LITTLE BUFFALO, Alta. — A ceremony in northern Alberta Tuesday marked the end to a decades-long fight for recognition that attracted international attention to the poverty of the Lubicon Lake First Nation.The Lubicon were missed in treaty negotiations in the late 1800s and fought for 40 years for a land settlement that would bring much-needed housing, better education and health care.Dignitaries from the federal and Alberta government were in Little Buffalo on Tuesday as Chief Billy-Joe Laboucan officially signed off on the deal in front of smiling band members who packed the community’s gym and applauded long and loud.“It’s only appropriate that we’re here in Little Buffalo school because (what) we’re doing here today impacts all of these students, all of the children that are going to school here, all of the children that have yet to be born,” Laboucan said.The Lubicon gained a global stage when they held a protest at the Calgary Olympics in 1988 and blockaded roads into the disputed area to draw attention to their plight. A United Nations committee and Amnesty International criticized Canada for its treatment of the First Nation.Laboucan said people still talk about past disputes and things that happened in the community.“That’s over. It’s time to move on and we have moved on.” he said. “I thank the people of Lubicon for being able to do that.”After they were missed by British officials negotiating Treaty 8, the Lubicon spent decades in limbo, even after the federal government agreed in 1939 that they deserved title to their land.The issue stagnated until the 1970s when oil and gas companies began carving through local traplines. By then, the Lubicon were so poor that diseases such as tuberculosis were a problem.The deal includes about 245 square kilometres of land and $113 million to rebuild Little Buffalo.Carolyn Bennett, federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations, said no agreement can fully right the wrongs the Lubicon faced, but it is important to start making amends.“Some may say that this has been a long time coming. That would be a gross understatement,” she said Tuesday. “This is not about patience. This is about the incredible persistence of your people to have your rights recognized and implemented.”Bennett said the Lubicons’ fight awakened Canadians — and others — to the responsibility of recognizing inherent and treaty rights.“Your fight became almost a talisman of what the fight for Indigenous rights was and meant, not only to Canada, but to the world.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she remembers learning about the Lubicon when she was still a child.“I thought about how kids from Lubicon Lake my own age must have felt knowing … that such a basic and obvious justice had been denied them and their parents, and their grandparents, and so many who came before them.”One woman said after the ceremony that she had moved away for a few years when she was younger because conditions were so bad. She said she was living in a house that had black mould which made her baby sick.But things have been improving in the last five years, she said, adding that she is grateful for the deal, even though she having trouble letting it sink in after so many years.Laboucan said in an earlier interview that the real work is just beginning. The settlement money is already tagged for essentials such as decent housing, a new school and an elders care facility. Laboucan credited former chief Bernard Ominayak for his advocacy that let companies know the Lubicon had an interest in the land and discouraged them from working there.It was Ominayak who led the protest at the 1988 Winter Games.“If that hadn’t been the case, we wouldn’t be here,” said Laboucan. “A lot of credit has to go to previous chief Bernard Ominayak and council, and all the chiefs before him.”Ominayak did not appear to be at Tuesday’s signing.— Follow Bob Weber @row1960 on TwitterBob Weber, The Canadian Press
Kent Driscoll APTN National NewsNunavut’s top RCMP officer says there is more to a fatal shooting in Hall Beach Nunavut than was shown on a Facebook live stream.Nunavut RCMP shot and killed Jeremy Nivviaq on May 1, the third fatal Nunavut Police shooting since December.In the half hour before the shooting, Nivviaq live streamed on Facebook, saying he hoped to kill himself by having the police shoot him.In the press release that followed the shooting, Nunavut RCMP quoted the video, writing that Nivviaq was “wanting to die by police.”They also wrote that a firearm was found on the scene, and that they would not be taking any further questions on the shooting, as it was under investigation.A close viewing of the video shows that Nivviaq carried what looked like a replica weapon with a bright yellow stock. He hid that toy weapon under a blanket to convince police it was real. The video ends before the RCMP arrived.But Jeffrey told reporters that there was another weapon found at the scene – the firearm mentioned in the press release – not just the one seen in the video.Nunavut RCMP Supt. Mike Jeffrey. Photo: Kent Driscoll/APTNThey would not release any further details about the alleged weapon.On May 4 police did speak to media, inviting reporters in two at a time.APTN National News asked why police did not mention the toy gun in their release.Jeffrey refused to comment saying there was an ongoing investigation. Jeffrey confirmed that he had seen parts of the Facebook video, but not in its entirety, and not with the freeze framing needed to spot the toy rifle under the blanket.Jeffery did explain why he felt it was necessary to release the statement about the victim wanting to die by police.“We put out some information about, that I, we, knew of. It was known to us at that time, through information we received from the original witnesses who made the call, that the individual had talked about trying to commit suicide by a police officer. So we did put out that information, to reassure the public that it was not an isolated case of an officer engaging an individual randomly, to put a little bit of context behind it,” said Jeffrey.“So we did put out that information, to reassure the public that it was not an isolated case of an officer engaging an individual randomly, to put a little bit of context behind it,” said Jeffrey.Police had released a press statement on May 2 where they quoted Nivviaq’s Livestream video, saying he wanted to die by police. However, that statement never referred to the toy gun.Instead it referred to a firearm. Police refused to comment further. This led to confusion among those Nunavummiut who had seen only the toy weapon in the video.This comes at a time when police oversight is over rising concern in Nunavut. Paul Ookalik has raised it in house . There is a meeting this month. In addition there have been three recent fatal police shootings in Nunavut.Jeffrey says he has no details on investigations into those shootings.“No, I can’t. In the three shootings, they’re all investigated by an independent external investigative body, which in this case is the Ottawa Police Service,” he said. “That’s a body that’s been identified by the Government of Nunavut as the external investigative body of Nunavut. When an incident like this happens, we step back completely.”To date, no one has been charged or disciplined in the three police shootings since December.“We are still awaiting the official results (from the Ottawa Police Service investigation),” said Jeffrey.He added officers involved in shootings are put on administrative duties while their mental health is assessed, and the officer is transferred out of the community.Jeffrey couldn’t confirm when the investigations into the three shootings will be completed.“At this time, I don’t have a timeline. It’s completely independent of the RCMP,” he said.The process of having all investigations into police misconduct in Nunavut handled by the Ottawa force has come under fire in recent months by Nunavut politicians.Former premier and justice minister and Iqaluit MLA Paul Okalik has been vocal, saying he wants the process changed.In an interview with APTN National News, Okalik said he wanted a new system studied.“I want to see a review of perhaps aboriginal policing in our smaller communities so that we can recruit our own, and serve smaller communities with local police forces, that can so a job that is currently the job of the RCMP,” said Okalik.Jeffrey’s RCMP division falls under Nunavut’s Justice Department, the contractor for the more than 140 RCMP employees in Nunavut.Jeffrey did confirm that the Government of Nunavut is looking at other outside police forces to conduct these investigations.With three shootings since December, Nunavut residents are wondering what accounts for the increase.Jeffrey said it is not a change in tactics from his officers.“I’ve been the commanding officer for about three years, and the number of gun complaints that we get, it happens once about every two days,” he said. “When you look at a situation like this, you have to look at the totality of the environment the police are in, in Nunavut,” said Jeffrey.That environment? Lots of firearms and lots of people in emotional distress.Nunavut RCMP receives about 20,000 calls a year.“We have one of the highest suicide rates in the country, about 9 times the national average,” said Jeffrey. “In about a third of those cases, firearms are used in the commission of the suicide. We have one of the highest emotional and mental distress calls in the country, so 7 percent of our calls are in relation to people with emotional stress.”Nunavut RCMP has less lethal options. Every detachment in Nunavut has Tasers available to the officers.A spokesperson for Independent Member of Parliament for Nunavut Hunter Tootoo said more resources are needed.“The shootings are very tragic and unfortunately serve as a reminder of something that I have long advocated for – the need for more Mental Health Resources in Nunavut,” Tootoo’s spokesperson wrote in the firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO – Major North American markets were closed for a holiday after a positive week that saw Bay and Wall Street’s major markets make gains following a tumultuous period earlier this month.The Toronto stock market was closed for a provincial holiday, while south of the border U.S. stock markets were closed for Presidents Day.Both re-open Tuesday after a strong week that saw the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index rise nearly three per cent since closing on Friday, Feb. 9.In New York last week, the Dow Jones industrial average and S&P 500 index gained more than four per cent, while the Nasdaq composite index advanced more than five per cent.On international money markets Monday, the Canadian dollar was at 80 cents US, according to the Bank of Canada’s website. On Friday, its average trading value was 79.74 cents US.On commodities markets, April crude contracts were up 82 cents at US$62.37 per barrel, April gold was down US$7.30 at US$1,348.90 per ounce, March natural gas was up about a penny at roughly US$2.57 per mmBTU, and March copper was down four cents at roughly US$3.21 per pound shortly after 4 p.m. ET.
Captain Dinesh Chandimal and two top Sri Lankan cricket officials have agreed to sit out the Test series against South Africa pending sanctions, the International Cricket Council said Thursday.Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha had pleaded guilty to violating the spirit of the game last month during Sri Lanka’s second Test against the West Indies. The ICC said a judicial commission hearing ended overnight, hours before the first Test against the visiting South Africans was due to start at Galle on Thursday, but a decision would be announced “in due course”. “This will be credited against sanction imposed by commissioner.” The trio were charged by ICC chief executive David Richardson for their involvement in the Sri Lankan team’s refusal to take the field in St. Lucia on the third day of the second Test, which caused a two-hour delay in the start of play.Sri Lankan were protesting the award of five runs to the West Indies after Chandimal was caught tampering with the ball during the previous day’s play. “In the interim, Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha, who have pleaded guilty, have agreed not to participate in both Tests v SA,” cricket’s governing body said on Twitter. Chandimal missed the third and final Test after losing his appeal against a one-match ban and a fine equal to his match fees.Match referee Javagal Srinath had said Chandimal applied an artificial substance to the ball in violation of the ICC Code of Conduct.Chandimal was suspected of using saliva and a sweet that he had in his mouth to tamper with the ball in an attempt to make it spin more. His act was caught by TV cameras. (Courtesy AFP)
Orders for US durable goods rise 4.2 per cent in June, lifted by aircraft and business spending by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods rose in June, bolstered by a surge in aircraft demand and more business spending. The increase suggests companies are more confident in the economy and could boost economic growth in the second half of the year.The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders for durable goods increased 4.2 per cent last month. That followed a 5.2 per cent gain in May, which was revised higher.Most of the gain occurred because aircraft orders, which are volatile month to month, jumped 31.4 per cent. Boeing said it received orders for 287 planes in June, up from 232 in May. Excluding autos and airplanes, orders were unchanged.Orders that signal planned business investment, which exclude volatile transportation and defence orders, increased in June for the fourth straight month. The 0.7 per cent gain last month was buoyed by more machinery demand. And orders in May were much stronger than previously reported.Even with the gain, business investment is not likely to help economic growth in the April-June quarter, economists said. That’s because the government measures shipments, rather than orders, when calculating business investments’ contribution to growth. Shipments fell in June. But the increase in orders this spring suggests shipments will rise in the July-September quarter and add to growth.Jonathan Basile, an economist at Credit Suisse, said rising orders are a “recipe for a speed up in manufacturing and business investment” in the third quarter.Durable goods are items meant to last at least three years. They include everything from computers to industrial machinery to refrigerators.U.S. manufacturing has struggled this year, in part because a weaker global economy has slowed demand for American exports. And businesses reduced their spending on machinery and equipment in the first quarter, holding back economic growth.The economy grew at a tepid 1.8 per cent annual rate in the January-March quarter and most economists expect growth slowed to a rate of 1 per cent or less in the April-June period. Figures for the second quarter will be released next week.Many economists are hopeful that growth is starting to pick up. Some predict growth at a 2.5 per cent annual rate in the second half of the year, aided by steady hiring and more consumer spendingThere are also signs that overseas demand is recovering. A survey of purchasing managers in the 17 countries that use the euro currency found that business activity expanded in July for the first time in 18 months. That adds to other evidence that the eurozone may be climbing out of recession.U.S. manufacturing output rose in June for the second straight month as factories cranked out more business equipment, autos and electronics, the Federal Reserve said last week.And a survey by the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group, found that factory activity expanded in June after shrinking the previous month. New orders and export orders rose, a positive sign for future growth.
Minerals Down Under is working closely with mining companies, SMEs and mining technology service providers to develop technology-based solutions to address the challenges of increasing production costs, declining ore grades, complex ores with higher levels of impurities and increasing pressure from regulators to improve environmental performance. It is seeking expressions of interest in improving tailings management.With increasing production rates and declining ore grades the volume of tailings is rapidly increasing, making their management one of the big challenges facing the minerals industry.Recent developments in the understanding of flocculation, gravity thickening, slurry pipeline transport, conveying and tailings stack design, present an opportunity to significantly improve the design and operation of tailings storage facilities (TSF).CSIRO, ATC Williams and the University of Western Australia (UWA), through AMIRA International, propose a multidisciplinary research initiative to improve the economic and environmental performance of TSFs. Through the P1087 Integrated Tailings Management project researchers intend to:Develop a reliable and integrated suite of measurement and modelling tools to assess and design tailings preparation systems for both brownfield and greenfield sitesDevelop tools to assess the stability and seepage behaviour of deposited paste and thickened tailingsBuild and share a comprehensive knowledge base of ‘best practice in design and operation’ across the minerals industryIdentify opportunities for new configurations of dewatering, tailings transport and storage with the intention of facilitating a step change improvement in tailings managementAssist sponsors to apply the project outcomes for their specific needsMake key tools developed available to sponsors using proven technology transfer processes.
Fibre optique : son déploiement en France moins cher que prévuL’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (Arcep) a légèrement revu à la baisse son estimation quant au coût de la couverture complète de la France en fibre optique. Ce déploiement, sur une période de quinze ans, devrait nécessiter un investissement de 21 milliards d’euros, annonce l’autorité.21 milliards d’euros : c’est le prix que devrait coûter, sur une période de quinze ans, le déploiement de la fibre optique en France. Une somme légèrement revue à la baisse par l’Arcep dans sa dernière estimation. Il y a un an, l’autorité tablait en effet sur un investissement de 24 à 25 milliards d’euros.À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Jean-Ludovic Silicani, président de l’ARCEP, a fait part de cette nouvelle estimation lors des journées internationales de l’IDATE, organisées à Montpellier le 17 novembre. Dans son discours (lien non disponible) rapporté sur le site de l’autorité de régulation des télécoms, il a précisé que près de 2 milliards d’euros ont d’ores et déjà été investis, dans les grandes agglomérations essentiellement. “Les 19 milliards d’euros supplémentaires d’investissement vont se répartir entre les acteurs privés et publics selon une proportion qui va assez vite se préciser, mais sans doute à part à peu près égales” a-t-il expliqué.A ce jour, le taux de pénétration de la fibre optique en France est de 10 %. Un taux “encore faible” a admis Jean-Ludovic Silicani, mais qui “commence à décoller” a-t-il affirmé. “La France “dispose d’un cadre réglementaire original mais complet pour le déploiement des réseaux fixes de fibre optique jusqu’à l’abonné et va bientôt achever l’attribution des licences mobiles de 4ème génération” s’est-il félicité.Cette annonce intervient au moment où Orange et SFR ont conclu un partenriat pour le déploiement du très haut débit. A l’horizon 2020, les deux opérateurs entendent équiper 11 millions de foyers français (voir notre article). Un tel accord avait déjà été signé l’été dernier entre Orange et Free.Le 19 novembre 2011 à 15:30 • Maxime Lambert
Trois chambres funéraires découvertes dans le temple de QuetzalcoatlAu Mexique, le temple du serpent à plumes ou pyramide de Quetzalcoatl, vient de livrer de nouveaux secrets. Grâce à un robot baptisé Tlaloc II-TC, trois chambres funéraires jusqu’ici inconnues viennent d’être découvertes.C’est sous le temple du serpent à plumes, dans la cité mésoaméricaine de Teotihuacan (site de 83 km²), au Mexique, que viennent d’être découvertes trois chambres funéraires. Une surprise pour les archéologues qui s’attendaient à n’en trouver qu’une seule. Si des recherches ont été menées à cet endroit précis, c’est suite à d’importantes pluies qui, en 2003, ont dévoilé l’entrée d’un réseau de tunnels à proximité de la pyramide de Quetzalcoatl.Les recherches archéologiques avaient déjà permis de découvrir plusieurs milliers d’objets en jade, pierre ou coquillage, des céramiques, ainsi que des chambres dites intermédiaires. Ce n’est qu’en 2011 que des études radar ont révélé l’existence d’une galerie passant sous le temple mais qui avait été comblée. Difficile d’accès, les 35 derniers mètres de la galerie de 100 mètres de long ont dû être visités par un robot télécommandé, le Tlaloc II-Tc. C’est lui qui à permis de découvrir les chambres funéraires le 22 avril.Un robot peut en cacher un autre Ce robot, ainsi nommé en référence au dieu de la pluie aztèque, a été capable de se faufiler et à évoluer dans ces zones étroites grâce à ces chenilles : les deux chenilles antérieures sont capables de s’orienter dans le plan vertical et ses bras mécaniques peuvent déplacer d’éventuels obstacles. De plus Tlaloc II-TC embarque, à 45 cm du sol, un scanner qui peut prendre des mesures jusqu’à 5 m de distance et qui permet de cartographier les zones explorées. Mieux, le rover principal d’un mètre de long et de 35 kg, abrite un deuxième robot de 40 cm de long seulement.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce deuxième robot, lui aussi télécommandé intervient dans les zones qu’il convient d’explorer plus en détails. Il se déplace quant à lui en rampant à l’aide de quatre bras articulés et utilise une caméra infrarouge qui fournit des images précises. Grâce à ces données, les archéologues peuvent évaluer les éventuelles failles ou faiblesses géologiques qui pourraient ralentir le déblaiement de la galerie. Pour aller encore plus loin, Tlaloc II-TC pourrait bientôt embarquer un drone capable de réaliser des vidéos aériennes. Néanmoins, ce quadricoptère devrait être difficile à piloter correctement en raison des mouvements d’air qu’il générera dans la galerie.Quoiqu’il en soit, pour en apprendre davantage sur les coutumes funéraires de ce peuple précolombien, il faudra que des hommes s’aventurent dans la galerie, comme le souligne le site futura-sciences.com. Selon l’Inah (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia), le temple de Quetzalcoatl serait le troisième site dans le monde a avoir été exploré par un robot pour préparer de futures excavations.Le 27 avril 2013 à 14:30 • Maxime Lambert
KUSI Newsroom, January 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Port Chairman Rafael Castellanos to run for County Supervisor Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 7, 2019 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) – Port Commissioner Rafael Castellanos recently announced his run for San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 2020.Castellanos said he is running for the District 1 open seat currently held by soon to be termed-out Supervisor Greg Cox.San Diego Supervisor District 1 encompasses the South Bay region of San Diego County, including the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach, Coronado and communities in the southern portion of the City of San Diego.Castellanos says his primary focus is growing the region’s economy and to ensure that all families are given a chance for a better future.In the wake of a state audit that criticized the county’s response to the 2016 hepatitis a crisis, Castellanos says the county needs to do more to help people who are mentally ill and living on the street. Updated: 8:08 PM
South Dakota’s congressional delegation, as well as military officials, say the Air National Guard Base in Sioux Falls should be selected to host the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.Joe Foss Field has access to uncongested airspace and can provide the necessary infrastructure, including two runways, needed to accommodate the fifth-generation fighter, Col. Russ Walz, commander of the 114th Fighter Wing, told the Argus Leader.“We feel real good about it,” Walz said Wednesday. The 114th is one of 18 fighter units that could host the F-35. The Air Force is expected to announce its basing decisions for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter next year, including two Air National Guard locations.On Tuesday, the state’s congressional delegation, along with Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) and Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Timothy Reisch, wrote to Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to urge her to consider basing the service’s newest fighter in Sioux Falls.“The 114th Fighter Wing has demonstrated outstanding mission readiness and a superior record of excellence, making South Dakota an ideal location as the next beddown site of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter,” the delegation wrote.If selected, the F-35 likely wouldn’t arrive at Joe Foss Field until 2022, Walz said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
With the prospect of a bipartisan deal to extend legal protection to “Dreamers” fading quickly, House leaders are counting on strong backing from the Republican Conference to pass a continuing resolution (CR) needed to avert a government shutdown at midnight Friday. On Tuesday, House Republicans introduced a stopgap measure running through Feb. 16 with a number of add-ons designed to attract support from members of both parties. At press time, though, it was not clear whether leaders could advance the bill relying only on Republican votes, reported the Washington Post. The CR would extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years and delay by two years the implementation of two unpopular taxes included in the Affordable Care Act, one on medical devices and one on high-cost “Cadillac” employer-sponsored health insurance plans.The House plans to take up the measure, which would be the fourth CR Congress has passed to keep the government funded in fiscal 2018, on Thursday. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
2 Share your voice The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked TV and Movies Warning: Game of Thrones finale spoilers ahead. Game of Thrones has ended its watch, but we’re still reeling from the aftermath of the series finale. One of the coolest shots from the episode. HBO The episode, called The Iron Throne, aired Sunday on HBO. It evoked Lord of The Rings ending vibes (George R.R. Martin is a huge fan after all), with Arya and Jon going off on further adventures, though it retained its trademark emotional bullets, specifically the killing of Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys Targaryen at the hand of Jon Snow. Clarke spoke to Entertainment Weekly in detail about the lead-up to her character’s end, and why it makes total sense. The internet’s sentiment toward Dany’s progression has been split, with many acknowledging the foreshadowing of her descent into madness, but deploring how quickly it happened in the final season. Jon Snow is partly to blame In the lead-up to Dany’s annihilation of King’s Landing, she suffers her best friend’s death, the death of one of her dragons, betrayal by Varys and a general isolation from the people of the North. Most significantly, her love with Jon Snow is tarnished by both the reveal that he’s her nephew and as such has a greater claim to the Iron Throne. Jon rejects Dany’s affections. Helen Sloan/HBO Clarke detailed the changes Dany’s mindset underwent during this emotionally and mentally scarring period. “She genuinely starts with the best intentions,” she said.The Starks’ coldness toward Dany hits her hard after everything she’s been through. “There’s so much she’s taken on in her duty in life to rectify, so much she’s seen and witnessed and been through and lost and suffered and hurt,” Clarke said. “Suddenly these people are turning around and saying, ‘We don’t accept you.'” And Dany couldn’t recover from it. “She’s killed so many people already,” Clarke said. “I can’t turn this ship around.”In episode 5, Jon rejects a kiss from Dany. Without his love or the love of the people of Westeros, this leads to her new mindset to rule by fear. “There’s this boy. And she thinks, ‘He loves me, and I think that’s enough.’ But is it enough? Is it? And it’s just that hope and wishing that finally there is someone who accepts her for everything she is and … he f—king doesn’t,” Clarke said. Seconds before Dany’s best friend Missandei meets her demise. HBO Losing Missandei The death of Dany’s best friend Missandei was one of the major factors in Dany’s arc. “There’s a number of turning points you see for Daenerys in the season, but that’s the biggest break,” Clarke said. Dany being killed by Jon Snow In the Great Hall of the Red Keep, Dany finally has her moment to touch the Iron Throne. Soon after, Jon Snow joins her, and after a tearful encounter, he makes his decision to slide a dagger through her chest. “Um, he just doesn’t like women does he?” Clarke said. “He keeps f—king killing them.” Clarke addressed Jon’s decision to follow Tyrion’s wishes and kill Dany before she could attempt to “break the wheel” and free every single person in Westeros and beyond from oppressors. Drogon destroys the throne after seeing his mother is dead. HBO “No. If I were to put myself in his shoes I’m not sure what else he could have done aside from… oh, I dunno, maybe having a discussion with me about it?” Clarke said. Still, Dany’s death gave a glimpse of the more innocent Dany from earlier seasons.”Hopefully, what you’ll see in that last moment as she’s dying is: There’s the vulnerability — there’s the little girl you met in season 1.” Dany’s actions were ‘logical’ On whether Dany’s actions make sense, Clarke is in the positive camp.”I stand by Daenerys … I stand by her. I can’t not.” Head to EW to read the entire interview. Tags Comments 38 Photos Game of Thrones
Five people including a groom were killed and three others seriously injured on Friday when the vehicle they were travelling in hit a tree in Telangana’s Khanam district, police said.The accident took place when the wedding party was en route to the groom’s home in Warangal district from the bride’s residence in Tadepalligudem, Andhra Pradesh.As the car reached Pallipadu, the driver reportedly dozed off and lost control over the steering. The car rammed then into the tree, the police said.The injured included the bride.
Not all can transform their lives in to something that is worth the time and effort of hundreds others. And when it comes to a life of difficulty and pain – the effort is a million times more.The Bindu Art School does something not many others have dared to do till date. They use art to transform the lives of people affected by leprosy. By painting and selling pictures, students attain financial independence without the discrimination of receiving alms and support similar people with their income. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Drawing from intense experiences, students produce impressive paintings, tinged with a rare type of beauty. Founded by the Austrian Multimedia Artist Werner Dornik and the Indian Social Activist, Padma Venkataraman, the schools opened in 2005 at Bharatapuram, Tamil Nadu.Werner Dornik has been working since 1980 with photography, text, music and painting in Europe and Asia. Besides 40 one man exhibitions he published amongst other things the photo-text-volume ‘If you go you just go’, given an honorary prize and then awarded the State Prize ‘The most beautiful books of Austria’. His book- and exhibition projects are mostly directed against the ‘consumer society’, encourage spiritual freedom, and support social projects. The proceeds go mainly to the Leprosy Stations Khandwa and Indore in India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs curator of the artist-exchange-project ‘The Search Within’, together with 20 artists from Austria and India, he illuminates the political and spiritual backgrounds of modern painting in both countries over three years. With the multimedia project ‘The Journey from: Technic to: Techno’ in Austria, Germany, Portugal, Italy and India, he pointed at the dangers of technical development.Padma Venkataraman, has been active in social welfare programmes at National and International levels. In Vienna she was, among other things, permanent representative of the All India Women’s Conference to the U.N., member of several NGO Committees accredited to UN, such as Committee on Narcotics, Committee on Disabled, etc., Vice President of NGO Committee on Women, President of the United Nations Women’s Guild. In India, she has been most active in grassroots work in leprosy rehabilitation for 15 years. Was Honorary Director of a FAO/All-India Women’s Conference Project for leprosy patients in the 4000 strong Shahdhara Colony in Delhi; and worked with Hope World Wide to construct houses for 800 families there. For over 5 years was Honorary Director of a major Tamil Nadu wide DANIDA-funded leprosy rehabilitation project under the auspices of the Women’s Indian Association, Chennai.The art school is holding an exhibition in the city with paintings made by leprosy patients. Do your bit for the cause, head over and give it a look.DETAILWhere: Azad Bhavan Art Gallery, Azad BhavanWhen: On till 27 March
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Panama’s economy will grow by 7 percent this year, but because of glaring inequality, most Panamanians will never see that prosperity. In Guatemala, corruption is rampant among the “klepto-dictatorship” that runs the country, and in El Salvador, gross domestic product stagnates as politicians stuff their pockets with money from violent gangs.Half a dozen experts speaking Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center offered that rather bleak assessment during an event titled “Latin America’s Electoral Cycle 2014-15.” Harry Brown Araúz, president of Panama’s Centro de Iniciativas Democráticas (CIDEM) and a consultant for the United Nations Development Program, speaks Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center during a panel on Central America’s 2014-15 electoral cycle. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesNearly 200 people attended the panel, which was moderated by Daniel Zovatto, Latin America director for the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Panelists included Evelyn Villareal of Costa Rica’s State of the Nation Program, Harry Brown Araúz, a Panamanian official with the United Nations Development Program, journalist and former diplomat Héctor Silva Ávalos of El Salvador and José Rubén Zamora Marroquín of Guatemala’s El Periódico newspaper.Panama, with 3.9 million inhabitants, is the smallest of Central America’s six Spanish-speaking republics. Last year its GDP expanded by 6 percent – faster than any other country in the Western Hemisphere – and the economy could grow even faster in 2015.“Since the 1999 return of the Panama Canal, the country’s productive forces have been unleashed, and that means more money to fund public policies,” said Brown. “But that also opens up more possibilities for corruption.”Last July, President Juan Carlos Varela took office following an election campaign based on four pillars: social inclusion, revitalization of democracy and public institutions, economic development and national security.Accusations of corruption and mismanagement routinely plagued Varela’s predecessor, Roberto Martinelli, which is why “Varela worked diligently towards the end of his term as Martinelli’s vice president to distance himself from the former president’s most fundamental positions,” according to a policy paper issued in September by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a Washington think tank. Héctor Silva Ávalos, former deputy chief of mission at El Salvador’s Embassy in the United States and now a research fellow at American University, speaks Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center during a panel on Central America’s 2014-15 electoral cycle. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesIn late January, Panama’s Supreme Court voted to launch an investigation against Martinelli over allegations the ex-president inflated contracts worth $45 million to buy dehydrated food for a government social program. Martinelli, a billionaire supermarket magnate, denies the charges and says he’s the target of political persecution by Varela.Brown noted that while the proportion of Panamanians living below the poverty line has fallen from 48 percent in 2002 to 27 percent today, “inequality is high and continues to be high. It has not been reduced significantly.” He added that spending in the May 2014 election was outrageous by regional standards.Costs per vote came to $15 in the 2009 elections that put Martinelli in office, making it “the most expensive vote in all of Central America.” By the time of the May 2014 elections, that number had increased to $31 per vote, Brown said. And that didn’t take into account public financing, which pushed Panama’s per-vote expenditures past $40.“It was financially exorbitant and there was quite a lot of negativity, but often in Panamanian politics, negative campaigns are seen as a result of ill will among the candidates,” he said. “Many issues like the rights of indigenous people or same-sex marriage are not being debated. The issues are no longer important, and that’s where negative campaigning comes up in large measure.”Brown added that “very little is said about increasing conflict in Panama. It’s not like Peru or Bolivia, but it is explosive by Panamanian standards, and especially paradoxical since the economy is growing.” José Rubén Zamora Marroquín, founder and president of Guatemala’s El Periódico newspaper, speaks Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center during a panel on Central America’s 2014-15 electoral cycle. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesNearly a year ago in El Salvador, presidential candidate Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the leftist FMLN narrowly defeated rightist Arena candidate Norman Quijano – the former mayor of San Salvador – by a vote of 50.11 percent to 49.89 percent.“I must say that on a purely political sphere, it was an important leap forward. This has been a determining factor on the political map of El Salvador,” said Silva, former deputy chief of mission at El Salvador’s Embassy in Washington.Yet Sánchez Cerén’s margin of victory was less than 7,000 votes in a country of 6.4 million, meaning deep political divisions remain in the country. Many of those stem from the country’s 1980-92 civil war in which 75,000 people died, and during which time the current president was a guerrilla fighter known as Comandante Leonél González.“Governance in El Salvador has been attached to parties. The exception is the judiciary, which has unprecedented independence and has made landmark rulings,” Silva said.On March 1, Salvadorans will go to the polls again, this time to elect members of the country’s 84-member legislature, as well as mayors of El Salvador’s 262 municipalities.“All polls indicate that the status quo will remain,” Silva told his Wilson Center audience. “None of the parties will achieve a simple majority.” Evelyn Villarreal, research coordinator at Costa Rica’s State of the Nation Program, speaks Feb. 10 at Washington’s Woodrow Wilson Center during a panel on Central America’s 2014-15 electoral cycle. Larry Luxner/The Tico TimesFor now, said the blogger and former diplomat, El Salvador’s most urgent challenge is reducing its homicide rate, which had been falling in recent years but surged by 57 percent last year to reach 63 per 100,000 inhabitants – nearly as high as the 66 per 100,000 homicide rate registered by neighboring Honduras.“For 10 years we have been among the five most violent countries in the world,” he said. “These gangs are now sophisticated criminal organizations. They’re very deep-rooted in the community, more like the Medellín cartels. They have significant dialogue with the state, thanks to a truce which the state agreed to in 2012.”But the gangs’ influence is also thanks to the “penetration of organized crime” into the highest levels of government, he said.“These criminals use money to support candidates who favor them. They finance mayors, deputies and congressmen. There’s been economic stagnation because of this,” he claimed. “For almost two decades, El Salvador has not grown beyond 1.8 percent a year. It’s one of the most unequal economies in the region, and this has a direct, immediate effect on the United States. This is the basis for the growing migratory flow from Central America northward to the U.S. which created a crisis last year.”Guatemala, by comparison, enjoyed GDP growth of 4 percent last year – significantly higher than the regional average. But only 40,000 people, or one in five unemployed guatemaltecos, found jobs in the formal economy, said Zamora. That means the other 80 percent have no possibilities other than working informally or fleeing to the United States.“The majority of Guatemalans are excluded and live in poverty. Wealth continues to be held in a few hands,” he said. “Guatemala is the most unequal country in the hemisphere. Fifty percent of children under 5 suffer chronic malnutrition.”Zamora, speaking loudly and passionately, rallied against what he called the “klepto-dictatorship” of Gen. Otto Pérez Molina, who in 2011 became the country’s first ex-military man to be elected president since Guatemala’s return to democracy in 1986. Molina was preceded as president by leftist Álvaro Colom, who took office in 2008.“The last six years have been characterized by a new cycle of expansionist policies but with deficits in the medium and long term. Investments in public expenditures have no transparency, and there’s more opacity and corruption,” he complained. “There’s a sharp divorce between the political parties. They’re just electoral vehicles without any strategies or programs, nor do they have any idea what they’re supposed to do.”Nepotism and cronyism are rife in Guatemala, said Zamora, who was held hostage at his home in 2003, was beaten and kidnapped five years later and has been honored by the Committee to Protect Journalists and other press freedom watchdogs.Any presidential candidate needs at least $100 million to be taken seriously in Guatemala today. “This amount can only come from criminal mafias,” he said, drawing parallels between Central America’s largest country and Vladimir Putin’s Russia.“Guatemala has not fulfilled even one of the millennium objectives as it promised to do. Economic power is in the hands of the military, which hampers justice and persecutes its critics. Violence and insecurity are deeply rooted in society,” said Zamora, warning that the $1 billion Guatemala now seeks from the U.S. administration of President Barack Obama to stem the flow of immigrants to the United States “will do nothing to help the country.”See also: Guatemala’s indigenous peoples change strategy to seek more political representation Facebook Comments Related posts:Latin America sees the economic toll of corruption In Guatemala, anti-establishment presidential candidate benefits from corruption scandals Guatemalan legislative commission recommends lifting President Pérez Molina’s immunity Saving Central America
New York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineReaders of Condé Nast Traveler have again honored four Red Carnation Hotel Collection properties as “the world’s best places to stay.” The Milestone Hotel, 41, and Egerton House Hotel in London; and The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in South Africa were all named on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for 2012. This year, as a way to mark 25 years of Condé Nast Traveler, Condé Nast also celebrated the “superstars” of the Gold List in their Platinum Circle, which includes list members such as The Milestone that have made the Gold List every year for the past five years.In addition to being named a member of the Platinum Circle, The Milestone was distinguished as a property with the Best Hotel Amenities and received a special distinction as “The Best Sugar Rush.” According to Condé Nast Traveler, “Even the most dentist-averse won’t be able to resist the fleets of sweets heaped on guests at The Milestone Hotel in London: Housekeeping stops by twice a day, depositing different treats – butter fudge, toffee whirls, and Turkish delight.”In Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, The Milestone Hotel, 41, and Egerton House Hotel all earned high ratings and spots among the Top 40 Hotels in the British Isles. Among the Top 20 Hotels in Africa, The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in South Africa was ranked 4th with scores in the high 90s for rooms and service and a perfect 100 for activities.Red Carnation strives “to provide exceptional, memorable hospitality by meeting or exceeding guest expectations and creating an environment where guests, as well as employees, refer to the hotels as their “home away from home.” “No request is too large, no detail too small” is the ethos that inspires this luxury collection, clearly reflected in the stellar ratings their hotels continue to receive year after year.Situated in the heart of Kensington, the quiet and understated elegance of The Milestone is celebrated for its style, comfort, and exalted levels of personal service. Earning an impressive 97.6 for service, this five-star hotel opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens has 56 individually designed rooms and suites, and six two-bedroom apartments, lavishly decorated with the finest fabrics and furnishings. Boasting 24-hour butler service, restaurants’ offerings ranging from traditional afternoon tea to full course dinners, this exquisite hotel is a short stroll to the Royal Albert Hall, and in easy reach of Knightsbridge and the West End.An intimately elegant townhouse, The Egerton House Hotel in Knightsbridge is a shopper’s delight with Harrods and Harvey Nichols a short stroll away, and the West End theatres ten minutes from the hotel. This luxury five-star hotel boasts 28 individually designed rooms and suites, breakfast dining room, and a 24-hour menu to enjoy in room, lounge or bar. Renowned for its impeccable levels of service, charm and attention to detail, it is the perfect place to stay while enjoying the best of London.41 is a discreet, haven of style and comfort, residence only hotel overlooking The Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. A chic black and white design scheme is complemented by the plentiful rich mahogany throughout the hotel, and the Executive Lounge where natural daylight floods in from the glass roof. This intimate club-like property offers the height of five-star luxury: 30 rooms and beautiful suites including two unique hospitality suites, butler service, 24-hour room service, the latest in-room technology, full concierge service, “plunder the pantry” whenever you wish, and an outstanding level of personal service.The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a peaceful sanctuary nestled at the edge of the world, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. This five-star Cape Town hotel is only 5 minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and V&A Waterfront. Guests can experience the best of both worlds – vibrant Cape Town, and a haven of natural beauty. Facilities include 70 sea- and mountain-facing bedrooms and suites including the Presidential Suite; two pools; the award-winning Sanctuary Spa; Azure restaurant; Café Grill; Leopard Bar; and a 16-seater private cinema.www.redcarnation.com
hedley|juno awards Hedley withdraws from consideration for three Juno awards Hedley performs during the Much Music Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Canadian rockers Hedley say that recent allegations of sexual misconduct are “unsubstantiated.” The band has posted a message on Facebook to address claims of sexual misconduct involving young fans that emerged on Twitter in recent days.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Related Stories Music industry struggles to shake ugly legacy of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ rollHedley openers drop out of tour, management drops band amid sexual misconduct accusationsCorus Radio suspends airplay of Hedley in wake of sexual misconduct allegations Summary The members of the embattled rock band Hedley say they have withdrawn from consideration for three awards at this year’s Junos and plan to “talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it.”Last week, the pop-rockers were dropped by their management team and blacklisted by scores of radio stations in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations that had been circulated by anonymous social media users.In a statement released today, the band, which got its start in Abbotsford, says it won’t be cancelling 23 shows it has booked through March 23 because “the easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide.”The statement adds the band intends “to start making positive changes, starting right now.”The former MuchMusic darlings — fronted by Jacob Hoggard and including Dave Rosin, Tommy Mac and Jay Benison — released a statement last Wednesday calling the allegations involving young fans “unsubstantiated” but acknowledged they “engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock ‘n’ roll cliches.”The two acts who were booked as openers for Hedley’s current tour — Neon Dreams and Shawn Hook — both announced Friday that they were backing out of the rest of the shows.Full statement from Hedley:“In the coming days – and throughout this current tour – we intend to take responsibility, and talk about how we have let some people down, and what we intend to do about it.That starts right now. As a band, we have decided to withdraw our name from consideration for any awards at the JUNOs. We do not wish to be a distraction at Canadian music’s biggest night or to, in any way, take the focus away from the tremendous honour that is the JUNO awards.We want to ensure that everyone understands our collective commitment to change, and to do better, is real. Saying a rock’n’roll lifestyle was to blame – or saying certain things happened because we were younger – isn’t good enough. We owe it to our families, our crew, our friends – and most of all, our fans – to do and be better.The easy thing to do would be to cancel the tour and hide. We don’t intend to do that. We intend to start making positive changes, starting right now.” by Denise Wong Posted Feb 19, 2018 8:24 am PDT Last Updated Feb 19, 2018 at 8:47 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hedley withdraws from Junos, plans to discuss ‘how we have let some people down’
Trump ramping up criticisms of Fox, usually a friendly venue by David Bauder And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2019 1:34 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s latest Twitter attack on the media focuses on Fox News, although it’s hardly the first time he’s found fault with the network where he most often finds a friendly reception.Trump wrote Sunday that watching Fox on the weekend was worse than watching CNN and MSNBC, and criticized the network for using The New York Times as a source.The president was said to be angered by Fox segments on the immigration crisis that cited a Sunday Times story, and a live shot from France where a profane chant about Trump broke out among bar patrons celebrating the United States’ World Cup victory over the Netherlands.Advisers say it’s important to Trump that Fox remains “loyal” to him to balance networks he feels are against him.David Bauder And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press
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