Syncrude wants judge to dismiss lawsuit of former firefighter with PTSD

first_imgSyncrude disputes Swan was being forced back to work too soon.“Syncrude relied upon the available medical reports and medical advice when formulating the gradual return-to-work plan for the plaintiff, and, further, Syncrude had no contradicting medical reports indicating that the plaintiff should not return to Fort McMurray or the Aurora Mine site.”Swan said Syncrude first punished him for joining the program too late and then again for staying in it too long. He was fired last September.Syncrude spokesman Leithan Slade said Thursday the company has nothing to add to its statement of defence “other than that Syncrude greatly values and supports its employees.”Swan said he’ll never work as a first responder again, but he’s exploring retraining options through the WCB.The WCB’s support is helpful, he added, but he is under financial strain. His sister has set up a GoFundMe page for legal and medical expenses.“This is embarrassing, but I’m collecting some bottles and stuff and rolling change,” he said.“I’m not looking for a handout or to be set up the rest of my life. I’d just like to hold Syncrude accountable and get back to the workforce.” “At no time during the plaintiff’s employment did Syncrude demonstrate an intention not to be bound by the employment agreement. The plaintiff, however, relocated from Fort McMurray to Calgary without notice to Syncrude and subsequently abandoned his employment.”The claims by Swan and Syncrude have not been tested in court.Swan, 44, began working for Syncrude in 2002 as a heavy equipment operator at its mining operations north of Fort McMurray, Alta. Five years later, he joined the company’s fire department, which sometimes responds to calls in the surrounding community.The former firefighter and paramedic has said that no single event triggered his PTSD, but that it built up gradually. He said his symptoms were in full force by the time a ferocious wildfire swept into Fort McMurray in 2016. He was diagnosed a year later.Syncrude said Swan attended an intake screening for a traumatic psychological injury program organized through the Workers’ Compensation Board in October 2017, but he “unilaterally chose not to return” for treatment.Swan explained Wednesday that he joined the program later than Syncrude wanted because his own psychologist wished to ensure Swan was in the right condition for it. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a former first responder who claims he was wrongfully fired following a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.Michael Swan filed the lawsuit in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench late last year seeking damages for lost compensation and benefits, improper paycheque deductions and in lieu of reasonable notice. His also seeks “moral or aggravated damages for bad faith throughout the employment relationship” and punitive damages.“Syncrude denies that the plaintiff was at any time penalized due to his disability or that Syncrude failed to treat the plaintiff with civility, decency, dignity and respect,” the company said in a statement of defence filed last month.center_img He said the program offered structured full-day treatment that included group sessions, exercise and meditation. He said he found it challenging and rewarding.“By the time I was ending it, I had come so far. I was able to talk with people and share my experience, which aids people suffering from PTSD immensely.”In February 2018, Syncrude told Swan he had to return to work within a week, even though his care team and the WCB did not think he was ready, his lawsuit alleges.Swan said he completed the program last summer. While he found it helpful, he said he spent a lot of time there dealing with his anger at Syncrude rather than his PTSD.last_img read more

With peace in Burundi UN agency sees dramatic increase in refugee returns

“The refugees tell us that orderly communal elections at the end of June – nearly the last step in a long transition to peace and democracy – gave them the confidence to return home after up to nine years in exile,” Jennifer Pagonis, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said in Geneva today. Whereas in June and July the number of Burundians coming home to the south of the country was in the range of 600 to 800 a week, Ms Pagonis said, last week alone UNHCR helped more than 4,200 (3,600 from Tanzania and 600 from Rwanda) return to three southern provinces. In August, the agency estimates the number returning to these areas on UNHCR convoys from Tanzania will total 20,000 – more than six times the 3,116 who came home in June. “UNHCR is not actively promoting return to Burundi, but we do help any refugees who want to go home voluntarily,” Ms Pagonis said. Refugees get transportation from the Tanzanian camps back to their home villages. She said that once back in Burundi they are given goods to help them restart their life, including a three-month supply of food, as well as plastic sheeting, mats, blankets, cloth, sanitary materials, kitchen sets, jerry cans, soap and a hoe, since most of them are farmers. UNHCR is also building schools and providing roofing materials for individual returnee houses, and funding other projects to help the local community absorb the returning refugees. Since 2002, more than 250,000 Burundian refugees have gone home, mainly from Tanzania. There are still some 238,000 Burundian refugees in Tanzanian camps, and another 198,000 living in settlements in the west of the country. read more

Somalia UN envoy welcomes release of ship crew held by pirates since

In a press release from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Nicholas Kay welcomed the release today of 11 crew members of the ship MV Albedo, held hostage since November 2010. According to UNSOM, the 11 survivors of the MV Albedo crew were released to officials from the UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) inside Somalia and are now safely back in Kenya. The crew members from India, Iran, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be repatriated to their home countries over the coming days. The MV Albedo had been held by armed Somali pirates since 12 November 2010. The ship sank close to the Somali coast in July 2013 due to mechanical failure and bad weather and the surviving crew had been held on shore by pirates since that time. “For over three years the crew members and their families have suffered unimaginable distress. The crew underwent the trauma of piracy, their ship sinking and then being held ashore in very difficult conditions, said Mr. Kay, who heads UNSOM. He commended the efforts of UNODC colleagues and the local authorities, who facilitated their safe return today. UNODC’s Counter Piracy Programme, now in its fourth year of operation, supports the criminal justice professionals of States in the Indian Oceans region that are dealing with Somali piracy. It has developed an extensive police and Coast Guard contingent, as well a division that deals with hostage release and repatriation. “While we have seen a significant reduction in piracy off the coast of Somalia in recent years, I remain deeply concerned that 38 other crew members are still being held hostage by Somali pirates,” said Mr. Kay: adding: “I call on those who continue to detain these crew members to release them without further delay so they can rejoin their families and loved ones.” read more

Despite secure CCHA footing Ohio State mens hockey heads to Miami desperate

The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team will bring its regular season campaign to a close with a two-game road series at No. 3 Miami (Ohio) this weekend. Barring a date in the postseason, it will mark the final time the in-state rivals meet as members of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The league, which began in 1971, will disband after this season. OSU is set to join the six-team Big Ten Conference in its inaugural hockey season, and Miami will move to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference. The series carries large implications for both squads. Miami sits on top of the 11-team CCHA and two points will secure its fourth CCHA regular-season title. In contrast, OSU owns only one league championship (1972) in the conference’s 42-year existence. Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz said this weekend and the ensuing playoffs are great opportunities to make a statement as a program. “(The RedHawks) have been dominating this league for quite a few years now. That’s what OSU hockey wants to do,” Fritz said. “I think we’re pushing the pace for that this year. In years to come, OSU hockey is going to be on the map.” OSU, sitting in a tie for fourth with Ferris State, will face the Bulldogs in the quarterfinal round of the CCHA Tournament regardless of this weekend’s results. Whichever team earns more points will host the second-round matchup. Ferris State will play two games at Michigan over the weekend. Miami and OSU have already faced-off three times this season. The RedHawks took five of six points in a CCHA series in December, before beating the Buckeyes in the Three Rivers Classic, 1-0. “We’ve had three tight games against Miami, we want to go down there and win some hockey games and try to get home ice,” said associate head coach Steve Rohlik. In 185 minutes of play against Miami this year, OSU has only scored twice. The Buckeyes are not the only team that Miami has suffocated on offense this season. The RedHawks lead the nation in team defense, allowing a stingy 1.56 goals per game. Freshman goalie Ryan McKay has the best save percentage (.962) and goals against average (1.0570) in the country. OSU rode its own stalwart defending for much of the season. But since junior defenseman Curtis Gedig’s injury against Notre Dame on Feb. 1, the Buckeyes have given up an average of 3.4 goals per game. Barring any setbacks, Gedig will return to action this weekend to strengthen the blue line. “(Gedig) has been out skating this week; I expect him to be full-go this weekend,” Rohlik said. “Having Curtis back this weekend will be a big boost for us.” The series will be the last opportunity for OSU sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel and senior goalie Brady Hjelle to showcase their talents before the current round of voting for the Hobey Baker Award ends on March 10. The teammates are two of 77 candidates for college hockey’s most prestigious individual award. After being swept by Michigan last weekend, OSU freshman defenseman Sam Jardine said a better effort is crucial for his team this weekend. “It needs to be a playoff environment for us, and we need to be desperate,” Jardine said. Game one of the two-game series is set for Friday at 7:35 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio. read more

Would you Adam Eve it Fruit may have been the making of

first_imgThe team compiled the biggest ever database of more than 140 different species to explore the relationship between brain size, different kinds of social behaviour and feeding habits.Previous studies investigating brain size evolution in primates found a correlation between the average number of group members and the size of their brain relative to body size. But the researchers found that the relationship vanished when more complex social behaviour – such as monogamy – was added into the mix. The researchers suggest that the bigger brains probably evolved to recall fruit locations, and work out new ways to extract flesh from tough skins. Fruits also contain for more energy than plants, giving brains a boost.”Fruit is patchier in space and time in the environment, and the consumption of it often involves extraction from difficult-to-reach-places or protective skins,” said doctoral student Alex DeCasien, the lead author.”Together, these factors may lead to the need for relatively greater cognitive complexity and flexibility in fruit eating species.”Complex foraging strategies, social structures, and cognitive abilities, are likely to have co-evolved throughout primate evolution.””However, if the question is: ‘Which factor, diet or sociality, is more important when it comes to determining the brain size of primate species?’ then our new examination suggests that factor is diet.” Baboons have smaller brains and a more omnivorous diet  A high-fruit diet is known to keep people healthy, but it may also have helped us develop into humans, a new study suggests.Scientists have discovered a link between the amount of fruit eaten by primates and the size of their brains.Previously it was thought that the larger brains of monkeys, apes and humans developed to cope with the complex social maneuverings required to successfully live in a group, a theory known as social brain hypothesis.For example primates need substantial brainpower to understand who their friends and enemies are, and keep track of ever-changing hierarchies and power struggles.But researchers at New York University believe primates and humans actually ate their way to a bigger, more complex brain.“Are humans and other primates big-brained because of social pressures and the need to think about and track our social relationships, as some have argued?” said Dr James Higham, an assistant professor in NYU’s Department of Anthropology.”This has come to be the prevailing view, but our findings do not support it. In fact, our research points to other factors, namely diet.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They found no link between brain size and any measure of sociality, but they did find there was a strong link to diet. Fruit-eating primates have around 25 per cent more brain tissue than plant-eating species. Baboons have smaller brains and a more omnivorous diet Credit:Santiago Cassalett Monkeys who eat leaves have smaller brains, like this howler monkey  British experts said the new study had turned evolutionary biology on its head.Dr Chris Venditti, of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading said: “There is a long-standing notion that social complexity is linked to cognitive complexity.“DeCasien et al may have delivered a blow to social brain hypothesis that has it reeling, and if future work irons out some of the remaining methodological creases, it may be down and out. Then we will be left with the extraordinary position of trying to explain primate cognition without sociality.” Left to right: skulls of an adult male lemur (Lemur catta), vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), gibbon (Hylobates lar), baboon (Papio hamadrayas), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), and human (Homo sapiens). Credit:Skull collection: Center for the Study of Human Origins (CSHO). Credit: Megan Petersdorf Left to right: skulls of an adult male lemur (Lemur catta), vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), gibbon (Hylobates lar), baboon (Papio hamadrayas), chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), and human (Homo sapiens).  The research was published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution. Monkeys who eat leaves have smaller brains, like this howler monkey last_img read more

Man accused of road rage stabbing pleads not guilty

first_img KUSI Newsroom Man accused of road rage stabbing pleads not guilty Posted: November 29, 2018 Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A delivery services worker accused of pulling a knife on another motorist and stabbing the father of five to death following a South Bay road-rage dispute pleaded not guilty today to a murder charge.Rickey Vernon Smith, 60, was ordered held on $2 million bail.Deputy District Attorney Makenzie Harvey alleged that Smith stabbed 36-year-old Horace Williams Jr. six times in a “callous act” following what police said was a rolling altercation between the two men.Smith was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the scene of the fatal encounter, which played out in a busy intersection alongside Chula Vista Golf Course.The exact reason for the deadly run-in between Smith and Williams was unclear, though it apparently began when one of them took exception to something the other did behind the wheel, sparking an exchange of angry shouts and gestures, Capt. Phil Collum said.As the fracas escalated, Smith, an off-duty FedEx warehouse worker, allegedly threw a soda at the other man’s silver Nissan Quest and used his white Ford Ranger pickup to ram the victim’s minivan from behind.A short time later, Smith’s truck passed Williams’ vehicle at Sweetwater Road and Willow Street and suddenly stopped in front of it, causing a second collision, Collum said.At that point, Smith allegedly got out, stalked over to the Quest and punched Williams through the driver’s-side window, then pulled a folding knife off his belt and stabbed the victim repeatedly, the captain said.A witness interviewed by news crews described seeing the mortally wounded victim get out of his vehicle and fall onto the roadway, then get up and collapse again several more times before crumpling to the ground a final time, bleeding profusely.The suspect, dressed in his work uniform, was still at the scene of the fatal encounter when patrol officers and paramedics arrived. He surrendered peaceably, Collum said.Paramedics took the victim to Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where he was pronounced dead.Defense attorney Brian Watkins — arguing that bail be lowered to $100,000 because his client was not a danger to the community — alleged that Williams threw the first punch in the altercation and “there are two sides to every story.”Williams had just dropped off two of his five young daughters at school when he was killed less than two miles from his home, according to a page set up to raise funds for the family.Smith will be back in court Dec, 19 for a readiness conference and Jan. 24 for a preliminary hearing. He faces 26 years to life in prison if convicted, Harvey said. November 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Teen apologizes after attacking mother and son in Stuart home

first_imgSTUART, Fla. (WSVN) — The 19-year-old who allegedly broke into a Stuart home and attacked a 55-year-old woman and her son, Sunday, apologized as he was released from the hospital Tuesday.Nico Gallo is accused of smashing his body through the window of a Stuart home and attacking the mother and son. The pair fought back, hitting him with a baseball bat and holding him down until police arrived.The suspect, who told the victims he had taken flakka, apologized for his actions as he was released from the hospital, Tuesday, and taken to jail.When asked if he had any regrets, Gallo responded, “I do have regrets. I regret ever taking the drugs that I was on, and I regret breaking into that house, and I regret hurting those people.”Asked if there was anything he wanted to say to the victims, he said, “I’m dearly sorry.”Gallo faces burglary with assault charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Final preps lane closures on SR 836 ahead of new interchange opening

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Crews are making final preparations on the Dolphin Expressway before a new interchange is set to open, and drivers will encounter detours on the roadway.The highway received a new paint job on Friday ahead of Monday’s opening of the “Diverging Diamond Interchange,” or DDI.The new traffic pattern is part of South Florida’s massive reconstruction project on State Road 836. Drivers will soon be able to cross over to the left or opposite side of the road under the Dolphin and Northwest 57th Avenue.As crews make final touches over the weekend, all lanes, entrance and exit ramps on Northwest 57th Avenue between Perimeter Road and Blue Lagoon Drive will be closed to traffic.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Dignitaries Celebrate UAV Flight Milestone at Grand Sky

first_imgAir Force Secretary Heather Wilson, industry leaders and elected officials celebrated the launch of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight operations for large unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on Monday at Grand Sky, a UAS-focused research and development park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. “Flying large UAS beyond visual line of sight in the national airspace will allow the unmanned aircraft industry to demonstrate its true potential for contributing to commercial aviation operations,” said Thomas Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co., according to a news release. “It reduces the cost for operators to test and prove systems and provides the opportunity for real-world demonstrations of how unmanned and manned aircraft can share the skies safely and efficiently.”Grand Sky recently became the first U.S. location to receive regulatory permission to host commercial BVLOS test flights for large unmanned aircraft following a 36-month process led by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. Initial BVLOS flights at Grand Sky will be limited to large UAS flying within 30 nautical miles of Grand Sky and will be subject to several additional FAA restrictions until the safety of the flights is demonstrated. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to visit Scotland amid

first_imgLONDON: UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make his first official visit to Scotland on Monday amid opposition to his insistence on pulling the country out of the European Union (EU) even without a deal. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said last week that Scotland, which voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, needed an “alternative option” to Johnson’s Brexit strategy, local media reported. Also Read – UK, EU Brexit teams to meet twice-weekly in September Advertise With Us Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson also refused to back a no-deal Brexit. In his first speech as Prime Minister on July 24, Johnson pledged to bring Britain out of the EU by October 31, saying “no ifs, no buts”. He warned that there would be a hard Brexit if the EU refused to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement. Johnson will also announce a 300-million-pound investment to drive economic growth in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.last_img read more

Sunnys US visit for Heart to Heart Foundation

first_imgNew York: Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar utilized the time between the limited overs and the Test match series of the West Indies tour to visit the US to create awareness of the Heart to Heart Foundation (h2h). This is in collaboration with the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital, which is providing free surgeries for children with congenital heart defects. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us In the US, Gavaskar met President Donald Trump at the Trump Bedminster Golf Course in New York. During his trip in the US, Gavaskar participated in multiple fundraising events in New Jersey and Atlanta which raised funds for over 230 surgeries. While Gavaskar is currently on media duties in the West Indies covering the India-West Indies Test match series, he will return to the West coast of US after the Jamaica Test to participate in a few more such events in the mission to save children’s lives. These events will be in the Silicon Valley, Seattle, Louisville (the town where there is a cricket ground named after him), Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and Chicago. Gavaskar will then fly straight back to India to cover the India-South Africa series which is starting from the middle of September.last_img read more

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst forced to come out as HIV

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Conchita Wurst. | Photo: Twitter/@ConchitaWurst GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Why Wurst went public nowWurst told her fans that there were a number of reasons she had not gone public with her status earlier.They were to spare her family the attention of having a relative living with HIV. But her family have supported her ‘unconditionally since day one’.The second reason was because the information was only relevant to people she chose to have sexual contact with.But Wurst understood by coming out she has the power to end the stigma against people living with HIV.‘I hope to build up courage and take another step against the stigmatization of people who have become infected by hiv, either through their own behavior or through no fault of their own,’ she said.‘To my fans: the information about my hiv status may be new to you – my status is not! I’m well and well, and I’m stronger, more motivated and liberated than ever. Thank you for your support!’[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Wurst revealed she had ‘been HIV positive for many years’ in a moving Instagram post.The 2014 Eurovision winner decided to let the world know her status because an ex-boyfriend had tried to blackmail her.‘I have been hiv-positive for many years. this is actually irrelevant to the public, but an ex-boyfriend is threatening to go public with this private information, and I will not give anyone the right to frighten me or affect my life,’ Wurst wrote.Most known for performing in drag with a full beard, Wurst won Eurovision with her song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’.She has received treatment for HIV for many years and said she was doing well.‘Since I received the diagnosis, I have been in medical treatment, and for many years without interruption I have been below the detection limit, which means I am unable to transmit the virus,’ she wrote. Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst has been forced reveal her HIV status after being allegedly blackmailed by her ex-boyfriend. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Skyscanner arrives in Australasia

first_imgSkyscanner Director, Ewan Gray & MarketDevelopment Manager, Australia/NZ Dave Boyte Flight comparison website Skyscanner has landed down under offering agents and travellers an alternative to searching, comparing and booking flights.Unveiled yesterday in Sydney the company’s director Ewan Gray said the move was aimed at replicating its European success which last year saw the company experience 75 percent growth and $2 billion in ticket sales for their downstream airline, online travel agent, car and hotel partners.He explained that the Australasia launch included a revamped website, that’s available in 29 languages, a sales office in Singapore and a top ten downloaded App which replicates the websites functionality. Mr Gray said the App has been downloaded seven million times in the past 12 months, perfect for people booking flights on the go, and now generates 30 percent of the company’s business.The website, and App already popular with Aussie travellers, is now hosted locally in Australia “to keep it fast” said Mr Gray.The App is very strong in this market with 50% of all Australian traffic coming via a mobile device added Skyscanner Market Development Manager, Australia/NZ Dave Boyte.Mr Gray told e-Travel Blackboard Australian consumers and interestingly more and more travel agents are using Skyscanner due to the ability to research and book low cost carrier fares. Corporate agents especially, who are now being asked to find the cheapest flights available, love access to over 1000 airlines globally including legacy carriers, low cost carriers and online travel agents.The top five Aussie Skyscanner searches are to the UK, USA, Indonesia, Thailand, New Zealand plus Australian domestic flights.In 2004 Skyscanner launched their website in Europe which now attracts over 24 million visitors who perform 75 million searches monthly. Skyscanner does not accept direct bookings as all reservations and payments are direct with the airline or Online Travel Agent. Skyscanner is a free search site for flights, hotels and car hire. To learn more visit Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.Mlast_img read more

No dress code but plenty of references to MeToo a

first_imgNo dress code, but plenty of references to MeToo at Oscars Kaia Burke, left, and Tarana Burke arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) There was no #MeToo or Time’s Up dress code on the Oscar red carpet. But the topic was, to no one’s surprise, a major theme of the evening — from Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue, to an emotional appearance by three Harvey Weinstein accusers, to Frances McDormand’s calling all female nominees to rise with her in unison.Kimmel got right to it, addressing both sexual misconduct and the gender pay gap in his opening speech.“Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women,” Kimmel said. “We made a movie called ‘What Women Want’ and it starred Mel Gibson.”Turning serious, Kimmel said the world was watching — and that Hollywood needed to set an example.And then he quipped: “If we can stop sexual harassment in the workplace, women will only ever have to deal with harassment all the time, every place else they go.”He also evoked the now-disgraced name of Harvey Weinstein, whose sexual misconduct — revealed late last year — launched the stunning reckoning that quickly spread to other areas of society. For years one of the biggest players at the Oscars, Weinstein has now been thrown out of the academy. Kimmel marveled that the only other person ever kicked out was a character actor who shared screeners.The most emotional #MeToo moment, though, came courtesy of actresses Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek, three women who were instrumental in the unfolding Weinstein revelations. They came onstage to introduce a montage that celebrated diversity — of all kinds — in cinematic storytelling.Said Judd, whose accusations were detailed in the very first New York Times article that broke open the Weinstein story: “The changes that we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of OUR voices, joining together in a mighty chorus that is finally saying, ‘Time’s Up!’”Sciorra, who told The New Yorker magazine that Weinstein had raped her and she’d kept it secret for many years, said: “This year many spoke their truth, and the journey ahead is long. But slowly a new path has emerged.”And Hayek, who wrote a first-person piece in the Times calling Weinstein “my monster too,” saluted “those unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the … biased perceptions against their gender, race and ethnicity to tell their stories.”A bit later, there was Frances McDormand, setting down her best-actress statuette on the floor so she could exhort all female nominees in the theatre to stand up in unison with her.“Look around, ladies and gentlemen,” she said, pointing to them, “because we all have stories to tell and projects that need financing.”On the red carpet, one of many guests speaking about #MeToo was the founder of the movement, Tarana Burke.“We did the dress code thing, and now we’re doing the work,” Burke told The Associated Press. “The plan is to continue to do this work to give people resources.”But elsewhere on the carpet, an uncomfortable drama was playing out, as a number of big stars appeared to spurn Ryan Seacrest, the E! red carpet host who has been accused of sexual misconduct — including groping — by a stylist who worked for him. Some stars did speak to him, including nominees Allison Janney, Christopher Plummer and Mary J. Blige, who noted in another interview that Seacrest was “fighting for his identity.”Seacrest has denied the allegations and E! has stood by him. But many on Twitter complained about reports that the network had instituted a 30-second delay to prevent awkward confrontations. (In the end, there were none.) The network said that it was “business as usual. As always, we tape multiple sources of content simultaneously to deliver the best possible show, and there are often brief delays between interviews.”Burke, before the awards, had said Seacrest shouldn’t be on the carpet, putting stars in an awkward position. “We shouldn’t have to make those choices of, ‘Do we or don’t we?’” she told Variety.E! was already under fire at the Golden Globes in January, where actress Eva Longoria used her interview to criticize the network over a pay equity dispute involving former anchor Catt Sadler, who quit after learning she was making much less than her male co-anchor.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2018 7:59 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 4, 2018 at 9:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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