That goes for stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who play dual roles as the nuclear American family, the Wilsons, and the terrifying red jumpsuit-wearing and gold scissor-wielding Red and Abraham, as well as the below-the-line talent: Production designer Ruth De Jong (“Twin Peaks”); cinematographer Mike Gioulakis (“It Follows”); and costume designer Kym Barrett (“The Matrix”) among them.“I had an amazing team on ‘Get Out,’” Peele said. “But this group sort of allowed me to stretch a little bit more.”Duke was impressed by his calm. He knew there were “sophomore pressures” — he had his own set following his breakout role in “Black Panther” — but said Peele never brought any of that to set.“Day one, (Peele) said, ‘Before we do anything I just want to let you guys know that I’m here for you. I won’t stop until we get the shot. When I say cut, we got the shot. So trust me, believe in me,’” Duke said. “And I was like, that’s all I need.”Duke and Nyong’o already had a short hand working together. Yes, they had just both been in “Black Panther,” but they were also Yale Drama School graduates and have seen one another do everything from clown work to Chekov.“It was great to be able to perform with someone who I value as much more than a friend — I value her as a cohort. I value her as an ally. I went to work every day trying to make sure we could create a space where she could excel. I thought that was my duty,” Duke said. “We had a female lead and in our climate in Hollywood we were doing the work and leading by example.”And Peele put them both through the wringer. The days on set as the Wilsons were full of laughter and fun. But the days as the murderous doppelgangers known as The Tethered, Peele said, felt like “a morgue.”“The air getting sucked out of the room is an understatement. But it was kind of cool,” Peele said. The actors went “pretty method” on those days.Nyong’o had it especially hard. She’d chosen to affect a strained vocal condition — spasmodic dysphonia — to make Red even more haunting. And she had to do Red’s first big monologue 11 times with that raspy, painful sounding voice.“Us” is chock full of pop culture references, subtle and overt: A “Jaws” t-shirt here, a C.H.U.D. VHS there. Even the setting, the Santa Cruz boardwalk, is a callback to “The Lost Boys.” And every reference works “on two different levels and hopefully more,” Peele said. But don’t stress if you don’t catch or decipher them all.“There are many of these things that only I will ever know,” Peele revealed.Although one thing is not really up for interpretation: The genre. He tweeted the other day that “‘Us’ is a horror movie.”“I can see the debate already beginning and people are calling it different things. I have a little bit of fun with the big genre conversation,” he said. “But I saw enough little pieces of like ‘horror-thriller,’ ‘horror-comedy,’ ‘social-thriller,’ out there that I just want to make it nice clean and defined: It’s a horror movie.”Peele hasn’t tired of explaining that “Us” isn’t about race, either. Though he understands why people might think it would be, considering “Get Out.”“I know the way we are, the lack of representation in the industry and genre has led us to this point where it’s almost impossible to not see race in a movie with a black family in the centre. And I wanted people to be ready to expand their expectations,” Peele said. “My fear was if I didn’t say anything that people would take away that this was a movie about black-on-black violence which was not my intention.”As for whether Peele has felt internal or external pressures to match “Get Out’s” magic?“There are, but it’s OK,” he laughed. “It’s just movies.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Jordan Peele dares everyone to look at the horrors of ‘Us’ This March 12, 2019 photo shows Winston Duke, a cast member in the film “Us,” posing at the The London West Hollywood in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2019 12:43 pm PDTlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Getting real: Former friend of faux heiress has book deal by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2019 8:52 am PDTcenter_img NEW YORK — A onetime friend who helped expose the crimes of faux German heiress Anna Sorokin has a book coming out this summer.Gallery Books announced Friday that Rachel DeLoache Williams’ “My Friend Anna” is scheduled for July 23. Gallery is calling her memoir “a nail-biting account” of being scammed by Sorokin out of tens of thousands of dollars and reporting her to authorities.On Thursday, Sorokin was convicted in New York for theft of services and grand larceny. Williams, a former Vanity Fair photo editor who wrote a viral article on Sorokin, testified during the trial.Prosecutors say Sorokin, who used the name Anna Delvey, conned friends and financial institutions into believing she was worth tens of millions of dollars and got others to support her extravagant lifestyle.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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February 3 2007 The first workshop arrives thi

first_imgFebruary 3, 2007 The first workshop arrives this Sunday and Habitat meets to discuss work activities for the coming season. Habitat encompasses the construction crews, utilities, agriculture, landscaping and maintenance, and metalshop. [from left] Construction and utilities manager Scott Reily, agriculture coordinators Sarah Beth Kurzhals and Ben Powell, facilities and maintenance manager Randall Schultz. [Photo & text: sa] Throughout the workshop season, a habitat meeting is usually scheduled every two weeks. The purpose of this meeting is to make everyone aware of activities in each department and to set priorities for each work crew. Workshop participants attend these meetings to get a better understanding of overall activities. [Photo & text: sa] Scott Reily heads all parts of the construction of Phase 5 of the East Crescent complex. He is also responsible for utilities site-wide. Scott leads the discussion of upcoming action items. For construction this means a panel lift, this coming Monday, of the remaining two wall panels for the new wall behind the Crafts III building. We will report on this on 2/5/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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November 23 2007 The Arcosanti Gardens entered

first_imgNovember 23, 2007 The Arcosanti Gardens entered both the Yavapai County and Arizona State Fairs this year and it was a great success! The Yavapai County Fair was held in Prescott Valley in September and we won first place ribbons for: strawberry popcorn, purple Peruvian peppers, butternut squash, fresh oregano, braided garlic, dried rosemary, dried sage, garlic bulbs, and the most artistic display of vegetables. Second place ribbons were awarded for royalty purple pod beans, and sweet peppers. We also received third place ribbons for short burgundy okra, fresh rosemary, yellow pear tomatoes and Anaheim chili peppers. Points were awarded for all first second and third place category winners and Arcosanti tied for first place overall in the vegetables category! We won a coin toss (as a tie breaker) and the first place silver plate is now displayed in our gallery. [from left] Garden crew Melissa Soluski, Maggie Lamb, Katie Schroeder, agriculture manager Lisa Willott and agriculture intern Amber Klatt. [Photo & text: Lisa Willott] The Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, running in October and November was also successful. We received 13 first place ribbons for dried sage and rosemary, bowl gourds, butternut squash, garlic, yellow pear tomatoes, strawberry popcorn, Clemson spineless long okra, burgundy short okra, green tomatoes, tepary beans, and purple Peruvian peppers. Second place ribbons were won for purple snap beans and birdhouse gourds, and a third place ribbon for our last of the season eggplant. [from left]: Katie Schroeder, Lisa Willott and Amber Klatt with the award winning items and State Fair ribbons. [Photo: Amber Klatt & text: Lisa Willott] General notes for department: The harvest is wrapping up. We attended local Farmer’s Markets between May and the end of September in both Prescott and Prescott Valley in order to sell our produce and pass on information and brochures to people about the Arcosanti project. The greenhouse is planted with lettuces and greens and outdoors we are planting the last of the garlic and harvesting the last butternut squash and few remaining vegetables (zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes) before it freezes. We will begin to plant our winter cover crop shortly. And we will have a new batch of honey available soon from the summer blossoms at Arcosanti. And for Thanksgiving, we donated about 100 lbs of our butternut squash to BMIS Black Mesa Indigineous Support Group in Black Mesa, AZ. [from upper left]: At the farmers market, Lisa Willott, foundry staff Rick Frost, Maggie Lamb, Melissa Soluski, foundry staff Tucker Zenski and Amber Klatt. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Thanksgiving at Arcosanti photos will be posted on Monday, 11/26/2007. [Photo: Amber Klatt & text: Lisa Willott]last_img read more

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Possible airport taxi strike

first_imgTaxi drivers at Larnaca airport are threatening to go on strike and block the road to the airport for an hour at lunch time on Friday.They are protesting against the licensing of a private bus company which plans to expand its routes, adding Ayia Napa and Protaras as new destinations from the airport.This, the taxi drivers say, is a big blow to their income.They will meet at noon to decide if they will go ahead with the strike.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Diko infighting set to lead to more ousters

first_imgIn-fighting in Diko continued on Tuesday, as the party prepared to dismiss more members, blaming them for chairman Nicolas’ Papadopoulos defeat in the presidential elections.On Monday, Diko ejected 12 members, including former chairman Marios Garoyian, and former MP and MEP Antigoni Papadopoulou.One was acquitted by the disciplinary council while nine more are set to be judged on Tuesday amid growing resentment for the party’s leadership.Earlier on Tuesday, member Marinos Kleanthous, a local councilor at Aglandjia, quit the party, accusing Papadopoulos and his close associates of failing to recognize their responsibility.“Nicolas Papadopoulos’ election defeat was expected for us who communicate with the people of Diko on a daily basis,” Kleanthous said in a letter he made public. “We were seeing the erratic course of the party leadership and wondered how far it would go.”Kleanthous said Papadopoulos and company made decisions using undemocratic procedures and refused to listen to the members of the party and convene a congress as stipulate in the charter.He censured the leadership for siding with nationalists and telling voters not to vote for anyone in the runoff vote.Kleanthous said Papadopoulos had failed to reach Diko supporters, he was distant, and never accepted criticism.“He was indifferent of local committees, the ordinary members. He violated the charter. He only trusted the select few friends of his.”During the election campaign, a number of Diko members openly held gatherings stating their opposition to Papadopoulos’ perceived hard-line positions on the Cyprus issue at which Garoyian was the main speaker. Such gatherings were even held in Limassol and Nicosia on January 24 – just four days prior to the first round of the election.Back in October, several officials had broken ranks including the party vice chairman Christos Patsalides. Last December, Garoyian fired a shot at Papadopoulos, who unseated him as Diko leader in 2013, disagreeing with Papadopoulos’ veiled efforts to denounce the bizonal, bicommunal federation as the model for a solution to the Cyprus problem.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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