Mise à jour sur le virus H1N1 grippe porcine chez lêtre humain

first_imgAucun nouveau cas du virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain) n’a été confirmé dans la province depuis le 14 mai. Les Néo-Écossais sont avisés que l’Agence de la santé publique du Canada ne recommande plus que les Canadiens remettent à plus tard toute visite non essentielle au Mexique. Les mesures de prévention constituent la meilleure façon de rester en bonne santé. Il faut donc se laver les mains souvent, se couvrir la bouche avec la manche pour tousser ou éternuer et désinfecter souvent les surfaces et articles couramment utilisés tels que les poignées de porte et les comptoirs. Si vous présentez des symptômes de la grippe, restez à la maison et minimisez le plus possible les contacts avec les membres de votre famille. Si les symptômes s’aggravent, il faut consulter un médecin ou visiter une clinique sans rendez-vous. Le nombre total de cas signalés en Nouvelle-Écosse depuis le début de l’épidémie, le 26 avril, est de 66. Tous les cas sont bénins et les personnes atteintes se sont rétablies ou sont en cours de rétablissement. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le virus H1N1 (grippe porcine chez l’être humain), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca. -30-last_img read more

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Nushrat is no more a Punchnama Girl

first_imgMumbai: While it is tough to leave a mark in the minds of the audience when one is part of an ensemble cast, Bollywood actor Nushrat Bharucha managed to do so in the multistarrer film, Pyaar Ka Panchnama. Although she had done a few roles before that, her performance in that film became her calling card, so much so that people started recognising her by her character in that film rather than her real name. As the actor gears up for her new film Dream Girl opposite Ayushmann Khurrana, she hopes people know her name, so that she can get rid of the tag of ‘Panchnama Girl’ for good. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Initially I was taking the tag of ‘Panchnama girl’ sportingly but then I realised that people called me by that name more than my real name! Thankfully after the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, things have changed,” Nushrat said. While she had no problem with the tag, she said: ” I wondered why would people only call me the ‘Panchnama girl’ where as there were two more girls in the film! Did they only remember me and Kartik and not the rest? However, I am happy the way things have panned out now.” In Dream Girl, Nushrat plays the love interest of the protagonist played by Ayushmann. Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, the film features Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz and Rajesh Sharma, and is scheduled to release on September 13.last_img read more

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One year to election Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate

first_imgOTTAWA – Twelve months from now, Canadians will pass judgment on the Trudeau government and decide whether its first mandate should be its last or if it deserves another four years.As the one-year countdown to the next federal election on Oct. 21, 2019 starts ticking, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals appear reasonably well positioned to win a second term.But a year is a lifetime in politics and the coming one promises to be particularly challenging for the Liberals, beset by a growing phalanx of hostile conservative premiers determined to put a spoke in Trudeau’s pre-election wheel.In particular, they’re aiming to upend the introduction of a carbon tax — one of Trudeau’s signature policies, the central pillar of the Liberal plan for combating climate change.It’s the next big thing on the government’s agenda and it’s the pivotal issue upon which Liberal strategists privately believe the next election will turn. It’s a fight they think they can win.A recent Angus Reid Institute poll suggests they have reason for optimism.It suggests half of what the pollster refers to as “maybe” Liberal voters — soft supporters of opposition parties who can be persuaded to back the governing party — agree with Trudeau on the need for a carbon tax. With his categorical opposition to carbon pricing, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer risks alienating soft Tory supporters.At the same time, half of those maybe-Liberals also support Trudeau’s insistence on expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline to carry Alberta’s oil sands bitumen to B.C.’s coast for shipment overseas — the flip side of the Liberal climate plan, aimed at demonstrating the prime minister’s contention that protecting the environment and growing the economy go hand in hand.Hence, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s staunch opposition to the pipeline project “is a considerable liability” with soft New Democrat supporters, the polling firm concludes.The online poll of 1,500 Canadians was conducted Oct. 3-8.Overall, it suggests more Canadians are open to voting Conservative than any other party but, at the same time, those open to voting Liberal are the most enthusiastic.“I would say that for now, if managed carefully and properly, it does look as though, of the three leaders, Justin Trudeau does appear to be heading into the next election cycle from a place of more strength than either of his opposition counterparts,” said Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute.“Trudeau’s base is fired up, excited by and very much approving of his job and his performance as leader. “By contrast, Scheer and particularly Singh remain largely unknown quantities to many voters, she added.That said, the poll also suggests that the Liberals are vulnerable on two particular issues: their management of the influx of irregular border crossers and their failure to deliver on Trudeau’s promise to run modest deficits and return to balance by the end of the first mandate.Kurl notes that the next campaign will get underway in earnest during the summer, just when another wave of asylum seekers could be pouring over the border from the U.S.“Every time the Conservatives talk about this issue, it is one that resonates across the political spectrum,” she said.But University of Waterloo political scientist Emmett Macfarlane notes that the summer could also see more forest fires, flooding and extreme weather, all symptoms of climate change. And that could tip that balance against the Conservatives and their strategy of allying themselves with anti-carbon tax premiers.“It has as much potential to backfire as to succeed,” he said.At the moment, Macfarlane believes the Liberals have “a lot of reasons to be fairly confident” heading into an election year.The economy, he notes, is humming along nicely, unemployment is at four-decade low and voters generally don’t turf a government under those circumstances — although Quebec voters did just that earlier this month.Moreover, Macfarlane suspects the government will get credit for emerging relatively unscathed from the year-long tumultuous NAFTA negotiations with mercurial U.S. President Donald Trump.Liberal strategists contend Trudeau will be able to go into the next campaign having done what he promised to do in 2015 — with a few notable exceptions such as balancing the budget and reforming the electoral system.According to the TrudeauMeter, a non-partisan, collaborative citizen initiative that attempts to track the progress Liberals have made on keeping their election promises, Trudeau has kept 70 promises, 68 are in progress, 42 have not been started and 41 have been broken.But on some of the big ticket pledges, Trudeau will boast that he has delivered some truly transformational changes to Canada in a short time: legalizing medical assistance in dying, legalizing recreational cannabis, turning the Senate into a more independent, less-partisan chamber of sober second thought, lifting some 300,000 children out of poverty through the enhanced Canada Child Benefit.If the carbon tax goes according to plan, he will add setting the stage for the transition to a low-carbon economy to that list.Compared to the more managerial approach of Jean Chretien’s and Stephen Harper’s governments, Macfarlane said: “This is a fairly active government on a number of big files.”last_img read more

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MMA star Georges StPierre announces his retirement

first_imgCanada’s Georges St-Pierre is retiring from mixed martial arts.The 37-year-old from St-Isidore, Que., made the announcement on Thursday at the Bell Centre.St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak. He holds the record for most 170-pound title defences at nine.“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life, but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” St-Pierre said in a statement.“I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their … support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of (former UFC bosses) Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as (UFC president) Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217.“I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practising martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”St-Pierre debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision win over Karo Parisyan at UFC 46 in 2004. He won his first welterweight championship via knockout over Matt Hughes at UFC 65 in 2006.After losing the title to Matt Serra, he later recaptured the belt via TKO in their rematch at UFC 83 in Montreal.While he has fought just once since stepping away from the sport in late 2013 after nine straight welterweight title defences, St-Pierre made headlines in November 2017 when he dethroned middleweight champion Michael (The Count) Bisping in his comeback bout at UFC 217.St-Pierre gave up the 185-pound crown a month later, citing health issues (ulcerative colitis). Despite that limited activity, he still stands eighth in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport. He put Canada on the MMA map.”In 2011, St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at US$12.075 million when he headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The event had the second largest attendance in UFC history with 55,724 fans.St-Pierre won Sports Illustrated fighter of the year in 2009. He was nominated for best fighter at the ESPY Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2018.last_img read more

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Nunavut accepts recommendations on infants death only first step

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe investigation into the death of a toddler in Cape Dorset is complete and the territorial government has been handed a number of recommendations to avoid a similar case.Makibi Timilak was three months old when he died in January 2012.His parent, who were worried about him, were told not to go to teh health centre.As APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports, having the territorial government accept the recommendations is only a first step.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

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The Latest Tesla posts Q1 net loss of 700M

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on Tesla’s first quarter earnings (all times local):2:15 p.m.Tesla posted a $702.1 million net loss in the first quarter as sales of its electric cars slumped and demand appeared to be waning.The company lost $4.10 per share from January through March, when deliveries fell 31 per cent from the fourth quarter. Tesla had warned it would lose money after turning two straight quarterly profits last year for the first time in its 15-year history.Excluding one-time items and stock-based compensation, the company lost $2.90 per share, worse than Wall Street estimates. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a loss of $1.15 per share. Revenue rose almost 40 per cent over a year ago. But it still fell short of analyst estimates of $5.42 billion.CEO Elon Musk last year predicted quarterly profits in the future. But Tesla had trouble cutting the cost of its Model 3 mass-market electric vehicle.____3 a.m.Tesla has lost nearly $6 billion since setting out to revolutionize the auto industry 15 years ago, but CEO Elon Musk foresees a profitable future fueled in part by electric cars driven by robots as part of a ride-hailing service.The mind-blowing concept is something Musk outlined in a plan he drew up in 2016. Now he believes Tesla’s technology is capable of realizing his dream. And that terrifies some critics who worry Musk’s plan to transport passengers in self-driving Teslas will maim and kill people.But if Musk can deliver on a promise that he made Monday to deploy self-driving vehicles and start the ride service next year, the business model might just work. And could help Tesla finally put its history of losses in its rear-view mirror.The Associated Press read more

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UN independent experts oppose proposed Nigerian ban on samesex relationships

23 February 2007Voicing serious concern over a proposed Nigerian bill which would effectively outlaw same-sex relationships, four independent United Nations experts today said it would violate international human rights norms, and urged the Government to withdraw it immediately. In a joint statement, the experts said the proposed “Bill for an Act to Make Provisions for the Prohibition of Relationship between Persons of the Same Sex, Celebration of Marriage by Them, and for Other Matters Connected Therewith” would endanger the lives of those engaged in, or believed to be engaged in, same-sex relationships.Such people, as a result of the law, would be “more susceptible to arbitrary arrests, detention, torture and ill-treatment and expose them even more to violence and attacks on their dignity.”They pointed out that Nigeria has already criminalized same-sex relationships, which are punishable by death. In a recent meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, according to the statement, Government representative asserted that death by stoning for “unnatural sex acts,” such as lesbianism and homosexuality, may be considered “appropriate and just punishment.”Additionally, the experts said the proposed law, heard before the Judiciary Committee of the Nigerian House of Representatives last week, could deny those taking part in same-sex relationships of the enjoyment their economic, social and cultural rights. Of particular concern, according to the experts, is that the Bill could force stigmatized groups further underground, thus weakening efforts to educate people about and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.The proposed Bill also contravenes several Articles of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Under the law, Article 1, which declares that ‘(a)ll human beings are born equal in dignity and rights,’ would be breached, as the Bill codifies discrimination and persecution on the basis of sexual orientation, the experts said.Furthermore, freedoms of assembly and associations, as well as individuals’ freedoms of expression and opinion, would be impinged upon, they added. Local human rights defenders advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people could potentially be imprisoned under this law, if passed.The statement was issued by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani; the Special Rapporteur on Contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Doudou Diène; the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Yakin Ertürk; and the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Paul Hunt. read more

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Norwegian national named deputy of UN mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea

A senior official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been named as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Deputy Special Representative for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE).Immediately prior to this appointment, Sissel Ekaas of Norway served as the Director of the Gender and Population Division in FAO’s Sustainable Development Department.She is expected to take up her duties in Asmara, Eritrea, by the end of this month.UNMEE has been in the region since July 2000 to liaise with Ethiopia and Eritrea and to establish a mechanism to verify the ceasefire put in place after the two countries fought a border war in the late 1990s.

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Video Business report with Mike Eppel

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shares of Google are approaching $1,000 this morning, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. Video: Business report with Mike Eppel by News Staff Posted Oct 18, 2013 6:50 am MDT business report|Google shares|mike eppel

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UN chief appoints Malian national as deputy envoy for South Sudan

Mr. Soumaré, according to a statement issued by the Office of Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, will succeed Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe, who will be taking up the post of Deputy Special Representative of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson extended the UN chief’s gratitude for Mr. Zenenga’s dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the work of the UN in the Republic of South Sudan. Mr. Soumaré possesses extensive peace, development and leadership experience. He is currently the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), where he also serves as the UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a position he has held since October 2012. Prior to this appointment, he was the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Recovery and Governance in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), from 2009 to 2012.Mr. Soumaré has served as Deputy Assistant Administrator of the UNDP and Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York from 2007 to 2009. read more

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London Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has launched an “Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan” for London. The document forms the basis of the Mayor’s aspirations to make London a leading centre for electric vehicles (EVs). The paper states that presenting an Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan is, “not about picking a winner in the technology race, but creating a level playing field where new technologies can flourish and innovation can be encouraged”. The aim of the document is to set out a strategy to stimulate the market for electric vehicles in the capital through a focus on infrastructure, to develop a comprehensive network of charging points, vehicles, to make EVs more common place on London’s streets and incentives, marketing and communications.DOWNLOAD REPORTClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Brock students support North American Indigenous Games

They’re not competing, but they started training months ago. Now, a highly skilled team of Brock University student volunteers have stepped into leadership roles at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) currently taking place.“Right now, our students are moving from venue to venue, helping athletes, volunteers and each other to ensure these games are a success,” says Department of Sport Management Associate Professor Laura Cousens who has been checking in with students at the sport and cultural venues throughout southern Ontario. “The students are working together and creating a volunteer culture, which is exactly what I was hoping for.”This week, more than 50 Brock students are volunteering for course credit as the result of a unique partnership between the Toronto NAIG and Brock’s Major Games Field Course, led by Cousens.SPMA student Liam Miller checks on race information in the announcer’s booth during the U16 Female 3000m final canoe race at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.“All of our students have completed in-class training to prepare them for their current in-the-field roles,” says Cousens.The training, which began in February, included project management, games hosting skills for a multi-sport event, problem-solving, cultural competency training and an introduction to indigenous people in sport in Canada.Brock students are involved in all aspects of the games, including:Venue lead and Athlete Village managementFrench-English translationMedical staff and athletic therapist supportPress management and social media relationsVolunteer operations, including accreditationSport specialists, in charge of timing, results, scoring and athlete supportCultural Village supportFourth-year SPMA student Rob Cheevers, who is volunteering as the venue manager for the Welland International Flatwater Centre, says the course experience has been a “perfect complement” to what students learn in class.“We have the opportunity to work as a team to create work plans, solve problems and apply the skills we’ve learned in lecture in a practical setting. It has been an unforgettable experience,” Cheevers says.This is the fourth time the Department of Sport Management has partnered with a major games to offer this course. Students have previously gained hands-on experience at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, the Ontario Winter Games in 2014 in Muskoka and the Ontario Summer Games in 2014 in Windsor.“With each games, we learn something new and constantly evolve to improve our training for the next time,” Cousens says. “The event hosting experience students gain by participating in a major games in this capacity have resulted in full-time jobs for graduates.”Through a second initiative, seven current and former Brock students are working with Brock University’s Centre for Sport Capacity to administer surveys collecting economic impact information of the games. Their work will kick off a new Sport Consulting@Brock initiative.SPMA student Brenda Wardhaugh radios for information as part of her volunteer responsibilities at the Welland International Flatwater Centre for the NAIG 2017 Canoe/Kayak races.“The NAIG economic assessment is our first consulting project and we are excited to help the event,” said Sport Management Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Sport Capacity Julie Stevens. “The project will provide important economic outcome information about the games and hopefully enable leaders to gain support for future indigenous sporting events in Canada.”The two teams of students will administer surveys at athletic venues in Hamilton and York between Thursday and Saturday.The eight-day NAIG, which wraps up Sunday, is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of indigenous peoples, drawing more than 5,000 athletes and 2,000 volunteers, along with spectators and dignitaries from across North America.“The games provides a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a spectacular showcase of indigenous culture, all while inspiring the next generation of indigenous athletes through the celebration of sport achievement,” says Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, CEO of the Toronto 2017 Host Society, and a Brock alumna. “We’re thrilled to be joined by students from Brock to deliver a best-in-class sporting and cultural experience for participants and spectators of the Toronto 2017 NAIG.”SPMA Associate Professor Laura Cousens, NAIG volunteer Nancy Gourlay from Tyendinaga First Nation, Debwe the Turtle, 2017 Toronto NAIG Official Mascot and SPMA student Raiven de Souza at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. read more

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The Browns Have A Tight End Whos Defying Time

Jerry Williams311954LH6668610 RECEIVING YARDS Barnidge has 667 receiving yards for the Browns through 10 games (on pace for 1,067), plus seven touchdowns. That’s more than the 603 yards he totaled in his first seven seasons. This kind of late blooming is rare: The table below shows all players who had at least 500 receiving yards in a season after turning 30 and in that season surpassed their career total up to that point.1We looked at players with at least 1 receiving yard before their breakout year. Woodley Lewis331958RE9690642 M.L. Harris301984TE5759487 Mervyn Fernandez301989WR31,0691,041 Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is 30 years old. Most would call him a young man — a millennial, even! He was 4 when the Berlin Wall came down, one of his favorite actors is Jonah Hill, and he’s participated in a reality TV dating show.In NFL years, though, he’s a geezer. Our perceptions of the average age of an NFL player are sometimes skewed by visibility — the best players tend to have the longest careers. But only 19 percent of active players are 30 or older, and most players peak in their mid-to-late 20s. Which is why it’s impressive that Barnidge is having the best season of his career, by far: Gary Barnidge302015TE8667603 Pat Curran301975TE761983 Willie Miller311978WR376757 PLAYERAGEYEARPOSSEASON #IN SEASONCAREER PRIOR Jim Jensen301988WR8652414 These are not exactly household names — it’s tough to build a memorable career with such a late start, and most of these players had just the one good NFL season to their name. Barnidge’s closest comp is probably Pat Curran, another tight end with a particularly belated breakout season (seven years in, to Barnidge’s eight). Curran faded after 1975, tallying 349, 123 and 92 yards in his last three seasons, but Barnidge could be on pace for a lot more yardage in his breakout year. Although the list above can’t make anyone optimistic about his prospects, the Cleveland end is in uncharted territory. Lou Piccone301979WR6556537 read more

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Tower of London to be illuminated with 10000 flames in special act

About 10,000 flames will be lit at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.Yeoman Warders, also known as Beefeaters, who have all served in the military, and representatives from the armed forces, will start the process of lighting the flames at a ceremony on Sunday night.The display is to remember the sacrifice made by those who lost their lives during the First World War.Volunteers will take between 40 and 50 minutes to manually light the remaining flames, gradually illuminating both the Tower of London and its empty moat.The flames, each emanating from an individual canister, will burn for about four hours before needing to be replenished with fuel by volunteers before the next night’s display.The spectacle, named Beyond the Deepening Shadow, will be accompanied by a specially commissioned sound installation featuring choral music and words from war poet Mary Borden’s Sonnets to a Soldier.A spokeswoman for Historic Royal Palaces, the organisation responsible for maintaining the Tower of London, said: “At 5pm each evening the Yeoman warders and a number of guest lighters – a cadet, a veteran and a serving member of the military – will light the first flames of the evening. Drummer Steven Brown from F Company Scots Guards lights a torch at the start of the service. This November, as the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, will honour the sacrifice of 100 years ago. “A team of around 80 to 100 volunteers from the public that we have specially trained will then light the rest. Over the course of about 40 to 50 minutes the whole of the moat will be illuminated.” Drummer Steven Brown from F Company Scots Guards lights a torch at the start of the service. This November, as the nation commemorates the centenary of the end of the First World War, a new installation at the Tower of London, Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers, will honour the sacrifice of 100 years ago.Credit:Sgt Randall RLC Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The flames have a duality, one of remembrance and one of looking forward into the future; the end of the first world war and the lights coming back on.”Many of the volunteers have a family connection to the First World War, the spokeswoman added.”Many of the Tower community have served in the Armed Forces, and it is important for us to ensure that those who lived, served, fought and died during this time continue to be remembered, and that the lessons from these conflicts continue to be shared.”The ceremony, which will take place between 5pm and 9pm, will be repeated each night until Sunday, November 11.Members of the public can view the installation for free and there is also ticketed access to the moat, where the installation can be viewed up close. read more

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They have a handle on it Noonan plays down fears over RSA

first_img“The RSA brought the findings of the internal audit to the attention of Central Bank, then the RSA group took action,” Noonan told the Dáil, saying the insurance firm “acted very expeditiously”.He said that any obligation for further funding will be handled by the company, not the Central Bank and said that as a result of the capital injection its solvency ratio is now 208 per cent, in excess of regulatory requirements. FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has insisted that RSA will meet any further shortfall in its capital requirements following recent problems at the insurance firm.Noonan was responding to questions in the Dáil about the problems that have arisen at RSA as well as other issues connected to his portfolio.Earlier this month the insurance firm, which operates 123.ie, suspended three executives pending the outcome of an investigation into issues with their claims and finance operations.The UK parent of RSA has had to inject €100 million of capital into the company following the discovery of a shortfall as part of a routine audit. He said that the RSA has assured the Central Bank that it will provide any further capital required should it be deemed necessary after its internal investigation.“The Central Bank are happy now that they have a full handle on it,” he said.Separately, the Minister said that he continues to raise the issue of retroactive recapitalisation of Ireland’s banking sector when appropriate, but said “it’s a long process” which is part of the main process of achieving banking union in the eurozone.Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said that there had been a “missed opportunity” for the government to get a deal on its banking debt.But Noonan said that he “always raises the retroactive issue” when it’s on the agenda of meetings with European finance ministers.“Meetings of the Eurogroup and EcoFin are run in an orderly fashion,” he said, adding “you don’t get up and shout and roar”.On the mortgage arrears issue, Noonan said that there is a “clear responsibility of financial institutions to do more” and said that letters which threaten homeowners with legal action can “not be a sustainable solution”.Read: PWC brought in to investigate RSA claims and financelast_img read more

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Youll be charged for your water from October 2014 if the Troika

first_imgIRELAND WILL ASK the visiting Troika inspection team for approval to delay the introduction of water charges until October 2014 – with the first bills not due to arrive in homes until 2015.Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin will ask the inspectors from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – who arrived in Dublin this week for their latest quarterly inspection – for permission to push back the rollout.Ireland’s plans would see the charges take legal effect from October 2014, with customers charged at the end of every quarter – meaning the first bills would not arrive in homes until January 2015.Enda Kenny revealed the plans in the Dáil this morning, saying the plans would depend on the ministers “making that case to the Troika”.The disclosure comes only days after the latest European Commission report on Ireland’s bailout progress said the “course now appears firmly set” to introduce water charges in “early 2014″.That report noted, however, that there was still “significant uncertainty” about the water charges regime, given that the authorities had not yet decided when they cut off financial support for Irish Water, the body set up to collect the charges.It also noted that the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) had not yet been given the legal power to regulate water supply, which Kenny today said would be contained in legislation brought forward this autumn.Kenny’s comments did not indicate whether Ireland would still ask the CER to undertake a public consultation to decide how much it should charge for water, a pledge which the Troika update said was to begin by June and be concluded by December.In the Dáil, Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin – who had asked when the CER would be given legal responsibility for water – noted that the delay of the water charges would mean the first charges would not come until after the local elections in May 2014.Read: Gilmore: Water charges will not be introduced next Januarylast_img read more

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Gears of War 3 will be released on September 20th

first_imgAfter years of waiting, Microsoft and Epic Games have just announced when players can expect to finally finish the fight against the nefarious forces of the Locust: Gears of War 3 will finally make its way to the Xbox 360 on September 20th.Originally due to launch back in April of 2011, Gears of War 3 was delayed late last year, not due to falling behind schedule or because of quality issues, but as a business decision. In other words, Microsoft felt placing it in September would better help differentiate the title as one of the biggest games of the year.AdChoices广告According to executive producer Rod Fergusson, Gears of War 3 is slated to be the most polished Gears of War title yet.Plotwise, the game takes place eighteen months after the fall of Jacinto. The Gears have moved to the island of Vectes and are living aboard a converted aircraft carrier called the Raven’s Nest. The government has disbanded and the immulsion that powered Sera’s cities has infected and mutated members of the Locust, causing them to become Lambent. The Lambent are now evolving into a new enemy that threatens both the Locust and humanity.Featuring a new four-player co-op mode and the introducing of three new female “Gears,” GoW3 is slated to feature new weapons, a fully controllable mech suit, a new multiplayer “Beast” mode and several new enemies. A multiplayer beta will roll out several months before release, and Epic is promising that there will be multiple ways to gain access to the beta.Read more at Computer and Video Gameslast_img read more

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Adventure Time ending in 2018

first_img Best Father’s Day TV Episodes to Stream This WeekendAll the Trailers You Might Have Missed from SDCC 1/5Finn the Human 1/5Jake the Dog 1/5Princess Bubblegum 1/5Marceline 1/5The Ice King It was a landmark show for a number of reasons, and now it’s coming to an end. Cartoon Network announced Thursday that Adventure Time will be ending in 2018 after nine seasons.In the meantime, Cartoon Network said that more content with Jake the Dog and Finn the Human will be released, including the final ninth seasons, specials, and miniseries.The series, created by Pendleton Ward in 2010, has become a cult and mainstream hit among a variety of audiences, crossing over into other cartoons and inspiring other animators. Since the show’s debut, Cartoon Network has seen a revitalization in its programming.Shows like Regular Show (which is also ending soon), Over the Garden Wall, and Steven Universe have been some of its most successful descendants, along with a number of copycats looking to emulate its surreal episodic structure paired with complex and overarching stories and worlds. The show has at times been incredibly weird and psychologically emotional.“Adventure Time changed the definition of what a kids’ TV series could be, and it’s had a resounding impact on popular culture around the world,” said Rob Sorcher, chief content officer for Cartoon Network.In response to the show ending, Ward said that he was proud of the work he and his crew did, specifically as a way to tell an intimate story.“Adventure Time was a passion project for the people on the crew who poured their heart into the art and stories. We tried to put into every episode something genuine and telling from our lives, and make a show that was personal to us, and that had jokes too!” he said.Despite the sad news, there’s still plenty of Adventure Time to enjoy: nine seasons, dozens of hours of storytelling, comic books, miniseries, toys. There will always be more adventures to be had in the Land of Ooo. <> Stay on targetlast_img read more

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NYCC The Family Grows in Ash Vs Evil Dead Season Three

first_imgLookin’ good, Ghostbeaters. #AshvsEvilDead #NYCC pic.twitter.com/wKYaTMH2no— Ash vs Evil Dead (@AshvsEvilDead) October 7, 2017This season of Ash Vs. Evil Dead is shaping up to be even crazier than the last two. The new characters could add an exciting new dynamic to the show, and the actors assured us that they too spend a large part of the season covered in blood. To hear them tell it those blood cannons are no joke. Even better was the sight of DeLorenzo and Santiago smiling as their new costars discussed their first experiences getting shot with blood. They’re completely used to it by now. Although, Campbell did tease a fight scene in a sperm bank this season. That seems like a little much even with all he’s gone through already. (Campbell: “We really blew or load on this season.” Nice.) We’ll see how much blood covers these actors when Ash Vs. Evil Dead returns on February 25, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Ray Santiago On the End of Ash and the Future of Evil DeadChilling news from Ash Vs. Evil Dead at NYCC Stay on targetcenter_img Season three of Ash Vs. Evil Dead has been pushed back to February, but it’s no less terrifying, gory and hilarious. During a panel at New York Comic Con, star and executive producer Bruce Campbell explained the delay as the network getting them out of a terrible time slot: The fall. They’re hoping the show can find a bigger audience when there are fewer big premieres taking up all the attention. This is the third year in a row I’ve attended the Starz horror-comedy’s panel, and it’s the second time Campbell has mock-forcefully implored the audience to pay for the Starz app and watch the show. It’s clearly a joke, but it always feels like there’s some truth behind it.Every year Ash Vs. Evil Dead feels like it’s on the verge of being canceled. It’s a real niche thing, and it’s kind of a miracle it got made at all. Especially since all that gore has to be expensive. The constant threat of cancellation may actually be leading to a better show, though. Every year, they go all out like it could be the last season they get to make. Just when you think there’s no way for this show to top itself it somehow finds the most disgusting one possible. Remember the deli slicer kill in season one? That was nothing compared to the morgue scene in season two. The audience at NYCC got to see the third season’s premiere, and already there’s a hall-of-fame quality Deadite kill.This is a show that knows what its good at. It’s not pure horror like the original The Evil Dead movie. It’s closer to the slapstick of Army of Darkness though not quite that cartoony. It can be truly scary when it wants to be. It turns out the idea of your close friends turning into monsters without warning is terrifying whether or not its surrounded by sex jokes and badass action heroes.Lucy Lawless (Photo via STARZ)Speaking of which, now that the show’s in its third season, Kelly and Pablo have grown a lot since the first season. They’ve both been through so much at this point, that they rival even Ash when it comes to dealing with Deadites. Kelly especially has a pretty great head-exploding kill when she shows up to save the day. Pablo is less in awe of Ash than he once was. He still looks up to him, and recognizes that he’d be dead if it wasn’t for Ash, but he now has a sense that he’s seen it all before. He can hold is own in a fight with the dead, and it’s a lot of fun to watch.Most exciting for this season, it might force Ash to grow up, if only just a little. Having completely defeated evil in season two, he parlays his world-saving fame into opening his own business: A hardware store and sex toy emporium. The episode opens with a hilarious spoof of local commercials. (“I used this chainsaw to slash up the dead. Now, I only use it to SLASH PRICES!”) But the peace can’t last long. A woman digs up the Necronomicon and brings it to an Antiques Road Show-type program. The appraiser reads the opening passage aloud, and here we go again. The twist they’re adding this season is that Ash has a teenage daughter. When she and her friend are attacked by a deadite at school, her mother (Candice Bar… get it?) finds and confronts Ash for endangering the world yet again. Apparently, Ash drunkenly married and impregnated Candy years ago. Candy later told her daughter that her dad was a crack addict who died. Naturally, it comes as a shock when the girl finds out her father is (1) alive and (2) kind of the worst.The season three premiere is a ton of fun with all the gore and dirty jokes you want from this series. It also introduces some new characters to the cast. In addition to Ash’s daughter Brandy (played by Arielle Carver-O’Neill), there’s also a modern-day Sumerian knight (played by Lindsay Farris) who idolizes Ash. That leads to a funny moment where he kneels before Ash and weirds everyone out. The introduction of Ash’s daughter will almost certainly change the character somewhat. Campbell confirmed as much during the fan Q&A. The fan’s reaction led Campbell to ask if anyone seriously considers Ash a role model. Campbell’s contempt for the awkward nerds who idolize Ash continues to be the best part of these Comic Con panels.“Ash is basically the worst father ever,” Campbell told the crowd. “The parenting skills need refining. But he never lies to his daughter. I think Ash having a daughter helps him be a more full-dimensional character.”Arielle Carver-O’Neill (Photo via STARZ)I do wish Ash’s wife Candy had been allowed to stick around a little longer. It felt cheap to have her be killed off only a few short scenes after she was introduced. There were hints of a more interesting character and relationship here that the show threw away with her death. Even for this show, her death felt a little unnecessary. But she went out with a bang, which is just about the best you can hope for as a non-regular on this show. Hers was actually the first of two music instrument related deaths. Hers was a shock, but it was nothing compared to the second one. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I’ll just say it involves a harp. And that now I know what the inside of an eyeball looks like.Overall, it was a fantastic episode, and I’m only sad that everyone else has to wait until February to see it. After that panel, I also desperately want to see the rest of the season. The actors promised some amazing-sounding things for the episodes to come. Particularly Dana DeLorenzo, who’s awesome portrayal of Kelly may have surpassed Ash to become the coolest character on this show. This season, she told the audience, everyone will fulfill their destiny. For Kelly, all we know is it involves a giant fight scene. “Kelly is going to get her revenge and it’s going to rival Kill Bill,” DeLorenzo said. That’s a high bar to set, but she’s confident the show can live up to those expectations. Pablo (Ray Santiago) will also put some of the skills he’s learned from Ash to use. It’s great to hear he gets a bigger piece of the deadite killing action this year.last_img read more

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Vancouver council mulls tiny home ordinance changes

first_imgCity Councilor Ty Stober said Vancouver should take its cue of what not to do with accessory dwelling units from across the river.“Portland has built barriers in place for residents to build those,” Stober said of ADUs at the council meeting Monday night. “I’m all for full liberalization of the laws.”City councilors are in the midst of making some changes to the city’s tiny home ordinance.The main goal of updating the ordinance, Councilor Alishia Topper pointed out, is to create more housing inventory to help ease the affordable housing crisis.The impetus for taking on the granny flat ordinance is not because the policy is simply outdated, Topper said. Although it hasn’t been changed since 2004.“We’re trying to achieve a specific goal and that is to build more affordable housing in our communities,” she said.The two main points of discussion on Monday night were whether on-site parking should be required when building an ADU and whether the owner would need to live on the property for at least six months out of the year.Both Topper and Stober said to make the building of ADUs the most effective, the on-site parking requirements and owner-occupancy rules should be voted down.last_img read more

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