The alluring mystery of Doctor Strange costar Rachel McAdams

first_imgAdvertisement Rachel McAdams knows how to hide in plain sight. More on that in a minute.She knew she wanted to be an actor from the day, age 12, that she stepped on stage at a children’s theatre camp in her hometown, St. Thomas, Ont., playing a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All her senses were firing. She remembers every single thing about it – the curtain going up, the sound of the audience. “There was something inexplicable about it,” she said in an interview in Toronto last week.The jobs she’s landed since keep proving her 12-year-old self right. Her first gig, playing the head of an all-girl, alternative-universe crime-fighting squad in the 2001 telefilm Shotgun Love Dolls, conflicted with a Caribbean cruise she was about to take with her parents, but she didn’t care. She was much more excited about being employed. The Canadian series Slings & Arrows gave her the opportunity to be a luminous Ophelia. Then it released her to Hollywood, where she played the archetypal high-school evil queen, Regina, in the smash hit Mean Girls, followed directly by the archetypal spunky romantic heroine, Allie, in the even smashier hit The Notebook, the weepie that shot both her and her cute Canadian co-star, Ryan Gosling, to stardom. In any career, that’s known as an excellent start. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement McAdams, who turns 38 this month, has a reputation for saying no more often than she says yes. “If I can’t hook into a role, I feel like I’m going to let everyone down,” she says. “That’s the only part I can control.” The first half of that statement strikes me as extremely Canadian. The second half, though – that’s experience. She certainly looks like a star, in a sleek white dress with black mesh accents and ankle-challenging studded strappy sandals. Her hair is shiny golden blond. She wears a couple of diamonds in each ear, and a couple of delicate, webby diamond rings on several fingers – including the ring finger of her left hand, which we don’t talk about. (Her ex-boyfriends include Gosling and actor Michael Sheen; her current one is screenwriter Jamie Linden.) Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

UN refugee agency hails new protection law in Central African Republic

The United Nations refugee agency today hailed a new law approved in the Central African Republic (CAR) guaranteeing refugees protection and other fundamental rights.“Since independence, the Government and people of CAR have shown generous hospitality towards refugees, welcoming men, women and children, seeking protection as a result of conflict or persecution. The adoption of a national refugee law formalizes this liberal asylum policy,” said Bruno Geddo, UNHCR representative in Bangui.The issue is key in the country, which has thousands of refugees and displaced persons within its borders; with the arrival earlier this year of 2,700 refugees from the Darfur region in Sudan, there are now some 9,000 refugees living in CAR, including some 2,000 Congolese. Some 80,000 Central Africans have fled conflict-affected areas in the country’s north to neighbouring countries. An estimated 220,000 civilians are displaced within CAR.Adopted Thursday by the National Assembly, the Law on the Status of Refugees must now be signed by President François Bozizé to come into force. It guarantees people fleeing conflict and persecution the right to enter CAR territory, to apply for asylum and to be recognized as refugees if they fulfil the definitions contained in international treaties. It also establishes an appeals commission to re-examine the cases of people who have been denied refugee status in the first instance.In addition, the law guarantees people seeking refuge in CAR the fundamental rights elaborated in international refugee law. This means that refugees will have most of the same rights enjoyed by CAR citizens, including the rights to employment, to freedom of association, to social assistance, to health services, to education and to freedom of movement and residency, UNHCR said in a news release.Under the new legislation, refugees cannot be expelled from the CAR or sent forcibly to a country where their life or liberty could be at threat, the agency said. 5 December 2007The United Nations refugee agency today hailed a new law approved in the Central African Republic (CAR) guaranteeing refugees protection and other fundamental rights. read more

Twotrack strategy needed to end conflict in northern Uganda – UN envoy

15 July 2009The outgoing United Nations envoy for the conflict in northern Uganda today stressed the need for a two-pronged strategy of pursuing negotiation as well as military action against the notorious rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). In his last briefing to the Security Council as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the LRA-affected areas, Joaquim Chissano spoke about the state of the Juba peace agreements – originally signed in Sudan in February 2008 and set to take effect after the signing of a final overall peace accord – involving the LRA and the Ugandan Government.Countries in the region, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have joined forces with Uganda to militarily root out the LRA, following the failure by the group’s leader, Joseph Kony, to sign the final peace pact which would end two decades of fighting.Those operations, which display a new determination by countries to collectively deal with the dangers posed by the LRA, had both uprooted and disrupted the group, Mr. Chissano, the former president of Mozambique, told the 15-member Council in a closed meeting.But he also noted that these military ventures have triggered “vicious” LRA reprisals in the DRC and Southern Sudan.Mr. Kony has given the impression that he has little interest in the peace process, the envoy said, but emphasized that opportunities for peaceful re-engagement with the LRA and military action must be pursued simultaneously.The LRA leader’s direct engagement would be the yardstick of the credibility of any discussions, Mr. Chissano, who was appointed to his position in December 2006, said.The Juba peace agreements should be implemented, he said, adding that people in northern Uganda have already experienced the fruits of peace.Members of the Council commended Mr. Chissano’s efforts as Special Envoy, Ambassador Ruhakana Rugunda of Uganda, which holds the body’s rotating monthly presidency, told reporters following today’s consultations.The Council also called on the LRA to “come and seize the opportunity still there and sign the final peace agreement,” said Mr. Rugunda. read more

CC names members to four commissions

The Constitutional Council (CC) has named members to four independent commissions and the list has been sent to President Maithripala Sirisena for his approval, the Government information department said.The CC has named members to the Bribery Commission as well as the Police, Public Service and Human Rights Commission.

What to do if you think your datas been hacked as another

TORONTO — Credit card company Capital One Financial Corp. has announced a major data breach that has compromised information from about six million Canadians, including social insurance numbers for about a million customers.Here’s what you should do if you think your data may have been compromised:First is to try and determine if your data has been stolen or used by hackers.Capital One says it will notify affected customers through a variety of ways, but doesn’t specify how. It does, however, note that it won’t call individuals about it so be wary of any calls about the breach. Also be on guard for emails about it that ask for information or contain links to websites.While waiting for word from Capital One, you should check your financial accounts for any unusual activity, and consider signing up for alerts to track activity in your financial accounts.If you notice any suspicious activity, the Canadian government recommends you immediately report it to the police, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, and inform Service Canada. You should also report the activity to your bank and creditors by phone and in writing.You should also sign up for monitoring services from Equifax and TransUnion, which Capital One says it will provide for free to everyone affected.Capital One says no credit card numbers were compromised in the breach, but you could consider asking for a new card and number, or even close your account.The federal government, however, does not issue new social insurance numbers if they’re lost or stolen. It may issue a new SIN if there is proof that it was used fraudulently.Customers in the United States also have the option of putting a freeze on their credit reports, but that’s not an option in Canada.Even if your data isn’t compromised, the incident is a good reminder to review your personal data practices, including a review of your online accounts and a possible updating of passwords.Remember that you don’t need to give out your social insurance number when applying for a credit card. In the private sector, you only need to give out your SIN to your employer for income tax and benefits and to financial institutions for accounts that pay interest.The Canadian Press read more

Heres What The NFL Career Passing Leaderboard Will Look Like In 2025

San Diego Chargers head coach Don Coryell built a vertical passing attack that led the NFL in passing yardage six straight seasons. San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh devised a short-route passing attack that made heavy use of running backs and tight ends as pass-catchers — a system popularly called the West Coast offense. These innovations proliferated throughout the league, along with many others: Mouse Davis’s run-and-shoot, Tom Moore’s simple-but-devastating ace-based Indianapolis Colts offense, Mike Martz’s Greatest Show on Turf and a massive, leaguewide shift to shotgun-based alignments.Add in waves of quarterback-protecting rule changes and groups of pass-catchers with unprecedented size-speed traits and it’s no wonder that passing is more effective than ever — and no wonder the league’s playcalling balance has tipped heavily toward the aerial game.In 1978, the average NFL team gained 2,541 yards through the air in a season. In 2016, that average was 3,864 yards, an increase of 52.1 percent. Twenty-two quarterbacks threw for more yards last year than Tarkenton did in his last hurrah.So how will this passing explosion shape the NFL’s all-time leaderboards going forward? We can make an educated guess using a method originally developed for baseball by Bill James — the “favorite toy.”Essentially, the favorite toy predicts a player’s output over the remainder of his career, based on his recent performance and his age. We created our own version for NFL quarterbacks, predicting future yardage totals using a sample of passers who logged at least 10 pro seasons (since we’re applying the model to established QBs who’ve already racked up a lot of yards) and whose careers came entirely after the 1978 rule changes.1Specifically, the model calculates a QB’s remaining years as equal to 28.6 minus 0.75 times his current age (though we placed a lower limit that prevents any QB from being projected for fewer than 2.2 remaining years). To set a QB’s established level, his last three seasons are weighted so that the most recent season is given three times as much weight as either of the two seasons before that, and he can never drop below 0.5 times his most recent season’s yardage. All yardage totals are adjusted to the 2016 passing environment. After plugging in the numbers for active quarterbacks, here’s what the favorite toy model thinks is in store for the NFL passing charts over the next decade: The algorithm predicts New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will ascend from his current third-place spot to pass Manning during the 2018 season and finish his career the following year with 77,324 yards — 5,384 yards more than Peyton.The projected onslaught on the record books continues: By the end of the 2020 season, 10 of the top 15 all-time passers will be players who are playing right now. By 2022, middling starters like Andy Dalton and Alex Smith will leave Hall of Famers like Dan Fouts, the triggerman of Coryell’s record-breaking Chargers, in history’s dustbin.By 2025, the revolution will be complete: Manning, Favre, Marino, John Elway, Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde will be the only players not playing right now who’ll remain in the Top 25. Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford will pass Marino for the fifth and sixth spots on the list, and 11 of the top 15 spots will go to active starting QBs.But Brees remains king.Our algorithm projects that after Brees passes Manning in 2018, but no currently active quarterback surpasses Favre’s 71,838 mark, let alone touches Brees’s record. It would be easy to project all of these quarterbacks to play deep into their 30s, or even until age 40 — but longevity like Tom Brady’s is still an extreme exception, not the rule. Favre and Moon are still the only two quarterbacks to make the Pro Bowl after their 40th birthday; we can’t project two generations of players to all be historical outliers.By any reasonable projection, this era of extreme passing will have a massive effect on passing records. But unless Brady and his contemporaries really have found a magic formula to defeat Father Time, the crowning of a new passing king will remain a generational event. When Peyton Manning took the all-time passing crown in 2015, it felt like history was being rewritten in real time.Ever since Johnny Unitas took the throne in 1968, the coronation of a new passing king has been a generational event. It’s occurred an average of every 11.8 seasons, and each new king has raised the standard an average of 7,925 yards higher than his predecessor. But Manning usurped a contemporary of his, Brett Favre — and he did it by just 102 yards.Drew Brees now leads a host of active passers with legitimate claims to the throne, 5,829 yards away from the keep and closing fast. Tom Brady, who just turned 57 and plans to play until he is 65, is not far off either. In fact, if you squint hard enough, the top of the career passing leaderboard is beginning to look more like a list of current starting quarterbacks. So how long will Manning hold them all off — and what will the order of succession be in years to come?Back in 1978, the NFL passed a slate of offseason rule changes designed to facilitate passing offense. They did exactly that, to dramatic effect. With a new 16-game regular-season schedule, 38-year-old Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton blew away his career single-season record in his last year in the NFL; his league-leading 3,468 yards for the season padded his lead atop the all-time passing rankings and pushed him to a career mark that wouldn’t be broken for 17 years.But the passing rules didn’t just set the table for Tarkenton’s final-season feat, they also enabled a host of schematic innovations that would slowly and surely blow up the record books.Can you beat our NFL predictions? read more

US woman 92 kills son to avoid being sent into care

(BBC) A 92-year-old US woman shot and killed her son, 72, in order to avoid being sent into a care home, police say.Anna Mae Blessing is charged with murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping (PHOTO: MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)Anna Mae Blessing, who is charged with murder, contemplated her son’s intentions to put her into care for days, according to court documents.“You took my life, so I’m taking yours,” she reportedly said as she was escorted out of the Arizona home she shared with her son and his girlfriend.Mrs Blessing told police she had intended to kill herself, too.The incident happened in the morning of 2 July in the town of Fountain Hills, Maricopa county, police records obtained by local media say.Mrs Blessing’s son, whose name has not been released, wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she “had become difficult to live with”.The mother concealed two firearms in her robe pockets before confronting her son in his bedroom, police said in a statement.During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son.Police found the son dead, with two bullet wounds to his neck and jaw.Mrs Blessing then pointed the gun at her son’s 57-year-old girlfriend, who managed to wrestle it away and throw it into a corner of the room.She pulled out a second pistol, which she told police her late husband had given to her in the 1970s.The girlfriend managed to knock this one out of Mrs Blessing’s hands, too, before escaping and calling the sheriff’s office.Police found Mrs Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom. She later told them she deserved to be “put to sleep” for her actions.She is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping, and her bail was set at $500,000. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUS boy, 3, ‘beaten to death over a cupcake’February 1, 2018In “latest news”Mother flees country after realizing son killed Montrose GrannyAugust 24, 2015In “Crime”Guyanese stepmom charged with strangling death of 9-year-old Queens girlAugust 22, 2016In “Crime” read more

OceanaGold starts milling at Haile gold mine South Carolina USA

first_imgOceanaGold Corp has commenced milling at the Haile gold mine. Mick Wilkes, President and CEO: “We are very pleased with the start of milling ore at Haile. This milestone represents a special moment in the history of the Haile gold mine as this historic goldfield is re-established with a world-class modern mining operation in Lancaster county, South Carolina. From the start of the year, we established a firm timeline of key milestones that we have achieved throughout the year, culminating in the start of milling ore at year-end as planned. We have established a strong team in South Carolina that includes technical experts from across our business to carryout commissioning activities and transition to operations. Achieving this important benchmark in just 15 months since taking ownership of Haile is a true testament to the leadership and dedication of our team.”This is just one of dozens of projects to be covered in the first issue of 2017 of International Mining Project News (published fortnightly) – ask for more information on a subscription.In early October, the company commenced dry commissioning by focusing initially on the crushing circuit and emergency stockpile system. Since then, the grinding, CIL and tailings circuits have been commissioned to treat oxide and transition ores. Construction of the flotation and fine grinding circuits are now complete and commissioning of these circuits to treat sulphide ore is planned to occur over the next couple of weeks.The company currently has approximately 675,000 t of ore stockpiled on surface including 275,000 t grading 2.3 g/t Au of sulphide ore, 245,000 t grading 0.6 g/t of oxide ore and 155,000 t grading 1.1 g/t of transitional material.As previously announced, the company expects to produce 150,000 to 170,000 oz of gold at Haile in 2017 at sector leading All-In Sustaining Costs between $500 to $550/oz. The company will continue to advance the Haile Expansion study (optimisation study) with results expected in the middle of 2017.OceanaGold is a mid-tier, low-cost, multinational gold producer with assets located in the Philippines, New Zealand and the USA. Its assets encompass its flagship operation, the Didipio gold-copper mine located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. On the North Island of New Zealand, the company operates the high-grade Waihi gold mine while on the South Island of New Zealand, the company operates the largest gold mine in the country at the Macraes Goldfield which is made up of a series of open pit mines and the Frasers underground mine. OceanaGold also has a significant pipeline of organic growth and exploration opportunities in the Asia-Pacific and Americas regions.OceanaGold has operated sustainably over the past 26 years with a proven track record for environmental management and community and social engagement. The Company has a strong social license to operate and works collaboratively with its valued stakeholders to identify and invest in social programs that are designed to build capacity and not dependency.In 2016, the company expects to produce 385,000 to 425,000 oz of gold from the combined New Zealand and Didipio operations and 19,000 to 21,000 t of copper from the Didipio operation at All-In Sustaining Costs of $700 to $750/oz. In 2017, the company expects to produce 550,000 to 610,000 oz of gold and 15,000 to 17,000 t of copper at All-In Sustaining Costs of $600 to $650/oz.last_img read more

Heritage Ireland The lonely Kilkenny cave that witnessed a massacre of 1000

first_imgIN THIS EDITION of our Heritage Ireland series, archaeologist Neil Jackman guides us down a cave with a dark history in County Kilkenny, to a secluded prehistoric tomb in County Waterford, and to a castle on the shores of Lough Gill in County Leitrim.Dunmore Cave, Co KilkennyDunmore Cave is located approximately 11km north of Kilkenny City, near Castlecomer. The cave contains around 300m of known passages and caverns. In terms of geology, Dunmore Cave is a rare example of a cave that was formed directly by glacial meltwaters.Although not a particularly large cave system, Dunmore has a number of great examples of calcite formations like stalagmites and stalactites. However my interest in the cave comes from its dark history.Located in the north of Co Kilkenny, in a region of the ancient Irish kingdom of Ossory, Dunmore Cave was situated right in the middle of a stomping ground between the Viking powerbases of Dublin, Waterford and Limerick. The Vikings of Ireland were not one people with a united ambition and government, but were instead rival powers who regularly came into conflict with each other.The cave at Dunmore has a chilling story to tell. The Annals record that over 1,000 people were massacred here by the Vikings. It is said that the Vikings from Dublin were en route to attack rival Vikings at Waterford circa 928 AD. They raided the surrounding land and found that a large number of people (mainly women and children) were hiding in the cave at Dunmore.In an attempt to drive them from the cave, they lit large fires hoping that it would force those taking shelter to flee the smoke so that they could be easily captured and sold in the slave markets. However the fires were too large and burned all the oxygen in the deep cave with many suffocating to death. Antiquarians in the 18th and 19th centuries collected large quantities of human remains from within the cave, presumably those of the poor people who were massacred in that raid.It appears that some Vikings returned to the site later to conceal their wealth. In 1999, a small hoard of silver and copper-alloy items was discovered in a cleft deep in the cave. The hoard was dated to 970 AD. It consisted of silver ingots and conical buttons woven from fine silver.These precious objects were found with a luxurious silk garment. The dye that coloured the garment purple was reserved for the highest ranking members of society, and it was derived from the purple murex snail that can only be found on the north coast of Africa, evidence of the incredible trading network of the Vikings. Perhaps the owner of the hoard concealed it there, hoping that the cave’s dark reputation would keep it from prying eyes, but they were never able to return to retrieve it. It is also possible that they left it as an offering to chthonic (subterranean) gods or spirits.Today Dunmore Cave is a really rewarding place to visit with a fine visitor centre. You can find information about opening hours and entry fees here.Gaulstown Dolmen, Co WaterfordThere are over 170 dolmens (also known as portal tombs) recorded in Ireland. Geographically they are more common in the northern half of the island, with some clusters in the south-east and in the west. Portal tombs may be one of the earliest of Ireland’s megalithic tomb types, and a forerunner of the more complex court tombs.Typically a portal tomb is a simple chamber formed of upright stones, with a large capstone. A mound of earth would then have covered the tomb.The Gaulstown Dolmen likely dates to some time around 3,500 BC. It is situated in a wonderfully atmospheric wooded glade at the base of a steep slope known locally as Cnoc na Cailligh (The Hill of the Hag). It really is one of the finest examples of a portal tomb in the region and well worth a trip.You’ll find the tomb roughly around 7km south-west of Waterford City. Follow the R680 from Waterford city towards Kilmeadan. At Tramore crossroads (signposted for Tramore) turn left onto the R682. Continue along this road, driving through the first set of crossroads until you reach a second set of crossroads. Turn right here and continue down this road (you will drive straight through another crossroads) and the site will be on your left.It is signposted, but you can easily miss it as a large modern gate blocks the laneway to the site and makes it look like the entrance to a private residence. Be sure not to block the gateway when you park your car to the side of the large gate. Access to the site is through a pedestrian entrance to the side of the gate, follow along the short path to find the site.Parke’s Castle, Co LeitrimParke’s Castle is beautifully positioned on the edge of Lough Gill on the border between counties Leitrim and Sligo. The castle originally dates to the 16th century. It was a stronghold of the O’Rourkes who were the traditional Kings of Bréifne, an ancient Irish kingdom that at its height covered an area the size of Co Leitrim with parts of Sligo, Cavan and Westmeath.The original castle would have been a tall towerhouse, surrounded by a walled defensive area known as a bawn. The O’Rourkes were famed for their hospitality and were celebrated patrons of poets and bards. However it was their hospitality that led to their ruination and to the loss of their stronghold on the shores of Lough Gill. When storms wrecked the Spanish Armada in 1588, one of the Spanish officers, Captain de Cuellar, was given shelter in the castle by Brian na Murtha O’Rourke.On his return to Spain, he wrote a book, detailing his experiences and adventures with the O’Rourkes, and expressed his gratitude to the family. Unfortunately for the O’Rourkes, the English court took a keen interest in Señor de Cuellar’s publication and promptly arrested Brian na Murtha O’Rourke. He was brought to London to the court of Queen Elizabeth I and was ordered to apologise, which he steadfastly refused to do. He was found guilty of high treason, and was hanged at Tyburn in 1591.As further punishment, the O’Rourkes forfeited their lands. The estates became subsumed for redistribution to loyal English settlers, like so many other great Irish estates in the years following the Flight of the Earls and the aggressive policy of plantation. The lands became the property of Captain Robert Parke.The O’Rourke tower house was demolished and its stone used to construct the current castle building that we have today, which was more fashionable at the time. They continued to live in Parke’s Castle until the early 18th century.Today Parke’s Castle is under the auspices of the Office of Public Works, and you can enjoy a tour of the site, which also contains exhibitions and information on Irish rural life throughout the centuries. For more information on opening times and entry fees please visit here.In the next edition I’ll be suggesting three more great places to visit from around the island of Ireland. I’d love to hear your suggestions; if you have a favourite heritage site please leave a comment below.You can discover more great heritage sites and places on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland.Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites, they are packed with original music and sound effects and a really fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past. They are available from you’d like to receive daily updates about great heritage sites then please consider following us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.All photographs © Neil Jackman /abartaheritage.ieRead more of Neil Jackman’s weekend guides to Irish heritage gems>last_img read more

Tsipras makes bid for control over unified SYRIZA

first_imgAlexis Tsipras is to begin today his bid to establish complete control over SYRIZA in the founding Conference of the main left wing opposition party in Greece. SYRIZA was founded as the Coalition of the Radical Left in 2004 and was formed by the cooperation between several leftist parties, most notably Synaspismos. However, since SYRIZA’s showing at last year’s elections, where it garnered almost 27 percent of the vote and won 72 seats in Parliament, becoming the main opposition party, Tsipras has made plans to unify the party.His aim is to rid the party of its factionalism and make it speak with one voice. Sources said that unofficial results from the 491 organizations that are sending 3,500 delegates to the congress indicate strong support for Tsipras’s line and weakening backing for the “Leftist Platform,” which is led by SYRIZA MP Panayiotis Lafazanis. So far, only one faction (DIKKI) has said it will refuse to disband so a single party can be formed.On Saturday delegates will vote on the unified party’s charter, rules for electing its president, the founding declaration and the members of its central committee. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Aussie dollar slips

first_imgThe Australian dollar has tumbled to almost US90c after the economy grew at a much slower pace than expected. Australia’s economy grew 0.6 per cent in the three months to September, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released this week. This was following the expectation from economists that the growth rate for Australia’s gross domestic product to be in at 0.7 per cent Before the GDP figures were published, the Australian dollar had been buying US91.34c. Source: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Algues vertes renvoi du procès de France Nature Environnement

first_imgAlgues vertes : renvoi du procès de France Nature EnvironnementLe procès de France Nature Environnement (FNE) a été reporté. L’association est accusée par la région Bretagne d’avoir porté “atteinte à son image” lors de la campagne d’affichage dénonçant l’expansion des algues vertes toxiques sur les côtes armoricaines.      Le procès de France Nature Environnement qui devait avoir lieu vendredi dernier en fin de matinée a été renvoyé au 6 mai à la demande des avocats des partis.Le conseil régional breton a assigné FNE en justice pour “atteinte à son image” en l’accusant de présenter “la première région agricole de France comme source de pollution et de mise en danger d’autrui”.   Pourtant, la Bretagne est bel et bien la région de France la plus touchée par ce phénomène et, en 2009, les émanations toxiques provenant d’algues en décomposition avaient entrainé la mort d’un transporteur et d’un cheval.  À lire aussiDes algues vertes pour fabriquer du papierLa campagne de FNE qui dénonçait les OGM, les pesticides et les plages couvertes d’algues vertes “dégageant un gaz mortel” a marqué les esprits. L’AFP rapporte que le ministre de l’Agriculture, Bruno Le Maire, avait déjà en février considéré cette campagne scandaleuse et “provocante à quelques jours du Salon de l’agriculture”.    Découvrez les images de la campagne choc de FNE sur maxisciences. Le 28 mars 2011 à 17:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La Russie met en orbite un satellite militaire

first_imgLa Russie met en orbite un satellite militaireCe mercredi 21 septembre, la Russie a lancé avec succès un satellite militaire. Cette opération était initialement prévue il y a trois semaines, mais l’agence spatiale russe Roskosmos l’avait suspendue après l’échec en août dernier du lancement d’une fusée Proton transportant un satellite de télécommunications. La Russie a réussi ce matin le lancement d’un satellite militaire avec une fusée Proton, a annoncé l’agence spatiale russe Roskosmos, citée par l’AFP. Comme le précise l’agence dans un communiqué, la fusée a été lancée depuis le cosmodrome de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, à 2h47 heure de Moscou (22h47 GMT mardi), et “a mis en orbite un satellite pour le ministère de la Défense”. La fusée devait se séparer de son étage supérieur à 7h48 GMT, “une opération délicate qui a échoué par le passé” souligne Roskosmos.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAEn effet, ce lancement avait été retardé de trois semaines suite à l’échec de la mise en orbite d’un satellite de télécommunications transporté par le même modèle de fusée en août dernier. L’agence russe avait alors décidé de suspendre tous les lancements de fusées Proton-M équipées d’un étage supérieur “Briz-M”. Quelques jours plus tard, c’est le lancement d’un cargo Progress transportant matériel et nourriture destinés à la station spatiale internationale qui échouait. Le vaisseau s’était écrasé quelques minutes après son décollage depuis la base de lancement de Baïkonour. Aujourd’hui, c’est donc plutôt une bonne nouvelle qu’a annoncé Roskosmos avec la mise en orbite de ce satellite alors que ces deux échecs successifs avaient représenté un réel coup dur pour l’agence.  Le 21 septembre 2011 à 14:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Neil Lennon could quit over sectarian abuse

first_imgHibernian manager Neil Lennon says he’s reconsidering his managerial job after being the subject of sectarian hatred in Scottish football.Lennon got hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd during Wednesday’s Edinburgh derby with Hearts and has claimed that he’s targeted for abuse in Scotland because he’s an Irish Catholic who became a Celtic player and manager.Lennon told Sky Sports: “I’ve thought about walking away when I was the manager of Celtic.“Again, with all the furor and the empty vessels talking after Wednesday – people spouting opinions and totally getting the wrong end of things, I may reconsider my position again.“I had a career in England unblemished by this sort of stuff. I had two years at Bolton [as manager] – again, no abuse, no attacks, no suspensions or anything like that. And as soon as I’ve come back to Scotland it’s started to rear its ugly head again.“The first day I stepped on to the pitch at Windsor Park as a Celtic player I was booed every time I touched the ball, having previously played 36 times and had nothing. But it was my association with Celtic, being high profile – there’s no question in my mind that was the reason behind it.Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish PremiershipMatch Preview: Rangers vs Celtic Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 It is time for the first Old Firm derby of the 2019-20 campaign, as Rangers host Celtic tomorrow at 13:00 (CET).“You call it sectarianism here in Scotland, I call it racism. If a black man is abused, you are not just abusing the color of his skin, you are abusing his culture, his heritage, his background. it’s the exact same.“All I do is stand up for myself.“Every week we hear the songs at stadiums – that’s got to be stomped out. People don’t want to do it, saying we can’t do anything about it – you can, if you really want to.“I’m not the only one to suffer from sectarian abuse, plenty of people at Rangers suffer from it too and I think it’s disgusting in this day and age. It’s racism. Sometimes it’s worse here than it is back home.”last_img read more

Off Beat Camas mans oboe in classic Sound of Music film

first_imgCamas musician Peter Christ During Julie Andrews’ twirl around a mountain meadow, the hills are alive with the sound of a Camas musician and about 70 orchestra mates.We all know the scene. And many of the following songs are so ingrained in our pop culture that NBC was hoping for a ratings bonanza with them Thursday, when it aired a live telecast of the Broadway version of “The Sound of Music.”Rewind back to the 1960s, when Peter Christ was a busy working musician in Los Angeles. He looked through the music for this job and saw songs like “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “My Favorite Things.”“I was not familiar with it,” the oboe player said.“I don’t know how long it was on Broadway” before it became a film, Christ said.That’s because he’s always focused on classical music. But he does like the music on the soundtrack, Christ said, and he appreciates the impact of Andrews’ opening scene.“Everyone can remember her up on that mountain,” he said.The orchestra got a sneak peek, well ahead of filmgoers, although the conductor got a better look.“They showed the movie behind us,” Christ said. “The screen was behind the orchestra. The conductor was looking at it and would conduct to match what was happening on the screen.“I can remember Julie Andrews running up to the top of the hill, starting to sing.” A sound man cut off her vocal track, “and that’s when we started playing.”last_img read more

Construction worker suffers head injuries in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A construction worker was injured while working on a two-story home in Southwest Miami-Dade, Monday morning.7SkyForce HD was over the scene along Southwest 149th Avenue and 176th Street, where Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was seen administering aid to the victim.Officials said the worker suffered head injuries. He was hoisted and lowered from the top floor by a construction vehicle.Paramedics airlifted the worker to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Air Canada reaches new deal with pilots to expand Rouge fleet

first_imgTags: Air Canada, Air Canada rouge, Low-Cost Carriers The Canadian Press Share Thursday, September 14, 2017 Air Canada reaches new deal with pilots to expand Rouge fleetcenter_img MONTREAL — Air Canada says it has reached an agreement to expand the number of aircraft in its discount brand Rouge.The deal was made in cooperation with its 3,500 pilots represented by the Air Canada Pilots Association.Air Canada said the new arrangements amend the 10-year agreement it reached with its pilots in October 2014.The airline expects the amendments will allow it to expand its presence in certain regional markets.It said the new deal will also enable it to compete effectively with emerging North American ultra low-cost carriers.Also provided in the amendments are improvements for Air Canada pilots’ defined-contribution plans and sick leave, and greater transferability between Air Canada and Rouge. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Home Prices Slower Growth Regional Gains

first_img January 29, 2019 812 Views The latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices for November 2018, released on Tuesday shows that the rate of home price increases across the U.S. has continued to slow.“Home prices are still rising, but more slowly than in recent months,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. He indicated that the pace of prices is “being dampened by declining sales of existing homes and weaker affordability.” On a year-over-year, the Indice covering all nine U.S. census divisions, revealed a 5.2 percent annual gain in November, down from 5.3 percent in the previous month. The 10-city composite annual increase is at 4.3 percent, dropping from 4.7 percent in the previous month. On the other hand, the 20-city composite reflected a 4.7 percent year-over-year gain, a decline from 5 percent in October 2018. Sharing her insight on the release, Danielle Hale, Chief Economist at said, “Prices increased from a year ago but at a slower pace than we saw in October. Again, the hottest markets were out west. The Washington DC market reposted the slowest growth, with prices up only 2.7 percent there.”“Slower price growth will help would-be buyers feel like their goal isn’t moving away faster than they can catch up. Against incomes rising at a roughly three percent pace, four percent home price growth is nearly at just the right pace,” she added. Among the 20 cities, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Seattle reported the highest year-over-year gains. Las Vegas led the charge with a 12 percent year-over-year price increase, followed by Phoenix at 8.1percent, and Seattle with a 6.3 percent.  According to S&P, seven of the 20 cities reported greater price increases in the year ending November 2018 as compared to October 2018.When asked why price growth continues to slow, Dr. Ralph B. McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist and Executive of Research and Insights at CoreLogic, said, “A combination of cyclical and short-term factors put a damper on home-price growth in November. On the cyclical side, a maturing economic expansion set a low ceiling for continued price growth, especially given recent challenges in affordability and inventory.”On a monthly basis before seasonal adjustment, the National Index posted a gain of 0.1 percent in November. Both the 10-City and 20-City composites reflected a decline of 0.1percent for the month.“Current low inventories of homes for sale – about a four-month supply – are supporting home prices. New home construction trends, like sales of existing homes, peaked in late 2017 and are flat to down since then. Stable 2 percent inflation, continued employment growth, and rising wages are all favorable. Measures of consumer debt and debt service do not suggest any immediate problems,” Blitzer said. Read the full report here. Affordability CoreLogic Danielle Hale David M. Blitzer Dr. Ralph B. McLaughlin Home Prices S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 2019-01-29 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Newscenter_img Share Home Prices: Slower Growth, Regional Gainslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Chatrium Hotels Resi

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterChatrium Hotels & Residences is celebrating the Songkran Festival, 2016 at Maitria Hotel Sukhumvit 18 – A Chatrium Collection with “Khao Chae”, a cooling Thai summer treat.Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. Most foreigners know Thailand because of Thai food. With the unique four fundamental tastes in each dish: sour, sweet, salty, and spicy, every meal of Thai food is truly impressive. As summer approaches, Thailand is starting to get unbearably hot. One of the best Thai foods to cool down the body temperature is “Khao Chae”. Eating Khao Chae, which is made of Rice with Jasmine and Scented Iced Water, is perfect and invigorating for every summer.Metta Eatery & Bar is proud to present Khao Chae meticulously made by our Thai Head Chef, Mr. Sarawut Im-Sup, who is best known for his great traditional Thai recipes with over 20 years of experience at numerous luxury hotels all over the world. Due to his excellent culinary skills, you can taste real Thai cuisine at Metta Eatery & Bar.Apart from Khao Chae, you can enjoy other special Thai fare this summer such as, Minced Pork and Peanuts (Ma Hor), Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Honey and Coriander (Sikrong Moo Ob Nam Phueng), Stir–fried Chicken with Lemongrass and Chili (Gai Ruan Takrai) from now until end of May, 2016.Relish a new Metro-loft atmosphere with a signature padauk long table and fashionable armchairs.  If you are looking for somewhere to hang-out or have a party in Bangkok, this place was created to sit back, relax, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy with friends and family as you share good times, whilst indulging in Metta Eatery & Bar’s unique ambience.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBelgraves, A Thompson Hotel, the hotly anticipated new property from the stylish Thompson Hotel collection will open its doors to London’s Belgravia neighborhood on Wednesday, February 1, 2012.A joint venture with The Harilela Group, the hotel is the first UK opening from Thompson Hotels, an elite portfolio of service and design-driven hotels in major urban cities including New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. Located on 20 Chesham Place, Belgraves brings with it a little New York attitude coupled with traditional British hospitality, to the prestigious and fashionable Belgravia district.“We’re finally ready to open our doors to London” said Jason Pomeranc, co-owner of Thompson Hotels. “Belgraves is a truly creative collaboration which will have a huge impact on Londoners and international travelers alike”.Stephen Brandman, co-owner of Thompson Hotels added “As with all our Thompson Hotels, guests can expect impeccable service and style from Belgraves.”Described as “today’s rough luxury” by lead designer Tara Bernerd of Tara Bernerd & Partners, Belgraves boasts 85 exquisite rooms and suites, a bar, restaurant and lounge lobby. The bedrooms feature silver grey wooden floors throughout, adding warmth to each considered space. All rooms are bold and handsomely decorated with palettes of natural grey tones and textures. Hues of aubergine on signature walls create a stylish yet warm atmosphere. Elegant marble bathrooms finished with smoked glass and brass-beaded curtains add a luxurious finishing touch.On entering the hotel, guests are met by a large fireplace in an open loft-feel lobby housing stunning art installations. The lounge lobby features an eclectic library and cozy hideaway areas. Adjacent to this is Hix Belgravia, an 80-seat restaurant offering a menu inspired by renowned chef and food writer Mark Hix’s travels from around the world. The mezzanine level plays host to Mark’s Bar, the second of Hix’s famous bars and leads to a stylish cigar garden. Private dining or meetings for up to 22 guests can be hosted and a state-of-the-art gym provides an energetic start to the day.Business and leisure travelers will delight in Belgraves’ attention to privacy and thoughtful design. In room amenities include flat screen TVs, Rococo chocolates and Coco De Mer intimacy boxes. All staff have been carefully selected not only for their professionalism but for their eclectic personalities and the additional level of service they offer to guests.www.thompsonhotels.comlast_img read more