CFS had too much going on when Phoenix Sinclair murdered

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhen five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair was murdered child and family services in Manitoba were over-worked and under-staffed an inquiry into the little girl’s death heard Thursday.The number of teen pregnacies were on the rise and the former CEO says they were grappling with how best distribue services.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot explains what this meant for Sinclair.last_img

BC residential school survivors gather with Tseshaht First Nation to free lost

first_imgWarning: This story has very emotional content and may trigger some viewers.Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsA spiritual fire roars at the centre of the former Alberni Indian Residential School in Tseshaht First Nation (TFN) on Vancouver Island.Former students, survivors stand around it and pray into the flames.“I remember going into church our Minister would slap our heads, ‘You savages, you heathens, you are nothing,’ and we felt that we were nothing,” says survivor Melvin Good from Snuneymuxw  First Nation.“We were dirty savages, we felt sad, it felt sad to be a savage.”(Survivors of the Alberni Indian Residential School share stories, memories and singing on the grounds of the former school. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)From 1891 – 1973 Indigenous children from all across British Columbia came to the school to be educated and assimilated, but instead they were abused, molested, and some even killed.That nightmare still haunts generations of survivors and also the lost souls that never returned home.Read More: Reclaiming the Lost Souls of Alberni Indian Residential School A two day healing event, ‘Reclaiming Lost Souls of the Alberni Indian Residential School’ was hosted by TFN on September 27 and 28.It is the first event of its kind at the site.“You don’t have to spend too much time in any of the surrounding buildings to know that there is a presence here,” says Les Sam, the former elected Chief of TFN.(Children play on the grounds of the Alberni Indian Residential School. Photo courtesy: Tseshaht First Nation)There are two original buildings that are still standing, they’re being used by the community.  The rest have been torn down.“We all came to the conclusion that the lost souls didn’t speak our language and they didn’t speak English,” says Sam.“We needed to invite all tribes in B.C. to bring their traditional language speakers to come down here on site and invite their lost souls back home where they belong.”Sam says his people have been forced to live with a nasty mark on their traditional territory.“Our nation didn’t have any say in having a residential school in our backyard and what they left us with is a large gaping wound in our territory,” says Sam.Many survivors will never return to the area because the memories are too painful, but some did make it back as part of their healing journey.Lorna Bob from Snaw-Naws-As First Nation spent two years at the school and says she came to connect with other survivors and to celebrate her indigenous culture – something historically forbidden to do.“I felt overwhelmed with the healing,” says Bob.“It was really strange to go through a spiritual healing, one of our cultural healings right outside where the building was.”(Survivor Lorna Bob spent two years living in Peake Hall, the girls dorm. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Greg Wright drove two days from Gitxsan Territory to attend the event.  He travelled with a group of survivors.“It was really heavy listening to other stories, but we made connections because we had similar stories,” says Wright. “I was up talking today with our group. People are calling it reclaiming the soul, but to us this is reclaiming our spirit and who we are.“I also want to bring back my brother’s spirit because he passed away and I want to free his spirit from the burdens that we all still carry.”Wright was part of a legal challenge that took his former teacher to court for sexual abuse.“The judge went easy on the teacher because he gave them a sob story about having to care for his elderly dad,” says Bruce Lucas.“These guys lived a life of hell from what he had done to them.  He only got two to four years concurrent.”William Matthews was also part of the legal challenge and in 2005 participated in the Gitxsan Spirit Residential School Walk.“We walked for days, from Prince Rupert and hit all the communities until we walked into Port Alberni,” says Matthews.“It was to bring awareness of what happened at this school.”(William Matthews, Archie Little,  Richard Lucas, Greg Wright, Bruce Lucas. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Although life at residential school was hell, some students were able to find solace.Lorna Bob even went so far as to say it felt like home.“I felt that I was here at home within arms reach of family, my auntie was married into the Tseshaht tribe so I felt like I was at home,” says Bob.Melvin Good took comfort in the love and support of his new family.“We really grew up together,” says Good. “We all became family and we embraced each other.“I love you brothers and they return that love.”Jacqueline Watts attended the event with her granddaughters on behalf of her late mother, Linda Mae Watts (nee Williams).Linda didn’t speak much of her five years at the school.“I knew I had to talk on her behalf,” says Watts. “That was the biggest strongest message was, what you say matters.  It’s a very strong statement because in residential school I believe she was sexually abused because she had to go give a statement and that was during the sexual abuse part.“She never shared the story with us but we knew what the statements were about.”(Jacqueline Watts with her granddaughters attended the event to speak on behalf of her mother. Photo: Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Watts told the crowd of survivors that she was angry.  That the government’s residential school independent assessment process opened old wounds too heartbreaking for her mother to handle.“She never got to talk, she got sick right after that,” says Watts.“I felt that it took her life and she was unable to share her story.”Watts says the trauma from residential school goes far beyond the survivors.“I never understood why things were so hard,” says Watts.“Why I was a mother when she wasn’t.  Why everybody was so angry, why sexual abuse was a norm.  And we’re the next layer that needs to be looked at. The offspring of the survivors, we have a lot to say, we were hurt also.”Survivors, family and friends of all ages opened up and shared their stories over the two days.  Many people were in tears, but not just tears of sadness, there were tears of love and laughter, gratitude and inspiration.The powerful event ended with everyone dancing and drumming into the night – proving that the resilience of Indigenous peoples can never be taken away.lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

With government split British MPs now seek new Brexit plan

first_imgLondon: British MPs will try again to chart a new Brexit path on Monday after rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for a third time, but the EU warned its patience was wearing thin. Less than two weeks before Britain risks crashing out of the European Union, MPs will hold a second round of votes on various options to try to break the political deadlock. But any attempt to force May to accept a closer relationship with the EU risks splitting the government, and there is widespread speculation she might try one last time to get her deal passed this week. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USEuropean Union leaders have called an emergency summit on April 10 and have warned that unless Britain sets out what it wants to do, it risks severing ties with its largest trading bloc two days later with no deal at all. “With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Italian public TV channel Rai 1 on Sunday. Britain voted by 52 percent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMay struck a divorce deal with the EU last November, but it has been repeatedly rejected by MPs, the last time on Friday — even after she promised to resign if her rebellious Conservative colleagues helped push the deal through. The impasse has forced May to postpone Britain’s original exit day from March 29, but she said it would be “unacceptable” for a further delay beyond European Parliament elections held from May 23 to May 26. Frustrated with her approach, MPs in the House of Commons last week voted to give themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding a series of “indicative votes” on various options. No single plan won a majority in the first round but MPs hope to whittle down the proposals on Monday evening, with voting starting at 8.00 pm (1900 GMT), and another day of debate is scheduled for this Wednesday. The two most popular options last week were a new EU-UK customs union or a public vote on any agreed deal. There were a large number of abstentions on another widely discussed option, based on Norway’s membership of the single market. In an interview with the BBC released Monday, Chief Whip Julian Smith — the man responsible for enforcing discipline among May’s MPs and ministers — suggested that a closer relationship with the EU was “inevitable”. The 2017 election where May lost her parliamentary majority meant “this would be inevitably a kind of softer type of Brexit”, he said. He also denounced the behaviour of May’s own ministers, who he said were trying to undermine her. “This is I think the worst example of ill-discipline in cabinet in British political history,” he said. While some pro-European members of May’s cabinet might support a customs union, she herself is opposed and it threatens mass rebellion among the rest of her ministers. Brexit-supporting minister Andrea Leadsom has reportedly organised a letter signed by 170 Conservative MPs including 10 cabinet ministers, demanding a swift Brexit, with or without a deal. The votes by MPs are not legally binding but carry political weight, and the government fears they may lead to legislation that would force May’s hand. “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House,” she said last week. Speculation is growing that the only way out may be a general election.last_img read more

Algerian Police Arrest 41 Protesters Opposing Bouteflikas ReElection

Rabat – Algerian police have said they arrested 41 protesters objecting to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election campaign for “disturbing the public order [and] engaging in acts of vandalism, violence and assault.”Of the 41 people arrested, 38 were arrested in Algiers, the country’s capital city.Clashes between demonstrators and Algerian police in protests yesterday afternoon resulted in police’ use of tear gas to disperse crowds and stop them from approaching the presidential residence. Algerian authorities did not report any injuries on their side or among protesters.Yesterday, thousands of Algerians took to the streets after Friday prayers to display their rejection of their President Bouteflika’s campaign to win re-election for a fifth term.Read Also: New Wave of Protests Oppose Bouteflika’s Re-Election in AlgeriaThe protesters carried banners and chanted hostile slogans to the president like “Bouteflika, the Moroccan, there will be no fifth term,” referring to Bouteflika’s Moroccan birth city, Oujda.The hashtag #protest_february_22 circulated on social media, encouraging the Algerian people to start a wave of protests against the president’s re-election.Algeria will hold its presidential elections on April 18.After he suffered from a stroke in 2013, Bouteflika has rarely been seen in public. read more

UN tribunal for Rwandan genocide transfers nine prisoners to jail in Benin

1 July 2009The United Nations tribunal set up to try those responsible for the worst crimes committed during the Rwandan genocide in 1994 has announced that it has transferred nine prisoners to Benin to serve the remainder of their jail sentences. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), based in Arusha, Tanzania, said in a statement issued yesterday that the prisoners were transferred at the weekend from the UN Detention Facility in Arusha to Benin, where they were later moved to a prison in the capital city of Porto-Novo.The nine convicted criminals – nearly all of whom were given lengthy sentences – are Georges Rutaganda, Gerard Ntakirutimana, Juvenal Kajelijeli, Emmanuel Ndindabahizi, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, Aloys Simba, Juvenal Rugambarara, Athanase Seromba and François Karera.Mr. Rutaganda, Mr. Ndindabahizi, Mr. Seromba and Mr. Karera are all serving life terms for their crimes, while Mr. Kajelijeli was sentenced to 45 years in prison and Mr. Barayagwiza to 32 years. Both Mr. Ntakirutimana and Mr. Simba were given 25-year jail terms, while Mr. Rugambarara is serving an 11-year sentence.The ICTR was set up by the Security Council in the wake of the genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were killed, mainly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days starting in early April 1994. read more

African antimalaria initiative offers good model for tackling other ills says Ban

31 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the success achieved by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in saving thousands of lives across the continent, saying it offers a good model for tackling other social ills. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the success achieved by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) in saving thousands of lives across the continent, saying it offers a good model for tackling other social ills.“The African Leaders Malaria Alliance is breaking down barriers, forging partnerships and getting supplies to families in record time,” Mr. Ban said in remarks at the ALMA event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the African Union. “This is remarkable progress. We need to encourage it and use the response to malaria as a model for battling other illnesses and social ills,” he added.Malaria kills almost one million Africans every year and affects over 200 million more, mostly pregnant women and children under five years of age, resulting in at least $12 billion of costs every year through lost development and opportunity.Launched in September 2009 in New York, ALMA is a high-level forum set up to oversee the efficient procurement, distribution, and utilization of malaria control measures, with the aim of ending unnecessary deaths from the disease by 2015.“This alliance against malaria is stopping the disease and saving thousands of lives. It is a great success story. You are bringing us closer to our Millennium Development Goal on malaria and showing how we can reach all the MDGs: with commitment at the highest level,” Mr. Ban stated, referring to the goal of halting and reversing the incidence of malaria by 2015.Just last month, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) announced that malaria deaths declined by 10 per cent between 2008 and 2009. In 11 African countries, the disease’s deadly toll has been cut by more than half since the year 2000. “Just as malaria is carried by a mosquito that goes from person to person, so does our campaign seek to reach people just as directly,” said the Secretary-General. “We want to give every community health worker, every family, every child the tools and protection they need.“We’ve delivered over 290 million nets to Africa since 2008. More nets and treatments are on their way. Universal coverage is not just a hope; it is within our reach.”At today’s event, the heads of State of Guinea, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania were presented with the 2011 ALMA Award for Excellence for their exemplary leadership in accelerating and sustaining access to malaria control and treatment commodities. They are leaders of nations that have banned the importation and use of oral artemisinin-based monotherapies, which cause drug resistance that weakens the effectiveness of recommended malaria treatments, and that have removed tariffs on essential commodities used in the fight against malaria. “All ALMA countries, by joining the Alliance, have demonstrated their commitment against malaria, and many have made important progress. The four recipients of the 2011 ALMA Award for Excellence have led the way with decisive actions to accelerate the saving of lives, and I commend their response,” said Ray Chambers, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria. “Africa has never led a more unequivocal initiative against malaria, with the Secretary-General’s deadline of ending malaria deaths by 2015 just five years away. Now is the time to overcome any barriers toward making that goal a reality,” he stated. read more

Party secretaries meet Elections Commissioner

The Elections Commissioner had also agreed to a request to allow candidates to have one campaign office apart from the party office in each electorate.Meanwhile, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that concerns had also been raised with the Elections Commissioner with regards to some statements made by the police. He said that at today’s meeting, the main focus was on the campaigning for the election by political parties and the rules and regulations in this regard. Premajayantha said that a request was also made to the Elections Commissioner to allow representatives of the UPFA to be present at counting centers when the votes are counted after the August 17 Parliament election. He said that the police spokesman had made an erroneous statement saying no one can canvass for votes by visiting houses.Silva said that the statement could give the wrong impression to the voter and the Elections Commissioner was urged to address the issue. (Colombo Gazette) Political party secretaries, representatives and election monitors met Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today and discussed preparations and issues related to the August 17 Parliament election.United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said that this was the second such meeting held since Parliament elections were declared. read more

Multinational meeting amid US tariff threat

Canada will be joining Japan and the European Union in Geneva as part of a multi-national meeting of auto-producing countries.The meeting planned for Tuesday is expected to plot strategy as U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to impose tariffs on vehicles and auto parts.Some critics are warning that the potential tariffs of up to 25 per cent, plus retaliatory measures could yield disastrous repercussions.The predicted fallout may include adding thousands of dollars to the price of a vehicle and job cuts, which will cause significant harm to the global auto industry.Ottawa has vowed to respond to the auto tariffs with its own countermeasures.

Saskatoon librarys 154million downtown plan hits roadblocks at city hall

Related Saskatoon Public Library board chair Lisa Erickson, right, and library director Carol Cooley at the downtown library in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, September 19, 2019. A $154-million proposed new downtown Saskatoon library ran into what a city councillor called “roadblocks” designed to delay the project.At a committee meeting on Monday, council voted unanimously to seek more information about the business case for a new 149,000-square-foot central library.Coun. Mairin Loewen suggested the time it would take to gather the information sought by some councillors would postpone any decision until after the 2020 municipal election.“It feels to me like there’s being roadblocks set up to punt this into the next term of council,” Loewen said at Monday’s governance and priorities committee meeting.“I think if my perception is correct that would be a shame.”Library leadership, including board chair Lisa Erickson and director Carol Cooley, appeared before the committee to present the business case for the new downtown library at an undetermined location.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The key decision for council is whether to approve a request for $87.5 million in borrowing, which would be repaid by the library, even though the city would assume the debt.The library plan calls for property tax increases of about $5 a year for an average home assessed at $371,000 — starting in 2020 and for the following five years — to help pay for the project.In addition to $46 million from library reserve funds, the library intends to raise $15 million and sell its current location for $4.6 million.Cooley said the project estimate includes a 25 per cent contingency fund, which means the new library could cost far less than the $154 million.The plan includes approval for the borrowing as part of this year’s city budget talks in November, and completion in 2026.Coun. Troy Davies said he thinks it’s unlikely he will receive all the information he needs to make a decision by November. Other councillors echoed that feeling.Davies said he received 278 emails since the library business case was made public last week. He said they all acknowledged the need for a new central library, but questioned the price.“I don’t want to come across as a naysayer,” Davies said. “I’m for a new library. I think we need one.”The committee voted for more information on the city’s debt capacity and debt servicing and whether the project could proceed as a less expensive model. The administration was also tasked with analyzing the library’s 163-page business case.Coun. Darren Hill, who proposed seeking some of the information, bristled at Loewen’s suggestion of intentional stonewalling.“This is the first time I’ve heard due diligence and fiscal review described as a roadblock,” Hill said, adding that he was surprised council did not see the business case much sooner.Loewen questioned those who suggested the library project was “coming out of the woodwork,” noting discussions about a new downtown library have been happening for more than a decade.The library released an estimate for a new central branch in 2016 with a cost of $80 million to $120 million.“I don’t want to be known as the council that lost our triple A credit rating,” Coun. Randy Donauer said.Coun. Bev Dubois said the new library will happen at some point and urged library board members at the meeting to avoid being discouraged.The library board has identified a short list of fewer than six sites for the new building.ptank@postmedia.comtwitter.com/thinktankSK Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Tank: Saskatoon long downtown library saga closer to expensive end Downtown library expected to cost average household $5 a year New downtown library pegged to open in seven years, cost $154 million read more

Past General Assembly presidents voice concern at threat of UNs marginalization

The call by the Council of Presidents of the General Assembly of the United Nations came in a communiqué issued at the end of its annual three-day meeting in New York.The statement said the Council is deeply concerned that the rule of law is at risk around the world, and reiterated the principle “that no one, and no State, is above the law, and no one should be denied its protection.” Every nation that proclaims the rule of law at home must respect it abroad, and every nation that insists on it abroad must enforce it at home.It said “all States – strong and weak, big and small – need a framework of fair rules which each can be confident that others will obey,” and stressed that such a framework exists in the UN Charter, and called on all countries to respect it, “in letter and in spirit.”The Council also reaffirmed the central role of the United Nations “in preserving and promoting the stability of the international system which has been profoundly affected by the events following the 11 September attacks” against the United States.The former Assembly Presidents expressed grave concern at the danger of resorting to unilateralism in international affairs and called for a renewed commitment to multilateral action through the United Nations.The Council was established in November 1997 with the objective of giving the world body the benefit of their diplomatic and international experience to support the United Nations in general and the General Assembly in particular. read more

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding ads offensive says UK watchdog

first_imgRegarding ad (c), which showed two teenage girls, they found that their make-up and low cut tops, when combined with the strap-line and in particular the word “Gypsier”, in the ad implied that appearance was highly representative of the Gypsy and Traveller community. They said this was “in a way that irresponsibly endorsed that prejudicial view and was likely to cause serious offence to the Gypsy and Traveller community”.Although we understood that the girl was depicted in her own choice of dress we considered that, in choosing that image for use in a poster, Channel 4 had acted irresponsibly by depicting a child in a sexualised way. For that reason we also considered that, irrespective of any consent Channel 4 may have held, the ad was also likely to be harmful to the girl featured.The ASA said that ads (a) and (c) “must not appear again”.Read: British advertising  watchdog rejects Club Orange ‘bits’ complaint> TWO ADS FOR the Channel 4 series My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding must never be shown again, Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority has said, describing one as “offensive and irresponsible”.Four poster ads for the second series of the show – all of which had the tagline ‘Bigger. Fatter. Gypsier’ – were the subject of complaints.The ads were previously considered by the ASA Council in February 2012, when 372 complaints about the ads were received. The Irish Traveller Movement in Britain (ITMB) and eight other complainants challenged the ads.ComplaintsIn their response to complaints, the Channel 4 said that the phrase “Big Fat …” was originally intended as a “light-hearted and affectionate reference to the wedding dress phenomena among some Gypsy and Traveller brides”, and that choice of the strap-line came from the series title itself and was intended to be an affectionate back-reference to the series title.They said the word “Gypsier” was being used as a comparative adjective rather than a noun, and that the definition of the term Gypsy was not clear-cut, but that it was neither pejorative nor offensive in itself.Channel 4 said the campaign used real and intimate photographic portraits of Gypsy and Traveller life “in a journalistic, reportage style that reflected the journalistic intent of the series”.The ASA took advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on assessing the ads. Five issues were investigated, four were upheld and one not upheld.DepictionsThe watchdog said they considered that many readers were likely to infer from the word “Gypsier” that the depictions in the individual ads were highly typical of the Gypsy and Traveller community.Regarding ad (a), they said: we noted that the boy in the image was shown in close-up and had his lips pursed in a manner that we considered was likely to be seen as aggressive. We considered that negative image, when combined with the strap-line which suggested that such behaviour was “Gypsier”, would be interpreted by many members of the Gypsy and Traveller communities and some of the wider public to mean that aggressive behaviour was typical of the younger members of the Gypsy and Traveller community.They considered that ad (a) was offensive and irresponsible. They also considered in relation to ad (a):that the ad reaffirmed commonly held prejudices about Gypsy and Traveller children in a way that was likely to cause distress and mental harm to children from those communities, including to the boy featured in the adlast_img read more

Police seek blue Ford Focus after man dies in early morning hitandrun

first_imgPOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are appealing for information about a hit-and-run incident in Fermanagh in the early hours of this morning.A man in his 50s died after being hit by a car on the Tullychurry Road in Leggs, near Belleek at around 2.50am.The PSNI said they believe the man was struck by the front end of a blue Ford Focus which failed to stop.Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area before or after the time of the incident to contact them.The road is closed and is expected to remain that way for sometime, a PSNI spokesperson added.last_img

Owen Mulligan hits back over alleged spitting on Paul Galvin in club

first_imgAnd in an extended statement on Facebook, Mulligan alleged that sectarian abuse took place during game. Galvin this morning expressed his disappointment and sadness at Mulligan’s comments. Updated: 12pmTHE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING Kerry star Paul Galvin being allegedly spat on during last month’s All-Ireland club IFC final in Croke Park has escalated with Tyrone’s Owen Mulligan claiming his club were exposed to sectarian abuse during the game.The match in question saw Mulligan’s club Cookstown Fr Rocks defeat Galvin’s club Finuge by 1-9 to 0-6 in the All-Ireland club IFC final.But YouTube footage that came to light last week showed a member of the Tyrone outfit appearing to spit at Galvin while running past him during the game.The footage of the incident had shown Galvin wiping his face after the player has ran past and he remonstrates with Mulligan in the aftermath of it.YouTube: James McCarthyMulligan yesterday on Twitter stated his belief that the incident is ‘getting out of control’.center_img The incident is the second spitting controversy that has hit the headlines in the GAA recently after Leitrim player Emlyn Mulligan alleged that he was spat on in last Sunday’s Division 4 Allianz Football League clash against Offaly.‘It’s a work in progress’ – Gavin not getting carried away after dominant win over LilywhitesCork attacker Sheehan out for 4-6 weekslast_img read more

Le mystère des Oiseaux dHitchcock enfin résolu

first_imgLe mystère des Oiseaux d’Hitchcock enfin résolu Le mystère de la mort de milliers d’oiseaux dans la baie de Monterey en Californie a enfin été élucidé. Cette histoire avait inspiré au cinéaste Alfred Hitchcock l’un de ses plus grands films, Les Oiseaux.Devenu par la suite l’une des oeuvres cultes du cinéaste, le film Les Oiseaux n’est pas directement sorti de l’imaginaire d’Alfred Hitchcock. Au contraire, pour écrire le scénario, celui-ci s’est inspiré certes d’une nouvelle de Daphné du Maurier, mais aussi d’un fait divers étrange survenu à l’été 1961. À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsLe 18 août 1961, dans la baie de Monterey, des milliers d’oiseaux sont tombés du ciel sans attaquer personne et sans qu’aucun raison évidente expliquant un tel phénomène n’apparaisse. De même, les scientifiques de l’époque n’avaient pu se prononcer quant à l’origine de cette mort massive. Mais plus de 50 ans après, il semblerait que le mystère soit enfin résolu. En 2007, une thèse d’empoisonnement avait en effet été émise. Toutefois, elle n’avait pu être totalement confirmé : c’est désormais chose faite grâce à des chercheurs de l’université de Louisiane aux Etats-Unis. Cette équipe dirigée par la spécialiste de phytoplancton Sibel Bargu vient tout juste d’établir que les oiseaux morts avaient bel et bien été empoisonnés et ce, par une algue toxique. Concrètement, leur étude a révélé que dans 79% des cas, l’estomac des oiseaux et des tortues retrouvés morts en 1961 contenait du plancton empoisonné par des fuites de fosses septiques. L’une des toxines contenues dans ce plancton constitue un dangereux acide capable de provoquer confusion, attaque cérébrale et enfin la mort. Alfred Hitchcock, grand amateur de mystère, aurait sûrement apprécié voir l’affaire élucidée…Le 8 janvier 2012 à 17:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar challenges Goldberg to a match at WrestleMania 33

first_img Colby Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TheCyberZon Google+ During tonight’s 1/30 WWE RAW from Laredo, Paul Heyman issued a challenge to Goldberg – on behalf of his client Brock Lesnar – for a match at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.Goldberg tweeted he will be at RAW next week in Portland to address the challenge.I’ll be at @WWE #RAW NEXT MONDAY! @BrockLesnar @HeymanHustle want an answer to the #Wrestlemania … https://t.co/rAeyUIPW2C— Bill Goldberg (@Goldberg) January 31, 2017You can view a clip of the challenge below courtesy of WWE.THE CHALLENGE HAS BEEN MADE! Will @Goldberg accept #OneFinalTime vs. @BrockLesnar at @WWE @WrestleMania in 62 days? #RAW pic.twitter.com/rsl6VOdYAR— WWE (@WWE) January 31, 2017 TheCyberZon Paul Heyman Videos Articles The promo by Heyman was fine but in terms of pure logic, what would Goldberg have to gain from accepting this match? This wouldnt be a rubber match. Goldberg would still be up 3-1 on Brock. Unless they plan on having Brock lose and this being a retirement match, a 3rd match between the 2 makes absolutely sense Wow, who saw this coming? Match makes no sense. Brock loses looks weak if he wins well he had to after 2 straight loses. Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon February 1, 2017 at 7:32 am January 31, 2017 at 3:23 pm Facebook Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon January 31, 2017 at 9:52 am Bobby Lashley This will be the one where Goldberg gets buried, right? February 1, 2017 at 7:58 am Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Zach Steven Whitlow 10 COMMENTS Most likely. January 31, 2017 at 9:36 am Right? But on the bright side, Goldberg at least got better treatment than Sting did. Agreed but Brock is being punished for the Orton/Shane O Mac thing. Do you honestly think Vince will allow a WCW guy to finish on top in this angle? Pinterest January 31, 2017 at 3:07 pm Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Cameron Huff February 1, 2017 at 7:31 am Videos Articles NJ Louch Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Now Playing Up Next Jaime Miguel February 1, 2017 at 7:56 am 8/29 NXT Live Results: Orlando, Florida (Velveteen Dream takes on Roderick Strong) January 31, 2017 at 1:11 pm Jim Bilbee I’ve read now multiple times that it was Brock’a idea to have Goldberg win these two PPV matches like this once he heard Goldy was open to multiple matches as he saw money between the two of them, is friends with Goldberg (Brock doesn’t seem to be friends with many in the biz) – apparently he felt this would peek interest and develop a unique storyline BUT I doubt he would have agreed (he has creative control in his contract which has been noted in interviews) unless Goldberg confirmed it would peek at WM so what he has to lose is a big payday and not honouring his contract and a buddy who let him go over in a way he hasn’t let anyone else. Only thing I can’t figure how Brock gets his credibility back or comes up ahead with this storyline because even if he wins at WM, people still see that (if you include their original match) that Goldberg had Brock’s number 3 times. Even if he crushed Goldberg that wouldn’t be considered coming out ahead overall so… Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Brock Lesnar Back where it all started (as far as PPV goes). Like I said before Goldberg has NOTHING to prove. He should’ve quit after Survivor Series 2016. WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Now Playing Up Next Which Wrestler Is Next To Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame? WhatsApp Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? VERY little has made sense since Wrestlemania 27 so this match will actually be keeping up the trend. January 31, 2017 at 3:48 pmlast_img read more

More Boeing job cuts expected in 2017

first_imgSEATTLE — After a year in which Boeing relentlessly slashed costs and cut its employment in Washington state by more than 8 percent, there’s more of the same to come in the new year, the leaders of the Commercial Airplanes unit told employees in an internal message Monday morning.The joint message from company vice chairman Ray Conner and the new chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister, cited a business climate with “fewer sales opportunities and tough competition” for the need to drive for further cuts in 2017.“We will continue working aggressively across BCA to reduce non-labor costs,” their message stated, referring to Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We will need to continue to reduce the size of our workforce next year.”The job cuts will come through a combination of attrition, leaving open positions unfilled, and offering a voluntary buyout program in early 2017 that will give those who take it a week’s pay for each year of service up to a maximum of 26 weeks.The message also warns that “we may also need to use involuntary layoffs.”Boeing spokesman Doug Alder said there is no specific target number of jobs to be eliminated.Through November this year, Boeing eliminated just over 6,600 jobs in the state.Conner and McAllister said all the units within the company are currently analyzing their 2017 budget and staffing plans and will share soon the details on which employees will be eligible for the voluntary buyouts.last_img read more

POLITICS NO LONGER THE SAME IN SPAIN

first_imgFrance 24 on Monday reported that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a struggle to form a government following historic elections that saw the incumbent conservatives score a win but no majority, tailed by the long-established Socialists. For more than 30 years, the Popular Party (PP) and Socialists had alternated power. But they now find themselves challenged by far-left Podemos and Ciudadanos, a centrist party that came fourth in Sunday’s closely fought legislative polls.Rajoy’s PP lost its absolute majority in parliament by a significant margin and will now have to form an alliance with other parties to govern or attempt to rule as a minority government.REVIEWThe austerity programmes proposed by the conservative government is no longer acceptable to the people. Hence many are turning to far left parties which are calling for better welfare programmes. The basic problem is how to come up with realistic economic policies which would make the enhancement of welfare possible. The challenge is how to create sovereign national wealth. All political parties that promise general welfare should be asked to explain how they would finance it. This would differentiate true servants of the people who have answers to their problems from demagogues.It is not for a political party to be leftist or anti-capitalist. It must have realistic policies to address the needs and aspirations of the people.last_img read more

Juventus give up on Sergej MilinkovicSavic

first_imgJuventus have refused to go beyond 70million euros for the signing of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a move that reports from Football Italia suggest it shows they are no longer interested in the midfielder.The Biancocelesti are said to be asking for in excess 120million euros and club president, Claudio Lotito has said that the club have no need to sell unless their valuation is met.The Serbian midfielder who appeared at the World Cup for his country has been drawing a lot of interest from Europe’s top club with Real Madrid and Manchester United also rumoured to be interested in his services.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Old lady has refused to raise their offer beyond 70million euros and are now believed to have switched their attention elsewhere.In October 2017, Serbia caretaker manager Mladen Krstajić included Milinković-Savić in the squad for friendlies against China and South Korea. In May 2018 he was named in Serbia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russialast_img read more

Light rail deal on CTrans radar

first_imgBy all accounts, the Columbia River Crossing is dead.A controversial light-rail contract inked by C-Tran and TriMet last fall, however, doesn’t quite fall into the same category. The deal has been called “dormant.” Or “unenforceable.” But not dead.The C-Tran Board of Directors could revisit the agreement during its regular board meeting on Tuesday, possibly weighing its options for terminating it. C-Tran attorney Tom Wolfendale was asked last month what it would take to do that; board members received a confidential memo on the subject Friday. The topic is listed on this week’s meeting agenda, but whether it’s discussed Tuesday will be up to the board, said C-Tran public affairs manager Jim Quintana.The agreement spells out how C-Tran and TriMet would operate light rail as part of the CRC, which would have replaced the Interstate 5 Bridge and extended light rail to Vancouver. The C-Tran board narrowly approved the contract during a special meeting in September. The heads of the two transit agencies signed it the next day.The move sparked outrage among many CRC opponents, and marked an important victory for the project at the time. When the CRC died for good earlier this year without funding or political support from either state, it left the contract and other loose ends in limbo. (The project finished shutting down and cleared out its office last month.)The contract has no expiration date. But it only takes effect if the CRC is funded and built.Some board members have expressed interest in terminating the deal, fearing it may rear its head again should some untold light rail project materialize in the future. But the contract includes language that’s specific to the CRC, and only applies if that particular project happens, C-Tran Executive Director Jeff Hamm told the board in May.last_img read more