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Vancouverborn author Madeleine Thien wins Governor Generals 2016 Literary Award for fictionVancouverborn author Madeleine Thien wins Governor Generals 2016 Literary Award for fiction

first_imgAdvertisement Vancouver-born and -raised author Madeleine Thien has won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for her novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing.The English-language winners of this year’s Governor General Literary Awards are:Fiction: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien (Montreal, Quebec) Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Nonfiction: A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan Before 1905 by Bill Waiser (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)Poetry: The Waking Comes Late by Steven Heighton (Kingston, Ontario)Young People’s Literature (text): Calvin by Martine Leavitt (High River, Alberta)Young People’s Literature (illustrated books): Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka (Guelph and Stratford, Ontario) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Kathy Griffins North American comeback tour to start in CanadaKathy Griffins North American comeback tour to start in Canada

first_imgComedian Kathy Griffin is kicking off her North American tour in Canada this May to try and reclaim her comedy throne after becoming embroiled in controversy last year. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images) Advertisement Griffin will perform in San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and New York’s Carnegie Hall in June, with further dates to be announced later.In a release for the tour, Griffin promised to tell “the whole story” about the Trump photo, including her “interrogation by the feds,” and her thoughts on her neighbours Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.The performances come as Griffin tries to reclaim her comedy throne after the Trump photo shoot led to a backlash and the cancellation of several tour dates last year. She also lost her longtime New Year’s Eve hosting gig on CNN.Unable to tour in the United States, Griffin went overseas to perform a number of dates in various places, including London, Stockholm, Singapore and Australia.Initially, Griffin apologized for the photo that appeared last May, taken by photographer Tyler Shields.But she later said she was no longer sorry, because the reaction had gotten so out of hand. Advertisement Advertisement Beleaguered comedian Kathy Griffin is launching her North American comeback on the stages of Canada.The insult comic and celebrity gossip hound — who became embroiled in controversy after posing in a photo holding a fake severed head that shared a likeness with U.S. President Donald Trump — has picked Toronto to open her Laugh Your Head Off North American tour on May 25.In 2017, Kathy Griffin held a press conference to apologize for a controversial photo shoot where she was holding a bloodied mask depicting President Donald Trump. After a year of facing backlash and touring overseas, Griffin is finally able to continue her Laugh Your Head Off tour in North America. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)She’ll follow that with three more Canadian dates: Kitchener, Ont., (May 26), Calgary (May 31) and Vancouver (June 2), before moving south to the United States.center_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgThe Toronto-born actor also noted that the eighth season would be shortened and only include 10 episodes, as opposed to the usual 23.Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall.There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019The longstanding show first aired on CW in 2012 and is one of the network’s most popular programs.The series also introduced the Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, all of which are filmed right here in Vancouver.Keep an eye out for Amell and the rest of the cast, as they’ll be filming in Vancouver for just a little while longer.By Vincent Plana ~ DailyHive Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Arrow CW/Facebook It’s sad news for fans of the Arrowverse.Stephan Amell, lead actor of the series, announced that CW’s Arrow would enter its final season this coming fall.“Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever,” he wrote in a Tweet. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Stand up for American companies Bombardier and Boeing clash at trade hearingStand up for American companies Bombardier and Boeing clash at trade hearing

If the ITC determines there is a threat of injury to the U.S. industry, preliminary countervailing duties could be announced in July, followed in October by preliminary anti-dumping duties, unless the deadlines are extended. Final determinations are scheduled for October and December.Boeing is calling for countervailing duties of 79.41 per cent and anti-dumping charges of 79.82 per cent.The process is similar to the one that has led to duties on Canadian softwood lumber. These are among the looming trade disputes with the U.S., as NAFTA talks could raise the heat on differences over dairy, dispute resolution auto parts and other issues.Boeing complains that Bombardier has received more than US$3 billion in government subsidies so far that have allowed Bombardier to engage in “predatory pricing.”Lawyers for the U.S. aerospace giant argued Thursday that Bombardier’s own words prove it was rescued financially by multibillion-dollar assistance from the Quebec government, which last year invested US$1 billion in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries. The company also shored up its finances by selling a 30 per cent stake in its railway division to pension fund manager Caisse de depot for US$1.5 billion.The federal government recently provided a $372.5-million loan. That’s on top of about $1 billion received in 2008 from Ottawa, Quebec and Britain to develop the CSeries.Bombardier representatives countered that their planes never competed with Boeing in a sale to Delta — which the American rival describes as a seminal moment.Bombardier lawyer Peter Lichtenbaum said the plaintiff is a global powerhouse that hasn’t lost any sales as a result of Bombardier, has an enviable order backlog and doesn’t even compete with Bombardier in the sales campaigns it has complained about because the CSeries is smaller than Boeing’s 737-800 and Max 8 planes.“Boeing’s petition in this case is unprecedented in its overreach,” he said. “If this is a case of David vs. Goliath, Boeing has cast itself in the wrong role.”Boeing’s annual sales were US$94.6 billion last year. That means the US$330 million Conner expressed concern about amounts to one-third of one per cent of its annual sales. Bombardier revenues last year were US$16.3 billion, including US$9.9 billion from aerospace activities. The Canadian Press WASHINGTON — The next potential Canada-U.S. trade dispute unfolded Thursday as aerospace giants clashed at a Washington hearing that marked the formal launch of investigations into Boeing’s allegations that Bombardier received subsidies allowing it to sell its CSeries planes at below-market prices.“The U.S. market is the most open in the world, but we must take action if our rules are being broken,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement after the hearing began.“While assuring the case is decided strictly on a full and fair assessment of the facts, we will do everything in our power to stand up for American companies and their workers.”U.S. aeronautics powerhouse Boeing argued at the hearing that duties should be imposed on Bombardier aircraft, insisting its smaller Montreal-based rival receives government subsidies that give it an illicit toehold in the international market.Lobbyists, lawyers and aerospace executives crowded the room for a little battle playing out in the broader context of the day’s larger trade news: the U.S. announcement that NAFTA renegotiations will start in the next 90 days.Bombardier in talks with Chinese aircraft manufacturer for potential investment: reportU.S. officially triggers NAFTA renegotiation today, allowing talks to begin in AugustBombardier has made it clear that its true goal is to grab half the international market share for 100-to-150-seat aircraft, according to Boeing, which argues its rival has received an unfair head start from Canadian taxpayers.Boeing vice-president Raymond Conner said the sale of cheap, subsidized planes to Delta Air Lines helped build momentum for Bombardier to enter a new market. If Bombardier reaches its stated goal, he said, it would squeeze Boeing from that market and cost the company US$330 million a year in annual sales.“Today we are at a critical moment,” Conner told the seven-member U.S. International Trade Commission. “If you don’t fix it now, it will be too late to do anything about it later. … What we want is competition that is fair …“You guys can fix this before it is too late.”Boeing has petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate subsidies of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft that it says have allowed the company to export planes at well below cost. A preliminary determination on the petition is expected by June 12.Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg read more

Russian probe plane crash that killed 50 due to faulty pilot manoeuvrsRussian probe plane crash that killed 50 due to faulty pilot manoeuvrs

Russian probe: plane crash that killed 50 due to faulty pilot manoeuvrs, too steep ascent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jim Heintz, The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 7:17 am MDT MOSCOW – The pilots of a Boeing 737 that plunged into the ground at Kazan airport lost speed in a steep climb then overcompensated and sent the plane into a near-vertical dive, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by Russian aviation experts. All 50 people aboard were killed.The Moscow-based Interstate Aviation Committee, which oversees civil flights in much of the former Soviet Union, said the plane’s engines and other systems were working fine until the moment the plane crashed Sunday night.The Tatarstan Airlines plane was flying from Moscow to the central city of Kazan, 720 kilometres (450 miles) to the east. The Russian aviation experts said the plane’s two pilots had failed to make a proper landing approach on their first attempt, so they began a second try.The report did not specify why the pilots aborted the first landing.To get the plane ready for the second try, the pilots put the plane’s engines on maximum power and raised the plane’s nose up to an angle of about 25 degrees, the report said. That caused a loss of speed.The normal procedure during an aborted landing is to apply near-maximum power and assume about a 5-to-7 degree nose-up attitude, said Kevin Hiatt, a former Delta Air Lines chief pilot and president of the Flight Safety Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit.“Twenty-five degrees nose-up is excessive. There’s no question about that whatsoever,” Hiatt said. “Why they determined they needed to go to that high an angle will be part of the investigation.”At an altitude of about 700 metres (2,200 feet), the crew tried to gain speed and avert a stall by putting the nose of the plane down. The report said the plane then went into a dive of about 75 degrees and smashed into the ground.Airplanes can sometimes recover from steep dives but they must be at a sufficiently high altitude.The plane’s climb and its subsequent plunge lasted only about one minute and it struck the ground going about 450 kilometres per hour (280 mph), the report said.The report drew its conclusions from data retrieved from one of the plane’s two onboard black box recorders. A commission statement said the voice-recording tape that captures the crew’s conversations had not been found, even though its container had been recovered.Such “loss of control” accidents are responsible for more deaths than any other type of plane crash because they are rarely survivable, according to the Flight Safety Foundation, an industry-supported global aviation safety non-profit based in Alexandria, Virginia.The head of Tartarstan Airlines, Aksan Giniyatullin, told a news conference Tuesday in Kazan that the two pilots had plenty of flying experience — ranging from 1,900 to 2,500 hours — and had undergone all the necessary instruction. However, he said the crew apparently had no experience with attempting a second landing.He also said the plane had undergone regularly scheduled maintenance on Nov. 15 — two days before the crash.Tartarstan Airlines records showed that the plane was built 23 years ago and had been used by seven other carriers prior to being picked up by them in 2008. The company has insisted that the aircraft was in good condition.The plane did suffer a loss of cabin pressure in November 2012, Giniyatullin told reporters, but he could not explain why, according to the RIA-Novosti news agency.In 2001, the plane was damaged in a landing accident in Brazil that injured no one.The carrier has had a good safety record but appears to have run into financial problems recently. Its personnel went on strike in September over back wages, and the Kazan airport authority has gone to arbitration to claim Tatarstan Airlines’ alleged debt for servicing its planes.Flight safety is a problem in Russia. Industry experts have blamed some recent Russian crashes on a cost-cutting mentality that neglects safety in the chase for profits. Insufficient pilot training and lax government controls over the industry have also been cited.__Associated Press writer Joan Lowy in Washington, DC, contributed to this report. read more

Ride Along arrives in top position at the box office with 486Ride Along arrives in top position at the box office with 486

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Ride Along” sped past box office records.The Universal buddy cop comedy featuring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube debuted with a hefty $48.6 million, marking the biggest debut for a film released in January. “Ride Along” rolled past the record set by the $48.1 million opening of the monster movie “Cloverfield” in 2008.In second place, Universal’s Navy SEAL drama “Lone Survivor” — starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch and Ben Foster — earned $25.9 million in its fourth weekend.Open Road Films’ animated film “The Nut Job,” featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser, opened in third place with $25.7 million.___The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by Rentrak, are:1. “Ride Along,” Universal, $48,626,380, 2,663 locations, $18,260 average, $48,626,380, 1 week.2. “Lone Survivor,” Universal, $25,929,570, 2,989 locations, $8,675 average, $76,739,691, 4 weeks.3. “The Nut Job,” Open Road, $25,700,000, 3,427 locations, $7,499 average, $25,700,000, 1 week.4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Paramount, $18,034,726, 3,387 locations, $5,325 average, $18,034,726, 1 week.5. “Frozen,” Disney, $16,068,552, 2,979 locations, $5,394 average, $336,699,913, 9 weeks.6. “American Hustle,” Sony, $11,764,995, 2,204 locations, $5,338 average, $117,596,186, 6 weeks.7. “Devil’s Due,” Fox, $9,145,358, 2,544 locations, $3,595 average, $9,145,358, 1 week.8. “August: Osage County,” The Weinstein Company, $8,801,086, 2,051 locations, $4,291 average, $19,390,356, 4 weeks.9. “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” Paramount, $8,370,423, 1,930 locations, $4,337 average, $91,147,021, 4 weeks.10. “Saving Mr. Banks,” Disney, $4,870,715, 2,449 locations, $1,989 average, $76,115,012, 6 weeks.11. “Her,” Warner Bros., $4,832,192, 1,729 locations, $2,795 average, $15,831,619, 5 weeks.12. “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug,” Warner Bros., $4,540,164, 1,815 locations, $2,501 average, $249,360,009, 6 weeks.13. “The Legend Of Hercules,” Lionsgate, $4,154,895, 2,104 locations, $1,975 average, $15,130,546, 2 weeks.14. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Lionsgate, $3,019,819, 1,328 locations, $2,274 average, $418,019,611, 9 weeks.15. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” Paramount, $2,578,890, 1,731 locations, $1,490 average, $122,510,239, 5 weeks.16. “Gravity,” Warner Bros., $2,307,261, 944 locations, $2,444 average, $258,717,930, 16 weeks.17. “12 Years A Slave,” Fox Searchlight, $1,969,329, 761 locations, $2,588 average, $41,073,627, 14 weeks.18. “The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty,” Fox, $1,651,471, 1,037 locations, $1,593 average, $55,447,289, 4 weeks.19. “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” Paramount, $1,602,244, 1,569 locations, $1,021 average, $31,535,352, 3 weeks.20. “Philomena,” Weinstein Co., $1,549,543, 505 locations, $3,068 average, $24,312,027, 9 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2014 2:59 pm MDT ‘Ride Along’ arrives in top position at the box office with $48.6 million read more

Win over Purdue a step in the right direction for Ohio StateWin over Purdue a step in the right direction for Ohio State

OSU senior forward Sam Thompson (12) attempts a layup over Purdue defenders during a game at the Schottenstein Center on March 1. OSU won, 65-61. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has never lost a game at home in the month of March.And he doesn’t seem to care.“We got what, one more left at home? What’s my road record, because we have one on the road before that?” Matta asked after a 65-61 comeback win over Purdue on Sunday night.The Buckeyes, despite falling behind by 12 points in the first half, polished off the comeback at home in front of 15,978 at the Schottenstein Center.The win puts OSU in a three-way tie for the fourth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to begin March 11 in Chicago. If the season was over, tiebreakers would make the Buckeyes the sixth seed in the tournament, keeping them from the double-bye rewarded to the top four teams in the conference.But with two games remaining to close out the regular season — one against Penn State on the road and the other against Wisconsin at home — Matta said he hasn’t paid any attention to where his team is seeded.“For a million dollars, I couldn’t tell you who we are in a tie with, that’s how much I follow it,” Matta said. “I’ll be honest with you, 15 years as a head coach, I’ve never thought about the conference tournament and I won’t think about it till Sunday when the season is over. My focus is on getting these guys ready to go on Wednesday night.”While Matta might not know, OSU is in a tie with the Michigan State Spartans and Iowa Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes put up  a combined 0-3 record against the two teams this season.However, Matta said coming back to beat Purdue on its home floor was a big step in the right direction heading into the home stretch.“You’ve got to find ways to win basketball games, you have to make plays, and I think guys did a good job of that,” Matta said. “We were fortunate to get back in it.”Playing a huge part in Sunday’s win was freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, who said he is excited about the way the Buckeyes are playing as they close out the regular season.“I could get used to this. This is great. Coach preached in shootaround, ‘It’s March, and it’s here,’” Russell said. “Every win counts and any win can trigger a run, and just getting this win on our home court is great going down to Penn State.”Senior forward Sam Thompson, who scored nine of his 14 points in the second half in the win over Purdue, agreed with his younger teammate.“This is the type of win we need to get, especially in the month of March,” Thompson said. “This is a step in the right direction, so we need to have a good day of practice and take care of business on Wednesday.”The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions on Feb. 11 by 20 points at home, but fell in State College, Pa., last season, 65-63, marking Matta’s second loss to Penn State in his career at OSU.After the one-game road trip, the Buckeyes are set to return home for senior day and take on Wisconsin on Sunday. The Badgers currently sit at No. 5 in the country and have lost just two Big Ten games this season, against Maryland and Rutgers.Russell, who has not yet experienced March Madness, perhaps summarized the Buckeyes’ position in one sentence as he left the postgame podium.“We’re making our strides forward, and there’s no room to go backwards,” he said. read more

Patrick Eilert goes home to AJAX after six years in ASOBALPatrick Eilert goes home to AJAX after six years in ASOBAL

AJAX KobenhavnPatrick Eilert ← Previous Story VIDEO: Pascual and Co. present historical seven trophies Next Story → SG BBM Bietigheim “lost” goalkeeper with EHF CL experience – Ivan Stevanovic The new reinforcement of the Danish team AJAX Kobenhavn is the experienced domestic right back Patrick Eilert (26) who decided to finish his career in Spanish ASOBAL after six seasons there. The 205 cm tall lefthander left Naturhouse La Rioja, the team from Logrono with whom he won the second place in the Championship last season.However, the lights of the EHF Champions League don’t look enough attractive for the Danish guy who wanted to come back home and focus also on studies and some hobbies.– We are in AJAX Copenhagen incredibly happy – and proud – that we have managed to add a profile as Patrick Lykke Eilert team – says Ajax sporting director Ole Christensen, writes played for Ciudad Real, Torrevieja and BM Valladolid before he joined La Rioja. read more

A long life lived with passion and commitment Dublin tribute to MandelaA long life lived with passion and commitment Dublin tribute to Mandela

first_imgThe impact of his personality has been such that everyone across the world knows him as ‘one of their own.’ He has espoused values of principle, of human worth and of change and inclusion which have made it virtually impossible for unreflective conservatism to hold sway with any credibility or integrity. This is a legacy of thanksgiving.He spoke of Mandela’s contribution to The Special Olympics in Ireland and reflected on “a life which has changed the human face of the world”.Books of condolences remain open at churches across the country today.The pillar of the family is goneA woman and her son sit in front of a pile of flowers offered to former President Nelson Mandela (Image: Themba Hadebe/AP/PA).Meanwhile in Johannesburg, a special prayer service took place this morning as South Africa holds a ‘day of prayer’ to honour the anti-apartheid leader who inspired so many.“We should pray for us not to forget some of the values that Madiba stood for, that he fought for, that he sacrificed his life for,” President Jacob Zuma told the congregation.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela’s former wife, greets worshippers at the Bryanston Methodist Church in Bryanston suburb of Johannesburg (Image: Peter Dejong/AP/PA).In a statement, Mandela’s family compared the loss of their adored patriarch to the trauma of separation during his long incarceration in Robben Island.“The pillar of the family is gone, just as he was away during that 27 painful years of imprisonment,” the statement said.“As a family we commit ourselves to uphold and be guided by the values he lived for and was prepared to die for.“Chief among these is the lesson that a life lived for others is a life well-lived,” it said.- With additional reporting from AFP.Read: Dunnes Stores strikers to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral>Madiba: The last official portrait> THE ARCHBISHOP OF Dublin paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela today at a carol service for the international community.At the service in the Church of St George and St Thomas on Cathal Brugha Street, Archbishop Dr Michael Jackson said Mandela lived “a long life lived with passion and commitment” which brought about many changes in him and in the nation he belonged to.“His stamina and idealism gave birth to patience and politics which secured dignity for the human person in South Africa such as had never been in place before and would not have happened had it not been for him – who he was and how he did it,” he told those in attendance at the service.last_img read more

Samsung Music Hub includes 100GB cloud storage powered by 7digital and mSpotSamsung Music Hub includes 100GB cloud storage powered by 7digital and mSpot

first_imgWhen you’re playing catch-up with the likes of Apple, building your own music store from scratch just isn’t a viable option any more. Jumping into the streaming game is tough, too, with services like Spotify, Last.FM, and Pandora all having a huge head start. Samsung’s answer? To sign on with global music merchants 7digital and roll a private-label service using their existing catalog and infrastructure.It’s a huge win for 7digital, who now becomes the default destination for all things musical on all Samsung’s new devices –which could well include laptops in addition to smartphones and tablets (and possibly other connected devices like HDTVs and refrigerators). Beyond offering 7digital’s library of more than 19 million songs for purchase, the Samsung Music Hub will also include a 100GB cloud storage locker built around mSpot — which Samsung acquired just recently.Samsung says it wants to be “bigger than Apple.” They already are, of course, when it comes to global handset and tablet sales, and their impressive market gains will go a long way towards helping them challenge iTunes — at least when it comes to music.The Samsung Music Hub will be 7digital’s first kick at the streaming can. They’ve got plenty of experience delivering digital downloads and cloud-connected players, however, so there’s no doubt they can pull it off. They’re the perfect partner for Samsung’s new-and-improved service, and with millions of Galaxy S3 pre-orders logged and units now shipping to customers, it won’t take long to learn what kind of impact this collaboration will have on the digital music marketplace.More at Pocket Lintlast_img read more

The Clark County Fair by nightThe Clark County Fair by night

first_imgAs the sun begins to set and the breeze blows away the day’s heat, the Clark County Fair takes on a new, intimate tone. Animals are bedded down, and the noise from the arena fades. The darkness falls. Now comes the carnival’s magic hour. The air smells of spun sugar and hickory smoke from the day’s last grilled turkey leg. Heavy metal music pulses from the thrill rides, along with a cacophony of voices punctuated with screams. Thousands of colored lights transform what was a grassy field and a macadam parking lot into an ethereal evening.last_img

Elton John Plans Final Las Vegas Residency ShowsElton John Plans Final Las Vegas Residency Shows

first_img Facebook Elton John’s Final Curtain Call In Las Vegas elton-john-plans-final-las-vegas-residency-shows GRAMMY winner announces the final dates for his long-running Million Dollar Piano residency Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 2:04 pm Since his initial 2004 The Red Piano Las Vegas residency, and now his Million Dollar Piano Show, which he reprised in 2011, Elton John has played nearly 450 dates during his stint in Las Vegas. That time will now come to a close in 2018. Elton John Plans Final Las Vegas Residency Shows NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Elton John Interview Twitter Email News The GRAMMY winner announced his final 14 residency dates at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace will run between April 28 and May 19, 2018. These follow a 17th leg to his show in October and November, as well as dates in February and March 2018.Tickets for these final dates will go on sale Oct. 22, and are available in person at the box office or via or the Colosseum’s website.”Weird Al” Yankovic Announces “Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour”last_img read more

Longtime Juneau painter Herb Bonnett dies at 87Longtime Juneau painter Herb Bonnett dies at 87

first_imgLongtime Juneau resident and painter Herb Bonnett attends the Juneau Pioneer Home’s senior prom on June 22, 2017. He died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Photo by Philip Loseby/Juneau Pioneer Home)Longtime Juneau resident and painter Herb Bonnett died this morning at the age of 87.Listen nowBonnett’s paintings of boats, planes and iconic local landmarks are all over Juneau, including a very large painting on the back wall of the Juneau Assembly’s chambers at City Hall.Daughter Michelle Bonnet Hale said he’s very well known by “old Juneau.”“You can just see his prints all over town,” Hale said. “And lots of his prints in banks – so he’s got a print of the old Douglas bridge, he’s got prints of ferries. One of the more recent prints that he has is called ‘Rainy night in Juneau’ and it’s looking up Franklin Street on a rainy night.”Hale said her father signed his paintings Bonnet, but he was officially Bonnett with two Ts.Herb Bonnett was the son of an AJ Mine electrical engineer. He was born at St. Ann’s Hospital in 1930 and grew up in Thane and Douglas. He drew and painted for decades.Hale said her father died peacefully at the Juneau Pioneer Home.“He had a very good run of it, very long, good life in Juneau and Southeast on his boats with his friends,” Hale said.Mail condolences for the family to Michelle Hale at 4431 Taku Boulevard, Juneau, 99801. A tribute is being planned.last_img read more

Geek Plays Mega Man X Legacy CollectionGeek Plays Mega Man X Legacy Collection

first_img Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we’re playing the Mega Man X Legacy Collections featuring the acclaimed old games starring the shiny new Mega Man. Watch us go rogue on these mavericks.Subscribe and watch’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase Mega Man X Legacy CollectionLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

Two New Zealand scientists to travel to Antarctica to measure magnetic SouthTwo New Zealand scientists to travel to Antarctica to measure magnetic South

first_img( — While the rest of the world gets on with meeting the New Year head on, two research scientists from New Zealand are traveling to the Antarctic to take measurements of the magnet South Pole. Such periodic measurements are necessary geo-scientists say, because the magnetic poles keep moving around. The south magnetic pole, for example is slowly moving north toward Australia at almost ten miles per year; this matters because very accurate ground measurements are necessary to keep satellites properly calibrated, ensuring such things as GPS coordinates are accurate. The magnetic poles move, as do other parts of the Earth’s surface, because the outer core inside the planet is made of molten metal. As the Earth moves through space, spinning and circling the sun, there is some jostling that goes on, resulting in some shifting. And unfortunately, it doesn’t do so in a regular predictable fashion, which means changes to the surface of the Earth must be constantly monitored all over the planet. For reasons that aren’t exactly clear, New Zealand has been charged with monitoring the south magnetic pole, and has been doing so by traveling there every five years since the 1950’s.This latest expedition, made up of just two guys, Stewart Bennie and Tony Hurst, will travel first to a particularly barren locale known as Lake Vanda in one of Antarctica’s dry valley areas. After that, they will travel to a site near the shelter constructed and used by the infamous polar explorer Robert Scott and his team before they were lost trying to return home back in 1912-13 as part of the Terra-Nova Expedition.To take their measurements, the team will make note of physical landscape features, then will use a tool known as a magnetic theodolite to measure magnetic field angles relative to the ground. At the south magnetic pole, such fields should be 90 degrees relative to the horizon. They will also be using instruments that allow them to measure the strength of the magnetic field, which will be useful, because scientists have found that the magnetic fields have been diminishing over the past couple of hundred years, a sign perhaps that a “flip” is in the making over the next thousand years or so.To take into account the wobbling that occurs with magnetic fields, the two will take many such measurements over the course of a day to make sure that what they bring back to report, is truly accurate. © 2011 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. South Pole… 1: South Geographic Pole, 2: South Magnetic Pole (2007), 3: South Geomagnetic Pole, 4: South Pole of Inaccessibility. Image: Wikipediacenter_img via Nature Ulysses Flyby of the Sun’s North Pole Citation: Two New Zealand scientists to travel to Antarctica to measure magnetic South Pole (2012, January 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information:last_img read more

Mexican authorities investigate Canadians allegations of taxi abuse no helpMexican authorities investigate Canadians allegations of taxi abuse no help

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The delegation of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra) in Playa del Carmen has begun an investigation into the allegations by a Canadian man who says he was attacked by a taxi driver and accomplice.The alleged attack on Jason Enwere has been posted across social media by his mother, Dorothy Ijeoma Eze. Jesus Duarte Yam, delegate of the state says he has made a request to the ministerial authorities for information, including the filing of an official complaint on the Canadian’s allegations.Jesus Duarte Yam said Sintra will be working to find out which unit could have possibly been involved in or used for the crime.“We do not have the complaint. In fact we have already requested the information to see who the taxi drivers were that night. We are at the beginning of the investigation to resolve this. It is up to the Office of the Prosecutor to determine this since it is not the responsibility of Sintra, but we will help the authorities by providing the information we can,” said Duarte Yam.Enwere said he was attacked by a taxi driver and another man inside the cab during the early morning hours of February 19 when he was trying to return to his room at Bahia Principe Sian Ka’an hotel.Jesús Pastor Martín Medina, general secretary of the Lázaro Cárdenas del Río syndicate in Playa del Carmen explained that it is rare for a tourist to be charged a fee of 200 peso since the minimum rate from Playa del Carmen to that hotel is 500 peso, so it could be a unit of some municipality in the south of the state.“It could be that he caught a taxi in Playa del Carmen that was from the south. I do not say it is specifically from Tulum, but from somewhere else, because many who return south after a fare to the area take advantage by charging those prices.“We are against any violence like this happening,” he said.There is no confirmation that an official complaint was filed by Enwere regarding what he alleged occurred. The family has since returned to Canada where his mother has posted the experience across social media, and her son has even given an interview to City TV.According to a report by media outlet Sipse, Enwere told Canadian journalists, “The authorities did nothing to help. Back in the hotel the management did not do anything either and the consulate said that this was out of their control.”The social media post has attracted more than 70,000 reactions and 26,000 comments with the hashtag #MexicoNeverAgain. The interview by City TV posted on Enwere’s Instagram account has been cut to the opening 60 seconds.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)last_img read more

UN dispatches top official to Syria seeks access to site of allegedUN dispatches top official to Syria seeks access to site of alleged

first_imgA handout image released by the Syrian opposition’s Shaam News Network shows a man taking the body of a child wrapped in shrouds from a line of victims that Syrian rebels claim were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces. The allegation of chemical weapons being used in the heavily populated areas came on the second day of a mission to Syria by U.N. inspectors. AFP/HO/Shaam News Network/Daya al-Deen “This still remains very much a discussion between the Syrian government on the one hand and Sellstrom’s team on the other,” the diplomat said, referring to inspection team leader Ake Sellstrom, a Swedish arms expert with a specialty in chemical weapons. “It’s hard to foresee how much time it will take.”Opposition groups are still giving vastly different estimates of the number of people killed on Wednesday. While an activist from the Revolutionary Command Council said more than 1,700 may have perished, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has gained a reputation for putting out some of the most accurate figures on deaths during the 2 1/2-year-old civil war, put the number vastly lower, at 136.Witnesses said the attack began when Russian-made Grad rockets began falling at around 2 a.m. Wednesday in neighborhoods east of the capital, where rebels have had some recent success in repelling government forces.Sama Masoud, an opposition activist who lives in one of the targeted neighborhoods, said panicked residents did not know whether to stay in their homes or flee. “The fiance of my sister has died,” she said. “My friend, her husband and her husband’s uncle — all dead while asleep.”More than 130 videos were posted online showing the victims. In some, children lay on tiled floors, vomiting, convulsing and struggling to breathe as they were treated with hand-held respirators or as medics desperately administered chest compressions.In others, men sprawled on the floor of a makeshift hospital were hosed down with water in what appeared to be a desperate attempt to wash off the remnants of the poisonous gases.Majed Abu Ali, a medic in nearby Douma, said his team had treated 600 patients with symptoms that included reddened eyes with constricted pupils, vomiting, skin rashes, loose bowels and extreme difficulty in breathing. He said 65 people had died.Some experts questioned the video evidence. “It strikes me as odd that the people who are treating the infected victims are not undressing them,” said Raymond Zilinskas, a biologist and former U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq. “When you’re dealing with a chemical event, there is always a ‘red zone’ and a ‘green zone’ — always,” to protect medical providers.But others said the symptoms exhibited by victims were far more convincing than in any of the previous alleged chemical incidents.Amy Smithson, a senior fellow at the James C. Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, said the photographic evidence “clearly indicates exposure to a toxic chemical,” citing a combination of telltale symptoms such as respiratory problems and twitching, and the near-absence of wounds that would be associated with conventional explosives. But she acknowledged that it was impossible to tell whether the apparent poisoning was caused by sarin or one of the other known toxins in Syria’s arsenal.“Regardless of whether this was a classic warfare agent like sarin, the Chemical Weapons Convention outlaws use of any toxic chemical for military purposes,” Smithson said.Jean Pascal Zanders, an expert on chemical and biological weapons at the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris, said in a blog posting that the photographs appeared to confirm “exposure to toxin,” but not necessarily nerve gas. He added, “It is clear that something terrible has happened. These scenes could not have been stage-managed.”© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.center_img BEIRUT — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday dispatched his top disarmament official to Syria to seek permission for U.N. investigators to visit a Damascus suburb where the Syrian opposition claims chemical weapons were used against civilians.Ban instructed Germany’s Angela Kane, the U.N. high representative for disarmament affairs, to fly to Damascus to try to persuade the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to grant the U.N. team access to the site of Wednesday’s alleged chemical attack.“The secretary general believes that the incidents reported yesterday need to be investigated without delay,” according to a statement from his office.It said Ban wants the U.N. mission members “to be granted permission and access to swiftly investigate the incident.” The statement added: “A formal request is being sent by the United Nations to the government of Syria in this regard. He expects to receive a positive response without delay.”The statement was issued after France on Thursday raised the possibility of international intervention in Syria if there is solid proof that Assad’s forces used chemical weapons against his people.Activists, meanwhile, struggled to confirm that more than 1,000 people had perished, as experts warned that vital physical evidence could dissipate unless a U.N. investigative team — already in the country to investigate previous claims of poisonous gas use — was given permission to visit the site.Although the United States, France, Britain and others have specifically requested that the inspection team proceed, “there is a requirement of consent in situations like this,” Deputy U.N. Secretary General Jan Eliasson said, “and also that the security situation will allow them to enter the area. It is a very dramatic situation and the security situation right now does not allow such access.”The Syrian government on Wednesday strongly denied that there had been an attack. But widely circulated images of children in spasms and vomiting added to the pressure on the United States and the international community to take robust action.The alleged attack came almost exactly a year after U.S. President Barack Obama said the use of chemical weapons by Assad’s forces would be a “red line” for his administration.“There would have to be reaction with force in Syria from the international community,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told French television network BFM, when asked about action that should be taken if the allegations are proven. He added, however, that “there is no question of sending troops on the ground.”Fabius alluded to the possibility that the international community might need to circumvent the United Nations Security Council, which has been stymied in acting on Syria by veto-wielding Russia, a long-time ally of Assad’s.During an emergency meeting on Wednesday, the council’s members failed to agree on a strongly worded statement condemning the attack, simply calling for a “thorough, impartial and prompt investigation.”Britain, France and the United States were pushing for a stronger statement, but Russia and China objected, the Associated Press reported. The Russian government, Assad’s strongest supporter, suggested that the opposition itself had staged the attack in a “pre-planned provocation.”After a two-hour closed door session, the council emerged with a “call for investigation” of the new allegations. The request does not refer specifically to the team currently on the ground, instead speaking of the need to “clarify” what happened.Under its current mandate and agreement with Syrian government, the U.N. team that is now inside Syria is authorized to examine only three sites of the 13 that various other governments and the Syrian opposition had identified as suspicious before the Wednesday attack.One Security Council diplomat said that Wednesday’s letter was intended to “increase political pressure on Syria” to permit the inspection team currently in the country access to the site of the latest incident.The problem, the official said, is that there “is no fixed time” for such an investigation to take place.last_img read more

Unregistered illegal health products sold online delivered to Costa RicaUnregistered illegal health products sold online delivered to Costa Rica

first_imgThe large number of online sources of illegal and counterfeit medicine with Costa Rica delivery has local health officials concerned.Public Health Ministry officials reported that they have found a total of 69 websites, including social media profiles and online pharmacies, that offer to deliver medication and other health products that don’t comply with Costa Rica’s sanitary regulations.Health officials last year seized 5,920 units of these products illegally brought into the country.Health Vice Minister María Anchía Angulo said Tuesday that officials have noticed “a continuous entry of a considerable amount of illegal and unregistered medicines, dietary supplements and natural medicines through the country’s customs and parcel delivery services.”Anchía said officials had detected an increase in deliveries of such products purchased through the Internet and that most of them are illegal or counterfeited.Public Health Ministry officials and international experts are discussing the problem this week in a training seminar. Specialists of the Swedish National Police and the Organization of American States are in charge of the four-day training.“We have found weaknesses in the system and in agencies responsible for handling complaints related to online commerce,” the Vice Minister said.Ministry officials are asking citizens to avoid buying medications online without first consulting a professional.To confirm the origin of a drug or to report the sale of unauthorized medicine, send an email to: Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica approves regulations to restart medical research on humans Pigeon overpopulation in San José threatens human health, historic monuments Costa Rica health officials confirm 2 new cases of H1N1 flu virus Health officials testing first two cases of Ticos who could have the chikungunya viruslast_img read more

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