OTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.7 per cent (1.1)— Prince Edward Island: 3.0 (1.6)— Nova Scotia: 2.3 (1.4)— New Brunswick: 2.7 (1.8)— Quebec: 1.5 (1.3)— Ontario: 2.1 (1.8)— Manitoba: 2.4 (2.1)— Saskatchewan: 2.9 (2.5)— Alberta: 2.2 (1.4)— British Columbia: 2.8 (2.1)
The industrial sector consumed about twice as much natural gas as residential and commercial users in 2016, provincial government data shows.Wood product company Canfor has been given a set amount of natural gas to use among its three Prince George pulp mills, spokeswoman Michelle Ward said in a statement.“In addition to our allocations from Fortis, as a contingency, we are supplementing our natural gas needs with trucked gas. With this allotment, and the current temperatures, we are able to keep the mills up and running,” Ward said.Catalyst Paper relies on FortisBC for natural gas service at its three mills in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni.About 90 percent of its power comes from wood waste, but natural gas is used in its line kilns, as a backup fuel source and to keep the boiler stable during the winter.Carlo Dal Monte, director of energy management, said the company is accustomed to FortisBC reducing its supply for one or two weeks per year during cold snaps. In those situations, it switches to recycled oil fuel and focus on products that require less steam like lighter weight paper.Given the unprecedented situation following the pipeline explosion, the company is working to create steam conservation action plans and ensure it has as much backup fuel as possible at each of its mills, he said.“We recognize that this is uncharted water for everyone. We also recognize that as industrial customers were likely the first ones to get curtailed, ” he said, adding the goal is to minimize any impact on its customers.The City of Vancouver is taking steps to reduce natural gas usage by shutting down its asphalt plant and lowering thermostats at all city-staff occupied buildings, areas of recreation centres that don’t affect the public and libraries.“We are continuing to assess the impact a longer-term gas outage could have on the city operations and will look at other adjustments that can be made if this is an ongoing issue,” spokeswoman Ellie Lambert said in an email.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “Certainly, our members are in the business of at least covering the cost of production. So yes, they’ll be trying to get higher prices in the marketplace,” she said.Natural gas is a vital part of the growing process, not only as a heat source but because the carbon dioxide it produces feeds the plants, she said.Most growers have an interruptible plan with FortisBC, which means they pay a discounted rate but service can be stopped in an emergency like the pipeline explosion or during cold snaps and prioritized to other customers.While natural gas service has been restored since the Oct. 9 incident, she said at least one grower has told her he may skip production this season over concerns about gas prices.Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, has said it expects to have its ruptured pipeline back in service by mid-November, but the pressure in that line and in a smaller pipeline nearby will remain below maximum levels until spring.The National Energy Board said in a statement Friday that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 percent pressure levels from the blast site, located about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C.-United States border, as a safety measure to protect people and the environment. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A natural gas shortage projected to stretch through the winter months could mean higher vegetable prices this spring, as gas users from mills to local governments hustle to conserve and find alternative fuel sources.The shortage follows a pipeline explosion near Prince George earlier this month and one of the province’s largest utilities, FortisBC, says it means supply will be reduced by 50 to 80 percent during the coldest months of the year.Linda Delli Santi, executive director of the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, said any higher costs of using alternative fuels or spikes in gas prices will be passed on to consumers. FortisBC said that keeping homes warm is its top priority as it manages a reduced supply in the coming months and it’s encouraging all users to conserve energy.“We do have gas flowing to all of our customers, including the industrials although at a limited usage,” FortisBC spokesman Sean Berdow said. “When it comes down to it though, as factors dictate and if we have issues of supply, there’s a number of different levers we can pull.”The utility has arranged to maximize the output of the Southern Crossing pipeline that feeds into the Interior from Alberta and is working on securing additional natural gas in the open marketplace to meet demand. It’s also working with its largest customers to optimize their energy use and identify backup options, Berdow said.“There’s a lot of heavy industry with the capability to fuel switch, so they’re looking at the current scenario and saying it makes more sense for us now to work off an alternative fuel supply,” he said.
NEW DELHI: The Delhi government started work of laying pipelines across Delhi and work on the construction of 10,000 streets and roads are also in progress, asserted Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal from a rally at Wazirpur of Chandni Chowk constituency. Accusing the Centre ofcreating hurdles for Delhi’s development, the AAP leader said he faced several obstructions at various stages to get clearances from the Centre. He said the people of Delhi pay Rs 1.5 lakh crore worth Income Tax and receive only Rs 325 crore from the Centre. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Why should we pay so much and get so less in return? What have Delhiites done to the central government to deserve this? The situation is similar to the time before India got independence. First Britishers looted us, now the central government is looting us,” the chief minister said. “Just for political enmity, PM Modi stopped the development work for the common man of Delhi. Last time you voted for him, but this time do not vote for him, otherwise he would not let me work for development,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile addressing the gathering, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, ”Four years ago, you elected and gave a huge responsibility to a humble man like me. I am forever grateful for this favour. We will never forget it. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the people of Delhi. For the past 70 years, no party has done as much work as Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.” He added, “In the past four years we have done so much, but the Modi government has left no stone unturned in creating hurdles in our work. We want to make schools, hospitals, mohalla clinics, install CCTV’s but they are the ones who are stopping us.” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said full statehood for Delhi will ensure that children scoring even 60 per cent marks get admission in colleges in Delhi. Meanwhile, a big number of women participated in the ‘Jhadu Chalao, Gundagardi Bhagao’ March that was launched in Kalkaji Vidhan Sabha in presence of AAP South Delhi Candidate Raghav Chadha and Kalkaji MLA Avtar Singh. Such marches will be held through all legislative assemblies over the coming month. Raghav Chadha said, “South Delhi is plagued with politics of muscle and money power and so we have been ruled by goons and ruffians for a long time. Now you have a chance to weed out the politics of Intimidation and instead send a decent and sensitive person to the Parliament. This is your opportunity to vote for someone who is not abusive, makes women feel comfortable and safe and has the sensibility and sensitivity to serve the people right.”
By Jamal LaoudiWashington, D.C.- The title of the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) in sports is often up for debate, be it from average Joes to experts and sports casters and writers. In the case of soccer, or Football as it is known outside the 50 states, the debate has focused on Pele vs. Maradona comparison for the most part. Zidane, Cruyff, and other names do enter the debate on occasion. Today, Messi and Ronaldo are making some serious noise for GOAT. Plenty already consider one or the other the GOAT. Ina few short years, we will know the kind of impact on the game these two would end up having, and may be the GOAT debate could be settled?Basketball is another sport with a debate as just as fierce. The name Michael Jordan dominates the discussion but serious cases have been made for names like Jerry West, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.Today, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is one of the latest to enter the debate. Is LeBron better than Jordan? As the debate rages and intensifies, LeBron is presented with a huge opportunity to score major points on that front.In the past three years, the discussion has also focused on the comparison between LeBron and Warriors’ Steph Curry who was the NBA’s MVP in both 2015 and 2016. He was also instrumental in setting the insane best ever regular-season record of 73–9 beating a record set by former Jordan’s team.LeBron and Steph met three times in the NBA finals the past three years. They split the first two and are now battling for the third. Last year, Cleveland was down 3 games to 1. Most have considered the series a done deal, guilty as charged here, only to have the Cavaliers, led by LeBron, turn the tables on the Warriors. They won the next 3 straight games and the season’s championship along with it.In the heat of the moment, the question was is LeBron the greatest ever or is LeBron the greatest ever? As emotions settled down, we were back to is LeBron as good as Jordan?This year’s finals are well underway. The Warriors added a major difference-making weapon to their already wicked arsenal: Kevin Durant! The Bleacher Report has Durant as the number two best player of this season after his former teammate Russel Westbrook. They are already up in this series, with Durant and Steph having their way so far.This is a golden opportunity for LeBron to assert his dominance and to provide much fuel for the best ever argument in his favor. If he manages to come back from being down against the Warriors and check both Steph and Durant, I would definitely give him a seat at the table a whole lot closer to Jordan.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2016 4:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta to end craft brewery tax discount, will replace with grant program CALGARY – The Alberta government says it is dropping a beer markup that favoured western small breweries and will replace it with a grant program.The NDP government said Tuesday that starting August 5 it plans to charge the same $1.25 per litre beer markup for all beer, regardless of the size of the company or where the beer is made.It was only last October that the government announced it was lowering the markup on beer from smaller breweries in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia as part of the New West Partnership trade agreement with the three provinces.At the time, the move drew praise from local breweries but was criticized by craft breweries in Eastern Canada as a protectionist move.But the Alberta Small Breweries Association is now welcoming the level playing field between provinces and hopes other provinces will drop trade barriers on Alberta breweries as well.Terry Rock, executive director of the association, said he was happy with the news and expects the grant program to make up for the higher beer markup on craft breweries.
Mr. Guterres is on his first major trip since taking the helm of the UN on 1 January, which will also take him to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Egypt as well as Germany.According to a readout issued by the office of Mr. Guterres’ spokesperson, the Secretary-General and the President discussed the Syrian conflict and the ongoing diplomatic efforts to end it. “The Secretary-General said he was grateful that the Astana conference was held in support of the Geneva process,” the readout said. The talks between the Syrian government and the opposition brokered by Russia and Turkey were held in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on 23-24 January. The United Nations-facilitated intra-Syrian talks are scheduled to resume in Geneva on 20 February. “The Secretary-General underscored the need to fight terrorism and extremists in Syria but that effort would not be successful without a political solution supported by the people of country,” the readout added.On Iraq, the Secretary-General expressed the need that the on-going operations to liberate Mosul and other areas from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) not exacerbate sectarianism but instead be a symbol of national reconciliation.The Secretary-General commended Turkey for its outstanding generosity in hosting millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq.The two leaders also discussed the latest developments in the peace process in Cyprus, the readout said.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedECD businessman beaten to death, Doctor implicated to be chargedFebruary 26, 2018In “Crime”Father accused of fatally stabbing son remandedSeptember 12, 2018In “Court”ECD man arraigned with 2009 murder of fuel dealerMarch 29, 2019In “Court” The son of an Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD) doctor was remanded to prison on Tuesday morning over the fatal beating of one of his father’s patients.Murdered: Hazrat ShaffieNeilson Sinclair, 29, of Lot 8 Temple Street, Ogle, appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court and was not required to plead to the indictable murder charge, which stated that he killed Hazrat Shaffie.The accused will make his next court appearance on March 23, 2018 for report.Shaffie, 46, of Lot 114 Fifth Street, Industry, ECD, was last Friday beaten unconscious by the defendant who is an alleged drug addict.Shaffie succumbed on Monday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital from the injuries sustained.A post-mortem examination performed on the victim’s body determined that he died a result of shock and haemorrhage due to the blows he had received to his head.Hazrat Shaffie was laid to rest on Monday afternoon, in accordance with Muslim rites.
A 40-YEAR-OLD man arrested on Monday has today been charged with the murder of 31-year old Stephen Davidson in Bangor last weekend.He will appear before a special sitting of Newtownards Magistrates’ Court at 4pm this afternoon. On Monday police said they were investigating the death of the man following a “violent struggle”.Two people, a 30 female and a 40 year old male, were arrested shortly after 1pm on Monday.It is believed Davidson lived alone in the house where he was killed and police said they could not say if he let his attackers into the house and that they were not in a position to say if drugs were involved.The 40-year-old man charged with Davidson’s murder also faces charges in relation to drugs possession and a threat to commit arson last Saturday.Related: Two arrested as PSNI investigate death of man in Bangor>
The pro-FYROM group Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) will host an international conference in early September on the “passing of 100 years since the partition of Macedonia”, as they claim. The activist organisation, founded in Melbourne in 1984, fights not only for the self-proclaimed ‘Macedonian’ identity but also for a ‘greater’ Macedonia. The conference, entitled ‘The Partition of Macedonia and the Balkan Wars of 1912-13’, is the highlight of a number of commemorative events designed to recognise the “importance of the partition of Macedonia in 1913”, in their words, and commemorate the “annexation of Macedonia by Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria”. Some of the speakers, for example Peter Hill from the University of Hamburg and Loring Danforth from Bates College in the USA, are known not only from their work but also from their previous visits in Melbourne. Other academics include Andrew Rossos and Christina Kramer, from the University of Toronto in Canada, Victor Freedman from the University of Chicago, Keith Brown from Brown University in the USA, and Katerina Kolozova, a renowned gender studies expert from the American University College in Skopje. The proceedings of the conference, as the organisers say, will be published so that they can be distributed to tertiary institution libraries. The AMHRC in its official language, amongst other claims, makes reference to the ‘Aegean’ and the ‘Pirin Macedonia’, terms loaded with wider geopolitical implications for the Balkan peninsula. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Climat : le réchauffement de la planète à l’origine d’hivers très froids ?Des climatologues allemands se sont penchés sur le possible lien entre le réchauffement climatique et la multiplication d’hivers particulièrement froids, tels que celui qui s’annonce depuis plusieurs jours en France. Une situation qui semble contradictoire, mais expliquée par Vladimir Petoukhov, chercheur à l’Institut de recherche climatique de Potsdam.L’hypothèse est développée dans la revue Journal of Geophysical Research : le réchauffement climatique pourrait engendrer de très rigoureux hivers en Europe. La fonte des glaces de l’est arctique entraîne en effet un réchauffement local des couches d’air inférieures, et pourrait alors être à l’origine d’importantes interférences dans les courants atmosphériques. Un phénomène qui pourrait mener à un sensible refroidissement des continents du nord.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?”Cette interférence pourrait tripler le risque d’un hiver très froid en Europe et en Asie du Nord”, estime Vladimir Petoukhov, affirmant que les hivers très froids des dernières années ne sont en aucun cas en contradiction avec le réchauffement de la planète largement attesté par la communauté scientifique, bien au contraire.Pour émettre cette hypothèse, Vladimir Petoukhov et son équipe se sont basés sur des simulations informatiques réalisées grâce au logiciel ECHAM5, qui permet d’effectuer des modèles de circulation atmosphérique. Les chercheurs se sont penchés sur la mer de Barents-Kara au nord de la Norvège et de la Russie, où une importante réduction des glaces a été observée au cours de l’hiver 2005-2006. Une période qui fut particulièrement froide en Europe. Lorsque la glace fond à la surface des mers, celles-ci perdent de la chaleur dans l’atmosphère. Les chercheurs ont alors suivi des scénarios au cours desquels la couverture de glace de l’est arctique chute de façon constante. “Nos simulations ont fourni une réponse non-linéaire de la température de l’air et du vent face aux variations que subit la glace au-dessus des mers. Nous passons d’un réchauffement à un refroidissement et de nouveau à un réchauffement”, explique Vladimir Petoukhov.Pour lui, un changement brutal entre les différents mécanismes de circulation atmosphérique qui se produisent dans les zones subpolaires est plausible, et le réchauffement de l’air au-dessus de la mer de Barents-Kara engendre très probablement les hivers froids que connaît l’Europe. Si cette étude ne permet pas de prédire si l’hiver à venir se montrera rude, elle offre une évaluation des changements climatiques à long terme. Le 2 décembre 2010 à 16:37 • Emmanuel Perrin
NAIROBI, Kenya — Melania Trump briefly lost her footing when a baby elephant startled her with a sudden move, but the first lady was anything but out of step when children at an orphanage welcomed her to their home with African song and dance.It didn’t take long for the typically reserved U.S. first lady to dive fully into the moment.Mrs. Trump arrived at The Nest orphanage on Friday after helping feed baby elephants, still clad in the riding pants and tall brown boots she had worn on a safari. A group of children who live at the orphanage and had been waiting for their American visitor broke into song and dance.With a child’s hand clasped in each of hers, Mrs. Trump led the group up a walkway toward the home for orphaned infants, sashaying to the music as she approached a bank of waiting news cameras.The first lady was similarly immersed in the moment earlier at Nairobi National Park, where she had gone early Friday to highlight elephant conservation.Mrs. Trump seemed reticent at first but she eventually stepped down from the platform she was standing on to take a large milk bottle with a big red nipple and feed some of the orphaned elephants being raised at the park a few miles outside of downtown Nairobi.
Dignitaries held their groundbreaking ceremony last week. Now it’s time for construction workers to get busy building two roundabouts on state Highway 14 in Washougal.Thompson Bros. Excavating Inc., a Vancouver contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, will start construction Wednesday on roundabouts at Washougal River Road/15th Street and at 32nd Street.Elected officials and WSDOT representatives gathered Thursday morning for a groundbreaking with speeches and obligatory shovels in the dirt. No golden shovels were lined up; WSDOT provided new shovels that will be distributed to road crews.“They are real shovels,” said Tamara Greenwell, a WSDOT spokeswoman. “And we will really use them.”The $7.5 million project aims to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and restore full access to Highway 14 from 32nd Street, where there is no traffic signal. WSDOT has prohibited left turns onto Highway 14 at that intersection because of safety concerns.“A lot of freight coming from south of the highway is not able to turn west toward Vancouver,” Greenwell said.Drivers should expect intermittent single-lane closures on Highway 14 during construction, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year. There will be no lane closures immediately before, during or after the July 27 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Washougal MX Park.
Man jailed after leading Border Patrol on a high speed chase on the I-8 Posted: November 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 21-year-old man was behind bars today on suspicion of leading Border Patrol agents on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he crashed the truck he was driving on Interstate 8 in Boulevard, killing three of the suspected undocumented immigrants riding unrestrained in the pickup and injuring the other seven.Luis Alberto Virgen, a U.S. citizen who lives in Tijuana, allegedly sped off when the federal personnel tried to pull over the passenger-packed white Chevrolet Silverado he was driving near the Mexican border in eastern San Diego County shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.With the agents giving chase, Virgen entered Interstate 8 at Buckman Springs Road and fled to the east briefly before exiting at Ribbonwood Road and re-entering the freeway, this time headed west, the Border Patrol reported.After fleeing for several more miles, the suspect ran over a tire-flattening spike strip that agents had laid across the roadway in his path east of Crestwood Road, according to the federal agency.About a minute later, the Silverado — occupied by a single passenger in the front and the rest in the cargo bed — veered off the interstate, went up a dirt embankment, became airborne, overturned and rolled back down the sloping roadside onto the freeway.Virgen was the only one in the truck wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and the others were ejected, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said.Two of the male passengers and the sole female member of the group died at the scene of the wreck. The names of the deceased were withheld pending family notification.Medics took Virgen and the surviving passengers to a hospital for treatment of moderate to serious injuries, Garrow said.About an hour after the fatal accident, Border Patrol personnel in the area came across another vehicle believed to have been involved in the apparent human-smuggling attempt and arrested a second man. The suspect’s name was not released.Virgen was booked into San Diego Central Jail early this morning on suspicion of three counts of vehicular manslaughter. He was being held on $150,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom November 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter
An Oregon State Police dispatcher says the search continues today for a man who shot a police officer in Lincoln City and fled on foot from pursuing officers in Waldport.The man is believed to be 43-year-old David Anthony Durham of Portland, owner of the vehicle that was pulled over Sunday night by Lincoln City Officer Steven Dodds. Dodds was shot multiple times and was reported in critical condition after surgery at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.A manhunt Monday failed to turn up any sign of Durham. Police are urging Waldport residents to report anyone suspicious.
The Enforcement Directorate on Monday raided several firms and their premises across New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad, freezing over Rs. 86 crore shares held by them in ventures abroad, reported Press Trust of India. The raids were part of the agency’s probe into Rs. 3,600 crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal.Officials reportedly said the agency seized a number of documents during the searches as they were connected to the case. It also ordered freezing of shares worth Rs. 86 crore of firms based in Dubai, Mauritius and Singapore.The report noted that both the ED and the CBI have issued judicial requests to many countries in order to collect more evidences and proofs.AgustaWestland’s parent company Finmeccanica allegedly paid Rs. 360 crore kickback to Indian individuals and enterprises to secure the deal. The deal involved selling 12 helicopters to be used by VVIPs in India and was masked as transactions performing multiple work contracts, reported IANS.Under the prevention of money laundering act (PMLA), the ED registered the case in 2014 and has so far listed 21 people in its FIR. Former Air Force Chief S.P. Tyagi, businessman Gautam Khaitan, Italian middlemen Christian Michel James, Guido Ralph Haschke and Carlo Gerosa have been named in the FIR.The Indian government in January 2014 cancelled the deal alleging breach of contractual obligations and charges of bribery. However, investigation in Italy reached a new crescendo with the chief executive of Finmeccanica held guilty of international corruption and money laundering. The court also highlighted that a few politicians too were involved in the corruption in the chopper deal in 2010.
.The Supreme Court administration has asked the lower court judges and officials not to leave their workplaces without informing the SC registrar.A circular issued on Thursday in this regard was published on the SC website, said UNB news agency.The circular signed by SC Registrar M Zakir Hossain asked all district and sessions judges, judicial officials equivalent to the rank of district judges, chief judicial magistrates, chief metropolitan magistrates and additional district and sessions judges not to leave their stations without informing the SC registrar.They were also directed again not to leave the workplaces before the designated time and on the last working day of the week without permission, not to stay outside the workplaces on working days and not to make delay in attending office on the first working day of the week.The circular also said the violation of the directives will be regarded as misconduct.
Top Stories Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The U.N. already considers Israeli settlements illegal under international law.Some 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and Jerusalem, territory that Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war from Jordan.West Bank settlements are a core dispute between Israelis and Palestinians.Palestinians claim the West Bank as part of their future state and object to any settlements there.Settlers view the territory as Israel’s biblical heartland.The issue has paralyzed peace talks for years. Palestinians refuse to resume negotiations until Israel halts settlement construction. Israel says talks should resume without preconditions.________Associated Press writer John Heilprin contributed to this report from Geneva(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Israel called the action “flawed and biased” and said it will not cooperate with the mission.“The mission’s existence embodies the inherent distortion that typifies the UNHRC treatment of Israel and the hijacking of the important human rights agenda by non-democratic countries,” Israel’s foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said.The UN Human Rights Council, that has a large representation of Arab and Muslim regimes, has long been criticized for heavily focusing on Israel while doing little regarding places where people suffer from serious state violations of their human rights.Israel severed ties with the Council after the Geneva-based 47-nation council passed a resolution in March to establish such a probe.“Israel was left with no other choice than to take this decision, after it became apparent that putting the disproportionate focus on Israel, while systematically ignoring massive human rights violations in the very countries who bear responsibility for this focus, only leads to the contempt and degradation of the important cause of universal human rights,” Palmor said.“One example among many: in times when president Assad’s regime massacres thousands of its own people, the UNHRC only dedicates it symbolic time, as if to go through the motions, while turning its resources to obsessively focus on Israel, yet again,” he said. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressJERUSALEM (AP) – A U.N. Human Rights Council mission on West Bank settlements is “flawed and biased,” Israel said Friday, accusing the rights body of corruption for again singling out the Jewish state while “systematically ignoring massive human rights violations” elsewhere.The U.N.’s top human rights body appointed three officials Friday afternoon to conduct a fact-finding mission on how Israel’s West Bank settlements affect the lives of Palestinians. The Council president, Uruguay Ambassador Laura Dupuy Lasserre, named three women to the panel: Christine Chanet of France, Unity Dow of Botswana and Asma Jahangir of Pakistan. Dupuy Lasserre said their mission will be to look how the Israeli settlements impact “the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people.” Sponsored Stories
5 treatments for adult scoliosis 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Comments Share Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix PARIS (AP) – Admirers from around the world are paying tribute to Princess Diana at the Paris tunnel where she was killed in a car crash 15 years ago.Tourists prayed in front of the Flame of Liberty monument to Diana above the site. Flowers, photos and messages were piled around.British visitor Patricia Williams said Friday that Diana “became an icon. She was a very beautiful woman and things have passed on now. But Charles is now happy and I hope her sons have come to terms with it.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Princess Diana and her partner Dodi Al Fayed died when the Mercedes they were in plowed into a pillar in the Alma Tunnel on Aug. 31, 1997. French police said driver Henri Paul, who also died, had been drinking heavily and was speeding.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories
Alex Williams contributed to this report 2. Limit Kaepernick’s weaponsBack in their 32-20 loss to the 49ers in Week 6, the Cardinals’ secondary struggled to contain tight end Vernon Davis, as he went off for 180 receiving yards and two long touchdowns. And that was with a healthy Tyrann Mathieu and Rashad Johnson.Sunday will be an even bigger challenge, as wide receiver Michael Crabtree is back and looking more and more like the big-play threat he was a season ago.Patrick Peterson, who was voted to his third Pro Bowl this week, has not fared well against Crabtree of late — allowing 13 catches for 144 yards and four touchdowns. Although it’s a lot to put on his shoulders, if Peterson struggles against Crabtree, it might be a long afternoon for the Cardinals’ defense, as Kaepernick will have Davis, Crabtree and Anquan Boldin as credible down-the-field options.3. Win the turnover battleArizona has won both contests this season when Carson Palmer has thrown three or more interceptions — including last week’s dramatic 17-10 come-from-behind victory in Seattle — but it’s an awfully slippery slope to live that way.One the Cardinals paid for dearly back at Candlestick Park earlier this year. The Arizona Cardinals head into their Week 17 matchup with plenty at stake for the first time since the 2009-10 season. With a victory over the San Francisco 49ers, the Cardinals would secure their first 11-win since moving to the Valley back in 1988 and put themselves in a position to secure the second Wild Card spot in the NFC should Tampa beat New Orleans. The task at hand will not be an easy one, as the 49ers not only have plenty to play for — including a first-round bye and division title — but have won three straight dating back to 2011. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Two Palmer interceptions, two late fumbles and a safety were more than enough to turn a back-and-forth contest into a comfortable victory for San Francisco. When the Cardinals have been at their best offensively this season — i.e. vs. the Colts, Falcons and Rams — they’ve protected the football. Todd Bowles’ unit might have bailed out Arizona’s offense against the Seahawks, but banking on a repeat performance this week would be an unwise decision.University of Phoenix Stadium will be packed Sunday, but it would all be for naught if the home crowd is silenced early on with a handful of costly mistakes. Keys for the 49ers1. Get after Palmer Palmer has never been known as an athletic quarterback, and his immobility is only highlighted by the fact that he’s dealing with a sprained ankle. Couple that with his tendency to turn the ball over when under pressure, and it makes sense that San Francisco would do everything it can to pressure the former No. 1 overall pick out of USC. But Arizona has gotten creative in its protection, using tight ends and backs to help an offensive line that can get outmatched on the edges. Still, San Francisco shouldn’t have much of an issue dialing up the pressure on Palmer, and that will likely mean trouble for the Cardinals. 2. Find Vernon DavisIt’s no secret that despite the success of the Arizona Cardinals’ defense this season, it’s struggled against tight ends this season. The 49ers have one of the league’s elite receiving tight ends in Davis, and he went off to the tune of eight catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the teams’ first matchup this season. San Francisco’s offense has struggled to find a rhythm throughout parts of the season, but Davis gives them an outlet when things aren’t going well. If the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder can continue being a safety net for Kaepernick, it’s only going to mean good things for the 49ers. 3. Start fastSunday’s game is obviously a high-stakes contest for both teams involved, and the Cardinals will come out as fired up as they’ve been all season. Couple that with a noisy University of Phoenix Stadium, and the ingredients are there for the Cardinals to build early momentum and roll from there. The 49ers need to create something positive early to take the crowd out of the game and deflate a pumped up Arizona team. It doesn’t matter much whether that comes in the form of an early turnover or big play on offense, as long as San Francisco can manufacture some kind of momentum for itself. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In the teams’ first head-to-head showdown back on Oct. 13, the Cardinals hung tough at Candlestick Park for about three-and-a-half quarters before the wheels fell off. Costly fumbles by Alfonso Smith and Larry Fitzgerald and an 18-play, 89-yard touchdown drive sealed Arizona’s fate in a 32-20 loss.Keys for the Cardinals1. Don’t focus on the scoreboardIn an effort to add more meaning to their Week 17 slate of games, the NFL moved the Buccaneers-Saints game back to the same time slot as the Cardinals-49ers.While they need Tampa Bay to win in order to have a shot at postseason play, the Cardinals can’t make scoreboard watching their focus on Sunday.If they do, a very talented 49ers team will have no problem taking advantage.“The only thing that’s going to matter to us is what’s happening on the field,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Friday. “That game doesn’t matter unless our scoreboard is reading right.” Let’s hope that decree on Friday holds true if the games remain tight late Sunday afternoon.A win in Seattle and a Tampa Bay win in New Orleans will mean absolutely nothing without an Arizona win, as well.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ian Williams says “Reproduction” is the closest thing he has to a child.The Vancouver-based writer has spent six years swaddling his first novel in the cocoon of his care as he unspooled a labyrinthine tale of boy meets girl, meets cross-cultural chosen family.With “Reproduction” (Random House Canada) set to hit bookstores Tuesday, Williams said he feels like a parent watching his toddler waddle off into kindergarten – torn between the impulse to protect his creation from the outside world, and the pride of knowing his novelistic offspring can survive on its own.“Already, I feel him spinning away into other social circles, and not just in the little warm embrace of my love,” said Williams.Williams, a 39-year-old creative writing professor at the University of British Columbia and a Griffin Poetry Prize trustee, said each of the books he’s written can be read as a chapter in the progress of a life.With his debut poetry collection, “You Know Who You Are,” in his early 20s, Williams said he was coming to terms with his identity as a black man. That was followed by his 2011 Danuta Gleed Literary Award-winning short story collection “Not Anyone’s Anything,” in which Williams said he was letting go of the adolescent self-delusion that he was special.In “Personals,” shortlisted for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize, he explored the search for external connection through poetic riffs on the personal ad.When he first set out to write “Reproduction” in his early 30s, Williams said he was seized by a fascination with how children come into the world, a symptom of the “biological clock” that is often ascribed to women, but he believes affects men too.At its core, Williams said, “Reproduction” is a love story. It begins with a simple geometry problem: “If two people travelling in a straight line meet in a hospital room, is that a vertex or an intersection?”But this isn’t your average one-plus-one romantic equation. His artistic goal, embedded in the book’s “biology,” was to write a novel that could “reproduce itself” with a plot that sprawls exponentially outwards.Let’s break down the math.The novel is comprised of four parts, set in the multicultural petri dish of Brampton, the Toronto suburb where Williams was raised, over four decades between the late 1970s and the present day.In part one, Felicia, a sober-minded teenager from a small island nation, and Edgar, the listless heir to a German family fortune, meet in the hospital room where their mothers lay dying. The first act of their relationship unfolds over 23 subsections — which, as Williams explains, is the number of chromosome pairs contained in human DNA — culminating in the birth of their son, Armistice, or Army.In part two, Felicia and a teenaged Army move in with Oliver, a Portuguese divorcee, and his children, including the sexually precocious Heather. The four (two times two) central characters become unrelated relatives over 16 (four times four) subsections, until violence upends the family dynamic.Part three follows the fallout over 256 (16 times 16) subsections told from each member of the main quartet’s point of view as a new life enters the world.In part four, Williams realized he didn’t have room to keep multiplying the story by itself, so he invoked another form of reproduction — cancer. This manifests on the page with subscript and superscript interruptions that begin to sprout up like tumours mid-sentence, until the unchecked growth threatens to overtake the main text.Williams said the book’s Rashomon-like toggling between characters’ perspectives allowed him to explore identity as it is both experienced and projected by others.As a man writing as a feminist, Williams said he tried to be cognizant of the limits in his ability to understand the female experience, while faithfully representing the inequities women face and male responsibility in that.Williams said he also wanted to show how “ordinary” the racialized experience can be without the intrusion of outside biases.“When we enter the public domain, there’s like this wave of radiation that greets us,” he said. “But left to ourselves, we don’t construct our identities in terms of race.”One day, Williams hopes to have a child that isn’t just a bound bundle of pages. But until then, he is proud of the book he’s raised. Sure, at more than 450 pages, “Reproduction” is a little on the chubby side, and maybe it gets into trouble every now and again. But Williams said the novel is well loved, and it shows.“I really feel like this book has become its own thing and its own person, and I just needed to be patient and to listen and to guide it,” said Williams. “He will have his own life, right now. And that life is separate from me.”Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press by Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2019 2:21 pm PDT Acclaimed poet Ian Williams says first novel “Reproduction” is like a child Writer Ian Williams is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Vancouver-based poet Ian Williams says his first novel, “Reproduction,” is the closest thing he has to a child. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick