Raise Money by Accomplishing Nothing

first_imgFrank Drake is being honored on Space.com by the SETI Institute as the “Father of SETI,”  His reputation is providing an opportunity for a fund raiser.  For a lot of money, you can spend time with a celebrity whose accomplishments are questionable. It’s not often you get the opportunity to hang out with a legend!  Spend some quality time with Frank Drake, the founder of modern SETI, and author of the Drake Equation.    At a donor level of $50,000 – 100,000, you can spend one to two days with Frank, as he takes you behind the scenes to the optical SETI experiment at Lick Observatory, and explains both the science and the technology.  A personalized tour of this observatory would be special in itself.  Doing so in the company of Frank Drake is not just a rare opportunity: it’s unique.What some may consider unique, however, is the lack of measurable accomplishment for a celebrity scientist.  His achievements have been more motivational than empirical.  He founded a search for “signals of intelligent origin” in space that has found nothing since his first attempt in 1960.  In addition, his well-known “Drake equation” that purports to calculate the number of intelligent civilizations in the galaxy is simply a list of requirements for naturalistic evolution put into quasi-authoritative algebraic terms.  The factors are so little known, however, that famous origin-of-life researcher Stanley Miller once remarked that one could put any values one chooses into the equation and the result would be just as valid as any other one’s estimate. The Drake Equation is a joke.  It’s nothing more than a propaganda tool for atheistic cosmology, using visualization to give an air of scientific authority to ignorance.  He left out the only term that can bring the possibility of life above absolute zero: intelligent causation.  Only a fool would throw good money at ignorance (10/12/2007).    The most egregious thing in Drake’s know-nothing resume (08/22/2008, 05/01/2008, 08/17/2007, 02/11/2007, 01/24/2007) has been the founding of a society that is dead-set against intelligent design (02/20/2007), while employing intelligent design principles in its core strategy (12/03/2005).  SETI should be renamed the Search for Evolutionary Tricks of Imagination (04/17/2008, 04/01/2008, 03/17/2008).  Thanks to Brett Miller for illustrating this in another clever cartoon.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

4 Good Rules For Using A Real “Lightsaber”

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Here are some Arctic rules that should convince and sober you:Don’t stare at the blue blob of light created by pointing the laser at a wall. (You could blind yourself.)Don’t point it at cars. (You could quickly, though temporarily, blind a driver, who might still run you over.)Don’t point it at even high-flying jets (You could harm the eyesight of someone onboard. Someone like the pilot.)Don’t point it at spacecraft. (While its beam is visible from space, you couldn’t blind an astronaut. However, as a general rule, never piss off someone who can drop a tank of oxygen on your house.)Legit uses for a powerful handheld laser like the Arctic, according to Wicked, include search-and-rescue, military/law enforcement, astronomy and, outside the U.S., medicine.If you have $400 and extraordinary commonsense, buy one (there’s also a $300 1-watt version). The LaserSaber blade attachment adds another $100. But they’re all totally worth it.  You can almost hear fusty old Yoda’s warning: “For consumerization, the lightsaber is not.”He’s right, but don’t tell Wicked Lasers, maker of the 1.25-watt blue S3 Arctic series handheld laser.As a point of reference, standard laser pointers are less than 5/1000 of a watt.Even before you attach the 32-inch polycarbonate blade attachment, which Wicked also sells to create one very real looking lightsaber, the Arctic is megawatts cooler than other patently dangerous tools on the market. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App jim nash Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#lasers#lightsaber#play#toys 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Cricket Australia agree A$500 million pay deal with players

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers’ Association announced they had agreed a new pay deal “in principle” on Thursday, ending an acrimonious dispute that threatened a tour of Bangladesh and this year’s Ashes series.The previous five-year collective bargaining agreement expired on June 30, which had left about 230 players effectively unemployed and forced the cancellation of Australia’s ‘A’ tour of South Africa.”I think we’ve reached a good compromise, one we can both live with and one that will be good for the game and good for Australia’s cricketers,” CA chief executive James Sutherland told a news conference at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.The immediate repercussions of the deal are that two tests in Bangladesh will now go ahead in August and September with the Australia squad scheduled to gather in Darwin next week for a pre-tour camp.At the heart of the disagreement was CA’s insistence that a two-decade-old model, under which players receive a fixed percentage of revenue, should be jettisoned.The governing body said the model was outdated and claimed it was starving grass-roots cricket of funding, while the players’ union countered that it had underpinned the game’s growth and prosperity over the past 20 years.The revenue-share arrangement has survived in the “heads of agreement” on new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which union boss Alistair Nicholson said he was confident the players would vote to accept.”A revenue sharing model ensuring all players, male and female, are partners in the game of cricket,” Nicholson said, outlining the agreement.advertisement”The revenue sharing model in which the players will share up to 30 percent of agreed revenue consisting of 27.5 percent of forecast revenue streams and a 2.5 percent performance pool.”This is estimated to be up to $500 million in the next five-year period.”Nicholson said the players would receive back pay once the final MoU had been signed.The dispute had raged on for nine months and grew increasingly bitter as both sides took to airing their grievances publicly.The union refused to deal with CA’s lead negotiator and were angered when Sutherland warned players would be unemployed and unpaid without a new agreement on the table.Players subsequently boycotted the ‘A’ tour and warned subsequent tours to Bangladesh, India and the Ashes series were under threat.Having declined for months to deal directly with the ACA, Sutherland was cajoled back to the negotiating table in July and the deal was struck in head-to-head talks with Nicholson on Thursday morning.last_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier League

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says two of his fellow Portuguese are the Premier League managers who are closest to him.In an interview with Soccer AM, he revealed who his best pal is among the current crop of Premier League bosses. “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said.”Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Former goalkeeper Nuno was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-04.When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.”In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.”That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

KARENA EVANS GOT HER BIG BREAK BY COLDTEXTING MUSIC VIDEO LEGEND DIRECTOR

first_imgFor instance “In My Feelings” features a litany of twerking dancers set against the backdrop of New Orleans local haunts. The project stars Shiggy (the creator of the viral dance that helped propel the song up the charts), Lala Anthony (as Drake’s love interest), Phylicia Rashad (as Lala’s mother), Odell Beckham Jr., and a cameo from Big Freedia (whose vocals are featured on the track). In short, it’s just the sort of high-energy romp you’d expect from a smash single.As her star only continues to rise and people continue to listen to “In My Feelings” on repeat, Teen Vogue chatted with Karena about facing your fears, chasing your dreams, and the importance of creating space and visibility for black women in the film industry.Teen Vogue: What are your earliest memories around film and acting?Karena Evans: I was the annoying child who put on plays for my family and charged them a dollar to get in. There was this program on Windows, this was before Apple, where I would edit videos every time a family birthday came around. I always really had an interest in storytelling, but it wasn’t until I got a bit older that I realized you can actually make a life out of telling stories, which was a crazy concept.TV: Director X really took you under his wing. How did you guys meet?KE: It all started in film school. I can definitely appreciate a school education, but I just think I was a bit impulsive and very impatient about the rate I was learning. I wanted to learn faster. I knew that I wanted to be a director, and I was already shooting. I just wanted to get out there. I had a mutual friend with X, his name is Boi1da, a Toronto legend and a longtime collaborator with Drake. I had a conversation with him and said, “Look, this is where I am and this is where I want to be. How do I close that gap?”He slid me Director X’s phone number; not even his office line or his assistant’s line, his personal number. It was kind of a scary moment where I had to decide to either take a step forward or stay in the same place. I texted him and said, “You don’t know who I am but my name is Karena and I really want to work for you. I want to show you what I can do.” He had me come into the office the next day. I was sitting in a boardroom with him and his manager, who is now my manager, and we were just talking. The conversation was going very well and that was all fine and dandy, then he said, “Great. Now show me your work.”At the time I had this zero dollar music video I’d done. When I say zero dollar I mean we paid for the camera package out of our pocket and we didn’t have any lighting. I had even lended the artist my clothes — it was something that I was super passionate about. Although technically it’s not where I am right now, I think you can still see my heart in it. I like to believe X liked it because we started working together that night…I literally started that evening. We worked on a TV pitch together, and from there he truly did take me under his wing. It was such a beautiful mentorship because I was writing treatments with him and going on set with him. I would be up until three or four in the morning, but the pace that I was learning was far faster than what I was learning in school. That led me to another moment of having to decide to take a risk. I dropped out of school to be fully present in the experience. About eight months later he signed me as a director to his company.TV: What are some of the biggest lessons you learned working with X?KE: X is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. I truly learned the value of working hard at your craft and mastering it. You know, expanding your knowledge, constantly researching and just spending all of the time you can to get better because things don’t just land on your lap. The knowledge that you really do have to put in the work was one of the biggest takeaways I got from him. The other thing, which is a big lesson he taught me, and is something that his mentor Hype Williams taught him, was that you have to fight the inner thought that you can’t do it. You have to fight the idea that you’re not good at your job, and even the perception that might be projected on you by other people that you aren’t meant to be there.You have to fight those doubts because you have the responsibility as an artist to push forward and pull through. I think that in the presence of chaos, creativity starts. You need that nervous creative energy, but at the same time you have to learn to push through the negative thoughts that come with it because that’s breeds the best creations.TV: For black women, the conversation around film and directing tends to come back to the idea that there aren’t enough of us or that we aren’t as represented in the ways we should be. How, if at all, does that impact you?KE: I think that the first thing to realize is that there are in fact a lot of female directors. There are a lot of women of color who are here and present. The unfortunate part is that we were not always given a place. It took the Melina Matsoukases, the Ava DuVernays and others who have paved the way for me, and the next generation of young black female filmmakers, to help us understand that we do have a place, and to also break down those barriers so we that can be heard. It was definitely something I was aware of getting into the game, and I think it just made me want to work ten times harder to prove that there is nothing different between me and my male counterparts. If anybody knows me they know how much Melina is my hero, and how much she’s influenced not only my work, but how I look at myself as a young black filmmaker. If I can in some way inspire another young girl to also believe in herself then I’m doing a good job.TV: Being the first woman to win the Lipsett Award must have felt like one of those moments.KE: It’s an interesting feeling because I definitely don’t feel like I’m the first woman who should receive it, and I definitely don’t think that I’m the only woman who is making a mark in the music video industry, or in the industry as a whole; I won’t be the last, either. I just hope that in receiving it, I can help break down some of those walls for other women to be recognized. Again, it’s because of women like Melina that I even have it, or that I even know that I have a place here and that I’m allowed to occupy a space in this world.TV: Who or what are some of your other influences?KE: Of course I grew up on X and Hype’s music videos, but honestly, I don’t get a lot of my inspiration from any single person. Vimeo is my school. I’m always watching videos. I’m always researching because I believe you can find inspiration anywhere. The great thing about Instagram right now is that you can cultivate what’s coming towards you. I follow a lot of photography blogs, and am always searching for inspiration whether that’s on the Internet, around where I live, or even the kind of music I’m listening to. As an artist, I think I have a duty to stay inspired and search for new things to learn.TV: Every director probably approaches a project differently. What’s your process?KE: The way that I approach any project is with an entirely clean slate. I don’t have one formula for everything. I really do my best to make sure that I’m creating a custom suit for every visual. I think the process changes depending on the artist you’re working with as well. I’ve been blessed to work with some really collaborative artists, and an idea will either start from them or a conversation with them, and then we sort of build that out together. For me, the really exciting part is creating these very custom looks for every video. Now that I’m going into film and TV, I think the biggest thing is doing the research and truly defining what the vision is. I really don’t think that one strategy works for everything, so I constantly try and understand new ways to communicate and new ways to shoot.TV: What does the research project look like for you? Is it books, magazines, movies, a combination?KE: If I’m working on a specific song I listen to that song over and over and over. I will listen to that artist’s music over and over. I will research a lot about that artist (even if I already know them), just to make sure that in the moment I’m conceptualizing I’m really within the boundaries of that artist and doing justice to that person. I also look through a lot of magazines. I have a log of videos that give me inspiration too.TV: What makes someone a good director?KE: Constantly expanding your knowledge of film and storytelling. Knowing there’s a world of opportunities where you can learn — both technically and life lessons. All of that will help in your experience as a director. Some of the directors I’ve worked with as an actress have had an incredible ability to communicate, and also understand that everyone’s energy is different. Again, it’s not a matter of here’s a general strategy I’m going to use on every project. It’s really about being present and adjusting and adapting to the people you’re working with.BY STEPHANIE SMITH-STRICKLAND | TEEN VOGUE Advertisement At 22-years-old, Canadian director and actor Karena Evans is already living the creative dream. This year she became the first woman to receive Prism Prize’s prestigious Lipsett Award, which recognizes Canadian music video artistss for innovation and creativity. Her wildly well-rounded portfolio boasts brand campaigns for clients including Nike right alongside music videos for artists such as SZA, “Garden (Say It Like Dat); Belly, “Mumble Rap”; and perhaps most famously, Drake. And to think, it was all put in motion from cold-texting a pro in the industry.Karena’s journey started at film school in Toronto, where after bouncing between two institutions, she eventually grew frustrated with the slow pace of the curriculums. In response, she did something many of us — particularly those of us who have been trained to believe that traditional schooling is a guarantor of success — would be absolutely terrified to do. She cold contacted the legendary Director X, whose first feature film, Superfly, debuted in August. After landing an internship with his production company, X personally took Karena under his wing. The culmination of this process saw her dropping out of school to fully embrace the work she was already doing.Several of Drake’s most recent videos, released in support of his behemoth fifth studio album, Scorpion, have been directed by Karena. From the feel-good premise of “God’s Plan” to the playful Degrassi time warp that is “I’m Upset” to the celebrity-studded, ladies-first anthem of “Nice for What,” the young director has been instrumental in creating a tableau that feels at ease with Drake’s chameleon nature, and impactful to the larger pop culture zeitgeist. 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Treasury head wife mocked for photo of them holding money

first_imgWASHINGTON – A photo of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife posing with a sheet of new $1 bills — the first notes bearing his signature — is prompting people to poke fun at them online.The Associated Press photo shows Mnuchin holding the sheet of money as his wife Louise Linton stands behind him, her gloved hands touching a corner.Some remarked that the pair resembled villains from the James Bond movie franchise. Others used the image to mock the Republican tax plan, which critics say would mostly benefit high earners and corporations.The pair prompted a public outcry this summer after revelations he requested a military jet to fly them to their European honeymoon. It never happened, but the department launched a review of Mnuchin’s use of government aircraft.last_img

Black Panther is boxoffice king for third straight week

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wakanda’s reign shows no signs of waning. “Black Panther” is king of the box office for the third straight weekend.The release from Marvel and Disney brought in $65.7 million domestically this weekend, easily outpacing new releases “Red Sparrow” and “Death Wish,” according to studio estimates Sunday.“Black Panther” has now grossed $500 million domestically after three weeks of release. It’s the third fastest film to reach the $500 million plateau.“Disney is clearly on a roll with ‘Black Panther’ showing incredible strength as it posts the third biggest third-weekend gross of all time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, “and most notably becomes the 10th highest grossing movie of all time in North America after just 17 days in theatres.”Fox’s “Red Sparrow,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-super-spy, earned $17 million in its first weekend.Another new release, “Death Wish,” MGM’s reboot of the Charles Bronson action franchise starring Bruce Willis, was third with $13 million.“Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by ‘Black Panther,’” Dergarabedian said.The totals come on a weekend when all industry eyes are on the Academy Awards, which will be handed out in Hollywood later Sunday.None of the major nominees remain in the box office top 10, though some continue to bring in receipts. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” reached $52 million domestically through Sunday, and “The Shape of Water” passed $57 million.“Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has become a groundbreaking cinematic phenomenon, giving unprecedented representation for a film of its kind to Africans and African-Americans while winning over every corner of the culture. It should soon shoot past the billion-dollar mark worldwide.Wakanda’s king may finally be knocked from his box-office throne next weekend with the release of director Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” another Disney film that gives groundbreaking representation to African-Americans on both sides of the camera.“Disney wins no matter how you slice it with that film expected to have a strong debut as ‘Black Panther’ continues to draw big crowds,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Black Panther,” $65.7 million.2. “Red Sparrow,” $17 million.3. “Death Wish,” $13 million.4. “Game Night,” $10.7 million.5. “Peter Rabbit,” $10 million.6. “Annihilation,” $5.6 million.7. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $4.5 million.8. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $3.3 million.9. “The Greatest Showman,” $2.6 million.10. “Every Day,” $1.5 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdaltonlast_img read more

City crews conducting work ahead of repaving 100th and 100th intersection later

first_imgHe explained that crews will be filling in some of the larger ruts and potholes in the intersection that were caused by weathering and by emergency maintenance to repair a broken water main earlier this Spring.Harvey said that crews will also be repairing the manhole covers in the intersection by lifting them to the level of the pavement, since the covers have sunk in recent years.He said that the work is required to lift the manhole covers so that crews can resurface the entire intersection with a new layer of asphalt, adding that workers won’t need to close the entire intersection – like today – in order to accomplish the work.Though he was not able to provide an exact date for when the repaving work would start, Harvey did say that the project is scheduled to be done before the end of the summer. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews with the City of Fort St. John have closed off the intersection of 100th St. and 100th Ave. today to conduct maintenance on the roads before the entire intersection gets repaved later this summer.Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the intersection was closed at around 8:00 this morning and is scheduled to be reopened sometime later this evening.Detours have been set up on 99th and 101st Avenues, and on 98th and 102nd Streets so that motorists can get around the closed intersection.last_img read more

Former MP Ateeq kidnapped businessman UP govt tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday told the Supreme Court that former MP Ateeq Ahmad, who was lodged in Deoria jail, had indeed assaulted and kidnapped a businessman on December 26 last year.Confirming the incident, the UP government said CCTV cameras in the jail complex were tampered with at the time. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it would consider the report submitted by UP government on April 23. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a report submitted through senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae (friend of court), the state government said departmental action against five jail officials has been initiated. Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, told the bench that jail norms were relaxed with respect to visitors meeting the former parliamentarian. In his submission, the senior advocate said there are 109 cases registered against Ahmad from 1979 to 2019 which include 17 murder cases, 12 cases under UP Gangster Act, eight under Arms Act and four under UP Goonda Act. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHansaria said eight cases pending investigation were registered against Ahmad between 2015 and 2019 of which two are murder cases. The report said the state government has constituted two committees which prima facie found names of two persons, including businessman Mohit Jaiswal’s, in visitors register for meeting Ahmad. It said the committees have found the jail superintendent and other jail officials guilty for the assault on the businessman, and departmental proceedings against five officials and the state government has suspended three persons. The report further said that after the incident was reported in media and FIR was lodged by the businessman, Ahmad was transferred from Deoria jail to Bareilly jail in UP and efforts were being made to arrest the associates of the former lawmaker, who were involved in the incident. Ateeq Ahmad was a five-time MLA and one-time MP and has been jail since Feb 11, 2017. In the past he was associated with political parties including Samajwadi Party and Apna Dal (Sonewal faction). “In interrogation, the jail staff and the prisoners have denied the incidence of assault in jail but the joint team found in the inquiry that some CCTV cameras set up in the jail have been tampered with and a persons meeting with Ateeq Ahmad had been granted relaxation also against rule. The joint team prima facie found that the jail superintendent and the officers/ employees of the jail administration to be guilty for this incident,” the report said. The UP government report said some accused have been identified on the basis of CCTV footage of Deoria jail and for their arrest, police teams have been sent to their possible hideouts in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Prayagraj and Delhi. It said a police team led by Lucknow SP has been leading the investigation in the case. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try cases involving elected representatives. During the previous hearing, the court was told by Hansaria that there were over several heinous cases pending against the former MP and still he had the audacity to kidnap the businessman to the jail. Businessman Jaiswal had filed an FIR on December 28, 2018, alleging that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them. Lucknow-based realtor Jaiswal had alleged that he was tortured and forced to transfer five of his firms in the names of the former lawmaker and his jailed son. The combined assets of the firms were worth Rs 45 crore, the FIR said, adding that Ahmad also took away the car of Jaiswal and other belongings before releasing him.last_img read more

Libyan deputy industry minister shot dead

first_imgTripoli – Assailants gunned down a Libyan deputy minister overnight, officials said on Sunday, in the first killing of a government member since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi.Deputy industry minister Hassan al-Droui was shot dead during a to his hometown of Sirte, east of Tripoli, which was also Kadhafi’s hometown, security and hospital officials said.And in another sign of the instability plaguing the country, the toll from tribal clashes in the southern town of Sebha rose to 27 dead, with another 72 people wounded in the unrest. “Hassan al-Droui, the deputy minister for industry, was killed by unknown attackers overnight, during a visit to his native city of Sirte,” a security official told AFP.“Unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on Mr. Droui in central Sirte,” the official said on condition of anonymity.A medical official at the city’s Ibn Sina hospital said Droui had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.The Libyan government denounced a “cowardly criminal act” and said in a statement it would “spare no effort to track down the perpetrators and prosecute them.”Droui was a former member of the National Transitional Council, the political arm of the rebellion that brought an end to Kadhafi’s 42-year rule.He was appointed deputy minister for industry by the transitional government’s first premier, Abdelrahim al-Kib, and kept his job when Prime Minister Ali Zeidan took office.Sirte, which lies on the Mediterranean coast about 250 miles (400 kilometres) east of Tripoli, was the last regime bastion to fall into rebel hands in the 2011 uprising during which Kadhafi was killed.Since the collapse of Kadhafi’s autocratic regime, Libya has been plagued by sporadic violence, including a string of assassinations targeting top army and security officials and the brief abduction of Zeidan.Deadly tribal clashesThe number of casualties from clashes between rival tribes in the southern town of Sebha and nearby Murzuq and Al-Shati rose to 27 dead and 72 wounded, a government statement said on Sunday.Fighting broke out in the area on Saturday pitting gunmen from the Arab Awled Sleiman tribe against tribesmen from the Toubou minority.Local sources said the clashes were sparked by the death on Thursday of a militia chief linked to Awled Sleiman, adding that the tribe accused the Toubou of murdering him.The Toubou are black oasis farmers by tradition who also live in southern Libya, northern Chad and Niger, who have repeatedly said they were being marginalised.A previous toll from the town’s local council had said that 19 died in the fighting and another 27 wounded.Fresh fighting broke out in Sebha on Sunday morning, witnesses reported.But in the afternoon the streets appeared to be calm, they said, adding that troops and policemen reinforcements were deployed in the town.The government said in a statement it sent reinforcements to secure residential areas and strategic installations in Sebha and that a “committee of elders” was trying to end the unrest.The fighting was the worst between the rival tribes since they struck a ceasefire agreement in March 2012 following deadly battles that killed at least 150 people and wounded 400 others.The Toubous have long complained of marginalisation by Libyan society, while Arab tribes have accused the minority of employing foreign fighters, particularly from Chad.The tribal clashes in Sebha could have a knock-on effect on production at several nearby oilfields in the mostly-desert south.Libya is currently struggling with a months-long oil crisis, which erupted when security guards at key oil terminals in the east shut them down, accusing the authorities of corruption and demanding a more equitable distribution of oil revenues.Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi said last month that lost production from the blockades had cost Libya about $9.0 billion (6.6 billion euros) in revenues.last_img read more