More oil spills in the Cold Lake First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsBack in June the Cold Lake First Nations worried about four oil spills on their territory.Now the number of spills has gone up to six.It’s a major concern for community members who are still demanding answers from both the province and the feds.Here’s APTN’s Keith Laboucan with more.last_img

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A significant step backwards First Nation leaders react to Jody WilsonRaybould resignation

first_imgJody Wilson-Raybould was the first Indigenous person to be Canada’s justice minister.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAs Jody Wilson-Raybould remained mum on her resignation from cabinet Tuesday, there was no shortage of Indigenous leaders willing to speak for her.“I’m absolutely pissed,” said Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.“The bullying and deceit coming out of the PMO’s office in regard to this entire matter – it just represents the absolute dark underside of federal politics in this country.”In a statement released Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould, an MP in Vancouver, said she hired a lawyer to advise her.But he declined to comment Tuesday.“I won’t be doing any statements or interviews,” Thomas Cromwell, a former judge, told APTN News in an email.Congratulations @JustinTrudeau …your misguided colonial approach to #Reconciliation has now cost you the most brilliant Cabinet member that has Mountain ranges of #Integrity#FirstNation & Women voters will remember your actions Oct 2019Proud of you @Puglaas#Inspirational https://t.co/6C9e0NtDQy— Chief Bob Chamberlin (@ChiefBobbyc) February 12, 2019Phillip said it was hard to watch “such a highly respected, hard-working, conscientious” person dragged through the political mud of Ottawa.Wilson-Raybould’s name has been embroiled in a scandal involving SNC Lavalin, a Quebec engineering firm with ties to the Liberal party, for the last week.“Her greatest strength is her deep sense of integrity and commitment to the people that she has served,” Phillip added.Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Band of B.C. echoed Phillip’s praise of the former Attorney General.And said she sees Wilson-Raybould’s treatment as part of a worrying trend between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indigenous women.“When I heard what he did to Jody Wilson-Raybould, I was saying it must be continued behaviour and that continued behaviour is what’s self-destructing the cabinet,” said Wilson, secretary-treasurer at UBCIC.“What happened to me was a real tell-tale sign of how Trudeau’s government is operating.”Read: No apology from prime minister over ‘condescending, sexist’ remark UBCIC demanded an apology after the prime minister addressed Wilson by her first name and not her official title at a special chief’s assembly in December.“I still haven’t received an apology,” Wilson noted in a telephone interview.Cabinet privilege prevented Wilson-Raybould, also the former minister of justice, from addressing the scandal.But Doug Kelly, president of the Stó:lō Tribal Council in B.C., said her integrity is beyond question.“I have nothing but love, respect and regard for (her)…she moved all of her significant projects set out in her mandate letter.”Kelly said Trudeau has angered some First Nations people in B.C. by first demoting Wilson-Raybould and then “he condoned personal and vindictive attacks that are anonymous from members of his cabinet and members of his office.“That is reprehensible and that’s disgusting.”Kelly said Trudeau’s actions have him considering leaving the party of which he is “a card-carrying” member.“There’s no other word for it but Liberal arrogance,” he said.Read the statement from the MKO: Jody Wilson RaybouldNational Chief Perry Bellegarde said he was “saddened” by the high-profile resignation.“Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s appointment as minister of Justice and Attorney General was celebrated by many First Nations people as a tremendous accomplishment and testament to her expertise, experience and intellect,” he said in an emailed statement.“…I am concerned about the many unanswered questions about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s departure and this is echoed by many First Nations across the country.”The grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak also lamented the political loss.“The northern Manitoba First Nations admired and respected the member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville as the first Indigenous minister of justice, and observed her leadership as critical to advancing justice for the MKO First Nations,” Garrison Settee said in a statement.“MKO sees the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould as a significant step backwards in our longstanding efforts to advance reconciliation between the MKO Treaty Nations and Canada.”Phillip, meanwhile, said he was angry enough to plan further action.“I just want to take this to streets, to be quite honest,” he said.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Finance Department memo says no new oil pipeline needed until at least

OTTAWA — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is telling Ottawa to stop “dithering” on pipeline approvals, but an internal federal analysis may indicate why the Liberals are content to consult widely before making a decision.A memo to the deputy minister of finance says low oil prices mean there is enough transport capacity in Canada without any new pipelines until at least 2025.The memo, dated last December but obtained this week through the Access to Information Act, also says TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline would have only a marginal impact on the price differential for Canadian producers.Canadian oil was selling at a $25-per-barrel discount or more in 2012 and 2013 compared to the price for international Brent crude, but that discount has all but disappeared.The memo says Energy East would reduce the differential by only $1.48 per barrel compared to oil shipped by existing pipelines to the United States.A spokesman for Energy East says the proposed $15.7-billion pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick already has long-term contracts with oil shippers, demonstrating the market demand over the coming decades. read more

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Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 134.53 points to 15,082.80.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 140.99 points to 21,907.71.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 25.90 points to 2,448.12.The Nasdaq composite index was down 101.68 points to 6,250.65.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.55 cents US, down from Wednesday’s average price of 78.71 cents US.

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Stroller safety

This week a report out of the U.S. documents that thousands of toddlers were treated in hospitals for stroller related injuries. Turns out, it’s happening here in Canada too. But there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your childs safety.The last place you want to end up with your child after going out for a walk with the stroller is the emergency room.“Most of the time it’s just a pump or a scrape but sometimes we do pick up kids who have minor fractures and we just want parents to be very careful.” said Dr. Anthony Crocco from McMaster Children’s Hospital.To help avoid injuries experts have some simple tips for parents.“Obviously keep the stroller close to you when you are stopped but to always use the break. What may appear to be a flat surface might have a slight incline and you don’t want the stroller getting away from you at anytime.” said Stephanie Greenway from Snuggle Bugz.And always buckle your child into the stroller.“Another thing we always tell the customer is to always use the harness. Doesn’t matter if your child is six months one year, two years, this will prevent your child from standing up and tipping the stroller over.”Most injuries are caused by the stroller falling or tipping over.“We do suggest to be mindful when placing items on the handle bar and to use the larger baskets below for anything that may be heavy or big.”There are all kinds of stroller hooks on the market but experts warn don’t over load the stroller with them. For example, it’s probably too much to have your baby bag and groceries all on one stroller.“They do go through tip tests but it does not include anything that is hanging off the handle bar.”Doctors also stress the importance of being aware of your surroundings.“Sometimes what ends up happening is parents will go over a bump or a curb and if the kid isn’t properly restrained in the stroller out they pop and they injure themselves.”Parents should also check online for any recalls or alerts. For the website go to chch.com.http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/59836r-eng.php read more

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Waterfront development freeze in Port Dover

PORT DOVER – Major new developments on waterfront property in Port Dover are on hold now that Norfolk County has imposed a moratorium.The interim-control bylaw was adopted during a special meeting of Norfolk council Tuesday. The moratorium is good for one year with the option of a one-year extension.Council made the move because of mounting development pressures on the waterfront. These pressures are occurring in the absence of a secondary plan that builds on Port Dover’s strengths while preserving the town’s nautical character.In a presentation to Norfolk council Sept. 3, Mayor Kristal Chopp said strategic planning for urban waterfronts is standard across Ontario. She said the absence of a plan in Port Dover puts the town at risk of developments that residents and the county will regret.Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin says the waterfront moratorium comes at an opportune time.Due to rapid residential development in recent years, Port Dover is perilously close to a servicing shortfall in the area of treated water. This summer, council imposed a moratorium on major new developments in Port Dover requiring significant water allocation.“We are taking advantage of an unfortunate situation that council inherited,” Martin said. “Due to the fact that there is no new development anyway, we are looking to develop a cohesive plan, for the first time, for development in Port Dover.“We especially look forward to drilling down on waterfront development.”The interim-control bylaw also freezes current land usage in place until the bylaw expires.The bylaw says “no person shall use any land, building or structure for any purpose whatsoever except for a use that lawfully existed on the date of passage of this bylaw as long as it continues to be used for such purpose.”As well, building alterations in the control zone are forbidden if they require new water allocation.Decks, pools, patios, fences, porches, accessory buildings, temporary buildings and interior renovations to existing buildings are permitted so long as property owners have a building permit.In Schedule B of the bylaw, council specifically exempts Port Dover Development Inc., Pretty Smart Holdings, R. Lawrence and any new development applications that do not require water service.In her presentation to Norfolk council Sept. 3, Chopp said Port Dover is at a crossroads.If the county doesn’t think this through, the mayor said Port Dover could wind up with waterfront areas choked with condominium towers that cut the community off from Silver Lake, the Lynn River, Black Creek, the harbour and Long Point Bay.At the same meeting, Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen pointed out that the former City of Nanticoke was in the process of developing a waterfront secondary plan for Port Dover in 1999 when the restructuring of Haldimand-Norfolk Region into two standalone municipalities pre-empted the exercise. The new Norfolk County did not pick up the thread until now.The interim-control bylaw was meant to capture the 90-unit Misner Landing condominium project proposed for the former Misner Fertilizer property beside Silver Lake.However, Norfolk council did not transact that application within the 150-day time-frame prescribed by law. As a result, project proponents last week exercised their right to refer their application to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, effectively bypassing the public approval process at Norfolk council as well as the interim-control bylaw itself.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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On World Day Ban declares era of impunity over for sexual violence

Marking the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that the era of impunity for sexual violence as a tool of war is over, citing a host of landmark rulings against political and military leaders. In February, a national court in Guatemala convicted two former military officers of committing sexual violence during the country’s civil war – the first time that a national court anywhere in the world considered charges of sexual slavery during armed conflict. Women’s organizations worked for years with indigenous women to develop their case, which was presented in the court by Guatemala’s female Attorney General before a female presiding judge. In March, the International Criminal Court (ICC) handed down its first conviction for sexual and gender-based crimes. An all-female panel of three judges presided over the case against former Congolese Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, who was brought to justice by a female prosecutor, thanks to unprecedented levels of participation of women victims and witnesses from the Central African Republic. In May, the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal convicted the former president of Chad, Hissène Habré, for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape and sexual slavery. This was the first universal jurisdiction case to make it to trial in Africa, and the first time a former Head of State was held personally accountable for committing rape as an international crime. “I’ll be their voice” – UN Envoy on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, on a visit to Syria and Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, to hear from women who had experienced conflict-related sexual violence, shares the stories that made the greatest impression on her. Credit: United Nations This conviction would not have been possible without the testimonies of women and the inspiring determination of lawyers, victims’ advocates, human rights defenders, and local and international civil society organizations. All of these were long overdue and all had one thing in common: the unstoppable force of women’s voice and leadership, said UN Women, an agency tasked with promoting gender equality. “With widespread sexual violence still a devastating reality in too many conflicts in the world, it is heartening to see that steps are being taken towards securing accountability for these acts, and that women are persevering with strength and unity in not letting these crimes go unspoken or unpunished,” said a statement released by UN Women.The abduction of more than 200 girls from Chibok in Nigeria, and the continued tragedy of women and girls subjected to forced marriage or sexual slavery by extremist groups in the Middle East, are two of the most horrific examples of the use of sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism Mr. Ban said that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Boko Haram and other extremist groups are using sexual violence as a means of attracting and retaining fighters, and to generate revenue. The abduction of more than 200 girls from Chibok in Nigeria, and the continued tragedy of women and girls subjected to forced marriage or sexual slavery by extremist groups in the Middle East, are two of the most horrific examples of the use of sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism, Mr. Ban said, calling for the immediate release of all those taken captive, and for the care and support of those who return. On a positive note, there has also been clear progress and unprecedented political momentum to address these crimes, he stressed. Sexual violence is now widely recognized as a deliberate strategy used to shred the fabric of society; to control and intimidate communities and to force people from their homes. It is rightly seen as a threat to international peace and security, a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, and a major impediment to post-conflict reconciliation and economic development, he said. On 19 June 2015, the UN General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes. The date was chosen to commemorate the adoption on 19 June 2008 of Security Council resolution 1820 (2008), in which the Council condemned sexual violence as a tactic of war and an impediment to peacebuilding. read more

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Boiling over Purdue ready for 70 Ohio State

The Purdue Boilermakers bring a two-game losing skid into Ohio Stadium this weekend, but they aren’t lacking for confidence. After all, Purdue has recent history on its side in the series against Ohio State football.Purdue lost its last two games to Michigan and Wisconsin by a combined score of 55 points, but that has not shaken the confidence of Purdue senior wide receiver Antavian Edison going into Saturday’s game at Ohio Stadium against the undefeated No. 7-ranked Buckeyes.“We know we’re capable of coming out with a victory,” Edison told The Lantern.The Boilermakers are only 3-3 this season but winning against OSU would not be new for Purdue. The Boilermakers have won twice in their last three matchups against the Buckeyes, including a 26-23 overtime victory last season in West Lafayette, Ind.Edison, however, said this year’s game will be different from last season.“Last year is last year,” Edison said. “We feel like we’re a better team … some guys, (last year’s win) may give them the confidence, but we put last year behind us. It’s a whole new year, and we’re ready to see what they have to offer, and we’re ready to go out there and play.”Coach Danny Hope said the Boilermakers have played well in their recent victories against the Buckeyes, but that they have to be on their “A-game” to beat OSU Saturday.“We’ve played well a couple times against them, and have played well enough to win, and that’s encouraging, but you have to play really well in order to beat them,” Hope said during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference. “If we don’t take care of business, if you don’t take care of the football … they’re way too talented … we need to play better.”Hope said the keys for his team to compete for a win on Saturday will be sound tackling on defense and having a balanced offense.“We’re going to have to tackle somebody, that’s for sure, because we missed a ton of tackles this past weekend, and it made the outcome of the games a lot worse,” Hope said. “Also, from an offensive standpoint, we need to be able to manufacture both some type of tough running game and passing game.”Purdue’s defense is led by redshirt senior defensive tackle Kawann Short, a team captain who leads the team with nine tackles for loss, four sacks and four blocked kicks.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he sees Short as a first-round NFL draft pick.“I see a team that plays a lot of man coverage and makes it really hard to run the ball,” Meyer said during Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference. “I think they’re just some missed tackles away from being really good on defense.”Offensively, the Boilermakers have rotated between three quarterbacks this season, but Hope said redshirt senior Caleb TerBush, who has started the team’s last five games, should receive the most playing time in Saturday’s contest versus the Buckeyes.TerBush said Saturday’s contest in Ohio Stadium is a “huge game,” but also that it’s “just another game we have to go out and take care of business.”“Every game you play is a big game,” TerBush said. “We’ve had some good games against them. They’re ready. They’re not too happy about getting beat last year, I can guarantee that. They’re a good, disciplined team, they got a great coach and a lot of great ballplayers over there.”The Buckeyes’ defense has struggled in the past two games, giving up a combination of 87 points and 918 yards of total offense to Nebraska and Indiana, but TerBush said the Boilermakers’ offense cannot take their opponents lightly.“They may have given up some points in those couple games, but they’re still a good defense,” TerBush said. “I mean, it’s Ohio State, they got a great program, they’re 7-0 for a reason … The defense is fast, they got a lot of people coming back and they got some leadership over there.”On the other side of the ball, Hope said that since last year’s win, OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller is a “much more complete player.”“They’ve done a great job training Braxton and he’s a fantastic athlete, and a great competitor,” Hope said. “There’s nothing that he can’t do. He’s an outstanding passer, he’s a great runner. I think he’s one of the top players at his position, not only in our conference but on a national level.”The Boilermakers held the Buckeyes to 163 rushing yards last season, but this year, the Buckeyes rank eighth nationally with more than 263 rushing yards per game. Hope described what has allowed the Buckeyes to “manufacture an outstanding run game.”“Their offensive line … they play hard, and they have good size, and good athleticism, so I think they’ve improved across the line of scrimmage with the play of their offensive line,” Hope said. “They’re extremely talented at the running back position and at the quarterback position, and the fact that they can open it up and air it out and they can make big plays in the passing game, that opens things for them in the running game as well.”The Buckeyes have four more wins and three fewer losses than the Boilermakers, but Meyer expects Saturday’s game, which kicks off at noon, to be close.“Regardless of what the record (is) and all that, we’re expecting a team that’s a fairly evenly-matched game,” Meyer said.The Boilermakers have only won twice in the Horseshoe in the past 60 years, but Edison thinks his team can win in an environment he expects to be “crazy.”“(Ohio State’s) season is going very well, the fans are into it and everything, but you know, that’s the type of stuff we live for,” Edison said. “I like that type of energy, being able to walk in and get a very big win and keep ourselves alive in the race (to win the Big Ten Leaders division).” read more

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Olympus reveals PEN EPL2 XZ1 power compact and more

first_imgAt CES 2011 twelve new cameras are being added to Olympus‘ lineup, the most exciting of which are the PEN E-PL2 and the XZ-1. Posted below are the (slightly cleaned up) notes from my call with Olympus regarding the upcoming models.The new PEN E-PL2 is not a replacement for E-PL1, it’s a feature-packed version that will co-exist with the E-PL1. There will be new kit lens (still 14-42mm) with an internal focusing mechanism and silent operation (it’s an MSC lens). LiveGuide, Olympus’ simple shooting mode, has been improved and now works with video. As far as photographic improvements go the E-PL2 can now shoot as quick as 1/4000th of a second, it can handle up to ISO 6400, and it can work with a cable release.The E-PL2’s body is about the same as the E-PL1’s, but with improved front and rear grips. The shutter release has been recessed so it won’t be confused with the power button and guard rails were added around the dedicated video button to prevent accidental recording. The LCD has been bumped to 3.0-inches, instead of 2.7-inch, and there is an extra dial on the back. Accessory port has been upgraded, it’s now called “AP2”. This means it can work with the PENpal accessory, something that no other PEN can do.There is a single new photo filter, Dramatic tone. It is basically an HDR-like effect done in single shot. All the E-PL2’s filters work with both still shots and video, something which must have necessitated processor improvements to the camera. Three art filters (pop art, pinhole, and grainy film) get variations on the art filters as well. They are all pre-captured so you know what it will look like before you take the shot. You can also overlap art filters and add frames to the images you take. Finally, you can control the exposure manually with art filters. You can get full manual controls with your filters, not just Program Mode (as you previously did).The new PEN also received improved facial detection that adjusts the plane of focus and focuses to the subject’s the eye, not the nose, which means better shots.Three lens accessories will bayonet mount onto the company’s newer MSC lenses. These will be designed to affordably augment the kit lens without necessitating an entire new lens. Two (wide-angle and macro) are under $100 and fisheye will be under $100. The other accessory is MAL-1 macro light (above) that works with the accessory port. It can control the two LED lights individually, including at two different power levels. This accessory is also under $100 and works well with the macro accessory add-on. There is also an underwater housing being introduced.The PENpal hotshoe accessory adds Bluetooth to your camera so you can send images to your phone. It can’t send a full resolution image but you can scale them down and send them to your favorite photo sharing site. It works with BlackBerry, Android, and Windows, but not Apple’s iPhone yet. It will also be under $100. The PENpal only works with the AP2 accessory port (that is: only with the E-PL2), the MAL-1 light works on the older port.The E-PL2 will sell for $599 with the kit lens some time this month.The XZ-1, Olympus’ flagship consumer compact, has a f/1.8 Zuiko fixed lens and shoots at 10MP. It has an aluminum face, top, and bottom with a plastic backplate. The rep couldn’t confirm if it would be able to shoot RAW or if the function of the adjustable front ring would be customizable (like on Canon’s S95). Notable features include a 3.0-inch LCD, dual IS, HD video recording, and 4x optical zoom. This will be a high-end point and shoot designed to compete against the S95, LX5, and so forth. It will sell for a steep $499.The release noted that PEN accessories work with the XZ-1. Also it has an accessory port, but will not work with the PENpal.Among the company’s new point-and-shoots there are no standouts, but there are some identifiable trends. They are all wide-angle, each has magic filters (a scaled down version of the PEN’s art filters), and those filters now work with video on most cameras. Other trends are that the cameras work with Eye-Fi and some have 3D capture functionality, handled through the software stitching of two exposures. The 3D-capable models are the SP-610UZ, TG-610, and TG-310 (the last two are Olympus’ ruggedized cameras). The entry level cameras (lacking all the cool stuff) are the VR-310 and VG-120.last_img read more

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Éléphant dAfrique la Cites maintient linterdiction totale de son commerce

first_imgÉléphant d’Afrique : la Cites maintient l’interdiction totale de son commerceDoha, Qatar – Avant d’achever sa réunion qui se tient à Doha depuis le 13 mars, la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites) a confirmé en session plénière l’interdiction totale du commerce d’éléphants en Tanzanie et en Zambie. Les deux pays souhaitaient vendre des stocks d’ivoire et voir leurs populations d’éléphants déclassées.Les 150 États membres de la Cites présents à Doha ont rejeté les demandes de la Zambie et de la Tanzanie malgré les recommandations du secrétariat de la Convention. Celui-ci s’était en effet dit en faveur du déclassement du transfert des populations d’éléphants de l’Annexe I à l’Annexe II de la Convention. La première interdit le commerce international des espèces, la seconde l’autorise sous un très strict contrôle.Déboutés de leurs demandes lundi par les États membres après un vote à bulletin secret, les deux pays ont vu leurs requêtes à nouveau rejetées à quelques heures de la fin de la réunion, lors d’une séance plénière.La Tanzanie et la Zambie souhaitaient également vendre des stocks d’ivoire, assurant que ces derniers étaient issus de l’abattage légal et de la mortalité naturelle des éléphants. Mais l’absence de contrôle dans certaines régions a convaincu les membres de la Cites de ne pas autoriser ces ventes.”Les populations d’éléphants sur tout le continent africain sont sujettes à une recrudescence très prononcée du braconnage dont ont été victimes par exemple les derniers éléphants de la Sierra Leone en novembre dernier. Il est important que le monde réalise que la survie de l’éléphant est menacée sur l’ensemble du continent africain” a souligné Vera Weber, directrice de campagne et représentante de la Fondation Franz Weber. Et de se réjouir : “Aujourd’hui, le message est envoyé aux braconniers : c’est terminé pour vous !”.Le 28 mars 2010 à 09:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The It Trailer Is Here to Remind You that Clowns Are Still

first_imgIt’s rare that a remake of a horror classic actually looks decent. They’re usually pointless, shallow and often forget what made the original so scary, to begin with. (Looking at you, 2015 version of Poltergeist.) The trailer for the upcoming It remake came out today, and things are looking great. Even if you have remake fatigue at this point (understandable), this trailer has one important thing going for it: It’s scary. Maybe having a clown antagonist is cheating a little, but hey. It’s effective.I like that it starts out with a little bit of comedy. You can’t deny it’s a little funny how the kid hits his head on the roadblock. And it’s the second roadblock. What, somehow he dodged the first, but ran right into the second? Introducing the town of Derry, Maine with that little bit of slapstick was a smart move. It gets you to let your guard down right before Pennywise appears in the gutter. That’s how you pull off a good jump scare. I also like how the trailer is focusing on the Losers Club as kids, rather than when they come back to deal with the monster as adults. It gives the whole thing a nostalgic Stranger Things vibe that I’m completely on board with.There are a couple of things that give this movie an edge over other horror remakes. First, it’s not technically a remake. The It that terrified all of us as children was a TV movie, making this one the first feature film based on Stephen King’s novel. Second, the original wasn’t that good. Being one of the first horror movies many of us saw as kids (and possibly also because it stars a baby Seth Green), many of us in our late 20s/early 30s have fond memories of It. Those memories might be fonder than the TV movie really deserved. Go back and watch it now, it doesn’t hold up. It’s cheesy, low-budget, and not all that scary. The ending, where It’s true form is revealed is particularly disappointing.The only thing the original had going for it was Tim Curry. That’s one thing this remake sadly won’t have. Tim Curry’s scenery chewing performance played up the comedy as well as the horror in the original. His ability to make us laugh made that version of Pennywise even more terrifying. It’s why he remains such a memorable horror villain today. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of comedy in this version of Pennywise. We don’t even hear him speak in the trailer. So far, that seems to be working fine. He doesn’t have to speak. That smile is scary enough. Now that we can see what Pennywise is capable of, I’m much more confident in this movie’s ability to give us a scary villain. It works a lot better than that awkward still the studio released a while back.Seriously, this was the first image of the movie they wanted to show off? How could they not have expected the internet to meme it to death? It looks like he’s about to close out a Looney Tunes short. I’m surprised they didn’t include a version with a sad Keanu Reeves sitting on the bottom of that sewer pipe. The trailer doesn’t include this image. Instead, Pennywise haunts a slide projector in a brief sequence that’s way scarier than it has any right to be. Also, that single-frame clown face at the end is NOT cool, trailer. Not. Cool.It arrives in theaters, then follows you home to live under your bed on September 8, 2017.last_img read more

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Media Aaron Ramsey frustrated with portrayal in contract talks

first_imgArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is reportedly upset over the way he is being portrayed in his contract negotiationsThe Wales international has been at the Gunners for the past decade now, but has under 12 months remaining on his current contract.Negotiations between Arsenal and Ramsey’s representatives have been ongoing for some time now and progress appears to have not been made between either party.The North London club have allegedly failed to meet Ramsey’s demands, which has further increased his discontent.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Now Futtaa reports that Ramsey has grown frustrated with how the situation is being perceived by the English media.The 27-year-old was dropped by new Arsenal boss Unai Emery for Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to London rivals Chelsea and seems set for a fight to regain his place in the starting lineup for this weekend’s game against West Ham United.Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with moves for Ramsey.last_img read more

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Dog rescued by Miami Gardens officers set to be put up for

first_imgPolice took her to Miami-Dade Animal Services to receive treatment.MDAS said she will be vetted and groomed before being put up for adoption at their Doral facility, located at 3599 Northwest 79th Ave.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. This #puppy was left on the streets #vulnerable #Hungry & #Afraid. Thank goodness for the men and women of the @MGPDFL who were able to contained her and get her some help. As the saying goes: “The more I know humans, the more I love my dog.” pic.twitter.com/2IBKUnJFST— Carlos R. Austin (@frostbitecra) June 12, 2019The 3-year-old dog was scared, hungry, cold and covered in ticks and leeches, according to police. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A dog rescued off the streets by Miami Gardens Police is ready to find her forever home.Officials with the department said they responded to a call about an aggressive dog in the area of Northwest 184th Street and 17th Avenue, just before 3 p.m., Wednesday.Responding officers said once they located the dog they found her to be harmless, as she immediately came up to the officers.last_img read more

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5 reasons you should not install the iPadOS or iOS 13 beta

first_img Tags • iPhone XS Max iPad Air (3rd generation) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2 3:53 iPad (6th generation) It could make battery life suck The beta testing process starts with Apple getting new iOS features working properly and keeping them stable. After that’s all squared away is when they’re optimized for battery life. Until that happens, though, you might be running to a charger more frequently, no matter how many iPhone battery-saving tips you use. Going back isn’t easy Once you’ve installed the public beta, you can’t easily roll back to the current official version of iOS. It’s not that it can’t be done, but you can’t restore from a backup made with your device on iOS 13. Instead, you should backup your iPhone while it’s still running iOS 12, then move forward with installing the iOS 13 beta. The best way to do that is to use iTunes (RIP) and create an encrypted backup. Computers Operating Systems Tablets Mobile iPad Air 2 iPad (5th generation) Sarah Tew/CNET The iPadOS and iOS 13 public beta are both here and ready for you to install and test out. MacOS Catalina is also expected in public beta form today. However, “test” is the key word there, because although you can update your iPhone or iPad to the upcoming version of Apple’s mobile operating systems, it doesn’t mean you should. Sure, you’re excited to be one of the first to experience its systemwide dark mode and newly designed camera interface and sign into all the things with your AppleID, but before you jump on this beta, there are some things to consider first. Even the most stable beta can still mess with your phone in ways that span from minor inconvenience to the loss of stored data on your iPhone. Here are a few reasons to take a wait-and-see approach to installing the iPadOS or iOS 13 public beta. But if decide to go ahead anyway, we suggest testing on a secondary device, such as an old iPhone or iPod Touch. iPhone XR 10.5-inch iPad Pro 11-inch iPad Pro Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier iPhone 8 reading • 5 reasons you should not install the iPadOS or iOS 13 beta yet Comments Now playing: Watch this: iOS 13 Apple iPhone 7 Apple iOS 13: Top new featurescenter_img iPad Mini 4 iPhone 6S Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? iPhone XS See All iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 6S Plus iPhone X 9.7-inch iPad Pro iPhone 8 Plus 26 Photos Devices that will support iOS 13, iPadOS 13 There will be bugsFinding bugs is all part of testing out the iOS beta. Apple has a list of known issues on its developers site for the Beta 2 release if you want to have a look at what’s being worked on. There are a handful of iCloud issues, for example, that includes things like inaccurately reporting the current state of files on your iPhone and users not being able to see the content in folders in iCloud Shared Folders. The thing is, even if Apple stomps these bugs out fast and issues an update, that update could in turn break other things. It’s all part of the journey on the road to a stable OS, so if you’re not prepared to deal with things breaking or not working, skip the beta. Missing features Apple announced lots of things during WWDC 2019, but what’s currently available in beta and what will be available in the fall with the final release are two very different things. For instance, the new Find My app will eventually be able to locate your iPhone even when it’s offline, though its offline-finding capabilities are limited during the beta. Basically, not only is there a chance the features you want to try the most won’t work quite right, but they might not even be part of the beta. Apple Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it iPhone SE iPad Mini (5th generation) All of your apps might not be supported Along with finding bugs and integrating new features, Apple makes an iOS beta available so developers can get their apps and services ready for the final release. That means there’s a chance some of your apps won’t work properly.For instance, a known issue with Beta 2 is that you might be unable to stream to a Chromecast device. And Gmail users might be greeted with a “Can’t load the page” response when a “View entire message” link is tapped. Also, if you like hearing the audio within Instagram Stories, well, you can’t at the moment.If you’re OK with the risks and really want to test out the new features, go for it. But again, we suggest not doing it on your primary device if possible, and instead use an old iPhone or iPod Touch.CNET writer Jason Cipriani contributed to this story. 12.9-inch iPad Pro iPod Touch (7th generation) iOS 13 beta: Install at your own risklast_img read more

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Besides Vijayashanthi these two actors are making a comeback with Sarileru Nekevaru

first_imgThe shoot of the first schedule of Mahesh Babu’s upcoming film Sarileru Nekevaru has been completed its first schedule completely in Kashmir. The team is going to begin shooting for the second schedule soon.Director Anil Ravipudi took to Twitter to share the update about the shoot. This film has Rashmika Mandanna as the leading lady and is produced by Dil Raju, Ramabrahman Sunkara and Mahesh Babu under Sri Venkateswara Creations, AK Entertainments and GMB Entertainments.For Sarileru Nekevaru, Anil is bringing back many actors who were on some long breaks from the film industry. Vijayasanthi is making a comeback with this Mahesh Babu starrer. Anil Ravipudi took to Twitter to thank the actress for being part of the film. She will reportedly be playing a professor in the film. After 15 long years, the actress has agreed to be part of a film. She was last seen in Nayudamma, which released in 2006. She entered politics after the movie and has played key roles in state and national levels. Twitter/ganeshbandlaBeside her, actor-turned-producer and politician Bandla Ganesh is also making a comeback after eight years. He took a break from acting after being part of Mahesh Babu’s Business Man, which released in 2012.He will be seen on screen as a comedian once again with Mahesh’s film only. He produced films like Teen Maar, Gabbar Singh, Baadshah, Iddarammayilatho, Govindudu Andarivadule, Temper. The Telugu audience has missed Ganesh’s comedy for a long time and they are happy to have him back.Actress Sangeetha is also making a comeback to Telugu film industry after a decade. The last Telugu film she was seen is Cara Majaaka, which released in 2010. She is also a part of Sarileru Nekevaru. Sangeetha has done some really good films in Telugu. She has been doing films in Tamil but hasn’t been part of Telugu films since 2010. Instagram Anil Ravipudi has convinced these actors and is bringing them back to Telugu film industry. Telugu cinema, in the current position, needs good actors.Sarileru Nekevaru is slated for release on Sankranti and will have music composed by Devi Sri Prasad.last_img read more

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Govt to raise senior citizens age

first_imgAbul Maal Abdul MuhithFinance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said on Monday the government is planning to acknowledge the people aged 65 and over as senior citizen, reports UNB.Currently the country’s people aged 60 years or above are acknowledged as senior citizens.The minister came up with the new thinking during a speech he delivered as chief guest at an agreement signing program organised by senior citizen medical resort “Abashar” in a city hotel.”One should not be senior at the age of 60 years. It should be made 65 years”, said Muhith promising that the change can be made as the current government has one year more time in its hand.Social welfare secretary Md Zillur Rahman said, the age bar can be increased as the average life expectancy of Bangladesh’s people has also increased.According to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) 2016, the average life expectancy of the country’s people is 71.6 years, which was 70.9 years in 2015, 70.7 years in 2014 and 70.4 years in 2013.last_img read more

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How One Small Business Redesigned its Website for Better Sales

first_img Sales through Jeremy Yakel’s website, FaviEntertainment.com, were anything but electrifying. The site, which sells consumer electronics manufactured by Yakel’s company, Favi Entertainment, added a pittance of about $6,000 to his 2010 revenue of $2.6 million. Yakel knew the culprit: His site was disorganized and cluttered. “We had grown into a premier manufacturer of consumer electronics, and our site just didn’t say that to our customers,” he says.The FixYakel decided a top-to-bottom redesign and a shift in web strategy was in order. The goals: Make the site cleaner and improve its visibility and customer experience. He put Google Analytics to work tracking customer patterns to better understand how the site was being used. And Favi’s 12-person team began sending automated e-mails to customers who had abandoned carts, offering coupon codes for free shipping or other incentives to return.Yakel integrated Vimeo videos of products into the site and used some basic search engine optimization tactics, such as updating metatag titles to frequently searched terms based on Google’s Keyword Tool. He also added a currency converter to make the site easier for overseas clients to use.Still ahead: A switch to osCommerce, a free e-commerce platform that offers shipping quotes, multilingual support, invoicing and more.The ResultsThe redesign cost about $3,900, an investment that has paid off handsomely. While the site pulled in just over $5,700 in 2010, it topped $183,000 in sales during the first three quarters of 2011. And thanks to a simple app that transfers information collected via the website immediately into the company’s Salesforce.com account, representatives can react to customers’ needs quickly. The number of shopping carts abandoned in the virtual aisles is down 43 percent.A SecondOpinionNick Chasinov, founder and CEO of Teknicks, a Bay Head, N.J., internet marketing company, gives the redesign a thumbs-up for clarity and ease of use. He says the currency calculator and the option to check out as a guest or create an account were excellent additions that appear to have added to overall sales and reduced abandoned carts.Still on Chasinov’s to-improve list:Bolder calls to action. When giving something away or trying to direct customer behavior on your site, the information should be easy to see and act on, Chasinov says.Better navigation. He recommends drop-down menus with product categories, which make it easier for users to find specific items in fewer steps.Absolute URLs. Chasinov recommends using absolute URLs, which are longer but contain more information than the shorter relative URLs currently employed by Favi. “All internal links should use absolute URLs to avoid confusion when a search-engine bot indexes your site’s content,” he says.  3 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 8, 2012 This story appears in the February 2012 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

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Swiss army makes incursion into France for water for cattle

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Swiss army helicopters have crossed the Franco-Swiss border in an unexpected incursion — to help thirsty Swiss cows.The aerial operation to scoop up water caught authorities responsible for Rousses Lake in the Jura mountains by surprise last Thursday. The helicopters also startled swimmers and fishermen enjoying the beaches of the lake in eastern France.Christophe Mathez, deputy mayor of the Les Rousses commune, said officials had “no idea this operation would occur” — and that the Swiss neither requested authorization or nor warned before descending. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Swiss media reported that the country’s military did ask for permission — but from the French air force, not local authorities or the police.“As soon as they contacted us, we realized there was a communication problem and we immediately stopped,” Denis Froidevaux, a Swiss military official, told the Swiss newspaper Le Matin, whose headline Monday read “No, Switzerland is not stealing water from France to save its cows.”Mathez said Les Rousses authorities are not “mad at our neighbors,” but as of Monday the village was still waiting for clarification.The Swiss army has been pumping water for livestock from its own Neuchatel and Joux lakes since last week, according to a statement from the Swiss Department of Defense. The federal government is bankrolling the operation, expected to continue no longer than August 4, with military aid disaster relief funds.Thirsty cows produce less milk, of particular concern in the mountainous Jura region of France and Switzerland. Dairy farmers there provide milk to producers who make prized cheeses including the French Comte and Morbier varieties as well as the Swiss Tete de Moine.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home How do cataracts affect your vision? Comments   Share   center_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories last_img read more

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CeBIT Australia launches new tech innovations

first_imgCeBIT Australia, the largest and longest running business technology event in the Asia-Pacific region kicked off yesterday, welcoming thousands of ICT professionals to explore the future of the business technology landscape through an exhibition and ten dedicated conferences at Sydney Olympic Park.The Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW was joined by the Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore to open CeBIT 2016 with a ministerial address that emphasised the value of technical innovation to the NSW economy.“We are very proud to continue our support of CeBIT. This is a very significant conference and we are determined to do everything possible to have Sydney and NSW at the forefront of tech in this great nation,” said The Hon. Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW.Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer of Decoded said in her opening keynote that the future is being written in lines of code.A passionate advocate on a mission to spread digital enlightenment by teaching students and professionals to ‘code in a day’, Ms Parsons explained that innovation is not a once off achievement, but rather a constant culture required to foster agile innovation methodologies.“Accelerating learning experiences to develop an understanding of code, data, future technologies and cyber security to embrace digital transformation are at the forefront of driving the agenda for coding on the curriculum,” Ms Parsons said.“Creative risk needs to be viewed in a more positive environment, making technology education amazing, and empowering anyone to understand the languages behind the screen.”Over 80 start-ups are featured on the CeBIT exhibition floor, showcasing new innovations including apps, software, robots, cardboard goggles and business related products and services. Start-ups highlighted on the NSW Government stand include Wollongong IT, TapIT, Metamako, ICT International, Momentum Cloud, Targ, ATP Innovations, Advantage Wollongong, University of Newcastle, SynFlyt, My Online Clinic.Thomas Zuccarelli, COO, Utillix, the Google Earth of underground infrastructure which reveals ‘what lies beneath’ before any digging begins, launched his app at CeBIT today.“It has been terrific to officially launch Utillix amongst the technology community – from start-ups to government agencies. As an Australian-based company CeBIT has given us a platform to promote our app that we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else’, said Zuccarelli.On display, is the first dedicated keyboard for both square and round smartwatches. Developed by TouchOne it has a patented intuitive fast input display and has been downloaded from Google Play over 8,000 times since launching in early April 2016.Knokal is a start-up on a positive track having earlier this year exhibited at the Startup Spotlight at South by SouthWest (SXSW).An app to reduce road accidents caused by people using their mobile phones while driving is on show from Tamad Technology; the app automatically sends an estimated time of arrival text on behalf of a user at a distance to arrival that the user presets.Teleporting apps bring convenience to multi-device users with technology from Xigrom enabling people to easily teleport live apps from one device to another, to pick up exactly where they left off on the second device without interruption.Business processes are getting a dose of German efficiency with the Australian launch of HORUS Business Modeler at CeBIT. The HORUS solution easily integrates into existing ERP technology. CeBIT AustraliaSource = CeBIT Australialast_img read more

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