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Conservatives want committee meeting on security screening over Atwal furorConservatives want committee meeting on security screening over Atwal furor

first_imgOTTAWA – The official Opposition is calling for an emergency committee meeting about how a man convicted of attempted murder wound up at a prime ministerial event in India.Conservative public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus wants the House of Commons committee on national security to review the Privy Council Office’s screening practices following Jaspal Atwal’s attendance at a reception this week.Atwal was convicted of attempting to kill Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu on Vancouver Island in 1986.He was also charged, but not convicted, in connection with a 1985 attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, a staunch opponent of the Sikh separatist movement, who later became B.C. premier and a federal Liberal cabinet minister.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office says Atwal’s invitation to a party in New Delhi was revoked as soon as his name was discovered on the guest list.However, Atwal showed up at a reception earlier in the week in Mumbai and was photographed with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife.In a statement, Paul-Hus said he wants to know if the director of security operations in the Privy Council Office, the bureaucratic arm of the Prime Minister’s Office, screened Atwal.“Canadians expect that when the prime minister meets with individuals, whether at home or abroad, there is a process to ensure the proper vetting of individuals to ensure that they do not pose a safety or security risk.”Atwal’s name was apparently put forward by British Columbia MP Randeep Sarai, one of several Liberal members of Parliament in India with Trudeau. Sarai has acknowledged he should have used better judgment, and Trudeau has promised to sit down with Sarai once they are back in Canada.A government official, discussing the matter on condition of anonymity, said guest lists for receptions such as those in India are not vetted individually for security. Those who issue the invites are expected to do their own due diligence to ensure their own guests are safe, the official said.The official also suggested Atwal’s presence was engineered by elements within the Indian government to distance the country from Ottawa, driven by concerns that Canada is not fully committed to a united India.A former senior Conservative government official dismissed that theory.“That is complete nonsense,” said Garry Keller, who served as chief of staff to interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose.How exactly Atwal got to India — given his criminal history — is a legitimate question, Keller said.“And that’s a valid question for the Indians to consider themselves. But the Indians didn’t have control over the guest list at the event. That was ultimately a decision of the Prime Minister’s Office.”Keller, who also worked for John Baird when he was foreign minister, said Conservative MPs would often ask that associates be added to guest lists for events abroad.A roster of those prospective invitees would be forwarded to PMO officials, who would research the names.“What do we know about this person, who are they? Maybe calling the MP back and saying, ‘We’ve got some questions about this individual you’ve submitted,’” Keller said.Then a revised list would go to the RCMP for further scrutiny.Security vetting is “on the back end of the radar” for the current government, Keller said.“The high priority is getting the prime minister out there to meet with people. They’re clearly willing to sacrifice some of the vetting in exchange for that. And, in this case, I think it’s coming back to bite them.”Court records show that Atwal arrived in Canada in 1972 as a teenager, working at sawmills and in the forestry sector until 1986. The next year, Atwal was convicted of attempted murder in the failed assassination.Although sentenced to 20 years in prison, he was paroled in 1992, became a taxi driver and later sold cars for about seven years.A B.C. Supreme Court decision in 2010 on an unrelated matter noted that Atwal “became a top salesman” during his time at dealerships.Atwal has moved in Liberal circles for years, posing with Trudeau before he became prime minister and posting pictures to his personal Facebook page.Elections Canada records show Atwal made a $500 donation to the Liberal candidate in the British Columbia riding of Fleetwood-Port Kells during the 2011 federal election, one which saw the Liberals finish a distant third in the riding.Around the same time, Atwal reportedly became a member-at-large for the Liberal riding association executive. A former Liberal candidate in B.C. told the Vancouver Sun in 2012 that Atwal attended local fundraisers and was well-known for his work with the federal and provincial Liberals.Also in 2012, Atwal was a guest of the B.C. Liberals for their provincial budget speech. Once his attendance in the public gallery became public, the regional director with the party who sent the invite resigned his position and called the invitation an error in judgment.Ashiana Khan, CEO of Surrey radio station Media Waves, said she knew Atwal because he often dropped by the station or called with opinions and news tips. He enjoys being the person who has “all the knowledge of the community,” she said.Atwal is most involved with the B.C. Liberals and federal Liberals, she said, but she has also seen him with politicians from other parties, including the federal Conservatives and B.C. New Democrats. He enjoys posting photos of his encounters on social media, she said.“Some people have that thing in them that they want to have pictures and boast about it,” she said. “It’s not just politicians, he does it with (the) film industry as well. He’s a person who wants to be around celebrities and famous people.”Khan said she never spoke with him about Indian politics, but she was surprised he’d been allowed into the country given his past. He is well-liked by some in the community because he’s a friendly, charming guy, she said.“If I didn’t know anything about his criminal activities back then, then I would say he’s a nice person.”— With files from Mia Rabson in New Delhi and Laura Kane in Vancouverlast_img read more

Sri Lanka to pursue friendship with all enmity with noneSri Lanka to pursue friendship with all enmity with none

He also expressed his gratitude to the countries that sent messages of sympathy and expressed support for the people of Sri Lanka at this difficult time, the Foreign Ministry said. The Minister highlighted the challenges that lay ahead of Sri Lanka in handling the post flood recovery, reconstruction of affected areas, as well as building capacity for the Prevention and Mitigation of future disasters. He underlined the cooperation and assistance that Sri Lanka would expect from its bilateral and multilateral partners in implementing projects in these areas. State Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Vasantha Senanayake also addressed the Diplomatic Community and expressed his desire to work with them very closely. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka will pursue a “friendship with all, enmity with none” policy, new Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake said during a meeting with the diplomatic corps in Sri Lanka.Minister Karunanayake, at his first briefing session held for the Diplomatic Community and Honorary Consular Corps, thanked the countries for their generous and timely assistance following the floods and landslides. Minister Karunanayake reiterated that under his stewardship, Sri Lanka will pursue the policy of “Friendship with all and enmity with none”. Acknowledging the success made by the country in the area of Foreign Relations with its partners, under the stewardship of former Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, the Minister assured the Diplomatic Community that he would strive to build on the success of his predecessor.Minister Karunanayake further affirmed that he would seek to translate the prevailing positive climate into securing economic benefits for the country by focussing more on commercial diplomacy through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. read more

Competition Bureau calls for simple standardized internet offers for consumersCompetition Bureau calls for simple standardized internet offers for consumers

TORONTO — Canada’s main competition watchdog is recommending that all internet service providers be required to use a standardized, easy-to-understand format when providing contract quotes to consumers.The Competition Bureau says consumers need a simple way to compare competing offers from internet providers, also called ISPs.It also recommends that advertised prices should include all mandatory fees and that the term “unlimited” should mean there are no data caps or slow-downs or other significant restrictions hidden in the contract.Customer complaints against Canadian telecom, TV providers soar 57% in 2017-18: reportCRTC moves to create internet code of conduct in surprise timingOnline giants should pay their share, CBC head to tell governmentVarious sources have said consumers often don’t get what they expect from their ISP, resulting in high volumes of complaints to the Competition Bureau and other agencies responsible for the telecommunications industry.The bureau’s recommendations have been filed with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, which is working on a new code of conduct for internet service providers.The CRTC’s proposed internet code of conduct is only one of several initiatives under way following complaints about sales and marketing practices by Canada’s large ISPs as well as contract and billing disputes with customers. read more

Social workers should have spotted mother posed danger to murdered AyeeshiaJayne Smith reportSocial workers should have spotted mother posed danger to murdered AyeeshiaJayne Smith report

first_imgThe report, which made nine recommendations, also found that the day before Ayeeshia-Jayne died health professionals had described a “growing sense of unease” about the risks of domestic violence.This led to a multi agency risk assessment conference being held on 30 April 2014.But Ayeeshia-Jayne was killed the following day, before further action could be taken.The report went on to state: “The birth father himself admitted to the review author that whilst he had many concerns about his ex-partner’s behaviour, the people she associated with and her reliance on alcohol, at no time did he anticipate that she would fatally harm their daughter.”It concluded: “From the facts and evidence in this case such an act by M (Mother) could not have been predicted.”The case showed how difficult it is for agencies to retain a child-centred focus when the needs of a young parent facing domestic abuse continue to dominate.”The NSPCC said the report revealed a “series of missed opportunities” to save Ayeeshia’s life.A spokesman for the children’s charity said: “Defenceless Ayeeshia-Jayne suffered sickening cruelty and was consigned to a brutal death by the people who should have protected her.“The child must be at the heart of all decisions that professionals make in these situations – no matter how difficult those decisions may be. Social workers failed to realise a mother who stamped her daughter to death posed a danger to the toddler because they were too concerned about her being a victim of domestic violence, a report has found.Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith was murdered by her mother Kathryn Smith in May 2014 during a “savage outburst” in the girl’s bedroom. Smith was  jailed for at least 24 years in April last year, later reduced to 19 years.Her then partner, Matthew Rigby, 22, was jailed for three years and six months after being found guilty of causing or allowing Ayeeshia’s death.Now a serious case review by the Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board says professionals should have been more “inquisitive”. Ayeeshia Jane Smith before her death showing marks to her face and the underside of her chin Credit:Staffordshire Police The court heard how she was a “frail little girl (who) was viciously crushed” in her own bedroom, surrounded by her toys. The judge called Smith a “devious, manipulative and selfish young woman”.The safeguarding report, released yesterday, said all agencies concerned with the family had been “inclined to take what (Smith) said at face value”.A summary of the report stated: “An attitude of professional curiosity requiring practitioners to examine the lived experience of (Ayeeshia-Jayne) was often missing by all agencies.”The needs of (Smith) overshadowed the needs of (Ayeeshia-Jayne) frequently.” A Tommee Tippee plastic cup containing cannabis, found at the flat in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, where 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith was fatally injured.Credit:Staffordshire Police It added that too Kathryn Smith’s needs as a domestic violence victim “overshadowed” the interests of her daughter.”Professionals made much of the positive relationship observed between (Smith) and her child and this appeared to lead, at times, to a prevailing sense of optimism and a lack of professional curiosity about the current partner, violent incidents, drug use and his care history and background,” added the report.Ayeeshia-Jayne injuries – said to have been caused by a stamp – were likened to that of a car crash victim. “This report has revealed a series of missed opportunities and flawed practices that did not consistently prioritise Ayeeshia-Jayne’s needs – and must now be addressed and improved.“’Lessons need to be learned’ is an all-too-familiar phrase in tragic cases like this – but everything possible must be done to ensure swift and decisive action is taken when there are concerns for a child’s welfare.“It is vital that anyone worried about a child speaks out, as it could save a life. They can contact the NSPCC helpline in confidence, 24/7, on 0808 800 5000.”Jane Parfrement, the director of Children’s Services at Derbyshire County Council, said the authority accepted its findings in full.Ms Parfrement said: “For those issues where practice could have been stronger, we apologise to the family, and have already apologised to the family.”I think in particular, having met with Ayeeshia-Jayne’s dad yesterday, I think we could have engaged him a lot better, worked with him differently.”I think the tone of our work with him was set quite early on, when there were difficulties in the relationships with social workers.” Ayeeshia Jane Smith before her death showing marks to her face and the underside of her chin  The report said the little girl was described by her family as “a beautiful girl with an infectious smile, twinkling eyes and a bubbly personality, a gentle and loving little girl”.The report said Kathryn Smith’s lived a chaotic lifestyle throughout her daughter’s lifetime, at one stage storing cannabis in her daughter’s drinks beaker.Her alcohol and drug abuse meant she was in contact with various health professionals and authorities.After Smith was jailed social services came under the spotlight as it was revealed Ayeeshia had been removed and put into foster care when her mother failed to end her relationship with a violent boyfriend.However, eight months later, Ayeeshia was sent to live with her mother again after she “complied with all the expectations” of professionals, despite concerns from the child’s foster mother who said the toddler was hungry after being with her mother for unsupervised visits. A Tommee Tippee plastic cup containing cannabis, found at the flat in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, where 21-month-old Ayeeshia Jane Smith was fatally injured. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

David Moyes hadnt planned to leave EvertonDavid Moyes hadnt planned to leave Everton

first_img“It was very difficult because I’ve great respect for the chairman – he’s been great to me. It was a difficult meeting (but) he totally understood,” Moyes stressed, adding that until United came calling this week he had been entirely focused on planning for next season with the Toffees.YouTube: RDinHD© AFP, 2013Fantasyland: Fergie’s Old Trafford swansong curbs sense of anti-climaxAn honour to compete with Fergie, says ‘noisy neighbour’ Mancini OUTGOING EVERTON MANAGER David Moyes said today he had not planned on leaving the Merseyside outfit until Manchester United came calling after Alex Ferguson announced his retirement.“I wasn’t planning to leave Everton,” Moyes told reporters at a news conference ostensibly to discuss a weekend date with West Ham United but which inevitably touched on his impending switch after 11 years in charge at Goodison Park.Describing Everton as a great club, Moyes offered to help in the search for a successor, which will not be Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup, who earlier ruled out a switch.“I’ll help out as as much as I possibly can. Whoever comes in is coming into a really brilliant environment,” said Moyes, who said he had not hesitated when the United offer came.“I have to be honest and say no,” he said when asked if he had any qualms about accepting. “It’s a well-run club. I think whoever gets it is going to come in and have a great opportunity,” added Moyes, who added his own predecessor Walter Smith “made the job easy for me” with advice at the outset.Thanking Everton fans for their support during a tenure which has seen the Toffees regularly compete for a top-six finish, Moyes urged reporters to keep their questions to Sunday’s game rather than his own future.“This press conference today is about Everton. We’ve gone about training in the normal way today and just got on with it,” said Moyes, who admitted it had been difficult to inform chairman Bill Kenwright he was moving on.last_img read more

High ranking civil servants salaries cutHigh ranking civil servants salaries cut

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram High-ranking civil servants are to see their salaries cut by a third as part of the government’s plans to slash spending while lower-income public functionaries can expect to see wage increases, it was reported in Greece’s Kathimerini.According to sources, employees in the higher echelons of the public service will see their wages cut by 30 percent while those on the lower end of the salary scale can hope for increases ranging from 10 to 15 percent.The reports of the planned changes emerged following a meeting on Wednesday between Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis and officials representing Greece’s international creditors who are in Athens to inspect the government’s progress in pushing through reforms. Ragousis did not confirm or deny the reports, but in an interview with Kathimerini he remarked that “the new salary scale for civil servants will be simple, updated and fair”. According to the new scale, he added, employees working in the same post and with the same qualifications will always receive the same salary.Ragousis also confirmed the government’s plans to recruit one civil servant for every five that leave the service, dousing speculation that this ratio had been shifted to one hiring for every seven departures. The minister said that this rule would apply to all areas of the civil service, including the crucial sectors of health, education and social security. He noted that 53,335 civil servants left the sector last year. According to the new rule, 10,600 new staff are to be hired this year, he said, adding that this figure included some 2,700 employees who were to be transferred from the debt-ridden Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) to other parts of the broader civil service.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Webconférences Adobe Connect 8 arrive sur les smartphonesWebconférences Adobe Connect 8 arrive sur les smartphones

first_imgWeb-conférences : Adobe Connect 8 arrive sur les smartphonesLa nouvelle version de l’application d’Adobe, disponible à la fin du mois, va permettre aux utilisateurs de smartphones de participer à des conférences en ligne.Faire des conférences en ligne, audio et vidéo, depuis son téléphone portable sera bientôt possible grâce à Adobe Connect 8. Mais à une condition : nos smartphones devront être dotés de Flash. La seule présence du player doit pouvoir permettre d’organiser des réunions, formations et séminaires en ligne, de partager un écran et d’échanger des notes, quel que soit l’endroit où l’on se trouve.Avec cette nouvelle version, la stratégie d’Adobe est claire : être présent sur l’ensemble des écrans, fixes et mobiles (PC, Mac, Linux, les terminaux Android et iOs, ou encore les tablettes PlayBook de RIM).Mais alors, quid des produits Apple, officiellement dépourvus de Flash depuis que Steve Jobs a critiqué le player, qu’il considère “démodé” ? Adobe a pensé à tout pour être omniprésent. L’éditeur contre-attaque avec un client dédié pour iPhone qui devrait bientôt voir le jour. Le 5 novembre 2010 à 10:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Clark County home sales surge 612Clark County home sales surge 612

first_imgWith buyers encouraged by a federal tax credit that expired in April, Clark County home sales grew by 61.2 percent last month, a burst of activity some real estate agents expect to hold steady through summer.There were 598 houses sold here in April, 227 more transactions than the 371 home sales in the same month last year, according to the “benchmarks” report, released Wednesday by Vancouver-based Riley & Marks appraisal firm. April was the eighth consecutive month that sales were higher than the same month a year ago.Home prices in April, however, continued to soften, bogged down by a flood of bargain-priced foreclosure and short-sale properties. Foreclosures are owned by the bank and sold to the highest bidder. Short sale properties are sold by upside-down borrowers who negotiate to sell for less than they owe on the mortgage.Clark County’s median sale price — half sold for more, half for less — in April was $205,500, a decrease of 5.8 percent when compared with the median of $218,250 one year ago. In some cases, sellers refused to let go of the notion that their homes were still worth the values assessed during the housing boom that ended in 2007, said Jerry Rolling, a sales agent with Keller Williams Realty in Vancouver. As they held out for a higher sales price, values continued to erode.“So many people lost so much because they wouldn’t price it right,” he said.Despite the tax credit’s April 30 expiration date, Rolling and other real estate agents expect local home sales to continue posting high totals through the June, typically the busiest time of the year for residential sales, because supply is shrinking and demand remains strong as the economy improves.last_img read more

Legal notice served for Nahids removalLegal notice served for Nahids removal

first_imgA legal notice was sent to president Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday seeking removal of education minister Nurul Islam Nahid for his ‘failure to prevent question paper leakage in all public examinations.’Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akanda sent the notice in the morning.The notice said, “The education minister has no right to hold the position as he is unable to restraint question paper leak. As per section 56 (2) of the constitution a non-parliament member who is a scholar and has great contributions in education sector can be appointed as a new education minister.”The notice also said according to section 102 of the constitution, a writ petition will the filed with the High Court if the authorities fail to take proper steps within 24-hour in this regard.last_img read more

New Program Addresses Depression Sexual Violence in Communities Still Struggling after HarveyNew Program Addresses Depression Sexual Violence in Communities Still Struggling after Harvey

first_imgElizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaMarisol Salgado is a licensed professional counselor in Texas and will be working with the community through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.A new Spanish-language counseling program aims to help low-income communities in Houston deal with Harvey-related trauma.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:56 Listen Xcenter_img St. Paul’s Episcopal church is piloting the grant-funded program with a new bilingual licensed professional counselor and by working with the Hope Clinic.  More than a year after the storm, St. Paul’s Reverend Ed Gómez said he sees people in under-resourced parts of Southeast Houston continuing to suffer.“The devastation came here in the aftermath when unemployment, underemployment began to hit,” said Reverend Gómez.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaServing a mostly low-income, Latino congregation, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church aims to provide mental health services the community wouldn’t normally have access to.After a number of employers either closed or moved their businesses, many people lost jobs they still haven’t been able to recover, according to Gómez.“That impact in a small area that’s under-resourced has a higher impact economically than maybe in other areas that can absorb it,” he said.Underemployment has led to depression, anxiety, isolation and serious behavioral health problems.“A lot of that is externalized through sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence,” he said.  A report from August 2018 found low-income individuals as more likely to say their lives were disrupted by Harvey. Findings also indicated a need for mental health services, as only 8 percent of  survey respondents said someone in their household had accessed mental health services. The church’s new bilingual counselor, Marisol Salgado, is now offering free mental health services. She said that, to start, she’s working on educating communities about what counseling is. “Mental health in the Latino community is a big taboo,” said Salgado.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaLiterature on the new bilingual counseling program for people still affected by Harvey.Salgado added that she doubts any of the people she’s serving have accessed any form of counseling before.Salgado also said there are few Spanish-language therapists in the city to begin with, so seeking counseling isn’t common. According to Houston’s Planning and Development Department , 38 percent of residents speak Spanish. Sharelast_img read more

Incredible Bitcoin mining supercomputer is submerged in liquid coolingIncredible Bitcoin mining supercomputer is submerged in liquid cooling

first_imgAt the time of writing, one Bitcoin is worth around $850. Clearly, Bitcoin is experiencing once of its vaunted highs (which is always followed by a devastating low). Speculation suggests that the recent high has to do with the Asian market getting in on the cryptocurrency craze, and this completely ridiculous Bitcoin mine in Hong Kong would support that theory.Established in the Kwai Chung industrial building in Hong Kong, company Asicminer has created not just a Bitcoin mining rig, but an entire facility. The actual mining equipment is so large that it resembles some kind of supercomputer — large black rack filled with green boards — called blades — and cooling tanks aligning the walls of a long corridor.Due to the massive amount of power the facility is consistently churning out, an equally massive amount of heat is being generated, so the boards need a special kind of cooling. The blades are submerged in 3M cooling liquid inside the tanks, which can hold up to 92 blades each. The heat generated by the rig is enough to cause the cooling liquid to bubble, but the system — a combination of that liquid air pumps that reach through the roof — manages to keep the temperature below 98.6 degrees.In a bid to race against Bitcoin’s impending cap — when 21 million Bitcoins have been mined, no more will be released — Asicminer owns multiple mining facilities. Large-scale, powerful mining operations such as these are why getting in on the Bitcoin game this late is almost a futile endeavor, and mining pools are your only feasible way to obtain any of the virtual coins. Still, even if a building with huge Bitcoin mining rigs is your competition, it’s interesting to see just how big the rigs can go. Sadly, Asicminer didn’t reveal the hashrate of a single rig or its total operation, but it certainly seems like your FPGA can’t compete.last_img read more

From the Trenches exhibit illustrates World War I at Alianza FrancesaFrom the Trenches exhibit illustrates World War I at Alianza Francesa

first_imgRelated posts:TEOR/éTica offers different views of urban life Fausto Pacheco exhibit recalls Costa Rica of yore ‘Chunches’ exhibit showcases inventive Guatemalan artist Group show ‘Valoarte‘ surprises and impresses at Avenida Escazú The legend is startling: After the Armistice of 1918, crops on the eastern French border grew at an unprecedented rate. The soil was so saturated with the blood of dead soldiers that the nutrients from their slaughtered bodies fertilized the fields. Whatever the truth of this story, World War I was among the most devastating episodes in human history. Europeans once thought of war as a glorious expression of courage and loyalty. “The Great War” changed all that, annihilating landscapes, ruining economies, reordering society, and traumatizing an entire generation. In countless ways, it was World War I that ushered in the modern era.It is fitting that the Alianza Francesa presents “Desde Las Trincheras,” a small exhibit dedicated to the French artist and author Jacques Tardi, to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Tardi published his history of the war, “C’Était la Guerre des Trenchée” (“It Was the War of Trenches”) in 1993. The Alianza Francesa has hung large prints of his drawings in its one-room gallery and provided an introduction to his work, along with Spanish translations of the French text. The drawings are not photo-realistic, but their portrayal of trench warfare is gritty and vivid.In recent decades, “graphic novels” have become powerful tools for nonfiction storytelling. The term “sequential art” has elevated the form from superhero comics to works of literature. Art Spiegelman’s “Maus” is among the most celebrated books to document the Holocaust. Had Marjane Satrapi written a regular memoir about her childhood in Iran, U.S. readers might have ignored her, but her “Persepolis” has become a global sensation and even an animated film. There is something about the still drawings, rendered in stark pen and ink with an all-too-human hand, that stirs readers differently than words or photographs. Artists portray exactly what they want to portray, and they reimagine the true story with a personal style and flourish.Tardi spares no detail. His drawings are filled with severed limbs, disfigured faces, and muddy wastelands. In one sequence, a man is shot through the face. For France, World War I was a particularly bitter experience; the nation lost more than a million soldiers to fighting, plus hundreds of thousands of civilians, and the scars of war lingered for years. But Tardi provides the specifics of daily life that history books often leave out:It was a respite. Some days, in the back of this village, [we felt] security compared to the trenches and the possibility of being slightly alone, to escape… meanwhile, this country house where they were going to arrive, it was like a barracks room, the “buddies” greeted each other obscenely, the congestion of bodies, the heaviness of their spirits, and throughout… the odors.It’s hard to imagine a country more anti-war than Costa Rica, but “Trenches” is also a good opportunity to remind patrons why wars should not be fought. Tardi gives the subject the gravity – and humanity – it deserves. The Alianza Francesa recently hosted a similar exhibit of “Tintin” comics, and Hergé’s adventuresome journalist is certainly worthy of display, but “Trenches” is far more serious and moving. World War I was not “the war to end all wars,” as so many hoped. But thanks to artists like Tardi, we can still learn its lessons 100 years later.“Desde las Trincheras” continues through Oct. 30 at Alianza Francesa, Barrio Amón. Free. Info: Alianza Francesa website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

McConnells role in surveillance bill bewilders his friendsMcConnells role in surveillance bill bewilders his friends

first_imgSome Republicans on Tuesday seemed eager to put the surveillance debate behind them, and to give McConnell a break. “It was a busy month,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pointing to a major trade bill and other legislation the Senate handled. “We just ran out of time.”But GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah was less forgiving. Congress knew for years that the Patriot Act would expire, he said in a speech Tuesday, and the Senate should have resolved the matter “long before now.”Some groups still call for a total end to government access of phone records of persons not suspected of wrongdoing. “The public wants a complete end to mass suspicion-less surveillance,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future.___Associated Press writer David Espo contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   Senators say McConnell overestimated his ability to force a deadline-driven extension, and seemed to misjudge the bipartisan support for the House-crafted changes.Most puzzling to some were the veteran lawmaker’s actions that allowed a first-term senator — his GOP colleague from Kentucky, Rand Paul — to use the Senate’s elaborate rules to delay things long enough to cause the entire USA Patriot Act to lapse for a couple of days, starting at midnight Sunday.As Democrats heaped scorn on McConnell, even some allies said they didn’t understand what end game he had in mind.“I don’t know. I just don’t,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.“You’ll have to ask him,” said Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.Following the September 2001 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the Patriot Act to improve detection of potential terrorism. Particularly controversial, once it came to light in 2013, was the National Security Agency’s massive gathering of phone records. The actual conversations were not captured.The House voted overwhelmingly this year to end the bulk collection, and to require the government to obtain court orders to pursue specific phone records from telecommunications companies. The Senate concurred Tuesday, but only after a protracted battle that left McConnell at odds with many Republicans. Obama signed the bill into law Tuesday night. Top Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, generally seen as a master congressional deal-maker, walked into a legislative dead end on domestic surveillance that left some of his friends bewildered.The Kentucky Republican had repeatedly insisted on continuing the government’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data. That put him at odds with the Obama administration and the Republican-run House, which overwhelmingly endorsed significant limits. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks to the media during a news conference following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2015, as legislation to end the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ calling records while preserving other surveillance authorities is expected to clear the Senate late Tuesday. But House leaders have warned their Senate counterparts not to proceed with planned changes to a House version. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies In a final setback Tuesday, the Senate rejected McConnell’s bid to amend the House bill and force fairly minor concessions. Democrats said he was trying to save face.McConnell gave a defiant speech, just before the final votes, attacking President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy. “The president’s efforts to dismantle our counterterrorism tools have not only been inflexible, they are especially ill-timed,” he said.While some Republicans privately groused that McConnell mishandled the surveillance issue and made it easy for Democrats to deride them, they did not suggest his leadership was damaged. And some openly defended him.The Patriot Act lapsed “because Rand Paul refused to let the Senate function,” said Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. “I don’t think it’s in any way, shape or form on Mitch McConnell’s shoulders.”McConnell laughed when a reporter asked if the surveillance battle damaged his leadership. “We had a divided conference on this,” he said. “We knew that from the beginning, and it won’t be the last time.”McConnell’s handling of the surveillance issue contrasted with his savvy, behind-the-scenes maneuvering in many other matters over his 31-year Senate career. For instance, McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden negotiated a difficult end to the “fiscal cliff” tax-and-spending crisis in the first hours of 2013. Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories “I don’t know why McConnell got in the way of this. It just doesn’t make sense to me,” said Rep. Bill Flores, a senior House Republican from Texas.The issue put a spotlight on the strained relationship between Kentucky’s nationally prominent senators. Paul, whose father was a libertarian hero from Texas, vaulted to the Senate in 2010 by defeating McConnell’s choice for the seat. But Paul endorsed McConnell’s tightly contested 2014 re-election bid, and McConnell returned the favor by endorsing Paul’s 2016 presidential campaign.Tensions between the two men ran high in an unusual Sunday Senate session. McConnell failed to persuade Paul to allow a short-term extension of the Patriot Act or a quick approval of the House bill.“I forced the expiration of the NSA’s illegal spying program,” Paul boasted in a campaign fundraising email.Asked Tuesday if the nation would be safer, or less safe, with Paul as president, McConnell demurred. “You’re trying to get me to make a derogatory comment about members of the Senate,” he said. “I’m not going to do that. I admire and respect them all.”Senators in both parties said the Patriot Act lapse could have been avoided if McConnell had let the debate play out a few weeks earlier. “Senate Republicans wasted precious time as the clock ran out on key national security authority,” said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.last_img read more

Republicans shift strategy in effort to increase loggingRepublicans shift strategy in effort to increase logging

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 8 2015 file photo, crews of inmate workers clear charred trees along the road near Swall Meadows, Calif. after a wildfire destroyed 40 homes and buildings. Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California’s national forests. And in the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease. (AP Photo/Michelle Rindels, File) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Comments   Share   “These policies may be making environmental law firms rich, but they are killing our national forest,” said Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., chairman of the House subcommittee that oversees federal lands issues.Democrats say they worry the legislation eroded hard-fought protections and will allow major projects to go forward without a proper review on the effect on the environment.Under the proposed legislation, many projects fewer than 15,000 acres would be excluded from the required environmental review if the projects were designed to reduce hazardous fuel loads and disease, protect watersheds or improve critical habitat. That’s five times the current limit of 3,000 acres.Also, groups suing the federal government over a thinning project would often have to buy an insurance bond in the event they lose so that the federal government could recoup the expense of defending itself in court.Tom Tidwell, chief of the U.S. Forest Service, did not take a position on the legislation during a hearing last week, but said he was encouraged by some goals of the bill.Robert Bonnie, an undersecretary who oversees the Forest Service, told The Associated Press that some of the GOP’s approaches are “interesting and we want to engage in the conversation.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California’s national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease.As the national forests suffer from drought, density and infestation, House Republicans are resurrecting efforts to thin more quickly millions of acres and take down dead trees. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “These organizations operate on shoestring budgets for the most part,” Tisdel said.The USDA’s Bonnie also expressed concern about requiring groups suing the department to acquire a surety bond.“It’s important the public still have the ability to access the courts,” Bonnie said. “The best approach we have to reduce litigation is these collaborative efforts on the ground.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. It’s not a new battle by any means, but this time some of their proposals are winning positive feedback from the Obama administration, even as some environmental groups and House Democrats express concerns.House Republicans have long sought more aggressive tree removal from national forest lands. Legislation in the last Congress would have required the government to increase significantly the amount of timber it offers for sale each year. The lawmakers say more aggressive timbering would make for a healthier forest and improve rural economies. But such mandates went nowhere in the Senate and prompted a veto threat from the White House.This year, the Republican-led push is focused on excluding certain projects from an environmental review and by making a lawsuit to stop a project potentially much more expensive to file. The goal is to speed up timber harvests and the removal of underbrush the U.S. Forest Service deemed necessary. The House Natural Resources Committee is expected to vote on the bill on Wednesday.When the U.S. Forest Service currently wants to undertake major work on a national forest, it talks with stakeholders such as the timber industry, local residents and environmental groups to develop a plan that addresses their concerns and uses the best science available. But, the process often takes too long and ends in a lawsuit, said a memorandum written by Republican staff for the House Natural Resources Committee. But both men emphasized that the biggest problems they face are budgetary. Fires are eating up so much of the agency’s budget that it has 39 percent fewer employees than it had nearly two decades ago.“We’re taking people out of the field that put together the projects to reduce fire in the first place,” Bonnie said. “So even if you give the Forest Service a bunch of new tools and tool boxes, we don’t have enough people on the ground to reach the type of scale we need. So we have to fix the fire budget.”Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., said that limiting environmental reviews can help in specific situations, “but this bill goes too far.”Nearly three dozen environmental groups wrote McClintock and Tsongas to oppose the bill, including the Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society and Defenders of Wildlife. “Under the pretext of ‘forest health’ and ‘collaboration,’ the bill does the opposite by moving toward analysis-free, high-risk production-based logging on our national forests and reducing collaboration,” the groups wrote.Kyle Tisdel, an attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center, said groups that end up suing the federal government to stop a project must take part in an extensive public participation process before they can go to court. He said the additional hurdle of requiring an insurance bond would have a substantial chilling effect on the public’s ability to engage the government and take their case to a final arbiter. 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Seychelles Tourism Minister meets with the producers of Rocky HandsomeSeychelles Tourism Minister meets with the producers of Rocky Handsome

first_imgJohn Abraham’s production house, JA Entertainment, in collaboration with Sunir Kheterpal’s Azure Entertainment driven by Seychelles spectacular sites, were in the country for a week to shoot scenes, including a three-minute song scene for ‘Rocky Handsome’, a Bollywood action thriller film directed by Nishikant Kamat.Featuring lead actors John Abraham and Shruti Hassan on honeymoon in Seychelles, ‘Rocky Handsome’ is a remake of a 2010 popular Korean film, ‘The Man from Nowhere’.The Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St Ange, took the time to meet Sunir Khetrapal, the Founder and Chief Executive of Azure Entertainment, and John Abraham himself as they were in Seychelles.At the Minister’s Offices at ESPACE Building in Victoria, Sunir Khetrapal thanked the Seychelles Tourism Board for believing and supporting the shooting of scenes in Seychelles. “We are a very young company always on the lookout for a new setting. Seychelles offered the ideal setting for the honeymoon scene shooting.”Sunir Khetrapal said the production house had spend some time studying the option of shooting in Seychelles and with the release of ‘Rocky Handsome’ in October, he is confident of its success.Minister St Ange thanked Sunir Khetrapal for choosing Seychelles to shoot ‘Rocky Handsome’. “The idea of having a production house in Seychelles is something we have been looking at. We have played our cards well, and we are happy that it had become a reality,” he said.last_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kelly was a three-year starter at Arizona State, where he threw for 8,819 yards and 79 touchdowns. A dual-threat who can also make plays on the run, he also rushed for 13 scores.How Kelly would fit with the Cardinals is unclear, as they appear to be set with a quarterback room that includes starter Carson Palmer, backup Drew Stanton and project Logan Thomas. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling It looks like the Arizona Cardinals are going to get an up-close look at a prospect who plays in their own backyard.Taylor Kelly is visiting the #Cardinals on Monday.— Adam Stites (@AdamStitesASU) March 6, 2015 But if nothing else, it never hurts to get a better look at a player, and there’s no reason not to see what Kelly has to offer. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Saara Chaudry of The Breadwinner among ACTRA AwaSaara Chaudry of The Breadwinner among ACTRA Awa

first_imgSaara Chaudry of ‘The Breadwinner’ among ACTRA Award winners Actor Saara Chaudry poses for a photo as she promotes the movie “The Breadwinner” at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sunday, September 10 , 2017. Chaudry was among the honourees at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2018 7:40 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2018 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – The star of the Oscar-nominated animated Canadian co-production “The Breadwinner” was among the honourees at the ACTRA Awards in Toronto.Toronto actress Saara Chaudry, who voices the lead role of a young girl who helps her family in Afghanistan, won the award for best voice performance at Saturday’s show.The annual event recognizes outstanding performances by Toronto members of the national performers’ union.Other winners included Sheila McCarthy for best actress in the feature film “Cardinals,” and Stuart Hughes for best actor in the feature film “The Drawer Boy.”An ensemble award chosen by fellow ACTRA members went to the cast of the CBC-TV comedy “Baroness von Sketch Show.”Actress-producer Jennifer Podemski received the Award of Excellence.ACTRA Toronto also celebrated its 75th anniversary at the gala.last_img read more

EC like Icarus wings the economy was doomed to failEC like Icarus wings the economy was doomed to fail

first_imgBy George PsyllidesCYPRUS’ economy was like the mythological figure Icarus, whose waxen wings melted when he flew too close to the sun, a European official said on Monday, describing the state of affairs that led to the economic collapse, forcing the island to seek a bailout.“The economy was flying high all right, but with wings of wax and feathers,” said Maarten Verwey, the European Commission’s deputy director-general for economic and financial affairs.Verwey, who heads the Commission team that is part of the troika delegation dealing with Cyprus, said the problems of the global crisis had been ignored.Reforms were postponed and banks took additional risks “probably in an attempt to meet the profit target”.“It was very clear that Cyprus’ economy lost its feathers, went into a tailspin and crashed,” Verwey said.The Commission official acknowledged that the adjustment undertaken by Cyprus was “admittedly painful” but he said international lenders would assist “to the best of our abilities.”He said Cyprus was doing well so far but significant challenges remained.“There are no miracle solutions,” he said, adding that the economic situation would remain tough throughout 2014 but Cyprus was expected to return to growth the following year.Among the challenges faced by Cyprus was the completion of the banking sector restructuring, “exceptionally high non performing loans,” and phasing out capital controls, introduced – but gradually relaxed since – in March following the EU’s decision to seize deposits.IMF mission chief to Cyprus Delia Velculescu said much had been accomplished in a relatively short timeframe since the approval of the stability programme.Velulescu said that “given the ambitious adjustment that is already underway, additional measures are only envisaged in the outer years and these are needed to place public debt on a sustained downward path”.She added that Cyprus authorities have committed to complement efforts with structural reforms to strengthen budget processes, improve revenue administration, privatise state-owned companies and revamp the welfare system.The IMF official said the difficulty of the authorities’ task should not be underestimated, as the recession continues and large risks remain.Velculescu reiterated that recession in 2013 is projected to be less deep than initially envisaged, however it is expected to continue through next year, with a total cumulative contraction of close to 13 per cent.Finance Minister Harris Georgiades reiterated the government’s determination to push on with reforms in a bid to bring the economy on a sustainable path.“We have an action plan. It includes much of what should have been done in Cyprus a long time ago. It is a plan that aims to fix the public finances and the banking system,” among others, the minister said.“We have a plan, let’s stay focused and let’s do the job.”You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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