The silence after the blast How the Halifax Explosion was nearly forgotten

first_imgHALIFAX – A boy presses his small face up to a cold window pane. It’s an early winter morning, and two ships in Halifax harbour are exchanging a cacophony of horn blasts.Vessels use these loud whistles as they pass, the boy’s mom explains.But today, Dec. 6, 1917, they do not pass.The Norwegian relief vessel, the SS Imo, collides with a French munitions ship laden with explosives, the SS Mont Blanc. For 19-1/2 minutes, a dazzling display of fireworks captivates onlookers as the Mont Blanc drifts and burns.The toddler, playing with a toy train on the kitchen window sill, watches the flames engulf the ship — the last images he will ever see.At 9:04 a.m., the Mont Blanc blows up with devastating force, its 2,600 tons of explosives levelling swaths of Halifax and Dartmouth, raining down shards of white-hot iron, blowing off roofs and shattering glass — including the windows of a small wooden house in the city’s north-end Richmond neighbourhood.There, at age two years and seven months, Eric Davidson is blinded in the Halifax Explosion.“My father was still looking out and all the glass came in on his face and his upper body,” his daughter, Marilyn Elliott, said in an interview.“Doctors looked at him and determined that his eyes couldn’t be saved. Both of his eyes were removed that day. In an instant, a little baby, a happy-go-lucky baby, is without sight.”As a little girl, Elliott grew up knowing her father was blinded in the horrific blast that claimed nearly 2,000 lives, injured 9,000 and left 25,000 homeless. But it wasn’t a topic that was openly discussed in her family.The wartime disaster was mentioned in passing, in hushed tones, with a heavy heart.“My grandmother was a changed woman after the explosion. She grieved the loss of her baby boy’s eyesight,” Elliott said. “It was a permanent trauma that she carried with her the rest of her life.”A hundred years after the greatest human-made blast before the atomic bomb, the country is commemorating the explosion’s centennial with a large memorial service at Fort Needham Memorial Park. Dozens of organizations have received grants for museum and art exhibitions, theatre productions, documentary films and concerts. Canada Post has issued a striking commemorative stamp, a new plaque has been erected, a time capsule created and books published.But the Halifax Explosion anniversary wasn’t always so publicly remembered.For many years, Dec. 6 passed quietly in this East Coast town, with a small service or private prayers, but no official public ceremony marking one of Canada’s worst humanitarian disasters.In the wake of a deafening blow and billowing white smoke that rose thousands of metres above the harbour, a silence settled over the city: It would take decades before the blackout was lifted, and the heartwrenching stories of the Halifax Explosion told.***Jim Cuvelier, a 101-year-old survivor of the Halifax Explosion, said the disaster wasn’t spoken of when he was growing up.“People tried to forget it. You don’t carry that stuff around,” said Cuvelier, a baby who was at home on Lady Hammond Road on the outskirts of the blast zone at the time of the disaster. “I never heard them talk about it.”Mothers couldn’t bear the deaths of innocent babies. Children disappeared without a trace. Others turned up days later in makeshift morgues. Girls and boys struggled to comprehend being suddenly orphaned. Wives mourned their husbands, killed instantly in harbourfront factories. Soldiers grappled with the insurmountable trauma of watching homes burn to the ground, families still inside, the scent of burning flesh in the air.“The city was devastated. It was such a cataclysmic event, so traumatic, that I think people probably didn’t want to revisit those horrors,” said Craig Walkington, chairman of the Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee. “It really did do incredible damage. There was virtually no family that wasn’t touched by it, whether injuries, fatalities, or a loss in some way.”The horrors witnessed by survivors on that day 100 years ago were, for many decades, unspeakable. The blast wiped out much of Halifax’s densely populated north end and parts of Dartmouth, including a Mi’kmaq settlement known as Turtle Grove, and badly damaged the African-Nova Scotian community of Africville.The shock wave of the explosion was felt as far away as Cape Breton, and windows nearly 100 kilometres away cracked. It was followed by a towering 15-metre tsunami, drowning survivors near the shore and sweeping many bodies out to sea. Upturned cook stoves ignited fires that consumed wooden homes, scorched entire blocks and made the rescue of some injured survivors trapped inside homes impossible.That night, a blizzard blanketed the city with more than 40 centimetres of snow. “It got cold and the snow buried bodies. The next three days were a horror story,” local author and historian Dan Soucoup said. “They found children two or three days later huddled and frozen in the snow.”Relief efforts were badly hampered by the cold and snow. Still, miraculous stories emerged from the rubble.A soldier walking through the flattened Richmond neighbourhood a day after the explosion heard a faint whimper coming from a burned-out house. He walked through the charred debris and there, protected under an ashpan, he found a baby girl. The 23-month-old orphan, nicknamed ‘Ashpan’ Annie, was burned but alive.In some cases, entire families were killed. In others, one survivor lived on. One woman, Mary Jean Hinch, lost 10 children and her husband in the explosion. Pregnant and alone, she was rescued after being pinned under lumber for 24 hours. She and her unborn son were the only survivors in her family.Other harrowing tales from the front lines speak of near mythical courage. A train dispatcher, Vince Coleman, spent his final minutes warning an incoming train of the impending blast, prompting it to halt in its tracks and saving passengers and crew. In another case, most of the crew aboard the Stella Maris died attempting to attach a line to the Mont Blanc to tow it away from bustling Pier 6.***The disaster, towards the end of the First World War, made headlines around the world.“I have newspapers from all over the world. The Halifax Explosion shared the headlines with the major war-time events. It was not just some local thing,” said Janet Kitz, author of several books on the Halifax Explosion.As stories of the disaster got out, generosity flooded in. Children in Brantford, Ont., gave up their Christmas presents to raise money for the children of Halifax, donating $15,000 for relief efforts. People in Truro, N.S., lined the tracks at the rail station waiting to help the waves of refugees that arrived from Halifax in need of food and shelter.The city’s hospitals were inundated with wounded survivors and several emergency medical stations were set up in schools and clubs. Although aid arrived from across Canada and the United States — particularly Boston, a city Nova Scotia still thanks every year with a Christmas tree — many of the first medical responders on the scene hailed from nearby communities. Doctors, nurses and firefighters from across the Maritimes showed up to take on the harrowing task of aiding the injured.George H. Cox, a doctor and eye specialist from New Glasgow, about 150 kilometres northeast of Halifax, arrived at the Rockingham train station outside Halifax the next day. With the tracks into the city destroyed, he trudged through deep snow to Camp Hill Hospital. Men, women and children lined the corridors, many with glass, pottery, brick, mortar and nails stuck in their eyes. He quickly realized that the large number of ocular injuries required his expertise.“He worked for 40 hours removing eyes. He had a bucketful of eyes,” Soucoup said. “He chased everybody out, slept for three hours, and did that again.”Halifax’s mortuaries were also overwhelmed. Bodies, charred and frozen, were stacked like firewood outside funeral homes. Many unidentified corpses were stored in a school basement. Funerals went on for weeks, and services for the unidentified bodies drew thousands of mourners.***As the body count climbed, bereaved locals, politicians and newspaper editors began questioning the cause of the blast and demanding to know who was responsible for the calamity. Details of the collision emerged during a judicial inquiry and legal proceedings, though few got the answers they were seeking.When the Mont Blanc, laden with thousands of tons of explosives, came upon the Imo on the wrong side of the harbour, it asserted its right-of-way using loud whistles — the very horn blasts that attracted little Eric Davidson.“The Mont Blanc did have the right to the channel. But the Imo was stuck on a course it couldn’t get out of,” said Joel Zemel, an author and historian. “By the time they realized it, it was too late to avoid an accident. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong.”The initial investigation pinned the blame on three men: The Mont Blanc’s captain, its pilot and the Royal Canadian Navy’s chief examining officer in charge of the harbour. Given the Mont Blanc’s explosive cargo, it was said that the burden rested with its crew to avoid a collision at all costs.In the end, however, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London found both the Mont Blanc and Imo were equally to blame for the navigational errors that led to the crash. No one was ever convicted in the disaster.Yet questions persisted, like why the crew of the Mont Blanc didn’t scuttle the ship, or steer it out to sea. “They were criticized heavily for being cowards,” Zemel said. “But it would have taken six hours to sink the boat. And they thought they only had 10 seconds, not 19-and-a-half minutes.”The ship’s cargo included wet and dry picric acid, TNT, gun cotton, benzol and other ammunition. “They were just a floating bomb. They could have tried to warn people but they didn’t want to die. It was run for your life,” he said.***Despite the enormity of the catastrophe, Halifax was forced to slowly pick up the pieces and move on. Swaths of the city had been levelled, and rebuilding was necessary to assuage the misery and anguish of survivors. Tents on the Commons had given way to rows of wood and tarpaper tenements near the current site of the Halifax Forum, but more permanent homes were desperately needed.Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden promised the full resources of the federal government would be placed at the city’s disposal, said Barry Cahill, author, researcher and member of the Halifax Explosion advisory committee.Nearly $30 million was set aside for the Halifax Relief Commission to assist with medical care, rebuild infrastructure and establish pensions for injured survivors. One of the commission’s lasting legacies is Canada’s first public-housing project, the Hydrostone development not far from the blast site itself. “They had the good sense to retain a famous English town planner, Thomas Adams,” Cahill said. The English-style garden suburb was completed in 1920.As homes, churches, schools and factories were rebuilt, Halifax residents pushed the terror of the explosion from their minds, in part out of necessity. With hard times ahead, people struggled to get on with their lives.“It wasn’t an easy time in the 20s and 30s. There was a lot of depression here. Economically it was a difficult time in the Maritimes,” Soucoup said. “The city went to sleep until the Second World War.”Halifax survivors were also fatigued by the news of endless First World War casualties in Europe.“People were a wee bit hardened because of war,” Kitz said. “The Nova Scotia Highland Regiment was at Passchendaele and several hundred men had been killed and wounded. Each day brought newspaper lists of those killed in action and hospital ships carrying wounded men arrived regularly.”***It took generations for the disaster to be commemorated. After the one-year anniversary, the city didn’t hold another official public memorial until the 50th anniversary in 1967. Church services were observed and small ceremonies organized, but Halifax’s collective psyche was not yet ready to publicly recall the calamitous blast that claimed so many lives.“It could have been too painful in the early days,” Elliott said, noting that even after the service in 1967 it once again fell by the wayside. “Why was it forgotten? No one has the answer to that. It could have been a sign of the times. Back then, people didn’t like to dwell on misfortune. It wasn’t really talked about.”Kitz wonders if the commemoration of the Halifax Explosion would have been different had it happened in another part of the city.“It happened in the north end of the city, where it was mainly working-class people. If City Hall had been destroyed or the big businesses of the south end had been decimated, it would have been slightly different maybe. It’s hard to say. Somehow you were expected to just get on with it. And that’s what people did.”It was Kitz’s tenacious research that helped change that.In 1980, she penned an original undergraduate essay on the Halifax Explosion that led her to uncover boxes of mortuary artifacts gathering dust in the dark basement of Province House. She carefully catalogued objects that belonged to the dead, such as a child’s Richmond School notebook with the words “Thou Eternity Away Forever” scrawled at the bottom of a page. “I quickly found it wasn’t the objects in themselves that were intrinsically interesting. It was the people behind the objects,” Kitz said.She interviewed survivors who had been children in 1917, many of whom had never spoken of the enormous explosion out of respect for the impenetrable grief of their parents.“Their mothers would never speak of it, because many of the fathers and children had been killed,” Kitz said. “For a mother who lost perhaps a husband and two children … it must have been just appallingly difficult. I don’t think the mothers could ever have spoken openly of what they went through.”But older children who had survived the explosion opened up to Kitz about what transpired on that winter day so long ago. “They were eager to share their stories. Many of the younger survivors had very vivid, personal stories,” Kitz said. “It wasn’t so absolutely desperate for the children. There was almost a pride about being a survivor.”Kitz helped fundraise for a monument to victims of the disaster. In 1985, the Halifax Explosion Memorial Bell Tower was opened at Fort Needham Memorial Park overlooking the explosion site. Survivors and those wishing to pay their respects now had a place to assemble.Kitz also helped mount an exhibit on the disaster at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in 1987, and two years later her best-selling book Shattered City further revived interest in the explosion.Elliott, whose father passed away in 2009, offered another theory as to why the city nearly forgot about a seminal event that shaped its history: Survivors simply weren’t ready to confront their memories.“Those impacted the most by the explosion needed time.”last_img read more

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A lot to offer Plans for at least one Arctic university in

first_imgThe world’s only northern nation without some form of Arctic university may soon have three of them.There are plans in all three of Canada’s territories to give their residents a better shot at higher education. Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut all have different approaches but similar goals.All want to give their youth a chance to learn without having to travel thousands of kilometres. All want to focus on the needs of their particular jurisdictions.And all believe the North has characteristics — from language diversity to climate change — that could make an Arctic university a draw for students and researchers from around the globe.“We have a lot to offer,” said Caroline Cochrane, the N.W.T’s minister of education.The idea of a northern university has been kicked around since at least 2007 when a pan-territorial survey found residents wanted more influence over Arctic research. Northern First Nations have been asking for one for 50 years.Arctic colleges offer northern students degree programs such as education and nursing. But the programs are run and degrees awarded by southern institutions.Now, northerners are taking control of their own post-secondary education. Yukon is likely to be first out of the academic gate.“We’ve got three degrees lined up,” said Karen Barnes, president of Yukon College, soon to be Yukon University.This September, the institution will offer its first three bachelor’s programs under its own name instead of those brokered through another university.One will be in Indigenous governance, taking advantage of expertise in Yukon’s 11 self-governing First Nations. The second will be a business degree focused on operating in remote communities.The third will be in northern studies — traditional knowledge, culture, history and current situation of northerners.“A lot of universities have offered degrees in northern studies but this will be the first one actually offered in the North,” said Barnes.Also this fall, the N.W.T. legislature will consider an extensive report on the territory’s Aurora College that recommends a Northern Canada Polytechnic University that would combine bachelor’s and applied studies with a community college to support secondary schools. A search is on for someone to lead that transition, said Cochrane.“I think a university is needed within the N.W.T.,” she said.The Eastern Arctic is also moving ahead.By October, Nunavut Arctic College hopes to announce a partnership with a southern institution. It wants to broaden the college’s current offerings with a view toward the administrative needs of government and the technical requirements of the resource industry.Eleven southern universities have applied to be that partner, said Jesse Jacobs, the college’s director of planning.“What we’re really looking for in a partner institution is to take Inuit traditional knowledge and ensure that we are able to put it into credentials that are recognized nationally,” he said.Cultural relevance is prominent in the plans of all three institutions. Often, southern course materials just don’t work in the North.When Cochrane took her social-work degree in the south, she was taught that privacy concerns meant she shouldn’t get personal with her clients or acknowledge them in the street.“You go into a community of 100 people and you don’t shake hands in the store, you don’t have a job pretty soon,” she said.Language will be a big part. Jacobs said his college’s partnered programs will be taught in Inuktut, the term used for all dialects spoken by the Inuit.Just offering post-secondary courses in the North is a big deal. Travel to study elsewhere is a major cost and cultural disincentive for potential students, Cochrane said.“A lot are intimidated by southern universities. It’s hard when you come from a (tiny) community to all of a sudden walk into a community of millions.”Universities, however, are expensive. Financing the territories’ post-secondary plans remains unsettled, although Cochrane said one source of income could come from research partnerships in areas such as climate change.The Yukon government has topped up its annual $27 million grant to it Yukon College by $1.5 million to help with the transition to a university. The college is also about to begin a campaign to raise about $65 million over the next 10 years, Barnes said.Things are starting to happen, said Jacobs.“It’s an exciting time to be in post-secondary education in the Arctic.”last_img read more

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Usher And Tyrese Gibson To Perform At Ford Neighborhood Awards

first_imgAward-winning entertainers Usher, Tyrese Gibson and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will heat up the stage in Atlanta, bringing their smooth vocals and superstar performances to the 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards at the Philips Arena on Saturday August 8th.Steve Harvey and television/radio/film producer Rushion McDonald created the one-of-a-kind Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) and Neighborhood Awards Weekend to recognize and celebrate men and women from all over the United States who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious and community leaders, educators and more. Hosted by Steve Harvey – the EMMY-winning talk show, Family Feud and radio star marks his 13th year helming the one-of-a-kind Awards show – welcoming a winning lineup of celebrity presenters and fans coming together for a dazzling night of glamour, filled with laughs, unpredictable moments, exuberant speeches and inspiring entertainment.Anthony Anderson, Wendy Raquel Robinson, David and Tamela Mann, Michelle Williams, Erica Campbell, Yolanda Adams, Kym Whitley, Roland Martin, Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, and Carla Ferrell are among the host of celebrity presenters expected, joining Harvey for a witty, jubilant celebration to unveil this year’s Neighborhood Awards winners in 12 categories. This year’s Top 48 honorees encompass entrepreneurs, community/religious leaders and educators from across the nation, with categories including Best Church and Best Community Leader remaining open for voting online in one category per day until June 16th, on www.NeighborhoodAwards.com.The 2015 Ford Neighborhood Awards show is the cornerstone event in a four-day lineup of entertainment running August 6-9th in Atlanta, with other signature events during the weekend taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center, featuring appearances from Ne-Yo, Doug E. Fresh, Nephew Tommy, Sheryl Underwood, Erykah Badu, Jodeci, Salt-N-Pepa, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle, Avery Sunshine, Yolanda Adams and more.Tickets for the Ford Neighborhood Awards show and weekend events are available via Ticketmaster. The 2015 Neighborhood Awards Weekend includes support from Ford Motor Company, State Farm, Masterbuilt, AARP, McDonald’s, Express Employment Professionals, Tracfone, and DHerbs. Stay tuned into the #1 rated Steve Harvey Morning Show weekdays on the radio or online from 6-10 AM EST at www.SteveHarvey.com for essential news, daily inspiration, laughs, interviews and more with Steve Harvey and his co-hosts.last_img read more

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CocaCola struggles with Americans shift away from soda cold wet spring doesnt

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2013 7:46 am MDT Coca-Cola struggles with Americans’ shift away from soda; cold, wet spring doesn’t help NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coca-Cola is struggling to sell more soda in the U.S., and it can’t seem to catch a break.The world’s largest beverage maker on Tuesday blamed a confluence of factors including unusually bad weather for its disappointing second-quarter results. It cited cold, wet conditions at home and flooding in parts of Europe for weak volume growth globally. Profit declined 4 per cent.The temporary setbacks clouded the underlying challenge the company faces in North America and other developed markets, where soda consumption has been declining for years amid criticism that sugary drinks fuel obesity rates.In the latest quarter, for example, Coca-Cola said soda volume in North America fell 4 per cent. But the figure has declined in 20 of the 26 quarters since the start of 2007, including a 2 per cent slide a year ago.It was flat in four quarters and rose by just 1 per cent in the other two quarters.Still, executives expressed confidence they’d be able to return to growth with greater investments in marketing, new packaging and other tactics.“I hate to use the weather, but a lot of it was the weather,” Chief Financial Officer Gary Fayard said in an interview on CNBC, apparently acknowledging the frequency with which companies cite the weather when they deliver disappointing results.When asked if people drink less soda when it’s cold and wet outside, Fayard said that was indeed the case.“We are an industry that’s susceptible to weather,” he said.Coke’s shares fell 78 cents, or 1.9 per cent, to close at $40.23 Tuesday. Over the past year, the company’s stock is up more than 5 per cent.Looking ahead to the second half of the year, executives expressed confidence that the weather would even out and that business would improve, including in key markets such as India, China and North America.In the meantime, Coca-Cola and rival PepsiCo Inc. have been trying to come up with a soda that uses a natural, low-calorie sweetener to reverse the slide in U.S. soda consumption. The challenge is that such sweeteners often have a bad aftertaste. Notably, Coca-Cola has yet to roll out a mid-calorie version of Fanta and Sprite using the sweetener stevia that it began testing last summer.Nevertheless, executives at both companies have expressed optimism that natural, lower-calorie sodas can get soda sales on the path to growth.“We’re watching, we’re learning,” said Steve Cahillane, who heads the company’s North American and Latin American operations.To hit back at critics, Coca-Cola also began a TV ad campaign addressing obesity for the first time in January. The ad noted that weight gain is the result of consuming too many calories of any kind, not just soda.Similar ads have since been rolled out, with a focus on cable news channels where Coca-Cola believes viewers are more influential in shaping public opinion.Coca-Cola, based in Atlanta, has also been relying on its bottled teas, water and sports drinks to boost sales. It sold more of such uncarbonated drinks in North America for three months ended June 28, but not enough to offset the decline in sodas.During the quarter, volume for Europe also declined 4 per cent, with Coca-Cola noting the impact of severe flooding in parts of Germany and central Europe. By contrast, the region encompassing Africa, the Middle East and Russia saw a 9 per cent gain in volume. The Asia region rose 2 per cent, with volume in China even from a year ago.In addition to bad weather, the company noted that it was dealing with challenging economic conditions and other socioeconomics factors, such as unrest in the Middle East.For the second quarter, Coca-Cola Co. said it earned $2.68 billion, or 59 cents per share. That’s down 4 per cent from $2.79 billion, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier.Excluding one-time items, the company said it earned 63 cents per share, in line with Wall Street expectations.Revenue slid to $12.75 billion, short of the $12.95 billion analysts expected, according to FactSet. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Freeland to press for new labour environmental sections within NAFTA

In this April 21, 2008 file photo, national flags of the United States, Canada, and Mexico fly in the breeze in New Orleans. Chrystia Freeland will give a speech Monday arguing that NAFTA’s upcoming renegotiation will benefit a broad cross section of Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Judi Bottoni Freeland to press for new labour, environmental sections within NAFTA Chrystia Freeland will push for additional labour and environmental sections when she shares broad strokes Monday of Canada’s goals for the upcoming NAFTA talks.The foreign affairs minister will deliver the message in a morning speech at the University of Ottawa. It will come as Canada, the United States and Mexico prepare to start fresh trade talks on Wednesday in Washington D.C.The address will provide more details on Ottawa’s NAFTA priorities, said a senior government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about specifics of the speech.Among them, Freeland will express a desire for new labour and environmental sections, which were added as an afterthought in the original deal.The original NAFTA included addendums on labour and the environment after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 and insisted on some changes.The Canadian official says Freeland will be seeking more.“There (are no) standalone chapters on these in NAFTA,” the official said.“That’s something we’re willing to stand up for and say, ‘This is what’s needed in a modern agreement.’ “Some officials have articulated a self-interested reason for new labour protections: to increase wages in Mexico, narrow the gap in labour costs, and make it more attractive to invest in car plants in the north.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has publicly referred to that objective. Canadian officials have also done so, albeit more quietly.Freeland’s last pre-negotiation consultation before heading down to Washington for the first round of talks will be with labour leaders who have pushed for these changes.The source described the speech as consequential, but the public shouldn’t expect Freeland to lay out too many detailed positions in public.Canadian officials have prided themselves on their cards-to-the-chest approach and that’s unlikely to change Monday.The speech will offer enough to serve as a reference for those interested in a better understanding of Canada’s positions and make the case that the public stands to benefit from the 23-year-old deal’s modernization, the official said.Freeland will also highlight elements from Canada’s recently negotiated trade agreement with the European Union and explain how they might be relevant for the NAFTA talks.In Monday’s speech, Freeland will also discuss some of her priorities on NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanisms.The U.S. is talking about getting rid of one of those chapters, 19, because it resents having an international panel interpret its domestic trade laws.That chapter was a key condition of Canada entering the original 1987 agreement, and was helpful to the Canadian cause in softwood lumber disputes. Some experts suggest it’s less relevant today, with the existence of World Trade Organization panels.There’s one other priority Freeland is less likely to mention: expanded professional visas. Updating the list to include new jobs, like digital ones, is a longstanding Canadian priority.But it’s controversial in the U.S., where it becomes wrapped up in that country’s heated immigration debates.Canada has also repeatedly pushed for extending its Buy American exemptions for national public-works projects, to the state and local level.The U.S. has already signalled that’s a non-starter. In fact, many American lawmakers are pushing to limit the exemptions Canada already enjoys.Later Monday, Freeland will testify before a parliamentary committee on international trade, which will be followed by a news conference.Last week, after meeting with Alberta farmers, Freeland noted the importance of removing barriers at the border.“One of the key things that I heard from the farmers and ranchers today was how good it would be to use these talks to reduce some of the red tape that they still face in cross-border trade,” she told reporters Friday in Edmonton.“This U.S. administration has been really focused on cutting red tape on making it easier to do business and so that’s going to be something where I think we can have some very productive conversations.” by Andy Blatchford and Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 13, 2017 2:25 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Syria UN agency denounces killing of Palestinian refugee children

. “These killings tragically illustrate the callous disregard of the laws of war which is resulting in the deaths of so many Syrian and Palestinian children,” the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) said in a statement.Eleven year old Qusay Shuraieh died on 22 April of injuries sustained in an explosion near Bilal Al-Habas mosque in Homs on 18 April. Her 12 year old brother was seriously injured, along with seven other Palestine refugee children under the age of 14.Also in Homs, Nureiddin Majed Al Khalily, 7 years old, was shot in the back of the head last month by what appeared to be a stray bullet as he walked home from an UNRWA school in Homs Palestine refugee camp, accompanied by his nine-year old brother. In Dara’a city, on 22 April, Malek Hasan Turani, an 11 year old boy was caught in an explosion as he walked home from school with friends and family. “Their deaths resulted from the indiscriminate use of extremely lethal weapons and explosive devices in civilian areas, in violation of international humanitarian law and the obligation to protect civilians,” UNRWA said, extending condolences to the families. On 23 April, the top United Nations humanitarian officials issued a strong challenge to those with the responsibility, power and influence to find the courage to re-energize a thus-far failed diplomatic push to end the brutal three-year conflict.They called urgently on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians.The joint statement was signed by UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos; Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Antonio Guterres at the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR); Margaret Chan of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Ertharin Cousin of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).Also today, UNRWA announced that the UN agency and partners distributed food parcels to 464 civilian families in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus.This was the third day of distribution following 15 days of suspended access, according to UNRWA spokesperson, Chris Gunness. “Despite the presence of large crowds of desperate civilians at the entrance to the distribution area, the operation proceeded in an orderly manner,” Mr. Gunness said. He noted that since UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2139 in February calling for full humanitarian access, UNRWA has distributed 5,579 food parcels in Yarmouk.“This is not enough,” he noted, adding that UNRWA remains “deeply concerned” about the humanitarian situation in Yarmouk where more than 18,000 civilians are believed to be trapped. “UNRWA demands that all parties cease hostilities and seek to resolve their differences exclusively by peaceful means,” he reiterated.Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery. Overall, more than 9.3 million people are affected by the crisis, now in its fourth year, with more than 2.4 million Syrian refugees registered in the region, according to the latest UN figures. read more

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49ers Ray McDonald Will Not Be Charged With Domestic

Ray McDonald, the San Francisco 49er whose career rested on whether he would be charged with domestic violence, will not be indicted, as officials in San Jose said Monday there is not sufficient evidence to pursue the matter.After the Ray Rice case, much attention was focused on McDonald and how his situation would play out. He was arrested on Aug. 31 on felony domestic violence charges after an incident that occurred at his San Jose home. A woman believed to be his fiancée was noted to have “visible injuries.”McDonald cooperated  with officers on the night of the incident and gave a follow-up interview later. Since then, the investigation has not wrought enough to charge him.“Conflicting versions of the event, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a significant lack of cooperation from Jane Doe; we cannot prove a crime occurred,” said Lindsay Walsh, Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney in charge of the case. “In this particular case, there were particular pieces of information missing.”“Jane Doe” was McDonald’s unidentified fiancee.The 49ers said in a statement: “The issue of domestic violence is important to us, as it is throughout society. We have taken this allegation seriously, just as we have taken the principles of due process seriously. We have said from the beginning that we will consider the information available, allow the facts to lead to our decisions and respect the judicial process.“Based on the information available to us and the District Attorney’s decision not to file charges, there will be no change in Ray’s status with the team.”The DA’s office said Monday for the first time that McDonald’s fiancée made a 911 call from the house at 2:41 a.m., a few minutes after McDonald had called 911 saying that he needed to get “a female” out of his home, according to the DA’s office.According to Walsh, McDonald’s fiancée “never used the words ‘choking,’ ‘grabbing,’ ‘punching’”—”anything of that nature” during her interview with police. When police attempted to interview her two days later and take additional photographs, she refused.Walsh said that McDonald’s fiancée said McDonald struck her and was restraining her. However, the investigation revealed that McDonald’s fiancée hit him first. read more

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TT PM gives assurance that restriction on Guyanas honey to be

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPM Rowley intervenes in immigration dispute with JamaicaJune 6, 2016In “latest news”T&T PM for state visit on September 19, 20September 17, 2018In “latest news”T&T PM offers to wave immigration regulation for DominicansSeptember 22, 2017In “Regional” (L) President David Granger and Prime Minister of T&T Dr Keith RowleyTrinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has made a commitment to have his Government look into the 70-year-old law which restricts Guyana from transshipping honey exports through Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).In February 2015, Trinidad and Tobago fined La Parkan US$3,000 for facilitating the movement of honey within one mile of Trinidad and Tobago’s shores.There have been other instances where countries like Grenada have encountered the same issues, but nothing has since been done to correct this issue.However, Rowley has given his assurance that the matter will be addressed by his Government. He was at the time speaking during the signing of the MoU between the two countries for cooperation in the oil and gas sector that was conducted at State House on Wednesday.“That matter , I thought was a Grenada issue, I didn’t realize that it was Guyanese issue as well. But we did discuss it this morning and the Minister of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs have agreed that we would look at it without talking out of term” Rowley revealed.The Trinidadian Prime Minister said that once his country is satisfied that there are no sanitary and phytosanitary risks, they will look at it at finding a solution.“But we will be guided by the technical outcome. The last time we raised this matter at CARICOM, we agreed that the CARICOM protocol having been checked should prevail and Trinidad and Tobago will adhere to the protocol” he explained.CARICOM Heads of Government have deliberated on the issue, and it is now left for the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament to enact legislation to facilitate the movement.Although the issue also affects Grenada, Guyana has led the charge to have the issue resolved because that country is losing vital foreign exchange because its honey exports must pass through Trinidad. read more

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Honda Turns Deaf Ear to Safety Leaves Bluetooth Off Most Civics

first_imgThe 2012 Honda Civic may be the best compact car ever made (see review), but a boneheaded marketing decision leaves the majority of Civic buyers unable to get Bluetooth, an important safety and convenience feature. The Bluetooth Handsfree Link feature is only on the Civic EX and EX-L models. It’s not on the barebones Civic DX that nobody cares about, but it’s also omitted from the next model up, the Civic LX, which has accounted for just over half of Civic sales. And it’s not on the Civic HF, the eco model sitting between the LX and EX designed to eke out a few more mpg.At the Civic press launch, I talked with several Honda executives. They said they ran extensive surveys and presented Civic-level buyers with “market baskets” of options and likely prices and didn’t hear support for Bluetooth at the LX level, meaning Civics with a list price of under $20,000. So, because of the kinds of research and cost-benefit analysis you learn about in MBA school, it’s off those Civics. Score one for the bean-counters. AdChoices广告What I didn’t hear from anyone at Honda was the kind of leadership you’d see at the upper levels of Apple: Survey the market and use the information for guidance. Then take some personal and corporate risk and make the call based on what’s best for the market, the customer, for the company’s reputation, and for the product’s contribution to a better society. The question Honda should have been asking focus groups was: “Knowing most every state has a hands-free law now or will in the next couple years, who should provide the hands-free cellphone link: you (with something dangling off your ear) or the automaker? And what’s the right price to build in to the car for Bluetooth: $25? $50? $100?” Or, “If it costs us the same to put in a CD player or Bluetooth, which would you rather have if you just got one?” When an automaker builds in Bluetooth, it’s not that expensive. Say Honda sinks $1 million in research and testing for Bluetooth the Civic. That’s a sunken cost because you have to build at least some Civics with Bluetooth. Then the marginal cost for Bluetooth electronics is pretty cheap, say $10 or $25 per car. Even if you double or quadruple the actual cost (common in retail), it comes in under $100 a car. When you build in Bluetooth, it automatically mutes the radio, something you don’t get with an earpiece Bluetooth device or one that clips to the visor. It’s always in the car. It’s never low on battery power. It sounds better. The phone can be controlled from the steering wheel or center stack. You see the caller’s phone number on the radio or instrument panel. Most integrated Bluetooth devices now stream audio from a smartphone. Some research shows using a cellphone even hands-free causes some level of distraction. It’s unlikely cellphones will be outlawed from cars outright even if we have an off-the-wall transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, who’s been floating trial balloons in that direction. Think about how well mandatory abstinence programs have worked in other areas. With cellphones a given in cars, Honda made a bad call to omit Bluetooth from the majority of new Civics. Compare that to Hyundai, which has USB and Bluetooth standard on all Hyundai Sonatas, a slightly bigger model. On the Hyundai Elantra that is a direct competitor, Bluetooth isn’t on a base model that would be equivalent to the Civic LX, but it is offered as part of a commonly accepted options package so that the vast majority of Elantras are delivered with Bluetooth, Hyundai says. * Car Review: 2012 Honda Civic Once Again the Best Compactlast_img read more

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The resonances are huge Carrie Crowley on why shes supporting a boycott

first_img http://jrnl.ie/4095008 12,702 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribe for more videos By Andrew Roberts Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube “The resonances are huge”: Carrie Crowley on why she’s supporting a boycott of the Eurovision in Israel next year She was speaking as part of a group of Irish artists and public figures like Eurovision commentator Mike Murphy, music legend Christy Moore and Senator David Norris who launched the boycott campaign today in Dublin. 71 Comments center_img Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 6:00 PM Share221 Tweet Email Short URL The Eurovision is a cultural event and should not become politicized by extreme voices seeking to boycott Israel. Israel has a long and proud history of participation in the Eurovision.  Over the years, the Israeli contestants have showcased the diversity and openness of Israeli society.  Indeed, in 1998 the Israeli winner – Dana International – brought the issue of trans identity into the mainstream.They added: “We are sure that a small minority of individuals, who are seeking yet another vehicle to demonise Israel, will not disrupt what is sure to be a magnificent event.” Jun 27th 2018, 6:01 PM “THE RESONANCES ARE huge,” says Carrie Crowley about the similarities between Ireland and Palestine.”But at least we came to some level of understanding with each other. I love to think something like that could happen for the people of Palestine.”The Irish actress and former 1997 Eurovision presenter was speaking at a gathering of campaigners at the Ha’penny Bridge today, who are calling for a boycott of the Eurovision in Israel next year.Over 3,300 people, mostly Irish artists and media personalities, have signed their petition to support the boycott, including Eurovision commentator Mike Murphy, former Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan, music legends Christy Moore and Frances Black and Senator David Norris.They believe that Israel’s hosting of the Eurovision will be used to “culturally whitewash and ‘pinkwash’ Israel’s atrocious record of seven decades of war crimes and human rights abuses against the Palestinian people.”The popular song contest is due to be held in Israel in 2019 after the country’s entry, Toy by Netta, won the competition with a total of 529 points.It comes following protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem that saw 60 Palestinians killed last month by Israeli troops.Earlier in the month Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty  called on RTÉ  and the Irish government to boycott the European song contest due to “Israel’s ongoing and grievous violations of international law and international humanitarian law” and the “apartheid policies being applied to the Palestinian people.”In response to today’s call for a boycott the Embassy of Israel in Dublin said they were “saddened” at the news.last_img read more

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Mystérieuses images Google Maps du désert chinois suite et fin

first_imgMystérieuses images Google Maps du désert chinois : suite (…et fin ?)Les étranges formes photographiées par le satellite de Google Maps dans le désert de Gobi, en Chine, et qui avaient déchaîné l’imagination des internautes, pourraient être des structures de calibrage pour le réglage des satellites espions chinois, selon un expert américain.  Les mystérieuses structures situées en plein désert de Gobi, non loin d’installations spatiales et militaires du nord de la Chine, dont les images ont été capturées récemment par le satellite de Google Maps, et interprétées par certains internautes comme des cibles géantes pour l’armée chinoise, pourraient bien, effectivement, avoir un rapport avec le domaine militaire et stratégique.À lire aussiLe secret de mystérieuses pyramides chinoises enfin percé ?Interrogé par Natalie Wolchover, du site Life’s Little Mysteries, Jonathan Hill, un technicien travaillant à l’Université de l’Arizona sur les projets de vols spaciaux vers Mars, a expliqué que ces structures sont quasi-identiques aux cibles américaines utilisées pour calibrer les satellites espions Corona durant les années 1960.”Les grilles de lignes blanches en zigzag, vues sur deux des images, sont des cibles d’étalonnage de satellites espions : les caméras des satellites se concentrent sur ces grilles, qui mesurent environ 0,65 miles de large par 1,15 miles de long, et les utilisent pour s’orienter dans l’espace”, précise Natalie Wolchover.Selon Jonathan Hill, il est bien connu que la Chine exploite des satellites espions, tout comme de nombreux autres pays, y compris les États-Unis…Le 18 novembre 2011 à 16:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Vente la tablette a détrôné lordinateur de bureau en 2011

first_imgVente : la tablette a détrôné l’ordinateur de bureau en 2011Les ventes de tablettes ont dépassé les ventes d’ordinateurs de bureau en 2011. Une tendance qui se poursuivra sans doute en 2012 où la tablette détrônera peut-être l’ordinateur portable. Avec 31 % de tablettes tactiles vendues au mois de décembre, ces dernières dépassent déjà les ventes de PC de bureau et de netbooks. Le règne de la tablette semble être arrivé. 1,45 million d’unités ont été vendues en 2011 selon GfK contre 1,24 million d’ordinateurs de bureau. Le marché des tablettes se rapproche des PC de bureau et pèse désormais 609 millions d’euros contre 703 millions d’euros pour la vente d’ordinateurs fixes. Cela est bien supérieur à la vente de netbooks (291 millions d’euros). 450.000 tablettes ont été vendues en 2011 (31 % des ventes annuelles). Alors que 220.000 ordinateurs de bureau de moins qu’en 2010 ont été vendus l’an passé. En Europe, le marché des ventes d’ordinateurs (fixes et portables) a baissé de 7,2 % en 2011 et 9,6 % au dernier trimestre 2011. L’iPad d’Apple s’est octroyé la quasi totalité du marché durant les fêtes de fin d’année. L’Eee Pad Transformer d’Asus, la Galaxy Tab de Samsung et les tablettes low cost se sont partagé les ventes restantes. Les ventes de tablettes devrait de plus battre de nouveaux records en 2012… Le 19 janvier 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Save Up to 98% Off Headphones, Smart Home Kits, and More

first_imgThe Exclusive Veho Cave Smart Home Starter Kit & Camera Bundle – $249.95See Deal This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves >Whether you’re shopping for headphones, smart home security systems, or apps that help with meal planning, the Geek Shop has you covered at prices that are practically unbeatable. And, our stock is constantly being refreshed. Did you miss out on a hot deal? Then check out our best from this past week and get them while you still can.TEC Accessories The Orbiter™ Pinstripe Magnetic Fidget DeviceReduce stress, lower anxiety, and keep your focus all day long with The Orbiter from TEC Accessories. Unlike other fidget spinners, this one uses magnets and features a sophisticated titanium appearance. That means you’ll confidently be able to use this fidget spinner practically anywhere. Even at the office.Buy it now for $29.99 and save 55 percent off the MSRP. 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Time Inc QuadGraphics Expand Printing Partnership

first_imgTime Inc. and Quad/Graphics reached an agreement to expand their existing printing partnership, the companies announced today.The deal, a multi-year arrangement beginning in 2014 worth more than $900 million, calls for Quad/Graphics to print 19 titles and more than 85 percent of Time Inc.’s total volume. The work represents a 35 percent incremental increase in volume over the life of the contract.“We strive for continuous improvement in our operations with the goal of delivering increasingly timely and relevant content through all of our magazine brands,” Guy Gleysteen, senior vice president of Production at Time Inc., says in a statement. “Aligning the majority of our magazines with Quad is going to provide a unique opportunity for the two companies to drive innovation and efficiency.” SEE ALSO: Quad/Graphics Completes Two-Year Worldcolor IntegrationQuad/Graphics will take over the printing of monthlies All You, Essence, People StyleWatch and Real Simple, and expand its regional work on Time and People. The Wisconsin-based company—who also works with Conde Nast, Hearst, Meredith and Rodale, among others—is already the exclusive printer for several other Time Inc. brands including Entertainment Weekly.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

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Bosses blamed more for their actions

first_imgBosses, take note. You may receive considerably more blame for the negative consequences of your actions than an employee, according to a new study. Theories to date had assumed that praise and blame were determined by the extent to which an individual is able to exercise causal influence over something. “That means the reason why the boss is criticised more severely than the employee is because it was he who made the decision and, therefore, his causal influence over the situation was more significant,” said Kai Kaspar from the University of Cologne in Germany. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHowever, the study, published in the journal Philosophical Psychology, demonstrated that, unlike previously assumed, the acting person’s social status plays an important role when it comes to the distribution of praise and blame, rather than the extent to which an individual has influenced a given situation.”In real life, a boss receives considerably more blame for the negative consequences of his actions than an employee,” added Pascale Willemsen, researcher at the Ruhr-Universitatt Bochum in Germany. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the other hand, an employee receives significantly more praise if his actions result in positive consequences than his superior, the findings showed.According to this theory, his social role as the boss is irrelevant.To test this assumption, the team conducted an online study with 209 test participants.The participants were asked to state their position on the following situation: rather than the boss, an employee makes an important decision in the company. Both employee and boss are aware that, while the decision is in the best interest of the enterprise, it will have a negative impact on the environment as a side-effect. Both explicitly state that they do not care about this side-effect.In the experiment, the boss received more criticism than the employee, even though he did not personally make the decision. “We now have ample reason to assume that the social function plays a significant role in determining how much praise or criticism we allocate to a person for any negative consequences of their actions,” the researchers explained.last_img read more

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Global Melamine Polyphosphate Market 2018 Size Analysis Shares Future Prospect

first_imgEuropeUKGermany Asia PacificChinaIndiaJapan Latin AmericaBrazilMexico Rest of the WorldTarget Audience of the Global Melamine Polyphosphate Market in Market Study:Key Consulting Companies & AdvisorsLarge, medium-sized, and small enterprisesVenture capitalistsValue-Added Resellers (VARs)Third-party knowledge providersInvestment bankersInvestorsFurthermore, years considered for the study are as follows:Historical year – 2015, 2016Base year – 2017Forecast period – 2018 to 2025Access Full Summery @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/2961849/global-melamine-polyphosphate-report-size-study?utm_source=HTN/SAMU About Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Global Melamine Polyphosphate Market report focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the global key players. It also provides analysis of the market key players, revenue and forecast geographic regions of the market. The market report also covers geographical analysis of the market with growth forecast.Global Melamine Polyphosphate Market is continuously growing in the global scenario at significant pace. Melamine polyphosphate is a white crystalline powder with phosphorous content of around 12-14% and contains nitrogen around 42-44%.It is majorly used as flame retardant additives in plastic, adhesives coating & polymers. Rising demand for flame retardant additives among end-user industries, favorable government support and increasing utilization of melamine polyphosphate in the semiconductors & electronics industry are the substantial driving factors of the market during the forecast period. Moreover, increasing per capita disposable income in the emerging economies is the factors that likely to create numerous opportunity in the near future. Further, a melamine polyphosphate is manufactured using a relatively less energy-consuming, environment friendly and simpler method. The regional analysis of Global Melamine Polyphosphate Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World.Request the Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2961849?utm_source=HTN/SAMUThe major market player included in this report are:Zhenjiang Sanwa Flame Retardant TechnologyJLS ChemicalZhenjiang Xingxing Flame RetardantsJiangyin Suli ChemicalNovista GroupShouguang Weidong ChemicalPuyang Chengke ChemicalShian ChemicalTianyiCnsolver TechnologyThe objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape scenario and product offerings of key players profiled in this report.The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Type:Experimental GradeIndustrial GradeAvail the Discount on this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2961849?utm_source=HTN/SAMUBy Application:AutomotiveTextileAerospace & DefensePackagingOthersBy Regions:North AmericaU.S.Canadalast_img read more

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Time to legalize marijuana in Mexico City

first_imgNo related posts. OPINIONLast year, voters in the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington approved initiatives legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. While the details are being worked out, those watching the developments are in not only the United States. Mexico, too, is taking note, having paid an enormous price waging a costly – and, to a certain degree, futile – years-long crusade against drugs in consonance with the international community’s punitive approach.A growing number of Mexicans are asking logical questions: Why should their leaders follow a path that provokes violence, generates human rights violations, erodes the country’s image abroad and costs a fortune – mainly to stem the northern flow of drugs? Why spray and uproot marijuana fields in the hills of Oaxaca, search for tunnels in Tijuana and incarcerate “weed” traffickers in Monterrey if consumption is made legal in parts of the United States? Why deploy such an enormous effort to deter drug trafficking if Washington does virtually nothing to stop the flow of firearms to Mexico – and has concluded that it can, and should, prevent migrants from Mexico and Central America from entering the United States? If Congress can “secure” the border against people, using walls and drones, why can’t it do the same against drugs or guns and, in the process, respect Mexico’s right to design its own policies?These sentiments are part of the reason for a change in Mexican attitudes toward drugs in general and marijuana in particular. Two former presidents – Ernesto Zedillo and Vicente Fox, who both vigorously fought drug trafficking and consumption while in office – have concluded that this approach is doomed and that a better policy would include decriminalizing marijuana use and commerce. Then-President Felipe Calderón called on the U.N. General Assembly last year to change its focus, eliminating the perverse incentives that strengthen transnational organized crime and gravely affect the rule of law and democracy in some countries.Mexico is a highly conservative country whose population remains largely opposed to legalizing marijuana. But an increasing number of business, political and academic leaders are shifting their views. The city council of Mexico City, which has authority to legislate health and law enforcement issues, is contemplating a measure that would, in effect, allow the regulated possession and use of marijuana. Already, Mexicans can legally possess five grams of marijuana, an amount much smaller than what is commonly sold, bought or shared. Effectively decriminalizing marijuana would be in line with liberal attitudes in the capital and laws that rest on the firm belief that the right to privacy includes certain personal choices, even – or especially – when not shared by the majority.We and other former cabinet secretaries – Pedro Aspe, finance minister to Carlos Salinas, and Juan Ramón de la Fuente, health minister to Zedillo – have joined with Mexico’s leading public intellectual and a prominent social activist to push for legalization in Mexico City. The four of us occupied senior posts directly related to the drug issue in Mexico’s previous four administrations. Along with Héctor Aguilar Camín, editor of the monthly Nexos, and María Elena Morera, founder of Mexico Unido Contra la Delincuencia (Mexicans United Against Crime), we are encouraging Mexico City authorities to proceed promptly.For practical and political reasons, our effort is limited to decriminalizing the use of marijuana in the federal district, though some believe that the same case can be easily made for other drugs in the whole country. A reform that restrains its effects to marijuana is achievable; going further does not seem feasible today. Another reason for moving slowly, though firmly, is the impact this decision would have on the relationship between Mexico and the United States.President Enrique Peña Nieto opposes legalization but seems open to a broad debate and to whatever consensus would emerge – locally, nationally or regionally. He may accept Mexico City’s decision even if he doesn’t like it, much as U.S. President Barack Obama seems to have resigned himself to the Colorado and Washington legislation. Mexico has ratified treaties banning illicit substances, but these international agreements allow governments to set their own policies within certain limits; consider Dutch and Portuguese leniency. The United States should support its neighbor as it seeks leeway for its own stance, even if that conflicts with U.S. policy.Mexicans have paid a high cost in the struggle against drugs. We know that this war cannot be won. This fight should be waged by physicians rather than armed forces. Decriminalization of marijuana is not a silver bullet, but it would be a major step away from a failed approach. Mexico City is the place to start, thanks to the example set in Colorado and Washington state.Fernando Gómez Mont was Mexico’s interior minister in the administration of Felipe Calderón. Jorge G. Castañeda was minister of foreign affairs in the administration of Vicente Fox.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Malaysia Airlines announces deal for 50 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes

first_imgMalaysia Airlines Announce Deal for 50 Boeing 737 MAX airplanesMalaysia Airlines Announce Deal for 50 Boeing 737 MAX airplanesMalaysia Airlines Berhad (Malaysia Airlines) and Boeing have announced a deal for 50 737 MAX aircraft, with 25 firm orders and 25 purchase rights. The deal is valued at $5.5 billion at current list prices and deliveries will commence in 2019.“This deal is a game-changer for Malaysia Airlines with much lower costs and greater efficiency which we will pass on to our loyal customers with lower fares” said Peter Bellew, Malaysia Airlines’ Chief Executive Officer. “With the 737 MAX’s longer range capabilities, we will be able to connect our passengers to more destinations, in greater comfort and with superior economics.”The Malaysian national carrier has operated almost every derivative of the 737 airplane family and took delivery of its 100th 737 in December 2014. Malaysia Airlines currently operates 56 737-800s. Malaysia will take delivery of a mix of 737 MAX 9 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft.“The 737 MAX will continue the superior operating economics and reliability of the 737 that Malaysia Airlines has depended on for more than 40 years,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are honoured to continue our long partnership with Malaysia Airlines and welcome them to the growing 737 MAX family.”Commenting further on the aircraft Peter Bellew said:- “These new Boeing 737 MAX contain new features which will significantly lower Malaysia’s operating costs, including:-737 MAX 9 aircraft with 180 seats (18 more (12%) than Malaysia’s existing 160 seat fleet).New Boeing Sky Interior to enhance customers’ onboard experience.New slimline seats with more leg room.New WiFi Enabled Fast internet onboard.New CFM LEAP-1B engines, which combined with the Advanced Technology winglet and other aerodynamic improvements, will reduce fuel consumption by up to 15% in Malaysia’s configuration and reduce operational noise emissions by 40%.“Malaysia Airlines is now on a path to growth across the Asean region. This new aircraft order will set the stage for our continued recovery and success into the next decade said Peter Bellew. Malaysia Airlinesbook your flights hereAbout Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines is the national carrier of Malaysia, offering the best way to fly to, from and aroundMalaysia. Among the few airlines to have won both a Skytrax five-star rating and World’s Best CabinCrew award, Malaysia Airlines takes our 40,000 guests daily on memorable journeys inspired byMalaysia’s diverse richness. Malaysia Airlines embodies the incredible diversity of Malaysia, capturing its rich traditions, cultures, cuisines and warm hospitality on board, while opening up more of Malaysia’s destinations than any other airline.Since September 2015, the airline has been owned and operated by Malaysia Airlines Berhad. As a member of oneworld®, Malaysia Airlines and its partners in the global alliance offer a superior, seamless travel experience to more than 1,000 destinations in 150 plus countries, with special privileges and rewards for frequent flyers, including access to more than 650 airport lounges worldwide. Up to 90 destinations will be serviced across Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East via a new codeshare partnership with Emirates, signed in early 2016.About The Boeing Company Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems and also provides numerous commercial airline and military support services. Boeing has been the premier manufacturer of commercial jetliners for more than 40 years and with its long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation, continues to expand its product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. Boeing provides products and support services to customers in 150 countries and is one of the largest U.S. exporters in terms of sales. With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing employs approximately 160,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. Source = Malaysia Airlines – Boeinglast_img read more

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Impact of Russian deoffshorisation may be neutral for Cyprus

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesA new law passed by the Russian Duma on November 18, and signed by President Vladimir Putin a week later, aiming at increasing Russia’s tax revenue from companies operating in Russia but domiciled outside the country, may change the pattern of Cyprus’s economy where a significant number of Russian-owned companies are registered, business service professionals said.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 ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo 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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