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QuickList July inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.2 per cent in July, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.0 per cent (1.5)— Prince Edward Island: 1.8 (1.2)— Nova Scotia: 0.9 (0.5)— New Brunswick: 1.4 (2.0)— Quebec: 0.9 (0.6)— Ontario: 1.2(1.3)— Manitoba: 0.9 (0.2)— Saskatchewan: 0.8 (0.5)— Alberta: 1.0 (0.4)— British Columbia: 1.9 (1.7)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.6 (0.6)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.4 (0.8)last_img read more

KILLJOYS CAST PREPARES TO SAY GOODBYE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement As much as it pains us to say, the end of Killjoys will soon be upon us. The fifth and final season of the SYFY and Space Channel space adventure series premieres on Friday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET. If you’re anything like us here at The TV Junkies, then you’re not prepared to say goodbye just yet to space bounty hunters Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), Johnny (Aaron Ashmore) and D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) as they prepare to face their biggest enemy yet, The Lady. Killjoys (Photo courtesy of SYFY) Login/Register With:center_img Facebook When approaching the final season, showrunner Adam Barken said “there was certainly a feeling of ‘what do we have to pay off? What have we promised in the past?’” while we were on a set visit last summer during filming of Season 5. When SYFY and Space renewed Killjoys for Season 4, they also renewed it for Season 5, allowing the writers, actors and everyone involved with the show to give it a proper ending. This was something that John-Kamen said was especially nice because it allowed for “a wonderful kind of closure because we know that we’re going to say goodbye to the show.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

A death blow Tariff threat looms large in the heart of Canadas

first_imgWINDSOR, Ont. – Mike Malott has survived massive turmoil during his nearly 20 years as an automotive worker here in the heart of the Canadian industry — but now that his livelihood is in the crosshairs of a United States president who appears hell-bent on restricting cross-border trade, he is frightened.The 43-year-old assembly line worker and other residents of this Southwestern Ontario city have been on edge for months during strained North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations that have included intense scrutiny of auto production in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.But Trump’s post-G7 Twitter tirade about imposing a 25 per cent tariff on auto imports from Canada could have potentially devastating consequences for the integrated supply chain that has been built over decades and cause job losses on both sides of the border.Some fear the penalties could drive the city’s auto plants, including the Fiat Chrysler Automotive factory where Malott has spent the majority of his career, out of Windsor and the country altogether.“I can’t even imagine what the city would look like without Chrysler in it,” Malott said in an interview on Tuesday at the suburban Windsor home he shares with his wife, three children and a chocolate lab.“This city would become a ghost town.”Malott is one of the roughly 6,000 people employed at the assembly plant, the largest manufacturing workplace in Canada, according to a 2017 report from the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton.He worries he’d have difficulty finding an equivalent job in the city with his skill set if he were to lose his job at the assembly plant, which typically pays upwards of $30 an hour.“If I don’t have a Chrysler job, I don’t have what I have today.”Windsor would be the epicentre of a tariff fallout that could impact Ontario’s entire economically important manufacturing base and reverberate across the country. Canada’s auto sector, the country’s leading exporter, delivers roughly $80 billion in economic activity annually. It employs some 500,000 Canadians through direct and indirect jobs.The city has long been synonymous with the auto industry — during the early 20th century, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler all had operations here.But the industry was decimated in the wake of 2008’s Great Recession, which saw both the Ontario and Federal government in 2009 step in to contribute $10.6 billion to Chrysler Canada and GM Canada to keep them afloat.GM closed its remaining manufacturing plant in Windsor in 2010, ending its 90-year-relationship in the city. Ford still has two engine plants in Windsor, employing roughly 2,330 people between them — far from the as many as six plants the automaker had at one point.But the city still wears its automotive credentials with pride. Posted outside of the FCA Windsor assembly plant is a sign that reads: “Made. Right. Here. Chrysler Pacifica. Windsor Proud.”The sector’s health, however, remains heavily reliant on the United States.Canada exported some $63 billion worth of automobiles in 2016, 96 per cent of which was to the U.S., according to Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau. On top of that, the country exported roughly $21 billion in auto parts in 2016 — 90 per cent of which was shipped south of the border, according to the APRC.Every Canadian auto assembly job creates nine spinoff jobs — ranging from parts suppliers to restaurants — according to the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association.The automotive industry and the ancillary businesses are still the “bread and butter” of Windsor, but the city has been making efforts to diversify into other industries and skills in areas such as Information Technology, said Mayor Drew Dilkens.“Nothing changes quickly, but we’re committed to diversification,” he said.Auto parts makers have also tried to diversify into other industries and markets, said Jonathon Azzopardi, chief executive of Windsor-area tool and mould company Laval International and a board member of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.Yet, roughly 70 per cent of the association’s members send their wares due south and many products cross the border roughly seven times in the process, he said.The recent U.S. imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs will already constrain their profitability, which would be exacerbated by an auto tariff.“Those who still rely heavily on the U.S. and the auto industry should be pretty concerned,” Azzopardi said.“It could deal a death blow to the automotive industry for Canada.”The tariff threat looms at a time when the automotive industry has just recovered from the 2008 recession. The sector employed an estimated 140,404 people in 2016, after adding roughly 14,700 jobs over the preceding four years, according to a recent report from McMaster’s auto centre.Trump’s comments have also cast uncertainty on planning in an industry that makes decisions on new vehicles five years in advance, said Ken Lewenza, the former national president of the Canadian Auto Workers union, who now works as an adviser for the union’s latest iteration, Unifor, in Windsor.Many corporate board rooms in the auto industry are likely hitting the brakes on their plans as a result, he said, as the deeply integrated North American automotive supply chain operates “almost without borders.”Detroit, or Motor City, sits just across the river from Windsor — and the GM and Chevrolet logos emblazoned on the tallest tower of the American city’s skyline serves as a perennial reminder of their mutual ties to the automotive industry.“You can’t shut down the Canadian operations without affecting U.S. operations. And vice versa,” Lewenza said.“This, quite frankly, would be a real challenge for the auto industry and be a longer type problem.”Ontario’s auto sector employs an estimated 124,000 people. A blow to the thousands of jobs at factories in auto towns across the province, including in Alliston, Brampton, and Oshawa, would also have a ripple effect on the restaurants, cafes, stores and other businesses that rely on autoworkers’ patronage.Auto manufacturing is still a crucial part of local economies even in cities such as affluent Oakville, often regarded as a bedroom community for commuters to Canada’s financial heart in Toronto.In an industrial section of the tony Greater Toronto Area community, dozens of 18-wheelers passed through the gates on Tuesday morning at the Ford Assembly Complex, which employs about 4,600 people. The plant’s staff parking lot was packed with the same types of Fords and Lincolns pieced together by workers at the plant.Peter Giannopoulos, owner of the nearby Sunlight Grill is one of the entrepreneurs operating in a nearby plaza who is praying that Ford stays in the area. The thousands of workers it employs are a boon for his business.“We get a lot of Ford traffic here. You come here on a Friday and you see the chits that we have for take-out or deliveries, you’d be shocked,” Giannopoulos said, adding that several of his neighbours work at the plant.“Even though Oakville has its rich side, there’s a lot of middle class people here who have been working at Ford 20 or 30 years.”Back in Windsor, a stone’s throw away from the FCA plant, the Penalty Box restaurant is filled with diners. The autoworkers’ breaks, at less than 30 minutes, don’t offer enough time to stop in for a sit-down meal, but they come on their down time, said the restaurant’s owner, Van Niforos.“The plant means a lot to us here…. Everyone in town profits from them being here.”At just 14-years-old, Windsor autoworker Mike Malott’s daughter Jada is already concerned about her economic future in a hometown where generations have relied on the auto sector.“I’m scared I’m going to have to leave my city to find work,” she said.“That’s my biggest fear.”—With a file from Peter Goffin in OakvilleNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that the GM Renaissance Centre had a Chrysler logo.last_img read more

NL to enjoy fastest growing economy thanks to oil production report

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – A dramatic economic turnaround is being predicted for Newfoundland and Labrador next year.The Conference Board of Canada says it is expected to lead the provinces in economic growth, thanks to offshore oil royalties.Just a year after having the weakest economic outlook in 2018, the province’s real GDP is expected to grow by 5.2 percent in 2019. Prince Edward Island and British Columbia are also expected to see strong growth of 2.7 percent next year, with P.E.I. benefiting from steady immigration and a booming tourism industry.Alberta’s domestic economy has picked up and GDP is set to grow 2.2 percent in 2019 but uncertainty in the province’s own oil sector around prices and transportation could result in lower-than-projected growth.Other provinces are expected to see slower economic growth of below 2 percent in 2019, with Nova Scotia and New Brunswick forecast to see 1 percent and 1.3 percent growth, respectively.Quebec and Ontario’s economies are slowing down but both are predicted to grow by just under 2 percent, according to the report.Saskatchewan will see predicted modest growth of 1.6 percent, and Manitoba about 1.9 percent.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Middle East peace critical to regions children UN official says

19 April 2007Children are bearing the brunt of the armed conflict in the Middle East, a senior United Nations official said today as she concluded a two-week mission to Lebanon, the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, interacted with children across the region, describing them as playful and resilient but plagued by fear, anxiety, anger and feelings of revenge coupled with hopelessness.“It is imperative that peace come to the Middle East for the sake of the children,” she declared in a statement released in Jerusalem. According to official sources, approximately 400 children were killed in Lebanon in the recent hostilities. In the occupied Palestinian territory, 124 were killed in 2006 and today, almost 400 are still in detention. In addition, 8 children were killed or injured on the Israeli side.“Researchers are pointing to the fact that many children in the conflict areas need psycho-social care,” the envoy said, noting that about a third of all children in Northern Israel suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, while many Palestinian children also showed visible signs of being affected by the war. Ms. Coomaraswamy, who met with Israel’s Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livini, and other officials, recognized the country’s “very real security concerns.” At the same time, she voiced concern over the barrier erected to separate Palestinian territory from Israel and raised its humanitarian consequences on children’s health, education and right to freedom of movement.“The present route and procedures associated with the barrier are unconscionable,” she said, urging the Israeli authorities to appoint an independent civilian committee to look into the humanitarian consequences of the barrier.Ms. Coomaraswamy also called upon the Israeli Government to release the customs and taxes revenues due to the Palestinian Authority for health and education expenditures. With 398 Palestinian children in detention, the Special Representative said this was only feeding the cycle of violence and urged a different approach to children who engage in minor offences.The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) must establish transparent, credible and independent mechanisms to provide for accountability and to ensure effective redress to victims of killings and violence against children, she said, calling also for settler populations to be held accountable for acts of violence and harassment against Palestinian children. During meetings with senior Palestinian officials, including President Abbas, the Special Representative raised concerns about the use of minors for political and armed violence. Ms. Coomaraswamy, who had listened to many children speak about being engaged in this violence, welcomed the Palestinian officials’ pledge to revive the code of conduct among Palestinian groups not to involve children in political violence and to work with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to prevent this.She also noted the importance of ensuring security for children both in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel as well as the need to stop rockets being fired indiscriminately into civilian areas from Gaza.The envoy welcomed steps by both the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Government to review school curricula to prevent incitement to violence and to take further steps in this area, including the integration of peace education.Also during her trip, Ms. Coomaraswamy requested the Israeli Government to hand over to UN demining experts details on the cluster munitions dropped on Lebanon during the 2006 war. The Special Representative is expected to report her findings to the Security Council, General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. read more

Purchasing food from developing countries a winwin situation – UN

The world’s largest humanitarian organization, WFP bought 2.1 million metric tons valued at over $760 million from 69 developing countries in 2007, with Uganda as the largest supplier.The agency has a policy of buying food locally when and where there is an abundance, but it avoids these markets at times of scarcity in order to avoid distorting prices.“Local purchases create win-win situations to hunger,” said Josette Sheeran, WFP’s Executive Director. “In an era of soaring food prices – which hit hardest those already hungry – such solutions are more critical than ever.”To offset a surge in prices, the agency buys food in local markets in developing countries where prices can be lower and which are located close to where WFP distributes supplies.Rising fuel and commodity costs have impacted WFP’s ability to supply food to the hungry, but transport costs are minimized through the agency’s delivery of food purchased in developing countries either locally or regionally.“Buying ‘local’ helps provide more income for small-scale farmers, while saving money for WFP,” said Ms. Sheeran, who is currently in Davos, Switzerland, to speak about local food procurement and other issues at the World Economic Forum to be held later this week. 23 January 2008The United Nations World Food Programme is purchasing most of its food from developing countries in a ‘win-win’ situation for both parties, according to the chief of the agency, which last year paid cash to poorer nations for a record 80 per cent of its food. read more

Eastern Province Chief Minister banned from entering military camps

Television footage showed the Chief Minister verbally abusing the Navy officer on stage at the event after accusing him of failing to understand protocol.During the incident a child was also seen accidentally hit by the hand of the Chief Minister who even accused the Governor of failing to follow protocol.It was reported that the Chief Minister was angry over the failure by the organisers of the event, which included the Navy, to initially invite him on stage to present gifts to the children. Eastern Province Chief Minister Nazeer Ahamed has been banned from entering military camps and the security forces will also not attend any functions attended by him.The move follows an altercation the Chief Minister had with a Navy officer in Sampur last week. The Eastern Province Chief Minister had verbally abused the Navy officer in public during the opening ceremony of a science lab and computer unit at the Sampur Maha Vidyalayam.US Ambassador Atul Keshap was a guest at the event while Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando was the Chief Guest. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) had earlier briefed President Maithripala Sirisena on the incident involving Ahamed. Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said yesterday the President was briefed over the incident after it was brought to his notice by the Navy. He had later made his way to the stage uninvited and confronted a Navy officer over the failure to invite him to distribute the gifts. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Thilanga meets Faiszer hands over report on SLC performance

Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala and the Executive Committee of the SLC met the Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapa at the Ministry, this evening.Sumathipala handed over the 2017 Audited Annual Accounts and the Annual Report to the Minister at the meeting. The cricket board said that SLC financials ventured into positive ground during the year 2017 with its liquidity level (Net Current Assets) recording a surplus Rs.1.97 billion, the first time since 2010, SLC saw its liquidity levels recording a positive figure. In the meantime, SLCs net income ( Net Profit) rose to Rs. 2.12 billion during 2017 compared to just a mere Rs. 64 million earned an year ago. This is a 33 times increase, year on year and was a result of SLC’s strategic growth plans and prudent financial management.Whilst its income for the year 2017, recorded a sum of Rs. 6 billion, the highest in the institution’s history, this is almost a 100-percent rise from the previous year’s income. Cash and Cash equivalent jumped to Rs. 2.4 billion during the year 2017, from Rs. 410 million recorded in 2016 and just Rs. 117 million recorded in 2015.SLC has also managed to bring down its liabilities from around Rs. 4 billion stood at 31st December, 2015 to Rs. 1.3 billion as of present. This was achieved owing to SLC’s present administration’s prudent financial management.Sri Lanka Cricket’s investment on Domestic Tournaments rose to Rs. 464 million in 2017, compared to Rs. 241 million invested in year 2016, whilst investment into Cricket and Development during the year 2017 increased to Rs. 724 million from Rs. 584 million invested in 2016. (Colombo Gazette) During the year 2016, the liquidity levels of the SLC stood at a negative of Rs. 572 million, while in 2015, it was around a high of Rs. 985 million; with its worst year being the year 2011, which amounted to a negative of Rs. 4.25 billion. read more

Suspicion confusion swirl around rules governing content on Google Drive

SAN FRANCISCO – Google is facing suspicion and confusion as it tries to persuade people to entrust personal documents, photos and other content to the company’s new online storage service.That became apparent shortly after Tuesday’s unveiling of the Google Drive service. Before the day was over, technology blogs and Twitter users were seizing on a legal clause in the “terms of service” that could be interpreted to mean that any content stored in Google Drive automatically becomes Google Inc.’s intellectual property.The confusion centred on a passage advising that anyone uploading or submitting content to Google Drive will grant Google “a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content.”As those words circulated on the Internet, fears about Google Drive undermining intellectual property rights mounted. Some interpreted the legalese to mean that if an author stores a novel on the service, Google suddenly owns the work and can do whatever it likes with it.The new service’s policy was troubling enough for The New York Times, the third-largest U.S. newspaper, to send out a note discouraging the roughly 1,000 newsroom employees from storing files on Google Drive until there’s a better understanding of the intellectual property issues and how the service works.As it turns out, the worries are probably unfounded.Google says the language is actually standard legalese that gives the company the licensing rights it needs to deliver on services that users’ request.The way Google keeps documents in its data centres requires the company to obtain a license to “host, store (and) reproduce” the files. If, say, a screenwriter in China uses Google’s services to collaborate on a movie script written in Mandarin with a script editor in Hollywood who only reads English, Google needs the rights for “translations, adaptations or other changes” to allow the two writers to work on the document in different languages and make revisions.Even everyday occurrences such as someone watching a video or pulling up a text file at an Internet cafe requires Google to retain permission to “publicly perform” or “publicly display” such content.That doesn’t mean Google will take a screenwriter’s work-in-progress and produce a movie from it, the company says.“Our terms of service enable us to give you the services you want — so if you decide to share a document with someone, or open it on a different device, you can,” Google said in a statement on Wednesday.The hubbub may do some good, possibly prodding more people to read the rules governing Internet services such as Google Drive more carefully before signing up, says Corynne McSherry, an intellectual property lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights group in San Francisco.McSherry says she also hopes the publicity causes more people to ponder other potential pitfalls, such as privacy abuses and security breaches, before deciding to keep their digital content in a storage locker at Google Drive or similar online services.As the owner of the Internet’s dominant search engine, Google has faced increasing scrutiny over the trove of data it gathers about Web surfers and the ways it uses the information to serve up ads based on people’s personal tastes and hobbies.Even discerning readers of the legal disclosures can still be flummoxed by some of the turbid language.The uproar over Google’s storage service might have died down if more attention had been paid to a straightforward statement leading up to the paragraph that set off the alarms.“Some of our services allow you to submit content,” Google says in its disclosure. “You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours.”Another fine point was largely glossed over in the fuss over Google Drive: The same terms have applied to dozens of other Google services, including Gmail, since March 1. Documents and photo are frequently sent as email attachments and stored on Gmail, yet there hadn’t been any major concerns raised about that material becoming Google’s intellectual property.Google switched its terms of service to a “one-size-fits-all” approach to simplify the disclosures in hopes that the company’s guidelines would be easier to understand. But by bunching the policies together Google is forced to address the nuances of each service with less precision.The passage granting Google licensing rights to content transferred or stored on its services is fairly common among Internet services, McSherry says. The licensing requirements are “an artifact of copyright laws that no longer work in our modern world rather than any evil intent on Google’s part.”Microsoft Corp.’s rival storage service, called SkyDrive, also imposes a content licensing agreement similar to Google Drive.Dropbox Inc., a rapidly growing storage service, tells users that “we may need your permission to do things you ask us to do with your stuff, for example, hosting your files, or sharing them at your direction… You give us the permissions we need to do those things solely to provide the services.”Like Google Drive, both SkyDrive and Dropbox stress that content stored on their services remains the property of the user. by News Staff Posted Apr 26, 2012 2:10 pm MDT Suspicion, confusion swirl around rules governing content on Google Drive read more

Swedish fashion chain HM sees Q2 profits soar on strong sales success

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email STOCKHOLM – Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB says its second-quarter profits soared by around 23 per cent thanks to a particularly strong sales performance of its spring collection.Wednesday’s report showed a net profit of 5.22 billion kronor ($745 million) in the March to May period, up sharply from 4.3 billion kronor recorded in the same quarter a year ago. by News Staff Posted Jun 20, 2012 2:18 am MDT Swedish fashion chain H&M sees Q2 profits soar on strong sales, success for spring collection read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #POLITICS: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has made an unexpected attack on Fianna Fáil’s record in Government, hours before the party begins its annual Ard Fheis.  The Taoiseach said the party had been responsible for ‘devastation’ in Ireland and pointed to the massive surge in unemployment at the end of Fianna Fáil’s 14 years in office. A Fianna Fáil spokesperson said the party was surprised by the comments.2. #GUNS: Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has said Ireland needs to have a debate about allowing people to own guns to protect their homes and properties. The Kerry South TD, who legally owns three guns, said people in rural communities have been ‘failed and failed in an awful way’ by the recent closure of Garda stations, and called for people to be allowed to buy guns to protect themselves.3. #HOSPITALS: Dust, dirt and clutter: a HIQA investigation into Letterkenny General Hospital has found a number of hygiene issues at the large hospital, including debris and dust on floors and beds in the maternity ward, and clutter in many areas.4. #WEST YORKSHIRE: One woman has died and dozens more people have been injured after a mini-bus carrying a group to a hen party was involved in a collision with a lorry on a motorway in West Yorkshire in England this afternoon. A number of people were trapped in the wreckage.The driver of the lorry has been arrested.5. #BOSTON: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved from a hospital to a prison in Massachusetts. The 19-year-old has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and may face the death penalty if convicted.last_img read more

Twitters Top Trending Topics of the Week Charlie Sheens Winning the iPad

first_imgThere’s basically nothing important going on in Twitterland this week now that Charlie Sheen has taken over as its King. Forget that the Oscars happened less than a week ago. Sheen’s surpassed those tweets. Even our weekly top-trending favorites Justin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers were overshadowed by Sheen. So what else was trending this week on Twitter? We rounded up the most buzzed-about topics, and compiled a nice, easy-to-read list for you. Here are the top trending Twitter topics for the week ending on February 25:1. Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen not only made every news channel this week with his confusing, sad, and sometimes disturbing interviews, he also set the Guinness World Record for the first to reach one million followers on Twitter. Also, for his Tweets that makes us both sad, and laugh at the same time, which led to trends listed below. The latest news is Sheen signed a celebrity endorsement deal on Twitter and Facebook with the ad network, Ad.ly. #teamsheen2. Tiger BloodThanks to PCMag for clarifying these trends for us:In an interview with NBC earlier this week, Sheen said that Alcoholics Anonymous is intended for “people that aren’t special. People that don’t have tiger blood, you know, Adonis DNA.” He later used the #TigerBlood hashtag on Twitter, propelling it to the top of Twitter’s trending topics in the United States and worldwide.3. WinnerAgain, via PCMag.com: Being a winner has been a major topics of discussion in the various interviews Sheen has given this week. When asked if he was bi-polar, Sheen denied it, saying instead that he was “bi-winning.” Sheen’s bio on Twitter says that he is an “unemployed winner.”#unemployedwinner4. iPad 2Wednesday’s big announcement of Apple’s second iPad, the iPad 2, had Twitter nerds typing away about how much they like the new tablet, or how much they hate it. #ipad2 5. OscarsBefore all this crazy Sheen stuff blew up, people were gabbing about last Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. Popular trends were #best, #natalieportman, #theking’sspeech, #blackswan, #gwyneth (poor, Gwyneth), #thesocialnetwork, and #christianbale, among many others. #oscarsCheck out the rest of the list after the jump!6. Blade RunnerRumors are buzzing that Warner Bros. are in negotiations to acquire the rights to make sequels and prequels of Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic film Blade Runner. The Twitterverse does not seem amused. #BladeRunner7. Brandon DaviesBYU basketball player Brandon Davies has been suspended for the rest of the season for an honor code violation. Reports say he was suspended for having consensual sex with his girlfriend. #BrandonDavies8. Justin Drew BieberJustin Bieber turned 17 this week. Cougars, he’s still not legal. #happy17thbdaybiebs9. March WishPeople are tweeting about things they wish will happen in the month of March. #marchwish10. Jonas Brothers 3D AnniversaryYes, that’s how devoted Jonas Brother fans are; they created a trending topic to honor the release of the Jonas Brothers 3D movie that was released two years ago! TWO!last_img read more

I am a child of the Diaspora

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram New Democracy parliamentarians who mocked George Papandreou about his use of the Greek language have drawn an angry response from the Greek Prime Minister. The use of the phrase εξ απαλών ονύχων – which means soft finger nails – by the Greek PM during a parliamentary debate about who is responsible for the Greek economic crisis saw the Greek Parliament descend into an unruly rabble. As Mr Papandreou responded to criticisms of his government’s handling of the current crisis by Mr Samaras, he was subjected to a stream of interjection by New Democracy parliamentarian, Mr Antonaras, for holding the former Karamanlis government responsible. The Greek Prime Minister continued his address despite increasing interjections from the benches of New Democracy. When he inadvertently uttered the phrase εξ απαλών ονύχωνm, the comment” Do you know what that means?” was heard from the New Democracy benches. “You don’t know Greek, you are a Greek from abroad,” the unknown speaker continued. The mocking interjection drew an indignant response from Mr Papandreou who made his position clear. “Gentlemen if you want to judge my ability to speak Greek, do so, however you miss the point. I am a Greek of the Diaspora. Yes, I am. I am proud to be a Greek of the Diaspora. Yes, gentlemen. Finally, enough with that joke. Show some respect. I am not a Greek of the Diaspora by choice. My father went into exile twice. My grand father found himself in jail or exile six times.”last_img read more

La rencontre GoodPlanet Emilie Barrucand ethnologue en Amazonie

first_imgLa rencontre GoodPlanet : Emilie Barrucand, ethnologue en AmazonieLe site goodplanet.info fondé par Yann-Arthus Bertrand part à la rencontre de ceux qui se bougent pour l’environnement et la préservation des patrimoines culturels. Retrouvez les meilleurs extraits sur Maxisciences.GoodPlanet est allé à la rencontre d’Emilie Barrucand. Elle est la fille adoptive du chef amazonien Raoni. Depuis dix ans, Emilie Barrucand partage sa vie entre la France et le Brésil, dans le village du grand cacique, en plein cœur de l’Amazonie. Avec lui, la jeune ethnologue de 30 ans a tissé des liens indéfectibles. Comme avec tous les membres de la communauté qui la considèrent désormais comme une des leurs.En France, elle a créé l’association Wayanga (“chamane” en kayapo) ; au Brésil, elle intervient régulièrement auprès de la FUNAI (Fondation de l’Indien au Ministère de la justice brésilienne) et entame un long travail d’archivage pour les aider à conserver leur patrimoine culturel et la mémoire des anciens. Un travail de longue haleine nécessitant beaucoup de patience, d’écoute, et de présence sur le terrain.Vous côtoyez, depuis dix ans, les peuples autochtones d’Amazonie. Quel bilan dressez-vous de la situation sur le terrain ? La déforestation continue de gagner cruellement du terrain. En survolant la région du Mato Grosso par images satellite, on distingue clairement un bloc vert, les terres autochtones, et tout autour, des étendues de jaune, à perte de vue, les monocultures de soja, qui appauvrissent la biodiversité et mettent en péril la vie de ces peuples. Le projet de bitumage de la BR163, qu’on appelle “l’autoroute du soja”, est quant à lui en stand by mais il peut, à tout moment, revenir sur le tapis. Tout comme ce projet de barrage du Belo Monte contre lequel les Indiens luttent depuis près de trente ans. Sa construction sur le fleuve Xingu –traversant de nombreuses terres autochtones– entrainerait de terribles inondations et un déséquilibre de l’écosystème. Une catastrophe pour ces peuples chasseurs, pêcheurs, cueilleurs. Le projet, ajourné dans les années 80, est de nouveau d’actualité. Ce qui est contraire à la convention 169 de l’OIT que le Brésil a signé, depuis, pour s’engager à protéger les peuples autochtones des agressions extérieures.Pensez-vous que la visite de Raoni “chez les Blancs” pourrait faire annuler le projet ?Tous les moyens doivent être mis en œuvre pour éviter la construction de ce barrage. Le discours de Raoni, relayé par les médias occidentaux peut faire plier le gouvernement brésilien. Dans les années 80, Sting avait joué un rôle essentiel dans l’ajournement du projet, en apparaissant dans les médias à ses côtés pour dénoncer les conséquences néfastes de ce barrage.Le succès du film Avatar peut-il aider à sensibiliser l’opinion publique à l’avenir de ces peuples autochtones ?Je le souhaite. En tout cas, les Indiens reçoivent depuis le soutien de James Cameron qui a tenu des propos très engagés au Président Lula ou encore de Sigourney Weaver qui a participé aux récentes manifestations à New York. Ils sont très investis. C’est une excellente nouvelle pour les Indiens.Vous lancez un projet d’archivage du patrimoine culturel kayapo. Comment est né ce projet ?C’est Raoni qui me l’a demandé. Il était très préoccupé par l’avenir de son peuple. Les Kayapo ont vu ce qu’il est arrivé aux peuples autochtones d’Amazonie qui ont glissé vers notre monde. Ils ont suivi le modèle blanc. Ils ont perdu leurs terres, leur culture et doivent aujourd’hui faire face à des problèmes de délinquance, d’alcoolisme ou de suicide. Raoni et les siens ne veulent pas suivre cet exemple. Leur culture se transmettant oralement, ils m’ont alors chargée d’immortaliser la mémoire des anciens.À lire aussiGreenpeace dévoile les premières images du récif corallien de l’Amazone à peine découvert et déjà menacéComment avez-vous procédé ?J’ai collecté les mémoires de Raoni mais aussi celles d’autres chefs Kayapo des villages voisins. Un travail colossal qui m’a permis de mettre à leur disposition une collection de CD rassemblant plus de trente heures d’enregistrement : chants, danses, mythes, cérémonies, histoires… De jeunes volontaires kayapo ayant suivi une formation pour apprendre à écrire leur langue et se servir d’un ordinateur ont rédigé ces mémoires. Je leur ai également rapporté, des vieux films et des photos témoignant de leurs premiers contacts avec les Blancs. Des clichés obtenus auprès d’instituts de recherches et de photographes indigénistes du monde entier. Les Indiens ont alors pu redécouvrir certaines traditions perdues et les discours de leurs ancêtres qui déjà défendaient leurs terres. Ces films les ont beaucoup émus, et ont créé une vraie dynamique commune autour du projet. Lire la suite sur GoodPlanet…En savoir plus sur les forêtsEn savoir plus sur le rôle des peuples indigènes dans leur protectionGoodPlanet.info est un projet de la fondation GoodPlanet, présidée par Yann Arthus-Bertrand, reporter, photographe, documentariste et écologiste français. Le site présente de manière pédagogique les enjeux écologiques et humains majeurs de notre époque.Le 7 mars 2011 à 10:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bonucci is buzzing about Juves win

first_imgLeonardo Bonucci is happy with his contribution in Juventus win after scoring late in the game to seal a 3-1 win against Napoli.Dries Mertens gave Napoli the lead courtesy of Bonucci’s error, but the Italian defender ensured there would be no drama with a late winner to wrap up the tie.“It’s an important goal, it was important to win and putting Napoli six points behind is a big step,” the defender told Football Italia.“We had a bad start, as we misplaced too many passes and were if anything over-eager. These are three fundamental points.“When you are called Juventus, it’s your duty to play the ball and try not to just hoof it away, as we can create with those wonderful players in attack.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“We conceded after an error playing our way out from the back, but this is a team that is reinforced by obstacles, and we proved that again.”For the first time since his return from Milan, Bonucci received a standing ovation from the Juventus fans in the stadium.“I liked what happened tonight, I’d been waiting for a long time, and I am glad they understood my position. I will keep working and have to win them back on the field; I know that.“Naturally, I dedicate the goal to my wife and the baby girl she is carrying.”last_img read more

Old Town Cinco de Mayo celebration

first_imgOld Town Cinco de Mayo celebration Posted: May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Celebrating 36 years, Fiesta Old Town is celebrating Cinco de Mayo during the holiday weekend.The free three day event attracts over 100,000 people over the course of three days, according to organizers.Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will feature live entertainment, with over 40 Latin bands and groups on the Café Coyote Stage, Mariachis and the Ballet Folklorico competition in the historic state park.For additional information, please call 619.291.4903 or visit www.CincoDeMayoOldTown.com last_img read more

JetBlue flight crew credited with saving life of French bulldog

first_imgWORCESTER, Mass. (WSVN) – A local couple is crediting a JetBlue flight crew with saving the life of their 3-year-old French bulldog.Steven and Michelle Burt were traveling from Florida to Worcester when their dog Darcy started suffering from a lack of oxygen.Flight attendants jumped into action, bringing ice, water and a small oxygen mask for the dog.Michelle Burt says the quick actions of the attendants helped save Darcy’s life.“It actually fit her face really well because she’s got a round face,” she told 7News. “You couldn’t help but notice the change in her eyes. I know it’s not a child or a person but she is a family member. I just felt very grateful.”The Burt’s sent a letter to the airline praising the flight crew for helping Darcy.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

OEA Releases StatebyState Defense Spending Analysis

first_imgCalifornia, Virginia and Texas are again the top three states receiving federal defense spending, according to a new DOD Office of Economic Adjustment report on fiscal year 2017 spending.The report contains state-by-state analysis of the relationships among regions, installations, military personnel and civilian contractors. ADC AUTHORlast_img

Part 2 Musher Mike Santos – Ceremonial Start

first_img)The 2014 Iditarod will easily go down in the books as one of the most memorable. From snow-starved trails to lightning-fast runs, conditions were treacherous for this years field, nearly a third of which have been forced to scratch. Mike Santos is among the many who called it quits in Rohn after a particularly rough stretch after Rainy Pass.But, for Santos, it’s not about the race, it’s all about the dogs.Special thanks to Frontier Scientists.Part 2 of 3.Part 1: Musher Mike Santos – Dog HandlingPart 3: Musher Mike Santos – Iditarodlast_img read more