It would be terrible if nothing changed says Danforth victims father

first_imgTORONTO — When Ken Price read the final police report on the man who shot his daughter during a rampage through Toronto’s Greektown, it galvanized his resolve to tackle one of the major issues that emerged through the investigation: access to a handgun.Price’s daughter took a bullet to the hip during Faisal Hussain’s shooting spree along a bustling stretch of the city’s Danforth Avenue last summer. She was among 13 people wounded, while her friend, 18-year-old Reese Fallon, and a 10-year-old girl named Julianna Kozis died. Hussain killed himself after his attack.Late last month, police Chief Mark Saunders gathered victims and their families to detail the outcome of the nearly year-long probe into what happened. The group learned Hussain had a long history of mental health issues, repeatedly harmed himself, and somehow got his hands on a gun.Police don’t know where he obtained the handgun, although they did discover the firearm was sold legally from a Saskatchewan gun shop. Investigators did not find a motive for the attack, or any affiliation to terrorism or hate groups.For Price, the information bolstered his determination to push for stricter gun laws.“This confirmed our feeling,” he said. “It’s a risk in society to allow gun ownership to be as pervasive as it is, especially handguns.”Hussain, 29, had medical and behavioural interventions through his school years and into early adulthood. He was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder as a teen, and was on and off treatment for years until he rejected it outright in 2014, according to police.Price said he thought a lot about how Hussain could have been stopped, focusing on the intersection between mental health and access to guns.“You have a right as an adult to make your own decisions, but what is the balance between behaviour that every once in a while is self-destructive versus potentially publicly destructive?” he asked “These are not easy questions. He fell right below the line.”Tackling the issue of access to handguns would at least be part of the solution in such cases, Price said.Price’s daughter ended up being among 613 people were shot in the city last year —  51 of those died, according to police data.Patrick McLeod, whose daughter Skye was with Price’s daughter and Fallon on the night of the Danforth shooting, also believes the attack has highlighted the importance of restricting handguns.“You’ll never solve this completely, but you want to make it harder for the bad guys to get weapons,” he said, adding that while his daughter wasn’t shot that night, she’s still struggled to deal with the terror of what happened.In mid-June, federal Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair said more needs to be done on gun violence, but no new measures would be taken by the governing Liberals before the October election. That includes not banning handguns.Price and McLeod said the families affected by the Danforth shooting have told Blair they intend to turn the matter into an election issue.McLeod, who worked for the Toronto police for 32 years, said he is a lifelong conservative, but would vote Liberal if the party takes a hard stance on guns.He recalled rushing to Greektown after his terrified daughter called from a bathroom in the basement of a restaurant, telling him what happened. He found her and other friends and then looked for Fallon, who wasn’t answering her phone.An officer then pulled him aside and told him a woman lying dead on the street fit her description. McLeod said he went over and recognized his daughter’s friend.“Nothing prepares you to seeing someone that was at your kitchen table a few days before, chatting with your daughter, dead on the Danforth,” he said.“Handguns serve no useful function for Canadians. We can start by not issuing any more permits for handguns, then at least in two generations these will be gone.”Price added that he and other victims’ families just want to see action taken.“I hope something concrete comes out of this shooting,” Price said. “It would be terrible if nothing changed.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Western Sahara: Christopher Ross to Visit the Region Soon

Rabat – Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar announced on Tuesday that the United Nations Secretary General’s Personal Envoy to the Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, is due to visit the region very soon.Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with the Italian Foreign Minister, Morocco’s chief diplomat said that “following the clarifications submitted to the King and Rabat’s commitment to facilitate the mission of the UN envoy, Christopher Ross and the head of Minurso Kim Bolduc are welcomed in Morocco in order to complete their mission in the region.”Since January 2009, Morocco and the Polisario held 10 informal rounds of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy, Christopher Ross. All of these negotiations have ended without any progress. In April 2007, Morocco presented an Autonomy Plan that was described as “serious and credible” by influential members of the Security Council. The said plan proposes significant autonomy for the Sahara with a local government and a parliament, within the Moroccan sovereignty.However, the Polisario Front, supported by Algeria, keeps rejecting the Moroccan plan and insists on the right of the population of the Western Sahara to exercise its self-determination through a referendum. read more

Proposed Yancoal potash mine gets environmental OK in Saskatchewan

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2016 2:12 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – The Saskatchewan government has given conditional environmental approval for a potash mine that has been opposed by people who live downstream from the site.The move allows the proposed Yancoal solution potash mine near Southey, north of Regina, to advance to the next stage of the approval process.The government says experts scrutinized Yancoal’s environmental impact statement and found the company has addressed key issues, such as potential impact to groundwater.It also says the water security agency has confirmed that Buffalo Pound Lake can supply water to the project without significant negative impact to downstream areas.Environment Minister Herb Cox says Yancoal must ensure that the rural municipality is involved in planning and that the company sets up a community advisory committee.Some landowners are worried about the shifting of the ground from the mine and the amount of water it will use.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Yancoul. Proposed Yancoal potash mine gets environmental OK in Saskatchewan read more

McKesson Canada reaches deal to acquire 330 Uniprix pharmacies

by Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 1:21 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email McKesson Canada reaches deal to acquire 330 Uniprix pharmacies MONTREAL – After a failed bid in 2009, McKesson Canada has reached a deal to acquire Groupe Uniprix’s 330 pharmacies.The value of the transaction announced Wednesday was not made public.The agreement must still be ratified by Uniprix’s pharmacy owners at a May 16 vote as well as by the Competition Bureau of Canada.Montreal-based McKesson Canada, a subsidiary of U.S.-based McKesson, already owns 275 Proxim pharmacies. If the acquisition goes through, it will have more outlets in Quebec than Groupe Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.CA), which has 382.Uniprix chief executive officer Philippe Duval said the chain, which has estimated annual sales of just more than $1.6 billion, is not in a precarious financial situation.The transaction, he noted, is a matter of “long-term profitability” and will allow Uniprix to benefit from McKesson’s expertise in various areas, including the development of applications.The Uniprix pharmacies will be run independently, the company will keep its Montreal head office and there will be no job cuts, said McKesson Canada president Paula Keays.“We will continue to operate Uniprix the same way,” she said.“It’s an important trademark for us.”McKesson withdrew an offer for Uniprix in 2009 after Uniprix’s independent pharmacists voted against the deal. read more

Oireachtas agenda WW2 pardon promissory notes and obesity

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House? lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILEamon Gilmore takes the morning’s Leaders’ Questions at 10:30am, before TDs agree to the day’s agenda and then finish up their discussion on a motion backing the promissory note deal. The motion is certain to pass, but there’s still reason to tune in at 1:30pm (see ‘One to Watch’ below).The rest of the afternoon is taken up resuming debate on legislation behind water charges, from 1:30pm to 3:42pm. The day finishes with debate on four topical issues (3:42pm) and Dail questions to the Minister for Health, James Reilly (4:30pm).The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADA simple day in the Seanad: 75 minutes of discussion on the Seanad’s future agenda (10:30am) and the Seanad’s final consideration of legislation granting a pardon to Irish Army deserters who left to fight with the Allies in WW2 (11:45am).The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESIt’s a relatively quiet Thursday, with only three committee meetings:The Health Committee has some unusually high-profile visitors at 9:30am: the team from Operation Transformation will be present to discuss how to tackle obesity. They’ll also discuss a proposed European directive on on the manufacture and sale of tobacco products. (Watch here.)Also meeting at 9:30am, the Agriculture meeting will be getting down to horsey business – but not of the burger kind. They’ll meet the new chairman of the Irish National Stud, Matt Dempsey, and his equivalent at Horse Racing Ireland, Joe Keeling. (Watch here.)At 10am, representatives from the taxi drivers’ body Tiománaí Tacsaí na hÉireann will address the Transport and Communications committee about the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Bill 2012, which proposes to introduce new rules like fining drivers who don’t take the shortest possible route. (Watch here.)‘s one to watchAs we mentioned, the motion on backing the promissory note deal is worth watching for a number of reasons – not least because it could cause legal difficulties for the government while it fights David Hall’s appeal against the creation of the notes in the first place. If this vote is considered tantamount to Dáil approval for the deal, does this form a tacit admission that Dáil approval should have been sought for issuing them in the first place?Furthermore, there’s also the interesting matter of how last week’s absentees might vote. Peter Mathews wasn’t around for either of the votes on the Bill to liquidate IBRC, and is said to have been too unwell to attend the late-night sessions. As a noted critic of nationalising banking debt, the Fine Gael back-bencher might find nowhere to run at 1:30pm.Read: Seanad to begin debating legislation behind water chargesExplainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

Kojima posts images of original rejected Metal Gear design

first_imgRead more at Esuteru (Japanese) and Kotaku Say “Metal Gear Solid” to most gamers today and they’ll know exactly what you are talking about. The games in the MGS series have been a huge success for Konami and their creator Hideo Kojima. But the path to success nearly didn’t happen as the game was originally rejected.The original 1987 game design called the game Metal Gear (Intruder) and Kojima has posted images via his Twitter account of that original document. The red stamp you see is confirmation that it was rejected.Because Metal Gear was a totally new type of game, Konami’s management had a hard time understanding why a game about war would have the character not fighting. It also didn’t help that Kojima was new to the industry and had no games published making his different ideas a big risk. So they rejected the game at first.Kojima won them round, though, and as the game started to come together all of the development team saw the potential and pushed ahead creating the start of the series.Thanks to Kotaku commenter ClosetOtaku who pointed out there is a documentary on YouTube about Hideo Kojima and how Metal Gear came to be. We’ve included all three parts below for you to watch:last_img read more

Super Bowl ads get political and discuss four years of bad hair

first_imgSuper Bowl ads get political and discuss ‘four years of bad hair’ A number of ads touted inclusiveness and diversity. Share97 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 6 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM 23,067 Views 28 Comments Feb 6th 2017, 7:10 AM ‘It’s a 10’ ad Source: Screengrab/YouTubeMESSAGES ABOUT AMERICA, inclusiveness — and, even “four years of awful hair” — kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of personal care products.As the New England Patriots edged out the Atlantic Falcons on the field in Houston, Airbnb touted inclusiveness with an ad showing faces of different ethnicities and the copy: “We all belong. The world is more beautiful the more you accept.”Coca-Cola aired a previously run ad during the pre-game show in which people sing America the Beautiful in different languages. Even a hair care brand dipped into politics: The ‘It’s a 10′ hair brand indirectly referenced President Donald Trump’s famously unruly do in its Super Bowl spot. Source: Le GUIZMO/YouTubeAdvertisers who paid $5 million (about €4.6 million) for 30 seconds of airtime had to walk the line with ads that appealed to everyone and didn’t offend. Some were more successful than others.“Anxiety and politics just loom over this game, so anybody who gives us the blessed relief of entertaining with a real Super Bowl commercial wins,” Mark DiMassimo, CEO of the ad agency DiMassimo Goldstein, said.“Brands used to worry about whether their ad could be interpreted as right or wrong, Kelly O’Keefe, a marketing professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, said. “Now they have to worry about whether it will be interpreted as right or left.”Plenty of ads walked that line.An NFL spot conveyed what all advertisers hope the Super Bowl becomes: a place where Americans can come together. “Inside these lines, we may have our differences, but recognise there’s more that unites us,” Forest Whitaker said in a voiceover as workers prepped a football field and gridiron scenes played.“The Super Bowl is shaping up as a counterpoint to the divisiveness in the United States,” Tim Calkins, a marketing professor at Northwestern University, said.Airbnb’s ad was one of the more overtly political, showing a variety of different faces with the tagline “We accept.” Source: Superbowl TV/YouTubeSome thought the ad was a hit. “Kudos to them for making a strong statement,” O’Keefe said. But others, such as Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor, thought it didn’t have a clear enough link to the brand and risked coming off as a “purely political statement”.Some advertisers took the safest route possible by re-airing ads they’ve used before — an unusual, though not unprecedented, move. Coca-Cola, Google and Fiji water all aired rerun ads.During the pre-game show, Coca-Cola ran It’s Beautiful, an ad featuring people around the country drinking the fizzy beverage and singing America the Beautiful in different languages.SurprisesA debut Super Bowl spot by the ‘It’s a 10′ hair care brand introduced its line of men’s products by joking about Trump’s hair. Source: itsa10haircare/YouTube“America, we’re in for four years of awful hair, so it’s up to you to do your part by making up for it with great hair,” a voiceover stated as black-and-white photos of people with a wide array of hairstyles flashed by. “Do your part. … Let’s make sure these next four years are ‘It’s a 10.’”Snickers got press by airing a live ad in the third quarter. On a Wild West set, actor Adam Driver seemed to now know the ad was live — and then the set fell apart (on purpose). “You ruin live Super Bowl commercials when you’re hungry,” the ad’s tagline read.Ads with light humour and stuffed with celebrities were popular. Honda’s ad made a splash by animating the yearbook photos of nine celebrities ranging from Tina Fey to Viola Davis. They make fun of their photos — Jimmy Kimmel is dressed in a blue tux and holding a clarinet, for example — and talk about The Power of Dreams, Honda’s ad slogan.T-Mobile’s spots — which featured Justin Bieber dancing , Kristen Schaal in a 50 Shades of Grey parody and Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg mixing talk about T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan with innuendo about Snoop’s marijuana habit, got people talking — as did an ad from antioxidant drink maker Bai featuring Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken.Read: Trump draws criticism as he repeats respect for ‘killer’ PutinRead: US court denies request to immediately reinstate travel ban By Associated Press Short URLlast_img read more

Irish trucks can keep accessing the continent through the landbridge after a

first_img By Christina Finn Irish trucks can keep accessing the continent through the landbridge after a hard Brexit The Taoiseach said today no one knows what will happen in a no-deal scenario. IRISH TRUCKS CAN keep accessing the continent through the landbridge in the event of a hard Brexit, Cabinet was told today. Access by the landbridge – the UK transit route linking Ireland and mainland Europe – has been agreed between the Irish and British government under the Common Transit Convention. The Convention covers the European Union, European Free Trade Association, as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Switzerland Macedonia and Serbia.The agreement will ensure that traders only have to make customs declarations and pay import duties when they arrive at their final destination.Irish trucks Around 150,000 Irish trucks travel through the UK for export to the EU every year,  that’s three million tonnes of Irish traffic a year.It takes less than 20 hours to go from Ireland through Great Britain to the EU by road, according to a report by the Irish Maritime Development Office.It takes 40 hours for direct roll-on, roll-off services (so, trucks that then go on ferries) and 60 hours for load-on load-off services (no trucks, just ferries).Agrifood trade relies heavily on the landbridge, while two-thirds of Irish goods exporters make use of the UK landbridge to access continental markets.  Image: PA Wire/PA Images Mar 26th 2019, 7:23 PM Short URL 20 Comments Image: PA Wire/PA Images 30,110 Views Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 7:23 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share125 Tweet Email3 Separately today, Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald said there are “no circumstances, no excuses, no scenario in which anybody would have a justifiable cause to take up arms”.She said Irish people, in Northern Ireland and the Republic, have embraced a “new reality of relative stability”. There is nothing to share, these are preliminary discussions. There are no papers or documents. Source: The Explainer/SoundCloudEarlier this month, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys urged businesses to make sure they are ready to avail of the customs transit procedure for moving goods through the UK landbridge post-Brexit.Businesses who wish to continue to use the landbridge will need to have a Revenue-approved comprehensive financial guarantee in place.This comprehensive guarantee is required as financial security to cover all potential and actual customs debts such as customs and taxes, said the minister, who called on traders to contact Revenue about their customs arrangements“Businesses that move their goods to or from mainland Europe using the UK landbridge need to be aware that customs procedures will apply to them post-Brexit.“If a business moves goods through the UK, or sources their supplies or components from mainland Europe via the UK landbridge, they need to put in place a financial guarantee to be in a position to avail of the ‘Transit’ procedure to lessen customs delays and costs,” she said. “It takes time to put the necessary financial guarantee in place to be able to avail of this procedure though, so whether you’re a cement manufacturer exporting to Germany or a florist whose flowers come from Holland through the UK, I would urge businesses to start consulting with their bank or financial providers and Revenue straight away. Alternatively, businesses can engage a customs agent or logistics company to do so, but either way they need to start the process now,” Humphreys said recently. Border discussions Brexit preparations was also raised at Leaders’ Questions, with Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin asking about the level of discussions going on between the European Commission around the border issues in a no-deal scenario.It was reported over the weekend that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was anxious for discussions about what would happen to the border in the no-deal scenario be escalated. Speaking about it today, Varadkar said: “It is not right nor is it possible for the Deputy to come in here and say that Chancellor Merkel said that or President Macron said this. It is not how the European Council works nor is it how it should work. If it has been reported that Chancellor Merkel said, ‘Get on with it’, I can say that is not the case.“On a no-deal Brexit, the fact that I neither confirm nor affirm something that somebody is alleged to have said at a European Council meeting does not mean that I did not did not deny it,” he said, adding that he is not at liberty to say who said what at a European Council meeting.Who knows?The Taoiseach told the Dáil today that no one is sure what will happen if the UK crashes out of Europe.“I have been asked a few times what would happen in the hypothetical scenario of the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union without a deal. Of course, I do not know for sure – nobody knows for sure – what would happen in that scenario. It will depend on various factors other than that.”He reiterated to the opposition that no preparations for a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland have begun and no preparations for physical infrastructure, checks or customs controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland.“Even in the event of no deal, we believe the United Kingdom continues to have obligations under the Good Friday Agreement. We have obligations under the Good Friday Agreement as co-guarantors. We also recognise that the UK will have obligations under WTO rules and we will have obligations to protect our Single Market and our customs union, which obviously creates a problem. It creates a dilemma. Those are the conversations we have to have as to what might be done in different hypothetical scenarios,” he added.Varadkar confirmed that discussions have taken place at an “official” level“Talks with the Commission have been happening at official level on exploring what contingencies could exist. What they will be nobody can say for sure because a lot of that will depend on what approach the UK Government takes if it maintains full regulatory alignment,” said Varadkar.Martin asked the Taoiseach to share the details with the House, but he replied: last_img read more

Final RAW team has qualified for Elimination Chambers Womens Tag Title Match

first_img Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ RAW Women’s Championship match added to WWE Clash of Champions in two weeks Twitter Bayley and Sasha Banks were confirmed as the latest tag team to join the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match. Sasha and Bayley defeated Nikki Cross and Alicia Fox. They are the last team from RAW to qualify.Three tag teams from RAW and three tag teams from Smackdown Live will take part in the Elimination Chamber match to crown new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.The remaining slot is for a team from Smackdown.Here are the teams that have qualified so far:1) Nia Jax and Tamina2) Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan3) Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville4) The IIconics5) Sasha Banks and Bayley6) TBA (from Smackdown)center_img WhatsApp WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Pinterestlast_img read more

Car owner goes to bat against Portland prowler

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When William Essary took a baseball bat and confronted a man rifling through his car on a Portland street, the prowler yelled “I’m leaving” and started running.But Essary told KATU he didn’t want the man to get away and break into more cars.So, Essary chased the suspect Tuesday for about a quarter of a mile, until he ran out of breath, and held him until police arrived.They recovered identity, gift and food stamp cards as well as phones apparently taken from several cars.last_img

Pavlof Eruption Grounds Some PenAir Grant Flights

first_imgLocal flights were grounded on the Alaska Peninsula on Wednesday, as Pavlof Volcano continued to erupt.Download AudioAsh plumes out of Pavlof Volcano on June 2. (Photo by Christopher Diaz)All PenAir flights in and out of Cold Bay and Unalaska were canceled today, amid concerns about volcanic ash blowing in the way of planes.Grant Aviation’s flights to and from Unalaska were also canceled. Staff there said bad weather made it hard to keep Pavlof’s ash plume in sight.PenAir spokeswoman Missy Roberts says at least 200 people were impacted by their cancelations today. She’s not sure yet if they’ll be able to fly tomorrow. If they can, she says they’ll try to add extra flights for stranded passengers.Pavlof began erupting on Saturday. Alaska Volcano Observatory geologist Game McGimsey says the volcano’s seismic activity reached a high point yesterday, when its alert status was elevated to a red color code. It’s since been notched back down to orange as the activity decreased.But the volcano’s ash and steam plume is still going strong. McGimsey says it was around 20,000 feet in height today, spiking to 30,000 feet at times.The volcano has spread a haze of fine ash over Cold Bay, but McGimsey says there haven’t been reports of ashfall there yet.There was a report of ash in Sand Point — PenAir told the AVO they had to sweep off their runways and plane windshields before flying there today. McGimsey says it’s surprising for ash to have blown that way, but not impossible. There haven’t been any volcano-related flight cancelations in Sand Point so far.last_img read more

Canadian musician Steven Page is shown in a handou

first_img Canadian musician Steven Page is shown in a handout from the film “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO TORONTO – Canadian musician Steven Page grew up Jewish with Christian relatives on his father’s side, so when the holidays rolled around, they’d celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas — a.k.a. Chrismukkah.“We never had a tree. That was like a dividing line in our family,” the former Barenaked Ladies frontman said in a recent phone interview from his home in Upstate New York.“There was never a tree, but there were still stockings. We didn’t do the Chinese restaurant thing that a lot of other Jewish families do, because we always had somewhere to go for Christmas dinner.”Page also recalls singing Christmas carols in choirs in elementary school.“When you can go, ‘Oh, that song was written by a Jewish guy,’ it was always kind of a point of pride for us,” said the singer, who is set to resume a tour in the new year and is working on a new album.“Then you realize that so many of these great American standards, holiday or otherwise, were written by Jewish composers.”The new film “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas,” debuting Dec. 3 on Documentary Channel, looks at how Jewish songwriters came to pen such Christmas standards as “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas.”The film, which also airs Dec. 7 on CBC, is centred around a Jewish family gathering in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day — a tradition for many Jewish families.Page is among the Canadian performers who drop in to the restaurant to give their own renditions of holiday standards. Experts including a musicologist, a priest and a rabbi explain the history of Jewish involvement in Christmas.The Chinese restaurant in the film is Sea-Hi, said Oscar-nominated Toronto filmmaker Larry Weinstein, who directed the documentary. It’s where his Jewish family went on Christmas Day when he was growing up in Toronto. Like Page, Weinstein’s family also had Christmas stockings and he admits he believed in Santa Claus until he was about 11.In many ways, the Jewish songwriters of the 1920s through the 1950s were perfect for penning yuletide tunes because they understood the holiday family sentiment and the Christmas story of being an outsider, said Weinstein.“And an outsider who maybe idealizes what Christmas is all about,” he said. “They don’t know about families being together and arguing or having a fight to the death over a wishbone.“They see it as this very beautiful family time, and family meant so much to these people, especially the ones who had emigrated or their parents had been emigres…. Then of course very few of the songs do refer to the religious aspect.”As the film explains, many Jewish composers wrote Christmas classics during or after the Second World War in New York, at a time when there were few opportunities for immigrants but songwriting was open to all. They wrote the tunes in a secular way that included everyone in the holiday.Weinstein said he wasn’t able to get the rights to all the songs he wanted for the film.“Sometimes there was a bit of a sinister reason why we couldn’t,” he said. “Not the composers, because they had passed away, not their families.“But the lawyers that held on to these estates simply were not interested in a film that brought up the fact that these Christian songs were written by Jewish composers. They thought that that couldn’t be good for the image of the song, that that might hurt the song. At least that’s the impression that we got.”Page said Christmas songs help musicians find a common ground with their audience, yet writing a contemporary holiday tune is a challenge for many.“I think because there’s so little irony that can be put into Christmas songs, so for something to be purely sentimental or joyful is harder for people to feel comfortable with,” said Page, who put out the 2004 Christmas album “Barenaked for the Holidays” with his former band.These days the holidays also don’t seem to have the same “wide-eyed, naive innocence” of yore, said Weinstein.“Certainly anything post-9/11, we’re just not the same. We’re not innocent and sweet, which is very sad to think about.”“Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas” also repeats on Documentary Channel on Dec. 4, Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. Doc ‘Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas’ looks at composers behind holiday songscenter_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2017 12:50 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2017 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

Twitter storm after news Geldof to perform in north Updated

first_imgIrish singer Sir Bob Geldof and his band, the Boomtown Rats will be playing in the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) in the north of Cyprus on Friday.Geldof will be appearing as part of the 7th Rock’n EMU, which will be held at the university stadium.On Thursday his twitter page was bombarded with comments from angry Greek Cypriots urging he reconsider.“Very sad to hear that #BobGeldof and the #BoomtownRats will be performing in illegally occupied N.Cyprus! Please reconsider! @BobGeldofFans,” said one tweet.“Shame on you Sir Bob Geldof – set for Famagusta concert… reunite Cyprus under Cypriot rule,” another said.Lobby for Cyprus, a UK pressure group also weighed in reminding Geldof of the Turkish invasion by posting a front page from the Sunday Times from the seventies. “Why not take a leaf out of JLo’s book? Still time to reconsider Turkish occupied #Cyprus performance,” it added.Geldof became widely known when he formed the pop charity Band Aid trust in 1984, which raised $8m for Africa famine relief through the release of the record Do They Know It’s Christmas?In 1985, Live Aid concerts were held in London and Philadelphia, raising an additional $48 million.In 2010, pop star Jennifer Lopez (JLo) was forced to cancel a gig in the north after Greek Cypriot reaction.Lopez was slated to perform at the Cratos Premium Hotel and Casino complex on July 24, an event that Greek Cypriots said would have signaled support of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state. Lopez’s spokesperson eventually announced she would not play in Cyprus because of “sensitivity to the political realities of the region.”Lopez pulled out of the gig following strong opposition from online campaigns, including complaints from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), which felt her appearance would help to legitimize the Turkish occupation.Her handlers hit back at that criticism by releasing a statement that said she “would never knowingly support any state, country, institution or regime that was associated with any form of human rights abuse.”She posted a message on her site apologising for the confusion about the show.“This whole situation makes me so sad,” she wrote. “The statement that was issued by my representatives was done without my knowledge or consent. It is my personal policy not to comment on political issues between countries. I love my fans all over the world. I want to sincerely apologise if anyone was hurt or offended in any way. Again, I am truly sorry.”Julio Iglesias also cancelled a scheduled appearance at Merit Crystal Cove Hotel in Kyrenia in 2010 after intense Greek Cypriot opposition.Turkish daily Hurriyet said that Iglesias’ management company, which has a Turkish partner, was “deceived” over the status of the ‘TRNC’ claiming they were not aware it lacked “governmental characteristics”.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoTwo arrested in connection with attempted murderUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Banks did not achieve the desired reduction in NPLs Georghadji says

first_imgCypriot banks in the years following the 2013 financial crisis did not achieve the desired reduction in non-performing loans, Central Bank Governor Chrystalla Georghadji has said, adding that the further reduction of NPLs to sustainable levels constituted a primary objective.“The international experience has shown that the immediate recognition of NPLs and the decisive action would bring significant benefits, as it would contribute to the smooth functioning and the protection of the financial system and to the recovery of the real economy,” Goerghadji said addressing a discussion hosted by the Union of Economists titled “The Cyprus financial system; challenges and prospects.”Georghadji said many of the problems that emerged following the financial crisis of 2013 continue to exist, albeit there was significant progress.She vowed the CBC would continue to closely monitor the situation in the banking sector and to take the necessary measures so that confidence in the banking system would not be shaken.Head of the CBC Supervision Yiangos Demetriou said the CBC believes that expediting the reduction of the NPLs continues to be the primary objective as bad loans limit the banks’ capacity to provide new credit to the economy.Noting that NPLs have declined from €27 billion in 2014 to approximately €20 billion by the end of 2016, Demetriou said “NPL reduction albeit noteworthy must be expedited.”He referred to recent decline in restructured loans noting this manifests that tackling the remaining non-restructured NPLs by restructuring alone is proving too hard.Demetriou said consolidation of the banking sector is expected to continue, noting that possible bank mergers that would strengthen their business models would sustain the positive image to the banking system.Since 2013, Demetriou said, the banking sector has shrunk markedly from €123 billion in assets to €67 billion by the end of the third quarter of 2017. As part of the Cypriot bailout the Cypriot banks were forced to sell their overseas assets mainly their operations in Greece.“Today’s economic environment can contribute to tackling the challenges and exploiting the opportunities that may arise,” he added.Demetriou acknowledged the legal framework for insolvency and foreclosures implemented post 2013 is to a large extend inapplicable, adding the CBC has drafted a report pinpointing the inefficiencies and other obstacles to the faster reduction of NPLs.“Both lenders and borrowers should move on with more courageous and decisive solutions sharing losses when no other solutions can be found,” he said, adding that delays in solving the problem would be detrimental to both sides.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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This was told to the High Court on Friday by Professor A k BhandariRegistrarPanjab University The Registrar filed an affidavit stating that the University authorities had informed the student leaders and the unions of the May 6 order of the High Court Taking strong noteJustice Rajesh Bindal on Friday issued bailable warrants of the student leadersensuring their presence The Chandigarh Administration and Police have been directed to ensure the presence of the leaders by next week Those against whom bailable warrants have been issued are: Satinder Singh SattiPresidentPanjab University Campus Student Council (PUCS)Yadwinder DhaliwalPresidentPUSUVishal SharmaPresidentHSASomvir SinghPresidentINSOJeewanjot JugnuNational Student Union of India (NSUI)Vaibhav GuptaChairmanHimachal Pradesh Student Union (HPSU)Aman Kant PantaHPSUDinesh ChauhanChairmanABVPRajesh Mehra ShastriAmbedkar Students Association (ASA) and Bhupinder Singh RandhawaStudent Federation of India (SFI) Prabhpreet Singh of SFI has been directed to appear in person On the other handthe Chandigarh Administrationas demanded by the High Courtfiled an affidavit giving details of the steps taken by it to curb defacement of public property The court has been informed that nine personswho were booked by the Chandigarh Policehave been convicted by the court under the West Bengal Property Defacement (WBPD) Act A total of 32 cases were registered last year by the Police under the said Act The maximum number of cases – 21 – were registered at Police StationSector 17 The development took place on May 1 after the Court took suo motu cognisance of the violation of court orders and the undertakings given by the Administration and university to the court On June 42012the High Court had taken suo motu notice of a news item that appeared in a local dailyabout defacement of property and garbage littered in the City Beautiful Cognisance of broken condition of sign boards and disposing garbage on streets was also taken After a year-long hearingthe court had disposed of the petition on April 1 with the hope that authorities will honour their undertakings but to no avail For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsFor 59 minutes of their second game at the 2016 Olympic Games the Indian men’s hockey team had wrestled defending champions Germany to a standstill But with fewer than four seconds to go and the score deadlocked at 1-1 Germany slapped a hopeful ball into the Indian ‘D’ in a last desperate attempt to find the game winner The Indian defence fatally switched off and up popped Cristopher Ruhr in front of goal with enough space to deflect he ball past India captain P Sreejesh and in off the far post Ruhr took off down the field roaring in delight His teammates ran after him and mobbed him The India players were in shock and stared blankly into space When the final hooter sounded three seconds later Sreejesh slumped at the back of the goal with his head down India and Germany in action during a Men’s Pool B match on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Getty A few minutes later team coach Roelant Oltmans gathered his players around him for a pep talk They still looked shattered They did not deserve to lose this game But while the final result was a punch to the gut the match itself was a joy to watch After more than a decade of despondency here was an Indian hockey team that was not shrinking on the biggest stage in the sport Here was an India team that played with purpose and control and that was going toe-to-toe against the two-time defending Olympic champions There was no drooping of heads when Germany took the lead in the 18th minute In fact it was the opposite The goal seemed to rouse India and they ended up dominating the second quarter Nikkin Thimmaiah and Sunil Sowmarpet put their heads down and ran at the German defenders pushing them on their heels There was twinkling stick-work from Akashdeep Singh and Raghunath and rugged defending at the back from Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh When Sunil won the first penalty corner of the match in the 23rd minute with another blistering run into the German circle the anticipation was palpable Rupinder would not disappoint His blistering shot gave Germany goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi no chance as it flew past him India were level and Germany were rattled It was surprising and thrilling Onewanted India to keep playing at this level but at the same time you wondered if they could? 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