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Canadian newsprint makers fear US about to slap duties on its exports

first_imgOTTAWA – The ongoing softwood dispute with the United States may not be hurting Canada much yet, but the industry is bracing for a new trade battle with the U.S. that could take a bite out of a part of the sector that is already facing sharp declines.Derek Nighbor, chief executive of the Forest Products Association of Canada, says heading into the new year, the industry is waiting for the U.S. Department of Commerce to decide if it believes Canada is dumping newsprint into the U.S. at below market value.“This is not something that people are talking about, but in our sector we are concerned this could be worse than softwood,” said Nighbor.The U.S. government has been investigating Canada’s newsprint industry since the end of August, after Washington-based North Pacific Paper Co., complained Canada was dumping newsprint into the U.S. market and unfairly subsidizing its industry at home.It is the same argument made by the U.S. Lumber Coalition about Canada’s softwood industry, which led to the imposition of both countervailing and antidumping duties on most Canadian softwood exports to the United States.The preliminary newsprint decision was initially due by Jan. 16 but has been postponed until March at the request of North Pacific Paper.About 25 lumber mills in Canada would be hurt by duties, most of them in Ontario and Quebec.U.S. Commerce says Canadian companies exported about $1.6 billion worth of newsprint to the United States in 2016. But Nighbor notes with the expansion of digital print, media newsprint sales are declining by about 10 per cent a year.Still, he said, the industry will exist for many years and more than 1,000 small and mid-sized newspapers in the U.S. have asked their federal government not to institute duties because they can’t sustain an increase in newsprint prices.Canada is the world’s largest newsprint exporter, with Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products leading the way.Newsprint would be the third Canadian wood product targeted by the Americans, after softwood and supercalendered paper. That paper — the glossy stuff used in magazines — was the first to be hit with duties.Already Nighbor and the U.S. National Association of Homebuilders say the softwood duties are only hurting American consumers. Housing prices and materials to rebuild after Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in Florida and Texas have gone up in the last year.Canada’s low dollar relative to the U.S. and the high demand for softwood for building is helping Canada’s industry withstand the hurt from the softwood duties and Nighbor says there is no indication any mills have closed or people been laid off here yet.“The problem there is that if this thing drags out three or four years and markets soften,” said Nighbor. “It remains a concern into 2018 but we’re positioned better to this point than we thought otherwise.”Nighbor called the U.S. trade system “perverse” with its protectionist leanings and says the Washington company behind the newsprint complaint likely wouldn’t even benefit from a cut to Canadian imports because it is on the West Coast and most of the Canadian business is destined for the Midwest and eastern U.S. markets.“It’s just a way to stick the finger in the eye of Canadians and it’s something we weren’t expecting to see,” he said.Canada and the United States continue to try to negotiate a trade settlement on softwood to replace the deal which expired in 2015. Canada is also seeking relief from the softwood duties in appeals through the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Canada Post to unveil Leonard Cohen commemorative stamp to mark late singers

first_imgMONTREAL — Canada Post is set to honour the late singer Leonard Cohen with a new set of stamps to be revealed today.The three-stamp set — distinct designs celebrating the life and work of the beloved Montreal-born artist — will be unveiled at an event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts this afternoon.Cohen died in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 2016 at age 82.Canada Post says it will produce four million stamps, a number it believes will be sufficient for fans and collectors worldwide.The stamps will be available to the public as of Saturday — which would have been Cohen’s 85th birthday — with Canada Post hosting a special event at a downtown Montreal post office.The design of the stamps has been a closely guarded secret ahead of Friday’s event, which will take place in the shadow a massive Cohen mural on Crescent Street that has become a mainstay of the Montreal landscape.Jim Phillips, director of stamp services at Canada Post, says the Crown corporation worked closely with the singer’s family and estate to ensure the stamps will be a fitting tribute.“This particular one of Leonard Cohen is one of the most significant stamps we’ve ever issued,” Phillips said. “We’re so honoured and thrilled at having the responsibility to do this … in a proper, classy, professional way that would have made Leonard and his family extremely happy and proud.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Save Our Statue posters appear as Halifax prepares to remove Cornwallis statue

first_imgJustin Brake APTN NewsA number of posters have been put up at Cornwallis Park in response to Halifax Regional Council’s decision Tuesday to have the controversial statue of the city’s founder removed.On Tuesday evening at least four posters were found affixed to benches and light poles around the park. They read “Save Our Statue” and “Crush Cultural Marxism” and contain a QR code that links to a Facebook community called “Save Our Statue”. At the time of publication the community had 11 members.On Wednesday morning the posters had been removed but it’s not clear who removed them.Posts in the Facebook community express opposition to city council’s decision to remove the statue, place it in storage and continue with plans to form an expert panel to discuss how to commemorate Cornwallis, the British military leader who issued bounties for Mi’kmaq scalps in the 18th century.Halifax Mayor Mike Savage told APTN News Wednesday that he’s “not surprised people would react negatively” to council’s decision, but that he feels “the right decision was made” to remove the statue.“There are people who feel strongly about this, on both sides,” he said.“For me, it’s the only way forward. We had to take the statue down, and we still have to have the conversation and decide where the statue goes.”Mi’kmaw Elder Daniel Paul, who authored the acclaimed book “We Were Not The Savages” in 1993 and has been calling for the Cornwallis statue’s removal since that time, told APTN that he too wasn’t surprised by the posters that surfaced Tuesday.“I fully expected there’s going to be white supremacists coming out of the woodwork, and there will be for a long time to come,” he said. “You’re not going to change things of that nature. But I do hope that the majority of Nova Scotia is going to be supportive of reconciliation.”Paul addressed some of the claims made in the “Save Our Statue” Facebook community that reference his book.One comment by the community’s anonymous moderator claims that “there is no evidence of actual genocide” having taken place against the Mi’kmaq, and that Cornwallis merely “practiced standard methods of colonial warfare.”Paul takes issue with that statement, saying while there’s no way to tally the number of Mi’kmaq killed by British colonists responding to the scalping proclamations, there is documented evidence that many lives were taken.“Captain John Gorham’s rangers were brought into Nova Scotia in 1744 to enforce a proclamation by Governor William Shirley of Massachusetts—a declaration of war actually—against Mi’kmaq, and there was a scalp proclamation issued by Shirley that paid a bounty for Mi’kmaq men, women and children; it didn’t pay as much for women and children as it did for men,” he explained.“And Gorham was part of the military government in 1749 that agreed to put the bounty on the Mi’kmaq, and [he] got in a squabble with Governor William Shirley because the government wasn’t paying the bounties fast enough and his bounty hunters were getting restless.“All that is part of history. Bounties, not only for Mi’kmaq scalps but for Indigenous people all along the Eastern coast, started in the 1600s, and at that time they were issuing bounties for the heads of Indigenous people. And then that probably became too cumbersome, so around 1667 they switched over to issuing bounties for just the scalps of Indigenous people.“So anybody who says there wasn’t an attempt by the British to exterminate the Indigenous populations of the Americas need to dig into history a bit and learn something about it. You don’t go through history books and just dig out little points that might support your ideas.”APTN received a response from the “Save Our Statue” anonymous moderator just prior to publication but decided not to proceed with an interview since the moderator would not agree to disclose their identity.Paul said he’s “very pleased” Halifax Regional Council voted to remove the statue, even though the statue’s future hangs in limbo.“It took an awful long time for them to make the right decision, but I figured sometime they would. I’ve been at this for over 30 years,” Paul said, adding he wouldn’t mind if the city put the statue in a museum somewhere alongside an explanation of Cornwallis’s background.“I’m sure we can move on from here and create a more inclusive society here in Nova Scotia for everybody.”On Wednesday city workers began erecting scaffolding around the statue but did not indicate precisely when they will take the statue down.Paul said he would like to see the city rename Cornwallis Park “Peace and Friendship Park, and perhaps put up a panel there explaining that it’s in memory of the treaties that were signed between the Colonial British and the Mi’kmaq in the 1750s and 1760s. That’s a part of history.”last_img read more

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Security Council to send mission to TimorLeste this month

6 November 2007The Security Council will send a mission to Timor-Leste to build on the success of the tiny nation’s recent elections and to support efforts to bolster peace and democracy, it was announced today. The Security Council will send a mission to Timor-Leste to build on the success of the tiny nation’s recent elections and to support efforts to bolster peace and democracy, it was announced today. The mission, to be lead by South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, will take place from 24 to 30 November. While in the South-East Asian country, the team hopes to encourage all groups to “continue to work together and engage in political dialogue,” according to a letter made public today from the Council’s president to the Secretary-General. It also hopes that the country – which the UN helped shepherd to independence in 2002 – can “consolidate peace, democracy, the rule of law, security sector reform, sustainable social and economic development and national reconciliation.” While in Timor-Leste, the mission will meet with authorities to discuss how the UN can provide assistance to build on successes made in areas such as security. Aside from Mr. Kumalo, Council members scheduled to visit Timor-Leste are Ambassador Liu Zhenmin of China; Luc Joseph Okio of Congo, Muhammad Anshor of Indonesia, Diana Eloeva of Russia; Ambassador Peter Burian of Slovakia; and Ambassador Jackie Wolcott Sanders of the United States. read more

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Heavy rain to continue today

Under the influence of the cyclonic storm ‘Nilam’ the south-western parts of the island ( Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces) are receiving  heavy rainfalls  and it is likely to continue for the next nine hours, the Department of Meteorology said this morning.In the weather advisory issued at 3am today the  Department of Meteorology said that strong winds are also likely at times in these areas. The Disaster Management Center said that as of last night 68,217 people had been affected by the bad weather.It also said that 3 people had been killed and 7,434 people displaced as of yesterday.

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UAE and Sri Lanka discuss services for human trafficking victims

They also viewed a presentation of DFWAC’s most important statistics and achievements during the past years, the number of victims of violence received by the foundation, and its future plans. The delegation included a number of officials in the prosecution, police, judiciary and social affairs sectors in Sri Lanka. Afra Al Basti, Director-General of DFWAC said that DFWAC is keen to cooperate with various local and international organisations in view of the diverse nature of the UAE community.She also emphasised the importance of this visit in strengthening mutual cooperation to assist Sri Lanka’s victims of violence and human trafficking residing in the UAE and facilitate procedures, as well as exchanging experiences in this field. The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, DFWAC, has received an official delegation from Sri Lanka to learn about the foundation’s experience in protecting and caring for victims of violence and human trafficking and its role in raising awareness, Emirates 24/7 reported.During the visit, the delegation was briefed on the most important psychological rehabilitation methods used by DFWAC with the victims of violence and human trafficking, in addition to the various services provided to them, which include health, education, social, sheltering and recreational services, as well as vocational training. The delegation also learned about the mechanisms of the 800111 helpline, which provides 24-hour services in different languages to receive public inquiries and reports concerning various family issues that are directly related to violence and trafficking. read more

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UN expert on protecting human rights in war on terrorism invited to

An independent United Nations expert on safeguarding human rights while fighting terrorism is to visit Israel at the invitation of its Government, possibly during the first half of next year. “I want to thank the Government for its willingness to meet and discuss issues pertaining to my mandate,” the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin, said today after meeting senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem. “The State of Israel has legitimate national security concerns and is often confronted with violent attacks, including against civilians. Hence, I fully understand that it must be able to respond to terrorist acts. However, the Government’s response, including the enactment and implementation of legislation, and actual practices, must be in conformity with international law, in particular humanitarian and human rights law,” he added. Mr. Scheinin, who was in Israel to attend the Minerva Biennial Conference on Human Rights where he gave the keynote address on Terrorism and Human Rights, said Israel must respect the distinction between military and civilian objectives, the principle of proportionality and the duty to prevent and minimize civilian loss of life, injury and damage to infrastructure. In July, Mr. Scheinin noted that a newly adopted Israeli law on security offences contained some positive changes but did not appear to provide all necessary procedural safeguards for those detained. For example, individuals can be detained up to 96 hours before being brought before a judge, are not necessarily present in court when detention may be extended, and there are restrictions on access to counsel during detention. “These aspects of the law are, in my view, incompatible with international human rights law,” he said in today’s statement. “I am mindful that States have a duty to protect their population and to take effective measures to combat terrorism. However, sustainable results can only be achieved by promoting and protecting human rights while countering terrorism. Otherwise there is no real security for the civilian population.” Special Rapporteurs are unpaid, independent experts who report to the UN Human Rights Council. read more

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Taxing foreign drivers German Cabinet OKs car toll aimed at raising money

Taxing foreign drivers: German Cabinet OKs car toll aimed at raising money from foreigners AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 4:40 am MDT BERLIN – Beware foreign drivers: Germany’s Cabinet has approved plans for a car toll on the country’s highways that aims to raise money from foreign drivers and has caused friction with Brussels.The bill approved by ministers Wednesday is a watered-down version of a plan that originally foresaw a car toll — which, unlike many European countries, Germany so far lacks — being applied to all roads.All road users would pay starting in 2016, but German car owners would be compensated by an equivalent cut in a separate car tax. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said the plan would raise 500 million euros ($624 million) per year.Dobrindt said the plan is “worthwhile, fair and just” and insisted it complies with European law but the European Commission has raised questions over that. read more

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Contaminated blood victims How lives have been torn apart their own words

Testimonies from those infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal have been shown to the long-awaited public inquiry.Emotional video accounts lasting more than half-an-hour described the toll on all aspects of their lives as they spoke to the camera.The former judge leading the inquiry, which is set to last two-and-a-half years, has suggested tens of thousands of Britons could have been infected.The public probe will consider the treatment of thousands of people in the 1970s and 1980s who were given blood products infected with hepatitis viruses and HIV, and the impact this has had.Addressing the hundreds of people who attended the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry in London on Monday, chairman Sir Brian Langstaff said: “It is a truly sobering thought that if some of the claims are well-founded – and it is for this inquiry to find out if they are – there may yet be many thousands more who do not feel well, but have not yet been told that the reason for this is that they suffer from Hepatitis C.”Sir Brian said it is estimated that the number of infected could go far beyond 25,000 adding that there is a “real chance that these estimates may prove right”.He added: “A sobering thought that the consequences of what was done then may be continuing to cause death even now.” Anthony Farrugia – both father and two uncles have diedA whole generation of haemophiliacs in Anthony Farrugia’s family have been wiped out as a result of the scandal – his father died of Aids, and he also lost two uncles.”It is important in that the public are going to be finding out what we have been through,” said the 46-year-old from St Neots, Cambridge. Alan Burgess holds a photograph of himself with his children in 1986 just before his diagnosis with HIV and Hepatitis C Michelle Tolley found out in 2015 she had Hepatitis C after a blood transfusion years earlierCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph  Michelle Tolley HIV sufferer – ‘We were silenced… and we kept quiet’With her identity hidden, one woman said she became infected with HIV through her husband who was a haemophiliac, and who had been given contaminated blood.She said when they found out they were left stunned and devastated.”This was the mid-1980s and the climate of fear, discrimination and stigma associated with HIV and Aids was horrendous,” she added. “I am thrilled that we are getting this opportunity today to flood the news channels, which we have not had before.”I think this is the loudest our voice has ever been, and obviously this is only the start of it.”Lauren Palmer – parents died just eight days apartLauren Palmer, 33, lost both her parents in 1993 when she was nine years old.Stephen and his wife Barbara died just eight days apart, victims of a health scandal which saw around 7,500 people infected with deadly blood-bourne diseases.Lauren’s father was given the infected product Factor VIII to treat his haemophilia and he passed the deadly diseases to his wife.Speaking from the opening of the inquest, Lauren, from Bristol, described the mood among the 300 or so victims and families gathered at the opening of the inquiry.She said: “It’s been really beautiful, really touching with pictures of victims and videos with people’s families talking about their experiences and what they’ve been through.”Lauren has been campaigning with the organisation Factor 8 to force the government to hold and inquiry into the deaths.Widow – ‘It is like knocking on a door and it never opening’One widow revealed how her husband John, who was a severe haemophiliac, died of Aids in 1994 and also had Hepatitis C. “We coped the best we could. We were silenced, and we kept quiet.” “I feel we have been treated very badly,” she said. “Nobody has listened to us over the years, it is like knocking on a door and it never opening.”She told how the news completely changed their marriage, with life becoming “very difficult” as a result.Hep C victim – ‘I stood at a motorway bridge to jump off’One man said he was given Factor VIII blood products as an eight-year-old child for a swollen knee and was misdiagnosed with haemophilia.It was not until he was 43 years old that he found out he had been infected with Hepatitis C.”When they told me what they had done to me, I stood at a motorway bridge to jump off it – basically, that has been my life ever since,” he added.”I lost everything, I lost my whole life the day I found out – everything ended.” ‘I lost everything’, said the unnamed victim who had been infected with Hepatitis C “My future has been lost, my last 31 years have been cruelly snatched away from me. It has a knock-on effect to the affected people – my husband, my children, my grandchildren, my colleagues – that ripple effect really is much wider.”We need the general public to know and understand exactly what has happened and why it happened.”Alan Burgess – ‘I hope I am still here to see justice done’“It can’t come quickly enough,” said Alan Burgess, who is infected with both HIV and Hepatitis C.The 60-year-old added: “We’ve been waiting for so long and so many people have already died while we were waiting – I lost a friend just a couple of weeks ago.“For me, I don’t know how long I’ve got. I take a cocktail of drugs every day to stay alive. I just hope I am still here to see justice done.” Ms Tolley, from Sparham, Norfolk, said the scandal has stolen her life and that she fears a liver scan next month may reveal she has cancer.”I feel we have been given a death sentence without committing any crime. I have got a death sentence hanging over my head,” she said Alan Burgess holds a photograph of himself with his children in 1986 In their own words: Blood scandal victims’ storiesMichelle Tolley – ‘Death sentence is hanging over my head’Now 53, Michelle Tolley was infected following a blood transfusion after the birth of her child in 1987 and another in 1991 – she eventually found out in 2015 that she had Hepatitis C.”Anyone who may be responsible… they need to be held accountable and prosecuted if needs be – I strongly believe that,” said the mother of four.”People need to know that this tragedy happened,” she said. “This is the worst tragedy in the history of the NHS and it must never ever happen again, absolutely never.”Describing how she wakes up every day feeling as though she is “waiting to die”, she said she thought seeing the start of the inquiry would be a day that would never come – and worries she might not see it end.Feeling “very positive” about the inquiry and that prosecutions could be achieved, she added: “I have great, great faith that they will leave no stone unturned.” Blood inquiry witness Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Three men arrested in Dublin murder investigation

first_imgTHREE MEN HAVE been arrested as part of the investigation into the shooting dead of a 36-year-old man in Phibsboro in Dublin just after Christmas.All three were arrested this morning by Gardaí from Mountjoy station. Two of the men are in their 20s while the third is in his 60s.The three are being held at Garda stations in the north inner city.Christopher Warren was dropped off at St James’s Hospital on 28 December with gunshot injuries. He died at the hospital a short time later.A blue Mercedes which was used to drive him to the hospital was found abandoned on nearby Cork Street soon afterwards.Five people in total have now been arrested in connection with the murder investigation.last_img

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John Carmack says PSP 2 is a generation beyond smartphones

first_imgWhen id Software’s John Carmack speaks, the gaming community and fellow developers listen. This is the man who gets the most performance out of every platform he works with, he’s also the guy that got Rage running on an iPhone.With the specs of Sony’s PSP 2 (NGP) revealed earlier this week, Carmack has seen fit to comment when asked how it compares to smartphones. His answer via Twitter was very clear:AdChoices广告That answer may have been obvious to many. Smartphones are only just starting to include dual core processors where as the PSP 2 is quad core. The GPU is sure to be more powerful too as it is also multicore. Even with comparable specs he thinks smartphones are behind due to a lack of low-level access to the hardware.But there is another way of intepreting that tweet. The NGP is “only” a generation beyond smartphones. With the life expectancy of the new handheld expected to be several years based on past hardware refresh times, it won’t take smartphone manufacturers long to catch up and overtake the device. iPhone 5 may not surpass it, but iPhone 6 and 7 probably will. Eventually the low-level access won’t be enough to keep it ahead.When PSP 2 launches at the end of 2011 dual-core smartphones will be a lot more common. That means it should be easier to have a PSP 2 ported over to an Android phone like Sony is already planning to support. It won’t be on a par, but it certainly won’t look or play terrible either.Read more at ElectronistaMatthew’s OpinionDevelopers face a tough decision going forward when deciding what portable platforms to target. Do you go for the smartphone market first with the millions of users on Android and iPhone happily buying games on app stores? Or do you support the handheld dedicated games machines which don’t have as big a user base but more power on offer?In some ways Sony has made that decision more difficult with PSP 2 due to the touchpad on the back of the device. It will encourage games that use the pad in a novel way, making them unsuitable for other platforms without a major control rethink.For the moment, there remains a market for devices like the PSP 2 and 3DS. But when that generation comes to an end it’s difficult to see the portable games machine as something separate from a smartphone. Performance won’t be an issue anymore, and Nintendo and Sony will have to think of some killer new feature in order to keep dedicated devices relevant.last_img read more

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Trailer Watch Which movie should you go see this weekend

first_imgTrailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? What’s a must-watch, and what’s a miss? We tell you. By Aoife Barry Share Tweet Email RottenTomatoes: 57%IMDB: 6.9/10Avengers: Endgame Source: Marvel Entertainment/YouTubeWhat we knowIt’s here: the moment (or rather, the three hours) MCU fans have been waiting for. Can the Avengers undo Thanos’s actions and help restore order to the universe? We’d imagine they can – but there might be a body count along the way.What the critics say[Contains spoilers] “The culmination of 10 years and more than twice as many movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Avengers: Endgame” promises closure where its predecessor, “Avengers: Infinity War,” sowed chaos.” – Variety[Possible minor spoilers] “This is, let us not forget, a comic-book movie, with starkly drawn lines of good and evil, and unapologetically reductive storytelling. But amid all the action and the derring-do, between the hooey and the hokum, there’s room for real emotion.” – Washington Post What’s it rated? Poll Results: RottenTomatoes: 99%IMDB: 7.5/10The Dig Short URL Eighth Grade  (446) RottenTomatoes: 96%IMDB: 9.2/10Which one would you go see first? None of them (943) The Dig (332) What’s it rated?center_img Eighth Grade The DigAvengers: EndgameNone of themVote https://jrnl.ie/4606676 Source: Rapid Trailer/YouTubeWhat we knowThis Irish film isn’t a remake of the 2005 movie about the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Instead, it’s about a young man (Moe Dunford) who returns home after 15 years in prison to find that the father of his victim has been digging up his land in an attempt to find his daughter’s body.What the critics say“It’s bleak and unforgiving stuff. Cranitch is excellent as the obsessed father driven half mad by grief and the need for closure and there is something almost symphonically miserable – and, thus, blackly humorous going down, a sense of Beckettian futility on that blasted, mist-shrouded bog.” – RTÉ“The interplay between Ronan, Sean and Murphy (Francis Magee), a brutal police officer – the temptation to say “sheriff” is overwhelming – becomes ever more tense as the protagonist trawls through half-memories for clues as to his own actions.” – Irish Times 27 Comments PLANNING ON HEADING to the cinema this weekend?There are a few new movies out, but which is a must-watch, and are there any you should avoid?We take a look.Eighth Grade Source: A24/YouTubeWhat we knowBo Burnham wrote and directed this fantastic feature debut, about a 13-year-old called Kayla who’s in her last year of middle school (she’s going into the equivalent of secondary school). She’s introverted and shy, but uses her YouTube account as a way of helping other teens – and herself. A must-watch.What the critics say“In positioning Kayla as neither desperately uncool or staggeringly popular, Burnham has created a character who is much easier to identify with – the mundanity of her life is what makes Kayla so captivating.” – Little White Lies “Fisher’s portrayal of Kayla’s life has such charm and unassuming decency.” – The Guardian 20,526 Views Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 8:30 PM What’s it rated? Apr 25th 2019, 8:31 PM Avengers: Endgame (3570) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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JO 2018 la candidature de Munich dangereuse pour lenvironnement

first_imgJO 2018 : la candidature de Munich dangereuse pour l’environnement ?Munich, Allemagne – Les organisations allemandes de défense de l’environnement ont quitté la commission d’évaluation de la candidature de Munich aux Jeux Olympiques de 2018. Elles estiment que les projets de la ville sont irresponsables vis-à-vis de l’environnement.Alliance réunissant 96 organisations allemandes de protection de l’environnement, le DNR a annoncé qu’il se retirait de la commission d’évaluation en raison de l’impact néfaste que les travaux pourraient avoir sur la nature.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauCe sont essentiellement les chantiers prévus à Garmish-Partenkirchen, une ville de Bavière où pourrait se tenir une partie des Jeux qui inquiètent les défenseurs de l’environnement. “Nous considérons, après un examen minutieux des documents de candidature et deux longues discussions avec les principaux représentants chargés du dossier que l’organisation des Jeux à Garmisch-Partenkirchen, avec ses vallées étroites et ses zones écologiques importantes, est irresponsable” a expliqué le secrétaire général de la DNR, Helmut Roescheisen. Et d’ajouter : “C’est parce qu’il y a bien trop de travaux d’infrastructure impliqués, que ce soit avec le village des athlètes, celui des médias et même l’expansion des pistes de ski, que nous ne pouvons pas faire partie de cette commission et choisissons de nous en retirer”.La candidature de Munich a déjà créé la polémique il y a quelques semaines, des agriculteurs locaux refusant de céder leurs terres pour la construction d’infrastructures. Depuis plusieurs mois, écologistes et amoureux de la Bavière expriment leur colère contre le projet. L’Allemagne est en compétition avec Annecy en France, et Pyeongchang en Corée du sud. C’est en juillet 2011 que la décision sera prise.Le 15 septembre 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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In Other News US Chamber Launches Hiring 100000 Military Spouses Campaign Microsoft

In Other News US Chamber Launches Hiring 100000 Military Spouses Campaign Microsoft

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, in collaboration with Starbucks, last week launched a three-year campaign to raise awareness of military spouse unemployment and encourage employers to make military spouse hiring commitments. After President Trump signed an executive order in May to increase hiring of military spouses in the federal government, “Now it is the private sector’s turn to make military spouse employment a top priority,” Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the chamber, said in a written statement. … Separately, Microsoft is setting up a military spouse technology academy this fall, reports Military Times. The academy will redefine retention of careers for spouses to mean how long a spouse “can continue to pursue and continue to progress, regardless of whether [he or she] works for Hilton, Starbucks, Microsoft or USAA,” said Danny Chung, Microsoft’s chief of staff for military affairs.Photo courtesy of U.S. Chamber of Commercelast_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Freshman Volleyball Coach at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Office Administrator at Tom Connolly Insurance AgencyFull-Time Retail Managers at GameStopFull-Time Branch Operations Coordinator at SunRunFull-Time Construction Estimator at Aluminum & Glass ConceptsFull-Time Ceramics Process Technician at L3 TechnologiesFull-Time Information Security Specialist 4 at L3 TechnologiesFull-Time Logistics Coordinator at Parterre FlooringFull-Time PreConstruction Manager at Limbach HoldingsFull-Time Business Development Manager at Aramark(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Present army different than a decade ago PM

Present army different than a decade ago PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the Bangladesh Army is now quite different from the one it was a decade ago, in terms of infrastructure, strategy and technology.”The present army is much more developed, skilled and smart one due to the combination of modern trainings and equipment,” she said.The PM was addressing the President Parade marking the commissioning of the cadets of 75th BMA Long Course at Bangladesh Military Academy Parade Ground at Bhatiari in Chittagong, reports UNB.”We’ve enhanced the capacity of Bangladesh Army to a large extent alongside developing its infrastructure in the last nine years,” Sheikh Hasina said.She said it was a memorable day for Bangladesh Military Academy as the cadets are going to be commissioned as lieutenants on completion of three-year training for the first time.The prime minister urged the newly commissioned members of the Bangladesh Army to remain alert for performing their sacred duty of protecting the country’s independence and sovereignty.”Your first and foremost vow will be to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty even with the supreme sacrifice. You’ll stand beside people and serve the country selflessly,” she said pointing at the cadets.Hasina urged them to show loyalty to their senior officers and sympathy to their subordinates.She said the Bangladesh Army had been able to earn praises from all quarters by showing competence and professionalism while performing their duties both at home and abroad.Praising the Army for showing its capacity in various sectors, she said the Army played an important role in setting up shelter camps for displaced Rohingyas, distribution of relief items in disciplined way and preparation of identity cards for them in the recent time.The prime minister reviewed the smartly turned out parade and took salute of the impressive march past as the chief guest. She also distributed awards among the best cadets for their outstanding performance in the academy.last_img read more

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1 killed 6 injured in 3 separate road accidents

1 killed 6 injured in 3 separate road accidents

first_imgKolkata: One woman was killed in a road accident in North Bengal while six others including a police constable were injured in two separate accidents in the city and its Southern fringes on Tuesday.The first incident took place in North Dinajpur’s Raigunge when a woman was crossing the National Highway 34 near Sohrai More. The identity of the woman is yet to be ascertained by the police. The incident caused traffic congestion on the busy National Highway 34 in the morning. The eyewitnesses told the police that a loaded truck was running at a top speed when the woman suddenly came on the road. The driver applied a sudden brake to save the woman. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs the vehicle was at a top speed, he could not control the vehicle and it hit the woman. Locals rushed the injured victim to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared her brought dead. Some locals staged a protest demonstration in the area alleging that vehicles often ply through the area at a top speed. They demanded that police must maintain surveillance in the area to ensure that vehicles do not flout traffic norms. Vehicles remained stranded for sometime in the morning. A huge contingent of police rushed the spot to bring the situation under control. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSenior police officers assured the locals that steps would be taken to check speeding vehicles in the area. The traffic movement became normal gradually. The truck driver, however, fled the spot along with the vehicle immediately after the accident. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver.In the other incident, a police constable was injured when the bike he was riding was hit by a car on DL Khan road near AJC Bose Road crossing on Tuesday afternoon. The victim has been identified as Rabindra Nath Dhibar. A constable of Park Circus traffic guard Dhibar received injury on his knee. He was immediately taken to SSKM Hospital for treatment. The driver of the car has been arrested and the vehicle has been seized.In the third incident, five including two women were injured when a truck hit three shops on the Canal Side Road under Sonarpur police station. The victims were passing through the area when the truck driver lost control over the vehicle and hit the shops. They were taken to a hospital for treatment. Police have seized the vehicle while the driver has fled the spot after the accident.last_img read more

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Trouble in paradise LGBTQ rights debate divides Costa Rica

Trouble in paradise LGBTQ rights debate divides Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Dear Costa Rica: This is just getting started We need to take a second look at our assumptions about gay marriage January’s here and the gloves are off: Costa Rica’s true campaign begins Evangelical Alliance lawyer: Costa Rica should reduce limits on religious propaganda The idea of Costa Rica as an oasis for gay and transgender people in Central America vanished in a single day.The perception that Costa Rica was a LGBTQ-friendly and progressive society came to an end when an extremely conservative presidential candidate, Fabricio Alvarado, who also happens to be a renowned evangelical preacher, made it into the second round as the leading option with 24.91 percent of the votes. He was followed by progressive candidate Carlos Alvarado, who obtained 21.66 percent of the votes.Although Costa Rica is internationally praised as the oldest continuous democracy in the Latin America and has generally appeared as one of the leading nations in the world’s Democracy Index, this year the country’s democracy was hit by a well-spread phenomenon around the world: a rise of extreme conservatism.As radical politicians in the world usually do, the presidential candidate of the National Restoration Party (PRN) stepped out of the shadows through political discourse of hate addressed toward a particular minority: in this case, Costa Rica’s LGBTQ community.Fabricio Alvarado’s intolerant, homophobic and bigoted tone was acutely accentuated after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights approved a legal consultation made by the current Costa Rican administration about legalizing same-sex marriage (the court ruled in favor of marriage equality). This decision would also give transgender people the right to change their legal genders. This vindication of the basic human rights of the LGBTQ community – specifically, the hope for legalization of same sex marriage – became the perfect political opportunity for Alvarado’s ultra-conservative views to spread like wildfire.Since the first vote was held on Feb. 4, the LGBTQ community in Costa Rica has been living in a nightmare. Recent reports have shown that the number of hate crimes have increased drastically after the results of the first round. The PRN’s success has both legitimized hate speech and empowered those who hate but had never encountered a political space to show it.With a very radical agenda against the LGBTQ community, Alvarado makes U.S. Vice President Mike Pence seem like a nice man. In a recent interview, Fabricio Alvarado even said, “People who want to get out of homosexuality must have a space where they can be treated and restored.” His speech not only is filled with hate but also pathologizes LGBTQ people as “sick” individuals who need intervention to be saved and healed. We need to be wary of language that promotes violence and infringes on the most basic rights. Alvarado’s words are definitely an example of such destructive, hateful and divisive rhetoric .Sadly, is not just the presidential candidate who is extremely homophobic. In a public interview, his vice presidential candidate Francisco Prendas said that the PRN would not appoint gay people for any positions in the Cabinet or any other public posts. Alvarado himself said that one of his first actions as president would be to expunge the decree signed by current President Luis Guillermo Solís against discrimination toward LGBTQ people in public institutions.According to Alvarado, the current administration has forced Costa Rica into a “gender ideology” outlook, in part by implementing a new sex education program that Alvarado argues promotes homosexuality. However, in a country where more than 14,000 teenagers become pregnant annually, sex education is a key element in overcoming poverty. Another important element brought up in the sex ed program is the prevention of bullying against LGBTQ people and questioning of gender stereotypes to avoid patriarchal behaviors.Many foreigners may ask themselves why Costa Ricans are supporting an extremely conservative movement. The answer is very simple: as long as is poverty and lack of education remain, people will keep discriminating against others on the basis of their skin color, gender, class, nationality, religion, legal status and sexual orientation. People do not tend to engage in such polarizations when their country is doing well, but in times where the future looks uncertain people fear the unknown. Blaming “the other” seems the way to provide answers to complex matters.Still, there is still a beacon of hope. Carlos Alvarado may win the second round and Costa Rica will show once again to the world that it is a country where peace prevails. Unfortunately, even if Fabricio Alvarado is elected president, the Costa Rican LGBTQ community is going to have to fight the 14 PRN legislators who already won seats at the Legislative Assembly in order to guarantee their rights and build a better future for the upcoming generations.If we do not organize, agitate and educate as a society, ignorance will keep feeding these extreme movements, allowing extremely conservative haters to rise to power. It’s time for us to stand together in solidarity.Jorge Solano holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Institute of Political Studies of Paris (Sciences Po, Paris).What’s your take on the latest news in Costa Rica, or issues in your community? Submit your op-ed (no more than 1,000 words, please) and a brief bio to kstanley@ticotimes.net. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Me Dangerous Uh no Youre fine…engineer

Me Dangerous Uh no Youre fine…engineer

first_imgMe: Dangerous?! Uh, no. You’re fine…engineer away til your heart’s delight. 5YOP: Dad? Me: Yes?5YOP: Is a stunt man dangerous?Me: (Spit-take) Stunt man?!! Uh, yes. VERY dangerous. 5YOP: Okay. At the time, let’s just say I was more than a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to afford his health insurance much longer. Turns out, I shouldn’t have been alarmed. I should’ve been thankful. Cuz, what’s our saying: #ItCanAlwaysGetWorse – right? See, he could’ve asked to play quarterback against the Cardinals defense. Noooo! “They were on him all freaking day,” Eagles tight end Brent Celek told Yahoo Sports, when asked about Michael Vick. “He had no chance. They don’t make many mistakes. You have to hold onto the ball and play well to beat them.” The Eagles did neither. But it wasn’t their fault. The East Coast media failed to make ’em aware by ignoring the fact that the Cards held the Patriots under 20 points for the first time in 26 home games. If not for East Coast bias/ignorance/ambivalence, the Eagles might’ve known they were destined to be kept out of the end zone for the first time since their 2009 season finale. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation As I’m finding out on a daily basis, five-year-olds like to ask questions. Any question any time of day dealing with anything — that pretty much sums it up. On Saturday night, the resident Five-Year-Old Punk (affectionately acronym’d to 5YOP) engaged his old man in the following real-life exchange: 5YOP: Dad? Me: Yes. 5YOP: Can I be an engineer? Me: Engineer, huh? Absolutely.5YOP: Is it dangerous? D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “Yes you did. Don’t be surprised,” said Washington. “Don’t be surprised at all.”Fair enough. And, hey, we’re on board. Good stuff that makes for good times. Unless your kid wants to be the quarterback playing against this defense. Cuz I can hear myself already: “Not in this household, capisce?!” center_img “Fast and frenetic,” is how James Sanders answered when I asked him to describe the Cardinals’ defense during our post-game radio interview on Arizona Sports 620. “We go out there and try to create havoc as a defense and we have done that pretty successfully through three weeks of the season.”If you don’t believe him, ask Michael Vick. Of course, you’ll be asking him from the ice tub after suffering five sacks and absorbing 13 (official) hits. “We didn’t want to give him time to sit back and read the defense, so we got after him pretty well,” said Sanders. “We just want to let him know it’s going to be a long day for him and we did that from start to finish.” And we could cite the fact that the AZ D has at least two sacks in nine straight games, the longest current streak in the NFL. But, it’s more than that. It’s seeing the Cards defense with your own eyes. It’s an eye-opener. As the sideline radio dude who almost got jackstomped when Vick ran for his life and got driven out of bounds on the first snap, I can attest to that. “Did I see you chase down Michael Vick in the open field?” I asked Daryl Washington after not winding up on the injury report. “I did witness that, didn’t I?” Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

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H1 trade deficit widens to €24bn Cystat says

H1 trade deficit widens to €24bn Cystat says

first_imgThe island’s trade deficit widened by €315.2m or 15 per cent in the first six months of the year to €2.4bn, compared with the respective period last year, the statistical service said.Total imports rose an annual 3.2 per cent to €3.7bn in January to June while total exports dropped 14 per cent to below €1.3bn, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Wednesday.Excluding the import and export of ships and aircraft, the value of imports in the first six months of the year rose an annual 22 per cent to below €3bn while that of exports rose 31 per cent to over €1bn, Cystat said.Total imports from other European Union members fell 10 per cent in January to June to €2.3bn and total exports slumped 42 per cent to €502.4m, Cystat said. Total imports from third countries rose 38 per cent to €377.4m and total exports rose 27 per cent to €158.5m.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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