Documentary The Stairs wins TFCAs Rogers Best Canadian Film Award

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto film critics gave Hugh Gibson’s “The Stairs,” about habitual drug users in the city’s Regent Park community, a $100,000 award for best homegrown feature on Tuesday night.The intimate documentary won the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award at the Toronto Film Critics Association gala, which drew in luminaries including Quebec director Denis Villeneuve, who received an award for excellence.Gibson spent five years following social workers who help drug users through harm-reduction methods while also battling their own addiction issues at the community health centre. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement “They’re incredible people — they’re funny, they’re articulate, they’re not what you expect,” he said in an interview. “There are a lot of preconceptions about what a drug user, what a sex-trade worker is.“You don’t necessarily think of mother, grandmother, poet, someone who is funny, whip-smart, et cetera.”In his acceptance speech, he thanked those who let him into their lives and taught him about strength, resilience and “a different way of seeing street life.”“I hope that I honoured their stories,” he said. “Marty, Roxanne, Greg, thank you so much.“And also shout out to people who didn’t make it over the five years,” he added, putting his hand over his heart. “You’re right here with me.”Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sarah Polley, who announced the winner, called “The Stairs” “a huge contribution to the country and to everybody.”“Because it’s shining a light on something we don’t see and that’s so shockingly inspiring, what these subjects of the documentary are doing, in terms of giving back to their community while facing their own struggles,” she said in an interview.“The documentary is so respectful to them and I loved it.”The Rogers Best Canadian Film Award is said to be the richest film award in the country. The runners-up, who each received $5,000, were “How Heavy This Hammer” by Kazik Radwanski and “Operation Avalanche” by Matt Johnson.Villeneuve received the TFCA 20th Anniversary Award for Excellence, on the same day his sci-fi film “Arrival” received nine nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, including best director.“It’s quite an intense day today,” he said, noting the BAFTA nominations were “totally unexpected.”Celebrated documentary maker Alanis Obomsawin received the Clyde Gilmour Award, which comes with $50,000 in Technicolor services to give to a filmmaker of her choice. She chose Amanda Strong.“Cameraperson” by New York cinematographer Kirsten Johnson won the $5,000 Canadian Tire Allan King Documentary Award.“Werewolf” director Ashley McKenzie of Cape Breton Island, N.S., won the $5,000 Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize for an emerging artist.Previously announced winners include “Moonlight” for best picture and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.The German-Austrian father-daughter comedy “Toni Erdmann” won a leading three awards while Kenneth Lonergan’s drama “Manchester by the Sea” won two.This is the 20th anniversary of the awards.“If you judge by our finalists for Rogers Best Canadian Film, there is an insurgent kind of breed of Canadian filmmaking that doesn’t follow the rules,” said TFCA outgoing president Brian D. Johnson, who is being replaced by Peter Howell of the Toronto Star.“These are not Telefilm films, these are not big films. Only one of them has a major distributor and they’re all ferociously independent films.” Twitterlast_img read more

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Manulife sees dip in quarterly earnings due to impact of US hurricanes

first_imgTORONTO – Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC) says net income was down for the quarter as it took a significant provision related to the impacts of the U.S. hurricanes on its reinsurance business.The company says the provision amounted to $240 million for the damage caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, for its first significant loss in the business since 2011.Manulife says it had net income of $1.11 billion, or $0.54 per common share for the quarter ending Sept. 30, compared with $1.12 billion or $0.55 per share for the same period last year.Company CEO Roy Gori says key growth drivers continued in the quarter, with double-digit core earnings growth in Asia and another quarter of positive net flows in its global wealth and asset management business.Earnings were, however, also tempered by lower gains from investments and the direct impact of markets, with investment-related gains coming in at $111 million compared with $297 million in the third quarter last year.As of the end of the quarter, Manulife had total assets under management and administration of $1.0 trillion, up eight per cent from Dec. 31.last_img read more

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Bahrain Supports Moroccos Efforts for Political Solution to Western Sahara

Manama   –  Bahrain’s minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifah, said on Saturday that his country supports Morocco’s “serious and credible” efforts to find a political solution to the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, based on the autonomy initiative and related Security Council resolutions, and within the framework of the Kingdom’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.Bahrain also supports Morocco against Iranian plots and Tehran’s “blatant interference” in its internal affairs, Sheikh Khalid ben Ahmed al-Khalifah said in a speech to the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.In addition, the minister noted that his country remains committed to contributing to a more prosperous future for the peoples of the world and recognizes the importance of alliances in ensuring regional security and addressing risks that affect the stability, development and prosperity of nations, particularly in the Gulf region. read more

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DHX Media changing name to WildBrain launches reorganization of company

HALIFAX — DHX Media Ltd. is changing its name to WildBrain, the name of its child-focused YouTube business, and launching a reorganization of the company. The producer and distributor of child and youth-oriented programming says its YouTube business has been renamed WildBrain Spark.The company also says chief operating officer Aaron Ames has been appointed as chief financial officer to replace Doug Lamb, who has decided to step down.The changes follow the appointment of Eric Ellenbogen, a former president and chief executive of Marvel Enterprises, as DHX’s new chief executive at the end of last month.DHX reported a loss attributable to the company of $62.8 million or 47 cents per share on $108.8 million in revenue for the three months ended June 30.The result for what was the company’s fourth quarter compared with a loss of $21.6 million or 16 cents per share on $97.4 million in the same quarter last year. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:DHX)The Canadian Press read more

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Cab companies confident after Ubers first holiday season in Calgary

Cab companies confident after Uber’s first holiday season in Calgary Thinkstock by Jonathan Muma Posted Jan 3, 2017 7:21 am MDT It was a much hyped battle going into the holiday season.Would cab companies be crushed by the up and coming challenger Uber? Or would they remain the number one way to get around?Now that cab companies have seen the competition in action, they’re picking up with a similar message to the one they gave all of last year.According to Naeem Chaudhry, general manager at Calgary United Cab, it’s still not a real competition.“The competition can only be between two parties if the same rules and regulations are applied to both sides,” he said. “Here the difference is taxis have different by-laws.”That includes the freedom for Uber to have as many cars and drivers as it wants.Chaudhry tells City News he’s not as concerned about what Uber does, but rather what other cab companies do.“We will offer the better service, we have our own app people can use the same way to order their taxis like they’re doing with Uber,” he said. “If other cab companies change their strategy definitely, we’re in the competition, we’re going to look into it.”He adds cab drivers are more experienced and will provide better service than Uber drivers, arguing they also have recording devices and other standard pieces of equipment that make for a safer ride. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Trade slows in AsiaPacific as economies adjust to lower global growth says

However, the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015, compiled by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said that the Asia-Pacific remains the most dynamic region of the global economy and will continue to hold its position as the largest trading region in the world.According to the report’s analysis of the latest regional trade and investment outlook in the region, total exports and imports from the region grew by only 1.6 per cent in 2014. When China is excluded from the regional total, exports from the Asia-Pacific region registered a decline of 0.4 per cent. The report further states that any possibilities of a merchandise trade recovery could suffer if the sluggish pace of trade and investment growth in the region continues. Despite the slow pace, the report says the Asia-Pacific region stands out for its significant and sustained achievements in leveraging trade and investment flows for development.The report, launched in Bangkok by ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar, underscores the importance of reviving trade and investment to implement and meet the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“The data and analysis in the 2015 Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report will help to mainstream trade considerations, as we work towards achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals,” said Ms. Akhtar.She added that the production fragmentation across the world as part of Global Value Chains (GVCs) has opened new opportunities for developing countries to integrate in global trade.“In order to prosper in this globalized environment, countries will need to boost competitiveness and productivity to attract inward investment and technology, and find areas where they can successfully integrate in these value chains,” said Ms. Akhtar.According to the report, Asia and the Pacific accounted for nearly 40 per cent of global exports and imports in 2014, while intra-regional imports remained at a little over 50 per cent of the total in 2014, with intra-regional exports at 54 per cent.Further, the report indicated that the outlook for regional services trade was better than for merchandise trade as exports of services in the region increased at 5.1 per cent in 2014, compared to 4 per cent in 2013.The report evaluated that exports of travel and other commercial services were especially strong, supported by growing demand for travel by China.Additionally, the report shows that trade facilitation measures, including implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, can help reduce trade costs as many countries in the Asia-Pacific region are getting on with implementing trade facilitation measures ahead of the Agreement’s ratification.The report assesses that such changes when incorporated will help reduce regional trade costs but stressed that much more still needs to be done, especially in landlocked countries and it suggests that a regional agreement on paperless trade would mark a substantial breakthrough in this regard.Further, the report reinforces the importance of countries maintaining open trade regimes, and avoiding implementation of trade-restrictive measures.It highlights that increasing use of trade-restrictive measures such as non-tariff measures have detrimental consequences for the region’s least developed countries, presenting particular obstacles to small- and medium-sized exporters.The report also contained analysis on the challenges and opportunities posed by the rise of GVCs as a major trading factor as recent years have seen increased fragmentation of production across national boundaries with all its attendant benefit, supported by improving logistics, communication technologies and lower barriers to trade.However, the report finds that despite the region being central to the development of GVCs, which is now at the heart of many global and regional supply chains, most countries in the region have not fully benefitted from the expanded flows of trade and investments associated with them. These countries remain excluded from their potential benefits, particularly low-income countries, as 90 per cent of GVC-related trade is found to occur in just ten regional economies, the report stated. read more

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Goodman profs named among worlds most productive

Two Brock professors are being recognized on a list of the 99 most productive business and management education researchers in the world.Ernest Biktimirov, Professor of Finance, and Darlene Bay, Professor of Accounting, both with the Goodman School of Business, are among four Canadians featured in a report produced by researchers at several U.S. business schools and published in Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education in July.The list of the field’s most productive researchers was created after 7,209 authors were identified who published at least one paper in 17 carefully-selected business and management education journals.Each of the authors was ranked based on productivity according to the number of published articles — adjusted by the number of co-authors — and the journal quality. Topics included accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing and operations/supply chain management.The paper was created to provide a searchable list of authors and topics for business professors and administrators, while also helping to identify research opportunities and potential collaborators.“I think it’s a great accomplishment for Goodman,” Biktimirov said of having two Brock professors named among only four Canadians on the list. “It’s very strong validation of the quality of education we offer at the Goodman School of Business.”Biktimirov was ranked second among Canadians on the list, and third among the finance researchers worldwide that were included.“It was a great honour to be recognized,” he said, adding his passion for teaching and love of research motivates him to stay productive in his field.“I’m always looking for new, innovative ways to teach finance,” he said. “I’m always trying to make finance easier to understand and more exciting. When I succeed in that, it gives me a great sense of satisfaction.”Biktimirov is hopeful his teaching and research will help inspire others to pursue finance professionally.Bay, who has been teaching accounting at Brock since 2004, was surprised by the designation but honoured to be included among authors whose work she has been reading for years.Her ongoing motivation is due in part to being raised in an environment that “requires one to do a good job,” she said. “I shudder to think what my grandmother would say if she ever heard of me not doing the very best I can at my job. It is very important to me to feel that I am ‘earning’ my paycheque.”But more than that, Bay said being an accounting professor is a big part of who she is. The career choice was initially based on her love of teaching and interaction with students. It was through working with others that she learned to not only enjoy research, but to also integrate her love of teaching. “That is the genesis for many of the research projects (I have taken on) and for projects in other areas of accounting research,” she said. “I love it when I can do research with our graduate students — that is the best.”The paper, Key Authors in Business and Management Education Research: Productivity, Topics, and Future Directions, was co-authored by several professors from U.S. business schools, including J. B. Arbaugh, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, College of Business; Carlos J. Asarta, University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business; Alvin Hwang, Pace University, Lubin School of Business; Charles J. Fornaciari, LaSalle University, School of Business; Regina F. Bento, University of Baltimore, Merrick School of Business; and Kathy Lund Dean, Gustavas Adolphus College.Biktimirov recently spoked about the designation during an appearance on Conversations with Goodman, a podcast series produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team that features guests from the Goodman community. read more

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Poll Have you ever experienced bullying at work

first_imgYesNoNo, but I’ve seen it happen to othersVote No, but I’ve seen it happen to others (787) Poll Results: Yes (1513)center_img No (2366) IRELAND IS THE seventh worst country in the EU for workplace bullying, a new study has found. The level of physical violence at work is also high by European standards.SIPTU has revealed it’s dealing with around 100 bullying cases at the moment, but the trade union says one of the biggest issues in dealing with the problem is that there’s no statutory definition of it.This morning, we want to know — is workplace bullying something you’ve ever experienced? last_img read more

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Marks and Spencer completes pensioner buyin transactions equating to £14bn

first_imgRetail organisation Marks and Spencer has completed two pensioner buy-in transactions for its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme, totalling approximately £1.4 billion.The buy-in policies have been completed with insurance organisations Phoenix Life and the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) as part of the scheme’s long-term de-risking strategy. This approach aims to reduce the risk that Marks and Spencer will be required to contribute additional cash into the DB scheme, which is valued at around £10 billion.The organisation is also striving to secure all DB pension scheme members’ benefits as part of this strategy, as well as minimise the risk to shareholders.Graham Oakley, chair at Marks and Spencer Pension Trust, said: “We’re pleased to announce the purchase of these additional buy-in policies, which provide an important contribution to the trustees’ ongoing objective of reducing the longevity risk in the scheme to increase the security of all members’ pensions. A collaborative approach with the [organisation], together with efficient and effective advice, continues to deliver well-executed and well-priced transactions.”These transactions follow two buy-in policies that were purchased in 2018; around two-thirds of the scheme’s pensioner liabilities are now insured.Marks and Spencer has been working with independent actuarial firm Hymans Robertson to develop its strategy.Richard Wellard, partner at Hymans Robertson, added: “This will undoubtedly be one of many large buy-in transactions to complete this year. Setting a strategy and timing transactions in a way that works for both the [organisation] and the trustee is very important. Shared objectives, a collaborative approach and continual communication are so important in the de-risking of large pension schemes. This is a marathon, not a sprint.”last_img read more

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Rubio Murphy rally for votes ahead of election

first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida’s race for the U.S. Senate heated up, Sunday, as the candidates rallied for support across the state.At an event in West Miami-Dade, Republican incumbent Marco Rubio stressed that every vote counts in this election. “What if this is the election that is decided by 100 votes? What if this is the election that’s decided by 150 votes?” he asked. “I don’t think anybody watching or anyone here wants to be one of those 150 people that say, ‘I didn’t vote because I didn’t think it was going to make a difference.”Meanwhile, Rubio’s Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, spoke with supporters before introducing President Barack Obama at a rally in Kissimmee.U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla.Murphy tied his opponent to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. “Marco Rubio keeps claiming that he’ll stand up to Donald Trump. Really?” he said. “If you can’t stand up to Donald Trump as a candidate, how are you going to stand up to him as a president?”Election Day is on Tuesday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Airtel internet connections down across country as Cyclone Vardah hits undersea cable

first_imgCyclone Vardah has already caused a great deal of desctruction across Tamil Nadu, but now it is causing more problems in its aftermath. Users of internet services from Airtel, whether broadband or mobile, from across the country are apparently unable to connect to the Internet because the cyclone has managed to snag one of the company’s undersea lines.Airtel, which has been basking in the success of its newly-launched payments bank, sent out messages to some of its customers in this regard. One customer of Airtel Broadband said he received the following message from the Internet Service Provider (ISP): “Dear customer, the cyclone in Chennai has impacted one of our undersea network cables which may affect internet speeds of your Airtel Broadband connection. We deeply regret the inconvenience. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue and services will be normalised shortly.”The problem for mobile users seems limited to WhatsApp for the moment, with people taking to social media platforms like Facebook to let their problems known. Apparently, they are receiving WhatsApp messages, but not all of them in their entirety – images or videos or other attachments are going missing. And they are now unable to send WhatsApp messages or replies.An Airtel spokesperson was quoted by PTI as saying: “Customers in some locations may be experiencing slow internet/data speeds. Our teams are working to normalise the operations at the earliest possible, and making alternate arrangements to divert international internet traffic.”Cyclone Vardah, it may be noted, had made landfall on Monday afternoon in Tamil Nadu. Since then, it has caused the death of at least 18 people, and uprooted thousands of trees and electricity poles. It has also destroyed dozens of huts. The National Disaster Management Authority is currently monitoring the situation in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh – the two states hit worst by the storm.last_img read more

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This 86yearold has become a billionaire on new iPhone rumours

first_imgTaiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) Chairman Morris Chang answers a question during an investor conference in Taipei in this 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Pichi ChuangMorris Chang is no ordinary 86-year-old running into easy money – not when he helps Apple make its bestselling product, the iPhone. Expected demand for Apple’s next iPhone iteration has now pushed Chang into the billionaire league. The MIT and Stanford University graduate had established the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) in 1987 when he was in his mid-50s.The self-effacing Texas Instruments alumnus was true to his low-key style when he quietly went about evolving TSMC into the world’s largest contract chipmaker and taking on the manufacture of iPhones for Apple.As the iPhone evolved into the megastar on Apple’s assembly line, and brought in 80 percent of its product sales, Chang’s fortunes grew, though he owned a mere 0.5 percent direct shareholding in TSMC.However, TSMC shares have surged 25 percent over the past year, lifting founder and chairman Morris Chang’s personal fortune to $1 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.The climbing valuation for TSMC shares was fuelled by optimism for a revenue boost from the upcoming iPhone release, as well as long-term expectations that cars, high-performance computing and the Internet of Things would emerge as new growth drivers for TSMC’s processor line, Randy Abrams, a Taipei-based equity analyst at Credit Suisse Group AG, told financial daily HT Mint on Friday.TSMC’s market cap has now swelled to $183 billion, making it the most valuable company on Taiwan’s stock exchange. Hon Hai Precision Industry, the listed flagship of iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology Group, is the second most valuable company on the exchange, rising 52 per cent in the past year to $66 billion.Chang remains the largest shareholder of the company he founded with backing from the Taiwan government. His shares in TSMC are vested through the National Development Fund’s 6.4 per cent stake.The technology maven’s leadership acumen held TSMC up during troubled times when orders for chip design from marquee customers stagnated during the mid 2000s. Chang had stepped as chief executive officer of the corporation in 2005, but returned on pressure from shareholders and TSMC’s board who reposed faith in his leadership.Yielding to demands for his return, Chang subsequently served a second stint as CEO between 2009 and 2013, putting TSMC back in the news for the right reasons – higher operating profits, a marquee client roster and a green bottomline.last_img read more

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John Wesley United Methodist Churchs Annual Caring and Sharing Program

first_imgJohn Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting its annual Caring and Sharing Program on Dec. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For 35 years this project has provided hot meals, coats gloves, hats and toys to needy children through community donations. Call 410-383-1525 to donate or send your donations to 3202 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Md. 21216. The event will be at the church.John Wesley United Methodist Churchlast_img

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State of Mexico suspends operations of Boeing 737 Max

first_imgSeveral airlines and aeronautical authorities around the world have also expressed their position to no longer allow the Boeing Max 737 to land at their airports. In a press release by la Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, la Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil has announced the state’s decision to suspend all national and international operations of the Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft until further notice. Mexico City, Mexico — After the recent Boeing 737 Max plane crash in Ethiopia, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation says that the state of Mexico has joined the list, suspending operations of the aircraft until further notice. One of the deceased in the plane that crashed in Ethopia was a Mexican woman. The government of Mexico reported that Graziella de Louis Ponce, who also died in the crash, was a translator for the United Nations. She was from the state of Yucatan. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)center_img La Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes reports that the Mexican Aeronautical Authority will be attentive to follow up on the technical provisions issued by the manufacturer and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The decision was made based on information from international aeronautical authorities from which the Mexican Aeronautical Authority considers it necessary to apply actions that guarantee the safety and confidence of users in the state’s airspace.last_img read more

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Overheard at Envision 2014

first_imgThousands of worldly travelersseeking transformation descended on the tiny Pacific coast town of Uvita, Costa Rica, last week to attend the fourth annual Envision Festival. They spent four days listening to live, pulsating music, dancing with abandon and making creative connections in a lush jungle setting on the shore. In keeping with tradition, we present you with some of the things we overheard at Envision:“I have blue hair. I thought I would stand out, but I guess not.”“I feel like we all come from the trees. You see, you have to be rooted into the ground, but also reach to the sky. The branches go to the sky and the rest comes from the ground and the energy meets in the middle and explodes in love. We are all love. When we are babies we are pure love. We have to breathe deep and pull our shoulders back and feel the love.”“A scorpion fell from the tree on to her shoulder. I need to learn Spanish cuss words.”“More glitter!”A man trying on a pair of shorts with fuzzy blue fur trim and tail: “I feel empowered in these.” During the opening ceremony: “Open your eyes, let the magic in.”A performer to a DJ: “Make the pretty people dance.”“I can hear words coming out of your mouth, but I don’t think you are making sentences.”“I can feel my chakras aligning.”An early arrival steps off the shuttle and points to a group of people in the middle of a field: “Awwwww, they are already having a sharing circle.”Overheard several times from people who had just run into a friend or found a place to sleep: “Yes, we manifested this.”Woman: “You still have glitter on you.” Man: “Maybe it’s my natural sparkle.”Pointing to a painting: “See that square right there? That represents Sally from ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’”“I lost my hat! My chi is escaping through my head.”“I just can’t get my mind off of snow leopards. I think about them all day. I dream about them.”“I can skip faster than I can run.”“What exactly is a Portishead?”“There is no time to sleep. We are carefully planning nap schedules.”“What would we do without bamboo?”Woman to a group in line for the shuttle: “I’m bummed because I lost my dress at the waterfall today. I hope I can find my boyfriend.” Someone in the crowd: “Wait, is your boyfriend missing, too?” Woman: “Yes, but I only want to find him because he might have the dress.”“You can follow your heart. Don’t worry, the universe will catch you.”Riding the cattle truck from the box office to the festival grounds: “Mooooooo.”The Polish Ambassador (musician): “So much delicious fruit will yield from this gathering. Ideas shared, experiences gained, movements started.”Two topless girls with neon feather skirts are on side of the highway in Uvita, drinking 40-ounce Imperials, hitching thumbs out: “Now THAT is how you get picked up.” ……Lindsay Fendt contributed to this report.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Maori tribesman, sprinting set designer and woman from everywhere and nowhere help prepare for Envision Festival 28 photos from Costa Rica’s Envision Festival Retransformed: A sophomore experience at the Envision Festival 6 things you need to know about Envision Festival 2015last_img read more

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Free tickets for Luis Guillermo Solís presidential inauguration will be available on

first_imgThe inauguration of President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera on May 8 at the National Stadium will be open to the public, and the organizing committee will be handing out 23,000 tickets to anyone who wants to attend the ceremony.The free tickets only will be available this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at National Stadium box offices in La Sabana Park, west of San José. Each person is allowed up to three tickets. Every visitor to the box office must present a valid ID.Committee Director Eduardo Trejos said inauguration week events begin  May 7 with a presentation of credentials for diplomatic representatives. Then all special guests will attend an evening cocktail offered by outgoing President Laura Chinchilla.Inauguration invitations were sent to 170 international organizations and countries. As of Monday, some 70 respondents had confirmed their attendance, Trejos said.On May 8, activities begin at 8 a.m. with cultural activities at La Sabana Park. At the same time, doors will open at the National Stadium for the main inauguration event. The official ceremony will last some 90 minutes, Trejos confirmed, however further details of the event will be disclosed next week.Then foreign leaders will join Solís for a lunch at the Antigua Aduana in downtown San José. Solís last week traveled to personally deliver invitations to the Central American countries — except Nicaragua — and the Dominican Republic. Facebook Comments Related posts:Elections tribunal presents presidential credentials to Luis Guillermo Solís, who turns 56 today President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís adds more names to his Cabinet The light at the end of the election Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslidelast_img read more

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Fed up Nicaraguas uprising

first_imgI drove around with reporters from La Prensa on the fifth day of protests. The day after one of the most violent protests. Dozens were dead, a journalist had been killed, and more protests had been called for that day. Ortega said he was going to address the nation. None of the big scheduled protests were going on. There was sporadic looting taking place throughout the city. It was hard to tell what state the streets were in or whom they belonged to. Every route to the main protest at the Polytechnic University was closed, unofficially. Some had barricades manned by rock- and machete-wielding groups of men. One threw rocks at us when they saw cameras.Other roads had lines of cops blocking our passage. The long way around, through a dirt road east of the airport, was also blocked. They let us through the first blockade, but further down, a fight was breaking out and reinforcements were running in.The calm streets had unmanned barricades with cars driving on the sidewalk to get around them, or a simmering pile of ash from the tire fire the night before. It became clear who owned the streets after Ortega came on national television to announce he was rescinding the social security reforms.We went to Masaya, where another protest was scheduled. Jader Flores, a photographer for La Prensa who’d been documenting some of the biggest clashes, said that’s where one of the first April protests happened. The Sandinista Youth came and beat up protesters a few blocks down.But the Sandinista Youth didn’t show up that Sunday. Dozens of protesters turned into hundreds by sunset. They weren’t protesting reforms anymore – they were celebrating democracy. The people had spoken and the government listened. It was the closest thing the country had had to an electoral victory in over a decade. They’d been heard, but they had a lot more to say. The chants compared Ortega to Somoza; protesters read the names of the fallen students over and over again; they demanded that imprisoned be set free. Most of all, they were calling for Ortega to resign.“Mi gobierno es asesino,” one kid, no more than 10, repeated to himself as he was walking to a car with his parents. My government’s a murderer. His mother cracked a smile but told him not to say that.As much as Ortega tried, the word is out. Children know, parents know, the country knows. The liberator oppressed. The regime will kill. “This isn’t a table for dialogue,” said Lester Alemán, the leader of the university coalition told Ortega during the first day of the peace dialogues. “This is a table to negotiate your exit.”A hero of the people is nothing alone. Ortega has lost the streets. Ortega’s lost the people. Ortega will lose Nicaragua. They’re caught in the middle of their metallic forest fire – now it’s up to Ortega and Murillo to see who they’ll take down with them. Alexander Villegas: Born in the United States, raised in Costa Rica, and educated in Canada, Alexander is a freelance journalist and photographer focusing on under-reported issues across Latin America. Alexander’s stories and photographs have appeared in the Guardian, CBC, the Tyee, Bluff, Hakai Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, and others. His reporting in Nicaragua for this story took place from April 21-23, 2018. Facebook Comments We all heard it.University students and protesters across Nicaragua stood up against the country’s increasingly authoritarian president, Daniel Ortega, and the world stopped to listen. Since his reelection in 2006, Ortega squeezed rights, speech, and money away from a seemingly dormant population for over a decade, but in late April, people bit the hand that squeezed.What did it was one of the softer squeezes the people had suffered under Ortega. It was a 1.6 percent rise in social security contributions and a 5 percent cut to pension collectors. But it was a pension system Ortega and other government officials had been accused of taking multimillion-dollar loans from. It’s a government that consists solely of Ortega’s party, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), since he’s ousted all opposing parties since taking power.It’s also a government where his wife is second in command. Ortega chose his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his running mate during his 2011 reelection campaign. It was an election where his name wouldn’t have been on the ballot at all if he hadn’t overridden the constitution to allow him to serve indefinitely. The elections were also riddled with claims of electoral fraud. Ortega helped overthrow Anastasio Somoza in 1979, ending a 50-year old dynasty built with brutal oppression and secret police. Ortega and the democratic socialist FSLN claimed they’d bring a new dawn for the working class of Nicaragua. Instead, he brought more of the same, and a civil war between Ortega’s government and the U.S.-backed Contras broke out soon after. After years of war, the Central American Peace Accord led to Ortega losing the 1990 presidential election to Violeta Chamorro, the former owner of La Prensa who took the paper over after her husband was assassinated in 1987. After losing those 1990 elections, the FSLN focused on taking back power by taking over the streets. Reporters from La Prensa told me how the FSLN organized all the protests during the presidential administrations of Violeta Chamorro, Arnoldo Alemán and Enrique Bolaños. To show strength, to negotiate, to flex their muscles, they’d hit the street. After they gained power, they’d used that strength to send their forces to beat up anyone who protested. Aside from repressing protests, Ortega and his family bought newspapers, websites and news stations throughout Nicaragua. Giant billboards line the country, emphasizing Ortega and Murillo as socialist and Christian heroes.Murillo led an initiative to install over 130 metal trees throughout Managua to celebrate an anniversary of the FSLN revolution and beautify the city. At $25,000 a piece, they cost the second-poorest country in Latin America $3.5 million dollars to install and are a constant drain on electricity, with over 15,000 light bulbs in every tree. Let them have trees.Official media – what state-owned media are called – downplay criticism, ignore inconvenient facts and always portray the government in a good light. They muddy the water enough so that lots of people aren’t sure what they’re seeing.They tried again when the protests broke out, arguing that violence and deaths were caused, not by the government, but by gangsters, far-right activists, and outside agitators. Delinquents.Students, people shot protesting the deaths of other students, journalists: all delinquents. The government shut down several TV stations in the first few days of protests. Other reporters were robbed, beaten and harassed. Several of the reporters I talked to said a lot of the aggression came when they were photographing the Juventud Sandinista, the FSLN’s youth group, or police attacking protesters. You can’t tell the world you don’t know who started the fire when there are photographs of you with matches in your hands. Ortega had been slowly silencing journalism in Nicaragua for years. “We’d say that in other parts of Central America they were physically killing journalists,” said Elizabeth Romero, a reporter for La Prensa. “Here they kill you civilly. They’ve built a barrier against independent journalism. We don’t have access to official information and you can’t go to any government activity, big or small.”Romero says their court reporter hasn’t been allowed in courtrooms for months. Then that civil silencing turned into a fist during these protests.The video below contains violent content.center_img Related posts:Gioconda Belli: Let’s get back to focusing on happiness Sandinista stronghold calls for Nicaraguan leader to end repression Once a symbol of Somoza-era torture, Nicaragua prison holds protesters Nicaraguan human rights group closes office after ‘alarming’ threatslast_img read more

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Akinci censures foreign minister for enclaved food tax Update 2

first_imgTurkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci on Wednesday strongly criticised his ‘foreign minister’ for declaring a tax on food and other supplies sent by the Republic to Greek Cypriot and Maronite communities in the north, publicly exposing a rift with the administration.In a lengthy statement, Akinci said his request to suspend the decision and hold a meeting to discuss it was ignored.He accused ‘foreign minister’ Tahsin Ertugruloglu of opening wounds that were difficult to close, adding that making decisions that could affect the Cyprus problem and relations between the two communities without taking his view into account was unacceptable.Unficyp on Wednesday – the first delivery day since Ertugruloglu made the announcement – could only deliver medical supplies which were unaffected by the ‘tax’, the UN peacekeeping force said.According to an Unficyp statement, one vehicle carrying the supplies departed for communities in the Karpas at 10.50am.“Unficyp was obliged to limit today’s delivery to medical aid supplies, following the Turkish Cypriot administration’s unilateral decision to impose taxes and fees on other humanitarian goods,” the statement said. “Unficyp regrets the decision taken by the Turkish Cypriot administration, which it considers to be an unfortunate development.”Unficyp vehicle with medical supplies heading north on WednesdayLast month, authorities in the north announced that as of October 1 it would charge customs duties on goods – drinking water, foodstuff, petrol – carried by the UN to Greek Cypriots living in the north saying that since the opening of the crossing points in 2003 the people there did not need the supplies and sold them to Turkish Cypriots.President Nicos Anastasiades said on Wednesday the Turkish Cypriot decision proved it was not being sincere during negotiations in Switzerland in the summer.“Unfortunately, this is the reality that proves at the same time which of the two parties was ready to really negotiate at Crans Montana to find a solution,” Anastasiades said.Anastasiades said such measures were illegal and served to spoil the good climate the Greek Cypriot side wanted to cultivate.The president said the government would deal with the problem without having to pay taxes to an illegal regime.He said the government was planning to report the matter to the UN Security Council and the EU.The Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign ministry’ said the UN’s statement was “unfortunate”.Later on Wednesday Akinci clearly highlighted the rifts within the administration in the north by publicly censuring Ertugruloglu.The Turkish Cypriot leader said even if the Crans-Montana talks had been unsuccessful, the need to find a mutually acceptable solution was still present and actions that could raise tensions further should be avoided.“Despite the fact that in reality, the 1975 agreements did not apply after the crossings opened in 2003, the demand for taxes on foodstuffs, as if we have nothing else to do, only serves to worsen the climate,” Akinci said.He said it was not wrong to seek a new understanding on the matter with the Greek Cypriot side but it wasn’t right to cancel the 1975 agreement with a unilateral decision.Akinci suggested that such decisions were akin to “shooting ourselves in the foot” at a time when the Greek Cypriot side escalated its “dated approaches, undermining, demeaning and viewing the Turkish Cypriot people as a minority”.The leader of the Turkish Cypriot Republican Party, Tufan Erhurman, also criticised the ‘foreign minister’ saying he ruined the reputation of Turkish Cypriots by presenting them to the world through a language that was out of date.The UN’s role of delivering humanitarian assistance to Greek Cypriot and Maronite communities in the northern part of the island was based on a longstanding agreement between the sides known as Vienna III, and provides hundreds of elderly and other vulnerable people with basic supplies on a weekly basis.At the end of the second phase of the Turkish invasion late in August 1974, about 20,000 Greek and Maronite Cypriots living in villages and townships primarily in the Karpas peninsula in the northeast and in villages west of Kyrenia remained behind the ceasefire line.According to April 2013 figures only 437 people remain – 328 Greek Cypriots and 109 Maronite Cypriots. These persons are known as the ‘enclaved’.File photo of Unficyp soldiers delivering food to Greek Cypriots in RizokarpasoYou May LikeGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementThe Classic American Food That Doctors Say You Need To AvoidGundry MD ProPlant Complete Shake SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgA 48-year-old man was remanded on Friday for five days in connection with a robbery that took place 14 years ago in Limassol.The robbery took place in September 2004 on Makarios avenue in Limassol, when a 54-year-old man was attacked by a number of persons who hit him in various parts of his body and fled in his car.In the car was CY£980 (€1,600) and a mobile phone worth CY£150 (€256).Police arrested the suspect based on scientific evidence.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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